October 18, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

10/18/2021 3:00 - 4:00pm          Concert Band Auditions (Woodwinds)

10/19/2021 3:00 - 5:30pm          Full Band Rehearsal

10/21/2021 3:00 - 5:30pm         Full Band Rehearsal

10/22/2021 6:00pm          Home Football Game: Senior Night/Middle School Night

10/23/2021 1:30pm           Paragould Marching Invitational (see below)


Tues/Thurs Rehearsal:

  • You MUST have your large water bottle (from camp) with you. Fill it up fully before going outside for rehearsal.

  • You should have sunglasses and a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes (so you can keep your eyes open and watch the Drum Majors).

  • Please bring appropriate clothing for an outdoor rehearsal.

HOME FOOTBALL GAME, FRIDAY, OCT 22, 2021

This football game is Senior Night and Middle School Night! We will recognize our seniors at halftime of the game before the band performs.


Required Dress

Member shirts (NOT show shirts), gym shorts, and long black socks


Schedule

  • 5:30 - Guard dressed and ready to warm up in PE Gym

  • 5:30 - Winds and Percussion arrive in the band room and dress in uniforms (Follow staff instructions)

  • 6:00 - Winds and Percussion seated and ready to play in the band room for Warm-Up

  • 6:30 - Enter the stadium

  • Halftime - Perform the Halftime Show

  • After the Game - Dismiss to the band room. Hang Uniforms Properly/Stack and Rack the Chairs and Stands/Clean up all trash

PARAGOULD MARCHING INVITATIONAL

SAT, OCT 23, 2021


See the full schedule of the Paragould Marching Invitational at Paragould High School in Paragould, AR.

  • 12:30pm - Load crew arrives and begin loading trucks

  • 1:30pm - Get uniform bags and hat boxes ready.

  • 2:05pm - Load buses

  • 2:15pm - Meeting in the big band room

  • 2:30pm - Leave HHS

  • 8:57pm - Performance

  • 12:45am - Arrive at HHS. Put up uniforms, unload truck and U-Haul

  • 1:15am - Go home


PARENTS - Do NOT park in the back circle drive or small staff parking lot!! The semi-truck and U-Haul will be the only vehicles allowed in the back circle drive.

**CHANGE TO THE CALENDAR**

The athletic department has changed the location of the 10/29 Varsity Football Game to HHS. The band will perform at this game. Contact Mr. Taylor with questions/concerns (matthew.taylor@gmsdk12.org).

All-West Symphony Orchestra Auditions:

If you would like to take the All-West Audition for the Symphony Orchestra, please fill out the form linked below No Later than 3:00pm on Wednesday 10/20/21.


All-West Symphony Orchestra Auditions Link

UNIFORM HELP NEEDED

Thank you to everyone who helped with uniforms at the competition this weekend. Everyone's flexibility and patience was very much appreciated! The kids looked great!!


The kids' uniforms are being cleaned over fall break. We need lots of hands helping to put them all back in the garment bags for the next home game. Please take a look at the sign up genius below and sign up to help if you can. The dates are 10/18 & 10/19 from 3:30-5:30. Thank you!!

Help Needed Putting CLEAN Uniforms Away

Thank you for Supporting The Houston Band!

Thanks to everyone for supporting the band by purchasing and selling Commissary Certificates! As a reminder, the band boosters use the money to help with extra expenses such as extra instructors for the band and color guard, buses, meals provided, new equipment, repairs, etc.

Thanks for all of your support!

Amy Burgess, Fundraising Chairperson

Reminder to All Who Purchased Extra Show Shirts

If you purchased extra show shirts, please double check to make sure that you have sent in the money to cover the show shirts that you purchased. The price for each shirt purchased should be $15. The money should be placed with a note in Woody to let the Band Treasurer know what the money should be covering. Each band member received a show shirt so this only pertains to any additional shirts ordered.

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 of 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 will be 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 (see below). 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

Last Practice Pictures

Hi Houston Band students and families! The last marching practice is just around the corner. I need your help! Please send hard copies of any band pictures you have over the last four years for us to share. I need the pictures by Tuesday, October 26th so we can display them for the last practice.


I need one more favor: Below is a signup genius for candy for all the students to get a candy bag on the 28th. We have around 165 kids so I am gonna need a lot of candy! If you can please help with the candy and bring it into the band room by Tuesday, October 26th that would be great!


Thank you so much guys! Sheila Jeevan

The LAST (Marching) Practice of 2021!

CONCERT BAND PLACEMENT AUDITIONS


We will be holding Concert Band Placement Auditions for wind instruments immediately after Fall Break.


Woodwinds - Monday October 18th at 3:00pm

Brass - Monday October 25th at 3:00pm


● 9/10th grade students will play the first section on their All West Music

(https://wtsboa.website/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/21-22-AW-9-10-Band.pdf)


● 11/12th grade students will play an excerpt from their etudes to be posted

closer to the audition

(https://wtsboa.website/all-west-convention/all-west-audition-music/11-12-seni

or-band-2/)

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)

SECTIONALS SCHEDULE

Mondays will split between woodwinds and brass (colorguard and percussion will set their own schedules). These rehearsals are mandatory.


10/18 - Woodwinds

10/25 - Brass

MARCHING BAND REHEARSALS

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