Weekly Announcements

December 9, 2018

posted Dec 9, 2018, 11:57 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:


  • It's unfortunate but it doesn't look like we can secure a date before the semester ends in which there isn't a conflict in order to have the Christmas Concert that was canceled today due to the potential slick roads.  I wish you could have heard the students.  They were sounding great!
  • The Band Final Exam begins TOMORROW during 4th block and will continue for the duration of this week.  All exams should be completed by the end of the week in which chair placements will be posted.  The exam is worth 20% of your student's grade for the ENTIRE SEMESTER so make sure he/she is practicing but they don't know where we will start tomorrow.  
  • All-West lessons with me will continue after school on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  Students must have 4 successful lessons with me in order to try out for All West in January.
  • Lessons with Mr. Congiardo will continue this Thursday in the band room at your student's assigned time.
  • Memory Book Order Forms + $15/deposit are due THIS FRIDAY!  Order form is attached.
  • Other Final Exams are NEXT MONDAY (2nd & 4th blocks) AND TUESDAY (1st & 3rd blocks).  Be sure your student is studying and is prepared!
  • All debt according to our CutTime records MUST be paid by NEXT TUESDAY (18th) or it will be turned in to the office for debt collection.  A paper copy has been printed and placed on the office window if you are unable to log-in to you CutTime account.  Seniors will NOT receive his/her diploma until his/her debt is taken care of and freshmen-juniors will NOT be allowed to attend the first June rehearsal until all debt has been paid.
  • I hope that each of you have a very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!  Thanks for all that you do for me and this wonderful band program!

December 2, 2018

posted Dec 2, 2018, 11:00 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Thanks to all those who lined the streets of Dyer last night for the parade.  A lot of supporters were cheering as the band passed by.  All uniforms + equipment taken home for the parade are due back TOMORROW!
  • A GREAT night of celebration and fun was had by our band family this past Friday night at the Championship Steak Dinner!  Thanks again to Tate's Kwik Stop for sponsoring the food and anyone else (especially Jennifer Lowrance) who helped to make the night possible!
  • FRUIT/NUTS WILL BE IN THIS WEEK!  They are supposed to arrive on Wednesday baring any unforeseen circumstances.    All orders will have to be picked up no later than 5:00 on that day!!!  I will need several students to help fill orders and load them in to vehicles.  This will be worth 2 community service hours if they stay the entire time.
  • Those students who are trying out for All-West in January start their lessons with Mr. Tate THIS WEEK!  Lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday of this week depending on the time the student signed up for.  Students MUST complete 4 successful lessons in order audition for All-West in January.  If a student misses a lesson he/she must make up that lesson.
  • Mr. Congiardo will start his lessons this Thursday!  A schedule as far as dates/times of his lessons is attached to this email.  Make sure to adhere to agreements set forth in the contract signed by both you and your student.
  • All of you should have received or will receive THIS WEEK a statement from CutTime via email as far as debt that is owed from this semester.  This amount MUST be paid by December 18th or it will be turned in to the office as a debt.
  • The County Wide Band Christmas Concert will be held NEXT SUNDAY (9th) in the theater at GC.  The concerts begin at 2:00 pm with the 6th grade combined bands, 2:20 middle school band #1, 2:40 middle school band #2 (not sure their order), followed by the high school band at 3:00.  Please reserve seating for ONLY parents/family/friends of students who are on stage performing at the above given times so that everyone has a chance to see their child perform.  All high school students MUST be in the band room at 1:15 in "Sunday-like" attire.  This means NO JEANS, TSHIRTS, SHORTS, TENNIS SHOES, ETC.  This is a MANDATORY PERFORMANCE grade for all high school band members!  High school students will have to move all equipment back to the band room at the conclusion of the concerts before they will be dismissed.  Hopefully all of you will make it out to support the bands of Gibson County on Sunday!
  • There will be a brief band booster meeting immediately following the high school concert in the theater.  Please make plans to stay and be a part of the meeting while your student is moving equipment back to the band room.
  • The band FINAL EXAM begins NEXT MONDAY!  This is worth 20% of your student's grade for the entire semester!  Be sure they are prepared!
  • All spring ensembles are set at this point.  Any person wishing to add/drop from a spring ensemble will need to see Mr. Tate as we have started to order/purchase music for these ensembles based on the instrumentation that signed up and your student will be responsible for any music purchased on his/her behalf if they drop an ensemble at this point.  This has been explained to your student multiple times over the last 2 weeks.
  • If your child is not planning to participate in marching band next season please have them let Mr. Tate know ASAP as he begins to plan for the show for next season.  
  • As stated in last week's announcements, we will once again offer a memory book (aka band year book) for your student to purchase.  Each book is $40.  An order form (attached to this email) + $15 deposit are due NEXT FRIDAY (14th) in order to secure one for your student.  The balance will be due by the band banquet in May when the books will be distributed.  In addition to the book there will be a DVD presentation at the banquet that can be purchased as well for an additional $10 that will accompany the Memory Book.  Seniors will receive the DVD at no cost to them!
Upcoming Dates: 
  • Monday, December 10th - Band Final Exam begins!
  • Wednesday, December 18th - School dismisses at 11:30 for Christmas Break!  All debt not paid at this point will be turned in to the office for collection. 
  • Thursday, January 3rd - Spring Semester BEGINS!  All West lessons with Mr. Tate continue.
  • Week of January 7th - All spring ensembles begin rehearsals!

