Jun 18

2014/15 Info for Parents

Greetings,

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.

Ladies:

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.

Gentlemen:

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.

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Jul 11

[Sprague Guard News] Attention Foodies!! we need your help

Greetings all!

I would like to invite you to a planning meeting of the food crew for the 2014 Marching season – anyone interested is welcome to attend!  If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to help feed the kids, we need your help!!  We have several returning volunteers, so don’t be shy – they will show you the ropes!

Meeting:  July 24th, 6:30pm
Where:  Tonya Beach’s home – 1197 Charlene Street South (the street after the fire station on the right headed south on Liberty… grey house with American flag)

If you have questions, please email Tonya at:  Tbeach8994@yahoo.com

Thank you and we hope to see you there!!

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Jul 11

[Sprague Band News] Attention Foodies!! we need your help

Greetings all!

I would like to invite you to a planning meeting of the food crew for the 2014 Marching season – anyone interested is welcome to attend!  If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to help feed the kids, we need your help!!  We have several returning volunteers, so don’t be shy – they will show you the ropes!

Meeting:  July 24th, 6:30pm
Where:  Tonya Beach’s home – 1197 Charlene Street South (the street after the fire station on the right headed south on Liberty… grey house with American flag)

If you have questions, please email Tonya at:  Tbeach8994@yahoo.com

Thank you and we hope to see you there!!

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Jul 06

[Sprague Band News] Reminder: P.C.I. Meeting this week

Please join us for a P.C.I. planning meeting at 7PM on Tuesday, July 8!!

We need all hands on deck for this huge undertaking!!  If you don’t know, PCI is the marching band competition that Sprague Boosters hosts each fall – It’s in it’s 33rd year, and we are expecting lots of bands, music and fun times!  It’s also a major part of our fundraising for the year, and those funds support not only marching band and colorguard, but also wind ensemble, symphonic band, winterguard and jazz band!!  If your student is involved with any of these, please come lend a hand to help put on this very important day!  It’s a ton of fun too – even when we get sprinkled on!!

We always need help with everything – from concessions, to food to parking to stadium set up and clean up!!  Please consider joining us for this planning meeting and for the day itself – September 27, 2014.

Meeting will be hosted by Tom Bowers, our fearless PCI Chair, at his home:  5363 Sparta Loop SE

You can also email for more info to:  pci@spragueband.org

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Also, please note:  Our regular Band & Colorguard Booster for July has been canceled – we hope to see you at the next one:  Thursday, August 14, 7PM in Sprague’s Forum!!  Mark your calendars!!

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Jul 06

[Sprague Guard News] Reminder: P.C.I. Meeting this week

Please join us for a P.C.I. planning meeting at 7PM on Tuesday, July 8!!

We need all hands on deck for this huge undertaking!!  If you don’t know, PCI is the marching band competition that Sprague Boosters hosts each fall – It’s in it’s 33rd year, and we are expecting lots of bands, music and fun times!  It’s also a major part of our fundraising for the year, and those funds support not only marching band and colorguard, but also wind ensemble, symphonic band, winterguard and jazz band!!  If your student is involved with any of these, please come lend a hand to help put on this very important day!  It’s a ton of fun too – even when we get sprinkled on!!

We always need help with everything – from concessions, to food to parking to stadium set up and clean up!!  Please consider joining us for this planning meeting and for the day itself – September 27, 2014.

Meeting will be hosted by Tom Bowers, our fearless PCI Chair, at his home:  5363 Sparta Loop SE

You can also email for more info to:  pci@spragueband.org

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Also, please note:  Our regular Band & Colorguard Booster for July has been canceled – we hope to see you at the next one:  Thursday, August 14, 7PM in Sprague’s Forum!!  Mark your calendars!!

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Jul 02

[Sprague Guard News] PCI Planning Meeting – Tuesday, July 8 7:00pm

All are welcome to the PCI Planning meeting at 7 on Tuesday
July 8 at Tom Bowers house the address is 5363 Sparta Loop SE.

For those of you who are new to the Sprague Band program PCI
is the Marching Band Competition that we host, the date for this year’s event is
September 27. This is an all-day event that requires the participation of all
band students and parents even if your student is not participating in marching
band.

If you are interested in helping plan this year’s event or
just want to come and find out more about the band program  you are welcome
to attend.

Tom Bowers

pci@spragueband.org

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Jul 02

[Sprague Band News] PCI Planning Meeting – Tuesday, July 8 7:00pm

All are welcome to the PCI Planning meeting at 7 on Tuesday
July 8 at Tom Bowers house the address is 5363 Sparta Loop SE.

