McKinney Boyd Band Newsletter

July 31st- August 7th

Weekly Announcements

Newsletter Synopsis (As of 7/31)

1. Tentative marching rehearsal schedule posted below and updated on google calendar/website.


2. All music (All-State/Stand Tunes/part assignments/Show music**) is posted/available on the boydband.com website under media--music downloads. Password will be coming through remind/canvas audition classroom shortly following this newsletter posting.


**Will be posting new Queen mashup spirit show parts soon as we finalize it this week.


3. I have listed our most recent Covid 19 protocol/protection procedures HERE (CLICK).
Check out our Boyd band flow chart maps for during and after school rehearsals.


4. We are currently working with Liaisons to organize bell cover/mask/guard creation. Please check our website for all contact info for questions and how you can help. CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF CONTACTS


5. Check out some of the supplies below that will be required for all students for after school rehearsals and their virtual "pass off objectives". The equipment and binder objectives will be one of the first grades of the semester (virtual or in person).


6. An updated Band handbook link is below. Some minor changes due to Covid protocols.


7. Remind was archived last week, make sure to join the correct 2020-2021 group ASAP to not miss any info (including a password that will be sent out for student music/media access)


8. Covid waiver form is no longer being required by MISD. You do not need to have this form in order to participate in after school rehearsals.


9. Our Fanpledge fundraiser has been been moved to Friday August 28th.

Camp times/dates and safety precautions in place. (UPDATED 7/31)

We are in a constant state of flux as the state and district change procedures to protect our kids and staff. The most recent camp info is posted here.


We will be utilizing temperature check-in stations, extra sanitation stations and will be following all the regulations of MISD, TEA and UIL. The staff will be having specific training the next few weeks to make sure that we are maintaining all safety measures. We won't lie, it is going to be nice to see live student faces and "get back to band business"!



First day of full band/ Summer Band: (Live)

August 13th (In Person)


AUGUST-SEPT 7 AFTER SCHOOL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)


1st week (8/13-8/21 3:30-5:30pm)

2 section daily rotations to instruct procedure/music/physical “summer band” style


13- Leadership

14- Percussion/Guard

17-Flutes/Trumpets

18-Clarinets/ Trombones

20-Horns/ Saxophones

21- Lw. Reeds/ Low Brass (Euph/Tuba)


2nd week (8/24-8/28 3:30-5:30pm)

Full brass/Percussion, Full WW/Guard (Tuesday/Thursday)


Tuesday

High brass/ Low Brass rotation blocks (marching/music) Cement field

Percussion (JV field?)


Thursday

Flute & Cl./ Sax & Lw. Reed rotation blocks (Marching/Music) Cement Field

Guard (cafeteria)


Friday

FanPledge fundraiser (More info coming soon)


3rd week (8/31- 9/4 3:30-5:30pm)

Full brass/Percussion, Full WW/Guard (Tuesday/Thursday)


Tuesday

High brass/ Low Brass rotation blocks (marching/music) Cement field

Percussion JV field?


Thursday

Flute & Cl./ Sax & Lw. Reed rotation blocks (Marching/Music) Cement Field

Guard (cafeteria)


4th week (9/7-9/11 3:30-5:30pm)

Full Winds/Percussion/Guard from here on out.


Tuesday & Thursdays

15 minutes marching fundamentals

30 minutes music block

1 hour 15 minutes Drill


***A physical must be on file for all members, (Returning members-if you filled out "yes" on the medical history form during registration you will need a new physical before you can participate.)


***All New members must submit to us a physical before participation can be allowed.

After school rehearsal packing list & Objective sheet supplies


After School Rehearsal packing list


  1. An INSULATED water bottle (New bottles were paid for by your fees, will distribute ASAP), Camelbak systems also work well but do not count as a INSULATED water source
  2. Facemask/Gaitor face covering.
  3. Shorts and tennis shoes are an absolute must!
  4. Light colored shirts (must be within school dress code)
  5. Sunglasses and Hats
  6. Sunscreen 30 SPF or higher
  7. Marching instrument
  8. Flip folders and all your music (music available on boydband.com under media page)
  9. Your best attitude and smile


Objective sheet supplies


  1. BLACK binder
  2. Page protectors
  3. Pencil bag with pencils and assorted highlighters
  4. Ultimate drill book app on phone (free download)**
  5. Tonal Energy App on phone ($3.99)**
  6. Breathing tube (Wind players only)
  7. Access to google calendar

**If you do not own a phone, you will be allowed to show us calendar information on your school laptop and we can provide you with a paper drill sheet

Big picture

Breathing Tubes

Wind Players Only--Additional Supplies

This breathing tube is a tool that will enable us to have a consistent approach to breathing and serve as a training mechanism for moving large amounts of air. They are very cheap and readily available.



Breathing Tubes

3/4" Compact Ball Valve


You can buy these at either Lowe's or Home Depot (around $2). To the best of your ability, have this with you on the first day of classes August 13th for virtual learning.

Remind 101 UPDATE/ARCHIVE: Resign up for new group ASAP


Remind is the quickest and easiest way for us to send information out. ***We require all students to join and strongly encourage parents to do also in order to stay informed.


