Hello BVN Band!

Please CLICK HERE for this week's Band Update, or Scroll down for a copy.


This update gives all of the details for our remaining events for this school year, including Graduation Performance and our 21-22 BVN Band Kickoff Event.

Also – I would be remiss if I didn't double-up on the HUGE Congrats to our Students for weathering the elements (literally) and still giving a WONDERFUL performance at Concert on the Lawn!  (More about this in the Band Update).  

SENIORS – CONGRATULATIONS!!!! It's a big week for you!  I am SO proud of each one of you!!!  Make sure to try to slow down a little this week, and enjoy it.  You will remember these moments for years to come.  Please know you have made a HUGE impact on the BVN Band, and on me.  

TO ALL BAND STUDENTS:  Reminder to Bring ALL School-owned instruments to school tomorrow (Monday the 17th), so we can gather information for summer repairs.  You will get them back on Tuesday!  We're just gathering info/making lists this week.  (next week we will collect to send out for summer repair).

Contents of the Band Update:

  1. From the Directors.
  2. “The Weeks Ahead” – The Last two Weeks of the School Year. All the details, including:
  3. Graduation Performance Details
  4. Details for the 21-22 BVN Band Kickoff Event
  5. Info for our 21-22 Student Leadership Team (a couple meetings this week)
  6. Save the Dates for Summer Band Camp
  7. Making Music in the Summer
  8. Reminders

BVN Band Update 


From the Directors

It was wet but WONDERFUL!!!  Thanks to EVERYONE who attended our Concert on the Lawn, and a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our STUDENTS who weathered (literally) less-than-ideal conditions and performed very well.  Mr. Wagoner and I are incredibly proud of the students!  It was amazing to perform for a full audience again!!!

Seniors:  one more heartfelt thanks from me to each one of you.  You were handed the worst scenario over this past year, and you have handled every part of it with grace an integrity.  You have shown more character and poise than anyone could have asked.  Carry these skills into all of life's endeavors, and you will have a wonderful future.  On behalf of all of the band family, I am very proud of you!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 21-22 BVN Drumline!  The Marching Mustangs are going to have a phenomenal drumline this coming fall.  Our three audition clinics went very well – Mr. Lovell, Mr. Wagoner, and I are pumped after such a good start!

Finishing the school year: the end is in sight, but we have a little more to do!  LOTS of details included in this update.  Make sure to read it all carefully:

  • Graduation performance on Sunday 5/23.

  • 2021-2022 BVN Bands Kickoff Event!  May 24th and 25th.

  • Summer instrument repairs/maintenance

  • Info for our 21-22 Student Leadership Team

Contents of the Band Update:

  1. From the Directors.

  2. “The Weeks Ahead” – The Last two Weeks of the School Year. All the details, including:

    1. Graduation Performance Details

    2. Details for the 21-22 BVN Band Kickoff Event

    3. Info for our 21-22 Student Leadership Team (a couple meetings this week)

  3. Save the Dates for Summer Band Camp

  4. Making Music in the Summer

  5. Reminders

CLICK HERE for a 1-page Band Calendar for this Spring Semester… mark your calendars and hang it on the fridge!  It has been updated for all events.

COMING SOON – a TON of info for the 21-22 BVN Band.  Calendars, Forms, and much more!

Musically yours,

Mr. Freeman

The Week Ahead – Details for our final 2 weeks of school!

CLICK HERE for the May Block Schedule Calendar


Monday 5/17

  • TRADITIONAL SCHEDULE!  All 7 classes meet this day.

  • ALL BAND STUDENTS:  Please bring all School-Owned Instruments and equipment in to the band room!  (for cataloguing/planning our summer instrument repair – you will get instruments back on Tuesday)

  • Happy Birthday Jacob Lippe, Senior Trombone/Drum Major (on Sunday the 16th)

Tuesday 5/18

  • Odd Block Classes.  Senior Finals Hours 5 and 7

Wednesday 5/19

  • Even Block Classes.  Senior Finals Hours 2 – 4 – 6

  • North Time:  Combined Band Council Meeting!  This year's Band Council (20-21) combined with next year's Band Council (21-22).  In the band room, and we'll run a zoom for anyone not able to be in person.

