Congratulations and This Week!

Good afternoon all,

Here is email number two, as promised.

First, I wanted to send out a CONGRATULATIONS to all the Jazz Students
from BJHS and BHS!

In case you missed it, this weekend, the students from Brunswick Jazz
Programs traveled to Durham, NH to participate in the Clark Terry UNH Jazz
Festival.

This non-competitive festival exists to promote jazz programs across New
England and sees pfrtiipcation from schools as far away as Rhode Island
and Connecticut. All four ensembles performed very well! The Jazz Combo, a
self-directed sextet that writes their own arrangements, came away with an
honorable mention in the Combo Room! The Thursday Night Jazz Ensemble
earned an Outstanding Ensemble award in the ³A² band room. This is the top
award you can receive at the UNH Jazz Festival. I am so proud of the 55
high school jazz musicians and the 24 Junior high musicians who
represented our community with exceptional musicianship and pride.

Now, for some quick calendar items. This is essentially the same info I
gave you last week but I wanted to be sure you all were reminded. PLEASE
REMIND YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER OF MORNING BAND TOMORROW!!!!!!

First, regarding the weather – As of right now, Band-O-Rama is a go. It
will continue to be a go until the school says otherwise.

IF, for whatever reason, they say we can¹t do Band-O-Rama on Tuesday, I
will be in touch regarding plans. We are currently working on a “what if”
since a snow date was never picked.

Monday ­ 3/13
7:00 a.m ­ Morning Band

Tuesday ­ 3/14 ­ BAND ­ O ­RAMA!!!!!!
7:00 a.m ­ Morning Band

Band-O-Rama Schedule
Attached is a PDF of all the important info for Band-O-Rama. Just to clear
up some confusion, this is an event for EVERY kid in band.

3:15 Brunswick rehearses on stage
4:45 Combined bands line up in gym to line up for combined rehearsal while
stage is set up for combined rehearsal
5:00 Combined rehearsal on stage
5:30 Dinner in the Cafeteria
6:00 Change into concert dress
6:30 Warm up
7:00 Concert
– Concert order: Mt. Ararat, Morse,
Brunswick, Combined Bands

Concert Attire is required!

Wednesday­ 3/15
7:00a.m ­ Morning Band
2:30p.m ­ Tuesday Prime
4:00 p.m ­ Tuesday Jazz
6:00 p.m ­ Thursday Jazz

Thursday ­ 3/16
6:00 a.m ­ Bus Departs for New England Music Festival (selected Students
only)

Saturday ­ 3/18
10:00 p.m ­ Bus returns for New England Music Festival (selected Students
only)

I hope this helps in terms of Planning!

Thank you so much for all you do to support our students! I am really
looking forward to sharing our performance with you on Tuesday. They have
done an outstanding job preparing for this concert!

Have a good rest of your weekend.

~ Mike

Weekly Update – 2/26/17

Good evening all,

I hope you were all able to find some time to spend together as a family this week during vacation. I am SO EXCITED to get back to school tomorrow and see the kids!

I have a lot to get to this week, so please buckle up and enjoy.

Calendar

Because the last few days of February and the month of March are so crazy, I decided to put together a calendar to keep our kids organized.  Some items of note:

1) Not every date applies to every kid – in fact, the only “full band” dates are:

– Saturday the 4th – Girls Basketball State Championships (see below)!!!

– Tuesday, March 14th – Band-O-Rama (details to follow)

– Wednesday, March 29th (or 30th) – MBDA concert band festival @ Scarborough High School (we won’t know which day until we get a schedule) 

2) The “NEMFA” festival in Norwalk, CT is only for a few students, not the whole group.

3) Because of the weather, the Unified game was rescheduled to the 2nd of March (THIS Thursday) – I am going to see if we can get enough students there. I think it is an immensely valuable opportunity for our students.

Some stuff for this week:

Monday – February 27th

2:30 – Tuesday Prime Jazz

4:00 – Tuesday Night Jazz

6:00 – Thursday Night Jazz

Tuesday – February 28th

7:00 a.m – Morning band

DISTRICT 3 JAZZ FESTIVAL – This is for ALL jazz students 

Location: BHS 

Attire: Jazz Performance attire 

*** There is a $5 admission fee for the festival as this is a district event ***

Schedule

3:20 – Tuesday Prime Arrival 

3:50 – Tuesday Prime Warm Up 

4:20 – Tuesday Prime Performance

4:50 – Tuesday Prime Clinic 

6:00 – Tuesday Jazz Warm Up

6:30 – Tuesday Jazz Performance 

7:00 – Tuesday Jazz Clinic 

7:30 – Thursday Jazz Warm Up 

8:00 – Thursday Jazz Performance 

8:30 – Thursday Jazz Clinic

Wednesday – March 1

6:30 p.m – Mattress Sale Fundraiser/ Boosters meeting – This critically important for all parents. 

