Sep 2015

Band Tour & Fundraising Announcements 10-1-2015

Good Afternoon Band Families!
    A few important announcements - including Fundraising and Spring Tour Information!

Fundraisers
Fannie May Candy - Delivery Date TBA In Early November
     All Fine Arts students were given a presentation on Monday 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 lehmanm@eths.k12.il.us.  See below for the Fannie May flier and sales sheet.

Fannie May Information

Mattress Sale - Saturday 10/10/2015
    The Fine Arts Department is proud to present our second annual "Snoozefest" Mattress Sale Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday 10/10/2015!  This one-day event could potentially generate thousands of dollars for both our individual students and our travel scholarship fund with a little bit of help from everyone.  Our main vehicle for making money on this event is word of mouth!  Please ask your band student for the fliers they were given in classes today - they must write their names  on each flier prior to distributing them in order to be given sale credit.
    A sign-up sheet will be passed around classes on Thursday and Friday of this week to volunteer on the day of the event.  Students will be asked to pass out fliers, hold signs, and even wear Mattress Costumes at four strategic locations in Evanston in an effort to generate sales.  Volunteers will be asked to sign up for 90 minute time periods from 9:30 - 11:00, 11:00 - 12:30, 12:30 - 2:00, and 2:00 - 3:30, and 3:30 - 5:00.
    
Please pick up your free YARD SIGN at the front of the band room and help spread the word!  For more information about this simple one-day event, please see the materials listed below!

Mattress Sale Flier and Parent Letter

Spring Tour Updates
    We had an excellent Spring Tour Information Night on Monday evening with great attendance.  Below is a link to the materials which were distributed at the meeting along with answers to some of the questions we passed on to our travel agent.  As always, all of the information is on our and is up to date as of today - please continue to check the site for more information.  
We have extended the registration deadline to October 15th!  Your cards will be charged at that time.

Tour Meeting Information Sheet
Revised Itinerary 9/28/2015

Questions:
 

1) Will payments be automatically debited each month from the card provided, or will parents have to go back in and make payments? Yes the payments are automatically debited each month. An email is set out about 3 days prior to the payment to remind families of it and then another email is sent once the payment has been complete as the receipt.
 
2) How do chaperones pay/register? Chaperones can register at the same time as the student. They would pick the chaperone travel type and then the occupancy they would like to have (single or double).  Let's hold off until we can confirm a total amount of students going, which would give us the 1 to 10 ratio we budgeted for, and then we can prompt the parent chaperones to pay their first payment.
 
3) Does the trip insurance cover a cancellation of the entire band trip (like for a national disaster or something like this)? I don’t have an exact answer for this since the insurance is purchased and held through Travel Insured. I suggest having the parents call and confirm this. The number is 1-800-243-3174 option 6. 
 
4) Is the deposit non-refundable? Since the group is on IPS, all payments made are non refundable. That is why we encourage the travel insurance. Parents have to click off on this during the registration process.
 
5) Could there be a clinic opportunity on the trip? I can see where we can fit that in. Since I know Matt knows the DC area pretty well, is there a place that you would specifically want me to look at? We in the past have worked with George Mason University and American University
 
6) When will the trip be "finalized."  We are waiting on the two biggest pieces to lock in - the Kennedy Center and Blues Alley.  For the Wind Ensemble, we hope to know a date for Millennium stage at the Kennedy Center by November. I am working on the Jazz performance. Blues Alley is trying to confirm their performer schedule and won’t commit until they have.

 
Auditions
    A reminder that auditions for 10th-12th Graders for placement in Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will occur during periods 5 & 6 on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Please continue to prepare your excerpts, found at the link below!

Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony Audition Materials

Go Kits!
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

NIU Congrats & Reflection Assignment #1

Good Afternoon Marching Band Families,
    Congratulations to our Wildkit Marching Band for their 3rd Place performance at the NIU Marching Band Competition yesterday!  A great start to our competitive season!  I have posted the video and adjudicator commentary to our website at
www.ethsbands.com under "Materials - Marching Band."  You will find all of these comments as well as your first graded reflection assignment on this page.  It should take you no more than 20-25 minutes to listen to TWO adjudicator commentaries, watch our professionally recorded video, and submit your reflection form electronically via the links on the webpage.  Assignment #1 is due by Friday 10/2 for full credit.  This was a great achievement - now let's prepare for a great week of rehearsal in preparation for our next performance!
    Special thanks to all of our parent volunteers - you really made our day go smoothly: Julie Strauss, Waldek Ziolkowski, Tom Harmann, Laurie McFarlane, Judy Steele, Kathy Bauer, Ruth Arnold, Todd Bruggeman, Elizabeth Osborne, Tuner Lequar, and our wonderful uniform moms - Barbara Badr and our MVP of the day (who returned to school twice to help kids who slept in retrieve their uniform parts) Bonnie Bean!

