TWIGEB (10/15/18-10/20/18)

Hello GEB,

I would like to thank you again for your feedback regarding October 20th! After much debate and conversations with our staff, we will NOT be attending the Duncanville Marching Invitational Contest. There would be about 10-12 students who would not be able to make it and if we were to advance to finals, we would not be able to stay to perform in it because of too many conflicts that evening. Furthermore, the forecast now shows rain for next Saturday as well. Again, I appreciate your flexibility so much – lets just focus on UIL, Junior High Night and passing our classes! Please see below for details this week (10/15/18-10/20/18):

The end of the 9 weeks is Friday, October 19th. ALL students must be passing! Please check FOCUS and be in contact with your teachers.

Rehearsal Reminders:

Monday, October 15th: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Rehearsal will start 30 minutes earlier due to the RHS Area Choir Concert.

Tuesday, October 16th: Regular rehearsal as scheduled – 7:00 AM.

Wednesday, October 17th: No AM rehearsal. Rehearsal will occur at 1:00 PM. See UIL details below. If the UIL Region Marching Contest gets cancelled due to weather, the make-up day will be Monday, October 22nd.

Thursday, October 18th: No Rehearsal (due to UIL the night before); please go to tutoring.

Friday, October 19th: Regular rehearsal as scheduled – 7:00 AM.

Region 3 UIL Marching Contest 10/17/18

The Region 3 UIL Marching Contest is on Wednesday, Oct. 17th. Details for the contest are below.

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

Eligible: ALL Band and Guard students will be blocked from 4th-7th period. As soon as A Lunch is over at 12:20 PM, 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 4th or 5th period, you will report to the stadium during that class period.

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

11:50pm-12:20: A Lunch for ALL (on your own)
1:00pm-2:45pm: Stadium Rehearsal wearing the following: GEB black shorts, Compression shirt (you may wear your Danza de La Rosa shirt over it), and LONG black socks.
2:45pm: Grab a snack @ the stadium (provided), load trucks, change into uniform (jacket/gauntlets stay on racks)
4:15pm: Inspection/ you may bring your duffle bag or backpack with a change of clothes if you would like (school appropriate)
4:30pm: Depart for Mesquite Memorial Stadium
7:40pm: Warm-up
8:10pm: Leave Warm-up
8:30pm: Performance
8:45pm: Change our of uniforms/eat dinner (pizza provided)
10:30pm: 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).

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!

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.

*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.

Please remember that we will NOT have rehearsal Thursday morning.

Euphonium/Tuba Masterclass 10/18/18

Mr. Durham will be holding an All-Region Masterclass for ALL euphonium/tuba students from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM on October 18th.

Friday Morning Rehearsal/Drill Team Information 10/19/18

As a reminder, we will rehearse in the STADIUM. Remember to bring their flip folder stuffed with this week’s drill team tune (which happens to be Celebration again).

RHS vs Skyline (HOME – JH NIGHT) 10/19/18


The seventh football game of the year is this Friday, October 19th and its an HOME game – Junior High Night! As always, full details can be found on the Official Band Calendar at

When the bell rings to release school, dinner will be served in the Eagles Nest for ALL students in the program.

Game Details
Drill Team Tune: Celebration
Dinner Served: 4:10 PM (Eagles Nest – Pizza)
Inspection: 5:30 PM
Tailgate: 6:30 PM
Kickoff: 7:30 PM

Eagle/Mustang Stadium
1250 W. Belt Line Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080

Inspection Lines

Call time for students to meet in inspection lines is 5:30 PM (Band Hall). If a student fails inspection, the student will report to Mr. Marquez after the football game and will be assigned duties for the band during that time.

FULL UNIFORM: GEB Compression Shirt, GEB black athletic shorts, LONG black socks and marching shoes. Guard – Show Uniform

The game will end around 10:30 PM (estimate). As always, we will send out a message through Twitter announcing that we are on our way home. This will also show up on the GEB website Twitter feed.

At the conclusion of the game, everyone will hang their uniform CORRECTLY and place shoes in the shoe rack outside of the uniform room. Once this is complete you may head over to the optional after party.

Parents – As always 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!

Upcoming Events

10/24 – Early Release Day
10/26 -RHS vs Berkner (Away)
10/27 – UIL Area C Marching Contest (Should we advance)
10/30 – RABC Board Meeting
10/30 – All-Region Trumpet Masterclass

Spring Trip (Corpus Christi) – Commitment Trip Form and NON-REFUNDABLE down payment ($100) Due 11/14/18

Attached you will find the 2019 spring trip information; 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 14th 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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