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.

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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.



Paige Rojas

Nyles Green

Dylan Menche



*pending audition in the fall


Paige Rojas

Katie Davidson

Rachel Ha

Rebecca Celsi


Samantha Soumokil


Miles Cole


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


Charlie Brown

*Hannah Onderdonk


Grant Lamberton

Toby Oliver

Eitan Davis

Odyssey Wilson

*Michail Thompson


Nyles Green

Alex Vischer

Gabe Bader

Hannah Onderdonk


Joey Majidi


Gabe Klinger

Daniel Sartin


Maddy Kuhn

Lucas Cansler

Koby Haigerty

Lena Bartels

Michael Fenske

Noah Puggarana

Chandler Willison

Josh Kaleel

Gunnar Behny



*pending audtion in the fall


Miles Cole

Emily Geoffroy

Spencer Ebert

Alec Adams

*Quin McIntire

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


Grant Lamberton

Eitan Davis

Teagan Pendleton

Paige Rojas

Charlie Brown



Nyles Green

Alex Vischer

Gabe Bader

Sadie Thorburn

Oliviah Gadberry


Andrew Allen


Lucas Cansler


Noah Puggarana

Ellory Schrepel


Finnegan Jones

Griffin Kowash


Lena Bartels

Domo Branch



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Want to know how much we made at Sweet Sound of Jazz? And what's in store for our program next year? We need lots of input and volunteers to keep our Booster organization strong. Please join us at 6:30 on Tuesday for our ONE HOUR meeting.


The following Grant students will be competing at the OSAA State Solo Competition on Saturday, May 3 at Lewis & Clark College. Good luck to all our musicians!

Owen Sokoloff‐Chubb Baritone Voice 8:00 AM Council Chamber
Ethan Eisemann Baritone Voice 10:40 AM Council Chamber
Miles Cole Bassoon 11:00 AM Evans Auditorium
Blair Shepperd Bassoon 1:30 PM Evans Auditorium
Kenny Regan Oboe 4:00 PM Evans Auditorium
Alex Turner Trombone 10:40 AM Howard 102
Ben Rosene Trombone 1:40 PM Howard 102


We will discuss our big fund raiser, Sweet Sound of Jazz, hear about this past month's festival/competition results, and look to the future with Mr. Budge.

We need more minds and hands to help with all of the events coming up. Please join us to learn more. Our president, Jen Allen runs a fast-paced, efficient meeting. We are done by 7:30


Typically, we present an amazing spread of desserts for our attendees. However, this year that buffet table may look sparse. We have about half as many dessert donations as we normally do! Please email Terri Wanke today to let her know you are going to donate a dessert to our big night. Small, single serving desserts are what we need. Cookies, cupcakes and other finger foods please! Terri will reply to you with the donation details. Thanks!


Mr. Eisemann, choir director, has posted a project through an organization called to help crowd source funding for upgrades to the Grant auditorium sound system. You’ve all been to shows or concerts where the sound mix wasn’t quite right. Either the microphones were too loud or not loud enough, there was some strange fuzzy sounds or you had to cover your ears  from outbursts of feedback. Mr. Eisemann’s project is to purchase a 15 band Graphic Equalizer and a Feedback Suppression Processor. Both of these pieces of equipment will make a huge difference in audio quality during performances and rehearsals.
To learn more about the project you can visit the website HERE.


Pit-Orchestra for the Spring musical "Spamalot" has started rehearsing. The orchestra is in dire need of trumpets! Please join us or ask a friend to join us. This musical is irreverent, fast paced and hilarious.


Congratulations to the Grant Wind Ensemble for their fantastic performance at the Northwest Invitational Concert Band Competition last Tuesday, March 11. All three judges qualified the band for state, for the second festival in a row. The Grant Wind Ensemble finished in 1st place.


Thanks to everyone for your hard work on a long day. The directors were impressed with your work ethic and attitudes. You made a great event happen.

Congratulations to the Grant musicians who were selected to participate at the state solo contest. Remember, alternates MAY be selected to perform at state.

