Camp Hill Bands
Practice Schedule

Itinerary for week of 1/25/2015: 

Monday 1/26


Pit Orchestra

Tuesday 1/27



HS Jazz Band

Indoor Guard

Wednesday 1/28


Pit Orchestra

Thursday 1/29



Pit Orchestra

Indoor Guard

Friday 1/30


County Band (East Pennsboro)

Saturday 1/31


County Band (East Pennsboro)

Smart Music:

Students not registered for the free SmartMusic account will have an opportunity during their sectional times this week to sign-up.  Assignments will begin to appear this week.  I will explain what is expected during rehearsals this week.  We will begin with scales.

Students have had some questions regarding how I will use SmartMusic as a factor in their grade.  After a student submits an exercise I will listen and give a final grade.  The percentage the computer gives the student is NOT factored into the grade of the assessment.  I always take time to listen to each submission and offer feedback either via Smartmusic or in the students next sectional/lesson.  Instructions to enroll for a free account on Smart Music can be found here

Virginia Beach Trip: 

Rooming Lists will go up this week. Please sign-up in rooms of four.  Lists will be posted until Friday.  All students not signed up at that time will be assigned to a room. 

When dropping off payments, please keep checks in a sealed envelop with the students name on it.


Spaghetti Dinner:  The spaghetti dinner originally scheduled for January 25th has been cancelled for this year.

Jazz Fest:  On April 17th and 18th,  we will once again host our traditional Jazz Festival. This is a two night festival highlighting Middle School and High School jazz bands from the surrounding school districts. This is the band boosters biggest fundraiser of the year. Think of it as our TOB (Tournament of Band).

Sponsors: If you would like to be a sponsor for the event, please please complete this form for patron sponsors or this form for business sponsors.  Forms can be returned via email to

Volunteer Clearances:  New legislation was put in place on December 31, 2014. All parents that volunteer must now obtain clearances every 3 years. Please visit the school website  and click on the volunteer tab at the bottom of the left hand margin to learn more. If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Gayner at  Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Jazz Band:  We have our first gig.  We are playing for the Camp Hill Women's club!  Dates and times to be released this week.  

Virginia Beach Band trip: This is scheduled for April 9th - 12th. Final information can be found here and on the Forms page. 

Four of Camp Hill's musicians traveled to Chambersburg HS to participate in District 7 Upper Band the weekend of Jan 10th.  Rebecca Easton, Mattias Blystra, Augy Bish and Matthew Podniesinski all performed incredibly well in the culminating concert Saturday afternoon.  Two of the four musicians were selected to participate in the Region V band.  Congratulations Mattias Blystra and Augy Bish!  We are looking forward to your future performances with the Region V band in the next few weeks.

2015 Marching Band:  As we begin planning for the next Camp Hill Marching Band season, I wanted to share with you a shift in the summer rehearsals.  The dates are:

Mini-Camp June 11-13th.

Band Camp Saturday August 1st, 3rd-15th

After completion of band camp we will continue evening rehearsals Monday - Thursday from 6 - 9pm until school begins.

Time is up to earn credits for this year's band trip through the Giant and Karns gift card program. Credits earned going forward will be applied towards next year's trip.  Please continue to use Giant and Karns gift cards throughout the year, the boosters receive income from the card sales.  Please note MJ Casavant is the new contact for this program. She can be reached at giftcard@camphillband.orgYou can also continue to purchase them at Orrstown Bank. 

Fundraising is a lot of work - every organization is trying to raise more money. I believe the band has one of the easiest fundraisers available - the Giant and Karns gift card program - everyone goes grocery  shopping - these gift cards can purchase other gift cards that Giant or Karns sells, such as Amazon, Visa, McDonalds, Barnes and Noble - think holiday gifts - if you buy a $100 gift card, you get $100 at the store but the band makes $5 - you can purchase the cards at Orrstown Bank drive thru or you can email MJ Casvant at giftcards@camphillband.orgIf everyone asks one family member, one friend or neighbor - we could earn a lot of money for our band program! It can't get any easier than this when it comes to fundraising. Thank you for your support!

Band Director's Contact Information:

Eric Palmquist

Director of Instrumental Music

Camp Hill Middle/High School



Useful Links:

Camp Hill School District


Horn Hospital

The Camp Hill Band Boosters Assn., Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions to the Camp Hill Band Boosters are tax deductible.  

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