Reminder on Smart Music Tests for WE and SB

Dear Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Family,  Just wanted to send a reminder, that ALL Smart Music tests including make-ups for Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band are DUE by next Friday, April 25.  We will not accept any make up Smart Music grades after next Friday as the culminating performance for both ensembles is the KMEA District Concert Band Assessment at Scott Co. HS on Sat. April 26.

Please view student grades on Infinite Campus Parent Portal to see which tests students still need to make up at this point.

There are a total of 8 Aegean Festival assignments for the Wind Ensemble.  I removed the last previously scheduled quiz on Dance Movements from Infinite Campus so please don’t worry about that one.

There are apx 7 assignments for the Symphonic Band.

Students needing to make up playing tests should schedule an appointment with Mr. Bayerle or me and we would be happy to accomodate.

Thanks for your work and effort in this process.  Several students still have tests needing to be completed so please schedule make up times as soon as possible to ensure time on a school computer.  Please don’t wait until next Friday :-)

Please come out to support the bands in performance at KMEA District Concert Assessment at Scott Co. HS next weekend!

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

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KMEA District Concert Assessment Itinerary

Dear Band Family,  First of all, thanks to all for an amazing Area Concert last night!  It was a great performance showcasing the hard work of many of our ensembles and really inspired younger students, families, and our audience!

Click link below for the itinerary for next weekend’s District Concert Band Assessment.  This is the culminating concert event of the year for our bands.  We will be evaluated by 3 judges on stage and by 1 judge in sight reading after our performances.  We will receive ratings from all judges and an overall rating.  This should be a time to truly enjoy performance and display the wonderful culture and work ethic of our program!  We will get valuable feedback from the judge comments on how to improve our process.  This is a GREAT learning/performance experience and opportunity for our program!

4-25,26-14 KMEA Concert Assessment

The CONCERT BAND will perform in Scott Co. on Friday 4/25 at 7:00 PM while the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will both perform on Saturday 4/26 in Scott Co.

Attire for all concerts is professional concert black- full tuxedos, black dresses, black shoes/socks, bowties, etc.

It is important that times are strictly observed and that students handle themselves professionally and responsibly and are prepared.

Parents and families, please fill the auditorium at Scott Co. HS for these concerts.  (Click link below for directions.)The bands will perform additional pieces from the concert last evening and have been working all semester to perform at the highest levels.  The students always enjoy playing for a large audience and need your support!

Scott County Directions

Thanks to all for your energy, effort, and support!  It is an honor to work for and with you!  Sincerely,  BILL KITE  DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL  (859) 381-3441  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband

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Dear Band Family,  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We have a very busy week this week…please see the below schedule:

Mon. 4/14- Wind Ensemble Rehearsal 4-6 PM
Tues. 4/15- Area Concert 7:00 PM in HC Gym, Call time is 4:30…Concert Black attire required
Wed. 4/16- Steel Band BLUE Rehearsal 3:45-5:45 PM
Thurs. 4/17- Symphonic Band Rehearsal 4-6 PM
Fri. 4/18- Drum Major Training 4-6 PM

Next Week Important Dates:  New Member Orientation- Tues. 4/22 at 7 PM in band room
KMEA District Concert Assessment- Fri. 4/25Sat. 4/26…itinerary will be released on Wed.

Thanks to you all for your effort in this busy season!  Please come out to support the band and meet new families at the Area Concert tomorrow in the gym!

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

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Hospitality Needs for Area Concert

Hello Band Family,  This is a very busy time of year for everyone involved in band. We are excited for the Area Band Concert this coming Tuesday night, April 15th. We know that it will be a terrific night full of amazing music and spectacular talent.

There will be a reception for all parents and students immediately following the concert. This will be held in the school cafeteria. The hospitality team would greatly appreciate your help that night. We need a large amount of cookies, brownies, cupcakes or some type of sweet hand held treats for the reception. We will not only be serving the Henry Clay band members and parents, but many other students and parents from local elementary and middle schools who could be potential Henry Clay band members. If you are willing to help please email me. Thank you so much for all that you do.

