Monday, December 17, 2018

Tigard Marching Programs and Student Safety

What: Monthly Band Booster meeting
When: Wednesday December19 - 7pm
Where: Tigard High Library
Topics: RhythmFest, Student Safety, Winter Drumline, Winter Guard, and more
Who: Tigard Band program adults, students, staff

See you then!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Here We Go!

OK friends, it's that Really. Busy. Week. Time for Try-It-Outs, rehearsals, and concerts. Here's the 411:
  • Monday 12/10 - Cadet Try-It-Outs (tell your young friends!)
    • Band room
    • 4-6:30 pm

  • Tuesday 12/11 - Winter Guard Try-It-Outs (bring friends!)
    • Band room, then cafeteria
    • 4-6 pm

  • Wednesday 12/13 - Winter Concert rehearsal
    • THS Auditorium Stage
    • 3:15 - 5 pm
  • Thursday 12/14 - Winter Concert (invite all your friends and family!)
    • Band room, then THS Auditorium Stage
    • Call time: 6:30 pm
    • Concert time: 7:30 pm 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

MORE WDL Try-It-Outs!

Here comes the next WDL Try-It-Out opportunity - Monday December 3, 4-6pm. Come to the Band Room and work with Dylan, Mike, and Krystle and see what it's all about.

"But McKee - I'm a horn player and I don't know how to hit things with sticks!"

That's OK - we have a couple of options for you:
  • We'll teach you how to be a percussionist - and you'll become a better horn player through the process
  • <> (new this year) we might add you to the ensemble WITH YOUR HORN!! Intrigued? Come Monday and discover the possibilities!


Sunday, November 25, 2018

WDL Try-It-Outs!

Hey Band! (hey, what??)

Every thought about how much fun it would be to do the whole marching thing, but indoors?? Winter Drumline just might be your thing! Our first WDL Try-It-Out will be Monday November 26, at 4pm in the THS Band Room. Mike and Krystle will be there and people will be trying things out (oh, you see what we did there). Never played percussion before? That's OK - we'll teach you!

Can't make it this week? No worries - more Try-It-Out days to come, in the near future!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Football Playoffs - Round Two! UPDATE

OK, now that Aloha is done with their season, it's time for our team to send Barlow into retirement as well. We'll be there getting our pep on for the team and the fans on Friday November 9. Details:
  • Call time is 6pm. Game attire is pep - we'll post what the color scheme is as soon as we know
  • Game time is 7pm
  • Halftime will be pep, and Celebration! for Tigerettes. Please review it.
  • It's supposed to be dry and in the 40s in the evening, so dress warmly
 See you Friday!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

What A Season!

That was so fun! And now it's time to perform it one last time, before we put it to bed. Here are the details:
  • Yes, this is a required performance - we need the full ensemble, to make the show complete
  • Call time is 5:30 pm, Friday 11/2
  • Yes, full uniform
  • Yes, we'll do the full show
  • And pep for the FB team in the 1st round of playoffs
And make sure to mark your calendar - we will celebrate our season at the November Band Booster meeting on Wednesday November 14 (7pm, THS Library)

Oh, and for those who want information on WDL and WG Try-It-Outs, give your staff a couple of weeks to catch our collective breaths. There will be plenty of information coming your way at the November meeting.


Friday, October 26, 2018

It's Time!!

We've learned it.

Our taps are low, and our tempo is steady.

Our volume is strong.

We don't drop.

We do dance.

We are ready.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Championships Week!!

We've been doing this together since mid-August, and now our journey is nearly complete. NWAPA Championships are this week, at Autzen Stadium!

We'll rehearse Monday and Wednesday at the usual time (with sectionals beforehand, for some groups), and Friday 10-2. Loading will follow at 2:30. At that point, a short afternoon nap might be great, along with some food. Be back at the school by 5:30, with everything you will need for the trip to Eugene (see the list on the sidebar).

Once we're packed up and ready to go, we'll head to Tualatin, to cheer on our football team AND our friends in the TuHS band. And after the game, we're off to Eugene!

