Nation Ford Band Program News

Weekly Update April 18 - April 24

"A ferocious concentration and fanatical execution is what you need to finish strong."

-Gary Ryan Blair

DIRECTOR'S CORNER

FROM MR. LINKOUS

We hope all of our families had a wonderful Spring Break. Whether you traveled or stayed at home, we hope you got the rest and personal recharge you most surely needed.


INDOOR GROUPS
Both our Nation Ford Indoor Percussion and our Nation Ford Winter Guard had a phenomenal season this year. I can’t adequately express in words how truly thankful I am for our amazing staff and their commitment to our students this year. They worked tirelessly to provide our young people with a meaningful indoor experience. Our students should be incredibly proud!

Below you will find links to the final performances of each of our groups. Please enjoy!

Indoor Percussion: The Human Element

NF Winter Guard: Party

Nation Ford Indoor Percussion 2021 The Human Element
NF Winter Guard 2021Party

DIRECTOR'S CORNER

SPRING CONCERT PERFORMANCES
We are currently looking to hold our Spring Concert during the last full week of May (24-28). Given that we plan to have all of our groups perform at this event (guard and percussion will also be included), we have an enormous amount of logistics yet to determine. We appreciate your having patience with us as we nail down an exact date, and know that having more than one performance date may need to be an option given the large number of students in the program. We hope to have concrete dates for you by our next newsletter.




PER DISTRICT POLICY

If your student has forgotten something at home, nothing may be dropped off at the school this year. Please make sure your have your instrument and mouthpiece when you leave your house!

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TECHNIQUE CAMP & BAND CAMP 2021

It’s that time of year when we start talking about the next band season!

Technique Camp: July 19-23 & July 26-30: 9:00am-1:00pm
Band Camp: August 2-6: 9:00am-9:00pm

Please add the dates listed above to your calendar for the 2021-2022 school year. Great student participation at these camps have always been an essential part of the Nation Ford Band’s repeated success throughout the years.

Technique Camp spans a 2 week period in which we start the process of musical and physical training for the season and has proven to be an extremely important part of setting up our students up for success. Rehearsal time is spent working on the fundamental techniques of performance, learning our music and visual package, and (perhaps most importantly) is the period where the band members create lasting relationships, meet new people, and establish the foundation of what will be the 2021-2022 Nation Ford Band!

Band Camp immediately follows Technique Camp and spans a 1 week period that serves as the “spring training” of what we do. Rehearsals last the full day (lunch and dinner are provided to the students) and this is where we put the marching band “production” on the field and assign a drill coordinate to each member. Great attendance is CRUCIAL during this week!

If you have any questions or concerns with Technique Camp or Band Camp, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Mr. Linkous: linkousr@fortmillschools.org

SPIRIT NIGHTS

PLEASE SHARE OUR SPIRIT NIGHTS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21
THIS WEDNESDAY!!

CHIPOTLE, CAROLINA PLACE MALL

4PM - 8PM

11025 Carolina Pl Pkwy FC-12, Pineville, NC 28134
TELL THEM YOU'RE WITH THE BAND!!


UPCOMING

Famous Dave's


If you know of a restaurant who would like to host a Spirit Night, please contact Stephanie Whitcher at sdwhitcher@comporium.net or Shawna Lee Irish at irish1011@hotmail.com.

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BOARD MEMBERS

DO YOU LOVE BAND AS MUCH AS YOUR STUDENT DOES???


We will vote for our new Board Members at the Booster Meeting on April 26. Please make a note to be at that meeting so your voice can be heard!


We are still looking for someone to step into a Vice President position. Do you want to help effect change in Nation Ford Band and help your student and others?


Let it be a part of your LEGACY...become a Band Booster Board Member today!


Please email Dorothy Shiakallis at nafobandpres22@gmail.com or Shawna Lee Irish at irish1011@hotmail.com if you are interested or if you have any questions.

BAND STORE

THE BAND STORE WILL BE OPEN BEFORE AND AFTER THE APRIL BOOSTER CLUB MEETING!


We have several styles of spring weight (wind-breaker style) jackets in stock as well as polo shirts available.


We have EXTRA "Silipint" cups, a few lids and a few straws available for purchase as well as puravida bracelets! These are great for Spring and Summer outings!

We also have some extra SHOW SHIRT items (t-shirts, long sleeve, crew neck sweatshirts & hoodies).


The Band Store will be open at the APRIL Booster Club meeting, or other times if you email nafobandstore@gmail.com.

