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Band News August 1, 2021

Summer Band Update

Congrats to all on a great first week of Summer Band! We are proud of the hard work our students who attended put in. Take some time to rest today and continue to focus on hydration and proper nutrition so you can keep up the great work next week!

A detailed schedule of the rehearsal blocks is posted on the website at www.ldbellband.org/calendar. Be sure to check the website calendar often as details can change from time-to-time. We will send out a weekly schedule the Sunday before each new week as well. This week's detailed schedule by section can be found by clicking the button below.

Important Summer Band Info/Reminders

Reminder to check the website and Remind in case of inclement weather

If changes to rehearsals are made due to inclement weather, we will communicate that information via Remind and make an announcement in red on the band website (ldbellband.org). Please get in the habit of checking these things for potential changes due to weather.

Reminder about parking and drop off now that all teachers and coaches are returning to school...

  • When dropping off students for rehearsals inside the school (Band Hall, Gym, Cafeteria, etc...), please use the circle drive on Brown Trail or the student parking lot off of Pleasantview to allow traffic to keep moving
  • If parking for rehearsal inside the school, you MAY NOT use the parking lot on the Band Hall side of the school as it is reserved parking for teachers and custodial staff. You may not park in front of the Activity Center either. The only parent/student parking is in the student parking lot off of Pleasantview or around Raider Bowl.

COVID-19 Safety Reminders

Please help us keep our band safe and healthy by observing the following measures to mitigate the spread of illness.

  • Students may not share water jugs or equipment.
  • Frequent hand-washing is encouraged. Hand sanitizer should be used when hand-washing is unavailable.
  • While masks are not required, they are encouraged, especially for unvaccinated students/adults, during indoor activities.
  • Students who are experiencing one major symptom or two minor symptoms of Covid should not attend rehearsal and need to be tested prior to returning. Major symptoms include fever of greater than 100 and/or chills, persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell. Minor symptoms include sore throat, congestion or runny nose, diarrhea/nausea/vomiting, or sudden onset of persistent headache.

Parent Meeting Slides

For those who were unable to attend the parent meeting last Tuesday, here are the slides of information covered: July 27 Parent Meeting Slides

Our next parent meeting is Tuesday, August 24 at 7 pm in the Band Hall. We will be giving information on our Spring Trip to Orlando, Florida at this meeting!

Fan Pledge Fundraiser Kicks Off August 10

We are launching a Fan-Pledge Fundraiser using social media, emails, calls, and text. Many band programs in our area have used FanPledge and had great results and we hope to do the same, but we need your help! We are asking each band and guard student to gather at least 20 email addresses and phone numbers of family, friends, and potential donors willing to support our campaign. Your contacts are strictly private and protected, and never sold or shared. We will only use them for this fundraiser and nothing further.

Your protected contacts will receive an email, text, call from the player, or socially shared message explaining our goal and can simply make a donation to the program on the players behalf and leave a nice message of support. This will allow us to raise money without selling a product, giving us more time to focus on our students and their music education. It is important that every player participate to help us reach our goal. Please help your player make a great effort to get 20 unique email addresses and phone numbers in the next 7 days.

Last week, students created an account at https://event.fan-pledge.com/27788. Students can use their login created in class to begin entering contacts. These contacts should be entered BEFORE our live event on Tuesday, August 10. Please help your student brainstorm names and contacts for this campaign. Think of friends, family, colleagues, alumni, etc.... anywhere in the country....and have your student enter their contact information.

The Band Directors will be tracking progress leading up to a 40 minute Live Event on Tuesday, August 10. Thank you in advance and we look forward to great results.

Senior Ads in Football Program

Check out the flier below with info on how you can spotlight your senior in the 2021 L.D. Bell Football Program. Act fast, though. Orders are due Tuesday, August 3. Contact Football Booster VP, Trina Wolfe (trinawolfe@hebisd.edu) with questions

March-a-thon - Saturday, September 4 - Help Needed

EVENT: March-a-thon

TIME: 8:00 AM

LOCATION: L.D. Bell High School

DETAILS: Our Annual Marchathon...We will be meeting at Bell High School and ending the day at Bell High School... We need lots of volunteers, food and drinks to take care of our kids and make this day successful. You may drop off food and drink donations at the parent meeting, Saturday rehearsals or before the football game, everything can be dropped off in the band hall. You can also drop off items the morning of the event or directly at the lunch site. See you there!

DIRECT LINK: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=ldbellhsb&v=5389026

Chaperone Meeting- August 2

We will be having an informational meeting on Monday, Aug. 2 in the band hall at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in chaperoning for Band or Colorguard or if you have junior high kids wanting to be in the band aide program we strongly encourage you come join us for this meeting. Please take a look at the band calendar before the meeting bc we will have sign ups already and limited spots, so it will be first come first serve.