Weekly Band Update

21 Jan

Please read the entire message. A lot of information is in each weekly email.

Volunteers:

Calling all volunteers. It’s that time of year when the playoffs start. We have our girls soccer team who starts District play on Tuesday. We don’t know about the game until last minute potentially. Please help us out by signing up to work. Please sign-up today. Here are the immediate needs for the coming 2 weeks.

Tuesday, January 23 – Girls Soccer District Quarter final – Click here to sign up. 2 parent student teams needed.

Wednesday, January 24 – Girls Soccer District Semi-Final – Game depends on the result of 1/23 game – 2 parent/student teams needed. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, January 25 – Boys Soccer vs Lely – 2 Games – 2 parent/student teams needed. Click here to sign up.

Friday, January 26 – Girls Soccer District Final – Game depends on the results of the games, 1/23 & 1/24. Click here to sign up.

Solo and Ensemble

  • We will need help chaperoning for flag & dance. – 5 more chaperon’s needed (female only please)

Move equipment for flag and dance – 1 person needed who can tow a trailer

(Click here). Friday, Feb 2, 7AM – 2PM

  • Move equipment to and from Lehigh Senior high school and people to babysit said equipment. Please click here to sign-up. Saturday, February 3, 8AM – until? It depends on our final schedule for the percussionist. Please remember that we trailer this equipment to and from Lehigh high school for your students. This benefits many students. Please help out.
  • Jazz Band MPA – Monday, February 5 at Lehigh Senior high school. Click here to sign up. We are in need of 6 chaperon’s and 2 equipment guys.

What’s on tap for this week?

  • Tuesday, January 23 – Solo & Ensemble rehearsals with accompanist 7:25AM – 9:25 AM, Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:30PM, Symphonic Winds Rehearsal 5PM – 7PM, Flag (Teal) & Dance Rehearsal, 6PM – 8:15PM
  • Thursday, January 25 – Flag 6 – 9PM, (Silver) Flag & Dance Rehearsal, 6PM – 8:15PM
  • Saturday, January 27 – Drum line performance at the Naples Wine Festival, See Mr. Goff for call time, students must provide their own transportation. 1 equipment truck driver needed. Please contact me if you can help. Flag & Dance dress rehearsal, 8AM until they are done potentially 6PM.

San Antonio Trip:

Thank you to all who have addressed their delinquent account. If you still have questions about your account please email Mr. Carney directly j.a.carney@att.net. Chaperon’s please have all payments completed by February 1.

Solo & Ensemble:

This year each wind and percussion students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from this event. The only exception is for Flag & Dance who will be performing during the school day. We will provide busing for them on Friday, February 2. Please plan accordingly. Students will receive their performance time approximately 2 weeks prior to the event.

Fundraising:

SHOE DRIVE 

Keep sending in those shoes. Currently we have 22 complete bags counted. We need to keep the momentum and those shoes coming in. Our goal is 300 bags. If each student collects 25 pairs of shoes we exceed that goal. We will collect shoes until February 28thShoe Drive Flier

Please email me directly at gchsbandvolunteers@gmail.com if you can assist with counting and bagging or if you have any questions. I’m still looking for some student volunteers to help with this. I only have 2 to date.  

Parents I’ll need help bagging shoes on a weekly basis. This shouldn’t take more than an hour of time if we have approximately 4 people each week. 

