Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Weekly Announcement – August 31, 2011

Band Boosters Announcements 
August 31, 2011

Check out the new Double Dream Hands Video!  If you don’t own a smartphone, try this link: QRCODE

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A Big Thank you to Pat Gerber and her entire Pitch In committee for all of their efforts at our first home game last Friday. And thanks to all our parents for ‘pitching in’ to provide such great food and cold drinks!! See below for details about what to bring to this week’s Pitch In.

Pitch-in DinnerThe next Pitch In will be this Friday, September 2nd!   The Theme is “International Night”.  The Greyhounds play Center Grove, Game Time 7:00 p.m.  NOTE: The earlier (normal) start times below.

Let’s celebrate all of the wonderful dishes of different cultures! Bring your favorite International item!  Mexican, Italian, Asian…!  Join the fun and meet other Marching Band Families! Bring the family, chairs, and a dish to serve at least 12 (see what is requested by grade level, below) and enjoy the big Marching Band Pitch In! Please bring your contribution to the International night to the CHS stadium parking lot by 5:15 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. for band members and uniform moms! The rest of us can dig in after that!

Cups, plates, napkins and cutlery as well as drinks will be provided. Please bring your items in Disposable Containers as they will be tossed at the end of the night. Even if you are unable to attend the picnic, please drop off your contribution by 5:15, we have hungry band members!

Freshman       Side Items
Sophomores   Drinks (24 pack – water, lemonade, tea)
Juniors            Main Dish
Seniors            Desserts

Friday’s Schedule
Practice: 3:45-5:30 PM
Pitch In: 5:30-6:00 PM
Change into Uniforms: 6:00-6:25 PM
March to Stadium: 6:30 PM
Game Time: 7:00 PM

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 drop off your contribution, to serve at least 12, to the CHS stadium parking lot by 5:15 p.m. The kids will eat first, at 5:30, followed by family members.

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.

PARENT TAILGATE PARTY on Sept. 30th at Lucas Oil Stadium
Parents, mark your calendar for a special Tailgate Party on Friday, September 30th at the Jobsite Supply lot directly across from Lucas Oil Stadium. This year, we are playing Warren Central in Lucas Oil Stadium affording us the opportunity to have a true tailgating experience!! The Boosters have secured a lot right across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium for the exclusive use of our booster parent group.

In lieu of our normal Pitch In, Bub’s Burgers will be there grilling hamburgers for purchase and will also have cold beer for sale. Alternatively, it’s BYOB. Under any circumstances, it will be a great time! Please note that due to their practice schedule in the stadium and more importantly, the sale and consumption of alcohol, the band will have dinner at a different location. 

There are only a limited number of parking spaces to buy, so get yours right away! Parking is only $10 and will be good for both the Tailgate party and parking during the game. You can soon purchase your space on the band’s website (there will be a small convenience fee of 60 cents charged by Paypal) or at band events beginning at the Pitch In this Friday evening. An announcement will be made when the on-line ticket purchase is available.  A tailgate party combined with a Carmel Marching Band halftime show….doesn’t get any better than that! (oh yes, and you get to watch the Greyhounds play football in Lucas Oil as well).

Many parents like to wear a button with their child’s picture to complement their Carmel Marching spiritwear. Button pictures were taken last Friday before the March In. Parents will be receiving an email from their section’s Spirit Parents in the near future with instructions on how to locate your child’s proof and order instructions. Custom orders will be accepted (ex, a picture of siblings). Questions or need instructions on how to make a custom order? Contact JoAnn Albright   As the season progresses, we will also be selling buttons with the QR code.

7pm in the Band Room

There is a lot of excitement and buzz about this year’s show! Come find out what all the excitement is about! Richard Saucedo will give a presentation about our show, “Going Viral”, including an explanation of the QR code and ‘Double Dream Hands’ and their use in the show. Jef Fur of Music Travel Consultants will also be there to give a brief Macy’s update and answer any questions. Please mark your calendar for this important meeting! 

The heat index on Friday is predicted to be 105 degrees! Be sure your child brings a water jug to school on Friday to take to practice that afternoon and stress the importance of staying hydrated throughout the school day! The Band “Nurses” would also greatly appreciate donations of Gatorade or Powerade. Their supply has been greatly diminished during the last dog days of summer!

Don’t forget Community Night is October 14th! Theme for the event is “A Taste of New York”.  Hopefully by then, we will be able to sell hot chocolate in the food tent! Community Night is NOT during Fall Break this year, so make plans to invite friends and neighbors!

Parents…our first competition of the season is Saturday, September 17th! We will travel to Lawrence Central to participate in their invitational. Exact departure time has not been set yet, but please plan to attend the first Send Off of the season! (most likely late afternoon or early evening) The Parent Pep Band will be playing, and we will give our Marching Greyhounds a spirited send off as they leave CHS and head to Lawrence Central. So after you drop your child, park the car and come visit with other parents and be part of the festivities!! 

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!!! 

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.

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.
Don’t forget that marching band fees are due the 20th of each month and please use your payment coupons. The most recent statements were emailed in the past few days. After your August payment is made, your total for owed for the rest of the season should not be more than $400 at this point unless you have made other arrangements. Bear in mind that if you participated in the car wash, a November charge will still show up on the statement, but you will also see a carwash credit that will offset that amount due. If you are not receiving the statements, have questions, or need to make alternate payment arrangements, please contact financialsecretary.  As we get towards the end of the season, if you have fundraising credits in excess of your total fees you will have several options: you can allow the credits to roll to next year; credits can be applied to your Macy’s trip fees by emailing our contact or you can shift your credits to another family member, student or the booster organization.

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.

Walled Lake is bringing 160 Band & Guard Students this year.  So far, we have volunteers for 19 of 88 girls and 26 of 72 boys.  Please consider volunteering to host these great kids in your home today!  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.