WAYS TO GET INFORMATION AND STAY IN TOUCH

VOLUNTEERS

If you are planning on chaperoning or volunteering to work with the students, you must have a Secure Volunteer card. This is a card issued through the Fort Mill School District that performs as a background check to clear you to work directly with the students. It takes 5 minutes to fill out online and submit. The district will then be in touch with you regarding passing the verification process. In turn, they will send us a list of cleared parents to help with the students. If you have one from the middle school, it is still valid -- be sure to check the expiration date on the card so it doesn't expire. The application is on the band website under Participate! Be a Secure Volunteer!

Once you have filled out the form, please email Mr. Linkous to let him know to look for it.

** THIS IS NOT REQUIRED TO WORK AT THE PANTHERS STADIUM **

AMAZON SMILES

Please use smile.amazon.com when you shop on Amazon. This site uses your same user name and password as the Amazon site, however it gives a percentage of all purchases back to the band. You will need to choose Fort Mill District Band Booster Club Inc in order to support the band. We are doing very well with this since many are shopping online!


HARRIS TEETER e-VIC

Nation Ford High School Band has teamed up with Harris Teeter E-Vic program as an easy way to help raise funds for our band program. Please go to the Harris Teeter website and under “Together in Education” click the green tab to "link your school". Link your card to Nation Ford HS Marching Band and you are set. Note: If you did this last year, you need to do this again this year. E-Vic linking is only good for 1 year at a time. Please, everyone link your E-Vic card as this is an easy and effortless way to help raise funds for the band.

Our official name for linking purposes is “Nation Ford HS Marching Band"
School Code is 3956

PUBLIX PARTNERS

To support Nation Ford Band, sign up for Publix Partners through your Publix.com account (if you don't already have one) and select your desired school. Then, enter your phone number at checkout each time you make an eligible purchase.


To enroll: Log in or sign up through www.Publix.com. Once signed in, drop down under "Welcome, (your name)" to access “Go To My Account.” Go to “My Publix Partner” and select a school. Type Nation Ford, and you will be able to select Nationford High School Band, Fort Mill, SC. Every time you shop, enter your phone number (linked to your account) to give credit to the band. Family and friends who shop at Publix in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia can sign up for Publix Partners.
Please note, you need to re-enroll every year!

CROSSWINDS INSURANCE REFERRAL

Renado Robinson at Crosswinds Insurance has a great referral program to benefit the band program. For each referral sent to Crosswinds Insurance that sets up a new insurance policy, Crosswinds Insurance will donate $10 to the band on a monthly basis and will also send a $10 gift card to the referring person. This insurance company can beat the price of most other companies as they are an independent insurance representative. Please take advantage of this if you are looking for insurance!

BAND FEES

ALL PAYMENTS SHOULD BE PAID AT THIS TIME.


BAND FEE: $425 (reduced to $400 if paid in full by Oct. 16)
Payment 1: Sept 18 $250 (PAST DUE)

Payment 2: Oct 16 $100 (Total Dues $400 if paid in full by this date) (PAST DUE)
Payment 3: Nov 20 $75 (PAST DUE)


Please visit our website for more information on Band Fees. https://www.nationfordband.com/fees-payments


** We appreciate everyone who has communicated with us regarding challenges with band fee payments. Please reach out to Mr. Linkous at any time with questions. We will always work very hard to help families in need. Band fees are very crucial this season, considering this year’s limited fundraising opportunities, while still trying to provide a great experience for our students with quality instructors in front of them. **


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dorothy Shiakallis at nafobandpres22@gmail.com, Nicky Ludolph our Charms Secretary at nafocharms@gmail.com, or our Executive Secretary, Bob Hessler, at nafoband@gmail.com.


It is important that everyone pay the $100 Activity Fee which is assessed by the FMSD. This fee insures that the district will continue to supplement our staff expenses AND provide transportation once field trips resume (Region Band, All-state Band, Concert Performance Assessment, Winter Guard, Percussion Ensemble, etc).

https://www.studentquickpay.com/fort-mill/

WORKING CALENDAR

All information that is listed on this schedule is EXTREMELY SUBJECT TO CHANGE. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this process. ALL PAYMENT DATES ARE FIRM.


APRIL 21 - CHIPOTLE Spirit Night 4pm - 8pm


APRIL 26 - Booster Club Meeting 7pm
We will vote for new Board Members at this meeting!