ANNOUNCEMENTS


VOLUNTEER SIGNUPS NOW READY FOR SPRING 2018 :

REMIND for TEXT MESSAGES - LHS BAND BOOSTERS
For messages from LHS Band Boosters, text 81010 and enter @lhsbandboo as the message.  
For messages from Mr. McElhaney and Mrs. Alanzalon, text 81010 and enter @lhstigers1  as the message.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS:  LHS Band Boosters Email List


TO DONATE TO OUR PROGRAM:  lemoore-high.ed.co

SVWAA #2 at El Diamante HS in Visalia.

The performance schedule for Saturday's show has been revised.  If you are available, we are still in need of more help, especially for a percussion chaperone.  You can sign up here: SVWAA #2

SVWAA #2 on Sat., 2/24 - Chaperones and Drivers needed

Both winterguard and winter percussion will be competing this Saturday at El Diamante HS in Visalia.  Guard competes in the early afternoon, and percussion competes in the evening.  We have one guard chaperone and trailer driver, but we need a percussion chaperone and trailer driver.  Can you help?  Here is the link to sign up:  El Diamante 2/24

The kids will be served one meal immediately following guard awards (menu TBD).  This should be about 2 PM.  
 

COOKIE KIDS:
Here are the students on tap to bring cookies this Saturday.  2-3 dozen each, no nuts please.
 
Mekayla Fonteyn
Camron Johnson
Nathan Loera
Evan Lopez
Matthew Cabrera
Michelle Darden
 Jason DeCastro
 Juan Meza
Monica Navarro
Brittney Willis
Collin Bresenio
Christina Nguyen
Tierra DeYounks

VENUE:
El Diamante HS
5100 W Whitendale Ave. 
​Visalia, CA 93277

 

TICKETS:
​Adults: $6.00 
Students/Seniors: $5.00
​Child 12-7: $5.00
Child 6 under: Free
Season Pass: $28.00 (Lanyard Provided)
Student/Senior/Child Season Pass: $25.00 (Lanyard Provided)


LCAP survey and information about LHS budgets

Each year, school districts reach out to the community to gather feedback about their schools.  The results of this survey are used to formulate the LCAP, or the "local control accountability plan". This is part of what is used to determine spending and budgets for various programs.  When band parents rallied a couple of years ago, the district increased funding for band staff by $12,000.  Your voice does matter!

We have been trying to gather information about current spending at LHS, and while we haven't had a change to really analyze the numbers, I want to share some with you.

Band's operating budget 17-18: $176,976  (includes all staff salaries)
School-sponsored athletics budget 17-18: $642,748 (includes all staff salaries)
LHS agriculture budget 17-18: $591,887 (includes all staff salaries)
LHS NJROTC operating budget: $317,276 (includes all staff salaries)

Transportation budget for band 17-18: $3,490
Transportation budget for athletics 17-18: $98,734
Transportation budget for agriculture 17-18: $11,650
Transportation budget for NJROTC 17-18: $9,080

Transportation spending per band student: $10.60
Transportation spending per athlete: $119.68
Transportation spending per FFA student: $21.18
(I did not have student numbers for NJROTC)


Transportation for all LHS athletic teams is covered by the district and pays for all league events plus one tournament.  As a result, there is not a family financial contribution for any sport at LHS. 

For years, the band boosters have been asking for more transportation funding for band, which would allow family contributions to drop and enable fundraising efforts to focus on equipment to benefit the program.  The district's $3490 budget for band transportation is complete gone by the second or third time the band pulls away from the school in the fall, leaving all other transportation for the year (fall, winter, jazz, and concert bands) to be covered from the band's operating budget and family contributions.

Your voice on the LCAP survey can make a difference.  The questions on the survey are multiple choice and do not directly address many of these issues.  However, there is a place at the end of the survey for you to write a comment.  

We encourage you to take the time to complete the survey, write a comment, and have your voice be heard. You may have received the LCAP survey through your email, but in case you did not, here is a link:

LCAP Survey



WGI BAKERSFIELD REGIONAL


Information for Saturday.

