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Happy Sunday Mighty Hawk Band!

We had an absolutely wonderful first week of August Camp. The weather was amazing, the students worked so hard, and we ended the week 100% on target accomplishing everything that we set out to accomplish for week number one. We were able to put both the 2021 Spirit Show on the field, as well as the first movement of the Varsity production, “The Ruins”. We even got to use the main “Temple” Prop for the evening rehearsal which really started to bring the show to life. The week concluded with a great turn out at our annual “Dogs ‘n Dogs Picnic” at Chisholm park in Hurst and was a lot of fun getting to socialize with everyone and meet their pups. The staff walked away from the week absolutely exhausted, but felt so proud of everyone’s efforts (kids, parents, and staff).

We’re looking forward to a great week number #2 of Band Camp with our evening blocks of varsity rehearsals, our annual Fan Pledge Fundraiser and starting to put Mvt. 2 on the field.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

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

Monday – August Camp Day #6 / BHS Band Hall

· 5:00 – 6:00pm Sophomore Uniform Fittings

· 6:00 – 9:00pm Varsity Rehearsal

Tuesday – August Camp Day #7 BHS Band Hall

· 4:30 – 6:00pm Shoe Fittings for anyone who needs Marching Shoes

· 5:00 – 6:00pm Freshman Uniform Fittings

· 6:00 – 9:00pm Varsity Rehearsal

Wednesday – August Camp Day #8

· 4:00 – 6:00pm Jazz Ensembles Final Rehearsal before Convocation

· 5:00 – 6:00pm Final Uniform Fitting for anyone else who needs fitted

· 6:00 – 9:00pm Varsity Rehearsal

Thursday – August Camp Day #9 / Fan Pledge Fundraiser

· 6:00pm – 8:00pm Fan Pledge Fundraiser (All Band Members Must Attend)

Friday – August Camp Day #10

· 6:00 – 9:00pm Varsity Rehearsal

Your August Payment is Due!!!

Forms / Paper Work / Payment Schedule – All student’s band registration paperwork should have been completed and turned in over the summer months. 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

Last Week you should have received, completed, and turned in:

· UIL 8 Hour Rule Agreement From

· BISD Field Trip Travel / Medical Form

· Mighty Hawk Band Handbook Agreement Form

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.

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 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 for more information about the Logistics Team.

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.

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 (available on Amazon or at Music and Arts)

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

· Side Walk Chalk

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

Mike Cheripka

Director of Bands

Birdville High School

Birdville Independent School District

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