Fourth Quarter in the Band is AMAZING!  

During these final weeks of the school year, we’ll perform our most challenging (and rewarding) music of the year, celebrate this wonderful school year, start getting prepared for next year, and (most importantly) celebrate our incredible students and senior class.  The fourth quarter is a blur, but REALLY fun.  Let’s Go!

Please CLICK HERE for a detailed look at the Fourth Quarter in the Band. 

  • This schedule was distributed to all students during classes on 3/19 and 3/20.
  • Thank you for double-checking calendars and making all of these wonderful events happen!
  • The first page is a schedule of our remaining performances and events to wrap up this school year, and the second page gives details on events preparing us for next school year.

CONGRATULATIONS to our SOLO and ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES!

Saturday, April 13th was the KSHSAA Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival. Our BVN Band Students gave WONDERFUL performances throughout the day.  We are VERY proud of ALL of these performers!!!

Complete Results, In Order of Performance.  *Indicates State Qualifier.  State Festival is Saturday, April 27th in Topeka.

  • Aadhya Bhatia, Trumpet – II
  • Shreeya Bhatia, Clarinet – II
  • *Luke Wakeman, Trumpet – I
  • Dakota Raper, Clarinet – II
  • Trumpet Trio – II.  Aadhya Bhatia, Luke Wakeman, Matthew Warner
  • *Madi Bishop, Clarinet – I
  • Josie Jones, Flute – II
  • *Wind Ensemble Percussion – I.  Nathaniel Beckman, Louis Cierpiot, Ryan Danda, Gabriel Decker, Grayson Holtorf, Athan Tran, Shivram Venkatachalam, Ash Wallace (Gavin Rice)
  • Symphonic Percussion – II.  Gavin Dubriel, Cooper Hass, Delaney Holtorf, Pushkar Naraboina, Jeffrey Nichols, Drake Troyer, Slade Troyer
  • *Noah Tarjan, Clarinet – I
  • *Saxophone Quartet – I.  Jay DeBaun, Karmen Hayslett, Dakota Raper, Triston Schelstrate
  • Ruth Van Der Laan, Horn – II
  • Grayson Holtorf, Marimba – III
  • *Matthew Warner, Trumpet – I
  • *Ash Wallace, Marimba – I
  • Charlie Arnold, Euphonium – II
  • *Garrett Dailey, Horn – I

Ratings, defined.

  • “I” – Superior, Qualifies for State
  • “II” – Excellent
  • “III” – Strong
  • “IV” – Poor
  • “V” – Ineffective

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL of our WONDERFUL PERFOMERS!!!  Performing at Solo and Ensemble is a HUGE accomplishment and builds individual confidence, creativity, and performance skills like nothing else.  We are very proud of ALL of these performances!!

SENIORS and SENIOR PARENTS, To-do’s!

  • Apply for the Doc Roberts Memorial Scholarship
  • INTERESTED in performing as our Featured Graduation Soloist?
    • CLICK HERE to sign up to audition, and for all details.
    • Sign up deadline is Friday 4/19, and auditions will be held on Thursday 4/25.
    • Eligibility:  Any senior musician (band, choir, or strings) who earned All-State OR qualified for State Solo and Ensemble during any of their 4 years at BVN is eligible to audition.
    • In general, these are soloist performances – but if you have a small ensemble that meets requirements, it has been done before.  Example:  we had an all-state brass quintet perform once, a vocal duet another year.

WIND ENSEMBLE:  CLICK HERE for April 17th and April 24th Details:

On April 17th (dring the day), our Wind Ensemble performs in the BV District Wind Ensemble Showcase.  All 5 HS Wind Ensembles perform for each other and receive clinics from phenomenal clinicians.

  • Performances are free and open to the public, in the BVSW PAC.  We hope many parents/family/friends can come watch!
  • Schedule of Performances:
    • 10 AM – BVSW
    • 10:25 AM – BVH
    • 10:50 AM – BVN
    • 11:15 AM – BVNW
    • 11:40 AM – BVW
  • Full details for performers/families at the link above and on our BoosterHub Calendar

On April 24th (evening), our Wind Ensemble will perform at the Lied Center of Kansas in Lawrence.  We will share this world class stage with the wonderful KU Symphonic Band – it will be a phenomenal night of music!!

  • BVN Performs at 7 PM, followed by the KU Symphonic Band at 7:30 PM.  We hope to see MANY of you in Lawrence!
  • Comp tickets will be available soon.  Watch HERE For a soon-to-be-posted link to get your free tickets.
  • Full details for performers/families at the link above and on our BoosterHub Calendar.

SYMPHONIC BAND:  CLICK HERE for the details of your April 23rd BVW Festival performance. 

On Tuesday, April 23rd (during the day), our Symphonic Band performs at the BVW Concert Band Festival.  We will perform for other area bands and receive a clinic from a PHENOMENAL clinician.  We will also listen to other area bands and then enjoy lunch at Chicken and Pickle.  It will be a GREAT day!

