Hello From The Bandroom

Feb. 23, 2020

The Newsletter for 7th-12th grade band kids and parents!!!!

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Next Booster Meeting is March 3 at 7:00pm in the band room!

The Plan for Monday!!!!

Good morning! Have a great day all!
Here are some things we need you to remember:
1. Concert black is the dress for Monday. That means all black.
2. Meet in the band room 1st thing. Do not check in with 1st period teacher. We will take roll. Grab instruments and we will load the bus.
3. 2nd period band performs 2nd around 8:45 or so at Ardmore. Parents are welcome!
After they perform they will watch a couple of bands and then Head to lunch at Wendy’s/Taco Bell/mcdonald’s. Then back to school. Do your homework kids! Make sure you bring lunch money!
4. Concert band will perform 2nd to last and wind ensemble last. Probably 11 or so but we can’t really tell. It starts at 8:30 and then we just go in order. Parents are welcome.
5. After we perform we will head to the same place for lunch. Bring lunch money!
6. We will be back by 2:30.
Going to be a great day of music all!

Go Band! Better everyday!

What is concert Black?

Our concert uniform is concert black. That means everything is black. Shoes, socks, pants/skirt, shirt, even the head band in your hair! This is a formal event so we need to be uniform. No sequins required though! :)

Congratulations to the Varsity Winter Guard on the start of the 2020 season!

They performed in Columbia this past weekend finishing 12th. Great start to the season!!! We can all catch them this coming Saturday at Bob Jones for the MadTown Throw Down. I'll get more info out soon!

NEW! NEW! NEW! Upcoming practices!

Please add these to your calendar!

Make sure your know which band is which! Concert Band meets in the band room. Wind Ensemble meets in Coach Mitchell. All after school practices are in the band room afterschool until 5:00. If we meet our goals early we will dismiss early. Parents - don't stress. If we dismiss early we will not penalize a kiddo. We would never leave a kid un-guarded. :)


Feb. 18 - Concert Band

Feb. 20 - Wind Ensemble

Feb. 24 - Pre-MPA trip to Ardmore - Details are below

Feb. 25 - Concert Band

Feb. 26 - 1/2 day for kids!

March 2 - Wind Ensemble

March 3 - Concert Band

March 4 - Wind Ensemble performs at James Clemens for MPA. Info is below.

March 5 - Concert band extra rehearsal for percussion

March 9 - Concert Band - This is the last rehearsal before MPA! Please make every effort to attend!

March 11 - Concert Band and JR Band perform at MPA at Hartselle HS. - Info is below.

Thanks all! I know this Tuesday is very short notice for Concert Band. Just let us know if you can't make it so we will know where you are!

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GREAT JOB ALL! Over $11,000!!! Over 75 mattresses sold! Great job getting the word out! This is the biggest check they have ever written to any band!

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Below is the link for the new and improved band calendar. Mrs. Jean Ann has made us a google calendar so you can sync it with your phone!!!! It is also on our website! There is a menu option at the top. How awesome is that! Go Band parents! Mrs. Jean Ann loves a good calendar so put your notifications on so you will see when she updates. She puts everything school on that sucker so you can be prepared. She was even putting the testing dates for AP exams the other day. Please take advantage of this awesome calendar! Send it to the fam as well.


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Pre-MPA at Ardmore Feb. 24 for 7th grade jr band, concert band, and wind ensemble.

We will be performing at Ardmore HS for a Pre-MPA event. We will perform and then "judges" will critique our performance to help us prepare for MPA March 11. Kids need concert black! They will also need lunch money. Not sure where we will eat yet but we will do our best to keep it under $10.

Schedule for PRE-MPA - Ardmore, East Wind, Elkmont, Tanner, West, Clements, East Concert, East Jr Band.

Ardmore starts at 8:30 and then we keep it going.

MPA Schedule is SET!

Your kids know which band they are in so just check with them.

Wind Ensemble - 3/4 at James Clemens HS at 12:20. Everyone needs to wear concert black.

Concert Band - 3/11 at Hartselle HS at 2:30 - The buses will have to leave us, run routes and then come back and get us. If your little one needs to be back at school before 5:30 you can check them out at Hartselle HS after we sight-read at 3:00. You will just sign them out like we do at football games. Everyone wears concert black.

