MP Band – Newsletter for 25 Sep – 2 Oct 2020

Good Morning All,


Hope you are well.  Please take the time to read this newsletter.  Lots of information to share with you this week.






REFUND REQUEST FOR MARCHING BAND FEES:  This is a reminder that today (25 Sep 2020) is the deadline to request refunds for marching band fees for the 2020 marching band season.  Please use this Google form ( to let us know what you would like to have happen with the funds you paid in for the 2020 marching band season.  Only funds paid in to the student’s individual account for this season’s marching band fees (payments made since May 2020) can be considered for refund.  You may request a refund or you may request to have those funds kept in your child’s account for future fees (future marching band fees, winterguard fees, band trips, etc.).  If you had a debt to pay (previous band fees not paid, etc.), you will be refunded the requested funds minus what was owed toward your debt (ex. Your child’s account had a debt of $100, and you paid in $200 towards the 2020 marching band fees.  Your refund will be $100.).


Band Fundraiser:   THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ!!!  We will be doing an online Snap Raise! fundraiser to raise funds for your student’s band accounts (student accounts to be used to pay for band fees, band trips, and other band related needs) and to help build funds for the general band account.

As most of you know, running a band program is very expensive.  Costs for new equipment, equipment repair, transportation, new music, staff costs, marching band, jazz band, winterguard, etc. usually have us spending roughly $120,000 per year. THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY!  We get some help from the school and the county, but unfortunately, they are not able to cover the costs of everything we do. This amount spent per year does not include any extra things we may do, such as band trips.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! It is imperative that we get everyone involved to help us with this fundraiser. With your help, we can raise lots of much needed funds that ultimately come back to you. These funds will allow us to continue offering you the best band experience we can give.

As an incentive for you to help us in this, we are going to ensure that some of the profits made from this fundraiser come back to you, the individual. Each person who participates and raises any money will receive 60% of the funds they bring in, which will go into your individual band account for any band related expenses (band fees, band trips, etc.). The other 40% that you are able to bring in from your efforts will go to the general band account which will help everyone involved. THERE WILL ALSO BE OTHER INCENTIVES THAT YOU WILL GET TO PICK WHEN YOU CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT!!!!

The great thing about this fundraiser is you will not have to go out and sell anything.  You will not have to work any special events.  You will be working through e-mail, text messaging, and social media to do this.  The work load on your end is super low, but can reap mega benefits if you participate fully.  Many programs around the country have utilized this program and have experienced great success in raising lots of money.  If done well, we could bring in a lot of much needed funds to the MP Band.





For the past five years, Snap! Raise has helped more than 35,000 groups in the U.S. raise more than $400M in funding! I’m excited to get started and have one vital request.


I ask that you help your student identify at least 20 people they will reach out to via Snap! Raise, and gather their email address prior to our team meeting on 21 September 2020.


The list of 20 people should include many of your child’s biggest fans and needs to be completed in full to ensure our campaign is set up for success. It is my hope and expectation that each student will have a major impact on our program. Here are next steps:



  • Help your student select at least 20 potential supporters
  • Enter their names and correct email into the NOTES feature on your students’ phone
  • Avoid using emails of teachers, peers of your students, or strangers



Here are 20 examples of people your student should consider adding at a minimum.


  1. Parent(s)/Guardian #1
  2. Parent(s)/Guardian #2
  3. Grandma
  4. Grandpa
  5. Cousin(s)
  6. Uncle(s)
  7. Aunt(s)
  8. Family doctor
  9. Orthodontist/dentist
  10.  Church/Social leader
  11. Scout/troop leader
  12. Family friend #1
  13. Family friend #2
  14. Former Coach
  15. School Alumni
  16. Local Business That Knows You
  17. Neighbor(s)
  18. Parent Co-Worker(s)
  19. Friends of Parents
  20. Adult Siblings


These e-mail addresses will be inputted into the system through your child’s account that they establish (see above).  The inputting of these e-mail addresses is vital to having a successful campaign.


Please remember, the incentive for your child to participate in this is great.  Not only is you and your child’s participation in this fundraiser helping raise money for the band program, you and your child are also raising money to build their individual accounts for band related expenses they may incur such as band fees, band trips, etc.


Please help your child set up their accounts and input those e-mail addresses so we can hit the ground running when it is time to kick this off.


As always, we greatly appreciate the support you give us.  We look forward to having a successful fundraising campaign.





ASSIGNMENTS FOR 21 – 25 SEP:  All assignments for students are posted in Canvas.  At this point, I don’t believe I have any students who are having a hard time logging in to Canvas, but if you are, please let me know ASAP.  We began to get in to some playing tasks and some music theory tasks.  All directions for the tasks are can be found when you click into the assignment, and hopefully they are easy to follow.  If you are having issues with any task, let me know ASAP so that I may help you.  I can’t help you if you don’t communicate that you need the help.


This week, students have a variety of items that they have to work on and turn in.  Students have


  • 3 technique exercises (through Smartmusic)assigned on 21 Sep due on 28 Sep
  • 4 scale exercises (through Smartmusic) assigned on 22 Sep due on 29 Sep
  • 4 sightreading exercises (through Smartmusic) assigned on 23 Sep due 30 Sep
  • 1 Chorale exercise (through Smartmusic) assigned on 24 Sep due 1 Oct; work on concert literature
  • Leadership Training assigned on 25 Sep due on 28 Sep
  • Music Theory Quiz assigned on 25 Sep due on 28 Sep


Students need to get in a habit of making sure items are turned in on time.  Unlike the spring, all assigned tasks count.  You will be held accountable for completion/non-completion of a task.  If you have an issue completing a task, please contact me ASAP.  Communication is key…….




