Good morning to all who follow us here at Scott Music...be it for band, choir, or color guard.
As many of you probably already know, the Reds Opening Day Parade has been cancelled. Coordinators seem unsure as to if it will be rescheduled and, if it is, we are unsure of what that means for our participation. As of the initial writing of this post (3/12 am), we are not meeting to practice for this as there is no timeline available.
While this virus slowly emerges, we're beginning to see larger impacts and their implications: WGI just cancelled all of this year's World Championship Events in Dayton (which spans 1000s of individual youths as well as their respective guard, percussion, and wind units from all over the world) for the first time since their establishment 43 years ago. Almost every professional sports league have suspended their seasons. On a smaller, yet no less important, level individual school districts have made decisions on how to move forward through this as such impacts happen around us: ours going on the governor's recommendation to close for 10 school days at the time of this revision (3/18).
An instance of another expected impact is our Solo and Ensemble Festival. This occurs at Boone County High School on April 18th, which is within their district's online school window of March 16-April 20. Update: Solo/Ensemble has been officially cancelled.
When our NTI days begin (3/24) we will be utilizing a Google Doc that has practice forms/reflections that will need to be completed for each day we are on an NTI schedule. As of this revision (3/13), we are still on for our festival performance at Music in the Parks...so daily practice isn't just important and recommended, but is crucial.
Update: we have coordinated our situation with Make Music, the folks who provide the SmartMusic platform. They have given us 60 Premium seats for our classrooms. This means that you can go can
...to access their entire library. This includes pieces to practice along with full band to (any you like, even), sight-reading, method books, and real time assessment of how you are doing. In the coming days I'll add trophies you can earn. If you have a device that can run the full Chrome browser, you can run SmartMusic! When you do practice, this is by far the most fulfilling way to do so.
Music in the Parks, as of this writing, is currently still on our calendar, though they have sent a preemptive email to all directors. Stay posted for information regarding this as well as our reaction to any other impacts that come our way.
Bryce L. Miller
Director, Instrumental and Vocal Music
Scott High School
It's time to begin our annual Reds fundraising efforts! Please support our band program as each single game that we can fill with volunteers can potentially earn us $700-$1000! These funds will go directly towards the band program as we complete our new uniform purchase and look to the future at items such as equipment trailers, and drumline/low brass replacement.
Please sign up for as many games as you can commit to. After major success last year, this has become our major fundraiser for the year. The better we do at these, the less we have to do later! We are looking for 8-10 people for each game to maximize the band's profit.
This year's games (all Saturdays):
May 16, June 6, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 15, August 29, September 19
Upon signing up, you'll need to coordinate which training you'll attend as well as which games you'll volunteer at. Training must occur before your first game New members must do an onsite training at Great American Ballpark. Returning members may do an online training.
Please remember that if you sign up for a game, it is a commitment. We will be required to pay a fine if people don't show up to work. Anyone who does not fulfill a commitment without allowing adequate notice to replace them forfeits their discount.
Please fill this form out for each member of your family who will be working.
Also, please make sure to check if you are interested in being a stand leader! These people lead the stands and other volunteers and need to be adults. Without these leaders, we cannot work stands, so please check below if you are interested!
Note: Due to a change in State Red Book Policies, we are no longer allowed to offer camp fee discounts to our volunteers.