Band Parent Updates! 8/8/2017

Hi Cougar Pride Marching Band Families!

Congratulations to our Cougar Pride Marching Band (CPMB) on a great Friends & Family Performance.  For many of our new students, this is their first-time learning basics and drill, all while memorizing new music.  Great job!  The past two weeks have been full of a lot of hard work, mixed with fun, and the development of new friendships.  The foundation of the show has been laid and they’re off to a great start.

A heart felt thank you goes out to the many volunteers who helped make these two weeks of band camp happen for our students.   Our volunteers helped fit students for uniforms, organized lunches, helped with sign-in and paperwork, served snacks, picked up and served lunches and much much more.  It sounds cliché, but it’s very true . . . it couldn’t have happened without you.

No Band Practice – Thursday, August 10th

Mr. Herrmann has cancelled after school marching band practice for this Thursday, August 10th, so students can watch the DCI (Drum Corp International) Championship Prelims.  AMC Regency in Brandon will stream the event beginning at 6:30 PM.  Students are encouraged to watch the prelims if possible.  Good luck to CPMB member, Nate Roscoe, and former member, Zach Elnahwy, as they compete with the Troopers.

Band Camp and Fair Share Dues

If you have not yet paid your Band Camp and Fair Share dues, payments are now due. Payments can be made using Pay Pal via the Charms website, or, feel free to drop your payment in our safe located in the band room.  Check should be in an envelope and indicate your student’s name and what the payment is for on the front.  All financial questions should be directed to our Treasurer, Amanda Elnahwy, at  If you have problems logging into Charms, please contact Secretary, Lisa Thomas, at

Volunteer Sign-Ups on Charms

All volunteer opportunities are updated in Charms.  Now is the time to sign up for Friday Night Dinners, Concessions, and Chaperone.  New to Charms?  Here is how you find our volunteer opportunities.  NOTE: All volunteers must sign up in Charms.

  • Log into Charms and click on the “Volunteers” tab.
  • Next, select “Volunteer Needs” from the drop-down menu.  A new window will open reflecting the next volunteer opportunity.
  • Click on the arrow to the right of the event name.  The entire list of volunteer events will show up.
  • Scroll to view.  Select the event you are interested in, then click on the “Show Volunteers Needs” buttons to the right.
  • A brief description of the event followed by the open volunteer slots will display.
  • To sign up, simply input the information requested, then click the “sign up” button on the right.
  • You’re done!

In the event you have a conflict, please contact the board member indicated in the light blue box above the volunteers list as soon as possible.

Volunteers for Concessions and Chaperones are needed for all dates.  

Volunteers for Friday Night Dinners are needed for the following dates:

September 8, 15, 22
October 13, 20, 27
November 3

Please reference the Concessions section under Fundraising in the handbook for important volunteer details.

Raymond James – Shake Out Day

For those wishing to earn money for their student’s account, we have added 6 more slots for “Shake Out Day”, taking place this Saturday, August 12th at Raymond James Stadium.  Contact David Lowrance, our Raymond James Committee Chairperson at if you have any further questions.

Durant Music Booster Handbook 2017-2018

If you were unable to get your copy of our updated Durant Music Booster Handbook 2017-2018 during Orientation, it can be downloaded from Charms.  This handbook contains important contact information, dates for games and meetings, as well as, details about our program.

Open House

Don’t forget, Durant High School will host Open House Tuesday, August 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  This is an opportunity for students and parents to meet teachers, get supply lists, purchase class t-shirts for pep rallies, and more.  Contact Durant’s administration office for any questions related to Open House.

As our students prepare for the first day of school, we would like to take this opportunity to wish each member of our music program much success this year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any board member.

Thank you!

Lisa Thomas, Secretary
Durant Music Boosters