Mar 2016

ETHS Bands Spring Break Announcements

Good Afternoon Band Students and Families,
As we begin our break, we have a few important band announcements.  Please read below!

We would like to congratulate our talented Solo & Ensemble participants for their excellent work in preparing for and executing wonderful performances at our festival.  We had just under 40 participants in this year's event - a new record for the band department.  We would also like to congratulate Ms. Oakes and the Fabulous Flute Choir for their performance on Wednesday evening.  The variety of literature and overall quality of the performance was excellent.  We are so grateful to Ms. Oakes for cultivating such a wonderful program for our flute students.

Chair Auditions - Wednesday April 6th
A reminder that we will be facilitating 4th Quarter Chair Audition Assessments soon after we return from Spring Break.  These auditions will determine seating for the last concert cycle (ending on May 12th at 7:30 p.m.) and will serve as the first assessment grade for MQ4.  Audition excerpts and reference recordings can be found on our webpage: (hot links below)

Concert Band
Symphonic Band
Wind Symphony

Have a great break!
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

Band Announcements 03/16/2016

Good Morning Band Families,
A few quick announcements below - please read the "Solo and Ensemble" update carefully if it applies to you!

Solo and Ensemble Festival
A first draft of Tuesday's Solo & Ensemble schedule has been posted to the website (and around the band room).  Please check your times carefully and report to your accompanist.  All conflicts must be reported to Mr. Bufis by Friday at the latest so that adjudication sheets and a final schedule can be printed.  Follow the link below to view the schedule:

ETHS Wind Symphony at Lake Zurich
A reminder that our ETHS Wind Symphony will be sharing a concert with the Lake Zurich and Elk Grove High School Wind Ensembles this Friday at 7:00 p.m.   We aim to leave ETHS at 4:30 p.m. to make it over in time for our rehearsal and dinner plans -
Permission Slips (Click Me) are due today.  We would love to see a lot of familiar faces in the audience - come out and support our band students!  The concert begins at 7:00 and there is free admission.

Flute Choir Concert - Wednesday March 23rd @ 7:00 p.m. in Terrace Dining Hall
Come out to support our fabulous ETHS Flute Choir lead by their very talented and dedicated director Ms. Joyce Oakes.  The quintet will be performing a wonderful variety of chamber music literature.  It promises to be an enjoyable evening!

All ETHS Bands To Perform At Hersey High School Band Festival - Saturday April 16th
A reminder that all three of our concert bands will have the opportunity to perform, receive a clinic, and view other performances at the annual Hersey High School Concert Band Festival.  We will be taking 180 students to this event and will need plenty of chaperones - if you are interested, please contact Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman.

Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

Band Announcements 3/11/2016

Happy Friday Band Families,
Congratulations to all on a great concert this week!  A performance reflection assignment along with concert recordings will be posted to our website [] later this afternoon.  As usual, click on "Materials", "Concert Bands", and then click on your ensemble - you will find the recordings and the assignment at the bottom of each page.  This assignment will be due by Thursday 3/17 for full credit.  Recordings are downloadable - simply right-click and save-as.  Please see below for a couple of quick announcements!

Jazz Showcase Concerts!
We are excited to present two jazz performances this weekend.  Tonight's concert features our jazz combos and jazz choir in the Terrace Dining Hall at 7:00 p.m.  Tomorrow's concert features our three jazz big bands in the upstairs theatre at 1:00 p.m.  We invite all of our students and families to check out our thriving jazz program at ETHS!

Solo and Ensemble Festival - Tuesday March 22nd 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
We are working on a first draft of the schedule, however we are missing fees and accompanist info from a few people.  Accompanist information and time availability is really the key to the whole schedule, so please look below and get this information to us over the weekend.  We are not able to take any more participants after this weekend.

Leila Sinclair - $8.00
Audrey Wientjes - Accompanist/Times Needed
Ellie Rogers - Accompanist/Times Needed
Eleanor Peterson - Accompanist/Times Needed
Hannah Foote - $8.00
Caleb Spalding - Accompanist/Times Needed
Maeve Thomas - Accompanist/Times Needed
Momoko Hasselbring - $8.00
Henry Peters - $8.00
Gabi Lamb - Accompanist/Times Needed
Kurt Bruggeman - $8.00
Jonah Karsh - $8.00

Wind Symphony Lake Zurich Exchange Concert - Friday 3/18 at 7:00 p.m.
Complete details for our exchange concert with Lake Zurich and Elk Grove Village have been released to our students this week.  They now exist on our band calendar and are listed on the permission slip below.  We are looking forward to an awesome evening of music making and camaraderie.  We also hope that our band families and student peers come out to support our Wind Symphony in this very special concert!  Permission slips are due this Wednesday.

