What a crazy week it has been! While none of us anticipated our lives changing this much for the next three weeks, the most important things to remember are to be patient, kind, and flexible. The Band Directors will now have a huge influx of e-mail communication(Mr. Rex’s inbox has doubled in the last 24 hours alone), but will respond as promptly as possible. These are uncharted waters for us all, but this too shall pass and music will help us get through it. Make smart choices, and please do not hesitate to reach out for help whether it be academic or personal. We care about all of our students’ physical and emotional health!

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GOOGLE CLASSROOM

As directed by administration, students will be assigned learning activities via Google Classroom. We hope that you will find your learning activities for band courses a welcome departure from all the screen time of core classes. In general, we will post one to two learning activities a week(some playing and some non-playing). Our goal is to try and keep us on track for our May concert, but also provide some opportunities for students to select learning activities that provide personal interests. All information is available on each course’s Google Classroom page(codes below). If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us. We will be checking our e-mail about twice a day during the week (morning and afternoon) and also when/if we have a chance on the weekends.

Jazz Ensemble: gfwdimx

Symphonic Band: q74ii4w

Intermediate Band: wjjyg6u

Concert Winds: rq7aopl

Wind Ensemble: z3r4qeh

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DISNEY UPDATE

As you may have seen, Disney World has closed for the rest of March. The CDC is advising social distancing and no gatherings of groups larger than 50 people for the next 8 weeks. The CDC also is predicting the peak of COVID-19 to hit in late April. We are currently working with BBHCSD Administration and Great Day Tours to see what our options are at this point. We want to gather all the latest data from the CDC, BBHCSD Administration, Great Day Tours, and Disney before making any decisions. It is our hope to have answers to your questions by the end of the week. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we consider the best interest of everyone involved.

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PRIVATE LESSONS

With the schools being closed for the next three weeks, private lessons that occurred at BBHHS are not able to occur at the the school during this time. We have been informed that lessons at Royalton Music will continue as scheduled until further notice. Mr. Rex is working with our lesson teachers at BBHHS and other resources to find a solution for those that are wanting to responsibly continue lessons during the time away from school. Please make sure you have been in contact with your lesson teachers about future lessons.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Friday, 3/20: Jazz Ensemble performance at Ashland University Maplerock Jazz Festival – CANCELLED
  • Saturday, 3/21: MIOSM Pancake BreakfastCANCELLED
  • Wednesday, 3/25: Disney Rehearsal & Uniform Turn-In – CANCELLED
  • 2020 Band Camp (Required)
    • Week 1: July 27-31
    • Week 2: August 3-7

In response to current events surrounding COVID-19, parents and students should be reminded of important instrument hygiene procedures to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. These guidelines were gone over with students in class. ALL INSTRUMENTS MUST GO HOME FRIDAY to be cleaned using the guidelines below.

Instrument Hygiene Guidelines & Procedures

Per the orders of Governor DeWine, BBHCSD will be closed for the next three weeks starting Monday, March 16th at 3:30pm. Teachers will be meeting on Monday to plan digital/online activities for students to complete at home to keep the learning process going. We will have more information posted about this next week, but students can expect learning activities to include both playing and non-playing assignments. Music will also be posted on the band website for students that share folders. ALL INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC MUST GO HOME FRIDAY. Percussionists that need to check out a practice pad or bell kit will have the opportunity to do so in class Friday. If you need to make special arrangements for large instruments such as tuba and baritone saxophone, please contact Mr. Rex. We will address shared school instrument concerns with these students in class Friday.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. It is important that we all STAY POSITIVE AND FLEXIBLE as this is new territory for us all. Be well!

BRAVO to all four concert bands on a wonderful concert! THANK YOU to everyone who attended to support our talented musicians.

REMINDER: Monday, March 9th at 7:00pm is the REQUIRED Disney Meeting. All students are REQUIRED to attend as well as one parent/guardian.

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REQUIRED DISNEY MEETING – 3/9 @ 7:00PM

All participating students and at least one parent/guardian are REQUIRED to attend the Disney Trip Meeting TOMORROW, Monday, March 9th at 7:00pm in the BBHHS Auditorium. We anticipate the meeting lasting until about 8:45pm. Please arrive early to turn in all completed forms that were mailed out with the second Disney mailing. Our trip nurse and school nurse will be available to start collecting forms at 6:00pm. If you need additional copies they are available on the Disney Trip Page.

