Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Philly Jazz Event

Hello all, 

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, jazz@pitmanband.org.

Mr. V

Sunday, December 14, 2014

All-South Jersey Auditions

Congratulations to all of the students that prepared and auditioned for All-South Jersey ensembles.  It takes a lot of work and determination to make the decision to audition and prepare yourself.

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

Boston Trip Reminder

Hello all,

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 treasurer@pitmanband.org.

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 jazz@pitmanband.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!

Mr. V

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Concert

Our Holiday Concert is quickly approaching so I wanted to send out some reminders.  In order to prepare for the evening concert we will be holding practices for the entire group.  Wednesday, December 10 from 5-7 and Monday, December 15th from 4-6.  Attendance at these rehearsals are mandatory and any conflicts are due to Mr. Carey by the end of this week.

Concert Dress:

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

West Cape May Parade

The West Cape May Christmas parade has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 7th due to the weather forecasts.  The parade will still begin at 5:00 and report time will still be 2:00 Sunday for the parade.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

West Cape May Christmas Parade

Report time for the parade is 2:00 p.m.  Parade begins at 5:00 in West Cape May and we should return home by 9:30.  We will be stopping for food on the way home from the parade so the kids should have some money on them.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Game and Holiday Parade

Report time for the Thanksgiving Game is 9:30am.  Game will begin at 10:30 am and should be done around noon.

The Pitman Parade begins at 5pm and students will report at 4:00pm. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PPBA General Meeting Agenda November 13th

Pitman Panther Band Association
General Meeting
November 13, 2014

Welcome/Approve Minutes

·      Field Banner Advertising
·      Senior Night, November 7th


·      Fundraising
-       Community Clean-up
-       Beef & Beer Committee
·      Disney Trip
·      End of Season Party
·      Grant Writing

·      Current Account Balances


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

All-South Jersey Honor Bands Audition Info

Here are the links for your children to register for All-South Jersey auditions.  Solos are available in my room for students to prepare for the Auditions on December 13th at Eastern Regional High School.  All students are strongly encouraged to attempt the audition.  Being a member of this ensemble looks great on college resumes in the future.

Student Info Letter

Student Application

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

Jazz Auditions Reminder

Hello All, 

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!

Mr. V 


Nationals Itinerary and a Thanks

Performance times for Allentown are posted.  We will be taking the field at 10:45 AM.

I'd like to take a moment to issue a great big thank you to all of the parents that have made this season run as smooth as it did.  If you get a second please take an opportunity to thank one of the staff members as well for the excellent job they have done all season as well.  Doing what we all do is absolutely tireless and it's all for the kids.  Everything we all do as an organization is for the kids and this year you guys have really pulled together to make a great year for every child involved. 

Friday- Football Game report at 5:30 (Senior Night)

7:00AM Leave for Allentown
10:45 AM Perform
12:30 AWARDS
3:00 Leave Stadium and travel to hotel to check in and get ready for dinner.
5:30 PM Dinner at Old Country Buffet
7:00 Depart OCB for Hotel
9:00 Gather in ballroom for end of year activities.

8:00 AM Wake Up
9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Depart for PHS

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This Weeks Marching Band Schedule

Thursday- Westmont Halloween Parade
5:30- Normal report time
6:30- Leave for Haddon Township
9:30 Return to PHS

Friday- Off

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 for end of season shows

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

Community Clean Up Change

The Community Clean Up fundraiser has been moved from Saturday, November 15th to Saturday, November 22nd  from 12pm to 3pm.  Because of a new district policy regarding the use of school district insurance for booster organization activities, we are required to submit our fundraiser as a field trip, which must then be approved at the next board meeting on November 19th.  Please let us know if you are able to participate in this fundraiser on the new date, and if you are volunteering, please let us know how many members of your family will be participating.  The more volunteers we have, the more we can accomplish in our three hour time slot.  The PPBA will earn $500 for this fundraiser, and the kids will have the satisfaction of giving back to their community.  Please respond to either Sally Bierman at treasurer@pitmanband.org or Terry Miles at secretary@pitmanband.org.  Thank you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Allentown USBands Nationals Overnight Trip


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 president@pitmanband.org(Michelle Kennedy), vicepresident@pitmanband.org(Mike Kennedy), secretary@pitmanband.org (Terry Miles), or treasurer@pitmanband.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!


