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Mr. Niemiec

Director of Bands, Department Chair

mniemiec@hse.k12.in.us

Mr. Niemiec received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Indiana University in 1985. Mr. Niemiec has been named “Most Influential Teacher” by the HSE High School senior class in 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was also named Hamilton Southeastern High School’s “Teacher of the Year” in 1999. In 1999 he was named “Most Outstanding Educator” by the Indiana Academic All Stars and was recognized by School Band & Orchestra National Magazine “50 Directors who Make a Difference” in 2002. Mr. Niemiec also was awarded the National Band Director’s Association’s “Citation of Excellence” in 2003. Most recently, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Professional Music Educators Organization.
Mr. Niemiec has been at Hamilton Southeastern High School for 20 years. Under his direction the Wind Ensemble has earned state and national honors. Highlights include the Indiana State School Music Association’s Concert Band State Champion in 2000, a performance in Carnegie Hall in 2001 and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2007. The Wind Ensemble has also accepted invitations to perform at the Indiana Music Educators Convention in 2003 and 2006, as well as the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in 2003. Mr. Niemiec lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Anne, son, John, and triplets Elizabeth, Andrew and Matthew.



Mr. Frye

Percussion Director

afrye@hse.k12.in.us

Mr. Frye is currently the Percussion Director at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana where he teaches all levels of percussion from beginning to advanced. Previously, he has rehearsed or arranged percussion music for outstanding music programs such as Lake Central and Crown Point Schools in Indiana, and Waubonsie Valley High School and Marian Catholic High School in Illinois where he was a student teacher. Lake Central is a multiple time ISSMA Marching Band State Finalist and Bands of America Semi-Finalist. Under the direction of Mr. Frye, their percussion ensemble was the IPA Open Class State Champion in 2000 and WGI Midwest Regional Champion in 2001. Several of his former students have gone on to participate in world class groups such as the Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Southwind, Carolina Crown, Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, I2 Percussion, as well as be accepted into various university music programs across the country.
Alan performed with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps as a member of the snare line in 1996 and 1997. He earned his Bachelors degree in music education from Northern Illinois University. While at NIU he participated in Percussion Ensembles, Steel Band, Philharmonic, and was the section leader for the Husky Marching Band. His teachers have included Robert Chappell, Orlando Cotto, Greg Beyer, Lee Beddis, George Sheppard, and Kurt Gartner. Alan is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association for Music Education, and the Percussive Arts Society.


Mr. Spoonmore

Guard DIrector

 

 

 

 

 


Royal Guardians Board

The Royal Guardians is our parent booster organization.  The Guardians try to support our directors and our students however possible which includes raising funds to cover the shortfall between what it costs to produce our extracurricular band programs (RCG, Winter Percussion and Winter Guard) and what the school corporation gives us.  

Joel Robbins/Greg Battas - President

president@hsehsbands.com

 

Kevin Velpel - Vice President

vicepresident@hsehsbands.com

 

Tracy Watkins - Treasurer

treasurer@hsehsbands.com

 

Jeff Miller - Student Accounts

studentaccounts@hsehsbands.com

 

Melissa Shulman - Secretary

secretary@hsehsbands.com

 

Committee Chairs

Committees provide support for our students.  Each committee has a chairperson but most of our committees need volunteers on a regular basis.  If you are interested in volunteering, let the committee chair know so that you will be notified when they have a need.  Letting the committee chair know that you are willing to help does not imply that you will work every week.  It just lets them know that you are interested in helping when you can.  Also, to help with committees that work with our students a current criminal background check must be on file with the district. They are good for three years.  You can check with the chaperone person to verify if yours is current or if you need to submit a new one. This form can be found here.

Our Committees are:

Uniforms – Tara Cahoun

uniforms@hsehsbands.com

This committee starts in[BG1]  June May or June doing fittings for the students then continues through the marching band season helping maintain the uniforms and helping the students get changed each week for performances.  There is also a need for a smaller number of people to help through the concert band season[BG2]  (august- sept) with tuxes and dresses. To help out at football games and contests you can visit our online volunteer signup HERE.

Food Coordination/Refreshments – Kim Povinelli/Trish Graham

refreshments@hsehsbands.com

This committee provides food and water to our students before football games, during band camp, cookouts and other special events.  To see the current events we need staffed and sign up to help, use the online signup HERE

Chaperones – Jen Barrett

chaperones@hsehsbands.com

This committee watches over our kids at practices, games, contests and concerts.  This includes keeping them safe, providing light first aid (no CPR certification required) and riding the buses to and from events.  We will have a few quick "training sessions" to show them where we keep all of the first aid supplies and items needed for practices and competitions. You are welcome to have younger siblings with you while you chaperone. To see the current events we need staffed and sign up to help, use the online signup HERE

Pit Crew – OPEN

pitcrew@hsehsbands.com

This committee helps our students transport and move their equipment.  This involves reserving our rental trucks, helping the students load and unload the trailer and walking with the students at contests and football games to help push rolling instruments (the pit).  To see the current events we need staffed and sign up to help, use the online signup HERE.  it is really important that you register if you intend to help and that you are there when the buses arrive because we get a limited number of field passes and we need to know to whom they are going. 

Band Camp – Karen Miller 

This committee will work with the directors and drum majors to help plan for the week long band camp in August July/August.  They will help plan and implement spirit days, water day, games, and any decorating or other coordination of food drives, fundraising events, etc.

