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2017 Troubadours

2017 Troubadours

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MMS Beta Club Induction

Congratulations to our MMS Marching Troubadour students who were inducted into Beta Club today! Thanks for representing excellence in everything you do!

From L-R: William Zou, Luke Emiliano, Katie Ozley, & Olivia Gilbert

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Disney payment reminder

Reminder: your second Disney trip payment is due this Friday, December 1 by 3pm. Please get it in ASAP!

Thanks for all you do!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Weekly Announcements

***FYI: Pep Band will have our first performance on January 8. We will not be performing at any games (MHS or UM) until then.***

- Simply Sheets orders will be here before Christmas break. I will give you an update as soon as I have it.
- Any students who plan on trying out for All-State Band must pay their $5 registration fee to Mrs. Underwood by Thursday, November 30.

Upcoming Events
Monday, November 27
Jazz Band 3:15-4:30

Wednesday, November 29
Jazz Band 3:15-4:30

Thursday, November 30
Montevallo Christmas Parade
attire: marching uniforms
call time: 4:15pm
line up: 5:00pm
parade begins: 6:00pm
*8th grade marchers - your music will be uploaded to the blog by 3pm today

Friday, December 1
2nd Disney deposit due by 3pm (no exceptions unless previous arrangements have been made)

Monday, December 4
Christmas Concert begins at 6:30pm
High School students wear concert black attire.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Band Booster Committee Information

Good morning!

Thank you very much to those who were able to attend the band booster meeting last night.

Below is information on our newly formed Band Booster Committees and Booster Officer Positions.  (We will nominate and elect these officer positions in the spring.)These will help parents become more involved at the level that best suits their talents, abilities, and schedules.

Click the link below to read about each officer position, committee, chairperson, and the responsibilities of each.

Booster Committees & Officers

If you are interested in becoming more involved with these committees, please click the link below to fill out an interest form. (If you filled one out at the meeting, please do not fill out another one.)

Committee Interest Form

Thanks for all you do!

Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to Rachel Moran for placing 4th in the Poetry Competition yesterday! Way to represent the Troubadours!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekly announcements

Good afternoon! Here are your weekly announcements.
  • Simply Sheets orders will be here before Christmas break. As soon as I have a confirmed shipping date, I'll let you know.
  • The second Disney payment is due Friday, December 1. 
  • Pep band will not rehearse this week. Instead, we will rehearse at 4:30pm before our first basketball game performance on Tuesday, November 28 (the Tuesday after we return from Thanksgiving break).
  • Our first booster meeting will be tomorrow night at 5:30pm in the MHS PAC. All family members of the Troubadours are welcome! Your opinion and input matter for this organization's success! The meeting will not last more than an hour.
  • Letterman jacket deposits and forms are due tomorrow by 3:00pm. See a previous email or the blog if you need another copy of the form. Checks can be made out to Southern Sportswear.
Upcoming Events
Monday, November 13 & Wednesday, November 15
Jazz Band 3:15-4:30

November 14-16 
Chair Tryouts
November 14: Seniors
November 15: Juniors & Sophomores
November 16: Freshmen
*sign-ups are open until this afternoon at 4:30 - after that, they will be taken down

November 20-24: NO SCHOOL! 

Monday, November 27 & Wednesday, November 29
Jazz Band 3:15-4:30

Tuesday, November 28
Pep Band performs at the basketball game
call time: 4:30pm
game time: 6:00pm

Thursday, November 30
Christmas Parade
call time 4:15pm
line up 5:00pm
parade begins 6:00pm

Monday, December 4
Christmas Concert begins at 6pm

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Thanks for all you do!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Weekly announcements

Good afternoon!

1. Today is the last day to turn in sheet sale forms & money.

2. Good news! The Southern Heritage meat sale delivery will be Monday, November 13 after 12pm. Please plan on picking up your items no later than 5:00pm on Monday following Jazz Band.

3. We will have our first band booster meeting of the year on next Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30pm. It should not last more than an hour. Please be sure to attend!

4. The Christmas Parade will be Thursday, November 30 (the week after Thanksgiving break). Thi s

5. The Christmas Concert will be Monday, December 4 at 6pm. Details to come!

Have a great long holiday weekend. Thanks for all you do!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MHS Writing Winners

Congratulations to Chasity Brantley on receiving honorable mention in the most recent MHS Narrative Writing Competition! Way to show your Troubadour Pride!

