Weekly Announcements

June 16, 2019

posted by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Happy Father's Day to all of our great band dads out there!  We hope you have a wonderful day!
  • Thanks to all the parents who showed up last week to helped in getting the trailer ready for its NEW WRAP coming this fall!
  • 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 (18th) 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 - M) that we covered this past Tuesday night.  This week we will work letter M-W.  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 6 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 25th).  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.  There has been an update to the peaches delivery date...Peaches should be here the week of July 8th!!!  Make your plans to pick up your peaches that week! 
  • 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 (25th)!  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.  All forms can be found on the band's website (http:/gchsmarchingpioneers.org).
  • 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 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 office Tuesday night and you will be emailed a receipt!  All checks should be made to Gibson County High School Band.
  • Please note that Cut Time does NOT automatically post your payments to your account when you make them.  Mrs. Andie has to manually go in and post them.  Cut Time hopefully will have the automatic posting up and running in the near future but until then you have to wait until Andie has an opportunity (~1-2 days) to go in and manually post the payments.
  • Mrs. Andie and Mrs. Lawanda will once again be in the band office around 5:30 next Tuesday to accept all forms and payments.
  • Remember if you student is wanting to purchase a flip folder and/or a lyre for the 4th of July parades, band camp, stand music, pep band, etc that Mr. Agee will be taking all orders until the last June rehearsal at which time we will place the order.  Prices are attached to this email.  Money for the flip folders/lyres is not due until they arrive!
  • Percussionists should be getting shirt sponsors (5 total) or paying their percussion fee of $125 by August 1st!  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 $66 of their guard fee ($16/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. 
  • 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 follow this link:  https://www.remind.com/join/399cca.
Upcoming Dates:
  • June 25th - Final June Rehearsal - 6-9 pm - Attendance is REQUIRED at 2 out of the 3 to get a spot in the fall show!
  • June 25th - 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 8-12 - Guard/Percussion Camp - 8-4:30 (Battery percussion times will vary from this schedule) - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 10-12 - Fundamentals Camp - EVERYONE - 8-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 15-19 - Full Band Camp - EVERYONE - 8-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

June 9, 2019

posted Jun 9, 2019, 12:27 PM 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 2019-20 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 2019 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 25th 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 or you can access an electronic copy on the website under the forms and practice tools tab (https://sites.google.com/site/gchsmarchingpioneers/Home/fun-things).
  • Everyone at this point should be set up on the Cut Time Accounting Software. Check your email for log-in information.  The website for signing in to Cut Time is 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 in to the office 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)!  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 are listed 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 Ms. Andrea Watson or Ms. Lawanda Landrum who will be located in the band office starting at approximately 5:30 at each June rehearsal!  Remember you can also make all payments via the Cut Time Accounting 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.
  • Lyre/Flip Folders will be on sale during the June rehearsals as well.  For those of you who don't know the flip folder is basically a portable folder for music which is great for pep band in the stands, 4th of July Parade, learning music at band camp, etc.  The lyre is the metal portion that attaches the folder to the horn.  Mr. Agee will be taking orders for these during the June rehearsals if you would like one.  These will hopefully be in before the 4th of July parade band rehearsal for the students who need one.  You do not have to pay for them when you order them but you will have to pay for them before you get yours.  If you have questions about which kind your horn needs see Mr. Agee or Mr. Mayhall at one of the three June rehearsals.  A price list of flip folder/lyre price is attached.  Order it during the June rehearsals so you don't have to pay the shipping charges like you will if you wait and order one later.
  • We begin our first fundraiser for the 2019-20 school year THIS TUESDAY with the selling of fresh Georgia peaches.  These peaches will be delivered some time in early/mid July.  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   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 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. Andie or Mrs. Lawanda on Tuesday as well.  They are due NO LATER THAN August 9th 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!
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS:  DONNIE COX WILL BE HOLDING A MEETING AT THE BAND'S TRACTOR TRAILER IN THE BACK PARKING LOT ON TUESDAY NIGHT @ 6PM FOR ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN HELPING CHAPERONE OR BE ON THE PIT CREW FOR THIS UPCOMING SEASON!  WE RELY ON YOUR HELP TO BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS WE ARE SO PLEASE CONSIDER ATTENDING!

