News and Notes for December 5-December 23, 2016

Posted December 5, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Jazz Ensemble, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information

The Pep Band Organizational Rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 beginning during Advisory and concluding at 3:45 p.m. The Pep Band will play for the Winter Meet the Mustangs Event on Wednesday, December 7th. Report by 7:30 p.m. and we will begin playing at 7:45 p.m. Click here to download the 2016-17 Pep Band Schedule.

Jazz Band will rehearse on Friday beginning during Advisory and concluding at 4:00 p.m. This rehearsal was originally scheduled for 12/8 but has been moved to avoid conflict with the Speech Tournament.

First game of the season for Pep Band will be Monday, December 19th. The game on December 12th has been moved. We have rescheduled to include the game on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 as part of our schedule.

News and Notes for November 29 – December 2, 2016

Posted November 25, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Booster News, Chamber Music, Concert Bands, Concert Information, High School Concert Band, Honors Band, Jazz Ensemble, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

Congratulations to Liz Ludwig, Claudia Brown, and Abby Grabigel who earned a spot in the PMEA District 5 Honors Band Festival! The festival will include a public concert on December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster College. The guest conductor for the festival is Brian Balmages!

Pep Band Schedules are now available from Dr. Weller in the band office.

Jazz Ensemble will rehearse on Tuesday, November 29th during Advisory until 4:00 p.m.

As a reminder, the next performance for the Academic Concert Bands and Jazz Ensemble will be at “Cookie, Cocoa and Carols” on Wednesday, November 30th. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Music will begin at 7:00 p.m. AS A REMINDER: Attire for ALL Concerts is all black. Ladies may accessorize with either red or green accents. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a holiday tie. High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble Students are asked to bring in one dozen cookies for the concert. They can be dropped off in the high school office between Tuesday morning (11/29) and Wednesday morning (11/30) at 3:30 p.m.

News and Notes for November 7 – 18, 2016

Posted November 7, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Band Travel, Chamber Music, Concert Bands, Food, Jazz Ensemble, Music Performances, Parent Information, Pep Band, PMEA, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Spring Trip, Student Information

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Thank you to all those students who turned out to help with the Twice Blessed Fundraiser on Saturday!

Congratulations Marching Band on an outstanding Indoor Marching Band Show!

Jazz Ensemble should take note of the next two rehearsals: Thursday, November 10th and Friday, November 18th. Both rehearsals will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

If you have not already made your second payment for the band trip to Washington, D.C. please do so by Friday, November 11th.

Best wishes to the Senior High Band Members who are auditioning for a spot in the PMEA District 5 Honors Band Festival on Tuesday, November 15th!

Pep Band Schedules are now available from Dr. Weller in the band office.

As a reminder, the next performance for the Academic Concert Bands and Jazz Ensemble will be at “Cookie, Cocoa and Carols” on Wednesday, November 30th. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Music will begin at 7:00 p.m. AS A REMINDER: Attire for ALL Concerts is all black. Ladies may accessorize with either red or green accents. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a holiday tie.

 

 

News and Notes for October 31 – November 4, 2016

Posted October 30, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Band Fronts, Band Travel, Booster News, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Parent Information, Pep Band, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Spring Trip

wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegMarching band will hold rehearsal beginning during advisory on Tuesday, November 1st. The rehearsal for the Indoor Marching Band Show will run no later than 4:15 p.m.

The Indoor Marching Band Show will be held on Thursday, November 3rd (Report time for members is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the Indoor Marching Band Show are now on sale in the band office (Adult Tickets are $2, and student tickets are $1).

JAZZ ENSEMBLE will hold rehearsal on Wednesday, November 2nd beginning during Advisory.

The next trip payment of $100 for the spring trip is due on Tuesday, November 1st. If you have not already done so, please include your trip payment remission form with this payment. These forms are available from Dr. Weller

Pep Band Schedules will be available on Monday, November 8th.

The Mercer Band Boosters have an exciting opportunity for fund raising on November 5th.   Twice Blessed (located in the plaza next to Walt’s) has generously offered to donate 50% of their proceeds earned that day in exchange for some volunteers to help at the store and advertise around the area.  We will need 6-8 students in 2 hour shifts from 10-4 p.m.  Some will work at the store helping out, and some to hold signs up by the courthouse to let people know to stop by and shop.  A signup sheet will be up in the band room this week. This is a great opportunity to help the band!

 

 

News and Notes for October 24 – November 4, 2016

Posted October 24, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Concert Evaluation, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Parent Information, Rehearsal Information, Student Information, Survey

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegCongratulations marching on a fine performance in the wind and rain at Greenville this past Friday evening! Looking forward to our final two meetings of the fall:
– Tuesday, November 1st (Advisory until 4:15 p.m. for Rehearsal)
– Thursday, November 3rd (Report at 6:30 p.m. for the Indoor Marching Band Show)

Tickets for the Indoor Marching Band Show will go on sale on Tuesday, October 25th.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE will begin rehearsals on Thursday, October 27th beginning during Advisory. Please see Dr. Weller if you need a schedule and audition music.

