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Swingin’ the Green – Ticket Sales END February 16th 

March 2, 2019 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, join us for the biggest fundraiser of the year and support our very own award winning Sherwood Band Program.  The Oregon Golf Club in West Linn will be the venue for Swingin’ The Green featuring four Sherwood Jazz Bands.  Enjoy an evening of Dinner, cocktails, silent auction, and amazing entertainment.   A lovely sit down dinner of chicken, salmon or vegetarian (Gluten Free available) will be served by the Oregon Golf Club staff.

Ticket Sales Conclude February 16, 2019.  Tickets are available for $75 each.  Enjoy the option of reserving a seat at a table of your choosing (availability will be limited, buy your tickets early).

Light cocktail attire.  (church-wear up to simple cocktail dress) All are welcome to attend, there will be alcohol served.

Raffle tickets available NOW!  –  No need to attend the event to WIN.  Raffle tickets are $25 each and are available on the website only,  Only 400 will be sold, improving your chance to win.  The winner will have their choice of the following trips: Kalidria Hotel in Italy, Edgewood Tahoe Resort, US Open Golf Tournament.  See website for full info.

Auction starts soon!  –  There are tons and tons of awesome items available.  The online auction begins the Friday prior to the event, February 25.  No need to attend the event to win.

Please support our band program, we have something special going on here in Sherwood!

OMEA District 14 Solo & Ensemble – Saturday, March 2 @ West Linn HS – Info & Receipt due to Mr. Stai by February 4


This is an annual festival offered to HS band students 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 should strongly consider this additional performing opportunity even though it is not required!

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

  • 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. We don’t normally handle payments this way, but for solo & ensemble we do. Thanks!
    • 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.) Ensembles, please have ONE person pay Debi Bear and bring a receipt back to Mr. Stai.

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

Important Scheduling Note: This year’s solo & ensemble festival is on the same date as our Swingin’ the Green Fundraiser. More details regarding Swingin’ the Green can be found at

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.