Dear BVW Band Families,
WELOME to the newest members of our Blue Valley West Band Family! We are excited to have you join us! Know that you are in for a fantastic experience!
We begin our 2021-2022 band year with our Kickoff Rehearsal and Info Meeting on Thursday, June 3. A reminder that this event is for ALL 2021-2022 Blue Valley West Band and Color Guard Members! See additional information about that event HERE.
Parents - we need you! High school band is unique in that parents have opportunities to share in their student's experience from a front row seat! You can learn more on June 3!
Summer Conditioning - A reminder that ALL BVW Band students participate in our marching program and get to experience something that makes high school band such a special and unique opportunity! With the restrictions in place on our music programs for the past 14 months, it is important that we "stretch out" our musical muscles as we prepare for a more "normal" school year. Students should attend any and all conditioning sessions and sectionals when in town, HOWEVER, If you are on a trip or scout camp, etc. just let us know - no worries! We have plenty of ways to ensure everyone feels confident before band camp in August! For additional details, click HERE. If you know someone who wasn't sure about joining high school band, please encourage them to come check it out - we're going to have a great time!
Thursday, June 3: Marching Band Kickoff and Parent Info Meeting for ALL Band Students In Grades 9-12.
Please see additional information HERE.
In the Future:
Thursday, June 10: Summer Conditioning Session #1
Thursday, June 24: Summer Conditioning Session #2
See the CALENDAR page for more!
INFORMATION UPDATED - 5/31
We are excited to begin our 2021-2022 band year, and to return to many of our beloved events, experiences, and traditions that make the Blue Valley West Band such a special program! We are also thrilled to welcome our incoming 9th grade students and parents to the BV West Band Family! Our first event is our Band Kickoff and Information Meeting on Thursday, June 3 from 6 - 9 PM.
This event Is for ALL Blue Valley West Band and Color Guard students In Grades 9 - 12 for the 2021-2022 school year! A parent or guardian each student also needs to attend this event.
Our schedule for the evening is as follows. Exact locations at West will be shared prior to the meeting. We are navigating around some construction projects that are slated to begin after school finishes.
5:30 PM - Band Room opens. Students may begin Instrument check-out
6:00 PM - Parent Welcome Session / Student Activities with Staff & Leadership Team (continues to 8:30 PM)
6:30 PM - Parent Information Meeting with Directors & Boosters
7:15 PM - Forms Fest for Parents
8:30 PM - Performance by the BV West Band on the BVW Band Practice Field
9:00 PM - Event concludes & students dismissed
What to wear? What to bring? Students should wear a white T shirt - a BVW or BVW Band shirt is preferred! New students will receive several shirts throughout the course of our season. Wear shorts or athletic pants; socks; and close toed athletic shoes. Students should also bring a water bottle, instrument, and phone. Students who use a school-owned instrument will be issued their instrument at rehearsal.
What COVID precautions are in place? Please see our Updated COVID Protocols for Band Events.
What are we going to do? Students will get to know their band family and participate in some team building activities while also learning and reviewing visual and music fundamentals. We will give a brief performance at the end of the evening, Parents will also have an opportunity to meet other parents In our program; learn about our schedule and activities; fill out essential forms; learn about program costs and fundraising opportunities; and see their student perform for the first time as a member of the BVW Bands!
Is this event required? What If we are out of town? Students are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances. As with any our events, students should communicate any potential schedule conflicts in advance. Students may use the attendance form located on the band website. All material covered at this event will be available on the Marching Band Canvas course, and the Leadership Team will follow-up as well. All required forms for Parents will be available after June 1. Forms must be submitted prior to your student's attendance at our next rehearsal or event.
We are so excited to take these first steps in our next band journey together! We look forward to seeing everyone on June 3!!!
At the end of last week, the Blue Valley Schools sent out an updated set of protocols related to COVID mitigation based on current CDC and Johnson County Health recommendations. Additional specific guidance was provided to all activity and athletic sponsors. Beginning June 1, 2021 the following protocols apply to all of our rehearsals and performances:
We acknowledge that our return to a more "normal" rehearsal environment may cause feelings of anxiety or apprehension for some students. Part of that stems from the fact that our band students did a phenomenal job following all required mitigation strategies for the past year, and it may seem "strange" to no longer have these strict rules in place. In addition to the guidelines provided by our local officials, we continue to learn about and follow guidance provided by the NFHS Aerosol study and other professional music organizations. If students or parents have any questions, please visit with one of our directors so we can discuss your concerns. Providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for ALL of our Band FAMILY Is our first priority!
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!
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!
Blue Valley West Bands