Band Camp

Greetings Marching Thunderbird Families! Band Camp starts on Monday and there are still a few donation opportunities available. Please consider signing up for a time slot or a food donation. We’d love to see you there! Thanks so much!

Volunteer Sign Up – Band Camp 2019Food Donations Band Camp 2019
Carole Derrington

Band Camp Food & Volunteer Sign-up

Greetings Marching Thunderbird families!
Band Camp is right around the corner and in order to help keep the costs of camp low, we depend on volunteers to help in the kitchen and families to donate food items. Please sign up on the volunteer sign up or the food donation sign up if you are available to help.
If you are interested in taking on a leadership role for next season, please let us know!
If you have any questions I can be reached at 313-550-0889, or
Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
Carole Derrington

Home Stretch!

Tonight: Graduation @ 6:00
Call Time – 5:30 on the field ready to go
Attire – Black & white
Pomp & Circumstance
Alma Mater
Star Spangled Banner

Wednesday, June 10 Last Marching Thunderbird Spring Training @ 5:00 – 8:00
– Music in page protectors & binder before you come to practice

Almost done!

Little Caesars & Marching Band


Little Caesars Pizza Kits: 
Delivery is this Friday, May 31 after school. Kits are large, so please plan accordingly based on how many kits you ordered. They can not stay at Edsel because we do not have a large freezer to store them.

Marching Thunderbirds: 
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for our first Spring Training! We’ll meet our newbies, listen to some of the show music, practice, and have some family fun time 🙂 Make sure to bring your contract with parent & student signatures. Go T-Birds!

Instrumental Music News

Photos Needed! – Photos are needed for the collage place mats for the Performing Arts Banquet. Please send photos of any performing arts activity to Mrs. Wall at 

Today – Memorial Day Parade practice after school from 2:30 – 4:00. Students with games are excused. Track & Field students: Be at track/field at 3:30. It has been approved with Coach Macpherson. 

Tomorrow, 5/21 – Crescendo Club Scholarship Applications due! 
Who can apply? Any student in grades 8-11 whose parent is a paid Crescendo Club member.

Performing Arts Banquet RSVP – Please RSVP to the banquet next week on Tuesday, May 28: CLICK HERE  to access Sign-Up Genius. Look forward to seeing you! 

Memorial Day Parade – Make sure to continue to practice music for Memorial Day! The music does not come in lyre form, so memorization is a must. 

Marching Thunderbird Meeting Tonight

TODAY @ 6:30 p.m.
2019 Marching Thunderbirds! Please come check out our meeting for parents and students.
Get all the new details on the 2019-20 Marching Band Season.
Get ready for…. Sir Elton.

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Instrumental Music News

****CONGRATULATIONS to the fantastic work of those involved with Mary Poppins. It was stunning and you should all be tremendously proud of yourselves. BRAVO!

Monday, May 13 (Yes, today): STRIKE – Any involved with Mary Poppins are on set tear down duty. We have a dress rehearsal of our spring concert tomorrow morning. 
Crescendo Club Meeting: Tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14 @ 6:00 p.m.
Spring Concert 
Call Times (dressed in concert black, on stage, and ready to go)-
Orchestra: on stage at 5:00 p.m. (arrive by 4:45)
Band: on stage at 5:15 p.m. (arrive by 5:00)
**The feeder concert students will be attending our dress rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. All performing students are asked to look nice (think class presentation), but no need for concert black for the dress rehearsal.

Thursday, May 16 @ 6:30 p.m.
2019 Marching Thunderbirds! I’m looking forward to seeing you at our parent & student meeting in the band room!
Get all the new details on the 2019-20 Marching Band Season.
Get ready for…. Sir Elton.

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Friday, May 17 @ 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Car Wash
Any parent volunteers would be greatly appreciated!

Instrumental Music News

Lots of information, but all important!

Memorial Day Parade

All students from Marching Band, Concert Band, and Symphony Band participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade. We even have the privilege of leading the parade this year! 

This is the first year we have had two separate band classes, which requires us to practice after school.
MONDAY, MAY 20 – Parade practice from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Please make sure to communicate with families, teachers, coaches, etc. This will be our only opportunity to practice together before the day of the performance, so attendance is critical.
Itinerary: CLICK HERE
*The full parade line-up is not yet available from the city.

