HC Bands at KMEA District 7 Concert Assessment at Scott Co. HS TOMORROW!

Dear Band Family:  I would like to invite all of you to come out to see the Henry Clay Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble in performance for our KMEA District 7 Concert Assessment TOMORROW at Scott Co. HS in the auditorium!  See the below performance schedule tomorrow:

Concert Band-  10:00 AM performance on stage

Symphonic Band-  12:30 PM performance on stage

Wind Ensemble-  2:00 PM performance on stage

Each band has worked hard for months in preparation for our biggest performance of the year!

Remember, call time is 8:00 AM at HC in full concert attire.  We would love to see you there!  Please come out to support the band students in performance!

Sincerely,   BILL KITE  DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL  (859) 381-3441 william.kite@fayette.kyschools.us  http://www.henryclayband.org  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband Remind 101- Text @henryclayh to 81010

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Senior Parents: Please Send Photos!

Parents of Graduating Seniors,

As soon as you can, please send three photos of your students as youngsters for the Band Banquet’s Senior Slide Show. Examples include a baby picture and one or two as they grow older. If you had a special senior picture made, you may send that as well; alternatively, we have access to and can use their school senior pictures.

Please send your photos via email (preferred) or put them in an envelope addressed to Lesley Iwinski and drop them in the box in the band room.

Emails of the photos should include the student’s name and “Senior Slide Show.” Send to hiwinski@twc.com

Photos dropped off at the band room should be in an envelope addressed to Lesley Iwinski and should include on the back of each photo:

  • Student’s name
  • “Senior Slide Show”
  • Whether or not you would like pictures returned. (Since return cannot be guaranteed, it is safest to send copies.)

Thank you!
Lesley Iwinski

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SmartMusic Test

Dear Henry Clay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble,  We wanted to write and let everyone know Friday April 24th is the last day to make up all SmartMusic Test. We will not be accepting them after this Friday. If you need a test reassigned, please fill out the form and hand it directly to one of the directors.

Remember, All A’s on playing will exempt you from the playing portion of your Spring Final.

Thanks,  Jeff Bayerle and Bill Kite

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Updated KMEA Concert Assessment Itinerary and Schedule this week!

Dear Band Family,

I hope all had a great weekend!  Congrats to all who participated in Solo and Ensemble.  The overwhelming majority of our students scored Distinguished ratings on Saturday!

Also, BIG congratulations to Zac Byrd, Kaylyn Torkelson, and Drew Sorenson on WONDERFUL senior recitals this weekend!  I was astonished with the quality of each performance and the professionalism!  Each of these performances was very much a collegiate level presentation!  Thanks to these amazing students for their hard work and dedication!

Some students found minor AM vs. PM typos on the KMEA Concert Assessment Itinerary so I have attached a new one for your review. Click here for the updated itinerary.  Please come out to Scott HS auditorium this Sat. April 25th to support our 3 concert bands’ biggest performances of the year!

Please be reminded about our busy SCHEDULE this week:

Mon. 4/20 (today) 
Wind Ensemble rehearsal 4-6 PM
Band Parent meeting 7:00 PM.  Please come support our program and learn how YOU can help!

Tues. 4/21
Concert Band rehearsal 4-6 PM
HC Band New Member Orientation 7:00 PM in the band room/

Wed. 4/22
Steel Band BLUE rehearsal 3:45 PM.  Students should set up as soon as able upon conclusion of the new school day release time.
Leadership applications are DUE by the end of the school day.
Drum Major Training 4:45-6:15 PM
Spring Guard Training 5-7 PM

Thurs. 4/23
Symphonic Band rehearsal 4-6 PM

Sat. 4/25
KMEA Concert Assessment at Scott Co. HS
Call time at HC is 8:00 AM.  Students should arrive already wearing concert attire.  See itinerary.

Please be reminded that ALL rehearsals and performances are mandatory and students receive grades as part of the “co-curricular” nature of all band classes.  There were several students missing from last Friday’s after school concert band rehearsal which is completely unacceptable.

