Summer Directors Newsletter #2-19, July 29

July 28, 2019

Summer Director’s Newsletter #2-19, July 28, 2019

MARCHING SEASON IS HERE!

I hope everyone is as excited as we are to get our 2019/20 year underway!

Here is what you’ll find in this week’s newsletter:

•Thank you
•Physicals
•Materials Needed
•General Daily Schedule
•General Safety
•Parking/Pick Up
•Two Week Schedule

THANK YOU

A special thanks goes to Mr. Chip Thompson for heading up our prop crew. He and a few others put some work in at the school on Saturday to begin the construction of our props for the show. Thank you to Sarah Thompson, Brent Bjerken, and Ken Havens for taking some time out of their Saturday to help with this big project! It will without a doubt take a huge number of hands to put our production on the field. 

PHYSICALS

As mentioned many times, all physicals are due tomorrow. Any student who does not have a physical turned in tomorrow CANNOT PARTICIPATE AND WILL BE SENT HOME. Please understand that we cannot take the risk of putting a student outside for a number of hours without a physical in hand. 

Some parents have contacted me saying that their PCP is heavily booked. My suggestion is if you’re comfortable with it, visit a med clinic where they can see your student to do a general physical. They’re usually quick and covered under insurance plans. 

MATERIALS NEEDED 

Before we head outside tomorrow, all students will be given a half gallon reusable water jug, with their name on it. It is important that your student takes proper care of these as they are part of our uniformity and required materials. Since these water jugs are uniform, students will be allowed to take these with them to events such as football games and contests. We ask that students do not draw or place any items on their jug unless instructed by the band staff.

If your student loses their water jug, they will need to purchase a replacement from the band office for $6.00. 

Below is a list of materials that students will need to bring to be prepared for the week. 

Colorguard
(the guard created a rotating color day for tops)
-Blue tank/t-shirt (tues:green, wed:pink, thurs:red, fri:orange)
-Athletics shorts/workout attire
-Low cut cross trainers or running shoes w/socks
-Hat
-Sunglasses
-Sunblock

Field Dance
-Plain white t-shirt
-Black leggings (any length)
-Low cut cross trainers or running shoes w/socks
-Hat
-Sunglasses
-Sunblock

Winds & Percussion
-Plain white t-shirt, crew or v-neck
-Athletic shorts
-Hats
-Sunglasses
-Sunblock
-Low cut cross trainers or running shoes w/socks
-3 ring binder
-8.5 X 11 Sheet protectors in binder
-Sheet music from our end of the year Music Camp in the binder/sheet protectors
-Pencils & Highlighters (in a sheet protector or pencil pouch in their binder)

GENERAL DAILY SCHEDULE

Below is an example of what our general day will look like. During each day there will be multiple water breaks/general breaks for the students to pace themselves physically and mentally for each block. 

7:30 am - 11:30 am - OUTDOORS
-Exercise block
-Marching Fundamentals/Choreography
-Dance Fundamentals/Choreography
-Guard Fundamentals/Choreography
-Visual Block (learning drill)

THERE WILL BE AN EXTENDED 15 MINUTE BREAK FROM 9:00 am - 9:15 am. During this time, our boosters will be selling items such as gatorade, breakfast items such as muffins, fruit, as well as a few other things. 

11:30 am - 1 pm - LUNCH

Our boosters will also be selling items for lunch each day of summer band. You can send lunch with your student or money for them to purchase items. 

For students who drive - You will have 2 days a week (Tues & Thurs) to go off campus and eat as you wish, however for the remaining 3 days, we need you to follow the BLT and eat as a section or with other sections as we have scheduled. It is important that we make time to eat together and get to know each other as team members. 

I DO NOT ADVISE students to travel in other student vehicles without parent permission. For everyone’s safety, parents, please communicate with your students to ensure you know their whereabouts during the lunch break. 

1 pm - 4 pm - INDOORS
-Sectionals
-Masterclasses (winds)
-Dance Fundamentals/Choreography
-Guard Fundamentals/Choreography

Students will need to have their water jug with them at all times, including indoors. We want them to continue hydrating when we are inside to prepare them for the next day. 

GENERAL SAFETY

Your student’s safety if our first priority. Meaning if during rehearsal your student doesn’t feel well or has an emergency, they need to notify a director immediately. A director will then assess the student and take students inside as necessary. Additionally, if the issue is of concern, a phone call will be made to a parent. 

A student does not need to go into a dangerous or unsafe point of their limitations to be successful. We need them to become comfortable in our summer environment and that will happen as long as they follow the protocol we give them, and show up prepared (hats, sunglasses, water jugs, etc.).

Additionally, all directors are required to take a water safety course, heat course, and are CPR certified. Brandeis and NISD go to great lengths to ensure that the staff is prepared to handle any situation that may arise in activities such as ours. 

PARKING & PICK UP

If any of you have been to Brandeis recently, you’ve noticed quite a bit of construction happening on campus. Our roof is currently being repaired and this is a large and extensive project. Please be sure to stay clear of any marked off areas of the parking lot, and park in clear spaces. 

When you pick up your student, should you arrive early, please wait for them in a parking space. Do not create a line in the driving lane as this bottlenecks all traffic and makes it difficult for anyone to get in and out efficiently.

TWO WEEK SCHEDULE

In all newsletters now, I will be posting the upcoming schedule for the following 2 weeks. Please understand that I’m providing the 2nd week schedule as a courtesy to allow for scheduling, but it is tentative. Meaning, I need the flexibility to adjust the schedule if necessary to do what I feel is best for the students and program. I will always try to be as accurate as possible and work to not change anything, but there will be times where a change will be unavoidable.

Please be sure to check the calendar below for this week’s events and as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Daniel.Asgari@nisd.net.

GO BRONCOS!

-Mr. Asgari

SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK

Summer Band Week 1
7/29/19 - Monday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm
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7/30/19 - Tuesday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm
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7/31/19 - Wednesday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm
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8/1/29 - Thursday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm
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8/2/19 - Friday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm

Summer Band Week 2
8/5/19 - Monday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm
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8/6/19 - Tuesday - Bronco Beginning for New Brandeis Students, 6 pm at Brandeis HS
8/6/19 - Tuesday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm
8/6/19 - Tuesday - Band Registration & Uniform Fittings for Seniors & Juniors, 5 pm - 7 pm, Band Hall
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8/7/19 - Wednesday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm
8/7/19 - Wednesday - Band Registration & Uniform Fittings for Sophomores, 5 pm - 7 pm, Band Hall
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8/8/19 - Thursday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm
8/8/19 - Thursday -Band Registration & Uniform Fittings for Freshman, 5 pm - 7 pm, Band Hall
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8/9/19 - Friday - Rehearsal, 7:30 am - 4 pm

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