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August 20, 2017

posted Aug 20, 2017, 11:16 AM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Low Brass Sectionals (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); all other Hornline Sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
  • Friday - Football vs. Lake County @ 7:00 (Home) - We will meet at 6:00 in the band room.
Announcements:
  • A BIG THANK YOU to anyone who helped in any way with our annual Preview Night or worked in the concession stand for the middle school game this past Thursday!  It was a great evening all the way around!  The weather ended up being great, you (the fans) were great, and the kids had a strong performance for their first public performance!
  • MEMORIZATION TEST over the closer (measures T-end) will be TOMORROW during band class time.  Ballad/drum break grades should be available for you to view on PowerSchool and grades were posted by # on my office window for students to see as well. 
  • Don't forget to pay for your child's marching shoes ($36/pair band; $33/pair guard)!  The shoes are here and will be passed out this week to those that have paid!
  • Our first home FB game will be THIS FRIDAY NIGHT against Lake County @ 7:00!  Students will be expected to be dressed in the same attire as they were last Thursday night for Preview Night and in their seats in the band room at 6:00.  Students have certain rules that they have to follow at FB games and competitions (food in stands, drinks, talking to friends, etc.) so please check with your student as to what those rules are so that you are informed as well.  They will be getting these rules verbally from their section leaders this week.  We will only be marching our opener at this Friday night's game.  I hope that many of you will plan to come out and support your Pioneers and Marching Pioneers this Friday night at the game!
  • If you have gotten or plan to get trophy sponsors to raise money for your child's New York Trip and you want that money to go towards the September 5th payment then they need to be turned in no later than Friday, September 1st to the box in the office so that Mrs. Rhonda can get the check in the mail by the 5th.  The trophy sponsorship form is attached to this email if you still need a copy.  The absolute last day to get the sponsors turned in is Friday, September 15th.  Any sponsors turned in after the 1st will be sent to Thomas Tours in time for the October trip payment.
  • The next band fee payment of $30 is due NEXT FRIDAY (1st)!  Please make all payments in a timely fashion so we can insure that all of the band's bills are paid on time!
  • The next New York Trip payment of $175 is due by Tuesday, September 5th to Thomas Tours.  All payments should be made directly to Thomas Tours.  I have once again attached the trip manual with the payment slips included so that you can mail them in with your payment.  Any questions should be directed to Thomas Tours directly at 1-800-292-0470.
  • One of best ways that West TN has to recognize the BEST OF THE BEST as far as individual musicians are concerned is the All-West TN Honor Band Clinic that is held in Memphis in mid-February.  The All-West audition music will become available THIS WEEK.  Students have between now and January 13th to work this music up before they audition at Northside HS in Jackson.  If a student auditions (make it or not), he/she will receive lettering credit.  I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE each student to consider auditioning.  The link to the music and recordings (not yet active yet) can be found on our website under "forms and practice tools": https://sites.google.com/site/gchsmarchingpioneers/Home/fun-things.  The link should be active THIS WEEK for student's to download and start practicing the music!
  • I hope each of you are planning to come and help out at our marching contest that will be held on Saturday, September 30th @ GC!  The contest right now is scheduled to begin some time around 11:00 am and finals awards are slated for some time around 10 pm!  It will be a full day and we need your help!  Contact Kim Todd at dokitodd@live.com to get plugged in for this event!
  • Last year the band sold "Pioneer" umbrellas for a fundraiser.  If you did not get one last year or know someone who would like one then we still have a few left over from last year.  They are $25/umbrella.  Simply send your money in an envelope with your child's name on it and mark it as umbrella and have them put it in the box in the band room.  Your child should receive an umbrella the same day that they pay.  I have attached a picture for all those interested.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Regular rehearsal schedule NEXT WEEK!
  • Monday, August 28th - NO SCHOOL!  Professional Development Day for teachers - Guard and Percussion WILL HAVE sectionals at normal times.
  • Tuesday, August 29th - Memorization Test over "Amazing Grace" for wind players during sectional time.
  • Friday, September 1st - Band Fees are DUE!
  • Friday, September 1st - FB vs. Halls - 7:00 (Home) - We will meet at 6:00 in polos, khaki shorts/pants, and tennis shoes.
  • Monday, September 4th - Labor Day!  NO SCHOOL!  NO REHEARSALS!
  • Tuesday, September 5th - The next New York Trip payment of $175 is due to Thomas Tours!
  • Friday, September 8th - FB @ South Fulton - 7:00 -  The band will travel to this game.  Meet and departure times are still TBD.
  • Monday, September 11th - LAST Band Booster Meeting before our contest @ GC!!!  7:00 pm - Band Room - Mark your calendars NOW to attend!  We need everyone at this meeting!

August 13, 2017

posted Aug 13, 2017, 12:39 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the Week:

