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!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Watch Graduation In Comfort!

Not currently in band? Want to watch graduation in the comfort of your nice, dry home? 

Subscribe to your THS Broadcasting student YouTube channel to watch the live stream:


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Try-It-Outs Are Coming!

Hey Band! (hey, what??)

Marching Band Try-It-Outs are here! Come work with Dylan and the other great MB staff and get ready for the Fall! Come to one, come to the other, or come to both! Bring yourself! Bring a friend! Bring your friend's friend! Everything starts in the THS Band room.
  • Tuesday June 11 - 4-6 pm
  • Wednesday June 12 - 4-6 pm
Questions? Ask a Marching Band member!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hey Band! (hey, what?) 
It's time for the MANDATORY MAY MEETING! 
  • When? Wednesday May 15
  • Where? THS Cafeteria
  • Time? 6:30 pm is when food begins and the meeting starts at 7
  • What? FOOD! And celebrations! And more FOOD! And info on Balloon Fest signups! 
  • Who? YOU! And your adults! And your younger siblings! ANd your friends who may want to be in band! 
  • Why? Because, BAND!! 
See you then!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Spring Is Here! Time to Make Some Money!

Hey Band! (hey, what??)

It's time for the great Tigard Band Program Can and Bottle Drive! Fliers have been distributed and we're ready to go, Saturday April 20, at Twality Middle School. Many folks have signed up - yay! Please make sure to check and see for what shift you have committed. We do still need a few more people - take a look:
  • Several ADULTS to help on Saturday April 20
    • 9:30 - 12:30
    • 12:30 - 3:30
    • 11:30 - 2
  • Many STUDENTS to help on Saturday April 20
    • 11:30 - 2
    • 12:30 - 3:30
We also need 6 more ADULTS to help on Monday April 22 from 9:30 - 11:30.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up or to check your shift status.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Winter Marching Season Is Almost Over - UPDATED UPDATE!

Congratulations to the Tigard High Winter Guard, who finished strong at the NWAPA Championships at Liberty High School this past Saturday! We will especially miss Gloria, Chloe, and Alie next year - thanks so much for the senior leadership!

Our final Winter Marching activity is coming up this Saturday, at the NWAPA Percussion Championships at West Salem High School. The itinerary for the day is posted on the sidebar, and it will be a loooong day - 7am call time and returning to THS around 10:30pm. Better bring lots of snacks!

<< PLEASE take a look at the page "Smart Band Students" on the sidebar. Good information for all who travel with the THS Band program. >>

<<< Also, check the sidebar for Prelims and Finals schedules that include moving to indoor warmup areas >>>

Anyone wanting to come as a spectator should contact McKee about half-price admission - a limited number will be available!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Spring Break Information!

Spring Break is here - yay! Have fun, but remember that there are still some band-related things happening.
  • WDL Rehearsal
    • Friday 3/29 in the Large Gym. 
    • 4 - 8pm.
  • WG Rehearsal
    • Thursday 3/28  in the Large Gym.
      • Noon - 8pm
    • Friday 3/29 in the Large Gym
      • Noon - 4PM
  •  WG Championships! 
    • Saturday 3/30
    • Liberty High School
    • Meet at THS at Noon
    • Posted schedule on the sidebar! Look!

Monday, March 11, 2019

What's Happening??

Now that basketball season is over (Congratulations, THS Girls!) we get to slow down a little bit. Whew!

What's next? Take a look:
  • WG, WDL, and Cadet at the Sherwood Winter Showcase
    • Saturday March 16 (See the updated schedule on the sidebar)
  • All-band rehearsal 
    • Wednesday March 20 
    • 3:15 - 5:00 pm
  • Spring Band Concert
    • Thursday March 21
    • Irving will post call time

  •  Spring Break! 

  • Winter Guard Championships
    • Saturday March 30
    • Liberty HS
    • Schedule TBD
  • Winter Drumline and Cadet Championships
    • Saturday April 6
    • West Salem HS
    • Schedule TBD

Friday, March 8, 2019


Tigard girls defeated Jesuit Friday morning in a tough-fought game and will now play on the Consolation Finals! Tigard Pep Band will be there! Here are the details:

  • Saturday March 9
  • 9:15 AM call time at THS
  • We'll travel to and from the Chiles Center by bus
  • We'll pep, pep, pep for the girls as they take on those pesky Lions from West Linn
  • And then we'll come home! Probably getting back around 1:00 PM
  • Pep shirt, or green playoff shirt

Monday, March 4, 2019


Both our boys AND our girls have prevailed in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and now it's on to the Chiles Center for the Quarterfinals! Both teams are scheduled to play the prime time slot - 8:15 pm each night. Boys play Wednesday; girls play Thursday. 

