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    03-27-2020

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    We survived another week of social isolation and Alone-Togetherness!!

    Here is the plan for next week:

    Zoom worked well so we will continue using it as our platform for classes.

    Our schedule for next week (3/30-4/3) will be:

    Monday/Wednesday:

    8-8:20am         1st Wind Symphony:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/938630783

    Meeting ID: 938 630 783

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    10-10:20am     3rd Concert Band:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/396824801

    Meeting ID: 396 824 801

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    Meeting ID: 396 824 801

    12-12:20pm    5th Symphonic Band:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/630097226

    Meeting ID: 630 097 226

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    Meeting ID: 630 097 226

    2-2:20pm        7th Applied Band:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/846457890

    Meeting ID: 846 457 890

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    Tuesday/Thursday:

    10-10:20am     2nd Wind Ensemble:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/796439627

    Meeting ID: 796 439 627

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    Meeting ID: 796 439 627

    12-12:20pm    4th Jazz Band:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/910698980

    Meeting ID: 910 698 980

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    2-2:20pm        6th Percussion:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/395647874

    Meeting ID: 395 647 874

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    Meeting ID: 395 647 874

     

    The campus wants to use Monday/Tuesday classes for us to give assignments and explain what we are doing.  We would like the students to be able to attend those classes.

    We will use Wednesday/Thursday class times to answer any questions or address any concerns.  These will be like office hours and they can ask questions if they have them.  The students are certainly also welcome to email any question.

     

    Learning Opportunity Assignment Number 2

    Assigned Monday, 30 March 2020

    DUE Friday, 3 April 2020, no later than 12pm (noon).

    Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Classes (Periods 1, 2, 3, 5, 6):

    1. Listen to the second recording from Pre-UIL that has been uploaded on the website (feel free to listen to the other recordings if you want to hear what the other classes did):
      1. Concert Band: Tanchozuru
      2. Symphonic Band: Russian Folk Fantasy
      3. Wind Symphony: Chant & Jubilo
      4. Wind Ensemble: Light Cavalry Overture
    2. Using your printed music of the piece above (if you do not have your music with you, please contact someone in your section for them to send you a picture of the part (or a part that is close to yours)):
      1. Determine what went well
      2. Determine what areas you and the band need to improve
      3. Be specific with measure numbers if you have your music (if you do not have your music, do the best you can without it)
    3. With the information you have determined from number 2 above, write these observations in a paragraph.
      1. TYPE this paragraph.
      2. Use complete sentences, correct grammar and punctuation.
      3. Proofread your paragraph.
        1. Read it out loud to someone.
        2. Check your grammar and spelling.
      4. Email this paragraph to me or Mr. Hicks, depending on who conducts your band class. ***  Please put your NAME and PERIOD in the SUBJECT of the email.  ***
        1. anthony.hicks@humbleisd.net
        2. nicholas.luggerio@humbleisd.net
      5. After you have determined the areas you need to fix, practice those parts on your horn and fix them!

    ASSIGNMENT RECAP:

    1. Listen to your recording.
    2. Determine where things need to be improved.
    3. Type a descriptive paragraph detailing what you’ve heard.
    4. Send that paragraph to your conductor.
    5. Practice the areas you need to fix on your horn.
    6. EMAILED no later than FRIDAY, 3 APRIL by noon

    EXTRA CREDIT:

    Answer the following questions:

    1. Who wrote the soundtrack to the 2004 film “The Incredibles”? First and last name (It will be listed as “Music by…”)
    2. List three movies that the composer also wrote the music for.
    3. Add two interesting facts about this composer that you did not know.

    Use the following format for the extra credit:

    1. COMPOSER NAME
    2. THREE MOVIES
    3. TWO INTERESTING FACTS

     

    Jazz Band Class (Period 4):

    1. Find one jazz composer born between 1920-1950.
    2. Give me the titles of 5 of his/her most notable/popular songs.
    3. Write one paragraph detailing what you’ve learned about this composer and why he/she was interesting to you.
      1. TYPE this paragraph.
      2. Use complete sentences, correct grammar and punctuation.
      3. Proofread your paragraph.
        1. Read it out loud to someone.
        2. Check your grammar and spelling.
      4. Email this paragraph to me. ***  Please put your NAME and PERIOD in the “Subject” of the email.  ***
        1. nicholas.luggerio@humbleisd.net

     

    Applied Band Class (Periods 4 & 7):

    Since Applied Band is an individual practice class, you will spend a minimum of 1 hour practicing this week.

    You can simply send me an email noting the date(s) and time(s) you practiced.  This will be your “Practice Record”.  ***  Please put your NAME and PERIOD in the “Subject” of the email.  ***

     

     

     

    03-23-2020

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    I hope everyone had a great weekend and practiced social distancing!!

    We are going to move to the “Zoom” platform for our classes this week.  When you click on the link below, your computer, tablet or phone will need you to download the “Zoom” app.  You might want to do that about 15 minutes before your scheduled class time.

    I am including all the information that I know below.  Here we go!!

    Wednesday, 25 March

    8-8:20am         1st Wind Symphony:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/938630783

    Meeting ID: 938 630 783

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    Meeting ID: 938 630 783

    10-10:20am     3rd Concert Band:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/396824801

    Meeting ID: 396 824 801

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    Meeting ID: 396 824 801

    12-12:20pm    5th Symphonic Band:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/630097226

    Meeting ID: 630 097 226

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    Meeting ID: 630 097 226

    2-2:20pm        7th Applied Band:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/846457890

    Meeting ID: 846 457 890

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    Meeting ID: 846 457 890

    Thursday, 26 March

    10-10:20am     2nd Wind Ensemble:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/796439627

    Meeting ID: 796 439 627

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    Meeting ID: 796 439 627

    12-12:20pm    4th Jazz Band:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/910698980

    Meeting ID: 910 698 980

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    Meeting ID: 910 698 980

    2-2:20pm        6th Percussion:  https://humbleisd.zoom.us/j/395647874

    Meeting ID: 395 647 874

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    We will try this for this week and see how it goes!

