Weekly Announcements


          

June 15, 2017

posted Jun 15, 2017, 7:26 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • What a great start to the year we had this past Tuesday night!  We had about 90% of the band at the first rehearsal!
  • Our 2nd June rehearsal will take place NEXT TUESDAY (20th) from 6-9 pm.  Remember to BE ON TIME! and prepared with everything that you need (music, instrument, pencil, etc.).  Students must attend 2 out of the 3 June rehearsals in order to obtain a spot in the fall show.  If they do not they will be put on the alternate list and will be available to the first spot that comes open in the show.
  • Students should be practicing their show music (beginning - I) that we covered this past Tuesday night.  This week we will work letter I-T.  We only get better if EVERYONE practices.
  • Many of the band students that attended last Tuesday's rehearsal should have been fitted for his/her uniform.  We will continue with more fittings this week.  Thanks to all the ladies who showed up to help with the fitting of the uniforms!
  • We began our peaches fundraiser this past Tuesday night.  Each student is asked to sell at least 4 trays of peaches (20-22 peaches/tray) or get $30 in donations.  Orders + Money are due no later than the LAST TUESDAY NIGHT REHEARSAL (June 27th).  If your student is not going to be at this rehearsal be sure that your student turns it in this week or makes arrangements to get his/her order to the next week's rehearsal because we must have a final count by next Wednesday.  The order form is attached to this email.  Remember for every box of peaches a student sells $2 goes into their NYC trip account! 
  • We also began our optional Boston Butt fundraiser for the 4th of July!  If you know of anyone who needs BBQ for the 4th then this is the fundraiser for them.  Each butt contains 6-8 lbs. of BBQ for only $30!  These will be available for pick-up at the Dyer City Park on the 4th at 8 am.  Orders + Money are due no later than the LAST TUESDAY NIGHT REHEARSAL (27th)!  See attached order form.
  • All forms (7 total) are due no later than NEXT TUESDAY'S REHEARSAL!  Be sure you get these filled out and turned in.  Failure to turn these forms in will result in your student not being able to participate in band camp.
  • The first $35 band fee payment must be made by the final June rehearsal unless other payment arrangements have been made.  Make every effort to make this and any payments in a timely manner so that the band is able to pay our bills on time.  Remember that we ACCEPT PAYMENTS VIA DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD THIS YEAR!  Just bring your card to the office and you will be emailed a receipt!  All checks should be made to Gibson County High School Band.
  • Mrs. Rhonda and Mrs. Andie will once again be in the band office around 5:30 next Tuesday to accept all forms and payments.
  • Percussionists should be getting shirt sponsors (5 total) or paying their percussion fee of $100 by August 4th!  This is in addition to regular band fees.  This form with all pertinent information went home last week with each percussionist.
  • Guard should be paying their first $60 of their guard fee ($10/gloves + $50 uniform fee) by the end of July.  Students will not receive their gloves and uniforms will not be ordered until these fees are paid.  These are in addition to regular band fees.
  • Trailer Sponsors can be turned in NOW!  This is a great way to get your business advertised or show your support by placing your name on the back of the trailer that travels everywhere the band goes!  This form was on a bright sheet of paper when you received your packet of band information either in the mail or at freshmen orientation. 
  • The fireworks tent will be set up next Tuesday (20th) @ 6:00 in the Food Rite Parking Lot in Dyer.  We need your help!  After you drop your child off at rehearsal please come to Food Rite to help set up the tent!
  • We need workers for fireworks!  The fireworks stand will open on June 25th!  If you have been unable to sign-up for a time to work please contact Kim Todd at dokitodd@live.com ASAP so we get all these times covered!
  • As we get closer to band camp, be sure your student is getting outside!  This will be key to them being able to handle the sun and heat at band camp!
  • The band has a facebook page.  You have to request permission to join but everyone is invited to join.  The page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/273967556115889/.  If you at a rehearsal, football game, competition, etc. and capture a picture of the band, please share it with the band family on our facebook page.  We have a lot of great pictures and memories on this page and we hope to continue that tradition this year!
Upcoming Dates:
  • June 27th - Final June Rehearsal - 6-9 pm - Attendance is REQUIRED at 2 out of the 3 to get a spot in the fall show!
  • June 27th - All forms, first band fee payment, Peaches Orders + Money, and Boston Butt orders + money are DUE!
  • July 3rd - 4th of July Parade rehearsal - 9am-11am - Band Room and Outside - All who are in town are encouraged to attend in order to support our hometown communities.  Lettering credit is offered for those who attend BOTH the rehearsal and the parades.
  • July 4th - 4th of July parade(s) - Dyer (9am) & Kenton (11am)
  • July 10-14 - Guard/Percussion Camp - 8-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 12-14 - Fundamentals Camp - EVERYONE - 8-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 17-21 - Full Band Camp - EVERYONE - 8-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

