Weekly Message 9/10/17


 TAG Day is this Saturday, September 16th. We still NEED parents who have large vehicles to drive and/or parents who can chaperone (walk neighborhood route). Please help out by donating 4 hours to the band on Saturday morning. The band has 190+ members this year and they need our help to continue to grow and thrive. The time is now, click the TAG Day link to volunteer.


Have questions? Need information? We have answers, send an email to tag@graftonband.com!

Big shout out to all the parents who have already signed up, Thank you!!

The weather forecast is only showing a chance of rain on the 16th. We are crossing fingers, however if the weather doesn’t cooperate for Saturday, we have scheduled a makeup day the following weekend on Sept 23rd. We will send out additional information when/if the date must be pushed back.

Thank you from the TAG committee!



Our first home game is this Saturday, September 16 at Bailey Field.  The schedule is below.  It will be a long day for our students-but we know they are up to it!  This week’s Feed the Band meal is from Jason’s Deli.  If you did not order a meal your student should bring something to eat.  Please do not have your student rely on the stadium concession stand for dinner.  They are usually not up and running when we break for dinner and students are not given the opportunity to visit concessions until the third quarter. The lines can be long and they may not get served before it is time to report back to the stands.

Director’s Note: We are all proud of our kids and want to share their accomplishments.  However, please do not post any video recordings of the show to social media at this time.  We must make sure we comply with copyright regulations and want the show to be polished before distribution.  GHBPA Historians will release footage which may be shared. Thank you for your cooperation with this.


Schedule for Saturday, September 16

TAG Day and Grafton Home game

8:00am                        Students arrive at Grafton and dress into uniform

8:15am                        Meeting and get into groups

8:30am                        Load cars

8:45am                        Depart Grafton for neighborhoods

9:00am                        TAG DAY

12:00pm          Arrive back at Grafton for ICE CREAM!

12:30pm          Students go home/rest


3:00pm            Students arrive and start loading trailer

3:15pm            Load Buses

3:30pm            Roll Call on buses

3:45pm            Depart for Bailey Field

4:00pm            Arrive at Bailey Field

4:15pm            Rehearsal at Bailey Field

5:45pm            End rehearsal/dinner

6:20pm            Dress into uniform

6:30pm            Warm up for pre-game

6:50pm            Pre-Game

7:00pm            Kickoff

8:00pm            Halftime (approximate time)

10:00pm          Arrival @ GHS

 Other Information


  1. Wear your band T-shirt, black shoes, black socks before you get on the bus
  2. We will eat dinner at Bailey. If you ordered dinner through the band parents, the dinner provided is from JASON’S DELI.  Those that did not order dinner should bring their own.
  3. Pick up ALL trash before you leave the buses and in the stands prior to leaving the game.
  4. Do not take off your uniform until a director tells you it is ok.
  5. Be quiet when roll is being taken on the bus.
  6. Make sure that you take care of your instrument and equipment for the show.
  7. Get your instrument, uniform, hat and hat box when we load
  8. Take your uniform bag and hat box with you to Bailey.


Scrip Program

If you would like to place a scrip order this month, please submit paper order forms with payment (GHBPA) by Tuesday, September 12th.  Gift cards will be ready for delivery to you the following week.  Remember, you pay face value, the band purchases them at a discount, and the difference is the rebate that comes directly back to our band program.  Questions?  Contact Michele through scrip@graftonband.com



The Feed the Band committee provides meals before all home games.  If you can help by donating a couple hours to help feed our kids please sign up at the link below.

Feed the Band Adult Volunteers



Feed the band still needs the following items for the football feeding season:

Variety Packs of small bag of Chips either Lays or Utz or similar

Large packs of paper Plates

Large packs of Napkins

12 Packs/Cases of Soda and Drinks


Band Camp Wrap-up

I want to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who selflessly gave their time to make Band Camp a rousing success. In all, 38 volunteers participated with over 302 hours, pouring over 170 gallons of Gatorade and untold amounts of water into thousands of little cups. A huge, heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers.


We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you.

Randy Tabor



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