Band Info this Week +

Hello,

Thank you all for a solid 2nd game performance. Things continue to go well for our program. Please see the info below for this week and next week:

· Thursday, Oct. 29th Marching Band Rehearsal 2:45pm-4:15pm: same as before, however, we will do a significant amount of marching practice in the parking lot this week. Always closed-toe shoes and bring your filled red water bottle and be prehydrated. You must have a LYRE for your music flip folder. *There is now a late bus available at 4:30pm, you will need a pass from Mr. Hernandez to be allowed to ride.

Next week November 2-6:

· Monday, November 2nd Homecoming Parade 5:30pm report time, step off at 6:00pm. Come PREHYDRATED, water will also be provided. We will need several parent volunteers to walk with us, please wear your red band related shirt/booster shirt. *Only approved volunteers will be given the link to sign up, see info below. We will need our truck driven to the stadium to pick up instruments as well, approved driver needed. Students/Parents, if possible, please leave your instrument case in your parent’s vehicle when you get dropped off at KWHS. Students will need to be picked up by their parents following the pep rally at the Stadium on Kennedy Drive around 7:15pm. Everyone, please complete this survey for transportation needed or not needed back to KWHS after the event at the stadium, there will be limited room on the Conch trains taking us back to KWHS: https://forms.gle/7EwuKo9EsX2gwWLbA

· Regular Tuesday Percussion and Thursday Marching Band after school rehearsals. *Late bus available with pass.

· Football game November 6: we will continue with everything that was done last week including the pizza meal with the following changes:

o Arrive between 5:45-6:00pm, we will practice lining up on the filed for the homecoming halftime-if possible. Come well hydrated and bring your red water bottle, always closed-toe shoes.

o Volunteers: only those who are approved volunteers will receive an email/Remind text message for sign up to help with food.

o Review the first game’s email for further details: https://kwhsband.wordpress.com/2020/10/14/band-info-for-this-week/

· Future events:

o As of right now, the Veteran’s day parade is canceled.

o Fall Band Concert is Canceled.

o As of right now, but likely to change, the City Holiday Parade is still canceled. We should know by Nov. 4th City Commission meeting if it should be reinstated.

o Holiday Concert: we are planning an outdoor concert in the courtyard at school. We will need much help to make this a special event.

· Several Band forms will be sent home over the next week. Please sign and return these to the forms basket.

· Volunteers: I cannot stress the importance of having a large volunteer pool, please do the required steps ASAP. If you want to see the students in their formal band uniforms this year, we need the help along with many other tasks. We will have a Zoom meeting next week to plan the process which will be by student appointment outside of school hours, much needs to be setup in advance for this to be successful. Shoe orders require a minimum of two weeks to complete and fitting will take about the same amount of time given the constraints. Here is the link to the process that also has a list of currently approved volunteers, only select areas for Level I clearance: https://fl02202360.schoolwires.net/Page/2540

Thank you,

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Band this Week ending in 10-23

Congrats!

We had a very successful performance at our first football game last Friday. See our Facebook and Instagram pages for photos. It was our program’s first performance in over 7 months. We will continue to add to what we can do safely.

· Regular rehearsals this week+ earlier report time Friday. Band Calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=3amt9pmdonf2rr1lg6hj3mp2v0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FNew_York

· We need as many volunteers as possible to be approved for our volunteer pool, register now, it takes up to a week to be approved-a link to your status is also on this page: https://fl02202360.schoolwires.net/Page/2540

· We need an individual to volunteer to function as our Uniform Coordinator. This involves coordinating other parent volunteers to help with fittings and management of aspects of band uniforms. Ideally, this would be someone who has time to dedicate both during the school day and after school hours to do all of the logistical work with our formal marching uniforms. We have systems in place, all needs to be done with an appreciation of and an eye for detail. Please email me if you are interested.

