Daily Archives: April 17, 2017

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Upcoming Dates

Sat 5/13: Concert Band Hershey Festival Trip

Wed 5/17: YHS Band Spring Concert @ 7:30pm (Senior Dinner @ 5pm, Restaurant TBD)

Fri – Sat 5/19-20: NYSSMA Solo Festival

Mon – Fri 5/22-26: Wind Ensemble ’17-’18 Auditions

Wed 5/24: First Nighter’s Awards Dinner @ 7pm, Putnam National Golf Course (Juniors and Seniors only)

Mon 5/29: Memorial Day Parade and YHS Band BBQ (at the Vespucci home – more info to follow)

Thurs 6/1: Band Officer Elections ’17-’18

Concert Band Hershey Festival

The YHSCB will travel to Hershey Park on Saturday 5/13 to participate in the Music in the Parks regional festival.  The students will perform for a panel of college music educators (who will offer feedback and adjudicate our performance), enjoy time in Hershey Park, and attend an awards ceremony where they will receive an award based on their performance rating.  What I love about this experience is that it is a music festival, not a competition.  We are not being compared to other bands – and therefore do not “win” 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place.  Instead we are graded on a 100-point-scale, and receive a rating of Good, Excellent, or Superior, based on how many points we score for the musical things we do well.  The judges provide written and recorded feedback of what we did well, and how we can continue to improve.


To help us prepare for our festival, Concert Band students will perform a video assessment of their festival music.  The assessments will take place during their lesson the week of 4/24.


If any YHSWE Seniors are interested in attending the Hershey trip to cheer on our Concert Band (and help with equipment!), please e-mail Ms. Kluga ASAP.   The amount of seniors attending will determine the cost.

Wind Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for the 2017-2018 Wind Ensemble will take place 5/22 – 5/26 (MondayFriday).  Students wishing to audition should review the audition information sheet with you.  This completed audition form is DUE FRIDAY 4/21.

Summer Music Camps

A fantastic opportunity for your child to experience a week (or more!) of musical study, surrounded by college level teachers, enthusiastic counselors, and new band friends from other towns, counties, and states!  A huge variety of camps are available (both near and far!).  An informational handout is attached.  Please contact Ms. Kluga with questions.