Sep 2014

Band Announcements 9/29-10/3

Good Morning Band Families,
    I hope that everyone had a wonderful Homecoming weekend!  Here are a fewannouncements as we head into October.
Handbook Form
    You may have noticed in HAC/TAC that your grade is suffering from not turning in your handbook form.  Please see attached for a digital copy of our handbook.  The form is the last page - print it out and sign it with your parent/guardian.  It is incredibly important that we all start the year off with an understanding of how our program operates, what opportunities are available to you, and what your responsibilities are.
Altered Band Schedule This Friday
    All of our band students will attend 6th Period Band Class this Friday for a special demonstration/performance by the ETHS Wildkit Marching Band.  This weekend, the Wildkits will perform at the St. Rita Mustang Stampede on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in front of a panel of judges and many Chicago-area high school marching bands.  Our students will perform for their peers during class this Friday as a dress-rehearsal performance during the 6th period class - a common period for all ETHS Band students.  This class period will serve as a great performance opportunity for our Wildkit Marching Band and will also expose our Fall Concert Band and Symphonic Band students to the marching band medium.  We look forward to this wonderful opportunity to come together to celebrate our band program!
Future Music Educator Opportunities
     The Illinois Music Educators Association and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic each offer wonderful opportunities for our high school students to attend workshops to learn about the field of music education.  If you are a current Junior or Senior and would like to attend the Midwest Clinic (Thursday December 18th), or the ILMEA All-State Conference (Wednesday - Saturday, January 28th - January 31st), please speak with Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman.  These are really great workshops and conferences that offer a glimpse into the field of music education.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
     ETHS will host our first semester Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 8th and 9th.  As a music staff, we are often not available to meet with the parents of our music students during school-wide conferences, as ILMEA auditions annually occur on the first evening of fall conferences, and our Fine Arts spring tours are typically scheduled over spring conferences in an effort to minimize student absences from school.  Please note that we will only be holding conferences on Thursday October 9th.  In an effort to see more families this year, Mr. Bufis will hold conferences in the MIDI Lab (A112), and Mr. Lehman will hold conferences in the Jazz Room (A113)  - these rooms are next to each other near the Band Hallway.  For simplicity's sake, we ask that all Freshmen and Sophomore families schedule conferences with Mr. Lehman, and all Junior and Senior families schedule conferences with Mr. Bufis.  Please make that distinction when you register using the online system. If you find that you are unable to schedule a time to meet with us, we are happy to try to find another date and time to meet with you to discuss your student's progress in the ETHS Band Program as well as discuss the many opportunities we have to offer within ETHS Bands.
ILMEA Auditions
    A reminder that ILMEA auditions are next Wednesday October 8th at Adlai Stevenson High School.  Please see attached for the permission slip if you will be auditioning.
Fannie May Fundraiser
     All Fine Arts students were given a presentation today for our first program fund-raiser.  This candy sale will run from Monday 9/28 through Tuesday 10/14.  This is a fantastic fundraiser with big profits for our students (50%), and an actual savings for our consumers - the boxes will sell for LESS than what you would purchase them for on store shelves.  Mr. Lehman is the contact for this Fannie May fundraiser - as his last school sold over $250,000 worth of Fannie May candy in 7 years.  If you have any questions regarding Fannie May, contact Mr. Lehman at  See attached for the Fannie May flier and sales sheet.
Have a great week!

NU Congrats & Reflection

Good Afternoon Marching Band Members and Families!
    Congratulations to all for another great event at Northwestern University this weekend!  I am so proud of our Wildkit Marching Band for their performance, collaboration, and attentiveness at this weekend's NU Evanston Day Game.  Special thanks to our wonderful parent chaperones who stuck by us all day - carrying heavy jugs of water!  Suzanne Peterson Finkel, Laurie Latimer, Cathy Bouxsein, Irv Badr, and Drew Scott - thanks for all of your hard work!  Thank you to our Department Chair, Nick Gehl, for making an appearance with his daughter!  We appreciate your support!
    While this experience is still fresh in our minds, we ask that you complete your first reflection assignment in our Google Drive account by this Friday for your first reflection grade of the first marking quarter.  Remember - reflection counts as 10% of your overall band grade.  We will be adding more assignments of this nature after our next home game and the two competitions to follow, so stay tuned for more
announcements of this kind.  In order to keep this assignment relevant, all students must complete the assignment by this Friday 9/26.  This assignment should take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete.  We will accept late work, however we will deduct one letter grade for every day this assignment is late.

NU Reflection Assignment:


Marching Band NU Pep Rally & Evanston Day Reflection
Looking forward to a great homecoming week!  Remember that all marching band students are excused from 9th period classes on Friday to get into position for our Pep Rally performance.  I will alert the school's attendance office of this absence, but please alert your teachers ASAP that you will not be in class.  Don't forget to stop by before 9th period on Friday to drop off any homework and find out what you will be missing in class.

Let's make it a great week!
Mr. Bufis

Band Announcements 9/19

Hello Band Families,
    A few announcements as we head into a great weekend!

