Grapevine Mustang Band

April 15, 2022

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Good afternoon Mustang Band!

  • Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble and Honors Band for earning UIL Sweepstakes. Thank you to all of the families who attended the concerts!
  • 2022 Member and Parent Meeting - April 21. All students and parents participating in band for the 2022/23 school year will attend.
  • The GCISD Color Guard Showcase is on Saturday, May 7th @ 3pm at GHS. Info below.
  • Booster volunteers for the 2022/23 school year are needed. Please see the info below.
  • Leadership application information for the 2022/23 school year are below.
  • Spring Training - MAY 17-19, 5-7pm in the MAC. All students participating in band for the 2022/23 school year will attend.
  • 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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When: Friday, April 15th, 7:00pm

Where: GHS Auditorium

Watching: National Treasure

Who brings what:

If possible, woodwinds are encouraged to bring sweet snacks & napkins/utensils; brass salty snacks & plates; percussion drinks & cups; and guard microwaveable popcorn.

Please be wary of bringing food items containing nuts and other common allergens!!

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Monday -
  • Leadership applications due
  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:14-4:45pm - Honors Band

Tuesday -

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:14-4:45pm - Honors Band
  • 4:45-5:45pm - Symphonic Band
  • 5:00-7:00pm - Winter Guard

Wednesday -

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:14-4:45pm - Honors Band

Thursday -

  • 8:00-9:36 - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:14-4:45pm - Honors Band
  • 5:00-7:00pm - Winter Guard
  • 7:00pm - 2022 Band Member and Parent Meeting in the MAC

Friday -

  • 8:40-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:14-4:45pm - Honors Band

Important Dates:

Recording Dates - April 25-28 (Wind Ensemble and Honors Band)

Spring Band Concert - April 28 (All Members)

Solo Recital - May 7 (All Members)

Spring Training - May 17-19 (All Members)

The Symphonic Band will be rehearsing after school with percussion on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 12th - 4:45-5:45pm
  • Tuesday, April 19th - 4:45-5:45pm
  • Tuesday, April 26th - 4:45-5:45pm

Please make arrangements to attend. Any conflicts should be communicated in advance.

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Leadership information:

April 8 - Leadership Application Window Opens

April 18 - Leadership Applications Due

May 2-6 - Leadership Interviews

May 3 and 5, 5-6:30pm - Drum Major Training Sessions, anyone interested in auditioning for Drum Major must attend these dates.

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GHS Solo Contest - Saturday, May 7th

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We would love for any seniors continuing to pursue their Fine Art to take part in this celebration.

All participants are asked to complete the following form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Irby

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Congratulations on a fantastic Winter Season!!!!

The GCISD Color Guard Showcase is on Saturday, May 7th @ 3pm at GHS. Performances by the GHS Mustang Guard, CHHS Diamonds, and the combined Middle School Spirit Guard, plus special spotlight solos from featured members.

Friends and family are encouraged to come support these fantastic programs. Entry is free and open to all. Concessions and roses will be on sale at the venue.

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.

Perspective members will be required to complete the audition interest clinic AND the audition itself. Wear athletic clothes/shoes conducive to movement and bring a water jug. There is no fee or cost to audition, but ensure you have completed the interest form.

Audition Clinic
Apr 25-26 @ 5-7pm
Apr 27-28 @ 5-7pm

More info -

For more information, please visit:

Summer Music Camps

Check last weeks newsletter for Festival of Trombones, Weatherford College Flute Festival, TCU Horn Festival, and Plano Trombone Institute.

Mr. Gulledge's Summer Trumpet Camp

We are in the beginning stages of preparing for next school year, 2022-2023. Part of our job as private teachers is to get information, fundamentals, skills, and habits to our students BEFORE they need it. The summer is an important part of when we do that, ahead of the upcoming school year.

I’d like to invite your student to trumpet camp this summer. We are holding two sessions to accommodate everyone's potential vacation schedules, and provide an opportunity that is local to our students. These types of summer camps exist in other areas, most often on college campuses but are not specific to our instrument. Essentially those camps are general band camps, whereas our camp is specific to our instrument and the skills our students will be looking to develop for 2022-2023. Camp dates are June 20-23 @ Keller HS and July 18-21 @ Keller HS.

These trumpet camps have been a regular staple in our development for several years. We are able to offer them again, and I’m very excited to have an opportunity to build our student trumpet community. What we can accomplish together is far greater than what one can do on their own. It’s always fun to welcome new trumpeters to our community, it’s very helpful for students to see the progress of their peers, very motivating!

I’m including a registration link for both sessions. Students are welcome to attend one, or both, depending on their interest, availability, and goals. Times for each session are broken up into age groups so that students will be in the appropriate skill set rehearsals. If a student would like to attend but isn’t available during their time slot, please communicate with me, I can offer a solution.

The focus of our trumpet camp is to distribute our private lesson curriculum for each student, work through the next year's audition literature, explore the practice strategies that are relevant to each of those pieces, and understand the expectations in rehearsal/performance of our middle school and high school ensembles for our instrument. We want to take the time during the summer to get ahead, it makes for a better experience during the school year.

There are five skills for our instrument: Tone, Flexibility, Technique, Articulation, and Range - The summer is the time we can zero in on our fundamentals further as a group, minus the rest of the band class. These camps can be a great way to supplement a students vacation schedule, or if they currently do not have a private trumpet teacher, this can be a great place to get plugged into the skills needed.

I will provide the material for each week - the students will just need to be in attendance, with their instrument and have fees paid before each session.

I hope your student will consider attending and spending time with us.

If you have any questions, please send an email to - Let me know how I can help!

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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: Friday, May 6, 2022

Fill out the Scholarship Application Form

Submit Application Here

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Save the date for the 2022 Mustang Band Banquet!

Friday, May 20th, 6-11 PM at the Texas Star in Euless.

Band Banquet is a time for us to gather to celebrate all the accomplishments of Mustang Band over the year, recognize and send off our Class of 2022 Seniors.

Band Banquet ticket sales are Friday, April 22 - Saturday, May 7.

Tickets are $35 per person except for Seniors.

Payment is due by end of the day on May 7th.

Seat selection will be May 16 - 18th either before or after school.

PARENTS: You are invited and encouraged to attend the dinner and awards portion. Do not listen to your children when they say you shouldn't come. We are band family and it's a great time to celebrate the 2021-22 band year.

Dress is "dress your best."

Any questions, please text or email Kim Bentson. (713.818.7445,

Look for more details coming soon!

It's that time of year where we are already thinking about next year in all aspects of the program. Our "village" will have quite a bit of turn-over this year and so there are several positions that must be filled before we hit the ground running in the summer. Please take a minute and see where you might be able to fill a need for the band. It really does take each and every one of us!! If you have just a little bit of interest let us know and we can get you detailed information about any of the positions listed and answer any questions you may have. or

Open Positions:

Co-Vice President

Uniform Coordinator

Uniform Assistant

Meal Coordinator

Pit Crew Lead

Pit Crew Assistant

Concessions Manager

Concessions South Stand

Banquet Coordinator




Don't forget, the deadline for the Senior Spotlight is coming up. The link is attached below and needs to be completed before 04/15. We will also need a nice picture of you to include in the spotlight. Please email the picture directly to Kristi Rodriguez at: If you need help in obtaining a suitable photograph, there will be a place to indicate that on the form.

There is an additional question on the google doc that will be read at the spring concert during our Senior Recognition time of the concert, so please make sure and fill that out as well. We all are so very proud of each and every one of you. Band Family is always family!!

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.