Concert Attire

Concert Attire is how we dress for concert band performances at MHS. How we look matters just as much as how we sound.

Concert band students are asked to wear a standard outfit that each family can purchase on their own.  There are many different variations that you can choose, but I ask that you stay away from shirts, pants, and dresses that have "patterns" even if they are black.  

I have made every attempt to create a Concert Band uniform that will not only look professional on stage but also utilize many items of clothing that our students already own (i.e. black pants, black shirt/blouse, black shoes, etc.)

  • Long sleeve, button down, black dress shirt (NO SHORT SLEEVES! This includes polos)
  • Black dress pants
  • Black socks
  • Black dress shoes (not tennis shoes or Converse or Vans)
  • Solid black tie (optional but encouraged)
  • All items Solid Black, no patterns (see attached examples)

1st choice:
  • Black dress or black blouse and black skirt (below the knee or longer.  No sleeveless tops; conservative neckline)
  • Black Shoes (flats or heels, must be closed-toe, no excessive heels [stay 3 inches or
below please])
  • All Items solid black, no decorative additions (see attached examples)

2nd choice:
  • Black blouse, must be short sleeved (no sleeveless tops)
  • Black dress pants
  • Black socks or tights
  • Black shoes (flats or heels, must be closed-toe, no excessive heels [stay 3 inches or below please])
  • All items solid black, no patterns (see attached examples)

Absolutely no:
  • Black jeans
  • Tennis shoes/Vans/Converse
  • Leggings (tights are acceptable with a dress)
  • Tunics or long shirts
  • Patterns

Monday, November 6, 2017

Weekly announcements

Monday, 11/06
Jazz Band 3:15-4:30pm

Tuesday, 11/07
MES Veterans' Day performance
*call time: 7:45am at band room
*select students only - will receive separate email

Wednesday, 11/08
Jazz Band 3:15-4:30pm
*last call for Simply Sheets orders and forms

Thursday, 11/09
no after school activities

Friday, 11/10
No School - Veterans' Day Observance

Dates to Remember
Jazz Band rehearses every MW 3:15-4:30 starting today
November 14-16 - Concert Band chair auditions (during 6th-7th period if you have a band class, after school for all others) Seniors: Nov. 14, Juniors & Sophomores: Nov. 15, Freshman - Nov. 16
Tuesday, November 14 - Band Booster Meeting @ 5:30pm
Thursday, November 30 - Montevallo Christmas Parade
Monday, December 4 - Youth Holiday Showcase featuring the MMS & MHS Bands & Choirs (admission is $3)

Friday, November 3, 2017

All-State Band Podcasts

For any students interested in auditioning for All-State Band in January, visit the link below for recordings of the audition pieces for each instrument. Just visit the link and click on your instrument!

High School All-State Band Podcasts

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Letterman jackets update

Good afternoon!

Because November 10th is a holiday (Veterans' Day observance), money and orders for letterman jackets will be due Tuesday, November 14. Mr. Ball from Southern Sportswear will also be here for sizing that day from 2-3:30pm.

Thanks for all you do!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Letterman jackets

Good morning!

We will be taking orders for MHS Letterman jackets starting next week. I'll have order forms and details available on Monday and will pass them out during 8th period. I'll also send a hard copy via email with details.

Thanks for all you do!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Christmas Concert date change

The Christmas Concert has been moved to Monday, December 4 at 6pm. Please notice the change on the band Google calendar.

Thanks for all you do!

Monday, October 23, 2017

November 3 gameday meal

Good afternoon!

The Episcopal Church will be feeding the band on Friday, November 3 before we travel to the Fultondale game. The meal they provide will be turkey tetrazinni. Please contact me ASAP with any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Thanks for all you do!

Weekly Announcements

Good morning! Please see this week's schedule below:

Monday, October 23
no marching rehearsal
*Southern Heritage money and forms due

Tuesday, October 24
no marching rehearsal

Wednesday, October 25
Simply Sheets fundraiser begins
*all money and forms due by November 1

Thursday, October 26
marching rehearsal 3:15-4:30

Friday, October 27
Future Troubadour Night
Home vs. Carbon Hill
*wear your Halloween costume to the game!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Updated Pell City Itinerary

Good morning!

