1. Patrician Game
We will wear band polos and khakis for the first 2 games. We will still have a tailgate after the game with the football team and cheerleaders like we did last year. Mrs. Michele White is coordinating that. Remember that everyone must ride the bus to the game. If you are not riding home, you must be signed out by an adult before you leave. If you are riding with someone other than your parents, I need a note. Email me if you would like one of the extra seats ($20).
2. Fees & Forms
I must have all fees, forms, and auxiliary payments before you get on the bus to go to Patrician next Friday. I will accept a post-dated check. If you have a new insurance card, please bring me a copy.
Handbook form (print & bring to me)
Field trip form (print & bring to me)
Emergency form (fill out online and click submit)
Band fee - $50, +$35 add'l
Bus fee - $100
Auxiliary payments - various
3. Calendars & Magazines/Photo Books
Thank you, parents, for such a great turn out at our booster meeting last week! Remember the deadline to turn in calendar & magazine/photo book orders is Tues, Sept. 2. Extra calendar forms are posted under the Documents tab on the band website. Calendars are 100% profit (if we sell all our ads) and magazines are 40% profit.
You can place orders online for magazines/photo books by using the link on the Support page. This is very easy to do. When you click the link, "Pickens Academy Band" will show up in the top right corner. When you check out, there is a place to enter your child's name so that he/she gets credit for the sale. Our magazine sales have been very low the past year or two, so please spread the word about ordering online to everyone you know! You can order ANYTIME DURING THE YEAR and we still get credit. When you visit the website, you will see that you can also order other gift items, personalized items, Christmas wreaths & decorations, pro & college team items, and even a rib eye steak!
If you have specific questions, Suellen Gibson is the calendar guru & Sandy Long is the magazine guru.
4. Concession Stand Spots
Please send me an email if you are able to work one of these remaining concession stand duties. Remember each family is required to work twice or pay a fine of $100 per game.
Sept. 5th (TA) -
Sept. 19th (Southern - Homecoming) -
Oct. 10th (Bessemer) -
Oct. 17th (Russell Chr. - Sr. Night) -
5. Reminder Texts
If you have not signed up for the reminder texts, please do.
Parents - Text @201314band to (415)702-3522
Students - Text @201314ban (no "d") to (415)702-3522
6. Kick-Off Sunday
Carrollton Baptist Church this Sunday. 9:00 - Breakfast, 9:30 - Dave's Highway performs, 10:30 - Worship. Everyone is asked to wear your band polo.
Could we have asked for more perfect weather to start off this year's band camp? Marching fundamentals are looking good, we can mostly play all the way through our 3 halftime songs and several new stand tunes, and auxiliaries have learned most of their halftime routines! I'm liking the way things are looking and sounding at this point.
Parents, please remember to turn in your fees and forms. Submit the emergency form via the band website. Heaven forbid I would ever need emergency information during band camp (or any time). Print the field trip form and bring it to me (I fixed the link). Band fees are $50 and the bus is $100. Auxiliaries, remember your choreography fee is due to your choreographer this week.
Picture day is Friday. We will take our picture at 8:00, so arrive dressed or come early enough to get dressed in your uniform. We will not wear hats. Parents, please make sure your child knows if you ordered a page in the sports program or individual pictures.
The DCI "Big, Loud, & Live" event will be held Thursday evening at the Cobb Movie Theater in Tuscaloosa. This is the same event we attended last year with the full band. We will not be taking the bus or paying for your tickets this year, but if you would like to go, we will dismiss early Thursday in order for everyone to make it over there in time. This is not a "field trip", so no one is required to attend, but I promise you will enjoy it if you do. If you need a ride, ask and we'll help you find one. Tickets are $18 each and the broadcast starts at 5:30 and will end around 10:45. You can arrive/leave whenever you like. I will let you know in the next couple of days exactly what time we will dismiss camp on Thursday. (Parents, this is something you as a band parent would enjoy and appreciate as well! Ask your kids about what they saw last year.)
Our first Band Booster meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 14th after band practice. We only have 2-3 meetings per year, so please make plans to attend. We will talk about plans for the year, fundraisers, sign up to work the concession stand, etc.
Looking forward to a great year!