A shako is the hat that is worn with the band uniform, and they will be asking for donations to fill the hats.
The idea for this fundraiser stems from the ongoing California drought. Many schools and organizations were banned from conducting car washes, for many groups, a fundraising staple. So they had to look elsewhere for funding.
“We are looking for a fundraiser that will involve the kids, and will also ask for support from the local community,” said Band Booster President Rebecca Camarena. “In the past years, the size of the LHS band has grown, but with the fiscal conditions of the state government, funding from the district has not been able to keep up. We rely on fundraising to make up the difference.”
The LHS band program has become increasingly competitive in recent years, competing primarily in Clovis but also in both northern and southern California.
“These competitions are important for the kids and the program, but they are expensive,” said Camarena. “The very first time the three busloads of students leave the LHS campus, we have depleted the transportation budget for the entire year. Fundraisers like the “Fill the Shako” campaign will help the band continue to grow and improve.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, students will line the intersections along Lemoore Avenue while parents collect donations from vehicles. “Every donation is appreciated and will be put to use to further the music education for the kids of Lemoore High School,” said Camarena.
We are also looking for donations for the silent auction. This year, we will not be having a silent auction at our Spaghetti Dinner, but will be having it at the golf tournament instead. If you have a donation or know of a company that might like to help, please let us know.
We will be asking for more help as the date approaches. For now, though, please help us get the word out!
* The band's complete operational budget is less than half of the athletic's budget for transportation alone.
$20.00 for Adults; $15.00 Students & Seniors; 6 and under FREE
All tickets are non-refundable
Tuesday night - Patriotic Concert (Uniforms)
Band Room open
Ready/move equipment to Event Center
Wednesday night - Veteran's Day Parade
Band Room open/begin warming up
Walk to downtown
INFORMATION FOR SATURDAY'S SHOW
Friday's schedule will be different from other home football games. I don't have the call time yet, but my guess is that students will need to be back at school by about 3:00 PM. Students are encouraged to wear school colors (purple and gold) for the parade. (Last year, Sally's Fashions by KMart carried both purple and yellow bandannas, for what it is worth.)
The band will be performing at the homecoming parade through downtown Lemoore at 4:00. They will return to the band room immediately after, and we will be providing dinner for the kids. If you would like to help with serving the food, please be at the band room at that time. At this point, we are still finalizing the menu, but I will email it out when we are certain.
The band will not be performing a halftime show, due to the crowning of the homecoming court. This means that we will not need a pit crew. The band will be playing in the stands, though, so we still need parents to set up and maintain the water for the kids.
We are expecting a larger crowd due to it being homecoming, so we could use additional help at the concessions booth. I would like to have it staffed with 5 people for both shifts. 6:00-8:00, and 8:00-10:00.
It is most likely going to be another warm night, and if we can have two people to sell lemonade in the stands, it would certainly be profitable.
Here is the link to sign up to help: Homecoming Game
Please check out the LHS music's instagram account (@lhsmusic) for current pictures of the fall season.
At our concessions booth this year, we are selling beef kabobs, corn, and lemonade. This means that we are going to need more help than last year. We are not preparing the kabobs ahead of time, so we need people at 6:00 to help skewer the meat.
I know that I can count on several of you to come and volunteer even when you don't sign up, but can I please convince you to sign up anyway? It helps me plan and prepare, and most importantly, not worry!
Here is the link to sign up: Football Game
FOOD HANDLERS CERTIFICATE
Also, at our booster meeting last week, we discussed the need to have some volunteers have their food handling certificate. While this is definitely NOT required to help, it is recommended. I did mine here: efoodcard.com It took less than an hour, cost $9.99, and is good for three years. If you do this, please give me a copy of the certificate so I can keep it in our volunteer binder.
FIRST FOOTBALL GAME 9/11
The first football game is Friday night. There is no JV game prior, due to the air quality, and the varsity game begins at 7:00 PM.
We are looking for 2-4 people to sell lemonade in the stands. We have a stadium vending tray to make it easier. This is a great way for us to increase our sales, especially with the hot weather we are having, but we can only do it if we have the volunteers.
Here is the link to sign up for any of the volunteer positions for tomorrow night:
Football Game Volunteers
We are still in need of some volunteers.
Student Services set up - report to the band room by 5:30. Fill the orange water containers with ice and water, and take them and the water bottles to the stands. Put out the yellow cushions on the band's bleacher seats.
Student Services - during game. Sit by the band in the stand and fill the student water bottles as needed.
Concessions - Set up. Report to the stadium about 6:00. Help set up the area where we will be selling small candy items, barbequed beef kabobs, cups of Mexican corn, and lemonade. Work the stand through halftime.
