2015 Fall Marching Band

Program Overview:

The marching band is one of the most successful and visible ensembles at Evergreen High School. The Fall Marching Band is open to all members of the Evergreen Instrumental Program and Colorguard. We begin the season with band camp in August and ends with the Northwest Marching Band Championships in early November. We perform at home football games and at four competitions, including our own show at McKenzie Stadium.   Students leave the marching season feeling a deep sense of accomplishment and love for the activity. Many students will tell you that the marching band is the most fun part of the school year and makes them feel part of a ‘family’.

Summer Music Rehearsals

We have a few music rehearsals in July to keep in musical shape and to distribute music so that students can practice during the summer. While we understand that some students will be absent from these rehearsals due to summer vacation plans, all students who are in town should be at these rehearsals. If you are going to be out of town, please alert your section leaders.

Rookie Marching Camp

This three-day rehearsal period is for all new members to the Evergreen Marching Band, whether you are a Freshman student or new to the marching band. The Rookie Camp is designed to teach marching fundamentals at a pace that is less stressful and will prepare new students to fit right in to the veteran marchers once the full Band Camp begins the next week. If a rookie has a conflict with Rookie Camp, please contact Mr. Kuske as soon as possible.

Band Camp

In order to minimize the amount of rehearsal time during the school year, we have an intensive two-week period of rehearsals before the school year officially begins. During that time, we learn about half of our competitive “field show,” as well as learn music for the stands that we perform during the games.

Section Leaders

Each section (such as flutes and trumpets) have at least one section leader who will be students main source of information during the summer and even during the school year. All section leaders should call multiple times during the summer to give information to students and make sure they have their questions answered. If you are not contacted by the second week in July, please call Mr. Kuske at 503-504-4463 because that means you are most likely not on our list. Your section leader will be the first person you refer to for answers to your questions.

Music and Drill and “CHARMS”

Students will download their music and drill (the marching formations for the field show) from an online site called Charms. Students will be given a login and password at rehearsals that they will use on the www.charmsoffice.com website to access all of our music, including our music technique book, show music, and audition materials for honor bands.   You can access Charms here, as well as on the front page of our website (upper right corner.)

Our Parent Organization

The Evergreen Marching Band is sponsored by the Evergreen Band and Colorguard Boosters and is not funded by the school. All parents who have students in any of our programs are automatically in “The Boosters.” The Boosters meet once a month during the school year, except in December and June. These meetings are critical so parents feel informed and so we can find the right fit for you to help out in various ways throughout the year. Our parents have a blast helping our students to succeed! Get involved! You’ll be glad you did!

Cost and Payments

While most of the amount it takes to fund our program is raised by the Evergreen Band and Colorguard Boosters, we ask that all students pay or fundraise a “Fair Share” amount to help pay for additional staffing, transportation, food at competitions, show props, and other budget items that are critical to the group’s success.  Fair Share for the 2014 marching season is $350.00 per student. Additional information regarding payment plans and financial assistance can be asked from booster board members.

You will have questions!

Our program is multi-faceted and there is a lot of information for you to digest quickly. We start the year running, so don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how small. Our Booster Board and other veteran parents would LOVE to answer your questions. Class related information should be directed to the band directors, but marching band information regarding volunteering, dates, “what does this mean,” and a multitude of other questions can be answered by the Booster Board.  You can find their contact information here.