Band Buzz: August 1, 2021
Clear Lake Falcon Band and Color Guard
Key Event #1 Pick Up Your Equipment Night Tuesday, August 3
This is a Band Buzz Extension for this week which highlights Pick Up Your Equipment Night (Tuesday, August 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm). It was previously reported that this event would take place in the commons. Due to a conflict, our event has been moved to the Krueger gym (which is located near the PAC). Here is the schedule:
6:00 - 6:30 PM Seniors* /Juniors
6:30 -- 7:00 PM Sophomores
7:00 -- 8:00 PM Freshmen (come to Krueger gym immediately after your freshmen event)
Attached to this email is a complete set of forms in an Excel workbook. At the bottom, you will see several tabs or pages: Information, Membership, Volunteer, Game Meals, Spirit Wear, BBQ, and FBBC Totals. We have done our best to make this simple by putting all the forms in one workbook with 7 different pages or tabs. Repeated information is automatically copied to each tab, and the last tab totals everything for you. The best way to pay and be on your way is to bring your checkbook! However, wait to fill out your check until you get there in case your total changes.
Many of the committee chairs have already committed to being there that evening to make the process go smoothly. However, we need additional volunteers to serve in key roles such as cashiers, greeters, and floaters. The freshmen parents will be unable to volunteer, since they will be attending a freshmen event that takes place that same evening. If you are NOT a freshman parent, we need you! Please sign up for a shift using the link below to the "Sign Up Genius." Contact Brandi Degroot if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That is the overview! The rest of the information about this event is presented in a "Frequently Asked Questions" format below.
p.s. * Senior Mums are available for pick up at this event. However, they will NOT be given to your student! We all appreciate how much time Janet Foltyn spent making them and don't want them to get mangled on the backseat or on the floor of the car. If a parent is not available to pick it up, then reply to this message to make other arrangements. Also, stop by the senior table and add your name to the list if you are interested in purchasing a "big head" of your senior. Last year, the approximate cost was $20. If you want one, Sam Houston will take down your name, arrange to get them made, and collect money later when you pick it up. Thanks for doing this, Sam!
Spirit Wear Hats, Shirts and Hoodies
Only available on E Night!
Only available on E Night!
Spirit Yard Signs
Personalized yard signs are only available on E-Night! Don't miss out!
Key Event #2: Rock-A-Thon Friday, August 6th
Thank you to all who have donated to our Rock-a-thon event. As of today, we have collected $6,300 from the family/friends of about one-third of the band students, which means that we are right on target! If we can get similar donations from the remaining two-thirds of the students, then we will be very close to our goal of $17,000. Remember, this event is our most important fundraiser of the year and that the entry level to get in is $75. So, let's keep those donations coming in! The link for making donations is shown below under the button marked “Donate Rock-A-Thon.”
As promised, we have included a Sign-Up Genius for donating gift cards and/or volunteering for this event which is linked under the heading “Sign Up Genius: Rock-A-Thon.” Thank you for all your support, and please don't hesitate to e-mail us or text us if you have any questions. You are more than welcome to contact us if you would like to know which of your friends or relatives have already donated. You can also click on the “buttons” below the attached flyer and the Q&A Rock-A-Thon FAQ “button” shown below to answer more of your questions.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: MARCHING SHOW PROPS
Do you remember years when props and their frames/stands/wheels had to be built from scratch (remember the lighthouses that lit up in “Lights Will Guide Us” and the full-sized stage for “All the World’s a Stage”)?
The props for this year’s marching show are simple, elegant, and impactful.
For “Metamorphosis in Blue” they are basically a set of twelve “flat” 8x8 panels on wheels with different shades of blue. Why are they easier this year? The vinyl “blue” panels are already created and purchased! The rolling frames are already purchased and assembled! Getting them through the door and onto the box trucks is already built into the design, since the panels can be removed at the base of each rolling frame by undoing the bolts at the bottom. In the pictures, you can see the 12 rolling frames. The one that is taller than the rest is opened to the appropriate size.
What is needed?
Use lightweight plywood to support the vinyl panels and then mount these supported panels to the rolling frames.
Want to Learn More?
After you drop your child off at Rock-A-Thon, come inside to meet the band directors at 6:30 pm who will show you in more detail what they have it mind. No need to bring tools yet (unless you really want to). The goal is to plan and/or make a prototype and then recruit others to help make the rest of them. Afterward, stay for some pizza and to meet & mingle with other band parents. The Sign Up Genius for Rockathon has been modified to add a category for these volunteers (and to make sure we have enough pizza)!
Build Support for Panel
Build Lightweight support using plywood to mount the panels.
Frames are ready to go!
Our props are MUCH easier this year! See? Ready to go!!!
Please Volunteer by emailing
Click the link and scroll down to sign up for Marching Show Props Meeting.
Show Demo and BBQ: Thursday, August 19th
On Thursday, August 19th, beginning at 6:30PM, the marching band and color guard will preview this year’s marching show. Parents will have an opportunity to see the beginning of the show and then to join their student on the marching field to learn a few marching steps. The barbecue dinner, catered by Rudy’s BBQ, will follow in the CLHS Commons. This is such a great way to meet other band families and kick off the season with music, food and great company! Please make sure to reserve and pay for your tickets on Pick Up Your Equipment Night (Aug 3 from 6-8 pm). If you are available to help set up, serve, or clean up, please consider signing up. A Signup Genius link will be sent out in the next couple weeks. We will also be looking for volunteers to donate desserts. Looking forward to a fun evening.
Teresa Shurtz, Summer BBQ Chair
MARCHING UNIFORMS TO BE ASSIGNED WEEK OF AUG 9-AUG 13
Instructions will be provided later so that students can wash their uniform at home. This worked well last year! We will need 6 volunteers to help with assigning uniforms each day (volunteers are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the students). Not sure what to do? Don’t worry…we provide on the job training! Contact Erin Harris, the Uniform Chair, with any of your questions at (832) 722-8899 or email@example.com and let her know if you are able to help one or more days.
Mattress Sale! Saturday, September 18th
This year, the Mattress Fundraiser will be sponsored by both Band and Orchestra and the date has been set for Saturday, September 18th. Mark your calendar! Looking for “Key People” for this event to work with the “Key People” from orchestra. If you have been wondering how to get involved but do not want a long-term commitment, then this role may be a good fit. Ben Marsh of Custom Fundraising Solutions will provide step-by-step instructions on what to do to make this event a success. As “Key People,” here is a job description for the types of activities you might lead:
YOU DO NOT NEED TO SELL MATTRESSES!
Easy money with minimal effort! Our Orchestra Boosters will be taking the lead. We just need a good coordinator to work with them. A meeting for all the “Key People” will take place via Zoom on Thursday, August 5th at 7:00 pm. Then, Ben will join us at the beginning of our next FBBC meeting (August 24th at 7:00 pm) to hold a “parent meeting” for this event. (Last time he gave us $5 for everyone that attended and we had close to 100 attend!) Please respond to this email if you THINK you might want to be a “Key Person”… we can really use you … and we will email you a Zoom link for the August 5th meeting.
Save the Date! Booster Meeting, Tuesday, August 24th 7:00
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