BA Bands eNews

October 30, 2016

Directors Notes

OBA State Champions!
Congratulations to the NEW 2016 OBA State Marching Band Champions, the Pride of Broken Arrow!! The Pride competed in the OBA Championships this past weekend and earned awards including Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect in the preliminary contest and swept all awards in the finals competition including Outstanding Musical Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect. This marks the 24th OBA State Championship for the Pride and their 15th Consecutive title. From the best research we have, the Pride’s final score of 95.95 appears to be a record high score in the 36 year history of the OBA Marching Band Championships! What an amazing accomplishment for these outstanding student performers, staff and parent volunteers!

A Special Note of Gratitute
Have you ever stepped back to really watch how the Pride organization operates like a MACHINE at any event? While the students are, without question, the center of all activity and focus (as well they should be!), the volunteer operations that go on “behind the scenes” is nothing short of spectacular! Just take a moment to think about all of the gears that must operate, and operate efficiently to make our BA Band Program function so well.

From each of our organizational teams, you have no doubt seen the passion that each of these volunteers exhibit as they work for the good of our students! The list of volunteer positions is extremely extensive and each are vital to the continued support of our organization. I marvel at the willingness to SERVE of each of our volunteers. From the chaperones, to the uniform and ‘washer parents’, to the concession workers and the fundraising workers, to the Special Events team, to the Marketing and Communications teams, to the fundraising team that aids our mission to help all students participate in the Pride and raise funds to get us to the Rose Parade, to the Operations team that spend countless hours getting us moved from one place to the next, to the Functions efforts of the all the chaperones that serve and help feed our kids there is no end to the list of recognition the we should all honor and show our appreciation to these selfless volunteers!

I can’t begin to thank the amazing volunteers for their commitment to our students and to our band program. AND, these volunteers seem to be ALWAYS having fun while they’re working! Well Done!! Please join me in applauding their efforts this season!

Pride Community Encore Performance and Canned Food Drive THIS THURSDAY
Due to popular demand, the Pride will present an Encore performance of “Age of Discovery” THIS THURSDAY at BA Memorial Stadium. This will be an excellent opportunity to see the final version of Pride’s show “Age of Discovery.” The Pride will, once again, sponsor this event as a benefit to the local community food bank. Admission is free for the event, however, we request everyone provide a canned food or non-perishable food item. This is a great opportunity to give back to our Broken Arrow community. The gates for the seating area will open at 8:30 and the program will begin at approximately 8:45pm. Invite your friends!

Final Fundraising Push to California!
AS we complete our efforts for group fundraising for the Pride’s historic trip to California for the Rose Parade, I want to remind all of our members, parents and fans of our last group fundraising expectations for all Pride members. Car Raffle: Each Pride member family needs to be responsible for issuing 10 raffle tickets. AND each Pride member family is also responsible for getting 5 runners signed up for the upcoming Run With The Pride. We are SOOO Close to making our fundraising goals that will help lower these final trip payments for ALL of our Pride family. Let’s all DIG IN for this final push!

Sounds of the Stadium - Pride PAC Concert
Join us in one week for a truly unique experience -- Sounds of the Stadium on Nov. 1! This concert will feature the full Pride of Broken Arrow performing all your favorites that they perform at football games, only this time in the confines of the The Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center! It's going to be loud and it's going to be a blast! And the proceeds from ticket sales go to help the Pride get to the Rose Parade, so let’s pack the BAPAC! Tickets are $10 each, and there will be two performances. Doors open for the first at 6 p.m. with the concert at 6:30, and the second performance will be at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:45. Tickets are available at the Broken Arrow PAC from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Get your ticket today and join us as we rock the BAPAC!

Pride Schedule for This Week

  Next Week (Oct 31 - Nov 5)
    Mon 10/31 -
3:30 - 5:30 AT BAPAC - Rehearse for Sounds of the Stadium Concert (No Guard)
    Tues 11/1 - 5:45 - Report to PAC in Full Uniform
                       6:30 - Sounds of the Stadium - Concert 1
                       8:00 - Sounds of the Stadium - Concert 2
    Wed 11/2 -  OFF
    Thurs 11/3 -
5:00 - 9:00 - Community Performance, Senior Night Prep AND Stadium Sponsor photos
    Fri 11/4 -  3:20 - end of Ball Game (Senior Night)
    Sat 11/5 - All District / State Auditions at BAHS

