Darby Orchestra eNewsletter, August 21, 2014

Welcome back to what promises to be a busy, exciting, fun year! I hope everyone’s summer was enjoyable and restful. It is a year of continued growth for our orchestra program, as we see the largest enrollment in the Darby Orchestra program’s history! Here is some beginning-of-year information that will be of interest and help to you as we begin the new school year.

Handbook and Return Packet: Students were given the latest edition of the Darby Orchestras Handbook, as well as a return packet with forms for parents and orchestra members to review, complete, and return. Online copies of these documents may be found here. Parents, please take a moment to review the handbook and sign and return the Contract, Website audio/video permission, and Fundraising permission forms. If your student needs to order a method book or is renting a school-owned instrument from Hilliard City Schools, please fill out the relevant forms. These packets are due Friday, August 29. 

Fees: Please follow the instructions in the Handbook for paying  school instrument rental fees (if applicable), method book fee (if applicable), and orchestra uniform rental fees. All fees are due Friday, September 12. 

Please send Uniform and Musical Instrument Rental fees directly to:

Hilliard Music Boosters

Darby Chapter

PO Box 371

Hilliard, OH 43026

You may also pay Booster fees on Charms (click on the link). Your initial login is your student ID number. Further instructions can be found in the orchestra Handbook.

Online forms: Parents,

We ask that this be completed no later than Friday, August 29. Thank you for your help!

Picnic: Plans for the annual Orchestra picnic are in full swing! More information will be given in class and via email. Stay tuned and we hope all orchestra members will join us!

Uniform fitting

All students will be fitted for a formal orchestra uniform; this year’s fitting night is Thursday, Sept. 18 from 5 to 8 PM. Students should stop by the Orchestra/Choir Room any time between 5 and 8 pm to be fitted and issued their uniform and garment bag. (Please note, attendance is expected, orchestra members.)


We are off to a great start and I anticipate a great year! Stay tuned to the Darby orchestra website http://www.darbyorchestra.org for further updates. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at john_riegel@hboe.org (email is the best way to reach me!).