Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Weekly Announcement – August 24, 2011

Band Boosters Announcements 
August 24, 2011

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The first Marching Band Home Opener Pitch In will be on Friday, August 26!   The Theme is “My Kid’s Favorite Dish Night”.  The Greyhounds play the Valparaiso Vikings, so the start of the game is 8:00 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. 


Friday’s Schedule
Practice: 3:45-6:00 PM
Pitch In: 6:10-7:00 PM
7:00 PM: Change into Uniforms
7:25 PM March to Stadium
8:00 PM Repel the Viking Invasion

For families new to the band, the Pitch In Committee organizes an all marching band / guard pitch-in (pot luck supper) before each home football game.  Please contribute your kid’s favorite dish to the Pitch-in! If your kid likes it, others will too! Join the fun and meet other Marching Band Families! Bring the family, chairs, and your assigned pitch in item and enjoy the big Marching Band Pitch In!

Please bring your contribution to the Kid’s Favorite Night at the CHS stadium parking lot by 5:45 p.m. The kids will eat first, at 6:10, followed by family members.
Side items, desserts and main dishes to serve at least 12:

Freshmen – Side Items
Sophomores – Main Dishes
Juniors – Desserts
Seniors – 24 Pack Water / Lemonade (bottles- preferably chilled)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pat Gerber 

Scrip pick up and SCRIP to Go will be Friday during the pitch in on the Band Practice Lot.  There will be no Scrip Pick Up on Thursday.

What to bring for Friday night’s football game?
Parents please ensure that your child brings to school their black shoes, black socks and their underamour blacks. Also, each child will be issued the signature Carmel C for their uniform. If your child looses or misplaces his/her C during the course of the season, your account will be charged $10 for a replacement. This also includes trading of the coveted C during competitions/Grand Nats.

An Indianapolis north side company needs help on Saturday, August 27th, directing customer traffic into and out of the company parking lot for a special event. Times: 9:30 to 4:30 on Saturday. Lunch will be provided. Each attendant could earn up to $175 for the day to go towards your band fees or your trip fees. Only a few spots are available. For more information and to sign up, please contact Deb Carpenter. Be sure to include your name and best phone number in the email.

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!!! 

The parent pep band played a gig on Saturday afternoon from 12:30-3:30 at the Hamilton Co Parks and Rec Antique Auto Show at Cool Creek Park.  With the professional help of Mr. Pote, the parent pep band played really well.   Hamilton Co. Parks and Rec will be making a $300 donation to the Band Boosters for this gig.  Special thanks to all the Pep Band members and a special THANK YOU to Jim Alred, the inspiration and driving force behind the Parent Pep Band.

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.
Only 7 orders received so far…

Mark your calendars for the one time only order of letter jackets. Orders for letter jackets MUST BE RECEIVED by 6:00pm on Friday, August, 26th (at the Pitch-In) . Letter Jacket samples will be available for sizing at the Pitch-In on August, 26th. 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 HOLIDAY GIFTS! here will be no late orders this year due to the Macy’s trip. Ordered jackets will be available to wear by mid-October, just in time for the cold weather!

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. The Letter Jacket comes with the student name and instrument embroidered on the front.

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


Case RemodelingCarmel Bands is pleased to announce a continuing partnership with Case Design/Remodeling of Carmel. Case Design/Remodeling has been a valued partner of Carmel Bands for the past two years.  In 2009, Case Design/Remodeling completed a major renovation of the Marching Greyhounds Semi-Trailer. As a 2011-12 Champion of Music and Life Sponsor, Case Design/Remodeling would like to wish the Marching Greyhounds great success in the upcoming competition season and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! 
For more information on this sponsor, please visit Case Design/Remodeling.
Community Night is Friday, October 14th. It will be a fun night of food and festivities culminating in the presentation of this season’s show, “Going Viral”. Mark your calendar and make plans to invite family and friends. Details to follow.  Parents, please note this is a date change from the preliminary calendar distributed last Spring. Always check the website calendar for our current practice, competition and event schedules! 

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.

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: 
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Sponsors of Carmel Bands
Champions of Music and Life


Champion of Marching Greyhounds
Additional Sponsors

KAR Auto Auction  Bill Eagleson          

Orange Leaf   

Anderson Amish Cabinets           

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