Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Weekly Announcement – August 3, 2011

Band Boosters Announcements 
August 3, 2011

Friday August 5th, 8-11 pm,
Monon Center Outdoor Pool Park
Pool Party
Band Camp will SOON finally be over…no more 8-6′s or 1-9′s!!!  No more hot days marching on the blacktop….Cool off, join your guard/band mates for an evening of fun. The Band Boosters have once again arranged for a private Marching Band Pool Party at Carmel’s Monon Outdoor Pool.  There is no admission charge and no need to pre-register…just show up!  There will be snacks and drinks provided by the Band Boosters.  There will also be music, dancing & door prizes again this year.  We will have another FOOD DRIVE to benefit Hamilton County’s Third Phase Food Pantry.  For each non-perishable food item brought to the registration desk, an additional raffle ticket will be given.  So bring your donations and increase your chances of winning!!!

Carmel Monon Center Outdoor Aquatics Park
The Band Boosters will be hosting a Pool Party for the Guard and Band again. We are in need of donations of any Gift Cards in the amount of $5 to $20.  If you are able to donate, please drop them off or have your student drop them off at Registration Desk Friday night at the Monon Pool.  Questions?  Please contact Kevin Cosgrove.

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 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 contact Terri Miller if you are able to assist with hemming multiple uniforms once you have hemmed your young person’s uniform.  This is a great volunteer opportunity.  We will have several hemming evenings at the high school where we can work as a group.  Some volunteers have stepped forward, but we can use more.  Upcoming hemming sessions, located in the band hallway:
Sunday, August 7th, 2:00 – 3:30
Thursday, August 11th, 7:00 – 8:30 
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 spiritwear orders is now being taken. The same items are being offered with the addition of a “unisex” royal blue microfleece 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.

Mark your calendars for the one time order of letter jackets.  Orders for letter jackets will be taken at or before the Pitch In on 8/26/11.  Letter Jacket samples will be available for sizing at various rehearsals during band camp and at the Pitch In on 8/26/11.  Order early for Macy’s and Christmas, there will be no late orders this year due to Macy’s.

The Embroidery form for last 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:  Wednesday August 3rd and Thursday August 4th from 8 am to 6 pm.  Regular Rehearsals resume Tuesday, August 9th.  

 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.

REMINDER:  Please e-mail Mr. Kreke if you will be absent or late to rehearsal.
Macy's T-Shirt Order Did you just love the T-shirt the band wore in the parade?  Well now the entire family can have one.  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade T-shirt is available for all family members and friends.  Deadline for ordering is August 31st.  Click on the link for more information and the order form.  MACY’S T-SHIRT.  

NEW PARENTS – A friendly reminder
While doing ‘back-to-school’ shopping, don’t forget to buy blacks for your band member. Blacks include a black short sleeve cycling shirt, black cycling shorts and black soccer or other knee high tube socks.

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! KAR Auction 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.

From our Band Family to Yours

Joplin Band Room DevastationOn May 22, 2011, a Tornado destroyed the town of Joplin, Missouri. The National Weather service determined top winds of more than 200 miles per hour making the tornado an EF-5. This tornado was one of the deadliest U.S. tornadoes since modern record keeping began. 160 lives were lost. Of the 2300 students at Joplin HS, over 60% of them were displaced by the tornado. Roughly 8000 homes and 250 businesses in the city were damaged including Joplin HS. The picture above shows a bass drum sitting on a pile of rubble that once was the Joplin HS band room. Everything in the room was either blown away or destroyed including all of the instruments, sheet music and band’s uniforms.

The band at Joplin is trying to raise money so no one has to pay band fees. According to Rick Castor, Director of Bands at Joplin, “We’re hoping to raise enough money, so [the students] don’t have to pay the band fees and instrument rental fees. … They just don’t have enough money to pay for anything right now.” They are also raising money to repair and replace all of the equipment and uniforms lost in the tornado. Several groups from around the nation have donated instruments to help the band, but, many of those instruments are in need of serious repair.

We are asking each band and guard member to donate money to help the Joplin Band recover from this tragic loss. On Monday, Mr. Saucedo will talk with the students about the Joplin tornado and its effect on the Joplin Band.  He will ask the students to bring in their donations beginning on Tuesday and ending on Thursday.

On Tuesday morning, the Drum Majors will begin collecting cash donations from the students. Overnight, the Drum Majors will tally each section’s donations. To promote participation in the event, we will hold a contest between sections. The section with the highest dollar average per student will win a free lunch (to be provided by the boosters) on a Saturday later in the fall. Each day, the Drum Majors will update the tote board to show the progress of donations and will share which section is in the lead. On Friday evening, at the End of Camp Pool Party, the Drum Majors will reveal the total donation to the Joplin Band and the winning section.

To the extent possible, Mr. Saucedo would like for each band and guard member to participate in this project, as it will have a strong impact on the Joplin band and your student. This is a way for the Carmel Marching Greyhounds to make a difference in the lives of those who have suffered great loss. We are hoping to establish a precedent for our band to help other bands/organizations in coming years.

This is intended to be a student charity project; however, if parents wish to donate to the cause, please make a check payable to Carmel Band Boosters and write “Joplin Project” in the memo. A parent’s donation will be tax deductible and will count towards their child’s section total (a check required for tax reporting purposes).

Thank you for your support of the Joplin project.

For additional information on the Joplin Eagle Pride band: see the following links:

CNN article on Joplin Band

Joplin Article in Halftime Magazine

Thank you for your support of the Joplin High School Band Program.      

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 PrestoPay, 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.