September 26, 2022

IMPORTANT DATES

Sell some Cookie Dough!!

9/26/2022 3 - 4pm Brass Sectionals

9/27/2022 3 - 5:30pm Full Band Rehearsal

9/29/2022 3 - 5:30pm Full Band Rehearsal

9/30/2022 6:00pm Home Football Game

10/1/2022 2:00pm Collierville Competition!!

Director’s Notes:

  • After School Rehearsals are mandatory for ALL BAND MEMBERS. Failure to attend will have an adverse effect on student grades.

  • All students need their water bottles and coordinate cards at every outdoor rehearsal.

  • See the band calendar for more info (https://www.thehoustonband.com/calendar ).

  • Please check the Band Calendar for locations of all our 2022 Marching Band Competitions.

OTIS SPUNKMEYER COOKIE DOUGH

It’s time for Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies! These are very popular products!

All Items are $20 Each – Goal is 6 per family

Sale materials went home with students on September 19, 2022 and ends October 3, 2022

A couple very important facts regarding the cookie dough:

  • Cookie dough is frozen, so it must be picked up and delivered/stored in your home freezer on the day of delivery

  • The expected delivery date will be prior to Thanksgiving, with the exact date determined once orders are turned in

  • 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 today (9/19) for cookie dough. Checks or cash will be placed in Woody in the Band Room or a check can be mailed to the band booster PO box.

FRIDAY, SEPT 30, FOOTBALL GAME

  • Band Room doors will be closed and locked between 3:00-5:00pm. No students are to be in the building between those times.

  • The students need to wear their Member Shirts, Athletic Shorts and LONG BLACK SOCKS and be seated in the band room ready to warm up by 6:00pm.

Please be sure your child has a flip folder for the football game Friday night. These are available at Lane Music, Amro Music, and on Amazon.

Be sure to buy your football tickets in advance here:

https://gofan.co/app/school/TN8765

Cash is still accepted, but the website is now the preferred method!

SATURDAY, OCT 1, COLLIERVILLE INVITATIONAL

On Saturday, we will be competing in the Tournament of Champions at Collierville High School. See the attached flyer for the complete competition details.

  • 3pm - Get uniform bags and hat boxes ready. Load U-Haul

  • 4pm - Load Buses

  • 4:15pm - Meeting in the big band room

  • 4:30pm - Leave HHS - eat a snack on the bus

  • 8:15pm - Performance

  • 9:20pm - Awards

  • 11:00pm - Arrive HHS, unload truck and U-Haul, put up uniforms

  • 11:30pm - Go Home

PARENTS - DO NOT PARK IN THE BACK CIRCLE DRIVE OR THE SMALL STAFF PARKING LOT!

The semi truck and U-Haul will be the only vehicles in the back circle drive.

UNIFORM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - PLEASE HELP!

There are still some spots needed to fill for the game on Friday. Please sign up through the sign up genius if you are able.

Home Games Uniform Help Sign Up Genius

Getting the kids ready for the first competition went really well, thanks to a large team of fantastic uniform volunteers! We are a fun group, and it is a great way to get to know the kids. Please take a look at the sign up genius for the competition, and sign up to help where you can.

Collierville Competition Sign Up Genius

DO YOU HAVE MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS/FAMILY INTERESTED IN GUARD?

Tell them to come to the GMSD Winterguard Meet and Greet!

Mondays/Wednesdays - September 26 and 28

4:00pm - 5:00pm in the HHS Bandroom

(see attached flyer)


This is not an audition! Come meet at the High School Bandroom where you will learn what Winterguard is about, and learn a few dance, flag, and other prop skills. This is the perfect time to try something new and connect with new people. Following the meet and greets, an informative email will be sent. Then our Winterguard season will begin.


THE HOUSTON BAND PAYMENTS

ALL payments are now past due. Payment coupons can be found here: https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms

**As a reminder, payments are $725 (siblings $100 discount - $625)**

Please be sure you are up-to-date on your payments!

Many of our yearly expenses happen right now during marching season, so prompt payments are very much appreciated!!

Thank you to the families who have paid so far.

Payments can be made by a check payable to The Houston Band Boosters. Drop off in the wooden box located in Mr. Taylor's office or mail 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.

JOIN THE PIT CREW!

The Pit Crew needs new members to join and help the kiddos during halftime shows and competitions! The primary responsibility of the Pit Crew is to HAVE FUN! …and help move the front ensemble, or “pit,” onto and off of the field during football games and marching competitions. The Pit Crew also is responsible for building and making props as needed, transportation (truck and UHaul), repairing and maintaining carts and equipment (i.e. painting carts, inflating tires, replacing tires, keeping ladders in operational condition, etc.).

Having a student in the pit is not a requirement to be in the Pit Crew. The Pit Crew is open to all Houston Band parents who wish to join. So please join us! It’s a really cool vantage point to watch the show from (right down on the field) and possibly get a closer look at your son or daughter performing in the process!

If you are interested in joining the Pit Crew, please contact Jeff Borgsmiller via mobile phone 901-568-7583 or email jborgsmiller@tcco.com. If you’re unsure, and want to watch a show or two before joining that’s ok – you’re welcome to join at any time during the season.

VOLUNTEER AND HAVE FUN! WE NEED YOU!

We’ve got SUPER FUN volunteer opportunities galore, so no matter what you may be interested in or how much (or how little) time you have, we’ve got a spot for you, and we NEED you! There’s nothing more fun for kids than band – and their families! If you are interested in volunteering with The Houston Band, please complete this form as soon as possible as committees are forming now!

2022-2023 HHS Band Parent Volunteer Interest Form

Thanks for being a part of this great group and for making The Houston Band the BEST BAND IN THE LAND!

The Houston Band 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.

Important dates have been updated on the calendar.

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 or John Hagan john.hagan@gmsdk12.org.