Hi, everyone,

With today’s release of Return-to-School guidelines from the Georgia Department of Education along with tomorrow’s FCS School Board meeting to discuss the county’s plans for the fall, we think it’s best to reschedule our virtual Parent Meeting to Thursday, July 16th at 7:30 PM. This will allow time to assess any additional guidance we hope to receive in regards to fall sports and activities, especially as it relates to marching band.

As a reminder, we ask that all marching band parents plan to attend the Parent Meeting on Thursday for important updates. Zoom details will be sent out prior to the meeting.

Thank you for your patience as we anxiously await for further direction and protocols from county administration. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Cambridge Band Executive Board

The coolers and cooling towels are ready to be distributed. Thank you for patience. We ran into a few logistical issues obtaining the coolers. But they are here and look AWESOME!

When? Tuesday, July 14th between 4:00-6:00 pm

Where? Distribution will occur under the portico by the gym.

How?
1. Pull your car up to the distribution location. Please remain in your vehicle.
2. At the pick up location, please tell them your student's name.
2. It is important that only one person per car requests the items and that this person practices social distancing and wears a mask.
3. We only have 2 hours to distribute, so please keep the line moving.

Should you need your order prior to Tuesday's pick-up, please contact Cindy Roberts at 404-915-1693 to make other arrangements.

Please spread the word to your friends and family if you know of anyone that would like a Cambridge cooler, as we are still taking orders.

To order online: http://bit.ly/CHScool

Parents & Students,

Due to the uncertainty of our numbers and timelines allowed in rehearsals on campus at this time, we are delaying the start of ANY marching band rehearsals until July 20th. It was my sincere hope that we would be given increased numbers and rehearsal times by now, but with the growing number of COVID-19 cases it is apparent that it will take some more time for that guidance to be communicated. I am being told we will be given more clarity and expectations by early next week. With the delay of school by one week, it makes more sense to allow another week to pass and give us all more information on how we will be able to proceed.

We will be delaying any additional payment of fees at this time as we determine what the best application of those fees will be. We would greatly appreciate your payment of the deposit and the guard payment that is currently pending, if those are still outstanding (you would have received an email reminder and invoice). We would also request that when we make the actual fees that we need to collect available, you have the kind understanding that it may indeed be critical to receive payment as soon as possible to make our financial commitments as a booster organization. We will have a parent meeting via ZOOM on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30pm and hope to share many important plans at that time.

I know these are unprecedented times and I am certain many will be relieved to receive this email and many will be upset to receive this email. All I ask is that we all keep in mind that decisions concerning student health and safety are not easy to navigate at the moment and everyone is doing the best they can with the information we are given.

Below is a new PLAN A, B, and C for the week of July 20th and 27th. I have added some evening rehearsals for the weeks of August 3rd and 10th as well (reflected on the band calendar). These will be used as necessary based on our summer timeline and what we have achieved – as well as what is expected of the coming season. These plans are ONLY for the weeks of July 20th and 27th – please see the band calendar as it is updated.

PLAN A (MONDAY THRU THURSDAY)

8:30-11:30 ALL MEMBERS (in assigned locations to manage numbers)

5:30-8:30 ALL MEMBERS (in assigned locations to manage numbers)

PLAN B (MONDAY THRU THURSDAY)

8:30-11:30 Brass and Percussion (in two different areas)

5:30-8:30 Woodwind and Guard (in two different areas)

PLAN C

Monday 8:30-11:30 Flutes & Trombones
5:30-8:30 Guard & All Percussion

Tuesday 8:30-11:30 Clarinets & Sousas/Baritones
5:30-8:30 Guard & Battery

Wednesday 8:30-11:30 Saxophones/Mellos & Trumpets
5:30-8:30 Guard & Front Ensemble

Thursday 8:30-11:30 All Percussion
5:30-8:30 Guard

This is the best I can do for a “plan” at the moment. As was stated above, we will have a parent meeting on July 14th and we will hope to elaborate more on the specifics of which plan we will be implementing for the coming weeks of hopeful instruction. Thank you for your kind understanding and we certainly hope to see you very soon. Until that time, stay safe and healthy, care for one another, and GO BEARS!

