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Welcome to the Website of the University High School Band Boosters, Morgantown, WV! Announcements from the director may be found below. Use the above menu to navigate the website.

 

Previous Director's Comments

 

The UHS vs. Capital High School playoff game will take place Friday, November 17 at 7:30 pm.

Because of the conflict with the playoff game, we WILL NOT participate in the Wheeling Christmas Parade.

If UHS wins this Friday, we will have a PEP BAND for the third round playoff game, regardless of location (either @ UHS or @ Martinsburg).

Pep band sign-up sheets will be posted in the band room.

-MSP 2017.11.12 3:30 pm

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IMPORTANT INFO AND DATES:

NO AFTER SCHOOL REHEARSAL THIS WEEK!

PARADE/OT MARCHERS: We will rehearse Veterans Day music in both concert band classes every day this week. Please work on music on your own, and OT students, please come to a band class at least once this week to rehearse with us.

Tuesday, November 7
Percussion to WVU Percussion Concert
Leave UHS @ 10:00 am, return by ~1:00 pm.
Bring money for lunch @ Suncrest Towne Center.


Wednesday, November 8
FULL Marching Band Rehearsal @ stadium during the first half of "Power Hour"
NASHVILLE PAYMENT #1 DUE

Thursday, November 9
FRUIT SALE TURN-IN #3

Friday, November 10

UHS vs. Spring Mills Playoff game @ UHS 7:30 pm
Arrive @ UHS at 6:30

Saturday, November 11
Morgantown Veterans Day Parade 10:00 am
Lineup @ 9:30 am

Sunday, November 12
All-State preparation masterclasses @ Army National Guard Readiness Center
See details below

-MSP 2017.11.05 4:25 pm

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REMINDER: The first payment of $150.00 for the Nashville trip is due Wednesday, November 8.

Students may use band account money to pay any Nashville costs.

-MSP 2017.11.02 8:00 pm

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OVAC Showcase of Bands Itinerary

Saturday, October 21

1:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
1:15 pm - Rehearse
1:45 pm - Load trailer/Board buses
2:15 pm - Depart UHS
3:15 pm - Stop at Washington Crown Plaza Mall for dinner (bring money)
4:15 pm - Depart Washington Crown Plaza Mall
5:15 pm - Arrive @ Martins Ferry Stadium
5:45 pm - Unload trailer
6:15 pm - Warmup
6:48 pm - Perform
~7:15 pm - Mass Band Performance
~7:30 pm - Board buses
~7:45 pm - Depart Martins Ferry High School
~9:30-9:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS

Directions to Martins Ferry Stadium:

-I-79 NORTH to I-70
-I-70 WEST to Elm Grove (Wheeling)
-At Elm Grove, stay on I-70 (the right lanes...DO NOT take I-470)
-Travel through the Wheeling Tunnel, past the downtown Wheeling exit and Wheeling Island Exit
-Exit from I-70 at the Bridgeport, OH, exit and turn RIGHT
-After about 1/2 mile, turn LEFT onto Ohio Route 7 NORTH to Martins Ferry
-Once in Martins Ferry, turn RIGHT at Hanover Street then LEFT at N. 1st Street
-HERE are the directions the buses will follow to get to the stadium, and HERE is a stadium map to help you find parking

-MSP 2017.10.15 8:30 am

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Band composite photos will be taken Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 during band classes.

Students will need to have their full uniform, including band t-shirts, band shoes, and black socks, but WILL NOT need their hats.

Marching Band OT students will need to schedule a time during the day to have their picture taken.

Families will have the opportunity to purchase photos at a later date, to be announced soon.

-MSP 2017.10.15 8:30 am

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Buckhannon Upshur AWAY Game Itinerary

Friday, October 13

We will stay after school, and the boosters will feed students pizza. We will take snacks on the buses, and students will also need to bring money for food at the BUHS concession stand.

3:30 pm - Boosters serve students pizza
4:00 pm - Change into travel uniforms
4:30 pm - Load trailer/Board buses
5:00 pm - Depart UHS
6:30 pm - Arrive @ BUHS
7:30 pm - Kickoff

~10:00 pm - Game ends
~10:30 pm - Depart BUHS
~12:00 am - Arrive @ UHS

We will do everything in our power to arrive at UHS at the time listed, but some things are out of our control.

It is standard operating procedure for students to contact their rides when we are approximately 30 minutes from UHS.

-MSP 2017.10.07 10:00 am

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THE SHOWCASE OF BANDS WILL TAKE PLACE TONIGHT AS SCHEDULED.

Here is the original info...

The
Fourth Annual University Showcase of Bands will be held at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium on Monday, October 9 at 6:30 pm, and will feature bands from throughout the area.

Band students need to arrive by 5:00 pm, and are welcome to stay at the school after school. The band room will be open.

-MSP 2017.10.09 7:20 am

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The Fourth Annual University Showcase of Bands will be held at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium on Monday, October 9 at 6:30 pm, and will feature bands from throughout the area.

Band students need to arrive by 5:00 pm, and are welcome to stay at the school after school. The band room will be open.

IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, THE DECISION TO POSTPONE WILL BE MADE BY 10:00 AM.

We will post that decision here and on social media, and have it announced on local radio.

-MSP 2017.10.03 6:10 am

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The Tuesday, October 3 Rehearsal will end at 4:00 pm to allow students to go home and eat before reporting for the UHS Homecoming Parade downtown at 6:00.

-MSP 2017.09.30 8:10 am

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Morgantown Band Spectacular Itinerary

Saturday, September 30

11:45 am - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
12:00- 12:30 pm - Rehearse
12:30 pm - Load trailer/Board buses
1:00 pm - Depart UHS
1:15 pm - Arrive @ Mountaineer Field
1:45 pm - Warmup

2:19 pm - Perform
~2:45 pm - Depart Mountaineer Field
~3:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE TIMES HAVE CHANGED AS A RESULT OF A CHANGE IN OUR PERFORMANCE TIME.

We will take four buses to Mountaineer Field, but only two buses will return, and students may either stay and watch the performances that follow ours, or leave with parents. (Notes are not needed to leave with parents for this performance.)

Because parking is an issue, students MUST ride buses to the stadium.

-MSP 2017.09.20 5:30 am

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Buckwheat Festival Parade Itinerary

Friday, September 29

Students will need to bring full uniforms to school either on Thursday evening or Friday morning.

ALL STUDENTS WILL NEED TO EAT FIRST LUNCH, AND WILL NEED MONEY FOR FOOD AT THE CARNIVAL FOLLOWING THE PARADE.

10:48 am - Students eat first lunch
11:15 am - Change into TRAVEL UNIFORMS
11:30 am - Load Equipment/Board buses
11:45 am - Depart UHS
12:30 pm -
Arrive @ Kingwood
1:00 pm - Lineup
1:30 pm - Warmup
2:00 pm - Parade starts
~3:00 - 3:30 pm - Free time in carnival area (ONLY IF WEATHER PERMITS)
3:30 pm - Board Buses
3:30 pm - Depart Kingwood

~4:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 2017.09.20 5:30 am

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The next parade rehearsal (for the Buckwheat Festival AND the UHS Homecoming Parade) will be held Thursday, September 28 at 2:45.

All parade marchers need to attend.


Parade marchers, please review the Band Handook for parade rehearsal and performance attendance expectations.

-MSP 2017.09.20 5:30 am

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Preston TOB Competition Itinerary

Saturday, September 23

4:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
4:45 - 5:15 pm - Rehearse
5:15 pm - Load trailer/Board buses
5:45 pm - Depart UHS
~6:30-6:45 pm - Arrive @ Preston HS

7:30 pm - Warmup

8:15 pm - Perform
~9:00 pm - Awards
~9:15 pm - Depart Preston HS
~10:00-10:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS


We will do everything in our power to arrive at UHS at the time listed, but some things are out of our control.

It is standard operating procedure for students to contact their rides when we are approximately 30 minutes from UHS.

-MSP 2017.09.16 11:15 am

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The 249th Army Band is hosting an All-State preparation masterclass at the Morgantown Readiness Center on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

The masterclass is free of charge and open to all high school students.

Click HERE for their flyer with information about the event and how to register.

-MSP 2017.09.25 6:30 am

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NEW! Full field show videos are now available on the UHS Band Videos page.

The 2000 through 2016 shows are posted, and earlier shows will be posted as they are digitally formatted.

-MSP 2017.09.10 4:15 pm

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Fairmont Band Spectacular Itinerary

Saturday, September 9

Students will be given time to eat at East-West Stadium. Please bring money.

4:45 pm -
Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
5:00 - 5:45 pm - Rehearse
5:45 pm - Load trailer
6:00 pm - Depart UHS
6:45 pm - Arrive @ East-West Stadium
7:00 pm - In seats, watch bands, go to concession stands
7:45 pm - Unload Trailer
8:15 pm - Warm up
8:40 pm - Perform
9:00 pm - Load trailer/board buses
~9:15 - 9:30 pm - Depart East-West Stadium
~10:00 - 10:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS


We will do everything in our power to arrive at UHS at the time listed, but some things are out of our control.

It is standard operating procedure for students to contact their rides when we are approximately 30 minutes from UHS.

-MSP 2017.09.01 5:05 pm

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Today's Italian Festival trip is ON as scheduled.

Please see information below.

-MSP 2017.09.02 4:50 am

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Italian Heritage Festival Parade Itinerary

The parade will be televised on WVFX Fox 10 starting at 10:00 am.

Saturday, September 2

Parade marchers will load the trailer Friday during school. Field show marchers will load immediately following the football game.

7:30 am -
Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
7:45 am - Board Buses
8:00 am - Depart UHS
8:45 am - Arrive @ in Clarksburg
9:00 am - Unload Trailer
9:30 am - Line up
10:00 am - Parade begins
~10:45 am - Parade concludes, load trailer
~11:00 am - Students will have time to eat at the various food stands
~12:00 pm - Board buses
~12:15 pm - Depart Clarksburg
~1:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS


We will do everything in our power to arrive at UHS at the time listed, but some things are out of our control.

It is standard operating procedure for students to contact their rides when we are approximately 30 minutes from UHS.

-MSP 2017.08.27 2:15 pm

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The UHS vs. Parkersburg South football game on Friday, September 1 will be streamed live on www.wvmetronews.com.

Portions of the both bands' halfime performances will be part of the broadcast.

Kickoff is at 7:30.

-MSP 2017.09.01 6:30 am

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The first parade rehearsal (for the Harrison County Italian Heritage Festival Parade) will be held Thursday, August 31 at 2:45.

All parade marchers need to attend.


The parade will be held in Clarksburg Saturday, September 2, at 10:00 am.

We will depart UHS by bus at 8:00 am, and should return by early afternoon.

(The departure time has been corrected. Sorry for the confusion.)

-MSP 2017.08.21 5:30 am

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By a 4-1 margin, the band has voted to attend the Buckhannon Upshur AWAY football game on October 13 instead of the WVU Homecoming Parade.

A schedule will follow soon.

-MSP 2017.08.21 5:30 am

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Agreement Forms were due July 26.

All students must return their signed Agreement Form before Friday's game in order to participate.

-MSP 2017.08.21 5:30 am

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SENIOR NIGHT INFORMATION:

Friday, August 25.

  • Family members escorting seniors will be admitted to the football game for free.

  • Family members should come to the band area in the north end zone at the 8:00 mark of the second quarter to receive corsages and boutonnieres and to line up for halftime.

  • At the end of the second quarter, the band will go the visitors sideline to line up and the seniors and family members will line up off the front sideline.

  • The band will enter from backfield, senior band members and family members will enter from the front, and senior announcements will begin.

  • As seniors are announced, students and family members will proceed to their spots four steps off the front sideline.

  • After the last senior's name is read, students will proceed to their spots and perform the show. Family members are welcome to watch from the sidelines. (The view is actually better from the stands.)

-MSP 2017.08.21 9:30 pm

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The Back To School Bash has been moved to TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, two days before the start of school.

Please note the change in date, and that we will now rehearse at our regular time on Wednesday, August 16.

-MSP 2017.06.14 10:30 pm

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The 2017 summer letter was mailed on June 1 and contains all necessary information about summer band.

If you did not receive a copy, you can find it HERE.

-MSP 2017.06.01 9:30 am

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Today's Kennywood Trip is ON. Please see information below.

-MSP 2017.08.04 6:35 am

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Kennywood Trip Information:

Friday, August 4

-The Kennywood trip is a REWARD for perfect attendance for Field Show Marchers. Only students who have zero absences, excused or unexcused, are eligible.

-The band will provide bus transportation and pay a portion of students' Ride-All-Day passes. All eligible students who plan to attend must pay $20.00 by Wednesday morning so that we can confirm the number of buses needed.

-Students attending will also need to bring money for food, souvenirs, etc. the day of the trip.

-We will depart UHS at 9:00 am and return by approximately 9:30-10:00 pm.

-We will only cancel if the weather calls for all-day rain. (The best times to attend are often when there is a chance of showers, because the lines are short.)

-If we do have to cancel, there is no suitable make-up date, and student money will be refunded.

-MSP 2017.07.31 7:45 am

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Monongalia County Fair Parade Information:

Monday, July 31

-The parade starts at 7:30 pm.

-Official lineup time is 6:30 pm, but because UHS is last, students should arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 pm.

-We are the Honor Band, and will put on a short performance in front of the Mon Arts Center (next to the Hotel Morgan) at the end of the parade route.

-Students must have their full uniforms (including full-length black socks and band shoes) in order to march.

-MSP 2017.07.31 7:45 am

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2017 Marching Show Drill Animations:

1. Mission Impossible
2. Soul Bossa Nova (low quality audio)
3. Get Smart
4. Live And Let Die (with updated ending)

-MSP 2017.08.08 7:00 am

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The UHS Band Spring Concert will be held Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and non-UHS students, or $10.00 per family. UHS students are admitted free with a finger scan.

-MSP 4/21/17 8:00 pm

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The 2017-2018 UHS BAND EVENT CALENDAR is now posted.

The calendar covers the entire year and is likely to change from time to time, so please check back for the most recent updates often.

-MSP 2017.07.06 10:30 am

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The student vote is in, and the band will travel to Nashville in March of 2018.

-MSP 2017.05.22 7:00 pm

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Congratulations to the UHS Symphonic Winds and Concert Band for receiving straight superior (I) ratings at the Region 10 Band Festival.

This marks the 24th consecutive year that the Symphonic Winds has received superior ratings and the 11th consecutive year for the Concert Band.

-MSP 4/3/17 7:05 am

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Uniforms can be turned in any time before we go on spring break on April 12.

Dry cleaning fees were collected when uniforms were distributed, so students do not need to have uniforms cleaned before turning them in. The Boosters will handle all cleaning.

Please make sure the full uniform is returned, including:

-Jacket
-Pants
-Cape
-Vestee (the gold piece that goes with the jacket)
-Garment bag
-Hat box
-Hat
-Plume

-MSP 3/9/17 10:15 am

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Dr. Mel Wright has posted pictures from the University Showcase of Bands on his photobucket page.

You can view and download them (FOR FREE!) HERE.

-MSP 10/24/16 7:15 am

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Solo and Ensemble will be held at Fairmont State University's Wallman Hall on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Audition times have been posted in the band room. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time.

Directions were handed in class, but here is a simplified version:

-I-79 SOUTH to the NEW downtown exit (the one that takes you through the roundabouts)

-At the bottom of the hill, turn LEFT onto 3rd street (DO NOT go straight onto the High-Level Bridge)

-Follow 3rd street across the David Morgan Memorial Bridge (the one that has a turn in it)

-Turn LEFT at the stop light by CVS Pharmacy onto Fairmont Avenue (Route 250)

-At the stop light by Go Mart, turn RIGHT onto 7th Street.

-Follow 7th street all the way to the stop sign at the end of the street. (You will pass Fairmont Senior High School on the left.)

-Turn LEFT onto Locust Avenue

-Fairmont State University will be on the right. DO NOT take the first entrance. The second entrance (about 1/4 mile further on the right) will put you right by the entrance to WALLMAN HALL...immediately on your right after you enter campus. (You may need to drive through campus to find parking.)

-MSP 1/20/17 7:25 am

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Governor's School Auditions will be held at UHS on Saturday, January 7 from 7:30 am until 5:00 pm.

We will need parent and student help throughout the day. Duty periods will be broken up into 7:30-12:00 and 12:00-5:00 shifts.

-MSP 12/21/16 10:55 am

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THANK YOU to the Band Boosters for another great Showcase of Bands.

The UHS Band is incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderful group of parents supporting us.

Thanks also to the bands in attendance and all of the patrons who made the show such a success

-MSP 10/4/16 7:30 am

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Congratulations to the UHS Marching Band for an outstanding performance at the Preston "Music In the Mountains" Tournament of Bands Competition.

The band swept all categories in the Group IV (large band ) class, including First Place Band, First Place Guard, and First Place Percussion.

-MSP 9/25/16 9:35 pm

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The UHS Band now has a way for students and parents to view their student finances, schedules, and other information privately.

Click HERE to login to Charms Office Assistant.

-MSP 7/28/16 3:45 pm

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The Morgantown Christmas Parade will be held Monday, December 12 at 6:30 pm. Lineup is 6:00 pm.

-MSP 11/29/16 1:30 pm

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The UHS Band Holiday Concert will be held Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for non-UHS students and seniors, and UHS students are admitted for free with a finger scan.

-MSP 11/29/16 1:30 pm

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WVU Basketball Game Information

1. Arrive at the Coliseum at 5:30.

2. We are wearing red UHS Band t-shirts and jeans.

3. If you have a folding stand, please bring it. There are limited music stands at the Coliseum.

4. We will enter through the "Country Roads Gate"...formerly the "Red Gate" at the back of the Coliseum. Students will need to carpool. There are only 15 parking spaces available for us. Pull in the main entrance, turn left at the "Blue Gate," and go around toward the back. A WVU parking attendant will be there to direct you where to park. Tell them you are with the pep band, and if needed, you can let them know that Joyce Bucklew said there would be parking for UHS by the tennis courts. If there are no more spots when you arrive, park along Mon Boulevard.

5. WVU will feed us pizza and pop at the game.

6. Tip-off is at 7:00 If your parents want to drop you off and return, the game will probably be over between 8:45 and 9:00.

-MSP 11/28/16 11:45 am

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As of Monday, November 28, the UHS Band still has 8 tickets for the WVU Keynotes Concert on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 at the CAC.

Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, and cost $3.00 per person.

Because of the high number of "no shows" over the past few years, we are also charging a $5.00 deposit that will be returned when the ticket is picked up that evening.

-MSP 11/28/16 11:45 am

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Auditions for the 2017 WV All-State Band will be held Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the WVU Creative Arts Center.

UHS students will audition between approximately 8:30 am and 11:30 am.

-MSP 11/16/16 5:00 pm

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The f irst round playoff game vs. Hurricane High School will be at UHS on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 pm.

The band will also march in the Morgantown Veterans Day Parade Friday, November 11 at 5:00 pm.

Lineup is at 4:30 pm.

For students who do not drive, we will take two buses back to UHS after the parade.

(Buses will only take students FROM the parade to the game if necessary. There will be no buses taking students TO the parade.)

For students NOT riding buses back to UHS, arrival time for the game will be the same as usual (6:30 pm).

-MSP 11/6/16 9:45 am

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The rehearsal scheduled for Thursday, November 3 has been moved to NEXT Thursday, November 10.

That rehearsal will also be a
PARADE rehearsal in preparation for the Veterans Day Parade.

-MSP 10/31/16 8:15 am

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The Morgantown Veterans Day Parade will be held Friday, November 11 at 5:00 pm. Lineup is at 4:30 pm.

In the event that our first round home playoff game is scheduled for that evening, buses will meet us downtown and take us back to UHS.

We will be informed of the playoff game time this Sunday, November 6.

-MSP 10/31/16 8:15 am

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ARRIVAL TIME FOR THE OVAC SHOWCASE OF BANDS HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 1:30 PM.

Students should arrive in travel uniforms. We will load the trailer, board buses, and depart at 2:00 pm.

