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    09-18-19

    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!!

    What a great game last weekend!  Other than the oppressive humidity, it was great!

    I was very pleased with the improvements the band has made as well as the addition of a little more drill.  They are getting feet down better and they are continuing to work on alignment as they march.  The music is also improving!  Keep them working hard to continue to surpass their own expectations!

    After this week, things get a little busy for a couple weeks, so please read all of this email so you know what your students are doing!

    1. REHEARSAL THIS WEEK: As your students may have told you, the original plan this week was to start rehearsal at 3:45 on Monday and Wednesday to allow them time to attend tutorials, do homework, make up tests and take care of any other academic business they may have.  With the weather situation today and the cancellation of tutorials after school, we will have rehearsals from 3:15-4:45 today (Wednesday) and then we will not start rehearsal on Thursday until 3:45, to allow them extra time for tutorials.  We will NOT have rehearsal on Friday of this week!  Enjoy the FULL weekend!!

     

    1. GRADING PERIOD: This Friday is the end of the 6-Week Grading Period.  If they are failing a class, they are ineligible.  If they are ineligible, they cannot attend any performances including Pep Rallies and Football games.  They will come to practice, but they cannot travel with or be in uniform at any time.

     

     

    Check your student’s grades right now.  If they are failing, contact the teacher and find out why.  Monday is too late.  Thanks!!

     

    1. Next week, 27 September, we have an away game at Pasadena Memorial Stadium. The schedule is below:

     

    2:50     Classes Dismiss/Students eat

    3:20     Senior Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    3:35     Full Band Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    3:50     Run through Drill

    4:10     Load Gear

    4:40     Meet

    4:50     Load Buses

    5:00     Depart AHS

    5:40     Arrive at Pasadena Memorial Stadium

    5:45     Unload Gear/Buses

    6:00     Set Block

    6:15     March In

    7:00     Kick off

    10:00   Approximate end of the game

    10:15   Load gear/buses

    10:30   Depart Pasadena Memorial Stadium

    11:15   Arrive/Unload

    11:16   Go Home!!

     

    1. HOMECOMING: The following week, Thursday, 3 October, we have the Homecoming Game.

     

    1. PEP RALLY: We WILL have a pep Rally on Thursday, 3 October.  It is a late arrival day.  The students will report directly to the band hall instead of their 2nd Period class.

     

    1. GAME: We are playing South Houston High School.

     

    1. PERFORMANCE: We do NOT perform at halftime due to Homecoming activities.  We ae trying to get permission to perform BEFORE the game begins.  I will give you this information once it has been confirmed with me!

     

    1. Schedule for this game (May change slightly if we perform before the game):

     

    2:50     Classes Dismiss/Students eat

    3:30     Senior Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    3:45     Full Band Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    4:10     Run through Drill

    4:30     Load Gear

    5:00     Meet

    5:10     Load Buses

    5:20     Depart AHS

    5:40     Arrive at Turner

    5:45     Unload Gear/Buses

    6:00     Set Block

    6:15     March In

    7:00     Kick off

    10:00   Approximate end of the game

    10:15   Load gear/buses

    10:30   Depart Turner

    11:00   Arrive/Unload

    11:01   Go Home!!

     

    1. PRE-UIL CONTEST: As the Yearly Calendar notes, we will be attending the Galena Park Pre-UIL Marching Contest on Saturday, 5 October.  I know this is also the day of the Homecoming Dance, so I requested an early performance time so we could perform and then return home in enough time for anyone attending the dance to have time to get beautiful!  Here is the tentative schedule as of now:

     

    6:15am Band Hall Opens

    6:35     Senior Inspection

    6:45     Full Band Inspection

    7:00     Run through Drill

    7:20     Load Gear

    7:40     Meet

    7:45     Load Buses

    7:50     Depart AHS

    8:30     Arrive/Unload/Set Up at Galena Park Stadium

    9:15     Warm Up

    9:55     Move to Field

    10:00   Performance

    10:15   Load Gear/Buses

    10:45   Depart GPISD Stadium

    11:15   Arrive at AHS/Unload

    11:45   Go Home!

     

    1. REHEARSAL DURING DISTRICT OFF WEEK: As was noted in the Yearly Calendar and reminded a few weeks ago, we WILL have rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday, 9 & 10 October.  We will meet at 8am and rehearse until 10:30am each of these days.

     

    1. FOOTBALL GAME DURING DISTRICT OFF WEEK: We will perform at the football game on Friday, 11 October.  We will follow a similar schedule as other away games.  I will send out specific times as we get closer, but make the assumption that our meeting time will be at about 3pm.

