Monday, November 28, 2016

Take A Chance At Fun!

This week we are having our Winter Drumline Try-It-Outs! It's for ALL percussionists, and for any and all other band members too! 
Even if you've never played a percussion instrument before, come on out and try it out - we think you'll like it!

Tuesday 11/29 and Thursday 12/1, in the THS Band Room - 5-8pm.
Come join us!!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Before the Parade Passes By... (And Playoffs, Round 4!!) - UPDATE!!! AND ANOTHER UPDATE!!!

So much happening during the upcoming holiday weekend! Here's what we know:
  • Tigard Bands will be marching in the My Macy's Holiday Parade on Friday November 25 in downtown Portland.
    • Parade practice is Tuesday after school
    • The parade begins at 8:45am in the North Park Blocks. We will depart at 6:30AM from THS, so arrive DRESSED AND READY at 6:15AM !!
    • Make sure you bring warm clothes (including fresh socks and shoes) to change into after the parade!! 
    • All students will change after the parade and hang their uniforms on the racks in the Band Truck.
    • Many Band Boosters will be gathering near the intersection of SW 4th and Alder to cheer on the Band!  
  • Tigard Football will be playing in the Semifinals that same day, at Providence Park in downtown Portland (SW 18th and Morrison) - Game time is noon.
    • Pep Band will be at Providence Park by 11:15am
    • Between the end of the parade and the arrival at Providence Park, the Band will be engaged in activities which will include eating. Details on where, what, and how will be forthcoming. Please bring $5 - $10 to cover food.
    • Band members who have made family plans for after the Parade will be excused from pepping. Please CLICK HERE TO EMAIL McKEE if YOUR student can not stay after the Parade for the game.
    • Buses will bring Band kids back to THS after the game. Projected ETA is 4pm.
 Watch this space - more information to come!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Playoffs, Round Three (ROADTRIP!!)

Well, our boys took care of those Newberg Tigers in rather stunning fashion Friday night, so it's on to Round 3 - and when the team travels, so do we! 
The next opponent is the 6th-ranked Sheldon Irish of Eugene. Here are the details:
  • The game is Friday November 18 at Sheldon High School
  • Band students will be dismissed at 2:30
  • Buses will LEAVE at 2:45 
    • You must hurry from your class - no dawdling
    • Get everything you need from the band room ASAP
    • Buses will load in the Swim Center parking lot, by the cafeteria
  • We will stop for dinner before the game at Home Town Buffet (Springfield)
    • Your share of the dinner cost is $5
    • The remaining amount will be provided
  • Game time is 7pm
  • We will pep, pep, PEP for our team!
  • After the game we will head back to THS
  • Arrival at THS will be approximately 2 hours after the game ends - we'll post our ETA on the FB pages when we're on the way

PLEASE - dress warmly!! The current forecast calls for dry and cool in the evening - temperatures in the mid-to-low 40s.

If you CAN'T go (out of town, important family activity, etc), please let us know right away. Otherwise, we will plan on YOU

Questions? CLICK HERE to email McKee!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Football Playoffs, Round Two!

Our football boys are hosting Newberg (surprise!) for the 2nd round of the OSAA playoffs, so we're going to pep, pep, pep in the stands, AND we're going to present an encore performance of our award-winning field show for our home crowd! Here are the details:
  • Call time for everyone is 6pm
  • MB will be in uniform, and decorations are highly encouraged
  • Rumor has it there may be occasional dabbing, ala Dave and Craig
  • We'll be finished when the game is over, and this will (really) be the final field performance of our show
  • If/when the boys win, we will follow them to their next location and pep, pep, pep - either Lincoln (Portland) or Sheldon (Eugene) next Friday
See you all then! 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Championship Week, and Playoffs!!

