The BRBB—Big Red Band Boosters, Inc.—is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization. Read more about us.
Go to the USBands site for today’s competition schedule, judges list, and venue address.
Soundfest, a USBands competition, is hosted by the Nazareth Area High School Blue Eagle Marching Band.
The show begins with the national anthem at 4:15pm. The Big Red Marching Band is scheduled to perform at 6:30pm. Four of the seventeen (wow!) competing bands are in Group IV A; the Big Red Marching Band is the first of those four to perform. At 10pm, following all nineteen performances—including one by the East Stroudsburg University Warrior Band—the awards will be presented.
Congratulations to SAHS Big Red Marching Band Drum Majors Matt Gargano and Sara Mack, the newly-crowned Homecoming King and Queen!
We are in desperate need for more help (manual labor) with both the Truck Crew and the Middle Red Crew.
The crews load and unload the Big Red Truck and help to get equipment onto and off of the field.
At competitions, each band is allotted a specific number of minutes. Everything the band does—getting onto the field, setting up, warming up, performing, and then getting themselves, their instruments, and their equipment, off of the field—must be done in that time. Anything extra, and the band can be penalized. That means losing points.
If you’re up to it :-), sign up, and help get this done! We can use extra hands, so if the SignUp looks full, contact Mike Rafter at email@example.com to see if more help would be appreciated.
Did you know that you can fund your student’s Scrip account, get a local business to donate to the BRBB, and avoid cooking all at the same time?
- If you don’t already have one: Set up a Scrip account! (Go to the Downloads page for instructions.)
- Buy Domino’s ScripNow or Scrip. (Remember, ScripNow is electronic and near-instant; Scrip—a plastic gift card—will take about a week to arrive.)
- Order from Domino’s on the first Monday of every month! (read this to get the code)
Domino’s of Souderton donates 20% of your purchase to the BRBB. ShopWithScrip gives a rebate of 8% for Domino’s scrip. Spend $25 on a Dough Raising purchase and this is what happens: $5 goes directly to the BRBB from Domino’s; the ShopWithScrip rebate is $2. Of that, 40¢ goes the BRBB and $1.60 ends up in your Scrip account.
Not impressed? Let’s do the math:
We have 80 families, plus staff. If just 10 families (that’s not even one-eighth of our membership) placed a $25 order every month, then we’d have …
$50 … from Domino’s to the BRBB
$4 … from ShopWithScrip to the BRBB
$1.60 … from ShopWithScrip to each family, for a total of $16
Over a calendar year, those seemingly teeny, tiny purchases would result in deposits of $648 for the BRBB and $192 for family Scrip accounts.
Dear Cathy, Moni, Marie, Georgia, Mike, Linda, Eileen, and the entire BRBB:
Thank you for hosting an outstanding Celebration of Bands Show this past Saturday night. The marching band staff and I were blown away by how many people were in the stands!
I spoke to almost every Cavalcade judge and several marching band directors and their staffs, and they all told me the same thing. “Your facility is amazing and your parents have been so great to us!”
Thank you for all that you do. Have a great week.
Stephen L. Straka
DATE: October 31st
WHERE: West Chester University Farrell Stadium (more competition information here)
The BRBB has 70 discounted tickets available at $15 each ($20 at the door) and then an additional 30 that we will sell at $20.
To buy advance tickets, contact Georgia Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make checks payable to the BRBB. Tickets will be available at the competition for $20.
For information on how to buy the “local” gift cards using ShopWithScrip: go to the Fundraising page.
To sign up for ShopWithScrip: go to the Downloads page and look for the ShopWithScrip Fundraiser documents.
Go to the Volunteer page to find the link to this season’s SignUp.
Visit the Downloads page for the Uniform Care Guide and Hemming Instructions.
About those white gloves: Some of the white gloves in the Band Store this year are shorter than the gloves from other years. Mr. Straka is aware of this and says it is fine; no one needs to worry about the length of their gloves.
You can use Student Credit or funds in your Scrip account to pay for certain expenses.
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 simply an allocation of internal BRBB funds and will not be paid out to students or families under any circumstances. The allocation can only 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 new BRMB Volunteer Clearances Guide. Two versions (one is short, the other has lots of details) are posted on our Downloads page. You can 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 do 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.
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