The Dragon Blast

February 2022 - New Palestine Music & Performing Arts

February marks the kick off of competition for Audio Theater and Winter Guards!

Snow is everywhere & it's time for a look back - and a peek ahead.

It's the Dragon Blast - February 2022!

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In this edition:

  • Winter Activities Kick Off
  • Parents - Winter Activity Help
  • Dues are Due
  • Butter Braids are BACK
  • Band Booster Board Elections
  • Concessions - Need for Help Remains
  • GEAR for Guard, Band, Dance & Percussion
  • Laundry & Dish Detergent Order Form
  • JOKE!
  • Winds, Percussion, Color Guard Calendars

Stay Involved - Stay Safe - & Stay in the Arts!

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Important Upcoming Dates

New Palestine Junior High

New Palestine High School

February 26th - State Solo & Ensemble

Times are TBA. This event is only for those who received a Gold rating in Group 1 at district solo/ensemble.

March 4th - 5th - ISSMA Jazz Festival

Times TBA. Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Band will attend. We will receive times from ISSMA around Valentine's Day. Please keep the evening of the 4th and all day March 5th available.

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Headed to Greenwood High School for their first performance of the season, The NPHS Cadet Winter Guard received a "tunnel" send off by the Varsity members.

On January 29th, both units took to the competition floor for the first time in 2022.

The Cadet performed their show "How Far I'll Go" and earned a Silver rating in their class. The Varsity performed their show "Favorite Crime" and earned a third place finish in their class.

Both are fanTAStic starts to the season!

Audio Theater, New Palestine HS's Indoor Percussion, will head to Franklin Central HS on 2/12 to start their 2022 campaign.

"Into The Void" is the show title this year. Looking forward to seeing their journey in the coming weeks/months! I can say this, thought... The show shirt looks awesome!

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As is the case with all the performing arts activities, we rely heavily on parents. Each activity has it's own very specific needs. Each weekly competition requires about a dozen parents/adult volunteers to help get done what it takes to keep our groups operating at a high level.

We need help pulling trailers.. chaperones for bus and school monitoring.. loading/unloading props and gear.. pushing props to staging areas.. meal organizers.. Then we get to repeat everything next weekend.

Yes, it's a lot of work, but the VIP access to the inner workings of these activities - knowing what your efforts mean to our kiddos and the programs - and to see the looks on our kids faces after a great performance - it's well worth it.

You're (hopefully) already attending the shows. Please consider stepping up to help the cause a few times this season. If you have any questions, please reach out to your activity instructors. Thanks!

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Contrary to what you may have heard, paying dues is not optional. (kidding... a little joke there... of course dues are NOT optional... they are as mandatory as paying taxes)

As of the beginning of February:

Concert Band: fees are due

Winter Guard: The 2nd payment of fees are due

Audio Theater: The 3rd payment of $90 is due

If you have any questions about your account balance, please reach out to our student accounts coordinator. We need your dues paid on time, please and thanks! :)

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This fundraiser kicked off on Feb 1. Be sure to ask your student for the form, and secure your delicious baked goodness right away!

Orders need to be turned into the band box no later than Tuesday, Feb 15th.

Please plan to pick up your order on Thursday March 3rd.

These arrive frozen, and must stay frozen, so arranging for your pickup on the 3rd is a MUST, as we don't have a huge freezer to store them.

Reminders about the 3/3 pickup, as well as pickup time and location will be communicated as we get closer to 3/3.

Please contact Jordan if you have any questions.

Thank you for participating in this tasty fundraiser!

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Elections for the NPHS Band Booster Board takes place in the spring.

As is the case every year - each seat on the board will be voted on, and awarded to the person that receives the most votes.

Band Booster seats and an uber-brief summary:

President - leads meetings and keeps the direction of the program on track

Vice-President - supports the Prez where needed

Secretary - records the official minutes for board meetings

Treasurer - counts all (ALL!) the beans ;)

Student Accounts Coordinator - tracks & collects student dues

Concessions Coordinator - makes sure our responsibilities for concessions are handled

Sponsorship Coordinator - manages our awesome sponsors and looks for new ones

Community Liaison - manages emails, social media, and the band website

The Board meets once a month to be sure all is well in the land of our portion of the NPHS Performing Arts. If you'd like to take the next step in pointing the direction of our program, please consider running for a seat.

Stay tuned for more information & thank you for your interest!

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Concessions have been doing very well this year.

We still have a few dates in February that are in need of volunteers. If you have yet to work, please look your schedules and see when you can help.

Even though these concessions are during sports events, the profits from these events goes straight into the Performing Arts Department. We really do need fully staffed events in order to maximize the potential.

Again - We provide wrapped candy, bottled soda, pretzels, nachos, hot dogs and other odds and ends. These are simple shifts - but there are several shifts to fill.

Each shift worked earns $10 towards your student account!

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Stay Warm w/ a BAND HOODIE

  • Band logos
  • Color Guard logos
  • Percussion logos
  • Dance logos

Shirts - Hoodies - Hats - Polos - Quarter Zips - Long Sleeve Ts - Dri Fit Ts

Most are available in red, white, black, light gray and dark gray.

Show your support of the program and rep your favorite group!

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FUNDRAISER: Laundry, dishsoap, and trashbags

Thank you to everyone that continues to order from this fundraiser. Your continued support of our program is awesome. If you haven't tried it, go for it!

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... Why did Adele cross the street?...

.. to say hello from the other side!

Ba-dum... Tssss....

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