The remainder of the itinerary will stay the same.

-MSP 10/22/16 8:00 am

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OVAC Showcase of Bands Itinerary

Saturday, October 22

12:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
1:00 pm - Rehearse

1:30 pm - Load trailer
1:45 pm - Board buses
2:00 pm - Depart UHS
3:00 pm - Stop at Washington Crown Plaza Mall for dinner (bring money)
4:00 pm - Depart Washington Crown Plaza Mall
5:00 pm - Arrive @ Martins Ferry Stadium
5:30 pm - Unload trailer
6:00 pm - Warmup
6:24 pm - Perform
7:15 pm - Mass Band Performance
7:30 pm - Board buses
~7:45 pm - Depart Martins Ferry High School
~9:30-9:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS

Directions to Martins Ferry Stadium:

-I-79 NORTH to I-70
-I-70 WEST to Elm Grove (Wheeling)
-At Elm Grove, stay on I-70 (the right lanes...DO NOT take I-470)
-Travel through the Wheeling Tunnel, past the downtown Wheeling exit and Wheeling Island Exit
-Exit from I-70 at the Bridgeport, OH, exit and turn RIGHT
-After about 1/2 mile, turn LEFT onto Ohio Route 7 NORTH to Martins Ferry
-Once in Martins Ferry, turn RIGHT at Hanover Street then LEFT at N. 1st Street
-HERE are the directions the buses will follow to get to the stadium, and HERE is a stadium map to help you find parking

-MSP 10/14/16 8:25 am

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SENIOR NIGHT INFORMATION:

Friday, October 21.

  • Family members escorting seniors will be admitted to the football game for free. (Due to the size of this year's class, we will only be able to announce seniors' and parents' names at halftime.)

  • Family members should come to the band area in the north end zone at the 8:00 mark of the second quarter to receive corsages and boutonnieres and to line up for halftime.

  • At the end of the second quarter, the band will go the goal line to line up and the seniors and family members will line up off the front sideline.

  • The band will enter from backfield, senior band members and family members will enter from the front, and senior announcements will begin.

  • As seniors are announced, students and family members will proceed to their spots eight steps off the front sideline.

  • After the last senior's name is read, students will proceed to their spots and perform the show. Family members are welcome to watch from the sidelines. (The view is actually better from the stands.)

-MSP 10/18/16 8:15 am

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Congratulations to Jessica Boggs of Morgantown, winner of the 2016 UHS Band Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License raffle.

-MSP 10/18/16 7:15 am

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The 249th Army Band is offering FREE All-State Band Master Classes for all instruments again this year.

Master Classes will be held on Sunday, October 16th at the Morgantown Readiness Center at the Morgantown Airport.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am and the event will run until 3:00 pm.

During the event, clinicians will give students tips and techniques to help prepare for auditions, and answer any questions about the excerpts.

Parents are welcome to attend.

A hospitality room will be provided and a special presentation. Don't forget to check us out our Facebook page @249th Army Band! 

To register, send an e-mail with your name, instrument, school, and location choice (Morgantown) to 249tharmyband@gmail.com.

-MSP 10/12/16 1:15 pm

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The 3rd Annual University Showcase of Bands begins this evening at 6:30 pm.

Students should arrive at UHS in
FULL UNIFORM at 5:30 pm.

The schedule is as follows:

6:30 pm - National Anthem - University HS
6:35 pm - Mountaineer Middle
6:48 pm - Clay Battelle
7:01 pm - Fairmont State
7:14 pm - Lewis County
7:27 pm - North Marion
7:40 pm - Brooke
7:53 pm - Fairmont Senior
8:06 pm - INTERMISSION
8:16 pm - Buckhannon Upshur
8:29 pm - Preston
8:42 pm - Morgantown
8:55 pm - University
9:08 pm - WVU Drum Line

-MSP 10/2/16 9:30 pm

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Fairmont Senior AWAY Game Itinerary

Friday, September 23

5:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
5:45 pm - Board Buses
6:00 pm - Depart UHS
6:30 pm - Arrive @ East-West Stadium
7:30 pm - Kickoff
~10:00 pm - Load trailer/board buses
~10"15-10:30 pm - Depart East-West Stadium
~11:00 - 11:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS


We will do everything in our power to arrive at UHS at the time listed, but some things are out of our control.

It is standard operating procedure for students to contact their rides when we are approximately 30 minutes from UHS.

-MSP 9/18/15 5:20 pm

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Preston TOB Competition Itinerary

Saturday, September 24

4:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
4:00 - 4:30 pm - Rehearse
4:30 pm - Load trailer/Board buses
5:00 pm - Depart UHS
~5:45-6:00 pm - Arrive @ Preston HS

6:45 pm - Warmup

7:30 pm - Perform
~8:30 pm - Awards
~9:00 pm - Depart Preston HS
~9:45-10:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS


We will do everything in our power to arrive at UHS at the time listed, but some things are out of our control.

It is standard operating procedure for students to contact their rides when we are approximately 30 minutes from UHS.

-MSP 9/18/15 5:25 pm

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Fairmont Band Spectacular Itinerary

Saturday, September 10

The WVU Game starts at 2:00 pm. Because college games usually run 3.5 to 4 hours, traffic should be clear for arrival at UHS and for the buses' departure at 5:15 pm. However, students and parents need to be aware of any possible detours, and should plan their travel accordingly.

4:00 pm -
Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
4:00 - 4:45 pm - Rehearse
4:45 pm - Load trailer
5:15 pm - Depart UHS
6:00 pm - Arrive @ East-West Stadium
6:15 pm - Unload Trailer
6:45 pm - Warm up
7:30 pm - Perform
8:00 pm - Load trailer/board buses
~8:30 - 8:45 pm - Depart East-West Stadium
~9:15 - 9:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS


We will do everything in our power to arrive at UHS at the time listed, but some things are out of our control.

It is standard operating procedure for students to contact their rides when we are approximately 30 minutes from UHS.

-MSP 9/6/15 7:05 am

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Morgantown Band Spectacular Itinerary

Monday, September 12

DUE TO PROBLEMS WITH BUS PARKING, STUDENTS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO MOUNTAINEER FIELD. THERE WILL NOT BE BUSES TO OR FROM THE EVENT.

THE TRAILER WILL TRAVEL TO THE STADIUM.

7:00 pm - Arrive @ Mountaineer Field in full uniform
7:15 pm - Unload trailer (In Parking Lot behind the Puskar Center)
7:30 pm - Warm up
8:18 pm - Perform
8:30 pm - Load trailer
~8:45 pm -Students dismissed

-MSP 9/9/15 2:07 pm

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Two important pieces of information about the schedule:

1. Less than 24 hours after announcing that we will perform in the Clay Battelle Band Spectacular, we were informed that the event was cancelled.

Because our September schedule is already full, we will NOT be performing anywhere on September 17.

2. The OVAC Showcase of Bands is listed as being on October 22, but that is just a guess at this point.

As of August 11, we have not received any information as to exactly when it will be held. The other possible dates would be October 15 and 29.

-MSP 8/12/16 7:30 am

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The Annual Back To School Bash performance will take place Tuesday, August 16 at 4:00 pm.

Field Show marchers only will perform in a concert arc at the student entrance to the school.

Field show students should arrive at 3:00 pm to warm up and make our way out to the student entrance.

We will perform our field show music, the cadence and parade tune, and the fight song.

-MSP 8/13/16 7:30 am

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We greatly appreciate the band parents who made this year's band camp such a success.

Faced with obstacles that could have ruined our camp experience, the band was able to accomplish everything we normally do because of the hard work of the parents who, in addition to their normal camp workload, fed the band, moved equipment and food back to UHS after Camp Muffly flooded on Sunday night, and arranged a terrific end-of-camp party on Friday.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

-MSP 8/5/16 8:45 pm

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There wil be a PARADE REHEARSAL on Tuesday, September 27 at 2:45 pm.

This rehearsal is in preparation for the UHS Homecoming Parade the following day.

-MSP 9/25/16 9:35 pm

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The UHS Homecoming Parade will be held on High Street on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 pm. Lineup is at 6:00 pm.

-MSP 9/25/16 9:35 pm

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Arrival time for all home football games is 6:30 pm.

The percussion section often has an earlier arrival time.
Please check with percussion instructors for that information.

-MSP 9/15/16 7:25 am

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Animation videos:

1. Opener
2. Percussion Feature
3. Ballad
4. Closer


(The audio quality is poor. It's not your computer.)

-MSP 8/4/16 7:45 am

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The UHS Band is excited to introduce Mr. Curtis E. Johnson as the new Assistant Director of Bands.

You can see Mr. Johnson's bio HERE.

-MSP 7/27/16 8:55 am

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2016 WVU Summer Music Offerings:

Mounaineer Music Leadership Academy (June 20-24)
WVU Percussion Camp (June 27-July 1)

-MSP 6/2/16 5:20 pm

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Congratulations to the UHS Symphonic Winds and Concert Band for receiving straight superior (I) ratings at the Region 10 Band Festival.

This marks the 23rd consecutive year that the Symphonic Winds has received superior ratings and the 10th consecutive year for the concert band.

-MSP 4/18/16 5:45 am

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The Annual UHS Band Spring Concert will be held Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium, and will feature performances by the Combined Concert Bands, the Symphonic Winds, and pre-concert music by the Jazztet.

Admission is $5.00 for audults, $3.00 for seniors and non-UHS students, and $10.00 oer family. UHS students and staff are admitted for free.

-MSP 4/18/16 5:45 am

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A HUGE thank you to all the band boosters who made our 2016 trip such a success.

We had transportation issue after transportation issue, and the kids and parents took them in stride and made this weekend very special.

We are especially appreciative of the work Boosters President Cathy Woerner did leading up to and during the trip.

-MSP 3/24/16 8:10 pm

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Symphonic Winds reference recordings:

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Nilesdance

-MSP 3/31/16 8:00 pm

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The Region 10 Band Festival will be held Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15 in Harrison County.

Concert Band
Thursday, April 14

Dress - All black concert attire
All students need to bring money for lunch

7:30 am Rehearse in band room
9:00 am Load trailer/board buses
9:30 am Depart UHS
10:15 am Arrive @ Bridgeport High School
11:00 am Warm-up
11:30 am Perform
12:00 pm Depart BHS
12:15 pm Eat @ Meadowbrook Mall Food Court
1:00 pm Depart Meadowbrook Mall
1:45 pm Arrive @ UHS

Symphonic Winds
Friday, April 15

Dress - Tuxes and gowns
All students need to bring money for lunch

7:30 am Rehearse in band room
9:00 am Load trailer/board buses
9:30 am Depart UHS
10:30 am Arrive @ Robert C. Byrd High School
11:00 am Warm-up
11:30 am Perform
12:00 pm Depart RCBHS
12:30 pm Eat @ Meadowbrook Mall Food Court
1:15 pm Depart Meadowbrook Mall
2:00 pm Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 4/9/16 12:10 pm

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Florida Hotel Address:

Comfort Inn and Suites Maingate East
2775 Florida Plaza Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34746

Phone:(407) 397-7848

-MSP 2/16/16 7:10 pm

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There will be marching band rehearsals from 2:45-4:30 pm on Monday, March 14, Tuesday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 16 to prepare for our performance at Walt Disney World.

-MSP 2/16/16 7:20 pm

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Governor's School Auditions will be held at UHS on Saturday, February 6 from 7:30 am until 5:00 pm.

We will need parent and student help throughout the day. Duty periods will be broken up into 7:30-12:00 and 12:00-5:00 shifts.

In the event of conflict, UHS students auditioning for Governor's School will receive credit for that instead of participating in Solo and Ensemble.

-MSP 2/2/16 5:40 am

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Solo and Ensemble will be held this Saturday, February 6 at Fairmont State University's Wallman Hall.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from FSU.

Directions to Fairmont State:

-I-79 South to Exit 132 (South Fairmont Exit).  At light, turn right onto Route 250 North.
-Follow 250 North and at 2nd light turn left onto Country Club Road.
-At 1st light, turn right onto Locust Avenue.
-At 2nd light, turn left at the south end entrance to campus.  Take first right into Wallman Hall rear parking (round building)

-MSP 2/2/16 5:40 am

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Symphonic Winds: Due to rehearsal and recording time lost to snow days, two-hour delays, and early dismissals, we WILL need to have after school rehearsals Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, January 28.

(These rehearsals were listed as possibilities on the January calendar which were distributed January 4.)

Rehearsals will run from 2:45-4:30 both days.

-MSP 1/21/15 1:45 pm

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-MSP 10/1/15 2:20 pm

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of University High School Band family member Andrew Farris.

Drew has written the marching drill for the UHS Band for the past ten years, and was the architect of the UHS Color Guard's rise to prominence starting in 2003.

Drew was a tireless worker, highly creative, and always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.

Drew...the UHS Band thanks you for your contributions to our successes over the last ten years. May you rest in peace.

-MSP 1/10/15 4:10 pm

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We will distribute fruit Thursday, December 10 from 10:00-2:00 and 3:00-7:00 pm in the UHS Band room.

-MSP 11/30/15 5:45 pm

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The UHS Band Holiday Concert will be held Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for non-UHS students and seniors, or $10.00 per family. UHS students are admitted free with finger scan.

-MSP 12/8/15 11:25 am

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-MSP 7/27/15 4:15 pm

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OVAC Showcase of Bands Itinerary

Saturday, October 24

1:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
1:30 pm - Rehearse
2:00 pm - Load trailer
2:15 pm - Board buses
2:30 pm - Depart UHS
3:30 pm - Stop at Washington Crown Plaza Mall for dinner (bring money)
4:30 pm - Depart Washington Crown Plaza Mall
5:30 pm - Arrive @ Martins Ferry Stadium
5:45 pm - Unload trailer
6:18 pm - Warmup
6:42 pm - Perform
7:30 pm - Mass Band Performance
8:00 pm - Board buses
~8:15 pm - Depart Martins Ferry High School
~9:45-10:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS

Directions to Martins Ferry Stadium:

-I-79 NORTH to I-70
-I-70 WEST to Elm Grove (Wheeling)
-At Elm Grove, stay on I-70 (the right lanes...DO NOT take I-470)
-Travel through the Wheeling Tunnel, past the downtown Wheeling exit and Wheeling Island Exit
-Exit from I-70 at the Bridgeport, OH, exit and turn RIGHT
-After about 1/2 mile, turn LEFT onto Ohio Route 7 NORTH to Martins Ferry
-Once in Martins Ferry, turn RIGHT at Hanover Street then LEFT at N. 1st Street
-HERE are the directions the buses will follow to get to the stadium, and HERE is a stadium map to help you find parking

-MSP 10/18/13 11:00 am

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Parent viewing of the composite pictures taken recently will be held on Wednesday, October 14 from 3:00-8:00 pm in the band room.

-MSP 9/2/15 11:20 am

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SENIOR NIGHT INFORMATION:

Friday, October 9.

  • Family members escorting seniors will be admitted to the football game for free.
  • Family members should come to the band area in the north end zone at the 8:00 mark of the second quarter to receive corsages and boutonnieres and to line up for halftime.
  • At the end of the second quarter, the band will go the goal line to line up and the seniors and family members will line up off the front sideline.
  • The band will enter from backfield, senior band members and family members will enter from the front, and senior announcements will begin.
  • As seniors are announced, students and family members will proceed to their spots eight steps off the front sideline.
  • After the last senior's name is read, students will proceed to their spots and perform the show. Family members are welcome to watch from the sidelines. (The view is actually better from the stands.)

-MSP 10/5/15 7:25 am

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THANK YOU to all the boosters, bands, students, and directors who made the 2nd Annual University Showcase of Bands a huge success.

Special thanks to Kevin Tenney and Jamie Starcher for organizing the event so that it ran so smoothly.

-MSP 9/28/15 10:45 pm

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All Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License tickets and money are due by Friday, October 2.

-MSP 9/28/15 10:45 pm

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Congratulations to the UHS Marching Band for an outstanding performance at the Preston "Music in the Mountains" Tournament of Bands competition on Saturday, September 19.

The band received First Place Guard, First Place Percussion, First Place Field Commander, First Place Band in Group IV (Large Band Class), and Overall High Score at the competition.

-MSP 9/21/15 7:00 am

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The 2nd Annual University Showcase of Bands will be held Monday, September 28 at 6:30 pm at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium on the campus of University High School.

The lineup is as follows:

6:30 National Anthem - University High School
6:35 Trinity
6:50 Clay Battelle
7:05 Liberty
7:20 Bridgeport
7:35 Fairmont State
7:50 INTERMISSION
8:00 Buckhannon Upshur
8:15 Phillip Barbour
8:30 North Marion
8:45 Fairmont Senior
9:00 Morgantown
9:15 University
9:30 WVU Drum Line

Gates open at 6:00 and admission is $7.00.

-MSP 9/27/15 7:20 pm

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Liberty Band Spectacular Itinerary

Monday, September 21

2:45 - 4:00 pm - Rehearsal
4:00 pm - Load trailer

4:15 pm - Boosters will feed students dinner
4:45 pm - Change into uniforms
5:00 pm - Board Buses
5:15 pm - Depart UHS
6:15 pm - Arrive @ Liberty High School
6:40 pm - Warmup
7:10 pm - Perform
~7:45 pm - Buses depart Liberty High School
~8:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/16/15 10:20 am

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Preston TOB Competition Itinerary

Saturday, September 19

4:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
4:00 - 4:30 pm - Rehearse
4:30 - Load trailer/Board buses
5:00 pm - Depart UHS
~5:45-6:00 pm - Arrive @ Preston HS

6:30 pm - Warmup

7:00 pm - Perform
8:00 pm - Awards
~8:30 pm - Depart Preston HS
~9:15-9:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/10/15 12:00 pm

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UPDATED Fairmont Band Spectacular Itinerary

Saturday, September 12

Currently, the weather forecast is calling for steady rain on Saturday evening. In the event that we have to cancel, we will announce the cancellation by 6:30 pm on Saturday.

7:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
7:45 pm - Load trailer
8:00 pm - Depart UHS
8:45 pm - Arrive @ East-West Stadium
9:30 pm - Warm up
10:15 pm - Perform
~10:45 pm - Load trailer/board buses
~11:00 - 11:15 pm - Depart East-West Stadium
~11:45 - 12:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS


We will do everything in our power to arrive at UHS at the time listed, but some things are out of our control.

It is standard operating procedure for students to contact their rides when we are approximately 30 minutes from UHS.

-MSP 9/10/15 11:10 am

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The Annual UHS Band "Back to School Bash" performance will be held at UHS on Monday, August 17 at 4:00 pm.

Students should arrive at the school in band t-shirts and shorts at 3:30 pm. We will warm-up, proceed to the front of the school, and perform our field show music and fight song in concert arcs.

Students will be dismissed immediately following the performance to pick up schedules and participate in Back to School Bash festivities.

-MSP 8/16/15 11:45 am

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The annual Kennywood reward trip will be Friday, August 14. The cost for students and chaperones will be $26.00, plus spending money in the park.

KENNYWOOD MONEY IS DUE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12.

Chaperones will receive $25.00 credit toward their child's BOF.

To be eligible for this trip, students must have three or fewer EXCUSED absences and zero UNEXCUSED absences, and must also be up-to-date (or have made payment arrangements) with their CUED Fees.

Students should arrive at UHS at 8:45 am. We will depart UHS at 9:00 am and return at approximately 9:30 pm.

We are not wearing band apparel on this trip, but all Monongalia County Schools dress code rules apply.

-MSP 8/7/15 10:25 pm

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FULL BAND, senior, and sectional photos will be taken at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 13.

All field show and parade only marchers need to be in attendance on this date. Students should report to the band room, and will need their full uniforms, including black band shoes and black socks.

Students WILL NOT need their instruments or hats.

This is a different photo shoot than the composite pictures that will be taken when school starts.

-MSP 8/3/15 1:45 pm

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A big THANK YOU to the everyone who made the 2015 UHS Band Camp a big success. From chaperones, to staff, to parents donating camp supplies, we could not have done it without you.

