PHS Pep Band Divisional Itinerary

PHS Pep Band will be traveling to Butte, MT to support our Girls and Boys Basketball teams during the Divisional Basketball Tournament.  As the itinerary will change based on every game outcome, please refer to the tournament bracket to determine our schedule.  The band will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express (2609 Harrison Avenue Butte, MT; 406-782-2000) for the duration of our participation in the tournament.  All meals will be provided by Polson High School during the trip, however, students may want to have money for extra snacks and incidentals.  The hotel has full accommodations including workout facilities, spa, and pool (students may want to bring swimwear for this opportunity).  All students emergency waivers and contact information will be with the director at all times (Blanket Band Travel Waiver Signed at the beginning of the year). Certified Chaperones will be provided by Polson School District.  Most of the band activities will be shared via the PHS Band Facebook page and the PHS Band twitter page.  Please contact Mr. Sawyer if you have any questions.  Final Western Divisional Bracket – 2016

2015 District Music Festival

The 2015 District Music Festival Displays Polson High School Band student excellence.

On March 16-18, 2015 Polson High School band students participated in the District #1 Music Festival in Kalispell, MT.  Large groups performed on Thursday and Friday showcasing student prepared literature and sight-reading abilities.  The PHS Concert Band and Percussion started the festival for Polson High School with Greenwillow Portrait by Mark Williams followed by Whiteleaf Hill by Benjamin Tucker.  Adjudicators were very impressed by the PHS Concert Band ensemble sound.  The band then completed the sight reading evaluation which demonstrates musician pure ability and skill set.  The bands received an excellent rating on prepared pieces and a superior rating on sight reading.  Friday, the PHS Symphonic Band & Percussion “knocked it out of the park” with With Every Winter’s Breath by Randall Standridge, a piece written to memorialize Maddie Milner, a trumpet player in the Bayfield, CO High School band, who passed on doing what she loved in a skiing accident her freshman year.  This was followed by Zoom! by Ayatey Shabazz, a fast-paced, exciting, mixed meter piece which demonstrated PHS Band students technical facility.  PHS Symphonic Band members then displayed Amazing sight-reading skills for Dr. Kevin Griggs of the University of Montana-Missoula.  All of the adjudicators were very impressed by the work of the PHS Symphonic Band which received a superior rating on all entries in the festival.

Saturday was solo and ensemble day at Glacier High School.  PHS Band Students prepared pieces for small ensembles like the PHS Clarinet Quartet’s performance of Spring by Antonio Vivaldi,  and numerous solo works.  “The festival was a great display of the excellence that Polson High School band students show everyday, I am very proud of their hard work and success.”, said Rich Sawyer, Polson High School Band Director.  The superior solo and ensemble rated students will take their pieces to the State Music Festival at the University of Montana-Missoula on May 2-3, 2015, which is open to the public.  Scores and Ratings for the Polson High School Band are as follows:

Polson High School Band

Superior Large Ensembles: Polson High School Symphonic Band (Prepared and Sight-reading) Polson High School Concert Band: (Sight-reading)

Excellent Large Ensembles: Polson High School Concert Band (Prepared)

Superior Band Solos: Austin Martinez (Bass Clarinet), Marita GrowingThunder (Trombone), Sierra Garcia (Trombone), Hannah Hobbs (Flute)

Superior Band Ensembles: Brady Vance/Russell Matt (Snare Drum/Bass Drum Duet), Austin Martinez/Tyra Rucker-Huitt, Malysa Lamphere, Cosmo Garza (Clarinet Quartet), Austin Martinez/Hannah Hobbs (Clarinet/Flute Duet)

Excellent Band Solos: Warren Wood (Horn Solo), Tessa Nunlist (Marimba Solo)

Excellent Band Ensembles: Abby Ayers/Hannah Hobbs/Naima Crowl (Flute Trio), Abby Ayers/Hannah Hobbs (Flute Duet), Abby Ayers/Naima Crowl (Flute Duet), Austin Martinez/Alex Mausshardt/Peyton Dupuis/Hope Unger/Cosmo Garza/Tyra Rucker-Huitt/Malysa Lamphere (Clarinet Choir), Walter Wood/Warren Wood/Sophia Sisler/Sierra Garcia (Brass Ensemble), Tessa Nunlist/Russell Matt/Sarah Howell (Mallet Trio), Morgan Moll, Sierra Garcia, Carson McDaniel (Trombone Trio)

