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DECEMBER 9, 2017

SUBJECT:  Concert Week!! 12/11/17-12/15/17

 

Good morning everyone and happy Saturday!

 

It’s concert week!  The light at the end of the tunnel in the first semester is now in view!

 

Concert this week!

Monday evening we will have our annual Christmas concert and cake auction!  In the past we have asked that all students stay through each performance of the bands.  Since we are now very large, and seating may be a concern, we will no longer be asking that students remain after their performance.  Students are welcome to stay, provided there is enough audience seating.  The schedule indicates the approximate time each group will need to arrive and then take the stage.  Students should be completely dressed when they arrive.

 

By now, all students should have picked up their formal wear, tried it on and should be set for Monday night.  All of our gentlemen in the group need to remember that performing without your bowtie, as part of your tuxedo, is not an option (borrowing another current performer’s will not be an option either).  If you need another one, please take care of that by Monday.  Simple black bow ties can be purchased in multiple department stores.  Ladies and gentlemen may wear jewelry provided it is conservative and appropriate.  Jewelry should be either silver or a gold color (pearls are acceptable as well).  Any nose piercings will need to be removed and replaced with retainers.  Using Band-Aids to cover them will not be permitted since our audience will be much closer than in marching band.  Please understand, that we are not trying to cramp your individual style.  We are required as students and educators, to create an environment of uniformity across the performing ensembles.

 

Within the state Fine Arts Curriculum Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills(TEKS) 117:310-313 tells us the following regarding concert etiquette (which includes attire):  The student is expected to: practice informed concert etiquette as a performer and as an audience member during live and recorded performances in a variety of settings.

 

Cake Auction

This year we will be holding a silent cake auction during the concert again.  We also have the ability to take credit cards so feel free to use those!  You may or may not be aware, but we have some of the most amazing and professional bakers anywhere.  Winners will be announced at the end of the night to claim and pay for their cakes.  Remember, it’s the Christmas party season, so that would be one less thing to think about preparing!

 

Trip Sign-up and Deposit

Trip deposit money is due this Friday!  Currently we are at 71 people signed up to go!  It looks like the trip is getting very close to the numbers we need.  If you have not signed up, please make sure that you get that done as soon as possible!  Trip deposits need to be placed in the envelopes we provide by the safe in the band hall.  They should be filled out, sealed and dropped in the safe.

Here is that link one more time:  https://goo.gl/forms/AX1HMMKwnYTZM09z1

 

This week’s schedule:

 

Monday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals in PAC
  • Concert Call Times
    • Concert Band-6:25 p.m.  PAC Stage
    • Symphonic B-6:40 p.m.  PAC Seating Area
    • Symphonic A-7:15 p.m.  Band Hall
    • Wind Ensemble-7:15 p.m.  Band Hall
  • Concert Performance Times
    • Concert Band-7:00 p.m.
    • Symphonic B-7:15 p.m.
    • Symphonic A-7:45 p.m.
    • Wind Ensemble-8:00 p.m.

Please note the start times are our best guess barring any unforeseeable delays.  Doors to the PAC seating area will open at 6:50 p.m.

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • Winter Guard Rehearsal 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at HS  Note different time due to Middle School Concert

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • Winter Guard Rehearsal at Cherry 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

 

Friday

  •  Normal Class rehearsals and trip deposit due!

 

 

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DECEMBER 3, 2017

SUBJECT:  12/4-12/9 Parade Week!

 

Good morning everyone and happy Sunday!

 

We have a busy week this week with the parade on the horizon as well as cold weather coming in.  Here are a few reminders for the week!

 

Tuxes and Dresses

The tuxedos and dresses are in and students may pick those up starting tomorrow.  I know many students forgot their payments on Friday, so please bring that and drop in the band hall safe.  We cannot give the garments to you until we have received payment.

 

Parade Rehearsal and Music

We will be rehearsing on Thursday morning (7:15 a.m.) this week for the Christmas parade.  We will play Joy to the World, which is located in the music selection of the band website.  Students need to print their part and have it for run through during class times this week.  The password is ***********.  This is a lighted parade so students are encouraged to light up as much of their instruments, or themselves as possible.   Students may wear Santa Hats, Reindeer Antlers, Christmas stocking caps, etc. for head wear.  It will be very chilly Saturday night around parade time so plan accordingly.  We will wear uniforms and encourage multiple layers underneath the coat and pants.  Guard members should have already received an email about what to wear.  We will bus to and from the event and the schedule is located below.  The best viewing are for parents is along main street.

