Band Update 10/1/17

1 Oct

Hello Shark Fans!

Our crazy weather ride continues… Almost made it to our half time performance. At least both Riverdales band and our band did play their half time music for each other in Golden Gate’s Auditorium. Elvis was in the house for sure.

Did you hear, even though the kids were dismissed, the game went on and the Sharks pulled out a BIG WIN IN OT! Way to go Sharks.

We have a lot going on now that we are back into the swing of things so please be sure to read the entire email.

Tuesday, October 3 – band rehearsal 6 – 8:15PM in the stadium. Be prompt, students should be on the field ready to perform at 6 not arriving at 6PM. We have a lot to cover, only 6 practices until the CCPS Band Showcase.

Wednesday, October 4 – All State Auditions – 4 – 9PM at East Naples Middle School. Good Luck Sharks!

Thursday, October 5 – band rehearsal 6 – 8:15PM in the stadium. Be prompt, students should be on the field ready to perform at 6 not arriving at 6PM. We have a lot to cover, only 5 practices until the CCPS Band Showcase.

Friday, October 6 – Home game vs. Barron Collier, this is also middle school night so we will welcome 8th grade students from Oakridge Middle and North Naples Middle. Student call time is 5:30PM, volunteer call time is 5PM.

Saturday, October 7 – The band will be performing in Disney Magic Kingdom. Student call time is 4:30AM, Chaperon call time is 4:15AM. Please be sure to send your student with money for food and souvenirs. We will have a sugary snack (muffins, donuts, granola bars) for their breakfast with us. As a reminder students are not permitted to travel in pajamas and are not allowed to have blankets. All students must be wearing their Elvis t-shirt or their 2017/18 section shirt for the day.

San Antonio trip – The first air fare payment of $225 is due Today! Click here to submit you payment via PayPal.

Please remit payment immediately. Your final trip payment of $225 is due Nov. 1. At this time we need a copy of all students going on the trip, Photo ID – State Id, Drivers license or valid Passport. LESS THAN 75 STUDENTS HAVE TURNED THEIRS IN TO DATE. Student groups and room sign-ups will be happening a little later this month. Students should look for a separate email regarding these sign-ups.

Volunteers Needed!

Tuesday, October 3 – 6 – We need a couple of guys with ladders who can assist Rachel Slaven in hanging all of our banners around the stadium.

Friday, October 6Home game vs. Barron Collier – We still need lot of help for this event. We need chaperons as well as concession people. This game is an all hands on deck event. Lots to do. Click the link provided here to sign up today:

The school is trying to get a home game scheduled for Friday, October 13 (our bye week). So look for details on this coming soon.


Coupon Books – At this time all unsold coupon books and monies should have been turned in. We are wrapping up this fundraiser. Any monies/books not turned in to date will result in the students band account being charged.

Sharkettes – Start signing up those little girls to come out and dance with our flag and dance teams. This is a great fundraiser, students earn $25 for every student they sign up. Please don’t wait until the last week, we like to try and order our t-shirts about a week in advance. Click the link here for the Sharkette form.

Trailer Ads – We need to re-wrap our band trailers. We have advertising opportunities available on our large and small trailer. This is a student share opportunity. Students can earn up to $250 in their band account with these sales. Please reach out to MJ Kramer if you are interested or know someone who may be interested.

Prism – Believe it or not this concert is just around the corner. Several things will be happening at this event. We want each of the 3 shows to be a packed house. Tickets will be available soon for sale. Watch for more details.

Krispy Kreme Donuts/Coffee – We will be kicking this fundraiser off in early November watch for details soon.

Fun facts: For those of you who were out at practice on Tuesday night, you saw our half time prop revealed to the students for the first time. We expect it to make its half time debut on Friday night.

Here is what it took to create the ½ time prop:

2760 LED Lights

10,246 Screws/fastners

700 Linear feet of wiring

640 Square Feet of Plywood

1000 Watts Transformer power

824 Linear feet of Welded Aluminum

1,862 Pounds

4 transfer decals

Over 600 Man Hours

54 date in production!