  • Happy Birthday El O'Brien, Junior Flute!

Thursday 5/20

  • Odd Block Classes.  Senior Finals Hours 1 and 3.  Seniors – Grad practice in afternoon.

  • After School:  Meeting for Drum Majors and Section Leaders for the 21-22 Band (next year's leadership).  This will be a quick meeting to prep for the Band Kickoff Events.  We'll start as soon as we can after school and finish by/before 3:30.

Friday 5/21

  • Even Block Classes

  • Seniors:  Class Day Ceremony in the morning.  No band performance but a showcase of band talent nonetheless:

    • Congrats to Band Senior Joseph Madigan for being selected as the Senior Soloist for Class Day!

    • Congrats to Band Senior Grace Burgett for being selected to give the Senior Speech at Class Day!!

  • Happy Birthday Matthew Akridge, Sophomore Trumpet

SUNDAY 5/23:  BVN Band Performance for the BVN Graduation!

  • Location:  The DAC.  District Activities Complex at 135th and Switzer.  (on the FB Field)

  • Schedule/Details:

    • ALL 9th-11th Grade Band Members Perform for our Graduates!

    • 2:15:  Set-up.  We'll put together a set-up crew this week.

    • 2:45 PM:  CALL TIME For ALL Band Members.  Plan ahead:  by 2:45, all band members should be in their seats on the field, ready to perform.  Give yourself time to park, get into the stadium, get out your instrument, etc.  Yes: we will be distanced and wearing masks/bell covers.

    • 2:45 – 3:15:  warm-up/rehearsal.

    • 3:15:  BREAK!

    • 3:30:  in seats for performance.

    • by 3:40:  We begin our pre-show performance.

    • 4:00:  Graduation ceremony begins with the Processional (Pomp and Circumstance)

    • 5:30:  Estimated finish of Graduation (hopefully earlier, but it's out of our control).  We perform again at the end of the ceremony.

  • What to Wear:  Nice clothes.  Shirt and tie level of formality for boys, matching level for girls with an emphasis on modesty (nothing low cut, shoulders covered, dresses knee length, etc).  No tennis shoes, no shorts, no jeans.  

    • The BVN Band Quarter zip with Black Dress Pants and Dress Shoes is definitely acceptable, but not required.


Monday 5/24

  • Odd Block Classes

  • BVN Bands 2021-2022 KICKOFF EVENT – Night 1!

    • 6 – 8 PM

    • All “Rookies”, Section Leaders, and Drum Majors for the 21-22 BVN Bands.

    • Rookie Members = any new member of the BVN Band.  Incoming Freshman (current 8th graders), and new members of the Color Guard, move-in students of all ages.

    • Report to the Main BVN Gym with your instrument (percussionists bring stick bags), wearing comfortable clothes that you can move in, and tennis shoes.

Tuesday 5/25

  • Even Block Classes

  • BVN Bands 2021-2022 KICKOFF EVENT – Night 2!

    • 6 – 8 PM

    • All Members of the 21-22 BVN Band Should Attend!

    • Report to the Main BVN Gym with your instrument (percussionists bring stick bags), wearing comfortable clothes that you can move in, and tennis shoes.

    • FORMS FEST!  5:30 – 7 PM!  Get a headstart!  

      • Drop off your forms for the 21-22 BVN Bands, and pay dues, if you choose.  

      • Check off one of those “beginning of the school year” to-do’s WAY ahead of time. 

      • Students can drop off from 5:30 – 6:00 and Parents can come anytime between 5:30 and 7:00.  

      • More details coming soon.  (we’ll be releasing the forms packet and dues info soon.  Details will come with that release!)

Wednesday 5/26

  • Odd Block Classes.

  • Regular Classes, hours 1 and 3

  • Finals during hours 5 and 7

Thursday 5/27

  • Even Hour Finals!  Hours 2 – 4 – 6

Friday 5/28

  • Finals hours 1 and 3.  Dismiss after 3rd hour!

  • Happy Summer to All!!  Have a Safe, Fun, and Relaxing time.  Looking forward to Band Camp at the end of July/Beginning of August!!

  • Happy Birthday Grace Burgett, Senior Flute/Drum Major (on Saturday 5/29)

Happy Birthday to our Summer Birthdays!

