Volunteering Challenge are you in or out?

15 Dec

This holiday season please consider giving a few hours to your Band Family. We have the perfect opportunity coming this week.

We will need many hands to make this task happen. Which task you ask? Well that would be the FBU Championships. Here is what we need for the next 5 day…….

Sunday Dec 16th will be the registration and future’s mini camp day – we will open the concessions (home and away) from 8 am to 3 pm. We are looking for 10 people at each of these shifts – we could use a few more people for the second shift – please sign up on the website.

Monday Dec 17th – there will be two shifts 3 to 7 and 7 to 11 (earlier if the crowd starts to thin) there will be three games that day, it will be the 8th grade quarterfinals. Great job volunteers – we almost have this one staffed fully – shout out to those that have already signed up!!!!!!!

Tuesday Dec 18th – there will be two shifts 3 to 7 and 7 to 11 (again earlier if the crowd thins out). There will be three games that day as well one will be a consolation game and then two semi finals. We could certainly use a few more volunteers on this day for both shifts.

Wednesday Dec 19th – WOW – this is going to be the fun day!!!! This is the 9th grade All-American Game – there will be lots of excitement. We will be opening both the home and the away concession this night as well. We are looking for at least 12 for the home side and 6 for the way side.

Now – here is the other fun thing to be added – our band students will be playing in the stands that evening (the kids know who needs to be there) so we will need to have chaperons there to help Mr. Goff and Mr. McGuire keep things under control. So we will need at least 6 people for this one. To sign up for this task please email Lynette Young at gchs2018youngcoffey@gmail.com.

Thursday Dec 20th – wow we have almost finished this event……. there will be two shifts 3 to 7 and 7 to 11 (earlier if the crowd starts to thin) there will be three games that day, it will be the 6th and 7th grades National Championships We can certainly use more volunteers for both shifts.

PS there is another event scheduled for Dec 27th through the 29th – Shark Shoot out. We will email you about that later next week.

Please email if you have any questions.

I fully understand how inconvenient it is to stop during the holiday times to volunteer for a few hours – we have some many things to do at this time of year. But it is for the kids and this amazing program.

As a bystander you may not realize how fortunate our kids are to have this program – music education has been proven to help develop language and reasoning skills – it helps to teach our kids to multi-task, manage time and to have better organizational skills.

Believe it, (I know they don’t appear to do this at home).

I would like to challenge all of our parents – there are over 500 of you – to sign up to volunteer with your band family this holiday season.

Thank you for your volunteering time!

Lynette Young

“Tis the Season for…… Football again”

11 Dec

Hi Everyone!

AND, ‘Tis the Season for giving…….giving of your time! Did you know……
Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person.
Expands your connections. The relationships you can create while volunteering are endless. …
Makes you feel good. …
Contributes to a longer life. …
Gives purpose. …
Combats stress. …
Gives a good example to your child. …
Teaches new skills for you and your student.
So, how can you even think of staying away?? Come volunteer with us!
Here’s the link: www.gchsharkband.com/volunteer

This week we have a need for Wednesday concession in the gym for Girls’ Basketball. WE ONLY NEED ONE PERSON!! Is it YOU??  And 1 person for Soccer on Friday. Please email Lynette at gchs2018youngcoffey@gmail.com and sign up here: http://www.gchsharkband.com/volunteer

Don’t forget, tonight’s the night for the Trumpet fundraiser at Burntwood Tavern! I’ve attached the paper you need to print and bring to eat when you go for lunch and/or dinner. Hope to see you there!

Trumpet Fundraiser 2018

Now, for the MAIN EVENT!!
The All American Football Tournament is coming next week from the 16th till the 20th. It’s a DOOZY! We need to have both home and away concession going and grills running from 3-11p each day from the 17th-20th!!!
These games are 2 things: 1st-paying games (you can make money if you work it) and 2nd-training games (you learn what you’re doing and qualify to work and make money at the winter and spring games that we run concession for). This is your last chance to learn the ropes folks! And it is so fun and goes so fast. PLEASE come out and help us.

As a matter of fact, get on the horn and call a friend! BOTH of you come out and work! That assures you’ll have fun! WE NEED YOU! Please go to the volunteer page and sign up for a couple of time slots!
WE STILL NEED 111 PEOPLE! That’s not a typo. Seriously!
One Hundred and Eleven people/bodies in spots to work concession. You guys are wonderful! We know we can count on you to fill those spots! http://www.gchsharkband.com/volunteer/

If you are wondering how to order those band portraits the kids just took last week here are the instructions:
If you Pre-Paid, just look at the poses and pick the one you like along with the Background.
You must send me an E-Mail (Mfernandez@PortraitEFX.com) with the School Name, Student Name, Pose Number (DxA_xxxx), and Background pick, as I can NOT see the Favorites you mark.

