November 29, 2013

Posted: November 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Bowling Party for the BMS Bands on Dec.  16 –

On Dec. 16th the BMS Band Department will go bowling at the Kingpins Bowl (former Broadview Bowl) in Bedford from 4 pm to 6 pm. It will be a lot of fun and a great time for the band kids to enjoy themselves.

Parents can drop students off at the Kingpins Bowl at 4 pm and pick them up at 6 pm. The cost is free for students that sold the fall fundraiser (and turned in the money) Students that didn’t participate in a fundraiser just need to pay $5 that evening. The cost will include shoes and bowling balls. The students need to remember to wear or bring socks and that all school rules are in effect. Students may also want to bring money to purchase drinks at the concession counter and for any video games they want to play.

Congratulations to our IBA Honor Band Participants –

Congratulations to our IBA All-Region Honor Band participants on a great performance in Jasper last weekend. Our participants were Sam Bair (clarinet), Corbin Bushey (percussion), Calab Long (trombone), Sarah Lowery (French horn), Zachary Maudlin (French Horn), Nick Scherschel (trumpet). I am very proud of the kids for a terrific effort and very thankful to the families for driving them to and from Jasper for the rehearsals and performance.

BMS Band To Participate in LIFE Christmas Fantasia –

The BMS Band Department is excited to participate in the 21st Annual LIFE Christmas Fantasia. The event will be on Saturday, December 7th at the Boys And Girls Club of Lawrence County. The fantasia will feature trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and other Christmas items designed by individuals and groups from all around the area. Mrs. Cook has done a fantastic job putting together a BMS Band tree for the auction. Mrs. Cook, along with members of the band will assemble the tree throughout the week.

The doors will open Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. and the main auction will start at 1:00. We encourage our families to come by and see all the wonderful Christmas items and maybe even bid on one to take home. The money raised will help LIFE continue to do all the wonderful things they do for our community.

Indiana University Young Winds –

The 2014 Indiana University Young Winds program begins in Feb. 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. I can’t speak highly enough about this opportunity and the benefits of participating. More information is available in the band building and at The program meets on Saturday mornings this spring and has a $75 fee.

Cookie Dough Money Due –

The cookie dough fundraiser has come to an end and the money is now past due. The sale was a huge success, but now we have the job of collecting all the money. Thank you to all that helped with this project.

ISSMA Solo and Ensemble –

It is time for our 7th and 8th grade band members to sign up for the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival. It will be held at Bloomington North HS on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. It is a very effective and rewarding experience for band students to participate in. More information is available at the band office for those interested. 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. We do have a deadline of Dec. 4 to return fees. See added page to this website for more information.

After School Lessons –

I am available many days after school for free lessons. There are often playing tests for all the bands during class time. The lessons are available until 4:00 and I can help our students on whatever they need help with. Next week I’ll be available after school on Thurs. 12-5.

Have a great week!


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