Weekly Update – 3/26/17

Good evening all,

I hope this email finds you well.

I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who came out to support the Mattress Sale on Saturday! A special thank you to the students who volunteered to hold signs throughout the day. We have yet to hear the results but I am hopeful that we made our goal!

This week is pretty straight forward. Here are the calendar updates:

Tuesday – 3/28
7:00 a.m – Morning Band
4:45 p.m – Tuesday Prime
6:00 p.m – Tuesday Jazz

Wednesday – 3/29
Attached is a copy of the letter that was sent home last week.
The festival is held at Scarborough High School
There is an admission fee – I think $7 for adults but I could be wrong (we haven’t seen that information yet)
7:00 a.m – Morning Band
1:00 p.m – Bus Departs BHS For Scarborough High School
– All band students will need to be IN CONCERT ATTIRE. They will be able to change from 12:45 – 1 p.m
2:00 p.m – Bus Arrives at Scarborough HS
2:30 p.m – Concert Band Warm Up
3:00 p.m – Concert Band Performance
3:30 p.m – Sight Reading and Clinic
4:00 p.m – 2 busses depart with concert band students for BHS
– All Wind Ensemble (morning band) students remain at Scarborough
5:00 p.m – Wind Ensemble Warms Up
5:30 p.m – Wind Ensemble performs
6:00 p.m – Wind Ensemble Sight reading and clinic
6:45 p.m – Busses depart Scarborough for BHS
7:45 p.m – Busses arrive at BHS
All of this information will be in a letter given to your students this week along with a permission slip.

Thursday – 3/30
This is a super easy fundraiser that, hey…will save some of us from cooking!!
From 2 – 10, present a flyer at the 99 restaurant and a portion of your check will go toward BHS Music.
Please print out the attached flyer and present it at 99 in order to get the music department 15% of your total bill!
Fun fact: From 3 – 6 they have a happy hour with many specials including $5 appetizers.

Friday – 3/31
Thursday Jazz rehearsals! This is due to NHS inductions on the 30th
5:30 – Thursday Jazz Sectionals (ALL SECTIONS!)
6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz

The deadline is FAST approaching for District 3 Student scholarships. Please follow this link: https://sites.google.com/site/mmeadistrict3/Home/student-scholarships

There are 2 scholarships available:
For underclassmen: MMEA District III will award six $250.00 music scholarships to students enrolled in District III school music programs. Scholarships are to be used by students to assist them in pursuing their musical activities and goals (music camp, private lessons, purchase of new instruments, college, etc.). The deadline for applying for this scholarship is March 31 each year.

For upperclassmen:
District III offers the Dick Kenison Music Scholarship in the amount of $1000 for a graduating high school senior. The applicant must be:
– A graduating senior who has been an active ensemble member, in good standing with their respective music programs during their high school tenure
– A person who has shown and/or demonstrated an active interest in school and community in the capacity of teaching/tutoring music
– A person who plans on majoring in music in college

We have MANY students who meet the criteria for either scholarship. I will be more than happy to write the letters of recommendation needed for either one.

Volunteers Needed
We are looking for a few volunteers to run a 50/50 raffle at the Dine Out Fundraiser at 99. If anyone is available, please let me know ASAP. I will be talking to a couple students but it would rad to have a few students in shifts.

I believe that is all that I have for this week! Thank you for all that you do to support BHS Music. I hope to see most of you at our concert on Wednesday at Scarborough!!


~ Mike

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

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

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

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

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 – 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 


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

– 6:00 – Tuesday Jazz


– 6:30 – Music Boosters


– 7:00 a.m – Morning Band

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

– 6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz


– 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


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


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 – 10/4/16

Dear parents,

Happy Tuesday! I hope this email finds you all well and enjoying a wonderful start to the school year.  It has been an absolutely UNBELIEVABLE start for the music program! All 4 large ensembles have been working tirelessly on their various music and are looking forward to sharing their work with you at the first game on October 7th!

I wanted to be in touch about some very important news and information for this year.  

First, there is a Music Boosters Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday October 5th, at 6:30 p.m. In the band room. It will be dealing primarily with our largest fundraiser of the year, the Silent Auction. There is still a lot of help needed so we would appreciate your time very much!

Next, as you know, the band will be at the Football game this Friday! At each home game, the band sells “Walking Tacos” (or “Tacos in a bag”) to help the music department.  We are in need of some easy volunteering. The Sign Up Genius for what we need is here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084babad29aa8-outdoor

Please take a moment to see if you can help.  

Next, as many of you know, this is slated to be a “Music Department Trip Year”. While we are still looking at the exact location, we thought it would be prudent to talk about cost and fundraising. There will be a separate meeting for all parents interested in having their son or daughter attend the trip but it makes sense to begin the talk of fundraising now.

In the past, the music boosters has contributed more than $20,000 toward student expenses on the trip. Because of this contribution, we were able to bring the cost of the trip down to $675 per student.

While we are working on finding exact pricing for you, we wanted to “get the ball rolling” on fundraising.  While we know not every kid will fundraise, we know that a majority of students will need to benefit from the financial assistance that the boosters provides.

We are asking that families help in as many ways as possible:

Ways in which you can you help:

  1. Attend the upcoming music boosters meeting to volunteer for needed jobs.
    • Wednesday, October 5th – 6:30 p.m. – Music Room
    • Wednesday, November 2nd – 6:30 p.m – Music Room
    • Wednesday, November 30th – 6:30 p.m. – Music Room 
  2. If you or someone you know is willing to donate either goods or services to the auction, please reach out and let me know in what ways you are able to contribute.
  3. Encourage your son or daughter to volunteer contacting local businesses that need to be contacted. Mr. Scarpone and Mrs. Albert can tell them which businesses to contact and provide a script.

As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Details about the trip will be made public as soon as we have school board approval and all decisions made. All we do know is that we are looking at April Vacation to minimize impact on curricular time.

Thank you so much for all you do to support our kids! I hope you have a wonderful week. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

~ Mike 

Weekly Update – 5/31/16

Dear Parents,

Happy almost June! Man, how quickly time has gone. It feels like just yesterday I was sending out the first weekly update.

I have several items to bring to your attention.

Today (Tuesday)

5:30 – Tuesday Jazz Brass Sectional

6:00 – Tuesday Jazz

Wednesday, June 1

7:00 p.m – Chorus concert! Come support the choirs!

Thursday, June 2nd

7:00 a.m – Morning band

6:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz

Friday, June 3rd

5:30 p.m – Thursday Jazz reports for jazz night

6:00 p.m. – Tuesday Jazz reports for jazz night

7:00 p.m. – Jazz Night @ Crooker Theater!!

Saturday, June 4th


8 – 2p.m @ 7-Eleven on Maine Street

We need a bunch of help. I have created a sign up genius below.


This is a super fun, great way for our kids to raise some money. The weather looks stellar and it is always a good time. Please encourage your son or daughter to sign up.

*** In the event of Rain, I will publish something on www.brunswickmusic.org with information ***

Wednesday, June 8th

7:00 p.m. – Music Awards Night @ Crooker Theater – This event is not only for seniors! Awards are presented to kids from throughout all four grade levels. It is a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of so many of our students.

Friday, June 10th


6:00 p.m – Students report to Watson Arena in concert attire

– They will need their instruments!

– There will be no bussing from BHS to Watson. Students must arrange transportation themselves.

– Plan on being a bit early, especially if you want to park. By 6:15, it is zoo

7:00 p.m. – Graduation Starts

8:30 p.m. – Graduation ends

I believe that is all that I have for today! Thank you all so much for your support last week at the concert! I hope you enjoyed the hard work put on by our kids. They truly work hard each and every day. I feel so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of musicians to work with. Thank you for encouraging them to continue with their instrumental studies. They have been fabulous.

I hope to see you all on Friday for the jazz concert and then Saturday to GET YOUR CAR WASHED!!!!

Have a great week!

~ Mike

Updates and Reminders – 5/18/16

Good evening all,

I hope this email finds you well.

I just wanted to send out a few quick reminders about upcoming events and some last minute details on tomorrow. Below, please find a calendar of events that are important for everyone:

Monday – 5/23
Thursday Night Jazz Rehearsal (due to Senior Awards night on the 27th) 6:00 – 8:00 p.m

Tuesday – 5/24
7:00 a.m – Morning Band
5:30 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz Brass Sectional
6:00 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz

Wednesday – 5/24
5:30 p.m – Morning band warm up
6:00 p.m – Concert Band warm up for concert
6:30 p.m – Doors open for concert
7:00 p.m – Spring Concert

Monday – 5/30
7:30 a.m – Bus Departs BHS for Memorial Day Parade
11:15 a.m – Memorial Day Parade Ends in front of Byrnes and Scarlet Begonias (this time may change if the parade runs slowly)
– Students MUST wear black dress pants, black shoes, and an orange BHS Band polo ABSOLUTELY NO LEGGINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
– Sunglasses will not be allowed
– The Polo will be passed out to new students on this day. Returning students should make sure theirs is washed and wrinkle free
– Students who do not adhere to the dress code will receive a 0 for the performance.

