Mar 2014

Band Announcements 3-24 through 3-28

Good Afternoon ETHS Band Families-
A few quick announcements as we head into the (Spring-like) weekend:

Dixie Classics Festivals
This weekend marks the first of several festival events we will be hosting for the Dixie Classics Festival Company.  Students were asked to sign-up to volunteer as stage crew workers and group guides, to be compensated in volunteer hours for NHS and other such organizations, or for a $50 deposit into their Band Fundraising account.  If you have volunteered to help out in these events, please report to the band room at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow dressed in all black attire.  Your clothes do not need to be dressy, as you will be moving equipment throughout the morning, but they should be appropriate for school.  We expect to be done with tomorrow's commitment around noon.

Solo & Ensemble Festival
There have been some small changes to the order.  Please continue to check online for any updates.  A reminder that the festival is this coming Thursday April 3rd, from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the band room.  The link to the festival information and schedule is posted below.  Please come out to support our many talented ETHS band students as they perform their solo and ensemble pieces! 

Color Guard Success
It is with great pleasure that we share with you some excellent color guard news.  All winter long, our color guard has been working on fundamentals and a new routine as part of our Winter Guard program, run by Coach Emily Long.  The group performed at a competition this past Sunday, placing ahead of two other schools in their division.  This is a wonderful achievement for the ETHS Winter Guard, now in its second season as an organization.  Congratulations to the ETHS Winter Guard and to their coach, Ms. Emily Long!

District 65/202 Jazz Night
A reminder that all of the District 65 Jazz Bands will be joining the ETHS Jazz Ensemble in a concert this Monday evening in the upstairs theatre at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the last performance for the Jazz Ensemble this year!  Come out to support the Jazz Ensemble members and welcome our future ETHS Band students!

Have a great weekend!

Mike Lehman and Matt Bufis

Solo And Ensemble Festival Schedule Draft

Good Afternoon Band Families,
     We have posted our first draft of the Solo and Ensemble Festival Band Schedule to our website.  Please follow the link below to check your time.  If there are any conflicts, please let us know by this Friday.  We are looking forward to a great festival!

Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

Band Announcements 3-10 through 3-14

Hello Band Families,
      As we begin our day in The Big Apple, we wanted to share a few announcements with you.

For Trip Families and Interested Parties
     Be on the lookout for tour blog posts and picture uploads at the end of each day!  We have added two new pages within the "Spring Tour" section of our website called "NYC Pictures 2014" and "Tour Blog".  We look forward to sharing our experience with you!

For All Other Band Students
     In an effort to share our experience with you while we are away, our band classes will be watching a video of the New York Philharmonic on Friday, and Jazz at Lincoln Center on Monday.  We hope that you find these clips to be educational and enjoyable!

Solo and Ensemble Festival
     We hope you have been thinking about participating in our Solo and Ensemble festival at ETHS on April 3rd.  If you are interested in signing up, please follow the link below to download and print your entry form.  We will need these forms and entry fees by next Wednesday, March 19th so we can draft a schedule.  

Audition Information
      A reminder that our 4th Quarter concert band auditions will take place on Thursday March 20th during band classes.  Excerpts are available in hard copy at the front of the band room, or digitally at 

Concert Reflection
     All band students must complete the March Concert performance reflection form while listening to the concert recordings.  The form and mp3s are located at: 

Have a wonderful weekend!
Matt and Mike

Band Chair Audition Information and Excerpts

Good Afternoon ETHS Band Families,
4th Quarter Chair Audition materials for the Concert Band were passed out on Friday and will be passed out tomorrow for the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony.
All Chair Auditions will take place during your student’s band class on Thursday March 20th.   The Chair Audition will be performed in front a Flip Video or Zoom Camera and will count for an assessment grade.
If your child needs another copy of the Chair Audition materials, they can be found at the following link:
Students are encouraged to use the recordings posted on our band website, additional professional recordings online, private lesson teachers, and/or Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman to help them with their preparation. 
Mike Lehman and Matt Bufis

NYC Meeting Recap and Final Details!

Dear Band Families,
            Thank you for a great NYC Tour Band meeting last evening.  We are looking forward to a fantastic trip!  A few details to cover as we make our final preparations:
Tour Chaperones
            We neglected to introduce our chaperones for the New York trip at our meeting last night!  We are pleased to have these awesome people join us for the trip!
Mr. Bufis (Band Director)                                            Mr. Lehman (Band Director)          
Ms. Reed (Choir Director)                                           Mr. Abplanalp (Orchestra Director)
Todd Bruggeman (Father of Kurt Bruggeman)    Liz Gosma (Violin Teacher/Mrs. Abplanalp)
Nick Ehrlich (Father of Collin Ehrlich)                   Kathy Bauer (Mother of Mary/Sara Bauer)
Karen Bailey (Mother of Chase Bailey)                  Jan MacDermaid (Mother of Jamie Carthew)
Tour Meeting Handouts
            At our meeting, we handed out a final itinerary as well as a “What To Pack” info sheet.  Both of these items are available for download on our website.  We also handed out a draw-string backpack to each student who will be joining us on the trip which were given to us by our travel agent.  We have extra bags as well as itineraries available for your convenience – just ask!
Tour Contact Information
            We have a travel cell-phone, which will be on us at all times.  If you need to contact your band student directly, you can reach them on their personal cell phone.  Matt and I can be reached at:

