The Gateway Concert Band is a community band based in Enumclaw, Washington, USA. Under the direction of Jack Prindle, the band was formed in March of 1996. Since that time it has presented over 230 performances; all of the band's concerts have been free-of-charge. It's eight main concerts are usually presented at the Enumclaw High School in December and March; or at Rotary Centennial Park (across from the Enumclaw Library) and Christ the King Lutheran Church (in Sumner) in June and August, weather permitting. Additional appearances include participation in Enumclaw's Christmas and Fourth of July parades, and music for memorial observances at the Enumclaw Veteran's Memorial and Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley.
We currently have around 40 members, from ages 16 to 80+ who hail from Puyallup to Des Moines. New members of every kind of band instrument are always welcome. There are no auditions or dues. Just come to a rehearsal with your instrument and be ready to have fun and make new friends. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings, from 7 PM until 9 PM., except for the Monday nights we have concerts, and December. Rehearsals are held in the band room at Enumclaw Middle School.
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Director's annual report
The Gateway Concert Band
Jack Prindle, Music Director
It has been another busy and successful
year for our group. Since our last
Annual Meeting on October 12, 2015, we have rehearsed forty-two times, performed
twelve times, and had one recording session.
Our “formal concerts” have been arranged in four series, in which the
same program has been performed twice, either on a Sunday afternoon and Monday
evening, or on consecutive Mondays in Enumclaw and Sumner. The first series was presented on December 6th
and December 7th, both in the community auditorium at Enumclaw High
School. The second series was presented
on March 20th and 21st (also at the EHS auditorium). The third series was presented on June 20th
(also at the EHS, because of inclement weather) and June 27th (at
Christ the King Lutheran Church in Sumner).
The fourth series was presented on August 15th (at Rotary
Centennial Park in Enumclaw) and 22nd (also at Christ the King
Lutheran Church in Sumner). We participated
in parades in Enumclaw on December 5th and July 4th. We
performed at ceremonies at Tahoma National Cemetery on Veterans’ Day (November
11th) and at the Enumclaw Veterans’ Memorial on May 29th
(in honor of Memorial Day). The recording
session was held at the Enumclaw High School Auditorium on September 12th.
Our concerts have continued
to include soloists from within the band.
In December, flutists Barbara Cotton and Stephanie Magnusson performed a
duo with a reduced ensemble from the band.
In March, I played a solo on trumpet with the band. In June, David Luke played a solo on tenor
saxophone with the band, and in August, Phil Bondurant played a solo on
trombone with the band. Assistant
conductors Stephanie Magnusson and Todd Frazier very ably conducted the band in
several pieces over the past year, especially in the June concerts and for the
“Memorial Sunday” ceremony while I was away on a long trip.
Our fund-raising effort of having band
members and concert patrons “sponsor” the music we’re performing has continued
to be very successful. According to the records I have compiled, all of the 40
pieces eligible for sponsorship were sponsored this year, for a total of $3,097.
We have continued to have
our indoor concerts and our Summer
Favorites professionally recorded and CDs have been available for purchase
by members of the band and for the audience.
We also continue to have compilations of our Holiday Favorites and Summer
Favorites for sale at our concerts and from our website.
During the past year, we
enjoyed “snack and visit” gatherings at our rehearsals on November 23rd
(and used the occasion to celebrate Paul Jackson’s 80th birthday)
and June 13th. We also
celebrated the 20th anniversary of the beginning of our group with a
“birthday party” on March 7th.
We also celebrated Paula Evjen’s birthday on August 29th.
Since last October, we have added twelve
new members and had one long-absent member return. Sadly, since last October, we have had two
players leave us and have dropped five long-absent players from the roster. In terms of instrumentation, we added players
of the following instruments: two flutes, one bassoon, four clarinets, two
trumpets, two trombones, one euphonium, and one percussionist. The players we have lost played the following
instruments: three clarinets, one alto saxophone, one French horn, and two
trombones. Five players (two flutes, one
bassoon, and two percussion) joined us for part of the year and left before
this fall. Five players have not been
attending (for various reasons) lately, but hopefully will return: one flute,
one clarinet, one bass clarinet, and two percussionists.
In terms of instrument needs, in several
ways, parts are being covered better than they ever have been. Ideally, we could use additional clarinet, trumpet
and trombone players.
band trailer continues to be quite useful for storing and transporting
equipment, stands, and chairs for our rehearsals and performances. The Enumclaw Church of the Nazarene has been
very generous in allowing us to park the trailer on their property. Our full-function Canon copy machine
(“Janet”), donated to us several years ago by Enumclaw Stationary, proved to be
beyond repair and has been replaced with a multi-function Epson inkjet
printer/copier/scanner/fax (“Eddie”). Eddie was quite useful in scanning and
printing additional parts needed for our December musicn and should serve well
for many years to come. Our Brother laser
printer (“Bob”) continues to work well for inexpensive printing of black-and-white
computer-generated material (including these pages of the Annual Report),
though he is developing a bit of a squeak when printing numerous copies.
fall has seen a major change in the support we get from the Enumclaw School
District. Because Black Diamond
Elementary is being demolished and rebuilt, the entire school is moving to J.
