august 12, 2023

Weekly Newsletter - August 12, 2023


Our first football game is this week!  I am very much looking forward to seeing the kids' first performance of the year on Friday.

The beginning of the band season is a busy time, and once again, I have a lot to cover this week.  Please take the time to read through everything.  Lets get to it...


What's in this newsletter?

Here's what I have for you all this week:


This week in band...

Monday 8/14

Tuesday 8/15

Wednesday 8/16

Friday 8/18

Saturday 8/19


Now on to the details...

Il Vicino Restaurant Night

Our first restaurant night of the season is this coming Monday, August 14th at Il Vicino (Heights location).  It runs all day, and a portion of their sales goes to the band program.  All the details, include the flyer download, are available on the Restaurant Nights page.  Grab the flyer and some delicious lunch or dinner - and raise money for the band!


Band Fees Available

I sent out an email this past week letting you know that the band fees are available in the Band Store.  You will need to create an account in the store and link your student to the account.  All the instructions for paying fees in the Band Store are available on the Fee Management page, so please be sure to read them carefully.  Couple of notes to clear up any confusion with this change from past seasons:

If you have any issues getting setup, please let me know.


Car Wash

Our annual car wash is this coming Saturday, August 19th.  Call time for morning shift is 8:45 AM.  Call time for afternoon shift is 11:15 AM.  The directors have assigned the students their shifts and they need to be there ready to wash cars and play pep tunes at these times.  (Extra credit will be offered for students that do both shifts)

NOTE: Students need to bring a water bottle, as we will not have enough bottled water for everyone.

There are still some slots available for helping out, so if you can give some time, please consider grabbing one from the signup link below.


Flea Market Update

The Flea Market is coming up soon on August 26th.  Again, this even takes a number of parent volunteers to be successful.  We have a number of you signed up, but still need quite a bit more.  There are still plenty opportunities for helping to setup and run it, cleanup, and to lend tarps/tents.  Please consider grabbing a slot from our signup link below.

Additionally, we have secured some space in the choir storage room to hold some donations.  If you want to send your donations with your student, they can leave them in that storage room up until the event.

Remember - no mattresses, large appliances, or tube TVs will be accepted.  See the Flea Market page for details.


Spring Trip Commitment

Now that the spring trip commitment fee is available in the band store, I want to make sure you have all the information on getting your commitment locked in.  Again, the details:

If you are going to commit, I need 2 things for each student going:

1. Pay the commitment fee in the Band Store fee management - after paying this fee, I will add your student to a list of committed students, after which the remaining trip balance will become available in the band store.

2. Fill out the Spring Trip 2024 Commitment Form - this is a way for us to reinforce the requirements around spring trip commitment and ensure parental understanding

If you have any questions, please let me know


Volunteer Opportunities

Here is a list of all active volunteer opportunities.  These are also always available on the Volunteering page.


Corporate Sponsorships/Golden Boosters

Remember - the more corporate sponsorships we get, the lower the band fees will be for the year.  On the link below is a letter you can print or send to any businesses you own, relative's businesses, businesses you frequent, etc.  We will be taking these through August, after which I will be finalizing the fee schedule for the year.

Students - you can get involved as well.  The section that raises the most ($ / student) will win a prize.  Here are the current standings:

1st - Baritones
2nd - Trumpets
3rd - Saxophones

Additionally, as we talked about during the parent meeting, becoming a Golden Booster is a way for you to directly support your band program.  Thanks so much to those of you who have donated so far, but we are lagging in our goal for Golden Boosters.  Please consider supporting the program through this campaign.  See the Golden Boosters page for all the details.


Have a great week!

Go Eagles!



AND a word from Mr. Sayre...

Greeting EHS Band!

Congratulations on a great first week of school.  We achieved a lot this week and we will be moving on to learn the 2nd movement next week.  

Speaking of next week.  We have two big events:

Download the plan for the week for Marching, Jazz, and Concert Bands.  1st period Concert band will need their Foundations for Superior Performance (blue book).  

Congrats to these members and sections that were recognized for their contributions this week:

Most Improved

Ella Moss: Freshman clarinet player

Best Silly Dance

Joshua Westphal: Senior Trombone Player

Most Improved Section


Outstanding Section

The Battery!

Most Spirited Member

Matthew Felock: Sophomore baritone player

Exemplary Member

Raven Smith: Senior saxophone player

Have a great week and Go Eagles!

Mr. Sayre