Ryan Borger, Cambridge Bands

Hi, everyone,

We've had a great response for the Water Cooler and Cooling Towels and wanted to remind you that today is the last day to order your items in time for Pre-Band Camp. Plus, if you order the Water Cooler/Cooling Towel bundle by today, you'll get free personalization on your Cambridge water cooler!

Half Gallon Igloo Water Cooler - $25
Cooling Towel - $15
Bundle with Water Cooler and Cooling Towel - $35 ($5 savings)

Please see the flyer below for details. Due to required minimum order quantities, we will not be able to offer these products all season, so don’t wait to order!

To order online: http://bit.ly/CHScool

Here is another great week of Shoutouts for Cambridge ColorGuard!

Congratulations to these students for providing high level achievements in GC:Project Spin this week. Please help me in supporting these hard working individuals for their efforts!! Thanks in advance......Go Bears!!

2020 Sports Medicine High School Sports Physicals Program Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute Sports Medicine is pleased to offer sports physicals to students of our partner schools. The below link is a list of the Northside Hospital clinics that will perform sports physicals for a discounted rate of $20 dollars from June 1-July 24, 2020. To receive this discounted rate, please request a “Northside Sports Physical” and our providers will perform the sports physical and complete the Georgia Pre-Participation Physical History and Evaluation form that your child’s school requires for participation in sports.  All Forsyth County student-athletes must use the physical form provided by North Forsyth High School.

Click the link to get a list of locations participating.

https://www.cambridgebears.com/general/2019-20/releases/20200529hrskpn

There are several positions that are open for the 2020-2021 School Year. Please look at descriptions on the Parents page and contact the appropriate Board member if you are interested.

Open Positions

Parents & Students,

Please join me and the Cambridge Band Boosters in an exciting virtual ZOOM meeting to kickoff our 2020 Band Season THIS FRIDAY at 6PM. You should have received a link by email.

You shouldn't need the password for this meeting if you click on the hyperlink from the email. I will also make the link available to your students in the google classroom.

Information to be shared will include course offerings for next year, the planned co-curricular offerings of the band program, and current plans and "flexibilities" with the upcoming marching band season. The meeting will also introduce our slate of nominations for the band booster executive board - which we plan on virtually approving at the beginning of the meeting. The virutal kickoff will conclude with the "show reveal" for our 2020 Cambridge Marching Band Show. Much of the information shared will apply to parents, but students and parents are always eager to see the show concept for the new year and a link to the critical Marching Band Virtual Registration Form. I might suggest logging onto a computer as a family, or at least make sure one parent is available for the majority of the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you all Friday at 6PM - if you cannot make that time, the meeting will be recorded and link shared in an email and on our soial media outlets and website that evening. These are certianly strange times and we miss you all very much - looking forward to sharing some time with you Friday!!

Ryan Borger, Cambridge Bands

Great News!

If you missed out on the Mattress Fundraiser last November or now need a new mattress, then we have a very local sale for you to help the band fundraise and take care of your need.

South Forsyth HS Bands (cafeteria 10 AM to 5 PM) has a mattress sale tomorrow (just like ours from in Fall) and you can go view, and hopefully, purchase your new mattress.

IMPORTANT: So that Cambridge Band gets the money CREDIT to come to us, please tell them you are from Cambridge HS band so we will receive the proceeds. Just tell them at the time of purchase.

Attached is the complete flyer with all the details.

Also, let us know if you do purchase. We can follow up with the mattress company.

Spread the word. Cambridge Band needs your financial support more than ever!

Thank you so much!

Hello,

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and have gotten a good start to the new year. We will be kicking off the second semester of band with a General Booster Meeting this coming Tuesday, January 14, at 7 pm in the band room. We will be discussing our upcoming fundraisers and events as well as talking about the Nominating Committee and the Executive Board positions which will need filling at the April General Booster meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you Tuesday!