Thanks for a great day - hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Go Kits!
Mr. Bufis

Band Announcements 9/28 - 10/2

Good Morning Band Families,
    We hope that everyone has had a great start to the school year in all of their classes and activities!  As we near the end of September, we have several important announcements to share.  We hope to see everyone at our first Washington D.C. Tour Meeting - Monday 9/28 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Washington D.C. Tour Meeting
    A reminder that our first meeting for the spring tour is this Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  We will be discussing the general outline for the trip, the payment plan, fundraising, and more!  Remember - your first deposit is due in the amount of $250 by September 30th!  More information on our trip, as well as the links to make your first payment, can be found at 
www.ethsbands.com 

Band Ensemble & Chair Seating Auditions for 10th -12th Graders - 10/5 & 10/6
    A reminder that we will be facilitating placement auditions for our 5th period and 6th period upperclassmen bands (Grade 10 - 12) on Monday & Tuesday October 5th and 6th.  Hard copies of these auditions were distributed in classes this week.  They are also posted on our webpage along with recordings in May of 2015.  This audition will determine placement in our two ability-based bands and chair ranking within said bands.  For additional resources, please visit: 
 
http://www.ethsbands.com/materials/concert_bands/audition_materials.html 

ILMEA Auditions - Wednesday October 7th 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Stevenson HS

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 7th auditions at Adlai Stevenson High School.  We will be leaving ETHS at 3:15 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 10/5 to Mr. Bufis or Mr. Lehman.

Permission Slip

Band/Orchestra Winds & Percussion
 Amayra Badr (10)
2 Lanie Bricker (11)
3 *Ezra Brown (12)
4 Evan Foley (12)
5 Dorothy Greene (9)
6 Momoko Hasselbring (11)
7 Muskaan Jain (11)
8 *Jonah Karsh (10)
9 Abi Otwell (11)
10 *Noah Pearson (12)
11 Zoe Ryan-hubbard (12)
12 Leila Sinclair (10)
13 Abby Stein (11)
14 Abigail Stemen (12)
15 Maeve Thomas (11)
16 Kerry Thomas (10)
17 Greta Vanden huevel (11)
19 Elisabeth Finkel (11)
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Bassoon  

 

Oboe  

 

Trombone  

 

Trumpet  

 

Trombone  

 

French Horn  

 

Flute  

 

Bb Clarinet  

 

Tuba  

 

Alto Sax  

 

Euphonium  

 

Oboe  

 

Flute  

 

Oboe  

 

Bb Clarinet  

 

Trumpet  

 

French Horn  

 

Percussion 


Jazz

*Ezra Brown (12)
*Jonah Karsh (10)
*Noah Pearson (12)
  Joseph Bonansinga (11)

String/Elec Bass  

  

Trombone  

  Paul Clarke (11)

Tenor Sax  

  Lily Finnegan (12)

Drum Set  

  

Piano  

  Simon Lequar (10)

Alto Sax  

  Dhruva Mohnalkar (9)

Tenor Sax  

  Joey Parker (12)

Piano  

  

Baritone Sax  

  Michael Werner (12)

Trumpet


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 17th), or the ILMEA All-State Conference (Wednesday - Saturday, January 27th - January 30th), 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 7th and 8th.  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 8th.  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.

Fannie May Chocolate Fundraiser
     All Fine Arts students will be given a presentation on Monday 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 atlehmanm@eths.k12.il.us.  See attached for the Fannie May flier and sales sheet.

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

Marching Band Announcements 9/21-9/26 2015

Good Afternoon Marching Band!
    A few important updates about this week's events!  

