TWIGEB 10/17/16-10/22/16

Hello GEB,

Below you will find the details for this week (10/17-10/22):

Morning Rehearsals (7:00am – 8:30am)

Always have your dot book, pencil and instrument at every scheduled morning rehearsal.


ONE WEEK LEFT! You must to be passing all of your classes to be eligible to participate in the UIL Area C Marching Contest (should we advance) on October 29th. Students and parents, make sure you are checking grades on FOCUS. Students, please turn in all of your assignments and attend tutoring in the “at risk” classes. Remember NO zeros!

PSAT 10/19/16
We will NOT have morning marching rehearsal on Wednesday, October 19, due to the PSAT.

Here is the schedule sent by administration for the morning:

?  12th grade – Late Arrival
?  11th grade (non PSAT/NMSQT test takers) – ACT Practice Test
?  10th grade – PSAT/NMSQT
?  9th grade (non PSAT 8/9 test takers) – ELA Writing/Science Camps
ELL Newcomers will also have lessons provided.

Region 3 UIL Marching Contest 10/19/16

Our MOST IMPORTANT contest of the year is coming up on Wednesday, Oct. 19th: UIL! Details for the contest are below.

Here’s how the blocking situation is working – you fall into one of two situations:

Eligible: You are blocked from 5th-7th period (includes props crew). As soon as 4th period is over, you will go to the band hall, grab your instrument, change into rehearsal attire (see below) and head to the stadium.

Ineligible: If you are academically ineligible, you will attend classes as normal and continue to focus on raising those grades so you can get back with us ASAP. You will report to the band only during your assigned band class. If you have band during 5th period, you will report to the stadium during that class period.


NO EARLY MORNING REHEARSAL (get your rest, compete at your best)

2:00pm-3:45pm: Stadium Rehearsal wearing the following: GEB black shorts, Under Armor shirt under For Whom The Bell Tolls t-shirt, LONG black socks, marching shoes, shako and plume.

*shakos will be located in the hallway prior to going to the field. Plumes will be located in the stadium.

3:45pm: Return plume, grab a snack @ the stadium (provided), load trucks, change into full uniform?5:00pm: Inspection (FULL UNIFORM) / you may bring your duffle bag or backpack with a change of clothes if you would like (school appropriate), however, due to the time we will be at the event, this is not recommended.?5:10pm: Depart for Mesquite Memorial Stadium
7:10pm: Warm-up (South Zone)?7:40pm: Leave Warm-up?8:00pm: Performance?8:10pm: Change out of uniform/eat dinner (pizza provided)
9:00pm: Ratings Announced
10:00pm: Arrive @ RHS (ETA)


1) UIL contest happens during the school day and the kids will miss classes in order to attend. Get your school work in advance from your teachers if AT ALL POSSIBLE.
2) Each band only performs once at the UIL Region 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 the UIL Region Contest, 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). Should the band receive superior ratings, it will then advance to the UIL Area C Marching Contest on Saturday, October 29th.

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 Rd.
Mesquite, Texas 75149

When the band enters the field and the announcer calls our name, we need ALL parents in the stands cheering for the kids. This is all part of the contest! It sends a message to the judges that… “hey, you really need to pay attention to this band!”

Parking is free. Admission to the contest is $5.00 for spectators. 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.

NO Thursday Morning Rehearsal 10/20/16

There is no rehearsal on Thursday morning! Catch up on some sleep (or homework if you so choose) and we will see you in your band class. We WILL have rehearsal during band classes so please bring your instrument/music.

Friday Morning Rehearsal 10/21/16

Remember that on game days we rehearse with the Eaglettes. Bring your flip folders stuffed with this week’s drill team tune (which happens to be Dynamite). Anyone who forget’s his/her flip folder and drill team tune at this rehearsal will automatically fail inspection for this week so make sure you remember!

You can always find the “drill team tune” for the week by going to the Official Band Calendar at

RHS vs Skyline (AWAY) 10/21/16

The 8th football game of the year is coming up this Friday night! As always, full details can be found on the Official Band Calendar at

Game Details

Drill Team Tune: Dynamite
Dinner Served: 4:10pm (Eagles Nest) for students who are sign up for Meal Plan
Inspection: 5:00pm
Depart for Forester Stadium: 5:15pm
8233 Military Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75227
Kickoff: 7:30pm

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

*failure to have the items mentioned above as well as not having your instrument, flip folder, lyre and FILLED water bottle with water will result in failing inspection. As a reminder we do not talk during inspection lines.

Other reminders include:

No nail polish/make-up
No jewelry (earrings, necklaces, rings, etc.)
No unnatural hair colors (blue, green, etc.)
Boys – clean shaven or trimmed facial hair
Girls – show hair
Sunblock/mosquito repellant

Upcoming Contests

Saturday, October 29: Area C UIL Marching Contest (Prelims/Finals). We will attend this contest should we advance from our region performance on October 19th.

Spring Trip (Corpus Christi) – Commitment Trip Form and NON-REFUNDABLE down payment ($100) Due 11/09/16

Please see attachment in email sent this 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 9th 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.

Thank you,

Mr. Marquez

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