May 2014

Spring Concerts/Graduation/Checkout Announcements Week of 5/19 - 5/23

Good Evening Band Families,
     A few reminders as we continue through our big week!

Percussion Showcase Concert - 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
     Come out and show your support for the ETHS percussionists as they perform in their annual percussion concert!  Each of the 3 concert band percussion sections will be performing some percussion ensemble pieces on this concert, along with several duets, trios, and solo works.  This is always an impressive event and we look forward to a great evening.

Guest Artist Ronald Romm is in town!
     Our first Fodor Fund guest artist, trumpeter Ronald Romm, is in town this week.  He will be rehearsing with our Wind Symphony during 5th period for the next two days in preparation for Thursday's concert.  Tomorrow (Wednesday 5/21) he will be presenting a master-class for our entire program during 9th period in the band room (permission slips were passed out in classes on Monday).  This event is not required of our students, however we do STRONGLY encourage and suggest attendance for all of our band members.  The master-class will run from 9th period through 4:00 p.m.

Ronald Romm Bio:
    Ronald Romm, a performer who has appeared worldwide on the stages of almost all major concert venues, music festivals and international music conferences, is widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent trumpeters and clinicians of today. Born in New York, but considering himself a native Californian, he was a child prodigy who began his career as a soloist at the age of 10. By age 12 he was a member of his family's band, the Romm Antics, and at 18 he was already a veteran freelance trumpeter in Los Angeles. Ronald could be seen and heard performing regularly with the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble and Los Angeles Brass Society, Dr. Lester E. Remsen, Director, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Brass Quintet. After a few years at the University of Southern California, Ron moved to New York. He attended The Juilliard School where he earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees and studied with William Vacchiano, legendary teacher and former Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In New York City, Ronald established himself as a top freelance musician performing with the Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Broadway shows, church concerts, the circus and ice shows.
    In 1971, Ronald joined the newly formed Canadian Brass, which later established itself as the premiere brass ensemble in the world. In June of 2000, he retired from the group after participating in well over 4,500 concerts, 60 recordings, numerous television concert specials, videos and hundreds of master classes. He has performed with major orchestras and with the greatest living conductors in the world. Ron has shared the stage in live performance and recorded CDs with leading artists including Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Doc Severinsen, and brass performers from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic. As an educator, Ronald has contributed to the growth of brass performance through hundreds of student clinics and master classes worldwide.
    In 2001 Ronald was appointed Professor of Trumpet and BA Nugent Professor of Music Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ronald maintains a full teaching schedule at the University of Illinois and performs with the Illinois Brass Quintet. Ron and his wife and long time partner, Avis, continue an active concert career as a spectacular trumpet and piano duo. In 2001-2002 the Romms presented their stage show "A Trumpeter's Dream" in 35 cities across the United States to rave reviews and standing ovations. Avis and Ron continue to tour extensively worldwide, with 2007-08 concert appearances in France, Spain, United States and Canada. Avis and Ronald have released a CD titled Living the Dream.


Spring Concert Reminders - Thursday May 22nd 7:30 p.m., ETHS Auditorium
The concert attire for the Band students is as follows:
Concert Band Students:
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.
 
Symphonic Band Students:
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 Tuxedo Shirt, Black Bow-Tie, Black Cummerbund, and Black Belt.
 
Wind Ensemble Students:
Ladies—Black closed-toed shoes and Black Ankle-Length Dress
Gentlemen—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

 
The call time for the Band students is as follows:
Concert Band Students:
7:00pm in the Band Room
 
Symphonic Band
6:45pm in the Band Room
 
Wind Symphony
6:30pm in the Band Room


Graduation Band - 10:00 a.m. Sunday June 1st at McGaw Hall (NU Campus)
We will begin rehearsing for ETHS graduation this Friday during period 6.  All Wind Symphony (period 5) and Symphonic Band (period 6) students are required to rehearse and perform with the graduation band.  We have also asked 7 freshmen band members to participate in this important commencement ceremony so as to complete the needed instrumentation.  Call time for graduation is 10:00 a.m. at McGaw Hall on Northwestern's campus.  It is recommended that you make plans to arrive even earlier, as traffic will increase as time progresses.

