With the beginning of the 2012 EHS Football season less than a month away, there is another group of students who are about to begin preparations for the season as well.
The Wildcat Band officially begins fall camp this week, with freshmen and other newcomers reporting Thursday, August 2nd. The newest members of that "Proud Crowd From Wildcat Country" will take two days to get a grasp on fundamentals before the full band reports for its first workout Monday, August 6th.
Freshmen and newcomers will rehearse from 8:30-11:00 am this Thursday and Friday. As earlier stated, the full band begins workouts on Monday, August 6th, at 8:30 am. The daily practice schedule includes marching rehearsal from 8:30-11:00 am, a break for lunch from 11:00-12:30, and an indoor music rehearsal from 12:30-3:00 pm. Students are responsible for their own lunches, but the band hall will remain open during the lunch break for students who wish to eat their lunch there. Students are reminded to bring a water bottle and sunscreen for outdoor rehearsals.
Saturday is the annual "Band Business Day" at EHS. This is the day for students to take care of financial business, such as ordering marching shows, band shirts and shorts, and other supplies needed for the fall, in addition to paying fees for things such as instrument rental.
In addition, representatives from an area music store will be on hand to sell supplies for students' instruments and perform minor repair as needed to get their horns in proper working order.
EHS Director of Bands Rodney Parker is proud to welcome three new faces to the EISD Band staff. Mr. Armando Martinez cones to Elgin from Hays ISD, where he served as an assistant director at Wallace Middle School. Originally from Seguin, Texas, Mr. Martinez replaces Grant Hackethorn, who left EHS to become an assistant Principal at Elgin Elementary School. He is a graduate of Texas State University.
Miss Jillian Baaklini comes to EISD from Rusk, Texas, where she was on the band staff at Rusk ISD. A graduate of Westwood High School in Round Rock, and Stephen F. Austin State University, Miss Baaklini will be teaching at both EMS and EHS, where she will be coordinating the EHS Color guard.
Mr. Chris Montemayor is EHS's new Percussion Coordinator. Mr. Montemayor is from right here in Elfin, and has extensive experience teaching percussion in such outstanding band programs as Taylor and Dripping Springs. He is also heavily involved with teaching percussion with a Texas-based drum corp, Genesis.