****Please remember - with three events in a row, you will need to bring your t-shirt Thursday/Friday/Saturday.  At our last event, 17 students forgot t-shirts and had to borrow a loaner.  We simply cannot do this anymore - we don't have enough shirts to sustain this.  If you have lost your shirt, please bring in $10 to purchase a new one.

****Great job on the last edition of "Footnotes" - the ETHS Bands Game-Day newspaper!  Don't forget to send articles to Jasper Davidoff, our editor-in-chief!  
jasperdavidoff@gmail.com  Here are links to the last two editions:

2015 Footnotes

Thursday 9/24 NU/ETHS Paint The Town Purple Pep Rally
4:00 - 4:45pm - Rehearsal, Change into uniforms, Load buses etc.
5:00 - 5:30pm - Report to World Of Beer area with NUMB
5:45 - 6:30pm - Pep Rally with NUMB at Sherman and Davis (By World Of Beer)
6:45 - return to ETHS to unload/change/dismiss

Friday 9/25 Football Game
4:00 call time - Normal game day sequence
5:30 Dinner
6:40 Stepoff
7:00 Enter Stadium
7:25 Pregame
7:30 Kickoff

Saturday 9/26 NIU Competition and Phantom Regiment Clinic
6:30 a.m. Call Time to ETHS.  Get into uniforms, load buses & equipment
7:00 a.m. Depart for Northern Illinois University
8:45 a.m. Arrive at Northern Illinois University.  Unload buses
9:00 a.m. Warm-up for clinic
10:00 a.m. Clinic with Phantom Regiment Staff
11:00 a.m. Eat lunch, homework time, possible rehearsal and campus tour
2:00 p.m. Competition begins.  Watch first 7 bands in A division
4:05 p.m. ETHS warmup begins
5:20 p.m. ETHS Performance
5:30 p.m. ETHS post-performance clinic
6:05 p.m. Watch Northern Illinois University Band performance, Awards for A/AA
6:15 p.m. Watch AAA bands
8:30 p.m. Depart for ETHS
10:00 p.m. Return to ETHS, unload and dismissal

Students will need to bring money for lunch in Dekalb and dinner at the concession stand.

Let's make it a great week!

Go Kits!
Mr. Bufis

Extra/Co-Curricular Eligibility

Good Afternoon,
You are receiving this email because as of last Friday 9/18, your grades are jeopardizing your eligibility to participate in sports, clubs/organizations, and musical/theatre ensembles and productions at Evanston Township High School.  ETHS runs an academic intervention known as Study Table in an effort to help you improve your academic standing and eligibility status.  Students are identified to participate in this program based on the following criteria:

Ineligible: Student is no passing 5 courses and therefore cannot practice or compete as of that day.  They must attend the mandatory 3 tutorials and turn in their study table voucher.

Study Table: Student is receiving 2 or more grades of a C- or lower.  Student can continue to practice/compete during the week, but must also attend the mandatory 3 tutorials and turn in their study table voucher or they risk being ineligible the following week.

You will find a link to a blank Extracurricular Study Table Voucher below.  Please complete TWO tutorials this week, because it is a 4-day week, and return it to Mr. Bufis/Mr. Lehman by this Friday 9/25 by the end of the school day.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out - we are happy to help!

Blank Study Table Voucher

Best,
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

MB Left Game

Hi Everyone,
    It was a tough call, but we left the game as a precaution.  Students are finished changing at this point and have been dismissed.  We will look forward to our next performance next Friday!

Special thanks to all of our parent volunteers!

See everyone in the morning for 9:00 a.m. rehearsal!

Best,
Mr. Bufis

ETHS MB Game Time Change

Good Afternoon Marching Band Families,
    In anticipation of the projected inclement weather, ETHS will be flipping the Varsity game with the Sophomore game.  
Kickoff is now at 5:00 p.m.

New Timeline:
9th Period - All Marching Band Students report to Band Room
2:40 p.m. - Pep Rally
3:35 p.m. - Pep Rally finishes.  All band members report to band wing to change
4:17 p.m. - Step off from Band wing for stadium
4:30 p.m. - Meet football team on Pitner and march into stadium
4:55 p.m. - Pregame Show
5:00 p.m. - Kickoff

* Students will be given meal vouchers to purchase food at the concession stand during the game.

