BOAANDERSON BAND SUMMER 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Welcome from the Director

Greetings Anderson Band Family!

The 2017 marching season is here! I hope everyone enjoyed the end of another great school year. I’d first like to welcome all of the new members in our program. This year we welcome the largest freshman class we have seen in many years and that is SO exciting!  It’s going to be a great experience for you over the next four years, both students and parents. We have a phenomenal program here at Anderson and we’re looking forward to having you as a part of our family.  We had a very successful year in 2016, both on and off the field.  We are looking forward to presenting our Fall production: “ILLUMINOSITY” as we head to St. Louis for the Bands of America Super Regional.  It will feature the music of Phillip Glass ‘1000 Airplanes on the Roof’, ‘Gravity’ by Sara Bareilles, ‘15 Step’ by Radiohead and ‘Apollo Unleashed’ by Frank Ticheli. We have a few more tricks up our sleeves for this year’s production thanks to our creative team!  I promise that this show will not be like anything we’ve done in the past.

Here are a few helpful hints that will aid you in your preparation for the new season:

  • Please be sure to check out our website throughout the summer for updated information on summer camp and any other information you might need to know. www.andersontrojanband.com. if you haven’t already, please go on our website and make sure that you subscribe to our newsletter, THE TROJAN BAND BLAST. This includes parents AND students. The Band Blast email newsletters will be sent out a few times over the summer and will contain a wealth of information to help you prepare for band camp. It will also be sent out weekly once school begins and will provide you with all the information that you need for the upcoming week(s). You can find the sign up at the bottom of the home page of our website: www.andersontrojanband.com. Also, we recommend that you sign up for our TROJAN BAND TEXT ALERTS as well.  We use texts for more urgent requests and real time arrivals of buses after events. Please email Marcie Skonieczny, our band booster president, at marcieds@sbcglobal.net  if you have any issues.
  • Make sure that you’re practicing over the summer. If one thing influences our entire Fall more than anything else, it’s practicing.There will be a playing audition the first week of band camp that will determine who earns a primary spot in our 2017 marching show. You should have received the first part of our show, labeled “Illuminosity,” at our Spring Music Camp. You can access music on the website at STUDENT FILES and enter the password Trojans2017Light.  These are assigned parts loosely based off of your current band placement and where we think you might end up. Because we know that some people practice more than others, please understand that everyone has the same opportunity to move up or down.If you want to move up, spend some extra time with our show music over the summer.  If you want to guarantee that you’ll be an alternate to begin the season, don’t look at your music until Summer Band starts! You must pass off the first part of your show music by memory, during the first week of band camp (1000 Airplanes). This means that you should be able to stand in place and play all parts without using any music at all. Specifically, you should be able to play with a good tone quality, count all rests, and perform the music at tempo and free of errors. (This won’t happen if you take 2 months off.) All eligible students will march during football games, but only primary marchers will perform at marching contests. Some sections are going to be pretty competitive due to the size of the sections versus the numbers we can take to have a balanced instrumentation. A solid music audition will greatly improve your chances of securing one of these spots.
  • Make sure that you complete the online forms or mail back the paper forms in the packet as soon as you can. They will be available starting June 1 on the website, and game day meal orders (“catering orders”) will be live on July 1. The deadline for these forms and first payment is July 31st. You may make or payment to the ANDERSON BAND WEBSITE STORE. All fair share personal checks should be made out to “Anderson Band”. It takes a lot of organizing and it is costly to put together a program of this size. This year we are slated to field almost 200 people.  We will have many expenses for marching season that are due immediately and we rely on timely payment.  Any small dollar amount multiplied by that many people adds up very quickly. If you need financial assistance, please contact me directly and I’ll do my best to help you work something out.
  • Please try to attend summer practice sessions. These are organized by section leaders throughout the summer and are the perfect opportunity for you to practice and be ahead of the curve when we come back in August. They are typically followed by a social activity that allows everyone to get to know each other.  Specific information for each instrument will come out via TROJAN BAND BLAST and the student Facebook page.
  • Fair Share are the ‘band fees’ required for all band students enrolled in concert band, marching band and dance guard.  In previous years, the fees have been $435, but this year they have increased to $725 due to the Bands of America trip to St. Louis.  Fair share for your child this year covers but is not limited to:  uniform fees, show shirt for each student, meals for competitions, dance guard and band costuming, charter bus and school bus expenses for competitions, football game snacks and bottled waters, registration fees, Marching Show licensing, charter bus transportation to St. Louis, hotel accommodations, activities and meals in St. Louis.  See below for more information on payment schedules.

