Carmel Bands, Carmel, Indiana

Weekly Announcement – October 5, 2011




Band Boosters Announcements 
October 5, 2011
Check out the new Double Dream Hands Video! Scan the QR Code, or try this link: QRCODE

October is a busy month for the Band! Here’s a brief schedule of all upcoming events.
October 6th     Fall Band Concert
October 7th     Senior Night at the Terre Haute North game
October 8th     FREE SATURDAY (no rehearsals)
October 14th   Community Night
October 15th   ISSMA Regional Competition
October 20th   Rehearsal Camp and Fall Band Party (Laser Tag at XCITE…7 to 10 pm)
October 21st   Rehearsal Camp and potential sectional playoff game
October 22nd  ISSMA Semi-State and Bandcoming that evening!
October 28th   Potential sectional playoff game
October 29th   ISSMA State Finals

What is Bandcoming? This dance takes place because our Marching Band always misses the CHS Homecoming Dance due to a competition.  It will be held in the band room the evening of October 22nd and is planned and hosted by the Senior Class. Please note that parent chaperones are in attendance for the evening and help serve refreshments.

Don’t forget that the Fall Band Concert is tomorrow, October 6 at 7:30 pm.
Doors will open at 7 pm or shortly thereafter (as soon as warm-ups are complete). Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens. Children 5 and under are free.

All female musicians are to be dressed in simple solid black dresses (below the knee) or dressy black pants and solid black top. All male Wind Symphony musicians should dress in a black tuxedo with white shirt and black bow tie. Freshman boys should wear solid black pants and a solid black shirt.

You won’t want to miss this highlight of the marching band season! It’s a celebration and awards banquet and will be November 14th at the Ritz Charles. Reservation forms will be coming home this week.
Note to Spirit Parents: The Banquet Committee needs a picture of every marching band/guard participant. JPEG images are best and please make the name of the file: lastname_firstname.jpg. Put the pictures on a CD and give it to Jim or Lisa Alred. Please have them turned in by Community Night October 14th. 

A special line of spiritwear has been designed to commemorate our trip to NYC for the Macy’s Parade. It features a New York skyline on the front and our entire season on the back ending with our 5 day trip to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! You will be able to “Go Viral” before going to New York as the season’s schedule has QR codes at the top! Go to the website to download the order form. There are long and short sleeve Tshirts in various styles along with a hoodie and crew neck sweat shirt! Don’t delay in placing your order. ORDER DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 6TH so that you will be able to wear your Macy’s spirit wear to ISSMA State Finals and BOA Indy Regionals and Grand Nationals! Please plan to turn in your order no later than the concert on Thursday. Orders will be placed Friday morning.

A special line of spiritwear has been designed for Seniors to commemorate your journey through your four exciting years in Marching Band.  It features the new Band Logo on the front and a collage of the last four shows on the back.  This will make a great present and a cherished keepsake for both students, parents, families and friends.  There are short sleeve T-shirts and plush, warm hoodies. See the Spirit Wear page on the web.  ORDER DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 6th.

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.  Hosting two or more Walled Lake students during Grand Nationals is easy, fulfilling and fun!  All they need is a bed, breakfast and a ride to & from school at the same time as our kids.

Walled Lake would like to begin assigning students at the end of the month and Grand Nationals are not that far off.  There is much work and planning that needs to undertaken before then.  So far, we have volunteers for 42 of 88 girls and 36 of 72 boys, only half of what we need.  Please consider volunteering to host these great kids in your home today!  Contact Kevin Cosgrove to volunteer or if you have any questions.


Parents…our next performance is Friday, October 7th! Carmel has a home football game against Terre Haute North, and we’ll have our normal pitch-in.  NO REHEARSALS THIS SATURDAY1 The current full schedule will always be posted on the website.

Friday Schedule for Senior Night Football Game (subject to change)
    3:45 – 5:30 PM:      Practice
    5:30 – 6:00 PM:      Pitch-in, students & staff eat first
    6:00 – 6:25 PM:      Change into uniforms
              6:30 PM:      March to Stadium
              7:00 PM:      Game Time
As a reminder, please have your band member bring their blacks, black socks and black marching shoes to school on Friday.

The 2011 Carmel Marching Greyhounds are proud to present Community Night to be held on October 14th at the Carmel High School Football Stadium.  We are headed to NYC but first, we are GOING VIRAL!

This year’s Community Night promises to be exciting! It will feature a “Taste of New York” as we look forward to marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We will have a variety of food options offered by the popular food trucks and our own Chef Ernie, our famous bake sale and a variety of other activities for all ages. Look for our very own Coney Island complete with a bounce house and cake walk. Of course, back by popular demand and representing, “Down Home in Indiana” the famous Cow Chip Bingo. Look for Bill Eagleson at the football game Pitch-ins and the concert for your cow chip bingo tickets.  Cow Chip Bingo and other raffle tickets such as a 50-50 will also be available at Scrip pick ups. Pay close attention to upcoming announcements for more details.

