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!



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!



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.



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


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



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



  • 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!



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.



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!



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.



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



  • 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
  • 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

It’s here! The 2019-2020 school year officially starts on Wednesday! We are looking forward to continuing a great start to the 2019 Marching Bees. Please make sure you read carefully the items below regarding In-School Rehearsals/Lunches. We’ll see everyone at our final Post-Camp rehearsal Monday(8/19) from 6:00pm-9:00pm!

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

Congratulations to the Marching Bees on a fantastic performance and day at Cedar Point!



  • All MARCHING BAND students will report to band 6th period.
  • SYMPHONIC BANDS – Ignore what your schedule says, and follow the schedule below:
    • Students scheduled for Symphonic Band 5th period (Section 1), will eat lunch 5th period and report to band 6th period.
    • Students scheduled for Symphonic Band 7th period (Section 2), will eat lunch 7th period and report to band 6th period.
  • Non-Marchers should report during their regularly scheduled band period.
  • Plan to go outside every day — which means having appropriate footwear!
    • If you do not wear athletic shoes to school, then you must bring a pair to change into for the band period (some students just keep an old pair in their band locker).
  • TARDINESS: Students will be given time at the beginning of rehearsal to get instruments out and report to their designated rehearsal areas. Since we have very little time during the school day it is IMPERATIVE that students follow the given times to be ready for rehearsal.
    • For outdoor rehearsals students will have a total of 12 minutes from the 5th period dismissal bell to be in Attendance Block at the stadium.
    • For indoor rehearsals, student will have 7 minutes from the 5th period dismissal bell to be in their assigned auditorium seats.



It was brought to our attention that an incorrect date for Meet the Band was listed on the BBHHS website page. Please be advised that the correct date is MONDAY, AUGUST 26th at 8:30pm, which is the date on the band website and included in the Summer Mailing. Students still report in SUMMER UNIFORM at 6:00pm for rehearsal, with the performance to follow at 8:30pm. We hope to see you all there!



The Google calendar on the band website page has all the updated rehearsals for Drumline and Flagline. These additional rehearsals are required for all Drumline and Flagline members. Flagline will have their extra rehearsal every Thursday from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Drumline will have their extra rehearsal on either Tuesday or Wednesday from 6:00pm-9:00pm depending on which day Marching Band rehearsal is scheduled. If Marching Band rehearsal is on Tuesday, Drumline will be on Wednesday. If Marching Band rehearsal is on Wednesday, Drumline will be on Tuesday. Essentially, Drumline has rehearsal on Tuesdays AND Wednesdays during marching season, one being a sectional and one being full band.



We have TWO performances this week for Student Leaders ONLY. On Tuesday(8/20), ALL Student Leaders need to report to the Band Room by 10:00am wearing SUMMER UNIFORM. We will be performing a couple tunes at the opening Teacher Convocation.

On Wednesday(8/21), Student Leaders need to report to the Band Room at 7:00am for warm-up to play for the opening day Spirit Rally. We will move out to the BBHHS main entrance by 7:15am. Students may wear whatever they like for the first day of school.



  • Monday, 8/19: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 8/22: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • 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
  • Thursday, 8/29:
    • BBH Love Rally(Student Leaders ONLY), CT @ 6pm
    • Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 8/30: HOME FOOTBALL vs. Olmsted Falls, CT @ 5:45pm

Thank you to everyone that made our 2019 Band Camp a success! Our Marching Bees demonstrated a much improved work ethic and musicality both weeks, and our rookies took on to marching band with ease. We are very proud of everything students accomplished both weeks at camp!

Pictures from Band Camp can be viewed HERE. Thank you to our student Publicity Officer, Cole Mihalich, for all the photos!

Special thanks to the Drinkos, Knerems, and Ivory Kovach for feeding the staff meals during the week. Our Band Camp staff did not go hungry!



These rehearsals are considered “Post-Camp” rehearsals, because they occur between Band Camp and the beginning of the school year. ALL REHEARSALS ARE REQUIRED.

Monday, August 12 – 6:00pm-9:00pm

Wednesday, August 14 – 6:00pm-9:00pm

Monday, August 19 – 6:00pm-9:00pm

Students should come to rehearsal prepared in the same way as Band Camp: hydrated, rested, fed, and wearing sunscreen and appropriate dress.



