(Update Oct. 20, 2014)
BAND BOOSTERS MEET TOMORROW
TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 6:30 PM
Please join us at the Band Boosters meeting, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m. in the band room. We're working on plans for Sweet Sound of Jazz, a trip, marching band and more, so please come and take part.
This meeting will last 45 minutes, with the Wind and Jazz Ensembles parent meeting for the Disneyland trip immediately following.
WIND & JAZZ ENSEMBLE PARENTS -TRIP MEETING TOMORROW, OCT. 21, 7:15 PM
Wind and Jazz Ensembles Parent Meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21 from 7:15 to 8 p.m. in the band room. We'll talk about group and individual fundraising, chaperoning, and answer your questions.
Wind and jazz ensembles travel April 10-13 to workshop and perform at Disneyland and University of Southern California.
RUN, JEN, RUN!
Band parent and former Band Boosters president Jennifer D. Allen is running a 50K ultra race on November 1 - her first event since having major surgery this summer. The race will also be a win for our student musicians. As part of her run, Jen is asking for pledges and all proceeds will support Grant Band!
To learn more and make a pledge, visit https://grantboosters.schoolauction.net/band50k/give
(Update Oct. 15, 2014)
WIND & JAZZ ENSEMBLE FAMILIES - DISNEY TRIP!
As many of you know, every other year, wind and jazz ensembles travel to Southern California for a Disneyland/USC trip. The dates for this year's trip are April 10-13 (Friday is a teacher planning day so they miss only 1 day of school). The expected cost per student is $995.
We'll be holding a Wind and Jazz Ensembles Parent Meeting, Tuesday, October 21 from 7:15 to 8 p.m. in the band room to discuss group and individual fundraising, chaperoning, and answer any questions you may have.
FALL CONCERT PHENOMENON!
Thank you to all the parents, students, staff, alumni and Grant community members who came out to show their support of Grant Band at our fall concert. It was wonderful to see such great performances so early in the year from all the ensembles. Can't wait to hear what they have in store for us at Grantasia on December 18th!
A special call-out goes to the kids, parents, alum parents and even a parent with no child in band who baked goodies for our bake sale. Between door donations, the bake sale, coffee and the raffle, you helped us earn over $1,200 to support the program.
PEP BAND HATS & PEP BAND SNACKS
Have you paid for your Pep Band hat yet? Please make checks for $11 payable to Grant Band and bring them to the bookkeeper or to the band room. As always, if you have a financial difficulty in purchasing this equipment, please email Brian McFadden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pep Band performs this Friday, Oct. 17 at the Homecoming game against Sprague. Game time is 3:30 p.m. - come and cheer! 8th grade band students from local middle schools will joining the Pep Band for this game!
The band needs snacks donations - fruit, fruit/granola bars - please bring them to the band room or drop them in the school front office by Friday morning. Thanks!
BAND BOOSTERS NEXT MEETING OCT. 21
Please join us at the next Band Boosters meeting, Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the band room. There's a lot to plan with Sweet Sound of Jazz, a trip, marching band and more, so please come to listen and participate. We'll have a 45-minute meeting this month to allow time for the Disneyland trip meeting immediately afterwards.
SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ - FEB. 6
Thank you to the 18 parents and band council members who came to our planning meeting for this year's Sweet Sound of Jazz. We have an enthusiastic group ready to make this year's fundraising a sweet success, and we'd love you to join us.
Your committees are:
SSOJ Co-Chairs: Karin Lamberton, Amy Camp & Jen Allen
Procurement: Amy Geoffroy, Chair. Phaedra Cole, Jen Allen & Nicole Thorburn
Marketing: Nancy Puglia, Kim Minasian Sparks, David Sparks, Donna Wax & Amy Geoffroy
Set-up and Decorating: Liz Colie Gadberry, Chair. Donna Wax, Karis Almgren & Phaedra Cole
The Procurement Committee needs your help NOW!
Do you have a vacation rental to offer? A special talent such as making jewelry, hats or sweaters? Are you a small business owner or work for a craft brew or sporting goods company? Do you have access to sporting or theater tickets? So you have a favorite spa, restaurant or hair stylist that you can approach? We need help securing items for our silent auction and raffle at Sweet Sound of Jazz.
Please email Amy with your donations or leads at email@example.com
Donation forms also are available here:
and on the Boosters page.
BAND CALENDAR REVISED - TAKE A LOOK!
Dates have been added or changed on the 2014-15 Band Calendar (changes in schedule are indicated in red type). Be sure to update your calendar too!
(Update Oct. 7, 2014)
FALL CONCERT TOMORROW!
Grant Band performs tomorrow at a fall concert featuring all music ensembles. Come for an evening of great music making and buy some treats at our bake sale to support the band program!
Grant Band Fall Concert
Wednesday, October 8
Doors open 6:45 pm
Suggested donation: $5 (families $15)
Volunteers, set-up time is 5:45 pm. Call time for student performers is 6:30 pm.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR DISNEYLAND/USC TRIP
Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble students hit the road April 10-13 for an exciting trip to workshops and clinics at Disneyland and University of Southern California. Information packets for the trip will be headed your way soon.
SEARCH IS ON FOR AUCTION ITEMS
Our Sweet Sound of Jazz fundraiser is February 6 and work already is underway to make it our best one yet! The procurement committee is looking for all kinds of items to put in the SSOJ auction and raffle. Can you connect them with:
Overnight trips (beach house, mountain cabin, etc)
Tickets to sporting events
Music, theater events
Dinner gift certificates
Spa or gift basket etc.
Handmade jewelry or crafts
Airline or train tickets
Ski or snowboard tickets (a day at Mt. Hood, etc.)
If you can obtain any of these items, please contact Amy Geoffroy today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honoring our longtime friend and volunteer, the Ralph Erwin Student Musician Performance Scholarship was established by the Band Boosters to help Grant instrumental students participate in honors ensembles and to hire accompanists for solo competitions.
(Update Oct. 1, 2014)
PEP BAND THIS FRIDAY - PLEASE SEND SNACKS
Pep Band performs at the football game vs archrival Lincoln this Friday, Oct. 3.
Call time for the band is 2:45 pm (students will be excused from class
at that time to play "Pep on the Porch" pre-game). Game time is 4 pm.
At this time we need everyone to send snacks to feed the band during the game! Please send snacks with your band player or drop them off to the band room by Friday afternoon. These snacks really help keep everyone going and are absolutely appreciated.
COME TO SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ PLANNING ON SATURDAY
Grant Band Boosters invites you to join us at a planning meeting for Sweet Sound of Jazz this Saturday, October 4 at 4 pm at
Alameda Brewhouse, 4765 NE Fremont. Fear not, we're sandwiching
the meeting between the OSU and UO games so you can still rout for your
Ducks or Beavs!
SSOJ will be Friday, February 6, and we need help with marketing, procurement, decorations, event set-up and manpower. This is our major fundraiser of the year, and proceeds this year will go primarily towards costs for the Wind and Jazz Ensembles' trip to Disneyland and USC in April 10-13 (details coming soon!).
Please RSVP to Amy Geoffroy at email@example.com so we know how many people to expect.
TUNING UP FOR FALL CONCERT OCTOBER 8
Grant Band Fall Concert
Wednesday, October 8
Suggested donation: $5 (families $15)
Grant Band opens its performance season with a wonderful fall concert featuring all music ensembles. Something for everyone from classical to jazz. Come support our students, listen to some great music, and buy some goodies at our bake sale to support the band program.
Can you help usher or bake? Contact Donna Wax, band boosters volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE FOR CONCERTS
Information regarding performance attire for every Grant instrumental ensemble may be found on the Handbook page. Handy!
(Update Sept. 26, 2014)
FALL CONCERT COMING UP-VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Please join us for our Fall Concert on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm in the Grant Auditorium. All Grant instrumental ensembles will perform.
Since music and dessert are an excellent combination, the Band Boosters will be hosting a Bake Sale in the lobby before and after the concert. We are asking for volunteers for ushers (3 total), bakers and sellers to make this event a success. Bake, Eat or Greet to start this band season off on the right note!
To help out, contact our volunteer coordinator Donna Wax at email@example.com.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES ON BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
For Back to School Night on Wednesday, Oct. 1,
Mr. McFadden, with assistance from the Grant Wind Ensemble, will be
holding a music rehearsal in the auditorium to demonstrate what daily
class looks like at Grant High School.
Families are invited to stop by and listen to get a more accurate idea of what their students do and learn in band.
HONOR BAND AUDITIONS ARRANGED
McFadden has been arranging times with students to come in and record
their audition music for All-State, All-Northwest, and/or WIBC. Audition fees for All-State ($10) and All-Northwest ($20) are due by October 1. Checks
should be written out to 'Grant Band.' If your student has questions,
please have her or him speak as soon as possible with Mr. McFadden or
PEP BAND PERFORMS AT NEXT HOME GAME
The next home football game is Friday, October 3 at 4 pm vs. Lincoln and the pep band will be there to energize the crowd. Call time for band players is 3:15 pm in the band room. Come support Grant!
(Update Sept. 15, 2014)
COME TO THE BAND BOOSTERS MEETING TUESDAY SEPT. 16 AT 6:30PM!
We're looking forward to seeing you Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6:30-7:30 pm in the band room (behind the auditorium) for the first Band Boosters meeting of 2014-2015.
Mr. McFadden will speak about his goals for the year and we will talk about the Booster’s plans to support the program. We also need to fill the following Booster roles: President-elect and chairs/committee members for Fundraising, Travel, Marching/Pep Band, Uniforms, and Hospitality/Concert House Coordinator.
Please join us - you make the difference!
Questions or want to volunteer and can't make the meeting? Email Amy Geoffroy, Band Boosters President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WELCOME FROM MR. McFADDEN, GRANT BAND DIRECTOR
It’s been an exciting first week back thus far. I’ve been highly impressed with the student’s ability to get focused and make quality music this early in the year.
Thank you to those who joined us at our summer workshop/ice cream social. A huge shout out to all the Band Booster Officers and Members who helped us out. Special thanks to Mark Jones, who provided the ice cream treats!
I have a few things to keep in mind as we start the fall:
1. The first home football/pep band game is Friday, September 12 vs. Sherwood at 4 pm (Call time 3:10). Symphonic, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble members are required to attend but all students are welcome. Please come and support our school!
2. Please join us for our fall concert in the Grant Auditorium on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm. It’s sure to be a great show!
3. All-State, All-Northwest (Symphonic, Wind Ensemble, Jazz and Orchestra), and Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) Auditions are all OPEN.
• All-State and All Northwest Auditions are due by October 1st. An audition fee of $10 needs to be received by the band or paid online prior to auditioning. See Oregon Music Education Association's website for details.
• WIBC auditions are due October 11. There is a $10 audition fee, which you will pay as part of your online registration. If you are auditioning for All-State and/or All Northwest, you may submit the same material to WIBC. See WIBC's website for details.
• Audition materials for both will be available in the band room.
• All students will be required to either audition for one of these events or perform one of the auditions for Mr. McFadden.
• Don’t miss out on these amazing musical opportunities!
I truly couldn't be more excited about the potential this year holds and we as a band look forward to sharing that with you.
All the best,
FROM AMY GEOFFROY, OUR NEW BAND BOOSTERS PRESIDENT
Dear Grant Band families,
I hope you are all energized for a great year at GHS! This is our family's first year at Grant, and while we have some natural trepidation about the transition to high school, we are very excited for our daughter to continue exploring her love of music at Grant under the direction of Mr. Brian McFadden, our new director of bands.
Good music can't happen in a vacuum, and I hope all of our families will support the great band program at Grant. Jen Allen, our former president, resigned over the summer due to unforeseen circumstances, but please join me in thanking her for her steadfast leadership with Band Boosters the past 3 years.
Our other 2014-15 board and committee chairs are: Phaedra Cole, secretary; Priscilla Klockner, treasurer; Nancy Puglia, communications; Amy Allen and Karin Lamberton, Sweet Sound of Jazz; and David Worth, Sound for Concerts.
We have a number of vacant positions partly due to the graduation of several active families, so I hope you'll consider helping take the reins. Specifically, we need to fill the following roles: President-elect and chairs/committee members for Fundraising, Travel, Marching/Pep Band, Uniforms, and Hospitality/Concert House Coordinator.
Please join the Grant Band Boosters and get involved! Our meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month, so mark your calendar for the September meeting on 9/16, 6:30-7:30. We will meet in the band room (directly behind the auditorium). If you can't make Tuesday night meetings, don't count yourselves out to help. We will need parent volunteers at concerts with concessions and set-up, carting equipment to/from area performances, setting up and staffing fundraisers, working with Mr. McFadden on travel, and helping with uniforms and marching/pep band.
Thanks to Mark Jones for providing our ice cream treats following last Thursday's band camp and to Donna Wax, Karin Lamberton and Nancy Puglia for helping with set-up/hosting/clean-up.
I look forward to meeting you all and watching our kids become the best musicians they can be.
Band Boosters President
GRANT BAND NOW ON TWITTER
It's only natural that a band should tweet! Be sure to follow the new Grant Band Twitter feed. Mr. McFadden will be sharing news and photos from the band room and beyond.
Not on Twitter yourself? You can also check for info here or join our Facebook group.
PREP DAY FOR WORKSHOP DATE CHANGED
DRUM MAJORS & BAND COUNCIL
Workshop Prep Day has changed to Monday, Aug. 25, 10 am to 4 pm in the Band Room. Please fill out the form to RSVP to let Mr. McFadden know you are coming.
ALL BAND MEMBERS & FAMILIES
Band Workshop and Ice Cream Social is Thursday, Aug. 28. Be sure to RSVP here!
Thursday, August 28th Band Workshop
Grant Band Room (behind auditorium)
1 pm - 1:30 pm Seniors
1:30 pm - 2 pm Juniors
2 pm - 3:00 pm Sophomores
3 pm - 5:30 pm All Band Members including Freshmen: Introductions and Music Rehearsal
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ice cream social. Family members welcome.
FROM AMY GEOFFROY, GRANT BAND BOOSTERS PRESIDENT
Dear Grant Band families,
My name is Amy Geoffroy, and I am serving on the Grant Band Boosters board this year. My daughter Emily is an incoming freshman from Beaumont Middle School who plays both clarinet and alto sax. Earlier this summer, as a parent representative, I was honored to be a part of the interview committee to select Grant's new band director, Brian McFadden. I am excited for you all to meet him in just a few weeks!
Mr. McFadden has a master's in music education from Oregon State University and his primary instrument is trumpet. He has a depth of experience with concert, jazz, marching and percussion ensembles, and comes to us from Wy East Middle School in Hood River and he student taught at both West Albany High School and North Albany Middle School. He shared some creative ideas for growing the program at Grant during his interview, and I know he is looking forward to meeting your sons and daughters and working with the Grant Band Boosters.
Our Summer Workshop is just around the corner on August 28, and we need kids to sign up, parents to volunteer, and band council members and drum majors to meet with Mr. McFadden on August 27. Please read the message below in its entirety. I look forward to getting to know you all well
FROM BRIAN McFADDEN, GRANT BAND'S NEW DIRECTOR - REGISTER TODAY FOR AUGUST 28 BAND WORKSHOP
Greetings Grant Band members and families!
I am extremely excited to join the Grant Band program and help continue the tradition of musical excellence that has been set up by the great work of Mr. Nicholas Budge. I hope that all of you have had marvelous summers enjoying trips, the outdoors, family and friends and are ready to hit the ground running this fall beginning with our band workshop on Thursday, August 28th.
All members participating in any Grant Band ensemble are invited to practice pep band music, reunite with friends, welcome new members to the family, and enjoy ice cream treats. Below you will find a schedule of events.
Click here to fill out the Google form to RSVP.
Wednesday, August 27 @ Grant Band Room
For drum majors and student band council ONLY
10 am - noon
Introductions and Band Camp Prep
Noon - 1 pm Lunch- pizza provided
1 pm - 4 pm Band Camp Prep cont.
Thursday, August 28 @ Grant Band Room
For all Grant Band members. See schedule for specific arrival time.
Drum Majors and band council to help all day.
1 pm - 1:30 pm Senior Uniform Fittings
1:30 pm - 2 pm Junior Uniform Fittings
2 pm - 3 pm Sophomore Uniform Fittings
3 pm - 5:30 pm Introductions and Music Rehearsal
5:30 pm - 7 pm Ice cream social. Family members welcome.
This should be an exciting year and I look forward to meeting and working with you all!
Director of Instrumental Music
Grant High School
email@example.com (Changing soon...)
WORKSHOP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We need you to make this year's band workshop a fun, successful event! If you can help greet parents at student sign-in, with uniform fitting; set up, serving at the ice cream social or clean up, please email Amy Geoffroy today!
CONGRATS TO THE 2014-2015 BAND COUNCIL
President: Lena Bartels
Vice President: Maddy Kuhn
Historian: Paige Rojas
Snacks: Dylan Menche
Decorations: *Adrian Galash, Hannah Onderdonk, Rachel Ha
Spirit: *Grant Lamberton,Toby Oliver, Katie Davidson
A FAREWELL FROM MR. BUDGE
Dear Grant Band Family,
I have been working at Grant High School for 11 years. During that time I've been lucky enough to witness the growth of numerous musicians and the program itself. I have been very proud to call myself a General.
I have been offered, and accepted, the position at Gresham High School. While not being a full-time position, it will bring me closer to my family. I have true love for the musicians, parents and colleagues at Grant. This has made the decision a very difficult one.
I believe the Grant Band is positioned for a very strong year. It will take all of you working together to reach your goals. It is time for the leaders to step up and make that happen. I know you will all continue to work hard for the love of music, and for each other. Your calendar is set. Make it a great year.
If you would like to stop by I will be returning to clean out the office in mid July. More specific information to come.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your director.
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR BACK TO SCHOOL WORKSHOP
The day that kicks off a new school year for the band program seems like a long time from now -- but we want you to be sure to put it on your calendar now! Thursday, August 28 we will meet to try on uniforms (only for returning band members - new band members will be fitted after school starts) start learning new music and get to know each other.
Click here to download the information flyer and SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS.
2014-2015 AUDITION RESULTS (UPDATED)
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the instrumental music program at Grant this year. We have had some new, unique and great experiences this year. While we must say goodbye to some, we hope that everyone has a great summer and a truly happy life in the years ahead.
Thank you to all those who auditioned. I was pleased to hear a great deal of improvement from current members of the organization. I was also excited to hear some great things from many of our incoming members.
Before you read the list please understand that I made some difficult decisions this year. I know that I was not able to make everyone happy. But, I believe it is my job to give the musicians in my program the opportunity to succeed. Some times I have to say no. If you have any questions for me, if you believe your name was left off this list by accident, or that I have made a mistake please contact me. I would like to explain to you why. Remember, even Michael Jordan didn't play on his schools varsity basketball team as a freshman. Keep working for it, and I'm sure you will make it. Also note that there are still some available positions that I currently felt I was not able to fill. We will hold auditions in the fall if necessary.
Section Leaders are still TBA.
WIND ENSEMBLE 2014-2015
*pending audition in the fall
Saxophone/Bass Clarinet/3rd Clarinet
JAZZ ENSEMBLE 2014-2015
*pending audtion in the fall
All saxophones will be expected to double on flute, clarinet, bass clarinet or bassoon.