• 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.

This WeekWreath SaleChamps Tickets/ScheduleTour ShirtsJacket OrdersStudent LeadersClassifiedse-mail listStudent Credit/ScripVolunteer Clearances

Big Red in Action!

With thanks to Mr. Stine: You can see the BRMB in El Dia de la Vida in this YouTube video, taken at the Nazareth Soundfest on 10/8/16.

This week

Friday Feast: The main course is baked ziti. Drinks & dessert provided by the Staff.

Football: It’s a home game—and not just any home game, but the 2016 Homecoming Game v. the Harry S. Truman HS Tigers. Gametime is 7pm. Big Red is playing PRE-GAME. Arrive early. Homecoming draws a large crowd, so plan to be in the stadium by 6:30 for the best view of El Dia de la Vida.

Competition: Free weekend. No competition and no weekend practice. For the 2016 Big Red competition schedule, visit our page on the USBands site.

Next week: Extended practice schedule!
Monday, 10/24: Practice is extended until 6pm.
Wednesday, 10/26: Practice is extended until 6pm.

Annual Wreath Sale

Wreath sales are going well! We’ve received news of some band members with over 17 wreaths sold. Congratulations to all band members who have sold wreaths. If you haven’t started yet, you have time… and we are really encouraging participation. Every wreath counts. If you can sell just one wreath, that is a huge help to the band… and its bank account… and trips and other expenses. Orders are due Friday, October 28th. Each wreath is $20.

Remember, you have two types of customers: Friends & Family (you take these orders) and Faculty & Staff (you give them the staff form and they place an order). If you need forms, visit the Downloads page.

Students: Keep in mind that a wreath is lovely and a wreath that supports Music by the Big Red Marching Band is magical… and so much better than a plain wreath. Let your family, friends, and neighbors have the chance to buy one to support you and the music they enjoy.

Student Credit: This is the best part! For every wreath you sell, you will earn Student Credit. Why should you care about this? Because you can use your student credit to pay for some of your band expenses… think about things like trips, white gloves, and member t-shirts. Learn more about Student Credit and Scrip.

Questions? Contact Pollie Rodrique at wreaths@soudertonbigred.org.

PA State Championships: Discounted tickets, Schedule

Big Red is competing in the USBands PA State Marching Band Championships at West Chester University on Saturday, 10/29.

Buy discounted tickets in advance
To buy tickets at the discounted price of $15/ticket:
1. Make a check out to BRBB.
2. Come to the school at one of these times:

  • Friday, 10/21: band hallway during mealtime, 5 to 6pm.
  • Friday, 10/21: bleachers, next to the band, 6:45pm until halftime.
  • Monday, 10/24: SAHS parking lot*, pickup time, 4:45 to 5:15pm.
  • Wednesday, 10/24: SAHS parking lot*, pickup time, 4:45 to 5:15pm.
  • Friday, 10/28: band hallway during mealtime, 5 to 6pm.
  • Friday, 10/28: bleachers, next to the band, 6:45pm until halftime.

*Weather permitting: Look for a light blue Toyota Sienna with Marie standing next to it.

Competition day plan
We don’t yet have an exact performance time. Our performance window is 2:15 to 3:15pm. Awards are scheduled for 9:30pm.

The band and staff will be going to the Exton Square Mall in the hours between the performance the awards.

Questions? Contact Marie Allen at president@soudertonbigred.org or Georgia Myers at v-pres@soudertonbigred.org

Tour Shirts: They’re here!

To get your shirt: Show your payment to Mrs. Tink, then put it in the Red Box. (Make checks out to BRBB, write “tour shirt” and the student’s name in the memo line and on the outside of the envelope.)

Questions? Contact Tink Fazekas at guard@soudertonbigred.org.

Jacket Orders: Due Friday, 10/28

The Band Store is taking orders for band jackets now through Friday, 10/28. Pink order forms are available in the band room. To see what the jackets look like, visit the Band Store (open during the dinner hour on home game Fridays).

Questions? Contact Cheri Stine and Jenn Miller at bandstore@soudertonbigred.org.

2016-17 Marching Band & Color Guard: Student leaders

Drum Majors: Priya Pradhan and Nate Renner

High Brass (trumpets, mellophones): Noah Allen
Trombones: Morgan McMullen
Low Brass/Winds (sousaphones, baritones, low winds): Jonathan Detwiler
High Winds (“flarinutes”: clarinets, flutes): Allison Repsik & Michaela Miller
Saxophones (altos, tenors): Julia Markey
Percussion (battery, pit): Steven Nadal & Sydni Bivighouse
Color Guard: Loue Repsik

President: Megan Malmquist
Vice President: Matt Falbo
Secretary: Sarah Herold
Treasurer: Caylah Stine

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. (The first two items that were posted both sold in one week.)

Be informed: Sign up for the e-mail 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 webmaster@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, and winter guard programs.

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.

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 simply an allocation of internal BRBB funds and 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 2015-16 SASD Community Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement.
  • As of the 2015-16 school year, all Program Volunteers need to 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 can both be completed online.
  • All Program Volunteers need to 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 $27.