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    Band Director:
    Christopher A. Barbaro
    chris_barbaro@amherstk12.org
    440-988-1487

    Booster President:
    Bethany Matos
    bethany@matos.cc
    440-986-0356

    Booster Vice-P:
    Paula Heise
    paulalheise@gmail.com
    440-785-1784


    Booster Treasurer:
    Valerie Houghtland
    valhoughtland@oh.rr.com
    440-935-3719

    Booster Secretary:
    Amy Rakar
    band_boosters@amherstk12.org
    440-670-6493

    Booster Secretary:
    Nancy Strauser
    nanc911@gmail.com
    440-984-2445

    Amherst Steele H.S.
    Website
    450 Washington Ave.
    Amherst, Ohio 44001
    440-988-4433

    February Band Booster Meeting Location MOVED

    The 6:30PM February 28th Band Booster Meeting has been moved to the HS Creative Learning Center.  Immediately after the meeting, we will hold the Disney Chaperone meeting in the same area.  We have moved locations to utilize the massive 50" TVs for the Florida Chaperone Meeting and to give everyone a chance to see what the area has to offer.  Please park in the front of Steele, next to the Baseball Field, or by the Cafeteria and enter Steele through the main lobby doors.

    Lorain County Solo and Ensemble Contest

    Help us congratulate the following students!  They participated in the Lorain County Solo and Ensemble Contest and came home with many SUPERIOR ratings.  This was a very enjoyable contest this season as the students were well prepared and confident in their performances. 

    Superior Rating: (I)
    Abigail Hershner (2),  Jordan Harcula, Dan Kywa, Anyssa Leyva, Alissa Menefee (2), Maddy Miller, Maddie Lewis, Gwen Minute, Kasia Babics, Selena Leyva, Brianna Rakar, Noah Douglas, Ben Folkwein, Cassie Pennington, Sam Anadiotis, Adam Cook, Mason Schuab, Christina Nickum, Katie Yoccheim, Sarah, Loder-Nickeson, Becca Hubach, Samantha Gargasz, Mackenzie Dolacki (2), Brandon Maxwell, & Ardith Amon

    Excellent Rating: (II)
    Ardith Amon & Christina Nickum

    Disney Documents are almost all posted!

    Check the Disney PDF pages for all handouts and information pertaining to the Florida Trip. 

    Meet our NEW Color Guard Advisor

    We are excited to announce that Allison Kocheff, former cheerleading advisor, will be taking over the duties of the Amherst Marching Comet Color Guard for the 2017-18 season.  Ms. Kocheff is currently an English teacher at the High School and brings several years of experience to the Color Guard.  Coming to us as a dance specialist, Ms. Kocheff was on the dance line for the Kenston Marching Band while in high school and was Color Guard Advisor for the North Ridgeville Rangers before moving to Amherst.  Being that she is stationed at our high school, she will be accessible to the members of the color guard at all times and will be at practice on a regular basis.  This will also be an advantage by having the time to recruit 8th graders to join the team as well.  She will be taking over the duties of the past advisor for the remainder of the 2017 school year including prepping our guard for the Florida Trip.  Welcome to the team Ms. Kocheff

    OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest Results

    Congratulations to Karyn Bellush - Flute, Mackenzie Dolacki - Piccolo, Richie Olin - Baritone Sax, and Ardith Amon - Bassoon for being awarded a SUPERIOR (I) rating at the OMEA District 4 Solo and Ensemble Contest on February 11th.  Mackenzie also received an Excellent rating (II) on her Flute Solo along with Eric Johnson - Bassoon and Cassie Pennington on Alto Sax.

    Marching Comets 2017 Band Camp Dates

      Times will come out in April

       Wednesday, July 19th
    - Music Reading Clinic
       Monday, July 24th - Friday, July 28th - Percussion Camp
       Wednesday, July 26th - Music Reading Clinic
       Week of July 30th Sunday-Friday - Band Camp 3-A-Days
       Week of August 7th - Band Camp 2-A-Days
       August 15th, 16th, & 17th - Band Camp 1-A-Day
       Thursday , August 17th - Band Lockin (Tentative)
       Wednesday, August 23rd - First Day of School

      Not a complete fall schedule but these are the important parts!

    Student Accounts

    Student Account Balances -
    Click StudentAccounts_020117.pdf for student account balances as of February 11, 2017. 

    A note for all parents wanting to Chaperone for the Amherst Program

    There is a new online application process for Chaperoning for the Amherst Schools.  We will require all 2015 chaperones to fill out an application online even if you have had one from the past.  Having it done online will make it accessible to all administration, will be easier to track expiration dates, and will eliminate the need for hand to hand passing along with photocopying extras.    At this time, you WILL NOT need a background check unless it is an overnight stay.    This is for all chaperones traveling on the buses for games and competitions.  You can find the page by clicking on the link below.  If you are a full time volunteer coach of the band, you may also click below to find your online application

    You may find the application here.

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    Next Performance

    Festival of Bands Concert
    Monday, March 6th 7PM
       MLS Main Gymnasium

    OMEA Large Group Contest
    Friday, March 10th
       Wind Ensemble @ 5PM
    Saturday, March 11th
       Symphonic Band @ 11AM

    Florida Performances
    Sunday, March 26th
      Magic Kingdom @ 2:30PM
    Tuesday, March 28th
      Universal Studios @ TBA

    Schedule at a Glance

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