Fruit Sale!

NRHS Marching Band Annual Fruit Sale
The NRHS Marching band needs your help! Our annual fruit sale has gone virtual and is online ONLY!

While it may be different, it does allow us to reach people outside of our community because all products will be directly shipped to the customer. You can even purchase a box and send it to someone as a gift for the holidays!

Just click the link below to log into our group website and place an order..

http://freshfruitorder.org/NRHSMarchingBand

The deadline for ordering fruit online is 11/29/2020. Please email fruitsale@nrbandboosters.org with any questions. 

A message from Mr. Vitale

Hello Parents and Students,

As we wrap up this year, we are excited to present this year's Band Banquet. Rather than clicking on video clips, I have been working closely with the Band Boosters, and we have come up with a way for the Band Banquet to be broadcast "live" so everyone can watch the Banquet together, even if we are not all in the same physical room. On Thursday, May 21 at 7:00PM the Band Banquet will be broadcast live over the internet. To be able to view the event you will need to copy and paste this link into your web browser:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/ meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ YTcwMjhlYTEtYmU4Ni00MmZjLTk0MT YtYzgzZDg0NDVlMmZi%40thread. v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a% 22793fb6a8-e67a-4952-b66f- d1c83afacb6c%22%2c%22Oid%22% 3a%2278b8123f-04c1-4711-a866- c86cf7358829%22%2c% 22IsBroadcastMeeting%22% 3atrue%7d

Or to make it easier - this link will work as well:

https://tinyurl.com/ NRBandBanquet2020
 ( please see link below for simple instructions)

From here, you and your family will be able to view the Band Banquet, just as if you were watching it in the PAC. The banquet will include all of your favorite components including: Acknowledgement of advisors, directors, Band Boosters, band accomplishments, formal band awards, superlative awards, the senior favorite memories video, and more. We hope that everyone will attend and view the Band Banquet on Thursday!

Stay safe,

-Mr. V.

banquet instructions

Last day to return concert uniforms May 14th

Hello Parents,

 
THIS THURSDAY 5/14   from 10am to 12 noon is the last day to return all concert uniforms and any extra borrowed items, bow ties, cummerbunds etc.

THERE IS NOT A MAKE UP DATE

If you missed your assigned day please plan on turning in your concert uniform this Thursday 5/14 10 am to 12 pm.

Please make sure the students name is somewhere on the bag or dress hanger.

Thank you 
Uniform committee

Uniform return procedure:

  • Students will enter the back lot through Drive #4, and drive around to the back HS door by the Green Band Room (Custodial Doors)
  • Student will hang up their Tuxedo or Concert Dress on the rack set up outside at the drop-off location
  • Student will leave their school owned instrument on the curb
  • Students are not to enter the building, and if there is a car already at the drop-off location for uniform/instrument turn in, the next car should wait so only one student is putting materials on the curb at a time
  • If a student wishes to sign out a color guard silk for auditions, students should take one from the bin on the curb, and sign the clipboard next to the bin to sign it out.
  • Band Staff will move the instrument/uniform from the rack/curb after the car has departed
  • There will be no interaction with other students or staff members in the Turn-in process
  • If their school-owned instrument is still in the band locker, they should remove it when they clear out their band lockers on May 18-21.
  • Students will not be allowed into the building.
  • If a student cannot get a ride to drop off their instrument/uniform, it can be dropped off by a classmate if social distancing guidelines are followed. So you do NOT need to drop off your instrument/uniform in person – someone can drop it off for you

All school owned instruments, and uniforms, and color guard silks should all be returned by the end of the day on 5/14. A list of missing items will be turned in the administration by 5/15 so that the administration will know what seniors are not “cleared” for graduation, and what underclassmen will own fines/fees for unreturned school-owned equipment. If any non-senior wants to hold on to their school-owned instrument to continue private lessons, audition for OMEA All-State or CYWS, please Email Mr. Vitale directly, and those individuals can hold on to their school-owned instruments.

Concert Uniform/ instrument returns

Hello Parents,

We hope everyone is doing well. Just a few reminders:

CONCERT DRESS RETURNS ; Ladies please put your name on the hanger of your dress with tape or a post it to help facilitate our return process.

