The Award Winning Warren Band & Color Guard  Downey, California!

The Warren Band & Color Guard is an award winning performing arts organization that consistently strives for excellence through daily skill development, character growth and meaningful performances.

 

The Warren Band & Color Guard aims to be on the cutting edge of the marching arts, consistently setting the highest standard and seeking recognition as one of the Southern California's hardest working scholastic programs.

 

 

The Warren Band & Color Guard proudly supports, honors and encouarges the six pillars of Character: Caring, Trustworthiness, Respect, Citizenship, Responsiblity, Fairness.

 

Within those traits we emphasize specific traits:
Dedication, passion, commitment,integrity, upholding our rules/procedures, loyalty, cooperation, self discipline, dependable, do what you say, good sportsmanship.

Volunteer Donation

Your generous donation will be used to cover any expenses incurred in preparing for this event.

Donation Levels

UPCOMING EVENTS

Annual Lock In

Friday August 17th is our annual lock in. This will be the last lock in...it will not exist in the future. We will replace it with a new and exciting new tradition. Although the lock in is not mandatory, it is a great night of team building and is great if we can have all students present. 

Student Notes:

1. Wear tennis shoes and appropriate clothes. You will be active throughout the night. I suggest athletic type clothing. Tennis shoes are required to play in the gym.

2. Bring snacks, drinks, etc. Please bring your drinks in bottles rather than can 

3. Shower before you come to this event!

3. Come to have a great time and participate. We do not sleep at the lock in and it is most fun when all students participate in every activity.

4. Arrive at 9pm! Lock in ends at 6am saturday morning. 

 

Parent notes:

1. We need some chaperones. If you can stay up all night or part of the night we would love your help.

2. Please drop off and pick up your child in the back parking lot off of Gurley, not the front parking lot off of paramount. 

3. This is a safe and fun evening for students in band and color guard. Please consider allowing your child to participate.

Fall Trip Updates

This Fall the Marching Band and Color Guard is planning to embark on a 3 day, 2 night trip to Santa Clarita. This will be the third year in a row that we have taken this trip. As we prepare for this exciting endeavor it is important to make sure we communicate some imoprtant details.

1. Trip Dates are November 8,9,10 (we depart at the end of school Thursday November 8th and return late on Saturday November 10th)

2. We will be participating in 2 marching band competitions during this trip. Becuase of this we need all marching band and color guard students to be part of this trip. If there are concerns we request that they be addressed no later than the end of August with Mr. Niemeyer.

3. We will be offering several fundraisers for students to raise money to cover the cost of the trip.

4. Chaperones volunteered for this trip at the July booster/parent meeting. If there are any more parents interested, please talk with Mr. Niemeyer by the end of August.

5. ALL other updates are avialabe on the members only page. This is a password protected page. Students know the password, so ask  your child. If no, email Mr. NIemeyer or Mrs. White and we can help you.

****Trip Info Packets will be coming home with studetns no later than Friday August 24th, please keep an eye out and ask your child if they have received the packet****

Summer Letter

Thursday July 19th a 6 page summer letter is coming home to all families. This letter has many reminders and updates in it. Please makes sure you ask your son/daugther for it. If they do not give it to you...here it is. (see below)

Summer Letter 2018
Summer Letter.pdf
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Parent Mixer

Saturday August 18th ~ 6pm @ Cheryl/Ruben's Casa

5909 Leeds St. South Gate 90280

Several times a year we host parent mixers/get togethers so parents can enjoy time with other band and guard parents. It is also fun to get to know each other better and celebrate all of our hard work as well. For more info please talk with Cheryl. There is no dress code or cost. Consider brining something to share...like a favorite drink or finger food. We hang out, talk and even karaoke. We hope to see as many parents as possible. (please no students, adults only)

Football Game Performances

The marching band & color guard perform at all home football games!

