It’s concert week! We are looking forward to sharing the hard work of our concert and jazz bands with you on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00pm. The concert will feature all 4 concert bands and Jazz Ensemble. All students need to report at 6:30pm. All concert band uniforms(EXCEPT WIND ENSEMBLE) must be turned in INSIDE GARMENT BAG IMMEDIATELY after Thursday’s concert. Students need to bring a change of clothes.

Next week(May 6-10) we will start Commencement Band while the remainder of our students start preparations for Memorial Day. All students in Wind Ensemble for the 2019-2020 school year will make up the Commencement Band that performs at BBHHS Commencement on Saturday, May 25th. A full roster is available HERE. More details on dress/report times coming soon!

Please also keep an eye out for Reminds in regards to student award voting and CYWS help needed!

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WIND ENSEMBLE @ KENT STATE

The BBHHS Wind Ensemble will be performing a partnership concert with the Kent State University Wind Ensemble at Kent State On Friday, May 3rd. The performance is FREE and open to the public. Students will load the buses after school at 2:45pm and will need to bring money for dinner as well as their concert uniforms. The full itinerary for the day is available HERE.

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BAND BANQUET

Please plan to join us for our annual Band Banquet on Monday, May 13th in the BBHHS Cafeteria. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner service begins at 6:00pm. Rose Hill will be catering dinner and awards/recognition will be presented to every student. Please RSVP by sending in the banquet invitation and payment no later than Monday, May 6th. All students will be given a hard copy of the invitation in class on Monday as well. Let’s celebrate all the fine work of our amazing students!

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to Anne Holland(March) and Sam Dickhaut(April) on being selected as our BBHHS Band Students of the Month!

Anne Holland has always been super kind, helpful, and prepared for rehearsal. She has taken on a mentoring role to younger percussionists and always leads by example. Anne participates in many facets of the band program including the Marching Bees, Symphonic Crimson, Pep Band, and Indoor Drumline.

Sam Dickhaut has been a great asset to Symphonic Gold. He is always on task in rehearsal, puts in time outside of class to be prepared for rehearsal, and seeks out help from directors to better his musicianship. Additionally, Sam has donated his time 2nd semester to set up for daily rehearsals.

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UPCOMING DATES

Spring Band Concert: Thursday, May 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Wind Ensemble/Kent State Partnership Concert: Friday, May 3rd – 7:00pm @ KSU

CYWS Concerts @ BBHHS: Sunday, May 5th – All Day

Band Banquet: Monday, May 13th – Doors open @ 5:30pm, Dinner service @ 6:00pm.

Commencement Band: Saturday, May 25th @ Ohio Theater

Memorial Day Parades: Monday, May 27th

It’s hard to believe that there are only two weeks left in concert season! We hope you are al planning to join us for our Spring Concert next Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00pm in the BBHHS Auditorium. The concert will feature all 4 concert bands as well as the Jazz Ensemble. Final details will be included in next week’s bulletin.

As we begin to wind down the year, there are several important events and deadlines approaching. The James Roytz Award and David Keen Scholarship essays are due to Mr. Rex by 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 24th. Please review additional upcoming dates/deadlines below. Feel free to contact Mr. Rex with any questions!

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FLAGLINE & DRUMLINE AUDITIONS

Flagline and Drumline clinics and auditions for the 2019 season will begin the weeks after our Spring Concert. 2019-2020 Flagline information is available HERE. Returning Flagline members: Please help us spread the word and recruit new members! 2019-2020 Drumline information is available HERE.

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COMMENCEMENT BAND

As is tradition, all members of the 2019-2020 Wind Ensemble will serve as the Commencement Band on Saturday, May 25th. Rehearsals will occur during 6th period on days TBD following the Spring Concert. Any conflicts with Commencement Band should be communicated to Mr. Rex BEFORE the Spring Concert.

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2019-2020 STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Students interested in appointed Student Leadership positions for the 2019-2020 school year need to fill out the Student Leadership Application by Friday, May 17th. These leadership positions include: Drum Major, Section Leader, Squad Leader, Librarian, and Equipment Manager. A separate process will be used to determine our elected positions(President, Vice President, etc.). Please look over the application ahead of time, because there are some revisions to the selection/application process. Please contact Mr. Rex with any questions.

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UPCOMING DATES

Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal with Dr. Leyva from KSU: Wednesday, April 24th – 6:00pm-8:30pm

Spring Band Concert: Thursday, May 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

CYWS Concerts @ BBHHS: Sunday, May 5th

Wind Ensemble/Kent State Partnership Concert: Friday, May 3rd – 7:00pm @ KSU

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

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

CONGRATULATIONS to all our band students who a part of the cast, crew, and pit orchestra for Mamma Mia! If you attended a performance you can attest that it was a great show! Putting on a production of that magnitude is no easy feat, and we are fortunate to have such talented and dedicated students and staff in our music department to make it happen. Bravo!

CONGRATULATIONS also to Logan Mroczka on receiving a “Superior” rating at the OMEA JH Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event this past Saturday!

This week the Jazz Ensemble will be traveling to Westlake High School on Tuesday, April 9th to perform at the Tri-C JazzFestival. The band performs at 4:10pm. More information can be found HERE. Wind Ensemble also has spot checks due on Friday, and we hope to have Student Leadership applications for the Marching Bees posted before Spring Break.

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JAZZ ENSEMBLE NEEDS

Jazz Ensemble is in need of students on guitar and a piano for next school year. Improvisation skills are not required, but it is necessary that students be able to read music. Any students that are interested, or know of students that may be interested, should contact Mr. Rex ASAP.