Text the following code to the #81010 :


9th grade student: @boydband9


10th grade student: @boydband10


11th grade student: @boydband11


12th grade student: @boydband12


9th grade parent: @mbbandfm9


10th grade parent: @mbbandfm10


11th grade parent: @mbbandfm11


12th grade parent: @mbbandfm12


Incoming parent/student (current 8th grader): @mbhs8to9

Physical info **UPDATED 7/31

TEA/UIL have mandated that incoming 9th graders are required to get physicals for 2020-2021.


All returning members will have to fill out the Medical history form, If you notate "yes" on items 1-6 you will also be required to grab a physical.


**IF YOU ARE A 9TH GRADER (8TH GRADE LAST YEAR) AND WERE IN ATHLETICS YOU CAN STILL USE YOUR "OLD" PHYSICAL FOR 2020-2021. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE YOUR MS COACHES FORWARD/SEND/CONFIRM THAT WE HAVE IT ON FILE BEFORE YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE.


BLANK PHYSICAL FORM HERE


$20 Sports physicals Link from care now

Tips to prep for After School Rehearsals

After school rehearsals are fun and nothing to worry about but here are some things that we have learned after years of experience that can help you succeed the first couple of days.


#1: GO OUTSIDE STARING NOW AND ACCLIMATE TO OUTDOOR ACTIVITY


Video games and TV binging can be fun in moderation, but it will be a big shock to your system if you are not used to going outside and you can become disoriented very easily without acclimating beforehand.


#2 HYDRATE THOROUGHLY WITH WATER STARTING AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE YOU WILL ATTEND REHEARAL


It takes time for your body to become fully hydrated. If the first day of camp is when you start you can become dehydrated within hours so substitute that soda/juice/dairy for some high quality H2O about a week in advance.


#3 INVEST IN A HIGH QUALITY PERFORMANCE SHOE (SAUCONY, BROOKS, NEW BALANCE) AND AVOID BOOTS AND CONVERSE. ***NIKE/UNDER ARMOR CAN WORK, BUT OFFER LITTLE SUPPORT FOR MARCHING ACTIVITIES


Most of our injuries are due to improper footwear choices. The brightest and coolest shoes may be fashionable but your knees, back and neck will thank you for a shoe with proper support. There is a "Run On" shop at Eldorado and Lake Forest, They are pros at fitting proper shoes to individual foot styles.


#4 WEAR LIGHT (COLOR AND WEIGHT) CLOTHING


Students in pants and all black will be sent home immediately. It will be a cheaper and easier ride than the ambulance after the heat exhaustion attack. Don't Mess with Texas (heat/humidity)!!!


#5 AVOID DAIRY IN THE MORNING TO AVOID A "SIDELINE SHOWER" (SHAKES/PROTIEN INCLUDED)


No more explanation needed here :)

Spring Trip: Update

Latest update from Directors Choice (7/31):


All families who have purchased insurance can now begin filing their claims.


**Instead of cancelling policies for those families that signed up with with incorrect link, the company has changed the dates manually with our guidance.


Our dates are 4/24-4/27.


I have updated both groups (MBHS/MHS) for your group number/policy number reference in the Document Hub link below.


***Even though we are making progress, there are still forms that we do not have access to and are working to get more information. Please feel free to call/work with the insurance company for clarifications. I will update forms in the hub as I get them.


We have 15 months from point of cancellation to complete our claims.


Information that I currently have access to for claim purposes:


Official Cancellation date: 3/24/20 (NEW CANCELLATION LETTER NOW ADDED TO DRIVE)


Original Deposit date: 6/10/2019


Google Drive Claim Document Hub for Parents

(Will continue to be updated as information is made available to me):

Corpus Trip Cancellation Claim Documents


DC Coordinator contact info:

Allison Graham

Account Manager

Director's Choice

allison.graham@directorschoice.com

806-687-0802


I hope that it is clear we are being as transparent in this process as we can and are all working to find solutions for everyone.


***Understand that this is a point of high stress for every director/travel agency in the country at this point. I do not have all the answers but you can rest assured that taking care of our families is the highest point of focus right now and doing right by you is my highest priority. I am doing EVERYTHING in my power to protect you and find solutions. If you reach out to me with trip questions, I will respond as quickly as I can within 24-48hrs. I appreciate all your grace and patience.

Important information for Private lesson students/teachers

We are HIGHLY ENCOURAGING families who take private lessons to communicate with their teachers and work to the best of their ability to continue lessons remotely through Skype, Facetime or work out home lessons.



If you feel that you do not want to risk it, then we suggest "donating" your normal lesson fee's and working with your teacher to reschedule as necessary.



***This suggestion is for your discretion***:


We want to make sure that you are aware that teaching privately in some cases is the only source of income for many of our teachers. Any week/day that school is cancelled directly impacts their livelihood. Our teachers also have mortgages, rent, bills and groceries to take care of. Please keep this in mind when making your decisions.

Calendar for the Week


Summer Vacation: Please refer to the band google calendar for the most up to date information.

Looking Ahead

Check back at a later time for more information here....

McKinney Boyd High School Bronco Band Social Media/Contact

Instagram: MBHS_BRONCO_BAND