Thank you to everyone that participated in the Fine Arts Spirit Week and was able to attend our Zoom Check-Ins with the bands last week! It was so good to see students and we appreciate your continued flexibility, patience, and positivity. We are all saddened by the announcement of school being held remotely for the rest of the school year, but want to recognize all of our students for the great work they are doing with offsite learning. We still plan to do all we can to continue to honor and recognize our wonderful seniors, get energized and plan for next school year, and finish this year strong.

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DISNEY REFUND UPDATE

We have been receiving several e-mails inquiring about when Disney refunds will be received. Below is an update from Paul of Great Day! Tours:

We have been in contact with some of the suppliers of the Disney tour as recently as last week. Like Ohio, Florida is shut down. Disney recently laid off 43,000 employees. When we cancelled the Disney reservation, they told us it would be 3 to 6 months before we could expect a refund. We are members of the American Bus Association and I have talked with other members that operate school trips and they have all been told the same time frame for refunds. I talked with the general manager of the hotel last week. Their hotel group owns 22 hotels and only necessary employees are allowed at the properties. He estimated 90 to 120 days before the refund. 

This is how I have been spending a lot of my days, trying to reach people to get some kind of timeline on the refunds. Most of my school tours go to big cities (Orlando, Washington, New York, Chicago) and everyone is telling me the same thing; they are shut down, so nobody is in the offices. I am working from home, but I am in constant contact with the owners of our company and they are monitoring refunds. So far, we have only received a few refunds for any of our tours (school and adults).

Thank you for your patience. Like you, I hope all of this is resolved sooner than later. – Paul Travagilianti, Great Day! Tours

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS

Student Leadership Application materials were sent out to students via Remind early last week. Applications are due TOMORROW, APRIL 28TH. There are some revisions to the process, qualifications, and duties. Please make sure you read the entire Student Leadership Information document BEFORE beginning the application. 

Students must first be selected for an APPOINTED LEADERSHIP position for the following school year to be eligible for an ELECTED OFFICER position. Squad Leader, Section Leader, Librarian, and Equipment Manager results will be posted BEFORE information about elections is released. Drum Major and Officer Election information will be released on May 12th.

Information, Applications, and Interview Signups are all available HERE.

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HONOR ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

Audition materials are available for several honor ensembles next school year. Several have deadlines in May, so now is a GREAT time to be working on audition materials. We have many talented students that would be excellent candidates for membership! Please check out the opportunities below:

OMEA All State Honor Band/Jazz/Orchestra
Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies
Macy’s Great American Marching Band
Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, April 28th – Student Leadership Applications DUE
  • Friday, May 8th – Section/Squad/Librarian/Equipment leadership announced
  • Tuesday May 12th – Drum Major/Officer information released
  • TBD in May – Drumline/Flagline clinics & auditions
  • TBD in May – Instrument/Uniform/Music Turn-In
  • 2020 Band Camp (Required)
    • Week 1: July 27-31
    • Week 2: August 3-7

We hope this bulletin finds you wrapping up Spring Break with some much needed timed away from computer screens! Yes, we would have all preferred to have been in Disney this past week, but our Band Leadership has another social activity coming your way to help keep us positive and connected. If you need a Disney fix now, check out The Ultimate Disney Movie Showdown that was created by some of our Sophomore band members! Please also make sure you see the info below about the BBHHS Fine Arts Spirit Week that kicks off Monday!

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BBHHS FINE ARTS SPIRIT WEEK

We’d like to welcome everyone back from Spring Break on Monday and create some BBHHS School Spirit. The Music and Drama Departments are hosting a Virtual Spirit Week! The themes for each day are below. Feel free to participate by dressing up for each day’s theme! Please also make sure what you post is school appropriate.

To spread our Spirit Week even further on social media, let’s tag your school accounts, @bbhhsbands, @bbhhsorchestra, @BBHHSDrama, @BBHHSChoir and use #bbhhsFineArtsSocialDistanceSpirit. Make sure you take note of the points being offered. Our goal is to get Band, Choir, Drama, and Orchestra to each earn 2500 points. Let’s go!!!

