Newsletter – Oct 23rd

Hi Band Families!

Wow, what an amazing month this has been so far… football games, 2 marching contests, Varsity Revue, Homecoming, etc! What a great group of kids we have! They have worked so hard all month and it has shown in their contest results and their performances.  So proud of all of our Wildcat Band kids!  We also have an amazing group of volunteers that have put in lots of time and energy to pull it all off this month – thank you to each and every one of you! Band volunteers rock!!!  And finally, thank you to our directors for teaching our kids, being there early and late, and for encouraging our kids to be the best kid they can be. We are so thankful to have such an amazing team of directors!

We have almost made it through Band-tober y’all, just one last major event (UIL) and a couple of football games.  Let’s pull out all the stops and finish strong.  We have some great stuff happening this week and I don’t want you to miss out on any of it.  We also still need adult volunteers for both UIL on Wednesday, October 25th and for the Jesuit game on Friday, October 27th.  I will put sign up links below the weekly schedule for you guys to sign up and have fun with the band this week!

Monday, Oct. 23rd 6:45AM Morning practice
Tuesday, Oct. 24th 6:45 AM Morning practice
Tuesday, Oct. 24th Pei Wei (Casa Linda) Spirit Night

Come eat at Pei Wei & support band

Wednesday, Oct. 25th NO MORNING PRACTICE
Wednesday, Oct. 25th 1:15-3:15 PM Serve meals before UIL
Wednesday, Oct. 25th 1:30 – 8PM Pit Pops Loading trucks at 1:30PM

Pit Pops leave to go to UIL at 3:30PM

Pit Pops at UIL 4:15 PM for anyone who wants to come help unload, take props and pit onto field and load back up.

Wednesday, Oct. 25th 3-8PM Chaperones for UIL
Wednesday, Oct. 25th  6:30 PM UIL PERFORMANCE 

Mesquite Memorial Stadium

2500 Memorial Blvd, Mesquite, TX 75149

Thursday, Oct. 26th NO MORNING PRACTICE
Friday, October 27th 7:15 AM Morning Practice
Friday, October 27th 3:30-5:30 PM Meals

5:30 PM – 12AM Chaperones

5:30 PM – 12AM Pit Pops

Friday, October 27th 7:30PM AWAY GAME vs. Jesuit


Sign up to help with UIL on Wed., Oct. 25th …




Sign up to help with Jesuit game on Fri., Oct. 27th …


Thanks to everyone who has helped during this season and that is signing up to help this week!  If you have any questions regarding the different volunteer opportunities, here is the contact info …

Chaperones Leigh Tidwell

LeaAnne Pillers



Meals Starla Horstman 214-683-5434
Pit Pops Charles Schmalzreid

Eric Johnson




Have a great last week of Band-tober! Go Band!!!

Jennifer Newman    469-441-5468

Bob Brashear    214-341-9936

As always, please defer to Mr. Chavis’ emails or the calendar for any questions about times or dates.

UIL -Wednesday, Oct 25th

I hope you all had a great Homecoming weekend! The band did a wonderful job at Varsity Revue and we all survived a super busy week.  Thank you to our band families and parent volunteers for helping make everything work!

Morning Rehearsals are Monday & Tuesday (6:45-8:15am) and also Friday (7:15-8:15am).

UIL Marching Contest is on Wednesday – we are giving the band the morning OFF!  Please see itinerary attached for schedule of the day.  Band students are excused from school at Noon.  We will rehearse, eat, then travel to Mesquite.  We hope to see you at our performance at 6:30pm!  Admission is $5 for ages 6 and up, and free for children under 6.

The band will also perform our show one more time at Friday’s away game vs. Jesuit.

 We need several more chaperones to help rides buses.  If you have the ability to be at LHHS by 3PM, please sign up to help chaperone!


UIL Region Marching Contest – Wednesday, October 25th

12:00pm Students released from class
12:30pm Rehearsal in the stadium wearing BLACK LH band shirt/shorts/marching shoes/shako
2:15pm Break food provided by LHABC
3:15pm Roll call in Full Uniform in Band Hall
3:30pm Depart for Mesquite
4:30pm Arrive At Mesquite
5:40pm Warm-up
6:30pm Perform!
Load instruments back onto buses/truck
7:15pm Depart for LH
8:00pm Arrive at LH

Packing List:

– Full Water Bottle
– Instrument
– Snacks for bus ride (if needed)
– Black LH shirt
– Athletic shorts
– LONG black socks
– Marching shoes

Weekly Schedule: Oct 16th

We have a busy week ahead with Homecoming, Varsity Revue and our final full week preparing for UIL!

Morning rehearsals are the same this week! 6:45-8:15am every morning.  UIL is a week and a half away!

Wednesday – 4:30pm call time for VR rehearsal.  Meet in Band Hall and Mr. Rees will walk band to Auditorium Foyer.  This will be a very SHORT rehearsal (30 minutes max)

Thursday – 8:30pm call time for VR performance. Meet in Band Hall in FULL uniform (no shako).  Performance will be brief!

Friday – Homecoming Pep Rally at end of the school day.  We will wear Black LH shirt and black shorts for this!  Rehearsal will be in the stadium immediately after the pep rally. We ARE performing the show at halftime Friday night!

Saturday – 7:15pm call time for VR performance. Meet in Band Hall in FULL uniform (no shako).  Performance will be brief!

Things will slow down a good amount after next Wednesday’s UIL performance.  Go Band!

Wylie Results

WOW! What a great weekend for the Wildcat Band!  Final results from the Wylie Marching Invitational can be seen below.  The band had a tremendous Finals performance!  Directors have lots of great feedback from judges that we will be using over the next week and a half to finish our competition season strongly – We took a huge step forward this weekend!

Prelims results can be seen here:

Music – 6th
Visual – 10th
Percussion – 5th
Color Guard – 4th
Overall – 7th


Music – 7th
Visual – 6th
Percussion – 7th
Color Guard – 3rd
Overall – 7th

Congratulations to the band for a strong showing at a very competitive contest!

Wylie Marching Contest is tomorrow Band families!!!

Mr. Chavis sent out an awesome Wylie Itinerary 2017 for tomorrow (Saturday, October 14th). Please be sure to check your email or the calendar on the website for all the specifics.  I just wanted to follow up with some details for you…

1.    Call time for kids is 8:30AM, so they need to be there before that so they are ready to play in the stadium at 8:30AM.  They also need to be wearing their black under uniform and marching shoes at that time.

2.    Items to send kids with … full water bottle, under uniform, long black socks, marching shoes, instrument, sunscreen if child will need it, and snacks for the bus ride there and back.  If you think your child might want to purchase anything while there, send some cash.

3.    Hardy late breakfast/brunch will be provided by LHABC for your child at the school before they leave. If you want to help serve brunch, please plan on arriving at the band hall by 9AM.

4.   We still need a few chaperones to ride the buses, please sign up on our website …

5.    We will be cheering on our kids as they drive out of the parking lot around 10:45-11AM !  We need lots of bodies to line the way, come join in on the fun.  This is a great thing to do if you cannot attend the marching contest and even if you are planning on attending. Come line up and wave flags and cheer them on as they head out for their 2nd marching contest of the year!

6.    The band will perform at 2 PM at the Wylie High School Stadium 2550 W. Kirby St. Wylie, TX 75098. Be sure to come early. Parking takes a while and the bands sometimes run early. LHHS parents try to sit together, look for LH shirts and flags and join us!

7.    We will feed the kids dinner at the stadium and relax before the Finals.

8.   Watch the LHHS Wildcat Band Facebook page for the time for our Finals Performance and come join us!

9.    If you cannot come to all of the above events, please join us for any portion that you can! Let’s cheer on these amazing band kids tomorrow!!!



Jennifer Newman



Bob Brashear


Wylie Contest – Saturday, Oct 14th

Below is the link to the detailed itinerary for the Wylie Marching Contest this Saturday.

Wylie Itinerary 2017

Parents, come send the kids off around 10:50 – 11:10 AM.

It was REALLY exciting to see so many fans in the LH section of the stands with the Red, White and Black flags cheering us on in Midlothian – we’d love to see you again at Wylie for our 2 PM performance time.

Wylie High School
2550 E Farm to Market Rd 544, Wylie, TX 75098


WMI Contest Information

The Wylie Marching Invitational is a prelims/finals format that utilizes the UIL Texas State Marching Contest Scoring System. Judges #1, #2, #3 will all score musical performance, while Judges #4 and #5 will score marching performance. Judge #6 will rank and award Outstanding Guard separately in prelims only. Second Runner-up, First Runner-up and Class Champion awards are given in each class (2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A) of 3 or more competing bands. Overall Outstanding Winds, Percussion, Marching, and General Effect will be given according to composite scores/rankings within the caption. The top 10 bands regardless of classification will advance to finals based on preliminary results, while any class winners not ranked in the top 10 will have the option of an exhibition performance in finals.

Bear Orders and Mum/Armband Pick up

Thank you for supporting the Wildcat Band by ordering a homecoming mum or armband for Homecoming on October 20th.

Mum/armband pick up is Monday Oct. 16th and Tues. Oct. 17th from 4-6PM in the band hall. If you ordered a bear too, it will be available at the same time and the bear team can attach it to your mum for you. Please make every effort to pick up your mum/armband Monday or Tuesday. After that, they will be in the high school front office Wednesday AM.

If you missed the deadline to order mums/armbands, please can contact Maria at Bluebonnet Floral and Gift directly at 903-482-0193 or
For questions regarding Bear, please contact:


Wylie Marching Contest Volunteer Opportunities

Hi Band Families!

We have the Wylie Marching Contest happening this coming Saturday, October 14th and we need lots of hands to make it happen.  Please sign up to help in any area that you can. It is a fun way to get to know the kids, to encourage and cheer them on and help get them ready for their performances!  We need people to help serve meals before they leave LHHS and at the contest, chaperones to ride with our kids and help get them ready, and pit pops to help load and unload instruments and props and drive the trucks and cook dinner.  If you can only come for a certain amount of time, come for that time.

Click on a link below to sign up:



Pit Pops

If all the slots are filled and you want to come help, show up and we will put you to work!  Can’t wait to see our amazing band kids perform again this weekend!  Hope to see you there!

Thanks, Jennifer Newman & Bob Brashear

Midlothian Contest Results

WOW – what a weekend!

The band was really impressive in their first weekend of competition! At the Midlothian Marching Showcase, the band put on two great performances and finished 3rd place overall.

Multiple judges ranked us 1st or 2nd place in both the Prelims and Finals competition.  We are very proud of everyone!

Thank you to the wonderful parents who helped make yesterday happen – it was long but very rewarding and worth every second!

What’s up Next?

  • We have another long day/contest this coming weekend at Wylie.  A detailed itinerary will be sent out separately.  We perform at 2pm on Saturday!
  • Even though there isn’t school on 10/9, WE HAVE PRACTICE 7-9am at LHHS.
    All other morning rehearsals this week are the normal 6:45-8:15am.
  • We also have a special guest clinician coming to work with our Percussion!
  • Friday’s game is against Coppell (away).

Junior High Night Thurs. 10/5

Get ready you guys, we will have an additional 300 band kids from LHJH and FMJH this Thursday, 10/5 at LHHS with us!!! It will be a fun and crazy night and we need your help to pull it off!


Get involved and help – sign up and volunteer this Thursday! Even if you can’t come for full listed time or until later, sign up and put details in the comments.

Meals Signup

Chaperones Signup

Pitpop Signup


High School band kids will be wearing their full uniforms. So be sure to pack long black socks, marching shoes and the under uniform for Thursday.

Junior High band kids will be wearing their band shirts and black shorts.


4:15pm – JH band kids get dropped off on HOME side

4:30pm – JH rehearse with HS band

5:00pm – HS will run our show for JH

5:15pm – Dinner in Student Center/Cafeteria of Main building with your section. Brass/Guard in Student Center, WW’s/Percussion in Cafeteria. All JH cases stored in Auditorium

6:00pm – ALL JH kids meet in Cafeteria

6:30pm – HS NOT performing pregame

7:00pm – Kickoff! Perform in stands

8:00pm – Approximate halftime performance

8:15pm – JH Dismissed


Remember that we have 300 extra kids and their families that will be showing up for the game to see their band kids perform. Seating will be crazy for the first half of the game. The band will spill over and take over the usual “band parent section.” We will probably get moved over one section at the top, where the high school kids usually are. Be prepared for it to be crowded. Please help the JH parents find seats and be sure to wear your spirit wear!


There will be 300 extra families coming and parking in the lots, so be prepared and come early. In fact, be sure to sign up to volunteer (see #1) and then you will be here early!


Thanks and Go Band!!!

Jennifer Newman & Bob Brashear