 

Trip Sign-up and Deposit

We are still two weeks away from our deposit deadline for the trip.  If you are planning on going on the trip, please fill out the trip form that I sent out last week.  We currently have 42 people signed up, but that number really needs to come up if the trip is going to happen.  Your deposit is due on December 15th.  Here is that link one more time:

 

https://goo.gl/forms/AX1HMMKwnYTZM09z1

 

This week’s schedule:

 

Monday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • Tux and Dress Pick-up in the afternoon
  • Phase 2 for students advancing in the All Region Process

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • Winter Guard Rehearsal 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  Note different time due to Intermediate Concert

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • 7:15 a.m.  Christmas Parade Rehearsal
  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  Winter Guard Rehearsal at Ruth Cherry Interm.

 

Friday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals

 

Saturday

  • Christmas Parade 6:30 p.m.

 

 

RC Christmas Parade Schedule

12/9/17

Main Street

 

4:30 p.m.

 

5:00 p.m.

 

5:15 p.m.

 

5:45 p.m.

 

6:00 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m.

 

7:15 p.m.

 

7:45 p.m.

 

Meal served for those with the meal plan

 

Call Time-Change into Uniforms…Bring warm, black clothes for underneath your uniform.

 

Load Trailer

 

Travel to Downtown RC

 

Line up-We will be in the cold for about 30 minutes until the parade starts so plan accordingly.

 

Parade begins

 

Parade Ends

 

Pick up time at the High School

 

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NOVEMBER 25, 2017

SUBJECT:  Weekly Schedule 11/27-12/1/18

 

Good afternoon everyone,

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and are ready to get back to it for a few weeks!

 

All Region Band

All region band auditions will be held at Berkner High School this upcoming Saturday, December 2nd.   The details for this event are not ready yet, as the late entry deadline is midnight tonight.  I would expect arrival details, zone assignments, etc. from the contest host by Wednesday of this week.  Students will need to find their own transportation to and from this event.  This applies only to students that have signed up to compete and paid their entry fee.

 

Winter Guard

Winter guard workouts will begin this week on the Ruth Cherry Intermediate campus. Please see the schedule below for dates and times.  Please note, that new Winter Guard members will need to pay for their uniforms by December 7th, per the email sent by Mrs. Hammer.  That can be placed in an envelope and deposited in the safe.

 

Upcoming dates

December 1st-All Tux and Dress money due

December 2nd-All Region Band

December 9th-Christmas Parade

December 11th-High School Concert

December 15th-Spring Trip Deposit due!

 

Here is this week’s schedule!

 

Monday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Color Guard Only Rehearsal for Christmas Parade

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  Winter Guard Rehearsal at Ruth Cherry Interm.

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  Winter Guard Rehearsal at Ruth Cherry Interm.

 

Friday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals

 

Saturday

  • TMEA Region Band Auditions: Berkner High School

 

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NOVEMBER 25, 2017

SUBJECT:  Tuxedo and Dress Costs

 

Good morning all,

 

Money for tuxes and dresses will be due this upcoming week, no later than Friday, December 1st.  Please make checks payable to the band boosters.   Students should place payment in the payment envelopes available by the safe in the band hall, and then drop in the safe.

 

As in years past, the tuxedo pants will arrive without a hem so they will need to be hemmed to your student's height.  Dresses will also have some additional length when they arrive and may need hemming as well.  We are expecting both orders in by the end of the week.  I will email as soon as they arrive so that students may pick them up and try them on.

 

The costs are listed below:

 

Dress: $60.00

Tuxedo: $115.00 (If you ordered individual items such as a coat only, or pants only,  please email me for individual cost)

 

Please make sure these items are paid for by the end of this upcoming school week.

 

Thank you!

 

Doug Fulwood

 

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NOVEMBER 25, 2017

SUBJECT:  Spring Trip Information!!

 

Good morning everyone!

 

This is an informational email regarding our potential Spring trip that we will take in April of next semester.   Our goal was to come up with something much smaller than London as we work towards a “large trip odd numbered years/small trip even numbered years” format for the future.  Our trip destination this April will be to New Orleans, LA.  This is actually a trip we have done before and the students and parents that went absolutely raved about it once it was over.

