Grant Band Website Archive


(Update Mar. 20, 2015)

PARENTS & STUDENTS CA TRIP MEETING
TUES. MARCH 31 AT 6:30PM

Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble families - ETSI (our travel agency) representatives will be holding an Performance Trip information meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 pm in the band room. The itinerary, packing list, trip forms and other important details will be discussed. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR APRIL FESTIVALS

We need volunteers to chaperone for April festival performances - see below for upcoming dates.
 
Wind Ensemble
Thurs. Apr. 16
PIL Instrumental Music Festival
Cleveland HS
Times: TBA
Volunteers Needed: 2 chaperones to ride bus.

Jazz Ensemble
Sat. Apr. 18
Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival
Pleasant Hill, near Eugene
Late morning call time at Grant, afternoon performance, night return
Volunteers Needed: 2 chaperones to ride bus.

If you can help, please contact Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com.


Have a safe and fun Spring Break!



(Update Mar. 15, 2015)

BOOSTERS MEET TUESDAY AT 6:30PM

Band Boosters meet tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 pm in the band room. We'll have a update from Mr. McFadden and discuss upcoming band program events. We're starting to look for next year's Boosters board members - Please join us and help support Grant Band.

EARLY SPRING CONCERT ON THURSDAY

Symphonic Band, Jazz Lab and String Orchestra will perform this Thursday, March 19 for the Early Spring Concert. Along with these three instrumental groups, Grant's men's and women's choirs will add their voices to this enjoyable evening. Call time is 6 pm for a 7 pm performance in the Grant auditorium.

We need 2 or 3 volunteers to take donations at the entrance table. If you can help, please email Amy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE TO PLAY APRIL 18

New! Jazz Ensemble will perform Saturday, April 18 at the 40th annual Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, near Eugene. Call time/transportation details for an afternoon performance will be announced soon.

PIL SOLO/ENSEMBLE CONTEST A SUCCESS

Congratulations to the Grant musicians who were selected to participate at the state solo contest at Lewis and Clark College in May:

• Rebecca Celsi - flute

Miles Cole - bassoon

Nyles Green - trombone

Michail Thompson - trumpet

Thanks to all who worked hard to represent Grant's Instrumental Music Program at this event!

WIND ENSEMBLE TAKES TROPHY AT CCC BAND CONTEST

Congratulations to Wind Ensemble for their performance at the CCC Northwest Invitational High School Band Contest on Tuesday, March 10. They won 1st place for sight reading in the 6A Division!

JAZZ ENSEMBLE PLACES AT CCC FESTIVAL

Jazz Ensemble put in an amazing performance amid fierce competition over the weekend at the CCC Instrumental Jazz Festival. They came home with the third place trophy in the 4A Division!



(Update Mar. 5, 2015)

JAZZ ENSEMBLE MARCH 14 CCC FESTIVAL 

Jazz Ensemble families, here's the latest on the clackamas community college event on Saturday, March 14. We were attempting to arrange carpools, but if you'd like, you can drive individually. Students may not drive other students to this event. 

Please arrive at CCC by 3 pm, the band plays at 4 pm. If the band advances to the playoffs, playoff time will be announced, otherwise they'll be done by
6 pm. 

We may need help getting any students without a ride there and help with equipment. Volunteers will meet at Grant at 2 pm. Please contact Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com if you can help.


Directions to Clackamas Community College Niemeyer Center, Oregon City




(Update Mar. 4, 2015)

HELP! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CCC FESTIVALS

Wind Ensemble needs one more chaperone on Tuesday, March 10 to ride the bus with the band to and from the NW Invitational Concert Band Contest at Clackamas Community College. Bus leaves from Grant around noon and returns around 6 pm.

Jazz Ensemble still needs 7 adult drivers on Saturday, March 14 to get band members and possibly haul equipment to and from the Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival.  SEE MARCH 5 UPDATE ABOVE

Please help - without you, students cannot attend these events. If you can volunteer, please email Brian McFadden at bmcfadden@pps.net as soon as possible.

PIL SOLO/ENSEMBLE CONTEST IS THIS SATURDAY

PIL/OMEA District 1 Solo/Ensemble Contest is happening this Saturday, March 7 at Cleveland High School. This is a required event for Wind Ensemble musicians. 

Download list of performance times for Grant students here

Qualifying students from this competition will advance to the State Solo Competition in May. Good luck to all!

FINAL TRIP PAYMENT DUE MONDAY, MAR. 9

Wind and Jazz Ensemble families, a reminder that final payment for the Anaheim Trip is due Monday, Mar. 9. Payment amount should reflect fundraising credits to your student's trip account. Use the convenient pay online option at Educational Travel Service's website: https://www.etsi.ws. You also can send a check to school, payable to Grant Band (not ETSI). Our trip number is 3F16.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE APRIL SCHEDULE CHANGE

Due to rescheduling of events since the start of the school year, Jazz Ensemble will not be performing at the University of Portland Jazz Festival in April. Mr. McFadden is planning on scheduling an alternate festival performance and announce as soon as details are confirmed.



(Update Feb. 27, 2015)

WIND ENSEMBLE OREGON STATE FESTIVAL INFO
MONDAY, MARCH 2

Itinerary

6:00 am    Call Time/Load Bus

6:30 am    Depart for Corvallis

8:15 am    Arrive at LaSells Stewart Center

Watch Cascade H.S. (Listening to the hall i. e., articulations, releases, resonance, etc.)

9:30 am    Warm Up

10:00 am    Perform

10:30 am    Clinic

11:00 am    Listen and adjudicate Ridgeview HS & Heritage HS

12:00 pm    Oregon State Performance/Professional Musician Clinic, 

& Lincoln HS

1:45 pm    Lunch at Memorial Union

Bring money or sack lunch (Restaurants include: Panda Express, Togo’s, McDonald’s, Pangea, Mexican food, Coffee Shop)

2:45 pm    Load Bus

3:00 pm    Depart for Portland

4:30/5 pm    Arrive Grant H.S.


Musicians must:

1. Arrive at Grant in performance attire.

2. Bring clothing to change into after our performance.

3. Bring snacks/water for pre-performance.

4. Bring food/drinks, or money for lunch on campus.

5. Talk to their teachers about make up work.

Musician Check List
____ Instrument
____ Music
____ All parts of uniform
____ Lunch/$ for lunch
____ Water
____ Clothing for after performance
____ Talked to teachers about makeup work


Download a copy of OSU Festival Info

Field Trip Permission Slip

In case you need it, download another copy of the permission slip here for OSU and Clackamas Community College March 10 Concert Band Festival. Mr. McFadden needs it before your student can board the bus Monday at 6 am in concert attire.



(Update Feb. 24, 2015)

PEP BAND PLAYS TONIGHT

Pep Band performs at Grant's home basketball game vs Franklin, tonight, Tuesday, February 24. Call time is 6:30 pm, game time is 7:30 pm. This is the final pep band performance on the schedule, so come on out. Go Generals!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CCC FESTIVALS

Wind Ensemble needs 2 adult chaperones on Tuesday, March 10 to ride the bus with the band to and from the NW Invitational Concert Band Contest at Clackamas Community College. This is a daytime event.

Jazz Ensemble needs 7 adult drivers on Saturday, March 14 to get band members and possibly haul equipment to and from the Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival. (Remember, school policy says NO student may ride with another student driver to or from any school activity.) 

If you can volunteer, please contact Mr. McFadden at bmcfadden@pps.net as soon as possible.

WIND ENSEMBLE TO OSU FESTIVAL MAR. 2

Wind Ensemble performs on Monday, March 2 at the Oregon State University Concert Band Festival in Corvallis.

Call time for Bus: 6 am at Grant

Bring lunch or money to buy lunch

Return time: approx. 5 pm at Grant

Thanks to our volunteer chaperones!

PIL SOLO/ENSEMBLE CONTEST IS MAR. 7

PIL/OMEA District 1 Solo/Ensemble Contest takes place Saturday, March 7 at Cleveland High School. This is a required event for Wind Ensemble students. Mr. McFadden will have the list of performance times for participating students soon.


(Update Feb. 16, 2015)

PEP BAND PERFORMS TOMORROW FEB. 17

Pep Band plays at Grant's home basketball game vs Jefferson, tomorrow, Tuesday, February 17. Call time is 6:30 pm, game time is 7:30 pm. It's pajama night for the band and they'll be joined by guest players from the middle schools. Parents, family and friends, come to the game and be part of the fun!

Snacks & Water Donations: please drop off your donation Tuesday morning in the band room or mark it "BAND" and leave in the main office.

IT'S FESTIVAL SEASON-VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble are hard at work getting ready for their 2015 festival appearances. We need volunteers to chaperone and help haul equipment to some performances - see below for upcoming dates.

Wind Ensemble

Mon. Mar. 2
OSU Concert Band Festival

Corvallis
Call time for Bus: 6 am @ Grant

Volunteers Needed: 2 chaperones to ride bus. If you can help, please contact Brian McFadden at bmcfadden@pps.net.


Sat. Mar. 7
PIL/OMEA District 1 Solo/Ensemble Contest

@Cleveland HS
All Day
Times:TBA


Tues. Mar. 10
Northwest Invitational Concert Band Contest-
Clackamas Community College

Niemeyer Center
Times: TBA

Jazz Ensemble

Sat. Mar 14
Instrumental Jazz Festival-
Clackamas Community College 

Niemeyer Center
Times: TBA

Volunteers Needed: 4 adult drivers to haul equipment. If you can help, please contact Brian McFadden at bmcfadden@pps.net

SSOJ RAISES MORE THAN $6,600

The tally is in! Grant Band Boosters are excited to announce this year's Sweet Sound of Jazz raised a total of $6,681 to benefit the band program and the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble's performance trip to California. Thanks to everyone who made this event a giant success!


(Update Feb. 11, 2015)

PIL-SOLO/ENSEMBLE CONTEST FORMS/FEES DUE TOMORROW

Wind Ensemble & other students participating in the PIL-Solo/Ensemble Contest, Mr. McFadden needs completed registration forms and entry fee payment returned to him tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 12. Participation is required for all Wind Ensemble students.

A form packet was handed out in class last week, but you can download a copy here:

PIL-Solo/Ensemble Contest 2015 Registration Forms

Entry fees are listed below, payable in cash or check made out to Grant Band. Ensemble fees are the total cost for the group performing, not per musician.

Solo: $10

Duet: $12

Trio: $18

Quartet: $25

Quintet: $30

Sextet: $36

Ensembles of 7 or more: $40


What is the PIL-Solo/Ensemble Contest?

On Saturday, March 7, Cleveland High School hosts the Portland Inter-League (PIL) District #1 Solo/Ensemble Contest for student-musicians. Students will perform solos or in small ensembles for judges who will grade them and give them feedback on their performance. Qualifying students from this competition will advance to the State Solo Competition on May 2, 2015 at Lewis & Clark College.

WIND ENSEMBLE INDIVIDUAL PARTS REMINDER

If your student plays in Wind Ensemble, please remind her or him that notes and rhythms (bare minimum) for individual parts of OSU Festival performance pieces must be learned by rehearsal time on Thursday, February 19.




(Update Feb. 9, 2015)

SWEET SOUND OF SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Sweet Sound of Jazz such an incredible evening: Student players, Mr. McFadden, SSOJ co-chairs Karin Lamberton & Amy Camp, Band Boosters President Amy Geoffroy, volunteers, food & auction donors, parents, families, friends, GHS administration and facilities staff and PSU's Mario Sandoval Trio. Special thanks also to our sponsors: OnPoint Credit Union, Advantis Credit Union, Interstate Special Events and Donna Wax Architect. We'll announce the total amount raised soon.

SSOJ 2015


TRIP PAYMENT #3 DUE TODAY

Wind and Jazz Ensemble families, trip payment #3 of $250 is due today, Monday, Feb. 9. You can pay online at Educational Travel Service's website: https://www.etsi.ws or send a check to school, payable to Grant Band (not ETSI). Our trip number is 3F16.

BOOSTERS MEET TUESDAY AT 6:30PM

Band Boosters meet tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm in the band room. This is a change from our regular schedule - Pep Band will be performing during our usual third Tuesday time slot. We'll have a Sweet Sound of Jazz recap, get updates on other fundraising efforts and discuss upcoming band program happenings. See you there!

NEXT PEP BAND PERFORMANCE IS FEB. 17

Pep Band plays at Grant's home basketball game vs Jefferson, Tuesday, February 17. Call time is 6:30 pm, game time is 7:30 pm. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to attend - it's going to be an extra-fun performance with special guests from the middle schools!

We need lots of snack and water donations for the band's break to keep them going - please drop off your donation this week in the band room or mark it "BAND" and leave in the main office.



(Update Feb. 2, 2015)

IT'S ALMOST HERE-THE SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ IS FRIDAY!

The Grant High School Band Program presents
The Sweet Sound of Jazz
License to Chill
Friday February 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Grant High School Old Gym
2245 NE 36th Ave.

Featuring Grant's Jazz Bands and Wind Ensemble and the Portland State University Jazz Ensemble. Your License to Chill includes access to our exclusive appetizer and dessert buffet, and silent auction. The auction items are awesome - a mountain getaway spot, nights on the town, event tickets, jewelry, Nike gear and lots more!

This special evening event benefits Grant High School's band program and the Jazz and Wind Ensembles' Anaheim CA Performance Tour this April. Please join us to celebrate and support our wonderful youth musicians!

Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Student/Seniors, $45 Family. Purchase tickets online now or at the door.

Thanks to our sponsors: OnPoint Community Credit Union, Advantis Credit Union, Interstate Special Events, and Donna J. Wax, Architect

LAST CALL FOR DESSERT & APPETIZER DONATIONS!

We still need to hear from you about appetizers and desserts donations. Are you sending vegetable or fruit trays, cheese and cracker trays, cupcakes, cookies and dessert bars? Any sweet or savory finger foods that can be easily served and don't need to be heated up or kept warm/cold work great.

Food donations can be dropped off at the Grant High School Old Gym on the day of the event, Friday Feb. 6, from 3 to 5 pm. If you'd like your container/dish returned, please mark the bottom of the container with your name and phone number on a piece of tape so we can return it to you if you don't pick it up the night of the event.

It's important to let us know if you're donating so we know what to expect - please email Karin Lamberton at klittlelamb@comcast.net.

PEP BAND PLAYS TOMORROW FEB. 3

Pep Band will perform tomorrow Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Grant for the basketball game vs Cleveland. Call time is 6:30 pm, first game starts at 6:30 pm, game at 7:30 pm. Snack and water donations are  appreciated. Go Generals!

TRIP PAYMENT #3 DUE MONDAY, FEB. 9

Wind and Jazz Ensemble families, a reminder that trip payment #3 of $250 is due Monday, Feb. 9. Use the convenient pay online option at Educational Travel Service's website: https://www.etsi.ws. You also can send a check to school, payable to Grant Band (not ETSI). Our trip number is 3F16.

NEXT BOOSTERS MEETING: FEBRUARY 10

The date of the next Band Boosters meeting has been changed to Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm in the band room (Pep Band will be performing during our usual third Tuesday time slot). We'll have a fundraising update, plus discuss upcoming band program happenings. Please join us!



(Update Jan. 27, 2015)

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ - COMING NEXT WEEK!


YOUR DESSERT & APPETIZER DONATIONS NEEDED

10-9-8...The countdown is on for Sweet Sound of Jazz and we need appetizers and desserts. Looking for ideas for what to donate? Vegetable or fruit trays, cheese and cracker trays, cupcakes, cookies and dessert bars are good - any sweet or savory finger foods that can be easily served and don't need to be heated up or kept warm/cold. (We don't have a kitchen or a cleanup area).

Food donations can be dropped off at the Grant High School Old Gym on the day of the event, Friday Feb. 6, from 3 to 5 pm. If you'd like your container/dish returned, please mark the bottom of the container with your name and phone number on a piece of tape so we can return it to you if you don't pick it up the night of the event.

Let us know if you can donate - please email Karin Lamberton at klittlelamb@comcast.net.

VOLUNTEERS, PLEASE, FOR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ

Be part of the Sweet Sound of Jazz crew! We need volunteers for the following shifts:

        Thursday, Feb. 5

7:30 pm-10 pm Set-up

Friday, Feb. 6

8 am-noon: Set-up
Noon-3 pm: Set-up
5 pm-7 pm: Event (tickets, food/beverage, auction)
9 pm-11 pm: Clean up

To volunteer, please email Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com.

HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR TICKETS?

The Grant High School Band Program presents
The Sweet Sound of Jazz
License to Chill
Friday February 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Grant High School Old Gym
2245 NE 36th Ave.

Featuring Grant's Jazz Bands and Wind Ensemble and the Portland State University Jazz Ensemble. Your License to Chill includes access to our exclusive appetizer and dessert buffet, and silent auction.

 
This special evening event benefits Grant High School's band program and the Jazz and Wind Ensembles' Anaheim CA Performance Tour this April. Please join us to celebrate and support our wonderful youth musicians!


Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Student/Seniors, $45 Family. Purchase tickets online now or at the door.


Thanks to our sponsors OnPoint Community Credit Union, Advantis Credit Union, Interstate Special Events, and Donna J. Wax, Architect

CLARK COLLEGE JAZZ FEST PERFORMANCE CANCELLED

Because of a scheduling conflict, Jazz Ensemble will be not be performing at the Clark College Jazz Festival this weekend. Please check the Grant Band calendar for the latest schedule updates.




(Update Jan. 19, 2015)

BAND BOOSTERS MEET TOMORROW 6:30 PM

Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 pm in the band room for the Band Boosters meeting. We will hear from Mr. McFadden about the current and upcoming events AND hear how our big fundraiser, Sweet Sound of Jazz, is shaping up. See you there!

PEP BAND PLAYS DOUBLE HEADER ON FRIDAY

Pep Band will play for TWO games this Friday, January 23. We will be performing at the women's and men's varsity games against Lincoln. Call time is 5:30 pm, first game starts at 6:30 pm and the second at 8 pm.

Pep Band needs snack and water donations. Since the band will be playing until about 9:30, it's going to be a long night. We would love to have plenty of good, nutritious (and not-so-nutritious) snacks and water to keep them going. Please send what you can to school by Friday morning.

Go Generals!

VOLUNTEER FOR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ

For our Sweet Sound of Jazz crew, we need volunteers for the following shifts:


Thursday, Feb. 5

7:30 pm-10 pm Set-up

Friday, Feb. 6

8 am-noon: Set-up

Noon-3 pm: Set-up

5 pm-7 pm: Event (tickets, food/beverage, auction)

9 pm-11 pm: Clean up


To volunteer, please email Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com.

DESSERTS & APPETIZERS WANTED

We need appetizers and desserts for Sweet Sound of Jazz. Any sweet or savory finger foods that can be easily served and don't need to be heated up or kept warm/cold. (We won't have a kitchen or a cleanup area.) Examples: vegetable or fruit trays, cheese and cracker trays, cupcakes, cookies and dessert bars.

Food donations can be dropped off at the Grant High School Old Gym on the day of the event, Friday Feb. 6, from 3 to 5 pm. If you'd like your container/dish returned, please mark the bottom of the container with your name and phone number on a piece of tape so we can return it to you if you don't pick it up the night of the event.

If you can donate, please email Karin Lamberton at klittlelamb@comcast.net

BUY YOUR SSOJ TICKETS TODAY!

The Grant High School Band Program presents
The Sweet Sound of Jazz
License to Chill
Friday February 6, 2015, 6:30 pm

Grant High School Old Gym
2245 NE 36th Ave.

Featuring Grant's Jazz Bands and Wind Ensemble and the Portland State University Jazz Ensemble. Your License to Chill includes access to our exclusive dessert buffet, and silent auction.

This special evening event benefits Grant High School's band program and the Jazz and Wind Ensembles' Anaheim CA Performance Tour this April. Please join us to celebrate and support our wonderful youth musicians!

Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Student/Seniors, $45 Family. Purchase tickets online now or at the door.

Thanks to our sponsors OnPoint Community Credit Union, Advantis Credit Union, Interstate Special Events, and Donna J. Wax, Architect

GRANT ALL-STATE PERFORMERS REPRESENT!

Mr. McFadden reports Grant Band All-State honor ensemble participants Miles Cole, Rebecca Celsi, Michail Thompson and Emily Geoffroy worked hard at rehearsals all weekend in Eugene. The concert performances at the Hult Center were a great success. Congratulations!

2015-All-State-Wind-Symphony  2015-All-State-Symphonic-Band

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(Update Jan. 15, 2015)


SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ IMPORTANT NEWS

VOLUNTEER FOR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ

Grant Band's biggest fundraiser of the year needs your help to make it a success! We need volunteers for the following shifts:


Thursday, Feb. 5

7:30 pm-10 pm Set-up

Friday, Feb. 6

8 am-noon: Set-up

Noon-3 pm: Set-up

5 pm-7 pm: Event (tickets, food/beverage, auction)

9 pm-11 pm: Clean up


To volunteer, please email Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com.

SSOJ DESSERTS & APPETIZERS WANTED

With Sweet Sound of Jazz right around the corner, we need donations for desserts and appetizers! Sweet or savory, you can keep it simple: finger foods that don't require heating up or being kept warm/cold work best as we don't have a kitchen. Examples: vegetable or fruit trays, cheese and cracker trays, cupcakes, cookies and dessert bars.

Food donations can be dropped off at the Grant High School small gym on the day of the event, Friday February 6, between 3:00 - 5:00 pm.  If you would like your container/dish returned, please mark the bottom of the container with your name and phone number on a piece of tape so we can return it to you if you don't pick it up the night of the event.

If you can donate, please email Karin Lamberton at klittlelamb@comcast.net.

BUY YOUR SSOJ TICKETS TODAY!

The Grant High School Band Program presents
The Sweet Sound of Jazz
License to Chill
Friday February 6, 2015, 6:30 pm
Grant High School Old Gym
2245 NE 36th Ave.
 
Sweet Sound of Jazz: License to Chill  is a benefit concert featuring the smooth and cool talent of Grant's Jazz Bands and Wind Ensemble and the suave sophistication of The Portland State University Jazz Ensemble. Your License to Chill includes access to our exclusive dessert buffet, and silent auction.
 
This special evening event benefits Grant High School's band program and the Jazz and Wind Ensembles' Anaheim CA Performance Tour this April. Please join us to celebrate and support our wonderful youth musicians!

Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Student/Seniors, $45 Family. You can purchase tickets online now or at the door.

Thanks to our sponsors OnPoint Community Credit Union, Advantis Credit Union, Interstate Special Events, and Donna J. Wax, Architect

TRIP FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY -
CHOCOLATE BARS

Students going on the Anaheim, CA trip can sell chocolate bars starting this week, with proceeds going to their individual trip accounts. If your student is interested, have her or him see Mr. McFadden for details or email bmcfadden@pps.net.

NEXT BAND BOOSTERS MEETING JAN. 20

The next Band Boosters meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 pm in the band room. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!



(Update Jan. 5, 2015)

TWO PEP BAND PERFORMANCES THIS WEEK

Pep Band starts the new year playing two home Basketball game performances this week. Students in Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble are required to attend, but all band students are welcome.

Tues. Jan. 6
@Grant vs Jefferson
SB, WE, PE
Call: 6:15 pm
Game: 7:30 pm


Fri. Jan. 9
@Grant vs Roosevelt
SB, WE, PE
Call: 6:15 pm
Game: 7:30 pm


Please send snacks so the band can recharge during their break. It makes a big difference to our hard-working musicians. You can drop off your donation in the band room or in the main office - or send the donation with your student. Go Generals!

