Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DCI Trip-- Final Roster for 7/29/11

Band Trip to DCI Gadsden
Final Roster

Riding Bus from the MHS Band Room at 3:00:

Mr. Smith

Dr. Sargent
Mr. and Mrs. Parker
Mrs. Fuller
Nicole Whitfield

Jordan J
Jay F
Clay F
Hunter F
Giorgia E
Tyler J
Max G
Mandy W
Keyonna F
Sarah D
Victoria D
Gavin H
Hunter R
Taylor P
Kaleb P
Elisabeth K
Jon McG
Drew A
Blake A
Will McC
Xiola H
Lorna W
Jesslyn McC
Anita H
Kelsey A
Taylor (Danny) G
Jennifer D
Brandon M
Grant T
Adam K
Chris K
Rose G
Breeanna M
Kirstie N

Ticket Holders Not Riding Bus:
Will Gurley
Mr. and Mrs. McGinnis
Andrew McGinnis
Mitzi and Alan Thompson

Total on Bus: 40, incl. driver
Total off Bus: 6

Total tickets: 46

Students: All paperwork (Medical Release, Prescriber Authorization, Permission Form) must be submitted before boarding the bus.

Band Photos Rescheduled-- Please Read!!

Band photos have been rescheduled for Monday morning, August 1, at 8:00 am. Students should arrive by 7:30 am at the band room in under-uniform wear to allow time to change and walk to the stadium. Photo order forms are available in the band room.

DCI Trip

Please remember, all band camp participants will be dismissed at 11:45 am tomorrow (7/28) to allow students holding reservations for the Drum Corps International event to go home, prepare, and return for the trip. Please be sure to have rides at the band room by 12:00 noon.

To date, roughly half of the students who committed to go to the DCI event have paid the trip fee. If fees are not paid by students holding reservations, those tickets will be distributed to students on the waiting list who arrive with payment and permission forms.

Call time for the trip is 2:30, with a departure time of 3:00. The estimated return time to the band room is 10:30 pm. Dinner is included in the reservation fee, but students are encouraged to bring a little extra spending money for concessions or vendors during the event.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Sargent at

Order Extra T-Shirts Now

Moody Bands
Order Form for Additional Band Uniform T-Shirts
All Orders due by Friday, July 29, 2011 at 8:00 am in the band room

Dear Parent or Guardian:
Included with your 2011 band fee is the cost of one Under-Armor style t-shirt for wearing under the band uniform. If you wish to order additional shirts, please complete the form below and submit with your payment by Friday, July 29, 2011 at 8:00 am. Because of the time-sensitive nature of our uniform t-shirt order, we are not able to accept late orders. A second, non-uniform t-shirt order will be placed after the fall semester has begun. For those who miss the above deadline or wish to have an alternate-style cotton blend t-shirt, ordering details will be announced. Please check and the Moody Blue Devils Yahoo Groups for information.

Name: ___________________________________________

Phone: ___________________________________________

e-mail: ___________________________________________

Size Quantity

Total number of shirts: ____________ x $12.00 per shirt = _$_______________

Make all checks payable to the Moody Band Boosters. Submit payment and this order form to Dr. Sargent before placing in the band room money box. Orders are due by Friday, July 29, 2011. All orders are prepaid. T-shirts will arrive approximately two weeks after the order date.

Band Photo Update-- No Band Photo Today!!

Please note that our band photo scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, July 27, has been cancelled. The photo will be rescheduled and announced as soon as possible.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Band Photos

Band photos will be made in uniform on Wednesday, 7/27/11 at 6:00 pm. At 4:30 dismissal, students should take uniforms, instruments, and accessories home and return to the football stadium in uniform by 5:45. Any student needing to remain at the band room after 4:30 dismissal should notify Dr. Sargent. Group and individual photos will be taken. Forms are available in the band room for individual photo orders. At the conclusion of the photo shoot, all members should return uniforms and accessories to the band room storage rooms. All photos will be finished by 8:00 pm.

