Cougar
Cy-Creek High School
Band and Color Guard
School Address: 9815 Grant Road #414 - Houston, TX 77070
by TWIB on May 17th, 2015

Hey Band!

From Mr. Drake:

 Cougar Band Members and Parents,

Aside from preparing for our upcoming spring concert, holding leadership auditions, and winding down the school year, we are full speed ahead organizing for Marching Band.  Attached are quite a few documents (Ten!  Count 'em!  Ten!)  including the Summer Band Calendar, a Calendar of Football Games and Band Contests, and various forms for you to fill out prior to Marching Band Day on May 30th.  Please make Marching Band Day a priority as it is essential to our upcoming season.  Please also sign up for a Band Booster Committee on Marching Band Day… perhaps think about where you’d best be able to serve the band and how much time you have to give.  Remember – any amount of time is great and your children would not be successful without your support.  Thank you for supporting them!

Marching Band Day - Saturday, May 30th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Items to complete for Marching Band Day:

 
  • ​Bring payment for band fees.    Please fill out the Fee Payment Plan Form (see attached FeePaymentPlan) and bring with a fee payment on May 30th.   There is a detachable portion of the form with mailing information for fees over the summer as well as reminder dates.  Three payment options: 1 payment of $400 due May 30th. 2 payments of $200 each… one due May 30th and one due August 1.  4 payments of $100 each: May 30th, July 1st, August 1st, September 1st.  We need as many band fees paid up front as possible – summer band is a HUGE expense of almost $25,000 spent on master class teachers plus $10,000 spent on our marching show.
  • PLEASE update your Charms info if needed with as many CORRECT e-mail addresses as possible.  Directions attached.  Password is your child’s student ID number (you may need to ask them for this)
  • Forms
    • Physical (see Athletics_UIL Physical Packet 2015-2016) - needed if yours expires before summer.  If not, bring to day 1 of Summer Band.  No ECG form needed for current high school students – they already did this)
      • Physicals:  Physicals may be used for up to one year, so please have this done before summer band if your child is within their year.  Students may receive a physical at Creek on May 21st from 1-4 PM for $20 cash.  Your child MUST bring a completed physical form and signed waiver titled FILL ME OUT FOR SCHOOL PHYSICAL.  If your child does not bring the waiver they cannot have a physical done.  NOTE:   if you get your physical done on May 21st WRITE BAND IN THE “SPORT” SECTION.  We may not have a record of this being taken care at Marching Band Day… it takes the trainers a LONG time to sort out the physicals.  Please just be patient with us and tell us your child took care of it two days beforehand.
    • Travel Consent and Emergency Card (see TravelEmergency Form)
    • Signature Page from Band Handbook (last page) (see 2015BandHandbook)
​Please make sure Marching Band Day is on your calendars!   Parents, this is an important day for your child to practice marching, playing and learning the theme of the new marching show.  It is an important day for parents to hand in paperwork, pay band fees (make payment plans if necessary) and to sign up for volunteer opportunities with the Band Boosters – any help you are able to give is appreciated! 

Marching Band Day Schedule

9:00 AM – Students AND Parents meet in the commons (cafeteria) for information and marching show reveal
9:30 AM – Parents continue with Band Boosters to register their child and pay band fees and set up payment plans
9:30 AM – Students learn marching basics
12:00 PM – All students are provided pizza for lunch (students will not leave campus)
1:00 PM – Music Sectionals with teachers
3:30 PM – Full Band Rehearsal
4:30 PM – Performance for Parents in Gym.  Finished at 5.

Physicals:

See files on the form page
  • Athletics_UIL Physical Packet 2015-2016
  • Fill Me Out For School Physical (Waiver Form) if receiving a physical at Cy Creek on May 21st
​Make plans to have your physicals done before Summer Band - ALL physicals must be completed prior to Summer Band (even if your insurance won't allow you to get one!)  Attached to this e-mail is the Physical Packet for 2015-2016 – remember all band members are required to have a physical on file.  Please fill out ALL pages of the Physical Packet unless you are ONLY participating in band, then only 1 and 2 are required (the third page, for the ECG, is only needed Freshman year).  

