The Stinger

March 19, 2020

In this issue.....


  • A NOTE FROM MR. MOON
  • ENSEMBLE UPDATES
  • JIM MOODY SCHOLARSHIP
  • BAND BOOSTER MEETING

A NOTE FROM MR. MOON


Greetings Students and Parents,

Thank you for being flexible during all of these changes. I hope that you are catching up on some sleep and practicing! Just keep doing what we all know you are capable of, which is being the BEST!

Here are some resources we will be using over the next few weeks to keep everyone caught up and to assist those who might need some extra help during this time:

Internet Access


  1. Comcast Internet Essentials COVID-19 Package https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19. In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically; no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. To qualify, students/families must be qualified for free/reduced lunch or a state funded assistance program such as Medicaid or food stamps


  1. Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.



Meals for Students


https://www.fultonschools.org/cms/lib/GA50000114/Centricity/Domain/267/FCSStudentMealProgramDuringSchoolClosuresMarch2020.pdf

ENSEMBLE UPDATES

MEET & GREET

(Evening with Rising 9th Graders and Parents) Postponed.


IDL / WG EXHIBITION – CHILI COOK-OFF Cancelled.


REGISTRATION NIGHT MONDAY, 3/30 Postponed.

(Formerly Commitment Night)



SPRING TRIP

Unfortunately, the band trip to Orlando has been officially cancelled. We’ll plan again for 2021! Contact Aimee at treasurer@roswellband.com to let her know if you want a refund or rollover funds to next year.


ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS AND “CONCERTO” COMPETITION

Ensemble Audition are due by April 10th via Google Classroom. All 9th -11th grade students must complete the audition. Ensemble Audition Materials are here:


https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1153zpWx-_jErXGJ2z9X_TDMuZEPYRRyx

CONCERTO COMPETITION FOR ALL

“Concerto” Competition will take place during the same time. All 9th-11th grades students will use the their ensemble audition piece and seniors will choose a solo piece for their instrument. Seniors: if you need help finding a piece, please reach out to Mr. Moon or Mr. Long by Friday, 3/20. There will be one winner from each grade. Each winner will receive the gift! The winners also get a chance to perform either for everyone on a virtual concert or when we get back to school. Good luck!

JIM MOODY SCHOLARSHIP

The Jim Moody Scholarship is for any graduating senior who is continuing their pursuit of music in college, by either majoring or minoring in music or playing in an ensemble. The scholarship is in the amount of $500 and will be paid to the recipient at the Spring Band Banquet on May 8.


  • Application is due Monday, April 24.
  • Applicant must have played a musical instrument in the band for at least one year.
  • Applicant must be a participant in some aspect of a music program in the college of admission.

The Scholarship Committee will consider each applicant using the following standards:


  1. Musicality
  2. Leadership
  3. Support of the Roswell High School Band Program including music projects.
  4. Support of other students in the RHS Band Program
  5. The attached essay (you can bring in a paper copy or email to moonm@fultonschools.org)

Scholarship link: https://forms.gle/Vy2Q3MtLMVFDUZx29

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BAND BOOSTERS UPDATE

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M.A.R.C.H UPDATE

Our 3rd Annual M.A.R.C.H. was a tremendous success! Our unofficial preliminary numbers for our total gross proceeds is $15,919. Last year we raised $10,963. And in 2018 we raised $24,606.


We have been asked by several members to keep our webpage for MARCH 2020 up and running still at RoswellBand.com. Folks are still asking how to donate and where can one get the official t-shirt!


A huge thanks to the good people at Modern Woodmen of America for being the lead Corporate Sponsor. As a part of their matching program, they donated $2,000. To learn more how Modern Woodmen of America can benefit you, contact Melissa Petreshock at: 470-240-1883 (cell) or 770-609-1977 (office). You can also email her at Melissa.Petreshock@mwarep.org


Our Service Day on Saturday, March 7th was amazing. Even the sun came out! There was so much good energy. All the kids who came out to serve were surprised with a free t-shirt because they made it a point to come out, serve and give back to Roswell for the day. At our morning kick-off, we had a surprise guest speaker, Matt Judy from the Roswell City Council, to share some encouraging words.


Students and parent volunteers did remarkable work at the following work sites:

  • Vickery Creek - trail / trash clean up

  • Mimosa Hall - dead limb and bamboo removal

  • Gymnastics Center - cleaning

  • Fulton County Foster Care - organizing clothes and donations

  • Recycling Center – assisted with customer drop offs and organize

  • City of Mountain Park - cleaned up

  • Smith Plantation – landscaping and clean up

  • Roswell North Elementary - gardening

  • Azalea and Waller Park - trash and litter removal


Our Hornets made some good buzz on social media too. Thank you, Tom Brown, Josh Knutson and Cathy Kramer! Go to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see pictures. This is a fabulous opportunity for all members to help get another wave of donations since our Service Day.

We are missing garden shears and a garden trowel. Please email president@roswellband.com if you have seen them or have them.


If you borrowed a first aid kit from the band that day, please email admin@roswellband.com so we can figure out how to get those returned.


On our end, our MARCH committee will do the following:

  • email a summary of donors so that you can send a ‘thank you’ note to each of them;

  • distribute reminaing t-shirts to our donors and students;

  • discuss possible arrangements for a second service day for the students who couldn’t make 3/7

  • determine how to get student incentives to the 51 kids who achieved these targets:


Number Individual Prizes:

41 $100 = A free Official MARCH T-Shirt

27 $200 = $10 iTunes gift card

15 $400 = $25 Amazon or Visa gift card

2 $800 = PIE MOON OR LONG IN THE FACE

2 $1,000 = PIE MOON AND LONG IN THE FACE! And unlimited food visit at Visitors concessions at all home games in the 2020 season, *Seniors: A gift card

1 $1,500 = $150 towards a Letterman jacket or $150 gift card

1 $2,000 = Fully paid for Letterman jacket, $100 gift card, OR BE A BAND DIRECTOR FOR A DAY*

BAND BOOSTER MEETING

Our next Boosters Executive Board Meeting is Tue, April 14. At 7pm. We may need to use Google Hangouts. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page on details and what we need to do. Meetings are open to all members.

https://www.roswellband.com/band-boosters/rhsbba-agendas-and-minutes/


Thank you for your support and participation!