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- - CANYON HIGH SCHOOL SOARING PRIDE BAND - - 1701 23rd St., Canyon, TX 79015 - (806) 677-2740 - - MIKE SHEFFIELD, Director - - LUIS HERNANDEZ, Assistant Director
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Q: How will I know what is happening and when?

A: Mr. Sheffield will e-mail out a band handbook and calendar in July. It contains important information and dates. You will also get more information at the Band Orientation Picnic on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:30pm. **This is a mandatory meeting.** It is also important to watch for emails from Mr. Sheffield (usually on Sunday evening).

Q: What opportunities do I have to support my child in band?

A: Come to their performances at football games, marching/concert/sight reading UIL contests, winter concert, UIL concert, and end of year concerts. You can also help the band get ready for marching competitions by polishing shoes, taping gloves, cleaning hats, etc. Join the Band Boosters; we do many things to support our kids. For $15 per family, you are contributing to the organization whose sole purpose is to help our kids realize their potential as a member of the Soaring Pride Band. Here are some things we anticipate being able to do this year with the support of all band parents:
- Orientation Picnic on August 5th.
- Rest Stops and cookout at the March-A-Thon on August 22, 2015.
- Donuts and/or Snacks for UIL Contest and Out Of Town Games
- Clinicians for Marching and Contest Seasons
- Plaques for All State Musicians
- Flowers for Senior Night (football season)
- Senior Blanket

Q: When my child is involved in fund raising for band, where does the money go?

A: The money is raised on behalf of the band, and therefore, goes into the student activity fund of the band. Students are required to raise funds in order to participate in some activities, such as marching contests.
There are fund raising opportunities available for students. March-A-Thon (Saturday, August 22, 2015) is one of the best opportunities for fundraising since all of the money raised goes directly into your student's individual account.
The band, not the band boosters, handles the student fundraising. Please encourage your child to do their part. Any money raised by your child above the needed amount will go towards the general band fund to help with the costs of the band program.
The band uses the money to cover expenses such as transportation, contest fees and various needs. Band is an expensive program, with money from the school district going towards purchasing music, instrument repair and purchase, equipment needs, uniform funds and other needs.

Q: What does the money raised by the band boosters go to?

A: The money raised by the band boosters is separate from the funds raised by the students. We help with some of the activities and extras listed under question 2 as well as many other opportunities that arise during the school year.

Q: How can I get involved?

A: There are many volunteer opportunities. We need volunteers to assist with:
- March-A-Thon (Saturday - August 22, 2015): including manning rest stops to supply snacks and drinks to the band, cooking hamburgers, setting up and serving at the post march-a-thon picnic, cleaning up, bringing food and other opportunities.
(A sign up sheet will be available at the Get Acquainted Picnic on Tuesday, August 4, 2015)
- Riding the buses as chaperones to the students for out of town games.
- PIT CREW - help get the pit instruments out onto the field during half time shows and contests. 8-12 volunteers will be needed for each performance.
- Decorate the band hall for marching contests.
- Make and hang locker tags in the Band Hall for UIL marching contest.
- Decorate your car and participate in the Honk-A-Thon as we follow the band buses from the high school through Canyon to I-27 honking and making noise as they are headed off to UIL marching competition on Saturday, October 10, 2015.
- Trip sponsors
- Create baskets to be raffled off during the winter concerts.
- Other opportunities as needs may arise.
- Volunteer sheets to sign up to help with these and other events will be available at Soundblast on Thursday, August 20, 2015.

Q: What is Soundblast on August 20, 2015?

A: It is a great opportunity to hear, for the first time, the band perform the music for the half time show and also some of the music that will be played in the stands during the football games.

For a short video (1:34) of the 2010 Soundblast, CLICK HERE

Q: When will the Band Boosters meet?

A: We have regularly scheduled meetings at 7 pm in the band hall. The *tentative* dates for this (2015-2016) year are:
- Thursday, September 3, 2015 - Marching Season Program needs.
- Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Information on marching contests.
- Thursday, November 5, 2015 - Discuss winter concerts and basket raffle fund raiser.
- Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Information on spring activities.
- Thursday, January 6, 2016 - Spring planning.
- Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Spring planning.
- Thursday, March 3, 2016 - Officer Nominations 2015-2016, UIL concert and contests.
- Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Mock Junior High Contest, Banquet info, elections and end of year activities.
- Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Close out of band year and installation of new officers.

Q: If I have questions, who can I call?

A: Call the directors ( 806-677-2740 - ask for the band hall). They are the most reliable source of information and can give you the straight scoop.
- If you have a question about Band Boosters, please call one of the (2015-2016) officers:

President - Adriane Brown - 806.584.9391
President Elect - Amy Sappington
1st Vice President - Lee Ann Lefevre
2nd Vice President - Whitney Clark
Treasurer - Evelyn Romero
Secretary - Charlotte Howard
Publicity - Joe Romero

Q: What will I need to purchase for my student in band?

A: The following are required items:
Marching band shoes - around $28
Gloves - $3 per pair (2 pair are required for woodwind and brass players only),
Two T-shirts - $30,
Meal Fee - $30,
Flip folder - $20,
Instrument fee for school owned instruments - $50 per year.
Band Student Assessment Fee - $TBD for the 2015-16 School Year.

Optional items:
Uniform bags - $25,
Yard signs -$30, (personalized)
Car Decals - $10, (personalized)
Photo buttons $5.
Booster Shirt - $22-$25 (depending on size)
Parents T-Shirt - $12

All items can be ordered before and after Soundblast on Thursday, August 20, 2015, along with Booster membership and instrument fees. Payment is due with the order.

Q: I am interested in private music lessons for my student. Are there scholarships to help with the cost?

A: Possibly. There are limited funds available from the boosters to assist with part of the cost. If you are interested, contact Mr. Sheffield as soon as summer band begins in August.

Q: My son missed dinner tonight so I brought him a 44oz. Cherry-Limeade and a foot-long Chili-Dog with extra mustard from Sonic. It is okay for him to eat all this while in uniform in the stands...right?

A: Are you nuts? Rumor has it that if Mr. Sheffield catches a student eating food while in uniform, his eyes glow bright red, his head spins around twice and lightning shoots out his...er, well let's just say he gets really, really mad. Meanwhile, Adriane takes the offending parent out by the buses and kicks them until they cry. In other words, NO FOOD! Bottled water is okay.

Q: My daughter and her BFF, who is not in the band, have been inseparable since first grade. They, like, do everything together. They went to Camp Granada together and then there was beauty camp...oh, and then they did hair braiding camp together along with origami camp, sandcastle camp, iced-tea camp, and finally tire rotation camp. They go everywhere together, grocery store, ice cream store, the mall...oh, like they LOVE the mall!! They HAVE to sit together during the games, so Daisey Mae will be traveling on the band bus too. This is okay...right? :-)

A: No



"Education without the Fine Arts is fundamentally impoverished and subsequently leads to an impoverished society." - Florida Music Educators Association


"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." - Johann Sebastian Bach: 1685-1750


"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." - Plato: 428-348BC


"I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down." - Virgil Thomson: 1896-1989


"Music is the universal language of mankind." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: 1807-1882


"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen: 1805-1875


"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau: 1817-1862


"Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven." - Henri Frederic Amiel: 1821-1881

Updated: July 01, 2015