– This is an easy fundraiser that we will be having at BJHS.

– The meeting should last no more than one hour. 

– There will be an opportunity for students to make a lot of money to offset the cost of the trip. 

– PLEASE make every effort to attend!

Thursday – March 2nd

7:00 a.m – Morning Band

2:30 p.m – Unified Basketball – The game starts at 3 but we are playing for the team at 2:30. Normally we don’t do make-up games but I am willing to make an exception.

Saturday – March 4th

The GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL GAME!

First, congratulations to the girls basketball team on their tremendous upset of Greely High School. I am so proud of all the students who are in the band program that also play ball!!!!

The band will be performing at the state game on Saturday! I am aware that there is a YMCA swim meet that day. Best of luck to our students involved in this! We will be cheering for you.

Thank you for your willingness to participate in this outstanding event for our community.

10:30 – Bus Departs BHS for the Augusta Civic Center

1:00 – Game time!

3:00 – anticipated Departure from ACC

4:00 – Anticipated  arrival at BHS

– Students will need their pep band tee shirt, flip folders, and instrument.

Jazz Items

Attached, please find the schedule of events for the Clark Terry UNH Jazz festival on Saturday, March 11th. This is a wonderful day for all of our jazz students. PLEASE NOTE! There is a schedule and permission slip attached. I need the permission slip returned to me ASAP. The students will be getting a hard copy tomorrow in rehearsal.

Volunteers

In case you didn’t get the prior email, we are in need of many volunteers for the District 3 Jazz Festival this coming Tuesday. Claudia Brzoza has been kind enough to make this sign up genius  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4faaab2da3ff2-district1   If you are available, please sign up for anything you are able to.

I believe that is all that I have for you this week. Thank you so much for all you do to help support the music department at BHS! I am excited to showcase our band in front of thousands of people at the Augusta Civic Center this Saturday! It is going to be an exceptional rad time!

Have a wonderful week.

~ Mike

Weekly Update – 2/14/17

Happy Valentines day!

I hope you are all doing well and that yo enjoyed some time together yesterday. 

I have several items for the upcoming week. 

Calendar

Today – Tuesday 

4:45 – Tuesday Night Jazz (NOTE! Tuesday prime will meet at 6:45. We had to swap rehearsal times to accommodate some scheduling issues)

6:45 – Tuesday Prime rehearsal

Thursday  – 

***IMPORTANT**** 

IF THERE IS NO SCHOOL Thursday, JAZZ WILL TAKE PLACE Friday

7:00 a.m – Morning band rehearsal

2:30 p.m – Unified basketball game – this should be done by 4

5:30 p.m – Thursday Jazz Brass Sectional

6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz

Friday

7:00 a.m – Morning band

That is all for this week. Looking ahead a bit:

Monday – 2/27/17 – ALL JAZZ WILL BE HELD Monday THIS WEEK! This is to prepare us for our upcoming District Jazz Festival on the 28th!

2:30 – Tuesday Prime Jazz

4:00 – Tuesday Night Jazz

6:00 – Thursday Night Jazz

Tuesday – 2/28/17 DISTRICT 3 JAZZ FESTIVAL

– This is for ALL jazz students

– Location: BHS

– Attire: Jazz Performance attire

There is a $5 admission fee for the festival as this is a district event

– Schedule:

3:20 – Tuesday Prime Arrival

3:50 – Tuesday Prime Warm Up

4:20 – Tuesday Prime Performance

4:50 – Tuesday Prime Clinic

6:00 – Tuesday Jazz Warm Up

6:30 – Tuesday Jazz Performance

7:00 – Tuesday Jazz Clinic

7:30 – Thursday Jazz Warm Up

8:00 – Thursday Jazz Performance

8:30 – Thursday Jazz Clinic

– We are looking for 2 volunteers who are willing to sell tickets. If you are available, PLEASE let me know.

Wednesday – 3/1

– 6:30 p.m – Mattress Sale Fundraiser/ Boosters meeting – This critically important for all parents.

