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This Saturday!

MENU:  Still to be finalized.  Kids will be fed twice; once upon arrival, and once between prelims and finals.  Meals will most likely be
     deli sandwich, chips, fruit
     baked potatoes with toppings

COOKIES: - Brass.  2-3 dozen from each student.

One chaperone (we have room for up to four more)
Two cleared drivers
Three pit crew helpers
Sign up here:  Fresno State Show 10/22

Prelims only ticket: $12.00 General Admission; $9.00 SeniorCitizen/Students/Children 
Finals Wrist Band: $10.00 General Admission; $8.00 Senior Citizen/Students/Children All Day Wrist Band: $16.00 General Admission; $12.00 SeniorCitizen/Students/Children

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This is a TWO-SHOW DAY.  The winner of each class will advance to finals, along with the next five highest scoring bands, regardless of class. Mr. McElhaney is fairly confident about LHS qualifying to perform in finals.
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Lemoore is 
Red Lot 
Warmup area A


The kids will have their first competition on Saturday.  Please make sure they arrive at the band room having already eaten breakfast.  It's best that they eat at home; there won't be time in the band room, and I believe they will be in half-uniform on the bus, so they shouldn't be eating then either.

As soon as the parade competition is over and the kids have changed, they will be served lunch.  On the menu is:
 deli sandwich

We are encouraging kids to bring their own snack for later in the day.  They will not have a chance to go to concessions after they perform their field show. Immediately after awards, we will be loading the busses and heading home; they will not receive a second meal.

There is an entry fee for spectators to watch the field show, but I can't find any information per the amount.

COOKIES: A couple of years ago, we began a tradition that we would like to continue.  Each section is assigned an event, and we ask each student in that section to bring 2-3 dozen cookies.  They do not need to be homemade or individually packaged.  The student service volunteers will place the cookies into individual serving bags, and the kids receive them as they are loading the busses to come home.  It's a nice treat.  For the first competition on 10/15, we are asking the PERCUSSION / PIT to provide the cookies.

On sale at Foods Co in Hanford.  
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We need at least 100 more.
Sign up here:  Tri Tip Dinner

Homecoming Game:  
Still need more help.  If you haven't helped at a band event yet, please do so now. Football Game

Visalia Band Review:  
It's time to fully staff this event.  Please see how you can help.  We need chaperones (need LUHSD clearance), drivers (use private vehicle without LUHSD clearance), pit crew (no clearance needed) and volunteers to help serve lunch to the kids (no clearance needed).  Sign up here:  Visalia Band Review 10/15

1.  Due to school regulations, we will not have a bake sale in conjunction with the tri tip dinner. 

2.  We need more sodas for our dinner!  Our first count last night was 240 dinners sold, and we currently have 7 people signed up to donate 20 bottles each.  Maybe if you were planning on contributing to the bake sale, you could switch and donate sodas instead? We are asking for regular Pepsi or Coca Cola only.

3.  We need ice chests for the tri tip dinner.  Please drop them off (clearly labeled) at 11:00 AM on Monday, and pick them up by 6:00 PM that night as well.  They will be used to store the cooked tri tips.  We will rinse them out before returning them.

4.  The homecoming game is Friday night.  A pizza dinner will be provided for the kids after the parade.  The students will not be performing a halftime show.  This makes Friday a good time to volunteer in concessions since you won't be missing a performance.  Here are the current volunteers, as well as the link to sign up:  Homecoming Game

Our monthly booster meeting is this Monday, 10/3, just after 6:00 PM in the bandroom.  The agenda is attached.

Tri Tip dinner money and unsold tickets are due on Monday.
Our tri tip dinner is in just over a week.  I know that many of you do not have the Columbus Day holiday off, which means that we are really going to need to rely on those of you who do.

     We need three people to help with the seasoning and cooking of the tri tips.  You would need to be available from 11:00-3:00.  

     We need six-eight people to help with the wrapping of the cooked tri tips as they come off the grill.  We would need you from about 1:00-4:00.  STUDENTS CAN HELP HERE!

     We need eight-ten people (STUDENTS INCLUDED!)  to help with the distribution of the dinners and the overseeing of the bake sale.  We need you from 3:30-6:30.

     We need parents to drop off clearly labeled ice chests by 12:00, and to pick them up by 6:30.  We will be using them to store the cooked tri tips.

