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9/29
TRI TIP DINNER HELP NEEDED
We are in need of MUCH more help this Saturday. Currently, there are 8 people signed up. Can you help too? We need:
     -ice chests.
     -bake sale items
     -help cooking
     -help wrapping the tri tips/bagging the rolls
     -help with distributing the dinners
Here is the link to sign up: Tri Tip Dinner

KABOB HELP
We have a home football game this week, so we will need help preparing the Tiger Tail beef kabobs.  We will meet at 6:15 PM at University Charter School. Please sign up if you will be able to join us: Kabob Prep 10/1

BAKE SALE ITEMS NEEDED
As part of the tri tip dinner fundraiser, we run a bake sale.  Individually wrapped items are needed.  Please drop them off at the bandroom any time from 9:00 (when you take your student to practice) to 3:00.  

HOME FOOTBALL GAME THIS WEEK
We are short volunteers for this Friday's game.  Can you help?  Here is the link: Home Football Game



9/13
TRI TIP DINNER October 4
     Your student should have been issued their four tickets for the tri tip dinner, held this year on Saturday, October 4th.   
     If you are unable to sell all four tickets, we are requesting a "buy-out" option of $10 per unsold ticket.  This dinner is our major fundraiser for the fall season, and involvement by everyone is so important!  Remember, our band is bigger this year, requiring three busses each time they leave campus.  That, in turn, has raised our transportation costs significantly.  
     Additional tickets are available in needed; please have your student ask Mr. McElhaney.
     Ticket money is due on 9/26.  Unfortunately, the selling period does not span the first of the month payday, so we are letting customers know that they are welcome to postdate their checks to 10/1.
     IMPORTANT:  All checks for tri tip should be made payable to LHS FOUNDATION.
     Beef prices have risen drastically.  Last year, we paid $2.79/pound.  This year, the meat is $4.29/pound.  As a result, we had to raise the price of the dinner to $30. Dinners include one full tritip, a 2-liter bottle of soda, and rolls.  As a selling point, let your customers know that the tri tips are the same as the tri tips available at Gunny's Sandwich Shop.
ITEMS NEEDED FROM BAND PARENTS:
     WE NEED A TRUCKLOAD OF FRUIT WOOD!  If you know of anyone who can donate the wood, please let us know as soon as possible.  If you do not have any, perhaps you can put out a request on Facebook or other social media sites.
     We are looking for parents who are willing to help purchase the sodas when they are on sale.  We would ask you to buy 30 bottles of soda; save your receipt and you will be reimbursed.  More information will follow.
     We also offer a bake sale on the day of the dinner, and we need parent donations.  Bake sale items should be individually packaged.  Again, more information will follow.
     We need ice chests to store the cooked tri tips prior to distribution.  If you can, please drop off your clearly labeled ice chest to the bandroom on the morning of 10/4, and pick it up at the end of the event (6:00 PM)
     Finally, we need help!  Here is the link to volunteer for one of the jobs (cooking, wrapping, distribution) TriTip Dinner

COMPETITION CHAPERONES/DRIVERS NEEDED
Our first competition (October 11) will be here before we know it.  Because our band is larger this year, we have an even greater need for chaperones and drivers.  If you have not completed the fingerprinting process needed to be cleared to chaperon or drive, please contact Mr. McElhaney as soon as possible.  We will need 4 drivers and up to 6 chaperones for each event.
Here is the link to sign up for any of the competitions: VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


8/28
KABOB HELP NEEDED
     There is another home football game on September 5. so we will again need to prep the beef kabobs. We will be meeting at 6:00 on Wednesday, September 3 at University Charter School.
     We need about 4 people to help. Again, band members are also able to help, and their time will count toward their community service hours.
     Here is the link to sign up:  Kabob Prep 9/3/14 6:00 PM

PURPLE BAND SHIRTS 

     If you wish to order a purple band shirt or hoodie (the one that has all of the band programs on the back), the money and order forms need to be turned in to the white lock box in the band room by Wednesday, September 3rd. The order will be placed the following day.
     Checks can be made payable to LHS Band Boosters.
     If you need more information or an order form, please stop by the boosters concession table at the football game on Friday night, or contact Denise Dean at djdean1956@yahoo.com.

