Monday, September 26, 2016

Marching Crusaders Weekly News: September 26, 2016

Once again, a huge thank you to all for a great Saturday afternoon of marching band!  The Riverview crowd was pretty impressed with your field show performance.

Our schedule is below.  With the football team's record of 3-1, I think it is safe to say we are looking at playoffs in November.  For your planning purposes, playoff games are generally on Friday evenings and is week to week.

A few reminders:
Hoagie Order pickup is Wednesday evening during rehearsal.
An announcement about the banquet will be forthcoming.
I hope to have exact details about the October 7th Bonfire performance by mid-week.
Stay tuned for all.

The Journey indeed continues!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7:15pm-8:30pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal
7:30pm-8:30pm - Hoagie Order Pickup

Friday, September 30, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Jeannette
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:15pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7:15pm-8:30pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, October 7, 2016
Evening - Perform at Homecoming Bonfire (details to come soon)

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Imani Christian (Homecoming)
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
7:15pm-8:30pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, October 14, 2016 - Away Football at Springdale
4:00pm - Dinner
5:00pm - Bus departs BC
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
No rehearsal. Academic Honors Convocation.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Greensburg Central Catholic
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Friday, October 28, 2016 - Away Football at Carmichaels
3:45pm - Dinner
4:45pm - Bus departs BC
7:00pm - Game Time

Monday, September 19, 2016

Marching Crusaders Weekly News: September 19, 2016

Thanks to everyone for a great performance night and senior night last Friday!

Our continuing schedule is below.  Please check for a few minor changes in start times/report times. Also note that we will be playing for part of the Bonfire activities on the evening of Friday, October 7th.  More on that soon.  Also also... the Banquet date will be announced soon and with two wins thus far, we could be looking at playoffs.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016
7:00pm-7:30pm - Drumline Rehearsal
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Away Football at Riverview (Oakmont)
9:50am - Report
10:00am - Bus Departs
12:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, September 30, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Jeannette
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:15pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, October 7, 2016
Evening - Perform at Homecoming Bonfire (details to come soon)

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Imani Christian (Homecoming)
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, October 14, 2016 - Away Football at Springdale
4:00pm - Dinner
5:00pm - Bus departs BC
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
No rehearsal. Academic Honors Convocation.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Greensburg Central Catholic
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Friday, October 28, 2016 - Away Football at Carmichaels
3:45pm - Dinner
4:45pm - Bus departs BC
7:00pm - Game Time

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Marching Crusaders Weekly News: September 13, 2016

What a whirlwind four days we had: Pep Rally, Home Football and Golf Outing.  Many people have expressed compliments and appreciation for your performances.

Our continuing schedule is below.  Again, we are home for Friday's football game vs. Leechburg.  As it is Senior Night, please be observant of the various report times.

Seniors, please make sure you turn in your information forms to Mr. Holup by tomorrow.
All Musicians, please make sure you have laundered and pressed your uniforms.
We will resume Wednesday evening rehearsals next Wednesday, September 21st.
Also note that the Saturday, September 24th game at Riverview is a noon game, with a 9:30am report time at BC to load the truck.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016 No rehearsal.  Meet the Teachers Night

Friday, September 16, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Leechburg (Senior Night)
5:45pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:00pm - Warm up Rehearsal in the Home End Zone
6:10pm - Senior Parents Check In at Gate
6:20pm - Senior Recognition and Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Away Football at Riverview (Oakmont)
9:30am - Report and Load Truck
10:00am - Bus Departs
12:00pm - Game Time
We will unload the truck upon return to BC

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, September 30, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Jeannette
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:15pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, October 7, 2016
Evening - Perform at Homecoming Bonfire (details to come soon)

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Imani Christian (Homecoming)
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, October 14, 2016 - Away Football at Springdale
4:00pm - Dinner
5:00pm - Bus departs BC
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Greensburg Central Catholic
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Friday, October 28, 2016 - Away Football at Carmichaels
3:45pm - Dinner
4:45pm - Bus departs BC
7:00pm - Game Time

Friday, September 9, 2016

Notes for the Pep Rally, Home Football Game and Golf Outing

Today's Pep Rally
Report to the Music Room/Gym after period 7
Those who drove to school or are getting a ride home should stay after the Pep Rally to load the equipment truck
Don't forget to take your raincoat home with you today if you didn't do so yesterday.

Saturday Football
5:45pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:00pm - Warmup Rehearsal in the Home End Zone
6:30pm - Drumline Pregame Locker Room Rockout
6:45pm - Pregame Tunnel
7:00pm - Kickoff
Don't forget to bring your raincoat.

