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10-15 HHSMB Blast Oct 15



Key points for students:


We will be staying at the Radisson in downtown Fresno.  We will stay two nights (Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th)  and return to Homestead on Monday Nov 25th.


There will be FOUR students per room.


EMAIL ME your rooming lists.


Rooming requests will be considered on a first come, first serve basis. 


I need your roommate selections sent to me by midnight next Wednesday, October 16th. I will ASSIGN you to a room if I don’t get input from you.


Key points for parents reserving rooms:


The cost per room is $149.59 for a 1 night stay in a room with either 1 king or 2 doubles.  You also have the option of paying $160.92 for a 2-room suite.     


Please complete the WBA Finals Hotel Room Order found on the Music Boosters website in the Forms section, attach a check for the appropriate amount, made payable to HHSMB, and have it delivered to the box marked “Mrs. Feltman’s mail box” located in the Band Office.  Please  note, the full marching band is staying two nights.  You also have that option.  Please read the order form carefully and select the right options.


Your check and form are due next Wednesday, October 16th.   NO EXCEPTIONS.  We will release all unassigned rooms on October 17th.   Just a reminder, we have a limited number of rooms, so first come, first serve.





Parents, please contact Mr. Burn immediately by email if your student is missing any practice, football game, or performance, regardless of the reason.    Your student’s grade can be affected by absences.




Students taking PSAT’s in the morning should plan ahead and prepare a sack lunch.  You might not have time to stop anywhere to grab lunch.  Please make sure you email Mr. Burn asap so he knows you are taking PSAT’s.


Tuba players and percussion, please leave your instrument cases on the grass in front of the band room, so the truck can pick them up to take to stadium after practice.


12 pm              Full Marching Band Rehearsal on Homestead Field

 4:00 p.m.        Tubas, Percussion, and Guard help load truck
 4:30 p.m.        Load busses and depart

Bring your instrument, CLEAN black shoes, black socks, gloves, and shoe bag. Please remember to wear a shirt with short sleeves (no tank tops or tube tops) Also, remember to wear your boxer shorts (we’ll be changing outside).

 5:30 p.m.        Arrive in Hayward

Eat booster-provided meal or bring your own

Use restrooms

Get into Uniform

- Do not wear jewelry, of any kind.  No watches, earrings, bracelets,

necklaces, rings, etc.

- Make-up in subdued colors only.   If your hair is below your collar, get it

under control so that it will stay up under the hat.  

 7:00 p.m.        Begin warm up

 8:23 p.m.        Pit in standby

 8:53 p.m.        Homestead in Stand-by

 9:00 p.m.        Homestead PERFORMS!!
 9:30 p.m.        Awards ceremony

10:00 p.m.       Change out of uniforms, load truck

10:30 p.m.       Load busses/depart
11:30 p.m.       Arrive at Homestead/unload truck





1)    All marching band and color guard are expected to participate at each competition.  Contact Mr. Burn if you will NOT be attending on Saturday.

2)    Please contact Vicki Feltman at if your student will NOT be on the bus going to the competition on Saturday, or if your student will NOT be coming back on the bus after competition.  We don’t want to waste time waiting for someone who won’t show up at bus departure. 

3)    If you are picking up your student after competition, we want to make eye contact with both parent and student before you leave, so that we make sure everyone has hooked up; we would hate to have a student THINK their parent was picking them up, only to have them end up standing in an empty parking lot long after everyone else has left.  Please check out with your bus chaperone, or Deborah Smith, or Vicki Feltman before leaving.

General info regarding the VALLEY CHRISTRIAN QUEST field show


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Chabot College

25555 Hesperian Blve, Hayward, CA 94545



 Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013 Start Time: 4:00 PM


Location: Chabot College Stadium 


Gates Open: 4:00 pm            Start Time: 5:25 pm    Awards: 9:20 pm


Admission Price:   General $15; Seniors $10; Children 5-12 yrs $5


Food Service:  The Dublin Concession Stands will be open with hot food, snacks and drinks.


            Spectator Parking:  Lot G will be open for spectator parking at 2:30 pm.  However, a parking fee is required if you park there before 5 pm.   Parking is free after 5 pm.   Parking Lot B will be open for spectator parking after 5 pm. 


            Bus and Truck Parking: We will either be in parking lot A or B, which is parking for 4A/5A bands.


Driving Directions for spectators: 


Take I-880 North toward Oakland

Take CA-92 exit toward San Mateo Bridge

Take Hesperian Blvd. exit

Turn left into parking areas.



Buddy Bags     Don’t GO OVERBOARD


PARENTS  -    It is not required, first of all.  It is especially  not required to buy everything listed.  Please use a little common sense when purchasing items for these buddy bags.  It is way over the top to put a 2-liter bottle of any beverage, or a 6-pack, or case of liquid in a bag.   Also consider there is absolutely no refrigeration on the bus or at the competition, so sending any kind of dairy product, spinach dip, etc.  will just lead to spoiled food, which unfortunately, might be eaten by some hungry teenager who is clueless about bacteria growth in hot buses (especially if they dig in after the competition on the way home).


STUDENTS – Limit the size of your bags to a SMALL grocery bag.  We will not allow boxes and oversized bags on the buses because there is no room to store them.  All aisles in the buses must be kept clear.  It would be pretty sad to have your buddy bag left in the garbage at Homestead because it’s too big.


Buddy Bags (from Mr. & Mrs. Lamarche)




This Saturday is the first road-trip band competition, and that means Buddy Bags...


They're Fun, They're Festive, They're Full of... STUFF.


In our attempt to minimize the marching band's impact on land-fill, please consider the following when you request or gift into a Buddy Bag:


1. Paper products and food are compostable.  Please consider food products that are packaged in paper or paper products.  That way any waste is entirely compostable.


2. Plastics are recyclable IF they are pretty clean.  So plastic wrap on a messy muffin will probably mean the wrap, and the half eaten muffin end up in the landfill.  If you have plastic products consider how you can sort them out after you're done with them, and if the plastic can be kept reasonably clean (plastic drink bottles are OK if you empty it out).


3. Styrofoam is still not recoverable.  And it's REALLY bad in the land fill.  Quite possible that any styrofoam you trash today will have to be cleaned up by some future generation.  So... just try to avoid styrofoam.


We hope Buddy Bags bring out the creativity in everyone this year, and make for great bus trips.  Thanks for your help in considering the full life of the products in them!


Ken & Susan Lamarche

HHSMB TrashStalkers




The following is the band room/band office availability for October:
When there are Monday night and Wednesday night practices, the band office will be open until 8:30 pm.  

Tue and Thurs the band room/band office will be open until 6 pm.

On non-game Friday’s the band room/band office will be open until 5 pm.
On Saturdays, the band room/band office will be open from 9am-5pm when we have all day practices.