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Revised Summer Band Packet

Please see parent email for full packet – the pages with student names and Google classroom codes are not posted here for privacy purposes. Please also see SVHS Band Parents Facebook page for more information (see link on Home page).

This entry was posted on July 28, 2020, in News.

New Director of Bands: Mr. Michael Childress

Dear families, Staff, and Administration of the Smithson Valley Ranger Community,

It is with great honor and excitement that I write to you as the new Director of Bands of Smithson Valley High School. Many of you know me from my time as Assistant Director the last two years. I have loved every minute of teaching our fine students and cannot wait to get back to it again in this new role. I understand I have big shoes to fill. Although we will miss Mr. Boening, a great director, colleague and friend, the future looks bright for the Ranger Band.

I wish I could say that I plan to move into this school year with business as usual, but as you are well aware, we will have to make some concessions in the name of safety. At this time, we do not know what that will look like, but your Band Staff will be working together to provide students with the best experience possible. For the time being, we will consider our calendar to still be in full effect as planned and adjust as needed based on regulation and recommendation from TEA, UIL and Comal ISD. While I hope to provide our students and community with the usual Ranger Band experience, the safety of our students and families will be of the highest importance to the Ranger Band Staff.

I plan to meet with students, parents, and Band Boosters soon via Google Meet to address concerns going into our fall semester and allow everyone a chance to get to know me. Be on the lookout for information regarding the meetings through CutTime email.

To that end, feel free to contact me any time if you have questions moving into our new school year. I am overwhelmed with excitement to lead the world class students and staff of the Smithson Valley Ranger Band.

Thank you and stay safe.

Michael Childress

Director of Bands

This entry was posted on July 20, 2020, in News.

Ranger Band Calendar 2020-2021 (Tentative)

PLEASE NOTE SOME DATES HAVE CHANGED – CHECK YOUR EMAIL AND THE SVHS BAND PARENT FACEBOOK PAGE (see link on the home page) FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFO. We’ll also do our best to keep the Calendar tab on this website up to date as things evolve.

Ranger Band Calendar 2020-2021 (Tentative)
Ranger Band Calendar 2020-2021 (Tentative)

PLEASE NOTE SOME DATES HAVE CHANGED – CHECK YOUR EMAIL AND THE SVHS BAND PARENT FACEBOOK PAGE (see link on the home page) FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFO.

This entry was posted on July 20, 2020, in News.

Summer Band + All-State Music 2020

Please check your email for a message sent out today (Monday, July 20) from Mr. Childress regarding where to find All-State Music, codes for joining different Google Classes, and some additional info about summer band. If you did not receive the email, the message will be posted on the SVHS Band Parents page on Facebook (see link on Home page of svhsband.com). Thanks!

This entry was posted on July 20, 2020, in News.

News 9-23-2019

Dear Parents & Students,

This is a crazy busy week for the Ranger Band, but it’s going to be FUN!  The band did a tremedous job at the game Friday AND the parade Saturday… the Mystery Tour “roll-out” was awesome!

Upcoming this week:

Friday:  Fair Day – I have attached the full itinerary, but the short version is…

    -8;00am Roll Check in Band Hall, dress is summer uniform with Camelbak

    -11:00am Ranger Band will step off (time is VERY approximate… we are the last band)

    -12:00pm Students need to bring $10-$15 for lunch at the Fair (time is VERY approximante… traffic)

    -3:15pm Ranger Band performs at the Rodeo Corral

    -5:00pm Pre-Game meals are served at Canyon High School / Students change into full uniform

    -7:30pm Kick-Off

    -10:30pm (approx.) Ranger Band back at SVHS and trailer stays loaded


Saturday:  Capital City Marching Contest – I have attached the full itinerary, but the short version is…

    -10:30am Call time at Ranger Stadium, students should be in bibs, gloves, band shoes, Ranger Band T-Shirt & Camelbaks.

    -1:00pm Depart for Austin, students should bring a sack lunch to eat on the bus.

