January 11, 2013

Posted: January 11, 2013 in Uncategorized, Weekly Information Blog

BNL Music Orientation on Tuesday, January 15 –

All current 8th grade students, planning to be BNL freshman next year, are invited to an orientation on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 pm. The orientation will be in the band room at BNL and will explain the music offerings at BNL. The staff will show you how to work music into the high school schedule and answer questions.

Our 8th grade bands are doing very well this year and I am so impressed with the professionalism and work ethic. These students have taken on some difficult music and this spring concert could prove to be one of our most challenging. Our students have so much to offer. I really hope they will continue band at BNL and I encourage our parents to encourage them as well. There are many band classes available. The three concert bands meet during the day and the concert band schedules don’t conflict with other activity schedules. BNL also has Jazz Ensembles, a volunteer Pep Band and a volunteer Marching Band. There are offerings to fit any student’s playing level and schedule. Enter door #33 near the pool to find the band room.

ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Lessons Have Started –

Some of our 7th and 8th grade band members have signed up for the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival. It will be held at Bloomington North HS on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. This is not a required event. It will involve extra practice time and lessons so students need to give this some serious thought before committing. The deadline was Nov. 27 to return fees. See added page to this website for more information.

I plan to be available Mon. (1-14), Tues. (1-15), Wed. (1-16) Thurs. (1-17), Fri. (1-18) after school until 4:00 to help students with music. There may be one afternoon that I won’t be available so have your child doublecheck with me before staying.

8th Grade Tubing Date Set for Feb. 15 –

The 8th grade tubing trip to Paoli Peaks will be after school on Friday, Feb. 15th. We have set a make-up night for Feb. 22 if we need one. The 8th grade band members look forward to this trip every year and we have a great time. More information for this trip will be available as the date approaches.  The fee is $30 to cover tubing costs, pizza after school, and bus transportation. Students that sold the cookie dough fundraiser in the fall pay $20. Parents will need to fill out and sign the Paoli Peaks tubing release form. The release form can be found at http://www.paolipeaks.com/sites/default/files/pdf/paoli_peaks_tubing_release.pdf

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 my son has been in the program. I can’t speak highly enough about this opportunity and the benefits of participating.

The classes meet on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 11:00 in the Musical Arts Center (MAC) on the IU Campus. The first class is on Jan. 26 and continue until April 20. More information is available in the band building and at www.music.indiana.edu/precollege/year-round/wind/index.shtml . The program has a $75 fee.

Have a great week!

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