Sue Lawton
Cambridge Band Boosters, Inc.
President

We are so proud of Riley Welch and Jake Tyler for advancing to the second round of All-State Jazz Auditions!

In addition, both students were selected for the The Georgia Association of Jazz Educators (GAJE) High School State Jazz Clinic in conjunction with the auditions. This is an honor band event in which students selected from around the state come together to make up several big bands - they rehearse Friday and Saturday with renowned jazz professionals and educators to perform a concert Saturday afternoon. The event is held in Savannah at Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus from Dec. 6-7th.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Cambridge Winter Guard Team!

Roster:
Angelica Alden
Lourdes Alvarado
Elizabeth Apalkova
Isabel Balcom
Megan Cashman
Emma Dawson
Natalie Fiacco
Tahini Fuentes
Isabella Harris
Victoria Harris
Ayden Horne
Estatira Kahvazadeh
Abbey Killebrew
Katelyn McCarthy
Chinedu Nwakanma
Melike Ozcelik
Hope Peaks
Daniella Pieterse
Sofia Sedenco
Maddy Taylor
Caroline Tobin
Aubrey Webb
Isabel Webber

Time to show your school and holiday spirit!

Cambridge Band is selling our Cambridge Santa Hats - get these collector items while they last and your student can wear them for this and future holiday concerts.

Santa Hats are only $10. See flyer below for a picture and online order information.

Or use this link to go directly to the online order form.

http://bit.ly/santahatorder

You can purchase the Santa Hat, Tervis bottle, Bear Book football program, and other Cambridge gear at the December 10th concert as well. Check out the gear table before the concert.

Elaine Welch
VP Communications
Cambridge HS Band Boosters
404-388-4313

Good morning band families!

Season's Greetings! December is here and our Winter Concert is one week away! The Winter Concert is Tuesday December 10, 2019 at 7pm in the CHS auditorium! We will enjoy a wonderful night of music performed by our children and would like to offer refreshments after the concert for all to enjoy together! If you are able to help us out with this hospitality event, please sign up on the link attached here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DAAAB2EA6F85-refreshments

Thank you very much! Wishing you all peace, health and happiness this holiday season!

Yvonne Grzesiak
Cambridge Band Boosters

Good morning, everyone!

We apologize for the delay in this week's dinner email. We had slight technical difficulties! Regardless of which plan we end up going with tonight, we are still planning to serve the students dinner at 4:45pm. Tonight's dinner will be brought to you by one of our main sponsors - El Azteca. The menu will be as follows:

• Ground beef
• Shredded chicken
• Lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, guacamole
• Tortillas and tortilla chips
• Queso
• Rice Krispie treats

For Saturday's competition ast GSU, we will be serving the students Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits, egg and cheese burritos (for our vegetarian and gluten-free students), and clementines upon arrival at the competition. If this won't be enough to tie your student over until after the 12:30pm performance, please make sure they have something bfore they get to the school.


Following their performance, they will be provided with a light snack. Please remember to send money for concessions as lunch/dinner will be on their own.


Keeping our fingers crossed that we'll be able to have some nice weather for at least one of our performances this weekend! We hope to see many of you at GSU to cheer on our students for their last competition:)

Go Bears!
Uyen Kim and Karen Killebrew

Parents and Students,

All students were told at practice it would be Plan B for tomorrow. Students can wear jeans/comfortable pants and show shirts. Additional layers are acceptable and encouraged. The band does own ponchos, but your own rain gear is probably preferable. Hats are encouraged as well. Try to keep everything as Cambridge colors as possible.

We also announced a Plan C. If the weather is truly as bad as forecasted for tomorrow evening and it proves to be raining all night, we will cancel the attendance at the game entirely. We cannot risk damaging the new battery that should last 5-6 years in year 1, nor would we even want the brass out at the game with an early contest reportin the morning. THIS DECISION WILL BE MADE BY 2:30 TOMORROW AFTERNOON - to allow for the most accurate assessment of the weather. Thanks for your understanding and flexibility.

