Welcome to the BVN Mustang Band Family for the 2020-2021 school year! We’re glad you’re here!

This summer has flown by, as it always does, and we are ready to jump into another great year in the band.   As Mr. Freeman has said – we are planning for a full and wonderful year of music – from the marching band to the concert bands (both Fall and Spring) to the jazz bands.  Let’s cross our fingers that our band plans don’t have to change but if they do, you can be assured that Mr. Freeman will make this a fun year for your band student.

We have a great staff to teach and support our students. Dan Freeman, Director of Bands, Joel Wagoner, Assistant Director of Bands, Charles Lovell, Percussion Instructor, & Amanda Sipes, Color Guard Coach work tirelessly year-round to make this the best possible program for your kids. You will be surprised how much the kids grow over the course of one short school year. For some marchers, they come in unable to walk & chew gum at the same time and finish the year playing and marching (at the same time).  The music that the students perform in the concert and jazz bands will bring you goosebumps by the end of the year.  And the fact that the kids learn how to do this with 150 new and old friends is an extra bonus.

The Mustang Band Booster Club is open free of charge, to all BVN Band parents & guardians. If you have a student in the band, you’re already a member. The Mustang Band Booster Club does have an executive board whom you will meet at the parent meeting at the beginning of the year but I wanted to introduce them in this letter.

President – Lori VanderLeest
Past President – Libby Tullis
Vice President – Kim Jacobson
Secretary – Jane Burgett
Co-Treasurers – Heather Ellis/Rob VanderLeest
At Large Member – Stacy Davis
At Large Member – VACANT

As you can see – we have room for one more parent to be on the executive board.  If you want to get more involved with the Mustang Band Booster Club – please come see one of the board members and bring any questions you may have about the position.  You will find one or more of our board members at any given event, so please stop by and introduce yourself – whether you want to be on the executive board or not.  Parents like meeting new friends too right?

As you can imagine, with a program of this size that includes marching band, concert band, jazz band, & color guard, it takes more people than just the band & guard staff to make things happen. WE NEED YOU! With something for everyone, we can find you a place to help. Do you love road trips? Chaperone one of our trips to K State or Independence, KS.  Love football? Come chaperone the band to home football games and get in for free! Do you love to feed people? Join the Feed the Band Committee and serve pizza to hungry teenagers. How about event planning? We’ve got those, too! Jazz Coffee Night, Concert on the Lawn, Pancake Dinner and Silent Auction, and more. We even have a place for you if you’re not big on herding teenagers. There are plenty of behind the scenes committees, too.

Whether you sign up to volunteer one time or all the time, we are looking forward to getting to know you & your student. Most committees require multiple volunteers so reach out to the committee chair or me if you have any questions. Check out the volunteer opportunities on the band website for more information and get involved in any way that works for you.

We are here to help – please reach out to any board member with questions or concerns. We are looking forward to a great year filled with fantastic music, new friends, and great memories.

Rock the Stable!

Lori VanderLeest