Friday, August 28, 2015

Spain Trip Update- Parent Meeting 9/21

Dear Shaker Band Students, Parents, Families & Friends,

The school year is off to a tremendous start.  This is a very exciting time for Shaker and especially the Shaker Bands.  This year’s marching band is the largest in Shaker history with over 400 members!  In addition, our tour to Spain is also shaping up to be our largest international tour.  We currently have over 450 travelers with nearly 300 student performers and over 150 Shadow Tour participants!  There is currently no waiting list for Spain registrations.  If you are still interested in the Spain Tour, there are limited spots available and we would encourage you to register as soon as possible.

This is a reminder that there is a mandatory meeting for all Spain travelers and parents on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:00PM in the High School Large Auditorium.  At this important meeting, you will receive an updated itinerary, Spain calendar of events, including all deadlines for payments, forms and documents, and other vital tour update information.  Mr. Jeff Goldsmith from Grand Tours will be present to discuss the tour planning process and answer any questions.

The Agenda for this meeting is as follows:

  •          Student Eligibility
  •          Passports
  •          Flights
  •          Medical Forms
  •          Hotel Room Signup Procedures
  •          Bus Signup Procedures
  •          Itinerary Update
  •          Phone/Money/Meals
  •          Other important information
GrandTours has finalized the pricing for the Family & Friends Tour (Shadow) and will be sending out invoices for both tour programs this week.  The price for the Family & Friends Tour is $100 higher ($3,395) than the student tour due to slightly higher airfare, hotel, and program costs. Those that have selected land-only pricing or a single room will also have these amounts reflected on the invoice. The tour price reflected on your invoice is based on your choice of payment method (check or debit/credit card) as outlined during registration. Your next tour payment is due by September 30, 2015. Invoices will be sent by e-mail to the address used to register. SHHS Fundraising will not be applied to GrandTours invoices until the final payment. The SHHS Staff will notify parents by e-mail of individual fundraising account balances prior to the September meeting.

At the conclusion of the general meeting, all Shadow Tour participants will be invited to a separate meeting in the Small Auditorium, conducted by Mr. Jeff Goldsmith, to discuss the Shadow Tour itinerary, procedures, and hotel rooms. 

The band directors are looking forward to a highly successful year working with our amazing group of students.  We look forward to seeing you at the Spain Tour meeting on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:00PM.  If you have any questions regarding the Spain Tour contact Mr. Dan Crain at crain_d@shaker.org  or call the High School Band Office at 216-295-4233.

Sincerely,

SHHS Band Directors

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Game #1 and Chaperone Request

This weekend's game is on Saturday, 8/29 at University School.  Due to the stadium size, only squad leaders and those who participated in the Convocation Band last week will be attending.  Call time is 11 AM in the Band Room in Summer Uniform (band polo shirt, white pants, black shoes, black socks and black belt).

Due to the size of our marching band, we are in need of many band bus chaperones this year. We will be taking 14 buses to each away game.  We are hoping to have 25 volunteers for each away game to cover all the buses. Luckily, there are only 3 away games that we need to staff. And as an added perk, you get to get into away football games for free! If you are interested in helping us out, please click here to sign up.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cleveland.com Article Published Online

The feature on the 400 member "Pride of Shaker Heights" from last week's band camp has been published on cleveland.com by reporter Maura Zurick.  Click here to view the story, photos and videos.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Band Camp at HS on 8/21, Preview Show at Noon

After a week of hard work, the 400 member "Pride of Shaker Heights" will take the field tomorrow for our annual Preview Show. Call time for band members is 9:30 on the HS practice field (don't forget it's squad day) and the Preview Show is at noon in the HS stadium. All are invited to see the largest marching band in the state in their first performance of the year as we play memorable movie hits from John Williams and march a drill that includes a 150 foot tall Indiana Jones running away from a boulder and the fan favorite script Shaker!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cleveland.com Reporter and Thursday, Day 4

A big thanks to Maura Zurick from Cleveland.com for stopping by camp today. Be on the lookout for her videos and pictures, as well as a few interviews with some of our seniors.

Band camp Thursday is rain or shine, so come prepared. We will be outside marching if the rain is light enough. There will also be a pizza lunch provided by the band boosters.

Tubas and percussion will load equipment after lunch and then head over to the high school. They will need to arrange transportation over to the high school, as well as a ride home from there.

Freshmen uniform fittings are 3 to 7 in the High School Multi-purpose Room.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Reporter at Band Camp and Soph Uniform Fittings

We will be hosting a reporter from Cleveland.com at band camp tomorrow! This is the same reporter that featured the band in an article last year on our trip to Byers Field. There is no required uniform, but students are encouraged to wear Shaker gear due to the fact that there will be a number of photos taken. Don't forget Sophomore uniform fittings are from 3 to 6 on Wednesday.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Band Camp begins Monday, 8/17

Band Camp for "The Pride of Shaker Heights" begins Monday, 8/17. Squad Leaders will meet in the HS band room at 8 AM for convocation. All other band members will meet in the MS auditorium at 8:30 AM. Bring water, a lunch and sunscreen, we will be outdoors and it will be hot! Be sure to eat breakfast and, as always, no flip flops, close-toed shoes only.