Happy February, Band Families!

Mattress Palooza was a BIG success (THANK YOU, Jennifer Newman and the Sandovals for your hard work in leading this fundraiser!)! So many of you helped make this successful – band students, parents, anyone who spread the word, our directors, our customers, and of course Steve Mills and the CFA employees! Preliminary counts are great and numbers may still change… 59 mattresses, 7 adjustable bases, 7 bed frames, 36 pillows, and 36 pillow protectors. There is still a chance for anyone who couldn’t make it or make up their mind on Saturday to get their mattress and help the LHHS Wildcat Band: spread the word to your friends and family that if they missed out and want to get a mattress and help the band, they can go to another area Mattress Palooza and say that they are with Lake Highlands! There is one on 2/9 at Plano West and another on 2/17 at Mesquite Poteet, so please share that info, and we can get them connected with Steve Mills at another location. Thank you all for your hard work!

Chamber Music Festival is right around the corner! On Saturday, February 23rd we will have all the RISD band students (7th-12th grade) rolling through LHHS!  That is A LOT of band kiddos and their parents! LHABC runs the concession stand and provides lunch and food for the judges as well. To help offset the costs of the concession stand and create more profit for the band, we are asking our band families to help donate the drinks and a few other supplies. These items need to be delivered to the Chaperone room at the band hall by the end of the day, Tuesday Feb. 19th please. 

Link for the drink sign up… https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F44AEAA2D6-drinks

The Harlem Wizards fundraiser event will be happening in just over 3 months (April 22nd)!  We need some help to start getting things ready for this event. Here is how you can help us out right now…

  1. If you can be a part of the Harlem Wizard committee: please get in touch with Jennifer Newman THIS WEEK at jfernewman@sbcglobal.net or 469-441-5468.  Jennifer is looking for 5-7 people to help plan the event. We will ask for event volunteers when it gets closer.
  2. If you have a business or have connections with area businesses that might want to be Harlem Wizard event sponsors, please get in touch with Jennifer Newman for more information. We would love to promote band family businesses and neighborhood businesses. Information about this event will go to all the LHHS feeder pattern schools and families plus the neighborhood. This is a great way to get your business name out there!

More info will come as we have it – so please be on the lookout for Harlem Wizard 411!

SENIORS AND PARENTS OF SENIORS: It’s not too late to get your monogram information to Mrs. Jenkins! Please send your choices to cindy_jenkins@yahoo.com ASAP! Also, SENIOR PARENTS: please remember to send a baby photo (for the slideshow) to Starla Horstman at smhorst@sbcglobal.net. The deadline for photos is March 1st.

ARE YOUR BAND FEES AND TRIP FEES UP TO DATE? You can pay those online via Charms or drop a check in a MARKED ENVELOPE into the band safe. Please contact a director if you are behind and need to get caught up OR if you need to discuss financial payment plans!

To pay via Charms:

  1. Go to the Charms website https://www.charmsoffice.com  and log into your child’s account (school code is lhhsband).
  2. Enter the area marked “Finances” (there is an icon of an open wallet and money).
  3. For band fees choose “Pay Fixed Payment” and pay via PayPal.
  4. For trip fees choose “Pay Miscellaneous Payment” and pay via PayPal, making a notation that the payment you are making is for your child’s Corpus trip.
  5. Log out of Charms.

VOLUNTEER INFO: While the spring semester is less intense with regard to volunteer needs, there are still plenty of ways you can offer your time. Please email Amy at a_daryani@att.net if you would like to make sure you are getting the updates about volunteer needs, and don’t forget to complete your required RISD background check at http://www.risd.org/group/community/VolunteerOpportunities.html so you are eligible to help when needs arise.

Don’t forget to put these important dates on your calendars:

  • THURSDAY, 2/7: FMJH Play-a-thon from 4:30 to 7; we are still in need of volunteers for this, so please let us know if you can help!
  • FRIDAY, 2/15: Second payment is due for the Spring Trip!
  • SATURDAY, 2/23: Chamber Music Festival! Details to come!
  • FRIDAY, 3/22: Final payment is due for the Spring Trip!
  • MONDAY, 4/22: Harlem Wizards fundraiser! Details to come!
  • FRIDAY, 4/26- MONDAY 4/29: Spring Trip to Corpus!

Please let us know if you have any questions- we are always happy to help any way we can!

Amy Daryani                 972-841-5005

Sherwin Daryani          972-824-1691

LHABC Co-presidents, 2018-19

LHABC Update, 1/11/19

Happy New Year, Band Families!

We hope all of you enjoyed a restful break and a joyful holiday! Here are a few important details as we head into the spring semester:

  • SPRING TRIP FORMS and DEPOSITS are due at the mandatory meeting we will have on Tuesday, 1/15 at 7 pm. The info and form were sent in an earlier email, but please overlook the “DRAFT” across the pages; this is intended to indicate that the itinerary is a draft, but this is the actual document and form.
  • Did we mention the MANDATORY SPRING TRIP MEETING on TUESDAY 1/15 at 7 pm? (please make plans for at least one parent or guardian to attend)
  • Tuesday 1/15 at 6 pm: LHABC Board Meeting (Orchestra Room)
  • 1/23, 1/26, 1/27: Musical performances- don’t miss this fun production!
  • 2/2 from 10 am to 5 pm: MATTRESS PALOOZA FUNDRAISER
  • 4/22: Harlem Wizards basketball fundraiser- we want the whole community to join us for this, so please tell your friends!

