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Added to Archives 4/10/13

Grand Prix of the Americas - April 19th, 20th & 21st

Another huge opportunity to make money is coming up soon! There is another race at the Circuit of the Americas in a few weeks. Sign up now to earn some serious money by following the link below or using the "Sign Up Now" button to the right of the page. The sign-up will close on Thursday, March 28th.

Each shift will earn a minimum of $125. That is $125 per person, per shift! All profits will go directly into student accounts!

If you are 18+, you must have a valid TABC certification to work. If you obtained your TABC certification this fall for Formula One, your certification is still valid. If not, you can click here to earn your certification online for $14.95.(While you are there…go ahead and get your Food Handlers permit as well for the Dell Diamond fundraising. They have a package where you can obtain both for $25!)

Each student worker MUST have at least 2 TABC certified adults (18+) working with them.The company is standing firm on this requirement…there is no way around it. The plus side, is that by having one student and two adults at the track for one day…you are guaranteed to make at least $375! If you do the math, a family of 3 working 2 days would earn a minimum of $750!This is a crazy good deal!

With our trip to Washington D.C. in March of 2014 in the planning stages, and the 2013-2014 school year coming up, you can make a significant dent in the cost of a life-changing year in the Akins Band for 2013-2014!

Click here to sign up for the Grand Prix of the Americas.Please complete all parts of the sign up form.

E-mail Mr. Fincherwith any questions! Let's head to D.C. next spring without anybody having to pay a dime out of pocket!

The sign-up will close on Thursday, March 28th.

Added to Archives 2/9/13

UIL Solo & Ensemble This Saturday, 2/9/13

UIL Solo & Ensemble will be held at Bowie High School this Saturday.

Individual performance times and ensemble performance times are posted in the Band Hall.

General Information

  • This performance is required and counts as a major grade for the 3rd 6 Weeks.
  • Students do not need to be present for the whole day.
  • Students should be on campus at least 30 minutes before their performance time to ensure that they find their room and get a good warm-up before performing.
  • Students are free to leave when their performance has concluded.
  • Students should be professionally dressed for their performances. No jeans, t-shirts, or tennis shoes.
  • If you need to use your school-owned formal uniform, please check it out ahead of time.
  • The Akins Band Hall will not be open at all on Saturday. Please make plans to take your instrument and music home on Friday and bring everything back on Monday.

Saturday's Schedule

8:00am - Bowie HS opens for the contest.

8:30am - First performance time for the contest.

12:00pm - Judges break for lunch.

1:00pm - Afternoon performances begin.

3:30pm - Last Akins student performs.

5:00pm - Bowie HS closes. - All students should be gone by this time.

Added to Archives 2/7/13

The Akins Eagle Band @ AHS Academy Night

Students and Directors will be on-hand at the Akins High School Academy night on Thursday, January 31st from 6:00 - 8:30pm.

We will be answering questions about the Akins Eagle Band and how it fits into the high school experience.

If you are an incoming Freshman…or a current Akins student who is interested in being a part of the Akins Eagle Band, please stop by and say hello!

Popcorn Fundraiser is In Progress!

The annual popcorn fundraiser is currently in progress. All members of the Akins Band Program are currently encouraged to sell pre-packaged, gourmet popcorn.

Students may check out 10 bags at a time to sell. Parents may check out 20 bags at a time. Please see a band director to check out some popcorn.

All proceeds go into individual student accounts.

Concession Fundraisers are Expanding!

UT Basketball at Erwin Center, Concerts at Erwin Center, Baseball at the Dell Diamond, Fast Cars at Circuit of the Americas…and more coming...

Due to our great work at Formula One/Circuit of the Americas and the UT Erwin Center, we have been offered more permanent opportunities to fundraise by working concession stands.

  • We now have a permanent presence at the UT Erwin Center for all events!
  • We will have a permanent presence at the Dell Diamond for all events!

