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Sunday E-News (July 29-Aug.4)

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 upcoming school year and Marching Band Season so let’s hit the ground running this week.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday – Leadership Camp Day #1 / BHS Band Hall

· Required for all members of the leadership team

·  8:00 – 11:00am Leadership Training with Mr. Hackworth    

· 11:30 – 1:00pm Lunch on your own

· 12:00 – 3:00pm Dress for Rehearsal

Tuesday – Leadership Camp Day #2 / BHS Band Hall

· Required for all members of the leadership team

· 9:00 – 11:30am History Lesson with Mr. Cheripka

· 11:30 – 1:00pm Lunch on your own

· 1:00 – 3:00pm Service Project

Wednesday – August Camp Day #1

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

· 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)

Thursday – August Camp Day #2

· 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)

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

· 7:30 – 9:30am Outside Marching (Yes you Need Your Instrument!)

· 9:30am – 1:00pm Marching Auditions / Lunch on your own

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

· 6:00pm – 9:00pm 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 9:00pm

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 inthe 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.

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

· 2019 / 2020 Statement of Intent

· Initial Down Payment of $250

· UIL Physical Release Form

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 next week 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.

Leadership Team - See you guys tomorrow!

Everyone - We’ll see you bright and early Wednesday morning and remember… Let’s make it happen!

Returning Members If you have not done so, please return last year’s concert attire in the dry cleaning band with the you name clearly mark on the receipt and attached to the bag. This is a must!!! Thank you. J

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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