Thursday, October 25, 2018

Saturday, Oct. 27

We have been discussing these events in class all week, but below are details for this Saturday's events. BOTH EVENTS ARE MANDATORY FOR MARCHING BAND MEMBERS. 

Halloween Parade
Call time: 1:00 pm 
Parade start time: 2:00 pm 
Attire: Halloween costume (family-friendly) or black pants/black shoes/orange & black top
Other: We will be bussing to Minooka Elementary School. The parade travels from MES south on Wabena, ending at MCHS. Students should have "Thriller" in their flip folders if it is not memorized.

Playoff Football Game
Call time: In section warmups by 5:15 pm 
Game start time: 6:00 pm 
Attire: We will NOT be in full uniform. Please wear jeans or black pants and as much orange and black as possible - Drillmasters recommended
Other: We will be performing our usual parade song, full pregame, pep tunes in the stands, and an altered/abbreviated halftime performance consisting of "Thriller" and the school song. We will NOT be performing any portion of our field show. 

In the event that our team advances from this Saturday's game, next week's game will very likely be AWAY. We do send a pep band to away games, but attendance is optional. 

Please contact us with any questions and GO INDIANS!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

U of I - Sat, Oct. 20

We are very excited for U of I this Saturday! Visit the IMBC Spectator Information Page for information from the contest organizers. Our schedule for the day is below.

Also, if you would like to purchase a DVD/digital copy of our performance (as well as all 6A bands), the form is available for download HERE. These forms are typically available in the merchandise/concessions area at Memorial Stadium as well. 

Schedule for Saturday, 10/20: 

10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Rehearsal 
2:00 pm - Meal break / load trailer
3:00 pm - Depart MCHS
5:00 pm - Arrive at U of I (Memorial Stadium - 1402 S. 1st St., Champaign)
5:15-6:45 pm - Eat (concessions or bring food), watch 5A bands
7:00 pm - Report to busses, change into uniform
7:30 pm - Warm-up
8:45 pm - Marching Indians Performance! 
9:00 pm - Marching Illini Performance
9:15 pm - Awards
9:30 pm - Professional group photo outside the stadium
9:45 pm - Change/load trailer/busses (parent sign-out at this time)
10:30 pm - Leave U of I
12:30 am - Arrive at MCHS

Reminders: 
  • Dress for the weather, keeping in mind the amount of time we will be outside
  • Layers worn under the uniform must be tight-fitting!
  • Bring water and a snack to rehearsal, as well as for the bus ride if you so desire. There will not be an opportunity to purchase food following our performance.
  • Any student being signed out at U of I must have the Parent Release Form filled out in advance!
Please let us know if you have any questions, and GO INDIANS!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Lincoln-Way West - Oct. 13

Below is our schedule for this Saturday's competition at Lincoln-Way West. If you are planning on attending, please follow this link for Lincoln-Way Marching Invitational Spectator Info.

1:00-5:00 pm - Rehearsal
5:00 pm - Load trailer / Dinner Break
6:00 pm - Depart MCHS
6:45 pm - Arrive at Lincoln-Way West, unload, change
7:45 pm - Warm-up
8:45 pm - Marching Indians Performance!
9:00 pm - Change/unload
10:0 pm - Awards
10:15 pm - Load busses/attendance (parent sign-out at this time)
11:00 pm - Arrive at MCHS

Please remember to fill out a parent release form (linked on the left) if you are planning on signing your student out!

Go Indians!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Indoor Percussion Audition Interest

If you are interested in auditioning for Indoor Percussion 2018-19, please fill out the form below!

Indoor Percussion Audition Interest Form

Questions may be directed to percussion instructor Nick Martiniak.

Friday, September 28, 2018

"Africa" recording

Hey band! If you'd like to use the recording "Africa" for reference or playing along over the weekend, here it is:

"Africa" - arr. Ralph Ford

We will be playing this for Band Night, the Homecoming Assembly, and very likely the Homecoming Parade. It does not need to be memorized but it DOES need to be GOOD!

Happy Practicing!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Corn Fest & Homecoming Weekend

Below is our schedule for the Grundy County Corn Festival Parade this Sunday, Sept. 30th. Please eat lunch and drink water before you arrive!

The parade travels from south to north on Liberty St. in downtown Morris. Our band is Unit #50. If you are picking up your student, you must fill out this Parent Release Form (please note - this form is for Activities - it is different than the athletic release form linked from the MCHS homepage!). Form must be completed before Sunday. Pickup will happen at Goold Park (across the street from Morris HS) immediately following our band’s portion of the parade.

12:30 pm - Arrive atschool, change into uniform
12:50 pm - On busses for attendance
2:00 pm - Parade begins
3:20 pm (approx) - Load busses (parent sign-out at busses at this time)
4:00 pm (approx) - Return to MCHS, change out of uniform

Looking ahead to next week…

Monday, Oct. 1 - No evening rehearsal

Wednesday, Oct. 3 - School Day
Students will be released from their 1A class at 8:45 am to attend Band Night rehearsal with the junior highs. (Freshman/sophomore students will be released from class at 8:30 am and will bus over to Central.) Rehearsal will end by 11:00 am and students will be able to attend their regular 3A and 4A classes. (Freshman/sophomore students with 3A and/or 4A at South will be bussed back at this time.)

Wednesday, Oct. 3 - Evening (Band Night)

6:15 pm - Call time (change into full uniform)
7:00 pm - Band Night begins!
8:00 pm - approximate end time

Friday, Oct. 5 - School Day
Wear your orange band t-shirt and athletic shoes to school! Students will be released immediately following 3A and should report to the band room. They will miss all of 4A for rehearsal/assembly prep. We will be performing the first movement of our field show and playing as a pep band at the Friday afternoon Homecoming Assembly in the stadium!

Friday, Oct. 5 - Afternoon/Evening

3:45 pm - Report time for Homecoming Parade (orange band t-shirt and athletic shoes)
4:00 pm - Homecoming Parade performance (parade starts and ends at MCHS)
5:00 pm - Approximate parade end time
6:00 pm - Call time for Homecoming football game
7:00 pm - Normal pregame/halftime performance at football game

Staff will be present and the band room will be open for students who are staying between school and the parade and/or the parade and football game.

We are excited for the busy weeks ahead! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Morton Competition!

Below is the schedule for our competition at Morton High School (350 N. Illinois Ave, Morton IL) on Saturday, September 15th. Please eat a good meal before coming to rehearsal!

11:00 am Rehearsal
2:00 pm Food (snack/lunch break), load equipment
3:00 pm Report to busses for attendance
3:15 pm Depart MCHS
5:15 pm Arrive at Morton High School - unload, bathrooms, dress
6:15 pm Depart for warm-ups
7:15 pm Marching Indians Performance!
7:30 pm Change, load equipment
8:00 pm Return to stadium to eat dinner at concessions and watch other bands
9:00 pm Awards Ceremony
9:15 pm Report to busses, attendance
9:45 pm Depart for MCHS
11:45 pm Arrive at MCHS

Other Info:
  • Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens (children 5 and under are free)
  • It has been advised that all traffic avoid downtown Morton due to road closures for the Morton Pumpkin Festival
  • Concessions are available
  • Morton Marching Invitational t-shirts are available for purchase for $15

Please email Mr. Adelmann or Ms. Wych with any questions!