Dear Band Parents:
Happy Fall! I can’t believe how fast the season is going and that we have three shows left: States, Regionals and then Nationals. We had a great performance this past weekend and the excitement is building – and so is the show! It is great to see the changes in the show each week on the road to championships. Ram Pride!! I wanted to give you some information about tickets for New England States Championships. We will have an update regarding Regionals and Nationals soon. Mr. Kuhner will send out a schedule the week of each show so that you will know the show details, report times and performance times for each Saturday.
First, up USBands will host the New England State Championships this coming Saturday October 29 at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in New Britain. We will be competing against the New England States’ Class V Open bands and having a sea of red clad parents to cheer on the band is very important! Our support will encourage the band, as we have not had many competitions with other Class V’s performing. Please attend the show! Our performance time is 8:41pm. Awards are at 10:45pm.
USBands provides the Band Parents’ Association with tickets for the final three shows. As a Class V, we are required to pay for 95 tickets to States, whether or not we sell them. The ticket price is $20.00 at the gate. The BPA is selling the tickets in advance for $15.00 each – we are passing a discount price to parents who want to attend the show and purchase tickets in advance. We will have a table at both Tuesday and Thursday practice this week to purchase your tickets for States. Please make your check payable to “CHSBPA.” We will accept cash but may not be able to make change for large bills so please bring exact amount for your tickets if at all possible.
Because this event is hosted and sponsored by USBands and not by a school or parent association, please note that anyone who plans to go into the stands to watch the show before, during or after our band’s performance, must have a ticket per USBands rules. This includes all parent volunteers, except for the core pit crew who have event passes provided by USBands.
Next, USBands will host the New England Regional Championship on November 5 at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Bridgeport, CT. This is another opportunity for the judges to see our band perform before Nationals. Please attend this show and cheer on our Ram Band! This show will have a preliminary competition and a final competition if we are selected. More details and ticket information will follow in a few days.
Information on bus and show tickets and other details for Nationals at Metlife will be communicated shortly.
Thank you for all of your hard work this season! Let's go RamBand!