    There is NO NEW ASSIGMENT for this week.  Please refer to the previous assignment from 16 March, on the webpage for details.  Please get those turned in before your class time above.  Thanks!

    That’s all I have for right now!

    Sincerely,

     

     

     

     

    03-20-2020

    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!

    What a week in our new “normal”!  The district is still working out some details, but otherwise we seem to have done well this week.

    Our schedule for next week will be the same as this past week.

    We will only meet on Wednesday and Thursday for next week.

     

    Wednesday 3/25

    1st Period:  8-8:20am

    3rd Period:  10-10:20am

    5th Period:  12-12:20pm

    7th Period:  2-2:20pm

     

    Thursday 3/26

    2nd Period:  10-10:20am

    4th Period:  12-12:20pm

    6th Period:  2-2:20pm

     

    There are NO NEW ASSIGNMENTS for next week (3/23-3/27).  Please refer to the previous assignment and get those turned in before next Friday (3/27).

    ***  We will be using Zoom  for our class meetings going forward and I will determine how that will work for everyone during the day on Monday, so please keep checking email and the band website for more information.

    ***  The band website will be THE place for all of our information.  If for some reason you do not receive an email, please check the band website BEFORE you email me because I will refer you to the website.

    Band, we will make it through this challenge.  We can and will overcome!

    Section Leaders, please use your group texts and refer everyone in your section to the website for this information.

    Keep in mind, the less you interact with people face-to-face, the less chance that you will contract the virus.  Wash your hands ALWAYS.  Don’t drink from other people’s cups.

    That’s all I have for this week.

    Everyone have a good weekend and continue social distancing!

    Sincerely,

     

     

     

    03-18-2020

    Good Afternoon All!

     
    As we progress through our new online formats, I may have inadvertently changed the codes for tomorrow.
     
    2nd Period 10am-10:20am:  https://meet.google.com/kjz-juys-fcu
     
    4th Period 12-12:20pm:  https://meet.google.com/vee-bric-hhe
     
    6th Period 2-2:20pm:  https://meet.google.com/aff-vczh-ikx
     
    Please pass this word on to everyone you can!
     
    Sorry for any inconvenience!
     
     

     

     

     

    03-17-2020

    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!

    We are going to start doing some “Online Learning Opportunities”!

    We are going to follow this schedule for tomorrow and Thursday:

    Wednesday

    8:00 to 8:20:    1st period-Wind Symphony:                https://meet.google.com/aob-ryas-wtf

     

    10:00 to 10:20: 3rd period-Concert Band:                    https://meet.google.com/tvh-hwoo-cni

     

    12:00 to 12:20: 5th period-Symphonic Band:               https://meet.google.com/wof-yicm-joo

     

    2:00 to 2:20:    7th period-Applied Band:                    https://meet.google.com/uxu-njxt-fvf

     

     

    Thursday

    10:00 to 10:20: 2nd period-Wind Ensemble:                https://meet.google.com/uxu-njxt-fvf

     

    12:00 to 12:20: 4th period-Jazz Band:                          https://meet.google.com/vee-bric-hhe

     

    2:00 to 2:20:    6th period-Percussion (Percussion please meet with your “Band” above.  We will be talking about the full band music and Pre-UIL.):                  https://meet.google.com/aff-vczh-ikx

     

    Please click (or cut and paste) the above link when it is your time to meet.

    We are not sure if this is going to work, but we will try to see everyone!

    Also, because there are so many of us in each class, let’s start out with our microphones on “MUTE” and then we’ll unmute them as we go.

    Section Leaders, please forward this email to your sections so we have a better chance of reaching everyone!  Thanks!

    I look forward to seeing each of you in the next two days!

    Have a great day!

     

     

     

    03-16-2020

    Distance Learning Assignment Number 1

    DUE no later than Friday, 20 March 2020 no later than 3:00pm

    Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Classes:

    1. Listen to the one recording from Pre-UIL that has been uploaded on the website (feel free to listen to the other recordings if you want to hear what the other classes did):
      1. Concert Band: Armenian Rhapsody
      2. Symphonic Band: Kaalin’s Flight
      3. Wind Symphony: Singapura Suite
      4. Wind Ensemble: Ride
    2. Using your printed music of the piece above (if you do not have your music with you, please contact someone in your section for them to send you a picture of the part (or a part that is close to yours)):
      1. Determine what went well
      2. Determine what areas you and the band need to improve
      3. Be specific with measure numbers if you have your music (if you do not have your music, do the best you can without it)
    3. With the information you have determined from number 2 above, write these observations in a paragraph.
      1. TYPE this paragraph.
      2. Use complete sentences, correct grammar and punctuation.
      3. Proofread your paragraph.
        1. Read it out loud to someone.
        2. Check your grammar and spelling.
      4. Email this paragraph to me or Mr. Hicks, depending on who conducts your band class. Tell us your first and last name…do NOT just send an email without your full name on the email.
        1. anthony.hicks@humbleisd.net
        2. nicholas.luggerio@humbleisd.net
      5. After you have determined the areas you need to fix, practice those parts on your horn and fix them!

    ASSIGNMENT RECAP:

    1. Listen to your recording.
    2. Determine where things need to be improved.
    3. Type a descriptive paragraph detailing what you’ve heard.
    4. Send that paragraph to your conductor.
    5. Practice the areas you need to fix on your horn.
    6. EMAILED no later than FRIDAY, 20 MARCH by 3:00pm

    EXTRA CREDIT:

    Answer the following questions:

    1. Who wrote the soundtrack to the 1963 film “Gidget Goes to Rome”? First and last name (It will be listed as “Music by…”)
    2. List three movies from 1980 or EARLIER that the composer also wrote the music for.
    3. Add two interesting facts about this composer that you did not know.

