Quarter Notes - September 2014 Newsletter
In This Issue...
Welcome to the New and Improved Quarter Notes, the newsletter for Arlington Band Boosters! We're going digital to cut down on paper use and to make it easier for you to stay up-to-date! In this issue you'll find:
SAVE THE DATE!!!
The Great Arlington Music Programs Tag Sale Results!!
The 2nd Annual Giant Arlington Band Tag Sale raised $3204.85 in one day of fast paced wheeling and dealing. Arlington Band Boosters volunteers took over the front parking lot on August 29 - 30 for the sale. Additional items are being sold still, and the clothes drive will add a significant number to that total. Thank you all for your donations of time and goods, and next year we will see you again!
39TH ANNUAL ARLINGTON MARCHING BAND INVITATIONAL!!
It's definitely that time of year again!! Planning is underway and before you know it, it will be time for the 39th Annual Arlington Marching Band Invitational! This year the Invitational will be held at 1PM, Sunday, October 12, 2014!!
The Arlington Invitational is the premier marching band competition in the Hudson Valley. We host bands from around the tri-state area in a day of music, pageantry and festivities all set against the beautiful fall foliage background of the Arlington High School Stadium. The Invitational is sponsored, organized and staffed by Arlington Band Boosters and Arlington Marching Band, and the funds raised are used to support a wide range of Arlington High School band programs.
Bands that have already signed up for this year's competition include: Brentwood, Copiague, Huntington, Kingston, Mahopac, Malverne, Mineola, Nyack, Suffern, White Plains, and of course...Arlington!
We need more than 180 volunteers to make the 39th Annual Arlington Marching Band Invitational a success. There are many activities you can help us with, and many options that can fit your schedule and the amount of time you can share! Please take a moment and volunteer to help here. Yes all Band and Jazz parents can volunteer! If you have any questions please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From The President
Wow!! It’s hard to believe we’re at the start of the school year already! I’m very excited to watch, listen, attend and enjoy this year’s schedule of band concerts, marching band competitions, winter guard shows, jazz fests and the indoor percussion ensemble – to name a few!!
In a time when neighboring districts struggle to keep band programs going, it truly is a testament to how special the Arlington Music program really is that our children get instruction in a wide range of music genres with multiple ensembles that help our children continue to grow and to fall more in love with the art of making music.
None of this would be possible without the support of the district, the teachers, the parents and the Arlington Band Boosters. It’s been a busy summer for the Boosters, and throughout this newsletter you’ll read about the volunteers who supported the 2-week marching band camp, some of the highlights for the coming school year and a variety of great activities!
What is a band booster? The official definition says all parents of band students at the high school are members. I think it is that and more. It’s the alumni who come back and attend the events and applaud. It’s the grandparents who show up in huge numbers to cheer. It’s parents, family, neighbors and friends who purchase tickets that help fund activities. And it is businesses and organizations in our community that support the Arlington Bands through sponsorship and advertising. And it is the volunteers that perform countless tasks – sewing flags, setting up chairs at concerts, chaperoning trips, arranging food for guest conductors, or dragging 120-pound blocks of concrete on and off a football field – that are the heart of Arlington Band Boosters.
And that’s where we need your help. Simply, we need more parents to get involved. Please join us on September 9 at 7:00 PM in the High School Chorus Room for our General Membership meeting to hear more about the programs and activities this year where you can lend a hand. I’ve heard we’ll be serving coffee and the famous Apple Crisp that is such a hit at the Invitational to all the parents who attend the September meeting!!
President, Arlington Band Boosters
AHS Class of ’86, P’14, P’18, P’24
Marching Band Camp Fun on Cookie Friday
Thank you to our wonderful marching band camp coordinator, Tammy Richards. She and her volunteers made sure that there were drinks and snacks available for our hot and hungry kids. In addition, she made sure there were volunteers to provide lunch for the hard-working camp staff each day. Tammy's daughter is graduating this year, and we are looking for someone to continue this wonderful program next year! It is great way to get to know the kids, and meet other parents. Talk to any board member if you are interested.
September General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, September 9
7 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
AHS Chorus Room 1216
Please join us this coming Tuesday, September 9 as we kick-off the 2014-2015 school year AND Arlington Band Boosters program year! Mr. Guillen and the band directors will give us an overview of the programs, events and goals for this year and the band boosters board will talk through how we're going to support them. The boosters program is limited by only one thing -- the number of volunteers available. Please come and hear what we have planned for this year and see if there's a way you can help!
