We are missing extension cords from the Swing Dance. If you could please check your supply (if you donated some to the evening), and look for the name DiGuglielmo. Thanks!
On Tuesday, March 10th, the YCSD Band Program will hold our third annual Town-Wide Band Concert in the YHS Gym. All 500+ band students grades 5-12 will participate. We hope this will be a wonderful experience for all of our students – fostering positive relationships between all levels, and allowing our youngest band students and parents to see the full progression of our band program.
Like last year, due to fire codes and the possibility of exceeding the maximum gym capacity, we ask that YHS band parents and families please not attend this concert as audience members. Ms Kluga apologizes for this and thanks you for your understanding. However, if you are interested in volunteering that evening, and helping us achieve this intensely logistical feat, we would love your help! Please e-mail Ms Kluga.
Did you have soooo much fun at the YHS Swing Dance that you just want to keep on dancing? Our swing dance instructors, Bill and Katrine, host a bi-monthly dance at Embark in Peekskill. On Saturday March 7th, they will offer a Swing Dance class from 7-8pm, and Dancing from 8-12. Flyer attached.
Come work with renowned performers and educators in free master-classes hosted by WCSU. Open to woodwind students of all ages. The day will conclude with the Symphonic Band concert, featuring WCSU woodwind faculty performing Villa Lobos’Concerto Grasso, Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and Frank Ticheli’s Blue Shades. Flyer attached.
All photos will take place in the auditorium. Please take note of the dates and times below:
JAZZ BAND, Tuesday 2/24 @ 1:50: Wear all black and a white tie.
PEP BAND, Wednesday 2/25 @ 1:35: Wear your green YHS Band t-shirt.
Concert Band and Wind Ensemble students have a playing assignment, which is due at their next lesson. If your student needs another copy of the assignment, they are available on Dashboard.
Students can log on to their dashboard through the dashboard link on www.yhsbands.com. Their username is the first letter of their name, and their last name (ex. ekluga). Their password is their own. If they forgot their password, there is a link to reset it at the bottom of the log in page.
You should hear your student practicing at home.
Last call for BRASS PLAYERS to be a part of the inaugural Westchester Youth Honor Band.
The honor band will rehearse 3 times and then present a concert. It is a minimal time commitment with the potential to be a great music-making experience!
If your student is interested, please read the attached information and e-mail Ms Kluga ASAP.
Thank you so much for being a part of Saturday night’s 7th Annual Valentine Swing Dance! With your help we provided the band students, families, and the Yorktown community, with a really fun and memorable event. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed their time, talents, or donations, to help make our swing dance possible!
Ms Kluga is so proud of the student’s professionalism and musicality; please congratulate them on a fantastic performance! To hear them play so beautifully, watch them have fun dancing, and see and the looks of enthusiasm on their faces once everything came together was really special!
We hope that you had fun, too :) Thanks to your efforts we made a profit of about $2,600!
We also wanted to again recognize and thank YHS graduate Joe Menduni (class of 2014), for his masterful planning of the sound and lighting, and Mr. Dan Moore and YHS Tech Crew for their help making Joe’s plan a reality. Thanks to their time and expertise, our students sounded fabulous, despite the cavernous gym acoustics, and the lighting effects helped the space look fantastic and festive! Thank you!!
If you have pictures of the evening, please share them with us!! Visit www.yhsbands.com, click on the upload photos button, and follow the instructions. Thanks so much!
Thank you again for all of your help and support. Ms Kluga is so lucky to have the privilege of working with such talented students and supportive parents!
The students and Ms Kluga are very excited to perform our music for you! And, incase they haven’t shared with you, we have all been learning how to swing dance in class one day each week for the past 6 weeks. ALL YHS band students are now equipped with about 10 stunning swing dance moves which I hope they will use at our event! (All they have to do now is get up the courage to ask someone to dance :)
Please be aware that the Swing Dance Snow Date is Saturday 2/14. Keep your fingers crossed and wear your PJ’s right-side-out this week!!
We have many homemade decorations planned for our event and will need lots of help to create them! All students are invited to stay after school This Friday 2/6 from 2:15 – 5:00 to help craft our decorations. Also, many students will be needed to help decorate the gym on Saturday 2/7 before our event. We are hoping to accomplish this between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm. We will also need help with CLEAN UP from 10:30-11:30pm. Sign-up sheets are available in the band room. As always, students will receive extra credit for their extra efforts!
