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Souderton Big Red

The BRBB—Big Red Band Boosters, Inc.—is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization. Read more about us.

This WeekComing UpSummer 2018GeneralTIA ScholarshipsPMEA FestivalBand StoreGroceries for $$Text reminders/BRBBinfo email listIndoor GroupsThe Rafter FamilyDomino’s DayBig Red in ActionStudent LeadersClassifiedsStudent Credit/ScripVolunteer Clearances


This week

Monday, 2/19:
—No School. Presidents’ Day.
DUE: Forte hoodie orders. Order online at CustomInk. For payment, make checks out to BRBB and turn in to the Red Box. Questions? guard@soudertonbigred.org.
Forte practice, 7-10pm.
Tuesday, 2/20:
—Encore practice, 6-9pm, pickup @9:15.
Wednesday, 2/21: 2018 5k planning meeting @ Henning’s, 7-8pm. Interested in planning? Please join us! Questions? racedirector@soudertonbigred.org.
Thursday, 2/22:
—Encore: Practice, 6:30-9pm, pickup @9:15.
—Forte: Practice, 7-10pm.
Saturday, 2/24: Competition: Pageantry of the Arts @ Daniel Boone HS. The event begins at 2:30pm.
—Encore: 2:45pm. Other units: Conestoga Valley HS.
—Forte: 6:50pm. Other units: Great Valley HS, Downingtown HS, and Daniel Boone HS.

Sunday, 2/25, 2pm @ Indian Crest MS: Community Band Festival Concert. The Montgomery County Concert Band, the SAHS Symphonic Band, and the Southampton Community Band.

What’s coming up?  —  Summer 2018: What we know so far…

Coming up

Saturday, 2/24: Pageantry of the Arts @Danel Boone HS. The event begins at 2:30pm.
Encore: 2:45pm. Other units: Conestoga Valley HS.
Forte: 6:50pm. Other units: Great Valley HS, Downingtown HS, and Daniel Boone HS.

Sunday, 2/25, 2pm @ Indian Crest MS: Community Band Festival Concert. The Montgomery County Concert Band, the SAHS Symphonic Band, and the Southampton Community Band.

Friday, 3/2: Jazz and Lab Bands in the Jazz on the Ridge competition at Pennridge HS.

Tuesday, 3/6, 3:10-3:40pm: The Marching Band has been asked to have a pep band perform in the SAHS Gym during a Special Olympics event. Participation is not mandatory, but it would be great to have a good showing. Questions? Contact Mr. Freda at rfreda@soudertonsd.org.

Saturday, 3/10, 2:30-11:00 p.m.: Music in Motion Indoor Home Show onsite at our High School. Come out to watch performances by dancers, twirlers, guards, as well as stationary and marching indoor percussion. View schedule or volunteer through Sign-Up Genius.

Spring Break/Easter weekend:
—No School on Thursday and Friday, 3/29-3/30, and Monday, 4/2.
—Encore practice Thursday, 3/29, 6-9pm (regular schedule).
—Saturday, 3/31: No practices.

Summer 2018: What we know so far…

Music: Marching show music may be available as early as June (!)… and hopefully even sooner.

Summer evening practices: Mr. Freda plans to set up some non-mandatory, though highly encouraged, summer practices. These practices will run from 6-8:30pm on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. More information will be posted as the plans evolve. (Note: When the schedule is posted, check the dates and if you’re not available for a given practice, let Mr. Freda know.)

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 campWhen? 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 attend the new Single-Day Edition of Mini Camp. On the agenda are pep music, show music run-throughs, and marching basics.  

Band campWhen? 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. Times and the general schedule will be the same as last year. Once the football schedule is published, we’ll know what the schedule for 8/24 will be.

General news

Marching Band Google Classroom: Mr. Freda has set up a new Marching Band Google Classroom and would like all members to join it. Contact Mr. Freda at rfreda@soudertonsd.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:

PMEA 2018 Band Festivals

Congratulations to SAHS students on qualifying for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) 2017-18 District 11 Band Festival: Carolyn Bean (clarinet), Christopher Hanlon (tuba), Conner Kim (bassoon), Devon Kolumber (trombone), Karinna Martin (flute), Kyle Ryan (clarinet). Carolyn, Conner, and Devon are continuing on to the Region VI Band Festival, February 22-24. The festival’s concert is at 11am on Saturday, 2/24, at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA.

Band Store: Replacement Garment Bags

New garment bags are available. If you purchased one of the fabric garment bags earlier this year, you can exchange it for a new and improved bag. Send a message to bandstore@soudertonbigred.org to set up your exchange. You must bring your existing bag for the exchange.

Questions? Send a message to bandstore@soudertonbigred.org.

Winter Indoor Groups: Encore & Forte

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 drumline@soudertonbigred.org or Mrs. Tink at guard@soudertonbigred.org.

Seniors: Apply for the Tournament Indoor Association (TIA) Scholarship here. Applications are due at noon on Sunday, April 1st. No fooling.

Indoor competition schedule
Indoor season competition SignUp

Forte Winter Guard
Mondays: Practice runs from 7 to 10pm.
Wednesdays: Practice runs from 7 to 10pm.
Saturdays: Practice runs from 7am to noon.

Encore! Indoor Percussion Ensemble
Captains this year:

Battery: Nik Wilson & Lindsey Esquirell
Pit: Zoe Platow & Carolyn Bean

Tuesdays: Practice runs from 6 to 9pm. Parents can pick students up at approximately 9:15.
Thursdays: Practice runs from 6 to 9pm. Parents can pick students up at approximately 9:15.
Saturdays: Report time: 9:30am; pickup time: 4:45pm. On competition days, times will vary.

Be informed: Subscribe to remind, sign up for BRBBinfo

Text announcements via remind
New for 2017-18: 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.

Update 1/31/18: The Marching Band text group created in the fall was inadvertently archived. The group/class has been recreated, but all subscriptions were deleted, and so we 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.

How to sign up to receive BRBB Text Blasts from  Remind

Email list
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 administrator@soudertonbigred.org 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.

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.

The Rafter Family

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.

Big Red in Action

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

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)

2017-18: Student leaders

Encore! Indoor Percussion Ensemble
Captains
—Battery: Nik Wilson & Lindsey Esquirell
—Pit: Zoe Platow & Carolyn Bean

Marching Band
Drum Majors:
Nate Renner & Devon Kolumber

Captains
—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

Officers
—President: Matt Falbo
—Vice President: Michaela Miller
—Secretary: Natalie Manalansan
—Treasurer: Lauren Steffy

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.

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.

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.

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 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.