June 11, 2017

posted Jun 11, 2017, 9:34 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • Hopefully everyone has had a good restful few weeks off and are rejuvenated and ready to get started back this week!
  • We have our first Band Booster Meeting of the 2017-18 school year TOMORROW NIGHT @ 7pm in the library!  Come be a part of this great organization!
  • Our first of three June rehearsals begins THIS TUESDAY NIGHT @ 6 pm.  Remember the saying "to be early is to be on time and to be on time is to be late".  Be sure your student is there with everything they need (music, pencil, instrument, and a good attitude) and ready to go at 6.  We will rehearse until 9 so be sure your child has a ride out behind the school at  9.  Please always pick your student up behind the school for after school hour band activities so we can be sure everyone is safe and has been picked up.  Attendance is REQUIRED at 2 out of the 3 June rehearsals in order for your student to obtain a spot in the Fall 2017 Show.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  If you are in town for all 3 rehearsals we STRONGLY encourage to attend all 3.  If not the information covered at each rehearsal will your child's responsibility to get and get caught back up.  All June rehearsals will be held inside so students can dress appropriately.
  • All 7 forms that you received at freshmen orientation or in the summer mail out are due at any of the June rehearsals.  Please complete these and get these turned in by June 27th or your student will not be allowed to participate in band camp!  If you have misplaced your forms or never received them, just have your child ask the drum major's for another copy.
  • The first band fee payment of $35 is due at any of the June rehearsals.  Make every attempt to take care of this in a timely manner so that the band is able to pay all of our bills including our staff for the June rehearsals.  We are happy to announce that we can once again accept payments via debit or credit card this year!  Just bring your card in to the office and they will email you a receipt!  All checks should be made out to the Gibson Co. HS Band.  You are also welcome to pay the entire band fee ($250), guard fee ($100 - old members, $195 - new members), and percussion fee ($100) if you are financially able.
  • All forms and band fee payments can be made to Ms. Rhonda Upchurch or Ms. Andrea Watson who will be located in the band office starting at approximately 5:30 at each June rehearsal!
  • Guard members will need to start paying their guard fees.  The first fee of $20 is for gloves and must be paid before each girl will receive any gloves to practice with.  These fees can be paid along with band fees but please NOTATE on the check or envelope what amount is for guard fees and what is for band fees so we make sure that we get that money recorded in the correct spots.

  • Percussion members will be receiving information on how to fundraise for his/her percussion fee or you can just pay the fee of $100 out right at Tuesday's rehearsal.
  • We begin our first fundraiser for the 2017-18 school year THIS TUESDAY with the selling of fresh Georgia peaches.  These peaches will be delivered some time in late July/early August.  They will be shipped within 24 hours directly from Georgia.  We are selling them in 1/4 bushels (10-12 lbs; 20-22 peaches).  Each 1/4 bushel is $27.  An order form is attached to this email and each student will get an order form at Tuesday night's rehearsal.  All orders + money are due at the last June rehearsal.  If your student is not going to be at the last June rehearsal make arrangements to get their order + money to the rehearsal.  Each student is asked to sell at least 4 1/4 bushels or get $30 in donations.  We need EVERYONE to get out and do his/her part on this first fundraiser of the year so we can get this year started off on the right foot! (which would be the left for all you former band folks out there!).  Remember that for every 1/4 bushel that your student sells, $2 goes into their NYC account so let's SELL, SELL, SELL!!!
  • We will also be sending home an order form (attached to this email) for Boston Butts on Tuesday night.  This is an optional fundraiser for those of you who need BBQ for the 4th or know of someone who will need BBQ for the 4th.  Boston Butts contain anywhere from 6-8 pounds of BBQ and only cost $30!  This is a great deal for those of you who will have family over for the 4th.  Orders and money will be due the last June rehearsal.  Pick-up of your butt will be at the Dyer City Park on July 4th right after the parade!  The only way to ensure you will get some BBQ is to preorder!
  • Want your family's name or your business on the back of the band's trailer?  TURN IN A TRAILER SPONSORSHIP FORM!  This is the bright colored form in your summer mail-out.  These sponsorships are only $50 for the entire year wherever the band travels.  You can turn in these forms and money to Mrs. Rhonda on Tuesday as well.  They are due NO LATER THAN early-August in order for us to get it on the trailer before our first away ballgame!
  • Always stay up-to-date with any updates or changes to the band's calendar via the band's website at http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org.
  • After each rehearsal your student will have something that he/she can practice.  Encourage your student to practice between rehearsals.  As I always tell the students:  "We will only be as strong as our weakest link" so be sure your student is doing his/her part to better the entire ensemble!
  • The band's firework stand opens up on June 24th!  We need workers!  Contact Kim Todd at dokitodd@live.com if you want to sign up for a time or attend the band booster meeting on Monday to sign up for a time!  This is a HUGE fundraiser for our band program.  So let people know about the stand and please sign up to work.  We couldn't do it without each of you!

