Jan 2015

All-State Final Information

Good Afternoon All-State Participants & Families!      We hope that this email finds you well and that your second semester has started strong.  We wanted to send you a quick email to give you some updates about next week.  Please read the information carefully (given to you prior to break as well as linked below) and fill out your parental permission slip & teacher permission slip by Tuesday. Parent Permission Slip Teacher Permission Slip All State Information Folder What Should I Bring?     ETHS will be covering your transportation costs (District Bus), lodging, participation fee, and Wednesday evening dinner.  You will need to bring money to purchase lunch and dinner on Thursday and Friday, as well as pre-concert lunch on Saturday.  These meals are on your own, but there are plenty of quick and relatively inexpensive options in the downtown Peoria area.  Our hotel will provide a continental breakfast each morning.  We would recommend bringing a water bottle and a box of granola bars/snacks for during the day if you get hungry.
    You are able to wear typical school clothes for rehearsals on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, however we recommend dressing up a notch for your seating audition on Thursday.  Please pay attention to the information in the All-State Information Folder (linked above) for any specific concert attire and audition information details.  Be prepared with your instrument, equipment/mallets, mutes, choir robes, etc.
Contact Information
ETHS Bands Google Phone Number (Calls Mr. Bufis & Mr. Lehman) - (847) 868-2060
This will be active during the length of our trip.  While this will be a permanent phone number for the ETHS Band Directors, it will only be active during trips.  Store it in your phone for calling and texting us in Peoria.

Hotel - Par A Dice Hotel
21 Blackjack Boulevard
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 699-7711
Wednesday Departure      We will be departing from ETHS immediately following school next Wednesday, January 28th, for Peoria.  You can bring your luggage to school with you on Wednesday morning - we can lock it up for you during the school day.  Our plan is to check into our hotel and head over to Alexander's for dinner - an ETHS tradition (and many other high schools share this as well).  Alexander's is famous for a huge salad bar and a large open-pit fire where you can cook your own steak, chicken, seafood, and Texas Toast garlic bread (you can have the kitchen cook it for you as well if you are not into that sort of thing).  They also have an eclectic American menu with plenty of options and they are happy to accommodate any food allergies or special requests.  The website for Alexander's can be found below.  We aim to have you in your rooms for the evening around 10pm.


The All-State Experience
    As teachers, we will be attending a professional conference in the Civic Center in conjunction with the All-State performer, composer, and future music teacher events for students.  In addition, we will be your chaperones and chauffeurs for the trip.  We will be shuttling you to your rehearsals and sessions first thing in the morning and will be setting times and locations to meet up with you at the end of each day.  We will be checking in on your rehearsals and sessions over the course of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and will be available by phone (number below) in the event you need to reach us.
     We are exceedingly proud of your dedication to music making and commend you on your acceptance into the All-State events.  This is quite an honor - one which is recognized by many to be the pinnacle achievement for a public school music student in the United States.  This honor gives you access to collaborate with your musical peers and work with the very finest educators and conductors around.  In addition, this earns you a great deal of trust from your teachers and the ETHS community.  You will be outside of our direct supervision for the bulk of this trip - an atypical experience for a high school student on a school-sanctioned tour.  We remind you that all ETHS school rules apply from the moment we leave ETHS to the moment we return.  You are expected to maintain the honor of this event by fully participating in all aspects of the All-State experience you are assigned to and by remaining in your hotel room after lights out each evening.  Any violations of the ETHS school rules or the trust of your teachers will result in the immediate termination of your participation in the All-State events.  We trust this will not be an issue for any student and look forward to witnessing your musical growth over our four days in Peoria.