Kenny Regan – oboe, 1st place

Blair Shepperd – bassoon, 1st place

Miles Cole – bassoon, 2nd place

Samantha Wu Rose – bassoon, 1st Alternate

Ben Rosene – trombone, 1st place

Alex Turner – trombone, 1st Alternate

Aodan Collins – cello, 2nd Alternate

Ethan Eisemann – baritone voice, 1st place

Owen Sokoloff-Chubb – baritone voice, 1st Alternate.


Congratulations to the Grant Wind Ensemble. On Tuesday, March 4th they performed for Directors from Oregon State University, Corban University and Kansas State University. All three judges rated the band to be ready to perform at the OSAA State Championships. Of the 29 bands that participated 4 were rated that high. Grant finished with the second highest ratings of the two day event, finishing only behind last year’s state champion band. Better performances later this year will give the group an even better chance to be selected for the Championships. Musicians, thank you for your continued hard work!

CCC Concert Band Competition — Tuesday,  March 11th ITINERARY

10:50am  lunch, and change into performance attire
11:35       call time
11:40       load at Grant
11:55      depart
12:20pm arrive at Clackamas Community College
12:40      observe 2 HS bands
2:00        warm up
2:40        curtain
3:20        sight-read
4:00        observe CCC Concert Band (*students with other activities excused at this time)
4:50        load at CCC
5:00        depart
5:35        arrive at Grant

*Students must have a note to leave with anyone other than their parents.


The PIL Solo/Ensemble Festival (rescheduled from February 9) takes place this Sunday, March 9 at Grant High School. Qualifiying students from this competition will compete at the State Solo competition at Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Click here for the full Grant High students' list of performance times.

Good luck to all our performers!



7:15am call

7:30       depart for Corvallis

9:15       arrive at OSU

watch and listen to: S. Salem HS, Clackamas HS, Eagle Point HS

11:00     warm-up

11:30     curtain

watch and listen to: OSU Symphonic Band, West Salem HS

1:45pm  Lunch on Campus

3:15        Load bus

5:30ish  arrive at Grant

Musicians should:

1. Arrive at Grant in performance attire.

2. Bring clothing to change into after our performance.

3. Bring snacks/water for pre-performance.

4. Bring food/drinks, or money for lunch on campus.

5. Talk to their teachers about make up work.

If musicians have another activity to get to, they are free to leave at about 12:00pm, after our performance. They must have a note if they are traveling with anyone other than their parents/guardians. According to school board policy, students are not allowed to drive other students to or from school events.




Our big fund raiser "Sweet Sound of Jazz" has been rescheduled for Friday, April 4!

Grant High School's Instrumental Music Department proudly presents its annual dessert benefit, the Sweet Sound of Jazz Friday, April 4th – 6:30-9:00pm in Grant’s Old Gym.

Sample mouth-watering desserts while enjoying the smooth and spicy sounds of Grant's award-winning jazz bands! Proceeds from the evening's exciting raffle items benefit Grant's Band department. CASH ONLY—no credit available the night of the event.

Please bring plenty of cash so you can take advantage of the exciting raffle items! Come join us and celebrate the Spirit of New Orleans through music. Tickets $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, available: online at:

Or from Darcy, the Grant High School bookkeeper, or at the door.

More information:


Minutes for January and February Band Booster meetings are available now. Please read and join us for our next meeting on March 11 when we will discuss and plan for the postponed Sweet Sound of Jazz and other events coming up in the Spring.


The Grant Jazz Ensemble was recently asked, by the Grant Alumni Association, to perform with Tom Grant at a special evening event. This will be a celebration of the restoration of the steinway concert grand piano in the auditorium. This was funded by the Alumni Association and the benefits from this concert will go toward the continued up keep of the piano. This event will be on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 in the Grant High School Auditorium at 7:00pm. call time: 6:30pm.


The annual Grant Band Night, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27th has been canceled. As our calendar gets more solidified in the next couple of weeks we may attempt to reschedule this date, but there are no current plans. All 8th graders who play instruments are encouraged to attend our concerts and talk to our musicians about being a part of the Grant Instrumental Music program. (especially string players!)