Upcoming Dates:
  • June 18, 25 - June Rehearsals - 6-9 pm - Attendance is REQUIRED at 2 out of the 3 to get a spot in the fall show!
  • Tuesday, June 25th - 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
  • July 4th - 4th of July parades - Dyer (9:00 am) & Kenton (11 am)
  • July 8-12 - Guard/Percussion Camp - 8-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 10-12 - Fundamentals Camp - EVERYONE - 8-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 15-19 - Full Band Camp - EVERYONE - 8-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

May 31, 2019

posted May 31, 2019, 8:32 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • We are a little over a week away from our first June rehearsal, a little over 2 months away from our first public performance, and a little over 3 months away from our first competition!  I hope your student has been practicing!  We go by the saying that we will only be as STRONG as our weakest link so PRACTICE...PRACTICE...PRACTICE!!!  In band we don't have a 2nd and 3rd string.  EVERYONE STARTS EVERY TIME WE TAKE THE FIELD!
  • I need every NEW MEMBER parent to create their student's account on CutTime by next Friday using the following link:  https://cuttime.net/createProfile.cfm and every returning member to log-on and verify that all of their information is correct using the following link:  https://cuttime.net/signin.cfm!  We have had some issues with students creating their own accounts and using their own emails and then parents going in and creating another account with your students name again with a different email.  I have tried to catch these and delete the student email address and just leave the parents email address but let's make sure that only parent email addresses are being created so the statements are going to the right place each month and we don't have any double billing going on.  Please follow the instruction on the website (https://sites.google.com/site/gchsmarchingpioneers/Home/student-accounts) VERY CAREFULLY on how to set-up or verify your CutTime account.
  • Our first band booster meeting of the year will take place Monday night, June 10th at 7:00 pm in the high school library!  I hope that many of you plan to attend so you can get plugged in to be a part of this great organization!
  • We will begin selling fresh Georgia Peaches and Boston Butts (for the 4th of July) at the 1st June rehearsal!  Begin asking your family, friends, and co-workers if they are interested in purchasing some of these items to help support the band!  Order forms, quantities, and pricing will be included in next week's announcements.
  • Stay up-to-date with what's going on by visiting the band's website at http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org!  You can always find helpful practice tools, forms, the latest rehearsal/performance information, and much more here!  The competition has ALREADY been updated from what you received in your summer mail-out or at the calendar you received at freshmen orientation.  Check it out!
  • If you haven't signed up for the remind text message service, it's not too late!  You can do so today.  Check out the homepage on the band's website for instructions on how to get signed up!
  • Join us on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/273967556115889/.  Great information is shared here along with a lot of fantastic pictures of your student will be posted here throughout the year!  The group is private so you will have to ask permission to join but it's that simple.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, June 10th - First Band Booster Meeting of the 2018-18 Season @ 7:00 pm in the library - Come be a part of this great organization!
  • June 11, 18, 25 - 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!  All forms and the first band fee payment of $35 is due at any of these rehearsals.
  • June 11-25 - Peaches Fundraiser!  More information we be sent out in next week's announcements.
  • July 3rd - 4th of July Parade Rehearsal - 9-11 am - Band Room/Outside
  • July 4th - 4th of July Parades in both Dyer and Kenton!  More information coming soon.
  • July 8-12 - Percussion/Guard Camp - 8:00-4:30 (battery camp times will vary) - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 10-12 - Fundamentals Camp (FULL BAND!) - 8:00-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY
  • July 15-19 - Full Band Camp - 8:00am-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