(all the way through the end of August, as I missed celebrating these birthdays this 20-21 School year!)

  • June 4th – Logan Amato, Junior Tuba

  • June 12th – Caleigh House, Sophomore Color Guard

  • June 19th – Mehmet Sahin, Freshman Percussion

  • June 28th – Cade Davis, Freshman Clarinet

  • July 5th – Max Masilionis, Freshman Saxophone

  • July 11th – Jack Graham, Junior French Horn

  • July 16th – Luzia Thomas, Junior Flute

  • July 18th – Joseph Madigan, Senior Tuba

  • July 19th – Reagan Mitchell, Freshman Saxophone

  • July 23rd – Claire Henderson, Freshman Flute

  • July 27th – Megan Meyer, Junior Clarinet

  • August 3rd – Madison Dean, Junior Color Guard

  • August 4th – Nick Jorgensen, Senior Euphonium

  • August  7th – John Muldoon, Junior Clarinet

  • August 12th – Brent Pitts, Junior Clarinet

  • August 15th – Christine O'Brien, Senior Trumpet/Drum Major

  • August 16th – Liam Kille, Junior Euphonium

  • August 18th – Hayden Hartsell, Sophomore Trumpet

  • August 19th – Olivia Miller, Senior Flute

  • August 27th – Hammad Javed, Junior Flute

  • August 28th – Blaise Jessop, Freshman Trumpet

Save the Dates! Summer Band Camp!

Covid realities will determine the exact details of our summer band camp.  However, we are optimistic and planning for a return of the BVN Summer Band Camp and the Marching Mustangs….. SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!  Please Save the Dates!

Week of July 26 – July 30th – “Pre-camp” week.

  • Color Guard and Drumline Camps

  • Leadership Camp

  • Rookie Camp (all 1st year members of the Band.  This will include 10th graders, since marching band didn't exist this last year.)

  • Schedule/details TBA.

Week of 8/1 – 8/7 – Full Band Camp:

  • Sunday, August 1st – Band Camp Kickoff Picnic (afternoon or evening)

  • Monday – Friday 8/2-8/6:  Full Band Camp.

  • Saturday, August 7th (morning):  Final rehearsal, Parent Meeting, Sneak Peek Performance, and Ice Cream!

Making Music in the Summer!

Summer Music Camps (non-BVN)

Summer Music Camps are AMAZING and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  They are a wonderful way to improve your musical skills, make new friends and connections with students from across the region, state, and country, and are all around a great time!  Never required, but highly recommended.

Here is a list of Summer music camps that are happening this summer. Some are in-person, some are virtual. All are recommended!

BV Summer Percussion Camp
KU Midwestern Music Camp https://music.ku.edu/mmc#overview
KSU Music Camp https://www.k-state.edu/band/camps/summermusic/
KCKCC Summer Jazz http://www.kansascityjazz.org/kansascityjazzcamp.html
KC Future Jazz Camp https://futurejazzkc.org/
Fountain City Youth Brass Academy Summer Camp

FSU High Plains Music Camp http://www.fhsu.edu/music-and-theatre/musiccamp/
UMKC Summer Percussion Camp https://info.umkc.edu/cmda-percussion/
UMKC Summer Jazz Camp https://info.umkc.edu/cmda-jazz/
UMKC Summer Composition Camp https://info.umkc.edu/cmda-comp/
UMKC Summer Double Reed Institute https://info.umkc.edu/cmda-dri/
UMKC Saxophone Workshop https://info.umkc.edu/cmda-sax/

UARK Music Camp https://cms.uark.edu/

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp https://bluelake.org/summercamp/

Interlochen Summer Arts Camp https://www.interlochen.org/

EXCITING NEW SUMMER OPPORTUNITY:  The Kansas City Youth Symphony is offering a summer session including a Youth Wind Ensemble that will be Directed by Dr. Joe Parisi.  This is AMAZING!!!! Dr. Parisi is one of the UMKC Band Directors, and one of our favorite people in the whole wide musical world.  This will be a GREAT experience.  HIGHLY Recommended!  July 18th-23rd.  Details at youthsymphonykc.org.


(All of this has been previously distributed, but is still good to re-read and remember!)

Band Recordings!