Menu: (tentative)
Lunch: Ham and cheese croissant sandwiches
Dinner: Chicken Caesar salad 

LHS Varsity guard will be competing in the WGI Bakersfield regional this Saturday.  The kids will be served both a lunch and a dinner, but the menu has not yet been set.  If you are planning on attending, we could use more help with food service.  http://signup.com/go/riyeOYQ


The itinerary will be given to the kids later this week.  

COOKIE DONATIONS: 2-3 dozen, no nuts

Aliana Cabuhat
Jayla Coronado
Kayla Jones
Arina Meyer
 Kayla Santos
 Abish Superales
Breanna Baze

VENUE:  North High School
300 Galaxy Avenue
Bakersfield California 93308

TICKET PRICES: (cash only)
  • Prelims - $15
  • Finals - $18
  • Combo - $28
  • Non-Finalist Backside Seating - $5


SVWAA #1 - Sierra Pacific

The first winter season show of the season is this Saturday.  We still need drivers for the percussion and guard trailers.  Please sign up here: http://signup.com/go/utdvSCG

TICKETS:

​Adults: $6.00
Students/Seniors: $5.00
​Child 12-7: $5.00
Child 6 under: Free
Season Pass: $28.00 (Lanyard Provided)
Student/Senior/Child Season Pass: $25.00 (Lanyard Provided)

 



Cookie Donation Schedule.

Here is the donation schedule for winter percussion/winter guard.  Thank you for your generous help with this.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR SHOW IN HANFORD ON 2/3/18
The first winter season show is on Saturday, 2/3, at Sierra Pacific HS in Hanford. Students wil be responsible for their own transportation to and from the event, and no meal will be provided. 
We do need two drivers; one for the percussion trailer (AM) and one for the guard trailer (PM).  If you can help, please sign up here:   Sierra Pacific 2/3/18
Here is the schedule for the SVWAA show at Sierra Pacific HS in Hanford on 2/3.  Itineraries will be given to the students closer to the show date.

For information about the SVWAA circuit as well as schedules for each show in the season, please go to their website at svwaa.com

TICKETS:
​Adults: $6.00 
Students/Seniors: $5.00
​Child 12-7: $5.00
Child 6 under: Free
Season Pass: $28.00 (Lanyard Provided)
Student/Senior/Child Season Pass: $25.00 (Lanyard Provided)





Winter Season Volunteer Signups Now Ready.

The first winter season show is three weeks from today, so it's time to get all of our volunteers signed up and ready to go. To see all of the available spots, please click this link: LHS Winter Season Volunteer Signups

2/3 - guard and percussion at Sierra Pacific HS in Hanford.  2 trailer drivers needed; students will be responsible for their own meals and transportation to this show.  SVWAA #1

2/10 - guard performing in Bakersfield.  Trailer driver, chaperones, and food service needed WGI Bakersfield

2/24 - guard and percussion performing in Visalia. Chaperones (2), trailer drivers(2), and food service needed SVWAA #2

3/3 - percussion performing in Merced.  Chaperone, trailer driver, and food service needed WGI Fresno

3/10 - guard and percussion performing in Tulare.  Chaperones (2), trailer drivers(2), and food service needed SVWAA #3

3/23-3/25 - Guard overnight trip to San Diego.  Chaperones, trailer driver, food service needed.   **If anyone has contacts in the San Diego area that can help us with food preparation, please let us know ASAP. WGI San Diego

3/24-3/25 - Percussion overnight trip to San Bernardino. Chaperones, trailer driver, food service needed.   **If anyone has contacts in the San Bernardino area that can help us with food preparation, please let us know ASAP. WGI San Bernardino

4/7 - Guard and percussion performing in championships at West Hills Golden Eagle Arena in Lemoore.  Trailer drivers (2) needed SVWAA Champs

LHS HOME SHOW 3/17 - MANY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
On 3/17/18, Lemoore High School will host the fourth SVWAA guard and percussion show.  In order for this to be successful, we need volunteers from ALL groups, not just parents of winter season students.  Funds raised from this event benefit the entire band program at LHS, not just winter season participants.  Please find a way to help.  LHS HOME SHOW 3/17



Chipotle Night 12/18.

