Monday, January 14, 2019

News from Remind

From Remind:

We’re sorry to write with disappointing news. Recently, we learned that Verizon will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for us to continue supporting free text messaging for anyone who has Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. Please read on for all the important details—we promise to keep this as short as we can.

What’s happening?
To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that our users receive or send. Now, Verizon is charging Remind an additional fee intended for companies that send spam over its network. Your Remind messages aren’t spam, but our efforts to resolve the issue with Verizon haven’t been successful.

As a result, the Verizon fee will increase our costs of providing text messaging by 11X—pushing our annual costs into the millions of dollars. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan with Verizon.

How will this affect you?
Beginning January 28, 2019, the people in your classes who normally get your Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if they have Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier.

What can you do?
To make sure people in your classes continue receiving your messages, ask them to download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge. Our team’s also working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and we’ll share more details with you before January 28.
In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to make sure educators, students, and parents have access to effective communication. To do this, we need your help: If using Remind has made a positive impact in your classroom, at your school, or anywhere in between, please ask Verizon to reverse the fee here:
We’re very grateful for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon with an update.

The Remind team

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Academic All-State

UHSAA is now including music in their Academic All-State program!  In order to be eligible a student must:
  • Be a senior
  • Be registered on Register My Athlete
  • Qualify with an index score (index scores here) or an unweighted 4.0 GPA
If you qualify, here's how to apply:
  • Enter your Register My Athlete account and click on the Academic All-State tab
  • Enter your unweighted cumulative high school GPA (you can get a transcript in the Registrar's office)
  • Enter ACT/SAT score(s)
  • Submit nomination form 

The deadline to get your part finished is January 28th!    Do not delay!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Winter Concert Yearly Reception

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Our Annual Winter Band Concert is quickly approaching.  Every year we like to take a moment and celebrate the holiday season with our Band family. We will have a reception immediately following our Winter concert on December 18, 2018. We thought it would be fun to involve our families in providing the holiday Cookies for this reception.  There is a sign-up sheet on the blog or you can access it with this link:

We are excited to see some of your favorite family recipes or if you prefer your favorite bakery cookies. We appreciate your willingness to volunteer and help our students succeed and we love chances like this to celebrate you and your students. This is a great opportunity for our Band family to get to know each other even better! See you on December 18th.  If you have questions about the sign-up or reception please contact Dee Webb at 801-694-9170.  

We look forward to seeing all of you!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

College Auditions


Did you know some colleges give music scholarship money even to those not majoring in music?  Did you know that playing in a music group in college helps you do better in your studies?  

Colleges will be starting their auditions soon after the New Year!  Audition dates are usually posted on each college's music department web site.  Audition requirements are usually posted there, as well.  Look up the college(s) you're interested in today!

Go for it!  It doesn't hurt to earn a little extra money for college.  AND you get to keep playing music even if you're not majoring in music.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Booster Meeting Minutes--11/6/18

We had a fantastic turn out for our parent meeting on Tuesday.  Thanks to everyone who came.  For those who couldn't make it, here is what was discussed:

  1. The 2018 Fall Marching Band season.
    1. The general consensus was that things went well.  Communication was good.  There were more volunteers than ever.  The band is stronger and improving.
    2. Some things that could be fixed:
      1. Feeding the kids.  The concern was that the kids would eat a big meal before boarding the bus and then not be hungry a couple of hours later to eat the meal the parent provide.  They also seem to lose focus during that time.  They also always seemed to be rushed.  Some ideas were to feed them before they board buses, giving them a box lunch to eat on the way, or not feeding them a whole meal but providing snacks for after performing.
      2. Disorganization of equipment.  It was pointed out that since we are in the upper classes, there is less room to park and spread out.  It was suggested that the kids be trained to put their cases in a certain spot away from the back of the trailers so they can be unloaded and things aren't so messy.  We just have to work with the limited space that we are given.
      3. Working in the dark.  It seemed more items were lost this year.  This could be due to the fact that we weren't completely prepared for what it's like to pack up in the dark.  A suggestion was made to acquire lights that belong to the band.  Reorganizing the way the kids leave their instrument cases could also help with this.
    3. Saturday work day to clean pod and store marching band equipment.  
      1. November 10th at 9:00 am
  2. Fundraising
    1. Eric Burns introduced the sponsor program that he and Lindsay Godwin started.  Several parent took letter with them to get the ball rolling.
    2. Eric also talked about upcoming fundraisers
    3. We will be asking for help sorting the Lehi Roller Mills order once it comes in.
    4. Larry Webb talked about U of U concessions.  He is going to look at the calendar and sign us up for more opportunities.  He is going to decide to sign up for 12 or 24 positions.  Filling 24 positions during football/marching band season was difficult, but maybe during the winter/spring sports we will have an easier time filling positions.  
  3. Winter Competition Season
    1. Carrie Black and Sara Leach talked about needing help during the season and also when we host competitions in March/April.  Sign-ups will be going up for volunteers.  Color Guard dates will also be going on the calendar.
  4. Band Dinner/Dance (May 18, 2019)
    1. Janice Bringhurst asked for parents to join the planning committee.  If you are interested, please email the boosters ( with your name and number.