Band Calendar 2014-2015

July 28th – August 1st                       BAND CAMP
2                             Fayette Bullthistle Parade           11:00 a.m
16                           Swanton Corn Festival Parade      10:30 a.m.
22                           Scrimmage?
29                           FB Home-Springfield
2                             Practice 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m
19                           FB Away- Wauseon        
20                           CONTEST – Ottawa Glandorf                      
26                           FB Home – Bryan              Middle School perform
3                             FB Home-Columbus Grove   HOMECOMING
11                           CONTEST - Maumee      
17                           FB Home – Liberty Center
 28                          CONTEST – Findlay
 24                          FB Home- Archbold        Senior Night
 25                          CONTEST –Bulldog Bowl
 31                          FB Away- Delta
1/2                         Possible state Dates
4                            Marching Band Concert
7/8/9                      Possible State Dates
26-28                     Thanksgiving Break
6                            Swanton Christmas Parade
14                          Holiday Concert                               All Bands  2:00
22 – 01/02               Winter Break
 23-25                     Fulton All-County Honors
 31                         High School Solo and Ensemble
4-7                         OMEA Conference;  All-State
14/15                     OMEA District 1 Honors Band
2                            Winter Concert                 7:00
6/7                         Concert Band CONTEST – Sylvania Southview
27-29                     Musical
3-6                        Spring Break
24/25                     Possible State Dates
14                           Spring Concert                  7:00
19                           Awards Banquet
25                           Memorial Day Parade
 6                            Graduation (June 5 is last day)

Swanton Band Summer Practice Schedule

Percussion will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. beginning June 9th. You will not meet the week of June 16th.
Guard will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon beginning June 10th. You will not meet the week of June 30th.
All other sections will be getting a phone call from their section leader to set up some music practices.
Band Camp will be July 27th-August 1st. We will start in the evening on the 27th and run morning (7:30-noon) and evenings (6:00-9:00) through the week. The preview performance will be on Friday, August 1st. This is mandatory and very important!. You will receive more information in the mail during the summer. Band camp is free and held at the school.
August Practices
These practices are also very important. If you must miss for any reason, please let me know in advance so that I can plan the most effective rehearsal.
For the three weeks of August 4th—August 29th the times are as follows:
            Monday           7:00—9:00 p.m.
            Tuesday           1:00—3:00 p.m.
            Wednesday      8:00—10:00 a.m.
            Thursday          7:00—9:00 p.m.
These times are staggered to hopefully accommodate our athletes. I hope to be able to have the entire band present at least one of these practices.
On Tuesday, September 2nd, we will have practice from 8:00—11:00 a.m. School begins on Wednesday, September 3rd. Once school starts, practices are Mondays from 4:00—6:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 7:00—9:00 p.m.
Performance Schedule for August and September     
Date    Event                                                                             Event Time
8/2      Fayette Bullthistle Parade                                               11:00 a.m.
8/16    Swanton Corn Festival Parade                                         10:30 a.m.
8/22    Scrimmage?                                                                       TBA
8/29    Football vs. Springfield                                                      7:00 p.m.
9/19    Football @ Wauseon                                                        7:00 p.m.
9/20    Contest—Ottawa Glandorf                                                   TBA
9/25    Football vs. Bryan (Middle School will also perform)            7:00 p.m.


THE WORD.......

BAND CAMP!!!!!!!!
Dear Parents and Students,
I hope you are enjoying your summer. Many of you have already been hard at working running sectionals and learning your music. I am so excited to begin working with you on our space show! Below is our schedule for band camp. Please also fill out the Emergency Medical Form included with this letter and return it on the first night of band camp.
Band Camp is July 27th - Aug 1st:
* You will need to purchase and bring with you a small spiral notepad made with index cards. Freshman-if you are unsure what to get, ask your section leader. This is your Dot Book.

* First practice is Sunday night from 6:00 to 9:00 in the high school ban room—we will not be marching, but bring your instruments, your music and your dot book and a pencil.

* Monday through Friday the times for band camp are: 7:30 a.m. to Noon and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

* You should bring a water bottle, bug spray, sun block, and any snack that you may want.You must bring your flip folder (with music), your dot book (the small notepad) and a pencil. You must have tennis shoes--No Sandals! You will not be allowed to be on the field in bare feet. Dress for the heat, but dress appropriately. You may wear tank tops and spaghetti straps...but don’t push the limit.

