CKYO Jazz and Upcoming Jazz Performance

Dear HC Jazz Family, If students are interested in auditioning for CKYO Jazz, they may still do so even though both published audition dates occur on concert dates for our program.

They have opened up an additional day for our students to audition on Wednesday, Dec 3 from 7-8:30pm. They will audition at UK.

I’ll let you know which room when I find out.

Please come out to support the Jazz Ensemble students in performance at Comedy Off Broadway in Lexington Green next Monday, November 24th at 7:15 PM.  We will open up for the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra.

Jazz Ensemble call time is 6:30 PM…dress is all black.  Show starts at 7:15 PM.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

$10 cover $5 for students  or call 271.JOKE (5653) for reservations

We hope to see you there!  Sincerely,  BILL KITE  DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL  (859) 381-3441  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband  Remind 101- Text @henryclayh to 81010

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CKYO Jazz Auditions

CKYO Jazz Arts Orchestra & Jazz Repertory Orchestra: 

Now accepting applications!

CKYO is holding jazz ensemble auditions for the 2015 season on Tuesday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 9th from 7-9pm at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church.  For an application and  audition brochure, click HERE.  If you would like for CKYO to send brochures to you to distribute to students, please email with your address and the number of brochures you would like.

Auditions will be scheduled once application forms and payment are received, so students will need to submit their application to CKYO byFriday, November 21 to receive an audition time.

CKYO Jazz Arts Orchestra: In January 2008 CKYO adopted the former Jazz Arts Foundation Youth Ensemble, adding big-band jazz to CKYO’s highly successful program classical orchestras.  The Jazz Arts Orchestra (JAO) rehearses one night a week and is comprised of the standard big band instrumentation: alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones; trombones; trumpets; and a full rhythm section featuring drums, bass, guitar, and piano.  Under the direction of University of Kentucky Professor Raleigh Dailey, the Jazz Arts Orchestra’s (JAO) Spring 2014 schedule features exciting performances at diverse venues, including the third annual season finale performance and live recording at Lexington’s historic Lyric Theatre. Visit for more information about our programs and upcoming concerts.

CKYO Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Now in its second season, the Jazz Repertory Orchestra (JRO) is open to students who are interested in participating in a select Jazz Ensemble but don’t have the experience necessary to participate in the JAO. This group will be led by Raleigh Dailey, University of Kentucky Jazz studies professor and CKYO Jazz Arts Orchestra conductor. Rehearsals will take place on Tuesdays 5:15pm-6:45pm at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church (180 E. Maxwell Street, Lexington).

Thank you!

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Jazz Ensemble at Comedy Off Broadway Nov. 24

Dear Jazz Ensemble Family,  Miles Osland invited our jazz ensemble to perform at Comedy Off Broadway again this year on Monday, November 24th to open for the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra.  The concert would start at 7:15 PM.  After checking with the students in the band, there was only 1 conflict so please add a performance to your calendars for Monday evening November 24th.  Call time will be apx 6:30 PM that evening at the Comedy Club.

This should be a great opportunity for the band!  Hope to see you there!  Sincerely,  Bill Kite

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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  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!


(859) 381-3441

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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 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  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  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband

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