Please note, that all workers 18+ at the Dell Diamond will need to be TABC certified. In addition, we are required to have at least 2 workers with a Food Handler Permit per shift. Both certifications are available online for a nominal fee. The money spent on these certifications will come back to you within one shift!

Scheduling preference will be given to those with required permits (TABC and/or Food Handler)…we must have these individuals present for anyone to work!

Note: The website linked here has a package that includes both certifications for one price…

Check the "Sign Up Now!" link to the right to register for fundraising events. If you have any questions, don't hesitate tocontact Mr. Fincher. Let's earn some money!

Got Photos and/or Videos?

The Akins Band has a Flickr page with photos of current and past Akins Band memories. If you have any media that you would like to share, pleasee-mail Mr. Fincherand request an invite to the Akins Band Flickr group.

We are currently needing photos and videos of the 2012 Fall Season, but any and all materials would be greatlyappreciated!

Solo & Ensemble Payments are Past Due

All Solo & Ensemble entry fees must have been paid at this point.

Each entry fee is $8.00 per student per event.

Please see Mr. Fincher to pay or make arrangements.

Second New Orleans Payment is Now Due

All student and chaperone accounts must now have at least $200.00 in the New Orleans spring trip account. Please log into CHARMS (link to the right) to check your student and chaperone balance.

Payments should be made in the form of a check or money order payable to Akins High School Band and should be delivered to Mr. Fincher.

If you have any questions pleasecontact Mr. Fincherimmediately!

New Fundraising Opportunities Available

We have multiple opportunities available at the UT Erwin Center.

More events are coming soon. Click on the link below to register for any of the events.

There will also be a link available at all times to the right of the home page. Click on the orange button that says "Sign Up Now!"

This is easy, quick money directly into your student account for Fair Share, Band Fees, and Trip Payments.

Added to Archives 11/27/12

Jazz Band Schedule Update

The next meeting for Jazz Band is Wednesday, November 28th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

We will be attending the UT Jazz Ensemble concert on December 5th at 7:30pm. More detailed information coming soon.

Thanks for all the hard work at Formula One!

Many thanks go to all of the dedicated volunteers that took the time to work for your band and your students at the Formula One race this last weekend! We raised a ton of money for individual student accounts!

Stay tuned for upcoming information regarding other fundraising opportunities!

UIL Area D Marching Contest Video PostedHERE

Added to Archives 11/5/12

Texas Marching Classic - Saturday, October 13, 2012

Round Rock Athletic Complex

10211 West Parmer Lane

Austin, TX 78717

Clickherefor detailed contest information in printable form. Clickhereto visit the contest website.


8:15 am - Rehearsal at AHS

1:00 pm - Preliminary Performance

3:30 pm - Preliminary Awards Ceremony

7:00 pm - Finals Begin

10:15 pm - Finals Awards Ceremony

11:30 pm - Arrive at AHS - Go Home

Information in Detail

  • You will need all of your attire and equipment for a performance.
  • All students will need shorts to change into after the prelims performance
  • A healthy breakfast must be eaten before arrival at the band hall.
  • All students must bring either a sack lunch or money for concessions at the contest.
  • Prelims tickets are $10 for prelims and $10 for finals. There is a combo package available for $15 for both prelims and finals.

Football Game vs. Lake Travis HS - Friday 10/12/12 (at Lake Travis)

All Friday game day procedures will be followed.

Added to Archives 9/30/12

The Akins Eagle Band Sweeps the Hill Country Marching Classic!

2012 Grand Champion

4A/5A Outstanding Music

4A/5A Outstanding Marching

4A/5A Outstanding Percussion

4A/5A Outstanding Colorguard

4A/5A Outstanding Drum Majors

Congratulations to all members of the Akins Band Family!

Contest Tailgating Payments are PAST DUE!

See Mr. Faust to make payment arrangements…

Contest Tailgating is REQUIRED of all students.

Added to Archives 9/30/12

Contest #1 This Saturday!

