Hello marching band members and families,
Congratulations on wrapping up a great season. Everyone worked hard to present our biggest and most complex show to date, and I thought we had a fantastic series of performances. Competitively, we took our first trip to the WSMA state championships, where we took 6th place in the class AAAA state championships, with a modest five-point spread between us and 2nd place. Color Guard took 4th in class AAAA within the guard caption.
Please click here for a top-of-the-stands video of the state performance, courtesy of Ana Hursh.
Clarifications on the End-of-Season Banquet
We've received a few questions about the marching band banquet, so I thought I would answer some of them for everyone:
1. What is it? - The end-of-season banquet caps off the season by bringing together the entire band and their families to talk about highlights from the season, recognize seniors, present a few awards, and watch a slideshow. The directors will speak, along with some of the student leadership and a few parents. The feel will be comparable to the end-of-season banquets that follow many athletic team seasons.
2. What about the dance? - Many students wanted to start a tradition of capping the season with a formal dance (this is a common tradition for many collegiate marching bands).
3. What should I wear? - Parents: no dress code. Students: no required dress code, but it is usual to dress up a little (collared shirt, maybe a tie). The dance will be semi-formal, similar to the school homecoming dance.
4. Do I need a ticket to attend? - Yes. Because dinner (Lupe's Taqueria) will be served buffet-style, everyone in attendance does need a ticket. Families who need financial assistance should contact one of the band directors.
5. Is this for students only or can families come too? - Families are welcome and encouraged to attend the banquet, and the atmosphere will be parent-friendly. The dance is for students and their guests only.
6. What's that about guests? - Marching band students attending the dance can bring a +1 who is not in the marching band by purchasing a dance guest ticket online. If their guest does not attend Middleton High School, they will need to fill out the same form used by the school for guests at all-school dances.
7. Do you need volunteers? - We will need just a handful of volunteers to turn over the courtyard from a banquet hall to a dance floor, and to clean up afterward. A student committee is in charge of setup.
Hope to see you there!