Raider Band Weekly Update Nov 12 - Nov 16


....Where do I even begin?...

...if you had told me last May that I would have the incredible honor of working with a special group of students, parents, and staff members -

- with a band that would go on third at Area at 9am, after a 4:45am call time, in San Antonio, and still perform at a level that would survive 29 more bands and place them 4th in prelims, making finals -  

- and then go on to qualify for State -

- and then would WORK HARD, together, to learn the last minute and a half of their marching show to a level of competitiveness within a week’s time that would place them in the TOP TEN, out of 84 bands, of the BOA San Antonio Super Regional Championships, with a score of 90.40 -

- and then would go on fourth at State at 9:15am, after a 4:45am call time, in the Alamodome, and yet again perform at a level that would survive 37 more of the best bands in America and place them 11th in prelims… making finals -

- and would become recognized as the 11th best 6A marching band in the State of Texas -

...I probably would have laughed at you.

But... it happened. I’m beyond floored.

The numbers don’t define who we are as individuals or as a group, but are a recognition of the work, dedication, attention to detail, planning, and team effort we all put forth, together, students, parents, volunteers, and staff.

Thank you for letting me be part of these incredible memories we’ve shared.

Thank you, parents, for sharing your children and their talents with us!

Mike Rooch Video (this is super cool if you haven’t seen them!!):

“We’re Not Going Home”:


As the competitive marching season is now officially over, it’s time to move forward with the rest of the year! In classes we will begin shifting to concert band, holiday literature, etc. So, away we go!

All Band Fees Due Monday 11/12

The final payment of the 2018-2019 Band fees is Monday (if you were/are following the payment plan).

Again, if you’re making payments toward the San Fran trip, but you do not have your booster and band fees paid in full, your trip will be cancelled.

Thank you for supporting this band program and these amazing students!

ATTENTION - Next Week’s Game Day Meal

Booster meal monies do not cover playoff games. If you wish to have a meal fed to you by the Boosters for our first playoff game, please fill out the attached form (hard-copies also available in band hall) and turn in your money to the band safe by Wednesday 11/14 at 12:00pm. If you do not use this option for a meal, you will need to bring your own dinner to school, or have one delivered to you, on Friday 11/16.

Spring 2019 Auditions

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

Coupon Book Fundraiser

We’re rather behind in our fundraising efforts this year compared to last year, mainly due to concession stand income (rained-out games) and fewer bands at TMC. Next week, the students will be asked to sell as many coupon books as possible. I will send out more information next week.

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 recognize our seniors during halftime at the game after we play for the drill team.

Region Orchestra Auditions Tomorrow and Monday

For those students who are signed up to compete, please make sure you know what day and what time you’re auditioning. Please ask Ms. V if you’re unsure. Auditions are at Pflugerville High School. Entry fees should have already been turned in to the safe.

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.


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!

Rehearsals Next Week

Wednesday 11/14      7:45 - 8:45am Percussion Region Masterclass

We will not have any marching rehearsals next week.

Looking Further Ahead

11/16 or 11/17 Playoff game

11/23 or 11/24 Potential Playoff game

11/29 & 11/30  Spring 2019 Band Auditions (Woodwinds/Brass) During Classes

11/30 or 12/1   Potential Playoff game

12/7 or 12/8     Potential Playoff game

12/7 Region Band Auditions Phase 1

12/8 Region Band Auditions Phase 2

12/13 Band Holiday Concert

12/15 Potential Playoff game

12/22 Potential State Football Championship Game

Thank you, everyone!

John Peterson