Hi all,

This message is filled with information for coming events so please read fully.
1)     Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Dine out at Short's.
This Wednesday from 5:00pm-close, Short's Burgers - Eastside will donage 15% of all  receipts to the City High band program.  This includes dine in and carry-out meals. Please help support our program by dining out on Wednesday.
2)   Sunday, Sept. 23 - Parking lot clean-up #4.  
Thanks to everyone who has come out to help thus far.  This Sunday we will really need lots of help as the Wisconsin Badgers invade Kinnick Stadium.  They always travel well so please help.
3)   Wednesday, Sept. 26 - City High Homecoming Parade
The parade will step off at 6:00pm from Mercer Park.  Call time for band students will be 5:30pm, and our uniform will be heck week t-shirts (jazz), blue jeans and gym shoes.
4)   Friday, Sept 28 - Homecoming Football Game
Our call time will again be 5:30pm.
5)   Saturday, Sept 29 - Music Auxiliary Car Wash
All day at vairous sites.  We work at 1st Avenue Hy-Vee.
6)   Monday, Oct. 1 - Deadline for Orlando trip deposit.
The $300.00 non-refundable deposit for the Orlando trip is due.  I have attached the itinerary from our last trip to give you an idea of what he trip includes.
7)   Friday, October 5 - Senior Night home football game
This will be our final home football game, and as always we will recognize all seniors and their parents during pre-game.  All senior parents should report to the track by 6:45pm.  This will also be our annual costume half-time performance.  All band students will play during half-time in costume (optional).  Because of the date this will not be a Halloween themed show, simply a fund night.  Immediately following the half-time performance all students will move to the cafeteria for our end of season dance.
8)   Saturday, October 6 - UNI Band Day
This is an optional event, sign up through Friday, Sept. 21.
That's all for now,
Dr. M


Hello everyone,

I am writing to you about a very important event for our district. The ICCSD Music Auxiliary hosts an annual car wash each year to raise money for many musical activities throughout the district. This organization funds things like transportation for music events, All-State registration and other associated costs, competition entry fees, uniform cleaning, and many other things that we would not be able to fund on our own—or would necessitate greater fees to participate in music ensembles at our schools. This event does not run without support from our community. I have attached two documents to this email that discuss what Music Auxiliary funds, ways to donate, and the locations of the car washes.
City High will primarily be responsible for the car wash held at the East Side Hy-Vee (812 S 1st. Ave.)
We are in great need of parent volunteers to help staff this event throughout the day or to provide snacks, etc., for those parents and students that are working. Please consider donating time or goods to help this event be a success! The link to sign-up is here:
Please distribute this information to any others that may wish to donate or assist in this event. Without your support, we would not be able to offer so many wonderful opportunities and experiences to our students.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Dr. M


Good afternoon band families,
Band family t-shirts were distributed last Friday before the City High home game. It was great to so much support in the stands! All of the remaining t-shirts are in the Music Office. If you were not able to pick up your t-shirt, stop in (or have your student stop in) and pick it up from Mary. Any t-shirts that have not yet been paid for need to be taken care of by September 21st. Unpaid t-shirts will then be offered for resale in order to recoup the money we paid for the shirts.
We still need help with uniform hand-out/take-in for the remaining home games, Bates Field Follies, and the Clinton marching competition. You do not need to be an expert to help with this and will still be able to watch the performances. If you can help with any of these events please sign up!
Sunday is another parking lot clean up. Parking and Transportation has asked that the trash bins be filled before bags. They also ask that we consolidate bags so it is easier for them to tell which lots are finished. Also, if your student signs up for a drive-to lot, please make sure they have a ride there. It doesn't do anyone any good if they are arriving at the lot after everyone else has already done the work.
Finally, next Thursday, Sept. 20th is the first BACH meeting. It will be held in the City high band room at 7:00 pm and usually last about an hour. We will be discussing Bates Field Follies, the End-of-Marching-Season party, and pretty much anything marching band related. Please join us. 
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team


Dear Friends and Colleagues,


Mount Mercy University is pleased to offer a mock audition workshop to woodwind and brass students preparing for the All-State instrumental audition.  Each participant will receive a 15-minute private session with an All-State auditor to experience the audition process, receive suggestions for improvement, and have an opportunity to attend a masterclass on “Best Practices” for a peak performance leading up to, and including the audition day. 


