Walter L. Sickles High School Bands

HOME OF THE GRYPHONS  ~  7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa FL  33626

HOME OF THE GRYPHONS  ~  7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa FL  33626

Director of Bands: Keith A. Griffis   |    Principal: Mary Freitas

Florida Bandmasters Association - District 7
 
FORMS FOR PROSPECTIVE BAND AND SENSATIONS MEMBERS FOR FALL 2020
CLICK HERE if you're interested in being a NEW Band Member (Woodwind/Brass/Percussion) for the Sickles Wall of Sound this fall.
CLICK HERE if you're interested in being a NEW Sensations Member for the Sickles Wall of Sound this fall.
 

WALL OF SOUND - REQUIRED ATHLETIC CLEARANCE PROCESS FOR 2020

All Hillsborough County band members will need to complete a very simple athletic clearance process beginning this year. This is a completely free process, and does not require any additional information than was needed with our paperwork in prior years. This process will also take the place of much of the paperwork that needed to be signed/notarized in prior years. Below are 2 links for VERY detailed instructions on how to complete this process – 1 for Sensations (auxiliary) and 1 for Band (wind/percussion) students. The process is slightly different for Sensations/Band – please make sure to select the correct instructions! The “certificates of completion” for the NFHS safety videos will need to be uploaded during this process. Please let me know if you have any issues or questions! I am asking all students to complete this process ASAP this summer to avoid any delays when the Wall of Sound is able to start marching again!

 

DIRECTOR'S UPDATE AND REMINDERS:

August 1, 2020


Wall of Sound Families,


In these uncertain times, I hope you take comfort in the news that our directors, staff, student-leaders, and Band Boosters are working creatively and diligently to form safe and enriching in person and virtual opportunities for our students.


To that end, we would like to invite you to an optional informational ZOOM meeting focusing on our current action plan for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  Our goal is to disseminate the information we currently have in hopes of answering your questions regarding both face to face and e-learning/virtual band curriculum, after school band participation, and safety protocols as well as help with housekeeping items and athletic clearance.


We will be offering two identical virtual sessions from which you can pick the one most convenient for your schedule this Tuesday, August 4th at 12pm OR 7pm. At the bottom of this message is Zoom invite information for each session.


As always, your patience, positivity and flexibility continues to be appreciated throughout this process.   We look forward to seeing you at one of these Zoom Sessions!


GO GRYPHONS


Mr. Griffis and Mrs. Lundahl


Invite for 12pm Meeting:

https://sdhc.zoom.us/j/89253811192?pwd=TXMwS0N3eC9tTTQ3bTA5MVVRTUJ6dz09

Meeting ID: 892 5381 1192

Passcode: Z4U52G


Invite for 7pm Meeting:

https://sdhc.zoom.us/j/88518231268?pwd=N2hUNWNXYVEzQU5taFJOYkdoRkVaQT09

Meeting ID: 885 1823 1268

Passcode: R3kRiz






July 28, 2020


Sickles Wall of Sound Families,


As you likely know, our District recently approved a new re-opening plan, pushing the start of school to August 24th. In alignment with this, HCPS has made the decision to postpone the start of all athletic and band camps an additional two weeks (for bands, this means no band camp may start before August 15th.) This does unfortunately mean that we will not be able to begin camp next week (week of August 3rd) as originally hoped. We will work to construct a new schedule and game plan for band activities and publish details ASAP. In the meantime, please know that our directors, staff, student-leaders, and Band Boosters are working creatively and diligently to form opportunities for our students.


As always, your patience and positivity continues to be appreciated throughout this process. We certainly understand the abundance of updates and changes can be frustrating, but rest assured that our goal is to always be as informative and transparent as possible. Adjustments will continue to be made as new information comes out, and please know you will be the first to learn of any pertinent news.


GO GRYPHONS!


Mr. Griffis and Mrs. Lundahl


FALL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE 2020 - TENTATIVE

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Aug 14 Friday  7:30pm - At Tampa Bay Tech 
Aug 21  Friday  7:30pm - At Home vs Jefferson (Non-Conference Game) 
Sep 11  Friday  7:30pm - At Home vs Leto
Sep 17  Thursday  7:30pm - At Home vs Plant  
Sep 25  Friday  7:30pm - At Home vs Sunlake  
Oct 23   Friday  7:30pm - At Home vs Mitchell

BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES 2019-2020

Booster Meeting Minutes 2019-2020
 
 
 
 
 
 

ARIA JACKSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

A request for applications for the Aria Jackson Memorial Band Scholarship for band seniors in the Spring.  The winner will be announced at the annual band banquet held in May.  

PHOTO SHARING - SHUTTERFLY

The Wall of Sound Shutterfly site is a central location for all photos of band. It is a source for the annual band slide show shown at the annual banquet. Please add your photos and videos there for the whole band to see and share. You can send a request to be added from the site or send an email to cgoodric@tampabay.rr.com

BECOME A SPONSOR

With over 225 band students, individual and corporate donations are necessary to help our band programs operate and to provide and maintain important needs such as uniforms, instruments, music, travel expenses and much more.  Please consider supporting these students and staff by visiting our SUPPORT PAGE to learn more or go directly to the PayPal DONATE button below to proceed with sending your tax deductible contribution to our program.

 

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