Grapevine Mustang Band

May 13, 2022

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Good afternoon Mustang Band!

  • Spring Training - May 17-19, 5-7pm in the MAC. All students participating in band for the 2022/23 school year will attend.
  • All students must turn in their Statement of Intent during Spring Training.
  • Parent Volunteers needed during Spring Training - Sign up here
  • Band Banquet information below! See you there!
  • Summer college music camp info below (way at the bottom!)
  • Time to get your extra show shirts for the upcoming '22-'23 marching season!! We wear these at games, competitions, well...everywhere!! This form is ONLY for the extra shirts for your family. The students get a shirt as part of their band fees and their sizing and orders will be taken care of at Spring Training next week. DUE Sunday, May 22, 2022

  • 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.
  • 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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Band Banquet INFO


Seat selection for Band Banquet will be Tuesday (8-8:45 AM) and Wednesday (8-8:45 AM and 4:00 - 4:30 PM). Look for Mrs. Bentson in the band hall. You MUST be paid in full or bring payment with you before you can get your seat.

If you miss seat selection, please send who you would like to sit by. Also, students will be selecting seats for parents, so please tell them (or me) your preference.


Look for an email or text from Kim if we don't have a payment yet from you. Have questions? reach out to me or Charlene Kasse, Treasurer.


Thanks to everyone who has volunteered! We need a few more to jump in. Help is needed in several ways to help with the banquet including chaperoning the dance, check-in, and decorating. Because we are on a Friday this year, we will need more parent help since students will be in school. I also added a Thursday night option to prep decor (blowing up balloons (I have a pump) and other items.) If you can help for part of the time - just add that in the comments. Appreciate it! Here is the link to the sign-up genius.

Band Banquet is this Friday!

2022 GHS Mustang Band Banquet

Friday, May 20, 2022 6 - 11 PM

Texas Star Golf Course

1400 Texas Star Parkway Euless, TX 76040

You must be registered to attend. If you have not registered and want to attend, please contact Kim Bentson via text or call at 713.818.7445.

Here is a timeline of events for the evening:

5:30 Registration Table opens|Ballroom opens

6:00 Dinner is served (promptly)

6:35 Awards, Recognition, Speeches, End of Year Video

8:00 Dancing begins |Parents leave except for chaperones

11:00 Banquet is over

When you arrive, please check your table assignment at the check-in table at the entrance to the ballroom.

Dress is "dress your best."

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Go Mustang Band!

Main Street Fest - Earn money now

EARN MONEY TO PAY YOUR BAND FEES - Sign up to work the GHS Mustang Band Gates at the Main Street Fest.

We found out this week that we have access to sign up at 3 gates. If you looked to sign up earlier and there were not any slots left, try again. You can work as many days and as many shifts as you want.

Sign up here:

**see 3 tabs at top of sign up genius to sign up for Gate 8, 10 or 12

Gate 8 Password: cfa

Gate 10 Password: soccer

Gate 12 Password: cfa

  • Gate Attendants will be paid $12/hour (increase from $8/hr from years past). If a parent and student work a shift that is $24 per hour that can be put towards your band fees.
  • Students that are working shifts may also receive service hours.
  • Gate attendants collect tickets for admission, answer questions, hand out lost child stickers, and man the exit gates to ensure people don't leave with alcohol. It is very easy work!

Festival Hours

Friday, May 20 - 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Saturday, May 21 - 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Sunday, May 22 - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Contact Angela Hall with questions - or text 817-791-6335

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Monday -
  • 5:00-7:00pm - Guard Spring Training

Tuesday -

  • 5:00-7:00pm - Spring Training - ALL

Wednesday -

  • 5:00-7:00pm - Spring Training - ALL

Thursday -

  • 5:00-7:00pm - Spring Training - ALL

Friday -

  • 6:00pm - GHS BAND BANQUET

Upcoming Dates:

Graduation - May 26 - All Winds and select percussionists perform

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The 2022 GCISD Color Guard Showcase was a huge hit! Thank you to all members, families and friends that made it a supportive and spectacular event!

The 2022-23 Mustang Guard had an awesome time at our Spring Social getting to know the new team.

We are back in action this week for Spring Training on Mon, May 16 - Thurs, May 19 at 5-7pm. Wear athletic clothes and bring a water bottle. GO GUARD!

The 2022-23 Mustang Guard will be having auditions for any students interested in joining the team! We are a co-ed program open to 9th-12th graders with no prior dance/theater/music experience required.

If you were not able to attend auditions and are still interested in joining the team, please contact Mr Redd at to schedule a meeting. GO GUARD!

More info -

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**scholarship application should take less than 30 minutes to fill out

Class of 2022 Band Scholarship

The Grapevine Mustang Band will award several scholarships to eligible high school seniors currently enrolled in the band program (band or guard). The applicant needs to be enrolled as a full-time student for the Fall 2022 semester to an accredited college, university or trade school.

Due: Sunday, May 15

Submit Application Here -

Fill out the Scholarship Application Form

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Uniform Needs:

Boosters are looking for someone with any basic sewing machine skills that could help with minor mending throughout the season. We use a tailor for altering anything that requires more complex alterations. Please contact me Kristen Pratt 817-781-4309 if you are able to help.

Sign up to help at spring training -

Nominate Outstanding Parents!

We would like to recognize two parent volunteers who have gone above and beyond this year. Nominate your choices so we may recognize them at this year's Band Banquet.

Please see the nomination form below for details. Due by May 15th!!

SMU Young Artist Flute Ensemble

We invite your students to audition for Southern Methodist University's Young Artist Flute Ensembles (SMU YAFE) for the Fall 2022 semester. Started in 2019 as a way to help young flutists develop into mature players, SMU YAFE is led by renowned flute teacher Claire Johnson and myself, flutist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and adjunct associate professor of flute at SMU Meadows School of the Arts Division of Music.

SMU YAFE is geared toward advanced middle and high school flutists in the DFW area who are looking for an opportunity to improve their musicianship through the art of chamber music. Each student will have the opportunity to work in small chamber groups as well as flute choir. We also invite each student to take part in our yearly Flute Concerto competition, the winner of which will be featured at our season's end concert. Other performance opportunities include a concert closing out each semester. The spring semester also offers flute-specific masterclasses, which will feature both YAFE staff as well as guest artists.

Please see the attached flyer for more details regarding YAFE auditions on May 15th. I look forward to hearing from you and any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to me at


Kara Welch
Adjunct Associate Professor, Flute
Bio, SMU Meadows School of the Arts
Bio, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

UT Tyler Brass and Jazz Camps

Our 1st annual Brass Camp is happening June 13-17 at UT Tyler. This residential/commuter camp will include brass chamber ensembles, trumpet ensemble, horn choir, trombone choir, tuba-euphonium ensemble, and large brass ensemble, daily masterclasses and topics sesions. Rose City Brass is our guest artist/faculty which includes me, Micah Bell, Katie McBain, and Tom and Heather Mensch, along with our incoming low brass professor/director of bands Dr. Austin Seybert.

Our 5th annual Jazz Camp is the following week June 20-24th including faculty Micah Bell, Dr. Seybert, Dr. Sarah Roberts, myself on faculty and Chad LB as our guest artist.

Discounts are available for all-state & region participants and an Early bird special ($50 off) lasts until May 15th.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Brass Camp or Dr. Sarah Roberts for Jazz Camp at

Start Raising Money NOW!

Scrip is a great way to raise money for your individual band account!


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.