Cougar
Cy-Creek High School
Band and Color Guard
School Address: 9815 Grant Road - Houston, TX 77070
by TWIB on October 12th, 2015

HEY BAND!

From Mr. Drake..... 
 
Dear Cougar Band Members and Parents,Thank you all for a spectacular Saturday!  You displayed fight, poise, and maturity in a very long Saturday.  Our show has never looked better and I really look forward to how we are going to finish out at UIL next weekend!  

Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who made Saturday happen - it was quite a sacrifice to give up an entire day to travel all over "tarnation" and be with the band kids and to take care of them.  

This is going to be a GREAT week and we will have an amazing performance Saturday!!
Rehearsals
ALL rehearsals are required.

Stadium Rehearsal - 
Monday, 10/12 Berry Center Stadium, Buses load at 1:30 PM, depart at 2:30 PM,
rehearse 4:00-6:00 PM, return to Cypress Creek
All students will ride buses to stadium rehearsals. 

Dress for Stadium Rehearsal: Marching shoes, high black socks, black shorts, blue dri-fit shirt.

School Rehearsal - 
Tuesday, 10/13, 3;30 - 6:30 PM
Thursday, 10/15, 3:30 - 6:30 PM 
Saturday, 10/17, 6:30 AM 

Saturday, October 17
(1 competition plus Varsity football game) Competition:  

UIL competition
(Cypress Creek Band is hosting event - please see note below from Kim Garrett)
Rehearsal: 6:30 AM, Cypress Creek HS
Depart:  9:00  AM
Perform:  11:00 AM, Berry Center Stadium
Students will stay and watch contests until 2 PM.

Pink Out Game:  6:00 PM, Pridgeon Stadium  (payment of $8.00 due from Band Students for shirt; if not paid, pay by 10/12 to Drill Instructors).     

Meals:
Breakfast - ALL Students 
Early Dinner, 3:00 PM - "Meal Plan" Students 
Morning meal is contest meal.  ALL are fed regardless of being on plan.  Students should bring money for concessions at Berry.  
Students will ride back to school and arrive 3:00 PM and eat.  The 3:00 PM meal is a "Meal Plan" meal.  Students not on "Meal Plan" should bring their own food or have some dropped off.
See Information and forms below.  
 
Pit Crew 
We are still recruiting parents for Pit Crew.  Can you volunteer to help us at performances?  Let us know!  Please see note below from Kim Garrett regarding help.

Brian Drake, Band Director
Band Booster Club

from Kim Garrett, President...

What a weekend we had!!! Thank you....thank you....thank you to everyone who came out to help our band be successful this past weekend with 2 contests and a football game.  To the Pit Crew, Chaperones, Meal Moms, Bus/truck drivers who drove our students safely between events, you were all amazing and we couldn't have done it without all of you!  And....It was great to see our Band Alumni come out to support the Cougar Band at the contests and game.
 
Thanks to everyone for stepping up to help with UIL next Saturday, 10/17 at the Berry Center.  It will be a big event for our band family but many hands will make the job easier.  As of now, we have enough volunteers for the activities of hosting the event.  

We do need additional assistance from parents who can help with PIT CREW that morning.  
This is the most important Marching Day of our Season....we need approximately 40-45 people working in the Pit Crew to help get equipment, field fronts, and props on and off the field.  Please commit to helping if you are not already assigned a "job" during that time (10:15am-11:30am).  We need a FIRM commitment....we need to know that we can depend on you to be there.  Our band students have worked incredibly hard this year and we need your help to make this last show performance successful.  Contact Chance Benson if you can help  chance@mcbhosting.us.
 
Here are the details for UIL Volunteers.....
  • See attached list for your name, job assignment, and time needed 
  • https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0d688f2b2b375da612a84c971/files/Volunteers_UIL_Region_Marching_2015_.pdf
  • Everyone needs to meet at the Berry Center at 8:30am on Saturday morning for a Volunteer MeetingIf you have volunteered to loan us items (pop up canopies, tables, coolers, etc), please meet me at the Band Hall at 7:00pm on FRIDAY night to drop off your items. We will load them onto one truck to take to the Berry Center for distribution at the needed stations.
  • If you are helping with Pit Crew, you will work your "job" around your Pit Crew duties
  • MOST IMPORTANT: 2-3 golf carts - STILL NEEDED - if you know anyone that has a golf cart, or if you have a connection to a car dealership, golf course, or a place we can rent them from at a deep discount or as a donation, let me know.  We don't want to spend a lot of money to access these carts as that would cut into our funds we are earning from this fund raising event.  If you can secure a golf cart, message Kim Garrett at garrettdk@hotmail.com 

PINK OUT GAME is this SATURDAY.  Wear your Pink Cougar attire to the game.  If your student has not turned in $8.00 for their t-shirt to their DI, they must bring it with them to Stadium Rehearsal today(10/12).
 
