August 17 2018

First Week of School

Everybody-

First of all, I have to commend you all on a great summer!  The sheer volume of accomplishment and growth that we have achieved as a group has been astounding, and fun to watch!  We will continue to get good work done in the school year, and keep pushing!  LCI is about 6 weeks away, so that should give you an idea of our projected path of completion and drive.

Regarding the schedules, a couple things that you should all consider: not everyone is in the right class right now, and guidance is aware of the issue.  They are trying to juggle a lot of courses, and trying to do the best for the most amount of kids.

This next week, we only have band Tuesday and Thursday, after school 4:45-7:30.  There is an away game at Summerville on Friday night, but that will only involve upperclassmen that haven’t switched to a new instrument.  There will be 2 other games for other drumline members to attend.

As of right now, Pit is scheduled for 1st block, and Battery is 2nd block, so hopefully you are slated for the correct class.  Some of you may need to make some sacrifices to be in the correct class.  I will continue to send guidance the class list(s), and try our best to get kids in the right spots.  One thing you can all do to make this work is see what other options you might have if your class got moved.  Ask yourselves if the conflicting classes are something you need to graduate, and then if there is something else to take its place.   Some of the weird classes I took in college to get the needed credits were quite interesting.  In any case, I want to have the most kids in the right class, and this year shouldn’t be any different than other years…

I’ll be working to get it right, but you will likely not get your schedules, right or wrong, until Monday morning.  Don’t fret, unless you have a conflict with 1st or 2nd block, then try your best to figure out a new plan…

Handel

August 5 2018

Band Camp 2018

Hey everybody-

First off, if you aren’t on the @wandoperc and @18bow Remind threads, please sign up immediately for those.  If you don’t know how, just text @wandoperc to the number 81010.  Do the same for @18bow.

Next, here is some info that went out, make sure you go through it.  Things are different this year, so important for you to all know what’s going on.

Band Camp Schedule

Lastly, big thanks to all the members that went out of their way to help out new members, and those that were there to help teach drill and new material to those that have missed.  Hopefully we can go into this band camp full speed ahead, and those that are behind have taken the steps to get caught up.  Our leadership kids went out of their way to help out this week, and that should not go unnoticed by anybody.

Lastly, Vince is here Monday and Tuesday, there is a bunch of new gear in the bandroom, and we have a bunch of great things to look forward to this year!  All music will be in your hands tomorrow, too!  See you then!

Handel

June 8 2018

Music and Planning for the coming week

All-

As we creep up to the first 3 day camp, I want to make sure that we are all ready to hit the ground running.  In preparation, there are a few things that you should all have ready to go.  Here is the list:

  1. 3-ring binder (1 inch works) with plastic sheet protectors, pencil, and music from the Binder Required Materials page
  2. Water Bottle (something like this)
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Bugspray
  5. Hat
  6. Good shoes (athletic, not flip/flops, Toms, Sperrys, etc.)

Also, make sure that you have been working on all the exercises so we can spend a majority of our time on technique refinement, learning notes, and playing together.  Your list of importance should be as follows:

Battery:

  1. 87695
  2. Rap Battle
  3. Wandouble
  4. Triplet Roll
  5. Paradiddles
  6. Roll Exercise #5
  7. MO
  8. Sanford Shuffle

Pit:

  1. Green Scale Exercises per Dr. Haldeman
  2. 4-Mallet Exercises from Packet
  3. Warm-ups as listed above

Lastly, I am chugging away at the music for you all, and I have a bit ready for you at this point.  I have focused on battery writing, since we will be putting that to movement early on, but opener should be 100% by the 15th, followed by the ballad.  For now, here is a link to the music page, which includes the battery parts.  It is password protected, please email me or text your section leader if you do not know the password.    Current Music

Handel

May 2 2018

2018-2019 Drumline Auditions

Audition information for the 2018-2019 Marching season can be found on the Audition portion of the blog, here.

The audition process will begin with the Spring Training rehearsal Wednesday, May 2.  This first training session will help to determine fitness and athletic ability.  The musical portion will be covered during the May 9th Percussion Spring Training, and individual auditions will be on May 16th, during the Spring Training event.

Here are all the percussion spring training dates and times:

  • May 9 – 4:30-6:30
  • May 16 – 4:30-6:30
  • May 22 – 5:00-8:00
  • May 30 – 4:30-5:30

For Pianists – Please check out the following items

Please email me with any questions or concerns.

Handel@WandoBands.org

Mr. Handel

April 15 2018

Schedule for 4/16/18-4/21/18

Last week of “Normal Class” before the concert week!  We all need to start planning to find some black poster board and start lining up the clothes for the concert.  We’ll talk about that in class.  Here’s the game plan for the week.

