Thursday, October 18
Interested in Silver Cord? Civic Music is looking for 8-10 BHS Music Students to serve as ushers for their events. Please see me ASAP if interested. The next event is November 8th. This is a win-win opportunity.
The Music Boosters will once again be hanging the downtown decorations. The Boosters will be hanging the decorations on Sunday, October 28th. Parents and students should meet at the Perkins Park shelter at 7:30 AM to load the wreaths. Once loaded the will head downtown to hang them. Please consider helping. This is a good fundraiser for the Music Boosters and will go much quicker with many hands. Students will earn Silver Cord for helping.
The Music Boosters need a trailer or several pickup trucks to haul the wreaths. If you have a step ladder please bring it. 10 - 12 ft work well for hanging the wreaths, and 8ft ladders work well for the bows.
Friday, October 12
Call time tomorrow is now 10:30 AM with a performance around 11. Seniors - I still need your senior night forms.
Tuesday, October 9
It is time for Concert and Symphonic Band Auditions. All materials can be found in the Marching Band Google Classroom. All students must join the class using this code b0vwd. All auditions must be submitted to the google classroom or done in person. Don't wait until the last minute.
Seniors - I need your senior forms ASAP.
Monday, October 8
Great rehearsal today. I feel much better about us than I did on Friday evening (hopefully you do too). I hope to finish the second song tomorrow. Don't forget...this Saturday we are performing at the Port of Burlington. Call time is 9:30 AM and we perform from 10:00-10:15ish. We will not be wearing uniforms as I don't believe there will be any room for our trailer. Please wear something purple or gray.
Thursday, October 4
Call time for Friday night is 6:30 PM. We will be performing our Phantom of the Opera Show for the first time. We will only march the opener...just didn't have time to learn any more in four days.
The next Civic Music Student Concert is Thursday, October 11. The concert will feature Farewell Angelina an all-female country group from Nashville. If you would like to attend please sign up on my office window.
The Music Boosters are looking for any parents who may have a trailer to help with the hanging of the downtown holiday decorations. If you have one please contact the Music Boosters.
The Marching Band is still performing at the Alzheimer's Walk on Saturday, October 13th. Call time is 9:30 am. Students will need to wear blue jeans and a grayhound hoodie, sweatshirt, etc. We are not wearing uniforms.
I somehow managed to delete the old news from September. Not sure how I managed to do that.
Wednesday, May 30
Graduation is this Sunday. Band students should arrive at BHS at 1:30 to get their instruments and load the buses. We will start performing around 2:15 PM and the ceremony should be complete by 4:30 pm. Remember to bring water, sunscreen, and clothespins. Students do not need to wear black and white, but are expected to dress in nice clothes. If it is 85 degrees or warmer you may wear dress shorts.
Tuesday, May 15
Congratulations on a great concert last night (despite the high heat in the gym). I received numerous compliments on you performance. Only one major performance left....Graduation. Special thanks to the seniors for a wonderful four years and for the awesome trumpet lamp!
Tuesday, May 1
The BHS Jazz Concert will be Sunday, May 13th at 3:00 PM in the ESMS Auditorium. This concert was also scheduled for May 10th, but there are too many conflicts with sporting events. Please make sure to update your calendars.
Sunday, March 25
Hard to believe we leave for Disney tomorrow. Please be at BHS (cafeteria side) by 7:15 AM to begin loading the coaches. Remember, all instruments go in the first two coaches. Please e-mail or text if you have any last minute questions. I am gone this weekend for symphony concerts, but will be checking my phone. See you tomorrow.
Chaperones should be at BHS at 7 AM so we can get prepared and get ourselves situated in the coach before the students arrive.
Tuesday, March 20
I just uploaded a suggested packing list for our Disney Trip. I should have a complete itinerary from Burlington Trailways tonight or early tomorrow. Reminder - I will be gone tomorrow. I expect you to be on your best behavior for my sub. She has not worked with bands before and I do not want any bad reports on my classes.
Wednesday, March 14
Congratulations to both bands on a fine Spring Concert last night. I was pleased with the performance of both groups. Keep up the good work. Disney will be our next performance.
Sunday, March 11
Don't forget, Southeast Iowa Band Concert this evening at First UMC. Concert begins at 6:00 PM. Extra credit for those who can attend.
The BHS Spring Band Concert is Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 PM in the ESMS Auditorium. The Symphonic Band will warm-up at 6:30 PM and the Concert Band at 6:45 PM. Please help spread the word.
