News – June 16, 2019

Greetings Band Parents and Mac Band Supporters,

At our most recent Band Parent Meeting (last Tuesday), we covered a lot of topics and thanks to Roxane keeping track of the discussion, you can read the Meeting Minutes here.

Just for fun, I looked through some of the weekly emails over the past year and it’s interesting to see just how much can happen. Here’s a list of some of the accomplishments for the band since last summer – all of which were made possible by an outstanding Director, talented instructors, students willing to put in the effort, and the continuing support of all the band parents.

Had a 100 member Marching Band – the first time with a Front Ensemble

Had a smoky Band Camp at Patton, but managed to make it through

Got new canopies, generator, trailer shelving, & front ensemble equipment

Had a fantastic tailgate party to start the season

Finally got new stop signs at 17th and Evans

Marching Band competed at 4 events including their first trip to the Championships

Visual Ensemble received High Auxiliary Award at Grants Pass

First ever Winter Percussion consistently improved and scored over 70 at Championships

Winter Guard scored consistently in top 3 and took 2nd in Championships

Added in a group of enthusiastic 8th graders for the Starlight Parade

Raised over $10,000

Sign up for Marching Band Now
So far we have about 35 students signed up for Marching Band, but we know there are many more who will be participating. Please encourage your kids to visit the MacBand website and sign up today. The sooner they get signed up, the better we can plan for Band Camp and the marching season.


Fair Share Due
The Fair Share payments dates have been added to the MacBand Calendar. When you pay the suggested amounts by the first Friday of each month, you’ll be paid in full by the beginning of September. Of course, you can always select how much you wish to pay, up to the full amount. Please make all payments on the Mac Band website by clicking right here.

Leading the Way

Nominations are now being accepted for Officers for the McMinnville Band Parent Organization for the 2019-2020 school year. Nominations will be accepted until July 6, 2019 and voting will be available to the general membership through an online service from July 7th through 13th.

Please send your nominations to with the name of the nominee and the position you are nominating them for – President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer. (And yes, you can nominate yourself!)

For more information, please see the MBPO Standing Rules with the position descriptions and duties of each officer.


“Believer” T-shirts

There are still Band Parent “Believer” T-shirts available in all sizes and you can order yours from the MacBand website. Place your order here


This Week’s Schedule

Hands Camp – Saturday, June 22nd at Banks High School. Affinity Indoor, an Independent Indoor Marching Ensemble will host their first annual “HANDS” camp and interactive day session for rudimental percussionists. This is a great opportunity for percussionists of any skill level to work on techniques, speed, and stick tricks. More details and registration can be found here. Need a ride to the camp? Email Jamie.

Looking Ahead

Drums of Fire – Friday, July 5th in Camas, WA. Experience the full power and fury of drum corps at its finest…Tickets are now on sale for Drums of Fire 2019! The Blue Devils, Blue Knights, Troopers, Cascades, Genesis, Columbians and Battalion will be performing. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Summer Music Camp – August 19 through 23

To be absolutely clear, this is NOT Band Camp, but the Summer Music Camp that is put on by the school district for kids entering grades 3 through 12 to try out different instruments and explore more about music. After laying low last year because of the high school construction, the music camp is returning this year and will be held at Patton Middle School.

There will also be an opportunity for Middle and High School band students to work with Mr. Barton at this camp. Registration is due be this Friday, June 21st. Click the link for Music Camp Registration

Happy Father’s Day,
Brian Bailey
McMinnville Band Parent Organization

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