Weekly Announcements

September 23, 2018

posted 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.

September 16, 2018

posted Sep 16, 2018, 12:56 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Alto Saxes/Mellophone 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 @ West Carroll - We will meet @ 5:15 for immediate departure.
  • Saturday - Union City Marching Invitational - Meet at 9 am for immediate departure
Announcements:


  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU are not enough in words to tell you how grateful that I am for each of you that helped out in anyway with our invitational yesterday!  It was a great representation of the "Pioneer Spirit" and how we do it at Gibson County!  I got many compliments from band directors, parents, and spectators about how we run our contest!  I tried to find many of you through out the day or at the end of the night to tell you "Thank You" for volunteering yesterday.  If I missed you please know I am very thankful for your hard work and dedication to make our competition a success yesterday!  MANY MANY THANKS TO EACH OF YOU!  
  • We have quite a few boxes of cookies leftover from the competition.  Students will be checked out boxes of cookies this week to sell during school or after school.  Each student will be asked to sell at least 1 box BEFORE FRIDAY!  We are only allowed to sell food items a limited number of days a school year per federal law and our allotment to sell these cookies ends on Friday.  Once a student checks out a box of cookies he/she will be responsible selling all of them or returning the cookies by Friday.  Any lost/stolen cookies WILL BE THE STUDENT'S/PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITY!  Cookies are $2/each.
  • Friday we travel to West Carroll for a football game @ 7!  West Carroll's team is 5-0 and we are 4-1 so it should be a GREAT GAME!  Due to time restraints and our show taking so long to set up, we will only perform our closer at Friday night's game so that the West Carroll Band will have an opportunity to perform as well.  All ride home forms for the game are due NO LATER THAN THURSDAY @ 5!  NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
  • Saturday is out first competition to actually compete in this season at Union City – This contest is a prelims/finals event.  There are 12 bands in prelims and ALL will advance to finals that night.  The contest begins at 10:45 am.  Our prelims performance time is 12:45 with finals beginning at 6:15.  The band boosters will feed the kids between prelims and finals.  Our meeting time will be @9am that morning for immediate departure to Union City.  An exactly itinerary of what will be going on when is attached to this email.  This will be our first competition other than our own of the year.  I hope that many of you plan to attend and cheer on these kids!  The contest schedule has once again changed.  To find up-to-date contest information you can go to http://www.unioncitybands.com/uci-1.html.  If you've never attended a band contest before I have attached some contest etiquette from a Kentucky Band Website that is pretty universal across the United States.  All ride home forms for Saturday are due THIS FRIDAY NO LATER THAN 3PM!  NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
  • DON'T FORGET Senior State Scholarship Application deadline is October 1st!  All applications MUST be postmarked no later than MONDAY,  OCTOBER 1ST!  NO EXCEPTIONS!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, September 28th - FB @ Peabody - 7:30 - We will NOT take buses to this game but rather we will all meet at our truck for this game.
  • Saturday, September 29th - Briarcrest Competition - There are 21 bands in competition.  Our performance time is 5:45.  We will meet some time late morning/early afternoon for rehearsal.  Exact times will be released in next week's announcements.
  • October 1-5 - FALL BREAK!  NO SCHOOL!
  • Thursday, October 4th - MANDATORY REHEARSAL - 6-9pm
  • Friday, October 5th - FB vs. Union City - 7:00 pm - Home - Attendance is MANDATORY!

September 9, 2018

posted Sep 9, 2018, 3:19 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:

  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Trumpet 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 vs. Adamsville @ 7:00 - 8th grade night!  We will meet at 5:30 to rehearse with the 8th graders!
  • Saturday - GCMI!!!!  All day!  See below for details.
Announcements:
  • Thanks to all those who came out to the Homecoming game on Friday night!  A special thanks to Beth Watts and all of the uniform moms for all of their hard work getting the lights on the uniforms and to Donnie Cox and all the pit dads/moms for all their hard work on the props and the lights on the props!  We couldn't do what we do without all of your help and we're very appreciative for all that you do!
  • Thanks to those who got out an sold their Boston Butts!
  • Thanks to all those who got trophy sponsors for our competition!  Let the businesses know how much of a difference this makes and how much we appreciate them!
  • Our last Band Booster Meeting before our own contest (GCMI) will be TOMORROW NIGHT @ 7:00 PM in the band room!  It takes everyone to pull off our contest at GC.  Please make every effort to attend the meeting TOMORROW NIGHT!  If you are unable to attend and still want to be plugged in somewhere at the contest contact Jennifer Lowrance before the meeting at jlo012575@gmail.com and she will get you plugged in at the contest in some capacity.
  • Drinks for the competition were due last Friday!  Thanks to all those who have already brought yours!  If you have not brought yours, you can still do so!  We have already counted and sorted the drinks so if you bring in drinks at this point make sure that your student tells one of the drum majors so that they can update the totals with me.
  • Friday night we have a FB game vs. Peabody @ 7:00!  This our 8th grade night when all of the 8th graders join in with the high school band to play the national anthem and pep band tunes in the stands during the first half.  This is a great recruiting tool for the high school band.  I hope many of you (parents) will make yourself available to those 8th grade parents that you know to make them feel comfortable and involved as their student starts thinking about high school and high school band.  High school band students must be dressed in full uniform and in their seats at 5:30 for rehearsal with the 8th graders.  If an 8th grader is also in the high school band then their primary responsibility on this night is with their middle school band program until half time.
  • Saturday is our BIG DAY!!!  The Gibson County Marching Invitational will be THIS SATURDAY @ GCHS!  We are still in need of lots of help for this event.  We can NOT pull this event off without EVERYONE pitching in to help.  If you have not volunteered to help please contact Jennifer Lowrance or Wendy Tate ASAP to get signed up to help.  We are expecting over 1700 band students on our campus on Saturday which will probably translate into ~3000 spectators on top of that.  This is our largest fundraiser of the year and we need YOUR HELP!
  • Students will have to be in the band room dressed in polos, khaki shorts/jeans, and tennis shoes @ 7:30 on Saturday morning.  They need to have eaten breakfast BEFORE they arrive!  We will then prepare the campus for the competition before the first band arrives around ~8:30.  Students all have jobs that they are responsible for all day long.  Students will have to be in uniform no later than 3:40 for warm-up.  We perform in exhibition only at the end of the preliminary competition at 4:20.  Students will then immediately present awards in the preliminary competition.  Students will then be provided with pizza by the band boosters in the cafeteria.  The finals competition begins at 7:00 pm and students will report back to their jobs.  If their band did not make finals they will be expected to report to one of the two concession stands.  Some students will once again present awards at the end of finals (~10pm).  Students will then have to return the campus to the way that we found it if not better at 7:30 that morning.  Students will be dismissed after that point (~11-12 that night).  The forecast as of today for Saturday is sunny with a high of 88 and a low of 68.  It should be a great day for a competition!
  • For this Saturday we ask that everyone car pools if possible!  All vehicles will need to be parked at the equine center behind the high school.  We need all the space around campus that we can get so we need to make sure that all cars are clear of the parking lot and at the equine center for the day's events by 7:30 am!
  • All contest related information can be found on the contest website: https://sites.google.com/site/gchsmarchingpioneers/Home/gchs-marching-invitational 
  • We hope that all of you parents are planning to be around that day to help in some capacity!  If you have friends or family who are coming to watch the competition the price of admission is $12 for the day which includes admission to BOTH prelims & finals along with a program.
  • Boston Butt orders must be picked up behind the vocational building between 7 and 8 am BEFORE the bands start arriving that morning!
  • Senior State Scholarship Application deadline is October 1st!  All applications MUST be postmarked no later than MONDAY,  OCTOBER 1ST!  NO EXCEPTIONS!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, September 21st - FB @ West Carroll - 7:00 pm - The band will travel to this game.  Meet time is still TBA.
  • Saturday, September 22nd – Union City Contest – This contest is a prelims/finals event.  There are 12 bands in prelims and ALL will advance to finals that night.  The contest begins at 10:45 am.  Our prelims performance time is 12:45 with finals beginning at 6:15.  The band boosters will feed the kids between prelims and finals.  Our meeting time will be @9am that morning for immediate departure to Union City.  This will be our first competition other than our own of the year.  I hope that many of you plan to attend and cheer on these kids!  The contest schedule has once again changed.  To find up-to-date contest information you can go to http://www.unioncitybands.com/uci-1.html.

