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11-14 HHSMB Blast Nov 14


November 14, 2012



Wednesday, November 14th      

    5:30 – 8:30 – Full Band practice, including Percussion and Color Guard**

                8:15-8:45pm – Scrip sales next to staff parking lot

Friday, November 16th  

                2:15 - 3:15pm – Scrip sales in front of band room

Saturday, November 17th  

                9:00am – 12:30pm – Full Band Practice

    1:30pm – Load buses for Fresno

    7:30pm – Performance

Sunday, November 18th

    Afternoon – Performance

    6:45pm – Awards Ceremony

    11:30pm – Buses return to Homestead

Monday, November 19th

                8:00am – Yearbook Group Photo

                Student Award nominations are due

    5:30 – 8:30pm – Percussion rehearsal**

                6:30 – 9:30pm - Winter Guard rehearsal**

Wednesday, November 21st       


** Practice times subject to change.  Please check your emails.





(Vicki Feltman)


General Information


This is our last OVERNIGHT trip.  If you forget anything, you’re out of luck, unless you can get your parents to drive to Fresno to bring you things.  Please remember the following points:


1)    BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT/EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING EXTRA REEDS, OIL, GREASE, whatever you need to keep your instrument playable for the entire weekend.

2)    BRING YOUR SHOE BAG WITH 3 PAIRS CLEAN BLACK SOCKS, 2 COLLARLESS SHIRTS to wear under your uniform jacket, 2 pair boxer shorts since you will be changing outside before your performance.

3)    Check your socks… by the end of the season they turn grey from multiple washings.  If they are no longer BLACK, get new ones.

4)    Bring toiletries for ONE night in a hotel.  Bring enough clothing for one day.

5)    No smoking, no alcohol, no illegal drugs

6)    No inappropriate sexual behavior

NOTE – All students and parents signed a behavior agreement at the beginning of the school year acknowledging compliance with rules of conduct, or suffer the consequences.  Anyone caught smoking, drinking, in the possession of illegal drugs, or demonstrating inappropriate behavior will be sent home immediately, at the expense of the student’s parents, in addition to possible suspension from school and expulsion from marching band.

7)    Bring a jacket or field show sweatshirt.  It can be chilly in the evening.

8)    You and 3 other individuals will be sharing two queen sized beds.

9)    No radios or boom boxes allowed (mp3, ipods, etc with headphones are acceptable). 

10) Everyone is expected to respect others and their belongings.

11) Bring your suitcases and leave them in the band room in the area near the piano, within the area marked with blue tape.  We need to keep the entry way clear for pit equipment to move in and out.   We are not responsible for anything crushed when you don’t follow instructions and leave your belongings in the path of the two ton speakers and marimbas being rolled out.  Guard members can hang their costumes on the garment rack provided.    Guard, please do NOT stash your bags near the instrument locker door.  It always overflows and gets in the way when we move equipment.

12) Pack your section shirts for Sunday practice. 

13) Students MUST stay in groups of 3 or more when going to bathrooms at competition, during free time, and in the hotel.  This is for safety reasons.  If anything should happen to anyone, one person can go get help while one stays behind with the injured party. 

14) The emergency contact phone number will be 408-483-0861 (Vicki Feltman’s cell)

15) We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that all medication, inhalers, epipens, and emergency type paraphernalia be handed to Vicki Feltman Thursday evening between 3:30 and 6 pm, unless students need them during the school day.  We want medications available on the bus in case of emergencies, and with us when we are away from the hotel.  It won’t do your student any good to have inhalers sitting in their suitcase when we are an hour away at competition.  Make sure your student has their medications.  You can make our lives easier by bagging and writing your names and dosage on the bags). 



9 am – 12:30pm        Practice at Homestead. 

12:30 p.m.                  Lunch Break

Tubas, guard, and percussion load truck

Percussion, tubas, color guard, BRING A LUNCH. 

                                    You will not have time to go out for lunch after loading the



1:30 p.m.                    Load buses - make sure you go to the bathroom before

                                    boarding the bus.  We will not stop before arriving at

                                    Buchanan High School.   By law, we cannot allow anyone to

                                    use the bathroom on the bus when it is in motion. 


4:30 p.m.                    Arrive at

Buchanan HS

                                                1560 N. Minnewawa

                                                Clovis, CA 93619

Unload truck

Dinner provided by music boosters

5:30 p.m.                    Change into uniforms

.                       Warm-up

                                    Walk to stadium


7:30 p.m.                   PERFORMANCE!!

                                    Stay in uniform

Watch Rowland HS, Amador Valley HS, Ayala HS

8:30 p.m.                    Retreat

                                    Drum Majors, Guard Captains,

and SENIOR band/guard members: when announcer

directs students to prepare for retreat go to the staging

area and line up in order of band appearance. 

