Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rain or Shine

Band camp happens, rain or shine! I'll see you this morning, in the band room if necessary, by 8:00 am. Thanks! Dr. Sargent

Friday, July 26, 2013

Band Camp!

Band Camp Begins Next Week!

Where: MHS/MJHS Band Room

Dates: July 29-August 9

Hours: 7:45 am-3:30 pm—No leaving campus at any time during the day. All members are expected every day. Missed band camp time = non-performing status and/or demerits

Dress: Camp Uniform (Players: Dark Shorts, White T-Shirt, Tennis Shoes, Socks) No sandals or flip flops!

Bring: Your Instrument, All Music, Dot Book on a String, Pencil with Eraser, Lunch—Daily, Water in an insulated container AND/OR Camelback system—Every Day! Sunscreen, Wide-Brimmed Hat, Insect Repellent

Do not bring or consume soft drinks or energy drinks of any kind—water only!

Forms: Pre-participation Physical Form—less than one year old, signed and dated by a physician, Medical Release, Prescriber Information

--Failure to submit the top two forms above will result in non-performing status

Fees: The final band fee payment per student was due on 7/25/13. Failure to pay band fees or to secure arrangements with Dr. Sargent may result in our program not surviving the season with enough resources.

Special Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, 7/31/13: Band Shoe Fitting at band room, 3:00-3:30 pm. (Those needing shoes will need to stay just a few minutes after dismissal that day). Bring a check for $31.00 made payable to Gadsden Music Co. Anyone missing this fitting will need to go to Gadsden Music or Rose Shoes on Old Springville Road (Next to Publix) to purchase shoes. All students must have band shoes by August 7th for the band photo.

Tues/Wed, 8/6-8/7: MHS registration. Neither band nor auxiliary students are needed at registration. Parents or guardians should plan to register their students. If this is not possible, first contact Dr. Sargent. Students needing to register themselves will need to do so during afternoon sectional time, NOT during morning band field time. Immediately upon registering, students are to return to band camp. Registration is not an excuse to go home early for the day!

Thursday, 8/8/13: Band Photo Session, 6:00-8:00 pm. Band room will open at 6:00 call time for uniform retrieval and truck loading for instrument transport to stadium. Uniforms must be returned to band room for drying after photo shoot. Individual photo order envelopes will be available for those wishing to purchase personal copies. Attendance is expected of all students. Missing photo session = no appearance in program or yearbook photos.

Friday, 8/9/13: Camp is dismissed at 11:45 for Cosmic Bowling fundraiser. Start time, 2:00 pm, Lightning Strikes, Trussville. More details TBA

Tuesday, 8/13: Maintenance Rehearsal 7-9 pm, band field

Thursday, 8/15: Maintenance Rehearsal 7-9 pm, band field

Saturday, 8/17: Concession Workday, 9 am. Pressure Washers Needed!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Band Boosters Tonight 6:30

Reminder: Band Boosters will meet tonight at 6:30 in the band room. Agenda items include establishing teams and team leaders for:
  • Band field
  • Equipment Truck
  • Concessions
  • Band Camp
  • Fundraising
  • Spring Trip
  • Uniforms and upcoming growth in the program
. . . and others items TBA. Please come support your Moody Blue Devils Band!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Thank you!

Many thanks go out to those who helped at the band field work day Saturday morning:
Scott C
Clay F
Max G
Mr. and Mrs. Harrell
Mr. Littleton

The band field looks great and is ready for another Blue Devil season!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Reminders and Additions

Summer Band meets this Thursday, July 11, 6-8 pm. $100 band fee installments due. Extra T-shirt orders due. Leadership workshop reservations due-- please add your desired t-shirt size to the reservation form.

Band Field workday this Saturday, July 13, 8-10 am. Measuring and lining band field-- 4-5 volunteers needed to help Dr. Sargent. Student leaders welcomed and encouraged to attend. For those willing to serve in or lead a field maintenance team for the season, this also serves as a training session on field layout. Field mowing is also a possibility for adults with mowers-- weather permitting. Also, band truck cleanup (bring supplies and a long garden hose) for parent chaperones and a few students. Concession workday to be scheduled at a later date. E-mail Dr. Sargent with questions at

Band Booster Meeting, Tuesday, July 16, 6:30-7:30 pm, band room. This was not on the schedule previously, so please add to your schedule if you're able. The agenda includes preparations for band camp.

Vivace Student Leadership Workshop, Saturday, July 20, all day. Registration due on July 11 at summer band for students wishing to attend.

Auxiliary/ Percussion camp begins, Wednesday, July 24, 8-12 noon. Refer to previously distributed schedule for details.

This year's contests: October 5 and October 12. Please remove September 28 from the earlier schedule (That's homecoming weekend).

Thank you!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Vivace Student Leadership Workshop 2013

Are you serving or have aspirations of serving as a student leader in the MHS band or auxiliary? Do you want to make the MHS band the best it can be, regardless of your position in the band? Consider attending the 2013 student leadership workshop at Homewood High School on Saturday, July 20th.

Time: 7:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost: $60.00 per student. Includes transportation, t-shirt, textbook
Deadline to Register: July 11th (next summer band rehearsal)
Registration forms and more info available on the Moody Blue Devils Yahoo Group files section.

Questions? e-mail Dr. Sargent at

Extra T-Shirt Order Deadline July 11

Reminder: An official band t-shirt is included with each paid band fee. For those wishing to order extra t-shirts in addition to the one issued, please use the form that was distributed with this year's band packet (or look for the form in the Yahoo Group files. Orders are due at the next summer band rehearsal, July 11th. See you then!

Dr. Sargent