September 2, 2018

posted Sep 2, 2018, 12:39 PM by GCHS Band

 Rehearsal Schedule for the week:

  • Monday – LABOR DAY!  NO SCHOOL!  NO REHEARSALS!
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); Hornline, Percussion, & Guard Sectionals (5-6) 
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
  • Friday - FB vs. South Fulton – 7:00 pm – Homecoming!  Homecoming activities begin @ 6:30.  We will meet at 5:30 in the band room.

Announcements:
  • I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing Labor Day tomorrow!
  • Thanks for all those who got out and sold trophy sponsors and donated drinks for our upcoming competition!  We're hoping for a great competition in which we make a lot of money to spend on these kids for the fall/spring band season!
  • Thanks to all those who traveled to Halls this past Friday night!  We really could not do what we do without great chaperones, pit moms/dads, and everyone that helps us get from point A to point B!
  • You all should be receiving your September Financial Statements through CutTime via email soon to let you know what we have you recorded as paying and when.  When you receive your statement, if you see anything that is not correct, please contact Andie Watson at andreadwatson@hotmail.com. 
  • This week is Homecoming!  If students are participating in the homecoming "dress up days" then they need to be sure that they have something to change into each day for band class.  Costumes are NOT appropriate for band class time.
  • Woodwinds will play off their “chromatics” warm-up MEMORIZED during sectionals on Tuesday!
  • We will begin selling Boston Butts THIS TUESDAY!  The butts will be available for pick up the morning of our competition (September 15th).  Each butt will be $30 which contains 6-8 lbs. of BBQ.  If you've never had one then you're really missing out.  If you're helping out with the contest that day they are still good reheated or even frozen.  This is NOT a mandatory fundraiser but rather an opportunity for anyone to order BBQ who would like some.  All orders + money are due no later than THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH!  The order form is attached to this email.
  • On Thursday night the band will play at the bonfire pep rally that will take place beside the vocational building immediately following the powder-puff game which will follow the soccer game.  The approximate start time of the pep rally will be 8 pm.  We will meet at 7:30 in regular school attire in the band room.  Students will be dismissed as soon as the pep rally is over.
  • Friday night is Homecoming against South Fulton @ 7:00!  Homecoming Festivities will begin at 6:30.  Students must be dressed in polos, khaki shorts, and tennis shoes and in their seats at 5:30.
  • We have our last Band Booster Meeting before our contest NEXT MONDAY NIGHT (10th) @ 7:00 pm in the band room!  We need EVERYONE'S HELP to pull this event off.  We need you at the meeting NEXT MONDAY NIGHT if at all possible.  If you are not able to attend the meeting due to prior commitments and would still like to help out with the contest please contact Jennifer Lowrance so we can get you plugged in and know that we can count on you!  Thanks in advance for your willingness to help!
  • ATTENTION SENIORS & SENIOR PARENTS:  The state scholarship application deadline is October 1st!  You do not have to be a music major to get some money to be in band in college!  Don’t miss this opportunity!  The scholarship application can found on our website under forms and practice tools and is attached to this email.
  • Many of you did not make your September band fee payment of $30 this past Friday.  Please take care of this payment ASAP so that they band can ensure that the booster organization can take care of our bills in a timely fashion.
  • Marching Shoes are in and should be given to your student at some point this week IF they have paid for his/her shoes.  The MTX brand marching shoes is a REQUIRED component of the uniform.  It is suggested that students break these shoes in BEFORE wearing them at a game or a competition.
  • Continue to download and take a look at All-West Music at http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org under the "forms and practice tools" tab.  If you don't have a printer at home I will be more than happy to print off a copy for your student at school.  Simply have them ask me to print them a copy.  Auditions are not until January so a little bit of practice time now will really increase your child's chances of making one of the All West bands when auditions take place in January!


Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, September 14th - FB vs. Adamsville - 7:00 - We will meet at 5:45 for this game dressed in full uniform.  This will be our first time to wear uniforms so students will need their black MTX marching shoes, black gloves (purchased from Mr. Agee), black socks (midcalf or higher), and theme shirt under his/her uniform.
  • Saturday, September 15th - GIBSON COUNTY MARCHING INVITATIONAL (GCMI)!!!  Students will be required to be on campus ALL DAY!  We will likely meet around 7:30 am and students will be there until 11pm-midnight!
  • Friday, September 21st - FB @ West Carroll - 7:00 pm - The band will travel to this game!  Meet time is still TBA.
  • Saturday, September 22nd – Union City Contest – This contest is a prelims/finals event.  There are 13 bands in prelims and ALL will advance to finals that night.  The contest begins at 10:45 am.  Our prelims performance time is 12:45 with finals beginning at 6:15.  The band boosters will feed the kids between prelims and finals.  Our meeting time will be released when we get closer to the event.  This will be our first competition other than our own of the year.  I hope that many of you plan to attend and cheer on these kids!  The contest schedule has changed from what I sent you last week.  To find up-to-date contest information you can go to http://www.unioncitybands.com/uci-1.html.

August 26, 2018

posted Aug 26, 2018, 1:47 PM by GCHS Band   [ updated Aug 26, 2018, 1:48 PM ]

Rehearsal Schedule for the Week:
  • Monday - NO SCHOOL!  Staff Professional Development Day.  Guard Sectional (3:15-5:00); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); Hornline Sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
  • Friday - FB @ Halls @ 7:00 -  We will meet in the band room at 4:30 for immediate departure.
Announcements:
  • Thanks to all those who did their part in selling of Braided Bread and getting trophy sponsors for the competition!
  • A lot of great pictures of our students have been taken and placed on the band's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/273967556115889/).  You are welcome to join the group to see the photos.  Thanks to all of you who have contributed!  If you have taken any pictures, we would love to have them uploaded to the facebook page.
  • All show music memorization tests are complete and all grades have been recorded in PowerSchool so you can see how your child performed.
  • The hornline will have a Memorization Test over "Amazing Grace" during their sectional time THIS TUESDAY!  Be sure your student has it memorized.
  • Friday night's game will be played at Halls @ 7:00.  The band will meet at 4:30 for immediate departure to the game.  Students will have a few minutes to eat at the concession stand once we arrive (students need between $5-10 to eat) and then begin changing into uniforms right after that.  Read instructions below on how all away travel events will be handled.
  • PLEASE READ:  Since Friday is our first time to travel, here is the process by which we travel.  ALL STUDENTS MUST RIDE THE BUS TO EVERY FOOTBALL GAME/CONTEST!  After a game/contest you have the option to check your child out and take them with you but you MUST fill out a ride home form (attached to this email, there will be some on the band room table on Tuesday, or download a copy off of the band website under forms).  After a contest/game is over we will march/walk back to the buses to pack and load equipment.  ONLY AFTER EVERYTHING has been loaded you can begin to check out your child with his/her chaperone at his/her bus door.  Just because you are ready to leave your child will NOT be allowed to sign-out until EVERYTHING is loaded and I give the go ahead for chaperones to start allowing students to check-out.  At that point you will get your student along with you (the parent) and go to your child's bus and sign (physically sign) your child out with his/her chaperone.  REMEMBER YOU CAN ONLY SIGN OUT YOUR CHILD IF YOU HAVE TURNED IN A RIDE HOME FORM!  If you take your child and you do not have a ride home form you forfeit your ability to check them out for the rest of year!   RIDE HOME FORMS ARE DUE (in my office on the 3rd filing cabinet in the grey plastic bin) NO LATER THAN THURSDAY @ 5:00 for FB games and FRIDAY @ 3:00 PM for contests!  NO EXCEPTIONS!  Your student may NOT be checked out by another child's parent unless you notate on your ride home that they are to be released to them AND that parent can show proof that they have the school board approved insurance to transport other people's children.  See board policy on insurance coverage amounts that are required to transport another child other than your own at http://images.pcmac.org/Uploads/TennesseeSBA/TennesseeSBA/Departments/DocumentsCategories/Documents/3404_29.pdf.  All proofs of insurance are due in printed version in advance of travel.  You can check your child out and then YOU can put them in a car with another parent but we can not release a student to another parent without the 2 above stated pieces of information.  Students who ride the bus back will be given a message by their bus chaperone(s) when we are 30 minutes away from the school so that they can call and let you know so that you can be at the school when we return.  Please pick your child up in a timely manner so the directors are not stuck at the school waiting on you to pick up your child.  The directors try our best to respect your time so please return the favor by being there in a timely fashion to pick up your child.  Once back at the school, students are allowed to ride with whomever you see fit.  They are not required to be checked out at this point.  Remember ALL band students need to be picked up BEHIND the school from all band events so we can ensure that each student has been picked up.
  • Students will sign up for buses this week during band class.  Once a student is signed up for a bus he/she will stay on this bus for the ENTIRE marching season!
  • We travel to games/contests in a caravan (directors up front followed by buses/truck).  We are all in radio contact with each other so please do not get in between the caravan if at possible when we travel.  You are more than welcome to follow behind the last bus.
  • Shoes should be in soon.  Only those who have paid for their shoes will receive them.
  • The September Band Fee Payment ($30) and the next guard fee payment ($37)  is due THIS SATURDAY!  A lot of the band's bills are due on the first so if you are on the band fee payment schedule please make every effort to pay your band fee by Friday in the office or Saturday online via CutTime so that the band can ensure that it can pay all of its bills on the first as well!
  • Continue to download and take a look at All-West Music at http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org under the "forms and practice tools" tab.  If you don't have a printer at home I will be more than happy to print off a copy for your student at school.  Simply have them ask me to print them a copy.  Auditions are not until January so a little bit of practice time now will really increase your child's chances of making one of the All West bands when auditions take place in January!
  • I hope each of you are planning to come and help out at our marching contest that will be held on Saturday, September 15th @ GC!  The contest is schedule is attached to this email!  We are expecting approximately 5000 students, supporters, directors, and staff on our campus for the competition.  It will be a full day and we need your help!  Contact Jennifer Lowrance at JenniferPLowrance@Eaton.com to get plugged in for this event!
  • DON'T FORGET:  For our upcoming contest, we depend on you to help defray some of the costs.  We need each student to bring in the requested product below.  Please ONLY bring the NAME BRAND version of the requested product.  All drinks are due under the table by THIS FRIDAY so we can have an idea of how many we need to purchase depending on the total number that you guys bring.  Thanks in advance!  
    We request two 12-packs each according to your child's grade.  Be sure you put your student's name on the drinks and place them under the front table in the band room :
    Freshmen – Dr. Pepper
    Sophomores – Mountain Dew
    Juniors – Pepsi
    Seniors – Diet Mountain Dew, Diet Dr. Pepper, or Sierra Mist
  • ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS:  If you or anyone you know shops online at amazon.com, they offer a great way to support organizations such as ours when shopping online and it costs you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  When you shop on amazon you simply put https://smile.amazon.com in the address bar instead of amazon.com and select the Gibson County Band Boosters as your support organization and then for every purchase you make on Amazon the band will receive a small portion of that purchase!  If not now, please remember this for the holidays.  It's a FREE AND EASY way for the band to make a few extra dollars.
  • ATTENTION SENIORS & SENIOR PARENTS:  The state scholarship application deadline is October 1st!  You do NOT have to be a music major in college to apply for this money.  I am still awaiting Riverdale HS to release the application but students can go ahead and start preparing 2 etudes for the application.  1 etude needs to be fast to show technique and the other etude needs to be slow and lyrical to showoff musicality.  I will get the application out to you as soon as I receive it but you can go ahead and start preparing etudes in the meantime.  Don't procrastinate and wait until the last minute.  The longer you wait the lower quality your audition will be which equals less money offered!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Labor Day is NEXT MONDAY!  NO SCHOOL!  NO REHEARSALS!
  • Next Tuesday (4th) we will have full band rehearsal from 3-5 and then EVERYONE will have sectionals (all winds, guard, and percussion) from 5-6!
  • Friday, September 7th - FB vs. South Fulton @ 7:00 - HOME (Homecoming:  activities begin at 6:30) - Students will be required to be dressed and in their seats at 5:30 for this game.
  • Monday, September 10th - Band Booster Meeting - 7:00 pm - Band Room.  We need EVERYONE if possible to attend this last meeting that we will have BEFORE our contest that we will hold on September 15th!  It takes an army to run this event and we need each one of you there to help make this a successful event!

