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MAY 20, 2018

SUBJECT:  Final Yearly Schedule Email! Almost done!

 

Welcome to the final weekly schedule email of the school year!  I know you are thrilled!

 

Band Banquet

A very special Thank you to all of our parents and students that joined us at Band Banquet.  We have a very special band family here and it was so nice to get to enjoy the evening with you all.  Thank you to our wonderful booster group that helped us enjoy an amazing event!

 

Spring Concert

The spring concert is upon us and will be held tomorrow night in the RCISD Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.  We have a very enjoyable program planned tomorrow night featuring the music of John Williams, Civil War and World War II connected literature, Phantom of the Opera and even a little Dixieland Jazz.   All students will remain until the end of the concert so that we are all able to support each group’s efforts.  This is a graded performance.  The order and approximate times of performance will be as follows:

 

Call Times for All Students:  6:30 p.m. in the PAC with instruments and music

HS Concert Band:  7:00 p.m.

HS Symphonic B Band: 7:20 p.m.

HS Symphonic A Band: 7:45 p.m.

HS Wind Ensemble:  8:10 p.m.

 

All students must be in their formal attire (tuxedos and dresses).  Gentlemen, please remember your bowties, long black socks, and black shoes.  Ladies, please remember comfortable black dress shoes (would not do tall heels) and conservative make-up.  All students may wear conservative jewelry.  Please remember that if you have nose or facial piercings other than in the ears, make sure you have a clear spacer in place of the nose ring or other facial piercing.

 

Band Registration for Next Year is this week!

2018-2019 band registration nights are May 23 (Last Name A-G) and 24 (Last Name H-Z) in the high school band hall.  We will be splitting our current 9th-11th grade students across these two nights (Jazz students will go on the 23rd since they have a concert on the 24th).  The boosters will also be asking for a $50.00 down payment on next year’s marching fees with the remainder being due in August.  You will all receive a separate “Registration Process” email that explains all of the details so that you are able to plan accordingly.  That will come out later tonight.  Registration is a required process for all 2018-2019 band students.  Students not continuing do not need to be in attendance.

 

UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest May 25th-26th

Holiday Inn North Round Rock; 2370 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX

512-246-7000

Our travel schedule for this event will be out tomorrow before the concert begins.  It will be emailed to those students attending.

 

School Equipment Check-In

We will be checking in all school owned equipment/uniforms, etc. right after the spring concert.  Students not turning in their items or turning in broken items will be charged for repair or replacement of those items.   I know we have some students who lost uniform parts during the season (gauntlets typically).  They were issued replacements, however, if those original parts are not located and checked in, we will have to replace them at the student’s cost.  All replacement items must be paid for before year’s end.  If your student owes for something, we will let you know what the item is and the overall cost.

 

Remaining HS Calendar Events for the Year!

May 21:  Spring Concert for all bands 7:00 p.m.

May 22:  Current 8th grade (Next Year’s Freshmen) Band Registration

  • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Middle School Band Hall

May 23: Current 9th -11th Grade Band Registration

  • 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  Last Name (A-G)

May 24: Current 9th -11th Grade Band Registration

  • 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  Last Name (H-Z)

May 24:   Jazz Band Concert

May 25-26: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest-Austin

May 29:  Graduation-Next Year’s Wind Ensemble will play this event

May 30, 31, June 1:  Color Guard Camp (Required for all guard performers)

May 30, 31, June 1:  Percussion Camp (Required for all percussion performers)

July 23:  DCI Show in Mesquite!

July 30:  Summer Band Begins!

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 5/21-5/25/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals in the PAC
  • Spring Concert 7:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • 9-11th Band Registration 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  Last Name (A-G) and Jazz Students

 

Thursday

  • Normal Rehearsals/Testing in Academic Classes
  • 9-11th Band Registration 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  Last Name (H-Z)
  • 7:00 p.m.  Jazz Concert

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Depart for UIL TSSEC

 

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MAY 13, 2018

SUBJECT:  May 14-May 18 2018

 

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

 

Two weeks left and a busy two weeks they will be!  Please watch the schedule carefully as we travel through the next several days.  It will feel like a whirlwind and will be gone in the blink of an eye!

 

Band Banquet Tickets and Information

Banquet tickets will be passed out in class on Monday.  Attire for the event is semi-formal.  Some students choose to go all out with formal attire and others just do a shirt and tie with slacks, nice dress, etc.  Please dress accordingly.  Also, remember this is a school event, so please keep that in mind as well when selecting your attire for the evening.  Please do not arrive at the event before 6:40 p.m.  Once students are in the building, we will ask you remain in the building until you are ready to go home for the evening.  You may not leave and then return, so please bring in whatever items you need for the banquet in with you.

 

Band Registration for Next Year

In the past, we have done our band registration the two days prior to camp starting.  In an effort to preserve as much of the kids’ summer as possible, we will be doing registration BEFORE school releases for the summer.  This will allow us to jump right in on Monday July 30th with rehearsals and cut two full days out of our schedule.  2018-2019 band registration nights are May 23(Last Name A-G) and 24(Last Name H-Z) in the high school band hall.  We will be splitting our current 9th-11th grade students across these two nights (Jazz students will go on the 23rd since they have a concert on the 24th).  The boosters will also be taking a down payment on next year’s marching fees with the remainder being due in August.  You will all receive a separate “Registration Process” email that explains all of the details so that you are able to plan accordingly.

 

UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest May 25th-26th

Holiday Inn North Round Rock; 2370 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX

512-246-7000

Our date for TSSEC performances will be Saturday May 26th this year.  We will leave school on Friday and stay the night in the hotel listed above.  I will send a schedule of performance times very soon.  I would encourage parents to seek a room here or another Round Rock, Austin area hotel if you are planning on traveling to make the trip.

 

School Equipment Check-In

We will be checking in all school owned equipment/uniforms, etc. right after the spring concert.  Students not turning in their items or turning in broken items will be charged for repair or replacement of those items.   I know we have some students who lost uniform parts during the season (gauntlets typically).  They were issued replacements, however, if those original parts are not located and checked in, we will have to replace them at the student’s cost.  All replacement items must be paid for before year’s end.  If your student owes for something, we will let you know what the item is and the overall cost.

 

Remaining HS Calendar events for the Year!

May 14:  2018-2019 Leadership Team Meeting 4:00 p.m.

