Band Buzz January 17, 2022

Falcon Band and Color Guard

Director's Notes

The Orlando trip is less than 5 weeks away! As a reminder, the 5th payment is due on Tuesday, January 18. Students who are not current on payment will not be allowed to choose their rooms. Students who are current will sign up for rooms on Tuesday. If you have not already done so, please get travel insurance in the event that you/your child becomes sick right before the trip. This will be the only way you get any of your non-refundable money back. The travel insurance link is below.

There is a meeting for all travelers and their parents on February 3 at 7:00 PM in the CLHS Performing Arts Center.

John Pearce
Director of Bands
Clear Lake HS

President's Comments

Happy New Year to All! As we continue in concert season, make sure to refer to the main google band calendar to keep up to date on all the after-school ensembles and band rehearsals. The main events that will occur in the spring semester are WinterGuard, UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest (we are host), Ensemble Recital, Orlando Trip, pre-UIL for CCISD schools (we are host), UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest (we are host), Spring Concert, and Band Banquet. As each event gets closer, look for opportunities to volunteer if you can. Also, we are in need of a nominating committee to start filling the open board and committee chair positions for next year, so give this some thought as well!

Ruth Soisson

(Outgoing) FBBC President

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FBBC General Meeting Time Change!

The next FBBC meeting is on Thursday, January 20th. This is the same day as the PTA meeting which occurs at 6:30 pm. Several have indicated that they plan to attend this particular PTA meeting, so we will NOW MEET from 7:30 to 8:30 pm so that we can hopefully reach a quorum and vote on important business. Please plan to attend this meeting as we will also discuss all the upcoming events and activities in the Spring semester.

Solo and Ensemble Contest

CLHS is hosting this event on Saturday February 5th and it is a mostly student-run event. All band leadership are required to volunteer and many other band students volunteer as well. Students have a good time hanging out with other band students and helping the event run smoothly, while earning service hours. Usually, there is a morning and an afternoon shift and a sign-up sheet will be posted in the band hall. A few parent volunteers will be needed to provide “hospitality" for the judges throughout the day (breakfast and lunch) and will be reimbursed by UIL. Students from the district will arrive and a certain time, play their solo or ensemble and then leave, so food for students will not be required like it was when we hosted Region Band last December.

Nominating Committee

FBBC is looking for at least 3 members to serve on the nominating committee for next year’s board and committee chair positions. There will be several vacancies next year (especially the FBBC President and FBBC Vice President-Communications, since they are held by parents of graduating seniors). Others may be interested in stepping down or switching to another position. The nominating committee’s job is to recruit members to fill these OPEN positions and are NOT required to actually fill these positions. These efforts usually begin in February with a desire to vote on the new officers at the April/May meeting. If you are interested in serving on the nominating committee, then please send a text to Ruth Soisson at (281) 728-4082.

Ensemble Recital: February 15th

The ensemble recital will take place on Tuesday, February 15th and will occur in various rooms at CLHS. Some ensemble performances are as early as 5:30 pm. In the past, the ensemble recital was followed by “Bites at the Lake” which was an epicurean night with food samples from local restaurants and raffles on various themed baskets containing products and services from area businesses. This year, we are scaling back substantially, but would still like to provide refreshments to celebrate the achievements of our students. If you have any ideas or would like to be on the committee to help, then please text Ruth Soisson at 281-728-4082.

Save These Dates

January 18th (Tues) – 5th Orlando Trip Payment Due

January 20th (Thurs) – FBBC meeting in Band Hall at 7:30 pm (PLEASE ATTEND, we have items that need a vote and we did not make a quorum at the last meeting)

January 20, 21,22, 28, 29 Musical "Pajama Game"

January 25th (Tues) Fajita Pete Spirit Night

January 29th (Sat) – WinterGuard @ Turner HS

February 2nd (Wed) – Orlando Chaperone Meeting

February 3rd (Thurs) – Orlando Parent Meeting

February 5th (Sat) – UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest

February 9th to 12th – TMEA Clinic and Convention

February 12th – WinterGuard @ Goose Creek Memorial HS

February 14th – Final Orlando Trip Payment Due

February 15th (Tues) – Ensemble Recital

February 17th to 22nd – Orlando Trip

February 25th and 26th – UH Jazz Festival

February 26th – WinterGuard at Klein Cain HS

March 1st- Percussion Ensemble Concert

March 3rd - Falcon Band Booster Club Meeting

Band Banquet

Planning will begin soon for the Band Banquet which will take place in May. All band students attend, but the focus is a celebration of the seniors! The first step is to secure the date and the venue. After that, details will be planned and implemented such as overall budget, theme, decorations, food, desserts, senior gifts, etc. The Band Council and the directors act as Masters of Ceremony, taking care of the entertainment, slide show, etc.

Contact Chrystal Limon if you would like to be on the committee at .

Winter Guard Welcomes Volunteers!

CLHS Winter Guard Season begins January 2022!

The award winning CLHS Color Guard welcomes volunteers to help with props & lift and fold the team’s performance floor at their Saturday competitions. If you are interested, please contact Color Guard Parent, Maribel Chacon by or 281-910-3982

If you are a student in need of volunteer hours for the second semester, please notify CLHS Color Guard Director Mr. Heideman at

  • Spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • There are 8 free volunteer student spots. After spots are taken, entrance fee is $3.
  • They are required to ride the CCISD bus traveling to the competitions.
  • Mr. Heideman will sign all volunteer forms and/or provide a letterhead upon completion of volunteer hours.
  • Each student can earn up to 3 volunteer hours per competition.

Winter Guard Season Schedule

Saturday, January 29 @ Turner HS (Hosted by Dawson HS)

Saturday, February 12 @ Goose Creek Memorial HS

Saturday, February 26 @ Klein Cain HS

Saturday, March 19 @ Pearland HS (**AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS)

*If students plan on leaving the competition early after volunteering, they are required to fill out an Alternate Transportation Form no later than a week before the competition

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Scholarship Opportunity

Senior Parents and Students,

Please see the scholarship opportunity at the link below. HEB is offering 15 scholarships for seniors that participated in UIL activities this year. Several of you may qualify to apply for this opportunity.

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