Hello Irish Guard Family:
When there is so much positive happening (ROSES AMONGST THE THORNS), hard to put into a brief email!!
FOOTHILL BAND REVIEW
Memories and Music! That is what we are attempting to create for our students!! Sure. Life is full of bad memories and bad music. But, attitude is what makes things good or bad. There was much good on Saturday. Even before I share just a few of the results, there was much to celebrate.
1. How about all the parents who volunteered to drive students to and from the event?! Filled out paperwork. Made up sign-up sheets. Took amazing organizational skills to SAFELY transport over 120 students.
2. How about feeding over 140 people? LEAD BY TWO FRESHMEN PARENTS - I WILL ADD!
3. How about the WELL OVER 30-40 parents we are seeing every week STEP-UP to move equipment and build equipment?! How inspiring it is to see "today's" parents making time for their children AND OTHER FOLKS' CHILDREN.
4. How about the talented instructional staff we are seeing evolve much to the thanks of Mr. Van Loben Sels? An instructional staff that I am building trust with that I can leave a rehearsal and attend two former band students' wedding? By the way, you can only imagine what it is like to see two former students marry one another while sitting next to Mr. Bertelson! You can only imagine that once in a lifetime moment. I cannot thank the instructors and the parents for stepping-up (a lot of "stepping-up" -- must be marching season (wink). Lots of tears for me at that wedding!
5.. And the final how abouts: Twenty Six Bands at the competition: FOURTH PLACE OUT OF TWENTY-SIX - MUSIC SCORE!! SIXTH PLACE OUT OF TWENTY SIX - GENERAL EFFECT SCORE!! TWELFTH OUT OF TWENTY SIX - VISUAL EFFECT!! THIRTEENTH OUT OF TWENTY-SIX - COLOR GUARD SCORE!! TENTH OUT OF TWENTY-SIX - PERCUSSION!! So, Overall - OUT OF TWENTY SIX HIGH SCHOOLS, DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL CAME IN EIGHTH WITH A SCORE OF 90.420!! But, probably what the students will remember the most: OUT OF TWENTY-SIX HIGH SCHOOLS, OUR BRASS SECTION CAME IN SECOND PLACE--ONE POINT BEHIND FIRST PLACE. Great job everyone!!
I cannot emphasize enough: THE FEELING PRIOR TO HEARING THE OUTSTANDING RESULTS WAS OVER THE TOP POSITIVE! We need to continue to find some sort of balance between how we feel about a performance versus what the judges say about our performance. Sure. It feels great to see/hear these scores, but PRIOR TO KNOWING THE JUDGES' OPINIONS it felt great to hear the students be so happy with how they did compared to the night before at the football game, or even a week later following their first performance of the year.
Following a great day, there can be a let down. LET'S NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. There are still students playing wrong notes. There are still students going to wrong spots; picking-up wrong equipment; etc. We now leave NCBA and return to WBA! It will be interesting to see how the WBA judges' comments will reflect TWO WEEKS OF WORK! We have a ways to go on our journey. "Yesterday ended last night." So, cherish this "victory" and then move forward. SUCH A GREAT DAY!!
TUESDAY NIGHT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Thanks to Mrs. Everts checking the school board meeting agenda on a regular basis, we have learned that there will be discussion (NOT ACTION -- discussion) in regards to MARCHING BAND / PE! I am hearing all sorts of "stuff" from parents about how this is all going to work. Please...we haven't even received the go-ahead that this is going to happen. Gosh, I didn't even know there was going to be discussion about this issue. Before we all come to conclusions on how "Mr. Everts is going to make this work," please, go to the meeting Tuesday night. Please have your child go to the meeting Tuesday night. Bring their homework. If for any reason, learn how this all works. IT IS THEIR EDUCATION. I would love to see them more involved in the "goings-on" with their education.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FINAL DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND REVIEW MEETING 6:30pm
FRIDAY NIGHT SENIOR NIGHT AT THE FOOTBALL GAME
We would love to see all twenty-two STUDENTS have their CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS (father/mother/siblings) ESCORT THEM DURING THE HALF-TIME CEREMONY. I realize there are grandparents / aunts / uncles / Godparents / special friends! Be considerate. With twenty-two band/color guard students IN ADDITION TO CHEERLEADERS BEING INTRODUCED in fifteen minutes ..... we need IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS. As always, I do look forward to seeing all the parents and even after four years, meeting parents that night. "What time should we be there, Mr. Everts?" Please go to the game. It is a fun activity. The game is scheduled to start at 7pm.