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OMEA ALL-STATE ENSEMBLES

Audition and application materials are available for the 2020 Ohio Music Education Association All-State Ensembles. The ensembles include the All-State Band, All-State Jazz Ensemble, and All-State Orchestra. These ensembles represent the most talented students in all of Ohio and are regarded as some of the best honor ensembles in the country. Students interested in auditioning should be enrolled in private lessons and begin preparing required excerpts immediately if they have not already done so. Please see Mr. Rex or your private lesson teacher for more info. We hope to see many student auditioning!

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ROYTZ AND KEEN BAND AWARDS

There are two awards given out to Seniors by the Band/Band Boosters each year.

The James Roytz Band Award is a prestigious award funded by the BBHHS Band Boosters and generously matched by Mr. Roytz and his wife Diane. The award will assist a student of excellent academic standing, is a member of the BBHHS band program, and demonstrates a driven effort and love of the arts. The recipient need not be pursuing music as a major, however, must be seeking a degree in education. More information available HERE.

The David J. Keen memorial percussion scholarship fund was put into place through the generosity of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights parents and staff, as well as, family and friends to honor David J. Keen. David died unexpectedly in 2006 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School doing what he loved, teaching percussion.  David taught the marching band percussion section, indoor drumline, private lessons, and other percussion studies at the high school for 9 years. David lived his life with the philosophy of “Do what you love and love what you do.” More information available HERE.

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UPCOMING DATES

Jazz Ensemble @ Tri-C Jazz Festival: Tuesday, April 9th – 4:10pm @ Westlake HS

Wind Ensemble Spot Checks: DUE Friday, April 12th @ 11:59pm.

Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsal with Dr. Leyva from KSU: Wednesday, April 24th – 6:00pm-8:30pm

Spring Band Concert: Thursday, May 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Wind Ensemble/Kent State Partnership Concert: Friday, May 3rd – 7:00pm @ KSU

THANK YOU again to everyone that made the MIOSM Pancake Breakfast a HUGE success! It was such a great experience to see so many facets of our BBHCSD music programs highlighted while enjoying some delicious pancakes!

We’ve reached a little bit of a lull in our band calendar as we approach Spring Break and the music department prepares for the Spring Musical, Mama Mia(tickets on sale HERE). This is an excellent time to think about summer music camps and extra performing opportunities during the school year. Several events have audition and application deadlines coming up this Spring. Participation could be used for Honors Wind Ensemble credit next school year. Feel free to contact Mr. Rex with questions about any of the opportunities below.

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SUMMER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

Check out all these AWESOME summer music opportunities! The programs below allow for concentrated study on brass/woodwind/percussion, jazz, or music theory. Let Mr. Rex know if you have any questions!

Ohio State University Summer Youth Music Programs

Baldwin Wallace Wind & Percussion Institute

BGSU Summer Music Institute

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Interlochen Summer Arts Camp

Tri-C JazzFest Academy Summer Camp

Royalton Music Jazz Express – Details coming soon!

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SCHOOL YEAR HONORS GROUPS

Check out all these AWESOME performance opportunities for honors groups during the school year. We have several students that participate in these ensembles who highly recommend them to others. Let Mr. Rex know if you have any questions!

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies

Contemporary Youth Orchestra

Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra

Macy’s Great American Marching Band

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UPCOMING DATES

Band Booster Meeting:  Tuesday, April 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Spring Musical – Mamma Mia: April 4-6 – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Jazz Ensemble @ Tri-C Jazz Festival: Tuesday, April 9th – 4:10pm @ Westlake HS

Spring Band Concert: Thursday, May 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Wind Ensemble/Kent State Partnership Concert: Friday, May 3rd – 7:00pm @ KSU

CONGRATULATIONS to the Wind Ensemble for receiving a SUPERIOR rating at the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event on Saturday! Wind Ensemble received “straight ones”, meaning every adjudicator awarded them the highest level rating of “Superior.” The Wind Ensemble was one of only three bands all weekend to receive this highest level distinction. By receiving a “Superior” rating the Wind Ensemble also qualifies for the opportunity to perform at the state level adjudicated event. We celebrate and appreciate these students’ hard work and dedication to musical excellence!

Special thanks to Pam & Keith Knerem, Sheryl Fenton, and Andy Karkosiak for helping with equipment and chaperoning!

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MIOSM PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The annual Music In Our Schools Month Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday, March 16th from 8:00am-1:00pm. Please come out to BBHHS and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast, enter to win and bid on some great prizes, and enjoy band, orchestra, and choir performances from elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Call times and performance times for participating high school band students are below:

Indoor Drumline – CT @ 8:45am, Perform @ 9:15am (HS Gym)
Jazz Ensemble – CT @ 10:15am, Perform @ 10:45am (HS Cafeteria)
Wind Ensemble – CT @ 11:00am, Perform @ 11:30am (HS Gym)

Parent and student helpers are still needed! Parents please sign-up to help HERE. Students please sign-up HERE. Thank you in advance for your help in continuing this successful event!

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UPCOMING DATES

MIOSM Pancake Breakfast:  Saturday, March 16th – 8:00am-1:00pm

Band Booster Meeting:  Tuesday, April 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Jazz Ensemble @ Tri-C Jazz Festival: Tuesday, April 9th – 4:10pm @ Westlake HS

Spring Band Concert: Thursday, May 2nd – 7:00pm @ BBHHS

Wind Ensemble/Kent State Partnership Concert: Friday, May 3rd – 7:00pm @ KSU