We hope your summer is off to a great start! This will be our only Band Bulletin until later in July before Band Camp. Please be advised that the directors are also operating on summer hours, so we may not be available to answer e-mails as promptly as during the school year. We will respond as soon as we are able.

By now you should have received your Summer Mailing with a bunch of information and fun forms to bring to Uniform Fitting Nights. If you have not received the mailing please contact Ms. Astey. Please make sure you have all band dates for the 2019-2020 school year in your calendars, and familiarize yourself with the changes to our attendance procedure and Band Handbook.

We are still on the hunt for a couple more baritones for next year to balance out our instrumentation. If you know anyone who might be interested in joining band on baritone(and going to Disney!), it’s not too late! Have them contact Mr. Rex ASAP.

If you are attending a summer music camp or clinic please take a picture to send us or tag us on social media so we can share your experiences with the band. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you at Band Camp!

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STAY CONNECTED!

Please subscribe to the Remind accounts that are applicable to you. Text the code below to 81010 and you’re all set!

ALL Students: @studentbee
Parents: @parentbee
Band Officers: @beesoffice (Leadership Contract DUE!)
Student Leadership: @beesleader (Leadership Contract DUE!)
Drumline: @bbhhsou
Flagline: @ivoryko

Feel free to also follow our other Social Media accounts:

Twitter: @bbhhsband, @MrRexMusic, @mrsasteyband
Instagram: @BBHHSBand

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DRUMLINE SECTIONALS

Mr. Scott Velardo, our new Percussion Advisor, has put together a sectional sectional for the month of July leading up to Band Camp. Students are excused for vacation travel and other summer obligations, but PLEASE contact Mr. Velardo with scheduling conflicts so he and Andy Karkosiak can plan accordingly for attendance at sectionals. A detailed sectional schedule is available on the Percussion page HERE.

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PRIVATE LESSONS

We are thrilled to see an increase in Private Lesson enrollment this summer! Private Lessons really are the BEST way for students to received individualized instruction catered to their unique talents and needs. Our band program would not be where it is without the number of students and parents valuing Private Lessons. Students who take Private Lessons advance in the band program at an accelerated pace, have the opportunity to earn honors credit, and make up a majority of our student leaders. Don’t let your student miss out on such an incredible component of their music education and band experience! We have several teachers that come to BBHHS during the summer and live in the community. A full list of private teachers we recommend is available HERE. Please contact Mr. Rex with any questions or assistance in finding a teacher.

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HALFTIME SHOW MUSIC POSTED

Music and part assignments for our first halftime show are posted under the Music & Documents section of the website. You will need a password to access this page. The password is included in your summer mailing, but you can also receive it from your Squad Leader, Section Leader, or any veteran band member. We are very much looking forward to preparing our first show of the season!

We had such a great group of students apply for leadership positions this year! Unfortunately, this always makes these decisions incredibly difficult. The comprehensive application process this year with the addition of music, marching, and the interview really showed us what awesome students we have in the BBHHS Band! Please keep in mind that even if you were not selected for a leadership position you can still be a leader without a title, and we are always looking for our next set of student leaders. Any students or new leaders interested in leading our Loading Crew as the Equipment Manager(s) please contact Mr. Rex.

For our drumline members, please keep in mind that students are placed on the instrument that best suits their strengths demonstrated throughout the audition process, while also considering the overall balance needed for the drumline.

Everyone should be respectful and sensitive to those who were not selected for student leadership positions. Please feel free to contact the directors with any questions. If any leaders are available to help us assemble summer mailings on Friday, May 31 at 9:00am we would greatly appreciate it!2019-2020 Marching Bees Leadershiph

2019-2020 Marching Bees Student Leadership

LEADERSHIP CONTRACT: All appointed and elected student leaders must turn in the Student Leadership Contract by Friday, June 7. You can drop off completed contracts or pickup a hard copy outside the band office on Tuesday, June 4 or Wednesday, June 5 from 9:00am-2:30pm. You may also turn in completed contracts to Mr. Rex’s mailbox in the BBHHS main office during summer hours.

2019-2020 Marching Bees Drumline


We’ve finally reached the last week of classes! Please make sure you turn in your Band Booster Fee and complete the Student Info Form by the end of the day MONDAY. This solidifies your enrollment in band next year.

