(Established in 1986)
2016-2017 Marching Band
The Marching Band season is in full swing, we hope each and every band member shares a musically rewarding and fun experience. It is only through the cooperation of Band members, parents and guardians that we are able to achieve our goals and be our best. I ask that Band members, parents and guardians continue to be diligent in checking the schedule as we also have some Winter and Spring obligations and activities.
The Park Ridge Marching Band performs from September to November and has periodic obligations till June. The Bands performances include; Pep Rallies, Football Games, Montclair State University Band Festival, Competitions, St. Patrick's Parade N.Y.C., Greek Parade N.Y.C., Homecoming Parade, Memorial Day Parade, the Westwood and Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Parades.
The Band Parents Association supports the Marching Band through fundraisers, scholarships, supplemental materials, equipment, and staffing.
We hope all Band Parent’s participate, contribute, and share the Marching Band experience as well as the activities to ensure the success of the program.
Please note and reserve this date on your calendar:
Band Boosters meetings are the first Tuesday of every month 7:00pm in the Band Room. If school vacation or a conflict falls on the first week of the month the meeting will be held on the second Tuesday. (With the exception of the October meeting)
The next meeting for the 2016-2017 Boosters/parents will be Tuesday August 22nd at 7:00pm in the Band room
Thanks to the Band members, parents, staff, and administration for all your efforts this past year.
We hope all Parents can share a wonderfully rewarding experience during the 2017-2018 Marching Band season.
The 2017-18 show is titled "Believe"
The show includes;
"Man in the Mirror"
by Michael Jackson
by Rachel Plattin
We are looking forward to a
fun, meaningful, exciting, challenging and successful 2017 Fall Season
We will be competing at
Northern Highlands, Bergenfield
and Metlife Stadium as well as perform at the Montclair University Band Festival
The show "Believe" should prove to be entertaining, exciting and a thrilling for the audience
2016-2017 Marching Band
IF YOU HAVE A CONFLICT YOU MUST MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE AT THE PERFORMANCE
PLEASE SEE MR. POPOLIZIO TO COMMUNICATE YOUR ARRANGEMENTS OR GET HELP MAKING THEM.
Announcements will be posted daily in the Band room-READ THEM!
Being early is being on time
KEEP THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN AND LET YOUR DRUM MAJOR, SECTION LEADER OR A STAFF MEMBER KNOW OF ANY SCHEDULING ISSUES YOU MIGHT HAVE WELL IN ADVANCE.
Monday August 21st to Friday August 25th from 8:00am to 5:00pm
BAND CAMP IS MANDATORY
Be prepared know your music and the Pre-Game show
First Day of Camp
Monday August 21st
*Our first performance is Friday night September 8th
Click here for the
2017 - 2018 Marching Band Contract
PARK RIDGE MARCHING BAND
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 2017-2018
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL SCHEDULE
Friday 9/8/17 Becton Home 7:00pm (Report 5:30pm
Friday 9/15/17 Bye Week TBA
Saturday 9/23/17 Northern Highlands Competition Allendale 4:00pm (Report 2:00pm Depart-2:30pm)
Friday 9/29/17 Weehawken Away 7:00pm Report 5:30pm
Friday 10/6/17 Bogota Home 7:00pm Report 5:00pm
Sunday 10/8/17 Bergen County Invitational Bergenfield HS 12:00pm Show - Report -8:00am-
Pictures - 8:30am -Depart - 10:30am
Friday 10/13/17 Woodridge Away 7:00pm (Report 5:00pm-Depart 5:30pm)
Saturday 10/14/17 Metlife Stadium Yamaha Cup East Rutherford TBA Morning performance
Friday 10/20/17 Emerson (Homecoming) Home 7:00pm (Report 5:30pm)
Sunday 10/22/17 Montclair University Band Festival 4:00pm (Report 1:30pm in uniform Depart 2:00pm)Rain Date Sunday 10/29/17 Tentative
Friday 10/27/17 TBA Home Inter League Game 7:00pm (Report 5:30pm depart-5:45pm
Friday 11/3/17 TBA Away Inter League Game 7:00pm (Report in uniform 5:00pm -Depart 5:30pm
Friday 11/10/17 Playoff game TBA
Friday 11/24/17 Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Parade – Bus leaves at 5:30pm
Saturday 12/2/17 Westwood Holiday Parade – Convene in Westwood 5:00pm
Saturday 3/17/18 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade - NYC – Leave 11:30am
Sunday TBA March/April 2018 Greek Parade NYC
DATES ARE PENDING
*Please note these performances are on a Sunday. If a football game is canceled League rules dictate it is played the following day which could entail Sundays.
The Parades are Mandatory performances as the Band profits approximately $4000.00 each year from these venues which helps fund staffing, materials, and miscellaneous expenses.
The schedule is subject to changes, revisions, deletions and additions.