Tuesday, February 21
Students attending the WIU Showcase of Bands Honor Band need to bring in all forms ASAP! We will leave from the loading dock at 3:50 tomorrow. Please be sure to read all materials.
There will be a Disney Parent meeting on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 PM in the BHS Cafeteria. We will go over all rules and expectations for the trip and answer any questions. Representatives from Burlington Trailways will also be on hand to answer questions.
Saturday, January 27
Congratulations to the Jazz Ensemble on receiving a Division 1 at the State Jazz Festival today. Way to go and keep up the good work!
Monday, January 22
Students interested in participating in the State Solo and Ensemble festival need to sign up on my office window by the first week of February. The event is April 14th (same day Prom was scheduled).
Friday, January 19
Another weekend, another honor band. Those involved with the SEIBA Honor Band should meet in the Band Room at 8:15 AM tomorrow. Make sure to read the information sheet and bring money for lunch.
Pep Band tonight. Be here at 6:15 and help cheer our Grayhound Girls to victory.
Be sure to check the Disney page for an updated itinerary later today.
Tuesday, January 16
No pep band tonight. The teams are out of town tonight. Students involved with the SEIBA Honor Band need to be at BHS this Saturday by 8:15 AM. Please read the information sheet that was included in your folder.
Minor updates to the Disney page. I will send an updated payment information this Friday. All students need to try and have their accounts paid in full by the end of the month.
Thursday, January 11
The Music Boosters need your help this Sunday to remove the downtown decorations. They will begin removing the Jefferson Street decorations at 8:00 AM this Sunday. Once the decorations are removed they need to be returned to the Perkins Park Shelter House. The trailer will probably arrive around 9:00 AM if everything goes smoothly. Please help. The more people there the quicker it will be finished.
Saturday, January 6
Congratulations to Grace (flute), Lydia (flute), Vidya (clarinet), and Wilson (tuba) on their acceptance into the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band. Great job on your auditions. To those who didn't make it, keep trying. The experience of todays audition will make it easier for you next year. The concert will be at Iowa City West HS on Saturday, January 20th.
Congratulations to Grace (flute), Elena (bassoon) Vidya (clarinet), Christina (bass clarinet), Micah (alto), Anthony (trumpet), and Wilson (tuba) on their acceptance into the Augustana College Honor Band next Sunday and Monday. Their concert will be Monday, January 15 at 6:30 PM.
The Music Boosters will not be removing the downtown decorations tomorrow. The plan is to them next Sunday. Please plan on helping as it makes it go much quicker. The boosters will have a meeting this Tuesday and I am sure this will be on the agenda.
Tuesday, December 19
Very nice job at our concerts on Sunday on Monday. I have received numerous compliments on the performances. Keep up the good work and enjoy your vacation...only 2 more days. Pep band tonight and Friday.
Students need to sign up for rooms and transportation for our trip to Orlando. The lists will be on my office door or window tomorrow morning. Start thinking about who you want to room with (four students per room) and who you want to sit next to on the motor coach.
Monday, December 4
Wow, sorry about the lack of updates. Pep Band has started. Students can download a schedule, or see a copy of it the band room. Don't forget - Pies on Parade orders and money are due December 12th. Our Winter Band Concert will be Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 PM in the BHS Gym. Students are to wear black (bottom) and white (top) for this concert. The Winter Jazz Concert will be Monday, December 18th at 7:00 PM in the ESMS Auditorium. The Jazz Ensemble will also be performing for the Rotary Club at Comfort Suites on the 18th during the noon hour.
Friday, November 24
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. The Holiday Parade is tomorrow at 5 PM. We are entry #31 and will be located at the corner of Washington and N 8th Street. I will be at the HS around 4 PM for those who need to get their instruments and uniforms. Don't forget to decorate with lights and wear Santa Hats, antlers, etc.
Saturday, November 18
The BHS Music Booster Greenery Sale arrives this Monday. All students need to pick up their items after school from the band room.
Thursday, November 9
The BHS Band will be performing at Disney on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The time and location are still to be determined. I have no other Disney updates at this time.
Pep Band season is right around the corner. The performances have all been added to the calendar and can also be downloaded.
Tuesday, October 31
There are several honor bands coming up. If you would like to participate the signup sheets are on my office window. The SEIBA Honor Band uses the same audition materials as All State. The others are selected by the college/university.
Are you interested in participating in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival? If so, see me so we can start selecting a solo or ensemble. This is a great way to improve your musicianship and earn points towards your band letter.
Wednesday, October 25
The Partytime Fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for delivery tomorrow (Thursday, October 26). Please make sure all items are picked up from the Band Room before you go home.
Friday, October 20
On Saturday, October 28th the Music Boosters will be checking the lights for the downtown lights. We will begin replacing the lights at 8 AM in the Perkins Park Barn. Students are encouraged to help and will earn Silver Cord Hours. This will go much quicker with many hands.
On Sunday, October 29th we will hang the downtown decorations. Once again, we need as many people to help as possible. We will meet at Perkins Park at 8 AM to load the decorations and will begin hanging them around 8:30 AM. Again, we need as many students and parents as possible to help. Students will also earn Silver Cord Hours for this day.
I have helped with this event for at least 15 years and it goes much quicker and smoother with many hands. Please consider helping and show up next weekend.
Wednesday, October 18
The Music Booster Greenery Sale began today. Every student should have received an order form. If not, you can download one here. All checks should be made payable to BHS Music Boosters. Order forms are due in my office on Thursday, November 2nd. Expected delivery is the week of November 20.
I haven't heard from PartyTime Fundraising, but I expect the orders will be arriving anytime in the next two weeks.
Tuesday, October 10
Seniors, please get your senior night forms turned in to me ASAP. I e-mailed you the form over a week ago and only half of you have filled it out. I need these completed by tomorrow so I can type the script for Friday's game.
Wednesday, October 4
Good rehearsal today. Sorry about the rain....if it only would have waited 45 more seconds. Seniors-check your e-mail today. I am sending you a form for senior night. These need to be completed by this weekend.
Friday, September 29
Our third game is tonight. The band will be performing their second show of the season. Band members should arrive by 6:30 PM. Don't forget your black socks, black shoes, shako, and plume.
- The Party Time fundraiser is Monday, October 2 by 3:30 PM.
Monday, September 25
Fireball Tuesday is here. Band students need to report to BHS at 2:25 to get in uniform and get ready. We will leave BHS at 2:45 PM and will be bussed back to BHS at the conclusion of the event. There is evidently a VIP area we will be in near 4th and Jefferson. I am planning on performing all 6 show tunes and cadences with approximately 30 minutes between sets. They would like us to be at the foot of Snake Alley at 5:30 PM for some type dedication. I know this is going to be a long evening, but I am sure the school district and city will be grateful.
Friday, September 22
The Homecoming Game is tonight. Call time is 6:30 PM. We will perform two of our halftime selections at pre-game and one at halftime. Don't forget- black shoes and black socks. We will not wear gloves this year. I thought I had ordered them, but evidently I did not.
Fireball Run is on Tuesday, Sept. 26. I still don't know exactly what they are expecting from us. We will be in full uniform and will probably perform selections from both of our shows. I hope to have more information on Monday. Thanks for your patience.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 29 we will have morning rehearsal beginning at 7:30 AM. This is for the 8th grade band students. Be on the field ready to go by 7:30 AM.
Tuesday, September 19
Reminder - as in past years band students are expected to be at rehearsal during 1st hour tomorrow (before going to field decorating). Otherwise, the band will not be participating in Thursday's Homecoming events (parade, pep rally, bonfire).
Monday, September 18
We will begin our first fundraiser this week. It will run until Monday, October 2nd. This will give everyone two weekends. Our next fundraiser will be the Music Booster Greenery sale and probably a Pies on Parade fundraiser.
Thursday is a busy day for the band. The Homecoming Parade begins at 6 PM and band members should arrive by 5:30 PM. The line up is near West Avenue and Garfield. Students should plan on walking or car pooling to the start of the parade. After the parade is the carnival, pep rally, and bonfire. We will perform at the pep rally around 8:00 PM and the bonfire shortly after the pep rally is complete.
Students need to be sure to hang uniforms neatly on the trailer after the parade. DO NOT leave them hanging in the band room.
Monday, September 11
Please e-mail myself, Mr. Flaherty, or Miss Wells if you would like an updated account balance for the Disney Trip. There is a possibility I will be able to input this information into your Infinite Campus portal. Please be patient. All students need to have at least $250 in their accounts by the end of September.
The Southeast Iowa Symphony is in need of student volunteers to work their Pops Concert (Music at the Movies - John Williams) on September, 24th at 4:30 in the Memorial Auditorium. Students should wear black and white for the event and will receive Silver Cord points. Sign up on my office window.
Monday, September 4
September is an especially busy month for the Marching Band. Please look at all of the upcoming events. I do not have any information on the Fireball Run. I will pass it on as soon as I receive it. I will be updating the Disney Page later this evening.