TRIP PAYMENT #2 DUE THIS FRIDAY

Wind and Jazz Ensemble families, trip payment #2 of $250 is due Friday, Jan. 9. You can send a check to school, payable to Grant Band (not ETSI) or pay online at Educational Travel Service's website: https://www.etsi.ws. Our trip number is 3F16.

SSOJ PLANNING MEETING JAN. 11

Help wrap up important details at the final Sweet Sound of Jazz planning meeting on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2 pm. We'll be meeting at our co-chair's home at 841 N. Terry St. RSVP to Amy Camp, acamp324@gmail.com.


Have you bought your Sweet Sound of Jazz tickets? You can get them online now!



(Update Dec. 19, 2014)

PEP BAND STARTS AGAIN JANUARY 6

Pep Band's Basketball season performances hit the court running right after Winter Break. Students in Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble are required to attend, but all band students are welcome.

Tues. Jan. 6
@Grant vs Jefferson
SB, WE, PE
Call: 6 pm
Game: 7:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 9
@Grant vs Roosevelt
SB, WE, PE
Call: 6 pm
Game: 7:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 23
@Grant vs Lincoln
SB, WE, PE
Call: 5:30 pm
1st Game: 6:30 pm
2nd Game: 8 pm

More dates will be added soon - check the Calendar for updates. Go 
Generals!

TRIP PAYMENT #2 DUE JANUARY 9

Wind and Jazz Ensemble families, a reminder that trip payment #2 of $250 is due Friday, Jan. 9. You can send a check to school, payable to Grant Band (not ETSI) or pay online at Educational Travel Service's website: https://www.etsi.ws. Our trip number is 3F16.

There are still a few families who have not registered and it is holding up the process of paying the travel company. Please register by December 23 or your student may not be able to attend. Contact Mr. McFadden at bmcfadden@pps.net with any questions.

You can see the complete payment schedule, trip and fundraising info on our Band Trip page.

SSOJ AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED

Do you have a time share or tickets to a sporting or performing arts event you can donate for the auction and raffle at The Sweet Sound of Jazz- License to Chill on February 6? Your items can help make this event to support the Grant Band program extra sweet. Please email Amy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com to donate.

And don't forget - you can buy your tickets online now.

GRANTASIA! THANKS

Another big round of applause to all Grant High School instrumental, vocal and dance groups and visual artists for last evening's amazing Grantasia! Special thanks to all our volunteers who baked and staffed tables at the event.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



(Update Dec. 15, 2014)

GRANTASIA! THIS THURSDAY

Don't miss our annual collaborative arts extravaganza Grantasia! on Thursday, December 18 at 7 pm in the GHS Auditorium, with an Art Gallery and informal music and dance performances at 6 pm in center hall.

Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets are $5 - on sale now in the Student Store/Bookkeeper's Office and available at the door the night of the event.

We need Bake Sale volunteers for the following shifts at the performance:

• 6 pm - 7 pm (2 people needed)
• Intermission (2 needed)
• Closing (2 needed)


Please bring your BAKED GOODS for sale to the front hall by 6 pm or send them in with your student on Thursday morning.

Contact Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com and let us know if you can help!

BAND BOOSTERS MEET TOMORROW

Hope to see you at our Band Boosters meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 pm in the band room. Mr. McFadden will have an update and we'll discuss all that's happening to support Grant's amazing band program!

ZOOLIGHTS TRIP ON FRIDAY

The annual student-led trip to ZooLights is Friday, Dec. 19. Students meet in the band room at 5:45 pm and take MAX to the Zoo. Bring $10. Ugly holiday sweater optional.

GET YOUR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ TICKETS

Don't wait - buy your tickets online now for The Sweet Sound of Jazz - License to Chill.

This Grant High Instrumental Program benefit concert on February 6 will feature the smooth and cool talent of Grant's Jazz Bands and Wind Ensemble and the suave sophistication of The Portland State University Jazz Ensemble. Your License to Chill includes access to our exclusive dessert buffet, raffles and silent auction.



(Update Dec. 10, 2014)

GRANTASIA APPROACHES!

Grant High School's second annual performing and visual arts showcase, Grantasia is coming up Thursday, December 18 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm.

Grantasia is a dazzling Winter Holiday celebration that combines the talents of all Grant art classes. Look forward to an evening of musical performances by all instrumental ensembles, inspired dance pieces, as well visual art displayed throughout the event — in the lobby and auditorium before the show.

Suggested admission is $5.00 per person.

To prepare for this event, there is a special rehearsal schedule for all ensembles:

Mon. Dec. 15
Rehearsal All Day During School
8:15 am - 3:15 pm
GHS Auditorium

Wed. Dec. 17
Rehearsal After School
3:30 - 7 pm
GHS Auditorium

Please contact Mr. McFadden with any rehearsal schedule questions at bmcfadden@pps.net

We'll also be holding a candy and bake sale during Grantasia – to volunteer to bake and help staff tables (students and adults needed!), please email Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com.

ZOOLIGHTS KICK OFF WINTER BREAK

A tradition many of our students look forward to is a trip to the Zoo on the Friday night before Winter Break. This is an student-led event. Students, meet in the band room at 5:45 pm on Friday, Dec. 19 and take MAX to the Zoo. Bring $10 and if you want, wear an ugly holiday sweater!

TRIP FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES

Wind and Jazz Ensemble Families: we are actively providing opportunities for students to earn money for their trip accounts. We held a letter writing campaign last week, students help with bake sales, and candy sales are planned starting next week. Mr. McFadden will have more details soon.

Please note that ALL students who are requesting aid for the trip need to participate in these fundraisers.

We have a template for a letter to send to friends and families and to any businesses your family may wish to approach. This is a great way of asking for support especially before the holidays. Download the letter template here

THE SWEET SOUND OF...SPONSORS

Buy your tickets online now for The Sweet Sound of Jazz on Feb. 6!
 
Thanks to our Major Chord Sponsor OnPoint Community Credit Union and our Minor Chord Sponsors Donna Wax Architect and Interstate Rentals. It's not too late to sponsor our largest fundraiser of the year for the band program. Email Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com for details.

AND...next time you are at Blind Onion Pizza, make sure to thank them for donating all the pizzas on Veterans Day. We are grateful to supporters in the community. 

NEXT BAND BOOSTERS MEETING DEC. 16

Join us at the next Band Boosters meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 pm in the band room. Mr. McFadden will have an update and we'll discuss all that's happening to support Grant's amazing band program!



(Update Dec. 1, 2014)

LETTER-WRITING FUNDRAISER ON THURSDAY

Wind Ensemble/Jazz Ensemble Students and families -- the Anaheim, CA Trip Letter Writing Fundraiser will be held this Thursday, Dec. 4, 3:30-5 pm in the Band Room. Students will be addressing donation request letters to family members, friends and others who may be able to contribute to the trip.

For more details, please email Jen Allen at jen.jenniferallen@gmail.com 

MEET US AT SSOJ MEETING DEC. 6

Please join us Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 pm at NoHo's Hawaiian Cafe for the next Sweet Sound of Jazz planning meeting. SSOJ benefits all Grant Band students and your help makes a difference. Noho's is located at 4627 NE Fremont St.
 
Contact co-chair Amy Camp for more info: acamp324@gmail.com

SSOJ POSTER DEADLINE NEAR

Do you have a sponsor in mind for Sweet Sound of Jazz? Get them on board now - the deadline is December 15 to be included on our promotional posters. Sign up sponsors using our donation request letter and form:

Donation request letter
Procurement form

or email your leads to Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com.

GET READY FOR GRANTASIA

Grantasia on December 18 will feature the work of every Grant High School art class -- both performing and visual -- in one beautiful Winter Holiday celebration!

We need parents to organize and bake treats to sell at our concession table at the event. If you can help, please email Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com.

HONOR BAND AWESOMENESS

Mr. McFadden says Western International Band Clinic was an amazing success! The students rehearsed for nearly 15 hours over the span of two days and put on tremendous concerts at the end. Lots of fun and a great learning opportunity for all. Be sure to check out the Grant Band Facebook group for photos.

In more honor band news, Quin McIntire, saxophone, and Xander Collins, viola, were selected for 2015 All-Northwest performing groups. All-Northwest groups perform in conjunction with the 2015 National Association of Music Education Northwest Division Conference in February.

Just announced - Emily Geoffroy, clarinet, also has been selected for 2015 All-State Symphonic Band as an alternate. All-State honor groups perform at the Oregon Music Education Association's event in January.

Congratulations!



(Update Nov. 17, 2014)

KUDOS TO MARCHING BAND & VOLUNTEERS

Nice work by the Marching Band at the Veterans Day Parade! Thanks to all the families who helped out from arranging for pizza for the band to helping cart equipment back on a cold and blustery day.

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING THIS TUESDAY

Please join us at this month's Band Boosters meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 pm the theater teacher room L1 (note the location change - follow the signs from the band room). Mr. McFadden will update us on band happenings, we'll discuss upcoming events and more.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE PLAYS AT INFO NIGHT

Jazz Ensemble will perform at Grant's 8th Grade Information Night on Wednesday, November 19. Call time is 5:30 pm, performance at
6:10 pm in the auditorium.

Thanks to Donna Wax, Nicole Thorburn, Charlie Brown and Daniel Sartin for helping out at our band info table. Let's get those 8th graders committed to joining band at Grant!

BAKE SALE 11/20 AT BEAUMONT'S FALL CONCERT (AT GHS)

Wind and Jazz Ensemble students are hosting a bake sale to raise money for their California trip at Beaumont Middle School Bands Fall Concert at Grant on Thursday, November 20. Come support Beaumont bands and get some tasty treats. Bake sale starts at 6 pm, concert at 6:30 pm.

CONGRATS, WIBC PARTICIPANTS

The following Grant Band students are headed to the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle this weekend:

•    Katie Davidson
•    Adrian Galash
•    Nyles Green
•    Rachel Ha
•    Izzy Schulenburg
•    Samantha Soumokil

Rebecca Celsi was also accepted but cannot attend because of another performance.

Congratulations to all!

TRIP PAYMENT #1 DUE

Wind and Jazz Ensemble families, trip payment #1 of $250 was due November 9. There are still a few families who have not registered with ETSI and/or made a payment. Please visit www.etsi.ws immediately. Grant Band Boosters owes ETSI all the initial registration fees but can't make them until our count is official.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ: LICENSE TO CHILL

License to Chill is our theme for the Sweet Sound of Jazz on February 6! Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab and Wind Ensemble will perform as well as special guests Portland State University Jazz Ensemble. Buy tickets today.

Interested in sponsoring the event, or donating an item to our silent auction? Email Amy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com.



(Update Nov. 10, 2014)

ONE MORE PARADE DAY DRIVER NEEDED

We need one additional driver with a truck, SUV or van to meet us at the end of the Veterans Day Parade route (NE 48th and Sandy) on Tuesday. You'll be part of our team helping the marching band cart large equipment back to Grant. If you're available, please email Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS, ALL-STATE MEMBERS!

Mr. McFadden is pleased to announce Grant High School Instrumental Music Program students selected to participate in 2015 Oregon All-State honor groups. Congratulations!

Miles Cole, bassoon - Oregon All-State High School Wind Symphony

Rebecca Celsi, flute - Oregon All-State High School Symphonic Band

Xander Collins, viola - Oregon All-State High School Symphonic Band

Michail Thompson, trumpet - Oregon All-State High School Symphonic Band

Oregon Music Education Association's All-State musical event takes place January 16-18, 2015 in Eugene at the Hilton Conference Center and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

SPECIAL GUESTS JOIN BANDS AT SSOJ

We are excited to announce Portland State University's Jazz Ensemble will be our special guests at this year's Sweet Sound of Jazz. The ensemble, under the direction of Charley Gray, will perform along with the Grant bands for a fantastic evening of music to support Grant's music program.


Sweet Sound of Jazz on February 6 is our biggest fundraiser of the year. You can make it big success by helping secure event sponsors or items for our silent auction and raffle. Think about who you know or companies you do business with that can contribute. Then use our donation request letter and form to make asking easy:

Donation request letter

Procurement form


or email Amy Geoffroy with your donations or leads at geoffroyamy@gmail.com


Big thanks go to out to Heather Smit, a Grant Band parent who is donating a whole bunch of Nike gear!

BAND BOOSTERS MEET NEXT TUESDAY

Your involvement keeps Grant Band strong. Please come to the next Band Boosters meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 pm in the band room. Everyone is welcome and needed!



(Update Nov. 4, 2014)

PEP BAND ALBANY TRAVEL DETAILS FOR FRIDAY, NOV. 7

Grant Pep Band will be traveling with the football team to Albany on Friday, Nov. 7 for the first game of the 6A state playoffs against West Albany High School. Here are details for the trip:

• Band students call time: 4 pm in the Band Room to load equipment

• Bus to West Albany High School departs: 4:30 pm 

Signed permission slip must be turned in to Mr. McFadden by Friday in order to board the bus. We need at least 1 chaperone to travel with the band. Please email Mr. McFadden at bmcfadden@pps.net if you're available.

• Game time: 7 pm

• Arrival back at Grant: 10:30 to 11:30 pm (depending on traffic\if the game goes into overtime. Mr. McFadden will post on the Grant Band Facebook page when the bus leaves Albany.)

Please help out our musicians by sending snacks and bottled water to school by Thursday morning.

If you're interested in going to the game, Grant has a Rooter Bus to West Albany High School leaving at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $10 (includes game admission), available in the student store.

Go, Generals!



(Update Nov. 3, 2014)

PEP BAND TRAVELS TO ALBANY ON FRIDAY

This just in - The Grant Pep Band will be traveling with the football team to Albany on Friday, Nov. 7 for the first game of the 6A state playoffs against West Albany High School. It is awesome being asked to do this because it shows how much of an impact the band has on school spirit. We'll post more details about departure and post-game return times as soon as we hear back from the bus company.

Marching rehearsal scheduled for Friday is cancelled.

PARADE DAY HELP WANTED

For the Veterans Day Parade, November 11, the marching band needs 4 drivers, preferably with trucks, SUVs or vans, to meet them at the end of the route (NE 48th and Sandy) and help cart large equipment back to Grant.

If you're available, please email Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com

DRUM UP THE BAND AT UPCOMING EVENTS

To keep the program going strong, we're taking advantage of opportunities to promote Grant Band to 8th graders and other middle school students. We need your help at these events:

-Grant's 8th Grade Information Night, Wednesday, Nov. 19. Volunteers are needed to staff the Band table.
 
-Beaumont Band's Fall Concert at Grant, Thursday, Nov. 20. We'll need two adults to count cash for the Wind and Jazz Ensembles bake sale at the concert. Mr. McFadden will be asking band students who want to raise money towards their trip costs to help out with the bake sale and ushering.

To sign up for either event, please email Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com

JOIN THE SSOJ DESSERT COMMITTEE

Sweet Sound of Jazz on February 6 is our biggest fundraiser of the year and desserts make it sweet! Our SSOJ Dessert Committee needs three or four people to help collect donated treats from the community.

Can you help? Please email one of our SSOJ chairs: Karin Lamberton at klittlelamb@comcast.net or Amy Camp at acamp324@gmail.com

TRIP PAYMENT DUE NOV. 9

The first payment for the Wind Ensemble/Jazz Ensemble trip to Anaheim is due Nov. 9. There are two ways to pay: by check made payable to Grant Band (not ETSI) or pay online at www.etsi.ws. Remember, our trip ID is 3F16.

If you haven't spoken with Mr. McFadden about specific financial needs (and confirmed the amount your family can contribute), please do that this week.

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING TIME CHANGE

Please come to our next Band Booster meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 pm in the band room. We've moved our meeting time this month due to the PTA meeting's November schedule shift.



(Update Oct. 27, 2014)

NO PEP BAND THIS FRIDAY

Pep Band will not be performing this Friday, Oct. 31. Football playoff dates (if any) and basketball season performances will be announced soon. Thanks for all your support of Pep Band & Happy Halloween!

MARCHING REHEARSALS FOR 2014 VETERANS DAY PARADE

Marching Band - which includes students from Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble - is getting ready for its annual appearance in the Veterans Day Parade, Tuesday, November 11 in the Hollywood District. The rehearsal schedule is as follows:

Tues. Oct. 28 - 3:20-5 pm
Wed. Nov. 5 - 3:20-5 pm
Fri. Nov. 7 - 3:20-5 pm
Mon. Nov. 10 - 10 am-2 pm (planning day-no school)

PARADE DAY:
Tues. Nov. 11
Veterans' Day Parade
8 am call
Band Room
9:45 am Parade begins
12:30 pm Pizza Party for the Marching Band in the band room AFTER students turn in uniforms

The parade route starts at NE 40th and Tillamook and concludes at NE 48th and Sandy Boulevard. See the parade's official website for more info.



(Update Oct. 20, 2014)

BAND BOOSTERS MEET TOMORROW
TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 6:30 PM

Please join us at the Band Boosters meeting, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m. in the band room. We're working on plans for Sweet Sound of Jazz, a trip, marching band and more, so please come and take part.

This meeting will last 45 minutes, with the Wind and Jazz Ensembles parent meeting for the Disneyland trip immediately following.

WIND & JAZZ ENSEMBLE PARENTS -TRIP MEETING TOMORROW, OCT. 21, 7:15 PM

Wind and Jazz Ensembles Parent Meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21 from 7:15 to 8 p.m. in the band room. We'll talk about group and individual fundraising, chaperoning, and answer your questions. 

Wind and jazz ensembles travel April 10-13 to workshop and perform at Disneyland and University of Southern California.

RUN, JEN, RUN!

Band parent and former Band Boosters president Jennifer D. Allen is running a 50K ultra race on November 1 - her first event since having major surgery this summer. The race will also be a win for our student musicians. As part of her run, Jen is asking for pledges and all proceeds will support Grant Band!

To learn more and make a pledge, visit https://grantboosters.schoolauction.net/band50k/give



(Update Oct. 15, 2014)

WIND & JAZZ ENSEMBLE FAMILIES - DISNEY TRIP!

As many of you know, every other year, wind and jazz ensembles travel to Southern California for a Disneyland/USC trip. The dates for this year's trip are April 10-13 (Friday is a teacher planning day so they miss only 1 day of school). The expected cost per student is $995.

We'll be holding a Wind and Jazz Ensembles Parent Meeting, Tuesday, October 21 from 7:15 to 8 p.m. in the band room to discuss group and individual fundraising, chaperoning, and answer any questions you may have.

FALL CONCERT PHENOMENON!

Thank you to all the parents, students, staff, alumni and Grant community members who came out to show their support of Grant Band at our fall concert. It was wonderful to see such great performances so early in the year from all the ensembles. Can't wait to hear what they have in store for us at Grantasia on December 18th!

A special call-out goes to the kids, parents, alum parents and even a parent with no child in band who baked goodies for our bake sale. Between door donations, the bake sale, coffee and the raffle, you helped us earn over $1,200 to support the program.

PEP BAND HATS & PEP BAND SNACKS

Have you paid for your Pep Band hat yet? Please make checks for $11 payable to Grant Band and bring them to the bookkeeper or to the band room. As always, if you have a financial difficulty in purchasing this equipment, please email Brian McFadden at bmcfadden@pps.net

Pep Band performs this Friday, Oct. 17 at the Homecoming game against Sprague. Game time is 3:30 p.m. - come and cheer! 8th grade band students from local middle schools will joining the Pep Band for this game!

The band needs snacks donations - fruit, fruit/granola bars - please bring them to the band room or drop them in the school front office by Friday morning. Thanks!

BAND BOOSTERS NEXT MEETING OCT. 21

Please join us at the next Band Boosters meeting, Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the band room. There's a lot to plan with Sweet Sound of Jazz, a trip, marching band and more, so please come to listen and participate. We'll have a 45-minute meeting this month to allow time for the Disneyland trip meeting immediately afterwards.

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ - FEB. 6

Thank you to the 18 parents and band council members who came to our planning meeting for this year's Sweet Sound of Jazz. We have an enthusiastic group ready to make this year's fundraising a sweet success, and we'd love you to join us.

Your committees are:

SSOJ Co-Chairs: Karin Lamberton, Amy Camp & Jen Allen

Procurement: Amy Geoffroy, Chair. Phaedra Cole, Jen Allen & Nicole Thorburn

Marketing: Nancy Puglia, Kim Minasian Sparks, David Sparks, Donna Wax & Amy Geoffroy

Set-up and Decorating: Liz Colie Gadberry, Chair. Donna Wax, Karis Almgren & Phaedra Cole


The Procurement Committee needs your help NOW!

Do you have a vacation rental to offer? A special talent such as making jewelry, hats or sweaters? Are you a small business owner or work for a craft brew or sporting goods company? Do you have access to sporting or theater tickets? So you have a favorite spa, restaurant or hair stylist that you can approach? We need help securing items for our silent auction and raffle at Sweet Sound of Jazz.

Please email Amy with your donations or leads at geoffroyamy@gmail.com

Donation forms also are available here:

Donation request letter

Procurement form

and on the Boosters page.

BAND CALENDAR REVISED - TAKE A LOOK!

Dates have been added or changed on the 2014-15 Band Calendar (changes in schedule are indicated in red type). Be sure to update your calendar too!



(Update Oct. 7, 2014)

FALL CONCERT TOMORROW!

Grant Band performs tomorrow at a fall concert featuring all music ensembles. Come for an evening of great music making and buy some treats at our bake sale to support the band program!

Grant Band Fall Concert
Wednesday, October 8
GHS Auditorium
7 pm
Doors open 6:45 pm
Suggested donation: $5 (families $15)


Volunteers, set-up time is 5:45 pm. Call time for student performers is 6:30 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR DISNEYLAND/USC TRIP

Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble students hit the road April 10-13 for an exciting trip to workshops and clinics at Disneyland and University of Southern California. Information packets for the trip will be headed your way soon.

SEARCH IS ON FOR AUCTION ITEMS

Our Sweet Sound of Jazz fundraiser is February 6 and work already is underway to make it our best one yet! The procurement committee is looking for all kinds of items to put in the SSOJ auction and raffle. Can you connect them with:

Overnight trips (beach house, mountain cabin, etc)

Tickets to sporting events

Music, theater events

Dinner gift certificates

Spa or gift basket etc.

Handmade jewelry or crafts

Airline or train tickets

Ski or snowboard tickets (a day at Mt. Hood, etc.)

If you can obtain any of these items, please contact Amy Geoffroy today at geoffroyamy@gmail.com.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

Honoring our longtime friend and volunteer, the Ralph Erwin Student Musician Performance Scholarship was established by the Band Boosters to help Grant instrumental students participate in honors ensembles and to hire accompanists for solo competitions.

To apply, students request funds from Mr. McFadden or email bmcfadden@pps.net. Learn more on the Scholarships page.



(Update Oct. 1, 2014)

PEP BAND THIS FRIDAY - PLEASE SEND SNACKS

Pep Band performs at the football game vs archrival Lincoln this Friday, Oct. 3. Call time for the band is 2:45 pm (students will be excused from class at that time to play "Pep on the Porch" pre-game). Game time is 4 pm.

At this time we need everyone to send snacks to feed the band during the game! Please send snacks with your band player or drop them off to the band room by Friday afternoon. These snacks really help keep everyone going and are absolutely appreciated.

Go Generals!

