Wardog Bands Upcoming Events

Wardog Band Members and Parents

 

This time of year is really busy, so I wanted to inform you of a few things we have coming up in the next few weeks.

 

Next Week… April 24-28

April 24-26 MHS Color Guard Clinic will be held @ MHS Band Room from

3:30-5:00 (Our new color guard tech will be with us)

 

This is open to any incoming 9th grader thru senior that is interested in being a part of the Wardog Band Color Guard in the fall

 

April 25-27 MHS Drum Major and Leadership Clinics will be held @ MHS Band                           Room 3:30-5:00 (I, Mrs. Harris will be running this clinic)

 

May 6th… WRMS Symphonic and Concert Bands going to Branson

 

Special Note: I, Mrs. Harris, will NOT be attending this trip as my surgeon will not release me, due to the hills that are in the park and in/or around Branson, as well as the length of the day that is required. Your students will still be well supervised; however, if you have any concerns, please let us know no later than Friday, April 21st. If you have already paid, we can refund you money.

 

May 8th… MHS Spring Concert 7:00pm @ the Coleman Theatre

May 9th… WRMS Spring Concert 7:00pm @ the Coleman Theatre (6th-8th bands)

May 11th… ALL 7th -12th grade Drumline Camp 3:35-5:45pm @ MHS Band Room

All WRMS students involved in NJHS will be released at 5:00 to prepare for that ceremony

May 14th… MHS Graduation! MHS Band will be performing

MHS OSSAA State Contest Itinerary and Information

OSSAA STATE CONTEST

MHS BAND Itinerary and Information

 

Congratulations Wardog Band for making it to OSSAA State Contest. Our quest for Sweepstakes is a definite reality. Now, just keep your eyes set on our goals and let’s have our best performance of the year.

 

Below you will find the itinerary and information you will need for the day. Remember that all eligibility will apply, so make sure you are taking care of your academic requirements.

 

Monday-Wednesday will be 7:00AM rehearsal (as usual)

All UNIFORM ISSUES NEED TO BE ADDRESSED TUESDAY AFTER SCHOOL

TUESDAY AFTERNOON– hydration regiments should start. 2 bottles of water and a small Gatorade once on Tuesday and one more bottle of water before bed.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY– hydration regiment should be 2 bottles of water/ half of a small Gatorade, repeated 3-4 times, both days.

 

 

THURSDAYOSSAA STATE BAND CONTEST @ East Central State University

Performance Venue: Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center; Ataloa Theatre

7:30- Rehearsal (student should be dressing black gym shorts and grey band shirts, M necklaces

8:15- Load trailer/ Music in crate/ Uniform Check out

8:50- Final Roll Call/Board Buses

9:00- Depart for Shawnee, OK

12:00- Arrive in Shawnee for lunch (Students will need money to eat or bring a sack lunch)

1:00- Depart for Oklahoma Baptist University Band Hall

1:15- Unload, ready for rehearsal

1:45- Rehearsal/ Warm-up/ Tuning etc.

2:45- Load and hydrate

3:15- Depart for East Central State University in Ada, OK

4:15- Arrive at ECU

4:30- Unload/ hydrate and dress in uniforms

5:15- Meet and do breathing gym/ mental prep time

5:35- Move into Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center

5:45- Official Warm-up

6:10- Official State Concert Performance

6:35- Official State Sight Reading Performance

7:00- Load trailer/ hydrate and wait for results (STAY IN UNIFORMS)

7:30- Depart for dinner

8:45- Depart for Miami

12:45AM- Arrive at MHS/ unload/ turn-in uniforms

 

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • Students will need money for lunch and dinner
  • Section Leaders will collect music and get it in the music crate
  • Long Black Socks and Black Band Shoes are required
  • Eligibility applies
  • Hydration prep is very important, because it is always windy and very dry
  • Make sure you watch you sugar and greasy food in-take on Thursday.
  • Make sure you have all the supplies and extra reeds/ valve oil/ mutes etc. JUST IN CASE

 

PARENTS:

  • I need a band truck/trailer driver
  • Performance is free and open to the public, so all of you are welcome (no matter what your son/daughter might say J)
  • I will need a water crew for the day
  • This is our hardest and most important contest of the year, so all the extra hands and helpers for the little things that arise are welcome.

