Summer 2020

Week 2 Update - August 2

It’s Week 2 already! We hope you had a great first week! As a reminder, this week is Spirit Week. Check the daily themes below and join in the fun! We are aiming for 100% participation!

Students should report directly to their assigned areas and their groups. Please remember to HYDRATE, EAT BREAKFAST and bring WATER! Don’t forget your masks!

SHIFT 1: 8:00 - 10:00 AM
SHIFT 2: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lastly, please check Twitter and email first thing in the morning in case of weather cancellations. The Remind app has been maxed out and we are looking into alternate methods to communicate.

Have a great week everyone!

Message from Mr. Poremba - July 27
Hello Band Families!

It was so great to see the kids today and have them actually doing band! As we reflect on the first day here are a few things for us to keep in mind.

It is so important that we keep practicing social distancing before during and after our rehearsals. Students cannot let their guards down as we start to get back to doing what we enjoy. Students must maintain their distance from one another when not in their assigned groups and on the way to and from their designated areas. We had too many students not paying attention to this today. The last thing that we want is for our activity to be shut down. The staff will keep reminding the students of this but ultimately the responsibility lies with the students. We want to make this experience enjoyable for all but we need to follow the guidelines that are in place for the safety of everyone.

As we move forward, tomorrow we are going to have the students report directly to their assigned areas and their groups. Wellness checks will be done first thing as the band members arrive. There will be no check in tables set up. There will be a staff member at the flagpole to assist students that do not know where to report. Parents may also drop students near their assigned areas. Please remember to HYDRATE and EAT BREAKFAST as we had a few kids not prepared for today’s heat.

We have set up a remind for the band as well please follow the link below to subscribe. We will be using this in addition to the message platforms that are already in place.
FCMB Remind

Thank you for your help in keeping our rehearsals safe and our program moving forward.

Steve Poremba,Band Director
Mentor High School

COVID-19 Waiver Announcement from Mr Crowe

Dear FCMB Students and Families,

The Mentor School District has instituted a COVID-19 Waiver of Liability and Indemnification.  The Waiver of Liability and Indemnification form is required to be completed and signed by all students and parents in order to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities in the Mentor Schools.  Students will not be permitted to attend any practices, workouts, team functions, performances or contests without this form being completed.  The form must be completed and turned into Mr. Poremba on or before Monday, July 27 in order to participate in Marching Band activities.  Attached is the Waiver of Liability and Indemnification form that needs to be printed, signed and submitted.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me at crowe@mentorschools.org.

Sincerely,

Jason Crowe
Principal
Mentor High School

link to form

Season Update - July 21 - OMEA Marching Band Announcement

Hello Band Families,

Late last night OMEA sent out a statement that they will not be sanctioning any competitions this fall, canceling the 2020 competition season. This decision was not made lightly and takes into consideration the safety of all of the students, staff, adjudicators, volunteers, and spectators that would attend these events.

While the Fighting Cardinal Marching Band won't have a competitive season, we are still excited to have our students back participating in marching band with their peers in an activity that they enjoy. We know there will be disappointment, but there are also opportunities in these situations.

As we told our leadership team when we met yesterday, we know this season will look different, but we still intend to provide a meaningful experience for all involved. We are still a band, at the core of what we do is making music with others, and we will still March Proud.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone next Monday for the start of our season!

Steve Poremba, Band Director
Mentor High School

COVID-19 Waiver

Mentor Schools requires all participants in extracurricular activities to sign and return a waiver.  Please print, sign, and return this waiver on or before the first day of practice.

Season Update - July 10

Hello Band Families!

I hope this message finds you well and keeping cool during these hot summer days! This message contains important information about our return to activity for the Fighting Cardinal Marching Band. We are looking forward to getting our band members safely back to marching band activities. As stated before we will be working through phases of activity similar to athletics. Things will look different than they have in the past, but again we want to return safely and adhere to the guidelines that have been set.

We will begin rehearsals on JULY 27 - there will be no rehearsals the week of July 20. The band will be split up into 2 shifts during the first 2 phases of our rehearsal schedule and those shifts will be broken up into groups by section. Please review and follow the schedule below and if you have any questions please let me know. We will also be having parent/student meetings on Zoom prior to the start of our rehearsals to go over all of the guidelines. There will be 2 options for the meetings and all band members are required to attend one of the meetings. A link for these meetings will also be available on the Music Mentors website. It is very important to keep up to date on any information that comes out using this website. I want to thank everyone for their patience as we make our way through this. Again, please review the schedule below carefully.

WEEK 1 - JULY 27 - JULY 31
SHIFT 1 - 8:30AM - 10:00AM
CLARINETS
ALTO SAXOPHONES
TRUMPETS
FRONT ENSEMBLE PERCUSSION
COLOR GUARD 1

SHIFT 2 - 10:30AM - NOON
FLUTES
TENOR SAXOPHONES
MELLOPHONES
ALL LOW BRASS (TROMBONES, BARITONES, TUBAS
BATTERY PERCUSSION
COLOR GUARD 2
MAJORETTES

WEEKS 2&3 - AUGUST 3-7 & AUGUST 10-14
SHIFT 1 - 8:00AM - 10:00AM
CLARINETS
ALTO SAXOPHONES
TRUMPETS
FRONT ENSEMBLE PERCUSSION
COLOR GUARD 1
COLOR GUARD 2 (updated)

SHIFT 2 - 10:30AM - 12:30PM
FLUTES
TENOR SAXOPHONES
MELLOPHONES
ALL LOW BRASS (TROMBONES, BARITONES, TUBAS
BATTERY PERCUSSION
COLOR GUARD 2
MAJORETTES

A few things to keep in mind:
Our plan of activity is being reviewed by our administration
NO STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT A CURRENT EMERGENCY MEDICAL FORM (these are available to download on musicmentors.org)
Band members will be working in small groups to start and will be with the same students each day to maintain consistency
ALL activities will take place outdoors
Sections will have assigned areas to report to each day
THERE WILL BE NO INSTRUMENT STORAGE IN THE BUILDING with the exception of percussion and tubas
There will be no sharing of equipment, water bottles, or any personal items
Students will be required to wear a mask to and from their assigned areas.
We will share more information at the Zoom meetings

FCMB PARENT/STUDENT ZOOM MEETING

OPTION 1 - Wednesday July 22 - 6:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84908672028?pwd=NEpVaDY5RXhET0REdmRLaWl2dDdvQT09
Option 1 Zoom Link

OPTION 2 - Sunday July 26 - 6:30pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89720692004?pwd=YTlLcVg3WjJOcGhtUGY0YmVHQ3h4QT09
Option 2 Zoom Link

FCMB LEADERSHIP

We will be having a Zoom meeting on Monday July 20 from 4-6pm to discuss the upcoming rehearsals and FCMB season.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89197113936?pwd=Mit4cVh4Z3JiZ083TGwwcmxWZno0UT09
FCMB Leadership Zoom Link

Again if you have any questions please email porembas@mentorschools.org

Thanks and take care!

Mr. Poremba