Grapevine Mustang Band

January 13, 2022

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Good afternoon Mustang Band!

  • Important information regarding the New York Trip below!
  • Fall 2022 Band Placement Audition is below--everyone except for seniors are required to submit an audition.
  • Marching Band uniform turn in information is below.
  • Volunteer with the Mustang Guard! Sign up here.
  • Thank you to David Kaase with DKMemories for taking such wonderful pictures for the band. Please find the link here to access the photo for your student and download.

  • 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.
  • See below for Band Booster Notes, Volunteer opportunities, etc.! It takes a village!
  • 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.

A Message from Carnegie Hall regarding Covid Vaccination and Boosters

Since our reopening in October, the health and safety of everyone coming to Carnegie Hall have remained our top priorities as we have enjoyed the return of live performances.

As you know, Carnegie Hall has been committed to having a fully vaccinated building which means that everyone entering our premises—including artists, audience members, staff, and visitors—must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 using a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Given the recent surge and prolonged nature of the pandemic, please note that, as of February 14, 2022, everyone coming to Carnegie Hall will be required to show proof of full vaccination as well as proof that they are fully up-to-date on CDC-recommended boosters, based on their eligibility. This update to our protocols is being made based on the advice of the leading medical and public health experts with whom Carnegie Hall has been working this season.

Those not yet eligible for a booster will be able to continue to enter so long as they can show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (at least two weeks have elapsed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine).

For those who are eligible for a booster, but have not received one, Carnegie Hall will allow a two-week grace period to schedule and receive the booster upon becoming eligible. After the two-week grace period has passed, entry will not be allowed until the booster has been received.

As of today, Carnegie Hall’s specific booster requirements are:

  • Pfizer (for individuals age 12+): Booster must be administered five months after completing primary two-dose vaccination series.
  • Moderna (for individuals age 18+): Booster must be administered five months after completing primary two-dose vaccination series.
  • Johnson and Johnson (18+): Booster must be administered two months after completing primary one-dose vaccination.

Over time, we recommend consulting the CDC website for the most up-date guidelines on booster eligibility, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Individuals vaccinated outside of the United States with a COVID-19 vaccine not listed above are eligible, under CDC guidelines, to receive a Pfizer booster so long as they are 16 years or older, and it has been at least six months since they have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the WHO.

In addition to these vaccination requirements, just a reminder that everyone on the premises is also required to wear a properly fitting mask over their nose and mouth at all times except when eating and drinking in designated areas.

Later today, Carnegie Hall will start contacting existing ticketholders for the 2021-2022 season to inform them of this new booster requirement.

Complete and up-to-date health and safety protocols—including any changes—will also be included in pre-concert email reminders and on the Hall’s website, where additional information can be found regarding our flexible ticket policy and other health and safety measures.

Throughout this season, we will be continuing to evaluate our practices and will let you know should there be additional updates.

We deeply appreciate your flexibility and support as we continue to navigate these demanding challenges this season. We look forward to seeing you soon at Carnegie Hall.

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Monday -
  • 5:15pm - Wind Ensemble/Honors Band/NYC Photos at City Hall

Tuesday (A Day)-

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:04-4:30pm - Honors Band
  • 5:00-8:00pm - Winterguard

Wednesday (B Day)-

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:04-4:30pm - Honors Band

Thursday (A Day)-

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:04-4:30pm - Honors Band
  • 5:00-8:00pm - Winterguard

Friday (B Day)-

  • 8:00-9:36am - Wind Ensemble
  • 3:04-4:00pm - Honors Band

Marching Band Uniform Turn-In

Monday, Jan. 24th

WE - 7:30am to 8:30am

Honors and Symphonic Band - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Students will need to turn in their vests, bibbers, shakos (clean out the shako box!), gauntlets, plus all accessory pieces that go with the uniform. Numbers on the uniform parts must match what was checked out to them. Charms accounts will be charged for missing items.


DFW-based Lone Star Youth Winds recently hosted their virtual auditions for the Spring 2022 Season, and have a significant need for percussion, oboe, horn, trumpet, and trombone applicants.

This season will be particularly exciting, as they welcome composers John Mackey and Omar Thomas to work with the group under the baton of Dr. Andrew Trachsel (UNT Chair of Division of Conducting and Ensembles/LSYW Conductor). The literature calls for an elite and talent percussion section.

The group rehearses in a condensed and accelerated schedule for the week leading up to both concerts on Feb. 27 and May 15.

Students can find more information and submit an application thru the Youth Winds website, and please feel free to reply with any questions!

Lone Star Youth Orchestra

Auditions for the Lone Star Youth Orchestra’s spring season are coming up on Wednesday, January 5th. LSYO is in particular need of students who play the VIOLA, BASS, FRENCH HORN, TROMBONE, OR TUBA!

The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is the only tuition-free youth orchestra in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The orchestra is open to all middle school and high school students residing in the DFW Metroplex. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings (6:30 to 9:00 p.m.) from early September through mid-May. The LSYO has two more public concerts remaining this season (March 2nd and May 18th).

Audition information and other details about the youth orchestra may be found online at

Students should reserve their audition slot as soon as possible. The audition fee of $25 per student is fully refundable (provided that the student shows up for his/her scheduled audition). There are no other fee requirements to participate in the Lone Star Youth Orchestra.

Auditions are by appointment only. No walk up auditions will be accepted. Students can expect to perform two scales, a solo of their choice, and 2-3 excerpts that have been preselected for their instrument. E-mail the LSYO Manager at to request a registration form. Upon registration completion, the LSYO Manager will contact parents to schedule the audition.

These talented youths are given the opportunity to supplement and enhance their music education by learning symphonic literature through high-quality orchestral and ensemble training with the very best in the field. Students have the opportunity to perform with the Garland Symphony Orchestra and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra through our side-by-side concerts, and students may also compete for scholarship opportunities and guest artist spots through our annual concerto competition.

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HEB Scholarship

H-E-B Scholarship Program

H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity. Nominees must have the following submitted to by no later than January 28, 2022:

  • Minimum 3.3 GPA

  • Number of Community Service Hours completed in the last 12 months

  • Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted

  • A Letter of Recommendation

  • A Short Essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What does Community mean to you?”

There will be 15 total winners – 5 each in music, academics and athletics – and each will be awarded $2,000 from H-E-B. An announcement of the winners will be at the UIL Boys Basketball State Championships. Please make your students and/or support staff aware of this opportunity.

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Happy New Year! We will see everyone tonight for the parent meeting!

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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.