UNIFORM AND INSTRUMENT TURN IN
(Please drop off you items on the date you are scheduled, If you missed your drop off date, please arrange to drop off on one of the remaining dates)
 

Monday, April 27 – Flutes 
Thursday, April 30 – Clarinets 
Monday, May 4 – Alto and Tenor Saxes 
Thursday May, 7 – Trumpets 
Monday May 11 – Horn / Trombone 
Thursday, May 14 – Baritone / Tuba / Percussion 
The times for all Uniform/Instrument Turn-In is 10:00AM-noon
 
We are going to start the process to collect the concert tuxes and concert dresses as well as any school-owned instruments. This process has been carefully crafted by the band staff and administration to make sure that social distancing procedures are being followed and to spread out the collection process over a long period of time to keep numbers low. On your assigned day, students will follow the following procedure:
· Students will enter the back lot through Drive #4, and drive around to the back HS door by the Green Band Room (Custodial Doors)
· Student will hang up their Tuxedo or Concert Dress on the rack set up outside at the drop-off location
· Student will leave their school owned instrument on the curb
· Students are not to enter the building, and if there is a car already at the drop-off location for uniform/instrument turn in, the next car should wait so only one student is putting materials on the curb at a time
· If a student wishes to sign out a color guard silk for auditions, students should take one from the bin on the curb, and sign the clipboard next to the bin to sign it out.
· Band Staff will move the instrument/uniform from the rack/curb after the car has departed
· There will be no interaction with other students or staff members in the Turn-in process
· If their school-owned instrument is still in the band locker, they should remove it when they clear out their band lockers on May 18-21. Students will not be allowed into the building.
· If a student cannot get a ride to drop off their instrument/uniform, it can be dropped off by a classmate if social distancing guidelines are followed. So you do NOT need to drop off your instrument/uniform in person – someone can drop it off for you
 
All school owned instruments, and uniforms, and color guard silks should all be returned by the end of the day on 5/14. A list of missing items will be turned in the administration by 5/15 so that the administration will know what seniors are not “cleared” for graduation, and what underclassmen will own fines/fees for unreturned school-owned equipment. If any non-senior wants to hold on to their school-owned instrument to continue private lessons, audition for OMEA All-State or CYWS, please Email Mr. Vitale directly, and those individuals can hold on to their school-owned instruments.


2020-2021 BAND REGISTRATION
Registration for band for the 2020-2021 school year is still open. Please click on the following link if you have not registered yet.

2020-2021 REGISTRATION

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From the Desk of Mr. Vitale

Band Students, Band Boosters, and Band Families,

I am writing to you now to give you an update on what the remainder of the year and what the month of May will look like. This series of announcements comes as a result of working closely with Mr. Osborne, Mr. Gurka, and the entire administrative team. I assure you that these decisions have been very difficult to make and these decisions did not come easily. I would like to move chronologically through the month of May, in our Band Calendar, and explaining and updating changes and decisions that have been made:

Uniform and Instrument Turn-In - 

We are going to start the process to collect the concert tuxes and concert dresses as well as any school-owned instruments. This process has been carefully crafted by the band staff and administration to make sure that social distancing procedures are being followed and to spread out the collection process over a long period of time to keep numbers low.

On your assigned day, students will follow the following procedure :

  • Students will enter the back lot through Drive #4, and drive around to the back HS door by the Green Band Room (Custodial Doors)
  • Student will hang up their Tuxedo or Concert Dress on the rack set up outside at the drop-off location
  • Student will leave their school-owned instrument on the curb
  • Students are not to enter the building, and if there is a car already at the drop-off location for uniform/instrument turn in, the next car should wait so only one student is putting materials on the curb at a time
  • If a student wishes to sign out a color guard silk for auditions, students should take one from the bin on the curb, and sign the clipboard next to the bin to sign it out.
  • Band Staff will move the instrument/uniform from the rack/curb after the car has departed.
  • There will be no interaction with other students or staff members in the Turn-in process
  • If their school-owned instrument is still in the band locker, they should remove it when they clear out their band lockers on May 18-21. Students will not be allowed into the building.
  • If a student cannot get a ride to drop off their instrument/uniform, it can be dropped off by a classmate if social distancing guidelines are followed. So you do NOT need to drop off your instrument/uniform in person – someone can drop it off for you 

Monday, April 27 – Flutes 
Thursday, April 30 – Clarinets 
Monday, May 4 – Alto and Tenor Saxes 
Thursday May, 7 – Trumpets 
Monday May 11 – Horn / Trombone 
Thursday, May 14 – Baritone / Tuba / Percussion 

The times for all Uniform/Instrument Turn-In is 10:00AM-noon

All school-owned instruments, and uniforms, and color guard silks should all be returned by the end of the day on 5/14. A list of missing items will be turned in the administration by 5/15 so that the administration will know what seniors are not “cleared” for graduation, and what underclassmen will own fines/fees for unreturned school-owned equipment. If any non-senior wants to hold on to their school-owned instrument to continue private lessons, audition for OMEA All-State or CYWS, please Email Mr. Vitale directly, and those individuals can hold on to their school-owned instruments. 

