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18-Oct-18: 46th Cheshire High School Marching Band Banquet Invitation, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

posted by Mark Nowicki

The Cheshire High School Music Department cordially invites you to the

 

46th Annual Cheshire High School Marching Band Banquet

 

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

 

Aria

45 Murphy Road

Prospect, CT 06712

 

The cost of the banquet is $40.00 per ticket for students and parents.

 

Please return the bottom portion of attached form with your payment (payable to CHS Music Department) in an envelope marked “Band Banquet” and place in the forms drop box in the Band Room hallway or mail to Cheshire High School Marching Ram Band, 525 S. Main St. Cheshire, CT 06410

 

Payments and Reservations are due by Monday, October 29, 2018


John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman
Cheshire Public Schools
Cheshire High School

5-Oct-18: MUSIC IN MOTION: Final Instructions

posted Oct 5, 2018, 4:53 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Parents and Students:

 

Just one day from now we will host our annual band competition, Music In Motion.  In fact, it is the 35th annual.  We execute this event just once a year with a lot of parent and student turnover every year.  It is NOT a well-oiled machine.  We are likely to experience problems or crises along the way.  It happened last year… I’m expecting it this year.  I don’t know what it is – it’s lurking out there – but I’m not afraid of it.  You shouldn’t be either – your crisis may not be as bad as it may first appear.  Relax, breathe, consult those with experience, consider at least two options, and solve the problem.  I’m confident we have enough parents (and students) experienced enough with Music In Motion to resolve or mitigate whatever contingency may arise.  We have a well thought out plan, great people, and we will get through this by working together.

 

IMPORTANT – Change to Parking Plan:

 

The MIM Parking Plan for parents, students and staff has changed.  We have consulted with administration about parking on the practice field as has been our practice for many years.  This year administration desires that we park elsewhere.  The natural turf on the practice field was badly damaged during the Cheshire 5K/Half Marathon event in late April when it rained heavily before and during the event.  We have had heavy rains the last two weeks as well.  While the turf may be dry and firm by Saturday, the predominate issue is that there are high sensitivities in the Community to parking on that turf because it was very expensive to repair over the summer.  We will, of course, honor the wishes of the administration.

 

All CHS parents, students and staff will park in the upper lots to the north of the main school building.  Spaces there are limited, so please carpool to the greatest extent possible so that we can fit as many of our personal vehicles in that lot as possible.  We must leave a maximum of the other lots available for our many expected guests.  Parking will remain for Handicap in the Athletic Field lot, for VIP parking to the west of the building (behind the band room / school), and parking will not be available in the lots in the front of the school since Pit and Battery warmup occurs in those spaces.  We want to make all other CHS lots available to our guests (other bands, parents and general spectators).  Once those lots fill up, general parking will continue into the Parks & Recreation lot, then across South Main Street at the little yellow house lot, then into the skateboard lot.

 

If you require access to your vehicle to set up during Saturday morning and early afternoon, it’s fine to keep your vehicle readily accessible, but by about 2:00pm, everything should be well set up, so by that time, all vehicles should be relocated to the upper parking lot for the duration of the event.

 

Schedule:

 

Visit our Cheshire competition page on ramband.com to see the US Bands and Ram Band schedule for the day.  During Senior Recognition, senior parents will be invited to attend the ceremony with their senior student.  This will be at approximately 4:30pm at the performance field.  For those that are not senior parents, please be prepared to cover work tasks for the senior parents in your sub-groups during Senior Recognition.  The tendency will be that many folks will want to go see what is happening – but since our gate opens to the public at 4:00pm, we simply cannot abandon the concessions areas.

 

Manpower & Equipment:

 

No chart today.  We’ve done very well.  Thank you!  We had a good Jump Start meeting Thursday night and I think most of the remaining vacancies have been filled.  That said, please be prepared to surge into a different area if emergent help is needed – we band together!  I think we have all our resource requirements adequately covered.  Thank you all for volunteering, and thank you for loaning all that equipment.  If you still haven’t signed up, please feel free to come anyway and pitch in where needed.

 

Sign-In:

 

On arrival, all parent volunteers need to visit the Alumni Tent to (1) sign in on the Chesprocott form, and (2) receive your red volunteer shirt.  If you have a vintage red volunteer shirt, please bring and wear that as supplies of the new shirts are limited for the new parents.