May 14:  Meeting with Drum Major Candidates right after school

May 14:  Winter Guard recognized at the School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

May 15th/16th: Drum Major Workouts 4:00-5:30

May 17:  Drum Major Auditions 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.-Closed Audition

May 18:  Band Banquet 7:00 p.m.  Please do not arrive before 6:40 p.m.

May 21:  Spring Concert for all bands 7:00 p.m.

May 22:  Current 8th grade (Next Year’s Freshmen) Band Registration

  • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Middle School Band Hall

May 23:  Current 9th -11th Grade Band Registration-Times

  • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Last Name (A-G)

May 24:  Current 9th -11th Grade Band Registration-Times

  • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Last Name (H-Z)

May 24:   Jazz Band Concert 7:00 p.m.

May 25-26: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest-Austin

May 29:  Graduation-Next Year’s Wind Ensemble will play this event

May 30, 31, June 1:  Color Guard Camp (Required for all guard performers)

May 30, 31, June 1:  Percussion Camp (Required for all percussion performers)

July 23:  DCI Show in Mesquite!

July 30:  Summer Band Begins!

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 5/14-5/18/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Leadership and Drum Major Meeting right after school
  • Winter Guard recognized at the School Board Meeting

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Drum Major Workouts 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Drum Major Workouts 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Drum Major Auditions 4:30 p.m.-Closed Audition

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Band Banquet 7:00 p.m.  RCHS Cafeteria

 

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SUBJECT:  TSSEC Performance Schedule

 

Dear State Solo and Ensemble Participants,

 

Please find the event schedule for the UIL TSSEC attached.  I will have a travel schedule by week's end, but this will hopefully allow parents to plan if they would like to come down and hear performances.  Parents are permitted to hear performances, provided students are comfortable with them being in the room.

 

Also, please remember a performance that is good enough for a 1st division at the regional level, will earn you a 3rd division at the state level.  If you are not already working, you are behind.  Please see a director for assistance if you need it.  This contest is not at all a give away and the adjudicators are not bashful  about assigning a Below Average rating (4) or a Poor rating (5).  There are no gifts.  It is very honest feedback about your performance so you must make sure you are putting the best product out there that you can.  Soloists will have a rehearsal with Ms. Mac next week.  Those times will be announced shortly.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Have a great afternoon!

Doug Fulwood

 

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MAY 5, 2018

SUBJECT:  5/7-5/11/18 3 weeks left!

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

This week is relatively quiet on the band front as we are all preparing for a week of testing both in EOC and AP categories.  There have been some additions to the end of the year calendar so please check that for new events that apply to you.  Also see new band registration dates below!

 

Band Banquet Tickets

Banquet envelopes with ticket requests must be in the Booster Safe by the beginning of 1st period Monday morning (May 7th).  We must get an accurate count to the caterer for the banquet.  Please remember that students may bring a date that is not in the band program provided they are also of high school age and they have met Mr. Fulwood no later than 24 hours before the event.

 

Band Booster Scholarship Applications

Senior Scholarship applications will be sent out this weekend to all senior band students.  Those applications will be due back to Mr. Fulwood Friday, May 11th by 4:00 p.m.  Winners will be announced at the band banquet on May 18.  There will be no deadline extensions on completing  or submitting applications.

 

Band Registration for Next Year

In the past, we have done our band registration the two days prior to camp starting.  In an effort to preserve as much of the kids’ summer as possible, we will be doing registration BEFORE school releases for the summer.  This will allow us to jump right in on Monday July 30th with rehearsals and cut two full days out of our schedule.  Next year’s registration nights are May 23rd and 24th in the high school band hall.  We will be splitting our current 9th-11th grade students across these two nights (Jazz students will go on the 23rd since they have a concert on the 24th).  The boosters will also be taking a down payment on next year’s marching fees with the remainder being due in August.  You will  receive a separate “Registration Process” email that explains all of the details so that you are able to plan accordingly.

 

UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest May 25th-26th

Holiday Inn North Round Rock; 2370 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX

512-246-7000

Our date for TSSEC performances will be Saturday May 26th this year.  We will leave school on Friday and stay the night in the hotel listed above.  I will send a schedule of performance times very soon.  I would encourage parents to seek a room here or another Round Rock, Austin area hotel if you are planning on traveling to make the trip.

 

Remaining HS Calendar Events for the Year!

May 10:  2018-2019 Leadership Team Meeting 4:00 p.m.

May 14:  Meeting with Drum Major Candidates after school 4:00 p.m.

May 14:  Winter Guard recognized at the School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

May 15th/16th: Drum Major Workouts 4:00-5:30

May 17:  Drum Major Auditions 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.-Closed Audition

May 18:  Band Banquet 7:00 p.m.

May 21:  Spring Concert for all bands 7:00 p.m.

May 22:  Current 8th grade (Next Year’s Freshmen) Band Registration TBA

May 23/24: Current 9th -11th Grade Band Registration-Times are TBA

May 24:   Jazz Band Concert

May 25-26: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest-Austin

May 29:  Graduation

May 30, 31, June 1:  Color Guard Camp (Required for all guard performers)

May 30, 31, June 1:  Percussion Camp (Required for all percussion performers)

July 23:  DCI Show in Mesquite!

July 30:  Summer Band Begins!

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 5/7-5/11/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals/Testing in Academic Classes

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals/Testing in Academic Classes

 

Thursday

  • Normal Rehearsals/Testing in Academic Classes
  • 2018-2019 BLT Meeting 4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals/Testing in Academic Classes

 

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APRIL 29, 2018

SUBJECT:  April 30-May 4th

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

I hope everyone had a great time at prom last night and you are all ready for the craziness of the month of May.  It’s going to be a wild ride!

 

Tremendous Success in Recent Weeks!

The last few weeks have completed a phenomenal contest year with our winter guard placing 3rd at championships, our high school bands earning UIL sweepstakes awards, The NOLA trip, as well as the great concert put on by our percussion students!  Just as an added bonus, all of the bands that competed at UIL on the high school and middle school campuses earned a UIL sweepstakes award (Varsity and Non-Varsity).  This is a historic achievement for our kids and the first time this has occurred here in Royse City.  We look forward to more years of continued success!

