Welcome to the Mona Shores Bands Website!

The home for everything about the band program at Mona Shores Public Schools.

 

On this website, you'll find information about all of the bands at the middle school and high school, including marching band, concert bands (symphonic band and wind ensemble), jazz band, steel drum ensemble, and more.

 

Congratulations to the Marching Band on a fantastically successful Marathon: we managed to raise nearly $10,000 and spread a lot of joy in our community at the same time!  Thanks to the students for their hard work, to all of the parent volunteers who helped us and to Dennis Threadgill who coordinated the event!

 

And now we are on to….. GAME WEEK!!  The last football game the Sailor Marching Band performed at was in November of 2019, so this is a really big deal for us.  

Here are announcements:

 

  1. Wind Sectionals (3:00-3:45) are Tuesdays for Brass and Thursday for Woodwinds.  Percussion Sectionals are on Tuesday nights and Guard sectionals are on Monday nights.  Sectionals are mandatory (meaning your grade will be lowered if you have an unexcused absence), but fall athletes are excused for in-season sports.  Please note you are not excused for test make-ups, tutoring, etc--do that on the four days that you don't have sectionals.  Students with perfect attendance (no excused or unexcused absences) to sectionals will get +15 points to their exam grade.

 

  1. Seniors: The NY Information Trip is Wednesday morning 9/15 at 7:00am in the choir room.  Forms and deposits are due at that time.

 

  1. We have rehearsal Wednesday night from 6-8:30pm at the east parking lot.  Remember to arrive at the high school by 5:45 so that you can be prepared to start promptly at 6:00.

 

  1. Our first home football game, Sailor Salute, isYou Friday, and it is going to be massive!  Here is the timeline:

    • 4:30: Arrive at Band Room wearing lightweight blue athletic shorts, black socks that are at least calf length, black drillmaster shoes and show shirts (you will get them on Wednesday).  Long hair should be put up, no make-up or visible jewelry except for the costume make-up for color guard.  We will change into uniform at this time.

    • 5:00: Report to east parking lot for Rehearsal in full uniform

    • 6:00: Rehearsal with Mass Choir

    • 6:15: March to Stadium

    • 6:39: PreGame Show in Stadium

    • 7:00: Kickoff

    • 10:00: Approximate dismissal time (please exercise caution when picking students up and cooperate with the traffic pattern--we have a lot of students walking around in the dark and we need to keep them safe)

 

  1. Students may bring money to order concessions and food orders will be placed by them before the game and delivered to them in the third quarter.  You can also preorder a meal for your child by visiting the concession stand anytime before the second quarter begins.  

 

  1. Students are invited to participate in Western Michigan University's Bronco Band Day later this month.  It is completely optional and is an awesome opportunity to get to perform with the Bronco Marching Band and hundreds of other high school musicians from around the state.  Registration is due by this Wednesday and information can be found here.

 

  1. Looking at next week, we have sectionals and Wednesday night rehearsal.  We also have an extra credit opportunity for students on Saturday 25 September (this would conflict with WMU Band Day if you wanted to attend.  It involves playing the National Anthem at an event, and the time commitment would be from 9am-9:45.  Information and the participation form can be found here.

 

  1. All-State Audition Packets are available from Mr. Boyden.  All-State is an annual event held in January at Devos Place in Grand Rapids, and it showcases the top 100 high school wind and percussion musicians in the state assembled into one outstanding band.  Auditions are obviously very competitive, but we have had several students selected throughout the years.  Auditions will take place in late October, and you are strongly encouraged to audition if you are an advanced player in your section.  Audition forms and the $15 audition fee are due to Mr. Boyden no later than Friday 24 September.

    • Please note that sight reading is also a requirement in addition to scales and the required etudes.

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