Nation Ford Marching Band News

Weekly Update October 4 - October 10

Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.

- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

DIRECTOR'S CORNER

FROM MR. LINKOUS

Our 2020 production is starting to take shape. Staging has begun and more music was distributed this week. Stage sets and builds are close to being finished. We are very excited to see how all of the pieces will come together!


Reminder: Senior Night forms due TOMORROW OCTOBER 5. They have been posted to student Google Classrooms and distributed through charms in an email sent on October 1st. You may return them via email (linkousr@fortmillschools.org). Please see the emails that Mr. Linkous sent earlier today for more information!


AFTER SCHOOL PRACTICES COMING UP

Please see schedule at end of Newsletter.


Parents, please remember that rehearsal schedules are fluid and the word for the year is FLEXIBILITY! This information will be communicated to your students in class, and via Google Classroom. They are responsible for letting you know their schedule. Please be sure to ask your student about their personal schedule. Plan to have all day Saturday blocked out as the Directors decide between A and B practices, and Leadership will have meetings on Saturdays as well.


FOOTBALL GAMES

Our next game is Friday, October 9. It will be Senior Night, and our Seniors will be honored at 6:15pm. This is an A-Day, students please bring a snack to eat after school, before the game. B-Day students should arrive no earlier than 4:30 and no later than 4:45 (students, please be ON TIME!). All B-Day students should eat dinner or a snack before they arrive to practice. Parents, please drop your students off and pick them up in the Car Rider line before and after the game.
We will play the National Anthem and pre-game, after which students will be dismissed to go home or return to the game if they have purchased tickets.


Parents, our Facebook page is not a buy/sell/trade site. If you have purchased Football tickets that you do not plan to use, you may not use our Facebook page to sell them. We are not responsible for Athletic tickets, that is handled by the Athletic Booster Club. You may find their information by following the link on the school website.


PICK-UP

**PLEASE REMEMBER THAT STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP IN THE CAR RIDER LINE.

The bus lanes are enticing because they are close to the band room, but we've had some close calls with people driving around the round-a-bout as others are pulling out. Please keep our parents and students safe and do not try to pick up there. **


FOR REHEARSALS

*ALL STUDENTS must wear athletic attire that allows you to move freely such as shorts, t-shirts, workout pants, etc. at rehearsals (no jeans). Please bring your clean NF Band issued neck gaiter buff. (The replaceable filters are very reasonably priced on Amazon.)

*ALL STUDENTS must wear athletic shoes and a brimmed hat - No Exceptions! (Please do not bring a red hat.)

*1-Gallon Water Jug filled with ONLY WATER (and ice, if needed)

*Students may bring snacks to keep in their bags (Please note snacks are to be consumed only at designated times and only with permission from a director or staff member)

*Wind Players: please bring a tuner and a metronome - you can find acceptable tuners that are affordable AMAZON LINK

You may also use an app with your smartphone.


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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BAND FEES

UPDATE!!!

The fees for the season have been adjusted to $425. The payment schedule is as follows:

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)
Payment 3: Nov 20 $75

If you have two students in the band program simultaneously, each student’s fees will be reduced to $375. If you have three or more students in the program at the same time, each student’s fees will be $350. If each student’s fees are paid in full by Oct. 16, the early bird discount will be applied to each student’s fees (reduced another $25 to $325 using the previous example).


** 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. **


A $75 Instrument Rental Fee is applied to the account of any student who uses a school owned instrument. If a student is required to play more than 1 school owned instrument, no additional charges will apply.


There are 3 different ways to pay your fees:
1) Check or cash—mailed or placed in the payment envelope in Mr. Woody’s office.
2) PayPal Individual Payments on the FEES/PAYMENTS tab on the Band website (there is a small fee incurred)
Found on band website: https://www.nationfordband.com/fees-payments
3) PayPal 6 months same as cash payments—subject to credit approval through PayPal.


All checks can be made payable to FMDBBC and mailed to the following address OR PLACED IN THE ENVELOPE IN MR. WOODY'S OFFICE:


FMDBBC
PO Box 611
Fort Mill, SC 29716


Whether paying by check or PayPal, please be sure your student’s name is included as well as listing NFHS.

If you would like to cash in points, they will not automatically debit to your account. You will need to email nafocharms@gmail.com and let Nicky know how many points you would like to redeem.


If you have already paid your band fees in full, or have a refund because of rolled over Disney Trip money, you may choose to keep that money in your account to cover part of your 2021-22 band fees or request a refund.


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/

PIT CREW

The Pit Crew has started assembling to execute the concept and design for this year's show. If you are interested in helping out, please email Bob Ludolph our Pit Boss at ludolphbob@gmail.com. There is something for everyone, so if woodworking isn't in your wheelhouse, just wait and you may be able to jump in the next week. We can't guarantee breakfast, but we can guarantee you will always come away with a sense of accomplishment from helping our kids! We usually do our work on Saturdays.

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.

PANTHERS STAND FUNDRAISER

Thanks to all who worked the Panthers Game today! New Stand, new rules, a fun although

S-L-O-W day! But for the fans who wanted food or beer, we were there for them!
We are a good 5-6 feet from the fans, and we place our food on the counter and they pick it up. Everyone is wearing a mask and social distancing is enforced. It's a very safe way to help earn funds toward our band program!


We will be sitting the next home game out, but we have been offered a stand for the Thursday Night game on October 29 against the Falcons. Stay tuned for a sign up after we get more details. We should have a second beverage stand by that game so we will need more to sign up.

