Weekly Announcements 12-3-18

December 3, 2018 By


NEW on this week’s announcements:

(Full Band) Mark your calendars: The 2019 Band Informational Meeting for Parents AND Students is Thursday, May 9th at 7:00pm in the Auditorium. This meeting is MANDATORY.

(Full Band) Winter Concert is next Monday night, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the East Auditorium. Arrival time is 6:30 p.m. for ALL groups. Concert order is as follows:

1) Brass Choir
2) Concert Band
3) Symphonic Band
4) Wind Symphony
5) Wind Ensemble
6) Blue Note Jazz Band

(Full Band) 3 weeks left of opportunities to gift wrap. Please sign up here –we need your help!

Week 2 (Dec. 2-Dec. 8) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044caeac2da7fb6-gift1

Week 3 (Dec. 9-Dec. 15) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044caeac2da7fb6-gift2

Week 4 (Dec. 16-Dec. 24) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044caeac2da7fb6-gift3

(Full Band) Solo & Ensemble participants: Sign ups will go up soon for your First Round audition on Tuesday, Dec. 18th. Make arrangements with your accompanist about what time is good for you (and them) to play. The window will be approximately 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 .pm.

(Jazz Band) Next semester there will be two prep jazz bands. Who is in what group is based mostly on individuals’ availability. Rosters for each group will be posted by December 14th.

(Jazz Band) Blue Note Jazz Band auditions will happen during finals week. Mr. Kenney will hear your audition during your scheduled band final.

(Brass Choir) Brass Choir rehearsal is normal Wednesday and Friday mornings this week, 7:15am. There will be two performances on Saturday, December 8th. Brass Choir will play at the Mill in the Haymarket at 9:30, then travel to the Mill at College View to play at 11:00. Call time is 9:00 at the Haymarket location. Dress warm, as we will play outside. There will also be a rehearsal Monday, December 10th, at 7:15 to prepare for the Winter Band Concert that evening.

(Pep Band) Final Rehearsal Monday night, 5:30-7:00. If shirts are not in for Friday’s games, wear previous year’s shirt or Spartan blue apparel.

(Full Band) Tri-M is inviting the East Music Department to join them in attending Paul Shaffer & the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra at the Lied Center on Thursday, January 10th, at 7:30. Paul Shaffer is a Grammy Award-winning musician and performer, and served as David Letterman’s music director for 33 years! Transportation will be on your own. Tickets are only $23 per student. These DISCOUNTED tickets must be paid for through School Pay. Please join us for this fun evening and sign up using this link: (https://goo.gl/forms/koOeojR02JLULdhx2 ) The deadline to sign up is this Friday, December 7th, at midnight.

(Full Band) Next 2 weeks at a glance:

Su M T W TH F Sa
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Pep Band


7:15 Brass Choir 7:15 Brass Choir


Pep Band-1st b-ball games, 4:30 report

9 10 11 12 13 14 15







7:15 BB: 4:30


Prep Jazz

lists posted

Reminders from previous announcements:

(Full Band) Now is the time to start thinking about next year’s schedule. We’d like you to remember that there are other music classes that are not ensembles that we’d like to fill up. Guitar I, Guitar II, Music Theory, Music Technology all only happen if enough students sign up for them. If you are looking for an extra class, please keep these in mind.

(Full Band) Concert Attire is ALL BLACK and ONLY BLACK. Ladies: Pants, not leggings or tights. Guys: Button down, long sleeve shirt is preferred. Band shoes are acceptable. No sandals, ties, or hats. Ladies, hair should at least be back out of your face.

(Full Band) Remaining Concert Dates: Dec. 10, Feb. 12, Apr. 8, Apr. 15, and May 14. Please mark these on your calendar and look ahead to any possible conflicts. For those in winter and spring sports, look ahead and compare your game schedules with these dates. For those that have jobs, give these dates to your employer NOW so you don’t get scheduled to work on a concert date.

*The February concert date was originally listed as being on Monday the 11th but has been changed to Tuesday the 12th.

–Mr. T


We’ve had a really great first week of gift wrapping.  Volunteers are stepping up to help and traffic is picking up every day.  There are still shifts available and remember—even if a shift is covered, you are still welcome to come and help—especially the last two weeks before the holiday—we will definitely need your help!

What is gift wrapping at Gateway???  It is our largest fundraiser of the year.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we offer gift wrapping services at Gateway Mall for a $3 suggested donation per package.

When is gift wrapping at Gateway??  This year, gift wrapping starts on Sunday, November 25th and runs through Sunday, December 23rd (we will be closed, however, on November 26-28th and December 10, 11 and 13th)

What are the hours gift wrapping is available?  Hours during the week are from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (or later as Christmas approaches).  Weekend hours are 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Shifts are two or three hours in duration.

Where will the gift wrapping station be located?  This year, we will be located at the Food Court, next to the pizza place to the left of the west entrance to the Mall.

What if I don’t have any gift wrapping skills?  No problem!  We still need you!!!!  Even if you can’t gift wrap, we can teach you, or we can use your skills elsewhere. We need lots of volunteers to help with customer service, to restock supplies, and to help our students while they wrap gifts.

Can my family and I volunteer to help?  YES!!!  This is a HUGE event for us and we need A LOT of volunteers to help out.  We need at least one parent and two or three students per shift (as we get closer to Christmas, we will need more people per shift).  Students can earn service hours towards their band letter.  This is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and siblings to help out too!  Make it a family event!!

