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November 4, 2019

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the first part of our year a success. Thank you to all of the band boosters for their hard work supporting these students! From the Pit Crew to Color Guard, from Finances to Fundraising, you have no idea how thankful we are to have such dedicated and giving parents supporting this organization!!! 

A very special thank you to the wonderful students of the Houston High School Band! You guys are the best and we are so very proud of you and your hard work through the first quarter of this school year!!!

As we begin to transition into the 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. Email Mr. Taylor or Mr. Hagan with any questions or concerns you may have.

This is a reminder to head on down to your local PYRO'S Fire Fresh Pizza tonight 4:00pm to support The Houston Band! The restaurant is donating 20% of your meal/drink to the cause!

Don't forget to drop off your receipt in the box next to the register to be counted.

With the football team’s success this season, be sure to check the calendar for upcoming playoff games. The band will perform at all home playoff games and this will be a test grade for the students. Be sure that you are checking the calendar for all important dates.

This week Mr. Taylor is allowing the students to wear a onsie to the game if they wish. Otherwise they should be dressed in Black Houston attire. Please dress warmly!



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

Concert Wear Uniform Fittings 3:00-5:00

Tuesday (11/5)                       No School for Students/Teacher Professional Development Day

Wednesday (11/6)                 Concert Wear Uniform Fittings 3:00-5:00

Thursday (11/7)                     Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 3:00 - 4:30

Friday (11/1)                          Playoff Football vs. Germantown

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

                   7:00pm – Kick-Off

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



Band Website

Keep checking the website! 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 DUE

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

- 11/4 & 11/6: Concert Wear Fittings

- 11/5: No school for students

- 11/7: Wind Ensemble Rehearsal (3-4:30)

- 11/8: Home Playoff Game

- 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: Possible Home Playoff Game

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

- 11/19: Senior Marching Band Recognition Night

- 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)! 

Please work to stay current on these payments as this is how we fund purchasing of all of the materials/equipment for 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. Information from the Commissary Coupon sale will be added before next Monday (9/30). 



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 <— This payment was due last Friday

December 1- $400January 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 Installment 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.



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

Otis Spunkmeyer and Butter Braids began Oct 28th, 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. If you would like to participate in online ordering please email Susan Boresky ( or text 901-267-7906 before Oct. 25th with your student's name and your email.

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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