January 30 Newsletter


PMEA Congratulations!

Congratulations to FOUR Easton Area HS students for performing at the PMEA D10 Orchestra Concert this past Friday!

Students rehearsed & performed under a guest conductor at Exeter Township High School.

All eligible students are also moving onto PMEA Region Orchestra, to be held in early March.

CONGRATULATIONS Aika, Alex, Jonathan, & Roger!

What's Included:

  • Weekly Schedule
  • Florida Trip Information - COMMITMENT FORMS DUE FRIDAY!
  • PAST DUE: Orchestra T Shirt Payments due FRIDAY
  • REMINDER: Orchestra Mardi Gras!
  • NEW: Mardi Gras sign up genius (volunteers & donations)
  • 8th Grade Instrumental Music Night (Jan. 30)
  • Senior Recital Audition Information
  • Instrumental Music Department Concert/ Event Dates
  • NEW: Summer Dates 2023 released
  • NEW: Noto's Hoagie Fundraiser
  • SAVE THE DATE: Panera Night Feb. 20th!
  • NEW: RaiseRight Fundraising Opportunity

Weekly Schedule


Monday, January 30

  • Pit Orchestra, 2:30 - 5:00pm
  • Winter Guard, 4:45 - 6:45pm & 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • 8th Grade Instrumental Music Night, 7:00pm

Tuesday, January 31

  • Orchestra Council, 6:40am
  • Pit Orchestra, 2:30 - 4:30pm
  • Tuba Lessons, 2:30 - 4:00pm

Wednesday, February 01

  • Tuba Lessons, 2:30 - 4:00pm
  • Winter Guard, 4:45 - 6:45pm
  • Boys' Basketball Game, 6:15pm

Thursday, February 02

  • Jazz Band, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, February 03

  • '23 - 24 Disney Trip Commitment Forms Due!

Saturday, February 04

  • March Forth Fundraising Campaign Begins!


Monday, February 06

  • Pit Orchestra, 2:30 - 5:00pm
  • Boys Basketball Pep Band, 6:30 - 8:45pm
  • Winter Guard, 4:45 - 6:45pm & 7:00 - 9:00pm

Tuesday, February 07

  • Pit Orchestra, 2:30 - 5:00pm

Wednesday, February 08

  • Band Council, 6:40am
  • Chamber Strings, 2:30 - 4:00pm
  • Tuba Lessons, 2:30 - 4:00pm
  • Winter Guard, 4:45 - 6:45pm

Thursday, February 09

  • PMEA District Band
  • Jazz Band, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, February 10

  • PMEA District Band

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

Event/ General Information

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'23 - 24 Disney Trip Information

This section of the newsletter is a recap of the trip meeting held on Monday, January 09.

It is because of the hard work our students put in on a daily basis that we are afforded these opportunities. This planned tour provides valuable performance experiences, along with will bring recognition to our school & program, while building a sense of community amongst our students.

There are two items linked below:

The itinerary provided is subject to change and is in its most basic form. Within the next month, we will confirm our schedule of events and what we will be doing each day. This will be provided via email updates.

The cost is listed as a range at this time, as we are waiting on airfare & a few other costs. In addition, the cost will be set once we have an estimate of the # of students traveling. For example, if 250 students travel, the cost will be different than if 270 travel, etc. It is our goal to reduce the cost of the tour as much as possible.

To reserve a spot on our trip next year, students must return the commitment form (p. 05 of the trip information letter), along with a $75 deposit by Friday, February 03. Checks should be made payable to IMA. This can be returned to the gray lockbox located in the instrumental music room OR can be mailed to:

Instrumental Music Association
Easton Area High School

PO Box 3535
Easton, PA 18043

** Should you have any financial concerns regarding the trip, please reach out directly to Mr. Ballentine at ballentinec@eastonsd.org.

Past Due: Orchestra T Shirts

Orchestra t shirt payments were due on Friday, January 27. Checks (made out to EAHS Orchestra) or cash is acceptable. Please place in an envelope with student name.

All payments should be placed in the manila envelope located on the library doors.

All orders were submitted via google form & students should have a confirmation email in their email inbox.

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Orchestra Mardi Gras - Saturday, February 25

Come out for a night of live music, all you can eat pie, a tricky tray, and more on Saturday, February 25!

New this year, we are transforming our typical "Spaghetti Dinner" into a Mardi Gras event! It will feature music from our orchestras AND jazz band!

Ticket cost is $10/ person and includes all you can eat pie, live music, refreshments, masks & beads. Additional concessions will be available for purchase. In addition, you can also participate in a HUGE tricky tray of over FIFTY baskets!

Don't miss this event!

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here!


We are looking for volunteers to help with our Mardi Gras (formerly Spaghetti Dinner) event in February!

Volunteers are needed to assist with set up and various tasks during the event. If you are interested in signing up, please see the sign up genius below!


To help with donations, please see this sign up link:


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8th Grade Instrumental Music Night

On Monday, January 30, we will be welcoming 8th grade members of the EAMS band & orchestra to the high school for an informational night!

The meeting will begin at 7:00pm in our instrumental music room. If you know any 8th grade students who currently play an instrument or participate in the color guard, please help to relay this information!

2023 Senior Recital Information

Each year, we hold a recital where seniors are able to perform solo/ small ensemble works. This year's recital will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

In order to perform on the recital, students must audition. Information on what is required to audition can be found below:

Senior Recital Informational Document

To submit an interest form, students should complete this form by Friday, February 24.

Full Instrumental Department Dates 2022 - 2023

Please view the attached document that includes all concert & event dates for the 2022 - 2023 school year.

2023 Summer Dates

For planning purposes, please see a list of TENTATIVE summer dates, including both strings camp & band camp.

Please note, an official list of 2023 - 2024 dates will be sent out towards the end of this school year.


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Noto's Hoagie Sale

Our Noto's Hoagie Sale is BACK!

SALE DATES: 1/30 - 2/15 (paper forms)

*online sale runs until 2/20

COUPONS: $10.00 per coupon, each good for one hoagie (choice of ham, turkey, roast beef, Italian, egg salad, chicken salad or tuna salad). Coupons will expire June 30, 2023.

COUPON DISTRIBUTION: February 27-28, exact times/locations to be confirmed.

Students attending the Germany and/ or Florida trips can offset their contributions through this fundraiser! 50% of the profits ($1.50/ coupon) will go towards student contributions for travel.

QUESTIONS: Contact Kara Howe at foodcoupons@eahsmusic.org


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Raise Right - Fundraising Opportunity

An EASY & EFFECTIVE means of fundraising! 100% of the amount fundraised goes to helping offset student contributions for our upcoming travel opportunities.

Participants can buy gift cards at face value. There is a percentage listed that you earn for every purchase. Gift cards are either instant download and/ or physical gift cards. You can then spend the gift cards as you would normally, knowing you helped fundraise!


Click here to learn more about the program, create your account & begin fundraising! Friends & family can help fundraise anywhere in the country - it is a great way to get relatives involved who may not be able to participate in our normal fundraisers.

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.