G-E-T Music Boosters


Co-Presidents: Wina Mortenson & Troy White
Secretary: Karen Shimek
Treasurer: Cheri Brudos
Publicity Chair: Kristine Ratajczek
Concession Chairs: Missy Ganz/Tammy Maliszewski, Amy Brenengen


Music Boosters – Are you one?
If you have a child in band or choir at the middle or high school level, you are a booster! Even if you don’t, but wish to support the music programs in the G-E-T School District, you are a booster!

A Message from the Music Booster Club President!

Dear Music Families,

During the school year, Music Boosters meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Everyone who attends will receive a Music Booster point, which gives you money toward band and choir trips. That's just a little bonus we offer. The main reason to attend is that many hands make light work. There is money to raise for the student trips, scholarships, and special music department purchases. There are decisions to make and volunteers to organize. Of course, there isn't work to do every single month. You also stay informed about what's going on in the G-E-T music program. Our wonderful publicity chair, Cyndi Andersen, needs to step down due to family obligations. That position is being passed on to Kristine Ratajczek. She puts information on our Facebook page and keeps the district calendar and Music Boosters web page up to date on music events. 

This year, we have the added task of helping to get a Performaing Arts Center (PAC) built! Let's all lend a hand where we can. Your ideas are welcome. You do not need to have a child in a music class to be a Music Booster. Anyone interested in the G-E-T music program is invited to participate.
~ Wina Mortenson, Co-President

More Info

You c​an help your child earn points toward their Junior/Senior Music Trip.​ ​THE POINT SYSTEM (revised May 2017)

Meet the music teachers – learn more about boosters – attend the Booster meetings, at 7:00pm on the 3rd Monday of the month in the high school choir room, except for meetings that fall on the same night as a concert, when we will meet at 6:00 pm..

Questions? Contact Brenda Gauchel or Ryan Stuempges at the high school, or Kim Schacherl at the Middle School.

Music Boosters Meetings

Meeting Agendas
(updated 2/5/19)

2018-2019 Meeting Minutes
(updated 2/20/19)

  Music Boosters By-laws

  Policy: Concession Chair Stipend

Join us on Facebook GET Music Boosters

Your support is Amazing, Awesome
and SO Appreciated!

G-E-T High School Receives
Madison Jazz Society 2018-19 Grant

In November, the Madison Jazz Society awarded grants totaling $7,650 from its School Grant Fund to music programs in sixteen Wisconsin schools. The grants are funding jazz centered programs designed to help students learn about and perform jazz.

In announcing the awards, MJS President Linda Marty Schmitz stated, "We are very proud that the money awarded this year and since the program began in 1989 brings the total amount of scholarships and grants awarded by our all-volunteer group to over $126,000. We are pleased that these grants will assist students from all over Wisconsin now and in years to come. We are thrilled to see that many schools throughout the state are working to provide opportunities for their students to learn about America’s original art form – jazz."

One of the grants was awarded to Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School (Brenda
Gauchel, Director) – $500 to support jazz clinicians to come into the school throughout the school year. In addition, $200 was awarded to the school to help repair their string bass or to serve as “seed” for a fund to purchase a new string bass.


Wisconsin State Music Association

Exemplary Soloist


What does it take to be one of the best? Talent, luck and a lot of hard work and practice. G-E-T High School Band student Leo C. knows what that is like. He has been playing music for many years. He plays the String Bass and Trombone, but his main instrument is the Euphonium. What’s a Euphonium, you ask? He is holding it in the picture. It looks like a small tuba, but is a much more soloistic horn. As many students across the state of Wisconsin do every year, Leo performed for the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest in Class A and advanced to the State level competition. For his performance at State, he received an Exemplary Soloist award. This indicates that he had the highest level performance and was the best performer in his room that entire day. Leo is not G-E-T's first Exemplary Soloist nominee or award winner, but he is the first to be asked to go to that next level. On Thursday, October 25, Leo will be a featured soloist at the Wisconsin State Music Convention in Madison on the Exemplary Soloist Recital. This is the highest honor available for the WSMA Competitions.           

Leo is new to G-E-T, so we can’t take all the credit for his success. He attended school in LaCrescent for his first three years of high school and because of his love of playing began taking private euphonium lessons. This level of commitment and practice is what has gotten him to where he is today. He is enjoying the beginning of his senior year at G-E-T and is diving right in and loving every band opportunity he can have. He plays in the Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band and Jazz Band. He will again be performing at the WSMA Contest later this year, and you can look forward to hearing a lot of his playing in concerts and other band events this year. We are thrilled to have him join the G-E-T Band family and wish him the best of luck with his music.


2018 Ashley for the Arts

In August, Ashley for the Arts again provided great opportunities for the G-E-T music department. Both our Jazz Band and Vocal Point had the privilege of performing, and parents and students volunteered their time in order to earn funds that Ashley will donate to the department later this school year. Fantastic performances by both groups, heat and record breaking attendance made it a memorable weekend!

