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(Update Dec. 19, 2014)

PEP BAND STARTS AGAIN JANUARY 6

Pep Band's Basketball season performances hit the court running right after Winter Break. Students in Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble are required to attend, but all band students are welcome.

Tues. Jan. 6
@Grant vs Jefferson
SB, WE, PE
Call: 6 pm
Game: 7:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 9
@Grant vs Roosevelt
SB, WE, PE
Call: 6 pm
Game: 7:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 23
@Grant vs Lincoln
SB, WE, PE
Call: 5:30 pm
1st Game: 6:30 pm
2nd Game: 8 pm

More dates will be added soon - check the Calendar for updates. Go 
Generals!

TRIP PAYMENT #2 DUE JANUARY 9

Wind and Jazz Ensemble families, a reminder that trip payment #2 of $250 is due Friday, Jan. 9. You can send a check to school, payable to Grant Band (not ETSI) or pay online at Educational Travel Service's website: https://www.etsi.ws. Our trip number is 3F16.

There are still a few families who have not registered and it is holding up the process of paying the travel company. Please register by December 23 or your student may not be able to attend. Contact Mr. McFadden at bmcfadden@pps.net with any questions.

You can see the complete payment schedule, trip and fundraising info on our Band Trip page.

SSOJ AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED

Do you have a time share or tickets to a sporting or performing arts event you can donate for the auction and raffle at The Sweet Sound of Jazz- License to Chill on February 6? Your items can help make this event to support the Grant Band program extra sweet. Please email Amy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com to donate.

And don't forget - you can buy your tickets online now.

GRANTASIA! THANKS

Another big round of applause to all Grant High School instrumental, vocal and dance groups and visual artists for last evening's amazing Grantasia! Special thanks to all our volunteers who baked and staffed tables at the event.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



(Update Dec. 15, 2014)

GRANTASIA! THIS THURSDAY

Don't miss our annual collaborative arts extravaganza Grantasia! on Thursday, December 18 at 7 pm in the GHS Auditorium, with an Art Gallery and informal music and dance performances at 6 pm in center hall.

Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets are $5 - on sale now in the Student Store/Bookkeeper's Office and available at the door the night of the event.

We need Bake Sale volunteers for the following shifts at the performance:

• 6 pm - 7 pm (2 people needed)
• Intermission (2 needed)
• Closing (2 needed)


Please bring your BAKED GOODS for sale to the front hall by 6 pm or send them in with your student on Thursday morning.

Contact Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com and let us know if you can help!

BAND BOOSTERS MEET TOMORROW

Hope to see you at our Band Boosters meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 pm in the band room. Mr. McFadden will have an update and we'll discuss all that's happening to support Grant's amazing band program!

ZOOLIGHTS TRIP ON FRIDAY

The annual student-led trip to ZooLights is Friday, Dec. 19. Students meet in the band room at 5:45 pm and take MAX to the Zoo. Bring $10. Ugly holiday sweater optional.

GET YOUR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ TICKETS

Don't wait - buy your tickets online now for The Sweet Sound of Jazz - License to Chill.

This Grant High Instrumental Program benefit concert on February 6 will feature the smooth and cool talent of Grant's Jazz Bands and Wind Ensemble and the suave sophistication of The Portland State University Jazz Ensemble. Your License to Chill includes access to our exclusive dessert buffet, raffles and silent auction.



(Update Dec. 10, 2014)

GRANTASIA APPROACHES!

Grant High School's second annual performing and visual arts showcase, Grantasia is coming up Thursday, December 18 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm.

Grantasia is a dazzling Winter Holiday celebration that combines the talents of all Grant art classes. Look forward to an evening of musical performances by all instrumental ensembles, inspired dance pieces, as well visual art displayed throughout the event — in the lobby and auditorium before the show.

Suggested admission is $5.00 per person.

To prepare for this event, there is a special rehearsal schedule for all ensembles:

Mon. Dec. 15
Rehearsal All Day During School
8:15 am - 3:15 pm
GHS Auditorium

Wed. Dec. 17
Rehearsal After School
3:30 - 7 pm
GHS Auditorium

Please contact Mr. McFadden with any rehearsal schedule questions at bmcfadden@pps.net

We'll also be holding a candy and bake sale during Grantasia – to volunteer to bake and help staff tables (students and adults needed!), please email Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com.

ZOOLIGHTS KICK OFF WINTER BREAK

A tradition many of our students look forward to is a trip to the Zoo on the Friday night before Winter Break. This is an student-led event. Students, meet in the band room at 5:45 pm on Friday, Dec. 19 and take MAX to the Zoo. Bring $10 and if you want, wear an ugly holiday sweater!

TRIP FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES

Wind and Jazz Ensemble Families: we are actively providing opportunities for students to earn money for their trip accounts. We held a letter writing campaign last week, students help with bake sales, and candy sales are planned starting next week. Mr. McFadden will have more details soon.

Please note that ALL students who are requesting aid for the trip need to participate in these fundraisers.

We have a template for a letter to send to friends and families and to any businesses your family may wish to approach. This is a great way of asking for support especially before the holidays. Download the letter template here

THE SWEET SOUND OF...SPONSORS

Buy your tickets online now for The Sweet Sound of Jazz on Feb. 6!
 
Thanks to our Major Chord Sponsor OnPoint Community Credit Union and our Minor Chord Sponsors Donna Wax Architect and Interstate Rentals. It's not too late to sponsor our largest fundraiser of the year for the band program. Email Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com for details.

AND...next time you are at Blind Onion Pizza, make sure to thank them for donating all the pizzas on Veterans Day. We are grateful to supporters in the community. 

NEXT BAND BOOSTERS MEETING DEC. 16

Join us at the next Band Boosters meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 pm in the band room. Mr. McFadden will have an update and we'll discuss all that's happening to support Grant's amazing band program!



(Update Dec. 1, 2014)

LETTER-WRITING FUNDRAISER ON THURSDAY

Wind Ensemble/Jazz Ensemble Students and families -- the Anaheim, CA Trip Letter Writing Fundraiser will be held this Thursday, Dec. 4, 3:30-5 pm in the Band Room. Students will be addressing donation request letters to family members, friends and others who may be able to contribute to the trip.

For more details, please email Jen Allen at jen.jenniferallen@gmail.com 

MEET US AT SSOJ MEETING DEC. 6

Please join us Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 pm at NoHo's Hawaiian Cafe for the next Sweet Sound of Jazz planning meeting. SSOJ benefits all Grant Band students and your help makes a difference. Noho's is located at 4627 NE Fremont St.
 
Contact co-chair Amy Camp for more info: acamp324@gmail.com

SSOJ POSTER DEADLINE NEAR

Do you have a sponsor in mind for Sweet Sound of Jazz? Get them on board now - the deadline is December 15 to be included on our promotional posters. Sign up sponsors using our donation request letter and form:

Donation request letter
Procurement form

or email your leads to Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com.

GET READY FOR GRANTASIA

Grantasia on December 18 will feature the work of every Grant High School art class -- both performing and visual -- in one beautiful Winter Holiday celebration!

We need parents to organize and bake treats to sell at our concession table at the event. If you can help, please email Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com.

HONOR BAND AWESOMENESS

Mr. McFadden says Western International Band Clinic was an amazing success! The students rehearsed for nearly 15 hours over the span of two days and put on tremendous concerts at the end. Lots of fun and a great learning opportunity for all. Be sure to check out the Grant Band Facebook group for photos.

In more honor band news, Quin McIntire, saxophone, and Xander Collins, viola, were selected for 2015 All-Northwest performing groups. All-Northwest groups perform in conjunction with the 2015 National Association of Music Education Northwest Division Conference in February.

Just announced - Emily Geoffroy, clarinet, also has been selected for 2015 All-State Symphonic Band as an alternate. All-State honor groups perform at the Oregon Music Education Association's event in January.

Congratulations!



