Pampered Chef fundraiser is now live through Tuesday, February 27. See the sale page for more details.
On Thursday, March 15, members of the LHS Grenadier Band will be performing at the State Theatre in Easton. Showtime is at 7:30pm, report time is TBD.
Discounted tickets are available for just $24 each (tickets are regularly $37), sign up for tickets through the band website.
Orders are due online by March 3. Tickets will be available for pickup at the March 13 band parent meeting.
Ticket order money can be sent to:
LHSGBOPC RHCP Tickets
PO Box 226
Bethlehem Pa 18016
prior to pickup or made upon pickup.
Questions regarding tickets can be directed to Britt Reifinger at (484) 895-5198 or Britt.email@example.com.
Liberty Instrumental Music Association (LHSGB&OPC)
General Membership Meeting
December 12, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 7:33 p.m. Kathy Pelletiers made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 14, 2017 meeting. The motion was seconded by Michelle Hoysan and unanimously approved by the membership.
Meg Evans Gartley reported that the quota amounts were up to date and include Gertrude Hawk, discount cards, pies, and poinsettia sales. She reminded parents that the fair share was deducted in October, but in some instances the incorrect amount was deducted because of errors in the data base, which she is in the process of correcting (e.g. orchestra-only student charged at the higher band rate). She summarized the upcoming fundraisers:
- Matey’s Pizza – orders due January 12, delivery January 27
- Hoagie orders due December 30
She apologized for the on-line clothing orders not being ready for pick up and hoped to have them by the holiday concerts this weekend. If not available they would be delivered.
Tina Piscitello offered to pursue opportunities for eat-out fundraisers such as KFC.
Eduardo Azzati reviewed the November balance sheet with the aid of an overhead display which included the purchase of the berets.
Allen Frank thanked the band members who showed up for the pep band performance this evening and apologized for its cancellation. He reported that the PMEA District 10 band and orchestra auditions on December 2 at Parkland High School resulted in the selection of the following students:
- Flute – Mika Azzati, Chloe Wicox, Ester Rhee
- Trumpet – Nick Miravich, Grant Sedlock
- Clarinet – Sarafina Schultheis
- Trombone – Seth Bobyak
- Euphonium – Fernando Ramirez
- Flute – Mika Azzati
- Violin – Vivian Wong, Chloe Wilcox
District Band begins January 3 in Easton with District Orchestra following in February in Fleetwood. He advised parents that there will be a basketball game on Friday in addition to the concert so parking will be at a premium.
Meg announced that following the regular January 9 general membership meeting there would be a pre-trip meeting, the location of which would be announced in the next newsletter on January 7.
Kevin Long explained that future trip possibilities would be reviewed based on the amounts parents would be willing and able to pay. He reported on the following instrumental activities:
- Stones vs. the Beatles – string quartet performed in the event at Symphony Hall receiving public acknowledgement for their performance
- Ongoing Jazz Band auditions
- Holiday Concert – Dress rehearsal on Thursday, December 14; performances on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 and Sunday, December 17 at 2:00
- Trombone quartet – will be recorded next week on Super 2 cable
- Brass ensembles – performing in the community on December 21 and December 22.
Meg asked parents to sign up for donations of food (pasta, salads, desserts, candy) for the combined band and orchestra holiday party on Sunday, December 17 and reminded them of the Tin Whistle Clinic on January 27.
In response to questions, Kevin estimated the holiday concert would be about 90 minutes and admsission is $5.00 and added that the trombone quartet would be performing outside before the concerts.
Meg added that Nikki Giannaras and Jocelyn D’Amico would be running the Bandstand in the lobby before each concert. Ruth Zettlemoyer reminded parents to send in the $10.00 dry cleaning charge for orchestra uniforms.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:59 p.m.
Submitted by Bob Wascura
Liberty Instrumental Music Association (LHSGB&OPC)
General Membership Meeting
November 14, 2017
Meg Evans Gartley called the meeting to order at 7:41 p.m.
A motion by LeeAnn Lopez to approve the minutes of the September meeting was seconded by
Marcia Hein and unanimously approved by the membership. A motion by Heather Schaffer to
approved the minutes of the October meeting was seconded by Chris Evans Gartley and
unanimously approved by the membership.
