The Pride of EA
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Band Update 9/23/2020
To all members, supporters, and families of the Pride of EA,
Posted is our schedule for practices, performances, and football games. Even though the students have had this information, we apologize for publicly getting this information out this late. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused procedures and planning to change on an almost hourly basis since August. Because of this, Mr. Gambino and I wanted to make sure we had the most concrete plans in place before we sent it out. Now that our first football game is a week ahead of us, we feel as though we have a solid plan that will get us through the restrictions we are currently facing. Please recognize, however, any plans are subject to change at any moment.
We are currently in a 25% capacity restriction for football games. This means we cannot fill our stadium like we normally would. Every group has had to make sacrifices in order for all of us to have some semblance of normalcy at our home games. Because the Pride of EA is by far the largest student group, this impacted us the most. We have split the band into two groups, the Blue band and the Yellow band. We have prioritized seniors, and other essential sections. Please know that even with our split rosters, our band will still be the single largest group at the football games. We will be in the endzone bleachers and area, spaced 6 feet apart, with every inch utilized to maximize our performing potential. Unfortunately, we will not perform pre-game on the field for contact reasons, but we will perform at halftime. It won’t be our normal show because of our split band. But we will perform.
Please look out for the ticket purchasing schedules and procedures the high school will send out soon, if they haven’t already. Every band member will be allotted two tickets to be purchased using their student ID within a given window.
Please observe the additional dates, times, and locations for added practices. We still want our band families to watch the kids perform a show like we normally would. We have added a few Saturday practices, and Saturday performances to allow the kids to showcase their efforts and hard work for their families. Currently, since these are not considered sporting events, we do not have to follow the 25% guidelines. This means the students can invite more than two people to spectate.
I would like to personally thank everyone for their continued patience and support during these odd times. This has been difficult to plan for, but we will make sure the kids benefit to the greatest extent possible.
I hope this finds you all well. As always feel free to reach out to myself or Mr. Gambino. If you haven’t done so already, sign up for the band Remind: Text @prideofea to 81010. You will get all the updates as we send them out. Thanks so much and gEAux Spartans!
Band Fees and Uniform Expectations
Please follow the link below to OSP in order to pay the band/colorguard fee online
The fees are under the “Pay Obligations” tab, then use the student ID number.
Also, the marching shoes, and jackets will be in next week. The shoes are $27 and the jackets are $35. This must be paid before we hand out the items. The shoes and jackets are required parts of the uniform. Even though we won’t use the jackets until it gets colder, they are dress code approved and may be worn during the school day.
As a reminder, the band uniform for games is as follows:
Blue band shirt
Long black pants. They should be the same as their school pants
Long black socks
All necessary equipment
Blue performance top
Black “no-show” ankle socks
Jazz shoes (to be acquired on your own)
All necessary equipment
If any student is out of uniform for any reason that has not been previously approved, they will be sent home and receive the grade of an F for that performance.
Any HBVL student will be permitted to perform at football games once they have returned to after school practices and have participated in no less than three consecutive practices the week of the game.