Dear Band and Color Guard Students and Parents,
Hope you are having a nice summer! Good news...the nominating committee has found someone who is willing to serve as FBBC president...and that person is me! With almost all the committees filled with awesome volunteers this will be a breeze. I have had three kiddos in band since 2011 and have been involved in being a chaperone, helping with game meals, rolled props/instruments on the field at half-time, handed out plumes, solicited businesses for donations, helped serve cookies and punch after concerts, and was the game drinks chair. My advice to all parents is to get involved, start small, and know that your efforts are appreciated!
The next FBBC meeting will be on Thursday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the band hall. Please plan to attend to vote me in as president (or to challenge me!) and to find out all that will be happening with the band in the next several weeks. A reminder, an agenda, and last month's paperwork will be sent out next week. I apologize for the long e-mail, but we have some busy weeks ahead. If you don't have time to read all this, then come to the meeting on Thursday!
FBBC, 2nd VP-- Communications
FBBC BOARD AND COMMITTEE CHAIR OPENINGS
We now have an opening for 2nd VP--Communications, who is responsible for all the communications of the Booster Club (a job which can be done from the comfort of your own home). I am willing to continue in this role until Labor Day. Reply to this e-mail if you are interested and/or have questions about this position.
The 1st VP--Fundraising job is still open (which involves overseeing all the fundraising activities for the FBBC). Our biggest fundraiser is already ongoing and we have chairs for many of the other fundraisers.
Looking for more drivers for the trucks! We have 3 with special licenses willing to drive the 18-wheeler and we have 7 with regular licenses that have volunteered to drive one of the box trucks. This elite team of dedicated parents are the true "unsung" heros of the band program! And, I just found out that they get FREE game meals while the students are loading the trucks.
Still looking for a Corporate Donations chair. This is a low-key job where you solicit band sponsorships from local businesses. Since we haven't had anyone in this role for a few years, expectations are low, but impact could be high if you bring in a few sponsors!
We have two people interested in Band Banquet and Uniforms, but they would like a co-chair to assist them. "Band Banquet" will occur in May and is a one-time event that needs planning. The "Uniform Chairs" coordinate volunteers to organize and distribute marching uniforms and concert uniforms, oversee repairs, and provide instructions for laundering.
We also need a "Marching Show Props" person. For our "Metamorphosis in Blue" marching show, the props will be simple, but elegant and impactful. It will involve about a dozen 12x10 panels on wheels with different shades of blue on each side. A prototype has been created. Speak to one of the band directors if you think you would like to coordinate volunteers to make the rest of them!
SUMMER MARCHING BAND CAMP
Begins July 19th for percussion. Begins July 21st for band leadership. Begins July 26th for the full band (which includes color guard). See the band calendar for all the details, which is always front and center on the FBBC website at clhsband.org. You could also use these links to subscribe to the band calendar which was switched from CHARMS to GOOGLE.
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REMINDER-PHYSICALS DUE BEFORE SUMMER BAND
Your student will not be allowed to participate in summer marching band until the physical forms are completed, uploaded, and approved by a director.
**CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS: Now using the Rank One system (the same system that athletics has been using). Read the attached "Physical Requirements and Rank One Instructions" .pdf for instructions on how to upload your completed physical form, enter your medical history information, and enter emergency information, etc. There is no paper physical to turn in this year! Everything will be entered online or uploaded via your Rank One account. Here is the link to get started. I tried it and it is very easy! Contact Mr. Pearce is you have any questions at 281-284-2075.
During the first 2 weeks of summer band (July 26th -- Aug 6th), students rehearse outside 7-10 a.m. and then come inside for rehearsal. Mr. Pearce has given approval to distribute popsicles to students to enjoy during their SHORT break before they come inside. Looking for volunteers to help distribute popsicles and collect trash from the students before they go inside. We will meet on the sidewalk outside the band hall a little before 10 a.m. and will be done by 10:30 at the latest. Reply to this email if you are interested in helping with this activity and which days you are available (or you can just show up!) Here are some reasons to volunteer:
* Short time commitment
* Your student will appreciate you!
* You will quickly become a favorite band parent!
* You can see what it's like to volunteer with the band!
* You can ask questions if you are new to band!
PICK UP YOUR EQUIPMENT NIGHT--AUGUST 3
On August 3rd (6-8 pm), the FBBC will host a "Pick Up Your Equipment Night." In addition to picking up the items ordered and paid for in June, band students and parents will be able to come together to accomplish several tasks all at once. The next Band Buzz will specify the timeslots and include an Excel spreadsheet which you can fill in and then print out. Parents that do this in advance cycle through all the stations quickly and go home early!
1. Pick up equipment ordered and paid for on-line in June
2. Information Form: Drop off and ask any questions you have about band.
3. Membership: Have an opportunity to join the Booster Club
4. Volunteers: Learn how to get involved and volunteer
5. Game Meals: Order and pay for game meals and contest meals
6. Spirit Items: Order and pay for any additional Spirit Items
7. Summer BBQ: Order and pay for Summer BBQ Tickets (Event Date: TBD)
8. Band Dues: Pay this annual fee
9. Cashier Check Out: The fastest way to pay and be on your way is to bring your checkbook!
In addition, we envision having a few more "stations" with volunteers for your questions: "Rock-a-Thon", "Color Guard", and "Seniors Only". At the "Rock-a-Thon" station, you can drop off last minute donations, gift card donations, and find out what timeslots are left for volunteers. At the "Seniors Only" station, you will be able to pickup your Senior Mum, order a "Big Head" if desired, and find out how you can support your senior student throughout the year in the culmination of their celebration at the Band Banquet in May.
ROCK-A-THON UPDATE--AUGUST 6 FROM 6-10 PM
A long email was sent out on July 12th giving an update. Many of you have responded and we thank you! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we use these donations to help support expenses needed to maintain our high-quality band program. Rock-a-thon is a great way to raise money for our band while having fun in the process. If your friends and family prefer to sponsor your child by writing a check, make it payable to "FBBC" and mail it to: Falcon Band Booster Club, P.O. Box 891612, Houston, TX 77289-1612. If they prefer to donate on-line, then the correct link is shown below. Either way, make sure they include your child's name so that their donation can be associated with your student.