May 19, 2019

posted May 19, 2019, 10:48 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:
  • Welcome to the class of 2023 "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 2019!  Thanks to all who came out this past Friday night in support of them.  A lot of our seniors received college band scholarships.  Stick with it and band will pay for itself!
  • On Monday and Tuesday of this week we have underclassmen finals exams.  Monday is 2nd and 4th block exams and Tuesday is 1st and 3rd block exams!  Be sure your student is prepared.  There is NOT a final exam for concert band!
  • This Tuesday is a 1/2 day of school!  No meals in the cafeteria will be served.
  • All section leaders will meet at 11:30 am THIS TUESDAY to prepare "Summer Mail outs" for students in band (grades 10-12) for next year.  You should receive this important information by Friday (May 24th).  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.  These mail out forms are will also available on the website under "forms and practice tools" in the coming days.
  • 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!
  • Contact Jennifer Lowrance to sign up for a time to work the fireworks stand if you have not already.  This is one of our largest fundraisers of the year and we need everyone to sign up for one or more shifts at the fireworks stand in order to make this a successful fundraiser!
  • We will begin our first fundraiser for the 2019-20 school year at the first June rehearsal.  We will be selling boxes of peaches.  Each student will be asked to sell at least 6 boxes of peaches.  Start asking folks now if they would like some fresh peaches from Georgia so you can fill up your order sheet quickly in June when your student receives it!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, June 10th - 1st Band Booster Meeting of the 2019-20 Band Year - 7:00 pm - Band Room - Make it a PRIORITY to come and be a part of this great group of parents!
  • June 11, 18, 25 - 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!
  • Wednesday, July 3rd - Rehearsal for 4th of July Parades - 9-11 am - Attendance is optional but HIGHLY encouraged if your student is in town.
  • Thursday, July 4th - 4th of July Parades in both Dyer (9am) & Kenton (11am) - Attendance is optional but HIGHLY encouraged if your student is in town.
  • July 8-12 - Percussion/Guard Camp - 8:00-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 10-12 - Fundamentals Camp (FULL BAND!) - 8:00-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 15-19 - Full Band Camp - 8:00am-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

May 12, 2019

posted May 12, 2019, 11:58 AM by GCHS Band

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 2019!  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 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 and a time to look forward to the upcoming school year!  For those of you who missed the show trailer for next fall's show it has been placed along with the theme shirt design on the website at https://sites.google.com/site/gchsmarchingpioneers/field-show-2008-info.
  • Seniors need to make sure if they have any equipment (instruments, mouthpieces, etc.) that belong to the band that they get it back to the band room this week BEFORE graduation on Friday.  We will take inventory on Friday during class.  If it is not returned by Friday there will be a hold placed on their diploma until the equipment has been returned.  Same goes for anything that they have in the band room...they MUST get this out by Friday or it was discarded.  This could include practice/marching shoes, socks, gloves, clothes, etc.
  • Any graduating seniors/parents or students not participating in the Fall 2019 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.
  • 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 Jennifer Lowrance if you are willing to help.
  • 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 20th and 21st - Final Exams
  • May 21st - Last Day of School (1/2 day) - NO MEALS WILL BE SERVED!
  • June 11, 18, 25 - 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 8-12 - Percussion/Guard Camp - 8:00-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 10-12 - Fundamentals Camp (FULL BAND!) - 8:00-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 15-19 - Full Band Camp - 8:00am-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

May 5, 2019

posted May 5, 2019, 10:42 AM 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!
  • A BIG THANK YOU to both students and parents who volunteered their time this past Thursday to help sort and distribute drinks.  I don't want to mention names as I may miss someone but please know I am grateful for your help to make this fundraiser a success!
  • Great Job by 10 members of our percussion section who performed this past Thursday night at Union University alongside the combined Union Symphonic Band and Orchestra!  It was a great performance!  You can check it out on UU's Live Stream at https://livestream.com/uu/campusevents/videos/190777878 around the 42 minute mark.
  • Fall 2019 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 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 9 am 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 8th band in the parade.  After we march students can be checked out at the end of the parade route (where the buses are parked) if a ride home form is turned in (see attached).  Ride Home Forms are due NO LATER THAN Thursday at the end of practice.  We will then travel to the Subway parking lot for students to eat lunch at McDonalds, Subway, Chinese, or Taco Bell.  Students will need $5-10 for lunch.  Students can be checked out after lunch as well.  We will then travel back to school in which all students will need a ride home!  We should arrive back at the school between 1 and 2.  This Friday will be our seniors last performance so I hope many of you plan to make the trip to Humboldt to send off our seniors on a good last note as this is a very special day for each of them.
  • 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 2019.  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!
  • 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 13th - Band's Freshmen Orientation - 6:30 - Band Room - Any student leader who is announced at the banquet on Friday is REQUIRED to attend this event.  They will have to be there at 6!
  • Friday, May 17th - 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 20th and 21st - Final Exams
  • May 21st - Last Day of School (1/2 day)
  • June 11, 18, 25 - 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 8-12 - Percussion/Guard Camp - 8:00-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 10-12 - Fundamentals Camp (FULL BAND!) - 8:00-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 15-19 - Full Band Camp - 8:00am-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!