    Use the following format for the extra credit:

    1. COMPOSER NAME
    2. THREE MOVIES
    3. TWO INTERESTING FACTS

    Jazz Band Class:

    1. Find one piece of jazz music online.
    2. Give me the title, composer and arranger.
    3. Write one paragraph detailing what makes you like that piece and whether it would be appropriate for our Jazz Band to perform.
      1. TYPE this paragraph.
      2. Use complete sentences, correct grammar and punctuation.
      3. Proofread your paragraph.
        1. Read it out loud to someone.
        2. Check your grammar and spelling.
      4. Email this paragraph to me. Tell me your first and last name…do NOT just send an email without your full name on the email.
        1. nicholas.luggerio@humbleisd.net

     

     

    03-06-2020

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    I hope everyone is doing well!

    We had a great Pre-UIL performance on Tuesday!  The judges had some great comments and compliments for all the groups.

    We still have much to work on and clean and refine, but we have the time to get it all done.

    The only thing I have for right now is our after-school rehearsal schedule when we return from Spring Break.  As you’ve seen in the Spring Calendar that was passed out and emailed in December, our rehearsals are as follows:

    From this point UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest is only 5 weeks away. Starting with this week (March 16th) through April 17th the after school rehearsal schedule will be as follows:

    Mondays          3:00-4:15         Full Wind Symph//Wind Ensemble Fl/Ob/Cl/Alto/Trpts/Hns

    Tuesdays         3:00-4:15         Full Concert Band//Wind Symph BCl/Bssn/Tnr/Bari/Bone/Tone/Tba/Perc

    Wednesdays    3:00-4:15         Full Wind Ensemble//Wind Symph Fl/Ob/Cl/AltoSx/Trpts/Hns

    Thursdays        3:00-4:15         Full Symph Band/Wind Ensemble BCl/Bssn/Tnr/Bari/Bone/Tne/Tba/Perc

    Please note that Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony students have 2 rehearsals per week and Symphonic and Concert Band students have 1 rehearsal per week.

    These are vital to the success of the bands for the upcoming contest.  We will lose some class time due to hosting Middle School Contest, Good Friday and testing, so it is VERY important that every student is at EVERY rehearsal…both class AND after school.

    Please check your calendars now for any appointments that you can reschedule to ensure your students are in attendance for these rehearsals.  Thanks!

    That’s all I have for now!

    I hope everyone has a great Spring Break!

    Stay safe!

    Sincerely,

     

    Crossbelt Video

     

     

    02-27-20

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    Congratulations to all the students for a great job this past week!  The Atascocita Military marching Band brought home a total of 274 First Division Medals!!!  GREAT JOB!!!

    Next week, we have Pre-UIL on Tuesday evening.  Before the High School Band performs, we are hosting three middle schools (with 8 different bands) and a few of our students will help with that concert.

    Please remember, this is a required, mandatory performance that will help us prepare for UIL in April.

    Here is the schedule for next Tuesday, 3 March:

    Concert Band

    5:50     Warm Up

    6:20     Perform

    6:40     End performance/get out of uniform/go home

     

    Symphonic Band

    6:10     Warm Up

    6:40     Perform

    7:00     End performance/get out of uniform/go home

     

    Wind Ensemble

    6:30     Warm Up

    7:00     Perform

    7:30     End performance/get out of uniform/go home

     

    Wind Symphony

    7:00     Warm Up

    7:30     Perform

    7:50     End performance/get out of uniform/go home

     

    Please note, the students will be in full uniform.  This includes their AMB shorts, ALL white socks, Blue Band T-shirt, CLEAN band shoes, uniform pants, uniform jacket and Crossbelts with buckles and breastplate.

    They should have already put their Crossbelts back together BEFORE they arrive at the band hall.

    Here is a helpful video of how to put the buckles back on the Crossbelts: Crossbelt Video

    I think that’s all I have for now.

    I hope everyone has a great Spring Break!  Stay safe!

    Sincerely,

    02-19-20

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    I hope everyone had a wonderful February week off and now we only have 13 class days until another week off.

    Here are a few things for these three weeks before Spring Break:

    1. SOLO & ENSEMBLE: We have Region 33 UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest this Friday, 21 February!  The students have had their music for almost 3 months and hopefully, have been preparing diligently.  This contest will begin at 3:30 and we will bus the students to Humble High School or they can drive themselves.  We will dismiss them after 5th period so we can get there before HHS releases for the day.

     

    YOU MUST PICK UP THE STUDENTS AT HUMBLE HS.  There will NOT be a ride back to Atascocita High School.

     

    The students will have their performance times today and Thursday.  At this point, we believe everyone will be done no later than 7pm.  Your student will be able to coordinate with you regarding their ride once they see their schedule.  Please get your students after the contest.  Thank you!

     

    There are three areas that I want to make sure everyone understands:

     

    1. DRESS CODE: This contest the student will enter a classroom and sit in front of the judge and perform.  The dress code for this performance is as follows:

     

    Black pants for everyone (males and females) and a white shirt/blouse.  Gentlemen should wear an appropriate tie that is business-like and professional.  Music themed ties are fine, but animated characters or “funny” ties are not acceptable for this event.  Black shoes for everyone.  Ladies should not wear high heels and should stick with flats or wedges due to the amount of walking and the distances that will have to be walked.  Black socks and/or appropriate hosiery should be worn.

    Hair may be down and “pretty” but not distracting.  Light jewelry that does not make noise or distract may be worn.  This means up to one ring on each hand (not finger), one earring in each earlobe (not cartilage) and one delicate necklace may be worn.  Bracelets will not be worn, but a simple quiet watch may be worn.

    1. WATCHING PERFORMANCES: This contest is a little different in that parents are allowed to watch a performance if the performer agrees to it.  However, please know that the audience will be VERY CLOSE to the performer and the judge and it can make the performer VERY nervous.  My suggestion parents, is to listen to the performance from outside the classroom door where your student is performing.

     

    1. ACCOMPANIST PAYMENTS: Please ensure you pay your accompanist.  If they are not paid by the time of performance, the accompanist can choose not to perform.  If the accompanist chooses to perform, you will be put on the fee and fine list.  Please pay your accompanist.  Thank you!

