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

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.

Upcoming Dates to remember

Hello Parents,

A huge shout out to everyone that helped make this years Rhythm and Raffle a huge success!


UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

ADJUDICATION CONCERTS

Tuesday Feb 25th 7:00pm Performing Arts Center
Schedule is posted on Mr. Vitale's website

CONCERT SCHEDULE

OMEA DISTRICT CONCERTS

March 6th and 7th Times TBA (check Mr. Vitale's Website)
Olmsted Falls High School

SUMMER BAND CAMP

Mr. Vitale has posted a TENTATIVE 2020 Summer band camp calendar. Please note that these dates and times are subject to change. They ARE NOT FINAL. Please check Mr. Vitale's website under forms and PDF's.

SUMMER BAND CAMP

Mandatory Disney trip meeting, parade rehearsal

Hello Parents,

We hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful holiday concerts the past few days! All of our music programs did a fabulous and festive job!

 

Just a reminder:

Wednesday Dec 18th is  Disney Parade Rehearsal from 6-8pm

8pm Dec 18th is a mandatory trip rules meeting with Mr. Vitale in the PAC for ALL STUDENTS and ALL PARENTS OF STUDENTS going on the Disney Trip. Please bring a writing utensil to the meeting.

We wish everyone wonderful holiday break!

Holiday concerts

Hello Families,

*****HOLIDAY CONCERTS*****

Seats are completely sold out for both Sunday performances.  There are a few families on a waiting list.  If your circumstances change and you have any tickets that you will not be using, please send an email to Lisa Althouse, lalthouse@beaconsoftco.com to let her know.  We don’t want anyone to miss the show!

VOLUNTEERS FOR HOLIDAY CONCERTS

We are in need of a few volunteers to help sell ornaments, CD's, Tervis cups, and pins before and after the holiday concerts.  If you could spare and hour before the concert or half an hour after the concert, please consider signing up in one of the time slots below.

Thank you, Spirit Wear Committee 

HOLIDAY CONCERT TABLE VOLUNTEERS
 

From the Desk of Mr. Vitale

Band Families,

We have had a meeting with the Band Staff, NRHS Administration, Athletic Director, and Officer Karl in an effort to help clarify traffic flow on Friday nights with the construction. Please note the new instructions for drop off/pick up of Band Students on Friday nights:

Friday Night Parking and Drop Off for Band Students

Drop off of students: 

Parents should enter via driveway #3, drop off their child, and exit via driveway #4. 

Students arriving and parking:

Students can park in the spots allocated for band students along the rear of the Staff Parking Lot (which will remain open until 4:14 PM).

Students should enter driveway #3 and park in the spots in front of the main office once the back gate is closed.

If all the spots in front of the school and the rear of the Staff Parking Lot are taken, students should park at Memorial Park.

Student Pick-up After the game:

Parents should enter driveway #4 and pick up their child in the Staff Parking Lot. All parents should then exit the parking lot by way of driveway #4.  Parents should not pick up students in the lot between the middle school and high school.

Students leaving after the game: 

Students should leave by way of driveway #4

Thank you, everyone, for your help with this!

-Mr. Vitale

David Vitale, M.M.
Director of Bands
North Royalton High School
14713 Ridge Road
North Royalton, OH 44133

Parent preview night, Parade, Spirit wear, fruit sale

Good evening parents! The fun begins this weekend!

PARENT PREVIEW NIGHT
Friday Aug 23th 7-8pm Serpentini Stadium .
Come see what your students have been learning all summer long! It is a great time to take pictures! Feel free to arrive starting at 6pm, especially if you ordered ice cream sundaes.

Please visit all the tables on your way in:

Photo buttons: You can purchase a button and WEAR your kids’ smiling face all season! All students were photographed individually, and some chose to take a group photo with friends. In addition to helping you show your spirit and support, this is a great Boosters fundraiser. Buttons will be $5 each or 3 for $12 (cash or check only). We’ll see you there!

Spirit wear: NR hot/cold Trervis cups for $25 (cash or check only).

Band booster membership; Join now!

Senior Dinner: If you have a senior please pick up your Senior Dinner invitation!

NORTH ROYALTON HOME DAYS PARADE
Sunday, Aug 25th

Students need to be at the High School by the time Mr. Vitale specified to them (usually 1:45-2: 00 pm). Enjoy the parade which goes from St. Alberts all the way back to the High School. Your student can either be picked up at the High School afterward or you can meet up with them somewhere in the square.

SPIRIT WEAR
LAST WEEKEND TO ORDER! Don't forget to order your 2019/2020 Band Spirit Wear today. The online store will close August 25th at 11:59 pm & these items will no longer be available. Get ready for the upcoming football season!

Please click on the link below to view and shop at our store.
NRHS BAND SPIRIT WEAR STORE

Thank you for Supporting our Band!

Jeff & Kristen Coffman 
NRHS Spirit Wear Committee
Questions please email us at northroyaltonbandboosters@gmail.com

ANNUAL FRUIT SALE
(freshman parents please don't feel overwhelmed, you will be receiving a separate email explaining the fruit sale)

The marching band's annual fruit sale will be starting next month. This is a major fundraiser for the band and will be a huge success with everyone's participation. We will be offering navel oranges, grapefruit, tangelos, apples, pineapples, pears, and cheesecake.

Please make a note of the following:

Fruit Blitz Weekend- Save the Dates...September 7th & 8th – All students sell door to door in groups of two or three in our local neighborhoods.

All fruit orders and collected money are due on Wednesday, September 11. All orders received in by September 11th will be eligible for a drawing for a $50 Disney gift card.

A few changes from Previous Years

  • Fruit Group Leaders Only - will sign up by the elementary school they went to. They need to provide their name, text number, parent’s cell number, and their group-members names. Sign-up sheets are on the band doors.
  • Fruit Group Leaders Only – will pick up the sales packets after Wednesday night practice on September 4th.
     After The Weekend Blitz...additional order forms will be given to your student. These additional paper orders are for families and friends. The turn in date is October 11 in the white band mailbox. More info will come out later.
    More information to follow soon. Please check your email and/or Facebook and the Band Boosters Website to stay on top of the events as they get closer. Thank you!!
    Jennifer Sanders and Nikki BlaskoNRBandFruitHolidaySale@aol.com