  • Monday - Guard Sectionals (3-5); Flute/Clarinet Sectional (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectionals (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); all other Hornline Sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5); Preview Night Dinner (6-7:30); Preview Show @ ~7:30
Announcements:
  • Thanks to all those who got out and presold tickets for the Preview Show this Thursday!  Each person that you sold a ticket to will need to check in in the cafeteria between 6 and 7:30 on Thursday under your student's name.  Band students will eat right at 6.  We will order a little extra food but no one is guaranteed food unless they purchase an advanced ticket!
  • Thanks to all those who volunteered to work the concession stand for the middle school game on Thursday!  The band will receive all of the proceeds from the concessions of this game.  We hope this will make up for some of the money that we will have as a result of loosing the Dodge Booster Drive.
  • The 2nd memorization test for the semester will be TOMORROW over the ballad/drum break (measures I-T) during band class time!  All students will be expected to play the entire song from beginning to end MEMORIZED in order to perform at the Preview Show on Thursday!  The Part #1 Memorization grades have been posted in PowerSchool if you have access and students have seen their grades posted on the office window by their assigned number. 
  • Band Booster Meeting - TOMORROW NIGHT - 7:00 pm - Band Room - Come be a part as plan for this week and this fall!
  • We hope to have a FULL HOUSE on Thursday night to see the first public performance of our Fall 2017 Show:  "In Pursuit of..."!  Be sure and invite your friends, family, and neighbors to come out for preview night/dodge drive THIS THURSDAY NIGHT!  These kids have been working extremely hard and would love to have a sold out crowd for the performance on Thursday.  The middle school football game is starting at 5:30 so we are hoping to start the preview show at 7:30.  We will not start it any earlier than 7:30 but if the game is not over at 7:30 we will start as soon as the game is over.
  • Do you need extra money to help make your student's September payment for the NYC Trip?  This fundraiser could be one of the most lucrative trip fundraisers that we will have.  The fundraiser is getting trophy sponsors for our competition to be held at the end of the September.  The sponsorship form is attached to this email.  The quicker you get out and start asking folks the better chance that you are going to have someone say yes before everyone has been asked.  ANYONE (not just businesses) CAN SPONSOR TROPHIES!  For every 1st place trophy you get sponsored $25 will go toward your student's trip account, $15 for every 2nd place, and $10 for every third place.  If you get eight 1st place trophies sponsored then you will have your September payment taken care of without ANY money out of your pocket.  All forms and money are due no later than Friday, September 15th in order for the sponsors' names to appear in the program.  If you want the money to go toward your September payment, you need to have your forms + money in to the band office no later than Friday, September 1st so Rhonda can get a check mailed out to Thomas Tours by the payment deadline of September 5th.  Any sponsors received after the 1st will go towards your student's October trip payment.  
  • POLOS WILL BE IN THIS WEEK!  Be sure your student has paid his/her $15 in order to receive his/her polo for the preview show on Thursday!
  • The band will have regular rehearsal on Thursday (until 5:00).  Students will eat first at 6:00 in the cafeteria.  Remember each high school band student eats for FREE!  After the students eat they will have until 7 to cool off and change clothes.  We will then meet at 7 on the practice field for warm-up before the show starting at 7:30.  The attire for the evening will be polos (TUCKED IN), khaki shorts, and tennis shoes.  This will be the first performance grade for the students which is 33% of the student's grade for the nine weeks.  After everything is cleaned up students will be allowed to leave.
  • We will need plenty of hands to help on Thursday night at the Preview Show.  If you can help please contact Jennifer Lowrance at JenniferPLowrance@Eaton.com. 
  • The first FB game is Friday night @ Tipton Rosemont.  Due to space at the facility and travel distance the band will NOT travel to this game.  Enjoy the Friday nigh off or travel to Covington to help cheer on the Pioneers!
  • Continue to pay for marching shoes ($36/band; $33/guard)!  These should be in by the end of the month and only those students who have paid for them will receive them!
  • The next band fee payment will be due by Friday, September 1st ($30).  Make every effort to pay this payment ON TIME so that the band can take care of all of its bills that are due on the 1st.
  • Our contest that we host at GC is a little over a month away on Saturday, September 30th!  The is a HUGE day for our band program and we WILL NEED your help on that Saturday so make plans to be on campus that day.  It takes EVERYONE to host our invitational.  If you have not signed up to help with the contest yet please contact Kim Todd at dokitodd@live.com and she will get you plugged in somewhere.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Next Week will be regular rehearsal schedule.  See the website calendar for specific details.
  • Monday, August 21st - Memorization Test over the closer (measures T-end) during band class!
  • Friday, August 25th - FB vs. Lake County (Home) - We will meet in the band room at 6:00.  Attire will be the same as it is for this Thursday's Preview Show.

August 6, 2017

posted Aug 6, 2017, 12:46 PM by GCHS Band

Rehearsal Schedule for the Week:
  • Monday - Guard Sectional (3-5); Trumpet Sectional (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectional (5-8)
  • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); all other Hornline Sectionals (5-6)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
PLEASE NOTE:  ALL REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY!  Please schedule all non-emergent appointments on NON-REHEARSAL days!  Missing rehearsal(s) will effect your student's grade in band and could jeopardize his/her spot in the show for the fall!  Make every effort to make sure your student doesn't miss a rehearsal all season!
Announcements:
  • I hope that all of you planning to go on the New York Trip got your deposits to Thomas Tours last week.  If you did NOT you need to contact them ASAP at 1-800-292-0470.  At this point they will start ordering tickets for the play and other outings that we will participate while in NYC so you need to communicate with them ASAP!
  • The next NYC fundraiser will be trophy sponsors for the competition.  For every 1st place trophy that a student gets sponsored they will receive $25 towards their trip.  For every 2nd place trophy they will receive $15 and for every 3rd place trophy sponsor they will receive $10.  This is a HUGE opportunity to get a big portion of your student's trip paid for.  The sponsorship form and more information will be coming soon.  All sponsorship forms and money will have to be turned in no later than Friday, September 15th in order to be included in the program for the competition.  The next NYC payment is due on or before September 5th in the amount of $175.  The band will send a check to Thomas Tours for all sponsorships received on or before the next payment deadline date. 
  • The first MEMORIZATION TEST for the semester over the Intro/Opener (measures beginning to letter I) is TOMORROW!!!  Each student will test TOMORROW during class or sectional time for the guard and battery/front ensemble.  If a student does not play from the beginning to the end COMPLETELY MEMORIZED or if he/she makes a failing grade he/she will have until THIS THURSDAY @ 5:00 pm to make up the grade.  The student will not march at a public performance until he/she plays each test successfully so encourage your student to practice!  Remember memorization grades are worth 34% of your student's grade in band (fine arts credit class) for the nine weeks!
  • Preview Night Tickets went on sale last week for $5/each!  Each high school band student will eat for FREE!  Each student is asked to sale at least 5 tickets for the Preview Night.  A ticket RSVP form was sent home with each student last week.  All ticket order forms plus money are due THIS FRIDAY!  Contact Jennifer Lawrence if you can help with this event.
  • Polos will be in soon!  Be sure if your student ordered a polo they MUST be paid in advance for he/she will receive their polo.  They are $15!
  • ALL GUARD members should be paying $33 for guard shoes for the fall.  This amount is included in the "new" guard girls guard fee.  This amount is separate for any "old" guard member.
  • Continue to pay for marching shoes ($36).  They should be in toward the end of the month.  Students will not receive his/her shoes until they are paid in full.
  • We will have our second memorization test NEXT MONDAY (14th) over the ballad/drum break which is measures (I-T).
  • Band Booster Meeting is NEXT MONDAY NIGHT @ 7 in the band room!  Come be a part as we start planning for upcoming fundraisers/events (preview night, contest, etc.)!
  • Preview Night will be THURSDAY, August 17th @ 7:30 in the stadium or right after the middle school game is complete.  The evening will kick-off with a $5 hamburger/hot dog dinner (ticket purchased in advance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED so we make sure we have enough food) in the cafeteria beginning at 6!  Invite your friends and family out to this event.  Students will wear polos, khaki shorts, and tennis shoes for this event.
  • The first football game for the Fall 2017 Season will be on Friday, August 18th @ Tipton Rosemont!  The band will NOT travel to this game.
  • Remember all performances are MANDATORY unless a student has a doctor's note, death in the family, accident coming to school, etc.  Performances are 33% of a student's grade for the nine weeks!
  • See the website calendar at http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org for all upcoming dates and events!