    We expect the game time to run until 7:30 or 8:00 p.m.  Please adjust your schedules accordingly for safe pickup time following the game.

PLEASE NOTE:

* Weather has a huge impact on marching bands.  We will be wearing rain coats and ball-caps tonight instead of our uniforms to save on dry-cleaning costs.  If it starts to rain, we will leave the game early - even if the game is still going on.  Repadding woodwind instruments costs $250-350 per instrument and our drums can also warp in the rain (Drumline equipment is more than $10K).

* Our volunteers will definitely be impacted by this schedule change.  
Please meet us at the stadium at 5:00 p.m. if you are available to help - regardless of whether or not you signed up to help.

Fingers crossed about the weather!  Thanks everyone!

Go Kits!
Mr. Bufis

ETHS ILMEA Internal Auditions 2015

Good Evening 9th & 10th Graders,
If you are receiving this email, you have expressed interest in auditioning for the District 7 ILMEA honor groups!  We are really pleased and impressed that you are interested in auditioning for ILMEA.  We applaud your commitment to this challenging music!
     As we mentioned at the start of school, we are only allowed to send 16 students (plus 2 color instruments such as bassoon, euphonium, bass clarinet, etc. for a total of 18) to represent ETHS at the District 7 auditions.  Currently, we have 20 students who are interested in auditioning for Band/Orchestra Winds.  Because we can only send 18 students, we will be holding our own pre-auditions for all 9th and 10th graders over the next three days.  Once we hear all of these students, we will nominate the most prepared 9th and 10th graders to join our ETHS 11th and 12th graders at District 7 auditions (a total of 18 ETHS students will go on to district auditions).  We have chosen to pre-audition our 9th and 10th graders because they are not yet All-State eligible and they still have two or three more years to audition for ILMEA while at ETHS.
  Please click the link below and sign-up for a time to audition for us.  In exchange for your internal audition, we will still count this towards your Honors Credit, even if you will not audition at the District Level.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cLXV2WTT4wIcmtge85eMEfSq0V_MelgrAa4qd94eyV0/edit?usp=sharing

     We look forward to hearing you and providing you with feedback!


Best,

Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

Marching Band Updates

Good Afternoon Marching Band!
    A few updates as we get ready for an exciting week!

Wednesday Rehearsal - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Stadium
    A reminder that call time is 6pm for our rehearsal this week and we go until 9pm in order to accommodate the march to the stadium and loading/unloading equipment.  
We will meet on our practice field at 6pm!  A reminder that Part 3 Mission Impossible is to be memorized by Wednesday night!

Friday Pep Rally - All Marching Band Students Excused from 9th Period
    This Friday you will report to the band room at the start of 9th Period.  I will excuse you in HAC, but it is your responsibility to inform your teachers this week and to follow up with them as to what you missed.  We will wear our Marching Band t-shirts to the pep rally!

Friday Homecoming Game - 4pm Call Time
    We have a normal football game schedule this week - rehearsal immediately after school, eat/change, march to the stadium, etc.  It's going to be an exciting Homecoming Game!  Here are our Parent Volunteers for the weekend:

Equipment Help P1
Waldek Ziolkowski
Equipment Help P2
Judy Steele
Equipment Help P3
Ed Finkel
Equipment Help P4
Marcy Nicholson
Equipment Help P5
Tom Hartmann
Dinner Help P1
Kathy Bauer
Dinner Help P2
Lisa Solonka
Water Help P1
Laurie Mcfarlane
Water Help P2
Elizabeth Osborne
Trailer/Truck Driver & Pickup P1
Tuner Lequar
Trailer/Truck Driver & Pickup P2
Dan Feeney

Foot Notes Marching Band Periodical Submissions
    A reminder that all Foot Notes submissions must be sent to Jasper Davidoff by this Thursday at the latest.  The first edition was awesome - let's keep the ball rolling!  His email is
jasperdavidoff@gmail.com

Spirit Team Decorating The Music Wing
    Our Spirit Team (Evan Foley, Cherese Waight, Abi Otwell, Muskaan Jain, Rachel Chaney-Egan, Jasper Davidoff) could use your help in decorating the Band wing this Friday morning for Game Day!  Talk to a Spirit Team leader to get involved!

