Grapevine Mustang Band

BANDtober 22, 2021

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Good afternoon Mustang Band!

  • Students that were not passing all of their classes at the 9 weeks become ineligible today.
  • Tonight is Future Mustang Night! We cannot wait to see our Future Mustangs!
  • UIL Area F Marching Contest is tomorrow and we will perform at 4:15pm. The top 10 bands in prelims will advance to Finals. The top 4 bands from Finals advance to the State Marching Band Contest. Go Mustangs!
  • Congratulations to the GHS Honors Band and CMS Symphonic Band for being recognized as Performance of Distinction Winners in the Nation Medal of Distinction Contest. Next week they will announce National Winners. Go Mustangs!
  • Need help with your All Region Music? Sign up here for one-on-one help!
  • Middle School Region Help needed. See below to sign up!
  • Please check the band calendar for this week's rehearsal times.
  • All of this week's itineraries are below.
  • Below is information for the first ever National Youth Wind Ensemble. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students at GHS to audition and perform with the best of the best high school students from the nation.
  • The band calendar at is your one-stop shop for all dates and times.
  • Join the 2021-22 Remind! Info below. Everyone needs to join the Remind.
  • All band fees should be paid in full. Please refer to the Band Fee Payment document for more information. Please note: if you are paying through PayPal and do not send the payment directly to, the processing fees will be charged to your Charms account.
  • Chaperones needed! Sign up HERE. Have a question? Email
  • See below for Band Booster Notes, Volunteer opportunities, etc.! It takes a village!
  • Lessons are available for all members of the band program. Please go to and set up lessons if you have not already.
  • "Transcend" tumblers are available. Email to secure yours! We only have a limited number left!
  • All Families can raise funds for their individual band account NOW with the Scrip Fundraiser. See below for details.
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We need a big push this weekend to achieve our goal of selling 1000 dozen tamales as a group. We need every band family to sell 10 dozen. If everyone does that, we will get $6000 that we need to continue to pay for needs and experiences of our band program.


We are selling tamales to raise money for the band.

WHEN: Oct 16 - Oct 26

WHY: Tamales are awesome! AND we need to raise more funds to support the band and all the things we do.

We are partnering with Tommy Tamales, a local restaurant in Grapevine, to help us reach our fundraising goal. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Sell Tamales

Tamales are $14 per dozen. We will sell them for 10 days.

Step 2: Submit Order Form

Submit your order form and payment collected on October 26th. All checks need to be made to GHS Band Boosters.

Here is the form. Download it and complete it.

We will also be handing out printed forms after the Stadium Rehearsal on Monday, OCT 16.

Step 3: Pick up your tamales and Deliver

Tamales will be ready after school on NOV 18th. You will pick up your order and deliver them.

Our goal is to sell 1000 dozen. That means we need each band family to sell 10 dozen.

Questions? Reach out to Kim Bentson 713.818.7445 or Angela Hall

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Live the SUITE life at the November 5th Football Game.

The GHS Fabulous Fillies and Mustang Band are THRILLED to offer you the chance to win a suite at the Mustang Panther Stadium for up to 20 guests on November 5, 2021 - SENIOR NIGHT! Tickets are only $20 each - and all proceeds benefit these two INCREDIBLE fine arts groups at GHS!

Purchase your tickets online here:

We've limited the number of tickets for sale to increase your chances of winning! Of course, your purchase will be a charitable donation for purposes of tax deductions. Buy your tickets today! The winner will be announced and notified 11/2/2021.

GHS Mustangs vs FW South Hills

Friday, BANDtober 22 - Future Mustang Night

UIL Area Marching Contest

Saturday, BANDtober 23

GHS Mustangs vs FW Trimble Tech

Friday, BANDtober 29 - Farrington Field

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Middle School All Region - High School Students Needed

For the Phase 2 MS Auditions at CTMS, we are going to need 18 monitors. Volunteer hours awarded.

UIL Region 31 MS All-Region Auditions PHASE II

Date: Tuesday, Nov 9

Location: CTMS
Monitor Meeting: 4:30 PM, library (tentative)

MS Students Arriving: 5:00 PM

Auditions: 5:30-9:30PM-ish

Email Mr. Parks to volunteer!