Coffee and the World-Famous Arlington Invitational Apple Crisp will be offered as refreshments!
Band Director Reports
Volunteer Opportunities & Sign-Ups
Come to the membership meeting on September 9th to find out about our volunteer committees.
Responsible for ABBI web page, facebook, twitter, newsletter, emails including how to do these things better and more efficiently. The following types of people are needed: videographer, photographers, web master, newsletter editor, twitter person...
Special Events Committee
Responsible for organizing hospitality for special events such as guest conductor, NYSSMA, etc at the request of the directors. Our large events also fall under this committee (Jazz Cabaret and Invitational)
Responsible for planning new fund raising opportunities for the band programs. Some of the things that fall under this committee include Tag Sale, Merchandise, Chamber of Commerce member.
Responsible for establishing a vibrant alumni group including communications, events, etc.
Sew flags for the guard (saving the programs $$$)
Leadership positions open NOW
Jazz Cabaret coordinator
Welcome to the 2014 - 2015 school year for Arlington Music…and specifically, ARLINGTON BAND!
For those families returning to the program, WELCOME BACK! For the new families, WELCOME to what we hope will be an amazing 4 year journey for your family. The Arlington Band family is an amazing place to be and an exceptional thing to be a part of. I encourage you all to dive in and take advantage of all there is to offer. Get involved as much as you can, both students and parents.
Our concert ensembles -Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band/Concert Band - are the foundation of the Arlington High School Band Program. The many varied co-curricular ensembles and other music classes are offered to students to supplement the basic concert band experience. Marching Band, Jazz Ensembles, small ensembles, color guard, etc. are all by-products of our cherished concert band program. I encourage you and your child to get involved in as many aspects of our program as possible!
Over the first few days of school, A LOT of information will be handed out and sent home with our students. PLEASE be sure you read and sign all of this information so you can be completely aware of the rules, regulations, and expectations set forth for all our band students. Also be sure to check out the Music Department Calendar on Music Department web page so you can get all the events that matter to you and your student on your calendar! PLEASE BE SURE YOU COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CHILD’S BAND DIRECTOR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS!
COMMUNICATION IS KEY - please be sure you and your child communicate with your child’s band director. Please be sure we have the most up to date and accurate contact information (names, addresses, phone numbers, and, most importantly, EMAIL ADDRESSES). Please be sure your information is in our CHARMS system.
Be sure to visit our Arlington Marching Band website: www.arlingtonband.com. Then go to the Charms login link and for school code enter “arlingtonhighband”. You will be directed from there. If you are new to Charms, please be sure to see your band director so your information can be entered.
Finally, PARENTS - BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE ARLINGTON BAND BOOSTERS AND GET INVOLVED! This amazing organization is for YOU and ALL PARENTS of students in the band program. http://www.arlingtonbandboosters.com/
Thank you and happy new school year!
Richard F. Guillen
Music Department Coordinator
Director of Bands
Arlington High School
Welcome to the Arlington High School 9th Grade Band
With over 125 students entering the band program at Arlington High School, we are thrilled to begin the new year! An exciting year of music has been planned for the 9th Grade Band, headed by its directors Mr. Darrell Keech and Mr. David Regner, and assisted by a new student-teacher from Ithaca College, Ms. Teresa Diaz.
Once the school year begins, students in the 9th Grade Band will go through an audition process that will place each student into the appropriate 9th Grade Band: 9K (led by Mr. Keech) and 9R (led by Mr. Regner). The audition process is very simple, and takes about five minutes total to complete. Described very briefly:
Mr. Keech and Mr. Regner can be contacted with any questions via email at either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arlington Band Boosters Awards Scholarships
Congratulations to this year's senior scholarship awards! This year's recipients of the $500 awards were:
Thanks Arlington Band Boosters!
