Week of December 6

Congratulations to everyone on a great performance during PRISM and at Universal Studios.  It was such a great event, and I received many compliments on the kids’ performances.  It was awesome!  As we head into Winter Break, we are still in need of volunteers to work concessions at many winter-sport events.  The complete list can be found on our website at http://www.gchsharkband.com/volunteer/

Thank you to everyone who helped with Adopt-A-Family.  We were able to provide gifts for 3 families including 4 adults and 14 kids.  Each kid was given an outfit, a pair of shoes, a jacket, and an item of their choosing.  Adults received an outfit, a jacket, a pair of shoes, a laundry basket full of household items, and a gift of their choosing.

Solo and Ensemble – Each year we take part in the FBA Solo and Ensemble event. GCH consistently has the largest number of events in the state, and we plan to continue this tradition. All students are highly encouraged to take part. Wind Ensemble members are expected to perform a solo. Symphonic Band members must participate. All percussionists will be in two assigned ensembles. Flag and dance students will perform a solo and in a large group routine.  Students can use the following links to sign up.

Winter Concert – On Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30pm members of the wind ensemble are combining with the GCH orchestra and choir for a winter concert.  This joint event will be a great holiday event. Everyone is encouraged to come out and celebrate this special event. The doors open at 6:00pm and the concert is free to the public.

After-School Rehearsals – As we approach the end of the semester, I wanted to make sure parents understand the after-school rehearsal requirements for the second semester. Concert Band (freshmen) rehearse on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30pm, Symphonic Band (3rd period) rehearse on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30pm, and the Wind Ensemble rehearses Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30pm. The complete calendar can be found in the Band APP.

Chicago 2022 Trip Information – For those who haven’t heard, the band was invited to perform in Chicago for Thanksgiving 2022. The tentative dates for this trip are November 16-20, 2022. We will have an information meeting for interested parents on January 11 at 7:00pm in the band room.



Week of November 29

Week of November 29 

It’s PRISM week. Sorry this post is a little late…  It’s been a busy week. The show is coming together and shouldn’t be missed. We are still in need of about 10 parents each night to assist during the performance. I can promise the show is way better behind-the-scenes.  You can go to the website  http://www.gchsharkband.com/volunteer-sign-up-sheet/ to sign up. 

PRISM Concert Tickets – The PRISM concert is right around the corner. This year we are offering reserved seating. These seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wednesday 4:30-6:00 will be the final day to reserve seats.  In addition, general admission tickets will be available at the ticket booth the night of the performance.  These will cost $10.  The concerts will be on December 2 and December 3 at 7:00pm. 

PRISM Bake Sale – We are again hosting our annual bake sale during the PRISM concerts.  Parents are asked to bring homemade, individually wrapped baked goods for this event.   Please mark if they are gluten free, contain nuts, etc.  Donations can be dropped off at 6:30 the night of performances in front of the auditorium. 

Universal Studios – On Saturday we will travel to Universal Studios. The itinerary is below. Students should be in a Gulf Coast Band shirt (or GCH section shirt) while in Universal Studios.  Students will need money for food.  As a reminder all CCPS rules are in effect while traveling with the band. 

  • 4:30am – Call time.  Students should grab their equipment (instrument, flag, poms) and load the bus. 
  • 8:30am – Arrive at Universal Studios 
  • 10:00am – Perform in Universal’s Morning March 
  • 8:00pm – All students should report to the Universal Globe outside Universal Studios. We will take a group picture and then head to the buses. 
  • 8:30pm – Depart Universal Studios 
  • 12:00am (approximate) – Arrive at GCH 

Solo and Ensemble – Each year we take part in the FBA Solo and Ensemble event. GCH consistently has the largest number of events in the state, and we plan to continue this tradition. All students are highly encouraged to take part. Wind Ensemble members are expected to perform a solo. Symphonic Band members must participate. All percussionists will be in two assigned ensembles. Flag and dance students will perform a solo and in a large group routine.  Students can use the following links to sign up. 

