News and Notes for August 29 – September 2, 2016!

Posted August 28, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Band Fronts, Band Travel, Concert Bands, Food, Football Game, High School Concert Band, Marching Band, Middle School Band, Parent Information, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Spring Trip, Student Information

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegWelcome back Mercer Bands! The school year begins, and I hope that all of you are ready to have a successful and enjoyable school year!

All concert band students in Periods 1,2,3 & 8 should have their instrument at school ready to play on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016. This year throughout our daily rehearsals and concerts we will be focusing on American music, composers, and styles. Information regarding the trip to Washington D.C. over Memorial Day weekend 2017 will be available during the first week of school. This trip will include performances by the 5M Marching Band, the Senior High Jazz Ensemble, and The Senior High Concert Band & Wind Ensemble. Middle School Concert Band members that are part of the marching band will be invited to join the SH Concert Band/Wind Ensemble performance on the trip.

5mcolorMarching Band will rehearse on Thursday, September 1st beginning at the start of Advisory until 4:15 p.m.

Marching Band will also rehearse on Friday, September 2nd beginning at the start of Advisory until 4:00 p.m.

Report time for the game at Hickory has been moved up to 4:30 p.m. Departure will be at 5:00 p.m. The departure time has been adjusted to accommodate our band joining Hickory’s band for a mass band performance during pre-game that will honor first-responders and members of the armed forces. Music for this combined band performance was made available at rehearsal on August 26th – please see Dr. Weller if you still need it. Upon arrival at Hickory, our band will meet with Hickory’s band to rehearse the music for the pre-game performance. Exact details of staging and field position will be discussed at rehearsal on Friday.

As our departure time has been moved up, we will take a food order for the game on Friday. Stop by the band room on Tuesday to pick up a food order form. Orders will be due by the end of school on Wednesday.

For our performance at half-time on Friday at Hickory, we will perform All Along the Watchtower, The Midnight Hour, and September.

Click here to download the most up to date Band Calendar (August 2016-November 2016).

Thought for the week:

The tallest oak in the forest was once just a little nut that held its ground.

Updated marching band schedule

Posted August 23, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Marching Band, Parent Information, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information

5mcolorClick here to download the most up to date Band Calendar (August 2016-November 2016).

News and Notes for August 22-26, 2016!

Posted August 21, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Band Fronts, Football Game, Marching Band, Music Performances, Parent Information, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information

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5mcolorUPDATED ON AUGUST 22, 2016 AT 9:12 P.M.

Picture day is Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The group picture will be taken first. The leadership team and seniors will have their groups photographed as well as band fronts. Individual pictures will be taken after these are completed. Photo forms were made available at the end of practice on August 17th.

Rehearsal on Wednesday, August 24th will begin at 5:00 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE CALENDAR). Report all conflicts or problems to Dr. Weller via email or band cell phone by noon on August 24th. Unavoidable conflicts should report no later than the original scheduled time. Inspection for Meet the Mustangs will begin at 6:15 p.m., and we will march into the stadium at 6:45 p.m. DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS YEARS, the band will wear the SUMMER UNIFORM for Meet the Mustangs. Pre-game will include – Pride and Patriots and the Star-Spangled Banner. Our performance later in the program will include All Along the Watchtower and Let’s Go Crazy. At the conclusion of Meet the Mustangs we will perform the Alma Mater and Mercer High School Fight Song.

Rehearsal on Thursday, August 25th will be from 3:00-4:15 p.m. at the high school.

Rehearsal on Friday, August 26th will be from 3:00-4:15 p.m. at the high school.

Due to a request by Lakeview, the game has been postponed until Saturday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m. The particulars of game day will be discussed at the end of rehearsal on Friday.

 

News and Notes for the Week of August 8-12, 2016!

Posted August 7, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Band Camp, Band Fronts, Fund-raising, Marching Band, Music Performances, Parent Information, Spring Trip, Student Information

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5mcolorMEGA-CAMP is Monday, August 8, through Friday, August 12, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, at the high school. Water, sunscreen and comfortable shoes are a must, as the kids will be outside marching most of the day. Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds for lunch, so you need to either pack lunch for your band student or bring lunch to them (lunch breaks happen around 12 noon.) This is a very fun week of making friends and bonding, including a theme each day…

Monday: ‘Merica Monday (American theme)
Tuesday: Olympic Day (students have already been assigned a team and color)
Wednesday: Hush button/Hat day
Thursday: Senior Appreciation Day
Friday: Section Unity Day (You may want to ask you student about this early in the week, so you aren’t running out Thursday night for costumes/apparel)

PARENT PICNIC & PREVIEW is Friday, August 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Come and see what the 5M Band has learned during band camp. This event is mandatory for students. The family picnic (any and all family, not just parents) starts at 6:00 p.m. in the grass near the concession stand.

