Band Day Follow up email PLEASE READ IMPORTANT

Hello Parents and Band Day participants:

This is your reminder that Band Day is this week Saturday from 9-3.

I have a few items to go over:

1.  Please bring your kids by 08:40-8:45.  Mr. Stai has already been talking to them about this.  You may want to send them with money to buy something for themselves for lunch, or send them with a lunch.

2.  THANK YOU to all of you who have volunteered to assist on this busy day.  We have 26 all day drivers signed up and 4 half day drivers.  We needed 28 so we hit our goal…!!!!

3.  If you are a driver:

a.  I have 4 parents who are doing half days.  2 are AM and 2 are PM.  You should know who you are since we have been conversing with me via email.

b.  Please arrive about 10 minutes early.   It will be a bit chaotic until we get the kids split up and matched to drivers.  Please have patience with us.

c.  IMPORTANT:  Could you each email me at with the following

What type of car you will have (I have the information from a few of you-thx)

How many kids you can accommodate?

Can you transport any instruments?

          I will also need your cell phone numbers.
     Please email me as soon as possible with this information!

4.  If anyone else would like to volunteer to help, please email at the email above.  I would be happy to see what else we could use.  And, we may be able to employ and extra driver or 2 to help transport ensemble instruments if needed.

Any questions:  Please email them or call …

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you this Saturday.

Jean Hilt
503 995 0060

Sept. 23 – Prop Party – Parent Help Needed

Want to see all of the awesome half dome props that Mike Jeans build light up? We are having a prop LED wrapping/wiring party on Saturday, September 23. The work party would consist of wiring 10 half dome props. We need approx. 10 or more parents starting at 8:00am and working throughout the course of the day and taking breaks as needed. Please let Mr. Stai know if you can help out.  

We are also looking to borrow and use multiple soldering guns so if you have one to bring or loan, please let Mr. Stai know. Thank you!

Awesome Show at 7:00pm on 9/16 with Grammy-winning George Whitty @ Classic Pianos

Grammy-Award winning keyboardist George Whitty (Brecker Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Santana) is doing his first concert in Portland in 20 yearsSat., Sept. 16 with Mike Prigodich. George will play Brecker Brothers and Michael Brecker tunes, music from his live trio CD with Third Rail, and a duo piece with Mike. Limited seating (venue holds 100).

Featuring: George Whitty (keyboards), Mike Prigodich (piano), Damian Erskine (bass), Mark Griffith (drums), Joe Manis (sax)

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Grammy-award winning keyboardist George Whitty has spent 20 years playing on the road with the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Richard Bona, Chaka Khan, Sadao Watanabe, and a dozen others, and his resume as a session musician includes some of the best-selling records of all time: Santana’s “Supernatural” (with Dave Matthews), Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” and “These are Special Times”, and more than 100 other CDs. In 2017, George has been busy arranging and programming on Herbie Hancock’s new CD (produced by Kendrick Lamar’s producer Terrace Martin), Gino Vannelli’s forthcoming double CD and a disc by rising star Jamie Alimorad.

As a producer/keyboardist, his Grammy-winning streak began with Chaka Khan’s “The Woman I Am” in 1992 and extends through 3 award-winning releases with the Brecker Brothers, most recently Randy Brecker’s “34th and Lex”, 2004’s Grammy-winner for Contemporary Jazz Record of the Year, which he also mixed. In April 2010, he completed work on several tracks for Herbie Hancock’s CD “The Imagine Project”, programming Herbie’s live rig for the tour as well. In 2012, Herbie and Wayne Shorter asked George to orchestrate and arrange several duet pieces they had composed for full orchestra. The first of these, “Sonrisa”, premiered with the Calgary Philharmonic featuring Herbie Hancock, and continued on to the Oregon Symphony and the Seattle Symphony.