April 28, 2019

posted Apr 28, 2019, 11:34 AM by GCHS Band   [ updated Apr 28, 2019, 11:35 AM ]

Announcements:

  • All Jazz Band folders/music should all be turned in by now.  Any folder not turned in at this point will be turned in as a debt.
  • The FINAL guard clinic before the auditions next Monday will be TOMORROW from 3:30-5:00 in the main gym!
  • Parade Band Rehearsals are scheduled for 3:15 until 5:00 on BOTH Tuesday & Thursday this week.  For parade band rehearsals, we get done what we need to get done and then we are done so students could be done early at both rehearsals if goals are accomplished.
  • Concert Band members MUST play off "Amazing Grace" for their section leaders at THIS TUESDAY'S REHEARSAL!  Failure to play off the tune will result in not being able to march in either of the spring parades.
  • We have 10 percussionists from the GC Band who are participating in a "Heroes and Villans" Concert along with the Union University Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra THIS THURSDAY NIGHT @ 7:30 pm in the Union University Chapel (https://www.uu.edu/dept/music/events/).  There will be prizes for the best costumes.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Our percussionists will be using glow in the dark sticks and accompaning the Union Percussionists during the concert.  Concert selections include...Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, as well as Star Wars’ Darth Vader and Disney’s Mulan along with many other hero and villain characters.  It should be a fun night of music so make the trip over to Jackson to support our percussionists and enjoy a great concert!  
  • These 10 percussionists will follow this rehearsal schedule this week as they prepare for the concert on Thursday night:
    • Tuesday - Rehearsal with Mr. Mann during band class time (1:30-2:30) @ GC.
    • Wednesday - rehearsal at Union University with the band and orchestra.  The rehearsal will be 4-6 pm in the chapel at Union.  Students should plan to get there as quickly as they can right after school.
    • Thursday -  Parade Band Rehearsal (3:15-4:15); Dress Rehearsal @ Union (5:15-6); Dinner (provided by Union) and dress for the concert (6-7:30); Concert begins @ 7:30 in the Chapel @ Union University!
  • The last day to pay off Memory Book Balances (sent out in last week's announcements) and purchase band banquet tickets ($13/ticket) is THIS FRIDAY!
  • 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!
  • Drinks should be arriving soon!!!  We are awaiting confirmation from Pepsi.  Stay tuned!
  • 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.  You should be receiving your May statements from CutTime this week via email.  If you have made any payments they should be reflected on your statement.  Contact Andie Watson if you have questions.
Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 6th - Fall 2019 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 2019 Guard in the library.
  • May 7th & 9th - Full Band Rehearsals (3-5)
  • Friday, May 10th - Strawberry Festival - 10:00 - Humboldt - We will meet at 9:00 am in the band room for immediate departure to Humboldt. 
  • Friday, May 10th - Band Banquet - 6:30 - First Baptist Church - Dyer, TN. Advanced ticket REQUIRED!
  • Monday, May 13th - Band Freshmen Orientation - 6:30 - Band Room - Any student who is announced as a student leader at the banquet for next year will be REQUIRED to be at this event at 6.  We will need parents to help serve that night.  Contact Jennifer Lowrance if you're able to help.
  • Friday, May 17th - 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 21, 2019

posted Apr 20, 2019, 1:39 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Happy Easter everyone!  I hope you have a great day enjoying this special day with family and friends.
  • Thanks to everyone who came Thursday to the Pops Concert!  We had a great crowd!  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 Jazz Band folders/music need to be turned in to Mr. Tate ASAP or your student will assume the cost of the replacement of the music!
  • Guard Clinic #6 will be TOMORROW from 3:30-5:00 in the main gym.
  • Memorization Test over the PARADE BAND TUNE ("Creep") for Concert Band Members is THIS TUESDAY 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 (30th) rehearsal.
  • 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 10th.
  • 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 Mr. Tate 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.
  • Memory Book balances are due NEXT FRIDAY (May 3rd)!  Balances will emailed out and sent out on Remind THIS WEEK!
  • Band Banquet tickets go on sale TOMORROW for $13/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 Andie Watson/Lawanda Landrum 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 10th @ 6:30 pm.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!  The last day to buy at ticket will be Friday, May 3rd 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.
  • Concert Band members MUST play off "Amazing Grace" for their section leaders at NEXT TUESDAY'S (30th) rehearsal. 
  • There is still a lot of outstanding debt that has not been paid from this past fall.  Remember underclassmen will NOT be able to attend June rehearsals until the debt has been paid and seniors will NOT get their diploma until the debt has been paid.  All students were made aware of their current balances this past Friday during band class.  Debt can be paid in the band office or in the main office.
Upcoming Dates:

  • April 30th & 2nd - Full Band Parade Rehearsals (3-5) - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Tuesday, April 30th- Memorization Test over Amazing Grace for Concert Band Members.  
  • Friday, May 3rd - Band Banquet ticket $$$/Memory Book Balances are due!
  • Saturday, May 4th - 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.
  • Monday, May 6th - Fall 2019 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 2018 Guard in the library.
  • May 7th & 9th - Full Band Rehearsals (3-5)
  • Friday, May 10th - Strawberry Festival - 10:00 - Humboldt - We will meet at ~9:00 am in the band room for immediate departure to Humboldt. 
  • Friday, May 10th - Band Banquet - 6:30 - First Baptist Church - Dyer, TN. Advanced ticket REQUIRED!
  • Friday, May 17th - Graduation - 6:00 pm - B.O. Booth Gymnasium - All non-graduating concert band members MUST be in their seats in concert attire no later than 5:15!

April 14, 2019

posted Apr 14, 2019, 12:35 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - Brass Ensemble (3:15-4:30), Low Brass Ensemble (4:30-6 ) - Theater
  • Tuesday - Final Percussion Section Audition Clinic -  5-8 - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble- 3:15-4:30 - Theater
  • Thursday - POPS CONCERT - 6:30 - Theater - Students must be in their seats in the theater dressed in concert attire at 5:45!
  • Friday - NO SCHOOL!  Good Friday.

Announcements:

  • A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! to Emily Baker, Ashlyn Hall, and Autumn Locke on their chair placement and participate at the prestigious All-State Honor Band Clinic held this past Wednesday-Friday!  This is the largest number of students during my 13 years at GC who have made All-State and possibly the most in the history of the program!  Great job to all three of these talented young ladies!  We are all proud of you!
  • Thanks to all those who did their part in the selling of the drink.  You guys sold over $8000 in drink!!!  Obviously this is not profit but should be enough to get our bills paid for the remainder of the school year!  We can still take orders tomorrow if you forgot to bring them on Friday.  Tomorrow is the absolute last day to turn in orders!  Orders will be delivered in ~2 weeks after we place the order with Pepsi which should be the middle of this week.
  • TNReady Testing begins THIS WEEK for your student(s)!  This is a large portion of their grade for the semester so make sure they are getting a good night's rest and eat a good breakfast each morning before testing.
  • ALL LETTERING CREDIT IS DUE TO ME NO LATER THAN TOMORROW IN ORDER FOR A STUDENT TO LETTER IN BAND THIS SCHOOL YEAR!
  • Any upcoming junior or senior band member who is interested in a leadership position in next year's band should attend a brief meeting TOMORROW AFTERNOON in the band room @ 3:05!
  • Fall 2019 Guard Audition Clinics will continue TOMORROW from 3:30 until 5 in the main gym.  Each student who is auditioning should have paid the $40 (CASH ONLY!) audition fee that was due at last week's clinic.  If not, take care of this ASAP!  
  • The Final Fall 2019 Percussion Audition Clinic will take place this Tuesday night from 5-8 in the band room!  Any student wishing to play in the front ensemble or the battery for the Fall 2019 season MUST ATTEND these clinics.  Talk with Tico ASAP if there are questions or conflicts.  He MUST know if your student is not going to be at a clinic or they will NOT be on the line for the fall!
  • 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.
  • Band Banquet tickets go on sale NEXT MONDAY (22nd) for $13/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 Andie Watson/Lawanda Landrum 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 10th @ 6:30 pm.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!  The last day to buy at ticket will be Friday, May 3rd 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.
  • A list of Memory Book balances will also be sent out at some point in the next week or so.  All Memory Book balances must be paid by May 3rd in order for your student to receive his/her Memory Book at the Band Banquet on the 10th!
  • Continue to pay for debt that was included on the debt list that was emailed out last week in announcements and sent out on remind!  Any questions concerning debt should go to Andie Watson at andreadwatson@hotmail.com.  Remember debt can be paid to the box in the band office in an envelope or paid to Mrs. Kim Todd in the main office.  All debt  for seniors MUST be cleared by graduation practice and all debt MUST be cleared for all freshmen-juniors by the first June rehearsal or they will not be allowed to attend.  Any student not returning to band who owes a debt will ultimately not receive his/her diploma as a senior when he/she graduates until the debt has been taken care of.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 22nd - Guard Clinic #6 (3:30-5:00) - Main Gym
  • Tuesday, April 23rd - Memorization Test over the parade band tune.  Non concert band members will test on Tuesday, April 30th.  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!
  • Tuesday, April 23rd - 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 25th - Full Band Parade Rehearsal (3-5) - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • April 30th & May 2nd - Full Band Parade Rehearsals (3-5) - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Tuesday, April 30th- 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 3rd - Band Banquet ticket $$$/Memory Book Balances are due!
  • Saturday, May 4th - 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.
  • Monday, May 6th - Fall 2019 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 2018 Guard in the library.
  • May 7th & 9th - Full Band Rehearsals (3-5)
  • Friday, May 10th - Strawberry Festival - 10:00 - Humboldt - We will meet at 8:00 am in the band room for immediate departure to Humboldt. 
  • Friday, May 10th - Band Banquet - 6:30 - First Baptist Church - Dyer, TN. Advanced ticket REQUIRED!
  • Friday, May 17th - 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 7, 2019

