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2017 Alumni Band Information

Dear Fabulous Alumni,

We are now a little less than two months away from our annual performance at the 2017 Sailor Marching Band Festival on Saturday, September 23rd and it’s time for you to begin letting me know if you will be able to attend and be a part of this year’s gala event. Please reply to this email with your (hopefully) affirmative response and also remind me what instrument you will be playing and if you need that instrument from the school.

Don’t assume that I know that you’ll be there, send me an email. When we get closer to “the day” I start sketching drill and I write for the number of marchers that I have on the list at that time.

I can also get the music to you via email or regular post if that will help you prepare. Indicate if and how you’d like that sent to you.

I will be at my computer chair all hours of the day and night awaiting your positive responses. If you can’t join us this year, write back to me anyway. I always love to hear from all of you and be updated as to what is happening in your lives and I do respond to all the emails I get from you.

Being the neanderthal that I am, I don’t have a Facebook page (I am, however, sometimes on Twitter) and I’m not likely to get one, so if you don’t do emails any more, please contact my bride, Pat so I can get the word through her. If you would contact your friends individually will also help immensely. Give them my email, twist their arm, talk to them sternly, convince them that they aren’t close to being over “the hill” or whatever works.

As usual we always have a music practice on the Saturday before (this year it’s on 9/16) from 9-11 AM at VHS. It is not required, but if you can, it will certainly help many of you. On the festival day we begin rehearsals at 9 AM sharp, break for lunch at noon, return at 1 PM and rehearse as long as we need to or are able to.

We are going to use the show format that we did last year, which made a lot of sense, it was—learning an opening drill, doing all the middle number stuff and after the Alma Mater exiting the field with FS/AA. This way we don’t get ourselves into a bind learning two drills especially if the weather is iffy or if the athletic department commandeers our practice field for part of the morning, again.

The Festival begins at 7:00 PM and we, as Alumni participants, get in free. I am told that we have a goodly number of bands bands already signed up for this year’s festival.

We don’t memorize our music and we do use lyres and carry our music on the field. I don’t have a source for any of those materials (lyres, folders, sticks, etc.) that I used to have so if you need any of those things plus reeds and valve oil, you’ll need to get them on your own.

DRESS: If you are new to the group this year, we wear yellow band shirts (I’m sure you’ve seen them) with the group name on the front and your grad. year on the back. We order them for you and we do need to order them ahead of time, so if you need one–let me know about that when you respond (also remind me about size and grad. year) so we can have that for you on the day of the festival. They usually run, about, $15., but that changes aq bit each year.

On the bottoms–we wear light tan, khaki slacks. Avoid blue jeans please. Tennies are fine on your feet as long as they’re not hot pink, florescent green or some other garish color.

If the weather gets cold for the festival, putting something white (first choice), purple or gold (see a theme here?) under the band shirt is perfectly acceptable. If it gets really cold we’ll be more interested in warmth than uniformity. If it rains—well, you’re on your own, but–it’s not going to rain. Last fall it at least waited until our show was finished. Someone up there likes the alumni.

This year’s show will open with an across the field drill to Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. Our reset # will be Hawaii 5-0. Dawn has chosen Any Way You Want It as the majorette feature and Lisa decided that the flag feature will again be Bad Medicine.

Majorettes, please contact Dawn Clark to indicate your desire to perform and the resurgent Flags should contact Lisa Fiedler.

I haven’t gotten all the data files of the class of ’17 members yet, so if you know of any of them, tell them about this and have them contact me.

Of course, if you know of any other alumni who would like to participate or might need some “encouragement”, send them to me via this email address or refer them to our website—

http://vhsalumniband.org/

We’d love to have them “do it one more time” with us.

Thank you for all the suggestions I received over the year for preferred songs. I’d love to be able to program every suggestion that was given to me and we will attempt to do some of those songs as the show changes through the years.

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