We’re off and running! I hope everyone had a successful first week of school. As crazy as things can seem in the first day or two, our routines will settle down quickly. This week includes another community performance and our first football game. Make note of information below about required forms and fee payments required for travel to games and contests. As always, contact a director (Mr. Wright: Wind Ensemble & Jazz 2; Mr. Sawyer: Concert Band 1 & Jazz 1; Ms Scooler: Symphonic Band & Concert Band 2; Mrs. Bolton: Percussion) if you have any questions.
Reminders for the week:
MEET THE PANTHER ON MONDAY: Uniform for this event is the grey Paschal Band t-shirt, solid black shorts, black socks and black marching shoes. New members who do not have marching shoes may wear tennis shoes (black if possible with black socks). We are planning on rehearsing prior to this event. If temps allow, we’ll be learning more drill on the practice lot. If not, we’ll be in the auditorium running show music and stand tunes. Meet the Panther starts at 6 PM and has been moved to the Gus Bates Center. We’ll walk as a group to the gym from the auditorium or practice lot. Students will be free to leave immediately after the event ends.
FORMS REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL: We’ve posted a list of students who still owe a copy of their current physical on the director office door. Students will NOT be allowed to travel without a current physical on record. Students must also make sure they have submitted a copy of the Medical Emergency Card (attached).
GAME DAY SCHEDULE ON FRIDAY: Football games are a lot of fun, but take legitimate preparation on the part of the students. Our uniform for this game is the same as Meet the Panther. Tubas and percussion will put their instruments on the band’s 18-wheeler (parked on Forest Park Blvd) immediately after school. All students should have a plan for a meal between 3:45 PM and 4:45 PM. (Students are not allowed to eat concession stand food during game. Boosters will provide a light snack after halftime.) The full band will meet on the turf field at 5 PM for a march/sing-through of our halftime performance music. We will load buses on Louden St after that and head to the game. Our tentative return time for this game will be 11:30 PM. Watch for a news blast in the BAND app for notification of when we depart the stadium and an estimated return to school. Students will unload our equipment and will be dismissed as a group immediately after. No students are allowed to leave until the entire band is dismissed. REMINDER: Students need to have a specific plan to be picked up immediately after dismissal.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FRIDAY: Parent volunteers are needed at every event. Please sign up to ride a bus and/or load equipment on Friday: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4faaaf29a1fb6-831
3RD BAND FEE INSTALLMENT DUE ON MONDAY, AUGUST 26: The boosters and directors definitely understand that the start of school can be tough on the pocketbook. The key to fee installments is to continue to make progress. It is much better to make a small payment by each deadline than no payment. Students who have not made a payment toward their 2019-2020 band fees will not be allowed to travel to football games. Please talk to a director if you have any questions or concerns about fees. The booster club has already invested almost $50,000 in our program since August 1. Your fee payments and active participation in fundraisers is what allows such a significant level up support for our program!
NEW PHONE APP FOR NEWS BLASTS AND QUICK REMINDERS (DOING AWAY WITH REMIND 101): Here’s the link to our new reminder phone app “Band” (all band students and parents are encouraged to join this group): https://band.us/n/a3a312i71a2el
HONORS CREDIT (4.5 GPA) FOR BAND: Students have the choice of enrolling in band classes that are worth a maximum 4.0 or 4.5 weight to their GPA. This is the STUDENT’S choice and obligation to confirm with their counselor. Students must confirm/finalize their choice no later than Friday. You do not need to CC a band director for this.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:
Monday, August 26: Marching Band Rehearsal 4:30 - 6 PM
Monday, August 26: Meet the Panther (6 – 7:30 PM)
Tuesday, August 27: Marching Band Rehearsal 4:30 - 7 PM
Tuesday, August 27: Ms Wine @ after-school rehearsal
Wednesday, August 28: Mr. Merrill in periods 1, 2, 3 and 4
Thursday, August 29: Marching Band Rehearsal 4:30 - 7 PM
Friday, August 30: PHS Football @ Irving HS
Saturday, August 31: “Saxophone Day” @ Brookhaven College (talk to Sawyer)
Monday, September 2: Labor Day - No School or Rehearsal
Tuesday, September 3: Booster Club Meeting
Friday, September 6: Pep Rally (during school)
Friday, September 6: PHS Football vs Haltom (Middle School Night!) @ Farrington Field
Thursday, September 12: PHS Football vs North Mesquite
Saturday, September 14: TMEA All-Region Jazz Auditions
Saturday, September 14: HEB Drumline Contest
Wednesday, September 18: Mr Merrill in periods 1, 2, 3 and 4
Wednesday, September 18: Restaurant Night @ BJs Brewhouse on Hulen
Saturday, September 21: March-a-thon (8 AM - 1 PM)
Friday, September 27: END OF 1ST 6-WEEKS (MUST BE PASSING ALL CLASSES FOR UIL CONTESTS)
Friday, September 27: PHS Football vs Arlington Sam Houston
Saturday, September 28: Mansfield “Preview of Champions” Contest (10 AM - 10 PM)
Tuesday, October 1: Booster Club Meeting
Friday, October 4: PHS Football @ Arlington HS
Monday, October 7: FWISD Pre-UIL Marching Band Assessment @ FWISD Clark Stadium (2 - 7 PM)
Thursday, October 10: PHS Football vs Trimble Tech (Homecoming)
Friday, October 11: Drumline performance at “Day of the Girl” Parade
Monday, October 14: (No School Today) Marching Band Rehearsal (3 - 6 PM)
Tuesday, October 15: UIL Marching Band Contest @ Mansfield (3 - 8 PM)
Friday, October 18: Wind Ensemble/Leadership Pep Band @ Lily B Walk-a-thon
Friday, October 18: PHS Football vs Arlington Lamar
Friday, October 25: PHS Football @ Arlington Bowie