Friday & Saturday Concerts & Departure
    After auditions on Thursday, students will be placed in an All-State or Honors level Band/Choir/Orchestra, or a level of Big Band/Combo.  All of the Jazz performances are scheduled for Friday evening in the main auditorium of the Civic Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The Band/Choir/Orchestra concerts are scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for All-State level groups, and 3:15 p.m. for Honors level groups in the Arena of the Civic Center.  All concerts are a $5.00 admission per person.  
     Families are encouraged to communicate (students to families and vice versa) in advance of Saturday so families know when to arrive to see their student perform.  We will be checking out of the hotel on Saturday morning and will keep all of our luggage locked on the bus.  Please call or text us after your performance on Saturday so we can arrange to get your luggage to you if you aim to ride home with your family.  All remaining students and directors will depart for ETHS following the Honors Concert, around 4:45 p.m.

We are looking forward to a great week!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Sincerely, The ETHS Music Staff

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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Translator and interpreter service for parents and guardians who speak a language other than English will be provided, as requested. Any parent or guardian who needs translation and interpreting services in any language should contact the ETHS Latino Liaison Coordinator at 847-424-7166.

Tenemos servicios de traductores e intérpretes gratuitos para ayudar a los padres o tutores a asegurar su acceso a programas de la escuela, información académica y servicios sociales. Padres o tutores que necesiten servicios de traducción o interpretación en cualquier idioma, deben llamar por teléfono al Coordinador del Enlace Latino de ETHS al 847-424-7166.

12th Annual Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival (2-14-15)

Good Evening ETHS Families-
After planning for nearly a year, the 12th Annual Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival is less than one month away!  On SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 we open our doors to host a truly amazing event.
Established in 2004, the ETHS Jazz Festival is a non-competitive, all-day immersion event focused on educating middle school and high school jazz students and showcasing their musical talents. Our adjudicators and clinicians are world-class professional musicians, university professors and educators who offer each group a 30-minute clinic following its performance where the emphasis is on improving our craft.  This year, I am excited to welcome 42 groups from around the state to our school, many of whom are newcomers to the ETHS Jazz Festival!  The ETHS Jazz Festival is an event that highlights our Jazz Program, our school and our community alike!  ALL ETHS Jazz Bands and Combos will be performing (please see the performance schedule below). 
This year's festival will feature The Jeff Hamilton Trio at our evening concert in the ETHS Main Auditorium.  The ETHS Jazz Ensemble will perform an opening set for the 7:00pm concert.  Please note that the evening concert is a ticketed event.  For ticket information please visit www.ethsjazz.comWe have purchased tickets for ALL ETHS Jazz Students!  This is an incredible opportunity to hear a world-class trio—we expect ALL ETHS Jazz Students to attend the concert and sit as a group.
The day is filled with first-rate clinics and workshops; some highlights include:
·      Brass Technique with Trumpeter, Bob Lark
·      Saxophone Technique with Grammy Award winning Saxophonist, Chip McNeill
·      Rhythm Section Technique with Pianist, Joan Hickey; Bassist, Marlene Rosenberg; and Drummer, Bob Rummage
·      Jazz History/Listening Clinic with Drummer, Dana Hall
·      Special Lecture/Clinic with the Jeff Hamilton Trio
In addition, the Jazz Faculty from the Music Institute of Chicago will play a  (FREE) noontime concert!  Students should plan to stay for the entire day to attend the clinics, workshops, and other groups’ performances. All daytime activities are free and open to the public.  We expect nearly 1000 people to come through our doors throughout the day!
Please be on the lookout for emails from our esteemed Jazz Festival Planning Committee. Our jazz festival is run almost completely by ETHS students and parent volunteers, so we would greatly appreciate your help. Jazz Students will be visited by a committee member during rehearsals next week.  Students will be signing up for a small time-slot to help with everything from welcoming our visiting bands to selling concessions during the festival day.  Parent volunteers are also needed—please consider helping out.  On behalf of the committee and our Jazz Program, I thank you in advance for your help in making this wonderful event possible. 
Performance Schedule
ETHS Time Out Combo                  9:00     (Little Theatre)
ETHS Lab Band                                9:00     (Michael Resource Center)
ETHS Jazz Band                                9:45     (Main Auditorium)
ETHS Jazz Ensemble                       11:15   (Main Auditorium)
ETHS Blue Trane Combo               12:00   (Michael Resource Center)
ETHS Kind of Blue Combo            2:15     (Little Theatre)
ETHS Newport Combo                  3:00     (Band Room)
ETHS Moanin’ Combo                    3:00     (Michael Resource Center)
ETHS Colossus Combo                  3:00     (Little Theatre)
ETHS Straight No Chaser Combo     3:45     (Michael Resource Center)
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the 12th Annual Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival.  Come for the entire day to support your our students and be immersed in jazz music! Tickets can be purchased at www.ethsjazz.com.
Have a great weekend,
Mike Lehman

