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Bluffs Middle School Bands
Welcome to the Bluffs Middle School's Band web site. Please use the navigation links on the left side of each page to access different pages and information on this site. Check out the Band Newsletter box at the bottom of this page for the latest information and news about the band.
Please check back often as we will be updating this site as new information becomes available.
The 7/8 Grade Marching Band will perform for the Homecoming Parade on Monday, September 27. Due to the Volleyball games, any volleyball players who are unable to attend will be excused from this performance. The students will need to meet in the parking lot behind the Lincoln House building (15th Street and 1st Avenue) at 6:00 p.m. The Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. The parade will take place on Broadway and the students will march from 15th Street to the Middle School parking lot. For more information, please see the Homecoming Parade information sheet on the Documents page of this Website
The BMS Jazz Band will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, September 7. The BMS Jazz Band is open to all 7th and 8th Grade Band students. The BMS Jazz Band rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school (7:00 - 7:30 a.m.)
**Please ENTER through the NORTH ANNEX Doors (Mrs. Koch will be there from 6:50-7:10 a.m. to check you in.)
7/8 GRADE BAND SHIRT ORDER FORMS:
7th and 8th grade Band students should return the Band Polo Shirt order form and fee by Friday, September 10. If the students have misplaced this order form, it may be found on the Documents page of this web site.
Demonstration recordings of the music that we are working on can be found on the recordings page of this website. A recording of the 7-8 Grade Marching Band's music (Raiders March) has been uploaded. Recordings of the Jazz Band music have also been uploaded.
Students may use these recordings to help them practice and prepare their music.
TWITTER: In an effort to better communicate with parents and students, the Bluffs Middle School Band Program now has a twitter page. This page will contain announcements and information that will be of interest to the members of the BMS Band Program and their parents. Please follow the BMS Band Program by clicking on the Blue Twitter Icon at the bottom of this page.
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AT HOME PREPARATION: A students progress in band will depend on what is achieved during daily home practice sessions. Learning takes place at school, but proficiency is gained at home.
Students are expected to take their instruments home daily and on weekends.
Students will see more improvement if they practice daily for shorter periods of time than if they try to do all of their practicing in one weekend. In other classes, students have homework. In band, a students homework is their practice time at home.
Parents, a key element to your child's success on his/her instrument will be your support. Very rarely will a child practice without having to be told. Practicing, to the student, becomes a chore, but it is a cycle; practice makes you good, which leads to fun and makes you want to play your instrument more. With the proper guidance and support from you, both you and your child will see the benefits of good practice. Please refer to the back of the practice record or to the website for some guidelines to help your child at home.
***Reminder: Your REQUIRED practice sheets are DUE each MONDAY (or the first day of the week).
Week #4 Practice Sheet (dated 9/13 - 9/19)
is due Tuesday, September 21
Below you will find the Bluffs Middle School Band Newsletters. New Newsletters are added every two months and contain the latest information about the Bluffs Middle School Band.
Below you will find the Bluffs Middle School Band Handbook. This handbook contains the course outline, grading policies, and class expectations for the students that are involved in the Bluffs Middle School Band program.
Below you will find video files of the BMS Bands.