Weekly Announcements

June 21, 2020

posted Jun 21, 2020, 1:14 PM by GCHS Band   [ updated Jun 22, 2020, 1:41 PM ]

Announcements:

  • Happy Father's Day to all of our great band dads out there!  We hope you have a wonderful day!
  • Another GREAT REHEARSAL this past Tuesday night!  We covered letters L-T.  All students should be practicing the beginning to letter T.  Just remember that "we will only be as good as our weakest link" so encourage each student to practice!  practice!  practice!
  • The 3rd and final June rehearsal will be Tuesday, June 23rd.  We will follow the same schedule and procedures as the last 2 weeks.  Remember the show will be written based upon June rehearsal attendance!  We will be covering letter T-end this week.
  • We will have solo/small ensemble auditions this week!  Any student wishing to audition for a solo in the show MUST audition this Tuesday night!  All solo audition results will be announced on Tuesday night!
  • Students need to bring FOUR things with them to rehearsal next week:
    1. All 7 forms included in the summer mail out COMPLETED!  Any student who does not turn in his/her forms will NOT be allowed to participate in band camp until we receive the forms.
    2. The first $35 band fee payment.  We need to pay staff on Tuesday night so make every attempt to get this turned in on time!  Remember you can make payments online via Cut Time!
    3. Peaches order form + money!  Each student is asked to sell at least 6 trays of peaches or get $30 in donations.  Make sure EVERYONE does his/her part to make this fundraiser a success!  Remember peaches will arrive on July 27th!  Time is still TBA and will be communicated as soon as we know for sure.
    4. Boston Butt order form + money.  This is an optional fundraiser but a great way to get some really good BBQ for the 4th of July!
  • If your student is NOT going to be at this upcoming rehearsal be sure that these things are sent to rehearsal by another student!  No extension on these deadlines.
  • Percussionists need to pay their $125 percussion fee or get 5 shirt sponsors by July 30th!
  • All color guard members need to be bringing in or paying via CutTime at least $66 of their guard fees to cover gloves ($16) and deposit on uniform ($50).  This needs to be paid by July 1st if at all possible.
  • Remember that all payments can be made via check/cash in an envelope in the band office or online via credit card using the Cut Time software.  NO PAPER RECEIPTS WILL BE GIVEN!  All receipts can be seen online using the Cut Time software.  All payments made online are typically posted within 1-2 business days.  Cut Time plans to upgrade to automatically posting the payments to your account in the coming weeks but for now we are having to manually post them all.
  • Trailer Sponsorships are ONLY $50 and are due by August!  
  • All students will receive the 4th of July parade music and next week's rehearsal.  WE NEED EVERY STUDENT WHO IS IN TOWN TO SHOW UP TO THE REHEARSAL AND THE PARADE(S) ON JULY 3rd & 4th!  We will rehearse on July 3rd from 9-11am in the band room/outside.  We will march in the Dyer parade on the 4th at 9:00 am.  We will meet just across the tracks behind the old Farmers and Merchants Bank at 8:15.  We will then move to Kenton to march in the Kenton parade at 11:00.  We will meet at the car wash across from the old Plastex building at 10:30.  Students will wear khaki shorts with red, white, or blue tshirt TUCKED IN with tennis shoes!  Remember if students attend BOTH the rehearsal and the parade(s) they will get lettering credit toward earning a letter in band for the 2019-20 school year!  This is huge when applying for scholarships as a senior!  ​CANCELLED DUE TO COVID!
  • We still need workers for FIREWORKS!  This takes EVERYONE to pull this fundraiser off.  Contact Jennifer ASAP if you have not signed up for a time to work yet!
  • Also remember to promote the band's Firework stand to your family and friends!  The stand is located in the parking lot at Food Rite in Dyer and hours varies depending on the date.  You can look at the schedule that Jennifer sent out a few weeks ago to see the hours by day.  The band receives all of the profits so ADVERTISE FOR US!  The stand opens THIS TUESDAY (25th)!  Tell everyone that we will once again be accepting credit/debit cards this year!  All fireworks are BUY 1 GET 1 FREE!  You won't find a better deal in the area and support a better organization at the same time!  Our BEST advertising is word of mouth so please help promote our fireworks stand!
  • Just a reminder to make sure that all students are spending some time outside so they're ready for camp!  It's going to be HOT so be sure your student is ready for it.
  • IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:  If your student is planning to not participate in band this year, this Tuesday is the last chance for your student to quit.  Our drill writer will begin writing our field show on Wednesday after the Tuesday night rehearsal.  As stated in the band handbook:  "Any student quitting after the June rehearsals, you (the parent) will be responsible for any and all costs incurred on your student's behalf by the booster organization".  These costs typically add up to between $300 and $500.  Please make sure after Tuesday that your student is planning to stick with band until at least December!
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  There will a Zoom Meeting held THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT @7pm to discuss our upcoming camp dates and this fall while dealing with COVID.  All parents & students are encouraged to attend!  The meeting information is listed below:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84515503850?pwd=U3VIKzNMY0RxQWtidk42a05wVjRLQT09

Meeting ID: 845 1550 3850
Password: 1PNnJX

Upcoming Dates:
  • Wednesdy, 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 parade(s) CANCELLED DUE TO COVID!
  • Thursday, July 4th - 4th of July parade(s) - Dyer (9am) & Kenton (11am) CANCELLED DUE TO COVID!
  • July 6-10 - Guard/Percussion Camp - 8-4:30 (battery rehearsal times will vary) - Attendance is MANDATORY!  $125 band fee is due on the 6th for all percussion and guard members!
  • July 8-10 - Fundamentals Camp (Outside!) - EVERYONE - 8-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 13-17 - Full Band Camp - EVERYONE - 8-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!  $125 band fee is due on the 13th for all hornline members!