August 19, 2018

posted Aug 19, 2018, 12:19 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Low Brass Sectionals (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); all other Hornline Sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
Announcements:
  • A BIG THANK YOU to anyone who helped in any way with our annual Preview Night this past Thursday!  It was a great evening all the way around!  The weather ended up being great, you (the fans) were great, and the kids had a strong performance for their first public performance!
  • Thanks to all those who came out on Friday night to help cheer on the football team and the band!  A BIG THANK YOU to all of our pit dads and moms who help us each Friday night!  We simply couldn't do what we do without your help.  If you are interested in helping out with the pit crew on Friday nights or Saturdays at competition we could always use your help.  Contact Donnie Cox at tn1paramedic@gmail.com or you can call/text him at 414-6561 today to get involved!  NOTE:  I did get word yesterday that the player from Tipton-Rosemark who was injured at the end of the game did not sustain any spinal injury but just a concussion.
  • MEMORIZATION TEST over the closer (measures X-end) will be TOMORROW during band class time.  Ballad grades should be available for you to view on PowerSchool and grades were posted by # on my office window for students to see as well. 
  • Don't forget to pay for your child's marching shoes ($36/pair band; $34/pair guard)!  The shoes should arrive around the first of the month.  Shoes can be paid for using cash or check in an envelope turned in to the box in the band office or via CutTime.
  • Braided Bread Orders + $$$ are due THIS FRIDAY!  Each student is asked to sell at least 6 loaves or get $30 in donations.  If you don't ask people then you won't sell any.  Please make every attempt to do your part and get your 6 loaves sold by Friday.  Bread delivery will be on Tuesday, September 11th and will be available for pick-up after practice that day.
  • All trophy sponsors are due THIS FRIDAY so we can be sure that all sponsors are listed in the program for the competition!  Unfortunately we cannot accept sponsors after Friday due to our deadline with the printer for our competition program so make sure you have them turned in by then.  Remember students will have a portion of his/her room money for state paid for every trophy sponsor your student gets ($25 for every 1st place trophy sponsored, $15 for every 2nd place trophy sponsored, and $10 for every 3rd place trophy sponsored).  Any amount sponsored over the state hotel room rate will receive money back the Friday we leave for state to use as spending money while we are there for the weekend.
  • This Friday the football team will travel to Lake County to play @7 in Tiptonville.  The band will NOT travel to this game.  Enjoy your last weekend off for several months now!
  • The next band fee payment ($30) and guard fee payment ($37) are due NEXT SATURDAY (1st)!  Please make all payments in a timely fashion so we can insure that all of the band's bills are paid on time!  Fee payments can be paid for using cash or check in an envelope turned in to the box in the band office by THIS FRIDAY or via CutTime.
  • One of best ways that West TN has to recognize the BEST OF THE BEST as far as individual musicians are concerned is the All-West TN Honor Band Clinic that is held in Memphis in mid-February.  The All-West audition music will become available THIS WEEK.  Students have between now and January 12th to work this music up before they audition at Arlington HS in Memphis.  If a student auditions (make it or not), he/she will receive lettering credit.  I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE each student to consider auditioning.  The link to the music and recordings (not yet active yet) can be found on our website under "forms and practice tools": https://sites.google.com/site/gchsmarchingpioneers/Home/fun-things.  The link should be active THIS WEEK for student's to download and start practicing the music!
  • I hope each of you are planning to come and help out at our marching contest that will be held on Saturday, September 15th @ GC!  The contest right now is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am and finals awards are slated for some time around 10 pm with 24 BANDS PERFORMING IN THE PRELIMINARY COMPETITION!  This means we are expecting approximately 5000 students, supporters, directors, and staff on our campus for the competition.  It will be a full day and we need your help!  Contact Jennifer Lowrance at JenniferPLowrance@Eaton.com to get plugged in for this event!
  • DON'T FORGET:  For our upcoming contest, we depend on you to help defray some of the costs.  We need each student to bring in the requested product below.  Please ONLY bring the NAME BRAND version of the requested product.  All drinks are due under the table by Friday, August 31st so we can have an idea of how many we need to purchase depending on the total number that you guys bring.  Thanks in advance!  
    We request two 12-packs each according to your child's grade.  Be sure you put your student's name on the drinks and place them under the front table in the band room :
    Freshmen – Dr. Pepper
    Sophomores – Mountain Dew
    Juniors – Pepsi
    Seniors – Diet Mountain Dew, Diet Dr. Pepper, or Sierra Mist
  • ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS:  If you or anyone you know shops online at amazon.com, they offer a great way to support organizations such as ours when shopping online and it costs you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  If when you shop on amazon you simply put https://smile.amazon.com in the address bar instead of amazon.com and select the Gibson County Band Boosters as your support organization and then for every purchase you make on Amazon the band will receive a small portion of that purchase!  If not now, please remember this for the holidays.  It's a FREE AND EASY way for the band to make a few extra dollars.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Regular rehearsal schedule NEXT WEEK!
  • Monday, August 27th - NO SCHOOL!  Professional Development Day for teachers - Guard and Percussion WILL HAVE sectionals at normal times.
  • Tuesday, August 28th - Memorization Test over "Amazing Grace" for wind players during sectional time.
  • Friday, August 31st - FB vs. Halls - 7:00 (Away) - The band WILL travel to this game.  Meet and departure times are still TBA and will be in next week's announcements.
  • Saturday, September 1st - Band Fees ($30) + Guard Fees ($37) are DUE!
  • Monday, September 3rd - Labor Day!  NO SCHOOL!  NO REHEARSALS!
  • Friday, September 7th - FB vs South Fulton - 7:00 -  Homecoming - We will meet at 5:30 and all homecoming activities will begin at 6:30.
  • Monday, September 10th - LAST Band Booster Meeting before our contest @ GC!!!  7:00 pm - Band Room - Mark your calendars NOW to attend!  We need everyone at this meeting!