General Information

When:  Sunday, October 14, 2018

Where:  Mount Mercy University Center, 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

Who:  High School woodwind and brass instrumentalists preparing to audition for All-State

Time:  15-minute session will be assigned based on participant requests between noon - 4:00 pm


Registration Information

Registration fee is $15 per student, which includes the workshop session and tee shirt.  Online registration and payment can be made by clicking the link, or by completing and returning the downloadable form by Monday, October 8, 2018. For your convenience, I’ve also attached a flyer that may be copied and distributed to students.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if there is anything I can do to assist you and your students.


Best wishes,


Steve Stickney

Director of Bands

Mount Mercy University |  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE  |  Cedar Rapids, IA  52402

319-363-1323 ext. 1864  |  Cell  319-538-2662  |


Hi all,

Thanks to everyone that come out both last Sunday and today for parking lot clean-ups.  We really appreciate the participation of both students and parents.  Remember, this is the way that all activities of our band program are funded, so it is very important that do this job well.
Also, thanks so much for last Friday, both at the pep assembly and the game.  The 8th grade band really enjoys these opportunities to be a part of the Little Hawk Marching Band.  We look forward to welcoming them this fall into our program.  We also trust that everyone enjoyed the performance by the Hawkeye Marching Band, directed by Associate Director of Bands Dr. Eric Bush.  They performed for us, then many of the band members went on to other performances that evening ahead of a very long day of band activity on Saturday.  If you wish to thank any band members or Dr. Bush, please do so.  Big thanks to all of the parents that volunteered for their work with the HMB, and I want to thank our Athletic Director Terry Coleman and our custodial staff for their help with making the HMB visit possible.
A big thanks to Ute Muh and Maureen Marron, our parent uniform chairs, and all of the parents that assisted with uniforms last Friday.  The first uniformed game of the year is always a lot of work and we could not do what we do without our parent volunteers.  
Finally, a big shout out to Jared Hix and the B.A.C.H. Leadership Team for getting our parents well appointed in their band t-shirts.
1.  We have another home football game this Friday, September 14.  This will be a "usual" game for us, with call time again at 5:30pm.  Freshmen will perform for pre-game, then turn in uniforms and are released.  Students in grade 10-12 will remain, play our half-time show, and then turn in uniforms and are released.  I hope all parents will stay to see our show, as the band has been working very hard and it is always best to have a large, appreciative audience.
2.  Next Sunday, September 16, is our next parking lot clean-up.  Again, we will meet at 7;00am to start our work.  The Hawkeyes welcome the Panthers from UNI next week, and the Panther Marching Band will be performing at the game.
3.  The sign up sheet is still on the bulletin board for anyone interested in the University of Northern Iowa band day.  The date for the event is Saturday, October 6.  Students will be able to sign up through September 21.  
4.  Reminder that the $300.00, non-refundable deposit for the Orlando trip is due on October 1.
5.  9th grade band will meet inside all week except for Thursday when we will be back out side to prepare for Friday's game.
That's all for now,


