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Our High School Band members are required to attend the Perry High School Graduation Ceremony which takes place on Sunday, June 4th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Band members need to report at 1:00 p.m. Band members should be "dressed up" - gentlemen in dress shoes, dress pants, and shirt and tie; ladies should be in a dress or skirt/dress shirt and appropriate footwear.

Posted by ernstg  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:22 PM
  

Dear Middle School Band Parent,

This brief note is to serve as a reminder and invitation for you and your family to attend the Middle School Band Banquet.  It will take place on Tuesday, June 6th, at 6:00 p.m., in the High School Cafeteria.  As part of tradition, we are asking that each family bring a dessert to pass with a serving utensil.  You will also want to bring a place setting for each member of your party.  The Perry Band Boosters will provide coffee and punch.  Remember, that this is a dessert only banquet.

This is a wonderful way to close the year when all members of the ensemble are present.  I encourage everyone to try and attend, as each member will be recognized.  Thank you so much for all of your support during this past school year.  Have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst-Director of Bands

Posted by ernstg  On May 31, 2017 at 7:55 AM
  

 

5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Spring Concert

June 1st, 2017

7:30 p.m. Perry High School Auditorium

Dear 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Band Members and Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert.  Our Spring Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School on Thursday, June 1st, at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up

Dressing

Start of Concert

5th Grade Band

7:10 p.m. (Media Center)

6:45 p.m. (Far Hall-down by the media center)

7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)

6th Grade Band

6:45 p.m. (Stage)

7:05 p.m. (Far Hall-down by the media center)

7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)

7th Grade Band

7:05 p.m. (Band Room)

6:35 p.m. (Band Room)

7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-3rd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all 5th Grade and 6th Grade band members should arrive dressed in their black dress pants, black dress socks, and black dress shoes with a plain white undershirt.  7th Grade band members should have their black dress shoes and socks (nylons for the ladies).  Boys should be wearing a plain white dress shirt as well.

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment.  Students are to try to stay out of the other band’s areas as much as possible.  All students are required to stay for the entire performance. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely,

 

Garret M. Ernst
Director of Bands

625-0051

Posted by ernstg  On May 31, 2017 at 7:51 AM
  

Five young musicians from Perry Middle School traveled to Shepherd High School to participate in the MSBOA District V Junior High All-Star Weekend, April 22 and 23. Directors from 25 middle schools from around the mid-Michigan area nominated students to participate in this event, then a small number of students from each school were invited to attend by the selection committee. These students spent all day Saturday rehearsing and getting acquainted with their peers from other District V schools, with the concert taking place on Sunday afternoon.

With only one day of rehearsal it was truly amazing to hear the level of performance these students were able to achieve under the baton of Mr. Roger Weyersberg, conductor of the All-Star Band. Their performance included the following pieces: "African Spirit Dance" by O'Reilly, "A March On the King's Highway" by La Plante, "Downtown Dash" by Daughtrey, "Shenandoah" by Sheldon, "DarkHeart" by Standridge, “Fluer de Lis” by Feldstein & Clark, and “Canticum” by Curnow.

We are very proud of these students. They are, pictured left to right:

Jacob Orweller, 8th-grade, trumpet

Caleb Woerner, 7th-grade, bass clarinet

Clay Sawyer, 8th-grade, trombone

Madilynn McCann, 8th-grade, clarinet

Andrew McConnell, 8th-grade, tuba




Posted by ernstg  On May 24, 2017 at 2:34 PM
  

We are excited to announce a new, very easy way for you to support the Perry Band Program! Kroger will donate a percentage of sales when you swipe a Kroger Plus Card that has been registered online to benefit “Perry Band” through the Kroger Community Rewards program.

To enroll, go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com to either sign in or create an account. Select PERRY BAND #94608 as the organization you would like to support. Every time you shop at Kroger and swipe your Kroger Plus Card, a percentage of qualifying purchases will be donated to the Perry Band Program at no cost to you!

