Update for the Week of 4/4/22 – 4/8/22

Congratulations to the 4 ladies who represented QACHS Saturday evening as members of the 2022 Senior All-Shore Honors Band! It was an outstanding evening of live music presented by both the Junior and Senior bands at Easton High School. It was also great to be back in person for the first time since the 2019 All-Shore Concert that was held at QACHS.  Taking a look at this week, the Concert and Symphonic Bands will continue their preparations for the Spring Concert in four weeks.  The Jazz ensemble continues its preparations for the Jazz Concert in five weeks for the QACHS Night of Jazz.  Thursday we will have a Band Parents Meeting to go over the latest things that have been going on and what we still need to accomplish as we push towards the end of this year.

Looking ahead: We will bring the Marching Lions Band back out of hibernation to begin preparing for the Spring Concert and the Chestertown Tea Party Parade, that will both be next month. The rehearsal schedule for these performances will be on the following dates after school: 4/25, 5/2, 5/4, and 5/23.

Here is what our schedule looks like this week:

Monday – No After School Rehearsal

Tuesday – Jazz Band Rehearsal (After school)

Wednesday – No After School Rehearsal

Thursday – Jazz Band Rehearsal (After school)
Band Parents Meeting @ 7:00PM in the Band Room

Friday – No After School Rehearsal

Update for the Week of 3/28/22 – 4/2/22

This week the Concert and Symphonic Bands will continue their preparations for the Spring Concert.  The Jazz ensemble continues its preparations for the Jazz Concert in six weeks for the QACHS Night of Jazz.    We will end the week with a half day schedule on Friday that will have a 12:00 P.M. dismissal for Teacher Professional Development in the afternoon.  For those students that are members of the 2022 Senior All-Shore Band, we will be following the schedule below for the All-Shore Rehearsals on Friday and Saturday at Easton High School.

Here is what our schedule looks like this week:

Monday – No After School Rehearsal

Tuesday – No After School Rehearsal

Wednesday – No After School Rehearsal

Thursday – Jazz Band Rehearsal (After school)

Friday – Half Day / Professional Development
All-Shore Rehearsals (Details in the schedule below.)
No After School Rehearsal

Saturday – All-Shore Rehearsals/Banquet/Concert (Details in the schedule below.)

All-Shore Schedule @ Easton High School

FRIDAY

7:30                Arrive to School
8:00               Leave for Easton HS
8:30               Arrival / Registration
9:00-12:30   Rehearsal
12:30-1:00   Lunch (Bring your own Lunch)
1:00-4:00     Rehearsal
4:00               Dismissal / Departure
4:30               Return to QACHS

SATURDAY

8:30-9:00     Arrive (Bring needed items including Gowns)
9:00-1:30      Rehearsal
1:30-2:00      Dress for Concert
2:00-3:30      Banquet
3:30                Warm-Up
4:00                Concert (Must have 4 reservation tickets from student folder to purchase 4 admission tickets.) UPDATE! – Everyone is now welcome to attend the All-Shore Honors Bands Concert, no reservation tickets required.  Admission is $5 per Adult and $3 per Student.

Update for the Week of 2/7/22 – 2/11/22

Congratulations once again to the 5 students who auditioned for the 2022 Sr. All-Shore Honors Band this past Saturday at Colonel Richardson HS.  This week we will continue to prepare for Solo and Ensemble Festival that is in two weeks at Kent Island H.S., “James and the Giant Peach” that opens three weeks from this Friday, and District Band Festival that is four weeks from Wednesday.  If you would like to travel with us to North Dorchester High School for District Band Festival as a chaperone, please send me an e-mail so that I can put you on the list and send you the volunteer training information.

Here is what our schedule looks like this week:

Monday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Tuesday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Wednesday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Thursday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Friday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

2022 All-Shore Audition Results

Today, QACHS had 5 students that traveled to Colonel Richardson High School to audition for a spot in the 2022 Senior All-Shore Honors Band.

Here are our results:

1st Chair Clarinet – Brooke T.

14th Chair Clarinet – Julia K.

