Welcome Back!

Good Afternoon!

As we approach the beginning of the school year, we would like to welcome each of you to the Sprayberry High School Band Program. We are extremely excited for the upcoming year and are looking forward to the growth of our students as musicians and as people.

To our Marching Band Students...congratulations on an outstanding first two weeks of rehearsals. It is hard to believe how much we were able to accomplish in such a short time, but we now have a strong foundation on which we can build a wonderful show that will be enjoyed by so many people. As school starts, keep your drive and desire to be successful, and remember that the end product will be a reflection of the hard work we put in everyday. Keep striving to be at least 1% better every day, and you will be amazed at what we can accomplish by October.

To our Marching Band Families...thank you so much for all of your assistance in running such smooth camps. We appreciate everyone who came out and chaperoned, or fit students in uniforms, or helped with equipment, or served food, or did anything else to keep us moving forward. We can't thank you enough for giving your time to help our students, and we hope to see you back with us as we move through the season.

As we begin school, please make sure that your students are registered for a band class during both the fall and spring semester. We want to make sure that all of our students have the opportunity to grow and develop across the entire school year. If there is an issue with your student's schedule, please let us know at directors@sprayberryband.com and we will do everything in our power to help try and get the issue resolved.

COMMUNICATION

Because we have so many events occurring in our program, it is very important that you stay connected to the various methods of communication we offer. Please visit our website as often as you can, and make sure you are enrolled in "This Week In Band" (TWIB). This is a weekly newsletter that is emailed on Sundays that will give you information about the events that are upcoming. We will update every area of our program when necessary in the TWIB, so please sign up at here to start receiving these weekly updates!

Also, we will be using Remind101 to send texts about important information. If you would like to sign up to receive these texts from the band directors, please use the following information to register:

Text the following codes (as they are appropriate to your student) to 81010.

·    Symphonic I (3rd Period - Mastery Band) - @bogsym1
·    Symphonic II (2nd Period - Advanced Band) - @bogsym2
·    Concert Band (1st Period - Intermediate Band) - @bogcb
·    Percussion – (4th Period - Percussion Techniques) - @bogperc1
·    Marching Band - @bogmb
·    Colorguard - @bogcg
·    Jazz Band - @bogjazz

We will not spam your texts with this service! We will only send information that is important and that will help you plan for upcoming events!

In addition, please be sure to follow our Facebook Page at Sprayberry High School Band (Official). We will update this page as well with important information!

Jazz Band

If you are interested in Jazz Band, we have some exciting news for you! This year, Sprayberry High School will be having Academic Opportunity (AO) twice a week for 45 minutes each session. This is a time during the school day for students to work with teachers in areas they are either interested in or need assistance in. They will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays between first and second period.

We have decided to offer Jazz Band as a "class" during this AO time. Essentially, students who are interested will sign up on Monday and Tuesday in homeroom and will placed in the Jazz AO with Mr. Esserwein. We will then be able to study and perform jazz for two 45 minutes sessions each week. This will allow us to start jazz earlier and to have more chances to perform.

If you are interested, please sign up when offered the opportunity during homeroom next week. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Esserwein at shsbanddirector@gmail.com.

 

Thank you for being a part of the Sprayberry Band Family. We are very excited for the new year and can't wait to see all of our Concert Only students starting on Monday. Have a GREAT weekend!

WHO ARE WE!

Mr. Esserwein and Mr. Ellis

Drum Majors attend Spirit Camp

Congratulations to 2017 Drum Majors Ansley, Ty, Juan and Katie on a great week of learning at Spirit Camp 2017! The drum majors spent the week on the beautiful campus of Huntingdon College at the annual band leadership camp. Spirit Camp was founded in 1979 as a fundraiser for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. The camp was one of the first of it's kind to offer high school students an opportunity learn the leadership tools to be effective leaders in their marching bands. The camp has always had a direct connection to the Sprayberry Band as the camp was founded by Freddy and Lynda Martin. Director Emeritus Dan Martin was an integral part of the camp at the beginning and continues to teach today. Both Mr. Esserwein and Mr. Ellis served on the drum major staff of Spirit Camp. Mr. Ellis is currently co-caption head of the drum major caption of the camp.  

Congratulations to Juan Jimenez for earning a most improved drum major award and to Katie Schoeffner for making finals in the conducting competition!

Thanks for making us proud!

We have a new "TWIB"

Hello everyone,

We have a new "This Week In Band" email client! As you may already know, TWIB is our weekly email newsletter for all band activities for the week. Each issue is sent every Sunday evening and will contain very important information for students and parents regarding band rehearsals, performances, fundraisers and band booster news. The new client will give us an opportunity to create custom emails in a much easier format along with giving students and parents more email options. 

There will also be occasional emails related to booster activities and announcements. 

The first of the new "TWIB" was sent out this week. If you did not receive the new and updated newsletter try checking your SPAM folders, promotional tabs, or email filters. If not, simply try signing up from the website

If you would like to be removed from the mailing list, scroll to the bottom of the email and unsubscribe. 

TWIB is intended for Sprayberry Band students, parents, and families. 

-T. Ellis

New Website Launch!

BOG Family we are proud to announce a new website! We decided this Winter to move sprayberryband.com to a new web host which will provide us with more tools to keep our community more informed on all the amazing things the BOG is doing throughout the year. 

The site can now be easily updated by multiple administrators at once which will give directors and boosters and chance to keep the programs up-to-date. There is also a robust media and social media component that extends far beyond sprayberryband.com. 

Stay tuned for more features to be introduced over the Summer and Fall!