Can I sign up for more than one shift? YES, YES, YES!!  You can sign up for as many shifts as you wish.  We do ask that each student sign up for a minimum of one shift during the event.

What if all the sign ups are full?  Can I just show up anyway??  YES!!!  Please do!!  Especially as we get closer to the holiday, we will get busier and will no doubt need your help!!

 Where do I sign up?  We have sign up sheets available for all for weeks of the event:  If you and/or your student want to volunteer, please sign up here:

Week 2 (Dec. 2-Dec. 8)

Week 3 (Dec. 9-Dec. 15)

Week 4 (Dec. 16-Dec. 23)


“Student Council is teaming up with the Spartan Village and PTO to hold a donation drive for our Spartan Village as our semester is coming to a close.

For those of you that aren’t aware, Mrs. Wilson-Dunning in collaboration with the counseling center, administration, Junior League of Lincoln, and Food Bank of Lincoln has created a room in our school where we gather/store non perishable food items, clothing, and personal hygiene products.  Theses items in the Spartan Village their additional services can be utilized by anyone in the East community; staff, students, families, friends, etc. 

The drive will be held Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 14th. We will be collecting donations of food, clothing, and personal hygiene products. To make sure all of the closet’s needs are addressed, we will be splitting categories of items amongst the groups that participate. To make this a bit more fun, we are going to make it a competition. PTO has set aside $100 to award to the “team” that raises the most. They will be able to use however they please (donate back to the closet, a charity of their choosing, or for personal benefit). More details regarding drop off, donation assignments, and logistics will be sent to those who are interested in participating.”

The Band will be participating in this drive for Spartan Village.  Mr. Thorpe and/or the Boosters will receive information in the next few days about what our donation items will be.  We will let you know so our band families can participate and donate items as they wish.  Please stay tuned for more details.

QPR-A Suicide Prevention Program for Parents  in JanuaryA Note on Behalf of the PTO

“East PTO is sponsoring the very timely, and life-saving suicide prevention training, “QPR-Question, Persuade, Refer” on Monday, January 28th at 6:30 pm in the East media center.  Parents and guardians of East students are encouraged to attend.   The course and materials are free. Diane Wilson-Dunning, East High Counselor and Certified QPR instructor, will lead the session.

Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.  According to The QPR Institute, “the QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training,” and “we believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make positive differences in the life of someone they know.”

This training is one hour long and is appropriate for lay people.  Maximum enrollment is 20 enrollees per session.  Additional sessions will be added if necessary.  Our PTO is honored to support this worthy cause.  If you are interested in attending, please follow this link to register  http://signup.com/go/dSaUnDz

The Band is not sponsoring this training.  We are simply passing this information along to any of our band families who may be interested in participating in the training.


What’s the perfect gift for your child’s school teacher?  What about for their piano teacher?  The mail carrier?  The baby sitter?  The neighbor next door?  Your hair stylist?  Your co-worker?  BAKER’S CHOCOLATES!!

Holiday packaging makes these wonderfully smooth and delectable chocolates perfect for gift giving.  You can even treat yourself during the holiday season!!

Boxes are $5.00 and the proceeds will be used to support the band!  If you are interested in purchasing these delightful treats, please contact Angela Melton @ (402) 202-5383 or amelton93@gmail.com.

MARCUS THEATER TICKETS FOR SALE – They make great stocking stuffers for movie lovers

Holiday movies are coming soon!  Get prepared by placing an order for discounted Marcus Movie Theater tickets and gift cards.  Not only easy, your purchase helps the band!!

Paula Williams will keep the collection of Marcus movie tickets open through the concert next Monday, December 10th.  She will plan to be at/near the table where Bakers Chocolates will be sold to collect orders.

Questions? Email Paula @ penbroke28@gmail.com.

For more information, please refer to the attached brochure.


HE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL!The perfect time to order hot drinks from THE MILL

The Mill and the Boosters are teaming up with a coffee/tea/hot chocolate/cider fundraiser! Everyone knows someone who likes coffee! Students will make $5.50 per coffee bag sold and $5 per tea bag sold. Money earned will go towards the band.  Monthly orders will be accepted at the monthly booster meetings.  Orders will then be ready within about a week.  Visit the Band’s website at www.lincolneastband.org.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Fundraisers” to access the order forms.  Please contact Miki Valenta at eastbandexecutiveboard@gmail.com if you have any questions.

THE BOOSTER BOARD NEEDS YOU!! Consider Joining the Booster Board  for the 2019-2020 Year

The Booster Board is seeking new board leadership next year to replace outgoing members.  We are looking for:

Vice President (2-year commitment with accession to President in the second year) – assists with fundraisers/identification of project chairs, assumes duties of President when necessary, assists with board operations and other duties as assigned.

Secretary takes meeting minutes and is responsible for keeping corporate records and other duties as assigned

Communications Director/Media – responsible for distributing communications to the parents from band directors and Booster Board, prepares flyers and materials for fundraisers, prepares sign-ups for volunteer opportunities, maintains band website and coordinates with social media band leaders about posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and other duties as assigned.

Serving as a board member is a time commitment, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences you will have as a parent at East.  Not only will you meet and develop fantastic friendships, you will also have many opportunities to work closely with our band students and their families and provide valuable input about the band program and activities in the future.

If you are interested in serving on the Booster Board next year, please email the Executive Board at eastbandexecutiveboard@gmail.com