Senior Check-Out
All senior band members will be given an opportunity to clean out their band lockers and return all instruments and equipment during classes on Friday (May 23rd)b.  If you are a senior who is involved in the orchestra concert next week, you may hold onto your instrument until after the concert - then place it in the appropriate marked location at the front of the band room at the conclusion of the concert.

10th - 12th Grade Check-Out
All school-owned instruments and equipment will need to be returned to ETHS by Monday June 2nd for inspection and inventory.  Students will be given an opportunity to clean out their lockers in band classes on Monday June 2nd as well.  Instruments can be checked out again for the summer during the last day of classes on Tuesday June 10th.

Looking forward to a great finish to the school year!
Sincerely,
Matt Bufis and Mike Lehman

Uniform Fittings

Dear Marching Band Families,
Although football season seems a long way off, preparations for the marching band season are in high gear!  As was announced at the May 1st read-through, all marching band members must be fitted with uniforms for the fall marching band season before July 4th so that alterations can be made during the summer.  Fittings will begin this week in the hallway outside the band room; parent volunteers will be available at the times listed below.  If your child will not be available after the end of the school year, please make sure that he or she is fitted before summer break.  If none of the times listed works for you, please let us know and we will do our best to find a time that will.  Please note that even if your student has been issued a uniform in previous years, he should have the fit re-checked before July 4th.
Thanks so much for your cooperation!
Your parent uniform helpers,
Bonnie Bean (cddbsb@sbcglobal.net)
Cathy Bouxsein (catherine-bouxsein@comcast.net)
 
May fitting times:
Tuesday, May 20:              10 AM-1 PM
Wednesday, May 21:     3:45-4:45 PM
Friday, May 23:                                     10 AM-1 PM
Tuesday, May 27:              7-8 PM
Wednesday, May 28:     10 AM-1 PM
June fitting appointments will be scheduled beginning June 16th.
Please allow approximately 20 minutes for your fitting.

Wind Symphony SuperState Reflection Assignment

Good Morning Band Families!
     We are very proud of the ETHS Wind Symphony students for their FIRST EVER performance at Illinois SuperState this past Saturday.  An unedited recording of their program, along with three evaluator commentary mp3s have been posted to the website.  Please visit the page below to listen to these files - and feel free to download them for your own enjoyment!  A video version of their performance will be uploaded to this same page shortly.
     As we approach our final concert of the year, it is time to reflect on the SuperState preparation process, our performance, the experience of performing in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, our guest clinicians who helped us to prepare, and the evaluator commentary from our program at the University of Illinois.  On the same page as these recordings, you will find a link to the SuperState reflection form we have created for your thoughtful commentary.  Please listen to these recordings and complete this form by this Friday afternoon. 
Late submissions will be reduced by half a letter grade for each day they are late.

http://www.ethsbands.com/curriculum/special_opportunities/superstate.html

Looking forward to a great Spring Concert!
Sincerely,
Mr. Bufis

Concert Band & Symphonic Band Reflection Assignment

Good Afternoon ETHS Band Families-
 
The Concert Band and Symphonic Band recorded some performance takes during their rehearsal today.  An assignment for each group has been uploaded on the following page of the website.  This assignment is due this Friday 5/16 at 3:35pm and will be uploaded into TAC/HAC at that time.  Late submissions will be reduced by half a letter grade for each day they are late. 
 
Assignment:
http://www.ethsbands.com/materials/concert_bands.html
 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike Lehman and Matt Bufis

Band Announcements 5-8

Good Afternoon ETHS Band Families,

We have a few important announcements as you head into the weekend!


