Monday, December 28, 2015

A Little Band Work Over the Winter Break

It's been an eventful couple of weeks in the McKee household, what with the falling-while-running-in-the-dark, crashing-to-the-ground, cut-face/stitches-and-concussion, multiple-running-light-gifts-for-Christmas, lots-of-resting-and-recovery Winter break. 

Now it's time to do a little catch-up, so check out the GBX/BBX Concessions needs below and let's see if we can get the whole calendar completed, so that we don't have to worry about it.

Here's what is needed:
  • Friday 1/15 - 1 or 2 Adults
  • Tuesday 1/19 - 2 Adults
  • Friday 1/22 - 1 Adult
  • Friday 2/12 - 2 Adults
  • Tuesday 2/23 - 2 Adults
To see the entire GBX/BBX Calendar, click on the link on the sidebar to the right.

To sign up for a shift, email McKee by clicking HERE 

Let's get this done! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Winter Break Is Almost Here!

It's the last few days before we depart from each other for a couple of weeks, so we'd better have a concert before we leave!
Here are the details:
  •  It's on Thursday Dec. 17, at 7:30 pm
  • 6:45 call time
  • Wear the type of outfits as directed by Irving
  • Wear festive socks!
  • Make sure you eat before you come - food is fuel for good performances
  • Drink LOTS of water between now and then - hydration is the best!
Make sure you tell your family and friends to come - it's going to be a great evening!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Basketball Concessions - Tuesday December 15

This is a really easy week for concessions - only one game! There is one change, though - because of an obligation with my 95-year-old father-in-law, I will be opening the stand at 4:30 and it will be operable by 5, so that I can get on my way. So if everyone can be there by 5 at the latest, I can make sure everything is set and still take care of my father-in-law.

Here's the crew:
Students - Lauren D, Xander D, Caroline E
Parents - Wendy D, Elizabeth E

Signups for the rest of the season will be available at Thursday's concert - yay!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Basketball Concessions This Week

We have one crucial need with concessions this week. We MUST have an adult step up to work the game Tuesday 12/8. Everything else looks really good, but we do not have an adult yet for Tuesday. The shift is scheduled from 5 - 9:30, but the adult can arrive as late as 6 and it will be fine. Please, be that person who steps up to take a shift Tuesday.

Tuesday 12/8: Students - Sophia C, Sehiri R, Heidi G   
Adult: ??

Wednesday 12/9: Students - Matthew W, Ben B, Harsha R   
Adults - Donica W, Andrea B

Friday 12/11: Students - Sam H, James D, Connor C  
Adults - Shari H, Julia D

Please email McKee to volunteer for Tuesday's shift!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Let's Change It Up!

OK folks, here it is - the THS Bands Patreon site is live!! Share the URL with as many people as possible, and let's change how we fund this fabulous thing we do. The URL is

Ready, set, go!!!

THS Bands Patreon Site


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday Is A Busy Day!

Hey Band! (hey, what?)

**Remember that we have parade practice after school today, from 3-4. If you're in town the day after Thanksgiving, it is expected that you'll parade with us. Remember, we get paid to be there!

**Also, remember that the November Band Booster meeting is this evening in the THS Library at 7pm, and the third Disney payment will be taken tonight.

We'll also talk about a completely different way to keep our program going financially (you'll like it, I promise!), and we'll celebrate our fantastic NWAPA Class A Championship Four-peat with cake! Yay!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Football Playoffs - Week 2!

It's time for more football! This time, we're taking on our neighbors over in Sherwood, and it should be epic. It may also be wet, so we'll see about getting our big garage put up for us to use for shelter.
Here's the info:
  • The game is Friday, November 13, at Sherwood High School.
  • As we did last week, there will be no food break. Please make sure you eat before you come, and feel free to bring along a snack and water.
  • Make sure your clothes are appropriate for a wet fall evening.
  • Call time is 5:45, and the bus will pull out at 6pm. Be there.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Football Playoffs Are Here!

Are you ready for some football?! The Tigard High boys will be competing against the Awesome Eagles of Centennial High School this Friday November 6, at Centennial. And when it's time for playoffs, we travel! Come prepared to pep, pep, pep the night away! Here are the details:
  • Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s at gametime, so dress warmly. Pep shirts over a hoodie and polypro under your clothes might be a really good idea. Hats or earmuffs are encouraged.
  • Eat before you come - we will NOT be taking a food break during the game, because we are there to support our boys.
  • The bus will leave at 5:30. Call time is 5:15.
  • Bring your instrument, and pep folders.
See you Friday!


