Director Brad Dubbs

From the Desk of Brad Dubbs

Parents and Students,

I hope the students enjoyed their extended weekend.  I would like to start by congratulating the band students who participated in one capacity or another in last week's drama production.  I was able to see the Thursday night performance and was very impressed with all of the students' work, both on stage and behind the scenes.  Great job!
Best of luck to our students in athletics who are preparing for tournaments and/or upcoming games.  We wish you all the best of luck in those games.
Speaking of games, we may possibly play at the boys or girls state basketball games later this week.  I have been told by our administration that should we make it to the end of the tournament, they would have transportation for our band to go perform at the PIT for the game(s).  I will hopefully hear something tomorrow about a possible time we could play.
Thank you again to our parent and student help at the pre festival concert last Wednesday evening.  We appreciate the Bowdoin's help with recording and distributing judges tapes, the Allen's for taking photos, and Melissa Flynn for setting up the presentation for our mattress fundraiser.
Thank you again to Melissa, Andy and BJ Drexler, and Erica Manteufel, who helped sell the See's Candy.  That fundraiser turned out to benefit our group quite a bit.
Tuesday, 3/13- Concert Band performs at the District Music Performance and Assessment Festival.  Food will be provided for students at 3:30pm.  We will depart for La Cueva H.S. at 4:30pm and return at approximately 7:15pm.
Wednesday, 3/14- Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform at the District Music Performance and Assessment Festival.  Food will be provided for students at 3:30pm.  We will depart for La Cueva H.S. at 4:30pm and return around 8:00pm.
Saturday, 3/17- EHS Band Mattress Fundraiser in the Cafeteria.  We will need some student and parent assistance the day of the sale.  Sign ups will be out soon.  Please help us by continuing to spread the word about this sale.  The sale will go from 10am to 5pm and will have MANY options of mattresses at great sale prices.
Looking Ahead:
ANOTHER Lettering Point Opportunity.  The UNM Wind Ensemble will be performing on Wednesday, March 21, 7:30pm at Popejoy Hall.  FREE tickets are available for this concert.  Please let me know if you are interested.
The EHS Winterguard show will take place on Friday, March 23.  We will need parent and student helpers to make this event run.  Sign ups will be out soon.
Please note the following new information about eligibility:
Although students can make up classes in the summer, we will have to have numbers to the drill writer in late May, early June.  Students who need to make up a class or two over the summer will not have a spot at the beginning of the marching season.  They may earn a spot if one becomes available.
Still need more color guard for the fall season!  If you know of someone interested in participating in the marching band and wants to do so, please encourage them to join our color guard.  Our numbers next year are looking GREAT!  At this point we have projected numbers of around 160 students.  We need a large color guard to compliment the size of the band.  Please send any interested students my way.
Thank you for your support.  Have a great week!
Mr. Dubbs

Schedule This Week

This week:
Monday- Jazz 3 after school from 2:35pm to 3:20pm
DEADLINE for signing up for the District Solo and Ensemble Festival (held at Highland H.S. this year.)  This event will take place on Saturday, April 14.  Once a student signs up, their account will be charged $5 per event.  If a student's solo extends past the 7 minute allotted time slot, they will need to pay an addition $5 for another time slot.  If a student is playing a solo, an accompanist must be written down when they sign up.  Students will receive 25 lettering points for participating in Solo and Ensemble.
LETTERING POINT OPPORTUNITY - Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra is performing at the Cooperage Restaurant from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  There is no cover charge, no need to purchase a meal, and folks can leave before the performance is over.
Wednesday- Jazz 3 after school from 2:35pm to 3:20pm
Winterguard and Percussion Practice from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Friday- Wind Ensemble students will be excused from 5th period to perform for our visiting group from New York.  Our students do not need to wear their uniforms but wearing nice/casual clothes is needed.  Thank you to our boosters for providing pizza to their group and our group after our performance is over.