posted Apr 7, 2019, 11:58 AM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:


  • Monday - Brass Ensemble (3:15-4:30), Low Brass Ensemble (4:30-6 ) - Band Room
  • Tuesday - Fall 2019 Percussion Section Audition Clinic #3 -  5-8 - Band Room
  • Wednesday - Woodwind Ensemble- 3:15-4:30 - Band Room
  • Thursday - Jazz Band - 3:15-4:30 - Band Room; Percussion Audition Clinic #4 - 5-8 - Band Room


Announcements:


  • Good Luck to Emily Baker, Ashlyn Hall, and Autumn Locke as they participate in the All State Honor Band Clinic this week in Nashville!  We are proud of you and know you will do great!
  • The drink fundraiser is due THIS FRIDAY!!!  All money and order forms should be placed in an envelope with your student's name on the outside of the envelope labeled "drink fundraiser" and place in the fundraiser tub by THIS FRIDAY!  This fundraiser will take care of buses/equipment to parades, music for parades, band banquet decorations/senior gifts, and start the preparation for our fireworks order for this summer.  Each student is asked to sell at least 6 cases or get $30 in donations.  Each student was given a paper copy of the order but I am attaching it to the email again as well.  We need EVERYONE to do his/her part in making this fundraiser a success!
  • Color Guard Audition Clinic #5 is TOMORROW from 3:30 until 5!  Be sure to invite someone new to attend even if they haven't attended any of the previous clinics.  We could still use 3-5 more girls if you of anyone who is interested.  Send them my way or have them talk to Ms. DeDe ASAP!  
  • Fall 2019 Percussion Auditions Clinics continue this week according to the schedule above!  If your student has a school related conflict they MUST communicate this with Mr. Tico IN ADVANCE!
  • Continue encouraging 8th graders all the way up through the 1st June rehearsal to at least give band a shot next year!  We have a great show in store for the fall and now we need a group of dedicated performers to pull it off and make it great!
  • Continue to take care of outstanding debt!  Attached is how I have the debt list according to CutTime as of today.  Any questions, please contact Andie Watson at andreadwatson@hotmail.com.  This debt list has been turned over to the office.  Debt can be paid to either me in the band office or Mrs. Kim in the main office.  Remember freshmen-juniors will NOT be able to participate in the first June rehearsal until this debt has been taken care of and seniors will NOT receive his/her diploma until this debt has been cleared!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 15th - All lettering criteria for the 2018-19 school year IS DUE!  NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Thursday, April 18th - Pops Concert - 6:30 - Theater - Mandatory Performance for all concert band members!
  • Friday, April 19th - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL!
  • Tuesday, April 23rd - Parade Band Memorization Test for all Concert Band Members!  This is worth 1/3 of your student's grade for this nine weeks.  Make sure they are practicing!
  • Tuesday, April 23rd - First Parade Band Rehearsal for all non Concert Band Members and guard members - 3:15-5:00 - Any member of the marching band who is NOT in the Concert Band or is in the color guard MUST attend ALL after school rehearsals and parades in order to attend the band banquet.
  • Thursday April 25th - Parade Band Rehearsal for EVERYONE!  3:15-5:00.  This is a MANDATORY for all concert band members and those wishing to attend the banquet!
  • April 30, May 2, 7, 9 - Parade Band Rehearsals for EVERYONE!  3:15-5:00.

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