COME TO SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ PLANNING ON SATURDAY

Grant Band Boosters invites you to join us at a planning meeting for Sweet Sound of Jazz this Saturday, October 4 at 4 pm at Alameda Brewhouse, 4765 NE Fremont.  Fear not, we're sandwiching the meeting between the OSU and UO games so you can still rout for your Ducks or Beavs!

SSOJ will be Friday, February 6, and we need help with marketing, procurement, decorations, event set-up and manpower.  This is our major fundraiser of the year, and proceeds this year will go primarily towards costs for the Wind and Jazz Ensembles' trip to Disneyland and USC in April 10-13 (details coming soon!).

Please RSVP to Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect.

TUNING UP FOR FALL CONCERT OCTOBER 8

Grant Band Fall Concert
Wednesday, October 8
7 pm
GHS Auditorium
Suggested donation: $5 (families $15)

Grant Band opens its performance season with a wonderful fall concert featuring all music ensembles. Something for everyone from classical to jazz. Come support our students, listen to some great music, and buy some goodies at our bake sale to support the band program.

Can you help usher or bake? Contact Donna Wax, band boosters volunteer coordinator, at dwax@pacifier.com

WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE FOR CONCERTS

Information regarding performance attire for every Grant instrumental ensemble may be found on the Handbook page. Handy!



(Update Sept. 26, 2014)

FALL CONCERT COMING UP-VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Please join us for our Fall Concert on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm in the Grant Auditorium. All Grant instrumental ensembles will perform.

Since music and dessert are an excellent combination, the Band Boosters will be hosting a Bake Sale in the lobby before and after the concert. We are asking for volunteers for ushers (3 total), bakers and sellers to make this event a success. Bake, Eat or Greet to start this band season off on the right note!

To help out, contact our volunteer coordinator Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES ON BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

For Back to School Night on Wednesday, Oct. 1, Mr. McFadden, with assistance from the Grant Wind Ensemble, will be holding a music rehearsal in the auditorium to demonstrate what daily class looks like at Grant High School.

Families are invited to stop by and listen to get a more accurate idea of what their students do and learn in band. 

HONOR BAND AUDITIONS ARRANGED

Mr. McFadden has been arranging times with students to come in and record their audition music for All-State, All-Northwest, and/or WIBC. Audition fees for All-State ($10) and All-Northwest ($20) are due by October 1. Checks should be written out to 'Grant Band.' If your student has questions, please have her or him speak as soon as possible with Mr. McFadden or email bmcfadden@pps.net.

PEP BAND PERFORMS AT NEXT HOME GAME

The next home football game is Friday, October 3 at 4 pm vs. Lincoln and the pep band will be there to energize the crowd. Call time for band players is 3:15 pm in the band room. Come support Grant!



(Update Sept. 15, 2014)

COME TO THE BAND BOOSTERS MEETING TUESDAY SEPT. 16 AT 6:30PM!

We're looking forward to seeing you Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6:30-7:30 pm in the band room (behind the auditorium) for the first Band Boosters meeting of 2014-2015.

Mr. McFadden will speak about his goals for the year and we will talk about the Booster’s plans to support the program. We also need to fill the following Booster roles: President-elect and chairs/committee members for Fundraising, Travel, Marching/Pep Band, Uniforms, and Hospitality/Concert House Coordinator.

Please join us - you make the difference!

Questions or want to volunteer and can't make the meeting? Email Amy Geoffroy, Band Boosters President, at geoffroyamy@gmail.com.

WELCOME FROM MR. McFADDEN, GRANT BAND DIRECTOR

Greetings Families!

It’s been an exciting first week back thus far. I’ve been highly impressed with the student’s ability to get focused and make quality music this early in the year.

Thank you to those who joined us at our summer workshop/ice cream social. A huge shout out to all the Band Booster Officers and Members who helped us out. Special thanks to Mark Jones, who provided the ice cream treats!

I have a few things to keep in mind as we start the fall:

1. The first home football/pep band game is Friday, September 12 vs. Sherwood at 4 pm (Call time 3:10). Symphonic, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble members are required to attend but all students are welcome. Please come and support our school!

2. Please join us for our fall concert in the Grant Auditorium on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm. It’s sure to be a great show!

3. All-State, All-Northwest (Symphonic, Wind Ensemble, Jazz and Orchestra), and Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) Auditions are all OPEN.

All-State and All Northwest Auditions are due by October 1st. An audition fee of $10 needs to be received by the band or paid online prior to auditioning. See Oregon Music Education Association's website for details.

WIBC auditions are due October 11. There is a $10 audition fee, which you will pay as part of your online registration. If you are auditioning for All-State and/or All Northwest, you may submit the same material to WIBC. See WIBC's website for details.

• Audition materials for both will be available in the band room.

• All students will be required to either audition for one of these events or perform one of the auditions for Mr. McFadden.

• Don’t miss out on these amazing musical opportunities!

I truly couldn't be more excited about the potential this year holds and we as a band look forward to sharing that with you.

All the best,

Brian McFadden
bmcfadden@pps.net

FROM AMY GEOFFROY, OUR NEW BAND BOOSTERS PRESIDENT

Dear Grant Band families,

I hope you are all energized for a great year at GHS! This is our family's first year at Grant, and while we have some natural trepidation about the transition to high school, we are very excited for our daughter to continue exploring her love of music at Grant under the direction of Mr. Brian McFadden, our new director of bands.

Good music can't happen in a vacuum, and I hope all of our families will support the great band program at Grant. Jen Allen, our former president, resigned over the summer due to unforeseen circumstances, but please join me in thanking her for her steadfast leadership with Band Boosters the past 3 years.

Our other 2014-15 board and committee chairs are: Phaedra Cole, secretary; Priscilla Klockner, treasurer; Nancy Puglia, communications; Amy Allen and Karin Lamberton, Sweet Sound of Jazz; and David Worth, Sound for Concerts.

We have a number of vacant positions partly due to the graduation of several active families, so I hope you'll consider helping take the reins. Specifically, we need to fill the following roles: President-elect and chairs/committee members for Fundraising, Travel, Marching/Pep Band, Uniforms, and Hospitality/Concert House Coordinator.

Please join the Grant Band Boosters and get involved! Our meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month, so mark your calendar for the September meeting on 9/16, 6:30-7:30. We will meet in the band room (directly behind the auditorium). If you can't make Tuesday night meetings, don't count yourselves out to help. We will need parent volunteers at concerts with concessions and set-up, carting equipment to/from area performances, setting up and staffing fundraisers, working with Mr. McFadden on travel, and helping with uniforms and marching/pep band.

Thanks to Mark Jones for providing our ice cream treats following last Thursday's band camp and to Donna Wax, Karin Lamberton and Nancy Puglia for helping with set-up/hosting/clean-up.

I look forward to meeting you all and watching our kids become the best musicians they can be.

Amy Geoffroy
Band Boosters President
geoffroyamy@gmail.com

GRANT BAND NOW ON TWITTER

It's only natural that a band should tweet! Be sure to follow the new Grant Band Twitter feed. Mr. McFadden will be sharing news and photos from the band room and beyond.

Not on Twitter yourself? You can also check for info here or join our Facebook group.

PREP DAY FOR WORKSHOP DATE CHANGED

DRUM MAJORS & BAND COUNCIL

Workshop Prep Day has changed to Monday, Aug. 25, 10 am to 4 pm in the Band Room. Please fill out the form to RSVP to let Mr. McFadden know you are coming.

ALL BAND MEMBERS & FAMILIES

Band Workshop and Ice Cream Social is Thursday, Aug. 28. Be sure to RSVP here!

Thursday, August 28th Band Workshop
Grant Band Room (behind auditorium)

1 pm - 1:30 pm Seniors
1:30 pm - 2 pm Juniors
2 pm - 3:00 pm Sophomores
3 pm - 5:30 pm All Band Members including Freshmen: Introductions and Music Rehearsal
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ice cream social. Family members welcome.

FROM AMY GEOFFROY, GRANT BAND BOOSTERS PRESIDENT

Dear Grant Band families,

My name is Amy Geoffroy, and I am serving on the Grant Band Boosters board this year.  My daughter Emily is an incoming freshman from Beaumont Middle School who plays both clarinet and alto sax.  Earlier this summer, as a parent representative, I was honored to be a part of the interview committee to select Grant's new band director, Brian McFadden.  I am excited for you all to meet him in just a few weeks!


Mr. McFadden has a master's in music education from Oregon State University and his primary instrument is trumpet.  He has a depth of experience with concert, jazz, marching and percussion ensembles, and comes to us from Wy East Middle School in Hood River and he student taught at both West Albany High School and North Albany Middle School.  He shared some creative ideas for growing the program at Grant during his interview, and I know he is looking forward to meeting your sons and daughters and working with the Grant Band Boosters.


Our Summer Workshop is just around the corner on August 28, and we need kids to sign up, parents to volunteer, and band council members and drum majors to meet with Mr. McFadden on August 27. Please read the message below in its entirety. I look forward to getting to know you all well
in 2014-15!

Amy Geoffroy

FROM BRIAN McFADDEN, GRANT BAND'S NEW DIRECTOR - REGISTER TODAY FOR AUGUST 28 BAND WORKSHOP

Greetings Grant Band members and families!

I am extremely excited to join the Grant Band program and help continue the tradition of musical excellence that has been set up by the great work of Mr. Nicholas Budge. I hope that all of you have had marvelous summers enjoying trips, the outdoors, family and friends and are ready to hit the ground running this fall beginning with our band workshop on Thursday, August 28th.


All members participating in any Grant Band ensemble are invited to practice pep band music, reunite with friends, welcome new members to the family, and enjoy ice cream treats. Below you will find a schedule of events.

Click here to fill out the Google form to RSVP.

 

Wednesday, August 27 @ Grant Band Room
For drum majors and student band council ONLY

10 am - noon       Introductions and Band Camp Prep
Noon - 1 pm         Lunch- pizza provided
1 pm - 4 pm         Band Camp Prep cont. 
 

Thursday, August 28 @ Grant Band Room
For all Grant Band members. See schedule for specific arrival time. 
Drum Majors and band council to help all day.

 
1 pm - 1:30 pm    Senior Uniform Fittings
1:30 pm - 2 pm    Junior Uniform Fittings
2 pm - 3 pm         Sophomore Uniform Fittings
 
3 pm - 5:30 pm    Introductions and Music Rehearsal

5:30 pm - 7 pm    Ice cream social. Family members welcome.
 
 
This should be an exciting year and I look forward to meeting and working with you all!

Regards,

Brian McFadden
Director of Instrumental Music
Grant High School

brian.mcfadden@hoodriver.k12.or.us (Changing soon...)


WORKSHOP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We need you to make this year's band workshop a fun, successful event! If you can help greet parents at student sign-in, with uniform fitting; set up, serving at the ice cream social or clean up, please email Amy Geoffroy today!

CONGRATS TO THE 2014-2015 BAND COUNCIL

President: Lena Bartels

Vice President: Maddy Kuhn

Historian: Paige Rojas

Snacks: Dylan Menche

Decorations: *Adrian Galash, Hannah Onderdonk, Rachel Ha

Spirit: *Grant Lamberton,Toby Oliver, Katie Davidson

A FAREWELL FROM MR. BUDGE

Dear Grant Band Family,

I have been working at Grant High School for 11 years. During that time I've been lucky enough to witness the growth of numerous musicians and the program itself. I have been very proud to call myself a General.

I have been offered, and accepted, the position at Gresham High School. While not being a full-time position, it will bring me closer to my family. I have true love for the musicians, parents and colleagues at Grant. This has made the decision a very difficult one.

I believe the Grant Band is positioned for a very strong year. It will take all of you working together to reach your goals. It is time for the leaders to step up and make that happen. I know you will all continue to work hard for the love of music, and for each other. Your calendar is set. Make it a great year.

If you would like to stop by I will be returning to clean out the office in mid July. More specific information to come.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your director.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Budge

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR BACK TO SCHOOL WORKSHOP

The day that kicks off a new school year for the band program seems like a long time from now -- but we want you to be sure to put it on your calendar now! Thursday, August 28 we will meet to try on uniforms (only for returning band members - new band members will be fitted after school starts) start learning new music and get to know each other.

Click here to download the information flyer and SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS.

2014-2015 AUDITION RESULTS (UPDATED)

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the instrumental music program at Grant this year. We have had some new, unique and great experiences this year. While we must say goodbye to some, we hope that everyone has a great summer and a truly happy life in the years ahead.

Thank you to all those who auditioned. I was pleased to hear a great deal of improvement from current members of the organization. I was also excited to hear some great things from many of our incoming members.

Before you read the list please understand that I made some difficult decisions this year. I know that I was not able to make everyone happy. But, I believe it is my job to give the musicians in my program the opportunity to succeed. Some times I have to say no. If you have any questions for me, if you believe your name was left off this list by accident, or that I have made a mistake please contact me. I would like to explain to you why. Remember, even Michael Jordan didn't play on his schools varsity basketball team as a freshman. Keep working for it, and I'm sure you will make it. Also note that there are still some available positions that I currently felt I was not able to fill. We will hold auditions in the fall if necessary.

Section Leaders are still TBA.

 

DRUM MAJORS

Paige Rojas

Nyles Green

Dylan Menche

 

WIND ENSEMBLE 2014-2015

*pending audition in the fall

Flute

Paige Rojas

Katie Davidson

Rachel Ha

Rebecca Celsi

Oboe

Samantha Soumokil

Bassoon

Miles Cole

Clarinet

Alec Mouser

Adrian Galash

Joy Salvino

Rowena Balasubramani

Emily Geoffroy

Emma Salada

Bass Clarinet

Kilian Jones

*Quin McIntire

Saxophone/Bass Clarinet/3rd Clarinet

Grant Fisher

Dylan Menche

Mitchell Bossom

Alec Adams

Spencer Ebert

Caleb Walcott

Addison Loda

Davis Almgren

Horn

Charlie Brown

*Hannah Onderdonk

Trumpet

Grant Lamberton

Toby Oliver

Eitan Davis

Odyssey Wilson

*Michail Thompson

Trombone

Nyles Green

Alex Vischer

Gabe Bader

Hannah Onderdonk

Euphonium

Joey Majidi

Tuba

Gabe Klinger

Daniel Sartin

Percussion

Maddy Kuhn

Lucas Cansler

Koby Haigerty

Lena Bartels

Michael Fenske

Noah Puggarana

Chandler Willison

Josh Kaleel

Gunnar Behny

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE 2014-2015

*pending audtion in the fall

Saxophone

Miles Cole

Emily Geoffroy

Spencer Ebert

Alec Adams

*Quin McIntire

All saxophones will be expected to double on flute, clarinet, bass clarinet or bassoon.

Trumpet

Grant Lamberton

Eitan Davis

Teagan Pendleton

Paige Rojas

Charlie Brown

*______________

Trombone

Nyles Green

Alex Vischer

Gabe Bader

Sadie Thorburn

Oliviah Gadberry

Guitar

Andrew Allen

Vibes

Lucas Cansler

Piano

Noah Puggarana

Ellory Schrepel

Bass

Finnegan Jones

Griffin Kowash

Drums

Lena Bartels

Domo Branch

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Spamalot banner

BAND BOOSTER MEETING TUES. APRIL 22

Want to know how much we made at Sweet Sound of Jazz? And what's in store for our program next year? We need lots of input and volunteers to keep our Booster organization strong. Please join us at 6:30 on Tuesday for our ONE HOUR meeting.

STATE SOLO PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

The following Grant students will be competing at the OSAA State Solo Competition on Saturday, May 3 at Lewis & Clark College. Good luck to all our musicians!

STUDENT NAME
INSTRUMENT/VOICE
TIME
LOCATION
Owen Sokoloff‐Chubb Baritone Voice 8:00 AM Council Chamber
Ethan Eisemann Baritone Voice 10:40 AM Council Chamber
Miles Cole Bassoon 11:00 AM Evans Auditorium
Blair Shepperd Bassoon 1:30 PM Evans Auditorium
Kenny Regan Oboe 4:00 PM Evans Auditorium
Alex Turner Trombone 10:40 AM Howard 102
Ben Rosene Trombone 1:40 PM Howard 102

BAND BOOSTER MEETING TONIGHT
PLEASE JOIN US AT 6:30 IN THE BAND ROOM

We will discuss our big fund raiser, Sweet Sound of Jazz, hear about this past month's festival/competition results, and look to the future with Mr. Budge.

We need more minds and hands to help with all of the events coming up. Please join us to learn more. Our president, Jen Allen runs a fast-paced, efficient meeting. We are done by 7:30

EMPTY DESSERT TABLE AT SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ?!!!!!

Typically, we present an amazing spread of desserts for our attendees. However, this year that buffet table may look sparse. We have about half as many dessert donations as we normally do! Please email Terri Wanke today to let her know you are going to donate a dessert to our big night. Small, single serving desserts are what we need. Cookies, cupcakes and other finger foods please! Terri will reply to you with the donation details. Thanks!

MR. EISEMANN STARTS FUND RAISER FOR AUDITORIUM SOUND SYSTEM

Mr. Eisemann, choir director, has posted a project through an organization called DonorsChoose.org to help crowd source funding for upgrades to the Grant auditorium sound system. You’ve all been to shows or concerts where the sound mix wasn’t quite right. Either the microphones were too loud or not loud enough, there was some strange fuzzy sounds or you had to cover your ears  from outbursts of feedback. Mr. Eisemann’s project is to purchase a 15 band Graphic Equalizer and a Feedback Suppression Processor. Both of these pieces of equipment will make a huge difference in audio quality during performances and rehearsals.
 
To learn more about the project you can visit the website HERE.

SPAMALOT PIT-ORCHESTRA REHEARSALS BEGIN

Pit-Orchestra for the Spring musical "Spamalot" has started rehearsing. The orchestra is in dire need of trumpets! Please join us or ask a friend to join us. This musical is irreverent, fast paced and hilarious.

CONGRATULATIONS TO WIND ENSEMBLE, AGAIN!

Congratulations to the Grant Wind Ensemble for their fantastic performance at the Northwest Invitational Concert Band Competition last Tuesday, March 11. All three judges qualified the band for state, for the second festival in a row. The Grant Wind Ensemble finished in 1st place.

PIL SOLO/ENSEMBLE COMPETITION A SUCCESS

Thanks to everyone for your hard work on a long day. The directors were impressed with your work ethic and attitudes. You made a great event happen.

Congratulations to the Grant musicians who were selected to participate at the state solo contest. Remember, alternates MAY be selected to perform at state.

Kenny Regan – oboe, 1st place

Blair Shepperd – bassoon, 1st place

Miles Cole – bassoon, 2nd place

Samantha Wu Rose – bassoon, 1st Alternate

Ben Rosene – trombone, 1st place

Alex Turner – trombone, 1st Alternate

Aodan Collins – cello, 2nd Alternate

Ethan Eisemann – baritone voice, 1st place

Owen Sokoloff-Chubb – baritone voice, 1st Alternate.

CONGRATULATIONS WIND ENSEMBLE!

Congratulations to the Grant Wind Ensemble. On Tuesday, March 4th they performed for Directors from Oregon State University, Corban University and Kansas State University. All three judges rated the band to be ready to perform at the OSAA State Championships. Of the 29 bands that participated 4 were rated that high. Grant finished with the second highest ratings of the two day event, finishing only behind last year’s state champion band. Better performances later this year will give the group an even better chance to be selected for the Championships. Musicians, thank you for your continued hard work!

CCC Concert Band Competition — Tuesday,  March 11th ITINERARY

WIND ENSEMBLE
10:50am  lunch, and change into performance attire
11:35       call time
11:40       load at Grant
11:55      depart
12:20pm arrive at Clackamas Community College
12:40      observe 2 HS bands
2:00        warm up
2:40        curtain
3:20        sight-read
4:00        observe CCC Concert Band (*students with other activities excused at this time)
4:50        load at CCC
5:00        depart
5:35        arrive at Grant

*Students must have a note to leave with anyone other than their parents.

PIL SOLO/ENSEMBLE COMPETITION- Sunday, March 9th

The PIL Solo/Ensemble Festival (rescheduled from February 9) takes place this Sunday, March 9 at Grant High School. Qualifiying students from this competition will compete at the State Solo competition at Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Click here for the full Grant High students' list of performance times.

Good luck to all our performers!

WIND ENSEMBLE, OSU FESTIVAL (Tuesday, Mar. 4)

Schedule:

7:15am call

7:30       depart for Corvallis

9:15       arrive at OSU

watch and listen to: S. Salem HS, Clackamas HS, Eagle Point HS

11:00     warm-up

11:30     curtain

watch and listen to: OSU Symphonic Band, West Salem HS

1:45pm  Lunch on Campus

3:15        Load bus

5:30ish  arrive at Grant

Musicians should:

1. Arrive at Grant in performance attire.

2. Bring clothing to change into after our performance.

3. Bring snacks/water for pre-performance.

4. Bring food/drinks, or money for lunch on campus.

5. Talk to their teachers about make up work.

If musicians have another activity to get to, they are free to leave at about 12:00pm, after our performance. They must have a note if they are traveling with anyone other than their parents/guardians. According to school board policy, students are not allowed to drive other students to or from school events.

 

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ RESCHEDULED

NOW EVEN SWEETER IN APRIL!

Our big fund raiser "Sweet Sound of Jazz" has been rescheduled for Friday, April 4!

Grant High School's Instrumental Music Department proudly presents its annual dessert benefit, the Sweet Sound of Jazz Friday, April 4th – 6:30-9:00pm in Grant’s Old Gym.

Sample mouth-watering desserts while enjoying the smooth and spicy sounds of Grant's award-winning jazz bands! Proceeds from the evening's exciting raffle items benefit Grant's Band department. CASH ONLY—no credit available the night of the event.

Please bring plenty of cash so you can take advantage of the exciting raffle items! Come join us and celebrate the Spirit of New Orleans through music. Tickets $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, available: online at:

https://grantboosters.schoolauction.net/sweetsoundjazz/give

Or from Darcy, the Grant High School bookkeeper, or at the door.

More information: Jen.jenniferallen@gmail.com

BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES NOW ONLINE

Minutes for January and February Band Booster meetings are available now. Please read and join us for our next meeting on March 11 when we will discuss and plan for the postponed Sweet Sound of Jazz and other events coming up in the Spring.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE!

The Grant Jazz Ensemble was recently asked, by the Grant Alumni Association, to perform with Tom Grant at a special evening event. This will be a celebration of the restoration of the steinway concert grand piano in the auditorium. This was funded by the Alumni Association and the benefits from this concert will go toward the continued up keep of the piano. This event will be on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 in the Grant High School Auditorium at 7:00pm. call time: 6:30pm.

GRANT BAND NIGHT, CANCELED

The annual Grant Band Night, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27th has been canceled. As our calendar gets more solidified in the next couple of weeks we may attempt to reschedule this date, but there are no current plans. All 8th graders who play instruments are encouraged to attend our concerts and talk to our musicians about being a part of the Grant Instrumental Music program. (especially string players!)

DISTRICT 1 (PIL) SOLO/ENSEMBLE COMPETITION UPDATE

The most likely new date for the solo festival will by Sunday, March 9th. I understand that this will make it impossible for some musicians to participate, however, it appears that this will allow the largest number of participants to take part. Please let me (Mr. Budge) know if you or your musician have any conflicts on this date.

