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!
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!
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.
CFHS Band Fam:
First, I want to wish you all a restful break next week. Parents, you should hear lots of practicing from your students as they prepare on their own for our concert which is rapidly approaching.
Second, if you are planning on traveling with the music department on our Performance Tour to New Orleans, please double check that your name is on the attached list. If you think are going on the trip, and your name isn't on the list, please get in touch with Ren right away.
In the next few days I will be going through the money turned in with today's 2nd Payment and your students will be receiving an updated statement in their email.
Finally, remember that the fruit order forms are due on the MONDAY we return from break. Hit your family up for some fruit around the Thanksgiving table.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Hello Music Families,
We have some delightful Winter Concerts to look forward to this season--and even a little snow to get you in the mood! Please consider helping out by ushering one of the concerts. Ushers primarily have to stuff and hand out programs, and then keep an eye on the door to make sure that people only enter and exit between songs. One usher will actually be posted in the hallway, to monitor the doors from there, but the other 4 will be able to watch the concerts. Follow the sign up link below. As always, thank you so much for all that you do to help our amazing music programs, bringing out the best in all of our kids.
Vice President, CFMA
Dear Music Parents,
We are in the last few days before the fabulous Supershow featuring our very own Harmonics, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! There are a few more volunteer slots to fill with concessions and later ushering, but we ESPECIALLY need help with donations of puppy chow and baked goods. I am told that these sweets are very popular and sell out fast. We are hosting a number of other area show choirs, and we want to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. Chi Hi has a great reputation of hosting events that are successful and where everyone feels welcome. Thank you to those of you already signed up-links are below!
Looking ahead to the following Saturday, we are still in need of a handful of parents to help to prepare food for the singers involved in Singing in Wisconsin.
Singing in Wisconsin link:
Vice President, CFMA
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