Author Archive | Garry McPherson

Band/Guard/Orchestra Camp Informtion

August 6th-Band Leadership only day 9:00-12:00 (bring your instrument)

August 7th-Band Freshmen/Sophomores/new student Orientation Day with all Percussion, Guard  and Section Leaders is Saturday 7:30 AM-3:00 PM. Bring your instrument/equipment, music, a sack lunch/snacks, water, sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat.

August 7th and 9th-Parents Camp Registration 7:00 AM (music building) for those who have not registered on-line. Please be on the lookout for emails from the Mt. Carmel Music Foundation MCMF with more information. All parents must register their student for all camps before their student can participate. 

August 9th-13th All Band/Guard Camp! 7:45 AM-5:00 PM. 
Remember, missing camp could result in you being placed as an alternate for our 2021 show! Bring your instrument, music, sunscreen, water (large thermos works best), wide brimmed hat, tennis type shoes and loose, light clothes (shorts and T-shirt) for the outdoor work in the stadium. Lunch will be provided on these days.

Orchestra Camp! August 10th-12th.
Parent registration begins at 8:30 AM August 10th at the music building.

Orchestra Camp begins at 9:45 AM-2:00 PM

Lunch is provided. Bring your instrument and music from the Dropbox!.



All Marching Band Members!

We are excited to kick off our 2021 Marching season with a summer marching basics rehearsal . Monday July 19th at Sundevil Stadium 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Bring water to drink, tennis type shoes, comfortable clothes and your instrument.  We encourage all students who are in town to attend this first marching practice to help you get started on preparing for next marching season.

All band students should attend!

PARENTS OF SOPHOMORES AND FRESHMEN! After you drop off your student at the stadium ramp, head over to the Band Room for an informal information meeting all about band. Meet some great people and get involved with our awesome Music Foundation family! Refreshments will also be served 6:00-7:00 PM

3/20 update

Hello Everyone,

Mr. McPherson and Ms. Francis hope you are doing well and staying healthy. We understand that things are full of uncertainty now, and we are doing our best to keep you informed. A few important updates:

Video Message to Students from Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser:

We are incredibly happy to announce that Smart Music has gifted all of our students with a FREE premium subscription, for use until June 30th, 2020.  Through smart music, students will have access to thousand of songs, exercises, and real time music

To join, you’ll need to visit and enter your class code. Class codes will be emailed to students and will also be posted on my connect. If you have questions or have trouble, email Ms. Francis. You are welcome to explore all of the repertoire Smart Music offers, and Ms. Francis will begin to add music in each class as well.

Ms. Francis will continue to post music activities in MyConnect. In addition to smart music, you are welcome to check out interactive discussions and other activities. Updates will occur weekly.

Private Lessons:
Many of our private music instructors are currently offering online lessons. We hope you are reaching out to them!

2020 Field Show:
We are so excited to announce that the first two movements are finished! We will be announcing our show soon, (most likely through zoom) and will continue to post updates. Stay tuned!



In the continuing effort to keep everyone safe, Mr. Mac is working with Coastline Travel company and have decided to cancel the Hawaii trip. As of today, Coastline Travel is working with the airline and hotel to return all moneys paid. We are hoping to give all travelers a full refund if possible. Please be patient while we work on collecting the monies from the travel agency (this may take some time) and we will start issuing refunds as soon as the foundation receives the funds. We will be contacting parents as soon as refunds can happen. We are so sorry to cancel this trip, but we will look at rescheduling a trip for next year.

Update 3/16

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our Instrumental Music Page! We understand that things are full of uncertainty right now, however Mr. McPherson and Ms. Francis will try their best to keep things running as much as possible.

First and foremost (as of 3/16/2020), all assignments are optional and considered to be enrichment activities. They will not be included for any grading purposes.

Ms. Francis will post these enrichment activities in myconenct.  If you have issues logging in, email Ms. Francis at or

As of now, (March 16th, 2020), we hope that you continue to do the following:


Keep practicing! (Individually)  Each student on Friday should have received new music to continue to learn and work on.  If things permit, we will add additional music to Dropbox. We will keep you updated as to if/when this will be available.

Practice Logs:

In my connect, there are two practice log assignments. Also created a google document, which you can then add to your drive and submit if you do not have access to a printer.  You may also submit a photo. You may have your parent type his/her name in liu of signature (if submitting online). This is a great resource to help us stay on track and to remind us to keep working on our music.

Scale Proficiency Submissions: 

If you would like feedback on your proficiency scales, you are welcome to email Ms. Francis or Mr. McPherson AND/OR submit a video of you playing. Again, these will not receive credit, but if you need help/or are struggling to learn scales, we will do our best to help you and give you feedback so that you can keep practicing.

Check the website, and our announcement page, regularly for more announcements and our updates.

Keep Calm, stay well, practice and wash your hands!