This is the first official weekly email of the school year! Please look for these emails before each week for highlights of upcoming events.
We will be having summer band rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday this week from 4 pm to 8 pm. There is NO rehearsal on Wednesday - although the student leaders are organizing an “End of Summer Band” social event!
Students will need their instruments on Thursday and Friday the first week of school. We will also have after school band rehearsal on Thursday and Friday from 4:15 to 6:45 pm.
This is our LAST week of summer band! The students have been doing extremely well and last week put all of Part 1 on the field. This week, we will put as much of Part 2 on the field as possible. By the end of the first week of school, we will have half of our competitive production learned - WOW!
Monday and Tuesday this week, we will rehearse from 4 pm to 8 pm. Students should arrive to the band hall having already eaten dinner, and are encouraged to bring a snack to eat during our long break.
We will NOT have any summer band rehearsal on Wednesday, the day before school starts!
Students will finish uniform fittings this week on Monday, 8/9. Students should wear athletic clothes when they arrive to be fit. Uniform fittings will take place in the Uniform Room, inside the Band Hall.
Sophomores M-Z - 1:00 pm
Freshmen A-L - 1:30 pm
Freshmen M-Z - 2:00 pm
Make Up Time - 2:30 pm
All students should be fit by the end of the day on Monday. If you can’t make any of these uniform fitting times, please contact Mrs. Lewis via Schoology.
We will take band pictures on Tuesday, 8/10 before summer band rehearsal. Students should arrive at the band hall by noon, wearing their summer uniform (black dri fit shirt, athletic shorts, long black socks, and marching band shoes).
Students new to band this year may not yet have their dri fit shirt, shorts,, etc. We will be handing out the dri fit shirts on Monday. If you do not have black marching shoes yet, that is okay as well - please wear the long black socks.
While students must typically have their hair up when wearing the uniform, this is more relaxed for picture day. Students may wear their hair down, but we ask that there is minimal make up (as it can get on the jackets). There is NO jewelry permitted in uniform.
We will get in line for band photos by 12:40 pm. After the group photo, each section will take a serious and funny photo. Each section has been assigned a month “theme” as well, for our band calendar. Lastly, individual photos will be taken.
After band picture day, the photo company will send me a link to order photo prints of group, section and individual photos. I will send this to you once I get it!
End of Summer Band Social Event
As previously mentioned, there is no band rehearsal on Wednesday, 8/11. The student leaders have organized an End of Summer Band social event from 4 to 6 pm at THF park. All students are invited for an outdoor social event!
Afterschool Band Rehearsals, First Week
We are not attending a football game the first week of school. Instead, we will rehearse on Thursday and Friday from 4:15 pm to 6:45 pm at Denison High School.
We will go over the typical marching band rehearsal during class the first week of school, and it is also listed in the band handbook. Students will have access to the dressing rooms in the Fine Arts hallway after school to change into athletic clothes before going outside to rehearsal.
Meet the Jackets
On Saturday, August 14th, the Touch of Gold Band will participate in Meet the Jackets Night at Munson Stadium. I will send out an itinerary for this event next week.
Attire will be the summer uniform: black dri fit t-shirt, gray athletic shorts, and tennis shoes. Students will meet at Munson Stadium, and we will perform stand tunes on the Home Side of the stadium.
DCI Live Stream
Following the end of the Meet the Jackets Night, we will be hosting an optional social event back at Denison High School. We will be streaming the DCI Finals in the band hall and will be serving soda and snacks. All students are invited to attend! More information will be sent out in next week’s email, including a specific start and end time.
Volunteer Opportunities, August
There are several volunteer opportunities in August! Please read the descriptions before signing up:
Parents volunteering on field crew must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Field crew arrives prior to the event at the stadium to help unload the semi trailer/box truck. Parents will work with the band staff and loading crew to move equipment and instruments. At half time, field crew parents will help to set up the field for performance.
Parents volunteering to chaperone at football games will assist in moving students, such as taking groups of students to the bathroom. Chaperones will also ride the bus to games.
Parents who assist with meals will set up the meal/snack prior to the end of the school day. They will also assist with the clean up and tear down.
All parents who volunteer will need to have completed the DISD Volunteer Application this year.
DHS Band Handbook and Required Forms
All required forms including the Band Handbook can be found on our website under the Parents and Boosters tab. The link to our website is http://www.denisonbands.org/. Several students are still missing the required forms. These forms are all due on Friday, August 13th.
All Region Sectionals
Students in Wind Ensemble are required to participate in weekly sectionals focusing on the All Region music, in preparation for auditions later in the semester. All other students are encouraged to attend these sectionals, although they are not required. The All Region Sectional Schedule can be found attached to this email. Sectionals will begin during the first FULL week of school (week of Monday, August 16th).
You will notice that bassoon and oboe are on the same day. The first week (week of 8/16) we will start with bassoon sectionals. The following week will be oboe, and so on. Other speciality instruments (bass clarinet, bass trombone, etc.) will be pulled out during the band class period.
Student Drop Off / Band Hall Hours
Unless your student is dropped off early for sectionals, we ask that you utilize the back Auditorium entrance. The exterior Band Hall doors will only be open to allow students in for sectionals, and then will lock for the remainder of the morning. This week, the Band Hall will open at 7:45 AM. Once sectionals begin next week, the Band Hall will open each morning by 6:45 AM and will close each afternoon by 7:15 PM. As there is no marching band rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon, the band hall will close by 5 pm. Students are allowed to stay in the Band Hall to practice, complete homework, study, or observe rehearsals. No food or drink are allowed in the Band Hall. We ask that if your student brings a water jug for rehearsal after school that they do NOT fill it with water and leave it in their locker (they tend to leak into the lockers below).
We will go over the band handbook and grading policy in all classes this week. Our first two objectives are due this week on Friday, August 13th. These two objectives are 1) a supply check and 2) that all forms are turned in. The forms required are: Medical History form, Handbook Acknowledgment form, Student Travel form, and UIL Acknowledgment form. The required supplies are: black one inch binder, lyre (if applicable for your instrument), flip folder, pencil and music. Your student has known about the required forms and supplies since before Summer Band Camp.
Parent Talent Survey
We ask that all parents and guardians fill out our Parent Talent survey: https://forms.gle/ZGYaipLMUSLr6uEA8
If you already filled this out at Band Registration, you do not need to fill this out again!
· Uniform Fittings at Band Hall, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
· Band Photos, arrive to Band Hall by 12:00 pm
· No Band Rehearsal today!
· First Day of School!
· First objective due: all forms and supply check
· Meet the Jackets at Munson Stadium