     

    1. REMINDER: UIL Marching Contest is Saturday, 19 October.  We will have more details in a few weeks, but wanted to make sure this was on everyone’s radar!

     

    I think that’s all I have for now.

    Keep your students practicing, studying, passing their classes and hydrating!!!

    Sincerely,

     

     

    09-18-19
     
    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!
     
    Just a quick update regarding weather and Humble ISD after school activities.
     
    The district, as of 12:33, has authorized only football, volleyball, drill team and band to practice inside until 5pm today.  All other activities (tutoring, clubs, organizations) are cancelled.
     
    As such, we will practice from 3:15-4:45pm today.
     
    Please drive safely in the rain.
     
    I will send out my Band Weekly Update by the end of today.
     
    Thanks!
     

    09-11-19

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    I was very pleased with last week’s performance!  For a first time on the field, there were lots of positive things happening!  We have been working to clean our marching, add some drill and improve our music for this week. 

    Yesterday we had a very productive rehearsal with Kingwood’s Band for the district’s Gold, Fight Win initiative drawing attention to pediatric cancer at this game.

    Here are a few things for this week and next:

     

    1. STUDENT PICK UP AFTER PERFORMANCES: Last week was the second consecutive week where everyone was picked up on time!!!!  THANK YOU parents and students!!!!

     

    CARPOOLING IS A GREAT THING!!!!  Please be prompt.  If you cannot pick up your student, get a ride arranged for them so they are picked up on time.  Thanks so much!

     

    1. PEP RALLY: We have a Pep Rally this Friday, 13 September.  Wear blue jeans, Red Band Shirt (TUCKED IN) with a belt and sneakers to school.  Bring your uniform to school that morning.  Please ensure shirt is tucked in all day.  Thanks!

     

    1. This week is our second home game at Turner Stadium against Kingwood. It is Friday, 13 September.  The schedule will be:

     

    2:50     Release from classes/change into band shorts and T-shirt

    3:15     Senior Uniform Inspection (WITH Flip Folders)

    3:25     Full Band Uniform Inspection (WITH Flip Folders)

    3:40     Run through drill in half uniform (band shoes, all white socks, band shorts, band pants, band T-shirt and hair and jewelry in regulation)

    4:10     Load Equipment/Eat dinner

    4:40     Meet

    4:55     Load buses

    5:05     Depart AHS

    5:30     Arrive at Turner Stadium/Unload Equipment

    5:55     Set up Band in Block

    6:00     March into Stadium

    7:00     Kick off

    10:00   Approximate end of game

    10:15   Load equipment/gear

    10:45   Depart Turner Stadium

    11:00   Arrive at AHS/Unload equipment

    11:15   Go Home!!

     

    1. PRIVATE LESSONS: Here is the link to register your student for Private Lessons:  https://forms.gle/4xbHWRR6TKXhBcYaA 

     

    Private Lessons is the number one activity that will help your student improve their individual playing ability.  I realize this is a time and monetary commitment, but it is worth the amount of improvement your performer will achieve!

     

    1. GRADES/ELIGIBILITY: Next week is week six of the 6-Week Grading period.  After next week, any student who is failing one or more classes is not allowed to perform with the band for the next three weeks.

     

    By the end of the day on Friday, 20 September, that is the end of the 6-Week grading period and grades will be uploaded on Monday, the 23rd.  Parents, please check your student’s grades right now!!!  Sign into Home Access Center (HAC) and check their grades.  If they are failing, find out why!

     

    The times they can make up work are every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning.  Additionally, they have every Tuesday after school, they also have every Thursday during Late Arrival.  Finally, on Fridays that we have games at Turner, there will be time after school to complete tests, assignments, tutoring or whatever they need to do.

     

    1. BOOSTER VOLUNTEERS: Parents, THANK YOU to all of you who pitched in a hand to help the overflow crowd at the concessions stands on Friday!!!  It was great to see everyone helping out!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

     

    Here are the links for the future games.  Let’s see if we can continue the number of volunteers!

    Turner Concessions – Katy Game (Please note that the varsity game sign-ups come out with each game)

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baeaa23a0ff2-96concessions

     

    AHS Concessions – All of regular season

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4aafaa2ea0f85-ahsfootball

     

    1. THIRD QUARTER: As a reminder, the students do not get Third Quarter off.  They can earn it off as a group, or lose it as a group or individually.  With that in mind, do not make plans for your student during third quarter.  If they get it off, then that will be a wonderful time, if they do not get it off, then you are not disappointed.

