ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Please bring all required materials EVERYDAY that you are in school or have after-school practice; This includes a mask with a slit for playing, brass - puppy pads or similar material to absorb water, and collapsible wire music stands.

  • Always check Schoology for updates on class assignments

Important Dates This Week

Always stay up to date through the master calendar.

BAND T-SHIRTS

ALL band and color guard members need complete the Band T-Shirt Order Form to select their t-shirt size no later than Monday, September 14th. Be sure to hit submit at the end. If we don’t hear from you, we can’t guarantee a size.


Parents: you are welcome to purchase additional shirts at $16.00 each. Please complete the order form and indicate how you will complete payment. This can be done via check/cash turned into the “Woody box” at school, mailed to Band P.O. Box or with Paypal/credit card through the donate button on the website.


ALL ORDERS MUST BE COMPLETED BY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th.

FOOTBALL PEP BAND

We are excited to be able to get a little Friday night fun back! Join us to support the Mustangs at the Homecoming game this FRIDAY, September 18th. Upper classroom have had access to sign up so now its Sophomores and Freshmen’s turn. The link will come to you and your student in email on the assigned day for your grade; Monday Sophomores and Tuesday Freshmen.


Please remember the special game rules are in place to ensure future participation at Football Games, let’s do our best to represent THE Houston Band as the great kids that we know and love.


We will also have mandatory after school rehearsal (3:00pm-4:30pm) on Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17 for those signed up. Please don’t sign up for a spot if you can’t be there for those rehearsals.


All members signed up, need to be in stadium seats by 6:30pm/Houston Band Member Shirts Required (we will provide shirts to any new members). We recommend eating before arriving at the stadium, but we will be giving the kids a snack at Half-Time as well.

FUNDRAISING

Flamingo Flocking is BACK!

https://www.thehoustonband.com/fundraising


Flock a Friend $25

Roosting season is August 24-Oct. 25th

Call or text Amy Burgess at 901-832-8900 to arrange a flock TODAY!


What a fun way to brighten someone’s day. Sections will be helping with flock

placements this year. Challenge your section leaders to be the first to sign-up.

BOOSTER DUES UPDATE

If you have not paid the $500 booster dues for this school year, please do so as soon as possible. Our budget is built around everyone paying their share. We accept PayPal

https://www.thehoustonband.com/payments or by checks by mail (HHS Band Boosters PO Box 38233 Germantown, TN 38183). Please contact Molly Opferman (Assistant Treasurer) with any questions (opferman@gmail.com or 901-337-7154). Thank you!


Along with dues payments, if you have not returned your two forms (Parent Consent and Performance Contract already, please complete those. They can be found here: https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms. You can print them, sign and and return to thehoustonbandgtwn@gmail.com.

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTORS


We are happy to say that students will be playing their instruments in class beginning

this TUESDAY 9/8/20. Just a few notes about this below:

  • Don’t forget that you will still enter the building just as you have since August (please do not try to enter school through the band room doors)

  • You may drop off instruments in the band room starting at 7:30am. Then you will go straight to your 1st period class

  • Please bring all required materials (masks with a slit for playing, puppy pads or similar material to absorb water, and collapsible wire music stands. These can fit in your instrument locker)

  • Students will come straight to the band room after 3rd period and then we will assign seats prior to eating lunch

  • At the end of the day, students will be able retrieve instruments to take home. Just remember that you must depart the building no later than 3:00pm

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

SENIOR BANNERS

Senior photos were taken this past week. Thanks to everyone who paid for the senior banners already. If you didn’t pay last week, please do so - details below:


Payment: $26.50. Do not submit payment to the band or band boosters. Preferred payment via Venmo (username: rwkidder). You can also write a check, payable to Richelle Kidder, and drop off at 9227 Longwood Lane, 38139. No cash, please.


Questions: Richelle Kidder: rwkidder@hotmail.com

BAND T-SHIRTS

Since there is not a “show shirt” this year, section leaders and the directors decided to produce a 2020-21 Houston Band shirt for all members. This will be used as a possible performance shirt later this year. The graphic image was designed by Freshmen Color Guard member, Tess Oldershaw. The shirts will be a “carolina blue” color. ALL band and color guard members need complete the Band T-Shirt Order Form to select their t-shirt size no later than Saturday, September 12th. Be sure to hit submit at the end. If we don’t hear from you, we can’t guarantee a size.


Parents: you are welcome to purchase additional shirts at $16.00 each. Please complete the order form and indicate how you will complete payment. This can be done via check/cash turned into the “Woody box” at school, mailed to Band P.O. Box or with Paypal/credit card through the donate button on the website.


ALL ORDERS MUST BE COMPLETED BY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th.

FOOTBALL PEP BAND

We are still hoping to have a small pep band for the Houston football game on September 18th. This will not be a mandatory band event but a volunteer opportunity. A sign-up genius will be distributed as soon as we get clearance from the Shelby County Health Department. Seniors will be given first priority then Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen.


