• 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.

We need you! SignUp now for our parades

Big Red is marching this Saturday in the Lansdale Mardi Gras Parade and on Saturday, 12/6, in the Souderton Holiday Parade: We need crew for Middle Red and the Big Red Truck.

Visit the Volunteer page to find the link to this season’s SignUp.

Indoor Ensembles

Encore! Percussion Ensemble

    • Contact Mr. Wilson for information about a non-mandatory practice during Thanksgiving week.
    • Calendar will be posted soon.
    • Read this year’s contract; it’s posted in Word and PDF on the Downloads page.
    • Please visit the SASD Activities page, where you will find information about the activity fee and a link to the Activity Fee form.
    • Practices began Tuesday, 11/7. Check the calendar for dates and times.

Forte Winter Guard

Wendy’s Night: Tuesday, 11/24, 5-8pm

Wendy’s of Souderton will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the BRBB. This burgerlicious event takes place on Tuesday, November 24th, between 5 and 8 pm. For the address, visit our Fundraising page.

Wreath Sale: Pick up your wreaths on 11/25

The wreaths will be available for pickup on Wednesday, 11/25. For the pickup address and times, visit our Fundraising page.

From Mr. Straka: Reflections on his nine years as Marching Band Director

Dear Parents, Students, and Alumni,
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my reflections over the last nine years as the marching band director for the Souderton Area High School Big Red Marching Band.
(Click here to open the PDF of the entire letter.)

USBands PA State Championships: Big Red places 3rd!

On October 31, 2015, the Big Red Marching Band won 3rd place in the U.S. Band State Championships – Division IV A! What a great accomplishment! Your show looked and sounded fabulous. What a great reward for all your hard work. We love you guys and are very proud of you. Congratulations from the Big Red Band Boosters!!!!!

An Encouraging Note

The following was emailed from someone at the Rustin Competition to Mr. Straka and subsequently forwarded to Dr. Varano and Mr. Gallagher. You represent the band, the boosters, and the school well, and make us all proud.

Good morning!

I just wanted to take a minute out of your day to commend your marching band students, the directors, and the volunteer staff that I saw last Saturday October 24, 2015 at the Rustin band competition. (Click here to read a PDF of the entire note.)

2015 SAHS Homecoming: Congratulations!

Congratulations to SAHS Big Red Marching Band Drum Majors Matt Gargano and Sara Mack, the newly-crowned Homecoming King and Queen!

Drum Majors Sara Mack and Matt Gargano at the 2015 Homecoming Game            2015 SAHS Homecoming King and Queen

Drum Majors Sara Mack and Matt Gargano at the 2015 Homecoming Game.

Double your Dough: Use ScripNow or Scrip on Dough Raising Days

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?

    1. If you don’t already have one: Set up a Scrip account! (Go to the Downloads page for instructions.)
    2. 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.)
    3. 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.

Changes to our gift card fundraising program: All gift cards are now sold via the Scrip program

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.

Uniform care

Visit the Downloads page for the Uniform Care Guide and Hemming Instructions.

Using Student Credit or Scrip

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.
About volunteer clearances

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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