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!
  • 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 for all upcoming dates and events!