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News for November 2017

posted Oct 30, 2017, 10:15 PM by Grant Band   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 8:51 PM ]

BAND DONATION/FUNDRAISING

While there is no official fee to participate in band, we do ask that each student's family donate or raise $200 over the course of the year. There are many ways to do this:
  • Donate by going to School Pay and choose "Performance Arts"--> "Band". 
  • Give a check or cash to Mr. McFadden or MaryBeth Hernandez at one of the band events.
  • Participate in fundraisers (more information coming soon).
  • Help with auction procurement for the Sweet Sound of Jazz (more information coming soon).   
Each time you or your student raises money, your student will receive credit for those funds. If we each do our part, we can help raise the money Mr. McFadden needs to run a strong music program.

VETERAN'S DAY PARADE

Parade call time on Saturday, November 11th will be 8:30 am. We will be meeting on NE 40th ave. between Tillamook and Thompson street. Click HERE to see the parade lineup map. We are entry #32.

After finishing the parade route, we will be performing at the closing ceremony right outside the Ross Hollywood Chapel (4733 NE Thompson St, Portland, OR 97213). This is at the end of the parade route. The ceremony should finish before noon at which point students will be dismissed.

Final reminder that attire is the black band jacket, blue baseball cap, black pants, black shoes. You are welcome to wear gloves and layers underneath your jacket. Preferably, these are black as well, but you may also wear blue, grey or white gloves. The goal is to look uniform and not stand out.

We are still looking for 1 more driver to transport percussion gear from Grant HS and meet us at the parade lineup location. I'd like to load vehicles tomorrow (Thursday) while conferences are going on. After the parade, we will need to load the gear up and drive it back to Grant.

 

VETARAN'S PARADE PRACTICE

WE, JE, JL, SB and PE bands will be marching in the Vetaran's Day Parade on Saturday November 11 (call time TBD). Parade practice will be held from 3:45-5:15 on Wednesday 11/1 and Tuesday 11/7. Students should meet in the band room.
 

SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ PLANNING MEETING

Our next planning meeting will be on Sunday November 12 at 6:30 PM at Lloyd Center Plaza (919 NE 19th Ave, Main floor conference room. Call Kelly at 215-380-6767 if you need help finding the room).

Please join us to help plan the largest band fundraiser of the year! We welcome anyone to attend the planning meetings even if you can’t sign up for a particular committee.  Or, if you'd like to help and cannot attend the meeting(s), please email Kelly at kellyfarleymccollum@gmail.com.
 

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING

Our next Band Boosters Meeting will be on Tuesday November 21 at 6:30 PM at the home of Elise Lind (2832 NE 14th Ave). We welcome all interested parents and grandparents and hope you'll join us when you can!
 

FACEBOOK POSTING GUIDELINES

We encourage families to post pictures and videos to Facebook of band students performing at events. Please be sure to only post things that are specific and relevant to Grant Band. Please also keep comments positive and construcdtive to ensure we're representing Grant Band in the best possible light!
 

BAND BOOSTERS IS LOOKING FOR PRESIDENT ELECT

Are you interested in contributing to the Band program at Grant? Consider joining the boosters to help support the program and the fundraising events that occur throughout the year. In particular, we are currently looking for a president-elect to shadow the current president and eventually take on the role of president (or co-President if you would like to ease in more slowly) next year. Please feel free to email the current president at marybethhernandez@comcast.net with any questions. Or, come to a meeting to check it out!!

News for October 2017

posted Oct 14, 2017, 2:18 PM by Grant Band   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 10:03 PM ]

GRANT BAND FALL CONCERT 

All Bands
Wednesday, October 18
7-8:30 pm (call, 6pm)
Alberta Abbey (126 NE Alberta St)


Suggested donation: $5 (families $15) 

Grant Band opens its performance season with a wonderful fall concert featuring all music ensembles. Come support our students and listen to some great music.