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 20, 27 - June Rehearsals - 6-9 pm - Attendance is REQUIRED at 2 out of the 3 to get a spot in the fall show!
  • Tuesday, June 27th - All forms, first band fee payment, Peaches Orders + Money, and Boston Butt orders + money are DUE!
  • Monday, July 3rd - 4th of July Parade rehearsal - 9am-11am - Band Room and Outside - All who are in town are encouraged to attend in order to support our hometown communities.  Lettering credit is offered for those who attend BOTH the rehearsal and the parades
  • July 4th - 4th of July parades - Dyer (9:00 am) & Kenton (10:30 am)
  • July 10-14 - Guard/Percussion Camp - 8-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 12-14 - Fundamentals Camp - EVERYONE - 8-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 17-21 - Full Band Camp - EVERYONE - 8-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

May 21, 2017

posted May 21, 2017, 12:51 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • Welcome to the class of 2021 "Marching Pioneers" to our email list!  You will receive an email once a week (typically on Sunday's) when band is in season.  Remember these announcements are also posted on the website at http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org if you ever miss an email.
  • Congrats once again to the class of 2017!  Thanks to all who came out this past Friday night in support of them.  A lot students were announced as receiving band scholarships.  Stick with it and band will pay for itself!
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we have underclassmen finals exams.  Tuesday is 2nd and 4th block exams and Wednesday is 1st and 3rd block exams!  Be sure your student is prepared.  There is NOT a final exam for concert band!
  • This Wednesday is a 1/2 day of school!  No meals in the cafeteria will be served.
  • All section leaders will meet at 1:00 pm THIS WEDNESDAY to prepare "Summer Mail outs" for students in band (grades 10-12) for next year.  You should receive this important information by Saturday (May 27th).  Contact me via email if you do not.  Section leaders need to contact one of the band captains if they are not able to attend and get someone from within their section to take their place.
  • Remember any student owing a debt will not be able to attend the first June rehearsal until the debt has been paid in full!
  • I hope all of you have signed up for the Remind101 text message group.  Many last minutes announcements/reminders will be sent out via this service.  If you have not follow the instructions (attached) to get signed up today!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, June 12th - 1st Band Booster Meeting of the 2017-18 Band Year - 7:00 pm - Band Room - Make it a PRIORITY to come and be a part of this great group of parents!
  • June 13, 20, 27 - June rehearsals - 6-9 pm - Attendance is REQUIRED for at least 2 out of the 3 rehearsals in order to secure a spot in next year's field show!
  • July 10-14 - Percussion/Guard Camp - 8:00-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 12-14 - Fundamentals Camp (FULL BAND!) - 8:00-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 17-21 - Full Band Camp - 8:00am-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

May 14, 2017

posted May 14, 2017, 12:28 PM by GCHS Band   [ updated May 14, 2017, 12:29 PM ]

Announcements:

  • Happy Mother's Day to all of our great band moms out there!  You guys are doing a terrific job raising some fine young men and woman!  Enjoy your day!
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the class of 2017!  We are proud of you and wish you nothing but success in the future!
  • Thanks to everyone who helped cheer on the band Friday at the Strawberry Festival in Humboldt!  It was great to have so many supporters lining the streets of Humboldt for our performance.
  • Thanks to everyone who had any part in making the St. Louis Trip a reality for these kids!  What an experience!  I hope each of them enjoyed it and it will be something that they will cherish for a lifetime!
  • Any graduating seniors/parents or students not participating in the Fall 2017 band/parents will be removed from the email list at some point this week unless you email Ms. Sharon and specifically ask to remain on the list.  If you want to leave the "Remind" group you can do so by following the instructions found here:  https://help.remind.com/hc/en-us/articles/202540968-How-do-I-opt-out-of-receiving-messages-
  • All debts MUST be paid this week before any students will be allowed to graduate or attend the first June rehearsal!
  • We will start playing through the show music this week and working on graduation music.  Students will need both concert and marching instruments at school this week.
  • We will unload the truck TOMORROW!  Seniors need to be sure that anything they want to keep MUST come out of their uniform bag/instrument case and everything that belongs to the school MUST be back in its place.  They can take care of this at graduation practice this week.  We will take inventory tomorrow.  Any equipment not returned will be added to the school's debt list.
  • TOMORROW NIGHT will be the band's freshmen orientation @ 6:30 in the band room!  All student leaders who were announced for the fall are REQUIRED to attend!  They need to be there at 6 to help welcome the incoming freshmen and their families to Gibson County HS.  We will need some parents to help preparing/serving the food and also parents available to answer questions and make them feel welcome as well.  Please contact Kim Todd if you are willing to help.
  • THE NEW YORK TRIP KICK-OFF MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE THIS THURSDAY NIGHT @ 6:00 in the library!  If you, your student, or anyone you know is even thinking about going on this trip then you DO NOT want to miss this important meeting!
  • Graduation is THIS FRIDAY NIGHT @ 6:00 pm in the main gym!  All non-graduating concert band members are REQUIRED to play for graduation.  All students need to be in their seats on the gym floor at 5:15 dressed in concert attire!  All equipment will have to be moved back to the band room before students will be dismissed to leave.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 23rd and 24th - Final Exams
  • May 24th - Last Day of School (1/2 day)
  • June 13, 20, 27 - June rehearsals - 6-9 pm - Attendance is REQUIRED for at least 2 out of the 3 rehearsals in order to secure a spot in next year's field show!
  • July 10-14 - Percussion/Guard Camp - 8:00-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 12-14 - Fundamentals Camp (FULL BAND!) - 8:00-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 17-21 - Full Band Camp - 8:00am-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