-MSP 8/3/15 1:45 pm

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2015-2016 Parent Letters were mailed out on June 11.

If you did not receive one, you can find it HERE.

-MSP 6/11/15 2:15 pm

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Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, all students will be required to have a sports physical to participate in band.

These physicals must be done AFTER June 1, 2015, and are acceptable for ALL UHS sports for the entire school year.


Health and Sports Physical Forms can be found HERE.

-MSP 6/3/15 8:25 am

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The 2015-2016 UHS Band Handbook can be found HERE and at the link at the top of this page.

The handbook includes updated (and we hope, clearer) explanations of fees, students accounts, etc. and includes the AGREEMENT FORM, which must be returned by July 20.

-MSP 7/10/15 12:25 pm

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West Virginia University will be offering several exciting opportunities for high school students this summer:

WVU International Flute Symposium
WVU Percussion Camp
Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy

-MSP 5/18/15 1:25 pm

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The Jazz and Percussion Concert will be held Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium. The concert will feature performances by the UHS Percussion Ensemble, the UHS Jazztet, the UHS Jazz Ensemble, and special guest, Duquesne University professor/arranger/saxophonist Mike Tomaro.

Admission is free for UHS students, $5.00 for adults, and $3.00 for non-UHS students and seniors. The cost for families is $10.00 (immediate families only).

-MSP 3/2/15 11:15 am

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WVU Honor Bands will be held at the WVU CAC February 12-14.

The band will cover registration fees.

Details can be found HERE.

-MSP 2/10/15 7:05 am

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Uniform turn-in is the week of January 26-30. Please bring in full uniforms, including the following:

Pants
Jacket
Cape
Vestee
Hat
Plume
Garment Bag
Hat Box


Notes:

Students DO NOT need to have uniforms dry-cleaned. The band will take all uniforms to the dry cleaners.

All-State Band members will need to keep uniforms until after the All-State Concert in March, but All-State Orchestra members should turn their uniforms in this week.

Guard uniforms should also be returned at this time.

-MSP 1/26/15 8:15 am

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Solo and Ensemble will be held at Wallman Hall at Fairmont State University on Saturday, February 7.

UHS student times range from 9:00 to 10:42 am, and are posted in the band room.

HERE are directions.

-MSP 2/6/15 8:25 am

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Auditions for 2015 Governor's School for the Arts will be helad at UHS on Saturday, January 24 from 8:00 am to approximately 4:00 pm.

Band students can receive community service hours by volunteering for this event.

-MSP 1/20/15 8:00 am

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There will be a memorial service for Drew Farris on Sunday, January 18 at 6:30 pm at the WVU Band practice field by the Coliseum.

-MSP 1/15/15 11:54 am

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of University High School Band family member Andrew Farris.

Drew has written the marching drill for the UHS Band for the past ten years, and was the architect of the UHS Color Guard's rise to prominence starting in 2003.

Drew was a tireless worker, highly creative, and always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.

Drew...the UHS Band thanks you for your contributions to our successes over the last ten years. May you rest in peace.
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-MSP 1/10/15 4:10 pm

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UPDATE (10:15 am):

All-State Band auditions will take place at Fairmont State University on Friday, January 9 REGARDLESS OF WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Students are asked to look presentable, and will need to have copies of their solos for the judges.

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If school starts on time or we are delayed:

We are scheduled to depart UHS at 7:15 by school bus EVEN IF THERE IS A DELAY.

After auditions are completed, we will eat lunch at the Morgantown Mall and will return to UHS no later than 1:30 pm.

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If school is cancelled:

We cannot get bus transportation to FSU is school is cancelled. Students may arrange for their own transportation to and from auditions, though THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO DO SO.

HERE are the directions to the audition site...Fairmont State's Wallman Hall.

Mr. Palmer will be at FSU starting at 8:00 am to assist with UHS check-in, regardless of whether we travel by bus or not.

All students need to arrive at LEAST 30 minutes prior to their audition times.

Mr. Palmer will be at the band room today between 1:00 and 2:30 today so students can get instruments and make copies, if necessary.

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Students who do not make it to auditions because of weather may either participate in Solo and Ensemble on February 7, at FSU (information about S&E is posted in the band room), or play audition etudes, solos, and scales for Mr. Palmer or Mr. King.

-MSP 1/8/14 10:15 am

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CLARIFICATION: Dress Rehearsal for ALL members of the Brass Ensemble, Concert Band, and Symphonic Winds will run from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Thursday, December 18.

Jazz Combo members do not need to attend.

Sorry for any confusion.

-MSP 12/17/14 9:45 pm

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The annual Holiday Concert will be held Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, or $10.00 per family (immediate family only). UHS students are admitted FREE with finger scan.

We will hold a required dress rehearsal during 5th and 6th period the day of the concert. Please note that this is the second day of final exams.

-MSP 11/30/14 7:15 pm

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SENIOR NIGHT INFORMATION:

Friday, October 24.

  • Family members escorting seniors will be admitted to the football game for free.
  • Family members should come to the band area in the north end zone at the 8:00 mark of the second quarter to receive corsages and boutonnieres and to line up for halftime.
  • At the end of the second quarter, the band will go the goal line to line up and the seniors and family members will line up off the front sideline.
  • The band will enter from the end zone, senior band members and family members will enter from the front, and senior announcements will begin.
  • As seniors are announced, students and family members will proceed to their spots eight steps off the front sideline.
  • After the last senior's name is read, students will proceed to their spots and perform the show. Family members are welcome to watch from the sidelines. (The view is actually better from the stands.)

-MSP 10/22/14 10:40 am

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OVAC Showcase of Bands Itinerary

Saturday, October 18

NOTE: THE END OF THE WVU/BAYLOR GAME IS LIKELY TO BE AROUND 3:30. TO AVOID POST-GAME TRAFFIC, WE HAVE MOVED THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES UP BY 30 MINUTES.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES IN WHITE.

2:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms/Load trailer
2:45 pm - Board buses
3:00 pm - Depart UHS
4:00 pm - Stop at Washington Crown Plaza Mall for dinner (bring money)
5:15 pm - Depart Washington Crown Plaza Mall
6:00 pm - Arrive @ Martins Ferry High School
6:15 pm - Unload trailer
6:54 pm - Warmup
7:18 pm - Perform
~7:45 pm - Mass Band Performance
~8:15 pm - Board buses
~8:30 pm - Depart Martins Ferry High School
~10:00-10:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS

We always have the UHS Band Emergency Phone (304.282.2952) with us when we travel.

Directions to Martins Ferry Stadium:

-I-79 NORTH to I-70
-I-70 WEST to Elm Grove (Wheeling)
-At Elm Grove, stay on I-70 (the right lanes...DO NOT take I-470)
-Travel through the Wheeling Tunnel, past the downtown Wheeling exit and Wheeling Island Exit
-Exit from I-70 at the Bridgeport, OH, exit and turn RIGHT
-After about 1/2 mile, turn LEFT onto Ohio Route 7 NORTH to Martins Ferry
-Once in Martins Ferry, turn RIGHT at Hanover Street then LEFT at N. 1st Street
-HERE are the directions the buses will follow to get to the stadium, and HERE is a stadium map to help you find parking

-MSP 10/12/13 1:00 pm

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THANK YOU to the parents, students and spectators who made the Inaugural University Showcase of Bands a huge success.

The University High School Band Boosters are second to none.

-MSP 10/2/14 11:00 am

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Congratulations to the marching band for an outstanding performance at Saturday's Preston "Music In the Mountains" Tournament of Bands competition.

Competing against four other bands in Group IV (the large band class), the UHS Band earned First Place Band, First Place Percussion, and First Place Guard.

-MSP 9/21/14 9:00 pm

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PLEASE HAVE UNIFORMS DRY-CLEANED AFTER THE UHS HOMECOMING GAME ON OCTOBER 3.

We have two weeks between performances. Uniforms should be taken to the dry cleaners early next week so that they are ready by our next performance on October 17.

Please note: Uniform Dry-cleaning fees cover the FINAL dry-cleaning of the year, not cleanings during the season.

We suggest you price-shop. Uniforms can generally be cleaned for around $15.00, but some places charge as much as $25.00.

-MSP 10/2/14 11:00 am

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Showcase of Bands Itinerary

Wednesday, October 1

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BRING UNIFORMS TO SCHOOL EITHER TUESDAY EVENING OR WEDNESDAY MORNING.

WE WILL STAY AFTER SCHOOL AND THE BOOSTERS WILL PROVIDE DINNER PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SHOWCASE.

3:30 pm - Boosters will feed students in band room
4:30 pm - Students change into uniforms
~5:15 pm - First bands arrive. Band performance schedule can be found HERE.
Further details will follow soon.
6:00 pm - UHS Band performs National Anthem (Band will sit in our endzone seats throughout the show.)
~8:30 pm - Showcase ends

-MSP 9/28/14 10:15 am

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The first PARADE rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, September 23 after school. ALL band members must attend.

Please see the band handbook for details on rehearsal attendance and grading.

The band will participate in the Buckwheat Festival Parade on Friday, September 26.

-MSP 9/15/14 3:00 pm

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IMPORTANT POLICY INFORMATION:

The UHS Band Health Policy has been amended to assure that we are in line with Monongalia County Schools Policy.

A letter was sent home on Wednesday, September 10 outlining these changes, and the signed form is due back to the band office by Wednesday, September 17.

The form can be found HERE.

-MSP 9/10/14 2:05 pm

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Buckwheat Festival Parade Itinerary

Friday, September 26

Students will need to bring full uniforms to school either on Thursday evening or Friday morning.

ALL STUDENTS WILL NEED TO EAT FIRST LUNCH, AND WILL NEED MONEY FOR FOOD AT THE CARNIVAL FOLLOWING THE PARADE.

11:15 am - Students dismissed from classes
11:30 am - Board buses
11:45 am - Depart UHS
12:45 pm -
Arrive @ Kingwood
1:00 pm - Lineup
1:30 pm - Warmup
2:00 pm - Parade starts
~3:00 - 3:45 pm - Free time in carnival area
4:00 pm - Depart Kingwood

~5:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/17/14 11:15 am

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Wheeling Park Home Football Game Itinerary

Friday, September 12

6:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS in uniform
6:45 pm - Warm-up in band room
7:10 pm - Pre-game
7:30 pm - Kickoff
~9:30-10:15 - Game ends

All home games will follow this schedule. All band students are expected to remain with the band at the game until its conclusion.

-MSP 9/7/14 8:45 pm

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Preston TOB Competition Itinerary

Saturday, September 20

Due to home soccer games during the day, we will be unable to rehearse before leaving. We will load the trailer following the Wheeling Park football game.

4:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
5:00 pm - Board buses
5:15 pm - Depart UHS
6:15 pm -
Arrive @ Preston HS
7:00 pm - Warmup
7:45 pm - Perform
8:45 pm - Awards
~9:00 pm - Depart Preston HS
~9:45-10:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/12/14 4:00 pm

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The band will NOT travel to Clarksburg for the Liberty Band Spectacular.

After careful consideration, it was decided that returning late to UHS on a school night would be too difficult for many families, particularly with as many committments as we will have over the next several weeks.

Our apologies to the Liberty High School Band.

-MSP 9/10/14 2:05 pm

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Morgantown and Fairmont Band Spectaculars Itinerary

Saturday, September 13

12:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
12:45 pm - Rehearse
1:30 pm - Load trailer
1:45 pm - Board Buses
2:00 pm - Depart UHS
2:15 pm - Arrive @ Milan Puskar Stadium
2:30 pm -
Unload trailer
~3:00 pm - Warm-up
~3:30 pm - Perform
~4:45 pm - Depart Milan Puskar Stadium
~5:15 pm - Eat @ Morgantown Mall Food Court
~6:15 pm - Depart Morgantown Mall
~7:00 pm - Arrive @ East/West Stadium
~7:30 pm -
Unload trailer
~8:00 pm - Warm-up
~8:45 pm - Perform
~9:15 pm - Depart East/West Stadium
~9:45-10:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS

We will do everything in our power to arrive at UHS at the times listed, but some things are out of our control.

It is standard operating procedure for students to contact their rides when we are approximately 30 minutes from UHS.

The UHS Band Emergency Phone number is 304.282.2952.

-MSP 9/7/14 8:45 pm

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UHS Band Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held Sunday, September 7 at 2:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Star City.

-Doors open at 1:00 pm.
-HERE is a flyer for the event.
-HERE is a "Thank You" letter to use when collecting donations.

-MSP 8/5/14 1:40 pm

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Showcase of Bands T-Shirt Order Forms:

Showcase T-Shirt
Volunteer Shirt

-MSP 8/26/14 7:05 am

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The Kennywood trip is on.

Please dress appropriately. The high temperature at Kennywood today may not get out of the 60's.

To qualify for the Kennywood trip, students must have missed three or fewer days (excused or unexcused) and paid $25 for their Ride-All-Day pass. Students will also need money for food and souvenirs.

Please arrive at UHS no later than 8:45 am. We will depart at 9:00 am and should arrive back at UHS at approximately 9:30 pm.

-MSP 8/13/14 6:50 am

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Reminder: All rehearsals the week of August 11 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) run from 2:45-4:30.

-MSP 8/11/14 7:00 am

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Due Monday, August 11:

1. Sectional t-shirt orders with money. (Sectional shirts are not mandatory.)
2. Kennywood money ($25.00 - only students who are attending)

-MSP 8/9/14 11:30 am

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The Kennywood Trip will be held Wednesday, August 13. We will depart UHS by school bus at 9:00 am and return to UHS by approximately 9:30 pm.

The band pays for transportation, and students pay for their Ride-All-Day pass (approximately $25.00), food, and souvenirs for the day.

This trip is a reward for students who have missed three or fewer days of summer band rehearsal.

-MSP 8/5/14 1:50 pm

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The 2014-2015 EVENT CALENDAR is available and can be found HERE.

There are usually changes made to the calendar during the school year. Please check the calendar frequently.

-MSP 7/18/14 11:40 am

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The 2014-2015 UHS Band Handbook is now available and can be found HERE.

Please note the change to Concert Band concert attire, and new (we hope) CLEARER terminology
describing band funds and fundraising.

ALL students must turn in HEALTH FORMS before participating in band activities, and AGREEMENT FORMS by July 21. These forms are found at the end of the handbook.

-MSP 7/14/14 10:45 am

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Thanks to the UHS Band Boosters for placing THIS wonderful ad in the Dominion Post Friday, Saturday, and Monday of Memorial Day weekend.

-MSP 5/23/14 8:30 am

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The UHS Band Emergency Phone number is 304.282.2952. This phone will be held by a director, a member of the boosters, or a staff member at all band events when we travel away from the school.

Please ONLY use this number in the event of an emergency.

During rehearsals, the band office phone, 304.291.9275, is the best way to contact directors or students.

-MSP 7/9/14 12:30 pm

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Check out these WVU Summer Music Opportunities:

1. WVU International Flute Symposium
2. WVU Percussion Camp

-MSP 4/16/14 8:30 am

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Congratulations to the UHS Symphonic Winds and Concert Band for receiving straight superior (I) ratings at the Region 10 Band Festival.

This marks the 21st consecutive year that the Symphonic Winds has received superior ratings and the 8th consecutive year for the concert band.

-MSP 5/3/14 9:05 am

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Congratulations to the UHS Jazz Ensemble for being selected as a 2014 West Virginia Music Educators Association Honor Band.

-MSP 3/4/14 7:20 pm

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Congratulations to the UHS Symphonic Winds for being selected as a 2014 West Virginia Music Educators Association Honor Band.

-MSP 2/17/14 8:15 am

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2014-2015 Guard Information has been added to the Guard page and the event calendar.

-MSP 2/20/14 8:25 am

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Graduation will be held Friday, May 23 at 7:00 pm at the WVU Coliseum.

Unless otherwise noted, ALL UHS Band members participate in the graduation band. We will rehearse during school on May 23.

Students need to arrive at the Coliseum at 6:30 pm that evening, and the ceremony usually lasts about an hour and a half.

Dress for all graduation band members is black pants or skirts and white shirts. All-black dresses are allowed.
All dresses must be of the appropriate length.

Seniors will perform "The Ascension" with the Symphonic Winds during graduation. Any senior wishing to participate must get a copy of the music from Mr. Palmer and attend rehearsal on Thursday, May 22 following graduation practice at UHS.

-MSP 5/12/14 7:30 am

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2014-2015 Field Commander Auditions will be held in the band room on Tuesday, May 20 at 3:00 pm.

We will hold Field Commander clinics in the band room on Monday, May 12 and Monday, May 19 at 2:45.

-MSP 4/23/14 1:45 pm

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The UHS Band Spring Concert will be held Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium.

The concert will feature performances by the Symphonic Winds and Concert Band, with pre-concert music provided by the Jazz Combo.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and non-UHS students. Families are admitted for $10.00, and UHS students are admitted FREE with finger scan.

Band students need to wear concert attire and arrive at 6:30 pm.

-MSP 5/3/14 9:05 am

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The photo viewing meetings originally scheduled for March 3 have been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 8 from 3:00-8:00 pm.

If you wish to view or purchase your pictures online, click HERE, click on University HS, then enter the password 0303.

-MSP 3/12/14 1:15 pm

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2014 WVMEA Conference Information


1. Members of the Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble will depart UHS by charter bus on Thursday at 8:00 am.

2. Students should bring all performance attire with them (tuxes and gowns for Symphonic Winds, all black for Jazz Ensemble, band uniforms for All-State Band members, and black and white for All-State Orchestra members.) Please remember dress shoes and black socks, if applicable.

3. We will have snacks on the bus.

4. We will arrive at Ogalbay Park by approximately 10:00 am. Instructions will follow upon arrival.

5. Attire for all rehearsals and free time is casual. Represent your school and community well.

6. Symphonic Winds will perform at 12:15 pm in Glessner Hall. Symphonic Winds will use a lot of the large percussion equipment provided by the conference.

7. Following the Symphonic Winds performance, a bag lunch will be provided for All-State members, who will then go to their respectve rehearsals, and all other band members will have lunch provided. Details will follow.

8. Jazz Ensemble will perform at 6:00 pm in Glessner Hall. Jazz Ensemble will use mostly OUR equipment, minus the piano.

9. We will stay for the performance of a certain UHS bass clarinet player on the State Solo and Ensemble concert in Glessner Hall, then all students not staying for the remainder of the conference will depart for UHS.

10. We should arrive at UHS between 9:00 and 10:00 pm.

11. The All-State Concert will be held at the J.B. Chambers Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 pm. Students will ride home with parents following the concert.

12. During our stay in Wheeling, all hotel rooms and meals for All-State Band and Orchestra members will be paid for by the Band Boosters.


-MSP 3/16/14 3:20 pm

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Here are some useful Music Theory pages:

http://www.musictheory.net

http://www.people.vcu.edu/~bhammel/theory/resources

http://academic.udayton.edu/tobyrush/theorypages/

-MSP 8/26/13 10:30 am

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Symphonic Winds: Here are your reference recordings.

Third Suite
(Now in the CORRECT key!)
Rush
Il Re Pastore
The Ascension
King Cotton
Legacy


-MSP 2/23/14 10:45 am

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Symphonic Winds will rehearse from 2:45-4:30 on the following dates to prepare for the WVMEA Honor Concert on March 20:

Wednesday, February 26
Wednesday, March 5
Wednesday, March 12
Wednesday, March 19


Please make sure you are able to attend.

-MSP 2/17/14 4:15 pm

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UHS Faculty: Please excuse the members of the Symphonic Winds for being tardy to 7th period today (3/12). The Dominion Post was at the school doing a story on their selection as a WV Honor Band.

I (Mr. Palmer) sincerely apologize for making them tardy and having them miss so much class recently.

While being selected as an honor band is wonderful, it also creates a A LOT of extra work, and we are struggling to get everything done before next week's concert.

-MSP 3/12/14 1:00 pm

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Nashville Trip Update:

Updated March 5 at 8:30 am. CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES.

