Congratulations to the 23 students and 3 alternates that were selected from Central Middle School into the District IV Middle School Honor Bands!
Congratulations and get ready for a great weekend! Honor Band Weekend takes place in Hammond, LA at Southeastern University. The Band Boosters organize hotel rooms, chaperones, and bus transportation. For those attending, please read the entire article for all of the details. Students must be present for 100% of all rehearsals and the concert in order to participate.
Thursday, January 16 - Saturday, January 18 at Southeastern University in Hammond
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We will be staying at the Comfort Inn in Hammond (110 Westin Oaks Dr.). Students should expect to be either three or four to a room. I have also reserved two rooms for chaperones and would like four chaperones if possible. Please let me know if you are available to chaperone!!
We will be taking a school bus. However, I am asking that our chaperones follow in their vehicles to allow for additional cargo space. If chaperones would like to carpool, that would also be fine. Ideally, we would like for the students to put their overnight bags and instruments in the follow cars. Please let me know chaperones if you this works for you!
The cost is $45 per person to go towards hotel and bus costs. Please make check payable to CMS Band and bring on Thursday, January 17. Students will need to bring additional cash to cover 2 dinners and 1 lunch (breakfasts are free at the hotel).
Please let me know if covering this cost will be a problem and we will work something out! I do not want a student to not be able to participate due to cost. They’ve worked very hard to get here!
*OPTIONAL* If students would like an optional Honor Band Shirt, they are $15. You can write a check to CMS Band and we will pre-order through the district. I will need this as a separate check in my hand by Monday, January 13. Otherwise, you can get one there (but they usually sell out).
Thursday, Jan 17 (Early dismissal day at school)
WHAT TO PREPARE
Congratulations! You did the hard work to make the band - now you must arrive prepared! Please look up the recordings of the songs included in the folder given to you at www.jwpepper.com. Make sure you've marked your music for accidentals and have practiced difficult looking passages.
Supervise the students in the hotel and on meal breaks. Students are not allowed in different rooms. If they would like to socialize, it must be in the lobby. Do bed checks and tape doors at lights out. Hotel time is minimal time as they will spend the majority of their time in rehearsals. You are not required to supervise them during rehearsal time. Honor Band students are the best of the best and are a breeze to chaperone! Unfortunately my duties as the Honor Band Symphonic Band Chairperson make it difficult for me to chaperone them during breaks and at the hotel which is why I’ve always relied on parent support here, thanks a ton!
SOMEONE TO PULL THE TRAILER
If by any chance someone is able to pull the trailer to HB, let me know. We are supplying quite a bit of percussion for one of the bands and I need someone to do this!
Please let me know if you have any questions. This is always such a fun weekend for all involved!