– This is an easy fundraiser that we will be having here at the school.

– The meeting should last no more than one hour.

– There will be an opportunity for students to make a lot of money to offset the cost of the trip.

– PLEASE make every effort to attend!

I believe that is all that I have for this week. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Thank you all so much for your support of the BHS music program! I truly appreciate all of you and thank you for being such vital parts of the music community!

Have a WONDERFUL vacation!

~ Mike

Weather Issues

Good morning all,

Because nothing this month seems to be easy, I am trying to figure out what will happen if tomorrow’s schedule is impacted by weather.

Here is what I have come up with:

  • If morning band is impacted by weather, we will rehearse Friday morning
  • If after school activities are impacted by weather, they will take place Friday afternoon with the same schedule.
    • I am aware of the swim meet Friday night which will impact Thursday Night Jazz Kids

This was the ONLY solution I have been able to come up with in order to avoid losing a rehearsal (since we only have 3 left before we have to perform)

I hope this works out alright for everyone. I will keep you informed if anything else changes.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with winter 🙂

~ Mike

Weekly Update – 2/7/17

Good morning all,

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are all having a great day!

I have a bunch of upcoming calendar events and other information for you so, without delay, here we go!

Calendar:

Today – 6:00 – Pep Band – As of RIGHT NOW, we are ON for pep band tonight. If that changes, I will let you know.

– Tonight we welcome approximately 20 of the eighth grade students from BJHS to our pep band event. I told our students that this a critically important event as it is the first opportunity the eighth grade students have to be a part of our wonderful climate at BHS! Please encourage your son or daughter to be friendly, welcoming, and encouraging.

– The game BEGINS at 6:30, NOT 7:00 as in the past. Please plan accordingly.

*** REMINDER – Pep band shirts are REQUIRED!!!! Full credit will not be given to students without them ***

Thursday- All Jazz Events are taking place on this day! Students have been told about this last week. Just a quick reminder:

2:30 – 4:00 – Tuesday Prime

4:00 – 6:00 – Tuesday Jazz

6:00 – 8:00 – Thursday Jazz

NEXT WEEK!

Tuesday – 7:00 a.m – Wind Ensemble

4:45 – Tuesday Prime

6:00 – Tuesday Jazz

Thursday – 7:00 a.m – Wind Ensemble

– 2:30 p.m – UNIFIED BASKETBALL GAME

– 5:30 p.m – Rhythm Section Sectional

– 6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz 

A quick note about Thursday, February 16th

Mr. Chris Baribeau, coach of the Unified Basketball team here at BHS, has asked that the band perform at a unified basketball game again this year. Last year, our students were OUTSTANDING and provided such a great atmosphere for the student athletes and their parents.

The game is directly after school. This is by no means a “mandatory” experience, but I would like as many students as possible to attend. I will be polling the kids during band to make sure we have a number of instrumentalists there. Could you please help make this event a priority for your son or daughter? I know it may not seem like much, but the Unified students absolutely love having us there.

If you are unfamiliar with Unified basketball is, Unified Sports (a arm of the Special Olympics) is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Unified Sports teams are made up of an approximately equal number of athletes (people with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (people without intellectual disabilities). Our Unified teams dramatically increase inclusion in the community, using sports to help break down barriers that have historically kept people apart. Teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all.

You can read more about this important program here: https://www.somaine.org/programs/unified-sports/

http://www.playunified.org/

Friday – 2/17 – PAYMENT of $125 due for Williamsburg!!!!

UPCOMING – LONG RANGE PLANNING

Monday – 2/27

– 2:30 – Tuesday Prime Jazz

– 4:00 – Tuesday Jazz

– 6:00 – Thursday Jazz

Tuesday – 2/28

DISTRICT 3 JAZZ FESTIVAL!

This event is AT BHS

More info to come as I get it.

Wednesday – 3/1

– 6:30 p.m – Mattress Sale Fundraiser/ Boosters meeting – This critically important for all parents.

– This is an easy fundraiser that we will be having here at the school.

– The meeting should last no more than one hour.

– There will be an opportunity for students to make a lot of money to offset the cost of the trip.

– PLEASE make every effort to attend!

I believe that is all the calendar info I have for this week.

