Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Hempfield Area Band Parents Association Inc.

  • Greensburg, PA
  • www.hempfieldareaband.org

Mission Statement

To arouse and maintain interest and participation in the Hempfield Area Senior High School band, to encourage cooperation among band members, band parents and the band director, and to raise and distribute the monies required for band activities other than those funded by the Hempfield Area School District.

Main Programs

  1. Marching Band
  2. Concert Band
  3. Jazz Bands
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer since 2006

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Mr. Brian Allen Tychinski

Keywords

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Music, Youth Program, Education, Talented, Enthusiastic

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EIN

25-1332375

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Music (A68)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Top accomplishments from the past year: The Hempfield Area Marching Band was invited to particpate in the 19th Annual Honolulu Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, in March 2013. While in Hawaii, the Marching Band performed in a concert and festival parade and at the USS Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The Jazz Band performed at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Students and their parents/guardians were responsible for raising sufficient funds to pay for all costs associated with the trip. This was accomplished through the sale of sub sandwiches in the community, with each student having to raise at least $2,800. A total of $764,272 was raised. Over the course of the school year, twelve sub sales were held on Saturdays, with parents and students putting together and delivering approximately 10,000 to 12,000 subs per sale.The Band was invited to participate in three marching band festivals at South Allegheny High School, Yough High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School during September and October, 2012. The Band was invited to march in the City of Pittsburgh's 32nd Annual "Celebrate the Season" Parade in downtown Pittsburgh on November 24, 2012.

Programs

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Program 1

Marching Band

The Hempfield Spartan Marching Band is one of the school district's primary outreach programs. The band performs at many local events including parades, football games and community music and cultural festivals. The band has represented the school and Greensburg community in performances all over the country, most notably the Rose Bowl Parade and the 50th anniversary of Hawaii Statehood.

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Program 2

Concert Band

The Concert Band is the central performing ensemble of the music education curriculum. Students develop technique and musicianship, and perform a minimum of two public concerts each year.

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Program 3

Jazz Bands

The Jazz Bands introduce students to playing in the swing and big band style. Younger students learn the skills needed to play improvised styles. The Advanced Jazz Band prepares a large variety of music from swing styles to rock, funk, and latin. The jazz bands perform throughout the community and are a popular outreach group. In addition to concert performances, the groups perform annually at local jazz festivals, and provide entertainment at events throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region.

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Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

Top five most pressing needs: Acquisition of new musical equipment to replace instrument parts which have deteriorated over time, such as mouthpieces, etc. Acquisition of new equipment, such as flags and uniforms for the Band's Color Guard unit; Expansion of training opportunities for drum majors and section leaders in addition to those provided during the regular summer band camp held at Hempfield Area Senior High School; Endowment of a scholarship fund for Band members who desire to continue their education at the college or conservatory level; Acquire laptop computers and software such as SmartMusic, Finale, and Pyware to enhance the learning experience for the students.

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Hempfield Area Band Parents Association, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Brian Allen Tychinski

BIO

Brian Tychinski has been teaching bands in the Hempfield Area School District since 1997 and became the Director of the Hempfield Marching Band in 2006. The Spartan Band has traveled coast to coast and performed for hundreds of thousands. In 2009, the band made its first voyage to Hawaii where they performed in the Honolulu Festival Parade. The band represented Pennsylvania in the celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood. In addition to their parade performance, they visited Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Mr. Henry Heim, a Pearl Harbor survivor and Pennsylvania native accompanied the band as their esteemed guest. The Spartans concluded their Pearl Harbor visit with a tribute concert at the USS Missouri Battleship. Mr. Tychinski has taught High School Bands at Bishop Guilfoyle High School in his hometown of Altoona, Pennsylvania and at Falconer Central School in New York State. He also served for two years as percussion teacher for the American Wind Symphony's educational outreach programs in the Pittsburgh Area. Brian received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned the Master of Music degree from Duquesne University. He has authored a music instruction book, recorded more than two dozen compact discs as a performer and soloist, and served as timpanist and percussionist at Chautauqua Institution and the Orchestra Sinfonico de Trujillo in Peru. He has taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, where he played principal timpani and percussion, and performed as a soloist with the International Youth Symphony Orchestra on a tour of Germany, Austria, and France. Tychinski also conducted the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp's Southern Wind Ensemble, a group made up of talented high school students from across the United States, as they toured Italy, Germany, France, and Luxembourg. The band won First Prize at the DiffWinds International Band Competition in Differdange, Luxemborg. Other groups in the festival came from Ireland, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Latvia.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The HABPA plays vital roles in fundraising, organizing and coordinating various events, and working with the school district's staff on identifying needs and goals and developing strategies to address these, both short and long term. The primary means of fundraising is the sale of Hempfield Band subs. On ten to twelve Saturdays, the students and their parents gather at the high school cafeteria at 4:00 A.M. to put together literally thousands of subs to be delivered that same day. Funds raised are used to pay the costs of the Band's annual Spring trip as well as to supplement the general operating fund, which pays for many other costs associated with the program. The sub sales are widely known throughout the Hempfield community. The HABPA also organizes the Band's annual festival, at which the Spartan Marching Band and other local high school bands perform. Traditionally, the organization has emphasized involvement in the community. The Band is frequently invited to represent the Hempfield Area School District at local community events, such as parades, as well as participating in band festivals sponsored by other schools. As a result, the Band has developed a strong base of support in the community and a high level of recognition throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Michael Dunn

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