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Hello Everyone,

This is a quick note to let you know that Pep Band is cancelled for Friday, January 12th.

Thanks,

Mr. Ernst
Posted by ernstg  On Jan 12, 2018 at 9:23 AM
  

A "Band Camp 2018" meeting will take place in the High School Band Room on Monday, February 5, 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 29, 2018 – Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Posted by ernstg  On Jan 10, 2018 at 2:55 PM
  

Perry Band Boosters present the 8th annual Crop-a-BANDza scrapbooking/stamping fundraiser to benefit the Instrumental Music Department!

It will be Friday, February 23, 2018 6:00 pm - midnight and Saturday, February 24, 2018 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. Registrations are due by February 9.

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/1To6m-mNl7Ym4Kv7LioWTUTJR1ILNURYN/view?usp=sharing

Posted by ernstg  On Jan 10, 2018 at 2:45 PM
  

Perry band students will be selling Little Caesars Pizza Kits through January 22, 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 a BRAND NEW line of cookie dough. Delivery date will be February 6th. 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 #334432 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 03, 2018 at 5:55 PM
  

Take a moment to checkout your son or daughter’s band portrait which was taken this past Friday.

Go to www.gleasonportraitgallery.com and click on CLIENT PROOFING at the top of the home page.

The Username is: Perry Band 1217 and the Password is: 8638

Those of you who have ordered pictures, thank you so much.  

If you did not get a chance to order pictures and would like to do so, it’s not to late!

To order portraits simply call Gleason’s Portrait Gallery at 517-641-4306 and give the number that is below the picture. The Deadline to order is 1/3/18.

The ordered portraits will be retouched, put in folders and delivered to the school when finished.

Posted by ernstg  On Dec 20, 2017 at 8:14 AM
  
Hello Everyone,
I believe that everyone received a couple of messages about rescheduling the 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Christmas Concert through the automated messaging system.  It is correct that the concert will now take place on Monday, December 18th.  But the time will be 7:30 p.m. and it is for the 5th, 6th, and 7th, not 4th.  In fact, everything is the same as it was on Thursday, but now on Monday.
Thanks for your patience,
Mr. Ernst
Posted by ernstg  On Dec 15, 2017 at 8:01 AM
  
Hello Everyone,

The formal portraits for the High School Band we had scheduled for today, Wednesday, December 13th, have been rescheduled for this Friday, December 15, due to the cancelling of school.  We will be using the same schedule.  Be safe if you are traveling today.

Mr. Ernst
Posted by ernstg  On Dec 13, 2017 at 7:53 AM
  

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

December 14th, 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 Christmas Concert will take place in the auditorium of Perry High School on Thursday, December 14th, 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-past 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 Dec 11, 2017 at 10:19 AM
  

Hello Everyone,

We have hired Gleason’s Portrait Studio to take formal portraits of each of the individual High School Band Member, December 13th, during school.  The portraits will be of each band member, with their instrument, in their concert uniform.  Your son/daughter will be bringing a hard copy home.  You are under no obligation to place an order, but all band members must have their photo taken.  If we reach $1500 in sales, Gleason’s will put together a composite of all band members to display in the hallway showcase.  If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.

Mr. Ernst

ernstg@perry.k12.mi.us

(517) 625-0051
Posted by ernstg  On Dec 05, 2017 at 2:57 PM
  

 

8th Grade/High School Christmas Concert

December 7th, 2017

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 7th, 2017.  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 Dec 04, 2017 at 9:01 AM
  

Attention All 5th and 6th Grade Band Members!

Who:   All 5th and 6th Grade Band Members
What:  Schedule for required concert uniform fittings
Where:   Perry Middle School Band Room
When:  Monday, November 6th, during class
Tuesday, November 7th, during class
Friday, November 10th, during class

Class time for 5th:  10:00 a.m. – 10:56 a.m.
Class time for 6th:  11:00 a.m. – 11:56 a.m.

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 Thursday, December 14th, 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 19, 2017 at 8:03 AM
  

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

 

7th Grade Band

8th Grade Band

High School Marching Band

 

  • All 7th and 8th Grade Band Members should report at 6:30 p.m.  Both 7th and 8th Grade Band Members should report to the hall outside the HS Media Center.
  • High School Band Members should report at 7:30 p.m. to the High School Band Room.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys should remember to wear a plain white T-Shirt, Black Dress Socks and Black Dress Shoes.
  • 7th and 8th Grade Girls should remember to wear Black Nylons and Black Dress Shoes.
  • All students will be changing in and out of their uniforms at the school.
Posted by ernstg  On Oct 17, 2017 at 2:35 PM
  

Dear Senior Band Parent and Senior Band Members,

It’s that time of year again.  We would like to honor the seniors in our band (Friday, October 13th).  We would also like to invite you to be a part of this recognition.  You have been part of that strength and consistency that has enabled your son/daughter to reach this point.

What we would like you to do, is to come down near the 50-yard line on the track just as half-time is starting.  Upon completion of the show, the seniors will be called up front.  As your son/daughter makes his/her way to the front, we would ask that you join them by their side.  They will know which yard line they are on ahead of time.