Special Events:

Hard Drive Horns – February 10th at 4PM – see attached flier. Hard Drive Horns is Southwest Florida’s premier Rock and Roll “Horn Band” playing the great music of the 60’s through today. Hard Drive Horns has an incredible rhythm section featuring the top musicians in the area including a Hammond B3 Organ as well as four of the top “Horn Players” around playing sizzling horn licks like you hear on recordings from the last 50 years. This concert will be “on the lawn” outside the church, please bring your lawn chair or blanket so you can relax and enjoy the concert. There will be local food trucks at the concert as well for you to purchase food from while you enjoy the music.  HDH Concert Poster, NNC

Eagle Scout Fundraiser – This is Armand Procacci and I just wanted to spread the word about a fundraiser I am hosting for my Eagle Scout Project that is benefiting The First Tee Naples/Collier. The Fundraiser is explained in detail in the E-Letter attached  FUNdraiser E-Letter. Basically, I am hosting a concession stand during the shows of All Shook Up at Naples Performing Arts Center, where once again I play an Elvis-roustabout role. If you could spread the word to all of the band students that tickets for all Gulf Coast band students are only $10, I would greatly appreciate it. All they have to do is say they are a GCHS Band member when purchasing a ticket. Tickets are selling fast, so I wanted to let you know as soon as possible. 

Just to be clear, my fundraiser is not the sale of tickets but the proceeds of the concession stand and auction items. 100% of the profits will be going towards The First Tee. If anyone knows of any businesses willing to donate food or drink items for donation to the concession or auction items, it would be helpful very helpful. 

Thank you so much and I hope to see you there!

Armand Procacci

I hope you all have an awesome week.

Liz Carroll

President

GCHS Band Aid Club

Weekly Band Update 1/14/18

14 Jan

Hold onto your hats its time to get busy with concert season.

Please read the entire message. A lot of information is in each weekly email.

At the beginning of each school year we have a volunteer meeting to go over the rules and regulations of being a volunteer within CCPS. Each year we have anywhere from 100 – 150 people attend that meeting. Then the first football game rolls around and we have people super excited to help out even though its hotter than Hades and it is going to rain putting us in a delay. It’s not glamorous work, sometimes its tiring, sometimes its frustrating and sometimes we don’t get to do the jobs we want to do. As the season progresses the number of people willing to volunteer dwindles. Work, family & home obligations get in the way. We all however do find time to update social media and certainly don’t miss an episode of our favorite shows. At the end of the day you have to remember why we volunteer.

Your kids still need you and you need them! Just because marching season is over doesn’t mean the obligations as a band are over. We have a lot of events coming up that do require volunteers. Think of it simply as a school field trip. When your kids were in elementary school many of you wouldn’t miss any opportunity to spend this quality time with your child and their friends even if it meant rearranging your schedule or taking time off from work.

Lately our volunteer numbers have dwindled dramatically. We have about 30 parents who are wiling to come out and do whatever it takes to ensure things happen they way they are needed. THIS NOT JUST FOR THEIR STUDENT. ITS FOR ALL STUDENTS IN OUR AWESOME BAND. Several of these parents no longer have students in our bands but are still willing to give of their time to support YOUR STUDENTS.

We have 350 students in our band, we should not have to beg for as few as 5 parents on a regular basis to get events covered by volunteers. We have a potential pool of 700 parents/guardians/grandparents who I’m sure can find a couple hours in a month to help out at events. Yes you have to fill out a volunteer application with the school district in order to volunteer. REMEMBER THIS IS FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL STUDENTS!

Working non-varsity concession we do require a parent to work in 1 varsity football game concession. This is so you know where things are and how it operates when you work the other events. You have to remember that as a parent you are a volunteer, you don’t get paid for your time. When a student does work with you, they will get a credit for their time to help off set some of their expenses. If you can work an event but your student can’t just let us know and we will be happy to work with you.

Volunteer opportunities are always posted on the website. New opportunities are added often, please check it frequently and sign up as early as possible. That helps the chair people with planning. A little bit from everyone balances the work load, so every little bit helps.

If you are not volunteering due to rumors you may have heard from your student please contact the band director or myself to get reliable information. We have heard some crazy ones floating around.

Volunteers:

Calling all volunteers. We have a lot of events coming up where we will need help with concessions, chaperoning, equipment etc. Please sign-up today. Here are the immediate needs for the coming 2 weeks.

Tuesday, January 16 – Girls basketball vs Riverdale – 1 parent/student team needed. Click here to sign up.