This is going to be an amazing year! Coming off a very successful year last year, we are looking to take another huge step forward and will be competing in the Bands of America Super Regional in St. Louis and in Austin at the US Bands Competition!  We have some great music chosen for our program, and we have the best kids we could possibly ask for! Please get outside this summer and enjoy Austin and especially the Texas heat. We will be spending a lot of time outside and you need to start early to get your body acclimated to the weather. The more time you spend outside early on, the less likely you’ll feel the effects of the heat during summer band camp. It seems that every year, people don’t heed that warning and we end up with some sick students who have a rough first week as they adapt. We are outside for around 4 hours a day, moving around and being pretty active. It can be a big change for someone who has spent all summer in front of the computer or game console! Email me if you have any questions. I can’t wait to get the 2017-2018 year started. See you at our practice sessions this summer!

Andrea Gonzalez
Director of Bands
Anderson High School

Director Contact Information

Summer Band Camp Information

  • Throughout June – July.  It is going to be HOT! Spend time each day outdoors so that you are acclimated to the heat!  The summer dates organized by section leaders are a great time to learn music, meet band members, and learn & practice marching fundamentals.
  • July 26-28: Band Leadership Retreat (section leaders and drum majors, officers)
  • July 24-28 Dance Guard only 8am-5pm
  • July 25-28 Percussion only 8am-5pm
  • July 31 – All Forms, Catering Orders and Payments (First rounds or payment in full) are due.
  • July 31 – August 4 and August 7 – August 11: Summer Band Camp 8am-5pm. FULL BAND (all woodwinds, brass, percussion and dance guard)
    • Where to go: Meet outside in the student (south) parking lot!  
    • What to Bring: hat, marching instrument, music in flip folder (you can purchase at any music store), pencil, sunscreen, water bottle (we will provide you with one after we begin camp)
    • What to wear: Wear a plain white t shirt, socks and tennis shoes.
  • August 14-18 – No daytime rehearsal, evenings only 6-9pm
  • **August 15 MANDATORY Pictures! We will have pictures from 2-5pm. This will include section pictures, individual pictures and brag buttons (each family gets 2 brag buttons!)
  • August 15 – Senior Letter Jacket Fittings

Instruments – Most summer horns have already been issued.  If you still need a summer horn, contact Mr. Jurgens (will.jurgens@austinisd.org).  Music should be practiced all summer long. It needs to be memorized for marching season! We will hold playing auditions, from memory, for field placement during the first week of camp.

Uniform Fitting Dates – Uniform fitting dates for marchers and guard will be during camp July 31 and August 1 . Your band student will be fitted for a marching band uniform and a concert season uniform (tuxedo or dress). A tailor will be on hand at this time to measure for any necessary alterations. During first two days of band camp, students will try on hats, marching band shoes and gloves so they can be ordered. We will also take photos for brag buttons at this time. (Each family gets 2!) Since so much happens AND we rely on volunteer manpower and the much-reduced services of a local tailor, it is difficult to offer extra times if you aren’t there. The tailor will likely charge YOU full price if fittings are not done during these days.

New Band Parent Meeting  – July 28, 6 pm, Anderson Band Hall. Find answers to your questions, meet other parents, ABBA officers and the Directors and help your student have a great band career at AHS, Please come for a brief orientation, followed by a Q & A session with the directors and ABBA officers. It’s the best way to find out about what your Band kiddo will be doing, what is expected of them, and to learn all you need to know about Flamingo-ing!

Flamingo-ing – July 31-August 11. This is our largest Fun(d)raiser of the year and a really fun team-building event! Questions?? See the FLAMINGO-ING page on the website and come to the New Parent meeting. Flamingo-ing starts on the evening of the Band Picnic, July 31. Each band section has 8 pink plastic birds called a flock. Each evening during Flamingo-ing, sections head out and go to people’s houses and place the flock, leaving a notice that for payment, the flock will be removed and released to fly on to another victim, pretty much immediately. The goal is to move the flock quickly from house to house. “Victims” have a chance to send the flock to other people as well. Most kids are home by 10 pm, but parents CAN and DO set individual curfews.   The idea here is that the kids work together, get to know one another and raise money for the band’s activities. Flamingo-ing provides the bulk of ABBA’s yearly operating fund. While it can be scary to send off your kiddo with a teen driver, know that we’ve got eyes and ears all over, and we’ve never had a dangerous incident. The kids KNOW that if there is a major problem, Flamingo-ing STOPS immediately! With this activity, the sectionals will also be in desperate need for PARENT DRIVERS!    With younger students and the newer, more strict driving laws we are requesting each parent help by driving at least once.  Our Flamingo Captains (adults) take up money EACH night and they know more than they let on about the evening’s activities. IF there is a problem, they let the Directors know and things are ironed out pretty quickly.  This is an activity for ALL BAND MEMBERS.

