ETHS Bands Post-Spring Break Announcements 2016

Hello ETHS Band Students and Families!
    We have a number of important announcements as we jump into our post-break 4th quarter.  Please read below!

ETHS Wind Symphony Makes Super State!

     It is with great pride that we announce the acceptance of the ETHS Wind Symphony to the prestigious Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival.  Held at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign-Urbana on May 7th, the Wind Symphony will perform on the home stage of the U of I Fine Arts programs, the same stage that was once used by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to record several albums.  Our band was chosen as one of nine in the "Class AAAA" category by an anonymous refereed submission process made up of a panel of college band directors from across the country.  They will perform for several distinguished evaluators from major universities and service bands in front of an audience of their musical peers.  This marks the SECOND EVER performance for Evanston Township at this event, placing them alongside the very best high school bands from throughout the state.

    More information on Illinois Super State can be found here - updates will be frequent over the next several weeks:
http://bands.illinois.edu/content/illinois-superstate-concert-band-festival
    We will be traveling to U of I by bus on Saturday May 7th.  If you are interested in chaperoning, or if any other ETHS Band members would like to travel with us to Champaign to witness this event, please contact Mr. Bufis via email.  The event will also be broadcast live on the web via the U of I Bands webpage.  A link will be made available as we get closer to the event.

Wind Symphony Information - April/May Calendar
    We have a busy couple of months for the Wind Symphony.  Please click below for a PDF of the schedule and information we went over in class on Monday.  Let's work hard to make this a memorable time - these are experiences we can all look back on with pride!  

Wind Symphony April/May Calendar
About/Superstate Preparation Tasks



ETHS Wind Symphony at Pick Staiger (Northwestern University) with Warren Township
    In a few weeks, the ETHS Wind Symphony will share the stage with the Warren Township High School Symphonic Band at Northwestern University's Pick Staiger Concert Hall - a beautiful facility and acoustically spectacular venue.  Admission is free and open to the public!  We hope you consider joining us at this wonderful event.  A schedule is being drafted, but the performance time will be 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 26th.  As a reminder, this event is being paid for by Bob Rogers Travel in lieu of our Kennedy Center performance on the DC trip.

MQ 4 Chair Auditions
    A reminder that Chair Auditions will take place this week for 4th Quarter concert bands.  4th Period Freshmen Concert Band and 6th Period Symphonic Band will audition tomorrow (Wednesday April 6th) and 5th Period Wind Symphony will audition on Friday April 8th.  All audition excerpts and recordings have been posted on our website since Thursday March 24th.

Vote For Senior Wildkit Band Award
    It's that time of year again - time to vote for the senior recipient of the Wildkit Band Award!  "The Wildkit Band Award is given annually to a student who has demonstrated a high degree of musicianship, loyalty, and conduct throughout his/her high school career; who has developed unusual technical achievement in an area of music-making, displays the highest character at all times, and has made an outstanding contribution to the Evanston Township High School Music Program."

Wildkit Band Award Survey


AP Exam Scheduling Survey
    Each year, AP exams decimate our rehearsals for the first two weeks of May.  In an effort to maximize planning and rehearsal time, we ask that all students currently enrolled in AP classes who will be taking the exams please complete this brief Google survey:

AP Exam Student Survey 2016


Hersey Festival Information - Saturday 04/16/2016
    Information for the Hersey Concert Band Invitation - all 3 bands will be participating - was handed out in class yesterday.  Please click below for specific information.  Chaperones are still needed, so please email Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman if you are interested/able to chaperone our trip.  We are taking 6 buses with 180 students - we need your help!


Hersey Festival Information Packet


Marching Band Announcements
Commitment Form - Due May 2nd
Leadership Interviews - Schedule your time!  Essays were due yesterday!
Read-Through Night - Wednesday April 27th
Drumline/Pit Percussion Placement Auditions - Saturday April 30th


Let's make it a great 4th Quarter!!!!!!

Best,
Mr. Bufis and Mr. Lehman

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

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