Royalette/Royalaire/Percussion Auditions  –

there will not be any “in-person” auditions, and all auditions will take place using Google Classroom to communicate with applicants. Through Google Classroom, students will use video clinics and video audition methods to audition. Percussionists will use both video audition and Smartmusic software to submit audition passages. Information regarding the audition process will be posted on the Band Website and specific details for each group will be posted in the Google Classroom created for each specific group. It will be the responsibility of students to “join” each Google Classroom so that they get information on how the remote auditions will take place during the month of May. The Google Classrooms for each group will go active on May 1 st . The classroom codes for auditions are:

Royalette Auditions: bvhlhfx
Royalaire Auditions: bksjw2k
Percussion Auditions: 7j45k6q

Band Banquet  –

this has been a particularly difficult decision. I have had several meetings with the Booster Exec. Board and Mr. Osborne, and we understand how important a night this is for us, particularly our graduating senior class. We looked at many many contingency plans. However, ultimately, the decision was made to eliminate the Band Banquet gathering in a physical space. This decision was made in an abundance of caution – and seeing the reality that it will not be safe to meet in a group of this size (whether indoor or outdoor) and delaying the banquet will not help, as the situation is not expected to improve in a matter of weeks. So, on Thursday, May 21, I invite all Band Families to log into the Band Website, where we will have our own “Virtual Band Banquet.” Here posted at exactly 7PM, there will be video clips of the following to watch together as a family:

  • Acknowledgement of outgoing Booster Chairs and Committee heads – by Mr. Vitale
  • Acknowledgement of Staff, Advisors, administration, and school board – by Mr. Vitale
  • Reading of All Senior Band Members’ names and their accomplishments – by Mr. Vitale
  • Presentation of Formal Band Awards – by Mr. Vitale
  • Senior Band Memories Video – put together by senior band members
  • Presentation of silly Superlative Awards – presented and announced by video – by Band Council

Seniors will be able to pick up their Senior plaques, and Commemorative Fleece Blankets from the Boosters, on the following day, Friday, May 22, when they come into school to clean out their hall locker. The plaques, blankets, and awards, will be outside my office, for students to pick up. Again, this probably not what seniors (and parents of seniors) wanted to hear, however, we as a band staff and administration are working hard to preserve the importance of this event, even though we cannot gather together in the same physical space.

Band-a-Rama  – 

The Band-a-Rama Concert has been canceled, as in-person classes have been canceled for the remainder of the year. 

Band Locker Clean out  –  (May 18-22)

Band members should follow the prescribed days and times from Mr. Osborne when they should clean out their hall locker – this is the same day/time to clear out your band locker

  • Students should remove EVERYTHING from their band locker, and take their instrument home (if it isn’t already at home
  • There will be bins outside the band office to return: Jazz Band I folders, Jazz Band II folders, Jazz Band II Books. As each individual returns the jazz band music, you will be asked to check your name off the roster on the list next to each bin to confirm all materials have been returned
  • All locks should be removed from your band locker – any locks left on lockers after May 29 th ,will be cut off and removed at the student’s expense

 
Memorial Day Parade 

The Memorial Day Parade performance has been canceled, as in-person classes have been canceled for the remainder of the year.

Band Final Exam & Field Commander Auditions  – 

There will not be Final Exams for any classes concluding the 4 th  quarter of distance learning. Field Commander Auditions and voting will take place in Google Classroom in the month of May. Details regarding the audition and voting process will be posted on the Band Website and Google Classroom

Grad Band  – 

While there hasn’t been a decision about a formal Commencement ceremony in-person yet – if it turns out that there will be commencement ceremony on June 28 th , Wind Ensemble members will play at the commencement ceremony. There will be no rehearsal ahead of time. Because there is no rehearsal, there will be no pre-commencement concert by the outgoing seniors. The Grad Band will perform only the National Anthem, and Pomp and Circumstance.

