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September 6th - September 12th

In this weeks issue:

Director Update
Weekly Schedule
Message from the Booster President

Letter Jackets
Upcoming Dates

Official Band Calendar

Hello - 

Well, the time is here! Starting this Tuesday we will officially kick-off the 2020-2021 school year. As a team of Directors, we are excited to officially welcome back our students! We look forward to interacting with our students during their scheduled ensemble periods and helping in getting everyone settled into the online learning atmosphere. In our efforts to transition into the new Schoology learning system, we are asking that all students and their families read through our previous Schoology info newsletter found HERE. 

Students should also be familiar with their respective director for each class period. Below is a list of all classes and the assigned teacher of record:

1st Period - Wind Ensemble (Mr. Rauschuber)
1st Period - Percussion (Mr. Pridgen)
2nd Period - Wind Symphony (Mr. Collins)
3rd Period - Symphonic Winds (Mr. Venegas)
4th Period - Symphonic Band (Mr. Collins)
5th Period - Conference
6th Period - Applied Music (Mr. Rauschuber)
6th Period - Color Guard (Mrs. Martinez / Mr. Collins)
7th Period - Jazz Band (Mr. Venegas)

Below are a few things that students should take into consideration while preparing for our first three weeks of online instruction. 

1. Electronic device with access to Zoom and Schoology. Schoology works best on a desk top, laptop or tablet. Students may encounter audio restrictions when on a phone or iPod. 
2. A Metronome - There are many free apps available for download (Tonal Energy recommended).
3. A Tuner - There are many free apps available for download (Tonal Energy recommended).
4. Paper & Pencil for taking notes.
5. External speaker / microphone for best possible audio quality (only if desired)
6. Personal trash receptacle for students to be able to empty spit/water from their instruments. 
7. Open mind and positive attitude! Getting adjusted to virtual school will take some time, but we will work to make it as great as possible! 

Students who are planning on participating in the marching show this year should take additional note of the rehearsal schedules provided in this newsletter. We have provided the rehearsal schedule for both, the first three weeks of virtual school as well as the rehearsal structure that will begin on Monday, September 28th. 

If you are interested in All Region Jazz, please contact Mr. Venegas at and join our Google Classroom. Code: s77cn6b. There are video resources available in the Classroom that can help aid in learning and enhancing your preparation of the Jazz etudes. As always, if anyone is seeking help getting started on the etudes, feel free to reach out!

Please note that all "full band rehearsals" are only for those students who have opted to march in this years marching show. Attendance will be taken at these rehearsal and will be reflected in the students daily "rehearsal etiquette" grade. Students will continue following all safety protocols established during the summer band camp including filling out the daily health screen prior to coming to campus and being temperature checked by staff upon arrival. Please see the check-in locations for rehearsals below:

Check-In Locations:
Brass & Guard - Front of Music Building
Woodwinds & Percussion - Back of Music Building

Students should begin checking in as early as 30 minutes prior to their rehearsal time. Students will also need to be dropped off and picked up in the Bales parking lot. This is a different lot than during band camp! 

Sunday, September 6th - 
Full Band - OFF

Monday, September 7th - 
Full Band - OFF
BLT Meeting Via Zoom - 7:00pm

Tuesday, September 8th - 

Full Band Rehearsal - 6:00-8:30pm
HHS Band Practice Field (Attendance Taken)

Wednesday, September 9th - 
Full Band Rehearsal - 6:45-8:15am
HHS Band Practice Field (Attendance Taken)

Thursday, September 10th - 
Full Band Rehearsal - 6:45-8:15am
HHS Band Practice Field (Attendance Taken)

Friday, September 11th - 
Full Band Rehearsal - 6:45-8:15am
HHS Band Practice Field (Attendance Taken)
Booster Announcement 

Hello Band Family!

Thank you to those who were able to attend our virtual booster meeting this past week.  Minutes are posted on the website for those who would like to read them.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE for our ’20-’21 Show Shirt “Moving Forward” and ALL Spirit Items … The deadline to order the show shirt is THIS Tuesday, September 8th at midnight.  This will be the absolute last day to order a show shirt!

Tuesday is also the deadline for ALL other spirit items in the booster store (yard signs, decals, show shirt, clear stadium bags, etc.)

Parents and/or students will be able to pick up items on Monday September 21st beginning at 7pm and until the conclusion of the bands evening rehearsal.
Football Game Meal Plan:  The deadline to order the 4 home game meal plan is September 22nd; this is online order ONLY (We will not accept orders after this deadline date.)
The boosters are asking for YOUR HELP to create the first ever Hays Bands Cookbook to sell this Fall.  Please send us your amazing recipes so we can include as many as possible.  If you are interested in purchasing an AD in the cookbook (can be for a business or as a shout out to your band kid), please see the following link:
I wish you all the very best during your first week of virtual school!
Lesley Allen
Hays Band Booster President

Letter Jackets

The following policies will be in affect when awarding band letter jackets:

Students that are awarded and receive a letter jacket are required to continue his/her enrollment in band until his/her graduation. If a student quits band before he/she graduates, he/she will be required to refund $60 back to the HHS Band Program.

Letter jackets will be ordered only for those students that are actively participating in band that have met the requirements.The Band Director reserves the right to deny a letter jacket to a student that has discipline, attendance, or eligibility problems. If a student has already "lettered" in another activity such as athletics or ROTC that student will not be awarded an additional jacket. That student will however still "letter" in band and be eligible for patches.

