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15-Nov-18: CHSMRB Banquet Parent Table Seating Sign-Up

posted Nov 15, 2018, 11:49 AM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Nov 15, 2018, 11:50 AM ]

Dear CHSMRB Parents,

 

In preparation for our upcoming CHSMRB Banquet on Tuesday, November 27, 6-10 p.m. at Aria, we ask that you sign-up for parent table seating at the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949aca92babfd0-chsmrb1 

 

Please note:  This sign-up is for parents and family members only.  The participating marching band students have already signed up for table seating.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me anytime.

 

Thanks,

 

Mr. K.

14-Nov-18: CHSBPA Train Show: Volunteers Still Needed

posted Nov 14, 2018, 7:24 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents and Students:

 

Train Show is this weekend!  Volunteers are still needed!

 

We’re getting close to show time.  Our promoter, Mr. Kotulski, has sold out our show… 1,600 feet of vendor tablespace.  We’re at max capacity – woo hoo!  That’s a lot of tables to move around and set up… 224 to be exact.  We need to prepare the spaces for the show. 

 

MANPOWER:  Set-up is on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm, and break-down right after the show at 3:00pm on Sunday.  With enough manpower we can easily get this done within a couple hours.  Thank you to those who have signed up.  We need more workers!  Bring your work gloves!  Bring your student!

 

SUPPLIES:  Thank you to those who have signed up to bring in donated baked goods or beverages.  We make 100% profit on our baked goods.  We need more cookies and other goodies.  More bakers please!  Consult these baking guidelines.

 

Listed below are the areas we still need help.  Sign Up Here! 

 

Task for Show

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Chairperson

1

0

1

Sub Chair: Logistics

1

0

1

Sub Chair: Food Concessions

1

0

1

Facilities Set Up:  Saturday afternoon

15

7

8

Kitchen Cook (Afternoon)

3

2

1

Facilities Breakdown:  Sunday afternoon

15

7

8

Recover Signage after show

1

0

1

 

Supplies for Show

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Bakers

UNLIMITED

8

UNLIMITED

Beverages (12 pack Coke)

4

3

1

Beverages (12 pack Gatorade)

4

2

2

 

If you need help signing up, please call or text me at 203-572-2254.  Student paper sign-ups are in the Band Room.

 

Go Ram Band!

Regards,

Mark Nowicki


6-Nov-18: CHSBPA Spectator Bus for National's

posted Nov 6, 2018, 10:22 AM by Mark Nowicki

REMINDER –

 

There are still seats available on the spectator bus for the National’s Competition this Saturday, November 10th to take any parents, friends, family, etc. from CHS to Metlife Stadium.  It looks like the buses will arrive at CHS and be ready to load at NOON – we will load and depart at the same time as the students.  The bus will stay at Metlife for the duration, we will have access to the bus throughout the day so you will be able to leave items on the bus.  Please feel free to pack meals, snacks, etc. 

 

Please contact me at sue.mellitt@macdermid.com or 203-577-8914 this is first come first serve.  You can also see me at parent pick up tonight after rehearsal.  The price for each seat is $60.00 - Cash or check payable to Sue Mellitt. 

 

Let someone else do the driving so you can enjoy the competition!  Thank you and Go Ram Band!

5-Nov-18: Fall Train Show - Update

posted Nov 5, 2018, 10:47 AM by Mark Nowicki

Dear Band Parents and Students:

 

Train Show is two weeks away!

 

Thank you to parents who have signed up already, but we are still short of manpower.  It's light work for various work tasks throughout the weekend.  This is an appeal to those of you who are available and can come in to help for a couple hours.

 

Listed below are the areas we still need help.  Critical areas are the Saturday and Sunday set-up and break-down.  Just a few hours of your time will be of great help.  Please Sign Up Here!  If you need help signing up, please call or text Mark Nowicki at 203-572-2254.

