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    Hi Grant Band Families,

    First of all, thank you so much for all of your support at the SSOJ concert last Friday! As I've said before, we could not do what we do without your support mentally, physically, and financially. Bravo to all!

    Here is an updated schedule for the second half of the school year. We as the performing arts department try our best to estimate in the fall what the entire year's schedule will look like, but things always change especially with the musical dates being changed as well as our dance instructor expecting a baby in early May.

    The biggest change is reverting back to last year's early spring concert, which is a joint concert of Symphonic Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Lab, Percussion Ensemble, and the men's and women's choirs on March 17th. The reason for this is that Ms. Murray (dance instructor) needed to bump up her end of year performance and the April 28th date was the only one available (it is an extremely busy time of year for all.)

    All instrumental ensembles will perform at the Coda concert on the May 26th end of year concert. 

    The updated schedule is available at the link below - please update your calendar to match.  The calendar on the website has been fully updated.


    Please let me know if you have any questions. 

    Brian McFadden 
    Director of Instrumental Music
    Grant High School


    Thank you to everyone who made this year's Sweet Sound of Jazz: Paris After Dark such an exciting evening: Student players, Mr. McFadden, SSOJ chair Karis Almgren, Band Boosters President Amy Geoffroy, all the amazing volunteers, food & auction donors, parents, families, friends, GHS administration and facilities staff.

    Special thanks also to our sponsors: Kohl's, OnPoint Credit Union, Maloy's Jewelry, Donna Wax, Architect, 
    McGillacuddy's Sports Bar and Grill and Interstate Special Events.

    We'll announce the total amount raised soon.

    For those of you who couldn't check out due to the fire alarm, we will follow up with anyone who wanted to pay by credit card for their donation and on any auction items that were not picked up. 


    PIL District Competition forms and payment due THIS Tuesday, Feb. 9. You can't perform a solo or ensemble piece without it in and $10 (make check payable to Grant High School). Mr McFadden has forms in the band room.

    What is the PIL-Solo/Ensemble Contest?

    On Saturday, March 5, Wilson High School hosts the Portland Inter-League (PIL) District #1 Solo/Ensemble Contest for student-musicians. Students will perform solos or in small ensembles for judges who will grade them and give them feedback on their performance. Qualifying students from this competition will advance to the State Solo Competition on April 30, 2016 at Pacific University in Forest Grove. 


    Pep Band plays at two Grant home basketball games this week:

    Tues. Feb. 9
    @Grant vs Cleveland
    Call: 6:30 pm
    Game: 7:30 pm

    Thurs. Feb. 11
    @Grant vs Madison
    Call: 6:30 pm
    Game: 7:30 pm

    Parents, family and friends are encouraged to attend. We need donations of snacks and water for the band's break to keep them going - please send your donation in with your student, drop off it this week in the band room or mark it "BAND" and leave in the main office.

    Go Generals!


    Grant Band Coffee is ready for delivery. Most students have picked up their orders, but a few orders are still waiting in the band room. Mr. McFadden reports we have 15 bags available for sale - first come, first served! To buy, contact Mr. McFadden at
    Posted Feb 8, 2016, 5:11 PM by Grant Band
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