Category Archives: Marching Band

Mr Souder’s Fall Mega Post – Dates You Need to Know Now

Please be sure to add/confirm the following events on your calendars and freshmen/rookies, see the note about concert attire – tuxes/dresses:

– Saturday, October 21st – Tennessee Valley Invitational Marching Competition (Muscle Shoals HS)
– Saturday, October 28th – Peach State Marching Festival and Competition (Rome HS, GA)
– November 2nd – last football game performance (unless the team wins remaining games and makes play-offs)
November 8th – Riverton Elementary and Mt. Carmel Elementary Veterans Assemblies (only select students ~40, primarily upperclassmen who will be excused from school all day)
November 9th – BHS Veteran’s Assembly (all band minus non-instrumental CG)
November 11th – Annual Huntsville Veteran’s Day Parade (all band – will take buses)
December 1st – (TBD) Huntsville Havoc National Anthem performance and FUNDRAISER!
December 8th – BHS Band Winter Concert – Huntsville HS Auditorium
December 9th (TBA by New Market Volunteer Fire Department) – New Market Christmas Parade *always an ACT testing date, test-takers are excused
*Now is the time for freshmen/rookies to order concert dresses / tuxes.  Students who don’t have their tux/dress by the Veterans Assemblies may wear ALL black (shoes, socks, slacks, shirt) but must have concert attire by the Winter Concert. All dresses and pants come long and must be hemmed – they MUST be hemmed according to the handbook policy.
**Gentlemen – tux does not HAVE to come from Stage Accents but must be traditional style (1 or 2 button + notched lapel jacket, with cummerbund and bow tie) – the Stage Accents deal provides everything.  Girls’ dresses must come from Stage Accents.
TVIMC Schedule – Saturday, October 21, 2017
“Extra” time is built in to our schedules to account for possible traffic issues, potential student illness, and many other issues that can arise from the transport and tedious operation of a program like ours.  I schedule based on my experience, to allow ample time while trying to avoid “down time” at moments when students need to be focused but relaxed.  Too much time results in complacency and not enough results in being frantic – thus the common motto: “Hurry Up and Wait”.  UNA’s performance is before the final two classes compete (because they will also be traveling to perform at the Hoover contest later that evening) so we will arrive a little bit earlier in order to see them and eat dinner during that time.  (If you’ve not seen the UNA POD, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!)
Students need to bring a sack lunch with them to eat after the brief morning plans, before departure, and money to purchase food at the stadium (or bring a small cooler/lunch box for their dinner).  Students will also be provided waters and a snack bag for the ride home.  Like most contests, there should be event shirts for sale.
Tickets for TVIMC can be purchased ahead of time, online.  Here is the link to the 25th annual 2017 TVIMC tickets:
You can find other specific information about parking, tickets, band-o-grams, etc. on the website –
Morning Rehearsal Warm-Up / Run-Throughs (Slow and Easy) – 10:00 AM
EAT LUNCH (Bring sack lunch & drink) – 11:30 AM
Loading Trailer – 12:15 PM
Board buses – 12:50
Depart Buckhorn – 1:00
Arrive – ~2:45-3:00
Enter stadium, EAT DINNER and sit in assigned stands – 3:15 – 4:45
UNA POD Performance – 4:30
Bathrooms / Vendor visits (shirts/videos) – 4:45 – 5:15
Unload Trailer/Change/Set-up – 5:15
Unofficial Warm-Up/Skull-sessions – 6:00
Travel to Warm-Up – 6:30
Official Warm-Up – 6:45
Move to Gate – 7:15

Best Performance of the year! – 7:30 PM

Back to trailer/change/load – 8:00 PM
Water and Snack bags option – 8:15 PM
Back in stands – 8:45 PM
Awards Ceremony – 9:00 PM

Depart MSHS for home – ~10:00 PM
Arrive @ Buckhorn/Unload – ~12:00 AM
Approximate time of release – ~12:30 AM
All of the summer practices/rehearsals, two week intensive band camps, and after school sweat and tears are fixing to come to a close in just two short weeks (+ a bonus extra performance for the last football game).  For our seniors, their high school marching career will be finished and our rookies will now become veteran marching members.  This has been a fantastic 6 month process with 3 months as a full team.  Please encourage your students to finish strong!  We get what we put in – and I sure know a ton of our students (and parents) have gotten a lot out of this season!  

Jacob Souder
Director of Bands
Buckhorn High School
256-851-3300 ext. 21142

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New Market, AL 35761

What to Expect for Away Games

Attention – EVERYONE must read the below bullet points to understand the expectations and protocol for away games (within the county), including veteran parents, please.  It is quite long in order to cover the many aspects of away games.  Please read thoroughly.  I will be going over all of this with our students Friday: –… Continue Reading

Chick-Fil-A is coming!

The BHS Band Boosters is excited to inform you that we will be selling Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in the concession stand this year!  We will also be offering your band student a snack supper with a limited concession menu.  This will include a Chick-Fil-A combo, and a variety of candy options.  These items will be available… Continue Reading

Competition Dates Announced

This email is to remind everyone about the competition window stipulation which was specified and sent out last year and then reiterated in the “high school band information” PowerPoint back in April/May.  You’ll recall the stipulation was that we would compete on either Saturday before or after Fall Break so families could avoid being absent… Continue Reading


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 1) Students will arrive in DESCENDING order this year. We are doing this in order to get some of the smaller uniforms back into circulation for the underclassmen.  The schedule is as follows: 9:00am — Seniors 10:00am — Juniors 11:00am — Sophomores 11:30am — Freshmen We will have the Freshmen… Continue Reading

Band Forms and Uniform Fitting Day

Hello, everyone, Nikka Shaneyfelt is heading up the collection of forms this year. It is very important to turn your student forms in on a timely basis. Nikka will be available to collect forms during the following upcoming activates: · Band Rehearsal, July 25th · Band Rehearsal, July 27th · Uniform Fitting Day, July 29th… Continue Reading

From Mr. Souder: Band Camp Newsletter 2017

Hello everyone – the 2017 “Band Camp Newsletter” is a super important detailed document covering just about everything you (and your student!!) need to know about the two weeks of camp starting week after next, the two rehearsals during the week between camps and the start of school, and the “Uniform Fitting and Form Submission… Continue Reading


PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY WITH YOUR STUDENT. STUDENTS WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS INFORMATION. THIS IS THE ANNUAL CAMP LETTER AND THE INFORMATION WITHIN IS VERY IMPORTANT.  Dear Parents and Students, The time of the year for our marching camps is getting close! There are some things you need to know in order to ensure your student’s… Continue Reading

Dr. Tim Leadership Clinic Details

This INFORMATION is for the students and parents of students who have previously signed up for the Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Band Leadership Clinic @ Homewood High School near Birmingham, AL on Saturday, July 15. If you are attending (students and adults): be sure to get a good full night of sleep (you’ll be tired from… Continue Reading