​If taking a physical at Cy Creek on May 21st, the attached Waiver Form (Fill Me Out for School Physical") must be completed and brought along with the completed Physical Packet 2015-2016: 
  • Thursday, May 21, 1:00 - 5:00
  • Cy Creek Main Gym
  • Current 8th graders from Bleyl, Campbell and Hamilton
  • Current Cypress Creek students
  • A PARENT MUST complete the paperwork (forms page) PRIOR to student's arrival
  • Cost $20 CASH ONLY!! What a bargain!!!!
Concerto Contest

The finalists from the Concerto Contest will perform at Cy-Fair Christian Church on Grant right by the school on May 21st at 6 PM - come see some amazing soloists!

Brian Drake
Band Director
Cypress Creek High School
(281) 897 - 4248
brian.drake@cfisd.net

From the Band Boosters:

Spring Concert and Band Booster Meeting, May 28

Families of students with a last name beginning M-Z will provide cookies for the reception after the Spring Concert on May 28.

Flags - 2/23 & 5/26 - Memorial Day

Flags go out next weekend (May 23rd)!

Flags out 9-11am on Saturday. Same students will return the flags to the band hall on Tuesday from 3:30-8:00pm.

Please check the attached schedule to determine if this is YOUR holiday.

We could also use extra help on Memorial Day with passing out fliers. If interested contact Lisa Servier.

Notify Lisa Sevier immediately at cycreekflags@gmail.com if you need an clarification. BRING A HAMMER!

​A LOT of help is needed or the July 4th Flags (7/3 & 7/6) Please note that all who volunteer will not miss any activities on July 4th as flags go out on 7/3 and are picked up on 7/6.  

​Attached is a list of students needing to volunteer more in order to fulfill their requested 3 flag holiday commitment (see "Flag Deficiencies").  If your student has not volunteered for 3 flag holidays, please contact Lisa Sevier to let her know how you will be completing your commitment. 

​If students would like to volunteer for additional holidays or if there is a discrepancy with either the Memorial Day Volunteers or Flag Deficiencies lists (see attached files) please e-mail Lisa Sevier.

Lisa Sevier
Flag Coordinator
cycreekflags@gmail.com

TIPS for BAND FEE Day, May 31st

  • Bring your checkbook with multiple checks as you will be writing DIFFERENT checks for different items.
  • ​Fee day is NOT come and GO!  Please plan on arriving at 9:00 AM for the marching show announcement and remaining until your registration process is complete. As a courtesy, parents of upperclassmen will go first while parents of freshmen and new band students attend an informational session.

Volunteers needed:

We need 15-20 volunteers for fee day. Please contact Kim at garrettdk@hotmail.com to volunteer!

SHHHHHHH!

​Would you like to contribute to a gift for the Band Directors?  Send your donation to the Blue Box by Tuesday, May 26.  Make sure you mark it director gift donation!  

Please note the following dates for your calendar!

May 21 
Concerto Finals 6:00 PM Cy-Fair Christian Church on Grant near Perry
May 23 FLAGS OUT 9 AM-11 AM
May 25 School Holiday
May 26 FLAGS RETURNED 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
May 26 Graduation Band rehearsal 3:00-5:00
May 28 Spring Concert and Booster Meeting 7:00 PM (Student last name M-Z. Please bring cookies for the reception after the concert!)
May 30 Marching Band Day (Fee Day and Marching Preview Day) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
June 2 Graduation Band rehearsal 12:30-2:30
June 6 Graduation begins at noon. Stay tuned for departure time. All Symphonic Band members will be performing (non-seniors!) with various members for Concert 1 asked to be part of the ensemble.

Have a great week and go Cy Creek Cougar Band!

Kathy Kelly Woodward
TWIB Coordinator 2015-2016

 

by TWIB on May 11th, 2015

Hey Band!

From Mr. Drake:

Cougar Band Members and Parents,

Aside from preparing for our upcoming spring concert, holding leadership auditions, and winding down the school year, we are full speed ahead organizing for marching band.  Attached are quite a few documents (SIX!  Count 'em!  Six!)  including the summer band calendar, a calendar of football games and band contests, and various forms for you to fill out prior to Marching Band Day on May 30th.  Please make Marching Band Day a priority as it is essential to our upcoming season.  Please also sign up for a band booster committee on marching band day… perhaps think about where you’d best be able to serve the band and how much time you have to give.  Remember – any amount of time is great and your children would not be successful without your support.  Thank you for supporting them!

​Items to complete for Marching Band Day:

  • Bring payment for band fees.  Payment plan worksheet will be sent next weekend.  
  • Three payment options: 1 payment of $400 due May 30th. 2 payments of $200 each… one due May 30th and one due August 1.  4 payments of $100 each: May 30th, July 1st, August 1st, September 1st.  We need as many band fees paid up front as possible – summer band is a HUGE expense of almost $25,000 spent on master class teachers plus $10,000 spent on our marching show.
  • Note: if you get your physical done on May 21st WRITE BAND IN THE “SPORT” SECTION.  We may not have record of this being taken care of two days later at Marching Band Day… it takes the trainers a LONG time to sort out the physicals.  Please just be patient with us and tell us your child took care of it two days beforehand.
  • PLEASE update your charms info if needed with as many CORRECT e-mail addresses as possible.  Directions attached.  Password is your child’s student ID number (you may need to ask them for this)Physical (if yours expires before summer.  If not, bring to day 1 of summer band.  No ECG form needed for current high school students – they already did this)
  • Travel Consent and Emergency Card
  • Signature Page from Band Handbook (last page).
Next season will be GREAT!!!

-Mr. Drake



Brian Drake
Band Director
Cypress Creek High School
(281) 897 - 4248
Marching Band Day Schedule - Saturday May 30th
 
  • 9 AM – Students AND Parents meet in the commons (cafeteria) for information and marching show reveal
  • 9:30 – Parents continue with Band Boosters to register their child and pay band fees and set up payment plans
  • 9:30 – Students learn marching basics
  • 12 noon – All students are provided pizza for lunch (students will not leave campus)
  • 1:00 PM – Music Sectionals with teachers
  • 3:30 – Full Band Rehearsal
  • 4:30 – Performance for Parents in Gym.  Finished at 5.

NEWS for Physicals:

Make plans to have your physicals done before summer band
-ALL physicals must be completed prior to summer band (even if your insurance won't allow you to get one!) Physical packet can be found on the forms page
​Please fill out ALL pages unless you are ONLY participating in band, then only 1 and 2 are required (the third page, for the ECG, is only needed freshman year). 
  • Thursday, May 21, 1:00- 5:00
  • Cy Creek Main Gym
  • Current 8th graders from Bleyl, Campbell and Hamilton
  • As well as current Cypress Creek students
  • A PARENT MUST complete the paperwork (attached) PRIOR to arrival
  • Cost $20 CASH ONLY!!  What a bargain!!!!
Let's have a great week!
Brian Drake
brian.drake@cfisd.net

From the Boosters:

TIPS for FEE day!

  • Bring your checkbook with multiple checks as you will be writing DIFFERENT checks for different items.
  • Fee day is NOT come and GO!  Please plan on arriving at 9:00 AM for the marching show announcement and remaining until your registration process is complete. As a courtesy, parents of upperclassmen will go first while parents of freshmen and new band students attend an informational session.

Volunteers needed:

We need 15-20 volunteers for fee day. Please contact Kim to volunteer!
Reminder: Families of students with a last name beginning M-Z will provide cookies for the reception after the Spring Concert of May 28.

Flags

​Please see the times below for Memorial Day volunteers.  We could use help with distributing flyers to increase our subscriptions during this renewal time.  Please help us help the band!  Have you done all three of your flag days?  No?  This is a GREAT opportunity to get in good standing!  Please contact Lisa Sevier if you have any questions at cycreekflags@gmail.com.

