On Friday, April 28th at 7:00 pm, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will perform a Side by Side concert with the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Jazz Ensemble! The CJO, under the direction of Paul Ferguson, is returning to BBHHS after a successful similar concert last year. At these Side by Side concerts, the CJO works and plays with high school musicians throughout Northeast Ohio.

CJO Event Flyer 2017

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During the CJO’s 32 years, they have performed with the likes of Tony Bennett, Dianne Schurr, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito d’ Rivera, have performed/recorded at Birdland in NYC with Joe Lovano, and hosted numerous other jazz illuminati as part of their subscription series held in Playhouse Square in Cleveland.  CJO members are generally jazz educators at Ohio universities, and have played/recorded with Oscar Peterson, Elvis Presley, Cheap Trick, Peter Cetera, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Kenny Loggins, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra and in numerous shows and groups throughout the region. Please visit www.clevelandjazz.org for more information.

CONGRATULATIONS to our students on an outstanding Mid-Winter Concert last week!  Every ensemble performed a challenging and engaging program.  Audio of the concert is posted in a separate post below.  Let’s keep up the great work as we prepare for our remaining concerts:

  • Music Department “Spring Showcase” – Thursday, April 6th
    • Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Choir
    • Special Guest Artist: Buddy Deshler, Trumpet
  • Spring Band Concert – Thursday, May 4th


On behalf of the Music Staff, Boosters, and Pancake Committee — A huge THANK YOU to all parents and students who volunteered to make our 3rd Music In Our Schools Month Pancake Breakfast another great success!  It is wonderful to have a morning filled with great music, great food, and great people.  We are so fortunate to have such tremendous support for our music programs.

The 5th Grade Band & Wind Ensemble performing together:



Recently, there have been a few random incidents of instruments being damaged or moved while in the instrument locker room.  Students and parents are reminded that all band members must have a lock on their instrument locker, as per the Band Handbook (Pg. 8).  This applies to both personal instruments AND school-owned instruments.

The Band Room is a high-traffic area, with so many students moving in and out of the music wing (not all of whom are actually music students), and the locker room often remains open for ease of access. Please take responsibility for your/our equipment by securing it properly.  Locks can be purchased from the Band Office for $5.00.

THIS WEEK: _____________________________________

Tuesday, 3/7 – BAND BOOSTERS MTG. (7pm)



  • Concert Winds and Wind Ensemble students only
  • Itinerary (VIEW FULL PAGE):











Congratulations to the INDOOR DRUMLINE, who has been working extremely hard, and performed in their second competition today at Worthington Kilbourne HS in Columbus!  Their next competition is close to home, at Akron Firestone High School on Sunday, March 19th.  Please come out to support them!

Congratulations to all performing ensembles on a great concert on March 2nd!

You can find the full audio of the concert below, with time markers:


  • 0:00 – JAZZ ENSEMBLE
  • 28:41 – Clarinet Quartet (Bilek, Feder, Insana, Packard)
  • 31:13 – SYMPHONIC GOLD
  • 44:53 – Trombone Solo (Mihalich)
  • 51:03 – CONCERT WINDS
  • 101:57 – Saxophone Trio (Hradisky, Jonovich, Wilson)
  • 103:52 – WIND ENSEMBLE


THIS WEEK: ________________________________________________

MONDAY, 2/27 – W.E. Sectionals

Our last sectional rehearsal — attendance is crucial!

  • 3:00-4:30 — WE Brass
  • 4:30-6:00 — WE Woodwinds



The students have been working hard on this program, and we look forward to sharing the musical progress that we have made since the December performance!

CALL TIME – 6:30

Groups will meet in the following areas:

  • JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Side Stage
  • CONCERT WINDS – Choir Room
  • SYMPH CRIMSON – On Stage
  • SYMPH GOLD – Band Room
  • WIND ENSEMBLE – Theory Room

Mr. Mark Lowe & Mr. David Vitale will be serving as “guest adjudicators” for this concert, providing valuable recorded and written feedback for us.  Mr. Lowe is the former Director of Bands at Kenston HS, and Mr. Vitale is the Director of Bands at North Royalton High School.  If you hear them talking during the performance, it is ok — they are supposed to!  Thanks for your understanding.

Yearbook pictures will be taken from the balcony during the concert, prior to each ensemble’s performance.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES are the same evening (4:00-7:00).  Parents, please stop by the HS Cafeteria to speak with Mrs. Astey and I prior to the concert (we will be leaving around 6pm).  We would love to see you!

Saturday, March 4th – Pancake Breakfast

PERFORMANCES (HS bands italicized):

  • 8:00-8:30 5th Grade Band and WIND ENSEMBLE (Gymnasium)
  • 8:15-8:30 4th Grade Choir (Cafeteria)
  • 8:30-8:45 5th Grade Choir (Cafeteria)
  • 8:45-9:15 4th & 5th Orchestra (Gymnasium)
  • 9:15-9:45 Student Groups (Cafeteria)
  • 9:30-10:00 1st Grade Music (Gymnasium)
  • 10:00-10:15 4th Grade Choir (Cafeteria)
  • 10:15-10:30 5th Grade Choir (Cafeteria)
  • 10:30-11:00 Central School Dalcroze (Gymnasium)
  • 11:00-11:15 MS Jazz (Cafeteria)
  • 11:15-11:45 HS Jazz (Cafeteria)
  • 11:45-12:00 Combined Jazz (Cafeteria)

For more information (and to volunteer), visit the PANCAKE PAGE!

LOOKING AHEAD: _________________________________________

OMEA Large-Group Adjudication

  • NEXT WEEK — March 10th or 11th
  • Concert Winds and Wind Ensemble only
  • Final performance times and itinerary will be coming out on MONDAY!