Date: 3 April 2020
Mighty Maroon Band Trip scheduled for April 24-28, 2020
The Mighty Maroon Band Directors are sad to announce that the band trip scheduled for April 24-28, 2020 has been cancelled. This decision has been made in consultation with MISD Administration. The trips for all four MISD high school bands scheduled to travel have been cancelled. The safety of our students is priority to all of the Directors and MISD.
Factors that led to this decision by MMB Directors and MISD Administration:
1. With the advice from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dallas County Health and Human Services, as well as federal and state agencies, Mesquite ISD will remain closed until at least May 4, 2020. This time period encompasses our dates of travel.
2. Governor Greg Abbott made the decision to close schools until at least May 4, 2020.
3. The State of Florida and Orange County (home of Walt Disney World) are enacting travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders on at almost daily basis. We are uncertain that Florida will allow us to travel to their state at that time.
4. Walt Disney World is currently closed indefinitely. There is no timeline for when they will reopen.
The trip (and the other MISD high school band trips) will not be rescheduled. It is impossible to know what the COVID-19 situation will be in May or even June. There is no guarantee we will be back in school in May. If we are back in school, MISD will only allow essential travel. Band trips are not considered essential travel for the remainder of the school year. Per MISD policy, we will remain on our regular trip rotation. This means there will not be a “make-up” band trip next school year so as to not conflict with the MHS Choir and Orchestra trips. MISD has a set schedule for trips so that all of our music groups are not travelling at the same time. The next band trip will be in two years (2021-22 school year).
The travel company we have partnered with is currently working to cancel our trip reservations and acquire what refunds and/or vouchers they can from the vendors they have contracted with for this trip. These vendors are not necessarily legally/contractually required to refund money for trip cancellations regardless of the reason. Our travel company is hopeful that we will have some type of refund from Walt Disney World, however, this is not a 100% guarantee. We are hopeful to receive some type of refund, however, it is possible that we receive little to no refunds. It is also possible that we receive some type of vouchers for to use at a future date.
What can you expect?
1. This cancellation/refund process will take time. This will not be completed in a few days. Walt Disney World is dealing with cancellation/rescheduling of tens of thousands of clients at this time. We are just one of those. This will take weeks to complete.
2. Refunds/Vouchers: once we have confirmed with our travel partner what they have been able to acquire from the vendors, we will pass along that information to you.
a. Walt Disney World: You may receive a partial to full refund of the part of the trip fee that was designated for payment to Walt Disney World. You may also receive a voucher to be used with Disney at a later date or nothing.
b. Southwest Airlines: You may receive a partial to full refund of the part of the trip fee that was designated for payment to Southwest Airlines. You may also receive a voucher to be used with Southwest Airlines at a later date or nothing.
c. Money spent on charter bus transportation for MHS to DFW (and return) or Orlando International Airport to Disney World (and return): you may receive a partial to full refund or nothing.
3. Once we have received refunds/vouchers from our travel company, we will contact you with information on what you will receive and when you will receive it.
Please be patient with this process. If you purchased individual trip insurance, please consult with your trip insurance company to learn of the process and materials needed to acquire an insurance payment for any monies you are not refunded. Speaking from personal experience with dealing with a trip insurance company for a personal trip, that process will take time and you will need all the written materials they require. Once again, once we have refund/voucher information from our travel company we will pass that information along to you.
We are very sad that we will not be able to take our band students on a wonderful trip to spend time with them and each other. The safety of your students is always a priority for us. We hope you are safe and healthy. Please let the MMB Directors know if there is anything we can do to help you and your family.
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Mighty Maroon Band:
The MMB Directors hope that everyone is safe and doing well during these challenging times. Now that we know school will not resume until at least May 4th, it is important that students and parents be aware of how this is impacting things band and school related.
Classes and Assignments:
It is important that students are working on, completing and submitting assignments for all of their classes. Grades for all classes are still being taken and it possible for you to fail a class. Not doing the work will lead to failure. The teachers, administration, and staff of MISD are here to help you. If you are in need of something, reach out to one of us and we will help. We and all of the teachers at MHS will work with you and help you in any way possible. Make the effort to do your work for all classes (including band).
Band Auditions for the 2020-21 school year:
Next week you will receive music for band placement auditions. The audition process will be conducted online through Google Classroom. Details about this process will be distributed next week and will be part of your weekly band assignments.
Drum Major Auditions:
Next week you will receive information about drum major auditions. This process will be done completely online through Google Meet, conducting videos that will be available for you to practice with, and one-on-one help sessions with the directors through Google Meet. The auditions will be held online the last week of April.
Band Officer Elections:
Also next week you will receive information about Band Officer elections. This process will also be held online.
Band Assignments for the week of April 6-10:
On Monday, April 6th, you will receive your band assignments that will be due by Friday, April 10th. This is in accordance with MHS policies for all classes. Every band student will receive an assignment that pertains to leadership development. This is a required (graded) assignment. All percussion students will access this assignment through their class appropriate Google Classroom (Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band). The assignment consists of watching three short videos and then completing a Google Form for each video.
Each student will also receive playing assignments for the week. Playing a musical instrument is partially a physical activity. If you do not regularly play your instrument, the muscle groups needed to be proficient as a performer do not develop and maintain their strength. Because of this atrophy in your muscles, regular (i.e. daily) practice is required. These other assignments will lay out a daily practice regime for you to follow. Each practice routine will be approximately 30 minutes and will involve fundamentals, band music, and band audition music. Each assignment must be completed in Google Classroom by completing a Google Form and uploading a video/audio recording of specified selections of music from your prescribed practice routine. Your class director will post these assignments on each Monday and they are due on Friday. Percussion – your assignments will come from Mr. Schoolar.
Band Calendar and Band Website:
Please be sure visit the band Google calendar located on the band website: http://www.mightymaroonband.com
All band events for the month of May have been updated based upon school resuming May 4th and obviously are subject to change due to our current situation:
Saturday, May 9th: Rookie Marching Camp (will involve new Drum Majors and Band Officers)
May 11, 12, 13, 14: Marching Camp for all students 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
May 16th: Band Banquet/Party (rescheduled from May 1). Details to come as the situation progresses.
May 19th: Band Concert
Band Trip: an announcement concerning the band trip will be made at 2:00 PM today. Be sure to check your email, Facebook, Remind, and the MMB website.
We sincerely hope everyone is doing well and is being safe. Please let the MMB Directors know if there is anything we can do to help you.
Practice social distancing and wash your hands!
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Remind has changed some of their policies. As a result, we will now have multiple Remind accounts. You must sign up for the specified account. Please do not sign up for an account which is not designated for you, as this will cause problems for us. All accounts will receive the same announcements.
Band Students in grades 9 and 10:
Smartphone: open a web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/mhsmmb
Text Notifications: text @mhsmmb to 81010
Band Students in grades11 and 12:
Smartphone: open a web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/mhsmmb12
Text Notifications: text @mhsmmb12 to 81010
Band Parents with Students in grades 9:
Smartphone: open a web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/mhsmmbp9
Text Notifications: text @mhsmmbp9 to 81010
Band Parents with Students in grades 10:
Smartphone: open a web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/mhsmmbp10
Text Notifications: text @mhsmmbp10 to 81010
Band Parents with Students in grades 11:
Smartphone: open a web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/mhsmmbp11
Text Notifications: text @mhsmmbp11 to 81010
Band Parents with Students in grades 12:
Smartphone: open a web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/mhsmmbp12
Text Notifications: text @mhsmmbp12 to 81010