Director's Newsletter - Summer #3, August 19


Director’s Newsletter - FINAL Summer Band - 18, August 19, 2018

Hello everyone,

I know I said that the next newsletter would come out August 26th, however there have been so many things going on that I wanted to get you information to make sure you don’t miss out on anything that’s coming up. As we make the turn into the final week of summer band and the start of school, we do have quite an eventful week coming up.

Before getting any further it is important that you know that all students and parents are required to sign and submit the UIL 8 Hour Rule Acknowledgment form each year. Hard copies of the form were sent out, a PDF was also uploaded to the Marching Band Google Classroom. You can also find that form HERE and send it in with your student. Please make sure that they hand the form to me so that I can check them off the list.

You can find a weekly schedule listed at the bottom but here are a few details about the events this week. On Tuesday, August 21st, we will be having a clinic with the full ensemble from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM with Jeremy Spicer. Mr. Spicer is the owner of SASi student leadership company and is the former director of bands at Vandegrift High School.

Due to the amount of time we have with Mr. Spicer, students will need to stay on campus during their lunch break. Because of this, our concessions parents have arranged to pre-order a full meal from Bush’s Chicken for students who are interested. The meal is $6 and can be pre-ordered tomorrow, Monday, August 20th. Students can pay with either cash or card. If your student does not pre-order a meal, please make sure that they bring their lunch because the parents WILL NOT be selling concessions that day.

On Wednesday, August 22nd, we will have our summer band concert performance on the practice field at 7 PM. Bring your chairs and come and take a look and listen at all the hard work your students have been putting in this summer. We will also collect creamy peanut butter at this event for donations for the upcoming Peanut Butter Bowl. Details for this are in the last newsletter that went out, which you can find on the band website. (As a side note, I do realize that the date on the envelopes of the Bronco Cards say that our concert is on Thursday, August 23rd, so this is to clarify that our summer band concert is in fact on Wednesday, August 22nd).

Speaking of Bronco Cards, a very big thank you to all of our parents and students who have been doing a wonderful job with this fundraiser. As of August 17th, our top sellers are as follows:

Name - Cards Sold

Gavin Lotts - 70

Jared Barry - 50

Isabella Lopez - 35

Grace Durdin - 30

Lizzie Crittenden - 30

Eric Hernandez - 25

Jamie Dart - 20

Nicholas Burroughs - 20

Remember, that we have a contest running where the top 3 sellers will earn a cash prize of $50-$30-$20 respectively. The contest will conclude on Thursday, August 22nd, and all monies should be turned in by that date if you wish for any cards sold to be considered in the final count for the contest.

Also on Thursday, August 22nd, will be our annual Meet the Bronco event held at the JV football field. The event begins at 7 PM however, it will include all spirit and athletic organizations on campus. Parking and seating will be tight so be sure to get there early. This will be another opportunity to turn in your peanut butter donations. For that performance, students will need to report to the band hall at 5 PM. We will not be having morning rehearsal on Thursday, August 22nd due to the Brandeis staff attending the NISD convocation.

Band pictures that were taken during registration have been delivered and sent home. If you have not received your pictures, be sure to check with your student. Retakes that were done last Friday should be delivered during the first week of school. We are also setting up one additional date for our colorguard to take photos when their costume comes in. That date will be announced sometime in the near future.

MANY SPECIAL THANK YOUs are certainly in order for so many of our parents for all the work and hours they have contributed to our program. With an organization as large as ours, no task is ever small and without hesitation, we always have amazing parents step up and take them on.

Over the last three weeks we have had an ENORMOUS amount of help with band registration, uniform fittings and alterations, concessions for the students during rehearsal, Prep Day Spirit & Bronco Card sales, Bronco Beginnings Spirit sales, trailer maintenance and inspection, prop design and building, volunteer recruitment; the list certainly goes on! Please know how much you are appreciated and noticed for all that you do for our program and EVERY STUDENT. With that being said, we do need more hands on deck. Come and join the family, be involved with other parents, and contribute to the well being of your student and their experience in the Bronco Band.

Lastly but certainly not least, congratulations to our board and booster members on our very first booster meeting of the 2018 school year! We had a great turn out but we still have room for more. If you have yet to join our booster family, please consider doing so and be sure to catch the next meeting on Monday, September 10th in the band hall.

As always, if you have questions please send me an email at Daniel.Asgari@Nisd.net and I’ll be sure to respond as quickly as possible.

Until next Sunday,

-Mr. Asgari

AUGUST

20: Summer Band: 7:30 am to 9:30 am (Monday)

21: Marching Band CLINIC 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

22: Summer Band 7:30 am to 9:30 am (Wed)

22: Teacher Appreciation Breakfast from 8:30 am to 9 am (Band Boosters)

22: Summer Band Concert: 7 pm @ At The Practice Field (Wednesday)

23: NO MORNING REHEARSAL

23: BRONCO CARD MONEY DUE

23: Meet The Bronco 7 pm @ JV Field

24: FINAL SUMMER REHEARSAL 7:30am - 11:00am

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