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Mrs. Koch

Assistant Band Director / Choir Accompanist

Mrs. Koch is currently in her 22nd year as Assistant Band Director/Accompanist at BMS. She assists with the 7th & 8th Grade Marching & Concert Bands. She also accompanies both the 7th & 8th Grade Choirs and the BMS Show Choir. 

Mrs. Koch is a native of York, NE. During her high school years, she was Drum Major for 3 years, was selected to the All-State Band for 2 years (Mallet Percussion), and received the John Philip Sousa Band Award for 2 years. Mrs. Koch graduated from York High School in 1985. Mrs. Koch then attended Kearney State College and received a Bachelor's Degree (1989). Her major focus was Instrumental Music.

Mrs. Koch was Assistant Director of the Band Program in Scottsbluff, 7-12 Vocal Music Director in Bridgeport, 5-6 Instrumental Music Director in Fairbury, and K-12 Vocal/Instrumental Music Director in Polk-Hordville, all in Nebraska.

Weekly Announcements

  •  Announcements for the Week of November 16th-  

     

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    Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected, & Stay "Bearcat Strong" 

     

     Thanksgiving

    NO SCHOOL:  NOVEMBER 23-27 Thanksgiving Holiday Break

     

     

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    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-State 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 Association) 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.

     

      

    • BMS BAND NOTES: 
      • STAY CONNECTED during the school year ... Follow us on Twitter (@BluffsMSBand).
      • ALL Band Students:
        • Your WEEK #14 & #15 Practice Sheets (dated 11/16-11/22 and 11/23 -11/29)) are DUE on Monday, November 30th.
      • 7th & 8th Grade JAZZ BAND rehearsals TUESDAY and THURSDAY from 7:00 - 7:35 a.m. in the BMS BAND ROOM. 
        • Please drop the students off using the SOUTH Horseshoe Drive and ENTER the building at DOOR #12. (Mrs. Koch will be there to check you in.)
        • NO JAZZ BAND REHEARSALS THIS WEEK! Have a Safe & Happy Thanksgiving Break.

     

    • BMS CHOIR NOTES: 
      • 7th & 8th Grade SHOW CHOIR rehearsals WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY from 7:00 - 7:25 a.m. in the BMS CHOIR ROOM.
        • NO SHOW CHOIR REHEARSALS THIS WEEK! Have a Safe & Happy Thanksgiving Break.

     

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