· Football game October 23rd: we will continue with everything that was done last week and add the following:

o Friday rehearsal at the stadium: arrive between 5:15-5:30pm, we will practice parade marching for the first time since there is nowhere currently on campus to do this safely. Come well hydrated and bring your red water bottle, always closed-toe shoes.

o All band members will stay through the whole game. We will add a provided pizza dinner to help with this. Look for another email/Remind text message seeking approved volunteers to help with preparing plates for students to eat socially distanced etc. Please let me know if you have any connections with restaurants that can also provide an individually packaged meal for future games, donated or discounted.

o Review last week’s email for further details: https://kwhsband.wordpress.com/2020/10/14/band-info-for-this-week/

Thanks!

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Band Info for this Week

Hello,

This is a long email with a lot of information, please read all:

· Rehearsal 2:45-4:15pm on Thursday, Oct. 15 and Football Game Performance on Friday, Oct 16 (see below for more info). Always consult the Band Calendar for all required events/times.

· Season Football Ticket orders will be handed out after rehearsal on Thursday. “A” students may also pick these up after school on Wednesday. You may still purchase tickets through the Athletic office.

· Music stands: each student now has their own dedicated music stand for class. Your new Red Band shirt and grey shorts (new members) will be placed on these for pick up on Thursday to wear for Friday’s Game. You should have a lyre for your music for rehearsals/games/parades: Be mindful, they are instrument brand specific: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=instrument+flip+folder+lyre&ref=nb_sb_noss

· Closed-toe shoes for all Marching activities along with comfortable loose fitting athletic type clothing. Always bring a well pre-hydrated body: see valuable hydration info & chart here: https://www.navyfitness.org/nutrition/noffs-fueling-series/hydrate

· Red ½ Gallon water jugs are required for all marching band rehearsals and performances-label them with student’s name. Fill with cold water at home this year. Please let me know where you are finding these locally so that I may pass that info along to everyone, they have been found at all local corporate stores at some point in the past. Igloo and Coleman are commonly found and can be as little as $5-10 online. We are still not allowed to have school credit cards and must order everything by check so it presents challenges for buying items in bulk from most stores these days who do not take checks/POs, let me know of options you find.

· Volunteers: we will be allowed to start having volunteers help! Please visit this page for more information, there is a new district system and procedures: https://fl02202360.schoolwires.net/Page/2540

· Grading: new grading categories for A/B schedule, see Focus Portal for all preloaded grades/events. *Students are required to be on Google Meet for class on their virtual days for a participation grade. Current admin directive does not allow us to mark students “Absent” for virtual days, if you see their band class has a “Tardy Excused” that means they did not attend the band class synchronous Google Meet that day-they will also lose a point for that day’s grade. Students should email or Remind message immediately if they have technical difficulties, Google Meet also provides a log of who attended and for how long for each Meet.

· Game Performance October 16th:

o Meet at Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium on Kennedy Drive by 6:00pm. *NOT at Poinciana this year. Maintain 6’ distancing at all times.

o Wear your New dry-fit material RED Band Shirt and Grey Band issued shorts & closed-toe shoes, wear your mask. Bring your case with you to your seat. Be sure to have your music/lyre, no sharing.

o We will be seated on the visitors side facing the home stands, students will not interact with crowd at all. We will use baseball restrooms.

o Inclement weather: we will use the hallways of Poinciana if it is unsafe to be outdoors. Parents, be prepared to pick up there if the game should be canceled at some point for *weather issue-look for a Remind message.

o Eat something before you arrive, we will not have any food option/break at this game. Bring your water bottle and come pre-hydrated.

o Parents, be sure to join Remind by texting @helpband to 81010. You will get a message when we dismiss so you can pick up your student from the stadium. There are not specific times for ending of games/halftime.

o For the first game we will dismiss after halftime. This may change in the future if we can provide a safe food option.

o The first game is also “Senior Recognition Night”. Complete this form ASAP: https://forms.gle/Gyt7YSyvM3xgVEmd9

o At this time there will be no band run fundraisers at games.

Thank you!