 

Congrats again!! Your hard work and dedication has paid off and we are exactly where we hoped to be. Now, let’s finish this in SUPERIOR WARDOG BAND fashion.

 

Eyes with Pride… Mrs. Harris

WRMS Symphonic Band District Itinerary for March 8th

Symphonic Band Contest Itinerary 3/8

 

8:00 – Rehearsal in the WRMS band room

9:00 – Load equipment

9:30 – Depart for Bartlesville

11:00 – Lunch

12:00 – Depart for Bartlesville High School

12:15 – Prep for performance

1:00 – Official warm-up

1:20 – Perform

1:40 – Sight-reading

2:00 – Load buses and equipment

2:45 – Depart for home

4:15 – Arrive back at WRMS

 

Things you need to know:

  • You will need money for lunch or you may bring a sack lunch
  • This contest is the equivalent to your State Contest. When in the building, there is minimal talking, no changing in the restroom.
  • Remember that you are representing Miami, Miami Schools and Wardog Bands. (leave it better than you found it and do everything in reference to Eyes with Pride.)
  • Parents may attend concert portion/ not sight reading. It is free and open to the public.
  • Performance will be at Bartlesville HS Fine Arts Center E 18th St, Bartlesville, OK
  • UNIFORMS will be worn. ALL students will wear a white t-shirt, LONG Black Socks, and your Black Band Shoes (Dinkles)
  • Section Leaders are responsible for putting all section folders/ mutes etc. in the music box
  • Please make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast, that you hydrate beginning 48 hour before (water only), and limit sugar intake until after the performance. This helps you be less nervous and it is easier to focus.

 

If there are questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Harris or Ms. Downard at any time.

MHS Band for OSSAA District Contest Info

MHS Contest Itinerary 3/7
8:00 – Rehearsal at MHS
9:15 – Uniform checkout and load trailer
10:00 – Depart for Bartlesville
11:30 – Lunch
12:40 – Load buses for Bartlesville High School
12:50 – Bus drivers leave, watch bands in auditorium
2:40 – Move to buses, dress, and gather equipment (after Claremore Sequoyah’s performance)
3:30 – Prepare for warm-up
3:55 – Official warm-up
4:15 – Performance
4:35 – Sight-reading
5:00 – Return to buses, load equipment, change out of uniform
5:45 – Depart for Miami
7:15 – Arrive at MHS

Things you need to know:
– You will need money for lunch or you may bring a sack lunch
– This contest is the equivalent to your State Contest. When in the building, there is minimal talking, no changing in the restroom.
– Remember that you are representing Miami, Miami Schools and Wardog Bands. (Leave it better than you found it and do everything in reference to Eyes with Pride.)
– Parents may attend concert portion/ not sight-reading. It is free and open to the public.
– Performance will be at Bartlesville HS Fine Arts Center E 18th St, Bartlesville, OK
– UNIFORMS will be worn. ALL students will wear a grey t-shirt… band shorts, LONG Black Socks, and your Black Band Shoes (dinkles)

– Section Leaders are responsible for putting all section folders/ mutes etc. in the music box
– Please make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast, that you hydrate beginning 48 hour before (water only), and limit sugar intake until after the performance. This helps you be less nervous and it is easier to focus.

If there are questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Harris or Ms. Downard at any time.

WRMS Symphonic Band

Good morning WRMS Symphonic band students and parents,

In preparation for contest next week, we will have a few extra rehearsals. These will be held during SWAG and the early release period on Wednesday 2/29. For the SWAG rehearsals, you will report immediately to the band room instead of going to your usual SWAG class. The only exception is if you have already been swagged by another teacher for academic purposes. Please see the schedule below.

