Mar 26

Senior Music Dinner – Call out for photos and video clips!

The Senior Music Dinner will be held Wednesday, May 27th, at 6:30 PM at the Midland Country Club. Tickets are free for music seniors and $20 each for the family members of the senior. Those tickets will go on sale in May.
As always, Lee Schaffert will create a lovely video of our music seniors which will be played at the dinner. The easiest way to submit photos or short video clips to Lee Schaffert is to email files to him.  Here’s the email address:
Alternately, files can be submitted by CD or flash drive (you can set up a time to stop by and have them download on the spot).
If video clips are submitted, send short clips, 30 seconds or less, of no more than 10mb in size.
In order to insure that your student is included, you need to submit photos.
Parents who have pictures of senior students other than their own are encouraged to submit those photos, too.
Lee will also need some sound clips from any groups, including Band, Orchestra and Choirs. The sound clips will play in the background during the video.
Photos and video clips will be accepted until late April 25th… this is the deadline!
This is always a wonderful evening to celebrate our music seniors!

Mar 20

Thank You Music Parents!

Thank you to the many parents and students who attended the MPS Board of Education meeting this past Monday. What a great show of support (and with with such short notice) for the 5th grade music program!

As a reminder of what’s happening… during the past couple of years, some elementary schools have removed the one class period of instrumental and vocal music that was held during the school day and placed it after school… with some classes beginning 30 minutes after the end of school! The before school classes are still held, just as they have for many years. Sadly, without that one class during the school day, the percentage of children enrolled in instrumental and vocal music is under pressure. The chipping away at the 5th grade music program needs to be reversed before there is a collapse in enrollment. A proactive vision is what will keep the MPS music program healthy and vibrant. This is the same issue that has been discussed during the past two years. Many parents and a former MHS drum major all spoke up at the board of education meeting – it was obvious that you, the high school parents, share a mutual concern for the health of the foundation of the MPS music program… a foundation which begins in the 5th grade. 

Administrators will hold a meeting next week with a representative of the Dow and Midland High music parents organization and two high involved music parents. Our goal is to have that 1/2 hour of music for each of the vocal and instrumental classes returned to the school day at the elementary schools where they have been removed during the past couple of years. There will be additional topics covered that seek to ensure the long-term health of the MPS music program.

The momentum you created will not be lost. Your efforts are appreciated.

Best Regards!

Shannon Krueger, MHS Music Parents President

Mar 15

Stand-up for Music!

Dear Music Parents,
There is a strong tradition of excellence in the music programs of Dow High and Midland High. This excellence is now on shaky ground. The 5th grade instrumental and vocal programs have been under attack the past two years. Many 5th grade music classes are now held outside of the school day. The direct effect is decreased interest by both parents and students which is causing decreased enrollment in instrumental and vocal music. Questions and concerns have been raised for the past two years but to no positive outcome. It’s time to act.
You, and everyone interested in the health of the music program (parents, current students, former students, etc.) are invited to attend the MPS Board of Education meeting this Monday, March 16. We have a speaker coming in from outside the school district. Let’s show support. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the administration building (600 E. Carpenter Street, Midland, MI  48640). Please arrive by 6:50 PM. See you Monday! Pass this message along!
Apologies for the late notice!
Best Regards,
Shannon Krueger, President, Midland High School Music Parents Association
Kevin Bouck, President, Dow High School Music Booster Club

Feb 17

Blue Band and Gold Band Concert – time change! (For Wednesday)

Concert Time Has Changed

The Blue and Gold concert time has been changed to 7:30 pm which will affect call times.  Please see below.
MHS Blue Band and Gold Band will be sharing this concert with Dow High’s Green Band and Gold Band. Students are expected to stay for all performances.
BLUE AND GOLD Bands Pre – Festival Concert::
Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 – Performance begins at 7:30 pm at Central Auditorium
Blue Band Call Time: 7:00pm Seated in the Auditorium in designated area.
Gold Band Call time: 7:00pm Seated in the Auditorium in designated area.

Jan 28

Time for a Musical Hug! Singing Valentines!

Send someone you love a musical hug!!  The Meistersingers are delivering Singing Valentines on Thursday, Feb 12th and Friday, February 13th. They will deliver all around the area.  For only $10 a song you can send someone special a unique gift.  We have groups of girls and groups of guys ready to serenade.  Beginning Feb. 2nd, orders will be taken during lunch in Eyeball!  See the order form for details and a list of song choices.  Order forms can also be given to any member of Meisters or Mrs. Breneman. Please download the order form!  MHS Choir – Singing Valentines Form 2015

Jan 08

Festival is Set!

FESTIVAL DATES Please mark your calendars! Festival dates and times have been set. All groups play on Saturday, Feb. 28th  Remember, this is a required performance. Please see the schedule below for times.  The students will meet at Midland High and transportation will be provided both to and from Bay City Western. Each group will depart at separate time.  More details to come!  Good luck to all student performers!
WHERE:  Bay City Western High School, 500 W Midland Rd, Auburn, MI 48611  
BLUE BAND:   10:15 AM
GOLD BAND:  12:55 PM

Dec 29

Year-end Donations? Please Consider the Looking Sharp Fund.

The following is from Mrs. Kathy Peretz, MPS Lead Music Teacher and Steering Committee Chair of the Looking Sharp Fund…


“Many thanks to the foundations and donors who have helped to make  the Looking Sharp Fund Drive a success!
We still need help to reach our goal, though. Currently we need $25,000 in additional contributions to make our goal of $250,000. which will provide enough replacement uniforms for all students in the MPS Music Program in Band, Orchestra, and Choir. Please consider making us part of your end of year tax deductible donations!
Purchases so far include new band and choir uniforms for DHS and band uniforms for MHS. Choir and Orchestra Uniform quotes are in approval process for MHS.”
Here’s the link to the page where donations can be made to the Looking Sharp Fund.
The formal name is: Midland Public Schools “Looking Sharp” Project Fund.
We appreciate your donation of any amount.

Dec 16

Band Concert Time Correction

The band concert this Thursday will begin at 7:00 PM… the previously published time is not correct.

Dec 16

Winter Concerts This Week!

There are many wonderful concerts this week!  Tonight are the MHS vocal concerts at Trinity Lutheran Church. Concert time is 7:30 pm.

Wednesday evening is the MHS Orchestra concert at Central Auditorium (formerly Central Middle School). Concert time is 7:30.

Thursday evening is the MHS Blue, Gold, and Symphonic Bands concert. Concert time is 7:30 at Central Auditorium. All concerts are free and are worth your effort to attend.

Special Note** This website calendar is current. If you are not seeing current information, please refresh your link to this web page… it will make a difference. Thanks!

Dec 11

Meistersingers Candlelight Concert

Come enjoy a wonderful concert performed by our own MHS Meistersingers on Friday, December 12th  –  7:30 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church on Jefferson Ave.

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