Boy, are things exciting around here! We've got a couple of big things happening this week, and some more next week. Here's what's up:
  • The final week of the 2016 Marching Band season is here. Prior to Saturday:
    • Monday rehearsal - 5 - 9pm
    • Wednesday rehearsal - 5 - 9pm
    • Truck loading  - Friday after football
  •  Football playoffs, Round 1 vs McNary, at THS
    • Friday 7pm game
      • Call time for MB is 5:30pm
      • Call time for pep is 6pm
  • Sunset Classic/NWAPA Championships!
    •  Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium
    • Call time is 7:05am
    • Prelim performance time is 10:22am
    • Finals performance time is sometime after 6pm
    • Full schedule is on the sidebar
 If the football team wins this week, Round 2 will be vs South Medford, in Medford. What's that mean for us? PEP BAND ROAD TRIP!! 

Watch this space for more details, coming soon!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Lot To Do in a Short Week

Here's what you need to know for this week:
  • Regular rehearsal Monday and Wednesday, 5-9. Regardless of the weather, we will be here. Make sure you are, too.
  • Special rehearsal Friday, 9-1. Everyone needs to be here (except Hugh - he will be in class. Poor Hugh.)
  • Truck loading at 1:30 on Friday. Loading crew this week is Low Brass, along with the usual (percussion) suspects.
As stated earlier this season, rehearsal this week is essential. Please do not come and talk to me about your need to miss rehearsal to study for a test, write a paper, go shopping with your grandma, apply for a job, or any other excuse. We have talked extensively about your need to manage your time so that your studies do not suffer because of Marching Band, and your rehearsal time doesn't suffer because you fall behind in your studies. And you have every other evening during the week (and Thursday!) to see your family and friends, and to do other non-band activities. 

Other important notes:
  • Eat well. Protein, healthy carbs, good fats. Lots of water and minimal caffeine. NO SODA.
  • Practice good sleep hygiene and get a good amount each night. 
  • Keep the drama to a minimum. Hang out with people who help you be the best person you can be, and be good to those around you.
Check out Saturday's schedule on the sidebar. You can find the full Spectacle of Sound schedule HERE.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homecoming Is Coming (with so many exclamation points...)

Homecoming is here! Here's what's happening, band-wise, this Friday:
  • 3:45 pm - Homecoming Parade call time (THS Band Room)
    • Pink-Out 
    • Parade route: Durham Road, Rite Aid parking lot to THS
    • Twality and Fowler students will join us at Rite Aid
  •  5:30ish - dinner in the Commons, with our Twality and Fowler guests
  •  6:15ish - Marching Band warmup
  •  6:41 - All band folks head to the THS Stadium for pre-game FS and SSB
  • 7 - 9:30ish - Homecoming FB vs West Linn - pep with the young ones
  • 8:00ish - Fabulous MB halftime show! Then Tigerettes will dance to Hey Baby! And then Tigerettes will dance to the FS! After that, THS Leadership will crown the Homecoming King and Queen!
  • More pep, pep, pep!
  • 9:30ish - Play Celebration!
  • After - Head upstairs, meet with Irving and McKee, and head home.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Competition Week!

Want to know what's up?? Check it out:
  • Rehearsal this week is essential. Please do not come and talk to me about your need to miss rehearsal to study for a test, write a paper, eat dinner with your dad, take your driving test, or any other excuse. We have talked extensively about your need to manage your time so that your studies do not suffer because of Marching Band, and your rehearsal time doesn't suffer because you fall behind in your studies. And you have every other evening during the week to see your parents and do other non-band activities. 
  • Eat well this week. Protein, healthy carbs, good fats. Lots of water and minimal caffeine. NO SODA.
  • Practice good sleep hygiene and get a good amount each night. 
  • Keep the drama to a minimum. Hang out with people who help you be the best person you can be, and be good to those around you.
Take a look at our Saturday schedule on the sidebar, and make sure you share it with your family members and friends. Want to see the full PCI schedule? Click HERE.

Yay for Marching Band!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

What a Shocking Experience!

Wow. We certainly didn't expect to get preempted by lightening at rehearsal Wednesday - that kind of changed everything up for us. So here's what Friday evening will look like:
  • Friday is a Green-Out - we will participate
  • Call time is 6pm
  • Flexibility is the key word for Marching Band for Friday. We will go out onto the field and wait for the Sports Hall of Fame induction, and the actual length of the ceremony will determine how much of our show to present. Be ready for anything.
  • We will be in our traditional spot in the stadium. Sorry - that's how it is right now.
See you on Friday - Go Tigard!


