10/7/2017: Band Trip Deposit, Obligations, Pork Chop Dinner Volunteers

1. As a reminder, the deposit for the band trip is quickly approaching.  If you are planning on attending the band trip, please make sure that you either pay a $250 deposit or have at least $250 in your trip account. 

Checks may be made payable to Joliet Central Band Parents Association.  You may also pay with a credit card by visiting our Charms site.  The trip is deposit is due October 17.

You can check your trip balance by checking your student's Charms account.  Please visit www.charmsoffice.com . School code is jolietcentralband, and the password is your student's ID number.  If you need to reset your password, please email me.

2. We still have outstanding fees for uniform fees.  Please pay these items as soon as possible.  Unpaid balances are turned in to the school as obligations near the end of the year.

3. Our pork chop dinner is still in need of volunteers.  Please visit this web link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4eaba62eabfe3-pork

4. Finally - we are using a new music assessment program called Smartmusic.  Many students have been doing well with this program, but we still have a number of students that have not turned in assignments.  Please encourage your students to continue working to turn these in, as it helps to make better musicians all around!  If students are having any technical issues, they should see the Help Desk at Joliet Central.  Our Help Desk has been able to help many students out with microphone issues.

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Estimados padres y estudiantes -

Algunos recordatorios / artículos:

1. Como recordatorio, el depósito para el viaje de la banda se está acercando rápidamente. Si planea asistir al viaje de la banda, asegúrese de pagar un depósito de $ 250 o tener al menos $ 250 en su cuenta de viaje.

Los cheques pueden hacerse a nombre de Joliet Central Band Parents Association. También puede pagar con una tarjeta de crédito visitando nuestro sitio de Charms. El viaje es el depósito es 17 de octubre.

Puede verificar el saldo de su viaje revisando la cuenta de Charms de su estudiante. Por favor visite www.charmsoffice.com. El código de la escuela es jolietcentralband, y la contraseña es el número de identificación de su estudiante. Si necesita restablecer su contraseña, envíeme un correo electrónico.

2. Todavía tenemos honorarios pendientes por honorarios uniformes. Por favor, pague estos artículos tan pronto como sea posible. Los saldos no pagados se convierten en la escuela como obligaciones cerca del final del año.

3. Nuestra cena de chuletas de cerdo todavía necesita voluntarios. Por favor, visite este enlace web para registrarse: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4eaba62eabfe3-pork

4. Finalmente - estamos usando un nuevo programa de evaluación musical llamado Smartmusic. Muchos estudiantes han estado haciendo bien con este programa, pero todavía tenemos un número de estudiantes que no han dado vuelta en asignaciones. Por favor anime a sus estudiantes a seguir trabajando para convertirlos, ya que ayuda a hacer mejores músicos por todos lados! Si los estudiantes tienen algún problema técnico, deben ver el Help Desk de Joliet Central. Nuestro Help Desk ha sido capaz de ayudar a muchos estudiantes con problemas de micrófono.

Fall Update

Dear students and parents,

Thank you to all for a successful start of the school year!  In a short amount of time, we have:

  • performed a concert at Bicentennial Park with the Symphonic Band
  • performed at open house with our Big Band
  • performed with the marching band at our first football game
  • debuted our new uniforms with the help of many parent volunteers
  • started on concert band and symphonic band in the classroom

Pictures of the group on Friday night in the new uniforms are coming soon!

Some updates and reminders:

  • Please view our calendar for all upcoming dates and events.  If it's on the calendar and it's your group, you need to be there!
  • Band fees are due!  Please visit www.charmsoffice.com, and enter jolietcentralband as the school code.  You may then login using your student's ID number, and you may view financial balances and other information.  If you are unable to login, please email me at dstinson@jths.org and I can reset your password.
  • Band trip information was sent out via the HAC system.  We assume the cost of the trip will go down, but we will need a preliminary count of how many students are planning on attending.  If your student is planning on attending the band trip, please visit the email in HAC, and submit your deposit by October 17.
  • New this year: we are now accepting payments through credit card/paypal in Charms.   You can pay for band fees, trip deposits, etc, via credit card.  You do not need a paypal account to use credit cards!
  • Your students have assignments due this year using our Smartmusic system.  When you have a chance, ask them to show you the program - it's a great tool to help us manage assessment, and help your students practice more!

Many upcoming dates - please check the calendar.  As a final note, our first home concert will be Sunday, November 19 at 3pm!

