Grapevine Mustang Band

Week of 02/09/2020


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On Wednesday our All-State Musicians will travel to San Antonio for the Texas Music Educators Convention.

TMEA hosts the nation’s largest music educators convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. In most recent years, the convention has drawn over 26,000 attendees. Through this annual convention, TMEA offers its members professional growth, inspiration, and motivation to help them deliver the best music education experience possible for the students of Texas.

The annual convention features over 300+ workshops for Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College educators and more than 100+ performances (from elementary through college and professional groups), including performances by TMEA Honor Orchestras and Honor Bands, middle school and high school ensembles selected through a multi-tiered audition process. The convention also showcases over 1,100 exhibit booths representing all facets of the music education industry. Over 26,000 people from Texas and beyond attend the clinics, concerts, research sessions and presentations by internationally recognized educators.

The convention culminates on Saturday with the TMEA All-State Concerts sponsored by the Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Divisions (

The students will audition on Wednesday evening to be placed into an ensemble to rehearse and perform.

For more information about all of our GCISD All-State Musicians, click here.

Notes from the Directors

Good afternoon, Mustang Band!

  • Congratulations to all of our student performers on a great showing at the GCISD Solo and Ensemble Contest! We are very proud of our talented musicians!!
  • Students must have paid for their solo & ensemble fees and their accompanist by January the 24th. Accompanist fees are $40 and each event is $8. A student playing a solo with accompaniment and an ensemble is $56, for example. Please deposit a check into the safe.
  • Students traveling to Hawaii will have a rehearsal on Saturday, Feb. 29th from 10am – 11:30am and Tuesday, March 3rd from 5:30pm – 7pm. It is important that everyone traveling to Hawaii be present at these rehearsals so we can prepare our patriotic performance!
  • Indoor Percussion will have a contest at Burleson HS and Winterguard will have a contest in Red Oak on February 22nd. Come support your friends at these events!
  • An informational Hawaii trip meeting will be held in the GHS band hall on Feb. 24th at 7PM. Parents and students travelling to Hawaii must attend this event.
  • Next year’s summer band and marching season schedule are posted on the Mustang Band calendar. This schedule is TENTATIVE!! We have projected the schedule for your planning purposes this summer and fall. The schedule will be updated as we solidify dates.
  • There are some students that have an outstanding balance on their band fees, winterguard fees or indoor percussion fees. Please check your Charms account and make sure to deposit any outstanding fees into the safe.
  • If you are in a NEW BAND CLASS join the Remind (see below).
  • Check the band calendar for the most up-to-date information.


Text your class code to 81010

Wind Ensemble - @ghswind19

Honors Band - @ghshband

Symphonic Band - @ghssym20

Weekly Schedule

Monday, February 3

Tuesday, February 4

  • 7:30am Honors Band Clarinet Masterclass
  • 4:00-5:00pm Honors Band Full Band Rehearsal
  • 6:30-8:30pm Indoor Percussion

Wednesday, February 5

  • 7:30am Honors Fl, Ob, Bsn, Sax Masterclass
  • 7:30am Winter Guard
  • 6:30pm "Bee Mine" Cookie Decorating Fundraiser (Must have purchased in advance)
  • All-State Auditions (GOOD LUCK!!!)

Thursday, February 6

  • 5:30-8:30pm Winter Guard
  • 6:30-8:30pm Indoor Percussion

Friday, February 7

  • 7:30am Honors Band Brass Masterclass
  • 6:30-8:30pm Indoor Percussion

Feb Masterclass Schedule

  • Clarinets – 2/11 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30 (Theory Room)
  • Flutes – 2/12 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45 (Mr. Redd's Office)
  • Oboes – 2/12 Honors band during class, WE after school (Ms. Irby's Office)
  • Bassoons – 2/12 Honors band during class, WE after school (Guard Room)
  • Saxophones – 2/12 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45 (Theory Room)
  • Trumpets – 2/14 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45 (Music Library)
  • Horns – 2/14 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45 (Guard Room)
  • Low Brass – 2/14 Honors band at 7:30, WE at 8:30, Symphonic band at 9:45 (Theory Room)

Everyone is expected to attend their masterclass.

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Booster Notes

  • Solo and Ensemble Fees have been added to your CHARMS account.
  • There are several students that have outstanding payments on their Band Fee, Guard Fee, and Indoor Percussion Fee. Please check CHAMRS to ensure you are up-to-date on all of your payments. Our programs rely on the fees being paid on-time in order to purchase necessary materials to perform. Planning for the 2020 season has already started and we have already hired designers and started working on the marching show. Please make sure you are up-to-date with payments. If you have any questions, please email AND


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.