Shawn Bobyak reviewed the handout of the October balance sheet and reported that students’
fair share was deducted from their accounts on October 10.
In response to a question, Meg reported that we have not yet heard from Moe’s regarding the
results of the fundraiser on October 11, but noted that this year it was a corporate rather than
store-based fundraiser so the response may be later.
Rose Miravich reported quota has been updated as of this past weekend and includes funds
from the hoagies, salsa, pies, and Gertrude Hawk fundraisers. She reported on the following
? Discount cards for $10 are good until December 31, 2018
? Poinsettia and wreath sales are due by Saturday, November 18.
? Delivery of candles will be at next band parent meeting on December 12
? Hoagies will be made on December 9
In response to a question about the earlier delivery date of the poinsettias, Meg explained that
there was some concern about having the items early enough to decorate and December 9 was
not an option because of hoagie making, noting there is not enough room to do both, and the
chairperson availability was also a factor. Also in response to a question, she reported that
delivery of the on-line clothing sale items would be at the December 12 meeting.
Kevin Long thanked parents for their support at the Liberty/Freedom game and at the Steel
Stacks event. He reported a busy Veterans Day schedule with students performing at Miller
Heights, Hanover, and Buchanan elementary schools as well as at the Sands, St. Luke’s Hospital
and the Texas Roadhhouse. He reminded parents of the following dates:
? November 17 – small ensemble at the Mayor’s Tree lighting
? November 24 – full band at city tree lighting ceremony (report time 4:00
? December 14 – orchestra dress rehearsal for Holiday Concert
? December 15 – Holiday Concert (6:30 report time)
? December 17 – Holiday Concert (1:00 report time)
He reported that Jazz Band has begun rehearsals a few weeks ago and Trumpet Tuesday is an
on-going after-school workshop for all brass players.
Kevin Long addressed concerns about future trips. He explained that much of the decisions are
based on what we want to do and what families can afford. He added that anticipating gifts to
defray costs is tricky because we cannot count on the funding sources that have supported us in
the past. He noted that surveys requesting interest in a particular trip is often over 90%, but
actual participation is well below 90% which impacts costs and affordability. He proposed a
meeting in January or February to review possible destinations and added that a possible trip
next year would be part of that discussion.
In response to a question about destinations, he explained that the band’s size precludes its
participation in high school competitions. Regarding parades, while the Macy’s parade is more
difficult to apply for , the Philadelphia Thanksgiving parade is more accessible, but he is hesitant
about taking over another Thanksgiving for families. In response to a question about
possibilities in Canada given our Grenadier style, he said that can work for and against us and
noted the requirement for passports and the associated expense.
Allen Frank reported that First Company rehearsals will get back on a regular schedule and
noted the feasibility of future trips will not be impacted by whether the parent group has a
5013C status or not. Kevin urged parents to support the participation of a string quartet from
the orchestra in the Beatles vs. Stones show at Symphony Hall on November 30.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.
Submitted by Bob Wascura
The new discount cards are here!
The cards are good from now until December 31, 2018. See attached for the businesses that are featured on the card this year.
The cost is $10.00 per card, and $6.50 per card is applied to your student’s quota.
For more information, contact DeAnn Plum (cell 610-392-7190 and email firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that pick up times can be arranged at the Plum house, before school on pre-arranged days and at the band parent meetings. DeAnn will be as flexible as possible and will try to accommodate last minute orders.
Meg Evans Gartley called the meeting to order at 7:37 p.m. She informed the members that the
minutes for the September and October membership meetings will be available for review on-
line for approval at the November meeting.
Eduardo Azzati presented the balance sheet for September on an overhead projection. At the
November meeting he will provide updates of totals in the quota accounts and the general
In response to a question about Bandstand profits, Meg explained that a larger outlay of funds
was required this season to stock the Bandstand, but we are approaching a breakeven point
and she anticipates the venue to make a profit.
Eduardo reminded parents that when writing a check to be certain that the written and
numerical amounts on the check agree.
