November 2, 2012

Posted: November 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the 7th and 8th Grade Bands –

A big congratulations goes out to the 7th and 8th grade bands on a great concert. The 7th and 8th grade bands presented a fall concert on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Schafer Auditorium at BMS. Both bands did an outstanding job and I am very proud of them. The concert was a big first step toward a great year of growth, improvement, and memories. 

The 6th grade bands will present a concert on Monday, Dec. 10 in Schafer Auditorium at BMS.

Cookie Dough Sale Comes To An End –

The 2012 Band Cookie Dough Sale has come to an end. All money should be in now and we are in the process of closing down the project. Please resolve any remaining accounts right away. Checks can be made out to BMS Bands. We will do the cash prizes after all the money has been collected and turned in. Thanks again for all the support and time. I know it took a lot of work and sacrifice. I am truly humbled by all the effort and help shown.

Good Luck to the Marching Stars at the Mid-States Championships –

We would like to wish the BNL Marching Stars the best of luck as they travel to Cincinnati to compete in the Mid-States Marching Band Championships. The marching band is having a great season and is coming off a big win in the Class AAA contest this past weekend.

6th Grade Bands –

The 6th grade bands are off to a good start. The kids have settled in and are playing out of the beginning band books. We are in phase where some pick it up right away and some struggle a bit. It is natural for some of the kids to get frustrated over the next few weeks. Just remind them to take it slow and they will work it all out. They want it all to happen right now. That will be the case for a few, but most will struggle. Just be as supportive as you can and they will begin to figure it out and be fine.

The students that aren’t using a school instrument should be locating an instrument to play on. There are links to Paige’s Music and Melody Music Shop on our website. Both companies are good choices for locating an instrument to rent or buy.

Some percussionists still need to buy a stick bag with the appropriate sticks and mallets to use for class. We have the stick bags with what the percussionists need in the band office to make this easy for them. The stick bags with the sticks and mallets will cost $55 again this year. They will also need to have something to practice bell parts on at home. A bell kit, piano, or little electric keyboard work well for this.

All the students will need a beginning band book. We use Essential Elements 2000. Most students that rented from Paige’s Music already have this and others may too. The percussion book includes the snare and bell music and costs $16. The rest of the band books are $9. The students that still need a book can purchase it from the band office.

Upcoming Concerts in the Area –

Nov. 6             IU Marching Hundred         

Nov. 7             IU Wind Ensemble    

Nov. 8             BNL HS Band Concert

Nov. 13           IU Symphonic Band & Concert Band

Dec. 10            BMS 6th Grade Beginning Band

Have a great week!

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