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ - POSTPONED

Due to the uncertainty of the current calendar, the Sweet Sound of Jazz Dessert and Raffle has been postponed. We hope you will continue to plan on attending the event. If you would like to have input on the new date for the event join us at the Band Booster meeting on Tuesday, February 18th, at 6:30pm, in the Grant High School Band Room. There is a note from our Band Booster President, Jen Allen about the decision I made to postpone the event on the Grant Band Facebook page.

    - Mr. Budge

POSTPONED - DISTRICT 1 (PIL) SOLO/ENSEMBLE COMPETITION THIS SAT. FEB. 8 AT GHS

School is canceled and the solo festival has been postponed. There will be no event on Saturday February 8th. We currently plan to reschedule it. More info will be posted early next week. Thanks to all of our musicians who have put in hours of work on your performances. Can't wait to hear how you can improve with this extra time to prepare.

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

The Spirit of New Orleans Comes Alive
at Grant High School's
Sweet Sound of Jazz
When: Friday, February 21, 2014, 6:30-9pm
Where: Grant High School's "Old Gym"
2245 NE 36th Avenue

Grant High School's Instrumental Music Department proudly presents its annual dessert benefit, the Sweet Sound of Jazz. 
 
Sample mouth-watering desserts while enjoying the smooth and spicy sounds of Grant's award-winning jazz bands! Proceeds from the evening's exciting raffle items benefit Grant's Band department. CASH ONLY—no credit available the night of the event.

Please bring plenty of cash so you can take advantage of the exciting raffle items!

Come join us and celebrate the Spirit of New Orleans through music.

Tickets: $20 adults,  $15 students/seniors, available:
• online at https://grantboosters.schoolauction.net/sweetsoundjazz/give
• from Darcy, the Grant High School bookkeeper
• or at the door

More information: Jen.jenniferallen@gmail.com

DESSERTS WANTED!

Sweet Sound of Jazz just won't be sweet without lots of desserts donated by you, our GHS Band community. We ask that all desserts be single serving and easy to serve. Cookies, cupcakes and the like are best. If you can donate, please email Terri Wanke TODAY!

PEP BAND UPDATE

At last night's basketball game one of the Athletic Directors informed me that they basketball schedule had been changed. Instead of playing a boys game versus Lincoln on January 31 and a girls game versus Lincoln on February 25, both home games will be played back to back on Friday, January 31st. This will be a long night, but will give us one fewer performances during the middle of a school week. The new call time for the games on January 31st is 5:00pm.

Go Generals!

BAND BOOSTER MEETING AND MINUTES

December's Band Booster meeting is tonight, Dec. 17 at 6:30 pm in the Band Room.

Want to find out what's been going on and what we're working on before you come to the meeting? Read last month's minutes here.

GRANTASIA UPDATES

1. We are asking those who are able to to purchase stand lights or book lights for use during Grantasia. "Mighty Bright" lights work very well and can be found at Fred Meyers or many local stores.

2. Our Tuesday rehearsal has been changed to Monday to accomodate our dance classes. Thank you for your understanding.

3. Don't forget our Band Booster meeting this Tuesday, December 17th. WE NEED YOU!

BAND BOOSTER ROCK STARS WANTED

As you know we are constantly striving to support our kids and find ways to help make the Grant Band the best it can be. We need to work on building up our band board to keep a strong infrastructure in place. We have several key positions we need to fill this year while we can get people trained before many of our senior parents exit. The following are key positions that we are still looking to fill:

1. Communications Chair:
The communications chair uses online tools to communicate with the students and parents - namely the email bulletin (which uses the MailChimp online email server) and our Facebook page. Mr. Budge will be taking over the website updating - unless the new person would like to do that too. He or she should have some computer and internet skills, but this is not a highly technical job. Time required is about ½ to 1 hour a week, depending on the calendar of events. For more information please contact Susan Shepperd.

2. President Elect:
The President Elect serves for one year (or in this case - the rest of this school year) and becomes the Band Booster President the following year. The President Elect shall perform duties of the President in his or her absence and act in an advisory capacity at all times. In case of inability to serve or resignation of the President, the President Elect shall fill the unexpired term. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE! If you have any questions or are ready to be the next President-Elect, please email Jen Allan today.

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ VOLUNTEER INFO AND SIGN-UP

For your convenience, two online resources have been created to help you understand the jobs/committees that need to be filled to make our big fund raiser succeed. Click these links to read more:

Description of Sweet Sound of Jazz committees/jobs: http://goo.gl/ww13yW

Sweet Sound of Jazz Sign up: http://goo.gl/GDEVlW

Please read the descriptions and see where you can best fit to help out, and thank you in advance contributing to an excellent band event! If you sign up for a committee you will be contacted by the Chair or Co-chair of this event to explain next steps and getting started.

Remember to save the date for our next Band Booster Meeting which will be Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 PM in the band room.

GRADE BOOK ISSUES

You should receive a note from me on your 1st quarter report card stating that I was having a computer problem. I discovered that my grades were posting incorrectly and was unable to correct this problem before grades were due to be submitted. The good news is that this problem has now been fixed. Some of the members of the band may now notice that their grades have fallen, sometimes drastically. This is due to the fact that I have not had time to re-input many of the first quarter assignments. I hope to have all of the new grades posted online before the Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday. Please note that the grade you recieved on the 1st quarter report card will not change, however the correct grade information will be used to calculate the 1st semester grade. I apologize for any confusion and thank you for your patience during this very busy time of year.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE STAYING BUSY

A good time was had by all.

Thanks for joining us at our annual Tony Starlight's performance. Thanks to our host, who offered us a $50 gift certificate to add to our raffle. Thanks to the performers for sharing your music with us.

Congratulations to the Jazz Ensemble for placing 2nd at the 2013 Three Rivers League Jazz Festival!

BAND BOOSTER PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE NOV. 18

Thank you to everyone who helped out at the Veteran's Day Parade. Organization was needed for feeding students, managing uniforms, and getting to the parade. Our students looked amazing, and were able to take part in supporting our veterans and community. Thank you again to all the parents who safety-pinned, duct taped, and made those uniforms come together so the students could march. On that note, one of our upcoming projects will be a uniform rescue mission. We cannot purchase all new marching band uniforms at this time, but we can make some small efforts to rescue the current uniforms as they exist. Stay tuned for more information about the Grant Band Uniform Rescue.

Our last band booster meeting had a great turn out! We discussed upcoming events, and then had a planning meeting to sort out committees for our annual event in February called Sweet Sound of Jazz. Soon, there will be a sign-up sheet and a description of committees that are needed to help run this event posted online. Check your inbox, the Facebook page, and our webpage for the link! Please sign up for a committee so we manage an excellent event and concert as we have every year since it began! If you have any questions please email or call, though email is usually the quickest way to get a response!

Here is what we have coming up this week!

Tuesday November 19th: Three Rivers Jazz Festival

Jazz Ensemble
Where: Clackamas High School
call time: 12:30 Grant Band Room
Grant performs at 3:15 PM.

Wednesday November 20th Tony's Starlight

Jazz Ensemble
Come enjoy a wonderful evening of Jazz performed by Grant Jazz Ensemble at Tony Starlight's Supperclub and Lounge, we will pass around the donation hat, and hold a raffle!
3728 NE Sandy Blvd.
http://www.tonystarlight.com/
Make your reservations soon at (503) 517.8584
Performers' call: 6:30 PM
Curtain: 7 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, December 19th will be an exciting concert, combining choir, band, dance, and art students. We will have a parent/student run concessions table at this event -- so please note I will be sending out a call for parent volunteers at the beginning of December to help with this.

WEDNESDAY MARCHING REHEARSAL TIME CHANGE

Due to tutorial time on Wednesday, November 6, we will move our rehearsal 20 minutes earlier. 3:00-4:40pm. This will allow for more daylight and hopefully help those who have other after school commitments.

Marching Band practices three times this week for parade on Nov. 11

PRACTICES:

Mon. Nov. 4 & Wed. Nov. 6: 3:20-5:00pm
Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab

Fri. Nov. 8: 9:00am-2:00pm
Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab

THE BIG DAY:
Mon. Nov. 11
Veterans' Day Parade
7:30 am call
Band Room
9:45 am Parade begins
12:30 pm Pizza Party for the Marching Band in the band room AFTER students turn in uniforms
Parade official website

Parade Day Parent Help Wanted

Veterans' Day Parade, November 11th: We need 4 parents to assist with uniform check in after the parade. We will meet in the band room around 11:50. If you are available please email me at jen.jenniferallen@gmail.com.

Jennifer D. Allen
Band Booster President
971.235.1293

Don't forget - Band Booster Meeting Date Changed, Followed by Important Sweet Sound of Jazz meeting.

Our next Band Booster meeting will be Tuesday November 12th, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM in the band room. We had to change November meeting due to the Three Rivers Jazz Festival.

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING:
Sweet Sound of Jazz Volunteer Orientation 7:30-8:30 PM band room. After the booster meeting ends we will begin reviewing volunteer needs and assignments for SSOJ.

No Pep Band Friday, November 1

The Grant Football team will be playing a game at West Linn. The band will not be traveling to that game. If the team continues on in the playoffs more information will become available.

Yes, we have marching rehearsal on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We're Famous!... well, sort of.

Last year at the beginning of Spring Break some members of the band volunteered to work on a music video for the employees of Umpqua Bank, featuring internet sensations Peter and Evynne Hollens. We were there for about 7 hours. It has been posted on youtube so we finally get to see the results. (If you look real close.) Thanks to all the musicians and parents who helped out.

The Latest from our Band Booster President:

Hello Everyone,
 
We have a lot going on this month and into next month as well! I have included a brief summary of what events are coming up. We have a very important event called "Sweet Sound of Jazz" that will take place in February. Planning starts now and I have scheduled a volunteer orientation for November 12th after the booster meeting to review committees and the overall event, as well as get volunteers signed up. We need as many parents as we can to help out with this event, so if you can make this date please let me know. If you cannot make that date, but are still interested in helping please contact me. We will organize outside of the booster meetings, and then have committees report on their work within the meeting. Thank you in advance! Please email if you can volunteer for any of the below events. AND also, please note the November Band Booster meeting has changed due to the Three Rivers Jazz Festival, see new date below. Lastly, we have a pizza party at Lincoln this Friday for the football game with pep-band and we need drink donations for it. Please bring in drink donations this week thank you!!
 
Marching Band 1st Rehearsal is this Thursday Oct. 24th  from 3:20 -5:00 PM. More rehearsals to come! See the calendar (link on the left).

Friday, October 25th is the big cross-town clash game at Lincoln.
Call time is 3:30 pm for students in the band room.
5:00 PM pizza at Lincoln HS.
Students will be wearing their uniforms for this game
Uniforms will be checked out to students at Lincoln after pizza, check in will be during half time.   

Important Volunteer Needs: Friday Oct. 25th Pep Band - Email if you can help.
• 2-3 parents to assist with uniform check out at Lincoln, and check in. You only have to stay at the game until half time.
• Drink Donations especially needed for pizza party, please drop off in band room this week!

Monday November 11th Veteran's Day Parade
7:30 AM call time Grant Band Room, there will be a pizza party back at the Grant Band room at 12:30 PM. 

Volunteer Needs: 
• 1-2 parents to assist with uniform check  in and out.
• 2 parents to assist with pizza party
Tuesday November 12th: BAND BOOSTER MEETING 6:30 PM-7:30 PM band room
We had to change November meeting due to the Three Rivers Jazz Festival.

Tuesday November 12th: Sweet Sound of Jazz Volunteer Orientation 7:30-8:30 PM band room. After the booster meeting ends we will begin reviewing volunteer needs and assignments for SSOJ.
 
Tuesday November 19th: Three Rivers Jazz Festival - Jazz Ensemble
Where: Clackamas High School
Call time: 12:30 Grant Band Room
Grant Jazz Ensemble performs at 3:15 PM.
 
Wednesday November 20th Tony Starlight's Supperclub Jazz Ensemble performance
Come enjoy  a wonderful evening of Jazz performed by Grant Jazz Ensemble at Tony Starlight's Supperclub and Lounge, we will pass around the donation hat, and hold a raffle!
3728 NE Sandy Blvd.
http://www.tonystarlight.com/
Make your reservations soon at (503) 517-8584
call: 6:30 PM
Curtain: 7 PM
 
Sincerely,
 
Jennifer D. Allen
Band Booster President
Grant High School

From Jen - Our Band Booster President:

Please save the date: 
 
Tuesday October 15th 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Band Room
Band Booster Meeting

Thank you to those volunteering for the Prima Volta concert this week. We have six parent volunteers to assist in the lobby, and have coordinated with the band council to assign student volunteers as well. There will be two raffle items, a fifty dollar gift certificate from Killer Burger, and Oregon Symphony tickets — so remember to bring cash!

Pep band driver update:  Thanks to the parents who contacted me and offered to help haul gear! We are still looking for help on the following nights remember we need at least two drivers to haul gear.

Oct 25th: 1 more driver
Nov. 01 st: 2 drivers

Please contact me to lend your support: Jen.jenniferallen@gmail.com

Upcoming Event:

Save the date: February 21st 2014 "Sweet Sound of Jazz"

Sweet Sound of Jazz is a dessert and concert fundraiser for the Grant High band department. The event consists of performances by Grant High jazz ensembles, performance by a featured artist and delicious desserts. It is a large event and requires a coordinated parent effort put together. Please come to our next band booster meeting  to find out how you can get involved! 

Our next meeting is: Tuesday October 15th 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Band Room

Thank You Pep Band!

Our first game at Lincoln was great. The band played their best and saw some exciting football action. We all kept smiling together as we experienced a miserable 4th quarter (don't forget to dry your instruments). And everyone made it home safely (I assume). You guys made a big difference for your school by sacrificing and being at the game, especially in the rain. Thanks for your positive attitudes, that make it so awesome to work with you! See you Monday.

Pep Band, this Friday!!!

First, thank you to all who donated snacks to the band. The students really appreciated them. They also ate every last one. Please send your donations to the band room on Friday.

Now, for a completely different experience. The game itself will be the same, but traveling too and from the venue is a little bit of a headache.

Our next "home" game is at Lincoln High School. Instead of spending up to $800 the band takes the Max.

1. Students need to check in at the band room.

2.Those students with large equipment will need to load that equipment into the equipment vehicles.

3. Students will walk in a group to the Hollywood Max Station.

4. Students will check in with a parent volunteer at the Hollywood Max Transit Center.

5. Students will ride Max to Lincoln High School.

6. After the game the students will ride the Max together back to the Hollywood Transit Center.

7. They will check out with a parent volunteer.

8. Students who had equipment in the equipment truck must return to the school to put this equipment away.

9. Students who don't have equipment in the equipment truck are excused as soon as they check out at the Hollywood Transit Center.

If a student wishes to leave with family directly from Lincoln High School it is imperative that they have a signed note to give to Mr. Budge. This is for the safety of our students.

Concert Performance Attire

Information regarding performance attire for every Grant Instrumental ensemble may be found on the handbook page. Click on the "Handbook" button in the left hand column or right here. A hard copy of this information was sent home with all students this week.

Welcome to the Band, from Mr. Budge

Thank you for embarking on a great jouney with the Grant Band. Being in a school band can be one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences a young person can have. It is important to remember that being a member of a school band is more like a marathon than a sprint. For many the process started years before high school and the goal is that the journey will never end.

As the director of instrumental music at Grant I believe it is my responsibility to give as many students possible the opportunity to experience music at their best level. That level will be different for all of us and our experience will be based mostly on what we, as musicians, and as parents are willing to put into the process.

For those who don't know me, I was raised in Troutdale. I attended Reynolds High School. While I was there I participated in Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Full Orchestra all four years. I was also a member of our student government for 3 years, an honor student for 4 years and I wrestled, and played football and baseball for four years. I don't tell you these things because I think it is makes me special. I am telling you so you will understand that I want all of the musicians at Grant to be able to participate in many things while they are here.

I will also tell you that while I was in college I missed my brothers wedding because my band had a performance and my band needed me to perform a solo. I will tell you that last year I missed another brother's wedding (maybe I just don't like weddings) to be here for the "Sweet Sound of Jazz". Though that sacrfice paled in comparison to that of a Grant Band family that missed something much more important in order to be here at Grant for that very same event. What they sacrificed and what they added to the event won't be forgotten.

In short, there is no bench in the band. It takes all of us. WE NEED ALL OF YOU at our next Band Boosters meeting. Ms. Jen Allen is doing great things but it is only with ALL OF YOUR HELP that these things can continue. If you are new and think you are going to wait until your student is a junior or senior to get involved it may be too late. We need your help now to make sure we have a solid future.

FIRST PEP BAND, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH

Dear Musicians, Parents, Guardians and Friends,

Welcome to the Grant Band. Our first Pep Band performance will shortly be upon us and you may have some questions about what it all means.

Our Pep Band supports the Grant Athletic Department by performing at Varsity Football and Basketball games during the school year. The Football Pep Band consists of the woodwind and brass members of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble and the members of the Percussion Ensemble. The Basketball Pep Band (which will start in January) consists of all of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble members.

Here is some information and a few tips for your enjoyment of the activity:

Games typically last about 2 1/2 hours, but may be shorter or longer depending on game play.

The call time (time to be in the band room) for the first game is 3:10pm. We meet in the band room and then head out to the performance venue. It is our goal to be prepared to perform in time to play a few songs before the game starts. We will perform before the game starts and continue performing through half-time. We will then take a break during the 3rd quarter. We will have donated snacks available for all the band members during the 3rd quarter. Musicians are free to spend time with friends or family during the 3rd quarter, but, due to the amount of equipment we ask that only band members enter the band area at ALL times. It is important that we clean up any and all trash so that we may continue to provide snacks during the games. We will begin performing again at the start of the 4th quarter. We will perform for the rest of the game. At the conclusion of the game we will most likely perform a few pieces. We then clean the entire performance area, and return all equipment to the band room. After the area is clean, the musicians are free to go.

1. Bring a folding chair. (Make sure your name is on it. You may leave it in the band   room in the morning.) In the past we have used school chairs, but will NOT be using them this year. We are currently working with the Athletic Department to get some seating for the band, but are not able to guarantee seating for the entire band.
2. Wear blue (or your class color for Homecoming). This is your chance to show how special being a Grant General can be.
3. Wear sunscreen (if it is sunny).
4. Bring a bottle of water. Though we ask for donations it is always best to have your own bottle of water so you are sure to have some for the game. It can be both incredibly hot and incredibly cold during the football season.
5. Don’t forget a Lyre (the small clip that holds the music to your instrument).This is very important. We do not use music stands outside. Lyre may be purchased at most area music stores including Portland Music on Broadway.
6. Don’t forget your music.
7. Don’t forget your instrument.
8. Don’t forget your spirit! I promise that the more you put into the pep band experience, the more you will enjoy it.

 

CALENDAR UPDATE

One clarification and two changes.

• Back to School Night is scheduled for 10/3/13.

• The Three Rivers League Jazz Festival has been changed to 11/19/13.

• All Band Booster meetings have been moved to the THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. They will be at 6:30 pm in the band room.

 

PEP BAND UPDATE

The Grant football field is not ready yet. As a result the location of the game has been changed. Due to the fact that we only have one class period before friday, we were planning to simply perform a pre-game show and be done. It is not worth traveling across town to perform 2 or 3 songs. We will NOT be performing at the game on Friday, Sept. 6th. Thanks for your willingness to help out.

GO GENERALS!

FROM JEN ALLEN, OUR NEW BAND BOOSTER PRESIDENT

Welcome band families! We are thankful to have you and your child participating in the Grant Band Music program. I am taking over as the Band Booster President this year and look forward to meeting many of you, and seeing your faces at our monthly meetings. This year we have many opportunities for you to get involved and support your child and this awesome program! It is my hope to make all families and parents feel welcome, keep monthly meetings running on time and efficiently, and help to increase our volunteer pool!

There are many ways you can get involved from small one-time commitments like bringing water and supplies to pep band games, helping with band uniforms, to accepting a planning job for the Sweet Sound of Jazz Event. Please visit this website often for information about volunteer jobs, and make sure to get involved in a way that works for your family and their schedule. We need new parent faces at the monthly meetings to help make great things happen this year. We know how busy everyone is, so we can find a task that fits for all the many other responsibilities and volunteer work you have as parents!

Again, I look forward to the upcoming school year, getting to know you, and hoping that you and your family had a wonderful summer (which I know isn't over quite yet), so enjoy the last bit of summer! Hope to see you at our first monthly planning meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 in the band room. I will also be at the Summer workshop next Wed. Aug. 28! Please come to the Ice-cream social and say 'hi!'

DON'T MISS THE WIZ 

This modern take on the old Wizard of Oz tale is full of great music, jokes and acting. Mr. Budge and the pit-orchestra have been hard at work transforming the notes on the page into living, vibrant music.

Please come see and support our band students (both in the pit AND on stage) at one of the following shows: May 16,17,18, 23, 24 at 7:30pm. May 18 at 2pm. Tickets: Adults $12, Students $10 available at the door or in the Student Store.

D.C. AL FINE (AKA The Spring Concert)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

The D.C. al Fine concert (also known as The Spring Concert) will be held Wednesday, May 22 at 7 pm in the auditorium. All ensembles will perform in this Hollywood themed evening of music. Help us say good bye to our seniors, some of whom will be performing for the last time on the Grant stage. Doors open at 6:45 pm. No charge, but donations always gladly accepted!

AND THEN THERE'S THE CODA…
THURSDAY, MAY 30 


The Grant High Band Department invites all band students and their families to their annual awards night, Thursday, May 30. Dessert and beverages will be served, music will be performed, and awards handed out.
 
Festive food and beverage donations needed for this concert. Please consider bringing a dessert (small portions, finger foods are best) or a beverage (in a single serving can or bottle) to help make our big end-of-the year band event special. You may drop them off during the day in the band room, or on designated tables before the concert that evening.

STATE SOLO COMPETITION KUDOS

GHS results from May 4th's State Solo Championship at Lewis & Clark College:

- Ethan Eisemann, Baritone Voice, 4th place
- Blair Shepperd, Bassoon, Champion
- Allison Graaff, Clarinet, 5th place
- Kenneth Fukumoto, High Sax, 2nd Place
- Kenny M. Regan, Oboe, 2nd Place

Click here to view the full list of results.

Congratulations everyone who competed -- whether you placed in the top of your group or not -- you are champions to us at Grant!

MAY BAND BOOSTER MEETING NEXT WEEK

Please join us on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 pm in the library for our May Band Booster meeting. We will elect new officers for the 2013-2014 year and prepare for the final two concerts of this year.

Come informed! Click here to read the minutes of the April meeting.

END OF YEAR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED/DONATIONS NEEDED

There are several events and projects that need your help in these final weeks of the 2012-2013 school year. Some of them include:

Donation of desserts and drinks for The Coda (Band Awards Night, May 30). We will be sending information soon about who should bring desserts and who should bring drinks.

Begin planning for the Band Workshop in August

Begin planning for the 2014 Sweet Sound of Jazz

Email Susan Shepperd if you'd like to help out of if you want to know more. THANK YOU!