     

    1. NEXT WEEK’S REHEARSALS: As stated on the Spring Calendar that was handed out in December, we have the following rehearsals to INCLUDE percussion next week:

    Mon. 2/24             3:00-4:15         Concert Band Rehearsal (w/ Percussion)

    Tues. 2/25             3:00-4:15         Symphonic Band Rehearsal (w/ Percussion)

    Wed. 2/26             3:00-4:15         Wind Ensemble Rehearsal (w/Percussion)

    Thurs. 2/27           3:00-4:15         Wind Symphony Rehearsal (w/Percussion)

    This is the one and only time to work with percussion before the Pre-UIL Concert.  These are mandatory and major grades.  Please ensure everyone is there.  Thank you!

    1. PRE-UIL CONCERT: On Tuesday, 3 March, we will be having our Pre-UIL Concert.  We have hired judges to come in for their criticisms.  This will be a short concert for each student.  All students (even ineligibles) will participate.  They will come in, get in uniform, warm-up, perform and leave.  I will send out times next week.  Please make arrangements for your student to be there.  Thanks!!

    That’s all I have for right now.  Have a great week and keep your student studying and practicing!

    Sincerely,

     

    01-31-20

    Good Afternoon All!

    I just wanted to touch base before everyone has their week off!

    The big thing we have coming up quickly once we return is Solo & Ensemble Contest!  As a reminder it is Friday, 21 February.  It will be at HUMBLE High School and we will be bussing students there (or those who drive can drive themselves there) and the students will need a ride home from Humble High School.  We will NOT provide a ride back to AHS.

    We will have the schedule to the students on Monday, 17 February, so you will know approximately when your student will be finished and can get picked up.

    The district has paid the entry fees for this competition.  They are $10 per student per event.  If the student misses for ANY reason, they MUST reimburse the district for that cost.  If they are sick, working, family emergency, etc. they MUST reimburse the district.

    If the student chose to perform a solo (YEAH!!!) they must pay their accompanist.  If they are taking a Class I solo it is $30, Class II solo is $25, and Class III solo is $20.  This includes the practice time of the accompanist, travel time of the accompanist, two rehearsals with the student and the performance with the student.

    Finally, this is a graded event.  The student will receive a number of summative grades.  First, they will receive a grade based on participating which includes being there, dressing appropriately, being prepared and trying.  They will then get a grade for each event they participate in based on the following rubric:

     

     

    Difficulty of Solo or Ensemble

    Rating Earned

    Class I

    Class II

    Class III

    1st Division

    100

    95

    95

    2nd Division

    75

    75

    75

    3rd Division

    50

    50

    50

    4th Division

    25

    25

    25

    5th Division

    0

    0

    0

     

    I hope everyone has a great break!

    Please keep your students practicing!

    See you in February!

    Sincerely,

     

    01-13-20

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    Happy New Year!

    I hope everyone had a great break and has gotten back into the swing of things after last week!

    As we get back into the Spring Semester, please know that you will not receive “weekly” emails like you did in the fall.  There are less specifics that need to be communicated, so I will reduce the emails.

    With that in mind, here are a few things for the next couple of weeks:

    1. CONGRATS: Congratulations to our three Area auditioners!  Wilbur Guzman, Ryan Cooper and Adam Lindsey auditioned this past Saturday.  CONGRATULATIONS to Adam Lindsey for being selected as a member of the All-State Band!  This is the highest honor for a musician in the state!  He will travel to San Antonio in February to prepare and perform a concert with the other All-State students from throughout the state!

    Additionally, Adam is the only student to make the All-State Band from Humble ISD!  And Atascocita High School is the only high school in Humble ISD to have students in the All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra!!!  Congrats to Atascocita High School!

    1. We have begun Sectionals for Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony. Please check the spring calendar for when your student is required to attend these.  Sectionals for Concert and Symphonic Band begin the week of 24 February, so please make a note of those dates.

     

    1. Private Lesson start back up next week. It is not too late to sign up for these.  Here is the link:  https://forms.gle/o7nF6crbNLfutw3G6

     

    1. Each class has received their “Weekly Assignments” for the next six weeks. It details exactly what measures will be worked on during class, sectionals and play-offs.  They are required to prepare the music as listed before the week begins.  This preparation will be part of their daily, sectional and play-off grades. 

     

    1. Finally, Solo & Ensemble music was passed out the last two weeks of last semester. This contest is on Friday, 21 February.  It is a required contest.  Their individual performances are rated and graded.  Please encourage them to pare so they have a great showing!!  I will send out more details as we get closer to this performance.

    I hope everyone enjoys this beautiful (and atypical) weather!

    Have a great week!

    Please keep the students studying, practicing and healthy!!

    Sincerely,

     

    12-18-19

    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!

    I hope everyone enjoyed the concert last week!  I know that we had a good time performing for everyone!

    There’s not much except to let you know that the Spring Schedule is attached to this email.  Please check dates for conflicts.

    Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will have sectionals during the first 6 weeks of the semester.

    Concert and Symphonic Bands will begin sectionals after Spring Break.

    We will start sectionals on Tuesday, 7 January after school.

    That’s all I have for now!

    I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays!

    Enjoy the time off and get lots of sleep…and practice!!!  LOTS of practice!!!!

    See you in 2020!!

    Sincerely,

     

     

    12-09-10

    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!

    First I want to congratulate the football team for having a great season! 

    Next, I want to say congratulations to all 99 of the students who competed this past weekend at Region 33 All-Region Band Try-outs!  They represented our band, school and community very well!

    We had almost 30 people make the District Band!  We are awaiting final verification of this, so I don’t want to give you an incomplete list.

    Of those who made the District Band, 21 students made the Region Band!  They are:

    Alex Ojeda

    Jordan Neal

    Sydney Sweppenheiser

    Marcos Flores

    Nathan Nguyen

    Nick Rijkeboer

    Ryan Cooper

    Marissa Estrada

    Jalen Matthews

    Wilbur Guzman

    Andrea Garcia

    Sedrick Brignack

    Grant Meeks

    Dylan Chabera

    Danny Reyes

    Peyton Casilio

    Derek Chabera

    Adam Lindsey

    Aidan Taylor

    Francisco Salazar

    Diego Romero

    This is a school record for the number of students who tried out, made the District Band and made the Region Band!

