Weekly Update - 9/12


This Week's Edition:

  • Weekly Schedule
  • Uniform Contracts Reminder - PAST DUE
  • Canteen Snacks Donations Needed
  • Date Modifications
  • IMA Meeting Reminder
  • Marching Band Photo Orders
  • Jacket Sale - ENDS FRIDAY!!!
  • Marching Band Uniform Pillow Sale
  • Reminder - Yankee Candle Sale
  • Reminder - Mums Coupons Pickup

  • Reminder - Orchestra Uniform Volunteers Needed
  • Reminder - Band Uniform Dry Cleaning Information
  • NEW - Calling all First Flag Over the United Colonies Volunteers!
  • Band App
  • Amazon Smile

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Weekly Schedule (September 12 - September 18, 2021)

Monday, September 13
  • Percussion & Guard Sectional, 5:30 - 8:00pm @ EAHS
  • Uniform fittings for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Strings, and Jazz Band, 5:30-8:30pm @ EAHS

Tuesday, September 14

  • Band Rehearsal, 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ EAHS
  • IMA Meeting, 7:00pm @ EAHS Cafeteria

Wednesday, September 15

  • Uniform fittings for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Strings, and Jazz Band, 5:30-8:30pm @ EAHS

Thursday, September 16

  • Band Rehearsal, 3:00pm - 5:00pm @ EAHS

Friday, September 17

  • Home Game vs. Allentown Central Catholic, 5:30pm @ Cottingham (8th Grade Band Night)

Saturday, September 18

  • Uniform fittings for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Strings, and Jazz Band, 10am-2pm.

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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Canteen Snacks Donations Needed

Now that school is back in full swing, we need to restock the canteen with healthy snack choices for the kids during rehearsals. The signup genius has full details of what items and quantities are needed. As a reminder, all items must be individually wrapped, and we can't accept any peanut butter items. Chips and cookies are also not able to be used for snacks.

Any questions please reach out to Jennifer Smith at canteen@eahsmusic.org. Thank you in advance. Every donation helps!

Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4AA9AD2FA5F58-september

You can drop off your donations at the IMA Meeting at the EAHS Cafeteria on Sept. 14th.


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

MB Rehearsals (Week of 9/13):

Tuesday (9/14) will now be a 6 - 8 PM rehearsal & Thursday (9/16) will now be a 3 - 5 PM rehearsal. This is to accommodate having 8th grade students come to rehearse with us in preparation for 8th grade band night.

The previous schedule had Thursday as the evening practice. This conflicted with the EAMS Open House.

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!

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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IMA General Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 7pm

2601 William Penn Highway

Easton, PA

Meeting held at the EAHS Cafeteria.

Coupons from the Mums sales will be available for pick-up after the meeting.

Come learn how the Beast from the East is so well run!

Coupon Pickup - Tuesday, September 14

Reminder that the coupons from the Mums fundraiser will be available for pickup after the IMA Meeting on Tuesday, September 14th.


Yankee Candle Sale

Please see the signup genius for Yankee Candles items available for purchase. Pickup will be held at the next IMA General Meeting on September 14th. Any questions can be directed to Jennifer Smith at finman@eahsmusic.org.

Link to Signup Genius

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Jacket Sale - ENDS THIS WEEK!

Orders can be placed beginning Monday 8/30 through Friday 9/17. Orders are due no later than September 17, 2021. To order, you can use the attached order form or check back on the IMA website (www.eahsmusic.org) later this week to order online. Any questions, please contact Charity Piomelli at merchandise@eahsmusic.org or at 908-752-1347.

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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Booster Bulletin

Reminder for Volunteers - please submit your clearances

All new volunteers - Please email a copy of your district approval letter for clearances to vp@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!

Calling all First Flag Over the United Colonies Volunteers!

Great opportunities available to help out with traffic/parking, CandyGrams, 50/50, ticket booth, program selling, hospitality, and bake sale on Saturday, September 25th.

Please contact Rhonda Gillespie at firstflags@eahsmusic.org for more information.

First Flags will also be soliciting donations in the near future. You can contact Nancy Amacker at namacker68@gmail.com with any questions.

Other News


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.



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.


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.


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.

Orchestra Uniform Volunteers Needed

Uniform fittings for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Strings, and Jazz Band will occur on Sept. 8, 9, 13, and 15 from 5:30-8:30pm and Sept. 18 from 10am-2pm.

We need some volunteers to assist!

We will be fitting about 160 students for gowns and tuxes.

No experience or sewing expertise are required to help out, but your volunteer clearances are.

Please click here to sign up. Thank you!

AmazonSmile - support EAHS Music while you shop!

How does it work?

  1. Begin shopping at smile.amazon.com.
  2. If you’re not already, sign in with your Amazon credentials.
  3. From the “Pick your own charitable organization,” enter “Instrumental Music Association” and choose “Easton, PA.”
  4. Press “Select,” and begin shopping AND helping to raise money for the IMA!

What’s the catch?

  • There’s no catch other than you must shop from smile.amazon.com.
  • Amazon will not make donations to the IMA on qualifying purchases when orders are placed through amazon.com or from any Amazon shopping apps.
  • Not all purchases are eligible even when placed through smile.amazon.com.

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.

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.