The best cymbal line ever: Andrea, Matteo, Sinclair, Joseph, Sam and Spencer.
The Black Knights Winter Percussion Ensemble competed in the WGI Trumbull Regionals on March 4th and made it through to the finals to score 6th place in our Scholastic A class.
The Stamford High School Band to perform in Walt Disney World
The Stamford High School Band will travel to Orlando, Florida March 16 – 20 to perform in several venues at Walt Disney World. In addition to marching in the “Parade Down Main Street U.S.A.,” the band will participate in the “You’re Instrumental!” Disney Performing Arts Workshop. Under the guidance of professional Disney musicians, students will sight read various Disney arrangements. Their session will culminate in the recording studio where the band will perform the score to a classic Disney film accompanied by footage from the film.
“We are so excited that our students will have the chance to participate in this unique experience. I am so proud of the hard work they did to make this trip a reality. Over the past year, the students have performed really well and I think they are ready for this challenging and fun adventure.” This is the first time the Stamford High School Band has done this trip in ten years.
The trip to Disney World took a year to plan and required extensive fundraising on the part of students and parents. The Stamford High School Band’s Christmas Tree Lot enabled the organization to raise significant funds for the trip as well as a raffle that was supposed by multiple businesses in Stamford including: County TV & Appliance, Salon Shahin, Even Hotels, Victoria Secret, Planet TV, Pet Value, Kona Grill, Noir Restaurant, Barcelona Restaurant, and many more local businesses. The band would also like to acknowledge the generous direct support it has received from our community, particularly The Kiwanis Club of Stamford, The Ivanhoe Lodge #107 A.F. & A.M., The Union Lodge #5 A.F. & A.M., and The Lafayette Consistory, Valley of Bridgeport A.A.S.R.
George Beratis, Band Director
(203) 977-4306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It was “all hands on deck” to get 400 snow covered trees off the truck from New Hampshire and set up for sale.
Dear Students and Parents,
Our performance at Michie Stadium at the West Point Military Base is this Saturday. We will be performing the half time show Army vs. North Texas football game. The game starts at Noon and we should be performing around 1:15. We performed last year and it was an amazing experience! If you would like to chaperon this trip, please let me know by tomorrow. We need about 3-5 chaperons. Although it is a long day, it is sure to be a great memory for you and the students.
Parents, if you are interested in attending the game, please buy your tickets from this website. It is the October 22nd game vs. North Texas.
We had the parents sit with the band last year, but the seats weren’t that good. You are more than welcome to come and choose your own seats so you can enjoy the show and the game! If you do plan on coming, please get there early! West Point is one way in, one way out so the traffic tends to get pretty bad on game day.
Here is the student and chaperon itinerary for that day:
3:15am- Arrive at SHS, load truck with instruments and load buses.
3:45am- Depart for West Point
6:00am- Rehearsal with Army Band and other high school and college bands.
8:00am- Find our seats, get our tickets, eat, walk around campus.
11:00am- get dressed into band uniforms
12:00pm- Game Starts
1:15pm- half time show
1:45pm- watch the rest of the game
4:00-4:30- pick up at stadium, load truck and buses.
6:30-7:00- arrive at school, unload truck and buses.
7:15pm- pick up
Students must bring:
Band Jacket (I am hoping they are in by that time)
Tall Black Socks
Black Under shirt
20-30 dollars for food after the perfomance
Warm Clothing for the morning.
Stamford High School
Front row: Jakob Zeller, Kasey Borjas, Beverly Reyes, Mike Mazzeo and Band Director, George Beratis. Back row: Steve Rivera, Sinclair Worrell-Oliver, Ben Jachimczyk.
Ben Jachimczyk and Kasey Borjas getting fitted for their Drum Major uniforms.
Front row: Mariana Campos, Sophia Giello, Susana Cevallos, Sairam Sivakumar, Matthew Denicola, Keith Kirkland. Back row: Matthew Bagan, James Zhan, Ivan Velez.
Congratulations to our Band Director, George Beratis for being nominated for the Stamford Public Education Foundation’s “Educator of the Year Award.” We are so proud of you and your accomplishments!
Below are the details for our Trumbull show. This event is a regional, which means there is a preliminary round and a final round. Barring we do not make finals, the day schedule will change.
Trumbull High School
72 Strobel Rd
Trumbull, CT 06611
Prices for spectators:
Prelims – $15
Finals – $18
Combo – $28
Non-Finalist Backside Seating – $5
Items students need:
Black tall socks
Money for food at Trumbull Mall and at the high school.
$5.00 for finals in case we are not performing.
Winter coat for outdoor rehearsal. It will be cold.
Stamford High Band Jackets- All students must be wearing them when not performing or rehearsing.
Rehearsal from 5pm-10pm. We will load the truck after rehearsal is over. Pick up will be around 10pm.
6:30am- report to SHS
7:00am- depart from SHS in full uniform
7:45am- arrive to Trumbull, unload and begin warming-up.
10:00- prelims performance.
10:20- return equipment to truck. We will need chaperons to take turns watching equipment until we find out if we make finals.
10:45am- watch drum lines.
12:00- Trip to Trumbull Mall for lunch. We will find out if we made finals during this time.
2:00pm- return to Trumbull High School and either practice for finals, or load truck and wait for finals to begin.
***Students have voted to stay till the end of the night whether we make finals or not.***
6:00-7:00- our finals performance would be within this hour.
9:45- depart from Trumbull
10:30- arrival at SHS/unload
10:45pm- pick up
3:00pm- relax and watch lots (Lots mean watching other groups rehearse)
6:00pm-9:22pm- watch finals.
9:45- depart from Trumbull
10:30- arrival at SHS/unload
10:45pm- pick up
Mr. Beratis is delighted to announce that the Stamford High School Band has been invited to play the National Anthem on Center Field at Citifield for the NY Mets vs. The LA Dodgers game on May 27, 2016! This is a huge honor for us and a major fundraiser for the entire school, so please invite your family, friends, co-workers, and your neighbors to attend. The ticket order forms are available from Mr. Beratis in the band room and the order forms and payments are due back by March 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our school on a national stage so please post this information on all your social media accounts and let’s try to have a huge turnout!
If you have any questions please contact Mr. Beratis or one of the band parents.
1st place: 4 Park Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World — Jen Scanlan
2nd Place: The Sports Memorabilia Package — Diego Calderan
3rd Place: $100 Gift Certificate to the Stamford Town Center — Sandra Garcia
4th Place: DVD Player — Dick Swatland
5th Place: $50 Gift Certificate to Hope Pizza — Steve Garst
6th Place: $50 Gift Certificate to Trip’s Restaurant — Mario Archila
7th Place: $25 Gift Certificate to Bull’s Head Diner — Patrick Baker
8th Place: $12 Gift Certificate to John’s Pizza — Robert Seekamp
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you all very much for your support!
SHS Band Alumni and current students gathered for a memorial service for Jon Wills, a former band member from the Class of 2002. Our Jazz Combo performed, Mr. Beratis unveiled a plaque for the band room and announced the dedication of a new scholarship for graduating band members in Jon’s name. The evening ended with a touching performance of Amazing Grace.
Please join us for a very important Winter Percussion Ensemble Parent meeting on Monday, November 30th at 8PM. We will hand out the information packet, introduce our instructors, and show our new parents the video of our “Priceless” show performed last April in Dayton, Ohio.
Our Annual Raffle has begun. The drawing will be at the Christmas Tree Lot on December 20th at 7PM. Our top prizes are 4 Park Hopper passes to Disney World, a sports fan memorabilia basket with goodies from The Mets, The Giants, and The WWE, and a $100 Gift Certificate redeemable at the Stamford Town Center!
We are kicking our fund raising into high gear to prepare for our trip to Disney so we are asking every band member to sell at least 3 booklets (15 tickets.)
The Stamford High Band was invited to perform before 38,000 fans with the West Point Band during the Army/Duke football game at Michie Stadium. Students boarded a 4:30AM Coach Bus to make it onsite for a 6AM rehearsal. At 7AM the rehearsal was interrupted by Army Paratroopers landing on the 50 yard line! We had a little downtime between the rehearsal and the start of the game so band members were able to explore the beautiful campus.
Dear Parents and Students,
The West Point game is about a month away, and next week I need to pay the deposit for our band. I received an email from the band director at West Point and he told me the game is nearly sold out which is very exciting.
I need to know if any of you would like to come to the game. I have reserved 100 tickets for us until I know a final number. If you are interested in driving to the game please let me know by Tuesday morning. The ticket price is $30 per person. I will pay upfront, and you can pay me back.
Once again, the game is in West Point, NY at 12:00pm on Saturday, October 10th.
Our first fundraiser of the year takes place Friday at 7:30pm at the Dairy Inn on Hope Street. The Dairy Inn has generously offered to donate 10% of the proceeds to the SHS Band. Invite your friends and family to join us!