Here are the details:
  • Call time for each day is 6:45 pm
  • Buses will transport us to and from the Chiles Center (University of Portland)
  • We should return around 10:15 or so
  • A win for the boys team will have them playing at 3:15 pm on Friday. We will get information out as soon as it is available about when we'll be heading out.
  • A win for the girls team will have them playing at 8:15 pm on Friday. If the boys are NOT playing Friday afternoon, call time will be 6:45 pm. If the boys ARE playing Friday afternoon, we will go to the boys game, then to dinner, then come back for the girls! More details to come!

It is important that we have as many band members as possible at these performances. If you have homework, please work on it BEFORE we leave for the Chiles Center. If you have an unavoidable conflict, please talk to McKee right away.

Yay for basketball playoffs! Go Tigers!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tigard Boys and Girls Both Win! Round Two, Coming Up!

Because of the inclement weather this week, OSAA has changed the 2nd Round of the state basketball playoffs for the boys, which impacts the girls as well. BOTH GAMES will now be played on Saturday March 2 at Tigard High School. That means NO GAME ON FRIDAY.

Call time for the band is 3:30 pm. Game times are 4:15 for girls and 6:00 for boys, so we should be finished around 7:45ish.

Can't get here by 3:30? That's OK - just let McKee know and show up when you can!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

All The Best-Laid Plans...

IT'S SNOWING!! (in case you hadn't noticed)
So that means there are NO ACTIVITIES today and tonight. 

OK, so when will they be rescheduled? Our best guess is that they will try to roll the playoff games to Thursday. But that depends on what happens with our current snow, our future snow, the snow in Salem, and the snow in Roseburg.

Stay tuned - when we know, you'll know!!


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Basketball Playoffs at THS!

So we have REALLY REALLY good basketball players at THS, and BOTH of our Varsity teams have home court advantage in the 1st two rounds of the 2019 OSAA 6A Basketball playoffs - yay! Tigard boys finished with a ranking of 7th in state, and Tigard girls are 2nd in state!!
What does that mean to us? Four - count 'em, 4 - playoff games IN ONE WEEK! Wow! Here's the 411:

  • Tuesday 2/26 - BBX vs Roseburg. 6pm start - 5:15 call.
  • Wednesday 2/27 - GBX vs McNary. 7pm start - 6:15 call.
  • Friday 3/1 - BBX vs TBD. 7pm start  - 6:15 call time (time subject to change).
  • Saturday 3/3 - GBX vs TBD. 7pm start - 6:15 call time (time subject to change)
ALL Tigard Band program musicians are expected to participate in pep. If you have a legitimate reason to have to miss a game, talk to Irving or McKee in person and send a follow-up email.
WDL rehearsal will be abbreviated on Wednesday to accommodate our pep performance.  4 - 6:30.

Here we go!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

It's Going To Be COLD!

The forecast is for rain and snow mix in St Helens on Saturday, with a high in the low 40s and an evening low in the mid 30s, so if you are in WG or WDL, you need to bring WARM CLOTHES to the competition! Beanies! Gloves! Thick socks! Polypro! A heavy and waterproof jacket! DO IT!!


Monday, February 18, 2019

What's Up For This Week??

Happy Presidents' Day, peeps! Take a moment please, and look at the schedule for this week:
  • Monday - WDL 4-8
  • Tuesday 
    • WG 4-8
    • Cadet 4:30 - 6:30
    • THS vs TuHS Doubleheader Pep Band 
      • 5pm call time
      • There may be PIZZA!
      • We'll be done around 8:30??
  • Wednesday - WDL 4-8
  • Thursday 
    • WG 4-8
    • Cadet 4:30 - 6:30
  • Friday - BBX Pep - 6:15 call time
  • Saturday - Columbia River Winter Arts Invitational - see the sidebar for all the details!
Let's Go!