You are probably going to be busy with Christmas prep, so let Chipotle take care of dinner on Monday, 12/18.  From 5-8 PM, 50% of profits benefit the LHS band program.  Please share the flyer on all social media sites and with your family, friends, and coworkers.

POPCORN PICKUP
Popcorn is ready to pickup in the bandroom on Thursday and Friday after school.  Don't forget!
MALL GIFT WRAPPING
We are still in dire need of help in the mall gift wrapping booth today (12/14) and Tuesday (12/19).  You can sign up here:  Gift Wrapping
HOLIDAY CONCERT
We hope you can attend the band's winter concert tonight in the LHS Auditorium.  Please ask your student for more information.

Hanford Mall Gift Wrapping booth.

Again this year, the boosters have been awarded two days to work the gift wrapping booth inside the Hanford Mall.  The mall supplies basic paper and bows; we supply boxes and volunteers.  Wrapping is done by donation, and all the money collected goes to the boosters.  This year, we will be manning the booth on Thursday, December 14, and Tuesday, December 19th.  Because the band's winter concert is also December 14th, we are going to need guard parents to cover the evening shift that night.

We will work the booth during the mall hours (9 to 9 on the 14th and 9 to 10 on the 19th).  This means that we need volunteers!  Both adults and students are needed.  Students will receive community service hours, but we ask that adults volunteer along with their students.  

In addition to volunteers, we also need boxes of all shapes and sizes.  Additional wrapping paper and bows/ribbons are also welcome.

If you can work one 4-hour shift, we would be very appreciative.  Here is the link to sign up: Gift Wrap Booth

PULLED PORK DINNER
Just a reminder that money and unsold tickets are due on Thursday, November 30.  Parents and students who can help package and distribute the meal on Tuesday, December 5th can sign up here:  Pulled Pork Dinner
 
UPCOMING DATES
Winter Program Info meeting - Wed, Nov. 29 6PM (LHS Presentation Center)
Lemoore Christmas Parade - Sat, Dec. 2
Pulled Pork Dinner - Tue, Dec. 5 (tickets due 11/30)
Booster Meeting - Thu, Dec. 7
Winter Concert - Thu, Dec. 14
Mall gift wrapping - Thu, Dec. 14 and Tue, Dec. 19

 


Championships info

Menus:
     Saturday:   Teriyaki chicken bowls.  WINDS HAVE COOKIES
     Sunday (if needed): Baked potatoes with toppings. BOOSTERS HAVE COOKIES

Volunteers needed (especially for Sunday:
     Saturday
     Sunday
 


Pulled Pork Dinner.

Pulled Pork Take out Dinner
Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017
Pulled Pork, Green Beans, Rice Pilaf and roll.
10.00
Checks payable to LHS Band Club

Students should be getting their tickets this week.  

Every student will receive 10 tickets
There are 11 extra envelopes of tickets should someone know in advance they need more than 10.

Tickets and money are due on Nov. 30
If extra Tickets are needed during the Thanksgiving break, call Denise Dean 779-1052

Parents and students needed to help package and distribute.  Sign up here:  Pulled Pork Dinner



WBA Championships this weekend.

WBA Championships are a two day event.  We will definitely compete on Saturday, and if we qualify, we will go back to compete on Sunday as well.  At this point, we need to plan for both, and we are currently short of volunteers.  We need chaperones, drivers, student services, pit help....we need it all!  Here is the link to sign up:  
Day One
Day Two

At this point, I do not have the menu, but I know that WINDS have COOKIES for Saturday.  If we qualify on Sunday, Boosters will supply the cookies.

Saturday's competition is at Fresno State, and Sunday's finals are at Buchanan High School in Clovis. 


