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
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 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  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 or Kim Newton


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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

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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  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband

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Percussion/Jazz Extravaganza Itinerary for next Tuesday, March 25

Dear Band Family, click link below for the Percussion/Jazz Itinerary for our concert next Tuesday, March 25th in Lassiter Theater at 7:00 PM!  Please review all details carefully.  We will feature guest artist, Vince DiMartino!

2014 Perc-Jazz Extravaganza Itinerary

Should be a great show!

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

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3rd annual KMEA State Jazz Assessment at HC!

Dear Band Family,  We hosted the 3rd annual Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) State Jazz Assessment this past Saturday at HC. We had 24 bands from all over the state of KY visit our building and perform for an evaluation and receive a clinic from a great panel of judges/clinicians!

Our HC Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band both received unanimous distinguished ratings! We received some great feedback from our clinicians and many positive comments were made about the levels of preparation and the sounds our band students make.  It was a great day for both of our ensembles!

I also wanted to take a minute to THANK all of our student and parent volunteers who worked so hard to run the festival!  There were approximately 30 students and parents throughout the day who served as stage crew, band guides, judges runners, supervisors, etc.  Several students arrived at 6:30 AM, set up, worked the festival all day, cleaned up, and departed around 10:15 PM.  We even had a student work all day and then go to cover a shortage at Bingo that night. 

It confirmed the fact that HC band students are the BEST!  Mr. Bayerle and I feel blessed to be part of such a great program, school, and community!  There were many wonderful comments about the job our students and parents did on Saturday and I could not be more proud of our band family!  We shared in class today that this is not only a great experience for our bands, but it is a service to the state of KY and an opportunity provided that most groups would not receive at any other time.  Without our students working, the event would not be possible.

Thanks to everyone for your commitment, dedication, and character in our yearlong journey in the HC Band program! 

We have many exciting events coming up this spring that I would encourage you to attend.  Please continue to reference the HC Band Calendar online at

Please join us at our Booster meeting this evening at 7:00 PM in the band room and at our annual Percussion/Jazz Extravaganza next Tuesday, March 25 in our theater at 7:00 PM.  We will feature World Famous Trumpeter, VINCE DIMARTINO!

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

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