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Band Info Week of October 5th

Good afternoon,

Our 2nd marching band rehearsal last week continued to be very productive, we were able to play through several pieces of music successfully. As simple as some things have been with our restarting of the band program, these things are monumental moments considering that all other South Florida bands have not yet even met in person. The football game originally scheduled for this week has been permanently canceled this morning. Each student received an envelope to order up to 3 Season Football tickets for the remaining games, please return these with $ in to the Athletic Office this year-you are not required to sell tickets but get first choice for your family due to the limited capacity of the stadium this year. Please see the info below for this week:

Week of October 5th:

· Tuesday, October 6th: 2:45pm after school Percussion/Drum Line rehearsal. Be prepared to be outdoors with water, we will continue learning music and parade routines & start moving.

· Thursday, October 8th: “Early Release day” rehearsal starts at 11:45am for all Marching Band students=A&B 6th period Symphonic Band, 1st Period Percussion, 2nd Period Wind Ensemble, & 7th Period Colorguard. Be prepared to be outdoors, *Hydration is not optional, you must bring a ½ gallon or larger water bottle (should be red) to every marching band event.

Upcoming events:

· October 16, 23, and November 6th-Home football games that the band will play at as a Pep-Band in chairs seated across from the stadium. Red band shirts and grey shorts will be the uniform for all of these games, they will be arriving later this week. You will receive additional information about arrival/dismissal procedures from the stadium.

· November 2nd: Homecoming Parade

· November 11th: Veteran’s Day Parade

· December 5th: Holiday Parade

We will begin formalizing additional dates for the remainder of this year and you will receive the band handbook, continue to visit our Band Google Calendar for event/rehearsal/performance information.

*Remainder of this message is from last week’s email, continue to practice:

Below are a few procedures that we have learned are necessary for our after school rehearsals:

Students coming from off campus:

· Coordinate your personal transportation early, we cannot do this without you.

· Enter the gate next to the auditorium between building 2 and 3, go directly to your outdoor rehearsal spot, music stands will be on a rack outside.

· At the end of the day you may store your instrument in the band room or hallway (designated spot) along with your music stand for your school day the following day (A/B).

· Percussion/sousaphones will follow the directions below as needed.

Students already on campus:

· Collect your materials (from band room or hallway) and bring them to your designated rehearsal spot, including your instrument case and any personal items.

· *You will leave campus from this location and will not go back indoors-you will NOT enter the building after rehearsal. You will take your instrument/materials home with you since you will not be at school the following day (A/B) and will need it for your virtual day synchronous (same time) live-streamed band class.

All Students:

· Use restrooms by the library or cafeteria.

· Always have a full ½ gallon or larger red water bottle- this MUST BE FILLED AT HOME with cool water only.

· Wear athletic type clothing and be prepared to do some physical marching training in the courtyard. Sun protection may be needed for areas not shaded this time of day.

· Should have their flip folder and lyre allowing them to read music without a music stand.

· Will be dismissed by A/B & staggered by sections/grade level.

· Will not use the auditorium for rehearsal unless there is bad weather, only Colorguard should enter the auditorium and rehearse on stage. Colorguard will join us outdoors at the end of the rehearsal for run-throughs.

· The band hallway/band room main double doors will be ONE WAY traffic. Enter through the band room double doors and exit out the back single door. If exiting the hallway, exit the loading dock doors and walk around the building to exit.

· Must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet (6 tiles or one flag pole) distance at all times, this includes any conversations before and after rehearsal regardless of your friends/families home practices.

Communication and Information:

· All currently known dates on a Google Calendar publicly available: Band Calendar

· General links, calendar and other information: Website

· Copy of the emails that go out, publicly available: Announcement Blog

· Links to emails/blog/calendar dates and immediately pushed info via text/app messages to phones: Directions-Remind101 Txts

*If you did not receive this as an email and a text message, please let me know and I will make sure that your contact information is correct in our systems.*

Thanks!

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Band Info Week of Sept. 28+

Hello!

Last Thursday’s first rehearsal was a success, we now know that we can accomplish many things in the safest way possible with our largest performing group in the school district. We will continue with weekly Thursday after school rehearsals through mid-November, 2:45pm-4:15pm. More band program calendar dates will be added once they can be formally set given the world-wide circumstances (usually done a year+ in advance).

Below are a few procedures that we have learned are necessary for our after school rehearsals:

Students coming from off campus:

· Coordinate your personal transportation early, we cannot do this without you.

