• Winter Guard Starts off STRONG!

    Winter Guard Starts off STRONG!

    Both teams started off their season on January 26th at Plainfield after the cancellation of the January 19th event due to inclement weather. This season the JV team consists of 9 members with a show titled Warrior, Conquer from Within. They brought home a GOLD!

    The varsity team consists of 12 members this year, and their show is titled Caged. They placed 8th overall out of 16. We couldn't be more proud of what both teams accomplished in their first competition. Varsity travels to Anderson on February 2nd, and JV has a short break from competition until March 16th. Way to go, Marauders!

  • Mattress sale brings big bucks

    Mattress sale brings big bucks

    Yesterday, Custom Fundraising Solutions gave the band a check for $6,750 for last month's mattress sale. It's not a record amount, but it's still nothing to sneeze at!

  • Band yearbook available online

    What has become an annual tradition is now available online. The 2017-2018 Band of Marauders yearbook can be viewed here. You will have to sign up for Shutterfly to purchase the book; doing so is free.

    Yes, the book is a bit pricey (more than $100). That’s why you want to wait until Shutterfly has a 50 percent off sale. Sales will be announced through the band’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    Last year’s yearbook (for 2016-2017) is available here. It can still be ordered. Again, wait until a 50 percent off sale is announced.

  • Varsity winter guard qualifies for IHSCGA state finals!

    For the second year in a row, Mt. Vernon hosted an Indiana High School Color Guard Association competition--except this time, instead of an invitational, it was the state preliminaries for A Class teams. The event on March 3 featured four rounds, with 34 competitors. Also, a team of special-needs students, Destiny, performed in exhibition.

    Of the 34 teams, only 16 moved on to the A Class state finals March 17. The Mt. Vernon varsity winter guard competed in the fourth round and finished in the top 16, locking in a trip to the state finals at Center Grove High School in Greenwood. This is the fourth year in a row that the varsity team has advanced to A Class state finals.

    This coming Saturday, the Mt. Vernon junior varsity winter guard will compete in IHSCGA's state finals for Divisional Regional A Class at Center Grove. Good luck, team!

    Thanks to director Thomas Thawley and his staff for all their hard work!

    The varsity winter guard performs its 2018 show, "See ME," at the A Class state preliminaries March 3 at Mt. Vernon.

  • Jazz band and combo earn gold at ISSMA Jazz Festival!

    Congratulations to our jazz band and jazz combo! Both groups received gold ratings March 2 at the ISSMA Jazz Festival at Whiteland Community High School. The smaller combo competed in Group II; the full band competed in Group III.

    Junior Nate Davis received an Outstanding Soloist award for his tenor saxophone performance with the jazz combo. Also, all soloists in the full jazz band received Outstanding Soloist awards: senior Andrew Roembke on trumpet (twice), Nate Davis (two more times), sophomore Carlie Sanders on trumpet, senior Jacob Chaves on trombone, and senior Nathan Williams on drums. Thank you, Gabriel Harley, for all your hard work with the students!

    Above: Jazz students show off their gold awards and Outstanding Soloist ribbons.

  • Positions available on Music Booster board

    It’s that time of year again when the Mt. Vernon Music Boosters look for talent to fill their ranks. This time, it’s particularly urgent because many parents heading up various roles will be leaving at the end of the school year as their senior band students graduate.

    The Music Boosters are taking nominations for executive board positions. Anyone who wants to serve in an executive position must nominate him/herself.

    The Boosters also want to hear from parents who are interested in serving as coordinators for various activities. Keep reading for those roles…

    Executive Board

    Members of the executive board, along with the band director, meet before every booster meeting to discuss confidential information and upcoming calendar events, and to vote on changes to the budget or other financial information:

    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary (need two)
    • Treasurer (need two)

    “We are now accepting nominations for any executive board position,” said Kyra Davis, current booster president. All positions are open for nomination, but the secretary and treasurer positions are being vacated by parents with graduating seniors. Mrs. Davis said that all nominations must be made to the nominating committee by the person interested in running for an office.

