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12-05 HHSMB Blast Dec 05


December 5, 2012



Thursday, December 6th


                Band Room closes at 4:30pm

    7:30pm – Winter Choir Concert

Friday, December 7th    

                2:15 – 3:15pm – Scrip sales in front of band room

                Band Room closes at 4:30pm

                6:00pm – Choir performs at Christmas In The Park in San Jose

Sunday, December 9th

                6:00 – 8:00pm – Holiday Potluck & Volunteer Appreciation Party

                7:00pm – West Valley Vocal Jazz Concert

Wednesday, December 12th

                6:00pm and 8:00pm – Winter Pops Concert





(Vicki Feltman)


OK, it’s official… I have a new house and a new CAREER!


My new address:  1375 Magnolia Ave, San Jose, CA 95126


Remember this when you need to mail in payments or paperwork.  No more Knickerbocker address!  It might be a long drive for most to drop off paperwork on weekends and after hours, but if you’re headed to Valley Fair or Santana Row or the airport….there is a mail slot in the front door which will definitely be safe from the dogs.  Just watch out for cat paws reaching out at you instead.


And the CAREER – I became an official substitute in the Fremont Union High School District in September, and I’ve been subbing in all kinds of jobs every day since.  My schedule is now in sync with our students.


All is well with my life!!


Please note, due to move-related tasks, the band room will only be available until 4:30 pm for the rest of the week.




(Vicki Feltman)


Please turn in your marching band instruments on Thursday, December 6th.   Leave your instrument underneath the white board in the band room.   Be sure to tape a note INSIDE the case with any repairs it needs.   Turn in your mouthpieces too.
Contact Vicki Feltman at if you would like to check out your mouthpiece for your concert 




(Vicki Feltman)


Because we record every concert performance, we need to make sure the auditorium doors stay shut when students are singing and/or playing.  Door monitors sit in the auditorium where they can see and near performers.  They get up to push open the auditorium doors between pieces of music.


Door monitors should arrive by 7:10, before doors are opened.  Door monitors are allowed to leave after the concert.


Please contact Vicki Feltman at if you can help as door monitor for this Thursday’s concert or next week’s double concert.




(Vicki Feltman)


Yearbook photos taken right after WBA Finals have been delivered to Mr. Burn.   You can find them on the table next to the white board in the band room.


There will be a photo makeup session on Monday, January 14th.  Any one who didn’t get a chance to take their individual pictures and buddy pictures should contact Vicki Feltman to schedule your photo makeup.   You also have the option to order group photos during the Monday photo session if you didn’t get a chance before.  Contact Vicki Feltman at to request a photo order form.




(Aileen Luo)


Christmas is just around the corner, which means it's time for Homestead students to give back to the community through local charities while raising money for the Music Boosters as well!  We will be going around the neighborhood playing holiday tunes in exchange for donations.  

There will be two dates and locations:

1) Friday, December 21 at Aileen Luo's house (HHS area) 4-8 pm

2) Sunday, December 23 location TBD but it will be in the Lynbrook area with Lynbrook music students!


To sign up, please go to, or you can email May Zeng at or Aileen Luo at






(Suzanna Pedersen)


Scrip will be sold Fridays 2:15-3:15.  In case of rain, scrip sales will be in the band room.  Scrip will also be sold before all music department concerts in December.  Please contact us if you need to make other arrangements to purchase scrip.


Scrip order forms can be found at

Send your order or questions to




(Vicki Feltman)




  • All concerts are mandatory and students are expected to participate.  Parents must let Mr. Burn know IN WRITING if students will not be attending.
  • All students and members of the audience are expected to arrive before the concert begins and stay for the entire concert.  It is impolite and disruptive to other groups for any audience member (including adults) to leave in the middle of a performance.
  • The following is the appropriate concert attire:

·         At formal performances such as adjudicated festivals and formal

            concerts students are to wear the following:

-       Boys:

Black dress shoes, dark socks, black pants (no jeans), white button-up collared shirt, black tie and black sport coat. If a coat is unavailable, a black sweater is ok, but no sweatshirts or black shirts please.

-       Girls:

      • Preferred: Long black dress with shoulders covered, cap sleeves or longer, black hose and shoes.
      • Ok: Black skirt knee length or longer, or black dress pants, with black top with shoulders covered, cap sleeves or longer, black hose and shoes.
      • Not Ok: T-shirts, sweatshirts, or tennis shoes.
      • Rule of thumb for girls’ formal concert attire: the less skin showing, the better.