A student must earn 10 points in Band to letter. Points are awarded for the following:

4 pts​. – Region Band or Region Orchestra
3 pts​. – Area Band or Area Orchestra
2 pts​. – All State Band or Orchestra
2 pts​. – First Division on Class Two Solo at ​UIL​ Solo and Ensemble Contest
2 pts​. – First Division on Class Two Ensemble at ​UIL​ Solo and Ensemble Contest
3 pts​. – First Division on Class One Solo at ​UIL​ Solo and Ensemble Contest
3 pts​. – First Division on Class One Ensemble at ​UIL​ Solo and Ensemble Contest
4 pts​. – First Division on Solo at the ​UIL​ Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest
3 pts​. – **Member in good standing, awarded at the end of each year and will carry over

*** A member in good standing is determined by participation in all UIL activities and in all events required for that organization. Excused absences will be determined by the Directors and would only include personal illness and bereavement.

9th Grade ​- 0 pts
10th Grade​ - 3 pts earned from member in good standing from 9th grade
11th Grade​ - 6 pts earned form member in good standing from 9th, 10th grade
12th Grade​ - 9 pts earned from member in good standing from 9th, 10th, 11th grade
Seniors who have not earned a minimum of 10 pts will automatically qualify for a letter jacket for their three years of service to the band. 

***Due to COVID-19, students who advanced to the State Solo & Ensemble contest for the Spring of 2019 will be awarded 2pts towards their lettering status.***

Jacket Sizing

Letter jacket sizing will take place on Tuesday, September 8th starting at 4:30pm. Students who are eligible for a letter jacket may pick-up an order packet from the music building any time this week (Monday-Thursday) from 9:00am-2:00pm each day. Packets will be placed on the front desk in the music lobby for students / parents to be able to pick-up. These packets should be filled out and brought back (money enclosed) with the student on September 8th when they arrive for their fitting. 

The company will begin sizing choir students on campus at 4:30pm and will begin sizing band students following immediately after (approximately 5:00pm). Band students should plan on being on campus starting at 5:00pm on September 8th to be sized for their jackets. Social distancing procedures will be followed for students who are being fitted on campus. 

Should a student / family not feel comfortable doing in-person sizing, the company has provided the following information so that you are able to order your letter jacket from home. 

1. Print out the form below.
2. Watch this video for how to properly size your student -
3. Record your students sizes on the provided form.
4. Scan and email your order form to Travis Hightower -
5. Order patches online -
Moving Forward

While every day may bring new changes to any schedule we wanted to share with you a few dates that we have listed on our schedules. Please note that these dates will only be relative to those students who have plans to attend all in-person marching activities. Only those students who elect to march in this years marching show will attend any football games and marching performances.

As of now, the band will only attend home football games and UIL organized marching contests. Please note that the athletics department is currently in the works in regards to how ticketing will function for all football games. No tickets have been made available to the public just yet! Once that information is finalized, we will send ticketing info out to our band families. We have however received confirmation that all home games will be offered through a live streaming service and that the bands halftime performances will be streamed through this service as well. 

Marching Rehearsal Schedule (9/8-9/25)
September 8th - 6:00-8:30pm
September 9th - 6:45-8:15am
September 10th - 6:45-8:15am
September 11th - 6:45-8:15am

September 14th - 6:00-8:30pm
September 15th - 6:45-8:15am
September 16th - 6:45-8:15am
September 17th - 6:45-8:15am
September 18th - OFF

September 21st - 6:00-8:30pm
September 22nd - 6:45-8:15am
September 23rd - 6:45-8:15am
September 24th - 6:45-8:15am
September 25th - OFF

Marching Rehearsal Starting September 28th:
The schedule below will be implemented starting on September 28th. Please note that the decision to host after school rehearsals is in relation to multiple factors, some of which include the availability of rehearsal space as well as the transportation needs of our at-home learners opting to participate in marching band. These rehearsals will be added to the official band calendar. 

Monday's - 5:30-8:00pm
Tuesday's - 5:30 - 7:00pm
Wednesday's - OFF
Thursday's - 5:30-7:30pm
Friday's - No Rehearsal

2020 Football Performance Schedule:
October 2nd - Hays vs Dripping Springs
Bob Shelton Stadium - 7:30pm
October 16th - Hays vs Lake Travis
Bob Shelton Stadium - 7:30pm
November 5th - Hays vs Austin 
Bob Shelton Stadium - 7:30pm
***Band Senior Night - more details to come.
November 27th - Hays vs Bowie
Bob Shelton Stadium - 7:30pm

2020 UIL Performance Schedule:

November 17th - UIL Region Marching Contests
Bastrop High School Stadium - Time TBD
December 5th - UIL Area Marching Contests
Bob Shelton Stadium - Hays CISD - Time TBD

Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change.  We will communicate any changes in the schedule to you as soon as we are aware. 

Football Game Meal Plan:
A game day meal plan is now available for purchase in the band booster store. The deadline to purchase a game day meal plan is September 22nd by midnight. For more details regarding the game day meal plan, please visit our website using the link below. 
2020 - 2021 Official Band Calendar:

Please reference our official band calendar for all band dates, times and locations. Students and parents are encouraged to reference this calendar often for some things are subject to change. We do our absolute best to avoid changing scheduled events. 

All ensemble rehearsals will be added and updated to our band master calendar. You may also subscribe to our charms calendar and import it onto your mobile device. Please click on the button below to view/subscribe to our calendar. 

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