ANNOUNCEMENTS

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

10/4/2021 3:00 - 4:00pm          Brass Sectionals

10/5/2021 3:00 - 5:30pm          Full Band Rehearsal

10/7/2021 3:00 - 5:30pm         Full Band Rehearsal


Tues/Thurs Rehearsal:

  • You MUST have your large water bottle (from camp) with you. Fill it up fully before going outside for rehearsal.

  • You should have sunglasses and a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes (so you can keep your eyes open and watch the Drum Majors).

  • Please bring appropriate clothing for an outdoor rehearsal in August (shorts and t shirts).

CONCERT BAND PLACEMENT AUDITIONS

We will be holding Concert Band Placement Auditions for wind instruments immediately after Fall Break.

Woodwinds - Monday October 18th at 3:00pm

Brass - Monday October 25th at 3:00pm

UNIFORM HELP NEEDED


Thank you to everyone who helped with uniforms at the competition this weekend. Everyone's flexibility and patience was very much appreciated! The kids looked great!!


The kids' uniforms are being cleaned over fall break. We need lots of hands helping to put them all back in the garment bags for the next home game. Please take a look at the sign up genius below and sign up to help if you can. The dates are 10/18 & 10/19 from 3:30-5:30. Thank you!!

Help Needed Putting CLEAN Uniforms Away

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please remember that ALL rehearsals and performances are mandatory for all members of the Houston High School Band Program. Missing rehearsals or performances can have an adverse effect on student grades. We depend on each and every band member

to have a successful year.

THE HOUSTON BAND DUES

If you have not paid the full amount of yearly band dues yet, please do so!


Thank you to the families who have paid HHS band dues so far. All payments received via PayPal, Wooden Box, and PO Box through August 17th have been logged/deposited.


**As a reminder dues are $725 (siblings $100 discount - $625)**


Payments can be made by a check payable to The Houston Band Boosters that can be dropped off in the wooden box located in Mr. Taylor's office or mailed to HHS Band Boosters/P.O. Box 38233/Germantown, TN 38183.


Payments can also be made via PayPal using the link on the band website (thehoustonband.com) under the members tab/payments. For clarity, please include your student's name with all correspondence and payments.


Questions about payments received or remaining balances can be sent by email to houstonbandtreasurer@gmail.com.

SECTIONALS SCHEDULE

Mondays will split between woodwinds and brass (colorguard and percussion will set their own schedules). These rehearsals are mandatory.


10/4 - Brass

10/18 - Woodwinds

10/25 - Brass

MARCHING BAND REHEARSALS

Important dates have been updated on the calendar. All dates for rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Be sure to look through and mark them on your family calendar so you can avoid conflicts. https://www.thehoustonband.com/calendar


Attendance policy is outlined in the HHS Band Handbook. Please review the Houston Band Handbook on the website. https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms

KROGER REWARDS

Calling all Kroger Shoppers, What an easy way to support the band!! Pick Houston High School Band Boosters (BW921) as your appointed Community Partner to receive Kroger Community Rewards. THE Houston Band receives a small percentage of money just by doing your regular family shopping at Kroger! This does not impact your Kroger Fuel Points earned on purchases.

If you ever have any questions about class or anything band related, please reach out

to the Directors

Matt Taylor matthew.taylor@gmsdk12.org | John Hagan john.hagan@gmsdk12.org

We are excited to share with you information about our upcoming spring trip.


Who - EVERYONE- Front Ensemble, Guard, Woodwinds, Brass, Drumline

What - 4 nights/3 days at Disneyworld including a parade

When - April 6-10, 2022.

Cost - $940 broken down into payments starting in November- see the trip information for students and chaperones


Below there is a link to let us know if your student will be participating in this trip. WE MUST have this form filled out by 10/4 (next Monday). We have to have the correct instrumentation in order for this trip to happen. We will make that decision based on your responses to this google form. We would LOVE to have ALL students attend this trip. We NEED a certain number to make this trip happen.


https://forms.gle/ukgNKU9fVZxKwLFF9


The Band will leave on Wednesday morning April 6th before school on charter buses and arrive that night in Orlando. The band will have 3 days at WDW including a parade. Band will return Sunday 4/10.


FAQ's

  1. What is the cost breakdown? $270 for the bus. $210 for 4 nights in hotel. $370 for tickets to parks. $90 for dining cards

  2. Is this an excused absence? YES! It is a school sponsored trip.

  3. Where are we staying? Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista

  4. Are there chaperones and room checks/ curfews? OF COURSE!

  5. Who do we make checks to? Travel Extravaganza NOT HHS Band

  6. What about Covid-19? We will follow all GMSD protocols for this trip (its a field trip)

  7. Why go on this when we can go when school gets out as a family? You can't march a parade as a family and WDW is really special when you get to go as a teenager with your friends.

  8. Can families go separately and watch their kids perform? Of course! Students will be with us though for the entirety of this trip.

  9. Can kids go to different parks? We will pick a single park to attend as a group the entire day. You will receive an itinerary including this information so you can plan accordingly.

  10. Is breakfast included? Yes

  11. Why Disney? It's the Happiest Place on Earth! We typically go to Disney every 2-3 years and it has been 4 to 5 years at this point.


Please email us with questions!


