Rising Freshmen

Welcome to the newest part of the UAMB Website!  This tab was created to enhance the accessibility of information to 8th Grade/Incoming Freshman Families.  We will continually update this page, so please check back regularly for current information.   If you have any questions, please contact us.  We want all band families to feel connected and informed. 

Thank you!

8th Grade Communication and Outreach Committee

Judy Kase: jk-atl@hotmail.com

Shannon de Jong: shannondejong2000@gmail.com

Wanda Berk: wanda614@live.com

Katie Petronella:  katiepetronella@gmail.com  (Percussion Parent)

Alina Samurin:  alinasamurin@hotmail.com


Hello Rising Freshman Families!

In case you have not done so already, please fill in this google form, that will allow students to be contacted by their section leaders. We also need accurate polo shirt sizes to order and distribute summer uniform polos.

If you are starting to wonder what you will need to buy as far as uniforms go, you can see more information under the RESOURCES tab above.  Here is the uniform information file from last year that you may find useful.



Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, as many logistical changes will need to be implemented to our usual routines due to social distancing.

All freshmen will be contacted by their section leaders in June with additional information to welcome them and ease their transition, such as marching instructional videos and Zoom intro sessions that the squad leaders are currently preparing.

July 4th :  UA Independence Day Parade, and all related rehearsals have been canceled.

The Salvation Army/Camp Swoneky, where band camp takes place, has made the decision to close the camp for the summer. Mr. Fessler would still like families to save those dates in hopes of having practice sessions at the school.

August 3rd – 8th :  Band Camp Replacement


Please be sure to check the band calendar for more detailed information and continued updates.  The calendar contains more details on time and location and is updated regularly.


*If your child is a percussion student, the summer practice schedule will differ and information will be updated soon as we finalize the percussion calendar.  If you have any questions, please contact Katie Petronella*


On behalf of the Communication and Outreach Committee, we look forward to meeting you and your band student.  Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  Go Bears!



Thank you to all who attended the 8th Grade Band Night at UAHS! 

The Golden Bear Band members enjoyed having you and look forward to you joining them in the future!  Please keep visiting this 8th Grade website tab for future information specifically for rising freshmen!