The BRBB—Big Red Band Boosters, Inc.—is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization. Read more about us.
This Week — Coming Up — Groceries for $$ — Text reminders/BRBBinfo email list — Disney Trip — Indoor Groups — The Rafter Family — Domino’s Day — Big Red in Action — Student Leaders — Classifieds — Student Credit/Scrip — Volunteer Clearances
Saturday, 12/9: PMEA District Auditions, Upper Dublin HS, 8am
Tuesday, 12/12: Encore practice (music), 6-9:30pm. Auditions: Upper Battery and Pit
—Encore: Practice (music), 6-9:30pm. Auditions: Lower Battery
Membership Contract (PDF).
—Forte: Spin Session, 7-10pm. Any and all are welcome to come spin!
Saturday, 12/16: Encore practice (music, play first movement as group by end of day), 10-4:30pm.
Holiday shoppers… we have “I’m With the Band” T-shirts, sweat pants, hoodies, fleece hats and Forte t-shirts available, as well as all of our other normal inventory. There are even some select sizes of clearance items. The band store will be open on the following dates:
* Saturday, December 16, 11am to 12pm
* Thursday, December 21, 6 to 7pm and then immediately following the Forte parent meeting
The new GARMENT BAGS will be available for pick up. If you purchased one of the fabric garment bags this year, please bring it to the band store for an exchange for the new (BETTER) garment bags. Please note – you must bring your existing bag for the exchange.
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
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. Students who are interested in participating in one of the indoor groups should speak with Mr. Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Tink at email@example.com.
Typical practice schedules:
Encore! Indoor Percussion: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm, and Saturdays, 9:30-4:30.
Forte Winter Guard: Mondays and Thursdays, 7-10pm, and Saturdays, 8-noon.
Forte Winter Guard
—Spin sessions are planned every Thursday night (7-10pm) from now until the Christmas break.
—The Forte Parent Meeting will be Thursday, 12/21, at 6:45pm.
Here are the first dates for Encore’s 2017-18 season:
Thursday, 11/30, 7:30-8:30pm: Encore 2018 Parent/Student Information Meeting in the Band Room.
Tuesday, 12/5: Rehearsal/Audition Prep, 6-9pm.
Thursday, 12/7: Rehearsal, 6-9pm.
Tuesday, 12/12: Rehearsal (music), 6-9:30pm. Auditions: Upper Battery and Pit
Thursday, 12/14: Rehearsal (music), 6-9:30pm. Auditions: Lower Battery
Saturday, 12/16: Rehearsal (music, play first movement as group by end of day), 10-4:30pm.
Tuesday, 12/19: Rehearsal (music), 6-9pm.
Thursday, 12/21: Short rehearsal, then Encore Holiday Party, 6-9pm.
- Band Store Holiday Hours: Saturday, 12/16, 11am to 12pm.
- Band Store Holiday Hours: Thursday, 12/21, 6 to 7pm, then again at the close of the Forte Parent Meeting.
- Forte Parent Meeting, Thursday, 12/21, 6:45pm. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sundays in December:
Bake Sale @ Harleysville Walmart. Update: the bake sale has been canceled.
New this year: The BRBB is using the remind text messaging service to send timely and short text messages. These messages help you know when buses will return to the school, remind you when payments or paperwork is due, and so on.
Much of what you need to know is sent to you via the BRBBinfo e-mail list. To sign up, send an e-mail to email@example.com and include: parent name and e-mail address, student name and e-mail address.
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.)
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.
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!
You may have heard of the health concerns of one of our alumni parents, Mike Rafter. Mike suffered from a ruptured AVM on November 9, 2017. Mike still 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.
Feeling nostalgic? Use these links to see performances from the past.
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.
2016: El Dia de la Vida
- Mrs. Esquirell: USBands PA State Championships, WCU, on 10/29/16
- Mr. Stine: at Nazareth Soundfest on 10/8/16
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)
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
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.
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.
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 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 Files page.
For detailed information, read the BRMB Volunteer Clearances Guide. Two versions (one is short, the other has lots of details) are posted on our Files 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.