Hi all,

First, congratulations to the following students that were selected to participate in the UNI Northern Festival of Bands in February:
Laila Butler-Mills
Maggie Cremers
Laura Friestad
Keith Friestad
James Lippe
Julia McReynolds
Michael Takahashi
1)    Pep Band 'A' performs at the City-West basketball game on next Friday, Dec. 7.  Uniform consists of heck week (Jazz) t-shirt.  Call time is 6:30pm.
2)    Fruit/cheese/candy pick-up will take place on next Friday (evening) and Saturday (morning), Dec. 7 & 8.  Exact times to follow.
3)    Our first band concert will be Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30pm in Opstad Auditorium.  Call time for Concert Band (grade 9) is 7:00pm.  Concert attire is required.  Male:  Black pants, black socks, black shoes, long (solid) black tie and white shirt.  Female:  Black pants (long, ankle length skirt), black shoes, black hose, white shirt/blouse.
4)    Concert band students have a playing assignment (Ab scale) due by midnight on Sunday, December 2.  A grade of "0" will be given if not submitted on time.  Parents, please check with your child to make certain this is done.
That's all for now,
Dr. M
Pep band assignments 2018.xlsx
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Hi all,

Several things coming up:
1)    Our final parking lot clean-up is this SATURDAY, November 24.  Same time and location, and because of many folks traveling for Thanksgiving, we are asking that all that are in town please come out to help.
2)    The Dine Our for City High Band continues through the month of November at 2 Dogs Pub on First Ave.  You must tell them that you are supporting City High Band for us to receive 15% of your bill.
3)   Our first band concert will be held on Wednesday, December 12 in Opstad Auditorium at 7:30pm.  Call times for each band will vary.  Concert attire for both Concert (9th grade) Band and Symphony Band is as follows:  Male - black dress pants, black shoes (no gym shoes), black socks. white shirt and long, solid black tie.  Female - black dress pants (long, ankle length black skirt), black shoes (no gym shoes), black hose, white shirt/blouse.  THIS IS A REQUIRED, GRADED PERFORMANCE FOR ALL BAND STUDENTS.  STUDENTS MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR THE ENTIRE CONCERT.
4)   I have attached an updated pep band list.  There have been only a few changes, but please check your student assignment.
5)   Band lessons will resume following the Thanksgiving break.  Brass players sign up on Flexisched on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.  Woodwind and percussion sign-up with Mr. Ottmar.
6)   Syllabi for all band classes will be posted to Canvas and the band web site very soon.  Please check and read carefully.
That's all for now and see you on Saturday,
Dr. M


Hi all,

Attached please find the pep band assignments for school year 2018-19.
1)  Each student is required to participate in two pep band games.
2)  Students may participate in additional games with participation counting toward award points.
3)  We will wear our 2018 Heck Week (Jazz) t-shirt as uniform.
4)  Call time for each game is 6:30pm.  We play between games through half-time of the second game.  (Call time for game one, 12/7, may be adjusted as an a large crowd is anticipated for this game against West High).
Dr. M


11/10/2018    All-State Band Musicians

2018 All-State Auditions - 10/20/2018

11/10/2018    All-State Permission Slip


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Hi all,

Just a few things:
1)   The first band concert of the year will be Wednesday, December 12.  For this and all future concerts students will not be wearing marching uniforms but must dress in our concert attire.  For students in concert (9th grade) and symphony bands the dress is as follows:
            Male - White shirt, long (solid) black tie, black pants (no jeans please),                                  black shoes and black ankle length socks.
             Female - White blouse/shirt, black pants (no jeans or leggings)/long (ankle                              length) black skirt, black shoes, black hose/socks.
2)   The fruit/candy sale orders are due today to Mrs. Mahaffa.  Orders will be available for pick up from City High on Friday and Saturday, December 7 & 8.
3)   Our next parking lot clean-up is this Sunday, November 11.  Our final clean-up will be Saturday (yes, Saturday), November 24.  Students are required to attend one of these final two dates.  A special request is for everyone that will be in town on the 24th to attend that date, as many will be traveling.
4)   As we did last year, all band students will be required to attend/participate in two basketball games.  I will be sending a message today or tomorrow with pep band assignments and game dates.  These pep band performances are required/graded activities.
5)   Don't forget that 2 Dogs Pub will donate 15% of sales to City High band the entire month of November.  You must let them know that you are supporting the City High band program in order for us to receive this gracious gift.  Also next week, on November 13, Wildwood will also be hosting a dine out for City High Band night.  Lots of good eats all month long, so why cook?  Eat out often, your children will thank you.
That's all for now,
Dr. M





