Hello Band Families,
Now that marching season is over, things slow down quite a bit and that includes emails. I will send one out monthly with brief, informational emails as needed. The entire month of November is on the calendar below and of course, everything is fluid so keep an eye out for changes. For now, please note that students in Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will have 2-3 rehearsals at 7 am before their winter concert (December 11th) in order to integrate the percussion and wind sections. These will be announced in class approximately one week before the rehearsal.
After the spring semester starts, we will have a good grasp on who is not in the concert band and those families will be removed from the main email list but will be notified when we have the end of the year band awards ceremony, etc. As always, feel free to shoot us an email if you have any questions.
Anyone interested in Winter Guard should contact Ms. Bock about dates. We will be holding some clinics in the beginning of November for those interested. Strong movement skills are encouraged and would suggest getting with a color guard member to learn the warm-up exercises before we start to get a grasp of what is being asked. All skills will be taught for the show, the correct attitude and work ethic are needed to make this competitive group successful. Any student in attendance at BVSW is welcome to audition, more information will be going out through the school. Check out the color guard Instagram, BVSWColorguard, for all social media posts as well as a link to the sign-up sheet for winter guard in the bio link.
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NOVEMBER IN BAND
Tue Nov 5
7pm Band Booster Meeting, BVSW Orchestra Room
Thu Nov 7
BUTTER BRAID ORDERS ARE DUE TODAY
Sat Nov 9
7am-3pm ECKMEA Auditions, Olathe East HS
Fri Nov 22
Butter Braids delivered to band room. Will be asking for volunteers to help with distribution.
Immediately after school
Have a great month,
Hello Band Families,
That’s wrap folks! Well, for marching season anyway. It has been an amazing season and they did so well this year and our show was fantastic! Just like every year since I began my involvement with the Emerald Regiment, I am always sad when it’s over-my daughter is too. Last year, when the marching season ended, she went through a period of letdown that took me by surprise. They are so busy and things are moving so fast then suddenly, it’s over. They miss their friends, they miss the crazy schedule (trust me, they do), but mostly I think they miss the camaraderie that comes with being a member of the marching band. Someone said to me just the other day, “you don’t realize how important these friendships are until they aren’t there anymore.” I think this is a big part of the sadness my daughter experienced when last year’s season was over. Suddenly, she wasn’t seeing all 100+ of her friends every single day and she missed them. So just know, for our new parents, this may happen. It really helped to jump right into another activity that kept her busy. She signed up for winter guard and then swimming and all was well in the Krone household.
This week also marks the last “This week in band” as we will transition to “This month in band” beginning the first of the year. We will have informational emails sprinkled in at various times throughout the month but the only scheduled email will go out on or around the 1st. There will be no email in December nor is there a booster meeting so make sure you attend the November 5th (not 12th) meeting to hear the preparations for the new year.
FROM MR. LESANDO
We have been invited to another amazing opportunity this year - performing an exhibition for another high school's competition. We do not compete in this show but we are the "big band" that is brought in to display a level of to the activity that is not a commonality amongst the other bands attending. This is a true honor as this type of performance is usually reserved for the college and military marching bands. This event will take place during the late morning/early afternoon of October 23rd. Students will eat an early lunch at SW and will be bussed to perform and return at the beginning of 5th hour.
I would also like to take a second and thank you all for a fantastic marching season. Your support for me, the staff, and your students is unmatched by most school band programs. I’m proud to see the growth in your students and our organization. We work hard and for a reason and it has paid off not only in public recognition but in the growth, maturity, and confidence that I see in all of our band kids every day. When I say that band programs like these are uncommon, it is true. We are fortunate to have an extremely supportive administration and a culture at the school that makes the BVSW band something special and unique for our students to be involved with.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Kelly Ketner.
There is only a week left of marching, but we want to look sharp for the last performances. Students need to fill out the sheet that is posted inside the band room door if there is a uniform that needs repair. We will take care of this if we know about it (as soon as possible).
For anyone who has time, we could use some help loading the trailers at BVSW about 9:00 when the band finishes their morning practice. But we’ll need the most help at Spring Hill High School unloading and reloading there. Call or text Michael Crain at 231-631-3570 or Kerry Hafner at 913-707-4554 with any questions.
Color Guard parents, stay tuned for upcoming information about Winter Guard.
NEXT WEEK IN BAND Oct 21-Oct 25
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Mon., Oct 21 NO SCHOOL
Tues., Oct 22
No 7 am - report to normal class time
No Percussion Rehearsal
No Color Guard Rehearsal
Wed., Oct 23
7 AM FOR ALL STUDENTS (WINDS, PERCUSSION, AND COLORGUARD) in preparation for the Spring Hill Exhibition
During school hours - Spring Hill Marching Contest Performance
6:15pm to 7:30(ish) Homecoming Bonfire
Thurs., Oct 24
5:30-8(ish) Run-through for Homecoming Game and Band Trunk or Treat - in Band Practice lot.
Fri., Oct 25
HOMECOMING Football Game #4
Report at 3:30 after school for game prep and dinner
BVSW v. Mill Valley @ BVH (map)
Have a great week,