Announcements for Week of August 21 – 25

Half-time Show 2015

Reminders:

  1. Mandatory Wednesday Night Practice: August 23rd from 6 to 8 pm at the HS & Field. Please let KK and/or the Drum Majors know if you are unable to attend.
  2. Friday Night Football Game at Hopewell: 
    • Arrive at HS by 5:10 pm
    • Block Band at 5:30 pm
  3. Make sure you have your instrument at school on Wednesday for Band Class.

New Fundraiser:

Need a bag to carry all that band stuff? Thirty-one is partnering with the Freedom Band Boosters to offer this personalized Cinch Sac for only $25. Up to 30% profit will be earned by the Boosters for each bag purchased. Bags will be delivered by mid-September.  Please place all orders, with payment, in Mr. KK’s or Mr. James’s mailbox no later than August 29, 2017No late orders will be accepted.

31 Band Bag Order Form

31 Bag Photos


The first game of the season is coming Friday! Everyone (especially new Members & Parents), please review the Stadium and Event Rules page, the Uniforms page and the Chaperones  page to familiarize yourself with what is expected.


The Remind APP

Parents may also sign up for the Remind App that is used to let Band Members know what/when/where is going on with the Band. We spend a lot of time and effort keeping everyone up to date via this app, Facebook and this website. As always with an organization as large as this, times/dates/locations are subject to change, but we try to update as soon as possible.

If you would like to sign up, please follow these instructions: Remind App Signup!

Announcements for Week of August 14 – 20

Reminders:

  1. Wednesday Night Practice: August 16th from 6 to 8 pm at the HS & Field. Please let KK and/or Drum Majors know if you are unable to attend.
  2. Today is the final day for the Football Program Ads. Please turn in to Lawrie Borgman on August 14th (see instructions). Form: Ad for Football Program 2017

The first game of the season is coming up soon! Everyone (especially new Members & Parents), please review the Stadium and Event Rules page, the Uniforms page and the Chaperones  page to familiarize yourself with what is expected.


The Remind APP

Parents may also sign up for the Remind App that is used to let Band Members know what/when/where is going on with the Band. We spend a lot of time and effort keeping everyone up to date via this app, Facebook and this website. As always with an organization as large as this, times/dates/locations are subject to change, but we try to update as soon as possible.

If you would like to sign up, please follow these instructions: Remind App Signup!

Photo Information for Thursday Evening

Thursday : Band Picnic & Photos – August 10th @ 4:30 pm

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Setting up for the Yearly Band photo – check out the rainbow in the back! © C. Skuse 2016

 

The Band, Units, groups, family and individual Band Members’ photos are taken Thursday. Purchase forms will be available in the Band Room for those that may be interested in purchasing photographs. Photography will be done by Mary White Photography.

Picture time can take three to four hours, so please be prepared and patient!

As an added bonus, this year the Band will be performing the half-time show before the group photo as a special thank you to the parents! Please come at 6 pm to see the performance at Bulldog Stadium.

Practice will end at 2:00 pm so that Band Members can return home to prepare for photos. Band Members, please make sure to wear your red shirt, white shorts, calf-length white socks, and white marching shoes. If you have questions about what you should be wearing, please refer to the Uniforms page. Unit Members should dress as directed by your Sponsor. Hats are optional for Individual photos. Also, hair does not have to be pulled back for photos (but does have to be for all future performances like football games and parades).

Photos will be taken as follows: Individual photos starting at 4:30, until performance at 6. Band group photo, Section photos, resume remaining individual photos, and finally friend/family photos.

The End of Band Camp Picnic will start after photos. Parents are also invited to the Picnic!

Band Camp Week 2 Announcements – August 4, 2017

Week One is complete!

KK would like to congratulate everyone on a successful week one of Band Camp! Keep up the momentum for week 2!

I know the parents are excited to see what you have been working on and that you will put on a great show.


Announcements:

Kennywood:  Sunday, August 13th

Arrive at High School, 10am

Return to HS, approximately 10:30pm

Students must bring their red shirt, white shorts, calf-length white socks, and clean white shoes. They can either wear their outfit or change into them at Kennywood. 


Theme days for next week’s Band Camp:

  • Monday: Freedom colors
  • Tuesday: Favorite sports team/singer
  • Wednesday: Section colors and watermelon eating contest
  • Thursday: Grade color (TBA)

Thursday : Band Picnic & Photos – August 10th @ 5:15 pm

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Setting up for the Yearly Band photo – check out the rainbow in the back! © C. Skuse 2016

 The Band, Units, groups, family and individual Band members’ photos are taken during the second week of Band Camp. Purchase forms will be available in the Band Room for those that may be interested in purchasing photographs. Photography will be done by Mary White Photography.

