15 Aug


The date for Disney has been set.  Please mark your calendars for September 22.  Please turn your student check or cash into the bait box or pay via paypal (3% convenience fee applies) located on the website. Volunteers who wish to be considered as a chaperone for this event please email Daniel Stewart rideright1@gmail.com and cc gchs2018youngcoffey@gmail.com your request.

Here We Go!! Season is Upon Us!

11 Aug
The fire truck is such a great celebration of all the kids’ hard work!
But, the kids still have one more morning of band camp, Saturday, 8/10 from 8a-11a.
At approximately 11a, there will be a Performance for Parents (weather permitting) on the field!!
And after that, there will be a Band Family BBQ on campus to celebrate the end of a great Band Camp and LOTS of HARD, HARD WORK!
The BBQ is what you’ve been sending all those supplies for. You know, the soda, chips, water, and paper plates and napkins??? You sent them right? If not, bring them tomorrow, it’s not too late!
Freshmen-12 pack of Coke products NO 2 liters!!
Sophomores-12 count of individual packs of chips NO LARGE BAGS!!
Juniors– case of bottled water
Seniors-paper plates (NOT STYROFOAM) and napkins
There are still 9 spots open for volunteer to help at the BBQ. There are many things to do to feed 328 band kids and their families!  We need many hands to set up, grill, serve and clean up. It’s a wonderful event where you can see all your band family that you’ve been missing all summer! If you can spend some time helping, please go to the site and sign up. It’s under “Band Camp AM/PM Chaperones”. Here is a link. You have to go to the bottom of the page.  http://www.gchsharkband.com/volunteer/?sheet_id=377

ALSO, IF YOU CAN SEW a simple hand stitch (OR ARE WILLING TO LEARN), while your kids are finishing their last day of band camp, please come help us get these uniforms ready for FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th! That’s our first game! It’s a WEEK AWAY!!!! We have two FULL racks that need to be hemmed! You can reply to this email for more info or to let us know you’re coming. We are so thankful for everyone who has already come to help organize and sew!

Regular Marching Band Practice begins!!
WHEN:    Tuesdays and Thursdays through the season
TIME:      From 6-815p
WHAT TO BRING:   YOU, your instrument, WATER!!
WHAT TO WEAR:    Band t-shirt, sneakers, comfy light shorts
Wednesday, August 15thFIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! Good Luck everyone!!
It’s on Friday, August 17th. It’s a home game against Immokalee High.
Call time is 530p. That’s the time they need to be INSIDE the band room. They need to arrive EARLIER than this. And they can gather outside the band room until they are allowed entry. (Only kids and volunteers are allowed in the band room.)
How does a band kid prepare for game day, you ask?
    2. Eat food the day of a game, but not DAIRY. (It’s still hot out there!)
    3. Wear their band shirt, light comfy black shorts, and black thick socks that are at least 3 inches above their ankles to the game. They will keep all of this on underneath their uniform.
    5. Smile, cause it’s gonna be TONS OF FUN!
Now you’re asking “How does a volunteer prepare for game day?”.
    1. Sign up on the website WAAAAAAAY in advance so that we know we’ve got enough help. There are still TONS of spots for helpers in Concession,Equipment, Water, Chaperones, and Grill.
    2. Wear that GCHMB apparel you got (once it arrives) or your band t-shirt and sneakers (cause you’re going to be walking and standing a lot.).
    3. HYDRATE ALL WEEK! Yeah, you should too. It’s good for you. Plus it’s still hot out there on the field!
    4. When you are arrriving at the school, there should be a table out front selling volunteer meal tickets for each game. You present these tickets at concession for a burger, chips and drink. They cost $2 each.
    5. Sign in on the sheet when you get into the band room. We want to give you credit for being there and our school gets credit for all it’s volunteers! SO BE COUNTED!
    6. SMILE BIG! BE PROUD! You are a part of a great group of kids and adults who are bringing so much joy to SO MANY PEOPLE with their music and marching out on that field!
Debbie Borowski
Corresponding Secretary


Leadership Results Announced

30 May

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  This year’s selection process was one of the hardest I have ever gone through.  We were blessed with a huge number of qualified candidates and Mr. McGuire and I had a very difficult time choosing the right candidates for the band.  If you see these students around please congratulate them for being chosen.  You can access the leadership list here.

Home Stretch

30 May

We are in the home stretch for the 2017/18 school year.

We do have a few things to do in order to prep for next year.

Thursday, May 31 – 2018-19 Marching Band kick off meeting 6 – 7PM, Auditorium, All students wishing to participate in band for the 2018/19 school year must be in attendance.  A non refundable $50 deposit towards band fees will be required to secure you spot on the field.  We will accept cash or checks at this meeting.  If you prefer to use a credit card you can pay online on the website at the following link  http://www.gchsharkband.com/    The payment option is located in the right side bar just below the search.  Please be sure to include the student name to receive proper credit.


One of the fastest and easiest fundraisers we have is banner sales.  I’m not sure if you noticed all of the banners that line the fence near the stadium.  We have an opportunity to sell these.  Football and cheer also can sell these so we want to get out over the summer.  We have set a goal of 40 banner sales this year.  Each new banner is $500, it is displayed from Aug – May.  Students received $100 in their band account for every banner they sell.  See the attached flier for details.

Banner Letter

Banner Submission Form

Gently Used items:

Our uniform chair is collecting gently used marching shoes and gently used girls concert dresses.  We will also take gently used tuxedos your student may have out grown.

Band Camp is mandatory!  Leadership, flag & dance report 8/1 at 8am.  There is a welcome meeting 8/1 that is required for all wind students.  We will be assigning lockers, checking out instruments and assigning field positions.

  • Seniors report at 6PM
  • Juniors report at 6:30PM
  • Sophomores report at 7PM
  • Freshman report at 7:30PM


From the Athletics department New for the 2018-2019 school year!

All Marching band members will now register at www.athleticclearance.com for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you registered before May 1, please check your account, you may need to sign one or 2 more documents at this time.


Open Chair Positions:

We have several open chair positions that need to be filled for next year.  Please step up and help out.  All of the students benefit from you coming out and assisting.  Please take the lead for one of these events.  If everyone takes just one thing then no one person gets burnt out or over burdened.

Concession Chair – 1 positions open, Rey Muradaz handles all of the ordering and stocking.  We need someone who can handle all of the scheduling and someone to handle all of the maintenance, training and shifting of stock.

Spirit Table – We are in need of 1 person who can set-up/break down and  run the spirit table for each of the home football games, order approved stock, sell items at uniform fitting and for each of the sharkette rehearsals.  You have a front row seat for all home games and are in a great spot to hear the band the entire game.

Treasurer Assistant – Jeff Carney is the treasurer or our band however he is approaching the point where he would like to retire from keeping the books.  This is no small undertaking.  Jeff is in need of someone who would be willing to learn how our books are run and possibly take some of the recording burden off his shoulders.  Ultimately the hope would be that you would run for treasurer for the 2019/20 school year.  Accounting experience is a must.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of the band.  I hope you all have an awesome summer break.  It is well deserved.  Please check the website calendar frequently for summer conditioning that may be added in.

Liz Carroll
GCHS Band Aid Club