Happy Sunday Mighty Hawk Band!

Well guys, it’s here…August Camp!!! I hope that everyone had a restful summer and enjoyed some quality time off with friends and family. I couldn’t be more excited about the "NORMAL" upcoming school year and Marching Band Season. Let’s hit the ground running this week and make the 2021-2022 Mighty Hawk Band the Best Band Ever! (BBE!!!)

The schedule for the week is as follows:


**August Camp is Required for All Members of the Mighty Hawk Band**


Monday – August Camp Day #1 / BHS Band Hall

· 7:30– 8:00am Meet and Greet in the Band Hall

· 8:00 – 10:30am Outside Marching (Yes you Need Your Instrument!)

· 10:30am – 1:00pm Lunch on your own

· 1:00pm – 4:00pm Inside Playing (Dress as if you’ll be working out)

· 4:00 – 6:00pm Dinner on your own

· 6:00 – 9:00pm Inside / Outside Marching and Playing


Tuesday – August Camp Day #2 / BHS Band Hall

· 7:30 – 10:30am Outside Marching (Yes you Need Your Instrument!)

· 10:30am – 1:00pm Lunch on your own

· 1:00pm – 4:00pm Inside Playing (Dress as if you’ll be working out)

· 4:00 – 6:00pm Dinner on your own

· 6:00 – 9:00pm Inside / Outside Marching and Playing

· Auditions to for the Varsity Marching Band will take place during this block


Wednesday – August Camp Day #3

· 7:30 – 10:30am Outside Marching (Yes you Need Your Instrument and your Dot Book)

· 10:30am – 1:00pm Lunch on your own

· 1:00pm – 4:00pm Inside Playing (Dress as if you’ll be working out)

· 4:00 – 6:00pm Dinner on your own

· 6:00 – 9:00pm Inside / Outside Marching and Playing


Thursday – August Camp Day #2

· 7:30 – 10:30am Outside Marching (Yes you Need Your Instrument and your Dot Book!)

· 10:30am – 1:00pm Lunch on your own

· 1:00pm – 4:00pm Inside Playing (Dress as if you’ll be working out)

· 4:00 – 6:00pm Dinner on your own

· 6:00 – 9:00pm Inside / Outside Marching and Playing


Friday – August Camp Day #3 / Dog’s and Dog’s Annual Picnic

· 7:30 – 10:30am Outside Marching (Yes you Need Your Instrument and your Dot Book!)

· 10:30am – 1:00pm Lunch on your own

· All Donation for the Dog’s and Dog’s Picnic are Due

· 1:00pm – 4:00pm Inside Playing (Dress as if you’ll be working out)

· 6:00pm – 8:00pm Dog’s and Dog’s Annual Picnic / Social

· Chisholm Park- 2200 Norwood Dr, Hurst, TX 76054

· Pleases be sure that your ride is there to pick you up at 8:00pm


August Camp Survival Tips

Student Drop Off and Pick-Up – Please remember to drop off and pick up your kiddos at the front entrance to BHS (off of Mid Cities Blvd). For traffic safety please do not drive them to the practice field or pick them up at the practice field. Upperclassmen that are driving to rehearsal, please remember that you must park in the student parking lot (not horseshoe parking lot).


Health / Heat Safety – Everyone loves summer, but without precaution, our rigorous activities, the sunshine, and heat can get the best of us. We won’t be outside for the entirety of our rehearsal days, but enough to impact your health if you’re not prepared. Failure to hydrate and eat/drink enough will impact your health negatively, often resulting in exhaustion, headache, and nausea. Avoiding heavy greasy foods, milk or dairy products.


Drink more than you usually do and drink primarily water. Water should be the vast majority of your liquid intake during August Camp, and not just during rehearsal times but around the clock, weekends included. Juices and Gatorade / Powerade are fine but are not substitutes for actual water. Avoid caffeinated, sugary, and energy drinks like tea, soda, Red Bull, etc. Be sure to bring a one gallon supply of iced water to all rehearsals and fill up your container during your lunch break.


Other ways to beat the heat- Wear light colors or white t-shirts and loose fitting clothing. Moisture-wicking garments are optimal. Wear comfortable athletic shoes and moisture-reducing socks. The cooler & drier your feet, the cooler and more comfortable you’ll be. Remember, flip flops and sandals will not work since we will be running and working out. Wear a hat and sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes and off of your cheeks, nose, and ears. Apply / re-apply sunscreen prior to outdoors rehearsal blocks.


Lunch - Our daily lunch break is from 10:30am-1:00pm. Students may leave campus for lunch or bring a sack lunch. Remember, lunch is not provided, but please make good eating and drinking choices.


Camp Supply Check List

· Water Jug Filled with Iced Water

· Sun Screen

· Correct Rehearsal Clothes and Shoes

· Instrument

· Show Music in plastic page protectors inside a Black 3 Ring Binder

· Mechanical Pencil

· Flip Folder and Lyre (Due Wednesday / available on Amazon or at Music and Arts)

· Dot Book (Due Wednesday / 50 Spiral Bound and Ruled index Cards, Shoe String)

· Side Walk Chalk


Forms / Paper Work / Payment Schedule – All students paperwork should have been completed and turned in over the summer months. We will be doing a final sweep to make sure that all paperwork is turned in and completed by the end of the week. You should have already turned in

· 2021 / 2022 Statement of Intent

· Initial Down Payment of $250

· UIL Pre Participation Physical Release Form Signed By a Doctor


This Week you will receive:

· UIL 8 Hour Rule Agreement From

· BISD Field Trip Travel / Medical Form

· Mighty Hawk Band Handbook Agreement Form

· Private Lesson Enrollment Form

· All forms are due back on Friday Along with your August Payment.


