Saturday, September 15, 2018

Let's Play For An Audience!!

Here it comes - our first public performance! Here's what YOU need to do, to get ready:
  • Make sure you are at BOTH rehearsals this week - Monday, and Wednesday. There are many reasons given to miss rehearsal, but the only legitimate reasons involve colonoscopies or brain surgery. 
  • Eat well, and get reasonable sleep. Remember, you are in training. Good restorative sleep and good nutrition are essential. And water. Drink water.
  • Make sure to do your homework in a timely manner. Keeping up with your studies means you will not have to choose between math and music. 
  • Make sure you have food on Friday to eat after school. Call time is 5pm, and you will need good nutrition beforehand.
  • HAVE FUN!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


WOW - it's time for Band Camp!
Here's what's up:
  • First, read the previous post. Much good information here.
  • Second, let's talk about how you get to Band Camp.
    • ALL ACCESS to the school is through the doors at the end of the hall with the band lockers.
    • Park or get dropped off in the Swim Center parking lot. Walk through the Cafeteria and up the covered walkway to get into the school. Please have your ride stop near the 2nd entrance to the Cafeteria past the big tree - this will help with traffic flow.
    • Meet your ride after Band Camp outside the Cafeteria.
  • Third, let's talk about in-building access.
    • We can be in the areas East of Main Street
      • Band Room
      • Choir Room 
      • Guitar Room
      • Practice Rooms
      • Rotunda
      • Hallway near Library Main Entrance
      • Cafeteria 
        • We can utilize the restrooms in the Cafeteria - others are not available to us this week
        • We MUST be quiet - Broadway Rose is in residence and has late morning and matinee performances this week
        • We MUST be respectful of the equipment in the Cafeteria that is not ours
  • Fourth, let's talk about outdoor access.
    • We access the stadium field by walking clockwise around the rear of the school on the fire lane, traveling behind the School Based Health Center, track sheds, etc. We enter the field near the baseball concession stand.
    • We DO NOT access any part of the construction zone. Even if a gate is open, we DO NOT access any part of the construction zone. That includes through the Band Room front door, and the music hall front door. They will remain closed AT ALL TIMES.
  • Last, PLEASE make sure you are well-hydrated and that you eat breakfast. Carbs, protein, and fats are essential to physical activity. We will have 2 nutrition breaks each day, so make sure you bring healthy lunch-type food. And water, of course.
See you Wednesday! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

One Week! One Week! One Week!

Oh my goodness - Band Camp is only one week away! What do you need to know??

  • It's gonna be HOT HOT HOT! So YOU need to hydrate for days before we get there.
  • It will be sunny. Sunscreen is your friend.
  • Drink water.
  • A hat will protect your head.
  • Light colored loose fitting clothing will be helpful.
  • We wear shirts and shorts. We don't wear booty shorts. We don't wear jeans.
  • Drink water.
  • Good closed-toed shoes are a must. No boots, no flip flops.
  • Marching band is very physical. Between now and then, spend at least 20 minutes, three times per day involved in good physical activity.
  • Drink more water.
  • Your body needs fuel to do good work. Eat lean protein, healthy grains, good fruits and veggies. Soda and coffee are NOT your friends.
  • Make sure you are practicing your instrument EVERY DAY. 
  • Water is the elixir of all goodness. 

Here's a sample schedule:

  • 8 am * doors open
  • 8:30 - 9 * PT
  • 9:15 - 11:15 * Music
  • 11:15 - 11:45 *  1st Nutrition Break
  • 11:45 - 2:45 * Field Time
  • 2:45 - 3:15 * 2nd Nutrition Break
  • 3:15 - 4:30 * Sectional Time

Are YOU ready for August 15th?? 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Let's Make Some Money!!

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is the amazing Band Garage Sale - coming next month! To prepare for it, we have work parties twice each week to accept donations and work on pricing items - Sundays 3-5pm and Wednesdays 6-8pm. Here's the schedule:
  • Sunday July 8  - 3-5
  • Wednesday July 11 -  6-8
  • S July 15
  • W July 18
  • S July 22
  • W July 25
  • S July 29
  • W Aug 1
  • S Aug 5
  • W Aug 8
  • S Aug 12
  • W Aug 15 (pricing only - no donations)
CLICK HERE to sign up to come and help. All work parties will be at Twality Middle School - just look for the band truck and trailer and you'll find us. 


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Balloon Festival Information!

Here's your one-stop-shopping place for all things Balloon Festival. We have the link to signups for volunteering, directions to check-in and parking, and information on your FREE Festival pass! So take a look and see all the great information here.

And remember, all volunteer hours will receive credit toward band expenses - yay!

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CLICK HERE to sign up for Safety/Security Monitor Hours, or Soccer Concessions Hours

Come to the big band trailer to check in for Security/Safety shifts and for Soccer Concessions shifts - it's on 92nd, down past the back of the football grandstand. PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF YOUR SHIFT.

Need to park so you can come volunteer? Come in the main HS entrance in front and park in the student lot, up by Durham Rd. That area is reserved for volunteers only - it's not available for folks going to the Festival.

Don't forget - you get a Festival pass for volunteering, and it's good for the whole weekend! So if your shift isn't until later in the weekend, you can still come to the big band trailer and pick up your pass. Yay!

Let's do this! 


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Marching Band @ Tigard High School - You Should Do It!

Marching Band @ THS is the best thing! It’s music, and creating, and traveling (road trips!), and hanging out, and the best group of friends you’ll ever have! You’ll work hard and accomplish more than you ever knew you could – what a great feeling! Here’s how it works:

  • Band Camp: Aug. 15 – 17 (W-F) and 20 - 24 (M-F) [9am-5pm]
    • Get to know all your band friends and staff
    • Learn music and drill
    • Get lockers before ANYONE ELSE at Tigard High!
    • Design section shirts
    • Finish Band Camp with a BBQ

  • Regular rehearsals: M/W 5-8:45, Aug. 27 – Oct 24

  • THS Football Halftime Shows
    • 9/7 vs Barlow
    • 9/21 vs Lincoln
    • 10/5 vs Oregon City
    • 10/12 vs Lakeridge (Homecoming!)

  • MB Competitions
    • 10/6 – Liberty Marching Arts Challenge (Hillsboro Stadium)
    • 10/13 – Sunset Marching Classic (Hillsboro Stadium)
    • 10/20 – Century Showcase (Hillsboro Stadium)
    • 10/27 – Fesssstival of Bands/NWAPA Championships (Autzen Stadium/Eugene)

And we often have other things that come up that we might participate in – television performances, assemblies, college football appearances, etc – who knows?

We ARE the face of Tigard High School!  Join us!

Quick Links:

McKee’s Fabulous ForumTHE place for all marching band information

Tigard High Band and Auxiliary Boosters – the best parent group ever!

Tigard High Performing Arts Page – basically all things Irving

Link to McKee’s email – ask your questions here:

Sunday, June 10, 2018


OK friends - it's what you've been waiting for! Marching Band Try-It-Outs are here!
Here's the 411:
  • Monday June 11 and/or Wednesday June 13 (come to both, or come to one)
    • 4-6pm
    • THS Band Room
    • Open to musicians who will be attending
      • Tigard High School 
      • Tualatin High School
      • Twality Middle School (8th grade next year)
      • Fowler Middle School (8th grade next year)
      • Hazelbrook Middle School (8th grade next year)
      • Advanced 7th graders (next year) from any of those middle schools, with their band director's recommendation
    • Bring:
      • Yourself
      • A friend
      • Enthusiasm
      • Your instrument
      • Your equipment
      • More friends
      • A water bottle
      • Even more friends
Let's go!