Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Day One - In The Books!

Hey, we did it! Fire alarm testing, water shutoffs, porta potties, lunch on the rotunda stairs, dancing on the stage - nothing fazes us!  (Sempre Gumby)

Check out the schedule for the rest of Band Camp:

  • 8:30 - 10:00 - Body movement
  • 10:15 - Noon - Music
  • Noon - 12:45 - Nutrition, Part 1
  • 12:45 - 3:00 - Field
  • 3:00 - 3:30- Nutrition, Part 2
  • 3:30 - 4:45 - Music
  • 4:50 - 5:00 - Wrap up
  • 7:15 - 8:30 - Set up garage sale (SW Church of Christ - corner of 98th and Durham)
  • 8:30 - 8:50 - Breakfast - provided by THS Band Boosters!
  • 9:15 - 10:00 - Body movement
  • 10:15 - Noon - Music
  • Noon - 12:45 - Nutrition Part 1
  • 12:45 - 3:00 - Field
  •  3:30 - 4:45 - Music
  • 4:50 - 5:00 - Wrap up
Monday - Wednesday (week 2)
  • 8:30 - 10:00 - Body Movement
  • 10:15 - 11:15 - Music
  • 11:15 - Noon - Nutrition, Part 1
  • Noon - 3:00 - Field
  • 3:00 - 3:30 - Nutrition, Part 2
  • 3:30 - 4:45 - Music
  • 4:50 - 5:00 - Wrap up
Thursday- Very similar to M-W, except for the following:
  • 8:45 - Seniors go to Tigard Kickoff Business in the cafeteria. Head to Body Movement as soon as you're done
  • 11:45 - Juniors go to Tigard Kickoff Business in the cafeteria. Head to Field as soon as you're done
Friday - Very similar to M-W, except for the following:
  • 8:45 - Sophomores go to Tigard Kickoff Business in the cafeteria. Head to Body Movement as soon as you're done.
  • 11:45 - Freshmen go to Tigard Kickoff Business in the cafeteria. Head to Field as soon as you're done.
  • 3:30 - 5:00 - With Irving
  • 5:00 - 6:00 - Kick back and rest
  • 6:00 - 8:00 - End-of-band-camp-picnic! And performance! Yay!  


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

I'm So Excited - I Just Can't Hide It

BAND CAMP IS TOMORROW!! Make sure you're ready!

  • Get some good sleep tonight.
  • It's going to be hot. Make sure to wear loose fitting clothing. A hat can be helpful.
  • Speaking of heat, bring a water bottle.
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast. Good carbs and protein. Not a lot of sugar.
  • Wear close-toed shoes. No sandals, No boots. No heels.
  • Bring a nutritious lunch and some good snacks. 
  • Make sure you have your equipment!
Are YOU ready? Here we go!!

BTW, we begin at 8:30. So you should really be there by 8:15. Doors open at 8am.  


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

In the Summertime When the Weather Is Hot... can stretch right up and touch the sky. 
When the weather's fine,
You got marching, you got marching on your mind.
(apologies to Ray Dorset)

YES! Marching season is almost here! What should you be doing?

1. Drink water! It's really warm, and your body needs hydration. If you aren't a regular water drinker, start now. Drink at least four 8oz glasses per day. Work your way up to eight glasses.

2. Cut back on soda. Soda is dehydrating, And it's not good for you.

3. Especially cut back on energy drinks. They are very bad for you. Stop now, while you can.

4. Go - right now! - to the Listening Library and check out our fall music. It's so cool! And you need to be familiar with measures 1 - 81 before Band Camp begins. So listen to the mp3 and print out your parts. Not sure how to get to the Listening Library? Go to the THS Band Front Page on the sidebar - you'll find it there.

5. Go to the Marching Band FB page and check out the message from Irving. Not a member of the Marching Band FB group? You need to be - that is how we communicate. It's a closed group, so there is no need to be worried about creepers or anyone else who shouldn't be there. To find it, type "Tigard High School Marching Ensembles" in the Search bar at the top left. When you find us, ask to become a member and we will approve you. We will also approve your parental adult-type people. We will NOT approve your bestie, or your SO, or anyone else. It's for THS band business only. (There is also a Tigard Percussion group and a Tigard Color Guard group. If you fit in one of those categories, join that group too.)

6. Do some physical workouts. Walking, running, stretching. Marching is a very physical activity, and you want to be ready.  

We've got one week before we begin - let's go!


Friday, July 5, 2019

Summertime, and The Livin' Is Easy...

