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New website

posted Jan 17, 2016, 10:45 AM by Ann Taft

We have a new website!

Visit and bookmark the new Perry Instrumental Music Program page at

and follow us on Facebook at

This google site will no longer be updated with new information.

Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraiser

posted Jan 7, 2016, 11:51 AM by Ann Taft

Perry Band Students will once again participate in the ever-popular Little Caesars Pizza Kit fundraiser which continues through January 25. The 8th - 11th grade students will be earning money towards their 2016 Band Camp. Profits from students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 12 will help with the general needs of the band program.

NEW! We can now accept credit/debit card payments at www.pizzakit.com.
  • Click on "Products" then "Shop"
  • Select "Ship My Order to the Group"
  • Verify Fundraiser ID #301376 to link the sale to Perry Band Boosters
  • Customer can now select the items they wish to order and pay securely with a Visa or Mastercard. Please make sure your name is provided in the "Seller Name" field on checkout page so that you get credit!
If not using the online option, students will need to collect payment at the time of the order with checks made payable to: Perry Bands.

Our delivery date is Tuesday, February 9 in the high school cafeteria from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. We will need volunteers to help on the day of delivery. If you could donate some of your time on this day please call Nancy Wilhelm at 490-1108 or put a note stating so when your order is turned in.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Perry Middle School Band Students Earn Medals

posted Jan 4, 2016, 7:34 AM by Ann Taft   [ updated Jan 4, 2016, 9:18 AM ]

A group of Perry Middle School band students performed at District V Junior High Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, December 5 at Perry High School.

Performing a prepared piece of music before an adjudicator and receiving 1st division ratings were:

  • Allison Alford, clarinet solo
  • Parker Lewis, alto saxophone solo
  • Madilynn McCann, clarinet solo
  • Andrew McConnell, tuba solo
  • Matthew Menig, clarinet solo
  • Clay Sawyer, trombone solo
  • Calisa Stevens, flute solo
  • Jillian Manzo and Embre Willson, clarinet duet
  • Seth Beardslee, Kyle Taft, and Jerry Lloyd, percussion trio

Receiving 2nd division ratings were:

  • Shannon Grooms, baritone solo
  • Madilyn Mahoney, baritone saxophone solo
  • Ryan O'Neill, snare solo
  • Ethan Smith, oboe solo
  • Emma Bedes and Madilyn Mahoney, woodwind duet
  • Bryce Daniel and Alex Scovill, trumpet duet

Christmas Concerts

posted Dec 4, 2015, 4:36 PM by Ann Taft   [ updated Dec 12, 2015, 9:19 AM ]

The Perry Instrumental Music Department announces the 8th-Grade and High School Bands will present their Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 8 and the 5th-, 6th- and 7th-Grade Bands will perform on Tuesday, December 15.

Both concerts begin at 7:30pm in Jacklyn Hurd Auditorium of Perry High School and are open to the public, free of charge.

Handouts that are being sent home with students are attached to this announcement. They contain student report times and all of the information necessary for students to be informed on the upcoming Christmas concerts.

High School Solo and Ensemble Festival

posted Dec 1, 2015, 5:23 PM by Ann Taft   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 5:25 PM ]

We would like to encourage your son/daughter to participate in the upcoming MSBOA District V Solo and Ensemble Festival. It will take place at Owosso High School, on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. Your son/daughter may participate in up to 3 events (only one of which can be a solo, unless multiple solos are done on different instruments).

Solo and Ensemble Festival is a wonderful experience for our students. In short, the student selects a piece of music for a solo, duet, trio, etc., with the help of the director. The students then work towards as musical of a performance as possible. They may receive help by whatever means. I am available to coach students after school by making appointments. I would suggest that the students get together with me, or a qualified coach, at least 3 – 4 times before the day of the festival. On the day of the festival the student performs at their scheduled time in front of a judge. The judge will evaluate the student’s performance by awarding a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th division rating (1st being the highest possible rating). If the student achieves a 1st or 2nd division rating they will be given a medal for their fine accomplishment.

To participate in the festival, I need you to complete a registration form for each event in which the student will be involved. You will also need to include the fee for each event when returning the registration form. I need to receive all registrations by Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 in order to schedule your son/daughter. Parents, you and/or your son/daughter will be responsible for their own transportation.

The registration form is available at school or you can download a PDF version below. There is also a very helpful "Solo and Ensemble Preparation Checklist" that will help the student with the entire process.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Ernst at your convenience.

Candy Bar Sale Begins

posted Dec 1, 2015, 4:50 PM by Ann Taft   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 5:26 PM ]

Starting now until May 1st, 2016, the Perry Band department will be selling candy bars. This is the first "Band Camp" specific fundraiser. Any 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade band member who sells a box of candy will be credited with $18.00 towards their Band Camp 2016 fee.

In order for your son/daughter to check out a box of candy they must first fill out a "Candy Order Form" signed by their parent or legal guardian. They can obtain this form at school or print the PDF attached below. After the student turns the completed and signed form into Mr. Ernst or Mrs. Wilhelm, we will fill their order and the student may begin selling.

If a student checks out a box of candy they are agreeing to sell the entire box. Once they have sold the entire box of candy they will need to turn in $52.00. Afterwards, they may check out another box. In most cases we would like to stay with a one box at a time policy. If, however, the student has a parent who works in a place where sales will go fast, the parent may request to check out more than one box at a time.

5th, 6th, 7th and 12th grade band members are encouraged to sell as well. If you should have any questions please contact Mr. Ernst at your convenience.

Luncheon for Solo & Ensemble

posted Nov 24, 2015, 6:30 PM by Ann Taft

Perry will be hosting the MSBOA District V Junior High Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, December 5 and will be providing a luncheon for the judges and MSBOA workers. If you'd be willing to contribute a dish for the luncheon please contact Nancy Wilhelm at nancy_wilhelm923@hotmail.com or (517)490-1108. Thank you!

Poinsettias for Christmas Concerts

posted Nov 24, 2015, 5:38 PM by Ann Taft

It's almost time for the annual Christmas concerts and the Perry Band Boosters would like to request your help in making the stage festive. Supporters of the Perry Band Program can help by donating a poinsettia plant to adorn the stage. The poinsettias will be enjoyed at both the 8th grade & high school bands' concert and the 5th, 6th, & 7th grade bands' concert the following week.

Poinsettias can be dropped off upon entering the 8th grade & high school bands' concert on Tuesday, December 8, or at the high school band room before 3:30pm on Monday, December 7 or before 3:30pm on Tuesday, December 8.

Donations are very much appreciated!

Band Apparel Sale

posted Nov 18, 2015, 6:24 PM by Ann Taft   [ updated Nov 20, 2015, 10:34 AM ]

The Perry Band Boosters are currently offering an apparel sale including Perry Bands t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants.

Orders and payment are due by Monday, November 23. Please note that there will be no late orders accepted due to time constraint.

Anyone with questions about the apparel sale or interested in gift orders may contact Nancy Wilhelm at (517)490-1108.

Copies of the order form can be printed from the PDF file attached to this announcement.

Band Camp 2016

posted Nov 4, 2015, 7:23 AM by Ann Taft   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 5:29 PM ]

Members of next year's high school band should note that band camp is scheduled for:

Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Saturday, August 6, 2016

We will be having our informational meeting for Band Camp 2016 on February 1st, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., in the Perry High School Band Room.  More information to come.

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