STUDENT FEES:  All students in the band class have a $10 semester fee that the county charges to help offset the cost of materials used in band class.  We also have a $25 per semester fee for those who utilize a school owned instrument.  These fees can be paid through the K12 Payment Portal ( or you can write a check to Cabarrus County Schools and deliver it to me for those fees (we can work out a plan to meet).  These fees are now past due if they have not been paid.  PLEASE PAY THIS ASAP.




SCHOOL OWNED INSTRUMENTS/MATERIALS:  There are still a few of you that need to get access to a school owned instrument.  I need you to link up with me ASAP about a date and time you can come by to pick these up.  You have playing assignments that you need to be working on and that is impossible to do without an instrument.  These assignments will eventually turn into assessments that will have a major effect on your grade.


I have done the work to ensure we have things for you.  I need you to do the next part…….communicate when you can pick these things up.  It is that easy.


PERCUSSIONIST:  If you have not arranged with me about coming in to pick up gear, you need to do so ASAP.


REMIND APP:  For those that are in the band classes, I will be pushing out information via the Remind App.  This system will be used to send you quick text messages about important info for each one of my classes.  Please sign up for the appropriate class:


PLACES TO GET INFORMATION:  There are several places to get information concerning the band.  The main places find things are in this order:

  • Cut Time ( – This is an administrative management system we use in the band program for calendar management, communication, inventory control, etc.  Veteran parents should have accounts.  New parents will get set up with accounts soon.  All students should have accounts at this point.  If you do not remember your CutTime logins, please e-mail me to help you get that back up and running with that.
  • MP Band Website ( – Newsletters, calendars, etc. can be found here.  This website is updated regularly.
  • Mr. Lee’s Webpage ( – This website will be updated, but best bet would be to check the MP Band website first.
  • Canvas Page – This will primarily be utilized for assignment management.  All other items (newsletters, etc.), will be found in these other places.



MARCHING BAND/COLORGUARD INFORMATION:  Late on Friday, 21 August 2020, an update to the start of athletics and fine art activities was announced.  See announcement below:


CCS Announces Plans for Phased Return to

High School Athletic and Performing Arts Workouts

Cabarrus County Schools today (Friday, 21 Aug 2020) announced a phased return to high school skill development workouts for both Athletics and Fine Arts beginning Sept. 14, 2020.

The decision to begin a phased approach is the result of ongoing collaboration among CCS administration, high school athletic directors and high school principals. The re-entry timelines mirror the order of the seasons recently announced in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) revised sports calendar for the 2020-21 school year.  Planning for a revised Middle School Sports Calendar is under way and will be announced soon.

CCS’ implementation plan will comply with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and NCHSAA guidelines for enhanced safety measures and procedures to protect the health of our students and staff.

“We are pleased that the NCHSAA has now provided a revised sports calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bryan Tyson, director of athletics for Cabarrus County Schools. “We can now plan for a safe and phased in re-entry to skill development workouts based upon the order in which seasons will now occur.”

Students’ return to workouts will be staggered, and not all coaches will choose to start on the first day of their re-entry timeline since many seasons have now been moved to the second semester. Specific and up-to-date information will be released closer to the September 14th start date for volleyball, cross country and swimming (land workouts).

Currently, all N.C. public schools are operating under the NCHSAA Phase 2 restrictions and guidelines. It is important to note that this is a tentative re-entry plan that could be adjusted should the Governor, NCHSAA or state and/or local health agencies announce changes.

Two-Week Staggered Re-entry to Skill Development Workouts

Sept. 14 Volleyball, Cross Country, Swim (land workouts), Theatre Ensembles
Sept. 28 Basketball, (m) Soccer, Cheer
Oct. 12 Football, Band, Chorus
Oct. 26 (m/w) Golf, (w) Soccer, Softball, (m) Tennis
Nov. 9 Baseball, (w) Tennis, Wrestling


“Although this pandemic has caused a major disruption to many aspects of our lives, including athletics and fine arts, Cabarrus County Schools is fully committed to doing all that we can to safely provide the opportunities that our students deserve,” Tyson added.


We are still in a holding pattern for the time period when it comes to trying to do any sort of rehearsals or activities.  This does not mean you, the students, can’t get together to rehearse.  This just means we (the staff and I) cannot hold any official rehearsals.  The staff and I will begin to work out plans to have safe and effective rehearsals when we can actual have them.  As stated before, the MP Band will thrive and evolve its offerings to serve our students and community.  We will get creative in our offerings and explore new avenues.


With the start of school, I have had to put marching band related items to the side.  As you can imagine, it has been extremely busy around here just to get school started.  I am hoping that in the coming days we will begin to share much more detail to the adjustments made to the season and share exciting new opportunities for our students and our parents.  These adjustments will include:


  • Marching band fees (refunds, etc.) – SEE ABOVE
  • Performance opportunities (football games (during the new timeframe designated by the NCHSAA), winterguard, WGI winds / winter percussion (?), community performances, etc.)
  • Continued student leadership training




TO CLOSE:  With the school board’s vote this past Monday of moving to Plan B, we will be working hard to establish protocols about how we will conduct business in the band world.  Look for information to come over the next few weeks.  It will be imperative that everyone is on board!


If you have any issues, questions, etc., feel free to contact me at




Keith J. Lee

Director of Bands

Mount Pleasant High School



Office Phone:  704.260.6690 ext. 76707

Cell Phone:  704.224.4695


Address:  700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant, NC  28124-9596