Local Hotel Rooms Needed

Good evening,

Please let me know if you have any connections with local hotels for discounted rates as we need to put up the FBA adjudicators for our Solo & Ensemble and Concert MPA Events this spring. Here is what is needed:

“We are again in need of rooms for our Adjudicators for our band assessment events this year. Please let me know what rates you can offer and if you have availability for the following:

· February 8th, 3 rooms for one night.

· March 5th, 4 rooms for one night.

We can do a 3rd party credit card authorization form for each along with our tax exempt certificate etc.

Thank you!

Gary Hernandez

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Key West High School Band
2100 Flagler Avenue
Key West, FL 33040

Colorguard Info

From Coach Karen:

Colorguard Parents and Students,

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

We have been asked to perform at the Key West Sports Academy Holiday Showcase on Sunday Dec. 15th at 2pm at Key West High School Auditorium. Please let me know if your child will be able to attend and perform.

Here are the performances and practices we have coming up:

Monday Dec. 2nd

Justice- Solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Tuesday Dec. 3rd

Colorguard Practice 2:45pm-4:45pm

Wednesday Dec. 4th

Zamyrie- Solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Thursday Dec. 5th

Cesar- Solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Friday Dec. 6th

Kim-Solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Saturday Dec. 7th

City Holiday Parade: ***New for 2019: traveling by bus to and from parade. Report by 6:00pm to the KWHS Band Room to dress in formal uniforms. Students MUST arrive with hair and make-up done. Hair pulled back in a bun. Make-up red lips and mascara. Hair and make-up should NOT be done at the band room. Each Colorguard member needs to make sure they have a set of hoops. Step off is at 7:00pm, we should be near 5th in the parade again this year. Chaperones, please wear your red shirts as well, sign up via to walk with us: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=KyWstHSB&v=3333523

Monday Dec. 9th

Justice- Solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Tuesday Dec. 10th

*Full Band Program Rehearsal 2:45-4:45pm with Choir. We will start with Act 2 mass concert band comprised of Wind ens, Sym Band, and Percussion. We will finish the rehearsal with Act 1 that includes Colorguard, Percussion, & Jazz band. Dismissal will be staggered according performance order etc.

Wednesday Dec. 11th

Kiara- Solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Combined Winter Concerts: Call time for both concerts is 6:30pm, Arrive with hair (pulled back into a bun) and make-up (red lips and mascara) DONE! be seated in uniform by 6:45 if you are not performing in the first half. Sym Band and Wind Ens do not need instruments until after intermission. We will need donations of baked goods and sodas for Thursday’s concert, please drop baked goods off by 6:30pm and sodas to the band room beforehand if possible. We have had as many as 800+ attend this concert night in the past, spread the word. The Choir parents run the concession on Wed., Band parents on Thursday (Dec. 12 only) please sign up: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=KyWstHSB&v=1587985

Thursday Dec. 12th

Cesar-Solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Combined Winter Concerts: Call time for both concerts is 6:30pm, Arrive with hair (pulled back into a bun) and make-up (red lips and mascara) DONE! be seated in uniform by 6:45 if you are not performing in the first half. Sym Band and Wind Ens do not need instruments until after intermission. We will need donations of baked goods and sodas for Thursday’s concert, please drop baked goods off by 6:30pm and sodas to the band room beforehand if possible. We have had as many as 800+ attend this concert night in the past, spread the word. The Choir parents run the concession on Wed., Band parents on Thursday (Dec. 12 only) please sign up: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=KyWstHSB&v=1587985

Friday Dec. 13th

I have a solo practice opening this day. If you already signed up for 3 slots please do not sign up. If by Thursday Dec. 12th no one has taken the slot then it will be open to anyone. You can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044daaa82ba6fc1-solo

Sunday Dec. 15th

Performance at Key West High School Auditorium for the Key West Sports Academy Holiday Showcase. Please arrive by 1:45pm Dress in formal uniform, hair pulled back in a bun, red lips, and mascara. We will need our 6ft flags and hoops. We will be performing both routines we did for our holiday concert.

Monday Dec. 16th

Kim- solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Tuesday Dec. 17th

Colorguard Practice 3:00-4:45

Wednesday Dec. 18th

Kiara- solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Thursday Dec. 19th

Cesar- solo practice with Coach Karen 2:30-3:30

Thank you

Colorguard Instructor

Karen Alpizar Sanchez

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2100 Flagler Avenue
Key West, FL 33040

Upcoming Events/Concerts/Solo & Ensemble

Good afternoon,

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We have our final parade on Saturday, Dec. 7th, and our concerts are quickly approaching. Please see the info below, largely reminders with a few updated points of detail with volunteer signup links.

If you have not yet heard, the Mystic Krewe run fundraiser brought in over $20,000 towards the Italy trip! We will thank them for their efforts at one of our concerts. Thank you to everyone who helped them with their efforts, especially Lori Thompson and Howard Livingston!