The Akins Eagle Band will be performing in our first contest this Saturday, September 29th in Fredericksburg, TX.

Itinerary Coming Soon!

Football Game vs. Del Valle

This weeks game is away at Del Valle HS. We will wear formals for the first time…

Uniform Fitting

All students must be fitted for formal uniforms this week. Parents are available during class and after rehearsal on Tuesday (9/25/12).

Added to Archives 9/24/12

Performance Video Posted

Video from the McCallum game is availablehere.

Music Pass-Offs / Objectives

Music pass-offs continue this week. All students are expected to be making satisfactory progress towards the mastery of assignments on Objective Sheets. Please refer to your "Performance Assessment" sheets or see a Director for questions or concerns with your pass-offs.

Students: If you are having difficulty with your music it is CRITICAL that you seek help from a Director, Drum Major, or Section Leader.

***The Directors are here for YOU! Please seek our assistance if you need it!***

Jazz Band Update

No Jazz Band this week. See Mr. Faust if you are interested in joining Jazz Band!

Wind Ensemble Sectional Changes This Week

Due to Late Start Thursday on 9/13/12, Saxophones will have their sectional on Tuesday 9/11/12 at 8:00am.

Contest Tailgating Money is Due

Please turn in your Contest Tailgating money to Mr. Faust ASAP if you have not already done so. Checks or money orders need to be made out to "Akins Band Boosters" and made out for $42.00.

AISD Jamboree Date Has Changed!

The Austin Independent School District Band Jamboree has been moved toSeptember 19th!The previous date was September 11th… more details will be provided to the students in class.

Added to Archives 9/10/12

Autumn Ride T-Shirts Now Available!

The 2012 show shirts are now available in the following sizes and for the following prices:

  • Adult S to Adult XL - $14.00
  • Adult XXL to Adult XXXL - $15.00

Payments in the form of cash, checks (no post-dated checks), or money orders will be accepted. Checks and money orders should be made out to Akins Band Boosters.

Shirts can be purchased from the Booster Club at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday 8/28 and 9/4 - 4:15 to 4:45pm
  • Thursday 8/30 and 9/6 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm
  • Football Game Days - 4:45pm to 5:15pm

Parking Lot Safety

Parents - Please be cautious when picking up your student from after school rehearsals. After the students are dismissed, there are many expensive pieces of equipment and many precious young people still on the rehearsal grid.

PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE on the rehearsal grid at any time before or after rehearsal. We want to keep all of our kids and materials safe!

Check Your CHARMS Account!

Please log into CHARMS as soon as possible to check your student's financial balance, view attendance records, and update your information.

Instructions on logging in can be foundhere.

If there is any data you feel to be in error, please e-mailMr. Fincher.

Student Marching Shoes, Gloves, and Other Items

If you haven't yet purchased your supplies from Tote Unlimited, please do so immediately!

Prices are as follows:

  • Woven Garment Bag - $28.50
  • Nylon Garment Bag - $12.00
  • Tote Bag - $35.00
  • Marching Shoes - $30.00
  • Marching Gloves - $3.25

Please make checks or money orders payable to Tote Unlimited and deliver to Mr. Faust. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED!

Football Game Tailgating

The Akins Band Boosters make meals available for students on each football game day. These meals are served immediately after school on those days. The package price is $60.00 and includes 10 meals.

Meals are provided from the following:

  • Schlotzsky's Deli
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Cafe 1626
  • Double Dave's Pizza Works
  • Craig O's

All payments must be in the form of a check or money order and should be made out to the Akins Band Boosters. Payments may be delivered to Mr. Faust.

Contest Tailgating

The Akins Band Boosters make meals available for students at all marching band contests. The meal schedule is currently being finalized, but your one-time payment will cover all 7 anticipated performances. The package price is $42.00.

All payments must be in the form of a check or money order and should be made out to the Akins Band Boosters. Payments may be delivered to Mr. Faust.

Akins High School Band 2012 - 2014