    The nominating committee consists of Mrs. Davis, Christy Stiff, Erin Flick, Amanda Froneck, Kellie McGowan, and Lynn Schreiner.

    An election for all nominees will take place at the April 2 board meeting (at 7 p.m. in the music room across the hall from the band room).

    Coordinator Positions

    These members coordinate various activities and work with other members of the Music Boosters to help make the band experience an enjoyable one for the students and the director. Often, coordinators will team up with other coordinators to execute large events, such as Snow Whirl and any color guard or musical events Mt. Vernon hosts.

    “In addition to several vacancies on the executive board—notably, the treasurer and secretary positions—there are also many committees that need coordinators due to the large number of parents of seniors that will not be with us next year,” Mrs. Davis said. Many of the current coordinators who are vacating their roles (as noted in each description) are available to mentor new people into those roles.

    • Communications Coordinator: This person is responsible for creating a monthly newsletter, updating the band blog at mvhsmusic.org, updating the band’s social media outlets, and contacting newspapers regarding upcoming events. This person also will work with the Historian/Photographer. The parent in this role has a senior and will be leaving the role at the end of the school year.

    • Equipment Coordinator: This person will be responsible for knowing all equipment needed and orchestrating the arrangement and movement of all equipment whenever the MVHS band programs travel for an event. This includes but is not limited to overseeing the loading and unloading of equipment on the trailers, identifying crew for moving equipment, and designating assistants to move and handle any equipment. Equipment includes instrumentation as well as props for shows and performances. The parent in this role has a senior and will be leaving the role at the end of the school year.
    • Fundraising Coordinator: This person will be responsible for organizing and overseeing all fundraising events for all MVHS band programs. All fundraising efforts should be clearly documented.
    • Historian/Photographer: This person will be available to photograph MVHS band program events, gather photos from other parents, and maintain an archive of photos. This person also will work with the Communications Coordinator to get photos included with the newsletter, band blog, social media, band yearbook, and local newspaper. The parent in this role has a senior and will be leaving the role at the end of the school year.

    • Hospitality Coordinator: This person will work with a team (as well as with other appropriate coordinators, as needed) to organize meals for students for the following:

               *  Full-day rehearsals, including July Band Camp, Saturdays during the
                   school year, and Fall Break full-rehearsal days
               *  Competition days
               *  Post-performance at competitions (the “chuck wagon”)
               *  Post-season band banquet

               This person is also responsible for assisting with the planning of hospitality
               and concession needs of any events sponsored by the MVHS band program,
               including marching band invitational, winter guard competitions, and
               indoor percussion competitions. This person is also responsible for
               planning and executing the ice cream social at the end of June Band Camp
               and the Sip-n-See at the end of July Band Camp.

    • IMS Coordinator: This person will work with Indianapolis Motor Speedway representatives and the Volunteer Coordinator to organize My Fair Share and additional participant work hours.
    • Scrip Coordinator: This person will maintain band accounts for the scrip fundraiser and assist in participant orders. This person will manage and plan weekly pickup times for orders at a designated location. The parent in this role has a senior and will be leaving the role at the end of the school year.
    • Snow Whirl Chairperson: This person will work with the choir representative to form teams to develop plans for and execute the annual Snow Whirl dance according to a predetermined theme. This person will work with other coordinators to manage teams for setup, chaperones, and tear down, as well as any donations and assistance needed.
    • Spirit/Social Coordinator: This person will be responsible for organizing music apparel/gear sales. This person will help decorate lockers and the music hallway, as well as organize goody bags for the last marching band competition of the season. This person also will help with “spirit” activities for competitions. This person will assist the Hospitality Coordinator with the planning and execution of the June ice cream social and the July Sip-N-See.
    • Sponsorship/Grant Coordinator: This person will organize sponsorship outreach, which involves contacting businesses/organizations for sponsorships or donations. This can involve mailing, cold calling, and possibly exploring grant opportunities. All communication attempts for sponsorships should be clearly documented.

