Marching season has ended… Now we get busy!

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. 

Upcoming Events 

  • 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  


Week of November 1

A huge congratulations to the band as we received straight Superior ratings for the 15th year in a row.  The judges were very complimentary of the student’s performance.  Additionally, we had three students selected for the All-State bands.  The students are: Connor Casey who was selected for the 11/12 Symphonic Band, and Preston Came and Tricia Jackson who were selected for the 9/10 Concert Band.  This Friday will be our final performance of the year.  Make sure you plan on seeing what your students have been up to for the last 3 months. 

Uniform Care – As a reminder, all students handle taking care of and cleaning their 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. 

Uniforms needed at Tuesday’s Rehearsal – We will be recording at Tuesday’s rehearsal.  Students will need to be in full uniform. 

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 allowed to remove their jackets. We will be wearing our sponsorship show shirts.  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. 

Need chaperones and extra help for Friday – This Friday’s game will be the largest of the year.  We are in need of many parents to help us out.  Please sign-up at our website: http://www.gchsharkband.com/volunteer-sign-up-sheet/?sheet_id=20  

Food Pre-Orders for Friday – Students can pre–order this week again using the link below. This will be the only way for students to receive food during the game this week. Orders must be placed before 3:30pm and paid for before practice on Thursday https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfD7hT6AZ0RxUwx24Uor2K_zby05-S9SqPGUZFLXQRNg1_Zkg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Disney Information – On Saturday we will traveling to Disney.  The itinerary is below.  Students should be in a Gulf Coast Band shirt (or GCH section shirt) while in Disney.  Students will need money for food.  As a reminder all CCPS rules are in effect while traveling with the band. 

  • 4:00am – Call time.  Students should grab their equipment (instrument, flag, poms) and load the bus. 
  • 4:15am – Depart GCH 
  • 8:00am – Arrive at Disney 
  • 11:00am – Students report to Splash Mountain 
  • 12:45pm – Perform 
  • BEFORE 8:00pm – All students should report to the ferry to the Ticket and Transportation Center BEFORE 8:00pm.  You must be out of the park before the fireworks start. 
  • 8:30pm – Depart Disney 
  • 12:00am (approximate) – Arrive at GCH  

Honor Band Auditions – Tuesday, November 16 will be the CCPS Honor Band Auditions.  ALL students are strongly encouraged to audition this year.  You can see the information and sign-up here: https://forms.office.com/r/bZjXZKw8in  

Composite Picture Information – Students need to complete this form to be included in our annual composite picture.  Parents – this will be how we distribute the information to purchase theese pictures.  Students – This will be how you choose what picture we use in the composite.  https://forms.office.com/r/HF2YJCZ4Zc    

This Week 

  • Tuesday, November 2 
    • 2:30pm-4:30pm – Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 
    • 6:00pm-8:15pm – Marching Rehearsal Full Ensemble in UNIFORM 
  • Thursday, November 4 
    • 5:00-5:30pm – Leadership Meeting 
    • 6:00pm-8:15pm – Marching Rehearsal Full Ensemble 
  • Friday, November 5 
    • 5:00pm Call time – Home Football Game 
  • Saturday, November 6 
    • 4:00am Call time – Day trip to Disney 

Upcoming Events 

  • November 11 – Fall Concert featuring Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band – GCH Auditorium at 7:00pm 
  • November 16 – CCPS Honor Band Auditions  
  • 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 
  • December 7 – Winter Concert featuring the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and GCH Orchestra  


Week of October 26

With only two weeks left in marching season, it’s time to think back about how far the students have come this year. While there was some apprehension from the students at the start of this year, it has truly been amazing to see them rise to the challenge and accomplish so much this year. I am excited to see them perform this Saturday.  If you didn’t get a chance to see the band this past weekend, I would encourage you to come to Palmetto Ridge this week to see all the CCPS bands perform on Saturday. The event starts at 7:00pm and will run until 9:00pm. We are scheduled to perform at 8:45pm. 

Uniform Care – As a reminder, all students handle taking care of and cleaning their 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. 

Uniform Information for Friday and Saturday – 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 allowed to remove their jackets.  

  • Friday we will be wearing our sponsorship show shirts 
  • Saturday we will be wearing our band shirts 

 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. 

Food Pre-Orders for Friday – Students can pre–order this week again using the link below. This will be the only way for students to receive food during the game this week. Orders must be placed before 3:30pm and paid for before practice on Thursday 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfD7hT6AZ0RxUwx24Uor2K_zby05-S9SqPGUZFLXQRNg1_Zkg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Florida Bandmaster Association’s Music Performance Assessment (MPA) – On Saturday, October 30 we will travel to Palmetto Ridge High School to perform in the FBA’s MPA. This performance is our largest formal assessment of the marching band.  All seven CCPS high schools will be there performing. The show will start at 7:00pm. We are scheduled to perform at 8:45pm. Students will have the opportunity to eat at the concession stand during the event. 

This Week 

  • Tuesday, October 26 
    • 2:30pm-3:30pm – Sectionals for all flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and horns 
    • 6:00pm-8:15pm – Marching Rehearsal Full Ensemble 
  • Thursday, October 28 
    • 2:30pm-3:30pm – Sectionals for all trumpets, trombones, baritones, and tubas 
    • 6:00pm-8:15pm – Marching Rehearsal Full Ensemble 
  • Friday, October 29 
    • 6:00pm Call time – Home Football Game 
  • Saturday, October 30 
    • 4:00pm Call time – FBA MPA at Palmetto Ridge High School 

Upcoming Events 

  • November 6 – Day trip to Disney – 4:00am Call time 
  • November 11 – Fall Concert featuring Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band – GCH Auditorium at 7:00pm 
  • November 16 – CCPS Honor Band Auditions  
  • 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 
  • December 7 – Winter Concert featuring the Wind Ensemble and GCH Orchestra