· Enter the gate next to the auditorium between building 2 and 3, go directly to your outdoor rehearsal spot, music stands will be on a rack outside.

· At the end of the day you may store your instrument in the band room or hallway (designated spot) along with your music stand for your school day the following day (A/B).

· Percussion/sousaphones will follow the directions below as needed.

Students already on campus:

· Collect your materials (from band room or hallway) and bring them to your designated rehearsal spot, including your instrument case and any personal items.

· *You will leave campus from this location and will not go back indoors-you will NOT enter the building after rehearsal. You will take your instrument/materials home with you since you will not be at school the following day (A/B) and will need it for your virtual day synchronous (same time) live-streamed band class.

All Students:

· Use restrooms by the library or cafeteria.

· Always have a full ½ gallon or larger red water bottle- this MUST BE FILLED AT HOME with cool water only.

· Wear athletic type clothing and be prepared to do some physical marching training in the courtyard. Sun protection may be needed for areas not shaded this time of day.

· Should have their flip folder and lyre allowing them to read music without a music stand.

· Will be dismissed by A/B & staggered by sections/grade level.

· Will not use the auditorium for rehearsal unless there is bad weather, only Colorguard should enter the auditorium and rehearse on stage. Colorguard will join us outdoors at the end of the rehearsal for run-throughs.

· The band hallway/band room main double doors will be ONE WAY traffic. Enter through the band room double doors and exit out the back single door. If exiting the hallway, exit the loading dock doors and walk around the building to exit.

· Must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet (6 tiles or one flag pole) distance at all times, this includes any conversations before and after rehearsal regardless of your friends/families home practices.

Communication and Information:

· All currently known dates on a Google Calendar publicly available: Band Calendar

· General links, calendar and other information: Website

· Copy of the emails that go out, publicly available: Announcement Blog

· Links to emails/blog/calendar dates and immediately pushed info via text/app messages to phones: Directions-Remind101 Txts

*If you did not receive this as an email and a text message, please let me know and I will make sure that your contact information is correct in our systems.*

Upcoming events:

· October 9th-Tentatively scheduled football game, this may be *canceled later this week pending a possible opposing team substitution.

· October 16, 23, and November 6th-Home football games that the band will play at as a Pep-Band in chairs seated across from the stadium. Red band shirts and grey shorts will be the uniform for all of these games.

Looking forward to building this year’s band!

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After School Band Rehearsal 2:45-4:00pm Thursday, Sept 24

Good afternoon,

It has been a long time coming, we will have our first after school rehearsal for the year on Thursday, September 24th from 3:00pm-4:00pm (shorter than usual). We will start in the Auditorium with an introduction of our student leadership and continue with a music rehearsal. If you are arriving on campus (“B” students), please enter through the auditorium main doors. We will relocate to the courtyard when we will do sectionals for learning our traditional student taught cheers. All, please continue to wear masks and instrument coverings at all times and keep 6 feet of distance between all persons. Be sure to bring a personal bottle of water.

Looking forward to it!

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Band Officer Training Friday 8-14 9:00am-4:00pm Online

Good afternoon,

Please click below for our Band Officer Training Friday 8-14 9:00am-4:00pm Online Schedule, the link will be shared in this document at 8:30am. This is posted in Google Classroom and also includes a link to a document to be completed for students to be able to come on campus by appointment only (eventually).

Looking forward to it!

Gary Hernandez

This email has been sent via Charms Office Assistant on behalf of:

Key West High School Band
2100 Flagler Avenue
Key West, FL 33040

KWHS Band Camp 2020 Postponed

Good afternoon,

Out of an abundance of caution and in effort to work through several added challenges, we will postpone traditional band camp related activities until further notice. We will find a silver lining in all of this through the creativity that it will spark in the “how” of the “what” we will do next. Band camp is truly magical in developing our culture as a program, the sheer amount of learning achieved, and the bonds of friendship made. Given the restrictions of the pandemic it is best that we honor this tradition in building this year’s band when we can do so more safely, in as large an ensemble setting as possible, and in the best way possible to achieve as much of the same goals as we do every year. Please do not think of this as a loss, we will find a way to make special musical moments so everyone can feel that zeal of team building and the resulting great performances together.

