Thursday, August 21, 2014

Call Time for Preview Show

The band looks and sounds great (even though we almost got rained on today) and we can't wait to put on our Preview Show for you tomorrow!  Call time will be 10 AM on the Practice Field.  We will have a show for you rain or shine. Weather permitting we will perform the stadium at 12 noon.  In case of rain, we will have a brief concert in the North Gym, also at 12 noon. Either way, you will get to see and hear some of our hard work, and some great Squad Day costumes!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another Schedule Change

Another great day of band camp, and we managed to avoid the rain (but not the mud)!

We have a schedule change to make you aware of, and it essentially returns us to the normal schedule we had put out in our information packet.  The next two days of band camp will be as follows:

Thursday: Call time is 8 AM on the front lawn in Shaker attire (preferably a red or white shirt).  We will perform from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM as the district staff make their way into the staff convocation, all are welcome to attend and support the staff and the band.  Following that performance we will continue with band camp as planned, ending at 3 PM, with the Band Booster lunch being served at 12:30 PM (pizza, drinks, and dessert provided).

Friday: Call time is TBA (between 9 AM and 10 AM) depending on rehearsals on Thursday for the Preview Show and Squad Day.  The Preview Show performance will be at 12 noon in the stadium, all are welcome.

The directors would like to thank the district administration and our band parents for their support and for accommodating our original schedule.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Schedule Changes to Band Camp

We have had a great first two days of Band Camp and already have the entire show on the field!  There are several schedule changes in the coming days for parents and students to be aware of and plan for.  The schedule for the next few days is as follows:

Wednesday: Band Camp at the MS from 8:30 AM to 3 PM.  Rain is in the forecast and we will be outdoors as much as possible, potentially be marching on a muddy field, so please dress accordingly. Percussion and Tuba will load the equipment bus and head over to the HS at 2 PM to unload.  Sophomore uniform fittings from 3 PM to 6 PM.

Thursday: Call time will be 8 AM on the front lawn of the HS for a performance at the Staff Convocation.  The performance will last from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM.  We will have rehearsal following until 12:30 PM.  At 12:30 PM, students will go to the Band Booster Lunch (pizza, cookies, and drinks provided), then be dismissed around 1 PM.  Freshmen uniform fittings will be held from 3 PM to 7 PM.

Friday: Call time will be 11 AM for Squad Day and the Preview Show.  The Preview Show performance will be at Noon in the stadium, all are welcome!  Students will be dismissed following the Preview Show, approximately 12:30 PM.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Band Camp begins Monday, 8/18

Marching band camp begins Monday, 8/18, for all high school band members. After a great Rookie Day, we are looking forward to having the full "Pride of Shaker Heights" back on the field for another exciting football season.  All band members should report to the Middle School Auditorium by 8:30 AM with water, a lunch, shoes (no flip flops allowed!), and your instrument.

Senior uniform fittings will be held after band camp until 6 PM in the multi-purpose room at the High School.  Please wear clothes that you would wear under your uniform, no jeans or cargo shorts.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Info Packet Forms Due/ Band Office Relocated

The forms from the Information Packet were due earlier this week. They can be mailed to the High School "Attn: Band Department" or turned in to the box in the Main Office. If you have not already done so, it is important that we receive those forms as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly for the number of students in the band, as well as arrange squad and instrument assignments.

Due to maintenance going on in the Band Room, the Band Office will be relocated to the High School Library Conference Room for the next week.  We should have access to our regular phone there, 216-295-4233, as well as email if you have any questions.

Marching instruments, for those players who need them, and music will be ready for pick-up some time next week.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

2014-2015 Information Packet

The 2014-2015 Information Packets have been mailed and should have arrived in homes this week.  If you or someone you know did not receive a packet, please email either Mr. Pocaro,, or Mr. Clemens,, and we will get one out to you.  The Academy Music Order Form and the Squad Leader Application not included in the packet, copies of all of the forms, as well as the band guidelines and grading policies, can be found on the Marching Band Page of  All forms in the packet are due to the band office by July 28.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the band directors through email or call  the band office at (216) 295-4233.  We will be in the office periodically for the next few weeks and will begin working daily on weekdays starting July 28.  Have a  great rest of your summer!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day Parade, 5/26

"The Pride of Shaker Heights" will put on its final performance of the school year this Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, in the Memorial Day Parade.  Times are slightly different from last year.  The High School will be open at 8:00 to 8:25 AM for those who need to pick up instruments.  Call time for all band members is 8:30 AM near the garage doors at City Hall.  We will then line up, perform at the ceremony which now begins at 9:00 AM, and step off at 9:30 AM.  The parade route is down Van Aken Blvd. to Farnsleigh and then ending at Thornton Park around 10:30 AM.  The High School will be open following the parade until 11:00 AM.

Band members need to arrange transportation to City Hall and home from Thornton Park, including those with large instruments.  There will be no equipment bus.  Dress for the parade will be summer uniform (band polo, white pants (not khaki), black belt, all-black shoes, black socks).  Be sure to try on those uniforms, it's been a while!