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)
  • 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!