Jag Band Update 2/13/23

Hello Jaguar Band,
So so so so so many events coming up in the coming weeks. Please be sure to read the update below and check the band calendar to keep track of everything…. becasue I can barely keep up right now!
📆Schedule at a glance📆
This Week
Monday: 🚩3:30-5:30 JV WG,🚩5:30-8:00 V WG 
Tuesday:🚩3:30-7:00 JV WG, ❤️happy valentines day!
Wednesday:🎷3:30-4:30 jazz
Thursday:Summit 8th Grade Night
Friday: 🚩3:30-7:00 V WG🎷3:30-4:30 jazz
Saturday:🎶8:00-2:00 MISD Middle School Ensemble Contest at Summit
Next Week
Monday: 🗽No School!🚩11:00-2:00 JV WG,🚩2:00-6:00 V WG 
Tuesday:🚩3:30-7:00 JV WG,🎷3:30-4:30 jazz, 🎵6:00-8:00 Ensemble Concert
Wednesday:🎷3:30-4:30 jazz
Thursday:🚩3:30-7:00 V WG
Friday: 🚩3:30-5:00 JV WG, 🚩5:00-7:00 V WG, 5:00-8:00 MISD Ensemble Contest
Saturday:🚩Guard Contest at Wylie East HS
TMEA Convention / All-State Concert 
Wow! Wow! Wow! These kids… capable of some amazing things. As you know, our own Alan Garcia, Joseph Fondren, Mauricio Cruz, and Iniquez Rusk rehearsed and performed this past weekend at TMEA and it was exceptional. They endured almost 22 hours of rehearsal over four days with an outstanding conductor to put on a 50 minute concert that was phenomenal. I could go on and on about this, but all I have to say is something that we already know – we have some amazing students here at Summit High School.
💰Fundraising Corner💰 TOMORROW!
Coupon Digital Coupon Book
Start compiling your 10-20 emails/phone numbers to launch our Spring fundraiser.
We all need to do this so we can fund the program!
We are all in this together!
We all have to at least try!

Jazz Dinner Dance Baskets 

Summit Band

Jazz Dinner and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Dear Summit Band and Colorguard Parents,

You are cordially invited to attend the annual Jazz Dinner and Silent Auction! Entertainment will be provided by our own Summit Jazz Band and the Wester Middle School Jazz band. We’re planning an entertaining evening of great music, dinner with friends and fun items to win in our Silent Auction. So, please join us to support this annual Summit High School Jaguar Band fundraiser!

We need your help:

  • Donate a quality item that fits the ‘theme’ basket assigned to your student. This is a fundraiser that benefits the ENTIREband, and every member is asked to donate an item (valued at $20 or more) to be used in the silent auction. As a thank you, you’ll receive a point toward your student’s activity fee. Contributions can be left in the appropriate boxes in the band hall. Small items or gift cards can be placed in the Boosters’ white mailbox. Please label donations with your student’s name and section. Donations are suggested on the attached list and are due by end of school on Friday, February 24.

  • Contact businesses you frequent and ask for a donation for our silent auction. Summit Band Boosters is a non-profit organization and donations are a tax write-off.  The donation letter is attached. 

  • Donate something of value from your family: a basket of goodies, an unused gift, a service you or your family could provide (lawn services, photography), tickets, timeshare opportunities or other items someone might enjoy.

  • We also need donations of empty LARGE BASKETS to display the auction items.

To Purchase Tickets: 

Tickets are $15 per person ($145 per reserved table of 8). The $15 ticket includes dinner. There are $5 tickets available for those who come just for the entertainment. Desserts will be offered for a cash donation. You do not have to have a Jazz Band musician to join in the fun and support the band! This is a family-friendly event, and we are looking forward to having a great time. Tickets will either be sent home with students or can be picked up at the entry way the night of the event. 

Tickets will be sold after school in the band hall on February 23 and 27. Order forms and payment can be placed in the Band Boosters’ white mailbox located near the band office until the end of school on Tuesday, February 28.  

It’s not too late to volunteer! Watch for a sign-up email. If you have any questions, please call us. We look forward to seeing you there and having a memorable night!


The Band Boosters



*To make baskets most marketable for the silent auction, please donate an item (or items) you would enjoy receiving!

Clarinets – “Cookout and Tailgate”

Suggestions:  BBQ tools, skewers, sauces, marinades, spices, apron, grill brush, oven mitt, plastic dishes or trays, camp chairs, pop-up tent.

Percussion– “Movie Night”

Suggestions:  Tickets to local movie theaters, Candy, Popcorn bucket, DVDs, movie memorabilia, Gift Cards to Redbox, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy.

French Horns and Bass Clarinets – “Disney”

Suggestions: Disney gift cards, collectibles, stuffed animals, autograph album, Disney blanket or t-shirt

Saxophones/Tubas – “Fun in the Sun”

Suggestions:  camp chairs, pool floats, beach towels, drink cooler, picnic basket, outdoor games

Flutes/Piccolos/Double Reeds – “Pampered Pets” 

Suggestions: Pet beds, Treats, Toys, Catnip, Grooming products, Gift certificates for groomers, Leashes, Collars, Pet clothing, Chew toys, Food bowls, Placemats, Treat jars, PetSmart gift cards, Petco gift cards, for either a dog or cat. 

Trumpets/Euphoniums/Trombones – “Spa Day” 

Suggestions: masks, lotions, nail polish, bubble bath, candles, gift certificate to massage or nail places, gift certificate for salon

Color Guard – “Family Fun Night”

Suggestions:  Board games, Card games, Dominoes, Karaoke Machine, Puzzles, Popcorn bucket, DVDs, Gift card to carry out restaurants, Putt Putt, Bowling, Movie tickets, Ice cream stores, Yogurt stores, Museum tickets

*If donating items that are perishable or contain alcohol, please do NOT place these items in the basket drop off bins in the Band Hall. Email summitbandprez@gmail.com to arrange for a pickup. 

💼New Business💼

Sectionals starting after TMEA
Sectional calendar/plan will be released sometime tomorrow afternoon 2/14/23.🙂
8th Grade Parent Night
2/16/23, 6:00-7:30
This doesn’t really involve any of us in the program (except the drum majors who were asked to work the table with us). But if you know of any incoming 8th grade parent that may have questions for us, or perhaps go to Wester or a different middle school, we’ll have a table set up with handouts of upcoming dates, estimated fees for next year, and maybe some cookies 😄
Middle School Solo and Ensemble
2/18/23, 8:00-2:00 with several shift options
Hey current and future leaders of the band program. We need your help. Come help manage an ensemble room this Saturday. There are several shifts to choose from, set up, shift 1, shift 2, and tear down. You can sign up for one shift or all, we’ll fee you if you sign up for at least 2 shifts (i.e. set up and shift 1). Click this link to take to directly to the band app sign up: https://band.us/band/87857392/post/317

Summit HS Ensemble Concert
2/21/23, 6:00-8:00
This event is run just like last year. Woodwinds in the PAC, brass in the band hall. This concert is a “come and go as you please” sort of event for the audience. Parents/friends/family can come watch just their students’ group, all groups, several groups, it’s all up to you. A detailed schedule will be released later this week for students but generally, Concert Band members will go first (at around 6:00), Wind Ensemble members will go around 6:30, and Wind Symphony members will go around 7:15. We hope to see you all there!
MISD HS Ensemble Contest
2/24/23, 5:30-8:00
A full schedule will be released later this week. Just like the Ensemble Concert, Concert Band members will go first, followed by Wind Ensemble, and finally Wind Symphony. This event will have time slots, and an outside judge during the performance. We’ll have Mrs. Benecasa from Martin High School judging the woodwinds, and Mr. Hervey from Arlington High School judging the brass. The “best” woodwind and brass ensemble will be asked to play at the Spring Concert!
💼Old Business💼
Booster Board Opening
Almost completed
Roy Hayhurst:social media account, thanks!
Darlene Lozada:for taking the co-chair position for 1st VP with Mandi Roach, thanks!
💥STILL OPEN💥: 2nd VP which is in charge of fundraising. 
Dilapidated Elevator Thing
Not completed
BAND DAD NEEDED! Just want to know if that scaffold elevator thing outside the pod is salvageable before I drop $$ on a totally new prop. Help me savemoney!
Mini Update on 2/14/23
Hey Jag Band Family,
The Vertical Raise Fundraiser is a GO! We had a representative from Vertical Raise come in a set up the fundraiser with the students today and this is WAY more user friendly than WiddyUp or FanPledge. We’re hoping it looks good on your end as well. Here’s what we need:
Everyone this week gets at least 10 good phone numbers and 20 good emails put in their profile. Older people like email. Younger people like texts. Try to have a good mix. Yes, you can put more than that in, and yes you can even share on social media. We will be following up with students daily to make sure we can get this done. Many hands make light work.
What I told the students today:
  • Setting up your fundraiser profile now will make our lives easier for the future. This profile will directly link to our donation drive fundraiser next marching season. We would then only have to set up freshmen next year!
  • This fundraiser will help me decide band fees for the coming year.
  • I want to do two fundraisers a year starting next year. This one in Jan/Feb, and a donation drive in July/August. If it feels like we have been fundraising a lot this year, you are right. Ido notwant to continue that in the future. Without too much detail, there are some things we had to pay for from last year that ate into our budget this year.
  • Seniors can give back by helping the program that has given a lot to them. If you are able to get a person to subscribe to the coupon book and that person re-subscribes, the program gets that money automatically, and you get that satisfaction of leaving a little legacy.
  • Many, many other things – you can ask your student about it.
Students, if you missed today, here are some instructions on what to do in order to set up your Vertical raise profile (attached as well in case the picture below looks terrible).
Also, in just this small amount of time this fundraiser has been up and running, we have raised $1,245! So again friends, if we could all just do our part and share with friends, community members, and family, we can easily raise 5, 10, maybe $15,000! I personally will be reaching out to the alumni of the program as well to see if they would like to give back. 
Looking forward to a successful fundraiser!
Thanks for reading. Have a terrific week!
Travis Whaley
Director of Bands
Mansfield Summit High School
1071 Turner Warnell Rd
Arlington, TX 76001
682-314-0972 (office)