Jazz Band Audition Information (From the Afterschool Meeting)

Welcome to another year of jazz band. This years auditions will be on November 5th after school. EVERYONE must audition, including returning members. This is important as I need to consider seating as well as soloists. The audition also gives me a chance to see where you have progressed since last year and also to ask a couple questions about your plans for the spring. IF YOU DO NOT PLAY A “JAZZ” INSTRUMENT, AUDITION ON THE INSTRUMENT YOU ARE MOST COMFORTABLE ON. 
Auditions Requirements 
Bb Major Scale (legato)
I am really looking for a legato articulation and continuous air stream. Everything should sound smooth and easy. Remember music is about sound, so listen to yourself as you play the scale, a great tool is to use your phone to record yourself. If something doesn’t sound smooth and easy then something is wrong. Speed doesn’t matter to me as much as good sound. Playing something fast isn’t impressive if there rare mistakes.
Audition Song (Mr. P.C.) *** For HS Students Only 
You will also receive a copy of a song I will require everyone to play. The melody is simple and all I am asking is to hear you play it with good tone and correct rhythm and pitch. Mistakes happen but as musicians we have to realize that there is a difference between mistakes and not practicing. The song this year is Mr. P.C. and a copy will be made available for everyone. 
       Speed on the song is not as important to me as accuracy. Many people can play things fast but often times speed means mistakes, and again I want to focus on the basics for the auditions. A great way to help learn a new song is to look up some famous performances of the song. Check out the following versions of this years song:
John Coltrane - Mr PC on the Album “Giant Steps”
Mahattan Jazz Quintet - Mr PC on the Album “My Funny Valentine”
McCoy Tyner and John Scofield - Mr PC (Rhythm Section Members)
Sight Reading 
A short sight reading section will also be included the day of and is simply for me to see how you approach the process and so I can give you a couple helpful tips.

Results and Parent Meeting 
Results will be posted in the band room following auditions. Any questions concerning results will not be addressed that day. Please contact me to set up a meeting if there is any questions and then we can go over the audition results. 
This year there will also be a mandatory meeting for both jazz band members and a parent / guardian. This meeting will take place on November 13th at 7pm. I  will discuss policies, procedures, and events for the upcoming year and field any questions that may arise. Again this is MANDATORY for all members of the band and a parent / guardian If you have any further questions feel free to contact me via email at pverespy@pitman.k12.nj.us. Thanks and I am excited for the upcoming jazz season!

Mr V. 
Jazz Band Director 

Nationals Overnight Itinerary

I'll be putting out the itinerary with all the necessary information as soon as I receive our performance times from USBands.  Our performance time will be determined after the MetLife performance as our highest scores are a factor in deciding when we perform.

Thanks for your patience.

In the mean time I have the hotel information.  We will be staying at the Ramada Allentown-Whitehall.  

Website:  http://www.allentownramada.com

Dinner will be at the Old Country Buffet on Saturday evening.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Good News for the PPBA and the Pitman High School Instrumental Music Program!

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 newsand 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



Weekend Schedule 10/24-25


Football Game
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
8:15 Awards

More schedule info can be found at www.usbands.org

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Marching Band Overnight Info.

The annual end of season overnight trip will occur November 8th-9th for the Allentown competition.  The cost will be 125.00 and due by November 4th.  Cost includes hotel room breakfast and dinner.  
Please send your payment to Sally Bierman by the 4th.  Please do not send checks into Mr. Carey.  Checks need to be given to Mrs. Bierman or you may use pay pal.  

If you have questions regarding money in your students account email treasurer@pitmanband.org

Friday, October 17, 2014

Disney Payment Due

Just a reminder that the next Disney payment of 200.00 is due.  Please send it in at your earliest convienence.   If you halve questions about how much you need to send in please contact Sally Bierman treasurer@pitmanband.org

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Schedule States and Chapters

5:00 AM arrive pack and load busses
5:30 AM depart Pitman high school for Rutgers University
7:00 AM Arrive at Rutgers and Warmup
8:28 AM Perform at USBands NJ State Championships
12:15 Awards at Rutgers
12:30 depart Rutgers for TOB NJ State Championships at Toms River North
3:23 Perform at TOB NJ State Championships
6:00 Awards and Depart for home

1:00 Report
2:30 depart for Eastern
5:15 Perform
7:15 Awards and depart for home

Disney Trip Payment 2

The second payment for the Disney trip is currently due.  Please send in your 200.00 payment to Sally Bierman via PayPal.  If you need assistance or more time let us know.  It's not too late to get a seat on the trip.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PPBA General Meeting 10/9

