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 president@eahsmusic.org 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.

Postponements

New dates have yet to be determined.

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

Cancellations

  • 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 yankeecandle@eahsmusic.org.


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 www.yankeecandlefundraising.com 
  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 ballentinec@eastonsd.org or (610) 250-2481 extension 32214.

March Forth Campaign Passes $1200!

One full week into the March Forth campaign, your generosity has helped us raise over $1,200, which is over 10% of our goal of raising $10,000 by March 4! The IMA thanks you. The staff of the Instrumental Music Program of Easton Area High School thanks you. And, our students thank you “in person…”

With three weeks left in the campaign, please spread the word to friends, family members, and business connections. Any donation amount is appreciated and all donations to the campaign are tax deductible.

Spaghetti Dinner and a Night of Music

Each year, our EAHS Instrumental Music Department sponsors a Spaghetti Dinner. This event brings in families and community members to our high school cafeteria for a wonderful meal together. The dinner includes salad, rolls, spaghetti, dessert, and assorted beverages. Our high school orchestras provide the music throughout the dinner, each year choosing a different theme, while our band students will act as your servers. This year, our theme is “Through The Decades,” and encompasses music from a variety of eras and genres.

Event details

  • Date: Saturday, February 22
  • Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; meal and performances begin at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Easton Area High School Cafeteria
  • Rehearsal: All 8th grade and high school orchestra students report no later than 3:45 p.m. There will also be a small treat for the students in between the rehearsal and the performance.
  • Tickets: Adults, $8; Children 12 and under/adults 65 and over, $6; Adults at the door, $10; student-performers are free

Calling all 8th grade orchestra students

New this year, we are inviting members of the 8th grade orchestra to perform with our high school orchestra on this night. We want your child to be a part of this great opportunity so they can experience being a part of our high school orchestra. Your child will be given two pieces of music ahead of time to learn to play along with us. Following their performance, they are free to enjoy the meal!

Want to volunteer or donate? Have other questions?

To help make this a successful night, we are seeking parent volunteers as well as any cash donations. If you have questions about volunteering or have general questions about the night, please contact Mr. Chris Fasching, Spaghetti Dinner chairperson, at (941) 713-1859 or at spaghetti@eahsmusic.org.

Purchase tickets

  • Online ticket orders closed Friday, February 21 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Tickets are available at the door. Adults are $10; Children 12 and under/adults 65 and over are $6.