July 30, 2017

posted Jul 30, 2017, 11:02 AM by GCHS Band   [ updated Jul 30, 2017, 11:03 AM ]

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday - NO REHEARSALS!
  • Tuesday - Full Band (6-9)
  • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
Announcements:
  • I hope each of you enjoyed your week off!  This week we go back to work on the "In Pursuit of..."!  Make sure your student is practicing and is getting better as an individual so we can get better as an ensemble that much faster!
  • The school's freshmen orientation is TOMORROW NIGHT @ 6:00 pm in the theatre!
  • We have a full band rehearsal on Tuesday night from 6 until 9!  Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • School starts back THIS WEDNESDAY!  Wednesday is a 1/2 day.  No meals will be served since it is a 1/2 day.  I hope everyone has gotten a copy of his/her schedule and are ready for a great year!  If not, schedules will be available for pick-up on Tuesday morning in the gym.
  • We typically will go outside during 4th block (class time).  Students will need proper shoes/clothing for this time.  They are welcome to put this stuff on the shelves in the band room each day.  Students will have a time to change before class starts each day.  Students not having the proper attire/materials will receive a 0 for the day so make sure your student always his/her stuff!
  • Rehearsal attendance is worth 33% of a student's grade for the nine weeks.  Any unexcused absence will reduce a student's grade by 10 points.  Remember according to the handbook if any student misses 2 rehearsals unexcused he/she will loose his/her spot in the competitive marching band.  If a student is absent for an excused reason he/she MUST attend at least 2 out of the 3 "run throughs" for the week in order to march that weekend at the football game or the contest.  WE NEED EVERY STUDENT AT EVERY REHEARSAL IF AT ALL POSSIBLE!  It's very difficult to work on the show when people are missing.  Remember to make all non-emergent doctor's appointments on non-rehearsal days!
  • All Merchandise Orders + Money are due on or before THIS THURSDAY (3RD)!  No extras will be ordered and no orders will be processed without full advanced payment so be sure and get your orders in by THURSDAY!  The order form is attached to this email.
  • THE INITIAL DEPOSIT OF $175 IS DUE TO THOMAS TOURS BY THIS THURSDAY IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR SPOT ON THE TRIP!  I have attached the trip brochure to the email which includes all of the payment stubs that need to accompany your payments to Thomas Tours.  All payments should be made DIRECTLY TO Thomas Tours.  Do NOT send any payments to the school.  Make sure that all deposits are postmarked by THIS THURSDAY!  Any questions please contact Thomas Tours directly at the number located at the bottom of the packet attached to this email!
  • All Percussion Fees ($100) or 5 shirt sponsors ($125) are due THIS FRIDAY!
  • Guard fees of $60 should be paid at this point.  If not, make arrangements to get those paid ASAP!
  • We will take pictures for the newspapers THIS FRIDAY (4th) during band class time (1:30-3:00).  All students will wear his/her uniform (except guard) for the pictures.  Even though the band will wear uniforms for the pictures band shoes are not needed as the pictures do not show the band's feet.
  • If you are a parent of an 8th grader who marches with the high school band and want them included in these pictures you will need to check your student out of their school and make sure that they are at the high school no later than 1:30 pm to be included in the pictures.  This is not mandatory but an option that you have as a parent. 
  • The first memorization test over "Intro/Opener" (beginning-I) will be NEXT MONDAY (7th) during band class!  The memorization grade makes up 34% of a student's grade for the nine weeks and they will NOT march at Preview Night until this has been played and passed! 
  • Continue paying for polos ($15), marching shoes ($36) and guard shoes ($33).  Students will need polos in 2 weeks for the preview night show and all football games in late August/early September.  No student will receive his/her polo and/or marching shoes until full payment has been made.
  • Guard shoes are a part of the "new" guard members' guard fee but this is an additional cost to the guard fee if your student has been in the guard in the past.
  • Preview Night is August 17th @ 7:30 in the stadium!  Tickets are $5 for a hamburger/hot dog, chips, dessert, and drink meal and will go on sale VERY SOON!  Your band student will eat for free.  Each student is asked to sell at least 5 tickets for the Preview Show!  Order form plus money are due no later than Friday, August 11th!  There is a middle school football game starting at 5:30 in the stadium.  We are working the concession stand for this game and will need help.  The band will receive all of the proceeds from the concessions this night.  The Preview Night Dinner will take place starting at 6:00 in the high school cafeteria before the Preview Night Show starts at 7:30 in the stadium.  All times are approximate depending on the end time of the middle school football game.  We will need help in the concession stand and help setting up and serving for the preview night dinner.  If you can help, please contact Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Trailer Sponsors are due soon!  If you plan to get your name or business on the back of the trailer for the 2017-18 band season get those turned in ASAP!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Regular Rehearsal Schedule starts next week (week of 7th):
    • Monday - Guard Sectionals (3-5); Trumpet Sectionals (3:15-4:30); Percussion Sectionals (5-8)
    • Tuesday - Full Band (3-5); All others hornline sections that did NOT have sectionals on Monday will have sectionals from 5 until 6.
    • Thursday - Full Band (3-5)
  • Monday, August 14th - 2nd Memorization Test over the ballad/drum break during band class time.  Regular rehearsal schedule for the week.
  • Thursday, August 17th - Preview Night - 7:30 - Stadium - Students will have regular rehearsal until 5 and then they will have from 5-6 to rest before reporting back for preview night.  They will wear their polos, khaki shorts, and tennis shoes that night so be sure you have paid for your polo by then!  High School Band Students will eat for FREE immediately following the performance.
  • Friday, August 18th - 1st Football Game @ Tipton Rosemont -  The band will NOT travel to this game!