STATE SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SATURDAY

11 amazing Grant musicians will perform on Saturday, May 4, at Lewis & Clark College at the OSAA State Solo Championship. These hard-working, talented students would love to see your smiling face in the room! Performance times are as follows:

Jacob Willis, Bass Voice, 8:30 am
Kenneth Fukumoto, High Saxophone, 11:00 AM
Ben Rosene, Trombone, 11:30 AM
Joy Salvino, Clarinet, 11:30 PM
Ethan Eisemann, Baritone Voice, 1:30 pm
Owen McLafferty, Rudimental Snare, 2:30 pm
Kenny Regan, Oboe, 2:30 PM
Abe Deitle, Trumpet, 2:40 PM
Ada Harris, Tuba, 4:00 PM
Allison Graaff, Clarinet, 4:10 PM
Blair Shepperd, Bassoon, 4:30 PM

For more details and a list of performance venues, visit: http://www.osaa.org/solo/

TRL BAND FESTIVAL AT LAKE OSWEGO HS

Wind Ensemble - call time: 9:27am, curtain: 2:00pm, return to Grant around: 6:15pm
We are the first group to perform and will be staying to watch the other bands. If you have athletics or other activities make arrangements to get to those. You will be able to leave about 3:00pm. (After sight-reading)

U of P JAZZ FESTIVAL IN THE CHILES CENTER

Jazz Ensemble -- We just received a schedule change. We will now be performing at 1:55pm, call time: 11:58am. If you have athletics or other activities make arrangements to get to those. You will be able to leave about 2:40pm. (After sight-reading)


The original plan was to leave after our performance, but due to our schedule change, we will now be staying to watch Lincoln and Cleveland HS perform.

STATE SOLO COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Kenneth Fukumoto – 11:00am
Ben Rosene – 11:30am
Joy Salvino – 11:30am
Owen McLafferty – 2:30pm
Kenny Regan – 2:30pm
Abe Deitle – 2: 40pm
Ada Harris – 4:00pm
Allison Graaff – 4:10pm
Blair Shepperd – 4:30pm

If you can’t participate in State Solo you must let Mr. Budge know NOW. Schools will be penalized if they have no shows for the competition.

IMAGINE IF...

• There was no Summer Band Workshop to welcome new students to the band room
• Band Email communications stopped
• The band couldn't wear their marching uniforms at the Veterans' Day Parade
• Donations weren't collected and counted at concerts
• Band room repairs and improvements weren't made
• Sweet Sound of Jazz went silent
• Tours and trips became a thing of the past

All of this and more will come true if you don't become involved.

It's time to stop waiting for "someone else" to step-up and volunteer. We need people like you — people who care enough about the band program to read the website — to nominate yourself for an officer or committee head position. The Band Boosters are an essential part of what makes the band program at Grant one of the best in the region. We rely on the hearts, hands and minds of parents and community members for critical help. You are the person we need to step-up. Please email Dan Graaff today to nominate yourself or ask him any questions you may have. 

Nominations for Band Booster officers are to be held at the April 9th meeting. Click here to read minutes from February's Band Booster meeting and view the list of additional positions that need to be filled.

COMMERCIAL SHOOT VOLUNTEERS!

Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help us raise money by being on TV. We need all of you to show up. Please make sure that you are at the location (1139 NW Lovejoy St.) by 4:00pm so we can be ready to go by 4:30pm. The shoot last from 4:30-9:30 and food will be provided.

Reed Hummel

Alex Shepherd

Kellen Ataras

Kamron Kayhani

Bradley Lewis

Joy Salvino

Hayley Walker

Jonah Austin

Skyler Gearing

Alex Turner

Zane Korpenfelt

Remember, if you signed up, we NEED you. We also could use a few more volunteers to make sure we have enough.

Pick up your uniforms on Friday! Make sure you have long white socks.

We could use some adult volunteers to help hand out uniforms on Friday from about 2:45-3:40. Please let me know if you are willing to help us out.

EARLY SPRING CONCERT

Come hear Symphonic Band, Jazz Lab and Percussion Ensemble tonight at 7:00! They will share the stage with a few choirs. This concert is always a lot of fun, and gives these groups a chance to really shine.

FEBRUARY BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to read the minutes from our February Band Booster meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tues. April 9 when we will be nominating officers for next year. Please visit the booster page to learn more about officer nominations.

BAND TRIP GROUP PHOTOS

If you are interested in group photos from the performances at Disney California Adventure they are available at DisneyPhotoPass.com

You must register for an account.

ID:   DCAA-63M4-C4M4-M7N9

JAZZ FESTIVAL TOMORROW

Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival. Please come and support the band. We will be meeting at CCC at 3:00pm with our performance at 4:20pm. Our set list includes 3 charts from the Ellington library (Lightnin', Second Line, Blood Count), 2 hot latin charts (Spain, Afro Blue) and an original hard swingin' blues by Kenny Regan. Hope to see you there.

CONGRATS TO THE BAND

The Wind Ensemble defended its PIL title (8 in a row) at Wilson High School on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, we didn't get the qualifying scores we needed for state, but we did have a positive performance and a strong showing in the sight-reading room. Continue to work and we can accomplish our next goals on Tuesday, April 9th at Lake Oswego High School!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY! ----------LOOK AT THIS

Will you help the Grant Band earn $1000? We need 10-20 volunteers to help with a commercial shoot. It will be on Sunday, March 24th from 4:30-9:30pm (with a one hour break for dinner).

Students will need to be in their marching uniforms, we have been asked for mostly brass and percussion, so if you would like to pretend you are a brass player or percussionist you are more than welcome to join us. You will help the band and earn 25 community service points.

DID YOU QUALIFY FOR STATE SOLO?

If so, make sure you see Mr. Budge to register by Friday (not Thursday morning). This includes all District Winners, 1st Alternates and 2nd Alternates. Make sure you have the information regarding your musical selection, your accompanist information and any time restraints you or your accompanist may have.

Still need to see Gabe and Layli.

PIL TOMORROW

Wind Ensemble, we are at it again already. The call time is 9:00am. Don't forget your bag lunch as we won't be around school during lunch time. Please don't be late, this is a short rehearsal and as you know a very much needed one. We need to start rehearsal by 9:05am. You will have a short time to change at the end of rehearsal. Though if you can arrive in your performance attire that would be a big help.

We would love to see an audience. We perform at 12:00pm at Wilson HS.

WELCOME HOME

Thank you to the students and chaperones. All of you contributed to memories that won't be forgotten. What great experiences. Don't forget to share your favorite (school appropriate) moments with us on the grant band facebook page. Information about professionally taken group photos will be coming soon.

PICTURES OF THE TRIP ONLINE

Mr. Budge and the chaperones are uploading photos and video of the trip to our Facebook group page as they happen! Click here to go to our page. You must be a Facebook member and a member of our group to view the photos -- so request to be a member of the group if you have not already done so.

UP TO DATE TRIP INFORMATION

Paperwork updates. Money updates. Additional fun facts with connections to Portland and Oregon. All right here.

TSA is now at 75%. It may take longer to get through security. Don't be late to the airport.

WIND AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE TRIP UPDATES

The trip pages have been updated. Please take a look. Find out exactly what your child still needs to turn in. It's all just one click away.

PIL SOLO SUCCESS

Thank you to all of the fine musicians for the superb performances given on Saturday. I hope that you put enough effort into your performance to make it worth your time. Congratulations to the Grant musicians who qualified for the state solo competition on May 4th. City Champions will perform at the state championships, alternates may be chosen to perform.

City Champions:

Kenny Regan, oboe

Blair Shepperd, bassoon

Allison Graaff, clarinet

Kenneth Fukumoto, high saxophone

Abe Deitle, trumpet

Ben Rosene, trombone

Ada Harris, tuba

Jacob Willis, bass voice

1st Alternates: (2nd Place)

Joy Salvino, clarinet

Owen McLafferty, rudimental snare

Layli Baghdadi, viola

Emi Hirsh, violin

2nd Alternate: (3rd Place)

Gabe Bader, trombone

 

PIL SOLO-ENSEMBLE COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Click here to download a PDF of the PIL Solo-Ensemble schedule for GRANT HIGH STUDENTS (this schedule does not include performers from other schools). All are invited and encouraged to watch the performances! Go Generals! REMEMBER THAT THIS WAS NOT A FINAL SCHEDULE. SOME TIMES HAVE CHANGED. IF YOUR TIME WAS CHANGED YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT YOUR TIME MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE SCHEDULES IN CENTER HALL.

BAND NIGHT — FEB. 28 — SPREAD THE WORD

This Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 pm, the Grant Band hosts an open-house type event designed to introduce 8th Graders from our feeder schools (as well as DaVinci and Mt. Tabor) to our band program. Wind Ensemble students will be working with these 8th graders and at the end of the evening they will play some music together. If you know an 8th grader who is coming to Grant and is curious about the program please tell them about this event and share this Word doc with them for more information.

TRIP INFORMATION PAGE

Answers to some of your most frequently pondered questions and some information that's just plain fun. It's all just one click away.

Find the button on the left hand column of this page.

NEW CALL TIME

At the request of our athletic director, and in order to be ready for the tv broadcast, the call time for the Pep Band performance on Tuesday, February 19th has been changed to 6:30pm

IMPORTANT, URGENT, MUST-READ INFORMATION FOR L.A. BAND TRIP FAMILIES

PARENTS OF L.A. BAND TRIP, HOLD YOUR FINAL DEPOSIT UNTIL AFTER FEB. 20!


We've had some amazing success with our fundraising for the trip. We're still making some final tallies on income from the Sweet Sound of Jazz and other fundraising credits to your Student's ETSI account for a final account balance.

So, parents, hold off on making any more payments to your student's ETSI account. We want to get all the fundraising credits squared away and into each student's account before you make any final payments. SOME students may even have a credit-balance!

HERE'S THE PLAN
1. All final fundraising amounts should be deposited into student ETSI accounts by next week.


2. Check your student's account after 2/20/13. If you still have a balance, pay it.


3. If you have a credit on your account, you will receive a refund from ETSI. OR you may opt to donate your credit to the band and it will go towards "Trip Scholarship" for other Wind or Jazz Ensemble students who've requested assistance for this year's trip. Please write an email to Mr. Budge stating that you would like your credit to be transferred to the band, and he will provide any further instructions needed to make that happen.

MEETING FOR PARENTS ABOUT THE TRIP
ETSI (our travel agency) representatives will be holding a information meeting for parents and students on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 pm -- location TBA - but probably in the Band Room.

TRIP FORMS
What forms you say? Your son or daughter has two in their possession right now! They need to be signed and sent back to Mr. Budge ASAP.

MEETING MINUTES NOW ONLINE

Click here to download the minutes for the January Band Booster meeting. Click here to download the minutes for the December Band Council meeting.

Click here to download the minutes for the January Band Council meeting.

Remember - we still need good ideas and helping hands for the rest of the school year. Join us at 6:30 pm in the library, Tuesday, Feb. 12 to find out what you can do to help.

IMPORTANT BAND BOOSTER MEETING

Yes, our big fund-raiser is done, but we're not done — we have a big trip in just four weeks! Come to our booster meeting this Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 pm. Meet us in the library (the district bond measure team is presenting from 6:30 - 7pm in the library). We will determine whether we can meet in the library or some other room at that time. IF YOU WERE A COMMITTEE HEAD FOR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND. Please email Dan Graaff if you cannot.

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ — SWEET SUCCESS

Our volunteers are still crunching the numbers, but we think we can say with confidence that last Friday's fund-raiser was a success. More people attended than ever before. The music was devine. The desserts were delicious. And the auction raised lots of money. Thank you to all our volunteers and especially to our event chairs! 

Some Details to Wrap Up


Someone bought one of the potted palms used to decorate the stage area. It is in the band room waiting for pick-up. Also, the second palm is still available. If you would like to purchase it email Julie Wainwright to make arrangements.
 
If you brought your dessert on a serving dish you'd like back please go to the band room to find it. They are all there and Mr. Budge needs them removed ASAP.

If you were thinking to yourself during Sweet Sound of Jazz: "Wow! I wish I had volunteered for this event. This is amazing!" Then we need to hear from you. The committee for next year's event is forming now! Email Dan Graaff to let him know.

WHAT IS ALL-NORTHWEST


No doubt you've seen the calendar entry for "All-Northwest" and wondered what it is. Commonly known as "All-Northwest," the National Association for Music Education, Northwest Division Conference will be held at the Portland Convention Center February 13-17. A conference for music educators from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming All-NW is held every two years in one of those states (a yearly conference for Oregon music teachers is held ever year in Eugene -- except when All-Northwest is held in Oregon).

At the conference music teachers take classes and observe performances while selected students (who auditioned in the fall) rehearse in "Honor Groups" which perform end of the conference. Five of our students were placed in honor groups this year and they will be performing on Saturday, Feb. 16 or Sunday, Feb. 17. They are: Kenneth Fukumoto, Alto-Saxophone—All-NW Band; Benjamin Seacrist, Trumpet—All NW Jazz Band; Ben Rosene, Trombone—All NW-Jazz Band; Blair Shepperd, Bassoon—All-NW Orchestra, Kenny Regan, Piano—All NW Jazz Choir Rhythm Section. 

WHAT IS PIL-SOLO/ENSEMBLE COMPETITION

On Saturday, March 2, Grant hosts the Portland Inter-League Solo/Ensemble competition for student-musicians. Students will perform solos or in small ensembles for judges who will grade them and give them feedback on their performance. Students who place with the highest grade AND have performed appropriately difficult music will be given a birth to the State Solo competition on May 4, 2013 at Lewis & Clark College. 

PIL REGISTRATION DUE

Turn in your registration packets on Tuesday, February 5th! Checks to the bookkeeper, made to Grant Band.

TRIP MONEY, INFO

A check was sent to ETSI last week and should be posted to our accounts soon.

Tenor saxophonist and band leader, Bob Mintzer has agreed to do our Jazz Ensemble clinic at USC!

MONTHS OF HARD WORK, ABOUT TO PAY OFF!

THE SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ

A BIG THANKS, to the many parents who have worked very hard to make this a special event.

Call times:

If you are volunteering on the day of the event, you have a job specific call time. We will review those call times in class on Thursday.

If you are only performing in an ensemble, the following are your call times:

5:30pm Jazz Lab/Jazz Ensemble/Combo

7:30pm Wind Ensemble

Remember, if you are in the gym during the evening, you must be in performance attire. Our goal is to make this event as high quality as possible. You are representing your program, even if you think no one is watching!

CALENDAR CHANGES!!!

In order to facilitate this spring's performance of "The Wiz" our D.C. al Fine concert will be moved from Thursday, May 23rd to Wednesday, May 22nd.

In similar news the Wind Ensemble will not be performing at the Clackamas Community College Concert Band Competition on March 12th, as this will be the day after our late return from California.

Check your calendars today to avoid conflicts.

ONLINE TICKETS SALES FOR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ

Thanks to the wonderful Grant Booster organization, we are now able to sell tickets for Sweet Sound of Jazz online. Click here or click the banner at right. And share this link with your friends!

GHS BOOSTER RAFFLE SALES TO BENEFIT THE BAND

The Grant Boosters are holding a raffle in conjunction with their upcoming auction — and they are offering school clubs and teams a special opportunity. Proceeds from the sale the raffle tickets can benefit our band program if we sell enough. This is a special opportunity for us to raise money for the band with very little effort on our part!

The prizes are quite amazing!

1st prize: A Kymco People 50 Scooter ($2,400 value)

2nd prize: An E-Moto Ridge Electric Bike ($800 value)

3rd prize: A $200 Visa Card

Here's a flyer with photos and more information!

All you need to do is click the "GHS BOOSTER RAFFLE" button at right and follow the instructions. Be sure to enter "Grant Jazz" in the "Company" field. Doing so will qualify the WHOLE BAND PROGRAM for 50% of all proceeds after selling the first 50 tickets for "Grant Jazz" up to $1,000!

WHY WE NEED YOU NOW!

If you've been visiting this website for a while you've seen many "Help Wanted" or "Volunteers Needed" requests. These pleas for help are not sent out "just because." They are sent out because a program like ours NEEDS volunteer support if it is to function and succeed. Unfortunately, we are finding it harder and harder to fill these requests — let alone filling the open Band Booster board positions (click here to see which positions MUST be filled).

The months ahead are filled with important fund-raisers, trips, festivals and competitions. It is likely you will receive a few more emails from the band department during these important months than you usually do. We need everyone to please read these important communications and become actively involved in the program. Whether you are able to give 15-minutes or 3-hours of your time — volunteering means EVERYTHING to our director, our students and our parent-volunteer leadership. Please keep the question "What can I do to help?" alive in your thoughts. Thank you!

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ

Our most important fund raiser of the year is just ONE MONTH away. Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 the bands will start playing, the desserts will be served and the bidding will start on the silent auction in THE GHS OLD GYM! Tickets ARE NOW ON SALE Online, or in the GHS bookkeeper's office AND the student store. Adults $15/Students $12. 

We are asking for anyone who is interested in helping with this event to click here. You will learn more about any upcoming organizing meetings, fund-raising goals, specific jobs that need filling and more. There is something for everyone to do!

DESSERT DONATIONS for SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ!

We need cupcakes, cookies, and dessert bars. Anything sweet and small that can be easily served. We won't have a kitchen this year or a cleanup area, so finger-foods only please.
 
Start thinking of what you want to create and let us know as soon as possible so that we have a good idea of the number of desserts coming. As always, we want to offer a bountiful spread on the night of the event.
 
Email Terri Wanke to donate a dessert: hostapasta@yahoo.com
 
Dessert Donation Delivery Details:
When: February 1
Time: Between 2pm - 4:30pm
Where: Grant High School Gym
Contact: Terri Wanke, hostapasta@yahoo.com, 503-288-1058
Other Arrangements: If you need to make other arrangements for your dessert delivery, contact Terri and she'll help you out. 
 
We urge you to deliver your dessert during the time above or take advantage of the alternative pick-up option. Please do not bring your dessert at the time of the concert. Thanks!

DECEMBER BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES NOW ONLINE

Click here to read the minutes from our December meeting. Our next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 pm in the band room. We are in VERY SERIOUS NEED of volunteers for our big fund-raiser "Sweet Sound of Jazz" and other important events. Please join us, if only for a few minutes!

BASKETBALL PEP BAND

Our first basketball performance is Tuesday, January 8th. This is an earlier game than most. The call time is 5:10pm. Expect the games to last about 2.5 hours. As always, all snack donations are greatly appreciated.

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ MEETING

Please join us for an information meeting about our big fund-raiser "Sweet Sound of Jazz" at 7 pm this Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Columbia River Brewery. We will discuss our new venue, make plans for ticket sales and organize our committees. IF YOU HAVE NOT VOLUNTEERED for a band function this is a great opportunity. We NEED your help. Email Dan Graaff if you have any questions.

AND...

If you would like to send your friends a copy of our event flyer click here to download the PDF and then send it to them.

BAND COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Our Band program has a student-council. They meet once a month (at least). Click here to go to their page and check out their meeting minutes.

WINTER GALA CONCERT IS DEC. 13

Come enjoy the tradition that is the Grant High School Winter Gala concert. This mega-concert features all of the choirs and bands — and there's always a surprise or two. Click here to download a flyer for the event, and please share it with your friends!

Call time for volunteers: 5:30 pm

Call time for performers: 6:00 pm

Curtain: 6:30 pm

This is a ticketed event. $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family.

GRANT JAZZ AT TONY STARLIGHT'S SUPPER CLUB

Jazz Ensemble will take the stage at Hollywood's own Tony Starlight's Supper Club Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm. This venue is such fun — but small! Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 503-517-8584 TODAY!

NOVEMBER BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE NOW

Click here to read the minutes from our November Band Booster meeting. Our next meeting is Tues. Dec. 4 at 6:30 pm in the band room.

PLACE A PERSONAL AD IN THE WINTER GALA PROGRAM

Click here to download the Personal Ad order form. Ad forms must be returned to the school WITH PAYMENT by Dec. 5. Questions? Email Susan Rosene.

LETTER WRITING FUND-RAISER DATE SET

Wind Ensemble/Jazz Ensemble Students--the Letter Writing Fund-raiser date has been set for Monday, Nov. 19. There will be two sessions for you to choose from: 12:30 - 2:30 pm or 5:00-7:00 pm. Instructions for what you should bring to the session will be coming soon.

NOVEMBER BAND BOOSTER MEETING TUES. NOV. 13

The November Band Booster meeting will be held on Tues., Nov. 13 at 7 pm -- location TBA. We need to make plans for the Winter Gala Concert, the Sweet Sound of Jazz, and more. New faces are greeted with smiles and gratitude! Please note: the PTA will be hosting a GHS Counselor's presentation in the library beginning around 6:30 pm (latest information -- check the GHS Bulletin for more information).

PSU INSTRUMENTAL EXCELLENCE DAY

Portland State University will be hosting an Instrumental Excellence Day for French Horn, Tuba, Clarinet and Saxophone on Saturday, November 17th, 2012. This event is FREE OF CHARGE to students, and open to intermediate to advanced levels. Events will include large ensembles, master classes, and a final concert which is free and open to all. Dinner will be provided to the attendees.

Click here to download the flyer with more information and RSVP instructions. Interested students should RSVP by November 16, 2012.

OCTOBER BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to view the minutes for our October Band Booster meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Tues., Nov. 13 at 7 pm -- location TBA. We need to make plans for the Winter Gala Concert, the Sweet Sound of Jazz, and more. New faces are greeted with smiles and gratitude! Please note: the PTA will be hosting a GHS Counselor's presentation in the library beginning around 6:30 pm (latest information -- check the GHS Bulletin for more information).

MARCHING BAND PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The first Marching Band rehearsal was held yesterday, Oct. 30 in the rain! Thank you to all the students who showed up. Remember, there are only four more rehearsals before the parade.

Parents—we need help at the Friday, Nov. 9 rehearsal in the morning to complete uniform fittings. You will assist students who need hats and gloves fitted. If you can help please email Susan Shepperd.

We will also need volunteers for parade day (Nov. 12) to help with uniforms and the pizza party after the parade. Watch your inbox for a separate volunteer request coming soon.

TRIP PAYMENT PAST DUE?

The first payment for the Wind Ensemble/Jazz Ensemble trip to L.A. was due yesterday, Tues. Oct. 30. If you did not make a payment, please go to www.etsi.ws to log-in right away.

FIRST CONCERT KUDOS!

Thursday's concert was a great success. The bands performed very well and the large audience enjoyed the music. The evening began with the Concert Band from Beverly Cleary/Fernwood, directed by Mr. Budge. It was wonderful to see and hear them on our stage. They were followed by performances from all five of our ensembles, plus interludes by one of our student combos. Kudos to all!

Mr. Budge would like to thank the volunteers — both parents and students — who worked so hard behind the scenes with fund-raising, decorating, sound and more. The students who volunteered are:

Charlie Brown and Adam Penrose - Concessions
Miriam Kohn and Ada Harris - Raffle
Alex Turner and Crystal Hering - Program Passers
Emily Friedenberg and Liz Glanz - Decorations

"Thank you" also goes to the amazing businesses and individuals who donated to our fund-raising for this concert. Because of their generosity we made over $600! Please thank these businesses with YOUR business — and let them know you appreciate their support of the band program at Grant!

• Starbucks at Hollywood Fred Meyer
• Grand Central Bakery on Fremont
• Beaumont Market
• Killer Burger
• Timbers Tickets donated by a Grant Band Family
• Oregon Symphony Orchestra Tickets donated by the Boosters

And, if you took pictures of the concert be sure to share them, either on our facebook page or by sending them to our communications manager, Susan Shepperd.

