Sep 26

Pacific Coast Invitational

For information on the Pacific Coast Invitational marching band competition, please see the “PCI” menu (up top).

Jun 18

2014/15 Info for Parents


Welcome to the 2014/15 Sprague Band year of activities. Two new documents are available.

Introduction to the Band and Colorguard Boosters 2014

2014 Marching Band Fee Contract

Payments are due as follows:
Deposit: July 18, 2014
Paid in Full: August 18, 2014

Apr 18

[Sprague Band News] How to order concert wear

This post contains instructions on how to obtain suitable concert attire.


The Sprague standard black concert dress is available from: “Tuxedo Wholesaler”.
This is the URL for their online order form.
The dress style is “Jordan – Classical”. It must be Black only – not the purple or blue one.
Cost: $57.50 plus shipping.
The web page has a sizing chart and measurement instructions.
This is the required concert dress for Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Symphony. It is also suitable (though not required) for Symphonic Band. Since they’re lightly worn, one concert dress will likely last your entire career at Sprague. It is machine-washable. Since we always use this same dress style, it can be resold to another student after graduation. Your dress will need to be hemmed to length after it is delivered.


The standard concert attire for men (all ensembles) is a plain black tuxedo, black bow tie, and white tux shirt.  No vest or cummerbund. Suspenders are your option. Tuxes can often be found at local formal shops, or vendors such as:
or Uniformal Wearhouse

Costs are comparable to that of a concert dress.

Buy the cheapest plain black tux you can find, and you’ll look fine on stage. You’ll also be in good shape for any formal social event. After you’ve rented a tux once or twice, you might as well have owned one outright.

Please direct any specific personal questions or issues to Dr. Greenwood.


Oct 30

[Sprague Band News] Reminders/News for this weekend

A couple of things about tomorrow night:

1. Dinner at 4:30

2. Band will not wear uniforms.  Students may “dress up” for Halloween with the following guidelines
  • a.  students may not wear anything that impedes their best marching, choreography, dance, spinning,
    drumming, or playing instruments. This is during halftime, in the stands, and march to stadium.
  • b.  No Masks
  • c.  Wear only shoes that are good for marching
  • d.  Students will be given a rain jacket to wear in the stands
  • e.  Students may wear hats in the stands.
3. Students will leave the game at halftime and load trucks for Saturdays performance

4. Rehearsal Friday is 2:45 – 3:30 on the field

5. Rehearsal continues in the band room from 3:45 – 4:15
Saturday‘s schedule:

6:30 am -On the field (Woodwind instruments on field.  All others on truck)
7:45 am – Buses depart
9:00 am – Arrive Hillsboro and have food.  Dress into uniforms
10:00 am – Move to warm up area
11:07 am – Performance
4:15 pm – Prelim Awards

The remainder of the schedule is uncertain. It is based on the students’ performance, compared to other
schools, in prelims.

Thank you,
Dr. Greenwood

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Oct 23

[Sprague Band News] Rehearsal Plans Friday Afternoon

WOW! What a scheduling nightmare lately.  I have spoken to many of the marching band students.  They have asked me to look into the possibilty of getting field space for an unscheduled rehearsal.  This is due to the fact that we have not had a marching rehearsal this week.  The students want to feel more comfortable Nov. 1 at the final performance.


The only time available is Fri. Oct. 24 from 2:45 – 5:00.


Please check your calendar to see if students can attend.  Hopefully, we can everyone present even though it is not on the original calendar.  Students can let me know during band class on Friday.


Thanks for considering.


Dr. Greenwood

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Oct 22

[Sprague Band News] NO Rehearsal tonight

Just received word that there will be no rehearsal tonight!!  Stay warm and dry!!

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Oct 15

[Sprague Band News] Rehearsal Reminders for the week

Just a Reminder about this week’s rehearsal schedule:

Wednesday (tonight):  6:00pm – 8:30pm  Please wear warm, dry clothes
Friday:  2:45pm – 5:00pm – students – at the conclusion of this rehearsal, stay for a few minutes and help finish loading the trucks.  They are leaving for Grant’s Pass Friday as soon as they are loaded.
Parents – if you have a few minutes to lend a hand, the trucks should arrive to Sprague by 4pm and will begin loading – always appreciate some extra people to make things go faster!!  They will either be down by the Field House (near the sophomore parking lot), or up top by the band room.

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Oct 14

[Sprague Band News] Grant’s Pass Details

Greetings all!

Here’s some details about our competition this weekend at Grant’s Pass:

Friday:  get some sleep and pack your bag!

