VHS Band Weekly Newsletter

2018-2019 Week 9

Band Director Letter

Hello from Houston!

This letter comes to you all the way from Houston, TX! I am participating in Rice University's IB Music Workshop. There are over 1,000 participants at this event and almost 50 music educators participating. This week, I get to work with teachers as close as Orlando, all over the US, to Canada, and Nairobi!

I must say, I do love the IB World. There are many (in and outside of the band) who will disagree, but when given the right opportunity and taking it seriously, IB can prepare you for so much in the world. What's great, is that MUSIC can do the same thing, regardless if you are in IB or not.

I was speaking to the teacher from Nairobi (come on...NAIROBI...that's so cool). We were talking about how many students that leave Vanguard with the hopes of becoming a doctor in the medical profession. She told me about a plastic surgeon who performs reconstructive surgeries on people who were in accidents. This can be extremely tedious. A doctor would need a steady hand to be successful. Before every surgery, he practices the saxophone for an HOUR! This helps warm up his hands and fingers to give him the highest level of dexterity possible. HOW COOL IS THAT!!!

During Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Ocala Civic Theatre, I had a future music teacher, a state attorney, a graphic designer, an allergy doctor, an ear, nose, and throat doctor in my orchestra pit! There are so many skills to learn outside of simply playing your instrument.

If you (either parent or student) would like to talk to me about what a future with music to look, please stop by and see me! I never try to force being a band director on anyone (because it's not a job that can be done by just anyone), but there are a lot of benefits of pursuing music in some fashion outside of high school!


End of Year Trip

EVERYONE must fill out the link below REGARDLESS if you are planning on attending the trip or not. It must be signed by a parent.


Central Floirda Marching Arts Invitational

We performed at our first competition at the Central Florida Marching Arts Invitational. We placed 2nd in Class 2A overall! It was definitely an interesting run with a lot of things to fix, but I am glad that we got this competition under our belt so that we can move forward and be successful at OMBC in two weeks and MPA in four weeks.

There WILL be after school practice on Tuesday. It will be run by Mrs. Vitale and the rest of the staff. I expect everyone to be there and ready to get a lot of work done.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 8

No Zero Period - Bass is in Houston

Tuesday, October 9

No Zero Period - Bass is in Houston

3:30 PM - Band Practice (STAFF WILL LEAD PRACTICE)

Wednesday, October 10

No Zero Period - Bass is in Houston

Thursday, October 11

End of Quarter 1

3:30 PM - Band Practice

Friday, October 12

No Zero Period - Faculty Meeting

5:00 PM - Gainesville @ VHS (8th Grade Buddy Night)

Monday, October 15

No School - Teacher Workday

Tuesday, October 16

3:30 PM - Band Practice

Thursday, October 18

3:30 PM - Band Practice

Friday, October 19

5:00 PM - Vanguard @ Lake Weir High School

Saturday, October 20

All Day - Ocala Marching Band Festival @ West Port High School


Meat Sticks

Now is the time where we start wrapping up this fundraiser. If you have unwanted meat sticks, bring them back so that you do not get charged for them.


Rib tickets are on sale now! $20 per slab and a minimum of $10 will be credited into your student account. This is a very profitable fundraiser for us! Angelia Wood (Momma A) will be at the school on Tuesday, October 9th to pass out any tickets students may want to pick up. Do not miss out on this fundraiser!!!

Ribs will be on sale until Friday, October 19th. Pick-up day is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th from 10 AM - 2 PM. There will be a limited supply of ribs available the day of, but NO PROFITS will go into student accounts for ribs sold on that day.

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Honors & Awards

Walmart Facility #1847 Community Grant

Thanks to Mrs. Vitale for letting us know about this grant! Vanguard High School Band has been awarded a $1,000 community grant!!

We are excited to announce that the band will be participating in the Grand Re-Opening of Walmart located at 4980 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470 on November 9th, 2018. This is a great way to get out into the community and show what VHS is made of!


Austin W. - 10/14

"Did you know?"

Did you know that the University of Florida has a Bachelor of Music for Pre-Health Professions? Click HERE for more information. This is straight from the University of Florida's School of Music page:

"Students who wish to pursue a pre-medical track may do so by following the recommended course work listed below. The following track helps students not only receive their bachelor of music, but also fulfill the course work requirements to apply for medical schools upon graduation with their bachelor degree. Students are expected to enroll in all required tracking courses for music and integrate the science courses below in order to complete both the music degree and the pre-medical track courses in four years."

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who came to the Band Booster Meeting last Tuesday! Running a band program takes a village and this meeting had one of the largest attendance rates ever! Along with the newsletter and website, this is a way to get all of the most current information AND have the chance to ask questions in person. Plus, you get a $5 credit for every meeting you attend. If you come to the rest, thats a total of $35 in savings for the year!

Upcoming Assignments

Breezin' Thru Theory

Drills Due

End of quarter check - 10/11/2018 (33 drills)

Playing Tests

Scales Test

Ab & Db - 10/20/2018

Guard Routine Checks

Your Song

All - 10/11/2018