Weekly Update - 9/19

EASTON AREA HS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

This Week's Edition:

  • Weekly Schedule
  • Uniform Contracts Reminder - PAST DUE
  • Date Modifications
  • Orchestra & WE Uniform Fittings
  • Marching Band Photo Orders
  • Band Senior Night Information - Parents & Guardians
  • Volunteers needed for First Flags
  • Prizes needed for First Flags
  • Marching Band Uniform Pillow Sale
  • Reminder - Band Uniform Dry Cleaning Information
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Weekly Schedule (September 19 - September 25, 2021)

Monday, September 20

  • Percussion & Guard Sectional 5:30 - 8:00pm
  • Orchestra, WE, Jazz Uniform Fittings 5:30 - 8:30pm


Tuesday, September 21

  • MB Rehearsal 6:00 - 8:00pm


Wednesday, September 22


Thursday, September 23

  • MB Rehearsal 3:00 - 5:00pm


Friday, September 24

  • Away football vs. Whitehall - report to EAHS 4:45pm


Saturday, September 25

  • 47th Annual First Flag Band Festival - report to Cottingham Stadium 5:00pm


NEXT WEEK:


Monday, September 27

  • Uniform Pillow Sale Ends
  • Chamber String Auditions, 3:00pm


    Tuesday, September 28

    • MB Rehearsal 3:00 - 5:00pm
    • Orchestra, WE, Jazz Uniform Fittings 5:30 - 8:30pm


    Wednesday, September 29

    • Chamber String Auditions, 3:00pm


    Thursday, September 30

    • MB Rehearsal 3:00 - 5:00pm


    Friday, October 1

    • Orchestra Uniforms Contracts Due
    • Home football vs. William Allen- report to Cottingham 5:30pm (Band Senior Night)


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

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    Upcoming Events

    Uniform Contracts - PAST DUE

    All uniform contracts are past due. Please return uniform contracts and payments to Mrs. Niosi and Mrs. Martyak.


    • Air out band jackets and ensure they are safely hung on the large black hanger.
    • Sweat collars should be removed from the inside top of the jacket and washed by hand with dish soap.
    • White gloves can also be washed by hand with dish soap and hung to dry.
    • If your band jacket or black pants are wrinkled, please carefully use a steamer.
    • All black pants should be hung on the hanger by first matching up the bottom of the pants ensuring the creases are on the outside corners.
    • All students were also asked to write their initials on the inside of their white band shoes.


    Thank you for your wonderful support in keeping your uniforms looking SHARP!


    Contact Mrs. Niosi or Mrs. Martyak with all uniforms questions or repairs at uniforms@eahsmusic.org.

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    REHEARSAL TIME CHANGES/ ADDITIONS

    Please note the following changes that have been made to our September schedule:

    Percussion/ Guard Sectionals:

    In preparation for completing our show and beginning our festival performances, we have added TWO percussion & guard sectionals. These sectionals will take place on:


    Monday, September 13

    Monday, September 20


    For both dates, rehearsal will be from 5:30 - 8:00 PM.

    If you have any concerns or questions regarding either of these schedule items, please contact Mr. Ballentine directly at ballentinec@eastonsd.org.


    Thank you!

    Orchestra/ WE/ Jazz Uniform Fittings

    As we prepare for our fall concerts, all members in the orchestra program and students in wind ensemble should sign up for a uniform fitting. This uniform is worn at all concerts and consists of a tuxedo or gown.


    There are TWO remaining dates:


    • Monday, September 20
    • Monday, September 27


    Please ensure you have signed up for a time slot if you have not already. Questions? Please reach out to Mrs. Stein at uniforms-orch@eahsmusic.org.


    Thank you in advance for your help!


    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845adab2ba20-orchestra1

    Marching Band Photo Order Form

    For any families interested in ordering the full group & section photos taken during band camp by Christmas City, please view this link here.


    All orders are shipped directly to your home address.


    Thank you!

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    Band Senior Night - Parent/ Guardian Information

    Band Senior Night is Friday, October 01 at Cottingham Stadium. All seniors in the marching band will be recognized during halftime. The full marching band will perform our halftime show at pregame.


    Please see the document here that outlines important information for you as parents & guardians in order to make this evening a success.


    As always, please let me know any questions or concerns.


    Mr. Ballentine

    Need Prize Donations for First Flags

    We are looking for PRIZE DONATIONS for the Treasure Hunt Winners at the First Flag Over the United Colonies Band Festival. Prizes can be in the form of gift cards or small prizes that range from $5-$20.

    Please text or call Jen Martellucci 610-442-6031 if you are able to donate.

    All prizes need to be delivered to Jen by Wednesday, September 22nd.

    Calling all First Flag Over the United Colonies Volunteers!

    Thank you to all who have signed up to help at First Flags to date. We have just a few more days to prepare and still have open opportunities in traffic/parking and the ticket booth.


    Please email Rhonda Gillespie at firstflags@eahsmusic.org with any questions or to volunteer.

    Fundraising

    Marching Band Uniform Pillows

    We present the best way to honor our current and past marching band students by providing the opportunity to own a piece of our history! We have created pillows using the uniforms that were worn from 2000 to 2020. This is a perfect graduation gift or holiday gift for any individuals that have or are currently paving the way for the “Beast from the East!” There is a limited stock available and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. This fundraiser benefits the Instrumental Music Program and will be completed in time for the holidays!


    Order yours today! https://eahsmusic.org/general/marching-band-uniform-pillows/

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    Other News

    Uniform Update: DRY CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS


    It is the responsibility of each band member to keep his or her uniform clean and in excellent condition.

    It is important that the band present an excellent appearance at ALL times.


    Uniforms are to be DRY CLEANED ONLY.


    The white sweat collars inside the Band Jacket, Honor Guard Jacket, and Drum Major Jacket should be removed and hand washed after each performance. Do not use bleach. White gloves are to be worn at each performance. These can be machine-washed and hung to dry. Additional pairs of gloves can be purchased for $3.00.


    We have selected Lehigh Valley Dry Cleaners who can guarantee us that the whites will stay white and not turn gray. EVERYONE MUST USE THIS DRY CLEANER.


    Please Note: DO NOT USE OVER THE COUNTER HOME DRY CLEANING KITS.


    LEHIGH VALLEY DRY CLEANERS - 3 LOCATIONS

    PALMER -- Wm. Penn Plaza Shopping Center, Wm. Penn Hwy, Easton -- 610-258-8988

    EASTON – Northwood Corner Nazareth Rd. Easton – 610-253-9161

    HECKTOWN -- 193 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem -- 610-759-5600


    PRICES – Lehigh Valley Dry provides us with a 10% discount. Always mention that you are in the Easton High School Band to receive your discount. Separate pieces will be accepted to be cleaned at the same discount. Uniforms should be cleaned as often as needed.


    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

    SASHES: Use a professional dry cleaner; do not use steam or press.

    Please note: only take the sashes to the dry cleaner when they are dirty. This will prolong the life of the sash. You may spot clean sashes with Ivory soap and water.

    BLACK PANTS: Make sure to properly hang pants after each performance. DO NOT IRON!


    Please contact Mrs. Niosi or Mrs. Martyak with questions regarding uniforms.

    uniforms@eahsmusic.org

    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.

    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.