Band Camp Reminders

Please be reminded that roll call begins at 8:00 am tomorrow, 7/25/11. Be sure to bring lunch, plenty of water in a cooler, insulated thermos bottle, or Camelbak or similar hydration system. No sports drinks, soft drinks, or energy drinks are permitted at camp. Water only.

All students should bring a lunch and plan to eat in the MHS lunchroom. Students are not permitted to leave campus during camp.

Sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and insect repellent are recommended, in addition to close-toed shoes (tennis shoes) and socks. Playing members should wear white T-shirts with your name in permanent marker clearly visible on the front of the shirt, and dark athletic shorts (like Under-Armor). Auxiliaries have assigned camp uniforms.

Please see the detailed camp schedule as posted on Yahoo Groups for other information on camp, band photos, the DCI trip during camp, and the upcoming season.

Call for Shade Canopies

The band has a need for shade canopies beginning tomorrow, 7/25/11. Any parents or guardians willing to loan a shade tent may set them up at any time, parallel to the front sideline of the band practice field, and at a distance from the sideline which places the front of the canopy flush with the front face of the field tower. Tents may be removed at the conclusion of camp on 8/5/11. Please be aware that we usually encounter high winds and storms during band camp, so canopies should be staked well.

Thank you!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Band Shoes-- Last Call!!!

Mr. Godfrey will be in the band room on Tuesday afternoon, 7/26, during band camp, to take care of any remaining shoe needs. If you need to be fitted or have yet to pay for your shoes, be sure to bring cash, check, or credit card information. Shoes are $29 per pair, payable to DeMoulin.

See you Monday morning. Roll call is at 8:00 am!

Dr. Sargent

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Parent Profile (Band Booster Team Volunteer) Form Posted

Please note the parent profile/team volunteer form has been posted to Yahoo Groups. Consider supporting our band program by becoming a volunteer. Print and complete the form, bring to the band room, or mail to: Moody Band Boosters, PO Box 88, Moody, AL 35004.

Thank you!

Trombone Seminar at UA

The following is a message from The University of Alabama School of Music. Our trombonists might be particularly interested in attending these events, though it would require an evening drive to Tuscaloosa and back to our band camp. Here's the info:

Kicking off the 2011/2012 school year is the 2011 Alessi Seminar. UA is hosting the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Trombonist for one week (July 29-August 6) as he conducts master classes and lectures. For placement, inquiry or information regarding master classes, cost of participation or auditor positions, please visit or email at

From Monday August 1 until Friday, August 5, The Alessi Seminar will feature five concerts which will take place in the Moody Music Building on the campus of The University of Alabama. All concerts are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, August 1

Joseph Alessi, trombone

Martha Locker, piano

Concert Hall - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 2

Trombones de Costa Rica

Concert Hall - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 3

Alessi Seminar Quartet Night

Concert Hall - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 4

Alessi Seminar Participants Recital

Concert Hall - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 5

Alessi Seminar Trombone Choirs

Concert Hall - 2:00 p.m.

On Friday, August 5, the final concert there will feature two world premiere compositions. Both pieces are dedicated in honor of the April 27, 2011 tornado victims. One piece, written for trombone choir, was composed by former UA student Anthony Barfield. A solo trombone piece was written for UA Trombone professor, Dr. Jon Whitaker, by Nicola Ferro.

Leadership Workshop Update-- Please Read Changes!!!!

Band student officers and auxiliary captains:
Our schedule for Saturday, 7/23/11, is below. Please note the NEW,EARLIER CALL TIME at the MHS band room!

7:00 am (NOT 7:30!!!)-- Depart from MHS band room
7:30 am-- Meet SHS band in Springville
8:30 am-- Register at Homewood Middle School
9:00 am-1:00 pm-- Leadership Workshop, No lunch break
1:40 pm-- Stop at Springville McDonald's for late lunch
2:30 pm-- Return SHS band to SHS campus
3:00 pm-- Bus arrives at MHS band room for dismissal

Checklist for Saturday:
Eat breakfast or bring a snack in the morning
Bring some spending money for the late lunch stop
Bring a bottled water if you wish
Dress casually but tastefully

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Band Camp Detailed Schedule 2011

