We are proud of the hard work and dedication Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds demonstrated at Conservatory Day on Saturday! It was a long day of concentrated study on fundamentals and music, but it is going to pay off big time for our performance at Severance Hall. We hope to see you all there on January 26th! Ticket information is below.

REMINDER: Band Auditions for 2020-2021 are due Thursday, January 26th at 11:59pm!

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UNIFORM CLEANING FOR DISNEY

Marching Band uniforms ONLY FOR STUDENTS TRAVELING TO DISNEY MUST be taken to ON THE SPOT in Broadview Heights (corner of 82 and Broadview Road) before closing on MONDAY, JANUARY 13TH. Students are to take jacket and pants ONLY to On the Spot(no other dry cleaner) where the dry cleaning will be paid for by the Band Boosters. Please check all pockets beforehand. Clean uniforms must be picked up as soon as possible from dry cleaner and then STORED AT HOME until further instruction for packing for Disney.

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SEVERANCE HALL TICKETS

Tickets are now on sale for the Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds performance at Severance Hall. Tickets MUST be purchased through the BBHHS Band Boosters for $10.00, and only a limited quantity is available. To purchase tickets you can send a check made payable to BBHHS Band Boosters and place it in the lock box outside the Band Office. Tickets will be sent home with your student within a week of receiving payment. More information available HERE.

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DISNEY PARADE REHEARSALS

We have two additional evening rehearsals scheduled for students traveling to Disney. These rehearsals are REQUIRED of all students that will be going on the trip. Please mark your calendars for the following two rehearsal dates:

Wednesday, March 25 – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Monday, April 6 – 6:00pm-9:00pm

Music will be posted in February for students to put in flip folders.

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CONCERT BAND SECTIONALS

We are VERY excited that we have funding available this year to provide a series of sectionals with guest artists for all of our concert bands! Beginning this week, we will have guest artists coming to work with students on Tuesdays and Thursdays during our concert band periods. In additional to BBHHS directors, we are also excited to welcome:

Mrs. Ellen Backman – Flute
Mrs. Jenny Magistrelli – Clarinet
Mr. Jake Ciulla – Trumpet
Mr. Tren Chesier – Horn
Mr. Scott Velardo – Percussion

These sectionals will focus on basic fundamentals and technique building on each instrument, as well as refining our literature for the March concert.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Monday, 1/13: Pep Band, CT @ 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 1/15: Wind Ensemble evening rehearsal, 6pm-8pm
  • Thursday, 1/16: Band Auditions for 2020-2021 due @ 11:59pm
  • Sunday, 1/26: NEOBI Performance at Severance Hall, 7pm (CT @ TBD)
    • Wind Ensemble & Concert Winds ONLY
  • Saturday, 2/15: OMEA Solo & Ensemble
    • Participating students ONLY.
  • Tuesday, 3/3: Disney Trip Chaperone Meeting – 6pm @ BBHHS
  • Monday, 3/9: MANDATORY DISNEY TRIP MEETING FOR ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS AND PARENTS – 7pm @ BBHHS

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and were able to spend time with friends and family. January is usually a slower time for the high school bands, but it will be full speed ahead for Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds as we prepare for our performance at Severance Hall on January 26th. Band Audition materials for 2020-2021 were also shared with students before Winter Break. More details about auditions are below.

CONGRATULATIONS to BBHHS Band alumnus Nicole Ortenzi for being selected as one of the Drum Major for the 2020-2021 Pride of Dayton Marching Band!

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CONSERVATORY DAY

This Saturday, January 11th, is our Conservatory Day for Concert Winds and Wind Ensemble. We will have professional musicians from all over Ohio coming to BBHHS to work with students in full band and sectional rehearsals. Dr. Jeffrey Gershman, Director of Wind Ensembles at Capital University, will serve as our guest conductor for the day. This is a REQUIRED event for all students in Concert Winds and Wind Ensemble and is crucial to our preparation for Severance Hall. The schedule for Saturday is below:

9:00am-10:30am
-Concert Winds sectionals with guest artists.
-Wind Ensemble full band rehearsal with Dr. Gershman.