  • Monday, April 16th
    • 2nd Block
      • Surge
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – The River
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
    • After School
      • 3:45-4:00 – Setup for Backsticking, Stumpy, and get percussion ready for Mah Na Mah Na.  Those not playing may go home after school or practice.
      • 4:00-4:30 – Hands/Pilgrims
      • 4:30-5:30 – Mah-na Mah-na w/ East Cooper 8th Graders
      • 4:30-5:30 – Backsticking/Rack in Hallway (small groups)
      • 5:30-6:00 – Backsticking/Rack full group
  • Tuesday, April 17th – WIN Testing for all 11th graders during 1st block
    • 2nd Block – Joaquin
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
    • After School – Concert Band Rehearsals – Changes here, read carefully!
      • 4:00-4:30 – Concert Band 2 in Band Room (Ye Banks and Braes)
      • 4:30-6:00 – Concert Band 1 in Band Room
      • 4:30-6:00 – Symphonic Band on stage
  • Wednesday, April 18th – WIN Testing for all 11th graders during “2nd” block (1 & 2 flipped)
    • 2nd Block – Individual Practice
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – The River
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
  • Thursday, April 19th
    • 2nd Block – Stumpy
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
    • After School
      • Jazz Band 4:00-6:00
      • Spring Training 4:00-6:00
  • Friday, April 20th – Move into PAC day
    • 2nd Block – TBD
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – The River
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
  • Saturday, April 21st – Rest before the big push

Future Dates:

  • April 19th              4:00-6:00              Spring Training (HS only)
  • April 22nd            4:00-9:00              Percussion Dress Rehearsal in PAC
  • April 23-25           4:00-8:00              Percussion Dress Rehearsals in PAC
  • April 26th            7:00                          Jazz and Percussion Concert
  • May 2nd                5:00-7:00               Marching Band Spring Training
  • May 7th                 4:00-7:00              Percussion Recital in Band Room
  • May 9th                 4:30-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
  • May 10th               7:00                        Wando Spring Concert
  • May 14th               6:30                        End of Year Celebration
  • May 16th               4:30-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
  • May 22nd              5:00-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
  • May 22nd              6:30-8:00               Marching Band Spring Training
  • May 30th               4:30-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
April 8 2018

Weekly Schedule 4/8/18-4/14/18

Welcome back to the real world!  Hope you all had a relaxing, productive break!  Mine was filled with a few gigs, a bunch of yard work, and a bunch of crazy babies!  We start the final push towards the end of school now (less than 2 months!), so a lot to get done in a short amount of time.  Here’s the plan for the week:

  • Monday, April 9th
    • 2nd Block
      • Stumpy
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Stumpy/Involution
    • After School
      • 3:45-4:00 – Setup for Backsticking, Stumpy, and get percussion ready for Mah Na Mah Na.  Those not playing may go home after school or practice.
      • 4:00-4:30 – Backsticking
      • 4:30-5:30 – Mah-na Mah-na w/ East Cooper 8th Graders
      • 5:30-6:15 – Stumpy w/ Mr. Ratliff
  • Tuesday, April 10th
    • 2nd Block – Surge
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – The River
      • Upperclassmen – Individual Practice/Involution
    • After School – Concert Band Rehearsals
      • 4:00-5:00 – Concert Band 2
      • 5:00-6:30 – Concert Band 1
      • 6:30-8:30 – Symphonic Band
  • Wednesday, April 11th
    • 2nd Block – Joaquin
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
    • After School – Drum Major Auditions – 4:00-7:00
  • Thursday, April 12th
    • 2nd Block – Lemon Speed
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – The River
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
    • After School – Jazz Band 4:00-6:00
  • Friday, April 13th
    • 2nd Block – TBD
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
  • Saturday, April 14th – Leadership Workshop
    • 9:00am-1:00pm
    • This is intended for everyone interested in a leadership position this year, anyone interested in leadership in the future, or anyone that just wants to get better at life stuff.

 

Future Dates:

  • April 9th               4:30-5:30               First rehearsal with East Cooper Honors 8th graders
  • April 19th              4:00-6:00              Spring Training (HS only)
  • April 22nd            4:00-9:00              Percussion Dress Rehearsal in PAC
  • April 23-25           4:00-8:00              Percussion Dress Rehearsals in PAC
  • April 26th            7:00                          Jazz and Percussion Concert
  • May 2nd                5:00-7:00               Marching Band Spring Training
  • May 7th                 4:00-7:00              Percussion Recital in Band Room
  • May 9th                 4:30-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
  • May 10th               7:00                        Wando Spring Concert
  • May 14th               6:30                        End of Year Celebration
  • May 16th               4:30-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
  • May 22nd              5:00-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
  • May 22nd              6:30-8:00               Marching Band Spring Training
  • May 30th               4:30-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
March 25 2018

Schedule 3/25/18 – 3/31/18

Last week before Spring Break, everybody!  Let’s make a big push to this break, and make sure we come back prepared to head into the last stretch of the school year ready and motivated!