Finally, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate the men and women of the BHS Swim and Dive Program!!!!!!  They are, once again, KVAC champions!!!! If you haven’t read the article, the Times Record did a nice write up here: http://www.timesrecord.com/news/2017-02-06/Sports/Brunswick_KVAC_champs_again.html

I am so proud of all the musicians who are part of that wonderful team!! You guys deserved it! Well done and here’s to a rad showing at STATES! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Stay safe out there today. Thank you so much for all you do to support our fabulous musicians and the music program here at BHS! I am so lucky to have each and every one of you in the program.

Sincerely,

Mike

Weekly Update – 1/31/17

Good afternoon all,

Happy pre-February! I hope you guys had a wonderful month!

First, I wanted to say a huge congratulations to the students who were involved int he District 3 High School Honors Festival last weekend! I am so proud of their hard work and dedication. The end result was a fabulous concert and a very meaningful experience for Mr. Priest AND our students.  I hope they enjoyed the weekend as much as I enjoyed listening to them grow and perform.

Calendar Events

Tonight – Tuesday

4:45 – Tuesday Prime

6:00 – Tuesday Jazz

Tomorrow – Wednesday

7:00 a.m – Tuesday Jazz Trumpet sectional

6:00 p.m – Music Boosters Meeting

– Please note, this meeting is earlier to accommodate the trip meeting at 7.

– We will be discussing upcoming fundraising opportunities.

7:00 p.m – Williamsburg Trip meeting

– My goal for this meeting is to provide a brief overview about the trip and also to discuss our plan for what we are going to do to provide fundraising opportunities. Most of these will be discussed at the 6 p.m meeting

– We will cover the cost breakdown and tentative itinerary

– PLEASE make every effort to attend

Thursday 

6:00 p.m – PEP BAND!! The game BEGINS at 6:30 which means we need to be in the gym no later than 6:10. PLEASE plan accordingly.

Thursday, February 16th

Mr. Chris Baribeau, coach of the Unified Basketball team here at BHS, has asked that the band perform at a unified basketball game again this year. Last year, our students were OUTSTANDING and provided such a great atmosphere for the student athletes and their parents.

The game is directly after school. This is by no means a “mandatory” experience, but I would like as many students as possible to attend. I will be polling the kids during band to make sure we have a number of instrumentalists there. Could you please help make this event a priority for your son or daughter? I know it may not seem like much, but the Unified students absolutely love having us there.

If you are unfamiliar with Unified basketball is, Unified Sports (a arm of the Special Olympics) is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Unified Sports teams are made up of an approximately equal number of athletes (people with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (people without intellectual disabilities). Our Unified teams dramatically increase inclusion in the community, using sports to help break down barriers that have historically kept people apart. Teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all.

You can read more about this outstanding program here: https://www.somaine.org/programs/unified-sports/

http://www.playunified.org/

CONGRATULATIONS!

A huge Congratulations go out to Sarah Poutree and Ania Johnston! Sarah placed first in Oratorical Declamation, and is the new state champion.  Ania placed second in Duo Interpretation. There were 325 students involved in the competition! We are so proud of both of these amazing young women for representing themselves and BHS so well in the annual Speech and Debate State Meet! Best of luck as they compete to head to Nationals this coming weekend.

Trip info

Most of this will be discussed tomorrow.  Currently, we only have 60 responses for the band trip. Of the 60, there are only 50 positive responses. My assumption is that most parents are waiting for tomorrow nights meeting to hand in information. Following tomorrow night’s meeting, Mrs. Albert and I will make a determination as to whether or not it is a viable opportunity for either organization. There are not enough kids signed up in either discipline to field a representative organization that would best exemplify what we do here at BHS.

If you need a copy of the form, please see: http://brunswickmusic.org/williamsburg/williamsburg-letter-to-parents-pdf-2/

The form is at the end of the letter.

Recordings

If you are looking for the recordings made by the Thursday night jazz ensemble, you can find them at this link: http://brunswickmusic.org/band/jazz-ensemble/jazz-recordings/  Once again, many thanks to Mr. Jud Caswell, local audio engineer and band parent, for donating his time to this exciting opportunity. The students and I are forever grateful.

I believe that is all that I have for this week!  Hope to see you tomorrow night at the meeting (and then again on Thursday at the game)

~ Mike

Weekly Update – 11/30/16

Good morning,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week full of time with family and friends.  

There are a few important items for the next two weeks that I wanted to bring to your attention.

