WINTER BAND CONCERT: DECEMBER 4. Band members should report to the MHS Choir Room at 6:30; the concert starts at 7:00.

    Tri-M members are also sponsoring a bake sale. Visit their table to enjoy some holiday cheer after the concert!

    HOLIDAY PARADE and FLUTE CHOIR performance: December 7. The flutes will be performing at 4:00 pm at Life is Sweet Cafe; the parade begins at 6:00. Band members should look for Mrs. Upton along First Street, near the railroad tracks, by 5:30 pm.



    High School Bands Fall Performance Schedule:

    August 30, September 13, September 20, October 4, October 11. Music and more information to follow via mail.

    Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Milan Bands Leadership Team!

    Drum Majors: Vanessa Griffin, Britney Strimpel, Madison Kilbarger

    Field Commander/Flag Corps Captain: Emma Jones

    Drum Line Co-captains: Miah Pamenan, Owen Morrow


    Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and our senior award winners Lia Iverson (Sousa Award for Band) and Taylor Penhorwood (MSBOA Scholar Instrumentalist). We are proud of all you have contributed. 

    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 who do not yet have them. Families can expect concert uniforms (seventh hour only) 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.