May 7, 2017

posted May 7, 2017, 12:45 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Thanks to everyone who lined the streets of Trenton at the Teapot Parade this past Saturday!  The kids did a great job!  I hope many of you will plan to line the streets of Humboldt this Friday to help cheer on this great group of students one more time!
  • Thanks to all those who made the band banquet possible this past Friday night!  What a wonderful night to recognize our wonderful students and look back at the GREAT year that we have had!
  • Parade Band Rehearsal for Tuesday has been cancelled!  We will rehearse ONLY on Thursday of this week from 3-5.
  • Senior Exams are this Wednesday (3rd & 4th block) and Thursday (1st & 2nd blocks)!
  • THIS FRIDAY IS THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL IN HUMBOLDT!  The parade begins at 10:00 on Main Street.  We will meet at 8 in the band room for immediate departure to Humboldt.  All students need to plan to arrive in Humboldt and change IMMEDIATELY into uniform so the truck can move to the end of the parade route.  We are the last band in the parade and then students will have a chance to eat lunch along the parade route before we depart for St. Louis.  This weekend will be our seniors last performances so I hope many of you plan to make the trip to Humboldt and to St. Louis to send off our seniors on a good last note!
  • We will leave Humboldt for St. Louis.  You guys have raised enough money through your fundraising/donation efforts to cover each of the students' meals while on the trip!  Each student will get $10-15/meal while we are on the trip.  Students will only need money if they will eat more than this or if they want to purchase souvenirs while we on the trip.  The game will be nationally televised on FOX on Saturday beginning at 3:05 pm.  Students can be checked out after the game but a ride home form MUST be turned in no later than THIS THURSDAY.  Forms are attached to this email.  The itinerary for the trip will be as follows:
    • Friday, May 12th:

      • 8:00 am - Meet for immediate departure to Humboldt for the parade
      • 10:00 am - Strawberry Festival Parade begins
      • ~12 noon - Parade ends - Students each lunch at vendors along the parade route ($10/student provided by the boosters for lunch)
      • 2:00 pm - Leave Humboldt for Cape Girardeau, MO (1 rest stop along the way)
      • 5:00 pm - Stop in Cape Girardeau for dinner ($15/student provided by the boosters for dinner)
      • 7:00 pm - Leave Cape Girardeau for our hotel in Chesterfield, MO (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/stlsh-springhill-suites-st-louis-chesterfield/)
      • 9:30 pm - Arrive at the hotel (check-in)
      • 10:30 pm - Curfew

      Saturday, May 13th:

      • 7:00 am - Wake-up and eat breakfast provided at the hotel
      • 8:30 am - Load buses and depart for the StLouis Zoo
      • 9:00 am - Arrive at the StLouis Zoo (general admission is FREE!)
      • 11:30 am - Lunch at the Zoo (paid for by the boosters)
      • 12:30 pm - Load buses to leave for Busch Stadium
      • 1:00 pm - Arrive at Busch Stadium (security, dress, warm-up, rehearse)
      • 2:30 pm - Take the field for the National Anthem
      • 2:40 pm - National Anthem presented by the Gibson County Marching Pioneers!
      • 2:45 pm - Depart field (change, load, and re-enter stadium)
      • 3:05 pm - First pitch
      • ~6:30 pm - Game ends (load buses, check-out)
      • ~7:00 pm - Leave for Dyer, TN (dinner stop - $10/student provided by the boosters for dinner -  plus a rest stop on the way home)
      • ~11:00 pm - Arrive back at GCHS

  • If you are still in need of a ticket to the game contact me ASAP and I can get you in touch with folks who have some extras for sale for $55/ticket.
  • Remember all debts MUST be paid off in full for a senior to receive his/her diploma after graduation or a student who is not graduating to attend the 1st June rehearsal.  If a student is not returning to band and has a debt, the debt will follow them until they graduate and diplomas will be held until the debt is paid in full.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 15th - Band's Freshmen Orientation - 6:30 - Band Room - Any student leader who was announced at the banquet is REQUIRED to attend this event.  They will have to be there at 6!
  • Thursday, May 18th - NEW YORK TRIP KICK-OFF MEETING!  6:00 pm - Library - Attendance is HIGHLY recommended for anyone even considering going on the trip.
  • Friday, May 19th - Graduation - 6:00 - Bo Booth Gymnasium - All non graduating concert band members are REQUIRED to play!  They will need to be in their seats on the gym floor dressed in concert attire no later than 5:15!
  • May 23rd and 24th - Final Exams
  • May 24th - Last Day of School (1/2 day)
  • June 13, 20, 27 - June rehearsals - 6-9 pm - Attendance is REQUIRED for at least 2 out of the 3 rehearsals in order to secure a spot in next year's field show!
  • July 10-14 - Percussion/Guard Camp - 8:00-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 12-14 - Fundamentals Camp (FULL BAND!) - 8:00-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 17-21 - Full Band Camp - 8:00am-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