First payment for "Music for All National Festival" was due October 6th and is now late...$300.  Place late payments in the "blue box" in the Band Hall.  Next payment of $250  is due November 10th.

If you missed taking your picture at this past week's game, we will take Senior Family photos at the October 17th game at Pridgeon.  Plan to meet your Senior band student in the band section during the 1st quarter to have your photo taken with them.
 
Upcoming dates:
Senior Night - football game - Friday, November 6th at Berry.
End of Marching Season Dinner - Thursday, November 12th in the Cy Creek Commons
Flags In after Veteran's Day has moved to Friday, November 13th - please adjust your calendars
Region Orchestra tryouts - November 9th
​MEAL PLAN - Sheila McGraw-Hall
Please place Meal Orders by Thursday, October 15, 3:30PM


Please complete the following forms: 
Breakfast 

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0d688f2b2b375da612a84c971/files/McDonald_s_Breakfast_Flyer_1_.pdf

Early Dinner 
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0d688f2b2b375da612a84c971/files/Pizza_Sign_Up_Flyer.pdf


Breakfast - ALL Students Saturday morning’s breakfast will be McDonald's. Students may choose from a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Sausage, Egg and Cheese McMuffin, Sausage Biscuit or Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. Those who do not choose a specific meal will be served a Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit, so PLEASE make sure you indicate your selection if a Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit doesn’t bring you joy. I hate when we have to tell kids that they are getting something they don’t like, because they didn’t choose something that week. 

Early Dinner (3:00 PM)  - "Meal Plan" Students After returning to the school before the game at Pridgeon, "Meal Plan" students will be served pizza from Domino's. Choices include Cheese, Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza.  Those students not choosing will be served cheese pizza. Extra slices of pizza will be $2 for two slices. Those students not on the "Meal Plan" may purchase this week’s meal for $8.

As always, please call or email me if you have any questions about Saturday’s meals.
Go Band!  
Sheila McGraw-Hall, Meal Mom
mckgray@me.com, 281-435-3829
​PIT CREW - Chance Benson
More volunteers are needed to help at competition and games with Props and equipment (percussion instruments, speakers, generators, etc.).  
As a member of the Pit Crew, you will help load and unload instruments and equipment.  You will also help get equipment onto and off the field during games and competitions.
It's a great way to meet other Band parents.  Plus you'll have a "bird's eye" view of the band on the field. 
If interested, please contact me.  
chance@mcbhosting.us
832-284-3911
​SPIRIT SALES - Joan Hixon
 
MUSIC FOR ALL  
First payment  of $300.00 is PAST DUE.  Place payment in the "blue box" in the Band Hall.

November 10 - 2nd payment, $250.00
 
FUND RAISING - Cristea Balcar

FLAGS -
 Dayna Buhanan and Tom Pierce 

by TWIB on October 7th, 2015

HEY Band!
MEAL SIGN-UPS
FOR OCTOBER 10 COMPETITIONS AND GAME

DUE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 3:00 PM 

Please download and complete Castillo's Meal, Jimmy Johns and Cane's Meal forms (3 forms total).  

Breakfast - Breakfast Tacos from Castillo’s served at school. This is our Meal Plan meal for the week, so only students on Meal Plan will be served. However, Pay-As-You-Go students may elect to purchase tacos for $3 each. Meal Plan participants who wish to purchase EXTRA tacos for $3 each must indicate this preference on the sign up sheet and bring money on Saturday. Choices include: Bacon, Egg & Cheese - Sausage, Egg & Cheese - Potato, Egg & Cheese and Potato, Bacon & Cheese. Students not indicating a preference will be served Bacon, Egg & Cheese.

Lunch - Jimmy John’s will be delivered after their performance at Berry Center, and students will eat their box lunches on the bus as they travel to Sugar Land. This is a contest meal, so EVERYONE will be served. Students will choose one of five options that include Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Turkey & Cheese Sandwich, Italian Sandwich, Veggie Sandwich as well as a Turkey Lettuce Wrap. Students MUST indicate a preference on the sign up sheet. Meal will include sandwich, chips, dessert and bottle of water. All students who do not indicate a preference will be served the Turkey & Cheese Sandwich.