Hi friends -

It is my hope that your summer is going well. There are many things to do over the next 5+ weeks, including camping, hiking, video game marathons, Netflix binges, picnics, reading, boating, biking, skating, yard work - so many options! Here are a couple of things for you to know:
  • Your MB staff is hard at work, creating a terrific show for this coming season.
  • Information about the upcoming season is posted and available for you on the sidebar. Check it out now, and check back often.
  • We can always use more MB members. Ask your friends to join us - it's so much fun!
Also, please understand that during the summer, I check my mail and respond on a weekly basis. That's one of the ways I maintain good health and get refreshed for the upcoming year. Can't wait for a reply? Sorry - you'll have to. It will be fine - a week isn't very long.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Thinking About Fall MB - UPDATED

Hi folks -

Hope your summer is going well and you are getting a good balance between rest and excitement. Your staff is working on the Fall 2019 Marching Band show, and we need to touch base regarding members. We've compiled a list from Try-It-Outs and from those who talked with us about participating this year, but we know that there are others who are not listed here.
Please take a look at the list and CLICK HERE to shoot an email to McKee regarding additions and/or corrections.

And look on the sidebar for MB updates!

First Name  Initial Equip Notes
Caleb G Alto
Hayley H Alto
Thomas T Alto
Jakob S Bar
Cass W Bari Sax
Miriam H-P BD
Emily W BD
Olive A Cl
Shelby C Cl
Claire D Cl
Zander M Cl
Luc T Cl
Carly W Cl
Francesco L Cont
Natalie S DM 
Ash B Fl
Eland M Fl
Katie P Fl
Gabriel T Mello
Brittain B Mello
Harrison T Mello
Ginger A Pit Mallets
Emmie B Pit Mallets
Kaitlyn B Pit Mallets
Hannah D Pit Synth
Brandon J Pit G
Noah W Pit BG
Jackson A Quads
Lukas B Snare
JT G Snare
Skylar S Snare
Trinity H Tr
Johnny H Tr
Shay K Tr
Braden K Tr
Jenifer P Tr
Marta B ZG
Bella F ZG
Ian H ZG
Madison H ZG
Abigail Mc ZG
Tianna T ZG

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


OK folks, Balloon Festival is here! Here is what you need to know:

  • There is VERY LIMITED parking for volunteers. Please carpool, or have someone drop you off, if at all possible. If you MUST drive, please park in the lot at the intersection of 92nd and Martha Street, near the small gym.
  • ALL volunteers report to the Band Trailer, which is on 92nd , just beyond Millen Drive.
  • Bring water and sunscreen. Please wear closed-toed shoes. A hat can be nice, too.
  • Remember that all volunteers get a FREE Festival admission ticket, good for all three days!
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your shift begins.
  • CLICK HERE to confirm your shift time(s).
  • And we still have several shifts that need to be filled:
    • Adults needed Fri 9-1 and 1-6; Sat 9-1 and 7-11; and Sun 1-6.
    • Students needed Fri 1-6; Sat 1-6 and 7-11; and Sun 1-6. 
    • CLICK HERE to sign up for one or more shifts! 
See you at the Tigard Festival of Balloons! 


Sunday, June 16, 2019


Balloon Festival is only 5 days away! Here's what you need to know:
  1. Balloon Fest days are Fri. 6/21, Sat. 6/22, and Sun. 6/23
  2. We still need to fill several ESSENTIAL ADULT and STUDENT spots

  • Friday
    • 9am-1pm  2 Adults needed
    • 1-6pm      3 Adults needed
    • 7-11pm    1 Adult needed
  • Saturday 
    • 9am-1pm  2 Adults needed
    • 1-6pm      3 Adults needed
    • 7-11pm    3 Adults needed
  • Sunday
    • 1-6pm      3 Adults needed

  • Friday
    • 9am-1pm    5 Students needed
    • 1-6pm        8 Students needed
    • 7-11pm      4 Students needed
  • Saturday
    • 9am-1pm    5 Students needed
    • 1-6pm        7 Students needed
    • 7-11pm      5 Students needed
  • Sunday
    • 9am-1pm    5 Students needed
    • 1-6pm        7 Students needed 
NOTE: Adults MAY fill Student spots
          Students MAY NOT fill Adult spots
          EVERYONE may work multiple shifts!

REMEMBER: Each shift gives approx. $5/hour credit toward band-related expenses, including Marching Band, Disney trip, etc. AND, parents, siblings, friends, and relatives can have their shifts go toward their favorite band member!

CLICK HERE to sign up!  DO IT NOW!!