Eligibility
    I have received the first eligibility report (academic standing) and will be communicating specific expectations to our students this week.  A reminder that all students must carry better than a C in all of their classes to be able to participate in Marching Band, the Jazz Program, YAMO, etc. in accordance with the school's activity code in order to avoid Study Table sheets or suspension from extra/co-curricular activities.  Let's work together to keep our grades up!


Looking forward to a great weekend!

Go Kits!

Matthew P. Bufis
Co-Director of Bands
Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
bufism@eths.k12.il.us
www.ethsbands.com
(847) 424-7853 - Office
(847) 424 7192 - Fine Arts Office Fax

Marching Band Booserpalooza Performance Cancelled

Good Evening Marching Band Families,
    Regrettably, we were unable to perform at the third annual Boosterpalooza event this evening due to unanticipated bus issues.  Special thanks to our department secretary, Ann Hunwick, and our department chair, Nick Gehl, for their efforts in trying to arrange alternative transportation for us on short notice.
    I am proud of our kids - while they were "all dressed up with nowhere to go," they understood the situation and handled it with professionalism and grace.  We will all look forward to our next performance at Homecoming next Friday!

Have a great weekend everyone!
Go Kits!
Mr. Bufis

FRESHMEN Chair Test Information

Good Afternoon Concert Band Families,
 
Today, all freshmen received a handout detailing the first Chair Test that will be held on Thursday, September 17
th during their Band (or Marching Band) class.
 
There are two parts to this Chair Test:
 
1.     Perform Basic Lip Slurs/Chromatic Scales (Brass—Lip Slurs, WW and Mallets—Chromatic Scales).  This portion WILL need to be performed from memory. Basic Lip Slurs/Chromatic Scales can be found here: Basic Lip Slurs/Chromatic Scales
 
2.     Perform the two excerpts on their handout.  Please note tempo indications, key signatures, dynamics, and other expressive markings in the music.  This portion will NOT need to be performed from memory.
 
This Chair Test will be performed in front of a Flip Video or Zoom Camera.  This will serve as chair placements for First Quarter and will count as an Individual Performance Assessment (40 Points).
 
Chair Test Handouts can be found here: 
Chair Test Handout CB Fall 2015
 
Professional recordings of the compositions from which these excerpts were derived can be found at: CB Recordings Fall 2015
 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Have a great weekend,
 

Mike Lehman

Jazz Info Night RECAP

Please Note: This ALL JAZZ BAND email list was sent through the Teacher Access Center (TAC) and Home Access Center (HAC), the grading and communication system used by ETHS.  If you would like to add a new email address for use during the school year, follow this link to update your information in Home Access Center (HAC) - this is the main communication tool for all ETHS faculty members during the academic year:

http://www.eths.k12.il.us/parents/homeaccess.aspx

 
 
Good Morning Jazz Families,
 
Welcome to our new jazz families and welcome back to our returning jazzers—it was great to see everyone Tuesday night at our annual Jazz Information Night! 
 
The schedule for the groups is as follows:
 
·      Lab Band (T-TH 7:00-7:50am—A109)
o
   Started Thursday September 10th
·      Jazz Band (T-TH 7:00-7:50am—A113)
o
   Started Thursday September 10th
·      Jazz Ensemble (M-W-F 7:00-7:50am—A113)
o
   Started Wednesday September 9th
·      Combos (M 4:10-5:10 or 5:10-6:10—A113)
o
   Starts Tuesday September 15th
  So What Combo 4:10-5:10pm
  Take 6 Combo 5:10-6:10pm
  A Train Combo 5:10-6:10pm
  ‘Round Midnight Combo 4:10-5:10pm
 
I have attached several documents:

  • Presentation and Notes from last night’s meeting.
  • ETHS Activity Permit Form (Please remit by September 11th)
  • ETHS Extra-Curricular Activity Code Form (Please read and retain for your records)
  • Commitment Forms for Lab Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble and Combos (please remit the form(s) that pertain to your group)
In addition, a $15 Jazz Fee was collected last night.  Checks should be made payable to ETHS and your student’s ID# should appear in the memo line.  Please remit by September 11th
 
Looking forward to a great year,
Mike Lehman

Marching Band Calendar Reminders

Hello Marching Band Families,
    Some important reminders from the Marching Band Calendar about the next few weeks:

Wednesday 9/9 - Rehearsal 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 9/12 - Rehearsal 4:00 - 6:00, dress and eat, Boosterpalooza performance at 7:00 p.m., dismissal from ETHS 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9/16 - Rehearsal in stadium 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9/18 - Pep Rally (dismissal from 9th period), Homecoming Game (normal football game schedule)
Saturday 9/19 - Rehearsal 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Thursday 9/24 - Paint the Town Purple Pep Rally downtown Evanston
Friday 9/25 - Football Game 3 (normal football game schedule)
Saturday 9/26 - NIU Marching Festival - full schedule just posted on calendar date!

