Reminder: Dragon Band Booster Meeting is This Tuesday, Nov. 11th
Hello Dragon Band Families! With marching season having come to a close, we are now moving into "parade season". Please join us at our November booster meeting this coming Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:30pm in the RRHS Band Hall. To view the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, click here.
We hope to see you on Tuesday night.
Congratulations, Rock Drums!
The Rock Drums drumline competed this weekend at the Lonestar Classic, and put on a great show! In addition to their amazing performance, the Rock Drums 'Cymbal Chicks' came away from the competition with the 'Cymbal Caption' award. The following write-up was submitted by Lauren Hall:
"This weekend at the Lonestar Classic was a truly amazing experience for the cymbal chicks. This season was really tough because their music and visuals were so demanding and really pushed their limits. They took everything I threw at them head on and far exceeded my expectations. It was such a joy to watch them receive the award for best cymbal line. It was well deserved. These six girls have been so wonderful to work with and I have enjoyed watching them grow not only as musicians but as beautiful young ladies!"
Congratulations to Rock Drums on an amazing season, and congratulations to the 'Cymbal Chicks' for their stellar performance!
Tournament of Roses BandFest Schedule Has Been Posted
Hello Dragon Band families. The 2015 Tournament of Roses BandFest schedule has been posted online. Here is the performance schedule:
Monday, December 29, 2014 - Session 1
1:00 pm Gates Open
1:30 pm Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and Herald Trumpets Pasadena, CA
1:55 pm Robert E. Lee High School Mighty Rebel Band Midland, TX
2:15 pm Walton High School Marching Raider Band Marietta, GA
2:35 pm Cypress High School Centurion Imperial Brigade Cypress, CA
2:55 pm Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band Harrisburg, PA
3:15 pm The Tournament of Roses Salvation Army Band Los Angeles, CA
3:35 pm Escuela Secundaria General #5 Manuel R. Gutierrez Xalapa, Veracruz, Mex
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - Session 1
9:00 am Gates Open
9:30 am Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and Herald Trumpets Pasadena, CA
9:55 am Round Rock High School Dragon Band Round Rock, TX
10:15 am Lakota West High School Marching Firebirds West Chester ,OH
10:35 am Helsinger Pipegarde Elsinore Girls Marching Band Hornbaeck, Denmark
10:55 am Temple City High School Temple City,CA
11:15 am O'Fallon High School Township Marching Panthers O'Fallon, IL
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - Session 2
1:30 pm Gates Open
2:00 pm Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and Herald Trumpets Pasadena, CA
2:25 pm Los Angeles Unified School District Honor Band Los Angeles, CA
2:45 pm Koriyama Honor Green Band Koriyama, Japan
3:05 pm Maui High School "Saber" Marching Band Kahulhi, HI
3:25 pm Legacy High School Marching Band Broomfield, CO
3:45 pm Blue Springs High School The Golden Regiment Marching Band Blue Springs, MO
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you purchased either the Full Fan Package or the Inclusions Fan Package, a ticket for your entry to the BandFest event where Round Rock will be performing is included. If you did not purchase either of the fan packages and wish to order your BandFest tickets, it is HIGHLY recommended that you order them ASAP as tickets do sell out quickly. To order your BandFest ticket, visit the URL below:
When selecting a date from the right side of the screen, select Dec 30th - 9:30am from the dropdown.
Rock Drums to Compete at Dripping Springs Drumline Invitational
Good afternoon, Dragon Band families! If you are looking for something truly exciting to do this weekend, our very own Rock Drums drumline will be competing at the Dripping Springs Drumline Invitational. The "Thunder in the Hills" competition will feature drumlines from schools all over Texas, including a few from the Round Rock ISD.
The Dragon Band performance time is scheduled for 4:45pm, so if you plan on going, get there early as you would not want to miss a beat! For complete event details, including the schedule, visit the competition website at http://dsbands.org/dlcontest/index.html
Go Rock! Go Drums! GO ROCK DRUMS!
RRHS Dragon Band Takes the #ALSIceBucketChallenge
What do you do with 359 sweaty band kids, 3 band directors, and 362 bright orange "LET'S DO THIS" Home Depot buckets? You take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge
The Dragon Band, with assistance from the Jaillet family, took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge on Tuesday, August 19th and challenged the Cedar Ridge HS Band, the James Bowie HS Marching Band, as well as our friends in the Blue Springs Golden Regiment Band out of Blue Springs, MO..
According to www.alsa.org, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. The incidence of ALS is two per 100,000 people, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time.
The Dragon Band will be taking donations at tomorrow night's Parent Preview Night at Dragon Band Stadium and will combine the donations with what was raised prior to the challenge. One large donation will be made to the ALS Association (www.alsa.org) and the amount will be announced at the conclusion of tomorrow night's event.
Our extreme thanks and gratitude goes out to the Jaillet family (www.mjsarmy.org), to The Home Depot (I-35 & Louis Henna - Round Rock), Bush's Chicken, Freddy's Frozen Custard, The Corner Bakery, and to all of the Dragon Band families for helping us pull off this tremendous feat. We could not have done it without you!
YOU Could Be the Winner of a NEW CAR!
