04/24/2019

Hello City High Band Family, 

My name is Aaron Ottmar and I will be serving as Director of Bands at City High School for the 2019-2020 academic school year. Being a part of City High Bands, you will learn and foster important life skills, actively participate in a creative outlet that is rewarding and fun, experience numerous memorable musical performances, make long-lasting and valuable friendships in a positive learning environment, and be a part of an organization that has been referred to as the "heartbeat" of City High. We are so glad to have you in our City High Band family and can't wait to get to know you better and work with you. 
In regards to next year, I wanted to update everyone regarding a couple of important items (please fully read all of this important information):
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1) In case you had not heard, Dr. McReynolds is retiring from his position of Director of Bands here at City High at the end of this school year. Needless to say, he will be greatly missed from City High. As a former student of his, I can truly say that he has been a positive influence and made a difference in the lives of so many students (he certainly was influential for me wanting to pursue music education). His passion for excellence in instrumental music is truly remarkable and his success through the years here at City High is quite noteworthy (most notably, his Wind Ensemble's selection to perform at this year's IBA conference). Dr. McReynolds, we wish you all the best in your retirement and thank you for everything you did for City High Bands, City High School and for the greater Iowa City community. 
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2) I want to officially welcome Mr. Mike Kowbel (koh-bull) to our City High Band family as Assistant Director of Bands. Mr. Kowbel is currently finishing his first year as Director of Bands at South East Junior High but has previously taught at the high school level at Monticello High School in Monticello, IA from 2015-2018. He reinvigorated Monticello's band program in all areas and was most notably selected to have the Monticello High School Concert Band perform at the 2018 IBA conference. We are excited to have Mr. Kowbel join our music staff here at City High! Please feel free to send him an email introducing yourself in addition to giving him a warm City High Band welcome: kowbel.michael@iowacityschools.org
2a) I wanted to inform you of the duties that Mr. Kowbel and myself agreed upon for the upcoming year: 
Mr. Kowbel:
Co-direct Marching Band/Pep Band
Brass Lessons
Wind Ensemble 
Freshman Concert Band
Jazz Workshop
Mr. Ottmar
Co-direct Marching Band/Pep Band
Woodwind Lessons
Percussion Lessons
Symphony Band
Jazz Lab
Jazz Collective 
Jazz Ensemble
AP Music Theory
Jazz Combo

04/17/2019

Good morning band families,
I just have a few announcements.
Don't forget that 2Dogs Pub on S. 1st Ave is donating 10% to the band for anyone who mentions they are there to support the City High band program the entire month of April. Please show support for the businesses who help support us.
The final band concert is May 1st. We still need one ticket taker. If you can help out, please sign up here: Concert Ticket Sales
We still need new coordinators for next year's Heck Week. These are important to making sure the students have a smooth Heck Week experience. It would be great to have a couple volunteers before the school year ends as planning starts in the summer. Email me with questions or if you are interested.
We need one more person to help with coordinating marching band uniforms next year. Here is a message from the current coordinator, Ute Muh:
We need to recruit someone to help manage the band uniforms in the coming years. We're hoping a parent of a freshmen (or possibly sophomore) will step up to help. It's an intense but fun responsibility that runs from Heck Week (~August 20) to the end of marching band season (mid-October). You'll also be needed a few days in the summer to sort uniforms as they come back from the cleaners. Responsibilities come in two phases: during Heck Week, students are fitted into their uniforms, during marching season you'll be coordinating the volunteers that hand out and take in uniforms at various events like home football games. It helps to be organized, and calm under pressure. The fun part is that you get to know all the band kids and share their excitement up close. Ute and Maureen are currently in charge of these efforts but are coming to the end of their kids' tenure at City High. The coming season (2019/20) is their last year and the final opportunity to train a new team. We have one volunteer already, but need a second co-captain for the team. Please reach out to Ute (ute_muh@yahoo.com) if you have questions, or better yet if you're enthusiastic to join the new uniform team! 
Thanks.
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team  

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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

09/12/2018

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. 
Thanks.
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team

07/20/2018

 

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

2018-2019 CITY HIGH BAND SUMMER NEWSLETTER