General announcements:

KMEA and symphonic band music can be picked up in the band office anytime.  Symphonic band auditions are open to all 9th-12th grade band students.  Auditions are in mid November for next springs (2017) Symphonic band.  KMEA district honor band is open to all 10th-12th graders and auditions are November 12th at Olathe East, to be followed by a December 3rd concert, if selected.
Students- next week’s schedule for Homecoming:
Sept. 12 (Monday)- 6:45AM rehearsal for varsity, as well as 6:30PM evening rehearsal.
Sept. 13 (Tuesday)- BONFIRE.  Optional for all JV and varsity members, but lettering points awarded.  Report time of no later than 5:10PM in the band room.  We are literally warming up for a couple minutes and then walking to the bonfire site (the student parking lot I think).  Bonfire starts at 5:30PM and lasts about 45 minutes or so.  Band will play pregame and pep-band songs and drumline cadences.  Don’t feel like you need to wear your show shirt, I would save it for Friday!  Regular class time rehearsals.
Sept. 14 (Wednesday)- 6:45AM rehearsal for all varsity members.
Sept. 15 (Thursday)- 6:45AM rehearsal for all varsity members.
Sept. 16 (Friday)- HOMECOMING day!  Regular class time rehearsals.  Students, wear show shirt all day.  Homecoming PARADE during school.  All JV and varsity members should report to the band room at 1:10PM after checking into seminar.  The parade begins at 2:00 and should last around 30 minutes.  Unless they’ve changed the route, we will march east on Johnson Drive.  A bus will take the students back to North, should be back before 3:00PM.  If you ride the bus, please make alternative plans to get home, or bring your dinner and stay until report time that night.
Football Game Itinerary:
4:45PM- band room opens, begin uniform checkout.  Since this is the first time we’ve ever worn these, please come early, in case we need extra time.
5:45PM- JV and varsity report to band room for attendance in full uniform.
6:15PM- JV and varsity report to JV football field (behind stadium) to warm up and prepare for game.
6:40- only varsity will play before the game.  Due to homecoming festivities during halftime, varsity will play their “halftime” show BEFORE the game.  PARENTS, YOU NEED TO BE IN THE STANDS NO LATER THAN 6:35PM OR YOU COULD MISS THE SHOW!
7:00- Game begins.  JV and varsity in the stands during the game, playing in the stands.  Varsity will only play for 3 minutes during halftime…at most.
9:30ish- after game, report back to band room and check in uniform.
Please remember home football games are graded events.  All students stay for the duration of the game, in full uniform.  Students, YOU MUST BRING LONG BLACK SOCKS OR YOU CANNOT CHECKOUT YOUR UNIFORM OR PERFORM.   I would encourage all students to purchase multiple pairs of black socks on and keep extras!  This is different from previous years, the band will no longer check out socks anymore.
PARENTS: Two important announcements that pertain only to parents.  🙂
-We are having a ironing/sewing party this Monday, September 12th from 6:30-8:30PM in the band room, as the band practices outside.  We need help making final preparations for uniforms, as well as some sewing needs for our props.  ALL parents who can sew or iron, please show up to the band room Monday night around 6:30PM.  Thanks!
-We need MAJOR AMOUNTS OF HANDS for next Friday’s (16th) football game.  If you’re going, PLEASE consider dropping by the band room anytime between 4:30-5:45PM- we will find a job for you.  It would be even better if you could respond to this email stating when you can drop by.  We need help with: handing out NEW uniforms to 135 kids, 6 water coolers in the stands, 19 backdrop props, 20 yards of front line curtains, 3 podiums, hanging our banner, our entire sound system, all pit percussion…we really need a lot of help.
Looking forward to a restful weekend, then a packed, yet fun week.  Rest up!
Mr. Reed