Panther Music Newsletter

Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate & Jr. High School

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

The HIJH Music Department welcomes you to a new year and a new building! All of our musical ensembles are off to a great start, and we are very much looking forward to what is sure to be another excellent year of music making. This Music Department Newsletter will be published four times per school year, and is designed to keep our stakeholders aware of all of the wonderful things happening in our music department.


We thank you for your continued support of your student in music. As always, if there is anything we can do to help, please feel free to be in touch with us.


-Ben Yoder, Cindy Johnson and Michelle Oyler

HIJH Music Faculty

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Orchestra News

7th and 8th Grade Orchestras:

Both of these groups are off to a strong start this year. We are looking forward to our first concert, which is on Wednesday, October 28th. The Fall Cafe Concert will begin at 7:00pm with a student arrival time of 6:15pm. The orchestra program will supply coffee, tea, water and lemonade, but as is tradition we will ask each family to bring a dessert to share. We are very much looking forward to a wonderful evening!

Parents, our orchestra uniforms are currently in production at Rivar's on 96th Street, and we expect them to arrive within the next couple of weeks. As soon as they do, we will send them home with students.

8th Grade Students and Parents ONLY: We have an additional rehearsal to add to your required calendar. The HSEHS Pops Concert dress rehearsal will take place at HSE High School from 3:00pm-5:00pm on Tuesday, February 9th. We are currently working on getting bus transportation from HIJH to HSEHS on that day. More info to come. Again, this is an ADDITIONAL REHEARSAL that is not on your original calendar. Please add it now and get in touch with me regarding conflicts. Thanks!


6th Grade Orchestra:

The 6th Grade Beginning Orchestra is off to a fantastic start! This small but mighty group is playing and reading very well, and is currently in the process of learning to use the bow. Students are very excited to become "Licensed to Bow" within the next few weeks!

Parents, please stay tuned for information regarding purchase of the uniform T-shirt that will be used for concerts and events. We hope to have that information out to you by mid-October.


Thanks to ALL for your continued support of our orchestra program!
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Choir News

Fall Choir Concert Details:

Our mandatory Choir Fall Dress Rehearsal will be held in the HIJH Auditeria,

Monday, October 26th, 3-4:00

Parents, please plan to pick up your student at 4:00pm.

*Students will not need to wear their uniforms for the Dress Rehearsal.

Our 2015 Fall Concert will be held in our HIJH Auditeria on Tuesday, October 27th at 7pm.

It’s going to be a great night of music!

HIJH Choir Students will need to arrive in uniform and check in at the choir room at by 6:15pm.

Doors to the Auditeria will open at 6:15pm.

This is a mandatory and graded concert for all HSJH Choir Students.


Choir Uniforms:

Thank you to everyone who has paid for their choir uniform! We’re going to look great!

Uniforms will be delivered in early October.

**If you have not paid for your uniform please send in the payment ASAP. Forms and information can be found under the “Information & Important papers” section of Blackboard.

If you need financial assistance please contact Mrs. Johnson.

Just a reminder, students/families will need to supply:

*Black Pants (plain, no stripes, sparkles etc) (with the exception of 4th period Panther Sound girls)

*Black Dress Shoes (no tennis shoes, boots or open toes/sandals)

*Black socks (if needed with shoes for guys)

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Band News

Pep Band and Jazz Band: Calendars for both the pep and jazz band are below this announcement, and are available on Blackboard. The pep band will perform at eight of our home basketball games this year. We are excited to cheer on our HSIJH Panther basketball teams. The jazz band will start rehearsing in March. We will work on improvisation and will prepare songs for our Jazz Café concert and final band concert of the year. It will be a great time!

Concert Band, Symphonic Band, HSIJH Beginning Band, and HSIJH Sixth Grade Band: A calendar of events and concerts for all of our HSIJH bands is attached to this electronic newsletter and is available on Blackboard. All students are expected to wear black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks, and the designated band shirt for all performances. The 7th and 8th grade band students will wear a different shirt than the 6th grade band students. We will order shirts in the near future. Please wait to pay for shirts until the exact price of the shirt is announced. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the concerts!

Fall Band Concert: The first HSIJH concert for the 2015-16 school year is on Thursday, October 29th. The only bands performing on this concert will be our 7th/8th grade Concert band and Symphonic Band. The 7th/8th grade beginning band students are expected to attend the concert, but they will not perform on this first concert. Students should wear their band uniform for this concert. Students should arrive for warm-up at 6:30pm. The concert will begin at 7pm in the Panther Hall at HSIJH.

