Hello Norwood Music Camp Families,
- We meet at Norwood High School on Sunday, August 13th at 7:45 AM in the morning in the Auditorium to prepare for our departure for Camp Tapawingo.
- Leave all bags on the sidewalk along the student drop-off area in the rear of Norwood High School and enter through door 14.
- Parents are asked to come into the auditorium to meet with the camp medical staff and hear the camp guidelines. Also, help will be needed to load the truck with equipment. Please help, if you are able.
Above are the forms you will need to fill out and return to the Fine Arts Department office at the High School.
Camp happens in August with students in the Marching Band grades 8-12, NHS Madrigal choir, String Orchestra, Chamber Choir & drama programs. The students attend a week long music camp at Camp Tapawingo in Sweden, Maine. The purpose of this camp is to provide an uninterrupted atmosphere in which students in these groups can prepare for their upcoming competitive and performance seasons.
For many years our Music Camp ventures have been a tremendous success, both musically and socially. The daily schedule includes 7-1/2 hours of daily rehearsals and classes, supplemented by a variety of recreational activities, which are an integral part of our program, such as swimming, softball, football and basketball.
This group was able to come in second this year in the NESBA competition and won a Platinum meddle for their show ” Turning the Tables”.
***Camper’s medications should be individually dosed in envelopes with day and time for administration and include original package or container with pharmacy label or campers name on it. All placed in one gallon ZIPLOCK style bag with you camper’s name.
*Please remember to send a fitted sheet for the cot mattress, even if your child uses a a sleeping bag. (and pjs, flannel pants & tshirt)
*Each camper should have a pillow with two pillow cases
*Flip flops or suitable sandal for shower
*Travel case (or ziplock style bag) for toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush, deodorant)
* TWO TOWELS – one for shower, one for beach
Raincoat, poncho, rain boots – dress for the weather!
Label your student’s belongings! They are responsible for their belongings. Electronic devices are allowed, but discouraged as the campers are busy with rehearsal and need their sleep. We have a strict lights out policy so that everyone gets enough rest. (There is no WIFI)
Please do send more than $20.00 the only opportunity to spend it will be on the ride home at the rest area.
Please let me know of any Senior night reservation changes as soon as possible.
The camp mailing address
Camper’s Name – Norwood Music Camp 2016
166 Tapawingo Road
Sweden, Maine 04040
The camp has a website – http://www.camptapawingo.com/
See you Sunday morning!
Music Camp Coordinator
I know we are all preparing for Band Camp this weekend and looking forward to a great season this fall. I am preparing to outfit all the kids for the season and will start as soon as they return from camp.
Three things that need attention:
1. Attached you will find an order form for T Shirts, Shoes and Gloves. Please complete this form and return it by August 29th as I need to place the order.
T Shirts: Every student needs at least one. I recommend two, as they must be worn every time the student is in uniform. ON weekends with a show on Saturday and Sunday it is helpful to have a clean one ready to go.
Shoes: There are a limited number of shoes available without charge. I can not guarantee we will have a pair for your child, although I will make an attempt to fit your child with what we have. If you wish to order your own pair, this form will cover that.
Every student needs at least one pair of gloves. New students need to order a pair, exiting student will know if theirs need to be replaced.
2. Fitting your child for a uniform. I will begin this process after they return from camp. If either you or your child is uncomfortable with me measuring them for their uniform, please complete the attached form and either email it back to me or have your child bring it to practice after band camp.
3. Volunteers Needed: After the start of the school year, I will begin to seek volunteers to help chaperone the shows. Please let me know if you would like to be included in the requests. Also, if anyone is available to help with the uniform fittings, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you. It is going to be a great year!
You can download the PDF of this meeting and it’s schedule here -> 2016-2017 Marching band meeting
|Norwood Marching Band Meeting Fall 2016-17 Defending Division 3 NESBA Champions and MICCA Gold Medalist|
|Welcome Parents, Students, and Staff to our Organizational Meeting.
