July 14, 2019

posted Jul 14, 2019, 11:31 AM by GCHS Band


  •  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 Laurie Baker 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 Tuesday to help. 
  • We have had a great first week of band camp!  The hornline/battery has learned the first 2 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 26 sets in the opener and a lot of new work for the show!  The percussion section has played through ALL 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 poses for your student to work on by TOMORROW!
  • TOMORROW starts our FULL WEEK OF BAND CAMP!  The schedule will be as follows:  (schedule is subject to change if it rains which is VERY likely this week) 
    • 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 cafeteria or bring money to go get some lunch).  EVERYONE MUST EAT!
    • 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 which we typically are able to stop at noon but with the rain anticipated due to the hurricane we will likely need to go to 5:00 on Friday.  In addition, I have told the students that if we do not get the entire show on the field this week at camp that they need to block off Saturday, August 24th on their calendars for an all day rehearsal.  We will rehearse from 9am-4pm that day if we don't get the entire show on the field this week due to the rain anticipated.
  • 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!
  • This week will definitely be a full week!!!  It's supposed to rain A LOT the beginning part of the week and then turn hot again toward the end of the week.  Students need a lot of rest each night, breakfast each morning, sunscreen, 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 TOMORROW 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!  Remember no paper receipts will be given but you should see your payment reflected on your CutTime account within 1-2 days of your payment.
  • 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!  These will be posted to CutTime account once your student orders his/her polo so you can pay it online if you chose.
  • 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 $37/pair (Guard - $35/pair – included in NEW girls guard fee).  Once again payment MUST be made BEFORE students will receive their shoes. These will be posted to CutTime account as well once your student orders his/her shoes so you can pay it online if you chose.
  • 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.
  • This Friday we begin our next fundraiser.  We will begin selling cases of Pepsi Products (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr. P, Diet Dr. P, water, etc.) for $20 for 24 16.9 oz. bottles.  This is a GREAT DEAL @ only $0.83/bottle!  This fundraiser will take care of our fall marching band expenses usually taken care of by our competition which is typically held in September but this year will not take place until October 19th.  Each student will be asked to sell at least 6 cases or get $30 in donations.  The order form will be sent home with your student on Friday.  All money and orders will be due back no later than Tuesday, July 30th!  We need EVERYONE to do his/her part in making this fundraiser a success!
  • Please remember trailer 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 have done in years past 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 will be working on this schedule this week and plan to get that schedule emailed out to you guys in next week's announcements and in addition putting it on the website calendar.

Upcoming Dates:

  • July 22-26 - NO REHEARSALS!  Enjoy the week off to rest and relax after camp!
  • Monday, July 29th - Open House (5-6)/School's Freshmen Orientation (6:00pm)!  Check social media for details.
  • July 30th & August 1st  - Post Camp Rehearsals - 6-9 pm - Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Monday, August 5th - School Starts! 1/2 day!
  • Tuesday, August 6th - 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.
  • Tuesday, August 6th - 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 15th.
  • Monday, August 12th - Memorization test over Ballad/Drum Break!
  • Thursday, August 15th - Preview Night!  Time:  6:30 - Stadium - This is your first chance to see the Fall 2019 show.  Invite your friends and family out to this event!