Latest News for the Week of March 9th – March 15th, 2020

3/12/2020: Major Updates For This Week. Below are Official Announcements

From Director Carney
As you may have seen, we are currently slated to move to eLearning beginning tomorrow. Governor Holcomb just announced some measures that may change that as well, so be on the lookout for any updates. Band students, please come to the HS tomorrow between 8 and 10 to get your instrument if you have not been taking it home like I requested you start doing on Monday in preparation for just this type of change.

Winter Groups Community Performances
At this time, all planned activities for guard and percussion are canceled. Please be on the lookout for further information from the district.
Thank you for all your work this season. I’m excited to watch our programs continue to grow in the future!

IHSCGA Statement
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, IHSCGA has made the difficult decision to suspend the remainder of the season, effective immediately. This decision was made in conjunction with the IHSCGA executive board, The Indiana Percussion Association, and Winter Guard International. We are extremely disappointed to not be able to end our season as intended. We wish to thank all of our member groups for an outstanding winter. Thousands of students gave memorable performances, and we are confident that the 2021 season will be one to remember.

IPA Statement
Last night, after much consideration, the Indiana Percussion Association Board of Directors has decided it is best for our students, staff members, and fans to cancel the remainder of the 2020 season. This decision was reached through collaboration with IHSCGA, WGI and ISSMA. We will be in contact with Unit Directors soon with further details and information.

ISSMA Statement
The Indiana State School Music Association is scheduled to sponsor student music festivals in the next few weeks with over 35,000 students from over 300 schools participating at more than 30 different school facilities throughout the state. After consultation with the Indiana State Department of Health, it has been decided by the ISSMA Executive Committee that to help protect students, schools, and communities from the spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus, all ISSMA sponsored music events will be canceled through April 11th. This would include all Junior/Middle/Elementary Concert Organization Festivals and the ISSMA State Show Choir and Jazz Finals.

In keeping with the ISSMA mission to provide educationally evaluated music performance opportunities, a process is being developed to allow directors of registered Junior/Middle/Elementary Ensembles to submit video recordings for evaluation. Additional information concerning this process will be sent to directors as soon as possible.

The ISSMA Executive Committee acknowledges the disappointment that may be felt by students, directors, family members and supporters of the outstanding Show Choirs and Jazz Ensembles who were expecting to have the opportunity to share their talents at the ISSMA State Show Choir and Jazz Finals. After careful consideration of all options, and in accordance with ISSMA’s responsibility to provide a safe and respectful environment at all ISSMA events, the ISSMA Executive Committee determined that a viable alternative to cancellation was not possible.

 

Latest News for the Week of March 2nd – March 8th, 2020

Reminder, IPA Show Signup
We host a large Winter Percussion Show at New Palestine on Saturday, March 14th. Please make sure you’ve volunteered for a spot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4ca9af2ba3f49-2020

Facebook Group Reminder
Are you a member of our Facebook group? If not, please join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/265778155145/

ISSMA Jazz Band, Friday Night, March 6th at Whiteland
Please come to Whiteland High School to see Jazz Combo at 7:30 PM and Jazz Ensemble at 9:50 PM. Free Admission! A reminder that Mr. Carney is still looking for a chaperone for the jazz band on Friday. While he is riding the bus both ways, it would be great to have an extra adult or two while Jazz Combo is warming up and performing in case one of the Jazz Ensemble kids needs something. If you are willing, please let Mr. Carney know and you can connect to talk specifics.

Winter Guard IHSCGA State Events Begin!
We are extremely excited to enter into state competition after wrapping up at Northview.  Find the Full Prelims Schedule HERE.

The Semi-Finals schedule is blank as this is similar to how WGI ran. We will know the schedule for Semis following the conclusion of Prelims. We are LAST to perform in the last round of prelims, so it will be a quick and chaotic turn around to receive a Semis slot. When the schedule is released, the performance time will be immediately posted on Facebook and BAND. A logistical schedule will be created shortly after, and Kelly will email it out, as well as post it on BAND and our Facebook group.