There will be very specific guidelines that will need to be adhered to by those playing at the game. We will also have mandatory after school rehearsal (3:00pm-4:30pm) on Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17 for those signed up. Please don’t sign up for a spot if you can’t be there for those rehearsals.

FUNDRAISING

Flamingo Flocking is BACK!

https://www.thehoustonband.com/fundraising


Flock a Friend $25

Roosting season is August 24-Oct. 25th

Call or text Amy Burgess at 901-832-8900 to arrange a flock TODAY!


What a fun way to brighten someone’s day. Sections will be helping with flock

placements this year. Challenge your section leaders to be the first to sign-up.

BOOSTER DUES UPDATE

If you have not paid the $500 booster dues for this school year, please do so as soon as possible. Our budget is built around everyone paying their share. We accept PayPal

https://www.thehoustonband.com/payments or by checks by mail (HHS Band Boosters PO Box 38233 Germantown, TN 38183). Please contact Molly Opferman (Assistant Treasurer) with any questions (opferman@gmail.com or 901-337-7154). Thank you!


Along with dues payments, if you have not returned your two forms (Parent Consent and Performance Contract already, please complete those. They can be found here: https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms. You can print them, sign and and return to thehoustonbandgtwn@gmail.com.

Please keep up the good work with all the safety measures at school this year. We are

doing a great job with them and if we ALL follow these instructions, we can make it work!

Important Dates This Week

SENIOR BANNERS

ATTENTION SENIORS and SENIOR PARENTS! We can’t wait to honor the Class of 2021

band and color guard members by creating 24” x 36” banners again this year. See attached

sample from last year.


After getting each student’s photo (see details below), these banners will be designed, printed, and available for purchase by each senior member’s family (estimated cost of $25 per banner; details of how to pay will be forthcoming). And our band directors have a cool spot in our new space to hang the banners during the school year!


Here’s what Seniors need to know for now:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, Cohort B + any virtual students: after school photo shoot, with instrument. Seniors: go directly to the band room at the end of the day (by about 3 pm). Each senior will put on a marching uniform jacket (no hats) - so please have a t-shirt to wear underneath. Senior Color Guard, Brittany will be advising you of what you will wear. Each senior will be directed to an area (on school property) for a quick photo with our Photgrapher Parent/volunteer, Alex Leschorn.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, Cohort A + any virtual students: same as above.

  • Of course, appropriate safety/social distancing measures will be in place for this.

  • Senior mom/volunteer Richelle Kidder (rwkidder@hotmail.com) is coordinating this project, so please reach out to her with any questions.

BAND ROOM CLEANOUT PROJECT

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the students and parents that came to the band room this weekend to help put it back together. We are about 90% there and two huge dumpsters are full. Hopefully we will be able to start playing instruments this week. See the BEFORE photos below and look for some AFTER ones soon. Students: watch for a Schoology update on what day to bring in your instruments. Please make sure you have your masks, bell covers, puppy pads etc. We are so excited to christen the new band room and get back to making music together.

FOOTBALL PEP BAND

We are hoping to have a small pep band for the Houston football game on September 18th. This will not be a mandatory band event but a volunteer opportunity. A sign-up genius will be distributed this week. Seniors will be given first priority then Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen. There will be very specific guidelines that will need to be adhered to by those playing at the game. We will also have mandatory rehearsal after school on Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17 for those signed up. Please don’t sign up for a spot if you can’t be there for those rehearsals. Watch for more details to follow in class and Schoology.

FUNDRAISING

Flamingo Flocking is BACK!

https://www.thehoustonband.com/fundraising


Flock a Friend $25

Roosting season is August 24-Oct. 25th

Call or text Amy Burgess at 901-832-8900 to arrange a flock TODAY!


What a fun way to brighten someone’s day. Sections will be helping with flock

placements this year. Challenge your section leaders to be the first to sign-up.

BOOSTER DUES UPDATE

During the most recent HHS Band family meeting, it was discussed that due to tax regulations, student fundraising accounts will no longer be available. Therefore, all remaining student account balances will be applied to this year’s band booster dues. Our assistant Treasurer, Molly Opferman sent an email to the affected families regarding this account adjustment. (emails were sent 8/16 and 8/17). As communicated previously, the booster dues for 2020 - 2021 school year are $500.00, this was a decrease from $725.00. Therefore, any family that has overpaid, will be receiving a refund check. Refunds will be mailed at the end of August.


If you have not paid booster dues for this school year, you may do so via PayPal

https://www.thehoustonband.com/payments or by mail (HHS Band Boosters PO Box 38233

Germantown, TN 38183). Please contact Molly Opferman (Assistant Treasurer) with any questions (opferman@gmail.com or 901-337-7154). Thank you!


Along with dues payments, if you have not returned your two forms (Parent Consent and Performance Contract) already, please complete those. They can be found here:

https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms. You can print them, sign and and return to

thehoustonbandgtwn@gmail.com.

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