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A very special thank you to everyone that supported the Highland High School Marching Band's drive to replace our sousaphones!


About Highland High School Bands
Highland High School opened in 1993. The band program has an enrollment of over 350 students which make up the 4 concert bands & 3 jazz bands that meet year round, a competitive marching band with 125+ performers, State Champion Winterguard, & State Champion Winter Concert Percussion Ensemble. The band program provides an outstanding music education and creates positive learning experiences for Highland's student musicians.

Highland has established a tradition of musical excellence. The concert, jazz, and marching bands frequently receive ratings of superior with distinction in Arizona festivals and competes in festivals and competitions all over the Southwest.

The Highland Wind Ensemble has been an Honored Performer at the Arizona Music Education Association State Conference in 2004 & 2009.

Is Music the Key to Success?
(New York Times article 11/12/13)


Parents and Students -

All information will now be communicated, distributed, organized, and inputted through Charms. Please click on the link above to login into Charms.

Our school code is: HighlandHighBands.

If you are new to the Highland Band Program and do not have or know your password, we will be sending that information out soon.

Click to download the Band Parents Meeting Presentation

Lots of great stuff this week - please read - or at least glance through :)

Thank you to all of those that came to the band concert on Thursday night - and a special thank you to all the students (& directors!) for all their hard work.  It was a great concert!

CONGRATS to the marching band - 2nd place at the Sabino competition in Tucson on Saturday.  They were AMAZING!  If you want to check them out, they will be competing at Gilbert High School on Saturday - see below for details.

Our General Board meeting will be on Monday, October 2 from 7-8 pm in the band room.  If you have any items for the agenda, please email Angie Smith (angelasmith@cox.net) ASAP.  All interested parents/guardians/family members are invited to attend.

Attached is a copy of the schedule of band concerts/competitions for the year.  It includes concert band, jazz band and marching band.  Please feel free to share with friends and family.

On October 13th, at our home game with Desert Vista, our school will be honoring Marquis Cooper, a former HHS football player who recently passed away. This game is a "White Out" and all those attending are encouraged to wear white shirts. The football team had generously purchased shirts for the entire marching band and staff to wear and they are encouraging the band parents and families to join in. They are offering shirts to band parents and families for free but encourage a donation of $4 ($7 for 2XL and 3XL) for each shirt. Angie Smith will be taking orders via email (angelasmith@cox.net) or you can comment on the Facebook post.  We need to have final sizes/numbers to the football boosters by TUESDAY NIGHT (Oct. 3), so if you would like a shirt, email Angie ASAP.  She will be at Tuesday night rehearsal to collect any orders & donations.  Thank you for helping HHS work together in this powerful effort of unity and support! 

    • Fundraising
    • Panda Express Fundraiser - Wednesday, October 4.   (Val Vista/Baseline location).  Times & other details will be sent in the next day or so.
    • Jeep Raffle - PARENTS ONLY - reminder: you can pick up raffle tickets/drop off completed tickets & money this week on Monday, October 2 after the board meeting,   Tuesday, October 3 from 5:15-6:15 pm in the band room or on Thursday, October 7 at the jazz band concert.  Band has sold about 250 tickets so far - our goal is 1000, so help us meet our goal by checking out tickets to sell to your family members, co-workers, neighbors, strangers you meet in the grocery store, etc.!  The kids CAN NOT handle the tickets or the money, so we are only able to check out tickets to parents.  If you have any questions email Dorean at secretary@highlandhighband.org.
    • Amazon Smile - The direct link to support the Highland band is http://smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0548043.  
    • Fry's Community Rewards - earn money for our band by linking your VIP card.  Go to: https://www.frysfood.com/topic/new-community-rewards-program and link to HHS Band Boosters (#80033).  For more info, see our website (under fundraising).
    • Basha's Community Reward card credits are an easy way to earn funds for your student's band account.  If you shop at Basha's  AJ's or Food City, contact Carla at carlajduff@gmail.com for more info and to get a rewards card. Reminder: Basha’s Gift Card Policy prohibits Community Rewards Card reloads with Prepaid Gift Cards with AmEx, MC and/or Visa logos.  Lottery Tickets, Money orders, and Retail gift cards (including AMEX/MC/Visa) cannot be purchased with Community Rewards Cards.


  • Jazz Band concert with Highland Junior High - Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.  Jeep raffle tickets will be sold at the concert, so if you didn't get yours last week, it's not too late!
  • The syllabus shows the 1st payment for spring tour (Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble ONLY) due October 6.  That date has been delayed about a month.  We will let you know when the first spring tour payment - $200 - is due.


  • Gilbert Invitational competition will be on Saturday, October 7.  Highland is scheduled to perform at 8:15 pm.  Admission cost - $8 for adults, $5 for students w/id & senior citizens, kids 5 and under are free.  CASH ONLY!
  • WELL DONE on Saturday - both the band (2nd place - yeah!) and the parent (& sibling/alumni) volunteers.  It was amazing to see how many people drove all the way to Tucson to support the band.  Thank you volunteers for all your help!!
  • There will be no water/med parent on Wednesdays.  Please make sure you student has water with them when they leave home - there will be no way to refill it in the afternoon.  Unfortunately we are unable to get a parent to volunteer for Wednesdays.  If you would be interested in helping out on Wednesdays, please sign up in Charms on contact Marla (vicepresident1@highlandhighband.org).
  • Daily water help needed -  Friday.  If you can help, sign up in Charms or email Marla.
  • We still aren't sure if the panels will come in before our next competition.  If the shipment arrives before Tuesday, we will send out an email/FB post and ask for volunteers to help on Tuesday night to practice for Saturday.
  • Saturday's schedule is linked here.  Just a few items to note:
    • Warm up will begin at 8:00 am.  Break from 11-4:30.
    • Hair braiding begins at 4:30, regular call time is 5:00 pm.
    • Highland is scheduled to perform at 8:15 pm, awards at 9:00, back at Highland around 10:30 pm.
    • Cost for admission - $8 adults, $5 students w/id & senior citizens, children 5 and under free.  THEY ONLY ACCEPT CASH FOR ADMISSION, so plan accordingly.
  • To sign up to be one of the field volunteers OR to help during warm-up on Saturday, sign up here: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=hlndazhsb&v=3589688.  Only those that are signed up to help on the field during the competition will get in for free. 
  • To donate snacks for after the competition, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e45a5a82b0-gilbert3
If you have any questions about volunteering on the field, email Rebecca at vicepresident2@highlandhighband.org

Have a wonderful week!
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