Category Archives: Symphonic Band

Mr Souder’s Fall Mega Post – Dates You Need to Know Now

Please be sure to add/confirm the following events on your calendars and freshmen/rookies, see the note about concert attire – tuxes/dresses:

– Saturday, October 21st – Tennessee Valley Invitational Marching Competition (Muscle Shoals HS)
– Saturday, October 28th – Peach State Marching Festival and Competition (Rome HS, GA)
– November 2nd – last football game performance (unless the team wins remaining games and makes play-offs)
November 8th – Riverton Elementary and Mt. Carmel Elementary Veterans Assemblies (only select students ~40, primarily upperclassmen who will be excused from school all day)
November 9th – BHS Veteran’s Assembly (all band minus non-instrumental CG)
November 11th – Annual Huntsville Veteran’s Day Parade (all band – will take buses)
December 1st – (TBD) Huntsville Havoc National Anthem performance and FUNDRAISER!
December 8th – BHS Band Winter Concert – Huntsville HS Auditorium
December 9th (TBA by New Market Volunteer Fire Department) – New Market Christmas Parade *always an ACT testing date, test-takers are excused
*Now is the time for freshmen/rookies to order concert dresses / tuxes.  Students who don’t have their tux/dress by the Veterans Assemblies may wear ALL black (shoes, socks, slacks, shirt) but must have concert attire by the Winter Concert. All dresses and pants come long and must be hemmed – they MUST be hemmed according to the handbook policy.
**Gentlemen – tux does not HAVE to come from Stage Accents but must be traditional style (1 or 2 button + notched lapel jacket, with cummerbund and bow tie) – the Stage Accents deal provides everything.  Girls’ dresses must come from Stage Accents.
TVIMC Schedule – Saturday, October 21, 2017
“Extra” time is built in to our schedules to account for possible traffic issues, potential student illness, and many other issues that can arise from the transport and tedious operation of a program like ours.  I schedule based on my experience, to allow ample time while trying to avoid “down time” at moments when students need to be focused but relaxed.  Too much time results in complacency and not enough results in being frantic – thus the common motto: “Hurry Up and Wait”.  UNA’s performance is before the final two classes compete (because they will also be traveling to perform at the Hoover contest later that evening) so we will arrive a little bit earlier in order to see them and eat dinner during that time.  (If you’ve not seen the UNA POD, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!)
Students need to bring a sack lunch with them to eat after the brief morning plans, before departure, and money to purchase food at the stadium (or bring a small cooler/lunch box for their dinner).  Students will also be provided waters and a snack bag for the ride home.  Like most contests, there should be event shirts for sale.
Tickets for TVIMC can be purchased ahead of time, online.  Here is the link to the 25th annual 2017 TVIMC tickets: https://gofan.co/app/events/13615
You can find other specific information about parking, tickets, band-o-grams, etc. on the website – mshsbb.com
SHOWER, DEODORANT, AND EAT A GOOD HEALTHY BREAKFAST! – 9:00 AM
Morning Rehearsal Warm-Up / Run-Throughs (Slow and Easy) – 10:00 AM
EAT LUNCH (Bring sack lunch & drink) – 11:30 AM
Loading Trailer – 12:15 PM
Board buses – 12:50
Depart Buckhorn – 1:00
Arrive – ~2:45-3:00
Enter stadium, EAT DINNER and sit in assigned stands – 3:15 – 4:45
UNA POD Performance – 4:30
Bathrooms / Vendor visits (shirts/videos) – 4:45 – 5:15
Unload Trailer/Change/Set-up – 5:15
Unofficial Warm-Up/Skull-sessions – 6:00
Travel to Warm-Up – 6:30
Official Warm-Up – 6:45
Move to Gate – 7:15

Best Performance of the year! – 7:30 PM

Back to trailer/change/load – 8:00 PM
Water and Snack bags option – 8:15 PM
Back in stands – 8:45 PM
Awards Ceremony – 9:00 PM

Depart MSHS for home – ~10:00 PM
Arrive @ Buckhorn/Unload – ~12:00 AM
Approximate time of release – ~12:30 AM
All of the summer practices/rehearsals, two week intensive band camps, and after school sweat and tears are fixing to come to a close in just two short weeks (+ a bonus extra performance for the last football game).  For our seniors, their high school marching career will be finished and our rookies will now become veteran marching members.  This has been a fantastic 6 month process with 3 months as a full team.  Please encourage your students to finish strong!  We get what we put in – and I sure know a ton of our students (and parents) have gotten a lot out of this season!  
 

Jacob Souder
Director of Bands
Buckhorn High School
256-851-3300 ext. 21142

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New Market, AL 35761

Events for May 2017

This coming Friday morning, May 12th, Buckhorn High School will host its annual Senior Awards Day Ceremony for which our band provides support.  Our seniors will, of course, be involved otherwise, but all 9-11 grade band students will need to come to school in their concert attire for this event.  Students should come to the… Continue Reading

Audition Results

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Auditions

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Symphonic Honor Band Opportunities

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BHS Veteran’s Program

If you haven’t seen the BHS Veteran’s Day Program information, please help us share it to anyone you know.  We want to honor ALL of our nation’s veterans, as we know many of them do not get the salute and welcome they deserve when they come home.  Our band students of course will be performing… Continue Reading