Grapevine Mustang Band

Week of 02/02/2020


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Eleven students will represent GCISD as Texas All-State musicians at the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic/Convention. Three of the eleven are Grapevine High School Band students. Kristen Edwards, flute; Megan Ja, clarinet; and Mikey Strobel, trumpet.

For more information about all of our GCISD All-State Musicians, click here.

Notes from the Directors

Good afternoon, Mustang Band!

  • Please turn in the originals of your solos for the contest! Measures numbered, name, school. If you need a copy made of your solo please see Ms. Irby ASAP
  • Solo and Ensemble Contest is after school Friday, Feb. 7th at CHHS. Students should be at CHHS at least 30 minutes before their performance time.
  • Solo Contest times will be posted on the whiteboard. Students should wear dress clothes to the contest . Jeans, sneakers, t-shirts, are not acceptable.
  • Students that are ineligible are not allowed to perform at this event. They will do an alternate performance to count for this event. They are still expected to perform a solo and all ensembles will perform in class this week.
  • Solo and Ensemble fees are late and should be turned in ASAP.
  • An informational Hawaii trip meeting will be held in the GHS band hall on Feb. 24th at 7PM. Parents and students travelling to Hawaii must attend this event.
  • Next year’s summer band and marching season schedule are posted on the Mustang Band calendar. This schedule is TENTATIVE!! We have projected the schedule for your planning purposes this summer and fall. The schedule will be updated as we solidify dates.
  • There are some students that have an outstanding balance on their band fees, winterguard fees or indoor percussion fees. Please check your Charms account and make sure to deposit any outstanding fees into the safe.
  • If you are in a NEW BAND CLASS join the Remind (see below).
  • Check the band calendar for the most up-to-date information.


Text your class code to 81010

Wind Ensemble - @ghswind19

Honors Band - @ghshband

Symphonic Band - @ghssym20

Weekly Schedule

Monday, February 3

    • 4:15-5:00pm Honors Band FL, Oboe, Clarinet
    • 4:30-5:30pm Symphonic Band Trombones
    • 4:30-7:30pm Wind Ensemble
    • 5:30-8:30pm Winter Guard

    Tuesday, February 4

      • 7:30am Symphonic Band Saxes
      • 7:30am Wind Ensemble Percussion
      • 7:30am Wind Ensemble Trumpets
      • 4:00-5:00pm Honors Band Full Band Rehearsal
      • 4:30-5:30pm Symphonic Tubas/Euphoniums
      • 4:30-5:30pm Wind Ensemble Tubas/Euphoniums
      • 6:30-8:30pm Indoor Percussion

      Wednesday, February 5

      • 7:00-8:30am Winter Guard
      • 7:30am Wind Ensemble Flutes/Ob, Symphonic Flute/Ob, Symphonic Percussion
      • 7:45am Honors Low Reeds/Saxophones
      • 4:15-5:00 Honors Low Brass
      • 4:30-5:30pm Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Clarinets

      Thursday, February 6

      • 7:30am Wind Ensemble Trombone/Euphonium, Honors Percussion, Symphonic Horns
      • 4:15-5:00pm Honors Horns
      • 4:30-5:30pm Wind Ensemble Horns
      • 4:15-5:30pm Symphonic Band Full Ensemble
      • 5:30-8:30pm Winter Guard
      • 6:30-8:30pm Indoor Percussion

      Friday, February 7

      • 7:30am Wind Ensemble Low Reeds
      • 7:45am Honors Trumpets
      • 4:00pm GCISD Solo & Ensemble Contest
      • 4:30-5:30pm Wind Ensemble Saxophones
      • 6:30-8:30pm Indoor Percussion
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      Friday, Feb. 7th, 4:30pm



      Each student in the Mustang Band is required to perform a solo and ensemble at the GCISD Solo and Ensemble Contest on Friday, February 7.

      Winds (CHHS):

      Students are responsible for the registration fee of $8 per solo and ensemble ($16 total) as well as paying for their piano accompanist $40. The grand total is $56.

      Percussion (GHS):

      Students are responsible for the registration fee of $8 per solo and $8 per ensemble.

      Payment is PAST DUE!

      Feb Masterclass Schedule

      • Clarinets – 2/11 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30
      • Flutes – 2/12 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45
      • Oboes – 2/12 Honors band during class, WE after school
      • Bassoons – 2/12 Honors band during class, WE after school
      • Saxophones – 2/12 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45
      • Trumpets – 2/14 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45
      • Horns – 2/14 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45
      • Low Brass – 2/14 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45

      Everyone is expected to attend their masterclass.

