If your family is interested in purchasing an instrument, here is a great opportunity. Music and Arts centers will be hosting a huge sales event with very competitive pricing. Students will be able to choose from hundreds of instruments, and TRY THEM BEFORE THEY BUY. Saturday May 3rd, 10am – 2pm at the Woman’s Club of Paramus (W65 Ridgewood Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652). There is additional info and coupons in the band room if your student is interested.
Mr. Whalen is looking for YHS band students who are interested in helping mentor his students during their band lessons. (What a great opportunity to be a good musical role-model and help inspire our youngest band kids!!). YHS students would visit Crompond from 1:50 – 2:40. Interested students should sign up each week in the band room. (There will be a new sign up sheet each week, and students can volunteer their time once, or for multiple weeks).
Some seniors may be available to drive, or if there is a parent able to help carpool please contact me. This collaboration is part of the YHS “My Helpers” program run by Mrs. Johnsmeyer.
Amazingly, we only have 3 rehearsals left until our Spring Concert! Therefore, Mr. Whalen and I kindly request your student’s attendance at EVERY remaining rehearsal. Please check your schedules and be sure they can attend. If there is a sports conflict, please let me know in advance and I will speak to the coach. Here are our upcoming important dates:
· Thursday 4/24, 5/1 Rehearsals
· Senior Citizen's "Prom" at YHS on Thursday 5/8. Please arrive at YHS by 6:00, dressed in concert black with a crazy tie. We will perform until 6:30 and then have our usual rehearsal until 8:30.
· Spring Concert Tuesday 5/13 at 7:30 in the YHS Auditorium
· We will again be performing at the Relay for Life on Friday 6/13 at Veteran’s Field, sometime in the evening. Exact performance time TBA. Please arrive to the field, dressed in all black and a white tie.
Will take place this week during your student’s lesson period. Students who are not auditioning for Wind Ensemble will not have a lesson this week.
The NYSSMA Festival will take place Friday - Saturday April 25 and 26, 2014 at Horace Greeley High School. Your student’s performance time is available in the band room and I can also be found here (When viewing this, please realize that you may not have received your “preferred time.” YOUR STUDENT’S SCHEDULED TIME can be found in the DAY, TIME, ROOM columns on the far right of the .pdf that can be found here)
· You must present your child’s official NYSSMA PLAYING PERMIT at the time of registration. Playing permits will be handed out in class this week.
· Your student must have original copies of their music NO XEROX COPIES ARE ALLOWED. You can purchase an original from www.jwpepper.com.
A reminder that our Spring Concert will take place on Tuesday, 5/13 at 7:30pm in the YHS Auditorium. Parents will be receiving an e-mail in the coming weeks from parent organizers regarding refreshment sign ups. The YHS band students and Mrs. Kluga look forward to performing for you!
The YHS Wind Ensemble earned a superior rating at the Rhythms International Music Festival in Montreal during the weekend of April 5-7. The Wind Ensemble earned 13 out of 15 possible superiors. One of the adjudicator called the ensemble the best high school band he'd ever heard.
By now I’m sure you have heard a bit about our Montreal trip; maybe you’ve seen pictures of our city tours, listened to your student talk about our festival performance, or (if you’re lucky) tasted a Canadian chocolate bar. We had a fabulous weekend and I wanted to be sure to let you know how proud I am of our Wind Ensemble students!
It was a pleasure to spend the weekend with your students! Not only did they perform beautifully at the festival, but they were also model citizens and musical ambassadors throughout our stay in Canada; polite and respectful to the festival and hotel staff, punctual to all events, and helpful to each other. Everywhere we went, event staff complemented our students on their good manners, and the manager of our hotel was incredibly impressed as she inspected each room during check-out; often smiling from ear-to-ear as she entered yet another neat and tidy (and often creatively adorned) student room.
In addition to the unique musical experience, these festival trips are also special because of the friendships and “band family” bonds that are formed/reinforced. I still smile when I think of Sunday’s awards ceremony and banquet. The evening started with a jazz-combo performance during dinner; the perfect opportunity for our YHS kids to have fun showing off their swing dance moves. Later, some of our students got their instruments and joined in a “jam session” with other students from the festival. After dinner, the DJ kept everyone dancing until 11:00pm. It was the perfect way to celebrate our student’s superior performance both on and off the concert stage!
Special thanks to Mr. Altman, Mrs. Scinto and Mrs. Smith for chaperoning our trip, and thank you all for your help and support! The students and I are looking forward to performing our festival selections for you at our Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 13th!
1. Students are asked to arrive no later than 6:00am on Saturday morning 4/5. We will meet the bus outside the band room.
2. Packing Reminders:
· A photo ID (your school-issued student ID or driver’s license)
· A passport OR you a copy of your birth certificate
· A working watch.
· Cell phone and charger.
· Money for meals and souvenirs. (Canadian currency)
· Your band t-shirt to be worn on travel days.
· Regular school clothing for sight-seeing and travel. Please be sure all wardrobe choices are appropriate for a school setting. Please bring warm clothes for our out-door tours. We are in CANADA after all!
· Bathroom items (shampoo, hair dryer, deodorant, etc…)
· Concert attire AND a “nice” outfit for attending the Montreal Symphony (no jeans/sneakers).
· Semi-formal Banquet attire
o Ladies: appropriate semi-formal dress, or nice skirt/dress pants and blouse.
o Gentlemen: suit and tie, or dress pants, long-sleeved button down shirt and tie.
o NO jeans or sneakers.
· Your instrument, music, mutes (trumpets!), cork grease, valve oil, extra reeds… anything you may need to keep your instrument in prime playing condition.
· Your smile, terrific attitude and musicianship!!
Our three festival adjudicators are world-class musicians and music educators! You can find their bio’s here:
John Phillips (trombone): http://www.nationalmusiccamp.com/conductors-john-phillips
James Lebens (trumpet): http://jamesclebens.ca/bio.php
David Parker (sax): http://davidparkersax.com/index/