10:45am-12:15pm
-Concert Winds full band rehearsal with Dr. Gershman.
-Wind Ensemble sectionals with guest artists.

12:15pm-1:00pm
-Wind Ensemble lunch break.
-Concert Winds dismissed for the day.

1:00pm-3:00pm
-Wind Ensemble full band rehearsal with Dr. Gershman.
-We may be done early, but still plan to be done at 3:00pm.

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BAND AUDITIONS FOR 2020-2021

Audition materials for 2020-2021 were gone over in class with students before Winter Break. Everything is available on the audition page HERE. Please read the audition info letter completely. There are a few changes to the audition requirements for 2020-2021. Students only submit the excerpts required of their ideal concert band placement. ALL SENIORS MUST SUBMIT EXCERPT #3 ONLY FOR AN ASSESSMENT GRADE. All excerpts must be submitted with the submission form on the audition page by January 16th at 11:59pm.

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DISNEY UNIFORM CLEANING

Marching Band uniforms ONLY FOR STUDENTS TRAVELING TO DISNEY are now able to be taken to On the Spot in Broadview Heights (corner of 82 and Broadview Road). Students are to take jacket and pants ONLY TO ON THE SPOT (no other dry cleaner) where the dry cleaning will be paid for by the Band Boosters. You will not be asked to pay for the cleaning. Please check all pockets beforehand. Clean uniforms must be picked up as soon as possible from dry cleaner and then STORED AT HOME until further instruction for packing for Disney. Uniforms must be taken to the cleaner prior to January 13th.

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BAND CAMP DATES

Band Camp dates for 2020 are below. It may seem like it is earlier next school year, but with the way the calendar falls this is the same timeline leading up to when school starts as the past several years.

Week One: July 27-July 31
Week Two: August 3-August 7
Post Camp Rehearsals: August 11 & August 13
First Day of School: August 19

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 1/7:
    • Pep Band – CT @ 6:30pm
    • Band Booster Meeting – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, 1/8: Pep Band – CT @ 6:30pm
  • SATURDAY, 1/11: CONSERVATORY DAY @ BBHHS
    • Wind Ensemble – 9:00am-3:00pm
    • Concert Winds – 9:00am-12:15pm
  • Wednesday, 1/15: Wind Ensemble evening rehearsal, 6pm-8pm
  • Thursday, 1/16: Band Auditions for 2020-2021 due @ 11:59pm
  • Sunday, 1/26: NEOBI Performance at Severance Hall, 7pm (CT @ TBD)
    • Wind Ensemble & Concert Winds ONLY
  • Saturday, 2/15: OMEA Solo & Ensemble
    • Participating students ONLY.
  • Tuesday, 3/3: Disney Trip Chaperone Meeting – 6pm @ BBHHS
  • Monday, 3/9: MANDATORY DISNEY TRIP MEETING FOR ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS AND PARENTS – 7pm @ BBHHS

BRAVO to all our students who performed at the holiday concerts last week! All the bands performed very well and we are looking forward to a great year of continued music-making. CONGRATULATIONS also to our student intern, Mr. Trent Thacker, who finished his requirements for student teaching and will be heading out into the world to begin his teaching career. It was a pleasure to have him with us this semester and we wish him all the best!

This week the bands will focus on sight reading, Band Auditions for 2020-2021, and midterm exams. This will also be our final Band Bulletin of 2019. From the entire Band Department, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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MIDTERM EXAM SCHEDULE

BBHHS Midterm Exams will take place December 18th-20th. Instructions for each concert/jazz band are below:

Jazz Ensemble – Online. A Google Form will be sent out via Remind on 12/13 and is due by the start of the 1st period exam time (12/20 – 9:25am-10:55am). Make sure you are signed up for Remind: @bbhhsjazz

Wind Ensemble – Report for 6th period exam (12/18 – 11:55am-1:25pm). We will be using this time to rehearse for our Severance Hall performance and finalize Solo & Ensemble registration.