     We need families to buy sodas.  Food Co in Hanford has Coca Coloa  2-liters on sale for $.99 through Tuesday.  We are asking for regular cola only (either Pepsi or Coke).  If you are able to buy some, please sign up on the volunteer spot page so we can have a clear idea of what we still need to purchase.  The sodas need to be dropped off at the band room at 11:00 on Monday, 10/10. 

     Finally, we need bake sale donations.  Individually wrapped items are needed.  Please drop them off at the band room any time from 12:00 - 3:00. 

     Here is the link to sign up:  Tri Tip Dinner 

The itinerary for Wednesday's Fresno Fair competition is attached.  We could still use two more chaperones.  Here is the link to sign up:  Fresno Fair  The kids will be leaving at 12:30 and returning by about 7:30.  Boosters will NOT be feeding the students.  They will be eating lunch prior to leaving LHS, and they are encouraged to bring money to buy food at the fair.

This Friday is the LHS homecoming, and the band will have a role to play. My prediction is that by 3:30, band members should be at the band room, dressed in purple and gold, ready for the homecoming parade.  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.) They will walk to downtown Lemoore, where the parade will begin at 4:00 down D street.  It's a very quick event, so don't be late if you want to see it!  The whole thing is over in about 10 minutes.  

     After the parade, they will return to the band room where they will have a pizza dinner, generously donated by one of our booster parents.

     We could use some parents to help with setting up and serving the dinner.  If you can help, please be at the band room by 4:00.  The kids will be fed right outside, so we will need plates and utensils set up on the tables, as well as Gatorade to be made.   Here is the signup to help if you can:  Homecoming Dinner

For Friday night's game, the kids will not be doing a halftime show, so we will not need a pit crew. However, they will be playing in the stands, and we will still be working the concessions booth, so all other volunteers are still needed. 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. Here is the link for that: Homecoming Game

TriTip Dinner Tickets           
      Tri Tip Dinner tickets were passed out to your student last week.  Each student should have received an envelope with 6 tickets.  Because this is a booster fundraiser, we are asking parents to take the lead in selling the tickets. 
      Attached is both a full color and a black and white flyer to use when publicizing the tickets.  The dinner includes a large top-quality tri tip, 6 hoagie rolls, and a 2-liter bottle of cola.  When sliced for sandwiches, this is a meal that feeds six.  The meal is $30, and checks should be made payable to LHS Band Boosters.
      Money and unsold tickets are due by October 3, and the dinner is Monday, October 10th.

We are in need of more volunteers for our fall marching season.  
(I sent this information out a week ago, but I'm afraid it didn't go through to everyone.)
     I am attaching the form needed if you would like to be a chaperone or a driver.  This can take some time (for fingerprinting and to be approved at the LUHSD school board meeting), so please start the process now.  We will need three or four drivers for each event, in addition to at least three chaperones. 
     Simply fill out the form and get it to Mr. McElhaney. He will take it to the district office, and they will contact you for the rest of the paperwork and the clearances needed. 
In order to chaperone, you need to be fingerprinted and cleared by the district. Chaperones need to be at the school when the bandroom opens for an event, and they will ride the bus to and from the competition. Before the buses leave LHS, chaperones help make sure all needed materials are loaded into the vans.  This includes serving utensils, plates, silverware, tablecloths, hand sanitizer, napkins, and any needed condiments. They oversee the filling of the water coolers / water bottles with water and ice.  They make sure the pop-up shade structures are loaded, and they load the donated cookies into the vans.  On the buses, they make sure they have the correct students and monitor the behavior.  They have emergency information and a first aid kit on each bus.  If parents are checking kids out at the event, they have the forms that must be filled out and signed.  Before leaving the event, they pass out the cookies for the kids to eat on the bus ride home.  When they return to LHS, they make sure the bus is in good condition and oversee the unloading of all the equipment.  If there were extra cookies, these are usually distributed at LHS for the kids who worked the hardest unloading. Chaperones usually help with student services as well.
Student Services includes serving the food to the kids.  These volunteers need to be at the bus area as soon as the kids arrive at the event.  They help set up the shade pop-ups, the serving tables, and the coolers.  The help serve the food as the kids go through the line. Once the kids have been fed, these volunteers package the cookies into individual bags for the kids to have on the ride home.  The cookies are divided into three sections; one for each bus.  The cookies need to be placed back into a van until the buses are loaded to go home; if they are left on the bus, the kids will find them and take more than they should! Student service volunteers make sure filled water bottles are with each section of the band as they are warming up; pit/percussion, guard, and winds/brass.  Finally, these are the volunteers who also pass out the plumes to the kids before they leave for warmups. At that point, they are done and are welcome to go to the stadium to watch the shows.  
Pit Crew are the volunteers who help push the front ensemble equipment (marimbas, etc) from the gate to the front of the field.  These volunteers need to meet at the bus area about 30 minutes before the band's pit gate time.  These volunteers usually watch the show from the stadium's track area rather than in the stands.  They help push the equipment back to the buses, and I believe these are the volunteers who collect and put away the plumes.
Volunteers don't need to bring anything special or wear anything out of the ordinary.  Most volunteers wear either the fall show shirt or other LHS / purple / gold spirit wear.
 Unfortunately, admission is not included for any of the volunteers at competitions, so if you plan on watching the shows, you will need to pay for your own ticket.

