MP2 2014 – July 21, 2014
BAND CAMP IS 3 WEEKS AWAY – YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!
I am getting very excited about the start of the 2014 edition of the MP2. The show design is coming along and looks awesome. Below is information to keep you informed of the goings on this summer and getting ready for the best season ever!
Open Band Tonight – Winds 7PM-9PM (we are going to try and read through the show), Percussion 7PM-9PM, New Guard 6PM-8PM, Returning Guard 7PM-9PM.
Music and Recordings – Students your will have access to music, recordings or music, and drill (when available) on Google docs. All students have a Google account through the school. So check out the music, print your part, and now you have total access to all you need.
MP2 Gear – If you would like to order additional band t-shirts, shorts or other MP2 Gear click here for an order form to get jackets, hats, etc. We only do this one time per year, so you want to plan ahead. Also remember each student gets a band t-shirt and shorts as part of their band dues. Many students and parents find it helpful to buy an additional t-shirt and/or shorts for those weekends we have a Friday night game and a Saturday competition.
New Band Parent Meeting – If you are new to the MP2, we are holding a new parent meeting on Tuesday, August 5 at 7:30PM in the band room. We will be talking about band camp, the fall schedule, and everything you need to know for a great season. It is also a great time to bring all the questions you have, and sign up for dates to volunteer to help out the MP2.
Save the Date – Saturday, September 13 will be our second annual Band Aide day. We need all parents and students to help get the word out to the community about all the great things the MP2 does during the year. It is also an opportunity for us to raise much needed funds to support our activities.
Shrek the Musical - I hope you're all planning to catch Shrek the Musical next week! Come out and see our band parent president, Trey Talmadge as Shrek. Shows are all at Massaponax HS on:
Wednesday, July 23 - 7pm
Thursday, July 24 - 7pm
Friday, July 25 - 7pm
Saturday, July 26 - 2pm
Saturday, July 26 - 7pm
You can buy tickets at the door or avoid the lines and purchase online at:
Drum Corps International World Championship – Since most of us cannot get out to Indianapolis for this great event we have some great opportunities for our students to witness the pageantry of Drum and Bugle Corps.
August 7 – DCI Big, Loud and Live 11 at Regal Cinema 5:30PM-11:45PM (Tickets should be purchased ahead of time)
August 8 – DCI Semi Finals Webcast – Massaponax Auditorium 6ish – 11ish, more exact times to come closer to the date. This is special for our students and parents who want to watch and experience drum and bugle corps.
Marching Band is a physical activity, so we need you to prepare yourself for band camp so you will be ready to go. Do these simple things and you will find yourself ready to go:
Push Ups - as many as you can do in one minute. This helps with upper body strength, you are all carrying or playing something that requires upper body strength.
Crunches or Plank - As many crunches as you can do in a minute or plank for one minute. This helps with your core strength needed for good posture.
Finally 30 minutes outside doing something - run, walk, bike, ultimate frisbee, etc. The idea here is to get your body used to being outside. It takes approx. 10 days for your body to acclimated itself to the weather. If you spend your entire summer indoors in the air conditioning, you won't like the first few days of band camp.
Drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated - you will have way more energy for all your summer activities.
There are a number of ways we get information out to you:
The Band Website - www.mhsmp2.com
Facebook - Massaponax Marching Panther Pride
Text Messages - send text @7f14b to (571)414-0586 to join
E-mail - please check your spam folder for our e-mails, because we have so many on our e-mail list some services think we are spam.
That is all for now. Have a great week and I will be seeing you soon.
Updated (7/15) Fall Calendar is now posted click here to view.
Membership Packet for all members of the 2014 MP2
Congratulations to the Massaponax Band on being a 2014 Virginia Honor Band.
Pick Up and Drop Off for band events – Please pick up and drop off your students by the stadium for band events. This is the easiest way for me to make sure all students are safe and accounted for. Please do not pick up and drop off by the loading docks, we have many other teams that practice out by those fields, so cars out back creates a safety issue for all of our students.
Text Messages - If you would like to receive text message reminders from Mr. Koch, please do the following:
We are up to 99 members of the MP2 group, what an awesome way to communicate.
Well that is all for this edition, please check the website from time to time and watch your e-mail.
Pride at MHS!
Massaponax High School opened in the Fall 1998 as the fourth high school in Spotsylvania county, Virginia. The bands has earned superior and excellent ratings at marching, concert, and jazz festivals during our history.
The band was designated a "Virginia Honor Band" in 2002, 2004,and 2013 and the music department was designated a "Blue Ribbon School" in 2002.
The Panther Pride Bands consist of the Panther Pride Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Winter Color Guard, Winter Drumline, and the Marching Panther Pride.