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Leander High School Band 2021-2022 Information Page

Welcome to the Leander High School Band Information Page! This is where we will post important calendar dates, information on events, any changes to times or events, and announcements for our program. You will also have access to pertinent forms or volunteer opportunities from this page.

REQUIRED COMMUNICATION CHANNELS SO YOU ARE "IN THE KNOW".

  • Student Communication - Google Classroom. Use code: cpq3cda
  • Parent Communication - Cut Time (This is the e-mail database) To be added, go to www.cuttime.net and click on Student/Parent Signup. Email president@leanderband.com if you have any issues.
  • Parent and Student Communication - NEW! Remind 101 - Fast way to get info out. Everyone needs to text this phrase "@leanderm" to the number 81010 to be added to this year's Remind. We use this text frequently to get out quick info to kids and parents.

HAVE A QUESTION? FOR FASTER RESPONSES, BE SURE TO CONTACT THE CORRECT DIRECTOR OR BOOSTER MEMBER. THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO VISIT THIS CONTACT PAGE AND CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE CATEGORY. IT'LL THEN GO TO THE CORRECT PERSON TO RESPOND.

HOW DO I VOLUNTEER FOR THE BAND PROGRAM TO SUPPORT MY CHILD?

UPCOMING DATES

  • 7/26-7/29 - First Days of FULL summer Band - 8am-5:30pm
  • 7/30 - Shortened rehearsal for all wind (brass and woodwind) players - 8am-12pm
  • 8/2-8/6 - Second week of summer band - 8am-5:30pm

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

  • Meet the lions is canceled.
  • 8/27 - First Football Game - 7pm @Bible Stadium
  • 9/25 - BOA Austin - All Day

Want to see the full calendar of events for the year? All rehearsals, performances, and times are up to date and ready to view!

CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

REGISTRATION DAY AND REQUIRED FORMS

Please view the next section titled the same as the above title and read carefully. All info about what to do prior to summer band is there!

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS...

  • Seam Team - Needing parents who can assist with uniform fittings, whether you have sewing experience or just want to help, we need anyone we can take!
  • Water Dawgs - Help the band get hydrated at all our events!
  • Fruit Ninjas - Help prepare and hand out fruit during Summer Band.
  • Prop Crew - Help build our amazing props for this year's marching show. If you have engineering skills, carpentry skills, or just want to assist building things for our program, please volunteer! We especially need anyone with fabrication and metal work experience. Reach out directly to michael.swiren@leanderisd.org if you're interested in this committee.
  • Hospitality - Help keep the band fed before performances!
  • Chaperones - Help the band with all the details that need to be overseen at performances!

SMART MUSIC SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS ARE NOT HAPPENING THIS YEAR!

Because of the difficult year all of our students and staff have had, and because we wanted our students to receive as much rest as possible this summer, we have decided to cancel the normally required smart music assignments during the summer time only. Students will be assigned parts of the show during summer band and the school year as needed. Enjoy the rest!

PERCUSSION EQUIPMENT DROP-OFF

All percussion equipment needs to be returned and setup by 8 AM on the 19th. The school will be open at 7 AM that day to facilitate bringing back in keyboard instruments. If you cannot make this happen, please contact Mr. Zellers to arrange a time to drop-off the weekend prior, 7/17 and 7/18.

WHEN EXACTLY DOES MY KID NEED TO SHOW UP?

  • Percussionists - July 19th-23rd - 8am-4pm
  • Color Guard - July 22nd and 23rd - 8am-5pm - At RBMS
  • EVERYONE - Registration Day - July 24th
  • EVERYONE - Summer Band - Starts July 26th - 8am
  • Please read the calendar for all dates following these start dates

COLOR GUARD SPECIFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SUMMER BAND

  • July 22nd & 23rd - RBMS - 8am-5pm
  • July 26th-30th - RBMS - 8am-5pm
  • August 2nd-5th - LHS - 8am-5:30pm
  • August 6th - RBMS - 8am-5pm

COLOR GUARD WEEKLY ATTIRE SCHEDULE

  • Monday - Blue
  • Tuesday - Purple
  • Wednesday - Pink
  • Thursday - Green
  • Friday - Red
  • Shirts can have writing on them and can be in the color family if not the exact color. Black shorts and shoes.
  • Items needed for camp: Flag(s) - 6ft and swing, Rifle if needed, Water, Lunch, Snacks, Sunscreen

REGISTRATION DAY/ REQUIRED FORMS

Saturday, July 24th - LHS PAC ENTRANCE/Band Hall - 9am-12pm specific times below for each class.