June 14, 2020

posted Jun 14, 2020, 9:00 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Uniforms arrive back from the cleaners in the morning @9am.  I could still use a couple more students to help unload them (20-30 minutes).  If your student can be there, have them message me on Remind so we can prepare accordingly.
  • 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 THIS TUESDAY (16th) from 6-9 pm.  Remember to BE ON TIME! and prepared with everything that you need (music, instrument, pencil, etc.).  The show will be written according to those that attend the June rehearsals.  We will use the same schedule (see attached) and check-in procedures that we used last week.
  • Students should be practicing their show music (beginning - L) that we covered this past Tuesday night.  This week we will work letter L-T.  We only get better if EVERYONE practices.
  • We will begin fitting for uniforms this week.  A parent will escort your child to/from the uniform fitting room to ensure not more than 10 will be in the room at a time and social distancing measures will be adhered to.
  • We began our peaches fundraiser this past Tuesday night.  Each student is asked to sell at least 6 trays of peaches (20-22 peaches/tray) or get $30 in donations.  If your child is going on the Rose Parade Trip he/she will receive $2 credit for each 1/4 bushel that is sold.  Orders + Money are due no later than the LAST TUESDAY NIGHT REHEARSAL (June 23rd).  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.  Peaches should be here late July/early August!!!  
  • 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 (23rd)!  See attached order form.
  • Students were given a packet of forms at last week's rehearsal.  Within this packet you should find forms that needed to be completed and turned back in for your child to participate and travel with the high school band for the 2020-21 season.  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.  
  • I am in the process of setting up individual student accounts in CutTime.  As soon as these accounts are fully operational (hopefully by this Tuesday) I will let you know so that you can begin making payments online.
  • The first $35 band fee payment must be made by the final June rehearsal unless other payment arrangements are 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 or you can pay using the Cut Time software!  If you want to pay with a card in person, just bring your card to the check-in door Tuesday night and you will be emailed a receipt!  All checks should be made to Gibson County High School Band.  NOTE:  8TH GRADERS DO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR BAND FEES BUT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GUARD AND PERCUSSION FEES IF APPLICABLE!
  • Please note that Cut Time does NOT automatically post your payments to your account when you make them.  Mrs. Lawanda has to manually go in and post them.  It typically takes Mrs. Lawanda 1-2 days to go in and get everything posted.  If you don't see your payment posted after then please email her to follow-up as to why you're payment is being reflected in CutTime.
  • Mrs. Lawanda and Mrs. Brooke will once again be at the check-in doors around 5:00 this Tuesday to accept all forms and payments.
  • In addition to regular band fees, guard and percussion members have additional fees based on whether they are in the guard or the percussion section.  The percussion fee is $125 and the guard fee is $100 for returning members and $205 for new members.  Percussionists should be receiving information this week about how to get shirt sponsors in place of paying the $125 percussion fee.  These sponsors will be due by the last post band camp rehearsal which will be on Thursday, July 30th.
  • Guard should be paying their first $16 of their guard fee for the purchase of guard gloves.  This $16 goes toward their guard fee of $100 or $205.
  • 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 green sheet of paper when you received your packet of band information last week. 
  • 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 Jennifer Lowrance at jlo012575@gmail.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/.  Some GREAT pictures have already been added from last Tuesday's rehearsal if you haven't checked them out yet.  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!
  • Be sure if you are not a part of the Remind! group that you join TODAY!  There is a lot of important typically last minute information that goes out via remind.  To join simply go to the band's website and click on the instructions of how to join based on your child's graduation year.
  • After correspondence between the state's epidemiologist and our school's administration it has been determined that it's not in the best interest of our students for the band to participate in the Dyer and Kenton 4th of July parades.  We always like to support our local communities but in the sense of extreme caution of our students it has been advised that we do not participate.
Upcoming Dates:
  • June 23rd - Final June Rehearsal - 6-9 pm - Attendance is REQUIRED at 2 out of the 3 to get a spot in the fall show!
  • June 23rd - 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.  ​CANCELLED DUE TO COVID!
  • July 4th - 4th of July parade(s) - Dyer (9am) & Kenton (11am)  CANCELLED DUE TO COVID!
  • July 6-10 - Guard/Percussion Camp - 8-4:30 - Sorry for the misprint on the packet of information.
  • July 8-10 - Fundamentals Camp - EVERYONE - 8-11:30 - Sorry for the misprint on the packet of information.
  • July 13-17 - Full Band Camp - EVERYONE - 8-DARK - We need EVERYONE present to have an effective camp!