 

Staff Addition for 2018

As discussed in a previous email, we have been working on adding a new director to our team as we manage the significant growth of the program and help us better serve the growing needs of our students.  I am excited to announce that Cody Hammer will be the new addition to our full time band staff.  Mr. Hammer has already spent extensive time with our high school students in recent years and we are excited to welcome him to our full time staff.  Please welcome Mr. Hammer to our band family!

 

Letter Jacket Packets

Letter jacket packets went home on Friday and sizing will take place on Tuesday, May 1st.  Only students who turned in a completed sheet and have earned their jacket will be sized on Tuesday.  All packets and payment are due at that time as well or you may elect to send it to the company on your own.  The easiest way to accomplish this is to send it to school so that the students can hand deliver their packets to the company representative.

 

Band Banquet Tickets

Band Banquet tickets are now on sale.  Ticket cost is $16.00 per person.  The menu is Fajitas!  Students will be given envelopes on Monday for this event.  They are due back to the band hall safe on Friday, May 4th.  Parents and family are welcome to attend, even if your student tells you that you are not allowed to go (They aren’t the boss of you, and a little perceived embarrassment may in, fact build character).  This is a celebration of our year and we want you to enjoy it with us!  Students may also bring a date that is not in the band program.  However, any student that attends as a date of a band student must meet Mr. Fulwood at least 24 hours prior to the event.  We will also be requiring social security numbers, blood types, criminal history background checks, report card grades, conduct marks from elementary school, as well as the number of times they have helped an animal in need, to make sure they are worthy of dating our students (not really, but we want everyone to have a good time and enjoy the evening and that starts with everyone understanding rules and expectations…please see Mr. Fulwood with your date in advance).

 

Band Registration for Next Year

In the past, we have done our band registration the two days prior to camp starting.  In an effort to preserve as much of the kids’ summer as possible, we will be doing registration BEFORE school releases for the summer.  This will allow us to jump right in on Monday July 30th with rehearsals and cut two full days out of our schedule.  Registration dates will be announced before week’s end and they will be in the afternoon evening so that parents are able to attend.  Watch your email for that!

 

UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest May 25th-26th

Holiday Inn North Round Rock; 2370 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX

512-246-7000

Our date for TSSEC performances will be Saturday May 26th this year.  We will leave school on Friday and stay the night in the hotel listed above.  I will send a schedule of performance times very soon.  I would encourage parents to seek a room here or another Round Rock, Austin area hotel if you are planning on traveling to make the trip.  Students should have already signed up for a room, but the list will remain up through the end of the day tomorrow for those who are late in signing up.

 

Remaining HS Calendar Events for the Year!

April 30-May 4:  Band and Percussion Auditions

May 17:  Drum Major Auditions

May 18:  Band Banquet 7:00 p.m.

May 21:  Spring Concert for all bands 7:00 p.m.

May 24:   Jazz Band Concert

May 25-26: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest-Austin

May 29:  Graduation

May 30, 31, June 1:  Color Guard Camp (Required for all guard performers)

May 30, 31, June 1:  Percussion Camp (Required for all percussion performers)

July 23:  DCI Show in Mesquite!

July 30:  Summer Band Begins!

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 4/30-5/4/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Color Guard Workouts 4:30 -6:30

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Letter Jacket Sizing
  • Booster Meeting 7:00 p.m.
  • Color Guard Workouts 4:30 -6:30

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Leadership applications due before 1st period

 

Thursday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Color Guard Workouts 4:30 -6:30

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Color Guard Workouts 4:30 -6:30

 

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APRIL 15, 2018

SUBJECT:  April 16-20 2018 UIL Week!

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

I wanted to get this week’s information out early since next week is chocked full of events and things to remember.   The end of the school year is racing at us and UIL is here!  Please read through to the end!

 

Zeus is here!

Many of you may have noticed that the new marching band tower, also known as Zeus(as named by the students) has been installed on our practice field.   The tower has two observation decks that are well above the elevation of  “Rex-y” and we could not be more happy or excited.  One of the many hazards of being a marching band director is always the ascent or descent of the marching tower.  In many school districts, the towers are old, falling apart, barely standing or nonexistent at all.  I would like to personally thank our administration and school board for this incredible tool.  I would invite you as parents and students to do the same.  We are very fortunate to have the support from our administration and community.  This kind of support does not exist everywhere and we are so very grateful.

 

1 Monday Rehearsal Left!

Our final extended rehearsal for the bands attending UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest will occur Monday.

 

April 16th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

 

SPECIAL NOTE

  • At the conclusion of each band’s rehearsal on April 16th, we will run our UIL programs for any parents who would like to come listen!   Since our contest time is in the middle of the workday (and it might be difficult to break away) this might be the best option for you to hear your students play the pieces on which they have been working.  Each program will last approximately 20 minutes.
    • Symphonic Band-Parent Concert will be at 5:45 p.m.
    • Wind Ensemble-Parent Concert will be at 8:00 p.m.

 

This final rehearsal is required for all of the wind and percussion students in both of these groups.

 

Trip Forms and Meds due Tuesday!

I will send the trip itinerary and some trip reminders in a separate email for those students and parents traveling.  Please remember that all medical forms and medications are due on Tuesday of this upcoming week without exception.  The school nurse must be able to create the medical log that we need for the trip and she needs a couple of days to do that.

 

Remaining HS Calendar events for the Year!

In addition to the rehearsals listed above, the following events are coming up on the calendar.  There will also be leadership team, drum major and wind/guard/percussion auditions for next year and those will be added soon.

 

Percussion Specific Dates:

April 24:  Percussion Dress Rehearsal

April 27:  Percussion Concert 7:00 p.m.

 

All Students:

April 18:  Symphonic A in UIL Competition 2:30 p.m.  Poteet High School

April 19:  Wind Ensemble in UIL Competition 3:00 p.m.  Poteet High School

April 20-23:  New Orleans Trip

May 18:  Band Banquet 7:00 p.m.

May 21:  Spring Concert for all bands 7:00 p.m.

