December 2021 Newsletter

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Summary of Upcoming Events

12/1 Last day to order an In Suspense ornament

12/2 Parent meeting 7 pm auditorium

12/3 Parade practice after school until 5 pm

12/4 Christmas Parade

12/8 Spirit Night Steak 'n Shake Rock Hill 5-9 pm

12/13 Concert practice after school until 6 pm

12/14 FCMS Band Concert 7 pm CR auditorium *CR Jazz Band will NOT play this night

12/15 BTMS Band Concert 7 pm CR auditorium with CR Jazz Band

12/16 CR Winter Concert 7 pm CR auditorium

12/19 Last day to order individual marching uniform pictures from J Rich Photo

12/26 and 12/30 Panthers Stand help needed

Various - Indoor Winter group practices

More information below for each of these...

Last day to order an ornament is 12/1!

In Suspense ornaments are available for pre-order in the Band Store! Last day to order is Wednesday 12/1, by 9:00 pm. This will be the only opportunity to order. Pick-up will be at the concert on 12/16.
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parent meeting 12/2

Come to the parent meeting on 12/2 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium! We'll learn about upcoming events, including the Spring trip!
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Fort Mill Christmas Parade 12/4

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Winter Indoor Group Practice Schedules

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Winter concert and Jazz Band

There will be a Concert Band practice after school on 12/13 from 4-6 pm.

CR Concert Band Performance 12/16 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium

Forest Creek Middle School with CR Jazz Band performing 12/14 at 7:00 pm CR auditorium

Banks Trail Middle School with CR Jazz Band performing 12/15 at 7:00 pm CR auditorium

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Individual uniform Pictures - deadline to order is 12/19

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HELP needed! Panthers Stadium Events - Earn charms points while raising funds for the Band!

Volunteers are needed for 12/26 and 12/30 this month!

Working the Panthers Stand raises a lot of money for the Band. Please consider signing up if you are able! You will receive 25 Charms points for every game worked for your student, and a 25 Charms points bonus after every 4th game. Charms points convert to money you can use to pay fees, and points never expire! Use them for Winter Guard, Winter Percussion, Winter Winds, Spring Trip, etc! Use them for next year’s fees as well.

Link to sign-up:

Band Fees and charms info

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Charms is a website that the band uses to post fees and keep track of Charms Points. Charms Points may be earned through various fundraisers (Panthers, Sam’s Cards, etc.) that can be used to pay for band fees. Rising 9th and 10th grade students will also see an Accessory Fee for show shoes and section specific items (gloves, mallets, etc.)

To access Charms for the first time:

Go to the Charms website (

Click Login in the upper right corner.

Choose the Parent/Students/Members tab

The School Code is crhsband

Click "Enter Charms"

The "Initial Student Area Password" is the first three letters of the first name and the first three letters of the last name. Example: John Smith's Student Area Password would be JohSmi. The capital letters are required.

The system will prompt you to change the password.

If you have logged in previously and know your password, go to the website and click on the Charms logo on the righthand side to take you to the login screen

If at any time you get locked out of the system or forget your new password, please send Nicky an email so that it can be reset. Nicky’s email is

There are three ways to pay Band fees:

1. Write a check to FMDBBC and mail it to: FMDBBC PO Box 1114 Fort Mill, SC 29716 *Please include your child’s name*

2. Write a check to FMDBBC and send it with your student. There is a box for payments in Mr. Butler’s office. *Please include your child's name.*

3. Pay online through the band website:

Go to

Scroll down the screen and you will see a section titled “PAY FEES WITH PAYPAL"

Click on the drop down arrow and choose the type of payment you are making (ex. Marching Band Fees, Instrument Rental Fee, Accessories, etc).

Type your student's name in the box called "Student Name"

Click the yellow "Buy Now" button and follow the PayPal steps. A fee does apply.

**If you would like Charms points applied to your band fees, email Nicky at

Please email questions to Nicky at

Fees are $750 per student ($50 per student discount for multi-child families).

All Marching Band Fees are now due.

Winter Fees payment schedules were sent by email.

Band Store

Visit the store's website here:

Don't forget to order your In Suspense Ornament (last day 12/1)!

State Champ shirts and decals available for pick-up soon!

Be on the lookout for a new item in the Band Store, to be added soon!

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Spirit Night 12/8 Steak 'N Shake Rock Hill

Our next Spirit Night is Wednesday 12/8 at Steak 'n Shake on Cherry Road in Rock Hill. 5-9 pm. Dine-in or take-out. Mention Spirit Night when you order, and 10% of the sale will be donated to the Band.
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thank you

Thank you to everyone who donated blood at our last blood drive on 11/13!
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Just in case you've missed seeing the trailer...

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and she needs a driver!

Our trailer is in need of a tractor driver, to get her to events. No Band Kid necessary, just a CDL. Please let Rick know if you are interested, or know someone who is:

Stay Connected

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Band app:

Please sign up using your first and last name here:

We would like all parents/guardians and current students to join as it contains practice and competition schedules (among many other things).

At this time it is intended for current students and parents/guardians only. We will still be using emails and the facebook group.

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Band Parents/Students: Search for “Catawba Ridge HS Band Boosters” and answer membership questions.

Family/Friends Public Facebook Page:

Thank you to our corporate sponsors!

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Shell Rapid Lube: (803) 547-7642 | 820 Tom Hall St, Fort Mill, SC 29715
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Tide Cleaners: (803) 547-0154 | 9624 Redstone Dr, Fort Mill, SC 29707
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Murdock Orthodontics: (803) 548-3232 Indian Land, SC
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The Houser Group: (803) 431-3239 | 259 Textile Way, Ste 102, Fort Mill, SC 29715
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