Concert Wear

I hope everyone has had a smooth start to the school year!  It’s time to start measuring for concert wear!

For those who are new to the HC band program, you will be assigned concert wear to wear for performances with the HC band (dress for girls, tuxedo for boys).  I will be measuring students this Thursday (August 28th) during their regular class time.  We have several sizes in stock for students to try on, and after I am able to figure out what we need, I will place an order to cover items we need.  The first concert isn’t until December, but you will likely get your concert wear by October.  Please make every effort to be in class this Thursday :)

For returning students:  PLEASE try on your concert wear before Thursday to see if it still fits.  If it does not, you will need to be measured for replacement pieces (For instance, if your shirt still fits, but the pants don’t, we will only need to replace your pants).  You will need to bring back the pieces that don’t fit, but please make sure they are dry cleaned first (they don’t have to be in before Thursday).  If you turn them in without getting them cleaned, they will be given back to you.

Please do not wait until October or November to try the pieces on, because I may not have the size you need and I won’t be able to order them at that time to arrive on time.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 859-266-0004 (no texting please) or by email at

Thanks,  Kimberly Collins  Uniform and Concert Wear chair

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Dr. Tim Leadership Seminar List for Monday 8/15

Dear Band Family,

We are off to a great start this school year!  Mr. Bayerle and I are very excited about each and every class!  Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, one of the world’s greatest motivational speakers and leadership counselors will be presenting his seminar next Monday August 18 at Lafayette HS from6:00-8:30 PM!

We ask each student to pay $20 and the HC Band Program pays the additional fee to attend the workshop.  Please have money in byMonday morning at the latest.  I have the following list of students signed up to attend on Monday:

Lucas Sandford, Bailey Cox, Sarah Ritter, Isaiah Hagans, Anthony Baldwin, Noah Tolson, Allison Pin, Andrew Collins, Parker Jones, Hosiah Dixon Hunt, Jackson Jackson, Ben Grossman, Briana Bush, Emma Seale, Gisela Esquivel, Jenna Mattingly, Madison Kamer, Maddie Wheeler, Lexi Bensberg, Viviana Ortiz, Shelby Gregory, Luke Cave, Amber Robb, Elizabeth Martin, Kane Dayton, Kelsey Halbert, Lily Kaufman, Aimee Dillistone, Kyle Wells, Chasity Murphy, Trey Roberts, Raegan Cox, Cassadi Cordea, Nadia Nasr, Momo Martinez, Jordan Snider, Olivia Jennings, Mary Newton, Kayla Alexander, Kiki Tucker, Willa Chain, Whitney Wingate, Kennedy Berry, Paige Barricklow, Kanny Savane, Breonna Ledezma-Rico, Chris Abbey, Elyiss Dozier, Madison Gumm, Landon Melton, Jakob Lowe, Timothy Kennedy, Maria Wright, Jordan Bell, Tyler Rosenkrantz, Evelynn Esquivel, Will Roberts, Drew Sorenson, Alex Johnson

There are 59 students signed up this year!  I’m excited for each to go through this life changing workshop!

Thanks to all for your effort!  See you at the stadium tomorrow morning at 7 AM :-)  Sincerely, BILL KITE DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL (859) 381-3441 Follow on Twitter @henryclayband

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Spirit Wear – lasty day August 24th

August 24th will be the last day to place orders for show shirts and spirit wear.

Show shirts are provided by the band for all marchers.  Families that want to order show shirts, send me an email with your order.  We do not order extras of the show shirts so this is your last chance.  Shirts are $10 and 2X and above are $12.  Youth is also $10. There is a picture of the show shirt on the website.

Blue fleece will be provided to all new marchers.  If you need a replacement fleece, the cost is $35.  If you want to have embroidery done on the fleece, there is a former parent who will do it for $6.  Parents can order fleece on the spirit wear order form.

Click link below for the form for the spirit wear.  Some of you had asked about visors and we can get them in blue, gold or black.  The cost is $13.00.

HC Band Apparel Form 080614

You may email me with your orders or catch me after practice next week. If you have not paid for your blue band shirt, please put the money in the band box in the band room with a note saying what it’s for.  Checks are payable to HCBB.

Go Blue Band!!!!  Kristie Spencer  859-230-6324

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1st Day Information!

