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Fundraiser Due Monday
by Mr. VanStrien - Friday, 27 March 2015, 2:14 PM

Just a quick reminder that the Century Resources fundraiser is due on Monday (3-30-15).  Orders will be collected before each class.



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High School Concert Band - Heading to State Festival
by Mr. VanStrien - Friday, 13 March 2015, 2:35 PM

The High School Concert Band will be performing at State Festival this year.  I have secured two dates both of which are open in the school calendar.  The first choice date is April 23rd at Belding High School.  The second choice date is April 30 at Big Rapids High School.  Hopefully we will get the first choice date but please leave both open just in case.


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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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