Nation Ford Marching Band News

Weekly Update December 13 - December 19

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!”

- Hamilton Wright Mabie

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DIRECTOR'S CORNER

FROM MR. LINKOUS

Thanks to our amazing students for their hard work with our 2020 show LEGACY. We sincerely appreciate our devoted staff for their hard work creating and putting together an amazing production for our students, as well as the parents and families who have supported our program during one of the most challenging fall seasons to date. We couldn’t have accomplished any of this without you!


Students will spend this upcoming week preparing for the NF band seating auditions and Region Band auditions before we head home for winter break. Auditions for Region Band will be recorded the week we return back to school in January (week of Jan 4th) and NF Band auditions will begin the following week (week of Jan 11th).


  • See below for pick-up information for the Nailed It Fundraiser and Band Store.


PER DISTRICT POLICY

If your student has forgotten something at home, nothing may be dropped off at the school this year. Please make sure your have your instrument and mouthpiece when you leave your house!

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PANTHERS STAND FUNDRAISER

Our next game is THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19. We need THREE (3) more parents to sign up. Deadline is TUESDAY OF THIS WEEK!!!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49ada82aabfbc43-saturday1


***GET EXCITED!!!*** For the month of December, we will pay a 10 point INCENTIVE to every person who works for every game you work! That's almost double what you would normally earn. Sign up early so we can maximize our income to the Band! There are only 4 more opportunities left this years!


All of the SignUpGenius links for the remainder of the year are linked here. If you can work, please sign up now. When we submit our Roster before the deadline, we earn an Early Bird BONUS for our band!

Saturday, Dec19 ACC Championship Game 4:00pm

Wednesday, Dec 30 Duke’s Mayo Bowl 12:00pm

Sunday, Jan 3 New Orleans Saints 1:00 pm



NOTE: The Panthers are VERY strict about social distancing in the stadium, and we have space in the stand as well. We have no physical contact with the fans, we do not handle any money, nor are we within close distance for any length of time. All fans and workers are screened and temperatures are taken before admittance to the Stadium.


The best part of this fundraiser is WIFM! What is that, you ask? What's In It For Me!! YOU will earn POINTS! Points can be cashed in toward band fees and hopefully in the future, trips! As a reminder:

Per Student (includes multiple family members per student)

Work 1-5 games = 15 points per game ($30)

Work 6-10 games = 17.5 points per games ($35)

Work 11+ games = 20 points ($40)


If you are not sure what is entailed by working the Panthers Stand please reach out to Carl & Shawna Lee Irish at nafobandpanthers@gmail.com or Staci Hawkins at Hawkinssl@zhi.com.


Please remember, the fundraising we do this year will benefit your student next year and the following year. Our Concession Stand at Panthers Stadium has been one of our largest fundraisers in the past! We need Freshman and Sophomore parents to step up because the upper classmen parents have worked especially hard in previous years to ensure that your students have the superior band program that they have moved into. Next year, when band fees are double what they are this year, it will also be nice to have points banked to cash in. It only works though if everyone helps out.


GOOD NEWS!! All training will be ONLINE. Only 4 pages need to be signed and scanned to me this year.


** UPDATE ** ALL WHO WORK ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR CLOSED TOED TENNIS SHOES WITH A GOOD GRIP! THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUS REQUIREMENT!!


We will need to carpool as the whole stand needs to enter at the same time. This will be organized after sign-up.

Please reach out to Carl and Shawna Lee Irish at nafobandpanthers@gmail.com with any questions.

SPIRIT NIGHTS

NAILED IT ITEM PICK-UP


Thank you to everyone who ordered!

Pick up for Nailed It orders will be Tuesday Night between 6:00 - 7:30pm in the Large Band Room. We will also have ornaments available for our Virtual Students, and the BAND STORE will be open! We regret to inform you that we will be unable to do our Painting Night, however we look forward to seeing you when you pick your orders up!

Masks will be required per FMSD.


If you know of a restaurant who would like to host a Spirit Night, please contact Stephanie Whitcher at sdwhitcher@comporium.net or Shawna Lee Irish at irish1011@hotmail.com.

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Winter Guard Auditions

Winter Guard Auditions will be this week, December 15-17 from 4-6 p.m. Please report to the band room all three days. No experience is necessary, boys and girls are welcome and auditions are open to virtual and A/B day students. For more information, contact Josh Dishner at nationfordcg@gmail.com.

BAND STORE

Band Store will be open on TUESDAY during Nailed It item pickup! We have extra SHOW SHIRTS, CREW NECK AND HOODIE SWEATSH SHIRTS, SILIPINTS, and WINTER HATS, to name a few items. Pick up your stocking stuffers for your students, and swag to share with family members! We also have some jackets, in stock at this time.


