The Blue Knights Marching band finished off the competition season strong, earning 3rd place in the Class VI Open division at the National Championships on November 12 with a score of 96.650, and Best Visual caption award. Eyes with pride!!
Football Games are Officially Done
The Southington Football team lost their game to Darien on Monday, so they are out of the playoffs. We congratulate them on a strong season overall.
End of Season Band Banquet Date January 3!!
We have settled on a final date for the end of season Band Banquet. January 3, 2017 at the Aqua Turf. This is a nice evening for the band, color guard, and their parents. We'll have great food, raffle prizes and videos! Pricing information will be announced soon.
Super Sub Sales Planning has Begun!
Time to begin planning for our annual sub sale fundraiser. The event includes selling, making and delivering of the subs on Superbowl Sunday, Feb 5. Last year over 60 students participated, selling over 2,600 subs and earning over $20,000 for both students and the band backers organization. This effort has become a very popular community event with both Southington residents and the band community.
There are a number of benefits for students: Spend more time after marching band season with your friends! Make money; each student makes $2.00 per sub sold (split for group sales) and Community outreach: a win-win for everyone!
Specific parts of this fundraising event and volunteer needs:
Group Sales: Participating students (driven by parent volunteers) will visit neighborhoods in Southington to solicit donations & sell grinders. A sign-up form will be posted in the band hallway beginning December 8 for students to sign-up. They should note which driver or kids they want to be paired with. Students can sell one, two, three or all four of those days. We need 10-12 parent drivers for each day of group sales. Sat, Jan 7 9am-3pm, Sun, Jan 8 11am-4pm, Sat, Jan 14 9am-3pm, Sun, Jan 15 11am-4pm. We are also in need of 5-6 volunteers for the end of each selling day to count money and reconcile order forms.
Individual Sales: Students may also sell subs on their own. Individual sales may start no earlier than 1/16/17. Order form and instructions will be posted to the band website.
Superbowl Sunday (February 5, 2017): Each student who sells subs must also make subs on Superbowl Sunday as well as deliver all subs sold to receive their points. Subs will be made on Sun, Feb 5 from 6:30am-11am.
We are also in need of additional volunteers to help in the planning of the event, set-up and day-of sub making.
If you can volunteer: Sign-up forms will be available at the December Band Backer Meeting. Or you can sign-up by sending an email by Monday, 12/26 to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions please contact committee co-chairs: Liz Chasse & Susan Hayden at: email@example.com
Did you (or your student) misplace forms? Never fear! All the forms are posted on the ===>forms page<=== as we we get them!
Laura Shaw is working on a History of the Marching Band and Southington Music Program. She is looking for any information you may have; pictures, recordings, fundraiser flyers, etc. She has a lot of stuff from 1999 to the present, so anything before that would be awesome. She especially wants things played for marching band and orchestra, special events, trips, and odd and interesting stuff like selling cleaning products as a fundraiser..yeah they did that! Send anything you have to Lbshaw1@cox.net.
Next Band Backer General Meeting is December 7
We will have a General Band Backer meeting Dec 7th at 7:30pm in room C301. Minutes from the November 2, 2016 meeting are available by clicking THIS LINK.
This is where upcoming fundraisers and band events are discussed. Want to know more? Stop by!!!
We have a lawn sign that allows you, your family and neighbors the ability to show their support for the Marching Band.
These are two sided 18 X 24 inch signs and cost $20 each. If you are looking to purchase one, contact Tisha and Eric Semmel at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are available for purchase at any time.
Band Backer Legacy Supporter Program: Once a Band Backer always a Band Backer
As someone who believes that a quality music program is something we need to preserve and continue to strengthen, what better community to reach out to then former Southington Band Backers and their families! You know first-hand what Southington's music program has done for your children. You know how lucky we are to have such a dedicated group of Music Educators in our town. You know that the Southington Band Backer organization's purpose is to strengthen and support the music programs in our schools. Your children may have moved on to bigger things but it's important to remember how they got there. With that spirit in mind we have a new opportunity for past Band Backers and their family's to continue to support and strengthen the Southington Music program for years to come. With an annual donation to the Southington Band Backers, a 501c3 charity, you will be listed as a Band Backer Legacy Supporter in the Music of the Knight Program Guide and receive 2 MOTK tickets as our thank you. You may choose from three Support levels. Bronze Level $100, Silver Level $200, and Gold Level $300. You know how important these programs are; please consider being a part of the sound for as long as you can. For more information or to pledge your support please contact Erik Semmel at email@example.com. Your charitable pledge of support will be billed to you automatically in July just before the marching band season begins.
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