Dinner – Cane’s will be served to EVERYONE once buses arrive at Pridgeon from Sugar Land Saturday evening. It is not necessary to sign up for this meal, as all meals will include chicken strips, fries, Texas toast, dessert and a bottle of water.

Please consider helping serve meals to the Band students.  You will still be able to see the performances.
To help, contact Sheila McGraw-Hal. "Meal Mom"  at 281-435-3829 or mckgray@yahoo.com  

Mark Your Calendars
 October 10
2 Competitions
Varsity Game - 6 PM Pridgeon Stadium
Senior Family Photos - meet your Senior in the Band section before the game to have your photo taken 

Meals - To help serve meals on October 10, contact Sheila McGraw-Hall, "Meal Mom",  at 
281-435-3829 or 
mckgray@yahoo.com  
October 17 
1 Competition - Berry Stadium 
Varsity Game - 6 PM Pridgeon Stadium

UIL Hosting
(Band Fund Raiser)
Berry Stadium
30-35 Volunteers Needed
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM




by TWIB on September 28th, 2015

Upcoming dates:
  • Competitions (more information to follow): 
    • Saturday, October 3
    • Saturday, October 10
    • Saturday, October 17 (Adult Volunteers are Needed)
  • "Music for All" - payment of $300 due October 6; place payment in "Blue Box" in Band Hall  
  • Senior Photos - October 10 at Pridgeon Stadium;  Plan to meet your Senior band student in the band section before the game starts to have your photo taken with them.
  • Band Booster Meeting, Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 PM, Berry Center Stadium Home Side, UIL Volunteer Duties to be discussed
  • Senior Night - football game - Friday, November 6th at Berry.
  • End of Marching Season Dinner - Thursday, November 12th in the Cy Creek Commons
  • "Flags In" after Veteran's Day has moved to Friday, November 13th - please adjust your calendars
  • "Music for All National Festival", March 9-13, 2016, Indianapolis, IN, Symphonic Band 
From Mr. Drake..... 

Cougar Band Members and Parents,
Competitions

Saturday 10/3 (1 competition, no football game)
Rehearsal 12:15-2:15 PM, Cypress Creek HS
Depart 3:15
Competition  at Leonard George Stadium
19428 I-45
Spring, TX 77373
Performance: 5:20 PM
Awards at 8:30 PM, then depart back to Cypress Creek HS
Meals:
Meal at 2:15 is a "Meal Plan" meal.  Those not on the plan should bring their own food.  ALL students should bring money for concessions.
Note:   The Band will not be attending the Varsity football game in order to participate in the competition.

Saturday 10/10 (2 competitions plus football game)
Rehearsal 6:30 AM, Cypress Creek HS
Depart 8:45AM 
Perform at Berry Center Stadium10:30 AM
Pick up box lunch.
Drive to Sugar Land for Contest 2.
Stadium Info:
Ken Hall Stadium
3333 Hurricane Ln
Missouri City, TX 77459
Performance: 1:45
Depart for Pridgeon Stadium.  Meal at Pridgeon  Stadium.  
Game at 6PM
Meals:
7:30 AM - Meal Plan
11:00 AM - ALL
4:00 PM - ALL 
Meal at 7:30 AM is a "Meal Plan" meal.  Those not on the plan should bring their own food.  
ALL students will be fed TWICE regardless of being on the plan at 11 AM and 4 PM with box dinners.

Saturday 10/17 (1 competition plus Varsity football game) - UIL competition (Cypress Creek Band is hosting event - 35 volunteers are needed; please see notes below)
Rehearsal 6:30 AM, Cypress Creek HS
Depart 9 AM
Perform at Berry Center Stadium 11 AM
Students will stay and watch contests until 2 PM.
Game at Pridgeon 6 PM      
Meals:
AM - ALL Students 
3:00 PM - "Meal Plan" Students 
Morning meal is contest meal.  ALL are fed regardless of being on plan.  Students should bring money for concessions at Berry.  
Students will ride back to school and arrive 3:00 PM and eat.  The 3:00 PM meal is a "Meal Plan" meal.  Students not on meal plan should bring their own food or have some dropped off.