 

Safety:

 

Please, please, please, let’s not hurt anyone!  Take your time.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Be deliberate with what you are doing and be courteous.  Smile and be of good cheer!  If you don’t understand something or recognize something as a hazard to us or our guests, tell someone about it so it can be addressed.  It’s not going to be as warm as last year, but still, remain hydrated.  If you’re not feeling well, visit the First Aid Tent and let them look you over.

 

Summary:

 

I’m very pleased with the enthusiasm I’ve observed the last few weeks as we’ve prepared for this event.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with so many of you to get ready for this.  I’m confident this event will be successful.  We will knock it out of the park.  Have fun and enjoy!  Go Ram Band!

 

Oh, and students… kick it on Saturday!

 

Regards,

 

Mark Nowicki

203-572-2254

mnowicki@ix.netcom.com

Joe Campbell

(203) 525-9500

jp.campbell@outlook.com

2-Oct-18: US Bands New England Championship Tickets, October 28, 2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 6:57 AM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings CHSMRB,

 

Attached below, please find the Pre-order form USBands New England States Championship Tickets.

 

Ticket price $20

 

USBands New England Championships

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Veteran’s Memorial Stadium

635 S Main St,

New Britain, CT

       

PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT

 

Return form with a reusable envelope marked with student’s name along with payment to the Forms Box or Mail to:

 

Cheshire High School

Marching Ram Band c/o Sandy Waitkus

525 S. Main Street

Cheshire, CT 06410

 

TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO STUDENTS AT THE END OF REHEARSAL

 

Questions:  swaitkus@cheshire.k12.ct.us or 203-250-2534

 

John L. Kuhner, K-12 Music Department Chairman

Cheshire Public Schools

Cheshire High School

525 South Main Street

Cheshire, CT 06410

Email: jkuhner@cheshire.k12.ct.us

Phone: 203-250-2534

1-Oct-18: MUSIC IN MOTION WEEK: Important Information

posted Oct 1, 2018, 6:07 AM by Mark Nowicki

Hello all band parents:

 

Welcome to Music in Motion week!   We have great show planned and are excited about this year’s event.   Apologies for the length of this communication but this is one of those times that we have a lot to say!  The weather forecast as of now is very promising for a good late afternoon and early evening for our premiere event of the year.

 

PRE-SHOW NOTES:

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

To those of you who have already signed up to work – THANK YOU – but many have yet to sign up for a task during our critical seven-hour period from 2:00pm to 9:00pm.  As of now, we need 22 more people for that critical show period.  The Beachmasters in particular need about 8 more hands.  We need every hand possible to make this event a success.  We have called on our Alumni parents to volunteer to help, and some of those stalwart awesome Alumni parents always come out to help.  But they’ve done their time… current parents with students now in the band should be doing the brunt of the work.  Please do your share – pitch in and help!  Any amount of time that you can volunteer is appreciated.  Please take a moment to review the sign up to see where our needs still are.  Below is a needs summary:

 

Task During Show

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Saturday: Building Security 

1

0

1

Saturday: Hospitality Suite 

8

5

3

Saturday: Beachmaster: Bartlem Band Arrivals

5

3

2

Saturday: Beachmaster: Spectator/VIP Parking

5

1

4

Saturday: Beachmaster: Pit Truck/Bus Parking

5

3

2

Saturday: Performance Field: Videographer 

2

1

1

Saturday: Money Pit 

4

3

1

Saturday: Spectator Admissions Gate 

4

3

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Main Tent Food Server 

15

12

3

Saturday: Food Concessions: Auxiliary Food Tent 

8

7

1

Saturday: 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales 

8

5

3

 

ACCESSORY EQUIPMENT SIGN-UP

Thanks to those who have already signed up for loaners.  We’re down to coolers and crockpots – please sign up and loan them if you have them.  Please be sure to clearly label your items so they can be identified after the show.  Please drop items off at the Freezer/Supply trailer Friday night or early Saturday morning, and best case, pick up your items right after the show on Saturday evening.  If you cannot pick up Saturday evening, we will do our best to secure them overnight, and you can come on Sunday morning to pick up.

 

RAMBAND BAKE SALE

We make 100% profit on our baked goods.  Bakers – don’t bring them Friday… bring your goodies on Saturday directly to the Bake Sale Tent.  Contact Andrea Meyers (203) 314-0176 to let her know you’ll be baking.  Click here for baking guidelines.

 

MIM SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

 

2-OCT-18, TUESDAY, 7:30PM, BAND ROOM

Sub-Chairman (only) meeting.  Discussion of resource requirements, needs, concerns, and other issues to be resolved by Saturday.

 

4-OCT-18, THURSDAY, 7:30PM, BAND ROOM

Jump Start MIM meeting with final details for the weekend.  After a brief overview, we will split off into sub-group meetings.  ALL PARTICIPANTS should come to this meeting to meet each other, get acquainted with your area manager, and figure out what you need to do for Friday (if necessary) and Saturday to set up and be operational on time.  This is the time to ask questions so you are fully prepared for Saturday.

 

5-OCT-18, FRIDAY

The day before.  We will be putting up tents, setting out tables, taking delivery of food, equipment and supplies.  We will wire up the tents for lighting and begin moving equipment from our trailers and placing it roughly in place.

 

6-OCT-18, SATURDAY

Show Day!  You can see the US Bands Show Schedule and RAMBAND Schedule of the Week here.  Final set-up in the morning and early afternoon.  Music In Motion commences at 5:00pm, and with 13 ensembles performing, the show should end at roughly 9:00pm.  If we get maximum parent and student effort right after the show, we can get most of the break-down and clean-up done in a fairly short time.  Home between 11:00pm and midnight?  Let’s hope so!  If your students join in, break-down should be a snap!

 

********** Special notes for Saturday **********

 

Band Parent/Student and CHS Staff Parking:  ALL PARKING for MIM STAFF WILL BE ON THE PRACTICE FOOTBALL FIELD.  Why?  We want to leave our normal parking lots fully open for guest spectators and visiting guest bands.  VIP guests will park behind the school.  Handicap Parking will be in the Athletic Field parking lot.  You enter MIM STAFF PARKING by driving down Elmwood Drive to the back entrance of the athletic field complex.  Pull into the athletic field on the back access road.  Park on the practice football field with cars facing the eastern tree line against the practice field bleachers.  If cars face the other direction, we cannot use that area for overflow of bus parking.  There will be caution tape deployed to assist you.

 

Clothing:  All volunteers must come to the show prepared with a hat and covered footwear (no open toe shoes).  At any time, any available MIM Staff may be called upon to help in the food tent or anywhere else where surge manpower may be necessary.  If you already have a Red BPA “We Band Together” or vintage volunteer shirt, please wear it so you can be identified as a RAMBAND parent.  If you do not have a red volunteer shirt, report on arrival to the RAMBAND Alumni Tent and see Laura or Sue for your shirt.  Supplies are limited so please bring your vintage shirt if you have one.  Please dress or come prepared for the weather!

 

Report for Duty:  Report to your station at your designated time, by 2:00pm or earlier as per when your sub-chair manager wants you there.  Come early, of course, if you have set-up to do in order to be prepared for opening on time.  ALL MIM STAFF, regardless of where you work, must sign in at the Concessions Building on the Chesprocott sign in.  This is a requirement of the food and health inspector and is subject to inspection at any time.  After you’ve signed in, go to RAMBAND Alumni Tent for your volunteer shirt.

 

Senior Recognition:  For all senior parents, the student recognition ceremony will immediately precede the National Anthem at approximately 4:30pm.  We ask that all senior parents come down to the performance field and escort their student.  While this is a great time for the senior student, we can only do this if the underclassmen parents cover the senior parents' tasking while these senior parents experience this significant event with their graduating student.

 

Saturday Night Post-Show Clean-Up:  We have been tremendously successful doing the bulk of the clean-up work on Saturday night.  We will all be there already – let’s all pitch in.  More hands make for lighter work.

 

7-OCT-18, SUNDAY

The day after.  Depending on how well we did with Saturday clean-up, this should go quickly with many hands helping.  We will simply do final cleaning, put the rest of our equipment away in our trailers, and set rented equipment aside for vendor pick-up later Sunday or Monday.  We must put the performance field, concessions areas, and the school spaces that we used back into normal condition.  Again, the more folks that show up, the quicker it will go, and the happier we will all be to get home for:

 

Sunday afternoon -- REST!

