The Stinger

October 22, 2020






  • Friday, 10/23 Football Game – Roswell vs. Cherokee 6:30 PM @ “PATIO” (by bus lanes)
  • Monday, 10/26 Winter Guard Open Rehearsal 6:00-9:00 PM @ Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, 10/28 Pep Band Rehearsal 6:00-7:30 PM @ Band Parking Lot



*****Please return all ponchos from the last football game.*****


All Pep Band members should be at the patio on Friday, 10/23 @ 6:30 PM. Drop your student off at Door # 8 by the bus lanes (this is the door that leads to our band lobby). Warm-up will occur outside; we will not be entering the building. Students can wear shorts OR long pants with their pep band shirts. Bottoms should be black, denim or khaki (preferably not gym shorts or sweatpants). If you did not order a pep band shirt, wear a black t-shirt.

Students should bring: instruments, horn covers, flipbook, and mask. Band students can also bring a cinch-sack or small bag containing water and a snack.


Plan to pick up your student between 10:00-10:30 PM at Door #8 by the bus lanes. The Pep Band will walk back together to the area as a group.

In the event of inclement weather, we will need to cancel the Pep Band’s performance so that instruments are not damaged. We will notify you via email and text by 5:30 PM on Friday ONLY IF IT IS CANCELLED.


Last Saturday’s Roswell Music’Fest 2020 was great! Roswell Band, scheduled for 2:15 PM, shared a compilation of videos! If you missed it, you can still watch the compilation at :



Our Executive Board met in person last week on Wednesday, 10/14 in the RHS Media Center. To get a recap on what happened, you can view the minutes posted at . Our next Executive Board meeting will be at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 11. Meetings are open to all members. Come join us!


For the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting various board positions and committees so that you can learn more about our terrific organization. We want every parent to be a part of this award-winning program!

The Executive Board is currently looking for a parent or two to lead:


Fundraising is truly the heart and soul of the Band Boosters organization. It is why we are here, to help change the lives of our band students. We have roles of all sizes – big and small!

The VP of Ways and Means is a voting member of the Executive Board. (Note: there is a by-law amendment to rename the position to VP of Fundraising. This will be voted on at the December General Membership Meeting.) Here is a quick video about the role:

We are indeed looking for a Vice President. In fact, it works phenomenally well to have TWO individuals volunteer together as Co-VP’s to share responsibilities.

If you truly want to make a difference for the band, this is the job for you! You will love being involved with the planning sessions, putting together new programs, planning events and recognizing the hard work of our students and families. It is a very gratifying role and one where you can make a huge impact!

Not only is this an opportunity to help the band, but it’s also a chance to hone your own leadership skills. Board service gives you the chance to have a say! It can build lasting relationships in the community, with the band directors and with all of our band parents.

Here’s why fundraising is so important to the band:

  • Keeps yearly costs down for the concert bands, marching band, indoor drumline, and winter guard.

  • Provides essential instruments needed for the concert bands, marching band and indoor drumline.

  • Provides props and flags for marching band and winter guard.

  • Provides essential items to keep students safe; including everything from first aid kits to lighting outside the band room on late nights.

  • Allows us to refresh aging assets. We just bought a new Bandwagon and drum major stands.

  • Allows us to make strategic investments in capital expenditures that will be a real game changer for the program like our semi-truck (HORNET ONE) which will now be going with us to all of our games and competitions.

  • Provides scholarships (Band-Aid) to those students who qualify for financial assistance.

Here is an overview of our Ways & Means Committees:

Corporate Sponsorship and Donations (1-2 people)

As we shift our focus to include more corporate sponsorships, this committee is essential. Someone could really set the groundwork for how this is going to work for the band program. The primary objective is to obtain business sponsorships for the band. With all of the businesses in a town like Roswell, this is a position that could greatly benefit the band and involve our community in our program. We will launch an exciting new option for sponsors to buy space and have their logo placed on our new semi-trailer (HORNET ONE). To see our current sponsors, go to:

M.A.R.C.H. - Musicians Acting with Responsibility Compassion and Hard work (4-6 parents)

This committee is responsible for our yearly Spring fundraiser where our students go out and raise money from friends and family to do community service projects. It is so much fun! We need parents with good organizing skills who can also manage groups of people the day of the event. These individuals will secure work sites, plan meals, transportation, tools and marketing. The kick-off and raising of funds begin this winter then we will have our service day on Saturday, March 13, 2021. To view our inaugural video, go to:

Visitor Concession Stand (multiple parents; TBD)

This is a team where timing does matter. Our concession stand committee needs to be available on Friday nights for our five home football games plus playoffs. It involves cooking, set up, selling, and clean- up. (Our concession stand is not open this football season.) It’s a blast!

Other Fundraising Opportunities

There are other programs to promote such as:

  • Shop with Scrips (2-3 people): Winter 2020 - A gift card fundraising program. For more info, go to

  • 50/50 Raffle (2 people): Fall 2021 - Walk the stands at our football games to take orders for a cash raffle

  • ExtravaBANDza Food Truck Night (4-6 people): Fall 2021 - A fun night of food trucks, a 50/50 cash raffle and a walk-through of the 2021 Marching Band Show.

  • Movie Night (2 people): Fall/Winter 2021 - Catch a movie at Aurora Cineplex with popcorn and soda. Money raised benefits the Natalie Henderson Color Guard Scholarship Fund.

  • SAPA Competition (4-6 people): Winter 2021 – We hope to host a competition for local high schools to compete in an all-day Winter Guard Competition at Roswell High School.

Have some new ideas for fundraising? We would love to hear them! We are always open to new and creative ideas from schools, churches, neighborhoods or other groups you’ve been involved with. We aren’t looking to add more fundraising events, but make the ones we do offer even more impactful.

Contact Jane Sowden, VP of Support Services at or 404-931-7901 with questions you have about the committees or VP position. We need you!

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