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.

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How does it work?

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What’s the catch?

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