Our Band Store carries fun items to allow you to show your support for your Nation Ford Band student. We have hats, car magnets, PopSockets, puravida Spirit Bracelets and other items that will allow you to show that you are part of the band! We will have the Silipint cups in soon as well!

VOLUNTEERS

If you are planning on chaperoning or volunteering to work with the students, you must have a Secure Volunteer card. This is a card issued through the Fort Mill School District that performs as a background check to clear you to work directly with the students. It takes 5 minutes to fill out online and submit. The district will then be in touch with you regarding passing the verification process. In turn, they will send us a list of cleared parents to help with the students. If you have one from the middle school, it is still valid -- be sure to check the expiration date on the card so it doesn't expire. The application is on the band website under Participate! Be a Secure Volunteer!

Once you have filled out the form, please email Mr. Linkous to let him know to look for it.

** THIS IS NOT REQUIRED TO WORK AT THE PANTHERS STADIUM **

AMAZON SMILES

Please use smile.amazon.com when you shop on Amazon. This site uses your same user name and password as the Amazon site, however it gives a percentage of all purchases back to the band. You will need to choose Fort Mill District Band Booster Club Inc in order to support the band. We are doing very well with this since many are shopping online!


HARRIS TEETER e-VIC

Nation Ford High School Band has teamed up with Harris Teeter E-Vic program as an easy way to help raise funds for our band program. Please go to the Harris Teeter website and under “Together in Education” click the green tab to "link your school". Link your card to Nation Ford HS Marching Band and you are set. Note: If you did this last year, you need to do this again this year. E-Vic linking is only good for 1 year at a time. Please, everyone link your E-Vic card as this is an easy and effortless way to help raise funds for the band.

Our official name for linking purposes is “Nation Ford HS Marching Band"
School Code is 3956

PUBLIX PARTNERS

To support Nation Ford Band, sign up for Publix Partners through your Publix.com account (if you don't already have one) and select your desired school. Then, enter your phone number at checkout each time you make an eligible purchase.


To enroll: Log in or sign up through www.Publix.com. Once signed in, drop down under "Welcome, (your name)" to access “Go To My Account.” Go to “My Publix Partner” and select a school. Type Nation Ford, and you will be able to select Nationford High School Band, Fort Mill, SC. Every time you shop, enter your phone number (linked to your account) to give credit to the band. Family and friends who shop at Publix in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia can sign up for Publix Partners.
Please note, you need to re-enroll every year!

CROSSWINDS INSURANCE REFERRAL

Renado Robinson at Crosswinds Insurance has a great referral program to benefit the band program. For each referral sent to Crosswinds Insurance that sets up a new insurance policy, Crosswinds Insurance will donate $10 to the band on a monthly basis and will also send a $10 gift card to the referring person. This insurance company can beat the price of most other companies as they are an independent insurance representative. Please take advantage of this if you are looking for insurance!

BAND FEES

ALL PAYMENTS SHOULD BE PAID AT THIS TIME.


BAND FEE: $425 (reduced to $400 if paid in full by Oct. 16)
Payment 1: Sept 18 $250 (PAST DUE)

Payment 2: Oct 16 $100 (Total Dues $400 if paid in full by this date) (PAST DUE)
Payment 3: Nov 20 $75 (PAST DUE)


Please visit our website for more information on Band Fees. https://www.nationfordband.com/fees-payments


** We appreciate everyone who has communicated with us regarding challenges with band fee payments. Please reach out to Mr. Linkous at any time with questions. We will always work very hard to help families in need. Band fees are very crucial this season, considering this year’s limited fundraising opportunities, while still trying to provide a great experience for our students with quality instructors in front of them. **


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dorothy Shiakallis at nafobandpres22@gmail.com, Nicky Ludolph our Charms Secretary at nafocharms@gmail.com, or our Executive Secretary, Bob Hessler, at nafoband@gmail.com.


It is important that everyone pay the $100 Activity Fee which is assessed by the FMSD. This fee insures that the district will continue to supplement our staff expenses AND provide transportation once field trips resume (Region Band, All-state Band, Concert Performance Assessment, Winter Guard, Percussion Ensemble, etc).

https://www.studentquickpay.com/fort-mill/

WAYS TO GET INFORMATION AND STAY IN TOUCH

WORKING CALENDAR

All information that is listed on this schedule is EXTREMELY SUBJECT TO CHANGE. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this process. ALL PAYMENT DATES ARE FIRM.


Regardless of the fact that a student may be either an A day or B day student, please keep in mind that rehearsals marked as either A day or B day may need to be altered on a future date.



MONDAY, DECEMBER 21 VIRTUAL LEARNING DAY FOR ALL

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 3 WINTER BREAK