THANK YOU for a great day Friday with our Fox 8 Morning Show performance and hosting our 8th Grade Band. The 8th graders had a great time and we are very much looking forward to having them in the Marching Bees next year. Videos from our Fox 8 appearance can be viewed HERE.

This week we have several deadlines as we go full speed ahead on the Senior Show. We have very limited time to finish preparing Senior Show, so we need to have very focused and productive rehearsals. Our football team continues to do well, so it is very likely we will have a playoff game on Friday November 8th OR Saturday November 9th. This would be an evening game with the location TBD. Keep these dates open as attendance will be required.

A BEAUTIFUL photo of the sun setting over Pregame on Friday, October 25th!

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UPCOMING DEADLINES

We have several items coming up due this week. Since this is the last week of the grading period, late assignments and submissions can not be accepted.

  • Tuesday, October 22nd:
  • Friday, October 25th:
    • Senior Show music check-off deadline for all non-leaders.

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SENIOR NIGHT

Get those tissues ready! This Friday we honor our Seniors prior to pregame and during halftime. Seniors and Senior Parents are invited to attend our Senior Night reception on stage beginning at 5:00pm. The Pregame Señor Night ceremony will begin at 6:15pm. The Senior Night Committee is looking for food donations for Senior Night. Please sign up HERE.

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SOUNDS OF THE STADIUM CONCERT

Our annual Sounds of the Stadium Concert will be held on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00pm. This concert is FREE and open to the public, and will feature music from the entire 2019 season. Please note that recordings of this concert will not be for sale. Due to copyright and licensing, the company that used to record the concert no longer produces DVDs. However, Jeff Mihalich will be recording the concert to post on YouTube.

Students should plan ahead to have the following music in their flip folders for rehearsals next week:

  • Pregame
  • Salute to America’s Finest
  • Stand Tunes
  • Senior Show
  • Disney Show
  • Woodstock Show

We understand that it is required for students to have passed memorization checks, but we need all students to have the music in rehearsal regardless. Additional details about the concert will be included in next week’s bulletin.

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WIND ENSEMBLE DATES

All Wind Ensemble members should make sure they have the required dates below in their calendars. These all went out in May with the Band Handbook.

  • November 6, 13, 20 – Brass & Woodwind Choir Rehearsals (2:45pm-3:15pm)
  • December 4 – Evening Rehearsal/Sectionals (6pm-8pm)
  • January 11 – Conservatory Day (9am-3pm)
  • January 15 – Evening Rehearsal/Sectionals (6pm-8pm)
  • January 26 – NEOBI Performance at Severance Hall (7pm, CT – TBD)
  • February 12 – Evening Rehearsal/Sectionals (6pm-8pm)

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 10/22:
    • Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • SENIOR SHOW MUSIC CHECK-OFF DEADLINE FOR SQUAD LEADERS AND LIBRARIANS
    • Chair Placement Auditions DUE
  • Wednesday, 10/23: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 10/17: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 10/25: HOME FOOTBALL vs. North Royalton, CT @ 5:45pm
    • Senior Night
    • SENIOR SHOW MUSIC CHECK-OFF DEADLINE FOR NON-LEADERS
  • Tuesday, 10/29: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 10/30: SOUNDS OF THE STADIUM, 7pm (CT @ 6:15pm)
  • Friday, 11/1: AWAY FOOTBALL vs. Wadsworth, CT @ 4:45pm
  • Monday, 11/4: First day of Concert Bands
  • Friday, 11/8 OR Saturday, 11/9: Potential Playoff Game, 7pm (CT @ TBD)

Thank you to everyone for another great away game and halftime performance! Our Bees football team is now 5-2, and is currently ranked high enough to qualify for playoffs. Please be advised that should the team continue this great winning streak we will likely have a playoff game on either November 8th to 9th. There will not be any additional evening rehearsals for playoff games, but attendance at any playoff games is required.

This Friday we have two exciting events! The Marching Bees will be featured on the Fox 8 Morning Show with Kenny Crumpton LIVE from BBHHS(see details below). We also welcome over 70 future Marching Bees as the 8th Grade Band joins us for Pregame and Halftime. We’re looking forward to having 350 Marching Bees on the field!

DEADLINE: Friday, October 18th is the Senior Show music check-off deadline for all Section Leaders and Officers.

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CHAIR PLACEMENT AUDITIONS

The due date for Chair Placement Audition submissions has been extended to TUESDAY, October 22nd. Remember, all videos must be loaded to YouTube as either “unlisted” or “public”. HERE is a quick tutorial on how to upload videos as unlisted.

REMEMBER: Students receive a grade for submitting their Chair Placement Auditions. Late submissions or failure to submit may result in students being placed at the bottom of their section or being placed in a lower ensemble.

