Oregon Trail Honor Band

Four Hay Springs high school music students participated in The Oregon Trail Honor Band held in Gering, NE on Monday, January 8th. Students spent the day rehearsing and then put on a concert that evening.

In honor of the events 10th year the founder and director, Dr. jay Gilbert from Doane University, composed two selections which the band premiered at the concert.

Santa Soup Cookoff and the Nights, Lights and Music concert postponed til Monday, December 19th

Due to the predicted storm forcast the Santa Soup Cookoff and the Nights, Lights and Music concert will be postponed til Monday, December 19th. Same time, same place. Hope to see you there!! Stay Safe and Warm!

The U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band’s Offutt Brass section will make an appearance in Chadron at CSC on Sept 16th.

For the first “Semester Enrichment” performance 6th – 12th grade music students will have the opportunity to attend the United States Air Force Offutt Brass section at CSC ballroom on Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 7:30 pm. The bus will leave Hay Springs at 6:45 pm, students need to be dressed nicely. We will be returning as soon as the concert is over. Seats are open to all 6th-12th grade music students, once those students have signed up it will be open to any 6th-12th grade Hay Springs student, then if there are any seats open we will open it up to the public. There is limited seating, so students hurry up and sign up on the sheet outside of the music room.

Opportunity for Guitar Lessons

music - notes1Has your child ever thought they wanted to play the guitar?  If so, now may be the opportunity they have been looking for.

Hay Springs Public Schools, in collaboration with Sandy Ferrel, and Chadron State College will be offering group guitar lessons free of charge this school year.  Elementary (grades 3-5) classes will be offered after school on Thursdays and Middle School/High School classes will be offered before school on Wednesdays.

A parent/student organizational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th after school in the Elementary School Library.  This will determine student interest and answer questions you may have.

Guitar Rental:  Haggerty’s in Rapid City will rent guitars with cases for $50 for a three-month trial period.  If the student decides to purchase the instrument, the rental will apply to the cost of the guitar, which is approximately $200.

For additional information contact Sandy Ferrel or call the school at (308) 638-4434.

Music Notes

music notes1We are NOT doing practice records this year!  Yes, you heard right, NO PRACTICE RECORDS!  Instead I am implementing a program called “Band Ninja.”  This is an opportunity for students to earn different levels of “belts” (really they are ribbons) that they will tie around their instrument as badges of honor.  Any 6th-8th grade student has a copy of the requirements to earn belts.  If they earn all belts they will have the opportunity to become a “band ninja.” We already have white belt players and several who are now attempting their yellow belt!

We have a new opportunity offered this year called the “After School Band Club (ASBC). ” Mrs. Mikaila Reimer or myslef will be in the music room from 4:15-5:00 Monday-Wednesday for ANY student who is struggling or who wishes to earn a belt for the “band ninja” program.  Of course those overachievers who are pages ahead of the rest of us are also be welcome if they come across something they don’t understand.  We have a few weeks under our belt and have found it to be a huge success!  It’s so encouraging to see the band room filled with 6-10 students every night either looking for help or trying to earn a belt!

The high school band is planning a trip in May of 2014 to Kansas City.  This trip will be at the cost of each student.  We will continue to fundraise, right now we are signed up to do several concession stands this fall-only students who help in the concession stand will receive a portion of the proceeds.  Students can make payments into their accounts held here at the school. Deposits can be turned into Mrs. Varvel.  The trip is projected to cost less than $500 a student; I highly recommend that students try to save or fundraise $200 a quarter. Students who began fund raising last year and/or made payments over the summer have been given a copy of what they currently have in their account.  Stay tuned for more details!

Watch future newsletters for Christmas concert dates!


Spring Concert and Academic Fair

music notes1academic fairThe public is welcome to come and see what the students have been up to in the classrooms. Projects will be on display in Lister-Sage May 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Stick around after the fair to see  students in grades K-5 perform their Spring concert pieces beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Pre-Contest Concert has been postponed from Tuesday, April 16th to Sunday, April 21st at 4:30pm.

Due to concerns with weather and scheduling conflicts.

District Music Contest scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th has been postponed until Monday, April 22nd.

The performance schedule for districts will remain the same.

Music Notes

music pic1We may be settling down into the 4th quarter, but your 4th-8th grade students should still be hard at work practicing their 60 minutes a week!

In preparation for our trip to Kansas City NEXT spring we will be doing some different fundraisers.  We’ve just completed our Deli International Sales (thanks to all who supported that) and we are going to try our hand at a new fundraiser!  It’s called “FLOWER POWER Fundraising.”   Please stay tuned for more information, or see any 8th-12th grade music student for more information.

Make sure to “like” the new Music notes facebook page.  There are regular posts and updates.

An exciting change for next year…  Next year high school swing choir will be a part of the school day!  We will meet during the regular choir time!  You do NOT have to be in swing choir to be a part of choir, but you WILL have to be in the choir class to be a part of swing choir!  This means no more 7am practices-YAY!!

Mrs. Jungck and I will once again be doing a swing choir fun camp!  This year we are opening it up to 4th-8th grade.  It is tentatively set for the 3rd week in June, the 17th-20th.  We are limiting the amount of campers we will take, so make sure to sign up early!!


April 2nd                   High School Choir & Swing Choir to perform for Security Gold Club at Security First Bank 7:30p

April 11th                  Elders Wisdom Program  – K-5th grade students perform

April 16th                 Pre-Contest Concert & Recital – HS Choir, Swing Choir, ML & HS Band

April 17th                 District Music Contest – Alliance, NE

May 14th                  K-5 Music Program

Pop’s Concert Scheduled

danceThe Pop’s Concert is scheduled for Thursday,  February 21st at 7pm.  The theme for this years concert is “kids music,” it will consist of many Disney songs as well as a few selections from some musical theater!  The Swing Choir and High School Choir & ML/HS Band will perform.  There will also be a special performance by this summers “elementary swing choir fun camp” group.  Please plan to attend!