May Update

posted May 4, 2010, 5:52 AM by Eric Drew   [ updated May 4, 2010, 8:06 AM ]

Key Info: NYC Trip, Band Banquet, All-City Band Festival, Memorial Day

Dear Whalers,

May is here already and the end of the school year is coming very quickly.  The last few months have passed with successful concerts and fundraisers, most recently our Spaghetti Supper at Cyd’s Creative Kitchen.  It is wonderful to see the sense of unity and comeraderie building in the band while our musicianship continues to develop.  As this month progresses I hope we will bring that development to an even higher level.

The band has several events this month to be ready for.  The first is our trip to New York City to see Phantom of the Opera.  There are still open seats for both students and adults, so please tell anyone interested to contact me for more information.  We need to fill the bus in order to pay for the trip.  Otherwise, everything for this trip is going smoothly.   Report time for the trip is 5:45am at the D-Block entrance of NBHS on Saturday May 15.  More information and an itinerary can be found in the April Update located under “Information for Parents” on the band website. (

This month we also have the NBHS Music Banquet at Hawthorne Country Club.  The ticket price is $43 and tickets must be paid for by Monday May 10.  Students may use their assessment money to purchase these tickets, and may bring as many friends or family members as they wish (all tickets are $43 per person).

Performances this month include the All-City Band Festival on May 27 and the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 31.  For the All-City Band Festival, students should report to the Band Room by 5:30pm on Thursday May 27.  The concert will begin at 7:00pm and should be done by 8:30pm.  Dress code is normal concert black-and-white attire.  Please contact me if you have questions.

Our second performance this month includes colorguard, and will be part of the City of New Bedford Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.  Students should report to the NBHS Band Room by 9:30am.  The parade will step-off from the high school at 11:00am and the ceremony will commence at Claskey Common at about 12:00pm.  Dismissal time and place are not finalized for this event, but information will be made available as it gets closer.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns you might have.  I look forward to continuing our group effort to improve our selves, our sound, our school, and our community. 

A copy of the letter sent home with students on May 4 is available below and includes a schedule for the month of May.