July 7, 2019

posted Jul 7, 2019, 11:50 AM by GCHS Band


  • 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!  I hate we didn't get to march in the Kenton parade but unfortunately we can't control the weather.
  • 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 Donnie & Jennifer Cox, Jennifer Lowrance, and Amy Merrick 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 the cooking dads and all the crew Friday night-Saturday morning that helped at the park with the Boston Butts.  You guys pre-sold ~90 butts.  The cooking crew cooked 140.  Thanks to Jennifer & Lawanda and all of their crew for manning the tent on Saturday.  We were almost sold out when the rain hit!
  • Thanks to the color guard members and parents for manning the ice cream stand at the street dance last Friday night!
  • The field is lined so that means Band Camp starts TOMORROW!!!
  • Guard & Percussionists will have camp each day from 8:00-4:30 with lunch from 11:30-1:00.  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!  The guard will be out in the mornings each day and should be inside each afternoon.  The battery will be outside Wednesday-Friday from 8-11:30 and should be inside the rest of the time.
  • Peaches will arrive on Tuesday @ 3pm!  If you know our peaches guy you know you can't put your money on this time.  I will update you via remind of any time changes and when the actual pick-up will begin.  If any hornline members need community service hours we will need help unloading and sorting the peaches.  Peaches will be available for pick-up at the top of the gym AFTER they have arrived and ARE SORTED.  All peaches MUST BE picked up by Tuesday afternoon.  I will give you specific times once the peaches actually arrive on Tuesday via remind.
  • 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.  CAMP IS MANDATORY!  NO EXCEPTIONS!
  •  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 (8th for percussion and guard; 15th for hornline members), $66 guard fee is due before the end of the month, $125 percussion fee or 5 shirt sponsors are due by August 1st!  Remember that all fees can be paid via the band office or online via CutTime.  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 -  TOMORROW NIGHT -7:00 pm – Band Room.  Come be a part as we start planning for the upcoming fall season!
  • 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 ALL AWAY GAMES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ADAMSVILLE on October 18th (night before our competition).  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!
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings within the band organization by checking out our website (http://gchsmarchingpioneers.org), joining Remind (see instructions on the band's homepage on how to join), and joining the band's Facebook page (link on the homepage of the website).
  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ:  Remind is going through some changes EFFECTIVE JULY 16TH.  They are now limiting the class size you can have on a remind group.  We currently have over 300 people in our group which exceeds the size group allowed by Remind beginning on the 16th so we have to break our Remind group down by grade in order to accommodate these size restrictions.  Please join the appropriate Remind group listed below.  You will continue to receive the same announcements that you normally would on the NEW groups but you MUST join by the 16th!  We will continue using the current Remind group until these changes take place on the 16th!

Upcoming Dates:

  • July 15-19 - 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 22-26 - NO REHEARSALS!  Enjoy the week off to rest and relax after camp!
  • July 30th & August 1st – Post Camp Rehearsals – 6-9 pm – Attendance is MANDATORY!
  • Monday, August 5th - School Starts!
  • Tuesday, August 6th - 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!