Adopt-A-Family – We are close to completing the collection for this.  We still have about 40 items that need to be purchased for our 3 families that have been adopted.  Families interested in supporting this program can go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4EACAB23A5FCCE9-adoptafamily to sign up to buy something for these families.  Gifts should be turned in on December 3rd unwrapped and labeled with the parent/child number found when signing up. We are hoping to supply an outfit, jacket, and gift for everyone.  

Gift Wrapping Party – We will be wrapping gifts in-class on Monday, December 6. We are looking for wrapping paper donations to wrap the gifts for Adopt-A-Family. 

Winter Concert – On Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30pm members of the wind ensemble are combining with the GCH orchestra and choir for a winter concert.  This joint event will be a great holiday event. Everyone is encouraged to come out and celebrate this special event. The doors open at 6:00pm and the concert is free to the public. 

After-School Rehearsals – As we approach the end of the semester, I wanted to make sure parents understand the after-school rehearsal requirements for the second semester. Concert Band (freshmen) rehearse on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30pm, Symphonic Band (3rd period) rehearse on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30pm, and the Wind Ensemble rehearses Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30pm. The complete calendar can be found in the Band APP. 

Chicago 2022 Trip Information – For those who haven’t heard, the band was invited to perform in Chicago for Thanksgiving 2022. The tentative dates for this trip are November 16-20, 2022. We will have an information meeting for interested parents on January 11 at 7:00pm in the band room. 



Happy Thanksgiving!

To my students: There are few things in life that give people the sense of joy I get to experience on a regular day. Often, it’s not those structured moments in between school bells that I experience those feelings – it is in the little moments that happen too often to dictate in this letter. It happens when you are helping each other get somewhere on time. It happens when your best friend just experienced failure and you are there to help pick them up. It happens when you help that “lost” freshman. It happens when you give up countless hours of sleep to finish your homework because you had band practice. It happens when you stop by and say good morning for no other reason than to try to bring a smile to my face. It happens when I ask if anyone is willing to hang out for 10 hours to help move chairs and 40 of you stand up without hesitation.

I bring this up because these moments of joy are also the benefits that you get from band. It’s not about how good of a player you are, even though we have many extremely talented kids. It’s about working together towards a common goal and realizing every person is important. It’s about the discipline and diligence to work on a task for long periods of time in pursuit of perfection. It’s about the camaraderie as you experience and learn about life with a group of friends who understand your sacrifices. It’s about the resilience of making mistakes and working even harder to make things better. It’s about the generosity you display as you watch and applaud others’ success. It’s about being a good person. Words cannot express how thankful I am to my students. Never stop being Awesome!

To my band parents: It is mind-blowing how much you sacrifice. Never in my life have I had the blessing of such a selfless group of people. I watch as you coordinate volunteers; organize meals; guard seats in football stadiums; lug equipment hundreds of yards; run fundraisers; diagnose tummy-aches; fill, distribute, and refill coolers of water; ride “pungent” school buses; answer questions; sit in the heat; provide medical attention; and most importantly, support our kids. Often you hear how it “takes a village,” in our case, it’s more like a large metropolis. Most remarkably, you do this with no expectation of return. You do this for all the right reasons. You do this for the kids. You do this for the friendships created. You do this for the laughter and the tears. You do this to watch others succeed. You do this to be involved with your child. You do this because your kids need you (even though they may not realize it yet). You do this because you are what I hope all my students become as they grow older. You do this because you are a good person. Words simply cannot express how thankful I am every day for everything you do for our kids. I wish all of you the best this holiday season and hope you understand the impact you have on my life personally and professionally.

On Tuesday, November 16 we hosted the CCPS Honor Band Auditions. A huge congratulation goes to the 32 students who were selected for the group.

Preston Came
Connor Casey
Kevin Constantino
Josh Costa-Pozo
Tessa Cunningham
Drea DaSilva
Isaac Dorio
Nicholas Gaudio
Nicholas Hodder Austin Hunter
Samuel Isenberg
Amanda Jackson
Tricia Jackson
Nathan Kim
Benjamin Lance
Luc Mazzone
Clara Marti-Garro
Mercedes Marks
Valentina Navarro
Lucas Obrecht Aaron Perez  
Joseph Pope
Shreya Rajaram
Alex Rameau
Logan Schad
Carter Sickles
Hayden Singer
Allison Stavely
Noah Thorne
Caden Traylor
Justin Wang
Hangrui Zhang

Adopt-A-Family – Each year the band adopts a family in need for the holidays.  This year we have adopted three families. Families interested in helping can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4EACAB23A5FCCE9-adoptafamily to buy something for these families. Gifts should be turned in on December 3rd unwrapped and labeled with the parent/child number found when signing up. We are hoping to supply an outfit, jacket, and gift for everyone. We are also looking to provide every kid with a bike and each family a basket of household essentials.