Jr High Band(3rd period) - 3/11 - at Hartselle HS at 1:00 - The buses will bring them back to the school so the will be able to catch the bus. Everyone wears concert black.

All band kids will need lunch money. We will let you know more as the performance nears.

Annual Band Rummage/yard sale April 11!

For those of you new to the family, we have a sale every spring. We will be selling everything on sale from snails to sails from 7am-12pm Saturday April 11. :) Mark your calendars!

This fundraiser is earmarked for new drums so percussion will be leading it. We can schedule a pick up for larger items starting the week after spring break. We might can manage something the week before. We will be unable to pick up anything during spring break unless you make arrangements early! I will be out of town.

More on this later!

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Congrats JV Winter Guard on their first performance of the year! They did Awesome placing 6th! Great job!

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Time for scheduling!!!

It is that time of year again! Ms. Lyda sent out the email this week. It is time for decisions to be made. I hope you will make the right one!!! ;)

We will try to schedule a day for the kids to do our annual Jr Band Q & A with the big kids ASAP after MPA. If you are unsure about moving up to Marching Band make sure you talk to me first. Also remember that music is for everyone. High School band has had cheerleaders, football players, baseball, softball, so many soccer players, golf, volleyball, theater kids, and every other kind of kid! I honestly believe all kids need music and band. Feel free to email me if you have questions. Look at the research. Ask around. Ask me! :)



Click the link to see if I have received your money. I know this is hard to believe but sometimes kids do not turn in the stuff! I know, I know! Hard to believe! :)


All parents staying in our hotel OR riding the charter bus must be board approved!

This is a process!


That link will take you where you need to go! Need to start that process ASAP!

Gatlinburg info


WHEN? May 7-9

WHY? To play at Dollywood and have fun!

WHERE ARE WE STAYING? The Resort at Governor’s Crossing

HOW MANY KIDS IN A ROOM? Each unit can hold up to 17 people!

Here is how it works:

Room 1 – King bed and bathroom – Chaperone room

Room 2 – 2 Queen beds, twin bunk beds and bathroom – 6 people

Room 3 - 2 Queen beds, twin bunk beds and bathroom – 6 people

Living Room – sleeper sofa – 2 people

“Cove” bunk beds in the hall area – 2 people

Each unit also has a kitchen.

*** We must have a board approved chaperone in each room of kids! If you would like to be this sucker,… I mean person we need to get you the forms ASAP! If you are already a sub or board employee let me know!


WHAT ALL ARE WE DOING THERE? Here is the preliminary itinerary:

Thursday – 9am – meet at East, load the charter bus and leave. Luggage goes on bus.

12:ish – Stop for lunch – kids will need money for this.

3:ish – check into hotel and settled.

5:ish – Dinner (TBD) and off to Magicquest park and Goofy Golf

9:ish – Back to hotel and in the room!

Friday – 10:00am – Head to Dollywood for performance and day of fun!

7:30pm – Head back to hotel for pizza and swimming

10:30pm – back to the room!

Saturday – 10:00am – load buses and checkout of hotel

11:00am – head to Pancake Pantry for pancakes/breakfast!

TBD – Head over to Aquarium. After the aquarium kids will be allowed to

“Shop the strip.”

2:00pm – Head home!

We are also taking our SRO and School Nurse with us on the trip.

WHAT’S THIS GOING TO COST ME? Our budget is $300. If we have 50 people go we will be able to include all of the following:

Travel expense including driver room, Dollywood ticket, $25 for food in Dollywood, Magic Quest/Goofy Golf, 2 pizza meals, Pancake Pantry Breakfast, Aquarium ticket, Officer Mike Boyles as security, Nurse Missy as our nurse, Lodging at The Resort at Governor’s Crossing with two indoor water slides, indoor pool and hot tub, outside heated pool and lazy river.

Room expense depends on how many people are in the unit.

16 people - $40 per person for the room 14 people - $46 per person for the room

12 people - $53 per person for the room 8 people - $79 per person for the room.

