Communications – where to find your information

Dear Band Family and Incoming Band Family,

As we wrap up this school year, I wanted to let you know/remind you where you can find photos and your band news over the summer and as we begin the next school year.

Photos –  Find and contribute!

  • You may find – and contribute to – photos on our Flickr page: Please feel free to join and to add photos. We use these high quality photos for slideshows at events such as the year-end awards reception. Join Flickr and then join the group at the above URL. If you have any difficulty, feel free to contact me.
  • We also share some photos on Facebook: These provide photos for quick sharing and also photos for slideshows.

News – Choose your news sources!

  • Targeted emails will be sent to parents and students based on activities (marching band, concert band, jazz band, percussion, and so forth). If you find you are not receiving expected emails, please tell a director or a Band Booster officer. We’ll get that fixed. (By the way, this first went out as an email. Didn’t get it? contact one of us!)
  • WordPress: The essential source, which includes all major announcements, the calendar, documentation, and more, is our webpage at
  • Facebook: Lots of sharing here, and some fun stuff.
  • Twitter: Follow @henryclayband
  • Tumblr: henryclayband

You can reply to this email if you have a question regarding communications.

Have a great summer, and see you at the next parent meeting!

Patsy Carruthers
Communications Secretary
Henry Clay Band Boosters

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Picnic With the Pops Updates

Good evening,
The gym doors will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20th, for Pops Concert seating, and the concert will begin at 6 p.m.  All the tables have been reserved, but plenty of free bleacher seating will available. As dining options, food trucks from Red State Barbeque, Salsarito’s Fresh Cantina, and Sav’s Chill will be in the lot outside the gym from 5:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the band program. Newk’s is also having a Spirit Night in support of Henry Clay Band if you bring in the flyer or mention Henry Clay Band. Desserts and drinks will also be offered for purchase in the gym.

There are some really amazing things for our Silent Auction, so be ready to bid on them. We will be Accepting Cash, Check, or Credit/Debit Cards to make it easier. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Tables and chairs have to be set up for this event in a short period of time.  If anyone can come early and help set up, please contact Debbie Stepter at

Thank you,
The Pops Committee

Newks Spirit Night:



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Pops Concert Itinerary and Schedule!

Dear Band Family,  I hope all are well and enjoyed the weekend!  Thanks to our Band Council students for hosting a wonderful New Member Picnic yesterday at Jacobson Park!  It was fun meeting all kinds of new families and students!

We are down to the final 2 weeks and getting ready for one final push through the end!

Click link below for the Pops Concert Itinerary!  Please review all details carefully as it is a BIG concert this Friday, May 20th requiring a large amount of logistical coordination!  Note:  Students should wear semi formal or “Sunday Best” attire for the Pops concert.  All seniors and students not returning must TURN IN the tux and/or concert black dress this week and sign it out with me.  It should be dry cleaned or have money for us to dry clean it.

Pops 2016 Itinerary

Please note the schedule for this busy week below:

Mon. (today) 5/16 Pops Concert Rehearsal with ALL concert band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble members including percussionists 4-6 PM

Band Parent Meeting 7:00 PM in the band room

Tues. 5/17 No School- Election Day

Wed. 5/18 BOTH Steel Bands rehearse 3:45 PM

Thurs. 5/19 Pops Concert Rehearsal with ALL concert band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble members including percussionists 4-6 PM

Fri. 5/20 Pops Concert- Call time is 4:00 PM…please read the itinerary carefully

Sat. 5/21 Marching Band Mini Camp Day for all new and returning marching band members
9 AM-3 PM…wear athletic attire.  We will feed all students lunch that day!  Thank you Band Boosters!

Thanks to all for your effort this year!  Let’s finish strong!  Sincerely, Bill Kite Director of Bands Henry Clay High School

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Set-up and Clean-up for the Awards Reception

We’re all excited for Monday’s HC Band Awards Reception (the “band banquet”). If you are available and would like to help set up, there will be many moving parts and we’d love to have you! Even if you’ve never volunteered before, feel free to come by and assist.

We also need a lot of help cleaning up afterwards. Please consider helping out after the event is over.

