INCOMING 9th

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REVISED ON 2/9/2019

Greetings Rising Sharks and Future Shark Parents:

Congratulations! Next fall you’ll become a May River High School Shark or Shark Parent! As you are deciding what classes to enroll in as a freshman, we are hopeful that you will consider being a part of the May River High School Band Department. We encourage everyone to come out to “Baby Shark” Band Night on Thursday, February 21st from 6:30 to 7:30pm to learn more about the band program. We hope you can join us!  We will discuss and answer questions regarding:

OPPORTUNITIES IN BAND

PARTICIPATION IN BAND and SPORTS

BAND and ACADEMICS

SUMMER BAND

BAND COMPETITONS

BAND FEES

AUDITIONS FOR WIND ENSEMBLE

SCHEDULING

Participation in music is a recognized predictor and indicator of student success in and after high school. When you choose to enroll in the bands at May River High School, you will rub elbows on a daily basis with other students passionate about success, both academically and artistically. Simply put, you will be joining a family that values excellence as a standard operating procedure, and that pursues excellence with passion, no matter what the endeavor.

In the last 18 months, the band program has grown over 200% from 23 members to over 75 members. Next year we anticipate the band program to be over 100 members strong, making the May River HS Band the largest organization in the school, and the largest band program Beaufort County has seen in over 20 years. An an average high school with a strong performing arts program, 16% of the student body participates in performing ensembles and almost half of the Top 10% of the graduating seniors participated in one of those ensembles. What does that mean? It means because your student participates in music, they have a much better chance at doing well in school, period.  This has been researched over and over, and the results are mind boggling!!!

There is virtually ALWAYS a way to fit band into your schedule, despite what it may look like at first and regardless of what academic track you choose to pursue – standard, Honors, and / or AP. The guidance department at MRHS are the best, and they are very supportive of the band program and the fine arts.

Again, we look forward to seeing you at our “Baby Shark” Band Night on Thursday, February 21st from 6:30 to 7:30pm.  In the meantime, feel free to download our Band Informational Pamphlet, as well as our Band Introduction Letter.  Continue reading below regarding SUMMER BAND so that you can best plan your summer vacations.

We look forward to having you in the program next year! Please feel free to contact us at any time!

Musically,

David Carbone

Director of Bands

May River High School

 

SUMMER BAND (Dates are times are considered tentative and are subject to change.  Dates will likely NOT be added, in other words this schedule should be considered the most expansive of options): (Revised 2/20/19):

Summer Band Camp tentatively begins on July 22, 2019.   The tentative band camp schedule can be found in more detail on the calendar page.

Band Camp is considered MANDATORY and is REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION if a student would like to be eligible for inclusion in the competition show.

Weekly Rehearsals – all-sections – VOLUNTARY – Tuesday, June 11th; Tuesday, June 18th; Monday, June 24th; Tuesday, July 9th – 6:00 – 8:30pm

Monday, June 24th – Thursday, June 27th – COLOR GUARD CAMP (color guard only) – MANDATORY – 8am – 5pm

Monday, July 22nd through Thursday, July 25th – Rookie Camp – new marchers and leadership team –  MANDATORY – 8am – 1pm

Monday, July 22nd through Thursday, July 25th – Percussion Camp (percussion only) – MANDATORY – 8am – 1pm

Saturday, July 27th – Band Registration Day – time to be assigned (by grade and alpha) – MANDATORY (student and at least one parent/guardian)

Monday, July 29th through Thursday, August 1st – FULL BAND CAMP – week #1 – all sections – MANDATORY– 7am – 5pm.

Monday, August 4th – Thursday, August 8th – FULL BAND CAMP – Two-a-days – all sections – MANDATORY – 7am- 2pm; 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Thursday, August 8th – BAND PREMIERE NIGHT – MANDATORY– 6:30pm

Monday, August 12th – August 15th – Post Camp PM Rehearsals  – all sections – MANDATORY – 7am- 2pm; 4:30pm – 8:00pm

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Mr. Carbone at david.carbone@beaufort.k12.sc.us.

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Respectfully,

David G. Carbone, Director of Bands

May River High School

Beaufort County School District

David.Carbone@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Phone 843-836-4900

www.mayriverbands.com

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