Morning Band Rehearsals
Beginning on August 25th, we will begin 7:00 AM rehearsals. The expectation will be that all students attend these early morning rehearsals regardless of their hybrid assignment. Students will be dismissed at 8:00 AM if it’s not their team’s day to attend school.
Online learning for high school students will be asynchronous. This means students will not need to be home and ready to log on to class directly at 8:00 AM.
Please contact Mr. Dupuis if you have a transportation issue or other problem that would prevent a student from attending.
Marching Band Performances
The J-Hawk Marching Band will perform for families at Frerichs’ Field on the following dates:
– Saturday, September 26th: 7:30 PM
– Saturday, October 10th: 7:30 PM (senior recognition)
Two ticket vouchers will be distributed to each student. Capacity will be limited. The event will be live streamed. Admission will be $5.00.
Virtual Booster Drive Blitz
We ask that you consider joining the Urbandale Booster Club in 2020-2021 to show your support of our students and our programs in the Urbandale Community School District. In addition, please consider forwarding this e-mail to friends and family members, share this on your social media accounts, and encourage others to do the same.
When marching band is over and we transition to concert band, we plan to create three ensembles for each hybrid team (A and B). Those ensembles will include a woodwind choir, brass choir, and percussion choir. These ensembles will be created from members of all three bands. As a result, band placements will not be needed during first semester this year.
All State Mock Auditions
All State Mock Auditions will begin outdoors on Monday, August 31st. A sign up list will be made available to students during the week of August 25th. Auditions will take place outdoors and be videotaped according to IHSMA regulations. These auditions will continue each Monday afternoon/evening until October 19th. More information regarding arrival procedures and the exact outdoor location will be released soon.
Audition materials for our jazz ensembles will be released by August 25th. All students wishing to participate in jazz band must audition. A video audition tape will be due on September 2nd. Band assignments will be announced no later than Friday, September 4th.
In person rehearsals will begin outside on September 8th. The jazz bands will meet regularly on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 PM until the end of our marching season. More details regarding rehearsal procedures and a schedule for after the marching season will be communicated at a later date.
We will return to using our band lockers once classes resume. These lockers offer students a locked and secure location to store their instruments during the day. Exact guidelines for these spaces will be communicated to students on August 25th.