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FOX 8 MORNING SHOW

The Marching Bees will be featured on the Fox 8 Morning Show this Friday, October 18th, between 6:45am-9:00am. Call time will be 6:10am and students should arrive prepared to get into FULL UNIFORM. The full band will perform from 6:55am-8:00am, and Student Leaders plus a few additional members will perform from 8:00am-9:00am. All students will be excused from Homeroom and 1st Period classes. The Student Leader group will also be excused from 2nd Period. Fox 8 will broadcast live from the stadium (gym if rain). A full list of songs to be performed will be shared with students at our Wednesday evening rehearsal. We hope you can rise and shine bright and early to see our Marching Bees on TV!

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TRUNK OR TREAT

Our annual band Trunk or Treat will be Friday, November 1st following the the band’s return from the Wadsworth game. All details can be viewed HERE. Our Marching Bees always love this tradition to cap off our regular season. We hope many parents can participate!

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 10/15: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 10/16:
    • Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • Honors Wind Ensemble Binders DUE
  • Thursday, 10/17: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 10/18: HOME FOOTBALL vs. Nordonia, CT @ 5:45pm
    • Fox 8 Morning Show – CT @ 6:10am
    • 8th Grade Night
    • SENIOR SHOW MUSIC CHECK-OFF DEADLINE FOR SECTION LEADERS & OFFICERS
  • Tuesday, 10/22:
    • Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • SENIOR SHOW MUSIC CHECK-OFF DEADLINE FOR SQUAD LEADERS AND LIBRARIANS
    • Chair Placement Auditions DUE
  • Wednesday, 10/23: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 10/17: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 10/25: HOME FOOTBALL vs. North Royalton, CT @ 5:45pm
    • Senior Night
    • SENIOR SHOW MUSIC CHECK-OFF DEADLINE FOR NON-LEADERS

BRAVO! All our students’ hard work and dedication lead to an outstanding debut of our Disney halftime show. Many thanks to our student intern, Mr. Thacker, for writing a great closing drill. As we continue into the second half of the season, we must make sure we continue to uphold all musical, behavioral, and procedural expectations to look good, sound good, and be a class act. We are looking for next year’s leaders NOW.

This week we will be putting a great amount of time and energy into Senior Show music, while also adding a few additional elements to the Disney Show. ALL SENIOR SHOW MUSIC MUST BE PRINTED AND IN FLIP FOLDERS BY TUESDAY’S BAND PERIOD.

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CITRUS SALE KICKOFF

It’s time to kick-off our annual Citrus Fruit Sale! This is our one and only fundraising effort to help our Marching Bees earn money for band expenses they may incur during the band year and for their 2020 Disney Trip. THIS YEAR ALL ORDERS MUST BE MADE ONLINE. Click HERE for the information page. We will be going over all the details with students at Tuesday’s evening rehearsal.

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DISNEY UPDATES

The Disney Raffle is under way! Enter for a chance to win HALF the cost of your student’s trip! Click HERE for more info.

The Student Commitment Form must be filled out by November 22nd for all students planning to go on the 2020 Disney Trip. All information, deadlines, and pricing are available on our Disney Trip page.

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, the BBHHS Music Department has recognized one student from band, choir, and orchestra as the Student of the Month. These students will be selected by directors based on work ethic, attitude, musicianship, random acts of kindness, going above and beyond, individual achievement, mentoring others, improvement, etc. The goal is to continue recognizing students for being outstanding participants of the music program.

CONGRATULATIONS to our September and October students:

Evan Shaheen – September
Evan has shown incredible improvement over the past year. He has been taking private lessons on euphonium for several years, is a member of Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, and is a Section Leader for the Marching Bees. When Jazz Ensemble was in need of someone to play piano, Evan stepped up to fill this role. This summer Evan also attended the Ohio State Marching Band clinic where he got to experience first hand the dedication and discipline it takes to be a part of TBDBITL. All of his hard work has culminated in his acceptance to the 2020 OMEA All State Band. 

Lauren Donnella – October
Lauren is currently the flute section leader for the Marching Bees and plays oboe in the Wind Ensemble. Lauren has selflessly given up her time before and after school to help her section be their best. She has been incredibly patient, but maintains high expectations for a young flute section. Lauren’s positive attitude is contagious and cultivates a great culture within the flute section. Outside of her participation in the BBHHS Band, Lauren also participates in the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, BBHHS Symphonic Orchestra, and takes private lessons on oboe. 

