Weekly Briefing – Week of June 19, 2022

Dear Falcon Vanguard Families:

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I am very excited that each one of you have decided to be a part of the Attitude, Spirit, and Pride of the ERHS Falcon Vanguard!

Happy Father’s Day to all of our Band Family Dads, Grandfathers, Step Fathers, and Father Figures. We appreciate you all for what you bring to your families and our band family too! Also, Happy Juneteenth as OCPS commerates this important day in our nation’s history. For those of you who wish to know more about the significance of Juneteenth, please visit http://www.juneteenth.com.

This week and next week, we will continue our rehearsal schedule as we have. These Tuesday evening rehearsals are required unless you are out of town on vacation. I think there was a mixed signal that they are not mandatory. Please do NOT skip these rehearsals unless you are on vacation with your family … and in that case, please enjoy your time away! We will have a board member parent in the room on Tuesdays to assist any parents with paperwork or uploading the forms that OCPS requires.

Rehearsal times for June 21 & June 28: Percussion & Guard: 5 PM to 9 PM, Woodwinds 5:30 PM to 7 PM and Brass 7:30 PM to 9 PM.

OCPS will be closed the week of July 4th so there will NOT be a rehearsal on July 5th.

Percussion Camp will begin on July 11. Please follow the schedule that was sent home with your student. This can also be found on the calendar on Charms and on the Band Apps. If you have not signed up for the Band App, please email Ms. Krieger at support@erhsband.com and she will help you.

We have launched a new web site! It can be found at http://www.erhsband.com. The Members Only page is password protected. The password can be found on the board in the band room. On this page, you can find links to all important documents, music, and resources. This will be a living document and anything you need to have will be linked here. Be sure to get the OCPS Medical Forms that are required, if you have not done so already. Students are REQUIRED by OCPS to have a physical and an ECG done in order to participate in marching band.

Well, that does it for me on this beautiful Sunday. I hope you all have a “better than terrific” week and I will see you on Tuesday!

Mr. V.

Allen J. Venezio, MME
Director of Bands
East River High School

Weekly Briefing – Week of May 1, 2022

Good evening, Falcon Vanguard Students & Families:

I am extremely proud of our Wind Ensemble students for earning an Excellent rating at the 2022 State Concert Band MPA. Our performance was extremely strong, and we represented our school very well.  Thanks also to our parent chaperones and all who came out to see the performance.

Band Fees Reminder: All band fees are past due. Please be sure to make payments ASAP for outstanding fees. Another gentle reminder that unpaid fees will follow you and prevent you from being able to participate in campus activities, including the Band Banquet and Graduation.  If you have any questions, please check your statement on Charms. 

We have a LOT of testing coming up.  Please stay on top of the testing schedule.  SENIORS: I will be giving the make-up test for the Band CFA tomorrow during 1st period.  If you still need to take it, please make plans to come in.  If you need to take the 8th period CFE, you can do it then as well.

MATTRESS MAN FUNDRAISER! We are finishing up our spring fundraising by inviting The Mattress Man back to our campus! As a part of the fundraiser, he is going to give us a bonus for reaching certain goals and the first of those is having people you know text in and be a part of our event!

TEXT: Falcons to 321-521-2327

For every 100 people who text, we will receive a bonus of $500! The more people who text the code, the bigger our bonus!!  The actual event will occur on May 7th from 10 AM to 5 PM in the cafeteria. We hope you will join us.

The annual Band Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday, May 15th at River Run Church at 5:30 PM (doors open at 5 PM).  Tickets are on sale now at http://www.teachtix.com/erhs.   Tickets will be free for students and $25 for guests (plus applicable fees).  Semi-Formal dress is required for all attendees (no shorts, no jeans, no flip flops, no t-shirts).  Tickets must be purchased by May 6th.  All band fees must be paid in full before a student can attend the banquet.  Anyone who is applying for leadership must attend the banquet to be appointed to a position.

SPRING CONCERT SERIES: Tickets for the Orchestra Concert (May 4), Band Concert (May 5), and Jazz Concert (May 9) are now available on Teach Tix (see the link in the above paragraph).  Tickets are $5 each (plus applicable fees) and will be $7 (cash only) if you purchase them at the door.

Leadership Applications will be due TOMORROW.  Please make sure you pass out your two teacher recommendations as well.  Check the board for updates when your teachers turn them in to me.  Students should not be carrying completed recommendation forms.

IMPORTANT FOR 2022-23 VANGUARD MEMBERS: Medical forms that are being required by Orange County Public Schools are posted on the Band App. Physicals must be completed between May 1st and the first day of band camp (July 18). An ECG is required of all students. Students who have already had once done in your high school career do not need another one. All forms will be uploaded to a special program and all students must be cleared to participate by the Athletic Trainer. The physical hard copies should be brought to Mr. Venezio after you have uploaded them. If you require assistance with this or have any other questions, please feel free to see me.

And with that, here is the schedule for this week:

Monday – Drum Major Clinic 2:45 – 4:00 PM

Tuesday – Symphonic Band 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday – Drum Major Clinic 1:45 – 3:00 PM

Wednesday – Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM (call time TBA by Mr. Friedberg)

Thursday – Band Spring Concert 7:00 PM (call time 6:15 PM)

Friday – Drum Major Clinic & Auditions 2:45 – 5:30 PM

Saturday – Mattress Fundraiser in the Cafeteria 10 AM – 5 PM

8th Period Percussion will meet on Tuesday (symphonic band only), Wednesday (orchestra only), Thursday 2:30 – 3:30 (to set the stage for the concert)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Leadership Training Camp will be moved to Friday, May 27 from Noon to 8 PM.  This will prevent it from interfering with the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.


May 9 – Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert

May 11 – Senior Drive-Out (required for drum line)

May 15 – Band Awards Banquet at River Run Church 5:30 – 9:00 PM

May 18 – Commencement Exercises at UCF Arena

May 24 – Falcon Vanguard Ice Breaker Event 6 PM – 8 PM

May 27 – Leadership Training Camp 12 PM – 8 PM

May 31 – Pre-Band Camp 2022 9 AM – 5 PM

July 11 – 15 – Percussion & Color Guard Camp 9 AM – 4 PM

July 17 – Band Camp Registration Social Event 6 PM – 8 PM (required)

July 18 – 19 – Rookie & Officer Camp 9 AM – 6 PM

July 20 – 22 – Band Camp 9 AM – 6 PM

July 25 – 29 – Band Camp 8 AM – 8 PM

When you are in doubt about the calendar, the Charms calendar and the Band App calendar are updated in real time.  Be sure to “refresh” your Band App calendar as sometimes it doesn’t update on its own.

I hope you have a “better than terrific” week ahead!

Mr. V.
Allen J. Venezio, MME
Director of Bands
East River High School