July 23, 2017

posted Jul 23, 2017, 8:25 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • BAND CAMP IS COMPLETE!  The ENTIRE SHOW is on the field!  The kids did a fantastic job over the last 2 weeks at camp!  This year and last year have probably been the two hottest band camps in my 12 years at GC and the kids handled the heat like troopers!  Thanks to any parent who helped out in any way with meals for the staff.  The meals were greatly appreciated by each of the staff members.  I have taught many camps throughout the years and me and the entire staff our spoiled at GC and I appreciate all that you do!
  • Thanks to Mrs. Beth Watts and other for all the wonderful band camp pictures that can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/273967556115889/287453084767336/?notif_t=group_activity.  She and others will continue to post pictures to this site through out the marching season so check back regularly.  If you have pictures that you have taken please post to this site as well so that we can use them for our end of the year memory book/video presentation at the band banquet.
  • One of the worst things the kids can do over this week off is to do nothing with the music/drill that we worked on during camp!  THEY MUST PRACTICE!  If they're on vacation at least take their music/dot book with them to review so they don't forget everything that we did during camp. The potential for this show with this group of kids is endless but they MUST PRACTICE in order to get better each time they step on the field.
  • Thanks to Jennifer Lawrence for hosting the NYC Paint Party this past Friday night.  Anyone is welcome to host a NY Trip Fundraiser as long as each student has the opportunity to participate the attached school district form is filled out, turned into me, and approved by the proper administration.  The approval process usually takes a few weeks so plan ahead and get your forms turned in to me in advance of the planned fundraiser.  The fundraiser can NOT be advertised until AFTER it is approved.
  • The band room will be open this week (Wednesday through next Tuesday) from 8 until 3 for anyone who wants to come and practice.
  • The school's freshmen orientation will take place NEXT MONDAY NIGHT!  You should be getting information from the school concerning the meeting place and the time.
  • We will have a post-camp rehearsal NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT from 6-9 pm.  Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • School starts 1/2 day on Wednesday, August 2nd from 7:55-11:30.  We will NOT play on this day so students do NOT have to bring his/her instrument on Wednesday.
  • Regular after school rehearsal schedule will begin the next Thursday (August 3rd) with full band rehearsal (3-5).  Sectional rehearsals will begin the following week (week of the 7th) with guard/percussion/trumpet sectionals being on that Monday (guard 3-5, trumpets 3:15-4:30, and percussion 5-8) and then all other hornline sectionals on Tuesday from 5-6.  After school rehearsals are figured into the student's grade for the nine weeks and in the high school, band counts toward your student's GPA so never take the band grade for granted.  Unexcused absences/tardies will cause a student's grade to drop which will then in turn affect their GPA which will then in turn affect scholarship opportunities down the road.  2 unexcused absences will cause a student to loose his/her spot in the Fall 2017 show.  Check the band handbook as to what is deemed excused/unexcused.  Students MUST attend rehearsals (excused or unexcused) in order to march at performances!  Make sure you make every effort to make sure that your student is at EVERY rehearsal.  Make all non-emergent appointments on non-rehearsal days.  
  • THE INITIAL DEPOSIT ($175) FOR THE NYC TRIP IS DUE THURSDAY, AUGUST 3RD TO THOMAS TOURS!  If your student, your family, or anyone you know wants to go on this trip they MUST have their deposit ($175) to Thomas Tours by this date to secure your spot on this trip!  All payments MUST go DIRECTLY TO THOMAS TOURS AND NOT ME!  Contact Thomas Tours directly with any questions.
  • Your student should have received a shirt/merchandise order form this past week at camp.  All orders + money are due NO LATER THAN Thursday, August 3rd.  DO NOT include your student's free theme shirt or the polo that your student ordered during camp on your order form or you will be charged for it!  This form is for additional merchandise for your child or merchandise for your friends, family, etc.  I highly suggest that each student orders AT LEAST one additional theme shirt as it will part of the student's uniform on both Friday night game and Saturday competitions.  A form is attached to this email for those who did not get one from their student this past week.
  • All percussion fees ($100) or shirt sponsors must be turned in by Friday, August 4th!
  • All guard members should have paid at least $60 toward their guard fee at this time.  Additional amounts for shoes ($33), make-up, and other accessories will be due in August as we approach our first performance.
  • Polos ($15) and shoes ($36) have been ordered and MUST be paid for in advance BEFORE a student will receive his/her polo/shoes.  Polos will be worn the first time on August 17th.  Shoes will not be worn until the first of September so make plans now to get these items paid for BEFORE your student needs them.
  • Unless payment arrangements were made the $125 band fee payment is considered and debt and should be taken care of ASAP!  The next fee payment of $30 is due on or before September 1st!
  • LAST CALL FOR TRAILER SPONSORS!  Sponsorships are $50 and remain on the back of the trailer for the entire year.  Send in your form and your money BEFORE the August 18th deadline!
  • Our annual Preview Night will be held on August 17th in the stadium!  The time is still TBD until the middle school football teams decides on a start time for their game that.  Right now we are thinking that their game will start around 5-5:30 and our Preview Night Show will begin 7-7:30 with the meal before starting at 6-6:30 in the cafeteria.  This is your first opportunity to see the Fall 2017 production:  "In Pursuit of..." which includes a hamburger/hot dog dinner.  Tickets will go on sale ~2 weeks before the show for $5/each so go ahead and start inviting friends & family to this great event.  Dodge has stopped their Dodge Booster Drive Fundraiser so that's an additional $3000 that we will have to make up in additional fundraisers so please do your part to meet the goals set forth for each of our fundraisers.
  • ALL PERFORMANCES ARE MANDATORY!  Check the band calendar for dates.  Times will be given closer to each event.  A student will fail band for the nine weeks if he/she misses a public performance for an unexcused reason.  Check the handbook for an explanation or what is deemed excused or unexcused.