 

Task for Show

Requirement

Signed Up

Needed

Chairperson

1

0

1

Sub Chair: Logistics

1

0

1

Sub Chair: Food Concessions

1

0

1

Sub Chair: Retail and Bake Sale

1

0

1

Facilities Set Up:  Saturday afternoon

10

2

8

Supplies:  Beverages (12 pack Coke)

4

0

4

Supplies:  Beverages (12 pack Gatorade)

4

1

3

Supplies:  Bakers

UNLIMITED

6

UNLIMITED

Money Pit Assistant

2

1 (afternoon)

1

Entertainment - Santa Claus Coordinator

1

0

1

Admissions Gate (Afternoon)

2

0

2

Kitchen Cook (Afternoon)

3

2

1

Bake Sale and Retail Sales (Morning)

2

0

2

Bake Sale and Retail Sales (Afternoon)

2

0

2

Facilities Breakdown:  Sunday afternoon

10

3

7

Recover Signage after show

1

0

1

 

We have many vendors signed up for this show and they are counting on us to be ready for them!  Please come help us to set-up and break-down on Saturday and Sunday.

 

BAKERS:  THANK YOU to those who have signed up to bring in donated baked goods.  We’re looking good, but can always use more.  Please consult these guidelines.

 

Please encourage your student to sign up in the Band Room to come and help wherever they can.  Thank you for your support.  Go Ram Band!

 

Regards,

Laura Vuolo Rochford

1-Nov-18: Spectator Bus Information for USBands Open Class Nationals Championship

posted Nov 1, 2018, 4:13 PM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings CHSMRB,

 

The following information comes from the CHSBPA regarding a spectator bus for the National Championships.  

 

FYI - US Bands has not released the detailed event schedule yet; however, we do know the start and end times for Group V Open.  We will load buses sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  The exact load time will be announced as soon as US Bands finalizes their schedule.  The Awards Ceremony is scheduled at 9:25 pm. so we expect to arrive home to CHS at approximately 1:00 a.m.

 

Mr. K.

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Dear Band Parents:

 

A spectator bus has been secured for Saturday, November 10th to take any parents, friends, family, etc. from CHS to Metlife Stadium.  I have not received the schedule from Mr. Kuhner to date, but the bus will arrive at the same time student buses arrive and load and depart at same time as well.  The bus will stay at Metlife for the duration, we will have access to the bus throughout the day so you will be able to leave items on the bus.  Please feel free to pack meals, snacks, etc.    

 

Please contact me at  sue.mellitt@macdermid.com or 203-577-8914.  This is first come first serve.  You can also see me at parent pick up tonight after rehearsal.  The price for each seat is $60.00 - Cash or check payable to Sue Mellitt. 

 

Thank you and Go Ram Band!

Regards,

Sue Mellitt

29-Oct-18: Fall Train Show

posted Oct 29, 2018, 8:10 AM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings Marching Band Parents and Students:


It’s a busy time of year and the best is yet to come for our Marching Band.  Watching our students perform at States and Nationals is something to be seen and it’s why I continue to work on behalf of the BPA to raise funds to ensure the band marches on.  We need your help, too!


Our Fall Train Show will be on Sunday, November 18th… three weeks out!  It is time to put on another great show to raise funds to support the Marching Ram Band and extracurricular Winter Programs.  


The Train Show is a long-standing tradition in our fundraising history.  Please click here to learn about the show:  TRAIN SHOW – WHAT IS IT?


Help us advertise - circulate this flyer.  The flyer can also be found on www.ramband.com by clicking the Train.  Please help.  Spread the word!


We need about 20 to 30 parents and students throughout the weekend to put on the show. Please go here to learn about what we need and to volunteer:  Train Show Sign Up.  Thank you to those of you who have signed up, but we need many more hands to make this show a success.


There are a variety of shifts and numerous roles to fill – cooks, servers and cashiers in the kitchen, gate admissions, a coordinator to assist the train vendors with set up – sign up for one or more that work for you.  We are also asking for donations of water, soda and Gatorade – this is an easy way to help.  Please get involved!


For students, as usual, paper sign-ups will be in the Band Room.  We need vendor assistants, Saturday set-up and Sunday clean-up helpers, and we need volunteers to assist Santa.  You will earn community service time, and remember, any student who volunteers for a BPA fundraiser during the year will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card at the end of the school year.  Please sign up as soon as possible.


There will be a Bake Sale.  Bakers – Engage!  We make 100% profit on donated baked goods, but we need baked goods to sell.  Bakers… please sign up to bring in a tray or basket of goodies to the show by 9:00am on Sunday morning.  Please consult these guidelines.


If you have any questions, please contact me chairman@ramband.com or Sue Mellitt at secretary@ramband.com


Come join the fun!  Thank you!


Warmest regards,

Laura Vuolo Rochford

Chairman, CHS BPA

25-Oct-18: Possible Specator Bus for Nationals - CHSBPA

posted Oct 25, 2018, 4:34 PM by Mark Nowicki

Greetings CHSMRB Parents,


The following information is being shared with you from the CHSBPA Board, Laura Hendry, Chairperson.  The CHSBPA will be organizing a possible spectator bus for National Championships dependent on interest level from parents.


Sue Mellitt is the contact person for the spectator bus, details below.


Thanks!


Mr. K.


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Hi all – I am trying to get an idea of interest in a parent/spectator bus for National’s.   Please see info (as best I know it) and let me know ASAP if you are interested, # of guests, etc.  You can email me at sue.mellitt@gmail.com or call 203-577-8914.  If we do not have enough takers, I will cancel the bus as they need an answer before next Monday, October 29th.


  • We have a parent bus being held for us for National’s on Saturday, November 10th.

  • The cost of the bus will be approximately $55 per person to cover cost (extra for tip).

  • Pizza will be delivered to Metlife for dinner - not sure of cost at this time.

  • Tickets to get into the show are $35 each.

  • Parents will not be able to stay in the bus when we arrive as the buses will be locked and turned off so drivers can take a break and sleep. 

  • Unsure time bus will leave CHS, but the band may leave CHS as early as 8:30 am depending on seeding which won’t be known until a week out (in the past, we have left around lunch time).

  • Awards for Group 5 will be outside the stadium at about 9:30pm as of right now.  Group 6 will perform and do separate awards ceremony later.  We don’t have to stay until midnight this year as a result.  We will be home earlier than 3:00am for once.

25-Oct-18: Pre-order US Bands National Championship Tickets

posted Oct 25, 2018, 4:23 PM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Oct 25, 2018, 4:25 PM ]

Greetings,

 

If you are interested in Pre-ordering US Bands National Championship Tickets, please complete and submit attached form with payment by Monday, November 5.  Tickets can also be purchased at the gate.

 

Pre-order US Bands 

National Championship Tickets

Ticket price: $35

 

USBands National Championship

Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Metlife Stadium

1 MetLife Stadium Dr. 

East Rutherford, NJ 07073

 

PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT.

Return form with payment to the Forms Box by Monday, November 5. 

 

TICKETS CAN BE PICKED UP AFTER TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENING REHEARSALS

 

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

25-Oct-18: BPA Fundraising Update

posted Oct 25, 2018, 11:21 AM by Mark Nowicki

Message from the Chairman of the Board, Laura Vuolo Rochford:

 

First and most importantly, I want to thank all the parents and students who have volunteered and participated in our fundraising activities to date.  Your hard work and dedicated hours continue to help us achieve our goals and support the band!  We could not do what we do without each of you and we know how much you care about the marching band program at CHS.  I am so proud of the teamwork and volunteerism displayed at Music in Motion this year.  Go Band Parents!!!!!

 

If you recall, at the beginning of the school year, the BPA talked about the school budget and how important it is for the BPA to maximize its fundraising efforts to continue to provide grants to the program to help the school maintain the excellent program we have.  We had a commitment to grant $35,000 and with your continued dedication I am confident we will achieve this!

 

We have come far in our efforts to control expense output for the fundraisers and to manage our general and administrative expenses.  Our goals have not changed:  to fund grants and scholarships for the program, to increase the net proceeds of our fundraisers, and to build back our reserves so that we can expand our grant capability and keep parent cost down.  We would like to be in the position to fund the grants with current reserves and then fundraise to replenish the reserves.  I am happy to report that we have made great strides with our fundraisers to date and are moving closer.