Pit Crew - Report to the bandroom by 6:00 to help move equipment to the field. Help move front ensemble equipment on and off the field at halftime.
Concessions - Clean up - report to the stadium to help sell items. (NOT in the main concessions stands, but we have a spot on the grass. Find the large barbeque and white shade structure and that's where we will be.) Help clean up and put things away at the end of the game.
Here is the link to sign up if you are able to help. You do not have to sign up for more than the game on 9/11, but you are certainly encouraged to do so. Honestly, it's a lot of fun!
BOOSTER MEETING THURSDAY 9/10
Our next booster meeting is Thursday, 9/10, just after 6:00 PM in the band room. We will be working on getting things ready for the busy fall season, and we would encourage all parents to join us.
We looked at our fireworks earnings, which were down for about the 4th year in a row. Unless TNT can secure us a better spot, we voted to suspend fireworks sales for 2016. Instead, we are going to try to have a food booth at the Kings County Fair.
We voted to approve a loan to South Valley Winter Arts Association in the amount of $500 to help with start-up costs. This is the new winter guard/ winter percussion circuit that we will be with, in place of SJVCGPR.
We are in the process of updating and revising our bylaws, but we were advised to table that until we have received our 501c3 designation.
According to our by-laws, officer terms are to be for one year. However, since we are in the midst of incorporating, we have been advised to retain current officers. As an organization, we need to decide if you want to continue current officers for all of 15/16, or if you want to hold officer elections once we have completed the incorporation process. A decision on this will be made at our first booster meeting.
LHS orientation is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, freshman are welcome to attend the LINK crew welcome in the morning. However, this is not required and it is a personal decision about sending your student. During this time, they will play games and take a tour of the campus. (For what it is worth, I did not send my daughter when she was a freshman. She had already bonded with a good group of kids during band camp, and she was comfortable with the campus layout, so she attended band camp that morning instead.)
In the afternoon on Thursday, freshman will attend orientation according to the time specified on the card in their packet. Mr. McElhaney is requesting that students return to band camp as soon as they are done.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will attend registration on Friday, also on the time specified in their packet. This is different from past years; the band will not be going to registration all at the same time. Again, Mr. McElhaney is asking that the kids hurry back to band camp.
Be sure to take the following items to orientation, or you will not be allowed in:
Emergency card (yellow) -it's the back of the card that says what time the student will register)
Responsible Use Acknowledgement (purple) - computer usage
Lunch application (white)- required from ALL students
Student information form (coral)
Student health update (white)
PULLED PORK DINNER
We are starting our first fundraiser. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be applied to lowering the total cost needed for student band costs. We will be starting on Wednesday, July 29 and finish on August 14th, 2015. Our goal is to sell 625 tickets – or 5 tickets per student.
The students will be selling Take out Dinner Tickets. Included in each dinner will be Pulled Pork, rice pilaf, green beans and a roll. The dinner will held be on Wednesday August 19 from 4-6 p.m. Dinners may be picked up in the parking lot in front of the band room. Each ticket sells for $10.00.
If 5 tickets are sold, the student’s name will be recorded for and end-of-the-year reward trip. More information regarding this trip will be coming.
We also need some parent volunteers to help with dinner distribution on August 19th. No paper work needs to be filled out in order to volunteer. Parents are needed to help package the food in the take-out containers and to oversee students distributing the dinners to the cars as they drive through. Please click the link and sign up to volunteer if you are able to help. Pulled Pork Dinner 2015
If you have any questions, please call Denise at 779-1052.
Thanks for all your help!
Lunch is always an hour, and it usually runs from 12-1. Sometimes they might be released a little bit before or a bit after, but regardless, they will have an hour to eat.
Students really have four options. 1). They can bring their lunch from home in the morning and stay on LHS campus to eat. Normally, eating is not allowed in the band room, but Mr. McElhaney usually is a bit lenient with this rule during band camp. They can also go to the outside tables around campus to eat. 2). Students can have parents bring them a lunch close to lunch time. It is requested that if you do this, you wait in the parking lot for your child to meet you at your car, rather than going in to the band room yourself. 3). Parents can pick up their students and take them someplace for lunch. They will need to be back on time! 4). Students are free to leave the LHS campus and go someplace for lunch. Across from the high school are Betos and China Inn (closed on Mondays). Further down Bush are the Mobil station which sells Chinese food, Dominos Pizza (on D street), Popeye's, and Gunny's Sandwiches. Those are really the only places where students could walk to and still make it back to the band room on time. If you are going to Betos, Dominos, or Gunny's, call your order in first so it is ready when you arrive.
Betos - 924-4101
Dominoes - 924-3581
Gunny's - 924-7700 (Gunny's is the furthest; kids would need to eat while walking back).
