From the Band Room - August 24, 2015

Submitted by BMorgan on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:47

Important Dates

  • RSVP for New Family Welcome Breakfast ~ Monday, August 24th
  • Addresses due for Annual Letter Writing Campaign ~ Wednesday, August 26th and 27th
  • Welcome Breakfast ~ Saturday, August 29th
  • Mandatory Fast Start Clinic ~ 6th Grade Brass ~ Wednesday, September 2nd from 4-6pm
  • Mandatory Fast Start Clinic ~ 6th Grade Woodwinds ~ Wednesday, September 2nd from 6-8 pm

Returning the Student Band Packets & Forms

Please make sure you return the Student Information Sheet even if you did not make any changes or corrections. Put the Student Information Sheet and all required forms, including the Statement of Responsibility, Yearlong Internet Policy, Uniform Agreement for 7th and 8th graders and the Smart Music form (and any money for microphones...checks only) in the Manila envelope you should have received. You may include your Fair Share Assessment (FSA) payment ($100 due by September 11th). Have your student bring the envelope to the band room and our Database Manager will be collecting the forms throughout this next week. This will be their first grade. The packet is due by September 3rd.

SmartMusic Forms

Every student must return the SmartMusic Form
To ensure we order the correct number of SmartMusic subscriptions, every student must return the SmartMusic Order Form. You only need one subscription per family, unless your students use different computers. Please inform us if we need to order a subscription or that you can share a subscription. If you have a student in Wando Band, they will receive a SmartMusic subscription and therefore you would not need a copy for your Cario Band student (unless they are using different computers). Also, we will purchase microphones for the PC and MAC (at cost) that are designed to be used with instruments and SmartMusic. We only order microphones for those students that include payment with their form.

If your student used SmartMusic over the summer, you may get a warning to renew your subscription. DON'T! Your current subscription will expire on September 30th and all students will receive a new subscription in September (this is included in your FSA).

New Family Welcome Breakfast

Attention to All New Families to our Band Program! Please be our guest & join us at the Mt. Pleasant Applebee's on Saturday, August 29th. Meet some experienced Band Students and Booster Board Members. Talk to 8th Grade Band Members who play the same instrument you do. If you have questions, this is the time to ask! Enjoy a nice, hot pancake breakfast courtesy of your Band Boosters. We really are here to serve you and look forward to meeting you! Please complete and return the New Family Welcome Breakfast Reservation by Monday, August 24th.

8th Graders:

Be on the lookout for a Volunteer Sign Up email. We will be needing lots of you to welcome the new 6th graders by greeting, serving and answering any questions they have. We will need some parents as well to cook the pancakes. There will be a couple of shifts so you won't have to be there all day. It will be a lot of fun!!

Annual Together for Kids Letter Writing Campaign ~ Due Wednesday, August 26th and 27th

The Letter Writing Campaign will begin this week! On August 24th, the students will learn about the Campaign, how it works and that the money raised will go into the GENERAL FUND. This is used to do instrument repairs, purchase instruments, pay teachers who assist in the classroom,buy books, etc. This has been a HUGE success in the past and we would like to raise even more this year. Addresses are due on August 27th and volunteers will be needed that day to assist the students in completing the address envelopes and letters. There will be Gift Certificate prizes for the top two students who send the most letters to legitimate people. This is a great way to support the band so encourage your students to ask Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, neighbors and friends. If you have any questions regarding the campaign please contact Angela Redden (843) 224-2267 or

Please note: Contributions toward an individual student's fees should be sent separately and are not tax deductible. Donations to Cario Band Together for Kids are placed in our General Fund.

Uniforms ~ 8th Grade

Uniform ~ 8th Graders: Remember that you will have Wando Band Night where all the 8th grade band students from Mt. Pleasant perform with the Wando High School Marching Band on Friday, September 18th (attendance is mandatory). You will need khaki shorts and predominantly white tennis shoes to go along with your blue Cario band t-shirt. Note: Stagecoach has the very same khaki shorts that the Wando High School marching band wears for $20.

IMPORTANT! Every 8th grader needs to try on their Cario Band t-shirt. You MUST verify that your Cario Band t-shirt fits or order a new size. Please fill out the Cario T-shirt form and send it in as soon as possible. (Your student must wear this t-shirt, if they are volunteering for Fast Start Clinic or the New Family Breakfast and they will need it for Wando Band Night on September 18th).

Please contact our Uniform Chair, Elisa Chavez, with any questions you may have at