     

    Additionally, the students all know that they are to be back in their spots with 1 minute left on the game clock for third quarter.  They may not bring food or drinks into the stands and they may not stay at the bottom (or anywhere else) and finish any food or drinks if the clock is at 1 minute.  They must be in their spot.  For anyone who does not get back to their spot in the stands by the 1 minute mark, they will lose all of third quarter at the next game.  Thanks for helping them keep an eye on the clock!!

     

    1. NEXT WEEK: Next week is our “Bye” week.  This means there is not a game on Friday or Saturday…they have the entire weekend off!!!!!  We WILL have rehearsals as usual on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  We will NOT have rehearsal on Friday, 20 September.  Use that time for extra studying, practicing and hydration!!

     

    1. REMINDER (One more time): Don’t forget, the game originally scheduled on Thursday, 17 October, was moved to Friday, 18 October.  Please ensure you have this marked in your calendar.

    I think that’s all I have for right now!

     

    Keep your students studying, practicing and hydrating!!!

    Sincerely,

     

    09-04-19

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    Well, last week’s game did not go completely as planned.  The district Fine Arts Office told us we are to never to have our students outside within a 10 mile lightning strike.  Mr. Hicks and I monitored lightning through the district provided app.  Once it hit 10 miles, we had the kids go back to the buses where they would be safe.  There were no less than 15 lightning strikes between 8-10 miles of the stadium.  The game was not delayed.  Upon further questioning, Katy ISD’s rule is 8 miles.  I am still working on determining what the district’s lightning policy is for Fine Arts so this does not happen again.

     

    1. STUDENT PICK UP AFTER PERFORMANCES: GREAT JOB on picking up everyone after the game!!!  Thank you!!!

     

    CARPOOLING IS A GREAT THING!!!!  Please be prompt.  If you cannot pick up your student, get a ride arranged for them so they are picked up on time.  Thanks so much!

     

    1. PEP RALLY: We have a Pep Rally this Friday, 6 September.  Wear blue jeans, Red Band Shirt (TUCKED IN) with a belt and sneakers to school.  Bring your uniform to school that morning.  Please ensure shirt is tucked in all day.  Thanks!

     

    1. This week is our first home game at Turner Stadium! It is Friday, 6 September.  The schedule will be:

     

     

    2:50     Release from classes/change into band shorts and T-shirt

    3:05     Senior Uniform Inspection

    3:15     Full Band Uniform Inspection

    3:30     Run through drill in half uniform (band shoes, all white socks, band shorts, band pants, band T-shirt and hair and jewelry in regulation)

    4:00     Load Equipment/Eat dinner

    4:30     Meet

    4:50     Load buses/Finish eating dinner

    5:00     Depart AHS

    5:15     Arrive at Turner Stadium

    5:45     Set up Band in Block

    6:00     March into Stadium

    7:00     Kick off

    10:00   Approximate end of game

    10:15   Load equipment/gear

    10:45   Depart Turner Stadium

    11:00   Arrive at AHS/Unload equipment

    11:15   Go Home!!

     

    1. Next week we are the home team at Turner Stadium playing Kingwood. The district has decided to use this game to highlight pediatric cancer awareness month so they have named the game “Go for the Gold”.

     

    District Leadership has required the Atascocita and Kingwood Bands and Drill Teams to perform together.  As this is a district requirement, we will be rehearsing with Kingwood on Tuesday, 10 September, at Turner Stadium from 10am-11:30am.  The schedule for next Tuesday is as follows:

     

    Tuesday, 10 September Rehearsal Schedule

     

    7:25     Attend 1st Period

    8:13     Report to Band Hall (End of 1st Period)

    8:20     All Instruments outside to be loaded/Load Equipment

    8:50     Load Buses

    9:00     Depart AHS

    9:15     Unload/Set up for rehearsal

    10:00   Rehearsal at Turner

    11:30   Lunch provided by Humble ISD (Jason’s Deli)

    12:30   Load Equipment

    1:00     Depart Turner Stadium

    1:30     Arrive at AHS/Unload equipment

    2:00     Attend 7th Period class

     

    ***We will rehearse in black AMB Band Shorts and Blue AMB T-shirts.  Wear ATHLETIC sneakers…not Vans or high tops or canvas shoes or anything else.  Athletic sneakers only please.  Thank you!

     

    1. PEP RALLY NEXT WEEK: We will have a Pep Rally Next Friday, 13 September.  Blue Jeans, Red Collared Band Shirt (tucked in) with belt and sneakers.