Click on the new student tab at the top of the page for all the Band Camp details and to download your paperwork and music!
Summer sessions for the Drumline and Color Guard will be offered on Wednesday afternoons beginning July 8th from 5:00 – 9:00pm at school. The instructors will be Diane Zinicola, Stacey Palumbo, Matt Kravitz, and Eric Andrade.
The rehearsal dates are:
July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, and 19
The sessions are not mandatory however we would like to see as many people attend as possible. Please let Diane know if you are not available.
In May the SHS Concert Band joined the USBands Festival Tour and performed in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. We also visited the Liberty Bell, ran up the “Rocky Steps” at the Art Museum, went on a ghost tour of the city, and sampled both Pat’s and Geno’s Cheesesteaks.
All students should report to the band room at 9am for a rehearsal before the parade on Sunday. Parents are welcome to march with the band and should join us by 10:40am. The bus leaves at 11am.
Our Annual Band Banquet will be held on May 28th at 7pm at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ located at 112 Bedford Street. All students are invited free of charge as a gift for their hard work at the Christmas Tree Lot. Parents are welcome to attend at a cost of $30/person. Flyers were sent home via email so please complete and return them by May 21st so we know how many people to expect.
Our next Band Parent meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm in the band room. Mr Beratis will discuss the final preparations for the overnight Concert Band trip to Philadelphia and the itinerary and performance schedule at the Kimmel Center will be distributed. We need at least parent from each family to attend.
- May 12th Full Concert Band Rehearsal including Drummers
- May 14th Rogers International School Concert — recruiting opportunity
- May 18th A MONDAY Concert Band rehearsal
- May 19th Dolan Spring Concert — recruiting opportunity
- May 20th Color Guard rehearsal after school
- May 21st Stamford High Spring Concert
- May 24th Memorial Day Parade
- May 26/27 Concert Band Philadelphia Trip
- May 28th Band Banquet
- June 10th Scofield Spring Concert — recruiting opportunity
The official photos are available from Lifetouch. Click here to view their gallery and to place an order.
We will have our last Winter Percussion meeting Saturday morning at 9am to distribute the Dayton itinerary and to answer any questions. Information from WGI for parents on how to watch the competition live on TV will be passed out. Diane and George have requested that at least one parent from each family attend.
Please bring in your donations of snacks and water for the bus ride at this time. There will be another meeting for the chaperones and family members who will be attending the trip on Monday, April 6th at 8:30pm to go over last minute instructions on how to get the equipment on and off the floor during the performances. Then the truck will be loaded for the long ride to Ohio.
Stamford Public Schools presented their Citywide Band Concert that featured bands from AITE, Cloonan, Dolan, Rippowam, Rogers International, Scofield, Stamford High, Turn of River and Westhill High Schools. The combined 8th grade band opened the show with the Star Spangled Banner followed by Jungle Dance, a piece by Brian Balmages. The high school bands were joined by students from their respective feeder schools followed by the combined Westhill and Stamford High School Honors Band who played Pictures at an Exhibition by Moussorgsky, In a Gentle Rain by Robert Smith and ended the evening with the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky.
Not only was this a fun and entertaining event, it was important for middle school students to see what it is like playing in a big high school band. Our hope is for more 8th graders to sign up for band and continue to play in high school.
Come support our Winter Percussion Ensemble at the Mac Championships at Westhill on Saturday! This is the last competition before we travel to the WGI Finals in Dayton, OH.
The Stamford High Band as a whole has been up to great things these past few months, but there are a select few in the band that have been working extremely hard since the beginning of the school year to put on an excellent show. These kids are all members of the Stamford High Winter Percussion Ensemble. Each of these kids put in immense amounts of practice in school and even on their own out of school, and their talents are shown through the successes they are having this year. I am a member and captain in this ensemble and I can agree that this is one of the best groups we have had in my 4 years at Stamford High. We have had many successes this year, and each one has pushed us to work harder and get better. We have been competing in competitions since the beginning of February and each week our score has gone up, which just helps to prove that we are working very hard. At our first show we traveled all the way up to Dartmouth, MA and we placed first with a score of 70.9. The week after was the Trumbull WGI Regional where we placed 1st in prelims but in finals lost to Cranston East from Rhode Island by a close 1.175 points. We scored 83.535. Two weeks later we had both Westhill and Shelton. At Westhill we got 2nd with a score of 83.7, .55 of a point behind Westhill. That night at Shelton we dominated taking home first with a score of 86.5, 2.1 points higher than our up hill rivals. The next competition was at Johnathan Law, where again we took home first with a score of 88.6. The Black Knights are on a roll! If you haven’t seen our show yet do not worry there is still time before we head out to the finals in Dayton in April. This weekend we will be at Norwalk’s show and the week after at Westhill for the MAC championships then DAYTON!!