For more information about the Jazz Program at Evanston Township High School and the ETHS Jazz Festival please visit: www.ethsjazz.com 

Start of SEM 2 Band Announcements

Good Afternoon Band Families,
    We hope that your first day of classes for the new semester went well!  Please read below for some important announcements regarding band over the next two weeks.

Website Materials Pages
    As we begin the second semester, we want to remind all of our students to continue to check the Materials pages for all Concert Bands and Jazz Big Bands on the 
http://www.ethsbands.com   website.  This will continue to be updated with assignments, reference recordings, etc.

Last Chance To Join Flute Choir
    Our first official Flute Choir rehearsal took place last Wednesday evening and it was a resounding success!  We hope to include more flautists this week, however this will be the last opportunity to join for this school year.  We highly encourage all of our flute players in the 4th, 5th, and 6th period bands to take advantage of this wonderful experience.  Rehearsal is this Wednesday January 21st from 6:15 - 8:00 p.m. in the Jazz Room.

Mentorship Program
    This will be the last opportunity to sign up for the Band Mentorship Program!  We hope you will consider being a mentor or mentee.  Our mentorship breakfast will take place during a.m. support (8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.) in the Band Room next Wednesday 1/28.  During this meeting, we will pair up Mentors with Mentees and discuss the details of this awesome program.  Sign-up below!

Band Mentorship Sign-up Form

Honors Recital
    The annual Honors Recital is this Thursday evening, January 22nd, from 7:00 - 8:30 in the auditorium.  We are looking forward to a wonderful evening of music making!  We hope you will consider attending this event in support of your peers - this is always a really impressive concert.

Pep Band
    We have three pep band events this week!  Looking forward to a great spirit week!
Rehearsal - Wednesday 1/21 4:00 - 5:00
Pep Rally - Friday 1/23 9th Period - 4:00
New Trier Double Header - Friday 1/23 5:00 call time

All-State Conference 2014
    A reminder to turn in your paperwork for the 2015 All-State Conference.  We will be leaving immediately following school next Wednesday 1/28.  You may bring your luggage to school with you and we will lock it up for you during the school day.  Stay tuned for more specific info!

Have a great week!
ETHS Bands

Exam Week Announcements

Good Morning Band Families,
    Just a few updates for this week.  A reminder that all scheduled before and after school activities resume next week beginning on Tuesday, following the long weekend.  Please visit our calendar on our webpage for a full schedule of events!

Flute Choir Tonight
    This evening at 6:15 p.m. in the Jazz Room (A113) will be our first official Flute Choir rehearsal with Ms. Oakes.  We are looking forward to starting this wonderful endeavor!  Please bring your instruments and arrive on time.  For more information about Ms. Oakes, visit our website at the following location: 

Basketball Pep Band This Friday
    A reminder that Basketball Pep Band has a game this Friday evening - 6:00 call time in the Band Room.  Please remember - we are the soundtrack for the basketball game and we need to have a full group.  If you are unable to attend, please email Mr. Bufis immediately so that plans can be made to find a substitute.