Can you help with loading and unloading equipment for the concert?
Students will load gear into U-haul afterschool. Here's what Mr. McFadden needs help with:
  • 5:30pm, Alberta Abbey - help unload percussion gear 
  • 8:30pm, Alberta Abbey - help load gear after concert
  • 9:00pm, Grant at Marshall - help unload gear back into the band room
If you can help load and/or unload equipment, please shoot Mr. McFadden an email at bmcfadden@pps.net so he knows he has help.
 

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING

Our next Band Boosters meeting will be Tuesday October 24th at 6:30 pm at Eve Celsi's house (2814 NE 16th Ave). We usually meet the third Tuesday of each month, but due to schedule conflicts we will meet on the 4th Tuesday in October. 

We had a great turnout at our last meeting. Thank you to all who joined us!

We welcome all interested parents and grandparents to our meetings and hope you'll join us when you can!


SWEET SOUND OF JAZZ PLANNING MEETING

We're starting to plan our largest band fundraiser of the year - the Sweet Sound of Jazz (SSOJ) which will take place on Saturday 2/3/18. Our first planning meeting will be on Sunday October 29 at 6:30 PM (location will be announced later). 

The plan for the meeting will be to come up with a theme with help from Mr. McFadden. We'll also give an overview of the event and describe the type of help that’s typically needed. We welcome anyone to attend the planning meetings even if you can’t sign up for a particular committee
 

PARADE PRACTICE

WE, JE, JL, SB and PE bands will be marching in the Vetaran's Day Parade on Saturday November 11. Parade practice will be held from 3:45-5:15 on Monday 10/30 and Wednesday 11/1. Students should meet in the band room.
 

BAND BOOSTERS IS LOOKING FOR PRESIDENT ELECT

Band Boosters is looking for a President Elect to shadow the current President and assume this role next year. If you are interested or have questions about the position, please email Mary Beth at marybethhernandez@comcast.net 
 

NEWS for September 2017

posted Oct 7, 2017, 10:17 PM by Grant Band   [ updated Oct 14, 2017, 2:21 PM ]

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING 

The Band Boosters will hold their first meeting of the school year on Tuesday September 26, at 6:30pm at the home of Mary Beth Hernandez (3040 NE 37th Ave)

The Band Boosters routinely meet the third Tuesday of each month. However, this month we had back-to-school night on the 19th so we're meeting a week later. At our meetings we receive a report from Mr. McFadden as well as discuss future projects. 

We welcome all interested parents to our first meeting of the school year. Please join us!
 



PEP BAND 

Pep Band is playing the next 2 Fridays (9/29 and 10/6) for Grant's home football games. Call time is 6:00pm. Pizza is provided for band members.
 


ALL-STATE/WIBC AUDITIONS 

Students should be practicing their music for All-State and WIBC.
  • All-state audition deadline is October 1st.
  • WIBC audition deadline is October 7th.
  • Sign up with Mr. McFadden soon for a recording slot.

Grant Band Communications - Sign-up Now!

posted Aug 10, 2017, 9:04 PM by Grant Band   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 9:06 PM ]

Do you know of an incoming freshman band student who might not be on our email list yet? Please forward this newsletter to help them get off to a great start with Grant band!  There are several ways to hear about what's going on with Grant Band:
- sign up for this newsletter by clicking here.
- join our Grant Band Facebook page
- email us at band boosters

Summer 2017

posted Jul 9, 2017, 6:27 PM by Grant Band

First day of school for Grant at Marshall campus is Wednesday August 30, 2017. Although in past summers there's been a band camp prior to the start of school, we'll organize something after school starts (Mr McFadden will be away on his honeymoom). Stay tuned...

Have a great summer! 

News for June 2017

posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:40 PM by Grant Band   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 1:49 PM ]

PEP BAND FOR "GRANT'S LAST STAND" 

This Saturday, June 3, the alumni will host "Grant's Last Stand." It is a celebration of 90+ years of the current Grant campus and looking forward to the future with the modernization project.

There are activities throughout the day, but the main program in the auditorium begins at 2:30 and Pep Band will play for this portion.

