Edmonds-Woodway High School Music Boosters

November 2023 Newsletter

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Welcome to the November edition of our monthly newsletter. These last two months of this year are proving to be even busier than usual, with many enriching experiences for our students and a variety of fun events on the calendar. We have been working nonstop for our young musicians, as well as raising funds for the Music Program.

About the Boosters and Fundraising
The Boosters organization closes the financial gap between the needs of our Music Program and the funding provided by the school district. This support allows the program to provide a wide variety of high-quality music immersion opportunities to students from all backgrounds, thereby furthering equity in our school and our district. Please consider supporting our program through your help and donations. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, Federal Tax ID 91-1226385

November/December Calendar at a Glance
11/7 – Music Boosters Board meeting via zoom; contact us for zoom info
11/1-11/15 – Annual Citrus Sale Fundraiser
11/4, 7-9pm (tickets from 6:30pm) – All School Barn Dance, EWHS Great Hall
11/11 – US Army Field Band at Everett Civic Auditorium; reserve your free tickets online
11/16 – Band photo day
11/17 – Orchestra photo day
11/18 – Northshore Jazz Festival at Bothell High School; Special Guests – Jake Bergevin and The Punishments
11/18,19 – WIBC Honor Band at SeaTac
11/28, 7-9pm (doors open 6pm), Winter Benefit Concert, Edmonds Center for the Arts
12/2 – Possession Sound Jazz Festival at Everett High School
12/3 – Bel Canto performing with Wellspring Ensemble
12/5 – Wind Symphony and Jazz 1 tour to CPM and Madrona
12/7 – Jazz 1 to Maplewood
12/10, 10am-3pm – Holiday Craft Fair, EWHS Great Hall
12/11 – Mello-Aires performing with Seattle Ensign Chorus

11/4, 7-9 pm (tickets for sale at door from 6:30 pm), EWHS Great Hall, $5 per person or $15 per family
We are super excited to see you at our Fall Barn Dance this Saturday. The evening is going to be a blast, with all of us learning how to do basic line dancing under the guidance of a professional caller with a fiddle and banjo band. Even our student musicians are getting in on the action and have been diligently practicing their “fiddle” playing. We have lots of fun decorations, raffle prizes and delicious food and drinks – savory snacks, apple cider, hot chocolate, lemonade, sweet treats, and of course hot dogs with all the fixins (aka sausage sizzle) – just to name a few! Veggie and gluten-free options available too.

Order your delicious citrus fruit online from us Nov 1-15 at https://farmfreshfundraising.rallyup.com/edmonds-woodwayhsmusic2/.
Highest quality fresh California Navel Oranges, Grapefruit, and Clementine Mandarins. All boxes contain approximately 20lbs of freshly picked citrus fruit. Prices below grocery stores. Our Music Program receives an AMAZING $10.00 per carton! Oranges $30, Grapefruit $30, Mandarins $40, Mixed $34. You can also choose to donate one or more boxes to the Edmonds Food Bank and we will make sure it gets delivered.

Pickup will be early December outside the EWHS Music Department. The exact date will be announced out via email and social media once fruit is ready.  More info https://ewhsmusic.com/event-spotlight/2023-citrus-sale-fundraiser/

11/28, 7-9pm (doors open 6pm), Edmonds Center for the Arts. Admission free. Donations welcome.
Our Winter Benefit Concert at the elegant Edmonds Center for the Arts is a very special new event, showcasing all our talented young musicians performing selected pieces from a variety of musical genres. Invite your family, friends and neighbors! Dress up or come as you are – ALL ARE WELCOME!! Admission is free and there will be opportunities to support the Music Program with donations. More information at https://ewhsmusic.com/2023-winter-benefit-concert/

12/10, 10am-3pm, EWHS Great Hall
We have over 50 vendors registered so far, with room for more! On offer will be everything from jewelry to toffee to quilted goods to pottery, and even indie books! Both of our jazz bands will perform, along with several other small and large ensembles. This will be the perfect opportunity to snag unique, handmade gifts for everyone on your holiday list. More info at https://ewhsmusic.com/event-spotlight/2023-craft-fair/

Please consider helping out as chaperones at the events below. Parents willing to take part, please contact Mr. Bergevin or our Volunteer Coordinator Rachael Garrett by filling in our Boosters contact form with the note “Chaperoning” in the comments.