Dr. M


Good morning band families,
This Friday, the Little Hawk Marching Band is hosting the Southeast Junior High eighth-grade band and the UI Hawkeye Marching Band. Dr. McReynolds is reserving the faculty parking lot (in front of the music wing) for the Hawkeye Marching Band. We need one more person help monitor the lot. It will simply involve moving cones to allow them through. If you can help out, sign up here: Parking Lot Helpers Sept 7th.
We provide apples and water bottles to the marching band after the pregame performance at each City High home game. Our sponsor that has previously donated the apples and water has reduced their donation this year any is only providing water. We are looking for any families or businesses who would be willing to sponsor the apples for a specific game. There are three home games remaining that we need apples for and the cost is $60 per game. If you are interested in sponsoring apples for a home game, please contact Mary Mahaffa at
Our first BACH meeting will be Thursday, September 20th at 7:00 pm in the City High band room. The meeting is open to everyone.
Our first Dine Out for Music night is coming up! Short's Eastside will donate 15% of all sales after 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 19th. This includes dine-in or take-out orders. Enjoy a great burger and support your Little Hawk Marching Band!
Thanks for your support.
Jared Hix


Today's 8am rehearsal has been cancelled!!


1.  All students interested in auditioning for all-state must play a pre-audition for me on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  I must submit my registrations on Thursday, so these must be completed on the days assigned.  Remember, students must play for me or they will not audition
2.  The first, non-refundable deposit $300.00 for the Orlando trip is due in the music office by October 1.
That's all for now and see you tomorrow,
Dr. M


Hi all,

After a really great heck week and first game, we are now settling in the swing of our regualr fall season.  To that end, this message lists several things that you should be aware of.  Please read thoroughly.
1)  The syllabus for 9th grade concert band is will be posted on the band website ( later today.  We have gone over this document in class already, but parents please read it.  It is also posted as home for the 9th grade Canvas page.  Make sure you download and set up the Canvas app for parents.  For band, this is where the day-to-day assignments, grades, etc. will be listed.  We update Powerschool essentially for mid-term and final grade posting.  The syllabus for 10-12 grade band should be up by the end of the day.
2)  I have posted a sign up sheet for those interested in all-state.  I will be hearing pre-auditions next week on Tuesday and Wednesday.  EVERYONE INTERESTED IN DOING AN ALL-STATE AUDITION MUST PLAY FOR ME NEXT WEEK.  Please note that those selected to audition must continue to do plyaying check-ins with me.  If at any point between the pre-audition and the all-state audition I determine that a student is not making sufficient progress toward a good audition, they will not be allowed to audition.    All-state auditions are on Saturday, October 20 in Washington, IA.  This is an all day commitment.  Also, the all-state festival in Ames is Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17.  Again, students must be attendance for the entirety of the event.
3)  The University of Northern Iowa high school marching band day is Saturday, October 6.  This event allows high school students to take the field at half time with the Panther Marching Band.  The cost to students is $10.00 which covers a pizza lunch and t-shirt.  If we get enough students interested by Thursday, September 20, we will take a bus.  Please know that if we do not have enough interest, students can still go as individuals by signing up on the Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band page.
4)  The U.S. Marine Band will be playing several concerts in Iowa during the mont of October.  The U.S. Marine Band is widely considerd to be the finest concert band in the world.  The concert locations include Davenport, Cedar Falls and Urbandale.  If you have an interest, you can visit the U. S. Maring Band web page for information.  The concert requires a ticket but is free.  The tickets go very fast so if you are interested visit the Marine Band website for details.
5)  We will be beginning lessons in the next week or so.  For me, all lessons will take place during advisory.  Mr. Ottmar may have a different plan, but all students are required to have lessons with us or with a private teacher, which is preferred.
6)  Our first parking lot clean-up is this Sunday, September 2.  All band students are to attend and fully participate in 4 of the 7 dates.  I have attached documents concerning the clean-ups which should be helpful.  For old timers, nothing has changed.  
That's all for now,
Dr. M