April 30, 2017

posted Apr 30, 2017, 1:35 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Everyone should have received his/her shirts that they ordered for the St. Louis Trip.  Contact Kim Todd ASAP if you did not.
  • Jazz Band will have their dress rehearsal TOMORROW from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Fall 2017 Guard Auditions are TOMORROW from 3:30 until 5.  All students' parents who make the line for next year will have a MANDATORY meeting immediately following the auditions in the library.  The auditions are closed and no one from the outside is allowed to attend the auditions.
  • Parade Band Rehearsals on Tuesday AND Thursday of this week from 3-5.  All parade band members are REQUIRED to attend!
  • Concert Band Members will play off "Amazing Grace" MEMORIZED at Tuesday's rehearsal!
  • Non-Concert Band Members will play off BOTH the parade tune and "Amazing Grace" at Tuesday's rehearsal.
  • Jazz Band will host the Porch Swingin' Event THIS TUESDAY @ 6:00 pm at the Rutherford Cabin (behind Rutherford School).  The event is FREE and open to the public.  All jazz band members must be there dressed in proper attire at 5:30.  Remember to bring your lawn chairs and come out for a night of great music!
  • All Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion signed forms are due THIS FRIDAY or students will NOT be allowed to march in the parade on Saturday!
  • The band banquet is THIS FRIDAY NIGHT @ 6:30 at First Baptist Church in Dyer!  The attire is business casual.  Advanced ticket is REQUIRED!  The last day to purchase a ticket was this past Friday.  We will begin the evening by eating a catered meal by Northside Market in Milan followed by the recognition of many of our students' accomplishments from this past year and then conclude the evening with the announcement of next year's show/student leadership and a DVD presentation highlighting our past year while paying tribute to the Class of 2017.  I hope you will join us for this special night!
  • Memory Books will be handed out at the door on Friday night for those who have paid their balances in full!
  • Teapot Parade is THIS SATURDAY @ 10 in Trenton!  I hope many of you will line the street of Trenton to help cheer on the band.  We are the next to last band in the parade.  Students will meet at Peabody Place Apartments (across from Trenton Elementary) at 9:15 in full uniform (uniform, hat, black socks, theme shirt, marching shoes, gloves).   NO BUSES will travel to the parade.  I will be in the band room from 8:30-9:00 for students to pick up any equipment they might need for the parade and will return for ~30 minutes after the parade is over for students to bring any equipment back.  All uniforms MUST be returned to school by Monday!
  • Remember all debts MUST be paid off in full for a senior to receive his/her diploma after graduation or a student who is not graduating to attend the 1st June rehearsal.  If a student is not returning to band and has a debt, the debt will follow them until they graduate and diplomas will be held until the debt is paid in full.
Upcoming Dates:
  • May 9th & 11th - Parade Band Rehearsal (3-5)
  • May 10th & 11th - Senior's Final Exams
  • Friday, May 12th - Strawberry Festival - 10:00 - Downtown Humboldt - We will meet @ 8 am in the band room for immediate departure to Humboldt.  Students are REQUIRED to ride the bus to the parade.
  • May 12th-13th - St. Louis Trip - Ride Home Forms for this trip MUST be turned in by Thursday, May 11th!
  • Monday, May 15th - Band Freshmen Orientation - 6:30 - Band Room - Any student who is announced as a student leader for next year will be REQUIRED to be at this event at 6.  We will need parents to help serve that night.
  • Thursday, May 18th - NEW YORK TRIP KICK-OFF MEETING!  6:00 pm - Library!  All parents/students/family members interested in the trip NEED to attend this very informative meeting where we will joined by the President of our travel agency who is handling all of the details of our trip!  DON'T MISS THIS IMPORTANT MEETING!
  • Friday, May 19th - Graduation - 6:00 pm - All non-graduating concert band members are REQUIRED to attend to play at graduation!  We will meet at 5:15 in concert attire.
  • May 23rd & 24th - Final Exams
  • May 24th - Last Day of School (1/2 day)

