• 2015 Big Red Marching Band --- Photo Credit: Bill Schloo

Souderton Big Red

The BRBB—Big Red Band Boosters, Inc.—is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization. Read more about us.

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This week

Mon, 9/25: Practice, 3-5pm.
Wed, 9/27: Practice, 3-5pm.
Thurs, 9/28: Game day! help needed…
—3:30 kickoff at CB East HS.

—Thursday Afternoon Feast: Brown bag (sandwiches & chips). Drinks & Desserts are provided by the Pit. Questions? Contact meals@soudertonbigred.org.
Fri, 9/29: No practice.
Sat, 9/30: New! Competition at West Chester East HS. schedule. Stay tuned for the SignUp.
—Report time: 12 noon.
—This event is part of the Cavalcade of Bands competitive circuit. Big Red takes the field at 6:45pm, competing in the Yankee class.

Help Will Be Needed!  <–click for the SignUp
—Thurs, 9/28, Early, weekday game: Middle Red Crew, Truck Crew, Ground Crew
(load, unload, and position props & equipment)
—Sat, 9/30, Competition: Everything: especially Middle Red Crew, Truck Crew, Ground Crew (load, unload, and position props & equipment), Chaperone.

Coming Up

Visit the Volunteer page for current SignUps. More on how to find our SignUps. Visit the At-a-Glance page for schedules.

Seniors Pages & Baby Pictures: Keep turning them in!

Parents of Seniors: If you haven’t yet turned in your Senior Pictures/Pages for the Celebration of Bands Program: It’s not too late. Though the home show is canceled, we are continuing to explore ways to recognize our seniors.
Questions? Contact cob@soudertonbigred.org. Senior page/baby picture details.

Competition Updates: (added) 9/23, Spring-Ford; (canceled) 9/30, 2017 Celebration of Bands

New: The band will compete at the 54th Annual Pageantry of Sound, held at Spring-Ford HS 9th Grade Center in Royersford on 9/23. This will follow the early afternoon football game at CB South. After the game, dinner will be provided at SAHS, then the band will depart for the competition.

Update: As of 9/23: No Competition on 9/30. (The North Penn HS Knight of Sound, originally scheduled for Sat, 9/30, was canceled; the date remained on the calendar as a potential competition day.)

From Mr. Tucker:
I am very sorry to inform you the Celebration of Bands scheduled for September 30 has been cancelled this year. Many of the neighboring districts have restrictions in place for the Jewish holiday and we just could not attract enough bands because of this. The staff and I are in talks to possibly schedule a makeup competition on the night of September 23 so the band gets the opportunity to compete this month. Thanks to all for your efforts and for helping make our marching band the awesome experience it is.

New: Text blasting! Subscribe to remind

New this year: The BRBB is using the remind text messaging service to send out important announcements and reminders. Many SAHS teachers use this service, so you may be familiar with it already.

How to sign up to receive BRBB Text Blasts from Remind

About the remind service
The remind service sends out messages to groups (remind calls them classes). When you subscribe to a group, you receive those messages. To subscribe to a remind group, text the appropriate code to 81010, then follow the prompts. When you join your first group, you’ll be asked to text your name and to identify whether you are a Parent, Student, or Teacher. (When you subscribe to more groups, you may not be asked those questions again; it depends on the group and how it is set up.)

Here are the BRBB groups and their codes:
Big Red Marching Band: @brbbinfo
Encore! Indoor Percussion Ensemble: @brbbencore
Forte Winter Guard: @brbbforte

When an announcement is sent out, you’ll see it in the form of a text message. You can also install the Remind app on your phone. The app lets you see announcements from every group you are subscribed to, even the messages you missed. When you join a group, one of the first messages you get will include a link to the app.

Buy groceries … save $$ … raise $$

If you already shop at Giant, Landis, or Henning’s, then using Scrip when you shop there is a nearly effortless way to add money to your Scrip account and to raise money for the band. Update: Henning’s now issues regular, normal, plastic gift cards for Scrip! No more yellow Henning’s Dollars!

Details: Visit the Fundraising page and look for the ShopWithScrip section. Questions? Contact Sam Esquirell at scrip@soudertonbigred.org.

Coming up
  • Sat, 9/30: Update: No competition today.
  • Mon, 10/2:
    —October Parent/BRBB General Assembly meeting. 7pm in the Band Room.
    —Domino’s Dough Raising! details
  • Wed, 10/4: DUE! Final Disney Trip payment.
  • Fri, 10/6:
    DUE! 2017-18 Marching Band Jacket Orders. Details are on the Band Store page.
    —Wreath sale begins today.

Winter Indoor Groups

The indoor competitive season usually runs from November through the first weekend in May. Competitions take place on several Saturdays, usually beginning in late January. Big Red Marching Band & Color Guard members who are interested in participating in one of the indoor groups should speak with Mr. Wilson at drumline@soudertonbigred.org or Mrs. Tink at guard@soudertonbigred.org.

Encore! Indoor Percussion: Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm, and Saturdays, 9:30-4:30.
Forte Winter Guard: Practices are Mondays and Thursdays, 7-10pm, and Saturdays, 8-noon.

The Rafter Family

You may have heard of the recent health concerns of one of our alumni parents, Mike Rafter. Mike suffered from a ruptured AVM on November 9th. We’ve received many requests for information on what the BRBB can do. He has a long road ahead and the family will benefit from all assistance offered to them.

If you are interested in helping them, please visit The Rafter Family page.

Big Red in Action

In this YouTube video, watch Big Red play stand tunes at the Wells Fargo Center during the 1st & 3rd quarters of the 5/20/17 Philadelphia Soul arena football game.

Feeling nostalgic? Watch these YouTube videos, with thanks to:
2016: El Dia de la Vida

2015:  Star-Cross’d (Mrs. Esquirell, North Penn Knight of Sound, 9/27/15)

2014: Monsters University Musical Extravaganza (Rebecca Washel, SAHS Senior Night, 10/31/14)

2017-18 Marching Band: Student leaders

Drum Majors: Nate Renner & Devon Kolumber

Flutes: Karinna Martin
Clarinets: Carolyn Bean
Alto Saxes: Julia Markey
Trumpets: Kieran Ellis & Trent Detweiler
Trombones: Ben Nase
Sousas/Tenor Saxes/Low Winds: Nestor Beltran & Christopher Hanlon
Battery: Sydni Bivighouse
Pit: Zoe Platow
Color Guard: Derek Booz

President: Matt Falbo
Vice President: Michaela Miller
Secretary: Natalie Manalansan
Treasurer: Lauren Steffy

Buy & sell your musical “stuff”: the BRBB Classifieds page

Do you have an instrument that’s ready for a new owner? What about extra stands, music books you’ve outgrown, boxes of reeds of the wrong strength? We now have a Classifieds page where you can put these up for sale. Take a look and if it’s right for you, be in touch.

Be informed: Sign up for the e-mail “info” list

Most band information is sent out via e-mail, so being on the list helps you get the information you need. To sign up, send an e-mail to administrator@soudertonbigred.org and include: parent name and e-mail address, student name and e-mail address.

Raise $$ … and then raise some more without doing anything extra 🙂

If you haven’t signed up for our ShopWithScrip program yet, you’re missing out on one of the simplest ways to raise $$ for the marching band, indoor percussion, winter guard, and yourself.

If you’re a confirmed ShopWithScripper, did you know that you can effortlessly increase the amount raised? Use scrip when you:

  • Order from Domino’s of Souderton on Dough Raising Days.
  • Use AmazonSmile.

You raise $$ when you purchase Domino’s and Amazon scrip. They kick in more when you use it. For details, visit our Fundraising page.

Using Student Credit or Scrip

You can use Student Credit to pay for certain expenses. You can use Scrip to pay for anything.

If you wish to apply Student Credit towards your final Disney Trip payment: Turn in a completed “Request for use of BRBB Student Credit” form before the Parent Preview on Thursday, 8/24. Enclose the form in an envelope, write the student’s name, “Treasurer”, and “Student Credit Request for Disney” on the envelope, then put it in the Red box.

Student Credit: Students accumulate student credit through specific fundraising opportunities held during the year. When students participate in a designated fundraiser, they are allocated a certain portion of the profit from the fundraiser. These funds are an allocation of internal BRBB funds; they will not be paid out to students or families under any circumstances. The student credit allocation can be used to pay for trips, the BRBB participation fee, and director-mandated uniform components.

Scrip: A Scrip account is similar to Student Credit, but: it is funded via rebates you receive from making Scrip purchases, it is your money, and it is not limited as to its use.

Student Credit and Scrip allocations are maintained by the BRBB Treasurer and posted monthly on the filing cabinet outside of the band director’s office, above the Red Box.

To use Student Credit or Scrip funds, submit the appropriate Request form:

  • Paper copies are in a plastic sleeve on the side of the filing cabinet by the Red Box in the Band room.
  • PDF forms are available on the Downloads page.

About volunteer clearances

For detailed information, read the BRMB Volunteer Clearances Guide. Two versions (one is short, the other has lots of details) are posted on our Downloads page. You should also visit the SASD Volunteers page.

Volunteer clearance requirements, in a nutshell:

  • Every volunteer—both Casual and Program—needs to turn in the appropriate SASD Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement.
  • All Program Volunteers must turn in the Act 151 Child Abuse clearance and the Act 34 Criminal History Report. Both of these clearances are now free for volunteers and both can be completed online. (This requirement began with the 2015-16 school year.)
  • All Program Volunteers must have a PPD test on file with the District.
  • Some Program Volunteers also need to submit a Federal Criminal History Record; this clearance requires fingerprinting and has a cost of $24.25.