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November 10, 2019

Hello Marching Band Families!


Don't forget the Band Banquet on Friday, November 15'th at 6:00 PM At this time, we cannot accept any more RSVPs for the dinner portion. If you did not submit an RSVP for the dinner, you are welcome to join us for the free portion of the evening – the awards presentation at approximately 7:00 pm in the auditorium. 

We still need volunteers to help with Setup and Clean-up!  Click here to volunteer:


The Hampton Band Fundraiser at Primanti's is scheduled for Thursday, November 21'st.  Primanti's will donate up to 20% of proceeds to the Hampton Band!  We hope to see everyone there!!

Only 10 days until the HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!  We are still in need of many more volunteers and bakers.  Look for details under Volunteer Opportunities!!

On the Calendar


Friday, November 15th:

6:00 pm - Band Banquet, HHS Cafeteria followed by awards at 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 19th:

Last day for Gift Card fundraiser


Wednesday, November 20th:

7:00 - 8:30 pm - Holiday Extravaganza Planning Meeting, HHS


Friday, November 22nd:

3:00 - 8:00 pm - Set up for Holiday Extravaganza


Saturday, November 23rd:

7:00 am - 4:00 pm - HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!

Less than 2 Weeks to the Holiday Extravaganza!!

News This Week:


Band Trip Update:

Spring Trip Cost Adjustment

Every year, we use our best estimates to determine the per-student cost of the band trip.  This is based on a guestimate of students attending the trip.  Currently, we are looking at 169 students signed up for the trip, a few less than we estimated.  Because of this, it is necessary to spread the trip’s costs over fewer students, resulting in a $30/student increase.  This brings our trip cost to $726/student.  Charms has been adjusted to reflect this increase in the total trip cost and remaining balance.  


Trip Fundraising Updates 

Several fundraisers have been awarded, recently.  Please review your student’s Misc. Ledger for the appropriate balance.  If it doesn’t look correct, please let John Harper ( john.harper@verizon.net ) know as soon as possible.  

  • Aramark donations received to date have been awarded and are available.  (We sent a few emails looking for our fourth parking permit user during the 2nd Pitt game vs. Ohio University.  If you received an email about this, please reply ASAP.)  

  • October “Enjoy” Coupon Book Sale proceeds have been awarded are available.  

  • Paid Pie Sale proceeds have been awarded and are available.  (There are still three orders with outstanding payments.) 


Fundraising Opportunities:


Gift Card Sale- Ends November 19'th!

This fundraiser is a way to build your student account by earning a percentage from EVERY gift card sold. The percentages vary according to the retailer.


Use the Customer Order Form for individual orders. Print as many as needed, but keep for your own records. Gift Card Sale Customer Form 2019


Turn in ONE Summary Form to Mr. Himmler along with ONE check made payable to HBA.  Orders are due to Mr. Himmler no later than November 19, 2019. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Gift Card Summary Form 2019


The pick-up date is Wednesday Dec 5th, 2019 from 6PM – 8PM. Place to be determined.


Please contact Larry or Tracy McCutchan if you have questions. (see the order summary for contact info)

Heinz Field/Aramark Fundraiser

Heinz Field/Aramark Fundraiser- If you would like to sign up for future games please visit the SignUp:  Pitt & Steeler Game Schedule

If you have any questions, please send your inquiries to Bob Lefler

Volunteer Opportunities

Holiday Extravaganza Help Needed

The annual Holiday Extravaganza is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 23rd- less than 2 Weeks Away!!

Have you volunteered to help with the HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA yet??  We have less than a month to go and many more volunteers and cookies are needed before the big day arrives.  Sign up now to help us with our planning as we host the year's biggest fundraiser for all of the band programs in Hampton!


Donations for Crafts, Cafe and Baskets


Holiday Extravaganza Volunteer Sign Up 2019

For all of these areas we will also recruit additional volunteers for the day of the event.

If you can help in any of these areas please contact Lisa Maier at lmm22@lycos.com

Cookie Walk - Bakers Needed!

The Holiday Extravaganza is well known for the Cookie Walk and folks line up for at least a half hour prior to its opening to be the first customers.  We count on the baking skills of our many band families to make this a success and WE NEED YOUR HELP!!  Remember, this event benefits the entire district band program so with well over 200 band families we should have no problem filling the tables with a wide variety of cookies. At this point we have only 49 bakers signed up. Please consider baking a batch or two.  A few things to keep in mind. . .


  • We ask for a minimum of 4 dozen of the same type of cookie from each baker (although feel free to sign up for several different kinds)

  • Most cookies freeze well.  You can bake anytime between now and the day prior to the event and store your cookies in the freezer until then.

  • Not sure what kind to make? Just Google “Christmas cookies” and you will get an unlimited number of easy ideas.

  • Cookies are sold by weight so the heavier the cookie the better!

  • Please use the Sign Up Genius to let us know what you will be making.  This is very helpful for planning purposes so we know what to expect and can properly prepare space requirements and cookie name labels.

Cookie Walk Sign Up 2019

Band Trip 2019-2020

The Hampton High School Marching Band will be performing at the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington DC on April 4, 2020.  For information about the parade click here!

The parade will be televised nationally, and information for streaming or TV viewing will be made available as soon as we have it!

As a reminder, checks must be payable to Campbell Bus & Tour. 


If you have any questions, please reach out to John Harper, john.harper@verizon.net

Other News


Amazon Smile Program

The Hampton Band is a part of the Amazon Smile program!  If you do not have your Amazon account linked to a group, please consider adding us.  The band receives 0.5% of the purchase price so every little bit helps. Follow the link if you are interested: Hampton Band Amazon Smile Program


Shop and Save Perks

Thank you for your ongoing support of this program!  We just recently crossed the $1000 mark for donations from Shop and Save so thank you for being a part of the Perks program.


If you are a regular at Shop and Save (or even just an occasional shopper) and have a Perks card, please consider linking your account to the Hampton Marching Band.  We earn points when you shop and receive gift cards to use in the store. Those gift cards helped to pay for food for the Band Picnic, the Homecoming Picnic, and other events.  If you are interested you can find the form here: Shop & Save Perks Program

To receive timely e-mail announcements from the HBA, be sure to sign up in Charms. 

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