If you have the chance make sure you congratulate the kids on their success to motivate them to keep working hard on the road to dayton.
GOOD LUCK STAMFORD HIGH SCHOOL PERCUSSION!
Dartmouth High School, 555 Bakerville Road, Dartmouth, MA
- Meet at SHS by the gym at 5:30am
- Depart SHS no later than 6:00am Google maps says 2 hours 42 minutes to Dartmouth
- Arrive Dartmouth High School 8:45am — Clinic is 9:00 – 10:30am
- 10:30am bring a snack, dress and unload the truck
- The warm up schedule will be handed out at check-in
- Performance time 12:00 noon
- After the performance, load the truck and change on the bus
- Lunch in the cafeteria
- Watch the rest of the show with the awards at 4:00pm
- Depart Dartmouth 4:45pm
- 6:15pm Dinner stop at the Crystal Mall in Waterford I-95 exit 82
- 8:15 return to SHS and unload the truck
- 9:00pm pickup
We will have a mandatory Winter Percussion Parent meeting this Thursday at 7pm in the band room to discuss the schedule for our trip to Dayton. George Beratis and Diane Zinicola will be available to answer any questions you have about transportation, the itinerary, and the competition. Please bring the permission slips with you so we know who will be traveling with us.
Our Winter Percussion Competition Schedule:
- Saturday, February 21st — Dartmouth, MA
- Saturday, February 28th — Trumbull, CT
- Saturday, March 7th — Newtown, CT (we will also be marching in the St. Patricks Day Parade in the morning)
- Saturday, March 14th — West Hill and Shelton (double show day)
- Saturday, March 21st — no competitions scheduled
- Saturday March 28th — Norwalk
- Saturday, April 4th — Mac Championships at West Hill
- Tuesday, April 7th — leave for Dayton at midnight
We have a very big Winter Percussion show planned for this year with a lot of extra equipment and we need at least 6 chaperones per show in addition to our regular staff. We need all Winter Percussion parents to volunteer to chaperone several shows, so please check your schedules and visit our Volunteer Spot page to choose your dates.
Many thanks to all who helped sell the Christmas Trees. Our biggest fund raiser of the year is now behind us and it’s time to dismantle the lot. We need everyone to pitch in once again to help take down all the tree supports and put away the lights, tools and equipment. Rob Musitano and Mary Lupo ran the lot this year and they are the parents of graduating seniors, so it is particularly important for the parents of underclassmen to help out so that we know how to set up and run the lot next year. It only takes a few hours to take down and put everything away so please stop by, lend a hand and bring your tools!
The clean up day for the tree lot is Saturday Nov 22 and we will need a few supplies to get the lot ready. We need everybody’s help!
- Tools needed: Power tools- drill or impact wrench with battery chargers
- Rakes, weed trimmers,hedge/brush trimmers, shovels
- Sledge hammer
- Circular saws with ext cords or battery chargers
- Duct tape, ties
- Step ladders
- A wheel barrel would be helpful to move existing wood chips
- Helpful if you wear work gloves. Some are at the lot, but would be helpful if you bring your own.
- Light bulbs (if you have some that you have just replaced we can take the old ones assuming they still work)
Dear Band Parents,
I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss our progress this season, and to update you on our upcoming performances and fundraisers. We are approaching one of our busiest times of the year where we need “all hands on deck.” Below you will see a list of all our performances that our students need to attend.
November 7th- Football Game at SHS
November 9th- Veterans Day Parade (Families should leave their Sunday free from 10am-2pm)
November 10th- In-school Veterans Day Concert with Music Department and History Department.
November 14th- Football Game at SHS
November 15th- Western Regional Auditions
November 26th- Football Game at SHS (Thanksgiving Eve)
****Check event details on my website calendar by visiting stamfordhigh.org and clicking on Stamford High Marching Band on the right side of the home page.****
Please remember, these events are mandatory. Our biggest performances are parades. I need and expect 100% participation. Also, missed performances can affect your “good standing member” status and impact your participation on the Philadelphia trip.
