Cy-Creek High School
Band and Color Guard
School Address: 9815 Grant Road #414 - Houston, TX 77070
TWIB 10/12/2015
by TWIB on October 12th, 2015


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!!
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).     

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
Here are the details for UIL Volunteers.....
  • See attached list for your name, job assignment, and time needed 
  • 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 

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: 

Early Dinner

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, 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.
​SPIRIT SALES - Joan Hixon
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

 Dayna Buhanan and Tom Pierce 

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