Go to the Student Resources Page of the Band Website to find recordings of the band!  Ask a band student for the password.

PARENTS – Please consider joining our BVN Parent Booster Club!  The PBC has already given GREAT support to the Band this year, and will continue to do so in the future.  YOUR membership makes this possible.  THANK YOU!!


Safe Music Making During Covid: Covid has made our rehearsals look a lot different.  CLICK HERE to read about Safe Rehearsing in the Covid-Era.

Congratulations, also, to our Student Leadership Team for the 21-22 BVN Bands.  This will be a fantastic group of students to steer our band next year.

CONGRATULATIONS to EVERYONE who recorded performances for the KSHSAA State Solo and Ensemble Festival and to Wind Ensemble, who recorded for the KSHSAA State Large Group Festival!  Results just came in at the end of last week.

This was an extraordinarily strange year. 

  • ALL of our Soloists deserve HIGH PRAISE, as the process was entirely independent.  Rehearse and record all on their own.  I LOVED watching their performance videos!!!

  • ALL of our Ensembles deserve LOTS of CONGRATS.  Their process was VERY quick.  Every ensemble that submitted a recording did the work in about 3 rehearsals and a recording session – with phenomenal results.  

I am very proud to share these results.  CONGRATS TO EVERYONE!!


  • Keaton Alexander, Clarinet – I

  • Logan Amato, Tuba – I

  • Audrey Beckman, Clarinet – I

  • Grace Burgett, Flute – II

  • Hannah Chong, Flute – I

  • Michael Chong, Snare Drum – I

  • Lauren Jenkins, Saxophone – I

  • Junie Ko, Saxophone – I

  • Quinn Koffman, Clarinet – I

  • Joseph Madigan, Tuba – I

  • Megan Meyer, Clarinet – I

  • John Muldoon, Clarinet – I

  • Edward Mu, Piano – I

  • Emily Nelson, Flute – I

  • Brent Pitts, Clarinet – I

  • Quinten Schafer, Piano – II

  • Quinten Schafer, Marimba – II

  • Megan VanderLeest, Clarinet – I

  • Harry Wang, Saxophone – I

  • Zengtao Xing, Piano – I 

  • Oliver Zhang, Trumpet – I

Small Ensembles:

  • BVN Clarinet Choir – I

  • BVN Saxophone Quintet – I

  • Symphonic Band Brass Choir – II

  • Symphonic Band Woodwind Choir – II

  • Symphonic Band Percussion – I

  • Wind Ensemble Brass Choir – I

  • Wind Ensemble Woodwind Choir – I

  • Wind Ensemble Percussion – II

Large Ensemble:

  • BVN Wind Ensemble. Straight “I” Ratings from all three judges!

These are PHENOMENAL Results.  A “II” Rating indicates an excellent musical performance with minor flaws.  A “I” Rating indicates a Superior performance.  Reminder that these are all state level judging expectations/results… and …  WOW!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BVN BAND ALL-STATE MUSICIANS!!!!  Earning All-State Status is the highest honor given to individual student musicians in the state of Kansas.  Equivalent to All-State In any sport.  The release of their virtual All-State concert is coming at the end of February.

  • John Muldoon, Clarinet, All-State Band

  • Megan VanderLeest, Clarinet Alternate

  • Miles Kim, Bass Clarinet Alternate

  • Madhu Parthasarathy, Bassoon, All-State Orchestra

  • Harry Wang, Alto Sax, All-State Band

  • Lauren Jenkins, Alto Sax Alternate

  • Oliver Zhang, Trumpet, All-State Band*

  • Eddie Mu, Euphonium, All-State Alternate

  • Logan Amato, Tuba, All-State Band

  • Joseph Madigan, Tuba, All-State Orchestra – THREE YEAR MEMBER!**

*Oliver Zhang is also a member of the 2020-2021 All-National Band!! (Made up of all-staters from all 50 states!).  He is the third BVN Band Member, all-time, to earn this incredible honor.  Congratulations Oliver!

**Joseph Madigan has earned all-state honors all three years that he was eligible.  This is INCREDIBLE – WAY TO GO JOSEPH!!

Congrats also to ALL of our band students who auditioned for all-state.  It is a TOUGH Audition process, made no easier by the pandemic reality.  We are so very proud of each one of you!