Friday, January 19 – Girls basketball vs Lely – 1 parent/student team needed. Click here to sign up.

Friday, January 19 – Boys soccer vs Community School – 2 parent/student teams needed. Click here to sign up.

Monday, January 22 – Boys Soccer vs Lely – 1 parent/student team needed. Click here to sign up.

Solo and Ensemble is just around the corner.

  • We will need help chaperoning for flag & dance. – 7 more chaperon’s needed, move equipment for flag and dance – 1 person needed who can tow a trailer (Click here). Friday, Feb 2, 8AM – 2PM
  • Move equipment to and from Lehigh Senior high school and people to babysit said equipment. Please click here to sign-up. Saturday, February 3, 8AM – until? It depends on our final schedule for the percussionist.

Jazz Band MPA – Monday, February 5 at Lehigh Senior high school. Click here to sign up.

What’s on tap for this week?

  • Tuesday, January 16 – Solo & Ensemble rehearsals with accompanist 7:25AM – 9:25 AM, Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:30PM, Symphonic Winds Rehearsal 5PM – 7PM, Flag (Teal) & Dance Rehearsal, 6PM – 8:15PM
  • Thursday, January 18 – CCPS Honor Band Rehearsal Flag 6 – 9PM, (Silver) Flag & Dance Rehearsal, 6PM – 8:15PM
  • Friday, January 19 – CCPS Honor Band Rehearsal 9AM – 4PM
  • Saturday, January 20 – CCPS Honor Band Concert 3PM – 4:30PM, Jazz Band 1 Performance 6 – 9PM

San Antonio Trip:

At this point we have way to many delinquent accounts. Each person was emailed directly regarding delinquent accounts. If you still have questions about your account please email Mr. Carney directly j.a.carney@att.net. We need to wrap this up. Chaperon’s please have all payments completed by February 1.

Solo & Ensemble:

This year each wind and percussion students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from this event. The only exception is for Flag & Dance who will be performing during the school day. We will provide busing for them on Friday, February 2. Please plan accordingly. Students will receive their performance time approximately 2 weeks prior to the event.

Fundraising:

Fundraising is a very important part of our band. With out our fundraisers we could not do all of the things we do with our band. Fund raised money helps to cover expenses for sectional instructors including auxiliary, bus transportation, streamer cannons, most importantly instruments your students use on a daily basis and many other things. With out fundraising we would not have enough instruments for all students who require the use of school owned instruments etc.

Student Share fundraisers to date:

  • Banner Sales – for each stadium banner sold your student can earn $100, this fundraiser runs all year. Come April the chair person will reach out to business who purchased this year on your behalf to see about a renewal.
  • Coupon Books – After you sold 5 books students then earned $5 for every book sold beyond 5.
  • Sharkettes – Each student who signed up a Sharkette earned $25 to their student account
  • Non-varsity football concession – Students earn $25 credit per game worked. (all year event)

General Fund fundraisers to date:

  • Prism
  • Krispy Kreme donuts sales
  • Homecoming dance shoe check
  • Shoe Drive

SHOE DRIVE 

Keep sending in those shoes. I counted and bagged 10 bags of shoes this past week. That’s a great start. We need to keep the momentum and those shoes coming in. Our goal is 300 bags. If each student collects 25 pairs of shoes we exceed that goal. We will collect shoes until February 28th.

Please email me directly at gchsbandvolunteers@gmail.com if you can assist with counting and bagging or if you have any questions. I’m still looking for some student volunteers to help with this. I only have 2 to date.  

Parents I’ll need help bagging shoes on a weekly basis. This shouldn’t take more than an hour of time if we have approximately 4 people each week.  I’m still looking for more people.

Concert Season Attire:

For concert season all students are required to dress in concert attire.

