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Important Information for 2006 Marching Band Members

Greetings from the Band Office!!!  We hope your semester is going well and that you can ???hang in there??? until May!

We need to share with you some information concerning upcoming band events as well as plans for the upcoming fall marching season.  Please look over this information carefully!   To contact us for any reason, please call Nikki Gross or Chris Nichter at 293-4841 (x3157) or e-mail us at WVUBand@mail.wvu.edu.

1)  For the 2006 Band - Read Me!

All woodwind and brass returning ???vets??? who want to be a part of the 2006 WVU Band are reaccepted if you follow the information outlined below; percussionists, colorguard, and twirlers are NOT automatically reaccepted until after the audition procedure.  Note:  Those instrumentalists wishing to switch instruments for next season will need to audition - contact the Band Office for more information.  To all:  Failure to comply with the following may jeopardize your chances of marching next season!!

  • On this letter???s envelope address label, you will find either the word ???YES???, ???NO???, or ???MAYBE???.  This is what you checked at the end of last fall regarding your returning status for the 2006 Band. 
  • All ???YES??? people will automatically be entered into the 2006 band database and will receive the summer Pride Press mailing.  If your status has now changed and you can not join us next season, let us know by Fri., April 14.
  • All ???NO??? people will not be entered in our database for next year, and this letter will be the last correspondence the band will have with you - sorry!  If you are a ???NO??? and want to change to a ???YES???, you must tell us by Fri., April 14.  Failure to meet this deadline will mean that you will be placed on a waiting list and may not automatically be reaccepted unless an opening in your instrument becomes available!
  • All ???MAYBE??? people have until Fri., April 14 to tell us your decision.  If you do not change to a ???YES??? by this date, you will automatically be placed into the ???NO??? category.  See above for trying to change your status after the April 14 deadline.

2) Spring/Summer Dates:

  • Sat., April 8  -  Marching Band auditions for all new members
  • Sat. - Sun., April 8 - 9 -  Drumline Camp (all ???vet??? drumline members received an email about this)
    Colorguard auditions (all ???vet??? colorguard members received an email about this)
  • Sat., April 15  - Annual ???Gold and Blue??? football game - see the included flyer  
  • Fri., April 28  - IMPORTANT 4:00 p.m. Meeting at CAC about new Uniform Campaign  
  • TBA   - Percussion and Colorguard summer camps
  • Fri., August 11 - Percussion and Colorguard report to Band Camp (beginning in the evening)
  • Sat., August 12  -  Leaders report to Band Camp
  • Sun., August 13 -  Everyone else reports to Band Camp
  • Sat., August 19  -  Band Camp concludes

3)  ???VET??? Percussion and Colorguard Auditions -  All veteran Percussion and Colorguard members should have received the   email about reauditoning the weekend of April 8.  It is important that you make plans to attend.  Percussionists should contact   Adam Osmianski with questions; colorguard members should contact Heath Mankey.

4)  Rank and Section Leaders - By the end of the semester, invitations will be going out for those being asked to serve as a   Section Leader, Rank Leader, and/or Assistant Section Leader.  It will be during the early summer months that we will    send out invitations to Assistant Rank Leaders.

5)  NEW UNIFORMS - IMPORTANT MEETING - On Friday, April 28th (Friday of Dead Week) at 4:00 p.m. here at the CAC, we will have a very important meeting about the new uniforms for next season.  This meeting will involve officials from the WVU Foundation and is a vital part of their plan to raise the more than $250,000.00 needed for the purchase of the new uniforms.  Please try to attend this meeting if at all possible! 

6) Band Camp and ???06 Performance schedule - It is hopeful that before the end of the semester, we will have a preliminary   performance schedule for the fall season.  This may be difficult since the football schedule just came out recently.  Once we get a schedule, it will be posted by the Band Office and on the web site.  We will send this information, along with Band Camp information, in the summer Pride Press mailing.

7) CD???s/DVD???s - The 2005 CD and the Sugar Bowl DVD are nearly complete and will be in very soon!

That is about all for now.  You will be receiving more information over the summer months regarding the 2006 Band and Band Camp.  Hope to see you in August as a member of the 105th season of the ???Pride???! 

 Take care, and ???good luck??? on the rest of the semester!