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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 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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We have setup a few different Google Meets this week with the different sections to talk about band, summer rehearsals, the fall season, and more. If you have questions or ideas, this is a great time to share them. We hope to see you at your Google Meet!
If you aren't able to meet with your section, you can certainly jump in at a different time that works for you - but it would be best if you were with you section.
Percussionists, remember your audition videos are due on Friday!
This is the second year that the Memorial Day parade and ceremony has been cancelled, either due to weather or a global pandemic. The Chippewa Falls band directors got together to record Brian Sadler's brass quintet arrangement of "America the Beautiful". If you haven't heard it yet, take a moment today to listen. Ignore the fracked French horn note and spend time remembering in gratitude all those who have died in service to their country.
November 11, 2019
All music students report directly to the music department at the beginning of the day. Do not go to your first hour class.
The band will be setup in the gym in the same area as we play for assemblies. Next to the band will be all choir students. It is important that we are in the gym right away in the morning so that the freshmen class doesn't spread over into our area. The band needs to be completely in the bleachers.
We will be performing only the National Anthem.
We are not wearing uniforms and you don't need to wear concert black. This is a community performance, so do dress appropriately - but there is no particular dress code.
Dear Music Parents,
We are in DESPERATE NEED OF CONCESSIONS HELP, PUPPY CHOW AND BAKED GOODS for next week's Supershow. We are hosting multiple area schools, and our show choirs are getting ready to strut their stuff for the first time this season. We appreciate your generous donations. Our concessions stand at Chi-Hi is very popular, so we are looking to have people purchase their dinner/snacks from us rather than going out between shows. ANYTHING YOU CAN OFFER IS APPRECIATED
!In addition, CHI Hi Music will be hosting Singing in Wisconsin the following weekend, on November 9. We are just looking for a few shifts of individuals to set up and serve food for the singers, in our own cafeteria. Look for that sign-up below as well. Once again, thank you for all that you do to support our music students and staff!
Vice President, CFMA
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!
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!
This blog is intended to serve as a collection of announcements and information for current students and their families.