Our Marching Band wears many hats and has a few different looks:
• As a “Pep Band” at home football games + Thanksgiving away and home.
• As a “Parade Band” at four hometown parades.
• As an “Outdoor Performance Ensemble” for evaluation and competition.
We learn one show for the entire season, unlike many college bands that learn multiple shows per fall season.
The Woodwinds and Brass are all marching members and play melodic, and or counter melodic parts.
The Battery – (Marching Percussion) carry their instrument and march.
The Front Ensemble is the section composed of keyboard percussion, too large to carry percussion, and any electronic instruments if used.(These students march parades.)
The Color Guard is the section that visually represents the music and emotions created by the music. Sometimes it is with a flag, a sabre, or a rifle. Sometimes it is based on dance depending upon the mood and or style of the program.
Our goals for the students are:
• A higher level of individual skill development: Instrumental or Color Guard
• Improved musicianship.
• Awareness of the individual’s role in a large group activity.
• Team work and collaboration (Everyone is an active participant, no bench.)
• Improved physical fitness.
• Student awareness on how to manage their time.
Expectations for student membership:
• To be on time, is to be early. Students should plan on being at events and rehearsals 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time. This allows them to stretch out, take cafe of any equipment needs, and be prepared to start rehearsal on time in order to maximize our potential as a performance group.
• Attendance at rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Unlike many activities everyone is an integral part in the rehearsal process and the performance. One member missing makes it difficult for anyone near them in a marching formation, in the overall balance of the sound, or sequential maneuver in the Color Guard. The expectation is that you will be here because you want to be here. Do not ask to miss rehearsal or performance for the following reasons:
1. A professional sporting event.
2. A concert.
3. A family birthday celebration.
4. Homework/School Project.
*Students that choose to participate in a fall sport will be given leeway in order to get to rehearsal after a game or team practice as long as every effort to get there quickly is made.
|Rehearsal and Performance Schedule 2016-17
May 31st (T), June 2nd (R) 6-8 P.M.
June 7th (T) 9* (R) 6-8:30 P.M.
July 12th, 19th, 26th (T) 5:30-8:30 P.M.
August 2nd (T) 5:30-8:30
August 14th-20th – Music Camp Week (Sun-Sat)
August 23rd (T), 24th, (W), 25th (R) 5:30-9 P.M.
August 30th (T), August 31st (W), September 1st (R) 5:30 – 9:00 P.M.
September: Tuesdays 6,13, 20, 27 – 5:30-8:30
Thursdays: 8,15, 22, 29 – 5:30-8:30
Saturdays 10,17, 24-9 AM to 3 PM/AsScheduled.
October: Tuesdays 4,11,18, 25 – 5:30-8:30
Thursdays 6,13, 20, 27 – 5:30m-8:30
Saturdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 As scheduled due to performances.
Performance Schedule (As of Today)
Saturday, September 10th Norwood Day Parade, Football vs Framingham 1 PM Sunday, September 24th, NESBA Competition at Melrose H.S.
Saturday, October 1st, Football vs. Walpole 1 PM, USBANDS Competition at K.P. SAT Test
Saturday, October 8th, NESBA Competition at Wakefield
Saturday, October 15th Football vs Wellesley 2 PM
Sunday, October 16th MICCA Evaluation at Norwood
Saturday, October 22nd, NESBA Competition at Somerset Berkley
Sunday, October 23rd, MICCA State Finals at Lawrence Veterans Stadium
Saturday, October 29th Football vs. TBA
Sunday,October 30th NESBA Finals at Lawrence Veterans Stadium Saturday, November 5th Football vs. TBA, SAT Test – “Grade 7+8 Band Day”
Friday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day 10 A.M. Parade Saturday, November 12th Football vs. TBA
Thursday, November 26th, Thanksgiving Day Game Home 10 A.M. – “Alumni Day”
Sunday, November 27th, Holiday Parade in the Afternoon.
Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day Parade 10 A.M.
A detailed schedule will be made available before the new school year.
Weekly updates will happen via email and Facebook.
|Rehearsals will take place on the turf field-at NHS. IF the turf field is unavailable, we may move to the Cleveland Elementary School or other useable venue.|
|Music Camp: August I4th-20nd
For many decades, the Norwood Music Program has travelled to Sweden Maine for the annual music camp at Camp Tapawingo where we are the only school on site. At this camp we hope to gain a leg up on our competition by maximizing our time to learn while still having opportunities for the students to play organized sporting games, swimming, social time, eating and sleeping.
Camp Tapawingo is a rustic camp in Maine near Shawnee Peak and Bridgeton, ME. Students will have daily schedule beginning with Revile, Breakfast, Morning Rehearsal, Rest Period, Lunch, Activity (swimming or sports), Dinner, Evening Rehearsal, and Social time. (Lets just say the students’ sleep well after a long day!) How do we insure this? We are fortunate to have a staff of alumni that serve as councilors for our week away. They help us take great care of the students in the Marching Band, Color Guard, Madrigal Choir and the Second Choir and or Theater students from Norwood. As many of the returning students know, camp is a special opportunity, and it is hard work but includes some very fun memories that last a lifetime.
Marching Mid Brass and Low brass instruments are supplied by the school: Tuba, Mellophone, and Baritone.
All percussion instruments are provided.
Colorguard equipment is provided but members will need to purchase an equipment bag.
A Norwood High School band uniform will be issued to each member of the band. You will be responsible for any needed alterations, typically a hem of the pants or cuff.
Students will be asked to Dry Clean it at Lustra Cleansers and return it before December Vacation. If the band is caught in bad weather/mud, students may be asked to clean their uniform an extra time. Band members will need to purchase gloves and shoes. This will be coordinated by a parent volunteer.
The Color Guard will be issued an “Outfit” that will match with the theme of our show.
Students will need to purchase a bodysuit to wear underneath this outfit as directed.
• There is a $150.00 Activity Fee which is a flat fee for the entire school year Fine Arts Participation. This payment is due BEFORE October 1st, 2016
• Music Camp is $400. This includes transportation to and from on a coach bus as well as all meals. (Camp forms are available.)
• Shoes, gloves, bodysuit (guard) $45-75 per member (Band-Guard)
• Spending money at evaluations and competitions, as needed.
|Students will have fundraising opportunities as an individual and may be asked to help with fimdraising activities for the Marching Band and Color Guard during the season.
Parent/Guardian Help Is Needed, and fun is to be had….
Please consider taking an active role in your child’s extra curricular activity! This group needs help in so many ways just to get the kids to their first performance: Chaperoning, Uniform Help, Pit Crew Volunteers, Truck Loaders, Prop Design, Fundraising etc….You can also volunteer by attending a monthly PMA meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Everyone is a member and your voice counts at these meetings. We also host a marching band show and need lots of help to make it a great success.
Please consider the following when making your decision to participate:
• A decision to participate should be reached prior to the first rehearsal.
• When payment and registration is received for camp, you will have a spot written for you in the marching drill and or percussion writing. If you decide to pull out after that it makes life very difficult for the writers and remaining band and guard personnel. If you are concerned about any aspect of the program before or after you join, do not hesitate to speak to a member of the staff or
Mr. Conant immediately so we can help you become a highly successful and dedicated ensemble member.
Mr. Conant – firstname.lastname@example.org W: 781-352-3549 Cell: 508-369-4015 Fall Staff 2016
Winds Staff: Tim MacDonald, Sean Lee Percussion Staff: Matt Cavanaugh, Nate MacMillen,
Visual Staff: Sean Lee, Katherine Dimitriou Guard Staff: Michael Lombo, Jamie O’Brien
More staff will be announced as the season gets closer.
|Program Fall 2016 Announcement made verbally at the end of the meeting.|