Look to the bottom of the page for future dates

Here’s the plan:

  • Monday, March 26th
    • 2nd Block
      • Joaquin
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution/Individual Practice
    • After School –
      • 4:00-4:15 – Hands
      • 4:15-4:30 – Pilgrim’s Chorus
      • 4:30-5:00 – Backsticking/Setup for Joaquin and Stumpy
      • 5:00-5:30 – Joaquin
      • 5:30-6:00 – Stumpy
  • Tuesday, March 27th
    • 2nd Block – Individual Practice
    • 3rd Block –
      • Individual Practice 12:00-12:45
      • Recital Previews 12:45-1:30
    • After School – No Concert Band Rehearsals
  • Wednesday, March 28st
    • 2nd Block – Recital Previews
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution/Individual Practice
  • Thursday, March 29th – Pre-Act Day for Sophomores
    • 2nd Block – Recital Previews
    • 3rd Block – Recital Previews
    • After School – Jazz Band 4:00-6:00
  • Friday, March 30th
    • No School for students
    • SPRING BREAK! 
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Future Dates:

  • April 9th               4:30-5:30               First rehearsal with East Cooper Honors 8th graders
  • April 19th              4:00-6:00              Spring Training (HS only)
  • April 22nd            4:00-9:00              Percussion Dress Rehearsal in PAC
  • April 23-25           4:00-8:00              Percussion Dress Rehearsals in PAC
  • April 26th            7:00                          Jazz and Percussion Concert
  • May 2nd                5:00-7:00               Marching Band Spring Training
  • May 7th                 4:00-7:00              Percussion Recital in Band Room
  • May 9th                 4:30-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
  • May 10th               7:00                        Wando Spring Concert
  • May 14th               6:30                        End of Year Celebration
  • May 16th               4:30-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
  • May 22nd              5:00-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
  • May 22nd              6:30-8:00               Marching Band Spring Training
  • May 30th               4:30-6:30               Percussion Spring Training
March 18 2018

Weekly Schedule 3/18/18-3/24/18

Hope everyone had a great weekend, especially the All-State folks.  Concert Performance Assessment, AKA Concert Festival, is this week, so it’s a big week.  Be sure to be in tip top shape for the Tuesday night rehearsal!  Here’s the plan:

  • Monday, March 19th
    • 2nd Block
      • Concert Snare Work
      • Surge
    • 3rd Block – Concert Snare Work
    • After School
      • 4:00-5:00 – Backsticking/Rack
      • 5:00-6:00 – Joaquin on Sunshine
  • Tuesday, March 20th
    • 2nd Block – Individual Practice
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
    • After School – *Schedule subject to change
      • 4:00-5:00 – Concert 2
      • 5:00-6:30 – Concert 1
      • 6:30-8:30 – Symphonic Band
  • Wednesday, March 21st – Concert Festival! – SCHEDULE HERE
    • 2nd Block – Prep Equipment for Day
    • 3rd Block – Prep for Concert Festival, or already there
  • Thursday, March 22nd
    • 2nd Block
      • 10th Graders- Precoding for Pre-ACT
      • Others: Either practice or Surge
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Individual Practice
    • After School – Jazz Band 4:00-6:00
      • New Tunes for both bands!
  • Friday, March 23rd
    • 2nd Block – Joaquin
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
  • Saturday, March 24th – SC Day of Percussion @ Lexington HS
    • Go if you can!  I’ll be in the drumset room in the morning, Elliot in the late afternoon, great stuff all day!
    • Click the thumbnail for the full schedule!  There is great stuff going on all day long, unless you don’t like percussion or music.  If you don’t like either, then it is pretty boring, and fortnight is a better use of your time…

 

 

 

 

See you tomorrow!

March 11 2018

Weekly Schedule 3/11/18-3/17/18

Hey Everybody!

Missed you all the past few days, and hope that you all got some great practicing taken care of.  This is All-State week, and next week Concert Festival is already here, so expect band rehearsals to be a little more intense this week (especially if you can’t play your parts…)

  • Monday, March 12th
    • 2nd Block – Joaquin
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution
    • After School
      • 4:00-4:30 – Hands
      • 4:30-5:00 – Pilgrim’s Chorus
      • 5:00-6:00 – Backsticking/Rack
  • Tuesday, March 13th
    • 2nd Block – Surge
    • 3rd Block – The River
    • After School – *Schedule subject to change
      • 4:00-5:00 – Concert 2
      • 5:00-6:30 – Concert 1
      • 6:30-8:30 – Symphonic Band
  • Wednesday, March 14th – Pi Day!
    • 2nd Block – Stumpy
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – TBD
    • 1:59.29 – Optimal π moment
  • Thursday, March 15th
    • 2nd Block – Carnival Overture
    • 3rd Block – Carnival Overture
    • After School – All-State Players leave for Furman
  • Friday, March 16th
    • 2nd Block – Joaquin
    • 3rd Block
      • Freshmen – Health
      • Upperclassmen – Involution

See you tomorrow!

Coach