If you did not order yet, you may order directly from the Web Site.   Please Note: The Composite Picture will be delivered later in the year after we create it.  If you are using an Apple product with Safari, then the HTTP:// must be included or it changes the URL.


Please go to the Web Site:  Http://sunup.portraitefx.com


Select ORDER on the upper right side (on a Computer).

Select the: Gulf Coast Band 2018

Enter the Student ID number as the Online Code and your e-mail address.

The instructions (which nobody reads) are printed next. Click continue.

Please read the comments, and then press OK.

***If you have two or more students, after putting the first one in the shopping cart, use the Change Gallery before you purchase and do the next one.***

I cannot see what you marked as Favorites so, please E-mail me with the Your Name, School, and Pose (DEA_xxxx) you want if you Pre-Paid

You may purchase from the Web Site. Any special requests, just e-mail me (Mfernandez@PortraitEFX.com).

If you have already Pre-Paid, please do not purchase again, unless you would like additional Portraits.

…in other picture news…..

If you missed it in the last email, here is a link to order your band senior night picture: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rENdSvlm1VXk9LB3270hfaXPXhLRDFHk

PS: Please put a SAVE-THE-DATE in your calendars for February 2nd for our Luau Fundraiser! More info still coming.

Hope that covers it.  🙂

Debbie Borowski
GCHMB Corresponding Secretary

Band Update 12/4/18

6 Dec
Info Here for You Just under the Immediate Need:
We have Thursday night’s game that needs to have volunteers.
Girls Basketball vs Riverdale  5 to 8:30pm.
Why should you volunteer?  Because we need you!  There have been
studies that say the more you give of your time the happier you feel.
Come be happy!
And many of you have been asking about those Band Senior Night Pictures. Guess what?? Here’s a link where you can see them ALL! This link will ONLY be active until 12/21/18! Get them ASAP!  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rENdSvlm1VXk9LB3270hfaXPXhLRDFHk?usp=sharing
Oh, and don’t forget that Band Pictures ( the ones taken at school of each kid in their band uniforms ) are tomorrow, Dec 5th and 6th!  Are you buying them? I attached the form to the 11/26 email if you need it. You can also pay online at http://sunup.portraitefx.com. Go to ORDER on the upper right side. On the next page select the Band then enter the Student ID and your email address. There is a lot of information on the form that may help you order online.
Good Luck!
Debbie Borowski
GCHMB Corresponding Secretary

Band Update 11/13/18

13 Nov

Hi Everyone!

Are you knee deep in Prism? The kids sure are! Can’t wait to see the performance!
Did you get tickets yet? If you haven’t, we will be selling them under the flagpole before and after practices today through Thursday. You will need to know WHICH SHOW you are going to (Friday or Saturday) not just whether it’s matinee or not. The tickets are specific by day and time. Theevening performances are $10 each. The daytime performance tickets are $7 each.

You know that a show this elaborate has lots of moving parts (people, instruments, props, baked goods, baskets). So we still need a bit of help to make sure all of those parts get to the right spots. Please, if you haven’t already, take some time to lend a hand. Here is the link to the sign up site. www.gchsharkband.com. We still need bakers, helpers through the week, but especially helpers on Saturday night. Surely you ALL aren’t going to watch the show on Saturday night? Can’t you come to be behind the scenes so that those who have been behind the scenes all week can be out front to see the performance? Right now we only have 2 people signed up to help on Saturday night.

If you do sign up to be a baker, remember to wrap your goodies individually to sell for $1 per package.  Please bring your goodies before the show you signed up for, to the auditorium lobby. You might not have realized it if you already signed up, but there are sign-up spots for all three shows. We like to sell goodies at all the shows.

Also, don’t forget to look for the silent auction baskets created by the band sections. It’s NOT TOO EARLY to be thinking about holiday gift giving! If you win a few baskets, you could be half done with your shopping! WHO KNOWS?!?!

Don’t forget about the meeting Thursday night! If you’re asking “what meeting??”, listen up! Is your child considering going to the Washington DC/Philadelphia Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Parade trip next year? This meeting is where you’re going to get the info you need to decide! Come to the auditorium Thursday, November 15th, at 7p. If you know of incoming 9th grader band members, they are invited too. Both students and parents are invited to attend.

Last thought, as you enjoy the shows this weekend, consider sending your pictures to the band historians before they get too far back in your phone! Here’s their email address: GCHMBHistorians@gmail.com.