November 25, 2018

posted Nov 25, 2018, 1:59 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • I hope that everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
  • Thanks to everyone who did his/her part in selling fruit/nuts!  Fruit/Nuts should be in one day NEXT WEEK!  When it arrives YOU MUST pick it up by 5:00 pm on the day that it arrives!
  • The last day to add/withdraw from Concert Band for the spring was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break!  Any student wishing to add/withdraw from the ensemble at this point will have to clear it through me.  The guidance counselors are aware of this.  Any student withdrawing from the ensemble at this point will be required to pay for his/her music that has been purchased on his/her behalf over the break.
  • Composite Pictures Orders are due THIS FRIDAY!  Make all checks payable to Alford Studio and NOT THE BAND!
  • Here is a list of opportunities for your student to participate in band related activities for this spring:
    • All West TN Honor Band Auditions - January 12th - Arlington HS - $10 audition fee required - Last day to sign-up on the office window is THIS FRIDAY!  Audition fee MUST be paid at this time.  At last look we had 16 students signed up who were interested in auditioning!  THIS IS AWESOME!  Students MUST be in concert band to audition.
    • UT Martin Honor Band - January 24-26 - Deadline to apply is THIS TUESDAY!  Application can be found at https://www.utm.edu/departments/music/honorband.php.  Students MUST be in concert band to apply.
    • Jazz Band - meets every Thursday from 3:15-4:30 during the spring semester (January-April).  The first meeting will be on January 10th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band to participate.  The last day to sign-up or take your name off the list for this ensemble is THIS FRIDAY!
    • Percussion Ensemble - meets every Monday & Thursday from 5-8 during the spring semester (January-March).  The first meeting will be on January 7th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band OR a percussionist to participate.  The last day to sign-up or take your name off the list for this ensemble is THIS FRIDAY!
    • Woodwind Ensemble - meets every Wednesday from 3:15-4:30 during the spring semester (January-April).  The first meeting will be on January 9th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band to participate.  The last day to sign-up or take your name off the list for this ensemble is THIS FRIDAY!
    • Low Brass Ensemble - meets every Monday from 4:45-6 during the spring semester (January-April).  The first meeting will be on January 7th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band to participate.  The last day to sign-up or take your name off the list for this ensemble is THIS FRIDAY!
    • Brass Ensemble - meets every Monday from 3:15-4:30 during the spring semester (January-April).  The first meeting will be on January 7th.  Sign-up sheet is posted on the office window.  Students DO NOT have to be in concert band to participate.  The last day to sign-up or take your name off the list for this ensemble is THIS FRIDAY!
    • University of Memphis Honor Band - January 31st - February 2nd - Application details will be released some time in early January.
  • As you can see there are MANY opportunities for your student to participate in a variety of activities this spring other than concert band.  The more your student does the better musician your student becomes which ultimately makes our band better!  I'm excited about these opportunities and the interest that your students have already shown in these extra performance opportunities!
  • The band's Championship Steak Dinner will take place THIS FRIDAY NIGHT @ 6:30 at the Yorkville Community Center.  Each student is asked to wear his/her championship shirt for a picture.  Parents are welcome to attend but the dinner is for ONLY THE STUDENTS, STAFF, CHAPERONES, AND PIT CREW.  No tickets will be sold.  Thanks again to Tate's Kwik Stop for donating what I'm sure will be a delicious meal!
  • The Dyer Christmas Parade is THIS SATURDAY!  This is a MANDATORY PERFORMANCE grade for all marching band members!  The parade begins at 5:00 pm.  We will meet dressed in full uniform at 4:15 at the old Tri-City Reporter (across from the Tate's Exxon gas station).  The parade will end at the Methodist Church in Dyer.  Students will be allowed to take home their equipment and uniforms on Friday from school.  All equipment and uniforms MUST be turned back in by the following Monday.  I will be at the school from 3:30-4:00 for any student needing to pick anything up from the school. 
  • Students who signed to audition for All-West MUST complete 4 successful after school lessons with me in order to audition.  These lessons will begin NEXT Tuesday & Thursday immediately after school.  A sign-up sheet will be posted on my window this week for students to sign-up for his/her time.
  • Mr. Congiardo will begin his private lessons  NEXT THURSDAY (6th)!  Be sure that you arrive early to warm-up and come prepared.  I will be putting together his lesson schedule this week and will have it for next week's announcements.  You can contact Mr. Congiardo at fcongiardo@hotmail.com with any questions.  Make every effort to pay Mr. Congiardo according to the guidelines of the contract.  This payment covers his time and travel during this very long Thursday of private lessons.
  • Any student wishing to letter in band this year must qualify for at least 3 of the attached criteria by April 15, 2019! All of the above listed criteria MUST be met in full.  You might ask why would my student want to letter in band?  Lettering signifies going above and beyond the regular call of student for a high school organization or academically which looks VERY good on college scholarship application (band or non band related).  This shows dedication and a good work ethic to colleges and universities.  I HIGHLY suggest that your student letter in something if not band all 4 years that he/she are in high school!
  • Continue to pay for debt that has been accrued since this fall!  This includes band fees, percussion fees, guard fees, reed/stick student supplies, fruit/nuts, etc.  A debt list will be posted on the office window in the coming days so your student can check and see how much he/she owes.  You can also check CutTime for any outstanding balances.
  • The band FINAL EXAM is in just 2 weeks!  This is worth 20% of your student's grade for the entire semester!  Be sure he/she is practicing for his/her final in band!
  • We will once again offer a Memory Book for the band students to purchase.  This is a band yearbook if you will with a lot of pictures from throughout the marching band and concert band season.  These books will be distributed at the Band Banquet to be held in May.  Thanks to Jennifer Cox for once again putting this together for our students!  Stay tuned for ordering information which will come out this week!
  • Ring Orders through Jostens were placed the Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break.  Orders should arrive within 6-8 weeks at which time the balance for the ring will be due before a student will be allowed to get his/her ring.  Make arrangements accordingly.  
Upcoming Dates:
  • December 4th & 6th - All-West after school lessons BEGIN!  These lessons are MANDATORY for any student wishing to audition for All West!
  • Sunday, December 9th - County Wide Christmas Concert - 2:00 - GCHS Theater - Students will have to be there dressed in "concert  attire" at 1:15.  Concert attire is NO JEANS, TSHIRTS, TENNIS SHOES, SHORTS, ETC.  The high school's portion of the concert will begin around 3:00.  Students will have to move all equipment back to the band room before they are dismissed.  There will be a booster meeting immediately following the concert in the theater.
  • Monday, December 10th - Band Final Exam begins!
  • Tuesday, December 18th - School dismisses at 11:30 for Christmas Break!  All debt not paid at this point will be turned in to the office for collection.

