Good morning CFHS Band Fam!
Even though it seems very (very) early, we need to start thinking and preparing for auditions for NEXT school year. The process will look a little different, and we wanted to get this information to you very (very) early.
We won't be having what you might consider "traditional" auditions. There will be no etudes, no recording of scales, no videos to submit. Instead, the work you do all year on your summatives will be used collectively to create an audition portfolio.
As an example: if you are interested in being in jazz band next year, you will indicate that on your registration. We then will collect all of the evidence you have submitted throughout the year and evaluate your portfolio. This can include summatives, performances, Solo & Ensemble, small ensembles, and more.
Auditions help you register for the correct ensemble where you will learn the most, where you will be challenged appropriately, and where you will be the most successful. Current auditioned ensembles in the CFHS band program include Wind Ensemble, Jazz 1, and the musical's Pit Orchestra.
If you have any questions, let us know!
Ren & Ole
The soloist falls...
Just wanted to pass along some information about Marching Band. We will be having Marching Band Camp this coming week. Camp will be 8:00-noon, Monday, August 17, through Friday, August 21. This camp will be for all band students including the freshman class. Most of our time will be spent on music, so all students can be involved.
Because of the numerous changes that have occurred due to our unique situation this year, we have decided to not share much about our season until we had as much information as we could before Camp. Here is what we know now. Football will be having a fall season, but for everyone’s safety, the games are being limited to the football players and their immediate family. That means that we will not be performing at the Friday night football games. The state Marching Band competition has been cancelled for 2020. Because of this, most of the local competitions have been cancelled or postponed. With this and bus transportation being very difficult right now, we have decided to not attend any marching band competitions this season. We know that this is not what many of you wanted to hear, especially the Seniors, but unfortunately, those are the cards we have been dealt.
So, what are we going to do this year. Well…….we would like to keep that a secret until Monday. All music will be handed out at Camp. We are going to have Marching Band, but it will be a little different for Chippewa Falls High School. If you have read the school district’s plan for reopening school, band will be outside as much as possible, so we might as well have Marching Band. We guarantee that the students will have fun and we think that it will be something that many of the students have wanted to do for a while.
For Camp, we are going to follow the same guidelines as we did in our rehearsals in July. We are including a copy of the guidelines in this email. Some of the things that we would like to remind everyone of is:
All students and instructors must wear a mask
Please stay in your vehicle until Camp starts
Keep instrument cases in your vehicle
Please follow social distancing policies
Fill your water bottles at home
Students may use the restrooms in the Stadium
If you have any questions, please contact us. You can also check the CFHS band website for answers. It will be a fun week! Looking forward to seeing all of you again.
Marching Band Guidelines
CFHS Band website
Reopening Our Schools document
Ren and Ole
CFHS Band Fam!
This message is for all students in the CFHS band program, grades 9-12. Some of this information might not pertain to you but please read it completely so that you don't miss any important details that do impact your participation.
You should have gotten an email from the high school about tonight's virtual code meeting and subsequent team meetings.
To clarify, as in the past few years, there will be no 'official' marching band team meeting. Olson and I, however, will be available for a question and answer session for anyone who logs in. If you are involved in a fall sport or competitive activity, you should go to that virtual meeting instead of the band Q&A session. If you have a question but aren't able to attend, you can always email us!
Our summer rehearsal for Wednesday, July 29 at 6pm in the high school parking lot is still happening. See you there!
We had a meeting yesterday with Mr. Thompson (CFHS Activities Director) and the school and band program have been collaborating with the Chippewa County Health Department, the Western Wisconsin Marching Band Circuit, the Big Rivers Band Directors Association, and the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA). We have learned that at least initially at the start of the school year the band will not be performing at halftime of football games.
We are waiting to hear the results of a vote by the WSMA Board of Directors on what the State Marching Band Championships might look like. A few of the shows in our Western Wisconsin Circuit are either still happening, or have been postponed to October.
We will still have marching band. We will still have camp, learn music and drill, and we will still perform. It might not look the way we were expecting, but this band is nothing if not flexible - we have been stranded in the McDonald's parking lot too often to not be able to roll with the punches.