August 12, 2018

posted Aug 12, 2018, 12:03 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the Week:

  • Monday - Guard Sectionals (3-5); Flute/Clarinet Sectional (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectionals (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); all other Hornline Sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5); Preview Night Dinner (6:00 pm); Preview Show @ 6:30
  • Friday - FB vs. Tipton Rosemark @7 - Students have to be dressed and in their seats at 5:45.
Announcements:
  • Thanks to all those who got out and presold tickets for the Preview Show this Thursday!  Each person that you sold a ticket to will need to check in @ the south gate (the one closest to the field house) beginning at  6 Thursday under your student's name.  They will then proceed to the concession stand to pick up their meal before the preview show begins at 6:30.  Band students will eat right after they perform.  We will order a little extra food but no one is guaranteed food unless they purchased an advanced ticket!
  • TOMORROW IS THE ABSOLUTE LAST DAY TO TURN IN A TRAILER SPONSOR FOR THIS YEAR!
  • The 2nd memorization test for the semester will be TOMORROW over the ballad (measures P-X) during band class time!  All students will be expected to play the entire song from beginning to end MEMORIZED in order to perform at the Preview Show on Thursday!  The Part #1 Memorization grades have been posted in PowerSchool if you have access and students have seen their grades posted on the office window by their assigned number. 
  • Tomorrow we begin our next FULL band fundraiser.  Students will be selling Braided Bread.  Each student will receive his/her order form TOMORROW during band class time.  Each student will be asked to sell at least 6 loaves or get $30 in donations.  This is typically a really popular fundraiser that we do each year so if you will post on social media you will probably have no issues selling your 6.  All orders + money are due no later than Friday, August 24th.  I know we have a lot of fundraisers going on right now but please understand that our greatest need for money because of show design costs, guard uniforms, props, guard flags, camp staff, rehearsal instructional staff, etc. is RIGHT NOW so that is the reason that we have so much going on right now.  I hope that EVERYONE will do his/her part to sell their 6 loaves by the 24th!
  • Band Booster Meeting - TOMORROW NIGHT - 7:00 pm - Band Room - Come be a part as plan for this week and our upcoming competition!
  • We hope to have a FULL HOUSE on Thursday night to see the first public performance of our Fall 2018 Show:  "The Unseen"!  Be sure and invite your friends, family, and neighbors to come out for preview night THIS THURSDAY NIGHT!  These kids have been working extremely hard and would love to have a sold out crowd for the performance on Thursday.  The show will start at 6:30 in the stadium.
  • POLOS WILL BE IN THIS WEEK!  Be sure your student has paid his/her $15 in order to receive his/her polo for the preview show on Thursday!  You can send in your payment to the band office in an envelope or pay via CutTime.  If you have paid via the envelope system you should still see your payment posted on CutTime within a couple of days of you sending in the payment.  If you questions, you can contact Andie Watson.
  • The band will have regular rehearsal on Thursday (until 5:00).  After the students eat they will have until 6 to cool off and change clothes.  We will then meet at 6 in the stadium for warm-up before the show starting at 6:30.  The attire for the evening will be polos (TUCKED IN), khaki shorts, and tennis shoes.  This will be the first performance grade for the students which is 33% of the student's grade for the nine weeks.  Immediately following the performance the high school band students will eat.  Remember each high school band student eats for FREE!  After everything is cleaned up students will be allowed to leave.
  • We will need plenty of hands to help on Thursday night at the Preview Show.  If you can help please contact Jennifer Lowrance or Laurie Baker.
  • Our first home FB game will be THIS FRIDAY NIGHT against Tipton Rosemark @ 7:00!  Students will be expected to be dressed in the same attire as they are on Thursday night for Preview Night and in their seats in the band room at 5:45.  Students have certain rules that they have to follow at FB games and competitions (food in stands, drinks, talking to friends, etc.) so please check with your student as to what those rules are so that you are informed as well.  They will be getting these rules verbally from their section leaders this week.  We will only be marching our opener at this Friday night's game.  I hope that many of you will plan to come out and support your Pioneers and Marching Pioneers this Friday night at the game!
  • Continue to pay for marching shoes ($36/band; $34/guard)!  These should be in at the beginning of September and only those students who have paid for them will receive them!
  • Trophy Sponsorships are due by NEXT FRIDAY, AUGUST 24TH!  Remember trophy sponsored under your child's name will go towards hotel room costs and spending money for your child when we head to state in November!  The sponsorship form is attached to this email.  A list of sponsors from last year can be found on the website (http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org) under the forms tab.
  • The next band fee payment ($30) + guard fee payment ($37) will be due by Saturday, September 1st.  Make every effort to pay this payment ON TIME so that the band can take care of all of its bills that are due on the 1st.  All payments can be made in the band office using our envelope system or via CutTime.
  • Our contest that we host at GC is a little over a month away on Saturday, September 15th!  We are at our maximum number of bands right now which is 25!!!  We are expecting over 5000 students/directors/staff/parents on our campus that day!   The is a HUGE day for our band program and we WILL NEED your help on that Saturday so make plans to be on campus that day.  It takes EVERYONE to host our invitational.  If you have not signed up to help with the contest yet please contact Jennifer Lowrance or attend tomorrow night's booster meeting and she or someone will get you plugged in somewhere.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Next Week will be regular rehearsal schedule.  See the website calendar for specific details.
  • Monday, August 20th - Memorization Test over the closer (measures X-end) during band class!
  • Friday, August 24th - FB @ Lake County - We will NOT travel to this game!

