Week of September 20

This week we are back to a full week with a performance.  We will also be hosting the Sharkettes for their performance with the group at Friday’s game.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch this event, I would encourage you to come out and see it.  It is one of the most enjoyable performances of the marching season.

Sharkettes – We will be hosting the Sharkettes this week.  All flag and dance will need to be at rehearsal on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm in addition to the normal rehearsal from 6:00-8:15pm.  

Concert Instruments – This is a reminder that the members of the wind ensemble will need concert instruments this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  We will be reading all the literature for the November concert.

Pep Rally on Friday – We will be performing at the pep rally this Friday during the school day.  Students should plan on being in this year’s band shirt for the pep rally.  The pep rally will start at 11:00am for students not on campus.

Pre-Orders for Friday – Students can again pre-order this using this form. Money will be collected BEFORE practice on Thursday.

Uniform Information for Friday – We will be in full uniform this Friday.  The uniform includes: the assigned jacket, pants, cape, and leg drape, long black socks, black band shoes, black gloves, black shorts, and this year’s band shirt.  There will be a time in the stands where students are permitted to remove their jacket.  Students must wear this year’s shirt under their uniform for this reason.  Because we are going without hats this year, students whose hair touches their collars will need to pull their hair up into a bun.  This includes ALL members of the ensemble.

Tickets for This Friday’s Football Game – Tickets for this Friday’s game can be purchased through GoFan using the link found here.

Apparel Ordering – If you are interested in ordering some GCH swag you can go here.  All orders must be placed before September 30 and will be delivered to the school for pick-up shortly after that deadline.

October 9th Rehearsal and Performance – On Saturday, October 9 we will be rehearsing in the morning from 8:00am-3:00pm. After rehearsal we will be traveling to Lehigh Senior High School to perform at the Lightning Tournament of Bands. While the schedule has not been officially released, we are expecting to perform in the evening at approximately 6:30pm. Students will need to supply lunch during rehearsal. We will have more information about dinner soon. I would encourage all families to come out and support the group for this performance. 

Universal Studios – We will be travelling to Universal Studios on Saturday, December 4. The cost will be $160.  Students should turn this into the bait box.  Information for chaperones will be distributed soon for those parents interested.  The money will be due Friday, October 8.

This Week

  • Tuesday, September 21
  •     2:30pm-3:30pm – Sectionals for all flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and horns
  •     4:30pm-6:00pm – Sharkettes Practice (flag and dance)   
  •     6:00pm-8:15pm – Marching Rehearsal Full Ensemble
  • Thursday, September 23
  •     2:30pm-3:30pm – Sectionals for all trumpets, trombones, baritones, and tubas   
  •     4:30pm-6:00pm – Sharkettes Practice (flag and dance)
  •     6:00pm-8:15pm – Marching Rehearsal Full Ensemble
  • Friday, September 24 – Homecoming Pep Rally   
  •     11:00am – Pep Rally Report Time
  •     6:00pm – Home football vs. Bishop Verot

GCHS Band Apparel

Here is the link to order GCHS Marching Band Apparel. The order will be open for two weeks. We will also have band shirts to purchase for family and friends later this month. They will be sold at home games.

Week of September 13

What an amazing week! I have to be honest, there’s a secret part of me that really gets excited about football season and it finally seems like it is here. Gone are the days of band camp and basics and we finally got to see our kids in uniform. This past Friday was a night of special “firsts.” 

  • First home football game (the last-first for my seniors) 
  • First time putting on a uniform 
  • First time putting on our new uniforms 
  • First time performing in front of a large crowd (special thank you to the student section) 
  • First time under the stadium lights with an audience 

And some not so special firsts. 

  • First wrong notes and bad tone 
  • First missed drill spots and out-of-step students 
  • First time “tear” 
  • First electronic malfunction 

I hope everyone takes a moment to know how special Friday was.  Celebrate the first for what they were, a starting point for a much longer journey. I hope you take pride in the memories created, enjoyed the pride in your parents’ and peers’ eyes, and enjoyed the friendship this activity fosters and the life lessons that are being learned. Friday is a celebration of the process and not the product.  It is a celebration of the people involved and not the performance.  It’s about celebrating the kids who choose music and the impact on has on them and their families. 

While our performance was far from perfect, it sure beats the alternative. Kids with nothing to do, no friends to do it with, and no music in their lives! I hope everyone takes a moment and celebrates all the “firsts” in our first step towards an end goal.  

All-State Auditions – All State auditions are this Saturday. We will be listening to all students who are taking part in auditions this week in class. Auditions are on Saturday, September 18 at Golden Gate High School. The audition schedule is posted on the board. 

October 9th Rehearsal and Performance – On Saturday, October 9 we will be rehearsing in the morning from 8:00am-3:00pm. After rehearsal we will be traveling to Lehigh Senior High School to perform at the Lightning Tournament of Bands. While the schedule has not been officially released, we are expecting to perform in the evening at approximately 6:30pm. Students will need to supply lunch during rehearsal. We will have more information about dinner soon. I would encourage all families to come out and support the group for this performance.  

Universal Studios – We finally have a date for Universal Studios. We will be travelling up on Saturday, December 4. More information will be coming out soon. 

This Week 

  • Tuesday, September 13 
    • 2:30pm-3:30pm – Sectionals for all flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and horns 
    • 6:00pm-8:15pm – Marching Rehearsal Full Ensemble 
  • Thursday, September 15 – No school 

Upcoming Events 

  • September 18 – All-State Auditions – Golden Gate High School 
  • October 9 – Saturday Camp and Performance at the Lightning Tournament of Bands at Lehigh Senior High School 
  • October 22 – Band Senior Night 
  • October 23 – CCPS Band Show at Naples High School 
  • October 30 – FBA Marching Performance Assessment at Palmetto Ridge High School  
  • November 6 – Day trip to Disney 
  • November 11 – Fall Concert featuring Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band – GCH Auditorium at 7:00pm 
  • November 16 – CCPS Honor Band Auditions