March Forth: A Month of Giving to the EAHS Band and Orchestra

As we strive to create one of the nation’s finest music programs, we are kicking off a new fundraiser called March Forth. This fundraiser will last through March 4th, which is known as “National Marching Band Day.” As our program grows, we want to continue to be able to provide EVERY student with the tools they need to be successful. Please consider donating to our first annual EAHS “Red Rover” Band and Orchestra March Forth campaign.

What is the March Forth campaign?

We are opening the March Forth fundraiser for one month, with a goal of $10,000 in unrestricted funds. It seems like a large sum of money, but if every student in the program found $30 worth of sponsors, we would exceed our goal! All donations are tax deductible.

GOAL: RAISE $10,000 BY
MARCH 4, 2020

Why $10,000?

It costs a substantial amount of money to not only maintain, but also to grow a quality music program. With your help, we hope to purchase some of the following in the near future:

  • New classroom sound system – $3,000
  • Replacement of chimes – $3,000
  • Marching band sound system – $2,000
  • New cello(s) – $2,000 each
  • Sousaphone – $7,000 each
  • Marching bell sets & cases – $1,000 each
  • Concert tuba – $6,000 each

Donate to March Forth

Donate and spread the word about March Forth to help us reach our campaign goal.

Recordings and photos through January

Here are some videos we were able to record during our rehearsals for the concert along with pictures from the year. While it is not every piece we were going to perform, we look forward to sharing all we have been working on in the spring.

Ensemble Recordings from January 2020

Photos from Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

Band Concert Canceled

Due to the forecasted weather, the Easton Area High School Band Concert on Saturday, January 18 has been canceled. This decision was made after much thought and consideration, keeping the safety of all students, families and audience members first and foremost.

Our students have worked incredibly hard over the past several weeks preparing this concert music. While we will not hold a physical concert, we will be sharing videos that we recorded at our rehearsals during the past two days so you can take part in the work our students have been doing in class. Additionally, we will also be sharing pictures of our year so far, as they have achieved so much throughout the year. Within the past 3 months, our band students:

  • Competed at 2 competitions (earning 3 caption awards of Best Drum Major, Best Brass, & Best Music)
  • Participated in 2 parades (earning 1st place in both events)
  • Conducted seating auditions & started our work on concert band literature
  • Performed in all Thanksgiving Week festivities, including 7 elementary pep rallies and our annual breakfast for the seniors!
  • Held our Fall Orchestra concert with guest soloist Kim Cook
  • Held our Winter Wind Ensemble & Orchestra ConcertsTraveled to Florida to perform in front of a crowd of 61,000 at the Gator Bowl & at Universal StudiosStarted our basketball pep band season
  • The videos and pictures will be posted Saturday, January 18 for you to enjoy.

Thank you for your continued support of music in the Easton Area School District and we hope to see you at our Spring concerts:

  • April 29 – Wind Ensemble
  • May 8 – Orchestra
  • May 15 – Band

Eighth Grade Instrumental Music Family Night

We are looking forward to welcoming our 8th grade instrumental music families to the high school next year! We will be holding an informational night for you and your student on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the EAHS Instrumental Music Room. Enter through the main entrance of the high school. This meeting is for all 8th grade instrumental music students, including instrumentalists and color guard students.  

The purpose of the meeting is to familiarize yourself with our high school music program. You will receive information regarding dates for next year, hear from current high school instrumental music students, discuss scheduling, learn about upcoming 8th grade evaluations, and opportunities for the 2020 – 2021 school year. More information is available on the 8th grade instrumental music flyer, which includes quotes from current high school students and pictures from this past year.  

If you are unable to attend, please email Mr. Ballentine at ballentinec@eastonsd.org by Tuesday, January 21 so we can plan accordingly.

Turkey Week 2019

Keeping with tradition, this will be another exciting Turkey Week for EAHS. Below are some of the major activities for our Instrumental Music Program students.

Monday

Pep Rallies at Elementary Schools

Three groups of marching band members, cheerleaders, and football players to visit schools

Powder Puff Game Pep Band

Pep band report to Cottingham at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Easton/Pburg Band Dance

Marching band students report to EAHS at 5:30 p.m.; concludes at 8 p.m.
— Luau theme

Wednesday

EAHS Bonfire Parade

Report to EAHS at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday “Turkey Day”

Easton/Pburg Thanksgiving Day Football Game

Report to EAHS at 8 a.m.; Return to EAHS around 1 p.m.

Saturday

Peace Candle Lighting

Chamber Strings report to Grand Eastonian Hotel at 10:30 a.m.