May 2009 Newsletter


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May 2009 Newsletter

  1. 1. Band Booster Newsletter John Marshall High School M ay 2009 S p r in g is s u e Dear JM Band Boosters and Friends, Another great year for the JM band program has almost come to an end! With this closing of the year come new beginnings not only for our graduating seniors as they move to the next stage of their life after high school, but also for our 9th – 11th grade band students. The Rochester high school band directors and their principals have met since November 2008 wrestling with the imminent cuts to the district’s budget and the impact that will have on the high school band programs. Taking into account the cuts in Pepsi Fund resources for the marching band program and no contractual stipend provided for the Rochester band directors for their summer and fall evening / weekend hours through the current union contact, a proposal was developed by the directors, agreed to and funded by the building principals, and recently confirmed by the Rochester School Board. Beginning Fall 2009, the Semester I high school band programs in Rochester will be reorganized to focus more on the concert band experience while still retaining many important aspects of the marching band / pep band contributions the bands can still make to the life of each Rochester high school. An informational meeting for the John Marshall band program will take place on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Ilstrup Auditorium designed to explain in detail what the reorganized program will look like at John Marshall and what time commitments will be required of 10th – 12th grade band students this next school year. Hopefully students originally concerned about extreme time commitments for marching band will note the reductions in time commitments and reconsider participating with us in band next year so they can continue making music in high school. Preparation is already underway for next fall as students make application for student leadership positions, students interested in color guard participate in May auditions, and all band students participate in Quarter 4 juries that will determine both drumline assignments and band / chair placements for next year’s fall program (This test is also the Semester II final exam!!). By the end of the school year, the music for next year’s parade and pep band will be selected and sketched out in rehearsals for the students to take home to learn during the summer …. So the cycle starts all over again with new leaders stepping into the “large shoes” left to be filled by this year’s outstanding senior class. The calendar for the 2009-2010 JM Band program will be given to the students in class as it is firmed up in the near future and will be emailed to all families in our band database. The last two months of school are a whirlwind of activities for band students who produce tremendous product with complete professionalism in every event. The list includes: 1. JM Marching Band’s 8-day tour to Florida in late March / early April where they marched at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios Theme Park and participated in the “You’re Instrumental” clinic at Disney’s Epcot. All parents should be so proud of these fine young ambassadors for JM and Rochester. 2. Jerry Luckhardt, Associate Conductor of Bands at the University of Minnesota, served as clinician for all three JM bands on Thursday, April 16. Thanks to the JM Band Boosters for supporting this important educational experience for the program. 3. “Thoroughly Modern Millie” production by JM Drama Department with some band students performing on stage with acting roles and others performing as part of the pit orchestra. Page 1
  2. 2. 4. Home Big Nine Concert on Monday, April 27, with JM Symphonic Winds, JM Symphony Orchestra, and JM Concert Choir in preparation for the Big Nine Music Festival; 5. Big Nine Music Festival was held at Austin High School this year on Friday, May 1. The JM Symphonic Winds gave an outstanding performance of Percy Grainger’s “Molly On The Shore”, Philip Sparke’s “Sunrise At Angel’s Gate”, and John Philip Sousa’s “The Washington Post March”. JM band students who participated in the Big Nine Select Band and Orchestra at the evening Grand Finale Concert are as follows: Band – Alex Antolak (bassoon), Rachel Tamminga (alto saxophone), Ihab Mikati (tenor saxophone), Kyle Kubat (trumpet), Ashley Murrell (French horn), Kevin Greentree (tuba), Chris Nelson (tuba), Bill Ollhoff (percussion), Kelsey Mirehouse (percussion) / Orchestra – Megan Settell (piccolo), Philip Muehe (oboe), Maly Schacht (clarinet/bass clarinet), A.J. Depman (trumpet), Emily Gresbrink (trombone). 6. JM Band Fine Arts Concert is coming up on Tuesday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m. when all three concert bands will perform. The band’s 38 graduating seniors will be honored that night with a reception following the concert. Highlights of this concert will include a solo performance with the band by All-State tuba player Kevin Greentree and the premier of an original composition for band by senior Nick Podvin (All-State bassoonist) playing piano on his composition. 7. Annual JM Band Banquet will be held in the JM Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. and will be catered by Canadian Honker Restaurant. This event is a celebration of student successes and participation in music events for the second half of the school year. Drum majors for next year’s JM Marching Band will be announced at the end of the night and a video of the year in review will be shown. ALL band student meal costs are paid for by the JM Band Boosters – look for your invitations in the mail shortly for this all family event. 