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ROYTZ & KEEN AWARDS – DUE MONDAY, 4/20!

Information about the James Roytz Band Award and David Keen Band Award were sent out to all Seniors and Senior Parents via Remind on Friday, 4/10. All essays are due to Mr. Rex in PDF format by 11:59pm on MONDAY, APRIL 20TH. See the links below for exact requirements.

James Roytz Band Award

David Keen Percussion Award

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OFFSITE LEARNING

Over the course of this week directors will be finishing up grading of assignments that were due right before Spring Break. Much like our students, directors also took a needed break from our computers over Spring Break.

Directors have scheduled the office hours below. This is a timeframe where at least one of us will be available for quick responses to questions via email, Google Classroom, or Zoom video conference.

Monday – 11:30am-2:30pm
Tuesday – 9:00am-11:00am
Wednesday – 9:00am-11:00am
Thursday – 11:30am-2:30pm

ZOOM CHECK-INS have been scheduled for the ensembles below on THURSDAY. These are times where students can join a Zoom meeting to see classmates and give feedback to directors on how the online learning is going for them. Zoom meeting codes will be sent out via Remind. These are not required, but encouraged. We miss you!!!

Jazz Ensemble: Thursday, April 23 – 12:00pm
Intermediate Band: Thursday, April 23 – 12:45pm
Wind Ensemble: Thursday, April 23 – 1:30pm
Symphonic Band: Thursday, April 23 – 2:15pm

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Monday, 4/20: 2020-2021 Student Leadership Applications Released
  • Monday, 4/27: 2020-2021 Student Leadership Applications DUE
  • Wednesday, 4/29: Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal – CANCELLED
  • Wednesday, 5/6: Spring Band Concert, 7:00pm – BBHHS Auditorium
  • Monday, 5/12: Band Banquet – BBHHS Cafeteria
  • 2020 Band Camp (Required)
    • Week 1: July 27-31
    • Week 2: August 3-7

CONGRATULATIONS to Kai Sustersic for winning the people’s choice vote in the Band Quarantine Talent Show! The Band Leadership would also like to recognize the following participants:

Most Creative: Oliver Sah
Most Effort: Elise Horvath
Most Original: Jadon & Elianna Gamboa

Stay tuned for our next fun activity! To take us into Spring Break, please enjoy the accordion stylings of Josh Knapp. Stay safe and healthy!

Thank you to everyone that participated in our BBHHS Band Quarantine Talent Show! We sure do have some multi-talented students in our band family, and we appreciate our Band Leadership for putting this together to share a little fun. Maybe our next talent show should feature our Band Parents! Please make sure you watch the entire YouTube video below and vote for your favorite talent act HERE. Everyone is permitted to vote: students, parents, alumni, teachers, community members, etc. Voting ends Wednesday, April 8th at 11:59pm!

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APRIL BAND BOOSTER MEETING

The April Band Booster Meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, April 7th at 7:00pm. The meeting code and password will be sent out via the Parent Remind accounts around 6:30pm on Tuesday. The meeting will last approximately 40 minutes and will introduce the 2020-2021 officer slate. A vote will also occur via a Google Form that will be shared in the Zoom Meeting.

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OFFSITE LEARNING

Students need to continue checking their school e-mail and Google Classroom daily during the week. All assignments should be submitted through Google Classroom unless otherwise noted. Please make sure you read ALL instructions as we continue offsite learning. Since Spring Break will still be observed April 10-19, there will be no new assignments posted during that time. Office Hours will also not be conducted during Spring Break.

Directors have scheduled the office hours below. This is a timeframe where at least one of us will be available for quick responses to questions via email, Google Classroom, or Zoom video conference.

