Nation Ford Marching Band News

Weekly Update February 21 - February 27

"Life is a symphony, and the action of every person in this life is the playing of his particular part in the music."

-Hazrat Inayat Khan

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DIRECTOR'S CORNER

FROM MR. LINKOUS


INDOOR GROUPS:

Both the NFHS Color Guard and NFHS Percussion have been working hard this season to put together fantastic productions for the 2021 season.


Our percussion has been working on a fun and futuristic production to be filmed on our very own stage at NFHS and the NFHS Color Guard just completed their first recording of the 2021 Season at Catawba Ridge HS.


Each guard from NFHS and CRHS performed and recorded their shows in the CR gymnasium this past Saturday and will be submitted in the first WGI virtual competition of the season. Thanks to CRHS for their hospitality and for hosting our guard for the recording!

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DIRECTOR'S CORNER, CONTINUED

ALL BAND STUDENTS & INDOOR GROUPS:


EXTENSION FOR COUPON BOOK SALE: Materials DUE Mon & Tues February 22 & 23

We will be extending our Attractions Coupon Book Fundraiser until Monday, February 22nd for B-Day students & Tuesday, February 23rd for A-Day students.


Lets push really hard to help both YOU and YOUR band program. This is open for all students to participate. INDOOR GROUPS ARE ASKED TO SELL A MINIMUM OF 3 BOOKS.


LETS MAKE THIS FUNDRAISER A HUGE SUCCESS!!!

DIRECTOR'S CORNER CONTINUED

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!!
We have this currently scheduled for fundraiser to be held on Saturday, March 27th. Please look for flyers advertising it as well as the order forms/link to purchase dinners. We also will need help in the kitchen with prepping, cooking and packaging. In addition, we will need helpers to 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!


RESTAURANT NIGHTS

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 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

We have a few "Legacy" Ornaments that have not yet been picked up. If you ordered one, or you are a Senior in FMVA this year, please email nafobandstore@gmail.com to arrange to pick your ornament up.


We have EXTRA "Silipint" cups, a few lids and a few straws available for purchase. We also have some extra SHOW SHIRT items (t-shirts, long sleeve, crew neck sweatshirts & hoodies).

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.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 - Senior Photo 4pm


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 - Booster Club Meeting 7pm