Seatback Installation Fundraiser This Weekend

Dear HC Band students and families,

Tomorrow is the stadium seatback installation at Commonwealth Stadium, our second-biggest fundraiser for the band.

Please remember the following:
– Wear proper footwear: no sandals or open-toed shoes
– Bring tools: 9/16” socket (hand or cordless drill-mount) or wrench, labeled so you don’t lose them
– Eat a meal before your shift; water and snacks will be provided
– Meet at Gate 1 and park in the Green Lot

Saturday, August 27
Shift A: 5-9 pm
Shift B: 6-10 pm
Shift C: 7-11 pm

Here are some directions for parking and entry. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Barricklow (, 940-9154).

See you all soon!
Jennifer Barricklow and Tim Sorenson, Stadium Seatback Fundraiser Coordinators



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HC Jazz Audition Results

Dear Band Family,

A BIG thank you to all students who came out to audition for placement in the Henry Clay HS Jazz Program!  We had the largest turnout I can remember and the audition quality was outstanding!  Please see the following link for placement results: 2016-17 HC Jazz Audition Results.

As with any audition that is extremely competitive, many difficult decisions were made and students were placed and assigned in a manner where they and their ensemble will be most successful.  Thanks again to all of our students for the hard work in preparation.  We will have 2 outstanding jazz ensembles this school year!

The Lab Band will rehearse with Mr. Bayerle in the orchestra room and the Jazz Ensemble will rehearse with me in the band room every day during the week beginning tomorrow morning!  We look forward to getting started!


Bill Kite
Director of Bands
Henry Clay High School

Link for 2016-17 HC Jazz Audition Results:


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The Week ahead for the HC Band Program!

Dear Band Family,  We have had a busy weekend, but I am reminded of the strength of our band family and the dedication of our students and parents!  We had an outstanding day of rehearsal yesterday with the marching band and we had several concert only students and parents step up and help out the band family by working our weekly Bingo session last night!  I can’t thank each of you enough! Many parents have accepted new roles in the band program ensuring a wonderful experience for our band students this year!  If you still would like to help the band parent organization, we would love and welcome your help at any time.

We have our busiest week to date approaching this week!  Please see the below schedule and prepare and plan ahead.
Mon. (tomorrow) August 22
Live Rhythm Section Audition for jazz bands during zero hour- 7:30 AM.  ALL jazz students report to the band room for zero hour tomorrow to play with the rhythm sections.
MB Sectionals 3:45-5:00 PM
Dr. Tim Leadership Seminar at Lafayette HS- register at 5:30, clinic is 6-8:30 PM.  We have 71 students attending this seminar tomorrow!!!
Tues. August 23
MB rehearsal 3:45-7:15 PM
Wed. August 24
MB rehearsal 3:45-6:15 PM
Thurs. August 25
Wind Ensemble chair tests begin in class
ALL band students mandatory meeting in the theater 3:30-4:30 PM.  Larry Moore Fundraiser presentation.
MB rehearsal 5-7:30 PM *Pack the Parking Lot
Sat. August 27
Stadium Seat Fundraiser at Commonwealth Stadium at UK
ALL students sign up for a shift 5-9, 6-10, 7-11 (except those on the Bingo list).  We could use as many parents as possible helping out as well!
Sun. August 28
Stadium Seat Fundraiser (rain date)
Thanks to you all for your dedication and commitment to the Henry Clay Band!  We are looking forward to a GREAT year and I am excited by the enthusiasm already shown by our band family!  Please feel free to contact me at any point.  Sincerely,  Bill Kite  Director of Bands  Henry Clay High School
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New Spirit Wear Order

New Spirit Wear orders for all members of the Band Family are being taken now! Items are available for students and adults to show their support of the Henry Clay High School Band.

To order, fill out the appropriate order form and place it and your payment in an envelope in the band box before 6pm on Monday, Aug. 29. Additionally, a table will be set up to take orders in person at the marching band’s Pack the Parking Lot this Saturday 5:30-6pm.

Order forms:

Thank you,
Rebecca Scott




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Upcoming Schedule and Info!

Dear HC Band Family,  We are off to a great start to the school year!  Welcome new members!  It was great to see everyone yesterday!  Please note the upcoming schedule and reminders. Anything that lists “MB” applies to all marching band members (including winds, pit, battery, color guard).

Thurs. (today) 8/11 MB Rehearsal 3:45-7:15 PM
All syllabi DUE in all band classes (except jazz students may turn in syllabus on Mon. 8/22)

Fri.8/12 MB (all brass/woodwind players) Tuning Charts DUE

Next Week

Mon. 8/15 MB Rehearsal 3:45-6:15 PM

Tues. 8/16 MB Rehearsal 3:45-6:15 PM

Wed. 8/17 During zero hour before school, JAZZ placement auditions for Saxophones, Trumpets, and Trombones (students should sign up for a time on my office door).  Rhythm Section (piano, bass, guitar, drumset, vibe) auditions will take place with the full band on Monday, August 22nd at 7:30 AM in the band room.