Other Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, August 7th - 1st memorization test over the Intro/Opener.  Students MUST memorize the Intro/Opener from beginning to end with a passing grade in order to march at the Preview Show on the 17th!  Memorization grades are worth 1/3 of a student's grade for the nine weeks!
  • Monday, August 14th - Memorization Test over the Ballad/Drum Break.  Students MUST memorize the Ballad/Drum Break from beginning to end with a passing grade in order to march at the Preview Show on the 17th!
  • Monday, August 14th - Band Booster Meeting - 7:00 pm - Band Room
  • Friday, August 18th - 1st Football Game @ Tipton Rosemont.  The band will NOT travel to this game.

July 15, 2017

posted Jul 15, 2017, 11:46 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • We have had a great first week of band camp!  The hornline/battery has learned the first 4 pages of drill for the show and spent a good deal of time learning marching fundamentals, technique and A LOT of new choreography.  The guard has learned almost all of the equipment work for the entire show!  The percussion section has played through the majority of the show music! 
  • Thanks to any parent who has helped with the staff meals this week!  It has been greatly appreciated!
  • You should have received video links on remind Friday afternoon with the basics choreography block along with the opening intro/opener choreography for your student to work on between now and Monday!
  • MONDAY starts our FULL WEEK OF BAND CAMP!  The schedule will be as follows:  (schedule is subject to change if it rains or heat index is too high) 
    • 8:00 - Meet in the band room to check roll and go over announcements - BE ON TIME!
    • 8:15 - Hornline, Guard, Battery - Stretch/Run (outside); Front Ensemble is inside for music rehearsal
    • 8:30 - Hornline, Guard, Battery -Marching Fundamentals/choreography (outside)
    • 9:00 - Hornline, Guard, Battery -Learn drill for the show (outside)
    • 11:30 - Lunch Break (either bring a lunch to eat in the gym or bring money to go get some lunch)
    • 1:00 - Sectionals/Full Band Music Rehearsal (Inside)
    • 4:30 - Dinner Break (same as lunch)
    • 6:00 - Ensemble time outside (marching & playing) - Everyone including front ensemble is outside for this rehearsal
    • 8:30-9:00 - Dismissal!
  • Friday we are scheduled until 5:00 but we will stop when we have the entire show on the field.  This should be around lunch time on Friday unless rain/heat keeps us in at any point next week.
  • You and your family and friends are more than welcome to come out to the practice field each night to hear the beginnings of the show as we start putting it together for the first time.  Bring your yard chairs out and enjoy a nice evening with the band family.  I think you will be amazed at how the show develops and improves between now and November!
  • Next week will definitely be a full week!!! IT'S GOING TO BE VERY HOT!!!  Students need a lot of rest each night, breakfast each morning, SUNSCREEEN, water/snacks for the field (THEY MUST HYDRATE!), money/food for both lunch/dinner breaks, cool clothing, tennis shoes, pencil, drill book (optional but HIGHLY recommended), music, instrument and most importantly A GREAT ATTITUDE!  These are ESSENTIAL materials for camp each day!   
  • All students should have paid their $125 band fee BY MONDAY unless payment arrangements have been made.  Please make every attempt to pay some or all of the $125 ASAP so that we can pay the band camp staff and our bills in a timely manner!  Students should receive a receipt for your payment within 1-2 days of your payment so ask your student for their receipt to keep for your records as sometimes we do make a mistake with so many kids paying at the same time.
  • Students will be ordering shoes, polos, and their FREE theme shirt tomorrow during their afternoon sectional rehearsal. 
  • All students need a band polo to be worn during the early (HOT!) part of the marching season.  These are $15/each and should be paid for when they come in.  Students MUST pay for his/her polo BEFORE he/she will receive it! 
  • All band students are expected to wear the same style/brand of marching shoe which is the black MTX brand marching shoe.  If your student does not have a pair to wear or a pair that fits they will need to order these on Monday when the drum majors come around during sectionals to get their order.  There are old shoes from years past in the uniform room for them to try on if there is a question about size.  Shoes are $36/pair (Guard - $33/pair – included in NEW girls guard fee).  Once again payment MUST be made BEFORE students will receive their shoes. 
  • All band students will receive 1 (one) THEME SHIRT for FREE as part of his/her uniform.  The drum majors will get their sizes for this shirt next week.  You will receive a separate order form to purchase extra shirts for your student/yourself/family/friends to order.  DO NOT INCLUDE THE FREE SHIRT ON THIS ORDER FORM OR YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO PAY FOR THIS SHIRT!  Your student should have this order form to bring home to you at some point this week.  Money and orders for additional shirts/polos/hoodies will be due during one of the post-band camp rehearsals.  Check the order form for the due date.  It is highly recommended that you order at least order one additional theme shirt for your student to wear for Saturday contests after a Friday night football game.
  • Please remember trailor sponsors, guard fees, and percussion fees/shirt sponsors.  Take care of all of these items in a timely manner.  These are all in ADDITION to regular band fees.
  • This year we will once again on Monday's operate on a rotating sectional schedule for the hornline much like we did last year from 3:15-4:30.  On these Monday's one or two sections will have a sectional in the band room led by myself, Mr. Agee, or Mr. Mayhall.  If a section has a Monday sectional they will not have a sectional on Tuesday from 5-6.  If a section does not meet on Monday then they will have their regular section leader led sectional on Tuesday from 5 until 6.  I have attached the sectional schedule for the fall.  I have also added these dates to the calendar located on the website (http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org).
  • Don't forget about the Painting Party that will held on July 21st in Dyer to help your student raise money for the NYC Trip!  The more people who attend, the more money your student can raise for the trip.  For details or to sign-up to attend visit the facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1810927985600347/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story or contact Jennifer Lowrance with additional questions.


