CMEA | Full Orch + Symph | Sat Mar 28

Hello Symphonic Band & Full Orchestra Families,

We received our time slots for this year’s CMEA Festival on Saturday, March 28th!  For those of you unfamiliar with the CMEA Festival, CMEA is an acronym for California Music Educators 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 and provide feedback to the ensembles. 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 event.

This year’s North Bay CMEA Festival is being held at Piner High School, 1700 Fulton Rd. Santa Rosa, CA.  All students are required to take the school bus to Piner High School.  Both Symphonic Band & Full Orchestra will be performing on Saturday, March 28th.  There is a full timeline at the end of this email.  Families are encouraged to attend the performance!

All Symphonic Band & Orchestra students are required to complete and return a permission slip by Friday, March 13th.  This earlier date is due to Spring Break.  Students received permission slips this week.  You may also download a copy of the permission slip 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.  It’s common for students to grow out of their uniforms.  Please let Janis know by next week if uniforms need to be exchanged to different sizes.

Pants uniform: tuxedo pants, white tuxedo shirt, tuxedo jacket, the blue cummerbund & bow tie, 3 shirt studs, 2 cuff links, ALL BLACK closed-toed dress shoes and ALL BLACK socks!! Please make sure the socks reach the calves.

Dress Uniform: dress, ALL BLACK tights/stockings/long-socks, ALL BLACK closed-toed dress shoes.

All students will ride the school bus to Piner High School. If your student will NOT be returning on the bus for any reason, they need to submit a note/email ASAP to Janis 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 Janis before leaving.  If you are picking your student up from Piner High School, you must be there by 4:30PM, no exceptions.

Please make sure your students eat prior to arriving at AHS.  Students should bring a water bottle and a snack/lunch (no refrigeration).  Food may not be available for purchase and, Full Orchestra students will have little time to eat, so food from home is highly recommended.

Musical Images will be photographing the ensembles at the CMEA. Photos and frames will be available for purchase.

We need several chaperones for the bus and during the CMEA.  If you have a Mon-Fri work schedule and have not chaperoned so far this year, this is your opportunity to chaperone!  Janis is also looking for a uniform helper for the day.  If you can help, please contact Janis ASAP 707-824-2337 or

11:00am         Call Time: Arrive @ AHS; Uniform Check, Load Buses
Noon              Depart for Piner High School
12:30pm         Arrive @ Piner – unload bus
1:00pm           Full Orchestra Warm Up
1:30pm          Full Orchestra Performance
2:00pm           Full Orchestra Clinic – Sight Reading
2:30pm           Full Orchestra Photos
1-3pm             Symphonic Band watches other performances
3:00pm           Symphonic Band Warm up
3:30pm          Symphonic Band Performance
4:00pm           Symphonic Band Clinic – Sight Reading
4:30pm           Symphonic Band Photos
3-5pm             Full Orchestra watches other performances
5:00pm           Load Bus
5:30pm           Depart for AHS (students will text/call on our way)
6:00pm           Arrive at AHS (Approx. Time)

Please contact Janis if you have any questions: or (707) 824-2337.