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PIFT Volunteers Needed - Sign Up NOW!

PIFT is the biggest fundraiser for the PHS Instrumental Music program (Marching Band, Color Guard, Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band). PIFT 2016 proceeds will be used to fund this year's program for ALL students. If you have a child in any part of the program, please sign up for AT LEAST one shift so that our kids can continue to receive a high-quality music education.

Parents, alumni, relatives, and friends - all PHS Music program supporters can sign up to help on the PIFT 2016 Adult Volunteer Sign-Up List. There are over 250 slots from which to choose in over 20 areas - so there is a time, area, and task for everyone. Go to the PIFT 2016 Volunteers page for job descriptions and find the spot that suits you.

Students can sign up to help on the online PIFT 2016 Student Volunteer Sign-Up List. Please note that Emerald Brigade marching band and color guard members should not sign up for shift times that have the "Non Marchers" label. Orchestra, non-marching band, and other PHS students are welcome to sign up for these shifts. Thank you all for your support!

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We Need PIFT Sponsors and Advertisers
We are looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor PIFT trophies and advertisers for the PIFT program. Please download and forward the PIFT 2016 Advertising Packet to any AND everyone you know that might be interested. That is all you need to do. You can send it to your favorite businesses, restaurants, contractor, doctor, dentist, hair salon, tutor, music teacher? The possibilities are endless! You can also share the link to our PIFT Homepage so that they can learn more about our field tournament.

If you have questions, please contact Melissa Martinez at 858-229-7267 or melissamqmartinez@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Events

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Emerald Brigade Sousaphone Campaign
Broken, repaired, cracked, dented, soldered, broken, repaired, no longer repairable, pieced together..that is the story of our up to 30 year old sousaphones. The Poway High School Band is in DESPERATE need of new sousaphones. Our students work incredibly hard and put in long hours to perform an outstanding show, however, due to the conditions of our sousaphones, the sound of the band suffers. New sousaphones are $7,000-$8, 000 each, we have not been able to replace them in many years.

We have an opportunity to purchase up to 10 new sousaphones this year! We just received a donation offer of up to $34,000 if we raise matching funds. Our goal is to have the new instruments for this marching season! All 180 marching band students will be so grateful and excited, and the new sousaphones will make a HUGE difference in the look and sound of their show! Any funds over the $34,000 goal will be used to purchase/replace other instruments. Please consider a donation for new sousaphones on GoFundMe, and share our campaign with your relatives, friends, neighbors, and co-workers!

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Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Fundraiser
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:00-9:00 PM
13477 Poway Rd #601, next to Starbucks and Digiplex

Come on out for some ice cream and support the Poway High Band, Orchestra and Color Guard program! Enjoy a treat at the Poway Baskin-Robbins with your friends between 6:00 and 9:00 PM on Wednesday, September 28. Just mention Poway High School Music at the register and 20% of your purchase will go to PHSMB (no flyer needed).

Put the Baskin-Robbins fundraiser flyer on your refrigerator so you don't forget!

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Give an EB Member a Shout-Out With a Pridegram!
Friday, September 30, 2016 - SUBMISSION DEADLINE

What is a Pridegram? Pridegrams are personalized visual "shout-outs" that will be published in the PIFT 2016 Program for everyone to enjoy! They are a great way for you to show your student how proud you are of them and support the PHS Instrumental Music Program at the same time.

Your submission can be either a camera-ready graphic file, or photo(s) with a description and accompanying caption. Go to our PIFT 2016 Pridegram page for all of the details, or if you are ready to order your Pridegram, download a Pridegram Order Form.

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Order Your Limited Edition PIFT 2016 T-Shirt
Friday, September 30, 2016 - LAST DAY TO ORDER!

Congratulations to Kevin Luena for the winning the PIFT T-shirt design contest! Kevin's beautiful design perfectly captures the Emerald Brigade's 2016 field show theme of "ZO"!

For a limited time, you can order a 2016 PIFT T-Shirt in two different styles - regular white unisex T-shirt or ladies white v-neck T-shirt. Both styles will feature Kevin's winning design in full color on front and the tournament line-up of bands on the back. These exclusive shirts will not be sold at PIFT - you will only be able to get one by ordering it in advance. Don't miss out!

To order, download and complete a PIFT T-Shirt Order Form. The shirts are $20 each (both styles, all sizes). Please turn in your order form with payment (checks should be made out to "PHSMB") to the Green Basket in the directors' office by Friday, September 30.

Please contact Paula at pplilapple@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Which Wich Restaurant Fundraiser
Sunday, October 2 through Friday, October 7
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM each day
13305 Poway Road, near Michael's and Five Guys

Enjoy a different sandwich or salad every day from October 2 through October 7 AND help the PHS Instrumental Music program! The new Poway Which Wich is donating a BIG 30% of everything purchased when you mention the Music program for six BIG days from 9:00 AM through 9:00 PM.

Download the Which Wich fundraiser flyer and forward it to your family and friends. The offer is good for dine-in, take-out, phone orders, and online orders - just be sure to mention PHS Music - you do not need the flyer. While it's not mentioned on the flyer, for those who visit the Carmel Mountain Ranch Which Wich, sales for PHS Music at that location will be also included in the fundraiser.

Go the Which Wich website to see the menu or to place your online order.

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Order a Keepsake Full-Color PIFT 2016 Program
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - LAST DAY TO ORDER!

A beautiful full-color PIFT 2016 Program can be yours, but only if you pre-order through October 5. The price for this limited edition program is $20. If you also ordered a Pridegram, the price is only $18. Regular black and white programs (with color cover) will be sold at PIFT for $5 each.

