Author Archive | Garry McPherson

Week of Sept. 17th

Parents and students: We are experiencing an unusual number of unexcused absences at rehearsals this year. Please remember that if your student is going to miss a scheduled rehearsal, Mr. Mac must be notified at least 5 days before the absence occurs. Otherwise the absence is recorded as an unexcused absence. 

Make sure your student is staying up to date with their music pass-offs. Ask your student for their sign off sheet. Students keep working to memorize your music. We will be performing 3rd movement at the football game.

Work on Pep Band tunes for this Friday!

Wednesday Rehearsal 6:00 PM-9:15 PM

*If your family celebrates Yom Kippur and your student will be missing Wednesday’s rehearsal, please email Mr. Mac at to let him know.

Friday-Home Coming Football Game:

Call time 5:00 PM This will be a Pre-Game performance at approximately 6:10 PM. If you wish to see the performance, arrive early.

After the performance, we will come back to the band room and change into our summer uniforms and go back up to play for the rest of the game.

*Next non-school day rehearsal is Friday Sept. 28th 11:30 AM-2:30.


Week of September 10th

Reminder-students keep working hard toward your pass-offs! Take small chunks of your music at a time and you will get them done. Don’t give up!

Dot book check next week! Make sure your dots are up to date!

Wednesday-evening rehearsal 6:00PM-9:15 PM

Saturday-8:00 AM-12:00 rehearsal in stadium with our choreographer. Bring sunscreen, water and snacks.

*Sept. 28th Friday pro-grow day rehearsal 11:30-2:30

Week of September 3rd

Monday-  Labor Day

Wednesday-Evening Rehearsal 6:00-9:15 PM

Friday-Percussion, Guard and Sousaphone sections, load box truck after school.

Saturday-Poway Days Parade

Call time 8:00 AM

Click for Parade details


Week of 8-27

1st Pass off and Practice Log is due this Friday!

Practice your Pep tunes too this week!

Wednesday Night Rehearsal 6:00 PM-9:15 PM

Friday Football Game Call 5:30 PM-Remember all performances are part of your Performing Arts grade.

We will be in full uniform! Bring your compression shorts black socks, marching shoes and t-shirt.

Long hair needs to be put up so it fits into your shako hat!

Upcoming event reminders: Poway Days Parade 9/8/18

Saturday Rehearsal 9/15…Details posted soon!

Welcome to MC!

Week of 8/20

Parents and students! please remember to always check our calendar on this site and posts for updated information regarding our program, events and special instructions Mr. McPherson will post updates weekly.

Orchestra: Violin auditions begin 8/23

you will be asked to play the following;

G major scale 3 octaves or as high as you can play

D major scale spiccato style

C chromatic scale 1 octave

Beethoven 5th symphony 1st mvt. or a prepared solo work

Band and Guard

8/22 Wednesday-first Wednesday evening rehearsal for band and guard. 6:00 PM-9:15 PM

Remember to be on time! We always start at 6:00 PM sharp so make sure you have all your gear and up at the stadium ready to go before 6:00 PM. You need your dot book pencil and coordinate sheet and your instrument/gear

Make sure you eat dinner before you arrive and bring water. Wear tennis/cross trainer type shoes and comfortable clothes you can move in.

Friday 8/24-first Football game! 

Call time is 5:45 PM, game starts at 7:00

We will wear our Summer Uniform (red polos, black shorts, white socks and white tennis type shoe)

This will be an “in the stands” only performance. (Practice your pep tunes)

Saturday 8/25-first Saturday Rehearsal in the Stadium 

Call time is 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Bring water and snacks.Bring all your gear for the rehearsal.

Remember to be on time! We start at 9:00 sharp!

*Next extra Rehearsals are scheduled Saturday September 15th and Friday Sept. 28th