(Update Nov. 17, 2014)

KUDOS TO MARCHING BAND & VOLUNTEERS

Nice work by the Marching Band at the Veterans Day Parade! Thanks to all the families who helped out from arranging for pizza for the band to helping cart equipment back on a cold and blustery day.

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING THIS TUESDAY

Please join us at this month's Band Boosters meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 pm the theater teacher room L1 (note the location change - follow the signs from the band room). Mr. McFadden will update us on band happenings, we'll discuss upcoming events and more.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE PLAYS AT INFO NIGHT

Jazz Ensemble will perform at Grant's 8th Grade Information Night on Wednesday, November 19. Call time is 5:30 pm, performance at
6:10 pm in the auditorium.

Thanks to Donna Wax, Nicole Thorburn, Charlie Brown and Daniel Sartin for helping out at our band info table. Let's get those 8th graders committed to joining band at Grant!

BAKE SALE 11/20 AT BEAUMONT'S FALL CONCERT (AT GHS)

Wind and Jazz Ensemble students are hosting a bake sale to raise money for their California trip at Beaumont Middle School Bands Fall Concert at Grant on Thursday, November 20. Come support Beaumont bands and get some tasty treats. Bake sale starts at 6 pm, concert at 6:30 pm.

CONGRATS, WIBC PARTICIPANTS

The following Grant Band students are headed to the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle this weekend:

    Katie Davidson
•    Adrian Galash
•    Nyles Green
•    Rachel Ha
•    Izzy Schulenburg
•    Samantha Soumokil

Rebecca Celsi was also accepted but cannot attend because of another performance.

Congratulations to all!

TRIP PAYMENT #1 DUE

Wind and Jazz Ensemble families, trip payment #1 of $250 was due November 9. There are still a few families who have not registered with ETSI and/or made a payment. Please visit www.etsi.ws immediately. Grant Band Boosters owes ETSI all the initial registration fees but can't make them until our count is official.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ: LICENSE TO CHILL

License to Chill is our theme for the Sweet Sound of Jazz on February 6! Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab and Wind Ensemble will perform as well as special guests Portland State University Jazz Ensemble. Buy tickets today.

Interested in sponsoring the event, or donating an item to our silent auction? Email Amy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com.



(Update Nov. 10, 2014)

ONE MORE PARADE DAY DRIVER NEEDED

We need one additional driver with a truck, SUV or van to meet us at the end of the Veterans Day Parade route (NE 48th and Sandy) on Tuesday. You'll be part of our team helping the marching band cart large equipment back to Grant. If you're available, please email Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS, ALL-STATE MEMBERS!

Mr. McFadden is pleased to announce Grant High School Instrumental Music Program students selected to participate in 2015 Oregon All-State honor groups. Congratulations!

Miles Cole, bassoon - Oregon All-State High School Wind Symphony

Rebecca Celsi, flute - Oregon All-State High School Symphonic Band

Xander Collins, viola - Oregon All-State High School Symphonic Band

Michail Thompson, trumpet - Oregon All-State High School Symphonic Band

Oregon Music Education Association's All-State musical event takes place January 16-18, 2015 in Eugene at the Hilton Conference Center and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

SPECIAL GUESTS JOIN BANDS AT SSOJ

We are excited to announce Portland State University's Jazz Ensemble will be our special guests at this year's Sweet Sound of Jazz. The ensemble, under the direction of Charley Gray, will perform along with the Grant bands for a fantastic evening of music to support Grant's music program.


Sweet Sound of Jazz on February 6 is our biggest fundraiser of the year. You can make it big success by helping secure event sponsors or items for our silent auction and raffle. Think about who you know or companies you do business with that can contribute. Then use our donation request letter and form to make asking easy:

Donation request letter

Procurement form


or email Amy Geoffroy with your donations or leads at geoffroyamy@gmail.com


Big thanks go to out to Heather Smit, a Grant Band parent who is donating a whole bunch of Nike gear!

