Nation Ford Marching Band News

Weekly Update March 7 - March 13

“The best preparation for a good work tomorrow is to do a good work today."

-Elbert Hubbard

DIRECTOR'S CORNER

FROM MR. LINKOUS


NF INDOOR GROUPS (Winter Guard & Percussion):
NF Indoor Groups have been hard at work making their next set of recordings for the WGI Virtual Performances this season. We look to provide links in the near future so you can see the wonderful work these young people and their amazing staff are doing this year!

FLOMarching shared Nation Ford's Indoor Percussion show as their eShowcase show of the week! You can see a snippet on their Facebook page.



SPRING SOLO & ENSEMBLE:
Below are some of the important points regarding Solo & Ensemble that were posted in Google Classroom (please see the GC posting for complete details):

Students who are interested in signing up for SPRING SOLO & ENSEMBLE should sign up using the Google Form link below. You may sign up to enter as a soloist and/or a small ensemble. Every solo or small ensemble group must be entered on a separate form.

SIGN UP DUE DATE: 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 10th

For this year only, fees are reduced to $5 per student for each solo and small ensemble entry. (ie. 1 solo and 2 small ensembles would be $15 for that student)
*fees may be brought in after the sign up deadline.

You may submit only 1 entry per form (solo or an small ensemble). If you wish to do a solo AND a small ensemble you must submit a separate form.

If you sign up for a small ensemble ONE MEMBER OF THE ENSEMBLE MUST SUBMIT A FORM AND LIST THE OTHER PARTICIPATING MEMBERS OF THE ENSEMBLE. Those other members MUST submit an email to Mr. Linkous indicating the agree to participate in the ensemble (linkousr@fortmillschools.org). If they do not submit this email, the group will not be signed up to participate - DON'T FORGET! Those emails must be sent by the same deadline of Wednesday, March 10th @ 11:59pm.

* All performances will be recorded as videos and uploaded.

* Videos must be uploaded to the Google Drive by APRIL 14th (don't confuse this with the deadline for registration mentioned above - you must sign up/register by Wednesday, March 10.

*All music used must be purchased, and/or adheres to copyright law. Most publishers currently allow music to be shared for the purposes of adjudication. If you have questions about this, please see Mr. Linkous or Mr. Woody for help.

REGISTRATION GOOGLE FORM:
https://forms.gle/EsLdCp1rK8MpPVU17


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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FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES

Get ready for our FIRST ANNUAL LOWCOUNTRY BOIL & CHILI NIGHT!!

Share our FACEBOOK EVENT on your personal page and in your HOA groups!


Our event is schedule for Saturday, March 27 with pickup times from 4-7pm.
This is a HUGE event for our Band Family! We will need parents to help in the kitchen with prepping, cooking and packaging during the day. In addition, we will need student helpers to transport and hand out the meals in the drive-through line. Again, more to come along with "Sign Up Genius" for volunteers!


We are excited that we can use this as a way to bring some much needed funds into our program, and we look forward to this new opportunity! It will also be a great time for Band families to work together and get to know one another better as this has been such an odd year with very few opportunities to volunteer and build a family atmosphere among our parents. Please share the link above for our EVENT page, the flyer and the website with your friends and families!


Tickets are for sale on our band website at:

https://www.nationfordband.com/upcoming-fundraisers

SPIRIT NIGHTS

PLEASE SHARE OUR SPIRIT NIGHTS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24

CRUMBL COOKIES OF TEGA CAY

5PM - 7:45PM

2435 SC-160 Suite 108, Fort Mill, SC 29708
ALL PURCHASES!!


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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Rising Freshmen

This is the time of year that 8th grade parents may be wondering what Band is about. If you see parents questioning, or if they ask you, adding your positive feedback can go very far in helping both parents and students make this decision, especially since these students have not had the opportunity to see a marching program like all of the current students did during their 8th grade year. Remind them that by taking band for at least one year will satisfy their PE and Fine Arts credits, and by then you will be hooked! Band is a family, and we are excited to have a whole new group of family members coming along soon!
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BOARD RECRUITMENT

WE NEED NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR!!!!!


It really is a great way to become involved with a great group of parents, students and Directors!


One of the major goals of the band booster program is to provide financial support to the students and directors of the band in order to keep the level of the band program to what is expected and to help students achieve their goals. It takes a considerable amount of revenue to offer the students their well-deserved quality band experience. So, we need your help with this tall order!


Who can be on the NF Band Booster Board? Any parent/guardian of a current student in the band and color guard program! You just need to bring your enthusiasm, willingness to help others and positive attitude. No experience necessary! Veteran band parents are always available for any questions and guidance!


Did I mention it is really FUN too? It's a true statement! Getting to know one another through the meetings, fundraisers, events is truly satisfying! Personally, I've seen so many friendships form over the years.


We are also in need of a couple people to be on the Nominating Committee. This committee helps with creating the ballots, counting ballots and announcing the new Board members.



Since this year has been so very different, know that you will have someone to mentor you as you learn your new job!


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

Marching season is over, but it's still fun to show Band spirit!
We have several styles of spring weight (wind-breaker style) jackets in stock as well as polo shirts available. These would be perfect for volunteering for some of our upcoming events!


We have EXTRA "Silipint" cups, a few lids and a few straws available for purchase as well as puravida bracelets!

We also have some extra SHOW SHIRT items (t-shirts, long sleeve, crew neck sweatshirts & hoodies). If you plan to work at the Lowcountry Boil event and need a new shirt first, email us at nafobandstore@gmail.com beforehand. We will have the store open at the next Booster Club meeting.

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.


MONDAY, MARCH 15 - Students return to five day a week classes


SATURDAY, MARCH 20 - Sales end for Lowcountry Boil & Chili Night


MONDAY, MARCH 22 - Booster Club Meeting 7pm


SATURDAY, MARCH 27 - Lowcountry Boil & Chili Night 4-7pm pickup times (Prep all day)


APRIL 5 - 9 - Spring Break NO SCHOOL


APRIL 26 - Booster Club Meeting 7pm


APRIL 30- MAY 1 - Region Band