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2018 Spring Gala Donation Request

posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:10 PM by Regina Ray

Every year in the Spring, we put together an outstanding performance and fundraising event, the Centennial Bands Gala and Auction.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  It is always an exciting event to attend, but we need the help of A LOT of people to make it a success again this year.  It is impossible for only a handful of people to put this together on their own.  

We are at the critical stage of getting donations.  These donations are the items and services that we will be auctioning.  Without these items, we have no auction.  Do you frequent, own, or work at a business that could donate items? Do you have a creative hobby and want to make something to donate? If so, we would greatly appreciate your help.  Past popular auction items include:

  • Gift cards for local restaurants, movie theaters, bowling lanes, nail salons, hair salons, and spas
  • Music lessons, driving school lessons, and ACT preparation courses
  • Services, including piano tuning and instrument repair
  • Themed gift baskets 
  • Framed art
  • Handmade jewelry
  • Pool passes and golf outings
  • Tickets to a special event
  • Weekend getaways 
  • Illini, Parkland, Centennial, or professional sports gear and memorabilia
  • Centennial Band Quilt
We also have lists of items that have been donated in the past and we need people to contact these businesses to find out if they will donate again. Attached is a donation request letter that  should be given to anyone that is donating an item for auction.  If you are planning to ask someone for a donation, please take this letter with you. Copies of the letter will also be available at the band concert on Thursday, February 22. 

All donations are requested by April 2nd. If you have any questions, please contact Regina Ray at coordinator@chargerbands.com.

Thank you for your support!

Centennial Band Boosters






Dessert and Snacks Requested for Band Concert on February 23

posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:06 PM by Regina Ray   [ updated Feb 18, 2018, 12:07 PM ]

We are requesting donations of two veggie trays, two meat and cheese trays, Rice Krispy treats, cookies, and cupcakes (no items containing nuts, peanut butter, or peanut oil, please) for our social following the concert.  Please drop-off your donations in the cafeteria before the performance. 

We will also need some volunteers to help with the reception set-up and clean-up afterward.  We usually set-up around 6:30PM. If you are interested in helping, please contact Saleema Young at hospitality@chargerbands.com

Final Payment for the Chicago Trip is due on Thursday, March 1st

posted Feb 17, 2018, 10:50 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Feb 17, 2018, 10:51 AM ]

This is a friendly reminder that the final payment for the Chicago band trip is due on Thursday, March 1st. 
   
If you have not sent your payment, please mail it to Centennial Charger Band Boosters, P.O. Box 6093, Champaign, IL  61826-6093, as soon as possible. Also, please note your child’s name in the memo section of the check.

If you have any questions about the amount owed, please refer to your most recent band account statement. 

Eastern Illinois University Jazz Festival - Saturday, 2/10

posted Feb 6, 2018, 3:38 AM by Regina Ray



6:15 AM Depart for Charleston

7:30 Leave Cases in our assigned homeroom

7:50 Official Warm Up

8:15 Schulze Jazz Band Performs in Dvorak Hall

9:30 Allen Jazz Ensemble Performs in Dvorak Hall

11:30 Combo Performs in the Theater

12:00 Clinic with Andy Martin

1:00 Concert with EIU Jazz Ensemble and Andy Martin

2:00 Clinics for each instrument

3:00 Depart for home

4:30 Return to Centennial


Illinois Wesleyan University Jazz Festival - Saturday, 2/3/18

posted Jan 27, 2018, 9:09 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 4:00 AM ]

The Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in the Young Main Lounge of the Memorial Center (1312 Park St, Bloomington, IL).  Below is the schedule for the day:

7:15 AM Load Buses at Centennial

7:30 AM Buses Depart

8:00 Jazz Band (Schulze) Warm Up in Cartwright Homeroom

9:30 Jazz Band Performs in Memorial Center Main Lounge

10:00 Jazz Band Clinic

10:30 Jazz Ensemble (Allen) Warm Up

11:15 Jazz Ensemble Performance in MCML

11:40 Jazz Ensemble Clinic

1:00 Concert with IWU Jazz Ensemble in Presser Hall

2:15 Clinics

Rhythm Section -167 Trombones: Jim Pugh-308

Tpts: Todd Kelly -16 Saxes: Travis Thacker -258

3:00 Combo Warm Up

4:00 Combo Performs

4:30 Combo Clinic

5:00 Depart for Home

6:00 Arrive at Centennial

Directions: Take I-74 West to Route 51 (North Business Exit #135). Travel about 2 miles to Veterans Parkway North (Business 55 Chicago) exit. Proceed about 3.5 miles, turn left onto Route 9 (Pekin West Exit). Travel about two miles to Park Street and turn right.

Solo & Ensemble Sign-ups

posted Jan 8, 2018, 6:43 PM by Regina Ray

Here is a link to a google form with information about this years solo and ensemble festiva at Broadlands High School on Saturday, March 3rd. Please let the Band Directors know if you have any questions.

Jazz Band Rehearsals Resume on 1/9

posted Jan 8, 2018, 5:33 PM by Regina Ray

We will resume normal jazz rehearsal schedules on Tuesday, January 9th.

The top jazz band will perform at Spectrum next week on January 19th and 20th. The 18th will be a full dress rehearsal and group picture after school until around 7:30. Due to no school on Monday, January 15th, Spectrum will be shortened to Friday and Saturday performances this year. 

The Jazz Bands will also perform at Illinois Weslyan on February 3rd, Eastern Illinois University on February 10th, Market Place Mall on February 15th, Central HS on April 13, and at our Spring Gala on April 14.

**IMPORTANT** Chicago Trip information

posted Jan 8, 2018, 5:06 AM by Regina Ray   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 5:09 AM ]

Email statements have been sent to the students we listed as planning to take part in the band's trip to Chicago in March.  IF YOU DID NOT GET SUCH A STATEMENT, THEN IT MEANS WE THINK YOUR STUDENT IS NOT PLANNING TO GO ON THE TRIP.  If your student is not going on the trip then you need read no further.

     However, if your student IS planning to go and you DID NOT receive a statement, then please contact Chris Hannauer, the Budget Treasurer, as soon as possible at studentaccounts@chargerbands.com to let us know that your band member wants to go.  As a reminder, the total cost of the trip is $300 and a deposit of $175 is due by this coming Wednesday, January 10th.

Fruit Order Delivery on Tuesday, December 12th

posted Dec 9, 2017, 9:43 AM by Regina Ray

The Indian River Grove fruit orders will arrive on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 and can be picked up in the cafeteria when the school day ends at 3:18PM.  Your student can pick up the order if it isn’t convenient for you to come at that time.

We will need a few people to help unload the fruit when the delivery truck arrives on Tuesday.  If you are able to help or if you have any questions about your order, please contact Jackie Nelson and Amy Zinchuk at fundraising@chargerbands.com.

Trip Winner: Chicago/Blue Man Group, March 15-16, 2018

posted Dec 9, 2017, 7:39 AM by Regina Ray

We are excited to let you know that we have a trip planned to Chicago for March 15th and 16th. The students chose Chicago over St. Louis in rehearsals 2nd and 3rd hour. The Marching Chargers will perform at the Field Museum, which houses the most complete T-Rex fossil in the world. The highlight of the trip will be seeing a show by The Blue Man Group Thursday night

The price will be approximately $300. The price will be less if we fill two buses. Maximum number of students will be capped at 106. Many of you will already be fully paid for this trip since it is so much less than the Disney trip. A payment schedule will come out next week for students that will join us who were not planning on going to Disney. We are hoping to see every student go on this trip if they can. Our goal is to give the students life-long memories with all of their friends in band. 

Please remember to put "smile" in front of amazon.com the next time you shop. :-) smile.amazon.com will donate .5% of your purchase to the Boosters.


Sincerely,
Michael Allen and Nick Schulze

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