Updates and Reminders for the Week of 5/7

Congratulations to our Symphonic Band for a wonderful performance at the 2017 SuperState Band Festival at the University of Illinois!  I hope you all had a great time, and were inspired by the other performing bands (especially the University of Illinois Wind Symphony!).

We are on the home stretch - a few reminders of upcoming events.

  • Tues/May 9: Band Info Night, 7pm, Auditorium. All 2017-2018 Band Members.
  • Thu/May 18: Band Placement Auditions (for 8th graders or concert members wishing to audition for symphonic band)
  • Fri/May 19: AVAC Graduation (Symphonic Band, School Day)
  • Sat/May 20: CSO Trip (optional)
  • Sun/May 21: Spring Concert (All Band Members)
  • Fri/May 26: Graduation (Symphonic Band)
  • Tues/May 30: First Marching Band Rehearsal for 2017 season! 6-8pm.

Updates and Reminders for the Week of 4/3/2017

This week:

  • Tue/4: Big Band, 6-8pm.
  • Thu/6: Jazz Lab, 3:30-4:30pm.
    • Symphonic Band: Clinic with Dr. Peterson, Director of Bands from University of Illinois. 5:45pm call time, 6-8pm reehearsal.
  • Fri/7: Pep Assembly (during school)
  • Sat/8: Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival: 1pm call, 2pm leave, 5:15pm performance, 9:30-10pm return.
    • A separate email/attachment has gone out for this event.

Correction: Band Info Night is Tuesday, May 9, 2017!

BPA Meeting for April 4: Cancelled
 

Letter from the BPA:

The Joliet Central Band Parent meeting for Tuesday night April 4th has been cancelled because of the busy time for the dinner dance. If you are not aware this is the biggest fundraiser of the year. Please find attached, as a reminder, the donation request letter and flyer for the dance. We would again ask that you share with your employer, friends and family that may own a business for donations and ads.

We currently have SIX parents working on a fundraiser that will benefit 112 students, imagine if 106 more parents were to participate in some way! It takes a village to raise the wonderful musicians that they are becoming. Please consider donating your time and efforts!

If you will be attending the dinner dance, please ensure your reservation with:

Christine Kollross cmkollross@yahoo.com (815) 557-6947
For monetary or product donation:
Nancy Timm nktimm@gmail.com (815) 545-9058
For ads:
Lorena Verdin-Singletary lpverdin@yahoo.com (815) 514-0744

Exciting things to come for our band family next year, we need your help to ensure that it's a success for these wonderful musicians now and the future years! 
With respect,

Nancy Timm
(815) 545-9058

 

Audition Music is Posted

Concert band members and current eighth graders may audition for our symphonic band.  Please visit tinyurl.com/jchsmusic to go directly to the information and music.

Big Band Dinner Dance...

is on April 21, and quickly approaching!  We are still accepting donations for this events.  If you need any information to give to someone at your workplace, or if you have someone in mind that may be interested in donating items or services, please let us know.  More information will be available soon regarding the event.

Calendar

Our calendar can be accessed by visiting clicking here : calendar page.  Please be sure to stay up on dates.

Updates and Reminders for the Week of 3/20/2017

This week:

  • Tue/21: Big Band, 6-8pm.
  • Thu/23: Band Officer and Section leader applications due; Jazz Lab, 3:30-5pm; Chicago Symphony Trip down payment due: $50.

Radio Disney/Give a Note/CMA Concert

Wow!  What an exciting night with the Joliet Central Band, Los 5, Radio Disney, the Give a Note Foundation, the Country Music Awards, and finally, the National Association for Music Education.  Phew!  

My sincerest thanks to all involved that day; Nancy Timm and Lorena Singletary put in a lot of work to ensure I was able to react to specifics from our guests that day - a HUGE thank you to them; all of our supporters that were able to attend and watch; finally, a big thank you to all of our students on preparing for this event, and dealing with a stressed out band director.  I appreciate all of you!

And now the fun part - I get to spend our $5000 grant on your kids!  We'll have some new items for the band coming in soon; stay tuned!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Trip

A letter was emailed/texted/facebooked to all regarding this.  In short, the $50 deposit is due Thursday, March 23 to reserve a spot.  All band students are encouraged to attend!  Please contact me at dstinson@jths.org for any questions.

Audition Music is Posted

Concert band members and current eighth graders may audition for our symphonic band.  Please visit tinyurl.com/jchsmusic to go directly to the information and music.

Big Band Dinner Dance...

is on April 21, and quickly approaching!  We are still accepting donations for this events.  If you need any information to give to someone at your workplace, or if you have someone in mind that may be interested in donating items or services, please let us know.  More information will be available soon regarding the event.

