Sickles High School Bands

Sickles High School, Home of the Gryphons   7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa FL  33626


Director of Bands: Keith A. Griffis

Florida Bandmasters Association - District 7

August 2018

Hello Wall of Sound Parents,

Welcome or welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year at Sickles High School!

I hope everyone in our band family enjoyed the summer and is anticipating another awesome year for the Sickles Bands, including the always exciting Marching Wall of Sound season; kicking off this month.

As we begin our marching band season, we will have many varied opportunities for parents and students to volunteer in support of their band. For those of you new to band, all volunteer positions are posted and updated regularly on Charms, our cloud-based music education communication and management software. Check it often; there are spots awaiting your participation now. A special thank you to those parents who have already signed up to help out.

With the start of Marching Band Camp, you will have the chance to complete early registration prior to the band kick-off event. Band student information packets will be handed out the morning of August 3rd at drop off. In addition, there will be volunteers in the band room on August 6th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and 7:00 – 8:00 collecting packets, answering questions, and providing notary services if needed.

Please check out our newly redesigned website at www.sicklesbands.comYou will find all the information needed for band as well as links to Charms, our Facebook page, our Shutterfly site, the Apparel Store, lists of donation opportunities/need, our publicity archives, and other useful information. It is a work in progress and will continue to become more robust as the year continues.

With some items, such as bottled water, there is an ongoing, year round need. We are currently in need of soda (cans), Gatorade, and small water bottles. Donations may be dropped off in the band room at any time.

You are invited to our first SHS Band Booster meeting on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 
in the band room.

If you have any suggestions for us about anything; we welcome and encourage your feedback and participation. Nothing makes our band booster program stronger than the collective time, talent, and treasure of everyone involved.

I am looking forward to another spectacular year of music supporting our student musicians as well as Mr. Griffis and his teaching team.

In band service,


Nicole Byrnes

President, SHS Wall of Sound Band Boosters


Education budgets are tight and many high school band programs are affected. Individual and corporate donations help maintain/purchase uniforms, buy/repair instruments, assist with travel expenses to attend away football games, competitions, and music performance assessments as well as purchasing music and supplies. With over 225 band students, items like water, snacks, music folders, chairs, stands, instruments, and chairs are basic needs which must be met annually. Investing in these dedicated, hard-working student musicians, may be the best donation you’ve ever made. Please fill out the form and return your check or money order to the address listed. Thank you in advance.

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