SHHHHHHHH

Would you like to contribute to a gift for the band directors?  Send your donation to the blue box by Tuesday, May 26.  Make sure you mark it director gift donation!  

Please note the following dates for your calendar!

​May 14 Concerto Prelims
May 16 Prom
MAY 21 PHYSICAL DAY AT CREEK 1:00-5:00
May 21 Concerto Finals 6:00 PM Cy-Fair Christian Church on Grant near Perry
May 23 FLAGS OUT  9 AM-11 AM
May 25 School Holiday
May 26 FLAGS RETURNED 3:30-8:00
May 26 Graduation Band rehearsal 3:00-5:00
May 28 Spring Concert and Booster Meeting 7:00 PM  (Student last name M-Z? Please bring cookies for the reception after the concert!)
May 30 Fee Day and Marching Preview Day (tentative 8:30 - 5:00)
June 2 Graduation Band rehearsal 12:30-2:30
June 6 Graduation begins at noon.  Stay tuned for departure time.  All symphonic band members will be performing (non-seniors!) with various members from Concert 1 asked to be part of the ensemble.
​On a personal note, I'd like to thank the Cy Creek cougar band for the amazing experience our sons have had participating in such an excellent program.  It is my personal belief that no one, and I mean no one, out cheers, out plays, out dances or out performs the Cy Creek Cougar Marching Band! It has been my pleasure to support the program by bringing you weekly updates on the life of the band for the last two years.  I have carried the tradition from the moms that came before me.  Mary and Tracy set the bar high!  I know you will support Kathy as she steps forward to carry on the band network.  Please help her out by getting her the information she needs to keep our band community informed!  And folks, if you see a job that you think should be done differently, please volunteer.  If you can't volunteer, be kind to those that do.  It's all about the kids!  

Go band!
Deb 
​#onceabandmomalwaysabandmom #thanksforreadingtotheend #opinionsofthiswritermaynotreflectthoseofmanagement #sentimentalhastags

​Have a great week and go Cy Creek Cougar Band!


by TWIB on April 20th, 2015

Hey Band!

From Mr. Drake:

​Parents and Students,


Congratulations to Concert 1 and Concert 2 on successful performances this week at UIL!  Congratulations as well to Concert 1 on a sweepstakes rating from the judges on a very challenging program.  Please come support Symphonic Band as they perform at Cypress Ranch at 4 PM on Tuesday.


Please see the schedule below for Marching Band Day on May 30th!  Parents, a reminder this is an important day for your child to practice marching, playing, and learn the theme of the marching show.  It is an important day for parents to hand in paperwork, pay band fees and make payment plans if necessary, and to sign up for volunteer opportunities with the boosters – any help you are able to give is appreciated! 


Attached to this e-mail is the physical packet for 2015-2016 – remember all band members are required to have a physical on file.  Please fill out ALL pages unless you are ONLY participating in band, then only 1 and 2 are required (the third page, for the ECG, is only needed freshman year). 


Attached as well is a preliminary schedule for summer band, please plan accordingly.  Marching band is sure to be VERY exciting and we look forward to continued success.
 
Marching Band Day Schedule – Saturday May 30th

9 AM – Students AND Parents meet in the commons (cafeteria) for information and marching show reveal

9:30 – Parents continue with Band Boosters to register their child and pay band fees and set up payment plans

9:30 – Students learn marching basics

12 noon – All students are provided pizza for lunch (students will not leave campus)

1:00 PM – Music Sectionals with teachers

3:30 – Full Band Rehearsal

4:30 – Performance for Parents in Gym.  Finished at 5.
 

 
Make sure to bring in your money for banquet tickets this week.  This will be a VERY nice event!  We have a hard date on knowing our number of students attending so please bring in your money this week so you don't miss out - we will all have a great time and this is a great way to celebrate a job well done all year!  We cannot ADD ANYONE after Tuesday according to our contract with the venue!

