February 8, 2021

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTORS

  • Keep practicing social distance and safety protocols. If anyone has extra puppy pads to donate for the brass, we will happily accept them.

SPRING WIND ENSEMBLE OPPORTUNITY

This spring we are going to do something different in an effort to get together and hopefully

perform at an outdoor concert. We will work on standard band tunes, pop tunes and even some innovative music. Most importantly we will be together as a true Band. By signing up you agree to attend practice every Thursday 3:00pm-4:30pm starting on February 18th. There are not “auditions” for this band unless we have to scale down a section. There is no additional cost to be a part of this band.


If you’re interested in performing as a band this spring,

please complete the link below to join this fun ensemble:

https://forms.gle/Y1AcF2rDCdxWNp8k7

IMPORTANT DATES

Important dates have been updated on the calendar, including this summer’s mandatory Band Camp, marching rehearsals, football games etc. Be sure to look through and mark them on your family calendar so you can avoid conflicts. Competitions are still being discussed so right now, those are placeholders. But it's always easier to remove something than add it later.

https://www.thehoustonband.com/calendar

SPRING MARCHING PRACTICE

We will be hosting Spring Training/Marching Fundamentals starting on Tuesday, April 6th

3:00pm-4:00pm. They will be held every week on Tuesday and Wednesdays after school

through May 18th. While these are not mandatory, they are strongly encouraged to catch up on what we missed this Fall. We want to be able to start strong at Band Camp in August and this allows our new band members and this year’s Freshmen to get ahead of the incoming 8th graders. They will be led by our Marching Coordinator Sean Younkin. Sean has a background from Drum Corp International and is really great at teaching the fundamentals of marching techniques and drill execution. Contact the directors or your section leader with any questions.

COMMEMORATIVE BRICKS

Forever be a part of The Houston Band Legacy

Commemorative Brick Sale


Orders Due March 12, 2021- No Late Orders Can be Accepted!


The Houston Band is once again offering a historical place on the “Walk of Champions” outside the entrance to the band room. Each 8” x 4” red clay brick is available for a donation of $100 and will feature your personal message with up to 3 lines of text and up to 20 characters per line.


The placement of the new bricks will take place prior to school graduation.


Click here for the form

2021-22 HOUSTON BAND BOARD

We have made it half-way through the school year, so now it’s time to plan for next year!

We realize that most freshmen and new member parents have not been able to experience all the fun/work that the Houston Band Board does during a regular year. But we want you to join us for next year! There are plenty of senior parents rolling off the board and we need your help.


Look through the positions list below and email Matt Taylor matthew.taylor@gmsdk12.org if

there is anything you are interested in. We have job descriptions for each one and by getting

involved now, we can pair you with the person leaving the position for training. We are hopeful that next year brings back Band Camp, Competitions, football Friday nights, Rockathon, Banquets and Concerts. This means we need to put together an enthusiastic board to get the job done. Don’t be shy, if you want to reach out to the current member and talk to them, their contact information is below as well. COME GET INVOLVED!


Band Booster Board

President, Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, Fundraising, Uniforms,

Hospitality, Color Guard, Pit Crew, Drumline

We also have committee positions without monthly meeting obligations including, Uniforms,

Fundraising, Hospitality, Senior Recognition, All West Coordinator and Pit Crew

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 have any questions, please reach out to the Directors

Matt Taylor matthew.taylor@gmsdk12.org John Hagan john.hagan@gmsdk12.org Band Booster Board President Polly Cotten cotten17@aol.com Vice President Cheryl Morton cdasmorton@me.com Treasurer Holly Clark hollyclark164@yahoo.com houstonbandtreasurer@gmail.com Secretary Kelly Flaherty kellyflaherty42@gmail.com thehoustonbandgtwn@gmail.com Assistant Treasurer Molly Opferman opferman@gmail.com Fundraising Amy Burgess burgess3@gmail.com Uniforms Marla Reiser marlareiser@hotmail.com

AshleyBorgsmiller Ash1jeff@yahoo.com Hospitality Amy Eoff amyeoff@gmail.com

Erin Oldershaw ekheff@yahoo.com

Color Guard Deb Foyle foyledagain@comcast.net

Pit Crew Jeff Borgsmiller JeffBorgsmiller@yahoo.com

Trafford Seymour TraffordSeymour@gmail.com

Drumline Jasen Herrington jherrington@shoemakerfinancial.com