Please be sure you are aware of all calendar commitments until the end of the year.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
BILL KITE
DIRECTOR OF BANDS
HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL
(859) 381-3441
william.kite@fayette.kyschools.us
www.henryclayband.org
Follow on Twitter @henryclayband
Remind 101- Text @henryclayh to 81010

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Pops Concert Silent Auction Items

Good morning Henry Clay Band family, This is a REMINDER that our annual Picnic with the Pops Concert is coming up on Friday, May 22, 2015.  Click link below for a flyer with all the info is attached.  We will start taking table reservations right after the Booster Meeting on THIS MONDAYApril 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  Payment is due at the time the reservation is made.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Jennings at avjsdj@gmail.com, Jill Rosenkrantz at jrosenk@yahoo.com, Janet Mullins at jlmullinsrn@hotmail.com or Melissa Jones at mmjones@twc.com.
We are in need of silent auction items for the Pops Concert on May 22nd.  If you have something big or small to donate, please let me know.  If you would just like to donate a gift card or money to buy items to put in baskets, that would be great also.  If you have a donation, please contact me by email at avjsdj@gmail or by text or phone at 859-229-2153. I have attached a thank you letter to give to any business that would give us a donation.

Thank you in advance for all that you do to make our band program such a BIG success!  Amy Jennings  229-2153

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KMEA Concert Assessment Itinerary and upcoming Reminders

Dear Band Family, I hope all are well!  lick link below for the KMEA District 7 Concert Assessment Itinerary for next Saturday, April 25th at Scott Co. HS!  Please review all details carefully as it is a long day and a culminating concert event for all of our bands!

4-25-15 KMEA Concert Assessment Itinerary

We will be evaluated by 3 adjudicators for our on-stage performance and 1 judge will evaluate us in sight reading after our on-stage performance in another room.  We are looking forward to getting more feedback on our process and continuing to improve all of our ensembles!  All students should arrive already wearing concert attire at 8:00 AM for a brief rehearsal.  Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble will travel together on buses to Scott Co. HS.  After the Concert Band performance and sight reading, our generous band boosters will feed everyone lunch!  The Symphonic Band performs just after lunch followed by the Wind Ensemble near the end of the festival!

Please come out to support our bands in their biggest performance of the year!

Concert Band performs on stage at 10:00 AM
Symphonic Band
performs on stage at 12:30 PM
Wind Ensemble
performs on stage at 2:00 PM

Please continue checking the online band calendar at www.henryclayband.org

Reminders
1.)  The school day will be extended by 30 minutes starting next Monday.  NOTE:  After school band rehearsal times will NOT change.  Students should take a short break and then report for rehearsals. Obviously, we will allow for Steel Band set up, etc. but we are not changing our entire schedule through the end of the year.

2.)  Leadership packets and recommendations are DUE by the end of the school day next Wednesday, April 22nd.

3.)  We will be hosting and organizing the annual KMEA state Jazz Assessment at HC again this year!  The event has grown so much in the past few years that I had to add a Friday evening session on May 8th.  I will need parent and student volunteers to help run the event on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at HC.  We need supervisors (parents), stage crew, runners, band guides, etc.  The HC Lab Band will perform first on Friday, May 8 at 5:30 PM while the Jazz Ensemble will perform first on Saturday morning May 9 at 8:00 AM.  Please let me know if you can help run the festival!

4.)  HC Graduation has been set for Saturday, May 30 at 1:00 PM at Rupp Arena.  All present and future Wind Ensemble members (except current 8th grade students) MUST be available to perform in the ceremony that day.  There is a graduation rehearsal in late May.  I will pass along more details in the coming weeks.

There are MANY other events occurring over the next few weeks.  Please keep checking and reading your email!

Thanks to all for wonderful performances and work at UK Wind Fest and at the HC Area Concert!  Those events were tremendously successful again this year!

Sincerely,  BILL KITE DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL  (859) 381-3441 william.kite@fayette.kyschools.us  http://www.henryclayband.org  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband Remind 101- Text @henryclayh to 81010

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Missing Crash Cymbals/Bag and Area Concert

Dear Band Family,  Congrats to our Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble on two outstanding performances at UK Wind Fest this past Saturday! Thanks to all those who came out to support our ensembles!

Unfortunately, percussion assignments were not met after the concerts and we are missing a black cymbal bag that contained a nice pair of crash cymbals and a concert suspended cymbal. If anyone possibly picked it up or knows the whereabouts, please let me know immediately. As of now, we are unprepared for our concert tomorrow without this equipment and it will cost hundreds of dollars to replace it.

Please come out to support all bands in performance tomorrow at the Area Concert! Should be a great concert and atmosphere!

Call time for all band students is 4:30 PM. Concert Black tuxes and dresses are required for this performance. We have to set up 6 different band sets and 400 chairs and stands in a half hour!

We also will need help returning all percussion equipment to the band room at the end of the night before dismissal.

Thank you all for your time and continuous effort!  Sincerely,   Bill Kite  Director of Bands  Henry Clay High School

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