Picture time can take three to four hours, so please be prepared and patient!

As an added bonus, this year the Band will be performing the half-time show before the group photo as a special thank you to the parents! Please come at 6 pm to see the performance at Bulldog Stadium.

Photos will be taken as follows: Individual photos until performance at 6, Band group photo, Section photos, resume individual photos, and finally friend/family photos.

Picnic will start after all photos. Parents are also invited to the Picnic!


Band Picnic Donations

We need donations for the Band Picnic on Thursday after photos.

Items needed include:

  1. Hot Dogs
  2. Buns
  3. Condiments (Ketchup & Mustard)
  4. Chips – individual-sized bags only
  5. Cookies
  6. Water
  7. Gatorade
  8. Pop – cans only
  9. Watermelon – we need 4, to be at the school on Tuesday for the Watermelon eating contest

The sign-up sheet is located in the Band Room. We need all the help we can get with donations so that the Kids and Parents will have a nice end to Band Camp.


Football Program Advertisements

You may choose to put an advertisement in the 2017 Football Program for you child. The deadline for submission is August 14, 2017. Please see the form for instructions.

Ad for Football Program 2017

 

 

 

Tomorrow is BAND CAMP!

All band members are required to attend band camp; it is MANDATORY!

Band camp will be held Monday — Thursday on July 31st to August 3rd and August 7th to 10th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4 pm each day. (No FRIDAY camp.)

Please do not be late. Be ready to start warming up before 8:30 am.

Students are encouraged to bring a pencil for music changes,  water and/or Gatorade with them and dress appropriately for the weather (bring a hat)! This is a school function, so please follow the school dress code. Tennis shoes are a must!  The students will be outside for a good part of the day, so using sunscreen is necessary. Water is always available to the students and Gatorade will be available if donated.

Lunchtime is usually from 11:30 am to 12;15 pm. If you did NOT order lunches via Mrs. Keith, you must bring a packed lunch.

The medical release from included in your summer newsletter should be promptly returned by mail or on the first day of Band Camp. Students are not permitted to march until the medical release form is completed and returned.

All forms should be completed and brought to camp the first week. Booster Officers will be on hand to collect them each day.

Uniform fittings will also start on Monday. Seniors will be the first fitted, and go from there by grade. Any volunteers that are handy with a needle are needed for all the hemming we must do!

Shoe fitting has been moved to Tuesday. We have a lot of donated, used marching shoes, so please check in the Auditorium tomorrow if you are interested in getting a pair, instead of purchasing a new pair.

Rookie Camp Reminder – Thursday, July 27, 2017

Band Camp - Week 2, 2016
© 2016, C. Dubovi

Rookie Camp

Thursday, July 27th

Rookie camp will be held on July 27th, 2017 at the Freedom Area High School from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. All new band members (including Drill Team, Flags, Front Unit, and Majorettes) are required to attend. All 7th, 8th, AND 9th Graders as well as Drum Line, Section Leaders and Drum Majors should attend! 

This orientation will help you to learn how to march for parades and on the field, along with everything else you are expected to learn to become a successful part of the “Big Red” band.

Please bring a drink and sunscreen as we will be outside.

NOTE: Students should wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes. They should also bring paper and pen/pencils to jot down notes and their also bring their instruments and music.

  • 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Reminder – Band Camp Lunch Forms DUE!

By now everyone should have received their Band Camp packets in the mail. If you have not, please check the FORMS page.

Please (if you haven’t already) mail back your Lunch Forms and check to Mrs. Keith TODAY! She needs them by July 15th.

If you need the form: 2017 Band Camp Lunch

 

Upcoming dates to keep in mind:

Band Camp Forms Added + Info

Band Camp packet info has been added to the site (and you should have received in the mail). Please click HERE to find the information.

NOTE: 2017 Band Camp Lunch forms must be mailed and received by Donna Keith by Saturday, July 15th!

2017 Volunteer Forms must be mailed and received by Pam McKenna by Friday, July 21st.

All other forms are due the first day of Band Camp, July 31st. Please see the Forms page for all information.

New Marching Band members and their parents should read the New Member & Freshmen Page  for important information about upcoming season and what to expect.

The next Sectional is coming up next week – July 18th. Please see the calendar for exact times for your section.

Rookie Camp is July 27th. Band Camp starts July 31st.