Holiday edition

Happy holidays and welcome to one of the more exciting moments of the school year for our musicians: when they have an opportunity to showcase the results of their hard work! (read more)

Concerts and more concerts: Band, orchestra, guitar. Middle school, high school, college (check out the lineup)

Speaking of concerts, what to wear? In a word: black (more info)

Concerts are free, but bring cash or checks? Yes! (find out why)

Holiday shopping, help! FORESMA's got you covered (yes, really)

Calendar of events. You can import them to your own calendar (make a date)

No FORESMA meeting this month
Go to a concert instead! There are lots to choose from.
Next meeting is Mon Jan. 14, 7 pm at school

Making magic: our role behind the scenes

by Steve Skonieczny, FORESMA president

Happy holidays and welcome to one of the more exciting moments of the school year for our musicians: when they have an opportunity to showcase the results of their hard work! For FORESMA, this is the time when we look ahead to the second half of the year and ask our music directors if they have any needs for their classrooms. Their needs help determine how to allocate funds we have and how much we need for the rest of the year. With that, I wanted to take some time to let you know what we have been able to do because of our families:

  • Purchase additional music for all groups
  • Fund unique programs like guitar, drumline and marching band
  • Buy new equipment
  • Pay for repairs to school instruments
  • Full and partial scholarships for field trips, competitions and fees
  • Cover fees for chaperones to ensure our students' safety when we're off campus

We are a new school and we're building a music program from scratch, so some of these costs can be large. We thank you for what you have been able to give so far and hope we can expect support in the future. Our students deserve it!

This newsletter has many opportunities to help, both financially and otherwise, so please take a close look and lend a hand where you can. We hope to see you at the December concerts!

Performances galore!

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School


Free admission

Bring cash or check for Chinook Books, Banh Mi, and baked goods

Weds Dec. 5, 7 pm

University of Washington concert band and Robert Eagle Staff Middle School wind ensemble joint concert.

Sat Dec. 8, 7 pm

Candy Cane Lane caroling - more info at

Tues Dec. 11, 7 pm

Beginning, Intermediate, and Senior Orchestras, and Guitar students present Winter Concert

Thurs Dec. 13, 7 pm

Jazz 1 and 2, Concert and Symphonic Bands, Wind Ensemble present Winter Concert
Doors open at 6:30 to music provided by jazz bands.

Sun Dec. 16, 7 pm

Candy Cane Lane caroling - more info at

High schools

"...I wish we’d come to this show before we started high school."

Ingraham High School

Bands, orchestras, and choirs
Fri Dec. 14, 7:30 pm
Benefit Concert for performing arts program (see details here)

Roosevelt High School

Jazz band
Sat Dec. 8, 7:30 pm
Sun Dec. 9, 2 pm
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Jazz Nutcracker
Tickets: $18 adults; $13 students, youth, and seniors. Purchase at

Ballard High School

Winter concert with Messiah selections
7:30 pm
Tues Dec. 18: Choirs
Weds Dec. 19: Bands
Thurs Dec. 10: Orchestras

Concert attire?
Check the bins
Check Facebook

If you need concert attire for upcoming December concerts, check the bins in the instrument storage rooms. Or, post your "in search of" in the Friends of Robert Eagle Staff Musical Arts group on Facebook.

Donations and posts gladly accepted too!

Pro tip: Many families find good deals on concert black at Value Village and Goodwill.

Details about concert attire are at

Dinner concerts - it's a thing at Robert Eagle Staff

Let's face it: with call-time at 6:00 or 6:30 for your young musician, it's a challenge getting something to eat for the family on concert nights. Thank goodness there are delicious banh mi sandwiches available to purchase, plus lovingly provided baked goods for dessert.

We still have Chinook Books to purchase as well. They make great gifts for in-laws, friends at the office, or even yourself! Look for them at a table near the bake sale before the concert and during intermission.

At the Dec. 5 UW/RESMS concert, we team up with the Japanese Club; bake sale proceeds help pay for their trip to Japan during spring break.

Please bring cash or your checkbook for food and Chinook Book purchases.

Banh mi - $7, baked goods - $1 each
Chinook Books - $25

FORESMA gift guide: something for everyone

Gifts that give, and give back to music at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School...

Chinook Books are chock-full of valuable coupons and sweet deals at local, sustainable businesses that you know and love. Look for books at the December concerts, $25 ($12.50 goes to music).
Includes the mobile app, so it's like 2 for 1!
More info at

Drumline class is back by popular demand. Someone you love is seriously a kid at heart and wants to get their rhythm going under the top-notch instruction of Mr. Aguilar (and student assistants!). Save the date for Thurs Jan. 10, 7-9 pm. $45 (PayPal link coming soon)

Power Hour Boxing Fitness, also back by popular demand! Bring your middle schooler, learn to punch a bag and be quick on your feet. Super fun way to work up a sweat. Sat Feb. 9, 2-3 pm. $30 (PayPal link coming soon)

Dance Fitness, rescheduled for a less-hectic time of year. If you signed up in September for this class (what were we thinking?), you're already in. Volunteer dance-fitness instructor Medora Cesarano is excited to lead a Dance Club workout that combines hip hop, old-school, and Top 40. Sun Feb. 17, 2-3 pm. $30, signup here.

Ingraham Benefit Concert - Dec. 14, 7:30

Ingraham High School's bands, choirs, and orchestras combine for an evening of pops, featuring selections from Wizard of Oz, Incredibles, Moana, and La La Land.

Tickets (at the door): $15 adults / $5 - students and seniors. If you're an Ingraham-bound musician, see Mr. Aguilar or Ms. Dustin for a free ticket.

Dinner and snacks available for purchase.
All proceeds benefit performing arts at Ingraham High School.

Mark your calendar for events in December

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7-8:30 UW/RESMS concert | Google Calendar - ICS
Saturday, Dec. 8, 7 pm Candy Cane Lane caroling | Google Calendar - ICS
Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 pm Roosevelt High School Jazz Nutcracker
Sunday, Dec. 9, 7:30 pm Roosevelt High School Jazz Nutcracker
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7-8:30 Orchestra/Guitar concert | Google Calendar - ICS
Thursday, Dec. 13, 7-8:30 Band concert | Google Calendar - ICS
Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 pm Ingraham High School benefit concert
Sunday, Dec. 16, 7 pm Candy Cane Lane caroling | Google Calendar - ICS
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 pm Ballard High School Choirs and Messiah
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7:30 pm Ballard High School Bands and Messiah
Thursday, Dec. 20, 7:30 pm Ballard High School Orchestras and Messiah
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