Also, special Thank You to ETHS alum Mary Bauer for video taping our first home game.  Video below!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5EqBgAWE18vTHNQNHhwODlIQnc/view?usp=sharing
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marching band.mp4 - Google Drive
Go Kits!

Mr. Bufis

NU Congrats!

Good Afternoon Everyone!
    Great job today band - you represented ETHS well!  I hope you enjoyed rehearsing and performing in a 2,000 piece band!  I also hope you enjoyed watching NUMB rehearse and perform - many of our traditions and cadences come from our Big-10 friends down the street.  See below for some pictures from the day:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tpxswfun9748sjo/AADWk2L67_sxlufU6BIibuiQa?dl=0
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Dropbox - NU Band Day 2015
    Special thanks to our chaperones Kathy Bauer, Suzanne Peterson Finkel, Juliet Bromer, and Kristin Gover for helping us out today!  Photo credits to John and Jacki Davidoff, Dave Vance, Beth Caldwell, and Tom Hartmann.  Special thanks, as always, to our wonderful uniform parents - Bonnie Bean and Barbara Badr!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sincerely,
Mr. Bufis

Band Announcements Labor Day Weekend

Please Note: This ALL BAND email list was sent through the Teacher Access Center (TAC) and Home Access Center (HAC), the grading and communication system used by ETHS.  If you would like to add a new email address for use during the school year, follow this link to update your information in Home Access Center (HAC) - this is the main communication tool for all ETHS faculty members during the academic year:

http://www.eths.k12.il.us/parents/homeaccess.aspx


Good Evening Band Families,
    A few important and exciting announcements as we roll into our weekend!

Tour Information - Washington D.C.  Wednesday 2/24 - Monday 2/29 2016
    The ETHS Band Department proudly presents our trip to Washington D.C.!  All of the information has been updated on our website under "Spring Tour".  Important dates, payment and scholarship information, itinerary, rehearsal schedule and more can be found online!  Please visit 
www.ethsbands.com for more information.
    While this trip is not a requirement for our band students, we planned this trip with the intention of offering an accessible and enjoyable music experience for our entire program - with costs coming in around $1,000 paid over a five-month period.  It is our hope that our band students make every effort to accompany us on tour.  We encourage you to take part in our many planned fundraisers and take advantage of scholarship/financial aid as needed.  It's going to be a great trip!  If you wish to make a donation to this cause (ETHS Band Families donated nearly $5,000 in 2014 to assist student travel to NYC), email Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman.

Please note:
Introductory Tour Meeting - Monday 9/28/2016, 6:30 p.m. in the ETHS Auditorium
First Deposit Due - September 30th, 2015

ILMEA Audition Interest Form Deadline
    If you are interested in auditioning for ILMEA, please click the link below and complete the form.  We will communicate the need for any internal ETHS auditions during the week of 9/14 - 9/18.

ILMEA Student Interest Form


Band Honors Credit Application Process
    We are excited to reveal our 2015-2016 Honors Credit Application Process!  All of the information will go live online next week at 
www.ethsbands.com under "Curriculum."  We will be going over the application process next week in all three band classes.  Stay tuned!

Jazz Program Information Night
    A reminder that Jazz Information Night is this coming Tuesday September 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  We are excited to kick-off an amazing year of jazz at ETHS!  All students and parents should attend to hear important information about our year.

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

Jazz Audition RESULTS and INFO

Good Afternoon Jazz Families,
 
We had a great week of jazz auditions—thank you to all who auditioned!  I am excited to share the rosters for this year’s jazz groups and start another fantastic year of jazz at ETHS!  Please see several announcements below in addition to the rosters.
 