Tuesday – 5/31
6:00 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz

Friday – 6/3
5:30 p.m – Thursday Night Jazz Warm Up for Spring Jazz Night
6:00 p.m – Tuesday Night Jazz Warm Up for Spring Jazz Night
6:30 p.m – Doors open to Crooker
7:00 p.m. – Spring Jazz Night

All State Reminders
I sent this link out a few weeks ago but it is worth re-sending:


The above website has the answers to ALL questions about All State for the students participating in the festival. I have attached the info for students involved in Jazz, Chamber, AND the All State Festival. (this does not apply to students who are just in jazz band and going up for the day tomorrow)

Some reminders for the jazz students traveling tomorrow:
7:30 a.m – Bus departs BHS
10:00 a.m – Bus Arrives @ UMaine Orono
11:00 a.m – Warm up at 101 Neville Hall
1:00 p.m – Tuesday Jazz Performance Clinic w/ Wycliffe Gordon for Music
Teachers, students, and parents
– Thursday Jazz watches clinic
2:10 p.m – Tuesday Jazz joins Chamber Choir – Bus Departs for Brunswick
– Thursday Jazz warms up in Neville
3:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz watches reading band
4:00 p.m – Thursday Jazz performance with Wycliffe Gordon
4:30 p.m – Bus Arrives at BHS for Tuesday Jazz
5:15 p.m – Bus Departs UMaine for dinner
6:45 p.m – Bus Departs Dinner headed to BHS
8:45 p.m – Bus arrives at BHS

Students need to be dressed in concert attire for the 7:30 bus. They MAY bring some clothing to change in to but it is not mandatory
They will need money for lunch and dinner (unless they are heading back at 2:10)
I believe that is all the info that your students need for the next week or so.

As always I hope that you are well and REALLY appreciate the support that you show our students. I hope you have enjoyed everything you have seen. I am very, very proud of them.

Have a great week! I hope your kids are looking forward to this weekend!!! It is going to be so exciting!!!!
~ Mike

For Tuesday Night Jazz Parents/ Students

Good afternoon all,

I just received an email from the Assistant Superintendent that ALL after school activities are cancelled today.

This, of course, means Jazz is cancelled.

Rather than lose the rehearsal, next week we are going to have rehearsal

Monday from 6 p.m – 8


Tuesday from 6 p.m – 8

This was the only place I could put it so it would not interfere with sports and other issues. I know there are a couple of games that day. We will work with it.

Thank you all for your flexibility.  With the Wycliffe concert coming up in 3 weeks, we cannot afford to lose any time.

Who knew, snow in LAAAATE April.

~ Mike

Weekly Update – 3/7/16

Good morning all,

I hope this email finds you well!

I will be sending out a second email later regarding the mattress sale but I wanted to make sure you all had the info regarding our events this week.

Tuesday, March 8th

2:30 – 4:00 – Percussion Ensemble

5:30 – Tuesday Night Jazz Saxophone Sectional

6:00 – Tuesday Night Jazz

Wednesday, March 9th

6:00 – Thursday Night Jazz

Thursday, March 10th


2:30 – Bus departs BHS for Mt. Ararat

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

** REMINDER – Students need to bring me $3 for dinner no later than Wednesday! **

  • Students will need to bring their concert attire with them to school on Thursday as they won’t be able to leave.
  • Students also WILL NOT be able to drive themselves to Mt. Ararat
  • There will be no return bus

Saturday, March 12th


6:00 a.m. – Busses DEPART BHS

8:15 a.m – Busses arrive at UNH

9:00 a.m. – Tuesday Night Jazz Warm up

9:30 a.m – Tuesday Jazz Performance

10:00 a.m. – Tuesday Jazz Clinic

10:30 a.m. – Thursday Jazz Warm Up

11:00 a.m – Thursday Jazz Performance

11:35 a.m – Thursday Jazz Clinic

1:30 p.m – Jazz Combo Warm Up

2:00 p.m. – Combo performance

2:30 p.m. – Combo clinic

7:00 p.m. – Evening Concert with Bob Shepherd and Bobby Shew!!!!!!!!

11:00 p.m – Busses return to BHS

  • Students should arrive in concert attire. They can change after their performance
  • Students will need lunch and dinner money

I believe that is all I have for events this week. Please be on the look out for more information regarding course sign-ups and the mattress sale.

A special thank you to those who attended the meeting last week. It was not a huge turn out (between all 3 choirs and band, we only had 37 parents in attendance) so, we did not receive the $500. He was, however, kind enough to credit us $300 or so.

Thank you so much for all you do for our students. I appreciate it as do they! I hope you have a wonderful week!!

~ Mike