HOW DO WE RESERVE OUR SPOTS? The down payment is $66 dollars. When we hit 50 people I will send the deposit to the bus company. Send in $66 per person by Feb. 14. You can of course send more! You can actually pay it all at once if you prefer. Again $300 is our budget. That includes everything listed above with 16 people in a room.

IS THE MONEY REFUNDABLE? If we do not meet the 50 minimum by Feb. 15 then all money deposited will be refunded and I will have to cancel the trip. The money can either be moved to the student’s account or refunded by school check.

WHY 50 PEOPLE? That is what it costs to make this economical.

CAN PARENTS RIDE THE BUS? First priority is student seating. After all students have been placed we will let parents on the charter bus. We just need 50 paying customers!

CAN STUDENTS RIDE WITH PARENTS? All students have to ride the bus to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Saturday morning after the aquarium parents can check them out and they can ride home with them!

WHO DO WE MAKE THE CHECK OUT TO? East Limestone Band. It will be receipted and deposited through the school. Please include names of those traveling in the memo section!

WHAT IF I HAVE PEOPLE GOING BUT NOT RIDING THE BUS? Deduct the $66 from your price. The entire family is welcome to come but any adult on the charter bus or in our hotel has to be board approved.

Question? Email Jennifer Janzen! Eastband2010@gmail.com

School email has a new filter. I am not getting all of my emails!

Thanks! Hope we get enough to go. I have been on this trip many times and it is always fun!!

Remind Code Reminder for 7th grade(2nd period) band!!!

Remind has changed it's policies. We can only have up to 150 people per class. I have divided the class by girls and boys. Text your code to 81010 to get the remind.

Girls and their parents - @elbg2025

Boys and their parents - @elbb2025

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Winter Guard Schedule!

January 21-25th:

Varsity Practice @ Armory on Tuesday, 21st; @ Dance Studio on Wednesday, 22nd; @ old gym on Saturday, 25th.

Junior Varsity Practice @ Armory on Thursday, 23rd

Check Guard Calendar and Remind for times.

Check Guard Calendar for January/ February/ March practice dates.

Junior Varsity Competitions: @ Hoover, AL on Feb 7th and @ Bob Jones High School, Madison on Feb 29th. Times TBA

Varsity Competitions: @ Columbia, TN on Feb. 22nd; @ Bob Jones High School, Madison on Feb. 29th; @ Thompson’s Station, TN on March 7th; and Nationals Competition, Bowling Green, KY on March 28th


Need to contact us directly??? EMAIL!!!

You can reach us at Jennifer.Janzen@lcsk12.org, Mark.McChristian@lcsk12.org, and Michelle.Priest@lcsk12.org

Email us if you need anything! Facebook is not a good way to reach us. None of us check facebook regularly this time of year. Thanks!

Want to know about all of the upcoming events WITHOUT depending on your child?

Check out our awesome Website for all of your band info and needs!

Band parents and kids(thanks Bo, Lea, and kids!) are working on getting every bit of information we think you all will need on our website! Check out eastlimestoneband.com

We are working on making it your "one stop shopping" experience for information for the East Limestone Band!


Don't forget to sign up on remind!

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Find great pics on Instagram - east_limestone_band

We even have our own tab on the school website - eastlimestonehigh.org


Thank you for your continued support!


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CHICK-FIL-A ATHENS is once again supporting the East Limestone Band as well as Night of Bands which supports ALL Limestone County/Athens City Bands! Way to go Chick! Thank you Matthew and the whole Chick Family! GO BAND! EAT MORE CHICKEN!

Village Pizza - East Limestone!!!

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Best PIzza Around! Order today!!

Thank you Residential Air!

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So proud to say we are supported by such great businesses!! Thanks Residential Air!! Call them for your check ups and servicing! (256) 426-6882

Thank you Tab's!!!

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Check out the deli! I love the breakfast! and the lunch,... and the Sundrop cake!


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Big thanks to Kohl's and the program they offer called Kohl’s Cares! East Limestone Marching Band Boosters enjoyed working with the volunteers from Kohl’s at the Madison Academy Game in the concession stand! Help from businesses such as Kohl’s is how our program succeeds! #kohlscares #lifeatkohls #strongertogether


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