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      Booster Notes

      • Solo and Ensemble Fees have been added to your CHARMS account.
      • There are several students that have outstanding payments on their Band Fee, Guard Fee, and Indoor Percussion Fee. Please check CHAMRS to ensure you are up-to-date on all of your payments. Our programs rely on the fees being paid on-time in order to purchase necessary materials to perform. Planning for the 2020 season has already started and we have already hired designers and started working on the marching show. Please make sure you are up-to-date with payments. If you have any questions, please email AND


      You may pay for your child’s fees easily with a credit card using a Pay Pal account. To use this feature, click on the “Finances” button then choose the “Make A Trip Payment” button. If you have not set up a Pay Pal account, you will be given an option to do so. Choose to pay using your credit card, debit card, or bank account. Make secure purchases without revealing your credit card number or financial information to the GHS Band or the CHARMS system. PayPal offers one of the safest platforms for online commerce with fraud rates at a fraction of those of typical e-commerce offerings. PayPal offers ease and flexibility, accepting all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express), as well as all major debit cards and direct transfers. Please be aware that there is a fee to pay by credit card.

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      Will you BEE Mine? Cookie Decorating FUNdraiser

      We are buzzing with excitement about the next GHS Band FUNdraiser! Cookies by Lori will be teaching a cookie decorating class on Feb 12th. Lori will be donating a portion of sales back to the band!

      Cookies, icing, tools needed to decorate will be provided and you will learn to decorate the adorable cookies pictured below.

      The class is for adults and kids. (We ask that children be 8yrs and up)


      When:Wednesday, February 12th

      Time: 6:30-8:30pm

      Location: GHS Student Activity Center (Cafeteria)

      Cost: $40 per person - a portion of all sales will be donated to the band!

      Everyone will able to box up their cookies and take them home!

      We have a limited number of spots and a paid reservation is required. No walk-ins. So please go to the link to purchase your ticket!

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      Monday, Feb. 24th, 7pm

      3223 Mustang Drive

      Grapevine, TX

      An informational Hawaii trip meeting will be held in the GHS band hall on Feb. 24th at 7PM. Parents and students travelling to Hawaii must attend this event.

      Guard Info

      The NTCA Scholarship is now available! See Mr. Samuels for more details.

      We are in need of a Guard Liason. This person would work alongside the Mr. Samuels, Mr. Redd, and the booster executive committee to help with the guard program.

      The guard is also in need of volunteers to help with uniform fittings and alterations. The dates are TBD, but if you would like to potentially help email Mr. Redd (

      Contest Dates:

      January 24 - NTCA Lovejoy - 9th Place

      February 22 - NTCA Red Oak

      March 7 - NTCA Grand Prairie

      • We need a GCISD certified teacher to travel with the group this day if you work at GCISD and would like to volunteer your time please let us know

      March 14 - NTCA Lewisville

      Percussion Update

      Indoor Percussion

      Our show this year is called "Pull." Centered around a theme of gravity and utilizing our floor's galaxy design, the performers will constantly be pulled into the center of the black hole, and will always be fighting gravity's unstoppable forces.


      Tuesdays 7:30-8:30am Wind Ensemble Percussion

      Wednesdays 7:30-8:30am Symphonic Band Percussion

      Thursdays: 7:30-8:30am Honors Band Percussion

      Important dates coming up:

      February 20, 6:30-8:30- Pit Crew Dress Rehearsal

      February 21, 8:00- Community Send-off Performance

      February 22- competition @ Burleson HS

      February 29- competition @ Berkner HS

      March 21- competition @ Juan Seguin HS

      April 4- championships @ Burleson Centennial HS

      General Percussion Dates

      April 16, 6:30- Percussion Bash

      April 23, 4:30-6:30- 8th-11th Grade Drumline Clinic

      April 30, 4:30-6:30- 8th-11th Grade Drumline Clinic

      May 7, 4:30-6:30- 8th-11th Grade Drumline Clinic

      May 14, 4:30-6:30- 8th-11th Grade Drumline Clinic

      May 21, 4:30-8:30- Drumline Auditions

      Please frequently check the band calendar and GroupMe for rehearsal dates/times and other updates.

      Feb Birthdays

      Greg P - 2/04

      James H - 2/04

      Noah S - 2/06

      Brady B - 2/09

      Sam M - 2/10

      Sierra S - 2/11

      Ashley D - 2/15

      Madi P - 2/16

      Bethany DLT - 2/21

      Cindy H - 2/23

      Julie L - 2/24

      Tracy S - 2/25

      Grant S - 2/25

      Other links and forms

      Private Lesson Sign Up

      If you are not yet signed up for private lessons, sign up here!

      Instrument Repair Form

      If you have a broken school-owned instrument that needs repaired, go to the band website to fill out the repair form. Follow the directions carefully.

      Lost Music Form

      If you have lost your music and need a copy, WE HAVE A SOLUTION! The form must be completed 48 hours before the time you need music so the librarians can get you copies.