Band Parents and Students,
I cannot believe that summer is almost over! It only seems like yesterday that summer break began!
Before I write too much, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Austin Clark, and I am the new band director at Pine View High School. I have been watching this program grow over the past few years, and am thrilled to be working with you and your students next year. I hope to continue, and grow the program here at Pine View. After meeting with the band council and school administration, we have already increased band enrollment to over 50 students. How exciting!! I can't wait to make meaningful, exciting, and entertaining music!
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to welcome you to the Pine View High School Band Program. As we prepare for the school year I would like to remind you of a few things about band at Pine View High.
The first day of school, a band handbook will be sent home with all the paperwork. It will include the course disclosure, grading policy, contact information, t-shirt order form, and other materials. It will also contain a schedule of all the band activities for the year, at least the ones that we know of at this point. Please look it over and transfer parade, festival, and concert dates to your planning calendars. Please schedule family trips and activities around them. It saves everybody a lot of grief! I apologize for the delay of getting these dates to you sooner, I received your email addresses only a few days ago.
Head over to our band website, pineviewbands.org. You'll see on the homepage, "Register for Band". Complete this at your earliest convenience. Afterwards, signup for REMIND (info is on the band website). The band council and I will be giving sending the majority of our information and alerts to you through REMIND. If you have an account, follow us on Instagram! (@pineviewbands)
There are a couple of date I want to make you aware of. We will have a "Band Retreat" next week on August 7, 8, 9 from 8:00-10:00AM in the PVHS Band Room. As I am getting this to you quite late, this is not required. However, if you have the time, I would love for every band member to be there. This will give the students an opportunity to start getting back in the "swing of things", and get a head start on this year's pep band music. Pep band is open to ALL band members and is a great way to quickly get involved, get your playing chops back, not to mention earn points towards your band grade. A small breakfast will be provided. If parents would like to come and listen, they are more than welcome to! We will also be having an opening social on the 18th of August at 5pm.
Remember that everyone will need black shoes, black pants and black socks for marching band. Hopefully you have had an opportunity to get a little practicing in this summer! We will be performing "Seven Nation Army" for our parade marching this year. Have a look over on pineviewbands.org/pep-band to get your music! We only have 13 rehearsals until the first parade!
I will be getting e-mail addresses for students and parents during the first week of school. Please contact me via e-mail, as this is the quickest way to contact me.