Jazz Information Night
Jazz Information Night will be on Tuesday, September 8
th at 7:00pm in the Auditorium.  This meeting will provide information on: program expectations, a calendar of events, rehearsal and performance schedules, details about our annual Evanston Jazz Festival, and much more!  In addition, this will give me a chance to meet all of our new jazz families and answer any questions.
 
This meeting is a necessary component for providing you with all of the information needed for the year.  Attendance from all our jazz students and at least one parent/guardian will be crucial for a successful year—we look forward to seeing you there!  
 
Rehearsal Start Dates/Times
Lab Band: Thursday September 10th 7:00am (Band Room-A109)
Jazz Band: Thursday September 10th 7:00am (Jazz Room-A113)
Jazz Ensemble: Wednesday September 9th 7:00am (Jazz Room-A113)
ALL Combos: Tuesday September 15th 4:10-5:10 or 5:10-6:10pm (Jazz Room-A113)
 
Audition Feedback
If you would wish to receive feedback on your jazz audition, please contact Mr. Lehman to set up a time. This is a great opportunity to discuss the strengths and areas to improve in your playing. 
 
ETHS Jazz Ensemble 2015-2016

ETHS Jazz Band 2015-2016

ETHS Lab Band 2015-2016
Mike Lehman, Director

Matthew P. Bufis, Director

Mike Lehman, Director
Lead Alto 
Simon
Lequar

Lead Alto 
Jack
Johnson

Lead Alto 
Audrey
Wientjes
Alto II
Thomas
Wee

Alto II
Abby 
Stein

Alto II
Josh
Peng
Lead Tenor
Paul
Clarke

Alto II
Jack
Ruder

Alto II
Jordan
Nicholson
Tenor II
Jasper 
Davidoff

Lead Tenor
Andrew
Vance

Lead Tenor
Theresa
Tsaggaris
Baritone 
Noah 
Pearson

Tenor II
Daniel
Frederick

Tenor II
Dhruva
Mohnalkar




Baritone 
Diwani
Greenwell

Baritone 
Nick
Marcotte
Lead Trumpet
Michael 
Werner





Violin
Mallen
Clifton
Trumpet II
Seth
Bearman

Lead Trumpet
Kerry
Thomas




Trumpet III
Sophia
Hachten

Trumpet II
James
Porter

Lead Trumpet
Meadgine
Ilmet
Trumpet IV
Adam
Marquardt

Trumpet III
Amy
Badr

Trumpet II
Ben
Timmins
Trumpet V
Evan
Foley

Trumpet IV
Noah
Roth

Trumpet III
Nikesh
Mehrotra








Trumpet IV
Peter
Osterlund
Lead Trombone
Ezra
Brown

Lead Trombone
Mattias
Vanderwerf

Trumpet V
Michael
Thuo
Trombone II
Zoe
Ryan-Hubbard

Trombone II
Will
Feeney




Trombone III
Dorothy
Greene

Trombone III
Owen 
Shapiro

Lead Trombone
Jackson
Loop
Bass Trombone 
Joey
Parker

Bass Trombone 
Tom
Davies

Trombone II
Isaac
Rubenstein








Trombone III
Emmanuelle
Pare
Piano
Jonah
Karsh

Piano
Zach
Andalman

Bass Trombone 
TBA
TBA
Upright Bass
Joey 
Bonansinga

Piano
Judson
Kuhrman




Drums
Lily 
Finnegan

Upright Bass
Mark 
Sanders

Piano
Danny
Deamant
Vibraphone
Elizabeth
Finkel

Upright Bass
Liam 
Hanigan

Piano
Tanner
Swinand




Drums
Evan
Stitely

Upright Bass
Sophia
Kelly




Drums
Jack 
Lickerman

Upright Bass
Haley
Siculan




Vocals
Whitney
Giroux

Drums
Bailey 
Minzenberger








Drums
Jacob
Wham






















ETHS Jazz Combos 2015-2016















So What Combo

Take 6 Combo




Trumpet
Michael
Werner

Alto Saxophone
Simon
Lequar




Piano
Jonah
Karsh

Trumpet
Seth
Bearman




Upright Bass
Joey 
Bonansinga

Trombone
Ezra 
Brown




Drums
Lily 
Finnegan

Piano
Joey
Parker








Upright Bass
Joey
Bonansinga








Drums
Evan
Stitely















A Train Combo

Round Midnight Combo




Saxophone
Noah 
Pearson

Alto Saxophone
Thomas
Wee




Saxophone
Paul
Clark

Trumpet
Noah
Roth




Trumpet
Sophia
Hachten

Trombone
Owen
Shapiro




Piano
Will
Feeney

Piano
Zach
Andalman




Upright Bass
Mark
Sanders

Upright Bass
Evan
Stitely




Drums
Bailey
Minzenberger

Drums
Noah
Holt




 
Looking forward to a great year,
Mike Lehman

NU Band Day Reminders

Good Afternoon Marching Band Families,