Rose Miravich reminded parents that student fair share is due today. She reviewed the
? Moe’s – tomorrow evening (10/11) from 5:00 to 9:00. The band and orchestra receive
20% of sales; pep band will play
? Salsa Sale orders are due October 21
? Holiday Pie sale orders are due October 25
? Candles and citrus orders will commence this weekend.
Members reported instances of mums from the recent sale dying from the inability to hold
water due to the denseness of the roots and the soil composition. Meg said she would call the
supplier about the problem.
Mrs Zettlemoyer explained that when the $10 dry cleaning fee is paid for the orchestra
uniforms they will be put on the rack outside the uniform room for student pick up.
Kevin Long praised the 10 pipers and drummers for their performance at a recent event for
burn prevention and outlined upcoming events:
? First Company to Hershey on October 20 for the Pennsylvania School Board Association
? Runners World half Marathon on October 22
? Bethlehem Halloween Parade on October 29
Allen Frank explained that select juniors and seniors would join band members from Freedom
for the event in Hershey. The report time is 5:30 a.m. He did not anticipate that the students
would return in time for any classes that day. He announced that the deadline for registration
for auditions for the District Band and District Orchestra auditions is October 25. There is a
$7.00 fee if accepted.
He reminded parents that he and Mr. Long are available after school for lessons since pull-outs
for lessons in a block schedule is not feasible and thanked parents for supporting students in
band, sports, and other activities.
In response to questions, Kevin Long reported that jazz band rehearsals would start after
football season and he is still waiting for a report time for the Saucon Valley parade. He will
forward information about a feasible route to the starting point and parking options. Report
time for the Runners World pep band members is 7:30 a.m. with an 8:00 start. Uniforms are not
Meg announced that Heather Schaffer and Kim Hoffner are the Liberty chairs of the
Liberty/Freedom pre-game combined band luncheon. They will need volunteers to set up,
serve and clean up, as well as people to donate water bottles and grab-and- go type backed
goods. Volunteers will need to report for set up at 9:45 for the 11:00 to 11:30 luncheon
followed by the 1:00 kickoff for the game. Contact information for Heather and Kim will be
included in this weekend’s electronic newsletter. Clearances are required for all volunteers for
The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
Submitted by Bob Wascura
Meg Evans Gartley called the meeting to order. Kathy Pelletiers made a motion to approve the
minutes of the August 8, 2017 meeting. Michelle Hoysan seconded the motion. The
membership voted unanimously to approve the minutes.
Bob Wascura reminded the members to sign in and introduced the sale of the band stadium
Mrs. Zettlemoyer reminded parents that the $10.00 dry cleaning fee for orchestra members
must be paid before the uniforms are picked up.
Meg informed parents that all payments to quota accounts and fundraisers are up to date, but
do not reflect credit for the past week’s fundraisers. She reminded parents that the fair share
is due at the next general membership meeting on October 10: $135 for band members and
$50 for orchestra-only students. She appealed to parents for a chair for the luncheon for the
In response to a question about a student not having a beret, Meg explained that berets have
been ordered, but probably would not be here for the football season. In response to a
question about dry cleaning uniforms, Mrs. Zettlemoyer advised it was OK, but asked that it be
taken to Panda Dry Cleaners on Catasauqua Road who are experienced in cleaning the
Shawn Bobyak presented the treasurers report (copies of which were made available to the
membership) reflecting income and expenses for August. He reminded parents to write the
student’s name on any checks for quota and fundraisers so the funds are credited to the right
Kevin Long explained in response to inquiries about the band not playing more during the away
games, that the band is prohibited from playing during play and liable for a penalty to the team
for doing so. He explained that providing water for the band members during the game is
acceptable, but preferred no food, except in situations where a member may have been
brought to the game directly from a sporting event. He added that most parades do not require
water for the band and reviewed parade policies restricting anyone walking with the band. He
reviewed the report times for the football game on Friday and the Celtic Classic Parade on
The orchestra has been asked to provide a string quartet for a new show entitled “Beatles vs.
the Rolling Stones” to be presented on November 13 at Symphony Hall in Allentown. Orchestra
auditions are ongoing and Jazz Band rehearsals will begin in October. Instruments will be
transported to the Saucon Valley parade on October 22 by truck, but band members are
responsible for their own transportation.
