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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HC Jazz Ensemble Spring Final

Dear Jazz Ensemble,  Click link below for the spring 2014 Jazz Ensemble Final.  Please review all details carefully.  Students must sign up for a time on the band office door.  Jazz Ensemble finals will only be held on Mon. 6/2 and Tues. 6/3 mornings.

2014 HCJE Final Exam SPRING

Mr. Bayerle will give the LAB BAND a different final and has already sent out info so please don’t confuse the two.

Feel free to ask questions.  Thanks to all for a great year!  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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Lab Band Final Info

Good Morning Blue Devil Band Family, Click link below for the Lab Band Final info. This was given to all the students who came to class this morning! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

2014 Spring Lab Band Final

Sincerely,   Jeff Bayerle

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Picnic with the Pops

Our annual Picnic with the Pops Concert is coming up on May 30th.  Click link below for a flyer with all the info.  We will start taking table reservations right after the Booster Meeting tonight, April 21.  Payment is due at the time the reservation is made.
If you have any questions, please contact Kristie Spencer at kspencer4460@gmail.com or Kim Newton atkimeverafter@gmail.com.


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Lab Band Trip on Friday

Dear Henry Clay Band Family,  Click link below for the Itinerary for the Lab Band trip this Friday to the Morehead State University Jazz Festival. This is a great opportunity for the Lab Band. They will be a performing a concert at 3:00PM, having a clinic with the adjudicators and attend other concerts/clinics. Dress will be all black (just like the Jazz/Percussion Concert)

2014 MSU JAzz Festival Itinerary.docx

I am in need of one or two parents to join us on the trip. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in joining us! 

Sincerely,   Jeff Bayerle  jeffrey.bayerle@fayette.kyschools.us

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Percussion & Jazz Extravaganza tomorrow night 7 PM in theater featuring Vince DiMartino!

Dear HC Band Family:  I wanted to take a minute to invite you to our annual HC Percussion/Jazz Extravaganza tomorrow nightin the theater at 7:00 PM!  We will feature the HC Steel Bands, Percussion Ensembles, Edythe J. Hayes Jazz Band, HC Jazz Ensembles, and special guest artist, Vince DiMartino!  Vince is a world renowned trumpeter and educator…see his bio:

Guest Artist Vince DiMartino is one of the most sought after trumpet performers and educators. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in 1972, professor DiMartino had taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993. At that time, Mr. DiMartino began a new appointment as Distinguished Artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He retired in 2012 from his position as W. George Matton Professor of Music at Centre College where he taught trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles, and jazz history.

He has served twice as President and Vice President of The International Trumpet Guild as well as a member of its Board of Directors for two terms. He has made over a dozen solo appearances at The International Trumpet Guild Conferences as a principal performing artist.

Vince DiMartino is the recipient of The Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007-2008 for the State of Kentucky and The Case Kentucky Professor of the Year Award in 2004.

He continues to perform throughout the world as a trumpet soloist with orchestras, bands, and jazz ensembles. DiMartino has been a soloist with The Boston Pops, The United States Marine Band, The Cincinnati Pops and many other major orchestras throughout the United States and performed with over 200 university and college ensembles.

Mr. DiMartino is a Shires Trumpet Artist and performs on Pickett Brass Mouthpieces.

We hope you will join us!  We’d love to see you there!   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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