Congratulations to the following students who lettered in band this year. If you feel you were left off this list by mistake, please let me know right away! The percentages lined up this year so that you needed to score 100 points or greater to letter. You can score 50 points for auditioning for any all-state ensemble, being in jazz band, show pit, musical pit, Drumline or being a section leader. You score a 100 points for being a member of any all state ensemble. If you are lettering for the first time this year, you will receive a letter. If you are lettering for the second-fourth time, you will receive a gold bar that goes on that letter. Please stop by the high school on Wednesday mornings anytime between 8AM-12PM to pick these items up. I wish I could have delivered these in class like we usually do....but unfortunately we couldn't do that. Congrats again!
Zachary Van Meter
If anyone is interested in setting up private lessons via Zoom....please see instructions below in setting up an account on My Music Staff:
1) Go to stahle.mymusicstaff.com/Registration
2) Fill out the information in all fields (please make sure to use your school email accounts)
3) Once you have created an account...I will send you login information. This will require you creating a password.
4) Once you receive those instructions via email....you can login.
5) On the calendar, choose the lesson you want to sign up for.
If you have any questions, please message me!
On Wednesday, March 18th, all of our band and jazz band students will be participating in the Region V Large Group Contest that is hosted here at the PAC. Below is the information the students will need for the day (class dismissal, what to bring, where to meet, etc.) and also some information for parents:
IMPORTANT - RIGHT AFTER THE SPRING CONCERT on Tuesday, March 17th, ALL BAND STUDENTS need to put their instruments in the choir room. Concert Band students should keep instruments together in a pile and Wind Ensemble kids do the same. You WILL NOT be able to access the band storage area while performances are happening in the band room on Wednesday during the day.
All band and jazz band members need to wear concert dress black attire like we do for the concerts. You may change in and out of these items if you wish or simply wear your performance clothes to school that day.
WARMUP ROOMS/PERFORMANCE TIMES
Normally the bands would warm up in the black box theatre...but since the Concert Band is performing first and the Wind Ensemble is right after lunch, we will simply meet on stage for our warm-up time. Warm-up time for the Concert Band is 7:35AM and our performance is 8:05AM on the stage of the theatre. Jazz Band warms up in the show choir rehearsal room at 9:10AM and then performs at 9:40AM in the band room. Wind Ensemble will warm up on stage at 12:30PM and our performance time is at 1:00PM on the stage of the theatre.
DISMISSAL FROM CLASS
These concert band members will be performing in the morning at 8:05AM and will be watching bands in the auditorium through the end of G1 (9:45AM). The bands after we are done performing are Parkston, White Lake and Armour. Once Armour is done, please report back to G2 if you are NOT in jazz band.
These students will be doing the same as above but will report to G2 after jazz band is done (be back in class no later than 10:20AM):
These students will need to be dismissed at from G1 at 9AM and will be back by SRB:
These students will be dismissed from G3 at 12:25PM and will need to eat A or B lunch and will return to start of SRB (if you have SRB):
Alexis Little Bear
You are welcome to attend ANY/ALL of the performances at this event. There is NO CHARGE to get into any of these performances.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
Dear 2020/2021 Band Parents,
If your child is planning on attending the Los Angeles Tour in Feb 2021, we will be collecting our initial trip deposit by March 30th. This payment is only $50 but will give us an idea of who is coming along with us so we can plan for the number of buses, secure hotel rooms, etc. This deposit along with all other payments are NON REFUNDABLE so please start having conversations with your child about whether they want to attend. If you know for sure that your child is coming with us next year...please submit payment for this deposit by check or cash (checks made payable to Mitchell Music Boosters). Please also have your child complete the medical permission and consent to travel form and bring to me at the high school. Information on this trip along with itinerary and payment schedule can be found at: 2021 Band Tour
Couple of questions that have come up so far:
1) Can my child use the money in their band account to pay for this trip?
YES they can!
2) How many fundraising opportunities will there be?
We will do our discount card sale again in the fall (this is probably the best opportunity we have to easily raise money in their accounts. I will be looking at implementing two other sales (early November and probably one other one that will be ongoing).