  • Hannah Chong (Red) 

  • Emily Nelson (Blue)

  • Grace Burgett (Blue)


  • Madhu Parthasarathy (Red, 3 year member!)


  • John Muldoon (Gold)

  • Megan VanderLeest (Gold, 3 year member!)

  • Audrey Beckman (Blue)

  • Keaton Alexander (Red)

  • Quinn Koffman (Red)

Bass Clarinet:

  • Miles Kim (Red.  Also worth noting – Miles also auditioned on Clarinet and also earned clarinet position, but earned a higher chair on Bass Clarinet.  Go Miles!!)

Alto Saxophone:

  • Harry Wang (Gold)

  • Lauren Jenkins (Red)

  • Junie Ko (Red)


  • Oliver Zhang (Gold)

  • Luke Bechard (Gold)

  • Ethan Burnett (Blue)

  • Devereaux Knight (Red)

  • Christine O'Brien (Blue)

  • Richard Koulen (Jazz)

French Horn:

  • Jack Graham (Red)


  • Jacob Lippe (Blue)

  • Nolan Call (Blue)


  • David Stutz (Red)

  • Eddie Mu (Red)


  • Joseph Madigan (Gold, 3 year member)

  • Logan Amato (Gold)


  • Sam Waggoner, Snare (Gold)

  • Michael Chong, Snare (Gold)

  • Hyesoo Song, Mallets (Blue)

  • Grant Ellis, Mallets (Blue)

Also worth mentioning – Congrats to our dual threat students! Color Guard Member Madison Dean earned placement in the ECKMEA District Honor Choir, and Percussionist Gabriel Decker also plays a mean String Bass and earned placement in the District Honor Orchestras.

30 BVN Band Students, 17 BVN Orchestra Students, and 15 BVN Choir Students is an INCREDIBLE showing for BVN, perhaps unprecedented!  Congratulations to ALL students who auditioned for these groups.  It is a very competitive audition.  Well Done!!!


Concert Uniforms

We are switching to an “All-Black” concert look – no more tuxes!  This is a more modern look that many performing groups have changed to over the past 15 years.  Performers feel more comfortable and still look sharp.  The new concert uniform will be provided by each student.  Here are the details:



This means:  Head to Toe Black at a Semi-Formal/Formal Level with an emphasis on modesty.

TOP:  Black Dress Shirt or Blouse:

  • Girls:  At least ¾ length sleeves.  Shirts/Blouses do not need to be collared as long as they are dress shirts.  Nothing low cut, please.

  • Boys:  Plain Black button-down long-sleeve dress shirt with a collar. Shirt is to remain tucked-in at all times.

BOTTOMS:  Black Skirt or Dress Pants

  • Girls:  Black Skirt or Dress Pants.  Skirt must be floor length when seated.  No Jeans or Leggings. (leggings are not suitable dress pants)

  • Boys:  Black Slacks


  • Girls:  Black dress shoes or all-black tennis shoes.  Closed Toed Flats Preferred.  Black Hose/socks as necessary.

  • Boys:  Black dress shoes or all-black tennis shoes.  Plain black socks that extend mid-way up the calf.

Jazz Ensemble Members

  • Should have the all-black uniform described above.

  • Will also get a Black Jazz Polo, paid for by your band dues. 

Keep your CHARMS up to date!

The CHARMS system is an online management program designed specifically for school music groups.  Our primary use for it is COMMUNICATION – so it is VITAL that every band member keep an up-to-date phone number and email address for the student AND at least one parent in the Charms system!  To update your info in Charms:

  • Go to www.charmsoffice.com

  • Login link is in the upper right corner – use “parent/student/chaperone” login.

  • School Code is “bluevalleyNHSband” – capitalization does not matter.

  • Your password is either you student ID # (lunch code) OR a password that you have created.  You can always email Mr. Wagoner or Mr. Freeman to re-set your password to your student ID #.  If you do this, please include your student ID # in the email so we can confirm it is correct in our system.

  • Once in the system, please make sure you Student and Parent contact info is fully updated and correct!  Also – put in your birthday. 


PARENTS – We Need You!!

the Mustang Band Boosters!


