• 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 WeekGroceries for $$New! Text serviceComing UpDisney TripPhiladelphia Soul Jumbotron videoIndoor GroupsThe Rafter FamilyDomino’s NightBig Red in ActionStudent LeadersClassifiedse-mail listStudent Credit/ScripVolunteer Clearances

This week

Band Camp! 8/14-8/18, 8/21-8/25. For dates/times, see the calendar.
Monday, 8/14, 7pm: Required Parent Meeting.
Wed, 8/16 (tentative): Picture Day. Bring uniforms; it’s okay if hems are not finished.
Friday, 8/18: DUE! Disney Trip Payment #3 (Correction: The payment amount due on 8/18 is $400, *not* $200.)

How to use Student Credit towards your final Disney Trip payment (due 10/4). Requests must be submitted by 8/24.

Visit SignUpGenius to volunteer for activities. Learn how to find our SignUps.

New: Text blasting! Subscribe for announcements

New this year: the BRBB is using a text blast service. It is for announcements only, so you will not see numerous group responses at all hours.

To subscribe: Text the appropriate short code to 81010, then follow the prompts.

Big Red Marching Band: @brbbinfo
Encore! Indoor Percussion Ensemble: @brbbencore
Forte Winter Guard: @brbbforte

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
  • Band Camp! 8/14-8/18, 8/21-8/25. For dates/times, see the calendar.
  • Thursday, 8/24, DUE! All requests to apply Student Credit towards Disney.
  • Thursday, 8/24, 7pm: Parent Preview.
  • Friday, 8/25: First football game! It’s a home game against Penn Wood. The band performs pre-game; arrive by 6:30 to get into the stadium in time to see the show.
  • Tuesday, 8/29: First Day of School: Marching Band plays in Main Concourse as students arrive.

New! Philadelphia Soul: Thank-you note and Jumbotron video link

From Corinne Kolesinkas, Group Sales Director for the Soul:

On behalf of the Philadelphia Soul, I would like to personally thank all of you for coming out to the Soul game this weekend and bringing energy to the crowd with your performances! We hope that you enjoyed your experience with the Soul. The kids looked like they had a BLAST in the stands!

As promised, I wanted to send you video link that includes both of your performances in the stands: https://youtu.be/D4B4TWuax8M. This is the actual feed from the Jumbotron when you performed.

Please feel free to share with all of your students, their families, post on social media, the school website, etc. I look forward to working with your program again next season!! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Also: Visit the BRBB Facebook page for other pictures and videos from the band’s May 20th performance at the Wells Fargo Center. (Use the Facebook link at the top of this page. #SoudertonMarchingSoul)

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.

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

2017-18 Marching Band & Color Guard: Student leaders

Drum Majors: Nate Renner and Devon Kolumber

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

Officers ... stay tuned for 2017-18 officers
Vice President:

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.