Summer Marching Important Info

Dear Lake Highlands Band,

I can’t adequately express how excited your band staff is about fully kicking off the 2021 marching season with all of you on Monday! We have been hard at work planning every detail necessary to ensure that the LH Band enjoys its best marching season in years, and we feel confident that you are all in for an incredible experience. While Summer Band Camp will be hard work, we are going to have a blast together and by the time camp is done, the band is going to be in position to put on incredible performances. Please read all of the following information carefully as it will explain exactly where to be and what you’ll need!

Where To Report- All band members (woodwinds, brass, percussion, and color guard) will begin in the main band hall right at 7:30 AM on Monday. You’ll need your instrument/equipment with you as you’ll go right into rehearsal after a short meeting, so arrive before 7:30 as that is the start time, not the arrival time. Leadership Team needs to arrive by 7 AM for the first day. 

Physicals- You must have this on file in order to participate in camp. The preferred method is to email this to us before Monday; however, you can turn it in as you check in Monday. 

What To Bring- Marching instrument and accessories (reeds, mouthpieces, etc), large water bottle filled with water (LH Band water bottle if you already have it), lots of sunscreen. You’ll be provided a binder filled with all music you’ll need, so just bring a pencil to put in your band binder.  

What To Wear- T-shirt, shorts, athletic shoes and socks, hat and/or sunglasses HIGHLY recommended. 

Meals- Eat a substantial breakfast eveyday before you arrive, and avoid dairy as this does not set you up to feel your best when working in the heat. Breakfast is a MAJOR part of settting yourself up for success at camp! During the lunch break, (11:00 AM-12:30 PM) students may leave campus with parents or other students for lunch or may bring a lunch and stay on campus; whatever each family is most comfortable with!

Things You’ll Need Soon- fanny pack. (yes, actually) You’ll need a fanny pack by the second Monday of Summer Band, August 2. This will hold your smartphone which you’ll need in order to reference the drill pages that will help you learn our show. Here is an example of something like what you’ll need. You’ll also need a smartphone by Monday, August 2. Though we know most of our students have one, if you don’t, let us know and we’ll help you get an old one to be used only for drill rehearsals. A flip folder. You’ll need this before August 13. If you don’t have one, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase one at Band Registration on July 31.

Thanks, everyone, and reach out with any questions you may have. We can’t wait to start the 2021 Lake Highlands Band Season!

Reagan Brumley

Director of Bands

Parents – Welcome to Lake Highlands Wildcat Band!

Hello Band Family,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Lake Highlands High School Wildcat Band! Parents/Guardians, if you have a student in band or color guard (they are collectively referred to as “The Band”), you are automatically part of the Lake Highlands Area Band Club.  There are no membership dues and no official sign-up required.  We are so happy to have you as a part of our band family. What we ask of you is to be supportive of the students and directors, cheer them on and when possible, help by volunteering. You can be involved as much or as little as you choose. We want and need your help though so please reach out to one of us if you are interested in getting plugged in.

Although the pandemic has presented challenges, the Directors, Students and LHABC Board have all been working hard to make the best of the situation.   Our activities may look very different from previous years, but our enthusiasm for supporting this band program continues to be as strong as ever. We want to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we traverse this season. Please know that every effort is being made to get information to you all as soon as it is as concrete as possible.

Volunteers:

As volunteer opportunities arise, email notifications and sign-ups will be sent to the group. All volunteers are required to submit to a background check. Please complete yours today via https://risd.voly.org/ . It only takes a couple minutes!

Ticket Information for Home Varsity Football (we are not in charge of this so stay tuned for any changes that may come):

All ticket sales are general admission and must be purchased online. No tickets will be available at the gate.Tickets will be sold on a week to week basis in the following order:

• Monday/Tuesday

Family of athletes, band, cheer, drill team and bell guard may purchase tickets.

4 tickets will be available per participant listed above. A link will be sent out and the student’s ID # is required in order to purchase tickets.  Students should know their student ID # or parents may request it from their school office. 