BAND BOOSTERS MEET NEXT TUESDAY

Your involvement keeps Grant Band strong. Please come to the next Band Boosters meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 pm in the band room. Everyone is welcome and needed!



(Update Nov. 4, 2014)

PEP BAND ALBANY TRAVEL DETAILS FOR FRIDAY, NOV. 7

Grant Pep Band will be traveling with the football team to Albany on Friday, Nov. 7 for the first game of the 6A state playoffs against West Albany High School. Here are details for the trip:

• Band students call time: 4 pm in the Band Room to load equipment

• Bus to West Albany High School departs: 4:30 pm 

Signed permission slip must be turned in to Mr. McFadden by Friday in order to board the bus. We need at least 1 chaperone to travel with the band. Please email Mr. McFadden at bmcfadden@pps.net if you're available.

• Game time: 7 pm

• Arrival back at Grant: 10:30 to 11:30 pm (depending on traffic\if the game goes into overtime. Mr. McFadden will post on the Grant Band Facebook page when the bus leaves Albany.)

Please help out our musicians by sending snacks and bottled water to school by Thursday morning.

If you're interested in going to the game, Grant has a Rooter Bus to West Albany High School leaving at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $10 (includes game admission), available in the student store.

Go, Generals!



(Update Nov. 3, 2014)

PEP BAND TRAVELS TO ALBANY ON FRIDAY

This just in - The Grant Pep Band will be traveling with the football team to Albany on Friday, Nov. 7 for the first game of the 6A state playoffs against West Albany High School. It is awesome being asked to do this because it shows how much of an impact the band has on school spirit. We'll post more details about departure and post-game return times as soon as we hear back from the bus company.

Marching rehearsal scheduled for Friday is cancelled.

PARADE DAY HELP WANTED

For the Veterans Day Parade, November 11, the marching band needs 4 drivers, preferably with trucks, SUVs or vans, to meet them at the end of the route (NE 48th and Sandy) and help cart large equipment back to Grant.

If you're available, please email Amy Geoffroy at geoffroyamy@gmail.com

DRUM UP THE BAND AT UPCOMING EVENTS

To keep the program going strong, we're taking advantage of opportunities to promote Grant Band to 8th graders and other middle school students. We need your help at these events:

-Grant's 8th Grade Information Night, Wednesday, Nov. 19. Volunteers are needed to staff the Band table.
 
-Beaumont Band's Fall Concert at Grant, Thursday, Nov. 20. We'll need two adults to count cash for the Wind and Jazz Ensembles bake sale at the concert. Mr. McFadden will be asking band students who want to raise money towards their trip costs to help out with the bake sale and ushering.

To sign up for either event, please email Donna Wax at dwax@pacifier.com

JOIN THE SSOJ DESSERT COMMITTEE

Sweet Sound of Jazz on February 6 is our biggest fundraiser of the year and desserts make it sweet! Our SSOJ Dessert Committee needs three or four people to help collect donated treats from the community.

Can you help? Please email one of our SSOJ chairs: Karin Lamberton at klittlelamb@comcast.net or Amy Camp at acamp324@gmail.com

TRIP PAYMENT DUE NOV. 9

The first payment for the Wind Ensemble/Jazz Ensemble trip to Anaheim is due Nov. 9. There are two ways to pay: by check made payable to Grant Band (not ETSI) or pay online at www.etsi.ws. Remember, our trip ID is 3F16.

If you haven't spoken with Mr. McFadden about specific financial needs (and confirmed the amount your family can contribute), please do that this week.

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING TIME CHANGE

Please come to our next Band Booster meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 pm in the band room. We've moved our meeting time this month due to the PTA meeting's November schedule shift.



(Update Oct. 27, 2014)

NO PEP BAND THIS FRIDAY

Pep Band will not be performing this Friday, Oct. 31. Football playoff dates (if any) and basketball season performances will be announced soon. Thanks for all your support of Pep Band & Happy Halloween!