Band members who did not complete their first quarter evaluation will need to do so by Friday, October 28th.

 

1st Quarter Band Evaluation

Posted October 19, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Concert Evaluation, High School Concert Band, Middle School Band, Wind Ensemble

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegCongratulations to the Middle School Concert Band, High School Concert Band, and High School Wind Ensemble bands on a wonderful start to the 2016-2017 concert series at our recent fall concert held on Monday, October 17th. As part of each course, it is time to complete the first quarter music and self-evaluation. Be sure to click on the appropriate links below to access the evaluation for the band in which you are a member.

For part of the evaluation, you will need to evaluate the performance of certain songs. Rather than rely solely on you remembering “how did we do?”, a full reference recording of your performance has been posted on our band page at Soundcloud. As a suggestions, open the Soundcloud page in a new window so that you can easily go back and forth between the evaluation document and the uploaded concert tracks. Please click on this ridiculously long link to access the band Soundcloud page.

If you are a MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERT BAND, click here to access your survey.

If you are a HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND, click here to access your survey.

If you are a HIGH SCHOOL WIND ENSEMBLE member, click here to access your survey.

News and Notes for October 11-21, 2016

Posted October 9, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Band Fronts, Band Senior Information, Band Travel, Booster News, Concert Bands, Concert Evaluation, Concert Information, Football Game, High School Concert Band, 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.jpegThe first payment for the Band Trip to Washington D. C. in May of $150 was due on Tuesday, October 4th. If you have not yet dropped off this payment or contacted the Boosters regarding this payment, please contact Dr. Weller at your earliest convenience. It is important that we have a representative group for the concert band, jazz ensemble and marching band performances that have been scheduled for that weekend.

The Heavenly Dips Fundraiser is currently going on. Order forms and information are available in the band room.

All Seniors are reminded that their Recognition forms are due to Dr. Weller on Tuesday. Additionally, all seniors are asked to have their parents join the entire band for a pre-game meeting at 5:55 p.m. in the band room. The Senior Recognition for the football players, cheerleaders, and band members will begin at 6:15 p.m. on the track.

The next rehearsal for Marching Band will take place on Friday, October 14th from Advisory until 4:20 p.m. Inspection for the home game on Friday evening will begin at 5:25 p.m. As it is Senior Night, we will not be marching into the stadium but rather walking in with the Seniors and their parents to support all the Seniors who will be honored for the game. The show for Friday evening will be determined at rehearsal that afternoon. All rookies and middle-school marching band members will stay to clean the stadium following the game.

Sr. High Concert Band and Wind Ensemble are reminded of the combined rehearsal during advisory on Thursday, October 13th. This is a graded course requirement.

Middle School Concert Band Members are reminded of the combined rehearsal during Advisory on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11th and MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th. At the beginning of advisory, please report to the stage with your instrument and music for the concert for our combined rehearsal that will finish by the end of the advisory period. This is a graded course requirement.

All concert band students will complete 1st quarter concert/self-evaluations on Wednesday, October 19th during band periods.

LOOKING AHEAD:

The first concert for the Academic Concert Bands is on Monday, October 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Report time for all concert participants is 6:45 p.m. Attire for the concert is ALL BLACK dress clothes (gentlemen, ties are strongly encouraged). All concerts are a course requirement. The concert is free to all audience members.

Marching band will rehearse on Friday, October 21st from the beginning of Advisory until 4:15 p.m. Report time for the away game at Greenville is 5:30 p.m. and departure is 6:00 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble will begin rehearsal on Thursday, October 27th beginning during advisory until 4:00 p.m. A full rehearsal schedule and audition music will be available on Monday, October 24th.

Tickets for the Indoor Marching Band Show to be held on Thursday, November 3rd will go on sale beginning on Monday, October 24th. Adult Tickets are $2 and student tickets are $1.

 

 

News and Notes for October 3-7, 3016

Posted October 1, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Band Fronts, Booster News, Football Game, Marching Band, Parent Information, Spring Trip, Student Information

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The first payment for the Band Trip to Washington D. C. in May of $150 is due on Tuesday, October 4th. If you have not received updated trip information (including the full rehearsal schedule), please contact Dr. Weller at your earliest convenience (last updated information was released on September 2, 2016).

The Booster are launching the “Heavenly Dips” fundraiser this week. Forms are available in the band room on Wednesday, October 5th.

All marching band members should take note of the Homecoming Parade that will be held on Wednesday October 5th. The school will open at 5:30 p.m. to pick up school instruments and uniforms (we are wearing full uniforms for the parade). Meet at the Methodist Church Parking Lot by 6:00 p.m.

