TWIGEB (This Week In Golden Eagle Band) 08/19/19-08/24/19

Hello GEB,

Below you will find all of the details regarding the first full week of school as well as information discussed at the Fall Premier – TWIGEB (This Week In Golden Eagle Band). Please remember to always check for the most updated schedule.

Band Handbook Forms Due Wednesday, August 21
Students and parents – please see band handbook link below:
Attached you will find copies of pages vi and xviii; Please print, sign and return these forms to Mr. Reyna’s box by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 21st. Students will also receive these forms in class on Monday.
Family Picnic Details – Wednesday, August 21
The GEB will be performing at the Annual RHS Family Picnic this Wednesday, August 21st. This will be a low key, but important community event that should have you on your way home around 8:30 PM. Below, you will find the details for the event:
4:45 PM: Inspection/Warm-up in the Band Hall?5:15 PM: Set-up in the stands (leave instruments)?5:45 PM: Eat (FREE!)?6:45 PM: Perform in the stands / enjoy the festivities?8:30 PM: Approximate Dismissal
Attire: 2019 “Water’s Edge” show shirt and school appropriate shorts.
Required Materials: instrument, flip folder and lyre
After our performance, you’ll be released to put away your instruments. All students should be ready for pickup by 8:45 PM.
Band Rehearsals

Monday: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM


NO Rehearsals:
Labor Day (09/02), State Fair Day (10/07), and Thursday after UIL (10/24).

“EXTRA” Rehearsals:
Day of competitions/contests – Wylie or Carrolton (10/05), McKinney (10/12), UIL (10/23)

*after the competitive marching season ends, we will only rehearse on Fridays (10/25, 11/01 and 11/08). Should we advance to playoffs, we will continue this schedule.

For your convenience, below you will again find information regarding SAT/ACT/PSAT dates. Please do not schedule anything when there is a conflicting event.
SAT Test Dates

August 24, 2019 – no band conflicts
October 5, 2019 – CONFLICTS with the Wylie/Carrolton Marching Invitational
November 2, 2019 – no band conflicts (can be excused from RISD Spirit Run, if needed)
December 7, 2019 – CONFLICTS w/ All-Region Band Auditions/RISD Holiday Parade
March 14, 2020 – no band conflicts
May 2, 2020 – CONFLICTS with Honor Band recording for Wind Symphony
June 6, 2020 – no band conflicts

ACT Test Dates

September 14, 2019 – no band conflicts
October 26, 2019 – no band conflicts
December 14, 2019 – no band conflicts (will conflict if selected for All-Region Orchestra)
February 8, 2020 – no band conflicts
April 4, 2020 – no band conflicts
June 13, 2020 – no band conflicts
July 18, 2020 – no band conflicts

PSAT Test Date

October 16 – during school day (rehearsal as usual in the morning – 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM). Please note this date has been corrected from that provided in the registration packet.

Tutoring Information (Marching Season)

Tutoring is to be done around the marching band schedule as this is the ONLY time where all of the students are together to rehearse. With this being said, the band staff encourages students to attend tutoring (especially if a student has a grade lower than an 80). Below you will find the available opportunities for students to attend tutoring during the marching season:

Monday – Before School, Lunch and After School (4:15 PM – 5:15 PM)
Tuesday – Lunch and After School
Wednesday – Lunch and After School
Thursday – Lunch and After School (except for game days)
Friday – Lunch

On Mondays after school, ALL students in the program will have study hall in the band hall (4:10 PM – 5:15 PM) to study and work on homework/projects. If a student needs to attend tutoring, a tutoring pass must be attained from the teacher prior to this time. Students will also receive FREE food and have time to change for rehearsal. Attendance will be taken.

Grade Information

Under the No Pass/No Play STATE LAW, a student will not be able to participate in a UIL organization event if they do not pass (70 or higher) a non-excused class. This means NO football games, volleyball games, basketball games, competitions, pep rallies, parades, etc. Due to the UIL calendar, students MUST be passing all non-excused classes by the end of the first 6 weeks of school (September 27th) and end of the first 9 weeks of school (October 11th). Please see attached TEA/UIL Eligibility Calendar.