Upcoming Events
Saturday, March 7th- Varsity State Prelims and Semi-Finals at Center Grove HS
Saturday, March 14th- Varsity Rehearsal and Travel to JV & Cadet Divisional State Finals at Mooresville HS
Thursday, March 19th- Community Night at 8 PM at NPHS Main Gym. We will still begin rehearsal at 6:00 PM
Saturday, March 21st – Varsity State Finals at Center Grove

Chaperones
We are in need of chaperones for the next three Saturdays. Please let Kelly know if you are willing to dedicate any one of your Saturdays to help out. It makes a huge impact on how smoothly our logistics can run!

 

 

 

Latest News for the Week of February 24th – March 1st, 2020

Congratulations to Winter Guard
Huge congrats on great performances by Cadet Guard and Junior Varsity Guard (who received a Gold Rating) and the New Palestine High School Varsity Winter Guard placed 2nd at the Hamilton Southeastern the past Saturday! Keep up the amazing work!

Winter Guard Scheule for Northview, Saturday, February 29th
Please find the full schedule and itinerary HERE. Good luck Dragons!

 

WE HOST! MARCH 14th! New Palestine Winter Percussion IPA Show Reminder!
Winter Guard is off this weekend but will be practicing toward installing their full show and a reminder to please sign up now for the IPA show that we host on Saturday, March 14th. The Sign Up link is HERE.

Good Luck to Qualifiers at ISSMA Solo & Ensemble!
The full schedule for this Saturday, February 29th at North Central High School and details posted HERE.

Latest News for the Week of February 17th – February 23rd, 2020

Congratulations! 
Congrats to Varsity Winter Guard who placed 6th out of 31 groups at WGI Finals this past weekend! Also, congrats to our Winter Percussion group for a successful first run of their show at Franklin Central. Good luck to both again this weekend!

Winter Color Guard Schedule for Hamilton Southeastern
Find the full schedule is HERE. We need chaperones for the day, please contact Kelly if you can help. Thank you!

Audio Theater (Winter Percussion) Schedule for Noblesville
Find the full schedule is HERE. We need chaperones for the day, please contact Tim if you can help. Thank you.

Sign Up Link is LIVE, Please Volunteer to work the IPA Competition on Saturday, March 14th
Click HERE to view the SignUpGenius Link. Thank you for making this event one of the best every year!

Are you getting our Dragons Blast Newsletter?
If not, it’s full of super-useful info, photos, etc. We can’t post photos of band kids on the public website, so if you are missing out, please email Alan Ausbrooks to have your address added.

Coffee Fundraiser Underway Now! Limited time: February 2nd through 22nd:
This is the coffee we served at the Guard competition last weekend! It was available for sale then, and it’s available for sale now. Ten different brews for the full spectrum of flavors, and it comes with the New Palestine Dragon logo on the bag. Sold in whole bean, already ground, and single-serve K-cups.

Get Your Order Form HERE.
Each type of coffee is $11.99 and a percentage of each item goes back to the school/student account. For questions, or to place a coffee order, please contact Amanda Hall.

Latest News for the Week of February 10th – February 16th, 2020

Audio Theater (Winter Percussion) Schedule
NPHS Audio Theater has its first competition this week at Franklin Central. Please find the full schedule HERE. Note that there is a small break mid-rehearsal for members to have a snack, then lunch is provided by the parents after rehearsal. Susan Buchanan has headed that up and we are very thankful for those of you are helping with that. If you did not receive an email from her, please send her a note to be added.

The final run-through is set for 12:45 PM. For all parents who are wanting to help us on and off the floor (we will need at minimum four), we will need you at that run-through to talk through the process of getting on and off the floor. We have allotted 45 minutes for this first one, every one after should not take as much time. If you are interested in helping out, please email Tim Henderson asap.

We also need chaperones for the day, please also contact Tim if you can help. Thank you and we’re so excited to start the season!

Winter Color Guard Schedule
Find the full schedule HERE.

