Weekly Update (2/14- 2/19)
This is your weekly MUSIC DEPARTMENT update!
This week is HUGE! We have Jazz MPA on Thursday, and we're hosting Solo and Ensemble on Friday and Saturday! We desperately need more adults to sign up for shifts, so I encourage band parents (YES, YOU! 😃) to sign up to help us out so that we can put on an amazing event. To sign up, follow this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054DA5AF2EA2FA7-solo1
Students can continue to sign up to help here (remember, to earn credit, you must sign up for and attend 3 shifts and these qualify for Volunteer Hours): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054DA5AF2EA2FA7-solo
We have a visitor on Tuesday during class, so get ready!
January/ February at- a- glance
BCHS Hosts FBA Solo and Ensemble- February 18th-19th
Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal -- February 15th- 3pm to 5pm
Wind Ensemble Rehearsal -- February 24th- 3pm to 5pm
Wind Ensemble MPA Dress Rehearsal – March 1st- 3pm to 5pm
FBA Jazz Music Performance Assessment -- February 17th
FBA Solo and Ensemble-- February 18th-19th
Chorus Lunchtime Performance-- February 22nd
BCHS/ BCMS Pre MPA Concert-- February 22nd- 6:30pm
FBA High School Concert Music Performance Assessment—March 3rd- 5th
Things to Note 🎵:
Music Ensemble Auditions
Music Ensemble Auditions which will determine placement in Wind Ensemble for the 2022-23 School Year will begin March 28th. The number of musicians in Wind Ensemble will stay about the same and most students entering the band next year will be placed in Symphonic Band as a result. This is good news for both ensembles! Wind Ensemble will be very competitive, and Symphonic Band will increase dramatically in size! Requirements for this audition will come out in February, but students can prepare by working on the following Scales in 2 octaves All State Pattern: G, C, F Bb, Eb, Ab, Db.
Band Booster Scholarships
Now available are the Band Booster Scholarship Applications! One Scholarship is for any student in our Band Program who would like to go to a summer music camp! All Drum Major Candidates are required to apply for this option, but all my students are encouraged to apply. The money from this helps to pay for a trip to a summer music camp of your choosing. Sumer Music Camps are a life- changing experience where you can learn how to become a strong musician and make great friends with students from across the state. For more info about the scholarship, click the link below.
The other scholarship is the Senior Scholarship which is $750 for any Senior going off to college or to a trade school. This money can be used to offset the cost of any books, tuition, or school supplies. This is the EASIEST scholarship for any band senior to apply to, and applications are due April 1st, 2022. For more info, click the link below.
Leadership Book 2022
If you are interested in Leadership, you will need to purchase the book "7 Habits of the Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey. Every year, Leadership uses a text to learn to understand leadership concepts. Leadership Mondays begin on Monday, March 7th from 3pm to 5pm. Students must attend all Leadership Mondays to be considered for a position.
Please read the following chapters by each date:
March 7th- "Get in the Habit" and "Paradigms and Principles"
March 14th- "The Personal Bank Account" and "Habit 1- Be Proactive"
March 21st- "Habit 2- Begin with the End in Mind" and "Habit 3- Put First Things First"
March 28th- "The Relationship Bank Account" and "Habit 4- Think Win- Win"
April 4th- "Habit 5- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood" and "Habit 6- Synergize"
April 11th- "Habit 7- Sharpen the Saw" and "Keep Hope Alive"
After School Activities this Week:
Monday- Happy Valentine's Day!
Mr. Dirk Schmidt visits BCHS Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band (During School)
Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal- 3pm to 5pm
No Activities Scheduled (Band Room Closes Immediately After 6th Period)
Jazz MPA (link to Itinerary)- 3pm to 5pm
BCHS Hosts Solo and Ensemble
BCHS Hosts Solo and Ensemble
By the way, I base birthday announcements on what I can see on the Band App, so if you would like to be recognized for your birthday on the weekly announcements, please make sure your Birthday is set to PUBLIC on the Band App.
According to Band App, there are two birthdays this week!
Happy Birthday Booster President Elena Lowther (2/17), and Jordan Shepperson (2/19)!
Let's have a great week everyone!
And GOOOOOO WILDCATS!