Montrose Music Department

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2016 Honor Choir and All-State Chorus

Congratulations to our 2016 Honor Choir!

Our Honor Choir includes some of our most dedicated and talented choir students, and these students will participate in two major events, represent our school at the South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra, and perform pieces at contests and concerts.

Here are the participants this year:


Sarah Kipp – soprano
Jocelyn Krouse – alto
Caleb Krouse – tenor
Collin Cleveland – bass


Maddie Cheever – soprano
Abigail Van Ruler – alto
Cody Sechser – tenor
Dawson Hopkins – bass


Vinessa Sowell – soprano
Tate Reiner – tenor
Peyton Cleveland – bass
Koltan Lindstrom – bass


BEC Honor Choir – Monday, October 17, 2016
This event will be held in Volga, SD, this year. Students will attend for a full day, taking off from the school at 8:00am and returning after the concert (probably back by around 9:00pm). The concert is held at Sioux Valley High School at 7:00pm, and the cost for admission is generally around $5 per adult and $3 per student to attend the concert. Student meals are provided through the music program.

Freeman All-State Extravaganza – Thursday, October 20, 2016
This event will be held at Freeman High School in Freeman, SD. Students will leave the school at 8:00am and return by 3:00pm. The concert is at 1:30pm [edited 10/18/2016] in the high school gym in Freeman, and there is no cost to attend. Students will need to pay for their meals at this event.

Region II Contest – Monday, March 13, 2017
This event is held at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Students will be participating in a single event as a choir, scheduled some time during the day. Depending on when the event is scheduled, students may need to bring money for lunch. The event is open to the public, and many different schools will have participants in various events all day. We plan to leave by 8:00am and return before the end of the school day.

The Honor Choir will perform three to four selections over the course of the school year at our two public concerts, including our Christmas concert (December 8) and our spring concert (April 27).

Again, congratulations to these accomplished students for their extra work and commitment to the practice of choral performance!

FanCloth Sale Ending Soon!

Our 2016 FanCloth Sale is coming to a close this Friday! If you haven’t gotten out to sell to your family and friends, NOW IS THE TIME! If you haven’t gotten a chance to order, time is running out!

This fundraiser was huge for our band last year, and we are hoping to see the same this year. With each item a student sells, our earnings increase exponentially! Don’t miss this chance to earn for your band account!

2016 Marching Camp

Welcome to August!

Next week is our 2016 Marching Camp, and this is a message to let everyone know some details prior to the start on Monday, August 8, 2016. We plan on providing refreshments and snacks for the first two days, and we are going to work on uniform and shoe sizing during the camp so that we can be ready as quickly as possible.

Also, as a final note, if there are any parents willing to assist with donating bottled water, granola bars, or other snacks for the Monday and Tuesday rehearsals, please contact Mr. Whitcomb. Your help and support is greatly appreciated! Continue reading “2016 Marching Camp”

2016 Calendar Fundraiser: Update

As of 2016, the Montrose Band is no longer offering the birthday and events calendar as one of its fundraisers. Due to several factors, we have chosen to replace this fundraiser with a different one that will still add value to this community. 

We appreciate your support over the last 19 years for this fundraiser.

Spring 2016 Events

As we come closer to the end of the year, we have many events coming up for our bands and choirs. Here’s a run-down of what’s left on this year’s schedule:

Middle School and High School Spring Concert
April 19, 2016 (Tuesday) @ 7:00pm (warm-ups @ 6:30pm)

High School Large Group Contest
April 20, 2016 (Wednesday) ALL DAY at Harrisburg High School
Leave Montrose at 8:30am; return at 3:30pm

Elementary Spring Concert
April 28, 2016 (Thursday) @ 7:00pm (warm-ups for 5th Band @ 6:30pm)

Freeman Elementary Music Contest
May 6, 2016 (Friday) ALL DAY at Freeman Elementary School
Leave Montrose at 8:30am; return at 3:30pm

Montrose High School Graduation Ceremony
May 14, 2016 (Saturday) @ 6:30pm (warm-ups @ 6:15pm)

Dress code for events is the same as always–proper dress casual to formal dress for all students. Dresses and skirts should be accompanied by tights/leggings if they are shorter than ankle length. No denim. No thin straps or strapless dresses without cover-ups (cardigan, sweater, etc.).

Ugly Sweater Christmas Concert 2015

The All-School Christmas Concert is fast approaching! Our program is on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7pm in the New Gym.

In order to boost the festivities this year, our students have requested we express our merriment with UGLY SWEATERS! All students grades 4 through 12 are invited to participate in the festivities by either wearing an ugly sweater or by wearing a Christmas-themed hat (Santa or elf hat). If you do not have an ugly sweater or festive hat, please don’t feel the need to buy one for your student. You can ask to borrow your festive wear, or your student can simply dress in our usual dress-up standards (dress shirt, tie, khakis/dress pants, skirt with appropriate leggings/tights). If you choose to wear an ugly sweater, dress code is still important for the lower half–please wear dress pants/khakis. If you choose to wear leggings, the sweater must still fit dress code (cover down to the tip of the thumb with hands at the sides).

Thanks for your cooperation in making our Christmas Concert a little bit more merry!

-Mr. Whitcomb


Hello Band Parents, Students, and Supporters! It’s fundraising season for the Montrose Band program, and I want to send out a quick update, as well as some information on the anticipated 2017 high school band trip.

First off, thanks so much to all who supported our FanCloth apparel sale! It was an incredibly beneficial fundraiser, and our students were able to get to the second-highest tier of profit earnings because of your support! We will continue this fundraiser next year, starting earlier (likely at the beginning of September).

Second, it is now time for our annual Fruit Fundraiser! We will be selling much of the same items we have in past years, but with one change. We no longer list Golden Delicious apples in our sale and have replaced these apples with Honeycrisp apples. Contact me or one of the band students in grades 6 through 12 for more information.

And finally, to our 2017 trip:

We are planning a high school band trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul in June of 2017 (students going on the trip will be the graduating classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020). The trip will run much like past trips (4 days, 3 nights), and the hope is to be as all-inclusive as possible. Students have an estimated trip cost in mind, but we may be able to reduce that cost, depending on a few potential changes during the bidding window. We will be sending out further information, including individual earning totals and some basic trip information, via mail in the near future. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me through the school email address.

-Mr. Whitcomb

2015 All-State Chorus and Honor Choir


Our Honor Choir has been selected for the 2015-2016 school year! This also includes our delegates and alternates for the 2015 All-State Chorus.

All-State Chorus Delegates:

Maria Holland
Megan Erickson
Caleb Krouse
Collin Cleveland

ASC Alternates:

Sarah Kipp
Morgan Sechser
Tate Reiner
Dawson Hopkins

Honor Choir Members:

Jocelyn Krouse
Leah Kappenmann

We are still looking for an additional tenor and bass for Honor Choir, specifically for the BEC Honor Choir. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Whitcomb to show your interest.


October 19, 2015: BEC Honor Choir @ Parker High School, 7pm performance
October 22, 2015: Freeman All-State Extravaganza @ Freeman High School, 1:30 performance
October 31, 2015: South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra @ Rapid City, SD, 8pm performance

Again, congratulations to all the members of the Honor Choir!

Welcome to 2015-2016!

This is Mr. Whitcomb, and I just want to say WELCOME BACK to all our students here at Montrose! The school year has officially begun, and we’re already almost a week in.

I wanted to send a note to everyone involved in the music department to get out some information about upcoming events, classroom procedures and expectations, and opportunities that we have on the horizon.

Continue reading “Welcome to 2015-2016!”

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