TWIGEB (09/30/19-10/05/19)

Hello GEB,

It is contest season AND Richardson vs. Pearce week!  There is ALOT information in this email; please read through it all. As a reminder, there is NO REHEARSAL on Saturday, October 7th. Please note that we have changed our Tuesday morning rehearsal to Tuesday afternoon (October, 8th – 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM) in the stadium. Below you will find all of the details for this week (09/30/19-10/05/19). Remember to always check for the most updated schedule.

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West JH Football Game Performance (Alumni ONLY) – 10/01/19

Date: 1o/01/19
Time: 4:45pm – 7:00pm
Attire – Water’s Edge Show Shirt

This is a voluntary event; 3 service hours will be provided. Space is limited. Please contact Mr. Marquez if you are interested in attending.

RABC Board Meeting 10/01/19

Parents – our next board meeting is on Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 PM.

Friday Morning Rehearsal/Drill Team Information – 10/04/19
Each week on game days, we will rehearse in the STADIUM. The Eaglettes will also join us on this day. This is especially important to note because ALL woodwinds, brass and drumline students must remember to bring their flip folder stuffed with this week’s drill team tune (which happens to be Moves Like Jagger).
Richardson vs Pearce 10/04/19 (AWAY)
Game Details
Drill Team Tune: Moves Like Jaggger
Dinner Served: Eagle’s Nest (Subway)
Inspection: 5:30 PM
Kickoff: 7:30 PM

Eagle/Mustang Stadium (AWAY SIDE)
1250 W. Belt Line Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080

FULL UNIFORM: GEB compression shirt, GEB black athletic shorts, LONG black socks, white gloves, GEB purple water bottle and marching shoes. You will received your GEB compression shirt in classes this week.
If a student fails inspection, the student will report to Mr. Marquez after a football game and will be assigned duties for the band during that time.

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!

Marching Contest – A Beginner’s Guide

There are two types main types of marching contests that we will attend this year. “Invitational” and “UIL” contests.
For Invitational Contests:
1) We do not find out performance times until about two weeks before the contests.
2) Usually there are 10-30 marching bands entered into each contest. Each one of these bands performs in the preliminary round, which starts early in the morning and goes until about 5:30pm. As stated above, we will be scheduled a preliminary performance time about two weeks in advance. 
3) There are 5-7 judges in prelims who rank each of the bands based upon the scores they earn in each of their captions (or categories such as marching, music, percussion, guard, general effect). The top 10 bands from prelims will perform again in finals that evening. Bands will either perform in random or ranked order in finals (10th place performs first, 9th place performs second, etc). This means that should we make finals (which is a BIG deal in itself), we will not know our finals performance time until at least 6pm that day.
4) Each of the 10 finalist bands perform in the evening, usually starting around 7pm. After all the finalists perform, the judges tabulate the finals scores and the final contest ranks are announced. Scoring starts all over again in finals and typically, many of the judges switch captions (or the categories in which they are judging) in finals. This makes the finals round almost like a whole new contest.
5) All of this makes contest day a pretty long day. You should plan for our non-UIL contest (Midlothian/McKinney) to take all day.
For Region UIL Contests:
1) We will find out our performance time about two weeks in advance. This contest happens during the school day and the kids will miss classes in order to attend. 
2) Each band only performs once at the Region UIL contest. There are no prelims or finals.
3) Three judges will each give the band a rating on a scale of 1 to 5.
– 1 (Superior)? – 2 (Excellent)? – 3 (Good)? – 4 (Fair)? – 5 (Poor)
4) As opposed to the Invitational style contest where bands are competing against each other, at UIL, bands are not ranked against each other. Rather, the bands are each evaluated independently and given a rating based upon the UIL standards. 
5) The band is given an overall rating based on the combination of the three judges scores. For example, if a band gets a 1, 1, 2… that band’s overall rating would be a 1 (called a 1st Division or “Superior” rating).
Midlothian Marching Showcase 10/05/19
Our first contest of the season is on October 5th at the Midlothian Marching Showcase. Below is ALL the information you’ll need for the day:

The Cottonwood Art Festival will also be this weekend. With that said, much of the parking at RHS will be taken on Saturday. Please plan on arriving to RHS no later than 8:00 AM.

8:30 am: Rehearsal at Eagle Stadium (warm-up block)
10:30 am: Rehearsal ends, load trucks
10:45 am: Early Lunch!
11:45 am: Change into uniform
12:15 pm: Inspection
12:30 pm: Depart for Midlothian
1:45 pm: Arrive at Midlothian/Check In
3:15 pm: Warm-up (Area B)
4:00 pm: Prelims Performance
5:00 pm: TCU Horned Frog Marching Band Exhibition
5:15 pm: Finals Announcement

The Midlothian Marching Showcase is a Prelims/Finals format contest. If we advance to finals, we will not know what time we perform until 5:30pm or so. Dinner will be provided to all of the students.

7:00 pm: Finals Begin
10:00 pm: Navarro College Marching Band Exhibition
10:15 pm: Final Results (Drum Major Retreat)
12:00 am: Expected ETA at RHS. Brief meeting then dismissal.

a message through TWITER will be sent out when we are on our way home.

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:

Midlothian Multi-Purpose Stadium
1800 S 14th St
Midlothian, TX 76065,+Midlothian,+TX+76065/@32.4657172,-96.9875792,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x864ef397d632ab5b:0xb43e0da4557e0ccc!8m2!3d32.4657172!4d-96.9853905

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 $10.00 for spectators and $5 for children 12 and under. For our volunteers, Midlothian only provides us with a set number of volunteer passes. This means that you should be prepared to pay the $10.00 entry fee as we don’t have enough to cover everyone. While I know that can be frustrating, keep in mind that this is a very important fundraiser for the Midlothian Band.

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:
• Compression Shirt (you may wear your Water’s Edge 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:
• Water’s Edge Show Shirt
• Shorts/jeans (school appropriate) and sweater (in case it gets cold)
• Tennis shoes
You’ll come at 8:00am, drop your items off in the locker room, grab your instrument and head to the stadium. You should be in the block by 8:30am.

After rehearsal concludes at 10:30am, you will begin to load up the trucks (props, percussion, low reeds/low brass, etc.). Lunch will be served starting at 10:45am. 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 11:45am. Inspection is at 12:15pm – At inspection, we’ll be dressed in and will have:
• Compression Shirt/GEB Black Shorts (under uniform)
• Long black socks (under uniform)
• Full Contest Uniform (including gloves)
• Marching Shoes
• Instrument in case (for winds that did not place on truck)
• Duffle bag/backpack (with your stands uniform inside: jeans/shorts that are school appropriate, Water’s Edge shirt, sweater and tennis shoes)

At 12:30pm, we’ll load buses and head to Midlothian. Upon our arrival, you’ll get all the instructions you’ll need.

After our prelims performance, we will hear prelims results. 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 goodies.

This will be a long day so make sure you’re resting up throughout the week! The good news is that there is NO SCHOOL OR REHEARSAL on Monday, October 7th.

*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 is loss of UIL status for the entire program.

Upcoming Events

10/07 – No School (No Rehearsal)
10/08 – PM Rehearsal
10/11 – University of Texas Rehearsal
10/11 – RHS vs Molina (JH High Night/University of Oklahoma Performance)
10/12 – Marching Contest #2 (ALL DAY)
10/17 – Jazz All-State Taping
10/18 – RHS vs Skyline
10/23 – UIL Region 3 Marching Contest
10/25 – RHS vs Berkner (Pep Rally/Senior Night)

Thank you,

Mr. Marquez

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