Congratulations To Northshore Honor Band Students
    This past weekend, nearly two dozen ETHS students represented our program wonderfully at the 15th Annual Northshore Honor Band concert.  Our students joined nine other schools to form a Freshmen/Sophomore Band and a Junior/Senior Band.  They rehearsed and performed with two accomplished collegiate wind band conductors from Elmhurst College and Illinois State University and gave a fantastic performance.  Congratulations!  For more information about the Northshore Honor Band, visit

Honors Recital
     A reminder that next week is our Honors Recital - Thursday 1/22 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  We are looking forward to some fantastic performances from our music students!  We invite everyone in our program to attend in support of these exceptional musicians.  A short reception will follow the concert - it promises to be a wonderful event!

Clean Your Brass Instrument
    Several of you approached us during Final Exam times with instrument issues (stuck slides, slow valves, fuzzy tone, etc.).  As mentioned in sectionals at the beginning of the school year, professional brass players self-clean their instruments once per month and have their horn professionally cleaned by a technician in a sonic jiggle bath (like the ones used to clean jewelry, only much bigger) twice per year.  High school students should clean their instrument once per marking quarter, or at least once per semester (twice per year).  We highly recommend you clean your personal and school brass instruments over the long weekend.  Here are some steps to remember:

For Piston Valve Instruments Only (Trumpet, Euphonium/Baritone, some Tubas)
1) You will need a mouthpiece brush and a snake/brush.  They also sell specific valve/valve-casing brushes that can be used for that purpose, but a snake or an old toothbrush can serve the same purpose.  You can purchase these items at a local music store (Evanston Band & Orchestra) or purchase them online.  You will need a tablespoon of mild dish detergent (sink detergent, not dishwasher detergent), some baking soda & peroxide toothpaste, and a large tub or bathtub to complete the cleaning process.

2) Fill the tub/bathtub with warm water (Not Hot!) and add the tablespoon of dish soap.  Swish it around to spread the detergent.  Take your instrument apart completely (slides, valves, caps, mouthpiece, etc.).  Place a towel in the tub at the bottom so as not to scratch your instrument.  Place each of the parts of the instrument (the horn, slides, caps, mouthpiece) into the tub except for the valves.  Let the instrument soak for 20 - 30 minutes.  While the instrument is soaking, you can clean the valves with either the mouthpiece brush or the valve/valve-casing brush - I like to use baking soda toothpaste for the grit, but you need to rinse your valves thoroughly when you are done scrubbing them before you put them back in your instrument.

3) After you have cleaned your valves and 20-30 minutes have passed, you can start to clean your horn and slides.  Gently move the snake through your instrument and slides with care to remove all debris from all parts of your instrument.  When you are satisfied you have cleaned everything, drain or empty your tub and rinse out your instrument and slides.  You can then let it air-dry or dry it with a towel.

Cleaning Videos:
**Piston Valve Instruments (Trumpet, Euphonium/Baritone, some Tubas)

**Rotary Valve Instruments (French Horn, some Trombones, some Tubas)
We highly recommend that you don not attempt to clean your rotary valve instrument yourself.  You can, however, remove all of your slides and wipe off all of the slide grease with a dry/lint-free cloth, reapply slide grease and reassemble your instrument.

    When you have completed your cleaning process, you need to oil your valves and grease your tuning slides.  Here are some videos:

Greasing Tuning Slides

Oiling Rotary Valves (French Horn, some Trombones, some Tubas)

Oiling Piston Valves
Remember - look at the valve number at the top of the valve when putting the valve back in the instrument to make sure you are putting the correct valve in the correct valve casing.  Do not over-twist the valve when you are putting it back in the instrument - be careful not to break the plastic valve guides.

Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions - we are happy to help!  Have a great weekend!

Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

Flute Choir

Good Morning Band Students and Families,
     We hope that this email finds you well and that you are enjoying your weekend.  We wish you the best of luck in your preparation for final exams next week!  Just an update on Flute Choir, which begins this Wednesday evening at 6:15 p.m. in our Jazz Room A113.  All of the music for this year's group has just arrived and we would like to be able to make folders in preparation for the first rehearsal.  Please complete the contract below and submit it to Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman by the end of the day this Monday so that we can prepare.  We highly encourage all of our flute students in all three concert bands to participate.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to work with a master flute teacher, Ms. Joyce Oakes, and hone their ensemble skills in a fun setting!

