Raider Band Weekly Update Oct 1 - Oct 6

Raider Band Students and Parents,

It’s contest season! We hope to hear “WE ARE - CR” as we first enter the field at 10:30am tomorrow at Kelly Reeves!! Please remember this is a ticketed event and parking is $5.

If it’s raining tomorrow - the call time remains the same. Rehearsal will begin at 6:50am. We will be in communication with BOA regarding their plans for delays, etc. if the weather requires it.

Students, regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, your directors and everyone who has worked with you have been SO IMPRESSED with how far you’ve come and what you’ve been able to accomplish in the midst of rainy weather! No matter what, perform your best and HAVE FUN as you perform! (...isn’t that one of the biggest reasons why we’re in band?)

As we get in to October, there is a lot happening! Please make sure you’re especially aware of the Texas Marching Classic information.

Texas Marching Classic - PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION!!!

Our annual Texas Marching Classic, a marching contest hosted by the Cedar Ridge Band Boosters, is right around the corner. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we made around $40,000 last year on the event. It takes everyone - parents and student volunteers - to make the event run correctly. As of the writing of this email, only 45% of the volunteer positions have been filled!

It’s important to sign up now, as our volunteer planning meetings are set for next week. Choose to come to the meeting that is most convenient for you: Tuesday Oct 2nd from 7-8pm or Thursday Oct 4 from 7-8pm. Both meetings will be identical, you’ll receive all the information you need, and you’ll receive your parking pass for the contest at this meeting.

A poorly-run event runs the risk of bands not wanting to come back next year. From parking to check in to concessions to ticket booth to score tabulations to water stations and more - please sign up and plan to help on Saturday October 13th.

Our band will perform that night as an “Exhibition” band. Provide your own transportation to the venue. Since many of you will want to be there to see us perform, please plan to volunteer as well. Thank you!

Here’s the sign up link, utilize the tabs at the top of the page to see different positions that need filled:

Reminder: September Payments Past Due

Band fee payment plan and optional San Fran trip payment plan were due this past Monday. Please remember that if all band/booster fees are not paid in full by mid-November, your San Fran trip reservation will be cancelled. Thank you!

Next Week’s Schedule:

Monday October 1st

No Woodwind/Brass AM Rehearsal, get rest or use your morning for homework as Festival of Band is tonight. See attached schedule for Festival of Bands. Wear your Show Shirt under your uniform.

Tuesday October 2nd

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Wednesday October 3rd

7:45-8:45am Percussion Region Masterclass

4:45-6:30pm Front Line Ensemble and Battery ONLY Rehearsal

5:00-7:00pm Colorguard ONLY Rehearsal

Thursday October 4th

5pm-8pm Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Friday October 5th

“Bye” Week - No Football Game, No Rehearsal.. And a long weekend!!!

Looking Further Ahead:

Monday October 8th - No School, No Rehearsal

Tuesday October 9th - No School, but Full Ensemble Rehearsal 5pm-8pm. Please plan your travel accordingly to be back in time for rehearsal. Thank you!

Friday October 12th - Football vs Hendrickson @ RRHS Dragon Stadium (we’re “Home”)

Saturday October 13th - Texas Marching Classic hosted by the Cedar Ridge Band Boosters

Friday October 19th - Football vs Vista Ridge @ Leander ISD Gupton Stadium

Saturday October 20th - UIL Region Marching Evaluation (the first “step” of trying to qualify for State)

As always, please let us know if you have any questions and we hope to see you at our performances over the next few days!

John Peterson