WGI Indy
Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 is the WGI Indianapolis Power Regional. This year will look very different from last year as we have possibly three rounds of performance in Scholastic A Class. Our prelims time is set per the schedule. We will know if we advance to Semi-Finals after Prelims are completed. If we advance to Semis on Saturday night, times are tentative based on reversed placement order. Meaning, if we are ranked 16th in Semis, we would be the first to perform in the round at 6:15 PM. We will know if we advance to Finals after Semis is about completed. We will be staying at Warren Central to watch the remainder of semis while Staff calculates placements to relay the information. If we make Finals, we will perform Sunday morning at Avon High School. The bus will leave after awards in the late afternoon, but you will be permitted to sign your child out with a note if you are needing to leave after the performance. If we do not make Finals, we will not have an organized outing to Avon High School. Students are more than welcome to travel with their families or each other to watch finals at Avon, but we will not formally go as a team. Please make sure you are receiving Kelly Piacenti‘s emails with all of the notes on schedules and communication, etc.

Prop Help Needed
If you are coming to the show(s) this weekend, we are in need of assistance getting on and off the floor. Due to competing in the WGI circuit, we will be extremely tight on set up time and we will not have the normal help to get on the floor. We specifically need adults to help us set up the feathers and pull the tarp. You are only required to meet us at “holding” where the guard enters the performance gym 12 minutes prior to the performance time. And then help take the props off the floor at the conclusion of our performance. If you are able to help, please email Kelly ASAP so we can plan who will help with what during set up.

Are you getting our Dragons Blast Newsletter?
If not, it’s full of super-useful info, photos, etc. We can’t post photos of band kids on the public website, so if you are missing out, please email Alan Ausbrooks to have your address added!

Coffee Fundraiser Underway Now! Limited time: February 2nd through 22nd:
This is the coffee we served at the Guard competition last weekend! It was available for sale then, and it’s available for sale now. Ten different brews for the full spectrum of flavors, and it comes with the New Palestine Dragon logo on the bag. Sold in whole bean, already ground, and single-serve K-cups.

Get Your Order Form HERE.
Each type of coffee is $11.99 and a percentage of each item goes back to the school/student account. For questions, or to place a coffee order, please contact Amanda Hall.

 

Latest News for the Week of February 3rd – February 9th, 2020

Good Luck Winter Color Guard at Zionsville!
Please view the full Saturday, February 8th schedule HERE.

Are you getting our Dragons Blast Newsletter?
If not, it’s full of super-useful info, photos, etc. We can’t post photos of band kids on the public website, so if you are missing out, please email Alan Ausbrooks to have your address added!

Coffee Fundraiser Underway Now! Limited time: February 2nd through 22nd:
This is the coffee we served at the Guard competition last weekend! It was available for sale then, and it’s available for sale now. Ten different brews for the full spectrum of flavors, and it comes with the New Palestine Dragon logo on the bag. Sold in whole bean, already ground, and single-serve K-cups.

Get Your Order Form HERE.
Each type of coffee is $11.99 and a percentage of each item goes back to the school/student account. For questions, or to place a coffee order, please contact Amanda Hall.

Latest News for the Week of January 27th – February 2nd, 2020

You can find this week’s Full Guard Schedule HERE

Buckle Up! This is New Palestine Band’s Busiest Week of the Year! 
Are you ready? Rested? Prepared? New Palestine is hosting two major events this Saturday, February 1st. A massive Color Guard Competition at the High School and Indiana Solo & Ensemble at the Intermediate School! We need all hands on deck, so please make sure you have signed up to help on Friday (Setup) and Saturday (Event Day).

These events do not go well in places where families aren’t fully invested.  Please help us promote our community statewide and run two huge events on the same day. We don’t post the signup links on the website as they allow public access to all of our band member’s names signed up…. so please visit/join our private Facebook Group and/or see the email sent from Director Jon Carney Sunday morning. Thank you for all the time you dedicate to our band kids!

Friday After School (Set Up for Guard Show, Solo & Ensemble)
Set up will begin at the high school as people start to clear the building after 2:20 PM this Friday 1/31. High School students are to stay and help with set up in order to complete all prep for Saturday’s show. Please stay in communication with your student on pick-up time, but please anticipate this maybe take a solid few hours to set up both NPHS and NPE.

Guard Show Shirt Money
All students and families are to pay for show shirts by Thursday, Jan. 30th in order to receive your shirt(s). All students have been ordered a shirt for $8. Any additional adult shirts are $10. If you are unsure of your total, please contact Kelly.

Reminder, Laundry Detergent & Trash Bags Orders Due Saturday, February 1st
Download the Excel order form on our Laundry Detergent and Trash Bag Page and/or email Meg Cade for more info. Thanks!

