Thunder Band News 7/10/2017

by on Jul.11, 2017, under Announcements, Booster, Color Guard, Guards, Marching Thunder, Percussion

In This Issue

  • Marching Band Fee Payments
  • Days of ’47 Parade
  • Camps and Rehearsal Excused Absence Form
  • Band Camp Food Volunteers
  • Booster Meeting Schedule
  • Rose Parade “Making a Difference” Service Competition
  • Corps Encore
  • SignUpGenius Summary
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Rehearsals

There 175 days until the 2018 Rose Parade. Rose Parade fun fact of the week: It is estimated that around 51.9 million people in the United States watched the 2010 Rose Parade. It is also broadcast to more than 220 countries and territories outside of the US.

Marching Band Fee Payments

UPDATE: As of last week, there was an issue with the system recognizing students by their student number. If your Westlake student isn’t being recognized by student number, use the public fee option instead when making your fee payment.

Payments for marching band fees can now be made online at or in person in the Westlake finance office between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The deadline for paying marching band fees is Friday, July 21.

Fees can be paid as a public fee, so fees for ninth grade students can also be paid online and you do not need to go to the high school unless you prefer to make your payments directly at the Westlake finance office.

Alpine School District policy requires that the fees be broken down based on the categories that are listed in the parent packet that was handed out when you were registering your student for marching band. You will need to add each individual category to your cart and then you can make a single payment that includes all of the categories. The fees are listed in alphabetical order so you will have to go through the full list to select the correct fee categories. Here are the fee categories you will need to add to your cart:

  • Camps and Clinics: $280
  • Competition and Application Fees: $35
  • Equipment, Drill, Music Supplies, etc.: $111
  • State Championship/BOA Regional $175 (This is the St. George trip)
  • Transportation: $75
  • Uniform/Shirt, gloves, etc.: $24
  • Uniform Rental: $25 (Rental of the actual uniform)

The total in your cart should add up to $725 in basic fees.

The fee for the equipment, drill, and music supplies was incorrectly entered as $0 when the category was created on Monday. If you made your fee payment before this was corrected on Wednesday morning, please make that additional payment now that the fee amount has been corrected.

In the fee breakdown in the marching band packet the equipment, drill, and music supplies fee is $211. Your $100 deposit is applied to this category, so $111 is the remaining amount after your deposit is applied. If you have not already paid your $100 marching band deposit, please also make that payment at this time.

If you need to pay for shoes, polo shirts, or instrument rental, you can do this at the same time. Instrument rental fees apply to students in the percussion (front ensemble and drumline), baritone, euphonium, mellophone, sousaphone, bass clarinet, and baritone sax sections.

After you have paid your fees, please send a copy of the receipt to Shauna Ivins ( so that we can ensure that the band financial records are updated with that information.

If you have balance adjustments for the banner fundraiser, those adjustments may not show up on your student’s account yet. If you expect to have an adjusted fee balance but are unsure what your remaining balance should be, contact Shawna Ivins at the email address listed above and she can help you with that information.


Days of ’47 Parade

The Days of ’47 Parade is on July 24, two weeks from today. We are entry number five in the parade, so we are right at the beginning of the parade!

Call time on the day of the parade is 6:15 AM. Buses will be departing at 6:30 AM. Please make sure your student has eaten a good breakfast that morning. Students should begin hydrating in the days before the parade—drinking extra water during those days—and drink plenty of water the morning of the parade. We will provide water for the bus ride there and a snack for the bus ride home. Watch for a sign-up sheet next week for snack items for the bus ride.

The band will be wearing light khaki shorts and polo shirts. Khaki shorts are required for all students for this parade and should be long and in good repair. Please prepare for this now so that there is not a last-minute rush to find the required shorts. Polo shirts and shoes have been ordered and will be distributed during basics camp. Please be sure you have paid for these items and have sent the receipts to


Camps and Rehearsal Excused Absence Form

Last week’s email contained information regarding rehearsals and camps along with instructions to use the absence excuse form found on the web site. Many of you have noticed that the form was accidentally removed from the web site. We apologize for the inconvenience. It is attached to this email and will be uploaded to the website within the next day or so.

Absence excuse forms should normally be turned in to Mr. Mangelson, but he is currently out of the country. For now, please turn them in to a staff member at sectionals. You may also email a copy to Mr. Mangelson so that he will have a copy for his records, but be sure to turn in a paper copy to a staff member or to Mr. Mangelson once he returns.


