Weekly Update - 7.12

Easton Area HS Instrumental Music

This Week's Edition:

  • Weekly Schedule
  • First Flag Sponsorships (NEW!)
  • Strings Camp Info & RSVP
  • Band Camp Info
  • Percussion & Guard Sectionals
  • Summer Sportswear Sale - ENDS MONDAY, JULY 19
  • Marching Band Volunteer Uniform Sign Ups (NEW!) - STARTS MONDAY, JULY 19!
  • Volunteer Information
  • Band App
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Weekly Schedule (July 12 - 18, 2021)

Monday, July 12
  • Drumline, Pit & Guard Sectional 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. @ EAHS

Tuesday, July 13

  • IMA Meeting 7:00 p.m. via zoom. (August meeting in person @ EAHS)

* Woodwind & brass sectionals are not included on the weekly schedule, as they are scheduled by student section leaders.

Stay up to date by viewing our online calendar on our website!

Upcoming Events

First Flags Information

On Saturday, September 25, we will be hosting the 47th annual First Flag Band Festival at Cottingham Stadium. This evening will feature performances from 7 high school bands, in addition to our EAMS and EAHS marching bands!

In order to make this event a success, we need your help! Every band family will be receiving a mailing (separate from the band camp information) with the following forms:

Introductory Letter

Pre-Sale Ticket Order Form
Business Sponsorship Form

Parent/ Guardian-Owned Business Sponsorship

Patron Ads

There are MANY ways that you can help! One of the best ways to help us fundraise is to contact businesses who may be interested in sponsoring the instrumental music program. There are options for businesses to also get special shout outs on our social media, in our concert programs & more.

Parents & Guardians: there is a DISCOUNTED rate for pre-sale tickets. This form is due back by September 04.

There are also ways for you to take out an ad for your child. You can also choose to put a shout out in the program (only $5!). All ads are due by August 28.

Questions? Please reach out to Mrs. Jennifer Martellucci: firstflags@eahsmusic.org.

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2021 Strings Camp

It's almost time for our annual strings camp! Our camp will run on the following dates and is open to ALL string players in grades 09 - 12.

  • Tuesday, July 27 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 28 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 29 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This is an awesome time to get to know each other before the school year begins, make music together, and, as is tradition, end with an ice cream social.

Camp is FREE to attend, but we ask all students to RSVP by Wednesday, July 21. You can RSVP using the form here!

In July, all families will receive a mailing with hard copy information about our strings camp, along with required forms that need to be completed. These forms can also be found here:

Any questions, please reach out to Mr. Ballentine at ballentinec@eastonsd.org.

2021 Band Camp Information

We are almost one month away from our first days of band camp! There are many great things happening behind the scenes to make this year special for our students, families, & community.

Band Camp is a massive undertaking to bring all of our students together. In order to make this a success, the following will occur before camp begins:

  • Summer sectionals: each section has summer sectionals to get to know one another, bond as a group, and work on music & marching before camp. Sectionals are required for students to attend unless on vacation, family event, etc. If you have not yet heard from your section leader, please contact Mr. Ballentine.

  • Obtain any needed materials: all students must have certain items in order for us to achieve our potential. Please see the "Band Camp Welcome Letter" found below.

  • Complete & return all required forms: all students are required to return the forms found below BY July 30, 2021. A hard copy mailing will also be sent in July with these documents.

  • Uniform fittings: At the end of July, all marching band students will get fitted in their uniforms. Please check back in the upcoming newsletters for more information on what to expect.

Please see the forms below for information on band camp. All of these will be sent out via US mail in the month of July.

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Ballentine or any of the band council leadership.

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Summer Percussion & Guard Sectionals

All of our students in the percussion & guard sections will have sectionals on the following dates:

  • Monday, July 12
  • Monday, July 19
  • Monday, July 26
  • Monday, August 02

All sectionals run from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and are held at EAHS. Attendance is required at all sectionals, as we are a team. These practices allow us to put our best foot forward heading into band camp in August. Excused absences include vacation, family events (wedding), illness, or PIAA events.

In order to be excused from a sectional, students/ parents/ guardians should email Mr. Ballentine two (2) weeks prior to the conflict.

Other News

Summer Sportswear Sale

*NEW* this year!

We are offering a small summer sportswear sale, with an anticipated delivery date of early August. Check out the offerings! A larger sale will occur as usual later in the fall.

To order, please view this link here. Store closes on Monday, July 19.

Questions? Contact Charity Piomelli at cpiomelli@yahoo.com.

PMEA D10 Band & Orchestra Auditions

Solo lists for the 2021 - 2022 PMEA District festivals have been released.

Auditions take place on Saturday, December 04, 2021. To view the solo lists & see more information about the requirements, please visit the PMEA D10 website.

Booster Bulletin

IMA - Who is it?

The Instrumental Music Association (IMA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting instrumental music at Easton Area High School. All parents/ guardians of students in the program are members of the organization.

The EAHS Instrumental Music Department offers our students various opportunities to participate in some very unique musical programs and special events that would not necessarily be available without the financial assistance and involvement of the IMA organization.

Regularly scheduled monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings typically take place at 7:00 PM in the Easton Area High School cafeteria unless otherwise noted.

The IMA thrives on the generosity of volunteers - whether it be through donations, volunteering at an event, or a more involved role chairing a fundraiser. We look forward to the upcoming school year!

Marching Band VOLUNTEER Sign Ups

We will begin fittings for all RETURNING marching band members the week of July 19. Please stay tuned for a sign up genius to be sent out later this week.

In order to prepare for this, we are in need of volunteers to help with student fittings. All volunteers need to have their clearances on file with the school district in order to sign up. Sewing experience is not needed, but helpful!

If you are interested in helping with fittings, please use this sign up here.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Nicole Niosi or Mrs. Maureen Martyak at uniforms@eahsmusic.org.

Calling all volunteers!

As we prepare for the upcoming year, we are looking for volunteers to help at various events! In order to do this, clearances need to be on file with EASD.

To do this, please view our website with step-by-step information on how to go about obtaining these.

Please be sure to also complete & return the volunteer form found under the strings camp/ band camp information sections of this newsletter. This form will also be mailed out in mid-July.

Additionally, if you are interested in serving as a nurse for the band during band camp & football games, please reach out to our medical coordinator, Mrs. Ferretti, at medicalrecords@eahsmusic.org.

Thank you!

Band App - Stay Informed

This year, we are using a platform called the "band" app to communicate. This is a supplement to our emails sent out weekly.

The advantages of this app include:

  • Notifications sent directly to phone or device.
  • Instant communication to relay last-minute changes or details.
  • Integrated calendar (with ability to import the calendar to your phone's calendar).
  • Attachments tab to keep track of any forms.

It is recommended every parent/ guardian sign up for this app. To do so, please click this link. This group is specifically for any parent/ guardian of a student in the band or orchestra.

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Easton Area High School Instrumental Music

The Easton Area High School (EAHS) Instrumental Music Program has a long history of success. The program consists of nearly 380 students in grades 9 – 12 and encompasses marching band, three concert bands, three orchestras, two jazz ensembles, pep band, and pit orchestra.