The Marching Bees will be traveling to Cedar Point on Saturday, August 17th. The band will step off at 11:00am and parade through the park with a stop to perform a few tunes as well. While this is an optional performance, students are still expected to uphold all BBHHS Student and Band Handbook policies. Students need to be at BBHHS in SUMMER UNIFORM ready to load buses at 8:15am. Please make sure you have located your Summer Uniform polo/shorts to make sure they still fit. Mrs. Reagan will be at BBHHS on Monday for any shorts exchanges.




Music Check-Offs are an important component to being a member of the Marching Bees. It allows the directors/leaders to hear students individually and in small groups to assess progress and provide guidance/instruction so students may be successful. It also makes sure all of us are accountable for knowing our music so we may continue to have superior performances. Students are not permitted to march without a flip folder/lyre in performance unless ALL their music for that performance is completely tested off (This includes Cedar Point on 8/17). A full check-off schedule for the year is available HERE. Deadlines for the Woodstock Show and Pregame are below. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!

  • Section Leaders/Officers – 8/16
  • Squad Leaders/Librarians – 8/23
  • All others – 8/29



In an instrumental performing ensemble there is a great amount of financial investment by parents and the school for instruments and equipment. Poor care of instruments and equipment has a negative affect on student success. A major goal for the BBHHS Band Program this year will be improved instrument/equipment care and maintenance. Regardless if the instrument is personally owned to school owned, it is important for students to learn proper care of instruments and equipment. At Band Camp, our clinicians spent time going over with students how to properly set instruments down when not in use and how to store them properly after rehearsal.

Students will be held accountable for proper instrument, locker, and equipment care throughout the school year.



Please make sure you are signed up for the new Remind accounts by texting the appropriate code to the number 81010. Student and Parent account codes are available HERE.

HERE WE GO! The 2019 edition of the Marching Bees begin next week!

We hope this bulletin finds you all doing well and ready for another incredible year! We have an exciting year ahead with our Disney Trip over Spring Break and Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds performing at Severance Hall in January. More info on both these incredible opportunities coming soon!

Please review the packet that was sent to your home in June for detailed information. If you have misplaced any materials contact Ms. Astey to pick-up a packet in the band office.

Pay-to-Participate Fee: The participation fee for this year as determined by the school district in $105.00. A whole savings of $6.00 from last year! This can be paid at Uniform Fitting Nights.



WEEK #1 – Precamp

  • Monday 7/29
    • Leadership Symposium 1: Student Leaders ONLY (8:00am-10:00am)
    • Brass & Woodwind Music Rehearsal (10:00am-12:00pm)
      • ALL Brass and Woodwind students
      • Bring instruments/music. School instruments may be checked out ahead of time this week from 10am-2pm.
    • Percussion Rehearsal (6:00pm-9:00pm)
      • ALL Percussion students
  • Tuesday 7/30 
    • Leadership Symposium 2: Student Leaders ONLY (8:00am-10:00am)
    • Brass & Woodwind Music Rehearsal (10:00am-12:00pm)
    • Percussion Rehearsal (6:00pm-9:00pm)
    • Uniform Fittings: 
      • Seniors (6:00pm-7:30pm)
      • Juniors (7:30pm-9:00pm)
  • Wednesday 7/31 
    • Rookie Camp: New Members & Student Leaders ONLY (8:00am-12:00pm)
    • Percussion Rehearsal (6:00pm-9:00pm)
    • Uniform Fittings: 
      • Sophomores (6:00pm-7:30pm)
      • Freshmen (7:30pm-9:00pm)
  • Thursday 8/1
    • FUNdamentals: ALL MEMBERS (8:00am-12:00pm)
    • Percussion Rehearsal (6:00pm-9:00pm)
  • Friday 8/2
    • Picture Day: ALL MEMBERS (8:00am-12:00pm)
    • Percussion Rehearsal (1:00pm-4:00pm)

WEEK #2 – Band Camp (Check out the theme days and evening activities!)

