Monday, December 10, 2012

Congratulations to the members of the 2012 All-South Jersey Symphonic Band!!!

Congratulations to Ben Bierman and Kelsey Mahon for being selected to the All-South Jersey Symphonic Band. Both of them auditioned for spots on Saturday at Eastern Regional High School and will perform at Rowan University on January 13th at 3:00 p.m.

Alex was also selected to participate on this years All-South Jersey percussion ensemble.

Congratulations to both of you!!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pitman Marching Band finishes a very successful season!

Our Pitman Marching Band just finished a very exciting season. They competed all over Southern New Jersey throughout the months of September, October, and November. The season culminated in their appearance at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD where they achieved 4th place and took 2nd in both guard and percussion with a score of 90.6.

The seasons accomplishments include:
3 First Place wins
4 Second Place wins
14th at the Atlantic Coat Championship
4th place at Nationals
Best Drum Major in South Jersey
2 Best Guard
2 Best Percussion

Monday, November 5, 2012

Parade/End of Season Party

The end of this season's Marching Band program is just around the corner!  On Saturday, November 24th, our band will be marching in the annual Pitman Holiday Santa Parade, followed by their end of the year party (the parade begins at 5:00 pm this year - earlier than in years past; party should start around 6:00 pm after the kids return their instruments/equipment to the high school).  Here are the details and what we need from parents:

Part 1:  Band Parade Float decorating: 

Each year our band parents help decorate the float for the parade.  We use the trailer and display the band's trophies.  This year we will be decorating it on Friday night, November 23rd, starting at 6:30 pm at Salmon Signs' warehouse on Holly Avenue.  We need volunteers to help with the design and decorating of the float.  If you can help in this effort, please email or call Marie Skinner at / 609-221-0243.  If you have any spare lights or extra decorations that you can share, and ideas for decorating it, let us know.  It's always a fun time, so join us that night!

Part 2:  End of Season Party:

Each year right after the parade, our band parents throw an end of the season party for the marching band.  Through Jolie Delia's grandfather, Mr. Ed Campbell, the Pitman VFW has graciously donated their space for our band party.  We will need parent volunteers to help with several things:  set up, clean up, and food and beverage donations.  If we all chip in, the party is easy to pull off, and it's at no cost to the PPBA or parents.  This is what we need: (fyi - we have approximately 35 kids in the band)


  • Canned soda (no 2-litre bottles, please -- only individual cans or bottles)
  • Bottled water
  • Finger foods like chicken nuggets, Philly soft pretzel nugget/stick trays, pizza bagel bites, etc.
  • Cut up fruit and marshmallow dip trays
  • Veggie trays
  • Potato chips, Doritos, cheez curls/balls, etc.
  • Homemade baked goods like cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc.


If you or your band student would like to help with the music (iPod and speakers, etc.), please let Renee Howey know.

Please email our Party Planner, Renee Howey, at if you will be able to donate any of the items above.  Items can be dropped off that night at the VFW post right before, during, and immediately following the parade.  If you need to make arrangements to drop off your donation prior to then, contact Renee.  Also, please let Renee know if you will be helping to set up or clean up the party!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Concessions Volunteers Needed for Thanksgiving Morning

On Thanksgiving morning, Pitman will be hosting the annual Pitman/Clayton football game at Davis Field.  The Pitman Band will be running concessions.  Clayton's band performs before the game (at 10:00 am) and our band performs at halftime.

We need approximately 12 parents so that concessions can run smoothly.  It is understood that this is a busy morning; however, please consider helping as best you can.

If you can volunteer that morning, please report to Davis Field at 8:30 am for setup.  Also, please email Heather Epting so she can plan accordingly.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

End of Season Band Party

We are looking for a party planner to coordinate the end of Marching Band season party. It takes place the night of the Pitman Holiday Parade (Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24th).  We use the VFW hall. The PPBA secretary sends out emails to parents requesting covered dishes/drinks/supplies and the volunteers to help at the party, and the party planner tracks the responses.  The party planner would also coordinate getting the hall decorated that evening (with the help of other parents).  We just need someone to oversee management of the party. We have LOTS of parents to donate food, etc., and to help out that night, but it really helps to have one person just coordinate it. Please email Marie Skinner at if you would like to be the party planner.

Disney Trip

The 2013 Disney trip is A GO!! And, we still have seats available. Please email Mr. Carey if your band student (or anyone in your family) would like to go on this trip). The details and Intent Form are located in the files section. Please email Mr. Carey at if you would like to participate in this trip.

Show Tickets/Wawa Coupons/T-Shirts

Sally Bierman will be in the PHS parking lot Saturday at 11:15 and between 5:30 and 6:30 selling tickets to the West Deptford competition ($10 adults/$7 students and seniors).  Remember, if you purchase your ticket from Sally before the show, the funds go to the PPBA and support our program.

Additionally, Sally will be selling the Autumn Thunder t-shirts and Wawa coupons. The Wawa coupons are good for a shorti sub at Wawa.  The coupon costs $4 with $1 from every coupon going directly to your child's student account.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Great Fundraising Opportunity

Entertainment books are currently being sold for $30.00 a piece.  The students received a sheet with directions on how to set up an account to sell to relatives in far off places as well.  Additional flyer information appears in the "Files" section of our website (File Library)

Annapolis Overnight Trip

It’s that time of year again.  We will be competing in the USSBA National Championship in Annapolis, MD at the United States Naval Academy on Saturday, November 10th. 

We will depart on Saturday - time TBD.  And, we will be staying overnight at a hotel in theAnnapolis area that night. 

We will need a payment of $100.00 by Friday, October 26th to cover the cost of the student’s meals and hotel room.  If you anticipate the need for a payment plan to help you with this expense please contact the PPBA treasurer at

We will be staying at the Sleep Inn and Suites
6055 Belle Grove Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21225

Parents can feel free to reserve rooms for themselves if they would like.  The rate I received from the hotel is $75.00.

The student's $100.00 cost for this overnight trip covers their hotel room, lunch on Saturday, and transportation.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Invitation to the End-of-Year Banquet

Please plan on attending the Pitman Panther end-of-year banquet on 5/31/12.  Please RSVP as soon as possible!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Jazz Festival Ad Form Available

The ad form for the Jazz Festival has been uploaded and is available here:  Please complete and submit by the due date on the form.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pizzeria UNO Flyer!

The Pizzeria UNO Flyer has been uploaded and is available:  Join us on the 26th and support the Pitman High School Band with this tasty fundraiser.