Calendar Events 

Tonight:

– 5:00 – Tuesday Prime Jazz Band (as they are calling it)

– 6:00 – Tuesday Jazz

Wednesday:

– 6:30 – Music Boosters

Thursday:

– 7:00 a.m – Morning Band

– 5:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz Winds Sectional

– 6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz

Saturday:

– 8:00 a.m – The BJHS Tree and Wreath Sale – we are looking for volunteers to come and play with Ms. Anderson’s “Carol Band”. If your son or daughter is interested, please let me know. Even if they can only come for an hour, it is still very much appreciated.

– 5:00 p.m – The Night of Swing and Jazz Silent Auction and Concert

Tuesday – 12/6/16

– 7:00 a.m – Morning Band

– 5:00 p.m – Tuesday Prime

– 6:00 p.m – Tuesday Jazz

Wednesday – 12/7/16

– 5:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz Rhythm Section

– 6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz

Thursday – 12/8/16

– CONCERT DAY! Please See attached for info and exact times

Friday – 12/9/16

– 6:00 p.m – our first basketball game for the year!

Saturday – 12/10/16

– NEMFA Auditions. Please see attached for info and exact times

IMPORTANT INFO

Students should be turning in their sold raffle tickets and concert tickets THIS WEEK! This is our largest fundraiser and has the opportunity to bring in some serious cash to offset the cost of the band trip significantly. If you need more tickets, please have your son or daughter see Mrs. Van Slyck in band today or Thursday. By Thursday, ALL TICKETS SOLD OR OTHERWISE will need to be returned so we can account for them.

Thank you to those who have already signed up to volunteer for Saturday’s event.  We are still looking for more people to help out with the event. We appreciate any assistance you can give!! Please click the link below for a list of what needs to be done

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084babad29aa8-night

As this is the time of year when people start thinking of gifts and such, I have put together a list of “Holiday Gift Ideas night-of-swing-and-jazz-info-letter-pdf december-2016-dates-pdf” that I have attached here.  There are so many different gifts you can give (the biggest and least expensive being the gift of time!) I thought it would be helpful to compile them into one place. I have many, many more suggestions so please, feel free to contact me if you want more thoughts for your son or daughter.

December is a bit of a whirlwind. The concert next Thursday is one of the highlights of the month for not only me, but also for our kids. I am so excited to share their learning with you! I hope you are all looking forward to the performance. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Thank you so much for all you do! 

~ Mike

2 Important Items

Good morning all,

I have 2 quick items for everyone today.  

First – Jazz Tonight has been moved to 5 – 7. This is to allow our kids in the Thursday Night Band to go see “The Great Gatsby” (many were asking for the change) since we are missing tomorrow night’s performance. There is NO sectional 4 – 5.

Second – After a bunch of back and forth, I finally have all the pertinent info for tomorrow’s state game. Here is the plan:

1:45 – pep rally at School during period 7/8

2:10 – School Ends – Band kids report to the band room and pack up

2:30 – Busses Depart BHS for UMAINE 

4:30 – Busses arrive at the UMAINE campus

4:45 – Pizza!

5:30 – Run through of the Banner with the band from Kennebunk

6:30 – Pre–Game

7:00 – Game time

10:00 – Anticipated depart time (this is totally up in the air and depends on the length of the game)

12:00 – Arrival back at school

Several students have asked about transportation/ release from the game. I have attached a Travel Release Form that absolutely MUST be turned in to me. I cannot allow students to leave the game with anyone unless I have this form. Please see Ms. Crofton or Mr. Gagnon if you have questions.

I believe that is all I have. The weather is looking great for tomorrow. Hopefully it won’t be overly cold.  PLEASE have them dress accordingly. I said it this morning in Wind Ensemble, “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best”.

Thank you so much for all of your help with this! I am looking forward to spending another great afternoon making music with our kids.

Have a great day!

~ Mike

Weekly Update – 11/7

Good morning all,

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather! There isn’t too much to talk about for the next few weeks but I wanted to send out this reminder just to keep everything clear.

Today – Monday – 11/7

– 5:00 – Tuesday Jazz Sectional (the students involved know who they are)

– 6:00 – Tuesday Jazz

* REMINDER – All Jazz students should be dressed in their concert attire for Photos tonight *

Tomorrow – Tuesday – 11/8 

– No school. Please go vote.

Wednesday – 11/9

– 5:00 p.m – All Thursday Night Jazz Winds

– 6:00 p.m – Thursday Night Jazz

* REMINDER – All Jazz students should be dressed in their concert attire for Photos tonight *

Thursday – 11/10

– 4:30 p.m – Trip to the Jazz Ambassadors Performance at Boothbay Opera House

– Bus Departs for Boothbay

– 7:00 p.m – Performance

– 10:00 p.m – Bus Returns to BHS (approximate time)

Friday – 11/11 – FOOTBALL GAME!!!!