    -4:15pm Prelims Performance

    -4:30pm Prelims Awards

    -5:00pm All Students are fed dinner (time is approximate as we don’t know what time we will perform in Finals)

    -7:00pm Finals begin

    -10:00pm Finals Awards

    -11:30pm Arrive back at SVHS and unload trailer

**DEADLINE (Sat.):  All $$ from Fajita Dinner tickets sold needs to be turned in to the black lockbox outside Mr. Boening’s office

**DEADLINE (Sat.):  All extra tickets not sold need to be turned in to the black box, as well


Dual spot students will be competing for who will march the spot at the game/contest via their performance in rehearsals today and/or tomorrow.  This will only be for this weeks events, next week is a new ballgame.  All students will remain involved with the performance and have roll to play regardless.  

We hope to see everyone at the game AND the contest on Saturday!  Parents, please feel free to cheer the band on at Cap City!  There is always some concern that it’s not allowed… the students need to hear you!  Thanks!

Matt Boening

This entry was posted on September 23, 2019, in News.

News 9-16-2019

Dear Parents and Students,

We are so excited to put parts 1-3 of Mystery Tour out this Friday at our home game vs. Clemens!!  Kickoff is at 7:30 and we hope to see lots of parents at the game cheering the students on at halftime.

We have a pep rally this Friday at the end of the school day.  Students need to wear their band polo and shorts with athletic shoes.  Untucked for gentlemen is fine.  We will go from the pep rally directly to Ranger Stadium for a run-through.  Pregame meals to be served about 5:00. 

Friday’s game will end around 10:00 and students should be ready to be picked up about 10:30.  Dress will be Ranger Band Uniform (with black Ranger Band t-shirt worn underneath).

Saturday is the Bulverde Jubilee parade.  We don’t do buses for this event, as it is easier and less time consuming for most to meet at the parade site.  Students will take their instruments, music, and Camelbak home after the game and we will meet in Bulverde at 10 AM on Saturday.  Tubas and drums will be transported to the site and they can pick them up at 10.  I have attached a map that outlines an approximate meeting spot, as well as places to park.  Students will be finished around Noon.  Dress is Summer Uniform with  Camelbak. 

Thanks, and have a Great Ranger Evening!

-Matt Boening

This entry was posted on September 20, 2019, in News.

First Away Game

Dear Parents & Students,

Here’s what’s happening this week:

Monday – our first “long rehearsal” is this afternoon from 4:30 to 7:30 out on the band practice pad.

Monday – we had our “open house” already (Meet the Band Night)… parents, feel free to come out to the practice pad for a few minutes and watch rehearsal during your student’s band class for Open House.  We will not have any formal presentation for Open House.

Thursday – our first away game vs. Madison HS.  Kick-off is at 7:00 pm @ Heroes Stadium.  Pre-Game Meals will be served right after school let’s out.  Students need to be dresssed in summer uniform, ready for inspection by 5pm.  The game will conclude around 9:30pm and we will board buses to return to SVHS.  As specified in our handbook, students are expected to travel with the band to and from away games and contests unless there is a legitimate need to do otherwise (these should be cleared with a director prior to Thursday, and the appropriate paperwork filled out).  Your cooperation is most appreciated, as it becomes a major student safety issue for us if this policy is not followed.

Thursday PM – We will send out a text alert regarding our ETA back at SVHS so rides can be coordinated.  Parents, if you wish to recieve this alert, it is necessary that you have completed the CutTime registration process and have entered your mobile phone number AND your carrier (AT&T, Verizon, etc.).  We are no longer able to use Remind to communicate with such a large group due to policy changes with Remind.

Friday – we have a “normal” after-school rehearsal scheduled from 4:30 – 6:00 (due to the Thursday game).  Please note that the “Late Bus” does not run on Fridays.  If that is something that your family relies on, students should check with section leaders for possible carpool opportunities, or many parents have been able to connect to a ride via the Band Parent Facebook page.

The students have been absolutely fantastic and the show is quickly gaining steam.  Learning Part 3 (of 5) this afternoon.  I’ll try to post some video to the Ranger Band Twitter account (@svrangerband)!  One more week of Traditional Show, then we’ll roll out Mystery Tour at our next home game vs. Clemens.  Three weeks to Capital City Marching Contest!!

-Matt Boening

This entry was posted on September 10, 2019, in News.