THANK YOU to everyone for an awesome Homecoming game and performances! We really appreciate that in all the excitement of Homecoming traditions our students delivered excellent performances and remained on-task in the stands to cheer the Bees on to an overtime victory. We are also very proud of students’ maturity in our goal to return the instrument decorating back to the original tradition that was started over 25 years ago. CONGRATULATIONS to Nicole Flors for being selected as the 2019 Homecoming Queen!

The next two weeks will be all about the preparations for our Disney show that is slated to premier October 4th. Please make sure you are practicing music at home and working towards those check-off deadlines. Let’s make this a great show!

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MUSIC CHECK-OFF UPDATE

Below are the revised music check-off deadlines for the Disney Show. The second show of the season can be a challenge to check-off since we don’t have as much time and resources as when we learned show one at band camp. Please do not procrastinate on music check-offs. The sooner you have them done the easier it will be to clean the drill with music.

  • Section Leaders/Officers – 9/24
  • Squad Leaders/Librarians/Equipment Managers – 9/27
  • All others – 10/3

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CJO ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s annual benefit is on September 28th at Hawken Upper School. There will be a CJO concert taking place (7:30pm-9:00pm) as part of the event, and students receive a special ticket price for this concert of $10.00. Tickets will be available at the door. We are very fortunate to have a professional jazz ensemble of this caliber in Northeast Ohio. Please consider supporting the CJO and taking your students to this great concert! More information about the event can be found on the CJO website.

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KENT STATE BAND DAY

Spend the day as a Marching Golden Flash! Join the Kent State University Marching Golden Flashes and Director Dr. Kate Ferguson on Saturday, October 26th for the Kent State versus Miami University game to experience the excitement of game day. Even if you’re not planning to go to Kent State someday, this is still a great opportunity to experience the atmosphere of a collegiate marching band. We have had BBHHS students participate in this before and they really enjoyed it. Students can register HERE. Please let Mr. Rex know if you plan to attend!

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 9/24:
    • Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for Section Leaders/Officers
  • Wednesday, 9/25: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 9/26: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 9/27: AWAY FOOTBALL vs. Hudson, CT @ 4:45pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for Squad Leaders/Librarians
  • Tuesday, 10/1: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 10/2: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 10/3:
    • Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for all non-leaders
  • Friday, 10/4: HOME FOOTBALL vs. Cuyahoga Falls, CT @ 5:45pm

BRAVO to our Marching Bees on an excellent performance at the North Royalton Band Festival! This event is always the highlight of the season and our performance was very well-received by a huge crowd of band-loving students and fans. Videos of our performance and the mass band finale performance are below. Thank you to Jeff Mihalich for recording! Thank you also to everyone for your patience and flexibility as we dealt with inclement weather on Friday night at Strongsville.

This week is full speed ahead on Homecoming preparation. Our Marching Bees return home and perform the traditional “Script Bees”. This will be the only time the Marching Bees will perform “Script Bees” this season. Our senior class has voted to do something different for Senior Night, so make sure you attend this Friday’s Homecoming halftime show!

DEADLINE: This Thursday, September 19th, is the Homecoming music check-off deadline for all non-leaders. This Friday, September 20th is the Disney music check-off deadline for all Section Leaders and Officers.

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HOMECOMING PARADE & BONFIRE

As is Homecoming tradition, the Marching Bees will be leading the Homecoming Parade on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th with the bonfire to follow. This is a required performance for all students. Those who will be participating in the parade/bonfire with other school organizations must contact Mr. Rex no later than Wednesday.

Call Time – 6:30 pm @ BRECKSVILLE FIRE STATION PARKING LOT

  • Students are responsible for getting TO and FROM this event on their own.
  • The school will be open before the parade from 5:30pm-6:15pm to get equipment, and after the bonfire until 9:30pm to return equipment.
  • Parade steps off at 7pm, ending at the Old Stadium.
  • Students will be released from the Old Stadium around 9:00pm.
  • ATTIRE: JEANS and SPIRIT WEAR (or Band T-shirt)
  • MUSIC: Fight Song 2x for the parade.  Pep songs for bonfire.