We are short of help in the pit crew on Friday night.  The kids will be performing the beginning of their competetive field show, so all front ensemble equipment will need to be moved on and off the field.  The more parents we have, the easier it is on the kids. Plus, you get to see the show!  Here is the link to sign up:  Home Football Game 9/2

We need parents to help package the pulled pork dinners and supervise their distribution.  Meet at the band room or LHS Cafeteria at 3:30 on Tuesday. 9/13.
Here is the link to sign up:  Pulled Pork DinnerPulled Pork Dinner 9/13

Football this Friday
Our first game is this Friday, and we are in need of much more help.  Here is where we are so far, and here is the link to sign up: Home Football Game
Job: Pit Crew
     Quantity requested: Unlimited;    Quantity filled: 0
    Time: prior to halftime
     Volunteers: No one signed up
Job: Concessions: Set up
     Quantity requested: 4;    Quantity filled: 1
     Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
     Volunteers: Rebecca Camarena
Job: Student Service: Set up - FILLED
     Quantity requested: 3;    Quantity filled: 3
     Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
       Chris Camarena 
       micki bell 
Job: Student Service: During Game - FILLED
     Quantity requested: 2;    Quantity filled: 2
     Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
       Chris Camarena 
       Diana Farrar 
Job: Stadium Vendor
     Quantity requested: 4;    Quantity filled: 0
     Time: 7:30 pm
     Volunteers: No one signed up
Job: Concessions: Clean up
     Quantity requested: 4;    Quantity filled: 1
     Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
     Volunteers: Rebecca Camarena

Pulled Pork Dinner
Today or tomorrow, students should receive their tickets for the first fundraiser of the year, a pulled pork dinner.  This is served drive-thru style on Tuesday, September 13th.  (We will be asking for volunteers to help; please keep an eye out.)  Dinners include pulled pork, rice pilaf, green beans, and a roll, and sell for $10 each.  Checks should be made out to LHS Band Club.  All profits from this fundraiser to go reducing the band member's financial contribution for marching season.  Students will be given five tickets, but they are encouraged to check out more once they sell those.  All tickets and money are due Thursday, September 8th.