     

    1. Next week is our second home game at Turner Stadium against Kingwood. It is Friday, 13 September.  The schedule will be:

     

     

    2:50     Release from classes/change into band shorts and T-shirt

    3:05     Senior Uniform Inspection

    3:15     Full Band Uniform Inspection

    3:30     Run through drill in half uniform (band shoes, all white socks, band shorts, band pants, band T-shirt and hair and jewelry in regulation)

    4:00     Load Equipment/Eat dinner

    4:30     Meet

    4:50     Load buses

    5:00     Depart AHS

    5:20     Arrive at Turner Stadium/Unload Equipment

    5:50     Set up Band in Block

    6:00     March into Stadium

    7:00     Kick off

    10:00   Approximate end of game

    10:15   Load equipment/gear

    10:45   Depart Turner Stadium

    11:00   Arrive at AHS/Unload equipment

    11:15   Go Home!!

     

    1. PRIVATE LESSONS: Here is the link to register your student for Private Lessons:  https://forms.gle/4xbHWRR6TKXhBcYaA 

     

    Private Lessons is the number one activity that will help your student improve their individual playing ability.  I realize this is a time and monetary commitment, but it is worth the amount of improvement your performer will achieve!

     

    1. GRADES/ELIGIBILITY: We have just finished three weeks of school last week!  There is a 3-Week grade report that has come out.  Right now, your student does not lose or regain eligibility.  HOWEVER, in three more weeks, the grade report WILL result in losing eligibility.  By the end of the day on Friday, 20 September, that is the end of the 6-Week grading period and grades will be uploaded on Monday, the 23rd.  Any student who is failing is not allowed, by state law, to participate for at least three weeks.

     

    Parents, please check your student’s grades right now!!!  Sign into Home Access Center (HAC) and check their grades.  If they are failing, find out why!

     

    The times they can make up work are every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning.  Additionally, they have every Tuesday after school, they also have every Thursday during Late Arrival.  Finally, on Fridays that we have games at Turner, there will be time after school to complete tests, assignments, tutoring or whatever they need to do.

     

    1. BOOSTER VOLUNTEERS: I am including below an excerpt I received from Suzann Lind, our Band Booster President.  She has done an AMAZING job, and she has a small staff of Executive Officers, but they cannot do it all by themselves.  Here is part of her email:

     

    “I am getting burnt out.  On top of the hours and hours I am working daily, I am now having to open the AHS Concession Stand 3 times a week.  I just need some people to volunteer, even one day per week would help, drastically.  I get that people work.  I really do, but I am hoping someone will help so I am not the only one that covers everything.”

     

    “Today, I worked at the POD with Trena for an hour before we went to Sam's for 1.50 hours to buy 4 flatbeds of stuff to be sold at games.  We then spent another hour unloading and organizing to be ready for middle school games tomorrow and the varsity game Friday.  I then went to the Concession Stand at AHS to help Jen Parke with some things there and to count the deposit from last Thursday's games.  Then met Trena to give her money for her to operate the stands at Turner tomorrow for the AMS games (of which she has only one person signed up out of 5 slots for the setup shift). Then I went by Papa John's to pick up a sign for the stand.  I am now working on data entry for the forms to give you this info.  I am also texting with Trena and Stacy to work out pricing and also printing off menu sheets, sign in sheets for the middle schools and working on receipts to give to Lori.  It is just non-stop.”

     

    Now, parents, I want you to understand, Ms. Lind is one of the hardest working volunteers I have ever worked with.  Her email is a plea for help.  Please help her, to help your students’.  Please volunteer for the concession stand at some point.  We need one parent/guardian for each band member to sign up for only two (2) spots…all year.  If each family signed up for only two spots, we would have every spot covered for the year.

    Yes, this means you may have to give up seeing one halftime performance.  (My own parents did this at Turner Stadium, many years ago, so they too could work the concession stand for the good of the band.)

    However, the shift at the end of the game is equally important…the “tear-down” crew is needed after the game.  And yes, that means you won’t be able to leave immediately after the game ends, but you will leave after most, if not all, of the traffic has cleared the parking lot.

    Here are the links for Concession Stand Sign Ups…please take a look and help our current volunteers to help your students.  Thanks!!

    Turner Concessions – Katy Game (Please note that the varsity game sign-ups come out with each game)

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baeaa23a0ff2-96concessions

     

    AHS Concessions – All of regular season

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4aafaa2ea0f85-ahsfootball

     

    I think that’s all I have for right now!

    Keep your students studying, practicing and hydrating!!!

    Sincerely,

     

     

    08-28-19

     

    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!

