Prism Silent Auction Items

14 Nov

As promised in your weekly email.  Here are pictures of some of the silent auction gift baskets.  The kids really embraced this project to help raise money for the band.  They had a great time.  The section receiving the highest bid on a basket gets bragging rights for the year.  Help each section out.

   More to come……

Prism Week Band Update 11/12/17

12 Nov

It’s Prism time….

The show everyone looks forward to seeing all year long. There is lots going on this week. Please make sure you read this entire message. No one should say they are not informed. 🙂

Monday, November 13th – Full band rehearsal 2:30 – 6PM. This rehearsal is required for all students participating in Prism. Volunteer call time 2:30PM.

Tuesday, November 14th – Full Prism rehearsal 2:30 – 6PM. Required rehearsal. Volunteer call time 2:30PM.

Wednesday, November 15th – Full Prism rehearsal 2:30 – 6PM. Required rehearsal. Volunteer call time 2:30PM.

Thursday, November 16th – Full Prism rehearsal 2:30 – 6PM. Required rehearsal. Volunteer call time 2:30PM.

Friday, November 17th – In school Prism performance 9AM. Students will be instructed by Mr. Goff as to what time they are to report to the band room. Volunteer call time 8:30AM

Friday, November 17th – Evening Prism performance 7PM. Student call time 6:30PM. Volunteer call time 6PM.

Saturday, November 18th – Afternoon Prism performance 2PM. Student call time is 1:30PM. Volunteer call time is 1PM. Students are not permitted to remain on campus following this performance. Go home eat something.

Saturday, November 18th – Evening Prism Performance 7PM. Student call time is 6:30PM. Volunteer call time is 6PM.

We are in need of bakers for Prism. We sell your sweet treats following each performance. All proceeds benefit the band. Please donate individually wrapped goods to our bake sale. We typically sell each item for $1. This has been a very successful fundraiser in years past. Items can be dropped off just before each performance. We can’t take items any earlier in the week. We don’t will the entire Ant population at GCHS to enjoy your treats! Please drop me an email letting me know you are bringing something and when

We are also in need of more volunteers to help with each of our performances. We try to schedule everyone so that if they work the back of the house for 1 performance, they will work the front of the house for another performance. If everyone volunteers for 2 events you still get to see the full show at least once. Click here to choose which performance and sign up.

In addition to the bake sale we are also hosting a silent auction. Each section within the band has put together baskets for you to bid on. Look for pictures coming this week of what is available. You may be able to enjoy a concert and knock out some of your holiday shopping all in one night.

Here’s what else is going on for volunteers:

Wednesday, November 15th – Girls varsity basketball preseason classic vs Palmetto Ridge. We are in need of 2 parent/student teams to work this event. 6:30PM – 8:30PM $25 student credit for each student/parent team. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, November 16th – Girls JV & varsity soccer. We are in need of 2 parent/student teams to work this event. 5PM – 8:30PM. $25 credit for each game (total $50) for each student/parent team.

Click here to sign up.

Several other volunteer opportunities are available for non-varsity concessions. Please be sure to see the volunteers page on the website for a full listing. If you have already signed up for events please be sure to show-up on time. 2 automatic reminders are sent to you in advance of the date you signed up for.

Trip Information:

Universal Studios: This trip is closed and all tickets have been ordered at this time. Saturday, December 2, call time is 4:30AM. Parade time is 4:30PM. We will leave the park immediately following the parade. We expect to be back at GCHS by 10PM.

San Antonio: At this time all payments should be submitted. We are in the process of posting all received payments to our financial account. Charms will be updated later in the month. Please be patient as we are updating hundreds of accounts. We are volunteers and do have full time jobs that needed to pay our bills. If your account is past due please remit payment immediately. Chaperones please start making payments on your trip. Indicate your name on the check or in Paypal.

At this time all valid student id’s should have been turned in. We still have quite a few outstanding. Mr. Goff and Mr. McGuire have been given a list of those outstanding and will be speaking with you. Please turn in a copy of your valid state id, driver license or passport immediately. These were due by Oct 1.

