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Black and Gold Special Edition

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

This newsletter's focus is all things Black and Gold Invitational (so you get a break from my crow/bird wordplay). You will still find quick information, important dates (look for new info) and general information, but the intent is to answer your questions about the weekend! Please refer to Mr. Thornbury's e-mail regarding the student schedule.

Marching Band Quick Info

  • Letter Jackets: Letter jackets are now on sale! Please see the information in Mr. Thornbury's email for more details. Jackets can by ordered here.

  • Black and Gold Invitational: Noblesville will perform at 8:15pm.

  • Menu: Pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, green beans or fresh carrots with ranch, fresh fruit and dessert.

  • Schedule change from original calendar. October 2nd/3rd/4th. Check your email and/or marching website for more details on how this change impacts your student's section.

  • 50/50 Raffle is over $30,000!!!! Get more details here.

  • Fees - Invoices due by October 1st (or before)! See update/info below from our treasurer.


Upcoming Dates

  • September 23rd - NHS Black and Gold Marching Invitational (Each family is required to volunteer for 3 hours on this date)

  • September 29th - Letter Jacket order forms due

  • September 30th - Fishers Invitational Contest. Performance Time: 7:15pm

  • October 6th - Senior Night at Football game. Halftime performance is the show!

  • October 7th - ISSMA Regionals @ Lafayette Jefferson. Performance Time: 7:15pm

  • October 20th - BOA Super Regionals Prelims @ Lucas Oil. Performance Time: 8:45pm

  • October 26th - Community Night

  • November 6th - Marching Banquet @6:30


Black and Gold Invitational Information

  • Where do I park? Please park in the student lot south of NHS construction (see map) and walk up the back drive. Please save parking in the north parking lots for our visiting bands spectator parking.

  • Where do I go once I arrive? Check in at the volunteer table (outside gate 29 - band room) before and after your shift.

  • Can I watch the invitational before/after my shift? You will get an admission wristband after your shift. If your shift is late and you would like to watch bands before, please stop by the volunteer table.

  • Am I guaranteed to work where I signed up? We may need to move volunteers around to fill open spots that are most needed! Please be flexible and willing to accommodate!

  • What should I wear? Please wear show shirt, Marching Miller gear or Black & Gold! We will have volunteer buttons for all volunteers to wear!

  • How can I help beyond my required 3 hours? Please consider picking up an extra shift! This is a BIG fundraiser for our program and so rewarding to give students the chance to perform in our beautiful new stadium!

  • Am I fully dressed without a smile? No! Please be welcoming and gracious! These bands made the choice to come to Noblesville and support our program!!!

If you are sharing info with your friends/family - spectator info (ticketing, parking, maps, etc…) can be found on our website!


Water the Children!!!!

Please help your student remember water. There have been many students "borrowing" a water from the closet recently. They should be drinking water ALL DAY and refilling for practice on school practice days. A snack to eat after school is can also be helpful! EVERY SINGLE STUDENT IS IMPORTANT TO THE BAND! All are first string varsity players with no subs. We want everyone to be at their best for practice as we head into this exciting stretch of the season! We can help by making sure our students are rested, hydrated and all snacked up. It is time to SOAR!!

Jen Melton, Food Coordinator


$$$ Marching Band Fee Information From Your Friendly Neighborhood Band Treasurer

Mark your calendars!! Marching Band fees are DUE in less than two weeks!!!

Check your emails for the most up to date balance & payment options.

A list of families whose invoice is carrying a balance past October 1st will be sent over to our Accounts Receivable department for collection purposes. Trust me, if you’re not a fan of email notices or certified letters, you do not want to be on this list!

Ireland Update

If you plan to utilize student fundraising funds towards Ireland you MUST request this by emailing

PLEASE NOTE: Students traveling to Ireland will not be eligible for financial assistance from the boosters for the 2023-2024 school year.


Jacky Doke, Treasurer -


Volunteer Information...IMPORTANT!

We currently have volunteer needs for September practices, football games, tailgating, band meals, and raffle sales! Check out all the volunteer opportunities at Coming soon: Fishers Contest & October practices.

Volunteer Hours: Please email regarding total hours volunteered this season.

As a reminder, listed below is the volunteer commitment every family signed at the beginning of the season. It is available to have someone volunteer in your stead to meet this requirement if needed. Just have the student’s name listed on the SUG.

  • 15 volunteer hours total (per household)

    • 3 hours must be on Sept 23rd at our Black & Gold Marching Invitational.

    • If you have an unavoidable conflict (family wedding, medical reasons, etc..) on this day, please reach out to the volunteer coordinator no later than 30 days in advance for an alternative option.

*If you are unable or unwilling to fulfill these volunteer commitments in FULL, there will be an additional $300 fee for the season. This will be invoiced to you at the end of the season. This fee becomes part of the obligation to pay. You may opt-out of the volunteer requirement for the season by paying this fee in advance making a total of season fee of $1,200.


Packing Reminders for games/competitions (band/percussion only)

Students are responsible to bring the following (we may not have extras):

  • Black shorts

  • Black compression shirt

  • Black crew/knee socks (no skin showing)

  • Compression sleeves

  • Gloves

  • Marching shoes

  • Hair accessories as needed (see below)

  • Water jug

Hair Info: Hair must be smooth, off the collar, and able to fit into the shako (hat). It is a good idea to keep gel, hairspray, bobby pins and hairbands in a bag that comes to every competition/game.

The Marching Millers also have a student uniform crew that can help with any uniform questions. Gloves/socks/compression shirts can usually be purchased from Dawn Bailey the day of, if your student forgets theirs.

Questions? Contact Dawn Bailey


50/50 Raffle Information

Band Family, we have crossed that $30,000 line! We only have a couple of weeks, so please, promote the raffle and volunteer! We would love to see at least $50,000 in the pot! Let's do it for our Millers! Look for us at Four Finger on Sept. 29. We will also be present at the Black and Gold Invitational.

We still need volunteers, and many still need hours, so be sure to check the Sign-up Genius. Let's make these final weeks count!


Thank you for reading until the end! Let me know if there is any information you would like included in upcoming newsletters.


Kristen Durst

Secretary, Noblesville Band Boosters

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