• Wednesday

Students may purchase a ticket online. Student ID # required in order to purchase a ticket. The link will be sent out and posted on the RISD athletics webpage. https://web.risd.org/athletics/

• Thursday and or Friday

If tickets are still available, the link will be posted on the RISD athletics webpage and the general public may purchase up to two tickets. https://web.risd.org/athletics/

There will be no passes accepted during the 2020 season. 

All Fans Must follow the UIL COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines.

Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in removal from the event. 

Masks are required

All fans must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering.

Every other row will remain empty. Please do not sit on rows that are marked.

Per UIL rules, we must maintain no more than 50% Stadium Capacity.

Sit with Household Only.

LHABC Board and General Meetings: (More details, including Zoom info to come)

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 7:00 P.M. Board Only

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 7:00 P.M. Board Only

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 6:30 P.M. General Meeting, 7:00 P.M. Winter Concert

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7:00 P.M. Board Only

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 7:00 P.M. Board Only

May 2021 – General Meeting and Spring Concert – TBA

If you have any questions, please feel free to email, text or call one of us. Go Band!

Leigh Ann Murchison (214)707-9258 lamurchison@ymail.com

Maria Sandoval (214)280-2468 4thesandovals@gmail.com

LHABC Co-Presidents

Parent Meeting & Preview Saturday from 10:30 am

Saturday 8/16 join us for a mandatory parent meeting and then to cheer on our Wildcat Band as they perform a special preview of the 2019 Halftime Show, “SOL.”

Parent Meeting – Band Hall from 10:30 -11:30

San Francisco Trip info

Band Year info

Make Up Registration

LHHS Wildcat Band Preview – Wildcat Stadium at 11:30 am

MEET ● WATCH ● TREATS

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!

Welcome Freshman Wildcat Band Families!

Welcome to the adventure called BAND!

Can you believe that it is time to get started with band already! Where did the summer go?  I know that you all have many questions and I am here to try to answer some of them.  For more info and to ask me in person, join us this Sunday, July 28thsometime between 5-9PM at the Mockingbird Lane Burger House.  Also, let all your fellow freshmen band friends know you will be there and your neighbors and friends so they can help out our band. LHABC (Lake Highlands Area Band Club) will make a percentage of all sales from 5PM to close.  Get a pass from cooking, come mingle with the band families and directors and eat some yummy burgers!  Sign up for the lhband2023 and lhabc2023Reminds.  See attached

In the meantime, here is some information to help as you start into this new band adventure…

1.     Summer Band Camp begins Monday, July 29that 8 AM.

A.     Kids need to wear cool clothing and supportive tennis shoes with hats, sunglasses, cooling neck towels or headbands and plenty of sunscreen.

B.   Hours for the 1stweek and M-Th the 2ndweek are 8 – 11:30AM and 1 – 4:30PM.

Friday 8/9 – 1:00 – 5:15 PM.

Monday 8/12 – No band camp. 

Tuesday 8/13 – 4:30-7:30PM.

Wednesday 8/14 – 8-11:30 AM and 1-4:30 PM.

Sat. 8/17 – practice for kids 8-11:30AM, MANDATORY PARENT MEETING 10:30-11:30AM and show performance 11:30-12:30   Food and Kona Ice will be there for lunch for all.  More details to come about this!

(see email from Mr. Chavis from June 24thand also check calendar on lhabc.org).

C.   Make sure that your kids eat good dinners, go to bed early and eat a light breakfast.

D.   HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! Kids need to bring water bottlesthat they can refill and they need to be drinking lots of water at practice and at home to stay hydrated.

E.   Kids can stay and eat lunch in the halls or student center during lunch break or you can pick them up and take them somewhere. If they are staying, please send a lunch.

2.    Band Time

A.   If start time is 8 AM, in band time that means arrive at 7:45 AM so that you are ready to start at 8 AM.

B.   If end time is at 11:30 AM, in band time that means pick up at 11:45 AM since they will end at 11:30 and be done packing up by 11:45 AM.

