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BAND GEAR IS HERE!!
2020 marching show shirts and ‘Band Fan’ masks are now available for order! This year’s “The Year Without a Marching Show” art is so creative and not to be missed. Band Fan Merch can be ordered through Sign-Up Genius for shipping or in-person pick-up. If you wish to skip the in-person pick-up, please select shipping at check-out. Additional pick-up times may be added as warranted.
Winter Calendar Assembly
This year for our annual calendar distribution we will be mailing instead of distributing calendars door to door! We need 36 families to put calendars and cards in envelopes then bring them back to be sent to a mailing service. We estimate the time required to be about 1-2 hours for each 100 calendars. This is a service activity you can complete while watching a movie in the comfort of your own home! Everyone will have 7-10 days to complete the calendars they pick up.
SERVICE POINTS WILL BE AWARDED!
The Calendar distribution is still a large source of funding for the Sandia Bands and Color Guard Teams – We need your help! Please sign up for the quantity of calendars you can assemble and we will reach out in a few weeks when the calendars arrive with more information!
Ronald McDonald House Charity Drive
The Sandia Band Boosters would like to invite our community to join us in supporting families living at our local Ronald McDonald Charity House. We are collecting any item listed on the charity’s holiday wish list during our Poinsettia distribution on December 2nd. This will be a socially distant drive through event!
The Ronald McDonald House Charity provides a home away from home offering comfort, support and resources to families who travel far from home for the medical care their child needs.
Drop off date: December 2nd (during the poinsettia distribution)
location and time TBA
If you’d like to donate to the charity from the comfort of your own home, you can check out their Amazon Smile Wishlist here:
All donations should be new, unopened and unwrapped
No Coloring books, crayons or puzzles please
From the Desk of Mr. North
Important information about our spring trip
Due to the significant health, economic and societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the continuing restrictions thereby, the Sandia High School Department of Music has made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel our trip (previously planned for March of 2021). Our travel agent, Bob Rogers Travel, has begun making the necessary arrangements to procure refunds – which will then be distributed back to stakeholders. Please note that this process will take some time, and that the exact amount of the refund is unclear at this point. As we await further clarification, please know that Bob Rogers Travel is working diligently to secure the highest refund percentages possible, and that any travelers who purchased CFAR (Cancel For Any Reason) travel insurance will be able to submit a claim for 75 percent of the non-refundable amount.
Thank-you for your understanding concerning the unfortunate necessity of our decision to cancel our trip as well as your understanding that we are working as quickly as possible on the next steps thereof.
Sincerely, Tyler North Director of Bands
Sandia High School
Smiths Inspiring Donations
Smiths Food and Drug donates .5% of every purchase you make to Sandia Band Boosters if you register with their Inspiring Donations program. They have changed their enrollment process and require re-enrollment annually. Check to make sure Sandia Band Boosters is your preferred non-profit! It only takes a few minutes to enroll and every donation makes a big difference to the band.
1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap ‘Settings’
3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
Tyler North – Director of Bands
New Mexico Music Educators Association 2021 Educator of the Year
Tyler North is currently the Director of Bands at Sandia High School where he has taught in various capacities for almost 20 years. Presently, Mr. North serves as director of 2 concert ensembles, 1 jazz ensemble and a steel ensemble as well as directing the Matador marching and athletic bands. During his tenure at Sandia High School, these ensembles have consistently garnered first-division ratings at festivals around the state and country. In addition, the Sandia Wind Ensemble was named the NMAA Centennial Band in May of 2012.
Before beginning his career at SHS, Mr. North received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS) and the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM) respectively. In pursuit of his post-secondary degrees, Mr. North has had the honor of working with many fine educators including Lyle Dilley, David Wilborn, Michael Robinson, Eric Rombach-Kendall and Bruce Dalby. Mr. North is also certified in both AP Music Theory and IB Music instruction.
Mr. North is an active member of the New Mexico Music Educators Association, serving as vice-president of bands for the Albuquerque district for 8 years and president for 5 years. Mr. North has also supported the future of music education by working with many student-directors over the years, many of whom have gone on to have wonderful careers of their own.
Mr. North currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, Jean (without whom, the last vestiges of his sanity would have slipped away years ago), his daughters Amara and Avalyn, and his yellow Labrador, Nana (without whom, his clothing would not have its customary coating of yellow dog hair).
Sandia High School Band Room
7801 Candelaria Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
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Sandia Band Boosters
PO Box 21627
Albuquerque, NM 87154