Recently updated information will be WHITE.

Our FINAL ITINERARY can be found HERE.

Here is our hotel information:

Holiday Inn/Opryland Airport
2200 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
615-316-1055

NOTES:

1. CHAPERONES: Mr. Palmer has parking passes, and all chaperone vehicles can be left in the student parking lot while we are in Nashville.

2. Any updates to HEALTH FORMS should be submitted IMMEDIATELY upon returning from the snow day(s).

3. Bus sign-up sheets will be filled BY SENIORITY starting on Thursday, February 27 in the band room. Sign-ups will take place as follows:

Seniors: Thursday, February 27
Juniors: Friday, February 28
Sophomores: Monday, March 3
Freshmen: Tuesday, March 4


4. Student luggage should be brought to the band room on Wednesday, March 5 and will be locked in the uniform room until departure.
ALL STUDENT LUGGAGE IS SUBJECT TO SEARCH.

Luggage should be no larger than approximately 30” wide by 20” tall by 12” deep. We will not allow luggage that is obviously larger than the recommended size. Carry-on luggage must be small enough to fit in the overhead compartment on the bus. Students may bring a pillow and blanket for the bus ride.

5. We will arrive at 3:00 am, load the buses, and depart at 4:00 am.


6. Bus quiet hours will be in effect from 4:00 am until we stop for breakfast between 7:00 and 7:30 am. During quiet hours, boys will sit on one side of the aisle and girls on the other.

7. All school and county rules are in effect the entire time. This school-sponsored trip is an extension of the school day, and students are expected to dress and conduct themselves as if we were in school.

8. Dress for the jazz band and jazz combo performances is all black. Dress for the jazz combo recording session at RCA Studios is casual.

Dress for the concert band and symphonic winds clinics at Vanderbilt will be casual attire.


9. When at the hotel, boys are not permitted to be on the girls' floor and vice versa. We will determine curfews on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights prior to departure.

10. We recommend students bring as little money as possible. The package is all-inclusive EXCEPT for four meals, three of which are when we are in transit to and from Nashville. Students will also need money for souvenirs.

11. Nightime security is provided as part of the package.


12. Packing suggestions: HERE is the link to Nashville Weather. Pack clothes accordingly, and remember that you will need comfortable clothes for the bus trip.

Also, hotels do provide toiletries, but with four students per room, it is probably wise to pack soap, shampoo, and an extra towel in addition to toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.

-MSP 3/5/13 8:30 am

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The UHS Jazz and Percussion Concert will be held Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium.

The concert and will feature international jazz star Sean Jones, and will include performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Percussion Ensemble.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for non-UHS students and seniors, and $10.00 per family. UHS students are admitted free with finger scan.


-MSP 2/17/14 4:15 pm

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A big THANK YOU to all the parents and students who volunteered their time and energy to help make the 2014 GSA Auditions a success.

-MSP 2/22/14 5:15 pm

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The UHS Band will host the 2014 Governor's School for the Arts Auditions Saturday, February 22 from 8:00 am until approximately 4:00 pm.

We will provide the space, food, and student and parent assistance to the auditioning students, the judges, and parents.

We will need approximately 5 UHS Band parents and 10 UHS Band students to help during the day.

-MSP 1/23/14 10:45 am

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BAND COMPOSITE PHOTOS AND UNIFORM TURN-IN ARE STILL ON FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19.

Families may purchase photo packages from these sessions. Sittings to view band photos will be held Monday, March 3 from 3:00-8:00 pm at the band room.

-MSP 2/19/14 7:40 am

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Composite pictures and uniform turn-in have been RESCHEDULED for WEDNESDAY, February 19.

Students will need to bring their full uniform to school. The band will take care of all dry-cleaning. Students do not need to take uniforms to the cleaners.

Students who made All-State Band will need their uniforms for the All-State concert, and can turn them in after the WVMEA Conference in March.

-MSP 1/29/14 10:55 am

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This weekend's WVU Honor Bands activites will take place as scheduled.

Safety first. If you were nominated, please try to make it, but there will be no penalty if you cannot.

The schedule of events will remain the same, and all general information can be found HERE.

In the event that you cannot attend, please let Mr. Palmer know by emailing him at mpalmer@access.k12.wv.us, and he will inform WVU of any UHS absenses.

-MSP 2/13/14 5:45 am

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All-State Band auditions will not be cancelled in the event of bad weather.

UPDATE:
Monongalia County Schools are cancelled Friday January 3. We will not have bus transportation. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the auditions.

Please be careful if driving, and remember, SYMPHONIC WINDS STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE TO DO SOLO AND ENSEMBLE INSTEAD OF ALL-STATE AUDITIONS.

No one is required to take unnecessary risks. Worst case scenario, students may travel to Capital HS Saturday, January 4, and they will fit you into the schedule there. (Mr. Palmer will not be at Capital HS.)

Because auditions will likely be running ahead of schedule by the end of the day, we recommend students arrive at least a couple of hours before their scheduled audition time, and EVERYONE AUDITIONING SHOULD ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 2:00 PM.

HERE are driving directions to Fairmont State University.

Mr. Palmer will be at Wallman Hall from approximately 12:00 noon until our final person auditions.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

-Please dress nicely. Though these are blind auditions, remember that you are representing our school and community the entire time you are there.

-Bring a copy of your solo. There will not be a copier available at FSU.

-Because we are not traveling together, we WILL NOT carry the UHS BAND EMERGENCY PHONE.

-Please inform Mr. Palmer via email at mpalmer@access.k12.wv.us if you will not be auditioning for any reason.

-Cell service is bad in Wallman Hall, but Mr. Palmer will check his e-mail every 30 minutes.

-MSP 1/3/14 5:50 am

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The 2013 Fruit Sale was a tremendous success.

Thanks to the Band Boosters, especially those who administered the sale, organized and sorted fruit, entered data, counted money, and help prepare and distribute fruit from the time it arrived to the time the last box left the band room.

Thanks also to all who sold, bought, and delivered the fruit.


The band had a profit of roughly $15,000 after expenses, with over $8,000 going directly toward student expenses for our Nashville trip.

-MSP 12/19/13 8:00 am

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Jazz Ensemble: HERE is your warm-up track.

-MSP 11/14/13 1:00 pm

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Fruit distribution will take place Thursday, December 12 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

We ask that you try to avoid the hours of 2:00-3:00 pm due to the buses blocking the band room entrance and the general chaos associated with the release of students at the end of school.

Families of band members may come anytime after 8:00 am to pick up their orders to be delivered.

The truck will arrive Wednesday, December 11 immediately after school. Any parents and band students who wish to help are welcome to unload and organize. Band students can receive community service hours.

-MSP 12/11/13 8:30 am

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The UHS Band Holiday Concert will be held Monday, December 9 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium.

Students should arrive at 6:30 pm. Concert attire is tuxes and gowns for the symphonic winds, and black and white for concert band.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for non-UHS students and seniors, and $10.00 per family (immediate family only). UHS students, faculty, and staff, are admitted for free with finger scan.

-MSP 11/25/13 9:15 pm

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The roads are fine and we WILL travel to Cameron today.

We will follow the itinerary listed below.

Please remember to eat a good breakfast and dress warmly (BUT NO JEANS) under your uniforms.

Students may decorate their instruments. Decorations must be within reason and cannot affect the instruments' playability.

Arival time is 9:45 am. Please don't be late, we are pulling out promptly at 10:00 am.

-MSP 12/7/13 7:58 am

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The Cameron Christmas Parade and Concert will be held Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 pm. (PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. IT WAS MISTAKENLY LISTED AS 1:30 PM ORIGINALLY.)

We will load the trailer for both weekend performances Friday during school.

Make sure to eat a good breakfast. The city of Cameron will feed us a spaghetti lunch between the parade and the concert.

We will wear our uniforms for both performances, minus tha hats for the concert.

Itinerary

Saturday, December 7

9:45 am - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms/Board buses
10:00 am - Depart UHS
11:45 am - Arrive @ OLD Cameron HS for parade lineup
12:00 pm - Unload trailer
1:00 pm - Parade start
2:00 pm - Lunch
4:00 pm - Perform concert at NEW Cameron HS Auditorium
~5:30 pm - Depart Cameron
~7:00-7:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS

We always have the UHS Band Emergency Phone (304.282.2952) with us when we travel.

-MSP 12/2/13 6:15 am

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PLEASE CHECK THE UPDATED CALENDER and recent (minor) changes that have been made HERE.

-MSP 11/19/13 8:15 am

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Congratulations to the Marching Band for TWO outstanding performances over the weekend, one at UHS senior night, and one at the OVAC Showcase of Bands.

Additionally, the directors are very pleased with the way the band handled the adversity of a bus breakdown on the way to the show on Saturday.

A situation like the one we faced on Saturday could have derailed a lesser band. We didn't miss a beat. Kudos.

-MSP 10/21/13 7:15 am

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Congratulations to the winner of the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License, Colton Sanders of Morgantown.

-MSP 10/18/13 10:00 pm

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OVAC Showcase of Bands Itinerary

Saturday, October 19

3:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms/Load trailer
3:15 pm - Board buses
3:30 pm - Depart UHS
4:30 pm - Stop at Washington Crown Plaza Mall for dinner (bring money)
5:15 pm - Depart Washington Crown Plaza Mall
6:00 pm - Arrive @ Martins Ferry High School
6:15 pm - Unload trailer
6:54 pm - Warmup
7:18 pm - Perform
~8:10 pm - Mass Band Performance
~8:30 pm - Board buses
~8:45 pm - Depart Martins Ferry High School
~10:30-10:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS

We always have the UHS Band Emergency Phone (304.282.2952) with us when we travel.

Directions to Martins Ferry Stadium:

-I-79 NORTH to I-70
-I-70 WEST to Elm Grove (Wheeling)
-At Elm Grove, stay on I-70 (the right lanes...DO NOT take I-470)
-Travel through the Wheeling Tunnel, past the downtown Wheeling exit and Wheeling Island Exit
-Exit from I-70 at the Bridgeport, OH, exit and turn RIGHT
-After about 1/2 mile, turn LEFT onto Ohio Route 7 NORTH to Martins Ferry
-Once in Martins Ferry, turn RIGHT at Hanover Street then LEFT at N. 1st Street
-HERE are the directions the buses will follow to get to the stadium, and HERE is a stadium map to help you find parking

-MSP 10/12/13 1:00 pm

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SENIOR NIGHT INFORMATION:

Friday, October 18.

  • Family members escorting seniors will be admitted to the football game for free.
  • Family members should come to the band warm-up area at the end of the bleachers at the 8:00 mark of the second quarter to receive corsages and boutineers and to line up for halftime.
  • At the end of the second quarter, the band will go the the back sideline to line up and the seniors and family members will line up off the front sideline.
  • The band will enter from the back, senior band members and family members will enter from the front, and senior announcements will begin.
  • As seniors are announced, students and family members will proceed to their spots six steps off the front sideline.
  • After the last senior's name is read, students will proceed to their spots and perform the show. Family members are welcome to watch from the sidelines. (The view is actually better from the stands.)

-MSP 10/12/13 1:00 pm

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Alumni: Fight Song parts can be found HERE.

-MSP 10/8/13 11:52 am

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SCHEDULE CHANGE: The UHS Homecoming Parade will now be held Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm DOWNTOWN.

Lineup will be on Willey Street in front of The Den at 6:00 pm.

-MSP 8/23/13 8:22 am

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Morgantown Band Spectacular/Baldwin TOB Competition
Saturday, October 5, 2013

Students should eat lunch before they arrive.

There will be water and light snacks available on the bus during the day. We will stay at the band spectacular and watch a few of the bands following our performance.

WE WILL SIT TOGETHER in order to assure that everyone leaves with us when we depart.

Bring money. Students will be able to purchase snacks at Milan Puskar Stadium, and we will stop at the Morgantown Mall food court for dinner before traveling to Baldwin High School.

As always, we will bring the UHS Band Emergency Phone (see the number on this page below) in case we need to contact parents or parents need to contact us in the event of an emergency.

Itinerary

11:45 am - Arrive @ UHS in TRAVEL uniforms
12:00 pm - Rehearse
12:30 pm - Load trailer
1:00 pm - Depart UHS
1:20 pm - Arrive @ Milan Puskar Stadium
1:40 pm - Warmup
~2:15
- Perform
4:00 pm - Depart MPS
4:30 pm - Eat at Morgantown Mall
6:00 pm - Depart Morgantown Mall
7:30 pm - Arrive @ Baldwin High School
~8:30 pm - Warmup
~9:15 pm - Perform
~10:00 pm - Awards
~10:30 pm - Depart BHS
~12:00-12:30 am - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/30/13 10:20 am

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SCHEDULE CHANGE: With the rain-out of activities on September 21 and the rescheduling of the Morgantown Band Spectacular to Saturday, October 5, the seniors voted to add the Baldwin, PA Tournament of Bands Competition to our schedule later in the day on October 5.

An itinerary will follow, but our plan will be similar to the original September 21 schedule.

We will rehearse at UHS in the late morning, perform at Milan Puskar Stadium, eat somewhere during the afternoon, travel to Baldwin HS, and return to UHS by approximately midnight.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We try our best to avoid big schedule changes such as this one, but we felt that this band was too good to not attend any competitions this year.

-MSP 9/24/13 7:00 pm

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The band WILL NOT travel to Preston High School for the "Music in the Mountains" TOB Competition today.

Based on this weather forecast, we would not be able to rehearse at UHS prior to the competition, and we would have to warm-up in the rain. Additionally, the field at PHS is grass and will be very muddy.

We will attempt to schedule another performance, either this show if it is rescheduled, or another competition, spectacular, or away game.


We will make a decision on whether we will travel to Preston High School by Saturday morning at 9:00 am.

Our current itinerary for Preston TOB is as follows:

3:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS
4:00 pm - Rehearse
4:30 pm - Load buses
5:00 pm - Depart UHS
6:00 pm - Arrive @ Preston High School
7:00 pm - Warmup
~7:45 pm - Perform
~8:15 pm - Awards
~8:45 pm - Depart PHS
~9:30-10:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/21/13 8:53 am

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Wheeling Park AWAY Football Game
Friday, September 20, 2013

Students will need to bring uniforms, including Dinkles, hats, and band or sectional t-shirts, with them to school on Friday. We will stay after school and the boosters will feed the band pizza.

There will be water and light snacks available on the bus on the way to Wheeling Island Stadium.

Bring money. We will also be
eating at the WPHS concession stand during our 3rd quarter break.

As always, we will bring the UHS Band Emergency Phone (see the number on this page below) in case we need to contact parents or parents need to contact us in the event of an emergency.

Itinerary

2:45 pm - Load trailer
3:15 pm - Eat
3:45 pm - Change into TRAVEL uniforms
4:00 pm - Depart UHS
~6:00 pm - Arrive @ Wheeling Island Stadium
(We don't do pre-game)
7:00 pm - Kickoff
~10:00 pm - Depart WIS
~11:45-12:15 - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/15/13 2:30 pm

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Morgantown Band Spectacular/Preston TOB Competition
Saturday, September 21, 2013

Students should eat lunch before they arrive.

There will be water and light snacks available on the bus during the day.

Bring money. We will stop at the Morgantown Mall before traveling to Preston High School. If time permits, students will also be
permitted to eat at the Preston HS concession stand.

As always, we will bring the UHS Band Emergency Phone (see the number on this page below) in case we need to contact parents or parents need to contact us in the event of an emergency.

Itinerary

11:00 am - Arrive @ UHS in TRAVEL uniforms
11:15 pm - Rehearse
11:45 am - Load trailer
12:15 pm - Depart UHS
12:30 pm - Arrive @ Milan Puskar Stadium
1:00 pm - Warmup
~2:15
- Perform
3:15 pm - Depart MPS
3:45 pm - Eat at Morgantown Mall
5:00 pm - Depart Morgantown Mall
6:00 pm - Arrive @ Preston High School
7:00 pm - Warmup
~7:45 pm - Perform
~8:15 pm - Awards
~8:45 pm - Depart PHS
~9:30-10:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/15/13 2:40 pm

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Sectional shirt order forms were distributed Thursday, August 22 at marching rehearsal.

Order forms are due with payment on Monday, August 26.

Sectional shirts are optional, and the cost is $10.00 for sizes S-XL and $12.00 for sizes 2XL and up.

-MSP 8/23/13 8:22 am

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Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held Sunday, August 18 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Star City. Doors open at 1:00 pm. Games begin at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $20.00 for 20 games.

For tickets, please contact Theresa Obrad at 304.692-9100 or the UHS band office at 304.291.9275.

Parents who want to sponsor a basket or wish to solicit donations may use THIS FORM.

You can also download a flyer HERE.

-MSP 7/8/13 11:0 am

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Summer work for AP Music Theory can be found HERE.

-MSP 7/18/13 10:45 am

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NO REHEARSAL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7.

At the recommendation of Boosters President Bryan Shaffer, we are giving the band the day off in celebration of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby's birthday.

Okay, that was a lie. We have rehearsed very well, the full field show is learned, and the first performance is not until September 6, so the directors think the band has earned a little break.

Enjoy. See you Thursday, August 8 at 9:00 am.

-MSP 8/6/13 12:25 pm

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The Mon County Fair Parade will be held Monday, July 29 at 7:30 pm.

We will line up at 6:45 pm in fromt of The Den on Willey Street.

-MSP 7/29/13 1:00 pm

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Students can listen to the parade tune HERE.

-MSP 7/16/13 2:15 pm

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Ballots for the 2014 band trip have been counted. Band students have chosen Nashville as the destination. We will not know the dates of the trip until the Monongalia County Schools 2013-2014 Yearly Calendar is released.

Results are as follows:

Chicago: 31.25%
Nashville: 56.25%
New York: 7.5%
Washington D.C.: 5%

-MSP 4/16/13 7:25 am

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2013 field show music sound files:

Song #1
Song #2 AND song #3
Song #4

-MSP 6/11/13 1:00 pm

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The 2013-2014 Parent Survival Guide letter was mailed on Friday, May 31. If you have not received one, it can be found HERE.

-MSP 5/31/13 1:05 pm

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The 2013 Summer Band Calendar is posted and can be found HERE.

Please note that due to a change in the date of the Monongalia County Fair Parade, we had to change the start date and time for band camp from what it has been in the past.

On Monday, July 29, we will now have a full band rehearsal at UHS which will include parade-only marchers. We will also take the group picture.

We will not report to Camp Muffly at all on this date.

Please plan accordingly.

-MSP 3/21/13 12:45 pm

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Graduation will be held Friday, May 24 at 7:00 pm at the WVU Coliseum. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM RECENT YEARS.

Graduation practice will be held the morning of May 24 at 9:00 am at the Coliseum. The band will participate and all members of the concert band and wind ensemble must attend this practice. Band members should arrive at the Coliseum by 8:30 am. Shuttle buses will pick students up at 8:00 am at Cheat Lake Elementary and Westwood Middle School.

This would not typically be an issue, but Friday, May 24 is an ISE Day, so students will need to arrange for transportation to and from the Coliseum that morning.

Please make sure you have transportation arranged in advance.

-MSP 4/15/13 7:30 am

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Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band, both of which received straight Superior (I) ratings at the Region 10 Band Festival.

This marks the twentieth consecutive year the Wind Ensemble has received a superior rating and the ninth consecutive (and eleventh in the last thirteen) that the Concert Band has received a superior rating. Great job by all.

-MSP 4/26/13 2:30 pm

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Auditions for 2013-2014 Field Commander will be held Tuesday, May 21 at 2:45 pm in the band room.

Field commander clinic will be held Monday, May 13 and Monday May 20 from 2:45-about 4:15.

-MSP 5/6/13 11:15 am

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The 2013 UHS Band Spring Concert will be held Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for non-UHS students, and free for all UHS students (with a finger scan.) The cost per family is $10.00.

-MSP 5/6/13 11:15 am

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The Incoming Freshmen Frequently Asked Questions page has been updated.

-MSP 4/5/13 10:25 am

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2013-2014 Percussion clinic and audition information is posted on the percussion page.

