This is a reminder that the second payment of Eagle Band fees is due on Thursday, July 31st. This payment should include the $250 required fee plus any additional fees for Colorguard Equipment, Frontline/Drumline Equipment and Black Marching Shoes (if needed). If you did not pay the initial deposit at the time of registration, please include that amount as well.

Checks made out to EPHS can be given to Mr. Palmer or Mr. Whipkey, mailed to the school to Mr. Palmer’s attention, or placed in the black lock box located on the wall just to the right of the band office door.

A note about shoes: If your student told us they needed shoes, we had them sized and put them on our order list. However, we will not order their shoes unless the $35 fee has been paid. The final shoe order will be placed on Monday, August 11th. You can still order shoes after that date, but the cost will be $45 to cover the additional shipping for a single pair of shoes. We also have donated used shoes in many sizes that are available for your student’s use free of charge.

The final $150 is due by September 1st and is payable directly to Student Activities. They are still working on setting this up – we will notify parents when it is okay to pay.

If you have any payment issues, please discuss them with Mr. Palmer as soon as possible. He cannot help you work through them if he doesn’t know about them. All conversations will be kept confidential.

Mark Your Calendars! Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1:30 – 5:00pm.

Back by popular demand, we will have a parent social immediately after the buses leave for Band Camp at the Golden Nugget Tavern and Grille. ALL EP band parents are invited. We especially welcome CMS and freshman parents – it’s a great way to get to meet other band parents in a relaxed setting.

We will have the back room and patio reserved for our group. Each parent is responsible for the cost of their own food and beverages. Golden Nugget will once again offer $6 burger baskets until 5:00.

Hope to see you there!

Work day at The ARC (Band Camp) in Osceola is Saturday, July 19th, 2014 from 9:30am (be at ARC) until 3:00 or 4:00 pm. We can carpool from the high school to minimize the driving.

The staff members at the ARC have designed a new field for EP Band to use at band camp. It was developed towards the back of camp and is farther away, noise wise, from the surrounding neighborhood. Two years ago we helped them finish the director stand and removable stairs. Last year we helped build a human foosball court and a gaga pit. These were so beneficial to EP Band Camp that here is a way to return the favor.

The ARC staff needs our gift of time and talents with projects around camp to help with the up keep of the general area and some activity sites. They have not specified the projects at hand but there will be something to do that fits everyone’s skill level.

They have requested the help of 20-25 people:
Adults with some carpentry and electrical skills
Adults or older kids that like to paint
Many able bodies to groom the area (weed, trim, etc)

The materials needed and most of the tools will be supplied by The ARC.
If you have a favorite shovel, hammer, work gloves, or other tools bring them along.

Lunch will be provided by the ARC. Snacks will be available. Just bring your own water bottle. Water to refill water bottles will be available.

This is a great opportunity to see the camp and get a feel for what the week of Band Camp will be all about for your child.

Please respond to Jo Benson at jobenson@comcast.net if you are able to help or have any questions.

Clarinet Camp at MacPhail is a week of engaging, practical and varied information and activities for middle and high school clarinet players. (Ages 12-18.) From 9:30-1 each day, students will be engaged in small ensemble rehearsals and explore the fundamentals of creating a superior tone and accurate technique. In addition, campers will become acquainted with the acoustics and history of the clarinet, the importance of maintaining a consistent supply of functioning reeds, and how to troubleshoot and repair common mechanical problems. Throughout the week, students will experience the wide variety of musical voices that can be produced by the soprano clarinet and the clarinet family. The camp finale is a concert for family and friends on Friday, July 25 at 11:30am. Camp instructors include MacPhail faculty Katrina Mundinger, Nina Olsen and Paul Schimming.

Dr. Jackson highly recommends this camp as a way to help students take their performance to the next level.
Camp dates are July 21-25, and the cost is $385. Registration deadline is July 7.

To register or to find out more information, contact Nina Olsen, Winds, Brass and Percussion Department Chair, at nina.olsen@macphail.org.

It’s the battle of the woodwinds versus the brass! On Saturday, June 28, the hornline will compete against each other at car washes in two different locations in Eden Prairie. All proceeds will go to the Eagle Band’s fundraising initiative, the Sharp Dressed Band campaign, to raise money for new uniforms for the entire band. Woodwinds will be washing cars at the Cub Foods located on Den Road in Eden Prairie. Brass will wash cars at Walgreen’s on the corner of Eden Prairie Road and Highway 5. In addition to raising money, the section that raises the most money will get to be first in the food line at band camp. The losing section will have the privilege of waxing the 54 foot trailer. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please come out an support our kids!