Homestead is band number 23.  Line up in squads of 4

in back of Drum Major and Guard Captains.


9:25 p.m.                    Change out of uniforms

9:45 p.m.                    Leave for hotel


2233 Ventura St

Fresno, Ca 93721


10:00 p.m.                  Check-in


                                    ROOM KEYS

Everyone in your room must be present before room keys will be

given to you, so make sure you all find each other and arrive as a

group to collect your keys.  Do not yell out or announce your room

number in a public place.  You can never tell what stranger might

be listening.



This hotel also has an open atrium area that allows even the

Softest voice to echo throughout the building onto all floors.  We

will have chaperones stationed on each floor to remind you to

keep your voices down.


11:00 p.m.                  Bed check - chaperones will make announcements

All roommates must be in your room.  Once bed check is

completed, you are not allowed to leave your room until

breakfast in the morning.  Get your ice and vending machine

runs done BEFORE bed check.   If you need assistance

after bed check, call Mrs. Feltman or your bed check

chaperone.  You may dial Mrs. Feltman’s  room number

which will be given to you, or you may call her cell phone at




ROOM RULES – when visiting, there must be three or more in the room, with the door left ajar.  Keep voices low since there are other people staying in rooms next to you who are not part of our group. 





Bring everything with you – we will NOT return to the hotel!!


Wear your section shirts


Shoe bag with CLEAN marching shoes and Clean BLACK socks

Band jacket or field show sweatshirt


8-9 a.m.          Breakfast 

9:00 a.m.        Be in your rooms ALL PACKED and ready to be excused by


                        Your room will be skipped if you are still packing when the

                        chaperone arrives.  Your room will be skipped if all of your

                        roommates are not in your room and ready to go.

9:30 a.m.        Load buses for practice at:

Clovis East High School

2940 North Leonard Avenue Clovis, CA 93619

10 am-12 pm Practice, eat lunch, load truck, leave as soon as truck and

                        trailer are ready

1:45 p.m.        Arrive at Buchanan, warmup

2:15 p.m.        Walk to stadium

2:30 p.m.        Standby

4:00 p.m.       PERFORMANCE!! 

(note- this can be any time from 2:45-5:30)

                        Depending on performance time, Change out of uniforms

6:45 p.m.        Award ceremony for finals

7:45 p.m.        Load buses for home

11:30 p.m.      Arrive at Homestead




1)    Please contact Vicki Feltman at if your student will NOT be on the bus going to Fresno, or if your student will NOT be coming back on the bus on Sunday.  We don’t want to waste time waiting for someone who won’t show up at bus departure. 

2)    If you are picking up your student, we want to make eye contact with both parent and student before you leave, so that we make sure everyone has hooked up; we would hate to have a student THINK their parent was picking them up, only to have them end up stranded in Fresno after everyone else left.  Please check out with your bus chaperone.  If you cannot find your bus chaperone, then check out with Vicki Feltman.   Parents, if you do not show up by the time the buses are ready to leave, your student will be going home on the bus.  We will not hold up the buses waiting for your arrival.




Come support the Mighty Mustang Marching Band and Color Guard!


Where: Buchanan HS, 1560 N. Minnewawa, Clovis, CA 93619


When: Saturday, November 17th, Prelims, begin at 12:00 pm;

Homestead performs at 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, November 18th, Finals, 1/2/3A begin at 9 am, 4/5A begin at 2:45 pm;

            Homestead performance, TBA


GENERAL ADMISSION: $20.00 for both Saturday and Sunday; $15.00 for Senior Citizens & Children under 12. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.  (1 wristband good for both sites and both days). No Refunds. 


Concessions available, cash only, bills larger than $20 will not be accepted.


Note: Outside food and beverage cannot be brought into the stadium.  No ice chests are permitted in the stadium.


VIDEO TAPING:  No Tripods, monopods or any other apparatus in the stands. 

DVDs of individual bands and the Championship contest can be purchased on-site shortly following their appearance.  You can pre-order on site or order online later.




1. Highway 99 South

2. Take Herndon Ave Exit, turn left at signal light

3. Continue East on Herndon for 11 miles (15-20 min. with traffic)

4. Turn left on N. Peach Ave

5. Spectators park near stadium on Nees Ave.

6. Buses park in parking lot on Minnewawa


Only registered vehicles & buses will be allowed to park in designated areas. Additional vehicles will be sent to spectator parking or you may park on the surrounding streets.  Please check for parking restriction signs on the streets to see if parking is permissible or not.




(Vicki Feltman)


Please email your student award nominations to by Monday, November 19th Awards will be distributed before we leave for the Festival of Lights Parade on Sunday, November 25th.

Wondering what these are?   Ask Mr. Burn!



State and County honor bands

(Vicki Feltman)

State Honor Band: Applications, Audition CD’s and payment are due Monday November 26th NO EXCEPTIONS.  Contact Mr. Burn for details.