J. Smith Elementary in Enumclaw. In
January, we moved all of the file cabinets full of music and all of our other
equipment which had been stored at JJ to a heated and secure storage locker at
Enumclaw Self-Storage. Though it costs
us about $90 per month, there are some important advantages, such as easy and
available access (there were some times when we were unable to get to our
things at JJ), a drier environment, and security (other groups shared that
storage room at JJ, and we had lost some small items).
The district’s new business manager decided in September that they will
no longer allow me to have a key to the band/orchestra room at Enumclaw Middle
School nor will they allow us to remove music stands and percussion equipment
for use at our concerts and ceremonies “off-site”. Because of the major re-building project at Enumclaw
High School (expected to take 3 school years), the bands, orchestra and choir
classes from EHS have been “moved” to EMS, and there was some consideration in
the late summer that we would not be able to rehearse at Enumclaw Middle
School. But they re-considered and
decided to let us remain (and use their stands and percussion instruments for
our rehearsals). But we must find
another place (or places) in which to rehearse on days school is not in session
(because there is no custodian to open the room for us and make sure it is
locked when we leave).
the obvious Mondays in July and August, that includes seven days during the
school year. We are actively searching
for alternate rehearsal space for those days, and I think we will be able to
meet in the Enumclaw VFW hall, pending building use committee approval.
terms of the equipment we’ve been using from Enumclaw Middle School, I’ve been
busy developing an “action plan” to keep our needs met. We have 24 music stands on a cart and a
wonderful set of timpani, as well as a donated vibraphone and a small but
serviceable bass drum. I’m hoping at
least half of you can provide your own music stands for performances and
rehearsals away from EMS. I’ve
identified seven of the smaller percussion instruments and holders/stands,
which I’m hoping the Governing Board will allow us to purchase with some (but
not all) of the funds in our savings account.
The biggest problems are chimes and xylophone, which are prohibitively
expense and hard to purchase as used equipment.
To my surprise, after weeks of watching, I “discovered” a used set of
chimes and a used xylophone on Ebay.
Knowing it would not be possible for the band to quickly gather the
funds to purchase them, and concerned that they would not be available for
long, I chose to purchase them myself (with my wife’s grudging acquiescence),
in the hope that the band would purchase them from me sometime in the future. Jack and Kathy Datin have generously offered
to let us use a set of used orchestra bells they purchased from Paul Jackson.
hoping someone in the band will make a conductor’s podium for us, if we provide
Calvary Presbyterian Church is still generously allowing us to use their folding
chairs for most of our outdoor performances. And we are very fortunate that Christ
the King Lutheran Church in Sumner generously hosts our June and August
concerts in Sumner on their lawn, and hosts an ice cream social after our June
concert there and a barbeque dinner before our August concert at their church.
A couple of our “community service”
projects have not succeeded as we hoped.
Over the past year and a half, we have received 18 instrument donations and
a cash donation to provide band the instruments to needy students in the
Enumclaw and White River School Districts at no cost. To date, no students have requested an
instrument. The Governing Board has
determined that we will expand the availability of these instruments to
students in the Auburn, Kent, Sumner and Puyallup districts, though most of the
students already have instruments and they may not be needed until next fall. Our litter pick-up on a small section of the
Auburn-Enumclaw Highway has not been done since March, 2015, and needs to be
I have selected themes for the concerts
for the upcoming year as follows:
December 4 & 5, 2016: “Here We Come A’Caroling”
March 12 & 13, 2017: “Spring
June 19 & 26, 2017: “Name
Those Tunes XIX”
August 14 & 21, 2017: “There’s No Place Like Home”
I want to acknowledge and thank those who
have served on our Governing Board, particularly Jack Datin and Anna Clarke,
who are due to complete their service on the Governing Board on November 1st. Thanks also goes to our continuing Governing
Board members: Ross Willison, Alexis White and Rob Reynolds.
And my biggest debt of gratitude goes to our
wonderful Assistant Conductors, Stephanie and Todd, who lead the band in the
rehearsals and performances while I was absent from March 28th
through our concert on June 27th, and to Wendy Parker, who served as
our “Logistics Coordinator”, seeing that the trailer and equipment was moved
and unloaded/loaded, that the room was set-up and taken-down for each rehearsal
and performance, information was distributed and communicated, and myriad other
things in my absence. And thank you to
the several people who helped with hauling and unloading/loading the trailer
and really everyone who helped with keeping things running so smoothly while I
closing, I want to thank you very much for allowing me to continue to direct
this wonderful group. I thoroughly enjoy
my involvement with the band and the chance to meet with my band buddies every
Monday evening and for our performances. Thanks for another fantastic year of
very satisfying and enjoyable music-making and for all your hard work,
assistance, and friendship.
The Gateway Concert Band
Contact Jack Prindle, Director, at (360) 825-5369 for more information.
Email Jack or the Band directly at [email protected]
The Gateway Concert Band
P.O. Box 859
Buckley, WA 98321