Friday, Sept 14: Help needed at halftime

posted Sep 13, 2018, 7:47 PM by Meg Loven

From Susan A:

This Friday 9/14 @ 7PM is a home football game. Please sign up to help move the drum major stands, pit equipment, and to help with the sound system at

In case you don't know what is required (I did put notes in the signup spots), here is a summary of what is expected at the games. Plan to meet at the tower or the band room around 5:45 (depending on where the kids are).

·         SOUND: make sure you come early to the field to make sure the power is run from the press box, so it can all be hooked up at half-time.

·         DRUM MAJOR STANDS: They must be moved from the tower when practice is done to the furthest part of the fence on the field, except for 1 that will be used for the Star Spangled Banner at 7PM on the 50 yard line and the track, then it will be immediately moved to the fence after. 

·         PIT INSTRUMENTS: Some need help moving their equipment down to the field after their practice to put behind the student bleachers.

·         HALF TIME: everyone meets 5 minutes before half-time to line up on the track to move the equipment to the field for the performance. The largest drum stand needs 2-3 people and should be assembled on the track before half-time so it is ready to roll to the 50 yard line. The 2 smallest stands go on the front 30 yard lines, the 2nd largest stand goes to the back 50 yard line.

·         AFTER THE PERFORMANCE: drum major stands go back up to the tower, all other pit & sound equipment will go to the band room. You're then free to enjoy the rest of the game.

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Football - Friday, September 14

posted Sep 13, 2018, 1:40 PM by Meg Loven   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 1:42 PM ]

From Tara B:

Hello Band parents and students,

This Friday, September 14th,  is our second home football game.  Mr. Stevens would like everyone there at 5:30 pm for warm up.  Students should come dressed in their summer uniform with white ankle socks and white shoes. Hair is to be worn up in a ponytail or braid, no makeup, no nail polish, no jewelry (earrings, rings or watches).

Please make sure the students have eaten before coming as they will not be allowed to get food from the concessions and make sure they are well hydrated as well. There will be coolers with water provided during the football game and after halftime. Mr. Stevens will dismiss the students usually after the 3rd quarter but that will be at his discretion. The kids are welcome to come back to finish watching the football game or go home.

Also we are looking for donations of cases of bottled water for the Homecoming parade coming up on Wednesday September 26th. If you would like to donate a case or two I will be up at the band trailer all next week around 5:30. We use bottled water to fill the water bottles that were donated to us last year and to re-hydrate the kids after competitions. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank you and looking forward to a wonderful band season.

Fiesta Trip Information

posted Mar 18, 2015, 5:09 PM by Kate Smith

The trip form and information sheet are now on our Forms page, just in case you need to print out new copies. 

Garage Sale Fundraiser

posted Mar 9, 2015, 10:42 AM by Kate Smith

The garage sale fundraiser for the Arizona trip will be Saturday, June 6 from 8-1 at the high school. Reserve your spot by Friday, May 15. The reservation form is here on our Forms page.

Madrigal Dinner Tickets

posted Nov 12, 2014, 10:49 AM by Kate Smith

Tickets for the 2014 madrigal dinners go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, November 13. To request tickets, please fill out the Tickets form (available on our Forms page) and return it, along with your payment, to Jill Rinkel, MSHS Choral Director. We will be accepting ticket orders at the November 13 High School Choral Concert, too.

There will be a dessert performance on Saturday, December 13 at 2pm and full dinner performances on Saturday, December 13 at 6pm and Sunday, December 14 at 2pm. Dessert tickets are $10 and dinner tickets are $20. All three shows include the complete performance by madrigal singers, brass, and recorders; the only difference is the amount of food served.

Saturday Competition (EIU)

posted Oct 2, 2014, 8:56 AM by Kate Smith

Band Members:

Call time - 3:15     Remember money for dinner.
           Uniform -  Grays are required for this weekend.  I would suggest they wear sweat pants & sweatshirt over the grays, to make changing easier. For anyone interested, I've seen Cuddle Duds long underwear in gray at both Sams and Walmart. All hair will be required to be up under the hat, no nail polish, jewelry or makeup. Students should wear the white marching shoes in their uniform bags. Socks should be white, going half way to the knee - we have some to borrow if needed.

Families and Friends:
The competition is at the EIU Football stadium. See the festival page on for a complete schedule, directions, etc. Tickets (available at the gate):  $8 for adults, $5 for students/senior citizens, Children ages 5 and under are free.

Friday Football (Senior Night)

posted Oct 2, 2014, 8:52 AM by Kate Smith

Band Info:

Call time - 5:30 on the practice field, ready to practice
Uniform - Jeans (no holes), white summer tshirt, white tennis shoes, sectional or show sweatshirt (except Seniors)  No nail polish, jewelry, makeup. Hair up. We should be released after 3rd quarter.

Senior Night Notes:

We will be celebrating our seniors. After the half time show, we will serve cookies and hot chocolate to all band members. Before half time, seniors and their parents will line up in alphabetically order on the track near the band. Just before the half time show, seniors and parents will walk across the track in front of the stands and be recognized.

Homecoming Friday

posted Sep 18, 2014, 8:13 AM by Kate Smith

For the parade on Friday, the band will be in summer uniform, including white socks that cover the ankle and white tennis shoes. Hair up, no nail polish, jewelry or makeup. The parade begins at 2, from the high school. We are looking for 10-12 parents to walk the parade route with the band and carry water. If you can help out, please meet near the band room door at 1:40.
For the game Friday night, we will be in full uniform. Kids need to wear grays, hair needs to be up, no nail polish, jewelry, or makeup. We will have crew length socks available. Call time is 5:30. Please have your student eat before coming to the game! They cannot eat anything once they have the uniforms on.
With full uniforms, we will need more help on Friday night:
  • 2-3 people to put the bleacher covers on the bleachers before pregame, then remove the covers and and return them to the band room after the band is dismissed, usually at the end of 3rd quarter.
  • About 10 parents to help check in uniforms after the game. Every uniform (all 164 of them) needs to be checked before it is put back in the trailer. Once the band leaves the game, please meet at the uniform trailer if you can help. With more people checking, it should only take 10-15 minutes.
We will need 2 large bags of ice for each performance Friday. If you can provide some ice, please let me know.

Football Game this Friday (9/5)

posted Sep 3, 2014, 7:34 AM by Kate Smith

From Mary T:

Football game again this Friday - hope for no rain!
Call time is 5:30. Summer uniforms - everyone should have their own white tennis shoes and socks! No make up, jewelry, or nail polish. Hair should be up. Uniform is worn with shirt tucked in and waistband of shorts is not rolled over.
Remember, once they are in uniform, kids are not allowed to eat or drink anything except water, so please make sure they are fed before they come to the game.

Friday Home Game (Dawgapalooza)

posted Aug 27, 2014, 8:24 AM by Kate Smith

From Mary T:
Call time Friday night is 5:00. Dress is summer uniform, which includes white tennis shoes and white ankle socks. I have very few extra uniforms, so please make sure your child brings his own. Hair should be worn up, no makeup, jewelry, or nail polish.

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