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Next week is HUGE!!!! Region UIL and Wylie – so I’m including all of that information a week early. Please read through the details for the next few weeks – this is absolute crunch time of us!!

Academic Eligibility

If your student brought home a report card with a failing grade on it, and the class is not an AP or Pre-AP class that is listed on the UIL Exempt List, he/she will lose academic extracurricular eligibility this Thursday at 4:10pm. A copy of this Exemption list is attached. If your student is in this situation, you will be receiving more information via email directly, but your son/daughter cannot attend any games or contests with us for at least the next four weeks so please make alternate plans for him/her this weekend.

UT Longhorn Marching Band

The University of Texas Longhorn Marching Band will be making their annual pilgrimage to Richardson High School to hold their pre Red River Shootout rehearsal at Eagle Stadium this Friday afternoon from 3-5pm. The rehearsal is open to the public and any/all are welcome and encouraged to come see/hear this AMAZING MARCHING SPECTACLE!

RHS vs Lake Highlands (Away)

Our next game of the season is this Friday against Lake Highlands. This week, we’re hitting the road as we have an actual AWAY game. As always, full details can be found on the Official Band Calendar at www.richardsonband.org.

Remember, with Away games, the turn around after school is a little more “scrunched” so please plan accordingly if you are not signed up for the Football Game meal plan.

FULL UNIFORM

Game Details

Drill Team Tune: Dance to the Music
Dinner Served: 4:10pm
Inspection: 5:15pm
Depart for LH: 5:30pm
Kickoff: 7:30pm

Full Contest Uniform: marching shoes, black socks (mid calf length or higher), athletic shorts, bibbers (uniform pants), GEB UnderArmor, jacket, baldric (sash), shako (hat).

Guard Uniform: Contest costume

Since we have an away game, there is no After Party and the band hall will close 30 minutes after the students arrive back at RHS. We’ll send out a tweet announcing our ETA at RHS and the closing time.

Marching Rehearsal: October 13th

Don’t forget – there is no school on 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. This – without a doubt the most important rehearsal of the Marching Season.

Note that we will have rehearsal the following morning (October 14th) in order to put the finishing touches on the UIL performance.

UIL Region 3 UIL Marching Contest

Region UIL is on Wednesday, October 15th. All the details you need to know are below. Please note that you will miss 1-4 periods (which are happening in the afternoon due to the PSAT). Get with your teachers in advance about what work you will miss and what work you an pick up in advance.

Student Info

No early morning rehearsal (get your rest, PSAT at your best)
9:00am: PSAT/School starts (seniors have late arrival)
12:20pm: PSAT ends. Students eat lunch in their rooms. Seniors, eat before you arrive at school.
12:50pm: All students released from PSAT. Band/Guard members report to Band Hall. Get changed into: Bibbers, Marching Shoes, Under Armor (Band T-Shirt optional)
1:15pm: Quick rehearsal on field
2:00pm: Load equipment
2:30pm: Depart for Mesquite Memorial Stadium
3:15pm: Arrival
4:25pm: Warm Up
5:15pm: Performance
5:45pm: Tear down, get changed, quick dinner
6:15pm: Return to RHS
7:00pm: Expected dismissal

Unlike the other contests we will attend this year, Region UIL is not a prelims/finals style event. This is a one performance only situation.

Parent Info

If you are a parent who is not chaperoning/helping on the field, we NEED you in the stands supporting the band. The location of the contest is:

Mesquite Memorial Stadium
2411 W Scyene Road
Mesquite, TX 75149

Here’s how this works: when the band enters the field and the announcer calls our name, we need a fleet of parents in the stands cheering and going NUTS for the kids. This is all part of the competition! It sends a message to the judges that… “hey, you really need to pay attention to this band!” While we have many parents already traveling with the band as volunteers, they will be down on the field helping with equipment. Come out and see what your kids have been toiling away for because trust me, the football games have just been a preview of the contest show.

Parking is free. Admission to the contest is $5.00 for spectators 7 years of age and older. 6 and under admitted for free). For our volunteers, UIL only provides us with a set number of total volunteer passes. This means that you should be prepared to pay the $5.00 entry fee just incase we don’t have enough to cover everyone.

Note: If we earn an overall Superior Rating at the Region contest, we’ll advance to the Area round on Saturday, October, 25th.

