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 www.henryclayband.org
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 email@example.com www.henryclayband.org Follow on Twitter @henryclayband