January 13, 2012

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Congratulations Pep Band

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Pep Band on a great turnout and performance at the BNL Girl’s game on Jan. 10. The BMS Pep Band combined with the Oolitic  and Shawswick Pep Bands for a great night of friendship, basketball, and music. I’m very proud of the students and the hard work that went into the performance.

Mr. Berger To Present At Upcoming Conference

Mr. Berger will be presenting a clinic at the 2012 Indiana Music Educator’s Conference in Ft. Wayne. This is the second time in three years that Mr. Berger had been asked to present  at the state-wide conference. This a great honor for the BMS program and demonstrates all the hard work and dedication taking place each day in the band building.

Annual Butter Braid Sale Begins Feb. 10

Butter Braid time has rolled around again. This band fundraiser is the most anticipated and profitable fundraiser of the year. People are always asking when this sale begins and we already have orders for this year’s event. The kids are not required to participate, but if we could get everyone to just sell 3 – 4 butter braids we would have a tremendous sale. It takes a lot of resources to keep a program of 300 operating and this sale is a big part of meeting that need.

Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, Feb. 11

The ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival is coming up for the 7th and 8th graders. This event is not required, but several students are signed up for this year’s festival. Students should be practicing and preparing to represent themselves and the program well. Lessons are available for free after school on select days.

8th Grade Tubing Date Set for Feb. 17

The 8th grade tubing trip to Paoli Peaks will be after school on Friday, Feb. 17th. The 8th grade band members look forward to this trip every year and we have a great time. We’ll pass more information along as we receive it.

Pappa John’s Pizza Cards

The Pappa John’s Pizza Card sale for the Washington D.C. trip has started. The cards sell for $10 each and have stickers on the back for a free pizza and several special pizza deals. Only students performing on the Washington D.C trip are selling the cards and all the profits go straight to the balance of that student’s account. The first batch of cards are out and more cards are available. The sale will run through Feb.

Indiana University Young Winds

The 2012 Indiana University Young Winds program is about to begin and our students are invited to participate. It is a program designed for middle school instrumental students as a supplement to the instruction they receive in school. The program focuses on small-group lessons as well as a full band experience for students surrounding the Bloomington campus. It is a wonderful program. Many of our students have participated over the years and both of my children have been in the program. I can’t speak highly enough about this opportunity and the benefits of participating. More information is available in the band building and at http://www.music.indiana.edu/precollege/year-round/wind/. The program meets on Saturday mornings this spring and has a $75 fee.

After School Lessons

Free lessons are available most days after school until 3:30 each day. Students need to let me know during class that they will be staying and have made arrangements to leave at 3:30. I’ve had several students take advantage of the help. Solo and ensemble students should make sure to stay and pick out a piece for the festival in Feb. Washington D.C. students should begin staying for help with music. I will be available on Jan. 17, 18, and 19th.

Have a great week!

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