2021 HHS Marching Band Information

We are thrilled to have you join us here at The Houston Band! We have a wonderful year ahead, and we are excited to get things rolling. This announcement contains a lot of important information, please read it all carefully.

COMMUNICATION

Email is the band’s official source of communication. We use a web-based application called “Charms” to maintain contact information and send email communication to our members and their parents/guardians.

New Members: We will be sending you a form to upload your contact information into Charms. You can be assured that we will only use this information for official band purposes and will not share it outside of the band.

Returning Members: If you aren’t receiving emails from the band, please contact Mr. Hagan (john.hagan@gmsdk12.org) to update your contact information in Charms.

SCHEDULE

The most important thing is to be sure you have checked our calendar for all of the required summer practices. The marching band schedule can be found on the calendar posted on the band website (https://www.thehoustonband.com/calendar).

Full Band Camp (July 19-24) is MANDATORY for ALL band members. This is the only time we have to learn the bulk of our field show, and it's imperative that all students are present. Contact Mr. Taylor (matthew.taylor@gmsdk12.org) with questions/concerns about Band Camp.

Color Guard will meet regularly beginning at the End of June. Contact Brittany Roberts (brittanywinfrey@gmail.com) with questions/concerns about Color Guard.

Percussion Camp (July 12-16) will occur the week before Full Band Camp. Contact Brandon Smith (bnsmithpercussion@gmail.com) with questions/concerns about Percussion Camp.

Summer Band Rehearsals: All students must dress in attire that is weather appropriate and in keeping with the GMSD Approved Dress Code. Students will also need to obtain a personal water bottle like the one linked here: https://amzn.to/33S3GLN

BAND BOOSTER DUES

Band Booster Dues in the amount of $725.00 can be paid all at once, or in three monthly installments (7/1/21, 8/1/21, and 9/1/21). Payments can be made by mail, PayPal, or in Mr. Taylor’s office in the band room. A payment coupon is available on The Houston Band website (https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms). If you would like to mail your payment, please use cash/check/money order/cashier check option and forward that payment made payable to The Houston Band to:

HHS Band Boosters

P.O. Box 38233

Germantown, TN 38183

Credit Card payments are made online (https://www.thehoustonband.com/payments) and include a processing fee from PayPal of 2.9% plus $.30 per transaction. These processing fees are deducted from the amount the band will receive from PayPal when you use your card so we have added them to the amount paid to receive our required net amount. The band makes no profit on the use of your credit card. This is different from the cash price listed above. If you have difficulty in making a payment using PayPal please contact the Directors.

INSTRUMENTS

We will send a form for students to sign-up for specific marching instruments in the next week. These instruments will be distributed the week prior to Full Band Camp. Please contact David Wohlschlegel (wohlschlegel.trumpet@gmail.com) with questions/concerns about instruments.

Once again, we are thrilled that you’ve chosen to join us as we return to normal in 2021. We are sure that we have a fantastic year ahead!