Friday, February 15, 2019

A Reminder of Who We Are

Hi folks -

It is a game night, and the band plays. If you are part of the band program, the expectation is that you are here, performing. Because we have an obligation, and we fulfill our obligations. 

That is who we are.

Friday, February 8, 2019


In case you haven't heard, the District has canceled ALL school activities for the weekend, which includes the NWAPA Percussion Premiere. Sadness. But on a positive note, this will give us the opportunity to work more on the show before we present it to the public, which will be at the St Helen's show on February 23. Happiness!

Also, the basketball game tonight (Friday February 8) has been moved to earlier in the evening, so that the girls can get their contest in before the bad weather hits. Call time is 5pm and the game begins at 5:30.

Stay safe in the snow!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Winter Drumline Schedule Change for Monday 2/4

Hear ye, hear ye!

The weather forecasters are warning of potential icy roads this evening, which is of concern for WDL staff who drive from Vancouver and Monmouth. To keep them safe, we will shift our rehearsal tonight to a 2-hour block of sectionals, which will be supervised by McKee. The room will be open from 4-6pm, at which time students will be expected to go home, to avoid possible icy conditions. (Weather Service statement reprinted below)

Remember, the Percussion Premiere is this Saturday, so this will put us behind. Please, practice your part!

Special Weather Statement in effect until 10:00 PM PST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service


Temperatures will fall below freezing shortly after sunset for most areas across the region this evening. Any moisture left on untreated surfaces will likely refreeze tonight making for treacherous driving and walking conditions. Temperatures will remain below freezing through Tuesday's morning commute.

Additionally for the I-5 corridor mainly north of Albany, very light snow may accumulate primarily during the evening commute hours. Snow amounts will most likely be 1 inch or less, however, the commute timing could be especially problematic.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

RhythmFest! Here's The Important Information!

RhythmFest is here - the most excellent NWAPA ColorGuard Premiere! Here is what EVERYONE in the Tigard Band program needs to know:

The link to the RF signup is at the bottom of this post. 
  • PLEASE, check and make sure you know when YOU are signed up to work. 
  • If something completely out of your control comes up and you absolutely can not work your shift, what should you do??
    • YOU MUST find someone to work your shift for you. 
    • McKee can not find a substitute for you. 
    • Irving can not find a substitute for you.
  • It takes over 30 minutes to get to Aloha High School from Tigard High School. PLEASE, leave at least 45 minutes before your shift begins.  
See you at Aloha High School!! 

Directions to AHS:
From Hwy 217, take exit 2A (OR Hwy 10/Beaverton). Northbound turn LEFT onto OR Hwy 10. Travel Westbound for approx. 3 miles – at the shopping center, turn RIGHT on Kinnaman Road. Travel .7 miles – Aloha High School is just past 185th Avenue, on the left.



Friday, January 25, 2019

Come Make Money by Serving Food!

The Tigard High Band Boosters are working hard to keep our high-quality band program going in spite of inadequate funding. One fundraiser they have taken on is providing food concessions for this weekend's robotics tournament that is being held here in the THS Cafeteria. They really need some faithful band folks to help out, to be able to raise money for all of you. Please take a look at the online signup and see if you can give a couple of hours to help out our own program.
Especially needed:
Sat. 10am and 1 pm
Sun. 7am, 10am, and 1pm.

Parents can jump in, too!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Everyone Is Selling Ads!

Hey Band! (hey, what??)

As we talked about at the end of pep on Friday, we have an unanticipated expense that has come up in getting ready for RhythmFest, so to offset the cost, we need EVERY. SINGLE. BAND. MEMBER. to sell $20 worth of ads for the RhythmFest program. Here's a sample script for you to follow, when you talk to people at businesses etc about purchasing an ad:

Hi! I'm with the Tigard High Band program, and we are hosting a music festival competition on February 2. We hand out programs to everyone who comes, and I am hoping you would consider buying an ad in our program. It will be seen by over 1000 people from our area. Ad prices are very reasonable, starting with a business card size for only $20. (Show them the form, and make sure they see the information on how to submit their ad copy)

(If they say yes, say) Thank you so much! (Make sure they take a copy of the ad form)

If they say no, say) Thank you for taking time to talk with me. Have a nice day.

Let's do this!!

PS - Your parents can help too!