Good morning all,
I hope this email finds you well.
I wanted to give you some important information as the next couple of weeks are hectic.
Attached, please find 2 important calendars: 1) the UPDATED version of the calendar for 2016-2017, and 2) The Jazz rehearsal schedule for the next month. Please note the following:
Tonight – Wednesday:
5:00 p.m – Thursday Night Jazz Winds Sectional
6:00 p.m – Thursday Night Jazz (yes, on a Wednesday)
Tomorrow – Thursday:
Thursday JAZZ Performance for MSMA
10:45 a.m – Bus Departs BHS for Augusta Civic Center
11:30 a.m – Bus arrives at ACC
12:30 p.m – Thursday Jazz Performs for Maine School Management Association
1:00 p.m – Bus departs ACC
1:15 p.m – Lunch (please bring money)
3:00 p.m – Bus returns to BHS
5:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz Rhythm Section Sectional
6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz with clinician
Friday – 10/28 – NO FOOTBALL GAME
Monday – 10/31 – Halloween Parade
WE WILL BE OUTSIDE FOR REHEARSAL Monday
Students will need to be dressed in costume. A quick reminder: Costumes should not interfere with their ability to march or play.
Students who opt not to dress in costume should wear the black concert pants, Memorial Day orange polo shirt, and black shoes (no sneakers)
2:30 – Bus departs BHS for BJHS
5:30 – Busses pick us up at Hawthorne School
STUDENTS MAY BE DISMISSED FROM THE END OF A PARADE WITH A NOTE!
Notes of Congratulations
As festival results begin to come in, we have many CONGRATS to send out to the various students who have been accepted:
Congratulations to the 8 BHS students who will be representing us at the All New England Band Festival at Plymouth State University!!!! They will be heading to Plymouth on Sunday, November 20th and will perform a concert on Monday, November 21st at PSU with several other musicians from across New England. This is a WONDERFUL honor. I am so proud of them.
Josie Adolf – Bass Clarinet
Sophie Blair – Percussion
Ethan Boll – Clarinet
Niles Dorn – Alto Saxophone
Sean Erwin – French Horn
Rowan Horton – Flute
Anna Webster – Tuba
Nick White – Bassoon
Also, Congrats to the following students for being selected to the 2016-2017 Maine All State Jazz Festival! This is a pretty big deal as well as competition on each instrument is very tight. These musicians have distinguished themselves as some of the very best jazz musicians in the state:
Keegan Arnold – Bass player for the SSAA Choir
Sophie Blair – Vibes in the Jazz Band
Katie Bojarski – Trombone in the Jazz Band
Ethan Boll – Bass vocalist in the Mixed Jazz Choir
Erin Marc-Aurele – Trumpet in the Honors Jazz Band
Elliott Nagler – Trombone in the jazz band
Henry Raker – Lead Alto in the jazz band
Victoria Stevens – Alto vocalist in the Mixed Jazz Choir
Kyra Teboe – Pianist in the Honors Jazz Band
Anna Webster – Bass Trombone in the Honors Jazz Band
Thanks to some very hard work and energy on behalf of one of our parents, Monday, November 14th, BHS will welcome Master Sargent Michael Johnston, trumpet player with the US Jazz Ambassadors. He will be spending the day with our music program offering masterclasses and sitting in with the various ensembles. This is a truly unique and exciting opportunity for our students! Mr. Johnston is a leader in the world of trumpet performance. We are very fortunate to host him for the day and are super excited to have him working with our students.
Master Sergeant Michael Johnston, trumpet, has served as jazz trumpet soloist with the Jazz Ambassadors since 2000 and Leader of the Jazz Ambassadors Dixieland Band since 2003. He served as a member of the Concert Band of The U.S. Army Field Band from 1991 until 2000. MSG Johnston won first place at the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition in 1989 while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Florida, graduating in 1991. He has performed with Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderly, Louis Bellson, James Moody, Doc Severinsen, Della Reese, Harry Connick, Jr., Dianne Schuur, Natalie Cole, and the Count Basie Orchestra.
I believe that is all I have for this week. As always, thank you so much for supporting our students in the music program. We couldn’t have done it without you!!!!
Have a wonderful week.