Concert Winds – Students only need to report if they have not submitted their project by the beginning of the 6th period exam on Wednesday, 12/18.

Intermediate Band – Online. A Google Form was sent out via Remind on 12/13 and is due before the start of the 7th period exam time (12/19 – 11:55am-1:25pm). Make sure you are signed up for Remind: @bbhinterme

Symphonic Band – Students must report for the 5th Period Exam time (12/20 – 11:55am-1:25pm) if they are missing any rhythm charts or chair placement submissions. Any missing assignments must be turned in BEFORE the 5th period exam time to be excused from reporting for the exam.

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DISNEY TRIP PAYMENT DUE

The first Disney Trip payment is due Wednesday, December 18th to Great Day Tours. Bee Bucks that students have earned for participation in fundraisers will be applied to the second payment. Payments may be made in person, by mail, or over the phone. Looking for a holiday gift? Great Day Tours also offers gift certificates. More information about payments is available HERE.

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BAND ORNAMENTS

Looking for a great stocking stuffer? Band ornaments are still available this week in the Band Office for $10.00 each. Money can be sent in with students or can be purchased in person by contacting Mr. Rex.

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BAND AUDITIONS FOR 2020-2021

Information about Band Auditions for the 2020-2021 school year will be released this week. There will be a few changes to the process that will be gone over in class this week before exams. Every student currently enrolled in band must complete an audition. Audition submissions will be due January 16, 2020.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • SATURDAY, 1/11: CONSERVATORY DAY @ BBHHS
    • Wind Ensemble – 9:00am-3:00pm
    • Concert Winds – 9:00am-12:15pm
  • Wednesday, 1/15: Wind Ensemble evening rehearsal, 6pm-8pm
  • Wednesday, 1/16: Band Auditions for 2020-2021 due @ 11:59pm
  • Sunday, 1/26: NEOBI Performance at Severance Hall, 7pm (CT @ TBD)
    • Wind Ensemble & Concert Winds ONLY
  • Saturday, 2/15: OMEA Solo & Ensemble
    • Participating students ONLY.
  • Tuesday, 3/3: Disney Trip Chaperone Meeting – 6pm @ BBHHS
  • Monday, 3/9: MANDATORY DISNEY TRIP MEETING FOR ALL PARTICIPATING STUDENTS AND PARENTS – 7pm @ BBHHS

THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the Citrus Sale delivery and pickup! We had plenty of volunteers and ended up getting everything done early. This week we focus on the final touches on our Holiday Concerts. Below students will also find details about midterm exams for each concert band.

On Saturday, December 7th the Jazz Ensemble had the honor and privilege to open for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Jazz Ensemble members were also treated to a pre-concert Q&A session with CJO musicians and stayed to attend their Motown Christmas Concert. What an awesome evening!

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HOLIDAY BAND CONCERTS

This week there will be two opportunities to hear our high school bands sharing some holiday cheer! The BBHHS Bands Holiday Concert is on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00pm in the BBHHS Auditorium. The Concert will feature Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Intermediate Band, Wind Ensemble, and the Brass & Woodwind Choirs. On Thursday, December 12th, Concert Winds will be featured at BBHMS for their partnership with the 7th Grade Band. The concert begins at 7:00pm in the BBHMS Auditorium and also feature the 6th Grade and 7th Grade Bands. Call time for students for both performances is 6:30pm. This is a REQUIRED PERFORMANCE for all students. Students must stay for the entire concert to receive full credit. 

Try on your concert uniforms and let Mrs. Reagan know if you need anything. 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!

In the lobby at both concerts Band Boosters will have ornaments for sale as well as tickets for the Wind Ensemble/Concert Winds performance at Severance Hall on January 26th. Tickets and ornaments are $10.00 each, cash and check only.

