Well friends, the school year is quickly drawing to a close - can you believe it?? Please mark your calendars for some of the final events of the year. First on Saturday May 11, is the spring car wash. Come on down and get your car washed and looking nice and help the band raise some money! Next up is the spring concert at 7pm May 22 and 23. Check the flyer on the main page of the website for more details. And finally, there is the big reveal party on May 27th where next year's show will be revealed. Awards are given, freshmen get to come and meet everybody, and a good time is had by all. Looking forward to seeing you all!
On Saturday February 16th please come join us for the Winter Guard pancake breakfast! But it's not just pancakes! You waffle lovers out the are in luck - we also have waffles! There will also be great sides to go with including sausage, fruit, milk, coffee and the legendary Emerald Brigade Coffee and Espresso Bar! Come on down and enjoy a hot breakfast with the fam before Bandtastic! Just scope out that picture of the giant waffle with melted butter and syrup and tell me you don't want a taste of one of those! Look forward to seeing you there and thank you for your support!
Yes, it's that time of the year again... time for the 2013 Emerald Brigade and Color Guard Crab Feed! This year the festivities will be taking place on Saturday March 16th at the Faith Center Lutheran Church on Douglas Blvd in Granite Bay. Featuring All-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and trimmings, live entertainment, and of course a massive silent auction and raffle! So mark you calendars, sign up to help, or just buy some tickets and sell some to your friends and enjoy some crab! Hope to see you there!!!
An open letter to Ms.
K., Marching Band & Color Guard Staff, Students and Parents:
On behalf of the Band
and Color Guard parents, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Ms. K.,
Paul, Chris, Vince, and the whole marching band and color guard staff for a
wonderful field show and once again, another fantastic marching season! We
recognize that it requires an incredible amount of time, energy and effort on
the part of you and your staff to pull this off. We wish that there was more we
could do to recognize your efforts. Please know that they have not gone
unnoticed nor taken for granted. I know for a fact that many students have been
inspired by your dedication and are seriously considering music-related
endeavors as future career choices.
I also wanted to thank
all of the students who have also put forth an outstanding effort. As I watch
the field show once again on video, it is hard to believe that this performance
was done by students, many of whom had not ever marched nor spun a rifle prior
to August! This truly is an amazing feat and something you should carry forth
with pride. I would also like to especially recognize the Color Guard. You made
the performance visually appealing and exciting to watch.
Finally, a special
shout-out to all the parents who have worked hard volunteering throughout the
season to make this program a success. Although there are too many names to
mention here, I did want to especially thank Kathy Brunelli and the Emerald
Brigade Sewing Team for producing beautiful Guard flags. I understand that
effort included some very long hours and went right down to the wire. I also
wanted to thank Kerry Fitzpatrick, Chris Angelo, Pam and Dave Reynolds and the
rest of the food committee for producing great meals on the road. You sure know
how to have fun! I would also like to thank Michael Downs for keeping us jazzed
up with coffee, and Keith Burson for his tireless efforts as trailer boss /
volunteer coordinator and his unique skill sets including fire safety and
electrical consultant. Likewise, I'd like to thank Darryl Moffat for being pit
boss and the rest of the pit crew. The EBSO board also deserves
recognition for providing the means to organize and fund this program. I
would also like to thank Keith Deger for organizing the car wash and helping
out for just about everything. Linda Downs deserves recognition for organizing
the chaperones and offering up her artistic talents. Finally, I'd like to thank
Chi for coming up with the idea for the waffle bar and Jackie Swain and David
Furmidge for making the waffle bar fun and competitive. This certainly was a
big hit with the students.
To any of the sophomore
and freshman parents that have not yet participated in any of these activities,
my advise to you is to jump in and try it. You will meet new friends and have a
good time. You will also be able to add something to the mix and creative input
is always welcome. I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events
including the Winter Concert, Winter Guard and Drumline and Guard Pancake &
Thanks again for all
your support of The Emerald Brigade & Color Guard Program.
Brent Van Hoozen
Congratulations to the
Emerald Brigade for their outstanding 3rd place finish at the WBA Championships
in Clovis California! It was quite an
adventure with cancelled performances, both bad and good weather, an unexpected
stadium change, extra practice, hard work, and some good times had by all. The Brigade scored a season high 89.45 points
in the finals which was only 1.5 points behind the first place school El
Diamante. Congratulations on a great season! Click to the WBA Championships page under Performance Groups->Marching Band->Competition Info above to see
all the scores, some photos, and a blog of the weekend: https://sites.google.com/site/gbemeraldbrigade/competition-info/championships
Many thanks to all who participated in the Wines Around the Bay Fundraiser on August 25th. The event was inspired by the Emerald Brigade parent booster organization (EBSO) and was attended by approximately 130 people. This raised over $5,000.00 in support of the Emerald Brigade Marching Band & Color Guard! There were many compliments for not only the food and wine but particularly for the musical talent provided by the students!
The EBSO would especially like to thank all of our sponsors for their tremendous generosity and we hope that friends of The Emerald Brigade will be able to support the businesses that have supported us. These include Quarry Ponds, My Thai Table, Pete's Brewhouse, Source, Capitol Cellars, Tahoe Joe's, Tandoori Nights, Little Bliss Cakery and Les Vignobles. Our wine sponsors also included Casque Wines, David Arthur Vineyards, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Revel Wine, Taken Wine Company, and Synapse Wines. Please thank these fine businesses by visiting them and enjoying their wonderful food and wine.
Check out the pictures from this event here.
Come and experience our first annual Wines Around the Bay
wine tasting event on Saturday August 25, 2012 from 7-10 pm at Quarry Ponds on Douglas Blvd!
Experience local purveyors of fine wines, scrumptious appetizers, wine jellies, amazing desserts, wine raffle, and very cool live entertainment. Tickets are just $50 per person.
Granite Bay Winter Guard competes in the California Color Guard Circuit (theccgc.org) which is sanctioned
and managed by Winter Guard International (wgi.org). After just two years in the Scholastic AA
Division the Winter Guard earned their highest honor placing first at the
Championship competition held on March 31, 2012 with a score of 85.7. The Winter Guard entered the California Color
Guard Circuit in 2009 as a Scholastic A Division team. The team enjoyed great
success for two years in this division and then moved to the Scholastic AA
Division in 2011, rising to the Champions in just two years.
The awesome Winterguard program had their first ever Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 18. We want to thank all of the attendees and fantastic volunteers for making it a great success!!
On March 17th, Granite Bay High School’s Emerald Brigade Marching Band & Color Guard will be hosting its 4th Annual Crab Feed, Silent Auction and Raffle. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Mark S. Allen of “Good Day Sacramento” is our guest emcee for the evening. There will be live entertainment and delicious all you can eat crab, pasta and salad. For tickets please contact Keith Burson at email@example.com or (916) 797-2249.