The most likely new date for the solo festival will by Sunday, March 9th. I understand that this will make it impossible for some musicians to participate, however, it appears that this will allow the largest number of participants to take part. Please let me (Mr. Budge) know if you or your musician have any conflicts on this date.


Due to the uncertainty of the current calendar, the Sweet Sound of Jazz Dessert and Raffle has been postponed. We hope you will continue to plan on attending the event. If you would like to have input on the new date for the event join us at the Band Booster meeting on Tuesday, February 18th, at 6:30pm, in the Grant High School Band Room. There is a note from our Band Booster President, Jen Allen about the decision I made to postpone the event on the Grant Band Facebook page.

    - Mr. Budge


School is canceled and the solo festival has been postponed. There will be no event on Saturday February 8th. We currently plan to reschedule it. More info will be posted early next week. Thanks to all of our musicians who have put in hours of work on your performances. Can't wait to hear how you can improve with this extra time to prepare.


The Spirit of New Orleans Comes Alive
at Grant High School's
Sweet Sound of Jazz
When: Friday, February 21, 2014, 6:30-9pm
Where: Grant High School's "Old Gym"
2245 NE 36th Avenue

Grant High School's Instrumental Music Department proudly presents its annual dessert benefit, the Sweet Sound of Jazz. 
Sample mouth-watering desserts while enjoying the smooth and spicy sounds of Grant's award-winning jazz bands! Proceeds from the evening's exciting raffle items benefit Grant's Band department. CASH ONLY—no credit available the night of the event.

Please bring plenty of cash so you can take advantage of the exciting raffle items!

Come join us and celebrate the Spirit of New Orleans through music.

Tickets: $20 adults,  $15 students/seniors, available:
• online at
• from Darcy, the Grant High School bookkeeper
• or at the door

More information:


Sweet Sound of Jazz just won't be sweet without lots of desserts donated by you, our GHS Band community. We ask that all desserts be single serving and easy to serve. Cookies, cupcakes and the like are best. If you can donate, please email Terri Wanke TODAY!


At last night's basketball game one of the Athletic Directors informed me that they basketball schedule had been changed. Instead of playing a boys game versus Lincoln on January 31 and a girls game versus Lincoln on February 25, both home games will be played back to back on Friday, January 31st. This will be a long night, but will give us one fewer performances during the middle of a school week. The new call time for the games on January 31st is 5:00pm.

Go Generals!


December's Band Booster meeting is tonight, Dec. 17 at 6:30 pm in the Band Room.

Want to find out what's been going on and what we're working on before you come to the meeting? Read last month's minutes here.


1. We are asking those who are able to to purchase stand lights or book lights for use during Grantasia. "Mighty Bright" lights work very well and can be found at Fred Meyers or many local stores.

2. Our Tuesday rehearsal has been changed to Monday to accomodate our dance classes. Thank you for your understanding.

3. Don't forget our Band Booster meeting this Tuesday, December 17th. WE NEED YOU!


As you know we are constantly striving to support our kids and find ways to help make the Grant Band the best it can be. We need to work on building up our band board to keep a strong infrastructure in place. We have several key positions we need to fill this year while we can get people trained before many of our senior parents exit. The following are key positions that we are still looking to fill:

1. Communications Chair:
The communications chair uses online tools to communicate with the students and parents - namely the email bulletin (which uses the MailChimp online email server) and our Facebook page. Mr. Budge will be taking over the website updating - unless the new person would like to do that too. He or she should have some computer and internet skills, but this is not a highly technical job. Time required is about ½ to 1 hour a week, depending on the calendar of events. For more information please contact Susan Shepperd.

2. President Elect:
The President Elect serves for one year (or in this case - the rest of this school year) and becomes the Band Booster President the following year. The President Elect shall perform duties of the President in his or her absence and act in an advisory capacity at all times. In case of inability to serve or resignation of the President, the President Elect shall fill the unexpired term. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE! If you have any questions or are ready to be the next President-Elect, please email Jen Allan today.