    • Uniform Coordinator: This person will oversee the fitting of uniforms (and documentation of uniform sizes and pieces assigned), slight repairs, and the cleaning of uniforms. This person will keep a sign-in/out sheet for removal of uniforms by anyone other than the student for performances. Sections will be divided into no more than 10 uniforms per person for laundering and will be done on rotation. The Music Boosters will supply dye- and perfume-free detergent for washing as well as directions for washing and drying uniforms. This person will also oversee the fitting of marching shoes and shakos. This person will be responsible for ensuring that someone at all uniformed performances is available to help with on-site troubleshooting and repairs. The parent in this role has a senior and will be leaving the role at the end of the school year.
    • Volunteer Coordinator: This person will work with several other coordinators to coordinate and identify volunteers for any MVHS band program events, including—but not limited to—chaperones, fundraising events, meals, and any other activity requested by the executive board. This person will also coordinate the procurement and updating of criminal background checks for all volunteers. The parent in this role has a senior and will be leaving the role at the end of the school year.
  • King, queen candidates announced for Snow Whirl

    Every year for the past 30+ years, the music department (band + choir) has hosted Snow Whirl, a themed dance held in the auxiliary gym. And every year, the bands and choirs nominate four senior boys and four senior girls to be finalists for Snow Whirl king and queen.

    The king and queen are crowned after a vote during the dance.

    This year's king candidates are Andrew Roembke, Matthew Rollo, Cody Smitley, and Patrick Watson. Cody Smitley is a choir member; the rest of the boys are in the Wind Ensemble.

    This year's queen candidates are Dakota Fisher, Holly Haney, Betsy McCleery, and Leah Peters. Dakota and Leah are choir members; Holly and Betsy are in the Wind Ensemble.

    Band and choir students also elected undergraduate princes and princesses:

    • Freshmen: Braden Westfall (choir) and Shiloh McFarland (band)
    • Sophomores: Emerson Bridgewater (choir) and Haley Merida (band)
    • Juniors: Jacob Crow (choir) and Dayton Jennings (band)

    Snow Whirl tickets are NOW on sale through Friday, Dec. 8, in the cafeteria during lunch period. Tickets cost $25 each. Snow Whirl itself is 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

    This is the biggest fundraiser for the music department. Proceeds are divided between the bands and choirs.

  • Chinese educators visit band room

    Yesterday, two out-of-town visitors watched the Wind Ensemble rehearse. These visitors were educators from Anshan, China, touring the school to see if they wanted to send exchange students to stay with Mt. Vernon families.

    "The educators have been very impressed with our school," said Mr. Roach, MVHS principal. "They think our teachers and students work hard and are well organized. They have visited some classrooms that are very different than how students are educated in China."

    More information on this visit will appear in the December issue of Musical Notes.

    Two Chinese educators listen in on a Wind Ensemble rehearsal.

  • MVHS students to perform with All-District Honor Band

    Next weekend, 11 MVHS students will perform at the Indiana Bandmasters Association's 18th annual All-District Honor Band Festival.

    The students were selected to participate in the festival after they applied to be in the band back in August. They learned of their selection a few weeks ago.

    The following students—many of the seniors—were selected for the All-District Honor Band: Mary Barnett (12), alto saxophone; Emily Bostrom (12), tenor saxophone; Ethan Cottrell (9), euphonium; Jacob Daswani (12), trombone; Erin Dunn (12), flute and piccolo; Grace Miller (12), percussion; Tara Paarlberg (12), clarinet; Carlie Sanders (10), trumpet; Nikki Schreiner (12), flute; Lauren Vest (12), flute; and Patrick Watson (12), percussion. Last year, only three MVHS students performed with the band.

    The IBA's All-District Honor Band Festival for high-school students opens with a day of rehearsals Saturday at nine different sites around Indiana (the Mt. Vernon students will be at New Castle High School). The band at each site will perform a free concert, open to the public, at 4 p.m. Sunday. Among the songs the band will perform is one commissioned by the IBA for the 2017 festival: "Divertimento for Winds and Percussion" by Ryan Fraley.

    The guest conductor for the All-District Band at New Castle will be Dr. Vu Nguyen, director of bands at the University of Indianapolis.