December 8th Concert – Jazz I, Bowmen, Concert, Wind Ensemble

Holiday Concert – Thursday, December 8th at 7:00pm. Come join us for an evening of music featuring our Jazz I Ensemble, Bowmen Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble in the Sherwood HS Performing Arts Center. Our bands will be performing several standard musical literature selections as well as a few festive holiday pieces throughout the course of our concert.

This concert will very full in two regards: 1) Most likely use every seat in the house will be used, and 2) We are playing for just a little bit longer than we did last year. The performance start promptly at 7:00pm (get your parking space early) and will be over at approx. 8:45pm.

All are welcome. We have an incredible amount of music worked up. This is one of the best shows in town and its free, please feel free to invite anyone who would enjoy live music of this nature. Admission is free for all!

Cookies & Refreshments will be served in the band room after the concert.

Sherwood HS Band Alumni – We would love to cordially invite you to this concert. We hope your collegiate and professional endeavors are going well and would like to see you if you are available.

Student Expectations:

  • Call time for students is 6:30pm. Call time means students should be walking in the door at that time.
  • Wear Concert Attire in Correct Manner
  • Be on time for warm up and use time efficiently.
  • When not warming up or cleaning up, you need to be in the PAC listening to bands.
  • Be an excellent audience member
  • After Concert:
    • Winds Need to Stack & Rack Chairs and pick up any garbage in auditorium.
    • Percussion Need to Pack up Percussion Items.
  • Make sure your concert attire is ready to go!

Thank you

Dear Band Students & Parents,  Today we met as a band this morning and talked about how we could support our music peers and band program at Newberg HS. Our Sherwood Band students made cards, signed a “Band Together” posterboard we created, and contributed money toward flowers. The amount of support that you all gave was awesome. After school, about 18 band members, along with myself, took about 75 cards and the Band Together” posterboard to the Newberg concert band class.

It was a very rewarding experience to see in person how our support was welcomed and received by the Newberg Band. To see the looks on some of their faces was enough to fill one’s heart. This afternoon I received messages from two band directors and a private lessons instructor sharing how much the gesture of support and solidarity meant to that program.

Sherwood’s “It’s All Arranged” has taken our donation money for flowers and is going to put together a very nice presentation to deliver to the Newberg HS Band on Monday. I made the decision to hold off on the flowers until Monday because in this way all of the band students can enjoy a beautiful floral display for the entirety of this coming week during all of their classes.  Thank you to everyone who chipped in.

Thank you again to everyone for taking the time to support our neighbors down the road. Please know that as much as I care about putting on amazing performances and learning notes, ultimately at the end of the day I am really just one of many cheerleaders in your life who wants to see you all grow up to make amazing contributions to humanity. We need every single one of you. You are the only you ,and what you have to offer the world is unique and important!

INSTRUMENT STEP-UP NIGHT – Tuesday, December 13th – BY APPOINTMENT 4:00-7:00PM

Instrument Step-up Letter to Parents

For the next two weeks, band students will have the opportunity to play on some advanced instruments  and take them home which are provided to us by Beacock’s Music. As an educator, I am excited about this because it will give your student a chance to see, hear, and feel what it is like to play on something other than a beginning instrument. Our students work hard to make good music and to bring a sense of pride and accomplishment to themselves and our band program. At this point in the year, many families are considering making the change from renting an instrument to owning their own, or considering the possibility of purchasing an upgraded instrument. If you and your student are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please read the attached letter. Appointments to meet with Beacock’s Music will be scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th from 4-7pm.

Interested in checking out a step-up instrument overnight? Submit the form & Talk in Mr. Stai if you are interested. Right now we have open-holed Yamaha Flutes, Buffet & Selmer Clarinets, Yamaha Alto Saxes, Allegro & Bach Trumpets, Allegro & Bach Trombones.

Basketball Band 2016-17

Our Sherwood HS Band Students will again be performing at the majority of boys & girls home league basketball games this year. This is another great opportunity for students to show off their music skills, contribute to our school culture, and earn points toward lettering in band.  It is fun music and a great environment to perform in!