Ryan Borger & Katie Groves

Good morning Band Seniors! This is a reminder that applications to earn your Fine Arts Diploma Seal are due this Friday, 10/25 by 11:59pm. All the information is posted in your google classroom. Please see Mrs. Groves or Mr. Borger if you have any questions! Thank you, Mrs. Groves Cambridge Band

Parents & Students,

Welcome to the Blue Sheet – your weekly update on all things marching band. It is evident that my formatting of this document is not translating well into CHARMS – so I am attaching it as a PDF so you can see how I format it each week and maybe prefer to see it this way. Hopefully we get some good weather for the coming weekend of marching band. Your positive thoughts are appreciated.

THIS WEEK


Monday, October 21st
• Stadium/Parking Lot Rehearsal (no guard)
Tuesday, October 22nd

• PAWS-6 ALL MEMBERS (Stadium/Parking Lot)
Wednesday, October 23rd
• 4-6:30 Guard Sectionals (Location TBA)
Thursday, October 24th
• 4-6 ALL MEMBERS (Stadium)
Friday, October 25th
• Football @ Pope (See new Plan A and Plan B below)
Saturday, October 26th
• Contest @ GSU (see Saturday schedule)

NEXT WEEK
Monday, October 28th
• No practice
Tuesday, October 29th

• PAWS-6 ALL MEMBERS (Stadium/Band Room)
Thursday, October 31st
• No Practice
Friday, November 1st
• BYE WEEK

FRIDAY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE – PLAN A
3:30 – Show Shirts/Shorts and meet section leaders
4:15 – Load truck in front of school
4:45 – Dismiss to Dinner
5:30 – Load Buses
5:45 – Depart for Pope HS
6:30 – Unload/Warmup
7:15 – Enter Stadium
** We will perform a post-game due to Pope’s Senior Night – and then load quickly for return to Cambridge
11:00 – Approximate Return to Cambridge – look for texts from students (no unload tonight to prepare for our early departure in the morning

FRIDAY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE – PLAN B (Weather protocol)


3:30 – Jeans and Show Shirts – layers and jackets encouraged
4:15 – Load truck in front of school
4:45 – Dismiss to Dinner
5:45 – Load Buses
6:00 – Depart for Pope HS
6:45 – Unload/Warmup
7:10 – Enter Stadium
** Pit and electronics will stay on the truck – only stands instruments needed. We will load battery if it starts to rain.
10:45 – Approximate Return to Cambridge – look for texts from students (no unload tonight to prepare for our early departure in the morning)

Georgia State Contest – October 26th


8:15 AM – Meet section leaders/change to half-uniform
8:45 AM – Load buses to travel to GSU (truck will remain loaded from the night before)
9:45 AM – Arrive GSU/Breakfast provided to students/unload/stretch
11:20 AM – Scheduled Warmup Time
12:30 PM – PERFORMANCE
12:45 PM – Load truck/change to half-uniform/snack/return to stadium
2:15 PM – GSU PERFORMANCE
2:45 PM – Awards
4:30pm - Student Social!
5:00pm - Panther Walk (GSU Band plays for football team entry)
5:30pm - Stadium Gates Open
6:40pm - Panther Band Pre-Game Performance!
7:00pm - Football Game kick-off
*Students should bring money for concessions!
8:30pm - approx. halftime performance
9:15pm - approx. departure
10:00pm - approx. return to Cambridge, unload trailer, dismissal

LOOKING AHEAD


Remaining Marching Band Rehearsals
Tuesday, October 29th – PAWS-6pm
Thursday, November 7th – 4-6pm
Friday, November 8th – Senior Night

SENIOR NIGHT – NOVEMBER 8TH


We celebrate our seniors at the final home football game vs. Alpharetta on November 8th. Seniors will receive a form to complete to announce them and their parent escorts at pregame of that game. The rest of the band will assemble in the stands for this ceremony and play the alma mater and fight song for our graduating seniors. Senior parents will receive a digital copy of this form in the next week as well. Hard to believe we are talking senior night already – make the most of the end of this season of Lunacy!


Ryan Borger & Katie Groves
Cambridge Bands