  NEXT Week (Nov 7-12)
    Mon 11/7 - 3:20 - 5:30 - Rose Parade Rehearsal
    Tues 11/8 - OFF
    Wed 11/ 9 - OFF
    Thurs 11/10 - OFF
    Fri 11/ 11 -
ALL Pride Rehearsal / Football Playoff Game - Times and location TBD
    Sat 11/12 - Run with the Pride

  Following Week (Nov 14-19)
    Mon 11/14 - OFF

    Tues 11/15 - ALL Pride 3:20 - 5:30
    Wed 11/16 - OFF
    Thurs 11/17 - OFF
    Fri 11/ 18 - ALL Pride for Rehearsal / Football Playoff Game - Time and location TBD
    Sat 11/19 - OFF

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 - November 15
The next meeting of the Broken Arrow Band Parents Association will be at 7:00pm on November 15 in the BAHS Band Hall.

All District and All State Auditions THIS Saturday at BAHS
10th - 12th Grade Students that are auditioning for these Honor Bands will audition at BAHS on Saturday, November 5. Detailed itineraries will be distributed to students in their band classes.

There is a bin of lost and found items in the hall by the tubas. Please be sure you check it for anything that might belong to you. In a week or so anything left will be donated or thrown away.

Thank you to all those that worked the volunteer hospitality room, brought food, and worked feeding and watering our kids. A special thanks to Greg and Kristina Dixon for providing all the smoked meat and for Tastee Treat that provided Chili.

Seniors! Friday night is your night! You and your family are invited to a brief reception in your honor immediately following the football game in the cafeteria. We will have light snacks and cake, after you have a time for pictures in your uniform and time to change. This is for seniors and their families ONLY!

If you have items that you signed up to bring for senior night, you can get them to Jenny Riddle either Tuesday at the PAC or drop them at the cafeteria Friday night between 530 and game time.

Volunteers for All-District Auditions. We are in need of a few parents to be on stand by Saturday morning to be possible room monitors. If needed you would be committing time from approximately 8 a.m. to just after lunch. If you can help, please email

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


Cori Aschkenas -

WREATH FUNDRAISER - Extra packets are available in the high school band office. This fundraiser is due on THURSDAY this week, NO EXCEPTIONS! We will be placing this order on Friday. You can turn your orders in to Mrs. Good or the band payment locker any day this week up to Thursday.

NAME RING FUNDRAISER - Extra packets are available in the high school band office. This fundraiser is due back by November 15, the night of the band parent meeting. Again, no late orders, so that we can get the orders turned in quickly and delivered back before winter break.

- Watch the Broken Arrow Band Members and Supporter Facebook group for an announcement on when the next pickup time is for this fundraiser.

AMISH BAKERY FUNDRAISER - Watch the Broken Arrow Band Members and Supporter Facebook group for an announcement on when the next pickup time is for this fundraiser.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! When you turn in your fundraisers, PLEASE make sure you have contact information on your form for us to be able to reach you! Several forms this season are leaving that information off, resulting in us having no way to contact you when your order comes in other than through general notices.

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.

Sheri Sharp -

Thank You! A big thank you to EVERYONE who helped in and supported the Pride Store Saturday at OBA. We had a busy day and all of you worked so hard on a very long day! Additional thanks to those who helped us load and unload the Pride closet and get everything to the stadium and back! You are all the best!

OBA State Marching Band Championship Patches - Congrats to our State Champions! If you were unable or forgot to pick up the OBA State Championship Patch on Saturday for your Pride member, you may purchase it online at PepWear BY CLICKING HERE. We do not sell these in the Pride Store.

Sounds of the Stadium - The Pride Store will be open at Sounds of the Stadium this Tuesday. We will be selling popular Pride items including the *new* ear buds. We will have all of our Rose Parade items, too, including pins, patches, lanyards and the *new* car flags and hoodies! (We will also have order forms available for Rose Parade hoodies for those who wish to pre-order.)We will be open before each show.

Pride Member Rose Parade Buttons! NEW! We will be taking orders on Tuesday until the November band parent meeting for Rose Parade Buttons. These are just like show buttons but with the Rose Parade Logo.

