Band Buzz: September 19, 2021
Falcon Band and Color Guard
From Your Directors
The Friendswood Marching Contest will be at Henry Winston Stadium at 702 Greenbriar, Friendswood, 77546 on Saturday, September 25th. The schedule is shown below. We will perform at 11:30 am for prelims. All bands will participate in finals to gain more information and comments from the adjudicators. Finals schedule will not be announced until after prelims. Lunch and dinner will be provided for students and there is no need to collect money as students already paid a contest meal fee at the beginning of the year. Spectator tickets will be available at the gate for $15 for all day pass, $10 for prelims or finals.
Head Director Clear Lake Bands
TMEA Region Jazz Audition Results
This past weekend we had five students audition for the TMEA Region Jazz Bands. We are very proud of each of these students for auditioning, and for those students that earned a spot, they will be a part of the Region Jazz Clinic in November. Way to go, Falcons!
Raphael Clark, Baritone Saxophone, 1st alternate
Oliver Lampson, Trumpet, 1st chair overall, Jazz Band 1
Shade Quick, Trumpet, 1st Chair Jazz Band 2
Carlos Cabrera, Trombone Jazz Band 2
Tab Sommer, Drum Set, 1st chair Jazz Band 2
Asst. Band Director/Jazz Band Director
BATL Percussion Competition Results
The Clear Lake High School Percussion section earned first place in our category at the Battle at the Lakes Marching Percussion Competition on Saturday, September 18th! This was the first contest we have attended that was focused solely on marching percussion and was a great opportunity to receive fantastic feedback from our percussion specialist judges. All of the students performed very well. Many compliments were given by directors from other schools, and a special shout out was given to our soloists and drum majors who helped make this contest happen! We are looking forward to our upcoming Friendswood competition next weekend!
Asst. Band Director/Percussion Specialist
From Your Booster President
Many thanks for this season’s “Plume Brigade.” Norma Eastham, who is Queen of the Plume Brigade, plans to ride the bus to every game and every contest. She will ensure that all the steps necessary for this important job go smoothly and will make sure that the entire band looks fabulous!! Jeremy Eastham, Teresa Shurtz, and Danon Warden will be regular members of the court. Anthea Guest will be trained in all the procedures and will fill in when one of the regular members is absent. Thanks for making the band look great!
From Your Chaperone Coordinator
I will be sending our 2 separate Jotforms this week--one for the Friday game (9/24) and one for the Saturday contest (9/25). Marching competitions are super dependent on parent support, so please volunteer! You are all awesome and each one of you is greatly appreciated!
Key Event of the Week #1: Friendswood Marching Festival
How a Contest Is Different Than a Game
Our first marching contest! Our goal is to support the band in getting well-fed and hydrated students to the entrance gate of the stadium at the assigned time and to support them in getting equipment on/off the field during the performance. As parents and volunteers, we take care of all the details so that the students can perform at their best!
Contests are different than games. All bands perform at least once. Some bands that qualify are invited to perform a second time. We always know the time of our first performance. Then, we have to wait until ALL bands perform once to find out if and when we perform in the FINALS. As a result, the schedule is largely unknown for the later part of the day. FOR THE FRIENDSWOOD CONTEST, ALL BANDS WILL PERFORM IN THE FINALS!!
We need these types of volunteers for this event: chaperones for the bus, chaperones for hydration, unloading and putting props together, rolling band equipment and props on/off the field during PRELIMS and FINALS, serving lunch, serving dinner, taking the props apart after the FINAL performance and loading them on the truck, etc. If you push equipment to the field, you will have an up-front view of your child in the show and can do so without purchasing a ticket! If seeing the show as a “big picture” is your desire, then purchase a ticket to watch it in the stands and then come down to help serve lunch or dinner afterward or help fill water jugs.
There are literally about 100 jobs to fill! Some volunteers will choose to do more than one job. For example, you might push percussion equipment on/off field for PRELIMS and then stay to serve lunch. Or, you might help serve dinner, push props on/off field for FINALS and then stay to help load the props onto the truck. Please plan to spend a few hours at the event making new friends and making memories with your student. They may not say it, but deep down they love it when you are there!
Message about Parking from the Event Coordinator: We have limited parking available on-site in the parking lot next to the Stadium and the lot next to the Natatorium. These lots will fill up during the Contest. We have off site spectator parking behind Westwood Elementary (211 Stadium Ln). We will be running free shuttle buses from 9:15 am until after the Contest from the offsite parking. The no parking zones around the neighborhood streets of Friendswood High School are strictly enforced.
Assume that you will need to ride a shuttle when you are planning your arrival time to see the performance and for arrival to volunteer. Once you get there, go to the parking lot where you see all the 18-wheeler trucks and look for the Falcon Band truck. This will be the meeting spot where you can await instructions for your duties.
MARCHING UNIFORM CARE
Now that we are at the point of washing uniforms weekly, Mr. Pearce would like to remind everyone of the guidelines to wash uniforms. PLEASE READ THROUGH THESE BEFORE WASHING UNIFORMS.
· It will be very important to hang up the uniform as soon as you get home from a game/contest. This will ensure it will have proper time to dry and not wrinkle. The uniform should NOT end up on your bedroom floor!
· The uniform should be washed on the GENTLE cycle with the jacket zipped up AND inside out; the bibbers should be zipped fully; and the two gauntlets velcroed together. It is recommended to throw the marching socks, show shirt, sport shorts, and gloves in the wash with the uniform. Avoid putting other clothes in this same load.
· The uniform must be hung separately to dry. Do NOT put it in the dryer!! Hang the bibbers by the feet, as to not stretch out the shoulder straps, and if you have the gauntlets velcroed together you can spread them apart a little, stand them up and make a kind of “teepee” for them to air dry.
· Buttons do sometimes come off…the button is two pieces: the button and a tack backing. Make sure if you find the button in the washer you find the tack too, so it doesn't damage anything in your next load. If a button comes off, have your student contact our uniform chair, Erin Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org/832-722-8899) to repair/replace it.”
· Washing should be done after every performance (or set of performances, i.e. game + contest).
· Students should let the hat box air out for several hours after getting home to avoid trapping moisture from the shako (band hat) and gauntlets. Shakos can be wiped with a disinfectant cloth after each performance.
· After the last performance of the season the uniforms will be checked back into the uniform room.
Announcing our NEW Photo Share
This is a joint effort between Sam Houston, John Streeter, Sam Draper, Ruth and myself. The purpose is to let all Band and Color Guard parents to add their photographs to this repository, so they can be viewed by all parents and students. More importantly this will be a resource for year-end slideshows, senior books, yearbook etc.
You can view our Photo Gallery on our website or by clicking here:
Parents who like to contribute photos, should follow the following steps:
- Set up a Google account, if you don't already have one
- You don't need a "@gmail.com" account, you can set up a google account with an already existing email account like @ccisd.net or @yahoo.com
- Next, email email@example.com with the email address associated with your google account
- We will then provide access to our photo album where you can upload unlimited photos
- If you encounter issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fajita Pete's Fundraiser Night September 29th
All, we are pleased to work with Fajita Pete's - Clear Lake for a Spirit Day/Night on Wednesday, Sept 29!
Simply order fresh fajitas, queso y mas and they will generously donate a portion of the proceeds to Clear Lake High School Band. Order lunch for your office, dinner for your family and please don't forget your favorite teachers and admins at the school.
While they normally deliver, they do ask that you pick up on Spirit Days.
Order at (832)284-4008 or www.fajitapetes.com. You can pre-order as well. They are in the HEB center at Bay Area and El Camino.
See everyone on the 29th!
Deani Quick, Fundraising
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