Some of the challenges/developments informing decisions:

· We must be safe first. We are in the middle of a pandemic with science slowly coming out to help guide us in reducing risks associated with coming together as large groups. There is hope for progress, have a look at the Performing Arts Aerosol Study: Preliminary Results as of July 13th, 2020: https://www.nfhs.org/media/4029952/preliminary-testing-report-7-13-20.pdf

· Timelines for return to activities/sports are ever shifting, often later and later dates. There are pending decisions being made in the next week that may push back the start of all athletics/activities to a later date in August, if not later.

· Current facility capacity restrictions would prevent us from having our entire program together at any one time given our originally scheduled camp dates.

· Depending on the interpretation of what Covid-19 Phase Key West is considered to be in, current recommendations for camps would be impossible to pull off due to staff and facility restrictions. We would need over 12 instructors to be able to do less than two hours of camp each day, all outside.

· The Florida Bandmasters Association has canceled Marching Music Performance for this year. This will allow us the flexibility to shift our focus to other elements of our band program without the pressure of producing a MPA ready field show by a specific date.

· *We will not have an on campus practice field this year. Efforts to have the front parking lot temporarily turned into a smaller partial “black-top practice field” are not supported by the district. We will continue to seek out viable solutions, which are further complicated by pandemic concerns: equipment transport, student transport, foul-weather safety concerns etc.

What will we do?

· Student leadership will have several officer meetings on Google Meet, beginning soon, followed by possible in person training/meetings as early as August 6th.

· All students will complete band related online health safety orientation/training.

· We may have some sectionals, small groups of like instruments, the week of August 10 with both new and returning band members.

· We will recreate the major components of band camp innovatively throughout the school year as possible.

· We will many more outdoor performance opportunities to share the joy of music in our community.

· Marching band will happen but will look a little different this year. I will seek out exemplary videos of possible options as to what we can create that will be energetic, entertaining, and enjoyable to produce.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Take Care,

Gary Hernandez

Director of Bands

Key West High School

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Please attend: Parent Sessions at FBA Summer Conference

Hello,

Please attend the sessions below if you can, especially the Parent Advocacy webinar. Some fantastic and very knowledgeable people presenting. We need all the help we can get, please feel free to share this with family members or friends who are music supporters.

Take care,

Gary Hernandez

Florida Bandmasters Association District 20 Chair

Director of Bands-Key West High School

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Dear Florida Band Parents,

The Florida Bandmasters Association recognizes our band parents as a crucial part of our activities. We want you to know that we’ve been working to provide valuable resources for you as we prepare for our 2020 FBA Virtual Summer Conference for our members. 

Below are three sessions that we have prepared specifically with parents in mind. These are Zoom Webinars and are free and open to the public. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and also join a mailing list of FBA Parent Advocates. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 24     10:00 AM
Parent Advocacy

Zoom webinar link:  FBA Parent Advocacy
Password: 460250  

Hear from Kathy Sanz (NAfME President, FMEA/FSMA Executive Director) and Jeanne Reynolds (Specialist, PreK-12 Performing Arts Pinellas County Schools) with a special appearance from Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser (VIce President of Education, Conn-Selmer Inc.) about how to advocate for programs post-covid.

 

Thursday, June 25     12:30 PM
Developing the Band Director/Booster Balance

Zoom webinar link: Band Director/Booster Balance
Password: 602468  

Join Tom Bracy (former CEO, Harmony Project National Division) as he discusses how to develop that crucial relationship between the band director and the parents to build a strong booster organization.

 

Saturday, June 27     1:00 PM
Ear Peace Foundation

Zoom webinar link: Helping Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Password: 156984  

Most Americans are unaware of the epidemic of noise-induced hearing loss because NIHL is painless and generally occurs gradually over the course of many years. Although this type of hearing loss is both progressive and permanent, it is also preventable! Join Sherilynn Adler and Hannah Speaks as they discuss the mission of Ear Peace Foundation to make young people aware of this problem and to motivate them to protect their hearing.