  • BVN Sym Band performs at 10 AM, and the performance is free and open to the public.  It would be great to see MANY of you there!
  • PARENTS:  if you wish to attend, please plan to arrive at BVW in time to park, check-in via the main office, and make your way to the PAC by a few minutes before 10 AM
  • STUDENTS:  Please note that you need to wear concert black to school, and you will start your warm-up/rehearsal that morning at 8 AM, a little earlier than our normal Tuesday 8:30 late start.
  • Full details can be found on the link above.

NIGHT OF JAZZ AND PERCUSSION – APRIL 23rd

We hope to see a HUGE Crowd for this enjoyable evening showcasing our phenomenal percussion and jazz students!!

ALL Band Students (and parents) – LETTERING in Band:

Make sure to check out our Lettering Requirements and begin completing your lettering application.

All Non-Seniors and parents, please check out NEXT YEAR’S CALENDAR/SCHEDULES (linked below)

(Thank you for adding this to your home calendars!)

  • Marching Band Schedule/Calendar, for the fall, 2024 Marching Mustangs
  • BVN Band Events, 2024-2025 (Draft) – the “Fridge Calendar”
    • Note:  Anything marked in RED on this calendar is still TBD.  (hence: “Draft”)
    • As details are finalized, we will continually update the calendar, and will print/send home hard copies when the time comes!

Happy 4th Quarter and Happy Spring to Everyone!!

Band Quick Links:

Fourth Quarter:  a Week-by-week overview:

  • Week of 3/19:  Welcome Back!  Mustang Band Booster Meeting on Thursday evening, 7 PM.
  • Week of 3/25:  A full rehearsal week, no extra band events.
  • Week of 4/1:  Happy April!
    • Auditions/Interviews for 24-25 Student Leadership on Weds-Thurs
    • Color Guard Auditions and clinics this week.
  • Week of 4/8:
    • Band Pre-Festival Showcase Monday 4/8
    • BVN’s Chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society sponsors a pre Solo-Ensemble Festival Recital on Wednesday.
    • Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday
  • Week of 4/15:
    • Wind Ensemble Performance at the BV District Wind Ensemble Festival on Wednesday.
    • MS percussion Ensembles concert on 3/18, with special performances by a couple BVN Percussion Ensembles!
  • Week of 4/22 – a BIG Week!!
    • Tuesday 4/23 is going to be AWESOME!
      • Symphonic Band Performs at the BVW Band Festival
      • Night of Jazz and Percussion Festivities!  5:45 Band Family Dinner (everyone invited) and 7:00 the Night of Jazz and Percussion Concert!
    • Wednesday 4/24:  Wind Ensemble Performs at the Lied Center of Kansas in Lawrence (!!!)
    • Friday 4/26:  Tentative Jazz Ensemble Performance at the KCKCC Jazz Summit Festival.
    • Saturday 4/27:  State Solo and Ensemble Festival!
  • Week of 4/29: The Calm between the storms
    • Drumline auditions evening 1:  May 1st.
    • Drumline and small pep band performance at Dance Team Spring show on April 30th
  • Week of 5/6:
    • Marching Mustangs ’24 Pizza Night, Monday May 6th. (includes pizza dinner, a short rehearsal, and a parent meeting!)
    • Drumline Auditions evening 2:  May 8th.
  • Week of 5/13:  The culmination week!
    • BVN Music Honor Recital on Monday evening
    • BVN Full Orchestra Concert featuring Wind Ensemble members on Tuesday evening.
    • BVN Band Recognition Dinner and Concert on the Lawn Wednesday evening!
    • Graduation performance on Sunday 5/19.
  • Week of 5/20:  Finals week!
  • Week of 5/27:  Start of Summer!  Marching Mustangs Mini Camp May 29-30-31

SUMMER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES:  It’s time to think about them!!

Over the summer, there are many PHENOMENAL Music Camps.  We HIGHLY Encourage ALL band students to consider these.  Summer Camps present unique and powerful opportunities to enhance musicianship and build connections with other AMAZING young people, just like our band students.  Personal story from Freeman:  my eye doctor is a close college marching band friend… I introduced him to his wife when we were in band together… his wife was a good friend from, you guessed it, summer music camps!  Musicians are often some of the best people and close friends… camps are great ways to build life-long connections to other great people!!

A small sampling of phenomenal camps:

Since Covid – we have not had many students attend summer camps.  We hope to see this start to change this summer – In addition to the phenomenal experience that students will have at the camps – students who attend these camps come back with enhanced musicianship that ripples across our program, enhancing the quality of experience for everyone.

FYI- we will be hosting our Leadership and Color Guard Clinic at BVN, again, this summer.  More info coming soon as we are finalizing dates with our clinicians and confirming facilities.

IMPORTANT: Stay up with Band Info!

Make a Shortcut, one touch, on your phones to the BAND CALENDAR Webpage: https://bvnbandboosters.boosterhub.com/calendar/1413#

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.