Marching Band July 4th & Summer Reminders

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Good Afternoon Wildkit Marching Band Families!
     I hope this email finds you enjoying a great holiday weekend - what perfect weather!  The temperature for Monday looks ideal for a parade - partly sunny and 79 degrees.  I am sure the event will be well attended and we are surely poised for a great first performance of 2016.
     I want to begin by congratulating our new marchers who have joined us throughout June in preparation for the parade.  They have done a fabulous job of acclimating to our group and I am very pleased with their progress.  I would also like to thank our student leaders for being so welcoming and helpful to our new members - I can already tell this is going to be a memorable season for our program.  Lastly, I want to extend a special thanks to our staff: Peggy Sue Casey for her help with our percussion section, Bernita Robey - our new Color Guard instructor who has proven to be full of great energy and expertise, Lorenzo Medrano who is writing our guard work this year and paid us a visit at rehearsal, Mitch Rogers who is writing our drill this year for the third time, and my good friend and colleague Mike Lehman for his help in getting us ready for the July 4th parade.

July 4th Final Reminders:
     Please drink plenty of water and eat breakfast and lunch prior to the parade on Monday - while the weather is ideal, we will be engaging in a physical activity.  Please also be sure to put on sunscreen!  We will be meeting at school at 11:30, loading buses (instruments/music only, no cases), and departing for the parade.  If you live near BENT PARK or RYAN FIELD and would like to meet us at the event, or depart from the event without using ETHS transportation, email me at right away!  If you would like to volunteer to walk alongside the band during the parade to provide water, you can either meet us at Bent Park or ride the bus over with the band.  Returning marchers - if you lost your shirt, bring $10 to school on Monday and we will provide you with a new shirt.  All new marchers who have attended June rehearsals should have received a shirt and cap at rehearsals this week.  Lastly, students who will be picked up at school after the parade will need to be picked up at the summer construction entrance of the building - 25A - at the rear of the school.  Campus Safety will be present to wait with students until their rides arrive.
     As a reminder, it's not too late to make improvements to your performance on Monday!  Practicing for 20 minutes today and tomorrow - and even memorizing or partially memorizing your music - will make a great impact on your personal performance and contribution to the group's performance.

11:30 a.m. Call time at ETHS Door 11 & 13
12:00 p.m. Load buses and depart for BENT PARK
12:15 p.m. Arrive in BENT PARK. Warm-up
2:00 p.m. Parade begins!
3:00 p.m. Parade ends at Ryan Field (NU Stadium)
3:15 p.m. Load buses and return/unload at ETHS

Blue ETHS Marching Band Cap
Grey ETHS Marching Band T-Shirt
Khaki Shorts with Belt
White Socks & White Sneakers (or as close as possible) 

Summer Reminders

  • Please be sure to pay your band fees and mail your forms back to Mr. Bufis by August 1st.  I have attached the summer mailer again for your convenience.  You can pay your fees at:
  • Please sign up for a room at band camp if you have not done so already.  If you do not complete the rooming list by mid-July, you will be placed in a room.  Band Camp Room Signup
  • Download your Matrix Music and start practicing - the show will come together faster and it will be more fun to learn if everyone comes to camp with their music learned!  The music has been posted to the webpage along with Mp3s to play along with and percussion assignments - Download Your Music Here
  • Please remember that Band Camp is mandatory - this includes our time at ETHS and George Williams College during the weeks of August 8 - 12 and August 15 - 19.  We look forward to seeing all members at our season kick-off meeting on Sunday August 7th at 3:00 p.m. in the Band Room (enter through Door 11 on Dodge Avenue)
  • Please consider volunteering to help out our marching band students and staff this summer and fall!  There are many ways to get involved with varying levels of commitment - we would love to have your support!  Parent Volunteer Sign-up Form

For Our LGBTQIA Students and Families
On Wednesday (6/22) ETHS hosted an informational session for incoming freshman families of students who identify as LGBTQIA.  The ETHS band program is an inclusive and safe environment for all of our students.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to learn more about how the band program can support your student.  If you are interested in learning more about schoolwide opportunities, please contact Ms. Hart (  

Let's have a great first performance on Monday!

Go Kits!
Mr. Bufis

Matthew P. Bufis
Co-Director of Bands
Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 424-7853 - Office
(847) 424 7192 - Fine Arts Office Fax

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