D.C. Concert!

Posted: March 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

Hello all! Our trip to Washington D.C. is coming up very soon but not before our preview concert at the middle school. The concert is at 7:00; HOWEVER, your student must be there no later than 6:30 so we can set up, tune, and do any last minute adjustments. Please make sure that you stay after the concert for the meeting regarding details of the trip. We will be departing for D.C. at 6:30 am on Monday morning and arriving back in Bedford at 10:00 am on Thursday morning. There are a lot of fun activities planned that will take us through much of our capitol to see historic sights and locations.

Even if your student is not going on the trip I would highly encourage that you and they come support their peers at the concert on Thursday.

Once more, CALL TIME for the students on Thursday is 6:30. Have a wonderful weekend!

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BUTTER BRAIDS

Posted: February 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

BUTTER BRAIDS are in! Come and get them until 6:30 in the lower BMS Band room

BMS Band Update

Posted: February 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

We have now had our first after school rehearsal with all of the students going on the Washington D.C. Trip in March. Windbreaker shirts for this trip will be available the night of the concert on March 8th, they are $25. These shirts will be worn the day of the concert, which is at the Navy Memorial Building.

We have three more after school rehearsals: Wednesday (2/28), Thursday (3/1), and Tuesday (3/6). If you have any questions, please contact the band department.

Butter Braid deliveries will be here at around 1:00 on the 27th and they will be available to pick up until 6:30 that evening.

If you have a sixth grade student please have their permission slips for the Fine Arts Festival signed and in as soon as you can. The majority of the students have not yet turned this in.

Have a great weekend everybody!

BMS Band Update

Posted: February 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Hello parents and students!

This past week the 8th grade class performed in a side-by-side concert with the BNL Wind Ensemble. They sounded great and I heard only positive things about the experience for the students. Our next big item on our semester agenda is the trip to Washington D.C.

Our preview concert for the tunes we will be playing in the capital will be on March 8th, an exact time for the concert will be sent out soon. Directly after the concert there will be a meeting and presentation by the music travel agency that is helping us go on this trip.

Butter Braid orders will be arriving on the 27th, and they will be available to pick up until 6:30 that evening.

For our 6th graders, we have the fine arts festival later in the semester. They need to bring in $5 for the T-shirt everyone receives at this concert so please get that to us as soon as you can as well as the permission form.

I have so enjoyed getting to know your students and help them along with their musical progress. Enjoy your weekend and we’ll be back on Monday!

D.C. Butter Braids, and More

Posted: February 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

A small correction on my part, make sure that we have the order forms for the Butter Braids as soon as possible, money collection will be due at another point. Sorry if I caused any stress from that!

Hello BMS parents and students! We have got a big week coming up and there are a few things to keep in mind going into the weekend. Have your students bring in their Butter Braid fundraiser forms as soon as possible, preferably Monday. We receive the delivery of the tasty treats on February 27th, and the students will be able to pick up their orders in the lower band room until 6:30 pm.

The Washington D.C. trip, March 12-15, is just over a month away. Final balances for the travel company will be arriving soon. The meeting for this trip will be help directly after the concert on March 8th.

The 8th grade side-by-side concert is next week on Tuesday at 7pm at the High School. Please be sure to have the students arrive at the school by 6:15 for warm up and final concert prep. Regarding the students’ instruments, there are some that have mechanical issues, making it difficult for them to play consistently all of class. Our repair from Conrad’s Music man comes every Wednesday during third period and fixes the instruments for free. He is VERY good at what he does so if there is something wrong with your student’s instrument, make sure they leave it in my office on Tuesday before he comes.

I am so happy with the significant progress all the classes have made this week in their playing abilities and their musicianship. Each day they get stronger and are able to play more and more consistently, which allows me to realize some really fine players in each group. They have been working hard and are really enjoying the classes we give them each day. Our goal is to provide a dynamic range of activities for them to reinforce all of the characteristics of great musicians. Have a wonderful weekend!

-Augie Merback

Bedford MS Band Update

Posted: January 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

Hello, parents and students. My name is Augie Merback and I am filling in this semester as the new band director at Bedford Middle School. I have spent a week now with the groups here and I am so excited to work with all of them. As you all know we will be traveling to Washington D.C. later in the semester and the students should now be working to raise money with the Butter Braid fundraiser. We are working through music for that as well as rehearsing tunes for the side-by-side concert coming up in February at the high school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to drop me a line at the school. Have a wonderful weekend!

Pep Band Invitation

Posted: January 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

The 8th grade bands from BMS, SMS, and OMS have been invited to perform with Mr. Berger and the BNL Stars Pep Band at the Boy’s Varsity Basketball game on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

8th Grade band members can be dropped off at Door 33 at 6:00 pm and picked up at the same door at 9:30. Door 33 is located at the BNL Band room entrance near the swimming pool.

Here is a schedule for the evening.

6:00 – 8th grade arrives for rehersal

6:30 – BNL Pep Band joins the rehearsal

7:30 (ish) – Move to the field house to perform

8:00 (ish) – Boys’ Varsity Game vs FJ Reitz begins

9:30 – picked up at entrance 33 to leave.

 

Notes:

8th Grade band members get in free, but need to stay with the Pep Band for the game.

Bring money for the 3rd quarter break to buy concessions.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the game and enjoy the evening.

Don’t forget to bring your instrument.

8th grade band members will be released early to be picked up by 9:30.

After the 3rd quarter 8th grade band members are welcome to sit with parents in attendance at the game or stay with the Pep band if they aren’t being picked up at 9:30. 8th grade band members are not free to roam around or sit with friends somewhere else. They are to stay with the Pep Band unless they are going to sit with their parents or are being released to be picked up at 9:30.

The bands will play a little before the game begins and a little at halftime.

Have a great night!

Mr. Berger