Monday, May 23, 2016


Just wanted to share with you some information about the end of the school year.  We're pretty busy in the music department as you can see.  All of this information has been given to the students as well just wanted to make sure you all had it as well.

Band Banquet

Banquet tomorrow 5/24 at the VFW by 6. Food, Awards, and Fun. Dress is casual.  Families are welcome!!

Field Trips

Wednesday- Kindle trip...we will leave after 5th period. All students are to eat lunch during period 5. We will walk to Kindle and dismiss from there. Wear a pitman band t-shirt and jeans. If you do not have a shirt you may borrow one from me.

Thursday- Walls Trip same as above except we need to load the truck after we perform so it's ready to go for Monday morning. All instruments can be put on the truck unless you want to take them home and carry them with you to the grove on Monday.

Monday- Memorial Day ceremony- Report to the Tabernacle (Center of the grove) by 9:45 to help set up. We begin to play at 10:45 and we are done by 12.  Dress is a pitman bands shirt and jeans. 

NJ Teen Arts

We are taking a group up to Ocean County College on June 2nd for the State Teen Arts festival.  Permission slips are available in the band room for everyone who wishes to attend.  Space is limited to the first 30 people that sign up.

Extra Credit Opportunities-

Extra credit is available to all students in concert band to boost grades.  Extra credit must be turned in in google classroom before final exams start.  Below are examples of extra credit that is available.

1. Seeing a traditional performance outside of school.
2. Participating in a traditional performance outside of school.
3. Being a member of an outside school traditional performing ensemble.
4. Spotify playlist on a composer.
5. Co-Curricular ensembles: Marching Band, Jazz Band, Madrigals, Wind Ensemble. (Only valid during the marking period in which they occur.
6. Completing community service: ie. volunteering to work in the auditorium...helping someone with music....anything along those lines.
7. Anything that you get approved with me ahead of time that enhances your musical career.

Disney Trip Deposits
Please send in your deposits by Friday is possible.  If you need more time let me know.  I need to have payment sent to Disney to hold our rooms.  With a band our size it's important to have everyone attend if possible so we can perform.  If you need assistance we're here to help!!!!  We'd like to leave no child behind. :-)

Apparel Orders
Band Apparel order form is up...this is the place to get any band gear for next year.  There are plenty of items available at really good prices.  Orders will be available for pick up by the July 4th parade and throughout the summer. Please use one form per person.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spring Trip Announcement 2016

Pitman High School

Department of Instrumental Music

May 10th, 2016

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 in January of 2017.  This tour will include a performance at one of the Disney Resort parks and an educational workshop taught by expert Disney musicians.  This tour will include the following:

  • Airfare through Southwest Airlines
  • All Lunches and Dinners w/ the option to purchase breakfast coupons.
  • Admission to each of the Disney Theme parks
  • Workshop and Recording session
  • Performance at one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks
  • Hotel Accommodations at the All Star Music Resort - 4 students to a room (option of 2 available for additional cost.)

The details of this trip are currently being finalized and once we recieve approval from the school we will be able to make more information available.  Rest assured we are committed to making sure that each child gets to participate in this trip.  We will not allow finances to be an obstacle for any child and will be scheduling fundraisers specifically for this trip.
Fundraisers will be available on both an individual and a group basis.  We just ask that you send a 50.00 deposit in to hold your space and so we can reserve our hotel rooms.  We are confident that we can keep the cost of this trip to no more than 750.00 through our fundraising efforts.

Parents are more than welcome to attend this trip as well as we are in need of chaperones.  The cost of the chaperones will be slightly higher to allow for a single or a double room.  Payments maybe sent through PayPal to either or  Please use the send money to friends or family option when using PayPal.

Payment Plan
Deposit 50.00 The end of May
Steven E. Carey 250.00  The end of July (Cinnamon Roll Fundrasier)
Director of Bands 250.00 End of October (Coupon Book fundrasier)

Remainder End of November (Mattress Fundrasier)

Monday, May 9, 2016

We're taking nominations for executive board

Please fill out this form to nominate someone to serve on the 2016-17 Executive committee.  We are always in need of people to volunteer to help this organization better serve our children.  Please consider helping out and joining our amazing team.

Band Banquet Info

Hi Band Parents!
Our Awards Banquet for the PHS Instrumental Music Program is being held on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Pitman VFW Hall on Oakcrest Avenue.   As with most of our events, we’ll need lots of help to make this one a huge success. This end-of-year banquet is especially important, because it gives us the opportunity to recognize our children for all their hard work in the various band programs this school year, including Marching Band, Guard, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band.  Band members and their families are invited.
We're planning to serve a potluck/covered dish dinner from 6:00PM to 7:00PM, so we need donations of covered dish main courses, salads, desserts, beverages, etc. We will also need volunteers to help set up and clean up. We will also have music for the kids from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.
Please reply to me ASAP at to confirm what you can bring AND how many people in your family will be attending so we can get a proper head count and determine exactly what we'll need.   This is a huge team effort, and it's a great way to support your kids, socialize with other band parents, and just have fun!  

Thanks so much for your help!
Kelly Cancglin

P.S.  If you volunteer to bring a main dish, a salad, and/or a dessert, please specify what you will be bringing so that we can have a varied assortment of food offerings.
Below is an approximate list of what we'll need for the banquet:
@ 15 main dishes (with serving utensils, labeled with your name)
@ 6 salads (green, potato, macaroni, etc. - with serving utensils, labeled with your name)
1 fruit tray
1 veggie tray (w. dip)
@ 5 doz. dinner rolls
1 lb. butter
8 cases of soda 
6 cases of bottled water
@ 10 desserts
4 coolers with ice
5:30PM - set up
9:00PM - clean up