Musicians Jazz It Up

The school year is winding down, but not the music calendar. We have a lot of great events coming up, so mark your calendars and spread the word. Thanks!

May 19 (Sun) – Jazz musicians (vocal and instrumental) perform at the Royal Room starting @ 5:30 p.m.

May 23 (Thurs)Jazz Swing Dance, with FREE lesson! The fun happens in the NH Commons starting @ 7 p.m.

May 24 (Fri) – Jazz Band performs at Folk Life in the Armory starting @ 4:15 p.m.

June 5 (Wed) – Orchestras and Wind Ensemble give final performance in the NH Performing Arts Center starting @ 7 p.m.

June 11 (Tue) – Future Family Night welcomes incoming musicians; in the NH cafeteria starting @ 7 p.m.

June 12 (Wed) – Vocal & Jazz Band and Concert Choir give final show in the NH Performing Arts Center starting @ 7 p.m.

June 14 (Fri) – Wind Ensemble performs at graduation ceremony at the NH Athletic Complex starting @ 6:30 p.m.

Four funky flautists

One of many events made possible by Music Boosters. Thanks for your support!

Congratulations to the Nathan Hale Wind Ensemble flute quartet! They worked hard to make it to the WIAA State Solo and Ensemble Contest at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Pictured here with permission: Cordelia Zogbaum, Jamie Achtmeyer, Adele Koenig, and Gabe Adler. The group had placed first in the Seattle adjudication contest in March and advanced to the state competition. Jamie was also first alternate in Flute Solo but did not compete. Thanks to Katrina Sibicky, Nathan Hale’s wind ensemble and orchestra director, for accompanying the quartet.


  • Mattress Fundraiser 2019

Thank you, parents, students, staff, and community, for helping us make our first mattress fundraiser a big success! We raised a lot of $$ to fund our fantabulous music program, and we had a lot of fun!

Save the Dates!


1.     Monday, March 4 – First Parent Meeting of 2019
Please join us in the Nathan Hale choir room from 7-8 p.m. to celebrate what we’ve accomplished so far and learn what’s next.

2.     Sunday, March 24 – First-Ever Mattress Fundraiser!
Sounds a little wacky, BUT it’s the new trend among music programs across the nation. Why? Because it costs us nothing to host, and, according to the stats and schools we talked to, it raised thousands of dollars in a day.

New Fundraiser

Swing & Jazz this Thursday!

VOCAL JAZZ AND JAZZ BAND will be swinging with full sets of classic tunes. Everyone encouraged to join the fun!

When: Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. (Volunteers asked to arrive at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center (Bake Sale in Lobby)
Cost: Free but suggested donation is $5+


How to Help: Visit our Sign-Up genius to see volunteer roles/needs:

Special Instructions: If you donate a baked good, please label for allergies (i.e. nuts, nut free, gluten free, etc.)

Thanks for your support! Should be a great time!

Music Boosters Update

Next Music Boosters Board meeting is set for Tuesday, February 5 at 7 PM. This is a working meeting for the Board and committees, but all meetings are open and parents welcome to attend.

Complete meeting notes are archived in a private Music Boosters shared drive and available on request.

Summary: November & December Board Meetings

Fundraising & Budget

  • Barnes and Noble to be held Dec. 8. Lots of volunteer help needed.
  • Direct donation drive to launch with first email.
    In years past, most money raised has come from direct ask.
  • Discussion of other fundraisers to consider: Century Link Field concession stands, another Chipotle fundraiser, MOD pizza fundraiser, mattress sale fundraiser, “Hire the Band” fundraiser
  • Ask for help getting more organization and parent volunteers for events and bake sales
  • From September 1 to November 12, 2018, we have had $1917.63 in expenses with only $576.35 in income (as of Nov.), for a net loss of $1341.
  • Discussion of allocating set amount to each program, starting next year.
  • Teacher ask for $75 fee at beginning of year goes toward their self-help fund (not controlled by Music Boosters).
  • Money raised by Music Boosters funds clinicians, travel scholarships, and other fees that support students.
  • Discussion of pros/cons of large field trip
  • Jennifer will put in order for t-shirts and quarter zip sweatshirts.(gray with blue and red logo)
  • Online donations from direct donation drive currently at $1397.40 (as of Dec.)
  • Chipotle fundraiser netted $576.35
  • Treasurer detangled Music Booster funds and teacher Self-Help funds. The net income is showing negative on paper, but actually the account is holding steady with expenses similar to income.
  • Alliance for Education takes a 9% fee from online donations. Treasurer wants to explore setting up the Nathan Hale Music Boosters as its own 501c3 so that funds would not need to flow through the Alliance for Education. Discussion of pros/cons.
  • Discussion of mattress fundraiser possibility, which other schools and fundraiser organizer say could raise more than $2500. (