Students should be preparing their room assignments and groups for the San Antonio trip. These forms are due in full by 12/1. Someone take the lead in your group and make sure the forms continue to move from person to person. If you are not in a group or have made room assignments by 12/1 one will be assigned to you. See attached forms. These are also available in hard copy in the bandroom.

Please review the band calendar for upcoming events. Band pictures will be taken during class in December. Many rehearsals after school and in the evening for concert bands, flag & dance have all been added into the calendar. Please mark you calendars for Concert MPA, remember these are required performances.

I hope you have a great week and enjoy the 2017 Prism Concert!


Liz Carroll


Band Aid Club

GCHS Marching Band

CCPS Honor Band Results

9 Nov

What an amazing night!  This evening students traveled to Palmetto Ridge High School to audition for the CCPS All-County Honor Band.  We had tremendous success again this year with 33 students making the ensemble.  Please help me in congratulating the following students for this amazing honor.

* Natalie Lara
* Elizabeth Parker
* Mia Ehrich
* Elaine Kim
* Vy Pham
* Natalee Barancik
* Emma Nabbie
* Mackenna Matuszak
* Ryan Garry
* Shayne Dagostino
* John Eugenides
* Frank Richards
* Gabriel Chalick
* Dylan Clark
* Micah Evans
* Dominic Young
* Alexander Konopczynski
* Adam Muradaz
* Arnulfo Rodriguez
* Kaylee Dombrowski
* Benjamin Isenberg
* Adriana Cespedes
* Camille Strackbein
* Ryan Austin
* Genevieve McAlear
* Christopher Reynolds
* James Lloyd III
* Jade Chegwidden
* Jamey Visgaitis
* Jared Walters
* Isabel Slaven
* Blake Sorenson
* Ethan Upson

Weekly Band Update 11/5/17

5 Nov

Band Update week of 11/5/17

WOW, What a night Friday! Congratulations to all of our Seniors and parents of those Seniors. It’s always such an emotional night. The energy with the band on Friday night was incredible.

A huge thank you must go out to all of our hard working volunteers. Without you we could not have had the awesome night we had. There were many Alumni parents who came back to help us out. It is always so nice to see their smiling faces. We are so appreciative of their time. Once a band parent always a band parent. If you don’t already know this, we have several alumni parents who come out week after week to help with the band because they love it. Several of these parents haven’t had students at GCHS for more than 5 years. We even have some GCHS alumni back as volunteers now that they have siblings in the band.

With that being said, we are all volunteers and do the best we can with the time we can give. The logistics behind a night like Friday is unbelievable. We pulled off Senior night and Sharkette night all in one game. We have had major equipment and power failures in both concession stands resulting in the loss of over a thousand dollars worth of food. We had to purchase all food and stock right before the game, with no extra storage space available. Was it a perfect night? No Way but was it a great night Absolutely!

Here is what is on tap this week:

Tuesday, November 7th, Fall concert for both Jazz Bands and select Wind Ensemble students.

Wednesday, November 8th, All County Honor Band Auditions at PRHS. Student audition times were posted on the white board in the band room. Please be on time to your audition.

Thursday, November 9th, Potential varsity home football game. 6PM call time. Students have been advised of this in class for the last week. If we do have a game all students will be dismissed at 8:30PM.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Tuesday, November 7th, Boys Soccer Preseason Classic. – One more parent/student team needed to work the stadium concession. Earn a $25 credit for each game worked. 2 games scheduled. Click here to sign up.

Wednesday, November 8th, Boys Soccer Preseason Classic – 2 parent/student teams are needed to work the stadium concession. Earn a $25 credit for each game worked. 2 games scheduled. Click here to sign up.

Wednesday, November 8th, All County Honor Band Auditions at Palmetto Ridge High School. All schools are required to send some volunteers. We are requesting 4 volunteers for the afternoon shift and 4 for the evening shift. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Thursday, November 9th, potential home football game. If this happens we will need concessions and chaperone volunteers.

Prism volunteers: We are in need of lots of help for this event.

