Director Brad Dubbs

From the Desk of Brad Dubbs

Parents and Students,

I hope you all enjoyed the extended weekend!

A HUGE congratulations goes out to all students who participated in the NM All State Conference last week.  They gave outstanding performances on Saturday and were terrific representatives of our school.  Those were some of the best groups I have heard at all state.  Bravo!  We are very proud of you.

My heartfelt thanks goes to members of the Screamin' Eagles for their performance at the honor concert last Wednesday evening.  That was one of the best performances that I have been a part of in my career.  These students put a lot of time and energy in this program and it truly paid off.  Seeing such a large, enthusiastic audience in Popejoy Hall was great!  Throughout the course of the weekend, I heard numerous compliments from students and teachers about how great the performance was.  Thank you very much to all of the parents and students who attended the concerts last week and supported us as we prepared for this event!  Great job students!

All State Jazz Students-

Students that were selected for the 2018 NM Jazz All State band will receive all details this week regarding the jazz all state weekend.  Please note the following immediate details:

-Jazz All State is at UNM this year!!!

-Students will need to be at UNM by 3:30pm on Jan. 26 and will be there until 9pm

-Saturday, Jan. 27 is from 9am to 9pm.

-Sunday, Jan. 28 - dress rehearsals at 8:30am and concert is at 12:30pm in KELLER HALL at UNM.

Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Festival 2018!  

On February 16 and 17, we will be hosting the annual jazz festival. The festival will feature over 40 middle and high school bands as well as the UNM Jazz Bands and the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra.  Special guests this year are trombonist, Tom Garling, and Bari Saxophonist, Gary Smulyan.

February 15 is a pre-festival concert at EHS at 6:30pm.  Jazz 1 and 2 will be performing that evening.  (IF JAZZ 3 is ready to perform, they may participate in the jazz festival!)

Festival Performance times are not out yet, but Jazz 2 will most likely perform Saturday morning, February 17 and Jazz 1 will perform that afternoon.  ALL JAZZ STUDENTS will be required to work 1 to 2 shifts throughout the course of that two day festival.  Sign up sheets will be out soon for certain jobs to work.  NON JAZZ STUDENTS will most likely be needed to fill out the schedule for job shifts to work at the festival.

ALL JAZZ STUDENTS will be required to attend the evening concert that Saturday night!

WE NEED SPONSORS FOR THIS FESTIVAL!!!  If you know of a business that would be willing to sponsor the festival, please let me or Christy Trussell know soon.  A HUGE thank you to Christy Trussell for assisting with the festival this year and to Jamie Corwin for your help as well.  Thank you in advance to other parents who are working on making this event so successful.

Thank you very much for your support!  Please stay on top of studies in all classes.  Have a great week!

Mr. Dubbs

Schedule This Week

Please note the following announcements for the week:

Tuesday-

NO PERCUSSION FOR WIND ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL.

Booster Meeting at 6:30pm in the ORCHESTRA ROOM.

Wednesday-

Jazz Band 3 after school from 2:35pm to 3:20pm.  (Any band students are welcome to participate.  It does not matter if you play a jazz instrument or not.  Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays at that time.)

Percussion practice from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the band room.  These practices will be required for all percussionists.

Winterguard practice from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in M4.

Saturday-

Pep Band A (girls game at EHS). Report time is 6:15pm in the band room.  White pep band shirt (tucked in), jeans, and tennis shoes.  Make sure you have ALL of your pep band music.  (colorguard of course is welcome to join us if they wish). STUDENTS MUST HAVE RIDES WAITING FOR STUDENTS BY 8:30pm