May 24:   Jazz Band Concert

May 25-26: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest-Austin

May 29:  Graduation

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 4/16-4/20/2018:

 

Monday

  • Wind Ensemble begins Rehearsal at 8:15 a.m.
  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Symphonic A Rehearsal 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. PAC  Brief Parent Concert at 5:45 p.m.
  • Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. PAC  Brief Parent Concert at 8:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday

  • Wind Ensemble begins Rehearsal at 8:15 a.m.
  • Normal Rehearsals
  • All NOLA Medications and Forms due

 

Wednesday

  • Wind Ensemble begins Rehearsal at 8:15 a.m.
  • Symphonic A in UIL Competition 2:30 p.m.
  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Wind Ensemble in UIL Competition 3:00 p.m.

 

Friday

  •  NOLA Trip Begins!

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UIL Schedules

 

Parents are welcome to attend!  There is no admission cost!

 

Attire:  All students attending UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest this week will need to make sure they have their formal attire prepared for their events.   Gentlemen need to make sure they have all tux parts, including the bow tie.  It might be a good idea to try these on again just in case there are adjustments to be made.  Also, gentlemen should wear black socks and shoes.  Ladies should wear black flats for shoes as we have done in the past.  Jewelry should be conservative and professional in appearance.  All nose or facial piercings (other than ears) should have a clear spacer in the place of jewelry as we did in the fall and at Christmas.  Remember, we wear formal attire is to honor the formality of the event and also to not distract from the music making with looks that are not uniform.  Also, please no extreme make-up colors or patterns.  You are all great looking people without it!

 

Poteet High School

3300 Poteet Drive

Mesquite, TX 75150

 

April 18th -Symphonic A Schedule

  • Bring Your Formal Attire with you to school
  • Normal Class Rehearsal
  • All students will need to attend A Lunch

 

11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:55 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Meet in the band hall for instructions. Load equipment Change into formal wear Depart for Poteet High School Enter Warm-Up Concert Performance Sight Reading Performance-No Cell Phones or recordings permitted Back to School 

 

April 19th -Wind Ensemble Schedule

  • Bring Your Formal Attire with you to school
  • Normal Class Rehearsal
  • All students with C lunch will need to attend B lunch

 

12:00 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 12:45 p.m. 2:10 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m. Meet in the band hall for instructions. Load equipment Change into formal wear Depart for Poteet High School Enter Warm-Up Concert Performance Sight Reading Performance-No Cell Phones or recordings permitted Back to School 

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Doug Fulwood

 

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APRIL 8, 2018

SUBJECT:  April 9th-April 12th 2018

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

We had a fantastic Saturday yesterday with the completion of the Band Together 5K and the Winter Guard’s competitive season!  We do not have a grand total yet for the run, but will share that as soon as we do.  Thank you so much to all of those that participated and helped make that a great event!  Also, Our Winter guard medaled yesterday placing third in their championship round against some very stout groups.  To win three contests, be promoted three times and place third in a completely new classification all in one season is nothing short of remarkable.  Congratulations to Mrs. Hammer, Mr. Sosa and the RCHS Winter Guard and floor crew as well as our supportive parents for a tremendous season!  Winter guard rehearsals are now complete for the year.

 

2 Monday Rehearsals Left!

We will continue our extended Monday rehearsals again for the bands attending UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest tomorrow.   Both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic A will be rehearsing the following Monday afternoons/evenings:

 

April 9th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 16th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

 

SPECIAL NOTE

  • At the conclusion of each band’s rehearsal on April 16th, we will run our UIL programs for any parents who would like to attend and listen!   Since our contest time is in the middle of the workday (and it might be difficult to break away) this might be the best option for you to hear your students play the pieces on which they have been working.  Each program will last approximately 20 minutes.
    • Symphonic Band-Parent Concert will be at 5:45 p.m.
    • Wind Ensemble-Parent Concert will be at 8:00 p.m.

 

These are required rehearsals for all of the wind and percussion students in both of these groups.

 

Trip/Booster Meeting Tuesday Night

Our mandatory trip meeting will be held Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the high school band hall.  We must have at least one parent/guardian for each student traveling to New Orleans.  We will have some paperwork to fill out and go over as well as additional trip details.  Student’s may come to the meeting as well, but this meeting is for parents to get the final itinerary, understand the rules students must follow, and also get questions answered regarding the trip.  The monthly band booster meeting will begin right after the trip meeting.  Pleas stay with us to hear more about the ways you can help support our kids!

 

Remaining HS Calendar events for the Year!

In addition to the rehearsals listed above, the following events are coming up on the calendar.  There will also be leadership team, drum major and wind/guard/percussion auditions for next year and those will be added soon.

 

Percussion Specific Dates:

April 24:  Percussion Dress Rehearsal

April 27:  Percussion Concert 7:00 p.m.

 

All Students:

April 10: Mandatory NOLA Trip and Booster Meeting

April 18:  Symphonic A in UIL Competition 2:30 p.m.  Poteet High School

April 19:  Wind Ensemble in UIL Competition 3:00 p.m.  Poteet High School

April 20-23:  New Orleans Trip

May 18:  Band Banquet 7:00 p.m.

May 21:  Spring Concert for all bands 7:00 p.m.

May 24:   Jazz Band Concert

May 25-26: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest

May 29:  Graduation

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 4/9-4/12/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Symphonic A Rehearsal 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. PAC
  • Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. PAC

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • NOLA Trip Meeting/Booster Meeting 7:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Friday

  • No School-TAKE YOUR HORNS HOME

 

Have a great week everyone!

 

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MARCH 31, 2018

SUBJECT:  April 2nd-April 6th

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

Happy day before Easter!  It’s 5K and Winter Guard championship week so there is much happening!  Please see information below!

 

Monday Rehearsals continue Monday!

We will continue our extended Monday rehearsals again for the bands attending UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest tomorrow.   Both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic A will be rehearsing the following Monday afternoons/evenings:

 

April 2nd  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 9th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 16th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

 

These are required rehearsals for all of the wind and percussion students in both of these groups.

 

Letter Jacket Worksheets

Monday is the last chance to turn in letter jacket worksheets for the Spring semester.  Please complete the form and turn it in.  Please see Mr. Fulwood  if you are unable to print the form at home.

 

Band Together 5K April 7th

We still need runners/walkers for this event.  All information can be found on the website at www.roysecityband.org.  Please come join us for a fun morning.  All activities that morning will be done by 10:00 a.m. so you have plenty of time for other activities during the day!  Please come join us and help our kids!

 

Remaining HS Calendar events for the Year!

In addition to the rehearsals listed above, the following events are coming up on the calendar.  There will also be leadership team, drum major and wind/guard/percussion auditions for next year and those will be added soon.