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DISNEY TRIP RAFFLE – LAST CHANCE!

WIN HALF A DISNEY TRIP! Our second and final raffle for half the cost of a student Disney trip is underway. The winner will be drawn at the BBHHS Holiday Band Concert on Wednesday, December 11th. Info on purchasing raffle tickets is available HERE. You do not need to be present to win, so Concert Winds students/parents are reminded that all raffle entries must be received by the start of the BBHHS Holiday Band Concert on Wednesday, December 11th.

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DISNEY MEETINGS & UNIFORMS

Please mark your calendars for the REQUIRED meetings for those going on the Disney Trip:

ALL Chaperones: Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00pm – BBHHS Band Room (Band Booster meeting to follow)

ALL Students AND Parent/Guardian: Monday, March 9th at 7:00pm – BBHHS Auditorium

MARCHING UNIFORMS: Band members going on the Disney Trip MUST take marching uniform, shoes, and garment bag home after the concert on Wednesday. Hats will stay at school. Dry cleaning info will be given AFTER the new year. Students NOT going on the Disney Trip will leave their marching uniforms at school. CONCERT WINDS MEMBERS GOING ON THE DISNEY TRIP MUST TAKE THEIR MARCHING UNIFORMS HOME BEFORE WEDNESDAY!

REMINDER: First Disney Trip payment is due December 18th!

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MIDTERM EXAM SCHEDULE

BBHHS Midterm Exams will take place December 18th-20th. Instructions for each concert/jazz band are below:

Jazz Ensemble – Online. A Google Form will be sent out via Remind on 12/15 and is due by the end of the 1st period exam time (12/20 – 9:25am-10:55am). Make sure you are signed up for Remind: @bbhhsjazz

Jazz Ensemble – Online. A Google Form will be sent out via Remind on 12/13 and is due by the start of the 1st period exam time (12/20 – 9:25am-10:55am). Make sure you are signed up for Remind: @bbhhsjazz

Wind Ensemble – Report for 6th period exam (12/18 – 11:55am-1:25pm). We will be using this time to rehearse for our Severance Hall performance and finalize Solo & Ensemble registration.

Concert Winds – Students only need to report if they have not submitted their project by the beginning of the 6th period exam on Wednesday, 12/18.

Intermediate Band – Online. A Google Form was sent out via Remind on 12/13 and is due before the start of the 7th period exam time (12/19 – 11:55am-1:25pm). Make sure you are signed up for Remind: @bbhinterme

Wind Ensemble/Concert Winds – Report for 6th period exam (12/18 – 11:55am-1:25pm). We will be using this time to rehearse for our Severance Hall performance and finalize Solo & Ensemble registration.

Intermediate Band – Online. A Google Form will be sent out via Remind on 12/15 and is due by the end of the 7th period exam time (12/19 – 11:55am-1:25pm). Make sure you are signed up for Remind: @bbhinterme

Symphonic Band – Students must report for the 5th Period Exam time (12/20 – 11:55am-1:25pm) if they are missing any rhythm charts or chair placement submissions. Any missing assignments must be turned in BEFORE the 5th period exam time to be excused from reporting for the exam.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Wednesday, 12/11: BBHHS Holiday Band Concert, 7:00pm @ BBHHS
  • Thursday, 12/12: Concert Winds Partnership Concert with 7th Grade Band, 7:00pm @ BBHMS
  • Friday, 12/13: Brass & Woodwind Choir Runout Concerts, 5th/6th/7th periods during school day.
  • SATURDAY, 1/11: CONSERVATORY DAY @ BBHHS
    • Wind Ensemble – 9:00am-3:00pm
    • Concert Winds – 9:00am-12:15pm
  • Sunday, 1/26: NEOBI Performance at Severance Hall, 7pm (CT @ TBD)
    • Wind Ensemble & Concert Winds ONLY
    • Tickets available at the holiday concerts on 12/11 & 12/12.