June 7, 2020

posted Jun 7, 2020, 9:05 AM by GCHS Band   [ updated Jun 7, 2020, 9:06 AM ]

Announcements:
  • Hopefully everyone is staying safe and healthy during this uncertain times that we are living.
  • We would typically have our first Band Booster Meeting TOMORROW NIGHT but do to social distancing guidelines and the amount of people we are currently allowed to have in a single room at the school we will NOT be having our booster meeting tomorrow night.  Hopefully we'll be able to meet in July.  Check the band calendar for the exact date.
  • Our first of three June rehearsals begins THIS TUESDAY NIGHT.  Due to the times we are living in, June rehearsals will look a little different than they have in year's past.  There is an attached schedule for the June rehearsals.  Students should park or be dropped at the door that their section is rehearsing at and ONLY at the time they are given to check in for their sectional.  Upon entering the school they will have their temperature checked and answer a brief questionnaire.  Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will be sent home.  After that point they will report directly to their sectional room.  If they need something from the band room, their section leader will get that for them.  Students will be placed 3 meter apart in their sectional rooms both side to side and front to back.  After their sectional time is over, please make arrangements to pick your student up as soon as possible.  NO STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO LINGER!  I know this isn't ideal but it's a start and I think we're (staff and students) all excited to have the chance to get back together to make music!
  • The forms that would typically would handed out at freshmen orientation or mailed out during the summer will be given to each student as he/she enters for his/her temperature check on Tuesday night.  These forms (7 TOTAL) are all due back by the last June rehearsal in order to participate in Band Camp!
  • Everyone will need a CutTime account.  This is our accounting program that we use for our financial records.  If you have an account already you will just be promoted to the 2020-21 year and you do not have to do anything at this point.  Eventually you will see all financial obligations added here. Nothing has been posted yet.  If you do not have an account, please use your student's name to sign up for an account along with YOUR (parent) email address as this is where your monthly statements will be emailed.  You can sign up for an account at https://cuttime.net/signin.cfm.
  • 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 to the appropriate entrance door and they will email you a receipt or you can make all payments via Cut Time under the financial obligations tab (once you have set up an account and I have posted obligations)!  NOTHING HAS BEEN POSTED TO YOUR ACCOUNTS AT THIS POINT!  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, $205 - new members), and percussion fee ($125) if you are financially able.
  • All financial obligations and their due dates will be posted on Cut Time for your accounting needs.  I will add to the obligations list (i.e polos, band shoes, state hotel rooms, etc.) and their due dates when these items are ordered and/or hotel room assignments are made.
  • All forms and band fee payments can be made to Mrs. Lawanda Landrum or Mrs. Brooke Clanton who will be located at each entrance door starting at approximately 5:00 at each June rehearsal!  Remember you will able to make all payments via the Cut Time Accounting Software once I have added the obligations to the software.
  • NO PAPER RECEIPTS will be handed out.  All receipts can be found under the financial tab on Cut Time.  This is a great way for your keep track of what you have paid and what needs to be paid next.  If you would like a printed copy and do not have the means to print it from your house just simply make a request to me and I will gladly print one for you in person or give it to your student to take home to you. 
  • Guard members will need to start paying their guard fees.  The first fee of $16 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 $125 out right at Tuesday's rehearsal.
  • We begin our first fundraiser for the 2020-21 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 $26.  For students going on the Rose Parade trip, each 1/4 bushel sold $2 will be credited toward your students trip account with PAC.   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 six 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!).  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 form that will be on a colored sheet of paper located in the packet of papers that your student will receive on Tuesday night.  These sponsorships are only $50 for the entire year wherever the band travels.  You can turn in these forms and money to Mrs. Lawanda or Mrs. Brooke on Tuesday as well.  They are due NO LATER THAN August 7th 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 Jennifer Lowrance at jlo012575@gmail.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 16, 23 - June Rehearsals - The fall show will be written according to attendance at June rehearsals so make sure your student is present at all rehearsals if at all possible!
  • Tuesday, June 23rd - All forms, first band fee payment, Peaches Orders + Money, and Boston Butt orders + money are DUE!
  • Wednesday, 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.  We are still awaiting clearance to participate in the parades.
  • July 4th - 4th of July parades - Dyer (9:00 am) & Kenton (11 am)
  • July 6-10 - Guard/Percussion Camp - 8-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 8-10 - Fundamentals Camp - EVERYONE - 8-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 13-17 - Full Band Camp - EVERYONE - 8-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

March 15, 2020

posted Mar 15, 2020, 2:31 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - Jazz Band - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room
  • Tuesday - Brass Ensemble (3:15-4:30), Low Brass Ensemble (4:45-6 ) - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble (3:15-4:30), Saxophone Ensemble (4:45-6) - Band Room


Announcements:


