Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Spartan Regiment Update 9/6/20

Hello Spartan Regiment Family,

Great job with the first week of school! Tomorrow morning is when we start AM rehearsals for the Spartan Regiment. Can't wait to see everyone at 7am or earlier. See below for details.

PERCUSSION Instrument Drop Off TONIGHT 6 - 7:30 PM

If you wait until tomorrow morning, make sure you allow extra time.

AM Marching Band Rehearsal START TOMORROW

We will have socially distant in-person morning rehearsals from 7:15-8:15am Tuesday through Friday each week. Virtual students may join us and go home right after rehearsal. We will also stream morning rehearsals through your schoology band class.

  • Tuesday-Friday 7:15am-8:15am (this may change if needed); GRASS marching band field.
  • Band Hall Opens daily at 6:45am; Arrive at least by 7am; Tubas & Perc only in the band hall before rehearsal.
  • Attendance is taken right at 7:15am - arrive 15 early to get to field/get instrument
  • Arrive in athletic clothing; bring school clothes in a bag to change after rehearsal. ALL CLOTHES and bags need to be taken home daily. The band hall is not your bedroom.
  • All performances are test grades

BLITZ Fundraiser - Ends Sept 19th

BLITZ is not over! We are heading towards $33,000 in donations!!! Help us get to that $35,000 mark. Prize winners will be announced once all donations are received. We are raising funds for a new wrap for the semi and a new guard trailer. Contact friends & family - they can still donate even if they weren't added to the system. Just send them the link and they can donate DIRECTLY and still select their student's name from the drop down list. Checks are accepted too. See details on our fan-pledge website. Please share on social media!  https://event.fan-pledge.com/23487


It's important to stay on track with the band fees.  We purchase a lot of items for the students & pay for marching techs, colorguard techs, percussion techs, & masterclass teachers.  Most of the money is spent in August. If you need a different financial arrangement than the $100 per month please email Mr. Klein.  Please make your payments online in Cut Time with a debit/credit card.**You MUST create a username & password first**


**Parents and students please watch these short videos to get familiar with our system. No need to SELF REGISTER, you should have received an invitation email requesting you to setup your username and password. Check your inbox & spam folder to see an email from CutTime.


Watch my short YouTube Videos for CutTime help

Upcoming payments:
  • 1st $100 due Mon, Aug 31st
  • 2nd $100 due Tues, Sept 30th ($200 due in FULL)

Performance Dates:

  • Thurs, Sept 24 - Boot Bowl CHS vs BHS (7pm @ AT&T Stadium) - More information to follow. For now, please mark your calendars.

Refund Check Procedure #5 - CHECKS in the mail

Parents: Email process is complete. Mr. Klein sent you an email if you have a credit balance. Please REPLY to the email to confirm the amount deposited, refund amount, and contact information (shipping address and payee). The goal is to complete the refund check process by August 31st if not earlier.

Since we are lowering the fall marching band fee to $200, it is time to do another round of refund checks to those who have paid more than $200 or to those who have credits from indoor winds, winter guard, and indoor drumline. All credit balances will first be applied to any balance due for band fees (this includes instrument usage fees). Any remaining credits will be refunded with a check (no future credit options at this time). Fundraisers and scholarship credits are non-refundable.

All State Music & NEW Tutorial VIDEOS

TMEA released the 2020-2021 All-State music last week. Auditions (Region and Area) will be conducted via video submission upload. More details to come as TMEA finalizes the process. TMEA also announced the new All-State Percussion Ensemble for the 2021 TMEA convention. This means they will take more percussionists from Area auditions to fill the All-State Bands, Orchestras, and the new Percussion Ensemble. Obtaining a spot in the Texas All-State Ensembles can lead to scholarship money regardless of college major.

CHS Band has traditionally used this music as a big part of our fall curriculum with weekly testing. Test scores were then averaged to determine concert band placements. At this time, the director team has decided to make this music optional enrichment for the fall semester. For more information about the All-State process, click on the YouTube link below and skip to 23:42.

Freshman Parent Meeting Video 

Letter Jacket Fitting Date - Postponed - TBD

You must be current on ALL BAND Fees. Please login to CutTime to see more details. More information will be sent out once received. Stay tuned!

Supplies Doc

20-21 Private Lessons

Our private lesson staff continue to teach via skype, facetime, or online lessons. These lessons will need to be set up directly with the private teacher.

Please understand that lessons are the sole source of income for many of our teachers. We know these are difficult times, but if you can continue your lessons it would greatly help our extended regiment family.

If you are NOT in lessons and would like to be, it’s not too late to join!  This would be a GREAT way to keep your student continually learning and having fun while school is out.  Please complete the attached google form to sign up and we will put you in contact with one of our private lessons teachers.  

Private Lesson Scholarship Applications DUE Tue, Sept 8th

CLICK HERE to complete your Lesson Scholarship Application

Up to 10, half scholarships are available for private lessons through the Centennial Band Boosters. Please complete the application below and submit to the band directors and booster board for review. You will be notified if you have been selected for a scholarship.

All applications will remain confidential. The band directors and band booster scholarship committee will review applications. If the student is selected for a scholarship, it may be terminated if the student and parent(s) fail to meet the criteria and expectations below:

Criteria and Expectations

  1. Attend all private lessons and provide at least 24 hours’ notice directly to the private lesson teacher and if you are unable to do so.

  2. Maintain academic eligibility in all classes for the entire school year.

  3. No unexcused absences from required band events.

  4. Minimum of 10 service hours from the parent(s) and 10 service hours from the student over the course of the school year.

  5. Maintain acceptable progress on instrument as deemed by the lesson teacher and directors.

That's all for now! 

Mr. Klein