Details:
  • Call: 2:00 pm
  • Ceremony: 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Dress: Semi Formal (i.e., dress shoes, slacks/skirt, collared shirt/blouse, dress. No tennis shoes/jeans/t shirts)
 
 

ITINERARY FOR GRADUATION PERFORMANCE

Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab, and Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Grant High School 2017 Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, June 7 at Memorial Coliseum. 

Details:

  • Call: 6:45 pm at Memory Coliseum
  • Graduation start time: 7:30 pm
  • Dress: Semi Formal (i.e., dress shoes, slacks/skirt, collared shirt/blouse, dress. No tennis shoes/jeans/t shirts)


LAST DAY: JUNE 15

The band website and newsletters will be on hiatus in July and August. (No band camp is planned before the start of the 2017-18 school year.)  Enjoy the summer!

News for May 2017

posted May 8, 2017, 8:04 PM by Grant Band   [ updated May 8, 2017, 8:05 PM ]

WIND, JAZZ ENSEMBLES AT STATE THIS MONTH 

Wind Ensemble will perform at State (in Corvallis) this Saturday, May 13th. The performance is at 11:45am in the LaSells Stewart Center at OSU.
Students will ride a district bus to and from Grant that day, loading at 8:15am and returning around 5:00pm. Students should pack a lunch, as they won't have time to go and find lunch on campus.

Read the full itinerary for times and items to bring.

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Jazz Ensemble will perform at the state contest on May 20 at Mt. Hood Community College. Schedules have not been released yet but should be available soon.
 


    FINAL BOOSTER MEETING ON MAY 16

    The last band boosters meeting of the year is Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30pm in the band room. 

    The Grant Band Boosters are a friendly group of parents who meet monthly, along with Mr. McFadden, to support the band program. Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30, most often in the band room. 

    At this final meeting, we will be electing board positions for next year. We still have a couple of open positions, including President-Elect and membership in our Sweet Sound of Jazz Planning Team. As President-Elect, you would attend monthly meetings and prepare to assume the duties of booster president the following year. The Sweet Sound of Jazz Team will be a group of 5-8 parents who will work together to plan this event, which typically takes place in February.

    Please consider joining us on May 16 to help us wrap up a successful year and start thinking about the next one!

     

    CODA CONCERT MAY 25 

    The final concert of the year -- the Coda -- happens Thursday, May 25 at 7:00pm in the auditorium. All musicians should report at 6:00 pm.

    We are looking for volunteers to bring treats for the Bake Sale in the lobby before and after the concert, or to help sell the baked goods, coffee, and water.

    • Baked goods must be store-bought per PPS policy. 
    • On May 25, you can send them to the band room with your student, drop them in the office, or bring them just before the concert. 

    If you can help with donations or volunteering, please contact Elise Lind at elind448@gmail.com.

     


    PEP BAND FOR "GRANT'S LAST STAND" ON JUNE 3

    Message from Mr. McFadden: 

    We've been asked to provide a pep band for the June 3rd "Grant's Last Stand" closing ceremony. I am still getting details from the planners but it will most likely be volunteer. 

    Stay tuned for details.

    News for April 2017

    posted Apr 17, 2017, 9:52 AM by Grant Band   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 9:53 AM ]

    CHICAGO -- THE MUSICAL THIS MONTH

    Grant's musical production of Chicago is coming this month! 

    • Show dates: April 27-29 and May 4-6. 
      • Curtain time:  7:00pm
      • Call time: 6:00pm
    • Final preparations for the next 2 weeks (pit rehearsals wk of 4/17, and dress rehearsals wk of 4/24):
      • Mon., 4:00pm
      • Tues., 4:00pm
      • Wed., 4:00pm


    SAN FRANCISCO TRIP APRIL 20-23 

    The bi-annual trip for WE and JE students is almost here! This year's trip to San Francisco should be a fantastic mix of music education, performance, and fun.

    Students will depart at 7:15am on Thursday April 20, and return late on Sunday April 23full itinerary and packing list

    At this point, all participating WE/JE students should be registered with Educational Travel Service (ETSI) at www.etsi.ws. The Band Boosters will be covering part of the cost for each student, but the remaining payments should be made directly to ETSI on their website. Be sure to indicate trip number 3H16.