Also a reminder about Graduation on June 6th at noon.  All symphonic band members will be performing (non-seniors!) with various members from Concert 1 asked to be part of the ensemble.

 
Thank you!

Brian Drake
brian.drake@cfisd.net

From Student Leadership:

Attention Senior Parents:

Band banquet is coming up soon! Seniors, please submit both baby and current photos (4-6 pictures) as well as a sound clip from a song of your choice to Karis Will at jvkkwill@gmail.com for the Senior Slideshow. 


Hey band! There will also be a year in review slideshow to which anyone can submit pictures!  Please submit to Karis Will at jvkkwill@gmail.com.  

From the Boosters:

Band Banquet:

​Please return the attached flyer with payment ASAP.  No reservations will be accepted after the deadline. No kidding!


Band Banquet FAQ's

Q.  Who usually goes to band banquet?
A.  All the kids in the band, a date if they want to bring one, and the senior parents may want to attend.
Q.  It costs $25?  Right? Per person?
A.  Yes.  For two years now we have lowered the cost from the previous price of $40 per person.
Q.  Good to know!  What do the kids do at this event?
A.  There are slide shows, senior wills and a DJ.  Oh, of course, there is a meal!
Q.  Do I drop them off at the venue?
A.  Students can drive or be dropped off.  There is no transportation for this event, but there are chaperones.
Q.  Sounds like fun.  How do I sign up?
A.  Complete the form attached to the email and add a check for the number attending.  Do it now and send it in Monday!!
Q.  What if my kid forgets to put it in the blue box by Tuesday?
A.  We can't add ANYONE after Tuesday, April 21.  We like to wait as long as we can, but we have no choice.  Our contract will not allow us to add people after this TUESDAY!!!!

 
​Elections for next year's booster board will be held at the April 28th meeting.  Please make every effort to attend!
Please note the following dates for your calendar!

April 21 UIL - Symphonic Band at Cy Ranch 4PM
April 21 FIRM Deadline for band banquet reservations we are unable to extend this deadline!!!
April 28 Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
May 1 Band Banquet to be held at La Hacienda Banquet Hall on Telge - details on home page! Cost is $25 per person.
May 14 Concerto Prelims
May 16 Prom
May 21 Concerto Finals
May 28 Spring Concert and Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
May 30 Fee Day and Marching Preview Day (tentative 8:30 - 5:00)
June 6 Graduation begins at noon. Stay tuned for depature time

Have a great week and go Cy Creek Cougar Band!


by TWIB on April 13th, 2015

From Mr. Drake:

Parents and Students,

Congratulations to the Winter Guard on a successful performance at Texas Color Guard Circuit State competition on Saturday!  We are proud of your hard work and know our guard program has a bright future.  We have an exciting two weeks ahead of us with Concert 2 and Concert 1 UIL this week and Symphonic Band next week.  Please come support the bands if you are able.  
UIL Performances:


Concert 2 and Concert 1 will perform at Cypress Lakes High School


Concert 2 April 15@2:55.  Back at school around 5:30.
Concert 1 April 16@1:30.  Back at school around 5:30.


Symphonic Band will perform at Cypress Ranch High School on April 21 @4.  Back at school around 6:30.


If you can, PLEASE come out and support our bands!  This is the last opportunity you will have to hear our UIL Contest Music!


Make sure to bring in your money for banquet tickets this week.*  This will be a VERY nice event!  We have a hard date on knowing our number of students attending so please bring in your money this week so you don't miss out - we will all have a great time and this is a great way to celebrate a job well done all year!

If your child did not play a SOLO at Solo and Ensemble they are required to play one unaccompanied for the concerto contest on May 14th.  All are encouraged to participate in the concerto contest – there are monetary prizes for the top woodwind, brass, and percussionist soloists in each band class as well as prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall at finals on May 21st.


Just a reminder about Marching Band Day on May 30th – all in the 2015-2016 band should be in attendance.  Schedule coming soon but plan on 8:30-5.  Lunch will be provided.  We will need MANY parent volunteers to help with the process that day.