August 5, 2018

posted Aug 5, 2018, 11:37 AM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the Week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Trumpet 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)
PLEASE NOTE:  ALL REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY!  Please schedule all non-emergent appointments on NON-REHEARSAL days!  Missing rehearsal(s) will effect your student's grade in band and could jeopardize his/her spot in the show for the fall!  Make every effort to make sure your student doesn't miss a rehearsal all season!
Announcements:
  • The August statements via CutTime were emailed out last week by Andie Watson.  If you have questions about your balance please email her.
  • All percussion sponsors (5) or the percussion fee ($100) was due this past Friday.  These sponsors/fee make up a portion or Mr. Tico's salary so if you did not turn it in on Friday, please take care of this ASAP.
  • The first MEMORIZATION TEST for the semester over the Opener (measures beginning to letter P) is TOMORROW!!!  Each student will test TOMORROW during class or sectional time for the guard and battery/front ensemble.  If a student does not play from the beginning to the end COMPLETELY MEMORIZED or if he/she makes a failing grade he/she will have until THIS FRIDAY @ 3:00 pm to make up the grade.  The student will not march at a public performance until he/she plays each test successfully so encourage your student to practice!  Remember memorization grades are worth 34% of your student's grade in band (fine arts credit class) for the nine weeks!
  • All merchandise orders + money are due in the box by THIS TUESDAY!  Put the order form (attached) + the money in sealed envelope with your child's name on the outside and have your student place it in the box in the band office by 6:00 pm on Tuesday!
  • Preview Night Tickets went on sale last week for $5/each!  Each high school band student will eat for FREE!  Each student is asked to sale at least 5 tickets for the Preview Night.  A ticket RSVP form was sent home with each student last week.  All ticket order forms plus money are due THIS FRIDAY!  Contact Jennifer Lawrence/Laurie Baker if you can help with this event.
  • Polos will be in soon!  Be sure if your student ordered a polo they MUST be paid in advance for he/she will receive their polo.  They are $15!  Polos can be paid via CutTime or money sent in an envelope and placed in the box in the band office.
  • The next guard fee payment of $37 is due by September 1st.  This fee is for make-up/uniform accessories.
  • Continue to pay for marching shoes ($36 - band, $34 - guard).  They should be in toward the end of the month or the beginning of next month.  Payments can be made via CutTime or by placing an envelope of what it's for and your students name on it in the box in the band office.  Students will not receive his/her shoes until they are paid in full.
  • We will have our second memorization test NEXT MONDAY (13th) over the ballad/drum which is measures (P-X).
  • Band Booster Meeting is NEXT MONDAY NIGHT @ 7 in the band room!  Come be a part as we start planning for upcoming fundraisers/events (preview night, contest, etc.)!
  • Preview Night will be THURSDAY, August 16th @ 6:30 in the stadium or right after the middle school game is complete.  The evening will kick-off with a $5 hamburger/hot dog dinner (ticket purchased in advance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED so we make sure we have enough food) beginning at 6!  Invite your friends and family out to this event.  Students will wear polos, khaki shorts, and tennis shoes for this event.
  • The first football game for the Fall 2018 Season will be on Friday, August 17th vs. Tipton Rosemont @7!  Students will have to be dressed in polos and khakis and in their seats at 5:45.
  • Remember all performances are MANDATORY unless a student has a doctor's note, death in the family, accident coming to school, etc.  Performances are 33% of a student's grade for the nine weeks!
  • Andie Watson sent out a list of trophy sponsors that we had last year (attached).  You can continue to get trophy sponsors through the 24th.  All sponsors + money are due to the box with your child's name on it by then in order for them to be included in the contest program.  Remember that a portion of every sponsor ($25 - 1st place, $15 - 2nd place, $10 - 3rd place) will go towards your student's room cost (~$50) at state and anything on top of that will be returned to your student the week of state to be used as spending money at state.  
  • I hope that all of you (parents) are planning to help out at our competition on September 15th.  Our contest is now full with 25 bands signed up to compete that day.  It will take EVERYONE'S help to pull this event off.  Want to know how you can help out at the contest?  Come to the booster meeting on the 13th or contact Jennifer Lowrance @ JenniferPLowrance@Eaton.com.
  • See the website calendar at http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org for all upcoming dates and events!
Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, August 13th - Ballad Memorization Test, Flute/Clarinet Sectional (3:15-4:30), Guard Sectional (3-5), Percussion Sectional (5-8), Booster Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, August 14th - Full Band Rehearsal (3-5), All other hornline sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday, August 16th - Full Band Rehearsal (3-5), Preview Night Dinner (6:00 pm - Stadium), Preview Night Show (6:30 - Stadium)
  • Friday, August 17th - FB vs. Tipton Rosemark @ 7 - Band students will have be dressed and in their seats at 5:45
  • Monday, August 20th - Closer Memorization Test (guard will not test), Low Brass/Low WW Sectional (3:15-4:30), Guard Sectional (3-5), Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday, August 21st - Full Band Rehearsal (3-5), All other hornline sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday, August 23rd - Full Band Rehearsal (3-5)
  • Friday, August 24th - FB @ Lake County - The band will NOT travel to this game!