    A few updates as we go into an exciting weekend at Northwestern University!  Please see attached for the ticket information - you can always purchase tickets at the door!  Only the 4 chaperones listed below will be able to accompany/sit with the band in the stands at no charge, so get your tickets to be in on the fun!

NU Band Day Schedule (As Excerpted from ETHS Bands GoogleCalendar)
6:15 a.m. - Call time at ETHS.  Get dressed, grab instruments and equipment
6:40 a.m. - Depart for NU
7:00 a.m. - Arrive at NU
7:20 a.m. - Mass Band rehearsal on practice field
8:05 a.m. - Guard rehearsal
8:10 a.m. - Final Runthrough
8:45 a.m. - NUMB performs for the high schools
9:00 a.m. - Students can purchase lunch at concession stands
10:30 a.m. - Students are seated in stadium
10:40 a.m. - NU Marching Band Pregame
11:00 a.m. - Kickoff - NU vs Northern Illinois
Halftime - Performance by high schools and NUMB


At the conclusion of the game (approximately 1:00 p.m.), students will board buses and return to ETHS for dismissal.

Chaperones:
Kathy Bauer
Suzanne Peterson Finkel
Juliet Bromer
Kristin Gover

A reminder that you must bring your t-shirt, cap, and black socks!  We will be performing
Uptown Funk, Uma Thurmon, and Shake it Off with nearly 1,000 band members - it's going to be a blast!

Looking forward to a great weekend!
Go Kits!
Mr. Bufis

Color Guard Trip Options

Hello Color Guard Students and Families,
    Plans are underway for our spring trip to Washington D.C.  Because we plan to travel to the Northeast from February 24th-29th, a parade is not really an option for us.  We will, however, be performing at one of the monuments on the mall, which provides an opportunity for the Color Guard to perform.  In coordinating with our travel agent, here are the opportunities they initially thought to arrange for us - but it is not limited to these options.  I am interested in your ideas!  Please think about what you might want to do and I will look into it!

Thoughts on Color Guard Opportunities:
                -work in a visual performance for them during the Monument performance
                -they can participate in the exchange concert with you
                -find a clinic opportunity at a local university for a dance workshop or similar.

    Please provide feedback by next Friday 9/11 so that we can get plans in place.

Thanks!
Mr. Bufis

ETHS Jazz Audition Update

Please Note: This ALL BAND email list was sent through the Teacher Access Center (TAC) and Home Access Center (HAC), the grading and communication system used by ETHS.  If you would like to add a new email address for use during the school year, follow this link to update your information in Home Access Center (HAC) - this is the main communication tool for all ETHS faculty members during the academic year:

http://www.eths.k12.il.us/parents/homeaccess.aspx


Good Morning Jazz Families,
 
We had a great week of jazz auditions—thank you to all who auditioned!  
 
Audition results will be posted on Friday, September 4
th at the end of the school day on the bulletin board outside the Jazz Room (A113).  Results will also be emailed.   
 
Jazz Information Night will be on TUESDAY, September 8
th at 7:00pm in the Auditorium.  This meeting will provide information on: program expectations, a calendar of events, rehearsal and performance schedules, details about our annual Evanston Jazz Festival, and much more!  In addition, this will give me a chance to meet all of our jazz families and answer any questions.
 
This meeting is a necessary component for providing you with all of the information needed for the year.  Attendance from all our jazz students and at least one parent/guardian will be crucial for a successful year.  
 
I am excited for a great jazz season and I look forward to meeting everyone.   
 
Sincerely,
Mike Lehman