Good morning Eagle family! This is the week of October 31st. Happy Halloween! There’s no video update this week - my kid is out sick, so I am here at home taking care of him. Make sure to wash your hands super regularly, because a stomach bug is going around everywhere. Which reminds me - don’t share water jugs. That’s pretty nasty.
Okay, let’s go over the items for this week now!
CONTEST RECAP: As I mentioned in my previous BAND app announcement, The Atascocita Military Marching Band should be super proud of their performance at UIL Area Marching Contest this year. The kids worked super hard this season, and the directors couldn’t be any more proud of our kids and their accomplishments this year.
REDUCED REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: The rehearsal schedule has now reduced significantly. Starting this week, we will only practice on Thursdays, and it will be at 3:15 and will only be to practice with the dance team for 15 minutes. We will have some Thursdays when we will need a little additional time to learn a new "fun" show for the playoff games.
NEXT UP: So what’s next for the AHS Band? There’s TMEA Region Orchestra auditions (happening today), there’s TMEA All-Region Band auditions, TMEA Freshman band auditions, winter concert, football playoff games, pep rallies, and much much more. As these next few weeks go on, we will have more information coming out.
FRIDAY PEP RALLY! For this coming Friday, make sure to have your pep rally uniform:
Remember - the pep rally can be chaotic around us. The band represents 100% pride in our self-discipline, so please do not add more to the chaos around you - especially since the senior class is close to us. The band directors would like to remind the band students what our job is - to play our instruments as musical ambassadors of school spirit.
FRIDAY FOOTBALL GAME: It’s at Turner stadium against Summer Creek. The itinerary is going to be identical to every other home game we’ve had so far, but I’ll send out another one with the updated date/location/football team.
For the TMEA Region Orchestra Auditions happening today, the itinerary was posted on the BAND app. If you are auditioning, make sure that you are at the band hall right after school. A charter bus will be sending us there, and HISD yellow busses will be taking us back. Make sure that you bring money for the concession stands to eat food/dinner during the day while we are there.
That’s all we have for this week.
Greetings Eagle Family! Here is your update for the week of October 24th! And it’s an exciting week!! We are so very excited to present the Atascocita High School Military Marching Band at their UIL area playoff competition at Galena Park Stadium this week. Let’s go over all the things now:
We have a Friday rehearsal scheduled on the AHS football field (Thanks, Coach Stump!) for our team to prepare for Area. The rehearsal will be on Friday because we have a……
Thursday Football Game!: it’s essentially the same schedule as the Thursday game week of the UIL regional marching contest. Thursday we play North Shore HS at our home stadium Turner. An itinerary will go out this week, and look for it to be almost identical to most home game schedules we’ve had with a rehearsal run-through and then departure to the stadium that day.
Saturday UIL Area Marching Contest: The band has advanced to UIL area marching contest on October 29th. The itinerary is available online, so please be sure to go over all of the itinerary because it is a rather long day and uniquely different from every other contest we have gone to.
The itinerary is going to be discussed in full detail to all students in class so that they understand what is expected this Saturday.
Rehearsals after Area: Pending how we do at UIL Area marching contest this Saturday, potentially our competitive season might or might not end. If we advance past this, our rehearsals will continue with the same schedule up to November 7th. If our competitive season ends at Area and we do not advance past this, our rehearsals will reduce significantly. We will reduce down to only Thursday, and it will be from 3:45 to 4:45. This is just to get practice time with the drill team and to go over our new fun show we will do in place of our previous military drill. (more on that later)
Next week, TMEA Region Orchestra: On Monday October 31st, several band students will compete at Spring High School for a chance to be selected for the TMEA All-Region Orchestra. This was a sign-up about three weeks back. If your child has signed up to participate, we have entered them into the contest, and the district has paid their way to go. An itinerary of the day will go out soon once we get more information back from our region about that.
The best thing you can do is continuously check out the calendar located on the www.atascocitaband.com band website. It is always up to date with all the things that we will be doing as a program.
That does it for this really busy week! The band directors are super proud of all of our band students! They have worked extremely hard all year long, and now the end of our season is closely coming up as we will be making the transition to sit-down band with chairs and stands to get ready for our first concert performance of the year - the Winter Band Concert, on December 13th.
Hello there eagle family! This is the week of October the 17th, and for the week after UIL, we do have a couple of things to go over.
UIL Region Marching Contest Results: Speaking of which, The Atascocita High School Military Marching Band travelled to their UIL regional marching contest last Saturday.
There, they earned a Division 1 rating at UIL Regional Marching Contest and have advanced to UIL Area Open Class playoff marching competition for a chance to compete at open class state contest.
The AHS band has earned their 15th Division 1 in their school's history, and they earned 1 ratings from all three judges. This is the highest accomplishment a marching band can earn at the region level. All three judges unanimously circled the plusses+ on the rubric for music, visual, and content.
The students' hard work has paid off, and the directors could not be any more happier and more proud of our students. Our students showed up, went all in, and the left it all on the field with no regrets. Thats the #championshipmindset - show up, all in, no regrets.
Way to go band family!
