Raider Band Weekly Update Nov 5 - Nov 10

Raider Band Students and Parents,

Sending my weekly email a day early as we’ll be very busy tomorrow as we travel to San Antonio for BOA.

...and away we go! We’re ending our competitive marching season with a “bang” as we have something happening each of the next five days! (Please make sure you wash your show shirt and performance shirt at home on Sunday so you have them for Sunday night and Monday/Tuesday :-] )

The students should already know this, as we’ve been announcing it in their classes, but they are responsible for communicating with their teachers about their expectations for the missed days and making sure their classwork is turned in.

BOA San Antonio - Friday and Saturday

See Schedule Attached

Sunday Send Off Performance

Students, please wear your performance shirt, shorts, shako, black socks, black marching shoes

4:00pm Student Call Time

4:15pm Rehearsal Begins on Band Practice Pad

5:30pm Rehearsal Ends, put on uniform bibs and jackets, transition to track stadium

5:50pm Winds in Arcs in west endzone to regroup

6:00pm Raider Band Performs "The Wanderer"

We will perform the show twice, so that all of our students have the opportunity to perform.

6:20pm(ish) Dismiss, help put away props, etc

Please go to bed early!!!

UIL State Marching Contest

By my count, there are 246, “6A” bands in the state of Texas. 41 of them are attending the State Marching Contest. Congrats, everyone, on earning a place to compete among the top 16% of 6A bands in our state! See attached schedule.

Spring Semester Auditions

On Wednesday November 7th, audition material for the spring semester will be made available to woodwind and brass students. Auditions are currently scheduled for Thursday 11/29 and Friday 11/30 during classes.

Raider for a Night and Senior Night on Friday 11/9

We will celebrate our seniors and have a fun evening with our 8th graders at our football game VS Westwood.

We’ll have a short rehearsal and eat dinner with our 8th graders on Thursday 11/8 from 6pm-8pm. We’ll recognize our seniors during halftime at the game after we play for the drill team.

Football Playoffs

The band participates in football playoff games. We will not know the exact date or the location of the game until each game is completed. (In other words, I won’t know if we’re playing on 11/16 or 11/17 until sometime after we play Westwood on 11/9.) I will communicate everything I know as fast as I find out. Thank you for your patience.


  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!

Rehearsal Next Week

Thursday November 8th

7:45 - 8:45am Percussion Region Masterclass

6:00 - 8:00pm Rehearsal with incoming 8th grade band students

Short rehearsal to learn where to stand on the field

Enjoy dinner together after rehearsal (provided)

Looking Further Ahead

Saturday 11/10 Region Orchestra Auditions (only for those students that signed up to compete)

Payment for those auditioning is due Wednesday 11/7.

Sunday 11/11 Strait Music “Step Up Event” 12pm-5pm; Deals and Savings on Step-Up instruments

Monday 11/12 Final Band Fee Deposit Due / San Fran Trip Deposit Due

Charms accounts should no longer have a negative balance after this payment.

San Fran Trips will be canceled if all band and booster fees have not been paid after this date.

11/16 or 11/17 First Football Playoff Game

11/23 or 11/24 Second Football Playoff Game

11/30 or 12/1 Third Football Playoff Game

12/1 Music For All “Upgrade Your Sound” Event 9am-3pm; Deals and Savings on Step-Up instruments

Thank you, everyone! We’re looking forward to these next few days!

John Peterson

Director of Bands

Cedar Ridge High School