News From Your Director

October 26, 2016

Dear Parents & Students,

What a great weekend we had, Ranger Band! Not only did everyone come off the field feeling like we had done our best (always the primary goal), but our rating bore that out with a SUPERIOR rating (or 1st Division) from all three judges. That qualified us to compete again this Saturday in the Area D Marching Contest at Reeves Stadium in Round Rock. The schedule for that event came out just this morning, as Region 18 didn’t have their contest until last night. I have attached the itinerary for the event, and am really looking forward to showing off our product to the entire central Texas area!

This week:

Friday – Football game vs. Judson & Senior Night (home)
Run-through at 4:15pm at Ranger Stadium
Pre-game meal at 5:00pm
Step off for the game at 6:00pm (earlier than usual)
Seniors and their parents/guardians are announced at 6:30pm at Ranger Stadium
Senior parents will not need to pay for a ticket unless staying for the entire game. They will enter the stadium with the band.

Saturday – Area D Marching Contest, Reeves Stadium in Round Rock - Itinerary
Call time at Ranger Stadium 7:00am
Performance time is 12:45pm
This is a prelims/finals event (10 bands selected to finals)
This is a state qualifying event
We will provide a small breakfast as well as a dinner to all students
Students will be on their own for lunch at Lakeline Mall (bring $$)
Arrival time back at SVHS will be approx. 10:00pm if we do not advance
Arrival time back at SVHS will be approx. 1:30am if we DO advance

Next week:

We will rehearse ONLY on Monday and Thursday
Monday’s rehearsal will be on Halloween… students are encouraged to dress up, as we will have costume judging
Thursday’s rehearsal will most likely end early (approx. 5:15pm)

Upcoming:

Playoff football games – the band is still expected to perform at all playoff football games. This includes the weekends at the beginning and end of Thanksgiving week (thankfully we get the entire week off and not just Thursday/Friday like many districts J), and they will remain required and graded performances for all band members.

Have a great week!

Matt Boening
Band Director
Smithson Valley HS