TWIGEB 10/09/17-10/14/17

Hello GEB,

Please see below for details this week (10/09/17-10/14/17). There is ALOT of information in this email; please read through it all.

The Golden Eagle Band earned 4th place this past weekend at the Little Elm Classic on the Lake Marching Contest!

Students – we are SO proud of you! Thank you for great rehearsals this past week and 2 OUTSTANDING performances at the contest; lets keep it going!

Parents – THANK YOU for helping this past Friday and Saturday! Everything ran SO smoothly. We will need your help this weekend as well!

Regular Rehearsals Continue

Monday, October 9th: No Rehearsal – Continue to relax and spend time with your friends. Lets kick it into high gear back on Tuesday at 7:00 AM!
Wednesday, October 11th: Regular Rehearsal as scheduled. PSAT during school day.

Senior Band Members Baby Pictures Due 10/13/17

This is your friendly reminder to send your senior baby pictures in by THIS Friday, October 13th in order to be in the football program during Senior Night.

Please send digital scans/pictures with your name on the email to Sharon Nagele at

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Due 10/13/17

As a reminder our Cookie Dough Fundraiser launched on 09/29. Make sure you are getting your orders in by this Friday, October 13th!

GEB Helps Others

The RHS Band Cluster will be helping a band program (Park View Intermediate) affected by Hurricane Harvey; items needed include valve oil, cork grease, boxes of reeds, and Standard of Excellence Book 1. Please donate and bring items to Mr. Marquez by Friday, Oct, 20th.

Friday Morning Rehearsal/Drill Team Information 10/13/17

As a reminder on game days, we will rehearse in the STADIUM. ALL woodwinds, brass and drumline students must bring their flip folder stuffed with this week’s drill team tune (Bang Bang); we will pass it out in classes this week. Anyone who forgets his/her flip folder and drill team tune at this rehearsal will automatically fail inspection for the week, so make sure you remember!

Friday Pep Rallies 10/13/17

Once rehearsal concludes in the morning, students will meet in inspection lines in the band hall wearing their Purple Dri-fit (and their choice of school appropriate bottoms) along with their instrument, lyre and flip folder. We will warm-up together and then head to the large gym. Students will be blocked for zero and 1st period ONLY.

Pep Rally #1: Full Band (1st period)
Pep Rally #2: Jazz Band (7th period) – this pep rally will be for 9th graders

University of Texas/University of Oklahoma Information 10/13/17

The Golden Eagle Band will be hosting the UT and OU Bands this Friday for the Red River Rivalry Game! The UT Longhorn Band will be rehearsing in the stadium from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Pride of Oklahoma will be performing Pre-Game at 7:05 PM.

*we will need 10-12 students on leadership to get everything set-up for the UT rehearsal. We will discuss this tomorrow.

RHS vs WT White (JH Night) 10/13/17

The third HOME football game of the year is coming up this Friday and it’s JUNIOR HIGH NIGHT! As always, full details can be found on the Official Band Calendar at

Pizza will be served in the Eagles Nest for ALL students in the program at 4:10pm.

Game Details

Drill Team Tune: Bang Bang
Dinner Served: 4:10 PM (Eagles Nest – Pizza)
Inspection: 5:30 PM
Tailgate: 6:15 PM – JH students will line up with us after our performance
OU Pre-game Performance: 7:05 PM
Kickoff: 7:30 PM

There will be a QUICK after party once the game resumes!

FULL UNIFORM: GEB compression shirt, GEB black athletic shorts, LONG black socks and marching shoes.

Guard – Contest Uniform

A student will fail inspection if he/she:

shows up late
wears the wrong attire
is missing uniform items
is missing instrument (and parts of instrument)
has a unclean and not fully functioning working instrument
is missing a lyre/flip folder
is lacking a filled water bottle (water only)
wears make-up/nail polish
wears jewelry (religious affiliation allowed)
has an unnatural hair color (blue, green, etc.)
has the incorrect “show hair”
is not clean-shaven (boys)

After the game, everyone will hang their uniform correctly and turn in their shoes.

Parents – we will need MANY volunteers for the football game. Mrs. Forssell will be sending out information so be on the look out and sign-up!