Get up and eat breakfast and be to Sprague by 6am – call time
6:15 – load up the buses – you may bring one bag, plus your sleeping bag
****Don’t forget your black socks, a sweatshirt, your show shirt and/or guard makeup and $$ for souveniers or snacks****
6:30 – departure for Grant’s Pass
10:30 – approximate arrival time and lunch
1:15 – performance time (12:25 walk time for warm up)

Afternoon schedule to be determined by placement in Prelims.  We will feed the students dinner and a snack at the competition at some point – and then another snack after we arrive at South Middle School for overnight accommodation. 

We will be back on the buses and headed for Salem by 9:00 am after a light breakfast at the middle school.  Please plan on picking up your student from 12:30 – 1:00 pm at Sprague.

In addition to our regular crew, we have chaperones specifically for the overnight and bus ride portions of the trip.  Please have a word with your student about appropriate behavior on the buses, at the competition and at the middle school overnight.  All of our chaperones volunteer for this trip, and anything you can do to help them have an easier time would be very much appreciated.  If necessary, you will be contacted to collect your student should behavior become an issue.

****We still need one male chaperone for the overnight – please consider coming along and joining the fun!****

if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email at:

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Oct 14

[Sprague Band News] Need a Chaperone for this weekend

Hey Band & Guard Family –

We need one more male chaperone for this weekend’s over night – it’s not a glamorous job, but it’s absolutely necessary!! 

Please email me ASAP if you can volunteer your time for Grant’s Pass!


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Oct 06

[Sprague Band News] Update to Schedule

The Sprague administration has done a terrific job getting stadium time for all who need it during this short week.  Unfortunately, the band will not be able to rehearse during its usual Wednesday evening time.  The band will have field time Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Most students have indicated the change will work in their schedule. 

Thanks for everyone’s flexibility! 
So, rehearsal schedule for this week is:
Tuesday  6:00 – 8:00
Thursday - game day schedule
Friday 3:00 – 5:30
Saturday 7:30 am call time, return approximately midnight
Week of Oct 13 - 19

Mon Oct. 13  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday Oct. 15    6:00 – 8:30 pm
Friday Oct. 17   2:45 – 4:00 pm
Saturday Oct. 18  (Overnight to Grants Pass)  Return Sunday approximately Noon.  (Specific itinerary will be out soon)

Thank you!

Dr. Rick Greenwood

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Oct 05

[Sprague Band News] Sprague Band & Guard Booster Meeting this Wednesday

You are all cordially invited to the regular Sprague Band & Guard booster Meeting this Wednesday, October 8th at 7pm in the Forum (the boardroom across from the main office).  Please join us as we make the last plans for the season, and have a quick review of PCI.


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Oct 05

[Sprague Band News] This just in – schedule change for Monday rehearsal

Band & Guard Family,

There is a soccer game Monday evening at 7pm.  This event must use the Sprague Stadium field.  As it’s not a good week to miss any rehearsal time with the McKenzie Classic this weekend, we need to adjust rehearsal time to be:

5:00 to 7:30pm on Monday Night.

Please forgive any inconvenience that this causes your family – this was only brought to our attention this weekend.

Other Important times this week:

Wednesday:  rehearsal 6pm – 8:30pm, Sprague Band Boosters Meeting in the Forum at 7pm

Thursday:  Game Day Schedule

Friday:  NO SCHOOL, BUT rehearsal 3pm – 530pm

Saturday:  Info coming soon – stay tuned!!

Monday, October 13th – NO SCHOOL , BUT rehearsal 6pm – 8pm

Thanks all!!

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Sep 26

[Sprague Band News] PCi Call Time & Pick Up Info

Hey Band Family!

PCI is almost here!!  We’ve got nice weather tomorrow, and it’s going to be a great day, so let’s get right to what you need to know:

Call Times:
7am – Student Band Hosts
8am – Colorguard
9am – Percussion
10am – Remainder of Marching Band Students

Lunch, Dinner & Snacks will be provided by the food crew (11am lunch, 5pm dinner)

Bring:  BLACK SOCKS for marchers, tights and makeup for guard, anything you need to make your day go well

Sprague Campus is going to be A ZOO tomorrow – plan on parking off site at Kaiser Permanente and taking the shuttle over if you’re a spectator or volunteer, the free shuttle starts approximately 10:15am – drop off your student in plenty of time for them to navigate their way to the band room with all the traffic.

The campus is ONE WAY all day – Go in through the Kuebler Entrance, and out at the back gate.

Picking up your student:
ALL students are required to stay and help clean up – many hands make light work!  They should already know who they are to check in with after Final Awards – if they have questions, they need to stop in Headquarters and ask.  Please make sure that your student stays for this very important task – there are many, many volunteers that will arrive in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow, and they will stay all day – Everyone will be tired, but clean up is a necessary evil, so lend a hand!

Thank you ALL for making this a great day – have fun!!
  A special thank you to our chairman this year Mr. Tom Bowers!!  If you see him during the event, please make sure and say thanks for all the hard work!!

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