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12-20 HHSMB Blast Dec 20


December 20, 2012


Photography and video of the Winter concerts are now available! For pictures, see:


For Orchestra and Band video:


For Choir video, take a look at the brand new Homestead Sings channel (still under construction):




Friday, December 21st


1:30-3:30 – Choir performs at Vallco Mal

4:00-8:00 – HHSMB caroling (Aileen Luo)

Sunday, December 23rd

HHSMB caroling in Lynbrook area (Aileen Luo)

Saturday, January 5th

            Winter Guard Competition at Logan High School





(Vicki Feltman)


Our wonderful student volunteer Holiday Choir will be performing in the lower level of Vallco Mall, Friday, Dec 21st,  1:30 - 3:30 pm.  Come listen!




(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






(Vicki Feltman)


Flutes - Lisa Gudan


Bassoon - Kevin Yang (2nd chair!)


Clarinets - Aditya Mishra (2nd chair!), Adi Zimmerman, Katie Gu 

Alto Sax - Shangyu Hsu (1st chair!), Diveesh Singh, AND our own Mr. Burn’s daughter, Lynbrook student  Alexa Burn (3rd chair!)


Trumpet - Jay Desai, Paul Gudan, Kentaro Mori

Trombone - May Zeng


Percussion - Gwendolyn Wang (1st chair!)


Santa Clara County Honor Band Concert Performance
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Doors will open at 1:30 PM
Performance: 2:00 PM
Location: Evergreen Valley High School, San Jose
$10 General
$8 Students/Seniors


Please access the Santa Clara County Band Director’s web site ( or contact Vicki Feltman at for more information.




(Vicki Feltman)


Flutes - Meia Alsup


Trombone - Julie Kim


The NCBA Honor Concert takes place at Delta College, Stockton, on Sunday, January 20th, at 3:30 pm.


Please access the Northern California Band Association website ( or contact Vicki Feltman at for more information.




(Rita Allen)


Do you need a reason to attend Homestead's 50th Anniversary Dinner and Auction Gala?  HHS alum, Brian DeLizza, music producer / engineer, and owner of Freq Lab Recording is donating a recording session for your budding music professional.



Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:00 - 10:30 p.m.

The Historic Del Monte Building 100 South Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale

Tickets will go on sale as of January 7th.  Tickets are $85 each, but for a limited time, you can purchase a table of ten for $800. This offer ends on January 15th; funds must be received by that date.


Please mail your check, payable to HHS Athletic Boosters, and mail it to Kelly Giannini, 1561 Kingsgate Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087.  Please include your phone number and email address.  You may pay for tickets at school or call Rita Allen at (650) 255-1839 to arrange for check pick up.  Tickets will be delivered electronically.


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(Vicki Feltman)


In a word, EWWWWW.


Now that I have collected all or most of the marching horns, there should be no excuse for leaving instrument cases strewn all over the floor.


I think our custodial staff refuses to set foot in the room for fear of being attacked by something hiding in the piles of cases.


They need to have access to clean up the mess.  Please take all of your instruments home during Holiday Break, or put them in your lockers.   Anything I find locker-less will be removed to a safe spot so we can get the room cleaned before school resumes in January.  Consider… what’s worse?  You putting your instrument away, or having to ask Mrs. Feltman if she stored your instrument?  Think hard!


Contact Vicki Feltman if you have questions.




(Vicki Feltman)


Will go to Good Will if not picked up by Thursday, December 20th.


Contact Vicki Feltman if you have questions.




(Vicki Feltman)


I (Vicki) will not be at school during Finals week.  The band room will be unavailable after 12:30 pm every day thist week, and closed during Winter Break.


Regular hours (3-6 pm) will begin on Monday, January 7th.




(Suzanna Pedersen)


Scrip will be sold Fridays 2:15-3:15.  In case of rain, scrip sales will be in the band room.   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




(Rita Allen)

Homestead Band parents and adult family members and friends may volunteer at the Santa Clara Vanguard Bingo nights. The person volunteering must be 18 yrs or older.

For each night you volunteer, you will earn $51 toward your student’s scrip account (and additional $9 will go into the Booster general fund). Money in your scrip account can be used toward paying any allowable band costs.

Sign up for a bingo time slot via Vanguard’s on-line registration system. Please check their website frequently.

Please go to the following website:

  • This will take you to the calendar page.
  • Next to all bingo dates with available slots, you will see a “Sign Up” button.
  • Click on the button to select that date.
  • A Pop up form will appear that you will complete with your information.



  • Please note all the dates that you are requesting in the comments section, of the volunteer information pop-up form instead of clicking on all the dates.
  • Once you have submitted, you are not confirmed until you receive a Google invite for the dates that you are confirmed with, so please watch your spam.
  • The volunteer # calculator is done manually so even if it states (5) openings there may be zero.
  • If you don’t receive a Google invite that means that you are on the waitlist.

In order to get proper credit for your time worked, you must:

·         Be sure to indicate you are with the Homestead HS Music Boosters. There are other Homestead organizations that participate as well.

·         Please notify the HHSMB Assistant Treasurer, Rita Allen ( ). Let her know who is volunteering (names of each individual) and whose scrip account should be credited for the time worked.

For more information, please see the SCV Bingo information below or contact Rita Allen.

Santa Clara Vanguard Bingo

1795 Space Park Drive

Santa Clara, CA 95054

(408) 727-2185


Bingo Schedule:

Tuesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays: 4:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Sunday Matinee: 10:30am – 3:30 p.m.

Sunday Evening: 4:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.


NOTE: Each volunteer session runs approximately 5 hours.


What you need to know:

  • Wear comfortable shoes & clothes. You are on your feet the majority of the time.
  • If you have any limitations, please let SC Vanguard know when you sign up as they do not have any sitting jobs.
  • This is extremely fast paced and requires you to be able to count.
  • Please come with some enthusiasm! We have a job to do and the Bingo players are there to have fun!
  • You will receive a $5 voucher to use for food in the cafeteria, with a 15 min. break.
  • You will need to provide your driver’s license and social security number the first date that you work, as this is required by the City of Santa Clara. If you don’t have either, you will not be able to work.
  • We have a 3 strike program: if you are short greater than $25.00 in a night, the first time; you will get a warning, second time; the difference will be deducted from your credit with a written warning and the third time; the difference will be deducted from your credit and you will not be allowed to return.
  • If for any reason you need to cancel a date, please provide us at least 48 hour notice. If we receive late notice and/or a “no show”, your account will be charged $25.00. Please call and/or email at the above phone number or email address. We totally understand that emergencies happen, please just contact us ASAP.
  • IMPORTANT: If you do not show for a registered time slot or cancel within the allowable window, you are responsible to pay the $25.00 no show fee (charged by SC Vanguard).




(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


Photos taken at the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade can be found at


Chris Pedersen’s photos from the Winter Pops Concert can be found at!i=2271697709&k=Pn6bb5k 




(No changes to last week’s calendar)




CALENDAR 2012-2013




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

2/6                  Choir/Orchestra Major Work Concert

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