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 4.30.2018


Coming Up This Week:

Monday, 4/30 - SY Rehearsal 3-5pm

Friday, 5/4 - Jazz I Law Day performance 6am-4pm, SY Rehearsal 3-5pm, CUSD HS Instrumental Music Movie Night 6-9pm

Saturday, 5/5 - Pancakes and Performances @ Kastner MPR 7am-12pm, Day of Percussion @ CUSD PAC 


Next Week:

Monday, 5/7 - SY Rehearsal (Winds, Brass, Percussion) 3-5pm

Tuesday, 5/8 - Spring Leadership Academy 3-6pm Lecture Hall

Wednesday, 5/9 - CW/KIS Night of Percussion 7pm

Thursday, 5/10 - Spring Leadership Academy 3-6pm Lecture Hall

Friday, 5/11 - SY Rehearsal 3-5pm

Saturday, 5/12 - CMEA Solo and Ensemble @ Buchanan HS


CUSD HS Instrumental Movie Night

We encourage all of our instrumental music students to participate in this great fundraising and bonding opportunity. May the Fourth (not a lisp) is upon us and we will be watching The Empire Strikes Back this Friday with other instrumental music students from the district. We are accepting $10 donations for tickets to this event, at which we will provide soda, popcorn, a snack bar, and one of the greatest Star Wars episodes in the saga. Tickets are on sale today and tomorrow at lunch and after school. Please join us and support this fundraiser that directly supports our program.



Disneyland is a go for June 9th. We will be filling charter busses on a first turned-in, first on trip basis as we have done in the past. Please plan accordingly. Specific info and forms will (hopefully) be out this week.


CMEA Solo and Ensemble 

Thank you to those who registered for solo and ensemble prior to the deadline. That deadline has now passed. If you missed it you must speak personally with Mr. Chesi as there are limited options for late registration, and associated fees. If you did register but have not yet paid your $20 registration fee, please do so this week. Thanks!


Spring Leadership Academy

Mr. Chesi will be hosting a Spring Leadership Academy for any current 9-11th grade students on May 8th, 10th, and 16th from 3-6pm in the Lecture Hall. This is not a pre-requisite for section leader / drum major applicants, but is strongly encouraged for anyone seeking a leadership role in the 2018-2019 school year.


Pancakes and Performances Tickets / Volunteers

Students must turn in all money and UNSOLD pancake tickets TODAY, April 30 by 3 pm. Please contact Carolyn Carter with any questions. Get those last few tickets sold! 


This is always a fun fundraiser filled with yummy breakfast, performances from our awesome students, and a BIG raffle! Please sell those tickets and join us the day of the fundraiser, Saturday, May 5, from 8am-11am in the Kastner Intermediate Multipurpose Room.

We are also looking for a few more sponsors for this event. Click link below to sign up: 


Pancakes and Performances Day Of Performer Info

Below is the approximate schedule for performances this Saturday May 5th at Kastner Intermediate School. All performers should plan to arrive at least a half hour prior to their performance time. Attire for this event is Instrumental Music T-Shirt (available for sale in the band room) and Jeans. Please contact Mr. Chesi with any questions about the event.


Pancakes and Performances Schedule:

8:00am - Jazz II

8:20am - Jazz I/Combo

9:00am - Symphonic Winds

9:20am - Concert Band

9:40am - Wind Symphony

10:00am - Symphony Orchestra

10:20am - String Orchestra

10:40am - Chamber Orchestra



(This isn’t going away until it isn’t an issue…) Pledges and Trip Fees

As we approach the end of the 2017-2018 year, we are finding our program in a situation where 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. 


Unfortunately we have not seen the level of financial support we have planned on or expected this year. If we are unable to make up these differences this year we will need to be much more conservative in our planning for education and travel opportunities in the upcoming years. Please, if you are financially able, consider an additional donation to help support our program. We will continue to work to provide fundraising opportunities, but our time this year is limited. Please fulfill financial promises you have made to the program if you have not yet done so.


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:


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. We have been charged a significant amount of money for these unsold books. Please turn in any unsold books or book money ASAP! 



Past News…


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