Berrien Springs Band News

April 13, 2018

FYI: Our Weekly Newsletters will now be published on Fridays.

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Disney World Wrap-up

This past Spring Break, the Berrien Springs High School Band went to Disney World! The band participated in a clinic with a Disney musician and marched down Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.


The clinic comprised of three sight-reading exercises and one film piece. During the first half of the clinic the students sight-read "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins, and "Trashin' the Camp" from Tarzan. The Disney clinician worked with the students on sight-reading skills and general musicianship. He also was silently evaluating the students to decide what film piece to work on during the second half of the clinic.


The clinician decided to give our students a challenge based on their excellent sight-reading skills. He selected "Stampede" from The Lion King for the students to record. This piece of music was very challenging - one of Disney's hardest pieces for student clinics. Our students worked very hard and rocked it!


The next day, our students led the first parade of the day at the Magic Kingdom. (Not every band that applies to Disney is selected to perform at the Magic Kingdom.) They performed "Sweet Caroline", "Build Me Up Buttercup" and our School Fight Song on the parade route.


In addition to performing, our students had time to have fun in the parks as well as experience a dinner and show at the Medieval Times Tournament.


A huge thanks to all of the chaperones that traveled with us, and to Mr. Emeigh for taking over the logistics while Mrs. Rosselit was on maternity leave.

High School State Festival

Our High School band will perform at the MSBOA State Festival on Thursday, April 26th at 2:30pm. Our State assigned location is Paw Paw High School.


Tentative Schedule (subject to change):

Students eat 1st lunch and report to band room to dress and warm up.

12:30pm - Leave BSHS

1:45pm - Arrive Paw Paw HS

2:00pm - Warm up

2:30pm - Performance

3:00pm - Sight Reading

4:00pm - Anticipated departure from Paw Paw HS

5:15pm - Anticipated arrival to BSHS

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the band at our Culver's Fundraising night this past Wednesday!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 21 - Middle School Solo and Ensemble @ SMC, all day (select students)

Monday, April 23 - Band Booster Meeting @ HS Band room, 7pm

Thursday, April 26 - HS Band State Festival @ Paw Paw HS, Performance time 2:30pm (High School Band)

Saturday, May 5 - Blossomtime Parade, performance TBA (High School Band)

Monday, May 14 - Band Booster Meeting @ HS Band room, 7pm

Wednesday, May 16 - Spring Concert @ HS Gym, 7pm (all bands)

Sunday, May 20 - High School Band Banquet, time TBA (High School Band)

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Parade in Berrien Springs, time TBA (High School and 8th grade Bands)

Sunday, June 3 - Graduation @ BCYF, time TBA (High School Band)

Monday, June 11 - Band Booster Meeting @ HS Band Room, 7pm

Marching Band 2018

This year's marching show is Trouble on the High Seas. We are playing pieces of music from Pirates of the Caribbean and Hunt for Red October, as well as Styx's "Come Sail Away". It's going to be a fun year!


All students in the High School and current 8th grade bands received marching band packets. We need the commitment form returned ASAP (they were due March 30th) so we can get the drill ordered. A copy of the handbook can be found here.


Current dates for your calendar:

Tuesday, July 10th - Music rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, July 17th - Music rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Wednesday, July 18th - Marching rehearsal for new members and leadership @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday, July 19th - Marching rehearsal for all members @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Monday, July 23rd-Friday, July 27th - BAND CAMP 8am-5pm

Friday, July 27th - Parent Performance @ Sylvester Field, 6:00pm

Tuesday, July 31st - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, August 7th - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, August 21st - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, August 28th - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, August 31st - FOOTBALL GAME, Time TBA

Tuesday, September 4th - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, September 11th - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, September 18th - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, September 21st - FOOTBALL GAME, Time TBA

Tuesday, September 25th - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, October 2nd - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Saturday, October 6th - VICKSBURG MARCHING INVITATIONAL, Time TBA

Tuesday, October 9th - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm

Wednesday, October 10th - MSBOA MARCHING FESTIVAL @ NILES, Time TBA

Friday, October 12th - FOOTBALL GAME, Time TBA

Saturday, October 13th - LAKESHORE MARCHING INVITATIONAL, Time TBA

Tuesday, October 16th - MB rehearsal @ BSHS, 6:30-8:30pm (If needed)


Not on schedule: WMU Band Day, playoff football games, possibly one more festival.