In the early morning hours of October 16, 2005 a bus filled with Chippewa Falls Marching Cardinals returning from a competition in Whitewater crashed into an overturned semi on I-94 near Osseo, killing five passengers, including band director Doug Greenhalgh.
Greenhalgh, 48, his wife Therese, 51, and their 11-year-old granddaughter Morgan Greenhalgh were killed in the crash along with 78-year-old bus driver Paul Rasmus. Also killed was 24-year-old band student teacher from UW-Eau Claire, Branden Atherton, who worked with Chi-Hi’s marching band program the previous two summers.
Thirty others were injured, with 24 being transported to regional hospitals by ground ambulances and six being airlifted by helicopter. Injuries ranged from serious to non-life-threatening.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, the Greenhalgh Memorial Music Endowment (GMME) was formed through the Community Foundation of Chippewa County. The GMME to date has raised around $200,000 to support music activities at the high school.
I'd like to invite you to join us for the 6th Annual GMME Celebration of Music at Lake Wissota Golf on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6pm. A $20 ticket supports the GMME fund, and you get an amazing evening of food, great music, prizes, and a chance to come together to remember, honor, and support.
You can find our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/666612160490188/
You can buy tickets online: https://cfhs.ludus.com/show_page.php?show_id=5474
There are many local musicians joining together to provide an evening of music, including our very own Chi Hi Jazz 1.
Good morning CFHS Band Fam!
Like we previously mentioned, volunteer opportunities for Music Along the Chippewa (our home marching show) would be coming in a separate email. THIS IS THAT EMAIL!
You can volunteer to sell concessions, take tickets, donate food, work the gate, and more!
See the below message from the Chippewa Falls Music Association (CFMA):
Dear Music Parents:
Please consider signing up to support our Marching Band Home Show on October 5. This is one of our biggest fundraisers, and one where we need help from all music parents. Maybe you would like to attend this amazing event, but can volunteer for a few hours while you are there. There are jobs needed to be filled to work in the stands, in concessions, or behind the scenes. Maybe you would like to donate food or other items. If you click on the link, or copy and paste the link below, it will take you to the sign up. We appreciate anything that you can do to support our students and their directors. Remember, all CFMA money gets divided evenly between band, choir and orchestra at the end of the year. Thank you for your support!
Sherry Friedel, Vice President
Hello CFHS Band Fam!
I'm looking forward to getting back to our Wednesday Summer Band rehearsals, tonight at 5:00pm!
Each summer they clean out the music department, and that is currently underway.
Because of this, we MAY not have access to the band room, depending on whether they have started waxing the floors or not.
Tonight's rehearsal will be outside and we will be working on marching fundamentals!
Be sure to bring the following:
Let me know if you have any questions! I'm very excited to get back to work!
Each summer the CFHS band offers a number of enrichment rehearsals to help prepare for our fall marching show. We rehearse in large groups for an hour (winds, percussion, guard) and then come together for 30 minutes to showcase what each group worked on and to put it all together! Then, we wrap up the evening with some pretty amazing, fun activities!
Review the conducting videos in the shared Google Folder.
Rank the candidates based only on their conducting ability using this form. Be sure to rank each candidate only once, or your feedback will be discarded.
For this feedback form, consider 1st to be "best', 2nd to be "second best", etc.
Your feedback will be used to advise any final decisions.
This information was shared with students in class over the last few weeks.
High school students will be wearing their uniforms. You will need your white uniform shirt and black socks and shoes!
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
9:15am Meet at BMO Bank/Central Lutheran parking lot
10:00am Parade line-up
10:15am Parade step-off
~10:45am Parade end
The parade “ends” in Irvine Park.
Parking in the pool lot would be smart.
~11:00am Ceremony begins in Irvine Park. Only the Symphonic Band plays for the ceremony. Varsity Band is dismissed at the end of the parade, or can stick around to play kickball/Big Base afterwards.
~11:15am Ceremony ends
~11:30am Big Base/Kickball
With the month of May right around the corner, it might be helpful to review the upcoming events on the band calendar before the end of the year gets too crazy!
Do you have your ENCORE! tickets yet?
What: The Chippewa Falls Music Association's 2nd annual fundraising event, ENCORE! will feature performances by the Chi-Hi Music Department. This will be the one and only event of the year where you can see the best of Chi-Hi band, choir and orchestra from 2018-2019, all in one concert.
Who: Cardinal Choir, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band I, 12th Grade Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Wire Choir, Harmonics and also selected student spotlights will perform.
When: ENCORE! will take place Friday, May 3rd, at 7PM in the Chi-Hi Auditorium.
How to order: Reserved ticket seating is $10 and can be ordered at https://cfhs.ludus.com or by calling the Chi-Hi Box Office at 715-726-2406 ext 2409.
New: This year we will also have a Main Street Pie Social, starting at 6PM in the Chi-Hi Cafeteria. Come enjoy some pie and extra music!
Hurry!: There are only 300 tickets left, so order soon!
THANK YOU!: All proceeds will support the Band, Choir and Orchestra programs at Chi-Hi. We look forward to seeing you at ENCORE!
A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to all of the percussion students who were able to attend the percussion camps this winter. This new addition to our process was an important element that will only serve to improve the growth of our student musicians. Below are the results of the auditions. We spent several hours going over the results and considering the work, ability, and achievement level of all students as we put this line together. We are confident that this setup will advance the performance level of the group while also providing students with the best opportunity for individual growth.
Note for mallet parts - many of the parts are doubled. Playing Part 1 or Part 2 is not a reflection of your ability, but a decision made for balance. We need strong players across all parts.
If you have questions or see an error, please get in touch with Mr. Renneke at the high school.
Lily Spooner (1)
Griffin Brandt (2)
Orion Way (3)
Sam Anderl (4)
Luke Hodgson (5)
Perc 2/Perc 3
This blog is intended to serve as a collection of announcements and information for current students and their families.