The current plan looks like this:
Does this leave you with questions? I bet it does! We are thinking of new questions every day and slowly creating answers. If you have fresh ideas we are interested in hearing them. If you have questions that come to mind right now, you can either email them to us or join us for the marching band Q&A session this evening - the link was sent to you from the high school activities office.
Looking forward to making this coming year a memorable one. New traditions will be forged and a new trail will be blazed. At the end of the day - we are going to have a LOT of fun!
Ren and Ole
Good morning CFHS Band Fam!
A reminder that this Wednesday (tomorrow) at 6pm in the high school parking lot is rehearsal for battery. Students will be sizing harnesses and picking up equipment. Please wear a mask. If you are unable to wear a mask, let one of the directors know and we will arrange a different time for you to pick up your equipment.
Be sure to check out the band website blog for a few recent posts about the schedule, drum majoring, and more.
This post in particular: http://www.cfhsbands.org/blog/the-elephant-in-the-room
As plans and recommendations change, we will adapt to ensure that we are rehearsing and performing safely.
Hello CFHS Band family!
Welcome to high school band! We are glad to have you continuing your musical journey with the incredible tradition of music at Chippewa Falls High School.
There are many questions about what this fall might look like - for now in the band program we are preparing for 'business as usual'. We wanted to share a few bits of information with you now, and then we will have updates later as more decisions are made and we know more about what we are working with.
First, if you haven't found your way over to the website yet, you should visit www.cfhsbands.org. This is a great resource with lots of information for band families.
Be sure to check out the calendar and look at the dates for band camp in August - while this isn't required of freshmen and students in the Varsity Band, you are more than welcome to join us! We'd love to see you and it is a great way to ease back into the swing of things in a fun and relaxed setting.
Speaking of band camp - we have had a few freshmen students inquire about joining the competitive Marching Cardinals. We are glad that you are excited! Because of the logistics that go into this, we would need around ten freshmen students interested in joining the competitive marching band to be able to accommodate something like this. If this describes you, please email Mr. Renneke right away (email@example.com) - we need to hear from you by Monday, July 6 - and let him know you are interested.
Otherwise, we hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer and that you get a chance to play your instrument now and then! In the meantime, if you have any questions about high school in general or band specifically, please know that you are now the newest members of the CFHS Band Family, and we are here to help out in anyway that we can. I know that the future is a little murky with uncertainty right now, but we will figure it out as we go - together!
If we can be of service in any way, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Michael Renneke & Eric Olson, CFHS Instrumental Music
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Students interested in auditioning for a Drum Major position for next season should be prepared to make a video of themselves conducting a short one-minute section of the 2020 opener. You can find the audio file that you will be conducting along with here.
The video should show all of your arms and face and most of your body. You only will be recording yourself conducting to a one-minute excerpt - while we would suggest either the beginning or the end, you can pick your favorite one-minute chunk.
Please share your finished video file with BOTH Mr. Renneke (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mr. Olson (email@example.com).
Given the unique nature of our previous spring semester, the marching staff will be reviewing the submitted recordings and selecting drum majors from the pool of applicants.
If you have any questions, please let us know!
Hello CFHS Band family,
Well, it is June 25th and I’m sure the question that everyone has is - are we going to have Marching Band this year? That is a great question! Unfortunately Mr. Renneke and I cannot give you a definite answer at this time. There are some questions being answered, but we are still waiting for other answers. As soon as we have those answers, we will get them to you right away.
So for now, we are going to plan for rehearsals to go ahead as normal. If we have to change this schedule, it will be easier than trying to add things at the last minute. We are attaching a schedule for July and August with rehearsal days and times. We are also attaching a list of areas in the show music that we would like you to work on and what we will be focusing on in July. There is also a link to the band website where you can find your show music.
These summer rehearsals are for students in grades 10-12 who are in the competitive Marching Cardinals.
📅 July/August Calendar
📋 Sections to Prepare
📁 Show Music
Please let us know if you have any questions!
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