Monday Golf Outing
Musicians wear your Band Camp t-shirt and school pants/shoes to school
Crusettes wear your Crusette uniforms to school
Report to the Music Room at the end of Period 1.
A lunch of hoagies, chips and cookies will be provided.
Upon our return to school, you will eat lunch, then unload the equipment truck.
You may or may not make it to period 9.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Marching Crusaders Weekly News: August 29, 2016

Happy Monday everyone!

It's our first full week of classes... and our first performance!

Don't forget, this is the one week we have Full Ensemble Rehearsal on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Next week, we will switch back to Wednesday.

The Mum's Sale has been extended through Friday.  You may turn everything in to Mr. J or turn in to Mrs. Battista at the game on Friday.

If anyone would like more Penguins Raffle tickets, please let me know and I will acquire them for you.

Below is the schedule for the next several weeks and attached is the Parent Volunteer List for Friday's game.

Right now the weather for Friday looks cool enough for Full Uniforms.  However, please have your Hot Weather Uniforms ready.  Mr. J will let everyone know at Thursday night's rehearsal which we will be wearing.  By then, he will have a reasonably good idea of the forecast.

Hot Weather Uniforms:
Musicians: Band Camp t-shirt, Khaki Shorts, Black Socks (low cut), Marching Shoes
Crusettes: Band Camp t-shirts, Navy Softee Shorts, White Keds


The Journey continues!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Thursday, September 1, 2016
6:30pm-8:00pm - Crusettes Practice in Gym
7:30pm-8:00pm - Winds, Pit, Drumline Rehearsal
8:00pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal on the Lower Practice Field

Friday, September 2, 2016 - Away Football at Clairton
4:00pm - Dinner
5:00pm - Bus departs BC
7:00pm - Game Time

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
2:30pm-4:00pm - Crusettes Practice

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal on the Lower Practice Field

Thursday, September 8, 2016
7:00pm-9:00pm - Crusettes Practice in Gym

Friday, September 9, 2016
Fall Spirit Assembly (Sometime during the school day)

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Burgettstown
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warm up
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Monday, September 12, 2016
Morning - Perform for Opening of Annual BC Golf Outing

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
No rehearsal.  Meet the Teachers Night

Friday, September 16, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Leechburg (Senior Night)
5:45pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:15pm - Warm up
6:30pm - Senior Recognition and Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Away Football at Riverview (Oakmont)
10:15am - Report and Bus Departs
12:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, September 30, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Jeannette
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warmup
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Click here for the remainder of the season's calendar.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Marching Crusaders Weekly News: August 22, 2016

The start of the school year has arrived!  Are you all ready to go? 

Following is the schedule for the next several weeks and below that is the link to the calendar for the entire season.

Parents, please take a look at the two emails from Tracey Hnat that I forwarded earlier this morning.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
2:30pm-5:00pm - Crusettes Practice (Juniors may stay in the Music Room between dismissal and practice)
7:30pm-9:00pm - Winds, Pit, Drumline Rehearsal

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Thursday, August 25, 2016
2:30pm-5:00pm - Crusettes Practice

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Thursday, September 1, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, September 2, 2016 - Away Football at Clairton
4:00pm - Dinner
5:00pm - Bus departs BC
7:00pm - Game Time

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
6:30pm-8:00pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Drumline Only (No Winds, No Pit)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:30pm-8:00pm - Crusettes Practice

Friday, September 9, 2016
Fall Spirit Assembly (Sometime during the school day)

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Burgettstown
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warm up
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Monday, September 12, 2016
Morning - Perform for Opening of Annual BC Golf Outing

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
No rehearsal.  Meet the Teachers Night

Friday, September 16, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Leechburg (Senior Night)
5:45pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:15pm - Warm up
6:30pm - Senior Recognition and Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Away Football at Riverview (Oakmont)
10:15am - Report and Bus Departs
12:00pm - Game Time

Click here for the entire season calendar.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tonight's Marching Crusaders Rehearsal is cancelled

Tonight's Marching Crusaders Rehearsal is cancelled due to what looks like will be continuing rain.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Marching Crusaders Weekly News: Monday, August 15, 2016

Following is the schedule for the next several weeks.  Below that is link the to the calendar for the entire season.

Please note the following:

-Tomorrow evening's rehearsal for Musicians has been changed to just the Drumline.  Winds and Pit have the night off.

-Full Ensemble rehearsals are Wednesday evenings, except for the week of August 22nd, where it is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evening as that is our last set of rehearsals before our first performance.

