Grapevine Mustang Band

Week of Aug 16

What does Band in Fall 2020 Look Like?

The band directors, over the past week, have worked on putting together some idea of what our band program will look like this fall. Please watch the video below from Mr. Rees about what to expect in terms of calendar events, class structure, learning expectations, band fees, marching band, and much more.
Grapevine HS - Fall 2020 Announcement

Notes from the Directors:

Good afternoon Mustang Band!


  • Our band registration is tomorrow! We are so excited to see all of our families again and spend a little bit of time together. Please review the Band Registration Newsletter. We have a slight change in the location tomorrow. With the high temperature reaching over 100 degrees, we have been given clearance to host our event in the MAC on the turf field. We will be opening all doors and spacing our tables at least 10 yards away. Families will not be allowed to move to the next table until it is clear. Masks will be required of everyone and our volunteers will also be wearing gloves.
  • All students, who are participating in marching band, are REQUIRED to fill out the Trace Log on Sunday before each week of rehearsal. The first trace log must be submitted Sunday, August 16, 2020. The link can be found below on the second page of the Marching Band Info and Procedures document.


Other News

  • CLICK HERE to get music on our website.
  • We are excited to start our first fundraiser of the year! We have partnered with MSC Fundraising to sell masks! The website has our initial line up, but more will be added soon! You can check it out here: https://www.mscfundraising.com/collections/ghs-mustang-band
  • We are in the process of updating Charms. If you are receiving our emails you are listed on the Grapevine Band roster. If you attend CHHS, please let Mr. Rees (James.rees@gcisd.net) know and we will transfer you to the correct school.
  • We have also compiled another version of the calendar that can be found HERE.
  • You need to clean and disinfect your instruments! (videos below)
  • Establish a routine for yourself to keep your life as normal as possible. Dedicate time to growing as a musician every day. Our suggestion is below.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rees! (August 14)

Big picture

A message from our District Boosters

Please watch the below video from Katie Jarrett, our District Booster President.
GCISD Band Boosters Introduction

Marching Band Information and Procedures

Band Fee Overview

Over the past several months we have been working with our Boosters to diligently create a clear and fulfilling future for the Mustang Band. Below is an overview of the adjusted budget for the 2020-21 school year. If you have further questions about the finances of the booster club, please contact Mr. Rees. Band Fee Document
Big picture

Trace Log - August 16

Please fill out the Trace Log for the week of August 16. All students, participating in marching band, MUST complete this form each Sunday for the upcoming week's rehearsals.

The Guard has a new look for 2020

Over the past few months, we have been developing a School Spirit Uniform for our Mustang Guard! The uniform is the first of its kind and is made by Fred J. Miller Inc. FJM is the leading designer of High School, Colligate, and Pageantry uniform design and production. We are very excited to work with FJM!

Physicals


  • If we have a physical on file for 2019-2020, they are taken care of.
  • ALL New Members need a Physical completed on the designated form--regardless if you are participating in marching band or not.
  • ALL Members OLD and NEW need an updated medical history form. The form can be found here: https://www.uiltexas.org/files/athletics/forms/PrePhysFormRvsd1_10_20.pdf
  • Please fill the first page out and sent it to Ms. Irby. You may also bring the form the first day of your summer band activities. All students must have this on file before they can begin ANY activity. Students without this required paperwork will not be allowed to participate in any capacity and will be sent home.


CareNow® is now offering discounted school physicals for just $20 and is committed to keeping patients safe and healthy. Use their Web Check-In® feature and wait from the comfort of your own home. Take advantage of this promotional offer before the back to school rush in August!

Big picture

Pit Crew Scholarship

The Pit Crew Scholarship recognizes and rewards senior members of the GHS Mustang Band who maintain a good academic standing and who exemplify what might be called the “pit crew work ethic” – working behind the scenes, doing unglamorous but necessary work, without seeking a reward other than helping the band. Band member(s) who are selected to receive a scholarship are recognized at the annual band banquet with a financial award that can range from $500 - $1000. The link to apply for a Pit Crew Scholarship will be posted on the Band Website on November 1st. The deadline to submit an application will be November 15th.

Stay Connected

CHARMS

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. (brooke.irby@gcisd.net)

REMIND

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.

To join, you can text the code below to 81010, OR you can download the Remind 101 App and join. (Some students have found it easier to join with the App)

Big picture

Start Raising Money NOW!

Scrip Gift Card Fundraiser (always ongoing)

○ Start now: go to https://shopwithscrip.com

○ Enter our school enrollment code:72226A747L87


Hello Band Families,


The Show must go on!! Your Band Directors and Booster Club are working hard on planning for next year’s marching and concert season. As most of you heard on the virtual parent meeting, 2020-21 band fee payments begin May 15.


Scrip Gift Card Fundraising is a great way to raise some (or all) of that money simply by paying with gift cards for purchases you normally make!


In a nutshell, the scrip website has hundreds of gift cards to choose from. You buy the ones you like and pay full price for them. You then receive the rebate (percentage varies by retailer and is listed). Back to your student’s charms account. When it’s time tomake a fee payment, simply let our treasurer, Andrea Galante, know via email. Treasurer@grapevinehsband.com and tell her you would like to apply your credits toward the fee.


For parents of incoming freshmen, you may start with Scrip now and we will track your credits and apply them in charms once your student is promoted to GHS Band.


Important Information:


1). To get started, go to www.shopwithscrip.com, create an account and use our school enrollment code: 172226A747L87.


2). In light of current circumstances, please choose electronic gift cards and pay via credit card or by linking your bank account. Once we are able to receive UPS packages at school, we will do an order that includes physical (plastic) gift cards too. Electronic gift cards can be sent as gifts and will go out in an attractive format to the recipient’s email address.


3). Pay attention to rebate percentages to maximize yours earnings. Often retailers have bonus rebates and your earn a higher percentage. Mark your calendar for May 7th.... it’s Thanks-scripping Day. Many retailers will have bonus rebates that will not be advertised in advance!

How to pay your band fees online

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.