Dec 2015

Band Concert Reminders

ETHS Band Final Concert Reminders

     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!


Please reference the concert attire requirements for each of our concert bands listed below, as you may have switched performing groups since our last concert cycle.  


For 4th Period Freshmen Concert Band Students - 2:45 Call - Pictures After Performance
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 - 3:00 Call - Pictures After Performance
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 - 2:15 Call - 2:30 Pictures
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 



Cyclamen And Poinsettia Orders
These will be available for pickup following the concert this Sunday.



REMINDER: About The Wind Symphony Exchange Concert - MANDATORY ATTENDANCE FOR ALL BAND MEMBERS
    The ETHS Wind Symphony will be hosting the Matthew Flinders Anglican College Wind Symphony from Brisbane, Queensland Australia for a special performance on Tuesday December 15th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  
All Band students are required to attend this special concert, featuring our own ETHS Wind Symphony as well as a group of their musical peers from the land down under.  The concert will feature guest conductor Burt Alders, the president of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) and will include classic and recent works for the wind band medium.  In addition, Director of Bands Emeritus from the University of Illinois Mr. James Keene will be guest conducting our own Wind Symphony.
    All ETHS Wind Symphony members are expected to attend the afternoon activities with our guests, which will include a rehearsal experience as well as a 5:45 p.m. dinner for the two groups.  We will be catering in Chicago-style deep dish pizza  for our Wind Symphony students and our guests, but we ask that our Wind Symphony students bring an appetizer or salad (last names N through Z) or a dessert (last names A through M).  We are looking forward to a great experience!


Honors Credit Audit Process We have concluded our audit of the Honors Credit system for Semester 1 and will be following up with students next week about missing paperwork and/or resubmitting assignments.
Looking forward to a great performance!
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

Post-Thanksgiving Band Announcements 12-7-2015

Good Afternoon Band Families,
     We hope that you and your families had a wonderful break!  Students - two weeks to go until winter break - let’s push to the finish line together! Please see below for some very important announcements as well as some congratulations!

Announcements
December Performances
Jazz Big Band Concert - (All Jazz Big Bands) Tuesday December 8th, 7:00 p.m. ETHS Auditorium
Basketball Game - (All Pep Band Members) Friday December 11th, 6:00 p.m. call in Band Room
Holiday Music Festival Concert - (All Concert Bands) Sunday December 13th, 3:00 p.m. ETHS Auditorium
Jazz Combofest - (All Jazz Combos) Monday December 14th, 6:30 p.m. ETHS Terrace Dining Hall
Wind Symphony Exchange Concert - (All Band Students Must Attend) Tuesday December 15th, 7:30 p.m. ETHS Auditorium
ETHS Jazz Combo Clinic at Midwest Clinic - Wednesday December 16th - Lily Finnegan, Jonah Karsh, and Joey Bonansinga will perform during a recording session clinic at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago
Flute Choir Class-Period Performances - Flute students will perform in Flute Choirs during their band periods on Thursday December 17th lead by Ms. Oakes
Tuba Christmas - Saturday December 19th for all Tuba and Euphonium players at the Palmer House Hilton 10:00 a.m. call, 1:00 p.m. performance

About The Wind Symphony Exchange Concert
    The ETHS Wind Symphony will be hosting the Matthew Flinders Anglican College Wind Symphony from Brisbane, Queensland Australia for a special performance on Tuesday December 15th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  All Band students are required to attend this special concert, featuring our own ETHS Wind Symphony as well as a group of their musical peers from the land down under.  The concert will feature guest conductor Burt Alders, the president of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) and will include classic and recent works for the wind band medium.  In addition, Director of Bands Emeritus from the University of Illinois Mr. James Keene will be guest conducting our own Wind Symphony.
    All ETHS Wind Symphony members are expected to attend the afternoon activities with our guests, which will include a rehearsal experience as well as a 5:45 p.m. dinner for the two groups.  We will be catering in Chicago-style deep dish pizza  for our Wind Symphony students and our guests, but we ask that our Wind Symphony students bring an appetizer or salad (last names N through Z) or a dessert (last names A through M).  We are looking forward to a great experience!


December 13th Holiday Music Festival - Concert Attire - Call Times - Picture Times
    Please reference the concert attire requirements for each of our concert bands listed below, as you may have switched performing groups since our last concert cycle.  

For 4th Period Freshmen Concert Band Students - 2:45 Call - Pictures After Performance
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 - 3:00 Call - Pictures After Performance
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 - 2:15 Call - 2:30 Pictures
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 


Tuba Christmas - Saturday December 19th 2015 - Calling All ETHS Tubists & Euphoniumists
    The annual Chicago Tuba Christmas rehearsal and performance will take place at the Palmer House Hilton hotel in downtown Chicago on Saturday December 19th 2015.  Registration will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., rehearsal from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and the 45 minute performance will begin in the Grand Ballroom at 1:00 p.m.  While this event is not an official field trip for ETHS Bands, many of our tuba and euphonium players have already expressed interest in participating in this event.  Mr. Bufis will be there!  In 2013 and 2014, the ETHS tuba students were featured in an article in the Sun Times for their participation in Tuba Christmas.  For more information about Tuba Christmas, visit http://www.tubachristmas.com or on our own webpage at http://www.ethsbands.com/curriculum/special_opportunities/tuba_christmas.html

Poinsettia and Cyclamen Sale
    Our annual holiday plant sale concludes tomorrow!  See the link below for our flier and sales materials.  All plants will be available for pickup immediately following the Holiday Music Festival Concert on Sunday December 13th.  All profits from this fundraiser go directly into individual student accounts.  Sale sheets are due today - Monday 12/7!