  • Girls wear the long dress that was ordered for them during uniform fitting. Remember these need to be hemmed. Please be sure to get this taken care of. If your student has not yet picked up their concert dress please have them see Mr. McGuire or Mr. Goff.
  • Guys wear tuxes. Here are a few tips regarding this. Get the pants hemmed long because 90% of the kids will be sitting plus guys grow a lot during their high school years. Get the jacket sleeves longer than you would for normal wear if you have to raise your arms to hold an instrument and get your white shirt sleeves a little longer for the same reason. You can wear a black tie and cummerbund or black tie and black vest. MUST BE ALL BLACK. Students can wear their marching shoes with their tux since they are all black. The TUXXMAN at Gulf Coast town center sells a 100% washable tux (pants, shirt, jacket, tie cummerbund, cuff links) for $139.99.

I hope you all have an awesome week.

Liz Carroll

President

GCHS Band Aid Club

Weekly Band Update 1/7/18

7 Jan

HERE WE GO AGAIN!! YES WE ARE BEGGING FOR HELP! WE NEED HELP IN CONCESSION, WINTER FORMAL AND CHAPERONING UPCOMING EVENTS!!!!!!!

A special thank you to Jack Visgaitis, Don Dombrowski, Jeff Carney, Rey Muradaz for coming out today with me to get basketball restocked for the remainder of the basketball seasons.

Volunteers:

Calling all volunteers. We have a lot of events coming up where we will need help with concessions, chaperoning, equipment etc. Please sign-up today. Here are the immediate needs for the coming 2 weeks.

Monday, January 8 – Girls soccer vs. Mariner – 2 parent/student teams needed. Click here to sign up.

Wednesday, January 10 – Girls basketball vs Estero – 1 parent/student team needed. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, January 11 – Boys soccer vs Palmetto Ridge – 1 parent/student team needed. Click here to sign up.

Saturday, January 13 – Winter Formal shoe check – 6 parents needed to work this fundraising event. Click here to sign up.

Tuesday, January 16 – Girls basketball vs Riverdale – 1 parent/student team needed. Click here to sign up.

Friday, January 19 – Girls basketball vs Lely – 1 parent/student team needed. Click here to sign up.

Friday, January 19 – Boys soccer vs Community School – 2 parent/student teams needed. Click here to sign up.

Solo and Ensemble is rapidly approaching. We will need help chaperoning for flag & dance, move equipment for flag and dance (Click here), move equipment to and from Lehigh Senior high school on Saturday and people to babysit said equipment. Please click here to sign-up.

What’s on tap for this week?

  • All county honor band sectionals Monday, January 9 – 6PM – 8:30PM
  • Tuesday, January 9 – Flag (Teal) & Dance Rehearsal, 6PM – 8:15PM
  • Thursday, January 11 – Flag (Silver) & Dance Rehearsal, 6PM – 8:15PM
  • Saturday, January 13 – Winter Formal Shoe Check

San Antonio Trip:

At this point we have way to many delinquent accounts. Each person was emailed directly regarding delinquent accounts. Final date for delinquent account payments is 1/12/18. Chaperones please have all payments completed by February 1.

Solo & Ensemble:

This year each wind and percussion students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from this event. The only exception is for Flag & Dance who will be performing during the school day. We will provide busing for them on Friday, February 2. Please plan accordingly. Students will receive their performance time approximately 2 weeks prior to the event.

Fundraising:

Well it’s time to clean out those gently used and new shoes you will never wear, because the band will take them!  All fundraising done for the band directly benefits your students.  It allows us to buy new equipment, build massive props, have the best sectional instructors etc.

What kind of shoes?  Any kind of shoes!

Where to bring them?  Collection box is located outside of the band room and one inside of the band room

Why are we collecting them? This is a fundraiser for the band.  We have partnered with a company called Funds2Org who will pay us by the pound for the gently used and new shoes collected.

Goals set for collection?  We are setting a goal of 300 bags of shoes collected.  That equates to approximately $3000.  We of course want to exceed that goal.  We are the biggest and best high school band in Florida, this should be a piece of cake.  If each student in band can collect 25 pairs of shoes, that will exceed our goal.