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 10/8: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 10/9: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 10/10: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 10/11: AWAY FOOTBALL vs. Twinsburg, CT @ 4:45pm
  • Tuesday, 10/15: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 10/16:
    • Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • CHAIR PLACEMENT AUDITIONS DUE!
  • Thursday, 10/17: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 10/18: HOME FOOTBALL vs. Nordonia, CT @ 5:45pm
    • 8th Grade Night
    • SENIOR SHOW MUSIC CHECK-OFF DEADLINE FOR SECTION LEADERS & OFFICERS

It’s hard to believe we have reached the halfway point of marching season! This week we finish our preparations on the Disney Show and premier it at Friday’s game. We hope you are able to attend to watch our magical halftime show!

Speaking of magical, check out this picture from Friday’s game at Hudson!

DEADLINE: Thursday, October 3 is the Disney Show check-off deadline for ALL non-leaders.

REMINDER: Band Booster Meeting – Tuesday, October 1st at 7pm!

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CHAIR PLACEMENT AUDITIONS

Chair Placement Audition instructions and materials have started to be posted on the Auditions page under the “Students” menu tab. Everything will be posted by Wednesday when we go over submission procedures. Students do have the opportunity to move up in the bands if there are open spots and their schedule permits. All recordings must be submitted with YouTube links this year. Chair Placement Auditions are due Wednesday, October 16th by 11:59pm.

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SENIOR SHOW

Senior show music has been posted to the Music & Documents page under the “Students” menu tab. We will start this music next week, so please have it printed and in your flip folders by Monday, October 7th. Seniors have elected not to do Script Bees as part of their Senior Show, so we will be preparing 3 new tunes from past years.

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PRIVATE LESSONS

With Chair Placement Audition materials released, some of our students may be considering enrolling in 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. We have several teachers that come to BBHHS during the school year and live in our community, but their schedules are becoming full with the increased enrollment in Private Lessons this year. 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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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 10/1:
    • Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • BAND BOOSTER MEETING, 7pm
  • Wednesday, 10/2: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 10/3:
    • Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for all non-leaders
  • Friday, 10/4: HOME FOOTBALL vs. Cuyahoga Falls, CT @ 5:45pm
  • Tuesday, 10/8: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 10/9: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 10/10: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 10/11: AWAY FOOTBALL vs. Twinsburg, CT @ 4:45pm

THANK YOU to everyone for an awesome Homecoming game and performances! We really appreciate that in all the excitement of Homecoming traditions our students delivered excellent performances and remained on-task in the stands to cheer the Bees on to an overtime victory. We are also very proud of students’ maturity in our goal to return the instrument decorating back to the original tradition that was started over 25 years ago. CONGRATULATIONS to Nicole Flors for being selected as the 2019 Homecoming Queen!

The next two weeks will be all about the preparations for our Disney show that is slated to premier October 4th. Please make sure you are practicing music at home and working towards those check-off deadlines. Let’s make this a great show!

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MUSIC CHECK-OFF UPDATE

Below are the revised music check-off deadlines for the Disney Show. The second show of the season can be a challenge to check-off since we don’t have as much time and resources as when we learned show one at band camp. Please do not procrastinate on music check-offs. The sooner you have them done the easier it will be to clean the drill with music.

  • Section Leaders/Officers – 9/24
  • Squad Leaders/Librarians/Equipment Managers – 9/27
  • All others – 10/3

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CJO ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s annual benefit is on September 28th at Hawken Upper School. There will be a CJO concert taking place (7:30pm-9:00pm) as part of the event, and students receive a special ticket price for this concert of $10.00. Tickets will be available at the door. We are very fortunate to have a professional jazz ensemble of this caliber in Northeast Ohio. Please consider supporting the CJO and taking your students to this great concert! More information about the event can be found on the CJO website.

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KENT STATE BAND DAY

Spend the day as a Marching Golden Flash! Join the Kent State University Marching Golden Flashes and Director Dr. Kate Ferguson on Saturday, October 26th for the Kent State versus Miami University game to experience the excitement of game day. Even if you’re not planning to go to Kent State someday, this is still a great opportunity to experience the atmosphere of a collegiate marching band. We have had BBHHS students participate in this before and they really enjoyed it. Students can register HERE. Please let Mr. Rex know if you plan to attend!

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UPCOMING DATES

  • Tuesday, 9/24:
    • Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for Section Leaders/Officers
  • Wednesday, 9/25: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 9/26: Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Friday, 9/27: AWAY FOOTBALL vs. Hudson, CT @ 4:45pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for Squad Leaders/Librarians
  • Tuesday, 10/1: Drumline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 10/2: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 10/3:
    • Flagline Rehearsal, 6pm-9pm
    • DISNEY music check-off deadline for all non-leaders
  • Friday, 10/4: HOME FOOTBALL vs. Cuyahoga Falls, CT @ 5:45pm