Memorial Day Tribute 2020

Memorial Day is one day in our year when have the dedicated opportunity to pay our respects for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms.  While no in-person gathering will be held this year, our EAHS band & orchestra students wanted to still reflect on this day.  

Thank you to all those and their families who gave their lives to allow us to enjoy our freedoms.  

Remote IMA General Meeting Help

The link to the remote IMA General Meeting, which will use Zoom and includes an embedded password, will be emailed to all members, so please don’t share it with anyone other than another IMA member.

  • You will be prompted to download the Zoom app when clicking the meeting link you received in the email
  • You will be placed in a waiting room until the meeting begins
  • Your video will be enabled and your audio muted when entering the meeting
  • Use the “Raise Hand” feature to ask a question during the meeting
  • Voting will occur using the Polling feature in Zoom

How do I…

  1. Click the link to the Zoom meeting sent in the email.
  2. You will be prompted to download the Zoom application onto your computer or mobile device.
  3. After installation, you will join the meeting. If you’re not joined to the meeting, return to the email and click the link again to the Zoom meeting.
  4. Enter your full name so the IMA is aware of who is in attendance.
  5. You will be placed into a waiting room until the meeting begins.
  6. Upon entry, your microphone will be muted and you may elect to disable your video.

If using a computer…

Click the Stop Video button in the bottom-left of the screen.
Stop video icon in Zoom toolbar

If using a mobile device…

Click the Stop Video button in the bottom-left of the screen.
Stop video icon in Zoom mobile toolbar

Your microphone will be muted when you join the meeting, but after asking a question, it’s important to mute your microphone to ensure there’s no audio feedback.

If using a computer…

Click the Mute button in the bottom-left of the screen.
Mute mic icon in Zoom toolbar

If using a mobile device…

Click the Mute button in the bottom-left of the screen.
Mute mic icon in Zoom mobile toolbar

If using a computer…

  1. Click Participants at the bottom of the screen
    Participants icon in Zoom toolbar
  2. Click the Raise Hand button at the bottom of the list of participants.
    Raise hand button in Zoom

If using a mobile device…

  1. Click More at the bottom-right of the screen.
    More icon in Zoom mobile toolbar
  2. Then click Raise Hand.

Votes will be taken using the Zoom Polling feature. When a vote is called, you will be automatically presented with the voting options directly in Zoom. Votes will be collected anonymously and tallied automatically.

  • Select your choice.
  • Click the Submit button.

Updates – April 5, 2020

April IMA Meeting – April 14, 2020

We are going to hold our April IMA meeting, virtually, on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. A link to the meeting will be distributed a few days before the meeting. The main topics of the meeting include:

  • Updates about schedules and events.
  • Voting on IMA board members for the 2020-2021 school year (the list will be distributed before the meeting).
  • Voting on a proposed amendment to the IMA by-laws (the amendment will be distributed before the meeting).
  • Provide financial updates.

If you know someone who may be interested in serving on the IMA board for next year, please submit their name to Regina Gangemi at by Wednesday, April 8, 2020. 

Updates for end-of-year events

  • IMA Banquet: The IMA banquet has been rescheduled to Friday, June 26 and will be no cost to parents/guardians. A location will be announced at some later date. More details about the banquet are addressed in a letter from Mrs. Kate Mattison, the coordinator of the banquet.
  • Craft Show/Flea Market:  The craft show/flea market is canceled.
  • Drive 4 UR School:  The spring Drive 4 UR School is canceled.
  • Purse Bingo:  Purse Bingo is tentatively postponed to the beginning of August.
  • Saturday Night Swing:  Saturday Night Swing is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 6

Upcoming events postponed or cancelled

As we work through the cancellations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we wanted to keep everyone informed of events previously scheduled for the next few weeks. We will communicate any updates as they arise.


New dates have yet to be determined.

  • Individual band and orchestra pictures
  • 8th grade evaluations
  • Steel Stacks Jazz Festival on March 29


  • All rehearsals
  • Panera Bread Night on March 17; April 7 is still scheduled at this time
  • Wilson Jazz Festival on March 21
  • Guard Clinic #2 on March 23
  • PMEA Region Band though students will have the option to audition online for All-State

Spring Craft Show

As of now, the Spring Craft Show is still scheduled for Saturday, April 4. However, we’ve tentatively secured Saturday, April 25 as an alternate date should we need it. We hope to make a decision soon about the craft show, and we will convey that decision to the IMA and our vendors.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser 2020

Just announced: online orders of $40 or more qualify for free shipping through Sunday, March 2, 2020!

The IMA is partnering with Yankee Candle® Fundraising, which has something for everyone, including a variety of candles, décor, home fragrance and kitchen products–some start at under $10! Best of all, our organization will earn up to 45% PROFIT ON EVERY SALE!

This fundraiser will be available through a catalog sold by students and last until March 2. However, this fundraiser also will be available online for those family members and friends who live outside of the area through July 8, 2020.

If you have any questions about the Yankee Candle Fundraiser, please email Kelsey Kish at

Catalog ordering instructions

Use the full-color catalog to shop, and sell to friends, family, and co-workers locally! Be sure to point out the “rub-and-smell” fragrances to help them choose the perfect scent!

  1. Please keep the PINK COPY of the order form and the brochure for reference at product delivery.
  2. Return the YELLOW AND WHITE COPIES with your order packet. Please print clearly and firmly on the order form in blue or black ink only.
  3. Be sure SELLER NAME AND ORGANIZATION NAME are printed on the top of your order form.
  4. Collect all the money while taking orders.

*Only catalog items may be listed on the order forms. Sales tax does NOT need to be collected.

Submitting packet instructions

  • Before you turn in your packet, be sure the order total and payment amount match.
  • Shoppers should make checks payable to IMA. No cash orders.
  • All checks from orders should be submitted. Do not write one big check for the entire packet.
  • Packets need to be placed in the Instrumental Room lock box no later than Monday, March 2, 2020.

Online ordering instructions

Orders will ship directly, and orders of $100 or more will SHIP FOR FREE!
Online orders of $40 or more qualify for free shipping through Sunday, March 2, 2020!

  1. Go to 
  2. Scroll down to “Start Shopping”
  3. Enter Group Number 999998097
  4. Discover over 500 items online, including web-only exclusives! Shop online through July 8, 2020!

Important dates

  • Catalog sales begin Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • All money and orders for catalog sales returned by Monday, March 2, 2020
  • Pick up orders in the EAHS cafeteria on Friday, April 3, 2020 between 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Online orders open through July 8, 2020

Welcome 8th Graders!

We are excited to welcome the current 8th graders to the EAHS Band & Orchestra for the 2020 – 2021 school year. All families should have received letters regarding 8th grade evaluations and color guard clinics and auditions via email. However, both are available below:

8th Grade Instrumentalists

Sign up for an evaluation time slot. If you play more than one instrument, please sign up for two separate time slots. Arrive early to your slot so you can be properly warmed up and ready to go. Remember, these are not auditions, but meant for us to begin planning so we can have a successful upcoming year and also to answer any questions you may have.  

Color Guard Members

We will be holding a series of clinics in the spring, leading up to auditions on April 20. There is a place for everyone in our program. We want to see your skill set and to learn what we need to work on for the upcoming school year. The first clinic will be on March 9, 2020 in the EAHS Cafeteria from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please arrive early so we can begin at 6:00 p.m. 

Eighth grade band night rehearsal

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Ballentine at or (610) 250-2481 extension 32214.