MMN week 5, 9/6/16

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Monday Music Notes – 9/6/16

Hermine, Short-holiday week, The years first LRBBA meeting, Ranch Hands needed at Thursday’s rehearsal, AWAY game at Riverview Sarasota HS and lots more in this week’s MMN……

Hurricane Hermine was sinister and strong, and although you know I would have rather been in school rehearsing with you, I am glad that you, your family and my family are safe. The county made the right call. We will get right to work Tuesday making up for lost time. We have a Tradition of Excellence that we work hard every year to maintain. We Will Do It Again in 2016.

Our first Lakewood Ranch Band Booster Association (LRBBA) meeting of 2016 is THIS TUESDAY at 7:30pm in our band room! These meetings are critical because of the procedural information taken on. This week registration for the 2017 Disney/Universal trip opens, so please attend and have any questions you may have addressed. The meetings are for ALL parents and members of EVERY band here at the Ranch, not just marching band families.

Come out and meet your fellow LRBBA members and GET INVOLVED! The kids deserve your support.

LRHS Concert/Jazz Bands

Classes resume Tuesday with an ODD day schedule. We will continue to work the performance fundamentals of TONE production, Musical terms/concepts, SCALES and great literature!


Hermine had other plans…….Mrs. Lisa Edenfield and I will determine make-up days for even and odd classes to have their formal wear fittings. Keep your 85.00 check ready and Stay Tuned!

Marching Band

As I stated last week, Mother Nature can be unpredictable, but our Standard of Excellence must always remain. We have to work hard to be ready for our Friday night road trip to Riverview Sarasota HS! We will rock the stands and march and play as much as we can for the halftime performance.

I will need 4 focused rehearsal days this week to get you ready:

Tuesday will be the normal 6-9 rehearsal with a heavy emphasis on visual.

Wednesday will have some sectional time, but weather permitting, we need as much full ensemble, on-the-move time as we can get to assure a strong showing at RHS.

Thursday will be a Shako-Gauntlets-Gloves-Marching Shoes and Drill Shirt rehearsal (Ranch Hands that will be with us Friday please come at 7:30pm so that we can rehearse the on-off procedure),

Friday will have a rehearsal block before we leave so prepare by either arranging to have food brought to you or packing a meal. It will be a long day of hard work, but we have the weekend off afterwards.

** Make up your mind to be part of a 4A championship run. I’m all in. I need you to be as well. This is an AMAZING marching band! Please sleep well, eat a healthy and Hydrate! Count on significant outside time, be ready with water bottles, bug spray and proper rehearsal attire.

Away Game versus Riverview High School!

The Band will be in full uniform for the first time this season! Show Shirts, Long Black socks, gloves (with fingers clipped for WW), Marching Shoes and conforming makeup and hair for the Riverview game. Our ColorGuard will wear Friday night Unis for the first time along with approved (by me) hair and makeup and white Keds. Band Girls will wear a SINGLE French braid.

Medical/Travel Forms

If you have not handed in your BLUE medical/travel form, please do so ASAP. Manatee County Schools require that this form be notarized. You cannot perform of travel with the band without this form. Extras are available in the Band Room.

School Insurance

Students may not march without Manatee County insurance. All athletes and marching band members are required by the Manatee County Schools to take out this policy with the school, YOU ONLY HAVE TO DO IT ONCE. If you are a member of any LRHS varsity team, your insurance covers both. I will place the 2 important forms on CHARMS, $50 Premiums are paid to LRBBA. We will pay the county with one check.

Flip-Folder Music

Check your folder to see that you have the following: The small version of Alma Mater, National Anthem, Fight Song. Let’s Go Mustangs, Lake-Wood-Ranch, Charge, Go Mustangs, Go Cheer, Hey Song, The Horse, John Cena, Iron Man/Mortal Combat among other fun stands tunes. See your section leader and/or band librarians for help.Drill Shirts and Dot Books are required for ALL rehearsals this week. Keep in mind that due to Monday’s Labor Day Holiday, we are starting the week with a rehearsal day (6-9pm). Be Prepared!

Weekly Schedule At A Glance


5:30pm – Officers & Section Leaders Meeting

6pm to 9pm – Marching Band Rehearsal


2:30pm to 5:00pm – Sectional warm-up, Full ensemble rehearsal.


5:30pm – Officers & Section Leaders Meeting

6 to 9pm – MMB and Ranch Hands Rehearsal, Shako/Gauntlets/Gloves/Marching Shoes/Drill Shirt

 Riverview Sarasota HS away Football game!

2:05pm – School day ends. Rest, eat, prepare.

3:00pm - MMB Report time, Guard, Winds, Battery Stretch in Warm-up Arcs, Pit move to asphalt.

3:15pm – Full ensemble arcs behind pit, then Rehearse 12 Seconds to The Moon segments

4:15pm - Dress out, Load Trailers

5:15pm – Inspection at Flag Poles

5:30pm – Depart for Riverview HS

6:30pm – Arrive & Unload, in the stands seated for National Anthem by 7:10pm

7:30pm – Kickoff vs, the RHS Rams

11:00pm – Arrive at the Ranch, unload trailers then Dismiss

MMB Away Game Rules & Policies……

The Mustang Trailers


With cased instrument in hand, form a single line in reverse score order (brass then woodwinds), away from the back of the trailer. Tuba and Drum line load at the side door. Tubas and drum line will be asked to come to the back of the trailer first. Once tubas and drum line are loaded, ranch hands will call for everybody else. Bring the line to the back of the trailer and become an assembly line handing each case, one at a time, until all cases are loaded. Demerits CAN be issued by ranch hands for horseplay or disrespect.


Form a single line in reverse score order (brass then woodwinds), away from the back of the trailer with the tubas and drum line at the side door. When you are handed your case, place it on the ground in front of you and continue passing cases until all cases are unloaded. At that time drum majors, will dismiss the line to unpack or put instruments away. At performances, leave cases on the ground and report to arcs. Ranch Hands will help load the cases on the trailers. If there is prop trailer, stay clear of the back of the trailer while Ranch Hands unload.

The Mustang Buses

Bus Captains

Bus Captains are chosen from amongst the officers and assigned to each bus. Their job is to take attendance and monitor the behavior and cleanliness of the bus. Chaperones will speak to the bus Capt. first if any problem occurs. Bus Captains will pick up their bus clipboard before going to the bus and are responsible for returning it to the band office once we return home. A Bus Capt. Duty Sheet will be attached to your clipboard. Bus Captains need to be released first so they can be at the bus doors. Bus captains have authority. They can issue demerits.

Bus Riding Rules

All school rules and policies apply when riding the buses:

Keep head and hands inside the bus, NEVER throw anything out of a school bus window!

No food or drink is to be taken on the bus unless authorized by the director/bus drivers.

Rude behavior , Abusive language, swearing, screaming, or loud whistling is NOT permitted.

Check around your bus before it leaves and after it arrives to be sure you take all equipment.

Each bus is to be checked for equipment & any trash we may have left on the bus.

Students are to be completely quiet when approaching and crossing Railroad Tracks.

No students will be permitted to sit under a blanket! PDA Schools Rules apply!!!!

Cheering and singing is usually allowed depending on your driver. Ask if in doubt.

Demerits are announced by the bus captains upon arrival at LRHS; they will dismiss you once you have completed the following tasks:

1) Clean The Bus (Bus captain will

dismiss you).

2) Assist Uniform moms with collecting uniforms.

3) Assist with cleaning and setting up the band room.

In The Stands

Mr. Lambert’s policy for stands tunes is Everybody, All the Time.

Let’s max that standard out! We are the example for other students to follow. If we are lively the Student section will be too! Remember WE are there to support the TEAM and cheer them on. SPIRIT means Awesomeness and Excellence, not chaos. Have your music ready at a moment's notice. You are responsible for your instrument at all times. Stand in front of the seats. When it is time to play, stand on the seats with equal spacing between you. When the Drum Line plays a cadence, DANCE!

Third Quarter Break

It is our tradition (home and away) to allow you to take a break during the third quarter to get a drink and something to eat, so bring money. You must return to our stands ASAP after visiting the concession, rest rooms and supporting the Drumline show. Drum-Offs STOP before there are 4-minutes remaining in the 3rd Quarter so that we can be SET to play The Horse on the downbeat of the 4th Quarter. No ifs, ands or buts.

Anyone not ready to play on time will lose next week’s 3rd Quarter privilege.

After The Game

When the clock goes to zero signaling the end of the game, we play our Fight Song w/great spirit and precision, win or lose. Once the football team is ready, they come over to us and we play the Alma Mater to/for them. Afterwards, we form the tunnel back then march in 2 files to the buses. There shall be NO horse-play here! Once Mr. Lambert is done with final announcements we load and return to The Ranch. When we are FINISHED unpacking at home you will be dismissed.

There is a 30-minute pick-up window for rides after the band is dismissed. Please have your rides coordinated so that you are not the only one left late into the night. Parents can plan to pick you up at approximately 11:30pm. Band members are never released early (unless there is bad weather and the game is called).

The details listed above are there for you so that your band experience can be POSITIVE and ORGANIZED. YOU are responsible for everything outlined in the MMN. Help us ALL have a great year by taking care of YOUR personal needs and by being ACCOUNTABLE for the guidelines of the LRHS Band Program. Your director and staff work hard for you because we BELIEVE in YOU!

Report time for Rehearsal is Tuesday, 5:45pm! Flip Your Tag!



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