Middle School Tour | Mon Feb 3 | Chaperones N

Our Middle School Tour has been rescheduled to Monday, February 3, 2020.  Jazz Band, Full Orchestra, and Symphonic Band will be graded for performing.  (Concert Band -1st period- students do not attend the tour unless they are part of Jazz Band or Full Orchestra.)

Permission slips will go home next week.  Please be sure to complete both sides of the permission slip, which is due no later than Monday, January 27, 2020.  Students will need to also obtain permission and signatures from all their teachers.

We still need three volunteers for the Middle School Tour, 7:30am-3pm, please contact Janis asap if you can volunteer.

Students do not need to wear a specific uniform, however, we are representing our school and our band/orchestra program.  Mr. Jones would like the students to wear nice, business casual clothes (no ripped jeans or track pants).  It is acceptable to wear the Tiger Music black hoodie.

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 SHOULD 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

Taiko Community Concert

We are excited to announce our December graduate, Ren Zoshi, has a concert coming up on Sunday March 15th at the Enmanji Temple.

Here are a few words from Ren:

Hi everyone,

I am Ren Zoshi, first of all thank you so much everyone who has supported the Analy Band Wagon.

For those who don’t know me, I have been in the band program since my freshmen year, and graduated in mid-December.

But my main instrument that I play is the taiko drums.

Through out the three and a half year, I learned so much about music, but also the importance of having each other to support one another.

I was also recently accepted to become an apprentice of a professional taiko group in Japan that I have been wanting to join since nine years old called Kodo.

And part of being able to get this far is also because of all the support from you all!

So to give back to everyone, and also give my last good byes I am doing a recital before I leave to Japan on Sunday, March 15th.

Please check out the FLYER with all the information.

And thank you everyone who have already donated on the GoFundMe page as well.

It is open to everyone so please spread the word!

Hope to see you there!

From ABW Prez Michael Ost | Pasta + Music | F

Hi families and happy 2020!

Our annual Pasta + Music night is coming soon!  Our next big event should be a lot of fun: a night of music provided by the kids and pasta provided by the Masons (They are so wonderful!) on Leap Day, February 29, 2020.

You buy a ticket (online or from students), $20 for adults and $5 for kids, and come on down to the Mason’s hall across from Safeway 5:30-8:30 PM. There will be a wonderful silent auction to peruse. And you will be entertained by our students performing solo or in small groups.

For the music we have a special treat to announce: our dear Ren Zoshi, who just graduated early this winter, will be back one more time to astound us with her taiko drumming!

This is a volunteer supported event and of course we’d love you to help too! Here are some ways:

  • Offer up items or services for the silent auction, contact local businesses for donations
  • Sign up to help with setup and cleanup
  • Do you have a PA and an interest in running the sound board?
  • Spread the word about the event!

If you can help out please contact event coordinators Nicole Hardesty or Amy Umino Rodrigues through the ABW Program Coordinator, Janis Snyder, at 707-824-2337 or coordinator@analybandwagon.org.

But most of all please join us for a fun and community building evening!

Michael Ost


Jazz CMEA this Friday 1/17/20

Hello Jazz Band Families,

The 2020 Jazz Band CMEA is next Friday, January 17th at the Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus.  For family and friends who would like to come and watch our Jazz Band perform, the performance time this year is at 10:30am.  The event is free to the public; however, parking is $5.

This is a graded event for all students enrolled in zero period Jazz Band.

Jazz Band members will be required to wear their jazz uniform.  This includes all black dress pants, all black long-sleeve, button-down, collared dress shirt, black dress shoes and all black socks.  We will be wearing blue ties, which will be provided and collected upon our return to school.  Please make sure both shirt and pants are pressed. The shirt must be tucked in and if wearing a belt, it must be black.

Permission slips were due Friday, January 10, 2020.  Both sides must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian and the teachers of their Friday classes.  Any late permission slips should be turned in immediately.

This year we are having chaperone drivers bring the Jazz Band students and their instruments to the event.  Janis will send an email to those driving.

Please have your student bring a breakfast (if they do not eat before coming to Jazz Band) and/or a snack and some water.  There will not be time for your student to get food between Jazz Band and leaving for SSU.   For lunch, they can either bring a brown bag lunch or bring money to purchase lunch near SSU.

Students are also responsible for bringing any extra music supplies they may need in case of emergency: extra reeds, cables, strings, etc.

If you have any questions, please contact Janis in the band/orchestra office at coordinator@analybandwagon.org or (707) 824-2337.