Summer Social Events

Band Family Picnic – July 31, 6 pm, at Anderson High School. This is a Band Student AND FAMILY event. Family members are encouraged to come, meet, eat and socialize.  It is the best time to get to know the section leaders and other section members that your Band student will spend so much time with (and their parents). It is a good time to set up carpools, etc.  Each family will be asked to bring a dish to share. The Blast and website will let you know what type of food you are to bring.

Swim Party – August 14, 8-10 pm, at Westover Club (near AHS). This is a social event for band students. It’s from 8-10 pm after the club closes to its members. All are usually asked to bring some sort of snack.  Some parents do attend, to keep things flowing at the snack table, etc.

BAND CALENDAR –  PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR THE MOST CURRENT AND UP TO DATE INFORMATION.  WE ALREADY HAVE FALL DATES INCLUDING ALL GAMES AND CONTESTS! You can also subscribe to our calendar so that all band events with sync with iCal, google calendar, etc.  Visit the TROJAN BAND CALENDAR today.

See the BAND’s website for more details and happenings as they are planned and become available.

What is Fair Share?

Fair Share are the ‘band fees’ required for all band students enrolled in concert band, marching band and dance guard.  In previous years, the fees have been $435, but this year they have increased to $725 due to the Bands of America trip to St. Louis. Fair share for your child this year covers but is not limited to:  uniform fees, show shirt for each student, meals for competitions, dance guard and band costuming, charter bus and school bus expenses for competitions, football game snacks and bottled waters, registration fees, Marching Show licensing, charter bus transportation to St. Louis, hotel accommodations, activities and meals in St. Louis.

FAIR SHARE Payment options:
Option 1:  Payment in full due July 31 $725
Option 2:  Four Installments    July 31             $200 Due
Aug 21             $200 Due
Sept 18            $200 Due
Oct 16              $125 Due
Option 3:  Seven Installments **this option must start in June**
June 1              $127 Due
July 1               $100 Due
July 31             $100 Due
Aug  21            $100 Due
Sept 18            $100 Due
Oct 16              $100 Due
Nov 15             $100 Due
*individualized payment schedules can be scheduled by contacting Mrs. Gonzalez (andrea.k.gonzalez@austinisd.org) directly.
You can pay by mailing a check to “Anderson Band”, addressed to Anderson Trojan Band | 8403 Mesa Drive | Austin, Texas 78759. You can also pay online with a credit card at the TROJAN BAND STORE

All Students participating in band/guard are expected to meet the payment schedule listed above. However, no student will be denied participation due to a family’s inability to pay.  Parents of any student with financial difficulty must contact the director by email in advance of any due date affected for an extension or fundraising option. Communication is the key and TOTAL PARTICIPATION in all fundraisers is required for anyone in this circumstance. We incur many costs in advance on students’ behalf. For this reason, there can be no refunds due to ineligibility or change of schedule, as expenses are pre-paid.

ABBA: The Anderson Band Booster Association

Our group actively supports the Anderson Band program (marching, jazz, guard, concert season…etc), the band students, the directors and all sanctioned band activities. We sponsor the summer picnic and swim party. We help plan fun activities during summer band. During the school year, we provide refreshments at concerts. We chaperone buses to and from competitions and football games and transport instruments. We print the band student directory. We sit together at football games and contests to cheer for the band. We sponsor a web site. We raise money for new instruments, music, contest fees, tuners, yard signs, letter jackets, color guard flags and the marching show. We fit and mend uniforms and arrange for tailoring. We assist students with contest and game day preparation and meals. In addition, we help fund supplemental summer band instruction, as well as drum line/front line and color guard instructors. The Anderson Band Booster Association provides all of these services to benefit all band and dance guard students.  WE NEED YOU! More importantly, your student needs you (even if they say it would be embarrassing to have you around). By being an Anderson Band parent, you are already a BOOSTER, so please, VOLUNTEER FOR A COMMITTEE. We’d love to have you! (See the website for committee chairs, descriptions and contact info.) Volunteering is the BEST way to meet other Band parents and to keep up with your kiddo. No matter how much they say they don’t need you, and no matter how grown up and independent they are, they DO, and WE do!!! Our monthly meetings are at the Band Hall, and all interested parents are invited to attend. Dates and times are announced on the website calendar and are sent out through the Trojan Band Blast.  You don’t need to have a student in the band to belong to volunteer!

ABBA Committee Descriptions – visit our Band website for ABBA COMMITTEE CHAIR ROSTER information.
Membership: create and distribute the Band Directory and Brag Buttons for all parents!
Pit Crew: We move the band!
Social: Music is not the only interest of band members. This committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and producing a number of social events throughout the year including the Back-to-School picnic, refreshments at camp and at concerts, and the Awards Banquet at the close of the school year.
Spirit: create and maintain yard signs and band hall decorations prior to contests
Fundraising: Flamingo-ing and fun(d) raising. This committee needs many volunteers!
Uniform: We clothe the band in various uniforms (marching and concert), and we maintain, inventory and arrange for fitting and altering. It’s a great way to meet the students!
Chaperone: bus trips with the band!
Student Catering: FOOD! Meals need to be provided to our hungry band members at many events, mainly before football games. This committee arranges for food delivery and distribution to our students.
Dance Guard: assists the instructors with all aspects of the Dance Guard squad including flag and uniform maintenance, plus game preparation and fundraising.

