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Erica von Kleist  @ GFU – January 26 7:30pm

Dear Music Educators, Musicians, and Jazz Fans,

Erica von Kleist is coming to Oregon! A graduate of Julliard, von Kleist has performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Chris Potter, Sean Jones, and many more!
The George Fox University Jazz Ensemble is performing in concert with Erica von Kleist for our annual Evening of Jazz concert on January 26 at 7:30pm in Bauman Auditorium on the Newberg Campus (414 N. Meridian St.). Tickets are $12 general/ $8 students and alumni/$6 seniors, and can be purchased at the door or in advance HERE.

Eric von Kleist will also be presenting a free public masterclass at 5:30pm on Friday, January 25 in the Ross Building, Room 208, GFU Newberg Campus. Middle school and high school students who attend the masterclass will receive a FREE TICKET voucher for the Saturday evening concert!

Please pass along this information to your students and encourage them to attend!


Nathanael Ankeny
Jazz Ensemble Director

George Fox University Music Department



Congratulations to Ryan Filinger-Palotay, for being the co-winner of the Oregon State Music Composition Contest. Ryan’s composition “Hymn to a Rising Dawn” was selected out of several compositions from across the state and will be recognized at the Oregon Music Educator’s Convention in February.

Swingin’ Info Part Two

March 2, 2019 join us for the biggest fundraiser of the year and support our very own award winning Sherwood Band Program.  Same tradition, new location.  The Oregon Golf Club in West Linn (only 20 minutes away) will be the venue for Swingin The Green featuring the Sherwood Jazz Bands.

o   Laurel Ridge Middle School

o   Sherwood Middle School

o   Sherwood High School Jazz 2

o   Sherwood High School Jazz 1

Enjoy an evening of dinner, cocktails, silent auction, and amazing entertainment.  Consider reserving your private table for 10 and spend a memorable night with family and friends.  A lovely sit down dinner will be served by the Oregon Golf Club staff.  Food will also be provided for our student performers.

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for your private table to seat 10.  Pricing will be between $800 and $1,100 per table.  Tickets will be available for individual seating starting January 1  for $75 each.  Seating is limited, purchase your ticket early to reserve your seat a the table of your choosing.  Light cocktail attire.


swingin' the green 2019

Class Announcements

Announcements – 1/3
1 Welcome back! Thank you to those who did community performances over break.
2 Basketball Band: Next Game is Friday, January 5
3 Solo & Ensemble: If you need an accompanist, reserve one now (there are some options online). Make sure they know the performance schedule:

·    Wednesday, February 27 (Recital) & Saturday, March 2nd (West Linn HS)

4 Remember to Respect Guests & Music Area Spaces #thesherwoodway
5 Playing Proficiency #5 – Due Monday, January 14

·    Email:

·    Subject: Name – Playing Proficiency #

Late Proficiencies or Do-Overs must be made up by next proficiency due date.

6 This Sunday at 3:00pm in Corvallis at the LaSelle Stewart Center – Clocktower Wind Orchestra – Directed by Chris Chapman.

A message from our Booster President

Good Evening Band Families –

I want to take a moment to fill you in on the “state of affairs” for the Boosters. I am excited for our upcoming fundraiser “Swingin’ the Green. It is the same amazing entertainment by our middle school and high school Jazz bands, but we are taking away all parent volunteer hours by changing the venue and having it be a catered event. We were too big for the high school to continue our tradition there. That is a minor reason we have chosen to leave the high school. Another reason, (we have been considering this for over 5 years, and doing research to determine what will be most successful) is that we would like to make this fundraiser more profitable. If we can be successful at this, we can eliminate the labor intensive and busier fundraisers we have multiple times a year (i.e. can drives). I guess what I am trying to say is I am trying to simplify our fundraising efforts so that we are not asking for money from you every month of the year. I would also like to see the boosters get in a position where we can possibly lower fees for extracurricular activities and/or offer more substantial scholarships for band kids. With this new look at the Auction/Fundraiser, we can get to that point in the near future. As with any change, it will take some getting used to, but I know this event will be one that will only improve as we continue each year. It will become a tradition that businesses and community members will look forward to participating in each year. I am listing our annual budget for the boosters so that you can see that we have to work really hard to make the money to keep all the amazing band programs running here in Sherwood.

I am going to send out our informational flyer and link for Swingin’ the Green in an email to follow this one. Please take the time to register to go to this event. Currently only full tables are being sold. Starting in January, we will open up the tables for individual tickets to be purchased. You will have the opportunity to choose which table you would like to sit at. If you would like to take the opportunity to purchase a whole table, invite friends to sit at the table with you and split the cost. This will ensure you get an opportunity for first pick at where you would like to sit! I would like to encourage you to share the following e-mail flyer with you employers, or local business members that you know, invite them to attend this amazing event. This is a great opportunity for community members to enjoy a night of amazing entertainment, delicious food and an auction full of wonderful items that they would love to bid on. We will also be raffling a trip that night!

As I mentioned previously, currently only full tables are being offered for purchase, if you or your employer, business members would like to use their charitable contribution tax write off for 2018, please purchase your tickets now. If you/they need to wait for 2019, we will have some full tables set aside for purchase as well as open up individual seats.

I am excited and nervous to see where this new event takes our fundraising efforts. It is not an easy feat to raise over $80,000 every year for our band programs, but cutting anything out of the budget would deny our students opportunities they would not be able to receive without our assistance. If this event does become successful, you can eliminate the hours of volunteering at can drives and other fundraising events, which if you consider the amount of hours and the money you put in to our smaller fundraisers, and multiply a minimum wage rate by hours you won’t have to volunteer, the Swingin’ the Green Event can be more affordable! One $75 ticket would be worth less than 6 hours of volunteer time. The hope is that we are asking and encouraging our business community to take part in this event as well, and raise more money that way instead of just having band families in attendance.

Thank you for taking time to read this lengthy e-mail. Please help make this event successful. I welcome your ideas and input, we have monthly board meetings every third Tuesday of the month if you have any desire to help us keep the band boosters running and successful. We can’t do this alone.

Lennae Bishop
Sherwood Band Booster President


Focus Moving into January

Dear Students & Parents – We have 3 focal points regarding our concert bands as we move into January:

  1. Basketball Band Music & Performances – January & February
  2. Solo & Ensemble Music, Recital, and District Festival – February & March
  3. Festival Music – March & April Performances

“Mom & Dad, I don’t have anything to practice right now.” – This is a phrase that you will not hear out of a Sherwood Band student’s mouth.

Students should be practicing their proficiencies, Basketball Music, Solo & Ensemble music, Festival Music (won’t be distributed until January).

Next Playing Proficiency is Due January 15th.

Basketball Band –  We have 13 games the band is performing at during the basketball season. Remember that you must attend 6 games (Yes, you are more than welcome to attend more than 6 if you would like to).

Solo & Ensemble Recital – This week we have started talking about Solo & Ensemble in class. All students are expected to find a piece of music to perform as a soloist or as a small ensemble (Duet, Trio, Quartet, etc.). We have a ton of literature here in the Sherwood Band Room to select from. We then put on a recital night on Wednesday February 27 as a band program. We will have approximately 6 rooms running simultaneously with performances throughout the course of the evening.

Students actively engaged in private lessons most likely already have their literature selected, and it is most likely in the ballpark of 5-7.5 minutes in duration.

Anyone who has gone through this process will testify that you grow exponentially as a musician when you prepare and perform a solo or ensemble piece of music. It 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.

Soloists who are looking for Piano Accompanists:

  • Dani Aldinger 503-349-2191,
  • Ray Mckean –
  • Jane Mendenhall –