BA Bands eNews

October 9, 2016

Directors Notes

The Broken Arrow Invitation is THIS 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!

Pride Schedule for This Week

  Horn Line, Percussion, Drum Major & Crew Schedule
    Mon 10/10 - 3:15 - 6:00
    Tues 10/11 - 3:20 - 6:30
    Wed 10/12 - OFF
    Thurs 10/13 - 5:00 - 9:00 (Closed Rehearsal)
    Fri 10/14 - 3:30 - 8:00 (Closed Rehearsal)
    Sat 10/15 - Broken Arrow Invitational
                         9:00 - 11:30 - Rehearsal in Stadium
                         7:30pm - Dinner Served in Cafeteria
                         8:30pm - Members in Uniform ready for Warm up
                         10:00pm - BAI Exhibition Performance

  Color Guard Schedule
    Mon 10/10 - OFF
    Tues 10/11 - 3:30 - 6:30
    Wed 10/12 - 3:30 - 6:00
    Thurs 10/13 - 5:00 - 9:00 (Closed Rehearsal)
    Fri 10/14 - 3:30 - 8:00 (Closed Rehearsal)
    Sat 10/15 - Broken Arrow Invitational
                         9:00 - 11:30 - Rehearsal in Stadium
                         1:00 - 5:00 - Rehearsal in Gym / Band Room - TBD
                         7:30pm - Dinner Served in Cafeteria
                         8:30pm - Members in Uniform ready for Warm up
                         10:00pm - BAI Exhibition Performance

St. Louis trip Itinerary information
Plans are still being finalized for the Pride's trip to St. Louis for the Bands of America Super Regional. Itineraries will be released as soon as they are finalized. Some itinerary notes:

  • The Pride will report to BAHS with all luggage items by 9:00am on Friday, October 21
  • Approximate departure time is 1:00pm on Friday, October 21 after rehearsal is completed
  • Broken Arrow's preliminary performance time is at 3:45pm
  • The finals competition begins at 7:15pm
  • The Pride will depart St. Louis on Sunday morning and arrive in Broken Arrow at approximately 6:00pm
  • The band Hotel in St. Louis is the Holiday Inn - Downtown Convention Center St. Louis (formerly the Ramada Plaza Hotel)

Student Account Payments - PAYMENT DEADLINE NEXT WEEK!!
We are less than 2 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.

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

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.

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).  NOTE: Previous eNews editions have advertised the ticket price as $10, however, OBA has made a price increase to $17.

Indoor Percussion Informational Meeting
It’s time to start the journey to Dayton and the WGI World Championships! There will be an info meeting for all students and parents interested in 2017 Broken Arrow Indoor Percussion on Monday, October 24 from 6:30-7:30 in the Band Hall. All members of the Pride are eligible for membership in the Drumline, Front Ensemble and (new for this year) the Visual Ensemble. The Visual Ensemble will consist of approx 14-15 students, in which all members of Pride (color guard, winds and perc) are eligible for membership. Info about auditions, rehearsal and performance schedule, trips to the Dallas Regional and World Championships in Dayton as well as a sneak peak to the 2017 program and show title will be addressed at this meeting.

: 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.  Please turn in all medications to Ms. Good by Friday, October 14th!

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. We had a good meeting Saturday evening to begin planning for this. If you were unable to attend watch next edition of eNews and the band parent Facebook page for a signup-genius link to volunteer.

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


Cori Aschkenas -

Our fundraiser for October is the live (fresh) wreaths, sprays, and centerpieces from Mickman Brothers. They are perfect for the holidays coming up! This was popular last year, and makes a great gift to send someone for the holidays! We’ll have information and packets at the band parent meeting on Tuesday night.

Chocolate has been ordered and should hopefully be here in time for the meeting Tuesday night. It will be available on a first come basis beginning at 6:30pm (if the delivery has arrived) by then). No pre-orders are being taken at this time.

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. If you participate in the fundraisers, you would like for you to be on this Fundraising News email list so that we have your contact information for when the fundraisers are delivered.

Cori Aschkenas -

PRIDE STORE OPEN TUESDAY -- The Pride Store will be open on Tuesday from 6-7PM before the parent meeting and also after the meeting. We will be located in the orchestra room.

We will have order forms for:
*Rose Parade dog and luggage tags
*The Age of Discovery Show dog and luggage tags
*New Zip Up Hoodies and Sport Shirts
*Street Signs
*Pride Portraits

The deadline to turn in forms for Street Signs and Pride Portraits is Tuesday.

We will have the Rose Parade dog and luggage tag and zip-up hoodie/sport shirt pre-orders ready to pick up.

We will be selling several new items in the store including band jewelry and Rose Parade lanyards!

Get stocked up on what you need for the Pride’s busy month of October!

Please email Sheri Sharp at if you have any questions!

Jason from Yvonne's will be at the Pride Store on Tuesday, October 11 from 6PM - 7PM (before the band parent meeting). This is a great opportunity to save yourself a trip to Yvonne's!

Need to pick up your pre-ordered jacket?Jason will have the Pride jackets with him for pick up and payment. He will accept cash, check or credit card.

Need to order a jacket?Jason will take orders on Tuesday for Pride jackets for those who have not yet ordered one. We highly recommend having your band student try them on to order. The band kids will be out of practice at 6:30 PM that night which allows about 30 minutes to try on jackets and place an order.

As a reminder, if you can’t order your jacket on Tuesday, you can still order your Pride Jacket at Yvonne’s by October 31 and have it back for 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.

Please email Sheri Sharp at if you have any questions!


Car Raffle Begins This Week!
Plan to attend the October Band Parent Meeting. Come EARLY! We will be checking out raffle tickets starting at 6:00. PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY THE RULES FOR PARENTS & MEMBER by CLICKING HERE. It is very important that parents and members follow all the guidelines.

It is best to share the Official BA Bands posts on social media to make sure we are in compliance. You CANNOT use words like “selling” & “buying” or any version of those words. We suggest just you Share the post and simply state in your post “We have tickets! Let me know if you are interested”. If anyone asks “how much are they” simply reply “$20 voluntary contribution."

CLICK HERE to read the Official Rules & Regulations.

Questions concerning the raffle can be directed to Carrie Crane at

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. at 8pm.  Arrive early to pick up your credentials and purchase your staff shirt.

OBA - October 29th (all day) - CLICK HERE
We still need a lot of volunteers for this event. 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.

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


Email anytime.

THANK YOU to the people who volunteered at this past Friday games! You all are FANTASTIC!! We had a great night!

This Thursday we will be stocking for BAI. Please come out and help with the stocking! We will start at 5:30. We appreciate those who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to help with this process!! We are grateful for all your support!

We have a Football game OCT 28th and we need 40 more volunteers. This will be the Pink out event and we will be busy. Please sign up HERE to volunteer for concessions.

OBA is Saturday the 29th. We will need volunteers for morning, afternoon, or All Day. We WILL close down when The Pride is performing!! So don’t worry, you will get to see you child perform at this event!!

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 15 - BAI - Broken Arrow Invitational Band Contest - ALL DAY
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 (6:30pml & 8:30pm)

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