***In addition to reading below, check out this article written by a mom about why kids should join band -- especially marching band -- in high school!***
To our rising Freshmen (er… Freshpeople):
Hi! This is Mr. Boyd, Director of Bands at Princess Anne High School. I asked some of the band members “What should we tell our new people, coming in?” and they said:
“Tell them that at PA, Band is Fun!”
… And I honestly can’t think of a better way to start this letter. There are no words I can use to describe the experiences you will have over the next few years as a member of our family, the Princess Anne High School Band Program. Band to this point has been fun for you… but band from now on is going to be so incredible that fun itself takes on a whole new meaning. It now stands for working hard, becoming one team, setting lofty goals towards which we work, committing yourself to Excellence, it stands for our motto with the Band Program here – “Unity with Pride.” Honestly, the kids and I are trying to think of the right words to describe it… but there just aren’t enough words to encompass what you experience in our group. If there were some word we could use that was fully descriptive, we wouldn’t have to sit down and try to convey our thoughts in so many different ways or feelings or emotions. Band at PA, quite simply, is something you just have to experience.
Regardless of whether or not you intend to march with the FMC, please -- make sure that you attend one of our rehearsals before making a decision. Too many young people simply dismiss the high school marching arts as “oh they play at football games.” Well, of course we do. And the group competes -- and its fun… in the ways we talked about earlier. But that, guys, is just the beginning.
My phone in the band room is open for any questions or comments you may have. We have a good band here, but we have room for more and we overlook no one. Give me a call, or drop me a line on the email. I assure you this… band… as you know it… is about to kick into another level.
Thanks for your time,
John A. Boyd
Director of Bands
Princess Anne High School
757-648-5600, ext. 58453
Which section of the FMC is right for you?
Hornline (student is required to sign up for Advanced Band)
(piccolo, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, baritone, tuba)
PADL (student is required to sign up for Advanced Band)
(Princess Anne Drumline: snares, tenors, basses, front ensemble)
Guard (student is not required to take a band class)
(flags, rifles, sabres)
Runners (student is not required to take a band class)
(student equipment managers)
The FMC Study Hall
Good grades are the reason the students attend Princess Anne High School. Mr. Boyd recognizes that the unusual rehearsal times may be viewed as a problem for some students, but these hours should be looked at as an opportunity instead! The 5 PM to 8 PM schedule is in place so that students may do their homework after school, while their content is still "fresh" in their minds, vs. doing homework after a 3 hour marching practice, while eating dinner, while doing the things necessary to get ready for the next day!
Because some students live far from the school, and because some students need the extra help, PA Bands runs an After-school Study Hall in the PA Band Room every day we have rehearsal (both during the Marching Season as well as the Concert Season). Students may use this time to get help from a teacher after school, work with peers in the band that share the same classes, get help from older students, or work by themselves. The atmosphere of the Band Room is one of quiet from 2:30 PM until 4:30 PM (Study Hall hours). Students may not leave campus once they have reported for Study Hall and may not eat or drink in the Band Room. All these activities must be completed before the student reports for Study Hall.
Be a part of the tradition, the fun, the Legacy... the Fabulous Marching Cavaliers!