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11-20 HHSMB Blast Nov 20



Parents, please contact Mr. Burn immediately by email if your student is missing any practice or  performance, regardless of the reason.    Your student’s grade can be affected by absences.




Parents, come watch the final run thru’s beginning around 8:15 pm both nights.






Fresno WBA Championships

Nov 23-25


General Information for Fresno trip


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 2 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.  We are marching CHAMPIONSHIPS!

4)    Bring toiletries for TWO nights in a hotel.  Bring enough clothing for two days.

5)    Bring money for fast food lunch in Gilroy on the way back home on Monday.

6)    No smoking, no alcohol, no illegal drugs

7)    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.


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

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

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

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

12) 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.

13) Pack your section shirts for Sunday practice. 

14) 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. 

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

16) 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 student names and dosage on the bags). 


Schedule for Saturday, November 23rd


Tuba players and percussion, BEFORE HEADING TO THE STADIUM FOR  PRACTICE, please leave your instrument cases on the grass in front of the band room, so the truck can pick them up to take to stadium.


9 am – 12:45pm        Practice at Homestead. 

12:45 p.m.                  Lunch Break

Tubas and percussion load truck

1:45 p.m.                    Leave for Fresno

4:45 p.m.                    Arrive at Buchanan HS

                                    1560 N. Minnewawa, Clovis 93619

Unload truck

Dinner provided by music boosters

                                    Change into uniforms

5:45p.m.                     Warm-up

                                    Walk to stadium


7:50 p.m.                   PERFORMANCE!!

                                    Stay in uniform

Watch Foothill HS

8:35 p.m.                    Retreat for prelims

                                    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. 

Line up in squads of 4 in back of Drum Major and Guard



9:35 p.m.                    Change out of uniforms/Load buses

10 p.m.                       Leave for hotel

                                    Radisson Hotel Fresno

                                    2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721

10:30 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. 



Schedule for Sunday, November 24th




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 

9:30 a.m.                    Load buses for Clovis High School to practice

                                    1055 Fowler Ave, Clovis, CA 93611

10 am - 1 pm             Practice

                                    eat lunch, load truck, leave as soon as truck and

                                    trailer are ready

                                    Leave for Buchanan High School

                                    The rest of the schedule is TBA, since it is based on

                                    standings after prelims.   We will not know until

                                    Saturday after awards/Sunday morning.

                                    After performance   

                                    Stay in uniform and watch other bands

7:30 p.m.                    Award ceremony for finals – full retreat.  Whole band on field

8:30pm                       Change out of uniform

8:45 pm                      Load buses for hotel and dinner

9:15 pm                      Arrive at hotel

                                    Dinner and End-of-season awards

                                    Bed Check


Schedule for Monday, November 25th



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


8:30 a.m.                   Breakfast   

9:30 am                      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.


10 a.m.                       Load buses for home

12 pm                         Lunch in Gilroy – BRING MONEY FOR FAST FOOD

1 pm                           Leave for HHS

2 p.m.                         Arrive at HHS





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 Monday.  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 Deborah Smith or 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.





I NEED -  I know, I am a very needy person.  But this is WBA CHAMPIONSHIPS!!  So allow me this extra plea for help, to make this a grand finale to the year.



  • Chaperones will be assigned specific rooms to check at the end of the evening, to count noses, to relay announcements, e.g. reminders of what to wear the next day, what time to meet for breakfast, etc.  Chaperones will check their rooms out on the final day.  Students are required to be in their rooms all packed up and ready to go, along with all their room mates.  Bed Check Chaperones will enter the room and excuse the students ONLY if all suit cases are packed and all room mates are present.  If students are still packing when the chaperone enters the room, the chaperone will leave the room and go on to the next, then come back to the tardy room later.  The reason we want all suitcases packed and not in the process of being packed is to ensure nothing is left behind.  There are too many times when students say they’ve got it all packed, and they inadvertently leave something in a drawer or under a bed.

 Hall Monitors:

·         I have noticed the last few times we’ve stayed in hotels ( and I keep reminding myself to do something about it) that students gush out of the elevators in a roiling mass of luggage and loud laughter, shouting, running, and screaming.  This will not do, especially when there are so many non-Homestead patrons.   And because I keep forgetting to implement a fix, all I can do is stare and listen helplessly on the ground floor while I watch this happen in the upper floors.  Sure, I could yell at them, but I don’t want my voice echoing off of every room in the hotel.   I would really appreciate it if one or two adults can be stationed on each floor where our students are staying, near the elevators, to remind students to keep their voices down and to keep them at a walk.


  • We want to make sure our students stay safe in their hotel rooms and don’t wander the halls after bed check.  This means having parents patrolling the halls during hour long shifts starting after bed check.   We usually have at least two adults patrolling together, to keep each other company (and to keep each other awake J).  The most active period is right after bed check, when students ‘test’ the waters (did the bed check chaperone REALLY mean I cant leave the room?).  I think there are a number of students who think I have radar because they’ve opened their doors to find me standing there staring at them.  They quickly shut the door and whisper to their room mates, “!@#$, Mrs. Feltman was standing outside!!)    Students are usually too excited to settle down right after bed check.  Expect to be knocking on a few doors to remind students that there are many non-Homestead people staying in rooms near theirs. We don’t want calls from the front desk with complaints from hotel occupants.   Besides, a midnight stroll with a buddy is a great way to meet other parent volunteers and work off the extra calories from the chocolate you’ll surely eat when I have my bed check info meeting! :)

Please contact me at if you have questions, but especially if you can be there to help!


WBA Championship Competition Details


Come support the Mighty Mustang Marching Band and Color Guard!


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


When: Saturday, November 23rd, Prelims, begin at 1:00 pm;

Homestead performs at 7:50 p.m.


Sunday, November 18th, Finals, 1/2/3A begin at 10 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 Checks, No Credit Cards, 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.


Senior Parents:

·         WBA Prelims does it right.   They have all senior marchers (band and guard) go out to the field with drum majors and guard captains.  This is the one time where seniors are recognized by everyone in the audience.  Come watch your students being honored.

All Parents:

·         WBA Finals honors everyone in the bands who make it to finals.  Picture 15-20 full marching bands lined up on the field.  An impressive sight.  Come see for yourself!


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


Important Addresses:


(location of prelims and finals)


Buchanan HS

            1560 N. Minnewawa

            Clovis, CA 93619




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 the corner of  Minnewawa and Teague


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.


(where band will stay)



2233 Ventura St

Fresno, Ca 93721




No tripods or monopods are permitted in the stadium


DVD 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.