August 3, 2018 Campus Messenger - BIG Marching Band Email

Hello New and Returning Students and Parents,

Welcome to Marching Band!

We are excited for the 2018-2019 season of Marching Band. Band camp is always the beginning of a new and exciting time. This season will certainly have a mix of hard work, fun times, meeting new band mates, long days, and thrilling competitions. We really want to encourage all students to relax and enjoy the experience.  

Please read through this entire document as it provides important information for both students and parents to help make the Marching Band season run smoothly.  

For starters, check out the behind-the-scenes activity that has already occurred before the first full band rehearsal on August 17, 2018.  

  • Music for “Catching Shadows” and choreography has been prepared

  • Section leaders are having summer sectionals

  • Your Drum Majors have attended Drum Major Camp

  • Color Guard has been practicing

Now, all we need is you-- the remaining Marching Band Corp.

Below you will find:

  1. An additional marching band practice schedule and competition schedule for the season.

  2. Marching Band Member Checklist

  3. List of the Middleton Cardinal Marching Band Student Leadership Team

  4. Marching Band Website Information 

  5. Volunteer Sign Up for Parents

                 Marching Band Liaison

                 Pit Crew

                 Uniform Help

                 Potluck Help

                 Good Neighbor Festival Opportunity

6.  Band Camp After Party – Keva

7.  Band T-shirt Information

8.  Marching Band Senior Poster Information

9.  Band Parent Night

10. A Note to Freshman Parents from Band Directors

1.  Calendar

Note: this is the updated calendar with all the correct dates. Please communicate any conflicts with Mr. Brown and Mr. Ver Voort, ASAP.​

2.  Band Camp Checklist 2018

Have the following supplies for band camp (all required): 

  • Your instrument in working order (including extra reeds, sticks, valve oil, etc.)

  • All marching band music in a flip folder (buy at Ward-Brodt or Heid, or order online)

  • Lyre (music holder) for your instrument (buy at Ward-Brodt or Heid, or order online)

  • Loose-fitting clothing and athletic shoes for practice

  • Water Bottle (labeled with your name)

  • Sunscreen

  • Have the following supplies ready, but don't bring to camp: 

  • All-black marching shoes (order at 

  • Long, all-black socks (no logos or designs)

  • Print and sign a waiver for the post-camp party at KEVA on August 24th.

The form is available at

  • All music learned and memorized 

(If you don’t have it memorized yet, do your best and come anyway.) 

  • Make sure you've given your section leader your T-shirt size. 

  • Check over the calendar one more time and make sure you've worked out all conflicts with Mr. Brown and Mr. Ver Voort, including dates and times

3.  Marching Band Leadership Team 2018-19

Drum Major

     Megan Andrews (Head)      Jon Roll      Brandon Dunk      Julian Engle

Flute Section Leader 

     Abby Mangas      Maggie Carey

Clarinet Section Leader

     Susanna Zheng      Sophia Patton

Saxophone Section Leader

     Clara Nemr      Amona Saleh      Andrew Kruck

High Brass Section Leader 

     Rachel Roberson      Ben Petersen      Alexis Stahnke      Kyra Ginsberg

Low Brass Section Leader 

     Greg Scheer      Logan Prichard

Drum Line Section Leader

     Ben Fagre      Erik Stewart

Pit Section Leader

     Jenna Wagner      Sophia Bote

Equipment Manager 

     Piper Bailey (Head)      Jacob Nichols-Jensen      Luke Hanson      Chase Harless

Band Librarian 

     Laura Stewart (Head)      Alex LaCour      Ella Hursh      Madison Xiao

Social/PR Chair 

     Aaron Boorstein      Kaitlyn Mohrbacher

Color Guard Head 


4.  The Website: the Band tab, click “Marching Band and Color Guard”, or click the ‘info’ button under the Marching Band picture to find out any information pertaining to Marching Band. 

Make sure you check the website often for any updates, and send in any pictures or videos for posting to the site!!  

5.  Parents—We Need You!

Behind every great Marching Band, are great Marching Band Parents.