Regardless of what your student plans on doing for lunch, it's important that students be back to practice on time! The bandroom will remain accessible throughout the lunch break.
Band Camp run
s from 9:00-5:00 each day, Monday through Friday, and students usually have about an hour lunch break (the time each day could vary). Make sure your student has arrangements for lunch.
Students need to wear athletic clothes (no jeans!) and good supportive athletic shoes. Students also need to have sunscreen and PLENTY of water...it gets hot when they are outside learning the show!Most students bring a one-gallon insulated water jug, clearly marked with their name. A regular sized water bottle will not be enough.
All students participating in band camp will receive the 2015 show T-shirt. If you would like to order extras for yourself, they can be ordered on the camp registration form; they are $18 and will reflect the theme of the 2015 field show.
Camp begins at 9:00, and the band room will open at 8:30 on Monday for registration.
***Directions for coordinating Band Camp with LHS Orientation (freshman on 7/30 and all others on 7/31) will be given to students during Band Camp.
SUMMER 2015 DATES
July 8, 9, 21, and 23 - Woodwinds/Brass Only 10:00-1:00 (July 8 - 10-2, to allow for instrument distribution)
July 27-August 7 - BAND CAMP - Mandatory for all sections (M-F, 9:00-5:00)
August 12 - First day of School
2015 CALENDAR EVENTS UP TO DATE
While some of the practice dates at this point are still tentative, the competition, performance, and meeting dates have been added.
SUMMER WINDS PRACTICE 2015
It's time to start practicing for the 2015 fall season! Rehearsals for wind instruments will begin on Wednesday, 7/8 from 10:00-2:00. Other dates are Thursday 7/9, Tuesday, 7/21 and Thursday 7/23, and these rehearsals will be from 10:00-1:00. While Band Camp is MANDATORY, these wind rehearsals are voluntary (but strongly encouraged!). If you have any questions, please click the email link at the top right of this page and let us know. We will get back to you with an answer. Rehearsals are held in the band room.
BAND CAMP 2015
LHS Band Camp begins on Monday, 7/27 at 9:00 AM in the band room. This is considered a mandatory practice for all students who are taking part in band. If your student is unable to attend all of the days, please email or speak to Mr. MacElhaney as soon as possible. Students will need to sign in each day for attendance.
Band Camp run
s from 9:00-5:00 each day, Monday through Friday, and students usually have about an hour lunch break (the time each day could vary). Make sure your student has arrangements for lunch. Students also need to have sunscreen and PLENTY of water..it gets hot when they are outside learning the show!
When students arrive for camp on Monday, they need to turn in a camp registration form and their payment. The registration form is available at the very bottom of this page. You can save yourself time by having the form printed and completed when your student arrives on Monday. The cost of band camp is $50, with checks made payable to LHS Band Boosters.
All students participating in band camp will receive the 2015 show T-shirt. If you would like to order extras for yourself, they can be ordered on the camp registration form; they are $15 and will reflect the theme of the 2015 field show.
Camp begins at 9:00, and the band room will open at 8:30 on Monday for registration.
***We are aware that orientation is on 7/28 and 7/29, and we will update this page when we have a more solid plan as to how to coordinate both events.
Are you wondering just what your student has been learning for the past two weeks at band camp? Come find out! Thursday, 8/7, is the annual band camp concert. It will begin at 6:30 PM in the Event Center. Please join us and be amazed at all that the kids have accomplished. (Band camp will probably dismiss a bit early on that date, but we don't know the exact time. Kids will have to be back at the band room prior to the concert...make sure to ask him or her for the specific time.)
PARENT MEETING Monday, 8/17 6:00 PM
There will be a parent meeting on Monday, 8/17 in the Presentation Center (next door to the band room.) Students have a night rehearsal from 6-9, so when you drop off your student, please stay for the meeting. Mr. McElhaney will be discussing the parent financial contributions needed to keep the program running, as well as requirements for attendance, competitions, and rehearsals. After he speaks, the boosters will stay to elect new officers for the 2015-2016 school year. It is important for all parents to attend.
Krispy Kreme money, orders and unsold tickets are due to the band room on Thursday, 5/21. Please do not forget!
Krispy Kreme Distribution
We are hoping to see a large turnout at the Spring Concert Thursday, 5/21 at South Valley Community Church. I believe the concert begins at 7:00, but honestly, I'm not positive! Sorry.
We have decided NOT to have students sell fireworks scrip this year. We are out of time, and honestly, we have asked the kids to do a lot this year. However, we do have scrip available. If you, as a parent, would like to check some out to sell in the community and at your workplace, we will have it available at the concert tomorrow night. (Customers buy the scrip for $20, and then they redeem it for fireworks at our booth in July.)