Mr. Chavis Update: Aug 28

We are excited about our first Football game this Friday!

Please make every effort to be on time and fully prepared for morning rehearsals – your grade depends on it!  Thursday and Friday morning rehearsals will be in the STADIUM.  Please plan accordingly and be here early enough to get your equipment and yourself to the turf field on time.

If you haven’t turned in your forms from registration by the end of your class period on THURSDAY, you will NOT be allowed to go to the game.  A full list of all missing forms is posted in the Band Hall.  Students have been reminded since last Thursday.

Wednesday – ALL band classes need to bring concert instruments to school.  We will be practicing/performing Region music in class.

Friday – Pep Rally at the end of the school day! Wear an LH Band shirt all day!! We will wear our Black LH Band shirt for the pep rally.  Don’t forget – we are wearing summer uniforms this week.  Polo and shorts were provided, but you must supply your own black belt and black ANKLE socks.  You will also need your LH water bottle – just like you do at ALL band events!

Please keep sharing our Snap-Raise fundraiser link!  We are closing in on our goal and would appreciate any help we can get!  Thank you for helping keep our band fees low and ensuring we can provide for all band students!

Next week: You have Labor Day OFF – ENJOY IT!  We will be rehearsing Tuesday morning AND afternoon next week to make up for it.

Have a great week!

LHABC Newsletter Aug 27 – 1st Football Game

Hi Band Family!

There are a few important things you need to know for this week, then on to the most important info… 1st football game and halftime performance!

1.    Tuesday, August 29th from 5 – 10PM: Cici’s Pizza restaurant night benefitting LHHS Wildcat Band.  Get out of the kitchen and join us at Cici’s Pizza (8694-A Skillman, Dallas, TX 75243). Invite your friends and neighbors to join us too!

2.    Missing Band Registration Forms – Band kids need to check the list inside the band hall doors to see if they are missing forms.  Then pick up forms need to complete and bring home to parents and return filled in forms to directors asap.

3.    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all the volunteers working hard behind the scenes to make sure that the LHHS Wildcat Band is ready to go this week!  The Uniform Moms, Pit Pops, Chaperone Moms, and Meal Moms have been hard at it along with lots of helpers!  Our kids and directors have also been working so hard to get ready as well! Way to go Band & Volunteers!!!

4.    Practice times are Monday – Friday at 6:45AM (remember that Mr. Chavis’ times and calendar are the correct times).



This Friday, Sept. 1, is the first LHHS home football game this season. We want to make sure that you and your band kid have a great experience!

THURSDAY NIGHT (Aug. 31st) – Pack your band bag for Friday.  Your band kid will need their Under Uniforms” (the black wicking shorts and shirt with band logo). They change into these right after school to practice in.  They will also need their Summer Uniform” (Red band polo, twill black shorts, black belt, black ankle socks and marching shoes).  They will change into these after dinner. Go to bed early, Friday is a LONG day!


FRIDAY (Sept 1st) – What your kids will be doing

6:45 AM Regular Band Practice
Afternoon Pep Rally
4:15 PM Change into “Under Uniform” for practice
4:30-5:30PM Practice for game
5:30 PM Dinner in the Student Center
6:30-6:45PM March into Stadium (Start @ Band Hall, down Church Rd., into Stadium)
7:30PM Game starts!  Tunes in the stands/ Halftime Show / Tunes in the stands
11PM Game ends, kids can be picked up at band hall



Get your ticket! Get a discounted ticket from 8:15 am-1:30 pm in the foyer outside the front office of LHHS on Fridays or your student can also pick up a ticket for you during their lunch period.  Tickets are also available at the stadium box office before the game.

Band March In! Arrive about 6:30 pm to watch the band march from the Band Hall down Church Street and into the LHHS stadium. It’s a fantastic photo opportunity and a spirited way to start the evening and weekend.  This only happens at home games.

Sit with us! Most of the Band parents sit near the Band. The Band sits to the right of the reserved seats, behind the Highlandettes. Band parents and family usually sit to the right of the Band. Look for us, and sit with us! We have fun up there! We still try to sit together near the band at away games, just look for us.

Band Spirit Wear available for purchaseAmy Daryani will be at the home games selling T-shirts, hoodies, tanks and more.  Bring your cash, and she will help you get your Spirit ON! Wear your band button!

Volunteering opportunities at games! There are several ways you can get involved on Friday nights with the band. You can sign up or just show up and help when and where you can!

