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November 11, 2019

Good morning on this Veteran’s Day. We here at the band want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. We appreciate your sacrifice and the service you give. 

As we begin to transition into our various smaller ensembles for concert band the weekly messages will become more sporadic. Please be sure to check the calendar for all of our important dates.

The final Band Booster Dues payment is this Friday 11/15. Contact Cheryl Morton ( with any questions about band booster dues payments. Also, the second installment for the spring trip to New York was due on November 1st. Contact Polly Cotton with any questions about the Spring Trip (

Butter Braid and Cookie Dough orders are due no later than Monday November 11th so that the boosters can place the order on Tuesday November 12th. Please get the rest of your orders turned in TODAY.

Mr. Hagan will be performing with the University of Memphis Slide Society at Neil’s Music Room on Tuesday night from 7:00-9:00 pm. They will be joined by special guest Francisco Torres. Mr. Torres is a Los Angeles based trombonist and has been a featured member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. It would be great to have a big turn out from the band. It’s free and open to the public, and could possibly turn into an extra credit assignment to any student who comes. He hopes to see as many of you as possible. 



Monday (11/11)                     Symphonic Band Rehearsal 3:00-4:30

Tuesday (11/12)                    University of Memphis Slide Society w/guest Francisco Torres 

                   Neil’s Music Room 7:00-9:00 pm

5725 Quince Rd, Memphis, TN 38119

Thursday (11/14)                   Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 3:00 - 4:30

Friday (11/15)                        Playoff Football vs. White Station

                   6:15pm – Students in places for Warm-Ups

                   7:00pm – Kick-Off

                   ~9:30pm – Game Ends/Pick up students from Band Room

Saturday (11/16)                    All West Orchestra Auditions Briarcrest Christian School

                  *see Mr. Hagan for audition times and details



Band Website

Please take a moment to visit  You can find great info about the program and the goings on here. Be sure to visit the Members area to find information about Band Booster Dues, The Spring Trip, Volunteer Opportunities, and lots more!


Please keep checking the calendar on the HHS Band Website. All of our upcoming dates can be found there:

Upcoming Dates:

- 11/1: Second Trip Payment was due

- 11/11: Symphonic Band Rehearsal (3-4:30)

- 11/14: Wind Ensemble Rehearsal (3-4:30)

- 11/15: Final Band Booster Dues Payment

- 11/15: Home Playoff Game

- 11/16: All West Orchestra Auditions – Briarcrest High School

- 11/19: Symphonic Band Rehearsal (3:00-4:30)

- 11/19: Senior Marching Band Recognition Night

- 11/21: Wind Ensemble Rehearsal (3:00-4:30)

- 11/22: Possible Home Playoff Game

Band Booster Dues

Thank you to all who have paid their dues on time and/or in full! If you haven’t made your third payment, it is now PAST DUE (as of September 15th)! Past Due Notices were emailed last week.

Please work to stay current on these payments as this is how we fund Band Camp and the purchasing of all of the materials/equipment for Band Camp, marching season and concert season.

As a reminder, a minimum of three payments totaling $550 should have been paid for all band members at this time.  The 2019-20 band dues payment schedule is as follows:

May 15th     $200

July 15th     $175

Sept 15th    $175  <— WE ARE PAST HERE!!!

Nov 15th     $175

Student Accounts

Student Account balances are available in a spreadsheet in charms. An updated file that includes monies raised from Commissary Coupons is now available in Charms. 

1.  Log into Charms at

2.  Enter “HHSBandBoosters” as the school code

3.  Use your “Student Area Password” that you share with your student

4.  The spreadsheet is in the “Handouts & Files” folder

Note:  Student names are added to the Student Account Worksheet if/when monies are added to an account.


Spring Trip Update

We will be traveling to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall (3/21/20-3/24/20). Our students will be part of the World Premiere of a piece commissioned for the Houston High School Band and composed by Brant Karrick (  This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students to be part of Houston Band History.


The Cost- $1850. Don’t Freak Out! We will have plenty of opportunities for fundraisers

directly into Student accounts.

-Payment Schedule-

October 1- $400 

November 1- $400

December 1- $400

January 15- $400

February 15- $250

Payments will go directly to the boosters not travel company. For those wanting to make Spring Trip payments via PayPal, please visit the band website at, click on Members, then Spring Trip.  Installments payments can be initiated using the PayPal section.   Payments can also be mailed to HHS Band Boosters, PO Box 38233, Germantown, TN 38183.  Please include indication that payment is for the Spring Trip, Student’s Name and any other instructions regarding payment or use of student account funds. 

REMEMBER: All Band Dues must be paid for a student to be eligible for the Spring Trip.


Fundraiser Update

Please continue to support The Houston Band by purchasing treats from our sponsors at home football games – Say Cheese Food Truck, Mempops, and Donut Hutt.

Otis Spunkmeyer and Butter Braids orders DUE November 11th, 2019.

New this year, Butter Braids (All Star Fundraising) has introduced an online ordering system. You will receive a private link to send to your family, friends and co-workers to order online with their credit cards.  All online orders will be added to your final order. You will not add to your paper order form. Both online and paper orders will ship at the same time, and each student will need to pick up all orders on delivery date posted by The Houston Band Boosters.

Butter Braids will not call, solicit, or retain your information.

NOTE: Even though they run at the same time, Otis Spunkmeyer does not have online ordering; this is only for Butter Braids (All Star Fundraising).

Now that you've committed to the New York trip, we are trying to offer new and different fundraisers to help you cover costs as much as possible. In addition to Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough and Butter Braids (that will start the end of this month) we have an online shopping link for you to share with your friends, family, coworkers, etc. FORTY percent of the total sales of each order you get goes directly to your student account. Spend $100, $40 is going to your student account. If you are sharing the link with others, have them put your student's name in as "Seller First and Last Name" in order for us to give you the credit.  The link to share is as follows:

For the sports fans in your life, we are working on an online shop that has team sports paraphernalia, like Tervis tumblers, stainless cups and bottles, Koozies, and coolers, as well as pet items, candles and calendars.  More info to follow.

Wreath Sale - Our wreath fundraiser has started and brochures were sent home with the students last week. 100% of funds raised go to your student’s account!  This is a great way to pay dues, trip fees, etc.

Mustang Moola- When you go to, set up an account using enrollment code: F9L39E9E4629 and buy eGift cards (ScripNow) only, NOT physical or reloadable cards.  On the left hand side of screen, change the search to “card type” and select ScripNow so you don’t get confused!  There are thousands of retailers who offer rebates for buying their cards, and new this year, the entire rebate goes to your student account! Think food vendors like Starbucks, McDonald’s, Chili’s, Subway. Think about everyday purchases like Target and Wal-mart, TJ Maxx, Old Navy. Think about home improvement like Lowe’s and Home Depot (we bought a new fridge with Home Depot gift cards!) Think travel plans like Carnival and, Air BnB! With some high dollar purchases you’ll be making anyway, put it on a gift card and get the rebate benefit!

Merchandise - We are working on getting winter gear and will have an order form out soon. In the meantime, we still have a few Show Shirts (mostly smalls and mediums), stadium seats, stadium blankets, tumblers, magnets, car decals, and yard signs. If you need any of that, please reach out to Tricia Hardin-901-412-5486, or

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