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 or Terry Miles at  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 Kennedy), Kennedy), (Terry Miles), or (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 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.  


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

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

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

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 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 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 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