For your convenience, two online resources have been created to help you understand the jobs/committees that need to be filled to make our big fund raiser succeed. Click these links to read more:

Description of Sweet Sound of Jazz committees/jobs:

Sweet Sound of Jazz Sign up:

Please read the descriptions and see where you can best fit to help out, and thank you in advance contributing to an excellent band event! If you sign up for a committee you will be contacted by the Chair or Co-chair of this event to explain next steps and getting started.

Remember to save the date for our next Band Booster Meeting which will be Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 PM in the band room.


You should receive a note from me on your 1st quarter report card stating that I was having a computer problem. I discovered that my grades were posting incorrectly and was unable to correct this problem before grades were due to be submitted. The good news is that this problem has now been fixed. Some of the members of the band may now notice that their grades have fallen, sometimes drastically. This is due to the fact that I have not had time to re-input many of the first quarter assignments. I hope to have all of the new grades posted online before the Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday. Please note that the grade you recieved on the 1st quarter report card will not change, however the correct grade information will be used to calculate the 1st semester grade. I apologize for any confusion and thank you for your patience during this very busy time of year.


A good time was had by all.

Thanks for joining us at our annual Tony Starlight's performance. Thanks to our host, who offered us a $50 gift certificate to add to our raffle. Thanks to the performers for sharing your music with us.

Congratulations to the Jazz Ensemble for placing 2nd at the 2013 Three Rivers League Jazz Festival!


Thank you to everyone who helped out at the Veteran's Day Parade. Organization was needed for feeding students, managing uniforms, and getting to the parade. Our students looked amazing, and were able to take part in supporting our veterans and community. Thank you again to all the parents who safety-pinned, duct taped, and made those uniforms come together so the students could march. On that note, one of our upcoming projects will be a uniform rescue mission. We cannot purchase all new marching band uniforms at this time, but we can make some small efforts to rescue the current uniforms as they exist. Stay tuned for more information about the Grant Band Uniform Rescue.

Our last band booster meeting had a great turn out! We discussed upcoming events, and then had a planning meeting to sort out committees for our annual event in February called Sweet Sound of Jazz. Soon, there will be a sign-up sheet and a description of committees that are needed to help run this event posted online. Check your inbox, the Facebook page, and our webpage for the link! Please sign up for a committee so we manage an excellent event and concert as we have every year since it began! If you have any questions please email or call, though email is usually the quickest way to get a response!

Here is what we have coming up this week!

Tuesday November 19th: Three Rivers Jazz Festival

Jazz Ensemble
Where: Clackamas High School
call time: 12:30 Grant Band Room
Grant performs at 3:15 PM.

Wednesday November 20th Tony's Starlight

Jazz Ensemble
Come enjoy a wonderful evening of Jazz performed by Grant Jazz Ensemble at Tony Starlight's Supperclub and Lounge, we will pass around the donation hat, and hold a raffle!
3728 NE Sandy Blvd.
Make your reservations soon at (503) 517.8584
Performers' call: 6:30 PM
Curtain: 7 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, December 19th will be an exciting concert, combining choir, band, dance, and art students. We will have a parent/student run concessions table at this event -- so please note I will be sending out a call for parent volunteers at the beginning of December to help with this.


Due to tutorial time on Wednesday, November 6, we will move our rehearsal 20 minutes earlier. 3:00-4:40pm. This will allow for more daylight and hopefully help those who have other after school commitments.

Marching Band practices three times this week for parade on Nov. 11


Mon. Nov. 4 & Wed. Nov. 6: 3:20-5:00pm
Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab

Fri. Nov. 8: 9:00am-2:00pm
Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab

Mon. Nov. 11
Veterans' Day Parade
7:30 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
Parade official website

Parade Day Parent Help Wanted

Veterans' Day Parade, November 11th: We need 4 parents to assist with uniform check in after the parade. We will meet in the band room around 11:50. If you are available please email me at

Jennifer D. Allen
Band Booster President

Don't forget - Band Booster Meeting Date Changed, Followed by Important Sweet Sound of Jazz meeting.