We were fortunate that professional photographer, Ford Pearson was attending the concert to see his daughter in the Beverly Cleary band, and he was kind enough to take photos of the whole concert. You can view those photos out on our facebook page, or go to his website to view a slide show and order professional prints from him. Thank you Ford!

posted Oct. 22, 2012 - 9:00 am

PEP BAND THIS WEEK

Our big game against Lincoln is Fri. Oct. 26! It's homecoming and the culmination of Grant Spirit Week. The band's spirit committee is planning something special. Look for news about that next week.

In the meantime, we are looking for two adult chaperones to ride the MAX to and from the game with the students. If you would like to volunteer email Dan Graaff.

We also need drinks and snacks. When you're shopping this weekend, why not throw in a box of cookies or some bottled water for the band. Then send it to school with your student. The band really appreciates the goodies. It fuels the spirit!

posted Oct. 22, 2012 - 9:00 am

FIRST TRIP PAYMENT DUE OCT. 30

The first payment for the Wind Ensemble/Jazz Ensemble trip to L.A. is due Tues. Oct. 30. Go to www.etsi.ws to log-in and make a payment.

posted Oct. 22, 2012 - 9:00 am

FALL CONCERT IS THURS. OCT. 18

That's right, the first concert of the 2012-2013 season is upon us!

HELP WANTED: Two adults to supervise students selling raffle tickets and concessions. Contact Laura Fisher if you can volunteer.

Call times for the concert:
WE, JE 6:00pm
JE sound check
WE uniform check
EVERYONE ELSE 6:30pm
Curtain: 7:00pm

If you have a camera bring it! We need good quality photos of this concert for the website and other publicity. Questions? Email Susan Shepperd.

CANDY SALE FOR L.A. TRIP STARTS UP

Members of Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble began selling candy and pretzels this week. Ask your child if they are participating. In past years we've had students who paid for their whole trip using this fund-raiser. New this year: half of everything they make they KEEP. Make sure you know where that money went so you can use it to pay for the trip.

NEW DATE FOR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ

Update your calendar! Our big fund-raiser, The Sweet Sound of Jazz, has been moved to Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Plans are already underway to make this the most exciting SSoJ ever! More details coming soon.

WIND ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE ATTIRE

We have run out of performance attire for our Wind Ensemble. If your child is on the list below they did not get what they need. They now need to go to Mr. Formal (1205 SE Grand Ave - 503.232.1542) this week to pick up the following items.

Luke Taylor - jacket

Schuyler Neilson - pants

Nate Karn - vest, pants

Michael Fenske - shirt, pants

Isaac Ellsworth - shirt, vest, pants

Skyler Gearing - shirt, vest, pants

Mitchell Bossom - vest, pants

John Duran - jacket, shirt, vest, tie

Charlie Brown - not sure (see me)

Go to Mr. Formal and let them know that you are with the Grant Band. They have your names and a list of what you need.

The Wind Ensemble is the largest we have had in 10 years. This has caused a shortage of performance attire this year. Thanks for your help.

HELP WANTED — FIND YOUR PLACE, AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Band Boosters are looking for volunteers to help with various tasks that need to be done throughout the year. Currently, we have two key positions that need to be filled:

President-Elect - The President Elect shall perform duties of the President in his or her absence and act in an advisory capacity at all times. The President Elect shall assume the office of President in the year following his or her term as President Elect. In case of inability to serve or resignation of the President, the President Elect shall fill the unexpired term.

Sweet Sound of Jazz Organizing Chair - Helps Mr. Budge and the Band Booster Council plan and present our big fund-raiser in February. Should have some experience with organizing events -- but will have lots of support and guidance from previous chairperson.

Additional tasks that NEED YOU:

•supplying snacks/food for pep band and events
•organizing or staffing an event
•helping at concerts
•communications, design, Web management
•board positions
•uniform support
•fundraising
•equipment moving/set up
•middle school outreach
•attending concerts, pep band and competitions

If you are ready to claim a place in our great band program, email grantbandinfo@gmail.com -- and be ready to accept tons of gratitude!

BAND BOOSTER MEETING TUES. OCT. 9

Many hands make light work! It's an oldie but a goodie. It means that we have jobs to be done and your input or assistance would make it all go so much easier. Come join us, 6:30 pm this Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the Library for our October meeting. Want to know what we've been up to for the past two months? Click here to go to the Booster page and click on the links for August and September minutes.

PEP BAND TONIGHT!

This Friday, Oct. 5 is our first “home” pep band event at Lincoln High School. All Symphonic Band (except percussionists), Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble members are performing. Because we have no stadium at Grant we must travel to Lincoln HS. There are many things you may have questions about.

We will all meet at Grant HS in the band room. Call time is 5:15 pm. But your student may want to join us at 3:30 pm for Movie "Night" -- also in the band room.

At 5:15 pm students must check in with Mr. Budge in the band room. This will also be time to load larger equipment into our equipment van(s).

After check-in students will walk together to the Hollywood Transit Center. There they will board the Max and ride it to Lincoln HS. (Don’t forget your ticket)

When we arrive at Lincoln attendance will be taken again.

Game time is 7 pm. Students will perform during pregame, the first, second and fourth quarters as well as at half time. During the third quarter students are free to hang out with other friends (or family, if you are lucky). The third quarter is also when we distribute the snacks that have been graciously donated by the band boosters. Students should not leave the stadium during the third quarter.

At the conclusion of the game students will depart the stadium together. We will travel back on Max together. If students wish to depart with family instead of with the band, please make sure that a note is given to Mr. Budge. This is a safety issue! We need to make sure that everyone gets home safely. When students get back to the Hollywood Transit Center they must check out. Estimated return time is 10:30 pm. After they check out at the Hollywood Transit Center they are free to go home.

Students who have loaded equipment into the equipment van must return to the Grant Band room to unload the van and/or make sure their equipment has been taken care of.

Don’t forget to bring water and appropriate clothing. Dress in layers, It may get quite chilly. (remember NO Wooden instruments allowed outside!

A NEW LOOK FOR OUR EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS

The Band Boosters have exciting news about communications: you will soon receive a completely new and improved type of email from us -- email that will include important calendar information, links to various events and websites, and even photos. Please add the following email address to your address book to ensure your service from us is not interrupted: grantbandinfo@gmail.com.

If you haven't been on our list and you like to join please click here.

WIND ENSEMBLE UNIFORM FITTINGS THIS WEEK

The members of Wind Ensemble will be fitted for their uniforms during the tutorial periods, Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 2:05-3:05 and Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 2:05-3:05. It is VERY IMPORTANT that all Wind Ensemble members come to one of these fittings. And remember -- the earlier you come, the better choices you have for sizes and quality of outfit. If you would like to volunteer during one of these fitting sessions please be to the band room by 1:45 pm on Tuesday or Wednesday.

LADIES - You must bring the shoes you will be wearing for performance (black dressy shoes only -- no TOMS or other casual shoes). If you do not bring your performance shoes you will not be fitted for a skirt and you will need to find another time to do it.

PEP BAND THIS FRIDAY

Pep Band plays this Friday for the game against Oregon City. There is a movie "night" in the band room after school (see calendar at right). Everyone is welcome. The snack bin is running on empty. Donations of drinks and snacks can be brought to the band room any time this week!

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Mr. Budge and the Band Boosters look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Sept. 27 in the band room. Don't miss the Jazz Ensemble in the auditorium during the assembly -- and be sure to give them lots of applause for playing so early in the year!

TRIP INFORMATION

We received an email this morning with the latest price quote from our travel agent. We have been able to get the cost of the trip back down to what we were looking for. The latest price is $845.00. We will still be traveling March 8th to 11th, 2013. We will be flying on JetBlue and staying at the Best Western Stovall's Inn. More info when it is available.

If you are planning to travel you need to go to www.etsi.ws and register. Also, a $50 down payment needs to be made by Thursday, Sept. 27th. This will secure our airfare. If you are asking for financial assistance from the band we ask that you make this deposit if possible. If you cannot please let Mr. Budge know.

The trip # is 3D16

CALENDAR UPDATE

The calendar has been updated with new information. Some events are still subject to change.

BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES NOW ONLINE

The August and September meeting minutes can now be found on the Band Booster page. We invite you to read them, and join us for our next meeting on Oct. 9 at 6:30 pm in the Library.

Posted: Sept. 25, 8:45 am

FUND RAISING NEEDS YOUR HELP

We are very fortunate this year to have two great volunteers leading our fund-raising efforts: Jen Allen and Laura Fisher -- and they have alread met to plan for the year and have gathered a group of parents together to help them. But, they can't do it all by themselves. There are lots of plans in the works, but for now, there is a specific thing you can help with:

PROCUREMENT FOR THE SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ SILENT AUCTION

The committee is looking for some specific items to put in our auction this year. They are:

Overnight trip (beach house, mt. cabin, etc)
Tickets to sporting events
Music, theater events
Dinner gift certificates
Spa or gift basket etc.
Hand made jewelery or crafts
Air line tickets/ train tickets
Ski or snowboard tickets ( a day at mt. hood etc)

If you can obtain any of these items please email or call Jen Allen today: jen.jenniferallen@gmail.com, 971-235-1293.

Posted: Sept. 25, 8:45 am

ONLINE TRIP DEPOSIT DELAY

Some of you have been very prompt in going to the ETSI.com website in order to make your deposit on the LA trip. Unfortunately, the trip has not been registered with ETSI due to the fact that some of the details for the trip changed right after the commitment letter was printed and sent home. These details are being worked on by the travel company and Mr. Budge.

So, as of today, since there is no way to make the deposit, you do not need to meet the deadline for the deposit that was printed in the letter. A REVISED DUE DATE WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE AND COME TO YOU IN AN EMAIL AS SOON AS WE KNOW IT.

Thank you for your patience.

IMPORTANT and DUE SOON: TRIP COMMITMENT CONTRACT - ALL WIND ENSEMBLE AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE MEMBERS AND PARENTS

Click here to download this important form for all Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble members and their families. Please print, read and sign the form. If you cannot commit to the trip, please send a note to Mr. Budge. Forms/and or notes are due to Mr. Budge by Tuesday, Sept. 25. Contact Mr. Budge with any questions.

ALL- NORTHWEST AND ALL-STATE AUDITIONS

A reminder to all students who wish to participate in this years regional honor groups all audition materials need to be prepared and given to Mr. Budge (on a flash drive) before October 3rd. The website will be shutting down on October 5th. It will be impossible to have a late audition. The lists of auditions materials is found at oregonmusic.org.

Groups include:

All-NW Jazz Band

All-NW Band

All-NW Wind Symphony

All-NW Orchestra

All-State Band

Auditioning for the All-State group costs $10

Auditioning for All-NW groups costs $15

Participation if selected additional fees apply. Please see the website above for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH MARCHING BAND UNIFORMS

We will begin fitting new students in their marching uniforms this Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8:00 am in the band room. We need men and women to help. Please email Susan Shepperd if you can be there: skshepperd@comcast.net

Posted Sept. 11 - 8 AM

SEPTEMBER BOOSTER MEETING TONIGHT! SEPT. 11

On Sept. 11 join lots of really nice people in the band room at 7 pm for our first Band Booster meeting of the school year. This meeting will follow the Parent Involvement meeting in the library -- which is being held by the PTA, Grant Boosters and the Grant Foundation. For more information go to http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/grant/.

Our meeting will cover the fall activities, including pep band, marching band and the October concert. Come find out how you can be involved in one of the best hight school programs in the city.

Posted Sept. 11 - 8 AM

WELCOME TO GRANT BAND - PEP BAND PEP TALK!

Our first performance of the year is this Friday, September 7th. We will be performing as the Grant High School Pep Band. Every member of the Grant Band is a member of the Pep Band. If this is your first experience as a member of the Grant Pep Band, here is some information and a few tips for your enjoyment of the activity.

The call time for the first game is 3:10pm (right after school). We meet in the band room and then head out to the performance venue. It is our goal to be prepared to perform in time to play a few songs before the game starts. We will perform before the game starts and continue performing through half-time. We will then take a break during the 3rd quarter. We will have donated snacks available for all the band members during the 3rd quarter. You are free to spend time with friends and/or family during the 3rd quarter, but, due to the amount of equipment we ask that only band members enter the band area at ALL times. It is important that we clean up all trash so that we can continue to provide snacks. We will begin performing again at the beginning of the 4th quarter. We will perform for the rest of the game. At the conclusion of the game we will most likely perform a few pieces. We then clean up the entire performance area. Return all equipment to the band room (and cafeteria). After the area is cleaned up you are free to go.

Bring a lawn chair. We will be sitting on the track for about 3 hours. If you do not bring a lawn chair you will need use a cafeteria chair. This process involves getting a chair from the cafeteria, taking it out to the track and at the conclusion of the performance, taking the chair back down to the cafeteria and placing it back where you found it. Cafeteria chairs are heavy and this can be an unpleasant experience.


Wear Blue. This is your chance to show how special being a Grant General can be.


Wear sun screen. It will be sunny for the first couple of games, don’t worry it will get very cold later in the school year to make up for the heat at the beginning of the year.


Bring a bottle of water. Though we ask for donations it is always best to bring your own bottle of water so you are sure to have some for the game.


Don’t forget a lyre (the small clip that holds your small music folder to your instrument). This is very important. We do not use stands outside unless it is absolutely necessary. Lyre are available at Portland Music (on Broadway).


Don’t forget your instrument!


Don’t forget your music!


Don’t forget your spirit! I promise you that the more you get into the pep band experience, the more you will enjoy it.

GO GENERALS!

Posted Sept. 6 - 4:30 pm

PEP BAND BEGINS THIS FRIDAY, SEPT. 7

Pep Band begins with Grant's first home game, this Friday, Sept. 7. Call time is 3:10 pm in the band room. All band students should attend.

Parents - we need snacks and drinks! It's going to be a hot day, so let's give the band plenty of drinks. Individual servings of water, juice and tea are best. Please send the snacks and drinks to school with your student this week before noon on Friday. You can also drop off the snacks and drinks to the main office.

STUDENTS AND PARENTS:

COUNTDOWN TO GRANT BAND WORKSHOP 2012

Wed, August 29 is the Grant Band Workshop, a day of reuniting with old friends, making new ones, and oh yeah, playing some music together! This is a fun and functional way to build momentum for a great year of band. We want and need everyone to be there—all groups, all grades–so make sure it’s on your calendar now. There are events for parents too, so please join us.

Schedule for the Day
Uniform Fittings (report to band room): Srs 1pm, Jrs 1:20, Sophs 1:50
Sign in (all students grades 9-12): 2:30
Workshop starts: 3:00
Parent Mtg: 5:00 (cafeteria)
Pep Band (all workshop students) performs: 5:30 (front of school)
Band Family Potluck: 6:00, cafeteria (bring a dish to share, plus your own beverages, plates and silverware)

Band Students: Thanks to all of you who’ve registered. If you haven’t done it yet, click here now and take care of it. We need to hear from you by Friday 8/24.

Parents: We hope you can attend the meeting, performance and potluck. But come anytime you can! We will have a calendar of events and some other information about Band Boosters and the spring trip to help you gear up for a great year of band. Please bring a potluck item to share whenever you arrive (plus your own beverages and tableware). We will have a few coolers for storing items that need to be kept cool (or bring your own). If you know what you’ll be bringing, email strosene@yahoo.com to help us with our planning.

Volunteers: Thank you to all the people who’ve signed up to help out. Check below to see if I have your name listed where you thought you volunteered. If you’re not on the list, I sincerely apologize…I probably fumbled your name. Please let me know what you offered to help with. Also see if you can help out in the few remaining spots and let me know: strosene@yahoo.com

Snack donations: Julie W, Ralph, Lisa D, Christine D, Diane B, Karin L (we will contact you this week about specific items)

Uniform fittings: Susan S, Dan G, Julie W, Janet G, Charlie R, (NEED THREE MORE HELPERS - please email Susan Rosene if you can help: strosene@yahoo.com)

Picnic Set Up: Nancy P, Mike M, Oliviah F, Diane B

Info Table/All School: Jen A, Laura F, Karin L
Info Table/Greeters @ Picnic: Jen A, Laura F, Dan G (1-2 more welcome)

Clean Up: Julie W, Ralph, Turners, Charlie R, Mike M, Rosenes (others welcome)

Item Requests: 3 coolers with ice (by 2:30 pm), Button Maker (like the kind you pin on a shirt to show support for something)

Questions: contact Susan Rosene, strosene@yahoo.com, 503-288-5390

Added Aug. 21, 2012

BAND WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

Click here for online registration! The workshop is FREE to everyone. Students need not own their own instrument (rentals available - see registration form). Parents needed for helping out before and during workshop - please click 'yes' on the registration form. Questions? Email Susan Rosene at strosene@yahoo.com.

Added Aug. 16, 2012

ENSEMBLE ROSTERS COMING SOON

I apologize for not being able to post the audition results. A combination of computer problems on my end and scheduling issues that need to be worked out have contributed to this problem. Unfortunately, not everyone who auditioned was selected for the Wind Ensemble or Jazz Ensemble, but remember that everyone still has an important place in the program. Thank you for your patience.

Mr. Budge

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BAND WORKSHOP, AUGUST 29

The Band Workshop is a fun and productive afternoon where the musicians get acquainted with the freshmen and get ready for the fall. This year, it will also be a time for parent "bonding" too! Can you help me pull this off? Here's what I'm looking for. Reply to me, Susan Rosene, if you can help: strosene@yahoo.com

8 people -- Workshop Snacks (donations); I'm thinking about offering some sort of cut up fruit, pretzels/crackers/cheese and beverages
2 people -- Snack Distribution (during workshop, probably around 5pm)
5 people -- Picnic Set Up (potluck; location/set up still to be determined)
5 people -- Greeters (welcoming parents to meeting and at picnic; 5pm-?)
8 people -- Clean Up

Thank you to those who've already signed up! Still plenty of spots available.

Added June 26, 2012

BAND WORKSHOP FLYER

Click here to download a copy of the Band Workshop 2012 Information Flyer. Tell your friends!

Added June 26, 2012

JUNE BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to download the minutes of our June Band Booster meeting.

Added June 26, 2012

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY FOR GRANT BAND FAMILIES

Note: This offer is not sponsored by the school or the Grant Band Boosters. It was brought to us by Azumano Travel as a possible way for families to raise money. Any money raised will be kept by the family and will not be shared amongst the rest of the band.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR SEPTEMBER!

Host families needed for nine nights to host Japanese female students (ages
18-20) Sept.8-17 attending PSU (M-F 8-5pm);students travel by bus/MAX. Fee
paid to host family for 2 students is $360; single student:$180. Students may
share room/separate beds (airbed OK for 2nd bed). ONLY 35 spaces available!
Contact Sylvia Groce to get an application ASAP!

Host 1 or 2 students and receive a check from Azumano International to offset
your trip expenses for 2013!

Contact: Sylvia Groce/Azumano International
503-260-8569; sgroce@azumano.com

MAY BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to read the minutes from our May meeting. We will be meeting once more on June 14 at 6:30 in the band room. Please join us!

FINAL PERFORMANCES -- NEED FOOD AND DRINK

We have two performances left -- and we need food and drink donations for both of them (time to party!).


Thurs. May 31
The Coda (Band Awards Concert & Dessert)
Call for Wind Ensemble: 6:30 pm
Curtain: 7:00 pm
Dozens of awards will be handed out to students from every ensemble as we celebrate another great year of making music at Grant.

Potluck dessert assignments:
Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble: baked goods (preferably something which can be eaten without utensils).
Symphonic Band: Single serving drinks in bottles or boxes, please.
Tables will be set up in front of the stage that evening to drop off your contributions. The students (and families) always look forward to this part of the evening, so your treats are greatly appreciated.


Tues. June 5
Graduation
Symphonic Band, Wind
Snacks & water bottles are needed to keep our students energized for the long commencement ceremonies.
Please deliver items to the band room by Thursday, May 31st.

MAY BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to read the minutes from our May meeting. We will be meeting once more on June 14 at 6:30 in the band room. Please join us!

WIND ENSEMBLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ITINERARY

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012

OSAA State Band Championship

Oregon State University's LaSells Stewart Center (Corvallis)

Load Bus: 7:45 AM

Leave GHS: 8:00

Warm up: 10:45

Performance: 11:15 AM

Sight-reading: 11:45

Lunch: 12: 15 PM

Bowling: 1:15

Depart Corvallis: 2:30

Click here for compeition information - including directions

PIT ORCHESTRA

THE CAST PARTY FOR HAIRSPRAY: Ted and Julie Seitz, (Link's parents) are opening their home for the cast party after the final performance on Saturday the 5th.  All 102 cast members, backstage crew and pit-orchestra are invited. Please contribute $5 toward the party for food.  Kids can give money to Loren or me (Monique McClean).  Desserts and drink contributions would be greatly appreciated.  3033 NE Bryce.

CONGRATULATIONS SOLOISTS

Congratulations to the following Grant students who placed at the State Solo competition on April 28:

Blair Shepperd, 4th place, Bassoon
Allison Graaff, 4th place, Clarinet
Ken Fukumoto, 3rd place, High Saxophone
Kenny M. Regan, 2nd place, Oboe
Saori Erickson, Tied for 3rd place, Soprano voice

Blind rankings will be posted after 8 pm tonight on the OSAA.org website under "Results".

WIND ENSEMBLE GOING TO STATE!

It is confirmed. Wind Ensemble will be competing once again at the State Band Competition. The event is held on May 12 on the campus of Oregon State University. Time and directions are in the calendar at right -->

APRIL BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to read the minutes from our April meeting. We will be voting on new officers for the 2012-2013 school year at our meeting on May 1, at 6:30 pm in the band room.

FOUNDATION HOUSE PARTIES

Want to know at which house parties our musicians will be performing at on Saturday, April 21? Here's the list:

Pearson Family - 2416 NE 48th

Chase, Albert Family - 2916 NE 7th Avenue
Omelchuck, Wright, Smith Novick, Griggs Families - 3521 NE Alameda Terrace
Wax, Jones, Landefeld, Richardson Families - 3045 NE 9th Avenue
Healy, Staub, Braun Families- 2514 NE 18th Avenue

CONGRATULATIONS JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Yesterday, April 19th, our Jazz Ensemble played an outstanding set at the University of Portland Jazz Festival -- which earned them a First place over-all trophy for the #1 Division and a First place in sight reading.

JAZZ LAB PARENTS

The Jazz Lab is invited to join the Jazz Ensemble at the University of Portland Jazz Festival this Thursday, April 19th. Students will get transportation to and from the event. The call time will be 1:15. We are planning to be back at Grant before 4pm. Ralph Erwin will be chaperoning the students. Some students may not be able to attend this event if they have other activities after school but all Jazz Lab members are invited. Permission slips will be sent home today. They must be returned for your student to attend the festival.

CONGRATS WIND ENSEMBLE

The Grant Wind Ensemble performed very well on Tuesday at the Three Rivers League. They have again qualified for the OSAA State Championships tape pool and have increased their chances of being selected for the State Champinships. They again placed 3rd behind two of the finest bands in the state and this year they scored first place in sight-reading. Congratulations!

JAZZ ENSEMBLE TRIP INFO

If you did not receive the field trip forms in class, or you have lost them. Extra copies will be available thursday morning for parents to fill out. Remember we need to depart by 5:30am. The band room will be open at about 5:00am.

