Week of October 21

21 Oct

Marching season is drawing to a close.   This Friday I would invite everyone out to support our Football team (and band) as they play for a District Title.  Kick-off is at 7:30pm at Lehigh Senior High School.  This Saturday is our annual Marching Performance Assessment at Fort Myers High School.  We perform at 8:30pm.  Student call time is 4:00pm at GCH.  Students will need to eat before we depart as they will only have time to eat after we perform. 

 Have you seen the band’s OFFICIAL Instagram, @gchssharkband ?  We are currently pushing to get to 500 followers and we are so close.  To enter to our contest for swag go to our page, follow, and tag the picture that says, “I want shark swag!” and let us know your favorite stand tune. 

 In preparation for solo and ensemble we have started collecting the necessary information via the forms below.  Students must complete this form before November 1, 2019 if theywish to perform in Solo and Ensemble.  Last year, Gulf Coast High School had the highest number of entries in the state at the district and state level and I am sure we will continue this trend. 

Solo Wind and Percussion Entries – https://bit.ly/2LMxDVn

Ensemble Wind and Percussion Entries – https://bit.ly/350bl9X

Solo Auxiliary (flag and dance) Entries – https://bit.ly/2VaJxLt

This week:

·         Tuesday, October 22, 2019

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – After-school marching practice

·         Thursday, October 24, 2019

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – After-school marching practice  (wear your band shirt)

·         Friday, October 25, 2019

o   5:00pm Call time – Away Football at Lehigh Senior High School

·         Saturday, October 26, 2019

o   4:00pm Call time – Marching Performance Assessment

 Upcoming Dates:

·         Saturday, November 2, 2019

o   Philadelphia / Washington D.C. Final Trip Meeting at 5:00pm in the auditorium.  At this meeting students will receive all of the necessary information for the trip including: final itinerary, group assignments, chaperone assignments, flight information with call times, etc.  It is very important that students and one parent plan on attending this meeting.

·         Tuesday, November 5, 2019

o   GCH Jazz concert at 7:00pm in the auditorium.  There is no admission for this event.

·         Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15, 2019

o   PRISM Concerts – Doors open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:00pm – Come out and enjoy this annual concert as we showcase all of the amazing talent we have here at GCH.

·         Tuesday, November 19, 2019

o   CCPS Honor Band Auditions at Palmetto Ridge HS.  Schedule should be released in the next few weeks for participating students.

Justin Goff
Director of Bands
Gulf Coast High School
7878 Shark Way | Naples, FL 34119
239.377.3591 | goffj@collierschools.com

Week of October 7, 2019

8 Oct

Another week down…  We are starting to get in the thick of it now.  In the next eight weeks we will finish marching season, host the National Concert Band committee, perform a jazz concert with Oakridge Middle School, put together our PRISM concert, audition for all-county, and travel to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving. 

 Have you seen the band’s OFFICIAL Instagram, @gchssharkband ?  We are currently pushing to get to 500 followers and we are giving away some GCH swag once we get there.  To enter go to our page, follow, and tag the picture that says, “I want shark swag!” and let us know your favorite stand tune. 

 In preparation for solo and ensemble we have started collecting the necessary information via the forms below.  Students must complete this form before November 1, 2019 if they wish to perform in Solo and Ensemble.  Last year, Gulf Coast High School had the highest number of entries in the state at the district and state level and I am sure we will continue this trend. 

Solo Wind and Percussion Entries – https://bit.ly/2LMxDVn

Ensemble Wind and Percussion Entries – https://bit.ly/350bl9X

Solo Auxiliary (flag and dance) Entries – https://bit.ly/2VaJxLt

This week:

·         Tuesday, October 8, 2019

o   6:00pm-7:00pm – After-school marching practice – Notice the time is different.

·         Wednesday, October 9, 2019

o   No school

·         Thursday, October 10, 2019

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – After-school marching practice  (wear your band shirt)

·         Saturday, October 12, 2019

o   4:00am Call time – Disney Trip

Upcoming Dates:

·         Tuesday, October 15, 2019

o   CCPS Band Show @ Palmetto Ridge HS – 4:30pm Call time at GCH, Show starts at 6:30pm with the National Anthem.

o   Tickets will be available at the gate only.  They are $7.  Gate opens at 5:00pm.  I would encourage you to arrive early because the line gets loooooooooong…

·         Wednesday, October 16, 2019

o   Wind Ensemble meeting at 7:00pm in the band room.  One parent and student need to be at this meeting.

·         Saturday, October 26, 2019

o   FBA Music Performance Assessment @ Fort Myers HS – Schedule will be released in the next week or so, but typically we perform in the evening.

·         Saturday, November 2, 2019

o   Philadelphia / Washington D.C. Final Trip Meeting at 5:00pm in the auditorium.  At this meeting students will receive all of the necessary information for the trip including: final itinerary, group assignments, chaperone assignments, flight information with call times, etc.  It is very important that students and one parent plan on attending this meeting.

·         Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15, 2019

o   PRISM Concerts – Doors open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:00pm – Come out and enjoy this annual concert as we showcase all of the amazing talent we have here at GCH.

Week of September 9, 2019

9 Sep

Senior Night is this week.  Attached is a letter from the Activities Director with instructions for senior students and parents.

