Cancelled – Middle School Tour

We are sorry to announce that the Full Orchestra, Jazz and Symphonic Bands Middle School Tour scheduled for Monday, November 18th had been cancelled.  This is due to the inability to collect permission slips, communicate with and prepare students and chaperones for the trip. 

Mr. Jones plans to continue outreach to our neighboring schools and hopes to tour early in the Spring semester.

Thank you to those who volunteered for the field trip and those scrambled to get permission slips signed.

Middle School Tour – permission slips, etc.

Families of Full Orchestra, Jazz and Symphonic Bands,

We are still hopeful that we can go on the Middle School Tour, Monday, November 18th!!!  In addition to being one of four main performances of the year, it’s a very important event to recruit future students for Analy Band and Orchestra.

PERMISSION SLIPS: Permission slips were due Wednesday, November 13th, but given the circumstances, we will accept permission slips before 8am and prior to boarding the bus on Monday morning (assuming the strike is over).  Mr. Jones and I have not been at school since Tuesday.

PLEASE make sure your student’s permission slip is signed and completed on BOTH SIDES.

If they do not have all of their teacher signatures, please get them to school a little early on Monday.  They will have a brief period of time to get a couple of signatures before
we leave on the buses.  Students can also ask the main office to sign for teachers who are unavailable.

We cannot let your student participate on the field trip without a completed, signed permission slip.

OTHER REMINDERS:

Students do not need to wear any kind of uniform, but we ask that they wear nice clothes (business casual) as we are representing our school and our band program.
Have your students pack a lunch or bring money for lunch.
Please make sure they have their instrument and music with them on Monday morning.  (It’s been a chaotic week!)
We still need a couple volunteers!  7:30am to approx. 3:00pm.  Please email Janis if you can attend coordinator@analybandwagon.org

Clarification: Concert Band does not attend the Middle School Tour.  Concert Band
students will only attend if they are also in Full Orchestra (winds & perc) or Jazz Band.

Thank you!

All Parents Past and Present – Mattress Info

Mattress Information Meeting is still on TONIGHT!
6:30pm in the Cafeteria

We are asking ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS to come to tonight’s meeting.  If you are a former parent or community member, we welcome you to join us!

***It is VERY important that we have everyone in attendance.  ***

Our Mattress Representative will give a short 20 min presentation, then open it up for questions and distribution of flyers and yard signs.

Here’s the reality: We need to give refunds to six of the Fall Festival ensembles since we had to cancel on Saturday due to the fires.  As a result, we need our Mattress Fundraiser to be very successful!

You will not be talked into buying a mattress – you will be shown how
easy it is to spread the word to people who already need to buy mattresses!

It’s been a tough few weeks, your attendance will give us hope!

Thank you for all that you do to support your Analy Band and Orchestra students!

PLEASE NOTE: the mattress meeting will happen whether the strike is happening or not. Both the WSC Teachers Association and the school district have confirmed that Analy Band Wagon, a separate non-profit organization, can use the Analy cafeteria during a teacher strike for parent meetings and fundraising activities.  You will NOT be crossing a picket line or interfering with the strike if you attend.

Analy High School Music Program Parents

Important Parent Meeting

 Thursday
– November 14th – 6:30pm

Analy High School Cafeteria

Important for ALL Music Program Parents

As many of you know we are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Mattress sale taking place on December 7th! This is an incredible opportunity for us to earn a great deal of money without having to ask the parents and kids to volunteer time or sell anything.  This fundraiser has helped raise over $30 million dollars for school programs across the country and we are very excited to have the opportunity to host our own event.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that we communicate the details of this event with EVERY parent in order to maximize our results and earn the most money.

We will be conducting an important meeting on Thursday, November 14th at 6:30pm that we are asking ALL parents to attend.

We realize that as parents you have very busy schedules, but this is a meeting that CANNOT be overlooked.

As a part of our upcoming fundraiser, the company that we are working with is donating $5 to the Music Program for every parent in attendance at this meeting!

