CONGRATULATIONS to all our band students who a part of the cast, crew, and pit orchestra for Mamma Mia! If you attended a performance you can attest that it was a great show! Putting on a production of that magnitude is no easy feat, and we are fortunate to have such talented and dedicated students and staff in our music department to make it happen. Bravo!

CONGRATULATIONS also to Logan Mroczka on receiving a “Superior” rating at the OMEA JH Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event this past Saturday!

This week the Jazz Ensemble will be traveling to Westlake High School on Tuesday, April 9th to perform at the Tri-C JazzFestival. The band performs at 4:10pm. More information can be found HERE. Wind Ensemble also has spot checks due on Friday, and we hope to have Student Leadership applications for the Marching Bees posted before Spring Break.

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JAZZ ENSEMBLE NEEDS

Jazz Ensemble is in need of students on guitar and a piano for next school year. Improvisation skills are not required, but it is necessary that students be able to read music. Any students that are interested, or know of students that may be interested, should contact Mr. Rex ASAP.

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OMEA ALL-STATE ENSEMBLES

Audition and application materials are available for the 2020 Ohio Music Education Association All-State Ensembles. The ensembles include the All-State Band, All-State Jazz Ensemble, and All-State Orchestra. These ensembles represent the most talented students in all of Ohio and are regarded as some of the best honor ensembles in the country. Students interested in auditioning should be enrolled in private lessons and begin preparing required excerpts immediately if they have not already done so. Please see Mr. Rex or your private lesson teacher for more info. We hope to see many student auditioning!

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ROYTZ AND KEEN BAND AWARDS

There are two awards given out to Seniors by the Band/Band Boosters each year.

The James Roytz Band Award is a prestigious award funded by the BBHHS Band Boosters and generously matched by Mr. Roytz and his wife Diane. The award will assist a student of excellent academic standing, is a member of the BBHHS band program, and demonstrates a driven effort and love of the arts. The recipient need not be pursuing music as a major, however, must be seeking a degree in education. More information available HERE.

The David J. Keen memorial percussion scholarship fund was put into place through the generosity of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights parents and staff, as well as, family and friends to honor David J. Keen. David died unexpectedly in 2006 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School doing what he loved, teaching percussion.  David taught the marching band percussion section, indoor drumline, private lessons, and other percussion studies at the high school for 9 years. David lived his life with the philosophy of “Do what you love and love what you do.” More information available HERE.

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UPCOMING DATES

Jazz Ensemble @ Tri-C Jazz Festival: Tuesday, April 9th – 4:10pm @ Westlake HS

Wind Ensemble Spot Checks: DUE Friday, April 12th @ 11:59pm.

Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal with Dr. Leyva from KSU: Wednesday, April 24th – 6:00pm-8:30pm

Spring Band Concert: Thursday, May 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Wind Ensemble/Kent State Partnership Concert: Friday, May 3rd – 7:00pm @ KSU

THANK YOU again to everyone that made the MIOSM Pancake Breakfast a HUGE success! It was such a great experience to see so many facets of our BBHCSD music programs highlighted while enjoying some delicious pancakes!

We’ve reached a little bit of a lull in our band calendar as we approach Spring Break and the music department prepares for the Spring Musical, Mama Mia(tickets on sale HERE). This is an excellent time to think about summer music camps and extra performing opportunities during the school year. Several events have audition and application deadlines coming up this Spring. Participation could be used for Honors Wind Ensemble credit next school year. Feel free to contact Mr. Rex with questions about any of the opportunities below.

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SUMMER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

Check out all these AWESOME summer music opportunities! The programs below allow for concentrated study on brass/woodwind/percussion, jazz, or music theory. Let Mr. Rex know if you have any questions!

Ohio State University Summer Youth Music Programs

Baldwin Wallace Wind & Percussion Institute

BGSU Summer Music Institute

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Interlochen Summer Arts Camp

Tri-C JazzFest Academy Summer Camp

Royalton Music Jazz Express – Details coming soon!

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SCHOOL YEAR HONORS GROUPS

Check out all these AWESOME performance opportunities for honors groups during the school year. We have several students that participate in these ensembles who highly recommend them to others. Let Mr. Rex know if you have any questions!

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies

Contemporary Youth Orchestra

Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra

Macy’s Great American Marching Band

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UPCOMING DATES

Band Booster Meeting:  Tuesday, April 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Spring Musical – Mamma Mia: April 4-6 – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Jazz Ensemble @ Tri-C Jazz Festival: Tuesday, April 9th – 4:10pm @ Westlake HS

Spring Band Concert: Thursday, May 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Wind Ensemble/Kent State Partnership Concert: Friday, May 3rd – 7:00pm @ KSU

CONGRATULATIONS to the Wind Ensemble for receiving a SUPERIOR rating at the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event on Saturday! Wind Ensemble received “straight ones”, meaning every adjudicator awarded them the highest level rating of “Superior.” The Wind Ensemble was one of only three bands all weekend to receive this highest level distinction. By receiving a “Superior” rating the Wind Ensemble also qualifies for the opportunity to perform at the state level adjudicated event. We celebrate and appreciate these students’ hard work and dedication to musical excellence!

Special thanks to Pam & Keith Knerem, Sheryl Fenton, and Andy Karkosiak for helping with equipment and chaperoning!

