2015 Marching Band (Main Page)
We are all excited about the upcoming year and events for the Trojan Pride. Read below so that you can stay up to date with information, payments, and deadlines.
General Dates for the summer and fall are available on the Website Calendar. Specific times and locations will be added in late June and early July.
All school owned concert instruments have been sent to the music store for regular maintenance and repair. All Students that requested a concert instrument for the summer, those instruments are finished and ready to pick up. Palen Music has contacted each student at least once to let them know it is ready to go. Pick up at your earliest convenience.
Uniform Fitting for incoming Juniors and Seniors has already taken place. Uniform Fitting for Sophomores will be on Saturday, July 25th. Uniform Fitting for Freshman will be on Saturday, August 1st. When getting fitted for jackets and pants, students should wear a T-shirt and light shorts. Do not wear jeans, pants, thick cargo-type shorts or boots.
A schedule for registration and uniform fittings (all three dates) is available HERE.
Marching Contest Show
The theme of show has not been revealed yet. Music and Percussion Books are near completion. The music is based from three different songs: Pat Metheny's First Circle, Phillip Glass' The Canyon, and Michael Kamen's Prayer. Part 1 and 2 were passed out to students the last week of school. Music for Part 3 is now completed. All copyright permissions have been secured, so Mp3 recordings are available below. Sheet Music is also now available to students - see link below. A music rehearsal has been scheduled for Thursday, July 9th, from 1pm - 3pm. This will give the students a chance to play (and directors hear) the music live with the group. Visual concepts are still in the design process, but there is a good chance that we will again utilize some props and/or tarps for this year's show.
Bands Of America Marching Championships
Currently all information regarding the Arlington BOA Regional is posted on another page. Click HERE to go to that page.
2016 Tournament of Roses® Parade Information
Currently all information regarding the Rose Parade is posted on another page. Click HERE to go to that page.
Summer & Pre-Band Rehearsal Schedule
Pre-Band begins the last week of July on the 27th and continues until the beginning of school. Rehearsals are 8am-12pm and 5pm-9pm, Monday through Friday for the first two weeks, and then 5-9pm begining August 10th. A packet containing all detailed information was given to students at registration. That information will be added to the website in late June. Color guard practices are two or three days a week throughout the summer. See Color Guard page for detailed information. Battery and Front Ensemble Camps are the week before pre-band.
Music Memory Tests
Music memory tests over the contest music, Rose Parade® Music, full band warm-ups, the fight song, the star spangled banner, the alma mater, and the chinese national anthem. Memory tests for the warm-ups, fight song, banner, and alma mater will begin during pre-band rehearsals in late July. Specific days and times will be announced at the beginning of pre-band. Students need to make sure and have this material learned and memorized correctly for the first day of rehearsal. Music memory tests will continue throughout the semester on the show music used for contests and the parade music used near the holiday season.
Stand tunes are selected. This year's set includes Insects, Pretty Fly, Jungle Boogie, Hawaii Five-O, Oye Como Va, The Race, Kung Fu Fighting, and You Dropped A Bomb On Me. Also included in the flip folder are the standards - the Fight Song, National Anthem, Alma Mater, Hey Song, Hey Baby!, all the Go Big J Stuff, and the Chinese National Anthem.
Post Marching Season and Tournament of Roses Parade Schedule
Once OBA Championships are finished, the Trojan Pride will be transitioning into concerts season, honor band season, and preparing for the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Concert Band Auditions
Concert Band Auditions will take place the same week of NCDA/OMEA First Round Auditions. Auditions will be done via recording individual auditions both during school and after school. An audition schedule will be added in October. Rehearsals will begin at 7:30 instead of 6:50. Normally, we divide into three concert bands after auditions. This year, we plan on combining all three concert bands into one large band for the Holiday Concert. The concert bands will begin rehearsing separately after we return from Pasadena. More information regarding concert band auditions will be added to the website once school begins.
To make sure that students are in tip-top shape, we will have students running laps at the track from 6:50 - 7:10 on designated days. Rehearsals for Rose Parade will be on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Wednesday, usually Advisory schedule, will be our marching endurance day. Tuesdays will be spent preparing the music for the Kiwanis Parade and the combined Holiday Concert. We will need to maintain our contest show in preparation for Band Fest in Pasadena. We will continue to have evening rehearsals on Thursday nights and perform our show throughout the playoffs. Evening rehearsals will be from 5:00-6:30 pm in November and 3:15-4:45 pm in December.
At this point, this is the basic plan. Designated days may change somewhat, depending on the weather conditions for that day/week.
There are no rehearsals scheduled from December 19th to December 26th