Good evening Mustang Band! Here are this week’s updates!
-Please mark your calendars for the Midlothian and Desoto Marching Contests. Midlothian is October 5th and Desoto is October 12th. These are all day events for every member of the band program.
-Please mark your calendars for the UIL region and Area Marching Contests. UIL Region is October 15th and Area is October 26th. UIL region is a single performance event and our time will be determined by a drawing. UIL Area is the next round of state qualifications and it is an all day event. We are hoping to be selected for finals at our Area contest!
-SAT and ACT registration and testing dates are being posted to the website and the Facebook group. Please ensure that your testing dates do not conflict with a marching band contest.
-The website has been updated! Please let me know if there are any links that do not seem to be working or if there is something missing that should be there. Many thanks to Ms. Irby for working hard to update our website!
-The new website has absence request forms – these are to be filled out if your child will miss any band activity. It is important that you communicate conflicts in advance.
-The website also has private lesson interest forms. Please fill this out, even if you are already enrolled in private lessons! This will help ensure that we have enough staff to teach lessons to our students.
-Please make sure your physicals are done! UIL rules dictate that we will turn away every student from summer band that does not have this completed.
-Students need to be fitted for the new summer uniform shirt! On Tuesday and Wednesday our wonderful boosters will be at CHHS from ______ to fit students for the new shirt. Please let them know if you are not able to make it.
-The next payment of band fees is due July 9th. Please send those to Uma Benzick!
-I will be out of town from June 26th to July 6th but I will still have access to email. Please send me an email if you need anything during that time.
Good evening Mustang Band!
I hope everyone is enjoying Father's Day and staying out of the weather! Here are some updates for everyone:
-If your instrument is not in working order OR you don't have an instrument to play this summer, please let me know! I will do all I can to help you.
-Remember that our summer band will be held at Heritage Middle School! Please check the band calendar for specifics.
-There will be two fundraising opportunities right at the beginning of the year. The 59 minute fundraiser is held during a summer band lunch break and concession sales will occur during football season. We will have sign ups for both of those when we get closer to the start of school.
-Please think ahead to summer band now by getting yourself ready! Water, exercise, and getting outside are all good ways to prepare your body for summer band. Couch potatoes will struggle with the heat and constant activity!
-Grapevine High School has some excellent lesson teachers, but I would like for every member of the band to consider taking lessons if you are not already. If I need to hire additional staff to get everyone set up with a teacher, that is a great problem to have! Please let me know if you would like additional information. Lesson sign ups will be at Band Fair on August 3rd.
-Play your instrument! The single most important thing a student can do in the Grapevine Band is sound amazing on their instrument. Do you know all 12 scales in multiple octaves? How fast can you articulate? Can you sight read well enough to read an etude out of the all-region etude books?
-DCI watch party is June 20th! I will see you there!
-Please email James.Rees@gcisd.net if you have any questions. Thank you and GO MUSTANGS!
State and local policy has been updated to require a pre-participation physical for all students involved in marching band. There is also a form to be filled out and signed by a physician. The standard UIL FORM
The goal would be for this to be completed before the first day of full summer band, unless you choose to have it done earlier. Moving forward, we will require it every year, and the physical is good for one calendar year.
If a student has one for Athletics, they do not need a second one for band-just get a copy of the original to a band director please.
IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY GOTTEN THE PHYSICAL:
Our students can get their physicals done at CHHS on May 24th in their indoor activity facility. They call it their PAC (ours is MAC). This is done by the GCISD Athletic Trainers. Cost is $20.
Here is a LINK to the Power Point presentation from our incoming (8th grade) parent meeting this evening.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the band directors with questions. We will do our best to answer all questions in a timely manner.
Thanks to all who came out tonight. The students sounded GREAT!!