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Col. Jason Fettig invites you to apply for the National Youth Wind Ensemble
Dr. Kevin Sedatole invites you to apply for the National youth Wind Ensemble
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Pit Crew Scholarship

The Pit Crew Scholarship recognizes and rewards senior members of the GHS Mustang Band who maintain a good academic standing and who exemplify what might be called the “pit crew work ethic” – working behind the scenes, doing unglamorous but necessary work, without seeking a reward other than helping the band. Band member(s) who are selected to receive a scholarship are recognized at the annual band banquet with a financial award that can range from $500 - $1000. The link to apply for a Pit Crew Scholarship will be posted on the Band Website on November 1st, 2021. The deadline to submit an application will be November 15th, 2021.
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We know that the rigorous performances and growing teens will cause wear and tear and need replacement, particularly, of accessories. Guard members are required to keep their uniform and accessories performance ready at all times. This means that when they tear, get lost, or stop fitting properly they must be replaced. If your child needs to reorder/replace any of their accessories due to wear and tear please see this document. It has all the links needed to order replacements or additional items.


1) We need your help providing snacks to the guard after the games or events. Snacks will be given to the guard after the game responsibilities are fulfilled and served in the band parking lot. Guard members may not have their snack or drink in uniform. Dates we need snacks are 10/29, 11/05. Specifics about the snack were emailed on 09/28. Please email Rosa Garner at to sign up.

2) We have openings on the laundry schedule. This is to wash both the spirit uniform and the marching unitard the kids will wear to perform. The uniforms will need to be taken home on Friday or Saturday, if a competition weekend, in the garment bags, laundered and returned on Monday hung in the garment bags. Soap and care instructions will be provided to you. We need someone to help on 11/05.

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Hello all,

We are in the home stretch for regular season concessions - only 2 more varsity games;

For the game on October 22nd we need

7 people (3 for the North Stand and 4 for the South Stand) for the 1st shift (5:45pm-8:00pm)

10 people (5 for each the South Stand and the North Stand) for the 2nd shift (8:00-10:15pm)

If you still need your 4 shifts please sign up for this game - see link below.

If you are unable to serve these exact times that is ok, just let me know what time you can get there and what time you need to leave and I can make just about anything work!

Remember the more food we sell, the more money we make for the band which will help offset future band expenses.

GHS Band Concessions VARSITY at MPS

Thank you all very much!! We are in the home stretch.


Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time and their washing machines to help wash uniforms at one time or the other. All are appreciated. We near the end of October and there are some laundry slots open for the few weeks coming up. Please volunteer if you are available.

Hard to believe, but looking forward to next year, the boosters are in need of a replacement or two, for Uniforms. It is a big job, but the kids depend on it. Please consider being a replacement, or a magic-duo replacement, for this position. I am available for any questions.
Thank you, Kristen Pratt 817-781-4309


Many of the organizations that participate in Friday Night Lights are making a poster for their Senior to hang on the railing or the fence for Senior Night Nov 5. We are going to participate. It needs to be a 20x30 foam poster board with their name, 5-6 pics, and the band logo. We will have a poster making party between now and then…so start looking for 5-6 band pics of your Senior and get those printed. Join our Senior Parents GroupMe:

You're invited to 'Mustang Band Class of 2022' on GroupMe. Click here to join:

Or text Kim Bentson with questions or concerns at 713-818-7445.

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We are still actively seeking corporate sponsorships, please see the form below.

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Did you know that Music for All offers scholarships for graduating seniors who participate in our fall Marching Championships? Two of the scholarships are restricted to 2021 Grand Nationals participants; one is open to any 2021 Marching Championships participant. The deadline for these scholarships is October 25th.

The Music for All Marching Band Scholarships were established to create opportunities and contribute to the future of music and music education in America. The scholarships honor graduating seniors nominated by the directors of bands performing at a Bands of America Regional, Super Regional, or Grand National Championship. Recipients must intend to pursue a degree in music education and demonstrate outstanding musicianship, leadership skills, and work ethic.

The Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education Fund Scholarship - The student must have participated in one of the 2021 Bands of America Marching Championships to be eligible to apply.

Find more information here:

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Start Raising Money NOW!

Scrip is a great way to raise money for your individual band account!


Stay Connected


Students/Parents should login and update their CHARMS information. This is our primary form of communication, and it is important to have accurate information.

If you have any questions, or have trouble logging in to your account, please contact Ms. Irby. (

Charms Link


All students and parents must join the Remind Groups. We use Remind to communicate quickly during events and will only send out messages that are important for everyone. Visit the band website for details.


You may pay for your child’s fees easily with a credit card using a Pay Pal account. To use this feature, click on the “Finances” button then choose the “Make A Trip Payment” button. If you have not set up a Pay Pal account, you will be given an option to do so. Choose to pay using your credit card, debit card, or bank account. Make secure purchases without revealing your credit card number or financial information to the GHS Band or the CHARMS system. PayPal offers one of the safest platforms for online commerce with fraud rates at a fraction of those of typical e-commerce offerings. PayPal offers ease and flexibility, accepting all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express), as well as all major debit cards and direct transfers. Please be aware that there is a fee to pay by credit card.