Off to a great start!

Thanks to all the families who showed up to the family potluck and information night on Sept. 16! We saw some new faces and were thrilled to partner more closely with the theater group.

Several of you expressed interest in getting involved with Music Boosters. If you would like to learn more about volunteer roles, email

Also note that all Board meetings are open, and we welcome your involvement. Our next board meeting is currently scheduled for Monday, Sept. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Nathan Hale Choir Room.


All music students and families invited!

We’ve decided to skip the Sept. 10 Music Boosters meeting and instead focus on getting everyone to attend our first-ever Performing Arts Welcome Dinner! Mark your calendars and plan to be there:

  • What: Performing Arts Welcome Dinner
  • When: Monday, Sept. 16, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Where: The Commons at Nathan Hale High School

All music and theater students, along with their families, are invited to bring a dish to share, meet the performing arts teachers, and learn about our programs, including upcoming auditions, travel opportunities, and other extra-curricular events.

See you soon!

New Family Welcome Night!

Know anyone who will be new to Nathan Hale in the fall?

Help us spread the word in the community that Tuesday, June 11, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., is Welcome Night for incoming families to Nathan Hale High School.

There will be a short presentation in the Performing Arts Center followed by time to mingle, ask questions, buy school Raider gear (t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.), and learn all about the student clubs, sports teams, music and theater programs, robotics, volunteering, and more.

We encourage current families to come, too! You might learn something, and you can help create a welcoming environment and share your experiences.

Music Parents: Get involved!

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to make a successful music program? Do you rely on our young musicians to tell you what’s going on but feel like you’re missing something?

Be in the know by getting more involved. We need new Board Members to join our vibrant Nathan Hale Music Boosters. Make a difference with your great ideas and energy! Ready to join the board for the 2019-20 school year (or at least sign up to learn more about volunteering with the Boosters)? Send us an email or learn more…

  • How? Stop by our Boosters information table at one of our last performances of the year. Board Chair Carolyn Price will be there to answer your questions and welcome your support.
  • When? June 5 (Orchestras & Wind Ensemble) or June 12 (Vocal & Jazz Band and Concert Choir); both shows start at 7 p.m.
  • Where? Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center (Info. table will be in the foyer near the bake sale.)
  • Why? Our teachers and students rely on Music Boosters’ support to ensure all students at our school have access to a top-quality music program that enriches their education and our community.

Did you know that the school district provides less than one dollar per student for our music program?  Be part of the Boosters and help our music program thrive!

Thanks for your support. We’re getting better every year!

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.


  • 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