Gift Wrapping Party – We will be wrapping gifts in-class on Monday, December 6. We are looking for wrapping paper donations to wrap the gifts for Adopt-A-Family.

Text messaging – CutTime is a program we use to manage student and parent information. They have added a text message feature that we may use in the future. The phone number the messages will come from is +1 (844) 385-8463. Please understand this is phone number is not checked and cannot be used for 2-way communication.

Picture Information – If you have been receiving emails from PortraitEFX you will receive a confirmation code that will provide you with access to your pictures. You will be able to buy pictures using that code. Students who missed their picture being taken will have the possibility of having their picture taken on December 15 at 4:00pm at Pine Ridge. Any questions about the pictures can be directed to Mig at MFernandez@PortraitEFX.com

Concert Uniform Information – PRISM is coming! All winds and percussion will need to have their concert apparel for the PRISM concert on December 2 and 3. As a reminder guys should own a black tuxedo. This includes: black jacket, black pants, long black socks, black dress shoes, white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie or long tie, and black vest or cummerbund. Girls should have bought their dress at uniform fitting during band camp. These have all been distributed at this point.

PRISM Concert Tickets – The PRISM concert is right around the corner. This year we are offering reserved seating. These seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be available at the front of the school on Tuesday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 1 from 4:30-6:30pm. Reserved tickets will be $20. General admission tickets will be available at these times as well.  In addition, tickets will be available from Mr. Goff between classes and at the ticket booth the night of the performance. These will cost $10. The concerts will be on December 2 and December 3 at 7:00pm.

PRISM Concert Rehearsals – The week of PRISM is one of our more demanding times of year.  Students should plan to attend the rehearsals on November 29, November 30, and December 1 from 2:30pm-6:00pm. The concerts are December 2 and December 3. Call time for students will be 6:30pm.

PRISM Bake Sale – We are again hosting our annual bake sale during the PRISM concerts.  Parents are asked to bring “homemade, individually wrapped bake goods for this event.

Solo and Ensemble – Each year we take part in the FBA Solo and Ensemble event. GCH consistently has the largest number of events in the state and we plan to continue this tradition. Information will be distributed in-class before Thanksgiving about this event, but all students are highly encouraged to participate. Wind Ensemble members are expected to perform a solo. Symphonic Band members must participate. All percussionists will be in two assigned ensembles. Flag and dance students will perform a solo and in a large group routine.

After-School Rehearsals – As we approach the end of the semester, I wanted to make sure parents understand the after-school rehearsal requirements for the second semester. Concert Band (freshmen) rehearse on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30pm, Symphonic Band (3rd period) rehearse on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30pm, and the Wind Ensemble rehearses Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30pm. The complete calendar can be found in the Band APP.

Chicago 2022 Trip Information – For those who haven’t heard, the band was invited to perform in Chicago for Thanksgiving 2022. The tentative dates for this trip are November 16-20, 2022. We will have an information meeting for interested parents on January 11 at 7:00pm in the band room.

Upcoming Events

  • PRISM Week
    • November 29 – PRISM Rehearsal 2:30-6:00pm
    • November 30 – PRISM Rehearsal 2:30-6:00pm
    • December 1 – PRISM Rehearsal 2:30-6:00pm
    • December 2 – PRISM Concert – 7:00pm (6:30pm Call time)
    • December 3 – In-School PRISM Performance – 10:00am
    • December 3 – PRISM Concert – 7:00pm (6:30pm Call time)
  • December 4 – Day trip to Universal Studios – 4:30am Call time
  • December 7 – Winter Concert featuring the Wind Ensemble and GCH Orchestra