 

The band boosters have created a Google form for you to use to sign up to go.  There are student/adult costs and other details within the form regarding the trip and payment schedules.  Please read through the information carefully.  Hotel name and charter company information will be passed on as soon as it is available.  There is a $100.00 non-refundable deposit due on December 15th to reserve your spot.  If for some reason we do not have enough interest in the trip, deposits will be returned.  We will not deposit money with the company until we are sure that we are traveling and have a good number of people attending.  The band boosters will cover the charter coach costs for this trip through continued fundraising efforts.  Please see Google form for details regarding adults traveling on the buses and background checks.

 

Please sign up here!

 

https://goo.gl/forms/1sWHrNGmD6xanWxC2

 

Here are the current details:

Students must be academically eligible to attend at trip time

Dates:  Friday, April 20-Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Student Cost: $600.00

Non-Refundable Deposit due December 15th 2017 (If for some reason we do not have enough student interest, deposits will be returned)

 

Cost covers the following:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in quality New Orleans hotel (To be determined by the Tour Company)
  • Breakfast each morning in the hotel
  • Excursion to the National WWII museum including admission to the Beyond Boundaries film narrated by Tom Hanks
  • Excursion to Mardi Gras World (This is the factory and storage warehouse for all of the parade floats)
  • Swamp/Gator Tour by boat
  • Excursion to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, including the IMAX theater
  • Concert performance at Preservation Hall
  • Performance of some type depending on available instrumentation at WWII museum
  • Shopping opportunities
  • Meal at Mulate’s, the Original Cajun Restaurant
  • Lunch at the WWII museum
  • Meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
  • Meal at Hard Rock Café
  • Dinner Jazz Cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez
  • Café DuMonde Surprise
  • $5,000.00 medical accident insurance with no deductible

 

Please let me know if you have questions!

 

Doug Fulwood

 

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NOVEMBER 13, 2017

SUBJECT:  Band Staff Changes

 

Good morning everyone,

 

I wanted to take a moment to share with you a staffing change that is coming soon to our band staff.  Mr. Sosa has announced that he will be retiring in December from band directing.  To be clear, this is a retirement from the classroom only.  Mr. Sosa will still be working with our color guard/marching band  in the fall and winter guard in the spring.  He will still reside in Royse City and will still be active in our program.  After 35 years in education, he is ready to slow down and focus on his family.

 

We will be hiring a new staff member to take over Mr. Sosa’s daily band class responsibilities.  Our goal will be to have that individual in place by January when we come back from the holiday break.   Please be patient as we get that new individual hired and in place.  I will email once that process is complete.

 

It would be our wish to hold a retirement reception for Mr. Sosa at some point this year to honor him and his contributions to not only our students, but to all of the other programs he has touched.  We will forward that information once it is available.  As always, please let me know if you have questions.

 

Congratulations to Mr. Sosa on a truly incredible career in education!

 

Thank you,

 

Doug Fulwood

 

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NOVEMBER 12, 2017

SUBJECT:  November 12th-16th

 

Good morning all,

 

I hope you have had a restful weekend and are ready for the Thanksgiving holidays coming up!

 

Upcoming Important Dates

Our Christmas concert and the Christmas parade are coming up in the month of December!

  • Christmas Parade-The parade will be Saturday, December 9th and will be a lighted, evening parade.  This is a graded activity.  Students will wear their marching uniforms for this event and may wear Santa Hats, Reindeer Antlers, Elf hats, etc.  Battery powered lights on instruments are encouraged but not required (No marine batteries, ATV batteries, Car batteries, etc).  Plan carefully as we do not want to scratch the finish on anyone’s instrument.  We will bus to and from this event.   Call time for the event will likely be 5:00 p.m. with the parade beginning at 6:30 p.m.  We will have one brief, early morning rehearsal in preparation for this event.  We will plan that rehearsal as we get closer since it will be outside.  I don’t want to schedule us rehearsing in the rain if possible.
  • Christmas Concert-We will have our Christmas concert on Monday, December 11th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the high school.  This is also a graded activity.  Performer dress will be formal concert attire.   Typically, ladies dresses tend to fit from year to year.  Men’s tuxedos on the other hand tend to fluctuate depending on your student.  I would try those garments on this weekend so that you know if you need to be measured for additional items.  Also, bow ties for gentlemen are a must, so please locate that item now so that you do not have an issue the night of the concert.  Parents, please have your student show you what last year’s garments look like on.  There is nothing more stressful than a wardrobe malfunction on concert day.