Pointsettia Sale Sheet

Spring Washington D.C. Tour Updates
The window for registering for the D.C. trip is coming to a close next week. We are well over 100 participants and are looking forward to a great trip! In addition, we were able to credit student accounts through our travel agency with all fund-raised money up through Fanny May Candy! We would love for you to join us! If you have any questions, please email Mr. Bufis or Mr. Lehman right away!

Congratulations!
Honors Recital and Senior Soloist Results
    Congratulations to our band students who auditioned and were accepted as Senior Soloists and Honors Recital performers!  See the list below for the band student results:

Junior - Momoko Hasselbring, French Horn
Junior - Greta Vanden Heuval, French Horn
Senior - Henry Peters, Marimba
Senior - Ezra Brown, Trombone

ILMEA District 7 and All-State Students
    Congrats to our 7 students for their excellent performances during the two ILMEA District weekends.   Ellie Finkel, Zoe Ryan-Hubbard, Momoko Hasselbring, Abby Stein, and Greta Vanden Heuval represented our band program in the Band, Choir, and Orchestra festival, and Lily Finnegan and Jonah Karsh represented our jazz program in the Jazz festival.  Congratulations!  Momoko Hasselbring will represent the ETHS Band Program at the All-State Conference in January!

Northshore Honor Band Students
Congrats to our students who were accepted based on director nomination to the 17th annual Northshore Honor Bands. These students will rehearse with regionally acclaimed guest conductors and will put on a concert in January at Lake Forest High School.


Flute
Abby
Moore
11-12 Band
Clarinet
Nora
Linzer
11-12 Band
Clarinet
Maeve
Thomas
11-12 Band
Clarinet
Emma
Zastrow
11-12 Band
Sax
Noah
Pearson
11-12 Band
Trumpet
Micahel
Werner
11-12 Band
Trumpet
Evan
Foley
11-12 Band
Horn
Momoko
Hasselbring
11-12 Band
Trombone
Ezra
Brown
11-12 Band
Euphonium
Zoe
Ryan-Hubbard
11-12 Band
Tuba
Joey
Parker
11-12 Band
Percussion
Henry
Peters
11-12 Band
String Bass
Joey
Bonansinga
11-12 Band
Flute
Eliza
Dowd
9-10 Band
Clarinet
Jonah
Karsh
9-10 Band
Clarinet
Ruby
Fagan
9-10 Band
Sax
Simon
Lequar
9-10 Band
Trumpet
Sophie
Hachnten
9-10 Band
Trumpet
Adam
Marquardt
9-10 Band
Horn
Sarah
Johnson
9-10 Band
Trombone
Zoe
Hadley
9-10 Band
Euphonium
Mattias
Vanderwerf
9-10 Band

Let’s make it a great series of events in the ETHS Music Wing!
Sincerely,
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

ETHS ComboFest Details (12-14-15)

Good Morning Jazz Families,
 
We are looking forward to a wonderful evening of jazz from our ETHS Combos, Vocal Jazz and Jazz Ensemble! ComboFest is on Monday December 14th at 7:00pm in the Terrace Dining Hall at Evanston Township High School. The event is free and open to the public. General public can enter through the back entrance of the school (Door #31 and follow the signs) and students can enter through Door #11 by the band room.
 
Performance Order:
Round Midnight Combo A-Train Combo Take 6 Combo So What Combo
Vocal Jazz
Jazz Ensemble
 
Students should dress nicely (suit and tie for the gentlemen and dressy pants/skirt/dress, etc. for the ladies). Students should plan on warming-up in the A241 (the room next to the Terrace Dining Hall) 20 minutes prior to their performance and should make arrangements to stay for the entire of concert.
 
In preparation for ComboFest, Monday, December 7th will function as a dress rehearsal (no need to dress up!), where the combos will perform in front of the ETHS Jazz Faculty.
 
4:10-4:20: Round Midnight/So What Warm-Up in A106/Band Room 4:20-4:40: Round Midnight Perform in Jazz Room 4:40-5:10: So What Perform in Jazz Room
5:10-5:20: A-Train/Take 6 Warm-Up in A106/Band Room 5:20-5:40: A-Train Perform in Jazz Room 5:40-6:00: Take 6 Perform in Jazz Room
 
Have a great weekend,

Mike Lehman

You're Invited: Winter Jazz Big Band Concert 12-8-15 7:00pm

Good Afternoon ETHS Families,
The Evanston Township High School Jazz Program hosts the annual Winter Jazz Big Band Concert on Tuesday, December 8
th at 7:00pm in the ETHS Main Auditorium.  This concert will feature the ETHS Lab Band, ETHS Jazz Band, and close the night with the ETHS Jazz Ensemble.  Admission is free and open to the public--see you there!
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike Lehman

Winter Big Band Concert (12-8-15) DETAILS

Good Morning ETHS Jazz Families,
 
Our Annual Winter Big Band Concert is quickly approaching--Tuesday December 8
th!
 
This evening of live jazz starts at 7:00pm in the ETHS Main Auditorium and is free and open to the public!  The details for performers are as follows:
 
Lab Band
Report Time: 6:20pm Main Auditorium
Attire:  Dark Suit and Tie for Gentlemen, Appropriate Attire for Ladies
Please enter through Door #11
 
Jazz Band
Report Time: 6:30pm Band Room
Attire:  Dark Suit and Tie for Gentlemen, Appropriate Attire for Ladies
Please enter through Door #11
 
Jazz Ensemble
Report Time: 6:00pm Jazz Room
Attire:  Dark Suit and Tie for Gentlemen, Appropriate Attire for Ladies
Please enter through Door #11
 
All families, guests, and groupies can enter through Door #7.
 
We are in need of several volunteers to help tear down the stage after the performance and bring the gear back to the Jazz Room.  Thank you in advance for your help!
 
Have a great week,
 
Mr. Lehman