8. JM Graduation Ceremony held at RCTC Fieldhouse on Saturday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. with a performance by all JM Band sophomores and juniors. Congratulations to the graduating band seniors and thank you to the underclassmen band students for your contributions to this event.JM Drumline Camp will take place Tuesday, June 9 – Friday, June 12 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the JM Band room. This camp is required of all current 9th – 11th grade percussion students intending to participate in band in the 2009 – 2010 school year. Thanks to all parents who were so involved in making this a great year of music- making and exciting band activities. My sincere thanks to the members of the JM Band Boosters Board of Directors – the continued success and high quality of the offerings of the JM band program are directly related to the contributions of time, energy, and money you have made to the program this year. A special thanks to Mark Kubat for his leadership as President of the JM Band Boosters this year. Please look for the calendar for next year soon to be released so you can reserve all dates on your family calendars. I look forward to the coming year and hope you all have a restful and relaxing summer. Sincerely, Christopher W. Jarvis Director of Bands John Marshall High School Page 2
  3. 3. Final JMBB Wendy’s Night Tue, May 19 at NW Wendy’s Anytime between 5:00-7:00pm Wendy’s nights this year have consistently raised about $100 each month. Thank you for your support. In addition to being a fund-raiser, these events have been a fun social time for band students and families Invite friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc – you do not even need to mention the JM Band Boosters for us to get credit. Wendy’s generously donates a portion of all sales from 5:00 to 7:00 directly to Band boosters!! Note that the Fine Arts Concert is also on May 19th , so come out to Wendy’s then go see the Band Perform! President’s Welcome Greetings JM Band Parents and Guardians! Allow me to introduce myself – I am Marla Berg and I will have the privilege of serving as the JMBB President for the 2009-2010 School year. This will be my third year with the board and I am really looking forward to a great year with the band program. I want to say a big “Thanks” to the retiring board members – Mark Kubat (President for 2008-09), Joyce Lehman (Secretary), Shelly Savage (Treasurer), and Allan Mirehouse – their dedication to the band is wonderful and they will be missed. On the board this year will be: Jim Garrett (Vice President), Jane Jacobs (Secretary) Mike Adkins (Treasurer), Jan Braun, Brian Sander, Paul Henke, Sue Reuland, Cheryl Smith and Paul Tamminga (Ex Officio technology). Warm welcome to our new board members Jim Garrett, Mike Adkins, Cheryl Smith and Sue Reuland! It will be great having you join us. Returning to the board for another year is Jane Jacobs, Jan Braun, Brian Sander, and Paul Henke. This is a highly dedicated group of people that work to make the band program the best. I hope you will join us in our many activities this coming year. These include the annual car wash, parades, concerts, Pancake Breakfast, and spring band trip just to name some highlights. These activities serve to support this program with helping hands, your time/talents and fundraising. Without you, we can’t accomplish our goals. Plus, being involved lets you see first hand the quality program and will make you proud of these kids in a new way. You will be seeing a volunt eer form soon. This is one important way you can let us know what your interests, talents and availability might be. I’d also like to invite you to contact anyone of the board members for information or to let us know how you’d like to be involved. Please check out our Website at for board member contact information. It is also a source of great information such as a calendar, the newsletter, pictures, current events, with the hope of more to come this year. Thanks for supporting your student in their band participation. It is so much fun working with Mr. Jarvis and the band students. I hope to see you at a band event soon! Go JM Rockets! Respectfully, Marla Berg – incoming JMBB President Page 3
  4. 4. President’s Farewell As the school year ends, so does my time as the John Marshall Band Booster President. It is hard to believe that this year is already over. This has been a year filled with great programs and great accomplishments. The students involved in the John Marshall band programs are the best musicians and young people around. I am so proud of each and every one of them. I had the unique pleasure of spending time with them on many different occasions and will have very fond memories. I want to say a special thank you to Mr. Jarvis for allowing me to work with him and his band program. It is amazing what one teacher can do with so many students. I tip my hat to him. Next I want to thank the wonderful John Marshall Board members that I have had the pleasure to work with over the year. Marla Berg was the vice-president. Thanks to Marla for all you have done, for always being there and willing to offer that extra hand. Shelly Savage, treasurer, you did a great job with such a difficult and important task and did so many more duties too numerous to mention. Joyce Lehman, our secretary, thanks for getting the minutes done even when it was not always the easiest to do. Allan Mirehouse, your dedication and commitment to the board, band, game crew, parades, and Eden Prairie are greatly appreciated. Paul Henke thanks for your creativity in designing our new band ware and decorations for PB&J. Brian Sander, thanks for working tirelessly with our website, computer programs, pictures, and car wash signs. Jan Braun, thank you for another successful ice cream social and always being there and willing to assist whenever needed. Jane Jacobs, thanks for your outstanding knowledge and ability to communicate and to make our publicity efforts the best ever. Paul Tamminga, who was willing