September 23, 2019

We hope everyone got some well-deserved rest during our day off. In spite of the not having the outcome we all hoped for, we are very proud of the progress the band is making as we work to clean everything we have put on the field. We received great feedback from the judges and have a plan to make the show the best it can be!


This Saturday we will performing at the Briarcrest Marching Invitational. Check the itinerary for details about the schedule. Please be sure that we are all present and focused during rehearsals this week. We will be working hard to get the rest of the show on the field. 


The weather for this week looks less than cooperative. Be sure that our time together is as productive as it can possibly be. We appreciate your flexibility when it comes to the weather. 


This Saturday will be in marching band uniforms. The students will need their black member t-shirtLONG black socks, and athletic shorts for under their uniform. 


We will also begin taking payments for the Spring 2020 trip to New York City. We are thrilled about the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall! Please see the announcement below about the payment schedule and procedures for registering for the trip. 


All Band Dues must be paid for students to be eligible for the Spring Trip. 

THIS WEEK

Tuesday (9/24) Rehearsal 3:00-5:30

Thursday (9/26) Rehearsal 3:00-5:30 

Saturday (9/28) BRIARCREST MARCHING INVITATIONAL 

* See itinerary for details. 

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

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:

- 9/28: Briarcrest Marching Invitational

- 10/4: Home Football vs. Bartlett (Homecoming)

- 10/5: Collierville Tournament of Champions

- 10/7: WindEnsemble Placement Auditions (All-West Music)

- 10/11: Away Football @Collierville

- 10/12-10/21: Fall Break

- 10/25: Home Football vs. Cordova

- 10/26: Paragould Marching Invitational 


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 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 HERE!!!

Nov 15th: $175


Student Accounts

Student Account balances are available in a spreadsheet in Charms.

1.  Log into Charms at www.charmsoffice.com

2.  Enter “HHSBoosters” 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). 

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.


FLAMINGO FLOCKING

If you are interested in Flocking a Friend, see the attached form, or if you want to help move the flocks, see the signup genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0944aaa62e5-flamingo


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!


BOON SUPPLY

Shop online at https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/603634-the-houston-band-boosters. This is a BIG one because 40% of your purchase goes right back into your student account. Buy your teacher gifts, Christmas presents, birthday gifts for the whole next year! There are more than just bags on this site, so look around and buy some stuff! Then send the link to your friends and family and have them shop online using your student’s name at checkout!


Upcoming Promotions

Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough - for every box sold, $3 goes to your student account


Butter Braids bread - for every bread sold, $3 goes to your student account


The cookies and butter braids will sell themselves if you just tell people you’re selling them. Post a picture on Facebook or Instagram, send out an email, put the flyer in your work breakroom…it’s really easy to sell these!


We know there are a lot of different things going on, but we do that so you can pick and choose which, if any, you want to participate in! There is no requirement, so do one, do none, or do them all! It’s up to you!

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

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