    We have three people who made the Area cut:  Ryan Cooper, Wilbur Guzman and Adam Lindsey!

    These three will compete in January to earn a spot in the All-State Band!!  We wish them Good Luck!

    They will be preparing and performing a concert this Friday and Saturday at DeKaney High School!

     

    Here are a few things for the final two weeks of the semester:

    1. CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Please note our Christmas Concert is on Tuesday, 10 December.  All performances are major grades.  The concert will start at 6:30pm.  Here is the schedule for each band’s arrival time:

    CONCERT BAND:

    5:15     Arrive at Band Hall/Get in Uniform

    5:40     Seated on stage

    5:50     Warm Up on stage

    6:30     Concert Begins

    SYMPHONIC BAND:

    5:30     Arrive at Band Hall/Get in Uniform

    5:50     Seated in Choir Room

    5:55     Warm Up

    6:20     Proceed to Auditorium

    6:30     Concert Begins

    WIND SYMPHONY:

    5:40     Arrive at Band Hall/Get in Uniform

    5:55     Seated in Orchestra Room

    6:00     Warm Up

    6:23     Proceed to Auditorium

    6:30     Concert Begins

    WIND ENSEMBLE:

    5:50     Arrive at Band Hall/Get in Uniform

    6:05     Seated in Band Hall

    6:05     Warm Up

    6:25     Proceed to Auditorium

    6:30     Concert Begins

    ***NOTE:  Since this performance is an extension of the classroom curriculum, ALL students, even those who are ineligible, WILL perform.  Please understand that ALL students will perform.  ***

     

    1. Uniforms will remain at the school this week so they can be cleaned.

     

    I think that’s all I have for now!

     

    We’ll see you tomorrow night for the concert!

    Sincerely,

     

    12-02-19

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    Congratulations to the football team for their third play-off win!

    We have information for play-off game number 4.

    1. PLAY-OFF GAME #4: We will be playing on next Saturday, 30 November, at Sheldon ISD Stadium.  We are playing North Shore  It will be a 2pm kick-off.  The schedule is below:

     

    IF YOUR STUDENT IS AUDITIONING (OR HAS MADE IT PAST ROUND 1 FROM FRIDAY) ON SATURDAY, THEY WILL NOT ATTEND THE GAME.

    ***Eat a hearty breakfast before you arrive!!***

    10:15  Band Hall Opens

    10:40  Senior Uniform Inspection W/ FF

    10:50  Full Band Uniform Inspection W/ FF

    11:10  Run Through Drill

    11:35  Load Equipment

    12:00  Meet

    12:10  Load Buses

    12:20  Depart AHS

    12:50  Arrive at Sheldon Stadium

    12:55  Unload/Set Block

    1:20  March In

    2:00  Kick-Off

    5:00  Approximate End of Game

    5:15  Load equipment and buses

    5:40  Depart Sheldon Stadium

    6:10  Arrive at AHS

    6:25  Go Home!!!

     

    1. This Tuesday is the Atascocita Military Marching Band’s Spirit Night at the Chik-Fil-A on West Lake Houston Parkway. I have attached the flyer!  When you have dinner and mention the Band, 20% of the sales will be donated to the AMB!

     

    1. We WILL have rehearsal this Thursday from 3:15-4:15.

     

    1. ALL REGION TRYOUTS: We have 99 students from the Atascocita Military Marching Band trying out for the Region 33 All-Region Auditions!  This is an exciting event where the very best band performers in our region compete for spots in the All-Region Band and to advance to Area and State level recognitions.  As the Yearly Calendar notes, this audition takes place on Friday and Saturday, 6-7 December.

    The schedule will be:

    Flutes, Clarinets, Trumpets, Trombones and Percussion will participate in Round 1 on Friday, after school.  The schedule for them will be:

                2:50     Classes end

                3:45     Depart AHS for Dekaney High School

                5:30     Auditions begin

                10:30   Approximate return from Auditions (this could be earlier and it could be later…it all depends on the number of students auditioning).

    FOR ALL STUDENTS FROM FRIDAY WHO MAKE THE CUT: you can ride with us on Saturday and spend all afternoon with the band in the cafeteria OR you can have your parents drop you off at Dekaney at 5pm to warm up and get prepared for Round 2.

    The Saturday Schedule will be for all students from Friday who made the cut after round one PLUS ALL Oboes, Bassoons, Bass Clarinets, Alto Saxes, French Horns, Tenor Saxes, Bari Saxes, Baritones, and Tubas.  The schedule will be:

                11:00am          Meet at Band Hall

                11:30               Depart for Dekaney High School

                1:00                 Round 1 Auditions begin

                5:00                 Round 1 Auditions completed

    FOR ALL STUDENTS WHO HAVE MADE THE CUT, THEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN ROUND TWO:

                5:00pm            Round 2 Auditions begin

                10pm               Approximate end of auditions

                11pm               Approximate return to AHS (this may be earlier and it may be later, please be available)

    Now here’s where we can try to help you, parents and students.  In an effort to give some flexibility there are three situations/options for you to choose from FOR SATURDAY ONLY, with corresponding actions that you must take:

    OPTION A STUDENT DRIVES and you are OK with them driving down 1960 to Dekaney High School:  They must fill out, have signed and TURN IN BY FRIDAY an Independent Travel Form and make sure they are at Dekaney in time for their warm up and audition according to the above schedule.

    Form is here: https://www.humbleisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/3037/Independent%20Travel%20Form.pdf

    OPTION B Parent is OK bringing them to auditions AND taking them home.  They must also fill out, have signed and TURN IN BY FRIDAY an Independent Travel Form.  They must be at Dekaney High School by the times listed above.

    Form is here:  https://www.humbleisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/3037/Independent%20Travel%20Form.pdf

    OPTION C The parent wants to pick up their student at the end of their audition, ONLY if they DO NOT make the cut and have a Second Round audition on Saturday.  You will have to come into Dekaney, find the Atascocita Band Chaperones in the Cafeteria and sign out your student WITH YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE.

