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Montrose Music Department

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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas concert and supported our students as they performed last night! It was a wonderful concert, and the community turnout was amazing.

We received some items for our food drive for the McCook County Food Pantry, but many students have said that their families forgot to bring items before the concert. For that reason, we are going to extend our food drive to Tuesday morning!

Please send items in to the music room on Monday or Tuesday to help support our community this holiday season!

Here are some pictures from last night’s concert:

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2016 Christmas Concert

DECEMBER 8
7PM
MONTROSE HS GYM

On December 8, 2016, the Montrose Music Department will be presenting its annual Christmas Concert!

Last year’s festive sweaters were such a hit that we’re bringing them back again this year!

Students: wear your favorite festive sweater for the event!

Parents and Community: join in the fun and wear yours as well!

To add to the event, we will be holding a food drive for the McCook County Food Pantry. Please bring a nonperishable food item or a personal care item to the concert and help those in our community who are in need of basic supplies this holiday season. For more information on the food pantry, click here.

Whatever you wear or bring, make sure you bring your holiday cheer as we share our favorite Christmas songs, both old and new. See you there!

Fruit Sale 2016

Today we are kicking of our annual fruit fundraising drive!

As in years past, we will be selling apples, oranges, pears, grapefruit, beef sticks, and string cheese. But we are also adding some new options!

New Meats and Cheeses

We will offer cheese spreads, summer sausage, two kinds of beef sticks, cheese and meat gift boxes, and a variety of mixed gourmet nuts this year through our fruit order forms. These are great for the holidays!

Food Essentials

Through Deli International, we will be offering a catalog of dry mixes to make breads, cakes, desserts, and dips. Peek through the pages to see if there are any goodies you’d want for your holiday gatherings.

Gourmet Coffee

We are sending a flyer out with a selection of gourmet coffees in several flavors. Customers can buy both traditional coffee packages (10-12 cups per pack) and K-cups (single serve cups for Kuerig machines). Let us help you get through the mornings while you support our band program!

Our sale will go through November 14. Spread the word and support our band students!

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:

ALL-STATE CHORUS MEMBERS:

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

ALL-STATE ALTERNATES:

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

HONOR CHOIR MEMBERS:

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

Events

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.

Concerts
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

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