Also a reminder about Graduation on June 6th at noon.  All symphonic band members will be performing (non-seniors!) with various members from Concert 1 asked to be part of the ensemble.


Let’s have a great week in our final push to contest!
  
Thank you!


Brian Drake
brian.drake@cfisd.net

From Student Leadership:

Attention Senior Parents:

Band banquet is coming up soon! Seniors, please submit both baby and current photos (4-6 pictures) as well as a sound clip from a song of your choice to Karis Will at jvkkwill@gmail.com for the Senior Slideshow. 


Hey band! There will also be a year in review slideshow to which anyone can submit pictures!  Please submit to Karis Will at jvkkwill@gmail.com.  

From the Boosters:

Band Banquet:

Please return the attached flyer* with payment ASAP.  No reservations will be accepted after the deadline.


Elections for next year's booster board will be held at the April 28th meeting.  Please make every effort to attend!

Please note the following dates for your calendar!

April 15 UIL - Concert II performs at 2:55 at Cy Lakes
April 16 UIL - Concert I performs at 1:30 at Cy Lakes
April 21 UIL - Symphonic Band at Cy Ranch (time TBD)
April 21 FIRM DEADLINE FOR BAND BANQUET RESERVATIONS
April 28 Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
May 1 Band Banquet to be held at La Hacienda Banquet Hall on Telge - details are attached! Cost $25 per person. 
May 14 Concerto Prelims
May 16 Prom
May 21 Concerto Finals
May 28 Spring Concert and Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
May 30 Fee Day and Marching Preview Day (tentative 8:30 - 5:00)
June 6 Graduation begins at noon.  Stay tuned for departure time.  

Have a great week and go Cy Creek Cougar Band!

* Band Banquet flyer can be downloaded from the home page

by TWIB on March 22nd, 2015

Hey band!

Parents and Students,

​We are making our big push towards UIL – it will help us greatly for students to be at all of their sectionals and full band rehearsals.  This week, Wednesday March 25th our students in Symphonic Band and Concert 1 have the great opportunity to have a rehearsal with clinician Don Haynes from LBJ High School in Austin.  Mr. Haynes has had a very successful career and his insight and expertise will help our students greatly.  The rehearsal for Symphonic Band is from 3-5 PM and for Concert 1 is from 5-7 PM.  I know Wednesday night is an unusual night for us to have rehearsals but this is the only date we could arrange with Mr. Haynes and your child’s attendance at rehearsal is greatly needed and appreciated.
Friday March 27th we have Pre-UIL at Cypress Woods High School.  ALL bands are required to be in attendance.  You will need to bring your formal attire items to complete your tuxedo and dress: Gentlemen need dress shoes, long black socks, and tuxedo shirts.  Ladies need closed-toed black flats.
  • Percussion and large instruments will be loaded at 2:30 PM.
  • Concert 2 loads at 4:15 and departs at 4:30.
  • Concert 1 loads at 4:45 and departs at 5. 
  • Symphonic loads at 4:45 and departs at 5.
  • Concert 2 will perform at 6:10
  • Concert 1 will perform at 6:45
  • Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30
Bands will stay and listen to one another and will depart Cy Woods around 8:30 PM, arriving at Creek around 9 PM.  Please arrange for a ride for your student promptly when they return to Creek.  If there is an extenuating circumstance with transportation please let me know via e-mail.

From the Boosters:

Please atttend the Booster Meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 PM in the band hall. The new board will be presented for review.

Please note the following dates for your calendar!

March 24 Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
March 27 Pre-UIL at Cypress Woods HS (evening performance - times as listed above in Mr. Drake's note)
April 15 & 16 UIL for Concert I and Concert II bands
April 21 UIL for Symphonic Band
April 28 Booster Meeting 7:00 PM
May 1 Band Banquet to be held at La Hacienda Banquet Hall on Telge - details coming soon!
May 16  Prom
May 28 Spring Concert and Booster Meeting
May 30 Fee Day and Marching Preview Day
June 6 Graduation (Band plays)


Have a great week and go Cy Creek Cougar Band!






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