Hello GEB,

Below you will find all of the details for our upcoming week (12/07/20-12/12/20). Remember to always check for the most updated schedule.

All-Region Recording Upload Window 12/05-12/09

The window to upload your recorded audition starts Saturday, December 5th and ends on Wednesday, December 9th. Please see emails sent on Friday for more information.

Winter Concert Rehearsals Continue

The following rehearsals will be from 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM (Screening 5:30 PM). Please come in through the band hall doors.

12/07 – Jazz Band Winter Concert Rehearsal
12/07 – Concert Band Winter Concert Rehearsal
12/08 – Symphonic Band Winter Concert Rehearsal

Winter Concert 12/09/20

Our Winter Concert will be on Wednesday, December 9th, in the Richardson High School Large Gym, so we can create appropriate distancing between band members and our guests.

We NEED 8 parent volunteers to make the night run smoothly. Please use the link below if you are available to help:

Concert Protocols:

Each student that opted in will receive 2 entry tickets for their specific performance. AGAIN, ONLY TWO GUESTS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE LARGE GYM PER STUDENT PERFORMER. Please see email attachment for map of entrance/exit flow for the concert.

Concert Band (Mr. McKinney) – Orange Tickets
Symphonic Band (Mr. Reyna) – Blue Tickets
Symphonic Winds (Mr. Schmuck) – Green Tickets
Wind Symphony/Jazz Band (Mr. Marquez) – Purple Tickets

Students will receive both tickets during their upcoming evening rehearsals.

Guests WILL NOT be officially screened at the concert similar to RISD athletic events. Individual pre-screening by family members/friends will need to be done prior to attending the concert. Guests will enter the large gym through the main doors (right side) and will quickly exit at the conclusion of their performer’s portion of the concert through the main doors (left side). All guests are to socially distance and wear a mask CORRECTLY at all times.

Students WILL be screened and will enter through the band hall doors, wear a mask, apply hand sanitizer, and then head to the large gym through the school while keeping a 6-foot distance (including during the performance). The only time for students to not wear a mask is during the performance (wind players). Students will take their case and music to the large gym with them.

As a reminder, once the student has completed their portion of the performance, they will need to leave with their family/guests.

Families with multiple students in the program will need to exit and re-enter the facility each time.

In order to keep things as contactless as possible, we will not be providing physical programs; there will be QR codes available for your convenience.

Mr. Vega will be the administrator on duty for the concert.


Both sides of bleachers will be available for seating.

Every other row will be taped off with caution tape. Families/friends will need to socially distance and stay in groups.

In between performances, chairs/stands will be sanitized for the students.


The attire for the concert will be the black Golden Eagle Band T-Shirt, jeans, and should you choose, your favorite festive (appropriate) hat.


5:20 PM – Call time for Concert Band students (band hall)
5:45 PM – Doors open for guests (large gym)
6:00 PM – Concert Band Performs
Students and guests exit gym quickly upon conclusion of performance

6:10 PM – Call time for Symphonic Band students (band hall)
6:30 PM – Doors open for guests (large gym)
6:45 PM – Symphonic Band Performs
Students and guests exit gym quickly upon conclusion of performance

7:00 PM – Call time for Symphonic Winds students (band hall)
7:15 PM – Doors open for guests (large gym)
7:30 PM – Symphonic Winds performs
Students and guests exit gym quickly upon conclusion of performance

7:45 PM – Call time for Jazz Band/Wind Symphony students (band hall)
8:00 PM – Doors open for guests (large gym)
8:15 PM – Jazz Band/Wind Symphony performs
Students and guests exit gym quickly upon conclusion of performance

We have OUTSTANDING students and parents in the Richardson Golden Eagle Band family. However, please note that failure to abide by rules will result in dismissal by Mr. Marquez and/or Mr. Vega. As a reminder, this should be a fun AND safe opportunity for our community during this holiday season.

Football Playoff Game (Richardson vs Arlington Martin) 12/10/20

We found out yesterday that the Richardson High School football team has advanced to playoffs (last time was 2012)! We will be playing Arlington Martin at Global Life Park in Arlington on Thursday, December 10th at 7:00 PM.

I kindly ask that you stop what you are doing, click on the link below and respond to the questionnaire ASAP. This information will guide the band directors on how many buses will be needed to keep socially distanced as well as to how much food to purchase.

Here are the details for the game:

Sousaphones, battery and front ensemble instruments will be the only instruments loaded on the trucks. All others will be on the bus (if you are riding the bus).
If you are riding the bus:

3:30 PM – Students blocked for 8th period (both face-to-face and virtual). Students will head to stadium for dinner (provided).
4:30 PM – Load buses
4:45 PM – Departure (Richardson High School)
6:00 PM – Arrive (Global Life Park)
7:00 PM – Game Starts
9:45 PM – Game Concludes; estimated time. Load buses.
10:15 PM – Departure (Global Life Park)
11:05 PM – Arrival (Richardson High School); estimated time

If you are not riding the bus:

3:30 PM – Students blocked for 8th period (both face-to-face and virtual). Students will head to stadium for dinner should you choose (provided).
6:00 PM – Arrive @ Global Life Park
7:00 PM – Game Starts
9:45 PM – Game Concludes; estimated time. Dismissed for pick-up.

