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 marieskinner@verizon.net / 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)

 Food:

  • 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.

Music:

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 reneehowey@comcast.net 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!