    During this entire audition, both myself and Mr. Hicks will be participating as judges, so we will be unavailable.

    Please discuss with your student what they want to do and then please fill out or make appropriate arrangements as necessary BEFORE Friday.  Thanks!

     

    1. CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Please note our Christmas Concert is on Tuesday, 10 December.  All performances are major grades.  The concert will start at 6:30pm.  Here is the schedule for each band’s arrival time:

    CONCERT BAND:

    5:15     Arrive at Band Hall/Get in Uniform

    5:40     Seated on stage

    5:50     Warm Up on stage

    6:30     Concert Begins

    SYMPHONIC BAND:

    5:30     Arrive at Band Hall/Get in Uniform

    5:50     Seated in Choir Room

    5:55     Warm Up

    6:20     Proceed to Auditorium

    6:30     Concert Begins

    WIND SYMPHONY:

    5:40     Arrive at Band Hall/Get in Uniform

    5:55     Seated in Orchestra Room

    6:00     Warm Up

    6:23     Proceed to Auditorium

    6:30     Concert Begins

    WIND ENSEMBLE:

    5:50     Arrive at Band Hall/Get in Uniform

    6:05     Seated in Band Hall

    6:05     Warm Up

    6:25     Proceed to Auditorium

    6:30     Concert Begins

    ***NOTE:  Since this performance is an extension of the classroom curriculum, ALL students, even those who are ineligible, WILL perform.  Please understand that ALL students will perform.  ***

    I think that’s all I have for now!

    Good luck to the all the Eagles (Band and Football) this weekend!

    Sincerely,

     

    11-23-19

    Good Evening Band Students and Parents!

    Congratulations to the football team for the second play-off win!

    We have information for play-off game number 3.

    1. PLAY-OFF GAME #3: We will be playing on next Saturday, 30 November, at NRG Stadium.  We are playing Katy-Tompkins  It will be a 2pm kick-off.  The schedule is below:

    ***Eat a hearty breakfast before you arrive!!***

    9:45  Band Hall Opens

    10:10  Senior Uniform Inspection W/ FF

    10:20  Full Band Uniform Inspection W/ FF

    10:40  Run Through Drill

    11:05  Load Equipment

    11:30  Meet

    11:40  Load Buses

    11:50  Depart AHS (You may bring snacks!)

    12:50  Arrive at NRG Stadium

    12:55  Unload/Set Block

    1:20  March In

    2:00  Kick-Off

    5:00  Approximate End of Game

    5:15  Load equipment and buses

    5:40  Depart NRG Stadium

    6:30  Arrive at AHS

    6:35  Go Home!!!

     

    1. We will NOT have rehearsal over Thanksgiving week! We WILL have our normal run-through on Saturday according to the schedule above.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

    See you on Saturday for game number 3!

    Sincerely,

     

    11-15-19

    Good Evening Band Students and Parents!

    Congratulations to the football team for the first play-off win!

    We have information for play-off game number 2.

    1. PLAY-OFF GAME #2: We will be playing on next Saturday, 23 November, at NRG Stadium.  It will be a 2pm kick-off.  The schedule is below:

    ***Eat a hearty breakfast before you arrive!!***

    9:45  Band Hall Opens

    10:10  Senior Uniform Inspection W/ FF

    10:20  Full Band Uniform Inspection W/ FF

    10:40  Run Through Drill

    11:05  Load Equipment

    11:30  Meet

    11:40  Load Buses

    11:50  Depart AHS (You may bring snacks!)

    12:50  Arrive at NRG Stadium

    12:55  Unload/Set Block

    1:20  March In

    2:00  Kick-Off

    5:00  Approximate End of Game

    5:15  Load equipment and buses

    5:40  Depart NRG Stadium

    6:30  Arrive at AHS

    6:35  Go Home!!!

     

    1. REHEARSAL NEXT WEEK: We will NOT have rehearsal next Thursday, 21 November, as was previously scheduled.  We will not have rehearsal on Friday, 22 November.  We WILL have our normal run-through on Saturday according to the schedule above.

    I hope everyone enjoys the weekend and has a great week next week!

    Sincerely,

     

     

    11-13-19

    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!!!

    Congratulations to the football team for going 9-1 so far this season!

    Congratulations to the band for their attendance and support of the team through good weather and bad (high heat indices, freezing cold, rain, wind!)!

    As we move into play-off season, if we win, we play the following weekend.

    At the same time as play-off season, we are transitioning into concert season.  The students should be practicing their All-Region music, they are beginning to have Christmas music passed out for the concert in December and they will soon have Solo, Small Ensemble and Medium Ensemble music passed out to work on.

    Finally, they have each checked out a technique book titled “Foundations to Musical Excellence”.  It is a great resource to continue to improve their playing.  We will work in those books each day, but there is so much information, they should spend some time in those books each day with their daily practicing.

    Here are a few things for the next couple of weeks:

    1. PEP RALLY: We will NOT have any further Pep Rallies for the remainder of the semester.

     

    1. PLAY-OFF GAME #1: Our first play-off game is against Deer Park.  It is this Friday, 15 November, at 7pm  It is at Turner Stadium.  The schedule for the game is:

    2:50           Classes Dismiss/Students eat

    3:50           Senior Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    4:00           Full Band Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    4:15           Run through Drill

    4:40           Load Gear

    5:00           Meet

    5:10           Load Buses

    5:20           Depart AHS

    5:40           Arrive at Turner/Unload Gear

    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. NEXT PLAY-OFF GAME: If we win this game, we will know the specific dates and times of the next one (play-off game #2) by Monday, 18 November, morning at the latest.  It is possible that we can play on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 21, 22 or 23 November.  Thanks!

     

    1. THANKSGIVING WEEK REHEARSALS: If we win the 2nd play-off game, we will NOT have any rehearsals on the week of Thanksgiving!!  We will have a little earlier report time for the game and we will be able to take care of anything during that time.  I want the kids to enjoy as much of the week as possible!

     

    I think that’s all I have for now.  I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and weekend!

    Sincerely,

     

     

    11-08-19

    Good Morning Band Parents and Students!!!

