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Instructor: Mr. Rick Popolizio   
 
MARCHING BAND 
(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 June 6th at 7:00pm in the Band room
Thanks to the Band members, parents, staff, and administration for all your efforts this past year.
   Sincerely,
   Rick Popolizio
 
 
We hope all Parents can share a wonderfully rewarding experience during the 2017-2018 Marching Band season.
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 The 2017-18 show is titled "Believe"
 The show includes;
 
 "Man in the Mirror"
 by Michael Jackson
"Fight Song"
 by Rachel Plattin
"Carry  On''
by Fun



 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.
 

 
2017-18
 Drumline and Color Guard rehearsals will begin Tuesday April 18th and continue through June and July.
Guard-3:30pm to 5:30pm
Drums-5:30pm to 7:00pm
 There will be no rehearsal July 4th (Holiday)
 *Instrumental Sectionals are encouraged during these time slots.

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.
 

Click here for the
2017 - 2018 Marching Band Contract

 

PARK RIDGE MARCHING BAND 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 2017-2018
 
 
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL SCHEDULE

 

Football Games/Competitions/Festival/Parades
 
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(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 Report 10:00am Depart-10:30am Performance Time-12:47pm Awards-2:00pm

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  
 *Competitions and the Montclair Uni. Band Festival are tentative dates
 
PARADES
 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 3/25/18 Greek Parade NYC
 
Monday 5/28/18 Memorial Day Parade-  Montvale  to Woodcliff Lake
 
ITALICIZED PERFORMANCES
 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.

 
 
 Upcoming Events

Town Picnic
Saturday June 10th
Great job, the Picnic was a huge success for the Band


 
WEDNESDAY PRIORITY SCHEDULE

*Wednesdays Priorities 2017
First Priority is Wednesday
 September 6th
 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

 2017
 Band Camp
 Monday August 21st to Friday August 25th from 8:00am to 5:00pm
 BAND CAMP IS MANDATORY





 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. 

 
 
  
  IMPORTANT INFORMATION
 
 NOTE:
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.
 
 
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 
Director
201-573-6000 Ext. 5931
   
 

 
 
 
Last Updated: 6/20/17
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