Daily Archives: May 14, 2017

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Upcoming Dates

Wed 5/17: YHS Band Spring Concert @ 7:30pm (Senior Dinner @ 5pm, at Little Sorrento’s.  Bring $22 cash to class by Friday 5/12).

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

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

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, 5/17 (the day of our concert) at 5:00pm.  The cost is $22 per person (cash). Please RSVP with payment to senior Liz Scinto by Friday 5/12.

Spring Concert Wed 5/17

Our Spring Concert will take place on Wednesday, 5/17 at 7:30pm in the YHS Auditorium. Your students and Ms. Kluga looks forward to performing for you!


  • Students will need to arrive early to warm up.  Please have your student at YHS promptly by 7:00PM.  (Jazz Band Students need to be in the auditorium, with their instruments assembled, ready to play promptly by 6:30).


  • Concert Dress
    • Girls:
      • Black pants (please no yoga pants, sweatpants, or leggings) or a LONG black skirt  (below the knee).
      • Black Blouse– longish sleeves with an appropriate neck-line (no sleeveless shirts or spaghetti straps, please).
      • Black stockings
      • Black Shoes (please no flip-flops)
    • Boys:
  • Black Pants
  • Black Shirt (long-sleeved and button down)
  • Black Socks
      • Black Shoes


We all have busy schedules, but every performing group deserves an audience.  Please support our students and stay for the entire concert.


Concert Band students are asked to please stay for the entire concert (similar to JV teams staying to support a Varsity game).  An extra credit sign up sheet will be available at the reception.


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 refer to the e-mail from earlier this week (from parent organizer Margaret Serafin) for information on how you can help.


Wind Ensemble Auditions Week of 5/22-5/26

Participating students will sign up for a 10-minute audition slot next week.  Ms. Kluga will explain the entire process in class.  To prepare, students should be practicing their scales, solo, and sight-reading.  Percussionists should be practicing their solos for timpani, snare, and mallets.

First Nighters Awards Dinner Wed. 5/24

The First Nighters is a parent group whose mission is to support the YCSD Performing Arts programs.  Each year they honor our junior and senior students at a Performing Arts awards banquet.  Junior and senior students should have received an invitation (please let Ms. Kluga know if you have not).   This year’s banquet will take place on Wednesday, May 24th at 7:00pm at the Putnam National Golf Course, and will include catered dinner, entertainment, and awards presentations. Please look “nice” as this banquet is honoring you and your achievements in the Arts.  No jeans or sneakers.  PLEASE RSVP BY MAY 15th.

Memorial Day Parade Monday 5/29

Each year, the YHS Band participates in the town of Yorktown Memorial Day Parade.  This is our most public event of the year, and is an important service for our Yorktown community.  All YHS Band students are required to participate.  Contact Ms. Kluga with questions. FYI: students will wear their YHS Band polo, long black pants (please no yoga pants, sweat pants, or leggings) and black shoes.


After our parade performance, all YHS Band students are invited to the Vespucci home for our 14th annual YHS Band Memorial Day BBQ.  A sign-up sheet and information on how to contribute food for this event will be available in the coming weeks.


Two Free Concert Opportunities

  1. The Westchester Symphonic Winds is a professional Wind Ensemble based in Tarrytown.  They will present a concert on May 20th at 8pm at the Tarrytown Music Hall.  More info at https://westchestersymphonicwinds.org/ Free tickets are available.  If you are interested, please e-mail Ms. Kluga.


  1. The Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble is a professional Wind Ensemble based in Sleepy Hollow.  They will present a concert on May 21st, in conjunction with the Sleepy Hollow HS Band, at Sleepy Hollow HS.  A flyer is attached to the email