Registration Day is REQUIRED for all students and a parent to attend. If you ordered merchandise in the first round as requested, this is where you'll pick up that merch.

PREFERRED TIMES TO ATTEND

  • Freshmen: Anytime between 9 am and Noon
  • Sophomores: 9-10 am
  • Juniors: 10-11 am
  • Seniors: 11am-Noon

WE ASK THAT YOU COMPLETE ALL OF THESE STEPS BY FRIDAY, JULY 16th. REMEMBER: DOING THESE AHEAD OF TIME SAVES YOU TIME AT REGISTRATION DAY!

Links for all required items are on the registration form. If you follow those instructions and fill everything out, you're all set!

All 10th-12th graders need to signup for a uniform fitting time on July 19th and 20th using the link above. All 10th-12th graders who are in Wind Ensemble, need to sign up for a time slot labeled "Wind Ensemble Students Only." You may not miss rehearsal for your fitting so your time slots are during your lunch break and after rehearsal. All freshmen will be fitted at Registration Day and do NOT need to signup for a time.

Everyone should have placed a merchandise order because all members at least need to order their new show shirt. The next round of merchandise purchasing happens from July 19th through the 26th. If you missed the last round, it's ok! Make sure to complete it on those dates to get your items prior to the first performance. This will be the last chance to order! If you ordered in the first round, please pick up your merchandise on Registration Day. Specifics of what you need are on this site as well as the registration page.

If you can't pay in full by the required deadline of September 30th, you need to meet with a director and treasurer at Registration Day to complete an official payment plan.

The link above will take you to an online system called Rank One. The webpage will explain how to create a parent account to fill out the online medical forms. Forms must be filled out in the Rank One system this year and we will not be collecting hard copies of these (except for the Physical Form). Forms include the Physical Form (which you need to print), required medical forms, travel forms, and a band handbook agreement.

The Physical form MUST be turned in as a hard copy to a band director or med team member. It must be completed by a doctor so please be sure to get an appointment for this ASAP. This has to happen before the start of their first day of summer band. Physical Forms should be turned in at Registration Day. Form below.

Medical forms on the "Required LISD Forms" site are the specific required ones for all students. If your child has an emergency medication they need to carry that they can administer, or if your student has asthma, a seizure disorder, or anaphylaxis to food, insects or other substances, they need to also go to the link below to retrieve the specific form needed and turn it in to a director or med team member.

Instrument Rentals only required for the following students...

  • If you need a marching instrument different from your owned instrument. That includes all Tubas, Bass Clarinets, Euphoniums, French Horns.
  • If you don't own your own instrument at all.
  • If you need an instrument for concert/region band that you don't play in marching band.
  • You can pick these instruments up on Registration Day if you haven't already.
  • There is a $65 fee per semester for these instruments.

WE ASK THAT YOU COMPLETE ALL OF THESE STEPS BY FRIDAY, JULY 16th. REMEMBER: DOING THESE AHEAD OF TIME SAVES YOU TIME AT REGISTRATION DAY!

KEEP READING FOR WHAT TO BRING TO IN-PERSON BAND AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

MARCHING BAND INFORMATION

WHAT DOES MY STUDENT NEED FOR SUMMER BAND?

  • Provide your own lunch every day. Students are allowed off campus during lunch.
  • Plain white T-shirt - (Percussion, Woodwinds, Brass only)
  • Fanny Pack - you choose
  • Charged cell phone (used with marching drill app)
  • Instrument with appropriate parts
  • A flip book - purchase at a local music store (brass & woodwind players only)
  • A lyre - purchased at a local music store (woodwinds only) Flutes have a specific flute one - ask at music store.
  • Tennis shoes - specifically tennis shoes and not basketball sneakers or skating shoes, must have a supportive arch.
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Filled Gallon Water Jug with name written prominently on lid and side of jug - can be one you purchase anywhere or the one you purchase on the merchandise website, which is required for performances

SUMMER BAND AUDITIONS - WINDS PLAYERS ONLY

Auditions will take place during band camp on July 30th from 8am-12pm. If a child misses this date due to an unexcused absence, they will automatically be placed in the JV block (X-box).

Audition Requirements

  • Marching audition consisting of specific marching elements being taught during the first week of summer band.
  • Participation during this first week of summer band, attendance, punctuality, and behavior.
  • Smart Music Pass Off - This will be assigned on day 1 of summer band and will be due on July 30th by Midnight.

