Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Weekly Announcement – August 17, 2011

Band Boosters Announcements 
August 17, 2011

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Parents, Let’s get together and celebrate the start of the 2011 marching season! There will be an adults only party on August 19th from 7:30 to 10PM at the Prairie View Clubhouse which is located in the Moffit Farms subdivision at 131st and the River Road roundabout. BYOB and if so inclined, bring an appetizer to share! Come see old friends and new! It’s going to be a great season! Please note,  Boosters will provide soft drinks and mixers. Don’t miss a fun evening with your fellow band/guard parents!!
DIRECTIONS TO CLUBHOUSE:  Coming from the High School, travel east on Main Street (131st) to River Road. Go through the roundabout and take the 3rd exit traveling east on River Road toward 146th Street. Take the first left onto Trading Post Place and then an immediate left on William Conner Way….parking will be next to the tennis courts and on the other side of the club house. Please note that this is NOT the clubhouse by the Prairie View golf course where the Winter Guard had their end-of-season banquet. You can see this club house from 131st Street. It is a plantation style home (yellow with white)   

Time to move the uniforms!!!  If you have a large vehicle like a van or SUV, we could use your assistance.  We are moving uniforms, etc. from the band hallway to the trailer that is parked on the practice field.  The “moving party” will take place starting at 11:00 Saturday morning (the 20th).  All are welcome.  Come join us.  Many hands make a job easier and a lot of fun!! 
Thanks!!  Terri Miller and Brenda Pfister 

As a friendly reminder from you Band Directors:  If your son or daughter is storing an instrument in one of the instrument cages at school, be sure they are keeping a combination lock on the door at all times!!! 

Macy's T-Shirt OrderThe first Marching Band Home Opener Pitch In will be on Friday, August 26!   The Theme will be “My Kid’s Favorite Dish Night” (more to come on the theme). The Greyhounds play the Valpo Vikings, so the start of the game is 7:30 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m.  As we get closer to the game we will determine the start time of the pitch in. 
For families new to the band, the Pitch In Committee organizes an all marching band / guard pitch in before each home game.  The Committee will set up tables on the end of the practice field (parking lot) near the tower.  ALL marching band and guard families will bring a dish to contribute to the Pitch In (not just committee members – there are hundreds of people to feed). 
The marching band members and guard will go through the pitch in line first so that they can eat before changing into their uniforms for the game.  Once all of the members have been able to get their food, then band and guard families can go through the line and enjoy!  The Pitch In Committee will help to serve students and families to ensure a quick process. They will also clean up at the end!
What to bring: 

  • Every family will bring a dish to share that serves at least 12.  Each pitch in – your family will be assigned a category (main dish, side dish, dessert, etc.) based on your child’s grade.
  • Bring some chairs or a blanket so that you can sit down while enjoying the food!
  • Your whole family! Siblings are welcome!

So watch for more specific information to come about the first Band Pitch In on August 26!  These are a great way to meet your child’s friends and families!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me, Pat Gerber (Kenzie’s Mom).    

BannerJust in time for the start of the school year…Marching Band and Color Guard Spirit Banners are now on sale!! Go to the WEBSITE to view samples and download the order form. Banners are $45 and can be customized. Color options include blue with gold lettering or gold with blue lettering. These are the house signs that were on display at the Volunteer Fair in April and are similar to what you see for athletic team members on homes around Carmel. We will place orders as received, so order this week and have your banner up before the first competition! Questions about ordering? Contact Dawn McGrath.

A second round of spirit wear orders is now being taken. The same items are being offered with the addition of a “unisex” royal blue micro fleece full zip jacket with a gold greyhound and gold lettering that says your choice of Marching Band or Guard!  Orders will be accepted thru Friday, August 19. They can be mailed to Kim Greene at 4952 Deer Ridge Dr. S., Carmel 46033 or delivered to Mitch Greene in the baritone section.  Any questions, please contact Kim Greene or call 223-8763. See the new Catalog on the website.