1.     Pit Pops – Come at 4:45PM to help cook dinner for the band kids.  You can also come down to the North end of the stadium about 10 minutes before the end of the 2nd Quarter to help pull the pit onto the field. And then after halftime, help pull the pit off of the field and return it to the band hall. At away games the needs are different. Please get in touch with the Pit Pop Chair, Charles Schmalzreid, to get involved (

2.    Chaperones – Come at 6PM and meet in the chaperone room by the icemaker in the band hall.  Help gather supplies and walk into the stadium with the band, distribute water and first aid during the game, assist on the field at half-time and get the band back to the band hall safely.  The sign up for the 1st week is full, but show up and help if you have time!  The Chaperone Moms are Leigh Tidwell ( and LeaAnne Pillers (

3.    Meals – 4:30- 6:30PM help set up for, prepare and clean up meals in the chaperone room. And from 5-6:30PM serve meals and clean up after meals in the Student CenterIf you would like to help serve meals before the football games and to check times for future games, please go to or contact our Meal Mom, Starla Horstman at (  You can show up and help even if all the slots are filled on the sign up genius.

Let us know if you have any questions.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at “The Boneyard!”



Mr. Chavis Update: Aug 22, 2017

Good evening LH Band families!
I hope you’ve had a great start to the school year.  We are off and running with school and Marching Band!
This week is pretty light compared to most of the Fall semester – only band rehearsals each morning is required for all students.  Rehearsal begins promptly at 6:45am each day! We have almost a third of the show on the field with the hopes of performing it for you next Friday night at our first Football game.
On Thursday evening, August 24th, from 6 to 8pm, Lake Highlands will be hosting the First Annual Wildcat Fall Sports Rally!

  • ONLY be requiring student Student Leadership, SENIORS and Drum Line to attend.
  • Call time is 5:30pm in the Band Hall!
  • Wear your Black LH Band shirt, black athletic shorts and tennis shoes.
  • If all goes according to schedule, we will be done performing by 7:30PM.
  • The LH Exchange Club will be providing food for ALL in attendance!

Please visit with your band student to make sure they are bringing all necessary materials daily to rehearsal and band class.  It is important that all band members are prepared for each day.  Always check for details on the weekly schedule and be on the lookout for our weekly reminders as well as special announcements as they come up.
We’d love to see our parents VOLUNTEER with us this Fall to make marching season one to remember for everyone!  Look for opportunities to serve in upcoming emails!

Please continue to spread the word about our Snap Raise fundraiser!  We have currently raised right at $20,000 for the band!  Remember that our fundraising efforts keep band fees low and ensure that ALL students have what they need to enjoy a positive band experience.

For more details about the Lone Star Ambassadors meeting on Friday night, please refer to Mr. Rees’ email or contact him with any questions you may have.

Have a great rest of the week and enjoy a rare weekend with no football game!

Lone Star Ambassadors – Meeting 8/25

Lone Star Ambassadors is a group of student musicians that travel to Europe for two and a half weeks on even numbered years.  They play concerts in the evenings and take a tour of famous sites in Europe during the days!

There will be a meeting about this optional trip at 6:30pm in the LH band hall on Friday, August 25th.  Everyone that is interested in getting more information is invited!

If you would like to peruse more information please look at the ‘LSA’ tab on

LHABC Newsletter Aug 20

Happy 1st Week of School Band Families!

So excited for the official first day of 2017-2018 school year for our LHHS Wildcat Band kids!  Just wanted to touch base about some important things to know for the first weekRemember that the calendar and Mr. Chavis’ dates and times are the ones to always follow.

1.    Band practice starts Monday, August 21st.  Practice is every morning Monday – Friday at 6:45AM unless the calendar or your band director states otherwise. The kids will start at 6:45AM, so they need to be there at 6:30AM to get ready to play.

2.    What do they need to wear for AM band practice?  Clothes like they wore during Summer Band with supportive shoes.  They need to bring something to change into after practice.  They may also want to bring toiletries to get freshened up after practice.

3.    SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP! Help your band kid get enough sleep by reminding them to get to bed early.  They have a LONG school day with early band practice, especially Fridays.

4.    It is helpful to pack up items needed the night before and to lay out clothing choice as well.

Other important information to pass along…

          Carolyn Sullivan, Band Photographer, is looking for you and your photos! If you are a photographer and would like to help out by taking photos at some band events, please contact her at

          SNAP RAISE fundraiser is going great you guys! We still have some time to spread the word to support our band!  We need every kid in our band to get at least one donation to help us do our best.  If you have someone who does not want to do an online payment, but wants to donate to the band, please contact Kimberlie Brashear at

          If you would like to help serve meals before the football games, please go to or contact Starla Horstman at

Here are some other important events to mark on your calendar for this week and later…

Thursday, August 24th 4-6PM LHJH and FMJH Band Registrations
Thursday, August 24th 6-8PM Wildcat Fall Sports Rally (Band participating)
Friday, August 25th 6:30PM in Band Hall For all band families Lone Star Ambassadors Info Meeting(about the 16 day European Concert Tour Trip)
Tuesday, August 29th at 5PM Cici’s Pizza Restaurant Night – LHHS Band makes a % of the sales. Spread the word and invite all your friends!
Friday, September 1st at 6:30PM 1st FOOTBALL GAME vs. Mesquite at Wildcat Stadium! Come cheer on the band as they march into the stadium from band hall along Church Rd. at 6:30PM and then stay for the whole game!
Thursday, September 14th 6:30 – 8PM Fundraising Strategy Meeting in the Band Hall Come help us brain storm new and fun ways to raise funds for LHABC!


