Winter Concert – December 3rd

Our Winter Concert is on Tuesday, December 3rd 2019! Prep Band, 6th Grade Band, and Wind Ensemble will perform at 6:00pm, and then we will have a second show at 7:30pm featuring Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble again!

WHO: ALL BANDS (Prep Band, 6th Grade Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble)
WHAT: Winter Concert
WHEN: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
TIME:  First Show: 6:00pm (Prep, 6th, and WE must arrive at 5:30pm)

              Second Show: 7:30pm (SB must arrive at 7pm)

WHERE: Bonita Center for the Arts (800 W Covina Blvd, San Dimas)

COST: $5 admission at the door

ATTENDANCE:

This is a required event for all classes to attend. Attendance will be taken, and individual grades will reflect each student’s ability to arrive on time, and perform with their group with the proper attire and equipment. Students with unexcused absences will see a drop of two letter grades

CONCERT DRESS:
Prep Band/Symphonic Band: White formal shirt (no t-shirts, boy’s shirts must have a collar and tuck their shirts in, girl’s shirts must cover their shoulder- no tank tops), black dress pants (no dresses for girls- must be pants), black shoes, black socks (black dress sandals are okay for girls).

Wind Ensemble: Black formal shirt, green tie (guys), black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks.

CHAPERONES: We will need at least 3 parent chaperones per group to supervise students at the concert. Please let me know if you are available to chaperone students while they are backstage at the concert (you will be able to see your student perform- I just need some chaperones backstage while I am on stage with the performing group). If you can help, please sign up with the Sign-Up Genius button below.

USHERS: We need at least 4 ushers for the show. Ushers need to wear black pants and a white shirt. If you can help, please sign up with the Sign-Up Genius button below.

Load In/Load Out: We will need a few people to help with load in and load out at the BCA and load in back at Ramona after the concert. If you can help, please sign up with the Sign-Up Genius button below.

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Fall Band Concert October 10

Our Fall Band Concert is on Thursday, October 10th! Please look over the following info. This concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and 6th Grade Band.

Who: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, 6th Grade Band
When: October 10, 2019
Time: 7:00pm (students need to arrive at the BCA at 6:30pm)
Where: Bonita Center for the Arts 

(on the San Dimas High School Campus, 822 W Covina Blvd., San Dimas)
Cost: $5 admission at the door

Concert Dress:

6th Grade Band and Symphonic Band: white dress shirt (boys: collar, tucked in; girls: nice blouse or dress shirt- must cover shoulders), black pants, black shoes, black socks. Ladies, black dress sandals are okay.

Wind Ensemble: Black dress shirt (boys: long sleeve, collar, tucked in with green tie; girls: nice blouse or dress shirt- must cover shoulders), black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks. Ladies, black dress sandals are okay.

Fall Concert Parent Volunteers:

Please follow the following link to view and sign up for ways you can help out! We need as many parents to help out as possible!

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Spring Band Concert – May 23

Our Spring Concert is on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019! 

Please note: there are TWO shows for this concert. 

Prep Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 6:00pm and Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (again) will perform at 7:30pm.

WHO: ALL BANDS (Prep Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble)
WHAT: Spring Concert
WHEN: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
TIME:
6:00pm – Prep Band, Wind Ensemble (students arrive at 5:30pm)
7:30pm – Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble (students arrive at 7:00pm)
WHERE: Bonita Center for the Arts (800 W Covina Blvd, San Dimas)

COST: $5 admission at the door

ATTENDANCE:

This is a required event for all classes to attend. Attendance will be taken, and individual grades will reflect each student’s ability to arrive on time, and perform with their group with the proper attire and equipment. Students with unexcused absences will see a drop of two letter grades

CONCERT DRESS:
Prep Band/Symphonic Band: White formal shirt (no t-shirts, boy’s shirts must have a collar and tuck their shirts in, girl’s shirts must cover their shoulder- no tank tops), black PANTS (no dresses for girls- must be pants), black shoes, black socks (black dress sandals are okay for girls).

Wind Ensemble: Black WE shirt, green tie (guys), black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks.

