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October 10, 2018 - State Marching Band Competition Info

First of all, congratulations to the band on fighting through the mud on Saturday to still perform well.  While we didn't exactly have our cleanest run, we did improve our score by 4 points in spite of the rough conditions, and our color guard won the caption award for Best Guard.  The judges gave us a lot of positive feedback, and we're looking good for Saturday!

1. Rehearsal Friday - Remember that we have our final marching band rehearsal of the season on Friday during advisory and 3rd/4th blocks.  Dress for the weather, as we will be working hard to sound our best in the cold.

2. Dress for Saturday - Saturday is forecast to be dry but unseasonably cold, with temperatures in the low 40s for our evening performance time.  Plan ahead to wear a warm but thin layer under your uniform, and make sure to bring a coat, hat, etc. for when we are not performing.   After we perform, students may change out of uniform to watch the last seven shows of the night.

3. Saturday Schedule - To avoid extra time out in the cold before our performance, we have pushed back our departure time on Saturday.  (Hopefully this also benefits those participating in daytime athletic events!)  Please read the following schedule carefully:

3:00  Front ensemble loads trucks  3:45 All  low brass, low woodwinds, mellos, drum line load instruments onto trucks  4:00 All other winds, brass report and change into uniform  4:00 Equipment trucks depart for UW-Whitewater  4:30 Load buses & depart for UW-Whitewater  6:00 Arrive at UW-Whitewater Perkins Stadium, use restrooms  7:00 Warm up time slot on practice field  7:30 Push to gate  8:00 Middleton performs  8:30 Change out of uniform (optional) and watch other bands  10:15 Awards Ceremony

10:45 Load buses for home  11:45 Unload at MHS 

4. Spectator Information

- Available  here.  A few notes: 

  • They recommend buying your ticket online and printing it off to avoid lines.

  • Police will be on site searching bags as you enter the stadium.  The stadium has a no carry-in policy for food and drink, but I'm told they will be lenient there and more concerned with alcohol and weapons.

  • They have asked us to communicate that handicap parking is limited.  If you have a tag or plate, please use it only if you need to on that day.

Thanks, everyone!  Looking forward to Saturday!

--   Michael Ver Voort

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