On Sunday, April 14, 2019 the Fort Dodge Area Symphony will present its annual Young Artists Concert.  This event offers talented young musicians the unique opportunity to perform as featured soloists in concert with the Fort Dodge Area Symphony. 



The Fort Dodge Area Symphony would like to invite your students to participate in this season’s competition.  Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Churchin Fort Dodge, Iowa.  In case of bad weather, an alternate audition dates has been scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019.  Detailed competition information and auditions forms can be found by visiting fdsymphony.org and clicking on Youth Programs


Please note that audition forms must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 17, 2018.  A competition schedule will be sent to all confirmed competition participants in early January 2019. 


Completed audition forms can be mailed to:

Young Artists Competition

Fort Dodge Area Symphony

P.O. Box 1291

Fort Dodge, IA 50501


Should you have any questions regarding our 2019 Young Artists Competition, please contact Paul Hochmuth, Business Manager, at 515-574-9166 or e-mail Paul at fortdodgeareasymphony@gmail.com.


Thanks and we look forward to hearing your students at this year’s Young Artists Competition in January 2019. 



It’s that time of year again!

The Annual City High Music Department Fruit Sale has begun!  Band, Choir and Orchestra students are selling fruit, cheese, sausage, nuts and candy to raise money for school music department related expenses - such as fees and travel. All orders are due back to the music office by Monday, November 5th. The goodies arrive at the school on December 7th and will be distributed from the west band room in the new addition starting at 4:15 pm that day and on the following morning until noon. Money is collected upon delivery of the fruit, cheese, and candy and should be returned to the music office by December 17th.

This year for the fifth time, we will collect fruit donations for distribution by Table to Table. You should find instructions attached. This has been a great success. We are usually able to collect 50 to 75 boxes of fruit, which is then donated to people in need in Johnson County.

All checks (including fruit donations and Fannie May orders) should be payable to City High Music.


As always, we need volunteers to help with this fundraiser. This is usually a lot of fun and a great way to meet the parents of other students involved in the music program. Please let me know if you can help in any of the following ways.

·        Order processing  on November 6th and/or 7th  during the school day.

·        Fruit distribution coordinator  this involves scheduling volunteers, and supervising during set-up and distribution on December 7th and until noon on December 8th. This could be a team or an individual.

·        Unloading – the fruit truck will arrive around 7:00 am on December 7th. We have to unload it before 8:00 am when the parking lot starts to fill up. The truck has rollers so there is only a moderate amount of lifting and carrying.  Students can also help and will earn Silver Cord hours for this.  

·        Sorting and organizing for the sale – these volunteers check the boxes for spoilage and get the distribution area set up the morning of December 7th.

·        Distribution shifts – we will need volunteers to work 2 hour shifts on December 7th between 4:15 and 6:45pm and on December 8th between 8:45am and noon. Students can also help and can earn Silver Cord hours for this.  


Contact me at mahaffa.mary@iowacityschools.org or 688-1040 if you are able to help or have any questions about the fruit sale. If your student needs brochures, have them stop by my office.

Thank you for your support!


