Marching Storm News and Information

WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:  This is where weather related announcements will be placed if there is a change to our schedule.  If this message is showing, our schedule is on as planned.



Page Update-5.1.18

DUE BY MAY 5

STUDENT HEALTH FORM

SPIRIT WEAR ITEMS

ALL UNIFORM ACCESSORIES
(Compression Shirt, Gloves, Shoes, etc)

ONLINE REGISTRATION


HOW TO JOIN

2018 SUMMER SEASON BEGINS!

This summer we will be performing HOUDINI as our show theme.  There will be exciting music, formations and action in this show.  To see our summer promotional video, click the link below!

Video Link HERE


2018 FINAL CALENDAR 

APRIL CALENDAR

MAY CALENDAR UPDATED! 5.1.18

JUNE CALENDAR UPDATED! 5.1.18

There may be minor changes to the calendar between the publish date on the calendar and the beginning of the season.  Please check back often to compare publishing dates.


INTEREST MEETING INFORMATION 2018

Rather than a powerpoint, this year you are getting the information in a newsletter format.  This newsletter is in the same style as all Marching Storm Updates will come to you.  Your membership registration information will give us your email communication address.  This is where all future Marching Storm Update newsletters will be sent.  All newsletters will be archived on the right column under "Smore Newsletter Archive".

Information Link HERE

JOINING THE MARCHING STORM 2018
To become a member of the 2018 MARCHING STORM you need to do three basic things:

1.  Audition
2.  Register
3.  Pay the Activity Fee

The audition information is below.  Please read the instructions on how to audition.  The REGISTRATION LINK is HERE.  Please complete anytime.  You do not need to complete auditions to register.  Registration simply gives us fundamental information about you and your parents.  It is a simple Google Form that you complete online.  Registration is open to students in the Sauk Rapids-Rice School system from grade 8 through grade 12.

Honor Guard, Color Guard and sometimes Drum Line members can come from outside of the band program.  Friends, brothers, sisters, etc are welcomed to join us and learn how to be a valuable member of the MARCHING STORM!

Activity Fee payment can happen in a couple different ways.  
1.  Pay online using our SCHOOL WEBSITE REVTRAK LINK.
2.  Drop off the activity fee to the High School Activities Office. 

DO NOT GIVE YOUR ACTIVITY FEE PAYMENT TO ANY MARCHING BAND STAFF MEMBERS.  


MARCHING BAND AUDITIONS

All students wishing to be a part of the Marching Storm will need to audition.  Auditions will serve to allow the staff the opportunity to see and hear your skills.  They will also have a better means of identifying students with more than one set of skills.  Students are encouraged to audition in multiple areas so the staff can select students for positions that best serves the entire unit.

Auditions will happen in small groups.  You are encouraged to audition with another person and then there needs to be a veteran marcher in your audition group too.  The best option is to have your section leader audition with you.  Most section leaders will be at rookie practice so you can learn who they are, and talk with them about selecting an audition time.

If you are auditioning for more than one instrument or equipment, make sure to sign-up with that section leader for a time too. 

Students need to do 3 things to audition for the MARCHING STORM.  Please see below:
1.  Attend our Information Meeting and Fundamental Practices. 
2.  Complete an Audition Application form [Found HERE] 
(Notice: This form needs to be printed out and turned in when you audition.) 
3.  Sign up for an audition time slot [HERE!].


COLORGUARD AUDITION INFORMATION

Students auditioning for the Colorguard will showcase basic skills through a flag warmup routine and fundamental across the floors.  Across the floors demonstrated will include jazz runs, chasses, and sautes.  The flag warmup will consist of flag basics blended together and spun to the song Roar by Katy Perry.  All of the skills needed to audition will be taught in the basics practice and marching workshops.

MARCHING STORM HEALTH FORM

Students members must have a health form on file when they march with the MARCHING STORM.  Please download this form, fill it out online, print it, sign it and turn it in by Sunday, May 21.




MARCHING STORM ATTENDANCE POLICY



PICTURE DAY ORDER FORM

(Updated information coming soon!)
Picture day will be Friday, June 9 at 1:00 pm at the middle school.  We will load the trailer on Thursday night after practice and meet at the middle school for pictures then a brief practice before the Performance Preview event.

We are again using Jen Thompson photography to offer pictures of the summer marching band to students and families.  Please view and download the form for ordering photos.  As always, bring the form and money to the photo shoot day and give both to Jen Thompson.  Thank you.
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UNIFORM FITTING INFORMATION

(Updated Information Coming Soon)
There will be two dates for students to come in and get their uniform fitting completed.  They are Saturday, May 6, 9a-1p; and Sunday, May 7, 4-6p.  
Sign up for your uniform fitting time HERE
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UNITY NECKLACE COLORS CODE 

Yellow = 6th Grade participant
Light Green = 7th Grade participant
White = 8th Grade participant
Black = 9th Grade participant
Dark Green = 10th Grade participant
Gold = 11th Grade participant
Star = Super Senior

COMMUNICATION

WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION

The primary resources for the Marching Storm are as follows:

  1. Our Web Page. This is where stagnant information will be kept. Our purpose for the Marching Storm web page is to be the anchor for basic information about our program. Things like parade dates, load and leave times, contact information for both staff and adult volunteers, etc. The URL for our web page is www.marchingstorm.com.