Sharkettes is coming up quick.  This event is one of our easiest fundraisers of the year.  Plus it is awesome to see 150+ little kids dancing along with the band.  We are hoping for a record number of kids this year.  Attached is the form needed for students to participate.  As a reminder, students will receive $25 in their student account for each student they sponsor. 

This week:

·         Tuesday, September 10, 2019

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – After-school marching practice

·         Thursday, September 12, 2019

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – After-school marching practice (wear your band shirt)

·         Friday, September 13, 2019

o   Room Assignment Sheets due for Philadelphia / Washington D.C.

o   5:00pm Call time – Home Football Game vs. Belen-Jesuit HS (Band Senior Night)

Upcoming Dates:

·         Saturday, September 21, 2019

o   All-State Auditions at Golden Gate Middle School (schedule will be released soon)

·         Saturday, October 12, 2019

o   Disney trip

·         Tuesday, October 15, 2019

o   CCPS Band Show @ Palmetto Ridge HS – Tickets will be available at the gate only.  I would encourage you to arrive early because the line gets loooooooooong…

·         Saturday, October 26, 2019

o   FBA Music Performance Assessment @ Fort Myers HS – Schedule will be released in the next month, but typically we perform in the evening.

Week of September 2

3 Sep

Sharkettes is coming up quick.  This event is one of our easiest fundraisers of the year.  Plus it is awesome to see 150+ little kids dancing along with the band.  We are hoping for a record number of kids this year.  Attached is the form needed for students to participate.  As a reminder, students will receive $25 in their student account for each student they sponsor.  

Seniors should have received an email last week with a link for the senior night forms.  Please complete this form this week.  Thank you to the 15 who have already completed it (only 70 more to go). 

We are in need of many more volunteers this Friday for our home game.  While we know everyone is very busy, the band can only work with everyone giving a little.  Please go to http://www.gchsharkband.com/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/ to sign-up to help.  Don’t forget that all volunteers must be registered through our new volunteer system, RAPTOR.  You will need to go to https://www.collierschools.com/volunteer and click on the big green button that says “volunteer application log-in.”  Once you apply you should receive an email that the district has received your application.  Once the district has approved your application you should receive a second email that will grant you the ability to create your password and portal log in.  If you have issues with the log-in process you can call 1-877-7RAPTOR to reset the password with a customer support rep. 

This week:

·         Monday, September 2, 2019

o   No School – Happy Labor Day!

·         Tuesday, September 3, 2019

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – After-school marching practice – CANCELLED

·         Thursday, September 5, 2019

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – After-school marching practice (wear your band shirt)

·         Friday, September 6, 2019

o   5:30pm Call time – Home Football Game vs. Immokalee HS 

Upcoming Dates:

·         Saturday, September 21, 2019

o   All-State Auditions at Golden Gate Middle School (schedule will be released soon)

·         Saturday, October 13, 2019

o   Disney trip

·         Tuesday, October 15, 2019

o   CCPS Band Show @ Palmetto Ridge HS – Tickets will be available at the gate only.  I would encourage you to arrive early because the line gets loooooooooong…

·         Saturday, October 26, 2019

o   FBA Music Performance Assessment @ Fort Myers HS – Schedule will be released in the next month, but typically we perform in the evening.

Week of August 19, 2019 – 1 week down…

19 Aug

As the dust settles and the New Year shine starts to fade we start to get into the rhythm of the school year.  The kids continue to work very hard and I couldn’t be prouder of the dedication they are showing to this amazing program.  If you haven’t heard yet, our Wind Ensemble was selected to attend the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN this March.  This is a HUGE honor as they select 12 bands in the country to be a part of the “Invited Bands” portion of the event.

Last Friday was a night of firsts for many of our students.  First time loading the bus, first time under the stadium lights, first electronics malfunction.  We continue this week with our first home game and our first time in uniform.  I would encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the look of terror on all the first time marchers.  Enjoy being under the lights instead of the hot burning sun.  Enjoy the look of pride in the seniors’ eyes as they perform in their last first home game.  Most importantly, enjoy watching what we have created and how lives are being impacted. 

We are in need of many more volunteers this Friday for our first home game.  While we know everyone is very busy, the band can only work with everyone giving a little.  Please go tohttp://www.gchsharkband.com/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/ to sign-up to help.  Don’t forget that all volunteers must be registered through our new volunteer system, RAPTOR.  You will need to go tohttps://www.collierschools.com/volunteer and click on the big green button that says “volunteer application log-in.”  Once you apply you should receive an email that the district has received your application.  Once the district has approved your application you should receive a second email that will grant you the ability to create your password and portal log in.  If you have issues with the log-in process you can call 1-877-7RAPTOR to reset the password with a customer support rep.  Please note that the directions that are on the website reflect the old program and not the new one and are incorrect.

This week:

·         Tuesday, August 20, 2019

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – After-school marching practice

·         Thursday, August 22, 2019

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – After-school marching practice (wear your black band shirt)

·         Friday, August 23, 2019

o   Coupon Book Money is due – All books not returned by Friday, August 23rd will be charged to student accounts.

o   Disney Money is due. Cost will be $130.  Annual Pass holders cost is $35 plus a copy of your annual pass.  The trip is scheduled for October 12, 2019.  Money can be turned into the Bait Box.

o   6:00pmCall time – Home Football Game vs. Golden Gate HS (we will be in uniform)

Justin Goff
Director of Bands
Gulf Coast High School
7878 Shark Way | Naples, FL 34119
239.377.3591 | goffj@collierschools.com