Weekly Announcements for 7-20-18

July 20, 2018 By

FROM THE DESK OF MR. THORPE

It was great to see so many familiar faces at our Music Monday. We talked through some things, met some new members, and even played some music together.  Because of some questions that were asked, I wanted to clarify and make sure we’re all on the same page before we get to Band Camp next week.  The biggest questions came about the schedule so I will spell it out so those new parents feel sure about when everyone should be here.

***All days are 9-noon and 1-4pm unless otherwise marked.

Monday, July 23rd–Leadership Day–All Drum Majors, Section Leaders, Librarians, etc. report (no freshmen)

Tuesday, July 24th and Wednesday, July 25thDrumline and Color Guard mini camp–this is for UPPERCLASSMEN Guard and Percussion ONLY.  No 9th graders on these two days.

Thursday, July 26th — Rookie Day -This is for ALL 9th Graders and any other Band members that are NEW TO MARCHING BAND.  The purpose of this day is to get those new members caught up with the rest of the band so Friday we are all starting from the same level.  Leadership are also there to assist with instruction and model the correct way to do things.  (This is the only day that the 9th graders go 9-12 and 1-4.)

Friday, July 27th — FULL BAND reports.  From this day on, 9th graders go only from 9-12.  This is the first day for all 263 students to be together! 

Monday, July 30th to Thursday, Aug. 2ndFULL BAND (9th grade 9-12 only.)  Upperclassmen also come back for 6-8pm at Seacrest.

Friday, Aug. 3rd – FULL BANDThis is a morning ONLY rehearsal and then pictures follow in the afternoon.  Parents will have more details on how this will work.  The Boosters will also have info coming regarding the tailgate in the South lot before the Band Exhibition at 8:00 at Seacrest.

Students will also need to leave camp to be at the appropriate time Readiness Days on Aug 2 and 3.

Most days we try to be outside in the morning doing marching fundamentals and inside working on music in the afternoon.  Students should make sure they have the following:  water, comfortable shoes (NOT flips or sandals), sunscreen, flip folder w lyre, bug spray, hat, light and lightweight clothing.  Tank tops are allowed but guys must keep shirts on.  Girls must wear a shirt over sports bras.  (We will cover our code of conduct with all students to establish our expectations from the first day.)

Please let me know if you have any other questions. We’re looking forward to a great year!

Mr. T.

BAND CAMP Q & A

Q:   What is band camp?

A:    Band camp is a lot of hard, hot work but it is so much FUN!  It is an opportunity for all new and returning band students to get to know each other while learning this year’s upcoming marching band show.  Students practice the music, drill (marching) and choreography that are the basis of their field show.  Students will also practice with the entire band to rehearse the entire show.   Students will also develop valuable skills during band camp including memorization, multi-taking skills, discipline and teamwork, while developing physical stamina and life-long friendships.

Q:  Where does band camp take place? Where do we meet?

A:   Band camp will take place at Lincoln East, usually on the practice field, just south of the main entrance of the school.  There will also be opportunities to practice at Seacrest Field, just east of the school and the south parking lot.  Band camp will take place rain or shine.  Mr. Thorpe will communicate with students if rehearsals will take place somewhere other than the south practice field.

Q:   What if I can’t attend Band Camp?

A:    Band camp is considered mandatory, but if you are unable to attend, please let Mr. Thorpe know.

Q:    When do I need to arrive at Band Camp? 

A:     You should arrive at least 15 minutes early and be ready to practice at 9:00 a.m. Remember—if you show up early, you are on time; if you show up on time, you are late!   Tardiness is not acceptable!

Q:     Do I need to bring anything to Band Camp?

A:     1)   Your instrument and any additional accessories (slide/valve/rotary oil, reeds, sticks, mutes, mouthpieces, lyres, etc.).  Color guard members need to bring their flags and flag bags
2)   Show Music
3)   Sunscreen!!!!!!!!!                  
4)   Water bottle/thermos (at least one quart in volume) and WATER, WATER and more WATER!!!!
5)   Bug spray
6)   Snacks
7)   A positive attitude and a strong work ethic

Q:     What do I wear to band camp?

A:     You will want to wear what is comfortable for you in all kinds of weather (shorts t-shirt, etc.).  Light colored clothing and a hat will help keep you cool. You need to wear comfortable tennis shoes and socks during rehearsals.  Sandals and flip-flops are not allowed!!

Q:      What do students do for lunch?

A:      Students will have a one-hour break for lunch (from noon until 1:00).  Students can bring lunch, go home or go out for lunch.

Q:       What do students do for dinner?

A:        Students will have a two-hour break for dinner (from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.) Students can bring dinner, go home or go out for dinner.

Q:      Will our family and friends be able to watch us practice before our first game?

A:      Everyone is welcome to marching band practice, however, the best time to watch the band is on Friday, August 3rd at 8:00 p.m. at Seacrest Field.  The band will hold an exhibition performance as a sneak peek to this year’s half-time show       

Another great way to watch the band practice is to volunteer during band camp.  We need one parent per session on July 23rd  through 27th and July 30th through August 3rd (see the Band Camp schedule for shift times) in case of injury, heat illness, etc.  You are welcome to bring a lawn chair and a book and hang out with the band. You don’t have to have a medical background to help.  We just need someone around in case help is needed.  To sign up, please visit the band website at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044caeac2da7fb6-band5

Q:    What do I do if band members invite my student to a band party?

