“All Hands On Deck” for the Urbandale Marching Invitational
This is an event for which we count of support/volunteerism from 100% of band families (and the last “All Hands On Deck” for the school year).
On Sept. 29th, we will host 18 marching bands, around 2000 students and another 2000 spectators on for the 21st Annual event from about 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. Our event is well known in the state as a premier event with the best hospitality around.
To make it happen, we count on each family contributing volunteerism in the areas of ticket sales, concessions stand, time-keepers, hospitality room host, program sales and more. Please visit the link below and sign up to help! The tasks are easy and the time working with other families is fun.
Unique &/or Skilled help needed:
Medical professionals to staff the Marching Invitational Aid Station. Medical volunteers will not treat students, but triage visitors who may need simple first aid vs. those who may need to seek care at a clinic or hospital.
Crew Chief of Pit Haulers for guest bands to allocate and coordinate trailer assets in assisting the transport of our guest bands’ larger percussion equipment.
General Band Volunteerism:
Links for both general Band and Urbandale Marching Invitational volunteering opportunities are always available on the Volunteering page on the Band website. Next opportunity where spots are available are for the Johnston Marching Invitational.
Band lesson will begin on Monday, Aug. 27. The schedule is posted on Lessons tab of the band website. We’re constantly making adjustments to the schedule and will keep the website up-to-date frequently as adjustments are made to the schedule.
Students will have weekly lesson times. They will alternate weeks between having a 1-on-1 lesson with a staff member, or focusing on personal practice.
Students who are studying with a private teacher will be allowed to “vouch” for their lessons by having their private teacher sign a voucher form (also available in the Lesson tab of the band website).
- Students will be asked to check off their “counts in music” (they know what this is). Students were given time during camp to complete this project. This is due Sept. 6 (hard deadline).
- Students will be asked to perform memorization checks on the marching band music during their lessons. To receive 100%, students should be able to play the entire set of music memorized by State Contest in October. Students have the opportunity to exceed expectations by completing this prior to the Sept. 7 home game. If so, they will receive a grade of 150%.
- Students will then continue working on a list of technique-building and music literacy skills throughout the semester.
For students taking private lessons, we will accept memorization checks by video. The video should be at a wide enough angle to show the student and surround area to ensure performance is by memory. It is acceptable (actually preferable) to have make the video with the music playing in the background. Music can be accessed on the marching band page of the band website. (The password for that page is: ujb2018planets)
The President’s Own Marine Band – @ UHS!
The President’s Own Marine Band will be performing a full and FREE concert in the UHS PAC on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. This is truly the best band in the country. Period. A once in a lifetime opportunity to hear the band in your very own home town!
Mark your calendars. Find more information for tickets and concert information.
J-Hawk Foundations is a program led by our Activities Department. It is geared towards students in all activities, helping them to build the skills to get the most out of school, activities, life, and leadership.
August’s session focused on respect and sportsmanship. The next sessions are on Nov. 14th and March 27th . Like students in all activities, band students should make plans to attend these sessions.
Please ensure these dates on in students’ calendars. All meetings will be at 2:30 pm in the PAC.
Marching Band Itineraries
As they become available, all itineraries related to marching band will be posted in the Itineraries tab of the band website.
Currently, these itineraries are available.
Home football game
Johnston Marching Invitational
Thanks to Beth Day
A heartfelt thanks to Beth Day for wrangling volunteers for the Dairy Barn this year.
We often talk about a “fair share” being 3 shifts for students and 2 adult shifts per family. Wrangling the volunteer effort is certainly exceeding the fair share… and doing it all with a delightfully positive spirit makes it that much more enjoyable for everyone
Please join us in thanking Beth for sharing her time and energy towards this massive project.
Great job, Beth! We owe you a heaping scoop of thanks!!
NOTE: Beth is graduating this year along with her Senior band member. If you are an organized and energetic parent, and you enjoy being goal oriented and love a good project, please reach out to Mr. Peterson to visit about leading the charge next year.
Op. Ed. Regarding Appointments
One of the most unique aspects of being in band, choir, or in a team sport is the inherent and critical aspect of collaboration. One master music educator once told the students, “Practice is for learning your part. Rehearsal is for learning everyone else’s.” Due to the nature of a collaborative art form, it’s essential that students are present for the collaborative growth process. Unlike some “stereotypic” academic classes where students are learning independently, students in band are learning cooperatively and interdependently in order to realize the highest levels of team performance. What students miss in a band rehearsal is a collaboration that cannot be made up independently. We recognize that conflicts with medical and other appointments aren’t always avoidable, but we do appreciate efforts to schedule these outside of group rehearsals as much as possible.