 

Tuxes and Dresses

We will be measuring for tuxes and dresses this week for those students that need them (primarily freshmen students).  Ladies will be measured for their dresses on Monday during their band class and gentlemen will be measured later in the week (I am still awaiting confirmation from Al’s Formal Wear on the day for the guys).  Final cost will be sent out by tomorrow evening.  Upperclassmen may reorder items that do not fit or have been lost.

 

Band Booster Meeting

We will have our regularly scheduled band booster meeting on Tuesday, November 12th. at 7:00 p.m. in the HS band hall.  We will be discussing a number of items including a potential trip in the Spring.  This will be nothing like London and much smaller in distance and cost.

 

Band Grades and Practice Time

All high school band students should be practicing every day as part of their homework and grade in the band class.  We do take participation grades in class but that does not just encompass their performance in class.  It includes the preparation for that class.  Some of you may start to see your students’ grade fluctuating due to either their preparation or performance for the class time not being adequate.  Students who regularly practice at home on a daily basis should still do very well grading wise.  Students who do not practice at home and are not prepared for class will see their grades moving down.  I know in some cases the homework load can be very large, but the band hall is always open in the mornings and in the afternoons for practice time.

 

Each student’s individual performance and preparation directly impacts the sound in each band.  Playing a musical instrument is not an easy task and one that requires years of practice and dedication.  Because we use our body for this, creating muscle memory with the correct habits is critical to our success.   This is just like working out and physical fitness (At one point in time, even I worked out).  As soon as we stop using the muscles we have developed, they relax and cease to work as efficiently.  This is why it pains us so much on January 2nd when we step into day one of that gym membership.  Playing any musical instrument is exactly the same.  For wind players, we develop our face muscles, as well as the fine motor skills to perform highly technical parts.  For percussion, it is the muscle groups in our hands and arms that we must utilize and develop to move with 100% accuracy at very high rates of speed.  I know many of our parents are not musicians, so when your child needs help or coaching it is difficult to work through music related items with them.  Those of us that are musicians, encounter the exact same struggle, but in other areas of our students’ education.  The directors are available in the morning and in the afternoon and will even schedule a time for individual help with your student if they ask for it.  As parents, we all have spent a great deal of time and money on instruments, supplies, and events, so expect a return for your investment by insisting on practice time as a part of your student's day.

 

Private Lessons

We are planning to launch our private lesson program in January and we are going to begin to gauge interest in this very soon.  We will be asking for your feedback, so please respond when you see that communication come through.  Our struggle has been having enough private students to make it worth a private teacher’s time to drive here and teach.  The directors’ time to provide individual assistance to students is limited to before and after school.  In addition to learning new concepts on the instruments, we are also always preparing for another performance during class time.  This greatly limits individual instructional time.   A private lesson teacher can provide that individual instruction on a more frequent level.  The student will still need to practice, but they will be moving at a much faster pace than students without the assistance.  More information on that soon!

 

Christmas Gift Ideas!

Coming soon!  Don’t buy anything just yet!  We have some great suggestions for you that will come in a separate email!  Here is just one example! You don’t have to send your brass player out into the cold dark garage to practice any more.  You can purchase them a practice mute!  Cuts the volume by as much as 75% while still allowing them to practice!  Your student wants a plaid colored instrument?  We will tell you why that is a bad idea!  We will send you in the right direction for the right stuff for your “difficult to buy for” students.  We will also offer some information on reliable vendors from which to purchase.  Shop for the best price of course, but there are some things you do not want to buy without knowing the company will stand behind the product.

 

Here is this week’s schedule:

 

Monday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • Dress Sizing for ladies during their band classes.

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • Band Booster Meeting 7:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals

 

Friday

  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • Jazz band Plays for Dr. Paul’s luncheon (those students will receive a schedule from Mr. Webb)

 

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NOVEMBER 6, 2017

SUBJECT:  Week 12 Final Week of Football Season

 

Good afternoon everyone,

 

This will be one of our “calmer” weeks as we wrap up football season.  Please note that we will have a run-through with the drill team at 7:00 a.m.  Friday morning.  This will be the last early morning rehearsal of the season.  This is a required rehearsal.

 

Freshmen All-Region

We have not received final audition details from the contest host yet, but we will forward that information as soon as it is available.  The audition site will be North Mesquite High School and students will need to have their own transportation to and from the site.  As soon as start times are available, they will be passed on to the participating students as well as the audition site address.  Audition Date is Saturday, November 11th.