Of course, the food, baked goods, cow chip bingo and other festivities are only the opening act for the award winning Carmel Marching Greyhounds. The show “Going Viral” will debut at 8:00. Invite friends, family members, co-workers and other community members to share in the excitement of our 2011 show.
Any questions?  Contact Bill “Cow Chip” Eagleson

Do you watch American Idol?  Do you have STAR quality?  The Marching Band is looking for the “VOICE OF THE DOUBLE DREAM HANDS”!!  If chosen, your sampled voice will be filling up Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday nights as the 2011 Marching Greyhounds Perform!!  Take a look at the video:  DDH Video.  If you think you have what it takes to be the sampled voice (NO DANCING REQUIRED!!!) in our 2011 Production, then please contact Mike McIntosh (Mac) via email using this link: MAC.  Thank you!
Can’t sing but look great in a T shirt? Help advertise our show by wearing the QR code T shirt to competitions this season. The directors would love to see some “walking around the stadiums” this Fall. Going Viral will only cost you $5 ($2 extra for XXL and $3 extra for XXXL). To order a QR shirt contact Lisa Harbour at


Please welcome Multimedia Memories as our newest Corporate Sponsor!  Multimedia Memories sponsors Carmel Bands in this memory-making year. Make your memories come to life – call Multimedia Memories today!  Click here for more information on Multimedia Memories.  

To protect our Members, Staff, performance instruments, flags, rifles, and backpacks, that remain on the parking lot Fields (which are the two areas surrounded by large brightly colored cones) PLEASE avoid driving cars, SUVs, trucks on this practice area BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER rehearsal.  This area is your children’s stage and their outdoor classroom. Please avoid driving on their stage anytime.  On behalf of the Members, Directors and Staff, thank you in advance for your support in this important safety matter.  If you have any questions regarding this safety request, please contact Mr. Saucedo.

Congratulations to our Marching Greyhounds on their stunning performance at the ISSMA District competition! Understandably, we are all very proud of our Marching Band! While it is tempting to post a video of our amazing group on YouTube or Facebook to share with family and friends, please DO NOT post any portion of our Going Viral Show on the Internet until after Grand Nationals in mid-November. This includes not only competitive performances but also practice and half time performances at football games! The directors GREATLY appreciate your cooperation in this regard!!! 

Many parents like to wear a button with their child’s picture to complement their Carmel Marching spirit wear. Most button pictures were taken before the first March In. Parents should have received an email from their section’s Spirit Parents with instructions on how to locate your child’s proof and order instructions.  Custom orders will be accepted (ex, a picture of siblings).  If you have already ordered a spirit button, they are now ready for pick up! Look for Lisa W. Jones at tonight’s Booster Meeting or the next Pitch In or Send-off. As a reminder, each button is $3. Exact change is appreciated or make your check payable to Carmel Band Boosters.  Questions or need instructions on how to make a custom order? Contact JoAnn Albright.  We are also be selling buttons with the QR code. If you purchased a QR Button at the Lawrence North Pitch-In, you can trade that button in for the newly updated QR code buttons complete with show name and season date. Look for Lisa W. Jones at Friday’s Pitch In.

BannerGo 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 next ISSMA competition! Questions about ordering? Contact Dawn McGrath.

The boosters would like to thank a new corporate sponsor, The Fresh Market, who generously donated 12 cases of cold bottled water and 275 cookies for our Marching Band, directors, staff,    chaperones and field crew to enjoy at last Saturday’s ISSMA District competition. The next time you are in Fresh Market on 146th Street, please take the time to thank the manager, Laurie Campbell, and let her know how much you appreciate the store’s support of our program!

MANY THANKS . . . from Joe Pfister, VP Bands
For back to back performances at Lucas Oil Stadium and Lawrence Central last weekend thank yous on behalf all members, staff, boosters and sponsors to the hardworking field crew bosses, field crew (including Audrey!), truck drivers, chaperones, nurses, and water crew. As Barry Manilow’s “One Voice” put it, “Every note another octave, hands are joined, our fears unlocked.”

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.
Marching band students should plan to take the SAT or ACT tests on the following dates:
ACT:  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 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.
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 (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!

You can always go to our website and find an archive of the Announcements under the LATEST NEWS tab.

Sponsors of Carmel Bands
Champions of Music and Life


Champion of Marching Greyhounds

Platinum Sponsor

Additional Sponsors

KAR Auto Auction  Bill Eagleson         

Orange Leaf   Anderson Amish Cabinets           

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