Pancake Breakfast and Mattress Fundraiser On March 7

On March 7 we will be having two major fundraisers to raise funds for our McNeil Band Boosters. The pancake breakfast has been an annual event for us and has done very well. Please see the post below for info about the breakfast. The Mattress Fundraiser is new this year and has the potential to be very successful for us.

If you are planning on buying a mattress(or know anyone who is) please hold off until after checking out our Mattress Sale. The bandhall will be a showroom with high quality mattresses at very affordable prices. More information to follow.

To make this the most successful event possible the fundraiser rep will be meeting with all of our band parents at the next Band Booster Meeting on Tuesday,February 10. Please make every attempt to be there. 

Annual Pancake Breakfast Coming Soon!

Members, our 5th Annual Breakfast will be upon us shortly.  Please look for details that will be coming during the following weeks. A few reminders are listed below. The Charms Calendar is available now. Signup before all the good slots are taken. Please look for tickets to be distributed at the beginning of February.

Consider making a donation to the Silent Auction

Consider making items for our Bake Sale.

Students should consider performing at the breakfast.

Any questions pertaining to the breakfast can be sent to

Thanks for your participation!
Carol Smith

Solo and Ensemble

Solo and Ensemble season is quickly approaching and the students must begin their preparations really soon. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students are required to play a solo and they are welcome to play an ensemble as well. Concert Band students are highly encouraged to play a solo and/or ensemble and doing so definitely shows the directors a commitment to music and to improving on their instrument. Nearly all solos require a piano accompaniment and we do provide accompanists to rehearse and perform with them. Private Lesson teachers are excellent resources for assisting in picking out solos. IMPORTANT: You must consult the UIL Prescribed Music List to find out if you can play a particular solo, which publisher's version, and which sections you can/must play. We have binders with copies of solos for each instrument that have been played through the years so please refer to them when looking for a solo. The students should follow this timeline in submitting their materials:

December 12: submit entry form(s) to Mr. Dimiceli

December 15: submit UIL entry fees ($8 per entry) to Mr. Dimiceli

show their director their PURCHASED original music  *

submit a TWO-SIDED copy of their piano accompaniment **

December 15-18: play one minute of their solo for the Fall Semester Final Exam  ***

January 15-22: bring payment for piano accompanist ($45) to their first rehearsal

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* You can purchase your solo from the vendors below. Please allow at least two weeks for arrival. Students are allowed to borrow any originals owned by the Band but they are responsible for bringing it to the Contest.

** For students using a school provided accompanist only. We already have several accompaniment copies so the student needs to look in the accompaniment binders in the library before asking a librarian make a copy for them. Students are responsible for getting the accompaniment to Mr. Dimiceli.

*** For Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students. This performance does not have to be up to tempo but it should be a well-prepared performance.

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LETTER JACKET POINTS: Students can earn as many as 50 points toward earning their letter in band just by doing the solo and ensemble contest events. There are a total on 50 points needed for a letter and everyone will already start with 15 points for every year in high school band.

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Penders Music Company

JW Pepper Music Company

RBC Music Company

Parent Volunteer Schedule For Concessions

This year to help fill volunteer spots for our concession stands we are organizing when each "band" section of parents will help out.  If it's a home game then you will be volunteering for the Varsity home game.  Each section is scheduled for a home and an away game.
If it's an away game week then you will be helping with the JV or Freshman game.  As soon as you see the schedule please fill out the volunteer calendar on our Charms database.  
The sign up sheets are available there.  

Week 1 -  Home -  Flutes and Percussion section parents (minus pit crew parents)

Week 2 - Away - Clarinets and Mellophone parents

Week 3 - Away - Saxes and Baritones

Week 4 - Home - Trumpets and Trombones

Week 5 - Home - Tubas and Colorguard

Week 6 - Away - Flutes and Percussion section (minus pit crew)

Week 7 - Away - Trumpets and Trombones

Week 8 - Home - Clarinets and Mellophones

Week 9 - Away - Tubas and Colorguard

Week 10 - Home - Saxes and Baritones


Maverick Bands>>Auditions and Results

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,'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 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)


Annual Fund Sponsors
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Help the McNeil Band program while you shop using AmazonSmile.   

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.

Band Wish List - Seeking Donations
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

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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 

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

Click Here to Contact Your Local HEB Rep

Click Here for an Online Order Form

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