Monday, September 19, 2016

It's A Busy Week!

This will be a full week for ALL band-types, and especially for MB-types. Here's what's up:
  • MB rehearsals Monday and Wednesday, 5-9pm. 
  • Pit Crew rehearsal Wednesday, 8:15pm.
  • FB Pep Friday, including (hopefully!) our new position with the rest of the student fans. Call time TBD.
  • Can and Bottle Drive door hanger distribution M-F. Make sure you know when YOUR shift is scheduled.
  • Can and Bottle Drive Saturday, beginning at 9am. Make sure you know when YOUR shift is scheduled.
Yay band!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Important Things For Everyone (Students and Parents Alike)

OK band friends, school has now started, and we're in full Marching Band mode! Here's what you need to know:
  • MB rehearsals are EVERY Monday and Wednesday 5-9pm, through the 1st week in November. Please DO NOT plan study sessions, birthday dinners, shopping trips, doctor's appointments, or anything else during MB rehearsal times. It is very important that EVERYONE is present at ALL rehearsals, every time.
  • We have 2 daytime MB rehearsals on the calendar - October 14 and October 21 (both no-school days). We will post rehearsal times soon, hopefully within the next week. The plan is to rehearse as early as we can access the field - 9am - 1pm would be ideal.
  • We have changed our competition schedule in October. We will not be traveling to Grants Pass for Pride of the Northwest competition this year. Instead, we will participate in the Southridge Spectacle of Sound at Hillsboro Stadium on October 22 - please make room for that on your calendar.
  • We have been extended a terrific honor - Linfield College has invited our entire band program to come out to McMinnville and work as their in-house pep band for their football game on October 15 (the previously scheduled Grants Pass date). Linfield is consistently one of the top NCAA Division 3 teams - currently they are ranked # 3 in the nation! They are very excited to have us come out and play for them, including presenting our field show for their halftime crowd.
    • Equipment trucks will be loaded after our daytime rehearsal on Friday October 14.
    • Call time Saturday morning will be 11am - buses will leave by 11:15.
    • We will be unloaded and ready to play pre-game pep by 1pm, including the SSB.
    • We will present our field show at halftime.
    • The Linfield folks will feed us pizza!! And, they're going to pay a $200 honorarium to our program - cool!
    • College games run approximately 3 hours, so we should be on the road headed home by 5pm.
    • Taking the PSAT that day? Make sure you bring your band things with you to the school that morning and we'll leave right after you're finished (or your parents can drive you out - talk with McKee if you choose that option).
Please, check the band calendar on the sidebar frequently. Everything band should be there.

Friday, August 26, 2016

It's Picnic Time!

Hey band friends -
Come to the annual End-of-Band-Camp Picnic on Friday August 26. 7pm, in the Tigard High School Commons!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

We're So Excited - We Just Can't Hide It! (Now, With Our Daily Schedule...)

Hey, Marching Band folks - it's almost time for Band Camp! Whoo hoo!

If you've been checking McKee's MB Calendar on the right sidebar, you know that Band Camp is slightly shorter this year. We'll begin on Wednesday August 17 and continue through the week on Thursday and Friday, then come back the following Monday and be in Camp all week through Friday August 26. And then we'll begin our regular M/W 5-9 rehearsals on Monday August 29.

