Grant Band Website Archive
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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
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: email@example.com
Dessert Donation Delivery Details:
When: February 1
Time: Between 2pm - 4:30pm
Where: Grant High School Gym
Contact: Terri Wanke, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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
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
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
•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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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
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: email@example.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.
All-NW Jazz Band
All-NW Wind Symphony
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
Lunch: 12: 15 PM
Depart Corvallis: 2:30
Click here for compeition information - including directions
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 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
2:15-3:45 Clinic with Chris Bruya
4:00 Depart Ellensburg, WA
6:45 Arrive: Seattle @ Silver Cloud Inn - University District
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:
$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.
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
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)
warm up: 3:20pm
sight reading: 4:40pm
depart CCC: 5:30pm
Clackamas Community College Instrumental Jazz Festival
Saturday, March 17th
call: 3:20pm (meet at CCC, no bus)
warm up: 4:20pm
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
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.
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:
- 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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:
The following students need to come in on Thursday October 20th at 8am:
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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.
Congratulations to the new council. Don’t forget, your first meeting is on Wednesday, June 15th at Noon.
*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
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.
Steven Parker's House
4236 NE Davis St.
Members of the 2010-2011 Wind Ensemble
Please join us to celebrate your hard work!
John & Nancy Parker
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.
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
7:30 observe bands
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
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
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
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?
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.