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Schedule, Week of Sept 24

posted Sep 23, 2018, 12:36 PM by Ross Hecht

Robbinsville 2018 Wet Week! Bring Rain GEAR! 

Monday, September 24

5:00-8:00 - Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 26

2:15-4:15 – Percussion Sectional

5:00-8:00 - Full Rehearsal


Thursday, September 27

2:15-4:15 - Winds and Guard Sectional (Bring Sneakers, Stands Music, Marching clothes)

Friday, September 28, Football Game

3:00-5:00pm - Full Rehearsal

5:00pm-6:15 - Eat and put on uniforms/prepare for game

6:15pm - Line-up to march to field

6:45ish - Pre-game performance

7:00pm - Kick-off

Half-time - Performance of Extraordinary

3rd Quarter - Band Break; members can eat (Baked goods and water provided by band parents)

Dismissal - After Game Ends; dismissed from band room, usually 9:30pm-10pm. Remind text will be used.

Saturday, September 29 - Tentative; subject to minor changes ^

9:00am – Rehearsal 

12:30pm- Eat, Pack, Load (EPL)

2:20pm - Depart AHS

2:50pm- Arrive at  Robbinsville High School

4:50pm – Performance at Robbinsville High School

7:50pm - Awards

9:00pm - ETA at AHS

Competition Information:

(Parents: Please make sure you are signed up for the Remind Text Message system to receive the most updated arrival times back at Allentown High School on Competition Nights. Text @Redbird123 to the following #: 81010



155 Robbinsville - Edinburg Rd 

Robbinsville, NJ 08691






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Available for purchase at stadium as well. 

Schedule, Week of Sept 17

posted Sep 16, 2018, 7:52 AM by Ross Hecht

Please remember to bring your completed dotbook and water to all rehearsals. Please also make sure you are wearing appropriate rehearsal clothing - sneakers, gym clothes, etc. Jeans do not allow us to do our job correctly. Also note that Thursday, you should bring your uniform top and shako to rehearsal. 

Monday, September 17

2:15-4:15 - PIT sectional

5:00-8:00 - Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 19

No rehearsal - No School

Thursday, September 20

2:15-4:15 – Woodwind/Brass/Guard Sectional

4:00-5:00 - Drumline Sectional (going right through, break/eat dinner/HW 2-4pm)

5:00-8:00 - Full Rehearsal (Please bring UNIFORM TOPS AND SHAKOS to stadium for rehearsal)

Friday, September 21 (Friday Football)

3:00-5:00pm - Full Rehearsal

5:00-6:15 - Eat and put on uniforms/prepare for game

6:15 - Line-up to march to field

6:45 - Pre-game performance

7:00pm - Kick-off

Half-time - Performance of Extraordinary

3rd Quarter - Band Break; members can eat (Baked goods and water provided by band parents; sign up to donate by clicking here

Dismissal - After Game Ends; dismissed from band room, usually 9:30pm-10pm. Remind text will be used.


Saturday, September 22 - Tentative; subject to minor changes ^

9:30am - Rehearsal 

1:10pm - Eat, Pack, Load (EPL)

3:10pm - Depart AHS

3:50pm - Arrive at Brick Memorial

5:50pm - Performance

7:50pm - Awards

9:15pm - ETA at AHS

Competition Information


Brick Memorial High School

2001 Lanes Mill Rd

Brick, NJ, 08724

More Information/Schedule

Click Here


Available for purchase at the gate, usually not very expensive


Available for purchase at competition


Schedule, week Sept 10

posted Sep 9, 2018, 12:01 PM by Ross Hecht

Edison High School Schedule

Monday, September 10

No Rehearsal

Tuesday, September 11

5-8 - Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 12

2:15-4:15 – Percussion

5:00-8:00 - Full Rehearsal


Thursday, September 13

2:15-4:15 - Winds/Guard Sectional

Friday, September 14

No Rehearsal


Saturday, September 15 - Tentative; subject to minor changes ^

9:00am - Rehearsal

12:15pm - Eat, Pack, Load (EPL)

2:45pm - Depart AHS

3:30pm - Arrive at Edison HS

5:50pm - Performance

9:20pm - Awards

10:30pm - ETA at AHS (REMIND will be used to notify you of our EXACT return time) Sign up by texting @redbird123 to 81010

Competition Information


Edison High School

50 Blvd. of Eagles

Edison, NJ 08817

More Information/Schedule

Click Here 



Available for purchase at the gate, usually not very expensive. Families are encouraged to attend! The band hears you cheer! 


