September 25th

Good evening!

Another great week with the Band! The students have been quickly learning their music they we just started on Tuesday. I think we will have time even the first game to play all 3 songs at the pre-game. I am really excited for them! It will only get better from here! 

Again, please get involved with Amazon Smiles and Kroger Rewards if you have not already! We still have 13 boxes of chocolate to sell, and we will soon be selling coffee as well. Now is the time to get ahead of the game for next years’ marching season as far as fundraisers are concerned!

On Monday, the board will be voting on a new President and Vice President! We are still looking for those motivated parents who want to step up and help with the band. No need to be “Band Parent Experts” at this time! We are all here to learn and move forward together. The only requirement is to have the desire and a little bit of time to become a closer part of the band family!

October 2nd (our first game) is Seniors Night! All of our Seniors will be recognized with a banner and be announced at half time. If you are a senior, make sure you fill out the form that emailed to you through Charms. I only have 2 of the 11 returned, and they must be returned by Tuesday at the latest!

I believe the volunteer spots are all taken for the 3 home games. To the rest of the Band parents who want to come out to the game, you will have first dibs on purchasing these tickets. A code will be available to sign up at midnight on Monday for all participants immediate family members (parents) and will only be available for 24 hours. These tickets are supposed to be for parents only. On Tuesday, tickets will be offered to the students. On Wednesday, they will become available to anyone. There are only 650 tickets available to the home team side for each game, so you will have to jump on them right away. More information may be found on the school website under athletics.

NEXT 2 WEEKS IN BAND / COLOR GUARD:

Monday Sep 28 – Band Boosters Board votes on new President and Vice President

Tuesday – Sep 29 -6 – 8 – Band / Color Guard Practice at football field (still meet in Band room)

Band, we will be practicing with shakos (will be handed out on Tuesday) and black marching shoes. If you don’t have marching shoes yet, wear the closest thing that you own. They should be coming in next week. Have flip-folders set up with all of your music in it PRIOR TO REHEARSAL so we don’t have to bring stands to the field to practice. We only have this one rehearsal for practice on the field so we have to make it count!

Thursday – October 1st – Leadership meeting 5:30

               6 – 8 – Band / Color Guard Practice – Come prepared.

Friday – October 2nd – Football game against Bluffton High School.

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR FIRST GAME ON OCTOBER 2ND:

              5:00 – CALL TIME

              6:00 – Inspection in ½ uniform in Band Room

              6:15 – Walk to stadium in ½ uniform

              6:30 – Warm-up

              7:00 – Line up for Preshow

              7:08 – Enter field 

              7:10 – Perform Preshow

              7:18 – National Anthem from field

              7:20 – Form tunnel

              7:25 – Team entrance

              7:30 – Game Starts

              Halftime – Band stays in stands for Senior Recognition

              9:00 – Depart game

              9:10 – Equipment and uniforms may be stored in the Band room.

Monday – October 5th – Face to face school begins for those who choose.

Tuesday – October 6th – 6 -8 – Band / Color Guard Practice

Thursday – October 8th – 5:30 – Leadership meeting at Band Room

              6 – 8 – Band / Color Guard Practice

Friday – October 9th – Beaufort High School Football Game – call time 5PM. We will be playing at half time for this game.

If you have any questions, as always, please don’t hesitate to ask.

September 19th

Good evening!

The Band has shown such drastic improvement in rehearsals this week! Mr. Miller and I have marked the parking lot for everyone’s placements next week, and I will have new music for the students to look at on Tuesday at rehearsal! 

Again, please spread the word about our fundraisers: Kroger Rewards code is QP937 – May River High School Band Booster Club as well as setting your charity selection to May River Band Booster Club when you shop through Amazon for Amazon Smiles! 

I will be sending home a form via email for parents of seniors to fill out soon for Seniors night at the football game on October 2nd. Please be on the lookout for that email. These will need to be filled out right away so the announcer can properly pronounce everyone’s names. 

For the upcoming games, I will need to know who would like to assist at the games. There are only a certain number of those seats we can give out. Those tickets will be free, and you will be seated in chairs near the rest of the band. If you would like to come to the game, but not sit in the chairs on the ground (your seats will be in the stands closest to the band), you will need to pay for those tickets on a certain day (I have been told probably the Monday prior to the game). I have sent that form through Charms if you are interested. We may have 8 parents per game assist us for those free tickets. 