 

Winter Guard Specific Performance Dates:

April 7:  Winter Guard Championships Flower Mound High School

 

Percussion Specific Dates:

April 24:  Percussion Dress Rehearsal

April 27:  Percussion Concert 7:00 p.m.

 

All Students:

April 7:  Band Together 5K Race

April 10: Mandatory NOLA Trip and Booster Meeting

April 18:  Symphonic A in UIL Competition 2:30 p.m.  Poteet High School

April 19:  Wind Ensemble in UIL Competition 3:00 p.m.  Poteet High School

April 20-23:  New Orleans Trip

May 18:  Band Banquet 7:00 p.m.

May 21:  Spring Concert for all ensembles 7:00 p.m.

May 24:  Jazz Band Concert-NEW EVENT

May 25-26: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest

May 29:  Graduation

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 4/2-4/6/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Symphonic A Rehearsal 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. PAC Clinic with John Kline
  • Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. PAC Clinic with John Kline

 

Tuesday

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

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Saturday

  • 5K!!  Sign Up and come run with us!
  • Winter Guard Championships  6:40 p.m.
    • 3411 Peters Colony Road, Flower Mound, TX 75022
    • Adults $15.00
    • Students $5.00

 

Have a great week everyone!!!

 

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MARCH 25, 2018

SUBJECT:  Weekly Schedule March 26th-29th

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

Welcome to a very busy 4 day week!  There is a lot of repeat information this week as I wanted to give everyone one more chance to get these dates down.  Also, letter jacket forms have been sent with this email.  Students may print, complete, and turn them in by Thursday of this week.

 

Monday Rehearsals continue tomorrow!

We will continue our extended Monday rehearsals again for the bands attending UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest tomorrow.   Both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic A will be rehearsing the following Monday afternoons/evenings:

 

March 26th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 2nd  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 9th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 16th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

 

These are required rehearsals for all of the wind and percussion students in both of these groups.

 

Band Together 5K April 7th

We still need runners/walkers for this event.  All information can be found on the website at www.roysecityband.org.  Please come join us for a fun morning.  All activities that morning will be done by 10:00 a.m. so you have plenty of time for other activities during the day!  Please come join us and help our kids!

 

Band Booster Officer Elections Coming Up-Consider Serving or Being a Part of the Booster Group!

Mrs. O’Connor will be sending information about Band Booster elections soon.  Even if you do not feel led to serve as an officer we need your help!  We have talked with most of out students across our 8th-11th grade levels in band.  As expected, we will see another spike in band numbers in the next year.  We estimate approximately 235-240 students in the high school band next year.  We should be around 700 students in the band program across the school district.  That is a large jump from this year and that does not consider any students that move in or new color guard students.  Please consider being an active part in the booster organization.  It really doesn’t take huge amounts of time or commitment to serve our kids and the more parents we have, the less time that it will take to get the job done!  We hope to see you all at the next meeting!

 

Remaining HS Calendar events for the Year!

In addition to the rehearsals listed above, the following events are coming up on the calendar.  There will also be leadership team, drum major and wind/guard/percussion auditions for next year and those will be added soon.

 

Winter Guard Specific Performance Dates:

April 7:  Winter Guard Championships Flower Mound High School

 

Percussion Specific Dates:

April 24:  Percussion Dress Rehearsal

April 27:  Percussion Concert 7:00 p.m.

 

All Students:

April 7:  Band Together 5K Race

April 10: Mandatory NOLA Trip and Booster Meeting

April 18:  Symphonic A in UIL Competition TBA

April 19:  Wind Ensemble in UIL Competition TBA

April 20-23:  New Orleans Trip

May 18:  Band Banquet 7:00 p.m.

May 22:  Spring Concert for all ensembles 7:00 p.m.

May 25-26: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest

May 29:  Graduation

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 3/26-3/29/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Symphonic A Rehearsal 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. PAC
  • Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. PAC

 

Tuesday

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

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

  • No School

 

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SUBJECT:  Percussion Update _ Schedules 03.25.18

 

Hello Percussion Family,

Here is a quick rundown of everything Percussion coming up in the next few weeks.

 

MONDAY LESSONS:

For those students who have signed up for lessons please remind yourself of your time and that Mr. Doran will be on campus tomorrow for your lessons. Also bring your $15 for in class lessons or $18 for after school lessons.

 

 

MONDAY REHEARSALS:

For those students in Wind Ensemble and Symphonic 1 please make sure you have all your parts down and performance ready by rehearsal. You should be practicing each day to improve something no matter what. Double check the band calendar so that you know where and when to be for your schedule rehearsals. I believe we will be moving to full ensembles this week and that will be on the PAC Stage, so please be to rehearsal early to check you have everything you need to start On Time!

 

Students in UIL ENSEMBLES will need to be in Concert Black for their performances, so please make sure your performer can still fit into their attire. Men check that your tux is clean, wrinkle-free, and still fits!! Ladies make sure that your dress is clean, wrinkle-free, and you know where it is. Gentlemen, double check that you have all your parts to your tux as well – and know where each part is (bowtie / cummerbund, if you have one).

 

Audition Announcement:

The High School Fall Band Auditions are coming up and you should be practicing and preparing each day to do your best by the beginning of May. Phase 1 (Concert Band Positions) will begin either the last week of April or the first week of May. Phase 2 & 3 (Marching Band Positions) will also be in class around the same time. Our scheduled date for FINAL Auditions will be THURSDAY MAY 3rd at the RCHS Band Hall. This will finish off the Auditions and should have the final spots selected ‘hopefully’ by the end of that week or, at latest, middle of the following week.

Our numbers for next year’s Marching Ensemble are...

4-5 Snares, 3-4 Tenors, 5 Bass, 4 Cymbals.

3-4 Marimbas, 3-4 Vibes, 1 Xylo, 1 Bell, 2 Synths, 1 Mallet Kat, 1-3 Auxiliary Perc, and potentially 1 Drum Set (still need to hear back from the arranger first).

All spots are audition based so happy practicing and best of luck.