3) Can my child join the tour later next year if we change our minds?
There is no guarantee of this because of space on the buses. But I will say it would be easier to add on to the trip than to pay the deposit and be out that money. If you are on the fence, I would wait until you are 100% sure!
4) Can we pay the whole thing upfront or pay in larger chunks and not follow the payment schedule?
Yes you can. Jessica Kremer will be helping in the collection of payments and we will track where everyone is at. The payment schedule is spaced out the way it is to make this financially more feasible for families. Its also set up that way so the tour company can start paying for park passes, deposits on hotels, etc.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. This trip will be an amazing experience for the kids and also something they will remember forever!
Mitchell Middle School Jazzers and Parents,
On Monday, March 2nd, the middle school jazz band will be traveling to the “Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival” in Sioux Falls, SD on the campus of Augustana College. The event will be held in the band room in the Augustana Fine Arts building. If you need directions to this location….let me know.
Please look over this checklist and make sure you have all items BEFORE YOU GO TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY MARCH 2nd:
____Instrument/Cables/Amps (Rhythm section...we will load up gear at 2PM after we load bus at MS)
____Music (for all selections we will be playing)
____Jazz Band Tie (Boys ONLY)
____Black socks and shoes
____Money for supper
The itinerary is below:
3.2.20 AUGIE ITINERARY
7:15AM Normal rehearsal that morning at the PAC
1:48PM LOAD BUS AT MIDDLE SCHOOL
2:00PM LOAD RHYTHM SECTION EQUIPMENT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
2:15PM DEPART FOR SIOUX FALLS
3:15PM ARRIVE AND UNLOAD EQUIPMENT AND WATCH BANDS
4:30PM WARM UP ROOM
5:00PM PERFORMANCE TIME
5:45PM GRAB DINNER SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO COLLEGE (PLEASE BRING MONEY)
7:30PM EVENING CONCERT
8:45PM DEPART SIOUX FALLS
9:45PM APPROXIMATE ARRIVAL IN MITCHELL
If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Director of Bands
Mitchell High School Jazzers and Parents,
On Tuesday, March 3rd, the high school jazz band will be traveling to the “Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival” in Sioux Falls, SD on the campus of Augustana College. The event will be held in the band room in the Augustana Fine Arts building.
Please remember that all jazz band members must be in dress black for the performance. It is up to the students if they want to bring a change of clothes. Everyone will be responsible for bringing their own music/folder and instrument. The itinerary is below:
3.3.20 AUGIE ITINERARY
8:00AM LOAD BUS
8:15AM DEPART FOR SIOUX FALLS
9:30AM ARRIVE IN SIOUX FALLS AND UNLOAD EQUIPMENT
10:15AM WARM UP ROOM
10:30AM PERFORMANCE TIME
12:15PM NOON CONCERT
1:15 pm AWARDS
1:30PM GRAB LUNCH
2:30PM DEPART FOR MITCHELL
3:30PM APPROXIMATE ARRIVAL IN MITCHELL
If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dear High School Jazz Band Members and Parents,
This coming Tuesday is our 12th annual Palace City Jazz Festival. Below are the details of what you and your child need to know for this special day:
8:00AM - Report to the PAC and check in with Mr. Stahle for hosting and other duties
9:30AM - Report to warmup room (Black Box Theatre)
10:00AM - Performance in PAC (this is open to ALL parents and we encourage you to be there!)
10:30AM - Report to workshops (Saxes on stage, Trumpets in choir room, Trombones in jazz band room, Piano/Guitar/Vibes in McGraw's office, Bass in Miller's room, Set in band room)
11:30AM - Bringing in lunch for everyone in one of the storage rooms
12:30PM - Hosting bands and other duties
2:30PM - EVERYONE watches jam session and will then go to improvisation clinics.