STATE SOLO SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 28th

8:00am   Daniel Roberts

9:20        Saori Erickson

10:40      Kenneth Fukumoto

11:40      Ben Rosene

2:00pm   Allison Graaff

2:10        Blair Shepperd

3:10        Emily Klockner

3:30        Kenny Regan

4:00        Ada Harris

more information www.osaa.org

JAZZ ENSEMBLE TRIP ITINERARY and INFO

THURSDAY, April 12

5:30am          Depart Grant

BREAKFAST    On Bus (bring your own)

9:30              Arrive @ Central Washington University

10:00            Jazz Improvisation Class

11:00            Jazz Combo Class

12:00pm        LUNCH

2:15-3:45      Clinic with Chris Bruya

4:00              Depart Ellensburg, WA

5:00              DINNER

6:45              Arrive: Seattle @ Silver Cloud Inn - University District

                                  www.silvercloud.com

7:30              Pool or Movie

10:00            Lights Out

FRIDAY, April 13

8:00am         BREAKFAST at Hotel

9:00              Pike's Place

                    SNACK or LUNCH

12:30pm       Clinic with Marc Seales

                    LUNCH or SNACK

2:30             Experience Music Project

6:30             DINNER (Formal Attire)

8-9:00          Depart Seattle

11-12:00am  Arrive @ Grant

The payment of $150 will covers the hotel, breakfast on friday, EMP and part of the bus. We may also prepay for one dinner. We expect that students will be responsible for BREAKFAST LUNCH and DINNER on Thursday, and LUNCH and possibly dinner on Friday.

cost break down:

$14 EMP

$56 Hotel and Friday Breakfast

approx. $20 Friday Dinner

approx. $60 Bus (does not cover the entire cost of the bus)

 

APRIL BAND BOOSTER MEETING IS APRIL 3

Our April Band Booster meeting is tomorrow night, April 3, at 6:30 pm in the Band Room. We realize this one really snuck up on us, what with Spring Break and all, but we hope many of you will attend. We will be discussing:

- The upcoming Jazz Ensemble trip

- The nominations for Band Booster officers for next year

- The upcoming final festivals -- Three River's League next week, hopefully State Band Competition in May.

Mr. Budge and Cyrus Nabipoor will report on band news and you can ask questions.

A PDF of the March meeting minutes can be read by clicking here.

Please join us for our next to the last official meeting of the year

JAZZ ENSEMBLE THIS SATURDAY (MARCH 17)

Just a reminder to Jazz Ensemble members and their families. In order to save money, there is NO bus to the competition this Saturday. We will be meeting at Clackamas Community College at 3:20pm. We will listen to one or two bands and then we will warm-up and perform at 4:40pm. If we perform well enough we may have second performance later in the evening.

Parents: please note that there is a $5.00 charge for this festival and seating is somewhat limited. You may want to get there a little earlier than normal.

1ST PLACE

Congratulations to all the members of the Grant Band family. The Wind Ensemble again placed first at the Northwest Invitational Concert Band Contest at Clackamas Community College.

BAND NIGHT - FRIDAY, MARCH 9

The GHS Band department will host its first ever "Band Night" this Friday, March 9. This is an event designed to introduce the band program to 8th graders who have already been in a middle school band and are curious about taking band at Grant. Our Wind Ensemble members will make music with the 8th graders and answer questions during this low-key, fun evening. If you know a family that has an 8th grader who's played in a band please encourage them to attend.

 

At this time we are looking for two parents who would like to help set up a little party area for the ice cream, and be on hand to answer questions about the Grant program. Time commitment would be between 7:30 - 8:30. If you can help out please email Susan Shepperd.

EARLY SPRING CONCERT - DESPITE WHAT THE WEATHER IS DOING!

With a new month comes a concert! The Early Spring Concert gives our Jazz Lab, Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble a chance to shine. This year they will be joined by the young band at Beverly Cleary. Come celebrate the end of Winter and the beginning of spring with some music!

CALL: 6:30 pm, CURTAIN: 7 pm.

FEBRUARY BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to read the minutes from the Feb. 7, 2012 Band Booster meeting. Our March meeting is this Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30 pm in the band room. Everyone is welcome.

PIL SOLO AND ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL

An enormous thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up, clean up and help run the festival on saturday. You continue to impress everyone with your willingness to help each other.

Congratulations to those who qualified for the state solo competition:

Emily Klockner, horn - District 1 Champion

Ben Rosene, trombone - District 1 Champion

Ada Harris, tuba - District 1 Champion

Saori Erickson, flute - 3rd place (2nd Alternate)

Layli Baghdadi, viola - 2nd place (1st Alternate)

Kenny Regan, oboe - District 1 Champion

Blair Shepperd, bassoon - District 1 Champion

Sam Wanke, bassoon - 2nd place (1st Alternate)

Riley Fortier, tenor voice - District 1 Champion

Katy Shakols, mezzo voice - 2nd place (1st Alternate)

Maeve Jahoda, alto voice - 2nd place (1st Alternate)

Saori Erickson, soprano voice - District 1 Champion

Luke Taylor, multiple percussion - District 1 Champion

Owen McLafferty, rudimental snare - 2nd place (1st Alternate)

Allison Graaff, clarinet - District 1 Champion

Kenneth Fukumoto, alto saxophone - District 1 Champion

Daniel Roberts, alto saxophone - 2nd place (1st Alternate)

PIL SOLO SCHEDULE

Here is another version of the PIL schedule for Saturday, February 25th.


Seater Portia Alto Sax Clarinet/Sax Sr. 8:00 AM
Klockner Emily Horn Brass Sr. 8:15 AM
Swifter Simon Clarinet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 8:15 AM
Fisher Alex String Bass Strings Sr. 8:15 AM
Walker Hayley Clarinet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 8:30 AM
Taylor Luke Multiple Percussion Percussion Sr. 8:30 AM
Wanke Samantha Bassoon Dbl Reed/WWEns Sr. 8:40 AM
Kruskopf Meryl Clarinet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 8:45 AM
McLafferty Owen Rudimental Snare Percussion Sr. 8:45 AM
LaBuhn Cody Bassoon Dbl Reed/WWEns Sr. 8:50 AM
Grant Sax Trio Clarinet/Sax Sr. 9:00 AM
Regan Kenny Oboe Dbl Reed/WWEns Sr. 9:00 AM
Quick Thomas Rudimental Snare Percussion Sr. 9:00 AM
Grant Clarinet Quartet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 9:15 AM
Duran John Rudimental Snare Percussion Sr. 9:15 AM
Grant Double Reed Quartet Dbl Reed/WWEns Sr. 9:20 AM
Graaff Allison Clarinet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 9:30 AM
Glanz Liz Flute Flute Sr. 9:30 AM
Sheppard Blair Bassoon Dbl Reed/WWEns Sr. 9:45 AM
Grant Percussion Ensemble Percussion Sr. 9:45 AM
Fukomoto Ken Alto Sax Clarinet/Sax Sr. 10:15 AM
Fenske Dezirae Clarinet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 10:30 AM
Kayhani Kamron Clarinet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 10:45 AM
Kohn Miriam Clarinet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 11:00 AM
Shriner Mariah Clarinet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 11:15 AM
Hodel Alexandria Flute Flute Sr. 11:30 AM
Friedenberg Emily Flute Flute Sr. 1:15 PM
Hirsh Emily Violin Strings Sr. 1:15 PM
Grant Trumpet Trio Brass Sr. 1:30 PM
Grant Flute Duet Flute Sr. 1:30 PM
Deitle Abe Trumpet Brass Sr. 2:00 PM
Grant Tuba Duet Brass Sr. 2:15 PM
Rosene Ben Trombone Brass Sr. 3:30 PM
Grant Woodwind Duet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 3:30 PM
Soltvedt Harrison Clarinet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 3:45 PM
Korpenfelt Zane Euphonium Brass Sr. 4:00 PM
Kendrick Parker Trombone Brass Sr. 4:15 PM
Turner Alex Trombone Brass Sr. 4:30 PM
Baghdadi Layli Viola Strings Sr. 4:30 PM
Grant Sax Quartet Clarinet/Sax Sr. 4:45 PM
Seacrist Ben Trumpet Brass Sr. 4:45 PM
Grant Bass Clarinet/Cello Duet Strings Sr. 4:45 PM
Austin Jonah Tuba Brass Sr. 5:00 PM

Make sure to see as many performances as you can. Don't forget, we need your help on Friday and Saturday!

FESTIVAL TIMES ANNOUNCED

Wind Ensemble

Formerly known as the Northwest Invitational Concert Band Competition

Now The Clackamas Community College Invitational Concert Band Competion

Tuesday, March 13th

call: 11:30am (be on bus at Grant)

observe: 12:40pm

warm up: 3:20pm

curtain: 4:00pm

sight reading: 4:40pm

depart CCC: 5:30pm

Jazz Ensemble

Clackamas Community College Instrumental Jazz Festival

Saturday, March 17th

call: 3:20pm (meet at CCC, no bus)

warm up: 4:20pm

curtain: 4:40pm

observe: 5:00pm

Possible Evening Playoffs starting at 7:00pm

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ IS TONIGHT!

The band department is minimally funded by the school district. In fact, the vast majority of money needed comes from start-of-the-year donations by parents and by the funds we raise at Sweet Sound of Jazz. Please join us!

The fun begins this Friday, February 10 at Westminister Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock (free off-street parking in the adjacent lot). Tickets go on sale at 6:15 ($15 for adults; $12 for seniors/students), doors open at 6:30 -- the silent auction begins, and then the music starts at 7 pm.

Some highlights from the auction include: gift certificate from The Mountain Shop, a basket of doggie goodies from Pets on Broadway, a handmade Steelhead Fly Fishing Rod, an art glass float, gift certificate to Columbia River Brewery. These and many other great items will be available for your bidding pleasure. REMINDER: payments must be made by cash or check. This keeps our costs down. Thank you for understanding.

On stage we'll hear long sets of music from the Jazz Lab and Jazz Ensemble, and feature our guests Rebecca Kilgore and Dan Barrett. Wall Street Journal said this about Rebecca: “With her opulent chops, lighter-than-air style, and, above all, her effortless rhythm, Ms. Kilgore is the living embodiment of the hippest singers of the big band era...” Dan Barrett is an accomplished top-notch trombonist who played in Benny Goodman's last orchestra. Dan has arranged some pieces just for our bands! Come hear these two fantastic performers play with our kids!

And of course, there are the desserts. We have lovely, luscious desserts coming from our parents as well as local bakeries. Eat a light dinner! There will be so much to tempt you at SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ!

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ FLYERS FOR DOWNLOAD

Would you like to send a friend a copy of our event flyer? Click here to download a PDF of the color flyer (3 Mgs) or click here to download a PDF of our black and white flyer (1.3 Mgs).

And don't forget - tickets are on sale in the school bookkeeper's office through this Friday, Feb. 3. After that they will be sold at the door on the night of the event.

JANUARY BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE NOW

Click here to download the PDF of the January 9, 2012 Band Booster Meeting minutes.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE PARENTS

Are you wondering why you haven't heard more about the Jazz Ensemble trip in April? Well, that is because some big changes have happened. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival has changed its dates. However, I know that you have made plans around our calendar so we will not be changing ours. Instead we will be changing our direction.

Instead of heading east, we will be heading north. We have been in communication with the University of Washington and Central Washington University in regards to creating a very rewarding, if slightly less competitive experience for the band. More information will be made available as it becomes so. Just to be clear, the trip is still planned for the same weekend so please continue to keep that weekend clear, thanks for your support.

PIL SOLO/ENSEMBLE REMINDER

If you are performing a solo, it is not required, but it is very highly encouraged that you have an accompanist. This helps to bring the musical lines you are playing into context and helps to create a better experience for the performer and the audience. If you don't have one yet here are the names that have been on our website under "Private Teachers".

Legal notice: None of these private individuals are endorsed by the district or any member of the Grant Performing Arts Department. This is simply information made available. Use at your own discretion.

Katy Wagner-West

503.995.2428

Mindy Hodel

503.997.0288

Tracy Ross

503.493.0585

Tram Bui

503.453.5545

Eric Little

971.230.8880

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Sweet Sound of Jazz tickets go on sale Monday, January 23, in the GHS Bookkeeper's office, which is in the main office. We will also have tickets available at the door on the night of the event.

Here's what you need to know:

- Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors or students.

- There is no reserved seating.

- Tickets will be sold on school days from Monday, January 23 - Friday, February 3 between the hours of 9 am - 3 pm.

- To make things easier for the bookkeeper we ask that you pay with cash or check only please.

FYI: UPCOMING EVENTS part 1

If this is your first year in the Grant Band, or even if it isn't you may be unfamiliar with a few of the big events we have coming up. Here is important information you need to know.

Saturday, February 25th the Grant Band will be hosting the P.I.L. Solo and Small Ensemble Festival. This event is a city wide event. Students from the entire school district will be performing as soloists and in small chamber ensembles all day long. The first performances usually start around 8am and can go as late as 6:30pm.

Student volunteers are needed to help set up for the event after school on Friday, February 24th. They are also needed all day during the event. Students can earn community service points and/or NHS service hours for helping with this event.

All Grant Band members are eligible for this event. Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble members are required to perform at this event. Another requirement that should be emphasized is that music performed must be of the "classical" genre. While we love our jazz and pop music, those genres are not approprate for this event.

Categories include: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Low Clarinet, Saxophone, Low Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Baritone/Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Strings

Students perform for judges and hopefully a small audience. We would love for you to support our musicians by watching them perform at this event.

Judges may select district (The P.I.L. is the Oregon Music Education Association's District No. 1) champions to perform at the OSAA State Solo Competition later this year. Ensembles are NOT eligible for the state competition.

Information about the event will be sent home with students on Friday, January 20th. Registration materials must be returned before Friday, February 3rd.

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ NEWS

The GHS Band Department and the GHS Band Boosters will hold the seventh annual "Sweet Sound of Jazz" dessert-concert at the Westminster Presbyterian Church Great Hall on February 10, 2012. Highlights of the event include:

- Amazing music by our award winning bands along with Rebecca Kilgore (http://www.rebeccakilgore.com) and Dan Barrett (http://www.blueswing.com/).

- A buffet of incredible desserts (find out how to donate your own special dessert below).

- A silent auction with fantastic local products and services.

Proceeds from the event benefit the whole band department. Last year we made over $3,000 -- let's break that record this year!

For the first time tickets will be available before the event. The Grant High bookkeeper will be selling tickets in her office between Jan. 23 and Feb. 3, 9am - 3pm. Tickets will also be available at the door. There is no reserved seating.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

- It's time to bake! Let us know what delicious desserts you want to contribute. Cookies, brownies, or any single-serving desserts work the best. If you can donate or have questions, please contact Terri Wanke at hostapasta@yahoo.com or 503-288-1058.

- We need strong arms and backs to help set-up the event. If you can help please email Charlie Roberts at charleslaurie@comcast.net.

Watch your email for updates and visit www.grantband.org for additional information about this great event. We can't wait to party with you on Feb. 10!

BAND BOOSTER MEETING DATES ANNOUNCED

Due to a conflict with the PTA, the remaining Band Booster meetings will be moved to the first Tuesday of the month. June's meeting is TBA. Check the main calendar here.

NOVEMBER BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to read all the news from our November Band Booster meeting. And be sure to join us for January's meeting on Monday, Jan. 9th at 6:30 pm in the band room. We are heading into the bands' busiest season and we need all the help we can get!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Enjoy the website's new look. Courtesy of our web-designer, and Grant Band alumni, Colin Shepperd.

ZOO LIGHTS

Fun event -- not sponsered by the school or band dept. Meet and depart from GHS: Meet at 4:30pm to ride MAX, kids on their own at the Zoo. Leave Zoo at 8:00 to return to GHS.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE AT TONY STARLIGHT'S

Tuesday, December 13th, The Award Winning Grant Jazz Ensemble will be performing a swingin' set of music at Tony Starlight's Supper Club and Lounge. The set will start at 7:30pm and will feature the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Sammy Nestico, Kenny Regan, Thelonius Monk and many more. Please join us for a great event. Reservations are highly recommended. Call Tony Starlight's 503 517-8584 for reservations.

JAZZ COMBO TO PERFORM FRIDAY, DEC. 9 AT FREMONT FESTIVAL

One of our combs will be performing tonight in front of Paperjam Press at 47th and Fremont -- part of the Fremont Fest tonight. They start at 6 pm and will have a donation jar out to raise money for a new upright bass. Paperjam Press is owned by Grant Band Alumni parents Deb and John Fields.

NO AFTER SCHOOL REHEARSAL ON DEC. 14TH

Ms. Hembd and I have decided this rehearsal is not needed and both programs already have enough events next week.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE DATE CHANGE

Every year we base the dates on our calendar on the previous years dates. Every so often the dates of some of our events change to a different week.

This year the Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival will be on Saturday, March 17th. Times are still TBA.

ALUMNI, PLEASE JOIN US for "AULD LANG SYNE"!

Perform on the Grant stage again. Don't forget your instruments for the Winter Concert on Thursday, December 15th. Check in before the concert to get a part.

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ MEETING CANCELLED

Due to a conflict with the GHS Financial Aide information night, the Sweet Sound of Jazz planning meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Dec. 6, has been cancelled. Unfortunately, there isn't another date in December that we can reschedule.

IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE HAVE PLENTY OF VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS EVENT!

If you would like to be part of the most enjoyable fund-raiser most of us have ever worked on, please email Susan Shepperd (me) today!!

Jobs that need to filled:

- Auction set-up -- Takes the items that the procurement committee has gathered and prepares them for the auction, makes up silent auction bid-sheets, set's up the silent auction the afternoon of the event.

- Kitchen crew -- Slices and dices all those amazing desserts. Should be comfortable with knives and high-glucose levels.)

- Clean-up crew -- 'nuff said

- Ticket Sales -- We are considering pre-selling tickets this year. If you have experience with ticket sales we'd love to hear from you.

- None of the above -- You are a worker bee? Cool. We'll find you a job.

Email Susan at: skshepperd@comcast.net

MARCHING BAND INFORMATION!

All musicians should be in the band room at 7:55am. Please don't arrive to early as volunteers will need a few minutes for last minute organization.

Remember if you want to wear gloves they need to not hinder your performance ability. If they are too thick or the wrong color you will be told to remove them.

If you are in uniform your gloves must be all white.

If you are a percussionist (wearing all black) your gloves must be all black.

black stocking caps are optional for percussionists.

We must be in formation at the parade route before 9am. That gives us very little time.

The parade starts at 9:45am.

A flag raising ceremony is held at the conclusion of the parade. at around 11am the flag is raised.

This ceremony will include a public prayer (I do not require students to particpate, but do ask that they remain quiet and respect the beliefs of others). If you are uncomfortable with this please let me know and I will find a project that your student can do during this time.

THREE RIVERS LEAGUE JAZZ FESTIVAL @ West Linn

Tuesday, November 15th

We will be departing Grant at noon and departing West Linn HS at about 5pm. I suggest a bag lunch.

SCHOOL   Warm-up   Performance
CLACK       1:35          2:00
LRIDGE     2:00          2:25
GRANT      2:25          2:50
CANBY      2:50          3:20
OCITY       3:20          3:45
LOSWEGO 3:45          4:10
WLINN      4:10           4:35

JAZZ ENSEMBLE DATE ADDITION

We have a date for this years Jazz Ensemble performance at Tony Starlight's. This will be Tuesday, December 13th. Times tba.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE DATE CHANGE

Every year we base the dates on our calendar on the previous years dates. Every so often the dates of some of our events change to a different week.

This year the University of Portland Jazz Festival will be on Thursday, April 19th. Times are still TBA.

WIND ENSEMBLE DATE CHANGE

Every year we base the dates on our calendar on the previous years dates. Every so often the dates of some of our events change to a different week.

This year the Northwest Invitational Band Competition @ Clackamas Community College will be on Tuesday, March 13th. Times are still TBA.

BAND BOOSTER OCTOBER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to read the October 18, 2011 Band Booster meeting minutes.

GRANT JAZZ CLINIC - THURSDAY, NOV. 3RD

Grant Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab. We will be hosting Ron Carter for a clinic on Thursday, November 3rd. He will join us from 9-11:30am. Both groups will have the opportunity to participate in the clinic. Jazz Lab members will need to get permission from 1st and 2nd period teachers in order to attend.

Ron Carter

FOOTBALL UPDATE

We have just been informed that the time of the football game this friday (10/28/11) has been changed from 7pm to 6pm. This means the call time has been changed from 4pm to 3:30pm. Don't forget that the student body council has asked us to dress in all black. If you have black, wear it. Otherwise don't forget your pep band t-shirts. The forecast is for rain. Make sure that everyone brings their case, and that all instruments are allowed to dry BEFORE they are stored inside their cases. That means to get them out when you get home.

The Lincoln and Grant Bands will be performing the Star Spangled Banner along with a vocal group from Lincoln. This will happen at 5:53pm. Don't be late!

The director at Lincoln has offered to get pizza for both groups this year. In return I offered to get drinks for both groups. Instead of our normal wonderful snack donations I would ask that you donate capri suns, canned pop, water, and juice. We will need enough for approximately 150 musicians. We will be eating during the third quarter.

OCTOBER BAND BOOSTER MEETING

This month's Band Booster meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Band Room. We are getting ready for our Fall Concert, the Veterans' Day Parade, Pep Band and a League Jazz Festival. Come to our one-hour meeting to learn how you can help out.

UNIFORM INFORMATION

Wind Ensemble Members who need to go to Mr. Formal on 7th Ave:

1103 SE 7th Ave

Portland, OR 97214

Jonah Austin: pants

Charles Brown: shirt, vest

Nate Karn: vest, jacket

Blake Lambert: pants

Kenny Regan: vest

Daniel Roberts: vest

Ben Seacrist: vest

Remember, all members of the Grant Band are members of the Marching Band. If you have not been fit for a uniform you need to have that done this week! If you can not come on your assigned day then come on the other day.

Marching Band Uniform Fittings:

The following students need to come in on Wednesday, October 19th at 8am:

Andrew Allen

Karl Braun

Saori Erickson

Oliviah Franke

Kenneth Fukumoto

Jackson Gariety

Epiphany Hicks

Kamron Kayhani

Parkes Kendrick

Emily Klockner

Miriam Kohn

The following students need to come in on Thursday October 20th at 8am:

Sam Panter

Ben Rosene

Carson Running

Eddie Scott

Ben Seacrist

Mariah Shriner

Harrison Soltvedt

Simon Swifter

Eduardo Tellez

Caleb Walcott

Haley Walker

Jacob Wigen

Alex Shepherd

 

OUR NEXT HOME FOOTBALL GAME (SORT OF)

The band will be performing at the next football game on Thursday, October 13th. Because we do not have a proper field we are required to play the remaining home games at Lincoln High School. If this is your first game here is some important information you should know.

Bring water.

Don't forget to dress for the weather. Yes, it may rain.

Make sure you bring the case for your instrument.

1. Call time: 4:30pm in the Band Room.

2. Check in with Mr. Budge.

3. Load large equipment into the van.

4. Depart Band Room at 4:45pm

5. Students will then walk in a group to the Hollywood transit center.

6. Check in again, before you go up the stairs.

7. I will take attendance again at the game.

At the conclusion of the game if you choose to not return to the school with us on Max you MUST have a note to give Mr. Budge. This will keep us from looking for you before we go back to the school.

8. At the Hollywood Transit Center Check out at the same location you Checked in.

If you used any instrument that was transported in a van you MUST return to the school and help unload the equipment. If you didn't, you are excused after you check out at the Hollywood transit center.

Plan on returning to the school around 10:30-11:30pm.

SEPTEMBER BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to read the minutes of our September 26th Band Booster meeting.