Dear HC Band Family,  First, a BIG thanks to the more than 80 dedicated parents who came out to our parent meeting last night!  I would like to encourage you all to be as involved as possible!  Please remember, all parents are boosters (It is not an exclusive club) and your help is essential in helping us build a nationally renowned program to offer your child a world class band experience!  There are a wide variety of performance opportunities in all of our ensembles throughout the year and we hope to see you there supporting our wonderful band students!

Please stayed connected to our online band calendar at for rehearsal and performance dates throughout the year!  We will communicate via email, announcements, etc.

See below for information for students and families for the 1st day of school (listed in chronological order). 

**NOTE:  The Henry Clay HS BELL schedule has CHANGED.  Students do NOT need instruments on the 1st day of school, but will need instruments from the 2nd day onward.

7:30-8:20 AM:  Jazz Band- Anyone interested in participating in our jazz program is welcome to attend the information session in the band room tomorrow morning.  We will discuss the class and hand out audition music.  Audition sign ups for saxes, trumpets, and trombones will be on my office door and will occur Monday, Aug. 18, Tuesday, Aug. 19, and Wednesday, Aug. 20.  All jazz students will meet together again on Thursday, August 21 in the band room during zero hour for rhythm section (piano, bass, guitar, drum set) auditions.  Results will be released at the end of next week.

There will be a 30 minute homeroom tomorrow morning, again on Thurs. and Fri. beginning at 8:25 AM impacting the bell schedule making morning classes shorter in length.  HC will relay this to students in the morning.

1st Period Percussion- Discussion of syllabus and class and Henry Clay Band Program expectations.
2nd Period Symphonic Band- Discussion of syllabus and class and Henry Clay Band Program expectations.
3rd Period ADV Percussion- Discussion of syllabus and class and Henry Clay Band Program expectations.
4th Period ADV Band/Theory (Wind Ensemble) 11:40 AM-1:05 PM  - With the bell schedule change, ALL Wind Ensemble students will take 1st lunch this year (11:40-12:07).  Wind Ensemble will rehearse from 12:10-1:05 PM.  The band room will still be open for students to come for lunch, but is during that 1st lunch time.
5th Period Concert Band 1:10-2:10 PM- Discussion of syllabus and class and Henry Clay Band Program expectations.

Thanks to all for your support!  We are looking forward to a great school year!

Sincerely,  BILL KITE  DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL  (859) 381-3441  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband

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Open Band Room on Mon. 6/30 Cancelled

Dear Band Family,  We have to cancel open band room tomorrow Mon. June 30th. The band room has been cleared out and the floor stripped but not waxed. I think they may wax and seal the floor tomorrow in which case no one would be allowed on it for at least 24 hours. Sorry for the inconvenience. We will try again next Mon. July 7 for those interested.

Hope all are having a great summer! MB students, please be preparing for camp in a few weeks :-)

For anyone interested, DOJO plays at Comedy Off Broadway tomorrow night with BAJA opening at 7 PM!

Sincerely,  Bill Kite  Director of Bands  Henry Clay High School

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Band Council/Leadership Challenge Course Info

Dear HC Band Council and Leadership,  Click link below for info regarding the June 27th Challenge course at Asbury University. I have attached their medical and release form to this email. Each student and their parent will need to fill it out and bring it with them on the day of the program.


Also, I will meet you on campus the morning of June 27th and take you all up to the board room where the students will have their morning leadership session with Paul Stephens, Associate Dean of Student Leadership Development. At Noon we will then head over to course. We will have lunch there, do our low ropes program, and will conclude the day at 4pm.

As far as getting to campus goes, the address for the University is:
1 Macklem Dr.
Wilmore, KY 40390

You will come into Wilmore on US 29 (which is off of US 68, Harrodsburg Rd.). US 29 runs directly in front of the University, which will be on your right. As soon as you pass through the 1st 4-way stop light in Wilmore (there are only 2 in the whole town), the University will be on your right. Your first right after that stop light will be a turn onto a Semi-Circle on the University’s campus. Have the bus pull in there and I will be standing out there looking for you. If you need anything that morning (directions, lost, etc.), just give me a call on my cell phone at 859-779-0786. I have attached a map to this email that may also help get you to the University.

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Parent Needs Help

Band parent Mamadou ‘Sav’ Savanè  was seriously injured at his restaurant last week. He and his wife, Rachel, are parents of Henry Clay Band members Diaka and Kanny and past member, Bangaly.  See links below for more information,an opportunity to donate to a fund for him and a fundraising event.

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