Our next Band Booster meeting will be Tuesday November 12th, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM in the band room. We had to change November meeting due to the Three Rivers Jazz Festival.

Sweet Sound of Jazz Volunteer Orientation 7:30-8:30 PM band room. After the booster meeting ends we will begin reviewing volunteer needs and assignments for SSOJ.

No Pep Band Friday, November 1

The Grant Football team will be playing a game at West Linn. The band will not be traveling to that game. If the team continues on in the playoffs more information will become available.

Yes, we have marching rehearsal on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We're Famous!... well, sort of.

Last year at the beginning of Spring Break some members of the band volunteered to work on a music video for the employees of Umpqua Bank, featuring internet sensations Peter and Evynne Hollens. We were there for about 7 hours. It has been posted on youtube so we finally get to see the results. (If you look real close.) Thanks to all the musicians and parents who helped out.

The Latest from our Band Booster President:

Hello Everyone,
We have a lot going on this month and into next month as well! I have included a brief summary of what events are coming up. We have a very important event called "Sweet Sound of Jazz" that will take place in February. Planning starts now and I have scheduled a volunteer orientation for November 12th after the booster meeting to review committees and the overall event, as well as get volunteers signed up. We need as many parents as we can to help out with this event, so if you can make this date please let me know. If you cannot make that date, but are still interested in helping please contact me. We will organize outside of the booster meetings, and then have committees report on their work within the meeting. Thank you in advance! Please email if you can volunteer for any of the below events. AND also, please note the November Band Booster meeting has changed due to the Three Rivers Jazz Festival, see new date below. Lastly, we have a pizza party at Lincoln this Friday for the football game with pep-band and we need drink donations for it. Please bring in drink donations this week thank you!!
Marching Band 1st Rehearsal is this Thursday Oct. 24th  from 3:20 -5:00 PM. More rehearsals to come! See the calendar (link on the left).

Friday, October 25th is the big cross-town clash game at Lincoln.
Call time is 3:30 pm for students in the band room.
5:00 PM pizza at Lincoln HS.
Students will be wearing their uniforms for this game
Uniforms will be checked out to students at Lincoln after pizza, check in will be during half time.   

Important Volunteer Needs: Friday Oct. 25th Pep Band - Email if you can help.
• 2-3 parents to assist with uniform check out at Lincoln, and check in. You only have to stay at the game until half time.
• Drink Donations especially needed for pizza party, please drop off in band room this week!

Monday November 11th Veteran's Day Parade
7:30 AM call time Grant Band Room, there will be a pizza party back at the Grant Band room at 12:30 PM. 

Volunteer Needs: 
• 1-2 parents to assist with uniform check  in and out.
• 2 parents to assist with pizza party
Tuesday November 12th: BAND BOOSTER MEETING 6:30 PM-7:30 PM band room
We had to change November meeting due to the Three Rivers Jazz Festival.

Tuesday November 12th: Sweet Sound of Jazz Volunteer Orientation 7:30-8:30 PM band room. After the booster meeting ends we will begin reviewing volunteer needs and assignments for SSOJ.
Tuesday November 19th: Three Rivers Jazz Festival - Jazz Ensemble
Where: Clackamas High School
Call time: 12:30 Grant Band Room
Grant Jazz Ensemble performs at 3:15 PM.
Wednesday November 20th Tony Starlight's Supperclub Jazz Ensemble performance
Come enjoy  a wonderful evening of Jazz performed by Grant Jazz Ensemble at Tony Starlight's Supperclub and Lounge, we will pass around the donation hat, and hold a raffle!
3728 NE Sandy Blvd.
Make your reservations soon at (503) 517-8584
call: 6:30 PM
Curtain: 7 PM
Jennifer D. Allen
Band Booster President
Grant High School

From Jen - Our Band Booster President:

Please save the date: 
Tuesday October 15th 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Band Room
Band Booster Meeting

Thank you to those volunteering for the Prima Volta concert this week. We have six parent volunteers to assist in the lobby, and have coordinated with the band council to assign student volunteers as well. There will be two raffle items, a fifty dollar gift certificate from Killer Burger, and Oregon Symphony tickets — so remember to bring cash!

