Dear Band and Color Guard,
Lots going on this week, so check the band calendar! Of note, the Winter Concert is Tuesday, and if you ordered butter braids, be sure to bring a cooler so they will stay cold during the concert. See below regarding holiday plant pick up. Please recall that for concerts and other performances, girls must wear the black dress and solid black dress shoes; boys must wear the tuxedo with a white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie, black cummerbund, tall black socks, and black dress shoes.
Region band auditions begin Friday for non-phased instruments/phase 1 percussion and Saturday for phase 1 instruments. The list of phased and non-phased instruments is on the band calendar and below. If your child will not ride the bus, the directors must have an alternate transportation form on file (see clhsband.org for form). If the directors do not receive an alternate transportation form, they will assume that your child will be riding the bus. When auditions are complete, the buses cannot leave until everyone is accounted for. Students are advised to bring money for concessions or make other plans to eat. There are no nearby restaurants and students may not leave Alvin HS. See the band calendar or the summary below for events the rest of the week.
Have a great week,
VP — Communications
Thank you to everyone that purchased the holiday plants. These plants will be used to decorate the stage for the Winter concert on December 3. Each of the Poinsettias, Christmas Cacti, and Norfolk Pines on the stage were pre-purchased. At the close of the concert, we would like everyone to be able to leave with their plants as quickly as possible! Before the concert, please be sure to pick up your envelope from the Poinsettia table outside of the auditorium. Your envelope will have your order. At the conclusion of the concert, line up in two lines of the center aisle. Volunteers will be at the front of the stage. Please give your envelope to one of the volunteers and your plants will be brought to you.
If you have any questions, please contact Anne Anguiano at 281-413-3236.
Thank you for your patience, and we especially thank you for your support of our Clear Lake High School Falcon Band Program.
UIL REGION AUDITION INFORMATION
UIL Region Auditions are an opportunity for students to audition and compete against other high school students. The top-performing students have an opportunity to advance to their designated Area Audition. The finest musicians from Area advance to State. For the purpose of UIL band, the state is divided into 8 areas, which are broken down further into 33 geographical regions. CLHS is in Region 17 Area H. Region and Area alignment is determined based on a combination of geographic and population factors. Each region offers competition in band, choir and orchestra as well as solo and ensemble competition.
Students who qualify at Region Orchestra and/or at Region for High School Region Band will have the opportunity to participate in a Clinic and showcase their talent in a concert. Students who advance to State participate in a four-day clinic/concert in San Antonio at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) which takes place in February.
Transportation is normally provided on school days from CLHS to the high school where auditions are taking place. Once all auditions for the evening are completed, students will then be transported back to CLHS. If you choose to pick up your student after their audition, an Alternative Transportation Form must be completed and turned into the Band Director prior to the audition date.
OTHER TYPES OF AUDITIONS
Phase 1 and Phase 2 Region Auditions (Dec 6 — 9) — This region audition is open to all high school students. Wind Ensemble students are required to participate. Larger groups of instruments have auditions in both Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 1 is spread across 2 days, and the student attends only on the day his/her instrument is scheduled. Smaller groups of instruments do not have a Phase 1 but participate in the Non-Phased group on December 6th. The top-scoring students in Phase 1 advance to Phase 2. The scores in Phase 2 determine which students earn the ranking of Region Band or District Band. Region Band ranked students participate in the Region Clinic/Concert on December 13-14. Students who rank the highest also advance to the Area Audition scheduled in January.
Area Auditions (Jan 11) — A select number of students who performed at the top in their Region Audition advance to Area Audition. Four regions feed into our Area. After this audition, the top-ranking students advance to State at Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) in San Antonio.
State (Feb 12-16) – Top ranking musicians from the state of Texas come together at TMEA, which is scheduled February 12 — 16. Students who qualify as State have the opportunity and privilege to participate in a 4-day clinic. The students audition, and per their ranking are placed in a ranking of concert bands or full orchestras. They work in clinics with esteemed conductors and on the final day of TMEA showcase their talent in a concert. Parents and family are welcome to attend these concerts.
THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
Monday, Dec. 2
2:45-4:15 Symphonic Band Rehearsal
4:30-6 Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Jazz Band Run Through 3-3:30
Winterguard Rehearsal 3-6
Winter Concert 7
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Full Orchestra Rehearsal 3-5:15 (note it is Wednesday, ignore typo on orchestra letter)
Thursday, Dec. 5
Winterguard Rehearsal 4-8
Friday, Dec. 6
Region Band Auditions, Non-Phased Instruments (piccolo, oboe, bass clarinet, bassoon, bari sax, tenor sax, bass trombone, tuba) and Percussion Phase 1
Saturday, Dec. 7
Region Band Auditions, Phase 1 Instruments (flute, Bb clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, French horn, euphonium, trombone) and Percussion Phase 2
Monday, Dec. 9
Region Band Phase 2