WIND SYMPHONY @ SUPER STATE - The University of Illinois Krannert Center - Saturday May 10th

We are excited about this Saturday's SuperState performance!  Students are expected to travel to this event in "smart casual" attire (jeans are fine, just no holes in them please) and will have an opportunity to change into their concert attire during our lunch break.  It is highly recommended that
students bring a snack with them, as we will not have an opportunity to eat between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. due to our performance schedule.  We will stop to eat at a rest area on the way home.

As announced in class today, if any ETHS Band Students would like to come, be part of this experience, and cheer on our Wind Symphony; we have extra seats on the bus!  ALL STUDENTS attending SuperState (performers and fans) must turn in a permission slip (see link below). 
 
Concert Attire for Wind Symphony:
Ladies—Black closed-toed shoes and Black Ankle-Length Dress 
Gentlemen—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

PLEASE LOOK BELOW, AS OUR SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED TO ACCOMMODATE THE U OF I SUPERSTATE SCHEDULE CHANGES:
 
ETHS SUPERSTATE SCHEDULE:
9:30 a.m. - Load tour buses and depart for U of I 
Bus Company: DJ Tours: (312) 799-9101
1:00 p.m. - Arrive in Champaign-Urbana and Eat Lunch at Panera, McDonalds, Taco Bell, or Deli on Neil Street, just North of I-74.  

2:15 p.m. - Watch Wheeling, and Libertyville High School performances
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. - Change into Concert Attire
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. - Warmup in Room 2
5:00 p.m. - Performance at Krannert Center (Broadcast Live atwww.banddirector.com - direct link below)
6:30 p.m. - Watch Lockport, Lyons Township, and the University of Illinois Wind Symphony performances
8:15 p.m. - Awards ceremony and departure
****We will stop for a late dinner on the way home.
11:45 p.m. - Return to ETHS, unload and dismissal 

Permission Slip:    Click Here For SuperState Permission Slip

Live Broadcast:
The University of Illinois will be broadcasting the concert live via banddirector.com over the internet at the following link.  We are on at 5:00 p.m.!
http://www.banddirector.com/article/pg-live-broadcast/university-of-illinois-superstate-concert-band-festival?productguide=535 
 
 
SPRING BAND CONCERT – Thursday May 22nd 7:30pm ETHS Auditorium
The concert attire and call time information for all of our performing groups is listed below:
 
The concert attire for the Band students is as follows:
Concert Band Students:
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.
 
Symphonic Band Students:
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 Tuxedo Shirt, Black Bow-Tie, Black Cummerbund, and Black Belt.
 
Wind Ensemble Students:
Ladies—Black closed-toed shoes and Black Ankle-Length Dress
Gentlemen—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

 
The call time for the Band students is as follows:
Concert Band Students:
7:00pm in the Band Room
 
Symphonic Band
6:45pm in the Band Room
 
Wind Symphony
6:30pm in the Band Room

 
 
GRADUATION BAND—Sunday June 1st
A reminder that all Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony Students (grades 10 & 11) are expected to be a part of our annual graduation ceremony held at McGaw Hall on Northwestern's campus.  Please make sure this important event is on your calendar.  The ceremony is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.  In an effort to complete a balanced instrumentation for this important performance, we will be inviting some 9th grade musicians to perform with us from the Clarinet, French Horn, Trombone, and Tuba sections.  These invitations will be extended next week - a prompt reply is appreciated.
 
The concert attire for the Band students is as follows:
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.
 
The call time for the Band students is as follows:
10:00am at McGaw Hall on Northwestern Campus
 
 
FINAL EXAM FOR 4TH PERIOD CONCERT BAND STUDENTS—Wednesday June 4th 1:00pm
The following information was distributed in class today regarding the final exam:
  • Students will need to perform all 12 Major Scales
    • Scales DO NOT have to be memorized
    • Please start on Concert Bb Major Scale and proceed through all 12 scales
  • Please announce each scale before you perform
  • Scales should be performed in 8th notes at a moderate speed and there will be a 4 minute time limit
  • Scale tests will be performed in front of a Flip Video or Zoom Camera and will count for an assessment grade (40 points)
Have a great weekend,

Mike Lehman and Matt Bufis