Winter Park Ski/Music Festival Itinerary

Winter Park Ski & Music Festival Itinerary

 April 15-19, 2014
 Winter Park, Colorado
 Tuesday April 15, 2014
8:00 AM  Bag Check/Load Bus
8:15 AM  Depart Polson
12:30 PM  Lunch Bozeman, MT
4:30 PM  Dinner Billings, MT
6:40 PM  Hotel Check in Sheridan, WY
     Super 8 Sheridan 
     2435 N. Main St I-90 Exit 20
     Sheridan, WY   82801-9226
10:30   PM  Lights Out
Wednesday April 16, 2014
8:00 AM   Check out/Depart Sheridan, WY
12:00  PM   Lunch Cheyenne, WY
4:00  PM   Arrive Winter Park, CO
          Check in 
          Snow Mountain Ranch
          1101 County Road 53
          Granby, CO 80446
4:30 PM  Store Committee to Grocery
6:00 PM  Dinner/Free Time
10:00 PM Check-in Movie Night 
Thursday  April 17, 2014
8:00 AM Breakfast/Pack Lunch
8:15 AM Rental Pick-up
9:00 AM Depart Snow Mountain Ranch for WinterPark Ski Resort
9:30 AM Ski/Snowboard Lessons or Skiing/Snowboarding
4:30  PM  Load Bus/Depart for Snow Mountain Ranch
6:00  PM  Dinner/Freetime
10:30 PM  Room Check/Movie Night
Friday April 18, 2014
6:00 AM  Breakfast/Depart for Performance in Granby, CO
6:30 AM  Warm-up Middle Park High School Band Room
7:00 AM  Performance for Adjudication 
         Middle Park High School
         795 North 2nd Street
         Granby, CO  80446 
8:00  AM  Depart Middle Park High School
8:30 AM   Pack Lunch/Check-out
9:30 AM   Depart for Winter Park, CO for day of Ski/Snowboarding
5:30 PM    Ski-Rental Return
6:00 PM    Dinner Cooper Creek Square
7:30 PM    Awards Ceremony and Street Dance
                    Cooper Creek Square – Downtown Winter Park, CO
8:30 PM    Depart for Laramie, WY
11:00 PM    Ramada Laramie 
                     2313 Soldier Springs Rd  
                     Laramie, WY   82070
Saturday April 19, 2014
7:00 AM      Depart Laramie, WY
12:00 PM    Lunch Sheridan, WY
5:00 PM      Butte, MT
9:30   PM   Arrive Polson, MT


Winter Park Festival Information

WP Sign
As we prepare for our spring band trip to the Winter Park Ski and Music Festival here are some things to bring and information for parents and students:

What to Bring

* Band Instrument & Music
* Concert Uniforms (Black and White or Tux/Dress, black shoes and socks)
* Toiletries
* Ski Equipment
           (It should be hovering around the 0 degree mark so be prepared)
            * Winter Coat, Snow Pants, Winter Hat, Gloves
            * Ski Goggles/Sun Glasses
            * Warm Socks
            * Long Johns/Thermal Underwear
* Spending Money (Not necessary but recommended for personal purchases)
* Clothing for Tuesday – Saturday (Appropriate attire is expected)
* Swimsuit

Performance Venue and Information

The PHS Band will perform at the AAA level (430-979 HS Enrollment Level).  We have opted to perform at the competitive level rather than the non-competitive level.
        Performance Venue
        Middle Park High School
        795 North 2nd Street
        Granby, Colorado  80446

Important Contact Information

Rich Sawyer                                        406-270-2182
Granby Medical Clinic                      970-887-2117
Music Festival Office                        970-887-2152 x. 1758
Winter Park Ski Resort & Clinic    970-887-7470
Fraser/Winter Park Police Dept.  970-722-7779 (Glen Trainor/Chief of Police)
Snow Mountain Ranch                     888-613-9622

Winter Park Ski & Music Festival Insurance Information

Winter Park Ski & Music Festival provides limited insurance coverages for its scheduled festival participants.  This insurance will allow participants to be eligible for Medical Expenses/Emergency Assistance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Trip Interruption, Travel Delay, Baggage, and Baggage Delay Benefits.  The Premium cost of this insurance coverage is included within the festival package cost.  Polson High School and Winter Park Ski & Music Festival Liability release form was completed via the student/parent sign-up online.

Winter Park App

If you happen to have a smart phone the Winter Park Ski App is a nice addition to the trip experience. Find information on it here.