DCI Semi-Finals Webcast

We will begin at 6PM in the Massaponax Library tonight, the last group will be done by 10:15PM, please have ride by then. Drop off, pick up and parking will be in front of the school tonight.

Please use main entrance. Bring food and drink if you desire (as long as you clean up afterwards). See you tonight.

MP2 2014 – August 4, 2014


It is getting close and we are really getting pumped for an awesome 2014 show.  Can’t wait to see everyone on August 11, this is going to be EPIC!!

No Open Band Tonight – Since camp starts on Monday enjoy the week off and get ready for camp to start.

Senior Meetings – Seniors I would like to meet with you all from 9AM-12PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.  If you cannot make it or can only make some of the time that is okay, but the more folks we have, the better prepared we can be for camp next week.

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.  As with all of our meetings we do not take longer than one hour.

What I Need for Band Camp

  1.  Dress in shorts,t-shirts, sneakers and socks.  (NO sandals, flip-flops, crocs, etc.)
  2. Sunscreen and hat
  3. Personal water jug (easier to keep track of how much water you are drinking) We will have water at all rehearsals as well.
  4. A Snack for the first week of camp to get through to 2PM.
  5. Lunch for the second week of camp.  (students are not allowed to leave campus during lunch break.)
  6. Instrument and music.

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. Please watch Facebook, Website and Text for exact times on Friday.

MP2 Gear –Orders and money are due on Tuesday, August 12.   If you would like to order additional band t-shirts, shorts or other MP2 Gear attached is 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. 


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.


Summer Conditioning
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. 

Have a Great week and let the countdown begin to the best season ever.


Mr. Koch


Competitions -  The MP2 will be participating in the following competitions this fall.
Sept. 27 - Neptune Festival Parade, Virginia Beach
Sept. 27 - Band Competition, Hickory High School, Chesapeake
Oct. 4 - Band Competition, Spotsylvania High School
Oct. 11 - Band Competition, Stafford High School (This is an SAT day, the Stafford show is at night, so you can take the SAT that day)
Oct. 25 - Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) State Marching Assessment - Massaponax High School
Nov. 1 - Band Competition and Parade - Cary, North Carolina

Updated (7/15) Fall Calendar is now posted click here to view.

Membership Packet for all members of the 2014 MP2

Membership Packet

Epi-Pen Authorization

Inhaler Authorization

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:

Text:  @7f14b
To:  (571)414-0586

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.

 Mr. Koch


MP2 Handbook - Click Here to Read all the about the MP2!

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.






August 8, 2014