Welcome to Bandtober! As we approach the busiest part of marching band season, we want to remind our students to take care of their health. October is also when flu season starts, so be sure to get plenty of rest, eat and hydrate well, wash your hands often especially before you eat, and don’t share food, drinks, or instruments with others. These next few weeks will be hard but fun! It’ll also fly by, so enjoy it while you can!
We’re holding a Disney Band Trip Meeting at 6:30pm in the auditorium on Monday. Check-in will start at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there. We are rehearsing on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Thursday will be a dress rehearsal for band students. Friday is a Home Game vs. Naples High School and it’s also 8th Grade Band Night, Dancing Cubs, and Pink Out! On Saturday, the Marching Pride has their first competition of the season at Naples High School.
Here are last week’s Marchers and Section of Week:
Honorable Mentions: Kyson Bruno, Angelica Serra, Jeanna Banrey (woodwinds), Justin Luque, Yori Newransky, Gabriel Melendez (brass), Sofia Sandoval, John Leveck, Ava Jones (percussion), Nayaris Rodriguez, Cassy Biehler, Damara Georges (auxiliary), and Gabby Chaviano, Samantha Burke, Sammi Hernandez (officer).
Marchers of the Week: Joseph Crato (woodwind), Brisayda Chavez (brass), Isaiah Perez (percussion), Alex Soto (auxiliary), Kleber Flores-Hernandez (officer).
The Section of the Week was the Auxiliary Section led by auxiliary captains Daniela Rives and Melanie Moreno-Lopez, and section leaders Mia Dixon, Yaylin Hernandez-Bautista, and Jillian Paquette. Congratulations!
This Week’s Schedule:
Disney Band Trip Meeting (Mon. 10/2): Our first band trip meeting will be on Monday, October 2nd in the auditorium. Check-in will start at 6:00pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30pm. The Marching Pride is traveling to Disney World on February 2 & 3. The date was changed due to charter bus availability. This trip is completely optional. If you’re interested in getting more information, please plan on attending the meeting. Meeting handouts will be available in class on October 3rd.
Tri-M Music Honors Society Elections (Tues. 10/3): The band room will be closed during lunch on Tuesday. Tri-M will have their officer elections in the band room at 11:50am. All students who wish to join must turn in their acceptance letter, $35 membership fee, and permission slip by Tuesday to participate in the election ceremony.
Cookie Dough Fundraiser (Starts Thurs. 10/5): We are starting a Cookie Dough Fundraiser on Thursday October 15th and it ends on Monday, October 23rd. This fundraiser is a trip fundraiser. More information will be provided in class on Thursday.
Thursday Dress Rehearsal Attire (Thurs. 10/5): For this Thursday, band students will wear a gray shirt with dark colored shorts. We will also do a dress rehearsal with bibbers, hats, and the new competition tops. Auxiliary will wear their normal white on black.
Home Game vs. Naples HS *8th Grade Band Night/Dancing Cubs/Pink Out* (Fri. 10/6): This week’s game is at home game against Naples High School. This game is also our 8th Grade Band Night, Dancing Cubs, and Pink Out! Call time for students is 5:00pm. The band room will be closed from 2:30-4:30pm. Band students will wear full uniform with this year’s gray Marching Pride shirt, any athletic shorts, tall solid black or pink crew socks, and marching band shoes. Band students may wear pink bandanas and/or decorate their instruments for Pink Out. Auxiliary students will wear their pregame uniform, tights, black auxiliary shoes, earrings, their pink bow, and full hair and makeup. New auxiliary students will be given a pink bow in class. Returning members should have their bows from last year. Auxiliary will bring their show uniform in their duffel bags and change uniforms before the post-game show performance. The Marching Pride will perform with the 8th graders and Dancing Cubs during halftime. They will perform “A Whole New World” post-game. The Naples marching band will perform during halftime. The game starts at 7:00pm and tickets are available on gofan.co. Please be prepared to pick-up your student around 10:30pm. Students will text and call their rides when they return to the band room at the end of the game.
Game Day Student Drop-off and Pick-up: For Friday, please drop-off your student in either the back of the school by the portables or in the bus loop. Student pick-up will be in the main loop by the flagpole. Thank you for your cooperation.
Game Day Student & Staff Parking: All Marching Pride students, staff, and parent volunteers will park in the back parking lot by the portables for Friday night’s game. You will be asked to move your vehicle if you park in front of the school or in the bus parking lot located behind the visitor’s stands. Thank you for your cooperation.
Stadium Clean-up (Fri. 10/6): This Friday, clean-up duty is assigned to the Woodwind and Percussion Section. (Brass and Auxiliary will have the last home game.) Students will be provided with gloves when they return to the stadium.
Naples Southwest Florida Games Competition (Sat. 10/7): Our first competition of the year is on Saturday, October 7th at Naples High School. Call time for students is 12:00 noon at PRHS. Band students will wear white on black and auxiliary students will wear pink on black for rehearsal. Presale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at https://napleshighband.com/upcoming-events/. Specific details and a full itinerary were sent via email.
State Marching Band Championships (Sat. 11/11): Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s State Marching Band Survey. The Marching Pride will be competing in this year’s FMBC State Marching Band Championships. State Prelims for Class 5A will be at Clearwater High School in Clearwater, FL on Saturday, November 11th. The call time will be very early in the morning, and it will be a very long day/evening if the Marching Pride makes finals. More information regarding additional rehearsals will be released soon.
Marching Pride Sponsors: We’d like to thank our 2023-2024 Marching Pride Sponsors: First Foundation Bank, Architectural Wood Products, Volkswagen of Naples, Pro Water Systems of Southwest Florida, Conditioned Air, Hood Distribution, Dakota Hardwoods, the Freedline Family, JW Building Consultant Services, and D. Garrett Construction. More information on our sponsors can be found on the homepage of the band website. We could really use more sponsors and donations, especially since the Marching Pride is competing at State. If you know anyone who’d be interested in becoming a Marching Pride Sponsor, please refer to the attached Sponsorship Form. Thank you for supporting the Marching Pride!
Questions? Please email Mrs. Annabelle Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.