Rehearsals This Week: As for this week's rehearsal schedule, the students have been given Monday off. We will reconnect on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday with regularly planned scheduled rehearsals starting at 3:45. These next two weeks will be dedicated to perfecting and cleaning what we have in preparation for UIL Area marching contest.
Friday Football: This coming Friday is an away football game against C.E King High School. And itinerary of the schedule will be going out soon. Just look for it to be similar to a Turner stadium game, since the CE King Sheldon stadium is pretty close to our high school.
This Saturday we have no events for the band.
TMEA Region Orchestra Auditions: Sign up deadline is this Monday at 11:59PM. That contest is going to be on Monday October 31st. And more information will follow soon as the time draws closer.
Area Marching Contest: The band has advanced to UIL Area marching band contest, which is held on October 29th Saturday. We know that it will be a morning performance, so once we have more information and all bands in all regions in our area have received their ratings, we will send out an itinerary of the day. This day will be the whole day, so please have planned to block off the entire day for our performances.
That’s all for this week! Congratulations to all of our very hard-working high school band members, and we will see you on the next one!
Good morning, here is this week’s update for October 10th, 2022. And it’s a really busy week! We have finally made it to UIL week, and our biggest contest of the year is this Saturday. We will go over everything you need to know.
Rehearsals: this week we have rehearsals a little differently since we have a Thursday football game. Because this is the week of UIL, the directors are strongly encouraging every single student in the program to be at all rehearsals this week. We are unable to march empty spots at UIL, and all performance spots must be filled for the contest. The rehearsal schedule this week is:
On Monday, we need all performing starters AND alternates to come to rehearsal this Monday to determine who will be marching at the UIL contest this Saturday. If you have been talked to about eligibility, your marching spot has already been reassigned. We strongly encourage you to go attend tutorials with the teacher you failed a course with. Spots for this week’s contest will depend on prior attendance, drill knowledge, and performance aptitude.
Football Game Thursday: This Thursday is our game at Turner stadium against Humble High School, and… it’s 8th Grade Night!!! Our incoming 8th graders will be joining us in the stands, and it is our job to show them how much fun we have in the stands for football games and to give them the example of what our marching band culture looks like. The purpose is to encourage our 8th graders to love our program and get excited and super hyped about becoming a 9th grade band member. We will talk more about this over the week in class. An itinerary will be going out soon (expect it to be very similar to every home game we’ve had so far).
Saturday Contest: As I mentioned earlier, UIL is our biggest contest of the year, as it determines whether or not we advance to the next round. The objective is to receive a 1st Division rating, which is what is required for bands to advance to the next level. It will require all members to focus on their best performance, and for that reason is why we need absolutely 100% perfect attendance at rehearsals this week. An itinerary will be going out soon (expect it to be very similar to the Galena Park marching contest schedule two weeks ago).
Disney Trip, TMF and Widdyup Fundraiser: If you raised funds for the Disney trip through Widdyup, those funds will be transferred into your individual trip accounts sometime soon. We will discuss more as time goes on. We will be scheduling a Disney trip planning meeting very soon with all of our trip goers and parents. When the time is scheduled, we will notify everyone. We will go over all the required details such as trip handbook, park rules and regulations, required contracts, and much more. It’s almost time!!!
That’s all we have for this week. Once we get past UIL, we will get more out there. In the meantime, let’s use this week to focus on having the greatest performance we’ve had yet. We are reaching the last stretch to the end, so let’s keep working together! We can do this, and we will do it together. Have a great week everyone, and I’ll see you at rehearsals!
Greetings Eagles! This is your update for the week of October 3, 2022.
It is our week off from school, but as you guys know that this week, the cheerleaders are out there practicing, the band is practicing, the football team is out there right now practicing. We have a game Friday and a Saturday festival performance. For some groups, the work keeps going, and we are one of those groups!
I will be in the office this week as my contract is extended. If you need direct access, you can always call the office number at 281-641-7742 and that goes directly to the band office. Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org is also a good bet as well.
Let’s go over the big items now:
This week’s rehearsal schedule: We do have practice, but the good news is that there is no school in the morning, so you can rest up and relax until it’s rehearsal time. This week is adjusted slightly - Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday all starting at 5PM, and Tuesday and Wednesday go to 8PM, and Thursday ends at 7PM. Go to www.atascocitaband.com and click on Calendar, as the times are now live.
If you are an alternate or were previously ineligible but anticipate regaining eligibility, we need you to come to rehearsal this week so that you can be assigned a spot on the field.
October 7th Friday Game: is an away game again, and it’s at the same stadium as last week - Beaumont Memorial. We will be playing Beaumont United. The schedule for this game will be very similar to the schedule of last week. Be sure to read the itinerary posted on the website for that, and it is also sent out on the BAND app as well.
October 8th Saturday Contest: this one is early, but it is super short - done before lunch time! It’s here at Turner stadium, and the itinerary for that contest is going to be posted on the website and BAND app as well. Be sure to watch for that schedule when it posts this week.
That wraps it up for this week! I look forward to seeing everyone at rehearsal this week, and let’s keep working to improve our performance for the next few contests to come.