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 


Hi all,  

Congratulations to the Little Hawk Marching Band that placed 3rd in class 4A at the Music on the Mississippi show last night in Clinton.  They also captured the Best Winds trophy.  Thanks as always to our wonderful parents that helped with dinner, uniforms, equipment and that served as chaperones.
A few items for this week.
1)   Our annual Bates Field Follies show is tomorrow, Monday, October 15 in the main gym at 7:30pm.  Admission is $4.00 for adults.  Call time is 6:15pm for 9th grade band, 7:00pm for 10-12 band.  Seniors and their parents will be introduced following the 9th grade band concert portion, approximately 7:40.  Senior parents should simply meet in the gym lobby at 7:30pm.  Following the show, I ask for parents to help fold and stow chairs and assist with tear down, thus allowing students to move quickly to return uniforms and go to the reception.
2)   We will be begin concert bands on Tuesday, October 16 for all band students.  Those that play a different concert instrument than for marching band should have instruments on Tuesday.
3)   Friday, October 19 is the University of Iowa Homecoming Parade.  All students will remain after school, get dressed in uniforms, and ride buses to our parade staging area.  Following the parade students will bus back to City High to turn in uniforms.  I expect we should be all done about 7:00pm, so we will not be feeding students.
4)   Our next parking lot clean-up is next Sunday, October 21.  Same time and location.
5)   Please plan to eat out on Monday, October 22 at Andele! Andele! in the Coral Ridge Mall.  On that day, all day, our band program will receive 15% of all receipts.  Tell your friends, co-workers, family, neighbors, strangers, etc.  We had a great turn out last month at Short's, let's do it again.
That's all for now,
Dr. M


Families of 10th-12th grade band students,
To make sure that our marching band doesn't have to march on an empty stomach, we're going to fill it! We will be providing a bagged dinner of a sub, chips, and cookie for all the students going to the Clinton Invitational on Saturday. Our plan is to pick up foot-long subs from Subway and small bags of chips and cookies from Hy-Vee. We are going slice the subs into three 4" sandwiches, wrap the sandwich and cookie and  bag everything up with a bottle of water.
In order to do this, we need your help! We need volunteers willing to bring cutting boards and knives to cut subs, wrap subs and cookies, label bags, and bag up dinners. We are planning to meet at the City High band room around 2:00 to get everything ready to go and should be done by 4:00. 
If you can help, please sign up here: Clinton Competition Dinner Servers.
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team 


Hi all,

Please make certain the following dates/events are on your calendars.  As always, performances are required, graded events.
Saturday, October 13 - Music on the Mississippi
                Marching competition for all students in grades 10-12.   I have attached an itinerary for the day as well as a permission slip that must be signed by a parent and returned by Friday morning.  This event is open to the public and a large City High support group would be fabulous.  The entry fee is the contest is $7.00.   The address for the event is on the itinerary.
Monday, October 15 - Bates Field Follies
                  Our annual end-of-the-year indoor marching show.  Call time for 9th Grade Band is 6:15pm, for grades 10-12 call time is 7:00pm.  This event is held in the Main Gym.  Parents, please see the sign-up genius for this event to help as requested.  We will also be acknowledging senior band members and parents on this evening during our mid-show break.  All students will be in uniform for this night.  Admission is $4.00 for adults.
Friday, October 19 - U of Iowa Homecoming Parade
                  The parade begins at 5:45pm in downtown Iowa City.  We will simply have an after school call time (students will stay) since there will be little time between the end of the school day and our leaving for the parade via bus.  Pit players do not march.   Also, I expect that the our part in the parade will be done by 7:00pm, so we will not be feeding the band.
Sunday, October 21 - Parking Lot Clean-Up
                   Our next parking lot clean-up will be Sunday, October 21 after the Hawkeyes devour those delicious little turtles.  Same time and place as usual (7:00am at the Center for Disabilities and Development).
Finally, we will have to postpone our trip to Orlando until Spring of 2020.  We simply did not have enough (39) students participating.  Please contact Mary Mahaffa (mahaffa.mary@iowacityschools.org) for information on accounts and refunds.
That's all for now,
Dr. M


Announcing the Canadian Brass Solo Contest

MakeMusic is teaming up with the Canadian Brass to host the Canadian Brass Solo Contest.