Available for purchase at competition


-Bring your uniform and all belongs for the day in the morning

-Remember, you need LONG black socks and your Show Shirt under your uniform

-You can bring a jacket and leave it on the bus

-Bring some money for concessions, etc. 

Important first football game info!

posted Sep 6, 2018, 4:32 PM by Ross Hecht

For the first football game, we will be wearing the following:

All, bring a 1 gallon water jug with you to school. I recommend bringing dinner with you and leaving in your cooler so you can eat at 2 or 5. The5pm break is very short. Color Guard, you will be using that 5pm break to do makeup and hair, etc. Please plan an advance. 

Pick up will be around 9:30

Winds, Battery, Pit
Show Shirt
Shorts (preferably khaki, but jean shorts will be fine) - no "basketball" shirts
Sneakers (normal socks for sneakers).

Color Guard:
Black bottoms, (non jeans)
Solid Black T-Shirt
Jazz Shoes, (black socks)

Contact Ms. Freeman if you have any issues

Schedule, Week of 9/3

posted Sep 3, 2018, 3:53 PM by Ross Hecht

First Day of School/Football 

First day of school is fast approaching! I hope you have an excellent first day and remember to stop in and say hello. We do start our rehearsals on the first day of school. If you are in Symphonic Band, reminder we are playing on Wednesday!  Couple of quick reminders: 

  • You can drop off your belongings in the band room on Wednesday morning before classes start - it will be open. 
  • Remember to bring music, instrument, and WATER to all rehearsals
  • For pit/percussion sectionals - I recommend bring dinner with you to school or having a parent drop something at 4pm for you. That is a fast hour and you are expected to be on time to the 5pm rehearsal. 

Monday, September 3

No Rehearsal - Labor Day

Wednesday, September 5

2:15-4:15 – Percussion (Drumline and Pit) Sectional

5:00-8:00 - Full Rehearsal

Thursday, Sept. 6

2:20-4:20 - Woodwind/Brass/Color Guard Sectional (bring sneakers, pep band music, show music, drill)

Friday, Sept. 7, First Football Game*

3:00-5:00pm - Full Rehearsal

5:00pm-6:10 - Eat and put on uniforms/prepare for game

6:10pm - Line-up to march to field

6:45ish - Pre-game performance of Star Spangled Banner

7:00pm - Kick-off

Half-time - First performance of Extraordinary

3rd Quarter - Band Break; members can eat (Baked goods and water provided by band parents)

9:30-10 - Dismissal - After Game Ends; dismissed from band room, usually 9:30pm-10pm. Remind text will be used.

Saturday, 9/8

8:00-5:00pm - Full Band

*Notes about Friday

  • You are with the band starting at 3:00pm. We have a brief rehearsal, then we have a quick break. After that, we go to the Football game and perform.
  • Many students eat right after school before rehearsal. The Eat and Uniform time is very quick and a lot is going on during that time.
  • Winds – REMEMBER to please go to your local instrument store and purchase a lyre and flip folder. Bring your instrument with you if possible to get the right “fit” (especially trumpets and saxes). Music and Arts, Freehold Music, and Russo’s Music are very good spots to go. Ask for a "flip folder and lyre"


REMINDER: Rehearsals below on are different days to make up for days where there is no school. You are required to attend. All rehearsals were posted starting at the May meeting. 

TUESDAY, September 11

5:00-8:00 - Full Rehearsal; mandatory 

THURSDAY, September 20

2:15-4:15 – Winds/Guard/Percussion Sectional

5:00-8:00 - Full Rehearsal

A look ahead...

posted Aug 27, 2018, 11:29 AM by Ross Hecht

Schedule for the coming week:

Monday, August 27 
5-8 - Full Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, August 29
2-5 - Full Band Rehearsal

A look ahead... (we jump right in!)

Once the school year starts, bring your band equipment to the bandroom in the morning before 1st block bell rings. Store on the shelves and in the lockers! 