ILMEA Participants - Adlai Stevenson High School - Wednesday 10/8
Congratulations to the following students who will be representing the ETHS Band program at District 7 ILMEA auditions!  Please see attached for your permission slip for the October 8th auditions at Adlai Stevenson High School.  We will be leaving ETHS at 3:00 p.m. for auditions.  If you choose to arrange for your own transportation to or from ILMEA, please fill out the permission slip accordingly.  Please submit your payment of $11.00 in cash or check (made to ETHS with your student ID in the memo) by 10/8 to Mr. Bufis or Mr. Lehman.

Evan Foley - Trumpet
Anne Kelley - French Horn
Andrew Santiago - Flute/Pic
Maeve Thomas - Clarinet
Lexa Deamant - Bassoon
Momoko Hasselbring - French Horn
Greta VandenHuevel - French Horn
Abbey Moore - Flute
David Wagner - Trumpet
Nicholas Slaggert - Trumpet
Ben Bouxsein - Trumpet
Rachel Clemens - Oboe
Wesley Shavers - Bass Clarinet
Noah Pearson - Bass Clarinet
Abi Otwell - Tuba
Zoe Ryan-Hubbard - Euphonium
Whitney Giroux - Euphonium
Alison Swartwout - Oboe
Abigail Steman - Oboe

Charlie Culbert - Drums
Lily Finnegan - Drums
Ezra Brown - Trombone
Noah Roth - Trumpet
Trevor Zemtseff - Drums
Michael Werner - Trumpet
Robert Green - Drums
Tony Mest - Drums
Leif Opland - Piano
Jonah Karsh - Piano
Simon Ciaccio - Bass

Yearbook Picture From 1933!
We have began our historical research project on the history of the ETHS Band Program by digging through old yearbooks here at ETHS.  We were thrilled to uncover this gem - a photo of our ETHS Marching Band and ROTC program at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.  We hope you enjoy this amazing glimpse into our historic program!  If you have any old newspaper clippings, pictures, or memorabilia from the early days of our program, we would love to get our hands on them!

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Spotlight On Staff - Percussion Instructor Akira Robles
We are pleased to welcome our Curricular/Co-Curricular Percussion Instructor Mr. Akira Robles.  Mr. Robles comes to us from the University of Illinois where he has just concluded his coursework for a D.M.A. in percussion performance.  Mr. Robles is with us this year as he researches and writes his dissertation.  We are glad to have him with us!  His professional bio is below:

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Akira Robles has his B.M. in Music Education, and M.M. in Percussion Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  He has finished coursework and is currently developing research toward a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance and Literature, under the tutelage of William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. Akira has a wide range of performance experience, playing with such groups as the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, Champaign Urbana Civic Band, UI Symphony Orchestra, Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, UI Steel Band, UI Percussion Ensemble, and UI Gamelan Ensemble.  Akira has also been honored to perform at a Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) Showcase Concert and has had a concerto performance with the UI Wind Symphony, and the UI Symphony Orchestra in 2010. Akira also has extensive marching percussion experience, being involved in the drum corps activity since 2003.  He has performed with Pioneer as a bass drummer (2003-2005) and the Phantom Regiment (2006-2007). Since then, he has instructed drum corps such as Revolution, Glassmen, Phantom Regiment and is currently with the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, California. He also has experience in the Winter Guard International activity, performing with Rhythm X from Columbus, Ohio in 2008.
Mr. Robles has a long history of high school education, spending several years teaching private lessons in the Champaign area, as well as high schools in the Champaign-Urbana area, teaching both marching and concert percussion.  He also has experience at the collegiate level, assisting with undergraduate lessons and percussion methods classes, rehearsing undergraduate ensembles with the UI Percussion Ensemble, and teaching the University of Illinois Marching Illini Drumline from 2011 to 2014.  Akira is currently teaching at Evanston Township High School, William Fremd High School, and Bolingbrook High School, all schools located in the Chicagoland area.

Fall Concert Band/Symphonic Band Period 4/5 Auditions
We facilitated chair auditions for the Fall Symphonic Band (Period 5) today.  If you were absent from class, please come in before school on Monday to make up your exam - this will help us to process the results and seat the band accordingly. We hope to post results and distribute music in class on Tuesday.

Note: All Percussion will audition for Mr. Robles in class on Monday or Wednesday according to the posted schedule.

All 4
th Period Concert Band Students will have their first quarter Chair Test on Wednesday September 24th during class.  Chair Test information was handed out in class today; however, it can also be accessed at:  Simply find your student’s instrument and print out the corresponding page.   All students will also need to perform (from memory) the Lip Slurs/ Chromatic Scale exercises for the Chair Test. This Chair Test will be performed in front of a Flip Video or Zoom camera and will count for an assessment grade. If you have any questions with regard to this process, feel free to email Mr. Lehman at

Have a great weekend!
-Mr. Bufis

Game 2 Marching Band Announcements

Good Morning Marching Band!
    As we head into another exciting weekend of ETHS Wildkit Football and Marching Band, I want to remind you/announce a few details pertaining to Friday's game and our program in general.