April 23, 2017

posted Apr 23, 2017, 1:02 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • You guys did it again!  You guys sold over $2000 in shirts for the St. Louis trip!  All of this money will go towards the students' expenses on the trip.  Our goal is to make it where this $20000 for our group to travel will only cost you the cost of the hotel room!  Thanks again for all your efforts to make this trip a reality!
  • Memorization Test over the PARADE BAND TUNE ("You Raise Me Up") for Concert Band Members is TOMORROW during class.  This makes up 34% of their grade for this nine weeks.  Failure to memorize the tune will result in an F in band this nine weeks along with the student will NOT be allowed to march in the spring parades.  Non Concert Band Members will be tested over their memorization at next Tuesday's (26th) rehearsal!
  • Jazz Band meets TOMORROW from 3:15-4:30 in the band room!
  • Guard Clinic #7 will be TOMORROW from 3:30-5:00 in the main gym!
  • Parade Band Rehearsals begin THIS TUESDAY for all NON Concert Band Members and Color Guard Members!  Rehearsals are from 3-5.  All rehearsals/parades are MANDATORY in order to attend the Band Banquet on May 5th!
  • Full Band Parade Band Rehearsal for ALL (both concert and non concert band members) parade band members is THIS THURSDAY from 3-5!  This is part of the rehearsal grade for concert band members.  Remember students participating in minor sports MUST attend at least one parade band rehearsal each week.  This information MUST be communicated with both myself and the coach of the sport.  If games are scheduled in a way that a player of a minor sport can attend all rehearsals then ALL REHEARSALS ARE REQUIRED!
  • Band Banquet tickets went on sale this past Monday for $12/each!  Band students get in for free but they MUST RSVP with me.  8th grader-Juniors can purchase up to 2 additional tickets.  Seniors can purchase up to 3 additional tickets.  Remember actual tickets will NOT be issued but rather a list will be kept at the door of the banquet as to who purchased a ticket.  The last day to purchase tickets will be THIS FRIDAY so we can give the caterer a final number.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!
  • St. Louis Room $$$ is due THIS FRIDAY!  All students with 6 in a room room rate is $24.75, 5 in a room is $29.00, 4 in a room is $36.25.
  • Concert Band members MUST play off "Amazing Grace" for their section leaders at NEXT TUESDAY'S rehearsal.  If they do not, then they will not be able to march in the parades.  Non Concert Band members will play off "Amazing Grace" on the Tuesday (2nd) rehearsal along with our parade band tune.
  • The finalized New York Trip Itinerary + costs should be available at some point THIS WEEK!  Stay on the lookout for this!  We will have a kick-off meeting to discuss details SOON!  Stay tuned because you don't want to miss out on this trip...IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT ONE!  The trip is open to ANYONE!  Fundraising opportunities are limited ONLY to the band students.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 25th - Jazz Band (3:15-4:30); Guard Clinic #7 (3:30-5:00)
  • Monday, May 1st - Fall 2017 Color Guard Auditions (3:30 until we're done) - Main Gym - There will be a MANDATORY parent meeting immediately following the auditions for any student's parent who makes the Fall 2017 Guard in the library.
  • May 2nd & 4th - Full Band Parade Rehearsals (3-5) - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Tuesday, May 2nd - Porch Swingin' Event - 6:00 - Rutherford Log Cabin - See Mr. Brockman's event facebook page for details - https://www.facebook.com/events/1902953846630250/  It should be a great FREE night of music!  I hope all of you will make plans to attend.
  • Friday - May 5th - Band Banquet - 6:30 - First Baptist Church - Dyer, TN. Advanced ticket REQUIRED!
  • Saturday, May 6th - Teapot Parade - Trenton, TN - 10 am - Students MUST be at the Peabody Place Apartments (across from Trenton Elementary) dressed in full uniform at 9:15.  I will be in the band room from 8:30-9 and for ~30 minutes after the parade for anyone who needs to pick-up/drop-off any equipment.
  • May 9th & 11th - Full Band Rehearsals (3-5)
  • Friday, May 12th - Strawberry Festival - 9:30 - Humboldt - We will meet at 8:00 am in the band room for immediate departure to Humboldt.  Ride home forms can be turned in for this event and the St. Louis Trip are due no later than Thursday, May 11th @ 5:00 pm.
  • May 12th-13th - St. Louis Trip!
  • Friday, May 19th - Graduation - 6:00 pm - Bo Booth Gymnasium - All non graduating concert band members MUST be in their seats in concert attire no later than 5:15!