Primary vs. JV

  • Because of the "no pass, no play" rule in Texas, we have to have a JV group of students in addition to the Varsity positions to cover any students that become ineligible.
  • At times in the season we may have injuries, someone move away, someone quit, etc. So this JV block is very important.
  • Students who make JV still participate in all rehearsals, games, performances. The only difference is they don't play their instruments at the marching contests only. They are part of an auxiliary group that assists the band with props and other items during the performance.
  • Students who make JV still have the opportunity to get into Varsity throughout the season through hard work, passing classes, and showing their efforts to improve throughout the season.

VOLUNTEERING

Please click the link below to go to the LISD approved volunteer system for 2021-2022. You must get approved through this system to volunteer at LHS in any capacity. The process can take up to a week to get approved so please fill out the online form in plenty of time to volunteer. If you are already an approved volunteer from a prior year, you will receive a renewal email 30 days before your current approval expires.

BOOSTER EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • President - Stacie Baldwin
  • Vice President - Danielle Henson
  • Secretary - Maegan Schneider
  • Parliamentarian -
  • Treasurer - Michael Lawson
  • Assistant Treasurer - Bipin Trehan

E-mail contacts for board members are their Title@leanderband.com EX: Treasurer@leanderband.com

COMMITTEES

  • Band Banquet Team
  • Bun Brigade (Do Hair Before Performances)
  • Chaperones
  • Display Case Team
  • Fruit Ninjas (Fruit Prep at Summer Band)
  • Fundraising Team
  • General Volunteer (As Needs Arise)
  • Hospitality (Food Distribution)
  • Medical Team (requires EMT license or above)
  • Photography Team
  • Pit Crew
  • Prop Building Team
  • Uniform Seam Team
  • Water Dawgs

WHERE DO I SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER?

Please fill out the form below and mark which areas you would like to help in. A committee lead will contact you with more info and to find out how often you'd like to volunteer.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If rehearsal ends at 7:00pm, why does my kid get to the car so late?
  • Students are all required to help bring equipment inside, carry props, put up instruments, etc. That will take a little time to pack everything up and go inside. Some students are also asking questions to leaders or directors. Talk to your student about your expectations for how fast they should move. The band hall closes no later than 30 minutes after each rehearsal.
I thought you were only allowed to rehearse 8 hours per the UIL 8-hour Rule? Why do you have 9 or 10 hours on some weeks?
  • First, the 8-hour rule only applies to weekly rehearsals once school begins in most cases, so summer band doesn't apply. It also doesn't apply to weekends in August once school starts.
  • Second, each organization gets 1 extra hour of rehearsal per each performance of the week. So on Friday we get another hour for the football game, and on Saturdays we get more time for each performance at a competition.
I'm concerned about the heat during the summer and my child being outside so much. What precautions do you take?
  • We are overly concerned about the heat as well. We follow all UIL and LISD guidelines for heat related concerns, and we also go above and beyond and have several tents, a full medical team of parents that are physicians and nurses, and we supply extra water and fruit for students. None of those things are required, but we understand how strenuous marching band can be.
  • Most students get ill because they don't hydrate enough or eat a healthy meal in the morning (no milk or milk products). Educate your child on the best way to take care of their bodies.
Is marching band optional?
  • No. Marching band is part of the required curriculum in the state of Texas and LISD. Health issues that may impair participation should be communication to Mr. Selaiden.
Excused vs. Unexcused absences
  • We understand that band takes a lot of time, but please know that we are very strict about our attendance policy. The reason is because we have 250+ students and we rely on everyone being in their drill spot in order to rehearse successfully. We implement a strict attendance policy because of the amount of people and our need to be fair to everyone in the organization. If we allowed everyone to miss for a doctor's check-up, dentist appointment, boy scout meeting, etc, then we would ALWAYS have a ton of students missing.
  • Excused absences - Death in family, medical emergency/being sick, close family members wedding, other approved absences by a director.
  • Unexcused absences - after school club meeting, tutorials, dentist appointments, doctor's appointments (this does not include if a kid is sick - just a basic check up), outside of school club meetings, youth groups, driver's tests, etc.
  • This doesn't mean that we NEVER approve absences. We are always willing to work with students that need to attend tutorials or other important life events. What we ask is that you communicate in a timely manner and get it approved by Mr. Selaiden.
  • If a student misses three times for unexcused absences, they will be removed from their primary spot, potentially moved out of an ensemble, or removed from the program.
  • All absence related issues should be communicated to Mr. Selaiden.
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