T.W.I.B.

"THIS WEEK IN BAND"

The Pennfield Panther Marching Band TAKES THE FIELD!

Week of 10-14-19

Week at a Glance

  • Monday, Candy Bar sale begins (HS only)
  • Monday, evening rehearsal for HS Band, 5:30-7:00pm.
  • Tuesday, Parent-teacher conferences, 2:45-5:45pm, Mr. Driver at the Middle School
  • Thursday, Parent-teacher conferences, 2:45-5:45pm, Mr. Driver at the High School
  • Thursday, 4-7pm, Concession stand workers needed for Freshmen game, Sign up here.
  • Friday, No School for students
  • Saturday, Marching Band Festival @ Jackson Northwest High School (details below)
  • Band Calendar (code: Pennfield)
  • Marching Band Schedule (one page printout)
  • Looking ahead
    • Saturday, November 16th, Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival (Charlotte)
    • Saturday, November 23rd, Battle Creek Christmas Parade (HS Band)
    • Thursday, December 5th, 6th Grade Band Concert and HS Christmas Concert


Homecoming Wrap-up

Wow, what a wet night! I hope you all have dried out and look back and smile at our experience from Friday night. In all my years of teaching, that was the most rain I've ever performed in. You band students are real troopers and I know the audience appreciated our performance. AND, congratulations to our Band Homecoming King AND Queen! Zach Crandall and Emma O'Donnell! 8th Grade students are reminded to pay for the flip-folder (15 dollars). Great job in the parade as well! I wish the Thursday parade weather would've carried over to Friday.

Marching Band Festival, Saturday, October 19th, Jackson NW High School

  • Click here for the detailed schedule and information, Click here to volunteer to bring water
        • 3:30-3:45pm Arrive to school and change into uniform, truck loading
        • 4:00pm Call up and Uniform Inspection (get your pants pinned early)
        • 4:15pm, Buses leave
        • 5:35pm, Band goes to warm up area at Jackson
        • 6:15pm, performance
        • 7:45pm, arrive back to Pennfield

Candy Bar Sale (HS only)

    • Band students wishing to sell candy bars in our fundraiser can check out their box or boxes on Monday. Once a student takes a box, they are responsible to sell the entire box. No individual bars will be taken back. Student earns entire profit of $30 per box sold. Selling is not required. Sale ends in two weeks or we could possibly order more if there is interest.

Amazon Wish List

    • Please consider helping the Band students by purchasing an item or two from the list linked below. It will ship right to school. Check the list often as it's updated with needs of the Band.

Amazon Wish List


Week of 10-7-19Week at a Glance (Homecoming!)Monday, evening rehearsal, 5:30-7:00 pm. This rehearsal includes 8th graders and will take place at the stadium. 8th graders should report to the middle school Band room by 5:30 pm to get their instruments and move to the stadium together. Parents must drop them off at the door nearest that Band room at the middle school. This is the same place they will be picked up at 7:00 pm. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the rehearsal at the stadium. Dress for the weather. It might be chilly.Wednesday, Parent-Teacher conferences. 4 pm to 7 pm. Mr. Driver will at the High School for this session.Wednesday, Band Booster Meeting, 6:30 pm, High School Band RoomThursday, Homecoming Parade, High School Band students will report to the Band room by 4:40 pm wearing their green Band shirts. The parade will begin at 5 pm.Friday, Homecoming Football Game, 3:30 report time for students in grades 8-12 to the High School Band room.Concessions stand workers needed. Click here to sign up. Football game is scheduled for 4:30 pmMore details belowBand Calendar (code: Pennfield)Marching Band Schedule (one page printout)Looking aheadSaturday, October 19th, Marching Band Festival at Jackson Northwest HS, see belowSaturday, November 16th, Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival (Charlotte)Saturday, November 23rd, Battle Creek Christmas Parade (HS Band) Thursday, December 5th, 6th Grade Band Concert and HS Christmas ConcertParent-Teacher ConferencesOctober 9th, 4-7pm (Mr. Driver at HS)October 15, 2:45-6:45pm (Mr. Driver at MS)October 17, 2:45-6:45pm (Mr. Driver at HS)High School parents can sign up for a time by clicking hereHomecoming Football Game, Friday, October 11th, 20198th grade students join the HS Band during pre-game and halftime of this football game. 8th grade students should wear athletic type shoes to march, and Pennfield clothes if they have them. Report to the HS band room by 3:30 pm. Students will stay for the entire game. During the 3rd quarter, students may visit the concession stand or see their friends. They will march back to the HS after the game and are to be picked up there at about 6:45-7:00pm. Marching Band Festival, Saturday, October 19th, Jackson NW High SchoolClick here for the detailed schedule and informationAmazon Wish ListPlease consider helping the Band students by purchasing an item or two from the list linked below. It will ship right to school. Check the list often as it's updated with needs of the Band. Amazon Wish List