April 16, 2017

posted Apr 16, 2017, 8:13 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Happy Easter to everyone!
  • Thanks to everyone who came out this past Thursday to the Pops Concert!  The kids did a great job and hopefully you and your family enjoyed a night of great music by the ensembles at Gibson County HS!
  • All lettering credit is due TOMORROW!
  • St. Louis Shirt Orders + $$$ are due TOMORROW!
  • Any upcoming junior or senior who is interested in a leadership role in next year's band MUST attend a very short meeting TOMORROW in the band room @ 3:05!
  • Jazz Band meets TOMORROW from 3:15-4:30 in the band room!
  • Guard Clinic #6 will be TOMORROW from 3:30-5:00 in the main gym!
  • Memory Book balances are due THIS FRIDAY!  See the remind message from last week as to how much your student owes.
  • Band Banquet tickets go on sale TOMORROW for $12/person!  Each band student is admitted for FREE but they must RSVP with me.  Each 8th grader-junior can purchase up to two additional tickets.  Seniors can purchase up to 3 additional tickets.  You will not receive an actual ticket but rather a list will be made by Chasity Rhonda Upchurch who will then check you in with that list at the door at the banquet.  The banquet will be held at First Baptist Church in Dyer on May 5th @ 6:30 pm.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!  The last day to buy at ticket will be Friday, April 28th so we can give the caterer a definite number.  Send your money in envelope marked with your student's name along with how many tickets that you are purchasing.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 24th - Memorization Test over the parade band tune.  Non concert band members will test on Tuesday, May 2nd.  This is worth 34% of your student's grade for the nine weeks so make sure they practice and memorize their music.  If they do not memorize the music they will NOT march in either parade and will FAIL band for the nine weeks!  Practice, practice practice!
  • Monday, April 24th - Jazz Band (3:15-4:30); Guard Clinic #7 (3:30-5:00)
  • Tuesday, April 25th - After school rehearsal for all non-concert band members and guard members from 3:15-5:00.  Attendance is MANDATORY for those not in concert band wishing to attend the band banquet.
  • Thursday, April 27th - Full Band Parade Rehearsal (3-5) - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Friday, April 28th - Band Banquet ticket $$$ & St. Louis Room $$$ is due!
  • Monday, May 1st - Fall 2017 Color Guard Auditions (3:30 until we're done) - Main Gym - There will be a MANDATORY parent meeting immediately following the auditions for any student's parent who makes the Fall 2016 Guard in the library.
  • May 2nd & 4th - Full Band Parade Rehearsals (3-5) - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Tuesday, May 2nd - Porch Swingin' Event - Time:  TBA - Rutherford Log Cabin - It should be a great FREE night of music!  I hope all of you will make plans to attend.
  • Tuesday, May 2nd- Memorization Test over Amazing Grace for Concert Band Members.  Non Concert Band members will play off both parade band tunes that day as well.
  • Friday, May 5th - Band Banquet - 6:30 - First Baptist Church - Dyer, TN. Advanced ticket REQUIRED!
  • Saturday, May 6th - Teapot Parade - Trenton, TN - 10 am - Students MUST be at the Peabody Place Apartments (across from Trenton Elementary) dressed in full uniform at 9:15.  I will be in the band room from 8:30-9 and for ~30 minutes after the parade for anyone who needs to pick-up/drop-off any equipment.
  • May 9th & 11th - Full Band Rehearsals (3-5)
  • Friday, May 12th - Strawberry Festival - 9:30 - Humboldt - We will meet at 8:00 am in the band room for immediate departure to Humboldt.  We will leave for St. Louis from Humboldt!
  • Saturday, May 13th - St. Louis Cardinals game!
  • Friday, May 19th - Graduation - 6:00 pm - Bo Booth Gymnasium - All non graduating concert band members MUST be in their seats in concert attire no later than 5:15!

April 9, 2017

posted Apr 9, 2017, 1:51 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:


  • Any student who is NOT in Concert Band but is planning to come back for Parade Band needs to see me THIS WEEK to sign up for a hotel room for the St. Louis trip.
  • All students who still owe a debt from this past fall will be issued a letter from me tomorrow stating the amount of the debt and what the debt is for.  Please sign and return those as soon as possible acknowledging that you are aware of the debt.  Remember students who owe a debt will not be allowed to graduate if a senior or attend the first June rehearsal for anyone not graduating and planning to be a part of the fall marching band!
  • The percussion section is currently selling bed sheets.  If you or someone you know would like to order some of these please see any percussionists to place your order.
  • The Jazz Band will meet TOMORROW from 3:15-4:30 in the theater!
  • Fall 2017 Guard Clinic #5 will take place TOMORROW from 3:30 until 5 in the main gym!
  • The Booster Meeting scheduled for TOMORROW NIGHT will take place on Thursday in the theater immediately following the concert!  Your students have to move equipment back to the band room so you might as well stay and be involved in the booster club organization!
  • Our annual "Pops Concert" will be held THIS THURSDAY @ 6:30 in the theater!  The concert is FREE and open to the public so invite your friends, family, and neighbors out for a great night of music by the jazz band, concert band, and brass ensemble of Gibson County!  Students have to be dressed in concert attire (NO TSHIRTS, JEANS, SHORTS, TENNIS SHOES) @ 5:45 in the theater.  It's going to be an AWESOME CONCERT so let's fill up the theater for this night of great music by our students!  All equipment will have to be moved back to the band room immediately following the concert BEFORE any student will be dismissed.
  • ATTENTION SENIORS/SENIOR PARENTS:  Pictures of you/your student are due no later than THIS FRIDAY to be included in the band banquet video! 
  • St. Louis Shirt Orders + $$$ are due no later than NEXT MONDAY!  The order form is attached.
  • Any upcoming junior or senior band member who is interested in a leadership position in next year's band should attend a brief meeting NEXT MONDAY AFTERNOON in the band room @ 3:05!
  • ALL LETTERING CREDIT IS DUE TO ME NO LATER THAN NEXT MONDAY IN ORDER FOR A STUDENT TO LETTER IN BAND THIS SCHOOL YEAR!
  • Brent Jones (alumnus of the GC Band) is currently marching with an independent percussion ensemble.  His ensemble will be competing in the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH April 20-22.  Tico will be hosting a viewing party to support Brent either in the band room or the theater depending on availability.  The viewing party is FREE and open to anyone who wants to come out and support Brent!  Times and exact location will become available the closer we get to the date.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 17th - Jazz Band Rehearsal (3:15-4:30), Guard Clinic #6 (3:30-5:00)

  • Monday, April 24th - Memorization Test over the parade band tune (worth 33% of your student's grade for this nine weeks)!

  • Tuesday, April 25th - After school parade band rehearsal (3:15-5:00) for all NON CONCERT BAND MEMBERS and ALL COLOR GUARD MEMBERS!    Remember if your student is NOT in concert band and is NOT involved in a major sport then they MUST come back for ALL PARADE BAND REHEARSALS/PARADES in order to attend the band banquet!