Since we had to cut our Fall Festival short, this mattress fundraiser is especially crucial for the Analy Band Wagon to raise essential funds to support your Band and Orchestra students.

The meeting will be held in the Analy High School Cafeteria at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 14th.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting!

Please contact Janis Snyder, Program Coordinator, coordinatory@analybandwagon.org

UPDATE Mattress Info Meeting

Mattress Meeting is in TWO DAYS!

* It is VERY IMPORTANT for ALL Parents to attend!*

PLEASE NOTE: the mattress meeting will happen whether the strike is happening or not. Both the WSC Teachers Association and the school district have confirmed that Analy Band Wagon, a separate non-profit organization can use the Analy cafeteria during a teacher strike for parent meetings and fundraising activities.  You will NOT be crossing a picket line or interfering with the strike if you attend

Analy High School Music Program Parents

Important Parent Meeting

 Thursday – November 14th – 6:30pm

Analy High School Cafeteria

Important for ALL Music Program
Parents

As many of you know we are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Mattress sale taking place on December 7th! This is an incredible opportunity for us to earn a great deal of money without having to ask the parents and kids to volunteer time or sell anything.  This fundraiser has helped raise over $30 million dollars for school programs across the country and we are very excited to have the opportunity to host our own event.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that we communicate the details of this event with EVERY parent in order to maximize our results and earn the most money.

We will be conducting an important meeting on Thursday, November 14th at 6:30pm that we are asking ALL parents to attend.

We realize that as parents you have very busy schedules, but this is a meeting that CANNOT be overlooked.

As a part of
our upcoming fundraiser, the company that we are working with is donating $5 to the Music Program for every parent in attendance at this meeting!

Since we had to cut our Fall Festival short, this mattress fundraiser is especially crucial for the Analy Band Wagon to raise essential funds to support your Band and Orchestra students.

The meeting will be held in the Analy High School Cafeteria at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 14th.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting!

Please contact Janis Snyder, Program Coordinator, coordinatory@analybandwagon.org 707-834-2337.

IMPORTANT – All Parent Meeting Nov 14 6:30pm

Analy High School Music Program Parents
Important Parent Meeting
Thursday – November 14th – 6:30pm
Analy High School Cafeteria

Important for ALL Music Program Parents

As many of you know we are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Mattress sale taking place on December 7th! This is an incredible opportunity for us to earn a great deal of money without having to ask parents and students to volunteer time or sell anything.  This fundraiser has helped raise thousands of dollars for Band and Orchestra students.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that we communicate the details of this event with EVERY parent in order to maximize our results and earn the most money.

We will be conducting an important meeting on
Thursday, November 14th at 6:30pm that we are asking ALL parents to attend (even if you’ve attended previous mattress meetings).

We realize that as parents you have very busy schedules, but this is a meeting that CANNOT be overlooked.

As a part of our upcoming fundraiser, the company that we are working with is donating $5 to the Music Program for every parent in attendance at this meeting!

Since we had to cut our Fall Festival short, this mattress fundraiser is especially crucial for the Analy Band Wagon to raise essential funds to support your Band and Orchestra students.

The meeting will be held in the Analy High School Cafeteria at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 14th.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting!

Please contact Janis Snyder, Program Coordinator, coordinatory@analybandwagon.org 707-834-2337.

*PLEASE READ* Message from President Michael

Hi band and orchestra parents – the threat to the 7-period day is back!

The last district offer to the teachers is based on the assumption that Analy change to a six-period day. It’s seen as a cost saving measure that allows them to make the salary offer that the district made. There are two plans making the rounds: the 6-period day, and a 6+0 plan where kids would load up on electives during a 0 period, when jazz band currently meets. But as we’ve described before, any move away from the 7-period day is a disaster for our beloved music program, and electives in general.

Why? A death spiral. The schedule forces kids to choose between graduation requirements and electives. And it would discourage transfer students from attending the school, many of whom do so because of the electives offered at Analy. Both lead to declining enrollment. Fewer students in the powerful Analy Music program will weaken it, further diminishing its power to attract students.

