Greetings Eagle Family! The time has come for the Atascocita High School Military Marching Band to GO TO CONTEST!!! We have several things going on this week, so I’ll start at the top:
REHEARSALS: Monday through Thursday, all starting at 3:45. Monday is a shortened day to not extend past 8 hour rule for our program. We have one more drill move to learn, and the whole entire show will be fully completed!
GRADES END FRIDAY: On Friday, teachers will give out their last assignments and tests, and students will have this LAST AND FINAL WEEK to get all of the grades done. It is another chance to lose your eligibility. Please make sure that you are actively attending your tutorial sessions and turning in work. Zeros will completely destroy your grade, and then in turn, hurt our team.
FRIDAY GAME: This Friday, we will be playing an AWAY game in Beaumont against West Brook HS. The band will have charter busses at this game given the distance to travel and the time that we will need to depart. The directors are still working out itinerary details, so one will be provided to the students over the week.
SATURDAY CONTEST: The itinerary and other parent information has been sent out already for the Galena Park ISD marching band contest happening this week. We are super excited to finally show off our kids in a competitive light. Since the away game will be a long day and then we are right back up to the school the next day, I have decided that we will not stay for the duration of the contest and get our kids back home as quickly as possible. Make sure to stay connected to the BAND app for more information as it is made available.
Also, parents, please fully read the BAND app note that was sent out explaining how you can help support our kids at the contest this Saturday. Your support would go a long way with helping increase our scores, and it can actually help us rank higher.
NEXT WEEK REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: There is no school, but like football, cheerleading, ROTC, and all the other organizations on campus, we still have practice to prepare for our game and contest that week. However, we have made a slight adjustment to the schedule to give the kids more time off and an easier work-around for parents who work. Next week’s schedule will be:
That’s all for this week’s update! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.
Greetings, Eagle Family! It’s the week of September 19th! Another busy week of band! Let’s go over the big items now.
Percussion Contest Results: this year, the Atascocita High School band drumline and percussion section traveled to the Aldine ISD Percussion Contest and Clinic. There were over 20 ensembles from various schools in Houston in attendance. This was the band’s first time in school history to attend a percussion competition, and there they tied for 5th place. We are very excited for the hard work that the kids put into their performance, and we are super thankful for our guest clinician Lamar Burkhalter who comes in weekly and works with them. We are proud of our percussionists!
Football Game Friday: It’s a home game! In fact… it’s our HOMECOMING! The itinerary will be similar to all other home games, except our performance will be at the end of the football game instead of at half-time. Our half-time will be dedicated to homecoming court festivities. At the end of the game, we have been given permission to use the field for additional time again by our amazing athletic directors in administration, so we anticipate that we will take extra time after the performance to run through a few sections before we go home. This time on the field is some of the most valuable time we have as a team, so we are going to definitely do that.
Monday Rehearsals: That starts today, and we will go from 3:45 to 5:15. It’s a shortened rehearsal from all of the other days to stay in compliance with UIL’s eight-hour rule in which marching bands do not exceed 8 hours of practice time in a week. These Mondays are to make up for the many hours lost in the beginning of the year due to lightning strikes, and the directors and leadership team believe that we will catch up to where we need to be with these rehearsals.
First Contest: Our first marching band contest is in TWO WEEKS! Next Saturday, October 1st, the Atascocita High School band will travel to Galena Park ISD for their annual marching festival. Our performance time is in the afternoon, and we are currently working on an itinerary to give out to parents. We anticipate that we will be arriving at the school in the morning to do a rehearsal run through, do lunch at the school before we leave, perform there, and then load up equipment and head back home.
Grades: The eligibility report will be going out Monday, today. We will be notifying all band students of their eligibility status. If you failed a course for this progress report, then you will be ineligible until the next reporting period. In other words, if you fail a course, you will be unable to attend anymore football games and are going to be out of participating in any marching contests until you regain eligibility. Sadly, that regain day is the day before UIL Region Marching Contest in October, so that means you will be unable to participate in that one as well.
Booster Meeting: Today Monday, September 19th, is our monthly Band Parent Booster Meeting. We have our Booster Board meeting which will be at 6:30, and then we invite any and all parents to attend our monthly band parent meeting at 7:00PM to discuss the major happenings in our program. The directors will present a few items that we know we will need parent help with, so parents please attend tonight’s meeting in the AHS band hall.
That wraps it up for this week! Things are going really fast now! If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.
Greetings, Eagle Family! It’s our weekly update for September 12, 2022!
Last week had a lot of great things happening - the band made tremendous progress on their show, and we are looking forward to more progress happening in the next few weeks leading up to our very first marching band contest.
