Marching Band

Initial Information

We are all excited about the upcoming year and events for the Trojan Pride. Before long, it will be time to prepare for next year and the 2017 marching band season. Read below so that you can stay up to date with information, rehearsals, payments, and deadlines. 

General Dates for the summer and fall are available on the Website Calendar. Specific times and locations will be added to the High School drop down menu in late June and early July.

Registration

Registration is in two parts. Physical registration (making all payments, getting fitted for various uniform parts & items, etc.) will take place on Saturday, May 20th. A schedule will be added as the date approaches. Online registration (in preparation for physical registration, filling out contact information, volunteering for various needs in the organization) is now open to students and parents. All students must fill out the online registration prior to Saturday, May 20th. 

Online registration All students planning to be in high school band next year are required to register. Students must have all fees and payments for the 2016-2017 year paid in full before registering for next year. In order to know how much next year's fees will be, students/parents are encouraged to register as soon the link is open. All registration fees for brass, woodwind, and percussion students are due on Saturday, May 20th. Registration fees for guard students must be paid in full before pre-band begins. Fees may be paid with cash, check, or money order. Fees may be paid online as well, but need to be done so by Thursday, May 18th to allow time for processing. Full payment is required. Students will not be allowed to attend summer practices, pre-band rehearsals, and run the risk of not being in band if registration fees are not paid in full. 

2017 Online Registration Link

Physical registration will take place on Saturday, May 20th. This will include making all payments, fittings for various uniform parts - shoes, shorts, gloves, etc., individual photos for directory, information tables, and volunteer information. All students will come to the band room on this day at the scheduled time. Click HERE to see the Physical Registration & Uniform Fitting Schedules.

Uniform Fittings

Uniform Fitting for incoming Juniors and Seniors will take place on the same day as Physical Registration - Saturday, May 20th. Uniform Fitting for Sophomores will be on Saturday, July 22nd. Uniform Fitting for Freshman will be on Saturday, July 29th. Click HERE to see the Uniform Fitting Schedules.

Summer Repair

All school owned concert instruments will be sent to the music store for regular maintenance and repair the first week of June. Students that requested a concert instrument will be contacted by Palen Music when their instrument is ready. Anticipated time of completion is mid-June. It is strongly recommended that students not using school owned instruments send their own instruments to the shop for regular maintenance and repair in early June. 

Trombones/Baritones/Marching Euphoniums

The marching band will be utilizing more marching baritones and euphoniums to darken the overall color and tone of the low brass section. While trombones will still be used in the instrumentation, the number of trombones will be limited. Most trombone players will be playing a marching baritone/euphonium during marching season. More information concerning auditions, decisions, and placement to follow. Students may go ahead put down their regular instrument for online registration. Adjustments to instrument maintenance fees will be made after instrumentation has been determined.

Marching Contest Show

The theme for the 2017 Marching Show is "A Moment In Time". Music includes: Jim Croce's Time In A Bottle, Fifth Symphony, 4th Movement - Machine by William Bolcolm, Kingfishers Catch Fire by John Mackey, and A Really Good Cloak from the Movie Soundtrack Crash by Mark Isham. The first draft of the music will be made available to students in late May, before school is out.

Visual information will be released to students in the near future. 

Bands Of America Marching Championships

The Trojan Pride has a rich history of competing in BOA Marching Events. The Trojan Pride has been a consistent Regional and Super-Regional finalist since 2002, as well as a Grand National Semi-Finalist. We are pleased to announce that the band will return to the Super-Regional Marching Contest in St. Louis in mid-October.

Opt In/Opt Out Forms

The cost for the trip is estimated at $360.00. Students/Families were given opt in/opt out forms in class on Tuesday, May 2nd. Payments begin at the end of June and continue through the end of August. All information, payment deadlines, and criteria are included on the form. Please read thoroughly and carefully. Parents and students should understand that if payments are not made on time, the trip WILL be cancelled. Any fees or penalties received from cancelling reservations will be applied to student trip accounts.

Forms are to be filled out and returned to Mr. Hillock by Wednesday, May 17th. Questions about opt in/opt out forms? - Email Mr. Hillock. To download a copy of the Opt In/Opt Out Form - click HERE.

Chaperone Information

Parents wishing to serve as chaperones for overnight trips will be required to go through the application process with the Jenks Band Parents Organization. Information, applications, and deadlines will be available at the end of the school year/beginning of the summer.

Summer & Pre-Band Rehearsal Schedule

Brass and Woodwinds will meet once a week on designated weeks throughout the summer to keep students progressing on music, marching fundamentals, physical fitness, and body/dance work.

Battery and Front Ensemble will meet once a week on designated weeks throughout the summer. Camps for both groups are usually the week before pre-band.  

Color guard practices are two or three days a week throughout the summer. See Color Guard pages for detailed information. 

Pre-Band begins the last week of July on the 24th 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 9th. A packet containing all detailed information will be given to students at registration. That information will be added to the website in late June. 

Click HERE to download the Summer and Pre-Band Rehearsal Schedules.

Music Memory Tests

Music memory tests over full band warm-ups, the fight song, the star spangled banner, the alma mater, the chinese national anthem, as well as contest music. Memory tests for the warm-ups, fight song, banner, alma mater, and the chinese national anthem 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

Stand tunes have not been selected yet. Be sure that the Fight Song, National Anthem, Alma Mater, Hey Song, Hey Baby! and all the Go Big J Stuff along with most of the songs from last year will be included in the flip folder. There is bound to be a couple of new tunes along with a couple of older ones from the library archives so that the band can seriously rock it out at football games.

Post Marching Season

Once State Championships are finished, the Trojan Pride will be transitioning into concert, honor band, and solo & ensemble seasons.

Concert Band Auditions will take place in mid-October or the same week of NCDA Auditions. Auditions will be done via recording individual auditions both during school and after school. An audition schedule will be added in late September. We divide into three concert bands after results are posted and begin preparing for the Kiwanis Christmas Parade and Holiday Concerts.

Spring Trips

This year is a spring trip year for the concert bands. The traditional date for spring trips is usually the last weekend in April (included on website calendar). The general cost for the spring trip is usually around $550.00 - depending on the venue. Opt In/Opt Out Forms are usually distributed in early December with payments beginning in January and running through April. Sometimes a band is invited to a contest that falls on a different date. If this takes place, information will updated and sent out. Cost and payment schedule are contingent on the date of the trip.