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MIOSM PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The annual Music In Our Schools Month Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday, March 16th from 8:00am-1:00pm. Please come out to BBHHS and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, enter to win and bid on some great prizes, and enjoy band, orchestra, and choir performances from elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Call times and performance times for participating high school band students are below:

Indoor Drumline – CT @ 8:45am, Perform @ 9:15am (HS Gym)
Jazz Ensemble – CT @ 10:15am, Perform @ 10:45am (HS Cafeteria)
Wind Ensemble – CT @ 11:00am, Perform @ 11:30am (HS Gym)

Parent and student helpers are still needed! Parents please sign-up to help HERE. Students please sign-up HERE. Thank you in advance for your help in continuing this successful event!

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UPCOMING DATES

MIOSM Pancake Breakfast:  Saturday, March 16th – 8:00am-1:00pm

Band Booster Meeting:  Tuesday, April 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Jazz Ensemble @ Tri-C Jazz Festival: Tuesday, April 9th – 4:10pm @ Westlake HS

Spring Band Concert: Thursday, May 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Wind Ensemble/Kent State Partnership Concert: Friday, May 3rd – 7:00pm @ KSU

Congratulations to all our bands for a wonderful Mid-Winter Concert last week! We’re so proud of the work our students have done committing to musical excellence. Our next and final formal band concert is Thursday, May 2nd. We look forward to working on some new and exciting literature!

Congratulations also to our band members who have also been achieving great things outside the rehearsal hall with Robotics, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Basketball, Swimming, and Speech & Debate. We are very fortunate to have so many opportunities at BBHHS for students to develop and excel in multiple activities and skills!

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WIND ENSEMBLE OMEA ADJUDCATION

On Saturday, March 9th the Wind Ensemble will be performing at the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event at Mentor High School. Wind Ensemble will perform their three pieces from the Mid-Winter Concert for a panel of three judges who will assess the performance and assign a rating from 1 to 5, with a 1 or “Superior” being the highest. After the stage performance students will be assessed on the sight reading by performing a piece of music that they have not seen prior for a fourth judge. This is not a performance to take lightly, but we know our students will do great! Call time for students is 8:15am and the performance time is 11:15am in the Mentor High School auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public. We would love to see some familiar faces in the audience supporting these talented students’ hard work!

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MIOSM PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The annual Music In Our Schools Month Pancake Breakfast is right around the corner on Saturday, March 16th. Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Indoor Drumline will all be performing at the event which runs from 8:00am-1:00pm. More detailed call times and performance times will be included in next week’s Band Bulletin. Parent and student helpers are still needed! Parents please sign-up to help HERE. Students please sign-up HERE. Thank you in advance for your help in continuing this successful event!

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UPCOMING DATES

Band Booster Meeting:  Tuesday, March 5th – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal:  Wednesday, March 6th – 6:00pm-8:00pm

OMEA Large Group Adjudication(Wind Ensemble):  Saturday, March 9th @ Mentor HS – CT 8:15am @ BBHHS; Perform 11:15am @ MHS

MIOSM Pancake Breakfast:  Saturday, March 16th – 8:00am-1:00pm

This past Saturday, Wind Ensemble had their first ever Conservatory Day to prepare for the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event. This event gave students the opportunity for more in-depth, focused study on their instrument and our 3 musical selections. Thank you to our Band Boosters for providing this opportunity and to the university faculty/professional musicians that served as our guest clinicians. We are looking forward to sharing our hard work with you at Tuesday’s concert!

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MID-WINTER BAND CONCERT

This Tuesday, February 26th, is our BBHHS Mid-Winter Band Concert at 7:00pm in the BBHHS Auditorium. The concert will feature Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band Crimson, Symphonic Band Gold, Concert Winds, and Wind Ensemble playing a diverse selection of music by Mackey, Reed, Strauss, King, Bryant, Holsinger, Arlen, and many others. This is a REQUIRED PERFORMANCE for all students. Students must stay for the entire concert to receive full credit. 

CALL TIME IS 6:30PM!

Groups will meet in the following areas:

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

Make sure you have black socks and black shoes ready. Ladies: Tasteful jewelry and hair accessories are acceptable. Gentlemen: Dinkles are alright to wear if you do not have other black dress shoes as long as they are clean. Tri-M members: don’t forget to wear your pin!

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FRESHMEN S&E OPPORTUNITY

Any freshmen that did not participate in the OMEA High School Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated event on February 9th have the opportunity to participate in the Junior High Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event on Saturday, April 6th. Students are not required to be enrolled in private lessons, but they must commit to a weekly time with Mr. Rex to prepare. This would be a great opportunity to advance advance your musicianship as a Freshmen. Please let Mr. Rex know by Friday, March 1st if you are interested.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY BRASS DAY

Kent State University will be hosting their first ever Brass Day on Saturday, March 2nd. Students from across Ohio will have the opportunity to participate in a day of intensive brass ensemble rehearsals, clinics, and performance demonstrations. Participants will work with School of Music brass faculty and the Washington D.C.-based Barclay Brass. There will also be vendor displays with instruments, music and more. This would be a great opportunity for our brass students, especially those that may not take private lessons. Registration is only $10.00! More info available HERE.

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PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Parent helpers needed for the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 16th. Please sign-up to help HERE. Stay tuned for a separate sign-up coming out soon for student volunteers. Thank you in advance for your help in continuing this successful event!

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UPCOMING DATES

Mid-Winter Band Concert:  Tuesday, February 26th – 7:00pm

Band Booster Meeting:  Tuesday, March 5th – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal:  Wednesday, March 6th – 6:00pm-8:00pm

OMEA Large Group Adjudication(Wind Ensemble):  Saturday, March 9th @ Mentor HS – CT 8:00am @ BBHHS; Perform 11:15am @ MHS

Pancake Breakfast:  Saturday, March 16th – 8:00am-1:00pm