    I meant to send this yesterday!  Sorry!

    As we bring the regular season to a close, we continue preparations for the All-Region Process (December 6-7), we begin our concert season preparations (Christmas Concert on December 10th) and we also begin Solo & Ensemble and Concert and Sight Reading preparations (Spring).

    I have a few things for the next couple of weeks:

    1. PEP RALLY: We will have a pep rally on Friday, 8 November.  Please ensure you have blue jeans, red collared band shirts, tucked in, with a belt and sneakers.

     

    1. GAME: Our final regular season game is tonight against Humble High School.  We are the visitors.  The schedule for the game is:

    2:50           Classes Dismiss/Students eat

    3:30           Senior Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    3:40           Full Band Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    3:55           Run through Drill

    4:20           Load Gear

    4:45           Meet

    4:50           Load Buses

    5:00           Depart AHS

    5:20           Arrive at Turner

    5:35           Unload Gear/Buses

    5:55           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. PLAY-OFF GAME: We have some information at this time.  As I learn additional information, I will be sure to pass that on as soon as practical.  As long as we beat Humble tonight, the game will be at Turner Stadium, against Deer Park High School.  We will be the home team.  It will be on Friday, 15 November, and kick-off will be 7pm.  Our schedule will be similar to today’s schedule, above.

     

    1. As we win each play-off game, we will prepare to play the following weekend in another play-off game. These are required performances.  Please ensure that your student is available for these performances.  Thanks!

    I think that’s all I have for now.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

    Sincerely,

     

    10-29-19

    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!

    I hope the students were able to get a lot of studying done last week since we only had one day of after school practice!

    Last night 15 of our students participated in the All-Region Orchestra-Wind auditions.  In many of these sections they only take one student…it is very challenging.  Although we did not have anyone make the All-Region Orchestra, our students did GREAT!

    This was a great barometer of how well our students are preparing for All-Region Band auditions in which all of the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony students will compete on December 6th and 7th!  Your students have had their music since August and have been working on it in class and on their own.  We are looking forward to their audition in a little over a month!

     

    Here are a few things for this week:

    1. REHEARSALS: This week’s rehearsal is Thursday, 31 October.  Stated in last week’s email, we will only rehearse on Thursdays through the end of marching season from 3:15-5:15.

     

    1. GAME: This week’s game is on Saturday, 2 November.  It is a 2pm kick-off, so we will be done by dinner!  It is also Senior night/afternoon!  Below is the schedule for the game:

    10:25         Band Hall Opens

    10:45         Senior Uniform Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    10:55         Full Band Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    11:05         Run through

    11:25         Load equipment

    11:55         Meet

    12:00         Load buses

    12:10         Depart AHS

    12:30         Arrive/unload

    12:50         Set up Block

    1:10           March in

    1:35           Senior Announcements (directly after the football team is announced)

    2:00           Kick-off

    5:00           Approximate end of game

    5:15           Load buses/equipment

    5:30           Depart Turner Stadium

    5:50           Arrive at AHS/Unload equipment

    6:00           Go home!!!

     

    1. VOLUNTEER SIGN UPS: Please consider working the concessions stand or chaperone duties for this game so our Senior parents can be on the field with their student and enjoy the game.  Thanks!

    https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0f4baeaa23a0ff2-112

     

    1. PEP RALLY: We will have a Pep Rally on Friday, 8 November.  Blue Jeans, Red collared band shirt, tucked in, belt, sneakers.

     

    1. LAST REGULAR SEASON GAME: Our last regular season game is next Friday, 8 November.  We are playing Humble HS but we are the visitors.  The schedule will be as follows:

     

    2:50     Classes Dismiss/Students eat

    3:30     Senior Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    3:40     Full Band Inspection WITH Flip Folders

    3:55     Run through Drill

    4:20     Load Gear

    4:45     Meet

    4:50     Load Buses

    5:00     Depart AHS

    5:20     Arrive at Turner

    5:35     Unload Gear/Buses

    5:55     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. PLAY-OFF GAMES: We will know the exact date, time, location and team we are playing no later than Monday before the game.  The coaches will determine the time and location of many of the games.  As each game is announced, I will work to get our schedule sent to everyone as soon as possible.  Please keep in mind, that the band is required to perform at all football games.  We will have a game on the weekend before Thanksgiving and the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Remember that each performance is a major grade.  Thanks!

     

    I think that’s all I’ve got for this week!

    I hope everyone has a great week!

    Sincerely,

     

    10-19-19

    Good Afternoon Band Parents and Students!

    Congratulations on a GREAT performance!!  I am so proud of all the hard work and perseverance to accomplish something great!

    Congrats to the students and all the parents!

    Here are a few things for the next couple of weeks:

    1. MONDAY, 10/21: No Lessons.  No practice after school.  The Choir is hosting their All-Region Auditions and need the use of the entire Fine Arts Wing.

     

    1. REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: :  As we move into the remainder of regular season and into play-offs, here is how we will handle marching practices:

    We will only rehearse on Thursday before either Friday or Saturday games.  We will NOT rehearse on Fridays before Saturday games.

    So next week, we will only rehearse on Thursday, 24 October.  The game is on Friday, 25 October.

    We will keep this schedule for as long as we continue playing football this year.  Thanks!

     

    1. Our game next week, Friday 25 October, is a home game against Summer Creek. It is 8th grade Night!  We will be hosting our 8th graders from Atascocita, Timberwood and West Lake Middle Schools!  The schedule will be:

     

    2:50     Classes Dismissed/Students Eat

    3:15     Senior Uniform Inspection (WITH Flip Folders)

    3:25     Full Band Inspection (WITH Flip Folders)

    3:40     Run through Drill

    4:00     Load Gear

    4:25     Load Buses

    4:35     Depart AHS

    4:55     Arrive at Stadium/Unload gear

    5:20     Set Block with 8th Graders

    6:00     March In

    7:00     Kick-off

    10:00   Approximate end of game

    10:15   Load buses

    10:30   Depart Turner Stadium

    11:00   Arrive at AHS/Unload

    11:01   Go Home!!!

