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Upcoming Events

Pre-Camp Winds Rehearsals Begin - Jul 14
Band Camp Opens!!! - Jul 19
Open Rehearsal / Boosters Fair - Jul 26
End of Camp Party @ Miami Hills - Jul 30
First Day of School - Aug 18
Marching Showcase - Aug 28
Donation Day - Sep 11
Full schedule at milfordbands.org/calendar.
Remember that the Milford Band Summer Spirit Wear Sale ends tonight (Sunday July 11) at midnight! This is your only opportunity to buy t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and other gear for Marching Band season. All sales benefit the Milford Band programs. You can link to the store at stores.inksoft.com/milfordband2021, and feel free to share the link with family and friends.

New Marchers Newsletter #2021-3

Welcome to our third newsletter! It's hard to believe Band Camp is only one week away. Make sure to watch your inbox for these emails over the next few weeks! Questions or concerns? Connect with us at [email protected].
Please note: We send this email out to all new Marching Band families and are happy to answer whatever questions we can. However, questions that are specific to Color Guard are best directed to Jacquline Hartman ([email protected]).

Band Camp and the 2021 Marching Band Season

Portions of the following information can also be found in the 2021 Marching Band Handbook. Additional helpful information for Band Camp, including the packing checklist, was sent in Newsletter #2 earlier this week (LINK).




Band Camp is just around the corner! We are excited to have another great year with our band directors--Dr. Tim Dailey, Mr. Andrew Desmond, Mr. Brandon Dittgen, Ms. Jodi Smith, Mr. Drew Steinbrecher, and Ms. Megan Scott are all part of the Marching Band team. Other clinicians and specialists will also work directly with the Marching Band throughout the season.

Upcoming Schedule
A reminder on rehearsals over the next few weeks:
  • July 14-16 (9am-4pm) Winds Pre-Camp Rehearsal
    • Students should pack a lunch that does not require refrigeration.
    • Percussion and Color Guard should continue to follow their separate pre-camp schedules.
  • July 19-23 (9am-4pm) Full Band Camp (Pack a lunch.)
  • July 26-29 (8:30am-8:30pm) Full Band Camp (Pack a lunch; dinner provided by Band Boosters.)
  • July 30 (9am-4pm) Final Day of Band Camp (Pack a lunch.)
Please note that rehearsals begin on time, and students are expected to be in place and ready to go at the start of rehearsal. Students should arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow adequate time to prepare.

Final Forms and Sports Physicals
Final Forms registration must be completed prior to the start of Band Camp. (This is the school district's registration for Marching Band, which is separate from the registration you did earlier with the Band Boosters.) Visit milford-oh.finalforms.com to complete necessary forms. Make sure you add "Co-Ed Marching Band and Color Guard" as an activity for your student.

As a part of Final Forms registration, your student needs a sports physical completed prior to Band Camp. Physical forms should be turned in to the High School office PRIOR to Band Camp. Staple the loose papers together, write “Marching Band” at the top right corner, and tell the office staff that the physical is for Marching Band. Remember that per district policy, students will not be allowed to participate in Band Camp if Final Forms are not completed, or if the physical form is not on file in the office.


Volunteering
We are always in need of volunteers, especially during Band Camp! Remember that families are asked to help out a minimum of 3 times during the year, and this can be in a variety of ways. Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet the kids and other Band families. Our most pressing current needs for uniform fittings (LINK), chaperones (LINK), and meal servers (LINK).

This Year's Theme
Every year the Marching Band show has a theme. This year’s show is titled Return of Saturn. We commemorate the season with the release of a limited edition Show Shirt at the end of Band Camp. All members of the Marching Band will get one short-sleeved Show Shirt (this has already been paid for with your marching band fees). The design of the shirt is usually revealed on the last day of Band Camp when the students receive their shirts. Students are expected to wear the Show Shirt throughout the season, such as during competitions when not in uniform. Parents and families like to purchase their own shirts to support the Band during the season. Shirts are only available through our Summer Spirit Wear Sale (LINK), which ends at midnight tonight (Sunday July 11). All profits from the Spirit Wear Sale go right back to supporting the Milford Band program.

