Weekly Update

September 12, 2020

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Patriot Band:

What an interesting week! This past week we all experienced school in a new way (again) and students handled it all beautifully! It's been great to have students back in the band hall!

Please read on for important information about the upcoming week.


Eligibility works a little differently this year. GISD has moved our grading periods to 9 weeks rather than 6 weeks. Those 9 week report cards will determine eligibility throughout the year, but UIL guidelines still require an eligibility check at the 6 week mark so that schools across the state have the same time frame. That means that our first eligibility check will be determined by the 6 week progress report that ends next week. Students who are failing non-exempt classes at the end of the day next Friday the 18th will lose eligibility to participate in UIL activities, including football games. Please check student grades in Skyward. Students with any number of missing assignments at the end of next week are likely to lose eligibility.

The second eligibility check (opportunity to regain and/or chance to lose eligibility) will be determined by the first 9 week report card October 2nd.

1st Band Fee Payment

The first $75 paid toward band fees is due this Tuesday, September 15th.

The easiest and preferred payment method for safety purposes is to pay through Skyward. If need be, payments can be made by cash or check in the band hall. Checks must be made payable to "LCHS" with "Band Fees" and student ID # in the memo line.

Marching Band Attendance Policy

Attendance at all marching rehearsals is critical for safe and effective performances. For this reason, it is the policy of the Patriot Band that students who have an unexcused absence from a marching rehearsal will not be allowed to participate in that week's football game. Absences will be excused for the same reasons the school might excuse an absence such as illness or family emergency. Absences must be communicated by email to Mr. Hudler in order to be excused. Communication must be from a parent or guardian.

Whenever possible, we will keep Wednesdays clear for students to take care of tutorials, doctor's appointments, work, driver's training, etc. The band calendar has been updated to reflect this schedule for the next several weeks.

Band Website and Calendar

Find the official band calendar on the home page of our band website. We encourage families and students to sync the band calendar to your personal calendar to help keep track of our busy schedule.

Football Games

The calendar has been updated with the revised football schedule. There are still many questions about football games we don't yet have answers to, but please be mindful of these dates (there is a game the day after Thanksgiving). All members of the marching band are expected to attend all football games.

Members of the marching band will need their band gear before the first game on October 2nd. Students must have required materials such as water jugs and uniform pieces for football games. If you have already ordered your gear, it will be distributed to your student as soon as it is delivered to the school in the next week or so. If you have not ordered your required gear, please do so as soon as possible through the Band Booster Online Store.

Band Booster Online Store

Purchase required band gear here.

Marching Band Rehearsal Schedule

Note: Members who are marching must have a flip folder for their music at every rehearsal.

Week of September 14th

  • Monday, September 14th

    • 3:00pm - Student Leadership Team arrives and checks in.

    • 3:15pm - Students Check in

    • 3:30pm - Rehearsal Begins

    • 6:00pm - Rehearsal ends. Students go through the pick-up process.

  • Tuesday, September 15th *Band Fee Payment Due*

    • 3:00pm - Student Leadership Team arrives and checks in.

    • 3:15pm - Students Check in

    • 3:30pm - Rehearsal Begins

    • 6:00pm - Rehearsal ends. Students go through the pick-up process.

  • Wednesday, September 16th - No Rehearsal

  • Thursday, September 17th

    • 3:00pm - Student Leadership Team arrives and checks in.

    • 3:15pm - Students Check in

    • 3:30pm - Rehearsal Begins

    • 6:00pm - Rehearsal ends. Students go through the pick-up process.

In Class Performances - Week of September 14th

All performance materials can be found in our virtual library. To help avoid bandwidth and connection problems, we recommend that students download their materials ahead of time.
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Parents, please be aware that grades are starting to go into Skyward. For all band classes, students are expected to log into Canvas and join us for live meetings through Google Meets at the scheduled time for their class. The majority of students’ grades will be live performances during these meets. If students do not attend the Google Meets and perform their assigned materials, they will not get credit and will receive a zero for their grade. We understand that there are occasionally internet connection problems. This is why we have dedicated our Friday classes every week to make-up performance opportunities for students who missed a performance or who would like to reattempt a performance for a higher score.

Our performance grades are evaluated using a mastery learning model. Students have multiple opportunities to perform and improve material until it is mastered. We use a very specific rubric to evaluate student performances. Scores are divided into three ranges and grades are based on those ranges. (Yellow = 50%, White = 70, Blue = 100%) A copy of the rubric is attached for reference.

Class Attendance

We make announcements and take attendance in the first 10 minutes of each Google Meet. If a student logs on late, they will have been marked absent. It will be the responsibility of the student to reach out to correct attendance. To have attendance corrected, students should find the "magic button" on their canvas course home page which will take them to a Google Form they can fill out to request a correction.


Fees should now be available for payment through Skyward. Because of current circumstances, we have reduced the fees to only the Band Operations Fee of $200 for all members of the program and the Instrument Usage Fee of $100 for students who use school-owned instruments. (These fees do not include items such as uniform pieces which are purchased from the Band Boosters.) Fees can be paid electronically through Skyward, or by cash or check in the band office.

Because this new fee process has taken more time than anticipated, we are adjusting the payment schedule as follows:

September 15th - $75

October 15th - $75

November 16th - $75

December 15th - $75 or remaining balance

*A note about fees owed from previous years: Those fees will be paid through the boosters, not through skyward. Past due fees can be paid by cash or checks made out to be boosters or through the CutTime system used last year.

Required Forms

ALL MEMBERS of the Patriot Band must have our these forms on file, regardless of plans to participate in in-person activities. Please submit these forms ASAP. If you have not completed or received these forms, they are now available at this link: Required Forms

(It is okay to sign for your student.)

Please review the traffic pattern for check-in/drop-off

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Private Lessons

We strongly encourage all members of the band to take advantage of private lesson opportunities this year. Lessons are incredibly beneficial to every student from Concert Band to the Wind Ensemble. They help students grow and improve individually, which is the best and fastest way for our band to grow and improve as an organization. This week the band staff will be reaching out to families who expressed interest in private lessons to help set them up and answer any questions. More information about private lessons can be found on our band website along with student applications and contact information for our amazing private lessons staff.

This Year's Show....

Congrats! If you've made it this far into the Weekly Update, I would like to announce to you our marching show this year...The Planets!

The show is based the planetary works by Gustav Holst, Jupiter and Mars. Listen to the midi files below to hear what it will sound like!

VanDoren Music

"Jupiter", from The Planets, by Gustav Holst, Arr. Evan VanDoren & Andrew Markworth by VanDoren Music

VanDoren Music

"Mars", from The Planets, by Gustav Holst, Arr. Evan VanDoren & Andrew Markworth by VanDoren Music