 

TMEA All Region

The entry deadline for this is quickly approaching.  In order to enter this competition, please sign up on the Region list on the white board in front of the band hall by this Friday, November 10th.  The entry fee is $13.00 and that is due on the 10th as well.  This is the contest that can lead to the all-state band if your student performs well enough to advance to the higher levels of the contest.  Audition date for this is Saturday, December 2nd.

 

More Information Coming Soon!

There is more information coming soon on the following topics in separate emails…I wanted to give you a break from the weekly novels.

  • Christmas Concert and Christmas Parade
  • Spring Calendar of events
  • Possible Spring trip location and cost
  • Private Lesson Program Start Up
  • Tuxes and Dresses
  • Great Gift Ideas for young musicians

 

Here is this week’s schedule:  (Starting Tuesday, Wind ensemble class time will begin at 8:30 a.m. through the end of the semester)

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Friday

  • 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Morning Rehearsal (Run Through with Golden Debs…Song is “Take On Me”)
  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Away Game vs. Lovejoy 7:30 p.m. Kick-Off

 

 

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Week 12

Royse City vs. Lovejoy

Leopard Stadium

2350 Estates Parkway

Lucas, TX 75002

7:30 p.m.  Kickoff

 

Students must have the following items for the game:

  • RC Dry Fit Shirt
  • RC Dry Fit Shorts
  • Long Black Socks
  • Marching Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Duffle Bags
  • Instrument
  • Blue Water Cooler
  • Lyre and Flip Folder with all stand tunes inside

 

Game Schedule

4:00 p.m.

 

4:30 p.m.

 

5:15 p.m.

 

5:30 p.m.

 

6:15 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m.

 

7:30 p.m.

 

10:30 p.m.

 

11:30 p.m.

 

Meal served for those with the meal plan

 

Call Time and change into bibbers and shoes/socks/Load Trailer

 

Inspection

 

Load Buses and Depart for Lovejoy

 

Arrival and unload

 

Warm-Up in the Stands

 

Kick-Off

 

Ball Game Over

 

Retun Home and Announcements, and Band Hall Clean Up.  ALL MARCHING ATTIRE GOES HOME WITH YOU AND ALL LOCKERS MUST BE CLEANED OUT BEFORE STUDENTS MAY LEAVE!

 

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OCTOBER 30, 2017

SUBJECT:  Week 11

 

Good afternoon everyone,

 

My apologies for being late with the schedule for this week, but I decided to take a Sunday to hang out with my family.  The Cowboys won too, so it was a good end to the weekend.  Here is this week’s schedule and information.

 

Thank you for a Great Contest Season!

On behalf of the staff and students, I would like to thank all of our parents and supporters that have been by our side this entire season.  There have been many individuals that devoted their time, effort, and money to making our fall marching experience is a success.  Though we are sad that it is coming to an end, we are so grateful for all the help we received.  It would be impossible to list all of the people involved in making this a success, but we as a band are so very grateful to you all for your time and energy this season.  From prop building, to contest running, to early mornings and to late nights, you guys are our heroes!

 

Monday Night Rehearsals

Monday night rehearsals are done for the semester.  We will have more in the Spring Semester as the concert bands prepare for UIL and concerts.  Those will be scheduled and on the charms calendar soon.  There is no Monday night rehearsal tonight or through the remainder of marching season.  Enjoy your evening off!

 

Morning Rehearsals

We will have two more morning rehearsals and they will be the run-throughs before each football game on Friday morning.  Weather is the only thing will change that.  As of now, there will be two more early morning rehearsals…one this Friday and one the next Friday.

 

Senior Night

This Friday is senior night and the band seniors and their parents will be recognized before the game starts.  Seniors should go to this link to complete their information (there are instructions and times on the form):

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nn7FxY_ysVcMiYjRMQNx5yVzL2o_-gHUeFiYaUFsV8s/viewform?edit_requested=true

 

Band Sectionals

As marching season comes to an end, we will begin to working towards concert season.  Each director may call sectionals with their band students at different points in the week.  Sectionals will be scheduled well in advance and will be considered mandatory and part of a students’ participation grade.  They will likely be right before school or in the afternoon and the directors will attempt to work with the students' schedules to accommodate other activities.