Lastly, in case it’s not already on your calendar, there’s a MANDATORY SPRING TRIP MEETING on Tuesday, 1/15 at 7 pm in the band hall 😉


Sherwin Daryani 972-824-1691

Amy Daryani 972-841-5005

Have a great weekend! See you Tuesday!

April & May Events

There are a lot of fun things happening during April that we don’t want you to miss out on. Be sure to check out the table below with all the dates and events happening in April & some dates in May to mark on your calendar as well.

The spring trip to Corpus Christi is almost here.  There will be a MANDATORY meeting on April 10th at 8PM for those going on the Spring Trip. The trip is Friday, April 20th through Monday, April 23rd.  We will be giving out the itinerary/schedule and other information about the trip at this meeting.  If you have not registered for or completed your payments for the trip, please get in touch with Mr. Chavis (levi.chavis@risd.org) to make plans to do so.


4/3 RISD Jazz Fest at Berkner from 7-9PM

LHJH performs at 7pm & LHHS at 7:30PM (please be there by 7PM to cheer on LHJH)

4/4 Drumline Audition Camp
4/7 NTCA Varsity Championships at Flowermound HS for Winterguard
4/7 PROM
4/9 Leadership 101 4:30-6:30PM
4/10 Leadership 101 4:30-6:30PM
4/10 LHABC Board Meeting 6PM
4/10 LHABC General Meeting 7PM (all band parents welcome)
4/10 MANDATORY Spring Trip Meeting 8PM for all parents attending trip
4/17 UIL Concert & Sight Reading @ Richardson HS (times TBA)
4/18 UIL Concert & Sight Reading @ Richardson HS (times TBA)
4/18 Community Wide Mtg. in Auditorium from 6:30-7:30PM regarding the new Multi Purpose facility and additional building improvements, etc.
4/19 UIL Concert & Sight Reading @ Richardson HS (times TBA)
4/19 Color Guard Auditions 4:30PM
4/20 SPRING TRIP Friday 4/20 – Monday 4/23

Leave for Spring Trip at 6AM (arrive at school at 5:15AM)

4/23 Return from Spring Trip at 5PM
4/24 Leadership 101 4:30-6:30PM
4/25 Leadership 101 4:30-6:30PM
4/25 Drumline Audition Camp 5-8PM
4/27 Northpark Gold Raffle begins and goes through Fri. 5/11 at 4:30pm



5/1 Section Leader Auditions
5/2 Drum Major Audtions
5/3 Jazz Under the Stars 7PM (Food trucks & neighborhood event)
5/8 LHABC Board Meeting at 6PM

General LHABC Meeting at 7PM

5/9 FMJH Spring Concert
5/10 LHJH Spring Concert
5/11 Band Banquet 6PM at Park Cities Baptist Church
5/15 LHHS Spring Concert

Announce winners of NP Gold Raffle at Concert


Spring Trip & Mattress Palooza

In case you missed the meeting on Thursday, here is some important information about the Spring Trip & Mattress Palooza!

Spring Trip – April 20th – 23rd

Each Spring the LHHS Band will travel for a performance.   For three years of a student’s four years in high school, the band travels to Corpus Christi for the South Coast Music Festival.   Every fourth year, the band travels out of state to perform.  Past locations have included Hawaii and Disney World.

In order to attend as band member must:

  • Be a member of Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, or Winterguard.
  • Be an eligible member in good standing for Fall and Spring semesters (meaning: all fall band fees paid in full).
  • Have all trip fees must be paid in full.


  • Corpus Christi dates – April 20th to April 23rd
  • Will be staying at the Island House Condos
  • Cost is $375 per person (covers RT bus, 3 nts. lodging, & contest fees)
    • 1st payment of $125 is due 1/19
    • 2nd payment of $125 due 2/16 
    • 3rd payment of $125 due 3/23

Send your trip deposit in by Friday, 1/19 with the registration form to the band safe in an envelope marked with your student’s name and Corpus Trip written on the envelope.  You can also pay via Charms with a credit card. Be sure to mark in the notes that it is for the Spring Corpus trip.

  • Need lots of chaperones (adults) – consider joining us on a fun trip!

FYI – regular band fees (from when you registered in August), need to be paid in full before you start payments for the spring trip.

MATTRESS PALOOZA IS ON February 3rd and we need all of you to make it a success!

We need everyone to help us promote the event!  The success of this relies entirely on us getting the word out about it.  In 2017,  the event raised $9000 to support the Lake Highlands cluster bands – the highest amount raised by any RISD school.

Please do the following 3 things.  It will only take a few minutes of your time:

 1.  Text a copy of the linked flyer to all your friends and family with following message: 

 “ Lake Highlands Bands need your help.  Mattress Sale February 3rd.  Great beds, better prices.  If you need a mattress, call me and I will explain the details.”

 2.  Please JOIN our Facebook event and INVITE your friends!!!! https://bit.ly/Beds4LakeHighlands 

3. Share the attached flyer via email / social media.

Check out this YouTube video to see how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_pQ6O8aVus