  • Monday 8/5-Thursday 8/8
    • 8:30am–12:00pm: Outdoor Field Rehearsal
    • 12:00pm-12:45pm: Lunch on site (students are not permitted to leave)
    • 12:45pm-3:00pm: Indoor Music Rehearsal
    • 3:00pm-6:00pm: BREAK-students REQUIRED to go home.
    • 6:00pm-9:00pm: Outdoor Field Rehearsal
  • Friday 8/9
    • 8:30am–12:00pm: Outdoor Field Rehearsal
    • 12:00pm-12:45pm: Lunch on site(students are not permitted to leave)
    • 12:45pm-3:00pm: Indoor Music Rehearsal



Make sure you are taking good care of yourself during both weeks of Band Camp. Here are some Band Camp survival tips:

  • HYDRATE! Drink water every night before rehearsal, drink water with breakfast every day, and bring water with you to rehearsal every day. Avoid soda and dairy-based drinks.
  •  Eat healthy meals! From breakfast through dinner, balance your meal with different nutrients, such as vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, and good fats. They’ll provide you with long-term energy, and refresh your body for the next rehearsal period. Avoid junk food and high amounts of dairy.
  • Sunscreen! Bring and apply sunscreen often. SPF of at least 30 is recommended.
  • Dress appropriately! We will be practicing on a blacktop parking lot with zero shade. Wear light colored clothing and athletic shorts. Compression shorts can also be a good idea to wear underneath shorts to avoid chaffing. Tennis shoes/sneakers with ankle height socks are a must! Hats and sunglasses are also recommended.
  • To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is to be forgotten.”
  • Did we mention water and sunscreen?



Students will need to bring instruments (in working order) to camp on MONDAY, JULY 29th.

  • School instruments for marching band may be picked up anytime Wednesday/Thursday/Friday this week (July 24-26) from 10am-2pm. Come to rehearsal early if on the July 29th if you can not make it to BBHHS to pick up your instrument this week. 



Due to new class size limits, our MB Student and MB Parent accounts will no longer be supported by Remind beginning on July 23, 2019. We have started the process of adding some of you to our new accounts, but could use your help in expediting this process. If you did not get a notification that you were added to a new Remind account based on your student’s graduation you, text the appropriate code below to the number 81010.

Senior Students: @BBHBand20s

Senior Parents: @BBHBand20p

Junior Students: @BBHBand21s

Junior Parents: @BBHBand21p

Sophomore Students: @BBHBand22s

Sophomore Parents: @BBHBand22p

Freshmen Students: @BBHBand23s

Freshmen Parents: @BBHBand23p



  • Every student is being asked to PRINT ALL MUSIC and have it loaded in your Flip Folder by JULY 29TH.  The password was sent via Remind. You should have all of the Woodstock Show, Pregame, and Warm-Ups printed and ready to go.
  • LYRES & FLIP FOLDERS are required of all members, and may be purchased at uniform fitting nights (percussion/flags are exempt).  To ensure effective music memorization, students MUST have their lyre, flip folder, and all music, for every rehearsal. CELL PHONES ARE NOT PERMITTED AS A SUBSTITUTION.
  • Make sure to double check your PART ASSIGNMENT, to print the correct part (this will be checked). Please come prepared! If you do not have access to a printer, let us know.
  • Students should come to camp with familiarity of their parts and the music to ensure a productive Band Camp. Memorization of all music is expected, so don’t procrastinate. Music Check-Off procedures and deadlines are available HERE. Put in the work now before school starts!



As always, we will make every effort to compromise with school athletic tryouts, practices, scrimmages, etc.  The key to this is communication — Please let us know your athletic schedule, and we will talk with your coaches.  We will be meeting with all student-atheletes at some point during camp.



We are excited to welcome some new staff to our Marching Bees family:

Mr. John Pasternak – Assistant Director

Mr. Scott Velardo – Percussion Advisor

Ms. Ivory Kovach – Flagline Advisor

Ms. Jessica Chrzanowski – Flagline Assistant

Mr. Jake Ciulla – Brass Tech

Mr. Trent Thacker – Student Intern, Ohio University

Due to scheduling changes at BBHMS and a quickly growing baby, Mr. Hanna will not be involved with the Marching Bees this season. Please see the words he has to share with our band family HERE. We will miss seeing Mr. Hanna as much at BBHHS, but know our bees will make these new faces feel welcome!