Friday August 25th
Lower football field
*Band Boosters Meeting
Tuesday August 22nd 7:00pm
*Band Car Wash
Saturday August 26th
8:00am - 3:00pm
Sign up Genius will be posted
WEDNESDAY PRIORITY SCHEDULE
*Wednesdays Priorities 2017
First Priority is Wednesday
All Priorities run from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Your attendance is mandatory at all Wednesday Priorities.
2017 Saturday Rehearsals
9:00am to Noon after a Friday night games
It is advised Band members wear either Thermals or Under Armor under their uniforms during cold weather events.
Each Band member is responsible for their Uniform and Instrument.
Please make sure your uniforms look presentable and shoes are shined for all performances.
If for some reason you miss the bus it is your obligation to get to the performance site and it must be with a parent or legal guardian. Band members will not be allowed to drive to a site by themselves or with other Band members in their car. Band members will not travel to a performance site with underage (must be 21 years or older) friends or relatives.
If you are meeting us at the Game, Competition, Festival or Parade you are responsible for everything you need including full uniform and instrument.
Band members with conflicts must see Mr. Popolizio to resolve their issue. Car pooling will be available for those members needing a ride due to school athletic responsibilities.
Any band member traveling with an adult other than their parent or legal guardian must bring a note in advance signed by their parent or legal guardian that states;
I relieve the Park Ridge Schools of all liability and give my child (name) permission to travel to (name the site) with (Name the Person transporting your child). Please be sure to sign and date the note.
All Band members will be traveling from and back to school on the Band Buses. If there are unforeseen circumstances and a Band member must leave after the performance the same travel rules will apply. Band members are permitted to leave with their parents or legal guardians if advanced notice is given. Circumstances must be serious enough to justify leaving early and not going home on the buses the Board of Education has provided for us. A note will be needed if leaving with anyone other than a parent or legal guardian.
Participation in Marching Band Activities
In order for a Park Ridge MS/HS student to participate in Marching Band performances and activities he/she must be in attendance a minimum of 4 hours on the day of the event or last school day prior to the event.
This is in accordance with the New Jersey Administrative code.
IMPORTANT SCHEDULING INFORMATION
MARCHING BAND CAMP
THE CAMP IS HELD THE LAST WEEK OF AUGUST EACH YEAR AND IS MANDATORY. IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND CAMP YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE.
Once school begins Wednesday Priority rehearsals will be from 3:00pm to 6:00pm starting September. The last Wednesday Fall Marching Band Priority will be at the end of October. There will be two priorities in March leading up to the St Pat’s and Greek Parade’s as well as two in May in preparation for the Memorial Day Parade.
FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES
THE BUSES WILL BE LEAVING SCHOOL AT 5:00 or 5:30PM FOR MOSTLY ALL AWAY GAMES
If you are an athlete on a varsity School team and have a conflict it is your obligation to make arrangements (well ahead of time) and get to the performance.
Most Saturday rehearsals will be from 9:00am to Noon
The Complete Fall Rehearsal Schedule is posted in the Band Room
There will be no rehearsal or performance obligations for the Marching Band in December, January and February.
We understand that families have Summer Vacations and take that into account. Except for vacations, religious purposes or serious illness you should make every effort to attend all Tuesday night rehearsals. Plan accordingly our success depends on it.
All athletes are to inform Mr. Popolizio as to which sport they are playing and at what level. Athletes are to let their coaches know of their Marching Band obligation. Only Varsity athletes who have a game will be excused from Wednesday Priorities, Saturday morning rehearsals, and Friday night bus departures all others are expected to attend as stated in the contract.
All PERFORMANCES ARE MANDATORY.
If you are working or participating in out of school activities such as town sports, karate or dance lessons (class) etc. you must inform your employers, instructors and coaches of your Marching Band Commitments.
Students will be excused from a performance for Religious obligations and must provide proper documentation. The only other excused absences from performances will be the valid reasons listed in the contract including: serious illness with a doctor’s note or Extreme Emergency, College Visitation (Please plan accordingly).
Band members missing a performance for an invalid reason will attend the next performance in uniform and not participate, there will be no exceptions.
Our success and the quality of the Marching Band depend on all members attending every performances as well as Priorities and rehearsals.
In order to be a competitive Marching Band we must maintain the established format of the program, this can only be done with total commitment from its Members and Parents/Guardians.
Attention Band members - we will try to work out any scheduling conflicts on an individual basis. All conflicts must be addressed well in advance of any Marching Band Performances, Priorities or Rehearsals. If you cannot attend a Wednesday Priority or Saturday Rehearsal due to illness or unforeseen circumstances you must call ext. 5931 and leave a message. You can also leave a message with your Drum Majors or Section Leaders.
Please be sure to read your contracts carefully, any scheduling conflicts or questions contact Mr. Popolizio ASAP.
Note: Schedule subject to additions, deletions, changes and revisions
Mr. Rick Popolizio
201-573-6000 Ext. 5931
|Last Updated: 8/17/17|