Spring Concert Reminder
Tuesday, May 14 @ 6:00 p.m.
Call Times (dressed in concert black, on stage, and ready to go)-
Orchestra: 5:00 p.m.
Band: 5:15 p.m.
**The feeder concert students will be attending our dress rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. All performing students are asked to look nice (think class presentation), but no need for concert black for the dress rehearsal.

2019 Marching Thunderbirds! 1 week count down until our meeting next Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Get ready for…. Sir Elton.

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Memorial Day, Feeder Concert, & District Request

Feeder Track Concert: 

As many are aware, the evening Feeder Track Concert has been cancelled this year due to conflicting schedules. Here is our alternative that will help both vocal and instrumental programs:
Tuesday, May 14: Dress Rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. at EFHS
Music programs attending: Stout, STEM, Smith, Salina, Whitmore-Bolles, DuVall, and Snow. Our other feeder schools were invited, but some had conflicts due to field trips, testing, etc.

EDIT: Middle schools and elementary schools will be watching an afternoon performance of the Edsel Ford Spring Concert. Middle and elementary school students do not need to worry about bringing instruments. School buses will be picking up students at 9:30 a.m. and dropping them off by 11:30 a.m.

Memorial Day Parade: 

8:00 a.m. – Student Arrival

9:00 a.m. – Bus departs from EFHS

We are the first in line for the parade this year!! That also means that we will be among the first to return 🙂 Please anticipate 2 after school rehearsals as we have two separate classes this year and we need to meet in order to prepare.

District Survey Request: 
Please share your thoughts on the mission and beliefs of our school district. The results of this survey will be carefully considered and used to facilitate collaborative discussion to guide the direction of Dearborn Public Schools in the next three to five years. Your contribution to this process is greatly appreciated.

The survey will close by the end of the day on Friday, May 10, 2019.

مرحبا بكم في مسح التخطيط الاستراتيجي للمدارس العامة في ديربورن

تقوم اللجنة التوجيهية للمدارس العامة في ديربورن بتحديث خطتها الاستراتيجية لضمان استمرارها في تلبيه احتياجات مدارسنا وقيم المجتمع.
يرجى مشاركه أفكارك حول مهمة والمعتقدات من منطقتنا المدرسة. سيتم النظر بعناية في نتائج هذه الدراسة الاستقصائية. ستستخدم لتيسير المناقشة التعاونية لتوجيه اتجاه مدارس ديربورن العامة في السنوات الثلاث أو الخمس القادمة. مساهمتكم في هذه العملية هو موضع تقدير كبير.  نشكر مشاركتكم قبل يوم الجمعة الواقع في 5/10/2019

Instrumental Music News – Lots of Important Info!

Good Morning!

There have been quite a few calendar updates in the past couple of weeks. Please make sure to read carefully –

2019 Marching Thunderbirds – The meeting has been moved to Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the band room. Please help get the word out so we have a full house 🙂 This is for all students interested in participating this season. Trust me, I would love for all of you to come check it out! 

Performing Arts Car Wash – Friday, May 17 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the student parking lot. This is one of our biggest department fundraisers and it’s a ton of fun 🙂 

Spring Song – Just a reminder, the date has not changed. Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. Please make sure to communicate with families about the earlier the typical time.

Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 27. Itinerary to follow. As soon as I have information from the city & district, I will send it your way. 

     ***Parents: I am in need of help with uniform fittings. Please? 😀 Preferably during the day or right after school. If you are available and willing to help, please e-mail me at There are a lot of students to fit this year, but many hands make less work. 

Performing Arts Banquet – This is a potluck, celebration, and awards night to recognize the contributions of each and every performs arts student at EFHS. Families are encouraged and welcome to attend! Tuesday, May 28 at 6:00 p.m. 

Would you like all of this nifty information on a google calendar? 😉 Click on the link at the top of the blog marked “calendar” and then in the bottom left hand corner of the calendar, click on the blue plus sign to add it to your electronic calendar. It’s my lifeline!

Always feel free to e-mail me at and I’m happy to help.

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