8/23
FOOTBALL GAME HELP NEEDED - First game this Friday
     When it is still 100 degrees outside, it's hard to wrap my brain around the fact that there is a football game this week! We have five people currently signed up, and that means that we still have a need for more.
     If anyone has connections at LHS, we are looking for someone who can tape off the band's area at the stadium prior to the start of the JV game.  Please let me know if this is something you can do, and I will get you in touch with Mr. McElhaney for the specifics. (This job  is not on volunteerspot; click the email link to the top right of this page  if you can take care of this for us.) 
Here are the descriptions for the jobs we need: 
Student services: Set Up (2-3 needed):These people will set up the bleachers for the band prior to the game for band by taping off area and filling water bottles. (I"m sorry I am not more help on the description for this job; it's not one that I have done before.  Plan on meeting at the band room about the same time that Mr. McElhaney will have the kids arrive.  That's where the water bottles will be, as well as the seat cushions.  Your help might also be needed to load equipment on the Gator to take to the stadium.  Mr. McElhaney usually has the kids run through some practice, so you will be needed to distribute the water to the kids when they take a water break.
Student Service: During Game (2-3 needed):  These people will sit in the band section to distribute and maintain the water bottle's during the game.  You will also be needed to help return the equipment to the band room when the game is over.  
Pit Crew (no limit):  The pit crew are really the equipment movers.  If you can, meet at the band room about 30 minutes after Mr. McElhaney has the kids arrive.  You will be helping load the equipment on the Gator and transporting to the stadium.  Then you will be needed again prior to the halftime performance (before the band leaves the stands). You will gather at the back gate to help move all of the front ensemble equipment to the field and back again after the performance.  
Concessions Set Up: (4 people): Set up band concession table in the grass near the stadium entrance to sell concessions.  THIS IS NOT THE MAIN CONCESSIONS BOOTH FOR THE STADIUM!  The band operates a table in the open grassy area near the fence.  We sell small candies, Tiger Corn, and Beef Kabobs. Greg and Cindy Bush will have the barbeque going.  You will be needed to take food orders, add the condiments to the grilled corn on the cob, and handle money.  We will begin setting up at 6:00 PM (time might change after I talk to Mr. Bush).  The first shift runs from 6-8.
Concessions Clean Up (4 people) This shift runs from 8:00 to the end of the game.  THIS IS NOT THE MAIN CONCESSIONS BOOTH FOR THE STADIUM!  The band operates a table in the open grassy area near the fence.  We sell small candies, Tiger Corn, and Beef Kabobs. Greg and Cindy Bush will have the barbecue going.  You will be needed to take food orders, add the condiments to the grilled corn on the cob, and handle money.  At the end of the game, you will help pack up the supplies.  If there are any leftovers, someone usually takes them to the band room to hand out to the kids.  One person will be needed to meet with the treasurer to double count the cash box.  
NEW THIS YEAR: We would like to sell concession in the stands as well as at the band's table. In order to do this, we will need a couple of strong, outgoing people to carry the trays and interact with the crowd. If this sounds like you (or your teenagers), please come see us at the concessions table during the game and we'll set you up. This job is also not on volunteerspot - you can click the email link at the top right of this page and come see us during the game if you can help.
     The jobs for each football game do not change, but hopefully, the volunteers do.  It would be WONDERFUL if a band parent only needed to work for one game during the season, allowing them to have the night off for the remaining games.  In previous years, it seemed as if the same few parents worked every single time, which means that some never were able to see their children perform.  Please, find one job and one game where you can work.

The dates for the football games are:
     August 29
     September 5
     October 3
     October 10 (homecoming)
     November 7 (Milk Can game)
If we make playoffs, we will add those dates.
     When you click this link, you are not committing to signing up.  It will ask for you to enter your email address, but that is only going to take you to the site.  Once there, you can choose your date and your job.  
     Please sign up.  I think you'll find that you will be working with a nice group of adults and a great group of kids.


8/19
NEW OFFICERS ELECTED
Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the booster meeting last night.  I hope these meetings will be a place where you feel welcome and that you have a voice.
Officers for the 14-15 year were elected last night, and they are:
     Rebecca Camarena - co president (year two)
     Douglas Robertson - co-president
     Denise Dean - vice president/fundraising (year two)
     Greg Bush - vice president/competitions
     Annette Hembree - secretary
     Alexa Farmer - co treasurer (year two)
     Lori Summers - co treasure 
Thank you, in advance, for your commitment to the kids!

8/13
PULLED PORK TICKETS DUE FRIDAY, 8/15
All ticket stubs, money, and unsold tickets must be turned in to the band room on Friday, 8/15.  Envelopes will be placed in the white lock box in the band room.