Here are the details:
  • Please, eat breakfast. This is a very physical activity, and your body needs fuel.
  • Band room doors open at 8:00 am.
  • Rehearsal will begin PROMPTLY at 8:30 am.
  • You need to bring a lunch, or money for a very quick run-and-get-it lunch.
  • You need to bring LOTS of water.
  • You need to bring sunscreen.
  • You need your instrument or apparatus.
  • You will need certain types of clothing:
    • Closed-toe shoes - no sandals or flip flops. No boots.
    • Layers - it may be cool in the morning, but by afternoon it could be hot.
    • School-appropriate tops and shorts. We do not rehearse shirtless, or in swimsuit tops
  • Rehearsal will end by 5 pm.
And look - here is what our typical daily schedule will be like:
  • 8:30-9 - PT
  • 9-10:45 - Music
  • 10:45-11:15 - Break (time for an early lunch!)
  • 11:15-3 - Field rehearsal - yes, water breaks will happen!
  • 3-3:30 - Break - (time for a 2nd lunch!)
  • 3:30-5 - Sectionals
Also, there are two more things you need to know:
  1. Our Famous Garage Sale begins Friday August 19, the 1st Friday of Band Camp. For that day only, we ask you to show up at 7 am and help set up tables and move sale items into place so that everything is ready to go and we can earn LOTS OF MONEY. The Band Boosters will provide you with a good breakfast, and we'll be ready to hit the ground running at 9.
  2. The End-of-Camp Picnic is Friday August 26, the last Friday of Band Camp. We will rehearse until 5 pm, take a short break, and then play a little music at 6 pm for your adult-types before eating terrific BBQ food. We'll ask your adults to bring something to contribute - that information will be noted here when the time gets closer. For now, make sure your adults know about this picnic and make sure it's on their calendar.
The forecast is calling for pretty warm weather next week, so Mr. Mister will be available and there may even be an opportunity to have a MB swim at McKee's - stay tuned!

Get ready - here we go!!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Come to Tualatin!

It's time for the Tualatin Crawfish Festival, and that means Tigard High Band is selling those famous Cajun Burgers! Come on down Saturday and/or Sunday and check it out - admission is only $4 and there's lots to do. And if you're signed up to work, please confirm your scheduled time and be there 15 minutes beforehand. Everything happens at the Tualatin City Park, right across the river from Cook Park.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Take Care of Things, Now. Please.

OK friends, here is where I get snarky. I am heading out of town for a very important family event, and I need to know this is taken care of, so that I can relax. Please, help take care of things right away, so I can go enjoy my family.

We have a contract with the Tigard Festival of Balloons to provide security monitors. We also plan to sell concessions at the Festival soccer tournament as well, but that is not part of our contractual obligation - it just helps us. So we need to get ALL the security monitor slots filled, RIGHT NOW. After those have been filled, then we can take care of the rest of the soccer concessions spots. Remember, you can sign up for multiple shifts, and the more you work, the more funds go toward your Fair Share fees. And family members can work shifts on your behalf, so everybody wins. CLICK HERE, to sign up on our Volunteer Spot page.

Here is what is still needed:

  • 9AM - 1PM  
    • 7 Students/Adults
    • 1 Adults Only
  • 1 - 6PM
    • 7 Students/Adults
    • 3 Adults Only
  • 6 - 10PM
    • 6 Students/Adults
    • 2 Adults Only
  • 7 - 11PM
    • 6 Students/Adults
    • 3 Adults Only
  • 9AM - 1PM
    • 3 Students/Adults
  • 1 - 6 PM
    • 4 Students/Adults
    • 2 Adults Only
  • 6 - 10PM
    • 6 Students/Adults
    • 2 Adults Only
  • 7 - 11PM
    • 2 Students/Adults
    • 2 Adults Only
  • 9AM - 1PM
    • 5 Students/Adults
    • 3 Adults Only
  • 1 - 6PM
    • 6 Students/Adults
    • 1 Adults Only
It would be most excellent if we could get these all filled by the end of the evening Thursday June 16. Let's go!

Monday, June 13, 2016

So Many Things!

