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This Week in the EEU

Monday, February 26th
Zero Period – Guard 7:05am / Band 7:15am
See’s Candies Storefront Open through 3/15/24 
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Tuesday, February 27th
Zero Period – Guard 7:05am / Band 7:15am
Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal 3:45-6:45pm

Wednesday, February 28th
Zero Period – Guard 7:05am / Late Start Wednesdays – Band 8:30am
Winter Guard Rehearsal  6:00-9:00pm

Thursday, February 29th
Zero Period – Band 7:15am (Guard no Zero)

Friday, March 1st
Zero Period – Guard 7:05am / Band 7:15am
6:00-9:00pm – Color Guard Rehearsal

Saturday, March 2nd
Jazz 1, 2, 3 – Jazz Festival @ Riverside City College
see attachment for detailed ALL DAY schedule information or Click here: RCC Essentially Ellington Information

From Mr. Davis – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Ideally, we would all be there for the 8:30a.m. band and the day for all of us would end at 8:00p.m. with the end of the RCC Jazz Orchestra concert.  The schedule is the expected/required time at the festival.  Please look closely at the full schedule and the director’s packet, which contains maps and other information, carefully when planning your day, including meals. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Davis

Sunday, March 3rd
Percussion Ensemble – Monrovia HS

Summer Band Camp Dates
Friday, August 9th – Freshman Band Camp
August 12-23, 2024 – Band Camp for ALL Band/Color Guard
Please DO NOT schedule any other activities during this time.  It is expected that ALL students are at Band Camp during these two weeks. 

Tuesday, March 5th
Booster Parent Meeting

Tues 3/5/24
7:00-8:00pm – Band Room
At least one parent is expected to attend

Saturday, March 9th
Aztec Jazz Festival – for ALL EEU families to volunteer/donate
See below for volunteer and donation sign ups

Percussion Students – Mark your calendars

March 3 (Sun.) Monrovia HS
March 30 Championships Prelims @ Coussoulis Arena

Winter Guard – Mark your calendars

Mar. 16-17 – WGI Palm Desert High School
Mar. 23 – Orange County
Mar. 28 – ElDo Night Showcase
Apr. 13 – Inland Empire
Apr. 20-21 – Finals

Jazz Students – Mark your calendars

Mar. 2nd – Jazz 1, 2, 3 – Jazz Festival @ RCC
Click here: RCC Essentially Ellington Information
Mar. 16th – Jazz 1, 2, 3 – Irvine Jazz Festival
Mar. 25-28 – Joel Wenhardt Residency
Mar. 27th – 7:00pm Joel Wenhardt Concert @ EHS
April 20th – Jazz 1 & Combos – Fullerton College Jazz Festival
April 25-28th – Jazz 1&2 – Folsom Trip
May 23rd – Big Band Blowout @ ElDorado PAC

All dates are on the calendar and call times will be updated closer to the event.

Money Matters

Jazz Trip payments Due Dates:
Tuesday, March 5th – $257 (or $514 in full)
Tuesday, April 9th – remaining $257

Spring Time See’s Candies Fundraiser

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Share the link with friends and family all across the US!
Delivered straight to your house or send as a gift.
Order from the store front through March 15th.

Booster Board Members Needed
We are looking for parents to take on the roles of 
Secretary and Treasurer for the 2024-2026 terms.
We also need someone to take over the Communications and send these weekly emails.  If you are interested or have questions and would like more information, please contact Kristina

Winter Guard Carpool and Trailer Drivers Needed | For each competition, we need 4 carpool drivers and 
1 trailer driver for our Winter Guard Team.

Click Here: Winter Guard Drivers

Percussion Ensemble Parents
If you are able to help drive a Trailer for Performances, if you need help with carpooling, or if you have general questions, please contact our Percussion Parent Coordinators Marilyn Harris 760-625-3034 cell/text Ben Wener 714-932-6967 cell/text

EEU Hosts Annual Aztec Jazz Festival
Mark your calendars for Saturday March 9th
This is an ALL Hands on Deck Day!  This is not only for our jazz families, but for ALL EEU families and students.  Last year, we hosted about 1,500 people on campus for our festival. There are 76 slots for Adult Volunteers (not including EEU student volunteers) and 136 items to Donate for this event.  Reach out to family members, neighbors, and friends to help. Please contact our Festival Coordinator, Minnie McCormick 714-420-5003 if you have any questions.
Click Here:  AJF Adult Volunteer Sign up
Click Here: AJF Donation list
Click Here: EEU Student Volunteer Sign Up

Congratulations to our EEU Winter Guard Team! 2nd Place (3rd Highest in the whole competition!) at the Orange County Show on Saturday February 24th!

Congratulation to our EEU Jazz Bands who performed at the Western States Festival on Saturday February 24th

Jazz 1 – First Place

Jazz 2 – 4th Place

Jazz 3 – 2nd Place

Jazz Combo 1 – 3rd Place
Jazz Combo 2 – 3rd Place
Jazz Combo 3 – 4th Place

Contact Us and Stay Informed



Feb 18 Valencia Show
Mar 4 WGASC Show at MLK Jr HS
Mar 19 Huntington Beach Show at HBHS
Mar 25-26 WGI Power Regional, Manhattan Beach
Apr 1 Etiwanda Show
Apr 15 WGASC Show at Bellflower HS
Apr 18 District Colorguard Showcase at EDHS
Apr 20-21 WGASC Championships
Apr 29-May 1 Guard Workshops & Auditions
*All Show Info TENTATIVE, 2024 published Sept 23

Concert Ensemble
Dec 20 Holiday Concert with Orchestra at EHS
Mar 12 Pre-Festival Concert in the EHS Theater
Mar 26 SCSBOA Festival at the District PAC
May 1 Area Night in Valencia Gym
May 2 Orientation Rehearsals
May 28 Café Jazztec, Chamber Music 6pm
May 29 Spring Concert at EHS

Jazz Bands
Jan 11, 25 Jam Sessions at EHS & VHS
Jan 19-21 SCSBOA Honor Jazz (Fees due Dec 2023.)
Feb 8 Jam Session EDHS
Feb 16-18 Southwest Essentially Ellington Regional (Jazz I & II)
Feb 22 Jazz Jam All-Stars at EHS Theater
Feb 24 Western States Festival (All Jazz)
Mar 2 Essentially Ellington SoCal Regional (Jazz I, II & III)
Mar 16 Irvine Jazz Festival (All Jazz)
Apr 18 Café Jazztec Combo Night
Apr 20 Fullerton Jazz Festival (Jazz 1 and Combos)
Apr 25-28 Cal Jazz Champs Folsom (Jazz I & II)
May 23 Big Band Blowout at EHS Theater

Percussion Ensemble
Sept-Dec Practice Mondays 3:45-5:45pm
Dec-Jun Practice Tuesdays 3:45-6:45pm
Nov 1 District Drumline at Band Pageant
Feb 11 La Quinta HS in Westminster
March 4 SCPA Regional at Monrovia
April 1 Championship Prelims Felix Center
April 15 Finals at the Toyota Arena
*All Show info TENTATIVE, 2024 released Summer 23