Band Announcements 5-4 to 5-8 2016

Good Morning Band Families,
     A few important announcements as we head into a great weekend!

Honors Credit Applications Due Monday May 2nd for Semester 2!!!
    We have updated our webpage to include the Spring Semester 2 Honors Application Materials.  Please read through the materials carefully.  The firm deadline for the second semester is this Monday May 2nd.  Read more at 

Hersey Makeup Assignment
     As a reminder, we created and distributed a make-up assignment for our students who were unable to join us at the Hersey Concert Band Festival last Saturday April 16th, which was due yesterday: Friday April 29th.  This assignment provided an opportunity for all of our students who could not join us to garner an alternative grade for that important concert experience.  We will be reading/grading these makeup assignments and will update our grade book early next week.  A copy of the assignment is linked below.

Hersey Makeup Assignment

Spring Concert - Thursday May 12th at 7:30 p.m.
    Concert Band and Symphonic Band will report for warm-up at 6:50 p.m. - Concert Band to the Band Room, Symphonic Band to the Orchestra Room.  Wind Symphony will report to the audience with their instruments at 7:20 p.m.  Following warmup, Symphonic Band students will bring their instruments with them to the auditorium seating in an effort to cut down on transition time throughout the program.  We anticipate that the evening will run 75 - 90 minutes, including our annual awards ceremony.

    As the concert approaches, we would like to ask that our band students and families spend a few minutes talking about concert etiquette prior to our community event.  Our expectation for our students is that they be supportive peer members and active listeners for the duration of the concert, with respect for each other as well as for the wonderful community of patrons who attend our annual event.  We have reinforced this expectation throughout our daily preparation this week for what will surely  be an evening  of wonderful performances.  Thank you in advance for your support!

For 4th Period Concert Band Students: 6:50 Call Time in Band Room
Girls—Black closed-toed shoes, Black Slacks (no jeans, no capris, no tights, etc), and White Blouse or Collared shirt (short or long sleeve)
Boys—Black Dress Shoes (no gym shoes), Black Socks, Black Dress Pants/Slacks (no jeans), White Long-Sleeved Collared Shirt (buttons all the way down, no polos), and Black Belt.
For 6th Period Symphonic Band Students: 6:50 p.m. Call Time in Orchestra Room
Girls—Black closed-toed shoes, Black Slacks (no jeans, no capris, no tights, etc), and White Blouse or Collared shirt (short or long sleeve)
Boys—Black Dress Shoes (no gym shoes), Black Socks, Black Dress Pants/Slacks (no jeans), White Tuxedo Shirt, Black Bow-Tie, Black Cummerbund, and Black Belt.
For 5th Period Wind Symphony Students: 6:50 p.m. Call Time in Auditorium
Girls—Black closed-toed shoes and Black Ankle-Length Dress
Boys—Black Dress Shoes (no gym shoes), Black Socks, White Tuxedo Shirt, Black Tuxedo Pants and Black Tuxedo Coat, Black Bow-Tie, Black Cummerbund, and Black Belt 

Graduation Ceremony - 10:00 a.m. on Sunday May 22nd
    All Sophomore and Junior Band Members are required to perform as part of our graduation band for the ETHS Commencement Ceremony.  This event counts as your final performance grade of the year.  Call time for all performers is 10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 pre-commencement concert and 11:00 ceremony.  The event is usually over within 90 minutes.  ETHS will transport all large instruments to and from McGaw Hall, however all students are responsible for coordinating their own transportation to this event.
     In preparation for the graduation ceremony, all Sophomore and Junior band students will attend 6th Period Band following our May 12th concert, from Friday 5/13 through Friday 5/20.  We will work on Pomp and Circumstance, Crown Imperial, and several selections from our Spring D.C. Tour to coordinate an excellent concert experience for our graduating seniors and their families.  This is always a very special and fun time of year and we are looking forward to putting this together with you!  Graduation attire is the same as Symphonic Band: Girls—Black closed-toed shoes, Black Slacks (no jeans, no capris, no tights, etc), and White Blouse or Collared shirt (short or long sleeve)   Boys—Black Dress Shoes (no gym shoes), Black Socks, Black Dress Pants/Slacks (no jeans), White Tuxedo Shirt, Black Bow-Tie, Black Cummerbund, and Black Belt.

2016 Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Auditions Posted!
     The 2016 Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band auditions have been posted to our website.  All sophomores, juniors, and seniors will audition during the second week of school for placement in Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra Winds/Percussion.  Please download these materials and begin to work on them over the summer.  They are based on the ILMEA Cycle 1 audition materials - honor ensemble groups assembled by the Illinois Music Educator Association, which audition, rehearse, and perform in the fall.  ETHS Jazz Audition Materials will be posted shortly!

Marching Band Announcements
Commitment Form - Due This Monday May 2nd!!!
Drumline/Pit Percussion Placement Auditions - TODAY - Saturday April 30th
Color Guard Auditions - Saturday May 21st from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the music wing with returning clinician Will Frankenberger!!!!
2016 Matrix Theme Halftime Show Music has been posted to the website under "Materials" and "Marching Band."  Let's start to work on this in preparation for Band Camp!

     Thank you to all of our fabulous parents for their assistance in putting this event together - Irene Moore, Diane and Tuner Lequar, Judy Steele, Blair Wellensiek, Ann Zastrow, Dori Conn, Elizabeth and Chris Thomas.  It was a wonderful experience for our ETHS and Warren Township students!  Please email me photos to share with our students and families!  I have posted a folder with the audio recordings and photos that have been submitted below.  Enjoy!!!!

Pick Staiger Recordings
Pick Staiger Photos

Schedule of Events
10:00 a.m.     Call time to ETHS, Load buses Depart (BRING LUNCH!!!)
1:30 p.m.      Pick up Math Team students
2:00 p.m.      Watch Carl Sandburg, Lyons Twp, Downers South
3:30 p.m.      Get equipment from buses
3:45 p.m.      Warmup for 4:45 performance.
4:45 p.m.      Perform at Krannert Center!
5:30 p.m.      Load buses and depart for dinner at Panera/McDonalds ($10)
7:15 p.m.      Watch Naperville North (2015 Honor Band)
7:45 p.m.      Illinois Wind Symphony Performs
8:15 p.m.      Awards Ceremony and Depart.  Should be home around 11:30 p.m.

SuperState Permission Slip
Wind Symphony Updates

Pick Staiger Concert - Tuesday April 26th 2016

SuperState Concert - Saturday May 7th 2016

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman