Band camp updates (as of June 29, 2020)
The following message is to update parents and students about current guidelines and plans for band camp. These guidelines and plans may change AT ANY POINT and WILL LIKELY change before Band Camp starts, so please watch frequently for any updates. Please email Mr. White (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The current dates and times for Band Camp are July 27-31 and August 3-7, from 8:00am-11:30am and 12:30pm-4:00pm. Due to new regulations, only a limited amount of students will be allowed at a time in the band facilities. Because of this, I am working on a schedule to figure out when each section will come to campus. This will be released later this week.
Students MUST complete the AHSAA Physical, the MCPSS Fine Arts COVID Form, MHS Medical Form, and MHS Release Form before they can come to band camp (all forms are attached below). They MUST bring ALL forms with them the first day of band camp.
Each day, students will get their temperature taken before walking in the band room. If it is greater than 100.4° F, they will be sent home. Parents will need to check their child's temperature before leaving home to ensure it is below 100.4° F. If it is higher, the student needs to stay home and email Mr. White immediately. Missing Band Camp will not negatively affect students. If a parent wishes to keep a student home, please email Mr. White so he is aware. Students may video meet with Mr. White for private lessons to catch up.
Thank you for your flexibility and patience during this time. We are doing everything we can to make this year as normal as possible. Please make sure your student is signed up for band by going to murphyband.com, click on “Sign up for band”, then click “Registration”. As I continue to get regular updates and changes, I will send out new updates through murphyband.com and remind.com. If you have not signed up for this year’s Remind, please text @7g6gba to the number 81010.
Click the button below to apply for leadership positions. The form is due April 30 at 11:59pm.
To apply for Band Letters and/or the E.B. Coleman Scholarship, please fill out the appropriate Google Form(s) below. Both are due April 29th at 11:59pm.
Parents and Students,
Please email Mr. White at email@example.com IMMEDIATELY if you need anything from the band room (instruments, flags, sheet music, shoes from your locker, etc.). After Monday April 6, no one (including Mr. White) will be allowed in the band room until Band Camp.
The school year is not over so students will need instruments and equipment to do assignments for the 4th quarter.
Students wanting to apply for leadership positions will need instruments and equipment to audition for those positions.
Students with larger school-owned instruments like sousaphones and percussion need to email Mr. White regarding checking instruments out for the summer.
Color guard will need to email Ms. Erdman at firstname.lastname@example.org for details regarding checking out equipment.
Please make sure you get your instruments so we can start preparing for next year and make sure we have a successful 2020 marching season.
Check murphyband.com frequently for updates.
Stay safe and wash your hands,
The Fern fundraiser is canceled. Also, Band Booster Meetings are on hold until further notice.
I will be sending out more updates in the next week or two, so please check murphyband.com every few days.
Make sure you are checking the MHS Band's website for updates throughout the school closure. Also, please check the "MUSIC" tab above regularly, as Mr. White is adding music from the past two years for you to play through, as well as scales and fingering charts.
Smartmusic is an online program designed to help students practice music. It contains thousands of popular band pieces, sight-reading exercises, jazz music, etc. For the next few months, Smartmusic is giving school affected by Coronavirus a free subscription.
Information on how to sign up is on the "MUSIC" tab above (murphyband.com/music).
Please take advantage on this opportunity! As always, email Mr. White with issues.