SMB Itinerary – Football Game w/Middle School Band Members – Friday, Sept. 23rd


Remember, we are hosting SMS & LRMS 8th graders on Friday. The bleachers will be full!

Attire: Show Shirts, Jeans, Athletic Shoes. (baselayer underneath the show shirts is ok).

Itinerary for Friday, September 23rd  

4th Period – Stack & Rack & Clean, Tape off Bleachers & Setup Music Stands
3:45 – Call Time for SHS Band & Student Leadership
4:00 – Middle School Call Time/Greet middle school students.
4:10 – Welcome Middle Schoolers in band room at SHS.
4:20 – Walk to Baseball field
4:35 – Practice Halftime on baseball field. SHS Students also practice pregame.
5:25 – Walk back to Band Room & Eat Dinner
6:20 – Line up to walk out to bleachers
6:30 – Walk out to bleachers & setup.
6:40 – Drumline goes to locker rooms. Line up to tunnels.
6:55 – National Anthem & Fight Song
7:00 – Game Begins


  • 2nd Quarter Gameclock
    • 8:00 minutes – Leave Stands & Practice Routine
    • 2:30 minutes – Line up
  • 3rd Quarter Gameclock
    • 10 Minutes – Everyone is back in stands.

Last Call For Concert Attire!

Hello Band Families,
The first fall concert for Bowman Band, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will be here before we know it.
If you have requested particular concert apparel items, understand that we are unable to order your apparel until payment is received.  To allow enough time for shipping and alterations, please ensure that any outstanding payments are dropped into the cashier box outside of Mr. Stai’s office door by next Tuesday, September 27.
Boys apparel – Make out check to Remington’s CTR
Girls dresses – Make out check to Sherwood Band Boosters  
As of today there are 21 boys who will be needing concert attire but have yet to sign up for a fitting appointment with Remington’s.  Please don’t miss this opportunity, sign up at

If you are not able to attend at the times offered (October 1 and October 6), please plan to visit Remington’s on your own by October 15 at the latest.  Understand that you may have to wait until a salesman is available to assist you.  Remington’s CTR 15862 SW 72nd Avenue Portland, OR  97224  503-684-4100MondaySaturday 10am-5pm.

Please see attached file for boys concert attire requirements and pricing.


If you will need a concert dress and have not yet tried one on to determine proper sizing, please contact Tina Brannan (503.504.7314 or brannantina@gmail) by October 15 to arrange a time for a fitting.


Curriculum Night Reprise

If you missed our curriculum night at SHS, here are the “Big Three” points that were covered in band. I did go into a little bit of detail regarding each ensemble, however for website purposes I’m going to just express the “Big Three”.

  1. Calendar of Performances – Calendars (pink handout) went home last week. Look for your specific ensemble for performing dates. Calendars are also located on band website.
    • Do not miss concert or festival performances. Music class is much like farming. It is a lot of hard work with lots of hours involved. Putting on performances, or reaping the harvest of our efforts, happen few and far between. Its always sad when a student doesn’t get to reap the reward of their efforts. Its also sad for the student’s musical teammates and ensemble members who end up performing minus the sound they are used to playing next to in class. It really matters.
  2. Communication – My communication will come to you en masse from this webpage. Please make sure you are subscribed to this site to receive communication. It is the most efficient way for me to reach our band population and also gives parents access to info in the case of an email getting deleted.  Our Booster President, Lennae Bishop (, will also communicate regarding band info via the Sherwood Band Boosters.
  3. Playing Proficiencies – Covered these a bit at the curriculum night and have been covering them quite a bit in class. Each ensemble has a different set of  proficiencies.

One more big one that was not covered as much is our Band Handbook 2016-2017. I am going through it one page at a time with our classes. Its a lot of structure and content and we are literally taking it one bit at a time.

Program Overview –

Band Director:  Brant Stai – 4th Year/Senior Year at SHS. 13th year of teaching overall.


  • Bowmen Band -Grade 2-3 Literature
    • What is Band at Sherwood High School?
      • Various Ensembles & Levels of Depth
      • Bowmen, Concert, Wind, Jazz Ensembles, Winter Percussion & Guard, SMB
      • All Ensembles performing at a high level
      • Welcoming, Friendly Atmosphere for all students
    • Practice should be happening 5 times per week (30 minute sessions).

    Concert Band – Plays Grade 3-4 level literature.