November 23rd

*Drum Line Performance at Sunset Key: arrive at the band room by 5:00pm wearing your RED band shirt, grey band issued shorts, and black marching shoes. We will return to KWHS after dinner around 7:30pm.

December 3rd

*Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Colorguard Rehearsals 2:45-4:45pm (includes percussion).

December 7th (Saturday)

*City Holiday Parade: ***New for 2019: traveling by bus to and from parade. Report by 6:00pm to the KWHS Band Room to dress in formal uniforms. Students will need to wear their RED band shirt, band issued grey shorts, black socks, and black band issued marching shoes-we will then put on formal uniforms. You may decorate your instrument within reason (you must still be able to play at the same time). Step off is at 7:00pm, we should be near 5th in the parade again this year. Chaperones, please wear your red shirts as well, sign up via to walk with us: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=KyWstHSB&v=3333523

December 10th

*Full Band Program Rehearsal 2:45-4:45pm with Choir. We will start with Act 2 mass concert band comprised of Wind ens, Sym Band, and Percussion. We will finish the rehearsal with Act 1 that includes Colorguard, Percussion, & Jazz band. Dismissal will be staggered according performance order etc.

December 11th and 12th

*Combined Winter Concerts: Call time for both concerts is 6:30pm, be seated in uniform by 6:45 if you are not performing in the first half. Sym Band and Wind Ens do not need instruments until after intermission. We will need donations of baked goods and sodas for Thursday’s concert, please drop baked goods off by 6:30pm and sodas to the band room beforehand if possible. We have had as many as 800+ attend this concert night in the past, spread the word. The Choir parents run the concession on Wed., Band parents on Thursday (Dec. 12 only) please sign up: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=KyWstHSB&v=1587985

January 12th (Start of their season)

*Impromptu Concerts are FREE for students. You can read about concerts put on by Impromptu here: http://www.keywestimpromptu.org/concerts/season/2020-season

***Solo & Ensemble on Saturday, February 8th (Prepare Now!):

• This is an exceptional opportunity to grow as a musician and show off your talent on your instrument in a small ensemble setting or with a solo with piano accompaniment. The musical growth gained by preparing a solo at a high level can advance a student 1-2 years in terms of ability level in a matter of two months as compared to those who do not participate. WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GO FOR IT regardless of their perceived ability level!

• All Colorguard students will be required to prepare a solo, music will be selected with Mr. Hernandez/Coach Karen. This event is held the same day at Key West High School. This is in addition to the Winter Guard show (ensemble).

• Solo and Ensemble is a Florida Bandmasters Association music assessment event held at KWHS that is adjudicated by an individual FBA judge.

• ALL students are encouraged to participate; it is required of juniors & seniors to receive honors credit (raises weighted GPA etc.). Any student interested in a leadership position for the next school year must participate. Away from the Lower Keys most middle school students have 2-3 years of experience participating in this event-many of our 9th graders participated in this for the first time last year. All 9th-10th graders are absolutely encouraged to participate, selecting a grade 3 would be appropriate unless taking private lessons.

• Music must be selected off of the FBA Solo & Ensemble list, click this link: https://flmusiced.org/MPAOnline/MusicList/SEMusicList.aspx

· NO, you may not play a piece of music that you have played before for S&E another year.

• Music should be ordered now to begin working on it in the next three weeks. Some sheet music vendors: www.jwpepper.com & www.hickeys.com Make sure that the composer/arranger/edition/publisher* are the same as the one on the FBA list before you complete your order. Please NUMBER all measures and parts of YOUR MUSIC, this ORIGINAL is to be given to the adjudicator to read from and verifies that the piece is owned by you or the band for Copyright purposes. If your piece is “backordered”, cancel the order and find another piece or go to another vendor (company) that has it “in stock”. Do not sign up to play a piece of music that you do not have in your hands, every year we have a few students fail because of this, there are hundreds of options. The band program owns a several solos for each instrument; however, they may not be complete and you should make sure that we also have the piano part.

This band owned music is setup in the room like a book fair, please put it back in the same correct place after you make a copy, do not take the original.

• The grading system (difficulty level of each piece) is from 1-7, high school students must play a level 3 or higher.

• 9th-10th graders should be at a level 3, 11th-12th 4 or higher. If you wish to advance to the state level you must receive a superior rating at district while playing a 5 or higher. It is not recommended that you play anything higher than a 5 unless you are taking private lessons on your instrument. Students may play in both a solo and ensemble entry but should not do more than two.

· No ensemble will be approved without auditioning first for Mr. Hernandez. If the group fails to pass this audition, you will have to play a solo as required.

• Students will receive a medal signifying their accomplishment if they receive a superior rating.

• Most solos require a piano accompaniment. Students may use SmartMusic (a computer program) or use one of the band provided accompanists. You will need to check to see if your piece of music is in SmartMusic before purchasing/committing to it. You can check this by logging into the ClearTouch in the band office.