Rehearsal on Friday, October 7th will begin at 3:00 p.m. and conclude at 4:45 p.m. Rehearsal will begin on field in concert formation. The 5M Band Alumni will join us at 3:30 p.m. The show for the homecoming game vs. Reynolds will be All Along the Watchtower, Gimme Some Lovin, Let’s Go Crazy, The Star-Spangled Banner, The Mercer High School Alma Mater, and Mercer High School Fight Song (all of this music will be presented during pre-game. At half-time we will present On Top of the World during the court introductions.

Dr. Weller is in need of a couple of volunteers for a decorating project during the day on Friday, October 7th. See him if you are interested.1007111924

News and Notes for September 26-September 30, 2016

Posted September 25, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Alumni Band, Band Fronts, Concert Bands, Football Game, High School Concert Band, Marching Band, Middle School Band, Parent Information, Rehearsal Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Spring Trip, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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wpid-wp-1411937505388.jpegAll of the Academic Concert Bands will be notified of requirements for the MDE (musical development evaluations) that will begin on September 26th during band periods.

There will be a meeting of the leadership team on Monday, September 26th during advisory.

Don’t forget to let Alumni of the 5M Band know about our Annual Homecoming Alumni Band event to be held on October 7th. Registration is due on September 28th.

REHEARSAL CHANGE: Band members will continue work on “On Top of the World” which they received on the September 23rd rehearsal. We will meet and rehearse during Advisory on Thursday, September 29th. The rehearsal will conclude at 3:08 p.m. – students who need to ride the bus home will be able to make their bus in time. This rehearsal is for instrumentalists only. All instrumentalists are expected to attend.

Rehearsal on Friday will begin during Advisory and conclude at 4:15 p.m. Rehearsal will begin with a meeting of all band members in the LGI. Inspection will begin at 5:30 p.m. Departure for Sharon will be 6:00 p.m. The show for Friday night will be determined at rehearsal on Friday afternoon.

LOOKING AHEAD.

The first payment for the Band Trip to Washington D. C. in May of $150 is due on Tuesday, October 4th. If you have not received updated trip information (including the full rehearsal schedule), please contact Dr. Weller at your earliest convenience (last updated information was released on September 2, 2016).

All marching band members should take note of the Homecoming Parade that will be held on Wednesday October 5th. The school will open at 5:30 p.m. to pick up school instruments and uniforms (we are wearing full uniforms for the parade). Meet at the Methodist Church Parking Lot by 6:00 p.m.

Rehearsal on Friday, October 7th will begin at 3:00 p.m. and conclude at 4:45 p.m. Rehearsal will begin on field in concert formation. The 5M Band Alumni will join us at 3:30 p.m. The show for the homecoming game vs. Reynolds will be All Along the Watchtower, Gimme Some Lovin, Let’s Go Crazy, The Star-Spangled Banner, The Mercer High School Alma Mater, and Mercer High School Fight Song (all of this music will be presented during pre-game. At half-time we will present On Top of the World during the court introductions.

 

News and notes for September 19-23, 2016

Posted September 18, 2016 by tjweller
Categories: Academic Concert Bands, Alumni Band, Band Fronts, Band Senior Information, High School Concert Band, Marching Band, Middle School Band, Music Performances, Parent Information, Schedules & Rehearsals, Spring Trip, Student Information, Wind Ensemble

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It was disappointing to have to cancel our band on Saturday evening, but in lieu of the weather that came through it was the best move for our group and the guest bands who would have traveled to join us. The band show will not be rescheduled.

Rehearsal on Friday, September 23rd will begin during Advisory and conclude at 4:30 p.m. Report time for the home game with Wilmington is 5:30 p.m. Pre-game warm-up is at 6:05, and march to the field for pre-game begins at 6:30. The show for the Wilmington game will be tentatively be September, Midnight Hour, and Greatest Love of All.

All of the Academic Concert Bands will be notified of requirements for the MDE (musical development evaluations) that will begin on September 26th during band periods.

Don’t forget to let Alumni of the 5M Band know about our Annual Homecoming Alumni Band event to be held on October 7th. Registration is due on September 28th.

Looking ahead:

Band members will receive the homecoming song on the September 23rd rehearsal. We will meet and rehearse with the Homecoming Court on Thursday, September 29th at 3:30 p.m.

All marching band members should take note of the Homecoming Parade that will be held on Wednesday October 5th. The school will open at 5:30 p.m. to pick up school instruments and uniforms (we are wearing full uniforms for the parade). Meet at the Methodist Church Parking Lot by 6:00 p.m.

The first payment for the Band Trip to Washington D. C. in May of $150 is due on Tuesday, October 4th. If you have not received updated trip information (including the full rehearsal schedule), please contact Dr. Weller at your earliest convenience (last updated information was released on September 2, 2016).


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