To enter, contestants aged 13-18 will submit their performance of Albinoni's Adagio, accompanied by SmartMusic. No purchase is necessary: a free SmartMusic trial subscription is available.

One winner will get a Skype lesson with a member of Canadian Brass, a set of the newly released Canadian Brass Mouthpiece Collection for their school, and an assortment of fun swag from both MakeMusic and the Canadian Brass.

Encourage your students to enter soon. All submissions are due by 11:59 PM MST on November 1, 2018.


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.

University of Iowa

All-State Woodwind and Brass Clinic


October 14, 2018

This workshop is free and open to any student who would like to attend. So that we will know our numbers, we ask that you submit your registration before October 9. (Registration will remain open until October 14.)


1 - 2 p.m. Registration 
Voxman Music Building, First Floor Reception Desk

2 - 4 p.m. Clinics

4:15 - 5 p.m. Recital (Woodwind and Brass)
Recital Hall

5 p.m. Reception


Benjamin Coelho, bassoon
Jorge Montilla, clarinet
Nicole Esposito, flute
Courtney Miller, oboe
Kenneth Tse, saxophone 
Jonathan Allen, trombone
Amy Schendel, trumpet
Jeffrey Agrell, horn
John Manning, tuba/euphonium



Changes for football performance 10/5/18

Hi all,

The varsity football game tonight, Friday, Oct. 5, has been moved up with a definite starting time of 6:00pm.  Therefore, call time for band members has also been moved up to 4:45pm.  The sophomore game will be played on the turf field, so we have no practice space.  We will dress, warm-up and move directly to Bates Field for our usual pre-game.  All band pit members have a call time of 5:30pm.
We will recognize band seniors and parents during our Bates Field Follies show on Monday, October 15.  In order to introduce them tonight would require a 5:00pm call for parents, and I believe this would be difficult for some working parents.
We will proceed as planned following pre-game, with all students returning to the band area to return uniforms, changing in to costumes, and then going out to do our half-time show.  The pizza/dance will follow immediately after half-time.
Thanks to all for being flexible with our time schedule, and a super big thank you to all parent volunteers that are working tonight.
That's all for now, 
Dr. M


Good morning band families,
Marching season is coming to a close but we still have a few events before the band hangs up their hats.
This Friday is the final City High home football game. BACH is hosting the annual End-of-Marching-Season party following the halftime show. There will be pizza, candy, dancing and a chance for the band to kick back and relax. Please remind your student that the party is for band members only; not friends of band members. We normally wrap up around 10:00. 
Students are allowed to wear costumes for the final halftime show. This means that everyone will be changing out of their uniforms after pregame and we could use a little extra help with uniforms. If you can help, please sign up here: Band Uniform Helpers.
The varsity band (10th-12th grade) will participate in the Clinton Marching Band Competition the evening of Saturday, October 13th. The uniform SignUpGenius has been changed to reflect the evening start time and we need a few more people willing to help hand out and put away.  If you can help, please sign up here: Band Uniform Helpers
The spring band concert, Bates Field Follies, is Monday, October 15th at 7:30. This will be followed by a cookie reception. If you signed up to provide cookies, please bring them to the old gym between 6:15 and 6:45. We try to get the students out of their uniforms as quick as possible so they can enjoy the reception as well. We need a few extra people to help with uniform turn in to accomplish this. If you can help, please sign up here: Band Uniform Helpers.  
The final marching band performance will be at the Hawkeye Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 19th. We actually have enough uniform volunteers for this one! So come out and enjoy the parade!
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team


Happy Monday everyone! 
Thank you to everyone who came out to Short's Eastside on Wednesday night for our Dine Out for Music Night. According to the manager, they had the biggest fundraising night that they've had in a long time. Because of you, the City High band program made $342.58. This shows just how much support we have in the community. 
I hope you're still hungry because Monday, October 22nd Andale! Andale! in the Coral Ridge Mall Food Court will donate 15% of that day's total sales to the City High band program! Last year was a big success with $200 for the City High band program. Let's try to top it this year!
Thanks for your support.
Jared Hix
BACH Leadership Team


