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Festival Evaluation Success! (and Recordings)
by Mr. VanStrien - Friday, 6 March 2015, 11:02 AM

What a great day! I'm so proud of our bands tonight and their performances at the MSBOA District 1 Band and Orchestra Festival. The 7th Grade Band earned a strong Division 2 rating and the High School Concert Band earned a Division 1. This is the 7th consecutive year the High School Band has earned this rating.

Recording are now available for you to listen to via the media section of the website.


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Updates for Extra Rehearsals During Festival Week
by Mr. VanStrien - Saturday, 28 February 2015, 11:46 AM

The weather wasn't kind to us again last Friday and we lost an opportunity to work with a guest conductor.  The following is a list of rehearsals that need to be rescheduled or added in the coming week.

Monday - High School (8-12) Percussion Sectional 3:30-4:30

Wednesday - Concert Band Rehearsal (8-12) 3:30-5:00

And of course, Festival @ Big Rapids 7:00 pm


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Rehearsal Dinner Cancelled for 2-24 RESCHEDULED for 2-26
by Mr. VanStrien - Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 2:46 PM

Due to the weather and cancellation of all school activities the scheduled rehearsal can not take place this evening.  It is RESCHEDULED for THURSDAY 2-26.  Same plan with dinner and times.  3:30-5:00 Rehearsal, 5:00 Dinner 5:30-6:30 Brass

I am also adding a percussion sectional on Friday from 3:30-4:30 in the Band Room.

Thank You for you flexibility and rearranging your personal schedules to make this happen.



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Updates and Flexibility Requested
by Mr. VanStrien - Monday, 23 February 2015, 11:23 AM

I thought it may be a good time to provide an update due to all the cold days we've had lately.  First, the Pre-Festival is still on for tomorrow after school from 3:30-5:00 with dinner at 5:00.  (High School 8-12)

Brass players -  Please plan on meeting after dinner (around 5:30-5:45) to work on the March.

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Festival Intinerary
by Mr. VanStrien - Friday, 13 February 2015, 3:02 PM

This posting contains a PDF document of the upcoming Band Festival Evaluation on March 5th in Big Rapids.  The information is also printed below.


The Middle and High School Bands will perform on Thursday, March 5th at Big Rapids High School.    We will dress and be in full uniform before we board the bus.

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High School Concert Band - Pre-Festival Rehearsal and Dinner
by Mr. VanStrien - Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 2:42 PM

Grades 8-12

Please add this event to your calendar.

The High School Concert Band will be having a Pre-Festival Rehearsal and Dinner on Tuesday February 24th.  The band will begin the rehearsal at 3:30 and rehearse until 5:00.  The rehearsal is open to the public.  Dinner will be provided by the Band Boosters at 5:00.  The event will conclude with dinner. 

To help the Boosters we are asking for certain donations for the dinner.  Donations should be turned in by February 23rd.

Holst Members - Spaghetti Sauce

Grainger Members - Drinks

Sousa Members - Desserts


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Collecting Recipes
by Mr. VanStrien - Friday, 6 February 2015, 11:44 AM

The Band Boosters are looking to collect recipies to make a new band cookbook.  The cookbook will be used as a fundraiser at the Spring Collage Concert.  If you have a great recipe and would like to share please email it to   The deadline is March 12th.

Thank you for your help!


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