Blue Crew News

This is a public but unlisted page. This page was updated on 6/3/2020.

Welcome to the news page for the Blue Crew (Equipment) volunteers. Please read the entire page and let me know if there are questions via Remind or text me at 615-429-3375.

Click here for the information page that explains what the Blue Crew does including a map of LHS showing where we park and enter the stadium for home games


BLUE CREW SCHEDULE – 2020-21 Season (updated 6/3/2020):

We will discuss the Blue Crew at the parent meeting that will happen around the start of the school year, typically around band camp. Once the date for that is finalized, I will post it here.

I do not have contest dates at this time. Please check the CHARMS calendar for updates throughout the summer. I do not have information yet on how the coronavirus pandemic may impact our season. I will share any details I get as soon as I get them.

Here are the events I do know about as of 6/3/2020:

  • Friday 8/21 – Home Football vs. Gallatin
  • Friday 8/28 – Away Football at McGavock
  • Friday 9/4 – Away Football at Mt. Juliet
  • Friday 9/11 – Home Football vs. LaVergne
  • Friday 9/18 – Away Football at Hendersonville
  • Friday 9/25 – Away Football at Beech
  • Friday 10/2 – Home Football vs. Station Camp
  • Saturday 10/3 – Blue Devil Invitational
  • Friday 10/16 – Away Football at Stewarts Creek
  • Friday 10/23 – Home Football vs. Wilson Central
  • Friday 10/30 – Home Football vs. Rossview
  • Friday 11/6 – TSSAA Playoff Week 1

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR OUR BLUE CREW REMIND IF YOU ARE LOADING/UNLOADING/HELPING WITH PROPS/ETC!

THE BLUE CREW WILL ONLY USE THE REMIND APP AND THIS PAGE TO COMMUNICATE DURING THE 2020-21 SEASON. WE WILL NO LONGER USE THE BAND APP. SIGN UPS FOR BLUE CREW WILL BE DONE ON THE CHARMS CALENDAR.

SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO JOIN THE REMIND AND ON ACCESSING THE CHARMS CALENDAR!


Truck Loading Order (updated 9/22/2019 – this is subject to change for 2020-21)

  • Keyboard
  • Speakers
  • Gong
  • Timpani
  • Bass Drum
  • Big old marimba – big end first – big end has to be lifted near top of ramp
  • Little, very old xylophone on wooden frame
  • Little xylophone with tiny cymbals
  • Big newer marimba – big end first – is set higher and does not have to be lifted
  • 2nd newer marimba – small end first – big end has to be lifted from mid-section of ramp up into truck
  • The rest of the little xylophones/bells
  • Drum major stands
  • Rack

Also, remember plumes and water must be packed on the white trailer along with the drum line and sousaphones!


Pep Band Only Games (due to weather or playoffs)

When heavy rain is forecast during an away game, the directors may decide to only send a pep band to the game. When this happens, only the grey trailer goes and it carries all instruments.

The students will load their own instruments into the enclosed trailer. We need to make sure they leave room at the end for the water coolers or water coolers will need to go in the back of the truck pulling the trailer. Instrument load order is drum line, sousaphones, winds, water coolers. 

So, on pep band game days, we need one person to pull the grey trailer and at least one additional Blue Crew person to travel to the game and assist. All other Blue Crew volunteers would be released and it will be up to them to decide whether they want to go or not.

In addition to heavy rain, typically we only send a pep band to away playoff games but this is decided on a game by game basis and is only decided by the directors.

Any weather-related change of plans will be communicated directly from the directors on the BAND app and then I will communicate those updates to our group via REMIND.


CHARMS Volunteer Signups (updated 8/16/2019)

Please always sign up on CHARMS for any event you are able to help us or concessions with so Mr. Channell and Mr. Amoss and I will always know who will be there. All events are listed under the VOLUNTEER section. You can send me any questions you have about CHARMS.

Blue Crew Job Descriptions for signing up on CHARMS:

Equipment: Blue Crew means you are available to assist in all functions including loading and unloading the truck plus assembling props and moving equipment (props or front ensemble) on and off the field as needed.

Equipment: Enclosed or Grey Trailer means you are willing to bring and pull an enclosed trailer or pull our grey trailer plus you are willing to assist with other Blue Crew functions if needed/able.

Equipment: Pull Props Trailer means you have a long trailer you can pull that we will use to transport the prop frames plus you are willing to assist with other Blue Crew functions if needed/able.

Equipment: Bring Side by Side and Trailer means you have a side by side/atv/gator plus a trailer you can bring that will be used to haul equipment to and from the field plus you are willing to assist with other Blue Crew functions if needed/able.

Props Help means you are willing to assist in prop assembly once we arrive at the site, then move props on and off the field for the performance and assist in prop breakdown as needed. You will not be designated as helping with loading and unloading the truck but can do so if you wish. 

If you sign up for any of these, please join the Blue Crew REMIND by downloading the app and adding the class @bandpitcr or by texting @bandpitcr to 81010.


Remind app (updated 9/29/2019)

The Blue Crew will use Remind to communicate this season.

Blue Crew (Equipment): Send a text to 81010. The message should say @bandpitcr

***If you are having a hard time doing this by phone – you can also join via internet:

https://www.remind.com/join/bandpitcr

You can also download the REMIND app from the app store for your phone and choose “Join a class” and enter the appropriate code:

Blue Crew (Equipment): @bandpitcr

Please stay a part of our Remind group as that will be our primary way to communicate this season.

There is also a main REMIND for the whole band.

This is where Mr. Channell sends out important announcements.

Please join up here ASAP if you have not: 

9th Grade Parents:       Text @9LHSBANDP to 81010
10th Grade Parents:     Text @10LHSBANDP to 81010
11th Grade Parents:      Text @11LHSBANDP to 81010
12th Grade Parents:      Text @12LHSBANDP to 81010

Important! Chaperone sign-up process has changed (updated 8/16/2019 – subject to updates for the 2020-21 season)

If you are just Blue Crew and will not be an official chaperone, ignore this!!

This only applies to folks doing double-duty as a Blue Crew member and a chaperone that rides on the bus!! If you do that, the process to get your background check has changed. You must now do this online and the cost is $5. The site is here: https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/MTQ3OTplbi1VUw==

Then, you must fill out the chaperone form in the chaperone packet and give that to Mr. Channell.

See Becca Jo Daniels for more information.