Flute Choir Flier and Info
Flute Choir Contract

Happy Studying,
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

Band Announcements - Post-Winter Break 2015

Good Afternoon Band Families,
     Happy New Year!  We hope that this email finds you well and that you enjoyed your winter break with family and friends.  Please see below for some important announcements as we begin 2015!

Student Teacher     We are pleased to welcome Northwestern University student teacher Mr. Timothy Perian!  Mr. Perian will be with us through our March concert cycle and will be working with all of our classes this marking quarter.  Welcome Mr. Perian!

ETHS Band Feature News Articles
    We are very fortunate to have been featured in two news articles prior to winter break - one for our Wind Symphony Exchange Concert with the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and another for the Chicago Tuba Christmas!  See below for links to the online version of these articles - complete with pictures and videos!

Australian teen musicians from The Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) performed with Evanston Township High School students Dec. 16.
Australian teen musicians experience Evanston school, holiday spirit | Evanston Review

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Tuba Christmas, in its 41st anniversary year, broke a record Dec. 20 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton.
Tuba Christmas features sounds from the suburbs, North Shore | Evanston Review

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Chair Auditions/SEM 1 Final Exams
    All of the performance excerpts for next week's final exam period were distributed in class at the beginning of these week.  They have also been uploaded to the ETHS Bands website under "Materials", "Concert Bands", and then click on the appropriate ensemble.  These excerpts will serve as the Semester 1 Final Exam as well as the MQ 3 chair test for each ensemble.  They will be videotaped using our recording devices during exam periods and graded over the long weekend.  Please visit the website for reference recordings and digital copies of your excerpts.  As always, please feel free to schedule a time to go over your audition excerpts with your private lesson teacher and/or band directors - we are happy to help and have already worked with many of you in preparation for next week's exam!


Band Mentorship
    We hope to begin our mentorship program after final exams!  If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please fill out the form below!  We highly encourage all of our students to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! Band Mentorship Form

Flute Choir Begins
    Mrs. Joyce Oakes, professional flautist and teacher, will be starting the ETHS Flute Choir next Wednesday evening - a special chamber ensemble made up of flutes, alto flutes, and bass flutes!  This group will rehearse on Wednesday evenings from January through March and will share a performance with our percussion students in April.  Mrs. Oakes' flute choirs at other school districts have garnered state wide and national attention.  While Mrs. Oakes has been tutoring the majority of our flautists as a private teacher for many years, we are really pleased to officially welcome Mrs. Oakes to the ETHS staff!
    If you are interested in joining the ETHS Flute Choir, please complete the forms below (also handed out in class in December as well as in sectionals this week), and return your completed forms to Mr. Bufis or Mr. Lehman ASAP.

Flute Choir Flier and Info
Flute Choir Contract

North Shore Honor Band
    Today and tomorrow, many of our students will be attending the Northshore Honor Band rehearsals and performance at Lake Forest High School.  We will be leaving from ETHS via school bus at 5:30 p.m. today, returning around 9:45 p.m., and will be leaving at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, returning after the 3:00 p.m. concert.  All of the information for the Northshore Honor Band can be found on the website:
http://www.nshb.org  Please check this site for concert attire, food/money information, and reference recordings to help you prepare for this wonderful event.  

ILMEA All-State Conference
    All of our ILMEA participants should have received a packet of information prior to winter break - including a permission slip.  Please submit your permission slip ASAP!  We were recently informed that we will be staying at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, where we stayed in 2013 (7 Blackjack Blvd. East Peoria, IL 61611 - (800) 727-2342).  We will provide more information (our trip phone number, etc.) prior to our trip on 1/28.  We are looking forward to a great weekend in Peoria!

Have a great weekend - and good luck with your final exam preparation!

The ETHS Band Staff