MIP Weekly Update: 3/18-3/23

Good afternoon everyone! First, before my weekly update, I just wanted put out a huge congratulations to the students this past weekend for a fantastic and memorable trip. If you did not already see or hear, Mars Indoor Percussion placed 2nd in both prelims and finals, with a finals score of 84.563. This is the highest finals placement in the history of the program. The staff and I could not be more thrilled for the students and their success. I told them last night, but they truly put Mars, PA on the map in regards to the marching arts activity. We had multiple people: staff from other programs, students from other programs, and even representatives from companies who supply items like our drums sticks/mallets come up to us and talk about how much they enjoyed watching our program. It was a very exciting and humbling experience.

Not only did the students do well in the competition, but overall throughout the weekend. Students were seen helping other groups fold their floor when the wind decided not to cooperate. We also got several compliments, both from our rehearsal location on Friday and our hotel, on how well behaved the students were. The hotel went so far as to say that we are welcome back any time! We talk to the kids alot about how we aren’t just building music/performance skills, but life skills. I think those skills and postive character traits really showed up this weekend. Congrats again to all students on your achievements both on and off the floor!

Lastly, I would like to thank all of our chaperones and truck drivers throughout the course of the weekend. It is a such a long weekend for a total of 11 minutes worth of performances. I can speak for the staff and students that we appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to this program, and for helping make this weekend a success. Thank you!

Now for the boring stuff: our weekly update!

  1. Tuesday-Rehearsal from 6pm-9pm @MHS. The truck will need unloaded at 5:15pm. At the conclusion of rehearsal, the truck will need reloaded for the middle school performance on Thursday.
  2. Thursday-Rehearsal from 6pm-9pm @MHS. Truck unload will be at 5:15pm
  3. Saturday-TRWEA Show at Baldwin HS. Rehearsal from 10:00am-12:30pm. We will be leaving Mars for Baldwin at 2:30pm. Mars Indoor Percussion performs at 5:16pm. Arrival back to Mars is estimated at 10:00pm. The truck will need unloaded at the end of the evening. For information regarding this event such as a full schedule, parking, etc, please see use the following link(https://trwea.org/event_details.php?event_id=227)
  4. Middle School Performance-The middle school performance is occurring Thursday March 21st. Students will arrive at the middle school at 7:00am to unload the truck and prepare for performances beginning at 7:50am. At the conclusion of these performances, we will load the truck, and students will go to their class in the middle school or back to the high school(a bus will be provided for those students needing a ride back to the high school). This is a wonderful recruiting tool for marching band, winterguard, and indoor drumline. Students from the high school should have received a field trip permission slip. This needs turned in either to the main office or to Dave no later than Tuesday evening.
  5. Family and Friends-Family and Friends is scheduled for Tuesday April 2nd at 8:00pm in the Mars HS Main Gym. This evening, you will be able to witness performances from both Mars Indoor Percussion and the Mars Winterguard. Please feel free to let family, friends, and community members know about this event!
  6. Booster Payment-If you have any missing booster/wgi payments, please turn those in ASAP.
  7. TRWEA Championship Apparel/Ads-Please see the attachment regarding championship apparel/program ads. 

Have a great week!