May 2016

Pre-Spring Concert Announcements 2016

Good Evening Band Families,
     A few important announcements as we head into our last concert evening!

Spring Concert - Tomorrow - Thursday May 12th at 7:30 p.m.
    Concert Band and Symphonic Band will report for warm-up at 6:50 p.m. - Concert Band to the Band Room, Symphonic Band to the Orchestra Room.  Wind Symphony will report to the audience with their instruments at 7:20 p.m.  Following warmup, Symphonic Band students will bring their instruments with them to the auditorium seating in an effort to cut down on transition time throughout the program.  We anticipate that the evening will run 75 - 90 minutes, including our annual awards ceremony.

    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 Concert Band Students: 6:50 Call Time in Band Room
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: 6:50 p.m. Call Time in Orchestra Room
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: 6:50 p.m. Call Time in Auditorium
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 

Percussion Showcase Concert - 7:30 p.m. on Friday May 13th in the Auditorium
     Our annual Percussion Showcase concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the ETHS Auditorium.  Come out to hear some interesting percussion music performed by our very own percussion students!  This includes a set of STEEL BAND TUNES!!!

Graduation Ceremony - 10:00 a.m. on Sunday May 22nd
    All Sophomore and Junior Band Members are required to perform as part of our graduation band for the ETHS Commencement Ceremony.  This event counts as your final performance grade of the year.  Call time for all performers is 10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 pre-commencement concert and 11:00 ceremony.  The event is usually over within 90 minutes.  ETHS will transport all large instruments to and from McGaw Hall, however all students are responsible for coordinating their own transportation to this event.
     In preparation for the graduation ceremony, all Sophomore and Junior band students will attend 6th Period Band following our May 12th concert, from Friday 5/13 through Friday 5/20.  We will work on Pomp and Circumstance, Crown Imperial, and several selections from our Spring D.C. Tour to coordinate an excellent concert experience for our graduating seniors and their families.  This is always a very special and fun time of year and we are looking forward to putting this together with you!  Graduation attire is the same as Symphonic Band: 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.

2016 Tour Band Survey
     The school board is conducting surveys to gather information about organizations who travel in the building.  They would like to hear from students and families who went on our tour this year as well as students and families who did not go on the tour.  See below for the survey!

Please take a minute to answer these two questions about tours in the band program.

2016 Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Auditions Posted!
     The 2016 Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band auditions have been posted to our website.  All sophomores, juniors, and seniors will audition during the second week of school for placement in Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra Winds/Percussion.  Please download these materials and begin to work on them over the summer.  They are based on the ILMEA Cycle 1 audition materials - honor ensemble groups assembled by the Illinois Music Educator Association, which audition, rehearse, and perform in the fall.  ETHS Jazz Audition Materials will be posted shortly!

Marching Band Announcements
Color Guard Auditions - Saturday May 21st from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the music wing with returning clinician Will Frankenberger!!!!
2016 Matrix Theme Halftime Show Music has been posted to the website under "Materials" and "Marching Band."  Let's start to work on this in preparation for Band Camp!

Have a great evening - see you tomorrow!
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

Good Luck At SuperState

Good Afternoon ETHS Band Families,
     Tomorrow afternoon, the ETHS Wind Symphony will be performing at the University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival - the most prestigious band festival in the state and one of the finest in the country.  Please consider tuning in at 4:30 p.m. - the event will be live-streamed at   Wind Symphony students are reminded to arrive at 10:00 a.m. sharp to load the buses and depart.  Students will need their concert attire, a sack lunch for the bus, and $15 for dinner along with their instruments and music.  It will be a terrific day and a great experience for all.  Read more about SuperState below, as well as at 

About Illinois SuperState
      Started by former Director of Bands Dr. Harry Begian, the University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival is designed to bring the finest middle and high school bands to the Urbana-Champaign campus for two days of music making.  While designed to be a non-competitive event in nature, the festival requires the submission of 12 minutes of recorded music in the form of mp3 files to be pre-screened and evaluated by a panel of adjudicators from across the country.  Through this blind, refereed submission process, the top bands from each category are invited to campus to perform at this prestigious festival.  At the end of the festival, the best band from each performing division is designated “Honor Band,” a privilege that automatically qualifies the group for performance at the festival the following year without having to submit another recording.  This festival is famous for the extremely high quality of literature selected, and the high performance accuracy and expressivity demonstrated by the bands who take the stage.

About Foellinger Great Hall @ The Krannert Center
     The Foellinger Great Hall is Krannert Center’s largest theater with a seating capacity of 2,078 people on its main floor, balcony, and choral balcony levels.  The carpeting outside and inside this theater, as well as the seats, are beige in color, giving a light and airy feel to this expansive performance space.  The Great Hall is reserved primarily for the presentation of vocal and instrumental music, from small ensembles to large orchestras and choruses, because of its world-renowned acoustical perfection.  There are several factors that contribute to the Great Hall’s fine acoustics.  The room is almost perfectly symmetrical.  Mrs. Krannert made it clear to Max Abramivitz, that she disliked the appearance of traditional acoustic clouds on the ceilings of most performance spaces.  Since his firm did not specialize in acoustics, Abramavitz hired Dr. C. Cyral Harris to assist with the acoustical design of the Great Hall’s interior space.  Dr. Harris used a computer to help design the ceiling, a pretty advanced task in the early 1960s.  The ceiling is made from plaster and is suspended from the true ceiling of the room by heavy-duty springs. 

     The seats in the Foellinger Great Hall also contribute to the hall’s fine acoustics.  The fabric and foam used in the seats is designed to absorb equal amounts of sound whether occupied or not.  The foam in the seats is less dense in areas where the sound is most live, and more dense in areas where the sound is most dead, in order to help reflect the sound better.  The Great Hall was designed without any parallel surfaces.  All of the surfaces are angled, so that sound will never become trapped but always reflect into the audience. 
     At the back and above the stage, a mechanized temporary wall can be raised or lowered to reveal as few as two rows or up to five rows of choral balcony seats.  The balcony is used for the choral ensemble in music programs that require full orchestra with large chorus.  It is also used to seat patrons who wish to see the front of the conductor or as additional seating for popular performances.  The Foellinger Great Hall stage floor, house floor, and stage risers are made of white oak.  Because the area under the stage floor is hollow, many musicians claim that when performing with a large group they can feel tones resonating from the stage.  Specially designed ambient lighting reduces glare for the performers on stage.  Microphones frequently hang over the stage for purposes of recording.  In fact, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra regularly recorded in the Foellinger Great Hall until its own new facilities of the early 1990s made it possible for them to record in their own performance home.

Let's make it a great day to be a Wildkit!

Mr. Bufis