Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Weekly Announcement – July 27, 2011

Band Boosters Announcements 
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!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR POOL PARTY, August 5th 
Carmel Monon Center Outdoor Aquatics Park

The Band Boosters will be hosting a Pool Party for the Guard and Band again.  We need chaperones/clean up volunteers for the evening.  We also need a family to collect food donations and deliver the donations to a local food pantry.  Other needed donations include snack and beverage donations, table set ups, and Gift Cards in the amount of $5 to $20.  Please contact Kevin Cosgrove.
The Spirit Wear orders are in and will be distributed at the end of practice Thursday and Friday evening at 6:00 pm…please look for Kim Greene’s burgundy Chevy Traverse out by the trailer at the conclusion of practice.  Additional spirit wear orders can be placed later in the season, details to follow at a later time. 

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.  

Field Crew Volunteers – Watch for an email from Joe Pfister announcing a work session and organizational meeting.
Prop building will begin soon!!!

During Grand Nationals Week

WLC MBThe Carmel High School Marching Band will be hosting our friends from Walled Lake, MI again this year.  The schedule will be similar to last year’s.  Our friends will arrive Wednesday evening, about 8pm and leave Sunday morning 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 accomodations, 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.
What’s in it for you?  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.  What’s in it for the kids from Walled Lake? (Besides not having to sleep in the band hallway).  They not only make friends with your kids, but they get to see what a National Championship Band is like and get to be friends with your very special band student.  What’s in it for the Band?  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.
I 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.
Please contact me if you have any questions or complete the email form in the following link to volunteer.  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 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. Thank you!

PARENT PARTY, August 19th
Parents – Save the date! We will be having a parent Get Together at the Prairie View clubhouse on August 19th. Adults only…BYOB


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.

Band: Thursday July 28th from 1 to 6 pm, Friday July 29th from 1 to 9 pm, Monday August 1st thru Thursday August 4th from 8 am to 6 pm.
Guard: Thursday July 28th and Friday July 29th from 1 to 9 pm, Monday August 1st thru Thursday August 4th from 8 am to 6 pm.

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

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!

A WORD FROM DR. TAMMY WITTMANN –  the official Optometrist of the Carmel Marching Greyhounds: 
Now that we are in summer rehearsals, it is important to remember to take appropriate precautions in concerning the sun and your eyes.  Just as you would use sunscreen on your face, neck, legs and arms; be sure to protect your eyes as well.  We recommend the use of “Marching Sunwear.”  Polarized sunwear is the way to go for these kids because it cuts down on the glare that occurs in eyes while marching in their rehearsal environment.
 Bill Eagleson
The student’s eyes are getting direct light from the sun and as you may know, 80% of the damage that occurs inside the eyes happens BEFORE the age of 18.  Appropriate sunwear will help protect the eyes from the damaging sun. 
Wittmann 2020 stocks various brands and models of sunwear from which to choose.  Carmel Band and Guard Members will receive 30% off their non-prescription sunwear.  Stop in and ask about their “Marching Sunwear Specials”
Wittmann 2020 Family Eye Center proudly supports Carmel Bands.  Wittmann 2020 Family Eye Center is located at 2792 East 146th Street, Carmel, IN 46033 Phone: (317) 843-2020

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