WINTER CONCERT

Our YHS Band Winter Concert will begin at 7pm in the YHS auditorium. Students will be asked to arrive by 6:30. *Jazz Band students will be asked to arrive by 5:50 for our soundcheck*

Please save these dates:

·      Tuesday 12/7 – Band

·      Thursday 12/16 – Snow Date

The auditorium audience capacity is unlimited.  Masks are required. Each ensemble (Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble) will perform from the stage area with 6′ distancing. Students who are not performing will be seated in the audience to support their peers.

CONCERT DRESS

A reminder of our concert dress requirements is listed below. We call it “Concert Black.” Photos are attached, FYI.

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 “crazy” 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 “crazy” tie

JAZZ BAND

Our remaining rehearsals before the winter concert are listed below. Please mark your calendars. If you have an immovable conflict please let me know so we can make a plan.

Thursday 12/2: 7-8:30

Monday 12/6: 7-8:30pm (Dress Rehearsal)

Your practice plan is listed on Dashboard – please make time to work towards our listed goals.  Be sure to keep all of our songs on your playlist to keep them fresh.  Happy practicing!

GUIDED PRACTICE SESSIONS PERIOD 9

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.

Tuesday 11/30:Bassoon with Will G.
Wednesday 11/31:Percussion with Drew and Anthony, Low Brass with Ryan, Flute with Chinmay, Clarinet with Kayla, Trumpet with Trevor
Thursday 12/1:Trombone p.5, Saxophone
Friday 12/2:Clarinet with Kayla

OPERATION SANTA

Again this year, the YHS Band program is sponsoring a needy child for the holidays.  His name is Arden and he is 10 years old. Using part of the funds we have raised through our tag sale and citrus sale, the Band Officers will purchase items from his list to Santa.  If you are interested in donating additional items, please contact me. Arden wears a size 4 children’s shoe, and size 12-14 shirt/pants.  We are interested in all clothing items (pj’s, outfits, socks, and shoes), and a few toys. Arden particularly likes airplanes. All items are needed by Monday 12/6. 

JOIN THE FIRST NIGHTERS!

The First Nighters is a parent group whose mission is to support our YCSD Performing Arts programs.  Their sponsorship form is attached.

WCYO WINTER CONCERT

For those interested, the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra is presenting their winter concert on Sunday, December 5th.  The WCYO is a wonderful youth orchestra that is always looking for new members. Advance tickets are available here: https://wctyo.org/concert-tickets/ or at the door ($20 for adults / $10 for students and seniors). Doors open at 3:30. Concert starts at 4PM. Flyer attached.

VIDEO ASSESSMENT #2

Using the music for our upcoming winter concert, students will demonstrate the musical concepts we have been studying so far this year: performing the correct notes and rhythms at a steady tempo, playing with good posture, using dynamics, and using correct articulation. 

This assignment is due Sunday 11/28.  Directions and professional reference recordings are posted on Google Classroom.

You should hear your student practicing at home.  Students are also welcome to practice during their lunch/free periods or after school.  If your student has questions, Ms. Kluga would love to help!  Please have them see me for an appointment.

WINTER CONCERT

Our YHS Band Winter Concert will begin at 7pm in the YHS auditorium. Students will be asked to arrive by 6:30. *Jazz Band students will be asked to arrive by 5:50 for our soundcheck*

Please save these dates:

·      Tuesday 12/7 – Band

·      Thursday 12/16 – Snow Date

The auditorium audience capacity is unlimited.  Masks are required. Each ensemble (Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble) will perform from the stage area with 6′ distancing. Students who are not performing will be seated in the audience to support their peers.

CONCERT DRESS

A reminder of our concert dress requirements is listed below. We call it “Concert Black.” Photos are attached, FYI.

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 “crazy” tie

Gentlemen:

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

·      Black, Button-Down, Long Sleeved Shirt

·      Black Socks and black dress shoes

·      Jazz Band students will also wear a “crazy” tie

JAZZ BAND

Our remaining rehearsals before the winter concert are listed below. Please mark your calendars. If you have an immovable conflict please let me know so we can make a plan.

Tuesday 11/23: 7-8:30

Monday 12/6: 7-8:30pm (Dress Rehearsal)

Your practice plan is listed on Dashboard – please make time to work towards our listed goals.  Be sure to keep all of our songs on your playlist to keep them fresh.  Happy practicing!

OPERATION SANTA

Again this year, the YHS Band program is sponsoring a needy child for the holidays.  His name is Arden and he is 10 years old. Using part of the funds we have raised through our tag sale and citrus sale, the Band Officers will purchase items from his list to Santa.  If you are interested in donating additional items, please contact me. Arden wears a size 4 children’s shoe, and size 12-14 shirt/pants.  We are interested in all clothing items (pj’s, outfits, socks, and shoes), and a few toys. Arden particularly likes airplanes. 

All items are needed by Monday 12/6. 

JOIN THE FIRST NIGHTERS!

The First Nighters is a parent group whose mission is to support our YCSD Performing Arts programs.  Their sponsorship form is attached.