Week of 9-30-19Week at a GlanceMonday, Evening Rehearsal. 5-7pm Students involved in sports practices should get to Band as soon as they can. Students who have transportation issues are allowed to stay at school (in the Band room) until rehearsal begins at 5 pm. Friday, Home Football Game **Note Time Changes** 4:30 pm kickoff, Student report 3:30 pmSenior Parent's Night introductions before the game at 4:15 on the track. Concessions help needed! Click here to sign up.Friday, 7th and 8th Grade Solo and Ensemble Sign up deadline (see below)Band Calendar (code: Pennfield)Marching Band Schedule (one page printout)Looking aheadMonday, October 7th, Rehearsal with 8th Grade, 5-7pm at the stadiumFriday, October 11th, Homecoming Football Game, Time TBASaturday, October 19th, Marching Band Festival at Jackson Northwest HS, Time TBAParent-Teacher ConferencesOctober 9th, 4-7pm (Mr. Driver at HS)October 15, 2:45-6:45pm (Mr. Driver at MS)October 17, 2:45-6:45pm (Mr. Driver at HS)High School parents can sign up for a time by clicking here7th and 8th Grade Solo and Ensemble7th and 8th grade students have the opportunity to play a solo, duet, or trio at Solo and Ensemble festival on November 16th in Charlotte. The cost is $12 per person per event. The deadline for sign-up is Friday, October 4th. Cash only in an envelope. Click this link to sign up. Money is due Friday, October 4th. Senior Band Night-October 4thBand Seniors and their parents will be introduced and honored on October 4th during the Pre-game ceremony. It is Hall of Fame night for the athletic department and in order to have time for all of our seniors AND and band performance, we need to do the senior night announcements at Pre-game. Seniors will meet their parents at 4:15 on the track in front of the stands. Senior band students: click this link to fill out a quick form to let me know who's coming with you and what your future plans may be.
Amazon Wish ListPlease consider helping the Band students by purchasing an item or two from the list linked below. It will ship right to school. Check the list often as it's updated with needs of the Band. Amazon Wish List








Week of 9-23-19Week at a GlanceMonday-6th hour, no marching outside. Clean up from Saturday, watch video***Evening Rehearsal, 5:30pm-8pm, Band/Soccer field, then indoors from 7-8 due to district specifications to end evening activities by 7 pm. This is due to our district's EEE safeguards.WednesdayConcession Stand Workers Needed for Rocket FootballClick here to sign up for the 4:30-6:30 pm shiftThursdayConcession Stand Workers needed for Freshmen/JV FootballClick here to sign up for the Freshmen Game (4:30pm-6:30pm)Click here to sign up for the JV Game (6:30pm-8:30 pm)Be aware that these game times could change due to the EEE safeguards put in place by our District this week.Band Calendar (code: Pennfield)Marching Band Schedule (one page printout)Information regarding Concession Stand worker shifts and sign-upsIn order to keep things organized, concession stand workers must sign up using the Charms links provided here in the TWiB and/or on the Band Facebook page. The Band Boosters are so grateful for the support in the concession stand. However, with limited space, it is most helpful to sign up using the Charms links so we can be sure to be fully staffed. We don't want to turn people away who want to help, but first preference will be given to those who have signed up via the Charms links. Rocket/Freshmen/JV Game-$10 to Band AccountVarsity Football-$20 to Band AccountMoney is credited to accounts at the end of the season (fall or spring)Middle School Band parents are encouraged to work and start building their child's Band account!Battle Creek InvitationalHere's a link to our performance filmed by Sandy Sinkler (thank you Sandy!) Pennfield BC Invite PerformanceThank you to the the families who provided water to the Band! We needed it! Here's the link to watch Friday night's performance.9-20-19 Marching PerformanceAmazon Wish ListPlease consider helping the Band students by purchasing an item or two from the list linked below. It will ship right to school. Check the list often as it's updated with needs of the Band. Amazon Wish ListParent-Teacher ConferencesOctober 9th, 4-7pmOctober 15, 2:45-6:45pmOctober 17, 2:45-6:45pmWashington, DC Trip 2020Letters were given to students this week who did make their September payment, or who have not paid the $375 to be current. Contact me right away if you need information on how to pay or to make arrangements. Email Mr. Driver at driverb@pennfield.netSenior Band Night-October 4thBand Seniors and their parents will be introduced and honored on October 4th during the Pre-game ceremony. It is Hall of Fame night for the athletic department and in order to have time for all of our seniors AND and band performance, we need to do the senior night announcements at Pre-game. Seniors will meet their parents at 6:40 on the track in front of the stands, then join the Band for the fight song and National Anthem. Senior band students: click this link to fill out a quick form to let me know who's coming with you and what your future plans may be.






