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2018 Perry graduate Trent Ivey is this year’s recipient of the prestigious John Philip Sousa Award. The award was presented at the annual band banquet by Director of Bands, Garret Ernst.

The John Philip Sousa Award is the pinnacle of achievement for high school band students. Created in 1955, the award was developed with the cooperation of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster, to honor the top student in a high school band who embodies superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation.

Trent began his band career as fifth-grader learning to play the saxophone under Mr. Ernst’s instruction. His many activities as a Perry band student included playing tenor saxophone in the marching band, concert band, and pep band, several 1st-division ratings at Solo and Ensemble festivals, performing solos and in ensembles at band concerts, as well as dependably volunteering at the many band events. Trent was a tenor sax mentor, held the position of saxophone section leader, and had the honor of being drum major of the Perry Marching Ramblers for two years. Attending the Drum Major Clinic at MSU's Performing Arts Marching Band Auxiliary Camp during the last two summers, he received the Big 10 Award for outstanding performance and leadership his senior year.

In the fall, Trent will attend the School of Kinesiology in the University of Michigan, at which he plans to major in Athletic Training. Trent states that, “I owe all of my success to my mom, as she has pushed me steadfastly throughout my life whether I wanted to be pushed or not.” Trent is the son of Clark and Lisa Ivey and has two older siblings, Brett and Megan.

Posted by ernstg  On May 25, 2018 at 7:41 PM 3 Comments
  

This brief note is to serve as a reminder and invitation for you and your family to attend the High School Band Banquet.  It will take place on Thursday, May 24th, 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!

Posted by ernstg  On May 16, 2018 at 3:55 PM 5 Comments
  

The Memorial Day Parade will take place on Saturday, May 26th, at 11:00 a.m.  High School Band members should report at 10:00 a.m. to the High School Band Room.  We should be finished at approximately 12:45 p.m. at the Cemetery south of town.  We will have transportation provided back to the High School.

Due to the fact that the marching uniforms have already been dry-cleaned by this time of year and the warmer temperatures, the uniform for this parade will consist of the following:

  1. ALL White Shoes (the student’s marching shoes work well for this)
  2. White Socks
  3. Blue Jeans (pants or shorts are fine-please no “cut-offs”)
  4. Band Polo Shirt 
Posted by ernstg  On May 16, 2018 at 3:54 PM 2 Comments
  

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 May 31st, Thursday, 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. (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. (Past 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. 

Posted by ernstg  On May 16, 2018 at 3:52 PM 2 Comments
  

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming concert on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018.  Our Spring 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 past 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 have finished changing.  Your son/daughter will return to you.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Posted by ernstg  On May 16, 2018 at 3:51 PM 2 Comments
  

Perry band students will once again be selling Little Caesars Pizza Kits through April 23, earning money towards band camp fees and for the general needs of the band program. Delivery date will be May 8. Little Caesars offers a wide variety of pizzas, crazy bread, and cookie dough. 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 #334433 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.

Online orders end April 27.

Thank you for your continued support!

Posted by ernstg  On Apr 11, 2018 at 7:56 AM 6 Comments
  

We are proud to announce that several Perry High School band students earned medals at the MSBOA District V Solo & Ensemble Festival held February 10 at Bay City Central High School.

Six Perry students performed solos before an adjudicator:
Mitchell Beck, french horn - 1st division
Emilie Jun, bass clarinet - 1st division
Parker Lewis, alto saxophone - 1st division
Matthew Menig, clarinet - 2nd division
Liam Prizer, french horn - 1st division
Ethan Smith, oboe - 1st division

The students who earned a 1st-division rating will have an opportunity to advance to State Solo & Ensemble Festival in March.

Congratulations to all of the students who participated!

 

Posted by ernstg  On Mar 05, 2018 at 7:57 AM 14 Comments
  

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 9th and 10th, 2018 (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!  On the form below, (located on the reverse of this sheet), we have listed possible “shifts” for you to select, however, if the time you have available does not coincide with the shifts below, 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 to your director by Friday, February 2nd 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 10th, 2018

Middle School Band Room 7:00 a.m.

High School Auditorium: 8:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

8th Grade Band

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Middle School Band Room 10:00 a.m.

High School Auditorium: 11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

HS Band

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Middle School Band Room 2:35 p.m.

High School Auditorium: 3:35 p.m.

4:35 p.m.

 

 


                           Band and Orchestra Festival Parent/Student Volunteer Form

 

Volunteer’s/Student’s Name _______________________________________________

 

Phone Number __________________________________________________________

 

Name of son/daughter in band _____________________________________________

 

Grade of student in band __________________________________________________

 

Here is a list of typical jobs: (please circle your preference)

(Call Nancy Wilhelm w/questions you may have: 625-7137)

  • 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)

     

    Here are the typical time frames for each of the weekends:

    (Please select one or more of the following by checking the appropriate box.)

     

    Friday, March 9th

  • q2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • q6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • qDonate Dinner/Lunch Item (Dinner served to judges at 6:15 p.m.)

     

    Saturday, March 10th

  • q7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • q1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • qDonate Dinner/Lunch Item (Lunch served to judges at 11:00 a.m.)

 

Donations of lunch and dinner items are needed for the lunch and dinners we provide for the judges and MSBOA workers.  If you are not able to help on site, but would be able to bring in something for one of our meals, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please call Nancy Wilhelm with your offers and questions:  517-490-1108 or nancy_wilhelm923@hotmail.com.  You will be contacted to confirm a time and task ASAP.  Please get back with us ASAP.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

 

Please return this form to Mr. Ernst by Friday, February 2nd!
Posted by ernstg  On Jan 30, 2018 at 2:33 PM 7 Comments
  
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 4 Comments
  

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 23 Comments
  
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