Huntsville High School Band: Welcome

Upcoming Practices
Date Event Time Location
Mon 3/30 Band Color Guard Audition Clinic 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM HHS Practice Field
Tue 3/31 Band St Louis Trip Band Rehearsal 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM HHS Band Room
Tue 3/31 Band Color Guard Audition Clinic 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM HHS Practice Field
Thu 4/2 Band St Louis Trip Band Rehearsal 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM HHS Band Room
Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Tue 3/31 star St. Louis Trip Meeting (2nd opportunity) 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM HHS Band Room
Thu 4/2 star Color Guard Auditions 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM HHS Practice Field
Thu 4/9 star Spring Trip to St. Louis, MO All Day St. Louis, MO
Fri 4/10 star Spring Trip to St. Louis, MO All Day St. Louis, MO
Sat 4/11 star Spring Trip to St. Louis, MO All Day St. Louis, MO
Sun 4/12 star Spring Trip to St. Louis, MO All Day St. Louis, MO
Wed 4/15 star All State Solo Festival All Day Mobile Convention Center, Mobile AL
Thu 4/16 star All State Band Festival All Day Mobile Civic Center, Mobile AL
Fri 4/17 star All State Band Festival All Day Mobile Civic Center, Mobile AL
Sat 4/18 star All State Band Festival All Day Mobile Civic Center, Mobile AL
Wednesday, June 18
Welcome from the new Huntsville High School Director of Bands

Dear Huntsville High School Band Students, Parents, and Supporters,

It is with great pride that I can now, after board approval, introduce myself as the Director of Bands at Huntsville High School. I am very excited for this opportunity and look forward to many great years with the HHS Bands. It is an honor to be able to succeed a legendary teacher in Dr. Spencer and I look forward to continuing the legacy while continuing to improve this program.

I was born in raised here in Huntsville and graduated from Grissom High School (although I hope you won't hold that against me), where I served as Drum Major of the Marching Band. I received a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University, where I also served as Drum Major of the AU Marching Band. I then received a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Missouri. Since graduation, I have taught for three years, two as Assistant Director of Bands at Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, AL, and this past year as Director of Bands at Vinemont High School just north of Cullman, AL. At both schools, I was proud to redirect the programs from consistent II and III ratings to straight superior ratings in my first year.

While in Missouri, I met my wife, Courtney, and we have now been married for a little over two years. We reside in Madison with a new addition to our family - a six-month old labradoodle puppy named Addison. Courtney is originally from St. Louis, MO and works as a Physical Therapist at The Orthopaedic Center near Huntsville Hospital.

While there may be some minor changes to our schedule throughout this transition, please continue to follow the provided Band Camp schedule. Our only change is our percussion rehearsal schedule - rather than meeting every Friday throughout the summer, we will meet on June 27 from 9 AM to noon and then for a Mini-Percussion Camp from July 16-18 from 8 AM to noon. For all band members, please let me know of any schedule conflicts as soon as possible. Lastly, I wanted to announce that our halftime show for 2014 will feature the music of AC/DC!!! We will be performing custom arrangements of You Shook Me All Night Long, Back in Black, Hells Bells, and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. The music is being arranged by Dr. Ward Miller, former director of the University of South Alabama Marching Band. He has also written music for many other high school and college marching bands.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail at the temporary e-mail address below. Please leave contact information if you would like for me to call. I am also happy to set up a time to meet in the band room if you'd like. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing our full band on July 21 at 8 AM! Please make sure to wear closed toe athletic shoes and appropriate summer clothing and spread the word: NO FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS, ETC.!!! Be ready to work hard and have fun!!!

Stuart Ivey


Thursday, September 11
Current Fundraising Effort

Simply Sheet Sales: 11 SEP to 25 SEP

Our next Fundraiser is....Simply Sheets! Information packets were sent home with your band student on 11 SEP. These are an 1800 Thread Count sheet set, similar sheet sets sell for $79-$109. We will be selling these for $40.00 per set (same price for all sizes). Your student’s account will receive $10.00 per set sold (example, Little Jimmy sells 6 sets he receives $60.00 in his HHS Band Student account which could go toward his trip payment).

Simply Sheets Fundraising is proud to offer you a long lasting and luxurious bed sheet set for your supporters. Microfiber is a high strength micro-polyester yarn used in the production of many products from the majority of our clothing, to upholstery, and of course, bed linens. The microfiber bed sheet had its beginnings in the Spa Industry and has become extraordinarily popular in today’s market. These bed sheets are long-lasting, easily washable, wrinkle resistant, stain-resistant, moisture wicking, breathable, affordable, and most importantly soft with a luxurious feel.