Kingsburg Competiton Info

Menu:
     Pasta with marinara / meatballs
     Salad
     Roll

Cookies:   GUARD (2-3 dozen, no nuts)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We need at least one more driver for this weekend, and we can always use more help serving dinner to the kids.  Sign up here:  http://signup.com/go/yEufZgp

LOCATION: 1900 18th Ave, Kingsburg, CA 93631

SPECTATOR PARKING: Spectator/Disability parking will be located in the main parking lot directly south of the entrance to the stadium. There is no fee for parking.

ADMISSION PRICING: $10 for adults, $6 for senior citizens/students (must present valid school ID), children 5 and under are free.

PROGRAMS/AIR GRAMS: Will be available for purchase at the show.
 


THANK YOU!

Our 10th Tiger Classic is now in the books, and we could not have pulled it off without the help from our volunteers.  If you donated desserts, drinks, and especially your time, we are so grateful for you.  All of our kids benefit from your generosity.

ONE MORE FOOTBALL GAME - THIS THURSDAY, 11/2
We would like to sell lemonade/coffee/churros at the freshman/JV home football game against Hanford THIS THURSDAY!  Other vendors don't come out for this one, so it is a good chance to raise funds.  We are asking for two shifts of volunteers; one from 5:00-7:30, and another from 7:30-10:00.  If you can't stay the whole time, just coming at 5:00 and/or 10:00 to help with setup and take down of equipment would be a huge help.
Here is the link to sign up: Thursday Night Football
 
UPCOMING FUNDRAISER - HANFORD MALL GIFT WRAP BOOTH - PLEASE SAVE BOXES
We have obtained two days to man the Hanford Mall gift wrapping booth.  More information (and sign up links) will be coming soon, but in the meantime, please save boxes for us.  



Drivers needed for this Saturday.

We need three more drivers for this Saturday.  Two are needed to drive the school vans and pull a trailer.  These two need to be chaperone cleared.  We need one more driver to pull a single axle trailer with their own vehicle.  This driver does not need to be cleared.
Here is the sign up link: Sierra Cup

MENU FOR SATURDAY
Lunch: deli sandwich, chips, fruit
Dinner: baked potato and toppings
COOKIES - BRASS
TIGER CLASSIC - PROGRAM PRINTING
We are looking for people to print our program for Tiger Classic.  The program is currently 24 pages (12 front and back).  Black and white is fine, and they would need to be stapled along the left edge.  If this is something that you could do, please click the link to sign up. Program Printing

I've divided it into 5 people printing 30 copies each, but if you can print more than 30, you can sign up for more than one spot. 
TIGER CLASSIC VOLUNTEER NEEDS
I would love to fill all of our volunteer spots by the end of this week.  Can you help?  
TIGER CLASSIC
We really would like to see a volunteer from each family.  Please????

Tiger Classic 10/28 - WE NEED YOU!

Tiger Classic is our home field show competition, and we cannot run a successful event without EVERYONE's help!  There is something for everyone to do. We need concession workers, ticket takers, spectator management, parking...we need it all.  We are also asking for donations of desserts, canned sodas, and bottled water for our hospitality booth.  Please click the link and see where you can help:  TigerClassic
 

EVENT TENT NEEDED
We are looking for someone who can help us attain an event tent to use for our hospitality booth for Tiger Classic on 10/28.  If you have any connections, please reply to this email and let us know.
This is the type of tent we are looking to use.

Sierra Cup Classic - Saturday, 10/21.

Fresh off a successful competition in Visalia, we are trying to finalize all of our volunteers for this Saturday's competition at Fresno State Bulldog Stadium.  This is a different type of event.  There is no parade competition (Visalia's was the last of those).  Lemoore will perform at 4:00 PM in preliminary competition.  The top 10 bands after preliminary scores will go on to compete in finals competition.  