Band Boosters will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments, drinks and cups. Band family members are asked to bring your own place settings, chairs, and a dish to share: Last names A-G(side-dish), H-N (dessert), and O-Z (salad). Immediately following the dinner at 7:00 p.m. there will be a brief meeting in the stands to inform band families about upcoming events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities.

Then at 7:20 p.m. the 5M Band will present a preview of their half-time show for the upcoming season. Band members should wear their summer uniform for the performance. For instrumentalists this includes 5M t-shirt, tan shorts, band socks/white socks & white shoes. For band fronts it includes blue 5M shirt, navy 5M shorts, and white tennis shoes.

MARCH-A-THON
Your student should have brought home a paper about march-a-thon last week. The 5M band will be conducting a March-A-Thon during its summer band camps from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 12, 2016. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EARN MONEY FOR THE 2017 TRIP…DON’T MISS OUT! The students ask friends and family to pledge money per mile or give a set amount. All money is due in the lockbox by Tuesday, September 6th. Prizes for the most money raised and for the most number of sponsors will be given! This is the best fundraiser because you would be surprised how willing people are to sponsor you instead of buying a product that they may not want during other fundraisers. Get out there and ask for pledges!

FOOTBALL PROGRAM AD
The band parents have an opportunity to purchase an ad in the football program that will come out the first or second game this fall. The band photos will be featured in the program as well as football and cheerleaders. Proceeds go to the Mustang Football team. Download the Football Program Ad by clicking on this ridiculously long link.

ONLINE STORE
The on-line Mercer Bands apparel store is open for business! While no purchase is necessary, we hope you will find a few items of interest to proudly display support of the band. Visit the online store at Custom Corner Printing (Click the GO button next to Mercer Band 2016). The store will be open today through 8/22 at 9:00 AM for orders. Items will be in on 9/2. We will notify you of a specific time/location for pickup at the high school. Be sure to check out this year’s band tour t-shirt with the ‘Tribute Tour’ theme.

Summer News and Notes!

Posted July 25, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Band Camp, Band Fronts, Marching Band, Parent Information, Student Information, Uncategorized

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5mcolor1) Instrumentalists were sent music in a mailing several weeks ago. It is important that you take time and listen to the reference recordings (posted on-line, more about that below) and begin reviewing your parts prior to camp. Our rehearsals are to be used to make the ensemble sound great – so please come as prepared as you can be. Our Tribute Tour (with music by Prince, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Whitney Houston, Jimi Hendrix and Wilson Pickett) has tremendous potential that can be achieved by us giving our best effort!
2) Reference recordings can be found on-line at: https://soundcloud.com/mercermustangbands/sets/2016-marching-band-reference-recordings.
3) Band website: http://www.mercerbands.wordpress.com Updated weekly once we hit August – a great place to get up to date information.
4) Band Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mercer.bands/
5) The picture day for our band will be Wednesday, August 24th at 12:30 p.m.
6) Meet the Mustangs is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. We will meet at 5:30 p.m. for a light rehearsal and inspection prior to marching into the stadium at 6:45 p.m.
7) Our first major performance of the year is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th at Kennywood Park. We will use Of Pride and Patriots and The Mercer High School Fight Song for our parade block. As you begin preparing yourself musically, focus on playing those two from memory as we will need them to be performance ready after only 5 rehearsals!
8) All Rookies (members in their first year of marching band) are invited and encouraged to stay for lunch with band officers and front captains after the first day of mini-camp on August 1st. A light lunch of Pizza and drinks will be served and we will conclude by 1:00 p.m.
9) Those students needing to order new Dinkles or Boots will be measured during the mini-camp days. If you did not check your footwear prior to turning in your contract and order form, we can get you sized and get a pair of Dinkles or Boots ordered for you.
10) A full itinerary for our spring trip to Washington, D.C. on May 26-29 will be made available during mini-camp. This trip will include a tour of our nation’s capital, attendance at the National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol Lawn, a shared concert for the Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band as part of the National Memorial Day Concert Series, and our 5M Band will be one of at least 50 bands to march in the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, 2017.
11) Do you need an updated schedule? Click here to get the most up to date calendar from August to November.

Memorial Day!