THURSDAY NIGHT PRACTICE 8/14
This practice was accidentally left off of the main calendar. For those of you new to band, Mr. McElhaney has the kids practice right up until 9:00 PM, which means they will need to return to the band room and put equipment away before being ready to leave.  Don't expect them to be meeting you at the parking lot right at 9:00 PM! 

PARENT HELP NEEDED FOR PULLED PORK DINNER ON 8/21
As of this moment, we have nobody signed up to help! Parents are needed in the LHS cafeteria to help package the food into the to-go containers; all the food will be cooked and ready to go. Other parents and students are needed to help distribute the dinners to the cars as they drive through the LHS bandroom parking lot. Volunteers are needed brom 3:30-6:16. Here is the link to sign up: Pulled Pork Dinner Volunteers


8/1/14
PULLED PORK DINNER FUNDRAISER
     If your student is attending band camp, he or she should have received 8 tickets for our first fundraiser of 2014-2015.  The dinners (individual portions) include pulled pork, green beans, rice pilaf, and a roll, and cost $10 each.  This is a drive-thru dinner, with customers picking up their dinners in front of the bandroom between 4:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, August 21.
     Checks can be made payable to LHS Band Boosters.
     All money and any unsold tickets must be turned in by Friday, 8/15.  
     We will need some parent volunteers to help with the distribution of the dinners. Here is the link to sign up: Pulled Pork Dinner


7/25/14
BAND CAMP BEGINS MONDAY 7/28
     Band camp (for all students) begins Monday.  Freshman are asked to come to the band room at 8:30 to register and pay.  They will the be excused to attend LHS orientation. All freshman are asked to return to band camp when they are finished with orientation. (I believe Mr. MrElhaney arranged a time for all band freshman to complete their registration, regardless of the time sent home on their registration card. I don't have the specifics; please check with your student.)  
     Sophomores, juniors and seniors may register and pay for band camp closer to 9:00 AM on Monday.  The  $50 fee for camp may be paid in cash or by check, made payable to LHS Band Boosters.
     Band camp registration forms and money will be collected from 8:30-9:00 from 7/28-8/1.
     Sophomores, juniors and seniors will complete LHS registration on Tuesday, 7/29. Again, Mr. McElhaney has arranged a set time for band students to register; I believe it is at 10:00 AM.  Students are expected to return to band camp as soon as LHS registration is complete.
     ALL STUDENTS: Make sure to have Mr. McElhaney sign your LHS time card.  This will let LHS administration know that you are a band student and have permission to complete registration at a time other than what is stamped on the card. Helpful hint: The back side of the time card is also the school emergency card; don't forget to fill it out prior to arriving at LHS registration.
     

Band Camp runs from 9:00-5:00 each day, Monday through Friday, and students usually have about an hour lunch break (the time each day could vary). Make sure your student has arrangements for lunch. Students also need to have sunscreen and PLENTY of water..it gets hot when they are outside learning the show!


     On Thursday evening, August 7, the students will put on a concert to display all that they have learned during camp. The exact time and place are still to be determined, but please clear your calendar for that evening.

     If your student is unable to attend all of the days of band camp, please email or speak to Mr. MacElhaney as soon as possible. Students will need to sign in each day for attendance.
     REGISTRATION FORM

2014 SHOW TSHIRTS FOR SALE

     All students attending band camp will receive their show tshirt as part of their $50 band camp fee.  Additional tshirts are available for purchase at a price of $15 each. Many family members purchase the shirts to wear for shows and competitions.  The order form is on the band camp registration form, available on the link above. We believe a 3X shirt size will also be available, even though it is not listed on the order form.  Go ahead and add that size if necessary.  All orders must be received by 9:00 AM on Thursday, July 31.  


6/29/14
FALL VOLUNTEER SIGNUPS NOW AVAILABLE
Volunteer signups are now ready for the fall 2014 marching season.  Please click the link to see how you can help. Fall 2014 Volunteer Opportunities

6/24/14
BOOSTER OFFICER POSITIONS OPEN 2014-2015

There are several openings for officer positions for the upcoming school year.  Please take a moment and consider helping out.
Open positions are:
*Co-President: 
      Oversee Co-VP-Competitions and Treasurer
     Oversee home Football games & Tiger Classic (sign-ups, concessions, etc.)
     Prepare agendas for & lead meetings
*Vice President - Competitions:
     Primary responsibilities include events related to competitions/trips.
     Coordinates student meals, transportation (trailer), chaperones.
     For continuity, this person is preferably a parent of a student involved in both fall                    and winter season.