MONDAY PRACTICE ADDED - Start on September 19th (next week), we will be adding Mondays to the practice schedule. That rehearsal time to be in compliance with the UIL time limit will be 3:45 to 5:15. As you all know, the band has battled a rather unique adversity in regards to weather. The directors have reached out to our consultants, and we have been advised to add this day so that in the case of lightning warning that affect our rehearsal, we will be able to cancel practice on one day and still have the other days to make up for the time lost. Because of the sporadic nature of our weather, we are asking our students and parents to be flexible with us while we continue to work as hard as possible to make the best decisions we can for our students. This added Monday practice is going to give MASSIVE relief to the band and staff to catch up on the drill we have lost due to lightning warnings.
NO GAME THIS WEEK - This is our bye week, meaning that there is no football game this Friday. We are going to focus this week on learning a new drill move that is really difficult to pull off, and it will only work if everyone is here. Attendance for rehearsals this week is super mandatory. Then on Friday, go home and enjoy your week!
GRADES ARE DUE THIS FRIDAY - This Friday is the LAST DAY for students to submit grades for their academic teachers. After this Friday, grades are pulled and the final average will be submitted into the second progress report. This second progress report will indicate whether or not you are eligible to participate in ANY UIL activities - that’s football games, marching band contests, or anything else. So it is extremely important that all students get their tests retested and their missing assignments turned in quickly.
MUSIC PASSOFFS - are still happening. Band students can come to a director and pass off their show music and their fight/school songs to be eligible for a prize with the band directors! All you have to do is come play your band music by memory with a director to indicate that you’ve learned it and you can play it without looking at your music.
PERCUSSION CONTEST - This Saturday, the AHS drumline will be going to the Aldine Percussion Round-Up for their very first-ever percussion competition. The contest will be held at the MO Campbell Center in Aldine ISD, and their performance time is 10AM. This is an exciting opportunity for our percussion students. More information is going to be going out this week concerning the itinerary and general contest information. We would LOVE for the band to come out and support them!
HOMECOMING - Our next football game in September 23 is our homecoming. The game will be a little different than most games, so be on the look out for that information. If students become ineligible on the progress report, they will be unable to attend the game.
Last note - our FIRST MARCHING BAND CONTEST is in 3 weeks! We have a lot to do! Galena Park ISD Festival is coming up, October 1st 2022,
Greetings, Eagle Family! Here is your weekly update for September 6, 2022! Hope that you all had an awesome labor day weekend, and I greatly appreciate all of the birthday wishes from everyone. That was really thoughtful, I feel really blessed to be here to serve the program and grow and learn together.
HOME GAME: This Friday, we have a football game at Turner stadium playing football against a team from Las Vegas, which is interesting! On September 9 Friday, we will be on a home game schedule which will be almost identical to two weeks ago. An itinerary will go out soon. A few things will be different about this game:
9/11 CEREMONY: On the day of the Friday game, the varsity band and percussion will be pulled out of class to play for the 9/11 ceremony. All Wind Ensemble and Percussion students will need to report to the band hall for 1st period. Once the ceremony is over, you will report back to your regular class schedule.
GRADES!!!!!!! You have 2 more weeks left until your final grade for eligibility is put in. It is entirely up to you to pass your classes. The second progress report will indicate whether or not you are failing a course and will become ineligible to participate in the competition program.
PASSOFFS: We need all students to pass off your marching music. That means coming into the office and playing it by memory for a band director. We have been doing them in class, but you are more than welcome to come in before school, after school, or during lunch to do them. The first 10 students to pass off all of their music will receive a Main Event day with the band directors, with bowling and laser tag. The first 20 students will also receive a prize from the band directors as well.
CONCESSION STANDS: Parents, please go to www.atascocitaband.com and sign up for available slots for concession stands. We have been KILLING IT these past few weeks, and we are entirely grateful for all of your help. Especially if you have not worked a concession stand shift yet, we are really needing your help to make this work for our program.
THE TRUCK THIS WEEK: Could we get a parent who would be willing to drive the equipment truck for us to football games? If so, please email Mr. Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org
BLOOD DRIVE TIMES: They are up, and you will be receiving notifications for them. The band directors would strongly encourage you to NOT sign up for a slot that is any time DURING band rehearsal or right before it. If you give blood before a rehearsal, you will have to sit out because you will get sick. Blood loss and heat are a very bad combination.
That’s all the things we have for now! Be sure to have the BAND app ready to go this week, because we have a lot going on. Thank you everyone for all of your hard work and dedication, and we will see you on the next one!
Director of Bands, Atascocita High School