– No School. THANK YOU to all the Veteran’s out there.

– 6:00 p.m. Football Game. 

– IT WILL BE COLD! PLEASE DRESS IN LAYERS!!!!

That is all the calendar items this week. Next week is business as usual, however, I wanted to draw your attention to the State Football game NEXT Friday!!!!

Here are the details as I know them:

  • The busses will depart BHS around approximately 3 p.m (possibly 2:30)
  • We will eat in Bangor somewhere. I am trying to find a space to accommodate all our kids.
  • The game is at 7 at the University of Maine in Orono.
  • Return time is approximately 11:30 p.m

I believe this is all I have for this week! I hope to see you all on Friday at the game!

~ Mike

Weekly Update – 10/31

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

As I am sure you all know by now, today is the annual “Halloween Parade”.

This information has gone out several times but I thought I would reiterate since I am sure teenagers are super good at communication.

Students will need to be dressed in costume. A quick reminder: Costumes should not interfere with their ability to march or play.

Students who opt not to dress in costume should wear the black concert pants, Memorial Day orange polo shirt, and black shoes (no sneakers)

2:30 – Bus departs BHS for BJHS

5:30 – Busses pick us up at Hawthorne School

STUDENTS MAY BE DISMISSED FROM THE END OF A PARADE WITH A NOTE! It is important that I see you with your son or daughter following the parade so I don’t accidentally leave someone in downtown Brunswick.

A quick reminder: In addition to the parades being a required event, students DO get community service for these events!!!! All they need to do is bring an orange community service slip to me and I will sign it. A student who is in band for 4 years can get all 30 hours of community service just by being in parades (which they are required to do anyway 🙂 ).  Kind of a win, win.

Calendar Events

Monday – Halloween Parade. See above.

Tuesday – 7:00 a.m – Morning Band

 5:00 p.m – Sectional for the students I have spoken to about jazz. NOT SAXOPHONES AS THE CALENDAR STATES!

 6:00 p.m – Tuesday Jazz

Wednesday – 6:30 p.m – Music Boosters Meeting – Band Room! 

Thursday – 7:00 a.m – Morning Band

5:00 p.m – All Thursday Jazz Winds

6:00 p.m – Thursday  Night Jazz

Friday –  All State Auditions!!!

4:30 p.m – Bus Departs BHS for Skowhegan Area High School

7:00 p.m – Bus Arrives in Skowhegan

10:00 p.m – Bus Departs Skowhegan

12:30 a.m – Bus Arrives at BHS

– Students should bring money for dinner, their instrument, and a tuner

*** Students should be dressed up for their audition. They may bring casual clothes to change in to following their audition but should not plan on changing into formal wear when they arrive. ***

CONGRATULATIONS!

A huge congratulations go out to our band students who were accepted into the 2016-2017 District 3 Honors Band:

Josie Adolf

Keegan Arnold

Julia Baumgarte

Sophie Blair

Katie Bojarski

Ethan Boll

Grace Casey

Emily Cowan

Niles Dorn

Bailey Fike

Josh Flanagan

Chapman Hall

Cordelia Horch

Rowan Horton

Hollie Imperato

Bailey Jones

Erin Marc-Aurele

Emma Miller

Alexandra Morse

Aidan Perkinson

Carly Poulton

Henry Raker

Kyra Teboe

Autumn Thoits

Anna Webster

Emma White

Nick White

The scores were extremely good and cutoffs for each instrument were quite high. I try and remind the kids that it isn’t necessarily a reflection on their abilities.  Some rooms (flute, clarinet, alto, percussion) have a TON of kids audition who are extremely talented, most of which don’t get in. I am proud of each and every one of our musicians.

Football Pep Band

Here are the remaining dates for our involvement in the 2016 Football Season:

– Friday – November 11th – Home – Conference Championships

– Friday – November 18th – University of Maine at Orono – State Game!

– The busses are going to depart BHS at approximately 3:00 this Friday. 

– Students will need money for dinner. I am working out details for that as we speak

– They should dress according to the weather. My guess is that it will be particularly chilly. Plan accordingly PLEASE!!! I Will provide hand and toe warmers.

I believe that is all I have for this update. I look forward to seeing you at the boosters meeting on Wednesday at 6:30!

Have a great halloween!

~ Mike