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
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!
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.
This blog is intended to serve as a collection of announcements and information for current students and their families.