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Balfour Letter Jacket Rep Coming May 13

Students who qualify for a letter in band are eligible to purchase a letter jacket from Balfour. They will come to the band hall to fit our students exclusively on the morning of Wednesday, May 13. ALL juniors are eligible for a letter as well as those younger students who meet the criteria below. Students will turn in a Letter Jacket Form to Mr. Dimiceli by Friday, May 8, if they want to be considered for a letter. Symphonic and Concert Band students who need to be fitted must be here promptly at 8:00am and Wind Ensemble students promptly at 8:30. The process takes a while and passes will not be given to students for their first class.

17.0 Letter Jacket Award System

A student must earn a grand total of 50 points in one school year to qualify for a letter jacket from the McNeil High School Band. Points may be earned in the following manner:

25 Points (Non-cumulative)

·    Selection into and performance with the TMEA All Region Band or Orchestra.

·    Selection into the TMEA All Area Band or Orchestra.

15 Points 

·   One complete year of successful participation in both concert and marching band.  Loss of eligibility will remove point credit for this portion. (Cumulative)

·    Superior (First Division) rating of a solo at the UIL State S / E Contest. (Non-Cumulative)

·    Superior (First Division) rating of an ensemble at the UIL State S / E Contest. (Non-Cumulative)

10 Points (Non-Cumulative)

·    Superior (First Division) rating of a Class ONE or TWO solo at the UIL Solo Contest.

·    Superior (First Division) rating of a Class ONE or TWO ensemble at the UIL S / E Contest.

·    Excellent (Second Division) rating of a solo at the UIL State Solo / Ensemble Contest.

5 Points (Non-Cumulative)

            ·   Excellent (Second Division) rating of a Class ONE or TWO solo at the UIL Solo Contest.

            ·   Participation in UIL Full Orchestra

            ·   Participation in Jazz Band class

Recognition points for Leadership, Officers, and public performances is at the discretion of the band director.

17.1 Color Guard Letter Jacket Award System:

A color guard member needs to accumulate 30 points to earn a letter jacket. Color Guard can accumulate points toward letter jacket in the following manner:

7.5 points (Cumulative) Marching Guard (Fall semester)

               (Loss of eligibility may remove point credit for this portion.)

7.5 points (Cumulative) Indoor Guard (Spring semester)

               (Loss of eligibility may remove point credit for this portion.)


Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest

TSSEC is coming up and the performance days are different than in years past. All our percussion performances are at Connally HS on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, and all wind players will perform at UT on Saturday, May 30. You can download our SCHEDULE to find exact locations and times. Please refer to this LINK to help you find your performance location at UT. Students are required to find their own transportation to the event.

If you are using a school accompanist then their fee for this contest is $75. They will put together a rehearsal schedule and it will be posted in the band hall. Please bring their payment to your first rehearsal.

IMPORTANT: If you have decided not to go and you already registered then you need to let Mr. Dimiceli know ASAP. The UIL office needs to be able to adjust the schedule to allow other students from around the state perform.

Audition Music and Information Posted 

The audition music and instructions for this year's band auditions are posted under the "Maverick Band" tab then click on "Auditions and
Results". Auditions will begin the week of April 27th for current McNeil band students. The auditions will consist of the 12 major scales (full range), a chromatic scale (lowest possible note to highest practical note) and the two short audition etudes. 

Results of the audition will determine which of the three concert band classes you will be in. All members of the band are also members of the marching band unless there is a conflict with a McNeil fall sport (volleyball, swimming, cross country track or football). All members of the band are required to audition. if you are transferring and wanting to join the band, please prepare an audition with this music so we can accurately place you in a band class.

Band Banquet on Friday, May 22

The annual band banquet will be on Friday, May 22 and will be held across the street from McNeil at Crosspoint Church. The banquet will be from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm. It's a catered banquet with awards and a dance. The dress for the banquet is semi-formal and the cost of the tickets is $20 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets for the banquet is Friday, May 15. There will be no ticket sales at the door. 

