Thursday, October 31, 2013

Drug Test Consent Forms

Ms. Kuyk needs drug test consent forms from the following students. Please deliver to her first thing Friday morning to be eligible to march Friday night:
Blake A

Joel B
Scott C
Chris K
Brody P
Hunter R
Jeremy S
Jaysea A
Xiola H
Tera H
Breeanna M
Kaity N
Kirstie N
Shelby P
Lorna W
Hannah A
Emma A
Payton B
Kasey C
Megan C
Victoria D
Taylor G
Maddie G
Haley H
Kaci L
Hannah M
Meagan M
Savannah R
Rachael S

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Extracurricular Drug Testing Policy-- Please Read

Band Parents:
The SCCBOE has just (this week) adopted a new student drug testing policy. All students involved in extracurricular activities, including band, must have on file by this Friday, 11/1/13, a signed release form from parents. The release form is found on the SCCBOE website. PAGE 6 OF THE DOCUMENT MUST BE SIGNED AND RETURNED TO DR SARGENT AT THE BAND ROOM BY THIS FRIDAY SO YOUR CHILD CAN PARTICIPATE WITH US. Here's the link:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Band Activity Fees

Band activity fees were due on 10/15/13. MHS is giving us a two-week extension before sending late notices. Fees are $20, made payable to Moody High School. Dr. Sargent will issue receipts. Thanks.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

U. of Montevallo Annual Brass Clinic and Woodwind Workshop

Annual Brass Clinic: November 8 and 9, featuring trumpet soloist and Navy bandsman Dr. Stanley Curtis
Annual Woodwind Workshop: November 15 and 16, featuring international flute soloist Dr. Julie Koiden

See Dr. Sargent for an application or visit

Cheesecake Sale Fundraiser

Cheesecake sale fundraiser brochures and order forms have been distributed to every band and auxiliary student. Parents, please help your student handle this form and make sales to friends, family, and associates. Checks should be made payable to the Moody Band Boosters and returned with the order form by October 28th to Dr. Sargent.

After expenses, students get 100% of all funds raised placed into individual band accounts for help on band trips, band fees, etc. For every 15 items sold, your student may choose one item from the brochure, free of charge. For every 25 items sold, your student is entered into a drawing to receive a pizza party for the whole family.

Spring trip deposit dates will be posted soon. Get a head start on fundraising! Thank you!

UA Honor Band-- High School Edition

The registration for the Alabama High School Honor Band is now open! Please make this information available to your outstanding students in grades 9-12. This year's festival will feature an additional clinic band, so there will be opportunities for more students to be selected! Information about this years festival and a link to the registration site can be found here:

The registration will be open until Friday, November 14.

Thank you,


Randall O. Coleman
Associate Director of Bands
Associate Professor of Music
The University of Alabama
Box 870368
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487>>

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Polo Shirts

Polo shirts are in. Every band student should have one to use for a concert uniform and for other occasions. If you have not received one, please see Dr. Sargent. $20 each, payable to the Moody Band Boosters. Thanks.

Band Activity Fees Due

The $20 per semester band activity fee is due today. Please make checks payable to Moody High School and bring to the band room. Dr. Sargent will issue receipts. Thank you!


If you have not yet donated your 2 cases of bottled water to our band program for the season, please do so at your earliest convenience. We have run out of cases and have 4 games remaining, including playoffs on Nov. 8. Cases can be delivered to the band room and placed in the band library. Thank you!

Bowling Reimbursement

Many positive comments were received on our bowling outing last Saturday. It allowed a good chance to get out of the heat of the Pinson stadium for a while and enjoy our time together as a band. Please remember to bring $7.00 to help the band boosters cover the cost of that event. Thank you!

Pizza Pick-Up this Friday, Volunteer Needed

A volunteer is needed to pick up a pizza order from Little Caesar's this Friday at 3:00 pm or slightly earlier and deliver to the band room by 3:15. RSVP to Dr. Sargent at or 640-1995 if you're able and willing to help. Thanks. 

