Now that we have started a new semester, I wanted to give you some updates on upcoming events. Please take a moment to read through this information that for both the MS and HS orchestras.
The Pampered Chef fundraiser ended Feb. 1. Orders are being processed.
Our third and final fundraiser for our Chicago trip will take place on Feb 25. It is a mattress sale through Custom Fundraising Solutions (CFS). Details about this fundraiser will come out this week.
Chicago Trip Chaperone Meeting
There will be a Chicago chaperone meeting on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00pm in the middle school band room. We will go over rooming assignments for chaperones and expectations for the trip.
Pre-Festival Concert will take place on Feb 21 at 7:00pm at the Middle School. Each orchestra will be performing the three selections they are preparing for MSBOA Festival on March 1st . Students may leave after they are finished with their portion of the concert. However, if they stay to hear the Encore Strings, they will receive a free practice card (extra credit).
MSBOA Festival will take place on March 1st at East Lansing High School. After their on-stage performance, the orchestras will head to the band room to participate in the sight-reading portion of the festival. Parents are highly encouraged to attend both the performance and the sight-reading portion. Performance times are:
MSBOA Festival, Thursday March 1st @ELHS
7th Grade Orchestra 9:20am performance time
8th Grade Orchestra 10:50am performance time
The students will travel by bus to the High School. More detailed information will come out soon.
The 6th-8th grade orchestras have another concert on March 14th at 7:00pm at the Middle School.
Our 4th annual Mattress Fundraiser will take place on Feb 25. This fundraiser is being organized by Custom Fundraising Solutions (CFS). Details on this fundraiser will come out this week.
Encore Strings: Monday, February 19th from 11:00am-12:30pm @ ELHS
Symphonic Orchestra: Saturday, February 24th 1:00-2:30pm @ELHS
The Encore Strings pre-festival concert will take place Wednesday, Feb 21st at the Middle School, 8:00pm. They will be working with a guest clinician (20-25 minutes) immediately following their performance.
The Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras Pre-festival concert will take place on Thursday, Feb 22nd at the high school starting at 6:30pm. The order of ensembles will be:
6:30pm Concert Band
7:00pm Symphonic Orchestra
7:35pm Symphonic Band
8:00pm Chamber Orchestra
8:30pm Wind Ensemble
Students may leave once they have completed their portion of the concert.
The MSBOA festival will take place on Thursday, March 1st at East Lansing and Friday, March 2nd at Charlotte High School. Here are our days, times, and locations:
Thursday March 1st @ East Lansing High School
1:30pm Chamber Orchestra
Friday March 2nd @ Charlotte High School
6:40pm Encore Strings
8:35pm Symphonic Orchestra
Encore and Symphonic will travel by bus to Charlotte High School. I anticipate the buses leaving around 5:00pm and returning to ELHS between 10-10:15pm. I am still working out details for Friday night. Students may also leave from the festival with their parents/guardians with a signed travel waiver.
Thank you for your continued support of the orchestra program in East Lansing.