• Set includes: 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases

• Sizes: King, Queen, Full, and Twins • Colors: Taupe, sage, chocolate brown, bronze, gold, white, navy, eggplant, pumpkin, light blue, gray, and raspberry.

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• Color fastness

• Forms a protective barrier against dust mite allergens

• 1800 Thread Count (50,000 fibers per square) • Sheets make a perfect gift for the holidays or any special occasion.

For More information contact: Margaret Turner (

Friday, October 4
Welcome To HHS Band - Rich Arnold BPA President

Welcome to all Crimson Panther Band students and parents to the start of another great year at Huntsville High School. I am excited to begin the 2013-2014 school year as your new Band Parents Association (BPA) President. I look forward to working with some familiar faces as well as getting to know our new band members and their families.

WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO: The Huntsville High School BPA is a parent led organization that provides both volunteer assistance and financial support to the year round band program and its director, Dr. David Spencer. Our goal is to assist in providing the resources needed for a rich music curriculum that meets a high set of standards and keeps our band program viable and competitive in marching and performance competitions. Unfortunately, the band is not funded by Huntsville City Schools or the State of Alabama. Therefore, we fund our program through band dues and fundraising efforts. Our BPA will do its best to control cost while maintaining a top quality band program.

As an organization, we believe that communication is critical in meeting our goal. Throughout the year, our BPA Communications Representative will push information to parents through email channels. She will send a weekly email announcement to keep everyone up to date on the planned week’s activities as well as send out flash email notifications for any changes or time sensitive information. Also, we invite you to stay informed by pulling information from our website where you can find the band planning calendar, forms, and general information. We will do our best to keep the website up to date and reflective of changes as they happen.

MEETINGS: The HHS BPA will meet monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in the band room. Our first meeting will actually be on Tuesday, 20 August instead of the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see everyone who can make it.

VOLUNTEERING: The BPA could not function without volunteers and we believe that many hands make for light work. Over the course of the school year we rely on our band parents to assist with chaperone duties, concession sales, assisting at concerts, helping with hospitality, and assisting the various committee chairs with other band endeavors. We try to offer service hour credits as compensation where applicable. See the HHS BPA Bylaws on our website for more details on service hour credits.

FUNDRAISING: Our fundraising efforts serve two purposes. The first and primary purpose is to raise funds that will supplement our annual operational budget needs. The secondary purpose of our fundraising efforts is to allow students an opportunity to raise funds through their own initiative that can be applied toward their annual dues and/or trip fees. The revenue raised during fundraising activities is difficult to predict, but these funds play an important role in supplementing our budget. Fundraising efforts are a critical link between our budget needs and maintaining low band fees.

In closing, let me reiterate how excited I am about this coming year in band and how much I look forward to seeing everyone at our BPA meetings. Over the next ten months, I can promise you that your band students will: be directed by an award winning professor, be challenged musically, be rewarded for their hard work, and have a lot of fun as a member of our Crimson Panther Band family. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or be of assistance to you.

Warm Regards,

Rich Arnold, HHS BPA President

Sunday, July 20
2014 Marching Band Leadership

Drum Majors: Afton Blizard, Rayna Burkard, Amanda Clark

Band Captain: Timothy Smith

Flute: Raine Aslan, Rachael Mackenzie

Clarinet: Daniel Dougherty, Will Featherston

Alto Saxophone: Gus Arnold, Rachel Barron

Tenor Saxophone/(Baritone): Michael Vivian

Trumpet: Graham McClelland, Timothy Smith

Mellophone: Maxwell Heeschen

Trombone: Drew Pendergrass, Austin Turner

Tuba/(Baritone): Maxfield Crawford

Pit: Adam McElyea 

Thursday, July 31
Commemorative Brick Sales

Engrave Your Name in the History of Huntsville High Students

Leave a lasting tribute to your memorable years at Huntsville High!

Parents and Grandparents - honor that special HHS Senior!

Alumni - mark your place in the history of Huntsville High!

When you visit our school, you will see them - HHS Commemorative Bricks! These everlasting tributes to the students, alumni, or staff of HHS are exceptional! To order, simply fill out an order form (located on the forms page or in the band room), attach your check, and return it to the address on the form. Your brick will be professionally engraved and installed in the main courtyard entrance of Huntsville High School. Customize your message as you choose from large or small bricks. You will receive a $10 credit for each large brick sold and $5 for each small brick. Contact Shelly Corbett with any questions.

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