BOA National Concert Band Festival

General Trip Information

Trip dates are set for Wednesday, March 14th through Sunday, March 18th. 

Most events center around the Indiana Convention Center and the JW Marriott Hotel. Performances will be at Butler University, Clowes Memorial Hall. 

Attire while attending the MFA National Festival is business casual - no jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, or shorts are allowed while attending any event at the festival. 

Trip highlights currently include:

Wednesday
Early morning departure, Lunch & Dinner enroute, Hotel Check In, *Chaperone Meeting with MFA 
Thursday & Friday
Opening Session, HS Parent Session, Rehearsal Time, Master Classes, *Chaperone Meeting with MFA, Concert Attendance, Director's Academy, High School Student Social
Friday 
Master Classes, Concert Attendance, Rehearsal Time, Director's Academy Clinic
Saturday
Jenks WS Performance - 9:00 am, Clinic with Adjudicators, Lunch at noteable restaurant, Gala Awards Banquet, Honor Group Concerts 
Sunday
Early morning departure, Lunch & Dinner enroute, Late Arrival in Jenks

Opt in/Opt out forms were passed out to students on Tuesday, November 21st. Signed forms are due back by Friday, December 1st. Click HERE for a copy of the Opt In/Opt Out Form.

Information regarding family and friends will be added as made available. 

The possibility of having a send-off concert is also in the works. If a facility and date can be secured, information will be shared as soon as possible. 

Payment Information

Currently, the estimated cost is $1,000.00. Final cost will be published when all trip details have been determined and remaining payments adjusted accordingly. Payments are divided up into four draws. The draws will occur approximately a week before each payment due date. Payments will begin in December and continue through the beginning of March. Payment schedule is listed below:

Payment Due Date Amount Trip Balance

 12/08/2017

 $300.00

 $   300.00

 01/12/2018

 $300.00

 $   600.00

 02/09/2018

 $200.00

 $   800.00

 03/09/2018

 $200.00

 $1,000.00

 

Students and parents should be thoroughly familiar with the Trip Fund and High School Band Handbook Policies. Payments may be made Online (under categories, choose trip payments) or mailed check to:

Jenks Band Parents
P.O. Box 425
Jenks, OK 74037-0425

Chaperone Information

Parents wishing to serve as chaperones for overnight trips will be required to go through the application process with the Jenks Band Parents Organization. The deadline to apply to be a chaperone for the Colorado Springs Trip is Thursday, February 9st.

Chaperone Application for Overnight Trips

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For more information, families should refer to the high school band handbook and trip fund policy. Students and parents who have questions about this may also email Mr. Hillock.

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Music for All Initial Announcement

PRESS RELEASE: Jenks High School Wind Symphony from Jenks, Oklahoma has been invited to perform at the 2018 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, the nation’s most prestigious festival for scholastic musical ensembles. The 27th annual Festival will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 15-17, 2018. The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Scott Hillock, was selected to perform by a panel of esteemed music educators and conductors by recorded audition.

Music for All is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations advocating in support of music education. The Music for All National Festival showcases the finest music ensembles and student musicians in America, shining a spotlight on outstanding music-making and the importance of music education. Being invited is the achievement: with no ratings or rankings awarded, the non-competitive Festival provides a supportive environment for cooperative encouragement for all of the ensembles.  Evaluators give feedback on the performances, and groups receive a post-concert clinic for future growth, providing an educational experience for both teachers and students.

The Music for All National Festival takes place in Indianapolis’ finest concert venues, and is comprised of several events:  National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, National Choir Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Middle School National Music Festival, Chamber Music National Festival, and three national honor ensembles: The Honor Band of America, the Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America. With the premiere of the National Choir Festival at the 2018 event, the Festival now includes all types of large ensembles that traditionally are part of a school music program – band, orchestra, and choir.

Jenks High School Wind Symphony is one of 16 high school bands from across the nation selected to perform at the 2018 Festival as a Featured Band. They will perform in concert, be evaluated by renowned music educators, and participate in master classes and special events. Invited concert bands, choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, percussion ensembles participating in the 2018 Festival come from 20 states including: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

STUDENT INFORMATION: As soon as concert band auditions are completed and personel defined, initial trip information including the opt in/opt out form will be distributed to students/families. Plans and reservations are currently being made and defined at this time, but it is anticipated that the approximate cost of this trip will be around $1,000.00. There will be a quick turn around for the deadline on the opt in/opt out form. It is strongly recommended that students decide beforehand if they want to participate at this event or not. Decisions could affect personel for the Wind Symphony. Payments for this trip will begin in December and continue through the beginning of March. Students who were in Wind Symphony last year and/or students who anticipate being in Wind Symphony this year should begin to save and plan financially to make this trip possible. The potential of a family and friends package for this trip could be in the works. More details will be shared as information becomes clear and available. 

BOA requires an initial meeting and site visit for all student participants and their families. This meeting has been scheduled to take place at the regular parent meeting on Thursday, November 2nd. All students (and a parent) who have been in or anticipate being in the Wind Symphony are required to attend this meeting. Roll will be taken. BOA's portion of the meeting lasts about 45 minutes and is intended to build excitement for the event, deal with some of the general logistics, as well as answer questions that you might have.