Onward, cautiously, continuing onward and upward!

Trojan Band BBQ, a great success! Thank you!


First, we want to thank everyone who came out and supported through purchasing BBQ, raffle tickets, and band merchandise! You are completely amazing and the Band BBQ, even though delayed by COVID was a great success!

To those who volunteered their time, I really don’t know how to wrap all of Dawn and my gratitude into the blast. It almost feels inadequate to even start with thank you! Watching you all work Friday, tirelessly, (along with our amazing Band Leadership) just reminded me of why we do what we do – not only supporting the band and growing a new generation of the Legacy, but also being amazing examples of what dedication, community, and selflessness looks like. Part of me wants to call out each individual who came, worked, donated, supported, and more but I know I would miss someone, so please take this as a personal thank you.

Raffle Drawing Video – As promised, here is the Facebook Live video of the raffle drawing and the winners along with their ticket numbers are listed below. Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

Raffle Winners:

  • Bluetooth Speaker – 830026 – Jeff Redding
  • Vivo Book – 830123 – Robert Moore
  • Webber Grill – 830050 – Kate McCullough
  • Yeti Cooler – 830022 – LeAnne Johnson

Dress Up Days and EAT at Moe’s!

  • Tuesday, August 4 – Section Day (sections dress alike) – Moe’s Spirit Night (5-8pm)
    • Since your students are practicing, this would be a great social for our parents
  • Thursday, August 6 – Walt Disney (Disney, Marvel, Star Wars)

Because we needed to cancel meals last week which impacted our local Moe’s directly, we would really appreciate everyone supporting Spirit Night this week! They have been a great supporter of the band, our band members, and our community!

2021 Trip Survey

We want to hear from you about next year’s trip! With everything going on, we believe it is important to know what our parents and students are thinking. Please fill this out once per family. Thank you again!

Upcoming Rehearsals- Split Arrival and Departure Times

In an effort to alleviate congestion at arrival and dismissal times for our voluntary August rehearsals and allow for more social distancing through smaller sectional rehearsals we will meet as follows:

Mondays (8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31):

  • 5 – 8pm: Percussion (Battery and Front Ensemble)
  • 6 – 9pm: Colorguard

Tuesdays and Thursdays (8/4, 8/6, 8/11, 8/13, 8/18, 8/20, 8/25, 8/27, 9/1, 9/3):

  • 5 – 8pm: Percussion/Flute/Clarinet/Trumpet/Mellophone
  • 6 – 9pm: Colorguard/All Saxophones and Bass Clarinets /Trombone/Baritone/Sousaphone

We will use the following rotation for rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks while we learn drill. Once drill is learned and the students can more easily maintain their social distance (they are written that way in the drill) – we will be able to practice the drills together later in the month. Below is a chart showing how we will be broken up, followed by a diagram of the various locations.

6:00 – 7:00pm
7:00 – 8:00pm
8:00 – 9:00pm
Front Ensemble Sectionals in Lot Sectionals in Lot Sectionals in Lot Off Campus by 8:15pm
Battery Drill (Stadium) Sectionals
Under visitors stands
Or tracking at the band field
Off Campus by 8:15pm
Basics (Stadium)
Field house endzone
Drill (Stadium) Sectionals
Trumpets/Mellos near MAC
Fl/Cl – Near Gym
Off Campus by 8:15pm
GuardArrive after 5:30Sectionals
Drill (Stadium)
Arrive after 5:30 Basics (Stadium)
Field house endzone
Drill (Stadium) Sectionals
Low Brass -near Gym
Low WWs – Near MAC
Rehearsal Breakdown for Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals
Map of rehearsal locations to increase social distancing

Safety Precautions – Review again please

Parents, thank you for continuing to go over these precautions with your child to help us to ensure all of our children’s safety.