  • ​Thanks to everyone who helped with the Pageant/Mattress Sale yesterday at the school!  Two successful events all in one day!
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Lady Pioneers on a great season!  I hate to see it end the way that it did but we are proud of the entire team.
  • Tremendous job by the Concert Band this past Wednesday at Concert Festival!  STRAIGHT SUPERIOR RATINGS FROM ALL JUDGES!  This also makes us a TBA Sweepstakes Band which is  a prestigious award in our state (http://tennesseebandmasters.org/sweepstakes/).  Thanks to the chaperones who volunteered their time to come on the trip with us.
  • This past Friday we began selling Braided Bread as BOTH a general fund fundraiser for travel/music for the spring parades and the Pops Concert but also a fundraiser for those going on the Rose Parade Trip in December.  Each student is asked to sell at least 10 loaves.  Every loaf that is sold $3 is put into your student's trip account and $2.60 goes into the general fund.  If a student is not going on the trip the total profit will go into the general fund.  All orders + $$$ are due by March 25th!  We need everyone to do his/her part to make this fundraiser a success!  Order form is attached.
  • Color Guard Audition Clinic #2 is TOMORROW from 3:30 until 5!  Be sure to invite someone new to attend.  This is the last free clinic.  The $40 audition fee will be due at the 3rd clinic.
  • Drum Major Audition Clinics will take place THIS THURSDAY & FRIDAY from 4:15-5:30 in the band room.  The deadline to turn in a contract and audition fees was this past Friday.  We have several trying out.  The competition will be tough.
  • Drum Major Auditions are NEXT WEDNESDAY starting at 4:15!  Good Luck to those trying out!
  • Our NEXT BIG FUNDRAISER WILL BE A NIGHT AT THE CATFISH COOKERS next Monday, March 23rd from 4-8 pm.  This will be an all you can eat buffet for $20/person with $10 going towards the band's trip to Pasadena.  Seating will be based on a first come first served basis.  The event page is https://www.facebook.com/events/2398942970207360/.  SHARE!  SHARE!  SHARE!
  • Continue to take care of outstanding debt!  Check CutTime or have your student ask me for a printed copy of your student's account statement for up-to-date balances.
  • Also be sure that you are logging in to your WeTravel account to pay on the trip as you have the extra funds.  The next two payments are $800 payments but are not due until August and September so be sure you're paying along the way.
  • We still have a few 8th graders on the fence about doing high school band or not.  If you know these students please encourage them to at least give band a try.  If their parents have questions or if the student has questions that you can not answer please send them my way, I will be glad to talk to them either on the phone or in person.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 23rd - Guard Audition Clinic #3 - $40 audition fee is due at this clinic (CASH ONLY!)
  • March 23,26,April 6, 9,13- Fall 2020 Percussion Section Clinics/Auditions!  5-8pm - Band Room. 
  • Thursday, March 26th - Middle School Band Concerts - 6:30 - Theater - Let's come out and support the future of our band program!  This is worth letting credit for those students still seeking credits to letter in band this year.
  • March 30-April 3 - SPRING BREAK!!!  NO SCHOOL!
  • Wednesday, April 15th - All lettering criteria for the 2019-20 school year IS DUE!  NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Tuesday, April 14th - Pops Concert - 6:30 - Theater - Mandatory Performance for all concert band members!
  • April 15-18 - All State Music Educators Convention - Opryland Hotel - Nashville, TN
  • Saturday, April 25th - GC Shopping Extravaganza - https://www.facebook.com/events/529553540970280/
  • Friday, May 8th - An Evening with Music and Roses - https://www.facebook.com/events/2828693733861824/ - this event is geared towards businesses and individuals wishing to purchase individual tickets and/or entire tables for a meal and to hear the President of 2021 Tournament of Rose Parade speak!

March 8, 2020

posted Mar 8, 2020, 1:59 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - Jazz Band (3:15-4:30) - Band Room
  • Tuesday - Brass Ensemble (3:15-4:30), Low Brass Ensemble (4:45-6) - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Concert Festival - Lane College - NO WOODWIND/SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS!
  • Thursday - NO REHEARSALS!  Go Lady Pioneers!