2019 Ashley for the Arts August 8 - 19


G-E-T High School’s Vocal Point

Check out their website www.getvocalpoint.com



Congratulations Vocal Point on your FIRST PLACE finish at the 2018 ICHSA Midwest Semifinals. With this win, they are headed to compete in Varsity Vocals International Championship of High School A Cappella against the top 8 groups in the country at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on April 20th, 2018!!! Congrats again to Mr. Stuempges and students!

Congratulations to Alanna Peters for Best Choreography. Way to go!

This is the first time they have ever placed first at semifinals, and the competition was incredibly fierce. Based on last year’s numbers, Ryan is pretty sure that we are the first public school our size to get first place at a semifinals.


In April, 2018, Vocal Point traveled to New York City to compete at Varsity Vocals International Championship of High School A Cappella at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts!!! Vocal Point finished 4th out of eight of the top groups in the country. Congratulations, Vocal Point on your great year!

Upcoming Events

Events are at the High School unless otherwise noted


Sat., Feb. 23, 7:00pm
Out of the Blue at ICHSA
SW Christian High School, Chaska, MN

Sun., Mar. 3. 5:00pm
Vocal Point opening for Disney's DCapella
The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

Sun., Mar. 3 - Mon., Mar. 4
Dorian Honor Band Festival, Luther College

Mon., Mar. 11, 4:00-9:00pm
HS Jazz Band Solo and Ensemble
Westby High School

Mon., Mar. 11, 6:30pm

GE Gr 3 - 5 Concert

Tues., Mar. 12, 6:30pm

TE Gr 3 - 5 Concert

Thurs., Mar. 14, 6:30pm

EE Gr 3 - 5 Concert
Ettrick Elementary

Mon., Mar. 18, 7:00pm
Music Booster Meeting

Fri. Mar. 22 - Sat., Mar. 23
U of M - Duluth Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival
Duluth, MN

Thur., Mar. 28, 7:30pm

HS Band/Choir Concert

Fri., Mar. 29 - Sun., Mar. 31
Out of the Blue & Vocal Point

Port Washington High School

Tues., Apr. 2 - Tues., Apr. 7
Band/Choir Trip to NYC

Fri., Apr. 12
WSMA Large Group Contest, HS Choir
Whitehall High School

Sat., Apr. 13

Flute Clinic & Master Class

Old Main

Sun., Apr. 14

Flute Choir Performance

Old Main

Mon., Apr. 15, 7:00pm
Music Booster Meeting

Wed., Apr. 17
WSMA Large Group Contest, HS Band
Whitehall High School

Apr. 24 - 28
Vocal Point
National A Cappella Convention
Memphis, TN

Tue., Apr. 30

Redhawk Music Night

Old Main

Sat., May 4
WSMA State Music Solo & Ensemble Contest

Viterbo University

Thurs., May 9, 7:30pm
MS Band Concert

Tues., May 14, 7:30pm
HS Band Spring Concert

Thurs., May 16, 6:30pm
5th Grade Combined Choir Concert

Fri., May 17 - Sat., May 18
Jazz Band
Music in the Parks Competition

Sun., May 19, 7:30pm
HS Choir Concert

Mon., May 20, 6:00pm
Music Booster Meeting

Mon., May 20, 7:30pm
MS Choir Concert


Honors Band Festival

Maddie, T., Emily C. Julia S., Kaylynn W. and Leo C. were nominated and selected to participate in the WSU High School Honors Band Festival. After auditions, each G-E-T member was placed in either first or second chair in their section. The festival included students from all over the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The next weekend, Leo C. and Julia S. were joined by James M. and Luke S. to perform in the WSU Honors Jazz Festival. Each student is placed in a band, works on 3 or 4 pieces over two days and performs in a concert. With one drummer leaving sick on day 2 of the festival, Luke had to learn two new pieces and have them ready for the concert that afternoon. The horn players had a chance to also try out for a solo spot on the evening performance with the jazz faculty quintet. Leo C. was chosen as a soloist. G-E-T was once again well represented by our band students.




G-E-T Marching Red Hawks

Whether it is 4:30am or 90 degrees out, it doesn’t matter to the G-E-T Marching Red Hawks. After finishing our summer marching season, the G-E-T High School Band starts before school working on their fall marching season. This year, the band had two special days they were able to add to their schedule. Each year, the band receives an invitation to the UW-La Crosse High School Band Day. What made this year’s extra special is that there are 4 G-E-T band alumni in the UW-L Screaming Eagles Marching Band, Ruben Cooksey, Nic Petersen, David Shimek, and Katie Schuth. So not only do we get to work and play with the college band and many high school bands from the area, we also get to see old friends.

The week before that, the Marching Red Hawks arrived at school at 4:15 am to head to Camp Randall where they were invited to be a part of the UW-Madison High School Band Day. Not every school in Wisconsin gets an invitation to this extra special event. For a high school to be invited to perform at Camp Randall, you must have an alum in the UW-Madison Marching Band. G-E-T alum, Isaac Brown made it into the band so G-E-T got an invitation. Thanks Isaac!

We got a chance to perform with over 30 other high school bands from all over Wisconsin. It was a day we will not soon forget. (9/17/18)