Our Basketball Band will be performing at a total of 10 home games this year. We have signup sheets posted in the band room and I’ve asked each student to sign up for at least 5 different games. There will be a Performance Participation grade assigned to 5 basketball band performances by each student.

You’ll notice that this year there are two dates with double header games (1/31 & 2/7) . At the double header games there will be a band performing at each game, and a separate sign up sheet for each game is posted. Each of those games counts as one game, so participating in both games of a double header would count toward two different games (It is not recommended that brass players perform at both games at a double header due to endurance).

Basketball Band Games:

  • 12/13 – 6:45pm (Girls) vs. Tigard
  • 1/17 – 6:45pm (Boys) vs. Newberg
  • 1/27 – 6:45pm (Boys) vs. Tualatin
  • 1/31 – 5:45pm (Girls) vs. Canby
  • 1/31 – 7:15pm (Boys) vs. Canby
  • 2/3 – 6:45pm (Boys) vs. Tigard
  • 2/7 – 5:45pm (Girls) vs. Lakeridge
  • 2/7 – 7:15pm (Boys) vs. Lakeridge
  • 2/14 – 6:45pm (Girls) vs. St. Mary’s
  • 2/21 – 6:45pm (Girls) vs. Tualatin

Basketball Band Sign Ups:

  • Each Band Student needs to sign up for at least 5 basketball games to participate in.
  • Only sign up for games you can absolutely be at.
    • This helps leave space for others.
    • This helps us achieve a more balanced instrumentation.
  • You are more than welcome to come to more than 5 games, but write your name on the side or back of the paper (or just show up).
    • This helps leave sign up space for others looking to complete their 5 game minimum.

Basketball Band does the following:

  • Each game a student performs at helps students to achieve a letter in band.
  • Makes our bands that much more awesome.
  • Provides a fun musical atmosphere to SHS.

Wreath/Greenery Pickup – Wednesday, Nov. 30th 5:00-6:00pm

A quick reminder…if you turned in a wreath order, we can’t wait to see you on Wednesday, November 30th!  Wreaths and other greenery pick up is on Wednesday, November 30th from 5:00 – 6:00pm near the SHS band room door.  All students/band families who collected wreath and greenery orders need to pick up their orders at this time so they can make their deliveries right away.  If you can not make this pick up time, please make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to pick up your orders.  Thank you!

Also, if you are out shopping for a Christmas tree, please consider this fabulous tree farm!  Sherwood Bands receive 30% of the purchase price when you buy your fresh Christmas tree at Rooney Family Tree Farm!  Bring in the attached flier, or just mention Sherwood Bands…simple!!  This is a local, band alumni family.  Find the perfect Christmas tree and support the Band program at the same time!!  Details about the farm are included on the flier.  Happy tree hunting!!

ROONEY TREE FARM – Band Fundraiser

Sherwood Bands receive 30% of the purchase price when you buy your fresh Christmas tree at Rooney Family Tree Farm!  Bring in the attached flier, or just mention Sherwood Bands…simple!!  This is a local, band alumni family.  Find the perfect Christmas tree and support the Band program at the same time!!  Details about the farm are included on the flier.  Happy tree hunting!!
A quick reminder…if you turned in a wreath order, we can’t wait to see you on Wednesday, November 30th!  Wreaths and other greenery pick up is on Wednesday, November 30th from 5:00 – 6:00pm near the SHS band room door.  All students/band families who collected wreath and greenery orders need to pick up their orders at this time so they can make their deliveries right away.  Thank you!

SMB: TREE LIGHTING PARADE – SATURDAY, DEC. 3rd

Dear Marching Band Students & Parents, I hope everyone had a well deserved restful Thanksgiving week. The Sherwood Tree Lighting Parade is this Saturday, December 3rd. We will be wearing full uniform for the parade. Below is the itinerary for the afternoon. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Christmas Tree Lighting Parade – Saturday, December 3rd   

2:00pm – Call Time in SHS Band Room/Put on Uniform
2:35pm – Warmup
3:15 – Load Buses & Depart
3:35 – Arrive & Lineup
4:00 – Parade Begins
4:30 – Parade Over/Walk back to SHS
5:00 – Turn in Uniform/Cleanup
5:20 – Estimated Time Students will be excused