Fuddruckers 6/4 & Summer Band 6/1 & 6/4

Hi Band Families!

WOW – in just one week we will be starting our new 2018-2019 LHHS Wildcat Band year!  I cannot believe it is already here!  I have a few important business details for you before the 2017-2018 year ends & the torch passes to Sherwin & Amy Daryani.  What an exciting year 2018-2019 is going to be with the Daryanis and the new LHABC Board!

1.     Fuddruckers Spirit Night is Monday, June 4th from 6-9PM at the Greenville Avenue location in Old Town.  Please be sure to tell the cashier you are with Lake Highlands High School Band when you check out.  Spread the word to your friends as well!  LHABC will make a percentage of the sales that night.

2.    Summer Band is on Friday, June 1st and Monday, June 4th from 8AM to 11:30AM and then 1 – 4PM.  Remember that band time is 15 minutes earlier!  Lunch can be eaten on or off campus.  Be sure to remind your students to wear comfortable, cool clothing and supportive shoes.  It will be HOT outside, so they will need refillable water bottles, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc.  Cool-a-roo neck wraps are also good to help keep body temperature down.

3.    Great BIG thank you’s to the 2017-2018 LHABC Board, Directors, Volunteers, Students, etc. for making this year amazing!  We could not have done this without you!

Now for some mushy last words…

At the beginning of this school year, I had no idea what I had signed on for.  At the end of the school year, I can say it was the most rewarding wild ride!  LHABC, LHHS Wildcat Band students and families, and our directors are the most amazing people around!

Our band family is amazing (that means you!) and is super generous with their time, talents, and resources.  I have seen this first hand all year long. We have a common goal to help support our directors and students and to make it possible for them to do all the wonderful LHHS Wildcat Band stuff that they do all year long.  This goal is not just a numbers game, it is about each individual band student and how we can help make a difference in their life and their family.  Thank you all for working so hard this year to make such a BIG difference!

I came on board this year because I love what band has done for Porter.  He started in 6th grade and has never waivered in his desire to join the marching band in high school.  Little did I know what that would mean for our family.  Porter has grown as a musician and student.  He has made lifelong friends and learned tons of life skills.  He has become more confident and independent.  Band has changed him for the better!

I feel so blessed to have gotten to work with and know so many of you this year and look forward to another 2 years with you in a different capacity before Porter graduates.  Thank you all for an amazing Wildcat ride!

Go Band!

Jennifer Newman

Kickoff Camps 6/1 & 6/4

Kickoff Camp for marching band Woodwinds and Brass is coming up next Friday, June 1st and Monday, June 4th from 8:00-11:30am and 1:00-4:00pm.
Summer School starts on June 4th! This obviously conflicts with our 2nd day of camp.  If you are attending Summer School then I have good news for you — it’s at LHHS!  Communicate with a high school director about what time your class is on Monday.  The expectation is that you attend camp before/after class.  MANY things will be happening at this two-day camp: introduction to marching technique, preview of show music and stand tunes, marching instrument check out, meet new band kids!

What you need:
– athletic clothing (light colors preferred).
– sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.
– refillable water bottle — MANDATORY!! In August, we will provide new members with one. You must bring your own water to camp!!

Lunch options: you can bring your lunch and stay on campus or leave between 11:30am-1pm.

REMEMBER: “Band time” is a real concept!  If we start rehearsal at 8:00am, you need to be ON CAMPUS getting ready by 7:45am!

Director Update: Week of May 14

Thank you to everyone that come to last night’s Band Banquet!  Mrs. Waggoner and ALL of the LHABC helped create a beautiful event for the LH band – THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Tuesday, May 15th – Spring Concert starts at 7pm. Call time for all bands is 6:15pm in FULL formal uniform (Boys – Tuxedo jacket/pants, shirt, tie, LONG black socks, dress shoes, Girls – black dress, NO sandals!) JUNIORS – be here BY 6pm to take your Senior picture for next year’s poster/program with Mrs. Sullivan in the Orchestra Room.

Thursday, May 17th – Mr. Muzquiz Trombone Studio Recital in the H-building Auditorium at 6:30pm

Friday, May 18th, after school – ALL Leadership and Band Placement results will be posted in the Band Hall.  If you want to discuss anything with a director, please do not send an e-mail over the weekend.

Friday, May 18th – Ms. Alvarado Flute Studio Recital in the H-building Auditorium at 6:30pm

Saturday, May 19th – Red/White Game at Wildcat Stadium.  Call time is 1:15pm in the Band Hall ready to go! Dress is Red Summer Uniform Polo (please find it!), tucked in to black shorts with black belt and tennis shoes.  Seniors – you will be introduced at halftime.  Wear your college shirt! We should be done right around 3pm.

Band Newsletter – May 1st

Hi Band Families!

