October 21, 2019

We hope everyone had a great Fall Break, and we’re all ready to get back to work here as we gear up for the end of our competitive marching season. Please make plans to join us for our last performance of the marching season at Paragould High School on October 26th. It would be WONDERFUL if we had a huge crowd for this last run. These young folks deserve our best support for all of their HARD WORK! The address for the school is:

Paragould High School

1701 W Court St,

Paragould, AR 72450


Please plan to join us for dinner at On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina tonight (8101 Giacosa Pl, Memphis, TN 38133). 20% of your bill will be donated to the Houston High School Band Program. We will be doing a number of these fundraisers in the coming months. They are all on the calendar. Please check ahead to see which nights your family might like to participate. 


Senior parents, 

The 2ft x 3ft banners of our seniors will cost $24 ea. You may pay directly to SpeedPro (Nancy) @ 483.1626 or paypal me at laurenboutwell73@msn.com. Can I ask you to pay for the banners by late Tuesday? They can be printed in a couple of days and I'd like to knock this project out this week. I'm not very tech savvy but I can text you a cell phone pic of your senior if you send me a request @ 487.5594. Overall, they turned out great.


Because we did this as a rush, late season project, I paid the photog to take the pics. Since she did all the editing so that the printer doesn't have to make any changes, I'm asking each of us to donate $5 toward this. That can be given to Jackson in 4th period, to me, or via Paypal. This is less of a rush and technically voluntary (she's done the work at this point and my goal is to be fair to her). 


Thanks,

Lauren Boutwell


THIS WEEK

Tuesday (10/22)                    Full Band Rehearsal 3:00 - 5:30

Thursday (10/24)                  Full Band Rehearsal 3:00 - 4:30

Friday (10/25)                       Home Football vs. Cordova

                   6:00pm – Students Dressed and in places for Warm-Ups

                   6:30pm – March into Stadium

                   7:00pm – Kick-Off

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

Saturday (10/26)                   Paragould Marching Invitational See itinerary


Please use the parking lots to pick up students after we return. The circle drives need to be clear of vehicles for the bus and truck parking. Thank you!



IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!

Calendar

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

Upcoming Dates:

- 10/21: Houston Band Family Dinner – On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina

- 10/25: Home Football vs. Cordova

- 10/26: Paragould Marching Invitational

- 10/31: Houston Band Family Dinner – Pyro’s Pizza

- 11/1: Home Football vs. Southwind 

- 11/1: Second Trip Payment DUE

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

- 11/5: No school for students

- 11/15: Final Band Booster Dues Payment

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

- 11/19: Senior Marching Band Recognition Night


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 www.charmsoffice.com

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



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 (https://www.windrep.org/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 – This payment is the initial deposit and is non-refundable

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 thehoustonband.com/spring-trip. 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.



FUNDRAISING UPDATE

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 will start 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  (boreskyzoo@aol.com) 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).


BOON SUPPLY - 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: https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/603634-the-houston-band-boosters

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.

MUSTANG MOOLA - Go to www.shopwithscrip.com, 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 Hotels.com, 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 tghardin@aol.com).

Houston High School | 9755 Wolf River Blvd, Germantown, TN 38139 | Phone: 901-756-2370 | Fax: 901-756-2377

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