July 29, 2018

posted Jul 29, 2018, 8:25 AM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday - NO REHEARSALS!
  • Tuesday - Full Band (6-9)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
Announcements:
  • I hope each of you enjoyed your week off!  This week we go back to work on the "The Unseen"!  Make sure your student is practicing and is getting better as an individual so we can get better as an ensemble that much faster!
  • Thanks to all the pit moms/dads who came out this past week to start the process of painting our props for the fall!  If you currently are not a part of the pit crew and are interested helping out for the fall you can contact Donnie Cox (VP of Operations) at tn1paramedic@gmail.com.
  • The school's freshmen orientation is TOMORROW NIGHT @ 6:00 pm in the theater!
  • We have a full band rehearsal on Tuesday night from 6 until 9!  Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • School starts back THIS WEDNESDAY!  Wednesday is a FULL DAY.  We WILL go outside during band class on Wednesday.  I hope everyone has gotten a copy of his/her schedule and are ready for a great year!  If not, schedules will be available for pick-up on Tuesday morning in the gym.
  • We typically will go outside during 4th block (class time).  Students will need proper shoes/clothing for this time.  They are welcome to put this stuff on the shelves in the band room each day.  Students will have a time to change before class starts each day.  Students not having the proper attire/materials will receive a 0 for the day so make sure your student always his/her stuff!
  • Rehearsal attendance is worth 33% of a student's grade for the nine weeks.  Any unexcused absence will reduce a student's grade by 10 points.  Remember according to the handbook if any student misses 2 rehearsals unexcused he/she will loose his/her spot in the competitive marching band.  If a student is absent for an excused reason he/she MUST attend at least 2 out of the 3 "run throughs" for the week in order to march that weekend at the football game or the contest.  WE NEED EVERY STUDENT AT EVERY REHEARSAL IF AT ALL POSSIBLE!  It's very difficult to work on the show when people are missing.  Remember to make all non-emergent doctor's appointments on non-rehearsal days!
  • All Merchandise Orders + Money are due on or before NEXT TUESDAY (7th)!  No extras will be ordered and no orders will be processed without full advanced payment so be sure and get your orders in by NEXT TUESDAY!  The order form is attached to this email.
  • All Percussion Fees ($100) or 5 shirt sponsors ($125) are due THIS FRIDAY!
  • Guard fees of $63 should be paid by THIS TUESDAY.  If not, make arrangements to get those paid ASAP!  The next guard fee of $37 for make-up/uniform accessories is due by September 1st!
  • We will take pictures for the newspapers THIS FRIDAY (3rd) during band class time (1:30-3:00).  All students will wear his/her uniform (except guard) for the pictures.  Even though the band will wear uniforms for the pictures band shoes are not needed as the pictures do not show the band's feet.
  • If you are a parent of an 8th grader who marches with the high school band and want them included in these pictures you will need to check your student out of their school and make sure that they are at the high school no later than 1:30 pm to be included in the pictures.  This is NOT mandatory but an option that you have as a parent. 
  • The first memorization test over "Opener" (beginning-P) will be NEXT MONDAY (6th) during band class!  The memorization grade makes up 34% of a student's grade for the nine weeks and they will NOT march at Preview Night until this has been played and passed! 
  • Continue paying for polos ($15), marching shoes ($36) and guard shoes ($34).  Students will need polos in 2 weeks for the preview night show and all football games in late August/early September.  No student will receive his/her polo and/or marching shoes until full payment has been made.
  • Guard shoes are a part of the "new" guard members' guard fee but this is an additional cost to the guard fee if your student has been in the guard in the past.
  • Preview Night is August 16th @ 6:30 in the stadium!  Tickets are $5 for a hamburger/hot dog, chips, dessert, and drink meal and will go on sale TODAY!  Order forms are attached and your student will get a paper copy of this form on Tuesday night at rehearsal.  Your band student will eat for free.  Each student is asked to sell at least 5 tickets for the Preview Show!  Order form plus money are due no later than Friday, August 10th!  The Preview Night Dinner will take place starting at 6:00 at the stadium's concession stand before the Preview Night Show starts at 6:30 in the stadium.  We will need help setting up and serving for the preview night dinner.  If you can help, please contact Jennifer Lawrence/Laurie Baker.
  • Trailer Sponsors are due soon!  If you plan to get your name or business on the back of the trailer for the 2018-19 band season get those turned in ASAP!
  • Don't forget YOUR student benefits from getting trophy sponsors for our competition on September 15th.  A portion of the proceeds ($25 - 1st place trophies, $15 - 2nd place trophies, $10 - 3rd place trophies) earned as a part of getting a trophy sponsor will go towards your student's room cost at state and their spending money while there so get as many as you can.  Be watching for a list from Andie Watson as to who sponsored last year so you can start with those individuals/businesses first!  Sponsor Forms are attached.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Regular Rehearsal Schedule starts next week (week of 6th):
    • Monday - Guard Sectionals (3-5); Trumpet Sectionals (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectionals (5-8)
    • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); All others hornline sections that did NOT have sectionals on Monday will have sectionals from 5 until 6.
    • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
  • Monday, August 13th - 2nd Memorization Test over the ballad during band class time.  Regular rehearsal schedule for the week.
  • Thursday, August 16th - Preview Night - 6:30 - Stadium - Students will have regular rehearsal until 5 and then they will have from 5-6 to rest before reporting back for preview night.  They will wear their polos, khaki shorts, and tennis shoes that night so be sure you have paid for your polo by then!  High School Band Students will eat for FREE immediately following the performance.
  • Friday, August 17th - 1st Home FB Game vs. Tipton Rosemark @ 7.  Students will have to be dressed in polos and khakis shorts and in their seats at 5:45!