We need all parents and guardians to come alongside our wonderful MHS Marching Band students and assist in a number of roles. Please consider what role(s) you are able to participate in.

A.  Marching Band Liaison:  If you enjoy organization and enjoy working with high school students, then Marching Band Liaison is for you. We are looking for a parent who would be a leader in the following ways:  

  1. Oversee the Parent Pit Crew

  2. Encourage band members. (calm any jitters before performances)

  3. Answer any questions if the band directors and section leaders are busy, etc.

If this sounds like something up your alley, please contact Mr. Ver Voort, Mr. Brown, or myself.

B. Pit Crew: We need 20-30 men and women to assist with equipment set up, and tear down at football games and competitions. (percussion instruments, sound equipment, etc.).  We will teach you all you need to know.

       1. This will involve a minimum commitment of 4 dates. The dates are listed on the sign up. Sign-ups are open now via the website.Please sign up as soon as possible. 

      2.   Thanks to the parents who have already signed up.

C.  Assist in uniform distribution: See website sign-up.

D.  Assist with MB Potluck– August 24: 

      1.  Marching Band is a community, and that community will be very hungry from all those hours of practice in the WI elements.

      2.  Sign-ups are open now via the website. 

E.  The Good Neighbor Festival:Here is a note from the Good Neighbor Festival co-chair.  Good Neighbor Festival Volunteer Sign Upis located on the Marching Band website.

Dear BOPA families,

Marching band season is fast approaching, and so is the Good Neighbor Festival parade!

We are expecting another huge crowd this year and need folks to help manage the parade route. Volunteers would hand out programs and monitor intersections alongside Middleton police and their volunteers.

You would also get a front-row view from which to snap photos or just enjoy the marching Cardinals. We would need you on Sunday, August 26 from about10:30 am until the end of the parade – about 2:00pm -- giving you plenty of time to visit the festival grounds or help put uniforms away.

Can we count on you for help with this hometown tradition? Please contact parade co-chair,

Stephanie Mueller (, or 239-1421).

Thank you!

6.  Band Camp After Party:

     Will take place at KEVA after the band potluck. Come enjoy a night of fun and 

     games from 7:00 pm -10 pm. 8312 Forsythia St, Middleton, WI 

    Students will need to print and sign a waiver:

7.  Coming Soon: A Band T-shirt

    Spiritwear T-shirts will soon be available for purchase. The T-shirts are a great 

    way for parents and family to support our band program. Band students will

    vote on 4 logos. The winning logo will be chosen as the band logo for   

    the year. The T-shirt is a great way to show MHS Marching Band pride. This shirt 

    is in addition to the students’ “show shirt”. 

8.  Marching Band Poster

    SENIORS!! This is it! Your last year in Marching Band.  

    You’ve seen the athletic posters around MHS. Now, not to be outdone, Marching  

    Band Seniors will be featured on a poster (with an inset of the entire MHS  

    Marching Band) for the 2018-2019 season.  Let’s start a new Marching Band 


    Details will be forthcoming to all marching band members with respect to

    sponsorship, photo location, and poster distribution.

9.  Band Parent Night

      Band Parent night this year is coming up right away on September 7th.  On this       

      night, all band parents get in free to Breitenbach Stadium for the football game.  

      At halftime, we will ask all band parents to stand and be recognized, and we will 

      also read the names of seniors and their parents.

10.  A Note to Freshman Parents from Mr. Ver Voort and Mr. Brown

      Two days before band camp, your rookie member will probably decide they don’t  

      want to do marching band after all. This is normal—just encourage them and 

      shove ‘em out the door.  We promise to take good care of them.  

Marching Band is an experience like no other. Know that you’re about to become part of something great—something filled with pride, precision, and prestige!

Thanks for reading everyone. We can’t wait! See you at camp!


Lisa Downs

Vice President, Band and Orchestra Association BOPA

Michael Ver Voort, MHS Band Director

Doug Brown, MHS Band Director

Eric Rothacker, MHS Associate Band Director

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