Weekly Update - 8/29

EASTON AREA HS - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC ASSOCIATION

This Week's Edition:

  • Weekly Schedule
  • Uniform Contracts Reminder - PAST DUE
  • 9/11 Memorial Parade Information
  • Date Modifications
  • Jacket Sale
  • NEW - Marching Band Uniform Pillow Sale
  • NEW - Yankee Candle Sale
  • NEW - Mums Delivery Volunteers Needed

  • NEW - Orchestra Uniform Volunteers Needed
  • NEW - Band Uniform Dry Cleaning Information
  • Band App
  • Amazon Smile

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Weekly Schedule (August 29 - September 4, 2021)

Monday, August 30
  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL


Tuesday, August 31

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


Wednesday, September 1

  • Band Rehearsal, 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ EAHS


Thursday, September 2

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


Friday, September 3

  • NO SCHOOL TODAY
  • Home Game vs. Parkland, 5:30pm


Saturday, September 4

  • 9/11 Memorial Parade, 9:00am @ EAHS
    Bus departs 9:30am.


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

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Upcoming Events

Uniform Contracts - PAST DUE

Please submit all uniform contracts and payments for dry cleaning and shoes to the uniform room if you haven't already done so. These contracts should be placed in the manila envelope hanging at the front of the instrumental music room.


Students can now use the QR code to submit uniform repair requests to Mrs. Niosi or Mrs. Martyak. The QR code is located on the uniform room door.

9/11 Memorial Parade

When: Saturday, September 4, 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 mid-week this week.

REHEARSAL TIME CHANGES/ ADDITIONS

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. I apologize for the delay in sending these dates out, but wanted to be sure there were no conflicts with other school events (open house, etc.) at the high school.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding either of these schedule items, please contact Mr. Ballentine directly at ballentinec@eastonsd.org.


Thank you!

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Fundraising

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

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4AA9AD2FA5F58-yankee

Jacket Sale

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
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Mums Delivery - Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to assist with delivering mums and coupons on September 11 from 1:15pm - 5:00pm at Raub Farms. You can signup to help with the delivery on this sign-up link.


Thank you for your support!

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!

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Other News

Uniform Update: DRY CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS


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.


Please Note: DO NOT USE OVER THE COUNTER HOME DRY CLEANING KITS.


LEHIGH VALLEY DRY CLEANERS - 3 LOCATIONS

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.


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

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.

uniforms@eahsmusic.org

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.