July 22, 2018

posted Jul 22, 2018, 12:15 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • BAND CAMP IS COMPLETE!  The ENTIRE SHOW is on the field!  The kids did a fantastic job over the last 2 weeks at camp!  The weather was hot and the kids handled the heat like troopers!  Thanks to any parent who helped out in any way with meals for the staff.  The meals were greatly appreciated by each of the staff members.  I have taught many camps throughout the years and me and the entire staff our spoiled at GC and I appreciate all that you do!
  • Thanks to Shane Hall and others for all the wonderful band camp pictures that can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/273967556115889/287453084767336/?notif_t=group_activity.  He and others will continue to post pictures to this site through out the marching season so check back regularly.  If you have pictures that you have taken please post to this site as well so that we can use them for our end of the year memory book/video presentation at the band banquet.
  • One of the worst things the kids can do over this week off is to do nothing with the music/drill/guard work that we worked on during camp!  THEY MUST PRACTICE!  If they're on vacation at least take their music/dot book with them to review so they don't forget everything that we did during camp. The potential for this show with this group of kids is endless but they MUST PRACTICE in order to get better each time they step on the field.
  • The band room will be open this week (Wednesday through next Tuesday) from 8 until 3 for anyone who wants to come and practice.
  • The school's freshmen orientation will take place NEXT MONDAY NIGHT!  You should be getting information from the school concerning the meeting place and the time.
  • We will have a post-camp rehearsal NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT from 6-9 pm.  Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • School starts NEXT Wednesday, August 1st!  It is a full day of school and we will go outside during 4th block.  Students will need proper shoes/clothes at school that they can change into before 4th block begins on that Wednesday and everyday during the fall semester.
  • Regular after school rehearsal schedule will begin the next Thursday (August 2nd) with full band rehearsal (3-5).  Sectional rehearsals will begin the following week (week of the 6th) with guard/percussion/trumpet sectionals being on that Monday (guard 3-5, trumpets 3:15-4:30, and percussion 5-8) and then all other hornline sectionals on Tuesday from 5-6.  After school rehearsals are figured into the student's grade for the nine weeks and in the high school, band counts toward your student's GPA so never take the band grade for granted.  Unexcused absences/tardies will cause a student's grade to drop which will then in turn affect their GPA which will then in turn affect scholarship opportunities down the road.  2 unexcused absences will cause a student to loose his/her spot in the Fall 2018 show.  Check the band handbook as to what is deemed excused/unexcused.  Students MUST attend rehearsals (excused or unexcused) in order to march at performances!  Make sure you make every effort to make sure that your student is at EVERY rehearsal.  Make all non-emergent appointments on non-rehearsal days.  
  • Your student should have received a shirt/merchandise order form this past week at camp.  All orders + money are due NO LATER THAN Tuesday, August 7th.  DO NOT include your student's free theme shirt or the polo that your student ordered during camp on your order form or you will be charged for it!  This form is for additional merchandise for your child or merchandise for your friends, family, etc.  I highly suggest that each student orders AT LEAST one additional theme shirt as it will part of the student's uniform on both Friday night game and Saturday competitions.  A form is attached to this email for those who did not get one from their student this past week.
  • All percussion fees ($100) or shirt sponsors must be turned in by Friday, August 3rd!
  • All guard members should have paid at least $63 towards their guard fee by July 31st.  Additional amounts for shoes ($34), make-up, and other accessories will be due at a later date as posted on CutTime as we approach our first performance.
  • Polos ($15) and shoes ($36) have been ordered and MUST be paid for in advance BEFORE a student will receive his/her polo/shoes.  Polos will be worn the first time on August 16th.  Shoes will not be worn until the first of September so make plans now to get these items paid for BEFORE your student needs them.  You can send money with your child or they can paid for via CutTime
  • Unless payment arrangements were made the $125 band fee payment is considered and debt and should be taken care of ASAP!  The next fee payment of $30 is due on or before September 1st!
  • LAST CALL FOR TRAILER SPONSORS!  Sponsorships are $50 and remain on the back of the trailer for the entire year.  Send in your form and your money BEFORE the August 17th deadline!
  • Our annual Preview Night will be held on August 16th in the stadium!  The hamburger/hot dog dinner will start at 6 and the preview show will start at 6:30 in the stadium.  This is your first opportunity to see the Fall 2018 production:  "The Unseen" which includes a hamburger/hot dog dinner.  Tickets will go on sale NEXT WEEK for $5/each so go ahead and start inviting friends & family to this great event.  Each student will be asked to sell at least 5 tickets to the show.  All high school band students will eat for FREE!
  • ALL PERFORMANCES ARE MANDATORY!  Check the band calendar for dates.  Times will be given closer to each event.  A student will fail band for the nine weeks if he/she misses a public performance for an unexcused reason.  Check the handbook for an explanation or what is deemed excused or unexcused.
  • This year for our competition on September 15th we once again be selling trophy sponsors.  Our competition is our LARGEST fundraiser of the year and our trophy sponsors play a BIG PART OF THIS so we need everyone's help!  Last year a portion of the sponsorship amount went towards the student's NYC Trip Account.  This year since this is not a trip year a portion of each trophy sponsor a student gets will go towards his/her state room charge (~$50 for 2 nights at state) and any money a student gets in trophy sponsors on top of their room rate will be refunded before we leave for state to be used for spending money while on the trip.  The trophy sponsorship levels are as follows:  $125 for a 1st place trophy GOLD sponsor (student gets $25/trophy towards his/her state trip), $90 for a 2nd place trophy SILVER sponsor (student gets $15/trophy towards his/her state trip), and $60 for a 3rd place trophy BRONZE sponsor (student gets $10/trophy towards his/her state trip).  Andie Watson will be providing a list of people/businesses who sponsored trophies last year so you guys can start getting those people/businesses to sponsor again this year.  A trophy sponsorship form is attached.  All forms along with the money MUST be turned in NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST to be included in the competition program!

Other Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, August 6th - 1st memorization test over the Opener (beginning-P).  Students MUST memorize the Opener from beginning to end with a passing grade in order to march at the Preview Show on the 16th!  Memorization grades are worth 1/3 of a student's grade for the nine weeks!
  • Monday, August 13th - Memorization Test over the Ballad (P-X).  Students MUST memorize the Ballad from beginning to end with a passing grade in order to march at the Preview Show on the 16th!
  • Monday, August 13th - Braided Bread Fundraiser BEGINS!
  • Monday, August 13th - Band Booster Meeting - 7:00 pm - Band Room
  • Friday, August 17th - 1st Home Football Game vs. Tipton Rosemont.  All students will need to be dressed in polos and khaki shorts and in their seats at 5:45.

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