Teacher Updates

Katrina Sibicky (wind ensemble, chamber orchestra, concert orchestra)

  • Wind Ensemble
    • Date for EBMEA festival is set: 3/19 at SPU.
    • Seattle Chamber Music Society is piloting a program for bands where they send in coaches for a few weeks to work with chamber groups. Students in band will be encouraged (especially upper classmen) to form ensembles. For those who commit, I will arrange with SCMS to bring in the coaches.
  • Chamber Orchestra
    • Ensemble signed up for the Western Washington Orchestra Festival: Saturday 3/16 up at WWU. 
    • Signed up for Edmonds Session again.  Students will have opportunity to make a recording of a movement/piece at Edmonds Community College. 
    • Seattle Chamber Music Society has been doing program like mentioned above for strings from many years.  Since students in the group have been working in trio and quartet, I will arrange to bring in coaches for them. 
  • Concert Orchestra
    • 4 students have been working as a quartet with ECCHO.  They have been enjoying working with this year’s coach and are looking forward to performing at an ECCHO concert in December.

*Concert is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 29th.  Will need bake sale organized. 

Dan Rowe (Jazz Band)

  • Jazz Band spent five hours with clinician David Berger, which was funded by the Music Boosters. Really successful. In the future, would like to photograph and better document these types of events.
  • Jazz Band will participate in the Northshore Jazz Festival on November 17th
  • Jazz Band will be submitting recordings to the Essential Ellington and Monterey jazz festivals
  • Barnes & Noble concert on Dec. 8
  • Jazz band will play for the school during lunch on December 18th
  • Working on music for putting in a recording to submit for the Monterey festival, due January 12th
  • Wanting to submit the recording for the Essential Ellington festival, due January 25th. Looking for someone to assist with the recording.

Erica Ewell (Choir and Vocal Jazz)

  • Four soloists are planning to compete at the Bellevue College jazz festival
  • Concert choir will be attending EBMEA in March
  • Erica will be adding another course next semester, which will be a music survey course targeting non-musicians.
    Erica is teaching part-time now, but will be moving to full-time next year. She is planning to add a survey course next year on African American music. She would also like to add a middle choir level in between choir and vocal jazz.
  • Combined Eckstein Middle School and Nathan Hale High School holiday choir concert on Wednesday, December 19 at the Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center.
  • There may be a need for parent staffing of information tables during Nathan Hale High School Information Nights for future and prospective parents/guardians on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 6 PM to 7 PM.
  • Barnes & Noble concert Dec. 8
  • Sue Pess’ office party
  • Event at the Wing Luke Museum on December 15
  • Choir Concert on December 19
  • Middle School tour with Eckstein and Jane Addams Middle School
  • Jazz Night on January 24
  • Bellevue College Jazz Festival on January 26
  • In March: DeMiero Festival, EBMEA choir festival, Concert choir will join the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble concert on March 13 in preparation for their festival

Other Business

  • Need to research how other music boosters raise and manage money.
  • Need a parent representative from each music group to coordinate volunteers and events for their group (like a Room Parent).
  • All agreed to not have meeting in January. Next meeting set for Feb. 5.

Thanks for making Book Fair & Peformance Day a success!

Dear Nathan Hale Music Parents, Friends and Families,

A heartfelt “Thank You” to all who who came out to Barnes and Noble last Saturday to enjoy the Book Fair and Performance Day!

The day went off without a hitch due to the great organizational efforts from event directors Carol Achtmeyer and Jessica Peaslee. Thank you, Carol and Jessica.