Sincerely,  Marti Martin

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Concert Wear Update

I apologize to anyone who was hoping to get concert wear items from me today–I have been at the doctor/hospital all day because my daughter ended up getting her appendix taken out this evening!  She is doing well and is expected to have a speedy recovery, and she is supposed to go home tomorrow.  I intend to be at Henry Clay tomorrow when school gets out to help anyone who needs an exchange.  If I am not able to, I will send out an email.

Thanks,  Kimberly Collins  Uniform/Concert Wear Chair  859-266-0004 (please don’t text me)

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Area Concert Itinerary next Tuesday, April 15

Dear Band Family,  Please click link below for the itinerary for the HC Band Area Concert next Tuesday, April 15 in the gym.  This should be a great event!  Please come out to support the bands and meet new families and friends!

4-15-14 Area Concert

Thanks for all of your support!  Sincerely,  BILL KITE  DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL  (859) 381-3441  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband

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All-District Band Rescheduled!!

Dear Henry Clay Band Family, I am pleased to inform you that as of this morning we have rescheduled our Honor Band event.  I know it has taken some time, but we ran into several issues with facilities and dates.  The big details are worked out so I wanted to give you as much information as I can.

The event will be held on Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd on the campus of UK.  Friday will consist of an all-day rehearsal (roughly 9-5) and Saturday will be a brief morning rehearsal (roughly 8:30-10:30) followed be the concert at Singletary at 11:00.  The concert should be finished before 1:00.

If you have not paid your $30 folder fee to receive your music, please take care of this ASAP!

Sincerely,   Jeff Bayerle

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Band Letters and Bars

Dear Band Family,  If your son or daughter qualifies through the below criteria to receive a Letter and/or Bar, please respond by this Friday, April 11 stating you wish to receive them at the banquet.  We will only order items for those who qualify and state they wish to receive them.

Criteria for Earning Letters and Bars 

Letters and bars are awarded as recognition to students enrolled at Henry Clay H.S. for

achievement in the overall band program.

Letter plus one Bar (Color Guard members will also receive a Color Guard Bar)

(Must meet all four criteria)

1. Complete first and second semester of band and with a passing grade.

2. Participate in band camp.

3. Participate in marching band season.

4. Participate in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, or Percussion class.


• Participate in band or color guard for four years without previously earning a letter.

Additional Bars

• One bar is given for each additional band or color guard year as described above after

receiving a band letter.

Thank you very much!  Please continue to stay current with the band calendar online at for spring band events!

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

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Concertwear–Please Check Your Sizing!!!

The students will be wearing their concert dress wear for the Area Concert next Tuesday night.  Now is the time to try on your tuxedos or dresses to make sure they still fit.  We have a lot of growing boys, and I’ve already been alerted of one who has outgrown his tux from December!!  Please try on your dress wear TODAY to make sure it fits!  I can be vailable Thursday and Friday afternoon (during rehearsals), but only if I am notified ahead of time.  I will try to get in sometime before then to inventory what we have so I can tell you by email if I have what you need.  Please do NOT wait until Monday night (or Tuesday!) to try on your concert wear, or you may be stuck wearing something that doesn’t fit you.

Also, if you have lost your tie and/or cummerbund you can only get them from me, and the charge is $5 each.  I will have them available the night of the concert.

Thanks,  Kimberly Collins  Uniform/Concert Wear Chair  266-0004 (please don’t text)

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Need for Chaperones for Scott County Trips

We are in need of chaperones to accompany the Henry Clay bands to Scott County.  On Friday, April 25th the Concert Band will be traveling and we will need 2-4 chaperones to ride the buses.  On Saturday, April 26th the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensembles will be performing and we will need 6-8 people.  Call times are TBA but the Friday trip will be in the evening and the Saturday trip will be mid-day.  If you are available please contact me at 

Nancy Whitehead or 859 321-8602.  Thanks!

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