Please be sure to encourage your students to have a regimented practice schedule! We are off to a great start this year, and a steady and consistent practice routine will help us drastically improve our program! Students goal should be to have three to four practice sessions a week. A practice session should include a good warm-up (long tones, scales), music we are practicing in band, and something fun.
We are also approaching the season for our tree lot fundraiser. As you all know, this is a whole group effort! We need participation from every student and every parent. This is our biggest fundraiser and it takes a village! The band parents will be given information about the tree lot shortly. There will also be a student sign-up sheet in the band room. Let’s all work together to make this a success. The tree lot is our biggest fundraiser, but also the most fun.
I look forward to working with all of you during these events.
The uniform fitting for the entire band has been scheduled for this Thursday, October 30th at 5:00pm. We will ask band members to first help empty the contents of the large storage container in the parking lot, and then get fitted for their uniforms for the Veterans Day Parade. After the fitting, the Percussion and Guard will begin their rehearsal and everyone else is free to go home.
As we take bigger and better steps leading to great opportunities as a band, the need to fund raise is heavily increasing. We are officially starting a new fundraiser and it is time to get pumped! This fundraiser is something better then we have ever done before, it is called Amazon Smiles. To participate in this fundraiser you do not need to spend any extra money. Whenever you purchase something from Amazon you can signup for Amazon Smile donating .5% of qualifying sales to the non for profit of your choice, and that not for profit is The Stamford High Band. Every time you buy something from Amazon you are donating money to the band with no extra cost. With Holidays approaching sign up for Amazon Smiles and do all your shopping online this year at Amazon to help support the band!
*** Save the Date ***
The Christmas Tree lot sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The trees are due to arrive the day after Thanksgiving and we will need everybody’s help to make this work.
On the morning of Saturday, November 22nd we will be setting up the lot to get ready for the tree delivery. We need to clean up the field a bit, set up the tree stands, string lights, etc. The trees are due to arrive November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving. That morning, the trees will be unloaded by the students , set up in the lot, and we will be OFFICIALLY OPEN!
Mr. Beratis will have a schedule set up in the band room and all students need to schedule time to work at the lot. We also need the help of our Band Parents to supervise the students so please let us know when you are available to take a shift. The lot will be open in the evenings during the week and all day on Saturday and Sunday until all the trees are sold.
This is a fun event for the band – we set up a small bon fire to keep warm, serve hot chocolate and on the weekends we usually have hot chili or soup in the trailer to keep the students well fed. The proceeds of this fundraiser help our travel budget so please consider donating your time and energy.
The Parent meeting was postponed to November (date to be determined) because the College Fair at Stamford High is scheduled for the evening of 10/23.
Thanks to all who helped out with the Springdale Athletic Club Tag/Bake Sale. It was a fun, easy day with perfect weather, and the Band made a net profit of $168.00.
Our 1st Bake Sale in school is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th. Please bring in a prepackaged item for sale. We need as many parents as possible to participate so we have something to sell.
The Springdale Athletic Club has invited the Band Parents to participate in their Tag Sale for local non-profit organizations. We are looking for donations of new or gently used items in good, working condition for the band to sell to raise money for our trip to Philadelphia in May. We also plan to have a Bake Sale so if you don’t have anything to donate to the tag sale, please consider providing a baked item. All donations may be dropped off after 8AM in the parking lot of the Springdale Athletic Club, 2 Camp Avenue which is located down the block from the Camp Avenue Post Office and across the street from the cemetery. This is a good opportunity to get in your volunteer hours so if you are available to help man a table, please stop by.
New Pep Band photos from the football game were uploaded today. Click on the “gallery” tab to see them.
We’ve been invited to participate in the Springdale Athletic Club’s Flea Market on October 4th from 10am – 3pm. The Club is located at 2 Camp Avenue just off Hope Street and across from the cemetery. The rain date is October 11th.
Please drop off any gently used items that you would like to donate to the band to sell in the morning before 10:00am. We will need a few students and parents to help man the tables so please let Mr. Beratis know if you are available. This is a fun, easy way to get in a few required volunteer hours. More information will be sent home via email later this week.
Welcome to our new blog! The Stamford High School Band Parents Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of parents and staff who serve to support the band program. We organize fund raising events, chaperone students attending competitions and marching band events, and advocate for the band within our school and in the community. Offered in addition to the weekly Band Notes email, this blog will provide parents with more details of upcoming events, schedules, band forms, and volunteer opportunities. We hope you will check back frequently!