Greetings Bobcat Band Members!

I hope everybody has had a restful and enjoyable summer break! As we get ready to return to school, here is some important information regarding band camp and the beginning of the school year.

Firstly, Band Camp will be taking place at Central High School from 4pm-7pm, Monday, July 29th through Thursday, August 1st. In these daily mini camps, we will be focusing on music and marching fundamentals (indoors), as well as learning stand tunes and the music for our marching show. We will also take time on Monday to check out instruments to those who need them so that we can begin rehearsing. Please wear athletic clothing and footwear as we will be doing a lot of marching and moving. Anybody who is interested in being involved in band (whether experienced or brand new to playing an instrument) is invited to attend. Please invite any and all of your friends to join you!

0 Hour marching band rehearsals will begin on the first day of school, Monday, August 5. This year, we will rehearse from 6:40am-7:30am, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (no 0 hour rehearsals on Wednesdays due to staff meetings). This is 20 minutes earlier than last year. However, by ending promptly at 7:30, this will allow students adequate time to change clothing and grab breakfast before 1st hour. Additionally, we will have weekly afternoon/evening rehearsals. These will be on Tuesdays, and will operate from 3:30pm-6:30pm, or from 6pm-9pm, depending on the weather and stadium availability. During the first week of school, we will use morning rehearsals to continue working on music and marching fundamentals indoors. We will not have a Tuesday afternoon/evening rehearsal the first week of school.

IMPORTANT: Before we can participate as a marching band, or even hold outdoor practices/rehearsals, every band student who plans on participating in marching band MUST complete a sports physical, as well as register on "Register My Athlete." Central will host free onsite physicals on Saturday, August 10th. Those who have not completed their physicals by this date will be required to attend this event. ALL PHYSICALS MUST BE COMPLETE BY SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th!

Outdoor marching rehearsals during 0 hour will begin on Monday, August 12th. Any student who has not completed their physical or registered on Register My Athlete by this time will be at risk of removal from the class, as they will not be allowed to participate in rehearsals until this requirement is met. This is to ensure the safety/well-being of each member, as marching band activity can be very physically demanding.

Our first evening rehearsal will be on Tuesday, August 13th. More details to follow in the coming days.

Marching Band will be participating in 6 home football games, 2 marching band competitions, and the Phoenix Union Marching Band Festival. Participation in these events is mandatory for all marching band members. Dates and times of these events will follow in the coming weeks. Additional required events may arise with adequate notice given to members. These events will also be required, unless otherwise stated by the director.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached via email at weingartner@phoenixunion.org.

Thank you,

Kevin Weingartner

Director of Bands and Music Technology

Central High School