Tuesday, December 16, 2014
It's a last minute thing that I stumbled upon but I wanted to pass on an awesome opportunity.
The Earl Phillips Big Band is playing Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite tomorrow evening at Chris's Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia. The suite is a major cornerstone of the Ellington legacy and is considered jazz legend. The music was not available until recent years and it is extremely rare that a group will attempt to perform it live. The band will be performing the Nutcracker as well as other songs in 3 short sets. The band consists of some of the top local jazz musicians an educators. If you want to know more here is a link to the groups facebook page Earl Phillip'sBig Band Facebook Page.
The first set starts at 7 and their performance will be over by 10. The individual sets are about 45 min each. The cover was listed at $15 a person.
If you need more information or directions to Chris's Jazz Cafe here is a link to their page. Chris's Jazz Cafe
This is not mandatory or required in any manner, just an opportunity to see professionals play some great jazz in a great venue for music. If you have any questions that aren't answered above feel free to email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
We had two students selected as well as one former student.
Alex Bierman- Wind Ensemble placed third on Battery.
Jolie Delia- Symphonic Band placed fourth on Bassoon.
Matthew Torrence- Wind Ensemble placed first on Bassoon.
I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of all of these kids.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Jazz band rehearsals have gone excellent and we are really looking forward to an awesome concert with the concert band on Tuesday night. Congratulations also go to the middle and elementary schools on their winter performances over the past two weeks.
I wanted to take a second to remind everyone about some information concerning the Boston trip.
This year I scheduled a payment plan on the calendar. This payment plan is not mandatory however it should help to alleviate having to pay the full total all at once when the trip approaches. Currently the cost per student sits around $175. The payment plan set up two payments of $75 followed by the final payment being adjustable. The final payment is adjustable as I am doing my best to help bring the cost per student down.
The first payment is set for tomorrow night December 11th. If you decide that you would like to use the payment plan please be aware of the following.
All payments must be made by check (made payable to the PPBA) or through PayPal. Cash will not be accepted. If you pay through PayPal, please remember to select “sending money to friends and family” so the PPBA is not charged a fee. If you have any questions, please email Sally Bierman at email@example.com.
If you have decided that you would like to join us on the trip please let me know no later then December 18th. Please either see me after rehearsal or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The rate for parents joining us on the trip is lower then the per student cost and the exact price will depend on your rooming accommodations. If you decide to drive separately from the group but would like to be in the same hotel as the band please let me know so I can get you the discounted rate as well.
Looking forward to seeing everyone Tuesday night!
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Men- Black Button Down Dress Shirt, Black Dress Shoes, and Black Dress Pants. No Sneakers or Jeans will be permitted on the stage please plan accordingly.
Women- Black Dress (Knee Length or Lower) You may also wear dress pants and a button down shirt as well. Black Dress Shoes. No Sneakers and No Jeans will be permitted on the stage please plan accordingly.
The Concert will begin at 7:00 pm with the choral portion. The Pitman Education Association will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots so please consider bringing a new unwrapped toy to drop off in the bin on your way into the concert.
Tri-M will also be selling candy grams for all the students participating.
If you have any questions please let me know.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Student Info Letter
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Congratulations from the PPBA Executive Committee
Congratulations to the parents, staff and most especially our band members for an awesome marching band season.
Congratulations to the Parents
We made it through yet another marching band season. You should be proud of the support you gave to your band members, getting them to all of their practices and cheering them on while they poured out their hearts and souls on the field at each and every competition. To the new band parents, we hope you enjoyed your first year. We know it can be daunting at times, but remember, it all starts to make sense eventually, and we’re always there to answer any questions you may have.
Congratulations to the Staff
Your tireless efforts were magnificently apparentthroughout the season, but no day more than yesterday. Your band performed with amazing precision, grace and talent at Nationals, and the result was their best and most beautiful performance. You should be proud of all of your hard work and your selfless dedication to our children.
Congratulations to the Band
There are no words to adequately describe the pride we feel in your accomplishments this season. Being a successful member of a marching band takes an almost Herculean effort. Your work is never done. You’re required to improve throughout the season, and you most certainly did!
One of the many challenges of being a member of a marching band is that scoring is subjective. A quarterback doesn’t get extra points for a perfect spiral, and a baseball player doesn’t get extra points for how far he hits the ball. In sports, it’s black and white – you either win or you lose. But not in marching band. Your success is measured by the subjective opinion of a group of judges. Sometimes you end up on top, and sometimes you don’t. We know it can be frustrating, especially when you give the performance of a lifetime like you did at Nationals. Hold close to your hearts the knowledge that you are an awe-inspiring team of talented musicians, and we could not be more proud of you. We love you!
“Dignity does not consist in possessing honors but in deserving them.”
