It was a busy but fun weekend for the YHS Band! Information below:
Thank you so much for your help in making Friday Night’s Homecoming Tail-Gate a huge success! Whether you donated food, supplies, your time, or your grill, the students and I truly appreciate your support. Special thanks to Mrs. Serafin for organizing all of our parent volunteers!! With 75 band members attending, we were a musical force in the stands. Some highlights include: opening the game by playing our National Anthem, performing our newly learned rendition of “September” and, of course, our yearly tradition of spelling out a spirited phrase on our band t-shirts. This year we went with “#-Y-H-S-H-U-S-K-E-R-P-R-I-D-E-!” Pictures from the event can be viewed under the pictures tab!
What a wonderful opportunity for all YHS band members 9-12 to have fun together and support our school community. Thank you again for making this evening possible; it's these kinds of events that stick in student’s minds and help build a strong and unified band program!
APPLE PICKING FUN!
Today 64 YHS Band students enjoyed a social outing to Wilken’s Farm! Students had fun taking a hayride, apple picking, and enjoying yummy cider donuts and apple cider. Many thanks to senior (and WE Vice President) Emily Beckett, for organizing this year’s trip! A photo is attached for you to enjoy.
Seating auditions will take place the week of 9/29, at your student’s weekly lesson. It is imperative that students understand that WE ARE A MUSICAL TEAM and ALL PARTS ARE IMPORTANT! Just as any sports team needs to have balanced playing positions on the field, our band will perform and sound best when have strong players on every part. If you have questions, please see the letter here regarding the process.
BAND LESSON HOMEWORK
You should hear your student practicing at home. Each week every band student receives a lesson homework assignment that will be graded. Students are always welcome to practice during their free periods or after school. If your student would like extra help, I am always available.
I am pleased to announce that on Monday 9/29, professional West Point percussionist David Bergman will visit YHS to work with our percussionist students. Wind Ensemble and Concert Band percussionists will attend this workshop periods 7, 8, and 9. David is a phenomenal musician and teacher, and we are so looking forward to this amazing musical opportunity!
JAZZ KNIGHTS CONCERT
ALL YHS BAND STUDENTS are welcome to join us on Thursday, October 16th as the YHS Jazz Band (and friends) take a fieldtrip to hear a professional jazz concert. The Jazz Knights of West Point are a fantastic ensemble, made up of some of the country’s best jazz musicians. Check out their site at http://www.usma.edu/band/SitePages/Ensemble_Jazz_Knights.aspx. The concert is at 7:00pm at Concordia College. Tickets are FREE, and I have reserved a block of 40. There is a sign-up sheet in the band room for interested students. We will meet at YHS at 5:45 and carpool to the concert.
We are in need of parent drivers to help us carpool. Parents, if you are interested in attending, please e-mail me.
TAG SALE SATURDAY 10/18
Our 8th Annual YHS Music Boosters Tag Sale will be held on Saturday, October 18, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The money generated from this sale benefits every student in our music program; helping to fund our annual festival trips and music dept. events. Last year we earned over $3,000 and are hoping for an even better sale this year!
We are asking for donations of items to sell (kitchen items, clothing, furniture, DVD’s, books, etc.); what a great opportunity to scour your homes for un-used items and do some autumn cleaning!
A flyer is attached FYI. Feel free to share with family/friends or post on work or community bulletin boards. Parent volunteers will be needed. In the coming weeks, look for an e-mail from parent-organizer Cindy Scinto (BACH@yhsbands.com) to find out how you can help.
Thank you for your support and please contact me with any questions,
Yorktown High School
2727 Crompond Rd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 243-8050 x.22249