I can hardly believe that we only have 31 days till we are out of school! WHOA! What a fast and fun year we have had!

THE SPRING TRIP was a so much fun! I want to say a special thank you to all the chaperones who attended the trip and made it possible (Leigh Tidwell, LeaAnne Pillers, Cary Pillers, Vanessa Stevens, Jim Newman, Keely Carson, Joel Carson, Sherwin Daryani, Glenn Stone, Susan Fridich, Kelly Akins, Michelle Howard, Wendy Waggoner, Ros Wilhelm, and Carolyn Sullivan.  And another big thank you to all the directors and our very own resident principal, Mrs. Everett who came and spent time working/playing with our band kids! What an amazing and fun trip!


1.    Jazz Under the Stars is this Thursday, May 3rd in the Wildcat Stadium! Come and get dinner and desserts at 6PM (LHABC makes a % of the sales) and then join us on the field with your chairs and blankets for a great concert!  Please tell your friends about the concert!

2.      The dessert table for Jazz Under the Stars needs you… sign up and bring individually wrapped desserts please! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba4a72aa7f94-jazz

3.    Deadline to RSVP to and pay for the Band Banquet is this Friday, May 4th! Invitations were mailed to your home. Your student can pick up an invitation and RSVP card from the directors if you did not receive yours.  You don’t want to miss out on a fun evening! Cost is $20/pp. Doors open at Park Cities Baptist Church at 6PM. Dinner is at 6:30PM.  After dinner there is a dance upstairs till 10PM.  Dress attire is semi-formal.  Can’t wait to see you there and celebrate our seniors and band!

4.    Raffle tickets for Northpark Gold came home Friday or today with your student.  There are 10 tickets for each student to sell.  Payments need to be in cash.  Please don’t promote on social media (Texas law for raffles).  If you feel you tried to sell your tickets to friends, family, co-workers & neighbors and have tickets left, you can come sell tickets at the JH Spring Concerts.  And if you sold all your tickets and need more, you can get more from Mrs. Newman.  Contact her at 469-441-5468 or jfernewman@sbcglobal.net to sign up to sell at JH concerts or get more tickets.  All ticket stubs and cash need to be returned by Friday, May 11th

5.    Please resend or drop off Corporate Sponsorship letters to your contacts and places you go to! We need you all to help get the word out to sponsor our awesome band!  Deadline to get sponsors commitments is May 31stHere is the link to the form… https://lhabc.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/20182019-sponsorship-letter.pdf

6.    LHABC has put proposed updates to our Bylaws on the lhabc.org website for all LHABC members to look over.  The reason for the changes is for a more accurate picture of how LHABC currently works.  If you have any questions, please contact Cary Pillers at clpillers@gmail.com. If there are no major things that need additional changes, we will be voting on accepting the changes at the May 8th meetings.  A copy is also attached to this email. Places where changes were made have a red line in the left margin.

7.    The 2018-2019 LHABC Board will be presented at the General Meeting on Tuesday, May 8th. Please plan to attend the meeting and welcome our new board! We will be wrapping up business for this year and getting ready for an exciting new year!   Additionally, the changes to the bylaws will be voted on – you can review the changes here: LHABC Bylaws Review.

Upcoming in May

Be sure to mark your calendars for all the awesome things going on in May! There are also a few dates for June that are important as well.

4/30-5/3 Leadership Interviews and Auditions
Color Guard Auditions
Drum Major Auditions
5/4 Band Banquet RSVP/$ due today!
5/7 Woodwind Auditions
5/8 Brass Auditions
6PM LHABC Board Meeting
7PM LHABC General Meeting
5/9 Drum Major Interview
FMJH Spring Concert
5/10 Drum Major Interview
LHJH Spring Concert
5/11 Northpark Gold Raffle tickets due today!
5/12 Sasi Leadership Camp 10AM-6PM
5/15 LHHS Spring Concert 7PM
Raffle winners announced!
5/17 Trombone Recital 6:30PM in FC
5/18 Leadership/Band placements announced
Flute Recital 6:30PM in FC
5/19 Red & White Game at 2PM in stadium
5/31 Corporate Sponsorship due today!
Last day of school!


Special dates you need to know for June…

6/1 Band camp kicks off at 8AM for all band
8-11:30AM & 1-4PM
6/2 LH Graduation 8:30-11:30AM at Curtis Culwell Center
6/4 Band camp kicks off at 8AM for all band
8-11:30AM & 1-4PM
6/4 Fuddruckers Spirit Night from 6-9PM
6/5-6/6 Leadership Workdays 8AM – Noon

LHABC Bylaws Review

LHABC Bylaws are posted for review.  The updates will be voted on during the May LHABC meeting.

You can read the updated version here: LHABC Bylaws 122017.

Changes are marked with a red tag on left margin.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to Cary Pillers at  clpillers@gmail.com.