Upcoming Dates:

  • July 24-28 - NO REHEARSALS!  Enjoy the week off to rest and relax after camp!
  • Monday, July 31st - School's Freshmen Orientation – Time:  TBA!  More information from the school should be coming concerning this night.
  • Tuesday, August 1st - Post Camp Rehearsal - 6-9 pm - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Wednesday, August 2nd - School Starts! 
  • Thursday, August 3rd - Regular after school rehearsals begin!  Check the calendar on the website or the handbook as to the when/where/how long these rehearsals take place.  All after school rehearsals are MANDATORY and are a part of your student's grade for the band class!  Check the handbook for attendance policy as far as what's excused or not excused when a student misses a rehearsal.
  • Thursday, August 3rd - NYC TRIP DEPOSIT OF $175 IS DUE TO THOMAS TOURS!
  • Monday, August 7th - 1st memorization test over the opener.  Students MUST memorize the opener from beginning to end with a passing grade in order to march at Preview Night held on the 17th.
  • Monday, August 14th - Memorization test over Ballad/Drum Break!
  • Thursday, August 17th - Preview Night!  Time:  TBA (pending middle school football game) - Stadium - This is your first chance to see the Fall 2017 show.  Invite your friends and family out to this event!
  • Friday, August 18th - 1st Football game @ Tipton Rosemont - The band will NOT travel to this game!

July 7, 2017

posted Jul 7, 2017, 11:38 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Thanks to each student who showed up for the rehearsal and both parades this week!  A lot of compliments from community members were sent our way!  Thanks to each of the parents that helped out with water or chaperoning at the parade!

·         Thanks to everyone who volunteered and worked at the Firework Stand this year!  We had a GREAT year for our stand!  We couldn't run the stand without your help.  A BIG BIG THANK YOU to Kim Todd and Donnie Cox for spending practically the last week and a half at the stand and making sure all of you were there to work when you were supposed to!!!

·         Thanks to Shane Sims, Dwayne Eddlemon, and their crew Friday night-Saturday morning that helped at the park with the Boston Butts.  You guys pre-sold 98 butts.  The cooking crew cooked 140.  Thanks to Rhonda and Andie and all of their crew for manning the tent on Saturday.  We were sold out of BBQ by 11:00 that morning!!! 

·         Thanks to the color guard members and parents for manning the ice cream stand at the street dance last Friday night!

·         I hope everyone is enjoying their peaches!  It usually takes a few days for them to become fully ripe but by now they should be tasting really good! Thanks to Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Todd for having everything organized so that we could get them to you guys as soon as we did!  Also thanks to all the students who came up on Thursday and Friday to help.  This time is worth 2 community service hours for the students.

·         The field is lined so that means Band Camp starts MONDAY!!!

·         Guard & Front Ensemble will have camp each day from 8:00-4:30 with lunch from 11:30-1:00.  Due to Tico’s work schedule, the battery will rehearse on Monday and Tuesday ONLY 11am-7pm with their lunch being from 2:30-4:00.  They will resume regular schedule on Wednesday.  Remember that students can pack a lunch and eat in the gym or they may leave campus and get something to eat.  Directors & staff will be on campus the entire time.  No student will be allowed to ride with another student unless they have your permission!  Guard and Batter will be outside Wednesday-Friday from 8-11:30 and should be inside the rest of the time.

·         All Hornline members (everyone else) will start Fundamentals Camp on Wednesday from 8-11:30.  We will meet in the band room and immediately head to the field and be outside until 11:30.

·         Things to remember for camp:

    • Get plenty of sleep the night before.  Your body will need it!
    • Eat breakfast the morning of (THIS IS A MUST!).  Probably want to stay away from milk and real greasy foods.
    • SUNSCREEN!  SUNSCREEN!  SUNSCREEN!  Reapply every 2-3 hours!
    • Water or Gatorade to rehydrate with during breaks!  We will take a 10 minute break every 30-45 minutes so plan accordingly.  We will have emergency water and Gatorade for those that run out.
    • Loose cool clothing!  Try and stay away from dark colors that absorb the sun.
    • Towel - We will do back stretches on the wet grass each morning so be sure that you have a towel or your back will get wet!
    • TENNIS SHOES!  Anyone not wearing the proper shoes will be sent home.
    • Snacks to snack on during the breaks (i.e grapes, oranges, crackers, etc.)
    • Pencil!
    • Instrument
    • Music
    • Drill Notebook (Optional but HIGHLY recommended!) with a string to tie it around neck - Students will not need this until Friday!
    • Last but not least  A GOOD ATTITUDE!  We have a lot of work to get done in 2 short weeks and we need EVERYONE'S 110% each day!
  • Don't forget forms if they were not turned in during the June rehearsals!  A health form MUST be turned in BEFORE a student will be allowed to participate in camp!
  • Fees are DUE!  $125 (band fee) due the first day of camp (10th for percussion and guard; 17th for hornline members), $60 guard fee is due before guard will receive their gloves, $100 percussion fee or 5 shirt sponsors are due by August 4th!  Please take care of these in a timely manner.  If you are financially strapped and can only pay a portion of the fee SOME IS BETTER THAN NONE but please communicate this to me so I can budget accordingly!  We have to pay the staff at the end of camp and we need your fees to do this so please take care of these as soon as possible.
  • Trailer Sponsors are due in early August!  They are only $50 and your name is on the truck for the entire year.  
  • Band Booster Meeting - THIS MONDAY (10th) -7:00 pm – Band Room.  Come be a part as we start planning for the upcoming fall season!
  • Drum Corps International (DCI) Show – UT Martin – 8:00 pm – see attached flyer.  This is “marching music’s major league” and a great opportunity for our students to see in essence the NFL in the marching band world perform just minutes from your house!
  • I spoke with our athletic director (Chris Lownsdale) about the band's travel to away games for the fall and as of now we will plan to travel to travel to only the South Fulton and Trinity away football games.  All games are a MANDATORY public performance for your student.  Any student who misses a public performance for an unexcused reason will FAIL band for that nine weeks!

Upcoming Dates:

  • July 17-21 - Full Band Camp - 8am-DARK!  ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED BY EVERY BAND MEMBER!  If a student misses a day of band camp he/she MUST have a doctor's note or an alternate will take his/her spot on the field.  Lunch (11:30-1:00)/dinner (4:30-6:00) will be the student's responsibility each day.  They can pack a meal and eat it in the gym or they can ride with another student (WITH YOUR PERMISSION!) to get something to eat!
  • July 24-28 - NO REHEARSALS!  Enjoy the week off to rest and relax after camp!
  • Tuesday, August 1st – Rehearsal – 6-9 pm – Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Wednesday, August 2nd - School Starts!
  • Thursday, August 3rd - Regular after school rehearsals begin!  Check the calendar on the website or the handbook as the when/where/how long these rehearsals take place.  All after school rehearsals are MANDATORY and are a part of your student's grade for the band class!
  • Thursday, August 3rd – The initial NYC Trip deposit of $175 is due to Thomas Tours in Nashville!  This payment MUST be made by ANYONE (not just band members) planning to go on the trip to reserve your spot on the trip.  All payments should be made DIRECTLY to Thomas Tours.  DO NOT SEND YOUR PAYMENTS TO THE SCHOOL!!!  Any questions, please contact Thomas Tours directly at 1-800-292-0470.

July 2, 2017

posted Jul 2, 2017, 6:37 AM by GCHS Band

Announcements:


·        June rehearsals are now complete!  We played through the entire show!  There is still a lot of work to be done to make it great.  Make sure your student is practicing!

·         As I type these announcements the drill is being written for the field show.  Only students who attended at least 2 out of the 3 June rehearsals will have a spot in the field show.  Anyone who shows up at camp who did not attend 2 out of the 3 June rehearsals will be placed as an alternate until a student drops out, is injured, or is simply not pulling his/her weight in learning the show.

·         All students should be fitted for his/her uniform at this point.  If anyone has not been fitted be sure they let me know asap.

·         Thanks to everyone who has worked or will work work at the Firework Stand at some this week/weekend.  We still have a few slots still available to work (especially on July 4th).  Contact Kim Todd if you haven't signed up!

·       The Fireworks stand is open today (Sunday) from 2-10, tomorrow (Monday) from 12-10.  The stand will be open on the 4th from 8am until 10:00 pm!  Come buy your fireworks from the band!  Every dollar you spend supports the kids of this band.  Every firework is buy 1 get 1 free!  Invite your friends, family, neighbors, etc. to the Dyer Food Rite to purchase their fireworks from us!  Remember we accept credit/debit cards!

·         The 4th of July Parades are THIS TUESDAY!  We will rehearse for the parades TOMORROW from 9am-11am.  We will rehearse BOTH inside and outside so be sure students have proper shoes for marching on for the rehearsal.  The parades begin ON TUESDAY (4th) starting at Dyer @ 9.  We will meet just across the tracks behind the old F&M Bank Building (current City Hall) at 8:15.  Immediately following that parade we will travel to Kenton for the 11:00 parade there.  We will meet there at the old Plastech building at 10:30.  Students will have to provide his/her own transportation to both parades.  I will have the band room open 30 minutes before the Dyer parade and 30 minutes after the Kenton parade for students to pick up/drop off equipment.  The attire for the day will be khaki shorts, red, white, or blue tshirt, and tennis shoes!  If a student attends rehearsal and BOTH parades he/she will receive lettering credit for the 2017-18 school year!

·        You guys sold 319 boxes of peaches and 98 Boston Butts during our recent June rehearsal fundraisers!  Thanks for your efforts to make both of these fundraisers successful.  Thanks to all those who made the delivery/sorting of the peaches successful!  For every box of peaches that you sold $2 will be deposited this week into your student's NYC Trip Account at Thomas Tours.  See the attached list for how much your student will have deposited.  Remember the initial deposit of $175 for ANYONE going on the trip has to be made to Thomas Tours no later than August 3rd!

·         All forms (7) and the first band fee payment ($35) was due this past Tuesday night!  Forms MUST BE turned in for a student to participate at camp.  If the band fee was not turned in and payment arrangements have not been made then this is considered a debt and needs to be paid ASAP!  The band has a lot of expenses this time of the year (building of props, guard flags, percussion equipment, guard uniforms, band camp staff, cleaning of band uniforms, etc.) and we need you to pay your band fees on time if at all possible!  The next band fee payment of $125 is due the FIRST day of band camp (July 10th for guard and percussion; July 17th for all hornline members)!