     

    1. ALL-REGION ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS: There are 16 students who have signed up for Orchestra Auditions.  These will take place on Monday, 28 October.  I will give the 16 specific information next week.  The audition is after school at Westfield High School.

     

    1. SENIOR RECOGNITION: Our final home game for the regular season will be Saturday, 2 November.  I will send out specific information regarding this game next week.  Because it is a Saturday game, kick-off is at 2pm.  For planning purposes, please know that senior recognitions will take place at about 1:30pm.

     

    I think that’s all I have for right now.  I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend and has a great week next week!

    Sincerely,

    10-10-19

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

    The band did a good job this past Saturday at the pre-UIL contest.  However, there were many individual mistakes that held us back.  We have just completed two very productive days of reinforcing and cleaning those portions of the drill that have been giving us some problems.

    Here are a few things for the next couple of weeks:

     

    1. FOOTBALL GAME: The district requires the band to perform at all football games including during the District Off-Week on Friday, 11 October.  We are playing at Pasadena’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.  Our schedule will be:

     

    2:10           Band Hall Opens

    2:15           Pizza for everyone!

    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 Veteran’s Memorial Stadium

    11:15         Arrive/Unload

    11:16         Go Home!!

     

    1. REMINDER: The next football game is FRIDAY (not Thursday) the 18th at Pasadena’s Memorial Stadium against Dobie.  Here is the schedule:

     

    2:50           Class dismissed

    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 Veteran’s Memorial Stadium

    11:15         Arrive/Unload

    11:16         Go Home!!

     

    1. REMINDER: UIL Marching Contest is next Saturday, 19 October.  Here is the schedule:

     

    9:15am Band Hall Opens

     

    9:50     Senior Inspection

     

    10:00   Full Band Inspection

     

    10:15   Run through Drill

     

    10:40   Load Gear

     

    11:10   Meet

     

    11:20   Load Buses

     

    11:30   Depart AHS

     

    12:15   Arrive/Unload/Set Up at Galena Park Stadium

     

    1:00     Warm Up

     

    1:10     Move to Field

     

    1:15     Performance

     

    1:30     Load Gear/Buses

     

    2:00     Depart GPISD Stadium

     

    2:45     Arrive at AHS/Unload

     

    3:00     Go Home!

     

    1. DRY CLEANING FEES/INSTRUMENT USAGE FEES: There are a number of students who will be on the fines list for not paying these two fees.  If you did not pay through RevTrac back in August, please do so immediately.  The link is:  https://humbleisd.revtrak.net/Atascocita-High-School-6/ahs-band/#/list

     

    1. PRIVATE LESSONS: The district has finally approved how all band, choir and orchestra will handle lessons!  Here is the link to sign up:  https://forms.gle/6L61Z5utnbKj2gTHA

     

    1. ELIGIBILITY: Friday, 18 October, is the end of the 9-Weeks grading period.  This grading period is an “Official Report Card”.  The students can lose eligibility if they are not passing everything.  Please check their grades now.

     

    1. SENIOR NIGHT: This year’s Senior Night will be Saturday, 2 November.  We will give more details as we get closer.

     

    10-01-19

     

    Good Afternoon Band Students and Parents!

     

    I hope everyone had a good weekend!  After discussing it with the students, they agree that last Friday’s performance was not our best.  There were lots of individual mistakes, but they also agreed that they are all correctable.  This week, we learn the last three turns of the drill and begin the process of cleaning, detailing and tightening up the performance.

    I have a few things for the next few weeks:

    1. HOMECOMING: WE WILL PERFORM BEFORE THE GAME.  This 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.  Red collared band shirt, tucked into blue jeans with a belt and sneakers.

     

    1. PERFORMANCE: We will perform BEFORE the game begins.  We will perform our drill at 6:35pm…BEFORE the game.

     

    1. MUMS: Yes, the students can have mums in the stands…HOWEVER, they must be BROUGHT to them in the stands…they will NOT be able to transport them on the bus.  Please make arrangements for your student’s mum to be delivered to the band section at the beginning of the First Quarter.

     

    1. Schedule for this 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 up in Spread Band

    6:15     Enter Stadium/Warm Up

    6:35     BAND PERFORMS PRE GAME

    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!!

     

    WE PERFORM BEFORE THE GAME.

     

    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:

     

    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 is noted in the Yearly Calendar, 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.  The district scheduled this Off-Week only two weeks before UIL Marching Contest.

     

    1. FOOTBALL GAME DURING DISTRICT OFF WEEK: The district requires the band to perform at all football games including during the District Off-Week on Friday, 11 October.  We are playing at Pasadena’s Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.  Our schedule will be:

     

    2:40           Band Hall Opens

    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 Veteran’s Memorial Stadium

    11:15         Arrive/Unload

    11:16         Go Home!!

     

    1. REMINDER: The next football game is FRIDAY (not Thursday) the 18th at Pasadena’s Memorial Stadium against Dobie.

     

    1. REMINDER: UIL Marching Contest is Saturday, 19 October.  We will have a schedule available next week.

     

    1. DRY CLEANING FEES/INSTRUMENT USAGE FEES: There are a number of students who will be on the fines list for not paying these two fees.  If you did not pay through RevTrac back in August, please do so immediately.  The link is:  https://humbleisd.revtrak.net/Atascocita-High-School-6/ahs-band/#/list

     

    1. PRIVATE LESSONS: The district has finally approved how all band, choir and orchestra will handle lessons!  Here is the link to sign up:  https://forms.gle/6L61Z5utnbKj2gTHA

     

    1. NEXT WEEK REHEARSALS: We WILL Rehearse on Wednesday and Thursday, 9 and 10 October, from 8am-10:30am.  These are required rehearsals due to the required football game and UIL being the following week.  Thanks!

     

    1. ELIGIBILITY: Friday, 18 October, is the end of the 9-Weeks grading period.  This grading period is an “Official Report Card”.  The students can lose eligibility if they are not passing everything.  Please check their grades now.

     

    I think that’s all I have for now!

    Have a great rest of the week!

    Sincerely,

    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,