BVN Band Update

Week of 8/21 Overview

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BVN Band Picnic – Saturday 8/26, Noon – 1:30!

WHAT:  ALL Band Students and Families are invited to join us for the Fall Band Picnic! We’ll grill and socialize… maybe play some ultimate frisbee… in general – have a GREAT Time!

WHERE:  The picnic will be on the South Side of BVN – by the bus loop/just outside the band room. We’ll take advantage of the grassy areas and shade and have a wonderful time with friends and families!

PLEASE RSVP by going to ourBand Online Calendar, selecting the BVN Band Fall Picnic, then clicking the appropriate “volunteer” link on the event (you’re not volunteering… just rsvp’ing….). Thanks for helping us make sure to have the right amount of food!!

Food:  The Mustang Band Boosters will the hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers! Based upon your Band Student’s year in school, please bring items to round out our food offering.  

  • Senior families – Bring your buns! :): Please bring 1 package each of hamburger and hot dog buns. SOME senior families, please bring 2 packages hamburger and no packages hot dog buns… we need more burger buns than hot dog buns…
  • Junior families A-L: Please bring 1 package (20-ish) of individual serving chips.
  • Junior Families L-Z: Please bring hamburger dressings such as Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles, Relish, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.
  • Sophomore families A-L: Please Bring a Case of Water
  • Sophomore families M-Z: Please Bring a 12 pack or larger of a soft drink of your choice.
  • Freshman Families: Please bring a Side Dish OR a Dessert. Due to allergy concerns, Please make sure everything is Nut Safe. Recommendations: fruits and veggies for sides, cookies/similar for Desserts.

Please Bring your food/drink donations when you come to the picnic – find the serving line that will be set-up outside the band room on the South Side of BVN and drop off there.

Set-up Help: We need 10 or so awesome people to help us set up on the south side of BVN at 11:15.  Sign up on the volunteer link in the event on the Band Calendar

Pictures Reminder: After the picnic, we’ll take formal/in-uniform photos for Marching Mustangs (group photos and individuals) as well as photos for Senior Banners.

BVN Band Calendar Link:


IMPORTANT: Stay up with Band Info!

Make a Shortcut, one touch, on your phones to the BAND CALENDAR Webpage:

On that page, you’ll find all available details of all band events.  You are also one click away from:

  • The Band Update Website (this page)
  • The rest of the Band BoosterHub Site, including our store and much more.
  • A couple more clicks gets you to our Members Only Page, which has resources for students and downloads of performance recordings (audio and video) as they become available.

SPAIN TRAVELERS:  Read this, and pay attention to Email:

  • CLICK HERE for our Spain Trip Webpage.
  • The first Quarter of the school year will have several tasks for all Spain Travelers, as we put all of the details together for our upcoming trip.
  • IMMEDIATE TO-DO:   PASSPORTS!!!  If you have not yet acquired your passport, the time is NOW!  You might need to consider an expedited process at this time, to ensure your passport is processed in time.  Insider tips:
    • Pay attention to ALL the details on the Passport Application.  A minor mistake can delay processing.  Be picky with your passport picture, too!
    • The application asks for a date of travel.  List your departure date a week-ish in front of our actual travel.
    • It’s been a while since I did this… but hopefully someone can confirm for me:  The Post Office Location in Stillwell (199th and Metcalf) used to be the BEST place to complete your application.  Previous experience:  no appointment required and they are WAY on top of it – quick, kind, and DONE.
    • A couple final fundraising pushes…. If EVERYONE helps it could make a good dent in our final payments!
    • Chaperones:   A survey to help us set up chaperone groups.
    • Student Travelers:  Roommate Sign-ups!  The vast majority of our rooms will be 2 people in twin beds.  Think about who you want to room with!
    • All-Travelers: a big info survey…. medical info, food allergies, official travel info (name as spelled on passport, passport #’s, etc), and more.  This is a BIG one.  When it comes out – complete it ASAP!
    • And More!
  • Traveler Status:
    • We have a handful of travelers with questions about their status (i.e. land only or full trip?  Going on the trip or not?).
    • ALL Traveler Status Questions need to be answered by September 1st.
  • Final Payments:
    • Hard to believe we are down to four final two payments:
    • September 1:  $550
    • October 1:  $625
    • Please be ON TIME with these payments.
    • We hope that some final fundraising push will LOWER these payments.
  • PAY ATTENTION – then Respond Quickly and Appropriately
    • Please Pay CLOSE attention to all email communication about the trip, and reply QUICKLY.  This helps us SOOOOO much, behind the scenes.  We’ll have a LOT of info to process… it goes SO much easier when we are not also tracking down non-repliers.
    • If one of our Trip Coordinators contacts you, reply like it is from ME (or Mrs. Krulik/Mr. McCarty/Mrs. Erpelding).  The coordinators are doing a whole bunch of work, pro bono, to make this trip happen for YOU.  Thank you for showing your gratitude with awesome and QUICK replies.

1st Quarter in the Band, At-A-Glance


  • Week of 8/14: First Day of School! Volunteer Pep Bands for New Mustang Events.  Marching Mustangs Weds PM Rehearsals Start on 8/16
  • Week of 8/21:  Marching Mustangs Full Rehearsal schedule begins: 7:10 AM Rehearsals  (Mon-Tues-Friday 7:10 AM Start.  Wednesday regular 1st block class/no early start AND Weds PM Rehearsal).  This schedule continues each week through October 21st
    • Back to School Night on Tuesday 8/22!
  • Saturday August 26th:  Band Picnic, Parade Rehearsal for ALL Band Members, PICTURES, and Marching Mustang Mini Camp!


  • Marching Mustangs Morning/Evening Rehearsal schedule continues through the month.
  • Regular weekly schedules all month except no school Monday 9/4 (Labor Day)
  • Big Events:  Sat 9/23 Blue Springs South Marching Festival, Football Games on Fri 9/8 (MS Band Night) and Fri 9/29!


  • Marching Mustangs Morning/Evening Rehearsal schedule continues on all regular school days through Friday 10/20.  Morning/Evening rehearsals end on Friday 10/20
  • Regular weekly schedules all month except no school Friday 10/13 and PSAT Testing Day (Date TBD)
  • Big Events for Marching Mustangs: Monday 10/2 BV District Marching Showcase (a Really fun one!!), Football Games on Friday 10/6 (homecoming) and 10/20 (senior night/light show!).  Marching Festivals (!!!) on 10/14 (Branson… two day trip leave Friday 10/13) and 10/21 (Kansas Bandmasters Championships @ KU).  POSSIBLE home football playoff game on 10/27 (details TBD)
  • Big Events for EVERYONE:  HOMECOMING PARADE (all band members perform) on Wednesday 10/4.  Coffee Shop Night (performance for Jazzers and Concert Band) on Tuesday 10/24
  • Sousa Band Audition Recordings due Friday 10/20, for interested 9th graders.

November-December will be fun, too!

  • We switch Concert Band and Marching Mustangs to Blue/Silver Concert Bands, who prepare the December Concert.
  • ECKMEA All-District Honor Band and Jazz Auditions in Early November lead to the ECKMEA District Honor Groups – rehearsals and performances in Early December.
  • SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS VISIT BVN!!! The Fountain City Brass Band will do a residency at BVN in Mid-November!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Blue/Silver Basketball Pep Bands:  rosters will be set in November and we’ll have Basketball Games in December.  Always a BLAST and a huge support to our community!
  • Our Annual December Concert is a highlight of the year, each and every year!
  • And… of course… Heading to SPAIN at the end of December!!