Please attend the general meeting of the PPBA in the choir room 10/9/14 7:30pm

Pitman Panther Band Association
General Meeting
October 9, 2014

Welcome/Approve Minutes


Tuba Purchase


Disney Trip
Community Clean-up
Beef & Beer
Field Advertising Banner

Grant Writing

Senior Nite – November 7th

End of the Season Party



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Community clean up 11/15

We will be doing our annual Pitman Community Clean Up fundraiser on Saturday, November 15th from 12pm to 3pm, location to be determined.  Please mark your calendar and email Sally at treasurer@pitmanband.org if you and/or your band member(s) will be able to help us with this.  The more volunteers we have, the easier and more fun the project.  Please also remember that we earn $500 from this fundraiser.  Thank you in advance for your participation.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Saturday Schedule Carlisie (10/11)

Here is the schedule for Saturday

11:00 Report
2:30 Leave for Carlisle HS
7:55 Perform at Carlisle HS
9:30 Awards


Thank you to everyone who purchased (or tried to purchase!) tickets from the PPBA for this past Saturday’s competition at Clearview.  We actually sold ALL of our tickets, resulting in $360 in pure profit and a great show of support for our band!!  This Saturday’s competition in Carlisle will be our last opportunity to sell TOB tickets for a profit, so please purchase your tickets from the PPBA if you plan on attending.  We will have tickets for sale for your convenience for the remaining TOB Championship competitions, but unfortunately, we don’t get to keep the proceeds from those events.  Thank you again for your support!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Weekend Schedule 10/3-4

6:00 Report to Band Room 
6:30 Leave for Davis Field
End of Game return to PHS for dismissal

Early AM- Some students will be assisting the the PEF Panther Prowl
Noon- Report to PHS for rehearsal
4:00 Leave PHS for Clearview
6:00 Perform
10:00 Awards

Clearview and Wawa

Sally Bierman will be selling tickets to this Saturday’s Clearview show on Thursday at pick-up and Saturday at drop-off and lunch.  Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for students and seniors.  Please remember that, if you are planning on attending, it’s very important that you purchase your tickets from the PPBA.  If you purchase your tickets at the gate, you’re giving your money to the host band instead of your own band.  Our ticket sales have been low this season, and we need to sell $1000 in tickets for the season in order to meet budget.  Thank you in advance for your support.   Sally is very flexible and will even deliver the tickets to you if you can’t make it to the high school to pick them up.  You can contact her at treasurer@pitmanband.org or 856-994-3880.

The Wawa coupons are finally in!  The coupons cost $4.00 each, and $1.00 of each coupon purchased will go to your band member’s student account.  Sally will have them with her whenever she’s at the high school.  Whenever possible, please pay by check and make it payable to the PPBA.  You can contact her at treasurer@pitmanband.org or 856-994-3880. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Jazz Band Information

Hello All,

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 CafĂ©.

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.

Mr. V

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Saturday Schedule Updated and Collingswood Tickets

I updated the Saturday schedule to show a dinner break.  The kids can eat lunch whenever they'd like at Seneca they'll be in the stands for a long period of time.

Tickets are on sale for Collingswood.  See Sally for info or email her at Treasurer@pitmanband.org

Monday, September 22, 2014

Saturday Schedule 9/27 Seneca and Collingswood

9:00 AM Report to PHS Pack and Load
9:30 AM Leave
12:35 Perform at Seneca High School
3:05 Awards
3:30 Depart for PHS
4:30 Rehearsal
7:30 Dinner
8:00 Leave for Collingswood
10:00 Perform at Collingswood
10:30 Awards and Leave for PHS


The PPBA executive board and I just wanted to take a moment and thank every one who volunteered Saturday to make our home show a huge success.  Without the time and energy of our parents and students this event would never take place.  The amount of effort you guys put forth was tremendous.  Thanks for being an incredibly supportive group.  This organization would not function without all of you.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Please Share this Link


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

Home Show Saturday Schedule 9/20

9:00 AM Report to PHS
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Rehearse
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
7:30 Perform
8:30 Awards- All Seniors report to 50 yard line in uniform for awards.

Collegiate Marching Band Festival Trip Canceled

We didn't receive the minimum number of orders by the due date so we will not be planning this trip.  You are still welcome to go on your own.  Information can be found at http://www.vivaceproductions.com/cmbf.html

If you sent in a payment it will be returned to you or you may email treasurer@pitmanband.org to have it applied to another expense.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Enjoy the City Coupon Book and Apparel Orders Due Friday 9/19

Please turn in your apparel orders using the google form by this Friday.  Enjoy the City Coupon book orders are also due by Friday.

Apparel Order Form

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Donation Request

We are in need of old, white or light colored, solid sheets for use with our props.  If you have any can you please send them with your child to rehearsal tonight.

PPBA General Meeting Agenda September 18th

Please attend.  7:30 PM in the choir room.

