Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Note from the GHS Music Boosters

Hello Fellow Music Numbers,

A note to introduce the Grafton High School Music Boosters. We are a group of
parents who raise money for the music department at Grafton High School by selling
concessions at the home football games and at the Central District Auditions. We
also have a bake sale at each of the concerts. The funds we raise help to support the
following programs:

-Two music scholarships to deserving seniors
-Two scholarships for private music lessons at Apple Tree Arts for the spring semester
-Subsidize the cost of bussing the GHS Band and Chorus to their annual spring music
-Subsidize the application free for the student’s nominated for the Lions Club All State
Band (2 students each year)
-Financial support for 8th grade band day
-Paying the cost for the professional band that performs at Jazz Night each spring.

We would love to have you sign up to help us by working at the concession stands for
the football games or Central Districts. We have a great time. If you are interested
in helping please send an email to Mr Trombley who will get the information to us or
contact Cyndie Webster directly at

The football schedule:
Friday Sept 26 at 7 PM
Friday October 17 at 7 PM
Friday October 24 at 7 PM
Thursday November 27 at 10 AM

Thank you for your support.!

The Grafton Music Boosters:

Cyndie Webster
Janet Rivard
Laura Chevalier
Michelle Debatis
Carrie Peacock

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sibelius: Music Notation Workshops on Wednesdays

All of our workstation computers have the wonderful music notation program Sibelius installed. This is an industry standard program that is used by composers and arrangers throughout the world. If you are interested in exploring how to use Sibelius or have some background but want to learn more, then this post is for you. On Wednesdays from 2-2:45 we will run Sibelius workshops to get familiar with the program and start composing and arranging. If you are interested, please let me know. The first Sibelius workshop day will be next Wednesday 9/17.

Great East Festival: Save the Date!

The GHS Music Program is planning to attend the Great East Festival on Friday May 15th, 2015. This date is already part of the GHS Music calendar. The groups scheduled to travel and perform this year are the Band, Chorus, Chamber Choir and Jazz Ensemble. While this is not a required performance for students, we want to encourage as much participation as possible to ensure complete and polished sounding ensembles during the adjudication. More details will be forthcoming in future postings!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies Auditions

We have had GHS Band students participate in past years. Wonderful organization. I wanted to pass this information along...

Upcoming Schedule for GHS PEP!

We are going to be running GHS PEP! rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3pm starting next week. Our first scheduled game is on Friday Sept. 26th at 7pm.
All are welcome to be a part of this group. If you are interested, please see me or come by next Tuesday at 2pm and see what we are about.

Current Fall Pep Schedule:

  • Rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday 2-3pm beginning Sept. 9th.
  • Game: Friday Sept 26th 7pm
  • Game: Friday October 17th 7pm
  • Game: Friday October 24th 7pm
  • Game Thursday November 27 (Thanksgiving game) 10:15am 
I would expect at least 1 (perhaps 2) additional game to be added to the schedule. I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

9th Grade Opening Day!

I know I had about 5 minutes to see you today, and I am sure you absorbed every detail I shared.
In case you missed some of those pearls of wisdom, here is a recap of the communication tools we should be taking advantage of...
  • This blog: If you are reading this it is likely you are familiar with this blog. The address is and you can subscribe by email (in the right hand column) to get daily email updates.
  • Twitter: The Grafton music program can be followed on Twitter. @GraftonBAND. I use Twitter quite a bit and most blog postings are also found linked in Twitter.
  • Remind: Text alert system that is just wonderful. You can sign on to Remind by clicking this link. Once you have entered your #, you will get any updates that are sent by text. This service is anonymous and secure. It is designed for school to home/student communication.
  • GHS MUSIC Calendar: There is a link to the music calendar in the upper right hand corner of the blog. I also posted a step by step guide to subscribing to the calendar on your iPad. Once subscribed you will see events in your iCAL.
The Arts are about communication. When we make music we are communicating with our audience and each other. Make communication a priority this year. If you ever have any questions, concerns, ideas, or even good jokes, please be sure to communicate them to me. One Band One Voice!

Subscribe to the GHS Music Calendar on your iPad!

Make sure you don't miss any of the activities we have scheduled for the upcoming school year!
Subscribe to the GHS Music Calendar. (instructions for iPad subscribing)

  1. Tap settings icon on homescreen
  2. Choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars from the left hand column of settings
  3. Under Accounts choose Add Account
  4. Next choose other from the list
  5. Under Calendars choose Add Subscribed Calendar
  6. Paste in this URL-
  7. You should be all set!