Looking forward to an exciting year of music making! Thank you for supporting music at HSIJH!!


HSIJH Pep and Jazz Band Calendar
2015 - 16

Wednesday, October 21 Pep Band Rehearsal 3:00 – 4:30pm in the band room
Wednesday, October 28 Pep Band Rehearsal 3:00 – 4:30pm in the band room
Wednesday, November 4 Pep Band Rehearsal 3:00 – 4:30pm in the band room
Wednesday, November 11 Pep Band Rehearsal 3:00 – 4:30pm in the band room
Wednesday, November 18 Pep Band Rehearsal 3:00 – 4:30pm in the band room
Tuesday, December 1 Pep Band/Game! 5:00 – 8:30pm at HSIJH
Thursday, December 10 Pep Band/Game! 5:00 – 8:30pm at HSIJH
Wednesday, January 6 Pep Band/Game! 5:00 – 8:30pm at HSIJH
Tuesday, January 12 Pep Band/Game! 5:00 – 8:30pm at HSIJH
Wednesday, January 13 Pep Band/Game! 5:00 – 8:30pm at HSJH
Wednesday, January 20 Pep Band/Game! 5:00 – 8:30pm at HSIJH
Wednesday, February 10 Pep Band/Game! 5:00 – 8:30pm at HSIJH
Wednesday, February 24 Pep Band/Game! 5:00 – 8:30pm at HSIJH

Tuesday, March 1 Jazz Band Rehearsal 5:30 – 7:00pm in the band room
Tuesday, March 8 Jazz Band Rehearsal 5:30 – 7:00pm in the band room
Tuesday, March 15 Jazz Band Rehearsal 5:30 – 7:00pm in the band room
Tuesday, March 22 Jazz Band Rehearsal 5:30 – 7:00pm in the band room
Tuesday, March 29 Jazz Band Rehearsal 5:30 – 7:00pm in the band room
Tuesday, April 12 Jazz Band Rehearsal 5:30 – 7:00pm in the band room
Tuesday, April 19 Jazz Band Rehearsal 5:30 – 7:00pm in the band room
Wednesday, April 27 Jazz Band Rehearsal 5:30 – 7:00pm in the band room
Wednesday, May 4 Jazz Café Performance!!! 6:00 warm-up/7:00pm Performance
Tuesday, May 17 Jazz Band Performs on the Spring Band Concert!





Hamilton Southeastern Junior High

Band Calendar 2015-2016

DATE EVENT TIME/PLACE

Aug. 21 High School Marching TBA/High School Stadium

Band Night!

Oct. 29 Fall Concert 7pm/ HSJH Auditeria (7th/8th grade only)

Dec. 16 Winter Concert 7pm/ HSJH Gym

Jan. 30 Solo/Ensemble Contest Westfield High School (optional 7th/8th)

Mar. 23 Band Festival 7 pm/High School Auditorium

May 17 Spring Concert 7pm/ HSJH Gym

Sixth Grade Band will perform on the December 16th, March 23rd, and May 17th concerts!

Pep Band and Jazz Band schedules will be issued later to interested students.

We are excited to announce that the Music Department will be taking all HSJH bands, orchestras, and choirs on a one day trip to King’s Island at the end of the school yr. More information will be sent home at a later time.

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7th and 8th Grade Music Fundraiser

This year's No-Sell Music Fundraiser will be kicking off during the month of November! This year, we will not be selling anything. No tubs of cheese, no cookie dough, no wrapping paper that you don't actually need...instead, we will humbly ask for donations from our Panther Music Families and their friends. If we can raise enough money through donations alone, 7th and 8th Grade Music Students will NOT have to participate in a traditional department fundraiser! Please stay tuned for more info to come.

Spring Musical

The Spring Musical has been selected by Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Yoder and we are VERY EXCITED to reveal it to students in December! You won't want to miss this one...we think it's going to be our best musical yet!

This year, Hamilton Southeastern Junior High and Fall Creek Junior High will be combining to produce one musical. All auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place at Fall Creek Junior High School. HIJH students wishing to participate in this year's musical will need to make transportation arrangements to get to Fall Creek Junior High for after-school rehearsals and performances.

More information will be forthcoming, but we wanted to let our music students know about this plan as soon as we could. Auditions are scheduled for December, with three performances scheduled for mid-March.

The Spring Musical is open to 7th and 8th Grade students only.