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

Week of August 12, 2019 – Happy New Year!!!

13 Aug

(Pop the champagne)

(launch the confetti)

(cue the Guy Lombardo Orchestra)

(lights up)

(close up on Dick Clark)

(Kiss the person closest to you!)

WAIT….  Don’t do any of that.  You can’t drink, kissing your section leader is a bad idea.  Guy Lombardo and Dick Clark are gone, and any confetti we launch we have to clean up anyway, so let’s celebrate this year quietly.

Marching Band is upon us and we are off to a fantastic start.  The kids have been amazing and we are looking forward to our first performance this Friday.

VOLUNTEERS: The process for becoming a volunteer has changed (again) and it is vitally important that everyone who volunteers be at the volunteer meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:15pm.  Additionally, the health department is now requiring anyone who works in the concession to pass a test.  We will be taking this test at the meeting.  In the meantime, all volunteers 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:

·      Tuesday, August 13, 2019

o   First Day of school (don’t forget to wear your band shirt for the morning pep rally)

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

o   6:30pm-8:15pm – MANDATORY parent volunteer meeting (See above!!!!)

·      Thursday, August 15, 2019

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

o   6:00pm-8:15pm – The uniform pit crew will be working on uniforms in the band room

·      Friday, August 16, 2019

o   6:00pm Call time – Away Football Game @ Naples HS (no uniforms, shorts and band shirts) – Yes, we will be performing.

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

Culver’s Spirit Night Fundraiser

22 May

Don’t have dinner plans tonight Wednesday, May 22? Please consider visiting Culver’s at 8940 Sage Ave (along Immokalee Rd near CR951) for a student led fundraiser. Mention GCHS Band when ordering items from 5PM – 8PM. A portion of the funds will be donated to the band. Your support is appreciated. Let’s celebrate all of the years successes with a fun night out.
 

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall

19 Mar

Hello Band Family – time to let you know what is going on the next few days. 

We have some very talented students heading to State Solo and Ensemble on March 22nd with 6 wonderful chaperones in tow.  Let’s all wish them good luck.

We also have a group of Jazz band students heading to the Orlando/Tampa area for an amazingly musical adventure.  Can’t wait to hear all about when they come home!!

March 19th  we will have our General Meeting for parents in the band room at       6 pm.  We will select/introduce our 2019-2020 Nominating Committee.  They will have the task of putting together the list of people that would like to run for positions on our next year’s Board.  The Committee will present the list of candidates at the April 16th General Meeting and the voting will be done at the April 30th General Meeting.  (Please put these dates on  your calendars)

But in the meantime we still have volunteering student share opportunities for you………….starting tomorrow,

March 20th Boys Lacrosse 6:30 to 8:00 pm(one game credit) we need one additional parent/student team,

March 22nd Boys Lacrosse 4:30 to 8:30 pm (two game credits) we need two parent/student teams,

March 23rd Middle School Track Meet 7 am to 1 pm (this is not a student share event) We need 3 concession people and one grill person.  

Next week we have:

March 28th Girls Lacrosse 5 to 8:30 pm (two game credits) we need two parent/student teams and

March 29th Boys Lacrosse 4:30 to 8:30 pm (two game credits) we need two parent/student teams.

Please go onto the band website to sign up to volunteer.  Many hands make light work……….

Now a word from everyone’s favorite volunteer coordinator….

Hi everyone:

I hope you all had a great spring break!  We’ve just been told that GCHS will be hosting a track meet this Saturday and we’d love to open concessions from 7:00am – 1:00pm.

If you’re free Saturday morning and can help out in concessions – or on the grills – would you please email Cherie at cheriejcame@icloud.com. This was sprung on us at the last minute and Mr. Goff and all the kiddos really count on – and appreciate any help you can give us  🙂

Cheers!

Daniel