THANK YOU to all the STUDENTS who helped to make the Pool Party Food Drive a tremendous success!  We had over 130 Band and Guard kids attending the end-of-camp Pool Party and they voluntarily contributed to the drive.  They filled a large SUV!  On Monday August 8th, volunteers delivered 304 non-perishable food items to Hamilton County’s Third Phase Food Pantry!  A huge THANK YOU to all of the band members and their families who graciously contributed to this effort!  Your generosity is appreciated by Hamilton County’s neediest families. 

Mark your calendars for the one time order of letter jackets. Orders for letter jackets are due by 6:00pm on Friday, August, 26th (at the Pitch-In) . Letter Jacket samples will be available for sizing Tuesday, 8/16 and Wednesday, 8/17 before and after Rehearsal at the stadium and at the Pitch-In on August, 26th. Look for Robin’s Grey Nissan Quest by the Trailer.  Everyone can wear a letter jacket including Freshman and Guard!  Band members will receive their letter (Carmel “C”) after completing their second marching band season.
Order early for Macy’s and Christmas, there will be no late orders this year due to the Macy’s trip.

The Embroidery form for the previous year’s season is now available on the band’s website. Please note that the Embroidery form is not turned in with the letter jacket order form, it is taken with the jacket to Indiana Custom Embroidery, and payment is separate from the letter jacket itself.

Both forms are available on the website and should be turned into Robin Ridge.  Any questions call or e-mail Robin.

Band & Guard:  Regular School Rehearsals began Tuesday, August 9th. As a friendly reminder, there are no morning band rehearsals on “Late Start” Wednesdays.  

 Parents– Please note these changes to the band’s practice schedule:  On Friday, August 19th, rehearsal will be extended to 6:30pm. The band will practice 9am to 9pm on the following day, Saturday, August 20th. Saturday morning rehearsal will be from 9am to 12pm. Lunch 12-1. Afternoon rehearsal from 1-5pm. Dinner break 5-6pm, and then evening rehearsal continues from 6-9pm.  See the Band Website Calendar for details and please update your calendars to reflect these schedule changes.

Marching band students should plan to take the SAT or ACT tests on the following dates:
ACT:  September 10, 2011; December 10, 2011; February 11, 2012; or April 14, 2012.  Students should NOT register for the October 22, 2011 ACT test! (ISSMA Semi-state)
SAT:  December 3, 2011; January 28, 2012; March 20, 2012; May 5, 2012; June 2, 2012.  Students should only register for the October 1, 2011 test if ABSOLUTELY necessary (Lawrence Invitational).  Students should NOT register for the November 5, 2011 SAT test (BOA Indy Regional)! 

REMINDER:  Please e-mail Mr. Kreke if you will be absent or late to rehearsal.
During Grand Nationals Week

WLC MBThe Carmel High School Marching Band will be hosting our friends from Walled Lake, MI again this year.  Walled Lake makes a sizable donation to the Band Boosters to host their students in our homes.  This is a major fundraiser for us and goes a long way to keep our band fees to a minimum.

The schedule will be similar to last year’s.  Our friends will arrive Wednesday evening Nov 9th about 8pm and leave Sunday morning Nov 13th around 10 am.  They perform at prelims on Thursday night, 9:15 pm, a half hour after Carmel performs at 8:45 pm.  On Friday night, both bands will gather in the Freshman Cafeteria for a pizza party to await the BOA Semi-Final announcements.  All host families are welcome to attend the Friday pizza party.  Each host family is requested to accept a minimum of two student guests (they will be the same gender as your MB student), provide comfortable sleeping accommodations, breakfast and transportation by an adult to and from the school each morning and evening.  WLHS provides transportation during the day and lunch and dinner for their band students each day.   Fortunately their schedule mirrors ours, so they’ll report to the school each morning at the same time as our kids (before 7:00 am) and need to be picked up after practice or after the BOA performance, at the same time as our kids.

If you hosted last year, you know what a special experience this is.  Your kids will be making new friends for life.  You will be making friends with our Walled Lake Parents.  If you hosted before, we will make every effort to place the same students in your home.  We guarantee that if you volunteer, your entire family will develop a special bond with these kids and have treasured memories for the rest of your lives.  First year parents, please consider this special opportunity, talk to some veteran families and get their feedback.  It has been such a fantastic experience that many have regretted not doing it from the first year.
If volunteering, we will need to know if you have cats or dogs, are willing to host students with medical conditions or special food requirements.  Please contact Kevin Cosgrove to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Orange LeafThe Carmel Band Boosters are proud to announce our newest Corporate Sponsor! Please welcome Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt to our family of Corporate Sponsors! Orange Leaf is located on 146th in Cool Creek Village. Stop in and say thank you to our friends at Orange Leaf in Carmel for supporting Carmel Bands.

