Summer Marching Band Season Letter

Updated: Note that Sunday Rehearsal Schedule is 3-8, not 3-9 as previously posted.

Dear Band Parents and Students:

We are writing this letter to announce the start of the Spring Marching Band Field Show Season.   We have been approved to start on Sunday, April 11 and continuing until Saturday, June 12 for our Senior Recognition/Final Performance.  The season will begin on Sunday, April 11 on the new turf field at KHS from 3-8 (Leadership arrives at 12:30).   We will be rehearsing twice a week on Sundays and Thursdays, weather permitting.  In case of weather, rehearsal will be cancelled (no indoor rehearsing).

Each rehearsal will have the following guidelines:

  • Temperatures will be checked at the beginning of every rehearsal.
  • Masks will be worn at all times by Color guard, Drum Line and Pit.
  • Wind players will have their mask on but lowered while playing and up when not.
  • Attendance will be taken and maintained.
  • Social distancing will be applied.

The KHS Band students have already completed the survey for participation in the Spring Season. If a student has exercised the COVID opt out, it is understood that they will not be able to be part of the senior recognition or attend the events.  For any student that has opted out, the band directors will contact the parents to confirm this request.  It is important to note that an opt out is for health and safety reasons only.   All students who request to opt out due to Covid concerns will be honored.  Therefore, participation in sports or work is not a valid excuse.  The excusal policy for the fall season will be used for the spring season

We are very excited to starting a Spring Marching Season and look forward to performing again.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]

Sincerely Yours,

Stephen Garner and Jeffrey Giebelhaus

Kingston High School Band Directors






April 11 @ KHS New Turf Field (Bring Instruments)

  • Leadership Meeting (12:30-2:30 PM)
  • All Color Guard, Freshman and New to Band 3:00-5:00 (Break from 5-5:30)
  • All Color Guard, Freshman and Upper Classmen (5:30-7:30)

April 15 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM (Everyone)

April 18 @ Crosby Elementary 3PM-8PM

April 22 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM

April 25 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM

April 29 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM

May 2 @ Crosby Elementary 3PM-8PM

May 6 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM

May 9 @ Crosby Elementary 3PM-8PM

May 13 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM

May 16 @ Crosby Elementary 3PM-8PM

May 20 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM

May 23 @ Crosby Elementary 3PM-8PM

May 27 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM

May 31 @ Crosby Elementary 3PM-8PM

June 3 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM

June 6 @ Crosby Elementary 3PM-8PM

June 7 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM (Rain Make-up)

June 8 @ Crosby Elementary 4PM-8PM (Rain Make-up)

June 10 @ Dietz 4PM-8PM Dress Rehearsal

June 12 @ Dietz Stadium Performance 7:00 PM student report time TBA (rehearsal prior to performance)

Please email Mr. Garner [email protected] for excusals – note: work is NOT an excuse to miss rehearsals.

Booster Meeting: 12/9 at 6:30

Hello all. Hope everyone had a good and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. We are going to attempt our first online Booster meeting next Wednesday night (12/9) at 6:30 PM. This will be done through your student’s Microsoft Teams account.

Essentially for freshman parents, this is a meet the band and band directors event. It’s also a chance for everyone to touch base in these very turbulent times. At some point this spring in all likelihood things will start to open up again and when they do we, the Boosters, need to be ready. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and hope to see you online next week.



New York State Field Band Conference Season

Folks, sorry to post this, better safe than sorry! We’re going to look at this as another obstacle, and we always overcome them. We will get through this and be back! Take care everyone.

I just want to add something here. This is a real kick in the butt, no getting around that. However it’s important that EVERYONE realizes that this is NOT the end, it’s a break. It’s important that everyone follows the Directors online plans as much as possible. Sooner or later we will come out on the other side of this, and when we do we want to be ready.

-Mike Detweiler, KHS Band Booster Club President

Band Yearbook, Senior Plaques, and Band Instrument Drop off/Pick up

Where-Crosby Elementary School

When-5pm-8 pm Friday, June 19

What is involved:

1) Band Yearbooks- Available for anyone who pre-ordered

2) KHS Band Senior Plaques- For all KHS Band Seniors (including Color Guard)

3) KHS Band Instruments Drop Off- Any student with a School Owned Instrument please return

4) KHS Band Instrument Pick-up including:

– Drum Line

– Mellophones

– Marching Baritones and Tubas

Message from Booster Club President

Hello everyone,
I just wanted to check in. Hope this finds everyone well and safe.  Obviously with the current shutdown there is not much to report. However there are items or questions that people are asking that we hopefully can shed some light on.
Regarding school resuming, we know what you know. The numbers have to come down and the testing has to go up. Everything has to be planned out with safety in mind.

Yearbook.  The yearbook has been sent to printing. At completion we will figure out a safe way for distribution.  I’d like to give a big shout out to Brenda Celuch Fryling, Denise Augstein Breithaupt, Maria Tampasis Maritsas, Stacie Langer Kremper & Kathy Burns for all they work they put into this project. Thank you!
High School Musical is at this point unfortunately cancelled.
Booster Officers elections. Elections are at this point on hold for obvious reasons.  Please know this puts the group in a tight position on the other side. We will have parents / offices aging out of the band with no ready replacements. There will be a program and a band on the other side of this. That means there will be a need for a booster organization that can do what it has always done in years past.  We will be looking for officers in the following positions: President, Vice President, Co Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Secretary as well as various committee chair spots.
Band Banquet is in all likelihood also cancelled due to again the shutdown / quarantine and we obviously are a large gathering just by ourselves.  That being said I want to address this to the seniors and senior families. We are in a pandemic shutdown that no one truly knows how long will continue for our region.  We just don’t know at this point.  What I do know is that somehow, someway there will be something done for recognition and celebration for seniors and their families. This booster organization has always found a way to overcome any obstacle in it’s path.

As things progress we will keep you posted! Be safe!

Hello from the Band Directors *UPDATED*

Note revised directions below in blue…please disregard earlier instructions.

First off, we both are hopeful that everyone is safe and enjoying their time off. There are a couple items of information that we would like to share with you:

1. ALL NYSSMA festivals are cancelled for the remainder of this school year. No Majors or Solo/Ensemble Festivals.

2. Any student doing a NYSSMA All-State Solo- it has yet to be determined what they are doing with the All-State Level Soloists. Stay tuned and keep practicing.

3. On Wednesday, March 25, from 3:00-5:00, students will be allowed to pick up their instruments. Here is how it will work:

  1. Turn off of Broadway onto Andrew St.. Take next right into the campus and then your next right. You are now driving with the new field on your right and East on left. Take a left to go between Main and Salzmann. We will be waiting for you right there.  You will then continue by taking a left at the end of the West Building.
  2. No students are allowed in the building at all… so if your instrument is in the Band hallway lockers, email us and we will get it out for you ahead of time. If it is in the choir hall lockers, email us your locker # and combo and we will get it out as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Mr. Giebelhaus Or [email protected] or