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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.
NSBA State Concert Band Festival
On Wednesday, March 31 the 7th and 8th Grade Bands participated in the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association's State Concert Band Festival. The students performed live over Zoom and received feedback on their performance from the clinicians. The students performed well and we are very proud of their performances.
The 2021 NSBA Virtual State Concert Band Festival Clinicians were:
· Dr. Scott Boerma, Director of Bands, Western Michigan University
· Dr. J. Ashley Jarrell, Coordinator of Music Education, University of North Georgia
· Dr. Amy Knopps, Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands, University of Missouri
· Dr. Mary Land, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Western Michigan University
BMS BAND STUDENTS SELECTED TO NSBA 8TH GRADE ALL-STATE BAND:
Each year all of Nebraska's 8th Grade band
students are invited to audition for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association 8th Grade All-Stat e Band.
Mr. Jim Kucera , NSBA Middle-Level Chair, is honored to announce and would like to "CONGRATULATE those students that were selected to participate in the 2021 NSBA 8th Grade All-State Band!
Students from Bluffs Middle School have participated in the NSBA 8th Grade All-State Band
for the past 20 years and we are pleased to add the following names to the list of those selected:
Allison Clodfelter (Clarinet), daughter of Jeremy & Jaimie Clodfelter
Dagen Cranmore (Trumpet), son of Jamie Batterman & Quentin Cranmore
Mina Griffith (Bass Clarinet), daughter of Joel Griffith & Natashia Deckert
Collin Phillips (Trumpet), son of Scott Phillips & Pamela Richardson
Capria Rogers (Trombone), daughter of Robert & Kiowa Rogers
*Selected by recorded audition to be members of the most prestigious and selective middle school honor band in the state of Nebraska.
This year, the NSBA (Nebraska State Bandmasters As
sociation) Honor Band committee selected 79 members and 19 alternates for the Concert Band. This group of 98 young musicians were selected from a total of 242 auditions and represent 37 schools from across the state of Nebraska.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the 2021 NSBA 8th Grade All-State Band
Clinic has been cancelled.
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 #36 Practice Sheet (dated 5/3 - 5/9)
is due Monday, May 10
Clubs Choice FundraiserWe will be starting our annual Clubs Choice Fundraising event on Wednesday, February 3rd. This year's fundraiser will look much different than it has in the past. The students will not have an order form to fill out. The students will not need to collect any money. The students will not be delivering merchandise after the sale is over. This year's fundraiser will be completely contact free. All sales will all be completed online. Payment for the merchandise will be made online. Merchandise will be delivered directly to the home of the purchaser. The sale is slated to last 2 weeks (February 3-16), however, people can continue to shop online after the end of the school year and we will continue to receive the profits from the additional merchandise that is sold.Parents, you will be receiving an email from Clubs Choice with more information about how the sale works and with links to our fuindraising page. We ask that you support our fundraising effort by sending the information and links for the online sale to at least 10 people in your personal email contact list. Those that you contact may support the BMS Band by purchasing merchandise or, if they are not interested in making a purchase but would like to support our Band, they may also make an online donation. Please contact Mr. Koch if you do not receive an email from Clubs Choice in the next few days.You may also use the following link to access the BMS Band fundraising page. Once on this page, cutomers can register and shop for merchandise or make a donation.Thank you in advance for your help and support of our fundraising efforts.
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.
BMS Band Calendar
Below you will find the Bluffs Middle School Band Calendar. This includes concerts, contest, & competition dates for the 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Bands.
BMS Band Calendar Updates:
- Thursday, May 6, 2021 - BMS Bands (Grades 6, 7, & 8) will present their Spring Concert - Times & Location to be announced
- Friday, May 7, 2021 - BMS Jazz Band / SHS Jazz Band & Percussion Ensemble will present their "Jazz, Etc." Concert - Time & Location to be announced
- Saturday, May 8, 2021 - BMS 8th Grade Band "Music in the Parks" Festival Trip has been CANCELLED by festival organizers due to COVID.
Below you will find video files of the BMS Bands.