May 30, 2014

Posted: May 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Indianapolis 500 Performance –

Congratulations to the BNL Marching Stars, and NLCS 8th Graders on an awesome performance at the Indianapolis 500. You did an outstanding job marching around the track. A great time was had by all as we enjoyed lunch and the race together. We had great seats just ahead of turn 4 and I’m very proud of all the effort shown by our students. A big thank you goes out to all the parents for helping the day run so smoothly.

BNL Bands –

It isn’t too late for our 8th graders to sign up for the BNL Marching Band, Concert Band or Jazz Band.

Here is a link to a marching band letter and form from Mr. Jones to save a spot in the marching band. 

You can also contact BNL to have concert band or jazz band added to your schedule for next year.

2014-15 Beginning Band Approaching 100 Members –

Next year’s beginning band continues to grow as more forms arrive. Share this link:, if you know someone who needs a form and would like to sign up. They can also email me at

Paige’s Music will have another Instrument Display and opportunity to rent an instrument from them in August. You can also rent online at at your convenience.

There will be more used instruments (that look brand new) available to rent now than what will be available in the fall. Anything rented this summer will be delivered by Paige’s to BMS for the start of school. Here is direct link to the Paige’s Music rental page: Locate Bedford MS on the list of schools to start the process. You can also call Paige’s to see what other special offers may be available.

Letters have been mailed out to parents not at the Paige’s Display to confirm the instrument your child should line up for next fall. You can also see a generic version of that letter about finding an instrument by clicking the link on our website.

Year End Instrument Thoughts –

Paige’s customers may want to send instruments in for maintenance and cleaning. It is a free service if you have the maintenance agreement . You can call Paige’s at 1-800-337-0471 to arrange an instrument pick-up, ask any questions or request a loaner. Paige’s can then ship the instrument back to you or deliver it to BNL or BMS.

Some that rented at Melody Music in Bloomington for the school year may have a return date coming up soon. Also note that Melody Music Shop has moved to a new location.

School instruments will be sent in for cleaning and maintenance over the summer.

All instruments that are not school instruments need to be taken home for the summer. It will be a good idea to get them out every few weeks to keep valves and slides moving.

Washington D.C. 2016

We hope to return to Washington D.C. during Spring Break in 2016. The trip will include our present 6th graders and incoming 5th graders. It isn’t too early to start saving. Setting aside $25 dollars a month will generate most of what you will need for the trip in 23 months. If you start saving this month you will have $100 saved for the trip when you add the $25 in August  to your trip fund at home.

Kat’s Performing Arts –

Kat’s is looking for young musicians to collaborate with others to present music to our community. This could be a great opportunity for many of our students. If you are interested in more information, contact Kathy Thompson at the studio (812) 275-4878 or via email at

A Sad Farewell –

I would like to take just a moment to thank our 8th grade band students on three fantastic years. Words can’t express how much I will miss you. May you stay disciplined, devoted, determined and dedicated to making your dreams come true. Keep in touch and keep making a difference.

Have a great Summer!


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