November 18, 2018

posted Nov 18, 2018, 11:56 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:


  • Great Job by Ashlyn Hall and Brittney Haines who tried out for All-West Orchestra yesterday!  We haven't had anyone from GC tryout for the orchestra since 2008.  Ashlyn made 2nd chair in the All-West Orchestra which qualifies her for the All-State Orchestra which will be held in Nashville in April!  This signifies Ashlyn as 1 of the top 6 orchestra horn players in the ENTIRE state of TN!  
  • Thanks to everyone who did his/her part in selling of fruit/nuts.  All orders were due this past Friday.  Orders should arrive the week of December 3rd.  Exact date/time will be released as soon as I receive it.
  • State Championship Ring orders will be placed with Jostens on Tuesday during band class.  Order form (attached) + $60 deposit are due then.  MAKE CHECKS OUT TO JOSTENS AND NOT THE BAND!  
  • UT Martin Honor Band Application Information will be handed out THIS WEEK!  All students wishing to apply for the honor band should complete the application online by Tuesday, November 27th!
  • NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY THIS WEEK!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
  • Friday, November 30th - Championship Steak Dinner!  6:30 - Yorkville Community Center.  All students will be asked to wear their championship shirt that they received this past Friday.  Thanks again to Tate's Kwik Stop in Dyer for sponsoring the dinner!
  • All spring ensemble sign-up sheets (Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Low Brass Ensemble, & Woodwind Choir) will be placed on the office window this week.  Students have between now and next Friday (30th) to sign-up or take their name off of the list.  After that point we will expect them to participate in that ensemble as we start ordering music/supplies for that ensemble.  The rehearsal schedule for these ensembles has been placed in the calendar section on the website (https://gchsmarchingpioneers.org).
  • We had 8 students sign-up to take private lessons with Mr. Congiardo!!!  This is a GREAT way for your student to get better in band and ultimately helps the band get better as a whole.  Lessons with Mr. Congiardo will begin the week (day TBA) we return from Thanksgiving Break.  Lesson times will be discussed tomorrow during band class time.
  • Saturday, December 1st - Dyer Christmas Parade - This is a MANDATORY performance grade!  The parade begins at 5:00.  We will meet at 4:15 at the Tri-City Reporter across from Tate's Exxon.  The band room will be open from 3:30 until 4:00 for student's to pick-up equipment/uniforms.
  • Sunday, December 9th - County-Wide Christmas Concert - 2:00 pm - This is a MANDATORY performance grade!  Students will have to be in the band room at 1:15 in concert attire (NO JEANS, TSHIRTS, TENNIS SHOES, SHORTS, ETC.).  The concert should be over by 3:45 for those of you who have other activities going on that day.  There will be a band booster meeting immediately following the concert.
  • Monday, December 10th - BAND FINAL EXAM BEGINS!!!
  • December 17th & 18th - FINAL EXAMS in all other classes!  The 18th will be a 1/2 day of school with no meals served in the cafeteria.
  • All debts should be paid in full by the 18th or the debt will be turned over to the office for collection.  Check CutTime for your up-to-date balances.  Seniors will NOT receive his/her diploma until the debt has been paid.  Freshmen-Juniors will NOT be allowed to attend the first June rehearsal until all debts have been paid.

