November 1, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

11/1/2021 No Rehearsal

11/2/2021           No School - Concert Wear Fittings!

9am - 12pm        Girls’ Concert Wear fittings

1pm - 4pm         Boys’ Concert Wear fittings

11/4/2021 2:45pm - 4:30pm    Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

11/4/2021 6:00pm until?    Marching Season Wrap Party


Rehearsal Reminders:

  • Wind Ensemble begins weekly rehearsals on Thursday, November 4, from 2:45pm to 4:30pm

  • Symphonic Band begins weekly rehearsals on Tuesday, November 9, from 2:45pm to 4:30pm

After School Concert Band Rehearsals Begin November 4th

Wind Ensemble rehearsal is every Thursday from 2:45-4:30, starting 11/4, and the Symphonic Band rehearsal is every Tuesday from 2:45-4:30, starting 11/9. These rehearsals are mandatory and graded for the students assigned to each ensemble.

CONCERTWEAR FITTINGS THIS WEEK

Dust off your concert wear! Find your ties & pearls! Concert Wear fittings will be this week on Tuesday, November 2nd in the Uniform Room/Old Band Room: Girls will be fitted from 9am-12pm and Guys from 1pm-4pm. Show up anytime during these time slots.


Juniors & Seniors: Your concert wear is at home and needs to be brought in to try on. Bring the whole outfit including the garment bag if you have one! For guys this means jacket, vest, pants & tie. For girls this means dresses & pearls. The uniform moms want to see that you have all of the items needed for your concert wear so that you are prepared for the holiday concert.


Sophomores & freshmen: You will be fitted with the above items. You are required to provide black dress shoes. Guys are also responsible for white dress shirts and black socks.


Everyone: You will be responsible for any necessary hemming. Unlike marching uniforms, these stay at home, and you are also responsible for cleaning.


Parent Volunteers: We need volunteers! Please sign up here to help: Sign Up to Help with Concert Wear Fittings


Please email houstonbanduniforms@outlook.com with any questions.

MARCHING SEASON WRAP PARTY

Marching Season Wrap Party, Thursday, November 4th, on the football field for our Band, Guard, and families.


Food trucks (Say Cheese, Eric’s Grill and Catering) will be available at 5:45pm and programming will begin at 6:45pm. The evening will include Senior Recognition, viewing of the Class of 2022’s marching shows, and cake!


Bring yourself and your family, along with a picnic blanket or camp chairs for your family, money for the food trucks, and an appetite for fun and fellowship!


Parent Volunteers: Calling all helpers! Help make Thursday's Wrap Party fun by volunteering. Click the sign up link: Wrap Party Sign-Up Genius

ORDER YOUR COOKIES/BUTTER BRAIDS NOW!

Who is Ready for Cookies and Butter Braids? Please Support the Houston Band!


It’s Time for Otis Spunkmeyer and Butter Braids! The sale begins October 19th and the deadline to receive orders is no later than Wednesday November 10th! These two products are very popular for the band! It is suggested that each band family sell or purchase at least two cookies and two butter braids to support the fundraising efforts of the band.


A couple very important facts regarding the cookie dough and butter braids:

  • Cookie dough and Butter Braids are frozen, so they must be picked up and delivered/stored in your home freezer on the day of delivery

  • The expected delivery date will be mid December, and we are hoping for a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.

  • The exact delivery date will be announced once it is confirmed with the two companies.

  • The fundraiser profits will be used to support the extra expenses of the band including extra instructors, buses, meals, equipment, etc.

Paper packets were sent home with each band and color guard member on Tuesday October 19th but you can also check out and place an order online for cookie dough ($20 each) and butter braid ($14 and $16) on The Houston Band Website. Your order can be placed online until Wednesday November 10th! As of right now, checks or cash can be placed in Woody in the Band Room or a check can be mailed to the band booster PO box.


Please check out the link: https://www.thehoustonband.com/shop

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

Thank you to the families who have paid HHS band dues in full. As it is October now, all payments should have been received for the 2021-2022 year.


All payments that have been received via PayPal, Wooden Box, and PO Box through October 4th 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.


Thank you! Molly Opferman

(Assistant Treasurer - incoming funds)

BAND CALENDAR

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