Senior (Band & Orchestra)
4-year Graduation Cord Pick Up
& Concert Wear Donations
Tuesday, May 26th
Seniors may stop outside the band room and pick up their graduation cord.
Seniors that would like to donate their Concert Wear back to the program, may place their Concert Wear on the rack outside the band room. (Thank you for your donation.)
Band/Guard Leadership Meeting
Monday, May 18th – 4pm
Leadership is invited (required) to come and join Dr. Elliot Cleveland from Marching Health in a virtual clinic.
Marching Health will be supporting the band this year with advice and action plans on how to prepare like an athlete for Marching Band. All students will eventually benefit from this great program, this is just the first step for leadership to understand and learn, so they can pass it on to their sections. Be ready to move and wear good footwear. See ya there.
Meeting ID: 854 5234 3298
Tuesday, May 19th
The instrumental music awards are going virtual this Tuesday! Many of the awards arrived at houses over the weekend (thanks to Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Munday, and Mr. Stone too), so come and celebrate the end of the year with each other.
Orchestra starts at 7pm and Band will begin at 8pm. Zoom links below! Can’t wait to see you all there.
Meeting ID: 943 7288 2969
Meeting ID: 976 5000 1891
In an effort to be normal and optimistic about the future, we are going to be meeting on Monday night to discuss and answer all the questions you might have for the 2020-21 Marching Band season and beyond.
At the meeting you will see all that the program offers, calendar of events, and be present for the show reveal for the 2020 Marching Season. It’s a great time to get together and look positively to the future, a future I hope includes a marching band season.
So come join a mega zoom meeting at 7pm and be ready to find out all you can about the instrumental program. If you have questions during the meeting, please use the google form to ask you questions. I’ll be able to answer them in a less chaotic manner. Looking forward to seeing you all there on Monday.
(Zoom meeting details and google form for asking questions below.)
Show Reveal Meeting Info
Here are all the details you need for the zoom call on Monday:
Marching Band and Color Guard informational meeting discussing the program, calendar, etc. Will talk about how we are operating in this COVID environment And the show reveal for hopefully the 2020 Fall Marching Season.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 934 0781 0001
People will be placed in a waiting room and then be admitted into the room at the start of the meeting. Keep your mic muted to help with hearing the presentation.
Google form to ask questions, CLICK HERE.
Save the date! Monday, May 4th, at 7pm we will be having our annual Marching Band Informational Meeting and 2020 Fall Show Reveal.
Normally we all meet in the band room, but in this strange new environment, we will be meeting in a zoom meeting. Details for the sign in will be given next week, but keep this on your calendar.
This is a great time to ask questions, get the info for the fall, and hear the music we will be working on for next year’s show.
While there is still some uncertainty in what our future holds in light of COVID-19, we will still plan to be back to the business of music making together, in person. See you all there!
- As with all non-profits and families alike, this time has become somewhat financially stressful. Thank you all for your donations throughout this year, but we still have some obligations to cover moving forward. If you have outstanding donations due for Band, Orchestra, 7/8, Drumline, and/or Color Guard, please consider still contributing. We know that the seasons for some was cut short, but expenses still remain. Thank you.
- We would encourage each of you, the next time you shop online from Amazon – which is pretty often these days – to use AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate a small percentage of each purchase to our Music Parents Association. (Look for La Canada High School Music Parents in the list.)
- Also, gift cards are another way to raise funds. All the information is below for purchasing them. Contact Ceci Nava if you have any questions.
- Booster Raffle Tickets are still available and can still be sold. Boosters are willing to still contribute the funds to our program for all tickets sold. Please contact Elizabeth Bohannon if you would like additional tickets.
- The New York trip has been rescheduled for March 5-9, 2021, provided we’re back to “normal” by then. Today is the deadline to fill out the google form. See this post for full information.
Dear New York Trip Students & Families,
I hope everyone is safe in these crazy times. I know in my house we are all good, and completely crazy as our house gets smaller and smaller, but we are good and happy to see more of each other than we normally get to at this time of year.
Thank you all for your patience in trying to resolve the financial aspect of the New York trip. As I said earlier, it’s been a work in progress as Encore worked on our behalf with the airlines, who were not being flexible at first, and with all other aspects of the tour. The reason we continue to travel with Encore on our long trips is due to their professionalism and longevity in the travel game. I’m happy we are working with them as I know there are going to be some travel companies that won’t survive this unexpected situation.
Here are the two options that I need you to now choose from:
Option 1: Roll over to the same New York trip on March 5-9, 2021, $400 which will show as a non-refundable credit. Students will miss Friday, Monday, and Tuesday of school, but will be able to make up any missed work and such by Monday, March 15th (as per the State Education Code which will be backed from Mr. Cartnal).