KAR Auto AuctionPlease welcome K.A.R. Auction Services as a Corporate Sponsor Carmel Bands! week-longion Services, a global automotive auction services corporation is based in Carmel and is proud to be a supporter of Carmel Bands. Please visit for more information and be sure to thank our friends at KAR Auction Services for their support. 


Please welcome Pollack Law Firm, P.C. as an official “Champion of Marching Greyhounds” Sponsor. The Pollack Team would like to wish the Marching Greyhounds continued success in this year’s competitions and of course in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Please visit Pollack Law Firm, P.C. to learn more.

Please welcome Bub’s Café as a Corporate Sponsor of Carmel Bands!  Be sure to use your carwash ticket stub to enjoy your free Bub Holes (see ticket for details).  Also, Check out Bub’s Café for more information!  We’ll see you at Bub’s Café! 

Carmel Band Boosters has joined the Social Media revolution! We have a  Facebook page  – give us a “LIKE” and tell your friends about us! Do you Tweet? Our Twitter handle is @carmelbands. Make sure you follow us!  We will also have a blog on our website – Facebook and Twitter will help you keep up on that too. Social Media is all about engaging with each other, so post, post, post! Questions? Contact Jennifer Riley Simone.

Bill EaglesonEagleson Landscape would like to help you send your Marching Greyhound to New York City for the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!  For all services over $500, Eagleson Landscape will rebate 10% of your invoice (pre-tax) to the CHS Band Boosters to go towards your Marching Greyhound’s trip fee.  Eagleson’s will even honor your referrals to help send your Marching Greyhound to NYC! Click here for more information!  

Scrip pickup will be Thursday evenings at the practice field at the Stadium parking lot, weather permitting when the kids are practicing there.  Otherwise, pickup will be in the usual spot, inside the main entrance of the school (Door 1 off the circle) from 5-6pm.  ”Scrip-to-go” cards will be available for immediate purchase to go along with your weekly order.  Come check out the supply we have on hand.  Pick out Thursday’s dinner!.  

On the weeks when marching band has Friday Pitch-ins, SCRIP pick up and SCRIP to GO will be at the Pitch-ins and not on Thursdays. This will be on August 26th, September 9th, 16th and 30th (at Lucas Oil), October 7th.  Other future dates are dependent on the success of the football team and their playoff schedule. 

Notes from GLS: 
Reloading gift cards is a great way to reuse previously purchased gift cards at  Reload requests submitted to GLSC by 3:30 PM on any week day will be processed overnight, and funds should be available the next morning.  Click here: RELOAD BRANDS for a complete list of retailer brands available for reload. 

Click here: RELOAD INFORMATION for more information on reloading gift cards at

ScripNow! is a great way to order and receive your scrip electronically in minutes, right to your inbox.  ScripNow! orders submitted to GLSC are typically delivered in less than 15 minutes, if paid for with Smart phone and 15 minutes after release by the coordinator, if paid directly to the organization. 

Click here: RETAILER LIST for a complete list of retailers available in ScripNow!.   Click here: SCRIP NOW for more information on ScripNow!

Scott Lang's Leader of the Band
Carmel Bands announces the availability of Scott Lang’s new book, “Leader of the Band.”  Scott Lang is a friend of our band program and an advocate of the tradition of excellence that is Carmel bands.  As a nationally known leadership trainer for the past seven years, Scott works with some of America’s top ensembles and conducts over 100 workshops annually.  As a Music education advocate, Scott Lang presents a look into the classroom antics and personal lives of nine truly remarkable band directors/educators.
Scott Lang has appeared at Carmel High School multiple times, most recently in 2010, as a guest speaker for students in the Performing Arts Department.  For more information, please go to: Leader of the Band
Congratulations Mr. Lang! 

Thank you for your support of Carmel High School Band Programs.