November 11, 2018

posted Nov 11, 2018, 8:12 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • Thanks to all of our Veterans out there who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms that we have today!  Happy Veteran's Day!
  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! to any of you who had any part of making our state weekend and this last week back a great one for these kids!!!  You guys were rocking in the stands at state!  A special THANK YOU goes out to our chaperones and pit crew for all of the tireless hours that you have spent with these kids over the last few months!  We couldn't do what we do without your help!
  • Thanks to all who came out to the mattress sale yesterday!  A special thanks to Jennifer Lowrance, Laurie Baker, and the students who volunteered to man the sale!  We should know totals concerning the sale in the days to come.
  • CONGRATULATIONS! to Brittney Haines, Jessica Tanner, and Madalyne Tanner for receiving college scholarship offers totaling thousands of dollars at Division I State to various universities!  This just shows you that music will pay for itself if you stick with it.
  • Fruit/Nut Sales began this past week!  This is our 2nd largest fundraiser of the year behind our competition.   Each student is asked to sell at least $60 worth of fruit/nuts or get $30 in donations.  Remember that you can order online for deliverary directly to your house or with a credit card at https://bb.bixel.io/v1/track/click/a42dd595-175e-4e27-2b9c-0f21e2e29943/outlk:122e8212-b96b-4786-a0bd-bddc92c097c0/tatej@gcssd.org/https%3a%2f%2fwww.floridaindianrivergroves.com%2fecommerce%2f695994.  There will prizes of $100/$75/$50 for the top 3 sellers.  Orders + $$$ are due by THIS FRIDAY (16th).  We hope that everyone will do his/her part to make this a successful fundraiser.
  • Concert Band begins TOMORROW.  Students will begin to be tested over the music that we cover in class as part of their grade for the nine weeks so be sure as we cover something in class they are practicing it at home.  Their grade will also involve coming prepared with instrument, pencil, and music to class each day.  Students will also receive their scale sheets tomorrow.  Each student in marching band will be required to play a final exam which are their 12 major scales memorized the last week of school before Christmas Break.  This grade makes up 20% of their grade for the ENTIRE semester and it also determines chair placement/part assignment for the spring concert band/parade band and also plays a role in part assignments for next fall!  Guard members will create a 2-3 minute routine using 2 types of equipment minimum for their final exam.  If they play an instrument and are in the guard they have a choice as to which one they would like to do for their final exam.
  • Championship Shirt Orders + $$$ are due THIS FRIDAY!  Order form is attached to the email.
  • Band Booster Meeting - TOMORROW NIGHT - 7:00 pm - Band Room - Come be a part!
  • Mr. Congiardo will once again be offering private lessons beginning the week we return from Thanksgiving break.  The lessons will begin at 1:30 and will run every half hour until every student is taught.  Lesson times during the band class time will be reserved for students who have transportation issues.  These will be available on a first come first served basis so get your contract (attached) in ASAP if you're interested.  For more information on cost and why your student should take lessons see the attached information sheet from Mr. Congiardo.  Return the 2nd page of the attached flyer by this Friday if you are interested in your child taking lessons this fall/winter season.  Last year we had more students interested in taking lessons than Mr. Congiardo had time in the day to teach so get your contracts in ASAP!  This is one of many ways that our ensemble will/can get better for next year!
  • On Fridays during class we will begin preparing (which involves going outside) for the Dyer Christmas Parade.  Students will need to dress accordingly for the weather each Friday.  Students will also need proper marching shoes each Friday for band class time.
  • We should be receiving proofs from the Composite Pictures that were taken this past Friday in the next few weeks.  At that time you can choose to order these pictures if you would like.  Order deadlines will be printed on the proofs from Alfords Studio.
  • There are many ways that your student can letter in band this year.  Taking lessons from Mr. Congiardo is just one of those many ways.  There will be sign up sheets posted on the band room window for jazz band (begins January 7th), brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, low brass choir, UT Martin Honor Band or Memphis Honor Band, All-West TN Honor Band (auditions are January 12th at Arlington HS), and percussion ensemble.
  • At this point all band fees should be paid in full unless payment arrangements have been made!  These amounts will be turned over to the office as a debt at Christmas Break if fees are not taken care of by then.  Check your CutTime accounts online for up-to-date balances.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Tuesday, November 20th - Championship Ring Orders + $60 deposit are due during band class time to the Jostens Representative who will be here to size the students' fingers.  All checks should be made out to Jostens.
  • Friday, November 30th - Championship Steak Dinner!!!  6:30 - Yorkville Community Center - This event is for the band members/chaperones/& pit crew ONLY!  Tickets will NOT be sold for this event.  Parents are welcome to attend but the meal will be for the band students/chaperones/& pit crew ONLY!
  • Saturday, December 1st - Dyer Christmas Parade (Time:  5; We will meet at 4:15) 
  • Sunday, December 9th - County-Wide Christmas Concert!  2:00 pm.  Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Monday, December 10th - Band Final Exam BEGINS!