Hi all,

Well, we've made it through 4 clean-ups and have a well deserved break.  Our next parking lot clean-up will be Sunday, October 21.  Remember, for students that participate in 5 or more clean-ups funds will be credited to their accounts.
1.  Tuesday, Sept. 25 - Early rehearsal.
          We will be rehearsing at 8:00am on tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 25 in preparation for the City High homecoming parade.  This will be our only rehearsal for the entire band.
2.  Wednesday, Sept. 26 - Homecoming Parade
            The City High homecoming parade will step off at 6:00pm from Mercer Park and proceed down 1st Avenue to Bates Field.  Call for band students is 5:30pm with a uniform of Heck week (Jazz) t-shirt, blue jeans and gym shoes.
3.  Friday, Sept. 28 - Home football game
              The call time for band students is 5:30pm.  As usual, freshmen students will be dismissed following pre-game, all others following half-time.
4.   Saturday, Sept. 29 - Drum line performance
              Call time for the drum line event is 8:00am.  Bus transportation will be provided both to and from the performance.
Looking ahead
October 5 - Senior Night.
           All seniors and parents will be recognized during pre-game.  All student march at half-time in costume (optional).  Dance/pizza immediately following half-time.
Other items
1.  It has been brought to my attention that I failed to give a cost for the Orlando trip.  It is estimated that the cost will be approximately $1300.00.  A firm price cannot be set until we know how many students will be participating.  We also must wait to determine the number of chaperones needed and the cost for them.
The deadline for th $300.00, non-refundable deposit is October 1.
2.  We did not have enough students sign up for the UNI Band Day so we will not be taking that trip.  Individual students can register and go if they like.  Simply go to https://bands.uni.edu/band-day if you would like to attend.
3.  The window for band lesson #1 ends this Friday, Sept. 28.  Any student that needs to take lessons at school must sign up to see either myself or Mr. Ottmar.
4.  Reminder to check Canvas for ongoing grade updates for bands.
5.  Monday, October 22 is the next Dine Out for City High Band.  Andale! Andele! in Coral Ridge mall will be donating 15% of that evenings receipts to our band program. 


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


Dear Friends and Colleagues,


Mount Mercy University is pleased to offer a mock audition workshop to woodwind and brass students preparing for the All-State instrumental audition.  Each participant will receive a 15-minute private session with an All-State auditor to experience the audition process, receive suggestions for improvement, and have an opportunity to attend a masterclass on “Best Practices” for a peak performance leading up to, and including the audition day. 


General Information

When:  Sunday, October 14, 2018

Where:  Mount Mercy University Center, 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

Who:  High School woodwind and brass instrumentalists preparing to audition for All-State

Time:  15-minute session will be assigned based on participant requests between noon - 4:00 pm


Registration Information

Registration fee is $15 per student, which includes the workshop session and tee shirt.  Online registration and payment can be made by clicking the link https://www.mtmercy.edu/all-state-woodwind-brass-mock-audition-workshop, or by completing and returning the downloadable form by Monday, October 8, 2018. For your convenience, I’ve also attached a flyer that may be copied and distributed to students.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if there is anything I can do to assist you and your students.


Best wishes,


Steve Stickney

Director of Bands

Mount Mercy University |  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE  |  Cedar Rapids, IA  52402

