MAY EVENTS

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May 2. Solo and Ensemble Concert at MHS
May 17. Percussion Ensemble Concert at MHS
May 21. Spring Banquet at Oak Ridge Conference Center
May 29. Memorial Day Concert in Excelsior
May 30. Curricular Bands Concert at MHS

For the complete calendar, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Want to get more involved with the band program? There are several upcoming opportunities in the 2017-18 school year. Contact band directors Miles Mortenson or Paul Rosen if you are interested.

Social Media & Newsletter Lead. Promote Minnetonka Band Program via Facebook, Twitter, and monthly newsletters. Coordinate flyers posted to Peachjar. Prepare press releases. Work with historian and graphic designer. Part of Public Relations Committee (Time Commitment: 2 to 3 hours a month)

Website Manager. Maintain Band Booster website (currently WordPress). Update calendar and update site with current information on events and fundraisers.  Part of Public Relations Committee (Time commitment: 1 to 2 hours a month)

Graphic Designer. Design and oversee production of newsletter, posters and brochures. Design apparel, including marching band shirt. Work with Social Media & Newsletter Lead, Website Manager and Historian. Part of Public Relations Committee (Time Commitment: varies)

Volunteer Coordinator Committee. Work with our outgoing volunteer coordinator. Recruit volunteers for all band related activities including concerts, fundraising events, parades, field competitions and competitions. We use Signup Genius. Works with every committee. (Time commitment: varies)

Social Lead & Committee. (2 to 4 people needed) Coordinate all band related meals and social events, including end of season banquets (2), marching band meals and concert hospitality. Will consider dividing responsibilities. One to two people each for Banquets/Potluck Dinner Lead, Marching Band Member Meals Lead (kick-off week, football games and competitions) and Concert Hospitality (cookie set-up). Volunteer coordinator recruits additional assistants, as needed. Works with Volunteer Coordinator and Historian. (Time commitment: varies)

Cookie Sales. Order, pickup and package cookies. Set up cookie sales table at football games (3 home games in 2017). Volunteer coordinator recruits cookie sales associates. (Time commitment: 2 to 3 hours each in August, September & October) Part of Fundraising Committee

Restaurant Fundraiser Coordinator. Contact area restaurants and schedule 2 to 3 restaurant fundraisers per year. Point person for Maynard’s Night. Part of Fundraising Committee (Time commitment: 5 hours a year)

Capital Campaign Committee. (1 to 2 people needed) Work with current Capital Campaign Lead to identify and solicit business sponsors for the band program. Part of Fundraising Committee. (Time commitment: varies)

Historian. Responsible for documented history of the band program, including photos, lists of members, copies of programs, etc. Maintain/update display cases. Work with Public Relations Committee (Time commitment: 2 hours a month)

Product Sales/Apparel. Compile and place orders and distribute items. Assist marching band section leaders with section shirt orders.

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 Brahms, Third Stream and Scandinavian music. The teams meet with Mr. Mortensen to study and prepare for the competition.

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

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.

Jazz Bands at Minnetonka

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Minnetonka High School offers participation in two extra curricular jazz ensembles, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Too! Both groups rehearse after school during the school year. Auditions for both groups are held in the fall.  Contact either Mr. Mortensen or Mr. Rosen with questions.

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Join Pep Band!

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Pep Band is an extracurricular activity. The Director is Mr. Paul Rosen. If you are interested in participating send Mr. Rosen an email. The Pep Band performs at home Basketball and Ice Hockey games, and when Minnetonka High School sports teams participate in State Tournaments.

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