As we begin a new school year, we will also begin performing right away! There are 6 football games this Fall...5 home games and 1 away game at Downey HS. All marching band and color guard members perform at all games. This is a mandatory part of their experience as a member of the the marching band. All game dates and times can be found on the calendar. We also encouarge parents to come out and volunteer at games. We have space for appx. 10 parent volunteers at each game. Volunteers get in for free but are asked to help out the entire game with activities such as: preparing the bleachers, cleaning and perpareing water bottles, hydrating students, keeping the area we sit in secure, helping at halftime pushing pit equipment/props and helping during 3rd quarter serving a snack to the students. If you are interested please reach out to Mrs. White. mwhitewarrenband@gmail.com. Volunteer positions are not on charms calendar. If you are not one of the 10 volunteers we still encouarge you to attend games to support our athletics and of course the band and color guard. The cost to get into games is appx. $7 per person.

 

FIRST GAME! Friday August 24th vs. St. Anthony

SECOND GAME! Friday August 31st vs. Huntington Park

Call Time: 5:00pm - all students arrive in half uniform and prepare for the game

Warm Up 5:30pm - all students warm up 

Pregame 6:30pm - marching band performs before the game. (Fight Song, National Anthem, etc.)

Game Start 7:00pm - students sit in stands and play pep tune

Half Time Performance 8:00pm - band and color guard performs their competition show. (half time can be earlier or later than 8pm)

End of Game 9:00pm - students are dismissed to go home. (games can end earlier or later than 9pm)

August Booster Parent Meeting

Tuesday August 28th @ 7pm in band room!

The August booster meeting will be the 2nd meeting of the school year. Meetings are open to all current band and color guard parents. Topics covered include Finacial Reports, Fundraising Reports, Upcoming Events, Etc. We are only successful if our parents are involved. Get involved with your childs band and guard experience!

Parent Swag

Be part of our crew...wear blue!

Starting Friday August 24th we will have custome parent gear avaiable for purchase. Show your pride at football games, competitions and other events.

T-Shirt: $10 (Add $3 for XXL or XXXL)

Polo: $TBD

Hoodie: $TBD

Jacket: $TBD

Hat: $TBD

Blanket: $TBD
 

5 tips for parents of band and color guard students!

Whether you are a new or returning parent, it is always good to get a fresh perspective from other parents...especially those involved in other programs. These perspectives and insights can help parents better understand what this activity is all about and most importantly how to support their child through it. Rather than hearing from the band director or your son/daughter...take advice from a peer...parents who has been there done that. Take a minute to download and read the article below. These tips might even shed light on parts of being a band parent that you hadn't thought of.

 

 

5 Tips for Parents Article
5 Tips for Parents of marching band stud[...]
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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Physical Exam Reminder!

All students participating in marching band/color guard are required to complete a physical exam every year. Here are the rules

 

1. Physical exams must be completed between July 1st and July 22nd. We need them completed before SPA 2 on July 23rd. Only physicals taken after July 1st will be accepted!

2. Every student in marching band/ color guard must take a physical every year. Physicals recently conducted will not be accpeted unless they were done after July 1st 2018.

3. Once you complete the physical exam, turn in your physical to Mr. Niemeyer or Mrs. White. 

4. Go to the website: www.athleticclearance.com and complete the online process.

Physical Exam Paper Work to be completed by physicians and returned to Mr. Niemeyer or Mrs. White by July 22nd.
2018-19 PHYSICAL FORM.PDF
PDF File [326.3 KB]

Printable/Downloadable Calendars

If you would like to print or download calendars, please visit the "downloads" page.

Sheet Music & More!

Access warm ups, field show music, audio file of field show and more on the members only page. This page is password protected. Need the password? Email Mr. Niemeyer, Mrs. White or any section leader!

UPCOMING FUNDRAISER(S)

Decal Drive! August 13,14,15 5-8pm

The WHS band and color gaurd has been committted to the annual decal drive for over 20 years. This campaign happens every year as the Fall semester begins. We will need every student and at least one of their parents, relatives or adult representative involved to help make this a success.