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Monday, Feb. 24th, 7pm

3223 Mustang Drive

Grapevine, TX

An informational Hawaii trip meeting will be held in the GHS band hall on Feb. 24th at 7PM. Parents and students travelling to Hawaii must attend this event.

Guard Info

The NTCA Scholarship is now available! See Mr. Samuels for more details.

Thank you to Ms. Price for volunteering to be our Guard Liaison!!

The guard is also in need of volunteers to help with uniform fittings and alterations. The dates are TBD, but if you would like to potentially help email Mr. Redd (

Contest Dates:

January 24 - NTCA Lovejoy - 9th Place

February 22 - NTCA Red Oak

March 7 - NTCA Grand Prairie

  • We need a GCISD certified teacher to travel with the group this day if you work at GCISD and would like to volunteer your time please let us know

March 14 - NTCA Lewisville

Percussion Update

Indoor Percussion

Our show this year is called "Pull." Centered around a theme of gravity and utilizing our floor's galaxy design, the performers will constantly be pulled into the center of the black hole, and will always be fighting gravity's unstoppable forces.


Tuesdays 7:30-8:30am Wind Ensemble Percussion

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30am Symphonic Band Percussion

Thursdays: 7:30-8:30am Honors Band Percussion

Important dates coming up:

February 20, 6:30-8:30- Pit Crew Dress Rehearsal

February 21, 8:00- Community Send-off Performance

February 22- competition @ Burleson HS

February 29- competition @ Berkner HS

March 21- competition @ Juan Seguin HS

April 4- championships @ Burleson Centennial HS

General Percussion Dates

April 16, 6:30- Percussion Bash

April 23, 4:30-6:30- 8th-11th Grade Drumline Clinic

April 30, 4:30-6:30- 8th-11th Grade Drumline Clinic

May 7, 4:30-6:30- 8th-11th Grade Drumline Clinic

May 14, 4:30-6:30- 8th-11th Grade Drumline Clinic

May 21, 4:30-8:30- Drumline Auditions

Please frequently check the band calendar and GroupMe for rehearsal dates/times and other updates.

GCISD Pre UIL Schedule Itinerary February 28, 2020

Honors Band

8:30 - Arrive at GHS Band Hall dressed in Formal Wear

8:40 - Warm up in Band Hall

9:20 - End Warm up

9:30 - Depart for CHHS on Bus

9:50 - Arrive at CHHS/Unload

10:00 - Warm up at CHHS

10:30 - Pre-UIL Concert Evaluation Performance

11:00 - Pre-UIL Sight Reading Evaluation Performance

12:50 - Everyone Eats D Lunch

1:20 - Return to 4th/7th Period

Symphonic Band

8:30 - Arrive at GHS Band Hall

8:40 - Warm up in Choir Room

9:20 - End Warm up (put Choir Room Back)

9:36 - Change into Formal Wear

10:00 - Depart for CHHS on Bus

10:20 - Arrive at CHHS/Unload

10:30 - Warm up at CHHS

11:00 - Pre-UIL Concert Evaluation Performance

11:30 - Pre-UIL Sight Reading Evaluation Performance

12:50 - Everyone Eats D Lunch

1:20 - Return to 4th/7th Period

Wind Ensemble

8:15 - Arrive at GHS move equipment to stage

8:30 - Class on Stage at GHS

8:36 - Class ends

12:20 - Dismissed from class - everyone eats during C lunch

1:00 - Warm up in Band Hall

2:30 - Change into Formal Wear

2:50 - Depart for CHHS

3:20 - Arrive at CHHS

3:30 - Warm up at CHHS

4:15 - Pre-UIL Concert Evaluation Performance

5:00 - Pre-UIL Sight Reading Evaluation Performance

Feb Birthdays

Greg P - 2/04

James H - 2/04

Noah S - 2/06

Brady B - 2/09

Sam M - 2/10

Sierra S - 2/11

Ashley D - 2/15

Madi P - 2/16

Bethany DLT - 2/21

Cindy H - 2/23

Julie L - 2/24

Tracy S - 2/25

Grant S - 2/25

Other links and forms

Private Lesson Sign Up

If you are not yet signed up for private lessons, sign up here!

Instrument Repair Form

If you have a broken school-owned instrument that needs repaired, go to the band website to fill out the repair form. Follow the directions carefully.

Lost Music Form

If you have lost your music and need a copy, WE HAVE A SOLUTION! The form must be completed 48 hours before the time you need music so the librarians can get you copies.