    As we get closer to our first game, here are some items to keep in mind:

    1. They changed the kick-off time for this week’s game! It is now 6:30pm at Legacy Stadium in Katy ISD.  Here is the NEW SCHEDULE:

     

     

    1:45     Release from classes/change into band shorts and T-shirt

    2:10     Senior Uniform Inspection

    2:30     Full Band Uniform Inspection

    3:00     Run through drill in half uniform (band shoes, all white socks, band shorts, band pants, band T-shirt and hair and jewelry in regulation)

    3:15     Load Equipment/Eat dinner

    3:45     Meet

    4:00     Load buses/Finish eating dinner

    4:05     Depart AHS

    5:30     Arrive at Legacy Stadium

    6:00     Set up Band in Block

    6:25     March into Stadium

    6:30     Kick off

    9:30     Approximate end of game

    9:45     Load equipment/gear

    10:15   Depart Legacy Stadium

    11:15   Arrive at AHS/Unload equipment

    11:30   Go Home!!

     

    1. REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Reminder, we rehearse each MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY from 3:15-5:15.  For clarification, if we have a Thursday or Saturday game, we will NOT have rehearsal on Fridays.  The only exception is NEXT TUESDAY, 3 September…we WILL have practice on Tuesday, 3 September, due to no school on Monday.

     

     

    1. SUPPLY DONATIONS: To those who have already donated…THANK YOU!!!  To those who haven’t, please send us a small donation of Kleenex and copy paper, please.  Woodwinds and Percussion, please donate one box of Kleenex.  Brass, please donate one ream of copy paper.  Thank you so much for ensuring that your kids have what they need!

     

     

    1. VOLUNTEERS/CONCESSIONS/CHAPERONES:

     

    1. VOLUNTEERS: There are so many ways to be involved with the Atascocita Military Marching Band and support your student’s hard work and effort.  Please consider helping out by signing up for one after school marching practice.  You don’t have any difficult responsibilities, but it is a good way to come see what we are working on and how the students prepare. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C0849A4AA29A5F58-augustseptember

     

    1. CONCESSIONS: As we get closer to our first home opener, the Concessions Stand is the primary money-maker for our Band Program.  It is a fun way to mee t other parents and help ensure everyone has a great time at the games.  Our requirements are hat each student has at least one parent sign up for two shifts.  Please click below and pick your shifts while there are still some to be had! 

     

    Turner Concessions – Katy Game (Please note that the varsity game sign-ups come out with each game)

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baeaa23a0ff2-96concessions

     

    AHS Concessions – All of regular season

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4aafaa2ea0f85-ahsfootball

     

    1. CHAPERONES: Each football game we are required by the district to have at least 10 chaperones per game.  This is a great time to be around the kids, help out with getting us set up in the stands and be part of the fun and excitement that is high school football!  Please ensure you go through the district authorization system at:  https://www.humbleisd.net/volunteer and sign up at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080945abaa2ca4fe3-buschaperones

     

     

    1. STUDENT PICK UP AFTER PERFORMANCES: Parents, not to put too fine a point on this, but please pick up your children at the time published and/or texted/called after performances.  We all want to be done.\

     

     

    Once we are back at the High School, the parents must have arranged a ride for their child.  This could be with you…with another adult you trust…or with a student who drives that you trust.  CARPOOLING IS A GREAT THING!!!!  Please be prompt.  Thanks so much!

     

     

    Please understand, the first time your student does not leave on time, they will lose third quarter at the next game.  The second time they are not picked up on time, they will lose their marching spot.  The third time, we will begin the process of removing them from the band program permanently.

     

     

    Again, please be prompt after performances.  If you cannot pick up your student, get a ride arranged for them so they are picked up on time.  Thank you so much!

     

     

    1. Next week is our first home game at Turner Stadium! It is Friday, 6 September.  The schedule will be:

     

     

    2:50     Release from classes/change into band shorts and T-shirt

    3:05     Senior Uniform Inspection

    3:15     Full Band Uniform Inspection

    3:30     Run through drill in half uniform (band shoes, all white socks, band shorts, band pants, band T-shirt and hair and jewelry in regulation)

    4:00     Load Equipment/Eat dinner

    4:30     Meet

    4:50     Load buses/Finish eating dinner

    5:00     Depart AHS

    5:15     Arrive at Turner Stadium

    5:45     Set up Band in Block

    6:00     March into Stadium

    7:00     Kick off

    10:00   Approximate end of game

    10:15   Load equipment/gear

    10:45   Depart Turner Stadium

    11:00   Arrive at AHS/Unload equipment

    11:15   Go Home!!

