It's Game Week!!! Let's Goooo!!!
Things we like
Percussion rocked it out at the Running of the Bulls Race on Saturday!! Thank you for representing the band in our local community.
Our cameras caught up with a huge delegation of HHS Band members past and present at the University of Alabama's Million Dollar Band preview show! Front row left to right: Jason Wimsett('22), Keiran Eversole('22), Jillian Boles(Drum Major '23), Carley Bourland('22), Ansley Boles(Drum Major '20), Iyana Lucas('23), Grace Bradt('23). Back row left to right: Matthew Hutcherson(Captain '24), Dr. Ken Ozello(Director of Bands at the University of Alabama), Henry Limbo(Captain '20), Alton Hudson('22), Thomas Tonsmeire(Drum Major '20),
Show shirts are here!!
If you pre-ordered a show shirt, it will be on the table in the bandroom for pickup on Monday and Tuesday. If you didn't order a shirt but still want one, there is a limited number left for purchase. We have the following sizes available: 2(XXL), 4(XL), 8(L), 4(M), 3(S). These will need to be paid for by cash, check or Venmo. Please email Kelly Parrish to get yours. firstname.lastname@example.org
All Band fees due by November 7th.
Reminder - all band fees are due by the fall concert date of November 7th. But you can make payments between now and then so that you don't have to pay them all on that date. Make payments through Venmo, a check to the band box with your child's name on the envelope, or by credit card through Charms.
Last Week for the Calendar fundraiser!
There are four days left to share with your friends and family to get those dates covered. When you fill up your calendar or at the end of August, please turn in your cash/check donations with your calendar to the band box. Link below for the calendar.
Spirit Night at Taco Mama
Mark your calendars now! Thursday September 21, spirit night at Taco Mama! No need to rush home and cook dinner after band practice! Just head over to Taco Mama and enjoy a nice dinner while earning money for the band!
We are currently taking orders for our Boston Butt fundraiser now through October 24. Chuckwagon will be providing our butts this year and pick up will be on November 4 in front of the Freshman Academy from 9-11. You can use the attached flier to begin taking orders. Please attach money to order form before putting in band box. If using Venmo, please include name of buyer, name of band student, and boston butt in the memo line.
Click the link below to access the order form
Click the link below to order London apparel
Schedule for the week
Tuesday- Marching Band rehearsal 4-6 Guard Sectional 6-7.
Thursday-NO MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL. Open House 6:00 pm Community pep rally 7:30 pm - see info below.
Friday-Half day of school. Game @ Oxford. LONDON PAYMENT of $800 (total of $1800 for the trip) DUE! PASSENGER FORM DUE!!
Gameday Information - Friday
8:30 am-Arrive at school as normal. Make sure you either wear your band polo and khaki shorts to school or have them with you to change into immediately after school.
12:30 pm - School dismisses (half day). Students will be able to eat lunch as normal during school hours (bring lunch or eat in the cafeteria).
12:45 pm - Load trucks
1:15 pm - Meet in band room for final announcements
1:30 pm - Depart on school buses for Oxford. Approximately 2.5 hours.
4:00 pm - Arrive in Oxford. Dinner close by school - please bring money. Options include Culver's, McDonald's Starbucks, Arby's, Burger King, Bojangles, Captain D's.
5:15 pm - Depart Dinner
5:30 pm - Arrive at Oxford HS Stadium. Unload, warm up.
6:40 pm - Enter Stadium
7:00 pm - Game starts
~9:45 pm - Game ends. Load trucks and back on buses
10:30 pm - Depart Oxford
1:00 am - Back at HHS. We will send out a REMIND text message when we depart Oxford with an estimated time of arrival. Please be here to pick up your student. We must UNLOAD the truck when we return!!!!
Lunch is as normal at school. You will not have time to leave school at 12:40 to get food.
Please bring money for 1 fast food meal. You can bring snacks on the bus as long as you pick up after yourself and the bus driver is ok with it. If students do not clean up after yourself, this privilege goes away. All drinks must have a screw on top. Options include Culver's, McDonald's Starbucks, Arby's, Burger King, Bojangles, Captain D's.
woodwinds, brass, and percussion - Blue Band polos, khaki shorts, athletic shoes (no sandals, crocs, converse, etc), and ankle length socks.
Color Guard casual uniform.
Hair should be pulled back out of your face (including guys with long hair) and no jewelry. Pierced ears can be covered with band aids.
What else to bring and other information
Woodwinds and brass should have a flip folder and lyre. Students are given the option to use their phone app with music on in instead of a flip folder, but they must be able to play and read the music, so additional accessories may be necessary.