Calendar

Our calendar can be accessed by visiting clicking here : calendar page.  Please be sure to stay up on dates.

Band Letter Mailed

A band "end of the year" letter was mailed out to all band families.  If you did not receive this, please let me know.  For your convenience, you may also access the letter by clicking here.

That's all for this week - Spring Break soon!

 

Updates and Reminders for the Week of 3/6/2017

Updates:

  • Tue, 3/7: Big Band, 6-8pm. Band Parent Meeting: 7pm. 
  • Thu, 3/9: Jazz Lab, 3:30-4:30pm

UPCOMING CONCERTS (including Radio Disney)

  • Thu, 3/16: Chamber Concert: Select Students.  6pm, Student Center Galleria. 
  • Fri, 3/17: JCHS Band and Radio Disney Concert (all band students).
    • We are awaiting more info from Radio Disney, but right now, we are looking at a 6pm call time, 7pm concert, and 8pm meet and greet with the artist.
    • Radio Disney will make the announcement soon on who our guest artist will be

SYMPHONIC BAND: CHICAGOLAND INVITATIONAL CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL, APRIL 8, 2017

The Joliet Central Symphonic Band will perform at the Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival on April 8, 2017, hosted at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL.  As of right now, our preliminary performance time will be 5:15pm.  Call time and spectator information will be released soon!

CALENDAR AND STAYING CONNECTED

A reminder: our band calendar is located online at www.jolietcentralbands.org, under calendar.  The calendar is updated regularly - please stay informed and connected!

Updates and Reminders for the Week of 2/20/2017

Updates:

  • Tue, 2/21: SPC Honor Fest (Select Students). No big band.
    • Thu, 2/23: Jazz Lab, 3:30-5pm.
    • Sun, 2/26: Concert! 2pm call time, 3pm start.

PULLED PORK DINNER 

THANK YOU to Nancy Timm for organizing, and for any parents and family members that helped out!

BAND CONCERT

Our next major concert is Sunday, February 26, at 3pm (this date has changed from the original calendar published in August).  We will have performances by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and our special guests will be the District 86 Joliet All-City Band.  Our guest conductor for the afternoon will be Philip Clarke, JCHS Class of 1972.

Our call time will be 2pm.  Students should remember to bring black socks, bow tie, and all other necessary uniform materials.

CALENDAR AND STAYING CONNECTED

A reminder: our band calendar is located online at www.jolietcentralbands.org, under calendar.  The calendar is updated regularly - please stay informed and connected!

UPDATES AND REMINDERS FOR THE WEEK OF 2/12/2017

Updates:

  • Tue, 2/14: Big Band, 6:30-8:30pm
    • Thu, 2/16: Symphonic Band Recording Session, 6-9pm. NO JAZZ LAB TODAY.
    • Fri, 2/17: Symphonic Band intonation assessment, in class.
  • Sat, 2/18: Pep Band, 12:30pm call time, 1:30pm game start.
  • Sat, 2/18: Pulled Pork Fundraiser, 12-3:30pm.

SYMPHONIC BAND RECORDING SESSION

Symphonic Band students will be professionally recorded on Thursday, February 16, from 6-9pm.  This session is mandatory, as the success of our recording depends on every member!

PULLED PORK DINNER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Sign up to help with the pulled pork dinner by clicking on this link.

Sign up to help with the 50/50 Raffle by clicking on this link.

We need parent or family workers to ensure the success!  Additionally, we are asking freshmen and sophomore parents to bring in baked goods, and junior parents to bring in a case of water. These items can be delivered to the student center galleria on the day of the sale, February 18, at 10:00am.

Tickets were handed out in class.  Please see your student for tickets.  As a reminder, the sale is on February 18th, the same day as one of our games. More tickets can be obtained from Mr. Stinson in the band office.

Finally, five-pound bags will be available for $25.00 presale, and $30.00 at the door. For every five-pound bag sold, $5 will go to the student's trip account.

BAND CONCERT

Our next major concert is Sunday, February 26, at 3pm (this date has changed from the original calendar published in August).  We will have performances by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and our special guests will be the District 86 Joliet All-City Band.  Our guest conductor for the afternoon will be Philip Clarke, JCHS Class of 1972.

PEP BAND

Our final pep band basketball event is this Saturday.

Please click here for the pep band schedule.

CALENDAR AND STAYING CONNECTED

A reminder: our band calendar is located online at www.jolietcentralbands.org, under calendar.  The calendar is updated regularly - please stay informed and connected!

