News From Your Director

November 7, 2017

Dear Parents & Students,

Well, we made it through another competitive marching band season, and I could not be more proud of our students! Their hard work and dedication to this program really paid off for a wonderfully successful show. Thanks to all of our fantastic parents who have volunteered throughout the past few months… we could not have done it without you!!

Here are some thoughts for the upcoming weeks:

Playoff Football Games

• Our 1st playoff game will take place at Ranger Stadium on Nov. 17, and will be treated just like a regular home game (7:30pm kickoff).
• We generally will not know until the week of the game whether it will be on Friday or Saturday, where the game will be, or what time.
• 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, and they will remain required and graded performances for all band members. As usual, please communicate any conflicts to

District Band Auditions

• This is an individual competition that student have signed up for and paid an entry fee.
• For those participating, the audition begins at 5:00pm on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Johnson HS. No transportation is provided.
• These auditions typically go fairly late (past 11pm for some instruments).

Marching Rehearsal Next Week

• Due to District Band Auditions being on Thursday, Nov. 16, we will be holding next week’s marching rehearsal on Wednesday, Nov. 15. It will likely be over early (between 5:00pm and 5:30pm).


Matt Boening
Band Director
Smithson Valley HS