Rehearsals
Rehearsals are posted on the website calendar (www.cycreekband.com) 
Stadium Rehearsals - 
Please make a special note of the following Stadium Rehearsals:
  1. Tuesday, 9/29 Pridgeon Stadium, 6-9 PM, Buses leave at 5:15 PM *
  2. Tuesday, 10/6 Berry Center Stadium, 6-9 PM, Buses leave at 5:00 PM *
  3. Tuesday, 10/12 Berry Center Stadium , Buses leave at 2:45 PM
All students will ride buses to stadium rehearsals. ALL rehearsals are required.
Dress for ALL Stadium Rehearsals: Marching shoes, high black socks, black shorts, blue dri-fit shirt*.
*Additional dress for Stadium Rehearsals 1 and 2 - marching band hat with plume.

Pit Crew 
We are still recruiting parents for Pit crew.  We could use 20 more people!  Can you volunteer to help us at performances??  Let us know!

Let's have a great week!

Brian Drake
Band Director
Cypress Creek High School
(281) 897-4248

 
​From the Band Booster Club.... 

MEAL PLAN - Sheila McGraw-Hall
Saturday’s meal before the contest will be Chick-fil-A for those on the Meal Plan. Students will choose between a Chick-fil-A sandwich and nuggets. Meal Plan participants who do not sign up for a preference will be served nuggets. You may opt to purchase this week’s meal for $8 if you are not signed up for meal plan. Please write your name legibly at the bottom of the signup sheet and indicate your entre preference.

As always, please email or call me if you have any questions regarding Meal Plan.
Thank you.

Sheila McGraw-Hall
Meal Mom
mckgray@me.com
281-435-3829
35 ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UIL - Kim Garrett
The Cy Creek Band is hosting this year's UIL Marching Competition at the Berry Center on Saturday, October 17th, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
We will need approximately 75 volunteers (in addition to our normal game volunteers of chaperones, meal moms, and Pit Crew) to cover this event.  We are ironing out the details now and will have more info in the weeks to come.  Right now, I just need to know that you are available to volunteer to help us out.  Time frame will be from approx. 9am-5pm from what we can tell right now.  Bring your friends, family, neighbors, past band students, church friends, etc.  We need a lot of hands to make this successful.  If you are interested, contact Kim Garrett at garrettdk@hotmail.com to be added to the volunteer list.

**Needs for that weekend:
  • 5 pop-up tents
  • 3 golf carts
  • 5 ice chests (medium to large size)
  • 2 folding tables
If you have any of the above items, message Kim Garrett at garrettdk@hotmail.com
Many of you have emailed Kim saying you can help, please watch for additional emails from her and plan to attend the Band Booster Meeting at Berry Center Stadium on Oct. 6th.  More details to come....
​PIT CREW - Chance Benson
More volunteers to help at games with Props and equipment (percussion instruments, speakers, generators, etc.).  As a member of the Pit Crew, you will help load and unload instruments and equipment.  You will also help get equipment onto and off the field during games and competitions.Its a great way to meet other Band parents.  Plus you'll have a "bird's eye" view of the band on the field. If interested, please contact me.  
If you are part of the "Pit Crew", please make sure that you are receiving emails from pitcrew@cycreekhs.band If you are not or not on the list, please email me and let me know chance@mcbhosting.us 
Chance Benson - Pit Crew Coordinator
chance@mcbhosting.us
832-284-3911
http://mcbhosting.us/
GAME CHAPERONES - Kim Garrett
If you haven't signed up to chaperone our students while at the football games and contests and you are interested in doing so, please contact our Chaperone Coordinator, Kim Garrett at garrettdk@hotmail.com

SPIRIT SALES- Joan Hixon
If you have any questions about spirit sales please do not hesitate to contact Joan Hixon at 281-630-9519 or joaniemaplehixon@gmail.com.  

BAND BOOSTER MEETING
Our next Band Booster Meeting will be Tuesday, October 6th at 7pm at Berry Center
The students will have a stadium rehearsal at Berry at the same time.  Meet on the Home side of the stadium in the stands.

All are encouraged to attend.  
This will  be our final planning meeting for the UIL competition so mark your calendars and join us to learn about details for the 17th.

MUSIC FOR ALL  
First payment  is due October 6th.  $300.  Place in the "blue box" in the band hall.