     

     

    1. PRIVATE LESSONS: We are opening up Private Lessons Registration!!!  We are going paperless this year and are very excited about getting your students to have a great opportunity to improve on their individual horns from highly qualified teachers!  Please read and enter your information with the link below.  Please realize that the district is working through finalizing their agreements with our Private Lessons staff…so these may not start for another week or two, depending on the district.  Here is the link:  https://forms.gle/4xbHWRR6TKXhBcYaA

     

    I think that’s all I have for now!  I hope everyone has a great 3-day weekend!  Hydrate, study and practice!  Remember we will have rehearsal on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    08-23-19

    Good Afternoon band Parents and Students!

    We’ve all made it through week number two of school!

     

    We’ve got the first part of our drill on the field and the freshmen are learning quickly!  As with all performances, we will begin cleaning and refining this drill so that it improves each week.  We will also add more to the drill every week to two weeks.

     

    Here are some things for next week:

    1. MUSIC PLAY-OFF: We have begun our music play-offs!  During class, each student plays off a specific section of our marching music by memory.  This is a great opportunity for us to be able to evaluate student knowledge and skills on an individual basis!  The great news is that each time they do this throughout the year, they leave knowing exactly what they need to work on and improve to become better and better musicians!  Keep them practicing!!

     

     

    1. NUTRITION/HYDRATION: Please keep your students eating and drinking the right things so they stay healthy! We had a great week of rehearsals this week because they were nutritionally prepared! 

     

     

    1. RAIN CLOTHES FOR PRACTICE: I mentioned at the Preview Performance that the students may want to keep a change of clothes in the back of their band locker in case we get rained on…so …yeah…reminder!

     

     

    1. REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Reminder, we rehearse each MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY from 3:15-5:15.  For clarification, if we have a Thursday or Saturday game, we will NOT have rehearsal on Fridays.  The only exception is NEXT TUESDAY…we WILL have practice on Tuesday, 3 September, due to no school on Monday.

     

     

    1. SUPPLY DONATIONS: To those who have already donated…THNAK YOU!!!  To those who haven’t, please send us a small donation of Kleenex and copy paper, please.  Woodwinds and Percussion, please donate one box of Kleenex.  Brass, please donate one ream of copy paper.  Thank you so much for ensuring that your kids have what they need!

     

     

    1. BOX TRUCK DRIVER: We will be using a rented Enterprise 26’ box truck for all of the band’s performances.  With this in mind, the district will pay for the truck, but will not supply us with drivers for the truck.  So, if you are interested, comfortable driving a large vehicle and available to drive, we would be very grateful!  We would love to have one “Driver” all or most of the season, but if you can do a few games, that would be great!  Please contact me directly and let me know!

     

     

    1. VOLUNTEERS/CONCESSIONS/CHAPERONES:

     

    1. VOLUNTEERS: There are so many ways to be involved with the Atascocita Military Marching Band and support your student’s hard work and effort.  Please consider helping out by signing up for one after school marching practice.  You don’t have any difficult responsibilities, but it is a good way to come see what we are working on and how the students prepare. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C0849A4AA29A5F58-augustseptember

     

    1. CONCESSIONS: As we get closer to our first home opener, the Concessions Stand is the primary money-maker for our Band Program.  It is a fun way to mee t other parents and help ensure everyone has a great time at the games.  Our requirements are hat each student has at least one parent sign up for two shifts.  Please click below and pick your shifts while there are still some to be had!

     

    1. CHAPERONES:  Each football game we are required by the district to have at least 10 chaperones per game.  This is a great time to be around the kids, help out with getting us set up in the stands and be part of the fun and excitement that is high school football!  Please ensure you go through the district authorization system at:  https://www.humbleisd.net/volunteer and sign up at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080945abaa2ca4fe3-buschaperones

     

     

    1. UNIFORMS: Everyone will need to bring their complete uniforms (jacket, pants, shoes, crossbelts, buckles, breastplate, ALL white socks, blue Band T-shirt and AMB shorts) to school next Friday morning.  Each student will also need his/her own Flip Folder with his/her own name and instrument on BOTH sides of the plastic insert.

     

     

    1. JEWLERY, HAIR, NAILS: Our uniform requirements are stated very clearly in the handbook, but so that there are no misunderstandings:
    • JEWELRY-NONE except Senior class ring for seniors only.
    • HAIR-must be worn tight and close to the scalp when the hat is OFF. Must be completely tucked into the hat when the hat is on.  Must not go below the collar of the band jacket when the hat is off.
    • NAILS:
      • Nothing/Clear
      • Natural
      • French Manicure with a THIN strip of white (no other color)

     

    Parents, please understand, these rules are not optional, they are mandatory.  If a student does not take care of these items, they will not be allowed to travel with us to the game and all performances are mandatory.  They must have hair, nails and jewelry done BEFORE the uniform inspection…not during or after.  Please help your student ensure they are prepared to take care of their issues BEFORE the inspection.  Thanks!

