2016 Fundraising Events
July 16, 2016 - 9 am to 2 pm Stop & Shop Bucket Shake
July 23, 2016 - 9 am to 1 pm Car Wash at EH Town Hall
Aug. 1-5, 2016 5:30 to 8:30 pm Band Camp
Aug 8-12, 2016 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Band Camp
Aug 11, 2016 - Mattress Fundraiser Presention/Band Parent Meeting
Aug. 12, 2016 2:30 pm End of Band Camp Picnic
Aug. 13, 2016 9 am to 2 pm Shop Rite Bucket Shake
Aug. 20, 2016 - 9 am to 1 pm Car Wash at EH Town Hall
Aug. 27, 2016 -Mattress Fundraiser
The True Team Experience
Published April 29, 2015 8 a.m.
I’m a senior at East Haven High School. I enjoy representing the school and town in sports and extracurricular activities. For the last four years, I was a proud member of the East Haven High School Marching Band.
A highlight of my high school experience is the marching band. Being a member provided me with the true team experience. My band journey began in spring of 8th grade. When September rolled around, I had 50 new friends from all classes to welcome and guide me through the freshman jitters. And unlike being part of a sports team competing for a spot on the team or playtime, being a band member meant equal participation and opportunity.
Being a marching band member requires dedication and hard work. Band members learn time management skills and discipline. Marching on the field while playing an instrument helps one learn to maintain focus, increase stamina, and multitask effectively. During competition season, Saturdays are spent with the band. The competition season is fun, fast-paced, and requires a unique collaboration of students, staff, and parent efforts to pull off meals, transportation, and moving the equipment. The band isn’t fully funded for the competition season, so fundraising is always necessary. The East Haven community is generous and supports the band whenever the call for help is made.
Finally, being a band member means pride and respect for the school, town, and music. I recommend this experience for any high school student, but especially freshmen. The marching band will soon begin practice for next year. Plans for the marching band include the Columbus Day Parade and Disney World. For more information, readers may contact the director, Matt Laudano. As a former marching band member and now director, he’ll be able to provide people with all they need to know.
East Haven High School Marching Band hosted an indoor color guard competition on Saturday April 4. More than twenty-five schools and organizations came out to compete in the show. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time and who made donations to make the MAC Winter Guard Show a great success. The event took a tremendous amount of effort from many people to make it such a success. Based on immediate feedback from coaches, parents and participants, the show was enjoyed by many, and was a comfortable experience for participants and officials. There were lots of compliments received about the manners of our students, the helpfulness of our volunteers and organizers, the skills of our Color Guard, and the beauty of our school. We have lots of reasons to be proud to be a part of the East Haven High School Yellowjacket Marching Band community.
The band will benefit from the proceeds from the show. Next year's band should begin the season well funded, but still more will be needed to be able to provide the best props, transportation, uniforms and equipment.
Over the next few weeks, the final transition will happen to insure the next year booster organization is well funded, organized and ready to lead the boosters in exciting new directions. Plans include revising and distributing new band parent handbooks, devising a structured competition-chaperone system, fine tuning communication channels, and reaching alumni band members. The school recently hired a new football coach, and we are all hopeful this will be a fresh start which will benefit all of our band members and student athletes. The talented and hardworking staff will likely remain the same, and many of the same booster faces will thankfully return. The 2015-2016 season is a very big year to plan for and our success weighs heavily on the participation and support of the booster organization. It is our job as a booster organization to allow the paid band staff to be able to purchase the best music, write the best drills, and supply the band with the best props and equipment. Some of these items are funded through the school budget, but it's never enough to fully fund what we need to operate as a competitive marching band.
It is imperative all of you become involved in some way to insure for the band's success as well as the future of the band. Some people are fortunate to have financial resources but have little time to give. Others are able to provide the gift of time. Most provide a blend of help. Whichever method is best for you, please consider doing so next year. The band needs help with food, serving, pit crew assistance, prop building, publicity, public relations, fundraising and much more! The band's plans include marching at the Happiest Place on Earth in Disneyworld, Florida next April, 2016 as well as the tri-town Columbus Day Parade in the fall.
It has been a privilege working with all of you and your children. Through our efforts over the last four years, we procured the band/school with many new instruments, uniforms which may last decades, a top notch sound system, some impressive field props, additional paid staff, equipment, and much more. We were able to accomplish many of our goals through diplomacy and assertive advocacy through channels reaching administrators and elected officials. I encourage you to continue to be present at key events so our band is appreciated and rewarded.
To my fellow senior parents who are ending this journey, I wish you peace and happiness always. You are part of my life's tapestry. I often say that while my daughter is a three season athlete, it is band which provided her the truest "team" experience. To the remaining members: Your new season will start very soon. If you have not received an email update from Michele Underwood, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will add you to her list. The band's web site is : http://ehhsmb.weebly.com. You should expect a more structured booster organization than in the past two years. This should help distribute the responsibilities evenly, and create a cohesive team to continue supporting the band be the best. You are in capable hands in both paid instructors as well as a booster organizers. I hope you and your children's journeys are filled with love and light.