Marching Shoes
New members of the Winds and Percussion section should have purchased marching shoes as part of their apparel order during Marching Band registration. Veteran marchers also have the opportunity to purchase new shoes each season. Students will have their shoe size measured at Band Camp during uniform fittings. (We still need some volunteer help with uniform fittings--no experience necessary. If you can help, please sign up here.)

Band Booster Fair and Open Rehearsal
The directors and Band Boosters will host an Open Rehearsal on the evening of Monday July 26. Family and friends are invited to Milford Stadium to sit in on a field rehearsal and watch the show come together. Arrive early! Starting at 6:30pm, the Band Boosters will be hosting a fair featuring free food (hot dogs/hamburgers), information booths, volunteer signups, Split the Pot raffle, and Milford spirit wear available for purchase.

Save the Date - End of Camp Party
Band Boosters will host the End of Camp Party at Miami Hills Swim Club (1103 Rainbow Trail, Milford) starting at 8:30pm on Friday July 30. This is a fun way for the kids to celebrate the end of two long weeks and the start of the season. Look for details in upcoming newsletters!

Save the Date - Donation Day
Donation Day is scheduled for Saturday Sep 11. All Marching Band members are expected to participate. The students of the MHS Music programs (both Band and Choral departments) work together to go through the community and knock on doors asking for monetary donations. In prior years, our music students have collected well over $10,000 to help support the music programs. We will need 60+ parent volunteers to drive small groups, so please mark your calendars and consider volunteering. Look for signup opportunities in the weekly Band Boosters newsletter.

Note: The 2020 Donation Day was switched to an online event due to COVID restrictions. Even though the situation has improved, we recognize the need to remain flexible in the face of uncertainty. This event will be conducted under whatever health and public safety guidelines are in place at the time.

Staying Informed
A quick reminder of several different ways to stay informed:
  • The Directors' Email List, which Dr. Dailey uses for email updates to Milford Band students and families.
  • The Band Boosters Facebook page, administered by the Booster parents.
  • The Band Boosters weekly newsletters, which are sent out each Monday with information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and Milford Band news. Visit milfordbands.org/connect and look for the Band Boosters Weekly Newsletter Signup.
  • The Remind texting group, which the Boosters use for text message updates. This is especially helpful on competition days to keep track of how the band placed and when to expect the buses to return to the school. Visit remind.com/join/mbbgo to sign up, or text @mbbgo to 81010.


Notable Notes

Volunteers Needed!!!

The success of Band Camp and the Marching Band season depends on the volunteer support of our Milford Band families. During Band Camp, our greatest needs are for Chaperones, Meal Servers, and Uniform Fitting volunteers. There is no experience required for any of these positions--they are a great opportunity to meet other Band families, and get a sneak peek of the show during rehearsals. Use the following links to sign up:

Registration and Fees

Have you completed all the required paperwork and paid fees for the 2021 Marching Band season? Details are in the Marching Band Handbook. Please make sure all of the following are complete before Band Camp opens on 19:

Marching Band Links

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Band Boosters Notes

Milford Band Boosters meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except for July and December). All meetings start at 7pm. Attendance is open to anyone, and everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. When possible, Band Boosters meetings are held at Milford High School. When necessary, they will be scheduled as virtual meetings, with login information available at milfordbands.org/calendar.

Upcoming Band Boosters meetings are scheduled on: Aug 24, Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 30, Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 26, May 24, and Jun 28.

Connect with Band Boosters

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Get Text Alerts:
Text @mbbgo to 81010, or visit https://www.remind.com/join/mbbgo.
Connect Online:
www.milfordbands.org/connect

Support Milford Bands

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Click here to log into your account, then select Milford Band Boosters (QU736) as your community organization.

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Visit smile.amazon.com and select Milford Public School Band Boosters as your charitable organization.
Kristine Bruns
New Marcher Communications
Milford Band Boosters
[email protected]
Each year, email addresses for the families of all new marchers are automatically added to this email distribution list. Because the 2020 season was so different from normal, we have also added addresses for returning marchers who may not have experienced a typical competitive season. If you would like to stop receiving this newsletter, use the Unsubscribe link to remove your name from the distribution list.