 

Remember, this is our show.  We have many guests attending.  Our primary goal is to be good hosts to our guests, and fundraise for our Band along the way.  Let’s be extraordinary hosts!

 

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions.

 

Thank you!

 

Regards,

 

Mark Nowicki

203-572-2254

mnowicki@ix.netcom.com

Joe Campbell

(203) 525-9500

jp.campbell@outlook.com

26-Sep-18: MUSIC IN MOTION: WEEKLY UPDATE

posted Sep 26, 2018, 11:13 AM by Mark Nowicki

Hello Parents:

 

Upcoming dates:

 

29-Sep-18, Saturday:  Competition at Norwich Free Academy.  Go to ramband.com to see the NFA schedule.  Go to the Maloney and Naugatuck competition pages to see PICs from those shows, courtesy of alumni parent Domenic DiSorbo.  If you like a picture and wish to download, click here.

 

2-Oct-18, Tuesday, 7:30pm, Band Room:  Sub-Chairman (only) meeting.  Discussion of resource requirements, needs, concerns, and other issues to be resolved by Saturday.

 

4-Oct-18, Thursday, 7:30pm, Band Room:  Jump Start MIM meeting with final details for the weekend.  We will then split off into sub-group meetings, so you may meet with the folks you will be working with on Saturday and review the plan of action with the sub-chairmen.

 

5-Oct-18, Friday:  The day before.  We will be putting up tents, setting out tables, taking delivery of food, equipment and supplies.  We will wire up the tents for lighting and begin moving equipment from our trailers and placing it roughly in place.

 

6-Oct-18, Saturday:  Show Day!  Final set-up in the morning and early afternoon.  Music In Motion commences at 5:00pm, and with 13 ensembles performing, the show should end at roughly 9:00pm.  If we get a maximum parent and student effort right after the show, we can get most of the clean up done in a fairly short time.  Home between 11:00 and midnight?

 

7-Oct-18, Sunday:  The day after.  Depending on how we did with Saturday clean-up, this should go quickly with many hands helping.  We will simply do final cleaning, put our equipment away in our trailers, and set rented equipment aside for vendor pick-up later Sunday or Monday.

 

Loaner Equipment:  We’re coming along, but still need to borrow a few more Pop-Up Tents, Work Lights, Extension Cords, many Coolers and many Crockpots.  All are essential.  Click here for the equipment sign up list.  Please contribute what you can.  You can pick it up Saturday after the show, or Sunday morning.  Please label everything so it’s easy to identify for retrieval.

 

RAMBAND Bake Sale:  Calling all bakers.  We need items to sell – whip up something tasty for our Bake Sale.  We make 100% profit on our baked goods  Contact Andrea Meyers (203) 314-0176 to let her know you’ll be baking.  Click for baking guidelines.

 

Manpower:  It was a slow week for new sign-ups.  Our manpower is our most important resource – that’s why I’ve been pining for your volunteerism for the last several weeks.  Look below to find a task, and then  click here for the on-line sign-up, or click the red “VOLUNTEER” button on ramband.com to get to the master list of sign-ups for the year.  If you’ve been on the fence about what to do, please decide and make your commitments as soon as possible.  If you need help signing up, please call or email.

 

During the show:  We’re short in a couple areas, especially short in Beachmaster manpower and need a few more Food Concession workers.  24 to go for a full crew.  Please find a task you can do and sign up.

 

Task

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Saturday: Building Security 

1

0

1

Saturday: Beachmaster: Bartlem Band Arrivals

5

3

2

Saturday: Beachmaster: Spectator/VIP Parking

5

0

5

Saturday: Beachmaster: Pit Truck/Bus Parking

5

1

4

Saturday: Performance Field: Videographer 

2

1

1

Saturday: Money Pit 

4

3

1

Saturday: Spectator Admissions Gate 

4

3

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Main Tent Food Server 

15

12

3

Saturday: Food Concessions: Freezer Trailer Stock Clerk 

2

1

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Concessions Building Cook

5

4

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Auxiliary Food Tent 

8

7

1

Saturday: 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales 

8

5

3

 

Before and after the show:  Many hands make light work.  Come help… the more, the merrier! 

 

Task

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Friday: Food Pick-up

6

3

3

Friday: Set-Up

20

13

7

Saturday: Set-Up

20

6

14

Saturday: Break-Down

20

8

12

Sunday: Clean Up 

20

10

10

 

Thank you!