 

REMINDERS: UPCOMING DATES

UIL SYMPHONIC A – Wednesday April 18th (during class day)

UIL WIND ENSEMBLE – Thursday April 19th (during class day)

Percussion Concert Dress Rehearsal – TUESDAY APRIL 24th

Percussion Extravaganza – FRIDAY APRIL 27th

High School Band Auditions – THRUSDAY MAY 3rd

 

Musically,

Mr Ross

 

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MARCH 18, 2018

SUBJECT:  Weekly Schedule and Upcoming Dates 3/19

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

I hope you had a fantastic Spring Break vacation and you are ready to get back to the last part of the school year.  This week begins the downhill slide to summer!  There are multiple things that will happen in the coming weeks as we plunge into contest season as well as our Spring Trip!  I have included the most current version of the calendar in this email.  I know it is a lot to take in, but please read through the information below and mark your calendars if you have not already!

 

Monday Rehearsals continue tomorrow!

We will continue our extended Monday rehearsals again for the bands attending UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest tomorrow.   Both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic A will be rehearsing the following Monday afternoons/evenings:

 

March 19th  Symphonic A: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

March 26th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 2nd  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 9th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 16th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

 

These are required rehearsals for all of the wind and percussion students in both of these groups.

 

Band Together 5K

We need YOUR help with promoting and encouraging people to participate in this event!  Our band boosters do a great job of trying to stick to only 2 major fundraisers a year.  The first was the Marching contest and the second is the Band Together 5K.  We do this in an effort to not constantly hit everyone up for money throughout the school year.  The band boosters handle many things for the program including field props, spring trip transportation, the show reveal, equipment maintenance costs, banquet preparation, as well as anything else the band budget is not able to fund.  We are still growing and are always in need of this type of support.  Next year’s trip will be much larger than the NOLA trip in terms of transportation cost.  Our marching show will also require large props and more equipment than what we currently have.  We rely on this support from the boosters as we continue to grow and take on new challenges.  We need everyone’s help to do this!

 

For this fundraiser, we are in desperate need of runners and walkers.  There is a common misconception that a 5K and fun run must be “rigorous exercise” You do NOT have to run in the 5K.  You can walk with family and friends and just enjoy the time!  Mrs. O’Connor has sent out numerous emails about this event.  Please encourage your family and friends to sign up!  Students: your part of the fundraiser is to bring runners in to the event.  Blast it out on social media and ask extended family, coworkers, etc.

 

Remaining HS Calendar events for the Year!

In addition to the rehearsals listed above, the following events are coming up on the calendar.  There will also be leadership team, drum major and wind/guard/percussion auditions for next year and those will be added soon.

 

Winter Guard Specific Performance Dates:

March 24: Winter Guard at Marcus High School Flower Mound

April 7:  Winter Guard Championships Flower Mound High School

 

Percussion Specific Dates:

April 24:  Percussion Dress Rehearsal

April 27:  Percussion Concert 7:00 p.m.

 

All Students:

April 7:  Band Together 5K Race

April 10: Mandatory NOLA Trip and Booster Meeting

April 18:  Symphonic A in UIL Competition TBA

April 19:  Wind Ensemble in UIL Competition TBA

April 20-23:  New Orleans Trip

May 18:  Band Banquet 7:00 p.m.

May 22:  Spring Concert for all ensembles 7:00 p.m.

May 25-26: UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest

May 29:  Graduation

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 3/19-3/24/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Symphonic A Rehearsal 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Band Hall
  • Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Band Hall

 

Tuesday

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

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Saturday

  • Winter Guard Contest:  Marcus High School  10:00 a.m.

 

Have a great week everyone!

 

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MARCH 9, 2018

SUBJECT:  New Director position added!

 

Good afternoon all!

 

I am excited to announce that, due to our continued growth, we have been able to add another position to the band staff for the 2018-2019 school year.  I know many of us are district employees and we see the various openings through email notifications.  It is not my desire to create concern, so I wanted you to know that there will be an opening for a new director announced shortly.  Again, no one on staff is departing...we are simply adding someone new.  This will bring our director team to 8 and allow us to better serve the needs of the students in the band program across the district.  A very big thank you to Mr. Worthy and our administration for seeing the need and allowing us to add the additional spot.  When we have made the new hire, I will announce that via email.    Have a great Spring Break and be safe!

 

Doug Fulwood

 

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MARCH 4, 2018

SUBJECT:  Weekly Schedule 3/5-3/9/18

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

Here are this week’s announcements and reminders.  One week left until Spring break!

 

New Orleans Rooming Lists

Students traveling to New Orleans will be signing up for rooms tomorrow.  Instructions for that will be given during class and students will need to physically sign up for rooms on the list on the white board in the band hall.   Parents that are traveling should already know there room assignments at this point.  We will not put parents and their own students in the same room.

 

Monday Rehearsals begin tomorrow!

We will begin our extended Monday rehearsals again for the bands attending UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest on tomorrow.   Both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic A will be rehearsing the following Monday afternoons/evenings:

 

March 5th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

March 19th  Symphonic A: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

March 26th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 2nd  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 9th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 16th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

 

These are required rehearsals for all of the wind and percussion students in both of these groups.  I know there are other school activities this time of year and we need to make sure we work through any conflicts as soon as we know they exist.  The directors will work with other sponsors to make sure we get it all done!

 

Mr. Worthy to Speak to Our Band Parents!

Mr. Worthy will be speaking to our parents at our regularly scheduled booster meeting Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school band hall.  Even if you do not normally make the meetings, I would invite you to attend to hear about the upcoming Bond Election as well as the events coming this Spring.  As you may or may not know, part of the bond package is a high school band hall addition. This is a great opportunity to ask questions or simply hear more about the project.