October 31st - DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND REVIEW
We need the students to be at the high school by 11am for a 11am-1pm rehearsal. We would like the students to stay on campus to be available to help set-up and/or do THEIR HOMEWORK. The band room will be a QUIET STUDY HALL. I do understand there is some "stress" about the homework getting done this coming weekend. Therefore, all I can do that day (as well as encourage the students to efficiently use their time at home and GAEL PERIOD) is offer a QUIET STUDY HALL for your child. I do hope you will encourage your child to go into the band room where I and/or Mrs. Everts will be monitoring that room. And then at 4pmish...we start to get ready for the competition. More details will be on the website.
November 1st - PLEASANTON VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
When a veteran comes into the band room and says, "Mr. Everts. Foothill is in Anaheim that weekend and Amador Valley cannot be there. Will you please be the band in the parade?" I understand the following concern: "But, Mr. Everts we have a football game on Friday. We host a band review Saturday and now you want to add a parade?!" I have heard the angst. Every decision a leader makes causes angst (or even, "Good job Mr. Everts. We need to support our veterans". Yet, I also realize how much those veterans have given-up so we can have a football game, enjoy a band review and enjoy PUBLIC EDUCATION. So, we need to be at Dublin High School at 11:15am November 1st and get dressed in uniform and shuttle the students over to the Start of the 1pm Parade. More information to follow.
Thank you very much for all you do to support your and other folks' children. Let's continue to do all we can to use the 101% Principle: AGREE ON ONE THING (help our students) AND GIVE IT 100%!
Hello Irish Guard Family:
Wow! What a wonderful evening. Let me first acknowledge: there MAY have been a "hiccup" or two; a toe stepped on; and even a nose bent out of shape. I get that. HOWEVER, as with life, we choose to look at life through our experiences. So, here is how I will choose to see Saturday:
1. There were probably AT LEAST THREE times as many parents helping as we have had in the past!! Since my first year (2008-09), because it was my first year, I have NEVER seen so many new faces. WAY TO GO. Continue to take these opportunities of being together as opportunities to grow a "community." There are some real needs for our DISTRICT'S music program and those "needs" need a community!! We are building a community - which can be difficult and a joy.
2. Two freshmen parents taking the lead to feed over 140 people!! That is amazing! AND THE AMOUNT OF FOOD LEFT OVER?! Way to go all who helped with feeding your children!
3. A field show that had more "props" than the previous five shows combined!! We need to remember: THIS IS OUR SIXTH YEAR COMPETING IN FIELD SHOWS, while many other bands/guards have many more years of experience. Great job to all the parents who busted "tail" to get that plane built and the sky made. Also, a HUGE thanks to the parents who moved all that equipment.
4. Solid first performance. I received many compliments from other bands' directors - which always feels great! The audience reaction? SUPER! Our parents are realizing how to "play-the-game." The game? CHEER DURING YOUR CHILD'S PERFORMANCE. Get that audience to share your love for your children!!
5. Finally: In TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS OF TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, I do not remember a time when so many of the students came up to me following the performance to say, "Thank you, Mr. Everts." And the "thank yous" weren't just for receiving the wristbands to get back into the stadium to watch the shows (WHICH THEY NEED TO DO TO BE INSPIRED / LEARN / AND SUPPORT THE OTHER SCHOOLS). No. These "thank yous" were: Thanks for giving us a chance to do this, Mr. Everts. Thanks for your hard work, Mr. Everts. Thanks for being patient with us, Mr. Everts (I know!! That "thank you" nearly knocked me off my feet ...) Very sweet. VERY SPECIAL to receive "thank you" from students while they are currently my students, oppose to, fifteen years later, "Ya know, Mr. Everts? Thank you. I finally understand what you were saying, Mr. Everts." I DO ENJOY THOSE "thank yous." This is a unique group of students this year. I love'em.
