School update

17 Sep

We hope all of our students and families are OK and are working on getting back to normal following hurricane Irma.  As of right now school will open at the earliest on Monday, Sept 25th.  This is subject to change and is a decision made by the school district.  We have no information at this time regarding activity schedules.  When we have more information we will communicate with the students and parents.  Stay safe!

Weekly Update 9/3/17

3 Sep

Band Update Week of 9/4/17


First home game of the season was amazing!  Great half-time show and great vibe in the band stands, just what the football team wants!  Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend, get some rest and relaxation! 

Here’s what’s happening this week in the Shark Band:


Monday, Sept. 4th:

Happy Labor Day- NO SCHOOL


Tuesday, Sept. 5th:

Band practice 6pm-8:15pm

Bring your water and stay hydrated, it’s still hot out there!  Winter is coming, not!  Any coupon books and/or money needs to be in.  Apparel and decals can be picked up before or after practice.  This will also be the last day to order apparel for this year.


Thursday, Sept. 7th:

Band practice 6pm-8:15pm

It’s Thursday, make sure you wear your band shirt!  We have extra shirts for sale, $10 each.


Friday, Sept. 8th:

Home game vs. Monsignor Edward Pace 7pm.

Call time for volunteers is 5pm, students 5:30pm.  Don’t forget money for food or your food coupon!

*We still need 34 volunteers for this game.  Help includes grill, concessions, equipment, and chaperones.  Visit the website to view openings and sign up,


Saturday, Sept. 9th:

Disney!!!!!  Call time for volunteers is 4:15am, students call time is 4:30am.  All CCPS rules apply to this trip.  Attached to this email is the Disney itinerary.  Disney Trip Info


San Antonio trip payment of $150 was due Sept. 1st.  Next payment of $225 is due on Oct. 1st.  Last payment of $225 is due Nov. 1st.

Don’t forget you can earn $25 in your student account is you and your parent work concession for non-varsity games.  There are several openings, visit the volunteer opportunities section on the website to start earning your student share!!!!!!!  You must have worked at least one varsity concessions game to qualify for this!


CCPS is still working on getting us new badges, a little birdie told me hopefully this week.  If we do not have them, last year volunteers please wear the badge you have.  New volunteers, please remember to wear a volunteer polo or band shirt and if you can, stop into the front office to get a temporary id. Volunteer Fair Flyer 2017-18


Elvis tidbit:

Everyone knows about Elvis’ iconic 1956 pink Cadillac.  But did you know he also owned a nearly identical model in purple?  Both cars are on display at the Graceland Museum.



Carolyn Bradtmiller

Secretary, GCHS Band Aid Club

Corresponding Secretary

Mid week update

30 Aug

Happy Wednesday!

We are still in need of some concession and grill help for this Friday!  Please click on the link to sign up.

The school district has not printed the volunteer badges.  If you have your volunteer badge from last year, please wear it on Friday.  If you do not have one, please stop in the front office to see if they can give you a temporary one.

Don’t forget- Friday Sept. 1st San Antonio 4th trip payment is due $150!  You can put a check in the bait box or pay it on the band website (3% convenience fee applies).

Go Sharks!

Carolyn Bradtmiller
Secretary, GCHS Band Aid Club
Corresponding Secretary

Band Update Week of 8/27/17

27 Aug

Band update week of 8/28/17


No rain delay, okay so it did rain at the end of the game but we made it!!  Great halftime performance students, you rocked it!!  Thank you to all the volunteers who chaperoned and helped with equipment, your dedication to these kids shines through!!


Here’s what’s happening this week:


Tuesday, August 29th– Band practice 6-8:15pm

Be on time, ready to go at 6pm!  Bring water and stay hydrated.  You can pick up your ordered apparel before and after practice Tuesday and Thursday.  Coupon books and money were due last Friday, if you have any please turn anything in before or after practice!


Thursday, August 31st– Band practice 6-8:15pm

It’s band shirt practice day!!  We do have extra band shirts for sale, cost is $10 each.


Friday, September 1st – Home game vs. Hialeah

Call time for volunteers is 5pm, for students it’s 5:30pm.