Pitman Panther Band Association
General Meeting
September 18, 2014

Welcome/Approve Minutes

·         ATV Status
·         Tuba Purchase


·         Fundraising
·         March 4 Music – update
·         TOB – Home Show

·         Current Account Balances


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tickets for Central Dauphin

Sally Bierman will be selling tickets for this Saturdays competition Thursday evening after rehearsal and Saturday at drop off and lunch.  Hope to see you all there.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thursday, September 11th

The marching band will be performing the National Anthem in Ballard park at 6:30 for the Pitman 9/11 ceremony.  They will be walked over to the park by Mr. Jarvela.  Students are asked to wear their show shirts for this event.  

Students will rehearse before and after the ceremony.

The PPBA general meeting scheduled for 9/11 will be moved to 9/18.

Any questions contact director@pitmanband.org

Collegiate Marching Band Festival 9/28

If you are interested in attending the Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, PA on September 28th.  Check out this webpage for more information.

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

Central Dauphin Show

The Stadium at Central Dauphin is located at their middle school.  The address to use for directions is:
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.

Volunteers needed

We are currently in need of a parent or two who can video record the bands performances.  We use the recording in rehearsals to show the kids what they can improve on.  If you could help us in this area you will receive free admission to each show you travel to.  Please contact director@pitmanband.org if you can help.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Saturday schedule

10 am report
1:00 lunch/pack
2:00 depart for Central Dauphin
7:15 perform
8:30 awards
10:30 return home

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Updated schedule for today

Timber creek has modified today's schedule beause of the weather forecast.

Noon-report to PHS
4:00 Depart for Timber Creek High School
7:00 perform
8:50 Awards
9:30 approximate return to PHS

Friday, September 5, 2014

Band Apparel Order Form Available

Here is the link to order your Marching Band Apparel.  All items will have the Pitman Bands logo used at the 4th of July parade except the My Immortal Shirt which is the show shirt from this season.  If you would like to order any extras fro you or your child please use the form.  Again use one form per person.  You may send in one payment to cover the entire cost of the order.  Orders will be due by September 19th.

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

Timber Creek Tickets and Disney Trip Deposits

Tickets for this weekends band competition will be sold tomorrow evening at the end of rehearsal in the parking lot.  Please buy your tickets from us if you are attendin as we get to keep all of the proceeds from any tickets we sell.  The tickets will also be sold Saturday when you drop off your children. 

If you have any questions about buying tickets from us please contact Sally Bierman at treasurer@pitmanband.org

Disney deposits are due as soon as possible we need to send a deposit to hold our airline tickets.  Please contact treasurer@pitmanband.org if you're interested in going and haven't yet been able to send a deposit.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Saturday Schedule

Here is the schedule for Saturday, September 6th.

Noon-report to PHS
5:00 Depart for Timber Creek High School
7:30 perform
9:30 Awards
10:15 approximate return to PHS

You may send students with money to purchase dinner at Timber Creek or pack a dinner for them to eat either on the bus or at Timber Creek.

Please note that students will not be dismissed at the end of the evening until all equipment is returned to it's proper place in the band room.  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Disney Trip Deposit is due -Sept 3rd.

The Pitman High Music Department is heading to Disney on February 25th and we want all the band kids to come along!  The $75.00 deposit is due on Sept 3rd, the 1st day of school.  Please turn it in to Mr. Carey.    If you need further information, it's listed on this site under Wednesday, June 18th.

Student funds

Pitman Panther Band Association




To:Pitman Panther Band Parents

From:Sally Bierman and Heather Epting, Co-Treasurers

Date:August 2014

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 programthe 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 attreasurer@pitmanband.org 

*this is a year-round fundraiser – coupons can be purchased at any time for $4 each by emailing Sally Bierman at sally.bierman@verizon.net .

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scholarship Opportunity for Marching Band Seniors

National Judges Association and Tournament of Bands to Award $10,000 in Scholarship Monies!!

Once again, the National Judges Association, in conjunction with Tournament of Bands, will award a total of $10,000 in scholarships monies to senior members of participating schools. To apply for the scholarship, you must be a member of the graduating class of 2015 and a performer with a TOB member school. Chapter coordinators will be distributing the application information to directors within the next several days. The application must be completed and submitted online. Deadline for submitting applications is NOON, Monday, October 6, 2014. Best wishes to all seniors in TOB bands!

2014 NJA/TOB Scholarships
Application Instructions

Members of the graduating class of 2015 are invited to apply for the 2014 NJA TOB Scholarships. Application instructions are:

  • 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