Everyone can breathe a huge sigh of relief as marching season concludes. I couldn’t be more pleased of what students were able to achieve this year. Even with Mother Nature plotting against us for weeks at a time, the kids were still able to win first place in their class at their first competition, received straight superior ratings at marching MPA for the 15th year in a row, received an invitation to perform at the Chicago Magnificent Mile Thanksgiving Parade in 2022, host a middle school night with over 100 middle school students, and travel to Disney to perform in their afternoon parade! There is so much to celebrate and I couldn’t be prouder of all of these accomplishments.
As marching season ends, the real work begins. In the next 12 weeks we will be performing our PRISM concert, distribute Chicago 2022 information, take part in Solo and Ensemble and Jazz MPA, begin working on Concert MPA music, attend the All-State concerts, attend the CCPS honor band events, and still run concessions for every sporting event on campus. We are still in need of lots of parent help through all of this. As we start to complete plans for our trip in 2022, parents are reminded that we choose the volunteers with the most hours first to attend these events. Please continue to check the website for these opportunities. The band can’t do it without you!
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 will be distributed this week.
Uniform Care – Now that football season is officially over it is important that students are taking care of their uniform before storing for the next month. As a reminder, all students handle taking care of and cleaning their uniform. Students who do not keep the condition of their uniform could be charged the replacement cost of the uniform. Uniforms can be machine washed on gentle cold cycle and hung to dry. Make sure you remove all items from your pockets before washing. We will be checking this on picture day. Students whose uniforms show signs of neglect will be collected and professionally cleaned at the student’s expense.
Honor Band Auditions – Tuesday, November 16 will be the CCPS Honor Band Auditions. The complete audition schedule is now posted on the board in the band room.
PRISM Auditions – Prism auditions will be held in-class on Wednesday, November 17. Auditions will start as early as 6:00am and be held during the school-day. Students interested in auditioning should sign up for a time slot on the board. As a reminder, students must audition during their assigned band class period. Students will only be excused from another class if they arrange prior with their teacher. Students who skip a class for an audition will be referred to the discipline office.
Composite Picture Information – Students will have their band pictures taken in-class on Thursday, November 18. Students will need their full uniform for the picture. Pictures will be available for purchase using the information provided in the link that went home two weeks ago.
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 16 from 6:00-8:00pm. Reserved tickets will be $20. General admission tickets will be available during the week of PRISM after rehearsals as well as 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 participate in the FBA Solo and Ensemble event. GCH consistently has the largest number of events in the state and we plan on continuing this tradition. Information will be distributed in-class before Thanksgiving regarding this event, but all students are highly encouraged to participate. Wind Ensemble members are expected to perform a solo. Symphonic Band members are required to participate. All percussionists will be in two assigned ensembles. Flag and dance students will perform a solo and in a large group routine.
Adopt-A-Family – Each year the band adopts a family in need (or in last year’s case, 10 families) for the holidays. More information will be coming out soon for this amazing event. If you are interested in coordinating this, please reach out to Mr. Goff directly.
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. We will have an information meeting for interested parents on January 11 at 7:00pm in the band room.
- November 16 – CCPS Honor Band Auditions
- November 17 – In-school PRISM auditions
- November 18 – In-school Composite Pictures
- 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