Posted by ernstg  On May 23, 2017 at 8:00 AM
  

At the upcoming High School and 8th-grade Spring Concert, there will be band parents available to notarize the Medical Release Form that is one of the required forms for band camp. Parents who are interested should bring the completed Medical Release Form and a photo ID to the concert. Members of next year's marching band are reminded that payment for band camp as well as the completed forms are due by Friday, May 26.

Posted by ernstg  On May 16, 2017 at 4:20 PM
  

Perry Band & Choir Boosters have an opportunity to raise up to $6,000 by partnering with Signature Ford to host a DRIVE 4UR SCHOOL event on Thursday, May 11 at Perry High School. For each participant who test drives a Ford vehicle (many to choose from) Ford Motor Company/Signature Ford will donate $20 to our band and choir programs who are raising money for new uniforms.

There's nothing to buy - this is not a sales event.
No strings attached.
No follow-up calls.

There will be music, activities, food, freebies, and fun! Everyone in the community is encouraged to stop by Perry High School for a quick test-drive which is just one loop around the circle drive off Britton Rd. We have a goal of 300 test-drives in order to earn the max of $6,000.

Drivers must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid driver's license, limit of one participant per household.

Volunteers are needed on the day of the fundraiser to run the event and chaperone drives, as well as help with set up and clean up. Also, we need help providing children's activities to ensure this is a family-friendly event and participants' children are supervised and entertained while parents are doing their test drives. Please take a look through the sign-up list to decide what role is the best fit for you: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44A5AD2DAAF49-drive1

Posted by ernstg  On Apr 24, 2017 at 7:54 AM
  

Perry band students will be selling Little Caesars Pizza Kits through April 17th, earning money towards band camp fees and for the general needs of the band program. Little Caesars offers a wide variety of pizzas and crazy bread, as well as chocolate chip cookie dough. Delivery date will be May 1st. Purchases can be made by contacting any Perry band student or online with a credit/debit card at www.pizzakit.com. Please follow these specific instructions to place orders online:

1. Click on "Products" then "Shop"
2. Select "Ship My Order to the Group"
3. Verify Fundraiser ID #317782 to link the sale to Perry Band Boosters
4. Select the items you wish to order and pay with a Visa or Mastercard
5. Please make sure a Perry band student's name is provided in the "Seller Name" field on checkout page for them to get credit.

Thank you for your continued support!

Posted by ernstg  On Mar 30, 2017 at 6:13 AM
  

 

5th and 6th Grade Mid-Year Concert

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

7:30 p.m. Perry High School Auditorium

Dear 5th and 6th Grade Band Members and Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert.  Our Mid-Year Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School on Tuesday, March 7th, at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up

Dressing

Start of Concert

5th Grade Band

6:45 p.m. (Stage)

7:05 p.m. (Media Center)

7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)

6th Grade Band

7:05 p.m. (Band Room)

6:45 p.m. (Band room and hallway outside the band room)

7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all 5th Grade and 6th Grade band members should arrive dressed in their black dress pants, black dress socks, and black dress shoes with a plain white undershirt.

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment.  Students are to try to stay out of the other band’s areas as much as possible.  All students are required to stay for the entire performance. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely,

 

Garret M. Ernst
Director of Bands

625-0051

Posted by ernstg  On Feb 21, 2017 at 8:03 AM
  

Once again, we have the honor of hosting MSBOA District V’s Band and Orchestra Festival.  We will be hosting on the following dates:

March 10th and 11th, 2017 (Friday and Saturday)

Hosting a festival is a huge undertaking and will require the help of many parents and students.  Typical assignments range from escorting a visiting band through the process to helping with concessions.  We would greatly appreciate any time you might have to donate.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!  If you would like to volunteer, please go to the “Important Documents” link where you can obtain the volunteer form.  Fill it out and either send it in with your son/daughter or mail it to:  Perry Bands, 2555 Britton Rd., Perry, MI  48872.  If the time you have available does not coincide with the shifts listed on the form, please write in the time you are willing to volunteer and we will try to make it work.

If you have a son/daughter in the 7th Grade, 8th Grade, or High School Band, we will schedule your time to work around their performance.  This is a wonderful time for parents of 5th and 6th Grade band members to experience what is to come.