 

 

 

Committe Chairs: Sandy Bram

Buyout: $50

*The buyout does not excuse students from participating, only the parent. All students must participate

 

What do students do?
1. Go out in to the community ALL 3 nights with their group wearing their band uniform or guard warm ups!
2. Go door to door collecting donations and handing out decals.

3. All students must carry their student IDs.

 
What do parents do?
1. Drive/Chaperone at least 1 night (may or may not be their child's actual group)
2. If parents can't help, please find another adult (21 or older) to fill in for you.
3. If a family does not have an appropriate car, insurances, etc. they can fulfill their part by helping out in the band room.
4. Please sign up to volunteer using the online charms system. Simply go to the charms calendar and click on the hand on the date you want to volunteer OR log into your charms account.

8th Annual Warren Field Tournament October 6th

Committee Chairs: Mercy White mwhitewarrenband@gmail.com

Buyout: $150 due October 1st 

 

2018 marks the 8th consecutive year the Warren HS band boosters will host a marching band tournament. This is an amazing day full of much excitement and yes, hard work. We need every parent and student on board to make this an amazing day for all the participating schools. There will be upcoming meetings in August and September to help prepare parents for all the work we will take on to ensure the success of this event. Most parents will help by volunteering their time and labor in many areas which include: concessions, security, parking, ticket sales, hospitality room, campus cleanliness and of course set up and tear down.

 

What do students do?

1. Collect $50 in ads/sponsor donations that will be printed in our tournament program. Deadline to turn in ads is September 15th. Ad packets were passed out at the July 31st booster meeting and on August 1st to all students during SPA. 

2. Help set up morning of event and help clean up after the event.

3. Perform in exhibition (yes we perform, but we do not compete)

4. Donate 1 conession item (a letter will come home in September identfying what each student will be asked to donate)

 
What do parents do?
1. They work 8 hours! If you can't work 8 hours, then you divide up your shift and have several adults fill in and help out.
*Note, you can divide up the 8 hours among multiple adults. For example - Mom can work 4 hours, Dad can work 4 hours.
2. Please sign up to volunteer through charms. Simply visit the charms calendar and click the hand that is on the date of this event. Or log into your charms account and click on the volunteer symbol.
 

Committee Chairs:
Concessions: set a menu, obtain all items to be sold, run the concession stand. (TBD)

Logistics: bus and spectator parking, school hosts, lanyards (Ricardo Romero)

Security: all things that deal with keeping patrons safe (Juan Aguilar)

Facilities: all things that deal with keeping our campus clean (TBD)

Hospitality: food for judges and participating school staff (TBD)

Finance: ticket sales (TBD)

Volunteers: coordinating volunteers for the day (TBD)

Marketing: program design/sales, awards/trophies (TBD)

Fundraising

Fireworks Booth

July 1,2,3,4 2019

10am-10pm each day

8am-8pm - July 4th 

@ Walmart Parking Lot

Downey Promenade

Decal Drive

August 13,14,15 2018

5-8pm each night

Starts & Ends at Bandroom

 

8th Annual Field Tournament

October 6, 2018

5am-Midnight

@ Warren HS

Holiday Caroling

Nov 30 Dec 1,7,8 2018

5-8pm each night

Starts & ends at Bandroom

4th Annual Flap Jacks and Jazz

April 20, 2019

8am-11am

@ Warren HS Bear Alley

Annual Concerts!

Winter Concert

December 11th and 12th 2018

@ Downey Civic Theatre

7pm ~ $7 general admission

 

Spring Concert

April 30, 2019

@ Downey Civic Theatre

7pm - $7 general admission

Jazz Band Spring Concert

April 20, 2019

@ Warren HS Bear Alley

$5.00 (gets you breakfast as well)

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