Symphonic Band & Orchestra

Hello Symphonic Band & Orchestra Families,

We finally received our time slots for this year’s CMEA Festival on Friday, March 16th!  For those of you unfamiliar with the CMEA Festival:  CMEA is an acronym for California Music Education Association.  CMEA has festivals throughout California, our section is the North Bay.  The festival is comprised of a half hour performance in front of a three-judge panel.  The judges will critique the ensemble(s), commenting on their strengths along with their weakness.  Following the performance is a sight-reading clinic where our musicians will be given a piece of unseen music to perform in front of a judge/clinician.  This is a rated festival.


This year’s North Bay CMEA Festival is being held at Sonoma Valley High School, Sonoma, CA.  Both Symphonic Band & Orchestra will be performing on Friday, March 16th.  There is a full timeline at the end of this email.


All Symphonic Band & Orchestra students are required to complete and return a medical permission slip by Wednesday, March 14th.  Students may pick up a permission slip from Dawn in the band/orchestra office.  You may also download a copy of the permission slip by CLICKING HERE.


Students are required to wear their concert uniforms to the CMEA festival.  Please have your student check NOW to make sure that they have all the pieces to their uniform.  This includes the following for those students who are wearing pants:  the tuxedo pants, the white tuxedo shirt, the tuxedo jacket, the blue cummerbund & bow tie, 3 shirt studs, 2 cuff links, ALL BLACK closed-toed shoes and ALL BLACK socks!! Please make sure the socks reach the calves.  For those students wearing dresses:  dress, ALL BLACK tights/stockings/socks, ALL BLACK closed-toed shoes.


Students will be transported to the event by a school bus. If your student will not be riding back on the bus for any reason, they need to submit a note to Dawn from the parent/guardian stating they will not be returning to AHS on the bus.  Also, both student and parent will need to check out with Dawn and/or Maestro before leaving.  If you are picking your student up from Sonoma Valley High School, you must be there by the time we are scheduled to return on the bus (10:15pm) otherwise your student will be returning to AHS on the bus.


Please make sure your students have a big meal prior to CMEA.  Students should also bring snacks and water.


We need a couple of chaperones for the bus and to watch over students while Maestro is performing with the other ensemble.  If you can help, please contact Dawn in the band/orchestra office @ 707-824-2337.


4:00PM Arrive @ AHS
4:30PM Depart for Sonoma Valley High School
6:00PM Arrive @ SVHS – unload bus
6:30PM Symphonic Band Warm up
7:00PM Symphonic Band Performance
7:30PM Symphonic Band Clinic – Sight Reading
8:00PM Symphonic Band Photos
8:20PM Orchestra Warm-up
8:40PM Orchestra Performance
9:20PM Orchestra Clinic- Sight Reading
9:50PM Orchestra Photos
10:00PM Load Bus
10:15PM Depart for AHS
11:15ish Arrive @ AHS