Emergency Contact: Band Trip Cell Phone: (847) 571-3835

Food Allergies and Medications             If your traveling band student takes any medication, please indicate as such on the required medical forms.  If you need us to monitor your student’s medication dosage, please make arrangements with us immediately.  If you have any food allergies or require any accommodations (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nuts, etc.), please make contact with us immediately.  As mentioned at the meeting last night, we gathered this data from our students 6 weeks ago and reported it to our travel agent – but please contact us to be sure we have included your student in our plans.   Final Payments and Paperwork             At the meeting last night, we had an updated fund-balance sheet to tell you what your student owed as a final payment for the trip.  The final fundraising totals can be found on our website ( or you can contact our Fine Arts Secretary, Ms. Ann Hunwick, directly   As of this Friday, March 7th, if you have not turned in your final trip payment or are missing any forms (Medical Form, Permission Slip), you cannot join us on the trip.  This is both for the overall safety of our students and for the financial future of our band program.  With over $100,000 filtered through our accounts to make trip payments this year, we simply cannot afford to not be paid in full for this expensive but worthwhile venture.  Thank you for your help with this!   The following students still need to complete the online Cell Phone form:

Bailey, ChaseEasington, BenMadjar, MayaRoback, Tyler
Bearman, NoahFoley, EvanMcDonald, HenryStone, Eddie
Bouxsein, BenGabriel, MichaelMoore, AbbySwartwout
Briker, JoeGavagan, MaeveOpland, LeifWagner, David
Carthew, JamieGilliland, AbbyOtwell, AbiWashington, Christian
Clarke, PaulGreenwell, DiwaniParker, JoeyYeo, Alexa
Cleland, NatalieJahn, Han-RayPearson, Noah
Clemens, RachelJain, MuskaanPeters, Henry
Davidoff, JoshLatimer, SarahReeves, Katy
Davies, MaxLinzer, NoraReeves, Sophie


We also need Karen Bailey, Kathy Bauer, and Todd Bruggeman (chaperones) to complete this form  

The form is located at:  

  Packing List

            As indicated on our “What to Pack” sheet, each student is limited to one suitcase and one carry-on bag in addition to their instrument.  Be sure to label all of your bags properly (Name, Address, ETHS Band, etc.).  Students should pack a change of clothes (layers preferred) for Thursday when we arrive in New York as we will go straight into the city for a full day of activities without stopping at the hotel.  Check the “What to Pack” sheet for more specifics!   Concert Attire Concert Bands: Ladies—Black closed-toed shoes, Black Slacks (no jeans, no capris, no tights, etc), and White Blouse or Collared shirt (short or long sleeve)   Gentlemen—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.   Jazz Ensemble: Black on bottom, black/dark collared shirt on top.   Business Casual             There were many questions last night with regard to our “business casual” label on the “What to Pack” form.  As we mentioned during our question and answer portion of our meeting, we have no intention of micro-managing this element of our trip.  We do ask that you consider the performances we will be participating in as well as the venues we will be entering as you plan your wardrobe for the trip.  Jeans are not considered appropriate attire for a symphony concert, jazz performance, or Broadway musical.  We ask that you use good judgment in your planning so we are appropriately dressed for each experience.  Thank you for your cooperation!     Thank you everyone!  Stay tuned for many NYC pictures and blog reports from The Big Apple!   Sincerely, Mike Lehman and Matt Bufis

Jazz Cabaret March 7/8: Final Details

Good Afternoon Jazz Families-
The conclusion of our jazz season will be Jazz Cabaret on Friday and Saturday March 7
th and 8th.  This event will feature performances from all nine jazz combos all three big bands, and two Vocal Jazz Groups!  Saturday will also feature guest artists: drummer, Dana Hall, and trumpeter, Mark Olen!  Both days are free and open to the public. 
Below are the details and schedule of the performances for the two days.  Please note the change in venue for Saturday. 
Order of Performances:
Friday 6:30pm
ETHS Terrace:
  • Blue's Alley Combo
  • Yoshi's Combo
  • Andy's Combo
  • Catalina Combo
  • ETHS Vocal Jazz
  • ETHS Strictly Jazz
  • Preservation Hall Combo
  • Village Vanguard Combo
  • Green Mill Combo
  • Baker's Combo
  • ETHS Jazz Ensemble
Saturday 1:00pm
ETHS Upstairs Theatre
  • ETHS Lab Band
  • Blue Note Combo
  • ETHS Jazz Band
  • ETHS Jazz Ensemble
Report Time:
(Friday) Students should report to A241 to warm-up 30 prior to their performance time
(Saturday) Lab Band—12:00 in the Upstairs Theatre, Jazz Band—12:20 in Band Room, Jazz Ensemble—12:20 in Jazz Room
Gentlemen: Suit and Tie
Ladies: Dress appropriately/nicely

Mike Lehman

ETHS Jazz Cabarets offer two jazz concerts

ETHS Jazz Cabarets offer two jazz concerts
Enjoy two concerts of cool jazz in an intimate setting when Evanston Township High School presents its Jazz Cabaret Concerts on March 7 and 8. The concerts, both different and free of charge, will feature the ETHS student jazz combos and big bands with guest artists drummer, Dana Hall; and lead trumpet player, Mark Olen.
The Friday, March 7, concert begins at 7 p.m. in the ETHS Terrace dining room, and the Saturday, March 8, concert starts at 1 p.m. in the school's Upstairs Theater.
The March 7 roster includes nine student combos, the ETHS Jazz Ensemble, and the ETHS Vocal Jazz ensemble. Groups playing on March 8 include the ETHS Lab Band, Blue Note Combo, ETHS Jazz Band, and the ETHS Jazz Ensemble.
ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave. in Evanston. The ETHS Terrace and Upstairs Theatre are both handicapped accessible by elevator. Parking for the Jazz Cabarets is best in the school's rear parking lot; enter off Church or Lake Sts.

Mike Lehman