Eastern Music Notes

A newsletter for Eastern Band students & parents

March 2021


Welcome, Eastern Band Students & Parents! This newsletter is intended to be released monthly to update you on upcoming events and highlight the good things that are happening in our program.

Join Marching Band in 2021!

It's the time of year where many students choose to become a part of the Comet Command. We have a committed core group of returning students who are working hard to see the band succeed, and we're looking to grow both musically and competitively this fall by adding some awesome new members! We want to welcome ALL students in grades 9-12 who would like to be a part of our marching band and color guard, and we will invite incoming 7th and 8th graders who are currently excelling in their band class. Parents can find our most up-to-date summer/fall marching season calendar on our band website.


In late April, we will plan to have a parent meeting to discuss the fall marching season and a potential Disney Trip (Spring Break 2022). If you have questions that you would like to ask before our meeting, please call or email Mr. Matthews at the school.

Marching Band for PE Credit - NEW for 2021: Our high school administration is going to allow incoming Freshmen the opportunity to earn one semester's PE credit through participation in marching band this year. This applies only to the Class of 2025. Students who are working to earn that credit will be in charge of regularly documenting their physical activity as a part of the marching band. We are excited to offer this option for 2021!

EHS 2021 Show Reveal

Solo & Ensemble Results

19 band students recorded entries for the ISSMA Virtual Solo & Ensemble contest this semester. While we're looking forward to attending Solo & Ensemble in-person in 2022, it was wonderful for our students to record their music and receive feedback. Congratulations to the following students:

Allie Adams, Trumpet - [waiting on a technical issue]

Emily Adams, Trumpet- SILVER in Group I

Alex Birnell, Alto Sax - GOLD

Alli DeYoung, Flute - GOLD

Elizabeth Evans, Clarinet - GOLD

Noah Kirby, French Horn - GOLD

Alyssa Lett, Flute - GOLD in Group I

Ashley Lett, Flute - GOLD

Alexa McDaniel, Clarinet - GOLD

Coraline Riley, French Horn - GOLD

Claire Rush, Bassoon - GOLD

Nathan Rush, Bassoon - GOLD in Group I

Rainnah Smith, Trumpet - GOLD

Kennedy Stone, Alto Sax - GOLD

Porter Stone, Bassoon - GOLD in Group I

Abby Thatcher, Snare Drum - GOLD

Lily Thompson, Clarinet - GOLD

Trio of Emma Berry-Youmans, Alli DeYoung, and Kolton Logsdon - GOLD

Our Group I soloists were all judged at the State level and will receive State medals.

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Upcoming Important Band Booster Meeting

Any parent of an Eastern Band Student is automatically a member of our Band Booster group. You are welcome to attend our next booster meeting on Monday, March 1st at 7pm in the band room. The boosters will vote on important fund raising decisions this month, and any parent attending the meeting will have a vote.

Future meetings are held on the first Monday of every month (except for April, where we will meet on April 19).

Poter Stone plays in Junior All-State Band

Congratulations to 8th grade bassoonist Porter Stone for participating in the 2021 Indiana Junior All-State Band. You can watch their virtual performance on YouTube.


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March Band Events

High School Band

March 3, 3:30-5:30 - Virtual Howard County Music Festival Rehearsal with Clinician

March 10, 3:30-5:00 - Virtual Howard County Music Festival Recording Session

March 24, 3:30-5:30 - Virtual ISSMA Contest Rehearsal

March 25, 3:30-5:00 - Virtual ISSMA Contest Recording Session

Middle School Band

March 12, During Class - Joint 7th/8th Grade ISSMA Rehearsal

March 16, During Class - Virtual ISSMA Contest Recording Session for Grades 6, 7/8

Band Boosters

March 1, 7:30 p.m. - Band Booster Meeting in the Band Room

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