Regards,

 

Mark Nowicki

203-572-2254

mnowicki@ix.netcom.com

Joe Campbell

(203) 525-9500

jp.campbell@outlook.com

20-Sep-18: MUSIC IN MOTION 2018 – WEEKLY UPDATE

posted Sep 20, 2018, 8:35 AM by Mark Nowicki

Hello Parents:

 

Upcoming dates:

 

20-Sep-18:  Thursday, 7:30pm, Band Room:  General Informational Meeting.  New parents – come and get an overview of what MIM is all about.  Get your questions answered.  Veteran parents – come meet the new parents.  Help us describe the event relating some of your experiences as a new parent.

 

22-Sep-18:  Saturday.  Competition at Naugatuck.  Go to ramband.com to see the Naugatuck schedule.  Go to the Maloney competition page to see PICs from that show, courtesy of RAMBAND alumni parent Domenic DiSorbo.

 

26-Sep-18:  Wednesday, 6:30pm, Board & brush fundraiser.  Don’t miss it… seats are filling up.  Tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers about it.

 

Music In Motion Update:

 

  • You’ve all gone to Maloney’s show and have now seen how it works, right?  If you missed Maloney, go to Naugatuck and Norwich Free Academy the next two weekends.  Enjoy those shows as a spectator, but please take a look around and notice the band parents putting on those shows.  They’re doing what we need you to do for MIM… our show.  There will be spectating again for you the following several weeks, almost every week through Nationals in early November.  Mr. Kuhner and CHS are hosting our event.  It’s a fundraiser for the parent support organization.  Please sign up to help.  I’ll bet you’ll have a great time and, by gosh, we need you!

  • We now have a full leadership team.  Thank you to Mary Savold and George Meyers for taking leads in Hospitality and 50/50 Raffle.  Awesome!

  • 2½ weeks to go.  ‘Nuff said.  Come to the General Informational Meeting to learn more about MIM, and get involved.

  • MIM starts at 5:00pm this year.  This is a 1-hour later change to our schedule from past years.  Go to the Cheshire competition page to see the US Bands preliminary schedule.

  • Thank you to Andrea Meyers for taking on Senior Recognition!

 

Loaner Equipment:  We need to borrow Pop-Up Tents, Work Lights, Extension Cords, Coolers, Crockpots and a few other things you might have at home to contribute.  We made some progress this past week, but not enough.  Click here for the equipment sign up list.  Please loan more than one item if you can.

 

Manpower:  We had 25 new sign-ups this week.  Thank you!  We’re coming along, but still need more to round out our manpower requirements so we can be at FULL STRENGTH.  With about 130 students in the band, surely we can get our required 121 parents during and 102 parents before-and-after manpower.  Find the on-line sign up here, or click the red “VOLUNTEER” button on ramband.com.  If you need help signing up, please call or email.

 

During the show:  We’re short in Beachmaster and Food Concession areas in particular, and a couple other here’s and there’s.  26 to go for a full crew.  Please find a task you can do and sign up.

 

Task

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Saturday: Building Security 

1

0

1

Saturday: Beachmaster: Bartlem Band Arrivals

5

4

1

Saturday: Beachmaster: Spectator/VIP Parking

5

1

4

Saturday: Beachmaster: Pit Truck/Bus Parking

5

0

5

Saturday: Performance Field: Videographer 

2

1

1

Saturday: Money Pit 

4

3

1

Saturday: Spectator Admissions Gate 

4

3

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Main Tent Food Server 

15

11

4

Saturday: Food Concessions: Freezer Trailer Stock Clerk 

2

1

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Concessions Building Cook

5

4

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Fried Dough Tent 

8

6

2

Saturday: Food Concessions: Auxiliary Food Tent 

8

7

1

Saturday: 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales 

8

5

3

 

Requirement:  121.  Filled:  95.  We still need 26 more parents.

 

Before and After the show:  Many hands make light work.  It is, of course, glorious work!  Set-up and break-down tables, pop-up tents, wiring/lights, signage, moving supplies to and from the storage trailers.  Come help… the more, the merrier! 

 

Task

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Friday: Food Pick-up

6

2

4

Friday: Set-Up

20

10

10

Saturday: Set-Up

20

4

16

Saturday: Break-Down

20

7

13

Sunday: Clean Up 

20

7

13

 

Requirement:  102.  Filled:  46.  We still need 56 more parents.

 

MIM Bake Sale:  Oh yes, we will be having a bake sale during MIM.  We need items to sell.  Contact Andrea Meyers (203) 314-0176 with your questions and let her know you’ll be baking.  Here are our baking guidelines.

 

Informational Meetings:  This is the parent meeting schedule for MIM week:

 

  • 2-Oct, Tuesday, 7:30pm, Band Room:  Sub-Chairman (only) Meeting.  Deliberate discussion of resource requirements, needs, concerns, and other issues to be resolved by Saturday.

  • 4-Oct, Thursday, 7:30pm, Band Room:  Jump Start MIM meeting with final details for the weekend.  We will then split off into sub-group meetings, so you may meet with the folks you will be working with on Saturday and review the plan of action with the sub-chairmen.

 

Thank you!

Regards,

 

Mark Nowicki

203-572-2254

mnowicki@ix.netcom.com

Joe Campbell

(203) 525-9500

jp.campbell@outlook.com

18-Sep-18: Board & brush Fundraiser

posted Sep 18, 2018, 10:10 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents,

 

Join us for our fundraiser at Board & brush Wednesday, September 26th from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Register ASAP through the link below.  There are only 28 spots remaining, so, don't wait!  They cannot accommodate walk-ins as personalization is prepared ahead of time.  20% of the proceeds will be donated to the BPA.  Any questions please email:  bbsouthington.michelled@gmail.com.

 

You must register online - please click here!

17-Sep-18: CHSBPA Sponsorship Campaign Update

posted Sep 18, 2018, 6:39 AM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 10:11 AM ]

CHS Band Parents and Students:

 

CHS BPA Sponsorship Campaign is well under way, but off to a slow start.  Thank you to all of the students who took a packet of names and are working hard to solicit donations.  If you have not had a chance to get out and ask for donations, please do so this week.  We are giving a deadline of Monday, September 24th to return completed sponsorship form and camera ready artwork to be included in the Music in Motion booklet.

 

I have attached copies of the key pointers in asking for donation, sponsorship forms and “Proud Sponsor” sign to make this easier.

 

If you have received ads or $, please put in forms box in the band room.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

 

Thanks in advance for your continued support.

 

Sue Mellitt

secretary@ramband.com

203-577-8914

12-Sep-18: MUSIC IN MOTION 2018: WEEKLY UPDATE

posted Sep 12, 2018, 6:45 AM by Mark Nowicki

Hello Parents:

 

October 6th is getting closer by the day.  It’s hard to believe a week has passed since our MIM introductory email last week.  Time will fly by – we cannot waste any of it.  Critical planning and preparation is ongoing.  Stated another way… it will all be over in just 3½ weeks.  MIM, in conjunction with the Sponsor/Advertisement Campaign, is the most intensive time of the whole year for band parents.  We must have everyone ramp up and shine these three and a half weeks!

 

Leadership Team:  We’re still looking for sub-chairs to take the lead for the Hospitality Suite and the 50/50 Raffle.  Please contact us or Mr. Kuhner as soon as possible if interested.

 

Manpower:  We did well this past week:  17 new sign-ups for during the show, but just 2 new sign-ups for before and after.  Find the on-line sign up here, or click the red “VOLUNTEER” button on ramband.com.  If you need help signing up, please call or email.

 

During the show:  We’re running short in Beachmaster and Food Concession areas in particular, but there is still a good variety of tasks to choose from.  Don’t be bashful – there are experienced veteran parents working in every area, so they will show you what to do if you’re new to this.

 

Task

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Saturday: Building Security 

1

0

1

Saturday: Hospitality Suite 

6

3

3

Saturday: Beachmaster: Bartlem Band Arrivals

5

4

1

Saturday: Beachmaster: Spectator/VIP Parking

5

1

4

Saturday: Beachmaster: Pit Truck/Bus Parking

5

0

5

Saturday: Performance Field: Bleacher Security  

6

5

1

Saturday: Performance Field: Videographer 

2

1

1

Saturday: Money Pit 

4

3

1

Saturday: Spectator Admissions Gate 

4

3

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Main Tent Food Server 

15

10

5

Saturday: Food Concessions: Freezer Trailer Stock Clerk 

2

1

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Concessions Building Cook

5

4

1

Saturday: Food Concessions: Fried Dough Tent 

8

5

3

Saturday: Food Concessions: Auxiliary Food Tent 

8

4

4

Saturday: 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales 

8

5

3

 

Requirement:  120.  Filled:  85.  We still need 35 more parents.

 

Before and After the show:  Sub-Chairs for Hospitality and 50/50 are needed.  Both are critical areas.  In fact, every element of the show is a critical area.  Please volunteer to lead one of these.  And for set-up and clean-up… we need grunt workers to get the job done.  Tables set-up and break-down, wiring/lights installation and break-down, moving supplies to and from the storage trailers, putting up, placing and taking down pop-up tents.  You know, that kind of thing.  Many hands make light work.

 

Task

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Sub-Chair: Hospitality

1

0

1

Sub-Chair: 50/50 Raffle Sales

1

0

1

Friday: Food Pick-up

6

1

5

Friday: Set-Up

20

7

13

Saturday: Set-Up

20

3

17

Saturday: Break-Down

20

3

17

Sunday: Clean Up 

20

3

17

 

Requirement:  102.  Filled:  31.  We still need 71 more parents.

 

Loaner Equipment:  We need to borrow Pop-Up Tents, Work Lights, Extension Cords, Coolers, Crockpots and a few other things you might have at home to contribute.  Loaners save us a large amount in purchase and rental costs.  Click here for the equipment sign up.  Please loan more than one item if you can.

 

Informational Meetings:  We will have several meetings before our event to get everyone on the same sheet of music.  This is the meeting schedule:

 

  • 20-Sep, Thursday, 7:30pm, Band Room:  General Informational Meeting.  New parents – come get and overview of what MIM is, and get your questions answered.  Veteran parents – come meet the new parents, and help us describe the event relating some of your experiences as a new parent.

  • 2-Oct, Tuesday, 7:30pm, Band Room:  Sub-Chairman (only) Meeting.  Deliberate discussion of resource requirements, needs, concerns, and other issues to be resolved by Saturday.

  • 4-Oct, Thursday, 7:30pm, Band Room:  Jump Start MIM meeting with final details for the weekend.  We will then split off into sub-group meetings, so you may meet with the folks you will be working with on Saturday and review the plan of action with the sub-chairmen.

 

MIM Bake Sale:  Oh yes, we will be having a bake sale during MIM.  Nothing to sneeze at – we clear $700-$800 on the MIM Bake Sale, but we need items to sell.  Andrea Meyers (203-314-0176) is the new volunteer sub-chair this year.  Give her a call to ask questions and let her know you’ll be baking.  Here are our baking guidelines.

 

Thank you!

Regards,

 

Mark Nowicki

203-572-2254

mnowicki@ix.netcom.com

Joe Campbell

(203) 525-9500

jp.campbell@outlook.com

10-Sep-18: CHSBPA 2018 Sponsorship Campaign

posted Sep 10, 2018, 12:41 PM by Mark Nowicki

Hi all – this is just a friendly reminder that the CHS BPA Sponsorship Campaign has officially kicked off.  Mr. Kuhner and I spoke to the students after Convocation letting them know the importance of their involvement in the sponsorship campaign this year.  On Saturday afternoon after practice several parents helped in distributing packets/lists to students and parents in this effort.  Each list is divided by street location, etc. no more than 10 or so businesses on each.  If your student did not receive a list or if you would like to do more, PLEASE see me before end of practice tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11th.  I will be outside of the band room in the parking lot distributing remaining lists to students/parents.

 

This is one of our largest sources of funding and we need all hands on deck.  All of the information needed to complete this task is included in the packets/list, students can start off by making phone contact or email contact, OR even better, visit the businesses on their list personally.  Students can do this individually or in groups.

 

All of the information they will need is linked below (with the exception of their list of businesses).  We would like to have all confirmed donations/sponsors in by September 15th if possible.

 

Sponsorship Donation Form

Proud Sponsor

Sponsor Campaign Selling Points


Visit the home page of ramband.com to sponsor the band via PayPal.

 

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Thanks!

 

Sue Mellitt

Secretary, CHS Band Parents Association

secretary@ramband.com

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