Booster Meeting Tonight!!
Please join us tonight in the band room at 7pm for our monthly booster meeting! Hope to see all of you there! Thank you!!
Many of you know about Scrip. The process of selling cards from various retailers throughout our area. We purchase the cards at a discount and sell them at face value thus making a profit for our band!! Please see the Charms store for availability for gas, groceries and upcoming holiday needs!! It’s easy to make a purchase online and the order can be filled almost immediately! Thank you for making Scrip a part of your every week needs!! Our kids will really benefit from your purchases!!
This is a reminder that the band has spirit ware available in our Charms store! Several items are available for immediate purchase such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, scarves, travel coffee mugs, stickers, etc!! Please visit the Charms store to make your selections and show your support of the Grand Blanc Instrumental Music Department!!
We are also in need of someone willing to sell our merchandise at various concerts and events during the year!! If this is something that you’re interested in please let us know!! Please contact Kelly Wells if you would like to help!! 810-240-0585. Thank You!!
The GBHS Band is partnering with Visual Reflection Videography to produce a professional DVD of our Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 4th. The DVDs will be delivered in approximately 2 weeks from the date of the performance. The cost for the DVD is $25 with $10 going back to the GBHS Band Program. We hope that you take advantage of the opportunity to leave your camera home and just enjoy your child's performance! PLUS you will be supporting the GBHS Band.
The Cost of the DVD is $25 payable to GBHS Band Boosters by cash or check. You can use the order form below, or order ONLINE in the Charms Store.
Here's a public service announcement for anyone who plays a woodwind, such as a clarinet or saxophone: Clean your instrument!
A case study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows that it's possible to develop allergic pulmonary disease, known as "Saxophone Lung," in response to the mold that collects over time in woodwind instruments. Saxophone Lung is really a type of hypersensitivitypneumonitis, which is the inflammation of the lung tissue, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The case study detailed a man who was coughing and wheezing when he sought medical treatment at the Emory University Adult Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Clinic. He was initially diagnosed with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). Researchers conducted chest imaging and tested for fungus, and found evidence of infection with different fungi. They also found that his saxophone reed was positive for the fungus Exophiala.
The man was given oral steroids, but his condition did not get better until he sterilized his instrument.
"This patient with Saxophone Lung was initially diagnosed with ABPA until history revealed he was a Dixie band player who had not cleaned his clarinet in over 30 years," the researchers wrote in the study. "While both ABPA and Saxophone Lung present with persistent cough and wheeze due to localized mold allergy and are treated with systemic steroids, it is imperative for allergists to distinguish these clinical entities."
Indeed, other case studies have also illustrated what can happen if you don't regularly clean your instrument. The New York Times reported on two of them; in one, a trombone player's stubborn 15-year cough only went away when he used rubbing alcohol to clean his instrument. In another, a saxophonist's shortness of breath cleared up after he started cleaning his mouthpiece.
In addition, a General Dentistry study published in 2011 showed a wide variety of bacteria, yeast and mold present in 13 previously played high school band instruments.
"Many children participate in their school's band ensemble and often the instruments they play are on loan," the researcher of that study, R. Thomas Glass, DDS, PhD, said in a statement. "Most of these instruments have been played by other students, andwithout the proper sanitation, bacteria and fungi can thrive for weeks and even months after the last use."
An International Journal of Environmental Health Research study showed similar results, finding bacteria, yeast and mold in 20 different woodwind instruments,particularly in the reeds and mouthpieces, The New York Times reported.
Attention Wind Ensemble Members .... do not forget that your paperwork and $100 deposit is due tomorrow! You can find another copy of the paperwork by visiting the Chicago Trip page on our website.
A huge CONGRATUALTION to the members, staff and parents of the Grand Blanc High School Marching Band. We are very proud of all the hard work you all put into the season. It was a long road full of ups and downs but so worth it at the end. A strong finish proves that all the hard work pays off at the end. Congratulations! The band finished 8th, with a score of 82.5!
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