Weekly Message 8/27/17

This week’s rehearsals:

 This week’s rehearsals are Monday, August 28 and Thursday August 31 from 5-8pm.  Dinner will NOT be provided.  Student’s should eat before arriving at school.  If you are coming early for photos on Thursday you should pack something to eat.


Uniform Fitting

Students – If you have not been fitted for your marching or concert uniform please come to our final fitting, tomorrow at 4:00pm in the band room.

Reminder:  Please try on your marching shoes to be sure they still fit.  If not, we are taking shoe orders tomorrow as well.  The final order will be placed September 8th.  Marching shoes cost $35.  If you miss the final shoe order you will have to pay for the shoes plus the shipping cost incurred which comes to $55.

Questions??  Contact the uniform moms at uniforms@graftonband.com


Band Photo Day Thursday, August 31st

 Everyone will have their photo taken and each individual will receive a complimentary package of 1-5×7 picture and a photo button. Additional photos may be purchased with payments made on the day photos are taken.  Sibling photos may also be taken, but sibling photos must be purchased.  See the attached order form for pricing on additional photo orders.  The order form is also posted on the band website.  Please consider volunteering to help photo day run smoothly.





If you have questions about photo day please contact Michele Nelson at 757-848-3563.  If you would like to volunteer to help with photo day, please visit our sign-up genius page:




Join us for a Spirit Night this Thursday night after band practice at Sweet Frog.  Tell the cashier that you support the Grafton Band and a portion of your purchase from 11am to 10pm will go to the Grafton Band. Come out and support the band, hang out with friends and have a yummy treat!


TAG Day is almost here … September 16 from 8am to 1pm.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and requires 100% participation from parents and students.  Parents and Band students, please use the following link to sign-up to help us support TAG Day and then enjoy an ice cream celebration at noon.




The band is going to Orlando, FL from 27 – 30 Jan and will be staying at the All Star Resort on Disney Property.  The band will be flying Southwest Airlines.  The final cost will be determined by the number of students that commit to the trip and the airfare cost but a reasonable estimate is $880.  Your student’s commitment will be their deposit. A non-refundable deposit of $200 to reserve your spot on the spring trip must be paid on Wednesday, Sept 6 or Thursday, Sept 7 during 3rd block and from 4:00 – 4:45 on those same dates in the band room.  Please make checks payable to “GHBPA” and include your student’s name on the check.  THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS AFTER THE DEPOSIT HAS BEEN MADE. IF YOUR CHILD CANNOT GO ON THE SPRING TRIP FOR ANY REASON, YOUR MONEY CANNOT BE REFUNDED.

The first deposit does NOT go into the red box in the band room.  It must be handed to the band parents collecting the deposit in the band room.

*If you have not paid your marching or concert fees then we cannot accept a deposit for the Spring Trip.  You can not go on the spring trip if you have not paid your marching or concert fees.

You can find additional information about the Spring trip on the band website using the link below:



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.



 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.



Feed the Band had a great week feeding our wonderful and hungry marching band kids.

We would like to thank all of our parent Volunteers and all the parents who donated Soda, Chips, Plates, Napkins, etc.

You made our job very easy this week.

While Band Camp is over for another year we still have 5 Home football games to support and a bunch more hungry kids to feed between September and November.

As we transition into football season we will still need chip and soda donations to get us through the rest of the season.

Look for more information as we get closer to our first game.

Thanks again for supporting our great band.

AL Knox and Rachel Nau


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



Concert fees are now due.  Please take care of this immediately.


 Kroger Shoppers

Did you know that you can enroll your Kroger Plus Card with the Grafton High Band Parent’s Association and when you check out, You save money AND the Band receives money. Note, for those already registered from last year, you must re-enroll every year. Here’s how easy it is, Click on the Kroger Community Rewards

<https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow> link  below and create a Plus Card account or sign in with your existing account. Then, add the Grafton Band NPO number to the card – 82597. That’s it ….

Thank’s for helping the band.