Many Thanks!

This May, Kingston Middle School Cavalier Marching Corps took third place in the High School Division (as a middle school!) in Victoria Day Parade  (“Organizers release results of 119th Victoria day parade”, May 23rd). Last year we won the Judges Overall Band Award (of all High School and Middle School bands) and were asked to be the guest lead-off band to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Quite an honor to represent Kingston and North Kitsap School District, but the trip would not have happened without the support of our local community and countless generous donations that helped fund this operation.

These trips mean so much to the children who learn not only the beautiful music, but the sense of belonging to the community, from the first bundle of dollars in their “donations” jar, to their school, town, and even country announced as they proudly march. In today’s financial uncertainty some schools choose to discontinue their music programs and families hesitate to enroll their children, concerned that they may not be able to afford the instrument rental let alone the band trips. This is why we the parents of KMS Marching Corps, are grateful for your support and for keeping the music education strong in our community.

As we start planning our next year activities and setting goals for the Band Boosters, we would like to focus on strengthening our community ties, inviting you to the seasonal school concerts and organizi

ng community performances. Please visit, call, or otherwise reach out with any comments and suggestions. We would love to hear from you! Once again, we thank you for your support and hope we can count on it this school year and many more.

Musically yours, Kingston Middle School Band Boosters

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KMS Band in Victoria BC, Canada. May 21, 2017

Proposed Disney Trip 2018

Hello families of Kingston Middle School Band! Let us get straight to it – the most anticipated, at least by the students, event of the next school year is the proposed Disney trip! It will take place over the Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, 2018. Is it too early to start planning? We think not.  

We don’t exaggerate saying it will take each one of us to make it happen. Two years ago the per-student cost was around $700. The prices have gone up, and so far the tireless work of Trisha Torres, our trip  coordinator, confirms our rough estimate of $1000 cost per student. But don’t fret, from setting up a plan of contributing about $125 per month to your child’s trip account, to taking advantage of our numerous fundraisers, you and your student(s) will actually enjoy participating in the fundraising activities!

Additionally, this trip will not happen without allocating funds for transporting the instruments and recruiting enough chaperons. You may recall that we struggled to have enough chaperones for the Victoria trip this spring, but thanks to the selfless contribution of personal finances and time of about 30 parents and family members we pulled it off. This year we have an ambitious goal to, if not eliminate, then at least minimise the cost for chaperones.

To implement this plan we will have a number of fundraising events that will be divided into individual/personal, and general funds. The list is posted under downloads and updated periodically. You will notice that most of these need coordinators. Please take a look at what we have so far, and get back to us with your offers and insight.

You are the core of this operation and we count on you!

Portland Post Parade Travel Update

7:00 travel update: Silverdale. 

6:50 update: Gorst.

6:30 update: In Belfair. 

5:30 update: Buses just left Shelton. ETA is 7:30PM. 
3:30 update: KMS parents we are on the road passing Richfield, WA near Vancouver, WA.

Estimated time of arrival 7-7:30PM. 

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Students will text when we’re closer too.

Portland Information

Portland is NEXT Wednesday!!

Arrive KMS at regular school start time. We’ll load buses and depart shortly after 8. Estimated return time is 9:30 p.m. Students will notify parents when we reach Silverdale for pick up at KMS.

This Friday Shauna will be at KMS collecting student lunch orders. If you’re student is absent that day please email their lunch order to Shauna or Sheila ASAP! We will be placing the order this weekend. 

After the parade when the student has packed their instruments onto the buses and turned in their beret, Subway sandwiches will be ready for them. Options for sandwiches are: Turkey, Ham or Veggie.

NOTE: there will be NO STOP at fast food. Subway is replacing this stop. We are expecting heavy traffic leaving Portland and in hopes of arriving to KMS at our estimated time, we have switched to Subway.

Please pack 2 lunches/meals for Portland. Everyone will eat one from home lunch on the way down before the parade. Following the parade will be Subway. Then the second from home lunch on the way back.

Boosters will be providing snacks and water before and after the parade.

Portland Trip Cost is $30. If you attended Victoria, this is already paid. If this is your first trip, please send payment to:
KMS Band Boosters
PO BOX 1312
Kingston, WA 98346

or

make other arrangements with Shauna.

KMS 2017 trip to Victoria brings home 3rd place finish for high school division.  Note: KMS is a Middle School! 


Congratulations to the Kingston Middle School Cavalier Marching Corps for taking third place in the High School Division (as a middle school!) in the 2017 Victoria Day Parade in Victoria, British Columbia! Results

The KMS Marching Corps also took 1st place Band; 1st Place Flag Team; and First Place Drill Team at Bremerton’s Armed Forces Day Parade in the Junior High School/Middle School Division last Saturday morning. We have not heard the Poulsbo Viking Fest Parade results yet but the Marching Corps had a strong performance there as well on Saturday afternoon. I was very proud of all the students being on the road for three days representing the Kingston and NK Community well. This video is from the Parliament show Sunday afternoon in Victoria where we were the last band to perform. All bands have a five minute performance before the following day’s parade. Thanks again to all parent volunteers and North Kitsap School District and Community for helping to make some great memories for our kids!