The fall calendar was distributed, and is attached to this email.  Please note that there is NO PRACTICE on Saturday, August 20, due to the lack of school facilities being available.  This practice has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 27.  This practice was not initially on the calendar; if you have a family conflict, please let Mr. McElhaney know as soon as possible.
Financial contributions for the year have not yet been finalized, but they are expected to be in the $300 range. This is due to an overnight trip to Union City in November.  Mr. McElhaney stressed that he does not want money concerns to be a reason for a child to not participate in band.  Please speak to Mr. McElhaney.  All conversations regarding financial difficulties are done in confidence.  He stressed that something can be worked out to ensure that all students are able to participate.
Mr. McElhaney is in need of some parents to coordinate uniform distribution.  This would involve measuring the students and organizing the uniforms for distribution.  He has had the same parent do this for last several years, and she is willing to work with the new parents to “pass the baton”.  Please contact Mr. McElhaney directly if you would be able to help.
Students/staff/chaperones/drivers are fed at least one meal at all out-of-town events.  Meals in the past have been:
     pasta with/without meat sauce, salad, roll, and fruit;
     baked potatoes with chili and other toppings, salad, fruit;
     burritos, rice, salad, fruit; lasagna, salad, rolls, fruit;
     deep-pit turkey, rice, salad, fruit;
     tri-tip sandwiches, salad, fruit
     deli sandwiches, chips, fruit. 
We are looking for a parent to chair the student services, which would involve making sure the meal has been arranged.  We often have several parents volunteer to make or pick up part of a meal.  We are not expecting any parent to be responsible for feeding 160 people!  We have a budget to reimburse food expenses up to $250-300 per meal.
If you know of a restaurant that might be willing to donate all or part of a meal, please feel free to distribute the attached catering request letter.
If you are willing to chair or help on the the committee, here is the link:  Student Meals Fall Season
All chaperones and drivers must be fingerprint cleared.  To start the process, see Mr. McElhaney for the volunteer paperwork.  The entire process can take up to a month, so please begin now in order to be cleared in time for the first competition on October 5th.  If the $65 fingerprinting fee is prohibitive, please email so we can work out a way to subsidize the cost. We need at least three chaperones and three drivers for each out of town event.
Our booster trailer is in need of repair before it heads out on the road again.  If you are skilled in this area, please contact Mr. McElhaney.

     All students who play wind/brass instruments are highly suggested to attend rehearsals this week.  On Tuesday 7/12 and Wednesday 7/13, rehearsal will run from 9:00-12:00.  
     These rehearsals include incoming freshman.  It's a great time for them to get to know their section in a smaller environment, as well as begin learning the music for this fall's field show.
     Rehearsals will be held in the LHS band room.  

Please click here for information about this year's mandatory band camp:  LHS Band Camp 2016  Here, you will find information about dates and times, what to bring, costs, how lunch works, and other frequently asked questions.  The registration form is also available at the bottom of the linked page. 

All band parents are expected to sign up for at least one committee/chairperson position during the 2016-2017 school year.   Please read through the descriptions and dates to select those that work best with your interests and availability.

     Mr. McElhaney will have a mandatory parent meeting on Monday, 8/15, just after 6:00 PM 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 get the kids started on their practice and then start the meeting.  This is when he usually goes over the fall schedule as well as the expected costs for the season, and he asks that all parents please attend. 
     Immediately after the meeting, we will have the first booster meeting of the year.  Please stay, find out what has been happening, and let your voice be heard.  We need input and ideas from all parents.

     LHS orientation is scheduled for Thursday 7/29 (9th grade) and Friday 7/29 (10-12th grades).
     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:
  •      National lunch program application - required even if you think or are sure that you will not quality
  •      Student and parent handbook acknowledgement, signed by both student and parent
  •      Yellow emergency card, filled out and signed by parent (the back side of the appointment card)
  •      Parental consent form - filled out and signed by parent
  •      Parental options form - filled out and signed by parent
  •      Annual student health update - filled out and signed by parent
  •      Student information form - filled out and signed by parent

     The first fundraiser of the school year will begin during the first week of band camp.  Each student will be issued 4 tickets for a pulled pork dinner ($10 each).  These individual dinners include pulled pork, rice, green beans, and a roll.  Dinners will be distributed drive-thru style on Wednesday, August 17th.  I do not have the date that tickets/money are due, but once I have that information, I will pass it on.
     This fundraiser benefits the LHS Band Club, and profits made will go toward reducing the student financial contribution for marching season.  We are asking each student to sell at least their four tickets; if they need more, just ask Mr. McElhaney for another envelope.

     In order to chaperone at LHS, parents need to have been fingerprint cleared.  If you were cleared through Liberty (Lemoore UESD), those records DO NOT transfer and you will need to go through the process and pay the fee again.  Volunteers fingerprinted through Akers (Central UESD) do transfer; you will just need to fill out the forms and arrange to have the records send to LUHSD.  Mr. McElhaney has the forms that you need to complete the chaperoning registration.
     All other volunteer jobs do not need to have paperwork completed.  All you need to do is to click the link, choose the job you want, enter your email, and mark your calendar.  It's really easy, and there will always be someone around to answer your questions and explain what to do.  

While some of the practice dates at this point are still tentative, the competition, performance, and meeting dates have been added.

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