Fall Craft Show 2024

Event details

We’re excited to host our 26th annual fall craft show on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Easton Area High School (through the cafeteria doors).

  • Over 100 crafters and vendors typically register for the show
  • Expect some good eats at the food court
  • This public event is a big fundraiser for the IMA

Questions?

Please contact Gretchen Burwell at craftshow@eahsmusic.org.

Registration

Our show is open to both crafters and vendors, which we ask you to indicate on the application. Registration is available below or you can register by downloading and mailing in the form along with a check for the registration fee.

Vendors will not sell:

  • items with the “Beast from the East” word mark
  • items commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Marching Band

Instrumental Music Banquet 2024

The Instrumental Music Association invites you to attend the annual instrumental music banquet! The evening will include a buffet dinner, dessert, dancing, and special awards presented by Mr. Christopher Ballentine.

High school students who are members of the instrumental music program including the band front are guests of the IMA and their dinner will be paid for by the IMA. Family members and guests are encouraged to attend for a nominal cost. There is no limit on the number of guests a student may bring to the banquet.

  • Date: Sunday, June 2, 2024
  • Time: Doors open at 2:00 p.m. with opening remarks at 2:45 p.m. Dinner to follow
  • Location: The Palace Center at 623 Hanover Avenue, Allentown, PA 18109
  • Cost: Instrumental students’ costs will be covered by the IMA; guests are $45 each while children 2 and under are free; there is no limit to the number of guests that may attend.
  • Menu: Tossed garden salad, herb roasted chicken, sliced roast beef, penne vodka, ranch-style red whipped potatoes, steamed vegetable medley, dinner rolls, cake, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, and tea
  • RSVP: No later than May 1 with payment included for guests. All students are required to RSVP whether or not they plan to attend, so please complete one RSVP per student. A “no show” fee of $20 will be assessed for students who RSVP “yes” and do not attend. No refunds on guest payments after May 15.

Easton Marching Band Turning 100 – Creating an Alumni Band

Our band program is turning 100 in the fall of 2024! This is a huge accomplishment and a testament to the hard work and dedication of thousands of individuals who have passed through the program. We want to celebrate our program by having our alumni stand alongside our current students. Therefore, we are creating our 100th year alumni band!

This is an opportunity for you, as an alumni, to connect with old friends and former directors, meet new people and perform for that final time under the lights at our historic Cottingham Stadium. This is a one-time opportunity and we want you to be a part of it!

The alumni band will perform at our 50th annual First Flag Band Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2024. In addition, there is an opportunity to perform in the stands alongside our current band students on Friday, September 27, 2024.

Don’t have an instrument, flag, or baton? Haven’t played your instrument in years? That is okay! ALL ARE WELCOME! We will have extra instruments and equipment available for use! The music will be accessible to ALL as we want as many to participate as able. Physical activity will be minimal and the field formation will simple.

Please complete the form below to RSVP for this wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime event. We hope to see you there!

Details

  • WHAT: 100th year anniversary alumni band
  • WHEN: September 27 – 28, 2024
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2024
  • GOAL: 300-member alumni band
  • COST: $30 (for meal, alumni band T-shirt, admission to the game and band festival)

Schedule

Friday, September 27:

  • 4:30 p.m. – report to Cottingham for football game
  • 6:15 p.m. – march in with EAHS band
  • 7:00 p.m. – kickoff!
  • 9:30 p.m. – approximate end time of game

Saturday, September 28:

  • 10:00 a.m. – registration begins
  • 11:00 a.m. – alumni rehearsal begins on field
  • 2:00 p.m. – rehearsal ends
  • 2:30 p.m. – meal/social at Raub’s Farms (1459 Tatamy Road, Easton, PA 18045)
  • 5:00 p.m. – report time back at Cottingham
  • 6:00 p.m. – 50th annual First Flag Band Festival begins

“Leave a Legacy” Campaign

The 2024 – 2025 school year will mark our band’s 100th anniversary! This is a momentous occasion where we can reflect on the past, but also look towards the future with both our band and orchestra. We are kicking off a fundraising campaign in the hopes that we can leave a lasting legacy and continue to be able to provide EVERY student in band and orchestra with the tools they need to be successful into the future.

Goal: $30,000

Campaign runs February 12 – June 30

This campaign will aim to cover the costs associated with our 100th year celebrations, along with student-centered needs, including:

  • Six $1,000 scholarships (disbursed annually)
  • Maintenance of instruments and uniforms
  • 2024 – 2025 marching band field show (designed and written exclusively for our band)
  • 100th year band anniversary costs (alumni band, drumheads, etc.)

Leave your own legacy:

Individuals who donate $50 or more will be able to have their name printed on a banner that will be displayed in front of thousands of spectators at Cottingham Stadium for the 2024 football season, and then be moved to the EAHS instrumental music room for permanent display.

Did you know?

It costs the IMA approximately $80,000 annually to maintain our instrumental program.

Make your donation now

There are two ways to donate, for which we are grateful. Your unrestricted donation helps us to defray the costs to not only maintain, but grow the program.

Designer Purse Bingo – May, 5 2024

We are looking forward to hosting our Designer Purse Bingo. This important fundraiser for the IMA offers a fun time of playing bingo to win some high-quality purses while also trying your luck at some handsome door prizes and tricky trays.

Design Purse Bingo Event Details

  • Date: Sunday, May 5, 2024
  • Time: Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; games begin at 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Easton Area High School cafeteria
  • Tickets: Sold online for $30 through May 1, 2024. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $30.

Volunteers and Sponsorships Needed

Please contact Kathy at bingo@eahsmusic.org or (610) 597-7473 to let her know your willingness to assist with preparations for the Designer Purse Bingo.

The IMA needs volunteers to:

  • Get sponsors
  • Organize tricky trays, purses, and door prizes
  • Set up for the Designer Purse Bingo
  • Check people in on the day of the event
  • Sell bingo boards, tricky tray tray tickets, 50/50 tickets on the day of the event

Purchase Bingo Tickets Online

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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