Monday, October 26, 2015


U of O Fessstival of Bands/NWAPA Championships!
Saturday October 31, 2015
3:30 pm                   Load equipment truck (winds are prop crew)
6:00 pm                   Arrive THS – load uniforms, shakos, personal luggage
6:20 pm                   Leave THS
6:45 pm                   Arrive TuHS – cheer on THS football and TuHS Band!                         
9 - 9:30 pm             Load buses – leave TuHS
11- 11:30 pm          Arrive Motel 6 Springfield North
                                Quickly and quietly get room assignments – go to rooms
Midnight                 Lights out – go to sleep!

6:15 am                   Up!
6:45 am                   At chuck wagon in partial uniform incl. black pep tee, black socks and marching shoes (waterproofed and polished) – shako and jacket in room. Eat a tasty breakfast
7:25 am                   At the bus, dressed and ready !! Everyone, please use the toilet before we leave! Bring your change of clothes and uniform bag
7:35 am                   Leave Motel 6
8:00 am                   Arrive Autzen Stadium – unload very quickly. Set up props. Stow gear correctly.
8:20 am                   Line up w/ instruments ready to go to warm-up area
8:30 – 10:00 am      Warm-up
10:30 am                 Ready Gate
10:41 am                 Showtime !!
10:55 am                 Photo time!
11:15 am                 Quickly stow your instrument correctly! Back on the bus!
11:30 am                 Change into street clothes – stow uniform CAREFULLY on bus! Load luggage and check out.
12:30 – 1:45 pm      Time for lunch! Eat in incredibly polite groups at one of the chosen restaurants – be nice and tip well!         
1:55 pm                   Back on the bus!
2:15 pm                   In the stands, watching bands
5:30 pm                   Awards!        
5:45 pm                   CHEESE! And apples!!  
5:55 pm - ??           Get dressed – warm up
7:00ish pm              Ready Gate
7:00ish pm              Showtime !!
7:?? pm                   Change your clothes/load truck
After truck loading    Halloween Party, including dinner! (Hot dinner will be provided by the Band Boosters - how nice!)
10:45 pm                 Awards!!
1:15 am                   Arrive at THS –go home!!

2nd lunch                  Unload truck

Directions to Autzen Stadium
  I-5 South to Exit 194B (I-105W)
  Take Exit 2 (Coburg Road) – take a SOFT left at the intersection (not a hard left!) – follow less than 1/4 mile
  Turn Left on Country Club Road - follow approx. ½ mile
  Turn Right at Centennial Blvd/Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
  Autzen Stadium is approx ½ mile on the Right

Remember, you come with the band, stay with the band,
and go home with the band. No going off-site for any purpose.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sunset Marching Classic! (again, weird formatting...)

Sunset Marching Classic
Saturday October 24, 2015

TBD            Everyone will participate in at least one sectional on one day or the other

9:00 pm           Load truck after game. The loading crew is drumline. And pit, of course. This week’s prop crew is brass.

8:00 am           Arrive THS in black pep tee, black socks and marching shoes (waterproofed and polished !!). Put on uniform. Full uniform (minus shako) will be worn on the bus. Check for shako, plume, and instrument. Bring warm extra clothes!! And socks!!
8:15 am           Eat a nifty snack (thanks, Band Boosters!)
8:35 am           In the band room, dressed and ready !! Everyone, please use the toilet before we leave! Load the bus in order (drumline, auxiliary, seniors, jr, so, fr)
8:45 am           Leave
9:15 am           Arrive Hillsboro Stadium – unload very quickly. Prop crew, pit, drumline, auxiliary to the truck
9:55 am           Line up w/ instruments ready to go to warm-up area
10:00 am – 11:20 pm   Warm-up
11:55 pm         Ready Gate (Pit @ gate 11:50)
12:05 pm         Showtime !!
12:30 pm         Change your clothes – put your uniform away CAREFULLY! Stow your instrument correctly! Grab a quick snack, including our favorite: cheese!
12:50 pm         In the stands, watching bands.
2:30 pm           Awards!
3:00 pm           Eat linner!  (Hot linner will be provided by the Band Boosters - how nice!)

(Times to follow TBD – will adjust according to Prelim scoring and Finals placement)
4:30 pm           Get dressed
4:45 pm           Warm-up                                                                                                                                  
6:?? pm            Ready Gate
6:?? pm            Showtime !!
6:?? pm            Change your clothes/load truck
After loading    Dessert! And maybe some cheese!
7:?? –8:30 pm   Watch more bands
8:30 pm           Awards!!
10:00 pm         Arrive at THS – unload truck - go home!!

Directions to Hillsboro Stadium
  • Hwy. 26 west to Exit #62A  - Cornelius Pass/West Union Road
  • Veer right (south) onto Cornelius Pass Road - stay in right lane
  • Right onto Imbrie Dr. (stoplight/Chevron Station)
  • Right onto Evergreen Parkway (stoplight)
  • Right onto NW 229th Ave. (stoplight)
Remember, you come with the band, stay with the band,
and go home with the band. No going off-site for any purpose.