There are currently still openings for several Senior offices. The deadline for intent to run for office has been extended to Wednesday, May 22nd. JUNIORS: Please consider running for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Publicity. These roles are vital to our success!

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019-2020 Marching Bees Flagline! We had a great group of students audition and are looking forward to a successful season. Please contact Grace Kubera with any questions/concerns.

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MEMORIAL DAY PARADES – 5/27

MONDAY, MAY 27 – CT @ 7:30AM - SUMMER UNIFORM

This performance is required of all students currently in grades 9-11. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, have a good breakfast, and drink lots of water. SENIORS: While this is not required of you, we would love to have you back for one final performance. The itinerary for the day is as follows:

  • Call Time – 7:30am @ BBHHS in SUMMER UNIFORM
    • PLEASE TRY ON YOUR SUMMER UNIFORM. If you need a different size, please let us know ASAP.
  • 9:00am – Broadview Heights Parade
    • Line up in the Crossings Shopping Center on W. Royalton Rd., moving down Rt. 82 and Broadview Rd., and concluding with a ceremony at the Broadview Center.
  • 10:30am – Brecksville Parade
    • Line up behind City Hall, and conclude with a ceremony in the Brecksville Cemetary.
  • 12:00pm – Arrive back at BBHHS
    • FLAGLINE: You must return your pep skirts before you leave.

We look forward to this very important and special day… see you along the parade routes!

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BAND FINAL EXAM

  • All students will report for the 6th PERIOD EXAM (11:40-1:10) on Thursday, May 30th.
  • The exam will consist of Drum Major auditions (playing the Star Spangled Banner), voting for the remainder of our officer positions, and instrument turn-in.
  • All school instruments must be turned in at the conclusion of the final exam for summer maintenance!

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COMMENCEMENT BAND

HONORS ASSEMBLY – Wednesday, May 22nd

  • Report to Band Room after Home Room.
  • ATTIRE: Gentlemen in a tie, ladies in a long skirt or dress pants.
  • You should expect to return to class during 4th period. Please make sure your teachers are aware of your absence.

COMMENCEMENT – Saturday, May 25th

  • Call Time – 10:30am @ BBHHS
  • Eat a good breakfast, and bring a snack with you for later!
  • PERCUSSION: Please arrive early to help load the truck
  • ATTIRE – Gentlemen: coat and tie, Ladies: long dress or dress pants.
  • Commencement begins @ 1:00 pm. Return to BBHHS @ 3:30pm.

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UPCOMING DATES

Drumline Auditions: Tuesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 23rd – 3:00pm-5:00pm @ BBHHS

Student Leader Interviews: Week of May 20th – After School

Memorial Day Parades: Monday, May 27th – CT @ 7:30am – SUMMER UNIFORM (see details above)

Band Booster Meeting/Potluck: Tuesday, May 28th – 6:00pm @ BBHHS. Sign-up for the potluck HERE.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Band Banquet on Monday! Doors open at 5:30pm with dinner service beginning at 6:00pm. Awards and recognition will begin at 7:00pm. We apologize in advance that some of our awards have been backordered and will not be here in time. Every student will still be recognized and we will give out everything we have. Additional items should be delivered in the coming weeks. We are very proud of every student in our band family!

REMINDER: ALL STUDENTS, EXCEPT SYMPHONIC BAND SENIORS, ARE TO REPORT TO 6TH PERIOD THIS WEEK AND FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.  SYMPHONIC BAND SENIORS WILL CONTINUE TO REPORT TO 5TH PERIOD BAND AND 6TH PERIOD LUNCH.

The BBHHS Jazz Collective gave an awesome performance at the House of Blues on Friday! Their performance was the result of a prize auctioned off at the BBH Schools Foundation Sip & Support event. Many thanks to Dan Svoboda for having them perform at your event!


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2019-2020 CONCERT BAND STRUCTURE

There are many changes coming to the school district for the 2019-2020 school year, and these have also impacted the concert band structure that has been in place at BBHHS. With the growing numbers over the last several years, the current model is also creating overcrowding in the lunch periods during marching season. These new challenges opened the door to revisiting how we have structured the concert bands and see if there is a different way to best address every student’s individual needs. After consulting with our student focus group and doing some research of other large band programs in Ohio, we came up with a solution that will resolve the overcrowded lunches and the staffing challenges created by 5th grade band moving to BBHMS.