Monday – 11:30am-2:30pm
Tuesday – 9:00am-11:00am
Wednesday – 9:00am-11:00am
Thursday – 11:30am-2:30pm

We have one Zoom meeting scheduled this week: Band Leadership – Wednesday, April 8th at 3pm. Meeting code will be sent out on Wednesday via Remind. This is not required, but encouraged.

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VIRTUAL PRIVATE LESSONS

Many of our private lessons teachers that come to BBHHS and at Royalton Music are still offering private lessons via Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype. Even if you have not been taking lessons, you can consider starting up lessons to maintain and advance your musicianship. Please contact your private lesson teacher or Mr. Rex for more information.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Monday, 4/6: Disney Rehearsal – CANCELLED
  • Tuesday, 4/7: Band Booster Meeting, 7:00pm – Zoom
  • Wednesday, 4/29: Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal – CANCELLED
  • Wednesday, 5/6: Spring Band Concert, 7:00pm – BBHHS Auditorium
  • Monday, 5/12: Band Banquet – BBHHS Cafeteria
  • 2020 Band Camp (Required)
    • Week 1: July 27-31
    • Week 2: August 3-7

We hope this bulletin finds you all doing well! Thank you to all our students that were able to attend our Zoom check-ins last week. It was so nice to see everyone! Our Band Leadership met twice to develop a fun activity for our students to participate in. Please see the details below!

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VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW

Attention all band students! This week the band will be hosting a Virtual Talent Show to help combat the boredom of isolation. Each student is encouraged to submit a video example of a talent or skill that keeps them occupied at home. Talents could include singing, cooking, playing an instrument, or anything unique/interesting. There will be compilation of all the videos released in the next Band Bulletin, along with a Google Form so everyone can vote for their favorites. 

The winner of the Virtual Talent Show will receive a $25.00 Amazon gift card! The Band Officers will be offering other recognition/superlatives as well.

GUIDELINES
1. All videos must be school appropriate.
2. Videos should be approximately 1 minute long. 
3. Videos should be sent to Elise Horvath at horvathe02@bbhcsd.org or via Snapchat or text. 
4. Videos are due on Thursday, April 2nd at 11:59 PM.

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GRADE REPORTING

Directors will be submitting grades for the 3rd grading period by WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST. Directors will be inputing grades from last week’s offsite learning over the next two days. All grades are not input quite yet, but any graded assignments that have not been received will be marked as “missing” or with a zero. If a grade is not logged or is not marked “missing” then grading is still in progress. Students and parents should be checking up on Progress Book for any missing assignments.

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OFFSITE LEARNING

Students need to continue checking their school e-mail and Google Classroom daily during the week. All assignments should be submitted through Google Classroom unless otherwise noted. Please make sure you read ALL instructions as we continue adjusting to offsite learning. We received several questions from students this week that were answered when we directed students back to the original assignment post on Google Classroom.

Directors have scheduled the office hours below. This is a timeframe where at least one of us will be available for quick responses to questions via email, Google Classroom, or Zoom video conference.

Monday – 11:30am-2:30pm
Tuesday – 9:00am-11:00am
Wednesday – 9:00am-11:00am
Thursday – 11:30am-2:30pm
Friday – 10:00am-12:00pm

We do not have any large group Zoom meetings scheduled for this week, but students may contact a director to setup an individual Zoom conference at a mutually agreed time.

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HONOR ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

Audition materials are available for several honor ensembles next school year. Several have deadlines in May, so now is a GREAT time to start working on audition materials. We have many talented students that would be excellent candidates for membership! Please check out the opportunities below:

OMEA All-State Band/Orchestra/Jazz
Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies
Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Monday, 4/6: Disney Rehearsal – CANCELLED
  • Tuesday, 4/7: Band Booster Meeting, 7:00pm – Location TBD
  • Wednesday, 4/29: Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, 5/6: Spring Band Concert, 7:00pm – BBHHS Auditorium
  • 2020 Band Camp (Required)
    • Week 1: July 27-31
    • Week 2: August 3-7