FUNDRAISING - Cristea Balcar
FLAGS
- Dayna Buhanan and Tom Pierce 
Communications regarding Flags are:

Email:  CycreekflAgs@gamil.com
Twitter:  @cycreekflags

by TWIB on August 16th, 2015

HEY BAND


From Mr. Drake..... 

Cougar Band Members and Parents,
SHOW OFF PERFORMANCE AND DINNER  - August 20th, 6:00 PM I'd like to encourage EVERYONE to bring their families to our annual show off dinner on Thursday, August 20th.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy some good food and participate in fellowship together. 

Missed the deadline to reserve your dinner?  It's not too late!  We will be sending in our final count for Show Off dinner plates TOMORROW (Monday) at 5pm.  

If you haven't turned in your dinner money, please contact Kim Garrett 713-806-0487 or garrettdk@hotmail.com  to make arrangements for late payment.  If we don't have your order by 5:00pm, we won't have a plate for you at the dinner. 

Please make arrangements to be there! Last year we had a record attendance of almost 300 people - let's break that record again!!

COUGAR DAY - Saturday, 8/22
All drum line, leadership, and symphonic band members must attend Cougar Day this Saturday the 22nd at school. All other band members are invited to attend. When I have an exact time I'll let you all know but my best guess is it'll be around noon and last until 2.

FORMS 
Parents, please help us with having your child turn in all forms.  Forms are attached to this e-mail.  

PHYSICALS 
We are missing a significant number of Physicals… please have those turned in immediately.  

BAND FEES
We have many bills to pay, please turn in Band Fee payments if you are behind on your payment.  We really need your support so we can provide the best experience possible for your children.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE 
Check the band website or previously e-mailed calendars for details.  
This week:
  • Monday        4:00-8:00  PM
  • Tuesday       4:30-8:00  PM
  • Wednesday  4:00-8:00  PM
  • Thursday      4:00-6:00  PM  Show Off Performance 6:00 PM, Dinner to follow
  • Friday          NO REHEARSAL
Rehearsals for the first week of school (week of August 24th) are Tuesday 3:30-6:30, Wednesday 3:30-5:30 and Thursday 3:30-6:30.  There is no game the first week of school.

Rehearsals for the second week of school (week of August 31st) will be Monday 3:30-6:30, Tuesday 3:30-6:30, Wednesday 3:30-5:30 to accommodate church.  Our first football game is on Thursday, September 3rd. 

AFTER the second week of school rehearsals will return to two days per week rather than three unless additional practice is needed. 

Check the band website or previously e-mailed calendars for details.  


MUSIC FOR ALL NATIONS FESTIVAL - MARCH 9-12, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS to Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble Students!!!  Both ensembles will be performing at the "Music for All National Festival" in Indianapolis next spring, March 9-12 2016!  Mark your calendars!  It will be a wonderful experience for our students and both ensembles will prepare stellar performances.  More details to come as we receive them. 

Let’s have a great week next week!!  STAY HYDRATED!  Get those pass-offs done!!!
-Mr. Drake

Brian Drake
Band Director
Cypress Creek High School
(281) 897-4248
​From the Band Booster Club.... 


Show Off Dinner, Thursday, August 20, 6:30 PM Missed the deadline to reserve your dinner after the Show Off performance?  It's not too late!  

We will be sending in our final count for Show Off dinner plates TOMORROW (Monday) at 5pm.  

If you haven't turned in your dinner money, please contact Kim Garrett 713-806-0487 or garrettdk@hotmail.com  to make arrangements for late payment.  

If we don't have your order by 5:00pm, we won't have a plate for you at the dinner. 
This is a great time for fellowship and building our band community.  

Spirit Sales - Joan Hixon
Are YOU ready for the marching season….do you have ALL the spirit items you need? 

There are some exciting new options of shorts, backpacks, t-shirts, hoodies, decals, etc….you are going to want for your family.  Bring your cash or checkbook and “CHECK it out!”  

There is only one more opportunity to purchase Spirit Items for our upcoming Band season: 
Order Date - 8/20 (Show Off Performance and Dinner)
Delivery - TBA

Items ordered 8/7 will be delivered on 8/20 at the Show Off Performance and Dinner.  

Thanks  to our “customers” that picked up their pre-ordered spirit items last Friday AND/or purchased our newest available t-shirts… can’t wait to see you all in your “Robot” or “Human” tanks!
 
