TWIGEB (10/07/19-10/12/19)

Hello GEB,

Congratulations on 3rd place at the Midlothian Marching Showcase both after Prelims and Finals – way to start off the season! We continue our contest portion of the year with the McKinney ISD Marching Invitational this Saturday. There is ALOT information in this email; please read through it all.

As a reminder, there is NO REHEARSAL on Monday, October 7th. Please note that we have changed our Tuesday morning rehearsal to Tuesday afternoon (October, 8th – 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM).

Below you will find all of the details for this week (10/07/19-10/12/19). Remember to always check for the most updated schedule.

UIL Eligibility Report 10/10/19
The UIL eligibility report will be released on Friday, October 11th. However, the grade book for teachers closes on Thursday, October 10th at 4:10 PM. Please check FOCUS and make sure to be in constant communication with teachers. EVERYONE MUST PASS to be eligible for our most important contest of the year – Region 3 UIL Marching Contest!
Friday Morning Rehearsal/Drill Team Information – 10/11/19
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 again).
University of Texas/University of Oklahoma Information 10/11/19

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 the Pride of Oklahoma will be performing during halftime.

Richardson vs Molina 10/11/19 (HOME – JH Night)
Pizza will be served in the Eagles Nest for ALL STUDENTS in the program at 4:10pm. JH students will eat outside the large gym on the steps.
Game Details
Drill Team Tune: Moves Like Jaggger
Dinner Served: Eagle’s Nest (Pizza)
Inspection: 5:30 PM
Tailgate: 6:30 PM (JH students will line up starting at 6:15 PM)
Pre-Game Performance 7:05 PM
Kickoff: 7:30 PM

Eagle/Mustang Stadium
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.
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!

McKinney ISD Marching Invitational 10/12/19
Our second contest of the season is on October 12th at the McKinney ISD Marching Invitational. Below is ALL the information you’ll need for the day:


Please plan on arriving to RHS no later than 9:15 AM.

9:30 am: Rehearsal at Eagle Stadium (warm-up block)
11:20 am: Rehearsal ends, load trucks
11:30 am: Lunch!
12:30 pm: Change into uniform
1:00 pm: Inspection
1:30 pm: Depart for McKinney
2:15 pm: Arrive at McKinney/Check In
3:45 pm: Warm-up (Area B)
4:30 pm: Prelims Performance
5:15 pm: Finals Announcement (Drum Major Retreat)

The McKinney ISD Marching Invitational is a Prelims/Finals format contest. There will be 27 bands at this event; top 10 will advance. 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 after results.

7:00 pm: Finals Performances Begin (should we advance)
10:00 pm: Final Results
11:30 pm: 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:

McKinney ISD Stadium
4201 S. Hardin Blvd.
McKinney, TX 75070,+McKinney,+TX+75070/@33.1574916,-96.6966358,13z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x864c114d0f38e78f:0x921def5615b22c30!2m2!1d-96.6615306!2d33.1574247?hl=en

As a 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 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. For our volunteers, Mckinney only provides us with a set number of volunteer passes. This means that you should be prepared to pay the $10.00 entry fee just in case 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 McKinney ISD Bands.

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 9:15am, drop your items off in the locker room, grab your instrument and head to the stadium. You should be in the block by 9:30am.

After rehearsal concludes at 11:20am, you will begin to load up the trucks (props, percussion, low reeds/low brass, etc.). Lunch will be served starting at 11:30am. 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 12:30pm. Inspection is at 1:00pm – 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 show shirt, sweater and tennis shoes)

At 1:30pm, we’ll load buses and head to McKinney. 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 (should we advance). 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!

*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

10/17 – Jazz All-State Taping
10/18 – RHS vs Skyline
10/23 – UIL Region 3 Marching Contest
10/24 – No Marching Rehearsal
10/25 – RHS vs Berkner (Pep Rally/Senior Night)
11/01 – RHS vs Duncanville (Away)
11/02 – RISD Spirit Run
11/04 – Westwood Football Game (Westwood Alumni Volunteers)
11/05 – Student Holiday
11/08 – RHS vs Lake Highlands

Spring Trip Information Packet 2020 (Disney/Universal Studios) – Commitment Trip Form and NON-REFUNDABLE down payment ($175) Due 11/04/19

On your TWIGEB email you will find the 2020 spring trip information to Orlando Florida – Disney/Universal Studios! The packet includes brief information of the trip, payment schedule, TEA excused classes and trip commitment form. The Trip Commitment Form is due to the band safe by November 4th along with your first non-refundable payment of $175. 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.

Want to be considered for a spring trip chaperone? Please click the link below:

The Spring Trip Information Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 7th at 7:30 PM in the RHS Ball. Student and parent/legal guardian must be present.

Thank you,

Mr. Marquez

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