A:     Every year, especially between band camp and the beginning of school, upperclassmen (often band leadership/officers) will invite fellow band members from their sections to special events (bowling, pool parties, bonfire parties, etc.) at the homes of the leaders offering the invitations or at a particular venue in Lincoln.  These gatherings are used to get to know other members in the section and to have fun.  These activities are social activities and are NOT sanctioned or sponsored by Lincoln East. Our band leaders have been very responsible in the past and take safety precautions while transporting fellow students and hosting these events. If you, as the parent, are not comfortable with your student attending these events (including riding to and from the event with upperclassmen), please feel free to say no.  These events are strictly social in nature and participation is not mandatory.  If you ever have questions about these gatherings, please feel free to contact the Band Booster Executive Board.

BAND CAMP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Parent Assistant

Please consider volunteering during Band Camp.  We need one parent per session, on July 26th and 27th and July 30th through August 3rd.  Please refer to the Band Camp schedule above for shift times (9:00 a.m.-noon, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.).

Bring a lawn chair and a book, and hang out with the band!  We need an adult on hand in case of any injury, heat illness, etc. You don’t need to have a medical background, just a willingness to help!

Thank you so much for your assistance. This is an important job because it gives the directors peace of mind knowing that someone is available for emergencies.  Chances are you won’t need to leap into action, but we like to be ready just in case.

To sign up, please visit the band website at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044caeac2da7fb6-band5

Uniform Assistants

Wonder how our band looks so good on the field? It’s because of our uniform volunteers! We need several people willing to help with uniforms during Band Camp. There are lots of different duties (escorting students through different stations, distributing uniforms, ripping out hems, sewing hems, ironing, etc.).  To sign-up, click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044caeac2da7fb6-band4

 TAILGATE CELEBRATION

The Band Boosters would like to cordially invite you and your family to the 2nd Annual Lincoln East Band Tailgate Celebration on Friday, August 3rd from 6:00 p.m.-7:45(ish) p.m. in the south parking lot (by the band room).  The Tailgate will celebrate the end of band camp, welcome our new members to the band, and allow everyone to reunite with returning members!  We had such a great time last year that we had to do it again this year!!!

Friends, families, and neighbors are invited!! The more, the merrier!! Just bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and of course your appetite!  Food and beverages will be provided.  Free will donations will be accepted. All funds raised will support the purchase of much needed band equipment.

Most importantly, the marching band will hold an Exhibition Performance at Seacrest Field at 8:00 p.m. following the Tailgate.  Come for a sneak-peek of our new half-time show and celebrate what our students accomplished at band camp!!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!!
WE NEED MAN/WOMAN POWER 

To make this event a success, volunteers are needed to help set up/tear down, serve/assist with food, and man the sales tables.  We are also looking for a couple of people to help with the Super Splash and the silent auction table.

FOOD
No tailgate party would be complete without food.  Because of our really tight budget this year, we are looking for donations of food, beverages, ice, and paper products from our band families, namely hot dog/hamburger buns, condiments, chips, pop, water, lemonade, tea, etc.

If you are able to volunteer with labor and/or food, we would be MOST APPRECIATIVE!!  The link to sign up is here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044caeac2da7fb6-tailgate

Thanks, everyone!!  We can’t wait to see you at the Tailgate!!

SALTDOGS TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE—BUT TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!

Take me out to the ballgame. . . .

The Band Boosters have a “big league” fundraiser for you!  We are selling tickets for Saltdogs games!!

The tickets are good for any upcoming home game.  Tickets are only $12.00 each.  You can buy them yourself or sell them to your friends and family.

Our goal is to sell at least 100 tickets.  We are not quite there yet, but we only have about a month left to sell our remaining tickets.  All funds raised will go towards supporting the band.

Together, we can make this fundraiser a “home run”!!

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, now is the time!!  Please contact the Chair, Heather Johnson @ k3johnson@ymail.com

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR BAND FORMS!!!

As of today, we are still missing forms from about 20 students. Band Registration Forms are due NOW!!!  If you do not turn in your band forms, you may not get to march!!!

We need information NOW so that apparel can be ordered and ready to hand out at Band Camp.  Even if you do not need to order apparel, we still need your forms.

If you need copies of the forms, go to www.lincolneastband.org.  On the home page, click on the button, “Click Here to Get Started”.  Please fill out each form completely and include your check(s) for any band apparel you may need to order and for your contribution.  Forms and checks can be mailed to Lincoln East High School, Attn:  Band, 1000 South 70th Street, 68510.

BAND CONTRIBUTIONS
Why are contributions so important?

Please make your band contributions if you have not done so already.  The Band cannot operate at the award-winning level that it does without monetary contributions from our parents.

We rely on the contributions to pay for music, clinicians, drill, and busing.  As of now, we are about $6,000-$7,000 SHORT of our projected budget. That’s about the cost of busing to Grand Island for Harvest of Harmony.
If you’ve already submitted your band forms and contribution, thank you!

We have several levels of support for your convenience.  If you’d ever like to give more, you are always welcome. If the contribution is too much to pay at once, please send SOMETHING.  We’d be happy to take whatever you can give now, then chip away at it later.  The Boosters will be happy to set up a payment plan for you.  Just contact the Boosters to discuss this option.