-After this week, Crusette practices move to after school and evening.

-Parents, please keep an eye out this week for an email from the Band Parents Executive Committee.  Included will be important updates from last week's Band Parents Meeting, status of fundraising and parent volunteer slots that have yet to be filled.

I think that's it for now.  I hope you enjoy your last week of summer vacation!

Mr. J

Tuesday, August 16, 20167:30am-9:30am - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Drumline Only (No Winds, No Pit)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
7:30am-9:30am - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Thursday, August 18, 2016 
Crusettes Practice cancelled

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
2:30pm-5:00pm - Crusettes Practice (Juniors may stay in the Music Room between dismissal and practice)
7:30pm-9:00pm - Winds, Pit, Drumline Rehearsal

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Thursday, August 25, 2016
2:30pm-5:00pm - Crusettes Practice

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Thursday, September 1, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday, September 2, 2016 - Away Football at Clairton
4:00pm - Dinner
5:00pm - Bus departs BC
7:00pm - Game Time

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
6:30pm-8:00pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Drumline Only (No Winds, No Pit)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Thursday, September 8, 2016
6:30pm-8:00pm - Crusettes Practice

Friday, September 9, 2016
Fall Spirit Assembly (Sometime during the school day)

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Burgettstown
6:00pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:30pm - Warm up
6:45pm - Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Monday, September 12, 2016
Morning - Perform for Opening of Annual BC Golf Outing

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
No rehearsal.  Meet the Teachers Night

Friday, September 16, 2016 - HOME Football vs. Leechburg (Senior Night)
5:45pm - Report to Dormont Stadium and Load In
6:15pm - Warm up
6:30pm - Senior Recognition and Pregame
7:00pm - Game Time

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
6:30pm-7:30pm - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Away Football at Riverview (Oakmont)
10:15am - Report and Bus Departs
12:00pm - Game Time

Click here to see the entire calendar.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Marching Crusaders Weekly News: August 8, 2016

Happy Monday everyone!

Congratulations to all of you for last week's exceptionally successful band camp!  We are well on our way to having the best Marching Crusaders performance season in a number of years! 

As we move through these weeks of athletic camps, start up of other activities and prepare for the start of classes, please begin to think about managing your many responsibilities and the time required by each.  After such success last week, I would hate to see us take a few steps backward.

Schedule for this week:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
7:30am-9:30am - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Picture Night

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
7:30am-9:30am - Crusettes Practice
7:30pm-9:00pm - Full Ensemble Rehearsal
7:30pm - Band Parents Full Membership Meeting

Thursday, August 11, 2016
7:30am-9:30am - Crusettes Practice

Saturday, August 13, 2016
9:00am-1:00pm - Car Wash at First Commonwealth Bank, Mansfield and Poplar (Greentree)

Tuesday's pictures will be in full uniform. Musicians, we don't use hats for the group pictures, but bring your hat if you want it for your individual pictures.

Please take a few moments to review the Care of Musicians Uniforms document attached to this email.  Our uniforms are 13 years old and are beginning to show their age.  With everyone's help, we can certainly get a few more seasons out of them.

Wednesday's Band Parents Meeting will be held in the cafeteria with the Executive Committee.  Any parent who is unable to attend should email Mrs. Hnat. This important meeting is to finalize the many volunteers needed for the season and also to finalize the necessary fundraising yet to be undertaken.

Saturday is our last Car Wash of the season.  If you are unable to attend, please email Mrs. Hnat.

It is possible we will have hot weather for the first football game or two, so please have the following ready to go in case we decide to not perform in full uniform:
Musicians: Band Camp t-shirt, Khaki Shorts, Black Socks (low cut), Marching Shoes
Crusettes: Band Camp t-shirts, Navy Softee Shorts, White Keds

As always, please keep up to date with the full Marching Crusaders Calendar here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Marching Crusaders: Weekly News for July 18, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in last Saturday's car wash!
The weather was great and we didn't have to deal with Parkway West detours!

Rehearsals resume for everyone this week.  Also, tomorrow is shoe/boot fitting day.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
7:30am-9:30am - Crusettes Practice and Boot Fitting/Orders
8:00am-10:30am - Winds, Pit, Drumline Rehearsal and Shoe Fitting/Orders

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7:30am-9:30am - Crusettes Practice
8:00am-10:30am - Drumline Rehearsal (no Winds or Pit)

Thursday, July 21, 2016
7:30am-9:30am - Crusettes Practice
 

As always keep your eye on the calendar.  You can find it at the link below.