Jazz Assessment Recap and Upcoming Events!

Dear Band Family,  I hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother’s Day yesterday!  Thanks to all of our amazing band moms for all you do each and every day for all of our band students not just your own!  Our band moms are the backbone of our great band family here at HC and we are grateful for each of you!

To recap the weekend, congratulations to the HC Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble for wonderful performances at our State Jazz Assessment!  Both HC jazz bands scored unanimous distinguished ratings and the judges were thoroughly impressed with the depth and quality of our jazz program.  Many comments were made about the hard work our students do to prepare to perform this unique style of music and the maturity of the ensemble sounds!

Thanks to all of the students and the handful of parents who worked 5+ hours on Friday night and over the course of 15 hours on Saturday through 32 jazz band performances by groups from all over the state of Kentucky!  It was the largest state jazz event in Kentucky history.  The festival would not happen successfully without committed students and parent leadership working to keep warm ups, performances, and clinics running on schedule.  Thanks again!

It has been a great year and there are a few more great experiences for our band students!

Please see the below upcoming schedule:

Mon. 5/11 (tonightBand Banquet at Immanuel Baptist Church at 6:00 PM.  We will eat, honor our seniors, and present awards!  It is always one of my favorite nights of the year!  We look forward to seeing you there.

Tues. 5/12 Spring Marching Band Percussion Training 5-8 PM

Wed. 5/13 Steel Band GOLD rehearsal 4:00 PM

Thurs. 5/14 Symphonic Band rehearsal 4-6 PM

Fri. 5/15 Spring Marching Band Percussion Training 5-8 PM

Sat. 5/16 Marching Band Mini Camp 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for all students interested in participating in marching band next summer/fall.  Lunch will be provided by the HC Band and we are bringing in Leadership/Team Building clinicians from Asbury University to work with the band.

Important future Dates
Fri. 5/22– HC Band Pops Concert at 6:00 PM in the gym
Sat. 5/30– HC Graduation Ceremony at Rupp Arena at 1:00 PM.  Call time is 11:00 AM at HC for non seniors (seniors meet at Rupp).  All current, future wind ensemble members (except 8th grade students), and seniors will perform.

Please keep checking the calendar for end of year rehearsals, etc.  Also, the summer band camp schedule is up in addition to the Marching Band dates in the fall!

One last thing, I had total left hip replacement in Feb. and everything went very well.  Thanks to you all for your gracious notes,dinners, prayers, support, etc. (special thanks to the crew that shoveled snow during that time too :-).  My family and I appreciate you all very much!  I will have surgery on the right side this Wed. 5/13 and will be out until the 2nd to last day of school.  I will be able to respond to messages, etc. but please bear with me for the first few days after surgery.  I should be like new for marching band this summer!

Thanks to all for your support of the program!  Mr. Bayerle and I can’t think of a better band family than our family at HC!   Sincerely,  BILL KITE  DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL  (859) 381-3441 william.kite@fayette.kyschools.us  http://www.henryclayband.org  Follow on Twitter @henryclayband Remind 101- Text @henryclayh to 81010