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Weekly Update (4/3- 4/7)

Updated: Apr 23

This is your weekly MUSIC DEPARTMENT update!

Hello Folks!

This should be a relatively easy week!

I hope everyone is excited for Easter Sunday this upcoming weekend!

Congratulations to the Baker County Jazz Ensemble for their stellar performance on Saturday! I think a lot of people noticed how far we've come! I also had a lot of fun just performing with you guys in a more professional venue. Be proud!


Band Handbook Change

A Heads Up on a new Band Handbook Policy change. This change will not be reflected in the band handbook until next year's rendition, however the policy will be in effect.

Effective now, and moving forward:

Except for the most emergent situations (Death in Family, Sickness/ Injury, Godly Forces, etc...), absences shared with the director the day of the respective graded event will be still recorded as a ZERO in the gradebook.
As one function of band is to help students prepare for adult life outside of High School, parents must understand that students are expected to manage their own schedule and communicate conflicts professionally (via email) with the relevant parties. Therefore, in most instances it is not appropriate to spring an up absence on a supervisor, a team, or -- in the case-- Band Director the day of or even the day before an event.
It is on THE STUDENT to communicate; the Parent should guide the student. Best practice is to communicate as soon as you are aware of the conflict or with 1-2 weeks notice. Never assume anyone knows about your scheduling conflict.

It is observable that this is a response. This response is not to any one situation or parent so I ask that no one take offense. I seek to correct behaviors that have been occurring more frequently throughout the year. Band is an activity that relies strongly on every member, so not receiving adequate notice related to lateness or absences hurts our ability to achieve.

Please spread the word so no one is caught off guard.


Monday, we have another Leadership Monday! If you want to be on Leadership, you need to attend these. Positions of Leadership this year are projected to be very highly competitive, so no student may miss more than one of the five meetings. Please make sure you come having read the necessary chapters (more info below).

Tuesday, Band Boosters Meeting from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Wednesday, ain't nothin' goin on.

Thursday, ain't nothin' goin on.

Friday, ain't nothin' goin on.


April/May at- a- glance


Leadership Mondays!April 3rd- 3pm- 5pm

Band Booster MeetingApril 4th- 6:30pm

Leadership Mondays!April 10th- 3pm- 5pm

Band Tampa Trip Parent MeetingApril 10th- 6:30pm

Band EOY Field TripApril 14th-16th

Leadership Mondays!April 24th- 3pm- 5pm

Leadership Mondays!May 1st- 3pm- 4pm

Music Ensemble Chair PlacementsMay 8th-19th

Drum Major ClinicsMay 8th- 3pm- 5pm

Drum Major ClinicsMay 9th- 3pm- 5pm

Nerd Bowl w/ JROTCMay 11th

Leadership Applications DUEMay 12th

Jacksonville Symphony: Harry Potter & Order of the PhoenixMay 12th

BCHS Music Department BanquetMay 13th- 5pm

Leadership InterviewsMay 15th- 16th

Drum Major AuditionsMay 17th

Leadership Results Sent OutMay 20th

Jazz Ensemble AuditionsMay 22nd- 25th

Leadership Contract Return DeadlineMay 23rd

Last Day of SchoolMay 25th

$45 Rookie Fee is DueMay 26th


During School Wind Ensemble Rehearsal w/ Mr. Jose LopezApril 13th

Wind Ensemble State Dress Rehearsal #1April 25th- 3pm- 6pm

Wind Ensemble State Dress Rehearsal #2April 27th- 3pm- 6pm

All Ensembles Timing RehearsalMay 1st- 4pm- 6pm

Prism Concert Dress RehearsalMay 2nd- 3pm- 6:30pm

Prism Concert Dress RehearsalMay 4th- 3pm- 6:30pm

Thursday Night LiveMay 11th- 5pm- 8pm

Band Graduation RehearsalMay 16th- 3pm- 5pm

Band Graduation RehearsalMay 18th- 3pm- 5pm

Thursday Night LiveMay 25th- 5pm- 8pm


Elementary School Tour (Tentatively)April 12th

STATE CONCERT MPAApril 29th- 6:00pm Performance Time

BCHS Prism ConcertMay 5th- 4pm Call Time; 7:00 Performance Time

Graduation 🎓 May 19th- 5:30pm Call Time; 7:00pm Ceremony


Things to Note 🎵:

Harry Potter Jacksonville Symphony Trip

Hey Band! We are once again doing the joint field trip with BCMS to go see Harry Potter at the Jacksonville Symphony on Friday, May 12th!

If you're interested, please read the attached document. I will have order forms available for everyone in my door by the end of the day today. Anyone in Band, (including Colorguard and Majorette), or Chorus may attend!

Tickets are limited and first come, first served!


BCHS JSO - Harry Potter '23
Download PDF • 103KB

Music Ensemble Chair Placements Information!!!!!

Please check out the below document for information about Music Ensemble Chair Placements.

Those students auditioning for Jazz are reminded not to be frightened, but simply to try their best. We would love for as many students as possible to audition!

Music Ensemble Auditions 2023
Download PDF • 311KB

Leadership Information!!!!!

Please review the below document for information about Leadership/ Student Staff Requirements.

Leadership Student Staff Requirements
Download PDF • 246KB

The book we are reading for Leadership Mondays has CHANGED.

The book we will be reading is called Habitudes Book #1: The Art of Self-Leadership. WARNING: Please only use the provided link to purchase the book. There are several books that look similar but are different. We are only using the book in the link provided.

Reading Schedule:

Meeting 1: March 27th- Image 1, 2, & 3

Meeting 2: April 3rd- Image 4, 5, & 6

Meeting 3: April 10th- Image 7, 8, & 9

Meeting 4: April 24th- Image 10, 11, & 12

Meeting 5: May 1st- Image 13

DRUM MAJOR CANDIDATES: You can find links to the Score and Music here. Please note that only current Freshmen and Sophomores are being considered for the Second Drum Major role. Candidates should also note that Clinics are not until near the audition date, so they should work closely with current Drum Majors to get a head start.


After School Activities this Week:


  • Leadership Mondays! – 3pm to 5pm


  • Band Booster Meeting – 6:30pm


  • No Activities Scheduled


  • No Activities Scheduled


  • No Activities Scheduled

Birthday Announcements!

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 to Amber Lick (4/5) and to Kaylen Dinkens (4/5)!

Let's have a great week everyone!


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