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From The Director 2-20-2023

Good evening!

I apologize for the delayed email. I meant to sent it out this morning, but ended up hanging out with my granddaughter all day today and half of yesterday (it was a long night with little sleep).

Region band went amazingly well these last 2 days with Karen, Devon, Anthony, Lydia, Phillip, and Kaden!!! It was very long days, but that put on a fantastic performance on Saturday afternoon. Please look at the pictures and information from this event in the Band App!!

TOMORROW we have a concert!!! We will be performing the samt 3 pieces of music that we did at the last performance, but this will be without the assistance of the Marines! I am so excited to show off all of the hard work your children have been doing! Students MUST be in the practice room BY 5:30 IN CONCERT ATTIRE (black suites / dresses) ready to play. We will run through the 3 songs very quickly after a warmup. They may stay in the band room after school until that time, but please ensure they have FOOD prior to the concert. We will not be providing food tomorrow. They will watch the McCracken Middle school students perform at 6:30, then perform their 3 pieces, and are encouraged to stay to watch the LowCountry Community Band perform at 7pm. It should last until about 8PM. It would be amazing if you could all be there to show your support as well! It is a great opportunity to be able to bring in other groups to perform at our school.

For those of you who do not know what Pre-CPA and CPA are, it is Concert Performance Assessment, where we perform these same 3 songs we have been working on in front of judges and they let us know what we do well and what we need more work on. We also have to perform a piece that we have never seen before after looking and discussing it for only 6 minutes. This is like a final exam for musicians. Pre-CPA is a district level preparation for the state level CPA later on in the month. Pre-CPA is Feb 28th and I need 3 parents to assist chaperone. These chaperones are responsible for going with us to Beaufort High School and assisting in bring the snacks, waters, small med kit, and repair kit (all handed to you that morning) and simply enjoying the performance and being available in case anything crazy happens, which is not very likely. They should be in the band room by 8:45 AM, leave by 9 and we should be returning to the room by about 2. We will watch Whale Branch perform at 10:20, and Bluffton High at 11:10, and then we warm up at 11:35, perform at 12:05, and Sight read at 12:30. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Volunteer Opportunity: 28 Feb Pre-CPA:

Also, we will need 3 parents for CPA (Concert Performance Assessment) on March 14th on a charter bus to Lucy Beckham High School in Mt. Pleasant. We will leave around 9 and return by 6, stopping for a quick lunch and dinner. We warm up at 1:30, perform at 2, and sight read at 2:30. Again, the requirements for this commitment are very similar to the ones for Pre-CPA, except you may have to escort students to and from the bathroom prior to and after the performances.

Volunteer Opportunity: 14 Mar CPA:

For Carowinds on March 18th, I am still in need of several Chaperones. The requirements for this trip is to ride the bus to the park, touch base with you group of 7 students 2 times in the morning, ensure those 7 students are on time to warmups and the performance, one more time of ensuring you here from your 7 students in the afternoon, and ensuring they all get on the bus with us in the evening prior to departure. If you are able to go (must be certified to be a volunteer through the district, like all the other volunteer opportunities), please let me know. If I don't get enough volunteers, we will have to cancel the trip.

Upcoming schedule:

Feb 21 – Concert with LCCB and McCracken Middle School in MRHS Auditorium. 6:30pm

Feb 23 - Band Rehearsal 4-5 NOTICE THE EARLY RELEASE.

Feb 28 - Pre-CPA District at Beaufort HS (will need 3 chaperones)

Mar 2 - Band Rehearsal 4-6:30

Mar 9 - Band Rehearsal 4-6:30

Mar 13 - Band Rehearsal 4-6:30 THIS IS AN ADDED REHEARSAL.

Mar 14 – CPA – Beckham High School – Mt. Pleasant – 3 chaperones are needed

Mar 18 – Carowinds

Winter Guard schedule

Every Tuesday and Thursday in Feb and Mar from 6:30 – 8:30

Mar 3 - Practice 4:30 -6:30

Mar 4 – Competition at Mauldin

Mar 10 - Practice 4:30 -6:30

Mar 11 – Competition in Lexington

Mar 18 – Carowinds

Mar 25 – Competition in Rock Hill

Mar 31 - Practice 4:30 -6:30

Thank you and have a great week!

Sincerely,

Deborah Hamner Director of Bands May River High School 843-271-4686




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