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Leander High School Band 2020-2021 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.

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.

UPCOMING DATES - Updated 3/22

THIS WEEK'S REHEARSALS

  • 3/23 - Marching Rehearsal 4:30-7
  • 3/24 - Marching Rehearsal 4:30-7
  • 3/25 - New Member and All Current Student Rehearsal 4:30-7
  • 3/26 - Leader Audition Meeting #1 - 4:30-5:30pm
  • 3/26 - March-A-Thon Boost Blitz - 6:30-8pm

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

  • 3/26 - Leadership Audition Meeting #1 - via zoom
  • 3/26 - March-a-thon Fundraiser kick-off 6:30-8pm - required for all students
  • 4/1 - Concert Band Concert - 7pm
  • 4/24 - March-A-Thon Performance
  • 5/8 - Band Banquet
  • 5/15 - GHS and LHS Marching Performance
  • 5/20 - Spring Football Game
  • 5/21 - LHS Cluster Performance

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 - Updated 3/22

March-a-thon Kick-off Fundraiser Event! - March 26th 6:30-8pm

All students in Guard, Percussion, and Winds of all forms of band (virtual or in-person) are required to attend our first ever March-A-Thon kick-off event via zoom on March, 26th at 6:30-8pm. Once again, this is required for all students to participate. We look forward to everyone coming to raise some money and win incentive prizes!

CONCERT BAND CONCERT DATE MOVED TO APRIL 1st

Due to the weather other the last few weeks and the affects of Covid-19, we have decided to move our original concert date of 3/10 back to 4/1 in order to accommodate the changes to the students schedule and ensure a quality experience for our students and audience. See you on April 1st at 7pm!

UPDATED REHEARSAL SCHEDULE DETAILS

  • Rehearsals in March will begin to go the full 2.5 hours as originally scheduled. We did earlier releases at rehearsals because we didn't have enough day light. Now we will be doing our normal schedule.

PARENT HELP NEEDED

  • We need parents to volunteer to help sew uniforms! If you're out there, we still need you! Contact our president at president@leanderband.com
  • If you are interested in volunteering on a committee this semester for our spring marching band rehearsals and performances, WE NEED YOU! Please reach out to president@leanderband.com to request to volunteer.

ALL DATES FOR THE SEMESTER ARE AVAILABLE AND UP TO DATE ON THE CALENDAR!

Please be sure you and your family have reviewed the calendar and all required dates for your student. All students are required to attend all marching rehearsals, concerts, and performances.

Remember: Your physical/medical history form is REQUIRED and is due before you can participate in the LHS Band in-person. There are no exceptions to this. This year, returning members only need to fill out the left side of the form. You do NOT need a doctor to sign in if we have your physical form from last year. If you are a transfer student or 8th grader who did not do athletics at RBMS or LMS, then you need a doctor to fill out the right side. We will send students away if they do not have this form turned in for safety and liability purposes. You do not need to fill out the second page of the physical/medical history form, just the first is what we need.

Remember: Your Travel/OTC Medications Form is REQUIRED and is due before you can travel with the band or receive any over-the-counter medications. There are no exceptions to this. You will not be able to travel to football games or competitions without this form turned in which may cost you your primary spot. You will also not be able to receive any OTC medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen at rehearsals or performances if we do not have this form turned in and signed by a parent.

Note: If you have medication you need during rehearsals/performances such as asthma inhalers, please see the website forms page (link below) to print those additional forms that will need to be signed by your physician. You will need the LISD Off Campus Medical Consent Form and the Student Self Carry Medication Form.

Remember: We need volunteers to help make Leander Band the best that it can be! Please fill out the Volunteer Form so we know how to contact you when needs arise.

MERCHANDISE YOUR STUDENTS NEED THIS SPRING - updated 1/24

ALL STUDENTS NEED...

  • Show Shirt (coming in Spring)
  • Gray Leander Band shirt
  • Blue LHS Band water jug - purchase on payment page of our band website by 8/23 (include student ID in Address Line 2)

BRASS AND WOODWIND STUDENTS ALSO NEED...

  • Black band gloves - woodwinds need "Fingerless Gloves" and brass need "regular gloves"
  • Black band shorts
  • Black band shoes
  • Band fanny pack - purchase at a store near you
  • Long, black socks - purchase at a clothing store
  • Flip book - purchase at local music store
  • Lyre for flip book (woodwinds only) - purchase at local music store

PERCUSSION ALSO NEEDS...

  • Front ensemble - does not need fanny pack or gloves
  • Battery (drumline) - NEEDS band fanny pack, but does not need gloves
  • Black band shorts
  • Black band shoes
  • Long, black socks - purchase at a clothing store

COLOR GUARD ALSO NEEDS...

  • Band fanny pack
  • Guard jersey
  • Guard shorts
  • Jazz shoes
  • Track suit (jacket & pants)

Remember: The "merch closet" in the band hall will carry a limited number of the required items for replacements during the season. However, the merchandise website is the only place you can purchase accessory items like yard signs, hats, etc.

Important Note: The merchandise website is only open for a limited time and then closes for those orders to be processed and shipped in bulk. You MUST order by the deadline, which is 8/23. Processing and shipping takes approximately 4 weeks from the date the merchandise website closes. Items are shipped to the school and handed out to the students.

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

MARCHING BAND INFORMATION

WHAT DOES MY STUDENT NEED FOR BAND WHEN WE FINALLY HAVE IT?

  • Plain white T-shirt - (Percussion, Woodwinds, Brass only)
  • Band Fanny Pack - purchase details coming soon (not required of Front Ensemble)
  • 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)
  • 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

VOLUNTEERING

Please click the link below to go to the LISD approved volunteer system for 2020-2021. 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.

BOOSTER EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • President - Stacie Baldwin
  • Vice President - Danielle Henson
  • Secretary - Julie Archibald
  • Parliamentarian - Angela Tello
  • Treasurer - Shawn Boardman
  • Assistant Treasurer - Lyra Emmond

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 7:15pm, 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.
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 315+ 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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