 

Tuxes and Dresses

We will be ordering tuxes and dresses very soon for our freshmen and new students.  This is not a cost that anyone has paid yet.  Cost for the dresses last year was $55.00 and cost for the tuxes was around $120.00.  I would expect the cost to be similar this year.   I wanted you to have that information again so that you can prepare.  We will send more information home about that next week.

 

Here is this week’s schedule:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Friday

  • 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Morning Rehearsal (Run Through with Golden Debs…Song is “Take On Me”)
  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Home Game vs. Highland Park 7:30 p.m. Kick-Off

 

 

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Week 11

Royse City vs. Highland Park

7:30 p.m.  Kickoff

 

Students must have the following items for the game:

  • RC Dry Fit Shirt
  • RC Dry Fit Shorts
  • Long Black Socks
  • Marching Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Duffle Bags
  • Instrument
  • Blue Water Cooler
  • Lyre and Flip Folder with all stand tunes inside

 

Game Schedule

4:00 p.m.

 

5:30 p.m.

 

6:00 p.m.

 

 

6:30 p.m.

 

6:45 p.m.

 

6:50 p.m.

 

7:30 p.m.

 

10:30 p.m.

 

11:00 p.m.

 

Meal served for those with the meal plan

 

Call Time-Change into Uniforms

 

Run National Anthem/Game Instructions and Inspection…All personal belongings not being carried on the march over to the stands.

 

March Over

 

Senior Recognition

 

Warm-Up in the Stands

 

Kick-Off

 

Ball Game Over

 

Announcements

 

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OCTOBER 26, 2017

SUBJECT:  Final Area Schedule

 

Parents and students,

 

Please find the area schedule below.  Here are a couple of reminders about the next two days.

  • It will be cold…plan accordingly.  Blankets in the stands are fine provided they are school appropriate in terms of what is printed on them.
  • Students may wear under armor or other long-sleeved/long legged garments UNDER their uniforms as long as they are BLACK.  Students still need to wear the dry-fit shirt on top of any long sleeved shirt.
  • Students may wear coats and gloves and stocking caps in the stands on Friday night, but those items will need to be removed for performance.
  • Please eat a good breakfast before you come to rehearsal on Saturday and bring snacks for before the performance.  We will eat our meal after we perform.
  • Parents, we would love to see all of you there!! The kids do like you being in attendance (whether they tell you that or not).

 

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UIL Area C Marching Contest

Mesquite Memorial Stadium

2500 Memorial Boulevard

Mesquite, TX 75149

$5.00 admission (6 and under are free)

NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED IN OUR AREA

 

Students must have the following items for the contest:

  • RC Dry Fit Shirt
  • Paradise Found shirt to change into after the performance
  • WARM CLOTHES
  • RC Dry Fit Shorts
  • Long Black Socks-NOT FADED
  • Clean Marching Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Duffle Bags
  • Clean Instrument
  • Blue Water Cooler
  • Snacks/Concession Money

 

Contest Schedule

8:00 a.m.

 

9:00 a.m.

 

10:30 a.m.

 

11:25 a.m.

 

12:15 p.m.

 

12:45 p.m.

 

1:00 p.m. -

5:00 p.m.

 

5:30 p.m.

 

7:45 p.m.

 

Run Through on the stadium field

 

Change into Uniforms and Load Trailer

 

Arrive and Unload

 

Warm-Up

 

Performance

 

Lunch at contest

 

Watch the remainder of the contest

 

 

Announcement of Finalists

 

Finals Begin

 

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OCTOBER 25, 2017

SUBJECT:  Approximate Performance time for Area and Meal

 

Parents and students,

 

I am still waiting to hear the final performance time for Saturday.  Currently, the projected time is 12:15 p.m.  This means we will do an early morning run through at some point, and then travel to the stadium.  I will have exact times tomorrow, hopefully by noon.

 

Since we will be performing around lunch time, we want to make sure our kids have a meal.  It will likely happen after we perform, but I am not sure yet since the performance time is not final.  We would like to ask that each student bring $5.00 tomorrow(Thursday) so that we can take care of their lunch time meal at contest. If we make the finals portion of the competition, we will allow students to go to concessions before or after our performance, based on the timing of our performance.  My apologies for this schedule being up in the air.  With Region 2 having to use their rain delay day, it has really thrown a wrench in our ability to plan.  More information regarding Area as well as the cooler weather coming in this weekend will follow tomorrow.

 

Have a great night all!