In August, 2014, George joined Herbie, Wayne Shorter, Carlos Santana, and Marcus Miller onstage at the Hollywood Bowl for the “Concert for Peace”. As a composer, he’s written for hundreds of episodes of television and several award-winning films, composing for a dozen shows from “The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot” to “As the World Turns”, for whose music he was nominated for a 2006 Emmy award. He was awarded a 2014 Emmy for his work on “All My Children”. George recently finished the score to the feature film, “The Getdown”, now in the rotation on Showtime, and has been touring the world as keyboardist with David Sanborn, Chris Minh Doky & the Nomads and his own trio Third Rail, working on several CD projects, conducting clinics and master classes and teaching private lessons around the world, and enjoying life in the mountains just outside Los Angeles with his two boys.


Keyboardist Mike Prigodich’s jazz fusion compositions attract attention from many upper-echelon national artists. His original compositions combine jazz with influences from many other genres and regions of the world. Mike leads the Melz/Prigodich/Erskine Group (MPEG) with master drummer Reinhardt Melz, bass virtuoso Damian Erskine, and the brilliant John Nastos on saxophone. Together, they create some of the best jazz fusion being played anywhere in the world!

Becoming a cancer patient in 2008 was the big wake-up call that propelled the need to pursue his dream of becoming a professional jazz musician, compose lots of new material, form a band, and start booking gigs. Just to prove what motivation can do, Mike raised over $10,000 on in 2010 to fund his first studio album “A Stitch In Time” featuring Damian Erskine, Reinhardt Melz, John Nastos, Brandon Woody, Rafael Trujillo, Patrick Lamb, Tim Jensen, and Paul Mazzio,all produced by Emmy award-winning David Mathew. This studio album and band was featured on the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Oregon Art Beat television show. Mike currently resides in Portland, Oregon and enjoys playing with some of the finest musicians, up to the task of performing the extremely challenging yet accessible compositions.

“Wonderful. Beautiful. Really great. Wow, Mike. Great writing, man.”
— Chick Corea

“I knew this guy was up to something; what a great disc! Beautifully written and played with passion and intensity by an excellent band. This is one of those CDs that you want to hear again as soon as it’s finished. Bravo Mike!”
— George Whitty (Brecker Brothers)

“Watch out for this guy! Mike is terribly brave, adventurous, playful, and adept. As his compositions and playing demonstrate, Mr. Prigodich is a rising talent following his creative muse fearlessly to wherever it takes him.”
— David Goldblatt (Tribal Tech)

“Way cool! Great band too! You play great man.”
— Steve Lukather (Toto, Michael Jackson)

“Very cool Mike!! Love the bridge and the keyboard solo. You can definitely play!!”
— Steve Porcaro (Toto, Michael Jackson)

“Fantastic work by all! Great writing and playing. Well done! Great sounds too.”
— Todd Sucherman (Styx)

“Sounds killing, man! I love your music.”
— Mike Pope (Chick Corea, Al Di Meola)

“This is band is top shelf; they were super tight and super exciting.”
— George Colligan (Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White)

“Prigodich speaks a musical language all his own, one born of a voice that elevates his instrument far beyond its realm into one where mystery and magic meet.”
— All About Jazz

“The album’s intriguing melodies, odd time signatures, and ear-bending harmonies make it a stand-out album in the world of fusion.”
— No Treble

“A tour de force that would certainly get the respect of Prigodich’s muse Chick Corea. In the tradition of The Yellowjackets, The Brecker Brothers, Hiromi and others, the 11 tracks on A STITCH IN TIME cover a vast fusion landscape of complex proportions that’ll have you wondering how an artist like Mike Prigodich could ever consider sitting on the sidelines. The entire project is an incredibly satisfying ride.”
— Inside MusiCast

“Mike offers melodic breadth with very defined piano craft. He is an astonishing musician and a brilliant composer. His original works are studies in precision. They are demanding and they require the very best of musicians to perform them. He has gathered the best of the best and the results are scintillating.”
— JazzTimes

“Prigodich is an excellent keyboardist, but it’s his writing that really stands out. There is a liveliness and emotional connection to much of this music that makes it immediately endearing. His band is tight and funky, with an ability to groove that puts many better-known fusion outfits to shame.”
— All About Jazz

Concert Attire Fittings & Ordering This Thursday, Sept. 14.

Good morning band families,
We will begin the band attire fitting process during your student’s normal band class period this Thursday, September 14.
If your daughter needs to order a concert dress please send her to school with a check written out to Sherwood Band Boosters in the amount of $72.  We will have dresses available for her to try on for size.
If your son needs a black shirt, please send him to school with a check for $25 written out to Sherwood Band Boosters.  We will have several sizes of shirts for him to try on for size.  If pants and/or tuxedos are required, please sign up for a fitting appointment at Remington’s CTR clothing  at 
Please note that this sign up is the deadline for ordering attire from Remington’s.  If you are not able to attend the listed fitting dates/times, please contact Remington’s Directly and schedule a fitting at a more suitable time for you.  Their phone number is listed on the attached flyer. Same day appointments are welcome.
Attached is further information to help clarify what attire is needed for Bowman Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz 1  and Jazz 2.  There is no need to fill out the forms attached to this email, it is for information purposes only.
Please contact Tina Brannan at  with any questions.

SMB Parents – Grants Pass Information

Good Evening Marching Band Parents,

We will be kicking off our Competition Season by travelling to Grants Pass on Friday, October 13 for our October 14th competition.  We only have enough money in the budget to stay one night in the Hotel in Grants Pass.  After careful consideration we are asking for each MB student to pay $30 to the Boosters for a SECOND night stay.  The competition will end around 9:30 with a 10:30 departure and it is a long dark (and most likely wet) drive home to Sherwood on school buses.  We will pack up and return to the hotel Saturday night, and get up first thing Sundaymorning to return to Sherwood.  We feel that this will be the safest and most sensible way to make this trip possible.  The hotel will feed the students a complimentary breakfast, and they will return home by lunch time. Please watch for a more detailed travel itinerary when it gets closer.
Please make your $30 checks payable to Sherwood Band Boosters and have your student place it in the lock box in the band room or you can Mail the payment to Sherwood Band Boosters 21370 SW Langer Farms Parkway, Suite 142, Box 256, Sherwood, Oregon 97140. Please be sure to indicate student name and “Grants Pass” in the memo.  Payment for the hotel stay is due by Friday, September 22.  If you have a  financial hardship, please respond to this e-mail.
If you are planning on traveling to Grants Pass with the band, Here is the hotel information where we will be staying:
Holiday Inn Express
105 NE Agness Ave
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Parents and families can receive a $119/night + tax rate when you call to reserve your rooms and mention you are traveling with the Sherwood High School Marching Band.
Thank you for your support and  understanding as we make these decisions to keep your kids safe.  If you have any questions, let me know.
Lennae Bishop
Band Booster President

Electrician Available?

Is there an electrician in our marching band parent community (or elsewhere) who would be willing to lend the marching staff their expertise on Monday or Tuesday anytime after 3:30pm? If so, please contact Jeff Bush at

Thank you!

Tonight! Jazz Jam at Tualatin Island Greens


From Nathanael Ankeny – Dear Jazz Musicians,  I’m excited to be hosting a Jazz Jam at the Tualatin Island Greens (20400 SW Cipole Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062) on Saturday, September 9th from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Let’s start the year off with some jazz education! This is a great learning opportunity for your students. They are welcome to sit in on a tune, or just to come and see what a “jam” is like. This is an encouraging, friendly session.

So please tell your students about this! Or, come on out yourself and play!

I’ve attached a list of tunes to get the jam started. Students can call other tunes at the session as well.

All the best,

Nathanael Ankeny
Assistant Professor of music
George Fox University

Jam List – Birdie Land

Band Day Volunteers Needed

Dear Parents of Band Students
Band Day is coming.  WE are now a week away – Saturday September 16th from 9:00-3:00
ALL SHS band students will be showing our community what our band program is all about!  They will be creating excitement and gathering support and donations with ensemble performances and combing our neighborhoods.

There is a need for parent drivers to take students through assigned neighborhoods.  Please note that it is very likely that your band student will not be in your group.  We have heard from many parents that this was a very fun and rewarding day, and a great way to get to know some of the other parents involved in the band program!

We have 14 of 28 drivers signed up
Please follow this link:

If you want to help, but can only do a half day of driving, please email Jean directly and she will start a list of half day drivers.  We already have 1 half day in the morning, so an afternoon driver would be great.
Thanks for your help!
Jean Hilt