Tuesday 2/28 – report to the band room during SWAG.
Wednesday 3/1 – No SWAG due to the shortened schedule. Mandatory rehearsal will begin immediately following dismissal after 7th hour (1:30) and will last until 3:30.
Thursday 3/2 – SWAG rehearsal
Friday 3/3 – Report to the band room during SWAG instead of attending the assembly in the gym.
Monday 3/6 – SWAG rehearsal

Thank you!
-Miss Downard and Mrs. Harris

MHS and Symphonic Band Regarding Pryor Contest

MHS and WRMS Symphonic Band Students and Parents,

 

Due to my present situation, which is not in my control, we will not be attending the Pryor Contest on Friday. If I am able to return on Thursday, I feel that it is in our best interest to just stay home and work. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to me via email or Remind.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Harris

Junior High Audition info

Here goes…

Charles Page HS address: 500 N Adams-Sand Springs, OK
Rather than audition times, we opted for randomly assigned audition order #’s to minimize wasted time waiting for no-shows
These will be posted in the warm-up area (practice gym). If you’re judging, please avoid the area.
Please tell your students that there will be no draw at the audition rooms. They should just check the posting in the gym.
For those students who do need to audition early to make other valid commitments, the room monitors will know to send them in first.
Please encourage your kids to be judicious in taking advantage of this accommodation. Simply not wanting to hang around and wait for one’s audition is not a good reason and it wouldn’t be fair to the others.
There is a directors’ meeting at 8:15am in Room 405 to go over tabulation via chromebooks.
Auditions begin at 9:00am.
Posting of results will be in the South Lobby of the school.
Our boosters will operate a concession in the cafeteria.
Audition rooms are as follows….

303 7th Flute
305 8/9 Flute Prelim
307 8/9 Flute Finals
502 Double Reeds
317 7th Clarinet
315 8/9 Clarinet Prelim
314 8/9 Clarinet Finals
506 Alto Saxes
500 Bass Clrinet/Contra Clarinet/Tenor Saxes/Bari Saxes
108 7th Trumpet
106 8/9 Trumpet Prelim
104 8/9 Trumpet Finals
101 Horns
213 7th Trombone
212 8/9 Trombone
218 Euphoniums
411 Tubas
Percussion auditions are in our Performing Arts Bldg located in the South end zone of our stadium.
7th Grade on first floor
8/9 Grades on second floor (8/9 perc is prelim/finals model)

We will have lots of signs up directing the kids where to go. The map of the school that we have is not that helpful and is usually confusing to kids. Please tell your kids who have prelim rooms to stay and wait for the monitor to give them a pass ticket for the finals room.

7th-9th Grade Honor Band Audition Info

MIAMI BANDS – Junior High Honor Band Audition Information

 

Dear 7th, 8th and 9th Grade Honor Band Students,

 

This letter contains the itinerary and information you will need for Saturday. Please make sure that you share this with your parents so that they have you in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment.

Saturday, January 28th, is our NBDA Junior High Honor Band Auditions. The auditions will be held in Sand Springs, at Charles Page High School. The address is 500 N. Adams Rd Sand Springs, OK. Parents are welcome to join us for the day. Ms. Downard and I will be fulfilling our district responsibilities as judges. We will need a few parents to help Ms. Evans with assisting students in getting to their audition rooms and just basic supervision. If you are available and planning to go, please send Ms. Downard or me an email, so we know whom to expect.

Itinerary is as follows…

6:00AM – Meet at WRMS (with instrument, music, pencil and items needed for the day)

6:10 – Roll will be taken

6:15 – Load buses with equipment

6:30 – Depart for Charles Page High School

8:00 – Arrive at Charles Page High School

– Students will go to warm-up area and set-up a Miami area for the day

8:15 – Director’s Meeting

8:15 -Student’s go to audition rooms, CHECK IN- Draw your number, mark audition cuts and scale information/ then back to warm-up area to warm-up (8th/9th students help 7th graders) and prepare for auditions

9:00 – Auditions will begin (be at your room at least 3 numbers in front of                                your number)

Once your audition is complete, you just hang, and/or cheer on your fellow band members. Auditions will come to an end around 2:00-3:00 and then we wait for tabulations. We should be loading to depart for Miami between 4:00-5:00.

5:30-6:30 – estimated time buses will return to WRMS for students to be picked up.

 

– Students do not have to dress up for their audition. The auditions are blind, so judges cannot see students. However, School dress code does apply.

– Students can only play in warm-up area and in their audition room. There is to be no playing in the halls.

– Students cannot speak in the audition room. If there are questions, they should step out of the room and ask the monitor the question, and the monitor will get the answer. This rule is to help keep things anonymous and fair, as students will be attached to a number that the judges don’t see. Students should not share numbers with Ms. Downard or I, if they are auditioning in our room.

– Students are asked to bring money for lunch and snacks. There will be a concession area set up for lunch. If the student prefers to bring their own food and snacks, that is fine too.

