Dear Trinity Band Family,
We are approaching the halfway point of October and looking forward to the remainder of the month’s events. Thank you for all that you do to support the work of the band! Are you following us on facebook to see all of the band’s activities? https://www.facebook.com/THSBand
This week’s schedule (all practice days at 7am this week):
Monday, October 13: No School
Tuesday, October 14: 7:00am – 9:15am (Pennington)
Wednesday, October 15: 7:00am – 9:30am (THS)
Thursday, October 16: 7:00am – 9:30am (THS) AND 4:15pm – 5:15pm (THS)
Friday, October 17: 7:00am – 9:15am (Pennington); 7:30pm Away Game vs. Southlake Carroll (watch for detailed itinerary from the directors)
Saturday, October 18: Wylie Marching Invitational – (day begins with breakfast in the band hall – watch for detailed itinerary from the directors and a breakfast assistance request from Mrs. Sword)
Wednesday, October 15 – PSAT
Friday, October 17 – Away game at Southlake Carroll Dragon Stadium, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 18 – Wylie Marching Invitational (routine of the day will be similar to Midlothian – directors will provide detailed itineraries as the date draws near)
Tuesday, October 21 – UIL Marching Contest at Pennington Field, in the evening; will be similar to a game night schedule (also, we will be looking for a few volunteers to help at Pennington that day – more to come)
Wednesday, October 22 – Restaurant Night at Freddy’s
Wednesday, October 22 – Deadline to order new spirit gear merchandise! Forms attached for some items – complete list of logo items can be found on the website: http://www.trinitytrojanband.com/spirit-home/spirit-gear/
Order forms may be turned in to the safe with payment by October 22 or orders may be placed online. Merchandise is expected to be available at the November 5th booster meeting.
Friday, October 24 – Home game vs. Coppell, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 25 – Area Marching Contest at Pennington Field; plan on a full day (again, will likely need some volunteers)
Thursday, October 30 – Away game vs. Richland, 7pm
Saturday, November 1 – Duncanville Marching Contest
Congratulations to Alan Huang – one of five Trinity High School National Merit Semi-Finalists!!
We’re very proud of you!
Special thanks to Dean Coburn and the flag sewing committee! All three flags were in use this past week and added color, style, and beauty to the show.
And a shout out to the uniform crew for washing the band uniforms following a Friday game and Saturday contest and having them back in time for the Bell game on Thursday! Whew, that was a fast turn-around!
If anyone is interested in purchasing a sturdy, canvas, logo-embroidered garment bag, we still have one available. Please reply to this email if you would like to reserve it ($30).
GAME NIGHT MEAL
Available from the student band council.
DID YOU KNOW?
Trinity Trojan Football – Sipi Tau
A Trinity Football Tradition Evolves
(from the THS web site)
Trinity Trojan football has worked tirelessly to build a legacy of success over many years. The Trinity Trojan legacy incorporates many unique and storied traditions as part of its history including the very important pre-game and post-game team ritual of performing the Sipi Tau.
Many fans know the story of how Trinity began performing the Haka after several Trinity Trojan football players in 2005 came across a video of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team performing their pre-game Haka. Those players learned the Haka after seeking the help of elders in the Tongan Community and leaders of the Trinity Polynesian club. The Trinity version of the Haka that was performed in those first few years was based solely on the Maori war dance of New Zealand.
Over the last several years the Trinity Haka has evolved and each year more and more traditional Tongan and Samoan elements have been added. The version that was performed for the 2013 season was the first time that the words of the chant were spoken fully in Tongan language and the movements and elements mirrored a more traditional Tongan war dance. With the 2014 football season, the team, in consult with the coaching staff and Tongan elders in the Euless community, elected to officially change the name of the Haka to the Sipi Tau.
The Sipi Tau that is performed prior to the game in a circle is meant to ready the team for the task that is a head of them and serves as a motivator for each player. Following the game the team will share the Sipi Tau performance with the Trinity community by performing it towards the crowd as a way to thank the fans, parents, and students for the important role they played in the game and the support the team feels from Trojan Nation.