Weekly Message 9/3/2017

Spring Trip

Orlando, FL, 27 – 30 January 2018

We’ll be taking deposits for the Spring Trip on Wednesday, Sept 6 and Thursday, Sept 7 during 3rd block and after school from 4:00 – 4:45 in the band room.  The $200 deposit is non-refundable.  Please do not put the deposit in the red box. It must be handed to the parents collecting deposits in the band room. If you have not paid your marching and concert fees, you cannot go on the spring Trip.



Attention!  Attention!  Attention!

TAG Day Is Coming! TAG Day is Coming!


TAG Day, our largest fundraiser, is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  We need everybody’s help to make it a HUGE success! Don’t fret if your neighbor has already signed up for your neighborhood, there are still plenty available. Scroll down the screen and you’ll see we’ve got plenty of room for everybody. We are still short 19 drivers and 19 chaperones.

Parents, if you can fit a chaperone and at least 4 kids in your car, we need you to sign up as a driver. If you don’t have a car that big, that’s okay, sign up to be a chaperone and walk with the students as they ask for donations from our community. So grab a comfortable pair of shoes and come on out.

Once you’re done with your route, meet back at the school cafeteria for ice cream!

The community has come to expect us each year so please sign up using the link below.


Questions??  Please contact our TAG Day team at Tag@graftonband.com



Tuesday is the first day of school.  There ARE rehearsals after school Tuesday-Thursday from 2:30 -4:30 pm.  Students should be at the field in their white shirt and marching shoes with instrument and dot card ready to go at 2:30. There will be no activity buses this week so please make plans to pick up your student at 4:30.



How do you know which concert band your student will perform in?  Students audition at the end of the previous school year for the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert Band.  Placement is determined by audition results.

Grafton is the only high school in the division with three concert bands: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble.  The YCSD Program of Studies lists only two: Concert Band and Symphonic Band.  Please see the chart below to determine how your class will appear on your schedule.


Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band
Symphonic Band Concert Band
Concert Band Brass, Woodwinds or Percussion

Student schedules will be posted on Aspen the afternoon of Friday September 1st.  Mr. Kirsch has been working closely with the school counselors to ensure everyone is assigned to the correct band class.



The concert band fee was due Aug 25th. This $25 fee is in addition to the $175 marching band fee that was due in June.  Checks should be made payable to GHBPA and can be put in the red box in the band room.  As a reminder,  if your student has not paid both the concert and marching band fee, they will not be able to turn in their spring trip deposit. If you have any questions about the concert fee please contact the treasurer, Mandy Thomas, at treasurer@graftonband.com


Chaperone Volunteers Needed!!

With the start of the 2017 marching season just around the corner, we are looking for chaperone volunteers.  If you enjoy being with our awesome group of marching band students, assisting them in many different ways to prepare for each show, cheering loudly after each performance, and making sure they all get back to school afterward, then this is the job for you!  An on-line sign-up form can be found on the band website.  Simply click on the “Boosters” tab and then select “Signups and Volunteers”.  Please select the events you are interested in chaperoning.  You may not be needed for each event you select, however every effort will be made for all parents to have a turn helping the band!  A confirmation email with the call time will be sent the week prior to the event to confirm availability.  Please note the call time will vary and may be hours prior to the event time.  If you have any questions, please contact Beth Knox or Juanita Jones, Head Chaperones, at chaperone@graftonband.com

Band Photo Day

On Thursday, August 31st, 185 individual and sibling photos were taken by Photomasters.  The afternoon ran very smoothly thanks to all of the volunteers who helped with check-in, uniforms, payment and keeping track of those 185 band kids.  Thank you for donating your time!  Thank you to all the band students who were cooperative and patient with the process. If your student didn’t make it in last week, watch this space for information on an individual photo make-up date.  The group band photo and section photos will be taken at a later date as well.


Scrip Program

Help our scrip fundraising program grow.   If you’re not sure how to get started with online ordering, see the attachment in this message.  Also, take a few minutes to visit shopwithscrip.com for more info.  If you’re willing to purchase gift cards for some of your normal everyday purchases, the band can earn rebates throughout the year.  We place group orders once a month, but for those interested in creating an online account and utilizing presto pay, the band can earn rebates anytime you place an order for scrip.  Visit the Grafton Band website fundraising tab “scrip” for our unique organization code in order to enroll.  If you prefer to order scrip with a paper order form, please send it to the red box in the band room along with payment (GHBPA) by Tuesday, September 12.  This will be our first group order of the year.  This is a good time to pick up a fuel card or two for the carpooling you’ll do this marching season.  Questions?  Contact Michele through scrip@graftonband.com


The next GHBPA meeting is Monday, September 11th at 7pm in the band room.


Director’s Note: Please do not post any video recordings of the show to social media at this time. We want it to be polished and perfected before distribution. We also must make sure we comply with copyright regulations.  Historians will release footage which may be shared. Thank you for your cooperation with this.