Moody Band Camp Weeks 1 and 2, 2011

Monday, 7/25/10 through Friday, 7/29/10
AND Monday, 8/1/11 through Friday, 8/5/11

8:00-8:20 Full Band, Band Room
Submit Forms
Roll Call
Instructor Introductions
Camp Rules
Sectional Locations
Chore Assignments

8:30-11:30 Drum Line and Pit Percussion: TBA
Full Band and Auxiliaries: Band Field: Stretching, Basics Block Set-Up, Basic Commands and Marching Instruction. Basic Marching and Playing, Set Drill as available. Bring Instruments and Equipment in cases (Bring Sousaphones without cases), Dot Books, Pencils, Water Jugs, Hats, Sunscreen

11:45-12:15 All: Lunch in Lunchroom. Bring lunch and water jugs.

12:30-1:30 Full Band rehearsal, Band Room—Warm-up and Show Music
Drum Line/Pit, Sectionals
Auxiliaries: Sectionals with Instructors
Drum Major: Library Assistance/ Conducting/ Playing

1:45-3:20 Sectionals with Instructors-- 5-10 minute break between hours

3:30-4:30 Full Band (with Drum Line and Pit, TBA): Band Room
Auxiliaries: Sectionals with Sponsors

4:30 All meet in Band Room for Announcements

4:35-5:00 Band Officer Meeting with Director, Final Chores, and Dismissal

Exceptions and Additions to the Above:

Wednesday, 7/27/11: Photo shoot for football program and yearbook 6:00 pm

Thursday, 7/28/11: Revised Afternoon Schedule
All students are dismissed at 1:30 following the first afternoon session. For those who have reserved and paid for the DCI trip, the following schedule applies:
3:00 call time in the band room
3:10 board bus and depart for Gadsden
4:00 supper at Stevie B’s Pizza (included in trip fare)
5:00 arrive at GCHS stadium
6:00 DCI competition begins
11:00 pm arrive at MHS band room

August 1-5: Some possible conflicts with MHS orientation sessions, TBA. These will be resolved when dates and times are made known.

Post Camp/Pre-School Schedule:

Monday, 8/8/11
Teacher Conference, No Band Rehearsals

Tuesday, 8/9/11
6:00-8:00 pm Full Band, Band Field

Wednesday, 8/10/11
Faculty Institute, No Band Rehearsals

Thursday, 8/11/11
6:00-8:00 pm Full Band, Band Field

Wednesday, 8/15/11
School Begins

After-School Rehearsals Begin on 8/15/11: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3:15-5:00 except game days and announced exceptions

Please see season schedule for more details!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Leadership Workshop Saturday, 7/23/11

Saturday, July 23, our band officers and auxiliary captains will attend a leadership workshop presented by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser at Homewood High School. Officers and auxiliary captains are sponsored by the Moody band boosters.

Any other students wishing to attend the workshop may bring cash or check for $55.00, payable to the Moody Band Boosters, to the meeting in the band room on Tuesday evening, 7/19/11, at 6:30 pm. This will be the only opportunity for students who are not officers or captains to secure a place in the leadership workshop.

The bus or carpool (TBA, depending upon participant numbers) will leave the band room at 7:30 am on Saturday, 7/23. The workshop continues until 1:00 pm without a break, with a stop on the return trip for lunch. The workshop fee includes a workbook and T-shirt. Please bring extra money for the lunch stop on the return trip. Estimated arrival time in Moody is 2:30 pm.

Below is the list of officers and captains being sponsored by the band boosters. Any officer or captain unable to attend the workshop should contact Dr. Sargent immediately at

Officers and Captains expected to attend. Please RSVP by Tuesday to
Taylor G
Xiola H
Keyonna F
Savannah S
Cassi W
Jon McG
Jay F
Audrey H
Clay F
Sarah B

Band Booster Meeting Tuesday, 7/19/11, 6:30 pm

Our regular band booster meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday, 7/19/11 at 6:30 pm in the band room. Please attend and support the Moody band as we prepare to begin band camp and the 2011 season.

Friday, July 15, 2011

DCI Event Reminder- with Chaperone Update-- Please Read!