Pep band driver update:  Thanks to the parents who contacted me and offered to help haul gear! We are still looking for help on the following nights remember we need at least two drivers to haul gear.

Oct 25th: 1 more driver
Nov. 01 st: 2 drivers

Please contact me to lend your support:

Upcoming Event:

Save the date: February 21st 2014 "Sweet Sound of Jazz"

Sweet Sound of Jazz is a dessert and concert fundraiser for the Grant High band department. The event consists of performances by Grant High jazz ensembles, performance by a featured artist and delicious desserts. It is a large event and requires a coordinated parent effort put together. Please come to our next band booster meeting  to find out how you can get involved! 

Our next meeting is: Tuesday October 15th 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Band Room

Thank You Pep Band!

Our first game at Lincoln was great. The band played their best and saw some exciting football action. We all kept smiling together as we experienced a miserable 4th quarter (don't forget to dry your instruments). And everyone made it home safely (I assume). You guys made a big difference for your school by sacrificing and being at the game, especially in the rain. Thanks for your positive attitudes, that make it so awesome to work with you! See you Monday.

Pep Band, this Friday!!!

First, thank you to all who donated snacks to the band. The students really appreciated them. They also ate every last one. Please send your donations to the band room on Friday.

Now, for a completely different experience. The game itself will be the same, but traveling too and from the venue is a little bit of a headache.

Our next "home" game is at Lincoln High School. Instead of spending up to $800 the band takes the Max.

1. Students need to check in at the band room.

2.Those students with large equipment will need to load that equipment into the equipment vehicles.

3. Students will walk in a group to the Hollywood Max Station.

4. Students will check in with a parent volunteer at the Hollywood Max Transit Center.

5. Students will ride Max to Lincoln High School.

6. After the game the students will ride the Max together back to the Hollywood Transit Center.

7. They will check out with a parent volunteer.

8. Students who had equipment in the equipment truck must return to the school to put this equipment away.

9. Students who don't have equipment in the equipment truck are excused as soon as they check out at the Hollywood Transit Center.

If a student wishes to leave with family directly from Lincoln High School it is imperative that they have a signed note to give to Mr. Budge. This is for the safety of our students.

Concert Performance Attire

Information regarding performance attire for every Grant Instrumental ensemble may be found on the handbook page. Click on the "Handbook" button in the left hand column or right here. A hard copy of this information was sent home with all students this week.

Welcome to the Band, from Mr. Budge

Thank you for embarking on a great jouney with the Grant Band. Being in a school band can be one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences a young person can have. It is important to remember that being a member of a school band is more like a marathon than a sprint. For many the process started years before high school and the goal is that the journey will never end.

As the director of instrumental music at Grant I believe it is my responsibility to give as many students possible the opportunity to experience music at their best level. That level will be different for all of us and our experience will be based mostly on what we, as musicians, and as parents are willing to put into the process.

For those who don't know me, I was raised in Troutdale. I attended Reynolds High School. While I was there I participated in Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Full Orchestra all four years. I was also a member of our student government for 3 years, an honor student for 4 years and I wrestled, and played football and baseball for four years. I don't tell you these things because I think it is makes me special. I am telling you so you will understand that I want all of the musicians at Grant to be able to participate in many things while they are here.

I will also tell you that while I was in college I missed my brothers wedding because my band had a performance and my band needed me to perform a solo. I will tell you that last year I missed another brother's wedding (maybe I just don't like weddings) to be here for the "Sweet Sound of Jazz". Though that sacrfice paled in comparison to that of a Grant Band family that missed something much more important in order to be here at Grant for that very same event. What they sacrificed and what they added to the event won't be forgotten.

In short, there is no bench in the band. It takes all of us. WE NEED ALL OF YOU at our next Band Boosters meeting. Ms. Jen Allen is doing great things but it is only with ALL OF YOUR HELP that these things can continue. If you are new and think you are going to wait until your student is a junior or senior to get involved it may be too late. We need your help now to make sure we have a solid future.


