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!
Butter Braids are one of the easiest things that the band sells each year - they taste AMAZING and are so easy to make. Kristin and I always keeps a few in the freezer "just in case" we have family or friends stop by and need a sweet treat to share.
The fundraiser officially kicked off on Tuesday, March 12.
You can sell Butter Braids from now until March 26 when the orders need to be turned in to Mr. Renneke.
Butter Braids are delivered on April 18, which is now a full day of school (used to be an Early Release) - be sure to pick them up before you leave! They arrive frozen, so you will need to make arrangements to bring them home; you don't want them to thaw and explode in the car!
Your profits from the Butter Braid fundraiser can be used towards next year's band fee, the music department trip in 2021, purchasing music for solo & ensemble, buying reeds, etc.
If you have any questions, please see Mr. Renneke.
Who do I sell Butter Braids to?
Everyone loves Butter Braids. A good starting place of people to get in touch with is your family, friends, and neighbors - but don't forget about other people in your life!
All students interested in auditioning for the Wind Ensemble for next school year will submit a video audition.
A few of the positive reasons we are using video auditions:
With all of the snow days, we weren't able to establish a consistent audition timeline, so this is out next best option.
All video auditions must be submitted to Mr. Renneke no later than Wednesday, March 20. Please be aware that this is in the middle of spring break.
Any auditions that are time-stamped after March 20 will not be considered.
Video Audition Requirements
As part of the constant improvement of the Chippewa Falls High School band program, the Leadership Team has been having conversations around the student leader selection process, organization and structure, and the overall format of our Leadership Team.
In order to roll out these proposed changes and gather feedback, there will be Leadership Team meeting during Prime Time on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
There are two documents being posted here for you to review before the meeting next week.
Leadership Team Selection Process
Leadership Team Roles & Responsibilities
Any interested student is welcome to join us - whether you have been involved in the Leadership Team in the past, are interested in applying for a leadership role, or land somewhere in between.
Yes, really, we are talking about graduation already.
11 - Butter Braid sales start
18-22 - Spring Break
26 - Butter Braid orders due
28 - Special Olympics Pep Band (Cops Basketball Game)
30 - Percussion Camp III (Auditions)/ Color Guard Open Rehearsal
6 - District Solo & Ensemble Festival (@ EC Memorial)
13 - Percussion Camp IV/Winds Open Rehearsal
18 - Butter Braid delivery day!
3 - Encore! (Symphonic Band only)
11 - Percussion Camp V/Winds Open Rehearsal
13 - Spring Band Concerts & Awards
27 - Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
9 - Graduation (Symphonic Band only)
10-14 - Clearwater Percussion Camp (@ UWEC)
7 - DCI Minnesota (Optional band trip)
5-9 - Band Camp I
10 - Pure Water Days Parade
19-23 - Band Camp II
We are looking forward to our upcoming Percussion Camp on Saturday, February 23! This will be the final camp before auditions in March. This is a great opportunity for you to practice technique and get final feedback before auditions.
Percussion Camp II Schedule
Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ CFHS Band Room
Good morning CFHS Band Fam!
The day has arrived - fruit delivery! I know you have been anxiously watching this day approach on your calendar just as I have - it is it's own mini holiday!
We are hoping to organize pick-up a little differently this year to both help keep things moving slowly and to cut down on pick-up errors.
We suggest the following timing for order pick-up:
3:00 pm: Anyone with $500 or more in sales
3:30 pm: Students with 1-2 boxes (or a few more if riding the bus)
4:00 pm: Last names A-L
4:30 pm: Last names M-Z
If 4:00 pm works for you but your last name is Renneke, we won't turn you away. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding as you pick-up your fruit. We could still use a few more volunteers to help confirm orders.
The money is due Wednesday, December 19th and checks should be made out to CFHS.
"Concert dress" is the term used to describe what to wear for a particular performance.
For football games and marching competitions, our concert dress is our marching band uniform.
For our more formal concert performances in the auditorium, our concert dress is what we in the music department lovingly call "concert black".
We ask students to wear all black, formal clothing. That means black dress pants and a black dress shirt. It might also mean an appropriate-length black dress, or a nice black sweater with no writing. Black jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt would not be appropriate for the formal nature of our concert performances.
Things to Consider:
Examples of Appropriate Concert Black:
Examples of Inappropriate Concert Black:
"... the best atmosphere in the Big Rivers Conference."
-- 103.1 WOGO Radio
Students receive 2 points per game towards earning a letter in band. Attendance at basketball pep band is encouraged as we support our teams and provide an incredible atmosphere for home games.
All of the games on this schedule start at 7:15pm. Pay attention to announcements at school and in class for changes to this schedule.
Playoff games will be determined as they arise.
This blog is intended to serve as a collection of announcements and information for current students and their families.