Please remember, the fundraising we do this year will benefit your student next year and the following year. Our Concession Stand at Panthers Stadium has been one of our largest fundraisers in the past! We need Freshman and Sophomore parents to step up because the upper classmen parents have worked especially hard in previous years to ensure that your students have the superior band program that they have moved into. Next year, when band fees are double what they are this year, it will also be nice to have points banked to cash in. It only works though if everyone helps out.


GOOD NEWS!! All training will be ONLINE. Only 4 pages need to be signed and scanned to me this year.


** NEW STAND RULE** All who work in the stadium must wear non-slip, closed toed footwear. This will be inspected upon check-in. All sneakers do not have non-slip soles. If you plan to work, please make sure you have appropriate footwear. Vans, Alegria, Dansko, and restaurant shoes are approved footwear, or you can purchase OVERSHOES on Amazon or HERE to wear over your existing shoes. If you do not have appropriate footwear, you will not be admitted.


We will need to carpool as the whole stand needs to enter at the same time. This will be organized after sign-up.

Please reach out to Carl and Shawna Lee Irish at nafobandpanthers@gmail.com with any questions.

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HALLOWEEN

As in past years, the Booster Club will be making and handing out Trick or Treat bags for the students for Halloween after practices on October 31. Please send in one large bag of candy per student. There will be a bin in the small band room near the Directors' offices. Deadline is October 26.

If your student has allergies they are responsible for checking their own candy.

BAND STORE

Our Band Store carries fun items to allow you to show your support for your Nation Ford Band student. We have hats, car magnets, PopSockets, puravida Spirit Bracelets and other items that will allow you to show that you are part of the band!


The Band Store will be open on Monday and Thursday this week to pick up YARD SIGNS, drop off any order forms, and shop swag. We have a small amount of polo shirts and jackets in stock that you can purchase.


We will still accept orders for jackets and polo shirts will place another order at the end of October.


Look for a Band Store email for Show Shirts! There is a very short turn around for Show Shirt Orders (October 17). Many students like to have hoodies or crewneck shirts, and most family members enjoy supporting their band member by wearing their Band Show Shirt for years to come!

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SILIPINT SILICONE CUPS AND LIDS FUNDRAISER

Silipint cups are 16 oz., are made of silicone and are BPA free. They are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. They do not sweat. Cups are perfect for hot and cold drinks!

Pre-orders are due by October 31. Great gifts for family, friends and adopted teachers!
Order forms will be emailed tomorrow.


Single Cups are $13

Ricochet Red w/Grey Logo

Bouncy Black w/Grey Logo

Radberry w/White Logo

Hippie Hops w/White Logo


Cups with Lid and Straw are $18
Ricochet Red w/Black Lid & Black Straw
Bouncy Black w/Black Lid & Black Straw
Radberry w/Clear Lid & Clear Straw
Hippie Hops w/Hippie Hops Lid & Blue Straw

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.

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!

WAYS TO GET INFORMATION AND STAY IN TOUCH

SPIRIT NIGHTS

PLEASE SHARE OUR SPIRIT NIGHTS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS!


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29
CHIPOTLE AT CAROLINA PLACE FOOD COURT, PINEVILLE, NC

5PM - 8PM

11025 Carolina Place Pkwy, Ste FC-12, Pineville, NC 28134
You must show the flyer or say that you are with Nation Ford Band.


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.

WORKING CALENDAR

All information that is listed on this schedule is EXTREMELY SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Any dates listed that do not specify exact information will be filled in as soon as details and confirmations become available. Any changes will be updated as quickly as possible (and dated) so you may track the most recent information. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this process. ALL PAYMENT DATES ARE FIRM.


Regardless of the fact that a student may be either an A day or B day student, please keep in mind that rehearsals marked as either A day or B day may need to be altered on a future date. We are committed to avoiding this whenever possible; however, we are attempting to create something we have never done before. It is possible that unforeseen circumstances may require us to alter plans. We will always attempt to give at least 1-2 weeks notice before making any changes. We ask that students and families honor the M, T, TH, & Sat practice day model that has existed in every previous year so we can accomplish our goals.


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18 FIRST PAYMENT $250 (OVERDUE!)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 A-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 B-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 B-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 FOOTBALL (HOME) BAND PLAYS (PRACTICE AFTER SCHOOL)

Game Starts 7:30PM Vs. Gaffney

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 BAND PRACTICE

  • (A/B DAY BREAKDOWN OR FULL GROUP TBA) 9:00AM - 5:00PM

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 B-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 A-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 A-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

FRIDAY OCTOBER 16 SECOND PAYMENT $100 (Total Dues $400 if paid in full by this date)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 BAND PRACTICE

  • (A/B DAY BREAKDOWN OR FULL GROUP TBA) 9:00AM - 5:00PM

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 A-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 B-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 B-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 BAND PRACTICE

  • (A/B DAY BREAKDOWN OR FULL GROUP TBA) (9:00AM - 5:00PM)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 B-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 A-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 A-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 BAND PRACTICE

  • (A/B DAY BREAKDOWN OR FULL GROUP TBA) 9:00AM - 5:00PM

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 A-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 OFF - NO PRACTICE (ELECTION DAY) NO SCHOOL

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 A-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 FOOTBALL (HOME) BAND PLAYS (PRACTICE AFTER SCHOOL)

Game Starts 7:30PM Vs. Northwestern

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 BAND PRACTICE

  • (A/B DAY BREAKDOWN OR FULL GROUP TBA) 9:00AM - 5:00PM

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 A-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 B-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 B-DAY BAND PRACTICE 4:00PM - 6:30PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 BAND PRACTICE

  • (A/B DAY BREAKDOWN OR FULL GROUP TBA) 9:00AM - 5:00PM

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 THIRD PAYMENT $75 (Total Dues $425)


**POST-NOVEMBER 14TH PRACTICES AND RECORDING TBD**