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The Parent Performance and Potluck is one month from today and then The HERD will be off and marching with their parade schedule!! Are you ready with your HERD wear?  We’ve got what you need! New this year, colorblock jackets and shorts in purple or black. And remember, if you are a band or trailer aide you need a HERD shirt for parades. Orders must be placed by June 6th for delivery at the Parent Performance on June 17th!

Drumline Homeshow

The Drumline Homeshow will be held at the High School on Saturday, February 20, from 6 pm. This year 13 lines from Minnesota and Wisconsin will be performing.

Parents, please watch your email for ways you can help to support the drumline at this event.

Click the poster below to get a printable copy for a bulletin board or store window near you!

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Winter Drumline is open to all students in 8th – 12th grades. This meeting for students and parents will be held Thursday, October 8, at 7pm in the BHS Orchestra Room.

Get info about  practices, performances, fundraisers, HERD gear, costs, volunteering, show theme, and audition date. All are welcome…no experience necessary to join this group!

Montrose Parade

Thanks for the fantastic season, my friends.  Sunday’s events were a terrific way to cap off and phenomenal season.  After a miserably cold and windy rehearsal at the high school, we found beautiful marching weather in Montrose and made the most of it.  I was especially proud of how quickly the show came back to you.  And, you did a great job covering for the many missing performers, many of whom were some of our “big guns” who had already off to college.

Congratulations to the winner of the “Golden Dinkle”, flute captain Mallory Rabehl.

Perhaps the most important thing that happened on Sunday was the way you welcomed the Rockford band.  Here is the text from an e-mail I received from Jerald Ferdig (AKA Mr. Richter’s separated-at-birth twin). “I wanted to express my appreciation for the warm reception your band gave us today at the Montrose Parade.  Your band demonstrated a lot of class and it was noticed by myself as well as the Rockford students.  Please pass my appreciation to your marching band.  It was much appreciated.”

If you did not make it to the banquet, stop by the office at the beginning of the school year for your certificate.  Those of you that have earned letters will receive them at a band concert.

Enjoy the rest of you summer.  Thanks for enriching my life this summer.

On Sunday, August 23, we will start rehearsing at 9:30am, so plan to be on-site by 9:20am.  We’ll do a short warm-up, then work in full band to chunk out the show to refresh our memories.  After rehearsing we will eat lunch (bring a meal) then will dress at school.  We’ll load buses in uniform and head on over to the parade.  There will be no warm-up at the parade site.
After the parade, we’ll change on-site, load the trailer, and head back to the high school where we will all work together to get the uniforms turned in for their annual trip to the cleaners.  Then we’ll gather at Sturges Park for our end-of-season potluck.

Please take a few minutes to follow the link below for pot luck details and sign up. New this year, we would like you to RSVP with the number of people attending from your family, including your student. This will greatly help us plan the correct quantity of hot dogs, plates, etc. You will also be able to note the item you are bringing. All of the pot luck details are included at Sign Up Genius

At the picnic, we will also be voting for new board members. The position of Secretary and Vice President are open for election this year. The term of President is also up for re-election this year; however, there is only one candidate currently on the ballot. If you have enjoyed being a part of The Herd and would like to be more involved, we need to hear from you ASAP. We will be sending the list of candidates to you later this week.

We hope to see you at the Montrose parade and picnic!

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Montrose Reminder

Hello HERD Folk.

We are one week away from our “late summer reunion” at the Montrose Day Parade.  It is always great fun to gather one last time.  There will be a dozen or so people absent…mostly graduates who will already be away at college, but the rest of us will have a fantastic time performing.
On Sunday, August 23, we will start rehearsing at 9:30 AM, so plan to be on-site by 9:20.  We’ll do a short warm-up, then work in full band to chunk out the show to refresh our memories.  After rehearsing we will eat lunch (bring a meal) then will dress at school.  We’ll load buses in uniform and head on over to the parade.  There will be no warm-up at the parade site.
After the parade, we’ll change on-site, load the trailer, and head back to the high school where we will all work together to get the uniforms turned in for their annual trip to the cleaners.  Then we’ll gather at Sturgis Park for our end-of-season potluck.
Try to get some practice in this week so that you are prepared on Sunday.  Don’t forget your lunch.  See you all on Sunday.

Hello Friends,

The last two days of our trip are mostly travel days, but are still terrific opportunities to visit and share time with our friends. Quality time on the bus is always a wonderful way to finish a trip filled with shared experiences. Yesterday was spent driving west to Niagara, NY for a 300 yard boat ride on “The Maid of the Mist”, a ferry that travels back and forth between it’s dock and the base of Niagara Falls and back. Facebook is filled with pictures of fashion-forward HERD members in their attractive blue plastic ponchos. After the falls, we had a terrific group meal at Fortuna Italian Restaurant. It was a fantastic meal and included entirely too much food. Almost nobody finished. It is now 11:15 CST. We are heading west on I 94 and are 19 miles east of the Dells. We’ll stopping in Eau Claire for a stretch and light meal, and then will head to beautiful Buffalo/Hanover/Montrose, MN. It will be great to be home.

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