    • Not the same time or practice commitment as Wind Ensemble but the standard for performance doesn’t change. Lifelong appreciation for music and creativity.
    • Practice should be happening 5 times per week (30 minute sessions).
  • Wind Ensemble – Plays Grade 4-5 level literature.
    • All Northwest Performance on Friday, February 17th at 3:30pm.
      • Huge Deal to get to perform in front of anywhere from 500-1000 educators. Usually only a select few high schools & middle schools & universities are allowed to perform.
      • Staying over-night.
    • Wind Ensemble Grades & Naviance – Must Meet OSAA Standards

SMB – McKenzie Class Schedule 9/24/16

Here is the student schedule for the McKenzie Classic this Saturday, September 24th in Vancouver,WA at Evergreen High School. Some items to note:

  • Students will be fed 2 full meals and one snack. There will be concessions sold at Evergreen HS.
  • Students need to bring black socks & show shirts and anything else associated with their uniform.
  • Bring weather appropriate clothing to change into when out of uniform.
  • Girls/Guys with long hair need to put their hair up into a bun to fit into shako.
  • Students can/should bring homework to do on the bus. There will be times throughout the bus ride and day where students can complete homework. There will also be moments in the day where the student in the role of a “performer” and also in the role of an “audience member” in an educational setting. Homework is allowed during the “free times”.
  • Parents: They do charge $15 tickets at the gate to view performance.
  • Important: Students must meet grade expectations in order to perform.
  • Important: Students must have completed all due Naviance assignments in order to perform.
McKenzie Classic Schedule
9:10 Call time/attendance/uniforms
9:35 Load buses
10:45 Arrive at Vancouver/lunch
11:27 Uniforms on
11:57 Rehearsal
1:27 Line up and move to gate
1:47 Preliminary performance
1:02 Return to camp/debrief
1:15 Snack
2:47 Preliminary Awards
3:00 Lunch
3:47 (or later) Uniforms on, personal items on buses (line cases up under buses)
4:4:00 Begin camp tear down
TBD Begin rehearsal
TBD Performance time
TBD Return to camp/debrief
7:35 Awards
8:25 Buses depart for SHS
9:25 Buses arrive, check in uniforms
9:55 Kids available for pickup

Band Day Thank You & Update

If you scroll down below, you will see a letter of thanks and update regarding band day from our Band Booster President Lennae Bishop.
I (Mr. Stai) would like to also say thank you to all of the band members and parents who helped to make our band day a huge success. Thank you for your spirit, work, and great attitudes!
Thank you to our band boosters. Our boosters run a large scale budget to support all of our middle school and high school bands from an inventory and instructional standpoint. The past couple of years fundraising focused with a goal of fundraising enough money to purchase marching uniforms (uniform total cost was $67,500 total which we still owe about $20k on and have a plan to pay it off with our overall operating budget over the next few years). This past summer our boosters contributed $10,000 toward much needed instruments (we are really growing as a band program and thus are growing out of our inventory) so that every student who needed to rent an instrument from SHS could have one. We are still short of meeting the goal of every student having their very own instrument to play, but we are much closer this year thanks to the efforts of our boosters and by extension you as our supports. So thank you very much! This helps me the band director to focus more on the music notes, educational process, and connecting with students. To go further, the booster provide our MS bands with discretionary funds for classroom needs that have been drastically cut back over the past couple of years. SHS has a Jazz II program thanks to the boosters. We also have class clicians at the both the middle school and high school level helping out Mr. Dyer, Mr. Angeloni, and myself. Thank you to our boosters!!!
Brant Stai
Wow!  What a day!  Thank you to the parents and students who came out to make band day a success!  Thank you to our generous community!  Our initial amount collected Satruday was $10,600!!!  We are still seeing donations come in via PayPal (see link below). Our annual fundraising goal is $65,000, that made a great dent…we welcome PayPal donations anytime!  I love living in such a great community!
Band Booster President

Band Day is tomorrow!!!

Who: All High School Band Members
What: Going Door to Door, Asking For Donations, Performing Throughout Community
When: Saturday, September 17th 8:30am-3pm
Where: Sherwood Community. Meet in SHS Band Room at 8:30am.
Bring:  A Lunch, water & Your Instrument!
Wear: Band Gear! Or Sherwood gear.  (And RAIN GEAR! In True Oregon Fashion it looks like we might get wet!)

2017 Sherwood Percussion Ensemble Winter Meeting

What: 2017 Sherwood Percussion Ensemble Winter Meeting
When: Thursday, Sept. 15th, 6:30pm
Where: Sherwood HS PAC
Purpose: To sign up for winter percussion and learn about the upcoming season and San Bernardino, CA WGI Regional Trip
Who: Any student of Sherwood HS that is interested in the 2017 Winter Percussion season and all parents of those students.