319-363-1323 ext. 1864  |  Cell  319-538-2662  |  www.mtmercy.edu


Hi all,

Thanks to everyone that come out both last Sunday and today for parking lot clean-ups.  We really appreciate the participation of both students and parents.  Remember, this is the way that all activities of our band program are funded, so it is very important that do this job well.
Also, thanks so much for last Friday, both at the pep assembly and the game.  The 8th grade band really enjoys these opportunities to be a part of the Little Hawk Marching Band.  We look forward to welcoming them this fall into our program.  We also trust that everyone enjoyed the performance by the Hawkeye Marching Band, directed by Associate Director of Bands Dr. Eric Bush.  They performed for us, then many of the band members went on to other performances that evening ahead of a very long day of band activity on Saturday.  If you wish to thank any band members or Dr. Bush, please do so.  Big thanks to all of the parents that volunteered for their work with the HMB, and I want to thank our Athletic Director Terry Coleman and our custodial staff for their help with making the HMB visit possible.
A big thanks to Ute Muh and Maureen Marron, our parent uniform chairs, and all of the parents that assisted with uniforms last Friday.  The first uniformed game of the year is always a lot of work and we could not do what we do without our parent volunteers.  
Finally, a big shout out to Jared Hix and the B.A.C.H. Leadership Team for getting our parents well appointed in their band t-shirts.
1.  We have another home football game this Friday, September 14.  This will be a "usual" game for us, with call time again at 5:30pm.  Freshmen will perform for pre-game, then turn in uniforms and are released.  Students in grade 10-12 will remain, play our half-time show, and then turn in uniforms and are released.  I hope all parents will stay to see our show, as the band has been working very hard and it is always best to have a large, appreciative audience.
2.  Next Sunday, September 16, is our next parking lot clean-up.  Again, we will meet at 7;00am to start our work.  The Hawkeyes welcome the Panthers from UNI next week, and the Panther Marching Band will be performing at the game.
3.  The sign up sheet is still on the bulletin board for anyone interested in the University of Northern Iowa band day.  The date for the event is Saturday, October 6.  Students will be able to sign up through September 21.  
4.  Reminder that the $300.00, non-refundable deposit for the Orlando trip is due on October 1.
5.  9th grade band will meet inside all week except for Thursday when we will be back out side to prepare for Friday's game.
That's all for now,


Dr. M


Today's 8am rehearsal has been cancelled!!


Hi all,

After a really great heck week and first game, we are now settling in the swing of our regualr fall season.  To that end, this message lists several things that you should be aware of.  Please read thoroughly.
1)  The syllabus for 9th grade concert band is will be posted on the band website (cityhighband.com) later today.  We have gone over this document in class already, but parents please read it.  It is also posted as home for the 9th grade Canvas page.  Make sure you download and set up the Canvas app for parents.  For band, this is where the day-to-day assignments, grades, etc. will be listed.  We update Powerschool essentially for mid-term and final grade posting.  The syllabus for 10-12 grade band should be up by the end of the day.
2)  I have posted a sign up sheet for those interested in all-state.  I will be hearing pre-auditions next week on Tuesday and Wednesday.  EVERYONE INTERESTED IN DOING AN ALL-STATE AUDITION MUST PLAY FOR ME NEXT WEEK.  Please note that those selected to audition must continue to do plyaying check-ins with me.  If at any point between the pre-audition and the all-state audition I determine that a student is not making sufficient progress toward a good audition, they will not be allowed to audition.    All-state auditions are on Saturday, October 20 in Washington, IA.  This is an all day commitment.  Also, the all-state festival in Ames is Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17.  Again, students must be attendance for the entirety of the event.
3)  The University of Northern Iowa high school marching band day is Saturday, October 6.  This event allows high school students to take the field at half time with the Panther Marching Band.  The cost to students is $10.00 which covers a pizza lunch and t-shirt.  If we get enough students interested by Thursday, September 20, we will take a bus.  Please know that if we do not have enough interest, students can still go as individuals by signing up on the Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band page.
4)  The U.S. Marine Band will be playing several concerts in Iowa during the mont of October.  The U.S. Marine Band is widely considerd to be the finest concert band in the world.  The concert locations include Davenport, Cedar Falls and Urbandale.  If you have an interest, you can visit the U. S. Maring Band web page for information.  The concert requires a ticket but is free.  The tickets go very fast so if you are interested visit the Marine Band website for details.
5)  We will be beginning lessons in the next week or so.  For me, all lessons will take place during advisory.  Mr. Ottmar may have a different plan, but all students are required to have lessons with us or with a private teacher, which is preferred.
6)  Our first parking lot clean-up is this Sunday, September 2.  All band students are to attend and fully participate in 4 of the 7 dates.  I have attached documents concerning the clean-ups which should be helpful.  For old timers, nothing has changed.  
That's all for now,
Dr. M

08/24/2018 - IMPORTANT!!!!!!!

Hi all,

The varsity football game time has been changed to a definite start time of 6:00pm.  Therefore, the call time for all band students has now been changed to 5:15pm.  The uniform of heck week t-shirt (Jazz), blue jeans and gym shoes remains.
Also, the rehearsal for all grade 10-12 band students is still on for tomorrow from 1:00-9:00pm.  
Finally, a special uniform fitting for freshmen will be held at 1:00pm tomorrow.  All freshmen that have yet to be fitted for a band uniform should report at that time,
Dr. M


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