The end of the school year is finally here!
We have had a tremendously successful year that was recently capped off with a very successful Spring Concert, which featured all 3 of our ensembles performing some very challenging music which shows how hard our students push to the very end! As if the concert wasn’t already a great way to end the year, we had a marvelous banquet that featured great food (which we are still hearing students and parents rave about), a wonderful award ceremony, and a great dance! (thank you Mr. Turner for being our DJ!)
As we approach our final days of the school year, here are few things to note:
Students with a school instrument should be checking this equipment in during this week and next week. Returning members can fill out an instrument rental contract to get a marching horn for the Summer.
Coupon Cards! It IS the end of the year, but we really wanted to honor our word on the fundraising opportunities and make sure that those who really wanted a jump start for next year (or any Seniors who wanted to help the Band in a small way as a final gesture) had their chance to do so! All remaining cards must be turned in with all money on May 31st! That is one week from this upcoming Friday. Some tips for success: When talking to potential buyers, explain what the money is going towards ($600 band fees, $650 trip to New Orleans, covering equipment purchases, repairs, transportation, etc) Have the cards out at Mom/Dad’s work, bring them to Church, and be sure to ask your teachers (and teachers of siblings!)
Students are currently auditioning this week for next year’s ensembles. We will release this information before the end of the school year - we are shooting for next week!
Percussion placement for marching season is currently in progress with a guest percussion instructor from Pensacola, FL providing information and instruction for our students! If any wind player would like play in the Front Ensemble during marching season please attend this Thursday and Friday after school from 2-5pm - you will be taught everything you need to know!
Please mark JUNE 25TH AT 5:30PM on your calendars as this will be our MATTRESS SALE KICKOFF MEETING and we will have a few pieces of information for the upcoming camps in July (last call for registration, physical updates, fundraising details, etc) for all families regardless of if you will be participating in the mattress sale directly - though we want everyone to help promote it!
FAN CLOTH ONLINE STORE - As of Monday we officially shut down our online store and finalized the orders. After calling Fan Cloth Monday they informed us that they have placed our order on PRIORITY to help get it here before the end of the school year, but unfortunately, there is no guarantee it will make it prior to the end of year - regardless of when it arrives, we will send out a REMIND message as well as post on our FACEBOOK page to help get the word out for all those who ordered to pick up their items. Items will be packaged based on the student name that was given, and inside of that will contain the name of the actual person who ordered to help everyone distribute the items. This sale actually helped raise the band just under $1000 for our program, donated by Fan Cloth! We will do another sale for new families as well as anyone wanting to gear up for winter, during the Fall Semester of 2019-2020, so if you missed out on this sale, or just want more GR swag, we will take care of you soon!
CALENDAR UPDATES - We have updated the online calendar to include all tentative dates (depending on facility availability, etc) for the 2019-2020 school year for FALL and SPRING, so please be sure to visit that portion of our website and mark down dates to help you plan appropriately.
BAND SPIRIT NIGHTS - We are wanting a few motivated parents who’d like to take the lead on communicating with local restaurants to schedule a few spirit nights for Summer/Fall/Spring to help raise money for the Band general account! We have been working hard on our budget for next school year and do not want to be forced to trim things out of our program (additional instructors, additional purchases, etc) that we want to help continue to increase the quality of our program. We also want to continue to allow many fundraisers to help students directly vs having general fundraisers only. If you can help with this OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF FUNDRAISER (SPAGHETTI DINNER, CHILI COOK-OFF, PANCAKE BREAKFAST, GOLF TOURNAMENT, CAN SHAKE, CAR WASHES, etc) PLEASE CONTACT US!
Finally, we want to thank everyone for making this year a memorable one, and a pivotal year in the program’s history. We could not have been successful without everyone pulling together!