November 20, 2020
We made it to Thanksgiving break!
Your Patriot Band has had a great week leading to this break that we all deserve. Not only did the Patriot Marching Band earn straight 1's at the UIL Region 3 Marching Contest, despite all of the challenges and differences involved with marching band during a pandemic, but our students also performed so well as to put LC at the top of Region 3 in the region band audition process! I am so proud of everything that our amazing students have achieved this semester. There is nowhere any of us would rather be than working with our kids at LC.
Please read on for the newest changes and important bits of information...
Side note: While your directors love our band family very much, we are tired too and will be fully utilizing this break to recharge and spend time with our families at home. We will of course get some work done over this break (band directors really never rest) like updating gradebooks and planning for our next projects for the band, but we ask that you give us a little grace as we may not be checking our emails and phones like we normally would over the break.
LCHS Spring Band Plan 2021
As we transition to indoor concert band for the spring, we will need to adjust to our current circumstances and work with a different kind of plan. We understand that we will still have our band classes split between students who are F2F and those who will continue with Virtual learning. However, we will need to form UIL concert ensembles with students who are able to rehearse in person, while also ensuring that all students have equal opportunity and access to a high quality music education. For that reason, all students, Face-to-Face and Virtual, will have the same assignments and rehearsal expectations. All students will learn, rehearse, and perform the same music for their assigned ensemble.
For concert UIL purposes, we will form two concert ensembles: the Varsity Band and Non-Varsity Band.
The Varsity Band will be made of Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony students who commit to in-person rehearsals*. All members (F2F and Virtual) of the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will be responsible for Varsity Band music, assignments and rehearsals.
The Non-Varsity Band will be made of Symphonic Band and Concert Band students who commit to in-person rehearsals*. All members (F2F and Virtual) of the Symphonic Band and Concert Band will be responsible for Non-Varsity band music, assignments and rehearsals.
*This will be the general make-up of the ensemble. Ensemble placement will be at the discretion of the band staff.
Students who do not commit to in-person rehearsals will still be required to attend and participate virtually through Google Meet, just like they do for their classes. Rehearsal attendance and participation will be a significant portion of students’ grades in the spring, whether they are participating virtually or in person.
The general rehearsal schedule for the two UIL ensembles will be:
Varsity Band (Wind Ensemble + Wind Symphony): Monday & Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm**
Non-Varsity Band (Symphonic + Concert Bands): Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-5:30pm**
**All students, virtual and F2F, are required to attend and participate in these rehearsals.
Just like in the fall, students who attend school virtually will have the opportunity to participate in in-person rehearsals after school so that they can participate in UIL activities. In order to be a member of the UIL ensembles, students must commit to in-person participation after school. Additionally, virtual students who commit to participating in person also have the option to attend their band class on campus every day if they have the means to get to and from campus.
Please keep in mind, when we rehearse indoors, all students wear specialized masks at all times (even while they play their instruments), have covers for the bells of their instruments, and sit at least 6 feet apart.
I am a F2F/on-campus learner.
You will be responsible for music, assignments, and rehearsals for either the Varsity Band or Non-Varsity Band based on which class you are in (W.E., W.S, S.B. or C.B.). As a F2F student, you will be required to participate in after school rehearsals in person.
I am a virtual/off-campus learner who is able to participate in band activities in person.
You will be responsible for music, assignments, and rehearsals for either the Varsity Band or
Non-Varsity Band based on which class you are in (W.E., W.S, S.B. or C.B.). As a student who is committing to in-person activities, you will be required to participate in after school rehearsals in person. You may also choose to come to campus every day for your band class period if you have transportation to do so.
I am a virtual/off-campus learner who is not able/allowed to participate in band activities in person.
You will be responsible for music, assignments, and rehearsals for either the Varsity
Band or Non-Varsity Band based on which class you are in (W.E., W.S, S.B. or C.B.). As
a virtual student, you will be required to participate in after school rehearsals virtually.
All winds and percussionists must fill out this form by Monday, November 30th. GISD login required.
3rd Band Fee Payment - Nov. 16th
The next payment toward band fees was due Monday, November 16th.
- Students without a school-owned instrument should only have $50 left toward their fee.
- Students with a school-owned instrument will pay another $75 toward their fees.
If you have any specific questions or concerns, please email Mr. Hudler.
The easiest and preferred payment method for safety purposes is to pay through Skyward. If need be, payments can be made by cash or check in the band hall. Checks must be made payable to "LCHS" with "Band Fees" and student ID # in the memo line.
Thanksgiving Break Football Game
The game we have scheduled during Thanksgiving Break has been moved from Friday to Saturday, November 28th @ 2pm (Call time @ Noon). We understand that this unusual football schedule can be very inconvenient, but all members of the marching band are expected to attend this game.
Senior Night Game
While we cannot do our normal Senior Night activities, we still want to do what we can to recognize our seniors at our last football game of the year, which is currently scheduled for December 4th.
Seniors: Take a moment to fill out this form (GISD login required), then submit a picture you would like to have displayed at the football game directly to Mr. Hudler through email ASAP. (Please make sure it is a high-quality/high-resolution photo).
Letter Jacket Update
Spring Semester Band Auditions
Region Band Auditions
The Patriot Band is continuing to have fantastic success in the Region Band process! 48 of our students advanced to the 2nd phase of auditions, which is more than any other GISD school and tied for the most in all of Region 3! We want to congratulate all of our students who auditioned and wish the 48 band members who advanced the best of luck in preparing for their next audition!
High School Phase 2:
- Audition Window Opens: Saturday, December 5th at 10am.
