Here is this week's Weekly Blurb
It's only 5 days to the first football game! I can't wait to see how the football team plays this year, and I can't wait to see the band on the field at halftime!
I've added a couple of new signups and I added to one existing signup. Here's a rundown of the opportunities. All of these are a great time, as the parents have as much or more fun than the kids, and you really make friends with all of the parents involved. Plus you get to see all of the behind the scenes effort that goes into competition marching band.
1) Pit Crew -- We have openings for 2 parents to help with the pit crew at football games and competitions. This group moves the front ensemble equipment and podiums onto the front sideline before the performance, and then moves it off after the show. This group always has a lot of fun and it's a completely different perspective to watch the show.
Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054dacab22a4f94-pitcrew1 to sign up.
2) Props Setup and Move -- We have some very cool props this year, including a platform and stairs, as well as an 8 foot wide spider named Itsy. We need 7 parents at each competition to help load these props, set them up at the competition site, move them onto the field and set them up on the field, move them off the field, and load them for the return to the school. Four of these positions require an ability to do heavy lifting (75 to 100 lbs or so) to put the platform up. The other three do not require heavy lifting. This is also a fun group, and a way to be very close to the band as it enters the field for competition.
Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054dacab22a4f94-competition1 to sign up
I've also added four different coordinator in training positions. All four of these are currently handled by Senior parents, so we need a new generation of parents to volunteer to learn how to do these critical roles:
1) Chaperone Coordinator -- Laurie Tufts currently does this job. It involves keeping the bus lists, assigning chaperones to buses, and making sure all of the chaperones are present. Laurie will show you all of the tasks necessary.
2) Maintenance Coordinator -- Paul Bouza manages the maintenance needs of the box truck, and the 2 trailers. These are kept at the school, and most maintenance is done by the district transportation department. If you're mechanically oriented, like to work on cars, etc. this is the role for you! Paul has extensive notes on this role, and will be able to show you everything involved all during this season before you take over next year.
3) Prop Building Coordinator -- Paul Bouza helps to design and manage the building of our props for the show. If you like to build things and/or are creative, this is the role for you! Paul has extensive notes on this role, as well.
4) Pit Crew Coordinator -- Vern Ellis manages the Pit Crew. You will learn from the master on how to organize this group and make sure everything gets to the games / competitions, gets onto the field and gets back off again.
Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054dacab22a4f94-westerville to sign up for any of these roles.
Please sign up for any role that you can commit to. We really do have fun at these and it's a great way to meet other parents.
The Photography Team for the 2014-2015 marching band season has decided to put together a DVD at the end of the season that would include the end of season slide show along with extras and bonus materials. The DVD will be made available for purchase for a very nominal price (to cover cost to produce DVDs) to band families only for personal use. Due to the intention to distribute the slideshow with bonus materials of the band to band families, the Photography Team felt it appropriate to ask for a release (found here) for the use of pictures of your student(s) in the DVD and end of season slide show. This Release MUST be signed and returned. If the Photography Team does not receive a release for your student with consent given or denied to use photos of your student(s), it will be assumed that you do not give permission and your student will not be included in the end of season slideshow or DVD. We are asking that all forms are signed and returned by no later than August 14th at the end of band practice.
The photo release form can be found here and on the forms page
Now that our new uniform jackets have arrived we are ready to start turning the old uniform jackets into pillows to raise money for new bibs. The form to order pillows can be found here and on the forms page
Please see our new Q and A page for all of your questions regarding marching band.
it is time to re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. PLEASE see the linked information sheet and thanks for your continued support! Here is the flyer with all of the information.
The photo sharing site is now up on Shutterfly. It can be accessed here, or from the link on the menu at the top of the page. You will be receiving an email sometime in the next couple of days inviting you to join. If you do not receive and email, or don't want to wait, you can follow the link and ask to be added. For any family members who would like to join, please indicate the name of the student so that I can confirm that they should be added.
If you shop at either Kroger or Meijer, please sign up for their rewards program. This a great way to help fund the band, and it doesn't cost anything over and above your normal grocery costs. You can sign up for Kroger Rewards here. Also remember that you need to re-enroll annually. For Meijer Rewards, our code is 782721. You can sign up here