Welcome back! We have a lot to cover before our first competition on the 30th. If you couldn’t make the band meeting last night, here’s what you missed…
We lost a whole week thanks to the hurricane so we’re going to be playing some catch up. Expect some scheduled Saturday practices over the next couple of months. First one starts this Saturday, Sept 23 from 4pm – 9pm. These make up practices are very important, but if you can’t make it please contact Mr Dasher as soon as possible.
Saturday, Sept 30th we’re headed to Seminole High School for the Seminole Festival. If this is your first festival here’s what you can expect…
- It’s going to be a LONG day. Whether you’re going to the festival with the band or waiting to pick your student up from the school afterward, expect it to be late (11:30pm or so). We will alert you that we’re near the school about 15 minutes before we arrive so that you can meet us there. Be sure you have signed up to receive our text alerts: text “@rdasher” to 81010
- The truck and trailer need to be unloaded after the event and we require the students help us do that. It wouldn’t be fair to the parent volunteers who have already been there all day as well to have to do it alone, so if you’re sitting there waiting to pick your son or daughter up, feel free to jump out and lend a hand. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate those of you who do!
Students will meet at Springstead before the competition for a morning practice. Once we find out our time slot we will know what time we’ll need to head to Seminole HS. Parents feel free to follow behind, or sign up as one of our bus chaperones and avoid a parking fee. Entry fees into the festival may apply. On occasion we are allotted some free entry bands for volunteers, but they are not always guaranteed. It’s best to be prepared to pay the $10-$15 entry fee whether you rode the bus or not.
We are in need of 20 volunteers for the festival. There will be a sign up sheet in the office for the positions needed:
- Prop crew
- Bus Chaperones
Volunteers should expect to be with the band at all times during the event. There may be the opportunity for us to see the bands that follow us, but for the most part volunteers are there to help with the band’s needs.
Be sure that if you are signing up to be a volunteer that you have filled out the 2017-2018 volunteer form which can be found HERE
Also, please send your child to competition with money for food! It is against FMBC policy for us to bring meals with us, and it’s too long of a day for your child to go without eating so it’s very important that your child have funds so they can eat at the concession stands provided by the festival hosts. Snacks for the bus are permitted so feel free to send your child with those as well.
Our fingers are crossed and we’re hopeful that our brand new uniforms should be by the 26th. Unfortunately this doesn’t give us much time for hemming, which will be necessary. If you or anyone you know who can sew and is available to hem the new uniforms, we would REALLY appreciate it. Please get in contact with Mrs Val.
If you would like to donate anything to the band for the event, we always appreciate water (8oz bottles) and Gatorade. Thank you!
We’ll be placing a new order for the smaller show shirts. When they come in please have your student bringin their CLEAN show shirts in and we will exchange them out. Please contact Mrs Erin for more information.
We have new parent shirts for our band boosters courtesy of Tom Lemons and Real News Real Fast. They are available in the band room office and are $20.00 a piece. We currently have sizes large and extra large in stock but we will order smaller sizes if you need them.
Springstead Marching Band has it’s own pride hoodie.
We’ll be ordering them in red this year this year. Hoodies with personalizing are available for $30.00 and zippered hoodies are available for $35.00. If you need an order form please get there HERE. Order forms and cash (no checks please, I’m sorry) must be in by September 30th to ensure that we have them in before the cooler evenings arrive. Please turn those in to Mrs Tonya.
It is true that our Ocala competition on October 21st falls on the same day as the homecoming dance. If your child decides to go to the dance they will need to arrange other transportation home from the competition and inform Mr Dasher that they will not be on the bus home.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Our spaghetti dinner and fundraiser are scheduled for Saturday, October 7th in the SHS cafeteria. If you or if you know of any business owners who would like to donate an item for our silent auction please contact Mrs Val as soon as possible.
Discount cards are in and for sale! You may receive 10 cards at a time in the parent room, and you must turn in money before getting more. Check out all the great deals and discounts from our generous sponsors. This is a great fundraiser for your students!
We are still waiting for a confirmation and dates for our spring trip to Universal Studios. When we have that information we will pass it along. However, deposits for that trip will be due in late October. Please be aware that all band fees must be paid before money for the trip can be accepted. It’s going to be a great trip with lots fun, and the whole family is welcome to join!