The BRBB—Big Red Band Boosters, Inc.—is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization. Read more about us.
Summer 2018 — General — Groceries for $$ — Text reminders/BRBBinfo email list — Indoor Groups — The Rafter Family — Domino’s Day — Big Red in Action — Student Leaders — Classifieds — Student Credit/Scrip — Volunteer Clearances
Congratulations to 2018 scholarship & award recipients!
2018 Big Red Band Booster Senior Scholarships: Julia Markey and Nate Renner
2018 SAHS Red Winzer Instrumental Music Scholarship: Matt Falbo
2018 Tournament Indoor Association (TIA) Chapter 2 Scholarship: Lauren Steffy
2018 Tournament Indoor Association (TIA) Scholarship: Derek Booz
2018 Big Red Marching Band schedule (this link will take you to a Google sheet)
Wednesday, 6/20: Summer Practice, 5:50-8pm. Summer evening practices are not mandatory; but everyone is encouraged to come out. If you’re not available, let Mr. Freda know. (Note: Practices will be Wednesdays, with the exception of 6/14 and 7/3.)
Sign up now to help at the 2018 Concert Sundaes in the Park!
Concert Sundaes in the Park: Sunday, July 8th, at the Souderton Borough Park. We’ll scoop to the tunes of Sounds of the Street, New Jersey’s popular doo-wop group. The Indian Valley Arts Foundation (IVAF) sponsors the Sundaes in the Park outdoor concert series at Souderton Borough Park and invites local groups to participate. We keep all monies raised minus the cost of the ice cream.
Music: Marching show music is available in the Marching Band’s Google Classroom.
Summer and Fall schedule: The (new!) Wednesday evening summer practices are not mandatory, but if you are available, you are encouraged to come out from 6-8pm. Check the dates and if you’re not available for a given practice, let Mr. Freda know. Practices, games, and competitions are posted on the calendar and are listed in this Google sheet.
Summer sectionals: In previous years, captains scheduled sectionals during the summer. These could be anything from all-out practices, to casual run-throughs, to social events where new and returning members were able to hang out and get to know each other. This summer, the music and marching parts of those sectionals will happen during the evening practices. Captains may still opt to schedule one or two summer (non-mandatory) sectionals.
Color Guard camp: When? Wednesday and Thursday, 8/8 and 8/9. Who? All color guard members, both new and returning. Times TBD.
Mini camp: When? Thursday, 8/9, from 8am to noon. Who? All students, both new and returning. Yes, that’s right! Returning students will also attend the new Single-Day Edition of Mini Camp. On the agenda are pep music, show music run-throughs, and marching basics.
Band camp: When? Camp will take place during the final two weeks of the summer break (8/13 thru 8/17, 8/20 thru 8/24). Who? All students, both new and returning. Check the schedule for daily times. (The second Friday is a day off! The first game is that Saturday.)
First football game: Saturday, 8/25, @Pennwood, 1pm.
Marching Band Google Classroom: Contact Mr. Freda at firstname.lastname@example.org for the code.
Marching Band remind group: The group created in the fall was inadvertently archived. The group (remind calls it a “class”) has been recreated and we now need everyone to re-subscribe. If this is the first time you are signing up, you will be prompted to complete all the steps in the directions. Repeat customers usually need to complete only step 1.
Available SignUps, schedules, and other goodies:
- Concert Sundaes, Sunday, 7/8
Schedules At-a-Glance (including the marching season, the indoor season, jazz competitions, and parades).
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 email@example.com or the guard instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Encore! Indoor Percussion Ensemble
Tuesdays: Practice runs from 6 to 9pm. Pick up is 9:15.
Thursdays: Practice runs from 6 to 9pm. Pick up is 9:15.
Saturdays: Report time: 9:30am; pickup time: 4:45pm. On competition days, times will vary.
Forte Winter Guard
Mondays: Practice runs from 7 to 10pm.
Wednesdays: Practice runs from 7 to 10pm.
Saturdays: Practice runs from 7am to noon.
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.
Text announcements via remind
The BRBB uses 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.
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, 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 an 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, 2016. 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: Official Philadelphia Soul Jumbotron feed.
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 Major: Devon Kolumber
Assistant Drum Major: Meg Cross
—Flutes: Karinna Martin – Captain; Megan Benner – Lieutenant
—Clarinets: Nason Allen – Captain; Hannah Priller – Lieutenant
—Alto & Tenor Saxes: Cassie Rodrique – Captain
—Trumpets: Kieran Ellis & Trent Detweiler – Captains; Caitlin Brush – Lieutenant
—Low Brass/Low Winds: Chris Hanlon – Captain; Aidan Ellis – Lieutenant (This section includes sousas, trombones, baritones, bari sax, and bass clarinet.)
—Percussion–Battery: Nik Wilson – Captain; Gwen Kester – Lieutenant (The battery includes snare, tenors, bass drums, and cymbals.)
—Percussion–Pit: Zoe Platow – Captain (The pit, also called the front ensemble, includes all stationary percussion, auxiliary instruments, mallet instruments, keyboards, and in some years, guitar/bass guitar.)
—Color Guard: Aubrey Renner – Captain
—President: Natalie Manalansan
—Vice President: Courtney Zettlemoyer
—Secretary: Olivia Basile
—Treasurer: Jessica Wimmenauer
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 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 $$ raised? Use scrip when you:
- Order from Domino’s of Souderton on Dough Raising Days.
- Use AmazonSmile.
You raise $$ 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.