Playoff Game - The second round of football playoff games begin on Friday night vs. Fall Church HS. It is a home game. So are schedule for this week is:
Go home after school, eat some dinner, put on extra layers of clothes.
4:45 - Report to MHS
5:00 - Run show and pregame in stadium
5:30 - Change into uniforms
6:00 - Warm-up in Courtyard
6:30 - Pre-game
7:00 - Game begins - MP2 will play half time
Following game dismiss from stadium, announcements in band room
How to dress for cold weather - it looks like we will be playing football for a while, so I feel it necessary to give you advise on staying warm on a cold Friday night.
1. Eat a good dinner prior to coming to the game, and drink lots of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated and eating well will help your body produce heat.
2. Cotton is not your friend. Thermal underwear is a great thing unless it is made of cotton. Cotton holds moisture close to your skin and it is the moisture that gets cold and makes you cold. Nylon, Under Armour, and other materials that are not cotton work much better to keep you warmer.
3. Hand Warmers are great to have as well. There are many tricks with these, such as putting one on your chest or in shoes or in gloves. Just be careful with hand warmers that you do not burn yourself, you should never put it directly on you skin.
4. Jackets that go over top you uniform jacket adds an extra layer. Consider wearing a knit hat in the stands to cover your head (most of your body heat exits from the head) and heavy gloves that allow you to play but may keep hands warmer.
5. Color Guard - we will discuss how to better to keep you warm at Tuesday's practice.
Now all this said when we perform halftime, we need to wear our uniforms correctly, and perform with pride. We are not first band to play in the cold. In fact when I was in school (haha) we did play a band competition in the snow and very cold. Our kids are great and I know they are going to be a vital part of our teams playoff run.
2013 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.
Hydration – it very important that students begin hydrating prior to the start of band camp, students should drink 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water per day. They should stay away from soda and energy drinks as they speed up dehydration. Please save Gatorade and other sports drinks for after rehearsal or at lunch break. While sports drinks have many benefits, you can have too much of a good thing.
Orlando Trip in December - The Massaponax Music will be taking a trip to Orlando, FL on Dec. 29 - Jan. 3. The MP2 will perform in a parade at one of the Disney Parks, the Chorus will be singing in the Candle Light service at Epcot and our String Orchestra will perform on the Disney Sound Stage.
If you would like your student to go on this trip, please print out the permission slip from the band website www.mhsmp2.com and bring it to one of the open band nights. Please do not panic about the payment schedule, if you are able to make payments now great if not we can collect at a later date. This is not a required trip, but should be a very neat opportunity for your student.
Parents we can extend our group pricing to you and your family if you want to make it a trip for the entire family.
$499 per person for a quad occupancy room
$529 per person for a triple room
$574 per person for a double room
$799 per person for a single room
This includes: 3 nights accommodations, admission to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Universal’s Island of Adventure, 4 breakfasts, 3 Disney meal coupons, 1 dinner at Buca di Beppo.
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.