Weekly Update – 7.26

This Week’s Edition: 

  • Weekly Schedule
  • Band Camp needs your help!
  • March A Thon Sponsorships (NEW!)
  • First Flag Sponsorships 
  • Band Camp Info 
  • Percussion & Guard Sectionals
  • Volunteer Information 
  • Band App

Weekly Schedule (August 1 – 7, 2021) 

Monday, August 2nd

  • Drumline, Pit & Guard Sectional 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ EAHS.
  • Uniform Fittings 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 PM & 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 3rd

  • New Member Fittings 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 4th

  • Band Council Meeting 10:00 AM
  • McDonald’s Fundraiser Night 4:00 PM @ McDonald’s on 3rd Street & Larry Holmes Drive
  • New Member Fittings 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 5th

  • New Member Fittings 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Friday, August 6th

  • New Member Fittings 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Saturday, August 7th

  • Boston Crusaders to practice at EAHS (students welcome to watch – schedule to be conveyed on Friday)

*Marching Band students, if you have not signed up for a uniform fitting, please do so here

**Woodwind & brass sectionals are not included on the weekly schedule, as they are scheduled by student section leaders.

Stay up to date by viewing our online calendar on our website!

Upcoming Events 

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Summer Percussion & Guard Sectionals 

There is only one more sectional for all of our students in the percussion & guard sections:

  • Monday, August 02

All sectionals run from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and are held at EAHS. Attendance is required at all sectionals, as we are a team. These practices allow us to put our best foot forward heading into band camp in August. Excused absences include vacation, family events (wedding), illness, or PIAA events. 

In order to be excused from a sectional, students/ parents/ guardians should email Mr. Ballentine two (2) weeks prior to the conflict. 

Band Camp needs your help! 

Band Camp is less only a week away! We provide all the snacks and dinners for the band during camp. We need many helpers to make it run smoothly. Please sign-up to provide what you can. Please use the following link to sign-up to volunteer or provide food for our hard working band!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45a5ab2fa57-eahs2

This year we will be having an additional pasta night. We will need several helpers during those dinners as well as people willing to bake pasta dishes. We would like a variety of dishes if possible.

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2021 Band Camp Information 

We are one week away from our first days of band camp! There are many great things happening behind the scenes to make this year special for our students, families, & community. 

Band Camp is a massive undertaking to bring all of our students together. In order to make this a success, the following will occur before camp begins:

  • Summer sectionals: each section has summer sectionals to get to know one another, bond as a group, and work on music & marching before camp. Sectionals are required for students to attend unless on vacation, family event, etc. If you have not yet heard from your section leader, please contact Mr. Ballentine. 
  • Obtain any needed materials: all students must have certain items in order for us to achieve our potential. Please see the “Band Camp Welcome Letter” found below. 
  • Complete & return all required forms: all students are required to return the forms found below BY July 30, 2021. A hard copy mailing was also sent in July with these documents. If you have not yet turned in these forms, please drop them off at the HS prior to band camp.
  • Uniform fittings: All students should be signing up for a uniform fitting. Returning members are scheduled for Monday, August 02. New members begin August 03. Questions? Please reach out to Mrs. Niosi or Mrs. Martyak at uniforms@eahsmusic.org

Please see the forms below for information on band camp. 

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Ballentine or any of the band council leadership.

2021 March A Thon – Friday, August 13 

It is that time of year when we begin preparing for our annual March A Thon!

What is it?

Taking place during our regularly scheduled camp, students march the equivalent of 50 laps around the football field throughout the morning. In addition, they partake in team building activities, games & other events.

What do I need to do?

We ask all students to find sponsorships for this day. Section leaders will be relaying information to their sections regarding specifics for the event & ways you can sponsor a student. 

Our goal is $5,000. If every student found $20 in sponsorships, we would EXCEED our goal! See the forms below for sponsorship information:

Sponsorship Letter

All checks / sponsorships can be dropped off in the lockbox located in the instrumental music room OR mailed to:

Instrumental Music Association

Easton Area High School

PO Box 3535

Easton, PA 18043

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First Flags Information 

Introductory Letter

Pre-Sale Ticket Order Form
Business Sponsorship Form

Parent/ Guardian-Owned Business Sponsorship

Patron Ads

There are MANY ways that you can help! One of the best ways to help us fundraise is to contact businesses who may be interested in sponsoring the instrumental music program. There are options for businesses to also get special shout outs on our social media, in our concert programs & more. 

Parents & Guardians: there is a DISCOUNTED rate for pre-sale tickets. This form is due back by September 04. 

There are also ways for you to take out an ad for your child. You can also choose to put a shout out in the program (only $5!). All ads are due by August 28. 

Questions? Please reach out to Mrs. Jennifer Martellucci: firstflags@eahsmusic.org

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Other News 

PMEA D10 Band & Orchestra Auditions 

Solo lists for the 2021 – 2022 PMEA District festivals have been released. 

Auditions take place on Saturday, December 04, 2021. To view the solo lists & see more information about the requirements, please visit the PMEA D10 website

Booster Bulletin 

Calling all volunteers! 

As we prepare for the upcoming year, we are looking for volunteers to help at various events! In order to do this, clearances need to be on file with EASD. 

To do this, please view our website with step-by-step information on how to go about obtaining these.

Please be sure to also complete & return the volunteer form found under the strings camp/ band camp information sections of this newsletter. This form will also be mailed out in mid-July.

Additionally, if you are interested in serving as a nurse for the band during band camp & football games, please reach out to our medical coordinator, Mrs. Ferretti, at medicalrecords@eahsmusic.org

Thank you!

Band App – Stay Informed 

This year, we are using a platform called the “band” app to communicate. This is a supplement to our emails sent out weekly.

The advantages of this app include:

  • Notifications sent directly to phone or device.
  • Instant communication to relay last-minute changes or details.
  • Integrated calendar (with ability to import the calendar to your phone’s calendar).
  • Attachments tab to keep track of any forms. 

It is recommended every parent/ guardian sign up for this app. To do so, please click this link. This group is specifically for any parent/ guardian of a student in the band or orchestra. 

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Parents, stay informed with the BAND app

This year, Band and Orchestra will be using a platform called the BAND app to communicate. This is a supplement to the emails sent out weekly.

The advantages of this app include:

  • Notifications sent directly to one’s phone or device.
  • Instant communication to relay last-minute changes or details.
  • Integrated calendar (with ability to import the calendar to your phone’s calendar).
  • Attachments tab to keep track of any forms.

It is recommended every parent/ guardian sign up for this app. This group is specifically for any parent/guardian of a student in the band or orchestra.

Download and join the BAND app.

Band Concert

On June 5, 2021, the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, 9th Grade Band, and Concert Band Grades 10-12 all performed as whole groups for the first time in quite a long time. The performances were all held on the new turf field located on the Easton Area High School campus and viewed by a limited number of families due to capacity restrictions.

Marching Band – Marching In

Wind Ensemble


9th Grade Band

Concert Band 10-12


Marching Band – Halftime Show and Stand Songs

Marching Band – Marching Out

Jazz Under the Stars

Jazz Under the Stars

On May 27, 2021, immediately in front of the main entrance of Easton Area High School, the Easton Area Middle and High School Jazz Bands held a “Jazz Under the Stars” performance.

EAMS Jazz Band

EAHS Jazz Band

Orchestra Spring Concert

On May 27, 2021, in front of the main entrance of Easton Area High School, the Orchestra Spring Concert included outdoor performances of four ensembles: EAHS Chamber Strings, EAHS 9th Grade Orchestra, EAHS 9-12th Grade String Ensemble, and EAHS 10-12th Grade Symphony Orchestra.

EAHS Chamber Strings

EAHS 9th Grade Orchestra

EAHS 9-12th Grade String Ensemble

EAHS 10-12th Grade Symphony Orchestra

Information for Eighth Grade Instrumental Students

Students will begin to schedule for courses in February for the 2021-2022 school year. Please view the course registration guidelines below for what course to select for electives.

Course Registration

  • Band: Register for Freshman Band 9. This course meets on “A” Days. Students in this course will also participate in marching band.
  • Strings: Register for String Ensemble 9. This course meets on “B” Days.
  • Choir: Register for Choir 9. This course meets on “A” or “B” Days.
  • Band/Strings: Register for BOTH Freshman Band 9 and String Ensemble 9. Students in this course will also participate in marching band. There may also be an option titled Band/Strings 9.
  • Band/Strings/Choir: Register for one class titled: Freshman Band/Choir/Strings. Students in this course will also participate in marching band.
  • Students in color guard who also play an instrument will register for the respective course above.
  • The high school music department also has several offerings for class music, including: Piano Lab, Music Theory, Music Literature, Jazz Improvisation & Arranging, and Voice Lab.

If there is a conflict with a course, please do not worry. Feel free to email me at any time at ballentinec@eastonsd.org.

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Vince Lombardi

What to Expect

Color Guard

Students will receive information regarding clinics and auditions in February/ early March. These will take place throughout the spring and provide the students an opportunity to get to know each other, as well as begin to teach students the techniques they will learn in the high school program. Auditions will be held in April.

Orchestra

Students will be contacted in June 2021 with information regarding our Summer Strings Camp. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the high school and our orchestra program before the school year begins.

Band Instrumentalists

Students will be contacted in June 2021 with information regarding summer sectionals and Band Camp. Sectionals are small group practices, broken up by section. This provides students the opportunity to meet their section, get to know each other, and begin working on music and marching before Band Camp.

  • Percussionists: we typically conduct a percussion clinic in mid-June to assign parts for the upcoming marching season. The exact dates will be conveyed in the coming months.

Important Dates

Strings Camp

July 27-29

  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Band Camp

August 9-20

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-8:00 p.m.

August 23-26

  • 2:00-8:00 p.m.