Traditionally the parents of the seniors and the executive board attend the banquet and then leave once the dance starts. 

Band Successes at UIL

The McNeil Bands had another successful showing at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest in Georgetown this year. The Concert Band received an Excellent rating (Two) on their concert program and a Superior rating (One) in Sight Reading. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble both received unanimous Superior ratings from all judges. Judges were very complimentary of the work done by directors and students.

Thank you to all the family and friends who made it out to see the performances.

Summer Band Dates Have Been Posted on Charms

Check the Charms calendar for summer band dates that have been posted. Please make every attempt to avoid scheduling vacations on these dates. Missed summer practices can adversely affect the level of participation a student has within the marching band contest show. 

Update Your "Charms" Database Info 

We need everyone, especially our new members, to update their information in our database. Our only way of communication is through your personal emails. If those our not kept current then you won't receive our newsletters or our reminder emails of upcoming events. We would also like all of our parents to fill in the fields asking about your occupation. We would like to be able to utilize the special skills of our parents and this helps us to identify those skills. If you are unsure of how to update your "Charms" info check out the last post at the bottom of this column. 


1, 2, 3...it's that easy!  Members & Families, this is how you do it:

  1. Click on the "Enter Charms Area" button, in the menu bar to the right on the www.mcneilband.org website
  2. Enter your RRISD six digit ID in the student password box
  3. Click on the "Personal Info" button.  This will bring you to your profile page.  Please update ALL information -- even your shirt size!  Double-check all email addresses and phone numbers.  Enter your phone numbers in the format 512-XXX-XXXX for our audition entry purposes. 

Keeping your Charms profile updated with your correct contact information is the only way to ensure you receive all the latest McNeil Band news.  If you can't enter the area, then please email one of the band directors with your correct ID number and they can fix the problem.

Don't forget to check the Band/Guard Website and Charms calendar OFTEN for current information and updates!

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A Day 

 Period B Day
9:05-10:36 1  Wind Ensemble/
Colorguard (rifles)
 Instrumental Ensemble (WE)/
Colorguard (flags)
10:41-12:15 2 Symphonic Band 6 Instrumental Ensemble 
(Symphonic Band)
12:20-2:29 3 Lunch/Conference/
Middle Schools
7 Lunch/Conference/
Middle Schools
2:34-4:05  4

 Concert Band


 Instrumental Ensemble(Concert Band)


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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchased to the McNeil Band Boosters whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.   AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know.  Same products, prices and same service.

Start your charitable donation by using the below link and logon with your Amazon account.


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If you have any of these items and want to make a donation to the Band or the Boosters, please contact the Booster President.
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The Papa John fundraiser is ready to go! This is an amazing win/win opportunity for everyone in our community and our band. The card sells for $15 and entitles the card holder to one large pizza for every large pizza purchased for carryout from now until October 31, 2015. For every card sold, The Maverick Band receives $10! A part of the proceeds will be going to help offset trip costs.

Below is a link to the permission form that must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the band hall before the first batch of cards will be delivered to your student.

Permission Form Link

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Quillman at cquillman@gmail.com

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Buy HEB Cards and Support the McNeil Band

Now is the perfect time to support the McNeil Band and Color Guard by buying HEB Cards from the Boosters.   Remember, 5% of all sales goes directly to the Boosters.   For your convenience, there are several ways to get your cards:

  • (1)    Call your neighborhood representative to arrange pick-up of your cards.  Your neighborhood rep information is available on the McNeil Band website
  • (2)    Cards will be sold at all of the football games, booster meetings AND during pick-up after evening band practice on Mondays.
  • (3)    Order online and an HEB Card Representative will deliver the cards to you.

 So get your cards now while this deal is offered! One of our HEB Card Sales Neighborhood Reps will make sure you get what you need.

 We can accept cash or checks (made payable to “McNeil Band Boosters”, please include your driver’s license and telephone numbers).  If you have any questions, please contact our HEB Cards Sales Coordinator at hebcards@mcneilband.org. 

 Thank you for supporting the Band/Guard through your purchases of HEB Cards! 

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