To reserve your color program, please send email to Paula Pullenza at pplilapple@gmail.com by October 5. Drop you payment (cash or check made out to "PHSMB") in an envelope labeled "Color Program" and put it in the Green Basket in the Directors' office

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Rancho Bernardo Field Tournament
Saturday, October 8, 2016
13010 Paseo Lucido, San Diego, CA 92081
5:45 PM - Call Time at PHS Band Room
8:45 PM - Emerald Brigade Performance
9:45 PM - Awards Ceremony
10:45 PM - Back at PHS

The Emerald Brigade will be performing in their first tournament this season at Rancho Bernardo High School on Saturday, October 8. They are scheduled to perform in the 6A division at 8:45 PM. The awards ceremony is at 9:45 PM.

The Rancho Bernardo Tournament organizers have provided us with the following information:

  • General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for Military, Seniors, and Students. Children three and under are free.
  • All spectator parking is located on the south side of the stadium which can be accessed off of Avenida Venusto.

See the following for more information about the Rancho Bernardo Field Tournament:

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Middle School Family Thursday Rehearsal & Post-Rehearsal Desserts
Thursday, October 13, 2016
8:00-9:00 PM
PHS Titan Stadium, Home Side

Band students from Meadowbrook and Twin Peaks Middle Schools and their families will be joining us to watch the Thursday evening field show rehearsal. It is a great opportunity to get the middle schoolers excited about marching band and for their parents to meet the PHSMB family. The rehearsal will be followed by the traditional dessert bar! Please bring a your favorite dessert to share. Napkins and forks will be provided.

Please pass on the Emerald Brigade Rehearsal flyer to your Meadowbrook and Twin Peaks friends.

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Home Game - PHS vs. Westview & Middle School Band Night
Friday, October 14, 2016
5:30 PM Call Time / 7:00 PM Kick-off

Enjoy the Emerald Brigade half-time show AND cheer on the Titans! Band students from Twin Peaks and Meadowbrook Middle Schools will be marching in with the Emerald Brigade, and joining them in the stands.

Marchers, remember to bring your black marching shoes and to wear a black T-shirt, black shorts, and black socks, and please - NO MAKEUP. If you have a black EB sweatshirt or jacket (green POWAY on the back), please bring it to lend to the middle schoolers for the evening and make them feel welcome.

Parents, please make sure that your child eats BEFORE call time. All Band and Color Guard members are not permitted to eat and drink (other than water) while in uniform.

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PHS Music Booster Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
6:30 PM - Booster Board
7:30 PM - General (all parents)
PHS Band Room N-1

All Band, Color Guard, and Orchestra parents should attend the October General Booster Meeting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 18. Mr. Cook, Booster officers, and student leadership will be there to report on recent and upcoming activities and to answer your questions.

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Flippin' Pizza Restaurant Fundraiser
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 5:00-9:00 PM
11975 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 605, San Diego

Please join your PHS music friends at Flippin' Pizza in Carmel Mountain Ranch for the best pizza in town! Dine in or take your pizza to go. You can place your order online at or call it in to 858-521-8433. Order as early as 10:00 AM as long as you pick up after 5:00 PM.

Be sure to present the Flippin' Pizza fundraiser flyer to the cashier and up to 50% of your purchase will be donated to PHSMB! Thank you in advance for your support!

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Shop & Give to PHSMB with iGive
If you shop online, go to your online store, find what it is that you would like to buy, and then go to iGive.com. Our PHS Music Booster organization will receive a percentage back from your purchase! iGive is a free service where shopping at any of up to 1,900 stores like Walmart, JC Penney, Sears, Overstock, and many more, will mean a donation to PHSMB.

Enrollment is free - sign up at iGive.com.

Amazon will no longer be on iGive as of August 1, 2016. But - there's good news, too. Most of the almost 1,800 stores offer a much, much bigger donation than the half percent Amazon offered. Walmart's donation is 3X bigger than Amazon's. iGive stores usually offer around 3%, but some go way, way higher. It's so easy to do good with #FREEMONEY for Poway High School Music Boosters.

PLUS, with the iGive Back-to-School Bonus, simply by your inviting friends to try iGive.com, Poway High School Music Boosters can earn extra funds ... at no cost to you or to them.

If you want to see how PHSMB is doing on iGive, please visit the PHSMB iGive Cause Dashboard.

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Poway Real Estate Professionals are BIG PHS Music Supporters!

The Poway High School Music Boosters would like to thank the Poway Real Estate Professionals for their generous donation. With the funds donated this year PHSMB is able to buy 2 vital tools in the instrumental music program at Poway High. The first is a Dr. Beat metronome (a device used by the marching band to keep time while learning their drill). It can be heard across an entire football field. The second tool purchased with this donation is Finale, a type of composition software that allows all of the music programs (orchestra, choir, jazz, marching band, musical) at PHS to create, edit and publish music scores used in their performances.

Every year the PUSD music programs must raise hundreds of thousands of dollars that the district does not provide in order for our community's kids to have a first class musical education. If it were not for the generous donations of organizations like Poway Real Estate Professionals, these kids' dreams would be left behind. PHSMB is truly grateful for this generous gift from PREP and all charitable donations that they receive. The parents, students and teachers would like to thank them for their generosity.

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The Poway High School Music Boosters
The purpose of the Poway High School Music Boosters is to promote and encourage instrumental music and support the associated activities related to the success of the Poway High School Instrumental Music Program. Please check back, often, for updates, upcoming events, pictures, fund raising information, and more!

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Why Music Matters
Jack Stamp gives one of the best examples of exactly why music education is so important and belongs in our schools. Dr. Stamp is Director of Band Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Click for video.

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