  • Thursday, April 27th - Full Band Parade Band Rehearsal - 3:15-5:00 - This includes BOTH concert and non concert band members!  Attendance at after school rehearsals is worth 33% of your student's grade for the nine weeks!
  • Friday, April 21st - Memory Book Balances are DUE!  Balances will be sent out SOON!
  • Friday, April 28th - St. Louis Hotel Money is DUE!  Amounts will be released as soon as we know them (~$25/student).
  • Monday, May 1st - Fall 2017 Color Guard Auditions - 3:30 - Main Gym - Parent meeting to follow in the library.
  • May 2nd & 4th - Full Parade Band Rehearsals (3-5)
  • Friday, May 5th - Band Banquet - 6:30 - First Baptist Church Dyer - All students are admitted for FREE!  Ticket prices and quantities available for family and friends will be made available closer to the date.
  • Saturday, May 6th - Teapot Parade @ 10:00 am in Trenton!  Students will have to be in Trenton at 9:15 dressed in full uniform for the parade!

April 1, 2017

posted Apr 1, 2017, 12:44 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Hopefully everyone has a had a restful spring break!  Monday we begin the last 1/3 of the spring semester!
  • The Jazz Band will rehearse on Monday from 3:15-4:30 in the band room!
  • Color Guard Audition Clinic #4 will be held THIS MONDAY from 3:30-5:00 in the main gym!  Audition fees were due at the last clinic in the amount of $40.  If you did not make this payment then make sure that you do so this Monday!  Remember this is a CASH ONLY payment!
  • Front Ensemble Audition Clinics #3 and #4 will be held this Tuesday and Thursday in the band room from 5-7 pm.  These clinics are MANDATORY for students wishing to participate in the Fall 2017 Front Ensemble!  Remember if your student has a conflict due to a school activity that these conflicts CAN be worked out IF we know about them.  Make sure myself or Tico know about any conflicts.
  • Brass Ensemble will have their dress rehearsal THIS THURSDAY from 3:15-4:30 in the band room.
  • Drink orders for the St. Louis Trip will be in THIS THURSDAY!  Times and details with come later this week but be prepared to pick-up your drink orders on Thursday afternoon!
  • All students who still owe a debt from this past fall will be issued a letter from me stating the amount of the debt and what the debt is for.  If you receive one of these please sign and return those as soon as possible acknowledging that you are aware of the debt.  Remember students who owe a debt will not be allowed to graduate if they are a senior or attend the first June rehearsal for anyone not graduating and planning to be a part of the fall marching band!
  • As we begin parade band season we will start going outside during class.  Please be sure your student has proper clothing and shoes to march in each day.  This will be a part of their rehearsal grade so make sure they are prepared!
  • ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS:  Get your pictures of your child to Mrs. Kim Todd asap if you want your child included in the band banquet DVD!
  • The Fall 2017 calendar has been updated to include football games and contests (all are filled in except one on October 28th) for the fall!  Check out the website to see the latest additions!
  • As we begin seriously recruiting the 8th graders for next year's band, please encourage any 8th grader that you know who is currently involved in their middle school bands to give high school band a try for their first semester in high school!  For most students, it's a decision that they won't regret!  Also if you know any high school student who wants to join/rejoin band, have them see me to make this happen!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 10th - Jazz Band (3:15-4:30); Color Guard Audition Clinic #5 (3:30-5:00); BAND PARENTS MEETING (7:00 pm - Band Room)
  • Thursday, April 13th - Pops Concert - 6:30 - Theater - Come out for a FREE night of great pop music presented by the jazz band, concert band, and brass ensemble!  Students will need to be dressed and in their seats at 5:45.  The attire for that night is concert attire!
  • Friday, April 14th - NO SCHOOL!  GOOD FRIDAY!
  • Monday, April 17th - ALL LETTERING CREDIT IS DUE!  If your child plans to letter in band this year they must have EVERYTHING turned in to me in order to letter which is recognized at the banquet in May!
  • Monday, April 24th - Memorization Test over parade band tune (worth 33% of your student's grade for this nine weeks)!
  • Tuesday, April 25th - After school parade band rehearsal (3:15-5:00) for all NON CONCERT BAND MEMBERS and ALL COLOR GUARD MEMBERS!    Remember if your student is NOT in concert band and is NOT involved in a major sport then they MUST come back for ALL PARADE BAND REHEARSALS/PARADES in order to attend the band banquet!
  • Thursday, April 27th - Full Band Parade Band Rehearsal - 3:15-5:00 - This rehearsal includes BOTH concert and non concert band members!  Attendance at after school rehearsals is worth 33% of your student's grade for the nine weeks!
  • Monday, May 1st - Fall 2017 Guard Auditions - 3:30 until we are finished - Main Gym
  • May 2nd & 4th - Parade Band Rehearsals - 3:15-5:00
  • Friday, May 5th - Band Banquet - 6:30 pm - First Baptist Church, Dyer - More information coming soon!
  • Saturday, May 6th - Teapot Parade - 9:15 - Trenton - Attendance is MANDATORY for all concert and non concert band members!

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