Please see the attached updated Pell City Itinerary.

Due to some last minute changes in tomorrow's performance schedule, our call time is now 10:30am.

Thanks for all you do!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pell City info

See below for important information for Saturday's marching contest at Pell City High School!

UAB Honor Band

Congratulations to the following students for being selected for UAB Honor Band!

Eddie Anthony
Elena Cruz
Rebeca Emiliano
Jessie Evans
Janie Gray
Elizabeth Hughston
Peter Jackson
Sarah Lowery
Michaela Martin
Miranda Martin
Nate Pepper
Ja'Quel Williams
Jazmine Williams
Dylan Wright

Southern Heritage reminder

Reminder: all Southern Heritage money and order forms are due next Monday, October 23!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rehearsal canceled today

Due to several absences from illness (we are up to 10 that I know of at this point), today's marching rehearsal has been canceled. 

We will have rehearsal at normal time on Thursday.

Please take care of yourselves! Wash your hands, get enough fluids, get some sleep. Feel better soon, y'all!

November Band Booster Meeting

Good morning!

We will have our first and only Band Booster Meeting of the semester on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30pm. It should last no more than an hour.

ALL families are welcome. If your child is a Troubadour, you are considered a Band Booster. Your opinion is valued. Your talents and resources are needed and appreciated. With many involved, we can do so much!

If you are interested in how to improve our band program, this meeting is for you. If you have questions, this meeting is for you. If you have lots of free time or only an hour a week to serve, this meeting is for you. If you have concerns, this meeting is for you. If you have ideas for fundraising or community events, this meeting is for you. If you love your child and want to support him/her as a member of this program, this meeting is for you!

I'll be sharing more details as the time draws near. Until then, mark your calendar for November 14 and the following booster meeting dates for the remainder of the school year:

Tuesday, February 6
Tuesday, April 17
Tuesday, May 8

Thanks for all you do!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Next Two Weeks At A Glance

Monday, 10/16
3:15-5:30 Marching Rehearsal

Tuesday, 10/17
3:15-5:30 Marching Rehearsal
*breathing clinic with special guest Dr. Morantz from UAB

Thursday, 10/19
3:15-5:30 Marching Rehearsal

Friday, 10/20
Home vs. Gordo
*5:00pm Call time
*wear dri-fit shirt

Saturday, 10/21
Pell City Marching Competition
*Call time: 9:30am
*wear show shirt

Monday, 10/23
*All Southern Heritage forms and money are due by 3pm
*No more Monday marching rehearsals!

Tuesday, 10/24 
*No more Tuesday marching rehearsals

Thursday, 10/26
3:15-5:30 Marching Rehearsal

Friday, 10/27
Home vs. Carbon Hill
Senior Night
Future Troubadour Night
*Students are encouraged to dress in Halloween costume. Those who choose not to dress up may wear their full marching uniform.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mayor's Breakfast

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to attend the Mayor's Breakfast this week!

Price Alexander
Eddy Anthony
Jessie Evans
Rachel Moran
Sydney Selman
Grace Stermer
Jordynn Thomas

Way to represent the Troubadours! #troubachievement #troubadourpride

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Disney deposit

For those attending the spring band trip:

The $150 Disney trip deposit deadline has been extended to Thursday at noon for those who need it. Please let me know ASAP when/if you plan on turning it in (if you haven't already).

Thanks for all you do!

Fire Prevention Parade Itinerary

MMS Homecoming Game Itinerary


Congratulations to the following students who were recently sworn into the Montevallo Junior City Council:

Luke Emiliano
Rebeca Emiliano
Jessie Evans
Olivia Gilbert
Janie Gray, Vice-President
Leah Waites, Historian
Jazmine Williams, Secretary

Way to show your Troubadour Pride!

Ja'Quel Williams

Ja'Quel Williams has been nominated as the 2018 Youth of the Year for the Montevallo Teen Center. We are so proud of Ja'Quel and how he represents the Troubadours and the community of Montevallo! Troubadour Pride!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Future Troubadour Camp Application

You are invited to the 2017
Future Troubadours Camp
Who is eligible?
Students in K- 8th grade interested in Colorguard, Danceline, or Majorettes
 MMS Band Students (not in marching band already)

Join the Marching Troubadours:  learn routines, marching music, and perform at Oct. 27th, Carbon Hill Home Game

Clinic Dates & Times
Oct. 23rd, 24th, 26th,  3:30 - 5:30
Musicians – MHS Bandroom
Auxiliary - Stadium and/or MHS Cafeteria
Auxiliary members will chaperone participants on the bus from the elementary school to the high school.

