BA Bands eNews

July 24, 2016

Directors Notes

Tradition Band Members (9th Grade)
The Tradition marching clinic has been postponed and will be rescheduled for another date. We apologize for any convenience and will reschedule this event. Check eNews for additional updates.

DCI Drums of Summer / Golf Tournament / Car Wash / Parking - THANK YOUS!!!
Congratulations are in order for each of our events we hosted last week, including Drums of Summer last Wednesday! Our staff and volunteers, once again, presented a fantastic event that showcased our "Broken Arrow Hospitality"! It is impressive to see our team in action; our volunteers were efficient, hard working, flexible and very cordial to our visiting patrons. THANK YOU to all that were involved in Drums of Summer, the Pride Open, the Car Washes!

Band Finance Office - Charms
Charms accounts are ready for all Pride members. Login is "brokenarrowband" and your password is your student's ID#. Payments can be made via PayPal through Charms, but PayPal will charge a 3.5% service fee. Cash and Check payments can be made to the Fine Arts Finance Office during regular business hours, mailed to the school, or dropped into the payment box in the hallway near the orchestra room. Please visit Charms info pages to update your personal information where it is lacking. This will keep us in touch with you.

2016 Pride Payment Schedule:
Feb / Mar $250
May $250
June $400
July $400
August $400
September $400
October $400
November $400
December $450  REDUCED to $350 based on current GROUP
Fundraising efforts Total $3350  REDUCED to $3250

Online Participation Forms, Physicals, and Mandatory Drug Testing
Online participation forms are ready for the 2016-2017 season. You must have your student’s ID number. Visit the Rank One website at BY CLICKING HERE.  Begin at the “Home” tab, which will guide you through the process. All electronic forms and physical forms are due NOW. The OSSAA physical forms must be printed and completed by your physician and are due in person to Mrs. Good NOW.

Pride Camp Begins!
The full Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band begins their camp on Monday, July 25 at 1:00pm in the HS Band Room (9:00am for the Color Guard). Please be sure to continue conditioning your body for the intense Broken Arrow weather and heat! Each Horn Line and Percussion member must wear a White T-Shirt, proper marching shoes, have a water cooler, sunscreen and a hat. NOTE: Broken Arrow HS is a closed campus. Members may not leave the campus during a meal break.

Week 1 Camp Schedule
(NOTE: if weather trends to be too hot, all 1:00-9:00 rehearsals MAY be moved to 2:00-10:00)
  Mon 7/25 - (1:00-9:00)
  Tues 7/26 - (1:00-9:00)
  Wed 7/27 - (10:00-4:00)
  Thurs 7/28 - (1:00-9:00)
  Fri 7/29 - (1:00-9:00)
  Sat 7/30 - (10:00-4:00)

Week 1 Meal Break Schedule
(NOTE: BAHS is a closed campus. Members may not leave the campus for meals)
  Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat (4:45-5:45)
  Saturday (12:00-1:00)

Color Guard Schedule - Week 1 Schedule
  Mon 7/25 - (9:00-2:00 & 5:00-9:00)
  Tues 7/26 - (9:00-1:00 & 5:00-9:00)
  Wed 7/27 - (9:00-4:00)
  Thurs 7/28 - (9:00-1:00 & 5:00-9:00)
  Fri 7/29 - (9:00-1:00 & 5:00-9:00)
  Sat 7/30 - (10:00-4:00)

Broken Arrow High School is a Closed Campus
As a reminder, BAHS is a closed campus. That would prevent students from leaving the campus during meal breaks. Members should plan accordingly to either bring their meal OR make arrangements to have their meals delivered to them at BAHS. However, during guard rehearsals that are "split" in the day(9:00-1:00 AND 5:00-9:00), guard members are ENCOURAGED to leave the HS campus during the 'middle of the day' to rest.

Special Note for the School District Nutrition Office
The school Cafeteria will be offering breakfast from 7:30-8:00 and lunch from 9:00am-1:00pm July 25th-28th. All students eat FREE. Many of our band students may want to take advantage of this while available from the school district this week!

Band Parent Meeting
The next band parent meeting will be on Tuesday, August 9th at 7:00pm in the HS Band Hall.

Oklahoma Heat
Heat Stress Wow! It’s HOT!! Without fail, the Oklahoma summer heat WILL be upon us. The Pride staff would like to assure all parents of our commitment to the members physical well being. Due to the nature of activities like marching band and football practice, we are constantly exposed to the heat and it is important that we all take precautions:

  • Drink plenty of water or Gatorade/Powerade BEFORE REHEARSAL (avoid caffeinated beverages or “monster” drinks)
  • Eat a nutritional meal (particularly breakfast)
  • Wear light & loose fitting, comfortable clothing
  • During water breaks at rehearsal drink more water/Gatorade...even if you’re not thirsty
  • Use sunscreen and keep your head covered
  • Get acclimated to the outdoors. Plan some outdoor activities, in moderation, to prepare yourself for the summer heat.

