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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 BMS Jazz Band will begin rehearsals on Thursday, September 10. The BMS Jazz Band is open to any 7th or 8th Grade Band student. Jazz Band meets on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:00 a.m. - 7:35 a.m. Students will need to enter the building through Door 12 (East door in the horseshoe drive). Mrs. Koch will be there starting at 6:50 a.m. to let you in the building.
8th Grade All-State Band Audition Information
All 8th Grade Band students are eligible to audition for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association 8th Grade All State Band. This audition will be a recorded audition and consists of a Chromatic Scale and two short etudes. The percussion audition consists of a Chromatic Scale for Mallet Percussion, a Rudiment for Snare Drum, a Rudiment for Timpani, and an etude on Mallets, Snare Drum, and Timpani. Percussionists are required to audition on all three instruments.
The audition scales/rudiments and etudes are listed below. Please click on the audition material for your instrument in order to print it so that you can start practicing. The recordings for this audition will need to be made the 1st week of October. Please start working on this music as soon as you can.
Recorded examples of the etudes may be found on the following web site: https://nsbma.org/etude-examples
Please use these recorded examples to help you prepare for your audition. Please start slow and gradually speed up as you gain greater profficiency with the music.
Virtual Performance Recordings
The recordings of our Virtual Performances during the Coronavirus closure have been posted in "RECORDINGS" on the left side of this page.
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 9/7-9/13)
is due Monday, September 14
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.