This is the first home game of the season, be ready to put on a great show!  Hydrate and eat before arriving!  If you purchased a food coupon at uniform fitting, don’t forget to bring it, you can use it in the Band Pit or at Concessions.


Volunteer opportunities:

We need several more chaperones for this coming week’s home game, it takes a village to help this band, come join the fun!  Click on this link to sign up:


Concession help is needed for upcoming Freshman and JV football games, to see all available opportunities click here:


Fundraising items:

We are still selling banners!  We have several of them up and they look great!  The student share is $100 for each banner.  The banner form is on the website or you can contact Rachel Slaven at RNSLAVEN@MSN.COM.

We also will be wrapping one of the trailers this year and are looking for businesses that would like to sponsor it.  You can contact MJ Kramer at MJKRAMER287@GMAIL.COM.

Elvis tidbit:

The initials T.C.B. stand for Taking Care of Business, which is what Elvis Presley called his band. The letters appear as a logo, or emblem, along with a lightning bolt. This emblem was used in several pieces of Elvis’ custom jewelry including his famous T.C.B. ring and necklace.

Taking Care of Business was a mantra and a point of pride for Elvis Presley and his entourage, known as the Memphis Mafia.

If you haven’t noticed yet, our equipment crew wears black shirts with TCB and a lightning bolt on the back.  I think this entourage should be known as the Marching Mafia. Now, you know what the shirts meaning is!  We all put a lot of heart and soul into this band!

Have a great week,

Carolyn Bradtmiller

Secretary, GCHS Band Aid Club

Corresponding Secretary

Band update week of 8/21/17

19 Aug

Band Update week of 8/21/17

Well, due to a major monsoon, the game got cancelled and we didn’t get to perform on the field but, the kids sure had fun when Immokalee’s band came in the gym! Another Friday night lights in the books. Here’s what’s going on this week.

Tuesday, August 22nd

Marching band practice 6-8:15pm: Be on time and ready to start at 6! Stay hydrated and eat! You can pre-pay for your meal at Lely before and after practice. Cash only, no checks and do not place it in the bait box. Options are:

1. Burger, chips, soda/water $6.00

2. Hot dog, chips, soda/water $4.00

Thursday, August 24th

Marching band practice 6-8:15pm: Don’t forget to wear your band shirt, it is mandatory. You can also pre-pay for your meal before and after practice. Cash only, no checks and do not place it in the bait box. Options are:

1. Burger, chips, soda/water $6.00

2. Hot dog, chips, soda/water $4.00
Coupon books- You can turn in money and books and/or check out more at practice this week. Final day 8/25.

Friday, August 25th

Away game vs. Lely High School: Call time for volunteers is 4:30pm, students is 5pm. Depart GCHS at 5:30pm.

We still are looking for 13 more chaperones to volunteer for this game, please click on the link below to sign up

Volunteer Opportunities

Other important band news:

*San Antonio- 4th trip payment due September 1st. You can put a check in the bait box for $150 or pay on the band website where a 3% convenience fee will be added.

*Disney- September 9th Attached is the Disney trip itinerary.  Disney Trip Info

*Check the band website for all the volunteer opportunities, we have a very busy marching season with a lot of fun things going on and the band needs our support. Plus, you get to meet other band parents!

*Please continue to bring in empty water or milk jugs. We use them to serve the kids water in the stands and rain delays.

*The CCPS administration is working on getting out the new volunteer badges for everyone, please to not go onto your volunteer account unless you are updating your phone and/or address info or are changing schools. If you are listed at Gulf Coast already do not go in and put Gulf Coast again, this will slow down the process of your update. The administration thanks you for your patience.

*CCPS is holding a Volunteer Fair at headquarters (5775 Osceola Trail) on Saturday, September 16th from 8am-noon. Bring a valid US issued id. Level ones can get their picture taken for a new badge, level ones that have a fingerprint authorization may get finger printed and new volunteers will be able to sign up and get picture taken and receive badge once it has been reviewed and the background check has cleared. Visit the band website for more information.Volunteer Fair Flyer 2017-18

Tidbit: Elvis recorded 15 songs with the word “blue” in them

Carolyn Bradtmiller, Secretary GCHS Band Aid Club
Corresponding Secretary