Cougar
Cy-Creek
Band
School Address: 9815 Grant Road - Houston, TX 77070
832-250-5033
TWIB 08/16/15
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  


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