Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Band

Mr. P and I are still accepting applications for summer band.  If you know of anyone with a band student in grades 4-9 please let them know about this great opportunity.  Anyone interested can contact me at

Camp is June-30th -July 17th and runs Monday-Thursday.  Cost is 50.00 per week and we offer discounts for multiple children in the same family.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Broad Street Run T-Shirts are in

If you volunteered at the Broad Street Run the t-shirts are available for pick up.  I have them all in my office.  I'll be at the school June 30th-July 17th from 8-3:00.  I'll also be at the school on Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30 pm.  Feel free to stop in and grab your shirt anytime in there.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

4th of July Parade

Report time for the 4th of July parade is 8 am to the high school.  We will walk over as a group to our position in the parade.  Students are wearing khaki light colored shorts and their band t-shirt that they recently ordered.

If you know any alumni that are in the area for the parade please invite them to participate.  They just need to email me at to let me know they are coming.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Plans for Spring trip 2015 to Orlando

Pitman High School

Department of Instrumental Music

June 20th , 2014

Dear Instrumental Music Parent:

            The Pitman High School Department of Instrumental Music is presently planning a performance tour to Disney World in Orlando, FL to participate in the Magic Music Days from February 25th- March 1st 2015.  This tour will include a performance at one of the Disney Resort parks and an educational workshop taught by expert Disney musicians.  This tour includes the following:

u       Airfare through Southwest Airlines
u       All Meals!!! We are using the Disney Dining program
u       Admission to each of the Disney Theme parks
u        Workshop and Recording session
u        Performance at one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks
u        Hotel Accommodations at the All Star Music Resort - 4 students to a room (option of 2 available for additional cost.)

The schedule is currently in the process of being finalized, and I am confident that every child will be interested in going on this trip.  The projected final cost for the trip is 750.00-800.00 for students.  Parents who are interested in attending this trip should feel free to send in a deposit.  .  The total cost of the trip will not be finalized until we determine the exact number of students traveling with the group.  I am attaching a proposed payment schedule for your review.  It is our goal to make the cost of the trip as low as possible for each student.
            I would like to provide the opportunity for EVERY child to participate in this amazing performance tour.  The Pitman Panther Band Association will be providing plenty of fundraising opportunities for your child to offset the cost.  Since this is a performance tour, we really need the entire ensemble to travel with us.  We have financial assistance available, so please let us know if you need any help at all.

            To this end, we must have a firm and definite commitment, from everyone intending to go on this trip in the form of a NON REFUNDABLE deposit of $75.00 due on or before September 3rd.  Feel free to send it in earlier to reserve your spot.


Steven E. Carey
Director of Bands

Important Information

  • Payments are non-refundable regardless of the reason for cancellation.  This is due to the fact that, once a vendor has been paid, the money cannot be returned.  If for any reason your student decides not to attend the trip, it is advisable to attempt to find someone to take their spot.
  • Students will be offered several fundraising opportunities to assist with the cost of this trip and are STRONGLY encouraged to take advantage of these.
  • Student/Parent reservations will not be considered official until the deposit is made.
  • Once your deposit is made, you are fully responsible for all subsequent payments.
  • Payments must be made by check to: Pitman Panther Band Association.  CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • If you would like to set up an alternate payment schedule please contact
  • Deposit must be paid by check or Pay Pal. 

Tentative Payment Schedule

  • September 3rd Commitment deposit payment due ($75.00)
  • September 26th first payment due (200.00)
  • October 30th second payment due ($200.00)
  • November 21st fourth payment due (250.00)
  • January 9th Final payment due (Balance)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Prop Builders

We are in need of someone to construct 4 more front field props identical to the ones we used last year for the 2014 marching band show.  If you are able to help please let Mr. Carey know by emailing

Summer Marching Band Rehearsals and Attendance

As we begin the marching band season I wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of the summer attendance policy.  Once school ends your student will be required to submit a list of all summer rehearsal absences.  Any student with more than 4 absences may not be receiving a performing position but will still be able to be a member in a non-performing capacity. 

We do realize that many people take advantage of the summer to travel and spend time with their families and it's certainly a great time to do it.  If a child is going to be successful in this program they need to make every effort to attend rehearsals.  All dates are posted on for your review.  The tentative marching band calendar is up as well for the season.  When you get a chance please take a look and make sure there aren't any performance conflicts.  If there are any performance conflicts (including parades and football games) those will also need to be turned in as soon as possible so we can finalize our number and begin writing drill for the season.

This year is shaping up to be amazing!!!  I'm truly excited to get started.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Marching Band T-Shirt Orders

Please fill out the form below to order your child's marching band t-shirt.  Every member needs at least 1 t-shirt.  Cost is 10.00 and can be turned in anytime before the 4th of July parade using PayPal (PREFERRED) or by sending in a check to rehearsal.  Please make sure the form is filled out by June 20th to make sure we order the correct sizes.

Parents who would like to purchase one for themselves can fill out a separate form.

If you have any questions let us know.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PPBA Meeting

Please attend our general meeting Wednesday evening in the choir room beginning at 7:00 for all new parents.

The general meeting will beginh at 7:30. This shouldn't be a long meeting and we will be approving the budget for the 14-15 school year.

All new parents are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

General Meeting Wednesday June 11th

7:00 PM in the High School Choir Room

Pitman Panther Band Association
General Meeting
June 11, 2014

Welcome/Approve Minutes

·         Wildwood Run – May 17th
·         Chik-fil-A Spirit Night
·         Senior Scholarship


·         Band Camp Orientation
·         Budget Approval

·         Current Account Balances


Monday, June 2, 2014

2014-15 All South Jersey Solos are posted online.

Please encourage your child to prepare for the All-South Jersey honors ensembles this coming school year.  Auditions will be held in December of 2014.  Solos are taken directly from the All-State list so students that audition and are accepted into All-South are eligible to audition for All-State groups.  It looks great on college applications and students learn a lot just by going through the process.  If you need any help let me know.

Click here for the NJMEA Solo list.