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August 30th - September 5th

In this weeks issue:

Director Update
Weekly Schedule
Message from the Booster President

Letter Jackets
2020 Show Shirts
Upcoming Dates

Official Band Calendar

Hello - 

We have officially concluded our 2020 summer band camp!! We want to thank both our parents and our students for their continued dedication to excellence and safety during these past six weeks. Being able to complete 6 weeks of camp with no exposure to COVID-19 is a huge testament to the commitment our students, staff and parent volunteers share in terms of keeping our kids safe. 

Moving forward, our HHS band staff will be spending this next week planning a series of online curriculum that will be geared towards keeping our students both physically and mentally engaged. The band staff has been training in the new Schoology system and are hopeful to be able to help our band students get adjusted! To ensure that our students are ready and equipped for day one of school, students should consider having the following items readily available (if possible):

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. 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!
This week, students will only be expected to focus on attending the following virtual master classes. 

Sunday, August 30th - 
BLT Zoom Meeting - 7:00pm

Monday, August 31st - 
Virtual Bassoon Master Class - 1:00-2:00pm (at home)
With Senior Airman, Nicole Pompei
Virtual Oboe Master Class - 2:00-3:00pm (at home)
With Ashley Rubio
Virtual Flute Master Class - 2:30-3:30pm (at home)
With Dr. Kristin Hayes
Virtual Saxophone Master Class - 2:30-3:30pm (at home)
With Dr. Rami El-Farrah
Virtual Clarinet Master Class - 2:30-3:30pm (at home)
With Julie Linder
Virtual Trumpet Master Class - 2:30-3:30pm (at home)
With Dr. Joe Cooper

Tuesday, September 1st - 

Virtual Trombone Master Class - 1:00-2:00pm (at home)
With Joe Dixon
Virtual Euphonium & Tuba Master Class - 4:30-5:30pm (at home)
With Jarrett Lipman

Wednesday, September 2nd - 
Full Band - OFF

Thursday, September 3rd - 
Virtual Horn Master Class - 2:30-3:30pm (at home)

With Professor Lanette Compton

Friday, September 4th - 
Full Band  - OFF
Booster Announcement 

Hello Band Family,
Please plan to join us for the first general booster meeting of the ’20-’21 school year which will take place via ZOOM this Tuesday September 1st @ 6:30pm. If you cannot join us, no problem … the minutes will be posted on the website later in the week. As always though, if you have a question, feel free to email me at any time! 
Deadline to purchase ALL spirit items in the booster store (yard signs, decals, show shirt, clear stadium bags) will be September 8th.
Hope to see you virtually on Tuesday!
Much love,
Lesley Allen
Hays Band Booster President

Become A Booster Member

The Hays Band Boosters organization is dedicated to support the students, directors, and the mission of the band program as they strive towards the highest level of curricular and artistic goals in music education and performance. Booster meetings will be held at 6:30 PM on the first Tuesday of each month from September-May (except December). Meetings are generally held in the HHS band hall, and are approximately one hour, except the September meeting, which runs closer to two hours. We are all band parents, so everyone is invited and encouraged to attend meetings- no membership is required to attend meetings give input, suggestions, ideas, or to volunteer. Attending Booster meetings is the best way to stay informed and contribute to band activities. Membership is required to be allowed to vote and for your child to be eligible for a Band Booster Scholarship their senior year. There is no requirement placed upon members to volunteer.

By becoming an official Booster, you are supporting the students directly. Your votes in general meetings allow you to guide our development and fundraising efforts. Our Mission is worthwhile: “The Hays Band Boosters Organization is dedicated to support the students, directors and the mission of the band program as they strive towards the highest level of curricular and artistic goals in music education and performance.”

Membership dues fund our senior scholarships. Membership is required every year your student is a member of the Hays Band beginning in 2018. Please make sure you purchase a membership each year so your child will be eligible for a scholarship. Scholarship amounts are dependent on how many memberships are purchased and how many students apply. Booster membership is not the only criteria.
  • Individual memberships will have the option to receive one booster membership gift, while supplies last.
  • ​Family memberships will have the option of receiving two booster membership gifts, while supplies last.
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 2020 Show Shirt
$20.00 - $24.00

Royal blue t-shirt with red and white design, 50/50 cotton/poly

Front: Moving Forward Hays Band 2020
Back: "If everyone is moving forward together then success takes care of itself -Henry Ford"

ORDER DEADLINE September 8, 2020

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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