AG: A Guard
CB: Concert Band
FB: Football Band
JB (1/2): Jazz Band
MB: Marching Band
OG: Open Guard
OR: Orchestra (Strings Only)
PA: Winter Percussion ‘A’ 
PW: Winter Percussion World
SO: Symphony Orchestra
WS: Wind Symphony

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Weekly Notes 3.12.2018

Coming Up This Week:

Monday, 3/12 - SY Rehearsal 3-5pm

Tuesday, 3/13 - AG Rehearsal 3-5:30pm, OG Rehearsal 6-9pm, WP Rehearsal 5:30-9pm

Wednesday, 3/14 - WP Rehearsal 1-5pm, Cookie Dough Order Pickup 2-5:30pm, AG/OG/WP Winter Family Night Performance 6:00-9:00pm

Thursday, 3/15 - SO/CO/SY CUSD High School Orchestra Festival, WP Rehearsal 3-6:30pm, AG Rehearsal 3-5:30pm, OG Rehearsal 6-9pm

Friday, 3/16 - SY Rehearsal 3-5pm

Saturday, 3/17 - WS Fresno State Band Festival 12:40-5PM


Next Week:

Monday, 3/19 - SY Rehearsal 3-5pm

Tuesday, 3/20 - AG Rehearsal 3-5:30pm, OG Rehearsal 6-9pm, WP Rehearsal 5:30-9pm

Wednesday, 3/21 - SO/CO Sunnyside Orchestra Festival, CB/SW/WS CUSD Band Festival, WP Rehearsal 1-5pm

Thursday, 3/22 - JB Fresno City College Jazz Festival (early am), WP Rehearsal 3-6:30, AG Rehearsal 3-5:30pm

Friday, 3/23 - JB Reno Trip Payments Due, WP SJVCGPR Championships

Saturday, 3/24 - AG SJVCGPR Championships, OG WGI Western Championships


Cookie Dough Order Pickup

Great American Opportunities helped us sell over 500 items over the phone to help raise funds for the program. This was a great sale, thank you to all who participated as this will help us pay some bills that are fast approaching. As it took some time to receive all orders, we will be slightly delayed from the end of February estimate of delivery. Please plan on picking up orders in the Faculty Lounge Wednesday March 14th after school. We are going to need lots of parent help to make distribution easy on the 14th. Please sign up here if you are able to help. Thanks again for a great fundraiser!


Remember, if you or a friend would like to make a general donation in lieu of purchasing fundraiser items, donations can be made anytime at


Winter Family Night

Next Wednesday is our winter Family Night. Please come out to Clovis West for a free performance of all Kastner and Clovis West winter groups and a guest performance by Fresno State’s Red Wave Wednesday the 14th at 7pm in the East Gym. Doors open at 6:30pm.


CUSD High School Orchestra Festival

All orchestra students will be participating in the CUSD Orchestra Festival at the Clovis Unified Performing Arts Center (PAC) Thursday. String Orchestra will perform in the morning at 10:40am, and will bus back to school around lunch. Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra will bus to the PAC in the afternoon. Chamber Orchestra will perform at 1:55pm and Symphony Orchestra at 4:35pm. Chamber and Symphony Orchestra students will be dismissed at the conclusion of the festival at 5:55pm. No transportation will be provided back to Clovis West, so please plan to pick up students at that time.


Wind Symphony at Fresno State Festival 3/17

Wind Symphony members, please review the itinerary posted for our performance on 3/17 at Fresno State. Our report time is 12:40, and dismissal time is 5pm. Please be sure you can report promptly at 12:40pm in your concert attire, with your instruments.


CUSD High School Concert Band Festival

All band students will be participating in the CUSD High School Concert Band Festival at the Clovis Unified Performing Arts Center (PAC) Wednesday 3/21. Concert Band and Symphonic winds will be bussed to the PAC and will be dismissed at the PAC at 3:30pm (no return transportation provided). Concert Band will perform at noon, and Symphonic Winds will perform at 2:00pm. Wind Symphony students should report for the second session at 4:00pm, and will perform at 7:10pm. We will be the last band to perform, and students will be dismissed from the PAC at the conclusion of our performance.


CMEA Sunnyside Orchestra Festival

Orchestra students will be traveling to Sunnyside High School Wednesday 3/21. Students will bus over in the morning and return to Clovis West around 4:00pm. String Orchestra performs at 12:19pm, and Chamber Orchestra performs at 2:21pm. Students should plan to bring a Sack Lunch.


Jazz I/II at Fresno City College

Jazz I and Jazz II will perform at Fresno City College’s City Jazz Festival Thursday morning. Jazz II performs at 8:30am and Jazz I performs at 10:30am. We are waiting on CUSD transportation to determine the availability of a bus for this early morning performance time. In the event we do not have a bus, we will be carpooling/using district vans. If you are willing to transport students to the festival early Thursday, and back to campus around noon, please let Mr. Chesi know. Thank you to everyone who has already expressed a willingness to do so. We will keep everyone informed when we know if we have a bus or not. 


Jazz I Reno Trip Payments are Due 3/23

All trip payments for this trip are due by 3/23. Please do not be late as missing payments may result trip cancellation.


Save Around the City Books / Money

We have only one more BOX of Save Around the City books available for your student to sell. We need these to be gone, as we will be charged for them, regardless if your students sell and benefit from the proceeds. They sell for $25, and all of the proceeds from that sale ($8.50) go to your student’s trip account. This is a unique opportunity to build your trip credit for future travel. Many students have signed out some of these books. We ask that if you will be unable to sell them you return them so others may do so. We are being charged for all of these books, so we want to get them sold and apply the benefits directly to your trip account. Please turn in any unsold books or book money ASAP!


Last See’s Candies Orders will be available March 19th

Thank you for all of your orders. Candy will be ready to pick up on Monday, March 19th. 


Past News…

Pledges and Trip Fees

As we have turned the calendar over to the 2018 year, we have noticed that many of the pledges and trip fees that were promised by many of our families have not come in or repeat payments haven’t been set up. Please remember, we use this information to plan what we can do throughout the school year. If you have not yet submitted your pledges/fees it is not too late to do so. We would greatly appreciate it if these could be submitted as soon as possible.


Staff, Instruments, Music, and supplies all have costs, and while the district does offer us a lot of support it does not fully fund the program we offer your students. Your donations and financial support coupled with fundraising allow us to continue to offer the programs at the level we do, and hopefully make enhancements in the future. Please help us continue to provide a quality music education for your student by fulfilling your pledged amounts and or paying your trip fees. 


If you would like to continue to support our programs and provide a donation, please consider setting up a recurring payment through paypal. You can access an easy to use method right here:


Our Amazon Wish List is Back

Our Wish List is back and we need your help! We will update this list periodically with things that the program needs and can use. If you see an item that you would like to purchase for the program, please do! After the order is placed, it will be automatically shipped to Clovis West and will be put straight to good use improving the music experience for our students!


Please view our wish list at


AG: A Guard • CB: Concert Band • CG: Colorguard • CO: Chamber Orchestra • JB: Jazz Band • MB: Marching Band • OG: Open Guard • WP: Winter Percussion • SO: String Orchestra • SW: Symphonic Winds • SY: Symphony Orchestra • WS: Wind Symphony