Thurs. 8/18 During zero hour, Jazz placement auditions for Saxophones, Trumpets, and Trombones (students should sign up for a time on my office door).  Rhythm Section (piano, bass, guitar, drumset, vibe) auditions will take place with the full band on Monday, August 22nd at 7:30 AM in the band room.
MB Rehearsal 3:45-7:15 PM
Dr. Tim Leadership Seminar name and $ DUE

Fri. 8/19 No School  MB Rehearsal 1:00-6:00 PM (NOTE: earlier end time than listed previously on online calendar)

Sat. 8/20 MB Camp Day 8 AM-6 PM (bring lunch)
Our show designer, Jordan Lalama will be in to produce many layers of the show!

Please note upcoming fundraiser dates for ALL band members on the calendar in a couple weeks.  See online calendar under the *Band Calendar* link.

Please turn in all band FORMS as soon as possible (media, medical, transportation) to Mr. Bayerle or me.  All band fees paid may be dropped in the wooden box in the band room.  These are DUE by Aug. 31st.  If on a payment plan, please submit first payments by Aug. 31st.

Thanks to all for your support of the program!  We are looking forward to an exciting year!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.  Sincerely, BILL KITE  DIRECTOR OF BANDS  HENRY CLAY HIGH SCHOOL  (859) 381-3441
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Welcome to Henry Clay Band!

Dear HC Band Family,

Welcome to the Henry Clay Band Program and the start of a great new year!  We are excited to see everyone tomorrow for the first day of school!

Just a few quick reminders and some info to get you started for the new band year:

1.)  Anyone interested in participating in the HC Jazz Bands should report to the band room during zero hour at 7:30 AM tomorrow morning!  We will discuss jazz program procedures, hand out the syllabus, discuss placement and auditions, and distribute audition music.

2.)  We will NOT need instruments in any of the band classes for tomorrow, but will need instruments and will play every day from the 2nd day of school through graduation🙂

3.)  Anyone who is in the 4th period Advanced Band/Theory class (also called Wind Ensemble) will take 3rd lunch regardless of what it says on the schedule.  Students who have 3rd lunch are free to eat in the band room if they bring a lunch as long as they clean up trash, etc., afterward.

4.)  Please be sure to submit all student information forms, medical, media, permission forms, etc. as soon as possible this week.  Band Expenses for each class should be paid as soon as you are able and are due by August 31st.

5.)  We have an excellent leadership clinic opportunity open to any interested band student led by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, who is one of the leading leadership and motivational speakers in the field of education and music.  The clinic will be held at Lafayette HS in the evening on Monday, August 22nd.  Any interested band student should sign up with me and submit $20 to reserve a spot at the clinic.  Please sign up by Friday, August 19th. The HC Band Boosters help pay for the rest of the individual student cost beyond $20.

HC Band Expectations
I wanted to briefly list some of the basic HC Band expectations for all members of our band family each year.

  • All rehearsals and performances as printed on our online band calendar found at are mandatory for participation in the band program.  If a rare emergency arises, the band directors must be notified by the parent/guardian.  Communication is the key!
  • All students will act professionally and responsibly as we are the largest organization at Henry Clay HS with many functions, events, and activities and to ensure proper order and smooth operation, we will follow all HC school rules in addition to HC band rules and regulations.
  • All students will be prepared for each rehearsal and performance through diligent practice and other necessary preparations.
  • All families will commit to the program financially, physically, and emotionally with regards to submitting fees on time and participating in fundraising to keep cost low, and in support of the students in their numerous performances throughout the year.

We are looking forward to one of the strongest years yet for the HC Band!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!



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Renew Kroger Rewards (or Sign Up) Today!

Dear Band Family,

Do you shop at Kroger? If so, you can raise money for the band with no more effort than your usual shopping.

**NOTE: Even if you already designate HC Band Boosters as your Community Rewards, you need to renew in August – this month!**

To sign up or to re-enroll, visit and click on Community (top menu) and then choose Community Rewards from the drop-down menu. (The website has had some intermittent problems with its Rewards page. If you have difficulty, try a direct link to or simply try again later.)

You can “Create An Account” (make sure you have your Kroger Plus Card number handy) or “Enroll Now.”

  • If you choose “Enroll Now,” you will get the option to click “Re-Enroll” and then type in 10054 to find and select Henry Clay HS Band Boosters. Be sure to click “Enroll” to finish.
  • If you choose “Create An Account,” you will set up your online Kroger account, and then enroll in the Rewards program using our number, 10054.

If you need a visual, here’s a video for another organization. Be sure you use OUR number, 10054, to enroll (not the one in the video).

That’s it! When you shop, Kroger will donate a portion of the proceeds from your shopping trip to the band!

Thank you for your support,
Henry Clay Band Boosters



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