Parent involvement and support is absolutely critical to the success of our Band Program.  You have our heartfelt thanks in advance for all of the unrecognized help you give – car rides, reminders and encouragement to practice, providing private lessons, providing an instrument, making sure your student has all their uniform parts/doesn’t forget their instrument, and on and on and on… THANK YOU!


Beyond such hugely important mom and dad tasks, Parent volunteers make the band experience possible for our students.  There will be MANY ways to get involved and support our wonderful band program throughout the year.  Pick and choose your favorites and come out and help! 


Our Band parent organization – the Mustang Band Boosters is filled with parents who (just like our students) are WONDERFUL and TALENTED and make every band event enjoyable.  


Our Band Parent Club President, Mrs. Lori VanderLeest is just an email away! <[email protected]>.  Email her anytime for more info and to let her know how you want to help.  EVERY BAND PARENT is considered a member of our Band Parent Club.  There are no dues, EVERYONE is welcome, the MORE the MERRIER!  A HUGE thanks, in advance, for your wonderful donations of time and talent.  Below is a letter from Ms. VanderLeest inviting YOU to help! 


Click here for our Mustang Band Boosters Webpage (on the band website.)

Mustang Band Boosters – Exec Board

President – Lori VanderLeest

Vice President – Kim Jacobson

Secretary – Jane Burgett

Co-Treasurers – Heather Ellis/Rob VanderLeest

At Large Member – Stacy Davis

At Large Member – VACANT


Expanding your Musical Horizons

The Band Letter

Throughout the school year, students who want to go above and beyond earning the band grade will have ample opportunities to do so.  Lettering in Band recognizes students for going above and beyond.  Lettering points can be earned in a variety of ways – through volunteer pep bands, voluntary support of the band, extra musical opportunities such as honor bands and private lessons, and much more.  CLICK HERE to learn about the Band Letter. 


Private Lessons and Honor Bands

Private Lessons and Participation in Honor Bands are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and are the BEST ways for a student to enhance their musical skills and enjoyment of music.  Throughout the year, there will be many such opportunities, and we will advertise all of these through the Band Update and in Band Classes. 


Such experiences are not a required portion of band classes, but come with great benefits to those who try them out.  These experiences enhance musical skills and give the students wonderful life experiences and the chance to meet and make music with amazing professionals as well as other remarkable young musicians just like themselves!


There is simply no better way to improve your individual musicianship and skills on your instrument than through private lessons.  Students wishing to perform in our top Wind Ensemble, become all-state musicians, and compete for college scholarships in music should definitely be pursuing private lessons.  And, Lessons are wonderful for ALL students.  We are fortunate to be in an area with many wonderful private instructors nearby.  A strong connection between private teacher and student can enhance musicianship and life!  If you are interested, please contact Mr. Freeman or Mr. Wagoner for private instructor recommendations.

BVN Band Media

Audio and Video:

Throughout the school year, we will post audio and video recordings of our Band Performances on the Student Resources Page of our Band Website.  Get the password from an older member of the band, and download all the recordings you want!


Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!

Many pictures will be taken of the band throughout the school year!  We will have formal, in-uniform group and individual pictures taken during marching season, as well as several other more formal photos throughout the year.  We hold onto these group pictures for posterity, and encourage families to purchase them if they choose to do so.


2020-2021 BVN Band Shutterfly – CLICK HERE to join the 20-21 Shutterfly page and share/view great pictures of the Band!


Here is a link to the last two years of Band Shutterfly Pages: 




BVN PBC (Parent Booster Club)


PLEASE SUPPORT OUR BVN PBC!!  Our BVN Parent Booster Club is AMAZING – this wonderful group supports everything at BVN, and has been very generous to our band for many, many years.


For this fall of 2020:  they have already given us a grant of $9500, combined support for the Band and Color Guard!

  • The best way to support is through a PBC Membership of any level.  Click Here to find membership info.  

  • EVERY Band Family should be a PBC Member at some level.  The level of support they give the band is totally reliant on two things:  1 – our level of membership in the PBC, and 2 – our support of the PBC through staffing concessions stands, providing pep bands for events, etc.   

  • Our PBC is the MOST supportive school-wide booster club that I (Mr. Freeman) have ever known!