 

If you have not already done so, please consider making a membership or other donation to the BPA – it is tax deductible!!!  You can find the form or donate via PayPal via www.ramband.com.  For those who have already donated, we thank you for your commitment!

 

 

Financial Update from the Treasurer, Peter Blagys:

 

We are having a successful year to date.  First is an updated summary of our fundraising net proceeds for the 2018/2019 year as of October 24, 2018.  In addition, I have included a summary of the revenue versus expense for each fundraiser.  This includes our three fundraisers – Board and Brush, Sponsorship and Member/Donor Campaign, and Music in Motion.  Next, is a summary of the grant payments made to CHS to the Band Student Activity Account to date.

 

We will continue to update you on our progress.  If you have any questions about the financials, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to any of the Board Members.

 

Event

Proceeds

Expenses

Net Proceeds*

Board and Brush

    515

$0.00

$      515

Sponsor/Donor Campaign

$16,100

$0.00

$16,100

Music In Motion

$29,463

($12,107)

$17,356

TOTAL to date

$46,078

($12,107)

$33,971

 

*Includes estimates for expenses for MiM that have not been invoiced, donations/matching gifts that have been committed and not received.  Updates will be provided.

 

Month

Grant Amount

August

$4,250.00

September

$6,000.00

October

$6,800.00

TOTAL PAID to Date

$17,050.00

November

$6,375.00

December

$6,375.00

January

$5,200.00

Total Grant Commitment

$35,000.00

 

 

Message from the President, Ron Dellostritto:

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:  We currently have the following opportunities to volunteer to continue our fundraising progress.  We are looking for new sub-chairs for the Train Show.  It will come up fast.  We have veteran chairs that will be happy to show you the ropes so please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Board to take on a sub-chair role!  There are many ways to help out, so please check out our sign-ups on www.ramband.com at: http://www.ramband.com/fundraising/fundraiser-sign-up-file-cabinet

 

Sunday November 18, 2018         Fall Train Show

Saturday January 12, 2019            Christmas Tree Pick-Up                               

 

Remember, the BPA is active for the entire 2018/2019 year!  We fundraise all year, even after the marching stops!  Please sign up to help.

 

Sunday March 3, 2019                    Spring Train Show

Sunday April 28, 2019                     ION Bank Half Marathon              

 

Reminder:  Any student who volunteers for a BPA fundraiser will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card at the end of the school year.

 

Thank you for your continued support for our champions – the Marching Ram Band!!

24-Oct-18: RAMBAND Jersey

posted Oct 24, 2018, 7:40 PM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 7:40 PM ]

Folks:

 

Last weekend saw the introduction of a new RAMBAND Jersey – a big hit – see attached pic.  About 30 orders were placed in the initial order.  Thank you Brian Schechter for taking the initiative, conceiving, designing and getting the first-round order complete.  Now that they are out and have been seen, much enthusiastic interest has been expressed by parents and students for a second order.

 

A second order is being organized by Brian Schechter and Judy Streater.  The order will be placed this coming Saturday October 27th.  The new order should be ready by Open Class National Championships at MetLife on November 10th.  If you are interested, please seek out Judy Streater.  She can be found at parent pickup Tuesday and Thursday, probably at the home football game on Friday, and most likely early Saturday as well.  Don’t wait until Saturday!  If you can’t find Judy, there will be some forms in the Band Hallway near the Music Office Forms Box.

 

These are Hockey Jerseys so they come large.  If you want a better-fitting shirt, order a size smaller than your normal size, however, the larger sizes fit very well over layers of undergarments for the upcoming colder weather.  Your call.

 

You can choose your name and number on the back.  Might be nice to order your child’s graduation year for the number so you can pass your jersey down to them after they graduate.  Or choose your own graduation year or any other favorite number.  Your choice.

 

If you have any questions, contact Judy at 203-213-7488.

 

Go RAMBAND!

Cheers!

Mark Nowicki

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