West Salem Jazz Festival Info – Saturday, February 7th

West Salem Jazz Festival – Saturday, February 7th   

6:30 – Call Time @ SHS
7:00 – Load Busses
7:15 – Depart from Sherwood
8:10 – Arrive
8:30 – Jazz I Warmup
9:00 – Jazz I Performance (Jazz II Observe)
10:00 – Jazz II Warmup
10:30 – Jazz II Performance (Jazz I Observe)
11:00 – Observe & Lunch – (They will have a good sized concessions operation at the festival for anyone interested in purchasing a lunch on site. OR Bring your own lunch).
Winter Percussion Members - Winter Percussion students will depart after the Jazz II performance. I’ve been advised that transportation should have been already coordinated between parents, students, and WP Staff & Parent Coordinators.
12:00 – Listen to Andy Martin in Concert!!!
12:45 – Awards
1:15 – Load Buses & Depart for Sherwood
2:15 – Arrive in Sherwood

Looking forward! This will be a fantastic experience! 



Come out to “Jazz Club Sherwood” here in the Performing Arts Center at SHS Wednesday Night at 7pm. We will have the Jason Palmer Jazz Trio in house. This ensemble will feature Jason Palmer on Drums, Randy Porter on Piano, and either Dave Captein or Andrea Niemiec on the bass.
Jazz I & Jazz II are opening up for this trio. We are performing our festival sets in preparation for our upcoming jazz festival in Salem. Performance starts at 7pm. Admission is Free. Find someone to bring!

April 16th-18th Band Retreat Info

Dear Band Parents & Students, Here are some more details regarding our coastal band retreat on April 16-18.

A few itinerary details – On April 16th we stop by the University of Oregon. We will be receiving a handful of music workshops from music faculty and graduate music students. On April 17th we have the privilege of working with Dr. Rodney Dorsey, the Director of Bands at the University of Oregon. Dr. Dorsey will travel to our hotel in Newport and rehearse with all three bands in the hotel conference room. On that same day we will spend time with Marine discovery tours which is a cruise out into the bay, see wildlife, tour wheelhouse and talk to captain. We will also spend time in old town and at various Museums: Wax Museum, Ripley’s believe it or not museum, and the Undersea Gardens Museum.

Cost & Payments: Total cost will be $200. First payment is due February 24th in the amount of $100. The second and final payment is due March 31st in the amount of $100.  Checks need to be made payable to Sherwood High School and handed directly to Debi Bear. Bring a receipt back and give directly to Mr. Stai. Students need to be paid in full by March 31st.

More details to follow when I have them. If interested in chaperoning, please contact our band booster president Lennae Bishop at shsbandboostersinfo@gmail.com. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!


Fox Flute Fest – Saturday, January 24th

Middle School & High School Flute Players – Check out Sophia Tegart’s Fox Flute Fest held at George Fox University on Saturday, January 24th.Admission $5 for the whole day & the recital

10:00am Registration Begins
11:00am GFU Flute Studio Welcome Recital
12:00pm Tone/Warm-up Session
1:00pm Master Class with Dr. Krista Jobson
Ariel Flach- Bach
Nikki Boylan- Mozart
Claire Potmesil- Gaubert
Lauren Anderson- Taktakishvili
Lauren Timmons- Hue
3:45pm Flute Choir Reading Session
5:00pm Guest Recital with Krista Jobson, flute & Jennifer Garrett, piano
Bach, Dutilleux, Jolivet, Chen, Ran, Reich

For more information contact Sophia Tegart, stegart@georgefox.edu or go to

Dr. Krista Jobson, flutist, enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. A frequent guest artist and masterclass clinician, Dr. Jobson has performed and given masterclasses at universities and schools in AL, CA, CO, FL, GA, KS, KY, MA, MO, SC, TN, and also in Germany, Japan, France, and Mexico. She has presented at the Florida Flute Fair and at the College Music Society Great Plains Regional Conference.


Jason Palmer Trio & Jazz Bands Perform Wednesday, January 28th at 7:00pm at SHS

Don’t want to drive all the way to Portland to hear a professional jazz trio? Not able to hit the jazz club on a school night? Come check out the Jason Palmer Jazz Trio on Wednesday, January 28th at 7pm here in the SHS Performing Arts Center. This ensemble will feature Jason Palmer on Drums, Randy Porter on Piano, and either Dave Captein or Andrea Niemiec on the bass. This is the best jazz group to come to Sherwood since…

Also, Jazz I & Jazz II are opening up for this trio. We are performing our festival sets in preparation for our upcoming jazz festival in Salem.

Performance starts at 7pm. Admission is Free. Find someone to bring!



OMEA District 14 Solo & Ensemble Festival Saturday, March 7th @ West Linn High School

This is an annual festival offered to HS & MS band student musicians in our area. Students are encouraged to prepare either a solo piece with accompaniment or to participate in a small ensemble (duet, trio, etc.) and perform in front of a small audience and adjudicator. This adjudicator writes comments in regards to the quality of performance and also gives constructive feedback for our students. Anyone who has gone through this process will testify that you grow exponentially as a musician when you prepare and perform a solo piece of music. The performing experience coupled with the constructive feedback of a professional adjudicator is a priceless experience for our young musicians who are looking for a challenge and to push themselves beyond the average day of music class. Students who place at the top of their instrument will go on to perform at the OSAA state solo contest.

Wind Ensemble members are expected to participate in this event. Concert or Bowmen band members interested in auditioning for Wind Ensemble next year should participate in this event.

OMEA Solo & Ensemble Participants – Sign up on Clipboard in Band Room & Get These Items to Mr. Stai by February 4th 

  • Name(s) performing in solo or ensemble
  • What you are playing (Either a solo, duet, trio, etc.)
  • Accompanist Name (if using accompanist)
  • Money – $10 check payable to SHS – Give to Debi Bear and bring Receipt back to Mr. Stai
    • Individual Solo – $10
    • Small Ensemble – $10 per ensemble (A Duet would pay $5 each, a trio $3.33 each, a quartet $2.50 each, etc.)

Help get people involved in this great activity! Our band program grows exponentially when our musicians participate in solo & ensemble! 



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