1)    When you are sitting on stage, the audience is sitting BELOW you, affording them a very unflattering view if you think you’ll look cool/cute/breathtaking in an ultra short mini.  Sometimes those unflattering views find their way to Facebook and other social sites.

2)    Mrs. Feltman will be taking note of your attire when you file into the lobby, and she will have a supply of roomy black cardigans, black uniform pants and marching band shoes and socks if you can’t figure out on your own what is appropriate concert attire.




Parents and students, it’s that time of the year, when we reap the benefits of all the hard work our performers have put in, attending rehearsals and practicing on their own.


Please read the following “Concert Etiquette Reminders” so you know what to expect at all of our concerts.  These rules apply to both choral and instrumental performances (just substitute the word ‘choir’ or ‘orchestra’ wherever you see the word ‘band’ below)


Concert Etiquette Reminders *

  1. Remain seated and do not talk while the band is playing.


  1. Please turn off pagers, cell phones, and watch alarms.


  1. If you have a child who might get noisy, please sit near the aisle and take them out immediately if a problem develops.


  1. Do not enter or leave while a band is performing unless removing a noisy child.


  1. Please do not wave at your child during the performance.


  1. While the band is performing, please do not walk down the center aisle with a video camera/phone.


  1. If you have a bad cough, please secure lozenges before the performance starts.  We are recording the concert.


  1. Please do not leave until all of the bands have performed.


* Excerpt from “Rude People”, by Trey Reely, in The Instrumentalist, December 2010




(Vicki Feltman)


The Santa Clara County Honor Band is comprised of the most advanced band students from over 20 high schools in our county. Homestead has a long reputation of being very well represented in this band and students are encouraged (HIGHLY ENCOURAGED) to participate. The audition date is Friday, December 14th. Interested students should see Mr. Burn and Mr. Weingartner for audition details and application form.




(Carl Gutekunst)


Video footage from recent performances can be found at:  Please note that new videos will be uploaded as the season progresses. As requested by the Band Directors, early-season shows (like Band Expo and TOB) are deleted three to four weeks after performance.]


Photos taken at practices, football games and competitions can be accessed for viewing at


Additionally, Moira Thompson has uploaded her entire season’s photos at  




(Vicki Feltman)


Please note, due to move-related tasks, the band room will only be available until 4:30 pm for the rest of this week.


The band room will be open from 3-6 pm daily during other days school is in session.




(Changes to last week’s calendar are marked in red)




CALENDAR 2012-2013




12/6                Winter Choir Concert, Homestead Auditorium

12/7                Choir performs at Christmas in the Park at 6pm

12/9                West Valley Vocal Jazz Concert at 7pm

12/12              Winter Pops Concert, Homestead Auditorium

12/13              Jazz Exchange Concert at Acalanes High School in Lafayette

12/21              Choir performs at Vallco Mall between 1:30 and 3:30pm

1/5                   Winter Guard Competition, Logan High School

1/11 – 1/13    County Honor Band, Saratoga High School

1/19                Winter Guard Show at Homestead High School

1/26                Winter Percussion Competition at Logan High School

2/1                   CMEA Jazz Festival at Santa Teresa High School

2/2                   Winter Guard Competition at Amador Valley High School

2/7                   Concert Band Exchange Festival, Homestead Auditorium

2/8                   Homestead Orchestra Festival, Homestead Auditorium

2/9                   CMEA Jazz Combo Festival, Monta Vista High School

                        Winter Percussion NCPA Competition, TBD

                        Winter Guard Competition, TBD

2/23                Winter Guard Competition at Dublin High School

2/24                CBDA State Honor Band Concerts in Fresno

3/8                   Wind Band Festival, Chabot College in Hayward

3/9                   Wind Band Festival at Sonoma State

3/15                Santa Cruz Jazz Festival

3/22                CMEA Orchestra Festival at Saratoga High School

3/23-3/24       Winter Percussion Competition in San Bernardino

4/5 – 4/7         Orchestra Magic Music Days Performance in Anaheim

4/6                   Winter Guard Competition, TBD

4/11-4/14       Winter Guard WGI Competition in Dayton, Ohio

4/12                CMEA Band Festival, Gunn HS, Palo Alto

4/17-4/21       Winter Percussion WGI Competition in Dayton, Ohio

4/26-4/28       Reno Jazz Festival

5/8                   Concert Band and Symphonic Band performances, Homestead


5/9                   Wind Ensemble and Orchestra performances, Homestead


5/15                Spring Choir Concert, Homestead Auditorium

5/16                Spring Jazz Concert, Homestead Auditorium

6/6                   GRADUATION