3:30PM - Continue hosting bands and other duties
5:00PM - Dinner on your own
6:15PM - Call time for concert. Warm up in show choir practice room
7:00PM - FINAL CONCERT (we are last on the program - Combo, Middle School, O'Gorman HS and US)
Parents - please share the concert event on Facebook if you haven't already. Tickets can be purchased at the door that evening and are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
Dear Middle School Jazz Band Parents:
On Tuesday, February 11th, the middle school jazz band will be participating in the Palace City Jazz Festival at the PAC. The kids are ready to perform for the public...I cant wait for you to hear them! The attire for BOTH the morning and evening performance will be the jazz band dress shirt and tie that will be handed out next week in rehearsal. Each performer will also need to provide their own black dress pants and black shoes. Girls are allowed to wear black leggings if they wish. Below are the details of what you and your children need to be aware of for that day:
7:45AM - Parents drop off all middle school students at the PAC. They will then drop off all instrument cases and coats in the show choir rehearsal room (across from our jazz band room).
8:00AM - Warmup with Mr. Stahle in the jazz band rehearsal room
8:30AM - MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ BAND PERFORMS IN BAND ROOM. This is open to the public and ALL PARENTS are encouraged to attend!
9:00AM - Middle school jazz band has clinic with Mr. Shotwell (this is NOT open to the public)
9:30AM - Middle school jazz band kids will put away instruments in show choir rehearsal room and then watch SF O'Gorman Jazz 2 from 9:30-10:00AM in the band room.
10:30AM - All middle school jazz students will participate in workshops on their respective instruments. MS kids will NOT need their instruments.
11:30AM - All middle school jazz students will load bus with Mr. Jamison and depart to Middle School.
6:15PM - ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ BAND STUDENTS NEED TO REPORT TO JAZZ BAND REHEARSAL ROOM TO WARM UP FOR CONCERT.
7:00PM - FINAL CONCERT IN THE PAC
Parents can pick up students outside of either entrance 4 or 5 of the PAC immediately after the concert is finished. Tickets can be purchased that night to get into the concert (ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students). This concert benefits the jazz programs of both the MS and HS. If you are interested in attending any of the other performances during the day, the schedule for the entire day is below.
This is going to be a great educational and fun day for everyone...I cant wait! If you have any questions, please contact me anytime.
6:30AM - Load vehicle
7:45AM - Arrive at Brandon Valley HS
8:00AM - Levi, Zachary and Allie start to warm up right away and take test after your audition. Sicely, Jesse and Christian should take test right away.
Levi Gebhard - 8:30 AM
Zachary Van Meter - 8:51AM
Allie- Vermeulen - 9:00AM
Sicley Allhiser - 9:07AM
Jesse Dodd - 9:30 AM
Christian Kremer - 11:21AM
(Levi, Allie, Jesse and Zachary - depart with the Vermeulen's to Omaha immediately after Jesse's audition or after the last test)
11:30AM - Depart for Mitchell
Dear Jazz Band Members and Parents:
On Friday, February 28th, the jazz band will be traveling to the UNO Jazz Festival in Omaha, NE. The event will be held at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the campus of UNO (directions below). Our band will have 30 minutes of performing time on stage and 30 minute of instructional time after our performance is finished. We will also be staying overnight and returning the next day (see hotel address and phone number below).
Below is the schedule for the two days:
ITINERARY - 2.28
7:45AM – Load Buses
8:00AM – Depart for Omaha
11:45AM – Arrive in Omaha and drop off at UNO Campus
12:00PM – UNO NOON CONCERT
1:00PM - Pick up band and head to lunch somewhere
2:30PM - Watch SF Washington
3:30PM - UNO COMBO PERFORMANCE
5:30PM –Warm up time
6:00PM - MITCHELL JAZZ BAND PERFORMANCE
7:00PM - Dinner at UNO (sack dinner provided by boosters)
8:00PM - Festival All-Star Big Band and The Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra CONCERT
9:30PM - Depart to Staybridge Suites (7825 Davenport St, Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 933-8901)
11:30PM – Lights Out
8:30AM - Breakfast
9:00AM - Depart for Holland Performing Arts Center Downtown - Watch bands
11:30AM - Pick up at Holland and drop off at Old Market downtown
2:00PM - Depart for Home
5:30PM - Approximate arrival home to Mitchell
Directions to the Strauss Performing Arts Center are at: https://goo.gl/maps/5KE5qjFFTmR2 If anyone has questions, please do hesitate to contact me!