For those of you who are new to the Sprague Band program PCI
is the Marching Band Competition that we host, the date for this year’s event is
September 27. This is an all-day event that requires the participation of all
band students and parents even if your student is not participating in marching
band.

If you are interested in helping plan this year’s event or
just want to come and find out more about the band program  you are welcome
to attend.

Tom Bowers

pci@spragueband.org

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Jul 01

[Sprague Band News] Jazz Band Summer Opportunities

Greetings!

There are three dates coming up that Dr. Greenwood is hosting a Jazz workshop at Sprague for Jazz Band and anyone interested:

July 2
July 9
July 16

All sessions start at 10 a.m. until approximately 11:15 a.m. , no registration required.

Students will be studying and analyzing how to prepare to improvise on a
tune called “Fly me to the Moon”. 
They will also review the Dorian scales,
blues lines and major scales 101.

Should be a fun time, hope to see you there!

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Jul 01

[Sprague Guard News] Jazz Band Summer Opportunities

Greetings!

There are three dates coming up that Dr. Greenwood is hosting a Jazz workshop at Sprague for Jazz Band and anyone interested:

July 2
July 9
July 16

All sessions start at 10 a.m. until approximately 11:15 a.m. , no registration required.

Students will be studying and analyzing how to prepare to improvise on a
tune called “Fly me to the Moon”. 
They will also review the Dorian scales,
blues lines and major scales 101.

Should be a fun time, hope to see you there!

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Jun 30

[Sprague Band News] Volunteer Call

As many of you know – we feed the band and guard for home games and all competitions.  Many of our regular volunteers in that department had graduating students last year, so we are in need of a few people to step up and help with food.

There are some returning folks, so don’t be nervous – they will show you the ropes!!

Please contact pres@spragueband.org for more info on this fun opportunity!!

Thank you!

Jun 30

[Sprague Band News] Band & Guard Information for Fall 2014 Season

Greetings all,

To save mailing costs, attached you will find all the forms and letters that you and your returning student will need for the Fall, 2014 Season.  Please print them out and read through them – filling out the forms that need to be returned, as well as adding all the important dates to your calendar.  

Email me if you have questions and I will do my best to answer them!!

Happy Summer and see you at Band Camp on August 18 - Below is an important message from Dr. Greenwood.

Thank you,
Anne Nelson
Sprague Band Boosters

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Dear Sprague Oly Band Parent:

Your young musician has indicated she/he will be performing as a member of the Sprague Oly Competitive Marching Band.  This experience is unique to any other endeavor in the school curriculum.  You and your son /daughter will love it.

Please find enclosed information pertaining to the Sprague Oly Marching Band.  We look forward to a great season of student individual musical growth and skill development within a high level of group performance. This years “competitive” show will feature music from Latin America. Tango, Merengue, Ballad, Afro-Cuban, and Spanish Conquistador are all musical styles to be explored.

As you all know, marching band is an important aspect of a secondary school band curriculum.    As part of the heritage of the band, musical and skill development are the center of the marching band experience.  In addition to competitions, performances at athletic events and community service venues are also parts of the marching band curriculum.

Below are answers to the most immediate and pertinent questions: when are performances/rehearsals and how much does it cost.  More specific information will arrive later in the summer.

 

Questions and Answers:

1.         What is the cost for competitive marching band members?  The cost is $300.00 per member.  This money will be used for travel, food, equipment moving, musical arrangements, uniform parts and cleaning as well as a variety of other expenditures.  The school board does not offer nearly enough funding for this experience. A plethora of fundraising opportunities will be offered throughout the year. Please see enclosed payment contract.

 

2.         What are the rehearsal and performance schedules?  The competitive marching band will perform at 4 competitions.  Rehearsals are two times per week.  There are also 5 home football games and 1 Christmas parade. Please see enclosed specific rehearsal and performance schedules.

 

3.         When is band camp?  Just like any “team” there is a 2 week period of work prior to the beginning of the school year. This is a time where music and marching maneuvers are learned and opportunities to work together are explored. Band camp dates are Aug. 18 – 22 and Aug. 25 - 29.  Times are 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Color Guard and Percussion students will meet prior to Aug. 18 for a pre-camp.

You will also find enclosed an introductory letter from the Sprague Band Boosters Association president.  Anne Nelson is in her second year in this position and, like a long line of parent volunteers, keeps this band machine in top shape.  Please get to know her and the other parent volunteers.  They are all great people, dedicated to their son/daughter’s experience with music.

Feel free to contact me with questions.  Greenwood_richard@salkeiz.k12.or.us

Sincerely,

Rick Greenwood Ph. D.

Sprague Music Department

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