County Honor Band: Auditions Friday, December 14th See Santa Clara County Band Director’s website, for audition application form, which needs to be signed by Mr. Burn.  Contact Mr. Burn asap for details.




(Vicki Feltman)


Band and Guard students will take their official yearbook group photo on Monday, November 19th



8 am    Students arrive with Black Shoes, Black Socks, Gloves – yes, we CAN see

            your shoes and socks in the picture.


Get into uniform.   No hats, no instruments, except for tubas and drum line.

Hats with plumes will be provided to students standing in strategic

Locations in the picture.


Guard, wear field show costumes.  You are included in the full marching

band photo and will also take a separate group photo, guard only.


Picture order forms can be found on the table near the whiteboard.  Parents, orders must be handed in at the time pictures are taken, so make sure you have your student bring home an order form BEFORE the 19th, or make sure you come pick up an order form before the 19th.   Also, please discuss with your student if you want them to take individual and/or buddy pictures.   There were a few last year who didn’t know you paid for those extras, and some who absolutely refused to take them even though you paid for it.  Don’t waste the money or our time if they don’t care to do it.


A copy of the order envelope can be found in the HHSMB website, so you know the pricing.  You can send a check, made payable to “Lifetouch Sports” for the total amount of photo packages ordered, and trust your student to complete the order envelope correctly if you don’t get an envelope before picture day.


Please contact me at if you have any questions.






PARADE START TIME: 6:00PM, Entry #18


This is the final marching band performance of the season.  As with all other performances, this is a mandatory event which affects grades.  Parents must contact Mr. Burn ASAP if your student will not be participating.  Mr. Burn is setting the parade block and needs to know if your student will not be there.




(Vicki Feltman)


Band room not available after school this.Friday.   Mr. Burn and Mrs. Feltman will be away at a jazz festival.

The band room will be open from 3-6 pm daily during other days school is in session.




(Rita Allen)


Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:00 - 10:30 p.m.
The Historic Del Monte Building 100 South Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale

We hope you can join us. Tickets will be available for sale in January, $85 each or, for a limited time, 10 tickets for $800.

In order to reach our goal, we need great donations! Any item will be appreciated. We can use new electronics, vacation homes, sports tickets, restaurant gift certificates, gift cards, personal services, and anything else you can offer. To make a donation or for additional information, please contact Rita Allen ( or Susan Stevenson (

The more money we raise, the more we can support our students.

Coming soon - our online auction catalog at Bidding For For more frequent updates, like us on Facebook:

Hope to see you there.




(Carl Gutekunst)


Video footage from recent performances can be found at:  Please note that new videos will be uploaded as the season progresses. As requested by the Band Directors, early-season shows (like Band Expo and TOB) are deleted three to four weeks after performance.]


Photos taken at practices, football games and competitions can be accessed for viewing at:




(Suzanna Pedersen)


Scrip is sold at the end of practice on Wednesdays on the curb of the staff parking lot, and on Fridays, 2:15 – 3:15, outside the band room.  Contact us if you would like make other arrangements to purchase scrip.


Order forms can be found at

Send your advance order or questions to the following new email:




(No changes from last week)




CALENDAR 2012-2013





Weekly Fall Marching Band Rehearsals


Percussion and

Mondays 8/20 – 11/12

5:30 – 8:30pm



Color Guard



Full Band, including Percussion and Color Guard

Wednesdays 8/22 – 11/14

5:30 – 8:30pm


Brass and Woodwinds

Saturdays 8/25 – 11/17

8:30am – 4:00pm



Saturdays 8/25 – 11/17

9:00am – 5:00pm


8:30am – 4:00pm

Color Guard

Saturdays 8/25 – 11/17

8:30am – 4:00pm


8:30am – 4:00pm




Fall marching band –performances

11/17-11/18  WBA Championships in Fresno

11/25              Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade



12/6                Winter Choir Concert, Homestead Auditorium

12/12              Winter Pops Concert, Homestead Auditorium

12/13              Winter Jazz Concert, Homestead Auditorium

1/11 – 1/13    County Honor Band, Saratoga High School

1/26                Winter Guard Show, Homestead Gym

2/7                   Concert Band Exchange Festival, Homestead Auditorium

2/8                   Homestead Orchestra Festival, Homestead Auditorium

3/8-3/9                        Wind Ensemble, Sonoma State

3/15                Santa Cruz Jazz Festival

3/22-3/23       CMEA Band and Orchestra Festivals, Saratoga High School

4/26-4/27       Reno Jazz Festival

5/8                   Concert Band and Symphonic Band performances, Homestead


5/9                   Wind Ensemble and Orchestra performances, Homestead


5/15                Spring Choir Concert, Homestead Auditorium

5/16                Spring Jazz Concert, Homestead Auditorium

6/6                   GRADUATION