When we arrive in Eugene, we will (VERY QUIETLY!) get room keys and head to bed - lights out 30 minutes after we arrive. That means go to sleep - no texting, social media, Netflix, or anything else - you need to be well-rested for Saturday.

Saturday we are up at 6:30 am. Time to dress (no jacket, yes bibs). Be at the hotel breakfast area by 6:55, and remember that there are many other people eating breakfast who are not part of our group. We are always polite.

Once we are finished with Prelims, we will return to the hotel to pack up, and then you will have the opportunity to go our to eat with band friends, at one of the approved restaurants. We will the return to Autzen, and await Prelim results. Check out the schedule to see how the rest of the day will go.

Make sure you look at the Travel Expectations on the sidebar, along with the list of what to bring.

Championships - yay!

Friday, October 19, 2018

71 Degrees In Late October?!?

The Century Showcase is this weekend and it's going to be sunny and warm. Which is good, because we're going to be hot!!

Bring your best self to our performances, and let's have some fun.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Now We Know What It's Like

OK friends, we have one competition under our belts (as they say, whoever "they" are). And now you know what's up. This week is a bit different:
  • First, there is no field availability on Wednesday. So we will work to make the music part of our show as excellent as we can.
  • Second, Friday is the Statewide Inservice Day, so that means we can hold a daytime rehearsal! It's been on the calendar since August, so this is no surprise. 
    • 10 am - 2 pm
    • Eat protein, carbs, and fats before you arrive. Fuel is imperative.
    • Bring water, and sunscreen. It is supposed to be sunny. And bring snacks. Good snacks.
  • Third, Friday is also the Homecoming Parade. Buses will depart THS beginning at 3:45 for the Rite Aid parking lot. Please bring a healthy snack to eat for between rehearsal and the parade. Not greasy pizza. Greasy pizza will be served AFTER the parade.
  • Fourth, Friday is also the Homecoming Game. We do not yet know how much time we will have to perform, so be prepared to play part of the show. Perhaps the Ballad and Closer.
  • Fifth, Saturday is the Sunset Classic. One of our favorite shows. Please go home and get good sleep, and be ready to perform well on Saturday. Bring your best self to the performance.
Let's do this!


Friday, October 5, 2018

And so it begins...

Hey Band! (hey, what)

Our first marching competition is upon us, and we're ready! Remember these things:
  • Eat protein, carbs, and fats. Your body needs fuel.
  • Drink water. And maybe some Gatorade. And water.
  • Do not stay up writing that History paper, or talking to your bestie, or pondering the meaning of life. Get some good sleep.
  • Remember that we wear pep and shorts or athletic-style pants under the bibs. No jeans. Never, ever.
  • Bring along some snacks, if you wish. 
  • And have some fun.
We're going to have a great competition. 



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!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Stay Tuned...

Boy, that was a busy week! And we've got more coming! 
Here's what's up:
  • Wednesday May 30 - Jazz Band Concert - 7pm
  • Thursday May 31 - Starlight rehearsal - 3:15 - 5pm
  • Saturday June 2 - Starlight Parade! 
    • Full uniform (minus shako)
    • Shorts and band shirt underneath
    • Clean and tidy hair 
    • Shaven or groomed facial hair
    • Tasteful decorations
      • Battery-operated lights
      • Glow sticks
      • Decorative twisty wire (or whatever it is called)
    • 7pm call time - DON'T BE LATE! 
And coming after graduation, Marching Band Try-It-Outs! Watch this space for dates and times...


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Just A Little Help Is Needed...

If you're a THS Band program student who wants to earn some $$ toward band-related expenses, if you're good with hard work, and if you will be in town on Memorial Day (Monday), you might want to shoot a message to McKee. 

This is an opportunity to do yard work (weeding, hauling, spreading) for 4 - 6 hours in exchange for a $50-75 deposit to your band account. 3 - 4 students will be needed, with work beginning in the late morning. And of course, there will be food...

Interested? CLICK HERE to send a message.