Grapevine Mustang Band

January 7, 2022

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Good afternoon Mustang Band!

We hope you and your families have had a great winter break and holiday season!

  • Parent Meeting tonight at 6:30. Everyone in the band program is expected to attend tonight's meeting. Following our general meeting we will meet about the New York City Trip.
  • Thank you to David Kaase with DKMemories for taking such wonderful pictures for the band. Please find the link here to access the photo for your student and download.

  • Reserve your complimentary tickets for the Wind Ensemble and Honors Band Performance at Carnegie Hall now! Click HERE.
  • The band calendar at is your one-stop shop for all dates and times.
  • Join the 2021-22 Remind! Info below. Everyone needs to join the Remind.
  • All band fees should be paid in full. Please refer to the Band Fee Payment document for more information. Please note: if you are paying through PayPal and do not send the payment directly to, the processing fees will be charged to your Charms account.
  • See below for Band Booster Notes, Volunteer opportunities, etc.! It takes a village!
  • Lessons are available for all members of the band program. Please go to and set up lessons if you have not already.
  • "Transcend" tumblers are available. Email to secure yours! We only have a limited number left!
  • All Families can raise funds for their individual band account NOW with the Scrip Fundraiser. See below for details.
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Monday (B Day)-
  • 8:30-9:36am -Wind Ensemble Masterclasses
  • 3:04-4:00pm - Honors Band Masterclasses

Tuesday (A Day)-

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:04-4:30pm - Honors Band
  • 5:00-8:00pm - Winterguard
  • 6:30-7:30pm - Future Mustang Side by Side (8th grade and Wind Ensemble)

Wednesday (B Day)-

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:04-4:30pm - Honors Band

Thursday (A Day)-

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:04-4:30pm - Honors Band
  • 5:00-8:00pm - Winterguard
  • 5:30pm - Region Band at Carroll High School (Info Below)

Friday (B Day)-

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 8:30 - Region Band at Carroll High School (Info Below)
  • 3:04-4:00pm - Honors Band
  • Region Concerts in the PM see itinerary below for concert times. We encourage our students to go and support their friends while hearing some great music!

Region Band Itinerary

Please join us at Carroll High School for the All-Region Clinic and Concert! I look forward to seeing you there.


Carroll Senior High School

1501 Southlake Blvd, Southlake TX


Thursday, Jan. 13th

5:30pm - Rehearsals begin in all sites at Carroll HS

Wind Ensemble - new concert hall

Wind Symphony - auditorium

Symphonic Band - band hall

Concert Band - ensemble room

9th Grade Band - jazz room

8:30pm - Rehearsals end, reception for region directors begins at Gloria's in Southlake

Friday, Jan. 14th

8:30am - Rehearsals begin in all sites

11:30am - Lunch break

1:00pm - Rehearsals begin

4:00pm - Rehearsals end, students change into formal concert attire

6:00pm - Freshman band performs in new hall

6:40pm - Concert band performs in auditorium

7:20pm - Symphonic Band performs in new hall

8:00pm - Wind Symphony performs in auditorium

8:45pm - Wind Ensemble performs in new hall

9:30pm - Concert ends

Other Information:

  • No meals or concessions will be provided for students.
  • Students will wear their normal concert uniforms on Friday's concert.
  • All students should have mutes, reeds, pencils, sticks, etc. with them at all times.
  • Parking Thursday and Friday evening will not be nearly as much of an issue as Friday morning and during the day.
  • The traffic outside the FAC is one way.
  • School drop off is from 7:30am - 7:55am. It is best to arrive before or after that time on Friday morning as traffic will be very busy.
  • The places on the map that have *very limited* parking mean just that, there are only a handful of spots!

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DFW-based Lone Star Youth Winds recently hosted their virtual auditions for the Spring 2022 Season, and have a significant need for percussion, oboe, horn, trumpet, and trombone applicants.

This season will be particularly exciting, as they welcome composers John Mackey and Omar Thomas to work with the group under the baton of Dr. Andrew Trachsel (UNT Chair of Division of Conducting and Ensembles/LSYW Conductor). The literature calls for an elite and talent percussion section.

The group rehearses in a condensed and accelerated schedule for the week leading up to both concerts on Feb. 27 and May 15.

Students can find more information and submit an application thru the Youth Winds website, and please feel free to reply with any questions!

Lone Star Youth Orchestra

Auditions for the Lone Star Youth Orchestra’s spring season are coming up on Wednesday, January 5th. LSYO is in particular need of students who play the VIOLA, BASS, FRENCH HORN, TROMBONE, OR TUBA!

The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is the only tuition-free youth orchestra in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The orchestra is open to all middle school and high school students residing in the DFW Metroplex. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings (6:30 to 9:00 p.m.) from early September through mid-May. The LSYO has two more public concerts remaining this season (March 2nd and May 18th).

Audition information and other details about the youth orchestra may be found online at

Students should reserve their audition slot as soon as possible. The audition fee of $25 per student is fully refundable (provided that the student shows up for his/her scheduled audition). There are no other fee requirements to participate in the Lone Star Youth Orchestra.

Auditions are by appointment only. No walk up auditions will be accepted. Students can expect to perform two scales, a solo of their choice, and 2-3 excerpts that have been preselected for their instrument. E-mail the LSYO Manager at to request a registration form. Upon registration completion, the LSYO Manager will contact parents to schedule the audition.

These talented youths are given the opportunity to supplement and enhance their music education by learning symphonic literature through high-quality orchestral and ensemble training with the very best in the field. Students have the opportunity to perform with the Garland Symphony Orchestra and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra through our side-by-side concerts, and students may also compete for scholarship opportunities and guest artist spots through our annual concerto competition.

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HEB Scholarship

H-E-B Scholarship Program

H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity. Nominees must have the following submitted to by no later than January 28, 2022:

  • Minimum 3.3 GPA

  • Number of Community Service Hours completed in the last 12 months

  • Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted

  • A Letter of Recommendation

  • A Short Essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What does Community mean to you?”

There will be 15 total winners – 5 each in music, academics and athletics – and each will be awarded $2,000 from H-E-B. An announcement of the winners will be at the UIL Boys Basketball State Championships. Please make your students and/or support staff aware of this opportunity.

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Happy New Year! We will see everyone tonight for the parent meeting!

Start Raising Money NOW!

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Stay Connected


Students/Parents should login and update their CHARMS information. This is our primary form of communication, and it is important to have accurate information.

If you have any questions, or have trouble logging in to your account, please contact Ms. Irby. (

Charms Link


All students and parents must join the Remind Groups. We use Remind to communicate quickly during events and will only send out messages that are important for everyone. Visit the band website for details.


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.