Lake Zurich Wind Symphony Exchange Permission Slip

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

Marching Band Meeting Recap 2016

Good Evening Future Marching Band Families!
    Thanks for a fantastic meeting this evening!  We are so excited for the fall of 2016 - we expect to welcome in another record breaking freshmen marching class, break in a new set of Wildkit Marching Band Uniforms, and impress our stadium fans with our rendition of:


For a glimpse at this evening's meeting materials, click the links below or visit

Matrix Theme Video Promo
Marching Band Commitment Form 2016
Marching Band Student Leadership Application Process 2016
Color Guard Recruitment Flier 2016

Percussion Placement Audition/Mini Camp Flier
New Marcher Percussion Placement Audition Information
Returning Marcher Percussion Placement Audition Information

Percussion Audition Instrument Packets:
Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Tenor Drum (Quads)
Mallets/Front Ensemble

Marching Information Night Meeting Recap Materials

Marching Band Information Night Powerpoint Presentation 2016

Drumline Audition Information 2016: 

    Please review all of the materials above and feel free to reach out with any questions - we are happy to help!  Let's make it a great 2016 Season!

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

ETHS Jazz Showcase Details

ETHS Jazz Showcase Details:
We are looking forward to a wonderful weekend of jazz from our ETHS Combos, Vocal Jazz, and Big Bands! 
ETHS Jazz Showcase is on Friday, March 11th at 7:00pm in the Terrace Dining Hall and Saturday, March 12th at 1:00pm in the Main Auditorium 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 FRIDAY 3-11-16 7:00pm (Terrace Dinning Room):
ETHS Vocal Jazz
·      ‘Round Midnight Combo
·      Take 6 Combo
·      A-Train Combo
·      So What Combo
Attire: Dark Suit and Tie for Gentlemen, Appropriate Attire for 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.
Performance Order SATURDAY 3-12-16 1:00pm (Main Auditorium):
·      ETHS Jazz Lab Band
·      ETHS Jazz Band
·      ETHS Jazz Ensemble
Attire: Dark Suit and Tie for Gentlemen, Appropriate Attire for Ladies
Lab Band—12:30/Stage
Jazz Band—12:30/Band Room
Jazz Ensemble—12:00/Jazz Room

Band Announcements Week of 2/29 - 3/3/2016

Good Afternoon Band Families,
    A few important announcements as we head into the weekend!
Marching Band Information Night - Tomorrow (Thursday 3/3) 7:00 p.m. in ETHS Band Room
    Our annual Marching Band Information Night will take place tomorrow in the ETHS Band room!  We welcome all new marchers and their families, as well as any returning marchers, to participate in the evening meeting.  There will be an opportunity to meet with the incoming 8th graders, answer questions about our coming season, and hear about the fall 2016 halftime show theme.  It's going to be a great time!
Winter Music Festival Concert - Tuesday March 8th 7:00 p.m. in Auditorium

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!

For 4th Period Freshmen Concert Band Students - 6:30 Call Time
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 - 7:00 p.m. Call Time in Audience
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 - 7:00 p.m. Call Time in Audience
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 

ETHS Wind Symphony At Lake Zurich For Exchange Concert - Friday March 18th 7pm
    The ETHS Wind Symphony will be sharing a concert in a few weeks with the Lake Zurich High School Wind Ensemble and the Elk Grove Village High School Wind Ensemble.  We are looking forward to a great opportunity to make music together!  A full schedule of events is being assembled in preparation for our afternoon and evening event at Lake Zurich High School on Friday March 18th.  Please mark this date on your calendar - it's going to be a special event!
Solo and Ensemble Festival - Tuesday March 22nd from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. ETHS Music Wing

Solo & Ensemble Application - Forms Due Monday March 7th

     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 is available above.  Please plan with your band directors, private lesson teachers, and peers to form small ensembles and pick literature for this event.
Post Tour Band Announcements
    We had a fantastic trip to DC!  Please check to view and upload photos from the trip (login: bufis, passord: cfb19).  If you did not get a Bob Rogers Travel drawstring tote bag, there are several bags left at the front of the band room - claim yours tomorrow! Please also visit our webpage to view the blog entries from the trip:  Lastly, we understand that there were some attendance issues (some students not entered, some marked absent from Monday classes periods 1/2, and some students marked as "parental").  We have resubmitted the student roster and hope that this will be resolved by the end of the week.
ETHS Honors Credit Applications - Online Now!
    We have updated our webpage to include the Spring Semester 2 Honors Application Materials.  Please read through the materials carefully.  The firm deadline for the second semester is May 1st.  Read more at 
Let's make it a great week!
ETHS Bands