Dear Arlington Band Boosters,
Thank you so much for your generous support! I really hope to put your gift to good use. I’m looking forward very much to the trombone seminar as well as my upcoming marching band practices. Thanks again! -Sincerely, David Bodack
To Arlington Band Boosters,
I just wanted to say an enormous THANKS for the $250 Summer Band Camp Scholarship given to my daughter Maggie. She has wanted to attend the Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College since she read about it last April. Thank you. -Sincerely, Mary Calabrese
New to Quarter Notes is "Dear ABBI..." Do you have a question and don't know where to get the answer? Is there something you have always wanted to know, but didn't want to ask? Need advice on how to be "one of those crazy Arlington band parents"? You are not alone! Each issue, Dear ABBI shares questions from the parents and community and offers advice, answers and amusement. If your question isn't answered here please use the form below to submit your question and we will try to answer it in the next issue (or sooner)!
Membership has its Privileges
Dear ABBI: I have been told that now my child is in the band I am a member of Arlington Band Boosters. What is my role? Signed, Will I get the lead?
Dear Lead: Welcome aboard. You have joined a great group of adults. No you don’t need to audition and as a newbie you don’t need a lead role. But you are welcome to be an understudy.
Your main role is one support you child in every way during their High School Band Career. That is the most important.
Second, as their career starts maybe in Marching Band, Jazz ensembles, Winter percussion and Winter guard talk with the other enthusiastic parents to see how you may be able to help. Our organization is 100% volunteer and because of that we are able to keep costs down and support the great music program at Arlington School District.
You may not think you have any talents we can use but just being there to help is the most important.
Start Small to Build Your Volunteering Muscles
Dear ABBI: Is volunteering mandatory? Signed, I Have No Time.
Dear Time: No! Arlington Band Boosters has no mandatory anything, but we love to have you work with us. The time you volunteer can be one hour to several - it depends on what you can give. It will truly be appreciated.
To reuse a quote, but for the Arlington band program “It takes a Village”. As the parents of students, we are the village. Our efforts keep costs down and the music program strong.
Start off small chaperone, cook lunch for the directors during band camp, and make our famous Apple crisp for the Invitational. There is so much you can do and may not take hours of your time.
There are several benefits of helping. One it shows your kids that volunteering is fun. Also you know that thru the years you have become friends with the parents of your kid’s friends. Being a part of Arlington Band Boosters you now have made over 300 new friends. So you are definitely not alone.
So look up in Charms and see what might interest you. I look forward to seeing you working next to me.
Looking for Answers on How to Lower Costs
Dear ABBI: You mention that you have ways to keep costs down. What are some of the ways you do that? Signed , Penny Pincher.
Dear Penny: Being a part of any activity costs money. We at know that times can be tough so we try our best.
Several ways we keep costs down are simple. Fundraising, trying to obtain grants, donations are just a few, but a lot of it comes from the parents. The majority of the flags the color guard uses are all made by our talented sewing committee. We buy the material but make the flags. Sometimes the flags you see by other bands can cost up to$ 50.00 each. Each color guard member may have up to 3-4 flags a piece. That is almost $200 per member time’s 35 members. That is a lot of money. For the Invitational we ask each family to donate a case of soda that we can sell,. We donate items for raffles and we go out and get sponsors. We make our own props and take our own photos.
There is so much going on behind the scenes that no one is really aware of, but we are always looking to find ways to save a penny and keep the music going!
Be a 2014-2015 Contributor!
The Contributor Program allows for a direct contribution to the band program. Donors are published in subsequent newsletters for the school year and the Guest Conductor program in March.
Your donations to the program are tax-deductible and eligible for matching grants. If your employer has a matching grants program, we encourage you to submit a matching grants form with your donation to ABBI.
If you would like to become a 2014-2015 contributor, please send your payment along with the following information to:
Arlington Band Boosters
PO Box 66
LaGrangeville, NY 12540.
Please make check payable to Arlington Band Boosters, Inc.
___Yes, matching grant form enclosed
9/9 Arlington Band Boosters General Membership Meeting
9/11 Invitational Committee Chair Meeting
9/13 Formal picture day for marching band
10/9 Invitational All Volunteer Meeting
10/12 39th Annual Arlington Marching Band Invitational
10/14 Arlington Band Boosters Board Meeting
11/18 Arlington Band Boosters Board Meeting
12/9 Arlington Band Boosters General Membership Meeting
The volunteer calendar can be accessed on Charms.
10/29 Bone-Anza Orchestra Concert
11/18 Tri-M Induction Ceremony
12/10, 11, 16 Winter Concerts
Quarter Notes Quarter Notes is the quarterly newsletter for the Arlington Band Boosters. The next edition will be published about December 1. Questions or comments about this newsletter should be directed to the editor, Chris Cox.