     

     

    1. CLEAN SHAVEN: All gentlemen, Seniors through Freshmen, will be clean shaven when we are in uniform.  Please ensure your student has shaved on Thursday night or Friday morning.  Thank you!!

     

     

     

    1. Next week our game is at Legacy Stadium in Katy. It is Friday, 30 August.  Please realize that all performances are mandatory and are major grades.  The schedule will be:

     

     

    2:00     Release from classes/change into band shorts and T-shirt

    2:25     Senior Uniform Inspection

    2:45     Full Band Uniform Inspection

    3:15     Run through drill in half uniform (band shoes, all white socks, band shorts, band pants, band T-shirt and hair and jewelry in regulation)

    4:00     Load Equipment/Eat dinner

    4:20     Meet

    4:30     Load buses/Finish eating dinner

    4:35     Depart AHS

    6:00     Arrive at Legacy Stadium

    6:30     Set up Band in Block

    6:55     March into Stadium

    7:00     Kick off

    10:00   Approximate end of game

    10:15   Load equipment/gear

    10:45   Depart Legacy Stadium

    11:45   Arrive at AHS/Unload equipment

    11:50   Go Home!!

     

     

     

    1. STUDENT PICK UP AFTER PERFORMANCES: Parents, not to put too fine a point on this, but please pick up your children at the time published and/or texted/called after performances.  We all want to be done.

    Once we are back at the High School, the parents must have arranged a ride for their child.  This could be with you…with another adult you trust…or with a student who drives that you trust.  CARPOOLING IS A GREAT THING!!!!  Please be prompt.  Thanks so much!

     

     

    Please understand, the first time your student does not leave on time, they will lose third quarter at the next game.  The second time they are not picked up on time, they will lose their marching spot. The third time, we will begin the process of removing them from the program permanently.

     

     

    Again, please be prompt after performances.  If you cannot pick up your student, get a ride arranged for them so they are picked up on time.  Thank you so much!

     

    I think that’s all I have for right now!

     

    Have a great weekend and keep your kids studying, practicing and hydrating!!

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    06-11-19

    Good Afternoon Incoming Freshmen Band Students and Parents!!

    I want to take a moment to welcome all of you to the Atascocita Military Marching Band!!  Students, you are getting ready to embark on a journey where you will work hard, but you will achieve more than you ever thought possible.  You will make friends for life and you will become part of a tradition of excellence!  Congratulations!

     

    During the school year, I use emails to give a weekly update of what is coming up and have found that it helps both the parents and students keep up with the schedule.

    1. SUMMER SCHEDULE: Attached is a summer schedule.  As you can see, the band begins rehearsals before school starts; so much is taught during this time, that it is hard for students to catch up if it is missed.  If there is a conflict, parents, please try to reschedule it for your student’s sake.  They will miss a lot of material and their absences will prevent them from earning an initial marching spot.

     

    Also, please look at your calendars.  Please schedule doctor’s appointments (physicals, eye doctors, immunizations, orthodontists, etc.) during June and July.  This helps your student out a great deal!

     

    1. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: I know there are many questions when your student comes to High School.  With that in mind, I have attached a FAQs page that will answer many of your questions.  Please refer to that document because it will help you.  Thanks!

     

    1. NUTRITION: We will be outside marching for a number of hours each day.  IT WILL BE HOT!!!  We start conditioning ourselves by working outside early in the mornings and later in the afternoons.  HOWEVER—PLEASE MAKE YOUR STUDENTS DRINK WATER!!  I do not allow them to drink soft drinks or drinks with caffeine.  Caffeine dehydrates the body and we do not need to lose any more water than necessary!  Please help me to wean them off of caffeinated and carbonated drinks during marching season.

     

    Also, in regards to nutrition…EAT BREAKFAST.  Nothing big, heavy, or greasy.  You should eat a bowl of cereal or a bagel or waffles or pancakes or toast or something else easily digestible and NOT GREASY.  Also, drink juice in the morning…it’s good for you!!

     

    The Band Boosters provide Powerade/Gatorade at each rehearsal during the summer and after school!

     

    1. PHYSICALS: If you have not already had your physical done, please use the attached Physical form and get that done.  State law requires each member of the band to have this done before they can participate with us.  Thank you!!

     

    1. PAYMENTS: There are some costs associated with membership, but the Boosters and I have worked very hard to minimize these costs. Once purchased, there should be no further equipment/clothing purchases necessary throughout the student’s four years in the band program!  We will set up a link for payments and information and will send you the link once it is set up.