How long are we collecting shoes?  Shoes will be collected starting Jan 3 through Feb 28th.

How can I help you ask?  I am looking for student and parent volunteers to help with this fundraiser.  I need a student lead for each class, your job would be to help with collection as well as promotion of the event to students in your class.  I need a couple of students who would be willing to stand by the collection box in the mornings before school and assist with collections. Remember leadership camps will be starting soon, this is a good way to get involved.  I need people who can assist with rubber banding shoes together, counting and placing into collection bags which will then be stored in one of our trailers during the drive.  

Please email me directly at gchsbandvolunteers@gmail.com if you can assist.  

Drum line volunteer:

Concert Band volunteer:

Symphonic Band volunteer:

Symphonic Winds volunteer:

Wind Ensemble volunteer:

Jazz Band A volunteer:

Jazz Band B volunteer:

Flag volunteer:

Dance volunteer:

Parents I’ll need help bagging shoes on a weekly basis. This shouldn’t take more than an hour of time if we have approximately 4 people each week.  It is something we can do in the evening especially since after school and evening rehearsals start up in Jan.

Attached is a flier that can be used Shoe Drive Flier.  A .jpg image has already been placed on the band Facebook page.  Please share with your friends and family.

I hope you all have an awesome week.

Liz Carroll

President

GCHS Band Aid Club

Welcome 2018!

2 Jan

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

It is hard to believe that 2018 is here. Time flies when you are having fun. I hope everyone enjoyed the winter break. Hold onto your hats, just because marching season is over doesn’t mean we aren’t busy. Quite the opposite really.

What’s on tap for this week? We are actually still quiet this week. We pick up speed next week.

  • Shoe drive fundraiser kicks off on January 3
  • The kids return to school on January 4.

Fundraising:

We all have shoes that we no longer wear!  Come on you know you have a secret stash hiding in your closets.  Well it’s time to clean out those gently used and new shoes you will never wear, because the band will take them!  All fundraising done for the band directly benefits your students.  It allows us to buy new equipment, build massive props, have the best sectional instructors 

Starting Jan 3 we are kicking off our shoe collection drive.

What kind of shoes?  Any kind of shoes!

Where to bring them?  Collection box is located outside of the band room and one inside of the band room

Why are we collecting them? This is a fundraiser for the band.  We have partnered with a company called Funds2Org who will pay us by the pound for the gently used and new shoes collected.

Goals set for collection?  We are setting a goal of 300 bags of shoes collected.  That equates to approximately $3000.  We of course want to exceed that goal.  We are the biggest and best high school band in Florida, this should be a piece of cake.  If each student in band can collect 25 pairs of shoes, that will exceed our goal.

How long are we collecting shoes?  Shoes will be collected starting Jan 3 through Feb 28th.

How can I help you ask?  I am looking for student and parent volunteers to help with this fundraiser.  I need a student lead for each class, your job would be to help with collection as well as promotion of the event to students in your class.  I need a couple of students who would be willing to stand by the collection box in the mornings before school and assist with collections.  I need people who can assist with rubber banding shoes together, counting and placing into collection bags which will then be stored in one of our trailers during the drive.  

Please email me directly at gchsbandvolunteers@gmail.com if you can assist.  

Drum line volunteer:

Concert Band volunteer:

Symphonic Band volunteer:

Symphonic Winds volunteer:

Wind Ensemble volunteer:

Jazz Band A volunteer:

Jazz Band B volunteer:

Flag volunteer:

Dance volunteer:

Parents I’ll need help bagging shoes on a weekly basis. This shouldn’t take more than an hour of time if we have approximately 4 people each week.  It is something we can do in the evening especially since after school and evening rehearsals start up in Jan.