At this point, I cannot find any information online about admissions prices, but as I remember from last year, there was one price to watch prelims, another to watch finals, or an all-day ticket.  I imagine this year will be similar.  LAST YEAR'S prices:
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

VOLUNTEER NEEDS:
One more chaperone
Two more chaperone cleared drivers to drives vans/pull trailers
One driver with personal vehicle to pull single axle trailer

Sign up here: Sierra Cup Classic

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 (no nuts).

NEEDED: volunteer to pick up sandwiches at Hanford Walmart and deliver them to Fresno State on Saturday.  These will be several 4-foot or 6-foot sandwiches, so you will need space in your vehicle!  If this is something you would like to do, please sign up here: Sierra Cup Classic

Sandwiches MAY need to be paid for upon pickup. If so, give the receipt to Annise Magpayo, Greg Bush, Diana Farrar, or Steve Willis and you will be reimbursed ASAP.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?
I had a parent asking for more volunteer information, and I've been a teacher long enough to know that if one person asks the question, many more people are probably wondering as well.  So, I've written out a description of what each volunteer position entails.

CHAPERONE:
In order to chaperone, you need to be fingerprinted and cleared by the district. Chaperones need to be at the school when the students arrive, 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.  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 to help unload. Chaperones usually help with student services as well.

STUDENT SERVICES
Student Services includes serving the food to the kids.  These volunteers need to be at the bus area as soon as the kids arrive. 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 sections; one for each bus, and smaller groups for the vans.  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!  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
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 by about an hour before performance time to help move the equipment 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, so if you plan on watching the shows, you will need to pay for your own ticket.
I hope this helps. 
INSTAGRAM PHOTOS
I'm in the process of uploading the photos from Homecoming and Visalia.  Follow @lhsmusic on Instagram to see the latest.  


HOMECOMING THIS FRIDAY
Students will receive a pizza dinner after the homecoming parade on Fridayevening.
The band will not be performing a half-time show due to the homecoming festivities, so we do not need a pit crew.  We will need volunteers in other areas, though.
HOME FOOTBALL GAMES
 
VISALIA BAND REVIEW
Please eat breakfast prior to arriving
Lunch menu: Steak sandwiches, chips, fruit
Dinner will not be provided and there will not be time for the concession stand; please bring a snack
COOKIES - PIT/PERCUSSION (2-3 dozen cookies, none with nuts)

We are in need of chaperone cleared drivers to drive a school van and pull one of the trailers.
We also need a driver to use their personal vehicle to pull a small trailer with food service/chaperone equipment.  This person does not need to be chaperone-cleared

Sign up here:  VISALIA BAND REVIEW



CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR WEDNESDAY - FRESNO FAIR
We are in need of at least two chaperones for Wednesday's performance at the Fresno Fair.  Last year, the students left about 12:30 PM and returned home about 7:30 PM, and I imagine this year's schedule will be similar.  Chaperones must have been cleared and approved by the LUHSD school board.  Mr. McElhaney can let you know if you are on the cleared list.  You may sign up here: Fresno Fair
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.
TRI TIP DINNER Monday 10/ 9 - TICKETS AND MONEY DUE TOMORROW
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.  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 Pepsi 2-liters on sale for $.77 through Tuesday with a limit of 10.  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, 10/9. 
     Here is the link to sign up:  Tri Tip Dinner 
HOMECOMING NEXT FRIDAY 10/13
Next 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 Boosters will feed them will have a pizza dinner.
     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 the homecoming 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
VISALIA BAND REVIEW 10/14
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
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, but they should not include nuts. 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 10/14, we are asking the PERCUSSION / PIT to provide the cookies.
 

FILL THE SHAKO - THANK YOU!

Thanks to all the parents and students who volunteered for our fall Fill the Shako drive.  Through your hard work, we raised just over $2000 for the students.  

