Taking it to the Streets


Members of the Highland Park High School drum line make their way down Westchester Drive, alongside the school, during the first day of band practice on Tuesday.

The Lady Scots volleyball team opens practice on Monday, while the football team starts practice on Aug. 9. The first regular season football game is Aug. 28 against Everman in the Tom Landry Classic.

8 thoughts on “Taking it to the Streets

  • July 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm
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    What’s up with the lack of shirts?

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  • July 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm
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    Have you been outside? I’d go topless if I could get away with it.

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  • July 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm
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    I like the little guy in the green shirt with no shades in the second row….Freshman on the Varsity? Is there a band JV and Varsity?

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  • July 28, 2010 at 7:09 am
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    Why does the band start in July? Why does Cross Country begin August 2? Could their not be a uniform time among these groups to begin.

    I think these organizations are fabulous (and I know they are voluntary). Is it really necessary to begin this early. If football can wait until Aug 9 can’t the others?

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  • July 28, 2010 at 9:41 am
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    There is no “varsity” in marching band, just one big band. During concert season (after football/marching season) there are two bands, the lower band is “Symphonic”, the upper band is the “Wind Ensemble”. Freshmen can try out for the upper band just like everyone else. As several posts about the band have shown, the HP band has seen a whole lot of turmoil in the last 4 years. Last year they had a 100% whole new staff. This year the only returning staff member is Mr. Gunter the band director, all assistants, percussion, etc. are brand new, as in hired in the last few weeks. Summer band has been 2 weeks in mid-August for many years, this year Mr. Gunter has set up a schedule that goes for over 4 weeks, some days only parts of the band, others full band.

    HIGHLANDER BAND
    BAND CAMP SCHEDULE 2010

    WEEK 1
    DRUM LINE AND FRONT ENSEMBLE
    Monday, July 26 6:00-9:00 pm Pizza Party, Meeting, and Equipment Preparation in Band Hall
    (Mr. Gurke and Ms. Ditto)

    Tuesday, July 27 8:30-11:00 am Front Ensemble Rehearsal (Ms. Ditto)
    1:00-5:00 pm Drum Line Rehearsal (Ms. Ditto)

    Wednesday, July 28 8:30-11:00 am Front Ensemble Rehearsal (Ms. Ditto)
    1:00-5:00 pm Drum Line Rehearsal (Ms. Ditto)

    Thursday, July 29 8:30-11:00 am Front Ensemble Rehearsal (Ms. Ditto)
    6:00-9:00 pm Drum Line and Front Ensemble Rehearsal (Mr. Gurke and Ms. Ditto)

    Friday, July 30 8:30-11:30 am Drum Line Rehearsal (Ms. Ditto)

    LEADERSHIP MEETING
    Friday, July 30 8:00 am Band Council Meeting
    8:30 am Band Council and Command Staff Meeting
    9:00-11:00 am Band Council and Command Staff – Field Rehearsal

    WEEK 2
    Monday, August 2 Full Band Rehearsals from 8:00-11:00 am and 1:30-3:30 pm

    Tuesday, August 3 Full Band Rehearsals from 8:00-11:00 am and 1:30-3:30 pm
    Freshmen Parent Meeting in Band Hall at 7:00 pm

    Wednesday, August 4 Full Band Rehearsal from 8:00-11:00 am
    Drum Line Rehearsal from 2:00-3:30 pm

    Uniform Fitting Schedule
    1:00 pm Drum Line and Pit
    1:45 pm Seniors
    2:20 pm Juniors
    2:50 pm Sophomores
    3:30 pm Freshmen

    Thursday, August 5 Full Band Rehearsals from 8:00-11:00 am and 1:30-3:30 pm

    Friday, August 6 ‘Blue Out Picture Morning’ at 8:00 am – in stadium with instruments
    Afternoon only Full Band Rehearsal from 1:30-3:30 pm
    Swim Party at UP Pool from 7:00-9:00 pm

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    WEEK 3
    Monday, August 9 Full Band Rehearsals from 8:00-11:00 am and 6:30-9:00 pm

    Tuesday, August 10 Full Band Rehearsals from 8:00-11:00 am and 6:30-9:00 pm

    Wednesday, August 11 Morning only Full Band Rehearsal from 8:00-11:00 am
    Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Leadership Workshop from 4:30-7:00 pm
    All band members, particularly those who serve in leadership roles in the
    band or elsewhere at HP, are encouraged to attend.

    Thursday, August 12 Full Band Rehearsals from 8:00-11:00 am and 6:30-9:00 pm

    Friday, August 13 Morning only Full Band Rehearsal from 8:00-11:00 am

    WEEK 4
    Monday, August 16 Full Band Rehearsal from 6:30-9:00 pm

    Tuesday, August 17 Full Band Rehearsal from 6:30-9:00 pm

    Thursday, August 19 Full Band Rehearsal from 6:30-9:00 pm

    Friday, August 20 Booster Picnic/Concert from 6:30-8:30 pm

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  • July 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm
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    I am very impressed with the posture of the entire front line, especailly second from the left. Being 70, I can only dream!

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  • July 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm
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    What’s the problem with wanting to practice earlier? If they want to get ahead of the game and practice early I can’t think of a reason that they shouldn’t. Also, considering the football team has Performance Course and other workout programs throughout the entire summer makes the “official” start date of football practice basically false.

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  • July 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm
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    Go see them yourself! They march around the school block every weekday at 11:15 just before they break for lunch. Fantastic!

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