Bring your water bottle!!! Bring your water bottle on the bus and in the stands at Oxford to stay hydrated.
Students are not allowed to have food or any other liquids other than water in the stands. We do not have time to visit the concession stand.
Only band students should be in our section of the stands. This is for the safety of our kids and our instruments. For instrument safety, instruments should be in your hands at all times. Laying an instrument down risks someone bumping into it, kicking it or stepping on it.
To receive our text messages send a text message to the number 81010. We will always send return times from trips through this method!
In the text message write:
9th grade parents/students - @2027hh
10th grade parents/students - @2026hh
11th grade parents/students - @2025hh
12th grade parents/students - @2024hhsb
Student pick up
For the safety of everyone, when you pick a student up at school at a late hour (dark), please pull into the parking lot and wait for your student to come to you or go meet them. Please do not pick up on Bilie Watkins St.
Thursday, August 31st - Pep Rally
To give students a chance to eat dinner and families to attend open house before the pep rally, we are cancelling rehearsal on Thursday.
Marching Band students should be on the practice football field at 7:15 pm for the pep rally. This pep rally is open to all parents and friends. They will have free hot dogs and kona ice available if you come early, but all food should be eaten prior to 7:15 pm.
You may dress in the theme of the pep rally or wear school/band t shirts.
Car Show - Saturday, Sept 9th
The Huntsville High Band Car Show is Saturday, September 9th from 4:00-8:30 pm at Milton Frank Stadium.
What can you do to help? Promote our car show on social media and encourage people to sign up! There may also be some volunteer opportunities to serve this day!
Marching band students: Marching Band will be required to perform our halftime show at 8:00 pm this night in full uniform (call time at 7:00 pm). The performance is open to the public. We will also have volunteer pep bands performing every hour at the event. Sign ups coming soon. Students will help determine some prizes for the show.
Visit https://www.huntsvillehsband.com/car-show.html for more info and to register.
Fall Break Game
The Fall break game on Thursday, October 5th is an optional game. We ask if you are in town and available to please play! We will have a sign up form soon.
The game on Friday, September 29th is not during Fall break and a required game even though this date is an e-learning day. Please do not leave for Fall Break vacations until Saturday morning!
Friday, Sept 8 - Game vs. Grissom. Milton Frank.
Saturday, Sept 9-Car show 4-8:30 pm at Milton Frank. 8:00 pm marching band performance in Full uniform!
Friday, Sept 15th - Game vs. James Clemens in Madison.
Monday, Sept 18th - HCMS vs. HJHS at Milton Frank. Marching band will perform. 6:30 pm
Friday, September 22nd - Game vs. Bob Jones at Joe Davis (middle school night!)
Saturday, September 23rd - Rocket City Invitational Marching Competition - Madison City Stadium (full day event)
Friday, September 29th - Game vs. Jemison at Milton Frank (required game)
Thursday, October 5th - Game vs. Albertville at Milton Frank (Fall break - optional game)
London Connection! (updated 7/29)
Next payment of $800 is due by September 1st (do not use Venmo for this payment - it will overload our account!) Easiest way to pay is by check to the band box! September 1st is the last day you can added to be guaranteed the current price of the trip. It is also the deadline for declaring full program or land only.
If you do not have your passport in hand or have not submitted your papers for your passport, do it now! If you do not have your passport in time, this is not covered by insurance and you will not be able to go!
You may have seen in recent news that the European Union has passed an additional tax for visitors starting in 2024. This will not impact our standard trip since we are traveling into London in 2023 and England is not part of the EU. However, if you are doing the land only option and extending your trip to other locations beyond the scheduled date, you may need to additional research and paperwork on this. See this website: https://travel-europe.europa.eu/etias_en
Important Forms and Deadlines:
Passport/Traveler information form (to be filled out separately by each traveler) - Due September 1. Please have your passport before you fill out this form!
Room mate request and supervision form (to be filled out separately by each traveler) - Due September 15th
Instrument Information form (to be filled out by students only with the assistance of family. Color Guard does not need to fill this out) - Due October 1st.
Click here to access the London google drive with information on the trip.
Click here to see an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). (updated 7/22)
BIG LONDON TRIP MEETING
The London trip meeting will be Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 pm in the HHS Band room or auditorium. Plan for a 2 hour+ meeting and we need EVERY traveler going on the trip at this meeting. We will discuss everything you need to know! Attendance includes extended family going on the trip!
Our parent trip coordinator for London is Karen Hansberger. She has an amazing team of parents helping her. If you have specific questions about the trip as we get closer, she will be a great resource. She will also be helping collect rooming lists, passport copies, bus lists, shipping documents, and more. Her email is email@example.com
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