Monday,  September 3
Labor Day - No Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 4 - First Day of School
2:15-4:15pm - Drumline/Pit Sectional (bring dinner with you)
5:00-8:00pm - Full Band Rehearsal

Thursday, September 5 - 2nd day of school
2:15-4:15pm - Woodwind/Brass/Colorguard Sectional

Friday, September 6 - Friday Football! 
3:00-5:00pm - Full Band Rehearsal
5:00-6:00pm - Change/Eat Dinner (bring dinner with you)
6:00-9:30pm - Football Game, half time performance, stands music
9:30pm - pick up

Saturday, September 7th 
8:00-5:00pm - Full Band Rehearsal

Band Camp Prep

posted Aug 18, 2018, 9:44 AM by Ross Hecht

Hello Band Camp! 

As a reminder:
  • 1 gallon water jug, sneakers, hat, suntan lotion, lunch - all members - no exception
  • Monday is "super hero" day. Ask your section leader what that means! 
  • Bring music, pencil, binder with plastic sleeves
  • Monday-Friday - 8am-5pm. Remember to arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes early to prepare. We call to attention at 8am on the practice field, which means you must leave time to go to the band room to grab belongings and look at the schedule

Help Needed! 
Band Camp BBQ

Here we go! 2018!

posted Jun 26, 2018, 4:56 PM by Ross Hecht

Hello all! 

When one year ends, another begins! The first rehearsal of the 2018-2019 rehearsal is this Wednesday, June 27th, 6-9pm. 

If you cannot attend this rehearsal, or any rehearsal, please remember to fill out a conflict request form for each rehearsal. The online form can be found at allentownredbirdband.org

To get ready, please consult the list below:

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early
  • Dress in light, gym clothes, and sneakers
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Bring your Instrument if you have it. Wind players, please let me know if you need to borrow an instrument (i.e. trombone, etc.)
  • Bring a 1" binder, plastic sleeves, and a pencil
  • Please enter through the band driveway entrance - look for the Band truck, near the tennis courts.

WANTED: We are still looking for someone to play piano/synth. If you know someone who might fit that bill - bring them to the first rehearsal without commitment! Anyone who has not signed up yet, can still sign up and come to the first rehearsal - spread the word! 

Email me with questions! See you soon!! 

End of year wrap!

posted May 31, 2018, 4:41 AM by Ross Hecht

  • Uniforms are due! Please wash and return all uniform parts ASAP. 

  • Seniors: All instruments/lyres will be collected this week. Please bring them to school. 

  • 2018-2019 Marching Band: Time to register! Click the link above!

Memorial Day

posted May 22, 2018, 6:23 AM by Ross Hecht

Memorial Day Email

Hi all,

As we prepare for the Memorial Day Parades in Millstone/Allentown, please read carefully:

If you live in Millstone, you can meet us in Millstone at 8:30am BUT I must receive an email letting me know you are meeting us. Please note, you will need to be picked up from Allentown HS later in the day though. 


7:30 - Report to AHS IN FULL UNIFORM

8:00 - Depart AHS for Scooters Corner, Millstone

8:20 - Arrive in Millstone

9:00 - Roads Close in Millstone

9:30- Parade steps off

10:15 - EVERYBODY onto busses to Allentown (remain in uniform)

10:45 - off the bus in Allentown and begin marching in Allentown Parade

11:30 - Memorial Service outside of Newell Elementary Begins

12:30 - Rough dismissal time from AHS (no return bus to Millstone)

If taking the bus from Allentown, please arrive at Allentown HS no later than 7:30. (Percussion and Sousas, if you could get here around 7:15 to help load the truck, that would be much appreciated! Everyone is invited to help!)

If meeting us in Millstone, I must receive an email stating that! 

A couple of important reminders for the parade:

  1. You must wear your WHITE “When one door closes” shirt under your uniform. 
  2. Please arrive in your uniform (washed and fitting!)
  3. Hydrate the night before
  4. If you are meeting us in Millstone, please arrive at Scooter’s Corner at 8:30. (We are warming up on the grass across the street from the shop.  I won’t know the exact location until I arrive with the Allentown buses.)
  5. Pick up from Allentown will be around 12:30-1pm. I will use Remind as much as possible to get the word out. 
  6. No one can drive between Millstone and Allentown - everyone takes the bus. There is no return bus to Millstone. Everyone is picked up from Allentown. 

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