Hey, school is almost out! Before you get too caught up in summer activities, here is some great band info for you:
  • Balloon Festival is coming, and we need to fill Security and Concession spots. Remember, the hours you work (and family/friends, on your behalf) will go DIRECTLY to your Fair Share for any and all band-related expenses. RIGHT NOW, CLICK ON THIS LINK to sign up for as many shifts as you want!
  • Fall Color Guard Try-It-Outs started today - YAY! - and will finish up tomorrow (6/14). Our color guard is the finest in the area and YOU can be a part of it! Tuesday June 14, 4-7, THS Cafeteria. YAY!
  • Color Guard will have many MANY opportunities for summer workouts with Tippy. Workouts will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays and YOU are welcome at any and all of them. They'll be held at Southridge HS and will include some of our friends from both Southridge and Westview High Schools. WATCH THIS SPACE for more details - coming soon!
  • Fall MB percussion and hornline clinics will also be available. Again, WATCH THIS SPACE for more details!
  • And finally, check out THIS SONG to get an idea of what part of our Fall MB show will sound like - YAY!!!
Keep this site bookmarked and check often to see what is being posted - you'll like what you find!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Graduation Week Is Here!

OK, band friends, the incredibly busy THS Graduation Week is here! Check the list of what we'll be doing:
  • Jazz Ensemble Auditions: Mon and Tues 6:45 - 7:45 AM
    • Yes, you MUST be there both days. 
    • Be on time.
    • Be prepared to read.
  • MB Hornline Try-It-Out: Tues 5:30 - 7:30 PM
    • Yes, Mr Bunch will be there.
    • Yes, Dave will be there.
    • Yes, McKee will be there.
    •  Yes, we know it's the Fowler concert night. So you need to be there. And bring your friends.
  • Graduation Ensemble Rehearsal: Wed 3:15 - TBD PM
    • Everyone except seniors will be there.
    • You MUST be on time. No Excuses.
    • Do not worry about Drumline Try-It-Outs - things will be fine.
  • MB Drumline Try-It-Out: Wed 4:15 - 7 PM
    • Yes, Mike will be there.
    • Yes, Cassandra will be there.
    • Yes, Conor will be there.
    • Yes, McKee will be there.
    • Yes, you need to be there.
  •  Graduation Performance
    • Call time is 6:15 PM.
    • Bring water and a jacket - sunglasses, too.
    • Cleanup after the ceremony should be complete around 10 PM or so.
Oh, and what about the MB Guard Try-It-Outs? They're coming up on Monday and Tuesday June 13 and 14 - stay tuned!!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Marching Band Try-It-Outs!

OK, it's what you''ve been waiting for - the famous and wonderful TRY-IT-OUT clinics! Here's when YOU can come and work with our great Tigard Marching Band staff members to see what you can do next Fall:

  • Percussion Clinics (THS Band area)
    • Tuesday May 31, 5-8pm
    • WEDNESDAYJune 8, 4-7pm


  •  Guard Clinics (THS Cafeteria)
    • Monday June 13, 4-7pm
    • Tuesday June 14, 4-7pm

  • Horn Clinics (THS Band area)
    • Tuesday May 31, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    • Tuesday June 7, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Already committed to Marching Band? Excellent - we'll see you there!

Not sure, but curious? Yay! Come on over and see what it's all about - we think you'll want to stay!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Time To Sign Up!

Hey folks - it's time to make your intentions known! Your Fall MB design staff will be meeting this Wednesday to work on plans for the upcoming season, so we need YOU to add your name to the MB Signup Sheets in the Band Room! We have some really excited incoming freshmen, and even a couple of 8th graders who will be joining us, so make sure YOUR name is on the list! (And if you have musical friends you can persuade to join, please do so!)

The sooner we know what our numbers are, the sooner we can get things together for you!


Thursday, May 12, 2016


It's time for the big Tigard Band MANDATORY MEETING!

Yes friends, every year in May we get together and get all the great information about what will be happening in the world of THS Band for the coming months - and that time is NOW! We're talking about Concert, Symphonic, Wind Ensemble, Jazz, Marching, Winter Guard, Winter Drumline - every single band entity at good ol' Tigard High.

And what will we discuss?

  • Band classes!
  • Concerts!
  • Balloon Festival (coming up in June!)
  • Tualatin Crawfish Festival (July!)
  • The Famous THS Band Garage Sale (August!)
  • Patreon (all the time!)
  • Band Camp!
  • Football Pep!
  • Marching shows! 
  • Night of the Livin' Blues!
  • Macy's Day-After-Thanksgiving Parade!
  • Basketball Pep!
  • Craft Fair (December!)
  • And so much more...

