October 25, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

10/25/2021 3:00 - 4:00pm          Concert Band Auditions (Brass)

10/26/2021           PSAT Day - NO REHEARSAL

10/28/2021 3:00 - 5:30pm         Full Band Rehearsal

10/29/2021 6:00pm          Home Football Game: Pep Band

10/30/2021 1:30pm           Choctaw Classic Marching Band Contest (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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT -LAST WEEK’S FOOTBALL GAME

Our annual middle school night was a huge success! The middle school directors let us know how much fun their students had, and how excited they are for the High School Band. We want to thank Holly Clark and Amy Eoff for their help, and a big thank you to Cara Ortiz for organizing it all!

CONCERT BAND PLACEMENT AUDITIONS

Brass players will audition after school today (10/25). This is a graded assignment.

NO AFTER SCHOOL REHEARSAL, TUESDAY 10/26

There will be no after school rehearsal on Tuesday 10/6. Go home and recover after the PSAT or get ahead on some homework.

HOME FOOTBALL GAME, FRIDAY, OCT 29, 2021

Required Dress

Halloween Costume or Show Shirt with Jacket (no uniforms)


Schedule

  • 3:00pm - Load crew loads the semi for Saturday's competition.

  • 6:00pm - Winds/Percussion meet in the band room, Guard in PE gym

  • 6:30pm - Band enters the stadium.

  • 7:00pm - Game begins

  • 9:30pm - Game ends, students dismissed.


CHOCTAW CLASSIC MARCHING BAND CONTEST - SAT, OCT 30, 2021

See the full schedule of the Choctaw Classic Marching Band Contest at Dyer County High School

  • 10:00am - Get uniform bags and hat boxes ready. Load U-Haul

  • 10:30am - Load buses

  • 10:45am - Meeting in the big band room

  • 11:00am - Leave HHS

  • 4:00pm - Performance

  • 8:00pm - Arrive at HHS. Put up uniforms, unload truck and U-Haul

  • 8:30pm - 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.


Thank you to everyone who was able to help last week! There was a lot going on! This week we have our last competition! It is at Dyer County High School. Please sign up to help if you are able to come! We would love to have you!


If you have any questions, please let me or Leanne know! Thanks!

Ashley & Leanne


Dyer County Competition - Oct 30 2021

After School Concert Band Rehearsals Begin November 4th

Concert band placements will be sent out this week after the brass auditions are finalized. The Symphonic Band is every Tuesday from 2:45-4:30, and Wind Ensemble is every Thursday from 2:45-4:30. These rehearsals are mandatory and graded for the students assigned to each ensemble.

CONCERTWEAR FITTINGS COMING SOON!!

Dust off your concert wear! Find your ties & pearls! Concert Wear fittings will be next 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.


Parents - We will need volunteers! Please sign up here to help: Sign Up to Help with Concert Wear Fittings


Please email houstonbanduniforms@outlook.com with any questions.

HELP NEEDED - LAST 2021 MARCHING REHEARSAL

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, to display for the last practice.


Below is the 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!

**SAVE THE DATE**

Marching Season Wrap Party, Thursday, November 4th, at 6pm on the football field for our Band, Guard, and families. Details to come soon!

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