Aristotle, Greek Philosopher
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
First off, huge congratulations go out to everyone for the marching band's Yamaha Cup win. To all the staff, students, and parents excellent job and it's well deserved.
Just wanted to take a second to remind everyone that jazz band auditions are tomorrow in the high school band room at the conclusion of the school day. The audition information was handed out to students two weeks ago at the information meeting and a web version was posted here on the blog.
After the auditions results will be posted and then we will kick off the season with a mandatory parent/guardian meeting on Thursday, November 13th beginning at 7pm. The meeting will include information about this upcoming season, a tentative schedule, and a chance to ask any questions you may have about this year.
Congrats again to the marching band and Im looking forward to keeping the music excellence going throughout the jazz season!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
5:30- Normal report time
6:30- Leave for Haddon Township
9:30 Return to PHS
4:00 AM Report
4:30 AM Leave for Met Life Stadium
8:13 AM Perform
11:30 AM Awards and Leave for PHS
6:30 AM Report
7:00 AM Leave for Hershey Stadium
12:30 Perform at Atlantic Coast Championships
2:15 Awards and Leave for PHS
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tickets are available for our three remaining competitions, with general admission pricing as follows:
Saturday, November 1 USBands Yamaha Cup – Metlife Stadium $26.00-tickets are 30.00 at the gate.
Sunday, November 2 TOB Atlantic Coast Championships, Hershey, PA $20.00
Saturday, November 8 USBands A Class National Championship, Allentown, PA $25.00
See Sally Bierman if you are interested in purchasing tickets in advance. The PPBA does not keep the profits from the sale of these tickets, but you can purchase them from Sally in advance for your convenience.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The overnight trip to Allentown for the USBands National Competition is a yearly marching band tradition and the culmination of a season of extremely hard work put forth by our amazing and talented band kids. The kids get the opportunity to perform their hearts out during the competition on Saturday morning, then celebrate their season together in a relaxed setting. The $125 cost of the trip includes luxury bus transportation, dinner on Saturday night at Old Country Buffet, hotel accommodations at the Ramada Inn in Whitehall, PA, and a buffet breakfast in the hotel Sunday morning.
The PPBA officers are always willing to answer any questions you may have about this trip or any other aspect of the marching band season. Feel free to email them at email@example.com(Michelle Kennedy), firstname.lastname@example.org(Mike Kennedy), email@example.com (Terry Miles), or firstname.lastname@example.org (Sally Bierman and Heather Epting).
Thank you for your enthusiastic support of the band and the PPBA – we couldn’t have done it without you!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Good News for the PPBA and the Pitman High School Instrumental Music Program!
As anyone who has been involved with the PPBA and has attended meetings will know, we have a formidable budget that we must meet every year to continue to successfully support the Pitman High School Instrumental Music Program.
This past July 23rd, Sally Bierman (Co-Treasurer, PPBA) met with our superintendent, Dr. McAleer, to request financial support from the Board of Education. After careful analysis of marching band roster numbers and budget expense line items, her request was received very favorably by Dr. McAleer, who ensured her that he would discuss this request with the board. Preliminary discussions were held at the September board meeting, and discussions were continued during last Wednesday’s meeting (October 15th). Dr. McAleer also conducted a one-on-one meeting with Mr. Carey.
Sally and Mike Kennedy (VP, PPBA) attended the October 15th meeting to represent the PPBA and answer any questions the board may have had about our organization and its activities. Mr. Carey was also in attendance, and they are pleased to inform the PPBA membership that Dr. McAleer and the Board of Education are enthusiastic supporters of our program, they acknowledged the importance of maintaining programs such as ours, and verbally committed to do everything in their power to financially support our operating budget. In other words, they will be looking for sources of income that they can utilize to help support our program!
The PPBA Executive Committee is happy to convey this very positive news, and we will keep you informed and let you know when the motion is officially approved. As always, we continue to look to ourmembership for steadfast fundraising support as we continue to commit ourselves to the effective support of our Instrumental Music Program.
The PPBA Executive Committee
Report is 5:00- This is the night where the middle school kids are invited to join us to play in the stands. If you know any parents of 7th or 8th graders please invite them.
Cherokee High School USBands Competition
10 AM Report
1:30 Lunch and individual pictures in uniform.
2:30 Load and Leave for Cherokee
4:20 Perform at Cherokee
More schedule info can be found at www.usbands.org
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
It's Mr. V and even though its still marching band season I have been getting a lot of exciting things together for the swiftly approaching jazz band season.
The calendar on the website has been updated to include all of the current events and rehearsals that we have but I stress that these dates are ALL TENTATIVE until board approval and confirmation from some of the venues.
