Preseason Marching Band Uniform information

Hello Everyone,

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!


Diane Wilson

Marching Band Order Form Word document

Marching Band Order Form PDF document

Uniform Measurement Form


Volunteers Needed for Summer Concert Concessions

Hello all!

I hope this note find everyone well and enjoying your summer.  The PMA is once again selling Popcorn, Ice Cream and Water at the Sunday and Wednesday concerts on the common.  This venue allows us to be more visible in the towns eye and allows the good folks of Norwood to see our young people in a capacity other than on the performing stage (or field).  Please click on the link below and sign up to help any time that you or your student are available to assist.  Ideally we would have 3-4 students per night (more is OK, the music is great).  I hope to see you on the Common!  If you know anyone that I missed on this email, please forward it along and let me know who I missed so I can add them to our database.

Thank you,


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PMA Meeting Minutes June 8, 2016

PMA Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2016

Norwood High School, Library

Call to Order:            7:10 pm

Welcome by Paul Campbell, PMA President

 Attendance: Paul Campbell (President), Terry MacDonald (Vice President), Maureen Dimitriou (Treasurer), Stacey Lane (Secretary), Michelle Morales (Ways & Means), Ed Ferris, Lisa Silletti,  Cathy Moen, Steve Conant, Claudia Maldanado, James Butler, Tracey Jones

  1. McAvoys: Singer-songwriter, Mary McAvoy, and her father, Phil McAvoy, in attendance to plan for the upcoming PMA fundraiser concert on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7pm in the HS auditorium.  There will be student participation. Mary will have a clinic with the choral groups and they will sing a cover with her.  PMA will help with promotion and selling tickets ($10). Concessions will be sold and Mary will sell CD’s for $10 ($3 goes to PMA). Norwood’s House Masters to work sound system/lights.

Discussed selling General Admission tickets at door and advanced ticket sales through “Event Bright”. In addition, students will be given tickets to sell to family and friends. It was recommended we promote the concert through NPA and conduct an interview with Ms. McAvoy on the student cable network.  Discussed advertising at the fall musical and on the Town Common starting in July.  Discussed asking Mr. Bourn to add information to his monthly email.


  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes: Stacey Lane

Motion made and seconded to accept the Minutes of May 11, 2016: Approved

  1. Approval of Treasurer’s Report: Maureen Dimitriou

Motion made and seconded to accept the Treasurer’s Report (May): Approved


  1. Vice President: Terry MacDonald

The Ways & Means position remains open.

Motion made and seconded to accept Kim Beaudet as the Ways & Means Chair (2016-2017): Approved.

Hospitality: A Hospitality Committee will be established for events as needed.

Performance Coordinators CMS : Teachers to arrange as needed for concerts and events

Senior Awards: May 26, 2016 at Sheraton Four Points went very well.

Discussed updating the job descriptions from 2004


  1. Ways & Means: Michelle Morales

Merchandise: Has been ordered and is ready for pickup. (T-shirts and other clothing items)

Golf Ball Drop : Very few sold at Pops Night. Will need to push date back and continue to sell during concerts and over the summer.

Concerts on the Common/Summer Fest:  Utz will not donate popcorn. M. Morales requested a donation from Hood for ice-cream sandwiches and bars. She is waiting for their response.

Orange Leaf fundraiser: Concerts on 6/9, 6/14 and 6/16.


  1. Webpage and Marketing: Ed Ferris

Web page up and running with a new website host. Ed is looking for feedback on the focus of the page.  Discussed having a committee to view webpage and give suggestions.  Ed will email questions to the Board to determine what should be on the page.

Marketing:  Send marketing requests, such as concerts, mattress sale, to Ed to post to webpage.


  1. Marching Band: Steve Conant

Still recruiting new MB members at the concerts.  Additional color guard members are needed.

Rehearsals have started.


Norwood Music Camp: Lisa Silletti

August 14-20, 2016.  Applications have been coming in.  She received 48 to date.

A camp nurse is needed.


  1. Director of Fine Arts: Cathy Connor-Moen

Pops Night:  May 13, 2016. It was a great success. The music teachers will meet and discuss changes for next year’s concert. Concession sales went very well.

PMA scholarships: Two recipients, Meghan Ferris, Brian McDonough, were awarded the Paul Alberta scholarship ($1200). Three students received ($800), four students received ($600) and two students received ($500).


President: Paul Campbell

Discussed having the golf ball drop on the front field the day of the Mattress Sale. Paul to check dates with the school and fire department.


  1. Action Items:

Band Closet needs to be organized. No long term storage of food items.

Parent emails:  Parent coordinators need parent emails to request volunteers for events.

Job Description: Each PMA position needs a written job description

Replacement PMA Positions: Recruit parents to shadow PMA positions and fill vacant positions

Quorum: 2015/2016 PMA Board, there are fourteen (14) voting Board Members.  In order to have a quorum, eight Board Members must be present.

Amazon Smile:  When a customer shops at “”, Amazon will make a small donation to a charitable organization of their choice. To participate, go to the site, scroll down and select “Norwood Parents Music Association, Inc.” and the PMA will receive a donation of $0.5% of qualifying sales.

New PMA Stationary: C. Moen will ask art alumni, Michelle Bradbury, to redesign the logo.

New PMA website/server: Need new web server-GoDaddy (domain) transfer made. Weebly (host).

NEXT PMA MEETING:   September 14, 2016, NHS Library, 7PM


15 . Adjournment at 9:05 pm.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Stacey Lane.

CMS Jazz Band end of year performance Thursday June 9th 7 PM

The Jazz Band will be performing at the 6th grade Spring concert which will take place on Thursday June 9th at 7:00pm in the Coakley Middle School Auditorium.

This is a great opportunity for our young musicians to showcase all that they have accomplished throughout the school year.

I would truly appreciate any help you can give to ensure the concert runs smoothly.  If you are willing to give some time to monitor the doors or chaperone please let me know.

Thank you for your consideration.

Tracey Jones

CMS Instrumental performance coordinator

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CMS Honor Band end of year performance Thursday June 9th, 7 PM

Can you believe it is that time of year again already?!

The Honor Band will be performing at the 6th grade Spring concert which will take place on Thursday June 9th at 7:00pm in the Coakley Middle School Auditorium.

This is a great opportunity for our young musicians to showcase all that they have accomplished throughout the school year.

I would truly appreciate any help you can give to ensure the concert runs smoothly.  If you are willing to give some time to monitor the doors or chaperone please let me know.

Thank you for your consideration.

Tracey Jones

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Norwood Marching Band Meeting and Fall 2016-2017 Schedule

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.

Financial Requirements

•     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 – 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.


PMA Scholarship


PMA Scholarship Application
All graduating seniors who are planning to continue their education at an accredited school,
college, or university, and who have contributed to the Norwood Public Schools Music program are eligible to apply for a Norwood Parents Music Association Scholarship award.
This application must be completed and returned, along with a transcript of the applicant’s high school record to the Fine Arts office on or before Monday, April 25, 2016.

Please be sure to include all your activities and awards, and make sure that all information is legible.  Payment of the scholarship award is contingent upon the successful completion of the first semester of the recipient’s continued education. An official copy of the recipient’s college transcript should be sent to the Fine Arts office. Payment will be sent to the recipient upon review of the college transcript.
If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Moen in the Fine Arts office.

PMA Application form