Attendance Communication -
All members must communicate all Pride absences by emailing Please remember that ALL rehearsal and performances are mandatory beginning July 25. All mini camp and rehearsal sessions prior to July 25 will allow absences based on vacation or attendance to a ‘camp’ (music camp, church camp, etc), however, ALL absences must be communicated in advance


  • Volunteers needed Saturday, July 30 at noon to assist with sizing uniforms (marking hems, taking shoe sizes, etc.). Also, Saturday, August 6, 8 a.m. to assist with washing shakos. If you can help with either of these jobs, please send an email to PLEASE NOTE ALL Pride members will be sized and will receive new marching shoes this year!
  • THANK YOU for the overwhelming response to popsicle hand out!! We do not need any additional volunteers for this year for popsicles.. If you signed up, but have not received an email giving you your date to volunteer, please send an email to
  • Sign-up for Feeding Frenzy (serving/cleanup), and/or Homestand Chaperone HERE !! Once signed up you will be contacted by the respective coordinator with further instructions. PLEASE NOTE: you will be assigned one or two times to serve - not every time.
  • CHARMS is used to not only check your students account balance, but is also where we track our volunteer hours. It is also important to update your family information in Charms. For directions on how to do both click HERE.
  • If you would like to receive notifications for sewing, ripping, ironing, etc, please text “@vest20” to 81010.
  • Mentor/Mentee Sign-up. If you are a new parent that wishes to be assigned a mentor OR are a veteran parent that would be willing to serve as a mentor, please sign-up Here!!
  • Special Diets/Medical Conditions. If your student has special dietary considerations or medical conditions that you wish us to be aware of, please fill out the form at this Link.


Cori Aschkenas -


PRIDE DISCOUNT CARDS - If your student would like to be part of a group that is allowed to sell in front of a store, please email This is a GREAT way to bring in extra money for your account!

CHOCOLATE FUNDRAISER - Those who placed pre-orders at the June band parent meeting may pick up your orders this week Wednesday and Thursday evenings from Debbie’s house from 7:30-8:30pm. For more information, please email There is a very limited supply of extras available on a first come, first serve basis.

We send out updates often regarding fundraisers specifically. If you would like to be added to this email list, please let us know by emailing and asking to be added to the list.

Cori Aschkenas -

The Pride Store Closet will be open this Tuesday, July 26th from 11 am-1pm. This is the only opportunity to purchase any Pride Store items before the August Band Parent Meeting so plan on getting to rehearsal a little early that day. The Closet is located just across the hall from the band room.

Duffle bags
will be ready for pick up at the August Band Parent Meeting. If you did not pre-order one, we will have some for sale, first come first serve, at the meeting.

Rose Parade dog tags, Rose Parade luggage tags, car decals and Street sign order forms are due no later than the August Band Parent Meeting. You can turn those in at the Band Office, put your form and payment in the Payment locker located next to the Orchestra room, or mail your forms and payment to:

BAHS/ Band
Lisa Good
1901 E Albany St
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

If mailing your form and payment please be sure to send it in plenty of time to get to Mrs. Good before the due date. We can not fill orders received after the due date.

ORDER FORMS FOR 2016 - CLICK HERE! Order forms for 2016 will be available online on the Pride Web-site under Resources and and the Pride Store tab. We will not be accepting any orders requested through email or Facebook. We must have your form and payment turned in before the deadline.


Our first annual golf tournament was a great success! Thank you so much to the parent volunteers that worked so hard to put this together. We are so grateful for the sponsors and teams that entered. As a community we are coming together and chipping away at our goal!

We will be hosting a banquet and silent auction in honor of the Rose Parade President and his wife when they come to Broken Arrow. They will be presenting an award to the Pride of Broken Arrow on Sept. 9th at the football game. On Sept. 10th we will host an event in their honor. Details are being finalized and will be announced shortly. This fundraiser is intended as a community event. We will be selling tables of 8 to companies and individuals. At this time there will not be any individual ticket sales. Stay tuned for details.

Every band family is required to send at least 20 postcards. Click HERE (front) and HERE (back) to view a sample. The card will include a photo of your student. IF YOU ARE A ROOKIE PARENT please email a standard headshot of your student to These are due by July 31st.

Please CLICK HERE to go to the form to fill out. You will need to enter all 20 names at one time. It will not allow you to submit them otherwise. If you have questions or concerns you can email or  These are due by July 31st.

If you have more than one student in the Pride, you are only required to submit 20 names and addresses per family. If you would like a group photo of your children on the postcard please send it to by July 31st.

Movie Nights
Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict with the field our last Movie night is CANCELLED. If you happen to see a movie poster up at a local business would you please take a moment to remove it.

Thank you everyone who participated in the group fundraiser to sell Andy’s coupons. We no longer have any coupons to sell. IF YOU CHECKED OUT ANY CARDS THE MONEY IS DUE NOW!  WE WILL BE WORKING IN THE NEXT WEEK TO APPLY CHARGES TO STUDENT ACCOUNTS FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT TURN IN THEIR MONEY.

If this is your student’s first year participating we need you to email us a photo for their postcards. Please send a current headshot of your child to THESE ARE DUE NO LATER THAN JULY 15TH.

If you missed the Special Edition Rose Parade Fundraising eNews, please CLICK HERE for that information!

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of our amazing volunteers who helped make Drums of Summer such a success!! It was a hot, steamy day, but we got a lot of positive feedback about how well our show was run!

Sign-ups will be starting soon for BAI, OSSAA, and OBA! The links will be posted here as soon as they are ready!

To be put on the email list for Special Events this year, please email us a  If you have any questions feel free to email us at the same address.


Email anytime.

To renew your food handlers or if you are new to Pride CLICK HERE and take a few minutes to answer a few questions and you will be ready for the next Pride year!!!! If you are interested in finding out more about concessions or volunteering email

Ky and Michiele Vargas -

If you have a contact at a company that might be interested in sponsoring the Pride, let us know!

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Upcoming Dates and Events
July 25 - Mandatory Pride Camp Begins

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