A wealth of world-class FREE concerts are offered each summer at West Point (including an AMAZING 4th of July Concert featuring the 1812 Overture with fire works and REAL CANNONS!) For details, please visit www.westpointband.com. If you’ve never been, the campus is gorgeous and so historically interesting. A real gem of the Hudson Valley and worth a visit!
Congratulations to everyone on a great year!
Please save the date for our 15th annual YHS Bands Ice Cream Social on August 25th!
We hope to see all of you there and can’t wait for another great year next year. Have a great summer!
THE BAND OFFICERS 2016 -2017
If you are interested in becoming a member of our core group of band parent helpers, please e-mail Ms. Kluga. We will be meeting in August to start planning next year’s events.
Our 13th annual Memorial Day BBQ will take place at the Ferri home immediately following the parade. This is our end-of-year celebration and ALL BAND STUDENTS ARE WELCOME! If your student is interested in attending, please have them RSVP in the band room. Food donations and chaperones are needed. Please sign up by visiting: http://donate.yhsbands.com/memorialday
Thanks so much! Looking forward to honoring and remembering our Veterans through our music, and to enjoying a fun “band family” BBQ!
Date: Monday, May 30, 2015
Place: Yorktown TOWN HALL
Time: Please arrive promptly by 10:45 AM
Everyone is required to stay until the end of the ceremony at the town Gazebo.
Dress: YHS Band Polo, black pants, black shoes
BRING: Your lyre, music, and instrument. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR CASE IN YOUR CAR.
*REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT, LYRE AND MUSIC HOME ON THUEASY 5/26!!*
You are responsible for bringing your sticks to the parade. We will also need help bringing the equipment to the parade, and then coming back after the parade. Please talk to Ms. Kluga about how you can help.
Participating in the Memorial Day Parade is part of your child’s responsibility to the YHS band program. Of course, we realize that this is also a big family gathering weekend. Students who have family obligations and are unable to attend the parade, please bring a note from your parents by WEDNESDAY 5/25.
Band parents will be needed to help provide water before, during and after the parade (especially if the weather will be warm!). If you are able to bring a cooler with ice and bottled water, or if you are willing to walk along side the band with squeeze-able water bottles, please sign up by visiting: http://donate.yhsbands.com/memorialday
This year’s junior and senior banquet will take place on Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00pm in the YHS Cafeteria, 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.
Participating students have a 10-minute audition slot this week. Ms. Kluga have explained, and will review, 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.
The yearbook was created by senior Abby Ferri, is professionally printed, and contain photos and captions of the many (many!) band events throughout the year. The cost is $25 each. If your student is interested, a sign-up sheet is available in the band room. We are asking for orders and payment by THURSDAY 5/26. This is not a fundraiser; the books are sold at cost.
No rehearsal this coming Wednesday 5/25. Our final performance will be on Friday 6/10 for the Relay for Life (sometime in the evening, they have not given us an exact time yet). More details to come.
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, 5/18 (the day of our concert) at 5:00pm. The cost is $20 per person (cash). Please RSVP with payment to senior Alanna Williams by Friday 5/13.
Your YHS Band Senior Bio and/or Senior Will is due by MONDAY 5/9, to be featured in our Spring Concert program/Newsletter. Please e-mail your completed Bio/Will to Ms. Kluga.
Our Spring Concert will take place on Wednesday, 5/18 at 7:30pm in the YHS Auditorium. You will be receiving an e-mail in the coming weeks from parent organizers regarding refreshment sign ups. Your students and Mrs. Kluga look forward to performing for you!
All students have a homework assignment due at their weekly lesson. You should hear your students practicing at home.
Spring is a very busy time for everyone. The students and Ms. Kluga have talked about the privilege of attending our spring festivals. You should hear your student practicing (and improving!). A reminder to students that 30 minutes of practice 5 days a week is more effective than one marathon cram-session the night before their lesson.
Ms. Kluga is always available after school to help students. The band room is open everyday after school for students to practice, and students are encouraged to practice during their free periods throughout the day.