By filling out this form you are giving us an indication of who we have available and at what time.  We will call all of the volunteers to confirm the day and time frame.  Please understand that we may need to ask an individual to work in an area other than the one they requested.

Please return this form by Tuesday, February 7th as we are scheduling at this time.  Again, thank you so much in advance for your help!

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst
Director

P.S.        We have listed the report, warm-up, performance, etc. times for Perry Band Members below:

Band

Date of Performance

Report Area/Time

Performance

Estimated Finish Time

7th Grade Band

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Middle School Band Room 7:00 a.m.

High School Auditorium: 8:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

8th Grade Band

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Middle School Band Room 9:30 a.m.

High School Auditorium: 10:40 a.m.

11:40 p.m.

HS Band

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Middle School Band Room 2:30 p.m.

High School Auditorium: 3:35 p.m.

4:35 p.m.


Posted by ernstg  On Jan 30, 2017 at 1:55 PM
  
Hello Everyone,

More information will follow in the coming weeks, but I wanted to let you know the performance times for each of our bands that will be participating in MSBOA's Band and Orchestra Festival ASAP.  All of our bands will be performing on Saturday, March 11th, 2017, here at Perry High School.

 Group  Report Perform Estimated Time of Completion
 7th Grade Band       7:00 a.m.         8:00 a.m.                          9:00 a.m.
 8th Grade Band           9:30 a.m.       10:40 a.m.                       11:40 a.m.
 High School Band       2:30 p.m.          3:35 p.m.                         4:35 p.m.

Posted by ernstg  On Jan 26, 2017 at 3:45 PM
  
Due to the cancellation of school today, Tuesday, January 17, there is no Pep Band for tonight.  Our next Pep Band performance will be Tuesday, January 31.
Posted by ernstg  On Jan 17, 2017 at 12:29 PM
  

Perry band students will be selling Little Caesars Pizza Kits through January 23rd, earning money towards band camp fees and for the general needs of the band program. Little Caesars offers a wide variety of pizzas and crazy bread, as well as chocolate chip cookie dough. Delivery date will be February 7th. Purchases can be made by contacting any Perry band student or online with a credit/debit card at www.pizzakit.com. Please follow these specific instructions to place orders online:

1. Click on "Products" then "Shop"
2. Select "Ship My Order to the Group"
3. Verify Fundraiser ID #317781 to link the sale to Perry Band Boosters
4. Select the items you wish to order and pay with a Visa or Mastercard
5. Please make sure a Perry band student's name is provided in the "Seller Name" field on checkout page for them to get credit.

Thank you for your continued support!

Posted by ernstg  On Jan 11, 2017 at 2:09 PM
  

Perry Band Boosters present the 7th annual Crop-a-BANDza scrapbooking/stamping fundraiser to benefit the Instrumental Music Department!

It will be Friday, February 24, 2017 6:00 pm - midnight and Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:00 am - 9:00 pm at Perry City Hall.

Participants will enjoy raffles, goodie bags, and lots of food. A Stampin' Up consultant and a Creative Memories advisor will be on hand.

To sign up, please complete a registration form and mail in your payment of $45 for both days, $15 for Friday evening only, or $35 for Saturday only.

Please contact Alice Ernst at 
517.420.2262 with any questions.

Follow this link to print the registration form: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx6eT8k3ib-hMjAtVkNpS1dOT3c/view?usp=sharing

Posted by ernstg  On Jan 09, 2017 at 1:49 PM
  
This past December, 11 of our 7th and 8th Grade Perry Band members participated in MSBOA's District 5 Solo and Ensemble Festival.  The festival took place at Bay City Auburn High School on Saturday, December 3rd.  Musicians who participate in front of a judge ultimately were awarded a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th division rating (1st being the best rating) for their performance. Students who earned a 1st or 2nd division rating received a medal with a blue or red ribbon respectively.

