News From Your Director

September 26, 2017

Dear Parents & Students,

Our first contest is upon us (not to mention Fair Day)!! We will have a busy weekend coming up, but it is shaping up to be a great one. I have attached the itineraries for both days to this email, so you can see what we will be doing. I apologize for the length of this communication, but it is absolutely full of important and time-sensitive information.

Here is the short version of the attached itineraries:

8:30 A.M. – Students meet in band hall for roll-check/inspection (summer uniform)
10:30 A.M. – Ranger Band steps off in parade
1:45 P.M. – Ranger Band performs at the Rodeo Coral at the Fairgrounds
4:00 P.M. – Ranger Band arrives back at SVHS
5:00 P.M. – pre-game meals served
7:30 P.M. – Kick-Off vs. East Central (full uniform)
9:45 P.M. – Ranger Band will perform “REVOLUTION” post-game
10:45 P.M. – Pick-Up Time
**Students will be “on their own” for lunch and should bring $10-15 to eat at the fair

9:00 A.M. – Students are at Ranger Stadium in full uniform ready for roll-check
12:30 P.M. – Ranger Band marches in Prelims
4:00 P.M. – Finals order is announced
5:20 to 9:40 – Ranger Band will march in Finals Competition
10:00 P.M. – Finals Awards Ceremony
11:30 P.M. – Pick-Up Time
**Students need to bring a sack lunch to eat on the way to Seguin
**There will be “down time” built in to the day. Students are welcome and encouraged to bring school work.

The Band will be marching their show post-game this week, due to Homecoming announcements/ceremonies taking place. We will attempt to begin just as soon as the field is cleared after the game, and invite parents to move into the middle of the stands to get a great seat and cheer them on!

There has been some concern over our Saturday performance overlapping the Homecoming Dance. Unfortunately, this sometimes goes with the territory for marching bands in Texas. I assure you that we are not the only band facing this issue, and athletics deals with the problem as well. The Ranger Cross-Country Team will be traveling to an out-of-state meet this weekend, for example. The best I can offer is that the students have worked extremely hard for this first competitive opportunity, and they will still come away from this weekend with a great experience… just not in formal wear.

Along the same lines, I would like to encourage everyone to hang in there, as we are already nearly two-thirds finished with the marching band competitive season! The hard work continues, but this is the part of the season where it really begins to pay off! Parents, it has come to my attention that there are some who think the band will be penalized at a competition if the crowd is too noisy, or is noisy in the wrong moments. Let me assure you that this is not so! Please feel free to cheer as enthusiastically as you are able before, after, and DURING a performance, as YOU are a big reason why these students do what they do!

Finally, our first UIL grade check is coming up on October 6th. This grade check is not based on a “report-card” end-of-grading period grade. In this case, a snapshot of the current grades for each student is taken at noon on October 6th, and any student who has a grade below 70 will become academically ineligible one week later on October 13th. This means that the student would (by state law) not be allowed to come to football games or marching contests. They would still be required to come to marching band rehearsals in order to earn their grade for the Zero Hour class. In our experience, most grade problems at this time of year stem from students failing to turn in work. Parents, please check in with your students to make sure they are keeping up with their grades and getting their work turned in. It is important that students pass their classes for the obvious reason that it is crucial to their overall academic success. The secondary ramification is that two months of extremely hard work and a hefty time commitment goes down the tubes, as they don’t get to see the “pay-off.”

Have a Great Ranger Week, and we’ll see you this weekend!

Matt Boening
Band Director
Smithson Valley HS