Pride Jackets: 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 Is in Full Swing!
WHY ISSUE CAR RAFFLE TICKETS? Because $5 of every donation goes to your individual account. The remaining proceeds will go to the group fundraising and will also be equally applied to each of your accounts. THE TOP 3 STUDENTS who issue the most ticket will get an additional $500, $250, & $150 applied to their accounts if we reach our minimum goal.

WHO NEEDS TO ISSUE TICKETS? Mr. Davis has told all of the members that they are expected to issue at least 10 tickets.

HOW DO YOU DO THIS? Students & parents can check out tickets (NO MONEY UP FRONT) at the designated times and locations shown below. Social media has been an easy way to gain interest in your tickets.  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."  Full instructions are included in your raffle packet when you check them out.

WHEN CAN YOU GET TICKETS & TURN IN MONEY? Here are a list of times and dates you can check out tickets

  • Nov. 3rd, 7:00pm-8:00pm: Stadium Parking Lot by the Visitors Entrance
  • Nov. 8th, 6:00pm-8:00pm: In the band hall before the band parent meeting.

PLEASE TURN IN MONEY AND RAFFLE TICKET STUBS WITH COMPLETED PAPERWORK AS SOON AS YOU HAVE ISSUED ALL 10 TICKETS.  Feel free to check out more tickets each time you run out!  Turn in tickets to Marci and Carrie at the above mentioned dates and times.  or email


CLICK HERE to read the Official Rules & Regulations.

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.

Please remember to send THANK YOU cards to everyone who has donated to your account!  Lists will be distributed to every Pride Member in the upcoming month after a rehearsal.  We'll post on Facebook when those were given out so you can follow up with your child.

Early Registration ends Oct. 31st. Get your runners signed up before the price goes up and to guarantee a t-shirt. Runners can register right up to the day of the race, but it is quicker and easier to do it now!

Packet Pick-up will be as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 8th from 5:30pm-8:30pm in the band hall at the high school. For Pride Members
Thursday, Nov. 10th from 4:30pm-7:30pm in the band hall at the high school. For ALL runners.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!  If you’re available Saturday, Nov. 12th from 6:00 am to 12:00pm, please log onto and sign up to help. If you plan to sign up for the run, we can still use you before or after the run for set up and take down.

Remember to share the Facebook page with your family and friends. Each student is required to sign up 5 runners for the event.  The direct link to sign up for the run is


Octoberpalooza is in the books!! And what an amazing month it’s been! Thank you to everyone who volunteered your time to work these events, and a HUGE thank you to everyone who worked ALL THREE!! A special thanks needs to go to Jeff and Angie Perryman for all their tireless work to help us pull off this major feat! They are going to do great things when they take over for us next year! And to Haylie Cole for all her help over the years to keep us on track with her amazing organizing abilities! This has been a great year for the Pride, and you have all been a major part of that!! We couldn’t have done it without you!!

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


Email anytime.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered in the concessions this past season. Because of you taking the time out of your busy schedule we are having a successful season in concessions. We are nearing the end of football season and have one more game left.

November 4th is senior night. We want to show are appreciation to our parents of senior students and let them enjoy their child’s last night on the TIGER field. We need volunteers who do NOT have a senior to sign up for concessions, Please!!  Please sign up HERE to volunteer for concessions.

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 31 - Sounds of the Stadium Concert Rehearsal at BAPAC (3:30 - 6:00pm)
Nov 1 - Sounds of Stadium Concert - Broken Arrow PAC (6:30pm & 8:00pm)
Nov 5 - All District / State Auditions at BAHS
Nov 7 - Pride Rehearsal
Nov 11 - Pride Rehearsal / Football Playoff Game - TBD
Nov 12 - Run With The Pride
Nov 15 - Pride Rehearsal
Nov 18 - Pride Rehearsal / Football Playoff Game - TBD
Nov 28 - Pride & Tradition Rehearsal
Nov 30 - Pride & Tradition Rehearsal
Dec 2 - Pride & Tradition Rehearsal / Football Playoff Game - TBD
Dec 3 - All State Auditions / BA Christmas Parade
Dec 6 - Pride Rehearsal
Dec 7 - Pride Rehearsal
Dec 8 - Freshmen Academy Band Concert
Dec 9 - HS Band Concert
Dec 10 - Midwest Clinic Preview Concert
Dec 20 - Pride Rehearsal
Dec 21 - Pride Rehearsal / Load Semi Trailer for California
Dec 29 - Leave for California!

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