I am so proud of our students as every participant received a 1st or 2nd division rating.  They are as follows:

Madilynn McCann-1st Clarinet Solo

Chloe Browne and Rachel Follman-1st Flute and Bass Clarinet Duet

Andrew McConnell-1st Tuba Duet

Jillian Manzon and Embre Willson-1st Clarinet Duet

Olivia Leitelt-1st Flute Solo

Ethan Smith-1st Oboe Solo

Parker Lewis-2nd Alto Saxophone Solo

Jackie Mattison-2nd Trumpet Solo

Olivia Winans-2nd Clarinet Solo

Congratulations to all of these hard working students!  Keep up the great work.
Posted by ernstg  On Jan 03, 2017 at 2:12 PM
  

The Shiawassee Community Foundation would like to bring awareness to some scholarship opportunities for Perry Band Students.

The Drew Decker Memorial Band Camp Scholarship is available to Shiawassee County High School students with financial need to attend band camp.  Applications are due March 10, 2017 to the Foundation office (Mail or In-Person delivery only).  The application can be found on our website under "Scholarships" at www.shiawasseecommunityfoundation.org.

Also available to Perry 
graduating seniors is the Drew Decker Memorial Music Scholarship Fund.  This scholarship is awarded to Shiawassee County Seniors pursuing a career in music.  The application for this is our "General Scholarship Application" which can also be found on our website.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us at 989-725-1093,

Carol@shiacf.org or Lisa@shiacf.org.

Posted by ernstg  On Jan 03, 2017 at 1:47 PM
  
Due to the cancellation of school today (Tuesday, December 13) there will be no pep band tonight.  Enjoy your day off everyone.
Posted by ernstg  On Dec 13, 2016 at 9:58 AM
  
Our annual candy bar fundraiser has begun and will run until May 1st, 2017.  If your son/daughter is in grades 8-11, they can help raise funds for their band camp fee.  Every box sold earns the student $18.00 towards their fee for the Perry Marching Band Camp 2017.  Students/Parents must complete a candy bar order form in order to check out a box of candy.  Students may check out one box at a time.  When the student has sold all 52 candy bars and turned in $52.00, they may check out an additional box.  If you should have any questions please call 625-0051.  The check out form can be found in "Important Documents" on this web site.
Posted by ernstg  On Dec 06, 2016 at 2:12 PM
  

A "Band Camp 2017" meeting will take place in the High School Band Room on Monday, February 6, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting should last approximately one hour. The purpose of the meeting is to provide parents of band members who will be in our High School Band the following year, with an overview of the week and what needs to happen prior to leaving. It is also a chance for parents to ask any questions they may have. Band camp is scheduled for Sunday, July 30, 2017 – Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Posted by ernstg  On Dec 05, 2016 at 2:36 PM
  

5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Christmas Concert

December 19th, 2016

7:30 p.m. Perry High School Auditorium

Dear 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Band Members and Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert.  Our Christmas Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School on Monday, December 19th, at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up

Dressing

Start of Concert

5th Grade Band

7:10 p.m. (Media Center)

6:40 p.m. (Media Center)

7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)

6th Grade Band

6:40 p.m. (Stage)

7:00 p.m. (Far Hall-down by the media center)

7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)

7th Grade Band

7:00 p.m. (Band Room)

6:30 p.m. (Band Room)

7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-3rd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all 5th Grade and 6th Grade band members should arrive dressed in their black dress pants, black dress socks, and black dress shoes with a plain white undershirt.  7th Grade band members should have their black dress shoes and socks (nylons for the ladies).  Boys should be wearing a plain white undershirt as well.

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment.  Students are to try to stay out of the other band’s areas as much as possible.  All students are required to stay for the entire performance. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst
Director of Bands
625-0051

 

Posted by ernstg  On Nov 30, 2016 at 2:37 PM
  

8th Grade/High School Christmas Concert

December 15th, 2016

7:30 p.m. Perry High School Auditorium

 

Dear 8th Grade and High School Band Members and Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert on Thursday, December 15th, 2016.  Our Christmas Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School at 7:30 p.m. Student report times and places are listed below:

Band

Warm-Up

Dressing

Start of Concert

8th Grade Band

6:30 p.m. (Stage)

7:00 p.m. (Classrooms down by the media center.)