Student Arrival

  • Students should report to the marching field with their equipment at the appropriate time wearing an acceptable face covering, which include masks, face shields, gaiters, etc. and proper athletic attire – hats, sunglasses, shorts, t-shirt, socks, and shoes.
  • The band room will open 30 minutes before the start of rehearsal. Any students who need to enter the band room for equipment will follow the following procedures:
    • Receive hand sanitizer at the door and continue wearing a mask at all times while inside the building.
    • Students will enter the band room at the front of the building and will line up on the blue tape (measuring 6 feet)
    • Students will exit the band room from the nearest alternative exit and will not exit the front of the building.
      • Alternative exits – hallway (winds), garage (large instruments/percussion), and upstairs (colorguard)
  • All students need a personal water bottle, preferably one that will keep their water cold. Something similar to the quart sized igloo water cooler is highly recommended. Although we will refrain from using the water fountains, we will allow access to the bottle filling stations so that students may refill their water cooler. We have 2 stations. Students will line up on the tapes to use the water station and exit via the hallway door. Please arrive with your water bottle filled to limit the need to use the filler stations. Students will not have access to the ice machine.
  • If on the band practice field please enter the band field via the bridge and receive hand sanitizer upon arrival.
  • If in the stadium, please enter by the gate closest to the band room and receive hand sanitizer as you enter the stadium.
  • Please do not arrive too early or late – we have staggered start and ending times to help ease the congestion created when we all started and stopped together. This is an effort to assist social distancing during these times.


  • It is highly encouraged for all students to take equipment home each day when possible to limit the traffic inside the band room as much as possible. All instruments are welcome to go home, but we understand some may be too large to transport everyday.
  • Any equipment that needs to be returned to the band room will be done in the same procedure as when students arrive.
    • Receive hand sanitizer at the door and continue wearing a mask at all times while inside the building.
    • Students will enter the band room at the front of the building and will line up on the blue tape (measuring 6 feet)
    • Students will exit the band room from the nearest alternative exit and will not exit the front of the building.
      • Alternative exits – hallway (winds), garage (large instruments/percussion), and upstairs (colorguard)
  • Please be sure to have a ride within 15 minutes of your dismissal time. In an effort to assist social distancing it is important that students do not hang out for an extended period of time after their practice is completed.

Other important notes

  • Anyone who has knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks should not participate.
  • Staff and students will be screened upon arrival and throughout the camps for signs of illness, such as fever over 100.4 ºF, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. It is important if you have symptoms to stay home and monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if they worsen or are severe.
  • Students who may show symptoms after arrival will be quarantined on campus until a parent can pick them up. If the student drove to rehearsal, a parent will be contacted and a parent will be contacted and arrangements will be made for them to return home.
  • Unnecessary visitors are prohibited and parents should remain in their vehicles while dropping off or picking up students.
  • Parents who need to visit the band room, should only visit the area closest to Ms. Dothard’s desk in the lobby.
  • Staff and students who enter the building will be required to wear an appropriate face covering at all times while in the building in addition to trying to maintain proper social distance.

Donations? Items Needed

  • Bottled water or $10 donation so we can buy more
    • Since we are not able to use the water coolers, we will use more bottled water than a typical year. All donations are appreciated.
  • Hand Sanitizer
    • We have had a good response, but we will be using quite a bit of sanitizer over the next few weeks. All donations are appreciated.
  • Sanitizing wipes
    • This is an area that we do not have as much of, any sanitizing wipes to help keep the storage rooms clean, etc. will help.

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Band Health Class – Please finish by Labor Day

Students have been working diligently all summer for the band health class which is completed online. Your child hasn’t started?! No worries, there is still time, but they need to start NOW. Many students have already completed the entire class! WAY TO GO! More information about the class can be found here. The class code is the code at the end of the title. Students use that code after signing in to Google Classroom (classroom.google.com) to gain access to the class content.

With the extension of the summer, we need to plan on having this class finished before Labor Day. Right now students may retake any exam to get a better grade, but after Labor Day students may only retake an exam that they did not pass. Students will be much happier not having to worry about the health class on top of their other studies.

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