Mary Mahaffa

City High Music Secretary

Good afternoon band families,
I have a few reminders for upcoming band events.
First, Wednesday, October 31st (next Wednesday) is the deadline for the Band Apparel Order. All orders and payments must be turned into Mary Mahaffa in Music Office by Wednesday! The apparel options and order form are attached.
Next, 2 Dogs Pub on 1st Ave will donate 15% of the total bill to patrons who mention they are there to support the City High band the entire month of November! Tell everyone you know to tell their server they are there to support the City High band! 
On the subject of eating, Tuesday, November 13th is Dine Out for Music at Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon. Wildwood will donate 10% of the night's total sales (excluding alcohol) to the City High band program.
We are still looking for a food coordinator (or 2) for Jazz Showcase. This person organizes the food for the students between shows and the snacks for the audience. The previous coordinator made detailed notes and I know would be happy to mentor whoever takes over for her. If you are willing to help out with this, contact me or Jennifer Cremers.
Lastly, there are only 2 parking lot cleanups left and students are required to do 1 of these. If you are not going to be out of town for Thanksgiving, please consider coming to the cleanup on November 24th. 
Thanks for your support.
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team


Hi all,

It was a wonderful day at our all-state auditions in Washington.  All students performed at a high level, owing to all of the hard work put in to preparation for this event.  The best thing about events such as this is that because of the hard work, each student is a better performer now than when they began.
Please offer special congratulations to the following students selected into the all-state instrumental ensembles:
Quinn Kopelman - bass clarinet
Elliott Beauchamp - bassoon
Adam Holmes - bassoon
Ryan Carter - bass trombone
Kolbe Schnoebelen - trombone
Renee Thomas - horn
Joshua Fletcher - trumpet
Michael Takahashi - percussion
Laura Friestad - clarinet
Rocio Stejskal - clarinet
Maggie Cremers - trombone alternate
Justine Reschly-Krasowski - alto saxophone alternate


Good afternoon Band families!   
This year BACH is offering an expanded "City High Band" apparel offering in time for holiday gift giving!  If you're interested, please check out the attached product sheets and order form, and return your paid order form to Mary Mahaffa in the music office NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 31, which will help us ensure delivery the last week in November. 

Items include some favorites seen in previous orders, like the tie-dye long sleeve t-shirt and 1/4 zip fleece, and new items like stadium style t-shirts, flannel pants, two new hoodie options, and a lunch cooler.  There is a wide variety of items and prices. 
The product flyer and order form are attached and available tonight at Bates Field Follies or in the band hallway at City High.
Thanks for your support.
Angie Bywater
BACH Apparel Coordinator


Good morning band families,
It has been a busy marching season and especially the last couple of weeks and I need to take a minute to step back and appreciate all of the work that has been done. There have been some last minute changes that have been taken in stride and seamlessly resolved.
Thanks to Shelley Rublaitus and Freyja Stoltz for all their work with Heck Week. They did a lot of work before the season even started to get our sponsors and provide food and water to keep the students fed and hydrated. This is a big job that is so important to getting the band off on the right foot.
Thank you to Lynn Holmes and Robin Kopelman and everyone who worked on the End-of-Marching-Season party after the cancelled final home game performance. Everyone pulled together to put on an epic party even with the start time being moved up 2 hours.
Thanks to Melissa Schnoebelen and the food preppers who put together the dinners for the marching band before they left to go to the Clinton Competition. It was a great last minute and by no means small effort to feed 150 hungry teenagers.
Thank you to Theresa Murphy-Lewis and all those who helped with the Bates Field Follies reception last night. The gym looked great and no one left without cookies. 
We still have a few more parking lot clean-ups but thanks to David Weiss, Theresa Lewis, Kim Cannon, Anita Schuckert and everyone else who helps organize and the Sunday morning activities. 
A HUGE THANK YOU to Ute Muh and her uniform crew for all of the effort they put in each time the marching band steps out onto the field. They had the students out of their uniforms and up to the reception in record time last night so they could enjoy their night. 
With one more performance left in the marching season, I know I speak for the entire Leadership Team when I say thank you to all of those who have volunteered to help out BACH and the marching band this year. There were many new faces joining our ranks. We appreciate every one one of you, new and experienced, and look forward to continuing to with you as we move into concert season and beyond.
Thanks for your support.
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team 


The wcfsymphony is accepting applications from musicians in grades eight through twelve throughout Iowa to compete in the wcfsymphony Young Artist Concerto Competition on Sunday, February 17, 2019.  The competition will be held in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Students of piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion in grades eight through twelve are encouraged to participate.

