MAB Update 9-13-19


It's a COMPETITION WEEK!!!  Time to take the next step in our season as we take center stage and are no longer just the pregame/halftime show.  A few important items before we look at the schedule:
  • We will begin wearing GLOVES this week (for winds and colorguard members)
  • Wind gloves are $3.50 per pair, and I recommend getting 2 of them (1 for practice and 1 for performance)
  • Colorguard gloves are $17 per pair -- they are more expensive because of the reinforcement and padding
  • Glove payments can be made using Cash, Check (payable to "Whitehall HS Band Fund") or Student Credit (if you have enough money in your fundraising account)
  • Once you bring the payment, I will give you gloves
Here is this week's schedule:

Tuesday - Rehearsal 6-9 PM

Thursday - Rehearsal 6-9 PM

Friday - HOME football game vs. Freedom ; Report time is 4:30 PM — Colorguard should report by 4:00 however, as Christmas City Studios will be coming to do photos in your uniforms; Gator/trailer and chaperones needed at band room by 5:30 PM.  We will be performing PREGAME.  Students may stay after school if you wish, and we'll again order pizza -- bring money if you wish to partake.  Also, please complete your 3rd quarter break food order form by the end of the day THURSDAY using the link emailed on 9/14/19.

Saturday - Competition @ Spring-Ford HS (400 S. Lewis Rd, Royersford, PA 19468); Detailed Battle Plan attached and below.  Truck is needed up at the lot by 1:00 PM ; Chaperones are needed at the Band Room by 2:30 PM. Spectator tickets will be $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, veterans and seniors over 65. You may be asked to produce verification of student status and age at the gate.  All tickets will be sold at the gates.

Please note that the Spring-Ford School District has a strict new policy concerning visitors to their campus, as follows: 
No backpacks or large purses/bags will be allowed into either stadium or sporting events inside the school districts building.  A table or area will be located outside of the venue if people choose to leave their bags there.  The School Police and Security will not monitor this area.  The best practice is to leave your bags at home, in your lockers, or in your vehicles. Small purses and persons on campus are subject to search while on District Property.

Diaper bags or bags needed for medical reasons are allowed but subject to search by Security prior to entry.

You will not be allowed into the venue without being vetting by Security.  Persons who do not cooperate with this directive, will be asked to leave the property. Thank you for your future cooperation in keeping our school district safer!

Here is the full show schedule for the competing bands:

BATTLE PLAN for Saturday, September 21
Spring-Ford HS Competition
400 S. Lewis Rd, Royersford, PA 19468

**Eat a good breakfast/early lunch before you arrive!
11:15 am – School open ; Set-up for rehearsal
11:30 am – Rehearsal begins
1:15 pm – Load equipment truck; Eat lunch/snack; Change into “Partial Uniform”
3:00 pm – Depart for Spring-Ford HS
4:30 pm – Arrive at Spring-Ford HS; visit restrooms
4:45 pm – Unload truck; warm-up
6:15 pm – Whitehall MZB performance
6:45 pm – Load equipment / Change into “Civies”
8:00 pm – Back to stadium for remainder of show, visit refreshment stand for dinner
9:30 pm – Host Band performs ; ALL members MUST be in designated area of stands
9:45 pm – Awards Ceremony
10:30 pm – Depart for home
11:45 pm – Estimated arrival time home…ALL members must stay at the school until the equipment truck is completely unloaded.  NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

A list of things all members should bring with them for the entire day:
  • Instrument/Equipment
  • Marching Shoes
  • Under-uniform wear
  • Gloves
  • Make-up / Hair products (Colorguard)
  • Raincoat
  • Water for during practice
  • Packed lunch/snack for after practice/bus ride
  • Money for dinner at the show
  • Change of clothes (“Civies”) for after performance
  • Sweatshirt or jacket (if desired)

Please come prepared, be flexible, and let’s work together so that we can reach our fullest potential!

Spring Trip 2020


Please see below from WMPA Trip Coordinator Melissa Angst with details regarding our 2020 Spring Trip!  Please note that this is an OPTIONAL trip, although we hope that you can attend.

