February 2019 BLUE FLYER #57

A busy month ahead!

Hey Blue! We have a busy month ahead! We have OMEA's Solo and Ensemble Contest at North Ridgeville HS, Lorain County Solo and Ensemble Contest at Firelands HS, our upcoming concert is at Cleveland State (MORE details on this coming soon!), we begin pit rehearsal for the musical (volunteer only and not everyone has to do it.) and we finish up Pep Band! We need to make sure everyone stays up to date with all things Band so check out the Charms Calendar often!

What's coming up!

  • Feb 5- Musical Pit rehearsal from 2:15-2:50
  • Feb 6- Musical Pit rehearsal from 2:15-2:50
  • Feb 7- OMEA Solo rehearsal with accompanist (2:30-5)
  • Feb 7- Night at the Races Committee Meeting (6:15-7)
  • Feb 7- Band Booster Meeting (7pm)
  • Feb 8- Musical Pit rehearsal from 2:15-2:50
  • Feb 8- Pep Band (6:30pm)
  • Feb 9- OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest @ North Ridgeville (participants are expected to know their own times, they are posted in the band hallway)

Remember to always check the website and Charms. Other forms of communication will happen to help remind you of upcoming events (and volunteer opportunities). The Charms Calendar is a great start! We also have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Remind!

Details for the February 21 Concert at Cleveland State University will be sent out soon through email and remind!


All students were given packets to take home and sell entrance tickets, and horses for this amazing night! Please sell and Parents, click HERE to sign up and volunteer! This is one of our HUGE fundraisers and we need everyone's help!

Want to improve your musicianship?

In downtown Grafton next to the Grafton-Midview Public Library there will be the Grafton Center of Musical Arts! They are having a "Meet the Teachers" Open House on Saturday September 29 from 9am-noon. This place is going to be awesome! Students of all ages can take private or group lessons AND they will have an opportunity to work with a qualified music on their instrument! Do you or your ensemble need to prepare for Solo and Ensemble Contest? Go here and get the instruction needed for musical success! Do you want to be a major in music in college? You MUST take private lessons NOW! Sign up with the Grafton Center of Musical Arts and begin your individual lessons today!

Private lessons are so essential for a musician. When they get one on one instruction they enjoy music performance more and have a better understanding of a quality performance. Click HERE to see the Benefits of Private Lessons (thanks to BandDirectorsTalkShop.com)

Pep Band

Hey Blue! The Marching Blue is never done! We must be ready for Basketball season! Every student is required to perform at 4 Pep Band events (each performance is 25 points). These 4 performances will be posted in the 3rd Grading Quarter. Students are to arrive at 6:30 in the Band room (however, you must sign up via Google Form).

On a side note, students are coming to Pep Band without music and it is evident that they do not have all of the music memorized correctly. PLEASE be prepared and have all of the music with you (either on your phone or in your flip-folio) when you come to Pep Band performances!

Smart Music

SmartMusic assignments are due on Fridays (Log in to SmartMusic to see specific dates). The expectation is to practice for 70 minutes over 7 days (SmartMusic records this automatically), you will need to do a scale, sight reading (you can only do 1 attempt on the sight reading assignment), and score an 80% or higher on the literature assignment. If for some reason you are not getting an 80% by the due date, submit your best percent and Mr. B will go in and listen to it. The minor issue of computer assessments is that it can be super accurate or it might not be so accurate. If Mr. B notices a low percent that is turned in, he will check it out right away. Remember, the percentage you get is NOT your actual grade. For example, an 80% in your concert literature is considered an A on your report card. If there are any questions, please email Mr. B.

The Expectation

It is expected that all students practice 70 minutes a week. Smart Music records the amount of time you practice. Also, the Directors can recognize if a student is progressing properly or not. The expectation is that students must prepare their part at home so we can improve our ensemble sound in class. If you are learning your part in class, you truly are not contributing the way you are required. Let's push our amazing talents forward and prepare your parts at home!!!!

Solo and Ensemble Contest is coming!

For those who have signed up for either OMEA or Lorain County's (LoCo) Solo and Ensemble Contest should be practicing their solo EVERY day! OMEA is February 9 and LoCo infor will be coming soon!

Know the Schedule!

Always know what's going on by looking at the Charms Calendar!

Midview Marketplace

Buy, and sell gently used Midview Band stuff! Check it OUT!

Band Handbook

The "Blue Book" has everything else that is needed to know about the program. Grading, Concert prep and more are here!

Brookpark rangerettes winterguard

Did you know there are plenty of performance opportunities like Orchestra, Band, Marching Band, Percussion, and Auxiliary outside of Midview! One of them featured this month is the Brookpark Rangerettes Winter Guard! We have 2 Midview students involved in this great program! I encourage everyone to explore what other musical opportunities we have in the area! Currently, the Rangerettes have 2 performances coming up.. and the are:

  • Vermilion showcase: February 22 @Vermilion High School
  • Brookpark showcase: March 10th @ Berea-Midpark Middle School (old midpark)

Another opportunity offered this summer, is for our Flutes! There is a Flute Ensemble going on at BW. Click HERE to find out!

Check out our AMAZING website!

Our website has gone through some MAJOR upgrades! Check it often!

Concert Date Change!

Our next upcoming performance will be VERY special because we are performing at Cleveland State University with the CSU Concert Bands! The performance will be February 21 in Waetjen Auditorium! MANY MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!

Meet a professional Musician!

It is now time to meet our Professional Euphonium performer, Brian Bowman. Click HERE to learn more!

Upcoming performances in the area!

Other than performing in the Midview Band, it is HIGHLY encouraged to perform in other ensembles as well or attend concerts outside of the Midview District. Check out what Oberlin Conservatory, Baldwin Wallace, and Cleveland State have scheduled!

Band Boosters!!!!!!!!!

Parents! Also don't forget that we have a monthly Booster meeting! It's on the First Thursday of every month! Check the CHARMS CALENDAR for details! We would love for you to join us!

We have a Booster meeting Thursday Feb. 7 at 7!


Get REMINDer texts so you don't forget!



google classroom

All students are required to join the Band's Google Classroom. Parents, the students have spoken and look at Google Classroom the most out of other available options. However, Charms and the Website will continue to be the standard place for all info.

Check out Jeff Barnes Photography!

Have you seen the amazing pictures this year! Check out Jeff Barnes Photography by clicking HERE! Jeff Barnes is one of our Band parents and has done an AMAZING job with capturing outstanding memories! Any pictures you purchase benefit the Band!

Your 2018 Midview Marching Blue.....LOUD and PROUD

Have a question? Email Mr. B jbrunger@midviewk12.org

Band images were taken by Jeff Barnes Photography!


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