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 firstname.lastname@example.org(Michelle Kennedy), email@example.com(Mike Kennedy), firstname.lastname@example.org (Terry Miles), or email@example.com (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.