We still have some orders ready for pick up for the following families:


                                                Henney, Goemmer, Woodward, Harrison, Gibbs, and Hernandez


If you would like to receive these items prior to the Show Off dinner please feel free to call Joan Hixon at 281-630-9519 to make arrangements for pick up.
 
If you have any questions about Spirit Items, please don’t hesitate to call or email Joan Hixon (joaniemaplehixon@gmail.com).
​**From the Treasurer:  

Thank you very much for the payments that have been made over the summer!  As of August 1st, the 3rd payment is due!  It is important that we complete payments for band fees by September 1st so the band can meet our financial obligations.  Questions?  Please contact Bronwyn Skyvara at ccbbctreasurer@gmail.com.

FAQs about band fees:

Q. OMG!  I forgot to send in a payment over the summer!  I am SO sorry.  What do I do?
A.  Please send your payment to band with your student.  Put your student's name in the memo line so we can credit the correct child.  Place all payments in the LOCKED BLUE box.  (Ask if you need help finding it.)  Please don't send cash.

Q.  Thanks.  How can I tell how much I have paid and how much I still owe?
A.  All payments are noted in CHARMS.  Band Fee details are on the band website. Still have questions?  Contact Bronwyn Skyvara at ccbbctreasurer@gmail.com.

Q.  I sure wish we could spread this out over the whole year.
A.  We hear you!  Did you know that the bulk of our expenses occur during marching season?  Fun Band Fee Fact:  Fees haven't gone up in the last five years!

Q.  Wow!  I did not know that!  I'm glad to know the band is working hard to keep our costs as low as possible.
A.  Thanks.  It takes all of us doing our part by working the flag routes, participating in the ROCK-A-THON and First Choice Emergency Room fundraisers,  but we have a lot of fun doing it!  
​Fundraiser Opportunity:
The Cy Creek Cougar Band is once again partnering with First Choice Emergency Room to raise funds for our band program.  The program is simple and easy.  During the time of August 21 through September 6, ANY ONE (who is at least 21 years old) who visits the First Choice ER at 13105 Louetta (at Grant) for a quick (3-5 minute) tour will earn $10.00 for our band program.
 
There are no strings attached....seriously.....nothing more than seeing the facility and what they can offer as a free-standing ER and earning money for the band.  
When we did this fundraiser 2 years ago, we earned $2700.00.  Let's try to beat that amount this year.....that means more that 270 of you need to visit in this 2 week period of time. 

The ER is open 24/7 so no excuses about not being able to get there before they closed, etc.  Come out and support our band program....tell your friends, neighbors, family members, coworkers, etc. Anyone can come!!  It's through fundraisers like this that we are able to keep your annual band fees down.

Flyers will be distributed at the Show Off Dinner on Thursday and will also be available at the facility when you tour so we can get credit for you touring.  Contact Kim Garrett for more information or questions.  garrettdk@hotmail.com 

Social Media:
Remember to like us on Facebook: Cy-Creek Cougar Band
Mark our website in your favorites: www.cycreekband.com

Upcoming dates:
Thursday, August 20 Summer Show Off at 6:00 PM  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  
Monday, August 24 First Day of School

Fundraiser: 

August 21 - September 6 First Choice ER, 13105 Louetta at Grant 
Labor Day and Patriot's Day Flag Holiday: 
Saturday, September 5, 9:00 AM - Flags go Out
Wednesday, September 12 - Flags Returned

Thursday, September 3 - First Football Game, AWAY Klein Oak vs. Cy Creek, 7:00 PM
Friday, September 9 - "8th Grader" - 8th graders are invited to participate with the Band at the football game

Competitions (more information to follow): 
Saturday, October 3
Saturday, October 10
Saturday, October 17 

March 9-13, 2016, "Music for All National Festival", Indianapolis, IN
Symphonic Band 


TWIB Editor
Kathy Kelly Woodward  

by TWIB on July 24th, 2015

Hey Band!

From Mr. Drake:

Greetings Cougar Band Members and Parents!

​I hope you all have had a restful and enjoyable summer! I am VERY much looking forward to this year - it will be both memorable and successful. Please review the scheduling information below and attached calendar to make sure you are at all rehearsals and events. Please make sure everyone has turned in ALL forms, including a copy of your physical, on your first day of rehearsal (if you did your physical at school please remind me I need to find it for you). If you have paid Band Fees but have not yet received a water bottle, you will receive it on the first day (therefore you need to bring your own water source for Day 1.  You must pay your Band Fees and must bring your Cougar Band water bottle to practice.
​We will break for lunch from 11:30-12:30 every day during summer band from July 30th-August 13th except where otherwise noted. For everyone's safety students will not be permitted to leave campus to eat. Please make arrangements to bring your own food. You may have food dropped off for you and you may order delivery with your Sections, if you wish to.

