RECOGNITION AT CERRITOS CITY HALL MONDAY (1/26)
Tomorrow, Monday (1/26), the Gahr Marching Gladiators are being recognized for their achievements by the City of Cerritos! There is a 6:15 p.m. call time at the Cerritos City Hall (18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90703) - adjacent to the Cerritos Library and across the street from Cerritos High School. STUDENTS: Wear your blue Gahr Marching Gladiators hoodie and jeans. The winds, battery, and front ensemble will be representing the program (Winter Guard has an important rehearsal from 5-9 p.m.). Parents, family, and friends are welcome to join us for this incredible honor!
JAZZ BAND AUDITIONS - 2ND SEMESTER
This semester has been a big challenge juggling the wide range in ability levels within the group. To provide a better experience for the members of the band, we will be switching to a smaller, auditioned jazz band for 2nd semester. Auditions are for current students in jazz band as well as new members. Prepare the music listed in the attached PDF. Next year we will work on having multiple jazz bands to accommodate new and beginning students. If there is enough interest after auditions, we will form a "Jazz II" ensemble that meets on Wednesdays after school.
Monday (1/26) - 6:45AM: Trumpet & Trombone Auditions
Tuesday (1/27) - 6:45AM: Saxophone and Rhythm Section Auditions
Jazz Band not meeting the rest of the week. Our first rehearsal will be zero period on Monday, February 2nd.
BOOSTER MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY (1/28)
This Wednesday we have our monthly booster meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Band Room! All parents are encouraged to attend and meetings are warm, welcoming, and efficient. We need your ideas and help planning fundraisers for our upcoming Hawaii Performance Tour. See you Wednesday!
You are cordially invited to attend our 1st Annual Sweetheart Ball on Saturday, February 14th at 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center! This is a beautiful and romantic venue for Valentine's Day - and includes a delicious Italian dinner (choice of chicken alfredo or spaghetti & meatballs), salad, bread, dessert, live music by our own Gahr High School Jazz Band, and dancing with a DJ and dance floor! Tickets are just $50 per couple or $35 per single ticket. Semi-formal attire is encouraged.
We are asking each student in the music program to sell a minimum of two tickets for this event. If you do sell two tickets, you are financially responsible for $20. The profit from the first two tickets sold is to cover the cost of sheet music & materials 2nd semester, as well as go towards the extra $3,000 that must be raised for additional Hawaii costs (equipment truck rental, instrument & equipment rental, oversized luggage charges, etc.). Please see Mr. Loney if you have any questions.
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY: Students will be credited $15 from each additional single ticket and $20 from each pair of additional couples tickets sold. This is a great fundraiser for Hawaii or your Winter Drumline or Winter Guard donations!! Tickets will be checked out tomorrow during class. Please see Mrs. Varney or Mr. Loney to check out additional tickets. ANY UNSOLD TICKETS ARE DUE IN THE DROP BOX BY TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH. YOU WILL BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST OR UNRETURNED TICKETS.
From July 2-7, 2015, the Gahr Instrumental Music Program will embark on a 6-day performance tour of “The Aloha State”, Hawaii! We currently have 97 students and chaperones planning to go on the Hawaii performance tour! The trip will be highlighted by a performance on the USS Missouri Battleship, resting in the heart of the historic waters of Pearl Harbor and proving a symbolic connection from the “day which will live in infamy” to the formal ending of World War II. The Gahr High School Band will be performing primarily patriotic works on the 4th of July! MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Our next tour meeting is Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 7 p.m. IF YOU HAVE NOT MAILED IN YOUR HAWAII REGISTRATION FORM, YOU NEED TO DO THIS ASAP! CALL MUSICAMERICA (800) 553-4723 ext. 133 AND CATCH UP WITH YOUR PAYMENTS OVER THE PHONE WITH A CREDIT CARD. Visit www.gahrband.org/hawaii or feel free to contact Dee Dee Varney firstname.lastname@example.org or at (562) 413-3068.
Congratulations to the following Gahr High School students for auditioning and making the 2015 ABCUSD Honor Band!
Please read the following rehearsal schedule and be prepared with your correct part assignment:
Thursday 1/29 from 2-4PM
Flutes & Double Reeds @ Cerritos HS
Clarinets & Saxophones @ Artesia HS
Brass @ Gahr HS
Percussion @ Whitney HS
Tuesday 2/3 from 6:30-9PM
Rehearsal @ Whitney HS
Thursday 2/5 from 6:30-9PM
Rehearsal @ Whitney HS
Tuesday 2/10 from 6:30-9PM
Rehearsal @ Whitney HS
Thursday 2/12 at 7:00PM
Honor Band Concert @ Whitney HS
Mon 1/26 - City of Cerritos Recognizes Gahr Marching Gladiators! 6:15 p.m. Call Time
Wed 1/28 - Booster Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
Sat 1/31 - Drumline SCPA Competition - Chino Hills
Wed 2/4 - Hawaii Tour Meeting @ 7 p.m.
Fri 2/6 - Hawaii Payment $290 Due to MusicAmerica
Wed 2/11 - Winter Drumline Parent Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Thurs 2/12 - ABCUSD Honor Band Concert 7 p.m. @ Whitney HS
Sat 2/14 - 1st Annual Sweetheart Ball! 6:30 p.m.
Winter Guard - 1st Donation Due $110
Check out Sweetheart Ball Tickets!
6:44 a.m. Jazz Band Auditions: Trumpets & Trombones
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Wind Ensemble WOODWINDS ONLY on "Undertow" (no brass or percussion)
Winter Guard eat and study for finals before rehearsal.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Winter Guard Rehearsal
6:15 p.m. Call Time at Cerritos City Hall (18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90703)
6:30 p.m. Gahr Marching Gladiators recognized by the City of Cerritos
Wear blue Gahr Marching Gladiators hoodie and jeans! Family and friends welcome!
Finals: Periods 1 & 2
6:44 a.m. Jazz Band Auditions: Saxophones & Rhythm Section
Winter Drumline: Study for finals and eat after school.
5:00 - 8:30 p.m. Winter Drumline Rehearsal
Finals: Periods 3 & 4
No Jazz Band
Concert Band - Scale test on Bb Major
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Winter Guard Rehearsal
6:30 p.m. Monthly Booster Meeting! All parents encouraged to attend!
Finals: Periods 5 & 6
No Jazz Band
Wind Ensemble - Scale test on Bb Major
No Concert Band (Resumes next week 2/5/15)
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Honor Band Sectionals (see locations above, eat, and carpool if possible)
1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Winter Drumline Rehearsal & Run-through
Winter Drumline SCPA Show! - Chino Hills HS
8:45 a.m. Call Time wearing 'Dystopia' show shirt, blue jeans pants (dark preferably), black socks, black marching shoes. Bring $5 for lunch (please let Mrs. Stockwell or Mrs. Varney know the day before) and ~$10-15 for dinner.