• You will need to sign up by December 18th with Mr. Hernandez. There is a fee to be judged and the band program covers this as long as you attend the event etc.

• You will need to let Mr. Hernandez know the piece title, accompanist (only if you are not using the school provided accompanist), and other persons in the ensemble by December 18th using this Google Form: https://forms.gle/WtkKgZ9C2VTnP1cj8

Thank you,

Gary Hernandez

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Symphony Tickets for Monday, Nov. 18

Please do this ASAP if you would like to attend their concert on Monday for FREE, Google form: https://forms.gle/wkiZWAEMngVZCxVDA

We invite you to join us for our opening Masterworks concert November 18, 7:30pm at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.

You can pick up your tickets at will call the night of the concert.

The soloist for the evening is Brandie Sutton, soprano who played Bess in our production last season of “Porgy and Bess” to critical acclaim.

See you at the Symphony!

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Key West High School Band
2100 Flagler Avenue
Key West, FL 33040

Saturday, Nov. 16th Performance at Gato Building

Good afternoon,

We are performing in full uniform for the Mystic Krewe at their fundraiser for the Italy trip in the Gato Building parking lot on Saturday, November 16th at 6:00pm. Please arrive at the KWHS Band Room in your informal uniform to change into your Full Formal uniform at 5:00pm, we will travel by bus to the Gato parking lot together at 5:40pm. We will be finished by 6:30pm and back at the high school by 6:45pm.

The Mystic Krewe has given us over $10,000 in the past several years, some of which went to pay for marching band uniform parts (your shoes, shirts, shorts, gloves).

Make sure you have your flip folders, white gloves, black marching shoes, black socks (above ankle) etc.

Thank you,

Gary Hernandez

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Key West High School Band
2100 Flagler Avenue
Key West, FL 33040

KWHS Band Colorguard Updated Info

Colorguard Students and Parents,

Winterguard in now in session. Which means we will be working on our indoor guard show for MPA, solos for MPA, routines for our band concerts and parades. The Colorguard will continue to practice on Tuesdays after school 3:00pm-4:45pm. We will either be in the band room, auditorium, gym, or outside depending on the availability. Please bring your water, wear clothes that you are able to move in, and closed toe shoes. There will be NO more Wednesday after school practice. I have set aside time after school from 2:30-3:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for the students to come in and get help with their solos with me. Here is the sign up sheet for solos https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044DAAA82BA6FC1-solo

I am also attaching the google doc with all the information for solos and our schedule.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FR_xq48wYpxYiL5Bn-A0Iv9GDG8zl4Ce2S3tOmXNdcY/edit?usp=sharing

Sincerely,

Karen Alpizar Sanchez

Colorguard Instructor

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Key West High School Band
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Upcoming Event Information

Good morning,

Please review all as many items are time sensitive/upcoming:

Thursday, November 7th

*Rehearsal 2:45pm Until c. 3:30pm with Percussion/Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble (concert music only). Leave stage setup for concert after for Sym Band/Jazz Band.

*Jazz Band Rehearsal 6:00pm, setup by 5:45pm*

*Concert: report/return by 6:30pm wearing informal uniform, change into marching uniform minus gloves/hat. 7:00pm start time. Please invite your family and friends-they often remark how exciting this concert is with the marching band indoors. We accept donations at the door and run a concession stand. Info from Charms: We need families to supply items to sell at the concession stand. We sell everything for$1 and we are requesting sweet items. Please package/cut the items so they can easily be sold for $1 and think about supplying 12 pieces of your item. We also need volunteers to sit at the table and collect the monetary donations and we need volunteers to work the concession booth, at least 1 adult at the monetary donation table from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., 3-4 concession workers pre-show (6:30 p.m.), intermission, and after the show including clean up.

Sign up here: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=KyWstHSB&v=3315762

Monday, Nov. 11

* Veteran’s Day Parade, Monday, Nov. 11. Please be dropped off at the First State Bank 1201 Simonton St. no later than 4:15pm, this is our staging location. Wear your red band shirt, band issued grey shorts, and black marching shoes with black socks past the ankle, we will change into the formal full marching uniform there. We will run the parade sequence at this time, do not be late. Step off occurs at 5:00pm, it may be 6:00pm or later before we finish. The parade is supposed to end at Front St., realize that this is sometimes Green St. We will plan on having the equipment vehicle at Ann St./Green St. Arrange for your ride in this area etc. Please be well hydrated before the parade. We will need bottles of water iced down before and loaded onto our equipment vehicle before for everyone to have one at the end of the parade route, see Charms to sign up for this. We will also need chaperones to walk with us, you must wear your red band shirt as well, sign up via Charms: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=KyWstHSB&v=3315800

Saturday, Nov. 16

*Marching band performance for Italy Fundraiser, report 5:30pm perform 6:00-6:30pm. More info to come.

Thank you!

Gary Hernandez

Director of Bands

Key West High School

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