BVN Band December Update

November 29th, 2022|Band Update Category|

Band Update – December, 2022

December in the Band is fantastic month!  Our December Concert is definitely highlight of the month  – the only night all semester where we feature all of our band students in a wonderful celebration of music, traditions, and community.  On top of that, we’ll enjoy a great day of ECKMEA Honor Bands, kick off basketball pep bands, host our Spain Trip Kick-off Meeting (!!!), hold part 2 our Hen House Grocery Bagging fundraiser, and of course have a wonderful month of music making in all band classes.  Special thanks to everyone for making it all happen – I look forward to sharing a lot of great moments with our band students and extended band family.

This update will be created in a few installments from 11/29-12/2.

Installment 2 – NEW on Wednesday 11/30:

  • Spain Trip Kickoff Meeting next week on Wednesday 12/7, 6:30 PM, in the BVN PAC!
    • For ALL members of the 23-24 BVN Bands, please plan to attend along with 1 parent, and learn about our exciting trip to Spain!
    • Unable to attend?  A summary email with info packet will be sent out after the meeting.  Read through it and email questions to Mr. Freeman or Mr. McCarty.
  • Try-outs for our BVN Winter Guard – Next Week! Clinics December 6th and 7th, Try-outs on 12/8!
    • Clinics and Tryouts are in the evenings.  Exact times will be posted in tomorrow’s 3rd installment of the December Band Update.  (Mea culpa to Mr. Freeman… I am writing this from my home and forgot to bring home the paper with the exact times).
    • There is a conflict with the Spain trip meeting on Wednesday.  The best solution is to Divide and Conquer! Students should attend the try out clinic and a parent can attend the trip meeting.
  • Hen House Grocery Bagging, December EditionCLICK HERE to sign-up for shifts 12/17 through 12/24.
  • The next Three Weeks Ahead in the band…. now through the end of the fall semester. (details are below!)
    • This week:  Regular Band Classes and ECKMEA Honor Bands on Saturday
    • Next Week (week of 12/5):  Mon/Weds 7 AM rehearsals, Trip Meeting and Winter Guard Tryouts, and Regular Band Classes
    • Week of 12/12:  Mon/Weds 7 AM Rehearsals, Wednesday 12/14 Band Concert(!!), start of finals, and first home bball game pep band on Friday 12/16.

Installment 1 , posted Tuesday 11/29, included the following information:

  • Mark Calendars for 7 AM rehearsals for Blue and Silver Bands
  • Congratulations to our honor band students! All-District, Sousa Band, and All-National
    • ECKMEA All-District Bands Saturday 12/3
  • HUGE Thanks to everyone who helped with our Hen House Thanksgiving Grocery Bagging.  It was VERY successful!

Future Installments will include our full detailed schedule for now through the end of the semester, info about our December Concert (including concert attire), Spain Trip Kickoff Meeting info, the kickoff of a new platform for our band – “booster hub”, new info about some wonderful honor bands in our area, a scholarship opportunity for seniors, and full details for Basketball Pep Bands.

As always, you have my sincere thanks for reading this info carefully and all you do to support our wonderful band program and the life-shaping benefits of music education.

Musically yours,
Mr. Freeman

The Weeks Ahead in the Band, now through the end of the Fall Semester! (12/1-12/20/2022)

Thursday 12/1: Regular Even Block Class Schedule
Friday 12/2:  Regular Odd Block Class Schedule
Saturday 12/3:  ECKMEA All-District Honor Bands rehearse at perform at BVH!

Week of 12/5 – 12/9/2022

Monday 12/5:

  • 7 AM Rehearsal for the BLUE Concert Band
  •  Odd Block Schedule

Tuesday 12/6:

  • Even Block Schedule
  • Winter Guard Audition Clinic #1 in the evening.

Wednesday 12/7:

  • 7 AM Rehearsal for the SILVER Concert Band
  • Odd Block Schedule
  • Winter Guard Audition Clinic #2 in the evening
  • Spain Trip Kickoff Meeting!  6:30 – 7:30 PM in the PAC.

Thursday 12/8:

  • Even Block Schedule
  • Winter Guard Try-outs in the evening

Friday 12/9:  Odd Block Schedule, no extra events for the band!

Week of 12/12 – 12/16/2022

Monday 12/12:

  • 7 AM Rehearsal for the BLUE Concert Band
  •  Odd Block Schedule

Tuesday 12/13: Even Block Schedule

Wednesday 12/14:

  • 7 AM Rehearsal for the SILVER Concert Band
  • Odd Block Schedule

Wednesday evening 12/14 is our BVN Winter Band Concert!! A WONDERFUL evening celebrating our incredible student musicians from ALL Band Classes!

  • 6:45 PM – Concert Start!  Invite everyone!! 
    • Jazz Band Performs first, followed by our Blue and Silver Bands, with special performances by BVN percussionists and a surprise small ensemble.
    • The concert will finish with our traditional December Concert Ending – a very fun and special moment for our band program each year, especially for our Seniors and families.
    • Please stay after and enjoy our post concert cookie reception.  YUM!
  • Call times:  6 PM for Jazz Band, 6:30 PM for all other Band Members.
  • Concert Black” Concert Attire is REQUIRED for All Students
  • Head to Toe Black (all black – no patterns/logos/etc).
  • The goal is to look uniform and cohesive as an ensemble and cause the audience to notice what you a performing, rather than what you are wearing.
  • Tops: 
    • Black Dress Shirts or Black Dresses/Blouses.  Shoulders should be covered with no low-cut necklines, please.
    • Ties and coats are acceptable and look great, but are not required (and must be all black).
  • Bottoms:
    • Black Dress Slacks, Black Skirts/Dresses/Blouses, Black Socks, and All Black Dress Shoes (no patterns or other colors)
    • If skirts or dresses are worn, please make sure they are at least knee length when seated.
    • Please be aware that black leggings are not considered dress pants.
    • Light and modest (not oversized) jewelry is acceptable.

