October 18

Posted: October 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Upcoming Dates –

Oct. 25 – Cookie Dough money due

Oct. 29 – 7th and 8th Grade Concerts

Nov. 21 – 6th Grade Concert

Six BMS Band Students Selected for All-Region Honor Band –

Congratulations to our All-Region Honor band students. We had six students selected for this prestigious group. The six students representing BMS will be Sam Bair (clarinet), Corbin Bushey (percussion), Calab Long (trombone), Sarah Lowery (French horn), Zachary Maudlin (French Horn), Nick Scherschel (trumpet). These students will rehearse in Jasper on Nov. 23 under the direction of Mr. William Leather from Penn High School. The concert will be at Jasper Middle School on Sunday, November 24.

I am very proud of these students and appreciate the extra effort from them and their parents to participate in this awesome experience. This is truly and honor and now these students are eligible to audition for the All-State band.

Congratulations to the Marching Stars –

The Marching Stars had a strong showing at the inaugural ISSMA Scholastic Class prelim in Jasper on October 12. This was the first return to an ISSMA event in several years for our Marching Stars and they made a strong statement. The Stars received a Gold rating and advanced to the ISSMA Scholastic Class State Finals to be held in Indianapolis on October 28. Congratulations to our Stars and a job well done and good luck in Indy this weekend!

Welcome Mr. Stewart –

We will welcome a new face to the BMS band Department when we return from fall break. His name is Mr. Stewart and he will be student teaching in our program until mid December. Mr. Stewart has been completing undergraduate work at Indiana State University and comes to us from Paoli.

Washington DC Information –

The initial $50 deposit is due. Be sure to check the travel company’s website at http://www.music-travel.com/ or call 1-800-616-1112 if you have any questions on payments. All payments are made to the travel company and not to the band department. Please call BMS extension 11505 (Mrs. Cook) if you would like help enrolling online or need access to the internet. Mrs. Cook can help you through the process or set up a time for you to come in and help you set the account up here from the band building. The total enrolled at this time will determine how many buses we take.

Fall Concert Dates –

I am happy to announce our fall concert dates. The 7th and 8th Grade Bands will play in Schafer Auditorium on October 29. The 6th grade band will perform on November 21 in Schafer Auditorium. As always, our concerts are free and open to everyone. Students should dress appropriately for the event. Boys should wear nice pants and a dress shirt or sweater. Our young ladies wear a nice outfit or dress.

Both the 7th and 8th grade band will perform the same night. The 7th grade will perform first and then the 8th grade will play second. 7th grade is welcome to stay, but it is not required. Parking is tight the night of 7th and 8th grade concerts. The 7th grade parents and students leaving will open up parking spots for our arriving 8th graders and parents. Here is a rough time frame for the evening. The 8th grade start time could run a bit late if the 7th grade runs long or the transition on stage is slower than expected. Both bands will play about 30 minutes.

6:10          7th grade band arrives

6:20          7th grade warms-up briefly on stage

6:30           7th grade concert begins

7:10           8th grade band arrives

7:20           8th grade warms-up briefly on stage

7:30           8th grade concert begins

Current Class Standings –

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands earn points for group work ethic, concentration and effort. Individual tardiness, talking and lack of effort lower the ensemble’s daily score. The first round was easily won by the first period 8th grade band. Here are the final results:

Period 1 8th Grade Band: 69 points

Period 2 8th Grade Band: 36 points

Period 4 6th Grade Band: 36 points

Period 5 6th Grade Band: 30 points

Period 6 7th Grade Band: 36 points

Period 7 7th Grade Band: 12 points

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