All students will still rehearse together 6th period during marching season. Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds will remain anchored in 6th period as well. The Symphonic Bands will still meet 5th period, but their structure may be varied throughout the year. This could be a Brass/Woodwind/Percussion split, a single large Symphonic Band, or the familiar Crimson/Gold structure. A new concert band has been created for 7th period. This yet-to-be-named ensemble will be made up of approximately 60 students based on the Band Audition results. It will serve as an intermediate band for students who are ready both musically and behaviorally for the next level between the Symphonic Bands and Concert Winds. This band will still show up as “Symphonic Band” on student schedules, but will occur during 7th period.

Students in all bands will continue to have the opportunity to advance into the next level band during October Chair Placements. An instrument switch from larger sections such as flute, trumpet, or alto saxophone over the summer could also create opportunity for student advancement. We are excited about the opportunities this new structure can provide for the future of the BBHHS Band Program! An updated roster of the concert band structure is available HERE. Please feel free to contact Mr. Rex with any questions!

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UPCOMING DATES

Band Banquet: Monday, May 13th – 6:00pm @ BBHHS Cafeteria

Flagline Clinics/Audition: Week of May 13th – 3:00pm-5:00pm @ BBHHS

Drumline Clinics: Tuesday, May 14th and Thursday, May 16th – 3:00pm-5:00pm @ BBHHS

Student Leadership Applications DUE: Friday, May 17th by 11:59pm

Drumline Auditions: Tuesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 23rd – 3:00pm-5:00pm @ BBHHS

Student Leader Interviews: Week of May 20th – After School

Memorial Day Parades: Monday, May 27th – CT @ 7:30am – SUMMER UNIFORM

Band Booster Meeting/Potluck: Tuesday, May 28th – 6:00pm @ BBHHS

CONGRATULATIONS to all our BBHHS Band students on a fantastic Spring Concert! We are very happy with what all groups achieved this year. Please remember that all Band Banquet invites/payment are due MONDAY. If you were not able to attend the concert a new promotional video for the Band Truck was premiered. Band Boosters still have about $4,000 left to pay for the truck. Please watch the video below put together by Cameron Mays and Stephen Pilat and visit the GoFundMe page if you are able to help!

Congratulations also to the Wind Ensemble on a very fine performance at KSU with the Kent State Wind Ensemble. The BBHHS Wind Ensemble performed an additional piece that was not heard at our Spring Concert. You can check out the performance with some great camera angles below.

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MAY CLASS PERIOD SCHEDULE

Though our Spring Concert is done, we now must shift our time and energy to Memorial Day and Commencement Band preparations, as well as clinics/auditions for the 2019-2020 school year. We will have informational sessions in class on Monday, and the rest of the week Crimson/Gold will be combined working on Memorial Day music in the auditorium. During 6th period, Commencement Band will rehearse while Concert Winds and Seniors work on Memorial Day music in the auditorium. Please have Memorial Day music printed off and in flip folders for Tuesday. Students will remain in scheduled band periods this week. Starting next week, the week of May 13th, we will resume our marching band schedule, EXCEPT Symphonic Band seniors will remain in their concert band schedule.

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UPCOMING CLINICS & AUDITIONS

Flagline, Drumline, and Drum Major clinics and auditions for the 2019 season will begin the weeks after our Spring Concert. The Flagline informational meeting ins MONDAY, May 6th at 2:30pm in the Band Room. Additional Flagline information is available HERE. The informational meeting for students interested in Drum Majorwill be WEDNESDAY, May 8th at 2:30pm in the Band Room. Drumline clinic/audition information is available HERE.

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UPCOMING DATES

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

Band Banquet: Monday, May 13th – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Student Leadership Applications DUE: Friday, May 17th by 11:59pm

Memorial Day Parades: Monday, May 27th – CT @ 7:30am – SUMMER UNIFORM

Band Booster Meeting/Potluck: Tuesday, May 28th – 6:00pm @ BBHHS