Hi all, 

Great job on Friday.  I was very impressed with our performance, especially given we had only 4 hours to prepare.
Just a couple of things.
1)  TomorrowMonday, Aug. 27 will be a concert band day.  All freshman students should have concert instruments for class period 3.  We will be in concert band all week, plan on it.  Those that have different instruments from those used for marching should have concert instruments tomorrow.
2)  Tuesday, Aug. 28 all freshman students must bring Chromebooks to band.  Parents, please remind students of this.
3)  I will be sending out specific information in a day or so, but our first parking lot clean-up is next Sunday, September 2.  We meet at 7:00am.
4)  Looking ahead, we will have an early, before school rehearsal on Thursday, September 6.  This will be our only rehearsal with the 8th grade band from Southeast in preparation for our joint pre-game performance on Friday, September 7.
5)  A reminder that I would like all freshmen to stay through half-time on September 7.  This will give everyone the opportunity to play during the first half and be in the stands for what will be a fantastic half-time performance by the Hawkeye Marching Band.
That's all for now,
Dr. M

08/24/2018 - IMPORTANT!!!!!!!

Hi all,

The varsity football game time has been changed to a definite start time of 6:00pm.  Therefore, the call time for all band students has now been changed to 5:15pm.  The uniform of heck week t-shirt (Jazz), blue jeans and gym shoes remains.
Also, the rehearsal for all grade 10-12 band students is still on for tomorrow from 1:00-9:00pm.  
Finally, a special uniform fitting for freshmen will be held at 1:00pm tomorrow.  All freshmen that have yet to be fitted for a band uniform should report at that time,
Dr. M


Hi all,

Thanks to all the students who attended our heck week activities.  Your hard work is really appreciated as we move in to our performances this week.
Thursday, August 23 - First Day of School
       All band members should report directly to the band at 8:40am.  We will get our instruments and move immediately to the gym.  We will perform for the opening day assembly.  Following the assembly students will return to the band room to put equipment away and proceed to first period class.  Students should wear the heck week t-shirt (Jazz) on this first day.
Friday, August 24 - Home football game
      All students should report to the band room at 6:00pm.  We will do a run of our show, then parade to the stadium for our pre-game performance.  For parents, our pre-game begins 20 minutes after the sophomore football game or 7:00pm, whicever is later.  Freshmen perform for pre-game and then are excused to put equipment away.  We encourage freshmen to return to the stadium to watch our half-time, but this is not required.  Students in grades 10-12 will stay together in the stands to play as appropriate, then do our half-time show.  All students are dismissed following the half-time performance.
        For this game, our uniform will consist of our heck week t-shirt (Jazz), blue jeans and gym shoes.  
Saturday, August 25 - Rehearsal
       Students in grades 10-12 will have rehearsal from 1:00-9:00pm.  We will provide dinner.
Looking ahead:
       1)  Our first parking lot clean-up will be Sunday, September 2 at 7:00am.  Details will       
       2)  The U of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band will be our special guests at our home game 
            on Friday, September 7.  We will also be joined by the 8th grade band from      
           Southeast  Junior High.  We encourage all freshman band students to sit and play in 
           the stands with the upper classmen on this evening, and remain to enjoy the half-time 
           show of the Hawkeye band.
That's all for now and see you at tonight's BACH meeting at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.
Dr. M


Hi all,

Based on a forecast that still shows a better than 50% chance of rain during tonight's (Monday, 08/20) rehearsal hours, we will follow this schedule:
Grades 10 - 12
Drum Line - 6:30-8:30pm
Color Guard - 6:30-8:30pm
All winds - No rehearsal tonight.
Grade 9
Rehearsal and lock in activities - 6:30-11:00pm.  NO OVERNIGHT!