 

Doug Fulwood

 

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OCTOBER 22, 2017

SUBJECT:  Week 10-Area Week!

 

Good morning everyone and welcome to Area week!

 

Schedule Modification for this week

This week, we will be rehearsing Monday morning at 7:00 a.m.

 

We are preparing for the Area marching contest, so we are going to use every minute we have available to us.  Due to minor show changes and adjustments it is crucial that everyone is here.  Our success depends largely on everyone being in attendance, at every single rehearsal this week.

 

Area Marching Contest

Area marching contest will be held at Mesquite Memorial stadium this upcoming Saturday, October 28th.  For those of you that are new to this, the Area qualification process includes all of the bands from music Regions 2, 3, 4, 20, and 21.  All bands from these region contests making a 1st division are automatically qualified for the Area C contest.  There has been a minor wrinkle thrown in the scheduling of this event.  Region 2 moved their region contest due to potential weather issues.  We will not know an exact performance time for our group until that contest is complete.  That region contest will occur on Wednesday of this week.  This means Saturday needs to be a band only day with no additional activities scheduled(since we will not know our time until later this week).  We will have a run-through at some point that morning.

 

The area marching contest is the highest level of competition we have seen this season.  It is a prelims-finals format so we could march twice on that particular day.  Currently, we are about halfway down in the draw order.  There have been several 5A bands that did not make 1st divisions out of the other regions, so I would think we would be assigned a late morning performance time.  Our band will remain on site through the remainder of the preliminary competition and announcement of finalists.  If we advance to finals, we will perform again.  If we do not, we will return home and our competitive season will be finished.

 

State Marching Contest/Monday Night Rehearsals

If we advance to the Area Finals, we will march again for the chance to advance to the state marching band contest in San Antonio.  That event is scheduled for Wednesday November 8th.  Our Monday night rehearsals and early morning rehearsals will continue until our competitive season has concluded.  At most we will have 3 more Mondays as we near the end of the season.  We will not discuss any plans for state at this point, as Area is the main focus.  Getting into the Area finals must be the first goal.

 

Uniform Pieces and Instrument Care

We have had multiple issues this year with students losing uniform pieces or damaging equipment checked out to them.  Even when accidental, the student is responsible for repair and replacement costs.  We will be reaching out to notify you of those repair and replacement costs soon.  Parents, we must ask that you help us with this and encourage your student to take care of their belongings.  The front of the band hall is littered with things students have left behind.  I know we all forget things and can be careless at times, but this is becoming a problem.   Students who continually lose or damage items will lose the privilege of their use.  Our band program is very large and we have almost every piece of equipment we own in a student’s hands.  We cannot allow our instrument or uniform inventory to be depleted due to poor care on the part of our students.

 

Freshmen All-Region (freshmen only)

Freshmen All-Region band sign-up will occur this week.   Auditions for that event are scheduled for November 11th, which is coming up very quickly.  Entry fees are $13.00 per student.  Those will be due Friday for those students that are planning to audition.  Freshmen students are only competing against other freshmen students in this process.  Students selected to the freshmen all region band will perform a concert in January with other freshmen students from our music region.

 

All Region Band (Grades 9-12)

We are not accepting entries yet, but this event occurs on December 2nd.  Students planning to audition for this should already be working on the music.  This is the first step in the All State band process.  Students can advance beyond the region level in this event.   All classifications will audition against each other.  More on that soon!

 

Here is this week’s schedule:

 

Monday

  • 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Morning Rehearsal (this is not a misprint)
  • Normal Rehearsals
  • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  Monday Night Rehearsal

 

Tuesday

  • 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Morning Rehearsal
  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Wednesday

  • 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Morning Rehearsal
  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Morning Rehearsal
  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Friday

  • 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Morning Rehearsal (Run Through with Golden Debs…Song is “You’re Welcome”)
  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Home Game vs. Poteet 7:30 p.m. Kick-Off

 

Saturday

  •  Area Marching Contest TBA

 

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Week 10

Royse City vs. Poteet

7:30 p.m.  Kickoff

 

Students must have the following items for the game:

  • RC Dry Fit Shirt
  • Shorts for under uniforms
  • Long Black Socks
  • Marching Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Duffle Bags
  • Instrument
  • Blue Water Cooler
  • Lyre and Flip Folder with all stand tunes inside

 

Game Schedule

4:00 p.m.

 

5:30 p.m.

 

6:00 p.m.

