Raider Band Weekly Update Oct 29 - Nov 3

Raider Band Students and Parents,

Step One… Check! Congrats to all band students as you brought home the eighth-consecutive “Sweepstakes” rating from UIL last week! Thank you to everyone who made this achievement possible!

Believe it or not, our competitive marching season will be over in about 10 days! November is here!

...and so on we go! BIG day tomorrow as we attend the UIL Area Marching Contest in Heroes Stadium.

UIL Area, tomorrow

All information was sent out a few days ago. I will attach the schedule to this email as well. Students need to GO TO SLEEP as soon as they get home from the game tonight. We will leave the game after halftime tonight. Please begin arriving to school by 5:00am Saturday morning. I’ll unlock the band hall at 4:30am.

There are 32 bands competing in tomorrow’s contest. The top ten from prelims will make finals. The top six in finals will be advance to the UIL State Marching Contest on Monday November 5th and Tuesday November 6th.  

PARENTS - We need you in the stands cheering for the band! The stadium will likely be relatively empty - PLEASE sit centered and as high up in the stadium as possible to let the judges know how we feel about our Raider Band! Parking is $5 for all day and entry is $5 for all day.

BOA San Antonio, Friday Nov 2nd and Saturday Nov 3rd

All information regarding our schedule was sent out last week. I will attach the schedule to this email as well.

Monday Rehearsal Next Week

We’re canceling Monday AM to add Monday PM rehearsal next week as we make a final push to get the final portion of the marching show on the field so it’s contest-ready. Please reference the rehearsal schedule at the end of this email. If you already have previous commitments Monday evening, please honor those other commitments.

Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors from BOA

Looks like the deadline is October 31st if you want to apply!

Trunk or Treat

Will be held after rehearsal on Tuesday 10/30 in the student parking lot on the south side of school.


  1. We’ll be in need of a new booster president, treasurer, and other vice president roles for next year. If you’d like to be more involved in the decision making processes that impact the band program, these are great opportunities!

  2. Please remember that if you’re attending the optional San Fran trip, that your trip will be cancelled if your band and booster fees are not paid in full by mid-November.

  3. All but the final installment of band fees are past due. Thank you for your support of this program!

Next Week’s Schedule

Monday October 29th

5pm-7pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Tuesday October 30th, Trunk or Treat after Rehearsal, South Parking Lot

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Wednesday October 31st

7:45-8:45am Percussion Region Masterclass

No PM Rehearsals Today. Happy Halloween!

Thursday November 1st

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday November 2nd - BOA San Antonio Prelims

Schedule Linked above

Saturday November 3rd - BOA San Antonio Finals

Schedule Attached, the top 14 of 84 bands will advance to Finals

Looking Further Ahead

Monday November 5th UIL State Marching Contest Prelims (must qualify)

Tuesday November 6th UIL State Marching Contest Finals (must qualify)

Thursday November 8th Rehearsal with incoming 8th Graders 6-8pm

Friday November 9th Senior Night, Raider for a Night, Football vs Westwood

Saturday November 10th Region Orchestra Auditions (only for those who signed up to compete)

Monday November 12th Final Band Fee Payment Due

Friday November 16th First Football Playoff Game

As always, thank you - and please let us know if you have any questions!

John Peterson