Here is the latest news and information about the Hinsdale South High School Hornet Band.
Placement Auditions for 2019-2020 Ensembles Please see the "Audition Music" page for what you will play for your audition for placement into bands for next year. This will also serve as the Concert Band & Wind Symphony seating audition as well as a playing test grade. Be sure to take your instrument home during the holidays to practice - auditions will be due Monday, January 28th.
Pep Band Black Band tonight and Gold Band is on Friday (the 11th)! Call time is 6:15pm. Please see the Hornet Pep Band tab under "Ensembles" for the full schedule. All students are required to have their flip books for full credit. If you cannot attend a game, you are expected to find a sub from your same section from the other band. Subs, find Mrs. B at the game and tell her who you're subbing for.
Pit Orchestra Please join the Illinois Theaterfest Remind. Text @hschicago to 81010. Also, please see the calendar for our rehearsal schedule to prepare for All State.
Solo & Ensemble All students are starting solo & ensemble this week. The contest will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at Hinsdale South High School. If you know if you have a conflict with this date, communicate with us ahead of time so we can request a time that works for you.
All students participate in two events. Honors students who signed up to do an extra solo and Solo & Ensemble will choose a solo and another event. The sheets are outside Mrs. B's office and are due by Friday. All music needs to be picked out by next week. Original copies of music stays in Mrs. B's office - no exceptions. Please make copies and label the original with a sticky note when you've found the piece you are working with.
Practice ealry and practice often. Good luck! Honors All honors students have been sent the Honors Google doc (see below). They will complete the requirement throughout the course of the year. All students are required to take lessons each quarter. Please have these the choices on your Google Docs filled out by the end of the week.
Wind Symphony students will re-audition on the Cycle 1 music in January. Additionally, all students will have the opportunity to audition in January for acceptance into Wind Symphony.
Jazz Band Jazz Band 1 will rehearse Wednesdays and Fridays. Jazz Band 2 will rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays. Combo will rehearse Monday’s at 8am. Please be to class on time on the days you rehearse. We will add sectional days as needed. Please see jazz ensemble page rosters for seating.
Freshmen Lessons All freshmen are required to sign up for three lessons each quarter with Mrs. Baxmeyer to receive an A. Lesson signups for the last two weeks are outside of her door in the band hallway.
If a student is interested in pursuing honors or taking lessons from our lesson teachers, they need to sign up on the list in the band room by the uniform room, which is for the individual lesson teacher and not Mrs. Baxmeyer.
Equipment Reminder that all students need to be taking care of getting equipment for their instruments. All of this equipment can be purchased at Quinlan & Fabish off of Plainfield Road. The required equipment includes:
REED INSTRUMENTS -2 to 3 working reeds at all times -a reed guard -swab
Thank you for all you do for our band, we are proud of the progress the students have made so far.
Marching Band Shoes If your student ordered new marching shoes, please send a check to HSHS for $29. Thanks.
Private Lessons We have outstanding lesson teachers here at Hinsdale South. Our outstanding school and department are great supporters of the music department. It is really important for you to take advantage of the excellent lesson teachers that have been made available to you. Lessons are very affordable, only costing you between $12-16 per 1/2 hour lesson. If you would like more information about our lesson teachers, please feel free to email or call me. Your student can just sign up for a lesson on the sheets right outside Mrs. Baxmeyer’s office door. Flute- Susan Dudek (firstname.lastname@example.org) Clarinet & Saxophone - Kathy Pirtle (email@example.com) Trumpet & horn - Dan Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) Low brass & jazz - Josh Torrey (email@example.com) Percussion - Josh Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Remind Text Messages Please copy and paste the link below and add your cell phone number to the Hinsdale South Band Remind text message updates. I will send out periodic updates through Remind so this is a great way to get instant information. Follow the instructions from the link below. https://www.remind.com/join/mrmaag
Music Booster Association Parents, please consider joining the Hinsdale South Music Booster Association. The membership form can be found here Booster Membership Form
Social Media You can also follow the Hinsdale South Hornet Band on Twitter. Please follow on twitter and tell all your friends so you can stay even more informed with tweets from the Hinsdale South Band! @HSHSHornetBand Twitter
You make us proud everyday to be a Hornet!
Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions.