We are going to hold our April IMA meeting, virtually, on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. A link to the meeting will be distributed a few days before the meeting. The main topics of the meeting include:
Updates about schedules and events.
Voting on IMA board members for the 2020-2021 school year (the list will be distributed before the meeting).
Voting on a proposed amendment to the IMA by-laws (the amendment will be distributed before the meeting).
Provide financial updates.
If you know someone who may be interested in serving on the IMA board for next year, please submit their name to Regina Gangemi at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
As we work through the cancellations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we wanted to keep everyone informed of events previously scheduled for the next few weeks. We will communicate any updates as they arise.
New dates have yet to be determined.
Individual band and orchestra pictures
8th grade evaluations
Steel Stacks Jazz Festival on March 29
Panera Bread Night on March 17; April 7 is still scheduled at this time
Wilson Jazz Festival on March 21
Guard Clinic #2 on March 23
PMEA Region Band though students will have the option to audition online for All-State
Spring Craft Show
As of now, the Spring Craft Show is still scheduled for Saturday, April 4. However, we’ve tentatively secured Saturday, April 25 as an alternate date should we need it. We hope to make a decision soon about the craft show, and we will convey that decision to the IMA and our vendors.
We are excited to welcome the current 8th graders to the EAHS Band & Orchestra for the 2020 – 2021 school year. All families should have received letters regarding 8th grade evaluations and color guard clinics and auditions via email. However, both are available below:
Sign up for an evaluation time slot. If you play more than one instrument, please sign up for two separate time slots. Arrive early to your slot so you can be properly warmed up and ready to go. Remember, these are not auditions, but meant for us to begin planning so we can have a successful upcoming year and also to answer any questions you may have.
Color Guard Members
We will be holding a series of clinics in the spring, leading up to auditions on April 20. There is a place for everyone in our program. We want to see your skill set and to learn what we need to work on for the upcoming school year. The first clinic will be on March 9, 2020 in the EAHS Cafeteria from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please arrive early so we can begin at 6:00 p.m.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Ballentine at email@example.com or (610) 250-2481 extension 32214.
One full week into the March Forth campaign, your generosity has helped us raise over $1,200, which is over 10% of our goal of raising $10,000 by March 4! The IMA thanks you. The staff of the Instrumental Music Program of Easton Area High School thanks you. And, our students thank you “in person…”
With three weeks left in the campaign, please spread the word to friends, family members, and business connections. Any donation amount is appreciated and all donations to the campaign are tax deductible.
Each year, our EAHS Instrumental Music Department sponsors a Spaghetti Dinner. This event brings in families and community members to our high school cafeteria for a wonderful meal together. The dinner includes salad, rolls, spaghetti, dessert, and assorted beverages. Our high school orchestras provide the music throughout the dinner, each year choosing a different theme, while our band students will act as your servers. This year, our theme is “Through The Decades,” and encompasses music from a variety of eras and genres.
Date: Saturday, February 22
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; meal and performances begin at 6 p.m.
Location: Easton Area High School Cafeteria
Rehearsal: All 8th grade and high school orchestra students report no later than 3:45 p.m. There will also be a small treat for the students in between the rehearsal and the performance.
Tickets: Adults, $8; Children 12 and under/adults 65 and over, $6; Adults at the door, $10; student-performers are free
Calling all 8th grade orchestra students
New this year, we are inviting members of the 8th grade orchestra to perform with our high school orchestra on this night. We want your child to be a part of this great opportunity so they can experience being a part of our high school orchestra. Your child will be given two pieces of music ahead of time to learn to play along with us. Following their performance, they are free to enjoy the meal!
Want to volunteer or donate? Have other questions?
As we strive to create one of the nation’s finest music programs, we are kicking off a new fundraiser called March Forth. This fundraiser will last through March 4th, which is known as “National Marching Band Day.” As our program grows, we want to continue to be able to provide EVERY student with the tools they need to be successful. Please consider donating to our first annual EAHS “Red Rover” Band and Orchestra March Forth campaign.
What is the March Forth campaign?
We are opening the March Forth fundraiser for one month, with a goal of $10,000 in unrestricted funds. It seems like a large sum of money, but if every student in the program found $30 worth of sponsors, we would exceed our goal! All donations are tax deductible.
It costs a substantial amount of money to not only maintain, but also to grow a quality music program. With your help, we hope to purchase some of the following in the near future:
New classroom sound system – $3,000
Replacement of chimes – $3,000
Marching band sound system – $2,000
New cello(s) – $2,000 each
Sousaphone – $7,000 each
Marching bell sets & cases – $1,000 each
Concert tuba – $6,000 each
Donate to March Forth
Donate and spread the word about March Forth to help us reach our campaign goal.