Option 2: Refund the money for the trip. Refunds will be in cash, less a $400 travel voucher with Encore/ACIS, which is transferable to new participants. We will try to broker deals for vouchers to incoming Freshmen who will have the opportunity to join the trip in August. We will work through Seniors first, and then work down through Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen to cover vouchers either on the 2021 New York Trip or the 2022 Ireland Trip. Payments to Encore that were paid from the MPA student accounts will be returned directly to the student’s account as these funds were all from fundraisers and can not go back to an individual.
Please fill out the same form as before, but I need everyone to redo the form under these new conditions. Please have this filled out by Monday, April 13th. I will then send out a list to confirm that you are placed in the correct Option, prior to sending the lists on to Encore.
Thank you all again for your patience! I can’t tell you how much that has helped with this process.
If you have any questions, please email me and I will try to clarify any questions you have.
Thanks and Be Safe!
Dear New York Trip Students & Families :
I hope everyone is in good health and good spirits during this crazy time. I would have much preferred to be writing you a final checklist like email rather than this email of “What’s next? What’s happening with the New York trip?”.
So here is the line from Encore as it sits today.
“As it currently stands, $1500 is non-refundable however we continue to work with Carnegie Hall to lower that for any participants that need to cancel. Those that cancel will receive all funds back in cash less $1500 which will be sent as a travel voucher that can be transferred to a new participant entering the ensembles in the Fall.
For those that can roll to 2021, we will transfer all of the monies in their account of which $1500 will show as a non-refundable credit.”
We are planning on rolling the trip to next year, with the most likely date, at this time, being February 12-16, 2021. Our spring break 2021 begins with Easter Sunday, so that and the trip planned by the Choral Department, makes the February date the best time to go with the least amount of missed school. I am checking on all the needs to clear everything with the district, but I am optimistic that it will eventually go smoothly.
Seniors (and senior parent Chaperones), we are still working out the details for your use of the $1500 voucher at this time. Please be patient. The initial idea is to try and transfer that to new participants entering in the fall who wish to go on the trip. By what mechanism, that is yet to be determined.
In order to help Encore, please fill out this form letting me know what your desired intentions are for the trip.
Thank you all for your patience in this matter. It will all get resolved soon, hopefully like all the other insanity going on around us.
In this crazy time, I hope we can all find a way to see hidden treasures. For me and my family, just hanging out together without a schedule has been wonderful. A simple 1000 piece puzzle continues to give us hours of time together, talking and having much needed time together. I hope you all find time to renew old hobbies and connect with those in your house, or outside via FaceTime.
For our online learning, we will be working on improving our individual playing. Through a series of projects and video submissions, we will continue to work on improving our individual sound, so that when we come back together, our full ensemble sound will be improved. I would say if you spent 30-45 mins a day following the practice guidelines I will send out through Google Classroom, you will see some great improvements. I will be giving you feedback on your videos as well as holding office hours each day to chat about projects and challenges you are having. Think of this as a great time to individually grow.
All information, office hour access, projects, lessons, practice guidelines, etc. will come through Google Classroom. Please, if you haven’t already, sign up using these codes:
- Winds – bf4bpdc
- Percussion – wi6jmkd
- Guard – nzpgdd7
Grades will be given on each submission just to keep you motivated, so please submit. These should be fun and challenging and you will see growth if you stay consistent in how much time you give.
Thank you all for being flexible and resilient during these unprecedented times. You’ll all remember when back to this time and talk about how you did school online. Your kids will love hearing the story over and over again!
Good practicing and see you on the other side of all this!
Thank you all who were at our festival concerts last night. It was a great night of music and I am so happy that we got to share what we’ve been working on for the last 3 months.
In light of recent events, I have to be the bearer of bad news. In accordance with public health recommendations about the coronavirus, La Canada Unified School District has requested that we look into the upcoming events for the next month. On top of that, the organizations that sponsor our outside events have also taken these same recommendations and have made some announcements as well. SCSBOA (our festival sponsor), WGI (Guard and Drum Line), SCPA (Drum Line) and WGASC (Color Guard) have all cancelled any remaining events for the rest of this season. This means that all drum line and color guard shows, as well as our festival next Friday, have been cancelled.
This is a sad and surreal situation which saddens me by the loss of such great events we had planned for our students. However I know that all of these organizations and our district treat our student safety as priority number one and that is where all these decisions are rooted. While we all are grieving the loss of the events, which is completely normal, we also have to act for the greater good in this moment.
What does that mean for the rest of our year? As this is a dynamic situation, I can’t predict the future beyond Spring Break at this time, but I do know we will continue to teach, learn, grow and challenge each other to be better musicians, performers and friends.
We will try to keep you up to date on all instrumental rehearsals and events as we find out new information. Please be patient with us and the speed in which we send out our statements and information since we are trying to make sure we are separating the truths from the rumors.
Thank you all for your support in this wild and uncertain time.
Director of Instrumental Music