June 1 st  and Beyond  – 

Right now,  we as a Band Staff are not prepared to speak about meeting or rehearsing in any capacity in the months of June and July at this time. We invite all band families to have a copy of the Band Calendar, and Band Camp Calendar and make sure it is posted on your refrigerator or shared electronically on your shared family calendar. For incoming 8 th  graders, it is important to know that there typically is a lot that happens during the summer to prepare for the upcoming marching season and school year. Some of the things that are “scheduled” to happen on June 1 st , 2 nd , 3 rd , include a Leadership clinic, music distribution sectionals, instrument distribution for school-owned instruments, shoe distribution for shoe orders, T-shirt and Polo shirt pick up, etc. At this time, we cannot say with any certainty if we will be meeting in any capacity in the month of June. We respectfully ask everyone to keep the dates clear on the Summer Band Calendar and Summer Band Camp Calendar - and as the situation progresses and we get more information, we will share more details with you about what the summer, band camp and fall will look like.

Stay Safe,

-Mr. V.

Invite for Virtual Booster Meeting Thursday April 16th

Hello Band Boosters,

Our Band Booster Meeting is this Thursday April 16th at 7pm. Due to the current restrictions on group meetings, we will be having a virtual meeting. The meeting will be held in Microsoft teams. Please sign in with the link below (Microsoft Teams instructions at bottom of email).

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Attached you will find the meeting agenda . We will be voting on the Board Members for next school year at this meeting.

MEETING AGENDA

TEAMS INSTRUCTIONS

Thank you in advance for your patience throughout this meeting!

2020-2021 Band Registration, Virtual Band Booster Meeting

Hello Parents,

We hope this email finds everyone well! The COVID-19 virus has caused some drastic changes in our lives lately and we hope everyone has been able to keep a little music in their day to help them unwind!

We have a few items that need to be taken care of to ensure a smooth beginning to the band season for the 2020-2021 School Year.

In order to help plan for the summer band camp as well as next years marching band season, we do need everyone to Register their student for Band for the 2020-2021 school year!  Registration is open through April 10th.  All students who play instruments in either marching band OR concert band should register. Please take a moment to  click and register  your band student for the upcoming Band Season. Band Front registration will follow tryouts in the spring.

 You may also find this link on both Mr. Vitale's website as well as the Band Boosters website.

Thank you

2020-2021 REGISTRATION

BAND BOOSTER MEETING

We will be holding a VIRTUAL BAND BOOSTER MEETING Thursday April 16th at 7:00pm. At this meeting we will be voting for board members for the upcoming school year, so please plan on attending. A link to join the meeting will be posted shortly.

BAND BOOSTER CHAIR OPPORTUNITIES

While there may be uncertainty regarding school and band activities in the near term, one thing we know for sure is that we need to start preparing for next school year’s band program.  And as always one of the most important steps in that process is filling open committee co-chair roles.   Most of these roles don’t require a tremendous time commitment but all critical to the success of our spectacular band program.  We try to have co-chairs for every committee so those who step up to lead them are able to share the load while having fun with friends.  Currently, we are looking for the following co-chair roles:  Pit Crew, Fruit Sale, Munching For Music, Festival of Bands, Spiritwear, and Website.  

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these, please reach out to Kevin Sexton at  vicepresident@ nrbandboosters.org .

Stay safe and we will see you all soon!

Cancellation of March Booster Meeting Inbox

Hello Parents,

With the spread of the COVID-19, the band boosters will be following precautions and recommendations set forth by the governor and the NR School District. Our booster meeting set for March 19th has been cancelled. At this meeting we were to vote on the officers for next year. The vote for next years officers will now take place at the meeting on April 16th.

I am sure you are all aware that all OMEA adjudicated events have also been cancelled for the remained of the school year. Any further communications on this subject will come directly from Mr. Vitale.

Next school year is approaching fast so don't forget to register for band for the 2020-2021 school year! All students who play instruments in either marching band OR concert band should register. Please take a moment to  click and register  your band student for the upcoming Band Season. Band Front registration will follow tryouts in the spring. Registration will be open until APRIL 10th.

2020-2021 REGISTRATION

Be safe, enjoy your families and keep the music alive!