MARCHING BAND UNIFORM FITTINGS BEGIN OCT. 5

It's time to get ready for the Veteran's Day parade. ALL NON-PERCUSSION BAND MEMBERS MUST ATTEND A FITTING SESSION. Percussionists will wear their own (solid black) clothes in the parade.

Here's the schedule:

UPDATE: WE ARE AWARE THAT NOT EVERYONE CAN ATTEND THEIR SPECIFIED DAY. IF YOU HAVE A CONFLICT PLEASE COME TO THE FITTING SESSION CLOSEST TO YOUR ASSIGNED DAY. THANK YOU!

FITTINGS ARE DONE BETWEEN 8 AM AND 9 AM ON THESE DAYS:

- Wednesday, Oct. 5: students who's last name starts with a letter between A & G AND you are either a sophomore or a junior.


- Thursday, Oct. 6: students who's last name starts with a letter between A & G AND you are a freshman or either a senior.


- Wednesday, Oct. 12 - 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: students who's last name starts with a letter between H & O AND you are either a sophomore or a junior.

- Thursday, Oct. 13: students who's last name starts with a letter between H & O AND you are either a freshman or a senior.


- Wednesday, Oct. 19: students who's last name starts with a letter between P & Z AND you are either a sophomore or a junior.

- Thursday, Oct. 20: students who's last name starts with a letter between P & Z AND you are either a freshman or a senior.

HELP WANTED FOR FALL PROJECTS

The Band Boosters are working on multiple projects and need some volunteers to step up. Please email Steve Burns as soon as possible if you can help out. Be sure to tell him in your email which job(s) you want to do. Thanks!

Marching Band Uniform fittings in October:
•  6 volunteers needed per fitting session. Fittings will happen on Wednesday and Thursday mornings in October from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. No experience necessary! This is a big job. Terri Wanke is organizing the volunteers. Even if you can only come one time we'd be so grateful.

Parade Day - November 11:
•  6-10 people to hand out the uniforms and do quality control before the parade on the morning of Friday, Nov. 11.


•  4 people to help collect and hang-up the uniforms after the parade is done. Start at approximately noon.


•  4-6 people to help with Pizza Party after the parade. Start at approximately 11:30 a.m. Set up tables in the band room, organize the pizza and light clean-up after the band devours the food. Susan Rosene and Cathi Walker are organizing the party.

Help at the Fall Concert on October 20:
• Three volunteers needed to prepare and hang-out in the lobby before the concert on October 20. This is a meet-and-greet type of job. We will have a donation jar available, but a tablecloth (for a rectangle table) and flowers would make the concert more festive.

Again, please email Steve Burns if you can help with any of these jobs -- and let him know which job(s) you want to do. Thanks!

PARTICIPATION — KEY TO OUR SUCCESS

The Band Boosters encourage all parents to participate in our efforts to support the program. We have a wide variety of tasks that need to be done; from handing out uniforms to concert support and so much else. Please read this flyer to find out how you can become involved -- and if you see something you'd like to do, let us know! You can use the email links in the flyer to contact the right person, or come to our September Band Booster meeting this Monday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Band Room.

AUGUST BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES ONLINE

Click here to read the Minutes of the August Band Booster meeting. To save paper, we do not print copies to be read at the following meeting. Thank you for your understanding.

NEW INFORMATION

The Handbook and Calendar have been updated. Get this important information today.

PEP-BAND FEATURED ON KPTV!

Our Pep-Band was named Band of the Week on Friday Night Lights this week. Click here to check out the montage they set to one of our tunes.

FIRST FOOTBALL GAME?

If this is your first football game at Grant here is some information you might find helpful.

1. We perform at home football games. The first two are at Grant High School.

2. We greatly appreciate any snack donations you wish to make. This makes the experience much more enjoyable for the musicians.

3. We can't control the weather. Sometimes it will be hot, sometimes cold, sometimes wet. Please make sure that you are outfitted appropriately.

4. We don't have seats in the bleachers when we play at games at Grant. I would suggest bringing a lawn chair from home. It is easier than carrying a heavy cafeteria chair out the the track and back.

5. Make sure you have water.

6. We perform before the game, during the 1st, 2nd and 4th quarters (sometimes overtime) and at the conclusion of the game. You will have free time during the 3rd quarter to do what you would like. However, you need to remember that you are still at a school event and that you are still representing the Grant Band. Act appropriately.

7. Bring a lyre. If you don't have one they are available at local music stores. We do not want to take music stands outside, unless it is completely necessary. The wind will blow your music away and knock them over.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

At the request of our principal, Ms. Orlen, the Grant Jazz Ensemble has been asked to kick off the new school year with it's first performance. Some students may need performance attire. Dress code for Jazz Ensemble is as follows:

ALL: appropriate dress shoes/socks

LADIES: Your matching dresses, I have been told that you all have them (HOORAY!)

GENTLEMEN: Dark Suit, Dark Dress Shirt, Solid Colored Tie

If you do not already have a suit, please just wear black slacks a dress shirt and tie (what you would have worn last year). It is better that you don't spend a lot of money on clothes to try and have it for this first performance, but rather take some time to find affordable clothing that will look good before the concert on October 20 and all year long.

SEPTEMBER BOOSTER MEETING - DATE CHANGE

Our September meeting, which was scheduled for the same night as the Back-to-school night, has been moved to Monday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the band room. Everyone is welcome.

2011-2012 BAND EVENTS CALENDAR UPDATED

The most important dates for the 2011-2012 Grant Band calendar have been updated (9/1/11 - 3:44pm). Visit the calendar page and make sure you save the dates. Pep-band, extra-rehearsals and festivals will be added ASAP.

AUGUST BOOSTER MEETING

Our August Band Booster meeting will be Tuesday, August 30 (date changed due to circumstances beyond our control) at 6:30 p.m. in the Band Room. We will work on plans for the Workshop, pep-band support, and filling a few volunteer positions. Please join us! Everyone is welcome.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Our 2011 Workshop is on Wednesday, August 31st. Registration will be outside the band room's back door (click here to download a PDF of the campus map) at 12:30 p.m. and the Workshop will begin at 1:00 p.m. sharp. All returning and first-time Grant band students should attend. Grant High students who didn't forecast for band, but would like to check out the program are welcome to attend. Email skshepperd@comcast.net to let us know you're coming.

At 4:00 p.m. parents are invited to join the band at the Grant High school-wide community picnic. The band will be performing!!! This is a great opportunity for the band to shine. An information table will be at the picnic, staffed by veteran parents and students to answer any questions you might have about the band program.

DON'T FORGET YOUR INSTRUMENT. Rental instruments are available for those who need one. See Mr. Budge in the band room on Friday, Aug. 26 to check one out.

Questions? Email Susan Shepperd.

BAND COUNCIL AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS: The Workshop work-party is Friday, Aug. 26 in the band room. Start time will be announced soon on the facebook page and here.

OREGON ALL-STATE BAND AND ORCHESTRA AUDITION INFORMATION

In January 2012 the Oregon Music Educators Association will hold its annual conference in Eugene, Oregon. At this conference, hundreds of students from around the state participate in honor bands, orchestras, jazz bands and choirs. Last year, three of our band students participated in the All-State Symphonic Band.

Students must audition (via digital recording) to be considered for these prestigious groups. All of the audition information can be found here. Any student who is interested in submitting an audition should talk to Mr. Budge the first week of school.

JULY BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES

Click here to view the minutes from the July 19 Band Booster meeting.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: FILLED!

Thank you Julie Wainwright for volunteering to be the Band Booster Treasurer this year! And thank you Janet Graaff for offering to be Julie's back-up!

JULY BOOSTER MEETING

Our July Band Booster meeting will be this Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtyard restaurant at McMinnamen's Kennedy School. There is no obligation to purchase food -- but if you want to they would certainly appreciate it! We have space reserved under "Dan Graaff/Grant HS." Come hear about the Band Workshop and plans for the beginning of the year. All are welcome! If you know an incoming freshman parent who is curious about the program please bring them along.

WORKSHOP NEWS

Our 2011 Workshop is on Wednesday, August 31st. Registration will be outside the band room's back door (click here to download a PDF of the campus map) at 12:30 p.m. and the Workshop will begin at 1:00 p.m. sharp. All returning and first-time Grant band students should attend.

At 4:00 p.m. parents are invited to join the band at the Grant school-wide community picnic. The band will be performing!!! This is a great opportunity for the band to shine. Don't miss it.

A flyer about the Workshop should arrive in your mailbox in the next week. If you don't receive one, or if you just can wait, click here to download the PDF.

JUNE BAND BOOSTER MEETING MINUTES

Click here to view the minutes from the June 15 Band Booster meeting.

2011-2012 DRUM MAJORS ANNOUNCED!

Head Drum Major

Jacob Wigen

Drum Major

Saori Erickson

JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITION RESULTS!

Names are posted in no particular order.

All saxophone players will be expected to double on flute, clarinet or bass clarinet.

SAXOPHONE

Wyck Malloy

Claire Eldredge-Burns

Allison Graaff

Dezirae Fenske

Daniel Roberts

Portia Seater

Blair Shepperd

TRUMPET

Cyrus Nabipoor

Abe Deitle

Andrew Davidson

Nate Karn

Jackson Gariety

TROMBONE

Ben Rosene

Parkes Kendrick

Matthew Klockner

Alex Turner

Jonah Austin

RHYTHM SECTION

Steve Parker

Kenny Regan

Alex Fisher

Emily Richardson

Owen McLafferty

WIND ENSEMBLE AUDITION RESULTS!

Names are posted in no particular order.

Anyone who did not make it into Wind Ensemble may rent a school bass clarinet, french horn or euphonium over the summer and re-audition on that instrument in the fall.

FLUTE

Saori Erickson

Emily Friedenberg

Amy Drinnon

Liz Glanz

Ahren Lahvis

Epiphany Hicks

Emma Weitzhandler

Jana Persijn

OBOE

Kenny Regan

Emily Richardson

BASSOON

Cody Labuhn

Blair Shepperd

Sam Wanke

CLARINET

Dezirae Fenske

Allison Graaff

Miriam Kohn

Simon Swifter

Haley Walker

Meryl Kruskopf

Kamron Kayhani

Lydia Durnil

Crystal Hering

Mariah Shriner

Cyrus Oliver

Atticus Jones

BASS CLARINET

Anna Carlin

ALTO SAXOPHONE

Kenneth Fukumoto

Oliviah Franke

Blake Lambert

TENOR SAXOPHONE

Wyck Malloy

Claire Eldredge-Burns

BARITONE SAXOPHONE

Portia Seater

Steve Parker

HORN

Emily Klockner

TRUMPET

Andrew Davidson

Abe Deitle

Ben Seacrist

Jacob Wigen

Cyrus Nabipoor

TROMBONE

Alex Turner

Matthew Klockner

Ben Rosene

Karl Braun

Parkes Kendrick

TUBA

Ada Harris

Jonah Austin

STRING BASS

Alex Fisher

Aodan Collins

PERCUSSION

John Duran

Jonathan Bray

Emily Richardson

Maria Madden

Luke Taylor

Isabel Conley

 

ELECTION RESULTS!

Congratulations to the new council. Don’t forget, your first meeting is on Wednesday, June 15th at Noon.
 
PRESIDENT
CYRUS NABIPOOR
 
SECRETARY 
CLAIRE/PARKES E-B.K
 
SPIRIT 
*OLIVIAH FRANKE 
ADAM PENROSE
STEVEN PARKER
         
SNACKS
CRYSTAL HERING
  
HISTORIAN
MIRIAM KOHN         
 
DECORATIONS
*LIZ GLANZ
EMILY FRIEDENBERG
OLIVIAH FRANKE
 
UNIFORMS
EMILY KLOCKNER
 
RECORDING
ANNA CARLIN
 
*denotes committee chair

A NIGHT OF CHAMBER MUSIC CANCELED

Due to a lack of participants, tonight's event has been canceled. Sorry.

WIND ENSEMBLE PARTY

Time

Friday, June 10 from 9:00 pm - June 11 at 12:00 am

START AND END TIME HAVE CHANGED. PLEASE RESPECT THE HOST'S WISHES.

Location

Steven Parker's House

4236 NE Davis St.

Portland, OR

More Info

Members of the 2010-2011 Wind Ensemble
Please join us to celebrate your hard work!

Phone:
John & Nancy Parker

(503) 236-8621

STUDENTS: RSVP on the party's event page on Facebook. Click here.

PARENTS: There will be parent supervision, but neither the school nor the band department are responsible for the party.

JUNE BAND BOOSTER MEETING

Please join us on WEDNESDAY, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Band Room for our final Band Booster meeting of the year. We will start planning for the Band Workshop in August and set some goals for next year. We'd love to see some new faces! Come and find out how you can support our great kids and Mr. Budge.

GRADUATION - ALL HANDS ON DECK

Sunday we say goodbye to the class of 2011. All Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble members will perform at the graduation ceremony at the Memorial Coliseum. Call time is 4:45 p.m. at Grant. Students will be bussed to the ceremony and return by bus to the school afterward. Return is approx. 8:30-9 p.m.

CODA Concert - Music, Desserts and Awards

Wednesday, June 1 is the Band Department's Awards night. Wind Ensemble will perform once more and afterwards we will have dessert and awards. Don't miss it -- there are surprises in store!

Parents - we need desserts and drinks! If your last name starts with a letter between A-K please bring one container of juice or water. If your name last name starts between L-Z please bring EASY TO SERVE desserts to the auditorium on Wednesday. Cookies, cupcakes are most popular.

Please bring items to the auditorium on Wednesday before the concert. If you will not be able to attend the concert you can drop your drinks/desserts by the band room on Wednesday.

We will provide the cups and plates.

Remember, this is a night for the whole department to celebrate. We look forward to seeing you!

CONCERT TIME CHANGE

At Tuesday's Band Booster meeting it came to our attention that many members of the Grant Band Family are also particpating in an event at Alameda on Thursday, May 26th. In order to make it possible for those families to participate in both events we will be moving the start time of the D.C. al Fine from 7pm to 7:30pm. Thank you for your understanding.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions for incoming members of the bands will be held on June 3rd,6th and 7th from 3:20-5:00pm. Information regarding openings in next years Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble will be sent to cluster directors shortly. The same information will also be posted to this website.

If you are currently a member of a Grant instrumental ensemble and would like to audition for a group in the same genre (i.e., Symphonic Band member auditioning for Wind Ensemble) your auditions will begin on May 31st, during class. This audition will also count as a part of your final. All current members (excluding seniors) must complete the audition.

OSAA STATE BAND COMPETITION — GO WIND ENSEMBLE!

Grant's Wind Ensemble will perform at 3:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus this Saturday, May 14.

10:30am  call time

11:30      depart Grant

2:30pm   warm-up

3:00       perform

3:30       sight-read

4:30       bowling/dinner

7:30       observe bands

9:00       awards

9:30      depart Corvallis

11:30     arrive at Grant

* most times are estimates

Participating in the OSAA State Band competition is an honor and a privilege. Parents -- if you've never attended this event we encourage you to come and hear the finest school bands in our state -- and cheer on our own talented Wind Ensemble. Ticket information and directions can be found here. Please read and heed the spectator information found here.

Those of you who would like to car-pool to the concert please email Susan Shepperd.

Following the performance and site reading the students will take a break and go bowling and grab some dinner at the local bowling alley. Bowling costs $2.50 per game and if more than 30 students bowl the shoes are free. After bowling/dinner they will return to the LaSells Center to watch two high schools and one college band and then stay for the awards presentation. Estimated return time to Grant is 11:30 p.m.

STUDENTS: Get your performance attire ready TODAY! This is the most important performance of the year and you must look your best. Yes, the judges do award (or take away) points for attire and overall look. LADIES - MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PEARLS. If you need assistance with your performance attire please let Mr. Budge know right away.

NEXT BAND BOOSTERS MEETING

Tuesday, May 17th 6:30pm, in the band room. Everyone is welcome.

STATE SOLO COMPETITION RESULTS

Congratulations to all the Grant High School students who competed at the OSAA State Solo competition on Saturday, April 30. The following students placed:

Sean Petegorsky - 2nd place Bass Voice

Blair Shepperd - 5th place Bassoon

Kenneth Fukumoto - 5th place High Saxophone

Devin VanHine - 5th place Mezzo Voice

Layli Baghdadi - 4th place Viola

DON'T MISS THE SOUND OF MUSIC

The auditorium is alive with the sound of music! This beloved musical has something for everyone. All performances are listed in the Calendar at right. Tickets available at the door: $12 for Adults and $10 for Students/Seniors.

ss 4/17/11 6 p.m.

SUCCESS AT FESTIVALS

On Tuesday, April 12, Wind Ensemble placed third at the Three Rivers League Band Festival with an outstanding performance.

On Thursday, April 14, Jazz Ensemble placed second in the performance catagory and FIRST in sight reading!

And, on Friday, April 15, Grant's Wind Ensemble won the PIL Championship — making it the sixth consecutive year for that honor. Even better, their performance earned the needed score to qualify them for the OSAA State Band Championship in Corvallis on Saturday, May 14. Details about location and times for the State Championship can be found here.

ss 4/16/11 8:30 a.m.

BAND BOOSTER MEETING, TUES. APRIL 19

April's Band Booster meeting will happen this Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the band room.

It's time to start looking ahead to next year. While budget cuts, bonds, and levy's are on all our minds, it's always best to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Come to the meeting and learn how you can become a part of one of the best band programs in the city -- and help to keep it that way.

Nominations for officer positions (President, President-elect, Secretary and Treasurer) will be submitted on Tuesday. If you would like to be nominated, or if you have someone in mind you think would be a great asset to the Band Boosters please attend the meeting -- or email John Gleeson and let him know.

We will also have a director's report, a band council report, and hear about planning for next year already underway.

ss 4/15/11 9:30 a.m.

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Jazz Ensemble will be performing at 1:50pm on Thursday, April 14.

Load bus: 12:00pm

Warm-up: 1:30pm

Perform: 1:50pm

nb 4/11/11 11:30 am

THREE RIVERS LEAGUE FESTIVAL

The Wind Ensemble will be performing at 5pm on Tuesday, April 12.

Load bus: 12:30pm

Festival Begins: 2:00pm

Warm-up: 4:30pm

Perform: 5:00pm

nb 4/11/11 11:30 am

GREAT JOB KENNETH!

A Wonderful performance on Saturday, and I'm sure another wonderful one on Sunday.

nb 4/11/11 10:30 am

DON'T MISS IT!

Our very own Kenneth Fukumoto is one of three musicians selected to perform with the Vancouver Symphony! vancouversymphony.org

April 9 & 10: Symphony Concert
Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, 1st Movement - Rachmaninoff
Young Artists Winner Alexander Zhu, Piano
Concerto for Alto Sax - Glazunov
Young Artists Winner Kenneth Fukumoto, Alto Sax
Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 33, in A minor, 3rd Movement Saint-Saens
Young Artists Winner David Kim, Cello
Lincoln Portait - A. Copland
Edmund Stone, narrator
Symphony No .8, Op. 93 in F major Beethoven

REHEARSAL TIME CHANGE

The Wind Ensemble "Evening Rehearsal" on Friday, April 8th time has changed from 7pm to 10am.

nb 4/1/11 10:30 am

NO JAZZ LAB, MONDAY MORNING!

Just a friendly reminder to all Jazz Lab members.

nb 3/13/11 7:30 am

PAPERWORK, TURNED IN BEFORE YOU BOARD PLANE!

As of last night 19 people still needed to turn in paperwork. Check in with Mr. Budge if you are not sure what you need to turn in. Mr. Budge would rather not spend his Thursday morning at the airport hunting people down for paperwork.

nb 3/8/11 9:47 pm

GOOD FIRST STEP FOR THE WIND ENSEMBLE!

Grant Wind Ensemble, you've just earned first place in performance and sightreading at the 2011 Northwest Invitational Band Competition. What are you going to do next?

                     "We're going to Disneyland!"

nb 3/8/11 8:45 pm

ALL TRIP PAYMENTS COMPLETE

All the money is payed. Make sure you get your paperwork in. Let's have a great time.

nb 3/7/11 9:00 pm

TRIP PAPERWORK

The last set of paperwork was sent home with students today. Please, make sure that three of these forms are filled out and returned by Monday. I understand that this will be dfficult in a few circumstances. Thanks for your best effort. The forms to watch for are: (blank copies of the district forms can be found at the links below)

1. PPS Release of Liability and Hold Harmless

2. PPS Student Medical Information

3. Performance Attire Checklist (to be returned at the airport)

4. Grant Band Conduct and Behavior/Rules and Regulations (27 already received)

nb 3/4/11 2:30 pm

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

packing tips from educational travel services

how to pack your tuxedo

What weather should I prepare for?

What can I carry on the plane? TSA information

If you plan on swimming at the hotel, bring a large ziplock bag to put your swim suit in when you pack it back up. It may not have enough time to completely dry. This will help to keep it from damaging your nicer clothes and electronics.(thanks Ms. Shepperd)

Don't forget to make sure your instrument case is secure. All checked bags and cases must be unlocked when they go through security at the airport, it may be a good idea to add a luggage strap around your case for extra protection.

Also, make sure your instrument is secure inside its case. With larger instruments you can sometimes use your socks and other clothes to fill in the gaps in the case. Be careful to not put too much pressure on valves or keys.

Your performance attire needs to be in good shape when we arrive in California, you will not be able to dry clean it when we arrive, do not cram your clothes into your bag. Make sure to use a garment bag for your performance attire. Garment bags look the same, make sure your name is clearly marked on the outside.

Like it or not, how you look when you are on stage is how the world will see you.

nb 3/4/11 2:05 pm

PIL SOLO and ENSEMBLE RESULTS. BRAVO!

Saori Erickson, flute, 2nd Alternate

Kenny Regan, oboe, Champion

Blair Shepperd, bassoon, Champion

Kenneth Fukumoto, alto saxophone, Champion

Sarah Weidman, trombone, Champion

nb 3/3/11 2:05 pm

THE EARLY SPRING CONCERT

Don't miss out on this exciting event. Witness the Grant Jazz Lab, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Harmonaires, Choralaires perform the music of Sammy Nestico, John Higgins, Horst Jankowski, Weather Report and the Beatles. And don't be late, in the first tweny minutes the Grant Percussion Ensemble will debut its new Marimba in a piece entitled "Stormbreak". Call time: 6:30pm - Doors: 6:45pm - Curtain: 7pm

nb 3/1/11 6:08 pm

STILL WAITING ON MUSICAL

For those who are excited to get started, we are still waiting on music for the musical. As soon as we get it I will put a schedule together. We will be on a very tight timeline this year. I look forward to all of our extra time together.

nb 2/27/11 7:38 am

ANOTHER SMOOTH SOLO AND ENSEMBLE!

A huge thank you to Greta Gleason and the many volunteers who put on a great event this weekend. It takes many hours and a lot of dedication to the program. As always, the directors were impressed with your ability to work independently and efficiently. Thanks to everyone who stepped up and performed. I know it can be a very scary experience, but every time you take the opportunity, you will feel more relaxed about performing on your own. So many judges told me how they were so happy to see so many of you at the event. Individual results will be available early next week.

nb 2/27/11 7:22 am

GRANT CLUSTER, INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT

Come and see the future of the Grant Band, Thursday, February 17th at 7pm. The evening will feature the band from Laurelhurst, the Wind Ensemble, and will conclude with a performance from the Mass Band of the Grant Cluster. Hope to see you there.