Fundraising – Laurie Burger

fundraising@hsehsbands.com

This committee pursues corporate sponsorships andseeks opportunities to raise money to support the band and lower our fees. Also, if your employer happens to offer matching gift programs, PLEASE consider the Guardians.  We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and we qualify for most of these company match programs. 

Spirit Wear – Kay Soforenko

spiritwear@hsehsbands.com

This committee orders and delivers RCG spirit wear.  This committee operates during the summer and is wrapped up by the first football game since we order our spirit wear as a group order at the beginning of the year.  We typically order show shirts, garage signs and window decals.  Sprit wear can be ordered online at http://www.hsehsbands.com/spiritwearstore2013.

Royal Invitational – Greg Moore and Rachelle Galvin

This Committee organizes our Royal Invitational which is a sanctioned Midstates Bands invitational contest that we hold at HSE each year.  Up to 30 bands from across the state will attend creating our biggest fundraiser of the year through ticket sales and concessions.  At least one parent from each family is needed to help us by working at least one shift.  More information on the royal invitational can be found at <link>

SCRIP – Sarah Martin

Sjmartin00055@gmail.com

scrip@hsehsbands.com

The SCRIP coordinator takes orders for SCRIP from our parents and delivers the cards to them.  SCRIP is a way to defer the cost of our band program by getting a percentage of your purchases at local business donated back into your student account.  

Lucas Oil Volunteer – OPEN

studentaccounts@hsehsbands.com

This person coordinates and organizes the parents who volunteer to work the concession at Lucas Oil Stadium as a way to significantly offset their student account fees. 

Recruitment – Kelly Battas

recruiting@hsehsbands.com

The Recruitment committee is focused on helping to bring new members into the RCG family.  They are involved in planning events such as the HSE Football game where our Jr High band members can attend and various other activities for the Jr High and Intermediate students.  

Website and Communications – Karen Leuther/Jill Halverstadt

webmaster@hsehsbands.com

This committee manages our website, calendar, newsletter and other email communication to our parents and students.

Additional Volunteers:

Buddy Bag Coordinator - Jennifer Wren

Concert Band Attire - Kay Soforenko

Concert Band Coordinator - OPEN

Concert Band Programs - Laura Giovanni

Mike's Car Wash - Rhiannon Fox

Royal Pride Liason - Melissa Shulman

Senior Parent Coordinator - OPEN

 

Fun and Spirit Committees

Many of these jobs are small, one time tasks that are a great way for new parents to get involved.  If you like having friends over or throwing a party, this may be the category for you to get involved in.  

·      Last Practice Coordinator

Each year at the end of the season we have a final practice in the stadium that all the parents, friends and neighbors are invited to attend.  We’d like to “pack the house” and get the word out about this event to see RCG perform their show one last time in, in uniform at the HSEHS Stadium. We would like to expand this to be an event that alumni are invited to.  

·      Parent Pitch-in Coordinator

We typically have one parent pitch in at one of our contests.  This person might also prepare a drink cooler for volunteers at each contest.

·      Decorating for Finals Week

We often have a group of parents that decorate the bandroom for the students before they go to their final competition.  After finals this person would collect some of the items made for the students and put them into an end of season packet for seniors.  

·      Senior Parent Coordinator

We typically have one senior parent who coordinates having senior banners made and hung at the football games

Fundraising

Yeah we know this word doesn't get everyone excited but fundraising is not about going door to door selling things.  The biggest opportunities for fundraising are

Corporate Sponsorship

Possibly the job with the biggest potential impact on the band, this person would pursue getting local businesses to sponsor the program in return for signage on our trailer and at our invitational contest.  

Band Equipment "Picker"

Very often our program has equipment such as props and instruments that we no longer use.  This person helps sell those items online or to other music programs to recuperate moneys for the program.

Mattress Sale Co-Chair

This years’ date has already been set but just looking for someone to help coordinate this one day event.

·Recruiting Co-Chair

First event is already set but need someone to shadow for next year. Coordinates Jr. High Students to come and hang out with RCG at a home football game.  Also, promoting RCG during a few Jr. High Band concerts.

Meals for Marchers

Coordinate “Dine in” Nights with local restaurants for the band to earn a certain percentage of sales that evening.

WGI- Event Coordinator

This person manages and organizes our winter guard invitational contest which is typically in February. Planning would begin in November.

Concert Bands

·      Concert Band Refreshments

Periodically sets up cookies or some kind of snacks before concerts at the request of the directors. Typically not more than 2 of the 4 concerts

Winter Percussion/Winter Guard (starting in January)

·       Truck Logistics

This person schedules the rentals for our semi tractor and takes care of small repairs on our trailer such as burned out lights. 

·       Percussion Pit Crew

Small group of people to help move equipment at contests

·       Guard Pit Crew

Small group of people to help move equipment at contests

·       Community Night For Winter Guard/Percussion (HSE Hosts in 2017)

Would need to coordinate a meal for guard and percussion members.

·       Winter Percussion Chaperone Coordinator

Coordinates chaperones for Winter Percussion contests by creating a Sign Up Genius and being in communication with percussion director.

·       Winter Percussion Refreshment Coordinator

Plans the last lunch or dinner before finals for winter percussion members.