From the Desk of Mr. Love:
Dear West Band Families,
You may have noticed that you are currently receiving 2 emails from the band. We are in the process of switching our weekly newsletter over to a service called MailChimp which enables us to provide a more visually engaging and user-friendly interface for sharing all the information you and your student needs to keep up to date with the Blue Valley West Bands. ALL the information in our weekly newsletter can be found at our updated website: www.bvwestband.com. Take a moment to check it out!
For those that prefer to engage with social media, we’ve also done some updating there. We have a new Facebook page to better promote band activities: https://www.facebook.com/bvwestbands
Into Twitter? Announcements get posted to our feed there as well: https://twitter.com/BVW_Band
Same for Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bvw_band/
Make sure to check out the calendar on the website for rehearsals and events coming up!
Lastly, enrollment is right around the corner. Please check out our enrollment brochure – while primarily focused on our incoming 9th grade students for next fall, it still has useful information for ALL of our band students. As always – if you have questions about how to fit band into your schedule, please make sure to visit with one of the directors. Also, our summer schedule for marching band has been released. At this time we are planning for a normal schedule of summer activities for ALL of our band members to help build stronger connections within our band family and to set us up for success as a program as we navigate our of “COVID times” and into the 3rd decade of our outstanding program’s history!
Schedule at a Glance
*Winter Guard, 5-8 PM
* JPG (MS) 6 – 8 PM
*Winter Guard, 5-8 PM
*JPG (HS) 6-8 PM
*Winter Guard: 5 – 8 PM
*JPG (MS): 6 – 8 PM
*Symphonic Band Rehearsal: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
*Wind Ensemble Rehearsal: 7 – 8 PM
*Winter Guard: 5 – 8 PM
*JPG (HS): 6 – 8 PM
Have a great week!
While this year has been anything BUT normal, we are excited to begin our preparations for a return to the marching field this coming summer! Please take a moment to view the information about our plans for summer and fall marching band activities! We are looking forward to taking our first steps together into the next chapter of the Blue Valley West Band history!
Enrollment information for ALL BVW Band members, regardless of grade level. Please check out the information. Have an 8th grade sibling? Know an 8th grade band member? Please be sure to pass along the information to them as well!
If you have any questions about band enrollment In the coming weeks please visit with a director. Ensemble Placement Hearings will take place in the late spring.
To better prepare for our upcoming March concert, and to offset the challenges posed by COVID and the Hybrid format, each of our ensembles will have a series of evening rehearsals leading up to our March concert recording sessions. As always, students are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances, including both our in-person and virtual students. That said, as per the handbook, please communicate with your director regarding any potential conflicts or COVID concerns in advance. We are more than happy to work with you as we begin to make a return towards a more typical band experience. Early communication is always key to finding positive solutions!
Our March concert will be a pre-recorded event, however, we are very optimistic that we will be able to offer an in-person performance for our final concert series in May.
Planning is beginning in earnest for our 2021 Fall Marching Band Season! If you are Interested in auditioning for a leadership position with the BVW Marching Band for 2021 there will be an informational meeting this coming Thursday, January 28.
Leadership Interest Meeting 1 - 12:35 PM (during Academic Check Time) - attend via Zoom OR live in the Band Room
Leadership Interest Meeting 2 - 3:05 PM - attend via Zoom OR live in the Band Room
Interested candidates must attend one of the two meetings.
During the meeting we will review the application process and requirements. Those wishing to audition for a leadership position must complete an application which can be found here:
2021 MB Leadership Application
Audition clinics / practice sessions will be held throughout February. Check the calendar and Band App for updates.
ANY band student Interested In being involved in the marching band leadership team is welcome to attend! There are no experience requirements - come learn what its all about and see if this might be something you are interested in! A new year always brings new possibilities!
13 Blue Valley West Band Members were selected as members of the 2021 KMEA All-State Ensembles. This tremendous accomplishment represents months of practice and preparation, and is the culmination of a highly competitive audition process. This year the All-State Ensembles will meet and record their concert virtually due to COVID-19. Students selected for the All-State Ensembles are:
KMEA 56A All-State Band
Tina Li - flute
Eric Seo - oboe
Dylan Yan - Bassoon - 1st chair
Ethan Guo - horn
Rayan Abid - percussion
Joseph Cheung - percussion
KMEA All-State Orchestra
Jewel Slemmons - bassoon
Trey Krizek - horn
Brett Garlett - horn
Tim Buehler - horn
Cooper Knight - percussion
Jake Wall - percussion
KMEA All-State Jazz Band
Eli Lockhart - trombone - 1st chair
Full statewide results can be viewed here: https://ksmea.org/all-state-instrumental-results/
Blue Valley West Bands