Change to the Band Picnic Date and Other Important Updates

posted Aug 12, 2015, 8:36 PM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Aug 12, 2015, 8:36 PM ]
Laura Hendry, Wednesday, 8/12/2015

Dear Marching Band Parents,

I am looking forward to seeing all of you next week as we start the pre-season with band camp! Below are some important updates and information for you:


Due to scheduling conflicts with the venue, we have had to move the picnic to a new date and time:  Friday August 21 from 5-8pm at Bartlem Park across from the high school.  We will supply the burgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, chips, condiments, and drinks.  Food will be ready at 5pm.  Band camp will end in time for the band to go to the park to eat.  Parents may arrive anytime 5pm and after.  Food will be ready!  We hope you will be able to join us.  If your band member is unable to attend the picnic, pick-up will be at 5pm at the school.  If you are unable to attend the picnic, pick-up is no later than 8pm at Bartlem Park.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to me at and Jeff and Gina Shankman at, with the number of attendees (band members and parents) and if you are able to being a dessert.  We need a finalized headcount for the food.


We will hold our first BPA meeting at 7pm on Thursday August 20th in the Auditorium.  All band parents are welcome to attend.  The meeting will cover important information on the program, financials, fundraising, operations/logistics during the season, and chaperone and volunteer opportunities.  You will have the opportunity to sign up during the meeting.  We will adjourn at 8:15pm to watch our band perform.  If it is raining, we will meet in the Band Room as the band will be indoors and using the auditorium to practice.  BPA meetings will be held throughout the year on a monthly basis.  We may hold additional meetings in advance of our big events to facilitate planning and communication.


Band individual, section, and group photos will be taken on Thursday morning August 20th from 8:30 to 12:30.  Mr. Kuhner will provide a schedule shortly of when each section needs to report to the school.  The Quartermaster will be available during the first few days of band camp for uniform fittings and will be available on picture day.  Order forms will be available during band camp.


All of the required forms have been emailed and are available on the site. If you have not mailed them in advance, please bring the completed forms with any checks to band camp on the first day.  The forms can be handed in to our faithful volunteers or they can be placed in the band drop box.  Please let us know if you have any questions on the forms.  If you are unsure how to complete a form, we will have a few parents there on the first day or two of band camp to collect forms and answer questions  - or you can call or email me!   We will have some extra forms on hand.  The Drum Major, Anne Bartram, has also contacted the band members directly about the importance of completing the forms and other information on band camp.


Please be sure that your band member has lunch before coming to camp, plenty of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses if needed, and WATER.  We will have our mobile water unit “shark” available but it is very important that each member has a jug or water bottle of his or her own as the band often practices in separate areas by section.  A small cooler to hold water, snacks and dinner meal (unless you plan to drop off dinner) is also recommended.

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Again, I look forward to seeing you next week and to a great season!

Laura Vuolo Hendry

President CHSMRB BPA