Desoto Marching Classic Competition 10/14/17
Our second contest of the season is coming up this Saturday, October 14th at the Desoto Marching Classic Competition. The schedule for this event is almost identical to that of last Saturday. Below is ALL the information you’ll need for the day:


9:00am: Call Time
9:15am: Rehearsal at Eagle Stadium
11:00am: Rehearsal ends, load trucks
11:15am: Lunch
12:15pm: Change into uniform
12:40pm: Inspection
12:55pm: Depart for Desoto
2:00pm: Arrive at Desoto/Check In
3:10pm: Warm-up
4:00pm: Prelims Performance
5:15pm: Finals announced

The Desoto Marching Classic Competition is a Prelims/Finals format contest. If we advance to finals, we will not know what time we perform until 5:15pm or so.

Dinner will be provided to all of the students.

7:00pm: Finals Begin
10:00pm: Finals Results
11:30pm: Expected ETA at RHS. Brief meeting, then dismissal.

A message through TWTTER will be sent out when we are on our way home. @rhsgeb is our twitter handle.

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:

Desoto High School
600 Eagle Drive
Desoto, Texas 75115

As a friendly reminder, 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 CRAZY 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 practicing for because trust me, the football games have just been a preview of the contest show.

Parking is free. Admission to the contest is $10.00 for spectators, $5.00 for seniors 65+, and free for 3 and under. For our volunteers, Desoto only provides us with a set number of total volunteer passes. This means that you should be prepared to pay the $10.00 entry fee just incase we don’t have enough to cover everyone. While I know that this can be frustrating, keep in mind that this is a very important fundraiser for the DHS Band which is why they need to charge admission.

Student Info (SAME AS LAST WEEK)

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:
• Compression Shirt (you may wear your Arabian Nights shirt on top)
• GEB Black Athletic shorts
• Long black socks (MUST HAVE)
You’ll need to bring a duffle bag/back pack. Inside your duffle/backpack, you’ll need our “stands uniform” which will be:
• Arabian Nights Show Shirt
• Shorts/jeans (school appropriate) and sweater (in case it gets cold)
• Tennis shoes
You’ll come at 9:00am, drop your items off in the locker room, grab your instrument, and head to the stadium. You should be in the block by 9:15am.

After rehearsal concludes at 11:00am, you will begin to load up the trucks (props, percussion, low reeds/low brass, etc.). Lunch will be served starting at 11:15am. Once you have eaten, you will head to the uniform room and put on your full uniform. You should be changing into full uniform no later than 12:15pm. Inspection is at 12:40pm – At inspection, we’ll be dressed in and will have:
• Compression Shirt/GEB Black Shorts (under uniform)
• Long black socks (under bibbers)
• Bibbers
• Marching Shoes
• Instrument in its case (for winds that did not place on truck)
• Duffle bag/backpack (with your stands uniform inside: jeans/shorts that are school appropriate, Arabian Nights shirt, sweater and tennis shoes)

At 12:55pm, we’ll load buses and head to Desoto. Upon our arrival, you’ll get all the instructions you’ll need.

After our prelims performance, we will hear if we will be advancing to finals. Everyone will receive dinner via the contest meal plan between prelims and finals OR after finals. You may want to bring additional money for souvenirs and/or concession stand snacks.

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

*students who are academically ineligible may not (by state law) be anywhere near the band during the contest. This includes but not limited to: traveling, sitting, or eating (contest meals) with the band. Failure to abide by this rule could result in loss of UIL status for the entire program.

Upcoming Events
Tue, October 17: RHS vs Berkner Volleyball Performance
Wed, October 18th: WWJH/RWJH Concert (lets show our support)
Fri, October 20: RHS vs LH
Tues, October 24: Spirit Night Fundraiser
Wed, October 25: Region 3 UIL Marching Contest (evening performance)
Fri, October 27: RHS vs Skyline (Homecoming)
Fri, November 3rd: RHS vs Berkner (Senior Recognition)
Sat, November 4th: RISD Spirit Run (Leadership/Volunteers)

Spring Trip (San Antonio) – Commitment Trip Form and NON-REFUNDABLE down payment ($100) Due 11/08/17
The 2017 spring trip information was sent out last week; packet includes brief information of the trip, payment schedule, TEA excused classes, trip commitment form, and cancellation form. The Trip Commitment Form is due to the band safe by November 8th along with your first non-refundable payment of $100. Student must be eligible after the 3rd 9 weeks to be able to attend the trip based on state guidelines. Failure to pass non-exempt classes, will result in not attending trip and money being unable to be refunded.
*we will be going to Schlitterbahn, rather than Sea World. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is still occurring. We NEED and WANT all of you to go!
Thank you,

Mr. Marquez

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