Hope to see you at the shows!
Debbie Borowski
Corresponding Secretary


Band Update 11/5/18

6 Nov

Good Evening Everyone!


So much happening! Let’s dive right in!


You’ve been hearing this…but you didn’t believe it! But it’s true! There’s NO PRACTICE this week!  WHAT?? Get out there and enjoy the weather or something! Or rest up , ’cause next week is a DOOZY! So, no practice 11/6 (except flag & dance) or 11/8.  And, sadly, no football game Friday. (But, just wait until December! We’ll have a bunch of football games for you then! And we’ll need your help too!)


Next week on Thursday, 11/15, at 7p, meet in the auditorium for LOTS of info on the Washington DC/Philly/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. This trip IS NOT mandatory. But it’s highly imperative that you attend the meeting if you would like to go.


Let’s talk about Prism. In my last general email, I was a little confusing.

Prism rehearsals are next week. They are ALL NEXT WEEK.

Monday, 11/12: 230-5p

Tuesday, 11/13: 230-6p

Wednesday, 11/14: 230-6p

Thursday, 11/15: 230-6p.

**Reminder: NO FOOD OR DRINK is allowed in the band room during these rehearsals!**

Bring extra food for lunch or to eat after school! Plan ahead! You CAN bring things to keep you busy to the band room L I K E your homework! Cards! Books to read! Board games! Coloring books! Even electronic devices if you must…


Now, Prism concerts are as follows:

Friday Daytime, 11/16: kids’ call time 9a , Concert 10a.  Only feeder schools on field trips attend this performance.

Friday Evening, 11/16: kids’ call time 6p, Concert 7p. General Public comes to this one.

Saturday Daytime, 11/17: kids’ call time 130p, Concert 2p. General Public

Saturday Evening, 11/17: kids’ call time 630p, Concert 7p. General Public.

How much does it cost, you ask?  Friday and Saturday Evening performances are $10.00.

Saturday’s matinee is only $7. Tickets will be on sale before and after the PRISM rehearsals next week. See Mrs. Clark! If you just can’t wait. You can contact her atgchsprismconcert@yahoo.com.


During the Prism concerts, we host a silent auction of gift baskets pulled together by each section. Do you know the theme for your kid’s section? Ask them, they know by now!


Also during the Prism concerts, we host bake sales! So, get out those cookie recipes you wanted to try before the holiday season! Make a batch for us and keep a few for your family! We just ask that the ones for us are packaged in units to sell for $1 each.  You can sign up for this on the site: www.gchsharkband.com.


And as much as you LOVE to watch the Prism Concerts, we ask that you realize that the reason it can happen is that there were other parents behind the scenes during concerts and rehearsals selling tickets, watching the halls, helping kids into their costumes, moving props, and generally keeping their eyes on the kids FOR HOURS. So, if you can, could you be one of those parents who lends a hand at either the rehearsals or performances? www.gchsharkband.com


Hopefully you got the Save the Date email the other day about our AWESOME LUAU coming up! Keep your ears open! More info to come! Here’s a link to the announcement: CLICK HERE.


Now, I bet you’re thinking, MAN! There is so much going on! And you’d be right! It doesn’t stop just because we had our last varsity football game! We still have concession volunteer opportunities throughout the year! Go to the site, sign up. Remember you’ll make some $$$ there!


I have to stop here for a second. Why? Because WE want to thank everyone who has worked SO HARD this season. There are so many of you! And WE want you to know how much you are APPRECIATED! You are WONDERFUL and GIVING: and we have had so much fun with you! Thank you. Thank you to each and every one of you. Even if you have only been able to give an hour or two of your time. There are some who have given a hundred hours. But we need EACH and EVERY one of you to make this happen! From the BOTTOM of our hearts, Thank You!


OK, A few more things….

The Universal Trip is creeping up on us. It’ll be here right after the Thanksgiving break.  It’s going to be a full day trip. Call time at 430a. Arriving back at the school around 11p! Whew, that’s a long day! As usual, students taking part in this must travel to and from Universal with the band. More info to come as we get closer.


Lastly, you remember those Localinx coupon books we ALL sold??? Well, last year’s book has expired (except the Jet’s Pizza and Phelan’s coupons). So, recycle the old one and go pull out the new one and put it in your car. You only have a YEAR to use them! AND the company now has a neat way to support GCH Marching Band ALL YEAR! Go to their site: LOCALINX  and buy gift cards for the businesses on the site. a portion of each purchase will go to GCHMB! I mean, if you’re going to go there anyways…might as well support the band!


That’s all for this week!

Debbie Borowski

Corresponding Secretary