We will begin decorating and moving tables on Monday, May 9th, at 2:30pm at Henry Clay High School (in the cafeteria). Clean-up will take place at approximately 9:30pm, or when the reception is over. If you can help, please email me at or Kristi Spencer at with the time you are willing to be there to help. We appreciate any and all helpers! You will help make it a special event for our students who have worked so hard this year!

Thank you,
Amy Jennings
and the Awards Reception Committee

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Band Banquet is Monday!

Good morning, Band Family! We look forward to seeing the Band Family gather on Monday evening for the annual Band Banquet! Students will be recognized, seniors will be celebrated, and everyone will be ready for a good time.

The invitation may be found here on the band website:

See you there!


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Jazz Assessment and Upcoming Schedule

Dear HC Band Family,  We had another great weekend as all 3 of our jazz ensembles received unanimous distinguished ratings at our KMEA State Jazz Assessment with our jazz ensemble and combo receiving the best possible scores! It was another exciting marathon weekend for jazz and music education in our building on Friday and Saturday as 33 jazz ensembles from all across KY came to Henry Clay to perform for evaluation and receive a clinic from a professional jazz musician!

The flow and operation of the festival went as smoothly as ever thanks to our student volunteers who guided bands, served as runners, tabulation room workers, stage crew, and clean up crew!

Special THANKS to the following for their outstanding work at Assessment this weekend:

Maddie Wheeler, Vivi Ortiz, Reagan Cox, Gisela Esquivel, Maddi Rosenkrantz, Gabe Rivera, Braeden Young, Kyle Stepter, Lucas Sandford, Tristan Taylor, Andrew Collins, Elyiss Dozier, Noah Beckett, Jordan Bell, Angelica Malkowski, Austin Hocker, Isabella Brooks-Bell, Jordan Snider, Ally Tripure, John Newton, Kirby Beard, Michael Cheney, Maria Wright, Jonathan Quevedo, Lisa Wright (parent)

Onto the final month of the school year where we have some great end of the year events approaching quickly!  Please see the belowschedule of events!

Mon. (today) 5/2 Leadership Interviews (based upon schedule sent last week)
Spring Guard Training 5-8 PM

Tues. 5/3 Leadership Interviews

Wed. 5/4 Steel Band BLUE Rehearsal 3:45-6 PM

Thurs. 5/5 Final Drum Major Audition with our 8 finalists

Sat. 5/7 Senior Cookout 12:00 PM at the Cox residence (THANK YOU for hosting again:)
Address is 6802 Leeann Lane
Seniors, please sign up on my office door if you plan to attend!

Next Week

Mon. 5/9 Band Banquet 7:00 PM in HC Cafeteria

Tues. 5/10 Percussion Clinic 7:30-9:30 PM

We have world renowned percussionist/clinician Arthur Lipner coming to HC to work with our percussionists!  Should be a great night!

Wed. 5/11 Steel Band GOLD Rehearsal 3:45-6 PM

Thurs. 5/12 New Leadership Training and Meeting 3:45-4:45 PM (All newly appointed Leadership should be in attendance)

Fri. 5/13 Marching Percussion Training 5-8 PM (All new and returning members)

Sun. 5/15 New Member Picnic 3-6 PM Jacobson Park

Please stay up with the calendar as we have many different rehearsals, clinics, performances, events, etc. over the last month! Thanks to everyone for the support and the work this year!  Let’s have a great finish to the school year!
Sincerely, BILL KITE DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL Follow on Twitter @henryclayband  Remind 101- Text @henryclayh to 81010

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Picnic with the Pops Reminder

The Henry Clay Band proudly presents “Picnic with the Pops” on Friday, May 20, 2016. The Henry Clay Gymnasium doors open at 5 p.m. and entertainment starts at 6 p.m. Bring your dinner, drinks, table decorations and your friends and family for an evening of musical entertainment! There will also be a silent auction, so don’t forget your checkbooks!

Free bleacher seating will be available.

SILENT AUCTION donations are still needed. A basket themes has been assigned to each band section (click link below for flyer). We will be collecting items this week and next. Please help us make this a great fundraiser!

Silent Auction Flyer

For any questions, please feel free to contact Debbie Stepter at or 859-576-6821.

Thank you,  The Pops Committee

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