Please note that the date for auditions has been changed to May 22 and 23. The original audition date (May 24) is now graduation.

-MSP 4/12/13 7:45 am

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2013-2014 Guard clinic and audition information is posted on the guard page.

-MSP 2/22/13 9:45 am

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Congratulations to the Big Band Jazz Ensemble for being selected as the 2013 WVMEA High School Honors Jazz Ensemble.

-MSP 2/24/13 8:45 pm

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Uniforms will be collected on the following days:

Tuesday, March 12: FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES
Wednesday, March 13: JUNIORS AND SENIORS

In order for dry cleaning deposits to be returned, all uniforms must be accompanied with a dry cleaning receipt dated AFTER our last performance on December 7, 2012 (or March 1, 2013 for students who will participate in All-State Band.)

-MSP 2/12/13 7:40 am

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Thanks again to all who helped make the Seventh Annual UHS Band Elimination Dinner a success, including the parent workers, student workers and staff, the UHS Jazztet, and the businesses who provided goods and services.

Thanks especially to Outback Steakhouse of Morgantown for providing the meals. Outback's generosity saves the band approximately $3000.00 each year in food expenses for the Elimination Dinner. Additionally, they bring the manpower and expertise to provide meals to such a large group of people.

The next time you take the family out for dinner, please consider Outback. They have been tremendously supportive of the UHS Band over the years. The next time you visit Outback, perhaps write "Thanks from the UHS Band" on your check so they know how much their help means to us.

Thanks also to the following sponsors for providing the contents of the baskets:

“Chocolate Lovers”: Matt Turner & Family
“Graduation”:  Cathy and Brian Woerner
“Thirty-One & Mary Kay” Susan Graziani
“Family Fun Night”: Laura Deiriggi
“Seasonal”: Tammy Ollila
“Theresa Stykes 4 U”: Theresa Obrad
“Band Spirit": Valorie Richardson & UHS Band Boosters
“Family Movie Night”: Ewell Family
“(Men's) Styles On the Landing”:  Robin Clingerman & Patty Stouffer
“(Women's) Styles On the Landing”:  Robin Clingerman & Patty Stouffer
“Play Ball! - Kids Basket”:  Ewell Family
“Doll's Tea Party - Kids Baske”:  Ewell Family
“Fashionista”:  Valorie Richardson
“WVU”:  Valorie Richardson
“Princess”:  Valorie Richardson
“Simply Elegant ”:  Valorie Richardson
“Photography”:  Annakate Photography
“Thirty-One": Stacey Harper
“Backyard Fun”:  Frances Hollinger

Finally, congratulations to all of the gift basket winners, the $60.00 consolation prize winners, Kim Greene and Cathy Woerner, and the Grand Prize Winners, Becky Ruckle and Alicia Hanna, who split the $1000.00 grand prize with the band, which had the remaining ticket because it had gone unsold.

-MSP 4/15/13 7:30 am

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Thanks to all the parents and students who helped make audition day for the 2013 WV Governor's School for the Arts a success.

-MSP 2/11/13 2:30 pm

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Here are the recordings Wind Ensemble submitted for WVMEA Honor Band consideration:

Nilesdance - David R. Holsinger
Ave Maria - Franz Biebl
Lexington - Karl L. King

-MSP 1/31/13 3:00 pm

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All-State Band auditions will be held Friday, January 4 at Fairmont State University.

We will depart UHS by charter at 12:30 pm and return to the school at approximately 6:00 pm.

Parents may pick students up after their auditions if they wish.

-MSP 1/2/12 7:00 pm

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THE 2012 FRUIT SALE HAS CONCLUDED.

Distribution of fruit will take place Thursday, December 13 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm in the UHS Band Room.

There will be an extrememly limited amount of extra fruit available for purchase.

Further details can be found HERE.

-MSP 11/26/12 7:00 am

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Congratulations to the marching band for another outstanding performance at the OVAC Showcase of Bands on Saturday.

-MSP 10/22/12 9:00 am

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Congratulations to the winner of the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Raffle, Ernie Stansick of McClellandtown, PA.

Thanks to all who supported the UHS Band by purchasing tickets.

-MSP 10/19/12 10:00 pm

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Congratulations to the marching band for an outstanding performance at the Preston "Music in the Mountains" Tournament of Bands competition on Saturday.

Competing in Group IV (large band class) the UHS Band won First Place Guard, First Place Percussion, First Place Field Commander, and First Place Band.

-MSP 9/16/12 2:10 pm

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The UHS Band was featured on WBOY on Friday, August 31.

Click HERE for a link to the story. The video of the story and the band's opening performance of "We Didn't Start the Fire/Piano Man" can be found to the right of the story.

-MSP 8/31/12 10:30 am

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The Morgantown Christmas Parade will take place Friday, December 7 at 6:30 pm. Lineup is at 6:00 pm.

On Friday during classes, the band voted to NOT wear raincoats for the parade. We will also NOT wear plumes.

-MSP 12/7/12 1:15 pm

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The UHS Band Holiday Concert will be held Monday, December 10 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium. Students should arrive at 6:30 pm.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors. Families will be admitted for $10 for a family of four (immediate family only).

-MSP 12/5/12 8:15 am

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OVAC Showcase of Bands Itinerary

Saturday, October 20

3:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
3:15 pm - Board buses
3:30 pm - Depart UHS
4:30 pm - Stop at Washington Crown Plaza Mall for dinner (bring money)
5:15 pm - Depart Washington Crown Plaza Mall
6:00 pm -
Arrive @ Martins Ferry High School
6:15 pm - Unload trailer
6:54 pm - Warmup
7:18 pm - Perform
~8:10 pm - Mass Band Performance
~8:30 pm - Board buses
~8:45 pm - Depart Martins Ferry High School
~10:30-10:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS

Directions to Martins Ferry Stadium:

-I-79 NORTH to I-70
-I-70 WEST to Elm Grove (Wheeling)
-At Elm Grove, stay on I-70 (the right lanes...DO NOT take I-470)
-Travel through the Wheeling Tunnel, past the downtown Wheeling exit and Wheeling Island Exit
-Exit from I-70 at the Bridgeport, OH, exit and turn RIGHT
-After about 1/2 mile, turn LEFT onto Ohio Route 7 NORTH to Martins Ferry
-Once in Martins Ferry, turn RIGHT at Hanover Street then LEFT at N. 1st Street
-HERE are the directions the buses will follow to get to the stadium, and HERE is a stadium map to help you find parking

-MSP 10/8/12 1:45 pm

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SENIOR NIGHT INFORMATION:

Senior night is Friday, October 19.

  • Family members escorting seniors will be admitted to the football game for free.
  • Family members should come to the band warm-up area at the end of the bleachers at the 8:00 mark of the second quarter to receive corsages and boutineers and to line up for halftime.
  • At the end of the second quarter, the band will go the the back sideline to line up and the seniors and family members will line up off the front sideline.
  • The band will enter from the back, senior band members and family members will enter from the front, and senior announcements will begin.
  • As seniors are announced, students and family members will proceed to their spots eight steps off the front sideline.
  • After the last senior's name is read, students will proceed to their spots and perform the show. Family members are welcome to watch from the sidelines. (The view is actually better from the stands.)

-MSP 10/18/12 7:30 am

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Morgantown Band Spectacular Itinerary

Tuesday, September 11

5:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
5:15 pm - Rehearsal
6:15 pm - Load trailer/board buses
6:45 pm - Depart UHS
7:15 pm -
Arrive @ Milan Puskar Stadium
7:30 pm - Unload trailer/Warmup
~8:15 pm - Perform
~8:35 pm - Load trailer/board buses
~9:00-9:15 pm - Depart Milan Puskar Stadium
~9:30-9:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS

We will take three buses to Milan Puskar Stadium, but only one will be returning to UHS after the show.

Students are not required to bring a note to leave with a parent, but they must see a director with their parent prior to leaving so that we know that all students actually do have rides.

-MSP 9/10/11 10:45 am

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Preston TOB Itinerary

Saturday, September 15

3:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
3:45 pm - Rehearsal
4:45 pm - Load instrument trailer/board buses
5:15 pm - Depart UHS
6:00-6:15 pm -
Arrive @ Preston HS
6:50 pm - Warmup
7:24 pm - Perform
7:40 pm - Load instrument trailer

8:20 pm - Awards
~8:40 pm - Depart Preston HS
~9:30-9:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/10/11 10:45 am

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Several dates on the October schedule have changed. The latest update was made September 5. Please check the EVENT CALENDAR often.

-MSP 9/7/12 2:30 pm

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The Kennywood trip will take place Friday, August 10.

The trip is a reward for students who have missed three or fewer rehearsals (excused or unexcused). Because parade-only marchers are not required to be at the majority of summer rehearsals, they are not eligible to travel with the band for this trip.

We will leave UHS at 9:00 am on Friday and return to UHS by approximately 10:00 pm.

The cost is $10.00 per student. The band boosters are paying the remaining balance, which covers charter buses and Ride-All-Day passes. Students will also need to bring money or food, souvenirs, etc.

The UHS Band WILL NOT perform in the Fall Festival of Bands Parade. This is a recreational trip only.

-MSP 8/6/12 2:05 pm

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Students should arrive at UHS at 8:45 am on Monday, August 6 for UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION prior to the band picture.

PARADE REHEARSAL for the Mon. County Fair Parade will be held immediately following the taking of the band picture.

The Mon. County Fair Parade will take place on Monday, August 6 at 6:30 pm. Lineup is at 6:00 pm. The UHS Band is first in the parade.

-MSP 8/2/12 7:40 am

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ALL STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT PROOF OF VACCINATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING BAND.

Band students who have not already turned proof of vaccination into the main office may turn it into the band office and we will send it on to the main office.

UPDATE: The Monongalia County Schools Board Office has now informed us that no forms are due before the start of school on August 16.

-MSP 7/12/12 9:30 am

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We forgot to include the uniform measurement form in the Information Packets sent out a few weeks ago. They can be downloaded HERE. Sorry for the inconvenience.

-MSP 6/21/12 12:15 pm

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Information packets for the 2012-2013 UHS Band (aka "UHS Band Parent Survival Guides") were mailed out on Thursday, May 31. Families should receive these letters within a couple of days.

Also included in the packet are summer schedules and health forms. If you did not receive a packet, you can find everything here:

2012-2013 UHS Band Parent Survival Guide
2012 Summer Band Calendar
UHS Band Health Form

-MSP 6/1/12 7:40 am

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2012, one of the finest classes the directors have ever had the pleasure of working with.

-MSP 5/30/12 7:30 am

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Congratulations to this year's graduation band (the combined wind ensemble and concert band). This was the best sounding ensemble to play at UHS graduation in memory.

-MSP 5/30/12 7:30 am

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UHS Band Boosters Treasurer Bev Atkinson has student fundraising obligations totaled.

If you would like to know the amount (if any) you owe, please contact her at pierpont5@comcast.net.

-MSP 4/25/11 8:30 am

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Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band, both of which received straight Superior (I) ratings at the Region 10 Band Festival. This marks the nineteenth consecutive year the Wind Ensemble has received a superior rating and the tenth year in the last twelve that the Concert Band has received a superior rating. Great job by all.

-MSP 4/26/12 5:30 pm

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Dr. Mel Wright has posted photos of our trip to Florida on his Photobucket account.

To access these photos, click HERE and enter the password "buddyrich" then click on "Recent Albums" and "2012-03-24 UHS Band in Orlando".

You are welcome to download any photos.

Don't know who "buddyrich" is?

-MSP 3/30/12 2:00 pm

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Congratulations to the UHS Bands for receiving two Superior ratings, three Excellent Ratings, one Gold, one Silver, and one Bronze award at Orlandofest in Florida.

Against competition that came from around the world, including ten U.S. states and Japan, the UHS Band represented their community, state, and country exceptionally well, both musically and with their behavior.

The directors and staff are very proud of you.

Thanks also to all the parents who chaperones, planned, donated, or helped in any other way to make this trip so successful.

-MSP 3/28/12 1:50 pm

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Check out the story about the UHS Band's trip to Florida on WBOY-TV by clicking HERE.

-MSP 3/21/12 10:30 pm

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Congratulations to the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo for receiving straight superior (I) ratings at the Northern Region Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 3.

This marks the 12th consecutive year the jazz ensemble has received superior ratings and the 4th consecutive year for the jazz combo (its only four years participating). Great job by all.

-MSP 3/5/12 8:00 am

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IMPORTANT FLORIDA INFORMATION: The fees for the Florida trip cover hotels, transportation, park tickets, and music festival costs. MEALS ARE NOT INCLUDED. Students will need to bring money for five meals in the parks (which are more expensive) and five meals at restaurants we will stop at along the way and in Orlando.

The band recommends each student bring between $130 and $150 to cover meal costs and additional money if they wish to purchase souvenirs.

We also recommend students have a plan to assure that their money lasts the duration of the trip.

-MSP 12/13/11 1:40 pm

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Florida packing checklist (courtesy of the UHS Band's resident Princess):

Clothes: 3 park day outfits, two bus ride outfits (sweats recommended), a jacket, concert attire!, pajamas, socks, underwear. Black socks for boy's concert attire.

Shoes: comfortable walking shoes for park, backup pair of shoes, concert attire shoes.

Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss,  shampoo, body wash, soap, deodorant, face wash, qtips, contact solution, contacts (extra pair), makeup for girls, brush.

Misc: Chargers, straighteners/curling irons, sunglasses, sunscreen, aloe, small personal fan, games for the bus ride, personal snacks, water bottle, hat, hair bands, hand sanitizer/baby wipes, razor, shaving cream, poncho, camera, batteries, sharpie and autograph book, gym bag or purse to carry things at parks, IPOD, handheld games, pillow and blanket for bus.

Make sure you bring your money and a good attitude! :)

-MSP 3/20/12 7:50 am

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The FINAL ITINERARY for the Florida trip can be found HERE.

-MSP 3/10/12 12:30 pm

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Parents: The third FLORIDA LETTER, dealing with important financial assistance/fundraising information, went home today (Monday, September 26).

If you didn't receive this letter from your child, you can get a copy HERE.

-MSP 9/26/11 1:30 pm

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Parents: The second FLORIDA LETTER went home today (Wednesday, September 21). If you didn't receive one from your child, you can get a copy HERE.

-MSP 9/21/11 8:15 am

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Parents: The first FLORIDA LETTER went home today (Friday, September 9). If you didn't receive one from your child, you can get a copy HERE.

-MSP 9/9/11 12:45 pm

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UNIFORMS ARE TWO WEEKS PAST DUE.

In order for families to receive dry cleaning deposits, uniforms must have a dry cleaning receipt dated AFTER the last time the uniforms were worn, which for most students was was when we took the composite photos.

-MSP 2/29/12 8:05 am

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BIG BAND BASH WILL BE HELD AT THE UHS AUDITORIUM ON TUESDAY, MARCH 6 AT 7:00 PM.

The concert will feature performances by the Mountaineer Middle School Jazz Ensemble, the Westwood Middle School Jazz Ensemble, the UHS Jazztet, the UHS Jazz Ensemble, and the Mon River Big Band.

Admission is free.

-MSP 2/29/12 8:05 am

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The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will travel to John Marshall High School to participate in the Northern Region Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 3.

We are making every effort to return in time so that the students who participate in the pit orchestra for "9 to 5" can perform that evening.

Northern Region Jazz Festival Itinerary

Saturday, March 3

9:30 am - Arrive @ UHS
10:00 am - Depart UHS
11:00 am - Lunch (bring $)

12:30 pm - Arrive at JMHS
2:00 pm - Jazztet warm-up
2:30 pm - Jazztet perform/Jazz Ensemble warm-up
3:00 pm - Jazztet clinic/Jazz Ensemble perform
3:30 pm - Jazz Ensemble clinic
4:15 pm - Depart JMHS
4:45 pm - Eat at Washington Mall Food Court (bring $)
6:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 2/29/12 12:05 pm

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THE FINAL FLORIDA DEPOSIT WAS DUE MONDAY FEBRUARY 6.

-MSP 2/1/12 8:15 am

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For families who are unable to make it to their appointments with the representative from Portraits With Pride, photos may be viewed online once they are posted at portraitswithpride.com. To learn how to view these photos, you can call their office at 1 (800) 745-3241.

-MSP 2/1/12 8:15 am

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There will be a meeting to cover important information about the Florida trip on Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 pm in the UHS Auditorium.

All students and/or families traveling with the band to Florida must attend this meeting.

-MSP 2/1/12 8:15 am

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Final fruit sale, student account and fundraising obligation figures are now available.

If you wish to know how much money you have available to use for Florida expenses, transfer that money to your Florida account or find out if you still owe fundraising obligation for this school year please contact Bev Atkinson at pierpont5@comcast.net or 304-296-1511.

-MSP 12/26/11 9:30 pm

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Thanks to all who helped with the 2011 Fruit Sale. This year's sale was a tremendous success, with gross sales topping $45,000.

Special thanks to Sharon Ewell, Bryan and Karen Shaffer, and Bev Atkinson for all their hard work organizing, entering data, and counting and depositing money.

Thanks also to all the parents and students who helped unload the truck, sort orders, and distribute fruit on December 15, as well as those who helped count money and orders in the weeks leading up to the sale.

-MSP 12/19/11 9:45 pm

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The bands did a GREAT job at this year's Holiday Concert. The directors are very proud of you.

-MSP 12/15/11 8:25 am

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Room Sign-up sheets for the Florida trip are posted in the band room.

Students must sign up four to a room. Students with medical issues MAY room with a parent, but are not required to. THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS THE END OF SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 13.

The sign-up list is only for roommate assignments, and does not determine specific rooms students will be staying in. (In other words, students cannot choose who their neighbors will be since much of that is beyond our control.)

Rooms for UHS are limited, so students who do not sign up with three others are likely to be assigned roommates.

THIS LIST IS DUE TO THE ALL-AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL BY JANUARY 20. STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT UP-TO-DATE WITH THEIR FLORIDA PAYMENTS BY THAT TIME WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE LIST AND MONEY ALREADY PAID TO AAMF CANNOT BE REFUNDED.

-MSP 1/3/12 8:15 am

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The UHS Holiday Concert will be held Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium. Students need to report to the band room at 6:30 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors.

-MSP 12/5/11 1:40 pm

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Bob Evans will host a Community Fundraiser to benefit the UHS Band on Thursday, December 8.

Simply present THIS FLYER when you purchase any meal (eat-in or take-out) at either Morgantown Bob Evans location, and the UHS Band will receive 15% of the total sale.

Please print flyers and invite friends and family.

-MSP 12/6/11 2:15 pm

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FINAL FRUIT SALE TURN-IN DATE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28.

We are aware that many sales take place over the Thanksgiving holiday when students see family and friends.

We can accept orders on Monday, November 28, but NO orders can be accepted after this date as we must place our order with PeeJays.

THE LAST DAY FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS WAS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23.

-MSP 11/28/11 10:30 am

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The band will travel to Orlando Florida for the All-American Music Festival during the spring of 2012. The dates for this trip are Thursday, March 22 through Monday, March 26, 2012, pending BOE approval..

The cost of the trip will likely be in the $500-$600 per-student range. We would like for EVERY student to have the opportunity to participate in this trip. The most common way to raise funds for it is to sell fruit and sell Elimination Dinner tickets.

However, we also recommend that families begin planning for the Florida trip now by putting aside $25.00-$40.00 per month in the year leading up to the trip in order to minimize the impact of the cost when the time comes.

-MSP 7/12/11 1:35 pm

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Congratulations again to the Marching Band for their performance at Saturday's Lewis County High School Tournament of Bands Competition.

In a field of eight bands, the UHS Band brought home awards for First Place percussion in Group 4 and First Place band in Group 4. (There were no awards for guard at this competition, but we're certain that the guard would have taken first place, as well.)

The directors and staff are proud of you.

-MSP 10/1/11 11:40 am

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Congratulations to the Marching Band for their Grand Champion performance at Saturday's "Music In The Mountains" Tournament of Bands Competition at Preston High School.