7:30 p.m. (Stage-1st to perform)

High School Band

7:00 p.m. (Band Room)

6:30 p.m. (Men will dress in the band room. Women will dress in the Project Lab)

7:30 p.m. (Reserved seating in house-2nd to perform)

Also, don’t forget that all band members should have their black dress shoes and socks (nylons for the ladies), gentlemen should have a plain white undershirt.

Upon arriving, students will put their belongings down in their dressing area and carry out their assignment.  Students are to stay out of the other band’s dressing areas.

At the conclusion of the concert we would ask that all parents, family members, and friends remain in the auditorium until your son/daughter have finished changing.  Your son/daughter will return to you.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely,

Garret M. Ernst
Director of Bands
625-0051

Posted by ernstg  On Nov 30, 2016 at 2:24 PM
  

The Veteran's Day parade will take place in Perry on Friday, November 11, stepping off at 7:00 pm. Band members will need to report to the Perry High School band room at 6:00 pm, and can expect to be done around 8:00 pm. This parade is a required performance for all high school band members.

Posted by ernstg  On Nov 08, 2016 at 2:11 PM
  

Uniform Fittings and Concert Info for 5th and 6th Grade Bands

Who:   All 5th and 6th Grade Band Members

What:  Schedule for required concert uniform fittings

Where:   Perry High School Band Room

When:  Monday, November 14th, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (walk-ins)

            Tuesday, November 15th, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (walk-ins)

            If the listed times do not work, please call for an appointment (Nancy Wilhelm: 490-1108)

For the 5th Grade Band Members:      The Perry Band Department provides each 5th grade band member with a white tuxedo shirt and black bowtie.  Parents will need to provide black dress shoes, black dress socks, a white undershirt, and black dress pants.

For the 6th Grade Band Members:      The Perry Band Department provides each 6th grade band member with a white tuxedo shirt, black vest, and black bowtie.  Parents will need to provide black dress shoes, black dress socks, a white undershirt, and black dress pants.

Cost:     $5.00 for all 5th Grade Band Members

              $10.00 for all 6th Grade Band Members

Checks can be made out to Perry Bands.  No fittings will be done without payment being made.

The Christmas Concert for all 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Band Members will take place on Monday, December 19th, at 7:30 p.m.  Student report time will be approximately 6:30 p.m.

We are also in need of a few parent volunteers.  If you are willing to help with the fittings, please call Nancy Wilhelm at 490-1108.

If you have any questions please contact me (Mr. Ernst:  625-0051 or ernstg@perry.k12.mi.us) at your convenience.  Thank you!

 

 

Posted by ernstg  On Oct 18, 2016 at 3:34 PM
  

The Perry High School Marching Ramblers came away from the MSBOA District V Marching Festival Monday evening with straight 1st-division ratings. This marks the 19th consecutive year the band, under the direction of Mr. Garret Ernst, has achieved an overall 1st-division rating. The 112-member band performed the rock music of Queen before three adjudicators and an enthusiastic crowd at Owosso’s Willman Field. This year’s Marching Ramblers are under the field direction of senior drum major, Jessica Beattie and junior drum major, Trent Ivey.

The show can be seen when the Rambler Band appears Friday, October 21 at Perry High School’s final home football game of the season. Seniors and their parents will be honored during halftime. The band brings the music indoors at the upcoming Pops Concert. The concert, which also features the 7th and 8th grade bands, will take place in the high school auditorium on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30pm. Watch for the marching band to also appear in the annual Shiawassee County Veteran’s Day Parade.

Perry bands are currently selling Fun Pasta. To support the music program through this fundraiser, contact your favorite band student or call the band office at 517-625-0051.
Posted by ernstg  On Oct 11, 2016 at 7:55 AM
  
Our High School Marching Band has a performance in Owosso today and the student's report time is 5:30 p.m.  As a result, I will be holding my conferences until 5:00 p.m. tonight at the middle school.  I will be holding conferences from 4-7 at the high school on Tuesday.  If you are unable to see me on Monday and Tuesday does not work for your schedule, please feel free to give me a call or send me an e-mail if you would like to talk.
Posted by ernstg  On Oct 10, 2016 at 7:54 AM
  
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