august 20, 2023

Weekly Newsletter - August 20, 2023


What a whirlwind weekend this was! 

First - it was great to finally see our band perform, and they did a great job, both on the field and in the stands.  

Second - a big thanks to the kids and all the parents that helped with the car wash.  It was a fun day - we washed a ton of cars, and made some good money for the band program.  We couldn't have done it without everyone's help.  Also, a huge thanks to Firestone for hosting us - they continue to be a great community partner on this event.


What's in this newsletter?

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


This week in band...

Monday 8/21

Tuesday 8/22

Wednesday 8/23

Thursday 8/24

Saturday 8/26


Now on to the details...


Band seniors! It's time to continue the senior picture tradition. This Saturday, plan to briefly meet near the bridge at the end of the March-A-Thon route. This picture will be in the band yearbook, so please do your best to be there.

Band families! Please send your first football game and car wash band photos to . 

Some Important Logistics

I just wanted to remind of some things for everyone.  Much of this was covered at the parent meeting, but I know not everyone was able to be there, so here are a few important logistical things I want to remind everyone of:


Band Fees

You should already 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.

Additionally, you should start receiving account statements from me starting this week.  These statements will only be sent out if you have any unpaid fees on the account, and will only show the fees that are unpaid.


Flea Market Update

The Flea Market is coming next Saturday, August 26th.  There is still a need for help with running the late morning shift and cleanup shift - morning shifts are covered well enough.  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.  You can drop off items on Saturday morning starting at 6:00 AM - come through the north parking lot gate off of Montgomery and drop your items off there.

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


Spring Trip Commitment

I will be including this information regularly in the newsletter until the commitment deadline on 9/15/2023.

The details:

In order for your commitment to be complete, 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, including a new opportunity helping our Spiritwear chair sell gear at football games.  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.  The standings haven't changed in a couple weeks - are you all really gonna let the Baritones win this??

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 behind in our budgeted 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...

Hello Eagle Band!

Great job at the performances this weekend!  I truly enjoyed seeing all of you working so well together at the carwash. I have a few reminders for the upcoming weeks:

1. The March-A-Thon and Flea Market is coming fast this weekend.  Be sure to look for items to donate.  

2. There are still a good amount of the class fees to turn in.  Let me know if there is anything I need to know or help with regarding those.  

Download the plan for the week.  

Here are our director recognitions: 

Most Improved

Tania Loera Quiroz: Freshman Percussionist

Sustainer Award

Mia and Luke Hollister!

Most Improved Section


Outstanding Section

Color Guard!

Early Is On Time Award

Front Ensemble!

Exemplary Member

Weston Barenberg: Freshman Mellophone and Bassoonist

Go Eagles!  Have a great week!

Mr. Sayre