Thanks also to all the Greeters and Gift Wrappers!.The gift-wrapping table raised a whopping $425!

A big-shout-out to our talented musicians who provided first-class music for Barnes and Noble shoppers throughout the day.

Finally, thanks to our wonderful music teachers who went out of their way to make this a performance to be remembered!

We are expecting to receive information soon on how much the Book Fair raised for our music program. Stay tuned, and thanks for your support.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Carolyn Price, Chair
Nathan Hale Music Boosters

It’s Giving Tuesday and there’s still time to give the gift of music…

Any gift given to Nathan Hale Music Boosters this Giving Tuesday (TODAY!) will make a HUGE difference for our music program.

Your direct donations go directly to support opportunities for our students to be able to attend music festivals and special events, have instruments and sheet music to play, opportunities to learn from expert clinicians, and much more.

The suggested donation is $100 per family, but any amount is welcome, and every little bit helps. (Don’t forget employer matches! They really add up.)


1. Follow this link to the online donation center (managed by the Alliance for Education) and complete the form.
The designated recipient should be auto-filled as: Nathan Hale Music Boosters – 02214. After submitting, you should receive an email receipt within seconds.

2. Find out if your employer matches charitable gifts. This can double your impact! Make the match through your human resources department. (Please also forward your email receipt (the one you received in step 2) to our co-treasurer, Carmen Brady @ bradyc888 who will track your match to make sure it comes through.

3. Forward this email to any and all friends, family, and extended community members who might be willing to support our music program.

NOTE: If you prefer to donate by check, please make it out to “Alliance for Education/Nathan Hale Music” and add “02214-Nathan Hale Music” in the memo/notes line. Put it in an envelope addressed to the attention of our Fundraising Chair, Jennifer Barrón, and send it to school with your kid to give to their music teacher.

THANK YOU for your support! Learn more about our program and upcoming events at:


The NHHS Music Boosters

Dan Rowe in action!

Seeking volunteers to help this Thursday, Nov. 8, for Hale Jazz Night!
  • Show time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm PST (set up around 6:30)
  • Location: Hale High School PAC and lobby
As with all our performances, Music Boosters is sponsoring a bake sale to raise some needed funds and build community. In addition to treats, we traditionally also offer delicious Banh Mi sandwiches for those who might need/want a little substance.
We need a variety of volunteer roles filled, such as baking/buying a treat and bringing it before the show; setting up the tables, etc.; servicing the tables before, during intermission and after the show; cleaning up; picking up Banh Mi sandwiches, etc.
Jen Barron set up the following signup form. Check it out and reach out to her if you have any questions at
We ask that any items donated be labeled with nuts, nut free, gluten free, etc. so we can accommodate all diets.
Whether or not your kid is in the show, if you’re a music parent, consider helping out. It’s a great way to meet people and hear some wonderful music!
Thanks for your help! It takes a village.

Highlights from Oct. 2 Boosters Meeting

    • Purpose: open house to welcome music families, introduce Music Boosters (which operates through the Alliance for Education), and encourage participation
    • In Attendance: more than 35 parents (biggest turnout in years!)
    • Music teachers and programs introduced:
      • Dan Rowe – jazz band
      • Erica Ewell – vocal jazz and concert choir
      • Katrina Sibicky (sick and not able to attend) – wind ensemble and orchestras
    •  Music Boosters Board members introduced:
      • Caroline Price – chair
      • Matt and Carmen Brady – co-treasurers
      • Sue Coldwell – secretary
      • Tracy Patton – communications (actively recruiting for several roles: webmaster, social media director, community outreach, and/or school communications)
      • Jennifer Barron – fundraising (actively recruiting to help with various events, signup genius, bake sales)
      • Able to help out in any capacity? Please email
    • Parent introductions and Q&A
    • Special guest: Karen Iglitzin, a college adviser and music consultant who helps students plan for college
    • Upcoming events:
      • Chipotle fundraiser – Oct. 
      • Vocal concert – Oct. 25
      • Jazz concert – Nov. 8
      • Barnes & Noble fundraiser – Dec. 8
      • Next scheduled meeting: Nov. 13 (meetings will generally be held 2nd Tuesday of the month, with a few exceptions)

*Complete meeting minutes available upon request.