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We are proud to announce that several Perry High School band students earned medals at the MSBOA District V Solo & Ensemble Festival held February 13 at St. Johns High School.

Playing solos before an adjudicator and earning 1st-division ratings were:
Camille Ernst, french horn
Ross Kelly, snare drum
Gabe Pavlica, trumpet
Courtney Pierce, trombone
Alexa Ross, trombone
Claudia Ross, clarinet

These students will have an opportunity to advance to State Solo & Ensemble Festival in March.

Receiving 2nd-division ratings for their solos were:
Jon Marc Johnson, trumpet
Emilie Jun, bass clarinet
Joel Mongeon, alto sax
Taylor Warren, oboe

We are very proud of you!

Posted by ernstg  On Feb 22, 2016 at 8:04 AM
  
Once again, we have the honor of hosting MSBOA District V’s Band and Orchestra Festival, taking place this year on March 5th, 11th, and 12th at Perry High School. Hosting a festival is a huge undertaking and will require the help of many parents and students. We would greatly appreciate any time you might have to donate. 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. Please see the “Volunteer Form” for more details. Completed forms need to be turned in by Friday, February 12th. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Typical jobs:
• Working information desk
• Concessions
• Guiding visiting bands
• Serving as an usher in the auditorium
• Unlocking and locking rooms
• Coordinating the percussion area
• Donating food for a pot-luck type luncheon and dinner
• Student dressing before and after performances
• Sight-reading (student volunteers)

Please contact Nancy Wilhelm if you would like to volunteer:  (517) 490-1108
Posted by ernstg  On Feb 08, 2016 at 4:30 PM
  
As you may or may not know, our Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraiser is drawing to a close.  Let me say thanks to all who have participated in support of our wonderful band program!  To date we have sold 435 individual kits.  Currently we profit approximately $5 per kit.  Little Caesars, however, will give us an additional $1 for every kit sold if we reach the 500 mark. That means we are only 65 kits away from an additional $500.  If you have not yet ordered and would like to do so, or if you know of maybe one more person willing to make a purchase, we can accept orders through Friday, January 29.  Please contact Nancy Wilhelm at 517-490-1108 with orders and/or questions.  Thanks for all you do and your continued support!
Posted by ernstg  On Jan 27, 2016 at 4:47 PM 3 Comments
  

Perry Band Boosters present the 6th annual Crop-a-BANDza scrapbooking/stamping fundraiser to benefit the Instrumental Music Department!

It will be Friday, February 26, 2016 6:00 pm - midnight and Saturday, February 27, 2016 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.

Please click the following link to obtain a registration from for this event:
http://www.perry.k12.mi.us/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=8665533

Join the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/433692953493786/

 

 

Posted by ernstg  On Jan 26, 2016 at 3:03 PM
  

Perry High School will host the 2016 District V MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival on March 5th, 11th, & 12th with Perry’s Bands scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 12. Perry’s Seventh-Grade Band will take the stage at 8:00 AM.  The Eighth-Grade Band will perform at 9:30 AM. The Perry High School Symphonic Band is scheduled to take the stage at 3:45 PM. All performances will be held in the Jacklyn Hurd Auditorium and are free to the public.

Posted by ernstg  On Jan 26, 2016 at 2:47 PM
  
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Posted by ernstg  On Jan 19, 2016 at 9:07 AM
  
This a reminder that we will be having a Band Camp 2016 meeting in the High School Band Room on Monday, February 1, 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.
Posted by ernstg  On Jan 15, 2016 at 12:05 PM
  
Each summer our Perry High School Band travels to Tustin, MI to stay for one week at the Kettunen Center. The Kettunen Center is a 4-H conference center nestled in the middle of a beautiful wooded area, with rolling topography, on a small private lake.  At Camp the band learns the half-time show that we will present during our Fall marching season. Students rehearse 10 hours each day, with two hours of recreational time, and a planned evening activity for the whole group.  

But camp is more than preparations for the upcoming marching season.  During this very structured and demanding week, members of the band learn problem solving skills, valuable leadership skills, form life long memories, and become a "family."

This set of skills and bond between members is what enables our band to continue to succeed and perform at the high level it does.

Please take the time to read the Band Camp 2016 packet.  We have created a PDF version of it and uploaded it to the Important Documents for Band link.  It is also being sent home with your son/daughter on Tuesday, January 19.

Band camp is a vital part of the Perry High School Band program.  We need every member in attendance.  As each member of the band has a "charted" spot on the field, the absence of a student has a detrimental effect on the progress of the group as a whole.