 

Letter Jackets

We will be placing our spring letter jacket order soon.  Students who have earned 100 points or more based on the scale below are eligible for a letter jacket.  The school takes care of the cost of the jacket and the "RC" patch (as it is an award for their efforts).  The additional patches, lettering, lights, bells, whistles, etc. are the responsibility of the students.  We do not order jackets for students until points are complete.  For example, a student who currently has 80 points will complete their 100 points by finishing the school year in band.  We will order those at the beginning of the fall.  This next order will be for those students who have, at this point, earned 100 or more points.   Here is that point schedule:

 

RCHS Band Point Scale:

  • Each semester a student participates in High School band and is academically eligible:    20 points
  • Preparing, entering, and competing in the All Region Band Contest:                                  10 points
  • Preparing, entering, and competing in the UIL Solo and Ensemble:                                    10 Points
  • Earning a position in TMEA Region band and performing in the concert:                          30 points
  • Qualifying for the TMEA Area Band Auditions:                                                                  40 Points
  • Qualifying for the TMEA All State Band:                                                                          100 points

 

Additional Points for solo and ensemble contest:

  • Class 1 Solo:                 Division 1:  40 points                                     Division 2:  20 points
  • Class 1 Ensemble:        Division 1:  20 points                                     Division 2:  10 Points
  • Class 2 Solo:                Division 1:  15 points                                     Division 2: 5 Points
  • Class 2 Ensemble:        Division 1:    5 points

 

Students will receive a worksheet to calculate their points soon.  Once they have enough points, they will receive an information packet to take home to select and pay for their “extras” for the jackets.  The jacket company will then size the students during the school day and packets will be due at that time.  You will receive a separate email with more details about this soon.  Students who already have an award jacket from another organization are not eligible to receive another jacket.

 

This week's schedule!

Weekly Schedule 3/5-3/9/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Symphonic A Rehearsal 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Band Hall
  • Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Band Hall

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Winter Guard Rehearsal-Ruth Cherry:  4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Mr. Worthy speaks to band parents/Band Booster Meeting 7:00 p.m. Band Hall

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Have a great week everyone!

 

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MARCH 2, 2018

SUBJECT:  Spring Percussion Concert Postponed until later date

 

Good morning Percussion parents and students,

 

Due to scheduling issues across our campuses and some miscommunication on our part, we have decided to postpone the Spring Percussion dress rehearsal and concert until a later date.  We do understand that many families may want to travel on Friday March 9th and having a concert that evening makes that very difficult to accomplish.  Please accept my apologies for the confusion and as soon as a new date is established, we will send information home so that all may plan to be in attendance.  Again, my apologies for the situation, but under the circumstances this seems the best course of action for our students and percussion program.

 

Sincerely,

 

Doug Fulwood

Director of Bands

Royse City ISD

 

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FEBRUARY 25, 2018

SUBJECT:  Weekly Schedule 2/26-3/2/18

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

Here are this week’s announcements and reminders.  Our activities are starting to ramp back up as we approach Spring Break and the beginning of UIL concert contest season so please pay close attention to the schedule.

 

Final Trip Payment

The final NOLA trip payment is due Monday to the band hall safe outside of my office.  Please make sure to send that with your student so that we can complete the trip payment process and begin working through the rooming list.  I will be sending an approximate itinerary out later this week as soon as I receive it from the travel company.

 

Monday Rehearsals Starting again March 5th

We will begin our extended Monday rehearsals again for the bands attending UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest on Monday March 5th   Both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic A will be rehearsing the following Monday afternoons/evenings:

 

March 5th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

March 19th  Symphonic A: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

March 26th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 2nd  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 9th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

April 16th  Symphonic A:  4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. /Wind Ensemble 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

 

These are required rehearsals for all of the wind and percussion students in both of these groups.  I know there are other school activities this time of year and we need to make sure we work through any conflicts as soon as we know they exist.  The directors will work with other sponsors to make sure we get it all done!

 

Mr. Worthy to Speak to Our Band Parents!

Mr. Worthy has asked to speak at our next Booster meeting, which will be next Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school band hall.  Even if you do not normally come to the meetings, I would invite you to attend to hear about the upcoming Bond Election as well as the events coming this Spring.  As you may or may not know, part of the bond package is a high school band hall addition. This is a great opportunity to ask questions or simply hear more about the project.

 

Weekly Schedule 2/26-3/2/2018:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Final Trip Payment Due

 

Tuesday

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

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • BLT Meeting right after school 3:45 p.m.

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Winter Guard at Sachse High School (location change) 9:57 p.m.

 

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FEBRUARY 19, 2018

SUBJECT:  Weekly Schedule 2/20-2/23/18

 

Good evening everyone!

 

Welcome to the short week!   All of the directors are back from San Antonio and excited to get back to our students!  This week is only 4 days long but it starts out busy!

 

Basketball Playoff Game

Tomorrow evening, our Boys basketball team will be playing at Tyler Junior College in the first round of the playoffs.  The drum line has been asked to play at the game and we will be providing a bus and trailer for them to make that trip tomorrow.  This is not a required event, but all students involved in percussion who are able to participate are encouraged to do that.  We will be sharing a bus with the cheerleaders so space is limited.  Mr. Ross and Ms. Stafford will be the sponsors on the bus.  All percussion students should wear a band shirt of some sort for admission purposes.  Students will not have to pay admission but will need money for dinner.  Students will sign up with Mr. Fulwood in the morning.  You must be academically eligible to make this trip.  Please see schedule on the next page.

 

Trip Payment Reminder

Final trip payment is due on Monday of next week!  Please plan accordingly!

 

Here is this week’s schedule!

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Winter Guard Rehearsal  4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Boys Playoff Basketball 7:30 p.m.  Tyler Junior College

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

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JANUARY 28, 2018

SUBJECT:  Weekly Schedule 1/29/18-2/2/18

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

Here is this week’s information!

 

Congratulations to our Winter Guard!!

Our Royse City HS Winter Guard did very well in their first weekend of competition.  They won their site contest and scored higher than any of the guards in their classification, competing elsewhere this weekend.  Congratulations to the students and Mrs. Hammer and Mr. Sosa on their win and their classification high score of 69.98!!

 

UIL Solo and Ensemble:

Participating students will receive a schedule of their events and times by Tuesday.  They will also receive basic information about the campus and the process so everyone knows what to expect.  Directors are not judges for this event and we will be on site assisting students in finding their rooms as well as answering any questions.  Remember, the school will not be providing transportation to this event.

 

Piano Times this week:

Ms. Mac will be here tomorrow morning during class.

Mr. Brunson will be here Thursday afternoon after school.

 

We had a few students out sick last week for their piano rehearsals and some of you have your own piano parts and solos.  Please make sure that you bring those with you tomorrow or Thursday if you have not yet played with your accompanist.

 

Flu and Illness:

As you may have heard, there are a number if illnesses going around.  Please make sure that if you do exhibit flu-like symptoms or stomach issues that you are going to the doctor before coming to school.  We love you and we want you here, but please keep the germs elsewhere.

