BA Bands eNews

October 2, 2016

Directors Notes

Pride Schedule for This Week

  Horn Line, Percussion, Drum Major & Crew Schedule
    Mon 10/3 - OFF (HS Band Concert at 7:00pm)
    Tues 10/4 - 3:20 - 6:30
    Wed 10/5 - 3:15-5:30 (Percussion Battery ONLY)
    Thurs 10/6 - 5:00 - 9:00
    Fri 10/7 - 3:20 - End of Game
    Sat 10/8 - 1:00 - 9:00 (Dress Rehearsal Performance at 9:00)

  Color Guard Schedule
    Mon 10/3 - OFF
    Tues 10/4 - 3:30 - 6:30
    Wed 10/5 - 3:30 - 6:00
    Thurs 10/6 - 5:00 - 9:00
    Fri 10/7 - 3:20 - End of Game
    Sat 10/8 - 1:00 - 9:00 (Dress Rehearsal Performance at 9:00)

Dress Rehearsal Performance last Saturday
Thank you to all that supported the Pride at their Dress Rehearsal last Saturday. It was a great evening to see so many friends and family of the Pride and a special thank you to our Pride members for their outstanding performance! The staff is extremely proud of the talent and efforts of our members. The final weeks of this season are shaping up to be very special.

Student Account Payments - PAYMENT DEADLINE NEXT WEEK!!
We are less than 3 weeks away from the Pride's trip to St. Louis for the BOA Super Regional! The payment amounts for Pride members to be allowed to travel on this trip are: $2100 for Horn Line, Percussion and Drum Majors (with a balance of $900 due for the remaining payments) & $2400 for Color Guard (with a balance of $900 due for the remaining payments). As a reminder, payments may be made at the band office OR online via Charms (go to for more details).

Payment DEADLINE is on Tuesday, October 11 at our next band parent meeting. Students will begin selecting their seats on the charter buses on Oct 13. Students must be paid in full to select their bus seat location.

The Broken Arrow Invitational is NEXT Week!
Join us for the 10th annual Broken Arrow Marching Band Invitational at Tiger Field on October 15. Witness some of the nation’s finest marching band programs as bands representing Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Minnesota and Missouri compete in the 2016 BAI. The Pride of Broken Arrow will perform in exhibition following the finals competition at 10:00pm. We hope to see you next Saturday!

Dress Rehearsal Performance on Saturday
The Pride will present a Uniform performance on Saturday evening at BA Memorial Stadium at the conclusion of our rehearsal.  The performance is scheduled to begin at 9:00pm

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.

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).

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.

: Any time the students are fed by the band, we ask that no additional outside food or special drinks be brought to the students. The students have plenty of food and drink. It’s not fair to all of the other band members if one student gets special treatment and they don’t. If there is a unique dietary need, we have asked for that information and will provide that for them. Thank you for your help with this policy.

Student Travel & Medications: Students with prescription medication must turn them in to Ms. Good in the band office prior to our St. Louis trip. Only provide the exact amount needed for the trip, in its original prescription container, with name and dosage information included.

Hospitality committee hosts a volunteer room for our large events (BAI and OBA) under the stadium. It is a great place to rest and grab a bite to eat while working these events. They will be at practices on Thursday evenings collecting donations for food for both of these days, feel free to drop by and see what they need!!

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.

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


Cori Aschkenas -

The online pasta fundraiser has now ended. Imperial Coffee and Amish Bakery fundraiser orders will be placed this week; watch eNews for updates on delivery times later this month.

The next fundraiser will be live wreaths, sprays, and centerpieces. This was a popular one last year, and a great gift to send someone for the holidays! Look for more information to come...

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 -

If you have a form for the new pre-order zip up hoodies and/or sporty shirts, please be sure to hand those in, with cash or check, to Lisa Good at the Band Office or put them in the payment/order slot near the orchestra room by Tuesday, October 4. Checks can be made out to BA Bands. If you place your order by the 4th, we can get it to you before St. Louis.

If you don’t have a form, and want to get one turned in before Tuesday, we can email it to you. Just let Sheri Sharp know at

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 October 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.



BAI - October 15th (all day) - Thank you to everyone who signed up! We have reached our goal.

We’re putting together the schedule and other info, hope to mail it out this week. Watch your inbox For more info. We’ll have a volunteer meeting to discuss jobs and the layout of the campus for BAI on Thursday, Oct 13th. More info on that as we get closer.

OBA - October 29th (all day) - CLICK HERE
We still need a lot of volunteers for this event Please sign up ASAP please. We lose a lot of our parents that have to go help with the band for ops and feeding etc… so we really people that can step in and volunteer for at least this one event to make it a success. Thank you so much!

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.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at


Email anytime.

We need your help this Friday (October 7th) in the concessions.  We still need many more volunteers to help.  Please sign up HERE to volunteer for concessions. 

This Thursday we need help with stocking inventory and getting ready for Friday's game.  We will start at 6:00.  Please come to the concessions at the high school to help.  We can not succeed without your help. 

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
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 - 9:00pm
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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