Sat, 11/18 – Northshore Jazz Festival at Bothell High School. Schedule still pending. Families will transport their own students to and from Bothell High School. Parents willing to drive other students need to complete the process to become an authorized volunteer driver in the Edmonds School District

12/2 – Possession Sound Jazz Festival at Everett High School. Early morning departure from EWHS at 6:30 am. Students will return to EWHS by 1pm. Stay tuned for more info.

12/5 – Wind Symphony and Jazz 1 tour to College Place Middle and Madrona K-8. Details to follow.

12/7 – Jazz 1 to Maplewood during fourth period. We will need chaperones for this as well. Still working on details, but please get in touch if you can help.


All Band Students
11/16 – All band photos in theater during second period and advisory. Thanks to Music Booster and parent Deb Limb who is our volunteer photographer. Students need to be sure to have their own black socks, black pants, and dress shoes. Please set a reminder on your calendar so we can get good looking photos of all of our groups with the proper attire.

All Orchestra Students
11/17 – All orchestra students wear their performance uniforms.

All Choir Students
Choir photo date will be announced once finalized


Mrs. Gillian Malacari – ORCHESTRA

Orchestra Fall Retreat
A huge thank you to all the Freshman Parents who chaperoned and helped us have such a great time. Between exploring the forest and making lovely music we even saw the solar eclipse!

Orchestra Guest Artist
10/31 – Christian Howes came to workshop with our orchestra students this week. Christian is a renowned jazz violinist, educator and composer, who has received many accolades for his unique ability to teach musicians the skills they need to grow. Read more about Christian at https://christianhowes.com/

Ms. Charlotte Reese – CHOIRS

Bel Canto
12/3 – Bel Canto will be performing in a special concert with Wellspring Ensemble. More information and tickets available at https://www.wellspringensemble.org/event

12/11 – Mello-Aires performing with the Seattle Ensign Symphony and Chorus, Christmas Around the World

The Mello-Aires have many other caroling gigs coming up, although we are still working out all the details. 

Mr. Jake Bergevin – BANDS AND JAZZ

Instrument Donations
Big thank you to all of the folks who have donated instruments to help College Place Elementary & Middle School students. The Edmonds School District Foundation has also stepped up and donated so we are all set now.

Fall Wind Symphony Retreat
Lots of gratitude to all of the students and Boosters for helping make the fall very successful and fun for band students. Check out this great video of the Fall Band Retreat at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island https://youtu.be/b2SYoogkOUM?si=0wbZv7Qdi3g-SYCL

Homecoming Half Time
Here’s bit of the Homecoming half-time entertainment in case you missed it. We are grateful to Mr. Drumm (his real name!) for helping our drumline this fall. Cheerleaders are doing a great job as usual too. https://youtu.be/ffe8KAjU39s

With Homecoming behind us, the bands are moving out of “Pep Band Mode” and are happy to be working on some interesting music for the Winter Benefit Concert at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on November 28th. Mark your calendars.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Big thank you to Toni Bosman from Mr. B for helping to organize a wonderful field trip to the Paramount Theater to hear the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on October 5th. It was a great time.

WIBC Honor Band
11/18 – Congratulations to Evelyn Chow and Sarah Elliot Paust who have been selected for the WIBC Honor Band. This group will perform at the WIBC conference in SeaTac on the weekend of November 18. Thank you to the Music Boosters for supporting the students. We are still waiting to hear results regarding All-State auditions.

The US Army Field Band
Sat 11/11 – The US Army Field Band will be performing at the Everett Civic Auditorium at 7 PM. Students are encouraged to attend with their families and can receive extra credit from Mr. B. Please check the Canvas announcement. This group is outstanding and will inspire students. Tickets are free, but need to be spoken for through the online system at https://gofan.co/event/1120821?schoolId=WA23208 as this concert always sells out. This may be a fun way to celebrate Veterans Day.

EWHS Jazz Combo at ECA
Our EWHS Jazz Combo had a successful performance this week at an event for the Herald Newspaper, held at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Participating students included Forrest Aubrey, Jon Badier, Oren Kaushansky, Kody Stoulil, Mateo Mahoney, and Marcell Rickman. A trio combo will perform again at the ECA on Friday, November 17.

SKMEA Solo & Ensemble
The Sno-King Regional Solo & Ensemble contest is taking place on February 2 at Lynnwood High School and students should be selecting literature now.

Romeo’s Jazz Jams
21110 76th Ave W, Edmonds. Our optional Romeo’s jazz jam sessions continue each month on the third Sunday at 3 pm and last Thursday at 7 pm of each month. Special thanks to Romeo’s and JazzClubsNW for helping support this learning opportunity for students that want to work on their improvisation skills.