Band Bulletin #13: 11/18-11/23

It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through November! We may be in a little bit of a lull, but there are always things going on behind the scenes to prepare for upcoming events. Please make sure you have all the upcoming dates below on your calendars and submit the Disney Trip Commitment form by Friday, November 22nd!

CONGRATULATIONS to Hayden Maschmeier and Jocelyn Trout on their performance with the OMEA District 4/District 7 Honor Band this weekend!

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‘TIS THE SEASON!

As we approach the holiday season, there are several events and opportunities to support the band program and your students’ music education. We would like to encourage all of our parents celebrating the holidays with gift giving to consider the gift of music for your students. Investing in a new mouthpiece, private lessons, folding music stand, or a step-up instrument can be a great way improve student performance. For percussionists, a stick bag and a set of their own sticks/mallets can foster more ownership of their playing.

Rettig Music is hosting their annual step-up sale at their Westlake location November 20-23 with special pricing, incentives, and rebates on step-up and professional line instruments. They will have many instruments on site that students can try. It is recommended that you consult a director or your student’s private lesson teacher when considering an investment in a step-up instrument.

The I-X Center Christmas Connection is November 22-24. The Jazz Ensemble will be performing Friday at 10:30am at the event, but special ticket pricing is available to our band family all weekend with a special promotion code available HERE.

Lastly, don’t forget to make sure your Amazon Smile is setup to support our Band Boosters before you begin your online holiday shopping. A portion of every qualifying purchase you make through Amazon Smile will be donated to Band Boosters.

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DISNEY DEADLINES

The DEADLINE for students and chaperones to commit to the 2020 Disney Trip is Friday, November 22nd. Students that plan to travel separately from the band must also fill out the trip commitment form that will be sent out at a later date. Links to the commitment forms are below:

STUDENT COMMITMENT FORM

CHAPERONE COMMITMENT FORM

WIN HALF A DISNEY TRIP! Our second raffle for half the cost of a student Disney trip is underway. The winner will be drawn at the Holiday Band Concert on Wednesday, December 11th. Info on purchasing raffle tickets is available HERE.

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SOLO & ENSEMBLE – FEBRUARY 15

If you are interested in participating in the OMEA Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event please fill out the interest form HERE. Students wishing to participate must be signed up by Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Solo & Ensemble is a great opportunity to work on solo playing and small chamber ensemble playing. The skills and feedback you will gain from this experience will make you better musicians in band and can help you achieve a higher placement in the concert bands. Participation and ratings are also a factor in Tri-M and leadership consideration. Students wishing to take a solo to contest must either be taking private lessons on their instrument or commit to a weekly time with a director. All ensembles must commit to a weekly time with a director or private instructor as well.

SOLOISTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPENSATING THEIR PIANO ACCOMPANIST. If you need assistance finding an accompanist see a director. This should be done BEFORE winter break.

Solo & Ensemble takes individual commitment to practice and rehearsal outside of the school day. Soloists/ensembles that do not uphold their weekly commitments will not be permitted to attend the event. Directors have the right to cancel any event they feel is not ready. Please see Mr. Rex with any questions!

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Wednesday, 11/20: Woodwind/Brass Choir rehearsals, 2:45pm-3:15pm
  • Friday, 11/22:
    • Jazz Ensemble at I-X Christmas Connection, 10:30am
    • Disney Commitment Form DUE!
  • Sunday, 12/1: Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting, 4pm (CT @ 2:30pm)
  • Tuesday, 12/3: Band Booster Meeting, 7:00pm – BBHHS
  • Wednesday, 12/4: Wind Ensemble rehearsal, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Friday, 12/6: Pep Band, CT @ 6:30pm
  • Saturday, 12/7: Jazz Ensemble opening for CJO, 7:00pm @ Chagrin Falls HS
  • Wednesday, 12/11: BBHHS Holiday Band Concert, 7:00pm @ BBHHS
  • Thursday, 12/12: Concert Winds Partnership Concert, 7:00pm @ BBHMS