In lieu of the usual concert black, Swing Era attire is encouraged! Here are some ideas:
Usual Concert Attire: Black pants, long sleeved button down black shirt, black shoes, black socks
AND/OR Swing Additions: fedora hats, suspenders, solid color or pin striped shirts, colorful ties, spats, jackets.
Usual Concert Attire: Black top (no spaghetti straps or sleeveless tops), black skirt or dress (below the knee), or black pants.
AND/OR Swing Additions: Girls are welcome to wear any color 1940’s style dress as long as it has an appropriate neckline, sleeves, and falls below the knee. Other ideas are: swing-y skirts, polka dots, pin-curls, a flower in their hair, seamed stockings, saddle shoes, 1940’s style hat and gloves.
Get into the swing of things and have fun dressing up in 1940’s garb!
Jazz Band – arrive by 5:45 for our sound check.
Students interested in participating in the dance lesson - please at 6:30pm.
Students NOT interested in participating in the dance lesson, please arrive no later than 7:30pm.
· ALL STUDENTS should place their belongings in their designated warm up room (CB or WE) by the English Dept. Office. AT THAT TIME STUDENTS WILL HAVE THEIR HAND STAMPED FOR FREE ENTRANCE INTO THE DANCE.
What: Valentine’s Swing Dance Concert
When: This Saturday 2/7
Time: Dance Lesson 7-8pm / Music and Dancing 8-10:30pm
Where: YHS Gym
Cost: $8 for adults / $5 for students and seniors. Tickets sold at the door. YHS Band students are free.
We are in need of:
Cut up fruit
Chocolate covered strawberries
More extension cords
Volunteers (especially the 2-4 set up shift), but also during the dance
To donate, please visit http://donate.yhsbands.com/swing
On Tuesday, March 10th, the YCSD Band Program will hold it’s 3rd Annual Town-Wide Band Concert in the YHS Gym. All band students grades 5-12 will participate. This is a positive experience for all of our band students – fostering positive relationships between all levels, and allowing our youngest band students and parents to see the full progression of our band program.
Want to learn some great moves to get you ready for our Swing Dance? On Sunday 2/1, dance instructor Bill Kline will be leading a 2 hour class. Open to all ages, no partner required. Information is attached. (FYI: Bill will be teaching at the YHS Swing Dance!).
As part of our Swing Dance, the core band parents organize an amazing raffle. Each year we ask families/local businesses for prize donation items, which are then organized into themed baskets. If you have contact with a local business, or are able to help secure raffle items, please contact B.A.C.H. Kathleen Brawitsch (email@example.com).
We are also in need of baskets and “stuffing” for the baskets to hold our raffle prizes. If you have any baskets that you could donate, please contact Mrs. Brawitsch.
Is there anyone out there with the ability to help? In years past, to help the students sound their best in the gym, we have relied on the equipment and expertise of our band families/friends to supplement the equipment owned by YHS. Now those families have graduated. Are there any band parents (or friends of band parents) with lighting and sound experience (and/or equipment?).
Please visit http://donate.yhsbands.com/swing to donate a food item, or sign up to help chaperone.
Is approaching quickly! Bring your family and friends on Saturday 2/7 to the YHS gym for a fun and music-filled evening! Professional swing dance lesson from 7-8pm. Live music (provided by your students!) and dancing from 8 - 10:30. Light refreshments will be served. Swing Era attire encouraged. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for non-band students and senior citizens.
A flyer advertising our Swing Dance is attached. Please feel free to post at your place of work, place of worship, or anywhere you think people would be interested.
Students, please make sure you have successfully logged in to your dashboard. You are required to download your ensemble music (CB, WE and JB) to a playlist on your iTunes (or other) account. Use these recordings to help you practice! At your midterm, please show Ms. Kluga that you have this playlist on your mobile device.
You each received an e-mail last week to your @yorktown.org account with a temporary username and password.
On Tuesday, March 10th, the YCSD Band Program will hold it’s 3rd Annual Town-Wide Band Concert (a.k.a. BANDAPALOOZA!) in the YHS Gym. All band students grades 5-12 will participate. This is a wonderful experience for all of our students – fostering positive relationships between all levels, and allowing our youngest band students and parents to see the full progression of our band program.