Hope you all have a great week.


Liz Carroll


Band Aid Club

GCHS Marching Band

Midweek Band Update

26 Sep

Due to hurricane Irma, this Thursday’s football game has been moved to Golden Gate High School.  As this game is a district game it is important that the band is present to support the football team.  Here are some details for your planning purposes:

• Parents will need to provide transportation for their students to Golden Gate High School.  Parking passes will be distributed to all students if they charge.  Students are encouraged to park near the auditorium and bus loop.  It is on the left side of the building as you pull in.

• Uniform for winds and percussion will be khaki shorts, Elvis! band shirts, and tennis shoes.  Flag and dance were given directions at rehearsal this evening.

• Call time will be 6:00pm on the bus loop at Golden Gate High School.

• Dismissal will be at the conclusion of the game in the bus loop at Golden Gate High School.  This will be approximately 9:30pm.  We will have students call/text their rides at the start of the 4th quarter so parents have adequate time to arrive at GGH to pick up their students.

• The GCH band room will be open from 4:00-5:00pm so students may retrieve their instruments if necessary.

• The GCH band room will be open for one hour after dismissal for students to return instruments if necessary.

• We will be performing pre-game and halftime.

• Concert band, Symphonic Winds, and 9/10 flag/dance will take their break during the 1st quarter.  Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and 11/12 flag/dance will take their break during the 3rd quarter.

• Students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water for the stands.  The concession stand and ice will be limited at GGH.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Band Update 9/24/17

24 Sep

What a wild ride the last couple of weeks has been.  We hope that all of our students and families are safe and sound.  I think the students are looking forward to some normalcy.  I’m sure we are all going to face many challenges over the coming months.

But as they say the show must go on…….
Here is what is on tap for the band for the beginning of the this week…
Tuesday 9/26 band practice 6 -8:15PM.  Please be sure to arrive on time and be on the field  ready to work by 6PM.  Please do not arrive late.  We are 3 weeks behind at this point and have a lot of work to do on Tuesday.  Be sure to hydrate and bring water with you.  It’s still hot out.
Calling all helpers….. We need your help cleaning concessions on Tuesday 6 – 8:00.  We lost all of our perishable food in the storm.  Thanks to Don Dombrowski and Dan Rogers who cleaned out the refrigerators and freezers.  We do however need to deep clean all refrigerators and freezers.  Please give a couple of hours to help us get this done.  No need to sign up just show up.
Also, if anyone borrowed some of our propane tanks to use before, during or after the storm can you kindly return them?
At this point all unsold coupon books and/or money should have been returned.  If you have yet to do so please bring them to Tuesdays practice along with the money you collected for sold books.  We need to wrap this fundraiser up.  Monies and books were due at the end of August.  NO MORE BOOKS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOLLOWING TUESDAYS PRACTICE.  ANY OUTSTANDING BOOKS AT THAT TIME WILL BE CHARGED TO YOUR BAND ACCOUNT!!!!!
Apparel – There are a few apparel its that still need to be picked up.  Can you please be sure to collect these items on Tuesday night.
Disney Trip – The Disney trip has been rescheduled for Oct 7.  We do have about 20 open seats for students who wish to attend this trip that weren’t going to be able to attend on its previously scheduled date.  These seats are on a first come first serve basis.  The cost of the trip is $110.  Money is due no later than the end of practice on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
October 1 – San Antonio Airfare payment 1 is due. $225.  The last and final payment will be due on Nov 1 for $225.  Chaperone selections are being done.  If you wish to be considered as a chaperone for the San Antonio trip please fill out the form in the link provided.
Chaperone Consideration Form . Invites to be a chaperone will be released early next week.  If selected you will need to begin to make payments for your trip right away.
Don’t forget to sign up those Sharkettes.  The cost is $50 Click here for the form.  Students receive $25 for every little girl they sign up.
Many questions have been asked about the missed games.  The school is working on this and will have information out to us soon.  So for now stay tuned……
I hope the students have an awesome week.
Liz Carroll
Band Aid Club
GCHS Marching Band

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