Our social events during summer band are the Ice Skating party at the Aerodrome on 8/4, ROCK-A-THON on August 7th  and Pool Party at Norchester Pool on August 11th.  Ice Skating and the Pool Party are FREE!!  Further details about the ROCK-A-THON are below.
​VERY Important: Two important things happen on Friday, August 7th. The representative from Tote Unlimited will be at school at 4 PM selling marching shoes, garment bags, and tote bags. This is your ONLY OPPORTUNITY to buy these items. The tote bags are purely optional but the shoes and garment bags are REQUIRED. Tote Unlimited only accepts exact change cash or check, NO CREDIT CARDS. Make checks out to Tote Unlimited.  Prices are as follows:
​Marching shoes: $44 Everyone but Guard needs these
Garment Bag: $21.65 Everyone needs this
Tote Bag w/Initials embroidered: $41.75 Optional except for Guard
​Let me reiterate again how you MUST come this day to purchase these items!
​August 7th is also our first fundraiser of the year, the ROCK-A-THON! This is an all-night party from 11pm-7am. Bring snacks, something to rock in, video games, board games, etc. This lock-in is a GREAT time and you should participate! Attached is a pledge form - find people who are willing to pledge to support our Band through your rocking that night. I encourage you to find members other than your immediate family to pledge. Members who raise $150 or more receive a free banquet ticket for the band banquet in May. Let's raise some money for our Band!
​IMPORTANT SUGGESTIONS:
If you haven't spent much time outside, take this next week and re-acclimate yourselves to the Houston heat.  Spend some time outside, including at the hottest times of day, to get used to the temperature and humidity.  Begin to drink much more water than you think you need, every day until summer band starts and beyond.  Going to the bathroom more often is better than having trouble with the heat.  Eat at least three healthy meals a day, including BREAKFAST before every band rehearsal.  Breakfast should be light and packed with energy!  The heat can be tough to deal with, but you CAN do it!!  Practice your pass-off music!
​I can't wait to get started next week! Let's have a GREAT summer band!!!
​Items to bring:

Water bottle, hat, athletic shoes, light athletic clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses (on sale for $3), instrument, music, flip folder, and a positive attitude!
​Show Shirts - 3 Laws - Order Deadline August 3
Please see attached order form.  All Band Members are required to have a Show Shirt. 
The shirts are $16. (All band members will receive a Show Shirt free of charge)
Parents are also welcome to buy a shirt.   If a parent would like to buy one, please send cash/check for $16 in an envelope with the shirt size written on the envelope and give to me in the Band Hall. (Do not put in Booster Blue Box.) Deadline August 3.

There is no order form for ordering a show shirt.
Mr. Drake
Band Director
From the Boosters:
​Aerodrome Ice Skating: Tuesday, 8/4/15 from 6:30pm-9:00pm
At the Aerodrome on 249.  (Located between Grant Road and 1960 on the west side of the access road) 
This event is FREE for all band members....sorry no siblings or non Band guests.   Wear clothing that will keep you warm as you cool off after a hot day of marching practice!  Your ticket in is the attached waiver.  It must be signed by a parent and the student!
Students will skate for the first hour and then turn in skates and put on your sneakers for a rousing game of "Broomball".  Be prepared to have a great time at this favorite band tradition.  (The snack bar will be open if you need snacks or hot chocolate.  Bring money if you'd like to take advantage of that service.)
​ROCK-A-THON: Friday, 8/7/15 from 10:00pm-6:00am
The ROCK-A-THON is back by popular demand!  Fill out the attached donation form and bring it with your donations to the Cy Creek Commons on Friday night, 8/7/15, and be prepared to Rock the night away!  We will begin setting up at 10 PM and all students need to arrive ready to entertain themselves from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM Saturday morning!  Talk to your friends and sections to coordinate gaming systems and be sure to bring something to rock on.  
  • ​Parents:  this event was started to replace a traditional fundraiser where the kid sold coupon books to the community.  Parents were required to do a buy out of the book if the kids failed to sell the minimum.  We have had a WONDERFUL response by the community for ROCK-A-THON!  They are happy to make a donation and know that 100% of the money goes directly to the band program!  Please encourage your student to talk up the band in the area and seek out donations.
  • This is not intended to be another opportunity for mom and dad to write a check.  Although, your contributions are welcome.
  • Students must have $50 in donations to participate.  Students bringing in $150 in donations will earn a free band banquet ticket to the spring banquet.
  • AGAIN THIS YEAR:  Students will be having a photo taken early in the evening at this event for the website and for band buttons.  You will have on a uniform jacket, but be sure you look spiffy for the photo!
  • Pick up begins at 6:00 AM Saturday, August 8.  All students must be picked up by 6:30 AM.
  • This event is fully chaperoned all night long and the volunteers will be ready to head home.  Please be on time!
  • ​We request that no student drive home on Saturday morning after being up all night.  Parents, please plan to pick up your child or carpool with another adult. Safety first!
Pool Party - Norchester Pool: Tuesday, 8/11/15 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
The pool is located on Jones Road just north of the Grant/Jones intersection.  The event is FREE and you should attend! 
Spirit Sales - Joan Hixon
There will be two opportunities to purchase Spirit Items for our upcoming Band season: 
  • Order Date - Friday, 8/7
    • Delivery - Thursday, 8/20 at Show Off and Dinner
  •  Order Date - Thursday, 8/20
    • Delivery - TBA
Take advantage of the 8/7 Order Date and have your new Spirit Items in time for our 1st game!

