ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear Band Families,


We know that it hasn’t been easy waiting for word of the plans for band this summer and fall. We truly appreciate your patience as we have been working diligently to ensure the safest possible experience for our students and their families as we return to “normal.”


After extensive meetings with district staff, school administration, and band directors from across west Tennessee, we have made the decision to cancel the competitive marching band portion of our program for this year. This is in keeping with the decisions being made by all the other Shelby county municipal band programs as well as many others. So far, WTSBOA, Collierville, and Arlington have all decided to cancel their marching contests. 


As we wait for word from TSSAA on how the football season will proceed, we are planning to support the team at Friday night home games in as safe a manner as possible. We will adjust the calendar accordingly, and provide details for how we will participate as those plans become clearer. 


We are canceling all remaining summer events and will not hold band camp, nor any other summer rehearsals until school starts on August 6th.  As of now we will keep the after-school rehearsals on the schedule and will release a detailed plan for those dates as we get closer to the start of school. 


Rest assured, THERE WILL BE BAND. We have worked diligently to plan curriculum and activities for our time together in class. We will provide details for this once we begin classes on August 6th. While things certainly can’t be the same, we will have opportunities to do things that we normally wouldn’t. 


Our Band Booster Dues amount will be changed to reflect the difference in costs to our program. Once we determine the amount of this change we will communicate our plans for reconciling with any families who have already paid in full. 


We know that this is especially difficult for our seniors, who have already been at work planning for great success this year. We will do everything in our power to ensure that they have the best possible band experience as we move forward. 


The safety of our students and their families is always our primary concern. This decision has been extremely difficult for all involved. Personally, I can say that Mr. Hagan and I are as disappointed as anyone at how this has progressed. We had delayed this announcement for as long as possible, hoping that there might be some development that would allow us to compete this fall. In spite of events beyond our control, we look forward to seeing you all again at school and making music with you again!

We will be collecting all senior formal concert wear on Wednesday, June 3 from 2:00-4:00 pm at 9610 Spring Hollow Cove, Germantown 38139.


All concert wear MUST be turned in by those not returning to band next year. For tuxes, this includes jackets, vests, pants and ties. For dresses, this includes the dress and pearls. If you were given a garment bag for the NY trip, please pack all items in the garment bag and PUT YOUR NAME ON THE BAG. If you were not given a garment bag for NY, please make sure all your pieces are attached together (on hangers held together with a rubber band works great!) and LABELED with your name! 


These items were loaned to you by the band, and they are expensive to replace. Please make every effort to return them in good condition, which means they should be cleaned and hanging neatly with your name on the hanger or garment bag.


During this time we will also be distributing your SENIOR MEMORY BOOKS! These awesome books are a wonderful memento of your years of high school band and we can't wait to get them to you! Please come Wednesday June 3 from 2:00-4:00 to 9610 Spring Hollow Cove to get yours!


Also, anyone who had signed up to attend the spring New York trip has a t-shirt which will be available for pick up at this same time. Please come and get your shirt! 


When you come, the hard working Hospitality Committee MIGHT just have a special treat for you too!


Students who ARE returning to band next year:  We are trusting you this year to keep up with your concert wear until next concert season. If you were given a garment bag for the NY trip, PLEASE store all the pieces of your tux/dress in the garment bag. We are expecting that everyone take good care of their items, which means cleaning them and storing them neatly. We will address size changes before concert season next year.


If you have any questions, please contact Ashley or Marla at houstonbanduniforms@outlook.com.


Thanks!

Hi all,


We hope that everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend. While none of us are happy with the way it ended, we couldn’t be more proud of each of you and everything you did to make our band successful this year. Thank each of you for all your hard work.


Seniors, we are all going to miss you greatly. The way this year ended certainly hasn’t been fair to you at all, but we know that you are headed on to great things. Please know that we are here for you if there’s anything you may need. Be on the lookout for information from the boosters about distributing the senior books, and concert wear collection.


Welcome to all of our new folks and their families! We are thrilled that you’ve chosen to join the band. We will send all official band communication by email, but keep an eye out on the band Facebook page for additional info. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to the directors or to Polly Cotten, the band booster president.


Below you will find a list of important items for our new and returning members. Please make sure to read each item carefully and message us with any questions about the list. Please check the calendar on The Houston Band website for important dates and meetings. Because band can be time consuming for our students and their families, we work to be very clear about our schedule. Currently ALL Band Related activities are listed on the Band Calendar through the first semester. Please note: Band Camp is MANDATORY for all HHS Band students.

The 2020 Marching Band Show is called Unfinished. All of the individual parts and Mp3 recordings of the music can be found under the “Members” section of the website. Please take a moment to print the music and listen to the show. You also find the student leadership listed there as well.

https://www.thehoustonband.com/2020-marching-band


We are always in need of parent volunteers for the Band Boosters. Get plugged in as a Houston Band committee member. We have many volunteer opportunities and they're not all overly time consuming.  It’s the best way to help your kids and meet tons of fun parents. Please complete the Houston Band Volunteers form by 5/27. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6MHAsbhXCktP1d2u6wvPPL_D7ykrmUQsLw6S1E2cRw4B3og/viewform


New and Returning Member Checklist

1. Complete the Marching Band Sign-Up on The Houston Band website. This is VITAL so that we can write the drill with accurate numbers and instrumentation. 

https://www.thehoustonband.com/marching-band-sign-up


2. Complete the Performance Contract on the last page of the HHS Band Handbook. You can print the page, sign it, scan it (there are great free apps to use on your phone), and return it to Polly Cotten (the Band Booster President) at cotten17@aol.com

https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms


3. Complete the Parent Consent and Emergency Information form. Follow the same procedure as the Performance Contract. 

https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms


4. The Band Booster Dues information can be found in the HHS Band Handbook. Payment information is linked below. Please reach out to Mr. Taylor (matthew.taylor@gmsdk12.org) with any questions or concerns about paying dues. 

https://www.thehoustonband.com/payments


5. The Band Calendar can be found linked below. We work to make sure everything is there so you can make plans around any important events. 

https://www.thehoustonband.com/calendar


6. Percussion placements for the 2020 Marching Band season can be found here:

https://www.thehoustonband.com/percussion-auditions

We hope that everyone has a fun and relaxing summer. Please feel free to contact us if anything comes up while we are on break, we are here if you need us. Thank you all!

Houston High School | 9755 Wolf River Blvd, Germantown, TN 38139 | Phone: 901-756-2370 | Fax: 901-756-2377

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