Announcements:
  • CONGRATULATIONS! to the 29 students from the GC Band who participated in the Solo & Ensemble Festival this past Saturday at North Side HS in Jackson!  Out of the 29 students, 26 of them received a SUPERIOR RATING (I) or an EXCELLENT RATING (II)!!!  Tremendous job by all of the students involved!
  • Thanks to all who attended the concert this past Thursday night!  Tremendous crowd and tremendous talent displayed by the students!
  • Congratulations to the Lady Pioneers for advancing to the State Tournament!  They play on Thursday at 6:00 pm in Murfreesboro.  So students are able to attend the game we will be attending Concert Festival on Wednesday now instead of Thursday.
  • Fall 2020 Color Guard Clinics begin TOMORROW from 3:30-5:00 in whatever gym the girls BB team is not in.  Information sheets have been available in the office and the band room for the last two weeks.  This information has also been available at all middle schools.  Encourage any student in grades 8-11 interested to attend tomorrow!  If a student is involved in the after school rehearsals with the middle school band they will need to communicate with Mr. Agee that they are interested in trying out for the guard but they MUST attend the middle school rehearsal instead of the guard clinic.
  • Band Booster Meeting - TOMORROW NIGHT - 7pm - Band Room!
  • Good luck to both of the middle school bands who will also be performing at Concert Festival on Wednesday as well! 
  • Due to the basketball game we will now travel to Lane College for Concert Festival on Wednesday.  THIS IS A MANDATORY PERFORMANCE GRADE!  Students need to be in their seats dressed in their black/white concert attire immediately after 1st block on Wednesday morning for rehearsal.  We will rehearse until 10:30.  Load the bus then head to Jackson.  We will eat lunch (students need meal $$$) in Jackson.  Perform at Concert Festival at 2:40, sight read at 3:05, and then head back to GC.  We should arrive back at GC around 4:15-4:30 so students who normally ride the bus will need to arrange to have a ride pick them up.  If you are picking your student up at Lane, you must FIRST check them out of school and in addition provide them a ride home form by Wednesday morning at 8!  Festival Schedule is attached is anyone is wanting to come and watch - NOTE WE WILL PERFORM ON LAST SPOT ON WEDNESDAY NOW AND NOT ON THURSDAY AS THE SCHEDULE STATES!  Parents are welcome in the performance venue but NO PARENTS ARE ALLOWED in the warm-up and/or sight reading rooms.
  • THIS SATURDAY! - Miss Irish Rose Pageant - Theater - https://www.facebook.com/events/2828693733861824/ - We have had great success with our pageants thus far because you guys share the event and show up to work the event so please continue to do that for this event!  Contact Cheri Draper for more information or if you want to help.
  • THIS SATURDAY - Mattress Sale - GC Auxiliary Gym - 10-5 - https://www.facebook.com/events/564642410665266/ - $$$ can be earned by every student by simply referring people to come in and buy mattresses!  We will need students for 2 hour shifts starting at 10, 12, and 2 to help advertise the event.  Students will sign up for these shifts and receive referrals for ANYONE during their shift that buys a mattress AND receive Community Service Hours.  Parents will be need to man the event as well.  Stay tuned for an email about when/where parents will be needed.
  • The band still has a lot of outstanding debt to collect from this past fall.  If you have not paid off your debt from this past fall your student will NOT be allowed to exempt final exams, attend the 1st June rehearsal, or receive his/her diploma if the debt has not been off in full!  Check your latest CutTime Statements that were emailed out this past week.  Contact Andie Watson with any questions.
  • Keep up-to-date with all rehearsals and upcoming dates using the band's website:  http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org 
  • Continue recruiting for the 2020-21 Band!  I've heard some great things thus far!  Keep it up!
Upcoming Dates:

March 1, 2020

posted Mar 1, 2020, 2:57 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - Jazz Band (3:15-4:30) and Percussion Ensemble (5-8) - Theater - BOTH are dress rehearsals!
  • Tuesday - Concert Band after school rehearsal until 5:00!  Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble (3:15-4:30) and Saxophone Ensemble (4:45-6:00) - Theater - Dress Rehearsal!
  • Thursday - Concert - 6:30 - Theater - Students must be in their seats dressed in black/white concert attire at 5:45 on stage!  Attendance is MANDATORY!

Announcements:
  • Thanks to everyone who volunteered and worked concessions this past Saturday night at the girl's regional semifinal game!
  • This is our CONCERT WEEK!  Be sure students are in class each day and are in every ensemble's after school rehearsal!
  • This week we welcome Mr. Keith Cottrill (Bethel), Mr. Steve Barnett (UTM), and Mr. Mike Mann (Union) for class time and our after school rehearsal on Tuesday!  After School rehearsal on Tuesday is MANDATORY and will be considered unexcused without a doctor's note stating the visit was for an emergency purpose!
  • Gummy Bear Money ($50) is due THIS WEDNESDAY!
  • We will run the full concert both Wednesday and Thursday this week during class time so students will need all equipment for all ensembles both of these days.
  • THIS THURSDAY is our Classical Concert for ALL members of the concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, saxophone ensemble, and low brass ensemble!  In addition, Mr. Bill's Rock Band Class students will be entertaining in the lobby both before and after the concert.  The concert will begin at 6:30 in the theater!  The concert is FREE and open to the public.  Students will be required to be on stage dressed in black/white concert attire (NO jeans, tshirts, tennis shoes, or shorts ALLOWED!) at 5:45.  The guys' will be issued a tie this week to go with their concert attire.  Failure to turn the tie back in after Concert Festival will be a $30 charge.  The concert is a performance grade for all concert band members!  Invite your friends and family out for a great night of great music by great students!
  • Solo/Ensemble is THIS SATURDAY @ North Side HS in Jackson!  Our performance block time is 9:30 am.  All students need to be at North Side NO LATER THAN 9:00 to warm-up.  Students can provide his/her own transportation or ride the bus that will be at the high school at 8:15 for immediate departure and will return after everyone is finished performing.  Remember students MUST have his/her solo PERFORMANCE READY(I or a II rating) when Mr. Mayhall/Mr. Agee/Myself hears your student this week or they will NOT be allowed to attend the event!  Attire for the event is concert attire!  Students must have a judge's copy of their music with measures numbered along with a judge's form (provided on the table in the band room this past week).
  • Information regarding color guard auditions was placed on the band room table last week!  Encourage those interested to pick-up a packet.
  • Please start to recruit for next year's band with our upcoming freshmen in addition to encouraging our middle school students to continue in their respective band programs!  If you have questions or run into issues with parents/students, please send them my way.  I want EVERY student who wants to be a part of the high school band to have that opportunity and will do my best to work out any issues one may have to make that happen!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday - March 9th - Fall 2020 Color Guard Clinics BEGIN - Information forms are located in the band room/main office at the high school and all middle schools!  Any student interested can see myself, Mr. Agee, or Mr. Mayhall for additional questions/details.
  • Thursday, March 12th - Concert Festival - Lane College - Students will miss school for the day and should receive permission slips for their teachers to sign this week.
  • Saturday, March 14th - Miss Irish Rose Pageant - Theater - https://www.facebook.com/events/2828693733861824/ - We have had great success with our pageants thus far because you guys share the event and show up to work the event so please continue to do that for this event!  SHARE!  SHARE!  SHARE!
  • Saturday, March 14th - Mattress Sale - GC Auxiliary Gym - 10-5 - https://www.facebook.com/events/564642410665266/ - $$$ can be earned by every student by simply referring people to come in and buy mattresses!  SHARE!  SHARE!  SHARE!
  • Thursday, March 26th - Middle School Concert @6:30!  Let's come out and support the future of this band program!  This concert is also worth concert lettering credit if attended.

