Congratulations to the Marching Patriots on a fantastic season. The season ended this past Saturday at the VMBC Championship, with the Marching Patriots placing fourth in their class. It was another great performance from the band! While there was disappointment at not reaching the finals, everyone should be very proud of what this group of students has accomplished this year. All the hours of work created a fantastic show!
Thanks to all our seniors for your dedication to the program! We will miss each of you next year. We do expect that you will come visit next fall and encourage the next iteration of the Marching Patriots.
Thank you to Mr. LaPrade and all of the marching band staff for the endless hours you all have put into this group of students. Your own talents and passion have shone through this fall and we all appreciate it very much.
To all the volunteers this year, THANK YOU so very much for everything you did. From uniforms to pancakes, from picking up the food & drinks to serving that food & drinks and from carrying equipment to loading trucks, we supported this band in everything they did and needed. I appreciate you all putting up with my endless requests for more hands to help - and I appreciate all those that showed up to help out. We had a lot of new people helping this year - thanks for joining in the fun! We will have things to do throughout the rest of the year as we continue to support the band this year.
This is the last of the regularly scheduled "weekly" updates, but there will be messages on occasion about fundraisers, auditions, and concerts.
Football note: The football team ended their regular season on Friday. Their first playoff game is away at Riverbend. So, we will not be hosting a playoff game.
End of Marching Band Season - the Marching Band Olympics
The students have one more afternoon "rehearsal" scheduled for this Monday, November 8, until 5:30pm. This is the annual end of season tradition, with games and events for the students. At the end, we'll have some ice cream treats for them while they watch the show one more time.
Just a reminder of the upcoming events on the calendar.
November 11 Jazz Band Veterans Day Performance
November 17-19 – All State Jazz Event (selected Students) – Norfolk, VA
November 19 –Jazz Performance at Virginia Music Education Conference – Norfolk, VA
December 4 - All District Band Auditions (virtual)
December 12 - Holiday concert (3:30pm)
**Please note that the Holiday Jazz Band Dance originally scheduled for December 17 has been cancelled.
As always, the calendar can be found on the website at https://www.albemarleband.org/calendar.html#/
Our annual poinsettia sale is ongoing. Be sure to check with your student for the order form information, or check out the website: https://tinyurl.com/AHSBandPoinsettias Orders are due by Thursday, November 18!
Band Boosters Meeting
Next Boosters meeting is this Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm. Everyone is invited so please join us.
Thanks again for a great Marching Patriots season!