October 28, 2018

posted Oct 28, 2018, 1:29 PM by GCHS Band   [ updated Oct 28, 2018, 1:52 PM ]

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (6-9) in the stadium
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
  • Friday - FB @ Fairley HS in Memphis - The band will NOT travel to this game.  Good luck to our Pioneers in their first playoff appearance since 2000!  We will have Full Band Rehearsal (1:30-3:45); Depart for State @ 4:30 (or as soon as we can have all 3 buses back from their routes)
  • Saturday - DIVISION I STATE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Announcements:
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Pioneer Football Team on their win this past Friday night against McKenzie that sends them into the playoffs for the first time since 2000!  The band family will be cheering for you from Murfreesboro!
  • Thanks to all those who made the trip up to Bethel this past Saturday!  What a great GC cheering section we had!  It always does so much for the kids' performance with so much support coming from the stands.  Let's try and have three times that much this week at state!!!
  • THIS IS STATE WEEK!  This is always the week we work toward since the first note was played on this show back in May/June.  It's an exciting time for the students, staff, and you the parents as you get all of the hard work that has been put into this show come to an end on Saturday at the Division I State Championships held in Murfreesboro!
  • Room money for state was due this past Friday!  Please send this in ASAP if you have not already!
  • On Tuesday we will rehearse in the stadium from 6-9 pm!  Each student should have his/her polo on as their top layer of clothes so that everyone looks the same at rehearsal.  We have asked several folks to come in and critique the band so it's VERY IMPORTANT that each student is present.  Students will be dismissed after school so they can work on homework BEFORE rehearsal @ 6. 
  • The final band fee payment of $30 is due THIS THURSDAY!  If you have made all of your payments on time then this should complete your band fee payments.  If you have more than one child in the band then you are exempt from this final payment.  This payment can be made online via CutTime or in the band office in an envelope with your child's name on it.
  • On Thursday we will have regular rehearsal from 3:15-5:00.
  • On Friday we will rehearse from 1:30 until 3:45 in the stadium.  We will load from 3:45-4:30.  We will depart GC @ 4:30 for Franklin with a police escort to the county line.  I hope as many of you that can will be a part of the caravan as we leave GC!  See attached itinerary for exact details for the weekend.  If you are not able to travel up on Friday night then I hope you all plan to fill the stands on Saturday @ 4:00 to help cheer on the band!  There are 23 bands competing in prelims (schedule attached) for 10 finals competition slots.  Those slots will be announced right after the preliminary competition ends.  Students will need money for four meals (1 on Friday, 2 on Saturday,  and 1 on Sunday).  All meals should be $5-10/each.  Students will need to pack CONSERVATIVELY for a 2 day trip.  Luggage storage on the bus is very limited so make sure your student ONLY takes the bare essentials for the weekend.  Ride Home Forms are due no later than Thursday at 5:00 pm (end of rehearsal). 
  • The band will have pizza provided for them when they return to the hotel on Saturday after hopefully winning another STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!  A HUGE SHOUT OUT to Tate's Kwik Stop in Dyer for sponsoring this pizza for the kids!  Tell them how much you appreciate next time you visit their store!
  • On Sunday students will wake up and eat breakfast.  We will have a devotional service in one of the conference rooms at the hotel at 10:00.  All of you invited to attend regardless if you are staying at the band's hotel or not.  We will have a local youth pastor that Mark Kirkpatrick from Dyer has found to speak that morning.  Immediately after the devotional service you can check our your child then or you can check them our when we get ready to leave the mall.  We will likely have another police escort back in to Dyer from the Gibson County line if you would like to join the caravan!
  • Fruit/Nut Sales begin NEXT WEEK!  Start asking folks if they would like to order.  Orders + $$$ will be due on the 16th and the fruit should be in the week of the December 3rd.  Their will be cash prizes awarded ($100 - 1st, $75 - 2nd, and $50 - 3rd) for the top 3 sellers!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, November 5th - Post State Party - Band Room - 1:30
  • Tuesday, November 6th - Unload the truck
  • Wednesday, November 7th - Go to the field and pick up all the jar lids.
  • Thursday, November 8th - Clean the band room day - If you have any clothes/shoes that you want to keep they need to be gone from the band room by this day!
  • Friday, November 9th - Composite Pictures - 1:30 - All 8th graders are invited to attend but will need to be checked out of school for the pictures.
  • Saturday, November 10th - Mattress Sale Fundraiser - 10am-5pm - Auxiliary Gym @ GCHS - The facebook page about the event is https://www.facebook.com/events/913271455530909/.  Please start sharing this weekly on your page to help spread the word for those looking for GREAT mattresses at HUGELY DISCOUNTED PRICES!  This has to be the potential to be a HUGE fundraiser for the band but it won't happen if we don't get the word out there about the event!
  • Monday, November 12th - Christmas Concert Band Begins - Be sure all concert instruments are in good working order!  "It doesn't play" is not an excuse on that Monday!