CHAPERONES: We will need at least 3 parent chaperones per group to supervise students at the concert. Please let me know if you are available to chaperone students while they are backstage at the concert (you will be able to see your student perform- I just need some chaperones backstage while I am on stage with the performing group). If you can help, please sign up with the Sign-Up Genius on the website. ramonamiddleschoolband.org

USHERS: We need at least 4 ushers for each show (4 for the 6:00pm show and 4 for the 7:30pm show). Ushers need to wear black pants and a white shirt. If you can help, please sign up with the Sign-Up Genius button on the website.

Load In/Load Out: We will need a few people to help with load in and load out at the BCA and load in back at Ramona after the concert. If you can help, please sign up with the Sign-Up Genius button on the website.

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Bonita Jazz Explosion!

On Saturday, March 23rd, we are hosting our fifth reincarnation of the Bonita Jazz Explosion! This is an all-day jazz festival (with different schools from around Southern California performing throughout the day)

We need some parent volunteers throughout the day as well as some donations for the adjudicator/director hospitality room. Here is the link to view the volunteer opportunities: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4dada822a1f49-bonita2

Here is the list of donations we need for the day:

Non-perishable items (can be delivered to the Ramona Band Room on or before Friday, March 22nd):

  • Bottled water
  • Other beverages (soda, energy drinks, etc.)
  • Crackers/chips
  • Cookies
  • Any other good non-perishable snacky things
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Plastic silverware

Perishable items (to be delivered to the Hospitality Room (Company Room) at the BCA at 9:00am on March 23rd):

  • Donuts
  • Fresh fruit
  • Other perishable snacky things that would be good?

Thank you so much for your help! I am looking forward to a great event!

Festival Concert – March 12

Our Festival Concert is on Tuesday, March 12! Please note: there are TWO shows for this concert. Prep Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 6:00pm and Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30pm

WHO: ALL BANDS (Prep Band, 6th Grade Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble)
WHAT: Festival Concert
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
TIME:
6:00pm – Prep Band, Wind Ensemble (students arrive at 5:30pm)
7:30pm – Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble (students arrive at 7:00pm)
WHERE: Bonita Center for the Arts (800 W Covina Blvd, San Dimas)

COST: $5 admission at the door

There will NOT be a dress rehearsal during the school day.

CONCERT DRESS:
Prep Band/Symphonic Band: White DRESS shirt (no t-shirts, boy’s shirts must have a collar and tuck their shirts in, girl’s shirts must cover their shoulder- no tank tops), black PANTS (no dresses for girls- must be pants), black shoes, black socks (black dress sandals are okay for girls).

Wind Ensemble: Black WE shirt, green tie (guys), black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks.

CHAPERONES: We will need at least 3 parent chaperones per group to supervise students at the concert. Please let me know if you are available to chaperone students while they are backstage at the concert (you will be able to see your student perform- I just need some chaperones backstage while I am on stage with the performing group). If you can help, please sign up with the Sign-Up Genius button below.

USHERS: We need at least 4 usher for each show (4 for the 6:00pm show and 4 for the 7:30pm show). Ushers need to wear black pants and a white shirt. If you can help, please sign up with the Sign-Up Genius button below.

Load In/Load Out: We will need a few people to help with load in and load out at the BCA and load in back at Ramona after the concert. If you can help, please sign up with the Sign-Up Genius button below.
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Christmas Tree Fundraiser 2018

Are you ready to sell some Christmas trees!?! This fundraiser has been amazingly successful for Ramona Band in past years and has the potential to raise even more funds this year. Wind Ensemble students can raise money for their San Diego trip and Symphonic Band, Prep Band, and 6th Grade Band students will be raising money to buy new instruments, repair old instruments, hire instrument coaches, and go on fun field trips.

 

Product:

The trees, wreaths, swag, and garland are all grown in the Pacific Northwest and shipped fresh to us. The product is truly amazing- the trees are beautiful and the wreaths, swag, and garland are fresh and high quality. I was really impressed with the overall quality of the product last year. Way nicer than anything you can get from the tree lot or supermarket and, you are supporting the band at the same time! Be sure to tell your customers of the superb quality- it’s one of our main selling points!

 

All products are pre-sale. We will not have any product for sale on the pick-up date. Customers will purchase all products in advance and pick them up at Ramona on Saturday, December 8th.

