Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Winter shows and 2016 MB recruitment

Greetings Tigers!

This semester has been a busy one! In an effort to get our marching band numbers up, we have been working at full steam with recruiting. The student leaders and I spent two full days at Greenfield and Gilbert Jr. Highs sitting in with rehearsals and talking up all things BAND. We also had a couple of great performances at Recruitment Festivals hosted at each of the junior highs.

For the first time at Gilbert, we had FIVE indoor winter groups perform at the WGAZ competition held at Campo Verde. This was the first competitive show for all our groups. I was especially excited to see the debut performance of our new junior high drumline, Inception Drumline. They had a great first ever performance and those kids had a lot of fun.

I would like to extend a BIG thank you to all the parents helping with recruiting this semester. They've been busy with setting up information tables at each Recruitment Festival and Freshman Preview night. Behind the scenes, they've been mailing letters and making phone calls to incoming junior high parents.

My goal for marching band next year is to have over 100 woodwinds and brass. I am attaching a spreadsheet of this year's top 10 marching bands in Division 1 with their breakdown of numbers. You will see that Gilbert was the smallest Division 1 band in the top 10 and our wind section was about HALF the size of the other bands. I am convinced if we get our wind numbers up, we will be more competitive.

The next few weeks will be just as busy. We are hosting a few activities here at Gilbert and we need a lot of help from students and parents to make them successful. Please visit the Band Calendar to see all the upcoming events. Pay close attention to our HOME WGAZ Show on March 5. This is our biggest fundraiser for the spring semester and we will need A LOT of parent help.

Go Tigers!

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