 

Weekly Schedule:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Woodwind Piano rehearsals per your assigned time during classes

 

Tuesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Winter Guard Rehearsal-Ruth Cherry:  4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • High School Classical Percussion Concert 7:00 p.m. PAC

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Brass Piano Accompanist Rehearsals

 

Thursday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Winter Guard Rehearsal-Ruth Cherry:  4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Brass Piano rehearsals per your assigned time

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Saturday

  • UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, Mesquite High School-Details coming soon!

 

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JANUARY 21, 2018

SUBJECT:  Weekly Schedule 1/22-1/26

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

Here is this week’s information!

 

New Director on Staff

We would like to welcome Mr. Clint Brunson to our band staff!  Mr. Brunson will be replacing Mr. Sosa in the day-to-day operations of our 6th grade and middle school bands.  He will also assist with high school activities where his schedule allows.  His Bio is below.  Please help us make him feel welcome!

 

Clint Brunson lives in Royse City with his wife, Brittany, who is also a teacher in the school district.  They have three children, Emily (9), Brianna (5), and Benjamin (3).  Clint is a graduate of Royse City High School and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Criswell College and a Master's Degree in Business from Texas A&M University - Commerce.  Clint's principal instrument is trombone, and he also plays piano and enjoys writing and arranging music.  In his spare time, Clint enjoys traveling with his family, playing keyboards in the praise band at Fellowship Church - Royse City, and building furniture.  Clint is very excited to return to his alma mater to join the Band staff and looks forward to a bright future with the program.

 

UIL Solo and Ensemble:

Any students that did not turn in fees for their event must do so by Monday afternoon.   Please turn that in to Mr. Fulwood or Mr. Webb.

 

Piano Accompaniment:

  • Brass students will have their first rehearsal with their accompanist during this week on Wednesday afternoon.  Sign up for a time on the white board on Monday
  • Woodwind students will have both of their rehearsals next week during band classes.

 

All band solo and ensemble events will occur on February 3rd at Mesquite High School.  We do have three students performing piano solos and those events are the following week at the UIL Choral contest.  We do not provide transportation to these events so please plan accordingly.  As soon as the schedule is released we will communicate that so that everyone may plan for event times and arrival plans.

 

Additionally, at this point in time, you should be able to play through your solo or ensemble with little to no trouble with rhythms, notes, or tempos.  Each event entered must perform for a director before the contest.  If you are still struggling to get through your solo and/or ensemble, please sign up for director help as soon as possible.

 

Director Availability for Assistance:

The directors are available for assistance with solo and ensemble events as well as any other band related need throughout each week.  The directors will be happy to schedule a time to work with you or your ensemble on their event.   Students requiring assistance need to schedule that time with us.  In many cases, students are using the “open band hall” morning and afternoon time to socialize.  They then wait until the directors are preparing to begin rehearsal or leave for the day to get serious about their practice time.  The band hall is open in the afternoon each day until at least 4:15 p.m.   Many days it is open later depending on which students have asked for assistance and how much time we have scheduled.   Occasionally, there are after school meetings, or PAC events, or other things that keep us from having open band hall hours (beyond 4:15 p.m.) throughout the week.  If we have some notice it allows us to better serve your needs.

 

5K Information

All high school band students have been given their 5K packets and should have brought them home to you by now.  The 5K is the second fundraiser we do each year.  The marching contest was the first.  Students participating in these 2 events allow us to create a greater amount of funding (per event) so as to not have to do several fundraisers during the year.  If you have not seen this packet, please ask your child about it.  Money raised goes towards trips, scholarships, field props, etc.   Feel free to take it to your place of business if they allow that!

 

Weekly Schedule:

 

Monday

  • Normal Rehearsals

 

Tuesday

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

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Brass Piano Accompanist Rehearsals

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Piano Accompanist Fees Entry Fees Due
  • Winter Guard at Frisco Centennial 7:37 p.m.

 

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JANUARY 15, 2018

SUBJECT:  Weekly Schedule 1/16-1/19/18

 

Good afternoon everyone!

 

Here is this week’s band schedule and information assuming there are no closings or delays.  This week's information deals largely with UIL solo and Ensemble contest which is happening in February.  We have many students participating in this event, but not all of our students.  Your band student will be able to tell you if this applies to them.

 

UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest and Entry Fees:

UIL solo and ensemble contest will be held on February 3rd, 2018 at Mesquite High School.   Students entering the contest are responsible for their entry fees.  All solo events are $13.00 and all ensemble events are $8.00 per ensemble member.  Additionally, all wind (not percussion)soloists will be responsible for paying their piano accompanist to perform with them.  The fee for that is $40.00.  Please send fees according to the following schedule:

 

Solo and Ensemble Entry Fees:  Due Friday, January 19th

Students should bring cash or check (made out to the Royse City High School Band with license # and DOB), place in the envelopes by the safe, fill out the front of the envelope, and then give to Mr. Fulwood, Mr. Webb, or Mr. Ross before the end of the day Friday.   This can also be handled at any point this week leading up to Friday.

 

Solo Accompanist Fees: (wind players only...does not apply to percussion students) Due Friday, January 26th:

In most UIL solo events there is a required piano accompaniment that is performed along with the soloist during their event.  We have two piano players that will be handling our students’ performances for this UIL contest.  Each accompanied instrumental solo requires a $40.00 fee for the piano accompanist.  This fee includes 2 rehearsals with the performer, as well as the judged performance.   The procedure for turning in funds is the same as above.  Students should bring cash or check (made out to the Royse City High School Band with license # and DOB), place in the envelopes by the safe, fill out the front of the envelope, and then give to Mr. Fulwood, or Mr. Webb.   Rehearsals with the accompanists will begin the week of the 20th-24th and will be scheduled during the band classes or after school.

 

Band Booster Meeting:

We will have our first band booster meeting of the new year, tomorrow night (hopefully).  Come on out and join us as we discuss this semester’s activities!  We will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the high school band hall!

 

Weekly Schedule 1/16-1/19/2018:

 

Tuesday-Weather Permitting

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Winter Guard Rehearsal-Ruth Cherry:  4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Band Booster Meeting HS Band Hall 7:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday

  • Normal Rehearsals-Discuss Spring 5K in classes

 

Thursday

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

 

Friday

  • Normal Rehearsals
  • Solo and Ensemble Entry Fees Due

 

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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!