Latest News for the Week of January 13th – 19th, 2020

Winter Guard and Winter Percussion Schedules Announced
A reminder to please keep Saturday, February 1st to volunteer for either our Winter Guard Competition at New Palestine High School or the Solo & Ensemble event at New Palestine Intermediate. We’re also hosting a Winter Percussion Competition on Saturday, March 14th. Thank you and good luck to all of our amazing winter programs!

Winter Percussion Competition Schedule
February 15th 2020 – Franklin Central Invitational
February 22nd 2020 – Noblesville Invitational
March 14th 2020 – New Palestine Invitational
March 21st 2020 – Indiana Percussion Association State Prelims
April 4th 2020 – Indiana Percussion Association State Finals

Winter Guard Competition Schedule
January 18th 2020 – Westfield Invitational
February 1st 2020 – New Palestine Invitational
February 8th 2020 – Zionsville Invitational
February 15th-16th 2020 – WGI Indianapolis Regional
February 22nd 2020 – Hamilton Southeastern Invitational
February 29th 2020 – Northview Invitational
March 7th 2020 – Indiana High School Color Guard Association State Prelims
March 14th 2020 – Indiana High School Color Guard Association Div. Finals
March 21st 2020 – Indiana High School Color Guard State Finals

Color Guard News and Schedule This Week! 
Happy first show week! The staff is excited to premier our 2020 production entitled “Ink-redible” as the members have been working extremely hard to prepare for performance. Please see below for information for the next coming weeks.

Show Itinerary 1/18
HERE is the show schedule for this Saturday the 18th at Westfield High School! Please note rehearsal and travel times. A hard copy will be passed out on Tuesday.

Show Shirts
As a reminder, please have your order request to me by this Friday, Jan. 17th. Please note: Member shirts will be automatically ordered for them unless you choose to opt out.If you would like to order an adult show shirt, please specify how many and what sizes. Cash or check (made out to NPBB) is due by Thursday, Jan. 30th in order to receive your shirt(s).

Chaperones
We are in need of chaperones for every show day! If you are interested in being a chaperone for any show day (including this Saturday!), please VIEW THIS DOCUMENT on need-to-know information and what is expected of chaperones. Please reply to let Kelly Piacenti know if you are interested and for which shows!

Fees
As a friendly reminder, the first installment of $150.00 was due 1/4/20. Payments can be mailed to P.O. Box 600, New Palestine, Indiana 46163 or turned into the lock box in the band room.

Calendar
As a reminder, our Winter Guard Google Calendar shows all rehearsals, shows, and events. This calendar is updated as show times get posted and schedules are created. Please save this link to check at any time for the most up to date information!

 

Latest News for the Week of December 2nd – 8th, 2019

Apparel Orders Due This Week! 
We have some attire that’s being made available through Thursday, December 5th.  Delivery for this attire is scheduled for December 16th or 17th, depending on order size, so these can make fantastic Christmas gifts for yourself or others.  We’ve offered a small number of items in order to help keep the costs down, and this is NOT a fundraiser for the program.  These items are being offered to increase our groups’ clothing footprint in the school and community as well as to continue to build the connection between our program and our district as a whole.  Click HERE or the pic below for the USpromotions website. Thanks for your support!

Holiday Concert This Week!
Our Annual Holiday Concert will be held Wednesday night, December 4th at 7:00 PM in the New Palestine High School Auditorium. We will have a cookie and coffee/hot chocolate reception and will also have gift baskets up for auction. We hope to see you there!

 

Congrats to the New Palestine Dragons, Indiana 5A Football Champions!
Our pep band was honored to perform at Lucas Oil Stadium and support our Dragons. We were also honored to take a moment while unloading to pose for a great photo with our fellow Valparaiso Marching Vikings before the game. Congrats again to the Dragons! #WinTheDay

 

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Please join us on Saturday, December 14th from 8:00 AM – Noon for a free (donations accepted) all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast! Details below!

 

Scrip Orders Due December 15th
Scrip is a great program to earn FREE MONEY toward your student’s account. The final Scrip orders for 2019 are due by 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 15th. Families who order will receive the physical gift cards that week. Learn more HERE.