Photo Buttons - $5.00 
See attached Order Form. Please submit order and payment on Friday, 8/7.  
​Show Off and Dinner: Thursday, 8/20/15 starting at 6:00pm
We will have a marching show preview, followed by a meal and a Booster meeting that will include a preview of how marching season works and information about Flag holidays.  See attached RSVP form to reserve your dinner plate.  Place form and money in the Blue Box in the band hall NO LATER than Friday, August 14.  No payments will be accepted at the door.  We MUST have meals pre-ordered and paid.
​**From the Treasurer: 

Thank you very much for the payments that have been made over the summer!  As of August 1st, the 3rd payment is due!  It is important that we complete payments for band fees by September 1st so the band can meet our financial obligations.  Questions?  Please contact Bronwyn Skyvara.
FAQs about band fees:

Q: OMG! I forgot to send in a payment over the summer! I am SO sorry. What do I do?


A. Please send your payment to band with your student. Put your student's name in the memo line so we can credit the correct child. Place all payments in the LOCKED BLUE box. (Ask if you need help finding it) Please don't send cash.

Q.  Thanks.  How can I tell how much I have paid and how much I still owe?

​A.  All payments are noted in CHARMS.  Band Fee details are on the band website. Still have questions?  Contact Bronwyn.

​Q.  I sure wish we could spread this out over the whole year.

A.  We hear you!  Did you know that the bulk of our expenses occur during marching season?  Fun Band Fee Fact:  Fees haven't gone up in the last five years!

​Q.  Wow!  I did not know that!  I'm glad to know the band is working hard to keep our costs as low as possible.

A.  Thanks.  It takes all of us doing our part by working the flag routes or participating in the ROCK-A-THON, but we have a lot of fun doing it!  
Social Media:

Remember to like us on Facebook: Cy-Creek Cougar Band

Mark our website in your favorites: www.cycreekband.com (Hint: You are on it right now!)
Upcoming dates:

Tuesday, August 4  
6:30 - 9:00PM  Ice Skating at the Aerodrome
Friday, August 7    10:00PM - 6:00AM  Rock-A-Thon in the Cy Creek Commons​
Tuesday, August 11  6:00 - 8:00 PM Pool Party at the Norchester Pool 
Thursday, August 20 Summer Show Off at 6:00 PM  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Monday, August 24 First Day of School

Fundraiser
August 21 - September 86 First Choice ER - more information to follow
Labor Day and Patriot's Day Flag Holiday:
​Saturday, September 5, 9:00 AM - Flags go Out
​Wednesday, September 12 - Flags Returned

​Thursday, September 3 - First Football Game, AWAY Klein Oak vs. Cy Creek, 7:00 PM
​Friday, September 9 - "8th Grader" - 8th graders are invited to participate with the Band at the football game

​Competitions (more information to follow): 
Saturday, October 3
Saturday, October 10
Saturday, October 17 

​March 9-13, 2016, "Music for All National Festival", Indianapolis, IN
Symphonic Band 





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