Upcoming Events: I hope your “Spring” is off to a great start! We will have our next PHS Band Auxiliary Meeting Monday, March 2 at 7:00 PM in the PHS Bandhall. We have several things that are upcoming that we need your help with. We are hosting a Winterguard and Indoor Percussion show here at PHS on Saturday, March 7 and are in need of a few volunteers to work a shift that day. This is a great fundraiser for our band program and supports our Winterguard and Indoor Percussion Units. Please contact Tina Brown if you can help tina.brown@bxs.com. We are also in need of food and snacks for the hospitality room that day. Contact Cathi Silence at silencekc@comcast.net if you can bring something on March 7. 2015-2016 Intent Forms and a Band Camp Survey will be sent home to all current 8th- 11th Grade Band Students. These need to be returned to the band directors by March 5 so that we may accurately plan for the upcoming year. Marching Show preparations have already begun and we want to make sure that everyone is accounted for. Since we are moving to class 6A, we want to provide the best opportunity for our students so we are possibly looking at doing band camp/summer rehearsals a little different this coming year. Please take a look at the survey and return it so that we can make a decision asap. Camp dates will for sure be July 20-24, 2015. Summer rehearsals may be done a bit different based on the results of the survey. Parents/Students, Check out the video linked below! Very Cool Information - What Music Does to your brain: http://youtu.be/R0JKCYZ8hng  State Band Evaluation Details State Band Evaluation preparations are ongoing daily. Daily attendance is CRUCIAL to our success. Please avoid checking your student out at the end of the day during band. We must utilize every second of rehearsal time that we have in order to succeed on March 23. Also, please make sure that your student is attending his/her sectional rehearsals each week. These rehearsals are mandatory and also CRUCIAL to our success as a group. We will also have a dress rehearsal run through on Sunday, March 22 beginning at 2:00 PM in the PAC. Students will only need to be here for their portion. All students should be finished by no later than 3:30 PM. Since we will not have an opportunity to see our students until their time in the warm up room on Monday, this run through is very important. Everyone is welcome to attend the run through on Sunday and any and all of our concert performances on Monday! The remainder of that week, March 23-27 band students will have the option of being dismissed during 4th/8th block since we are hosting State Concert Evaluation in the fine arts wing. In order to be released, students must have returned a STATE CONCERT EVALUATION DISMISSAL FORM that has been signed by a parent. Any student not having this on file will report to the commons and PAC during band time. Here are the dates and times for our dress rehearsal and performances for State Band Evaluation: Sunday, March 22 – Rehearsal Run Through 1:30 PM Varsity Band Report 1:45 PM Concert Band Reports 2:00 PM Varsity Band Performs / Symphonic Band Reports 2:20 PM Concert Band Performs / Varsity Band Sightreads 2:45 PM Symphonic Band Performs / Concert Band Sightreads 3:10 PM Symphonic Band Sightreads Monday, March 23 – State Concert Evaluation Varsity Band – 2:00 PM Performance in the PHS PAC Concert Band – 3:00 PM Performance in the PHS PAC Symphonic Band – 7:00 PM Performance in the PHS PAC Kroger Plus Card Fundraising Information – PLEASE RE-ENROLL YOUR KROGER CARD!! Please re-enroll or Enroll your card! – Simply login to your Kroger account at www.kroger.com  and Search for the Pearl high School band in the Community Rewards Section All parents are highly encouraged to link their Kroger Plus Card to the Pearl Band as this is a wonderful way to help the PHS Band earn money to help keep our overall costs down. After linking your card, you simply go to Kroger and shop. You will still receive all the benefits (such as fuel points) of using your Kroger Plus Card just like you always have. Click here for instructions on how to link your card! Winterguard/Indoor Percussion Shows: Saturday, March 7 @ PEARL HIGH SCHOOL – HELP NEEDED – PLEASE VOLUNTEER Saturday, March 14 @ USM (Percussion Only – WGI Regional) Friday-Saturday, March 23-24 @ Jackson Coliseum (MIA Championships) April 7-11, 2015 – WGI Percussion Championships, Dayton, OH Senior Slide Show Pictures Seniors need to submit no more than 12 pictures to Mr. Rowan by April 17 for the Senior Slide Show and DVD. Please submit all pictures by email or on a CD or Thumb Drive. Upcoming Events at a Glance Monday, March 2 – Band Auxiliary Parent Meeting at 7:00 PM Saturday, March 7 – Winterblast Winterguard/Indoor Percussion Show at PHS Saturday, March 14 – Indoor Percussion to Hattiesburg for WGI Regional Sunday, March 22 – Run Through Rehearsal for State Concert Evaluation 2:00 PM PAC Monday, March 23 – MHSAA State Concert Evaluation in the PAC Friday-Saturday, March 27-28 – MIA Championships at the Jackson Coliseum Tues-Saturday – April 7-11 – Percussion to WGI Championships in Dayton, OH Monday, April 13 – Band Auxiliary Meeting at 7:00 PM Wednesday, April 15 – Jr. High Bands to Festival at Jones Jr. College Tuesday, April 21 – Junior High Spring Concert Tuesday, April 28 – High School Spring Concert Monday, May 4 – Band Auxiliary Meeting at 7:00 PM Tuesday, May 5 – High School Marching Band Auditions Thursday, May 7 – Drum Major Auditions Monday, May 11 – Band Banquet Symphonic, Concert, Varsity Band Sectional Rehearsal Information Beginning the week of January 26 all students will have a 1 hour after school sectional rehearsal. These are required. Please notify the appropriate band director in advance for any conflict. Mr. Rowan, Mr. Pickering, and Mr. Harrell will set sectional rehearsal times for their bands. Symphonic Band Sectional Schedule: Monday – Clarinets 3:45-4:45 / Flutes 4:45-5:30 Tuesday – Alto Sax/French Horn 7:15-8:00 AM Tuesday – Trumpet 4:00-5:00 PM Wednesday – Trombone / Baritone 3:30-4:30 PM Thursday – Tuba / Low Reeds 4:00-5:00 PM Concert Band Sectional Schedule: Monday:        Horns 4:00pm-4:45pm / Flutes 4:45pm-5:30pm Tuesday        Baritones 4:00pm-4:45pm / Clarinets 4:45pm-5:30pm Wednesday   Trumpets 3:15pm-4:00pm / Saxophones 4:00pm-4:45pm / Trombones 4:45pm- 5:30pm Thursday       Varsity Band Sectional Schedule: Monday Tubas/Low Reeds 4:00-5:00 Tuesday F Horn / Alto Sax 4:00-5:00 Wednesday Flutes 3:30-4:00 / Trombone-Baritone 4:00-4:30 Thursday Clarinets / Trumpets 4:00-5:00 2015 Spring Semester Important Dates – Click Here to Download 2014-2015 Student Account / Band Fee Information The Student Account / Band Fee breakdown is available by clicking the above link. Student accounts this year are $450 and band dues (paid to PHS) are $25 or $60 per semester depending on the instrument played. These fees can be paid through your charms account. The Student Account fee covers transportation, entry fees, shirts/shorts, uniform cleaning, band banquet, and band camp expenses. All fees are payable in installments and can be paid via debit or credit card through our charms system. For access to our charms system please visit our website www.pearlpirateband.org for instructions on how to log into your student’s account. You can access charms through www.charmsoffice.com. Please click here to view the Student Account / Band Fee Information for 2014-2015. Should you have any questions regarding Student Accounts please contact Mr. Rowan. Stay informed by signing up for Remind 101: Sign up for our Remind 101 Text/Email Reminders by visiting:  https://www.remind101.com/join/pearlp 
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