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!
Auditions for Hale’s Jazz Ensemble’s rhythm sections are coming up on Sunday, June 9th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the NHHS Band Room. If you play piano, bass, drums, or guitar, we want to hear you! Be sure to download and fill out the audition form below, then find and print the auditions pieces for your instrument. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Rowe (Jazz Band) or Ms. Ewell (Vocal Jazz) at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Erica Ewell and Dan Rowe
ALL instrumentalists auditioning, please complete the following form and bring it with you to your audition:
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 Landau. 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.
Hello! I’m so glad you’re considering auditioning for Hale’s Vocal Jazz choir for the 19/20 school year! Below you’ll find the backing tracks for Fly Me to the Moon in 2 different keys. Be sure to choose the one that is right for your voice part. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions/concerns!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
In addition to bringing baked goods, setting up and cleaning up, we also need one reliable volunteer to pick up Banh Mi sandwiches on Lake City Way and bring them to the school. If you sign up for this, Jen (our fundraising chair) will give you all the details.
We know you guys will rally! If you have not yet volunteered, please consider this easy opportunity to make a difference. If you have volunteered, please consider doing so again and helping lead new volunteers. Thank you!!!
Also, if you’d like to get more regularly involved, we’re hoping to find something akin to a Room Parent for each music discipline (orchestra, choir, band, etc.). If that sounds interesting to you, please send a message to haleinstrumental.