The Round Rock Band Boosters will be making someone's Halloween a little more "spooktacular" this year! If you are the Grand Prize winner of this year's raffle, you can choose from either a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport or a 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited! The second place winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift card and the third place winner will receive an Apple iPad Mini.
Tickets for the raffle can be purchased from any parent of RRHS Dragon Band member or their family. Ticket prices are $20 per ticket or you can purchase 6 tickets for $100. Only 3500 tickets are available, so get your tickets soon!
The drawing will take place after the Round Rock vs. Westwood football game at Dragon Stadium on October 31, 2014.
RAFFLE UPDATE: Raffle ticket money drop off/pick up and Clothing Donation bag pick up
We have gotten several requests for more raffle tickets and have had parents asking where they can drop off the money. This means sales are going well! Thanks to those parents who have already sold their allotted 10 tickets and are asking for more! We appreciate the extra effort!!
Thursday, September 18, Alison Shoepe will at the picnic tables under the trees at the 6:30pm to drop off your raffle ticket money. All unused tickets should be turned in at this time to allow others the opportunity to resell them.
To obtain the official raffle rules, eligibility, and restrictions, click here.
Are you ready for Band-a-Thon?!
Band-A-Thon is approaching and will be here before you know it! Remember to be soliciting your sponsors and collecting your donations. Funds are due August 23rd…the day of the Band-A-Thon! A copy of a fill-in-the-blanks letter about Band-A-Thon is available in the Files section of http://www.dragonband.com/.
Please note: The Files section of dragonband.com is password protected. Check your email inbox for the Aug 8 Dragon Band News and Updates email from Mr. Mobley for the password to the site.
Feel free to use this letter when emailing or asking your sponsors for their donation. These funds are a major part of The Dragon Band budget and we appreciate the support of each student!
Interested In Being a Dragon Band Sponsor?
The Round Rock Band Boosters is now accepting sponsorships for the 2014-2015 band season! If your business or family would like to be a Dragon Band sponsor, click the "Be a Sponsor" logo to the left to look over our Sponsorship Packet to see which sponsor level fits your needs. We have updated our sponsor benefits this year and have some great things to offer! If you have questions on any level, or would like more information, please contact our Vice President of Fundraising, Alison Shoepe, at email@example.com or (512) 573-6252. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!
Announcement Regarding Travel From Pasadena
A short while ago, Mr. Mobley sent out an e-mail to all parents regarding the Rose Parade travel arrangements. The e-mail stated the following:
I've had about a dozen parents ask about traveling separately from the band either prior to our departure from Round Rock or after our return or both. I want to accommodate this request to the extent possible. I know folks are making plans so it's important that this information gets to you now. I apologize for any delay in this information reaching you, there were several items that needed to be determined before we could move forward with a clear decision. Please see the following points.
All students marching in the Rose Parade:
- Must travel together to Pasadena
- Must stay in the same hotel and adhere to the band's itinerary for the duration of the official school trip (Dec. 28 - Jan 1)
- May (with attached required documentation) stay AFTER the official school trip has ended and travel back home with their parents
- Will pay the same price for the trip regardless of potential extended stay
There are a few reasons for these decisions.
- Students marching in the parade need to travel together to insure everyone's arrival
- Those wishing to visit with friends and family and extend their stay absolutely can do so after the official trip has ended
- The travel company has consistent per person costs. If students travel apart from the group and "piecemeal" the trip (pay for hotel and tickets but not charter bus or meals, etc...) the trip costs cannot be consistent-the price of some student's trips being reduced causing others to be raised.
- Further, seats on the bus as we travel to, from and around southern California must be accounted for, regardless if that student is returning home with the group.
Mr. Mobley's email included a permission form to be completed if you intend on providing transportation for your student back to Round Rock from Pasadena. You can click here to download the form.
Download the Tournament of Roses Parade Information
If you did not receive a copy of the latest issue of the Dragon Band Boosters Newsletter that was handed out at the Winter Concert/Rose Parade Trip Meeting, you can download the digital copy by clicking on the newsletter image below.
Also available for download is the Student Trip Package and Itinerary, the Fan Package Information that Chris from Music Travel Consultants (MTC) presented at the Rose Parade meeting, and the Fan Package Itinerary for those who wish to know more about the fun things that will be included.
If you have any questions about the Fan Packages available, check out the Pasadena Trip FAQ on the Booster Facebook site: http://tinyurl.com/PasadenaFAQ
If you don't seen an answer to your question on that page, contact the Band Booster Information Officer, Rochelle Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your question addressed and posted on the FAQ site.
Come On Out for BINGO and Help Raise Funds for the Band!
Did you know that you could play BINGO and support the Dragon Band? Well, you CAN! The Creekside Charity Bingo Hall (next door to Double Daves off CR 3406) has been a tremendous support system for the Dragon Band. For more information about Dragon Band BINGO nights, click on the BINGO image to download the .PDF.
Round Rock Band Volunteer List Now Available
A complete list of the various volunteer opportunities is now available for everyone to access on the Volunteer page. Parents and students are highly encouraged to sign up for any of the volunteer opportunities posted on the page.
To find out more about the available opportunities, click on the Volunteer image to the right.