BA Bands eNews

September 12, 2016

Directors Notes

Pride Schedule for This Week

  Horn Line, Percussion, Drum Major & Crew Schedule
    Mon 9/12 - 3:15 - 6:00
    Tues 9/13 - 3:20 - 6:30
    Wed 9/14 - OFF
    Thurs 9/15 - 5:00 - 9:00
    Fri 9/16 - 3:20 - 7:30
    Sat 9/17 - 1:00 - 9:00

  Color Guard Schedule
    Mon 9/12 - OFF
    Tues 9/13 - 3:30 - 6:30
    Wed 9/14 - 3:30 - 6:00
    Thurs 9/15 - 5:00 - 9:00
    Fri 9/16 - 3:20 - 7:30
    Sat 9/17 - 1:00-9:00

2006 Aqua Pride Reunion - September 23
It’s time to celebrate an amazing milestone in the history of the Pride of Broken Arrow! At halftime of the Homecoming Football game on September 23rd we will honor the members of the Aqua 2006 Grand National Champion! It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Broken Arrow won its First Grand National Championship! All members of 2006 Aqua Pride are cordially invited to join us in Broken Arrow on September 23rd. Events will include: halftime recognition of the 10 year anniversary of the 2006 Grand National Championship, Join the current Pride in the Band Stand for the 2nd half of the football game, and a post game reception with a viewing of the 2006 Aqua performance from Grand National Finals! … More info to Come….

Next Band Parent Meeting - Steptember 13
The next meeting of Broken Arrow Band Parents Association will be at 7:00pm on September 13 in the BAHS Band Hall.

Pride and Concert Band Instrument Fees PAST DUE
All User Fees that have not been submitted will have that charge deducted from the member's Student Account. 

OBA Finals Reserved Tickets
Ticket Requests may be placed beginning Tuesday for OBA Finals Tickets. The BA Band will be able to secure a limited number of tickets in the "BA Section”. Tickets are $10 each and will assigned on a first come, first served basis. Tickets may also be purchased at the stadium on contest day, but can't be guaranteed to be placed in the "BA Section." Place ticket orders with Mrs. Good at the HS Band Office. Tickets will be delivered once we receive them from OBA (typically the week prior to the contest).

From the Finance Office
If you updated your Charms with your personal information and email address, you have received a statement last week. As was mentioned in previous eNews, this is part of the Charms rollover process. All deposits, donations, fundraising, Pride work, and student payments are still in the process of being posted, as well as any incidental charges, user fees, tradition fees, and season trip costs. This is a huge process, and as this is a big season for the Pride, it's busier than normal. We appreciate your patience as we progress.

Indoor Percussion
Be sure to attend Tuesday night's Band Parent Meeting to hear a special announcement regarding the 2017 Broken Arrow Indoor Percussion!

Midwest Clinic
There will be an informational meeting for all parents and students regarding the Percussion Ensemble's trip/performance to the Midwest Clinic in December on Monday, September 19th from 6:30-7:00 in the Band Hall. Details regarding trip itinerary, fees, and other trip related items will be discussed; we will see you there!

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 $100 based on current GROUP - Davis' apologies for the miscommunication
Fundraising efforts Total $3350  REDUCED to $3000

Attendance Communication -
All members must communicate all Pride absences by emailing Please remember that ALL rehearsal and performances are mandatory beginning July 25.  ALL absences must be communicated in advance.  Members must provide a doctors note to be considered for an excused absence.

St. Louis Super Regional Tickets
Javon Sixsmith is going to order a block of tickets so that we can have a big group of Pride fans sitting together for finals. You have 2 options: Super Tickets are $52 and include a general admission prelims ticket and a reserved finals seat that will be up high and in the two center sections. Or you can order a reserved finals ticket only for $30 and will be located one section over from the 2 center sections. (If you buy a finals ticket only, you can buy your prelims ticket at the stadium when you arrive.) $1 has been added to the ticket price to cover the S&H fee that BOA charges but, depending on how many tickets are ordered, there may be a little extra money that will be donated to the Rose Parade Fund. This will be the only opportunity to be included in this block of tickets and money is due at the parent meeting Tuesday night.