Wylie Marching Invitational

Our second contest of the season is next Saturday, October 18th at Wylie ISD Stadium. Below is ALL the information you’ll need for the day.

Schedule

8:45am: Rehearsal at Eagle Stadium
9:45pm: Rehearsal ends
10:15pm: Inspection in Band Hall
10:30am: Load buses
10:45am: Depart
11:30am: Check in at Wylie
12:15pm: Warm Up
1:30pm: Prelims Performance
5:30pm: Finals Announcement

The Wylie Marching Invitational is Prelims/Finals format contest. This means that, after all the bands march once in Prelims, they will select the top scoring 10 bands to perform again in Finals. The finalists perform in random order. This means: 1) We won’t know if we are performing in finals until 5:30pm and 2) If we are performing in finals, we won’t know what time we perform until 5:45pm or so. We’ll send out a twitter message with the plans for the evening once we know the prelims results. Regardless of whether or not we make finals, we will stay and watch for the evening.

6:45pm: Finals Begin
9:50pm: Final Results
11:00pm: Expected ETA at RHS. Brief meeting then dismissal.

Parent Info

If you are a parent who is not chaperoning/helping on the field, we NEED you in the stands supporting the band. The location of the contest is:

Wylie Stadium
FM 544 at Country Club Rd
Wylie, Texas 75098

Here’s how this works: when the band enters the field and the announcer calls our name, we need a fleet of parents in the stands cheering and going NUTS for the kids. This is all part of the competition! It sends a message to the judges that… “hey, you really need to pay attention to this band!” While we have many parents already traveling with the band as volunteers, they will be down on the field helping with equipment. Come out and see what your kids have been toiling away for because trust me, the football games have just been a preview of the contest show.

Parking is free. Admission to the contest is $5.00 and that will cover entrance to both Prelims and Finals. Student performers do not need to pay to enter. Pre-School age children under 3 are free. For our volunteers, Wylie provides a set  number of total volunteer passes. This means that you should be prepared to pay the $5.00 entry fee in case we don’t get enough. While I know that can be frustrating, keep in mind that this is a very important fundraiser for the Wylie Band which is why they need to charge admission. As someone who has hosted marching contests before in the past, I understand where they are coming from.

Student Info

You are going to need to bring a good number of items with you on Saturday. Pay careful attention as we’ll have several different “outfits” for the day.

When you arrive in the morning, you’ll need to be wearing:

  • UnderArmor Shirt (WYW T-shirt over the UA shirt)
    • When You Wish T-Shirt
    • Athletic shorts (for under your uniform bibbers/jeans)
    • Marching Shoes
    • Long black socks

You’ll need to bring your duffle bag/and or a backpack or bag of some kind. Inside your bag, you’ll need our “stands uniform” which will be:

• Jeans
• Tennis shoes

You’ll come and drop your items off in the band hall, head to the uniform racks and put on your uniform pants, grab your shako and a plume. When the whistle blows, at 8:45am on the stadium field, you’ll be wearing:

• UnderArmor Shirt
• WYW T-Shirt (optional)
• Bibbers
• Marching shoes
• Long back socks
• Band shako with plume

After rehearsal, we’ll return the plumes, grab a quick snack and head to the Band Hall for inspection. Inspection is at 10:15am – you’ll have 30 minutes from rehearsal to inspection. At inspection, we’ll be dressed in the same thing we wore in practice:

• UnderArmor Shirt (WYW T-Shirt optional)
• Bibbers
• Marching Shoes
• Long black socks
• Instrument in case (for winds that don’t go on truck)
• Duffle/Personal Bag (with your stands uniform inside: jeans and tennis shoes)

At 10:30am, we’ll load buses and head to Wylie. Upon our arrival, you’ll get all the instructions you’ll need.

After our prelims performance, we will head back to the trucks, reload our equipment, rack our uniforms, and get changed into the stands uniform (see below) and head into the stands to watch the remainder of prelims.

Stands Uniform
When You Wish T-Shirt
• Jeans
• Tennis Shoes

Regardless of whether or not we place in finals, we’ll stay for the evening’s performances. Everyone will receive dinner via the contest meal plan between prelims and finals. You may want to bring additional money for souvenirs and/or concession stand goodies.

This will be a long day make sure you’re resting up throughout the week!

Other Upcoming Contests

Saturday, October 25: Area C UIL Marching Contest (if we advance from Region)

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8 days to Region UIL!!

RHS Band Staff

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