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.


  • 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.
  • 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!