Dear Musicians, Parents, Guardians and Friends,

Welcome to the Grant Band. Our first Pep Band performance will shortly be upon us and you may have some questions about what it all means.

Our Pep Band supports the Grant Athletic Department by performing at Varsity Football and Basketball games during the school year. The Football Pep Band consists of the woodwind and brass members of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble and the members of the Percussion Ensemble. The Basketball Pep Band (which will start in January) consists of all of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble members.

Here is some information and a few tips for your enjoyment of the activity:

Games typically last about 2 1/2 hours, but may be shorter or longer depending on game play.

The call time (time to be in the band room) for the first game is 3:10pm. We meet in the band room and then head out to the performance venue. It is our goal to be prepared to perform in time to play a few songs before the game starts. We will perform before the game starts and continue performing through half-time. We will then take a break during the 3rd quarter. We will have donated snacks available for all the band members during the 3rd quarter. Musicians are free to spend time with friends or family during the 3rd quarter, but, due to the amount of equipment we ask that only band members enter the band area at ALL times. It is important that we clean up any and all trash so that we may continue to provide snacks during the games. We will begin performing again at the start of the 4th quarter. We will perform for the rest of the game. At the conclusion of the game we will most likely perform a few pieces. We then clean the entire performance area, and return all equipment to the band room. After the area is clean, the musicians are free to go.

1. Bring a folding chair. (Make sure your name is on it. You may leave it in the band   room in the morning.) In the past we have used school chairs, but will NOT be using them this year. We are currently working with the Athletic Department to get some seating for the band, but are not able to guarantee seating for the entire band.
2. Wear blue (or your class color for Homecoming). This is your chance to show how special being a Grant General can be.
3. Wear sunscreen (if it is sunny).
4. Bring a bottle of water. Though we ask for donations it is always best to have your own bottle of water so you are sure to have some for the game. It can be both incredibly hot and incredibly cold during the football season.
5. Don’t forget a Lyre (the small clip that holds the music to your instrument).This is very important. We do not use music stands outside. Lyre may be purchased at most area music stores including Portland Music on Broadway.
6. Don’t forget your music.
7. Don’t forget your instrument.
8. Don’t forget your spirit! I promise that the more you put into the pep band experience, the more you will enjoy it.



One clarification and two changes.

• Back to School Night is scheduled for 10/3/13.

• The Three Rivers League Jazz Festival has been changed to 11/19/13.

• All Band Booster meetings have been moved to the THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. They will be at 6:30 pm in the band room.



The Grant football field is not ready yet. As a result the location of the game has been changed. Due to the fact that we only have one class period before friday, we were planning to simply perform a pre-game show and be done. It is not worth traveling across town to perform 2 or 3 songs. We will NOT be performing at the game on Friday, Sept. 6th. Thanks for your willingness to help out.



Welcome band families! We are thankful to have you and your child participating in the Grant Band Music program. I am taking over as the Band Booster President this year and look forward to meeting many of you, and seeing your faces at our monthly meetings. This year we have many opportunities for you to get involved and support your child and this awesome program! It is my hope to make all families and parents feel welcome, keep monthly meetings running on time and efficiently, and help to increase our volunteer pool!

There are many ways you can get involved from small one-time commitments like bringing water and supplies to pep band games, helping with band uniforms, to accepting a planning job for the Sweet Sound of Jazz Event. Please visit this website often for information about volunteer jobs, and make sure to get involved in a way that works for your family and their schedule. We need new parent faces at the monthly meetings to help make great things happen this year. We know how busy everyone is, so we can find a task that fits for all the many other responsibilities and volunteer work you have as parents!

Again, I look forward to the upcoming school year, getting to know you, and hoping that you and your family had a wonderful summer (which I know isn't over quite yet), so enjoy the last bit of summer! Hope to see you at our first monthly planning meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 in the band room. I will also be at the Summer workshop next Wed. Aug. 28! Please come to the Ice-cream social and say 'hi!'