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Band Notes

Band Notes 3/18 to 3/24

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

CONGRATS to all of our jazz students on a fun, rewarding, and educational trip to the University of Montana Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. Many of our students were recognized as outstanding soloists including Valin Gabriel and Jace Samaha who were invited to play in the evening concert as featured soloists (only 4 selected all day). Our brass players were invited to play in the evening concert by winning "Best Trumpet Section" and "Best Trombone Section"awards. Students recognized throughout the day included James Batchelder, Teghan Bright, Ashley Conner, William Farley, Quinn Fuller, Valin Gabriel, Zachary Kadyk, Asher Kendoll, Khan Nguyen, Jack Poole, Jace Samaha, Katherine Selby, Asher Wynne, Lilly Yarbro. (that's a lot! Let me know if I missed you) Best Trumpets were William Bright, Valin Gabriel, Hadeon Pawluk, and Asher Wynne. Best Trombones were Ash Blair, Sam Garrett, Asher Kendoll, and Bruce Redden. BRAVO!

We have a lot going on over the next 10 days - PLEASE look through this week's notes, check your calendars, and look forward to some great performances and experiences ahead!

We'll be at a well-deserved spring break very soon!

Please consider helping at our jazz festival :D. Thank you in advance to those of you that already give of your time to make this a special experience for your students! As I've mentioned to the students, this fundraiser helps all of our students, not just jazz students.

Also, as we begin to travel, please make sure you have your Emergency/Travel Permission form turned in! Nicole has extra paper copies OR you can print from


  • Monday -

    • Classes as normally scheduled

    • Concert opportunity at The Fox Theatre featuring Whitworth Wind Symphony, Cheney HS and Ridgeline HS. 7:30pm

  • Tuesday, March 19 -

    • All band classes will take place in the gym due to the choir festival being held at Mead HS.

    • 4th period percussion students attend 5th period band for combined rehearsal with Symphonic Band winds.

  • Wednesday, March 20 -

    • All band classes will take place in the gym due to the choir festival being held at Mead HS.

    • 4th period percussion students will likely take 2nd lunch today (stay tuned).

    • Noodle Express Dine Out

  • Thursday, March 21 -

    • Jazz students set up stage for jazz concert upon arrival for zero hour. (risers, sound shells, rhythm section, etc)

    • SFMEA Band Fest @ Ferris

      • 7am report to MHS (Symphonic Band will change upon arrival and depart in concert attire; bring a change of clothes! Wind Ensemble depart in street clothes, bring concert attire and change at lunch).

        • If you take a bus, consider getting a ride to be at school earlier. If you can't get a ride, hustle to the band room and change as soon as you arrive to school!

      • 10am Symphonic Band Performance

      • Lunch in the 29th & Regal area (Bring money or sack lunch)

      • 1:45pm Wind Ensemble Performance

      • 3:45/4pm approximate return to Mead HS

    • Jazz Bands Concert, 7pm @ MHS

  • Friday, March 22 - Mead Jazz Fest Setup

    • No playing in classes today. We will go over jazz fest shift descriptions and do some initial setup/organization for the jazz festival.

  • Saturday, March 23 - Mead Jazz Fest

    • PLEASE help us run a smooth festival and continue our great reputation as hosts :D. Students sign up in person at the band office window, parents use our SignUp Genius link CLICK HERE

  • Monday, March 25 -

    • No playing in classes today. We will be cleaning up and organizing/resetting things from the jazz festival.

    • Symphonic Band and 4th Period Percussion rehearsal 5:30pm to 7:30pm

      • (this might be canceled - stay tuned)

  • Tuesday, March 26, 7pm - Wind Ensemble performs Khan at Northwood band concert

    • Percussion - tentative plan is to load equipment during 3rd period, unload at Northwood approx. 6pm, reload following concert.

  • Wednesday, March 27, 7pm - Festival Concert @ Mead HS Theatre

    • Usual report time of 6:30pm for changing into concert attire

    • Percussion in by 6:15pm please.

  • Saturday, March 30 - SPRING BREAK!

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