SHS BAND January Newsletter

Swingin with Spaghetti Fundraiser – Saturday, February 22nd 6:00 p.m. – SHS Commons – Tickets $10 – It is our fun Swingin’ with Spaghetti Fundraiser. This is a fundraiser that raises money for our entire band program and therefore involves every band member in our SHS band program. Jazz Musicians will be performing and other student musicians will be serving food. Also, tickets will be handed out in class to each student to sell to friends and family in advance.

Parents & Band Supporters, we need you to bring friends who enjoy the fun jazz venue, a good meal, and will load up their wallet before they come and empty it before they leave. There is a great silent auction and lots of things to bid on. Please help us network so we can sell more tickets and get more people involved with this event. Thank you!  

All money generated from this event helps our entire band program. This is a Band Program fundraiser, not a jazz band fundraiser.

SHS Solo & Ensemble Recital Night Wednesday, February 26th 6:00 p.m. – All Bowmen Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble members will be performing a solo or ensemble piece at this event. This will be a long event with a couple of well-placed intermissions so that audience members can arrive and depart at a time more convenient for the student(s) they wish to hear perform. It will be a great evening with lots of student prepared music.

If you would like to take your solo & ensemble piece to the next level, read the information about the OMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival below.

Need a Piano Accompanist for a Solo? Contact Mr. Stai for a list of names.


OMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival Saturday, March 1st @ West Linn High School – This is an annual festival offered to 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 – Get These Items to Mr. Stai by February 3rd

  • Name(s) performing in solo or ensemble
  • What you are playing (Either a solo, duet, trio, etc.)
  • Accompanist Name (if using accompanist)
  • Money – please make check payable to SHS

o   Individual Solo – $10

o   Small Ensemble – $10 per ensemble (A Duet would pay $5 each, a trio $3.33 each, a quartet $2.50 each, etc.)

District Band Festival Date has been changed to Wednesday, March 19th – This is a districtwide band event and all concert bands at all grade levels will be featured, FUN! It will be held in the SHS gym at 7pm.

Reminder – Basketball Band – Our band & drumline will be sharing the performing spotlight at boys & girls home basketball games this year. This is another great opportunity for students to develop their music skills, add to our school culture, earn points toward lettering in band, and it’s fun music and a fun environment to perform in!

Our pep band will be performing at 13 games, and our drumline will be performing at 4 games. We have signup sheets posted in the band room and I’ve asked each student to sign up for at least 6 different games. Below is a list of remaining home game dates (these dates are also located on the band calendar online):

Remaining Pep Band Games: 1/14, 1/17, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/20, 2/25

Drumline Games: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14

Basketball Game Day Itinerary:

5:45pm – Call Time/Rehearsal/Setup

7:15pm – Game Starts

9:00pm – Finished/Packup/Go Home

Jazz Band Dates

Jazz Band Members, we are looking at performing on the following dates. It’s always great to have parent chaperones come along with us or for parents who want to drive to some of these performances and be a part of the audience and take pictures.  More dates to come when I have them.

February 8th – West Salem Jazz Festival, West Salem High School – Time TBD
February 22nd – Swingin with Spaghetti, SHS Commons – 6pm