February 23, 2020

posted Feb 23, 2020, 11:38 AM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - Jazz Band (3:15-4:30)/Percussion Ensemble (5-8) - Band Room
  • Tuesday - Brass Ensemble (3:15-4:30)/Low Brass Ensemble (4:45-6) - Band Room - DRESS REHEARSAL!
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble (3:15-4:30)/Saxophone Ensemble (4:45-6)- Band Room
  • Thursday - Percussion Ensemble (5-8) - Band Room

Announcements:
  • We have to man the concession stand NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT for the basketball tournament held at GC.  Thanks to all those who have volunteered to work.  If you haven't volunteered and would like to volunteer contact Laurie Baker ASAP.
  • Next week we welcome three college band directors to our after school rehearsal to work with the ensemble.  They are:  Mr. Mike Mann (Union University, Mr. Keith Cottrill (Bethel), and Mr. Steve Barnett (UTM).  If any student is interested in any of these universities this would be a great time to talk with these directors.  You can play in the band (marching and/or concert) REGARDLESS of your major for $$$!!!
  • Our Classical Concert will be NEXT THURSDAY (5th) @ 6:30 in theatre!  The concert is free and open to the public.  You will hear performances from the jazz band, concert band, percussion ensemble, low brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, saxophone ensemble, and the brass ensemble!  It will be a great night of music so invite your family friends out to the concert!  Students will have to be dressed and on stage at 5:45 in black/white concert attire (NO JEANS, TSHIRTS, SHORTS, TENNIS SHOES, ETC.).
  • NEXT SATURDAY (7th) is Solo/Ensemble Festival @ North Side in Jackson!  Our performance time should be released soon and we'll have more details once our performance time is released.  Students can ride a bus from GC or provide his/her own transportation to Jackson.  We will begin listening to students NEXT WEEK and if we don't think they are prepared then we will NOT allow them to attend the festival so make sure your student is practicing his/her music!
  • The POSSIBLE contest DATES and Football Games have been listed on the calendar on the band's website (http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org) so you can start planning your schedules accordingly for the fall!  The school calendar for the 20-21 school year is also listed on the calendar.
  • Upcoming Fundraisers to be aware of and share:
    • February 26th-March 4th - Gummy Bear Sales - All profits go towards the students trip accounts.  Students will be assigned 50 bags and will be responsible for bringing those back and/or the $50 in cash on the 4th.  If students sale all 50 bags he/she will get $25 towards his/her trip account.
    • Saturday, March 14th - Miss Irish Rose Pageant - Theater - https://www.facebook.com/events/2828693733861824/ - We have had great success with our pageants thus far because you guys share the event and show up to work the event so please continue to do that for this event!
    • Saturday, March 14th - Mattress Sale - GC Auxiliary Gym - 10-5 - https://www.facebook.com/events/564642410665266/ - $$$ can be earned by every student by simply referring people to come in and buy mattresses!
    • Monday, March 23rd - Marching Pioneers Night at Catfish Cookers - 4-8pm - $20 all you can eat buffet with 50% of profits benefiting our band's trip account - https://www.facebook.com/events/2398942970207360/
    • Saturday, April 25th - GC Shopping Extravaganza - https://www.facebook.com/events/529553540970280/
    • Friday, May 8th - An Evening with Music and Roses - https://www.facebook.com/events/2828693733861824/ - this event is geared towards businesses and individuals wishing to purchase individual tickets and/or entire tables for a meal and to hear the President of 2021 Tournament of Rose Parade speak!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Week of March 2nd - Dress Rehearsals for ALL ENSEMBLES in the theater.  Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Tuesday, March 3rd - MANDATORY after school rehearsal for all Concert Band Members (3-5) - Theatre
  • Thursday, March 5th - Classical Concert - 6:30 - Theatre - FREE!  Students will have to be there at 5:45 dressed in black/white concert attire!
  • Saturday, March 7th - Solo/Ensemble - Jackson North Side - Time:  TBA.  
  • Monday, March 9th - Fall 2020 Color Guard Audition Clinics BEGIN - 3:30-5:00 - Main Gym - Information regarding the auditions will be available soon!  Mr. Agee/Mr. Mayhall will have information at the middle schools for the middle schoolers who are interested.  Be sure if you know of anyone in grades 8-11 in our side of the district who is interested in getting involved that you share this information with them!
  • Thursday, March 12th - Concert Festival - Lane College - Students will miss school all day that day and will need their black/white concert attire along with money for one meal (lunch) that day while in Jackson.

