Rio Vista FB game-at Alvarado-UPDATE!!!

September 1, 2017

The game in Rio Vista this Friday was moved to a neutral site, Alvarado, due to Rio’s grass field being flooded.

Students are being released at 2:00pm that day. We will rehearse before we load.

Each student needs to bring $5 for their meal deal if they haven’t already.

2:00pm Report to HS Band Hall to rehearse
4:00pm Load Trailer, Buses and Depart for Alvarado
(Band Shirt, Band Shorts and Tennis Shoes)
6:30pm Arrive in Alvarado, Unload Equipment
6:45pm Line up and enter Stadium for set up and warm up
7:15pm School Song and Fight Song
7:30pm Kick Off
8:30pmish Half Time
10:15pmish End of Game, Load Equipment
10:45pmish Depart for Kemp ISD
12:30amish Arrive in Kemp, Unload Equipment, Go Home!

We will post adjusted times on Remind text service.


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New Trailer Pics and Thank yous!

We, the staff and students, of Kemp Bands would like to take the time to thank all the folks involved in purchasing, building, wrapping, donating and installing equipment for our brand new Band Trailer!

Thank you!!!

Kemp ISD School Board and Administration

Central Trailers Sales and Mr. Roberts

1st Class Graphics and Mr. Barns

All the Kemp Band Boosters, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, Mr. Linson (Kemp ISD ag dept.) and his nephew.

Kemp HS graduates Kason McDougald, Kyle Box

Kemp HS student volunteers Matt, Tyler and Jacob Gilbert, Stephen Duvall and David Sparks.

We are looking forward to representing our community, our school and Kemp Bands!  “The Pride of the Yellowjackets!”




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Band and Media Day confusion

There seems to have been some confusion with band and media day that was brought to our attention by administration.  Allow me to explain the details to hopefully put some minds at ease.

Media Day was scheduled this year for Saturday, August 12th.  Mr. Christy informed the person in charge of media day that we would not be able to attend due to the band staff having to attend band director meetings in Dallas on the same day.  We sent out word electronically through REMIND and informed the students multiple times that we would be taking care of our group photo on a later day.

We scheduled some time during one of our practices on Wednesday, August 16th to take the group photo with the help of Mrs. Cantrell from The Monitor.  The group photo and our roster were sent to the appropriate places to complete our media request for inclusion in this year’s football program and publication in The Monitor.

If parents have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Christy directly.  Please make sure that you are signed up for the high school band REMIND feed.  Remember that if you get a new phone/number, you will need to sign up again.  REMIND is one of the main ways of communicating all band related info to parents and students. If you need help with signing up, please make an appointment to speak with the band directors and we can help you out.

Thank you for your time.  Have a great weekend.  GO JACKETS!

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Summer Band Parking and Pick up/Drop off procedural changes.

Per Administration, all students who drive their own vehicles will need to park in the first row of the main parking lot for practices. We are not to park in the bus lane in the back as this can block safety vehicles, delivery trucks, buses, etc.

Parents, because of the heavy flow of traffic as well, please drop off/pick up students up in the front drive way.  Students will continue to walk to and from the back entrance from there to eliminate congestion at the rear of the school.  The custodial staff is working diligently to finish the cafeteria floors as soon as possible so we can resume normal operations through the building with in the week hopefully.

Thank you for your cooperation in these matters.

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Updated Summer Band Schedule-Freshmen and Leadership Team on Friday July 28th

some minor changes

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DCI group for Monday July 24th


We will be meeting at the high school band hall. Doors will open at 3:00pm. Bring money for dinner and snacks at the event. We plan to be back before midnight. We’ll post on remind with updated times as we can.

Please remeber, we ordered enough tickets for those that answered the survey. If you committed to the event and back out of going, you will be responsible for reimbursing our activity fund for the price of the ticket.

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Band Hall open this week and SWOSU BAND CAMP THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!

If students wish to receive help on their camp music, all-region music, marching band music or other, we will open up the one of the band halls Wednesday through Friday starting at noon until around 3 or 4.  Other arrangements may be made if you contact one of us.  Currently we will be using the JUNIOR HIGH BAND HALL since floors are not yet done at the HS. Hopefully they will be done soon.

We will be leaving for SWOSU BAND CAMP THIS WEEKEND!!!  Those that signed up, please make sure you have all your payment for the camp…$380.00 total.  We will take cash, check/money order.  If you have money in your account, you may use it as well towards the fee.


If you still wish to go, we have room.  Fill out an application and bring payment Saturday.  Applications can be printed off from the SWOSU camps website.

Make sure that you have sheets/blanket/pillow for a twin sized bed, all of your clothes you need for a week, toiletries for the bathroom/showers, swim trunks, your instrument and music, a portable music stand if you have one, etc, etc.  You may bring a fan, or a game console and tv, etc…you are responsible for moving them ON YOU OWN.  We will go to Wal-mart in Weatherford when we arrive if you wish to buy snacks/drinks for the week.

When you arrive at the band hall, your bags will be searched.  If you have meds, please have that ready to declare with instructions.

Make sure you sign up for the SWOSU BAND CAMP REMIND so you can keep up on our travels and other valuable info.  Both parents and students need to do this.

BRING MONEY FOR FOOD AS WE TRAVEL!  Eat lunch before you arrive but have money for dinner/snacks/ice cream/breakfast/lunch on the way up.  Be responsible to have money left over for food on the way home at the end of camp…dinner/breakfast/lunch.  (You will get $10 back if you don’t lose your key)  We usually go watch a movie on Friday night as well.  Plan accordingly.

Contact Mr. Christy if you have any questions. 903-802-0515.



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Congrats to JH Honor Band on advancing to STATE OPS!

Congrats to Kemp JH Honor Band for one of their UIL recordings making it to the state level of OPS!  Congrats also to director, Mr. Saldaña and to Miss Delgado and Miss Lee for their assistance.  “Armory”,  by Randall Standridge, was performed by the JH Honor Band on April 6th at the Region 3 UIL concert contest in Canton TX.  That selection placed 1st out of Region and then came out 1st from Area as well!

The Outstanding Performance Series (OPS) is a recorded contest conducted by our parent organization, the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB).  Each band may send in songs from their UIL performances which are then judged by a panel of band directors and ranked into order by performance preference.  This happens first at a Region level (there are 33 regions in the state of Texas), then the top performances move on to the Area level (there are 5 areas) and those that make the top cut are then sent to the State level which will be judged at our annual summer convention in San Antonio July 20th.

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High School Band Summer Practice Schedule for next season

Please download and print off this schedule.  This is an updated copy from the one you receieved at the end of the school year. It is important to plan for all the practices coming up.  We have already made arrangements with the coaches and cheer sponsors to work together with our times.  Please contact Mr. Christy if you have any questions or are having trouble downloading the file. 903-802-0515

Please continue to check the band website for updates throughout the summer.  Subscribe to it by entering your email address to the box at the top so you can get notifications when updates occur.

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Kemp Percussion Students attend Cedar Creek Summer Drummin’ Camp

Kemp Band Percussion students attended the 4th annual Cedar Creek Summer Drummin’ Camp held at Mabank Junior High on June 5-7.  Participants learned technical warm ups, fundamental practices and drum cadences along with making new percussion friends from other school districts during the camp.  On the last day, the campers had a showcase performance of the skills they had learned during the week.

From left to right front row

6th graders Haley Barnett, Josh Floyd, Joseph McClung, Tristan Jackson
back row l to r
JT Spears 8th grade, Daniel Hicks 7th grade, Sarah Kent 8th grade and high school sophomores Erica McGill and Maria Mireles

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