We are through the first few days of school! By now we're starting to establish a routine with all of the bands but it may take a few more days before everyone is on the same page on where to be and when, especially our new 6th graders. By the end of next week everything should be worked out. I have a few items to share today:
Everyone: Next Thursday we will be kicking off our annual Fundraiser. We will once again be selling discount cards featuring offers from local businesses. The cards will cost $15 this year instead of $20. We feel there is still a tremendous value with what is offered despite the reduced price. We raise money each year to help provide for additional needs the band has outside of the school budget. We are given limited funds from the school to purchase new music and new equipment (i.e. instruments etc.). Our fundraiser often allows us to purchase equipment we otherwise would not be able to afford. For example, we replaced our timpani drums last year thanks to the money we've collected from past fundraisers. Without our fundraiser, that would not have been possible. That's just one example of how the fundraiser money goes to work for the band. We would appreciate everyone's best effort in selling the discount cards. More information will be available next week when we kick off the sale on 8/29.
6th Grade Band: If you do not yet have an instrument, please try and get one as soon as possible. If you are unable to obtain an instrument please contact your child's instructor and we will make arrangements if possible. We would like everyone to have an instrument by next week so everyone gets started in lessons together. We will be teaching the students to assemble their instruments today and possibly make some sounds. Please encourage your student to practice what we've done in lessons over the weekend. They should be excited!
8th Grade Band: Please be sure to return your Code of Conduct and Transportation forms as soon as possible. They are due 8/29 (Thursday). Don't forget about the upcoming 8th Grade Night with the marching band Two Weeks from TONIGHT 9/6. We hope that everyone is able to attend. It's a special night for both the 8th grade and HS bands. Many of our 8th graders tell us later on that the 8th grade night was one of the deciding factors in their decision to continue with band at the HS. We know they'll have a great time. Report time on 9/6 is 5:30pm in the HS Choir Room. Students may wear jeans and a Louisville shirt or sweatshirt (depending on weather). There will be a party for the band after the game until 12:00 midnight in the HS cafeteria. All 8th Grade students are invited and encouraged to attend. Students may either be picked up after the game around approx. 10:00pm, or after the party at midnight.
We're off and running and very excited about what this school year will bring. Please don't hesitate to contact any of the band directors if you have any questions about band related items.