ALL STUDENTS need to purchase new gloves for the Disney Trip. Mickey always has clean white gloves! Gloves will be for sale prior to the Disney Tip Meeting for $3.00 – CASH ONLY.  Front Ensemble may also need gloves based on their parade assignment.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST HELP NEEDED

On Saturday, March 21st, Brecksville-Broadview Heights Music Department will host our 6th annual Music in the Schools Month Pancake Breakfast.  The Pancake Committee is looking for a few more volunteers to help with this event. Here is a link to the: Task Descriptions. Please sign up below!

Parent Pancake Breakfast Sign-Up

Student Pancake Breakfast Sign-Up

Thank you again for your help and support! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Scott Hanna or Mrs. Melanie Sipusic at BBHMS.

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BBHMS BAND CONCERT RECEPTION

We invite our high school band students and families to attend the Middle School Bands Winter Concert on Thursday March 12th at 7:00pm.  It will feature Jazz Band, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands.  After the concert (around 8:15pm) there will be a desert reception in the cafeteria where we need high school band members to be present and available to talk with all MS Band students about the HS Band Program. If you intend to apply for a leadership position for the 2020-2021 school year, this is a great recruitment event to include on your application.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Monday, 3/9: MANDATORY DISNEY TRIP MEETING FOR ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS AND PARENTS – 7pm @ BBHHS
  • Wednesday, 3/11: Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal, 6pm-8pm
  • Friday-Saturday, 3/13-3/14: OMEA Large Group – CANCELLED
  • Friday, 3/20: Jazz Ensemble performance at Ashland University Maplerock Jazz Festival
  • Saturday, 3/21: MIOSM Pancake Breakfast – 8am-12pm
    • Performances by Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, & Wind Ensemble
  • 2020 Band Camp (Required)
    • Week 1: July 27-31
    • Week 2: August 3-7

March is here which means many opportunities to hear our music programs and celebrate Music In Our Schools Month! We hope you plan to attend band concerts at both the high school and middle school, as well as the annual MIOSM Pancake Breakfast on March 21st that will feature all facets of the BBHCSD music program.

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WINTER BAND CONCERT – MARCH 4TH

We hope you are all making plans to attend the Winter Band Concert on Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm in the BBHHS Auditorium. The concert will feature Symphonic Band, Intermediate Band, Concert Winds, and Wind Ensemble. Students are REQUIRED to stay for the entire concert as part of their grade. Jazz Ensemble will be featured at Pancake Breakfast on March 21st and the Ashland University Jazz Festival on March 20th.

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BBHMS BAND CONCERT RECEPTION

We invite our high school band students and families to attend the Middle School Bands Winter Concert on Thursday March 12th at 7pm.  It will feature Jazz Band, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands.  After the concert (around 8:15) there will be a desert reception in the cafeteria where we need high school band members to be present and available to talk with all MS Band students about the HS Band Program. If you intend to apply for a leadership position for the 2020-2021 school year, this is a great recruitment event to include on your application.

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DISNEY UPDATES

FINAL PAYMENT: The final payment for the trip was due this weekend. If you were not able to make it to Great Day Tours before they closed, please make sure you stop by their office ASAP on Monday to pay your student’s balance.

REQUIRED DATES: Please make sure you already have these dates on your calendar:

  • Student/Parent Disney Trip Meeting: Monday, 3/9 @ 7:00pm
    • EVERY student and at least one PARENT is REQUIRED to attend.
    • All forms that went out in the Disney mailing are due that this meeting.
  • Disney Rehearsals: Wednesday, 3/25 & Monday, 4/6 – 6pm-9pm

