SWING CONCERT DRESS FOR STUDENTS

In lieu of the usual concert black, Swing Era attire is encouraged!  Ideas are below and were reviewed in class.

Boys 

Usual Concert Attire: Black pants, long sleeved button-down black shirt, black shoes, black socks

AND/OR Swing Additions: fedora hats, suspenders, solid color or pin striped shirts, colorful ties, spats, jackets.

Girls

Usual Concert Attire: Black top (appropriate neck-line, no spaghetti straps or sleeveless tops), black skirt or dress (appropriately below the knee), or black pants.

AND/OR Swing Additions: polka-dots, saddle shoes, any color 1940’s style dress as long as it has an appropriate neckline, sleeves, and falls below the knee.  When seated to perform, your skirt must cover your knees.

PARENT AND STUDENT HELP IS NEEDED!

STUDENT HELP NEEDED:

To help organize supplies and decorations Monday 4/18 through Friday 4/22 1:35-2:30.

To help decorate the gym on Saturday 4/23 from 8:00am – 3:00pm

To CLEAN UP from 10:30pm-12:00am. 

PARENT HELP NEEDED:

The link for the sign-up form can be found here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094dada829a6f85-yhsband1

We are still in need of EVERYTHING – food, drinks, supplies, and volunteers.

**Special items needed ASAP: paper basket filling and about 20 jumbo shrink wrap basket bags. Please e-mail Ms. Kluga and send into school with your student**

Questions?  Please contact parent organizer Sarah Gambetta ([email protected]) or Ms. Kluga.

YOUR STUDENT CAN DANCE!

In case they haven’t shared, we have all been learning how to swing dance every Thursday in class.  All YHS Band students are now equipped with stunning swing dance moves which Ms. Kluga hopes they will use at our event!  (Now, they just have to get up the courage to ask someone to dance :). This Thursday, we are looking forward to working with the professional dance instructors!

Swing Dance Etiquette

Everyone knows it takes a lot of guts to ask someone to dance!  (And, it doesn’t matter who does the asking…lady or gentleman).  The correct answer when asked to dance is “Yes.”  As we’ve been learning in class, you should introduce yourself to your partner at the beginning of your dance, and thank them at the end of your dance.

SPRING DATES – More details below

4/23 (Sat)                       Swing Dance @ 7pm (Set-up & clean-up help needed 8am-4pm & 10:30pm-12am)

4/25-4/29 (Mon-Fri)         ’22-‘23 Wind Ensemble Auditions                                    

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

5/21 (Sat)                       Music Festival Trip 7am-11pm (Details below!)

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

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

Preview attachment Swing Dance Invitation with Dance Instructor Info 2022.pdf

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YHS MUSIC DEPARTMENT FESTIVAL TRIP – SAT. 5/21

After two long years, we are absolutely thrilled to offer our students this uniquely home-grown music festival opportunity! Working with the talented staff of Rhythms International Music Festivals, Dr. Bhasin, Ms. Stock, and Mrs. Kluga has created our very own festival that will take place at YHS. Each band, choir, and orchestra ensemble will perform for, and be adjudicated by, a panel of internationally recognized music educators. After each performance, the judges will join our students on stage to offer feedback and musical advice in a 45-minute clinic. Then, to celebrate our music festival performance, we will enjoy time together at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Your student’s personalized payment information and additional details were sent home on Friday. Attached you will find a general information sheet, permission slip and health form. Please return these completed forms with your trip payment by this Friday 4/8. Please reach out with questions.

If you are interested in spending the day with us as a chaperone, please e-mail Mrs. Kluga.

Preview attachment Music Dept Festival Trip Permission Slip 2022.pdf

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Preview attachment Music Dept Medical Form 2022.pdf

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Preview attachment YHS Music Dept Festival Parent Info 2022.pdf

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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. Mrs. Kluga is also always available for help by appointment.

Monday 4/4

Percussion Ensemble with Anthony

Tuesday 4/5

JB Sax p.8, Trumpet with Shane

Wednesday 4/6

Flute with Julia, JB Trombone, Euphonium with Ryan

Thursday 4/7

Clarinet with Joe, JB Rhythm, JB Trumpet

JAZZ BAND REHEARSAL

Our next rehearsal is Thursday 4/7 from 6:50-8:30. Your homework, professional recordings, and sheet music are posted on Dashboard.

NYSSMA CONGRATS!

To our students who participated in this weekend’s solo festival – BRAVO!! You challenged yourself by preparing scales, a solo, and sight-reading. Take a moment and recognize the musical growth you have experienced these past 6 weeks – this is the true win of NYSSMA. Mrs. Kluga is SO proud of your progress, and you should be so proud of yourself!

SWING DANCE CONCERT – SAT. 4/23

Dust off your dancing shoes! We are excited to bring back this annual community event, featuring 1940’s music, dancing, ambiance, and our talented students. Our Swing Dance Concert is Saturday 4/23 at 7:00pm in the YHS GYM.  Swing Era attire is encouraged. Open to the community!

A big part of the fun of this event is working together towards its creation; making decorations, setting up the gym…and planning your Swing Era outfit J.  It’s a huge logistical endeavor, and we would so appreciate your help and time!

PARENT HELP NEEDED

Parent volunteers will be needed to make this evening a success (food donations, food service, set-up/clean-up, etc).  Please see the e-mail from parent organizer Sarah Gambetta with ways you can help.  

Here is the link to the SignUp Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094DADA829A6F85-yhsband1

STUDENT HELP NEEDED

All YHS Band students are invited to help decorate the gym on Saturday 4/23 from 8:00am – 4:00pm, and clean up from 10:30pm-12:00am.

Sign-up sheets are available in the band room. 

APRIL IS JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH

Jazz is a uniquely American art form, and our Swing Dance offers students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the music, artists, and pop culture of the period. This year we studied Swing Era icons Glenn Miller and the Andrew Sisters. We look forward to performing their chart-topping hits, In the Mood, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy for you at our Swing Dance.

SAVE THE DATE – MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & BAND BBQ

On Monday, May 30th the YHS Bands will participate in the Yorktown Memorial Day Parade. This is our most public event of the year and is an important service for our community.  After the parade, all YHS Band students are invited to enjoy a BBQ hosted by one of our band families. More info TBA.

JAZZ BAND PERFORMS AT BOE MEETING

Thank you, Jazz Band students, for donating your time and talents at Monday’s BOE meeting.  Alongside our students from Orchestra and Fiddler, you all served as excellent musical ambassadors for our YCSD music program!

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. Ms. Kluga is also always available for help by appointment.

Monday 3/28Trumpet with Trevor, JB Trombone
Tuesday 3/29JB Sax p.8, Low Brass with Will & Samson, JB Rhythm
Wednesday 3/30Percussion with Anthony, Flute with Chinmay & Alex, Low Brass with Ryan
Thursday 3/31Clarinet with Kayla, JB Trumpet