*Secretary:
     Takes minutes of all General and Executive Board meetings.
     Provide minutes for posting on the website.
     Work with Chairperson and Executive Board in sending email communications.

Filled officer positions (completing the two-year term) are
     Co-President: Rebecca Camarena
     Vice President - Fund raising: Denise Dean
     Treasurer: Alexa Farmer

Please contact us if you have any questions about available positions.

6/20/14
NO LONGER INVOLVED WITH LHS BAND?  
If you are no longer involved with the LHS Band and do not wish to receive updates from the band boosters website, I can remove you from this mailing list.  Please click the email link above and let me know that you wish to be removed.    

6/11/14
SUMMER 2014 DATES 
June 14-15 - Central Valley Colorguard Camp
July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 (Tuesdays/Thursdays) - Woodwinds/Brass Only 10:00-1:00
July 28-August 8 - BAND CAMP - Mandatory for all sections (M-F, 9:00-5:00)
August 13 - First day of School

2014 CALENDAR EVENTS UP TO DATE
While some of the practice dates at this point are still tentative, the competition, performance, and meeting dates have been added.

SUMMER WINDS PRACTICE 2014
     It's almost time to start practicing for the 2014 fall season! Rehearsals for wind instruments will begin on Tuesday, 7/8 from 10:00-1:00. Practices will continue each Tuesday and Thursday (same times) until Band Camp. While Band Camp is MANDATORY, these wind rehearsals are voluntary (but strongly encouraged!). If you have any questions, please click the email link at the top right of this page and let us know. We will get back to you with an answer. Rehearsals are held in the band room.

BAND CAMP 2014

     LHS Band Camp begins on Monday, 7/28 at 9:00 AM in the band room. This is considered a mandatory practice for all students who are taking part in band. If your student is unable to attend all of the days, please email or speak to Mr. MacElhaney as soon as possible. Students will need to sign in each day for attendance.
     ***We are aware that Freshman Orientation is also on Monday, 7/28, and we will update this page when we have a more solid plan as to how to coordinate both events. For freshman, Link Crew orientation runs from 9:30-11:30 on 7/29.  Please plan on registering for bandcamp at 8:30 prior to attending the Link Crew orientation. From 1:00-4:00, freshman will have an assigned time to complete orientation (ASB cards, photos, PE clothes, schedules, etc.).  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will have their registration on July 29 10:00-3:00.   

     Band Camp runs from 9:00-5:00 each day, Monday through Friday, and students usually have about an hour lunch break (the time each day could vary). Make sure your student has arrangements for lunch. Students also need to have sunscreen and PLENTY of water..it gets hot when they are outside learning the show! 


     On Thursday evening, August 7, the students will put on a concert to display all that they have learned during camp. The exact time and place are still to be determined, but please clear your calendar for that evening.
     When students arrive for camp on Monday, they need to turn in a camp registration form and their payment. The registration form is available by clicking the "Forms" link to the left. You can save yourself time by having the form printed and completed when your student arrives on Monday. The cost of band camp is $50, with checks made payable to LHS Band Boosters.
     All students participating in band camp will receive the 2014 show T-shirt. If you would like to order extras for yourself, they can be ordered on the camp registration form; they are $15 and will reflect the theme of the 2014 field show.
     Camp begins at 9:00, and the band room will open at 8:30 on Monday for registration.


BAND CAMP CONCERT ON 8/7/14

Are you wondering just what your student has been learning for the past two weeks at band camp? Come find out! Thursday, 8/7, is the annual band camp concert. It will begin at 6:00 PM in the Event Center. Please join us and be amazed at all that the kids have accomplished. (Band camp will probably dismiss a bit early on that date, but we don't know the exact time. Kids will have to be back at the band room prior to the concert...make sure to ask him or her for the specific time.)

PARENT MEETING Monday, 8/18 6:00 PM
There will be a parent meeting on Monday, 8/18 in the
Presentation Center (next door to the band room.) Students have a night rehearsal from 6-9, so when you drop off your student, please stay for the meeting. Mr. McElhaney will be discussing the parent financial contributions needed to keep the program running, as well as requirements for attendance, competitions, and rehearsals. After he speaks, the boosters will stay to elect new officers for the 2014-2015 school year. It is important for all parents to attend.

ATTENTION FRESHMAN: We do not have email addresses for all of the new members, so not all of your peers will receive this message. Please contact your friends to give them this message.





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