Cost $20 (T-shirt & Snacks)
$28 for colorguard (T-shirt, Snack, & Flag)

Additional Cost if needed:  $8 for baton (majorette),  $8 for poms (Danceline) 
Young Musicians:  No additional Cost, but must have your own instrument.

Students will have a final performance on Oct. 27th
 Drop-Off in front of MHS at 5:30
March to the stadium with the Troubadours and Perform before and during the game.

Registration due by Oct. 17th , 2017
Interest Meeting – Oct. 17th  at 6:00 at MHS Performing Arts Center

Child’s Name ____________________________                                        

Grade : ___________________

Parent/Guardian Name _____________________                                    

Contact Number ______________________

Mail payment and registration to
or Drop Off at High School

Checks – Montevallo High School

Montevallo High School
Attn:  Dawn Cabrera / Lindsey Underwood
980 Oak Street
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 682-6400  &
Shirt Size – Circle
YS            YM            YL            AS            AM            AL          AXL       

Area of Interest – Circle One

Majorette                  Danceline                Colorguard
                                                                                                                             Music:  Instrument _____________________

_______________________ has permission to participate in the MHS Future Troubadours Camp.  I am aware of the dangers, risks, and demands that auxiliary/marching involves and assume responsibility for those risks.  I agree to not hold Montevallo Schools, sponsors, and chaperones responsible for accident or injury that may occur during the clinic and pep rally.  I assume responsibility for any and all these risks.  I agree to hold harmless Shelby County Schools and it’s employees.

Parent Signature

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Troubadour of the Week

Good morning!

We are starting a new student award called Troubadour of the Week. Section leaders and captains within the Marching Troubadours nominate an outstanding student each week who exemplifies pride, persistence, positivity, and excellence. Two students will be selected each week.

This week, the winners are Luke Emiliano and Hannah Sommers!

Luke is an 8th grade rookie in the Marching Troubadours, meaning that this is his first year marching. Luke's attitude is continually positive no matter his circumstances. From cleaning up trash on the practice field that isn't his to hustling from set to set during marching rehearsal, Luke stays excited and ready to learn in all circumstances. He takes instruction immediately and is always looking to do his best. Way to go, Luke! 

Hannah is a senior danceline member who is a veteran member of the Troubadours. Hannah always has a smile on her face and gives her all in every rehearsal. She maintains an attitude of positivity and kindness in every situation. She treats her peers with respect and is always lifting up others. Thanks for all you do, Hannah! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Southern Heritage

Meat sale fundraiser information will be coming home tonight. I apologize for the delay. I'll send a reminder email tomorrow with form and money turn-in dates. 

Thanks for all you do!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cup donations

We could really use some cups for water at after school rehearsals if anyone is willing and able to donate some. 

Thanks for all you do!

Uniform excitement

During the excitement of uniform unveiling last week, we snapped some pretty awesome pictures of students' reactions when they realized their new uniforms had arrived. Hope you enjoy them!

Southern Heritage meat sale

Southern Heritage fundraising info will go home today during 8th period (and at the beginning of rehearsal for 8th grade marchers). 

All money and orders will be due Monday, October 23.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Upcoming schedule

10/02 Rehearsal 3:15-5:30

10/03 Rehearsal 3:15-5:30
*Special guest clinician Mr. Garry Taylor - retired band director from Cullman High School

10/05 Rehearsal 3:15-5:30

Football at home vs. Greene County
Call time 5:00pm - wear dri-fit shirt

10/07 Trussville Marching Invitational at Hewitt-Trussville High School
Call time 10:00am - wear show shirt

10/09 NO SCHOOL - Rehearsal 3:15-5:30
*Trip deposit of $150 and intent forms due by 5:30pm

Disney trip info

Good morning!

