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

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