UPDATES AND REMINDERS FOR THE WEEK OF 2/6/2017

UPDATES AND REMINDERS FOR THE WEEK OF 2/6/2017

  • Tue, 2/7: Big Band, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Tue, 2/7: Band Parent Meeting, Library, 7:00pm.
  • Thu, 2/9: Jazz and Percussion Concert, 7:00pm.  5:30pm call time for Jazz Lab, 6:00pm call for big band. Percussion call time TBD.
  • Fri, 2/10: Pep Band Double Header and Alumni Pep Night. 4pm call, 5pm game start and 6:30pm game start.  Band Alumni Association is providing dinner this evening.  

PERCUSSION AND JAZZ CONCERT

Our percussion ensemble, big band, and jazz lab will present a concert on Thursday, February 9, at 7pm in the auditorium. Admission is free. Come on out and enjoy the music of some of our smaller ensembles!

SYMPHONIC BAND RECORDING SESSION

Symphonic Band students will be professionally recorded on Thursday, February 16, from 6-9pm.   This session is mandatory.

PULLED PORK DINNER TICKETS...

Were handed out in class.  Please see your student for tickets.  As a reminder, the sale is on February 18th, the same day as one of our games. More tickets can be obtained from Mr. Stinson in the band office.

BAND CONCERT

Our next major concert is Sunday, February 26, at 3pm (this date has changed from the original calendar published in August).  We will have performances by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and our special guests will be the District 86 Joliet All-City Band.  Our guest conductor for the afternoon will be Philip Clarke, JCHS Class of 1972.

PEP BAND

The Pep Band schedule has been posted on our band calendar since August; for ease of use, a sheet with all of the dates listed is supplied below.  Note: we will not be requiring students to purchase a polo or shirt for pep band; students may wear spirit wear and/or their marching band t-shirt.  

Please click here for the pep band schedule.

ALUMNI PEP NIGHT

The JTHS Band Alumni Association will be hosting its Alumni Pep Night on Friday, February 10. Pizza will be provided. More information soon, and if you know an alumni that would like to participate, please spread the word.

CALENDAR AND STAYING CONNECTED

A reminder: our band calendar is located online at www.jolietcentralbands.org, under calendar.  The calendar is updated regularly - please stay informed and connected!

Updates and Reminders for the Week of 1/30/2017

 

UPDATES AND REMINDERS FOR THE WEEK OF 1/30/2017

  • Tue, 1/31: Big Band, 7:30-8am (Freshmen excused)
  • Tue, 1/31: Pep Band, 5pm call time.
  • Wed, 2/1: Big Band, 7:30-8am (Freshmen excused)
  • Wed, 2/1: Big Band PERFORMANCE. Report to Rialto at 5pm with all equipment. Setup & dinner, performance from 6-8pm. Pick-up at Rialto.
  • Thu, 2/2: Jazz Lab, 3:30-5pm.
  • Thu, 2/2: Symphonic Band Clinic, 6-8pm, JCHS Band Room.
  • Sat, 2/4: District 86 Solo and Ensemble Contest: not required to attend, but D86 is looking for some volunteers if anyone is interested.

SYMPHONIC BAND REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Symphonic Band Clinic Rehearsal: February 2, 6-8pm, with Brian Covey, Director of Bands, Lockport High School. Symphonic Band students will be professionally recorded on Thursday, February 16, from 6-9pm.   This session is mandatory.

PERCUSSION AND JAZZ CONCERT

Our percussion ensemble, big band, and jazz lab will present a concert on Thursday, February 9, at 7pm in the auditorium. Admission is free. Come on out and enjoy the music of some of our smaller ensembles!

BAND CONCERT

Our next major concert is Sunday, February 26, at 3pm (this date has changed from the original calendar published in August).  We will have performances by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and our special guests will be the District 86 Joliet All-City Band.  Our guest conductor for the afternoon will be Philip Clarke, JCHS Class of 1972.

PEP BAND

The Pep Band schedule has been posted on our band calendar since August; for ease of use, a sheet with all of the dates listed is supplied below.  Note: we will not be requiring students to purchase a polo or shirt for pep band; students may wear spirit wear and/or their marching band t-shirt.  

Please click here for the pep band schedule.

ALUMNI PEP NIGHT

The JTHS Band Alumni Association will be hosting its Alumni Pep Night on Friday, February 10. Pizza will be provided. More information soon, and if you know an alumni that would like to participate, please spread the word.

CALENDAR AND STAYING CONNECTED

A reminder: our band calendar is located online at www.jolietcentralbands.org, under calendar.  The calendar is updated regularly - please stay informed and connected!