In a field of nine bands, the UHS Band brought home awards for First Place guard in Group 4 (the largest band class), First Place guard overall, First Place percussion in Group 4, First Place percussion overall, First Place band in Group 4, and First Place band overall.

The directors and staff are proud of you.

-MSP 9/18/11 9:30 am

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Congratulatulations to Tammy Ollila of Morgantown for winning the 2011 UHS Band Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Raffle.

-MSP 10/14/11 10:30 pm

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Bob Evans will host a Community Fundraiser to benefit the UHS Band on Thursday, October 20.

Simply present THIS FLYER when you purchase any meal (eat-in or take-out) at either Morgantown Bob Evans location, and the UHS Band will receive 15% of the total sale.

Please print flyers and invite friends and family.

-MSP 10/18/11 8:10 pm

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Lewis County High School TOB Competition Itinerary

Saturday, October 1

12:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
1:00 pm - Rehearsal
2:00 pm - Load instrument bus/board buses
2:30 pm - Depart UHS
4:15 pm -
Arrive @ Lewis County HS
4:56 pm - Warmup
5:24 pm - Perform
6:25 pm - Awards
~6:55 pm - Depart Lewis County HS
~7:35 pm - Eat at Meadowbrook Mall Food Court
~8:15 pm - Depart Meadowbrook Mall

~9:00-9:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS

Student will need to eat lunch before leaving home. The Band Boosters will provide snacks en route. Students will need to bring money for dinner at the Meadowbrook Mall food court on the way home.

-MSP 9/26/11 1:30 pm

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UHS Homecoming Schedule

Friday, September 23

5:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in FULL uniform
5:30 pm - Lineup for parade in front of school
6:00 pm - Parade step-off
7:10 pm - Pre-game
7:30 pm - Kickoff
~8:15 pm - Halftime


We are dismissing students immediately after halftime so they can get changed to attend the Homecoming Dance.

-MSP 9/22/11 11:40 am

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Preston TOB Competition Itinerary

Saturday, September 17

3:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
3:45 pm - Rehearsal
4:45 pm - Load instrument bus/board buses
5:15 pm - Depart UHS
6:15 pm -
Arrive @ Preston HS
7:00 pm - Warmup
7:36 pm - Perform
8:04 pm - Awards
~8:30 pm - Depart Preston HS
~9:15-9:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/9/11 12:55 pm

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Congratulations to the marching band on an outstanding performance at the State Capitol. You did the UHS community proud.

-MSP 9/8/11 7:25 pm

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Fairmont Band Spectacular Itinerary

Saturday, September 10

4:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
4:30 pm - Rehearsal
5:30 pm - Load instrument bus/board buses
6:00 pm - Depart UHS
6:45 pm -
Arrive @ East/West Stadium
7:30 pm - Warmup
8:00 pm - Perform
~8:45 pm - Depart East/West Stadium
~9:30-10:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS

-MSP 9/7/11 11:40 am

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Morgantown Band Spectacular Itinerary

Tuesday, September 13

STUDENTS WILL GO HOME AFTER SCHOOL.

5:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in travel uniforms
5:15 pm - Rehearsal
6:15 pm - Load instrument bus/board buses
6:45 pm - Depart UHS
7:05 pm -
Arrive @ Mountaineer Field
7:30 pm - Warmup
~8:15 pm - Perform
~8:45 pm - Depart Mountaineer Field
~9:05-9:15 pm- Arrive @ UHS

Students are encouraged, but not required, to stay after we perform to watch the other bands. Most students ride home with parents. PLEASE REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR PARENTS SEE MR. PALMER OR MR. KING PRIOR TO LEAVING MOUNTAINEER FIELD. The bus will leave Mountaineer Field at approximately 8:45 pm.

-MSP 9/7/11 11:40 am

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IMPORTANT SCHEDULE ADDITION: The UHS Band has been invited to provide music for an event at the Capitol Complex in Charleston on Thursday, September 8. The invitation explained that the event is being held "to commemmorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks (and) to lead to a greater state-wide celebration of the U.S. Constitution."

The itinerary is as follows:

7:00 am - Arrive @ UHS with uniform (students can change before leaving school)
7:15 am - Load buses, change into TRAVEL UNIFORMS
7:45 am - Depart UHS

~11:00 am - Arrive @ Capitol Complex
~11:15 am
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Eat box lunches provided by State of WV
1:00 pm - Event begins
~2:00 pm - Depart Charleston

~5:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS

We will travel by Fox Charter, and all travel expenses will be reimbursed by the state. The band boosters will provide snacks on the buses.

The band will perform the National Anthem to open the ceremony, "America the Beautiful", and "Armed Forces Salute".

Students received "Armed Forces Salute" on Thursday, August 25 and will receive "America the Beautiful" on Friday, August 26. STUDENTS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO SPEND EXTRA PRACTICE TIME LEARNING THIS MUSIC SINCE WE HAVE SUCH A SHORT TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE PERFORMANCE.

This performace will include ALL band students, including parade-only marchers, and all absences will be exempt.

-MSP 8/25/11 1:45 pm

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The Back to School Bash will be held Tuesday, August 16, from 5:00-7:00 at UHS. To avoid conflicts, the band rehearsal will end at 4:30 this day.

We will rehearse from 2:45-5:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday this week.

-MSP 8/15/11 11:00 am

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Kennywood Trip Itinerary and Information:

Friday, August 12

8:45 am - Arrive @ UHS
9:00 am - Depart UHS
~10:30 am - Arrive @ Kennywood

~8:15 pm- Depart Kennywood
~9:15 pm - 10:15 pm Arrive @ UHS

Each student will check in with their assigned chaperone (located near the Merry-Go-Round at the center of the park) at 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. Students must have a watch or cell phone so they are able to check in at the appropriate times.

Students must pay $22.00 for their Ride-All-Day Pass before they board the bus, and should bring spending money for food, souvenirs, and rides that are not covered by the RAD Pass.

Students who have health-related issues (allergies, diabetes kits, etc.) must make sure their emergency kits are packed before we leave UHS.

-MSP 8/11/11 2:40 pm

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The 2011 band camp a tremendous success. The band parents were wonderful, the staff did a great job, we had 98% attendance for the week (13 TOTAL absences out of 130 students over five days), and the kids showed great attitudes and a willingness to do what was necessary to get the job done. We got the entire show on the field and the music mostly memorized.

Thanks to all who contributed in any way, including those who donated their time, donated snacks, supplies, expertise, etc., and the families for simply having the kids there and ready to work each day.

2011-2012 is shaping up to be a great marching season and a great year.

-MSP 8/6/11 2:10 pm

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Due to the a conflict with the photographer's schedule, we must move the date and time of the band group photo.

The photo will now be taken Monday, August 8 at 9:00 am. Students must have uniform fees paid and take uniforms home after rehearsal on August 8 so they can march in the Monongalia County Fair Parade that evening.

-MSP 7/26/11 10:30 am

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Band Camp Shuttle Bus Schedule:

MORNING

8:00 am - Pick-up @ EASTON ELEMENTARY
~8:20 am - Pick-up @ WESTWOOD MIDDLE
~8:40 am - Drop-off @ CAMP MUFFLY

EVENING

8:35 pm - Pick-up @ CAMP MUFFLY
~8:55 9m - Drop off @ WESTWOOD MIDDLE
~9:15 pm - Drop-off @ EASTON ELEMENTARY

Sorry for getting this posted so late...I thought I had posted it earlier.

-MSP 7/31/11 9:00 pm

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Due to the closure of the Ices Ferry bridge, we have decided to move the pick-up/drop-off of the band camp shuttle from Cheat Lake Elementary to Easton Elementary. The Westwood pick-up/drop-off will remain the same.

-MSP 7/19/11 11:45 am

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The 2011-2012 UHS Band Event Calendar can be found HERE.

-MSP 7/12/11 1:35 pm

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The 2011-2012 UHS Band Handbook can be found HERE.

-MSP 7/12/11 1:35 pm

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Band parent informational letters for the 2011-2012 school year were mailed June 6, 2011. If you did not receive a letter, it can be found HERE.

Band camp fees are $120 and are due July 25, 2011. For families with multiple students in the band, there is a 25% discount per student after the first.

Families who wish to send a check in advance may send it to the following address:

UHS Band
c/o Mark Palmer
131 Bakers Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV 26505

-MSP 6/9/11 9:00 am

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UHS Band Open House/Ice Cream Social will be held Wednesday, July 27 from 6:30-8:30 in the UHS Band Room. Freshmen will be fitted for uniforms at this time.

-MSP 7/26/11 10:30 am

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The directors are very proud of the band's performance at graduation. The band students' behavior has never been an issue, and once again did not disappoint, and the level of performance was second to none. Kudos for representing the school and program with dignity.

-MSP 5/31/11 8:15 am

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Auditions for the 2011-2012 Field Commanders will be held Thursday, May 26 at 2:45 pm in the band room. The auditions will be judged by former WVU drum major (and former UHS student teacher) Allen Heath.

Field Commander clinics will be held Wednesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 25 after school in the band room. Clinics will be conducted by Evan Boegehold.

-MSP 5/16/11 9:15 am

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2011-2012 marching band section leaders will be announced after the field commanders are selected.

-MSP 5/16/11 9:15 am

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Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band, both of which received straight Superior (I) ratings at the Region 10 Band Festival. This marks the eighteenth consecutive year the Wind Ensemble has received a superior rating and the ninth year in the last eleven that the Concert Band has received a superior rating.

-MSP 4/19/11 7:15 am

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Congratulations to the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combo, each of which received straight Superior (I) ratings at the Northern Region Jazz Festival Saturday. This marks the eleventh consecutive year the Jazz Ensemble has received a superior rating and the third consecutive year the combo has received a superior rating.

-MSP 3/5/11 3:00 pm

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The UHS Band Spring Concert will be held Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. We are excited to have internationally renowned composer and conductor Samuel Hazo as guest conductor for this concert.

Along with other selections, the concert band will perform two of Mr. Hazo's compositions, "Rivers" and "Ascend", and the wind ensemeble will perform Mr. Hazo's "Ride", "Perthshire Majesty", and "Arabesque".

Pre-concert music will be provided by the jazz combo.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors.

-MSP 4/29/11 7:35 am

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Thanks again to all who helped make the UHS Band Elimination Dinner a success, including the parent workers, student workers and staff, the UHS Jazztet, and the businesses who provided goods and services.

Thanks especially to Outback Steakhouse of Morgantown for providing the meals. Outback's generosity saves the band approximately $3000.00 each year in food expenses for the Elimination Dinner. Additionally, they bring the manpower and expertise to provide meals to such a large group of people.

The next time you take the family out for dinner, please consider Outback. They have been tremendously supportive of the band over the last several years. The next time you visit Outback, perhaps write "Thanks from the UHS Band" on your check so they know how much their help means to us.

Special thanks to Clear Mountain Bank for again purchasing many of the unsold tickets. This is the third year that Clear Mountain Bank has offered extra financial support for the band.

Thanks also to the following sponsors for providing the contents of the baskets:

“Art”: The Snoderly Family
“Gardening”:  The Feghali Family
“Kids Candy/Fun ”
“Coffee, Tea, or Me-Usic ”: Starbucks and Horizon Soil Consulting
“Manly Man”: Apple Valley County Club, Mountaineer Golf Club, Sheetz
“Romance”: WVU Division of Music
“Adults Only! Get Lucky":  Suzanne Kiger, Passion Parties by Suzanne
“UHS Marching Band”: Fawley Music and UHS Band Boosters
“Music”:  Fawley Music
“Spa Basket ”: Theresa Obrad, Theresa Styles for You
“Avon”:  Mindy Mernoski
“Patty's Art Spot ”:  $50.00 Certificate
“WVU”:  WVU Parents Club and the Solomon
“Movie Night! ”:  The Ewell Family and Hollywood Cinema
“Spring Break Bag ”:  Tanya's Designer Inspired Purses and Luggage
“Girly Girl”:  The Gabriel Family
“Celebration”  MRay's Pastries, Edible Arrangements, The Gatto Family
“The Wow Factory”
“Baby Basket ”:  The Kullman Family

With such a long list of people and businesses to thank, we are almost certain to leave someone off. If you know of an omission, please e-mail mpalmer@access.k12.wv.us so we can add them to the list.

Finally, congratulations to the winners of the baskets, the winners of the consolation prizes along the way, and to Matt Turner, who split the $1000.00 grand prize with the band, which had the two remaining tickets because they had gone unsold.

-MSP 3/18/11 10:42 am

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UHS will host the second annual Big Band Bash in the auditorium Friday, April 1 at 7:00 pm. The show will feature the UHS Jazz Ensemble, the UHS Jazz Combo, the Mountaineer Middle School Jazz Ensemble, the Westwood Middle School Jazz Ensemble, and the Mon River Big Band. Admission is free.

-MSP 3/28/11 7:45 am

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PLEASE RETURN ELIMINATION DINNER TICKETS AND MONEY BY THURSDAY, MARCH 10.

-MSP 3/8/11 7:18 am

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The 2011 Elimination Dinner will be held Thursday, March 17 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Star City. The cost per ticket is $60.00, which covers TWO Outback Steakhouse dinners, one chance to win the $1,000.00 Grand Prize, and four chances to win smaller cash prizes.

Tickets were distributed to students on Friday, February 18. Each student received ONE ticket to sell this year. Anyone wishing to sell more tickets should see Mr. Palmer. There are fewer tickets (160) available this year because the hall is not big enough to seat 400 people, so students should act quickly if they need more tickets.

This is the final fundraiser for the 2010-2011 school year, and is the LAST opportunity for students to fulfill their $200.00 fundraising obligation. The band boosters will deposit 10% of the ticket price ($6.00 total) into students' band accounts for each ticket sold, and the profit margin could be as high as about 80%, meaning that each ticket sold could also count as much as $50.00 toward students' $200.00 fundraising obligation.

-MSP 2/21/11 7:55 am

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The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will participate in the West Virginia Wesleyan College Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 26. Students should arrive at UHS at 8:00 am. Return time TBA. WVWC will feed us lunch and students should bring money for dinner on the way home. Attire is all black.

-MSP 2/22/11 7:15 pm

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The Jazz and Percussion Concert will be held Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 pm in the UHS Auditorium. The concert will feature performances by the jazz ensemble, jazz combo, several percussion ensembles, and the trumpet ensemble. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $3.00 for students and seniors.

-MSP 2/15/11 10:15 am

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The next Bob Evans Community Fun Night fundraiser will be held Thursday, January 27.

The fundraiser is simple...eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner, (eat-in or take-out) at either Morgantown Bob Evans location between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm (it has been 8:00 pm previously), present THIS FLIER when you pay, and 15% of the proceeds will go to the UHS Band.

We hope to have one Bob Evans Community Fun Night fundraiser per month.

-MSP 1/24/10 7:55 am

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All State Band Auditions will be held Friday, January 7 at Fairmont State University.

We will depart UHS at 7:30 am. Following auditions, we will stop at the Morgantown Mall for lunch and return to UHS between 12:30 and 1:00 pm (in time for any students who need to take 7th period finals that day).

In the event of a snow cancellation or delay, All State Auditions WILL NOT be cancelled. We will still depart from UHS at our scheduled time.

-MSP 1/6/11 8:10 am

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UPDATE: Due to a large number of conflicts with the December 17 make-up date, the Holiday Concert has been moved to Monday, December 20 at 7:00 pm. Please see details below.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

-MSP 12/15/10 1:45 pm

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The UHS Band Holiday Concert will be held Monday, December 20 at 7:00 in the UHS Auditorium, and will feature performances by the brass ensemble, concert band and wind ensemble, with pre-concert music provided by the jazz combo.

Students should arrive at UHS at 6:30 pm.

The concert band will wear black and white concert attire and wind ensemble will wear tuxes/gowns. (Please see information about concert attire on pp. 10 and 11 of the UHS Band Handbook).

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors.

-MSP 12/1/10 2:00 pm

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Band students will be permitted to sell fruit through the Thanksgiving Break.

ALL ORDERS AND MONEY MUST BE TURNED IN ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

Any orders turned in after this date cannot be processed.

-MSP 11/21/10 7:30 am

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The WVU Marching Band Keynotes Concert will be held on Monday, November 29 at 7:30 pm at the WVU CAC. The UHS band has a small allotment of tickets available to band students and a limited number of parent chaperones. The cost of the tickets is $1.00.

-MSP 11/21/10 7:30 am

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The 2010 Fruit Sale is underway. Details can be found HERE.

Parents, please read THIS LETTER from Fruit Sale Chair Sharon Ewell.

-MSP 10/25/10 12:00 pm

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The next Bob Evans Community Fun Night fundraiser will be held Thursday, November 18.

The fundraiser is simple...eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner, (eat-in or take-out) at either Morgantown Bob Evans location between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm (it has been 8:00 pm previously), present THIS FLIER when you pay, and 15% of the proceeds will go to the UHS Band.

We hope to have one Bob Evans Community Fun Night fundraiser per month.

-MSP 11/16/10 8:15 am

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The band will travel to Bridgeport High School on Friday, November 12 for the first round playoff game.

Students should arrive at UHS at 6:00 pm in full uniform and we will depart by bus at 6:15. Kickoff is at 7:30 pm. We should return to UHS between 10:45-11:15 pm.

Please eat before you arrive. The boosters will provide snacks during the 3 quarter break.

-MSP 11/6/10 6:20 pm

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Congratulations to the marching band on yet another outstanding performance at the Southern Garrett, MD "Autumn Glory " T.O.B. Competition.

The Hawk Marching Band received FIRST PLACE guard in group IV (largest band class), FIRST PLACE percussion in group IV, and second place in group IV.

This has been an excellent band all year, and we are the directors and staff commend you on an outstanding competition season.

-MSP 10/13/10 6:25 am

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Congratulations to the marching band on another outstanding performance at the Allegany MD "Preview of Champions" T.O.B. Competition.

The Hawk Marching Band received FIRST PLACE guard in group IV (largest band class), FIRST PLACE percussion in group IV, and third place in group IV. (One judge cost the band dearly by scoring us so low that the we had no chance at first place. Had that score been in line with the rest of the judges, we would have finished at least second, and possibly first.)

Considering the circumstances (extremely long wait before performing, followed by the lights going out and the head judge actually STOPPING the band in the middle of the first song), the fact that this was our best performance to date speaks volumes about the character of this group.

Again, the directors and staff are very proud of you.

-MSP 9/27/10 7:30 am

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Congratulations to the marching band on an outstanding performance at the Preston "Music in the Mountains" T.O.B. Competition.

In a field of 14 bands, the Hawk Marching Band received FIRST PLACE guard in group IV (largest band class), FIRST PLACE guard overall, FIRST PLACE percussion in group IV, FIRST PLACE percussion overall, FIRST PLACE band in group IV, and SECOND PLACE band overall, missing winning the whole competition by four tenths of a point out of a possible 100.

The directors and staff are very proud of you.

-MSP 9/19/10 8:00 am

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Dr. Mel Wright has again posted band photos on his Photobucket account.

To access these photos, click HERE and enter the password "buddyrich" then click on the appropriate album under "Recent Albums".

-MSP 9/12/10 5:10 pm

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Congratulations to Jessica Bowers of Morgantown, winner of the 2010 UHS Band Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Raffle.

This year's raffle raised over $5,000 for the band. Thanks to all who participated for their support of the UHS Band.

-MSP 10/23/10 3:50 pm

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Please have all uniforms dry-cleaned before Friday, October 22.

-MSP 10/14/10 12:00 pm

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Important change in the rehearsal schedule:

Because the ACT prep class is taught after school on Wednesdays, we will need to move the once-a-week rehearsals (which start the week of October 11) from Wednesdays to Tuesdays.

Once we go to our once-a-week format, good attendance is particularly important. We have reserved Thursdays for make-up rehearsals in the event of rain or attendance issues.

We will reschedule rehearsals based on attendance if ten or more students are absent from any rehearsal (excused or unexcused).