Through various donors and the hard work of the Perry Band Boosters, scholarships are available on a very limited basis. Please contact Mr. Ernst or Mrs. Wilhelm should you need assistance.  But remember, funds are limited.  Scholarship money needs to be reserved for those with no other option.
Posted by ernstg  On Jan 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM
  
Perry Band Students will once again participate in the ever-popular Little Caesars Pizza Kit fundraiser which continues through January 25. The 8th - 11th grade students will be earning money towards their 2016 Band Camp. Profits from students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 12 will help with the general needs of the band program. 

NEW! We can now accept credit/debit card payments at www.pizzakit.com.
  • Click on "Products" then "Shop"
  • Select "Ship My Order to the Group"
  • Verify Fundraiser ID #301376 to link the sale to Perry Band Boosters
  • Customer can now select the items they wish to order and pay securely with a Visa or Mastercard. Please make sure your name is provided in the "Seller Name" field on checkout page so that you get credit!
If not using the online option, students will need to collect payment at the time of the order with checks made payable to: Perry Bands.

Our delivery date is Tuesday, February 9 in the high school cafeteria from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. We will need volunteers to help on the day of delivery. If you could donate some of your time on this day please call Nancy Wilhelm at 490-1108 or put a note stating so when your order is turned in.

Thank you so much for your continued support!
Posted by ernstg  On Jan 07, 2016 at 3:13 PM
  
A group of Perry Middle School band students performed at District V Junior High Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, December 5 at Perry High School.

Performing a prepared piece of music before an adjudicator and receiving 1stdivision ratings were:

  • Allison Alford, clarinet solo
  • Parker Lewis, alto saxophone solo
  • Madilynn McCann, clarinet solo
  • Andrew McConnell, tuba solo
  • Matthew Menig, clarinet solo
  • Clay Sawyer, trombone solo
  • Calisa Stevens, flute solo
  • Jillian Manzo and Embre Willson, clarinet duet
  • Seth Beardslee, Kyle Taft, and Jerry Lloyd, percussion trio

Receiving 2nd division ratings were:

  • Shannon Grooms, baritone solo
  • Madilyn Mahoney, baritone saxophone solo
  • Ryan O'Neill, snare solo
  • Ethan Smith, oboe solo
  • Emma Bedes and Madilyn Mahoney, woodwind duet
  • Bryce Daniel and Alex Scovill, trumpet duet
Posted by ernstg  On Jan 07, 2016 at 2:15 PM
  

December 15th, 2015

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 Tuesday, December 15th, 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. (Far Hall-down by the 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 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
ernstg@perry.k12.mi.us


Posted by ernstg  On Dec 11, 2015 at 2:18 PM
  

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

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015.  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. (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. (Band Room and hall outside of the Band Room)

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).

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.

At the conclusion of the concert we would ask that all parents, family members, and friends remain in the auditorium until your son/daughter has 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, 2015 at 11:00 AM
  
Members of next year's high school band should note that band camp is scheduled for:

Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Saturday, August 6, 2016

We will be having our informational meeting for Band Camp 2016 on February 1st, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., in the Perry High School Band Room.  More information to come.
Posted by ernstg  On Dec 01, 2015 at 7:30 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 Owosso High School, on Saturday, February 13th, 2016.  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 by Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 in order to schedule your son/daughter.  Parents, you and/or your son/daughter will be responsible for their own transportation.

 

The registration form is available at school or you can download a PDF in the "Important Documents" tab of this website.  There is also a very helpful "Solo and Ensemble Preparation Checklist" that will help the student with the entire process.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Ernst at your convenience.

Posted by ernstg  On Dec 01, 2015 at 7:23 PM
  
Starting now until May 1st, 2016, the Perry Band department will be selling candy bars.  This is the first "Band Camp" specific fundraiser.  Any 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade band member who sells a box of candy will be credited with $18.00 towards their Band Camp 2016 fee.  

In order for your son/daughter to check out a box of candy they must first fill out a "Candy Order Form" signed by their parent or legal guardian.  They can obtain this form at school or you can find a PDF under the important documents tab on our website.  After the student turns the completed and signed form into Mr. Ernst or Mrs. Wilhelm, we will fill their order and the student may begin selling.

If a student checks out a box of candy they are agreeing to sell the entire box.  Once they have sold the entire box of candy they will need to turn in $52.00.  Afterwards, they may check out another box.  In most cases we would like to stay with a one box at a time policy. If, however, the student has a parent who works in a place where sales will go fast, the parent may request to check out more than one box at a time.

5th, 6th, 7th and 12th grade band members are encouraged to sell as well.  If you should have any questions please contact Mr. Ernst at your convenience.
Posted by ernstg  On Dec 01, 2015 at 6:56 PM
  
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