August 22, 2014

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized, Weekly Information Blog

Beginning Band –

The beginning band spent the week exploring basic sounds and going over beginning music notation. We will continue this next week in class. Students that have instruments will play in small groups.

More students that rented from Paige’s received instruments yesterday and more are making arrangements for instruments to be delivered. Paige’s will conduct another instrument display on August 28 at Oolitic MS from 5 – 7 pm. It is a great opportunity to speak to a Paige’s representative in person. You can also rent online at Click on the red button and look for Bedford MS band in the drop down menu. You can also rent an instrument for the year at Melody Music Shop in Bloomington. Melody Music’s website is You can find links to both stores here on our website.

Beginning Band Books –

All the beginning 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 $15. The rest of the band books are $9. The students that need a book can purchase it from the band office as the books arrive.

Checks can be made out to BMS Band.

6th Grade Percussion Auditions –

6th Grade percussion auditions are over and I would like to congratulate our new 6th grade percussionists. Now the percussionists need to acquire the stick bag and book they need for class to complete the process. The band department will order these stick bags with what the percussionists need to make it easy for them. Last year the stick bags with the sticks and mallets cost $55 and we are able to keep the price the same this year. They will also need to have something to practice bell parts on at home. A bell kit, piano, iPad app, or little electric keyboard work well for this. Stick bags continue to arrive from our supplier. As of today we still have 3 in stock here at BMS. More are on the way.

Fall Fundraiser To Kick Off On Sept. 2 –

This year’s annual fall fundraiser will begin September 2nd and end September 15. We will be selling cookie dough again. Last year’s sale was just incredible and the profits really helped the program grow. We don’t expect the students to go out and sell a lot or be aggressive in taking orders. We are large enough that a few orders from everyone will more than meet our needs. I really appreciate any help at all with this project. From personal experience, I know it is a tough time and some households may have another fundraiser happening with a sibling. The profits enable us to sell supplies and equipment below cost to the students. We also use profits to lower trip costs, so students that participate in fundraisers receive discounts on local band trips.

Have a great week!


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