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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):
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. 
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:
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


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 ( if you have questions, or better yet if you're enthusiastic to join the new uniform team! 
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team  

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