Band Boosters Postponed Until Thursday 10/17/13

Band Boosters has been postponed until Thursday, 6:30 pm.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Revised Pride of the Valley Schedule for Saturday, 10/12/13

Moody Blue Devils Band

Revised Schedule for Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pride of the Valley Marching Festival

Pinson Valley High School

9:00 am Roll call, band room. Band Boosters provide biscuit breakfast

9:30 am Depart for Pinson

10:30 am Arrive in Pinson, unload

11:00 am Warm up

11:50 am Enter staging area

12:00 noon Performance

12:30 pm Load truck, change in dressing area, load, roll call on buses

1:00 pm Depart for Super Bowl (bring some extra spending money)

1:30 pm Arrive at Super Bowl

2:00-3:45 Bowling, arcade games, billiards, concessions at Super Bowl

4:00 pm Depart Super Bowl

4:20 pm Arrive at PVHS

4:40 pm Ram Corps (University of Mobile) Exhibition

5:10-6:10 Chaperoned concession and vendor visits

6:10-7:30 AAA Bands, Pinson and UAB Exhibitions

7:30 Awards

8:30 Depart PVHS

9:30 Arrive at Moody band room, unload, have rides ready


• Wear Under-Armor t-shirt and shorts under uniform, long black socks

• Bring change of clothes: casual, MHS dress code compliant, appropriate for the weather and time outdoors for long periods

• Bring extra spending money for concessions at Super Bowl, PVHS

• Please place $7.00 in band room money box to help defray band booster cost of Super Bowl outing, biscuit breakfast, fuel, mileage

• This is a Moody band event and is an approved MHS field trip. No visitors, no passes out.

• Bring instruments and all equipment: extra reeds, sticks, valve oil

• Rehearsal schedule for next week: Tuesday & Thursday 3:00-4:30 (No Wednesday)

• MHS at Curry on Friday, 10/18. Band remains after school, supper provided. Depart 4:00 pm. Return to band room by 12:00 midnight. Have rides ready.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pride of the Valley Contest This Saturday, 10/12/13

Reminder: We have a marching festival in Pinson this Saturday. More details are coming as soon as they are available. Here is what we have so far:

9:00 am call time, band room, breakfast available. Special diet? Bring your own or eat before you come.
9:30 departure, 3 buses
10:30 am Arrival in at Pinson Valley High School
11:00 am Warmup
11:50 Staging Area
12:00 noon Performance
4:20 Ram Corps Performance
7:10 UAB Performance
7:30 Awards
9:30 Arrive in Moody, unload, have rides ready

Stay posted for more details.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Covered Bridge Festival Photos

This past Saturday at the Covered Bridge Marching Festival, Mr. Keith Standridge of Keith Standridge Photography made pictures of the different bands at the competition. He made over 2000 pictures, many of every band, including the awards ceremony. If you would like to view the pictures, the web address is:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

MJHS Band Events

Hello MJHS band parents,

If you have been receiving text or e-mail messages through our Remind 101 notifications (instructions attached), you have heard about the following events. If not, here is a summary:

8th Grade Band members perform side-by-side with the MHS marching band this Friday, 10/11/13, at the MHS vs. Springville football game, Bill Morris stadium. Call time: 5:30 pm, band room. Uniform: Moody Band polo shirt (distributed this week). Parents may stay and enjoy the performance (highly recommended--$5.00 admission fee is charged at the gate), help in our concessions (much needed and waives admission fee if Dr. Sargent is notified in advance), or parents may pick up students at the band room by 10:30 pm. All 8th grade band members are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this event and to be recognized at the half time performance. A letter will go home this week detailing the event, in addition to a medical release form which must be signed and returned by Friday in order for your student to participate.

Cheesecake Sale: to benefit all band members. A high percentage of the sale goes to individual band booster accounts and can be used to pay band fees, spring trip payments, or any other large expenditures related to band. Sale begins October 15th. Cheesecakes will be delivered the week before Thanksgiving. Help is needed to package items in the band room on November 18th. Please RSVP to Dr. Sargent if you can help!

MJHS Beginner and Intermediate Bands In-School Concert November 7th (rescheduled from 10/31). This is a chance for parents and other family members to see a typical band class in action. Beginning band meets 8:45-9:45. Intermediate band meets 9:45-10:45. Refreshments served. All visitors must sign in at the MJHS office before entering the band room.

Moody Band Boosters: Our sole source of funding for our band program. Meets in the band room the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. Please join us!

Moody Bands Christmas Concert, December 12th, 6:30 pm, MHS Gym. All members of the Moody band program: beginning, intermediate, and concert bands, perform a holiday concert for our community. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for the Moody Fire Department's toy drive and non-perishable food items for Shepherd's Supply are accepted at the door.

If you haven't done so already, please sign up to receive Remind 101 messages. In addition, more extensive information can be found on our website below and by joining the Moody Blue Devils Group (see the link on our website). Thank you for granting me the privilege of teaching your students the joy of music-making. I look forward to your involvement in our growing band program.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

UAB Marching/Honor Bands

UAB All-Star Marching Band – registration deadline this Friday – OCTOBER 4 – info and register:

UAB Honor Bands – Middle School: December 5-7, High School: December 12-14 – Directors must nominate students by next Friday – OCTOBER 11 – info and nominate:

UAB Wind Symphony and Symphony Band in concert – Tuesday, October 22 – 7 pm, Alys Stephens Center – Free admission and reception following for band directors and prospective students - Program includes:

Pride of the Wolverines, Sousa

English Dances – Arnold

Sheltering Sky – Mackey

Procession of the Nobles - Rimsky–Korsakov

British Eighth – Elliott

English Folk Song Suite – Vaughan Williams

As Summer Was Just Beginning – Daehn

Rejoissance – Curnow

Please contact me if you have any questions or if I can help you or your bands in any way.

All the best,


Sue Samuels, Ph.D. Director of Bands
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Music
208 Hulsey Center
950 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294
205-975-1931 – Fax

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Saturday Contest Details for 10/5/13

10 am call time at band room-- Chic-fil-A provides biscuits. There's no time to eat as a group again until after our 1:40 performance. Sending your student with a non-perishable, quick snack is a good idea.

11 am-- depart from MHS

12:00 arrive, warm-up, go to staging area

1:40 performance; change out of uniforms into street clothes. Weather could get cool or rainy or stay warm, so bringing clothes for a variety of conditions is a good idea.

2:00-- go to a local park for the afternoon. Parent chaperones, director, staff, and band students only. No outside visitors (No boyfriends/girlfriends who are not current band members). Band boosters are cooking hamburgers for late lunch/early dinner.

5:00-- back to contest stadium to view other bands. Students can go to concessions and vendors in chaperoned groups, so extra spending money is a good idea.

8-9 pm-- exhibition bands and awards ceremony

10 pm-- leave Oneonta

11 pm-- Arrive at MHS band room

Parents: If my own child were on this trip, I would make sure he had a change of appropriate (depending upon the weather and SCCBOE dress codes) street clothes with a sweatshirt or light jacket, tennis shoes, a few relatively healthy and non-perishable snacks, extra spending money for vendors and concessions, a well-maintained instrument and equipment, band t-shirt, under-armor shorts, long black socks, marching shoes, and maybe a frisbee, book, or game for supervised free time at the park in Oneonta, in addition to a current (less than one year old) medical release form on file with Dr. Sargent.

No sports drinks, soft drinks, or energy drinks, please. Water only.

Awards acceptance team= student officers, captains, and section leaders, regardless of class standing.

All students must remain with the band at all times. No passes out of the event.

Thank you!
Dr. Sargent

Let me know if you have other questions.