Band Camp Food Volunteers

It’s that time of year again. Band camp is just around the corner and WE NEED YOU! We need volunteers to sign up to work a shift during the week of band camp (July 31 to August 4) and volunteers to donate food items.

If you sign up to donate a food item, Becky Barney will be receiving items on Wednesday, July 26, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the parking outside the band room. Please drop off donated items during this time period or make other arrangements with Becky.

Because of the large amount of food needed for the week, food items are based on quantity. If an item states Costco but you plan to buy it somewhere else, please make sure to get the correct amount since that is the quantity we are planning on.

If you sign up for a shift, please note that no children are allowed to come with you. This is a district rule for kitchen use. Please plan to be there during the entire shift you sign up for. If you are not able to stay for the entire shift, please let one of the food committee members know, remove your name from the sign-up list, or find someone to replace or fill in for you.

To sign up to help during a shift or donate a food item, please go to Thank you so much for being willing to help. We truly can’t pull this off without you!

If you have any questions, please call, text, or email Becky Barney at 914-439-7534 or


Booster Meeting Schedule

We hope you have been enjoying your summer break, including a break from booster meetings. Our next schedule band booster meeting is on Wednesday, August 9, at 7:30 PM in the band room. Booster meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of the month, but the August meeting has been moved because of band camp week.

All parents are invited to attend Booster Meetings. If you want to know more about how the booster organization is run, find out how you can get involved, or help in the decision-making process, come to the booster meeting. We hope to see you there!


Rose Parade “Making a Difference” Service Competition

In the spirit of the Rose Parade theme, we are going to hold a “service competition” between the different sections in the band. We have several exciting service events we will be doing throughout the marching band season. We hope everyone has fun with this and will live up to the Westlake Marching Thunder name by showing respect and kindness during the several service events. Let’s make Utah proud as we represent the Rose Parade theme of “Making a Difference.”

The first event will be providing speaking partners for students of “English Without Limits” in Eagle Mountain each Thursday evening in July. There are only four slots each day. To sign up to help with this, go to

The second event will be joining Joshua Fluckiger on the morning of August 5th as he completes an Eagle Scout project for “Sleep in Heavenly Peace.” Sleep in Heavenly Peace provides bunk beds, which we will build, and bedding for children without beds. To sign up to help with this event, go to

Thanks ahead of time for supporting this fun competition. We know that you will “make a difference” in your own community and in the world community. Please call Karen Rowley (385-539-0481) with any questions.


Corps Encore

On July 12, Corps Encore will be held in Stewart Stadium at Weber State University at 7:00 PM. We have several members and former members of the Marching Thunder participating in this show with The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps.

Tickets purchased in blocks of 20 or more avoid the processing fee. If you are interested in purchasing tickets with a group, please contact Nisha Murray at 801-518-9470.

Corps Encore
July 12, 2017 – 7:00 PM
(Stadium box office opens at 2:00 PM, gates open at 5:30 PM)

Stewart Stadium
Weber State University
4100 South Taylor Avenue
Ogden, UT 84403

Confirmed performing groups (listed in alphabetical order)

Battalion – Salt Lake City, UT
Blue Devils – Concord, CA
Blue Knights – Denver, CO
Cascades – Seattle, WA
Columbians – Pasco, WA
Mandarins – Sacramento, CA
Oregon Crusaders – Portland, OR
Pacific Crest – Diamond Bar, CA


SignUpGenius Summary

As we get into marching band season, the online sign-up sheets come rapidly. To help simplify things, we summarize them for the weekly emails. Here are the active sign-up sheets right now.


Upcoming Events

  • July 21 – Marching band fee deadline
  • July 24 – 6:15 AM to 12:00 PM – Days of ’47 Parade


Upcoming Rehearsals

  • July 10 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Drumline sectional
  • July 10 – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Pit sectional
  • July 11 – 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Brass and woodwind sectional
  • July 17 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Basics camp
  • July 18 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Basics camp
  • July 19 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Basics camp
  • July 20 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Basics camp
  • July 21 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Basics camp
  • July 25 – 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Marching band rehearsal
  • July 25 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Drumline camp
  • July 25 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Guard camp
  • July 26 – 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Marching band rehearsal
  • July 26 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Drumline camp
  • July 26 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Guard camp
  • July 27 – 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Marching band rehearsal
  • July 27 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Drumline camp
  • July 27 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Guard camp



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