     

    BAND BOOSTERS WANT YOU!

    The next band boosters meeting is Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30pm in the band room, and we would love to have YOUR support!

    The Grant Band Boosters are a friendly group of parents who meet monthly, along with Mr. McFadden, to support the band program. Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30, most often in the band room. Your help improves the quality of the music experience for our sons and daughters at Grant. Please consider joining us on April 18 to see what it’s all about.

    We have some board positions open for next year, including President-Elect and membership in our Sweet Sound of Jazz Planning Team. As President-Elect, you would attend monthly meetings and prepare to assume the duties of booster president the following year. The Sweet Sound of Jazz Team will be a group of 5-8 parents who will work together to plan this event which typically takes place in February.

    If you are curious about these positions and would like more information, you can visit the grantband.org website and/or email marybethhernandez@comcast.net. Or just come to a meeting and introduce yourself.

    Please help us spread the word to families joining us next year! Pass this information along to any parents of eighth grade band students on their way to Grant.

    More news for March 2017

    posted Mar 13, 2017, 10:31 PM by Grant Band   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 9:37 AM ]

    BOOSTERS SEEK NEW BOARD MEMBERS

    The Grant Band Boosters are a friendly group of parents who meet monthly, along with Mr. McFadden, to support the band program. Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30, most often in the band room. We would love to have YOUR support. Your help improves the quality of the music experience for our sons and daughters at Grant. Please consider joining us for a meeting or two to see what it’s all about!

    We have some board positions open for next year including President-Elect and membership in our Sweet Sound of Jazz Planning Team. As President-Elect, you would attend monthly meetings and prepare to assume the duties of booster president the following year. The Sweet Sound of Jazz Team will be a group of 5-8 parents who will work together to plan this event which typically takes place in February. If you are curious about these positions and would like more information, visit our Boosters page and/or email marybethhernandez@comcast.net.

    Please help us spread the word to families joining us next year! Pass this information along to any parents of eighth grade band students on their way to Grant.



    PIT REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

    This year's Grant musical production is Chicago! Performances happen at the end of April, and musicians in the pit band will be very busy for the next several weeks. In March there are 2 rehearsals are every week, on Wednesday after school and during the second Flex period. So,
    • "A" weeks:  Wed., 3:30pm and Thurs. 9:36am
    • "B" weeks:  Wed., 3:30pm and Fri. 9:36am 
    Rehearsals start this week (Wed. March 1, Fri. March 3). 
    Things get even busier in April. If you have any schedule questions, check the full Band Calendar for the complete list of dates.

    News for March 2017

    posted Feb 27, 2017, 8:08 PM by Grant Band   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 8:11 PM ]

    PIT REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

    This year's Grant musical production is Chicago! Performances happen at the end of April, and musicians in the pit band will be very busy for the next several weeks. In March there are 2 rehearsals are every week, on Wednesday after school and during the second Flex period. So,
    • "A" weeks:  Wed., 3:30pm and Thurs. 9:36am
    • "B" weeks:  Wed., 3:30pm and Fri. 9:36am 
    Rehearsals start this week (Wed. March 1, Fri. March 3). 
    Things get even busier in April. If you have any schedule questions, check the full Band Calendar for the complete list of dates.



    PIL SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL MARCH 4

    On Saturday, March 4, 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. 

    Performances vary by student and could be anytime throughout the morning and early afternoon. Check with Mr. McFadden if you have any questions.


    SWEET SOUND OF SUCCESS!

    Thank you to everyone who made this year's Sweet Sound of Jazz (Goes Hollywood!) such an exciting evening: Student players, Mr. McFadden, SSOJ chairs Amy Geoffroy & Kelly McCollum, Band Boosters President MaryBeth Hernandez, all the amazing volunteers, food & auction donors, parents, families, friends, GHS administration and facilities staff.

    Special thanks also to our sponsors: Braces by Dr. Joe, OnPoint Credit Union, Maloy's Jewelry, and McGillacuddy's Sports Bar and Grill. 

    The fundraiser was a great success! We'll announce the total amount raised soon.

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