6:45am  Arrive in uniform ready to practice (Bring breakfast or snack and lunch or $$)

7:30am  Receive blue ties, load into cars

7:45am  Depart for SSU

8:15am  Arrive at SSU & unload equipment/instruments

8:30-10am  Watch other school performances

10:00am  Warm Up

10:30am  Performance

11:00am  Clinic

11:30am  Photos

Noon  Load equipment/instruments into cars

Noon-1:00pm  Lunch (brown bag or fast food near SSU)

1:15pm – Return to AHS

ABW Board Meeting

Please come join us at the Analy Band Wagon Board meeting tomorrow, January 9th at 6:30pm in the Band Room.

We will be discussing the 2020 Pasta & Music Fundraiser and other exciting upcoming Band and Orchestra events.

Hope to see you there!

Chicago Pit Orchestra

This year’s Spring Musical Production is… Chicago!!

If your student is Interested in finding out more about Pit Orchestra for Chicago, they should attend the informational meeting this Thursday, January 9th during Tutorial, 7:35-8:05am.

Questions? Please contact Mr. Jones jones@analybandwagon.org.

Exciting News from Mr Jones!

Hello Analy Band and Orchestra Families!

I wanted to share some exciting news!

The Analy High School Jazz Band will open for the King Street Giants at an all-ages show on Thursday Jan. 30th at 7:30pm at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Analy Band Wagon. This will not be a graded/required show for Jazz Band students, but it is a chance to play on a great stage and theater setting.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

More information coming when we return from break. If you have a student in Jazz Band, please determine if they will be able to perform this show and let Janis or myself know asap when we return to school.

Thank you and I hope you have a great holiday break!

Casey Jones

Mattress Fundraiser Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in the mattress fundraiser this year!  We couldn’t do it without your help to spread the word, find people to attend the sale, put up yard signs, distribute flyers/posters, perform on the radio, and wear mattress costumes!  Thank you so much to everyone who braved the downpour to come out to the sale and especially to those who purchased mattresses and accessories.

This year ABW earned just over $4000 at the mattress fundraiser!  A bit under budget, but not too shabby considering the proximity to the teacher strike and the downpour on the day of the mattress sale.  It’s also the least labor intensive of all our fundraisers!  15 Students will receive Amazon gift cards for referring people who purchased mattresses!

We plan to have this fundraiser every year, so please keep informing people about our sale, especially if they talk about needing a new mattress!  Our next
mattress sale is tentatively set for early December 2020.  These fundraisers can become very, very successful when the whole community can plan in advance to purchase at our annual mattress fundraiser while supporting a great cause like the Analy Band and Orchestra Program!

Could you please help us by picking up the yellow yard signs?  It made us so happy to see the yellow signs around town, but this year’s sale is now over.  Please collect the ones you put out, or if you pass by a sign, we’d appreciate your help in stopping to pick it up.  Signs can be re-used or recycled, but we do not have room for anymore in the band room.  Thanks!

Reminders – Winter Concert tomorrow!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Winter Concert tomorrow!

Here are a few reminders:

Call Times – please be in the band room, fully dressed in the uniform, ready to go.
5:30pm: Concert Band and Full Orchestra
6:15pm: Symphonic Band and Jazz Band

Snack TableLast names A-M, bring one dozen treats for the snack table.

Uniform – please see previous post HERE for uniform requirements.

Volunteers – we are still looking for someone to film the concert from the balcony.  We will provide the tripod and phone attachment! Please email Janis asap: coordinator@analybandwagon.org.

Thank you to those who have already signed up to volunteer at the Concert!

Jazz Band Parents – CMEA Jan 17, 2020

Jazz Band Parents –

Friday, January 17, 2020 is the CMEA Jazz Festival at Sonoma State University.  And it’s right around the corner!  We need 2-5 additional authorized parent drivers to register with the district to transport jazz band students and instruments to and from the festival.  The best part is, you’ll be able to see the students perform in the amazing Weill Hall!

Please use the attached form HERE to become approved to drive with our district.  You will need to include a copy of your evidence of insurance.  If you can become an approved driver, please contact Janis asap – coordinator@analybandwagon.org and let her know how many students you can transport.  Please submit the paperwork to Janis by Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

We will leave AHS at approximately 9am and return around 2 or 3pm.  We will have an exact time schedule when we return from break.

All students enrolled in zero period jazz band will be graded for attending and performing at this event.  If your student cannot miss classes on Friday, January 17th, they should contact Mr. Jones immediately.