All forms are available in the Band Hall. If you might have missed one at registration, please be sure to pick up a new form and turn in before the end of rehearsal on Wednesday.


Uniform Fittings – Please be sure when being fitted for your uniforms later this week that you take a shower during the lunch break and come to the afternoon block clean. Please bring your compression shorts to wear under your uniform when trying them on.


Dogs N Dogs Picnic – Please join us this Friday evening at Chisholm Park in Hurst for our annual “Dogs N Dogs” picnic. There will be free food, drinks, snacks, and of course…our K9 pets! As always there will be games played (football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and more), fellowship, and a chance to show off your puppies. Please join us for a fun filled evening.


Volunteer Meeting - Come join us on Monday, August 9th at 7:45 in the band hall for a meet-and-greet and to find out how you can become involved with the Mighty Hawk Band. Committee leads will talk about what volunteering for their committee entails and there will be time for Q and A. Remember - parental involvement/support is crucial for the success of the band. Here is a bonus: At the end of the meeting we will all make our way to the practice field to watch the end of rehearsal. Don't miss out! Please contact Kathleen Cantrell 817-247-6414 or kkcantrell@msn.com with any questions.


Still in need of Logistics Volunteers – The Logistics Team is still in need of more folks to help with this year’s band program. We have openings in all Areas that need to be filled(Prop Builders, Prop and Equipment Movers for Games and Contests, and Box Truck / CDL Drivers to Drive the Mighty Hawk Band Semi). Please contact Jenna Waters at Jenna@JWillow.net for more information about the Logistics Team.

For the most up to date information – Please find the most update information on the Mighty Hawk Band at www.MightyHawkBand.com or follow us on Facebook (Birdville HS Mighty Hawk Band).



Mike Cheripka

Director of Bands

Birdville High School

Birdville Independent School District

Happy Wednesday Mighty Hawk Band!


This is just a friendly reminder to everyone about tomorrow's "Catch Up Camp". As discussed earlier this Summer, UIL added an addition 12 hours for pre August Marching due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have decided that the best way for us to use these hours is to get together one addition time to review how to march (starting at the very beginning to get everyone caught up...Catch Up Camp!). This camp is for all Winds and Percussionist.


Color Guard members, Mr. Horton and Ms. Bennett will not be here until August 2nd. August 2nd will be your first day to show up to camp. I can't wait for you to meet them. They are awesome!


The new Mighty Hawk Band Online Calendar launches tonight at midnight. In the past, we had many people tell us they had trouble viewing the Charms Calendar. We finally received permission from BISD to change to a Google Calendar which is AWESOME! All dates for the entire school year (including all August Camp-End of Marching Season rehearsals) are on the calendar. Please be sure to check it out ASAP.


See you all tomorrow!



Mike Cheripka

Director of Bands

Birdville High School

Birdville Independent School District

Happy Sunday Mighty Hawk Band!

Its super exciting to get to send out Sunday Email News #1 for the 2021-2022 School year!

I hope you all had a great summer break and are looking forward to getting things rolling with Summer Camps and starting to put “The Ruins” and the 2021 Spirit Show on the field.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday – Percussion Camp / Last Monday Night Rehearsal for the Summer

· 9:00 – 12:00pm Percussion Camp – Morning Block

· 12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch Break

· 1:00 – 5:00pm Afternoon Block

· 1:00 – 4:00pm Last Round of All Region Jazz Sectionals for the Summer

· 5:00 – 8:00pm Full Band

Tuesday – Leadership Camp Day #1 / Percussion Camp

· 9:00 – 12:00pm Leadership Camp Day #1 – Morning Block

· 9:00 – 12:00pm Percussion Camp – Morning Block

· 12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch Break

· 1:00 – 5:00pm Percussion Camp Afternoon Block

· 1:00 – 4:00pm Leadership Camp Day #1 Afternoon Block

Wednesday – Leadership Camp Day #2 / Percussion Camp

· 9:00 – 12:00pm Leadership Camp Day #2 – Morning Block

· 9:00 – 12:00pm Percussion Camp – Morning Block

· 12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch Break

· 1:00 – 5:00pm Percussion Camp Afternoon Block

· 1:00 – 4:00pm Leadership Camp Day #2 Afternoon Block

Thursday – Catch Up Camp (For every member of the Mighty Hawk Band)

· 7:30am – 10:30am – Outside Marching

· 10:30am – 1:00pm – Lunch Break

· 1:00 – 4:00pm – Afternoon Block (Inside Marching / Playing)

Friday – Last Day of Summer / Enjoy your day off!

· No rehearsal / Enjoy your day off J

Mighty Hawk Band Uniform / swag items / TMF online Store – This is just a friendly reminder that the TMF online store closes tonight at Midnight. It is super important that every member of the 2021-2022 Mighty Hawk Band goes online to purchase the required items from the swag package for the upcoming season before midnight tonight! For returning members, the rehearsal shorts and water jug / jug carrier are the same as last year. You do not need to purchase these two items unless you want to have a second pair of shorts or new water jug. All other items in the package are new for this year.

UIL Pre-Participation Physicals / Registration Forms – Please be sure to bring you UIL Pre-participation Physical clearance form (this is required for everyone and must be signed by a doctor) along with any registration forms that have not been turned in and given to Mr. Stover ASAP this week.

For the most up to date information – Please find the most update information on the Mighty Hawk Band at www.MightyHawkBand.com or follow us on Facebook (Birdville HS Mighty Hawk Band).


Mike Cheripka

Director of Bands

Birdville High School

Birdville Independent School District