October 21, 2018

posted Oct 21, 2018, 11:57 AM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Flute/Clarinet Sectional (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); all other hornline sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5) 
  • Friday - FB A McKenzie @ 7:00 - We will NOT travel to this game.
  • Saturday - Bethel University Renaissance Marching Invitational - Bethel University - We will meet at 4:30 for rehearsal.
Announcements:
  • Thanks to all those who made the trip down this past Saturday to Memphis!  We had a great representation to help cheer on our kids!  We continue to improve our performance and finished STRONG (2nd in class in percussion, 2nd place in class band, and 9th overall out of 21 bands!) among some very tough competition! 
  • Thanks to all those who did their part in the selling of Yankee Candles!  We made ~$2000 on this fundraiser.  Orders should arrive in ~3 weeks!
  • PARENTS:  DON'T FORGET I NEED YOUR HELP THIS THURSDAY!!!  THIS THURSDAY as you pick up your student or make a special trip to the school just this immediately rehearsal (5:15-5:30) we are having a mattress fundraiser informational meeting in the theater.  The meeting ONLY lasts for 20 minutes!!!  For every parent/family member who shows up to the meeting the band receives $5 with a maximum of $500!!!  What an easy way to earn the band some money for only 20 minutes of your time!  Please plan on showing up for this very short but very BIG ($$$ wise) meeting for the band!
  • Room money for state ($53 for 6 in a room, $63 for 5 in a room, and $78 for 4 in a room) is due NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY!  We have to have our check to the hotel next week so we need EVERYONE to pay their room money by this Friday!  Payments can be made via cash/check to the box in the band room or online via CutTime.
  • Chaperones/Equipment Drivers will need to send their room money to the office or contact Andie Watson if you plan to pay via Credit/Debit card.  Your money is due THIS FRIDAY as well.
  • We will NOT travel to the game @ McKenzie on Friday!  Good Luck to the Pioneers!
  • On Saturday we will travel to Bethel University for the Bethel University Renaissance Marching Invitational.  We will meet at 4:30 for rehearsal before heading to McKenzie.  There is a soccer tournament on campus that day so the contest can not start until 5:00 pm hence our late performance time.  I hope many of you will make the short drive to Bethel to help cheer on the band!  The contest website is:  https://bethelrenaissance.com/bandinvitational/.  Our exact itinerary and competition schedule is attached to this email.  All ride home forms are due NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY @3PM!  NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • The last band fee payment for the year will be due NEXT THURSDAY (1st) in the amount of $30.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, October 29th - Guard Sectional (3-5); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday, October 30th  - Full Band (6-9) in the stadium
  • Thursday, November 1st - Full Band (3:15-5:00); Band Fee payment is due!
  • Friday, November 2nd - Full Band Rehearsal (TBD by football playoff scenario) in the stadium; Depart for state at TBD
  • Saturday, November 3rd - DIVISION I STATE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS!  Riverdale High School - Murfreesboro, TN - We perform at 4:00 in the preliminary competition.  I hope all of you are planning to make the drive up for State!
  • Sunday, November 4th - Return home from State!

October 14, 2018

posted Oct 14, 2018, 11:29 AM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Full Brass Sectional (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); all other hornline sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5) 
  • Friday - OPEN WEEK FOR FOOTBALL!  No game!  Enjoy your night off!
  • Saturday - Bandmaster's Championship - Memphis - We meet at 10:00 for rehearsal.
Announcements:
  • A HUGE THANK YOU to all the parents who stepped up to help with the pushing of the front ensemble equipment to/from the stadium!
  • Thanks to everyone who was at Senior Night this past Friday!  What a great time it is for our seniors to look back over their last 4 years in band and be honored for all of their efforts and hard word/dedication to this great band program!
  • Thanks to all those who made the trip over to South Gibson yesterday!  I think our fans made up about half of the fans that were there!  What a great performance our kids put on last night!  Hard work is definitely starting to pay off as our performances continue to elevate in their effectiveness!
  • Yankee Candle orders + $$$ are due THIS FRIDAY!  Each student is asked to sell at least 6 items or get $30 in donations.  Please do your part to make this fundraiser a success!  Remember the online shopping option:   www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter the group number:  99923407 (you MUST enter this for the band to get credit)
  • Friday is our football team's open week!  There is no game on Friday.  Enjoy your night off!
  • On Saturday we will travel to the Liberty Bowl for the Bandmaster's Championship!  This is a HUGE contest!  Our class line-up is stacked with competition!  Once again we find ourselves among some very tough competition.  Attached is the line-up of bands.  We will meet at 10:00 am for rehearsal before leaving for Memphis at 12:00.  Students need to have eaten breakfast/lunch BEFORE they arrive that morning.  The boosters will feed the students immediately following our performance at 5:30.  Students will need money for a meal/snack in the stadium (~$10/student) when we arrived.  Our detailed itinerary for the day is attached to this email.  Ride home forms for Saturday are due NO LATER THAN 3:00 pm on Friday!  NO EXCEPTIONS!  The website for the competition is http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/bandmasters.htm.   Check out the website for the bag policy that they have at the Liberty Bowl!!!  I hope that many of you will make the drive down to Memphis, sit together, and cheer on this great group of students!
  • Don't forget that room $$$ for state is due by the 26th!  Rates and how much is owed is different for each student.  Check your CutTime account for the exact amount.  You can send check/cash in an envelope with your child's name on it marked "state room money" or you can pay online via CutTime.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, October 22nd - Guard Sectional (3-5); Flute/Clarinets Sectional (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • PARENTS MARK YOU CALENDARS!!!  On Thursday, October 25th as you pick up your student from rehearsal (5:15-5:30) we are having a mattress fundraiser informational meeting in the theater.  The meeting ONLY lasts for 20 minutes!!!  For every parent/family member who shows up to the meeting the band receives $5 with a maximum of $500!!!  What an easy way to earn the band some money for only 20 minutes of your time!  Please plan on showing up for this very short but very BIG ($$$ wise) meeting for the band!
  • Friday, October 26th - FB @ McKenzie - Home - 7:00 - The band will NOT travel to this game.  Enjoy your night off!
  • Saturday, October 27th - Bethel Marching Invitational - There is a soccer tournament on campus that day so the contest will not begin until 5:00 pm with our performance time being at 10:15 pm.  There are 17 bands in competition and we are the last band to perform.  We will meet early/mid afternoon for rehearsal.  The contest website is:  https://bethelrenaissance.com/bandinvitational/.
  • Tuesday, October 30th - Full Band (6-9pm) - NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FROM OUR REGULAR TUESDAY NIGHT REHEARSALS!