FAQs

Is summer band important? YES, it is THE time for learning all marching fundamentals and the band begins to learn halftime drills, stands music and the marching contest show and music. Marching Spots on the field are maintained by knowing your music and drill.

Are Contests and Concerts required? YES, these are the ‘exams’ for the Marching Band and the Concert Bands.

When will we know the dates and specific times for contests and concerts? As soon as the contest personnel set them and make them available to the directors. Check the website for details as they become available.

What if I have a conflict/soccer game/grandma visit/SAT test? Band is a TEAM ACTIVITY. Participation during rehearsals AND contests and concerts is vital to the success of the band. If you miss a practice or performance, there is a hole in the group. We know that Band students are involved in a variety of activities (both in and out of school) and some conflicts will arise. The BEST THING to do is to TALK to the DIRECTOR AS SOON AS YOU ARE AWARE OF A CONFLICT or potential conflict. The Directors can help students solve conflicts given time to do so. Sometimes a compromise can be made, but understand that sometimes another band member will need to take over your spot.

Why is there a summer uniform? It is HOT during much of our outdoor season, and we want the students to be more comfortable and safe, while maintaining a ‘uniform appearance’. We usually begin to wear our full marching uniform the last week of September.

Is participation in both concert bands and marching band required? YES, while we have different seasons and functions, we often work on marching music during the school day. It is also important that a music student’s skills continue to be practiced and developed during the spring semester. This is also the reason that we have our ‘dance/guard class’ during the school day.

WHO is a member of the marching band? Those marching on the field, including dance guard, percussion and pit.

Uniforms

Summer/Casual Marching Uniform –

  • This includes a polo shirt (provided by band), shorts*, brown belt, plain white shoes (blue accents acceptable), white ‘no show’ socks.
  • This is worn during the hottest months of summer at football games.
  • *There are VERY DETAILED guidelines for shorts on the band’s website. Please look at that before you buy. There are stores listed where the shorts have been sighted.

Dance Guard Uniforms:

  • Summer: TBA
  • Formal: TBA

Marching Uniform:

  • This includes bib pants, jacket, black/blue gloves (1 pair each provided), hat in protective case, black marching shoes (ordered on form), black tall socks (purchased on your own), show shirt (provided by band)
  • It will be distributed with hanging bag on a hanger, small parts in a black mesh bag.

Concert Uniform:

  • Boys wear black tuxes (provided by band) Tux coat, tux pants, white tux shirt, bow tie, cummerbund, black dress shoes (patent leather marching shoes OK), tall black socks
  • Girls wear black dresses (provided by band), black hosiery, black closed-toe dress shoes,black undergarments/camisole

Jazz Band Uniforms:

  • TBA

*Please, consider buying extra black and white socks as a donation for the band. We sell them on game days to those who forget theirs. STUDENTS may buy additional black socks for $2/pair and gloves for $4/pair from the uniform staff. Leave them in a sack on the door of the uniform room!

Also, black/brown bobby pins, brown or black hair rubber band ties or a wide black hair band are useful to keep hair up inside of the band hats. Boys’/girls’ hair may not hang below collars during contests. Also consider buying extra hair accessories for the band. We go through a LOT of these on game/contest days. It is best to leave with socks!

PLEASE note that any uniform part that is not returned must be paid for by students. Also – it is the student’s responsibility to return their uniforms properly cleaned, on the hanger in the bag in which it was checked out. All uniform part numbers are noted on the bag tag for each student, and students should return their own uniform.

 

QUICK LIST OF ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS

Anderson Band Website – www.andersontrojanband.com 

Anderson Band Blast (for parents AND students) – This email will be sent out weekly once school begins and will contain all the information that you need to know for the upcoming week.  Please visit our website for more information on how to sign up.  If you have questions, please contact our booster President, Marcie Skonieczny at marcieds@sbcglobal.net

Anderson PTSA website –  http://www.andersononline.org

Anderson HS Trojan Times – Sponsored by the Anderson Athletic Foundation, it has news from all areas of Anderson High School…How to subscribe to the Trojan Times: Using the email account at which you wish to receive the newsletter, create a new email and in the Send to box type: TrojanTimes-subscribe@yahoogroups.com  Do not put anything in the Subject box OR the text box. Hit send. You will receive a confirmation email from Yahoo Groups.