Hi Band Families,
KMEA State Semifinals and Finals are on Saturday, October 28 at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville. This is an overnight trip; the kids will be staying at finals regardless that night, either to watch or (hopefully!) perform.
All seating for finals is reserved (meaning each individual seat is attached to a ticket). Regular tickets are $15 each, and Premium tickets are $25 each. Children age six and under are admitted free, but will not receive a ticket, which means they may have to be held by an adult.
While individual tickets are sold at the event, blocks of tickets (so band families from a particular school can sit and cheer together) for finals are a hot commodity and thus sold in advance; in an effort to make sure that all schools get the opportunity to purchase a block of tickets so their fans can sit together, KMEA is instituting a lottery system this year. Mr. Craig would love to have a group of parents sitting together in a block of seating to (hopefully!) cheer on Ryle at finals.
In order to do this, however, we have to commit to purchasing the tickets before we know whether we will make finals. We have to let KMEA know by Monday, September 18 that we intend to participate in the lottery and how many tickets we intend to purchase. We will find out our order in the draw on Tuesday, and then KMEA will begin calling the authorized representative of each school on Wednesday to secure their block of tickets. The Ryle Band Boosters would seek a block of Regular tickets to finals, priced at $15 per ticket.
As an association, we cannot afford to purchase tickets as a block without commitment from our families. As such, you will be able to sign up on Charms and commit to purchasing the number of tickets you wish on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once we secure the tickets from KMEA, we will assign however many we get according to those who signed up first, and you will be billed through Charms. To clarify once again, though: you must purchase your block seating ticket before we know whether or not Ryle will make the finals competition.
To sign up for block seating tickets, go to the Charms calendar and click on “KMEA State Finals Ticket Lottery” which will appear as an event needing volunteers on Sunday, September 17. Sign up each member of your family individually as a volunteer so we know exactly how many tickets you need.
You must sign up no later than 11:59 PM, Sunday, September 17. After midnight, the sign-up will be taken down.
Link to the Charms calendar: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/calendar.asp?s=RyleHSB
Questions about using Charms? Here’s a link to help: http://www.ryleband.com/band-boosters/parent-information/
(be sure to scroll down to where it references “Using Charms”).