BAND PARENT HELPERS 2022-2023

If you are interested in becoming a member of our core group of band parent helpers, please e-mail Ms. Kluga.  She will be in touch in August to start planning next year’s events.  A big THANK YOU to all the awesome parents who made this year a success!

Thank you all for your help and support creating a wonderful year for our students!  I sincerely appreciate and am so thankful for you – our amazing YHS Band community.  Have a fantastic summer!

ITHACA COLLEGE BAND PROGRAM CELEBRATES 100 YEARS!

Ms. Kluga’s beloved alma mater. The place that helped mold her into the musician, educator, and person that she is today.  Last weekend she had the opportunity to perform with the alumni band in this celebratory concert. It was absolutely inspiring to be back on stage with her professors and peers, to reconnect and make some awesome music performing some of her all-time favorite band repertoire. Take a listen here if you are interested.

WEST POINT SUMMER CONCERTS

A wealth of world-class FREE concerts are offered each summer at West Point (including an AMAZING 4th of July Concert featuring the 1812 Overture with fireworks and REAL CANNONS!)  For details, please visit www.westpointband.com.  If you’ve never been, the campus is gorgeous and so historically interesting.  A real gem of the Hudson Valley and worth a visit!

ICE CREAM SOCIAL 2022

Mark your calendars!  The 21st Annual YHS Music Dept. Ice Cream Social will take place Wednesday, August 31st from 6-8pm at YHS. 

THANK YOU GRADUATION BAND!

Many thanks to all of the band students who performed at the graduation ceremony yesterday. Our entire learning community truly appreciates your time and talents!  Thank you for your participation and help in creating this special memory for our seniors and their families! 

CONGRATS SENIORS!

Congratulations to our awesome class of 2022 band students! It has been an honor to be your teacher for four years – my love and best wishes to all as you begin your next adventures in life!

One last quote for you (a bit sappy, but lots of truth here…):

SPRING DATES

5/18 (Wed)                     YHS Spring Band Concert @ 7:00 pm (Senior dinner at Little Sorrento @ 4:30)

5/21 (Sat)                       Music Festival Trip 6:45am-11pm (Details below!)

5/30 (Mon)                     Memorial Day Parade and Annual YHS Band BBQ

6/10 (Fri)                        Jazz Band Performance at Relay for Life (8:30pm)

6/25 (Sat)                       Wind Ensemble ’22-’23 performs at YHS Graduation

GUIDED PRACTICE

Offered weekly and hosted by our junior and senior band members. Thank you! Students who lead or attend a session receive 1 point of extra credit. Sessions are held period 9, unless noted otherwise. I am also always available for help by appointment.

Monday 5/9JB Sax p.1, JB Trumpet, JB Rhythm
Tuesday 5/10JB Trombone p.1, Clarinet with Ethan p.9
Wednesday 5/11Clarinet Choir, Low Brass with Ryan, Percussion Ensemble, Tuba, Bassoon p.7, WE Trombones & Euph p.7

JAZZ BAND REHEARSAL

Our next rehearsal is Thursday 5/12 from 6:50-8:30. Your homework, professional recordings, and sheet music are posted on Dashboard. This is our last regularly scheduled rehearsal of the year (…sniff, I have loved our time together!!)…and the last before our concert!

**Jazz Band Tech Rehearsal is Monday 5/16 from 1:35-3:00**

GRAND FINALE DRESS REHEARSAL TUESDAY 5/17, p.9

All Concert Band and Wind Ensemble students – please mark your calendars to attend this rehearsal.  We will practice performing our spring concert “grand finale” on stage together.

SPRING CONCERT WED. 5/18

Our Spring Concert will take place on Wednesday, 5/18 at 7:00pm in the YHS Auditorium. Your students and I look forward to performing for you!

  • Students will need to arrive early to warm up.  Please have your student at YHS promptly by 6:30pm.
  • Jazz Band Students need to be in the auditorium with instruments assembled and ready to play by 6:00pm.

CONCERT DRESS

A reminder of our concert dress requirements is listed below. We call it “Concert Black.”

Ladies:

·       Black dress pants or long black skirt. Ladies, long means that your skirt falls below the knee.  (no black jeans/jeggings/tights/yoga pants)

·       Black Blouse– longish sleeves (no sleeveless shirts or spaghetti straps)

·       Black Dress Shoes

·       Jazz Band students will also wear a white tie

Gentlemen:

·       Black Dress Pants (no black jeans/track pants/sweat pants)

·       Black, Button-Down, Long Sleeved Shirt

·       Black Socks and black dress shoes

·       Jazz Band students will also wear a white tie

RECEPTION – PARENT HELP NEEDED

To celebrate our student’s performance, and our senior’s final concert, we will host a reception in the cafeteria.  Parent donations and help are needed – please look for an e-mail from parent organizer Sarah Gambetta for information on how you can help.

SENIOR DINNER

To celebrate their final concert, it is a tradition for the Seniors to go out to dinner.  This year’s event will take place at Little Sorrento’s on Wednesday, 5/18 (the day of our concert) at 4:30pm.  The cost is $25 per person (cash). Please RSVP with payment to senior Trevor Griffiths by Tuesday 5/17.

SENIOR BIOS AND SENIOR WILLS

Your YHS Band Senior Bio and/or Senior Will is due by MONDAY 5/9, to be featured in our Spring Concert program/Yearbook.  Please e-mail your completed Bio/Will to Ms. Kluga.  A worksheet on how to write a Senior Bio and a Senior Will is attached.