If you plan on attending the spring trip to Disney and have not turned in your forms from the meeting the other night, please do so by October 9. Also, remember that your $150 deposit is due by October 9. This deposit is due for each person traveling (including chaperones). I realize that students are out of school that day, but I will be at MHS from 1-3pm and then we will have normal rehearsal from 3:15-5:30 so you can turn it in then.

The following students have turned in their intent forms for the Spring Trip:
Alexander, Ella
Bertschinger, Avery
Brantley, Chasity
Cleckley, Kanden
Evans, Jessie
Gilbert, Olivia
Gray, Janie
Jackson, Peter
Johnson, Mackenzie
Jones, Carolyn
Landers, William
Lowery, Austin
Lowery, Sarah
Martin, Michaela
Martin, Miranda
Moreland, Nathan
Ozley, Katie
Pepper, Nate
Purvis, Mary
Smith, Emily Anne
Sommers, Hannah
Stermer, Grace
Terrill, Brett
Velasco, Omar
Waites, Leah
Webb, Myah
Williams, Ja'Quel
Williams, Jazmine
Wright, Dylan
Yancey, Scott
Zou, William

The following chaperones have turned in their intent form:
Brantley, Joey
Cleckley, Brenna
Gilbert, Kristen
Gray, Kim
Johnson, Rhonda
Jones, Carolyn
Martin, Jessica
Martin, Michael
Ozley, Lorrie
Sommers, Alissia
Williams, Moniq
Yancey, Kathy

If you feel your name is missing in error, please make sure your child has turned the form into me.

Thanks for all you do!

Best In Class!


I am so proud to announce that the Troubadours took home the Best In Class 1A Band award from this past Saturday's Midsouth Competition in Gadsden.

Not only did they put on an outstanding performance, but their behavior was commendable as well -- especially after listening to 40 other bands perform in the hot sun for several hours.

Thank you for your hard work since July that showed in Saturday's performance. This is only the beginning! Onward and upward!

Troubadour Pride!

Trussville Itinerary

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trussville Competition Performance Schedule

Below is the schedule of bands performing at the Trussville Competition on October 7.

Stay tuned for the itinerary!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Competition packing list

Good morning!

If this is your first band competition, see a packing list below to help you prepare for the day.

Students will be receiving free lunch, a snack in the morning, and a free meal ticket including hot dog, chips, and drink. 

See the list for all other things they'll need for Saturday.

Have a great day!

What shirt when!

Today's game: dri-fit shirt

Midsouth competition: show shirt

Next Friday: dri-fit shirt

Trussville competition: show shirt

Just a reminder to help you prepare for the upcoming busy few weeks! :) Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Birmingham Youth Wind Symphony

Good morning!

The Birmingham Youth Wind Symphony is a brand new performing opportunity for students in the Birmingham area to participate in a premiere instrumental performing ensemble.

See information on the flyer below. If your child is interested, please register at

Dr. Morantz and Dr. Murray, the band directors at UAB, are in charge of this endeavor and are fantastic music educators and people to work with. This is a great way for your student to improve as musician and have more fulfilling performance opportunities outside of MMS & MHS.

Let me know if you have any other questions! Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fundraising opportunities

Good morning!

We will soon begin fundraising partially for our overall program and partially for the upcoming spring trip to Disney World. Please note the following start dates and information for fundraisers.

Southern Heritage Meat Sale
Start Date: Monday, October 1
End Date: Friday, October 20
Materials will be distributed on Monday, October 1.

Simply Sheets Sale
Start Date:Wednesday, October 25
End Date: Wednesday, November 1
Materials will be distributed on Monday, October 25.

I will have explicit details sent to you via email on the date materials are distributed so you can appropriately fundraise (including profit percentages to band account vs. student fair share/trip account).

Have a great day!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chess Club Honors

Congratulations to Miranda Martin for competing in the Caesar Chess Birmingham Challenge held on Saturday, September 23rd.  Out of twenty-two participants in her category, Miranda finished 7th place.  

Way to go, Miranda! Thanks for showing Troubadour Pride in all you do!

JUNA band members

Congratulations to the JUNA Team of band students who bagged groceries at Lucky’s for
Hurricane Relief this past weekend: Katie Ozley, Jacob Ozley, Olivia Gilbert, Cara
Nolen, and Luke Emilano.

Your hard work and dedication reach further than just the band program at Montevallo. Way to go!