February 16, 2020

posted Feb 16, 2020, 4:08 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - NO SCHOOL!  President's Day!
  • Tuesday - Brass Ensemble (3:15-4:30)/Low Brass Ensemble (4:45-6:00) - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble (3:15-4:30)/Saxophone Ensemble (4:45-6:00) - Band Room
  • Thursday - Percussion Ensemble - 5-8 - Band Room

Announcements:
  • Happy President's Day!  I hope everyone enjoys their day off!
  • Great Job by the 11 students from GC who made one of the prestigious All West TN Honor Bands this past weekend!  Great concerts by all 11 of their respective ensembles this past Friday and Saturday!
  • Thanks to Cheri Draper and all who helped pull off the pageant this past Saturday!  This pageant raised even MORE money than the previous pageant that will be applied towards your student's trip account in the coming weeks.
  • We have to man the concession stand for some upcoming tournament games.  If you are willing and able be to work at a given game be sure and contact Laurie Baker.
  • Senior Pictures for the band banquet video were due this past Friday.  If you are a senior and/or senior parent and did not get your pictures to Jennifer Lowrance you need to contact her ASAP!
  • Solo and Ensemble is now less than 3 weeks away!  Students should be prepared to play for one of our directors the week of March 2nd!  If we don't think they will be successful at the event with a I or II rating we will NOT allow them to attend the event so make sure your student is practicing!  We are here to help when questions arise.
  • We will be hosting several college band directors from local universities in the coming weeks.  If your student is a junior/senior he/she can audition for feedback on the spot most of the time to see what opportunities they would have at that particular university.  Take advantage of this opportunity!
  • We have several upcoming fundraisers for both the general fund and the Rose Parade Trip that you can be involved in.  Please share on social media as we live in a great community and many of these opportunities are offered to us each week!  All of the events below benefit OUR band students ONLY.  We will also be involved in some other fundraisers that will benefit the ENTIRE Mass Band.  I know we have a lot going on so please come help out as much and as often as you can!
  • The POSSIBLE contest DATES and Football Games have been listed on the calendar on the band's website (http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org) so you can start planning your schedules accordingly for the fall!  The school calendar for the 20-21 school year is also listed on the calendar.
  • Continue to take care of band debts via cuttime.net. 
Upcoming Dates:
  • Tuesday, March 3rd - MANDATORY after school rehearsal for all Concert Band Members (3-5) - Theatre
  • Thursday, March 5th - Classical Concert - 6:30 - Theatre - FREE!  Students will have to be there at 5:45 dressed in black/white concert attire!
  • Saturday, March 7th - Solo/Ensemble - Jackson North Side - Time:  TBA.  
  • Monday, March 9th - Fall 2020 Color Guard Audition Clinics BEGIN - 3:30-5:00 - Main Gym - Information regarding the auditions will be available soon!  Mr. Agee/Mr. Mayhall will have information at the middle schools for the middle schoolers who are interested.  Be sure if you know of anyone in grades 8-11 in our side of the district who is interested in getting involved that you share this information with them!
  • Thursday, March 12th - Concert Festival - Lane College - Students will miss school all day that day and will need their black/white concert attire along with money for one meal (lunch) that day while in Martin.

February 9, 2020

posted Feb 9, 2020, 12:09 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - Jazz Band (3:15-4:30)/Percussion Ensemble (5-8) - Band Room
  • Tuesday - Brass Ensemble (3:15-4:30)/Low Brass Ensemble (4:45-6) - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble (3:15-4:30)/Saxophone Ensemble (4:45-6)- Band Room
  • Thursday - Percussion Ensemble (5-8) - Band Room


Announcements:


  • GREAT JOB by the 16 students from GC who performed at the University of Memphis Honor Band Clinic this past Thursday-Saturday!
  • Thanks to all those who have volunteered this basketball season to work concessions.  This makes up a good portion of our budget and we couldn't do it without your help!  We will have a few more games in upcoming tournaments held at GC so if you haven't been able to volunteer to work a game so far there will still be another chance.
  • Parent/Teacher Conference will be held THIS MONDAY & TUESDAY NIGHT from 3:30-6:30.  Be involved in your student's education and visit with their teachers so grades aren't a surprise to you when you see them on a progress report or a report card!  If you need to see me I will be located in my science room (221) which is located at the end of the front hall.
  • Band Booster Meeting - TOMORROW NIGHT - 7:00 - Library - We receive $5 for every parent/grandparent/family member/friend that is present tomorrow night for the Mattress Fundraiser Presentation so PLEASE COME!!!
  • Students should continue to practice for Solo & Ensemble!  The event is less than 4 weeks away.  We will help if needed but the responsibility of preparing the solo and/or ensemble lies on that of the student.  We will start hearing them the week of the event and if we don' think they will get a rating of a I (Superior) or a II (Excellent) then we will NOT allow them to attend the event so make sure your student is preparing!
  • The All-West Honor Band Clinic is THIS WEEK (February 13th-15th)!  Students will leave at 8:30 on that Thursday.  Students will need breakfast items for the hotel room, trolley money ($1 bills), and money for 4 meals.  Concert attire (black/white) will be worn on that Saturday for the concerts.
  • Miss Valentine Rose Pageant is THIS SATURDAY!  The event page for the pageant ishttp://www.facebook.com/events/472247333459371/ .  Please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.  Remember the student who shares the most and contestant show up with their name on the flyer will receive an extra $25 towards his/her trip account!  Each band member going on the trip benefits from the funds generated by this event so it's only fair that EVERYONE (both students and parents) volunteer to help or if we don't have enough help then we will not be able to host anymore pageants.  Contact Cheri Draper to find out how you can help!
  • The deadline for seniors to get their pictures to Jennifer Lowrance to be included on the band banquet video is THIS FRIDAY (15th)!  Take care of this by Friday or your student WILL NOT be included in the banquet video!  Jennifer's email address is JenniferPLowrance@Eaton.com if you need to contact her.
  • Continue to pay for debt from this past fall.  Attached is the latest list of debts owed.  Please take care of this ASAP!  Check your CutTime statement at www.cuttime.net for specifics on what is owed.  If you have questions contact Andie Watson at andreadwatson@hotmail.com. 


Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 3rd - After School Rehearsal for ALL Concert Band Members - 3-5 - Theatre - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Thursday, March 5th - Classical Concert - 6:30 - Theatre - Students will have to be there at 5:45 dressed in concert attire!
  • Saturday, March 7th - Solo/Ensemble - Jackson North Side - Times will be emailed out as soon as we get them.  Students may ride the bus from the high school or provide his/her own transportation to Jackson.  Be sure your student is practicing for this event!
  • Monday, March 9th - Fall 2020 Color Guard Clinics BEGIN!  Encourage students you know who would like to get involved in our organization to attend the clinics!
  • Saturday, March 14th - Mattress Fundraiser - More information will be given at tomorrow night's booster meeting!

February 2, 2020

posted Feb 2, 2020, 12:00 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - Jazz Band (3:15-4:30)/Percussion Ensemble (5-8) - Band Room
  • Tuesday - Brass Ensemble (3:15-4:30)/Low Brass Ensemble (4:45-6) - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble (3:15-4:30)/Saxophone Ensemble (4:45-6)- Band Room
  • Thursday - Percussion Ensemble (5-8) - Band Room


Announcements:


  • The fist 2 payments for the Rose Parade Trip have been made ($150 total!).  Remember the next payment is not due until August but it's an $800 payment so make sure you're paying along the way so this payment doesn't come as much of a shock to the pocket when it hits.  We will still continue to fundraise along the way but fundraisers will only produce what you guys put into them so make each one count so you can get this trip down as low as you can!
  • Our next BIG FUNDRAISERS ARE:
  • The past Friday we picked out Solo & Ensemble music for S&E to be held on March 7th at Northside HS in Jackson.  Each student had the opportunity to pick out a solo and sign up for this event.  All money ($10 per event registered) is due THIS WEDNESDAY!  Students are expected to practice and prepare this music on their own.  We are available for questions and additional help if they need it.
  • On Thursday 16 students from GC will be travelling to to the University of Memphis Honor Band in Memphis.  Students will depart at 1:30 and will not return home until Saturday.  Students will need "school like" clothes for Thursday & Friday and concert attire (black & white) for Saturday.  The bus will drop us off at the hotel on Thursday and will travel back so all parents will be expected to pick their child up after the concerts are over on Saturday.  Itinerary is attached.  Students will need to bring breakfast foods for the room and money for 3 additional meals to be eaten at the food court on campus throughout the event.
  • We have our final Pep Band Game of the season THIS FRIDAY night (February 7th) vs. Peabody.  Students will have to be dressed in GC/theme night attire and in their seats at 5:15 for the game.  This is a MANDATORY performance grade for ALL concert band members!
  • The All-West Honor Band Clinic is NEXT WEEK (February 13th-15th)!  Students will leave at 8:30 on that Thursday.  Students will need breakfast items for the hotel room and money for 4 meals.  Concert attire (black/white) will be worn on that Saturday for the concerts.
  • Our next BIG GENERAL FUNDRAISER is coming up on March 14th.  It's our 2nd Annual Mattress Sale.  THIS COULD BE OUR LAST GENERAL FUNDRAISER OF THE SEMESTER IF WE PROMOTE THIS PROPERLY!  The event page is https://www.facebook.com/events/564642410665266/.  Please share on social media.  For every parent who attends our booster meeting on February 10th we also receive an additional $5 so plan to be there on the 10th!  Students will also have the opportunity to earn extra cash towards his/her trip by referring people to purchase mattresses.  This information will also be shared at the meeting on the 10th.  IF YOU NEED A MATTRESS, PLEASE HOLD ON UNTIL THE 14TH TO HELP SUPPORT THE BAND!  SHARE!  SHARE!  SHARE!
  • The deadline for seniors to get their pictures to Jennifer Lowrance to be included on the band banquet video is NEXT FRIDAY (15th)!  Take care of this asap!
  • I got a text from a band director who was at the Division I State Championship meeting yesterday held in Nashville and the contest host, Riverdale HS Band, has set the date for State next year as Saturday, October 31st.  Mark your calendars and make your hotel reservations accordingly.
  • At last check there were still ~30 students who have an outstanding balance on their account on CutTime.  If these balances are not cleared by the end of the year your student will NOT be able to exempt exams, attend the first June rehearsal and seniors will NOT receive his/her diploma after graduation.  Please take care of these balances ASAP!

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