Blanchard MS Bands

May 2016 Newsletter

The sprint to the finish line!

With the school board deciding to cancel the last 3 days of school, LOTS of things have been adjusted for incoming freshmen. Please read this carefully to avoid any confusion and frustration! On the calendar, items in bold are changed dates.

Also, make sure you're ready for our MS Spring Concert. Concert black needs to be rockin'!

Calendar of Upcoming Events (always available on Charms!)

  • May 4th, Drumline auditions; 3:30pm
  • May 6th, No school
  • May 9th, MS Spring Concert @HS gymnasium; 7:00pm
  • May 12th, Last day of school!
  • May 16th & 17th, Band Spring Training Days; 9:00am-3:00pm (incoming freshmen)

All dates below here are for incoming freshmen only!

  • July 25th-29th, Summer Band; 2:00pm-10:00pm
  • August 1st-5th, Summer Band; 2:00pm-10:00pm
  • August 8th, Evening rehearsal; 6:30-9:00pm
  • August 9th, Evening rehearsal; 6:30-8:00pm
  • August 9th, Parent Performance; 8:00pm
  • August 11th, First day of school!

Check Charms to make sure your student's account is in good financial standing. If your student checked out breakfast tickets or coupon books and haven't sold them or turned them in, there is a negative charge to the account.

MS Spring Concert, Monday May 9th

A reminder that our MS Spring concert, grades 5-8, will be on Monday, May 9th at 7:00pm in the HS gymnasium. All students need to report to the HS band room by 6:15pm dressed in their concert black. Please ensure that your student has quality concert black and if you need any help, please let us know ASAP!

Congrats to the 7th & 8th grade band for a SUPER performance in Norman's 89er Day Parade!

Summer Band Information - Important!

It's already time to look forward to next year! Spring training and summer band are required (dates on the calendar above) if students want a guaranteed spot in the field show. Each student absence will be dealt with on an individual basis. The sooner we know of any absences, the better we can prepare and try and juggle them, so please check your calendar and let us know ASAP of any issues. From here on out, avoid scheduling anything for your student on spring and summer band dates.

If a student has to miss 4 or more days of summer band for any reason, he/she will automatically be made an alternate.

The schedule will be the same as last year, with times running from 2:00pm-10:00pm with a dinner break from 5:30-6:30pm.

Maydaze Garage Sale

We will be posting times for garage sale shifts very soon! Incoming freshmen are encouraged to sign up to work. We will need extra adult help and incoming freshmen parents are welcome as well. The time you work will earn money for your student's band account. Since Spring Band has moved students will be able to work both Friday and Saturday. Please make sure that once slots open that you and your student only sign up for one time until an announcement is made that second shifts are available.

We are still collecting items for the garage sale! Feel free to drop them off with Jessica or bring them to set up on the first morning of the sale. It is very helpful if you can price your items or sort them into bags that have prices marked on them.

We appreciate everyone's support!

Background checks for volunteers

Please remember that if you didn't fill out your form with Brenda at uniform checkout and get her a copy of your driver's license, you'll need to get that done prior to volunteering. The cost of the background check is $12.50 and is required if you want to work directly with our students. For more information, contact Brenda at

To All Our Band Students and Parents

Due to the insanity going on in this race to end the year, we've opted not to name band students of the month. Instead we'd like to thank ALL of our students for contributing to this outstanding year. Every student has brought something to the table and given something to this band. We appreciate each of you!

And a big thank you to parents! We know that the extras that are entailed in being a member of band and it doesn't happen without you. From getting an instrument to sprucing up your kiddo in concert black, you're the reason it happens! Your student is special and we're privileged to teach these great kids every day!

How to get credit for your monthly newsletter grade! Due by Tuesday, May 10th!

The purpose of the monthly newsletter is to make sure that students and parents are all on the same page and know about all band activities. To get credit, a parent needs to send an email to the Blanchard Band directors that has the following info: student name, grade, parent name, and that the newsletter has been read. This earns you 100%! If you don't have the ability to email, please have your student get a hard copy from a director and it can be signed and returned for the same grade.

Remember, newsletters are only accepted during the month of the newsletter. Once the month has passed, that newsletter can no longer be submitted.

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