• 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 WeekIndoor GroupsThe Rafter FamilyWreath Sale: Student Credit Domino’s NightUniform ReturnsBig Red in ActionStudent LeadersClassifiedse-mail listStudent Credit/ScripVolunteer Clearances


This week

Monday:

  • Domino’s Dough Raising!… all day long
  • Forte Winter Guard: Parent Meeting, Room A119, 6:30-7; followed by practice, 7-9pm.
  • BRBB Parent Meeting, 7pm, Room A119

Tuesday: Encore practice, 6-9pm.
Thursday: Encore practice and instrument auditions, 6-9pm.
Saturday: Encore practice, 9:30am-4:30pm

Winter Indoor Group Kickoff Meetings

The indoor season has begun!
Questions? Contact Mr. Wilson at drumline@soudertonbigred.org or Mrs. Tink at guard@soudertonbigred.org.

Encore! Indoor Percussion: Interested in Encore? Come to the practice on Tuesday, 12/6, and Thursday, 12/8. Instrument auditions will be Thursday, 12/8, during practice.

Forte Winter Guard: Music Theory Lab, Room A119, on Monday, 12/5, from 6:30 to 7pm. Plan to stay for the BRBB/Parent meeting that follows at 7pm.

Interested in Forte? Come to a practice see what it’s like! The first practice is before the kickoff meeting—it’s a great introduction, so please come out! 2016 practices are at 7pm on these Mondays: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, and 12/19.

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, and remains hospitalized in critical condition. We’ve received many requests for information on what the BRBB can do. To find out one way to help, visit The Rafter Family page.

Wreaths

Big Red, you sold 401 wreaths!

Student Credit: For every wreath you sold, you earned $4.40 in Student Credit. Why should you care about your Student Credit? Because you can use your student credit to pay for some of your band expenses… think about things like trips (Disney!), white gloves, and member t-shirts. Learn more about Student Credit and Scrip.
Questions? Contact Pollie Rodrique at wreaths@soudertonbigred.org.

Uniforms & Raincoats: Cleaning & returns

It’s time to clean that uniform! For cleaning information, read the Uniform Care Guide, which you can get to from our Uniforms page.

Return dates will be in January or February—dates and times will be posted by mid-January.

Big Red in Action

Watch El Dia de la Vida in these YouTube videos, with thanks to:

2016-17 Marching Band & Color Guard: Student leaders

Drum Majors: Priya Pradhan and Nate Renner

Captains:
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

Officers
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.