Due to the late night on Thursday, the directors will be allowing students to work on homework during band classes on Friday, Dec. 11th. Wind Symphony will start at 9:00 AM.

Winds, percussion and color guard attire will be the following: GEB T-shirt, GEB mask, GEB jacket, GEB Pants, lanyard, long ankle socks and tennis shoes.
Students will not wear hats, sunglasses or jewelry. Long hair should be pulled back out of their face in a pony tail. This will make us look uniformed. Students may have their phones to make calls once the game concludes. However, students will not be allowed to be on their phones during the game. A tweet will also be sent out (@RHSGEB) at the conclusion of the game that will also show up on the band website.
Plastic water bottles will be provided to all students. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PASS WATER BOTTLES TO EACH OTHER. Our parent volunteers will be the only people allowed to pass out water to each student (while wearing gloves). Students must drink all water before receiving a new water bottle (when needed). We will have bags to recycle plastic bottles at the end of the night. Again, each student will place their empty bottle in bag as volunteers come around.
Chaperone information
Drop-off and pick-up will occur on the away side of the stadium. Below are the options for transportation to games:
Student is transported to Arlington via parent private vehicle (carpooling is not allowed).
Student rides bus to Arlington
Tickets and Parking
Ticket Information – I will receive ticket information and parking map on Monday. Please note that there will not be a separate link for participants’ families; this will not be an issue due to the size of Globe Life Park. These are home games for AISD. No purses or bags are allowed at GLP. 
Pre-sale: Adult $8
Gate: $12
Parking: $15 (No cash, credit only)

Game Details
Kickoff: 7:00 PM

Globe Life Park in Arlington
1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington TX 76011

Richardson is the away team but will be on the “home side” of the stadium.

Honors Level Band Requirements Reminder

The Honors student must complete the following by Monday, December 14th.

Exhibit an advanced level of participation, skills, fundamentals and performance.

Attend two professional performances (in-person or virtual) or other performances approved in advance by the director each semester in the student’s respective Honors area. Documentation of these performances will include a program/print out and a minimum two page critique of each performance. The paper must be typed 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced and must reflect the writing quality, content, and construction expected of an Honors student. Content must include a summary of the performance, historical references, analysis of the music performed, and a personal reflection on the performance and its influence on the listener.

Attend one fall and one spring concert at your campus in the other music areas. EX: If I’m an band honors student I would attend an orchestra concert in the fall and a choir concert in the spring on my campus, or vice versa. This may be completed virtually if in-person concerts are not allowed. Should there be extenuating circumstances, directors may provide a suitable alternate assignment for credit. Proof of attendance is the only required completion component for credit. These concerts are in addition to the two professional performances listed above and may not be used to complete both. If health regulations and RISD guidelines do not allow for in-person performances students will work with their director to develop an alternate form of completion. You can substitute this requirement for another professional concert as there are limited tickets provided to students in the district.

Prepare all of the TMEA All Region audition materials during the fall. Students will be expected to perform in their entirety each etude/piece for a director. This may be done live, via google classroom, or zoom. This will be done prior to the actual TMEA audition and at the director’s discretion. Audition for All Region during the fall. (This will be done virtually)

Participate in the Richardson Chamber Music Festival as a solo performer and as part of an ensemble.

Band Fees Reminder

Please continue to make payments (if you have not done so). This is very important to the financial responsibility and operations of the band program. All fees MUST be paid by Monday, December 14th.

You can pay to the band safe (in the band hall) or online. As a reminder, you CAN make partial payments both in person or online (click on the pencil on the invoice for online). If you have any questions or need your invoice again, please contact our treasurer at

Fundraising Opportunity Reminders

As a reminder, make sure to use the information below when shopping at Amazon or Kroger.

Amazon Smile Account
Make your Amazon purchases go a little further by searching Richardson High School Area Band Club on Amazon Smile. Start every purchase at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of each eligible purchase to the GEB!

Shop at Kroger
Every time you shop at Kroger with your loyalty card, the Golden Eagle Band wins! Select Richardson High School Area Band Club Account BK510 for your preferred Community Rewards recipient and a percentage of your shopping proceeds will be sent to the GEB! 

Upcoming Events:
12/14 – Band Fees Due
12/14 – Honors Level Band Materials Due
12/14-12/18 – Finals Week

Thank you,

Mr. Marquez

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