The following have committed to attend the Drum Corps International field trip on Thursday, 7/28/11, as detailed on a previous blog entry. The cost of the trip, including transportation, dinner, and admission to the event, is $20.00, made payable to the Moody Band Boosters by Monday, 7/25/11.

Any additional persons wishing to go should e-mail Dr. Sargent by 5:00 pm Monday, 7/18/11 (deadline extended from previous posting). Likewise, students listed below who cannot attend should contact Dr. Sargent immediately. After tickets are ordered, no refunds or changes are possible. (

Parents or guardians wishing to attend the event as chaperones are welcome at $20.00 each, including dinner in Gadsden. Currently, the bus has room for only 8 chaperones, first-come, first-served in order of ticket reservation. We will accomodate as many adult chaperones on the bus as possible, but please be aware that after the first 8 chaperone reservations, adults may need to arrange for self-transportation to Gadsden.

Current Reservations, $20.00 due by 7/25/11:
Jesslyn McC
Drew A
Taylor P
Hallie H
Anita H
Jay F
Jon McG
Clay F
Victoria D
Audrey H
Tyler J
Hunter F
Will McC
Scott C
Andrew R
Xiola H
Giorgia E
Tera H
Keyonna F
Jordan J
Lorna W
Gavin H
Sara D
Hunter R
Kaleb P
Savannah S
Cassi W
Mandy W
Kelsey A
Jennifer D
Taylor H
Elisabeth K
Blake A

Band Field Workday Update for 7/16/11

The workday set for tomorrow, Saturday, 7/16/11, 8:00-10:00 am, will now be limited to the band field only. The concession stand workday will be rescheduled for a later date.

Items on the agenda include some repair on the band field tower, some weed cutting around the tower and field perimeter, setting field corners and measuring for striping, and general cleanup. Volunteers will be appreciated.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

DCI Event 7/28/11

On Thursday, July 28, all band and auxiliary members will have an opportunity to travel to Gadsden City HS by bus to attend a Drum Corps International event. We will depart Moody at approximately 3:00 pm, have supper in Gadsden, and return to Moody by 10:00 pm.

The cost of the trip is $20.00 per person. This fee includes bus transportation, dinner, and admission to the DCI competition. Dr. Sargent needs a commitment from all who plan to attend, and a commitment form will be available in the band room at this evening's summer band rehearsal. Those committing to the trip will need to have cash or checks made payable to the Moody Band Boosters (money box in the band room) by Monday, July 25, the first day of band camp.

Please contact Dr. Sargent with any questions at

Monday, July 11, 2011

Band Shoe Fittings Thursday, 7/14/11 6:00-8:00 pm

Any students needing band shoes will be fitted this Thursday, 7/14/11 during summer band rehearsal. The cost of shoes is approximately $30.00 and may be paid by cash, check, or credit card. A new credit card payment form is available and will be posted in the files section of our Moody Blue Devils Yahoo Group site.

Uniform Help Needed

With so many new marchers this year (and so many veteran marchers who are growing like weeds!) Mrs. McGinnis could use some extra help preparing uniforms for our program photos and first football game. Any band boosters with skills in hemming sleeves, sewing buttons, etc., and willing to help are asked to please contact Mrs. McGinnis at

Thank you!

Band Field and Concession Workday This Saturday, 7/16/11

At the last booster meeting, a band field/concession workday was set for this Saturday, 7/16/11, from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. We will be doing some general cleanup and preparing to stripe the band field, in addition to preparing the band booster concession stand for the upcoming football season. Any volunteers would be appreciated. If you are able to help, please send an e-mail to Ronnie Adkins at, and copy to Dr. Sargent at

All are reminded of the final summer band rehearsal of the summer this Thursday, 7/14/11, 6:00-8:00 pm. If you have missed more than one rehearsal but have not spoken with Dr. Sargent, please do so now. Field positions in the halftime show are determined by attendance at summer band rehearsals.

Band camp begins on 7/25/11 and continues each day for two weeks. The fall schedule may be found in the files section of our Yahoo Groups page. Hard copies are available in the band room.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sargent