WELCOME TO THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

We are so happy to have you join this amazing organization! Students will need their instruments and music every day in class, and we will hold after school rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday until 5:30 once school starts. Students will not ride the bus home on these days (we have one every year who forgets and takes their bus home).


THE HOUSTON BAND DUES

BOTH the July and August installments are now due. Payment coupons can be found here: https://www.thehoustonband.com/forms


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

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


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 HHS band dues so far.


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.



 

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

8/7/2022 11:30am - 2:30pm JR/SR Uniform Fittings

8/7/2022 1 - 3pm SENIOR Banner Portraits - Outside

8/7/2022 3 - 6pm FR/SOPH Uniform Fittings

8/8/2022 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

8/9/2022 3 - 5:30pm Full Band Rehearsal

8/11/2022 3 - 5:30pm Full Band Rehearsal

 

MANDATORY UNIFORM FITTING

Marching season is quickly approaching and that means that it is time to get the kids' uniforms ready. The uniform fitting date is SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th and it is MANDATORY

that every kid come to get fitted for a uniform. The schedule will be:


SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH:

11:30am-2:30pm - ALL JRS AND SRS

3:00pm-6:00pm - ALL SOPHOMORES AND FRESHMEN


IF you have a legitimate reason for not being able to make this date ("I didn't feel like

getting up early" does NOT count!), we will have a makeup date on Wednesday, August 10th from 3:30-6:30.


If you have not returned your concert wear, please bring it when you come for marching band fittings. We know who you are...


Things to know:

  • Yes, every band member will receive a show shirt that will take the place of the jacket. The black member shirt is to be worn under the new show shirt. Freshmen and new band kids will get their member shirts from Mr. Taylor. Pants, shoes, socks and hats remain the same.

  • All pieces of the uniform will be fitted on the fitting day. The traditional jacket, gauntlets, gloves, etc. will be worn for the Christmas parade.

  • Kids wear their own gym shorts under their pants and long black socks with their uniforms when performing. Each child is responsible for their own black socks.

  • New kids and freshmen are welcome to use "stock" (ie, gently used) marching shoes IF their size is available. Otherwise, shoes will be ordered for them for $40. Please bring cash or a check just in case shoes need to be ordered.

  • Please wear gym shorts and t-shirts to the fitting!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:


It takes a lot of volunteers to fit all these kids! Please take a look at the sign up genius and help if you can. You do not need experience and we are a really fun group! Also, if you volunteer, your kid gets to skip the line! Jrs/Srs - this is a great opportunity for service hours! Please sign up if you can.


SignUp for Uniform Fitting Help Aug 7


If you do have some sewing experience, and you are able to help with alterations, please reach out to houstonbanduniforms@outlook.com. We will be hemming pants and jacket sleeves after fittings, if needed.


Thank you! And please email houstonbanduniforms@outlook.com with any questions or concerns.

 

VOLUNTEER AND HAVE FUN! WE NEED YOU!

As mentioned at the Ice Cream Social on Sunday afternoon, we are in need of parent volunteers in MANY capacities! 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


We can’t wait to get started making the 2022-2023 band year the best year yet! Thanks for being a part of this great group and for making The Houston Band the BEST BAND IN THE LAND!

 

SENIOR BAND PORTRAITS

ATTENTION ALL SENIORS! It's your time to shine!!! Senior Band Portraits will be taken Sunday afternoon (August 7th) DIRECTLY AFTER YOUR UNIFORM FITTING. Please come between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. ALL SENIORS - band and guard - will need their instrument and their uniform top. We will do the pictures outside like we have in the past.


Please look for Sheila Jeevan or Sara Hagan.


These portraits will be used for various functions including the vinyl banners that hang on the fence at the football field. The cost of the banners is $24.00 each, and students who purchase a banner will be able to take it home at the end of the season. Please bring a check made payable to Sheila Jeevan or cash. Please note the student's name in the memo/note line. DO NOT MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO THE HHS BAND BOOSTERS. Pictures will be taken of ALL SENIORS whether you choose to purchase your banner or not.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sheila Jeevan at sheilajeevan@yahoo.com. Thanks, and we will see you Sunday (8/7) from 1-3!

 

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT BAND CAMP

Everyone worked so hard and learned so much last week! Be sure to keep hydrating, sleeping well, and wearing sunscreen! Check out more pictures on our Facebook page: The Houston Band

 

MARCHING BAND REHEARSALS

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 | John Hagan john.hagan@gmsdk12.org