While there is a UIL excused list of classes (please see attached), the expectation by Mr. Marquez is that all classes are passed.


Grading Scale

Participation – 30%
Performance – 30%
Fundamentals – 20%
Skills – 20%

Tardies/Absences Policy?
Rehearsals – if a student has 2 unexcused tardies or 1 unexcused absence leading up to game, the student will not perform during the halftime show (but still will be required to attend the football game). This policy will restart after each game.

Unexcused tardy = minus 10 points
Unexcused absence = minus 20 points

In accordance with RISD policy, all excused absences will be honored with no penalty. These include:

•   Medical emergency or illness
•   Death in the family
•   Religious holiday
•   Family emergency
•   Medical or dental appointment

Students are to turn in medical/dental notes to Mr. Reyna. If a student has a medical/dental appointment in the morning, please try to schedule it on Monday mornings, if at all possible.

*excessive tardies and unexcused absences from rehearsals will result in removal from their competitive marching spot and performing at pep rallies.

Performances – if a student has an unexcused absence from a performance (game, competition, etc.), the student can lose the privilege of attending the spring trip, be demoted a band, and/or be removed from the program entirely at the discretion the band director. A grade will be given for each performance (30% of their grade)

Inspection Lines

Prior to every performance, we will have a designated call time for students to meet in inspection lines. The purpose of inspection lines is to make sure students are READY with everything that they need.

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. 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 non-clean, 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
has the incorrect “show hair”
is not clean-shaven (boys)
hangs uniform incorrectly (after games/competitions)

*these rules are in place to allow for students to look uniformed, help us with the maintenance of the uniforms and disseminate information efficiently.

To avoid ever being at risk, just pass your classes, be on time, and have all of your materials!


This is your friendly reminder that in order to help raise money to support the band, ALL Golden Eagle Band members will participate in our annual 5K March-a-thon on September 28th. We will march and play through the Richardson High School neighborhood!

To help maintain the LOWEST BAND FEES IN THE ENTIRE REGION, provide scholarships, hire some of the best marching band arrangers/drill writers, etc., we ask that EVERY Golden Eagle Band member obtain a minimum of $250 in pledges. We are also soliciting donations from our RHS neighbors AND local businesses. We hope all of our RHS neighbors will come out and support the band. The band will also be accepting donations the morning of the event.

Donation details: The band accepts cash and checks made payable to the Richardson Area Band Club (RABC).

If someone does not live in the area, they can donate by sending it to P. O. Box 832919, Richardson TX 75083-2919.

Parents/Students: Please click on the links below (packet, individual files, sign up genius) for all details. Remember you must secure $250. Students should place all donations in the band safe (located by director’s offices) at any time before September 10th. Receipt and company logos (in vector format) are to be sent to by September 10th for placement on the t-shirt. Again, please make checks payable to RABC.

Once you secure a Corporate Sponsor, please email Alison Reiff-Martin at and let her know the level of sponsorship.


  • Corporate Sponsorship money and vector file (for t-shirt and/or banner): DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th.

Private Lessons

If you have not started private lessons, please get in contact with our wonderful lesson teachers ASAP. Lessons are $20 for a 30 minute, 1 on 1 lesson that can occur before school, during your band class or after school. Lessons should not be scheduled during marching rehearsals. Please click link below for contact information to the lesson staff:

Upcoming Events

08/30 – RHS vs Nimitz Football Game (Home)
09/02 – No School (No Rehearsal)
09/06 – Pep Rally, RHS vs Samuell Football Game (Home)
09/13 – RHS @ Garland Football Game (Away)
09/18 – Early Release
09/20 – Bye Week – No Football Game (Rehearsals Continue)
09/21 – Plano Drumline Competition
09/24 – Jazz Band Richardson Reads Performance
09/27 – RHS vs WT White Football Game (Homecoming)
09/28 – March-a-thon

I am looking forward to continuing a GREAT year!

Thank you,

Mr. Marquez

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