- Audition Window Closes: Wednesday, December 9th at 11:59pm.
Marching Band Schedule
Note: Members who are marching must attend every rehearsal in order to participate at football games. Any absences must be communicated by a parent to Mr. Hudler in order to be excused.
Thanksgiving Break Football Game - Saturday, November 28th
- 12:00pm - Call time
- 12:15pm - Inspection
- 12:30pm - Depart for HBJ
- 5:30pm - Approximate return to LC
Monday, November 30th
- 3:15pm - Students check in
- 3:30pm - Rehearsal begins
- 5:00pm - Rehearsal ends
Tuesday, December 1st - Stadium Rehearsal
- 3:00pm - F2F students load buses for HBJ
- 3:15pm - Students check in
- 3:30pm - Rehearsal begins
- 5:00pm - Rehearsal ends. Students are picked up at HBJ Stadium.
Thursday, December 3rd
- 3:15pm - Students check in
- 3:30pm - Rehearsal begins
- 5:00pm - Rehearsal ends
Game Day - Friday, December 4th
- 3:00pm - Students check in
- 3:15pm - Run-through begins
- 4:15pm - Run-through ends
- 5:15pm - Call time back @ LC
- 5:25pm - Inspection
- 5:30pm - Load buses for Williams Stadium
- 10:15pm - Approximate return time
UIL Area C Marching Contest - Saturday, December 5th
UIL Marching Contest Dates & Information
UIL Area Marching Contest - Saturday, December 5th
- 3:30pm - Call time @ LC
- 4:00pm - Run-through begins
- 5:00pm - Run-through ends
- 5:30pm - Inspection
- 5:35pm - Load buses for Mesquite Memorial Stadium
- 6:43pm - Warm-up
- 7:33pm - Performance
- 8:30pm - Approximate return time
Tickets for spectators will not be sold ahead of the event. Tickets must be purchased at the gate. The contest anticipates long ticket lines so please arrive early. I have received mixed information about ticket sales. Tickets are $5 and may definitely be purchased with cash, but I am unsure about card payments.
Grades and Google Meet
All students are expected to fully participate during their assigned class time. Students should be playing along at home with what students are playing at school during class rehearsals. Students, both F2F and at home, will be called on to perform materials individually throughout the rehearsal. If a student does not respond or perform when called on, that student's participation grade will be reduced.
Chaperone and Volunteer Needs
For student safety, GISD has limited the number of parent chaperones and volunteers that we will be able to have, but we still need your help! For each of our games this year, we will need 6 bus chaperones, two box truck drivers and a few parents to help in the student parking lot. Please remember that any adult who wishes to help out will need to go through the GISD volunteer process.
Uniforms and Gear
Students will wear their full marching uniform to all future football games. Students will need to have the following required gear:
Uniform jacket, bibbers, shako, and garment bag.
Black LC Band t-shirt
Black LC Band shorts
Marching Shoes with long black socks
Water Jug w/ koozie - completely filled with water.
Band-issued blue rain poncho.
Flip Folder and lyre (not purchased through the boosters)
LC Band face mask - a gift to our students from the boosters!
Important: The marching band uniform must be properly cared for while students have them at home. Uniforms should be hung up in their garment bag. It is recommended that students leave the garment bag unzipped while hanging for ventilation. Our marching band uniforms are dry clean only. The uniform CANNOT be washed in a washing machine. Our uniforms cost roughly $300 each. Uniforms damaged while in a student's care will need to be replaced at the student's cost.
More Important Information:
Marching Band Attendance Policy
Attendance at all marching rehearsals is critical for safe and effective performances. For this reason, it is the policy of the Patriot Band that students who have an unexcused absence from a marching rehearsal will not be allowed to participate in that week's football game. Absences will be excused for the same reasons the school might excuse an absence such as illness or family emergency. Absences must be communicated by email to Mr. Hudler in order to be excused. Communication must be from a parent or guardian.
Whenever possible, we will keep Wednesdays clear for students to take care of tutorials, doctor's appointments, work, driver's training, etc. The band calendar has been updated to reflect this schedule for the next several weeks.
Find the official band calendar on the home page of our band website. We encourage families and students to sync the band calendar to your personal calendar to help keep track of our busy schedule.
We make announcements and take attendance in the first 10 minutes of each Google Meet. If a student logs on late, they will have been marked absent. It will be the responsibility of the student to reach out to correct attendance. To have attendance corrected, students should find the "magic button" on their canvas course home page which will take them to a Google Form they can fill out to request a correction.
Fees should now be available for payment through Skyward. Because of current circumstances, we have reduced the fees to only the Band Operations Fee of $200 for all members of the program and the Instrument Usage Fee of $100 for students who use school-owned instruments. (These fees do not include items such as uniform pieces which are purchased from the Band Boosters.) Fees can be paid electronically through Skyward, or by cash or check in the band office.
Because this new fee process has taken more time than anticipated, we are adjusting the payment schedule as follows:
September 15th - $75
October 15th - $75
November 16th - $75
December 15th - $75 or remaining balance
*A note about fees owed from previous years: Those fees will be paid through the boosters, not through skyward. Past due fees can be paid by cash or checks made out to be boosters or through the CutTime system used last year.
We strongly encourage all members of the band to take advantage of private lesson opportunities this year. Lessons are incredibly beneficial to every student from Concert Band to the Wind Ensemble. They help students grow and improve individually, which is the best and fastest way for our band to grow and improve as an organization. This week the band staff will be reaching out to families who expressed interest in private lessons to help set them up and answer any questions. More information about private lessons can be found on our band website along with student applications and contact information for our amazing private lessons staff.