Open House Tonight at 5:30 PM

Dear Band Family,  I wanted to remind everyone about the HCHS Open House this evening at 5:30 PM.  The procedure is slightly different this year.  Parents will not follow your student’s schedule as in years past.  It is truly “open” and parents may travel to any of your child’s classrooms as you wish at anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 PM.  The change is due to construction and parking issues, etc.

Mr. Bayerle and I will be in the band room (room 115) and look forward to seeing you!  Please come visit us tonight!

Thanks for all you do!  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

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Jazz Audition Results

Dear Band Family,

I hope all have had a great start to the school year!  The band classes have started in strong fashion and look to be very exciting groups this year!  I wanted to thank all of the students who worked so hard in the jazz auditions this year.  We have a couple more to hear on Monday, but overall it was great preparation and turn out!

Please click here to see the jazz results.  As with any audition, it is important to understand that Mr. Bayerle and I listen and evaluate each student carefully and then place them in a situation where we think they will be most successful.  We are looking forward to 2 very strong jazz bands and are excited about seeing the groups grow throughout the year!

Thanks to all for your work and dedication!

Sincerely,

BILL KITE
DIRECTOR OF BANDS
HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL
(859) 381-3441

william.kite@fayette.kyschools.us

www.henryclayband.org

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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 www.henryclayband.org 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  kite@fayette.kyschools.us  henryclayband.org  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband

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Jazz Band Information

Dear Band Family,  I hope everyone had a terrific summer!  Just wanted to give anyone interested in participating in a HC jazz band this year some info.

We will meet ALL prospective interested jazz band members on the first day of school during zero hour at 7:35 AM in the band room.  We will discuss the class structure and pass out audition music at that time.  The audition will be held during zero hour before school during the 2nd week of school.  From that point, we will determine the schedules of the HC jazz and lab bands.

ALL students are welcome…no jazz experience is necessary and we can easily add ADV Jazz Band to student schedules later.

I look forward to seeing all of our jazz students next Wed. on the first day of school!

Sincerely,  BILL KITE  DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL  (859) 381-3441  kite@fayette.kyschools.us  henryclayband.org  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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2013-2014 Concert Music CD

Henry Clay Band Family, If you requested a 2013-2014 Henry Clay Concert Music CD, it should be in the band room either with Mr. Bayerle or in a bag on the Band Booster Box.  Please have your student pick the CD up before the end of Friday for easiest delivery.

If you haven’t asked for one yet but would still like to have one, let me know at william.smith@uky.edu.
Thanks and enjoy the music!  Bill Smith (aka Ginny’s Dad)
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Free Music CD

Band Families, an audio CD containing recordings from most of the Henry Clay Band concerts during the 2013/2014 season is now available.  The disc includes performances by the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Lab Band, Percussion Ensembles and Steel Band.  It’s four and a half hours of awesome music by our awesome kids!

Please contact Bill Smith at william.smith@uky.edu to get your free copy.

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