Week of 9-16-19Week at a GlanceMonday, Marching Band Evening Rehearsal at Stadium, 6:30 to 8:30 pmFriday, Home Football Game, Student report time: 6:00 pm, full uniformsFriday, Concession Stand Workers needed for Varsity Game, Click here to sign-upSaturday, Battle Creek Invitational at CW Post Field. Read below for more detailsStudents report time: 1:15 pmPerformance time: 2:50 pmReturn to school: 4:00 pmClick here to sign up to bring water for the Band.Friday, October 4th, Home Football GameBand Calendar (code: Pennfield)Marching Band Schedule (one page printout)Battle Creek Marching Invitational1:15 pm-- Arrival, uniform check-out, truck loading 1:40 pm-- Band CALL UP time, dressed and ready1:55 pm-- Buses leave Pennfield2:05 pm-- Arrive, unload and go to warm up area2:50 pm-- Performance 3:40 pm-- Festival concludes 4:00 pm-- Buses return to PennfieldClick here for information and full day's informationAdmission is $5 for spectators and the profits fully support the Battle Creek Central Band Program.Amazon Wish ListPlease consider helping the Band students by purchasing an item or two from the list linked below. It will ship right to school. Check the list often as it's updated with needs of the Band. Amazon Wish ListWashington, DC tripThe 3rd payment of $125 is now late. Please make payment this week to remain current. Some students have not made the 2nd or 3rd payment. Contact me or check Charms to see your current balance for the DC trip. The next payment of $125 is the 2nd week of November.WMU Band DayThe Pennfield Panther Marching Band was well represented on Saturday at WMU Band Day at Waldo Stadium. Picture at the top of the TWiB! Thank you to these students for representing our Band and our school so well, and thank you to the parents who attended and helped make the day successful!Remember you can scroll down and read previous week's TWiBs.



Week of 9-9-19Week at a GlanceMonday, Marching Band Evening Rehearsal, 6:30pm to 8:30pmTuesday, Band Boosters Meeting, 6:30 pm, HS Band RoomThursday, Freshmen/JV Football (Concession Stand) Click here to sign up to volunteerBand Calendar (code: Pennfield)Next Home Football game: September 20thBattle Creek Invitational: September 21st, Performance time TBAMarching Band Schedule (one page printout)Amazon Wish ListPlease consider helping the Band students by purchasing an item or two from the list linked below. It will ship right to school. Check the list often as it's updated with needs of the Band. Thank you. We received some items this week again!Amazon Wish ListWashington DC Trip PaymentsThe 3rd DC Trip payment is due now. This is the 3rd $125 payment for the trip. Payments made this past week have not been entered into Charms yet. Make checks payable to Pennfield Bands.Chocolate SaleHS Band members will be selling World's Finest Chocolate this fall. The sale begins October 11th.


Week of 9-2-2019Week at a GlanceMonday, no school for Labor Day (no band rehearsal)Friday, Home Football Game and Concession stand event (see below for details)Band Calendar (code: Pennfield)Marching Band Schedule (one page printout)
Home Football Game HS band students will be wearing their full band uniforms this Friday at the home game. 9th grade students should plan to arrive at the band room by 5:30 pm with 10-12th grade students arriving by 6 pm. Shoes will be distributed this week, along with gloves. Returning band students should spend time this week cleaning up (or locating) their white band shoes. Plumes will be handed out to students and then returned following our performance. The Band stays the entire game and we typically return to the band room at about 9:15 pm. Students will be required to properly hang up their uniforms, return their plumes, store their hats, and take care of their shoes before leaving. Failure to do so will result in a lowering of their performance grade for the game.Concession Stand Click this link to sign up for this week's Varsity game. Thank you to the many workers who supplied the fans with food and drinks this past week at the game. (both days of the game!)Amazon Wish ListPlease consider helping the Band students by purchasing an item or two from the list linked below. It will ship right to school. Check the list often as it's updated with needs of the Band. Thank you. We received some items this week!Amazon Wish ListError Correction for 6th Grade Band.The 6th grade Band concert is on Thursday, December 5th, not December 6th as listed in their 6th Grade Band Packets. This is also the date of the High School Christmas concert. More on that to come!



Week of August 26th, 2019Week at a GlanceMonday-Open House at High School and Middle School, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pmMr. Driver will be at the Middle School until 6:15 pm. During Open House at the Middle School, Meyer Music will be there to rent instruments to 6th grade students who need them.Monday-Marching Band Rehearsal, 6:30pm-8:30 pm on the Band/Soccer field. Attendance is mandatory and counts as part of student grades.Thursday-Home Football GameHS students report to Band Room by 6 pm in their Band Camp shirts.Concession stand help is needed. Click this link to sign up. You earn $20 for a student's account by working a varsity game. Friday-no schoolLooking aheadWednesday, September 3rd, 3rd DC trip payment dueFriday, September 6th, Home Football Game, Band wears full uniformConcession stand help needed. Click this link to sign up.Band Calendar and ScheduleBand CalendarMarching Band Schedule (one page printout)Amazon Wish ListPlease consider helping the Band students by purchasing an item or two from the list linked below. It will ship right to school. Check the list often as it's updated with needs of the Band. Thank you.Amazon Wish List