     

    Your students will need the following items and the will be delivered during the first few days of summer band:

    Under Armor™ Band T-shirt                                      $20

    Under Armor™ Band Red Collared Shirt                    $40

    Band Shoes                                                                  $40

    Band Shorts                                                                 $10

    Flip Folder                                                                   $10

    Lyre (some instruments)                                              $12

    BERP (Brass ONLY if they do not have one)             $19

    Breathing Tube                                                              $1

    Fair Share Fee                                                              $200

     

    If the student takes care of their equipment/clothing, you won’t need to repurchase these items each year!!

     

    The Fair Share Fee takes care of paying for your students’ Summer Band Sectional Staff, Masterclasses throughout the year, Gatorade during marching season, water in the stands, Band Banquet, scholarships, pizza, drinks and snacks at certain times throughout the year.  The Boosters make this money S-T-R-E-T-C-H very far for your students!

     

    A separate payment will be made to the Band Program (not the boosters) for:

     

    Cleaning fee (includes 3 cleanings per year)                 $30

    Instrument Usage Fee (School-owned instruments only $25 per semester or $40 per year (saving you $10).

    This too can be paid online and we will send the link once it is set up.

     

    1. WEEKLY REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Once school starts, we will follow the rehearsal schedule below:

    Mondays                      3:15-5:15pm

    Tuesdays***                No rehearsal (Schedule ALL appointments and anything else on this day!)

    Wednesdays                 3:15-5:15pm

    Thursdays                    3:15-5:15pm

    Fridays             FOOTBALL GAMES!!  Sometimes games are on Thursdays or Saturdays (check the schedule!)

     

    ***NOTE:  On the week of September 3rd, we do not have school on Monday, (2 September, 2019) we WILL have rehearsal on Tuesday, 3 September 2019, from 3:15-5:15pm.***  This will be the only Tuesday for practice during the fall.

     

    ***FINAL NOTE:  Please keep in mind that although the district has given the week of 7 October-11 October off for the rest of the district, students who are in football, cheerleading, drill team and band must perform at the game.  With this in mind, we will have rehearsal on Wednesday, 9 October and Thursday, 10 October.  We are required to perform at the game on Friday, 11 October.

     

    1. YEARLY BAND CALENDAR: I have also attached the Yearly Calendar to help with planning for the entire school year.

     

    I know this is a lot of information.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at nicholas.luggerio@humbleisd.net.

     

    Thank you for allowing your student to become part of the best organization in Atascocita…The Atascocita Military Marching Band!  This is the beginning of an awesome experience!!

     

    I will be in touch over the next week to give detailed information on forms and payments!

     

    Have a great and safe summer!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    06-03-19

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    What a GREAT year for the Atascocita Military Marching Band!

    As we close the 2018-2019 school year, we wish our graduating Seniors Good Luck in all they do!

    Simultaneously, we get started for next year and we look toward the bright future for the 2019-2020 Band!

    Outgoing Seniors, please realize that this will be the last email you receive as we are “graduating” you out of the Charms system so we can move the current 8th Graders into 9th Grade.

    I have a few things:

    1. WEEKLY UPDATES: Over the summer, you will not receive weekly emails.  I will not bother you throughout the summer!  I will send out the link for online payments for supplies, etc. once we have that set up and then as we get closer to the start of Summer Band, I will send out some reminder emails.

     

    1. YEARLY CALENDAR: I have attached next year’s calendar to this email.  Please compare this schedule to your personal calendars for planning purposes.  Thanks!

     

    1. OCTOBER WEEK 10/7-10/11: As a reminder, the district chose to give most of the students a week off in October.  Unfortunately, the band, football team, cheerleaders and drill team are required to attend the game on Friday and we have UIL Marching Contest the very next week.  During that week, the band WILL rehearse on Wednesday, 10/9 and Thursday, 10/10 and will attend the game on Friday, 10/11.

     

    1. PHYSICALS: Remember, all students MUST have physicals on file before they can be allowed to participate.  Those MUST be turned in to the Band Hall.  During the summer, please do two things…scan and email the completed, signed physical form to my email…AND, please drop off the original at the front kiosk in an envelope with “Band Hall” and my name on the envelope.  Thanks!

     

    1. BAND HALL ACCESS: During the summer, between both Mr. Hicks’ and my off days, there will be limited access to the Band Hall after the second week of June.  It is always better to call or email before you make a trip up.  Also, please keep in mind that due to shortened weeks for the entire district (Mon-Thurs.) and vacation days, emails may not be responded to as quickly as during the school year.

     

    I think that’s all I have for now!

     

    I hope everyone has a GREAT summer!

     

    Have fun and stay safe!!

     

    Sincerely,