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Info sheets for All-Staters and Brass Band

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We leave tomorrow. All-Staters load at 7 and Brass Band loads at 3:30. All-Staters-read through all info provided to you from the State Band and Jazz Band and the information I am providing you below. For people just doing Brass Band, your info sheet is at the bottom of this post. This will be a ton of fun!

 

 

All-State info-2019

Congratulations on being selected as the best of the best in the state of Kansas! We head for Wichita very soon. Here is the information you need:

When: We arrive at South by 7:00 am on Thursday, Feb. 21stt. Make sure you tell your teachers you will be gone. We will be traveling in rented vehicles driven by South’s music staff. It is always a tight fit. Please keep that in mind when packing. Registration is at 12:00. We will grab lunch before your first rehearsal.

Where: We will stay at the Hyatt Regency

400 West Waterman, Wichita, Kansas, USA 67202 Tel: +1 316 293 1234 Fax: +1 316 293 1200

Cost: The school pays for registration, transportation, housing, and one nice dinner. You will be responsible for 5 meals. Everything from fast food on up is available. The breakfast at the hotel is expensive. You might load up with some breakfast stuff to take with you. That would mean only 3 meals.

Dress: Dress casual for rehearsals but not sloppy. Bring a heavy coat, no telling what the weather will be like. Probably somewhere between 20 and 80 degrees. Check the forecast prior to the trip to help you pack.

Concert Dress: See the information provided to you. It may be different for different groups but usually your concert uniform works fine, jazz band is usually dressy and a bit more individual.

Bring: Your instrument, a folding music stand, a pencil, your music, and all needed accessories (extra reeds, mutes, etc). If you might need it, bring it. Please keep in mind that we have very limited storage space in the vans for luggage, people and instruments. If your bag is too big, it will sit on your lapJ

Be Prepared! Know your music very well before we leave for Wichita. You are expected to know your part. Rehearsals are for putting everything together. Expect that there will be re-seating auditions in the band when we get there.

Concert: All concerts are on Saturday, Feb. 23th. The State Jazz Band concert is at noon in The Mary Jane Teall Theater and the State Band concert is at 3:00 PM in the Concert Hall. Both are in the Century II Convention Center. Parents are highly encouraged to attend the concert. Tickets are 7.00 and must be ordered in advance at ksmea.org. Century II is adjacent to the hotel.

Going Home: Students are strongly encouraged to ride home with parents. Make sure Mr. Adams is aware of your plans. Students may not ride home with anyone other than their own parents unless written permission from your parents is given to Mr. Adams prior to the trip (e-mail is fine). The best plan is for parents to pick up students at the hotel during their lunch break. You can take luggage at that time and check out. Parents are in charge of their students from that time on. Please text Mr. Adams when students are with their parents (913-548-9197). This saves the chaperones trying to coordinate multiple groups’ different schedules.

Rules: Common Sense! Any discipline or attendance problems-you go home at your expense.

Directions: Take I-35 South. Get on the turnpike in Emporia. Get off at the South Kellogg exit in Wichita. Go west on Kellogg until Market, go right. Take a left onto Douglas, go two blocks and you are at Century II Convention Center. Follow the crowd.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS AWARE OF ALL SCHEDULES. THOSE THAT ARE PRINTED MAY CHANGE! LISTEN IN REHEARSALS AND WHEN MR. ADAMS, MR. SCHAPKER, MR. DUNCAN, OR MR. WIEBE ARE GIVING INSTRUCTIONS. INFORM YOUR TEACHER IF SCHEDULE CHANGES ARE GIVEN TO YOU IN REHEARSAL. BE ON TIME TO ALL REHEARSALS, WHICH MEANS A LITTLE EARLY.

If there are any questions, please feel free to call (913-993-7572) or e-mail (soadams@smsd.org) me at school. While in Wichita, I can be reached on my cell phone (913-548-9197).

 

 

Brass Band KMEA Trip Info-2019

Let’s take a road trip to play some blues for the music teachers of Kansas!

When: Load to leave South at 3:30PM on Thursday, Feb. 21st. Make sure you tell your teachers you will be gone on Friday. You will be traveling in a school van driven by Mr. Schapker. It may be a tight fit. Please keep that in mind when packing. You will get dinner, paid for by the school, when you get to Wichita.

Where: We will stay at the Hyatt Regency

400 West Waterman, Wichita, Kansas, USA 67202 Tel: +1 316 293 1234 Fax: +1 316 293 1200

Cost: The only expense you should have is breakfast and lunch on Friday…and any snacks you might want. I would say 30.00 would cover it…though those snacks can add up.

Dress: Dress casual for the trip but not sloppy. Bring a heavy coat, no telling what the weather will be like. Probably somewhere between 20 and 80 degrees. Check the forecast prior to the trip to help you pack.

Concert Dress: Don’t forget your jeans and Hawaiian shirts.

Bring: Your instrument and all needed accessories (extra reeds, mutes, etc). If you might need it, bring it. Please keep in mind that we have very limited storage space in the vans for luggage, people and instruments. If your bag is too big, it will sit on your lapJ We have to fit your instruments which include a bass drum and probably the sousaphone!

Be Prepared! This is a pretty big deal. A group like this has NEVER played at KMEA. You are introducing something new to the teachers that attend. Make it special for your audience…make it special for you. Be at your best!

Concert: The performance is at 9:00 AM in the Mary Jane Teall Auditorium which is on the east side of The Century II Convention Center. Our warm-up time is 8:30. Eat and be dressed for the gig by 8AM. Meet in the lobby of our hotel with everything you need. After the performance, you will have time to go back to the hotel to pack and check out. Mr. Schapker will let you know when the van is leaving. Here is a link to buy a CD or DVD or the performance http://ksmea.org/perf/audio/

Parents who would like to attend the concert: Come in the main entrance to Centruy II (225 W Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202) either from the East or West side (most of the parking is on the East). Go to the registration booth and you can get free tickets. From there, follow the hallway inside the east side of the building. This will take you to Auditorium. It is well marked.

Going Home: The van will go back to SMS after the performance and everyone is welcome to ride. If your parents go to the concert, you can ride home with them but make sure Mr. Schapker gets a note from your parents ahead of time (e-mail is fine). Students may not ride home with anyone other than their own parents unless written permission from your parents is given to Mr. Adams or Mr. Schapker prior to the trip.

Rules: Common Sense! Any discipline or attendance problems-you go home at your expense.

Directions: Take I-35 South. Get on the turnpike in Emporia. Get off at the South Kellogg exit in Wichita. Go west on Kellogg until Market, go right. Take a left onto Douglas, go two blocks and you are at Century II Convention Center. Follow the crowd.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS AWARE OF ALL SCHEDULES. THOSE THAT ARE PRINTED MAY CHANGE! LISTEN WHEN MR. SELZER, MR. ADAMS OR MR. SCHAPKER ARE GIVING INSTRUCTIONS. BE ON TIME TO EVERYTHING…WHICH MEANS A LITTLE EARLY. THE HOTEL ELEVATORS CAN GET VERY BUSY SO ALWAYS BUILD IN TIME.

If there are any questions, please feel free to call (913-993-7572) or e-mail (soadams@smsd.org) me at school. While in Wichita, I can be reached on my cell phone (913-548-9197).

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