* If you are allergic to bees, please bring proper medication and we will keep it in the band room.

* Parents are more than welcome to attend rehearsals to observe your progress. There will be a performance on Friday night at 7:00 to show off what we’ve learned. If nothing else- ask them to attend that! Sometimes it is fun for them to come on Monday and then not again until Friday so they can see the improvement.There will be a picnic immediately following the performance!

* Pictures will be taken on Friday. Individual pictures will start at 5:30 followed by a full picture at 6:00.

* Band Parties!!!!!! I feel that it is equally as important as practice that you guys have a good time and get to know one another a little better. We should all be different on and off the field. You need to know what everyone is like when they are not all working hard and meaning business. Our planned parties are a way to do that. Please tell your parents that they are all chaperoned and you will be taken care of.
     Each party host will request something different from the guests. Some are pool parties, one might be a bonfire, one might be just hanging out inside watching a movie or something...it all depends on the host. You will find out in advance if you should bring some chips or something to drink or your swim suit.
     The parties start immediately after band practice. Maps will be provided a day in advance. For the day parties, everyone needs to be gone by 3:00 so you can go home, rest and get something to eat before the night rehearsal. The night parties should end no later than 11:00---Remember, you have to be back up here by 7:30! If you are worried about rides, there are many upperclassmen willing to help you get from one place to the other-check with your parents.

The following people have agreed to host a party (bold indicates location):
     Monday Afternoon - Taylor Stalder, Kaylene Burr 779-3651
     Night -
     Tuesday Afternoon - Elise Crosser, Samantha Keil
     Night - Allison and Olivia Wood 815-2050
     Wednesday Afternoon - Danielle Herr, Karah Kohlman, Nate Timpe 826-4960
     Night -
     Thursday Afternoon - Alec Thieman and Colton Lucio 346-9036
     Night -
     Friday Afternoon - Conrads/Sean Roy/Mikaela Kroyer 826-7316
     Night - Cody McClain 466-3625

If you are interested in hosting a party in any of the available times, please email me at samantha.preisner@swantonschools.org. If you have any other questions concerning band camp, please call/text your band President, AJ Reyes (388-3333) or Vice-President Nate Timpe (825-1307)
Bullthistle Parade
Please note that our first “official” performance of the 2014-2015 Swanton Marching Bulldog Band will be the day after Band Camp at the Fayette Bull Thistle Parade. The Parade Begins at 11:00 a.m. More information will be coming soon.
Band Fees
This is a reminder that your band fees are due by the end of band camp. New member fee is $50.00 and covers the cost of shoes, shorts and t-shirt. All upper-classmen owe a $20.00 maintenance fee to cover cleaning of uniform and your new shorts and t-shirts.

Important Papers
At the end of last school year, everyone should have received a summer practice schedule, a phone list of band members and a calendar of the ENTIRE school year. If that did not make it home—make sure you pick up these items on the first day of
band camp (Sunday).
Volunteer Opportunities for Parents
Our Band Boosters play a very important role in the success of our band. We need volunteers to help with our Coupon Book sale (August/September), Corn Festival parking (August), the fruit sale (September/November), football concessions, and side
line help at contests. Please contact me or sign up at the picnic on August 1st if you are able to help. Thank you for your support!

Dates to Remember
Sunday, July 27th                                  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Beginning of Band Camp
Monday, July 28th – Thursday July 31st
                                                           7:30 a.m. – Noon Working hard, 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Getting good!
Friday, August 1st                                7:30 a.m. -Noon Last day of Band Camp
                                                           5:30 p.m. Student’s report-pictures
                                                          7:00 p.m. Final Show for Parents - Picnic to follow
Saturday, August 2nd                           9:00 a.m. Fayette Bullthistle Parade
Saturday, August 16th                          9:00 a.m. Swanton Corn Festival Parade!
It is extremely important that you contact me if you cannot make a band camp rehearsal or if you are no longer going to be in band. We chart an individual “dot” for everyone—missing one person affects everyone else. The sooner we know of conflicts and/or changes the better we can plan around them.

Samantha Preisner
E-mail: samantha.preisner@swantonschools.org
“We are what we repeatedly do;
Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."