6th Chair Alto Saxophone – Hailee M.

1st Alternate for Alto Saxophone – Lea A.

1st Chair Mallets – Hillary O.

Update for the Week 1/31/22 – 2/5/22

Well, here we are again off for another snow day.  As a result of the latest snow storm, All-Shore Auditions were postponed from this past Saturday to this coming Saturday.  All of the times and details will remain the same.  As for the rest of the week, both the Concert and Symphonic Bands will continue preparations for District Band Festival coming up in March, our small ensembles will continue to prepare for Solo and Ensemble Festival coming up in a few weeks, and the Pit Orchestra will continue to prepare for the upcoming performances of James and the Giant Peach.  We will also be discussing the addition of adding Fridays to our schedule for Pit Orchestra rehearsals due to having lost so many.  This Thursday evening will be our February Band Parents meeting.  There are a few very important details that we need to discuss and take care of, so please plan to join us in the Band Room at 7:00PM.

Here is what our schedule looks like for this week.

Monday – No School – Snow Day

Tuesday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Wednesday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Thursday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)
Band Parents Meeting @ 7:00PM

Friday – Possible Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Saturday – All-Shore Auditions at Colonel Richardson HS in Federalsburg, MD.  Students need to arrive and report for check in at 9:00 AM.

Update for the Week of 1/24/22 – 1/29/22

Today, students are off for another day, as teachers are involved in Professional Development.  Tomorrow, will be the make-up day for last Thursday, so students will be involved in final exams for periods 3 and 4, as well as the midpoint assessments for the Hybrid 2 classes with an early dismissal day at 1:00 PM.  There will not be Pit Orchestra due to the early dismissal.  Looking at the week as a whole, we will begin our second semester classes on Wednesday and continue our preparations for Solo and Ensemble Festival, District Band Festival, and the Musical.  This coming Saturday will be All-Shore auditions at Colonel Richardson HS in Federalsburg, MD.  Students will need to arrive on their own and check in at 9:00 AM and are asked not to do so before 8:45 AM.

Here is what our schedule looks like this week.

Monday – No School – Professional Development

Tuesday – No After School Rehearsals – 1:00 PM Student Dismissal (Pd. 3 and 4 Semester Exams)

Wednesday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Thursday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Friday – No After School Rehearsals

Saturday – All-Shore Auditions at Colonel Richardson HS in Federalsburg, MD.  Students need to arrive and report for check in at 9:00 AM.

Update for the Week of 1/17/22 – 1/21/22

This week the students have a short three day week due to being off today for MLK Day and then off again on Friday due to Teacher Professional Development.  However, at the same time it will be a busy week due to the fact that we will finish up the first semester with final exams.  Tomorrow, we will stay in our first Hybrid classes for all of third period, as it will only be the midpoint of the year for those courses, and will allow for the midpoint assessments.  On Wednesday we will have the final exams for periods 1 and 2 with a 12:45 dismissal.  On Thursday will be the exams for periods 3 and 4, as well as the midpoint assessments for the Hybrid 2 classes with another early dismissal day at 1:00 PM.  We will only have a Pit Orchestra rehearsal after school on Tuesday due to the fact that it will be the only regular dismissal day.  In both of the classes during the day, we will continue our preparations for Solo and Ensemble Festival and District Band Festival.

Next week the kids will be off once again on Monday for the second Teacher Professional Development day.  Second Semester will begin on Tuesday.  Next Saturday will be the All-Shore Band auditions at Colonel Richardson High School.

Here is what our schedule looks like this week.

Monday – NO SCHOOL! (MLK Jr. Day)

Tuesday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Wednesday – No After School Rehearsals – 1:00 PM Student Dismissal (Pd. 1 and 3 Semester Exams)

Thursday – No After School Rehearsals – 1:00 PM Student Dismissal (Pd. 3 and 4 Semester Exams)

Friday – No School – Professional Development

Update for the Week of 1/10/22 – 1/14/22

This week is our last full week of the first semester and hopefully the first one of 2022.  Next week will be another short week but busy week due to no school for MLK Day on Monday, Mid-term exams for the Hybrid 1 classes on Tuesday, Final Exams for the Fall Semester periods 1 and 2 classes on Wednesday, with a 1:00 dismissal, Mid-term exams for the Hybrid 2 classes and Final Exams for the Fall Semester periods 3 and 4 classes on Thursday with another 1:00 dismissal, and finish with no school for students on Friday due to the Teacher Professional Development day.

