• Congratulations to the 2020-21 Band Leadership Team!

    Thank you to the *large* number of people who completed the auditions at a challenging time. Your help to the bands will also be most necessary next year!

    Elly Russell, Kaitlin Edwards, and Oscar Haeske, drum majors

    Hannah Strimpel and Lance Reed, assistant drum majors

    Kaitlyn Kornacki, visuals captain (majorettes/flags)

    Owen Morrow and Devin Glushyn, drum line captains

    Elly Russell and Hannah Strimpel, flute choir captains

    Kaitlin Edwards and Kaitlyn Kornacki, clarinet choir captains

    Kaitlin Edwards, Band President

    The tentative fall performance schedule (subject to safety guidelines) is posted below.


    Wind Ensemble results have been sent to all students who completed the process on time. Drum major audition results will be posted by June 15. Thank you to the large number of students who took these auditions at such an unusual time! All of you continually make me proud that I am your band director.

    *Current* Wind Ensemble members should already see a course recommendation for Wind Ensemble in Power School. If you do not, please email me and I will make the correction.


    High School Bands 2020 Fall Performance Schedule Subject to MHSAA and Milan Area Schools safety guidelines:

    August 28; September 4; September 25; October 16; October 23

    Rehearsals, again subject to safety guidelines, are tentatively scheduled for the weeks of August 17 and August 24. A mailing will go out in July after the MSBOA publishes guidelines. Email Mrs. Upton if you have questions.


    Band Member Letter Policy

    Band members are eligible for letters:

    1. At the mid-point of senior year, with all group performances successfully completed.

    2. At the mid-point of junior year, with a minimum of one *band* extra curricular musical activity successfully completed.

    3. At the mid-point of sophomore year, with a minimum of two *band* extra curricular musical activities successfully completed.

    Students with questions regarding their letter status can see Mrs. Upton in person.

    Instrument Storage

    Your instrument should be in your locker or in its assigned spot in the band room. Make sure that it is clearly marked with your name. Each day, you MUST bring your instrument, accessories, a pencil, and your method book to class. I strongly recommend that you use a lock on your locker! Percussionists, make sure you understand what parts you are playing and what accessory items you will need as the year goes on.


    There is no “required” method book, but I would strongly encourage you to have a Book 3 level fingering chart with you at all times so you can check out trill fingerings and trick fingerings without asking me.

    Apps in Band:

    PLEASE make space on the device you use daily for a free tuner. Bandmate chromatic tuner is free and useable on all devices. Metronome online can be used via the internet on phones, tablets, and Chromebooks.

    You can order supplies through Marshall Music by calling 800-221-1755. We are visited weekly. You are also free to use any other reputable retailer, but be careful! Ask Mrs. Upton if you have any questions.

    While you are welcome to eat lunch in the band room if Mrs. Upton is present, this is a no-peanut classroom. Additionally, food is not permitted in the room when any rehearsing is taking place. Gum and cough drops are a major choking hazard and considered the same as food. Water is fine, especially in a no-spill bottle (there is a water fountain in the band room).

    Grades at MHS:

    All grades are assessed using the state of Michigan instrumental music power standards. Students may continue to reassess throughout the semester by recording after school or by submitting audio recordings to uptona@milanareaschools.org. Mrs. Upton is at MMS in the morning and is not available then. Students who miss full group performances are required to submit an alternative assessment as proof of skill development/achievement on the pieces performed. When in doubt, ask Mrs. Upton: she will always help you.


    Full marching uniforms will be checked out to students (pieces are sized and individually numbered). Families can expect concert uniforms in mid to late October. Wind Ensemble members, please plan on supplying your own extremely dressy concert blacks. If you need help in obtaining anything, ASK in plenty of time.