BOOSTER MEETING THURSDAY 10/5
We will have our monthly booster meetingat 6:15 in the band room.  This is going to be a busy meeting where we make plans for the upcoming competitions, the tri tip dinner, and the Tiger Classic.  Your input is needed!  
FRESNO FAIR BAND REVIEW INFO

The 7th Annual Big Band Review

The Annual Big Band Review will take place Opening Day - Wednesday, October 4 at The Big Fresno Fair at 1:00 p.m. Junior High and High School Marching Bands throughout California will compete for $15,000 in cash prizes and trophies - plus, let’s not forget bragging rights! Categories include Parade, Auxiliary, Drum Major and Percussion. The award ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Click here for prize details. For questions, call (559) 650-3227.
 
The High School Sweepstakes Band winner will receive $2,000 and the Jr. High School Sweepstakes Band winner will receive $1,500. Then second place in both will get $500 and third place in both will get $250. Additionally, the first 20 bands to register were guaranteed a minimum of $500 each in prize money just for participating and showing their school pride. Last year, Sunnyside High School walked away as the High School winner collecting $2,000 with Washington Union High School taking 2nd place and Central High School taking 3rd place. Pioneer Middle School won the title of the Jr. High School winner collecting $1,500 with Clark Intermediate taking 2nd and Sutter Middle School taking 3rd.
 
The following 25 school bands will be participating in this year’s competition:
 
  • Bullard High School
  • Central High
  • Edison High School
  • Fresno High School
  • Fowler High School
  • Hanford West High School
  • Hoover High School
  • Kerman High School
  • Lemoore High School
  • Merced High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Sunnyside High School
  • Washington Union High School
  • Abraham Lincoln Middle School
  • Clark Intermediate
  • Cruickshank Middle School
  • El Capitan Middle School
  • Liberty Middle School
  • Pioneer Middle School
  • Reyburn Intermediate
  • Rio Vista Middle School
  • Sutter Middle School
  • Terronez Middle School
  • Selma High School
Visalia Band Review Parade Info 10/14/17
Visalia Field Show Schedule 10/14/17



BAND CAMP PAYMENTS
     If you still need to pay the $50 for band camp, the boosters will be at the registration table again tomorrow morning (Friday 7/28). Cash, checks (made payable to LHS Band Boosters) and debit/credit cards are all accepted.
     If you are paying next week, your student will need to put the payment (cash or check) in an envelope and deposit it in the large white box just outside of Mr. McElhaney's office, as the boosters will not be there to conduct registration. If he/she is unsure where to put their payment, just have him/her ask a returning band member. Be sure to put your student's name and "Band Camp" on the envelope before it is placed in the box.
     We hope to see you at the band camp concert on Thursday, 8/4 at 6:00 PM in the LHS Event Center. You will be amazed at how much your student has learned!

SUMMER BAND ROOM CLEANUP  Friday 7/28   9-2
It's time to get the bandroom and equipment ready for the fall marching season.  Please join us at the band room this Friday. We will be taking inventory of supplies, washing trailers, painting equipment...anything that needs to get done.  Can you please help?  Sign up here:  Summer Cleanup

BAND CAMP INFORMATION 2017
Please click here for information about this year's mandatory band camp:  LHS Band Camp 2017  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. 


We are in need of volunteers for our fall marching season.  
     At the bottom of this page, you will find 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. 

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?
CHAPERONE:
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
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
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.

 
UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION
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. smcelhaney@luhsd.k12.ca.us
 
STUDENT MEALS
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.
 
CHAPERONES/DRIVERS
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 lhsbandbooster.com 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.
 
TRAILER REPAIR
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.



2017-2018 COMMITTEE SIGNUPS NOW AVAILABLE
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.


PARENT MEETING / BOOSTER MEETING - MONDAY, 8/14 - 6:00 PM
     Mr. McElhaney will have a mandatory parent meeting on Monday, 8/14, 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.

ORIENTATION
     LHS orientation is scheduled for Monday,  7/31 (9th grade) and Tuesday, 8/1 (10-12th grades).
     On Monday, 7/31, 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 Monday, 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 Tuesday 8/1, also on the time specified in their packet. 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

HOW TO CHAPERONE
     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.  






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