The BBHHS band program aims to provide a unique musical experience for students, one that is both aesthetically rewarding and personally fulfilling. Â The concert ensembles study and perform music of high quality, which is stylistically diverse and appropriately challenging for all musicians. The BBHHS Bands have received “Superior” and “Excellent” ratings at OMEA Large-Group Adjudicated Events, and perform three concerts per year in the BBHHS Auditorium.
At the conclusion of the football season, the “Marching Bees” divide into four concert bands (grades 9-12):
Members of the Wind Ensemble represent the most advanced performers in the BBHHS Band Program. The Wind Ensemble performs at a more advanced level, and represents BBHHS in a variety of performances throughout the school year. The Wind Ensemble also attends the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event and regularly earns “Superior” ratings in OMEA Class A and AA.Â In 2007 and 2013, the BBHHS Wind Ensemble performed in Severance Hall for the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational (NEOBI). Members of Wind Ensemble take regular private lessons and have the opportunity to take the course for honors credit. WIND ENSEMBLE MUSIC PAGE.
The Concert Winds present a balanced program of technical development and musical performance, and represent BBHHS in a variety of performances throughout the school year. It is expected that all members will work towards improvement and advancement into Wind Ensemble. Private lessons are highly encouraged. The Concert Winds also attend the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event in OMEA Class B.Â Concert Winds website.
The Intermediate Band is a newly created ensemble that serves as a transitional ensemble to better prepare students for advancement into Concert Winds and Wind Ensemble. Students are placed in the ensemble based on band auditions, work ethic, and instrumentation needs. It is recommended that students wishing to advance into Concert Winds or Wind Ensemble enroll in private lessons. Intermediate Band may have the opportunity to attend the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event in Class C.
Students not placed in one of the three upper level bands are placed in Symphonic Band. Depending on enrollment and instrumentation, Symphonic Band may be split into two equal concert bands: Symphonic Gold Band and Symphonic Crimson Band. The Symphonic Band is made up of predominately underclassmen as well as Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds members on secondary instruments. This ensemble focuses on refining basic playingÂ fundamentals and technique while developing musical expression. Symphonic Band is designed as low commitment ensemble, but students are encouraged to work towards advancement into one of the three upper level concert bands.