  2. Smore Newsletters. This will be the place for updates on information that needs to reach students and parents with details and specifics about our season. A print copy will be available at practices if you do not have internet access. The newsletter is email based. It is very convenient for us to include links to download forms, include current photos of students in action and more. When you are asked to share an email address, please choose the one you use frequently so the information can reach you in a timely manner.

  3. Charms Office. Charms is a resource website we use to manage our student accounts. As parents make payments into Charms, the students account is credited with the payment information. This helps us track payments for spirit wear and trip payments. IMPORTANT: The activity fee payment for marching band goes directly to the high school office. Marching band parents, directors or volunteers are not suppose to take activity fee payments. (More information will be shared about activity fees on April 12)

  4. Marching Storm Facebook group. If you use Facebook, we have a group that you can join to post quick questions that are important to you. The network of students and parents who are members of this group always are willing to offer supportive ideas and information to those who ask. To join this group, search for "The Official Marching Storm group". It is a closed group so you will have to ask to become a member. If you are an 8th grade parent or student, please send Mr. Campbell an email notifying him you are requesting to be a member of the group. That will help him recognize your name when it appears as a membership request.

  5. Remind. The texting service will be used only if there is an important message that needs to be sent out to students and parents. Details like severe weather changes, or when buses will be expected at the high school after parades. We may also choose to send out reminders about dates like when activity fees are due or when uniform fittings are scheduled. That information will be posted on our web page soon.  To join the Marching Storm REMIND service, text @2018mstorm to the number 81010.

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PARENT VOLUNTEER FORM

Parents should complete the "Parent Volunteer Form."

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PARENT BACKGROUND CHECK

All parent volunteers need to complete a background check through our school system.  The background check is good for 3 years.  There is a small cost to complete it, but it is necessary for those who are chaperoning, driving trailer, working with uniforms and more.  The link for the background check is HERE

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ADULT TRAILER DRIVER FORM

Adults who wish to volunteer to drive the Band Trailer need to complete THIS form.  Please turn it into Mr. Campbell when you have it completed.
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PARENT LEADERSHIP TEAM

The following parents are helping lead the efforts of the 2017 Marching Storm.  Leadership positions are key to our organization operating with a coordinated effort for all students involved.  Deep thanks to all who are willing to serve.  Should you have any questions about being on one of the teams of parents, please communicate with the leaders identified below:
  • Uniform Coordinators:
    • Jennifer Julius-jbjulius@hotmail.com
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  • Chaperone Coordinators:
    • Judy Hackett-shawnett@jetup.net
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  • Photography/Videography Coordinator:
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  • Performance Preview Coordinators:
    • Jennifer Julius-jbjulius@hotmail.com 
    • Tracey MacDonald-tracey3@charter.net
    • Rich MacDonald-ramacdonald@stcloudstate.edu
  • Spiritwear Coordinators:
    • Diane Brand (in training)-opiebrand@msn.com
  • Fundraising Coordinators:
    • Joan Frerich-officejoan9@yahoo.com 
    • Judy Hackett-shawnett@jetup.net
  • Trailer Driver Coordinator:
    • Diane Brand-opiebrand@msn.com
  • Program Coordinator:
    • Joan Frerich-officejoan9@yahoo.com 

Marching Arts Parent Meeting
November 26, 7:00 pm
Agenda HERE

Marching Arts Parent Meeting
December 16, 7:00 pm
Agenda HERE

Marching Arts Parent Meeting
February 1, 7:00 pm
Agenda HERE

EXTRA! EXTRA!

Coyote Moon Fundraiser!

We are so excited to share that Coyote Moon has opened up to offering us a Dinner fundraiser.  It will be on Sunday, April 29, 2018.  This will be a major fundraising push for our program.  Save the date, encourage family and friends to join us and support the Marching Storm!

Link to Parade Scores online

Smore Newsletter Archive

Event Load/Leave times

Click Here

SPIRIT WEAR WEB LINK

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WOODWIND AND BRASS AUDITION MATERIAL

Select the files from below to practice for Marching Storm Winds or Brass Audition. Winds and Brass include Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, and Tuba.


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AUDITION VIDEO HELP
Please view this video to assist in the planning and preparation of your Marching Band Audition.  

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SECTION LEADERS 2018

Drum Majors: Maria Frerich and Nathan Wollak
Honor Guard: TBD
Guard: Olivia Osterman, Isabelle Gibbs
Flute: Lydia Symanetz
Clarinets: Elizabeth Julius
Alto Saxes: Logan Chantry
Tenor Saxes: Catherine Julius
Horns: Ryan Burgardt
Trumpets: Kade Patterson
Trombones: Nevaeh Braucks
Low Brass: Ben Brinkman
Drumline: Andrew Wennekamp

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WARM-UP BOOK 

Below are links to the warm-up patterns we will use this summer. Please download them and begin memorizing them.
Alto Sax: HERE 
Baritone B.C.: HERE
Baritone T.C.: HERE
Clarinet: HERE
Flute: HERE 
Horn: HERE 
Tenor Sax: HERE 
Trombone: HERE 
Trumpet:  HERE 
Tuba: HERE

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WIND SECTION MARCH AND PLAY AUDITION SEQUENCE

Using Audition piece #2, march this sequence:
  • 8 Forward March
  • 8 Halt
  • 4 Forward March
  • 8 Back March
  • 4 Forward March
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SUMMER MUSIC LISTENING FILES 

Videos for Brass
  • Air and Embouchure Click HERE
  • Articulation Click HERE