 

 

6:30 p.m.

 

6:50 p.m.

 

7:30 p.m.

 

10:30 p.m.

 

11:00 p.m.

 

Meal served for those with the meal plan

 

Call Time-Change into Uniforms

 

Run National Anthem/Game Instructions and Inspection…All personal belongings not being carried on the march over to the stands.

 

March Over

 

Warm-Up in the Stands

 

Kick-Off

 

Ball Game Over

 

Announcements

 

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OCTOBER 15, 2017

SUBJECT:  Week 9 UIL WEEK!

 

Happy Sunday everyone,

 

Welcome to UIL contest week!   Please watch the schedule very carefully.  This is quite possibly the busiest week we have had this year.

 

Royse City Marching Classic

A very special thank you to all of our students, parents, boosters, and staff that helped make this event a HUGE success.  All of the competing directors and judges raved about the contest and how well it was organized and managed.  I had many directors that have already said they are coming back next year.  In short, our band family members were absolute rock stars while running this event.  We definitely made a wonderful impression on our attendees.  You all ran the contest as well as or better than any contest I have ever attended as a director.

 

Rehearsals This Week

As we have discussed, we will have rehearsal the next two days due to UIL being on Wednesday.  The schedule is:

Monday:  5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Alternate students do not need to be in attendance for these rehearsals, but will need to be there the remainder of the week and for UIL contest.  We need perfect attendance at these my friends!

 

2 Parties This week!

This Friday night (October 20th), we will host the North Forney High School band in our cafeteria.  We have been trying to get together with them for some time, and this date worked out well since we both play each other in football Thursday and both have the night off.  That event will run 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.  More details regarding this will be sent out this week.   Also, our annual band Halloween party will be at the Homan’s house, this Saturday October 21st, at 7:00 p.m.   This is a costume party, however, because it is considered a school event, all costumes must be appropriate.  There were a couple of costumes last year that really stretched the limits of what is school appropriate.  Please plan accordingly.  These are not required events, but they are great times for us to hang out as a group doing something other than rehearsing or performing.  There will be adult supervision for both events.

 

Here is this week’s schedule:

 

Monday

  • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Rehearsal

 

Tuesday

  •  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  Rehearsal

 

Wednesday

  • 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Early Morning Rehearsal
  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • UIL Marching Contest 6:45 p.m.  Mesquite Memorial Stadium

 

Thursday

  • 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Morning Rehearsal and Run through with the Golden Debs
  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • Ball Game vs. North Forney

 

Friday

  • No Morning Rehearsal
  • Normal Class Rehearsals
  • Band Party with North Forney 7:00 p.m.

 

Saturday

  • Band Halloween Party at the Homan’s 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

6081 Pin Oak Court Royse City, TX 75189

 

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UIL Marching Contest Schedule

Wednesday October 18th, 2017

Mesquite Memorial Stadium

2500 Memorial Blvd

Mesquite, TX 75149

$5.00 admission-No Credit Cards accepted

 

2:00 p.m.

 

2:15 p.m.

 

2:45 p.m.

 

 

3:30 p.m.

 

4:00 p.m.

 

5:00 p.m.

 

5:55 p.m.

 

6:45 p.m.

 

7:15 p.m.

 

8:15 p.m.

 

9:15 p.m.

 

Release from class

 

Run through

 

Load Trailer and dress in bibbers, dry fit shirt, black socks and black marching shoes.  You will want your water coolers with you and probably some snacks.

 

Inspection

 

Depart for Memorial Stadium

 

Arrive Memorial Stadium and Unload (additional time build in for traffic)

 

Warm-Up

 

BEST Performance of the year!

 

Load Trailer and return to bleachers as a group…visit concessions for dinner.

 

Announce Ratings

 

Return Home

Royse City vs. North Forney

Citibank Stadium

800 FM 741 Forney, TX 75126

7:30 p.m.

 

Students should be prepared to wear uniforms as usual.

 

3:45 p. m.

 

4:30 p.m.

 

5:00 p.m.

 

5:45 p.m.

 

6:30 p.m.

 

6:50 p.m.

 

7:30 p.m.

 

10:30 p.m.

Meal served for those that have the meal plan

 

Call time and dress in bibbers

 

Load Trailer

 

Inspection and Departure

 

Arrive and unload

 

Warm-up

 

Kick-Off

 

 Game Over

 

There will be NO early morning rehearsal on Friday.