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you to our Marching Bees for helping spread holiday cheer at the Brecksville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, despite the not-so-cheerful weather. Our community greatly appreciates our Marching Bees making this holiday tradition special.

If you are looking for some more holiday cheer this weekend, the Jazz Ensemble will be playing a few opening numbers for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s Motown Christmas on Saturday, December 7th at Chagrin Falls HS. Ticket information available HERE.

Congratulations to Zach Ravagnani for participating in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band! See if you can spot him in the video below!

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WIND ENSEMBLE SCHEDULE CHANGE – 12/4

The Wind Ensemble evening rehearsal originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th has been cancelled. Instead, Brass Choir and Woodwind Choir will rehearsal after school from 2:45pm-3:15pm. Please let Mr. Rex know of any conflicts ASAP.

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DISNEY TRIP UPDATES

We have received some questions about when the first Disney Trip mailing will go out with details and payment information. There will be no physical mailing since this info was all included in Band Bulletin #5 on September 8th. Everything you need to know is included on the 2020 Disney Trip Page. THE FIRST PAYMENT IS DUE DECEMBER 18TH.

WIN HALF A DISNEY TRIP! Our second raffle for half the cost of a student Disney trip is underway. The winner will be drawn at the Holiday Band Concert on Wednesday, December 11th. Info on purchasing raffle tickets is available HERE.

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CITRUS SALE DELIVERY SATURDAY – 12/7

Citrus Sale orders will be ready for pickup on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH FROM 12:00PM-2:30PM. Please use the drive behind BBHHS entering from the Band Room end of the building and proceeding to the gym. We will send out a Remind if fruit is ready for pickup before 12:00pm.

We are looking for a few more parents and students who can help us sort, lift, and hand out citrus.  We will start Saturday morning, December 7th, and work through mid-afternoon, in shifts.  We will provide coffee and doughnuts for breakfast, and pizza for lunch. SIGN UP HERE.

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HOLIDAY BAND CONCERTS – 12/11 & 12/12

We have just over a week to prepare for our Holiday Band Concert on Wednesday, December 11th. At this point students should be able to play all notes/rhythms in their concert music functionally so more in-depth study and preparation can begin in rehearsals. The Holiday Concert will begin at 7:00pm in the BBHHS Auditorium and will feature Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Intermediate Band, Wind Ensemble, and the return of the Brass & Woodwind Choirs. Concert Winds will perform as the featured guests with the 6th and 7th Grade Bands on Thursday, December 12th at 7:00pm in the BBHMS Auditorium.  Attendance at the concert is required for all performing members.

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 12/3: Band Booster Meeting, 7:00pm – BBHHS
  • Wednesday, 12/4: Brass & Woodwind Choir Rehearsal, 2:45pm-3:15pm
  • Friday, 12/6: Pep Band, CT @ 6:30pm
  • Saturday, 12/7:
    • Citrus Delivery: SIGN UP TO HELP!
    • Jazz Ensemble opening for CJO, 7:30pm @ Chagrin Falls HS
      • CT @ 6:15pm in gig attire.
      • Ticket info available HERE.
  • Wednesday, 12/11: BBHHS Holiday Band Concert, 7:00pm @ BBHHS
  • Thursday, 12/12: Concert Winds Partnership Concert with 7th Grade Band, 7:00pm @ BBHMS
  • Friday, 12/13: Brass & Woodwind Choir Runout Concerts, 5th/6th/7th periods during school day.
  • SATURDAY, 1/11: CONSERVATORY DAY @ BBHHS
    • Wind Ensemble – 9:00am-3:00pm
    • Concert Winds – 9:00am-12:15pm
  • Sunday, 1/26: NEOBI Performance at Severance Hall, 7pm (CT @ TBD)
    • Wind Ensemble & Concert Winds ONLY
    • Ticket info coming soon!