Tuesday, August 29
Our first half time performance is this Friday. Members should arrive at Bracewell Stadium by 6:30 PM to unload the trailer and begin to dress in uniforms. If you haven't tried on a uniform, please do so ASAP. You can come in during lunch, study hall, or after school. Don't forget to wear black socks and shoes. We will not wear gloves this Friday. My order has not arrived.
Tuesday, August 22
There will be no jazz band this week. Auditions for the two bands will begin on Monday, August 28.
Wednesday, August 16
The Marching Band will be performing during the assembly on the first day of school. If you haven't downloaded the school song and show music, please do so now. All music can be located in the downloads folder, just make sure you are logged into your gapps account.
Thursday, August 10
Thanks for a productive mini-camp. We are off to a good start and I look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school. Be sure to bring in your medical forms and statement of understandings. If any band students want to help out the BCSD employee band for our back to school inservice please come to our rehearsal on August 15 at 7 PM. You can use this towards your band letter points.
Tuesday, August 1
Good turn out for our first drum line rehearsal of the year. Reminder for those who weren't there...rehearsal is tomorrow from 5-6. Due to a conflict in my schedule we will meet at 1 PM on Thursday and Friday.
Wednesday, July 12
There will be no summer mailing, or it will be very late, as I am unable to access Infinite Campus to print mailing labels...sorry for the inconvenience. The letter, all forms, and music (will need to be logged in with your gapps address) can be found via the downloads tab. Please help spread the word. Camp dates are as follows - Drumline August 1st - 4th and Band Camp August 7th - 10th.
Tuesday, June 20
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer vacation. I hope to have information added to the Disney tab sometime this month. Just waiting on some updated information from Burlington Trailways. In the mean time, visit the following links to hear our marching shows for this year....KISS and Uprising. If you want your music please e-mail and I will send you a .pdf.
Graduation is this Sunday. Band members (and choir) should meet at BHS at 1:15 PM on Sunday. We will leave for Bracewell Stadium at 1:30 PM and begin our performance at 2:15 PM. Please wear dress clothes (black and white not necessary, but OK). Make sure to bring clothes pins, or put your music in a binder.
Saturday, May 13
Tuesday, May 9
Our 33rd annual Maurice Wright Concert is next Monday at 7 PM in the BHS Gym(atorium). The Music Boosters are asking Music Students to bring in baked goods for the bake sale at the end of the concert. Thanks for your help.
Thursday, May 4
Are you interested in a summer music camp? If so, you can pick up an application in my office, or download it from the web page. Applications are due in my office on Friday, May 12th. The BHS Jazz Bands Concert is next Friday (May 12th) at ESMS. The concert will begin at 6:00 PM. Hope to see you there.
Friday, April 21
The BHS Spring Jazz Band concert date has changed again. We will have our concert Friday, May 12 @ 6:00 PM. This will allow our students attending the International Science Fair in Los Angeles to perform.
Thursday, April 13
Way to go BHS Band, Orchestra, and Choir Students!!! We are proud of you.
Monday, April 10
Congratulations to all performers on a job well done at the Iowa High School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival. All of our students received Division I's and II's. Keep up the good work and lets take even more students next year. Special congratulations to Christina who was selected as the Outstanding Performer of her center. Way to go!!!
Thursday, April 6
The Festival of Bands Concert is tonight at 7:00 PM at the Memorial Auditorium. Students should arrive at 6:45 PM, or as soon as possible after your sporting event. Percussionists should arrive by 6:30 at the latest to complete the set up.
Wednesday, March 29
Butterbraid Fundraising will be here today. Please pick up your product after school in the band room. You are financially responsible for any product that spoils that you leave or forget to pick up.
Monday, March 27
Great job at the concert yesterday. I was pleased with the performance of both bands. I received several compliments on your behalf. Thanks for all of your hard work.
Our next performance will be Thursday, April 6th at the Festival of Bands. This concert will be at the Memorial Auditorium and begins at 7:00 PM.
SOLO AND ENSEMBLE PARTICIPANTS - Rehearsals with our accompanist will be Thursday (3/30), Monday (4/3), and Thursday (4/6) from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. The Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held at Davenport West HS on Saturday, April 8th. See me for your times.
Monday, March 20
Wow, have I ever dropped the ball with updates. I will try and get back on track with weekly updates.
