2016 Marching Band Registration

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We’ve moved registration online! Our registration form collects all necessary data and generates an invoice with due dates. We will no longer collect hard copies of the registration form. To register for 2016 Marching Band, click here.

However, all registrants must print and turn in a hard copy of the band camp form. You can download it here.

Drill Techs Needed

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The marching band is looking for drill techs for the 2016 season, as well as dorm assistants and drill assistants for band camp (August 7-13). If interested, download the application here. Please complete and return it to Mr. Mortensen by June 10.

MAY/JUNE EVENTS

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May 3. Solo and Ensemble concert at MHS
May 18. Percussion Ensemble concert at MHS
May 19. Orchestra and Wind Ensemble concert at MHS
May 26. Full Orchestra concert at MHS
May 30. Memorial Day Concert at Excelsior Elementary
May 31. MHS Bands concert at MHS
June 2. Spring Jazz concert at MHS
June 14-16. Marching Band Kickoff at MME

See the Calendar page for more details.

Superior Ratings for Wind Ensemble

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Minnetonka High School’s Wind Ensemble received unanimous superior ratings from all three adjudicators at the Minnesota State High School League’s Large Group Contest held at Edina High School on April 25. Congratulations Wind Ensemble!

JOIN MARCHING BAND!

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The marching band is one of Minnetonka High School’s most exciting and vital organizations. It’s a large, spirited, and close-knit group of dedicated student musicians who take great pride in their artistic performance and competitive achievement.

Each and every member plays a crucial role in the success of the band. There aren’t starters and backups. Everyone plays. It’s a supportive and inclusive ensemble that works to make sure everyone reaches their potential. And they have a great time in the process.

Looking to do something musical, challenging and fun? Marching band is for you. Become a proud part of an award-winning tradition of excellence. Make lots of great friends. Develop your talent. Accomplish something awesome.

2016 CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
June 14-16. Kickoff
June 17. New member registration deadline
July 19-21. Drumline/colorguard minicamp
July 19 and 21. Fun and Fundamentals (all members)
July 25. Rehearsals begin
August 7-13. Band camp at Koinonia
August 29. State Fair parade
September through October. Two rehearsals a week – 3 hours each. Six Saturday competitions. Half-time show at home football games.

For the complete calendar, click here.

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Be a Band Booster!

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MUSIC MAKES A DIFFERENCE! And the Minnetonka Band Boosters are dedicated to the support and promotion of the entire band program in their pursuit of musical excellence at Minnetonka High School.

The boosters provide a wide variety of much needed services.

Money we raise is used to hire guest artists, bands, conductors and instructors; it purchases music, instruments and equipment; and it provides scholarships for all-state students, travel study participants, marching band campers and more.

We produce printed and online promotional materials. We help out at concerts, competitions, football games and parades – with everything from maintaining uniforms to hauling equipment to providing refreshments. We also organize banquets and other social events.

Our meetings are held from late summer through the school year. Come help us plan and organize another exciting year for our students! Click here to download the membership form.

Kowalski’s Groceries For Good Causes

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The Minnetonka Band Boosters are part of Kowalski’s Groceries For Good Causes program.

1. Minnetonka Band Boosters has a labelled container on the Groceries For Good Causes board located near the main exit of Kowalski’s Excelsior Market, 440 Water Street.
2. Any time you make a purchase, slip the receipt into the container.
3. Each quarter, Kowalski’s Markets will make a donation to the Minnetonka Band Boosters based upon the number of receipts collected. It is NOT based upon dollars spent.

Be sure to check it out and tell your friends and family. Kowalski’s has many options for busy families such as salad, made to order pasta & soup bars, grab & go hot foods, and a Starbucks. This is an easy way for anyone you know to help support the Minnetonka Band Boosters!

Video

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There is now a YouTube channel devoted entirely to Minnetonka Bands. You can find it here. We’ll do our best to keep it updated year-round with videos of activities and musical performances.

Small Ensembles

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There are a number of student led ensembles that form during the year and practice outside of normal school hours. Most years there are ensembles for brass, flute, saxophone, clarinet and percussion. The groups usually perform at the annual Solo and Ensemble Contest held in the spring. Some ensembles also choose to play at other events for fun. These often include playing prior to MHS play performances, at local Senior housing or even Ridgedale Mall. If you have an interest in playing in a smaller ensemble, contact Mr. Mortensen for more information.

Music Listening

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Music Listening is a competition for students throughout the state of Minnesota. Teams of three students study musical pieces selected each year for the contest. Each year the contest has a featured composer, genre and type of ethnic music. This year’s featured themes are Handel, Guitar and music of Hawaii. The teams meet with Mr. Mortensen to study and prepare for the competition.

Check out the official Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest page.