TWIGEB 1.5

Welcome to this week’s edition of This Week In (the) Golden Eagle Band or TWIGEB! Sorry for the long email – this is a busy week!

Mvt 2 Coordinates/Click Tracks

Files for Mvt 2 are now available on the Charms. The steps to access them are simple!

  1. Go to www.richardsonband.org
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click “login” under the Charms section
  3. Enter RichardsonHSB as the school code
  4. Enter your Student ID number as the password
  5. Select “Handouts and Files”
  6. Select “Coordinates and Click Tracks”
  7. Select “Mvt 2 Click Track” and save the file.

Academic Eligibility

There is a little under two weeks left in the first six weeks. As we approach the end of the first grading period, it seems a good time for a quick reminder on how grades affect eligibility for band.

The short version is this – pass ALL of your classes and you have nothing to worry about. You are the best and the brightest at RHS and it is our expectation that you’re acting as such in your classes. This means you shouldn’t be in jeopardy of failing a class.

Here’s the long version – if you fail a class, you fall into one of two situations:

Situation #1: You fail a UIL Exempt Class. Attached to this email is a list of classes which are not affected by the TEA “no pass/no play” rule. If you fail one of these classes, it does not affect your eligibility status with band or other extracurriculars. That being said, failing any class is not okay and YOU NEED TO GET YOUR GRADES UP. WE’LL “SUPPORT” YOU IN THAT EFFORT RIGOROUSLY.

Situation #2: You fail a non-exempt/regular class. If you fail a class which is not listed on the attached list of classes, you will be academically ineligible to participate in any of the extracurricular elements (see below) of band until you regain your eligibility. You can only regain your eligibility in two ways. 1) By passing ALL of your non-exempt classes at the 3 week progress report or 2) By passing ALL of your non-exempt classes at the next 6 week grading period. If you meet criteria number 1, you can regain your eligibility after the 4th week (there is a one week “grace period” after the 3rd week progress report). If you don’t regain at the 3 week point, you have to wait until the next report card.

The elements of band effected by eligibility are: contests, parades and football games. Any in-eligible student may not participate with the band at any of these events. Ineligible students will still attend: M-F rehearsals, concerts, band classes.

Please note – we are watching eligibility closely and will begin swapping people in/out of contest spots based on how grades are looking in classes. If it looks like you may not pass, there is a high likelihood that you will be reassigned out of your contest spot in order to give the other person time to learn the spot before contest.

Pass-offs… want to try again?

Note – the deadline for all re-passoff attempts to raise your grade is the end of the 1st six weeks. After this, we will continue to pull students out to pass-off material, but you won’t be able to raise your average.

Each week, Mr. Linley will post a sign up sheet of available appointment times (in 5 minute blocks) for people who want to come in and re attempt their pass-offs for show music and pep-tune memory pass offs. You’re welcome to come and reattempt a pass off as many times as you’d like until you get it passed off.

Need help with a particular rhythm in your region music? Want to do a run through of your Region music for Mr. Linley so you can practice being nervous? 🙂  Sign up for a time slot!

In the mean time, want to practice step offs with the click track? You can download the click track (as well as sheet music, coordinate sheets and more) for your band via Charms.

Pep Rally this Friday!

The first pep rally of the year is this Friday and freshmen – are you in for an experience! Just be sure to wear your Band T-Shirt to school and have your flip folder and lyre. Jeans are fine to wear. This isn’t the full summer uniform. 

RHS vs Pearce

The next AWAY (but happening at home… I know… it’s going to feel weird) football game of the year is coming up this Friday night. As always, full details can be found on the Official Band Calendar at www.richardsonband.org.

When the bell rings to release school, dinner will be served in the Eagles Nest for those who signed up for the meal plan. Please note that this is only for those who signed up for the Football Game meal plan.

Important detail this week – FULL UNIFORM!!

Game Details

Drill Team Tune: Step Up
Dinner Served: 4:10pm
Inspection: 6:15pm
Load the stands: 6:45pm
Kickoff: 7:30pm

Full Contest Uniform: marching shoes, black socks (mid calf length or higher), bibbers (uniform pants), GEB underarmor, jacket, overlay, shako (hat).

Guard Uniform: Contest costume

March-a-thon

The March-a-thon is coming up THIS SATURDAY! Here are all the important details you need to know from the student/performer perspective. There will be separate emails coming out from our MAT Coordinator regarding the volunteers.

First of all – in order to be considered for all of the various contests, the cutoff point for all donations to be counted is Wednesday at 5:00pm. Any donation received after that point is extremely appreciated but won’t count toward the contests as it takes a TON of work from our volunteers to get everything tallied up in time. Make sure that you turn your money in with your donation sheet (and that the donation sheet has your name clearly written on it). If you just turn in an envelope of money – again that’s going to be extremely appreciated, but we have no idea to whom that money should be attributed.

Here are the various contest prizes:

  • Top 20: Ride in the “Party Limo” during MAT and get a quarter of the march off
  • Top Grossing Section: Chooses a tune to add to our stand repertoire for the season.

Details for the day:

You will arrive dressed in the March-a-thon T-Shirt (which were distributed in classes this week), black band shorts, black belt, black or white socks (depending on the color of your shoes), and tennis shoes. DO NOT wear your marching shoes as they are not designed to take a 5K concrete beating. At inspection, you’ll be checked for the following:

  • Correct uniform (see above)
  • Flip folder
  • Lyre
  • Instrument (polished, working order, good reed, etc)

Inspection will be promptly at 8:30am. After inspection, we’ll line up in the parade block out by Dogwood and step off right at 9:00am. The 5K march should last from 9:00am to roughly 12:00p-12:30ish. After the march, we’ll put instruments away and enjoy an outstanding lunch together to celebrate the end of another successful March-a-thon!

We anticipate that students will be ready for pickup by 2:00pm. We’ll keep everyone updated throughout the day via the GEB twitter feed. Follow us at RHSGEB!

Friendly Heads Up

Don’t forget – there is no school on Monday October 13th, but we DO have Stadium Rehearsal that night from 5:30p-9:00p. Trying to make sure that no one is caught off guard by this 🙂

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Whether you play trumpet, hand out water bottles or help us with any of the countless other tasks that make this machine tick, THANK YOU for all your hard work!

RHS Band Staff

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