 

We will also be offering the “Trees for Troops” program! Customers can purchase a Douglass Fir Christmas Tree to be delivered to a Southern California military base. This is great way to spread holiday cheer and support our troops AND your Trees for Troops purchase is 100% tax deductible!

 

Profit:

We make 30-45% on each tree sold, and 15% on smaller items.

This is unheard of for most fundraisers where a product is sold!

Wind Ensemble / Jazz Students: All of the profit you raise can count toward your San Diego trip. I will send you a balance after the fundraiser is completed. Everything raised over the cost of the trip will go to the general band account.

Symphonic, 6th Grade Band, and Prep Band: All profit earned will go to the general band account. This allows us to buy new music, new instruments, and bring in special guests!

 

Goals:

In order to be guaranteed all profit from the tree company, we need to sell at least 125 trees. Here are some extra incentives to go above and beyond our goal:

Class with the most trees sold: Pizza party!!!

Top Seller (total profits): Choice of Apple Airpods, Beats by Dre EP, or $100 cash!

2nd Place: $50 cash!

IF OUR TOTAL REACHES 200 TREES, ALL CLASSES WILL GET A PIZZA PARTY!!! SELL THOSE TREES!!!

Selling Instructions

 

Materials in your packet:

  1. 4 Sales flyers: One Color, three B&W (Use these flyers to show and promote product.)

All prices are INCLUDING tax!

  1. 1 master spreadsheet for all orders you receive (most important)
  2. 4 pick-up reminder sheets (one for each customer)

Please ask for more of any if you run out or need more throughout the fundraising time.

 

How to sell the trees:

  1. Make a list of potential customers (neighbors, friends, relatives, teachers, coaches, etc.).
  2. Call, email, text message, visit in person: all of the people on your list.
  3. Show them the sales flyer! Explain that it is a pre-sale Christmas tree fundraiser and all products will be available for pickup on Saturday, December 8th at Ramona Middle School from 7:30am – 12:00pm.
  4. Tell them why we are raising money. To support the Ramona Middle School Band program, to buy new instruments, and/or to pay for your San Diego trip (WE only).
  5. Explain the high quality of the product (ex., “All of the trees, garland, wreaths, and swag are fresh cut in the Pacific Northwest and are the highest quality products you can buy.”).
  6. Tell them about the “Trees for Troops” program. For $68, they can buy a tree to be delivered to a military base in Southern California.

 

  1. If they commit to purchasing product, follow these steps to complete the sale:
      1. Fill out the master order form COMPLETELY
      2. Add up prices of all product ordered, and write total on order form on the right
      3. Have your customer pay with check or cash (checks payable to “LVBBA,” and please put cash in a separate envelope).
      4. Give your customer a “Product Pick-Up reminder” flyer so they remember when and where to pick up their product.

 

  1. After all orders are in, double check you have added all products to the correct line, and added things correctly on the “master spreadsheet.”
  2. Turn everything in (money, and master spreadsheet) to Mr. McDonald by Thursday, November 1st.

 

HELP NEEDED: The trees will be delivered on Friday, December 8th. We will need LOTS of help with heavy lifting to unload the truck. We need as many able-bodied people as we can to help out that day, so please let me know if you are available! (Delivery will most likely be in the morning).

 

We will also need help on Friday, November 8th counting the orders in all of the order packets. We will meet at 5:00pm in the Ramona Band room. Please come help if you can!

 

 

HELP NEEDED:

We will need help on Tuesday, November 2nd counting the orders in all of the order packets. We will meet at 5:00pm in the Ramona Library. Please come help if you can!

The trees will be delivered on Friday, December 8th. We will need LOTS of help with heavy lifting to unload the truck. We need as many able bodied people as we can to help out that day, so please let me know if you are available! (Delivery will most likely be in the morning).

We will also need help on Saturday, December 9th for tree pickup. Jobs will include distributing trees and wreaths and cutting garland.

If you can help out with any of the above tasks, please sign up by clicking on the Sign-Up Genius button below:
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Frequently Asked Questions (from customers):

 

Q: Where do I pick up my tree/wreath/swag/garland?

A: All products can be picked up on Saturday, December 8th from 7:30am – 12:00pm.

Q: Do I need anything to pick up my product?