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OHIO STATE BANDS NIGHT

The Ohio State University will be hosting their annual Bands Night on Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 3:00pm-7:00pm. This event allows current high school junior and senior musicians (Class of 2020 and 2021) to explore opportunities for applying their talent to The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands, concert bands, and jazz bands. You do not need to be a music major to keep playing your instrument after high school. If you are considering attending OSU in the future this will be a great experience! Registration is open now at this link. Contact osumb@osu.edu with any questions.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 3/3:
    • Disney Trip Chaperone Meeting – 6pm @ BBHHS
    • Band Booster Meeting to follow
  • Wednesday, 3/4: BBHHS Winter Band Concert – 7pm @ BBHHS
    • Symphonic Band, Intermediate Band, Concert Winds, & Wind Ensemble
  • Wednesday, 3/11: Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal, 6pm-8pm
  • Monday, 3/9: MANDATORY DISNEY TRIP MEETING FOR ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS AND PARENTS – 7pm @ BBHHS
  • Friday-Saturday, 3/13-3/14: OMEA Large Group – CANCELLED
  • Friday, 3/20: Jazz Ensemble performance at Ashland University Maplerock Jazz Festival
  • Saturday, 3/21: MIOSM Pancake Breakfast – 8am-12pm
    • Performances by Jazz Ensemble & Wind Ensemble
  • 2020 Band Camp (Required)
    • Week 1: July 27-31
    • Week 2: August 3-7

THANK YOU to everyone that volunteered for Pep Band this year, and to the parents that transported students to/from games. We understand that it can be difficult to commit the extra time to participate in Pep Band, but know that your participation is very much appreciated by the directors, athletic department, and community!

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WINTER BAND CONCERT – MARCH 4TH

We hope you are all making plans to attend the Winter Band Concert on Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm in the BBHHS Auditorium. The concert will feature Symphonic Band, Intermediate Band, Concert Winds, and Wind Ensemble. Students are REQUIRED to stay for the entire concert as part of their grade. Jazz Ensemble will be featured at Pancake Breakfast on March 21st and the Ashland University Jazz Festival on March 20th.

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DISNEY UPDATES

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION: LAST CALL! Students that will NOT be traveling on the bus with the band TO or FROM Disney must fill out the Alternate Transportation Form by TUESDAY, February 25th.

UPDATED CONTACT INFO: If you have received a new phone number or e-mail address since the original student info form last Spring, please contact Ms. Astey with updated information. We want to make sure we have the most current contact info for all parents/guardians and students before we depart for Disney.

OFFICER/BUS ASSIGNMENT MEETING: Band Officers need to plan to meet after school on Tuesday, February 25th to work on bus assignments for the Disney trip.

REQUIRED DATES: Please make sure you already have these dates on your calendar:

  • Student/Parent Disney Trip Meeting: Monday, 3/9 @ 7:00pm
    • EVERY student and at least one PARENT is REQUIRED to attend.
  • Disney Rehearsals: Wednesday, 3/25 & Monday, 4/6 – 6pm-9pm

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ATTENTION MILITARY FAMILIES

At our upcoming concert on Wednesday, March 4th, students in Symphonic Band will be performing a piece entitled “Forgotten Heroes”. During the piece, we would like to honor the military heroes of our extended band family who may not have seen fame or glory, but ultimately worked to make the world a better place. If someone in your family is currently enlisted or a retired member of the US military, please complete the form by clicking HERE!

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FRESHMAN SOLO & ENSEMBLE

LAST CALL for any Freshman that would like to participate in the JH Solo & Ensemble event on Saturday, March 28th. Solos, trios, and all sorts of ensembles are possible. S&E participation is a fun way to challenge yourself to get better and looks great on band leadership/Tri-M applications. See Mr. Rex by the end of the day Tuesday if interested!

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 2/25: Band Officer Disney Bus Assignment Meeting – 2:45pm
  • Tuesday, 3/3:
    • Disney Trip Chaperone Meeting – 6pm @ BBHHS
    • Band Booster Meeting to follow
  • Wednesday, 3/4: BBHHS Winter Band Concert – 7pm @ BBHHS
    • Symphonic Band, Intermediate Band, Concert Winds, & Wind Ensemble
  • Wednesday, 3/11: Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal, 6pm-8pm
  • Monday, 3/9: MANDATORY DISNEY TRIP MEETING FOR ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS AND PARENTS – 7pm @ BBHHS
  • Friday-Saturday, 3/13-3/14: OMEA Large Group – CANCELLED
  • Friday, 3/20: Jazz Ensemble performance at Ashland University Maplerock Jazz Festival
  • Saturday, 3/21: MIOSM Pancake Breakfast – 8am-12pm
    • Performances by Jazz Ensemble & Wind Ensemble