We hope very much that you will be able to attend.  An approximate time for your part in the show would be 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.  This is however just a guess.  The game actually starts at 7:00 p.m.  Thank you so much.

Posted by ernstg  On Oct 09, 2017 at 3:33 PM
  

District 5 Marching Band Festival

October 9th, 2017

@ Willman Field (Owosso High School’s Football Field)

*This field is not located at the High School*

301 S. Dewey St., Owosso, MI  48867

 

The following should provide you the necessary information concerning the upcoming Marching Band Festival.  Below is an itinerary and is followed by the info sent from the hosting site.  Please call if you have any questions.

 

3:55 p.m.               Students arrive at Perry HS and dress

4:15 p.m.               Load buses

4:30 p.m.               Depart for Owosso

5:00 p.m.               Arrive at Owosso

5:20 p.m.               Travel to Warm-Up

5:30 p.m.               Warm-Up

6:00 p.m.               Travel to Stadium

6:15 p.m.               Perform

6:45 p.m.               Load

7:00 p.m.               Depart for Perry High School

7:30 p.m.               Arrive at Perry High School

Posted by ernstg  On Oct 03, 2017 at 3:09 PM
  

Who:  7th and 8th Grade Band Members
What:  Concert Uniform Fittings
Where:  High School Band Room
When:  Dates and times are listed below.  Please note that all times are “walk-in” times only. You may need to wait your turn upon arrival.
Cost:  $15.00  (No fitting will be done without payment being made.  Checks can be made payable to “Perry Bands.”)

Girls:
Tuesday, September 26th:                  3-6 p.m.

Boys:
Tuesday, October 3rd:                        3-6 p.m.

There will be a letter going home with your son/daughter that you will need to fill out and return.

What will students/parents need to provide?

For the Boys:  Boys will need to provide a pair of black socks and black dress shoes as well as a plain white undershirt.  The Perry Band Program will furnish everything else.

For the Girls:  Girls will need to provide a pair of black nylons and black dress shoes.  The Perry Band Program will furnish everything else.

If you cannot make the available times listed above, please make other arrangements with Nancy Wilhelm @ (517) 490-1108.  Also, we would like to remind you that the Pops Concert will take place on October 24th, at 7:30 p.m., in the Perry High School Auditorium.  Students will need to report at 6:30 p.m.  If you should have any questions or concerns please contact us at your convenience.


Posted by ernstg  On Sep 11, 2017 at 1:58 PM
  

We would like to encourage your son/daughter to participate in the upcoming MSBOA District V Solo and Ensemble Festival.  It will take place at Perry High School, on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017.  Your son/daughter may participate in up to 3 events (only one of which can be a solo, unless multiple solos are done on different instruments).

Solo and Ensemble Festival is a wonderful experience for our students.  In short, the student selects a piece of music for a solo, duet, trio, etc., with the help of the director.  The students then work towards as musical of a performance as possible.  They may receive help by whatever means.  I am available to coach students after school by making appointments.  I would suggest that the students get together with me, or a qualified coach, at least 3 – 4 times before the day of the festival.  On the day of the festival the student performs at their scheduled time in front of a judge.  The judge will evaluate the student’s performance by awarding a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th division rating (1st being the highest possible rating).  If the student achieves a 1st or 2nd division rating they will be given a medal for their fine accomplishment.

To participate in the festival, I need you to complete a registration form for each event in which the student will be involved.  You will also need to include the fee for each event when returning the registration form.  I need to receive all registrations and fees by Friday, September 29, 2017, in order to schedule your son/daughter.  These forms have been handed out to those student interested in class and are available via the "Important Documents" link on this web site.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of me at 625-0051.

Posted by ernstg  On Sep 11, 2017 at 1:46 PM
  
Don't forget about our current fundraiser going on now.  Student's should have brought home our Cookie Dough Fundraiser info.  The sale will be running until September 18th.  Checks can be made out to Perry Bands.
Wondering what we are raising funds for?  We have all of the usual:  Helping kids attend camps, new music, new instruments, etc.  And recently we have decided to start preparing for the purchase of new marching uniforms.  The current uniforms are going on their 19th season.  And while they are still holding on, we know the need for new uniforms is right around the corner.  New uniforms will cost approximately $70,000.00  It is not something that is going to happen over night to say the least.  The time is here to start saving for this enormous project.
Any participation  in our fundraisers is appreciated.  We have extra fundraiser packets if yours did not make it home.
Thanks so much,
Mr. Ernst
Posted by ernstg  On Sep 06, 2017 at 2:39 PM
  
I wanted to reminder everyone about our next performance.  The Perry HS Marching Band will be marching in the Perry Fest Parade on Saturday, September 16th, at 12:00 noon.  Student's should report to the band room at 11:00 a.m. ready to get dressed in the full marching uniform.  The parade will start on Keeney St. and end down by the Perry Automotive Parts Store on the south end of town.  I will have buses waiting for us there to bring us back to the high school.  Students should be done at approximately 12:45 p.m.
Posted by ernstg  On Sep 06, 2017 at 2:38 PM
  

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
  
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