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HONORS WIND ENSEMBLE

Students enrolled in Wind Ensemble have the opportunity to take the course for Honors credit. Students interested in this opportunity should contact Mr. Rex this week. There have been some changes in requirements this year to make it more flexible and consistent for students to receive Honors credit.

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NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS

Congratulations to four of our Marching Bees for receiving accolades from the National Merit Scholarship Program!

Commended Scholars (Top 3-4%): Megan Kumar and Kevin Williams

Semi-Finalists (Top 1-2%): Nicole Flors and Kate Schwenn

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KENT STATE MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

The Kent State University School of Music has two upcoming events open to all high school students to explore their instrument further through masterclasses, workshops, and performances. These are great opportunities for students of any level. See the links below!

Kent State Saxophone Day

Kent State Clarinet Day

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 9/17: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 9/18: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 9/19: HOMECOMING PARADE & BONFIRE
    • CT @ 6:30pm at Brecksville Firestation
    • Homecoming Check-Off Deadline for non-leaders
  • Friday, 9/20: HOME FOOTBALL vs. Stow, CT @ 5:45pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for Section Leaders/Officers
  • Tuesday, 9/24: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 9/25: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 9/26: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 9/27: AWAY FOOTBALL vs. Hudson, CT @ 4:45pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for Squad Leaders/Librarians

THANK YOU to everyone for a great first away game! Congrats to our Bees football team on an awesome victory! As you may have heard, our truck had some mechanical problems on the way to Green, but luckily our drivers were able to transport all of our equipment safely. We are told that the engine issue is an easy fix and will be good to go for our trips to Strongsville and North Royalton this weekend.

Below you will find very important information about our 2020 Disney Trip and the North Royalton Band Show. North Royalton Band Show t-shirt orders are DUE TODAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH. You can order them online HERE.

DEADLINE: This Friday, September 13th, is the Homecoming music check-off deadline for Squad Leaders and Librarians.

The Marching Bees had a great first away game at Green High School!

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NORTH ROYALTON BAND SHOW – CT @ 4:30PM

THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH is our annual performance at the North Royalton Band Festival. This is the only band festival this season and a fantastic opportunity to present our awesome Woodstock show to an enthusiastic crowd of marching band fans in an outstanding stadium! This year’s show will also end with a finale performance by all participating bands combined as one GIGANTIC band. As always, attendance is mandatory. Curious about WHY we attend band festivals? CLICK HERE

The festival begins at 7:00 pm (gates open at 6pm). Admission (at the door) – $6.00 adult, $4.00 student. The Marching Bees perform at approximately 9:15pm, but this could change to a little earlier or later pending the flow of the show. You can view additional spectator information HERE, and the entire performance order for the festival HERE. BBHHS Students will have an opportunity to visit concessions and we estimate returning to BBHHS at 11:00pm.

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PLANNED ABSENCE REQUESTS

Thank you to our parents who have helped make our transition to the digital absence request form run smoothly. This has been a huge help in keeping track of our 280 Marching Bees! Please remember that absence requests must be submitted by a parent at least TWO WEEKS in advance to be considered for an EXCUSED ABSENCE. Keep the copy of your submission sent to your e-mail until after the absence for verification. The form will remain on the right side menu, but can also be accessed directly HERE. Absences that occur past the two week cutoff must be communicated to Mr. Rex directly via e-mail.

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DISNEY TRIP 2020

Our Disney Trip 2020 page is up and running! On the page you will find the following info:

While the Disney Trip is optional, please know that directors worked throughout the Spring to find the best possible price without compromising the content and experience of the trip. With several new attractions and lands at Disney, the trip cost has gone up. Bids were obtained from local and national tour companies, and â€‹Great Day! offered the best price and convenience with the increasing costs of Disney.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 9/10: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 9/11: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 9/12: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 9/13:
    • AWAY FOOTBALL vs. Strongsville, CT @ 4:45pm
    • Homecoming Check-Off Deadline for Squad Leaders/Librarians
  • Saturday, 9/14: North Royalton Band Festival, CT @ 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, 9/17: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 9/18: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 9/19: HOMECOMING PARADE & BONFIRE
    • CT @ 6:30pm at Brecksville Firestation
    • Homecoming Check-Off Deadline for non-leaders
  • Friday, 9/20: HOME FOOTBALL vs. Stow, CT @ 5:45pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for Section Leaders/Officers

BRAVO to our Marching Bees on an OUTSTANDING home opener! We are very proud of how students performed on and off the field. This week we start on Homecoming and Disney Show music, while reflecting and cleaning our Woodstock Show. Please make sure Homecoming and Disney music is printed off for Tuesday’s evening rehearsal.

