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Weekend Update 4-19-20

April 19, 2020

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/J6fgwtgJp24

By now you’ve probably heard of the announcement made by Governor Abbott and received communication from our district sharing that all Texas school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year. We will continue to proceed with extended learning and please continue to check your email and the BHS Band Calendar on our website for updates.

Some of you have asked about getting into the school to get items from your lockers – I will let you know as soon as I hear how we will handle that from Administration. Us band directors are not allowed in the building at this time.

Although this is a truly challenging time, we will get through it and look forward to awesome 2020-2021!

New Assistant Band Director for 2020-2021: Christopher Kreger.

(see his video on YouTube- YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/J6fgwtgJp24)

DRUM MAJOR CANDIDATE WORKSHOP:

We will host a virtual workshop for Drum Major candidates this coming Thursday, April 23rd. at 1:00pm. We will be using Zoom for this meeting. The meeting ID and Password will be emailed to candidates on the 22nd.

PLEASE ONLY LOG ON TO THIS MEETING IF YOU ARE AUDITIONING FOR DRUM MAJOR.

INVENTORY CHECK:

If you have a school owned instrument at home with your right now (or piece of guard equipment), we will need to get information from you by this coming Friday, April 24th. Here’s what we need you to do:

If you have a school-owned woodwind or brass instrument – take a picture of the instrument with the serial number clearly (as clearly as you can) showing in the photo AND take a picture of the case so that we can clearly see the serial number in the photo. 2 separate pictures – horn not in case. Horn fully assembled. Email the pictures to the following director:

Woodwinds to Mrs. Gill – Shannon.gill@bisd.net

Brass to Mr. Kwaku – kevin.kwaku@bisd.net

Percussion – Mr. Smith – Ian.smith@bisd.net

Colorguard – take a picture of any school-owned item you have at your home and email it to Mr. Hudnall – cody.hudnall@bisd.net

Please email the appropriate director if you have any trouble such as not being able to find the serial number. (it is tough on tubas – often on the valve in a hard to see spot or on the lead pipe)

We will allow you to hold on to the horn over the summer but we must know who has what exactly.

Seniors – email Mrs. Gill right away if you have a school-owned inst. at home. We are waiting to hear from our district how we will go about getting those back from you.

Marching Baritones and Mellophones – I’ve distributed those in the past before the semester was out so you could have them over the summer to practice. Again – will have to wait to find out how we will arrange for those to be picked up in the future. More information to come.

JAZZ BAND:

Those interested in Jazz Band for 2020-2021 – please fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/gYUwFr9RBZKB7VEa8

MARCHING WORKSHOP VIDEOS:

You will also all be receiving some marching workshop videos from Mr.Kwaku soon to help you refresh your marching fundamental skills. More info. to come from Mr. K.

NEW MEMBER POWER POINT:

A new member power point will be made available by the end of this month.

This will be information for new and current members as future dates/events/fees will be shared.

NEXT YEAR’S BAND OFFICERS:

The available officer positions for 2020-2021 are Band Captain, 1st Lieutenant, and 2ndLieutenant. These positions will be voted on in the coming weeks. You can read about each position on our website. You will also receive a google form link through Charms mass email to fill out if you are interested in being a band manager, librarian, or Chaplin. These positions are not voted on and are determined by the directors. Directors will appoint these positions when we return to school next school year.

In order to Audition for Band Captain or 1st or 2nd Lieutenant:

Make an audition video! Video requirements are:

-Answer the following question: Why should you be Band Captain/1st or 2nd Lieutenant?

-Keep it reasonable and clean as these will be posted on our YouTube channel

-Make the video your own. Be creative with it while still staying safe.

-Submit to Mrs. Gill through the specific Google Classroom. A classroom code will be provided at the end of this video.

MUST BE SUBMITTED ON OR BEFORE MAY 4th!!!

How do I know if I made it?

Once the videos have been made and submitted they will be posted on our YouTube channel to be viewed by the other band members. A Google survey will be made available and used as a voting platform to select our 2020-2021 Band Captain and 1st and 2nd Lieutenants!!

GUARD NEWS:

1- leadership applicants - submit video performing a self-choreographed solo. Due to the google classroom on May 4th at 4:25 PM.

2- measurements for Fall 2020 costume.  Will have to be completed at home. More information will be given out soon.  

3- Zoom meeting, April 21st at 2:00 PM.

PERCUSSION NEWS:

All percussionists will be put into a percussion class for the Fall of 2020 (likely 1st period) and then put into band classes for the Spring of 2021.

Continue doing a great job with your google classroom assignments!

FUTURE DATES, DEADLINES, AND POSTINGS:

May 4 – Drum Major and Band Officer videos due at 4:25pm.  There are 2 Google Classroom classes where students can upload their videos: (also on our band website – students tab-password is M100)

Drum Major Auditions – cykufnh

Band Officer Videos - qoabfti

May 5 – Fall Marching Show Reveal Video will be made available on band website-Home Page. Band Banquet is cancelled. Boosters may be providing information regarding Senior recognitions in the near future.

May 6 – Officer Videos will be posted on YouTube and made available to view.  Voting on officers and section leaders will be made available – there will be a google form on our band website-Student tab. Band Officer positions are voted on (and approved by directors), Section Leader positions will be decided by the directors, however, we will use data gathered from the student vote as one of many deciding factors.

May 8 – Voting closes and videos will be removed from YouTube / you will not be able to fill out the google form beyond this date.

May 11 – Results for the following will be posted on our website (Students tab):

Band Placement, Drum Major, Section Leader, and Band Officers

2020 UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest has been canceled due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19

 Summer Band is still scheduled to begin in late July – please continue to check the band calendar for any updates. We will proceed as normal until we are given other instruction.

Once Again – here is a recap of the up-coming dates to remember:

Thursday, April 23rd – 1:00pm-2:00pm: Drum Major Candidate workshop Zoom meeting

Friday, April 24th – Email your pictures of your school-owned instrument to the appropriate director

Thursday, April 30th – New and Current Member PowerPoint available on our website-home page

Monday, May 4th – Drum Major and Band Officer videos due at 4:25pm-Google Classroom Class

Tuesday, May 5th – Fall Marching Show Reveal Video-website-Home Page

Wednesday, May 6th – Officer Videos posted on YouTube / Google form for voting on website-“Students”

Friday, May 8th – Voting closes

May 11 – Results posted for Band Placement, Drum Major, Section Leader, and Band Officers

-website-“Students”

AND LASTLY – HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY TO Elijah Butler! WE HOPE YOU HAVE AN AWESOME DAY!

Parents – I’m happy to share any birthday that occurs during the current week – please send me some fun photos and I’ll send a Happy Birthday out over these announcements!

ONCE AGAIN – WE MISS YOU ALL VERY MUCH AND CAN’T WAIT UNTIL WE CAN ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN. STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY.


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