Hi all,

The rain outside has reminded me that I have yet to contact you about our text group.  You are invited to join our group to receive text messages from me or Mr. Ottmar concerning band activities.  We use this text message, along with e-mail and web site postings when we we have time sensitive information to share.  We do not use this text system to give weekly information or when have general information to share.  We use this text system for cancellations, changes to our schedule to due weather and the like.
If you would like to be included in our text group, you can:
This link includes our class code, so anyone can join our group instantly.
2)     You may also, on you cell phone, enter the number 81010 and text @mmcreyno
3)      You may email
Any of these methods should get you onto our group text system.
Dr. M


Hi all,

Well, the start of the marching band season is just a week away.  Please get your instruments out, practice and make certain they are ready for the school year.  Just a few things:
1)  Our first rehearsal will be held on Saturday, August 18.  Because of a community event scheduled to begin at 7:00pm on Bates Field, our rehearsal on this day will be shortened.  We will rehearse from 1:00-6:00pm.  We will not be providing dinner.  We will be outside for the vast majority of this time, so remember to bring sunscreen, and wear a t-shirt.  No Bare Skin.  Also, you may want to wear a hat, and closed toe shoes are required.
2)  You are encouraged to check out school instruments, get band lockers and get fitted for marching shoes during registration.  Mr. Ottmar and/or myself will be here each day.  If you left marching shoes in lockers, they are no longer there.  They are in a common box, so if you want them you must remember your shoe size.  Following our rehearsal on the 18th, all shoes left will be available for free to anyone that needs a pair.
3)  You will again need to provide a lyre, flip folder, black shoes, black socks and black gloves.  Socks and gloves will be available when you are fitted for you uniform, the other items must be purchased from West Music.
4)  Our students get fitted for uniforms primarily during Heck week practices. In addition, we are offering a special uniform fitting session for freshmen only on Sunday Aug 19, 1-4 pm. Please consider bringing your student to the uniform room during this time frame.
5)  Those auditioning for all-state should have the required etudes, solo and scales that you will need.  As in the past, I can send only so many to audition, which means I will likely need to have pre-auditions.  I will have a sign up sheet on the bulletin board when you arrive on the 18th, and you will be required to play for me during the week of August 27.  Be working diligently on all items, including the etudes in their entirety.
6)  The deposit for the Orlando trip of $300.00 is due in to the music office by October 1.  This is a non-refundable deposit.
I will be sending one more note next week that will include music to our show opener as well as the opener drill.
Look forward to seeing you in a week.
Dr. M


Hi all,

Just a few reminders:
1)  For those interested in auditioning for all-state, the required etudes will be posted tomorrow, July 25.  You may go to the IHSMA website,,  to find the etudes for each instrument.  Remember, in addition to the etudes you will also be required to play all major scales, full range chromatic, and a portion of a standard solo of approximately 1.5 minutes.  You will also be required to audition using published music, no photcopies.  Etude books can be purchased from West Music.
2)  Our rehearsals for the the marching season begin on August 18.  I have attached another copy of the summer newsletter that has a detailed schedule of rehearsals.
3)  As in the past, on the first day of school, we have been asked to play at the all school assembly.  On that day, all band students should report directly to the band room at the beginning of the day.  
4)  The City High bands will be traveling to Orlando, Florida over Spring break 2019.  All band students are invited to join us.  Details will be sent soon, but a non-refundable deposit of $300.00 must in students accounts by October 1, 2018.   The total cost of the trip is expected to be approximately $1200.00.
That's all for now,
Dr. M



Hi all,
Attached please find the Summer newsletter for the City High Marching Band 2018.  Please read all of the information carefully, and please place all band events on your calendars.  Just a reminder, all band activities are required, so please be aware of all band dates as you make plans.
Also, there were many students that did not take marching band shoes home at the end of the school year.  These shoes, since none were marked, have been placed in large bins, paired by size.  If you left shoes, you should plan to come early on the first day of heck week to retrieve them.
Finally, just a note to let you know of the big evening planned for September 7, our home football game vs Ames high.  We will be joined by the 8th grade band from Southeast, and will have as our very special guest the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band under the direction of new assistand director of bands Eric Bush.  This should be a fun evening not only for our band program, but for the community as well.
Have a great rest of the Summer, and I look forward to seeing you in August.
Dr. M