to work with the John Marshall Band website, newsletters, and PB&J spread sheets. I would also like to thank Leanne Cragun for serving us for the last ten years taking care of our precious, aging uniforms. Thank you also to Doris Kubat for chairing this years PB&J, things ran smoothly and you did a wonderful job. I also want to take a few minutes to say thank you to all the parents and families of the John Marshall band students. I have enjoyed working with these energetic and inspiring students and their parents. Thanks for all the different ways that you have volunteered over the year to support the John Marshall bands. It might have been donating to a concert reception, bringing popsicles, ushering at a concert, chaperoning, or working at the PB&J, whatever you have done over the year has assisted the John Marshall Bands to be the great groups that they are. All of us together have supported the students this year to make it a great year. Thanks again for all you have done. Mark Kubat Page 4
  5. 5. 2009 Orlando Magic Tour – John Marshall Marching Band The Florida Band Trip – what a great trip! Three bus loads of 112 JM band students, 13 chaperones. and Mr. Jarvis headed to sunny and warm Florida during a cold Minnesota spring break from March 26 – April 2. Mr. Jarvis put a great trip together for these kids and we had a great time together. We arrived in Orlando after a 30 hour bus ride and got to go to our first Disney attraction – Downtown Disney. The following day, Magic Kingdom! Marching there was a blast. The parade the kids marched in was in the evening and backstage excitement after a day of fun rides on places like Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The following day at Epcot included a fantastic 4-hour workshop called “You’re Instrumental” – the students were NOT looking forward to this prior to it occurring (4 hours inside when you are at Epcot – are you kidding???), but it was absolutely amazing the work these kids did with the clinician. Comments from the students after were – “that was so cool”. “the best we have ever sounded”, “I am so glad we did that!”, “this made the trip”. You will get to hear the results of their workshop at the JM Band Banquet on May 26th, so don’t miss it. The students did their last march of the year at Universal Studios. Prior to marching they had a great time jammin’ it up for one last time with the drum line. The band sounded great as they always do. After the marching in the morning, we spent the day at Universal Studios and following day went to Animal Kingdom and the Beach (Cocoa Beach). Rained at the beach, but the kids still swam and had a great time. Last day of parks was April 1st at Hollywood Studios. I think we were all parked out after the 5th park :) The students (and chaperones!) had a great time and represented our school very well with their behavior and performances. We wish to thank Mr. Jarvis for all the extra time and energy he put into organizing and ensuring that all kids who wished to go could go. We are very fortunate to have him as the teacher and instructor of our fine students. Page 5
  6. 6. PB&J Wrap-up Pancake Breakfast & Jammin’ is a huge undertaking for the Band Boosters. It is a combination of so many meaningful things in one event: it is a fundraiser, a social event, and a chance for everyone including family, friends, and community to praise our kids for a job well done and contribute to their rewarding band trip. This year with the outstanding efforts put forth by our students and their parents, we were able to have our most successful year ever. Over 900 people were served this year, almost 100 more people than in years past. This translated into more money for our students and their band program. Being the chair person for the PB&J this year gave me many opportunities to work with our outstanding, young, band students. Working with these kids instilled a great sense of pride in me. Their musicianship, leadership abilities, and all of their individual talents are inspiring to me. The more time I spent with them, the more I enjoyed it and wanted to continue volunteering my time to them. If you have volunteered your time – thank you so much, if you haven’t please consider volunteering even a small amount of time next year. It will be worth your investment. Thank you for the enjoyment and memories. I hope to see all of you next year. Doris Kubat Where’s the Calendar? Because of the uncertainty over the fall band program dates we are unable to provide a calendar at this time. Please watch for the calendar as a separate posting (another e-mail notification will be sent) Page 6
  7. 7. Reminder: Are you getting too much spam mail and feel the need to change your e-mail provider? Tired of that old e-mail address name? Don’t forget to let us know! Just go to and click on “Register” Your e-mail address is safe with us…we will not share it with anyone outside the band program! Be certain to include your name, your student’s name and additions or changes to your address. This is a vital communication tool for Boosters to keep you informed of your student’s activities and to continue to receive our newsletter. Any questions, please feel free to email JMBB Board JMBB Board of Directors President Marla Berg Vice President Jim Garrett Secretary Jane Jacobs Treasurer Mike Adkins Directors Jan Braun Paul Henke Cheryl Smith Sue Reuland Brian Sander Ex Officio Christopher Jarvis Band Director JMBB Website Mission Statement The mission of the John Marshall Band Boosters is to support and promote the John Marshall High School Band program. Members support the philosophy that music performance enhances educational growth and inspires the students of JM as well as the community at large. Some activities of the JM Band Booster volunteers include: fundraising, chaperoning, facilitating communication communication and duties related to band performances. Page 7