·         Guard gloves and uniforms have been ordered!  If the initial guard fee of $60 has not been paid then the student will not be issued their pair of gloves at camp.

·         Band Camp begins a week from Monday (July 10th) for guard/percussion members!  CAMP IS REQUIRED FOR ALL MEMBERS!  Camp for the guard will run from 8-4:30.  The percussion section will rehearse 11am-7pm on Monday and Tuesday the first week of camp due to Tico's work schedule but then will resume the 8-4:30 starting on Wednesday.  Students will have a lunch break from 11:30-1:00 to either eat lunch (Percussion will have lunch 2:30-4:00 on Monday/Tuesday) that they have brought in the gym or go somewhere off campus for lunch!  The guard will be outside at times so dress/prepare accordingly!

·         Hornline members will begin camp July 12th and will continue the 13th & 14th  from 8:00-11:30!  ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED!  We will meet in the band room briefly to check roll and then be outside the rest of the time.  Plan accordingly with attire, water/Gatorade, sun screen, snacks, etc.

·         Be sure your student is spending some time outside getting used to the heat so they aren't miserable at camp!  HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • July 17-21 - Full Band Camp - 8am-DARK!  ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED BY EVERY BAND MEMBER!  If a student misses a day of band camp he/she MUST have a doctor's note for an emergent reason (not just routine appointments) or an alternate will take his/her spot on the field.  Lunch (11:30-1:00)/dinner (4:30-6:00) will be the student's responsibility each day.  They can pack a meal and eat it in the gym or they can ride with another student (WITH YOUR PERMISSION!) to get something to eat!
  • July 24-28 - NO REHEARSALS!  Enjoy the week off to rest and relax after camp!
  • Monday, July 31st - School's Freshmen Orientation - Theater - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 1st - MANDATORY REHEARSAL - 6:00-9:00 pm - We will meet briefly in the band room and head directly out to the practice field for the rehearsal.
  • Wednesday, August 2nd - School Starts!
  • Thursday, August 3rd - Regular after school rehearsals begin!  Check the calendar on the website or the handbook as the when/where/how long these rehearsals take place.  All after school rehearsals are MANDATORY and are a part of your student's grade for the band class!

June 24, 2017

posted Jun 24, 2017, 12:23 PM by GCHS Band

Announcements:

  • Thanks to all those parents who showed up this past Tuesday night to help set-up the fireworks tent!  Your help was greatly appreciated!
  • Another GREAT REHEARSAL this past Tuesday night!  We covered letters I-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 field will be lined THIS TUESDAY @ NOON!  All student leaders MUST be present for the lining of the practice field.  If they are unable to be there they MUST have someone there to take their place.  Band Captains should be made aware of anyone not able to attend and who will be taking their place.
  • The 3rd and final June rehearsal will be Tuesday, June 27th from 6-9 pm.  Remember students are REQUIRED to attend at least 2 out of 3 June rehearsals in order to get a spot in the Fall Show!  We will be covering letter T-end this week.
  • We will have solos auditions this week!  Any student wishing to audition for a solo in the show MUST audition this 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!
    3. Peaches order form + money!  Each student is asked to sell at least 4 trays of peaches or get $30 in donations.  Make sure EVERYONE does his/her part to make this fundraiser a success!  Remember $2 goes into each student's NY Trip account for every box that they sell!
    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.
  • PEACHES WILL ARRIVE THIS WEDNESDAY (28th)!!!  We are still waiting on a time for them to arrive but as soon as I know I will let you know.  You MUST pick up your peaches on Wednesday!!!  We do not have enough refrigerated space to store peaches.  MAKE ARRANGEMENTS NOW TO GET THEM PICKED UP!
  • Percussionists need to pay their $100 percussion fee or get 5 shirt sponsors by August 4th!
  • All color guard members need to be bringing in at least $60 of their guard fees to cover gloves and deposit on uniform.
  • Trailer Sponsorships are ONLY $50 and are due by August!  
  • The Color Guard will be selling homemade ice cream for the band at the Dyer Celebration Street Dance that will be held FRIDAY NIGHT June 30th!  We need you to make some HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!  The color guard mans this fundraiser but the funds go to the entire band!  We will need the ice cream brought in a disposable containers behind the OLD Farmers and Merchants Bank building (current City Hall) that night between 6 & 6:30 pm!  Rhonda Upchurch is in charge of this fundraiser for the guard.  Please contact Rhonda at rhondaup@gmail.com so she can count on you!
  • 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.  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 2017-18 school year!  This is huge when applying for scholarships as a senior!
  • We still need workers for FIREWORKS!  This takes EVERYONE to pull this fundraiser off.  See Kim's email from Friday for the available shifts and contact her today if you haven't already! 
  • 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 Kim sent out Friday to see the hours by day.  The band receives all of the profits so ADVERTISE FOR US!  The stand opens TOMORROW (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 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!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, July 3rd - 4th of July Parade rehearsal - 9am-11am - Band Room and Outside - All who are in town are encouraged to attend in order to support our hometown communities.  Lettering credit is offered for those who attend BOTH the rehearsal and the parade(s)
  • Tuesday, July 4th - 4th of July parade(s) - Dyer (9am) & Kenton (11am)
  • July 10-14 - Guard/Percussion Camp - 8-4:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!  $125 band fee is due on the 10th for all percussion and guard members!
  • July 12-14 - Fundamentals Camp (Outside!) - EVERYONE - 8-11:30 - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • July 17-21 - Full Band Camp - EVERYONE - 8-DARK - Attendance is MANDATORY!  $125 band fee is due on the 17th for all hornline members!
  • Thursday, August 3rd - The $175 deposit payment for the New York Trip is due to Thomas Tours to reserve your spot on the trip!  This goes for ANYONE (not just students) planning to go on the trip!  Any questions please contact Thomas Tours directly at 1-800-292-0470.

June 15, 2017

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

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

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