Weekly Itinerary – 8/24-8/28

UPDATE: Please note the changes in times to Thursday night’s event. Itineraries were mixed up and times were accidentally thrown off. I apologize for the confusion!!!

Good evening! I am late in posting this week, but I promise to be more prompt and regular about posting a weekly itinerary now that we are into the swing of the school year.

Here is this week’s schedule of events:

4:45-5:45 – Group/Individual Photos
6:00-8:00 – Rehearsal

3:30-5:30 – Guard Sectionals

2:45-4:30 – Percussion Sectionals

Thursday – Football Kickoff Event – Red polos and khakis
5:30 – Warm up/Run through music
6:00 – Football team arrives. Band plays parade/pregame music. Followed by FREE FOOD!!
7:00 – Event ends/Dismissal
**Anyone available to stay after and help clean up would be greatly appreciated! ☺
IMPORTANT UPDATE! If possible, since food is being provided for us, we are asking for a simple donation of a two liter beverage from students/families who are willing and able to oblige. Thank you in advance!

Friday – Football Home vs. Talawanda
4:30-5:30 – Rehearse, grass field
5:30-6:15 – Break/Dress (if necessary – red polos and khakis)
6:20 – March to stadium
6:45 – Pregame
7:00 – Kickoff
8:00ish – FIRST PERFORMANCE! Halftime
9:30 – Game ends, march to band room, dismiss

Have a great weekend!

Thank you for a great, albeit jampacked first couple of weeks of school. The students are working incredibly hard and bearing with the adjustment into school year and full-fledged preparations for our first performance. I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s strong work ethic and support!!

Fall Play Audition Information

Click here to download the audition packet for the fall show, “Twisted Shakespeare”.

In the packet you will find:

  • Dates, times, tips and expectations for auditions and rehearsals
  • Information about the show, including links to read the scripts online
  • Audition scripts to read through and be ready to perform at auditions
  • Forms to fill out before you come to the auditions

The audition dates are Tuesday Sept. 1 and Wednesday Sept. 2 from 3 – 5 pm. You only have to come to one of the auditions for 15 or 20 minutes. The sign-up sheets for auditions are outside 102, Ms. Brannon’s room, or you can email Mr. Brown and tell him your preferred date and time. If you cannot make either of the audition dates, contact Mr. Brown and an alternate time can be arranged.

Fall play info meetings for high school cast crew

This year’s high school fall show is the crazy comedy “Twisted Shakespeare!”, guaranteed to make your English teachers hang their heads in shame. Any high school students interested in participating as cast or crew may attend either of two information meetings, this Tuesday or Wednesday at 3:00 in the Media Center. If you cannot attend either meeting, see Mr. Brown or download the info packet from MadisonArts.org (it will be posted Tuesday afternoon).

Log in to Charms for band, choir and drama information

No, we’re not closing the MadisonArts.org website or social media pages, but we’ve added a new way for you to get lots more information about Madison’s arts programs. The Madison Music Boosters have subscribed to an online information service called Charms Office. The band has already used it for sending out emails to students and parents, as well as recording all financial transactions for band fees and fundraising activities.

When you log into Charms Office on the web or with the free smartphone app for iPhone or Android, you can view and correct contact information, see a calendar of events for your arts group, and look up how much your student has raised in fundraising activities, as well as how much is owed for fees and purchases. There are many more features available which we plan to add as we continue to use the program.

For information about logging in and using Charms, click here to download the Charms instructions. You will also need your student’s Charms ID number (which is different from their school ID number). If you or your student have not received a printout with this number, you can email Mr. Brown and ask for it. Please be sure to include the name of the student you are asking about. You can also ask Mr. Brown for the number at any band rehearsal or activity.

Picture Day, Monday August 24

This year, in an effort to distribute photos in time for parents to have them for football games and contests, we have scheduled our group and individual photos for the beginning of the season. Picture day will be THIS coming Monday, August 24th. The following information outlines the schedule for Monday:

4:15-4:45 Arrive at school and change into full uniform (bring black socks)
4:45 Individual photos will begin (not required unless planning to purchase)
5:15 Full group photo

This will take place at the stadium, weather pending. Regular rehearsal will commence following the conclusion of the picture.

Picture order forms were handed out in class on Wednesday. Butler Tech students and anyone else who did not obtain a form should see Mr. West today (Thursday) or tomorrow. Please fill out with appropriate/desired order information and enclose payment when you arrive for pictures on Monday.

Any questions, feel free to contact Mr. West! aaron.west@madisonmohawks.org

New York City Band Trip: April 6-10, 2016

If you missed the meeting about the Band’s trip to NYC in April, here’s the slide show that Mark Ferrel from Music Travel brought to show us. It includes information about the itinerary and payment plan. Below the slide show is a link to the handout with all the details, as well as the Trip Number that you will need to register online. Both the slide show and the handout have the full schedule, cost information, and instructions for registering and paying for your trip online in monthly installments.

Other things you need to know:

  • To download the information handout, click here.
  • Our trip number is 1604-8-32
  • This trip does not happen over spring break. Students will be in school for three days after we return for spring break, then we leave on Wednesday evening. Students will have excused absences from school on Thursday and Friday (April 7 & 8), but will be required to make up work missed on those days.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. West (aaron.west@madisonmohawks.org) or Mr. Brown (joel.brown@madisonmohawks.org).

Color Guard/Percussion Fall Sectionals Schedule

Attention all color guard and percussion students!

Students who have been in either the color guard or percussion sections of the marching band know that these sections have added after school rehearsals on top of 7th period and Monday evening rehearsals. These sectional rehearsals are utilized to further the understanding of the choreography and technique needed for these sections.

The Color Guard will rehearse after school on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00.

The Percussion sections will rehearse after school on Wednesdays from 2:45-4:30.

I’m very excited to be getting the school year under way and to get into a regular routine and schedule!

Good luck on your first week back in school!

Tour Shirt Order!

Have you turned in an order for your 2015 Madison Marching Mohawk ‘New York, New York’ Tour Shirt yet?

New York, New York Tour Shirt

It’s not too late!

If you have not already submitted an order for your family, you can still turn an order in prior to our first big order of shirts for the season! Here’s what you need to do!

What: Fill out on any sheet of paper the quantity and sizes of each shirt you would like to order. In addition to this sheet, fill out a check to “Madison Music Boosters” for the full amount. Cash works too! Tour shirts are $12 each, and include the above illustration on the front and the Marching Band’s season on the back.
Where: Turn in to the band office (Mr. West will be around all day) or main office
When: Any time throughout the day Wednesday or Thursday. You can even bring your order to Mr. West when you come to the Open House! (Jr. High Wednesday evening, High School Thursday evening.)

Do it quick, though! We will be placing an order on Friday! If you are unable to get your order in by Thursday, you’ll have to wait oh so patiently until we place the next order, and no one wants to do that!

If you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact Mr. West.

6th Annual Mattress Sale


Support the Madison Marching Band Saturday on Saturday September 19 with our Sixth Annual Mattress Sale. Profits go directly to our marching band and student band accounts.

  • Brand new, name brand mattress sets up to 50% off retail
  • Top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties
  • Much higher quality for price than a retail store
  • All sizes, price ranges, delivery and free layaway will be available.

Floor models will be on display in the Madison Jr.-Sr. High Commons from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 19. If you’ve been thinking about a new mattress, come check out this event!

For more information, or if you need a new mattress before our sale, feel free to contact Ultimate Fundraising Solutions: dharbin65@yahoo.com. Even if you purchase your mattress before the sale, every sale directly benefits the Mohawk Marching Band.