A: No, this year as long as the master order sheet is filled out, you can come pick up your product

Q: What is my money going to support?

A: Your money is going to support the Ramona Middle School Band program. With more and more budget cuts to arts programs around the country, we must raise more and more of the money needed to provide students with instruments, music, and instruction. Also, the Ramona Middle School Band program is growing every year and new instruments are needed to provide all students who are interested with the opportunity to participate in music.

Wind Ensemble Students: Your money is going to help me pay for my Wind Ensemble trip to San Diego in April.

Q: These trees are expensive. Why?

A: Our prices are competitive with tree farms you find in the area. The trees are fresh cut from the Pacific Northwest and are of the highest quality.

(last year, they were also cheaper than Home Depot)

Q: Can I get a refund if I don’t like my tree?

A: No, all sales are final. No exchanges or refunds.

Q: Do I have to pick it up on December 8th?

A: Yes, please pick your tree up on the delivery date, December 8th from 7:30am – 12:00pm.

Q: Can’t I just show up and buy a tree when they get here in December?

A: No, all of our products are pre-sale only, and must be reserved BEFORE November 1st!

Q: Do you sell tree stands?

A: No, we do not sell tree stands, just trees.

Q: Who do I make my check out to?

A: LVBBA

 

Frequently Asked Questions (from students selling trees):

 

Q: When do I have to turn in my orders?

A: Thursday, November 1st.

Q: How much does everything cost?

A: All of the prices are on the price sheet and include sales tax.

Q: How many do I have to sell?

A: If everyone sells two trees we will make our goal!

Q: Should I sell to people I don’t know?

A: NO. Do not sell door to door. Stranger danger!!! Make a list of people you could potentially sell to and ask them.

 

Files from the packet you can print:

Wind Ensemble Performance @ Disney’s California Adventure

WE ARE GOING TO DISNEYLAND!!! Below is all of the information you need for our Disneyland performance on Monday, December 11th. Ramona Wind Ensemble students get into California Adventure for free that day. It is a one-day, one park pass. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Itinerary:

6:30am – arrive at Ramona, load truck, load bus
7:00am – depart Ramona
7:55am – arrive @ Disneyland California Adventure
8:00am – go backstage, meet Disney production guide, get ready for performance, get instrument from truck, take group photo, warm-up
9:30am – PERFORMANCE @ HOLLYWOOD BACKLOT STAGE
10:00am – change into street clothes, put instruments and performance clothes in truck
10:30am – 5:45pm – free time in CA
2:00pm – check in with chaperone
5:45pm – meet at CA entrance (flag pole)
6:15pm – meet bus, load bus, go home
7:00pm – arrive @ Ramona

What to bring:

  • Music and instrument
  • WEAR YOUR PERFORMANCE CLOTHES TO SCHOOL (black shirt, green tie, black DRESS pants, black DRESS shoes, black socks). Bring your street clothes in a bag with your name on them. You will be able to change after the performance.
  • Disneyland is strict about their NO TENNIS SHOES policy. Make sure you have black dress shoes for this performance!
  • Money for lunch/snacks/souvenirs (you can bring a sack lunch if you wish- I suggest between $20 and $40 for food/souvenirs).
  • Sweatshirt or jacket

RULES

  • Follow directions given to you IMMIDIATELY and without question
  • Help out with equipment- even if it isn’t yours
  • You must stay in groups of 3 or more at ALL times, unless you are with an adult (if a chaperone or I sees you alone or in a group of three you will need to stay with an adult the rest of the time)
  • You are representing yourselves, Ramona, our band, and ME – STAY CLASSY
  • You must follow all school rules on ANY field trip
  • If you cannot follow the rules, you will never go on a field trip ever again. EVER.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes- NO SANDALS (dress or casual)
  • NO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, OR PHONES BACKSTAGE
  • Eligibility to go on this field trip is will be up to your other teachers and me
  • You are excused from school that day but you are NOT excused from the homework you miss. Make sure you get all of your homework AHEAD of time.

  *If you need to be picked up early from Disneyland, please let me know ASAP. You will need to fill out and turn in a release form and we will need to arrange a time and place for you to be picked up.

Click HERE to download the permission slip

Click HERE to download the release form