What can you do?

  1. Please email or call your trustees and let them know the 7 period day is important to you. Would you choose another school if your child was unable to take band? Would you vote against a trustee who supports this change? Make your message personal and honest but level-headed; no need for name calling or hostility.
  2. Attend the board meeting at El Molino High School at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 13th. This message might be lost in teacher protests about their contract, so maybe bring a “Save the 7th” sign or speak up on that issue at the meeting. Many band members are planning to show up at the meeting in support of the 7th, so you could encourage them in doing that.
  3. Educate yourself. The ABW is part of a high school umbrella organization that pulls in other student groups like the FFA and alumnae all opposed to the schedule change. There is a bunch of good information on their website https://www.facebook.com/wscscommunityactioncoalition/.
  4. Follow, share and post on Facebook our ABW page https://www.facebook.com/analybandwagon/ or https://www.facebook.com/wscscommunityactioncoalition/. Help us spread the word!

There is a swirl of information going on, with a teacher strike looming and challenging finances at the high school. We are worried that this threat to the band is going to be lost in the noise. The ABW takes no position on the labor negotiations between the district and the teachers. But the schedule change issue is a serious threat to the band and we need to actively oppose it.

I wish these were easy times and we could just focus on who’s bringing the brownies to the concert. I’m sorry to have to keep raising alarming issues. But we are faced with a long term threat that we can’t ignore. Thanks for your attention and interest in Analy Band!

Michael Ost,
Analy Band Wagon President
president@analybandwagon.org

ABW Board Meeting – tonight!

You are invited to attend the Analy Band Wagon Board Meeting tonight!

Thursday, Nov 7th at 6:30pm
Please note: the location has moved to the AHS Cafeteria.

On the agenda: Discussion of the impact of the potential 6-period day on the Band/Orchestra Program.

Hope to see you there!

Pie Orders Due Friday by Noon

Final reminder for Pie Orders!

Please make sure all pie orders are placed/turned in by the end of third period on Friday! We cannot accept any late orders.

The contest for the class with the most pies sold is VERY CLOSE! So be sure to get in those orders!

Don’t forget drive-by pie pick up is Monday, November 25th 5-7pm ONLY.
Questions? coordinator@analybandwagon.org

UPDATE (Concert/Symphonic) Pep Band Friday

There has been a change to Friday evening’s schedule!

We will NOT have the Bigs and Littles Reveal party prior to Pep Band this Friday – it will be rescheduled to a future date.  Sorry for the late notice and changes!

Pep Band ONLY this Friday, November 8th 7-10pm.  Mr. Jones realizes this is last minute notice and will be lenient for those students who cannot make the game.  However, your student must still notify Mr. Jones as soon as possible if they are not able to attend the last Pep Band.  jones@analybandwagon.org Call time is 6:30pm.

Questions?  Please contact Janis, coordinator@analybandwagon.org or 707-824-2337

(Jazz/Full Orchestra/Symphonic) Middle School

Our Middle School Tour will take place on Monday, November 18th.  Jazz Band, Full Orchestra, and Symphonic Band will perform.  Permission slips went home today.  Please be sure to complete both sides of the permission slip, which is due no later than Wednesday, November 13th.  Students will need to also obtain signatures from their teachers.

We need several volunteers for the Middle School Tour, please contact Janis asap if you can volunteer.

The timeline is as follows:

7:35am – Meet in Analy band room, load buses and truck

8:00am – Bus departure

Performances will take place at Hillcrest, Twin Hills and Brook Haven Middle Schools.

Lunch – We take a break around Noon.  Students can bring a bag lunch or money to purchase food.  We park between Burger King and Mary’s Pizza.

2:45pm – Arrive back at school, unload instruments from truck and buses.

Please contact Janis if you can volunteer or have any questions. (707) 824-2337 or coordinator@analybandwagon.org