NEXT 2 WEEKS IN BAND / COLOR GUARD:

Tuesday – Sep 22 – 6 – 8 – Band / Color Guard Practice

Thursday – Sep 24 – Leadership meeting 5:30 

              6 – 8 – Band / Color Guard Practice

Tuesday – Sep 29 -6 – 8 – Band / Color Guard Practice

Thursday – October 1st – Leadership meeting 5:30 

              6 – 8 – Band / Color Guard Practice

Friday – October 2nd – Football game against Bluffton High School.

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR FIRST GAME ON OCTOBER 2ND:

​6:00 – Inspection in ½ uniform in Band Room

​6:15 – Walk to stadium in ½ uniform

​6:30 – Warm-up

​7:00 – Line up for Preshow

​7:08 – Enter field 

​7:10 – Perform Preshow

​7:18 – National Anthem from field

​7:20 – Form tunnel

​7:25 – Team entrance

​7:30 – Game Starts

​Halftime – Band stays in stands for Senior Recognition

​9:00 – Depart game

​9:10 – Equipment and uniforms may be stored in the Band room.

If you have any questions, as always, please don’t hesitate to ask. 

September 12th

Good evening!

This has been a great first week of school! The Drum Majors have done a great job preparing and running the rehearsals, as well as updating the website and Instagram. Some of the beginning students look very excited to be joining us and have been practicing very hard. Emma Lanzone did a fantastic job working with Aiden Armstrong after school in the band room while Devin Fauver organized the uniform room and music, and Olivia Johnson practiced! Anyone is welcome to meet with others in the band room to practice if you let me know and if I am available! The other new students who have joined us other than Aiden are Lilly Mingus, Isaiah David, Olivia Williams, Arabella Edenfield, Diego Kayser, Even Weber, and Donasia Ling. Welcome to the SILVER SOUND!

Please spread the word about our fundraisers: Kroger Rewards code is QP937 – May River High School Band Booster Club, so you can raise money for us while you shop! Another way to help us out is to simply set your Charity selection to May River Band Booster Club when you shop through Amazon for Amazon Smiles! 

We also have boxes of chocolate to sell! Your student should have brought home a flyer with information about it. While we do not want you to go door to door at this time, if you happen to be able to set a box where you work for people to purchase that would be very helpful. We have 25 more boxes to sell! Let me know when I can get a box to your student.

NEXT 2 WEEKS IN BAND / COLOR GUARD:

Tuesday – Sep 15 – 5:30 – Senior Pictures!!

6 – 8pm – Band / Color Guard Practice. Please be early so we can take temperatures and get set up so we can START ON TIME!!

Wednesday – Sep 16 – Zoom meeting for parents of Seniors. Please check your email sent through Charms for this code.

Thursday – Sep 17 – Leadership meeting 5:30 

               6-8pm – Band / Color Guard Practice

STILL TENTATIVE – Sep 19th – Sgt Jasper Park Band Celebration – 10:30 – 1. Bring comfortable clothes for a game of kickball!

Tuesday – Sep 22 – 6 – 8 – Band / Color Guard Practice

Thursday – Sep 24 – Leadership meeting 5:30 

               6 – 8 – Band / Color Guard Practice

September 5th

Welcome!

I am so excited to be working with everyone this year, despite all of the unknowns that are upon us! While we aren’t doing marching competitions this year, we still want to strive to improve as musicians by setting new goals and becoming a closer band family throughout the year!

Start checking out our Instagram that we will be updating more frequently! The football schedule is now posted to the calendar on this new and revised mayriverbands.com site, so check it out as well.

Congratulations to our first SECTION OF THE MONTH for this year: the Brass Section! As the section of the month, those who were with us for those first 2 weeks of optional Band Camp will be exempt from setting and cleaning up after rehearsals, and will also be given an extra credit grade for their hard work over these past 2 weeks.

Rehearsals from here on out will be from 6 – 8 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays with everyone together. In order to accommodate this request from parents for transportation issues, we will be moving our monthly meeting for the Band Boosters Board to the first MONDAY of each month, and the Parents’ Meetings on the second MONDAY of each month at 6PM. Since this months 2nd Monday is a holiday however, this months’ meeting will be Wednesday September 9th at 6PM.

I hope to see you all soon, if I have not already, in person! Make sure you get all of your paperwork and payments taken care of so that you can join us! Stay safe and I will see you all soon!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hamner