BA Bands eNews

September 18, 2016

Directors Notes

Pride Schedule for This Week

  Horn Line, Percussion, Drum Major & Crew Schedule
    Mon 9/19 - 3:15 - 6:00
    Tues 9/20 - 3:20 - 6:30
    Wed 9/21 - OFF
    Thurs 9/22 - 4:30 (Report for Homecoming Parade)
                         6:00-9:30 (Rehearsal)
    Fri 9/23 - 3:30 - End of Game
    Sat 9/24 - OFF

  Color Guard Schedule
    Mon 9/19 - OFF
    Tues 9/20 - 3:30 - 6:30
    Wed 9/21 - 3:30 - 6:00
    Thurs 9/22 - 4:30 (Report for Homecoming Parade)
                         6:00-9:30 (Rehearsal)
    Fri 9/23 - 3:30 - End of Game
    Sat 9/24 - 9:00-3:00

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!

All Aqua members that are able to attend will meet at the North End Zone at the beginning of halftime and be recognized before the 2016 Pride performs at halftime. During the second half of the game we encourage you to come to the band stand and visit with each other and say hi to the band. After the game, there will be a reception in the new Fine Arts Gallery with refreshments followed by a viewing of the 2006 Grand National Finals Performance of Aqua! This should be a GREAT night!

Next Band Parent Meeting - October 11
The next meeting of the Broken Arrow Band Parents Association will be at 7:00pm on October 11 in the BAHS Band Hall.

Section Gifts
As we approach our two big trips of the Pride season, I know many sections and their parents are already planning for special gifts for the member to help celebrate. We know that the Pride activity requires a significant commitment from members and their families. To help ensure that section gifts do not add to the financial burden, we ask that limit the cost of any section gifts for the entire season to $25 or less. (That limit can be over and above the cost of section shirts, if necessary). Concerning section shirts, we would like to remind all section leaders and their parents that all section shirts should be short-sleeved T's ONLY and all artwork must be approved by the directors in advance of any orders being placed.

Pride of Broken Arrow "Letter Policy":
To be eligible for a letter with the Pride of Broken Arrow, a student must complete the following criteria:

1) Be selected by directors to participate in the Pride; and
2) Compete in a contest with the Pride, either by participating on field or by traveling with the band as a shadow (a shadow being defined as a student who may travel to a competition as a substitute but may not take part in an on-field performance at each event).

In addition, Pride directors may, at their discretion, choose to award a letter to a student who is named to the Pride but is unable to participate in competitions because of various circumstances.

Students who meet these criteria will be provided a letter after the first competition in which they participate or after the directors award them a letter. Until such time, a Pride jacket may be worn without a letter.

BA Homecoming Parade on Thursday
All Pride members will report to the BA First United Methodist Church at College & Main Street by 4:30 for the Homecoming Parade. Pride members arrive in Full Uniform and with the equipment by 4:30 (school transportation is NOT provided for this event). The Parade will begin on Main Street at 5:00pm and (tentatively) move SOUTH on Main Street and end at the BA PAC. Pride members will need to immediately transition back to the High School to put their uniforms away in the uniform room so that the uniforms can be cleaned. Rehearsal will begin at 6:00pm and is scheduled until 9:30. Rehearsal will be open for family and friends to view beginning at 8:15.

Upcoming HS Wind Band Concert - October 3
The Broken Arrow Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Bands 1 & 2, and Concert Band 1 will present their first band concert of the school year on Monday, October 3.  Additionally, the HS Percussion Ensemble will be performing a portion of their program they have been preparing for the Midwest Clinic!  This concert is free to the public and will be held at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:00pm.

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.

Midwest Clinic
There will be a 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
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.

Washer parents: it is very important that you pay attention to directions sent via text/remind me and return all uniforms by time and date requested. Repairs and alterations occur after they are washed and we need time to do them.

ATTENTION SENIORS!! We need ONE baby picture and FIVE other band related pictures of you for senior night. We prefer these electronically submitted to Please make sure your name is in the subject line. If you must do hard copies, place them in an envelope and leave in the band office marked “senior pictures for ______________.” All pictures must be submitted by 14 October.

Parents of JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES. There will be a meeting Saturday, October 8th at 7:00p.m. in the band room to discuss plans for hosting Senior Night.

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

For directions on how to update your family information and to enter volunteer hours in Charms, CLICK HERE.


Cori Aschkenas -

Pasta Fundraiser
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 / Amish Bakery Fundraisers
Extra order form packets for each fundraiser have been left in the band offices at BAHS and the Freshman Academy, and they were emailed out to the fundraising email list. Order forms and money for these fundraisers are due on September 27. (No late orders please!) Anticipated delivery is before the end of October.

Chocolate Fundraiser
We have no more chocolate available currently and will not be ordering any at this time due to having three fundraisers available this month.


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 -

Pride Store Open September 29
The Pride Store will be open during practice on Thursday, September 29. We will have some new items available and also some of the pre-ordered items will be available to pick up. This will be a great chance to buy new items and stock up for our busy event season in October!

Thank you to everyone who helped in the Pride Store this week before and after the parent meeting. We had a very busy evening and we appreciate everyone-- from our new volunteers to our veteran store helpers-- for your time and effort in the Pride Store. We will be planning for our October meeting soon!

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.


Lists with the names of individual student donors and their address were available to pick up at the last band parent meeting.  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. We will hand out updated lists at the October band parent meeting.  PLEASE plan to attend or arrange for someone to pick up your list for you.

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.


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.

Information about the run is available at The direct link to sign up for the run is We have prizes to award the student who received the first registration in their name, the most registrations, and we will be giving out to the first students to get all 5 registrations. I will start presenting these prizes at the end of the next open practice.


ONLY 4 WEEKS UNTIL OCTOBERPALOOZA!! A huge thank you to everyone who has signed up so far! We are still in need of about 30 more people for BAI and about 60 more for OBA!! Please consider signing up for at least one shift, so we can make these events spectacular!

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.

OBA - October 29th (all day) - CLICK HERE
Need all hands to help run OBA State contest.  Please consider signing up for at least one shift!  We need everyone's help!

OSSAA - Thank you to everyone who signed up!  We have reached our goal! 

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.

Information for each event, including schedules, will be coming out in the next few weeks!

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.

Thursday, Sept 22 we will be stocking the concession before rehearsal opens.  We need people to help, starting at 5:30.  We still need lots of help in concessions this Friday.  We need 25 more people to make the concessions a success.  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 when prompt if you have worked this event type in 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 3 - BAHS Band Concert - 7:00 BAPAC
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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