2011 SUMB Spring Newsletter

Greetings from the SUMB! It might seem crazy–I mean it’s around 20 degrees at the time of this writing–but it is already time to begin thinking about the 2011 season of the Pride of the Orange!

This newsletter email contains important information that you will need if:

–       You are returning to the SUMB next year

–       You are not returning to the SUMB next year (sad)

–       You are applying for a leadership position

–       You are auditioning for Drum Major

Be SURE to read all of the information contained herein; many things need to happen within a certain timeframe for the band to continue to operate smoothly.  The newsletter is in this email in plain-text and attached as a pdf.

This newsletter is broken into the following parts:

I.    Returning Vet Forms

II.   Confirmation Forms

III.   2011 Spring Football Scrimmage/Drumline “Dust-off”

IV.   Leadership Selection Process – Application and Interview

V.   Drum Major Auditions – Application, Conducting, Teaching, Interview

VI.   Pizza Party

VII.  Miscellaneous

I.  RETURNING VET FORMS

Returning Vet Forms are due by Friday, April 1, 2011. It is extremely important that every member of the band fill out one of these forms, even if you do not intend to return next fall (lame!). Filling out a form ensures that you will be issued the same uniform and instrument if you wish; if you are not returning (sad) your notification allows us to release your uniform back into the general pool. Additionally, this information allows us to make accurate budget forecasts and requests. Moral of the story? Fill out a Returning Vet Form! Do it now. Forms are available on www.subands.com or in the band office in 402 Crouse College. There is a cute little table set up outside the band office for your convenience.

II. CONFIRMATION FORMS

Once you have filled out a Returning Vet Form indicating your intention to return, you will be placed on our list for the summer Orange Peel newsletter. In this package, you will find a confirmation form. This is the final step to cementing your return to the band for next season. In short: Returning Vet Form + Confirmation Form = you being a member of the band in 2011. BOTH forms are essential, and while they ask for some of the same information, they do tell us all of the things we need to know.

III. 2011 SPRING FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE/DRUMLINE “DUST-OFF”

This year’s scrimmage will be on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm (if the time changes we will let you know. The SUMB performs at the spring football scrimmage every year. It’s a way to get us back into the swing of things before summer and serves as a proving ground for potential Drum Majors. Everyone is welcome to attend the scrimmage, but all leadership and Drum Major candidates must attend; it is required for you.

Members of the drumline who wish to change instrument assignments for the coming season are strongly encouraged to attend and take the potential new instrument for a spin.

Additionally, Mr. Dekaney and I are planning to have a drumline practice during which you can get some instruction on any potential new instruments (or just to “dust-off” your instrument so you don’t go almost a whole year without playing).  This will be on Friday evening, April 15, 2011 (do your taxes, then play the drums).  We’ll let you know exactly when/where once we determine facilities availability

NEW FOR 2011: SUMB Members who come to the Spring Scrimmage will have the chance to formally evaluate the Drum Major Candidates on a few specific categories.  These evaluations will be a part of the overall Drum Major selection process.  While you won’t be “voting for the Drum Majors”, your evaluations will help the selection committee make their choices.  You will have the opportunity to make your voice heard; make sure that you come and participate in the process!

IV. LEADERSHIP SELECTION PROCESS

Everyone who is interested should try out for leadership; it’s a great way for you to make an even larger impact on the workings of the SUMB. The leaders play a vital role in new member education and the day-to-day operations of the band. Simply put, the SUMB could not survive without strong leaders! This is a great resume builder for you as well. The leadership selection process has three parts:

  1. Written application and essay
  2. Interview
  3. Attendance at the spring football scrimmage

The written application is attached to this email. Follow the instructions on the form. The written materials are due in paper form or via email (to jjmertz@syr.edu) by no later than Friday, April 1, 2011. NO late applications will be accepted for any reason. None!

After you submit the written application, you will need to come to 402 Crouse College to sign up for an interview. The interview time slot is 15 minutes, and you can choose a slot from the following blocks of time:

Tuesday, April 5th

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday, April 7th

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Friday, April 8th

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, April 12th

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday, April 14th

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Friday, April 15th

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

If none of these times work, please get in touch and we will set up an alternative time.

If you are currently studying abroad or are not on campus this semester and are interested in leadership, submit your application by the deadline electronically and we will interview you either via email or via Skype.

All interviews will take place in Prof. Mertz’s office in 104D Crouse College.

NOTE: if you were a member of the leadership in 2009 and wish to be again, you MUST reapply. No exceptions.

Leadership will be announced on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm during a pizza party outside of Crouse College.

V.  DRUM MAJOR AUDITIONS

As with leadership, everyone interested in becoming a Drum Major should give the audition a try. The Drum Major is the most visible member of the band and plays many roles in the operation of the SUMB. The process is rigorous and competitive, broken into the following parts:

  1. Written application and essay
  2. Teaching audition
  3. Conducting audition 1
  4. Conducting audition 2
  5. SUMB Member Evaluations
  6. Interview

The written application is attached to this email. Follow the instructions on the form. The written materials are due in paper form or via email (to jjmertz@syr.edu) by no later than Friday, April 2. NO late applications will be accepted for any reason. None!

The teaching audition will take place in the morning on Saturday, April 17. Each candidate will teach a marching fundamental.

The first conducting audition will take place at the spring football scrimmage using an abridged version of the stands book from 2010. This is to see how you function in what is as close to a football game environment as we can get. This is also where members of the SUMB will evaluate your competencies in a few specific categories.  You will receive scores to prepare during the first week of April.

The second conducting audition takes place in the morning on Sunday, April 17, 2011. This will be to a recording. You will receive the score and recording during the first week of April.

The interview takes place immediately after the second conducting round. It will last 30 minutes. You can sign up for a block of time in 402 Crouse College anytime after you submit your written application.

If you are currently studying abroad or are not on campus this semester and are interested in auditioning for Drum Major, please contact me at jjmertz@syr.edu.

NOTE: Any Drum Major from 2010 wishing to reprise the role must reapply.

NOTE II: Trying out for Drum Major automatically puts you in the running for leadership in your home section. Only the Drum Major application is necessary, there is no need to fill out a leadership application as well.

Drum Majors will be announced along with the rest of the leadership on Sunday, April 17 at 4:00 pm during a pizza party outside of Crouse College.

VI. PIZZA PARTY

On Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm, there will be a pizza party outside of Crouse College. Every single member of the 2010 SUMB is welcome and encouraged to attend, whether or not you are trying out for leadership and whether you are returning to the band next year or not (sad). Results from the leadership selection process and Drum Major auditions will be announced.

VII. MISCELLANEOUS

–       Most of the 2011 football schedule is available at www.suathletics.com

–       Leadership Camp and Drumline Camp will start Friday, August 19, 2011.*

–       Returning Vets will report to Band Camp on Monday, August 22, 2011.*

–       The NYSFBC exhibition will be on Sunday, October 30.

–       Our performance/camp schedule is subject to change/addition/correction until June 1; the above is provided for planning purposes only.

–       Important: If you will not be at your campus or home address during the summer, you MUST notify us so we can send your summer mailings to the correct address.

*The dates for band camp might change!  We are considering beginning one or two days earlier.  We will let you know by the end of the Spring semester if this change occurs.

If you have any questions at all about anything mentioned in this newsletter or anything else relating to the SUMB, please feel free to contact myself (jjmertz@syr.edu) or Fran (fmmoore@syr.edu).

Congratulations to our graduating seniors! We will truly miss you and we wish you all nothing but success.

Have a safe and enjoyable spring break and we will see you soon!

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