Nov 2015

Band Announcements 11-20-2015

Good Afternoon Band Families,
    A few important updates as we head into the weekend, and Thanksgiving Break!

Basketball Pep Band
    We had a fantastic first rehearsal for Pep Band this week - over 40 band members attended the first rehearsal!  If you would like to join us, there is still time!  Please fill out the form below!

Band Mentorship Program
    We have over 80 students interested in getting involved in our mentorship program - our largest number to date!  Please join us for our annual Band Mentorship Breakfast and kick-off meeting this Tuesday November 24th during A.M. Support - 8:00 - 8:25 a.m.  If you did not get a chance to sign up, please email us if you are still interested!

Poinsettia and Cyclamen Sale
    Our annual Poinsettia and Cyclamen Sale is underway!  The sale will run through December 7th and orders will be delivered on Sunday December 13th at our Winter Music Festival Concert.  See below for the link to our order form.

Poinsettia and Cyclamen Order Form

Spring Tour Updates
    We have finalized the fundraising account updates and have posted the latest version to the website under "Spring Tours".  We will be mailing a check to Bob Rogers Travel so that your account will be credited before the November 30th payment.  You can still register for the trip (if you have not done so already) through December 15th.  The more the merrier!!!!

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

You’re invited: ETHS Jazz Ensemble hosts the Highland Park Jazz Ensemble Monday, 11-16-15

Good Morning ETHS Band Families,
The Evanston Township High School Jazz Ensemble will host the Highland Park High School Jazz Ensemble in an Exchange Concert on Monday, November 16
th at 7:00pm in the ETHS Upstairs Theatre!  This is the first time these two groups have paired up for a concert and it should be awesome!  To read more about the Highland Park Band Program, please visit:
All families, friends, and groupies should park at the back (west) side of the school and enter through door #31.  Please follow the signs to the Upstairs Theatre (third floor). 
This event is free and open to the public—Come out and see these two premier jazz ensembles!

Mike Lehman

Band Announcements 11/9 - 11/13

Good Afternoon Band Families,
    We have had a wonderful start to MQ2!  Some very important announcements are listed below pertaining to new programs, concerts, etc.  Please read through all of this and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.  It's going to be an exciting quarter!

Honors Credit Program Application Process
    A reminder that our honors credit application deadline is set for December 1st.  For more information, visit under "Curriculum" or visit our honors program website at 

Spring Tour To Washington D.C.
    We are currently over the 100 student mark for our D.C. Tour!  In the next week, we will be updating the online fund-raising totals and reaching out to parent volunteers who expressed interest in chaperoning.  We aim to cut a check to Bob Rogers Travel in the amount of your fundraising totals to apply to your tour balances prior to the next payment due date (11/30).  There is still time to join us on the trip!  Bob Rogers Travel will accept new entries into the system through 11/30.  For more information, visit the tour section of our website!

Basketball Pep Band

    We are excited to start our 2015-2016 Basketball Pep Band!  This group is open to all of our instrumentalists in our band program - woodwind, brass, and percussion - including a full rhythm section of guitar, bass, piano, and drums!  We are looking forward to a great season!  For a full calendar, the flier, and the sign-up page, please visit the links below!

2015-2016 Pep Band Flier
Pep Band Sign-up

Pep Band Calendar

Band Mentorship Program

    The mentorship program at ETHS pairs upperclassmen instrumentalists with underclassmen or novice music students - cultivating a student learning community within the band program at large. This setting provides opportunities to learn practice techniques, work on band or jazz ensemble music, focus on pertinent elements of music such as tone, intonation, range, or technique, or even develop your skills on a secondary instrument. 
    The ETHS Band Mentorship program runs from November through May and is open to any ETHS Band student as a mentor or mentee. The mentorship program kicks off with a morning mentorship breakfast meeting to pair-up mentees with mentors, compare student schedules, and set weekly or bi-weekly meeting times for the duration of the program. Students are required to log their meetings on the mentorship bulletin board each time they meet. In order to receive honors credit for being a mentor or mentee, students must meet the minimum meeting requirement as outlined on the mentorship program bulletin board. This is a wonderful opportunity for all ETHS band students and we highly encourage everyone to participate!

Band Mentorship Flier
Band Mentorship Signup Form

Wind Symphony Exchange Concert (Required For All ETHS Band Members)

    The ETHS Wind Symphony will be hosting the Matthew Flinders Anglican College Wind Symphony from Brisbane, Queensland Australia for a special performance on Tuesday December 15th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  
All Band students are required to attend this special concert, featuring our own ETHS Wind Symphony as well as a group of their musical peers from the land down under.  The concert will feature guest conductor Burt Alders, the president of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) and will include classic and recent works for the wind band medium.  In addition, Director of Bands Emeritus from the University of Illinois Mr. James Keene will be guest conducting our own Wind Symphony.
    All ETHS Wind Symphony members are expected to attend the afternoon activities with our guests, which will include a rehearsal experience as well as a 5:45 p.m. dinner for the two groups.  We will be catering in Chicago-style deep dish pizza  for our Wind Symphony students and our guests, but we ask that our Wind Symphony students bring an appetizer or salad (last names N through Z) or a dessert (last names A through M).  We are looking forward to a great experience!

