April 10, 2015

Posted: April 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

Annual Big Splash Trip on Monday, April 13 – I have been so impressed with our bands. Our next event is a trip to the Big Splash Water Park to reward the band students for playing at the concerts and rehearsing so well. The cost is $25 and it covers supper at the water-park, swimming and buses. Everyone that participated in either the fall cookie dough fundraiser or the spring butter braid fundraiser can deduct $5 from the cost for helping with the fundraiser and pay just $20. We hope to leave at 4:15 pm and return around 9:00 pm on Monday, Apr. 13. We are going on a week night in order to rent out the entire facility for just the BMS Band Dept. We will be the only people in the water park, along with the Big Splash lifeguards and staff. Here is a link to more information and a permission form: https://bedfordmsband.com/big-splash-info-2013/. The permission form and fee were due to the band office by Thursday, April 9.

6th Grade Band Fine Arts Festival April 21 – 

I am excited to announce the 6th Grade Band will be combined with the bands from Shawswick and Oolitic to perform at this year’s NLCS Fine Arts Festival. The festival will be at the BNL Performing Arts Center from April 20th to 23rd.

The 6th grade band will perform on Tuesday, April 21. The students will ride buses to BNL the morning of the performance to rehearse together for the concert that night.  That night the students will report to BNL at 6:30 pm to prepare for the concert at 7 pm. Information was passed out in class. Here is a link to the information and form: https://bedfordmsband.com/6th-grade-fine-arts-festival-information/. Permission forms are due April 15.

BNL Guard Auditions Underway –

Auditions are underway for the 2015-16 Color Guard. Current BNL students and 8th graders are eligible. All rehearsals are at Community Baptist Church, 508 Fellowship Drive (Near BNL). If you have any questions feel free to contact the BNL Color Guard Director, Lori Elkins, at 583-2984

April 13 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Audition Night – April 16 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Butter Braid Money Due –

I can’t begin to express how appreciative I am for all that participated. The support was tremendous and the kids will benefit from all the hard work. Thank you for all your help and dedication.

Upcoming 7th and 8th Grade Concerts –

The final concerts for the band program are on May 12 and 14. The 8th grade bands will perform on May 12 and the 7th grade bands will perform on May 14.The concerts will begin at 7:30 pm in the BMS Schafer Auditorium. The concerts are free and all are welcome to come hear our 7th and 8th graders.

Indy 500 Race Day Performance –

The 8th grade band has been invited to perform with the BNL Marching Stars at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24. We have been discussing this special event in class. More information will be shared as it is received, but here are a few items that have been confirmed.

The students will wear the matching red shirts worn at the combined 8th grade concert in March with khaki (tan) shorts and mostly white tennis shoes.

The motor speedway will provide a box lunch and drink for the kids. They will also provide admission for the kids to enjoy the race after performing.

We will be marching around the race track before the race festivities begin.

We will leave very early Sunday morning, stay for the race and then return home. Mr. Gales has offered to provide a church service Saturday night at the Community Baptist Fellowship on Hwy 58 near BNL for those interested.

Times and logistics will be passed on after they are received from the raceway.

Practice Schedule –

April 16, 23, 30, May 7 – Drum line @ BNL 6:00 – 8:00 pm

May 14, 18 – Full Band & Drum line @ BNL 6:00 – 8:00 pm

May 23 – Full Band & Drum line @ BNL 9:00 – 11:00 am.

8th Grade to visit Shotz Lazer Tag April 27th-

Our reward trip to Paoli Peaks was cancelled due to weather on the original date and the make-up date. This laser tag trip will be a new experience for us and I’m looking forward to spending some time with our 8th graders before they leave for BNL.

We will be playing laser tag and mini-golf. The cost is $25 to cover laser tag, mini-golf and buses. We hope to leave at 4:15 pm and return around 8:30 pm on Monday, April. 27. Students that sold Cookie Dough in the fall or Butter Braids this spring will pay just $20. Students are welcome to bring money for the concessions. More information and links will be available next week.

After School Lessons –  

I am available many days after school for free lessons. There are playing tests for the bands during class time and upcoming concerts. The students are welcome to practice in our practice rooms. Mr. Appelman and I can float around to help them with the music they are working on. Next week I plan to be available after school on Thursday (April 16) until 4:30 pm.

Have a Great Week!

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