MARCHING REHEARSALS FOR 2014 VETERANS DAY PARADE

Marching Band - which includes students from Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble - is getting ready for its annual appearance in the Veterans Day Parade, Tuesday, November 11 in the Hollywood District. The rehearsal schedule is as follows:

Tues. Oct. 28 - 3:20-5 pm
Wed. Nov. 5 - 3:20-5 pm
Fri. Nov. 7 - 3:20-5 pm
Mon. Nov. 10 - 10 am-2 pm (planning day-no school)

PARADE DAY:
Tues. Nov. 11
Veterans' Day Parade
8 am call
Band Room
9:45 am Parade begins
12:30 pm Pizza Party for the Marching Band in the band room AFTER students turn in uniforms

The parade route starts at NE 40th and Tillamook and concludes at NE 48th and Sandy Boulevard. See the parade's official website for more info.



(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 bmcfadden@pps.net

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 geoffroyamy@gmail.com

Donation forms also are available here:

Donation request letter

Procurement form

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
GHS Auditorium
7 pm
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 geoffroyamy@gmail.com.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

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.

To apply, students request funds from Mr. McFadden or email bmcfadden@pps.net. Learn more on the Scholarships page.



(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.

Go Generals!

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 geoffroyamy@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect.

TUNING UP FOR FALL CONCERT OCTOBER 8

Grant Band Fall Concert
Wednesday, October 8
7 pm
GHS Auditorium
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 dwax@pacifier.com

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 dwax@pacifier.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

Mr. 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 email bmcfadden@pps.net.

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 geoffroyamy@gmail.com.


WELCOME FROM MR. McFADDEN, GRANT BAND DIRECTOR

Greetings Families!

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,

Brian McFadden
bmcfadden@pps.net

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.

Amy Geoffroy
Band Boosters President
geoffroyamy@gmail.com

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
in 2014-15!

Amy Geoffroy

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!

Regards,

Brian McFadden
Director of Instrumental Music
Grant High School

brian.mcfadden@hoodriver.k12.or.us (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.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Budge

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.

 

DRUM MAJORS

Paige Rojas

Nyles Green

Dylan Menche

 

WIND ENSEMBLE 2014-2015

*pending audition in the fall

Flute

Paige Rojas

Katie Davidson

Rachel Ha

Rebecca Celsi

Oboe

Samantha Soumokil

Bassoon

Miles Cole

Clarinet

Alec Mouser

Adrian Galash

Joy Salvino

Rowena Balasubramani

Emily Geoffroy

Emma Salada

Bass Clarinet

Kilian Jones

*Quin McIntire

Saxophone/Bass Clarinet/3rd Clarinet

Grant Fisher

Dylan Menche

Mitchell Bossom

Alec Adams

Spencer Ebert

Caleb Walcott

Addison Loda

Davis Almgren

Horn

Charlie Brown

*Hannah Onderdonk

Trumpet

Grant Lamberton

Toby Oliver

Eitan Davis

Odyssey Wilson

*Michail Thompson

Trombone

Nyles Green

Alex Vischer

Gabe Bader

Hannah Onderdonk

Euphonium

Joey Majidi

Tuba

Gabe Klinger

Daniel Sartin

Percussion

Maddy Kuhn

Lucas Cansler

Koby Haigerty

Lena Bartels

Michael Fenske

Noah Puggarana

Chandler Willison

Josh Kaleel

Gunnar Behny

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE 2014-2015

*pending audtion in the fall

Saxophone

Miles Cole

Emily Geoffroy

Spencer Ebert

Alec Adams

*Quin McIntire

All saxophones will be expected to double on flute, clarinet, bass clarinet or bassoon.

Trumpet

Grant Lamberton

Eitan Davis

Teagan Pendleton

Paige Rojas

Charlie Brown

*______________

Trombone

Nyles Green

Alex Vischer

Gabe Bader

Sadie Thorburn

Oliviah Gadberry

Guitar

Andrew Allen

Vibes

Lucas Cansler

Piano

Noah Puggarana

Ellory Schrepel

Bass

Finnegan Jones

Griffin Kowash

Drums

Lena Bartels

Domo Branch