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

Final Marching Band Email of 2015

Good Afternoon Wildkit Marching Band,
    Thank you again to all for a terrific season!  As I said last week, this is a great season to build on.  We are thankful for the hard work of all of our members and look forward to kicking off a successful 2016 season next year.
    Per our instructions in band classes, please return all of your chips, lyres/flip folders, and pep chart books to the labeled bins in the front of the band room.  In addition, all of your personal items from your uniforms, garment bags, hat boxes, etc. have been placed in your shoe cubby.  Please claim these items by next Friday 11/20.  All senior band members can either claim their t-shirt/cap/shoes or choose to donate them back to the program.

Thanks again - congratulations on a very special fall!

Mr. Bufis

Fannie May Pick Up: 11-9-15 2:00-4:00pm

Good Morning ETHS Band Families,
Fannie May Candy will be ready for pick up on 
Monday, November 9th from 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Band students/parents can enter through Door #9, pick up their orders in the area behind the Auditorium Stage, and exit out Door #7.  Students with large orders should plan accordingly with rides, extra help, etc. to pick up their order.   Please be prompt with delivering the products to your customers. 
Congratulations to our students for making this fundraiser a huge success and our most lucrative fundraiser ever!  Our band sold $24,000 worth of chocolate and our Music Department as a whole sold over $35,000.  As a department we put over $17,000 into individual students accounts!   As a reminder, fundraised money in your student’s individual Band account can be used to offset fees for Band Trips, Marching Band expenses, and Jazz Band/Combo expenses!
Our next fundraising opportunity for students will coincide with the Holiday Season: Poinsettia and Cyclamen Plant Sale.   Information for this sale will be coming out soon!
Have a good day,
Mike Lehman and Matt Bufis 

2nd Quarter Concert Band Chair Test Materials

Good Afternoon Concert Band Families,
As discussed in rehearsal today, 2
nd quarter brings a new concert cycle with new music and another round of Chair Tests.  The Concert Band 2nd Quarter Chair Test will be on Tuesday, November 10th during 4th period.  Hard copies of the 2nd Quarter Chair Test will be distributed tomorrow in rehearsal; however, electronic copies can be downloaded: Here
As a reminder:

  •       All Chair Test excerpts are pulled DIRECTLY from the music we’ll be performing this concert cycle (specifically Sleepers, Wake & Tenth Regiment March)
  •      Professional recordings of these tunes can be found on the Materials section of our website—these are a great resource and practice aide.
  •     Mr. Bufis and myself are always eager to work with any student before or after school—send us an email to set up a time!

Mike Lehman

Marching Band Banquet/Superlatives/Uniforms/End of Season

Good Afternoon Marching Band Families,
    As you may have heard, our football team finished their season last Friday with a loss against South Elgin HS.  The team had a really great season - truly exciting to watch.  We congratulate the players and coaching staff on a fantastic fall.
    As we bring our season to a close this Friday, a few important announcements are listed below.

Marching Band Banquet - This Friday 11/6 from 5:00 - 7:00 in A241
    This Friday will be our annual Marching Band Banquet.  It will be a final opportunity to meet as a marching band in a formal setting for 2015.  We will honor our seniors, watch a season highlights video, award superlative prizes, hear senior speeches, and have a great time.  All parents of senior band members are invited to attend.  Seniors should prepare a 2 minute speech reflecting on their time in the marching band, the relationships they have made, the experiences they have had, and the overall impact their time in the ETHS Marching Band has had on their development.  This is a time to be thankful and celebrate our time together.

Please note:
    Last names A - M should bring a DESSERT for 10 people
    Last names N - Z should bring an APPETIZER for 10 people

Superlatives - Please vote even if you think you did before, this is the official form: 

New Uniforms
    Due to our significant growth and successes this season, the district has agreed to move up the purchase date for new uniforms to be ready for next season.  The company we are working with has mocked up a few designs for us.  Please complete the uniform survey below.  There is a good chance that we will not pick any specific template found here, but instead will gather data based on the elements you like.  Please make sure to give us some feedback in the "Notes" section at the bottom of the survey. 

Returning of Equipment
    Please take some time this week to return all of your borrowed equipment and clean up your space (lockers, tuba/color guard closet, percussion room, etc.).  Please also return the following to the bins in the band room:

Drill Chips in ziplock bag
Lyre/Flip Folder
Marching Instruments
Pep Chart Books

Looking forward to a great weekend!

Go Kits,
Mr. Bufis