Thank you!
Mr. Tanzos

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Melissa Angst
Date: Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 2:08 PM
Subject: Spring Trip 2020 (please forward)
To: Matthew Tanzos
Cc: Monica

Hi Everyone,

We are still waiting for the official school board approval, but want to get started with the planning so we are ready once we receive the approval.

We will be going to NYC this year to view Wicked on Broadway!!  The trip is April 18, 2020 and will cost $240-$260 per person (depending on the number of attendees).  As always, we will break the cost out into installments.  The first payment of $100 will be due in October as soon as we receive the board approval, second payment of $100 in the beginning December, and the balance will be due in February.  Sorry to put 2 deposits before the end of the year but we need to send money to all of the vendors in order for them to hold our spot.  Parents with clearances on file with the school district are welcome to attend.  Unfortunately siblings are not able to attend.

Below is our schedule.  As it's still early, this could change a bit but it is the plan as of now.

Please complete the Google survey emailed on 9/12 by 9/27 if you would like to attend.  I know there are several families with multiple students in the band; please complete the form for each band member (you only need to include additional attendees on one form). 

Feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions.


> 745am leave Whitehall HS
> 10am-1130am Behind the Emerald Curtain tour at Gershwin Theater
> 1130am-130pm walk to M&M's store (there are a few other shops near here).
> Stop for lunch/snack (not included in cost of trip)
> 130 - arrive back at Gershwin Theater (show starts at 2pm)
> 445 - leave Gershwin Theater
> 530-630 - Dinner at Dave and Busters Time's Square
> 630-730 - games at Dave and Busters
> 730 - depart Dave and Busters
> 10pm - approximate arrival back to Whitehall HS 

Links to Snack Stand Needs for 9/20 Freedom Game

Here's the short list of Donations we need for the 9/20 Freedom Game:

There are still a few slots open for Snack Stand Volunteers throughout the season:

Thank you for your support!!!

WMPA Updates

MZB Parents,

Please see below from WMPA President Lori Skibo.  Thank you so much for your continued support of the band students and program!

-Mr. Tanzos

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Lori Skibo
Date: Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 11:24 AM
Subject: For Distribution-WMPA Updates
To: Tanzos, Matthew 

Hello fellow band parents!

Thank you so much for those who were able to attend last night’s WMPA meeting!  And thank you to the many parents who reached out to me to let me know they were unable to attend but offered their help with the upcoming Home Show Competition!  Stay tuned for several Sign Up Genius links coming soon with signups for food donations and volunteer positions for the Home Show on Saturday, October 26th.  This is a HUGE event for our school and for the MZB.  We will need volunteers to help with the snack stand, ticket sales, directing spectator traffic, directing the buses, directing the bands through the campus, etc.   Please sign up to help us!  Sign up your spouses and MZB grandparents as well!  We will need “all hands on deck” that day!

Below is a link for food donations for next week’s home game against Freedom on Friday, 9/20.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Next weekend is also the MZB’s first competition on Saturday, 9/21 at Spring-Ford High School.  We would like to continue this amazing MZB spirit and have as many parents, friends and family cheering on our kids that day. That alone can make all the difference in their performance to feel that support as they are walking on the field.  We would like to offer some carpooling options to help out anyone who would like to attend but can’t drive, doesn’t have someone to go with or would just like to hang for the day with some other awesome MZB parents!  We already have three drivers available. We can meet at the high school at a time TBD.  Please text or email me with your interest in carpooling and/or driving. 

As always, thank you so much for all of your support!  We are extremely grateful for all the food donations, water donations and offers to volunteer and chaperone.  We, of course, have wonderful, talented and hard-working children and an amazingly dedicated staff but YOU, the tired and busy parents, play such an important role in the MZB success.  We couldn’t do it without you!  Thanks again!
Lori Skibo
WMPA President

MZB - Updated Report Times for Saturday 9/14


Just received word that we will be performing PREGAME on Saturday -- but will be able to perform the ENTIRE SHOW!  With that said, we are going to bump up the report time for the truck to 4:00 PM (we'll load right away), and chaperones to 4:30 PM.  

Thank you for your flexibility!  Let's have an AWESOME rehearsal tonight!  Come ready to learn more Movement 3!
-Mr. Tanzos