Cash prizes of $400 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place will be offered. The first place winner may perform with the wcfsymphony on March 23, 2019. Deadline for applications must be postmarked no later than January 17, 2019.


Hello everyone,

I am writing to you about a very important event for our district. The ICCSD Music Auxiliary hosts an annual car wash each year to raise money for many musical activities throughout the district. This organization funds things like transportation for music events, All-State registration and other associated costs, competition entry fees, uniform cleaning, and many other things that we would not be able to fund on our own—or would necessitate greater fees to participate in music ensembles at our schools. This event does not run without support from our community. I have attached two documents to this email that discuss what Music Auxiliary funds, ways to donate, and the locations of the car washes.
City High will primarily be responsible for the car wash held at the East Side Hy-Vee (812 S 1st. Ave.)
We are in great need of parent volunteers to help staff this event throughout the day or to provide snacks, etc., for those parents and students that are working. Please consider donating time or goods to help this event be a success! The link to sign-up is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d48aaa923aafa7-2018.
Please distribute this information to any others that may wish to donate or assist in this event. Without your support, we would not be able to offer so many wonderful opportunities and experiences to our students.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Dr. M


Good afternoon band families,
Band family t-shirts were distributed last Friday before the City High home game. It was great to so much support in the stands! All of the remaining t-shirts are in the Music Office. If you were not able to pick up your t-shirt, stop in (or have your student stop in) and pick it up from Mary. Any t-shirts that have not yet been paid for need to be taken care of by September 21st. Unpaid t-shirts will then be offered for resale in order to recoup the money we paid for the shirts.
We still need help with uniform hand-out/take-in for the remaining home games, Bates Field Follies, and the Clinton marching competition. You do not need to be an expert to help with this and will still be able to watch the performances. If you can help with any of these events please sign up!
Sunday is another parking lot clean up. Parking and Transportation has asked that the trash bins be filled before bags. They also ask that we consolidate bags so it is easier for them to tell which lots are finished. Also, if your student signs up for a drive-to lot, please make sure they have a ride there. It doesn't do anyone any good if they are arriving at the lot after everyone else has already done the work.
Finally, next Thursday, Sept. 20th is the first BACH meeting. It will be held in the City high band room at 7:00 pm and usually last about an hour. We will be discussing Bates Field Follies, the End-of-Marching-Season party, and pretty much anything marching band related. Please join us. 
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team


Hi all,

The rain outside has reminded me that I have yet to contact you about our text group.  You are invited to join our group to receive text messages from me or Mr. Ottmar concerning band activities.  We use this text message, along with e-mail and web site postings when we we have time sensitive information to share.  We do not use this text system to give weekly information or when have general information to share.  We use this text system for cancellations, changes to our schedule to due weather and the like.
If you would like to be included in our text group, you can:
This link includes our class code, so anyone can join our group instantly.
2)     You may also, on you cell phone, enter the number 81010 and text @mmcreyno
3)      You may email mmcreyno@mail.remind.com
Any of these methods should get you onto our group text system.
Dr. M



Hi all,
Attached please find the Summer newsletter for the City High Marching Band 2018.  Please read all of the information carefully, and please place all band events on your calendars.  Just a reminder, all band activities are required, so please be aware of all band dates as you make plans.
Also, there were many students that did not take marching band shoes home at the end of the school year.  These shoes, since none were marked, have been placed in large bins, paired by size.  If you left shoes, you should plan to come early on the first day of heck week to retrieve them.
Finally, just a note to let you know of the big evening planned for September 7, our home football game vs Ames high.  We will be joined by the 8th grade band from Southeast, and will have as our very special guest the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band under the direction of new assistand director of bands Eric Bush.  This should be a fun evening not only for our band program, but for the community as well.
Have a great rest of the Summer, and I look forward to seeing you in August.
Dr. M