October 7, 2018

posted Oct 7, 2018, 7:02 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectionals (3-5); Low Brass Sectionals (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectionals (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); All other hornline sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
  • Friday - FB vs. Trinity - 7:00 pm - Home - Senior Night - We will meet at 5:30 dressed in full uniform.
  • Saturday - Davy Crockett Parade (2pm)/Hornet Marching Invitational (PM @SGC) - We will meet at 11:00 am for rehearsal
Announcements:
  • I hope each of you enjoyed a nice time of rest and relaxation over Fall Break!
  • A BIG THANK YOU to Shane Hall, Beth Watts, and all of those who helped them this past Thursday night get the percussion section where they were able to "light up" at the end of the show like the wind players!
  • The guard will have a test over the closer work TOMORROW during sectional time!
  • Starting TOMORROW we begin the final stretch for the Fall 2018 Marching Season with 4 major competitions in a row ending with the final competition at the Division I State Championships on November 3rd!  I hope that you will make every effort to come to as many of these final 4 competitions of the Fall 2018 Marching Season that you can make it to.  It really does make a difference in the performance quality when we have a stand full of our fans cheering on these great students.  They are working hard each day and getting better each rehearsal!
  • Band Booster Meeting - TOMORROW NIGHT - 7:00 pm - Band Room - Come be a part as we have post competition discussion along with details concerning the remaining part of this year's marching season.
  • Midterm Exams are THIS WEEK!  1st and 3rd block exams will take place on Wednesday.  2nd and 4th block exams will take place on Thursday.  Make sure your student is studying and preparing for his/her midterms.  They are worth a HUGE portion of their grade for this nine weeks.  Marching Band does NOT have a midterm exam.
  • We begin our annual Yankee Candle fundraiser TOMORROW!!!  In this magazine you will find yankee candles, popcorn, and wrapping paper (all in the same order magazine)!  Each student is asked to sell at least 6 items or get $30 in donations.  Orders + money are due no later than Friday, October 19th!  Delivery should be 2-4 weeks from the due date of the orders.  This is a general fund fundraiser.  All profits from this fundraiser will be used to support the general operation of the band budget which is over $70,000 for the 18-19 school year.  Please do your part to make this a successful fundraiser.  This fundraiser can also be ordered online!  Simply go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter the group number:  99923407 (you MUST enter this for the band to get credit) and then begin with the order process.  Feel free to share this information on social media with your friends and family!  Order forms will be handed out in class TOMORROW!  Yankee is also running a special on medium jar candles ($22.50/each) for 2 for $40 if you order online or if you enter the item number along with a quantity of 2 on the paper order form.  GREAT GIFTS IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS which is only 79 days away!
  • On Friday we have our final home game for the season vs. TCA @ 7!  This is a special night for seniors as they will recognized for their efforts/achievements as a member of the GC Band over the last 4 years in a special ceremony held at 6:30.  This will also be our seniors last time to perform for their hometown crowd at a football game.  We hope that many of you will come out and support our band seniors on Friday!  Students must be dressed and in their seats at 5:30!
  • This Saturday we have the Davy Crockett Parade in Rutherford that begins at 2 and then we will be back in competition in the Hornet Marching Invitational @ SGC!  We perform at 6:30.  There are 8 bands in competition.  We will meet at 11:00 am for rehearsal.  Your student needs to eat lunch BEFORE they arrive for rehearsal!  See attached itinerary for exact details along with an attached competition line-up for those who want to attend early to watch other bands perform.  Students will need money for one meal either after the parade or at the contest.  Ride home forms are due no later than THIS FRIDAY @ 3:00 pm!  NO EXCEPTIONS!  I hope that MANY of you will make the short drive to Medina to help cheer on the band!  Make plans to arrive early, sit together, and cheer on these great students for all of their hard work and dedication that they have been putting in over the last several weeks and months!  The competition blogspot is http://southgibsonband.blogspot.com/p/hornet-invitational.html which contains additional information concerning the competition.
  • The room rates for state have been posted to your student's CutTime account for you to pay them.  The rates for the students are:  6 in a room - $53 for both nights, 5 in a room - $63 for both nights, 4 in a room - $78 for both nights.  Your student signed up for rooms 2 weeks ago and should be able to tell you how many they have in their room.  If not refer to CutTime.  All state hotel room money for both students and chaperones is due no later than Friday, October 26th!  If you got trophy sponsors for the competition, Andie Watson will be going in the CutTime accounts this week to credit your student's account for amount they got sponsored.  Any additional amount will be refunded the week of state.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Regular rehearsal schedule NEXT WEEK with the full brass having sectionals on Monday!
  • Friday, October 19th - This is the football team's open week.  Enjoy the night off!
  • Saturday, October 20th - Bandmaster's Championship - Memphis, TN.  The website for the contest is http://www.tigerbandalumni.com/bandmasters.htm.  Schedule and all pertinent information related to the competition can be found on this site.

September 23, 2018

posted Sep 23, 2018, 8:13 AM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:

  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Full WW Sectional (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); all other Hornline Sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
  • Friday - FB @ Peabody @ 7:30 - We will NOT take buses to this game.  Our truck will be in the parking lot at 6.  We will meet at 6:15 to dress and warm-up.
  • Saturday - Briarcrest Competition - We will meet at 11:00am for rehearsal and leave at 1.
Announcements:


  • I really hate that the rain this past weekend kept us from performing on Friday and Saturday nights.  Hopefully after all of this rain gets out of here that we will get two good performances in next weekend.  Congratulations to the Pioneers on another victory against West Carroll which brings them to 5-1!
  • Thanks to all those who sold cookies this past week that were left over from the competition.  Our bill to the cookie company was due yesterday.  Attached is a list of students who did not turn anything in on Friday who will owe the entire $60 for their cookies and the students who turned in some but still owe some money.  Please check this list carefully and get this money turned in ASAP!  We were only allotted 5 days to sell these at school so cookies CAN NOT be sold anymore at this point.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on both Monday & Tuesday of this week from 3:30-6:30 each night.  If you need to conference with me I will be located in my science room (221).  Be involved with your student's education!
  • Students will sign up for state hotel rooms this week.  Students will be REQUIRED to stay with the band the ENTIRE weekend of state until check-outs times that will be announced for Sunday morning.  We will stay both Friday and Saturday nights (November 2-4) for state.  Students will be in rooms of 4-6 students.  The average cost of the room is $25/night x 2 nights = ~$50.  Exact costs will be released when we get these from the hotel.  Any student who got a trophy sponsor for the competition will receive credit from these sponsors that will go towards his/her hotel room for state.  Any amount over the state room $$$ will be returned to the student the week of state to be used as spending money for the trip.
  • On Friday we travel to Peabody for a football game @ 7:30 (NOTE:  The game starts at 7:30 instead of 7 like we are used to).  We will NOT take buses to this game but rather we will meet at Peabody at our truck at 6:15 to change into uniforms and warm-up.  Students will need to eat BEFORE they arrive to the game.  Students will have 3rd quarter off to eat again.  After the game students will be dismissed from the truck to go home.  Make sure your student's ride is there after the game.  NO RIDE HOME FORMS ARE NECESSARY FOR THIS GAME SINCE WE ARE NOT TAKING BUSES TO THE GAME!
  • On Saturday we will hopefully have our first competition of the season.  There are 21 bands signed up for this competition (see attached list).  We will meet at 11am for rehearsal and then depart GC @ 1.  Students should have eaten lunch BEFORE they arrive for rehearsal and will need money for 1 meal at concessions while at Briarcrest.  See the attached itinerary for exact details.  Ride home forms for this event will be due on Friday no later 3 pm.  NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • The next band fee payment of $30 is due on or before October 1st either in the office by Saturday or on CutTime by the 1st.
  • The next guard fee payment of $61 for warm-ups are due by October 1st as well.  Warm-ups are REQUIRED for each guard member when it gets cold. You can pay these via cash/check in the office by Saturday or on CutTime by the 1st.  Ms. DeDe will be getting sizes for the girls this week so we can get these ordered over Fall Break and start wearing them as needed per the weather after the break.
  • All State Scholarship Applications MUST BE postmarked by October 1st!  NO EXCEPTIONS!

Upcoming Dates:

  • October 1-5 - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL!
  • Thursday, October 4th - MANDATORY REHEARSAL - 6-9pm
  • Friday, October 5th - FB vs. Union City (home) - 7:00 - MANDATORY - We will meet at 5:45 in full uniform for the game.

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