The BRBB—Big Red Band Boosters, Inc.—is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization. Read more about us.
This Week — Coming Soon — Disney Trip — Indoor Groups — The Rafter Family — Domino’s Night — Uniform Returns — Big Red in Action — Student Leaders — Classifieds — e-mail list — Student Credit/Scrip — Volunteer Clearances
Monday: No School! Forte practice, 4-9pm.
Tuesday: Encore practice, 6-9pm
Thursday: Encore practice, 6-9pm; Forte practice, 7-10pm; Uniform Return #2 details
Friday: Lab Band: Knight of Jazz @ North Penn HS, 6-11pm. performance schedule
Saturday: Forte and Encore report times: talk to the directors
This week’s indoor competition schedule
Location: Daniel Boone High School, 501 Chestnut, Birdsboro, PA 19508
Competition start time: approximately 2:30pm
Encore takes the floor at 3:06pm.
Forte takes the floor at 7:30pm.
Remember to visit the SignUp to volunteer for the indoor competitive season.
Friday, 3/3, 7-9pm: Indian Crest Jazz Fest. Crest Fest features middle school jazz bands from the Pennridge and Souderton Area school districts. You’ll hear various styles of jazz, including Swing, Latin, Rock, and Contemporary. Concessions proceeds will support the Indian Crest Jazz Band by helping to pay transportation costs and helping to purchase new instruments and equipment.
Monday-Wednesday, 3/6 to 3/8: Free TB tests at SASD elementary schools. The SASD requires TB tests for volunteers. If your TB test results are not already on file with the District, get your free test.
For information on how to schedule a tuberculosis (PPD) test, visit the Volunteer Requirements page.
If you have any questions about the PPD test or if you would like to confirm that your results are on file with the district and are current and valid, contact Bonnie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, 3/8, 3-4pm: Yes, it’s that time again! Marching band parade practice.
- Competition volunteers: the SignUp is now available.
- Backdrops: We need backdrops and people to build them. If this piques your interest, contact Mrs. Tink at email@example.com.
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.
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. Update: Mike moved out of the hospital and into a rehab in late December. We’ve received many requests for information on what the BRBB can do. He has a long road ahead and the family will still benefit from all assistance offered to them.
If you are interested in helping them, please visit The Rafter Family page.
Remember: Tunic and pants must be dry-cleaned. Raincoat goes in the machine (wash warm, tumble dry low). NO BLEACH of any kind, not even color-safe. You can spot treat the hood, but no bleach!!
Visit the Uniforms page for uniform care & cleaning details and the return schedule.
Watch El Dia de la Vida in these YouTube videos, with thanks to:
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
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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include: parent name and e-mail address, student name and e-mail address.
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 Downloads 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 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.