Attached is a flier that can be used.  A .jpg image has already been placed on the band Facebook page.  Please share with your friends and family.  Shoe Drive Flier

Volunteers:

Calling all volunteers. We have a lot of events coming up where we will need help with concessions, chaperoning, equipment etc. Please sign-up today. Here are the immediate needs for the coming 2 weeks.

Monday, January 8 – Girls soccer vs. Mariner – 2 parent/student teams needed. Click here to sign up.

Wednesday, January 10 – Girls basketball vs Estero – 1 parent/student team needed. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, January 11 – Boys soccer vs Palmetto Ridge – 1 parent/student team needed. Click here to sign up.

Saturday, January 13 – Winter Formal shoe check – 6 parents needed to work this fundraising event. Click here to sign up.

Solo and Ensemble is rapidly approaching. We will need help chaperoning for flag & dance, move equipment for flag and dance (Click here), move equipment to and from Lehigh Senior high school both days and people to babysit said equipment. Please click here to sign-up.

San Antonio Trip:

At this point we have way to many delinquent accounts. Please submit your San Antonio payments immediately. Final payment was due November 1. Chaperones please have all payments completed by February 1. Individual emails will be going out to all delinquent accounts this week.

I hope you all have an awesome week.

Liz Carroll

President

GCHS Band Aid Club

Weekly Band Update 12/17/17

17 Dec

December has absolutely flown by. The kids have been working hard on preparing for MPA which will be here before we know it. As a band we have a lot going on this week. There is a big opportunity for us to really make up for some of the funds we lost due to Hurricane Irma and all of the rained out games in the beginning of the year. As it currently stands funds wise we are substantially behind where we usually are this time of year.

I would like to extend a big thank you to Rey Muradaz, Ashan Nabbie, Jack Visgaitis, MJ Kramer, Don Dombrowski and Jeff Carney who gave up several hours of their Saturday to shift and restock everything needed for this week tournament. Your help was so appreciated.

ALL AMERICAN FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Gulf Coast High School is hosting a high profile football tournament starting tomorrow. Thank you Tina Mellon and PJ Obrecht who chaperoned for the drum line today’s opening ceremonies and skills clinic.

We can expect up to 500 people for Monday & Tuesdays game. We are still in need of 1 more parent to work concession for Monday.

As of right now NO ONE has signed up to work concessions on Tuesday!

Wednesday we can expect up to 2000 people. This is a very special event. Our band is required to perform at this event. Students will be marching into the stands and will play for the entire game. We are still in need of 2 more people to work grills on Wednesday night. Student and chaperon call time is 6:15. All students in band periods 1 – 4 are required to attend.

This game is 9th Grade All American Special Olympics Football. What a great event for our students to participate in.

Thursday’s games are all of the championship games for 6th, 7th & 8th grade students. Our band will be performing for the 7PM. This is a required performance for the wind and percussion students. We are expecting upwards to 1500 people. As of right now NO ONE has signed up to work concession.

Student and chaperon call time is 6:15PM. All students in band periods 1 – 4 are required to attend.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS EVENT SUCCESSFUL.

We are in need of people to work concession and grills. Parents receive volunteer hours, students can earn a credit of $25 per game to their student accounts.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP AND HELP!

If you didn’t have a chance to work a varsity concession this is your last chance to get trained. Sign up for one of these nights in concession and we will train you and your student so you can begin earning the $25 credit per game. This is your last chance until next football season.

We also have some games in January that need people to work. Please take a look at the volunteering options and sign up today.

Fundraising:

Krispy Kreme – The donuts and coffee orders will be in on Tuesday, December 19th. Please be sure to have your student pick up the order prior to leaving school on Tuesday. We don’t want any donuts left in the band room for the night.

Funds2Org – As soon as the students return from winter break we will start collecting those gently used shoes. Please start to collect what you will be bringing in and drop them off at the band room starting January 4th.

We would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. Enjoy winter break spending quality time with family and friends. We look forward to new adventures in 2018.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you!

Liz Carroll

President

GCHS Band Aid Club