Notaries Needed for Tuesday nights band parent meeting. If you are a notary and would be willing to help with our volunteer forms, please send an email to

Special Diets / Medical Conditions  Please fill out the form at THIS LINK.

You are responsible for tracking and submitting your own volunteer hours, except for large events, where you sign-in. If you are unsure as to whether or not your hours are tracked at a certain activity, ask the coordinator. CHARMS is used to not only check your student’s 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.


Cori Aschkenas -

Pasta Fundraiser
Brochure orders are in! They can be picked up at the band parent meeting on Tuesday evening. Please try to pick your order up; there is very little storage room, and these take up a lot of space. Thank you! Online orders can continue to be sold through September 30; please remember that your customers need to include your Pride member name in the message section at checkout for the Pride member to receive credit. The website for online orders is

Imperial Coffee Fundraiser
We are excited to offer this fundraiser for the first time to our members! Imperial Coffee offers freshly ground and whole bean gourmet coffee in bags as well in both straight and flavored coffees. They also have K-cups for the Keurig lovers. And for the non-coffee drinkers, there is cappuccino and hot cocoa. Imperial Coffee will have a representative at our meeting offering samples to us to try. This fundraiser will run from September 13-27.

Amish Bakery Fundraiser
We are also offering the Amish Bakery fundraiser this month. The full product line is being offered, including jam, salsa, sausage, licorice, cheese, and cookbooks (they are not making fudge at this time). This fundraiser will run from September 13-27.

NEW Rustic Cuff Fundraiser

1- Mass or Group Order form - click here. All orders placed on this order form will be hand delivered by the student or parent.

2-Individual or Shipping Order form - click here. All orders placed on this form MUST be shipped. $5 needs to be added for shipping for each form.

Other rules:
This is a mandatory fundraiser for everyone who has not already sold a total 10 Rustic Cuffs. If you only sold 5 last time, you need to sell 5 this time.

If you sold 10 last time you don’t need to do this fundraiser. If you sold/sell 10 cuffs between the two fundraisers and take additional orders, the profit from the additional orders will be credited towards your child’s trip account.

Profit: Emerson and Erin profit is $10 each. The gold or silver cuff profit is $20.

Paypal - details are on the Individual order form. Please mark the order paid via paypal so we can cross reference. REMEMBER IF SOMEONE PAYS USING PAYPAL AND THE ORDER IS PLACED ON THE INDIVIDUAL ORDER FORM YOU MUST ADD $5 TO SHIP.


Questions need to be directed to Cori Aschkenas at

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 -

We have restocked our men’s and ladies embroidered collared shirts and hats, and will also have some new colors in the sparkle T’s. Be sure to come by the Pride store and get them before they sell out!


Duffle Bags
We have found the extra duffle bags! If you would still like to purchase a duffle we will have at least 10 available for purchase, first come first serve, at the September band parent meeting. I am sorry for any inconvenience from not having these at the previous pick-up opportunity.

Pride Jacket
Order by October 31st to receive jacket before Christmas. Total price with tax is $235.27. $50 deposit required at time of order. Balance due when jacket is picked up. The price includes the jacket with graduation year on sleeve, BA Pride logo on back, student name and instrument on right chest, BA letter sewn on after student receives it from their Director. Jackets ordered at Yvonne’s Monograms & Embroidery, Inc. located at 7844 S Elm Place, Broken Arrow, OK 74011. Closest intersection is 131st and Elm. Hours are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Phone 918-451-1902. It is a good idea to take your student to Yvonne’s to get sized for their jacket. There are jackets there they can try on before you order.


I cannot express enough my gratitude to all of you who helped make the gala a huge success! It’s amazing how our organization comes together in support of our kids. I heard several people comment on how awesome our basket selection was! The centerpieces were lovely and really helped create the atmosphere.

WE HAVE BEEN RECEIVING AN AMAZING OUTPOURING OF DONATIONS! List will be available at the band parent meeting for those who have received donations. Please come early to see if your child has received donations. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU MAIL THANK YOUS TO ALL YOUR DONORS. A HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU BY THE KIDS GOES A LONG WAY TO SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE.

Some parents have indicated that the postcards have not reached some of their friends and family. We have been working with the post office to correct delivery errors. There are also some cards that have come back undeliverable due to lack of forwarding address. I will compile a list and attach it to the next issue of eNews.

IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERN THAT YOUR POSTCARDS HAVE NOT BEEN DELIVERED Please email your friends and family a link to the YouTube GoSupportMe video.

There are still some postcards left over. They will be available at the September Band Parent Meeting. If you did not submit your names or if you have additional people you would like to send them to, you are welcome to pick them up then.


Our 3rd Annual Run with the Pride will be Saturday, November 12th. It will be a 20K Relay, 5K, & 1 mile Fun Run. Every member will be required to sign up 5 runners for the event, so start talking to friends and family. Pride Students are required to run the event, but they do not have to pay the registration fee. Even Mr. Davis will be running, and he is NOT a runner. :) This has always been a fun event for the kids and the community. We are really looking forward to it.


Only a month to go, we need volunteers to sign up now for all 3 events. BAI and OBA will take 120-140 volunteers to run each show Please sign up ASAP so that we can schedule and see where we need more help.

BAI - October 15th (all day) - CLICK HERE
Please sign up by September 28th to reserve an event shirt for BAI.  Remember the Pride performs in exhibition at the end of the night.  All volunteers should be able to break away and watch the kids perform.

OSSAA - October 26th (school day) - CLICK HERE
Need folks who can be there during the school day for this to help out

OBA - October 29th (all day) - CLICK HERE
Need all hands to help run OBA State contest.  Please step up and volunteer. 

Please only fill out the form once. We will not be signing anyone up at the meetings or through email. Everyone must fill out a form for each event.

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.

WOW! Thank you to all the volunteers who came out this past Thursday to help us stock the concessions. We couldn't have done it without you. With your help, we finished just in time to see open rehearsal.

Thank you to all the volunteers from Friday's game! You made it a great success! We had a blast. If you missed your chance to help in concessions last Friday, we have 4 more High School home games, many 8th-10th grade games, and 3 special events we need volunteers for. You can sign up to be involved in the concessions at the following link.

Please sign up HERE and you will have a great time!!!

To volunteer in concessions for the following events click the link and mark concessions
BAI - October 15th (all day) - CLICK HERE
OSSAA - October 26th (school day) - CLICK HERE
OBA - October 29th (all day) - CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to get your free food handlers card.

Ky and Michiele Vargas -

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

CHECK YOUR JUNK MAIL FOR BA BANDS E-MAILS! Please check your Spam or Junk mail folder for emails from any BA Bands email addresses. These include but are not limited to:;;;;; and

If you see any of these emails in your Junk or Spam folder, add the email address for those emails to your contact list. That should ensure you receive future emails correctly. If you wish to be removed from any of these mailing lists, send a message to the appropriate address and ask to be removed.

If you continue to have problems, email James Royal at for help.

Upcoming Dates and Events
Sept 17 - Pride Saturday Rehearsal - Time TBA
Sept 22 - Homecoming Parade and Pride Rehearsal
Sept 23 - Game: BA vs Yukon - Homecoming
                2006 Aqua Reunion!
Sept 30 - Game: BA at Jenks
Oct 1 - Pride Saturday Rehearsal & Dress Rehearsal Performance - Time TBA
Oct 7 - Game: BA vs Westmoore - MS Band Night with the Pride
Oct 8 - Pride Saturday Rehearsal & Dress Rehearsal Performance - Time TBA
Oct 15 - BAI - Broken Arrow Invitational Band Contest
Oct 19 - WW Choreography (9:00-10:30)
              Brass Choreography (10:30-12:00)
              Pride Rehearsal (12:00-5:00)
Oct 20 - WW Choreography (9:00-11:00)
              Brass Choreography (12:00-2:00)
              Pride Rehearsal (4:00-9:00)
Oct 21 - Leave for St. Louis BOA Super Regional
Oct 22 - Perform in prelims at BOA Super Regional (3:45 tenative)
              Perform in finals at BOA Super Regional (should we advance)
Oct 23 - Return to BA from St. Louis
Oct 26 - OSSAA Regional Marching Contest - Broken Arrow HS
Oct 28 - Game: BA vs. Edmond Memorial
Oct 29 - OBA State Marching Championship - Broken Arrow HS
Nov 1 - Sounds of Stadium Concert - Broken Arrow PAC

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