BIG THANK YOU TO THE PARENTS WHO ARE WORKING THE FORTY-NINERS FOOTBALL GAME TODAY (October 18th). Most of those volunteers were probably putting in a full day at the band review. AMAZING DEDICATION AND SHOW OF LOVE!! Thank you!!
So, where to next? October 24: FOOTHILL!! There will be more details about that day. For now: 12pm at the school; 4:15pmISH dinner; start the 5:00pm shuttle to Foothill; 6:45pm is their competition time. FOOTHILL SHOW STARTS AT 2PM so it will be a ZOO of parking. You will need to make sure your child has a ride to and from Foothill. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Thanks.
We do PLAN to perform entire field show at the end of the game on Friday night (October 23). Performance during half-time would take the entire half-time and I want to be considerate to the cheerleaders. October 30th is Senior Night - there are 22 seniors (WHICH IS AMAZING - FOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION FOR THE BAND/GUARD!!!!). Please make sure you are there for that special evening.
One final HUGE thank you to all of us for giving our children MEMORIES! I envy all of you for this time in your life. Yes! There are very stressful moments during the "teen-years." But, my gosh, moments like Saturdaynight?? How special for your children / my students. This is only the beginning.
SPEAKING OF MEMORIES: HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU AT THE 7PM CONCERT MONDAY NIGHT,OCTOBER 19TH featuring our super string orchestra and jazz band. For the students, I would love to see more than 47 people in the audience!!
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
At 6:00 pm students are to be in band room with a Dublin High School Shirt on. We will be moving to Sports Complex. All those in skits or wanting to watch rally, we will be done by 6:30 pm. Mr. Everts will be leaving at 6:45 pm.
Friday, October 9, 2015
HOMECOMING GAME (first home football game since September 11), Immediately following the seventh period, all students need to be at the band room to get into uniform. The only time we have to "rehearse" the parade is prior to the parade. Since the students are coming from award-winning PARADE MIDDLE SCHOOL bands and can do a field show, they can march in a block. Parade is scheduled to start at 3:45pm. We do need parents help prior... guess-timation: 1:45 pm.
That evening would be grade to have parents there to help assist the IRISH GUARD. Irish Guard (INCLUDING COLOR GUARD) are needed for half-time presentation of HOMECOMING COURT. When there are parents in the stands (WHICH IS A GROWING NUMBER) we definitely need parents on both sides of band, but really needed on band's RIGHT shoulder. Thank you for the help.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
8am-4pm Rehearsal is CRITICAL. I understand that every reason given to me for an absence is very important for that person who is absent. I understand. We had 15 students absent on Saturday, October 3 and fifteen students absent the prior Saturday. As a band AND color guard, we rehearse twice a week. This is the final 8am-4pm rehearsal prior to the start of the season. On October 17, 2015 we will meet at 12pm and go from there. WE NEED GREAT ATTENDANCE THIS COMING SATURDAY.
Monday, October 12, 2015
BOOSTERS MEETING AT 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FOR ELEMENTARY
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FOR SECONDARY
Both of these are a morning activity. Yes, I understand the importance of attending classes. I also understand how special the SPECIAL OLYMPICS is!! We do a great job leading athletes around the track and then stay and play in the stands for them. IT IS A GREAT EVENT.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
JAZZ BAND PERFORMS AT ROTARY CLUB. We are going to need help with rides that day. We need Parent Drivers at 11am and we should be done by 12:30pm.
Monday, October 19, 2015
JAZZ BAND AND ORCHESTRA CONCERT. Why wait until December when they are ready in October?! I am so excited about the POPS CONCERT!! This is in the theater and begins at 7pm.
Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director