These changes are reflected on the EVENT CALENDAR.

-MSP 10/4/10 8:00 am

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Mohawk Bowl Schedule:

Thursday, October 28.

6:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS in FULL UNIFORMS (No garment bags or hat boxes)
6:15 pm - Depart by bus for Pony Lewis Field (students will take smaller instruments with them on school buses)
~6:45 pm - Arrive @ Pony Lewis Field/Unload Instrument Bus
7:30 pm - Kickoff
~9:30-10:00 pm - Buses depart Pony Lewis Field

Students may ride home with parents, but due to parking and general Mohawk Bowl chaos, we ask that all students ride the bus to Pony Lewis Field.

-MSP 10/28/10 8:30 am

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Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Raffle tickets are due Monday, October 18.

The drawing will be held at the UHS/Preston Football game on October 22.

Sales are nearly $4,000.00 behind that of last year's raffle. Please sell your tickets.

-MSP 10/13/10 11:00 am

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The next Bob Evans Community Fun Night fundraiser will be held Thursday, October 21.

The fundraiser is simple...eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner, (eat-in or take-out) at either Morgantown Bob Evans location between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm (it has been 8:00 pm previously), present THIS FLIER when you pay, and 15% of the proceeds will go to the UHS Band.

We hope to have one Bob Evans Community Fun Night fundraiser per month.

-MSP 10/18/10 8:00 am

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Southern Garrett T.O.B. Competition
Saturday, October 9

Click HERE for directions to Southern High School Athletic Field.

1:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS in TRAVEL UNIFORMS
2:00-2:45 pm - Rehearsal
2:45 pm - Load and board buses
3:15 pm - Depart UHS
5:00-5:15 pm - Arrive @ Southern High School Athletic Field
~5:45 pm - Warm-up
6:18 pm - Perform
8:06 pm - Awards
8:30 pm - Depart Southern Garrett Athletic Field
~10:15-10:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS

Students should eat a good meal before arriving at UHS. The boosters will feed students on the buses en route. Students will need to bring money for food at the Southern Garrett concession stand.

-MSP 10/1/10 11:40 am

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Homecoming Parade/Football Game
Friday, October 1

Please plan for heavy traffic and parking issues. All students should arrive in full uniform.

5:00 pm - Parade Line-up
6:00 pm - Parade begins (we are last and probably won't step off until after 6:15)
7:15 pm -
Pregame
7:30 pm - Kickoff

-MSP 9/30/10 7:25 am

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Note to all about progress reports: There is a glitch in GradeQuick that created the comment code for "does poor classwork". Fear not, nobody should have received that comment code.

-MSP 9/21/10 2:45 pm

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Allegany, Maryland T.O.B. Competition

Due to a change in the competition schedule, our times have been adjusted to start a half hour earlier than originally posted.

Greeneway Avenue Stadium, Cumberland, MD - Click HERE for directions
Saturday, September 25

1:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS in TRAVEL UNIFORMS
2:00-2:45 pm - Rehearsal
2:45 pm - Load and board buses
3:15 pm - depart UHS
4:30-5:15 pm - Eat in LaVale, MD

5:30-5:45 pm - Arrive @ Greenway Avenue Stadium
6:30 pm - Warm-up
7:00 pm - Perform
9:00 pm - Awards
9:30 pm - Depart Greenway Avenue Stadium
~11:15-11:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS

Students will need to bring money for food in LaVale, MD.

Students who ride home with parents need to provide their head chaperone with a note and meet their head chaperone or a director with their parent before leaving.

-MSP 9/22/10 9:15 am

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Preston "Music In the Mountains" T.O.B. Competition.

Saturday, September 18

The WVU-Maryland game starts at 12:00 pm and should end around 3:30 pm. Please take post-game traffic into account when planning your route and travel time to UHS.

4:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS in TRAVEL UNIFORMS
5:00-5:30 pm - Music run-through
5:30 pm - Load bus/Eat snacks provided by band boosters
6:15 pm - depart UHS
7:00-7:15 pm - Arrive @ Preston High School
7:45 pm - Warm-up
8:32 pm - Perform
9:30 pm - Awards
9:45 pm - Depart Preston High School
~10:45-11:00 pm - Arrive @ UHS

Students who ride home with parents will need a note and inform a director and their head chaperone before leaving.

-MSP 9/14/10 7:40 am

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Morgantown Band Spectacular, Tuesday, September 14

The Morgantown Band Spectacular Begins at 7:00 pm, and UHS is usually the seventh or eighth band to perform after the opening ceremonies.

NO REHEARSAL IMMEDIATELY AFTER SCHOOL on the 14.

5:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS in TRAVEL UNIFORMS
6:00-6:45 pm - Rehearsal/Load bus
7:00 pm - depart UHS
7:15 pm - Arrive @ Mountaineer Field
7:30 pm - Warm-up
~8:00-8:15 pm - Perform
~8:30-8:45 pm - Depart Mountaineer Field
~8:45-9:00 pm Arrive @ UHS

While the bus will depart Mountaineer Field shortly after our performance, students are encouraged to stay and watch the other bands perform (meaning they will not ride the bus back to UHS). As always, students who ride home with parents should have their parents see a director before leaving.

-MSP 9/11/10 12:00 pm

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Fairmont Band Spectacular, Saturday, September 11

The following times are based on estimates given to us by the Fairmont Senior High band director:

The Fairmont Band Spectacular Begins at 7:00 pm, and UHS is the fifth band to perform after the opening ceremonies.

4:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS (we will rehearse in comfortable clothes)
5:00-6:00 pm - Rehearsal/Load bus/change into TRAVEL UNIFORMS
6:30 pm - Depart UHS
7:15 pm - Arrive @ East/West Stadium
~7:45 pm - Warm-up
~8:30 pm - Perform
~9:00 pm - Depart East/West Stadium
~9:30-10:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS

The boosters will provide snacks on the bus for the trip to Fairmont and the return trip home. Students need to eat a good meal before arriving at UHS.

-MSP 9/7/09 7:30 pm

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The Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Raffle is underway. The cost per ticket is $5.00 and the prize is a West Virginia Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License (or the cash equivalent). The drawing will be held at the October 22 football game against Preton High School. See any UHS Band student for tickets.

-MSP 8/29/10 4:00 pm

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SCHEDULE CHANGE: After the first week of school, marching band rehearsals will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:45-5:00 pm. We will only rehearse on Wednesdays in the event of a rain-out or holiday on one of our other rehearsal days. (That means that the week of Labor Day, we WILL rehearse on Wednesday.)

The event calendar has been updated to reflect this change.

-MSP 8/26/10 8:00 am

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For reasons unknown, the state access.k12.wv.us server is rejected by Comcast accounts as spam. If you are a Comcast subscriber, please cc: all e-mail sent to mpalmer@access.k12.wv.us to the new address universityband@ymail.com.

Mail sent from addresses other than Comcast are not affected.

-MSP 7/29/10 10:30 am

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Parents: The band is in need of a driver for the band's instrument truck. The driver must have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with air-brake endorsement. The duties would include driving the bus to two band spectaulars, three competitions, the Mohawk Bowl, and any away playoff games in which the band partcipates. Please see the event calendar for specific dates.

Please contact Mr. Palmer if you can help.

-MSP 7/29/10 11:30 am

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The UHS Band will participate in Hawk Walk 2010 on Saturday, August 21 at 3:00 pm at the UHS Cross Country course. Hawk Walk will benefit UHS teacher Julie Foster in her fight against cancer. To download forms, click on the links below.

Registration form

Sponsor Form

-MSP 8/13/10 5:35 pm

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The Kennywood trip will be held Tuesday, August 17. The trip is a reward for field show marchers with three or fewer summer band absences.

The cost is $24.00 per student. Students must pay the cost of the tickets before they can board the bus, and will need money to purchase food and/or souvenirs in the park.

We will depart by school bus from UHS at 9:00 am. Students should arrive at the school by 8:45 am. We should be back at UHS by approximately 9:30-10:00 pm.

-MSP 8/11/10 11:35 am

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Outstanding job at the Monongalia County Fair Parade on August 9. The directors and staff are very proud of you!

-MSP 8/9/10 8:35 pm

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Band Fees Update:

1. Unless arrangements have been made, all band camp fees must be paid before camp starts on August 2.

2. Uniform rental ($40.00) and dry cleaning deposits ($15.00 - returnable) must be paid before students can take uniforms home. Because we are using them for the Mon. County Fair Parade on August 9, this means that these fees must be paid before students can march in the parade.

If you need to make arrangements to pay fees or need financial assistance, please read pp. 11-13 of the band handbook and contact Mr. Palmer at mpalmer@access.k12.wv.us.

-MSP 7/29/10 10:00 am

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The ice cream truck will make an appearance at band camp after lunch on Wednesday, August 4. Students are reminded to bring money.

Also after lunch on Wedensday, August 4, baby max will make his official band camp appearance.

-MSP 8/2/10 10:00 pm

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We will once again run a shuttle to and from Camp Muffly during the week of band camp.

At 8:00 am, the shuttle will pick up Cheat Lake area students at the gravel lot at the corner of Cheat Road and Tyrone Road (construction at Cheat Lake Elementary prevents us from picking up at the school), and at approximately 8:20 am, the shuttle will pick up Westover area students at Westwood Middle.

In the evenings, the shuttle will pick up at Camp Muffly at 8:30 pm, drop off at the corner of Cheat Road and Tyrone Road at approximately 8:50 pm, and at Westwood Middle at approximately 9:10 pm.

The shuttle WILL NOT make a stop at UHS.

We will once again need a parent to meet the bus at each pick-up/drop off location and to call Mr. Palmer in the event that the shuttle doesn't arrive for any of the scheduled runs.

-MSP 8/1/10 11:30 am

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The 2010-2011 UHS Band Handbook has been updated and is posted. All UHS Band students and parents need to read the handbook and sign the Agreement Form at the end of the handbook.

The Health Form is also included and must be completed and returned before students can particpate in any band activites, including summer rehearsals.

For returning band members, please note the changes in policy concerning fund raising vs. paying the $200 fundraising obligation (p. 13).

-MSP 7/12/10 2:30 pm

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The summer schedule has been updated to include a change in the date of the Kennywood trip. School will start earlier this year than it has in previous years, so we had to make accommodations for the teacher work days August 18 through 20.

-MSP 7/7/10 11:30 am

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The first Bob Evans Community Fun Night fundraiser will be held Thursday, July 29.

The fundraiser is simple...eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner, (eat-in or take-out) at either Morgantown Bob Evans location between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm, present THIS FLIER when you pay, and 15% of the proceeds will go to the UHS Band.

We hope to have one Bob Evans Community Fun Night fundraiser per month.

-MSP 7/25/10 1:00 pm

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Max Joseph Palmer arrived on Wednesday, June 23 at 1:01 am. Click HERE for pictures.

-MSP 6/28/10 9:35 pm

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Congratulations to Mr. Kolar and the UHS Chamber Choir on an amazing concert this Sunday at St. Francis Church. The Choir peformed, among other things, Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna", which was conducted by the man for whom the piece was written, famed choral conductor Paul Salamunavich.

University High School rarely gets the credit it deserves, but the choir program at UHS is second to none.

-MSP 5/16/10 7:45 pm

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The 27 Annual Hawk's Nest Cabaret will be held in the auditorium at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16. The show will feature the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir, as well as singers, dancers, and other performers from the UHS student body. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors.

-MSP 4/12/10 7:20 am

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Thanks again to all who helped make the third annual UHS Band Elimination Dinner a success, including the parent workers, student workers and staff, the UHS Jazz Combo, and the businesses who provided goods and services.

Thanks especially to Outback Steakhouse of Morgantown for providing the meals. Outback's generosity saves the band approximately $3000.00 each year in food expenses for the Elimination Dinner. Additionally, they bring the manpower and expertise to provide meals to such a large group of people.

The next time you take the family out for dinner, please consider Outback. They have been tremendously supportive of the band over the last three Elimination Dinners and have already committed to helping us again with our 2011 Elimination Dinner. The next time you visit Outback, perhaps write "Thanks from the UHS Band" on your check so they know how much their help means to us.

Special thanks to Clear Mountain Bank for purchasing the final seventeen tickets. This is the second year that Clear Mountain Bank has generously assured that all available tickets were purchased.

Thanks also to the following sponsors for providing the contents of the baskets:

“WVU”: WVU Department of Music, WVU Parents Club, Horizon Soil Consulting, Coca-Cola
“Game Night”:  The Elkins Family
“Gardening Fun”:  The Feghali Family
“Theresa Styles for You”:  The Obrad Family
“Manly Man basket”:  The Battin Family, Apple Valley County Club, Horizon Soil Consulting
“Stir Fry Tonight”:  Peking House,  China One, The Roston Family
“Italian Heritage”  Minards, Pampered Chef The Gatto Family, The Kullman Family
“UHS Band/Music” Fawley Music, UHS Band Boosters, DP Dough, Kingsbury Family
“Chocolate Bliss”  Solomon and Solomon
“Family Fun”  Carvel Ice Cream, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, Warner Theater, Kingsbury Family, DP Dough
“Golf”:  The Kanosky Family,
“Adults Only!”  (21 and over!)”:  Passion Parties by Suzanne
“Extreme Green Carpet Cleaning”:  Scott Richards

With such a long list of people and businesses to thank, we are almost certain to leave someone off. If you know of an omission, please e-mail mpalmer@access.k12.wv.us so we can add them to the list.

Finally, congratulations to the winners of the baskets, the winners of the consolation prizes along the way, and to Louise Henry, winner of the $1000.00 grand prize.

-MSP 3/27/10 2:10 pm

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UHS will host the first Big Band Bash in the auditorium Monday, April 12 at 7:00 pm. The show will feature the UHS Jazz Ensemble, the UHS Jazz Combo, the Morgantown High School Jazz Ensemble, and the Mon River Big Band. Admission is free.

-MSP 4/5/10 7:15 am

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BRASS ENSEMBLE/WEATHER UPDATE: The brass ensemble performance at the Morgantown Mall food court is postponed until Monday, December 21 at 6:00 pm. Students should arrive at 5:30 pm in dress clothes.

In the event that school is cancelled on Monday, the performance will take place Tuesday the 22 at 6:00 pm.

-MSP 12/19/09 8:30 am

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Congratulations to the brass ensemble, the concert band, and the wind ensemble for their outstanding performances at the holiday concert. The directors are proud of you.

-MSP 12/17/09 5:40 pm

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The UHS Band Holiday Concert will be held Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors. The concert will feature performances by the brass ensemble, the concert band, and the wind ensemble.

Band students should arrive at the band room at 6:30 pm. Dress for the concert is black and white for the brass ensemble and concert band, and tuxes and gowns for the wind ensemble. Please see concert attire details on pp. 10-11 of the band handbook.

-MSP 12/8/09 10:00 am

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Fruit will be distributed from the UHS band room on Thursday, December 10 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

There will be a limited supply of extra fruit available.

-MSP 12/2/09 9:50 am

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The 2009 WVU Keynotes Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30 at the CAC. Students who purchased tickets will meet Mr. Palmer in the lobby of the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the CAC at 7:00 pm the night of the concert to receive their tickets.

There are no extra tickets available.

-MSP 11/3/09 12:30 pm

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The directors are extremely proud of the OUTSTANDING performance by the band at the Morgantown Veterans Day Parade.

-MSP 11/4/09 8:50 pm

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Students wishing to audition for the 2010 WV All-State Band and Orchestra must return their information cards and money by Friday, November 11. The cost is $10.00 per instrumental audition. (For example, the cost for a student auditioning on flute AND piccolo would be $20.00.)

-MSP 11/4/09 8:20 am

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2009-2010 band composite pictures will be taken Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 during school. Most students will have their pictures taken during their band classes. Students who have Marching Band OT and do not have a band class need to schedule a sitting time during another class (YOUR TEACHER MUST APPROVE YOUR ABSENCE DURING THIS TIME).

Students should have uniforms dry cleaned prior to photos being taken, and students will need to bring band shoes and black socks, as the photographers will be taking numerous poses, including full-length shots. Students DO NOT need to bring hats. To cut down on band room clutter, we will provide extra band hats for the photos. Uniforms may be left in the band room following the Mohawk Bowl.

A date and time will be set later (usually a couple of weeks after the photos are taken) for parents to meet with a representative from North American Theatrical Photographers to decide if they would like to purchase photos. We will post details as soon as they become available.

-MSP 10/20/09 9:00 am

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Congratulations to Belinda Deavers of Morgantown, 2009 winner of the West Virginia Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License.

-MSP 10/19/09 10:40 am

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Band uniforms must be dry cleaned prior to the Mohawk Bowl on Saturday, October 31. There is not enough time to have them cleaned between the Mohawk Bowl and composite photos.

-MSP 10/23/09 10:40 am

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The UHS Band has reserved space at the 2009 WVU Keynotes Concert on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30 at the CAC. The cost is $1.00 for students, directors, and chaperones. (Sorry, ALL others must pay the regular price).

This is not a required event. Students who wish to attend must pay the NON-REFUNDABLE $1.00 cost by Friday, October 23.

-MSP 10/20/09 11:25 am

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Schedule for Senior Night Potluck Dinner/Football vs. John Marshall:

Underclassmen can bring a dish to share (anything is fine).  We have ham, rolls, potato salad, cupcakes, and drinks.

4:30-5:30 pm - Boosters Set-up in Cafeteria
5:30 pm - Seniors served first, then rest of the band
6:30 pm - Band Students to band room
7:15 pm - Pre-game
7:30 pm - Kickoff

The weather forecast is calling for a HIGH of 40 during the day, and a temperature in the mid to upper 30's at gametime (in addition to occasional rain). Students should dress in LAYERS.

We will distribute raincoats prior to the game and collect them (laying them over chairs to air-dry in the band room) after the game. We will not wear plumes. Students may wear gloves that allow them to play their instruments.

We will need boosters to dry off the band seats before the band is seated.

See additional senior night information below.

-MSP 10/15/09 4:40 pm

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JAZZ ENSEMBLE MEMBERS: HERE is a 12-bar blues play along mp3 to assist you with this evening's assignment. To download, right-click and select "Save Link As" or Save Target As".

-MSP 10/15/09 10:20 am

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Seniors will be recognized at halftime of the UHS-John Marshall football game on Friday, October 16.

Parents escorting senior marching band members will be admitted to the game for free.

Senior band members and their parents will meet in the southeast corner of the stadium (by where the band sits) at the 5:00 mark of the second quarter in preparation for their entrance onto the field.

-MSP 10/14/09 1:40 pm

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West Allegheny PIMBA Competition

Saturday, October 10

Click HERE for the West Allegheny Cavalcade website, including directions to the school.

12:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS in TRAVEL UNIFORMS
12:45-2:00 pm - Rehearsal/Load bus
2:15 pm - Depart UHS
3:15 pm - Eat @ Washington Mall
4:00 pm - Depart Washington Mall
5:00 pm - Arrive @ West Allegheny High School
5:45 pm - Warm-up
6:37 pm - Report to Gate
6:45 pm - Perform
8:30 pm - Awards
9:00 pm - Depart West Allegheny High School
~10:30-11:00 pm Arrive @ UHS

We will stop at the Washington Mall food court on the way to the show. The boosters will serve snacks on the way home.

-MSP 10/5/09 9:15 am

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CONFIRMED: The band will participate in the Northern Garrett TOB Competition in Accident, Maryland on Saturday, October 3 and the West Allegheny PIMBA Competition in Imperial, Pennsylvania on October 10. Both shows take place in the late afternoon/evening. Schedules will be posted soon.

-MSP 9/27/09 7:15 pm

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Northern Garrett TOB Competition

Saturday, October 3

These times are the best estimates available as of September 28 and may change slightly. Click HERE for directions to Northern Garrett High School.