New Backdrops For Halftime Show
    We are pleased to announce the recent addition of our backdrops for our Wizard of Oz halftime show, which will make their first appearance at this Friday's game!  Our Color Guard flags, uniforms, and equipment are slowly trickling in from our vendors and will be added to our show over the next few weeks.  We are also pleased to announce the addition of costumes for our actors and actresses who play Dorothy, The Wicked Witch, Tinman, Scarecrow, and Lion - made by an ETHS theatre student!  We look forward to adding more of these exciting elements to our show as we plan for our competitions in just 3 short weeks!

Click Here To View The Poster Backdrop PDFs!

Uniform/Equipment Reminders
     A reminder that all band students must bring their Marching Band T-Shirt and Marching Band Cap to school whenever we are going to be in uniform.  Students must also remember to bring black socks (above the ankle) and a pair of athletic shorts to wear under their uniform.  In addition, this Friday's weather will be on the brisk side - we will permit students to wear a long-sleeved henley or "Under-Armor" shirt beneath their Marching Band t-shirts as well as a pair of long-underwear beneath their pants if they feel they need it to keep warm.  

New Post-Rehearsal/Event Dismissal & Pickup Procedure
    In an effort to ensure the safety of our band students, the following procedure will be followed after rehearsals and events from now on:

    *Students can continue to conveniently exit out of Door 11 or 13 (outside doors to the music wing) for up to fifteen minutes after the conclusion of any rehearsal or event.  If a student is still found to be waiting for a ride fifteen minutes after the conclusion of a rehearsal or event, they will be directed back through the building to wait for their ride by the rear entrance of the school (Bacon/Boltwood Door 31).  This area is well-lit, located at the heart of the ETHS property, and watched over by an ETHS Safety officer at all times.

    Please be advised that all of our regularly scheduled rehearsals are posted in the calendar section of the ETHS Bands webpage (  Students are encouraged to plan their pick-up times from rehearsals based on the ending times posted on our website, as opposed to contacting their rides at the conclusion of rehearsal.  For all events with unknown or flexible ending times, such as a football game or competition, we encourage and remind our students to contact their rides twenty minutes prior to returning to ETHS to ensure a timely and safe pickup from school.  Thank you for all that you do to enhance your student's band experience!  We greatly appreciate all of your help and support!

Matt Bufis

Marching Band Weekend Events!

Good Afternoon Marching Band Families,
    A few announcements as we go into an exciting weekend of performances!

**All Marching Band members must remember to bring black socks with them to the Friday evening and Saturday performances as well as their Marching Band t-shirt and cap.

Football Game - Friday 9/5/2014
    We encourage all of our band families to attend our home games to support our students in their performances this season!  Our band students really appreciate the support of their parents in the stands, and it is a really great opportunity to see the band progress from week to week.  We encourage you to arrive at the game between 7:00 - 7:15 p.m. on game nights so that you can see our pre-game show as well as secure a great seat - high up by the press box on the 50 yard line.
    All football game days will begin with rehearsal at 4:00 p.m. on our practice field.  We will break for dinner at 5:30 (we provide dinner), get dressed, have uniform inspection, and march to the stadium.  This year, we will be meeting the football team at Church and Pitner at 7:00 p.m. for the march into the stadium.  PreGame is set to begin around 7:27 p.m., and halftime is typically between 8:15 - 8:45 timeframe - depending on time outs, and penalties.  The band performs in the stands during the entire game and will parade back to the music wing once the game is over.  We really hope you are able to join us this week!

NU Band Day & Boosterpalooza - Saturday 9/6/2014
    This Saturday is the annual High School Band Day at Northwestern University.  Evanston Township will be performing alongside 17 other high schools as well as Northern Illinois University's Marching Band, and the Northwestern University Marching Band for their halftime performance in front of a stadium full of fans!  After the game, we will also be performing at the ETHS Boosterpalooza event at the Sherman Avenue Parking Garage.  We are looking forward to a great day!

9:00 a.m. - Call time at ETHS.  Get dressed, grab instruments and equipment
9:30 a.m. - Depart for NU
9:45 a.m. - Arrive at NU
10:30 a.m. - Mass Band rehearsal on practice field
11:15 a.m. - Guard rehearsal
11:25 a.m. - Final Runthrough
12:15 p.m. - NUMB performs for the high schools
12:30 p.m. - Students can purchase lunch at concession stands
2:00 p.m. - Students are seated in stadium
2:10 p.m. - NU Marching Band Pregame
2:30 p.m. - Kickoff - NU vs Northern Illinois
Halftime - Performance by high schools and NUMB
After halftime, we will return to the stands to watch the rest of the game

At the conclusion of the game, we will head back to ETHS to eat dinner, then go to the Boosterpalooza event (approx. 7pm).  We believe we will be done with the evening and back at ETHS by 7:45 p.m.

Let's make it a great weekend!
Go Kits!
-Matt 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