  • Rehearsals Monday 11/13 through Thursday 11/16, 2:30PM – 6PM. Click here to sign up for rehearsals
  • Friday 11/17 there is an in school performance. Click here to sign up for this event.
  • Friday Evening 11/17, Saturday matinee and Saturday evening performances 11/18. Click here to sign up for this event.
  • Bakers are needed to provide individually wrapped items for sale at all performances.

There are several non-varsity concession events that have not yet been filled. We will also be hosting an All American football tournament December 18th through the 21st. We will be opening concessions for this event. $25 credit to student accounts for parent/student teams who work. The championship games will be televised. This is a great opportunity for our band to shine. Opportunities have been posted to the website.

  • 12/18 – 3 games, 4PM, 6PM & 8PM (8th grade students)
  • 12/19 – 3 games, 4PM, 6PM & 8PM (8th grade students)
  • 12/20 – 1 game 7:30PM 9th Grade All-American game (ERD) (pep-band)
  • 12/21 – 3 games (ERD) – no school 12/22
    • 3PM 6th grade National championship game
    • 5:30PM 7th grade National championship game
    • 8PM 8th grade National championship game


Prism tickets are on sale before and after rehearsals. See Mr. Goff to purchase tickets before or just after school. Friday, Nov 17 & Saturday, November 18, 7PM performance tickets $10. Saturday, November18 2PM Matinee, tickets $7. Bake sale following all performances. Poinsettias available for sale and there will be a silent auction at this event. The students have put together some very creative gift baskets for auction. Get your Holiday shopping done early.


Universal Studios – We have closed registration for this trip. No late payments will be accepted.

San Antonio – All payments should be completed for the trip at this point. If you have not yet submitted your final payments please do so immediately. Chaperones please make payments as soon as possible.

  • All students at this point should have turned in a copy of their valid Sate id, drivers license or passport (expired passports will not be accepted)

  • All students going on the trip should be putting together their room mates, groups of 4. All room assignments must be completed by 12/1. If you do not complete an assignment we will assign groups for you.

  • All students should be putting together their travel groups of 12. All groups must be completed by 12/1. If you do not complete a group, we will complete it for you.


We get a lot of questions about the student accounts in Charms.

  1. We update the Charms account once per month. All payments made by 10/10 are currently being added into the student charms account.

  2. The Nov update of Charms will include student credits for Sharkettes.

  3. If you turned in a check or cash with the proper labeling to the bait box we have received it. We have to post all of our financial info to our accounting system then we update Charms. The 2 systems can’t talk to one another so the entry into Charms is a manual process.

  4. Please be sure to enter your student name onto the memo line of a check and if paying on line through Pay-Pal please be sure to enter your student name. We receive lots of checks from people with last names different from your student. This poses a challenge when trying to post to the proper student accounts.

Concert Season:

At this point we begin to transition into concert season. Please be sure to check the band calendar. Mr. Goff has all events posted through the end of the school year. Lot of after school and evening rehearsals will begin in January.

All new female students, your concert dresses are in and need to be picked up. Remember they need to be hemmed so try them on right away and take care of any needed alterations.

Thank you all, I hope you have a great week.

Liz Carroll


Band Aid Club

GCHS Marching Band

Midweek update

31 Oct



A big congratulations to all of our hard working students. Straight Superior at FBA MPA last night. Their hard work has paid off. They should be very proud of themselves.

I’d like to extend a HUGE Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who pulled through for us on a Monday. Not only did we get enough helpers for Sharkettes, we had enough for all buses. We were sweating out there for a little bit but once again you came through. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

With that being said. We are very short for concessions on Friday night. We have 160 little girls that are expecting hotdogs when they finish dancing with the band at half time. We can’t let them down.

Please click the link provided to help us out. We can work around walking with your senior.

Click here to sign up. It is senior night so we need lots of help.

Last but not least……. Don’t miss out on this trip. Cost includes a 2 park pass, bus ride and snack.

Universal Studios – The band is planning a trip to march in Universal Studios holiday parade Dec 2. The cost of the trip is $115. If a student has a season pass the trip is $35 for the bus trip. Students must provide a copy of their season pass with their payment. Final date for to purchase this trip is 11/3. No Late payments will be accepted. Click here to pay online via Paypal.