You may notice a couple new (or returning) events that we have. This year we will be having a mandatory meeting for all parents. If your child is a member of the jazz band you must attend the meeting. The meeting itself allows me to discuss policies, provide information concerning our Berklee Trip and other performances, provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions pertaining to the year, and most importantly to help familiarize you with the jazz band. Also, being an adjunct teacher, many people do not have the opportunity to meet me prior to some of our first performances and I feel this is a great way to introduce myself to new members and their parents.
Other calendar events include a community service project in town, a possible tour of Broadway theater, a Middle School Clinic and Performance Night, the annual Jazz Festival, and a possible performance at the Bus Stop Music Café.
Again it is early in the year and many details still need finalizing but I wanted to let everyone know about some of the exciting things in the works for this year.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Heather Epting posted these pictures for all of us. Feel free to take a look.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Tickets are on sale for Collingswood. See Sally for info or email her at Treasurer@pitmanband.org
Monday, September 22, 2014
9:30 AM Leave
12:35 Perform at Seneca High School
3:30 Depart for PHS
8:00 Leave for Collingswood
10:00 Perform at Collingswood
10:30 Awards and Leave for PHS
Friday, September 19, 2014
Please take a second and share this link on your facebook page Twitter...Google+ any other social media you can think of and ask people for support. Money from this will be used to offset the kids costs of the Spring Trip. Every little bit helps!!!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
3:00 Break to Meet Bands and begin hosting responsibilities. All students not hosting will be at Davis field in band shirts to help as needed.
5:00 Dress and Warm Up with Mr. Jarvela
8:30 Awards- All Seniors report to 50 yard line in uniform for awards.
If you sent in a payment it will be returned to you or you may email email@example.com to have it applied to another expense.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Apparel Order Form
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Collegiate Marching Band Festival Site
I can get us tickets at a discounted rate of 10.00 per ticket if we buy them in advance and all at one time. It will cost 12.00 to ride the bus (But we need 30 people MINIMUM to run a bus.) If you are interested in attending please fill out this form by September 12th.
Link to collegiate Marching Band Festival ticket form
4600 Locus Lane; Harrisburg, PA 17109.
Please don't use GPS to look for Central Dauphin High School.
Pitman Performs at 7:15 and awards are at 8:45.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
If you are not using PayPal please send your payment directly to Sally Bierman.
Click here for the Apparel Order Form
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Pitman Panther Band Association
To:Pitman Panther Band Parents
From:Sally Bierman and Heather Epting, Co-Treasurers
Re:PPBA Student Account Information
The PPBA maintains an account for each PHS band student. Each student’s deposits, payments and/or individual fundraising earnings are recorded in his/her own student account. Any monies in an individual student’s account may be credited towards that student’s band activities (e.g., band camp, shoes, trips, etc.). Funds cannot be taken out for any other purpose, and deposits and payments are non-refundable.
Every band student has the opportunity to earn money for his/her account through fundraising. For example, this past year, students earned $1 for every Wawa Shorti coupon* they sold, $10 for every Entertainment Book, and a profit percentage on several other fundraisers. When a student participates in a PPBA fundraiser, all monies earned are initially deposited into the PPBA General Account. After all fundraiser payment checks have cleared, each student’s portion of the profit will be transferred into his/her own student account.
When a student incurs an expense related to band activities, such as band camp, he/she has the option of using monies from his/her student account in order to help pay for it. If a student chooses to use his/her student account to pay for an expense, the student's parent/guardian must contact Sally Bierman so that the designated amount can be transferred from that student’s account to the PPBA General Account.
Individual student accounts may not carry a negative balance. If a student does not have sufficient funds in his/her student account to cover expenditures, the PPBA will be unable to process any payments for that student until we receive the necessary funds to do so. Monies can be transferred from one student’s account to another as long as written consent is submitted to the PPBA Executive Committee; however, these funds may not be refunded once they are transferred to another student.
In the event that a band student leaves the band program for any reason other than graduation, and a balance remains in that student's account, a parent/guardian must notify the PPBA Treasurer in writing concerning the disbursement of those remaining funds. During the Spring of a band student’s senior year, Sally Bierman will email his/her parents requesting a designation of the graduating student’s funds. If he/she has a sibling in the music program, the funds will automatically be transferred to that sibling. Band students with no siblings will be given the option to designate his/her funds to one other active band student's account. All undesignated, unused funds will become part of the General Account.
We can’t stress enough that fundraising is a great opportunity for students to earn money for band activities. In the past, we’ve had students cover their entire band camp expenses through individual fundraising. If at any time during the season you would like an update on how much money is in your student’s account or you wish to transfer funds, please contact Sally Bierman firstname.lastname@example.org.
*this is a year-round fundraiser – coupons can be purchased at any time for $4 each by emailing Sally Bierman at email@example.com .
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
- Access the 2014 Scholarship Application
- Complete and SUBMIT the application by NOON, Monday, October 6, 2014
- The application cannot be saved, so be sure to complete in one session