3.    Band Swag

A.    Freshmen Items that you receive after registration – Wicking shirt and shorts with logo, summer uniform (Red shirt & shorts), marching shoes, gloves/grips, monogrammed band duffle bag, and water jug. Make sure your child has a lyre and flip folder for their marching music.

B.   Spirit wear will be available for purchase at Registration at our Spirit Wear table.

4.     Band Registration is on Saturday, August 10thfrom 10 AM – 2 PM.

A.   Takes about an hour to go through registration.

B.    Arrival times are done according to your last name – 10-11 AM A to F; 11-12 AM G to K; 12-1 PM L to P; 1 PM-2 PM Q to Z.

C.   Bring 2 cases of water to registration. These are used throughout the band year for meals, games, etc.

D.   We will have opportunities for you to get involved with LHABC and to help out the kids and directors.  Please sign up to help in some way! It takes a lot of us to make marching season a success! Plus it is a lot of fun…

E.   Forms for registration will go out via email.

5.    Private Lessons are not mandatory, but highly encouraged. They are offered during school hours and are 1x/week for 30 minutes and cost $18/week.

6.    Football 411

A.    Kids will have long days on Fridays. They have practice at 6:30 AM and stay after school to get ready for the game.  They will be fed dinner before each game by the pit pops and band moms. Games usually end around 10:30-11 PM and pick up is around 11-11:30 PM or if it is an away game closer to midnight.

B.   Thursday night you will need to encourage your child to get their band bag packed for Friday.  They will need their summer uniform (red band shirt, black shorts and black marching shoes). You will need to get black short socks and a black belt to go with their summer uniform.  They will also need their black band logo wicking shirt and shorts to practice in/and to wear under their fall marching uniform, as well as, tall black socks. They will also need their red water jug.

C.   Football tickets are available on Friday mornings till lunch time in the apex of LHHS or at the ticket booth before a game.

D.   Band marches in at 6:30 PM from the band hall, down Church Road and into the stadium. This is a fun event to watch and/or walk in with them.

E.   Band families sit to the right of the band on the west end of the stadium. Wear your spirit wear and join us for some fun!

F.   You will want to get a Sports Program at the game to see the Band pages and to have as a memento.

7.    Fundraisers

A.    We have lots of fundraisers during the school year to help us raise funds that help keep our band fees lower than many other schools. Please participate and spread the word for any and all fundraisers to help out.

B.   1stfundraiser is Sunday, July 28thfrom 5-9 PM at the Mockingbird location of Burger House. LHABC will make a percentage of all sales that evening. So come and eat, and invite all your friends and neighbors to come as well.  Plus you will get to meet and visit with the directors.

C.   2ndfundraiser will be starting Friday, August 9th during summer band camp. SNAP is an easy fundraiser where the kids bring emails of family and friends that they think would like to help them and their band.  It is real easy and very effective!  Be looking for an email regarding SNAP.

I know that this is a lot of information and that it may not answer all of your questions, but it should answer a bunch of them.  I am always willing to chat with you and answer any questions and so are the other LHABC Board members as well as other band parents. Don’t be afraid to reach out! There are no silly questions!

Looking forward to meeting you on Sunday at Burger House!

Your LHABC Co-Presidents & Freshman Rep –

Vanessa Stevens      LHABC President       vanessa.stevens@risd.org

Joel Carson                LHABC President       jkcarson@swbell.net

Beth Sheehan             Freshman Rep            basheehan@gmail.com

 

Freshman & New Parent Coffee and Dessert

Sunday, October 1st from 7-8:30PM
9633 Dartridge Dallas TX 75238
Come join us for sweet treats and bend our ears! Fill us in on how the adjustment to high school and marching band is going.  Ask us questions you may have.  Spend some time outside of band carpool, meetings and football games with other band parents.
Please RSVP on the sign up below…
If you have any questions or cannot get signed up on the link above, please contact Vanessa Stevens at vanessa.stevens@risd.org or Jennifer Newman at jfernewman@sbcglobal.net.
Looking forward to visiting with you all on Sunday evening!
GO BAND!!!