We hope to see everyone at our first Band Booster meeting of the school year Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00pm in the Theory Room.

Photos from Friday are available HERE and videos are below. Thank you to Cole and Jeff Mihalich for capturing our first home game!

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OMEA ALL-STATE BAND RESULTS

CONGRATULATIONS to Zach Ravagnani, Evan Shaheen, and Kevin Williams for being accepted into the Ohio Music Education Association All State Band, and to Parker Lewis for being accepted into the All State Jazz Ensemble. These students went through a vigorous audition process and it is an INCREDIBLE accomplishment to be selected for this top honor. Congratulations also to our friends in the Choir and Orchestra programs that were selected to the All State Choir and All State Orchestra. BBHHS is one of very few schools to have representations in all four All State Honor Ensembles!

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NORTH ROYALTON BAND SHOW T-SHIRTS

North Royalton will be selling commemorative t-shirts for the North Royalton Festival of Bands on Saturday, September 14th. Shirts are available in 2 colors and cost $13.00. Orders must be made online and are due September 8th. They will be delivered to the band when we arrive at the festival. You can order t-shirts HERE.

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MUSIC CHECK-OFFS

As the school year gets well underway, it’s important that students are keeping track of music check-off deadlines. This is part of a student’s grade for each performance and keeps everyone accountable for knowing the music to perform our very best. Upcoming deadlines are below:

HOMECOMING (My Girl & Le Regiment)

  • Section Leaders/Officers – 9/6
  • Squad Leaders/Librarians – 9/13
  • All others – 9/19

DISNEY SHOW

  • Section Leaders/Officers – 9/20
  • Squad Leaders/Librarians – 9/27
  • All others – 10/3

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HONOR BAND OPPORTUNITIES

There are many opportunities this year for students to participate in various Honor Bands. Honor Bands bring together the most talented students from high schools across the state and region to collaborate and put together a performance of difficult literature in a very short period of time. Students in Wind Ensemble and all students taking private lessons are great candidates for Honor Bands. Deadlines are approaching soon, so any interested students should contact Mr. Rex ASAP. Let’s have great representation from BBHHS! More information available here:

Capital University Honor Band – FEATURING JOHN MACKEY!

Bowling Green State University Honor Band

OMEA District 4/7 Honor Band

Ohio State University Honor Band

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 9/3:
    • Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • Band Booster Meeting, 7pm
  • Wednesday, 9/4: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 9/5: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 9/6:
    • AWAY FOOTBALL vs. Green, CT @ 4:45pm
    • Homecoming Check-Off Deadline for Section Leaders/Officers
  • Tuesday, 9/10: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 9/11: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 9/12: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 9/13:
    • AWAY FOOTBALL vs. Strongsville, CT @ 4:45pm
    • Homecoming Check-Off Deadline for Squad Leaders/Librarians
  • Saturday, 9/14: North Royalton Band Festival, CT @ 4:30pm

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start! Students have been doing an awesome job getting ready for in-school rehearsals and helping with our instrument/equipment care goals. We have a busy week ahead with several band appearances. Some of these performances do not involve the whole band, so please make sure to check out the Upcoming Dates at the end of the bulletin.

DEADLINE: This THURSDAY is the Show 1/Pregame Music Check-Off deadline for all non-leaders. Let’s keep working towards our goal of 100% memorization by our first game on August 30th!

Congrats to our Class of 2019 Alumni that have recently finished up band camp with collegiate bands! Remember, you don’t have to be a music major to continue playing after high school. Kudos to AJ Orlando (University of Akron), David Nowacki (Kent State University), and Nicole Ortenzi (University of Dayton) for representing BBHHS and the Marching Bees!

