Welcome back everyone!  Lots of information below, so please keep this email.

I hope you’re excited for another great year with SM North bands!   Final reminders about summer schedules:
Thursday, July 27- ICE SOCIAL- 7:00-8:00PM cafeteria. 
Everyone (band participants and families) will receive free ice cream!  More importantly, we collect band fees during this time.  Once we receive your fee payment ($125 for varsity, $75 for JV or $50 for drill team), your child will receive their 2017 band show shirt.  Shirts will be distributed to everyone who has a fully paid band account.  If necessary, partial payments are accepted, and you still receive your shirt, with an agreement to pay the balance.
HOW TO GET IN THE FAST LANE and get your shirt within minutes:  Visit www.smnorthbands.org  BEFORE THURSDAY NIGHT and click “group member payments”.  Pay your fee online no later than Thursday 3PM and there’s virtually no waiting in line!  We will have online payment options Thursday night, but that involves the somewhat longer line.
We also use the ice social to collect rental forms and permission packets, parent sign up for volunteering needs, fundraising opportunities, etc.
INSTRUMENT RENTAL NOTE: We can accept payments for school rentals ($60 for the year) but only via check (not online).  Instrument rentals funds should be paid to SMSD, not Shaw-Mi-No, which is where the fees mentioned above will go.
Second item: Varsity students should use the 4:00-7:00PM timeframes next week (Aug. 1st/2nd) for school registration, as opposed to the 11AM-2PM timeframe, since you will be in rehearsal during those times.  If you feel you can register for school during your lunch break (11:30AM-1:00PM) please feel free and do so.
Third item:  All students should remember the following when preparing for outdoor rehearsals:
-bring a one gallon insulated container of COLD water (with ice).
-wear tennis shoes AND socks, hat, sunglasses and SUNSCREEN, even if it’s cloudy.
-go to bed early the night before rehearsal.
-eat breakfast (even if you’re not hungry) which includes some type of protein.
– keep drinking water in the afternoons and evenings
Fourth item: We need more parent volunteers for the “water brigade” during band camp, as well as throughout the marching season.  Please visit the following link to sign up for at least one shift during the season.  If all parents volunteer a little, it’s easy for everyone!  The link is at   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4caeaf2dab9-band
Final item: reminder schedule for remaining summer rehearsals, as stated on the band calendar, which can be found at www.smnorthbands.org
In case of inclement weather, outdoor rehearsals will meet in the band room.  Regarding full day rehearsals for varsity kids, please bring your lunch, or money to visit a fast food restaurant close North.
Tuesday, July 25- JV and new varsity marchers camp, 8:00-11:30AM, stadium
July 25- varsity percussion camp, 5:00-9:00PM, band room
Wednesday, July 26- JV and new varsity marchers camp, 8:00-11:30AM, stadium
July 26- varsity percussion camp, 5:00-9:00PM
Thursday, July 27- full varsity camp, 8AM-4PM, stadium
July 27- ICE CREAM SOCIAL, 7:00-8:00PM, cafeteria
Friday, July 28- full varsity camp, 8AM-4PM, stadium
Monday-Friday, July 31-Aug. 4- full varsity camp, 8:00AM-4:00PM, stadium
Friday, Aug. 4- BAND PICNIC, JV and varsity students plus families, 6:00PM, rose garden and stadium.  We highly recommend everyone eat with us for $5.00/person (catered by 2 guys and a grill).  Includes hamburger/hotdog, chips, bottled water.  Bring a lawn chair if you want!  We will also have a band booster meeting at the conclusion of the band picnic (around 7:30PM) in the choir room.  This is highly recommended for all band parents.  The meeting will last less than an hour.