Allen Frank thanked the chaperones and field roadies for their help and advised parents who
wish to volunteer to send him copies of the necessary clearances which are valid for 5 years.
He reviewed upcoming band appearances:
? Sunday Evening at 7:00: First Company at the Promenade
? Thursday evening circa 6:00: Pep band for Volleyball Pink Out game
? Monday, October 11: Pep band for the fundraiser at Moe’s
? Sunday, October 22 at 6:45 a.m.: Runners World race
He reminded parents that after-school lessons are available for interested students and assured
a concerned parent that the Rocky theme would return Friday night. The band room will be
open from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday morning for instrument pick up for the parade and
will be open after the parade, but students may return bearskins and instruments Monday
Meg advised parents who did not receive the electronic newsletter to sign up on the website to
receive future newsletters. She reviewed the current fundraising opportunities: monthly
hoagies, Krispy Kreme donuts, and mums (delivery on September 30). There will be a sale of
locally produced salsa with a delivery on November 11. Salsa chairperson Jason Applegate had
sample of the more popular flavors for parents to sample after the meeting.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Submitted by Bob Wascura
The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by Meg Evans Gartley who reviewed the handouts (minutes from the May 2017 meeting, proposed 2017-2018 budget, and meeting agenda) and introduced the Executive Board members for the 2017-2018 year:
- President – Meg Evans Gartley
- Vice President – Rose Miravich
- Treasurer – Eduardo Azzati
- Assistant Treasurer – Shawn Bobyak
- Secretary – Bob Wascura
- Kevin Long – Band Director
- Allen Frank – Assistant Band Director
Motion: Marsha Hein moved to approve the minutes of the May 2017 meeting. It was seconded by Steve White and approved unanimously by the membership.
Kevin Long introduced and thanked clinician Stu Warmington who has been working with the drummers on precision routines and stickwork during band camp. Mr. Warmington addressed the members and expressed his enjoyment working with the students.
Mr. Long announced:
- August 24 as preview night for parents and the public
- The band will march in the Miss America Parade on September 9 with a 5:00 p.m. step-off with departure time from Bethlehem to be determined
- The first home football game is 3 weeks into the season
- The first football game is away at East Stroudsburg with a 4:45 report time
- The band documentary produced by PBS39 was nominated for two Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. The award ceremony will be at the Hershey Lodge in September.
Allen Frank announced the beginning of First Company rehearsals in a few weeks. They and the pipers will play on the first day of school for freshman. The pipers will play for freshman orientation. He shared the following statistic with parents to explain students’ possible exhaustion during band camp: during a 30-minute rehearsal, a musician makes approximately 10,000 decisions.
Meg announced the beginning of a weekly informational email to parents on Sunday evenings. Parents may sign up for the email on the organization’s website (lhsgbopc.org). Information is also available on Facebook and Twitter. The Student Senate (student band officers) uses a “remind” app for students which parents may also access: text @lhsgb2 to 81010.
Budget for 2017-18
Meg explained the “fair share” of $135 for each band student and $50 for each orchestra-only student provides the working capital for the parent organization. She reviewed each item of the budget explaining where the money is spent:
- Clinicians – professionals like Stu Warmington who work with students on performance skills
- Concert Expenses – clinician and housing for lighting technician
- Transportation – this year $10,000 for Miss America Parade
- Senior Dinner and Gift
- Bandroom improvements – this amount originally for a field show rehearsal ladder has been transferred to uniforms to help pay for the berets
- Uniforms – BASD pays for uniforms on a rotation basis with the other secondary schools, but in the off years there are uniform needs such as berets this year
- Parent Organization Maintenance – insurance, P.O. box, office supplies, postage
- Uniform Maintenance – fee for Mrs. Zettlemoyer
- Hospitality – food and beverages for particular events: Miss America Parade, LHS/FHS game luncheon, halftime water, etc.
Meg presented an overview of the organization website via an overhead projection highlighting the “Information” block where minutes of the membership meetings may be reviewed for approval at the following meeting.
In response to questions Meg addressed the following items:
- students will wear a plain white t-shirt this year under the uniforms
- raincoats are not a take-home item, but are issued as needed.
- quota due date will be addressed later in the meeting.
- a tag-a-long bus for the Miss America Parade may be provided if a parent would like to coordinate the endeavor as all the officers will be bus chaperones.
- clearances from the middle schools do not automatically transfer. Copies need to be submitted to Mr. Frank and are good for 5 years.
- participation in hoagie fund raiser needs clearances because of working with students
Rose Miravich explained that a student’s quota account includes direct payments and credits from fundraising. She will answer questions on quota by phone or email.
Rose announced the current fundraisers are hoagies, Matey’s Pizza and Uncle Paul’s Pierogies and introduced the fundraising chairpersons present:
- Hoagie chairman Frank Miravich explained that two people need to be present to make hoagies for each order placed ( i.e. student and parent, two parents, etc.).
- Matey’s Pizza chair person Rebecca Escott explained pepperoni pizza is no longer available and gluten-free pizza has been added.
- Gertrude Hawk chairperson Kathy Pelletiers reminded parents that candy bars cannot be sold during the school day
- Salsa chairman Jason Applegate said that a sale date has not yet been determined for the locally made salsa, but will probably occur around Thanksgiving.
Rose announced the Fall flower and mum sale delivery will be September 30 with six-inch pots yielding $2.50 for quota and the nine-inch pots yielding $3.50.
Meg acknowledged that The Runners World Half Marathon will be offering fundraising opportunities for volunteering and she would be pursuing the participation of the organization.
Eduardo Azzati presented the treasurer’s report for May and June, explaining the reports are usually for the previous month because of the timing of the bank statements. He explained that he processes income and generates reports while assistant treasurer Shawn Bobyak handles paying of bills by check which each require two signatures. For control purposes he and Shawn may not sign the same check . Eduardo asked parents to please read the parent handbook and highlighted the following:
- Personal checks made payable to “LHSGB&OPC” should be given to him or Shawn in person or mailed to P.O. Box 226, Bethlehem, PA 18016
- Credit cards may be accepted in certain circumstances through the organization’s square account
- Write the child’s name in the memo section of the check
- Checks to pay for fundraisers are held for one week to allow the seller to collect money
- Checks returned for insufficient funds will be charge $12.00
Meg explained that that the remaining quota amount at the end of a member’s senior year may be rolled over to a sibling only if the sibling will be a member the following year.
Mrs. Zettlemoyer reminded parents that the $15.00 dry cleaning fee needs to be paid before uniforms are released. She thanked all those who helped with the fittings.
Motion: John Hoysan moved to pass the budget as presented. Jason Applegate seconded the motion which was passed unanimously by the membership. Approved budget for 2017-18 school year.
Discussion ensued regarding a proposal to adopt a 2-step plan to change the parameters of the fair share payments:
- 2017-2018 fare share due date would be moved forward from March 2018 to October 1, 2017
- beginning with the 2018-2019 school year the fair share due date would be August 1 and would include the uniform dry cleaning fee
Rebecca Escott suggested moving the October 1 date in part 1 to October 10 to correspond with the October membership meeting date.
Motion: Rebecca Escott moved to adopt the 2-step plan to change the parameters of the fair share payments proposed above amended to change “October 1” to “October 10”. It was seconded by Robin Anthony and approved unanimously by the membership.
The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
Submitted by Bob Wascura
It’s time for Uncle Paul’s Pierogies!
The pierogie sale runs from August 8th until August 26th at midnight. Pickup will be Saturday, September 16th, from 9:00-10:00 AM in the school cafeteria. The same day as the September hoagie sale.
Uncle Paul’s Pierogies are a great product. They are locally made, very filling, and really delicious!
There are three flavors. Potato & cheese and Weinkraut pierogies cost $8.75 for each one dozen bag. Apple pierogies cost $9.00 for each one dozen bag. $2.00 from each bag sold goes toward your student’s quota account.
Orders must be placed online by midnight on August 26th.
You will receive an immediate email from the website and also a confirmation email from Maurene Schultheis within two days of your order. If you do not receive these emails, are unable to place your order online or have any questions, please contact Maurene Schultheis at email@example.com, or call (484)347-9837.