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MEET THE BAND – MONDAY!

We apologize for the misinformation out there about Meet the Band. The correct date/time is what was listed in the Band Handbook/Schedule that went out in the Summer Mailing, MONDAY, AUGUST 26th at 8:30pm. Please contact Mr. Rex if you encounter any postings/communication that differ from the original 2019-2020 Band Schedule.

In addition to the premier performance of the 2019 Marching Bees, pre-ordered Spirit Wear and pictures will be available for pick-up. Yard sign orders are NOT in and will be distributed at a later date. Our Band Boosters will also have stadium/lap blankets for sale that were made by repurposing our old raincoats. The cost is only $10.00 to help keep you warm and dry in the bleachers.

Other items for sale will include: Backpacks – $12.00, Yard Signs – $12.00, Car Magnets – $6.00, Umbrellas – $5.00, Vintage Raincoats – $15.00, and past Marching Bees CDs – $5.00.

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DATE CHANGE – CONSERVATORY DAY

With anticipation of the Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds performance at Severance Hall on January 26th, we have decided to move Conservatory Day up to SATURDAY, JANUARY 11th to prepare for this incredible performance. This is a REQUIRED date for ALL Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds members. We will be bringing in a guest conductor and clinicians on every instrument to help us prepare for this monumental performance. Thank you in advance for making this change!

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FIRST HOME GAME – FRIDAY, 8/30

We are very excited about our first home game this Friday against Olmsted Falls! A few reminders for students and parents as we prepare to LOOK GOOD:

  • Call time is 5:45pm
  • ALL Students (except flagline) need to report wearing their 2019 Marching Bees black t-shirt that was issued by Band Boosters, athletic shorts, and plain BLACK socks that go above the ankle. Part of students’ performance grade is adhering to uniform expectations.
  • Students should come fed and hydrated.
  • ALL hair must be up in the uniform hat and off the collar of the coat. Bobby pins and hair spray may be needed to accomplish this. Headbands/hairbands are permissible as long as they are black. NO BANDANAS!
  • Dinkles must be clean and free of any dirt.
  • Gloves must be white. Dirty/dingy gloves are not permitted.
  • Only black/clear/gold/silver studs are permitted in piercings that are approved by the BBHHS Dress Code.
  • Students are expected to stay in the stands and “On duty” ready to play at all times during the game. Students must ask permission to use the restroom and may be escorted by a chaperone. Students are given 3rd quarter to visit the concession stand and meet with friends and family.
  • After the game, uniforms must be hung up correctly and instruments stored correctly. This is also part of students’ performance grade for the evening.

FIELD PASSES: Due to increased security measures at home football games, school administration is requiring field passes to enter the field/track/band stands area. The band will only have enough passes for directors, staff, assigned chaperones(per Annette Zywiec), and select guests. Unfortunately, that means parents and alumni will not have open access to come visit the band during the game as they have in past years.

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HOMECOMING & SHOW 2

Our second halftime show, DISNEY, is posted under “Music & Documents” and ready for students to begin individual practice. We will start working on this magical halftime after Labor Day and premiere it on October 4th. The music check-off deadlines for Show 2 are below:

  • Section Leaders/Officers – 9/20
  • Squad Leaders/Librarians – 9/27
  • All others – 10/3

Show 2 may seem like it is over a month away, but don’t forget that we also have Homecoming check-off dates fast approaching. My Girl and Le Regiment music check-off deadlines are below. Students must be checked off in order to decorate their instrument.

  • Section Leaders/Officers – 9/6
  • Squad Leaders/Librarians – 9/13
  • All others – 9/19

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Monday, 8/26: Meet the Band, 8:30pm (CT @ 6pm)
  • Tuesday, 8/27: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 8/28: Jazz Ensemble @ Open House, 7pm (CT @ 6:30pm)
  • Thursday, 8/29:
    • BBH Love Rally(Student Leaders ONLY), CT @ 6pm
    • Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • CHECK-OFF DEADLINE FOR SHOW 1
  • Friday, 8/30: HOME FOOTBALL vs. Olmsted Falls, CT @ 5:45pm
  • Tuesday, 9/3: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 9/4: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm