COVID-19 Update (3/13/20)
As you have probably heard, Governor JB Pritzker has mandated a two week closure of school and Mr. Charron and his team should be communicating more exact details soon in order to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our students, staff, community, et al.
All of that being said, this will obviously have an impact on the school band calendar. I will attempt to provide updates in as timely a manner as possible during our time away - that being said, please see below for what information I can provide now. At all times the health and safety of the kids is paramount to any decisions being made.
First and foremost - PLEASE make sure you and/or your child are logged into the 2019-20 Band Google Classroom (code 6jfohnq)
Please encourage your student to bring their instrument home and clean as needed! Brass mouthpieces can be boiled and submerged for up to 5 seconds for sanitation. Woodwind mouthpieces can be cleaned with an alcohol wipe or warm soapy water.
!! PLEASE READ!! Below are some general announcements !!PLEASE READ!!
Pizza Fundraiser - the pizza fundraiser delivery date will be postponed. Once I have an updated timeline I will share that information with, but please communicate with all of those who have graciously supported our program through their purchase. Thank you to those who brought their payments in today!
The Talent Show - As announced via Social Media earlier the Talent Show, as it stands, will be postponed until further notice. If possible, the new date will be shared ASAP.
Band Sectionals & IHSA Festival - IHSA has cancelled all post-season and spring activities for the remainder of the year. All scheduled after school sectional times are cancelled as well. Once a sequence of events plays out, and we are back in school, I am hopeful to have a community performance and bring in clinicians to critique the band and give the students that experience that they will be missing.
Drum Major, Section Leader Applications & Interviews, Drumline auditions, Colorguard Auditions - All of these documents and events will be pushed back as needed. Info coming when more information is available! Documents/applications can be shared via email (.pdf) or via google docs (please all docs in 1 folder w/ obvious file names) in lieu of paper copies. Spin and Drum clinics will be rescheduled if possible.
Please understand that I share your concern and frustration with the interruption in instruction, but these precautions are being made to keep everyone in the Waterloo Community safe.
If at any time you have a question, please reach out. While I cannot promise that I will have all of the answers, I will do my absolute best to get you the information needed.
Director of Bands
2020 Show Hint #2
2020 Show Hint #1
3/9 (M) - 6:30 - WJHS Choral Concert
3/11 (W) - 6:00-8:00pm - Drum Major Clinic
3/12 (Th) - Talent Show Dress Rehearsal
3/13 (F) - PIZZA ORDERS DUE!
3/14 - 6:00 - Talent Show!
3/18 - Sectionals (6-7 - WW, 7-8 - Percussion, 8-9 Brass)
3/20 - Drum Major Applications Due by 3pm
3/23 - 6:00-8:00 - Colorguard Spin Clinic
3/23 - 6:00-8:00 - Drumline Chop Session
3/25 - Sectionals (6-7 - Brass, 7-8, Woodwinds, 8-9 Percussion)
3/30 - 7:00 - Gardner Night to Shine!
We have been using eScrip for several years to help generate funds for the band. However, I believe we have not tapped into the enormous amount of merchants that accept the eScrip card. For those of you not familiar with eScrip, it is a program in which merchants contribute a percentage of the cost of your items to your organiztion. Cards are available at Schnucks. Follow the link to the eScrip homepage for further information about the benefits of eScrip.
A few merchants that accept eScrip include Schnucks, Macy's, Eddie Bauer, Office Depot, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. There are also a ton of stores in the online mall.