Fastest way to know what is going on:
Go to www.wegotthebeat.org
Click on Members
Password: WGTB14 (ALL CAPS)
Here you can:
· Pay tuition
· Get Info on Up-Coming Gigs
· Read Directors Blog (this will be my first blog of the year)
Like We Got The Beat Youth Percussion Band on Facebook. I put a lot of interesting music videos and info there. I also post pictures there
Ask to join the WGTB Families private facebook group. Here you can find out how other parents handle WGTB issues, ask about carpools, etc.
Like wegotthebeatpercband on Instagram
Parents Guide to Gig Etiquette
We've got our first gig on Friday September 7th. Here's (almost) everything you need to know about gigs.
Check the Members Website (see above) I try very hard to put everything you need to know on the Up-Coming Gigs page
· Please avoid coming to me during practice and asking a question about a gig until you've checked the website. I often don't remember details of each specific gig off the top of my head so read the website before asking
o You can also try asking the front table mom or veteran parent. They are experienced at this sort of thing
Be On Time - Please always ALWAYS be ON TIME for gigs. It's really stressful to the group if you're late and we don't know where you are. If you are usually time challenged, please be very aware of call times for kids. Early is okay - Late is BAD.
· If you ever need to be late to a gig, please text Lexi & Brenda so we know when to expect you
· If your kid is too sick to perform on the day of a gig, we need to know as soon as possible so we can work on replacing parts. If your child ever needs to miss a gig, we MUST know by the rehearsal before the gig so we can prepare
Make Sure Kids Are Dressed Properly: I will put wardrobe requirements on the Up-Coming Gigs page for each gig. Please make sure to read the information to see if everyone needs to wear the same shirt or if any shirt will do.
Here are some general rules:
· WGTB on top, black on bottom
· If it's an outside gig - dress for the weather
· No sunglasses (we need to be able to see eyes)
· WGTB head gear i.e. hats/visors/beanies are the only acceptable head gear for gigs. We have these available all year
· Warm weather black shorts are okay WITH BLACK SOCKS or no socks. If kids are wearing shorts, black shoe are best but any shoes are usually good
· Cool weather WGTB shirt on the outside
· Don't wear a jacket over your WGTB shirt
· If you don’t have a WGTB sweatshirt for this year, Beaters can wear SOLID BLACK long sleeve turtle/mock necks or t-shirts under their performance shirt. NO OTHER COLORS PLEASE.
· Inside gigs - Most inside gigs we wear our official outfit, so that means long pants and solid black shoes. Again, read the Gigs Page for details
· On The Bottom - Skirts should be long enough so Beaters can bend over without anything showing that shouldn't
· NO LEGGINGS OR YOGA PANTS. If kids are wearing leggings or yoga pants, they need shorts or a skirt over them. BOTTOM LINE - NO TIGHT PANTS
SHOES - BLACK means SOLID BLACK.
SHIRTS - Any WGTB shirt means any shirt (plain color or tie dye)
We currently have a stash of gig clothes that kids have outgrown. Ask the front table mom on your practice day. You can take whatever fits. If you have gig clothes your kid has outgrown, send them in and we will offer them as well.
Why all the wardrobe rules? Because it looks better.
Check your texts on practice & gig days - Sometimes last minute changes come up with gigs and I need to get info to families asap. I use my texting app to communicate important info. If it is too long for a text, I’ll text to let you know I emailed something to you (like this infor :>)
Making noise is Good - When the audience is involved, the kids tend to play better. That means it's good to clap after solos (but not too long as to cover up the following solo). Make lots of noise after songs. Of course, yelling from the audience wouldn't be appropriate at every gig. Use your best judgement to decide when noise is appropriate. Feel free to error on the side of LOUD : >)
Stay In The Back - We want to reach a new audience so leave the front open for non-Beater people. If the entire front of our audience is made up of WGTB parents, people unfamiliar with us won't have a place to view our group. So, please sit/stand in the back of the audience at gigs.
Your Kids Have Jobs - All Secondary kids will have jobs to do at gigs.
· EVERYONE helps get our van & trailer UNLOADED before a gig
· After the gig, the Secondary students have specific jobs to do
· After the van & trailer are loaded, we will let them go. They need to stay at gigs until all the work is done. Please do not take your Secondary kid from a gig until after all the work is done if at all possible
· As the year goes on we will have the Primary kids help more and more
Leaving a Gig - Parents should come to the van & trailer to pick up your Beater. Please DO NOT take your kid from a gig without checking in with a teacher first.
Take Pictures - Please take lots of pictures at gigs and then post them on our secret WGTB Family FB page as soon as you can. This is where I get pictures for our public Facebook page and our website. Post both performance pics and fun pics.
Videos - If you want to share a video that you took at a gig, it is best to only share it on our secret family FB page! Please DO NOT post a gig video and make it public. Sometimes it's hard for parents to realize the disaster that just happened in a song so please leave the public video posting to Brenda & Lexi. Thanks for understanding.
I Don't Mean To Be Rude, But . . . I try not to be like this but sometimes when I'm really focused on something at a gig, it's not a good idea to ask me a question that can wait until after things calm down. Preparing for a gig can be a bit stressful (there are things going on that you guys don't know about) so it may be better to ask veteran parent if you have a question at a gig.
Please Come to Practice!
· We need all kids to attend all rehearsals
· Please DO NOT use WGTB as a punishment if kids don't do their homework or mess up at school or home. This may seem like a punishment for your kid but it actually effects all of us when your kid is absent from Practice
· Please never use these phrases when explaining absences:
"I will have my child practice at home."
"My child knows all their parts."
That's not what it's about. We expect kids to practice at home and know all their parts. Rehearsal time is when we work as a team to put our tunes together. We need everyone there to produce the best product that we can.
Absences - We understand that things come up. Please keep us informed about what's going on so we can plan our instruction.
Hopefully this helps all of us have a GREAT WGTB Experience!