Band Announcements Week of 2/1-2/5 2016

Good Afternoon ETHS Band Students,
    February is a busy month for the ETHS Band Program - please read below for some important announcements about our trip, calendar events, etc.
Congratulations ETHS IMEC All State Participants
    A special congratulations to the members of the ETHS Jazz Ensemble who performed at the ILMEA All-State Conference in Peoria last weekend.  The group showed musical maturity and refinement beyond their years and was well-received by their audience.  We would also like to congratulate Momoko Hasselbring and Ellie Finkel who performed in the All-State Orchestras in front of several thousand people, and Seth Bearman who was invited to participate in the Composer's Showcase program based on his second place composition Christinanana.  Thank you for representing ETHS at this prestigious event!
ETHS Band Tour to Washington D.C.
    Some important updates have been made to our Washington D.C. Tour.  Please click below for an updated and CLOSE TO FINAL itinerary.  We are confirming one or two moving pieces and will release the final itinerary shortly.  If you have not done so already, please download and print the permission slip, and fill out the online forms: rooming list, bus list, and food restrictions.  All of these were due today!
In addition, we remind all of our students to practice their tour music and listen to the recordings online.

Permission Slips (Download, Print, Fill Out, Return Immediately)
Washington D.C. Parent Field Trip Consent Form Washington D. C. Medical Form & Waiver
Online Forms (Fill Out Online)
Room Sign Up
Bus Sign Up
Food Restrictions
Updated Itinerary 02/03/2016
    The major change that you will notice is that the Kennedy Center performance has been removed from our tour.  The Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center based on performance recordings, programs, and videos reviewed by a committee - however our performance day was bumped to Monday evening February 29th, the day we are scheduled to return to ETHS.  Our original plans were impacted by the contract mechanics that pair non-professional performance groups, like our ETHS Wind Symphony, with professional groups and the details involving coordinating or permitting an opening act like ours.  We were alerted to this change the week before Winter Break and carefully weighed our options: the expenses of adding an extra day to our tour or sliding the tour back by one day - both financially and academically.  We ultimately determined that the best decision was to abandon this performance for another opportunity, and we are excited to announce a few exciting events that will come out of this initial misfortune.  
    You will now notice that the Wind Symphony will have a clinic with Ms. Mary Poling, professional oboist and conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, while on tour, and that the entire tour group will get to attend a concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - performing Elgar's
Enigma Variations.  In addition, our travel agent will be forwarding the funds we invested in the Kennedy Center performance experience to Northwestern University's Pick Staiger Concert Hall so that our Wind Symphony can share a concert with the Warren Township High School Wind Symphony.  As directors we feel that it is unfortunate that our students will not have the chance to perform in our intended venue, but are pleased with the new opportunities we were able to coordinate for our students with the help of our travel agent.

Wind Symphony Schedule
    A calendar of rehearsals and events was distributed in class on Monday outlining our strategic plan to prepare for our upcoming concerts (DC Tour, March 8th ETHS Music Festival Concert, March 18th Lake Zurich WS Exchange) and professional recording experience.  These are special opportunities that will require the efforts of our full group for a successful outcome.  Please mark these events on your calendar and continue to practice your music outside of class.
ETHS Solo & Ensemble Festival - Tuesday March 22nd, 2016 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
     We want to take this opportunity to put a plug in about our Solo and Ensemble Festival, hosted here at ETHS.  This event is an opportunity for students to perform accompanied solos as well as duets, trios, and chamber pieces in front of a small audience and music evaluator for a rating and feedback.  We will host the instrumental performances in our band room from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Please consider performing a solo or small group composition at this event!  Please coordinate with your small groups and accompanists so we can put a schedule together with ease.  A list of past accompanists is located on our website at: 

     A solo and ensemble registration form will be available later this month on our webpage, and will be emailed out as well.  Please plan with your band directors, private lesson teachers, and peers to form small ensembles and pick literature for this event.
Honors Credit Update & Semester 2 Honors Credit Program
    We have submitted a list of changes to the scheduling department for Semester 1, which will go into effect retroactively.  Since this is the first time we have gone through the Honors Credit process in this way - both teachers and students - we were more lenient with students about submission deadlines and material development, and needed a longer period of time to process applications.  Second semester will be a shorter timeline and will need to be more stringent to accommodate the last day for seniors as well as summer recess.  Please plan to submit your materials for Semester 2 by May 1st.  In order to streamline this process from a paperwork standpoint, we have modified the Scholarly & Service Projects forms by merging them into 1 submission document.  The Semester 2 "Performance Points" and "Scholarly & Service Projects" forms can be found on our webpage:

ETHS Jazz Festival - Saturday February 20th
    Established in 2004 as a non-competitive, all-day jazz immersion event, the Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival hosts nearly 50 middle and high school jazz groups from around the region.  Students of all levels are inspired by professional musicians, enlightened by our clinics, lectures, and master classes, and encouraged to take their playing to the next level.  This educational and cultural jazz festival has earned its distinction by providing the opportunity to showcase local, national, and international artists.  
    We are thrilled to feature virtuoso tenor saxophonist, Donny McCaslin at our evening concert! The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. in the ETHS main auditorium with a set from ETHS’s own Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mike Lehman, followed by an evening of great music from Donny McCaslin. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for children, students with I.D., and seniors. All seats are reserved. All proceeds from tickets sales go toward enhancing the Jazz program at ETHS and will provide more fantastic music opportunities to ETHS students. For tickets, please visit 

Have a great weekend - and Go Kits!
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman
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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