Thursday 12/15: Even Block Schedule/last day of regular classes for the fall semester.

Friday 12/16:

  • Final Exams, day 1.  Finals in 1st and 2nd hours, then students are dismissed for the day.
  • BASKETBALL PEP BAND!  Our first one!!  Full Pep Band details are being released this coming Friday 12/2.  A preview of our first game schedule is:
    • Blue Pep Band – 5:00pm to ~7:15pm. Report to the Band room at 5 PM, perform for the girls game and in between the girls and boys games.  You are dismissed after the boys game tips off, ~7:15 PM.
    • Silver Pep Band – 6:15pm to ~8:30pm.  Do a quick individual warmup in the band room and report to the gym by 6:25.  Perform between the girls and boys games, and then through the end of the boys game.  Dismiss after that game ends, ~8:45 PM

Saturday 12/17 through Saturday 12/24:  CLICK HERE to sign up for Hen House Grocery Bagging Shifts!

Monday and Tuesday 12/19 and 12/20:  Final exams.  Monday is hours 3 – 4- 5.  Tuesday is Hours 6 and 7.  Then… have a GREAT break!!!

7 am Rehearsals – Mark your Calendars!

For our December Concert, all 1st and 2nd hour band students have been combined/assigned to either the Blue or Silver Concert Bands.  This necessitates a couple of extra combined rehearsals.  As these are the only times we can combine the classes in preparation for our concert, attendance is quite important and required. Please mark your calendars, and thank you for prioritizing these rehearsals.

  • BLUE BAND will Rehearse on Monday 12/5 AND Monday 12/12 at 7 AM.  At approximately 7:32, we’ll dismiss 2nd hour students to head to their 1st hour classes, and the 1st hour students will take a short break, then continue rehearsing through 1st hour.
  • SILVER BAND will rehearse on Wednesday 12/7 AND Wednesday 12/14 at 7 AM.  At approximately 7:32, we’ll dismiss 2nd hour students to head to their 1st hour classes, and the 1st hour students will take a short break, then continue rehearsing through 1st hour.
  • CLICK HERE for the Blue/Silver Rosters
  • Click here for the Blue/Silver rehearsal location rotation info.


Our BVN Band students had an incredibly successful round of Honor Band Auditions in November.  HUUUUUGE CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of the students who auditioned.  These results are PHENOMENAL.

Congrats to our ECKMEA Honor Band Members!!!  The following band students earned placement the East-Central Kansas All-District Bands through a highly competitive live (not recorded) audition.  It’s a BIG accomplishment, and the first step towards earning all-state musician status – the highest individual honor given to student musicians in the state.  Also, unique to this year, we have three students who made it in on two different instruments, which is truly remarkable.  Congrats to all the students who completed the audition.  22 Honor Band students ranks amongst our strongest showings in the history of the BVN Band Program – WOW!!

  • Matt Akridge, Trumpet
  • Aadhya Bhatia, Trumpet
  • Madi Bishop, Clarinet
  • Nolan Call, Trombone
  • Louis Cierpiot, Percussion
  • Nathan Condon, Trumpet
  • Garrett Dailey, French Horn
  • Ryan Danda, Percussion
  • Miles Kim, Clarinet
  • Hannah Kwak, Flute
  • Amelia Law, Oboe
  • Eddie Mu, Euphonium
  • Ben Nix, Tuba
  • Devereaux Knight, Trumpet
  • Dakota Raper, earned placement on two instruments – Clarinet and Bass Clarinet!
  • David Stutz, Euphonium
  • Reece Toben, another two-fer, earning placement on Bass Clarinet and Contra Clarinet!
  • Luke Wakeman, Trumpet
  • Matthew Warner, Trumpet
  • Zengtao Xing, Trumpet
  • Max Zhang,  yet another two-fer, earned placement on both Trumpet and Clarinet (two of the most competitive auditions) –  wow!
  • Oliver Zhang, Trumpet – All district for all four years of high school and the overall top trumpet in the district!

Each of these students will perform with the All-District Bands this coming Saturday, December 3rd, At Blue Valley High School.

Congratulations to BVN Band Freshman Emiko Thornton, French Horn, for her selection to the Kansas John Philip Sousa Honor Band!!!!  This is another remarkable accomplishment, as the Sousa Band is an all-state level group for 7th-9th graders!  Emiko completed a very competitive recorded audition process and earned placement in the band for her second year.  CONGRATULATIONS EMIKO!!

Congratulations to BVN Band Senior Oliver Zhang, Trumpet!  In Early November, Oliver traveled to Maryland to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s ALL-NATIONAL HONOR BAND!!  A PHENOMENAL Achievement, and even more incredible as it’s Oliver’s 3rd selection to the All-National Band – the first ever BVN student to earn All National Honors in multiple years.  The All-National Groups feature the best HS musicians from across the country – to be eligible you have to first achieve all-state in Kansas, then complete the All-National audition (a challenging recorded audition format.)

All of these results…  WOW WOW WOW!!!!!

Special thanks…

To EVERYONE who helped with the Hen House Grocery Bagging Fundraiser.  I did a little Hen House shopping while our students were bagging, and it was wonderful – our students working hard, smiling, and bringing a positive energy out into our local community.  On top of that, it was a big success, financially.  We will repeat this fundraiser in the days leading up to Christmas – so if you missed out on round one, make sure to sign up for round 2!  And you can, of course, make a return/repeat performance at Hen House.

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