Happy 1st week of school Wildcats!!! Go Band!

Jennifer Newman    (469) 441-5468

Bob Brashear     (214) 341-9936


Friday Aug 18th Schedule

Friday, August 18th  is a FULL day of Band Camp followed by our Parent Info Meeting/Preview Performance.

Student Schedule

  • Band Picture 7-8:30am   (You need: Long black socks, black LH”crest” shirt, athletic shorts)
  • Rehearsal 8:30-11am, 12:30-4pm
  • Call time for Parent Preview – 6:45pm dressed in Black “Crest” shirt, black athletic shorts and tennis shoes in Band Hall

Parent Info Meeting/Preview Performance begins at 7pm in the stadium.  We should be done by 8:30pm!

Don’t forget to bring cash for Kona Ice immediately after the performance.

Daily morning rehearsals begin on MONDAY AT 6:45am! Make sure you set out everything the night before: water bottle, school clothes, instrument, music, snacks, etc.


LHHS Wildcat Band Preview – Aug 18

LHHS Wildcat Band Preview


When:   Friday, August 18th at 7PM

Where:  Wildcat Stadium


Come join us for a brief parent meeting and then to cheer on our Wildcat Bandas they perform a special preview of the 2017-2018 Halftime Show, “In Bloom.”

Then share a Kona Ice with friends as we visit and celebrate a great performance and all the hard work done during Summer Band!

Be sure to bring $3-5 to get your ice afterwards!

Invite your friends and neighbors to come too!

LHABC Newsletter Aug 13

The final week of Summer Band is here!  This is an action-packed week so here are a few reminders about what will be happening so that you don’t miss out on anything!  FYI – Mr. Chavis will send out emails about practice times and director specific information for you as well.  Always refer to the director’s email and the website calendar as the correct for times and locations of events!

1.     Mr. Rees’s birthday is tomorrow, Monday August 14th! Be sure to help him celebrate with well-wishes, cards and any appreciation you and your child would like to do! His email is if you would like to send him birthday wishes.

2.    Snap Raise fundraiser is going great! Way to go Wildcat Band!  Please keep spreading the word and following up with your fans.  

3.    Tuesday, August 15th we have 2 important meetings in the band hall.  All band parents are welcome to join us for the General Meeting to hear about what LHABC (Lake Highlands Area Band Club) has been doing this summer and what is coming up.

6PM LHABC Board Meeting for all Board Members
7PM LHABC General Meeting for all Band families 

4.    Friday, August 18th there are two important events not to miss out on

6PM Senior Parent Meeting in band hall
7PM Parent Info Meeting and Preview of marching show in the stadium

5.    Uniform items that you will need to purchase before school starts… a black belt, black crew socks, & black ankle socks. 

6.    Our Uniform Moms have also asked that if you have any summer uniform items or under uniform items that you are no longer using, to please send those to the band hall with your student to add to the emergency uniform stash.  There will be a plastic bin marked uniforms near the chaperone room or just inside the band hall this coming week.

7.    If you have not already signed up to get reminders for band via text, please be sure to sign up. Just send a text to 81010 that says @lhabcf.  This will allow you to get reminders via text.

8.    With a band of our size, there are many different opportunities for you to be involved to help it to be a success.  Marching season has lots of opportunities to get involved.

Chaperones Help the band in the stands during games and ride with students on buses (official sign up to come out via email later this week). Leigh Tidwell

LeaAnne Pillers

Meals Help set up for, serve and clean up meals for band students before games. Starla Horstman
Pit Pops Help cook meals before games (5PM), moving props on/off fields at half-time, loading and unloading props for away games. (You are welcome to show up and help where you can). Charles Schmalzreid

Eric Johnson


9.    Practice times for final week of Summer Band (remember that Mr. Chavis’ dates/times trump this list)

Mon 8/14 1:00 – 4:30PM

6:00 – 9:00PM

Tues 8/15 4:00 – 8:00PM
Wed 8/16 1:00 – 5:00PM
Thurs 8/17 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Fri 8/18 7:00 – 11:00AM

12:30 – 4:30PM

6:45 – 8:30 PM (Parent Preview)


Finish Summer Band strong Wildcats!!!

Can’t wait to see you all Tuesday and Friday!

Go Band!


Jennifer Newman    (469) 441-5468

Bob Brashear     (214) 341-9936

LHABC Newsletter: Aug 6

First of all, I would like to say a BIG thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers that were up at the band hall this week working hard to get your students fitted for their uniforms, providing spirit wear,  photos taken, getting them snacks during practice, and helping to get your families registered (and any other things too)!  What an amazing group of people! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Second, your students made it through their first week of Summer Band like champs!  I got the opportunity to hear them practicing this week while up at the band hall and it is going to be a wonderful year!  They already sound good just one week in!

Here is what you need to know for this week coming up!

1.     REGISTRATION MAKEUP TIME is Monday, August 7th (tomorrow) from 3:30-5 in the conference room in the band hall. If you were not able to be there on Saturday, you need to make every effort to come Monday with your forms printed and filled out, 2 copies of the front/back of your student’s insurance card, and a form of payment for your band fees.  Summer uniforms, under uniforms, etc. have to be ordered this week in order to have your child ready for the first game. If you absolutely cannot make it on Monday, please contact your directors to let them know and to schedule another time to get registered.

2.    SNAP RAISE set up is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8th. Your students need to come prepared with 20 emails of their top fans (parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, youth leaders, family friends, neighbors, etc.).  This is a very easy fundraiser and was very successful last year! It should be even better this year with our band growth.  All band kids need to come prepared with their smart phones and emails to make this a success!  If you don’t have 20 emails, come with as many as you can! Remember that monies raised go towards helping keep our band fees lower and all the things necessary to run our band and provide for their needs.

3.    Schedule for this week…(Calendar on is up to date)

Monday 7-11AM Summer Band

8:30-9:30AM Jr. Schedule Pick-up M-Z

12:30-4PM Summer Band

12:30-1:30PM Jr. Schedule Pick-up A-L

Tuesday 7-11AM Summer Band

12:30-4PM Summer Band

Wednesday 7-11AM Summer Band

8:30-9:30AM Sophomore Schedule Pick-Up A-L

12:30-4PM Summer Band

12:30-1:30PM Sophomore Schedule Pick-Up M-Z

Thursday 4-8PM Summer Band

8:30-11AM Freshman Schedule Pick-up M-Z

11AM – 2PM Freshman Orientation

2-4:30PM Freshman Schedule Pick-up A-L

Saturday 7-9AM Summer Band


4.    Important dates and events coming up to put on your calendar…

Tuesday, Aug. 15th 7PM LHABC General Meeting in Band Hall – all families welcome
Friday, Aug. 18th 6PM Senior Parent Meeting in Band Hall
Friday, Aug. 18th 7PM Band Parent Meeting in Band Hall
Friday, Aug. 18th 8PM Parent Preview of the halftime show


Thanks and have a great week! Your LHABC Co-Presidents,

Jennifer Newman     (469) 441-5468

Bob Brashear           (214) 341-9936

Mr. Chavis: Weekly Update: Aug 6, 2017

Good evening LH Band families!
Thank you so much for your support yesterday at Band Registration – we had a great turnout!  THANK YOU to all of our band parents and students that volunteered to ensure everything ran smooth!  Remember that Monday, Aug 7 from 3:30-4:30pm is Registration makeup in the Band Hall.  If you are unable to print forms, we will have copies in the Band Hall but DON’T FORGET your insurance card!

Summer Band Schedule:

  • Monday-Wednesday:  7-11am and 12:30-4pm
  • Thursday: 4-8pm
  • Friday there is NO REHEARSAL,
  • Saturday: we WILL have rehearsal 7-9am!

Schedule pick-up for 10th and 11th graders: please report to schedule pick-up at the very beginning of your time block!  We’ve put those on the Band calendar for you as well (
Freshmen – your schedule pick-up does NOT conflict with Summer Band.

THURSDAY – Leadership and Drumline will be performing for the beginning of Teacher Inservice.  Please wear your black LH Band shirt and shorts.  Plan to arrive at 7:15am. You’ll be done by 8:30am and breakfast will be provided.

We will still have Region masterclasses Monday-Wednesday this week, so you will need to keep bringing your concert instrument each day.

FLUTES ONLY:  Just a reminder that your masterclasses this week will be from 10:30-12:30 and you will be on break from 12:30-2:30. You will be excused from marching band early so you will have plenty of time to get cooled off and ready for the masterclass. You will also be taught by a special guest artist that you will enjoy!

If you have any questions, Band Director’s contact information can be found on the LHABC website:  ALSO – the most up to date calendar can also be found on the website!  Please make sure you know rehearsal times for week #3 of Summer Band!

Have a great week,

Levi Chavis