Posted May 28, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Band Fronts, Marching Band, Music Performances, Parent Information, Rehearsal Information, Student Information

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5mcolor9:30 a.m. High School opens to pick up uniforms and instruments
10:15-10:30 a.m. Report to staging area on the west end of Venango Street (We are unit #61)
10:30-11:00 a.m. Warm-up tuning
11:00 a.m. Parade Begins
Immediately following the parade, all members should report to the school to turn in their uniforms and instruments.

4th Quarter Evaluations

Posted May 25, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, High School Concert Band, Wind Ensemble

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegSenior High Concert Band Personnel – click here to access the 4th quarter evaluation

Senior High Wind Ensemble Personnel – click here to access the 4th quarter evaluation

Middle School Concert Band Final Evaluation

Posted May 13, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Assessment, Middle School Band, Music Performances, Survey

wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegMS Band members should click on this link to complete the 4th quarter final evaluation.

The next three weeks in the Mercer Bands (April 25 – May 13th)

Posted April 25, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, band banquet, Band Camp, Band Fronts, Band Senior Information, Booster News, Concert Bands, Concert Information, Concert Performances, Jazz Club, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Middle School Band, Parent Information, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Spring Trip, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegMarching Band Schedules are now available for the upcoming year. There are several updates to the handbook and student/parent contract. The entire schedule for the year has been provided in the packet (including the spring trip practices).

Band banquet reservation are due on May 2, 2016 by 3:15 p.m.

Band Seniors are reminded that the Booster Memorial Scholarship Essays are due to Dr. Weller by Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Band Seniors are also reminded that Senior Information for the Band Banquet Program is due to Dr. Weller by Monday, May 2, 2016.

Jazz Ensemble will rehearse on the next two Tuesdays (April 26 & May 3 beginning at 3:30 p.m. and concluding at 4:15 p.m.). Members are asked to plan accordingly so they are present for the entire rehearsal.

Jazz Club will rehearse on April 26 & May 3 from the start of Advisory until 3:30.

Final concert of the year will be held on Thursday, May 5th. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Please note report times for this concert: HS/WE Personnel at 6:45 p.m., MS Personnel at 7:00 p.m. HS Personnel should dress in all black dress clothes. MS Personnel should dress in black pants – we will be Tye-dying shirts for our concert – please bring in your shirts by April 29th!

Finally, the band has been approved by our school board to travel to Washington D.C. next May. On that trip the Symphonic Band (combined Concert Band and Wind Ensemble Students) and Jazz Ensemble will present a join public concert, and the 5M Band will perform as part of the National Memorial Day Parade. We are in the process of gathering information from tour companies and planning to make an itinerary (inclusive of cost) available to all band students prior to the end of the year.

The Mercer High School Band Boosters are having a Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 21st in the high school cafeteria (same day as the Mercer Borough Yard Sale.)  If you are Spring Cleaning and have some “stuff” to get rid of…consider donating the items to the rummage sale. The Boosters will be collecting items on the following dates/times.  Please have items in saleable condition when dropping off.  Detailed description below of what we are taking. Thank you again to Randy Gabany for donating the storage units for the band’s use.

Drop-off location: Gabany’s Self Storage, 548 S. Erie St., Mercer, Pa.

Storage Units: Section A – Lockers 17, 18, 19

Drop-off dates:    Thursday, 4/28/16, 4-6 PM, Saturday, 4/30/16, 10-Noon, Tuesday, 5/17/16, 5:30-7:30 PM

News from the Boosters!

Posted April 18, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: band banquet, Booster News, Parent Information

The Mercer High School Band Boosters are having a Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 21st in the high school cafeteria (same day as the Mercer Borough Yard Sale.)  If you are Spring Cleaning and have some “stuff” to get rid of…consider donating the items to the rummage sale. The Boosters will be collecting items on the following dates/times.  Please have items in saleable condition when dropping off.  Detailed description below of what we are taking. Thank you again to Randy Gabany for donating the storage units for the band’s use.

Drop-off location: Gabany’s Self Storage, 548 S. Erie St., Mercer, Pa.

Storage Units: Section A – Lockers 17, 18, 19

Drop-off dates:    Thursday, 4/28/16, 4-6 PM, Saturday, 4/30/16, 10-Noon, Tuesday, 5/17/16, 5:30-7:30 PM

Do you need a Reservation Form for the Mercer Band Banquet on Tuesday, May 10th? Click here to get a form!

Seniors!!! Share your Senior Information in the band banquet program by downloading and typing into this document. It must be emailed to Dr. Weller by Monday, May 2, 2016 at 3:15 p.m.


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