1:15 pm - Arrive @ UHS in TRAVEL UNIFORMS
1:30-2:45 pm - Rehearsal/Load bus
3:00 pm - Depart UHS
4:30 pm Arrive @ Northern Garrett High School
~5:15 pm - Warm-up
~5:50 pm - Perform
~6:30 pm - Awards
~7:00 pm - Depart Northern Garrett High School
~8:15-8:45 pm Arrive @ UHS

Students should eat a good lunch before arriving at UHS. There is not a suitable place to stop on the way to or from the competition, so the boosters will serve snacks on the bus on the way to and from NGHS.

-MSP 9/28/09 9:05 am

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Congratulations to the marching band for an outstanding performance at the WV Oil and Gas Festival this weekend. The directors are proud of not only your marching and playing, but of your behavior, as well. Keep up the good work.

-MSP 9/20/09 8:40 pm

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West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival, Saturday, September 19

The competition will be held at Tyler Consolidated High School. CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

1:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS (we will rehearse in comfortable clothes)
1:45-3:00 pm - Rehearsal/Load bus
3:15 pm - Depart UHS
4:00-4:30 pm - Eat @ Meadowbrook Mall Food Court
4:30-4:45 pm - Board bus/change into TRAVEL UNIFORMS/Depart Meadowbrook Mall Food Court

6:00 pm - Arrive @ Tyler Consolidated High School
6:30 pm - Warm-up
7:15 pm - Perform
8:00 pm - Awards
~8:30 pm - Depart Tyler Consolidated High School
~10:15-10:45 pm Arrive @ UHS

The boosters will provide snacks on the bus for the return trip home. Students need to eat a good meal before arriving at UHS and bring money for the stop at the Meadowbrook Mall.

-MSP 9/13/09 11:00 am

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The band has been selling raffle tickets for a West Virginia Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License for the last several weeks. After a fast start, sales have dropped off a little.

Just a reminder, we have around three weeks remaining before the end of ticket sales. The drawing will be held at the John Marshall football game on Friday, October 16.

Students, please remember that this fundraiser has a very high profit margin and tickets are easy to sell due to the low cost ($5.00) and the fact that the winner may elect to take the cash equivalent ($750) if they do not hunt or fish.

-MSP 9/22/09 7:45 am

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The first parade rehearsal will be held Thursday, September 24 from 2:45-4:30 pm in preparation for the UHS Homecoming Parade. All parade-only marchers must attend the parade rehearsal and the parade on September 25.

-MSP 9/17/09 10:30 am

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Morgantown Band Spectacular, Tuesday, September 15

The Morgantown Band Spectacular Begins at 7:00 pm, and UHS is the seventh band to perform after the opening ceremonies.

NO REHEARSAL IMMEDIATELY AFTER SCHOOL on the 15.

5:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS in TRAVEL UNIFORMS
6:00-6:45 pm - Rehearsal/Load bus
7:00 pm - depart UHS
7:15 pm - Arrive @ Mountaineer Field
7:30 pm - Warm-up
~8:00 pm - Perform
~8:30 pm - Depart Mountaineer Field
~8:45 pm Arrive @ UHS

While the bus will depart Mountaineer Field shortly after our performance, students are encouraged to stay and watch the other bands perform (meaning they will not ride the bus back to UHS). As always, students who ride home with parents should have their parents see a director before leaving.

-MSP 9/11/09 2:30 pm

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Fairmont Band Spectacular, Saturday, September 12

The following times are based on estimates given to us by the Fairmont Senior High band director:

The Fairmont Band Spectacular Begins at 7:00 pm, and UHS is the eighth band to perform after the opening ceremonies. There is also a 10-minute intermission at some point before UHS performs.

4:45 pm - Arrive @ UHS (we will rehearse in comfortable clothes)
5:00-6:15 pm - Rehearsal/Load bus/change into TRAVEL UNIFORMS
6:45 pm - Depart UHS
7:30 pm - Arrive @ East/West Stadium
~8:00 pm - Warm-up
~9:00 pm - Perform
~9:30 pm - Depart East/West Stadium
~10:00-10:30 pm - Arrive @ UHS

The boosters will provide snacks on the bus for the trip to Fairmont and the return trip home. Students need to eat a good meal before arriving at UHS.

-MSP 9/8/09 9:30 pm

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Marching Band Rehearsal Recommendations:

1. Please remember to bring comfortable shoes in which to march during after school rehearsals.

2. We ask that you bring or buy bottled water for the rehearsals so we can cut down on the time spent running into the building for drinks during these shortened rehearsals.

3. We suggest that you bring a small snack to give you some energy for the rehearsals.

-MSP 8/26/09 7:45 pm

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The Ritchie County High School USSBA Competition on September 26 has been cancelled by RCHS. Because there is no suitable replacement and the fact that the UHS Homecoming dance will be held that evening, we will not be traveling that day. We WILL play our show in the stadium for the alumni during the UHS All-Class Reunion to be held at the school that day. Report time is 12:00 pm.

-MSP 9/2/09 11:40 am

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Attention students interested in auditioniong for the 2009-2010 UHS Color Guard. Please note the updates to the training, audition, and clinic days:

Tuesday, May 12 4:00-6:00 pm - Training Day @ UHS
Thursday, May 14 4:00-6:00 pm - Training Day @ UHS
Tuesday, May 19 4:00-6:00 pm - Auditions @ UHS
Thursday, May 21 4:00-6:00 pm - Color Guard Clinic #1 @ UHS

-MSP 5/11/09 2:00 pm

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Thanks to all who helped make the second annual UHS Band Elimination Dinner a tremendous success. From start to finish, the operation ran smoothly, and the band made a profit of around $8,500 after expenses.

The UHS Band is very fortunate to have such a hard-working, dedicated, and talented students and parents.

Thanks to Outback Steakhouse of Morgantown for providing the meals. The next time you take the family out for dinner, please consider Outback. They have been tremendously supportive of the band over the last two elimination dinners.

Special thanks also go to Clear Mountain Bank for purchasing the final eight tickets at full price.

Thanks also to the following sponsors for providing the contents of the baskets:

Carvel Ice Cream
WV Public Theatre
Solomon and Solomon
Mountaineer Golf Course
Apple Valley Golf Course
Golf USA
Oliverio's
Olive Garden
Jersey's Subs
Fawley Music
Creative Cuts Salon
Morgantown Red Cross
IHOP
Bob Evans
WVU
The Boston Beanery
Ruby Tuesday
Warner Theatre
Canine Bodyworks
Cheat Lake Animal Hospital
Petco
Lakeview Golf Course
Tatham's Nursery
Golden Corral Restaurant

-MSP 4/8/09 9:30 am

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WIND ENSEMBLE AND THE CHAMBER CHOIR FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES AT THE PUBLIC DEDICATION OF THE NEW UHS ON DECEMBER 14.

-MSP 12/15/08 8:45 am

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The FRUIT SALE is underway. Click here for Fruit Sale information, flier, and order form.

-MSP 10/28/08 6:30 pm

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Click here to see historical band photos of the UHS Band.

-MSP 10/30/08 2:30 pm

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Congratulations to the winner of the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Raffle, Deb Eakins.

This year's raffle was the most successful to date. Congratulations to all.

-MSP 8/27/08 6:30 am

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Congratulations to the marching band for another outstanding performance at the Ritchie County High School USSBA Competition. The band won best percussion, best color guard, best music, best visual performance, best overall effect, and overall GRAND CHAMPION. Great job!

-MSP 9/28/08 12:00 pm

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Dr. Mel Wright has posted another collection of UHS Band photos on his Photobucket page. In addition to several 2007-2008 collections, the most recent photos are from the Preston Competition and band camp. To view the photos, click HERE, enter the password buddyrich, look for the UHS Marching Band Photo Album on the left side of the page, then simply click and browse.

These pictures are free for students and parents to download and print.

Thanks to Dr. Wright for his willingness to take and share these photos.

-MSP 10/3/08 11:20 pm

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CLICK HERE FOR NEW BAND ROOM, AUDITORIUM, AND STADIUM PHOTOS.

-MSP 8/6/08 2:05 pm

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PARENTS: We need more help at the football games. UPDATE: We think we have enough parent help now. Thanks to those parents who have volunteered.

The band will not be sitting in the end zone for the foreseeable future, so we must have at least 6-10 chaperones sitting behind and around the band during the game and when the band is on the field.

We had some items (nothing big) stolen Friday night, and we must keep non-band students out of the band section (and band students in their section) for a variety of reasons.

We have seven passes left for helpers, so parents wishing to help can get passes from Mr. Palmer.

-MSP 9/24/08 11:05 am

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The Williamstown Festival of Bands has been cancelled by WHS. It was scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 4.

UPDATE: There is not a suitable replacement competition for the Williamstown Festival of Bands. Instead, we will travel to the John Marshall away football game on Friday, October 17. We will depart the school at 4:00 pm, stop for food en route to the game in Washington, PA, and return to UHS between 11:00pm and midnight.

-MSP 9/24/08 11:05 am

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The 2008-2009 Performance and Rehearsal Calendar was updated August 25. There are several changes to dates (mostly later in the year) and there will almost certainly be other changes as we discover conflicts, so please check back often.

-MSP 8/26/08 3:45 pm

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Congratulations to the marching band for their fine performance at the Preston TOB Competition. The band finished first place overall in group IV (large band class).

-MSP 9/21/08 10:00 am

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Band students must carpool to the game this Friday at the new Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium (Hawk Pharm?). Parking will be at a premium while the school is still a construction zone. If parking becomes too much of a problem, the band may have to assemble at the old UHS and bus to the field (the football team is already doing this) for future games this season.

-MSP 9/15/08 7:40 pm

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Congratulations to the marching band on an outstanding first competition at the WV Oil and Gas Festival on Sept. 13. The band finished as first runner-up, placing second overall among the 17 bands competing.

-MSP 9/14/08 1:00 am

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Students, make sure you have a pair of shoes OTHER THAN YOUR BAND SHOES to rehearse in...Tank Field may be a little muddy.

Here are directions to Tyler Consolidated High School.

-MSP 9/13/08 10:15 am

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, September 9 Rehearsal @ UHS 5:30-8:00pm. BRING BALL CAPS!

Thursday, September 11 Rehearsal @ UHS 5:30-8:00pm. BRING BALL CAPS!

Saturday, September 11 WV Oil & Gas Competition

WV Oil and Gas Festival Itinerary:

Please note that all times may change if bands are added or removed. If changes occur, they most likely will only change by plus or minus a half-hour.

1:30-3:30pm Rehearsal @ UHS
3:30-4:30pm
Band Boosters will serve meal
4:30pm Depart UHS
~6:15pm Arrive @ Tyler Consolidated High School
7:15pm Warm-up
7:45pm Perform
9:00pm Depart TCHS
10:30-11:00pm Arrive @ UHS

The band boosters will provide snacks on the bus to and from TCHS. If time permits, students will also be able to purchase food at the TCHS concession stand.

-MSP 9/5/08 2:45 pm

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Attention SNARE DRUMMERS:

Please email Mr. Welker with a list of times after school which you would be available for a snare sectional during the week- we are hoping for Wednesdays. Sectionals will last an hour depending on availability.

Bwelker10@yahoo.com

-MSP 9/4/08 9:40 pm

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Shuttle buses will once again run to and from UHS each day rehearsal is held at Camp Muffly. The buses will depart UHS at 8:30 and depart Camp Muffly fifteen minutes after the end of rehearsals.

-MSP 7/15/08 10:00 pm

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2008 Guard Information

Incoming Freshmen Frequently Asked Questions

2008 Marching Band Information

The Kennywood trip will take place on Friday, August 22. Students should report to the UHS band room at 8:45 am, and we will depart UHS by bus at 9:00 am.

We will depart Kennywood at 8:00 pm and should arrive back at UHS at approximately 9:30 pm.

The Band Boosters will pay the cost of the buses and each student's Ride-All-Day Pass. Students should bring money for food and souvenirs for the day.

-MSP 8/20/08 2:20 pm

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Thursday's rehearsal (August 21) will run from 5:30-8:00 pm (not 8:30 pm, as marked on the calendar) at Camp Muffly. We are ending earlier so we don't run out of daylight. A shuttle bus will depart UHS at 5:00 pm and pick students up from Camp Muffly at 8:15 pm.

-MSP 8/20/08 2:20 pm

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The link to the 2008 summer schedule is posted to the left of the photo above. (Make sure to read the 3rd page of general information, as well.)

We understand that summer is family vacation time, so we ask that families please schedule vacations BEFORE August 4 (and inform the directors of vacations, summer camps, summer school conflicts, etc. in advance). In a nutshell, the earlier in the summer the absences occur, the better.

Any student absences after the start of day camp at Camp Muffly are extremely disruptive to both the band and the individual student.

As always, we will use the Kennywood trip at the end of summer band as a reward for students with three or fewer absences (excused or unexcused) during summer reharsals.

-MSP 8/6/08 2:05 pm

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the 2008-2009 Band Handbook. In order to participate in the UHS Band, students and parents must read it in its entirety, then sign and return the Agreement Form at the end of the handbook by the week of July 28.

Because most students can now access this site, we will only be printing a few copies of the handbook for those without internet access. It is not necessary for students to print the entire handbook, just the Agreement Forms.

-MSP 7/10/08 11:10 am

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Parent Survival Packets were mailed on Monday, June 9, 2008. If you did not receive a copy you can read it by clicking HERE. It also included a SUMMER BAND CALENDAR and a letter from boosters president Mary Ann Spanovich.

-MSP 6/9/08 2:30 pm

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PLEASE NOTE CORRECTIONS TO THE SUMMER BAND CALENDAR: A typo was corrected in the time on Monday, August 18, rehearsal is moved to the evening on Thursday, August 21 because of the first teacher workday on that date, there is no longer a rehearsal on Friday, August 22 because of the Kennywood trip, and percussion and guard camp times have been updated.

-MSP 7/28/08 8:25 am

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The second $50 deposit for 2008 Band Camp was due Friday, May 30. Incoming freshmen can give their deposits to their middle school director and Mr. Palmer will pick the money up, or they can be mailed to the high school at the following address:

UHS Band
c/o Mark Palmer
991 Price Street
Morgantown, WV 26505

If given to middle school directors, money should be placed in envelopes with the student's names on them and labeled "band camp deposit #2". Checks should be made payable to UHS Band. To avoid confusion, we also ask that parents put the student's name in the memo of checks.

Parents can also opt to pay the entire $150 band camp cost at any time.

-MSP 5/21/08 8:21 am

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Percussion Clinic/Audition/Rehearsal Dates:

May 16- 4-9
May 17- 12-5

June 20- 5-9
June 21- 12-9

July 18- 5-9
July 19- 12-9

July 21-25- 9-5

July 28-31- 9-5

-MSP 5/7/08 9:10 pm

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UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION WILL TAKE PLACE TUESDAY, JULY 29 DURING OPEN HOUSE. Times are as follows:

Seniors: 5:00-5:45
Juniors: 5:45-6:30
Sophomores: 6:30-7:15
Freshmen: 7:15-8:00

-MSP 7/28/08 8:45 am

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Open House will be held Tuesday, July 29 from 5:00-8:00 pm in the UHS Band Room and Cafeteria. There will be a speciol meeting for freshman parents from 7:00-8:00.

-MSP 7/28/08 8:55 am

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Visual Ensemble (Guard) Clinic/Audition/Rehearsal Dates:

May 14-15 4:00-6:00pm, Training Days (UHS Band Room)

May 20 4:00-6:00pm, Auditions (UHS Band Room)

May 27 4:00-6:00pm,Informational Meeting/Clinic #1 (UHS Band Room)

-MSP 5/7/08 9:10 pm

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Auditions for 2008-2009 Field Commander will be held Tuesday, June 3 at ~4:00 pm (depending on when the judge arrives from out-of-town). Auditions will be held in the band room.

-MSP 5/20/08 2:15 pm

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Student account statements were distributed in class on Monday, April 14. The bottom part of the statements need to be returned to the band office (with any fees or obligation money due, if applicable) by Friday, May 9. (The form has a typo stating May 10, which is a Saturday.) Questions about account balances should be directed to Terry Roston at 594-2990 or daroston@msn.com.

-MSP 4/14/08 12:15 pm

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Uniforms will be turned in during school on the following days:

Thursday, May 15 - Freshmen

Friday, May 16 - Sophomores

Monday, May 19 - Juniors

Tuesday, May 20 - Seniors

Please make sure that the vestee and cape are attached, that the plume is included in the hat box, and that the uniform was recently dry-cleaned. Uniforms must have been dry-cleaned AFTER the last performance (for most students, that would be Florida), and that the dry-cleaning receipt is attached.

Wind Ensemble tuxes (dry cleaned) and gowns (machine washable - on GENTLE) must be returned with uniforms.

ANY UNCOLLECTED UNIFORMS MUST BE RETURNED PRIOR TO THE BAND BOOSTERS MEETING ON TUESDAY, MAY 20 IN THE BAND ROOM.

-MSP 4/9/08 1:30 pm

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The Sixth Annual "Music on the Mon" Spring Concert at Hazel Ruby McQuain Waterfront Park will be held Monday, May 5 at 7:00 pm, and will feature performances by the concert band and wind ensemble, with pre-concert music provided by the jazz combo. Admission is FREE.

Students should report to the park at 6:30 pm. A student crew will also be needed at 5:30 to unload the band bus and set the stage.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the UHS Auditorium.

-MSP 4/28/08 10:30 pm

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Congratulations to the concert band and the wind ensemble. Both bands received straight superior (I) ratings at the Region 10 Band Festival at Bridgeport High School this past Thursday and Friday.

-MSP 4/25/08 2:40 pm

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In addition to the picture CD's that were distributed several weeks ago, Dr. Mel Wright has a photobucket account with pictures that he took during our trip to Florida in March. To view the pictures, click HERE, log in with the username "MWrightDO" and the password "buddyrich", and click on the link "UHS Marching Band" at the top left of the page. There are several UHS Band photo albums to view. The Florida pics are under " 2008-03-14 UHS All American".

-MSP 4/17/08 12:15 pm

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Thanks to Mary Ann Spanovich and ALL of the parents who made the first UHS Band Elimination Dinner such a big success by donating time, supplies, gift baskets, and general knowledge about how an elimination dinner works. Thanks also to the members of the jazz combos from the last two years for providing music before the drawings.

Last, a big THANK YOU to Outback Steakhouse for providing the meals.Aside from the fruit sale, the Elimination Dinner brought in more money for the band than any fundraiser that we have done over the last eight years. It was well-planned, well-executed, and well-received.

Congratulations to the winners of the baskets, the $25 and $50 prizes, and especially to Grand Prize Winner Dominic Degeorge (a 2003 graduate of UHS) who left with $1,000.

-MSP 4/4/08 11:45 am

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The 2008 Florida Trip was a tremendous success. The bands (percussion ensemble, festival band, and jazz ensemble) all received ratings of Superior or Excellent at the All-American Music Festival. More importantly, the students were well-behaved and had a great time.

The directors wish to thank chaperones Chris Battin, Beth Clark, Mona Feghali, Louise Henry, Kelly Mullens, Charlene Porter, Deb and Ken Rodeheaver, Terry Roston, Mary Ann Spanovich, Gale and Jim Truman, and Dr. Mel Wright, each of whom paid full price for the privilege of waking up early, going to bed late, and riding a bus for close to 40 hours. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Only 1,460 days until the next Florida trip.

-MSP 3/18/08 2:45 pm

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Congratulations to the Jazz Ensemble for receiving a SUPERIOR (I) rating at the Northern Region Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 1. This year marks the eighth consecutive year the Jazz Ensemble has received the highest possible rating at the festival.

-MSP 3/1/08 2:10 pm

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Click Here for 2008-2009 Wind Ensemble Audition Information

-MSP 2/27/07 8:05 am

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Members of the music theory class and jazz bands participated in Scott Simons' "Pop Shop" from December 17 through December 21. Under the guidance of Mr. Simons, the students composed (including music and lyrics), arranged, and performed an original piece, "White Lines". Mr. Simons then mixed the song. You can listen to "White Lines" by clicking here.

If you have difficulty listening to the song, you can download Quicktime by clicking here.

-MSP 12/27/07 7:25 pm

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