– Audition room numbers will be sent out later in the week. Students will have them as soon as we receive them. It will likely be Thursday.

– Please make sure that you rest well the night before, practice hard this week, hydrate Friday in preparation for Saturday and eat breakfast. Please avoid greasy foods and milk products on audition day, prior to your audition.

– There will be a meeting during SWAG on Thursday for all 7th/8th grade students auditioning, in the band room. This meeting is mandatory for all auditioning.

 

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Downard or myself.

 

Sincerely,

Toye Harris, Director of Bands

Happy New Year Wardog Bands

Happy New Year Wardog Band Family! I hope to find that your break was one of rest, rejuvenation and full of blessings. We have an exciting semester in front of us and we look forward to another spring full of excellence and making wonderful music together.

This letter comes as just a greeting and to inform you of a few things that are coming up very quickly.

Let me begin with my healing status. I am healing well, just very slowly. I have not yet been released to return to work, as I still am not allowed to bear weight, can’t drive etc. I hope my status will change upon my evaluation on Jan. 11th.

With that being said, you are in good hands as Ms. Downard will be at the helm. This semester, we have a student teacher, Ms. Josie Evans. She is a native of Tiff City and is in her last semester at Missouri State University. She is a saxophone player and we are looking forward to have her with us this semester. So, if you hear a new name at home, this is the case.

January is typically a very busy month in a variety of ways, honor band clinic, JH auditions and OkMEA Music Convention. This week will be pretty quiet, just getting back in the groove. Next week in much the same, however, HS honor band students will be participating in their clinic in Bartlesville, on January 13-14. (Details to come later) The 7-9th grade students that are auditioning for JH honor band should be in the throes of very serious practice, as their honor band auditions will be on Saturday, January 28th at Sand Spring HS. They will have some, but not a ton of rehearsal during school hours, but there will be sign-up times, in 20 minute blocks after school for one on one instruction will all directors. We will do some group rehearsals this week and next for the overall picture, but this is an individual sport, so to speak, in band, and the students will have to put in time to be prepared. We have been very successful for many years in putting students in the bands, but it takes time and effort.

In the classroom, January is a month full of review, technique building, sight reading, selecting contest pieces for the older groups, and a continuation of developing knowledge and skills with the younger groups. MHS band members need to be thinking about their desires of participating in solo and ensemble and getting sighted up for that in the next week or so. 7-9 grade students need to living with honor band, working to perform at their highest level and beginners, just getting better, learning the information and applying it.

I am presently working to find a date for the winter concert and will have that out ASAP.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Toye Harris, Director of Bands

Miami Bands Christmas Concert Info

Dear Wardog Band Family,

Most of Miami High School’s Band students and parents, and the WRMS Band students are aware that I suffered a major injury to my right ankle prior to the beginning of school. Unfortunately, it has grown progressively worse throughout marching season and the fall semester. Due to the weakness in the ankle, I incurred a second injury at our final marching contest that finally forced me to seek treatment. The examination and MRI revealed a major tendon severed on the inside of my ankle, multiple micro-fractures, shredded ligaments and a fracture in the ankle joint which requires reconstructive surgery. As a result of my neglect to seek treatment, the large tendon has begun to atrophy (draw up into my leg) and the doctor doesn’t feel that we can delay surgery. As the atrophy progresses it can complicate the issue. Therefore, I am scheduled for surgery on Thursday, Dec. 8th. Due to the complexity of the procedure, I will not be released to return to school, until after Christmas break. Full recovery is estimated to take 8-12 weeks.

Upon receipt of this news, I felt it would be best to postpone the Christmas concert until the end of January or first of February. I requested permission and received support from both MHS and WRMS administration in making this decision. I have the utmost confidence in Ms. Downard and her abilities. However, due to the magnitude of the Christmas concert as a whole, I do not want to subject her to taking on this monumental task alone. I understand that the Christmas concert is a highly anticipated event each year and I sincerely apologize for having to postpone. The concert date is currently pending, but will be announced as soon as possible.

It has been very difficult for me to admit defeat…but more importantly, I must tend to my own well-being now so that I can continue to be the best I can be for the Miami Band program and the district for years to come.

Thank you for being understanding and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Toye Harris, Director of Bands
Miami Public Schools