Thunder Band News 7/17/2017

by on Jul.17, 2017, under Announcements, Booster, Guards, Marching Thunder, Percussion

In This Issue

  • Basics Camp This Week
  • Days of ’47 Parade
  • Marching Band Fee Payments
  • Band Camp Food Volunteers
  • Booster Meeting Schedule
  • Rose Parade “Making a Difference” Service Competition
  • SignUpGenius Summary
  • Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Rehearsals

There 168 days until the 2018 Rose Parade. Rose Parade fun fact of the week: It is estimated that the financial impact of the parade (tourism, etc.) for Southern California is $400 million.

Basics Camp This Week

Basics camp is this week and runs every day from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Students should drink lots of water, even when not at camp; wear sunscreen; and bring extra sunscreen to reapply during the day. Students also need to BRING A LUNCH each day. Good Luck with this first week of full rehearsals and go Marching Thunder!


Days of ’47 Parade

The Days of ’47 Parade is next Monday, July 24. 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 be drinking extra water this week to stay hydrated for basics camp and prepare for the parade and they should 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.

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 will be distributed this week during basics camp.

There are still many students who have not paid for their marching shoes or polo shirt. If you have not yet paid for these items, please make these payments this week and send a copy of the receipt to so that we can distribute them to your student for next week’s parade.


Marching Band Fee Payments

Payments for marching band fees are due this Friday, July 21. Payments can be made online at or in person in the Westlake finance office between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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. 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.


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

Our next scheduled 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.


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Upcoming Events

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


Upcoming Rehearsals

  • 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 – 1:00 PM to 9:00 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 – 1:00 PM to 9:00 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 – 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Guard camp
  • July 28 – 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Guard camp
  • July 31 – 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM – Band camp
  • August 1 – 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM – Band camp
  • August 2 – 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM – Band camp
  • August 3 – 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM – Band camp
  • August 4 – 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM – Band camp


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