Wednesday May 18, 7pm, at Tigard High. Bring your parents, bring your friends who would be great in band, and bring yourself.

See you then!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Great THS Band Can and Bottle Drive!

This week is our Spring Can and Bottle Drive - whoo hoo!

By now, you have signed up to work this Saturday April 23, or to work this week distributing fliers. 

It is YOUR JOB to make sure you know when you are going to work, to show up to work, and to do YOUR JOB.

And then we get all the monies. 


Thursday, April 7, 2016

OCI Invitational - For Tigard Cadet!!

OCI Invitational
Saturday April 9, 2016
McMinnville High School

12:45 pm               Arrive THS – gather batterie drums and props
1:00 pm                 Load bus – leave
2:00 pm                 Arrive McMinnville High School – unload bus and meet Mike for instruments and warmup
2:30 pm                 Doors open to the public
3:00 pm                 All units in the stands – watch OCI!
3:20 pm                 Tigard Cadet performs!
After                     Back in the stands, watching other groups
                             (Make sure to hit the concession stand and get some good food! And enter the “fastest drummer” contest! And buy a raffle ticket!)
5:20 pm                 Raffle prizes and “fastest drummer” contest winner announced
5:40 pm                 Watching OCI again!
6:00 pm                 MASS DRUMLINE JAM! So much fun!
6:30 pm                 All done now – load the bus and head back to THS
7:30ish pm            Arrive THS – unload and go home!

** All groups help each other on/off the floor
**All groups should watch all other groups
** All groups can warm up on the floor

Directions to McMinnville High School
  • Travel 24 ½  miles SOUTH on Hwy. 99W to McMinnville
  • Turn LEFT onto NE Evans
  • McMinnville High School is on the LEFT, between NE 17th and NE 15th

Remember, you come with the group and stay with the group.
No going off-site for any purpose, with anyone other than us.

Listen to Mr. Bunch and your chaperons, and represent Tigard Cadet Drumline with pride!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NWAPA Percussion Championships!

NWAPA Percussion Championships
West Salem High School
Saturday April 2, 2016
4:30 – 7:00 pm    Cadet Rehearsal

7:15 pm          Load trailer

7:00 am           Load bus - leave
8:00 am           Arrive West Salem High – unload quickly and set up. Cadet warm up when set
9:40 am           Ready area    
9:50 am           Cadet Showtime!
10:10 am         Return to camp – secure instruments and begin WDL warmup
11:50 am         Ready area    
Noon              WDL Showtime!
12:20 pm        Return to camp – secure instruments and load trailer
After               Have some lunch!
1:30ish pm     In stands, watching groups
2:30ish pm     Watch OCI!
3:15 pm          Cadet warm up
4:30ish pm     Cadet Showtime – FINALS!!
4:45ish pm     WDL warm up
5:30-6:00ish pm         WDL Showtime – FINALS!!
After               Load truck, and eat some good food
7:30ish pm     In stands, watching groups
9:20ish pm     Watch OCI!
10:00 pm        Awards!
10:30 pm        Leave – head home
11:30 pm        Arrive THS – unload and head home

Directions to West Salem High School

Ø  Take I-5 South for 31 miles - take Exit 260A onto Oregon 99E/South Salem Expressway
Ø  Continue on Oregon 99E for 4+ miles – continue STRAIGHT onto Commercial St NW
Ø  Continue less than 1 mile – use RIGHT 2 lanes to turn RIGHT onto the Marion Street Bridge
Ø  Cross the Marion Street Bridge – use the RIGHT 2 lanes to the Wallace Rd/Oregon Hwy 221
Ø  Continue onto Wallace Rd/Oregon Hwy 221 for approx. ¾ mile
Ø  Turn LEFT onto Orchard Heights Rd NW – travel approx. 1 ¾ mile
Ø  Pass Doaks Ferry Road on the LEFT -  West Salem High School is on the LEFT

Remember, you come with the group and you stay with the group.
No going off-site for ANY purpose, with anyone other than us.
ALWAYS travel about in groups of three or more.