BAND CONCERT this Sunday at Edward Stone MS. The BHS Concert Band will present their Spring Concert at 4 PM this Sunday at ESMS. Symphonic Band will warm up at 3:25 and the Concert Band at 3:40. Dress for the concert is black and white, or black and black.
Butterbraid Fundraising forms and money are due in my office tomorrow. I need to call the order in by 4:00 PM on Tuesday.
Students participating in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival need to bring in their judge copies and accompaniment by Friday. Rehearsals with our accompanist will probably begin the week of March 27th.
Friday, March 3
BHS Music students began the first fundraiser for our 2018 trip to Walt Disney World. Hopefully your student brings home the order form, if not, you can download the front page here. The braids are $14 and the cookie dough is $16.
Thursday, February 16
Great week of rehearsals. Keep up the good work. Our final pep band performance is tomorrow night. Hope you can make it. As a small token of my appreciation there will be some pizza and pop in the cafeteria for you after halftime. WIU Honor Band Students - please remember to bring in all forms on Tuesday.
Don't forget to check your Smartmusic accounts. If you are interested in participating in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival please let me know by next Friday.
Tuesday, February 7
Congratulations to the Jazz Band on their performance at the Culver-Stockton College Jazz Festival. Way to represent our school.
Penultimate Pep Band Performance tonight. Come help us end our season on a high note. Double-header varsity game. Will be a "rockin' good time.
Monday, January 20
Congratulations to the Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble on their performances at the State Jazz Band Festival this past Saturday. The Jazz Band earned a Division II and the Jazz Ensemble earned a Division I. Keep up the good work.
A special thank-you to my music colleagues for helping me run the festival and to the Music Boosters for taking care of the concessions. I received several comments on how smoothly everything went and how much they liked ESMS.
Next Monday, February 6, the Jazz Band will be attending the Culver-Stockton College Jazz Festival. We will be gone all day. I will be posting more information this week, as well as sending an e-mail with all of the information.
Tuesday, January 24
Gray Pep Band Tonight!! This Saturday we are hosting the State Jazz Band Festival at Edward Stone Middle School. It isn't too late if you would like to volunteer. This is an easy way to earn Silver Cord Hours. I would like help with setting up and tearing down, and general help on Saturday.
The call time for the Jazz Band is 2:20 with a 2:40 warm up and a 3:10 performance. The call for the Jazz Ensemble is 3:40 with a 4:00 warm up and a 4:30 performance. Dress for both bands will be black.
Thursday, January 19
I found out after today's rehearsals that there is only one game tomorrow night. The game begins at 7:00 PM.
SEIBA Honor Band participants should meet at the loading dock at 7:45 on Saturday. Make sure you bring some money for lunch and read the directions included with your music so there are no surprises.
Sunday, January 8
Congratulations to the Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble on their concert today. I was pleased with your performances. Keep up the good work so we can finish the year strong.
Saturday, January 7
The Music Boosters will not be taking down the Jefferson Street decorations tomorrow. It has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 15th.
Congratulations to Vidya, Christina, and Dalton on making the SEIBA Honor Band today. Congratulations to Abgail on making the SEIBA Honor Jazz Band. Way to go!! Congratulations to Grace, Vidya, Kristen, Christina, Micah, Zach, and Dalton on making the Augustana College Honor Band.
Friday, January 6
BHS Winter Jazz Band Concert this Sunday at 3:00 PM in the ESMS Auditorium. Reminder - We are wearing black bottoms and whatever colored top you prefer. Jazz Ensemble call time is 2:30 and the Jazz Band is 2:40. Please help spread the word.
Thursday, January 5
Tomorrow is Beach Night. The Pep Band is encouraged to wear appropriate beach wear to the game. We will meet at our usual 6:15 PM and play half time to half time. Students auditioning for the SEIBA Honor Band need to meet at BHS at 7:40 AM this Saturday. We will hopefully return home around 4:00 PM. This Sunday the Music Boosters will be removing the downtown decorations on Jefferson and returning them to the Perkins Park Shelter. We need as many students and families to help as possible. Please meet at the West end of Jefferson Street at 8:00 AM.
Monday, December 26
New web page. Hopefully I will be able to add all of the previous content in the near future (depends on what Google releases).
Monday, December 12
Good job at the concert last night. I was pleased with the performance of both bands. Tuesday night we have pep band. We will not have pep band this Friday.
Sunday, December 11
Winter Band Concert Today. The BHS Concert and Symphonic Bands will be in concert today, December 11th at 4:30 PM. The concert will be in the BHS Gym and is free and open to the public.