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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 WeekPMEA FestivalBand Store —  Coming UpGroceries for $$Text reminders/BRBBinfo email listIndoor GroupsThe Rafter FamilyDomino’s DayBig Red in ActionStudent LeadersClassifiedsStudent Credit/ScripVolunteer Clearances

This week

Tuesday, 12/12: Encore practice (music), 6-9:30pm. Auditions: Upper Battery and Pit
Thursday, 12/14:
—Encore: Practice (music), 6-9:30pm. Auditions: Lower Battery
Membership Contract (PDF).
—Forte: Spin Session, 7-10pm. Any and all are welcome to come spin!
Saturday, 12/16:
—Encore practice (music, play first movement as group by end of day), 10-4:30pm.
—Band Store Holiday Hours, 11am to 12pm. You can exchange faulty garment bags today.

What’s coming up?

Always: Visit the Volunteer page for current SignUps. More on how to find our SignUps. Schedules are on the At-a-Glance page.

PMEA 2018 Band Festivals: Six SAHS students qualify for the District 11 Band Festival

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)

Students, who are first recommended by their school’s band director, audition for the festival. Auditions comprise three parts: a series of scales, a sightreading piece, and a prepared piece. The prepared piece is announced several months prior to the audition, giving students the opportunity to learn and master it.

This year’s festival will be held January 10th through 12th at Perkiomen Valley MS East. The festival ends with a concert on Friday, 1/12, at 7pm. For ticket information, send a message to Mr. Tucker at atucker@soudertonsd.org.

Band Store: Replacement Garment Bags, Holiday Hours

Holiday shoppers… we have “I’m With the Band” T-shirts, sweat pants, hoodies, fleece hats and Forte t-shirts available, as well as all of our other normal inventory. There are even some select sizes of clearance items. The band store will be open on the following dates:

* Saturday, December 16, 11am to 12pm
* Thursday, December 21, 6 to 7pm and then immediately following the Forte parent meeting

The new GARMENT BAGS will be available for pick up. If you purchased one of the fabric garment bags this year, please bring it to the band store for an exchange for the new (BETTER) garment bags. Please note – you must bring your existing bag for the exchange.

Please email bandstore@soudertonbigred.org with any questions.

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.

Typical practice schedules:
Encore! Indoor Percussion: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm, and Saturdays, 9:30-4:30.
Forte Winter Guard: Mondays and Thursdays, 7-10pm, and Saturdays, 8-noon.

Forte Winter Guard
—Spin sessions are planned every Thursday night (7-10pm) from now until the Christmas break.
—The Forte Parent Meeting will be Thursday, 12/21, at 6:45pm.

Here are the remaining December dates for Encore’s 2017-18 season:

Tuesday, 12/12: Rehearsal (music), 6-9:30pm. Auditions: Upper Battery and Pit
Thursday, 12/14: Rehearsal (music), 6-9:30pm. Auditions: Lower Battery
Saturday, 12/16: Rehearsal (music, play first movement as group by end of day), 10-4:30pm.
Tuesday, 12/19: Rehearsal (music), 6-9pm.
Thursday, 12/21: Short rehearsal, then Encore Holiday Party, 6-9pm.

Coming up
  • Band Store Holiday Hours: Saturday, 12/16, 11am to 12pm.
  • Band Store Holiday Hours: Thursday, 12/21, 6 to 7pm, then again at the close of the Forte Parent Meeting.
  • Forte Parent Meeting, Thursday, 12/21, 6:45pm. Questions? guard@soudertonbigred.org.
  • Sundays in December: Bake Sale @ Harleysville Walmart. Update: the bake sale has been canceled.

Be informed: Subscribe to remind, sign up for BRBBinfo

Text announcements
New this year: 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.

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, 2017. 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.

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 Marching Band: Student leaders

Drum Majors: Nate Renner & Devon Kolumber

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

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.