Weekly Update - 8/15

Easton Area HS Instrumental Music

This Week's Edition:

  • Weekly Schedule
  • NEW - Band Picture Day Information
  • NEW - Uniform Contracts are due August 20!
  • Cottingham Reopening Information
  • Meet the Band Night Information
  • NEW - 9/11 Memorial Parade Information
  • Mums Fundraiser

  • NEW - Palmer Days Sign-up

  • First Flag Sponsorship
  • March A Thon - Thank you!
  • Volunteer Information
  • Band App
  • Amazon Smile


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Weekly Schedule (August 15 - 21, 2021)

Monday, August 16

  • Band Camp, 8:00am - 12:00pm @ EAHS


Tuesday, August 17

  • Band Camp, 2:00pm - 8:00pm @ EAHS
  • Picture Day (see below)


Wednesday, August 18

  • Band Camp, 8:00am - 12:00pm @ EAHS


Thursday, August 19

  • Band Camp, 2:00pm - 8:00pm @ EAHS
  • Palmer Days, 6:00pm - 10:00pm @ Fairview Park


Friday, August 20

  • Band Camp, 8:00am - 12:00pm @ EAHS - Uniform Contracts due!
  • Palmer Days, 6:00pm - 10:00pm @ Fairview Park


Saturday, August 21

  • Palmer Days, 5:00pm - 12:00am @ Fairview Park


Sunday, August 22

  • Palmer Days, 3:00pm - 9:00pm @ Fairview Park


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

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Upcoming Events

2021 Band Picture Day - Tuesday, August 17

This year's picture day will take place on Tuesday, August 17. Rain date is Thursday, August 19.


Please see the schedule below for what is needed to make this day successful.


2:00pm - Rehearsal begins at EAHS (percussion report at 1:20 for warm ups at 1:30pm)

  • Students should wear a t shirt & shorts to rehearsal
  • Students should BRING their full uniform (minus hat & raincoat). This includes long black socks (instrumentalists) & long white socks (drum major & honor guard). All uniforms must be kept in their garment bag.
4:30pm - Dinner provided by the IMA at EAHS

5:00pm - Students depart for Cottingham (students arrange for transportation)

5:30pm - Set up for pictures

  • No parents/ guardians should enter the stadium at any point.

5:45pm - Pictures begin

6:45pm - Rehearsal begins at Cottingham

8:00pm - Pick up from Cottingham Stadium


All large equipment (percussion, honor guard, sousaphones) will be transported via the instrument buses. All other students are responsible for bringing their equipment to Cottingham and back on Wednesday morning for rehearsal.


For students who are carpooling to Cottingham, it is strongly recommended they wear a mask while driving to Cottingham (much like they would inside EAHS).


** In the event of rain on Tuesday, a decision will be made by Mr. Ballentine regarding the status of picture day. If it does rain, rehearsal will remain as scheduled 2 - 8pm at EAHS and picture day will be moved to Thursday.


PARENTS/ GUARDIANS: These pictures will be available for purchase. A link with how to purchase these will be included in next week's newsletter once we receive from Christmas City. There are no hard copies this year.

Uniform Contracts - DUE THIS FRIDAY

All students have been fitted for uniforms.


Uniforms contracts, dry-cleaning, and shoe payments are due back by August 20th. These contracts should be placed in the manila envelope hanging at the front of the instrumental music room.


All families should have received letters from Easton IMA with the uniform contracts detailing the uniform items your child has received, the cost of dry cleaning and cost of new shoes.


Please contact Mrs. Niosi and Mrs. Martyak if you have any questions regarding uniforms. You can email them at: uniforms@eahsmusic.org

Cottingham Reopening - Monday, August 23

Cottingham Reopening is scheduled for Monday, August 23.


  • Rehearsal at EAHS from 2:00 - 4:30 PM (update: students should pack their own dinner)
    • Students should wear 2021 band t shirt, shorts, long black socks, & dark sneakers.
  • 5:15 PM - Students dismissed/ individual transportation to Cottingham Stadium for ceremony
  • 5:45 PM - Warm up at Cottingham/ Reopening Performance
    • Family/ friends encouraged to attend - 6:30 PM ceremony start time
  • 8:00 PM - Pick up at Cottingham Stadium

Meet the Band Night - Wednesday, August 25

Please see below for our annual Meet the Band Night, to be held on Wednesday, August 25.


Location: Cottingham Stadium


Time: Students report: 4:00 PM; Gates open: 5:00 PM; Performance begins: 5:30 PM


What to Expect: Preview the 2021 edition of our "Red Rover" marching band and see what our students have worked on these last two weeks at camp. In this night, you will see:


  • Parade into Cottingham
  • Pregame Preview
  • Halftime Preview
  • Demonstration of how we learn drill
  • Community Block Band - learn how to march alongside your child



This event is FREE to attend. Please tell friends & family. We look forward to sharing this great night with you! The event should conclude around 6:30 PM.

9/11 Memorial Parade

When: Saturday, September 04, 9am – 12pm


Students will report to EAHS at 9:00am. Bus transportation to the parade location will be provided.

The parade steps off at 11:00am. Students will wear full uniform for this parade.

More information will be shared when we receive final details about the event.

Fundraising

Mums Fundraiser

The fall mums fundraiser started on Monday, August 9th and runs through Monday, August 23rd. We are selling 9-inch potted mums (several color choices) for $7 each. Coupons are also redeemable at the nursery for $6 each.

There will be two pick up dates in mid-September (the 11th for plant and coupons, the 14th for coupons only).


Order online: https://eahsmusic.org/general/fall-mums-fundraiser-fall-2021/


Thank you for your support!

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2021 Palmer Days - Volunteers and Donations Needed!

Palmer Days start Thursday 8/19 through Sunday 8/22

We need student scoopers and adult volunteers to make this fundraiser a success! Please see the sign up geniuses below for how you can help. Many hands make light work!



Volunteers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044aa4ac2ca0fc1-imavolunteers

Donations: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044aa4ac2ca0fc1-imadonations

First Flags Information

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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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.

March A Thon

Thank you to all those who donated to this year's March A Thon. It was a huge success this past Friday and a great way to end our first week of band camp together.


All of the money is being counted and we will be sure to share our final tally. See below for a picture of our students towards the end of the day.

Thank you again.

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Other News

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

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.