We need the google form filled out this week!

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

9/27/2021 3:00 - 4:00pm          Woodwind Sectionals

9/27/2021 3:00 - 5:00pm          Colorguard Outdoor Sectionals

9/28/2021 3:00 - 5:30pm          Full Band Rehearsal

9/30/2021 3:00 - 5:30pm         Full Band Rehearsal

10/2/2021 7:30am         Huntingdon Invitational (see below and attachment)


Tues/Thurs Rehearsal:

  • You MUST have your large water bottle (from camp) with you. Fill it up fully before going outside for rehearsal.

  • You should have sunglasses and a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes (so you can keep your eyes open and watch the Drum Majors).

  • Please bring appropriate clothing for an outdoor rehearsal in August (shorts and t shirts).

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please remember that ALL rehearsals and performances are mandatory for all members of the Houston High School Band Program. Missing rehearsals or performances can have an adverse effect on student grades. We depend on each and every band member

to have a successful year.

HUNTINGDON MARCHING INVITATIONAL SAT, OCT 2, 2021

See the full schedule of the Huntingdon Marching Invitational at the Paul Ward Stadium in Huntingdon, TN.

  • 7:30am - Get uniform bags and hat boxes ready

  • 8:05am - Load buses

  • 8:15am - Meeting in the big band room

  • 8:45am - Leave HHS

  • 1:57pm - Performance

  • 10:30pm - Arrive at HHS. Put up uniforms, unload truck and U-Haul

  • 11:00pm - Go home

The uniform crew needs your help Saturday getting the kids ready for

competition! Please sign up if you are available! Huntingdon Competition - Oct 2


PARENTS - Do NOT park in the back circle drive or small staff parking lot!! The semi-truck and U-Haul will be the only vehicles allowed in the back circle drive.

GET THE COMMISSARY ORDERS FINALIZED!

Please turn in order forms no later than Friday, October 1, at Noon! (To the wooden box in Mr. Taylor’s office)


All certificates will be distributed at the end of band practice about one week after the order is turned in.


All proceeds benefit the general band fund that helps to cover the extra band staff, buses, repairs, and other band expenses.


Germantown Commissary Certificate includes: 6 Pack (Meat Buns), 1 Qt BBQ Beans, 1 Pt. coleslaw, BBQ Sauce and 1 Qt of Banana Pudding


Certificates-$40 – (Goal is 2 per family)


These coupons make great gifts and for nights when you don’t want to cook. Have fun selling and eating BBQ from a Germantown Landmark, or also visit their Collierville location! (Carryout only)


Payment must be submitted with the order and checks payable to Houston High School Band Boosters! Certificates are valid until December 2022 so be sure to stock up!

CONCERT BAND PLACEMENT AUDITIONS

We will be holding Concert Band Placement Auditions for wind instruments immediately after Fall Break.

Woodwinds - Monday October 18th at 3:00pm

Brass - Monday October 25th at 3:00pm

THE HOUSTON BAND DUES

If you have not paid the full amount of yearly band dues yet, please do so!


Thank you to the families who have paid HHS band dues so far. All payments received via PayPal, Wooden Box, and PO Box through August 17th have been logged/deposited.


**As a reminder dues are $725 (siblings $100 discount - $625)**


Payments can be made by a check payable to The Houston Band Boosters that can be dropped off in the wooden box located in Mr. Taylor's office or mailed to HHS Band Boosters/P.O. Box 38233/Germantown, TN 38183.


Payments can also be made via PayPal using the link on the band website (thehoustonband.com) under the members tab/payments. For clarity, please include your student's name with all correspondence and payments.


Questions about payments received or remaining balances can be sent by email to houstonbandtreasurer@gmail.com.

UNIFORM HELP NEEDED FOR HOME GAMES

Click Here for the Uniform Help Sign Up Genius


The kids will soon be wearing their uniforms for home games and we need help getting them ready! The sign up genius has slots for before the game, and for after the game. Please take a look and sign up where you can. This is a great way to get involved with the band and get to know the kids and other parents. There will be separate sign up geniuses for competitions. If you have any questions, please email Ashley or Leanne at

houstonbanduniforms@outlook.com.

SECTIONALS SCHEDULE

Mondays will split between woodwinds and brass (colorguard and percussion will set their own schedules). These rehearsals are mandatory.


9/27 - Woodwinds

10/4 - Brass

10/18 - Woodwinds

10/25 - Brass

MARCHING BAND REHEARSALS

Important dates have been updated on the calendar. All dates for rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Be sure to look through and mark them on your family calendar so you can avoid conflicts. https://www.thehoustonband.com/calendar


Attendance policy is outlined in the HHS Band Handbook. Please review the Houston Band Handbook on the website. https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms

KROGER REWARDS

Calling all Kroger Shoppers, What an easy way to support the band!! Pick Houston High School Band Boosters (BW921) as your appointed Community Partner to receive Kroger Community Rewards. THE Houston Band receives a small percentage of money just by doing your regular family shopping at Kroger! This does not impact your Kroger Fuel Points earned on purchases.

If you ever have any questions about class or anything band related, please reach out

to the Directors

Matt Taylor matthew.taylor@gmsdk12.org | John Hagan john.hagan@gmsdk12.org