The Concert and Symphonic Bands will finally get to begin their M,W, F full rehearsal schedule getting ready for District Band Festival in March and the small ensembles in those two classes will rehearse together during their respective class times on T and Th.  The Pit Orchestra will continue to prepare for the production of James and the Giant Peach.

The Pre-Registration forms were made available today for anyone that is planning to audition for the Senior All-Shore Honors Band.  Details about auditions are on the top of the form and the bottom needs to be filled out and returned along with the $3 per instrument fee, to Mr. Wright by the Friday of this week

Here is what our schedule looks like this week:

Monday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Tuesday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Wednesday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Thursday – Pit Orchestra Rehearsal (2:35 – 4:45)

Friday – No After School Rehearsals.

Update for the Week of 9/6/21 – 9/11/21

Today we are off for Labor Day as we take our last opportunity to enjoy summer.  This week the Concert and Symphonic Bands will continue to sight read through the music that we will be working on for the Pops Concert that will be October 20th.  After school as Marching Lions Band members will stay for sectional rehearsals.  Friday will be our first home football game.  This will mean that the Marching Lions will have rehearsal after school, then take a dinner break before getting dressed and attending the game to support the Varsity Lions Football team.  On Saturday, the Marching Lions will have a full day rehearsal as we work toward finishing putting the drill for their field show on the field.

The packets containing the audition information for Jr. and Sr. All-State Band auditions will be available in the band room.  Please be sure to pick up a packet if you are interested in auditioning.

Here is the schedule for this week:

Monday – No School – Labor Day!

Tuesday Full Marching Band Sectional Rehearsal (2:30PM-5:00PM)

Wednesday – No After School Rehearsal

Thursday – Full Marching Band Rehearsal (2:35-5:00PM)

Friday – Full Marching Band Rehearsal (2:35PM-5:00PM)
Football Game against Washington HS. (Report @ 5:45PM)

Saturday – Full Marching Band Rehearsal (9:00AM-5:00M) Report Time @ 8:45AM (Percussion / Color Guard @ 7:00)

Update for the Week of 3/1/21 – 3/5/21

Week 26 – What an amazing week we had last week!  From the great news last Monday about the students that earned a chair placement for the 2021 Senior All-Shore Band to getting to great days of in person rehearsal in the Band Room together.  It was so good getting to stand on the podium again and have music being played together.  Now, it wasn’t anything fancy, it was just the scales that we have been working on independently over the past 4 weeks, but it was an important step for us as it was the first time that any of them have had to try to play their instrument with a mask on, and either a bell cover for the brass, or a bag for the woodwinds.  The percussion even had a new experience in playing with gloves on.  This week we are looking to actually begin rehearsing some of the music that we have been working on.  On the days that the ensembles have class online in the afternoon, we will continue with our break-out room sectionals.  Then, on the days that we have class in person in the mornings, we will be attempting our first full rehearsal of actual music that we have been working on.  Wednesday will continue to be a brief check-in class to go over the Asynchronous work for the day.

Here is the schedule for this week:

Monday –Cohort A Day 1: Symphonic Band @ 12:00pm / Concert Band @ 12:40pm

Tuesday – Cohort A Day 2: Symphonic Band @ 7:45am / Concert Band @ 8:30am

Wednesday – Asynchronous Check-in Day: Symphonic Band @ 9:10am / Concert Band @ 9:25am

Thursday – Cohort B Day 1: Symphonic Band @ 12:00pm / Concert Band @ 12:40pm

Friday – Cohort B Day 2: Symphonic Band@ 7:45am / Concert Band @ 8:30am