January 14th BHS Band Notes

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, 1/14 - JBB Rehearsal 3pm-5pm
Tuesday, 01/15 - WP Rehearsal 3pm-5pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, Panda Express Night
Wednesday 01/16 - WP Rehearsal 1pm-5:30pm, JVG Rehearsal 3pm-5pm,
Thursday, 01/17 - WP Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, WS & Drumline Performance at Wrestling Tournament, 5:45pm-7:00pm
Friday, 01/18 - JBB Rehearsal 3pm=5pm

Coming Up Next Week:
Monday, 0/21 - Martin Luther King Day! No School!
Tuesday, 01/22 - WP Rehearsal 3pm-5pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, BEC Area Orchestra Concert
Wednesday 01/23 - WP Rehearsal 1pm-5:30pm, JVG Rehearsal 3pm-5pm, BEC Area Band Concert 7pm
Thursday, 01/24 - WP Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm
Friday, 01/25 - JBB Rehearsal 3pm=5pm
Saturday, 01/26 - JVG VG WP SJVCGPR Show #1 @ Clovis East

New This Week

Winter Guard & Winter Percussion Donations
We are looking forward to a great season and are excited that your student has chosen to be a part of our program. As we get into the start of the season we’re reminded of our first donation date coming up on January 11th. Donations can be made by check or paid by credit card online. Please make all checks payable to “Buchanan Foundation”. To make a donation by credit card to the winter guard program Click Here! To make a donation by credit card to the winter percussion program Click Here! If you have any questions on what you had pledged to donate please email us at becbands@gmail.com. We thank you for your continuous support of the Buchanan Instrumental Music Program and are looking forward to an amazing winter season! 

Winter Percussion Rehearsal 1/16
On Wednesday Jan 16th, we will be extending rehearsal for the battery only. Basketball wants us to play at the start of their elementary feeder night, at 6:40. We will extend rehearsal until about 5:30 and then Basketball will buy the group some pizza, and then they'll perform around 6:45. The kids will be done and ready to be picked up by 7pm. This is for the drumline, only. The rest of the ensemble (cymbals and pit) will be done at 5:30pm that day. 

Marching Band Items!
Reminder! If you have yet to turn in your items that were loaned to you during fall season please do so! Items can be turned into Jenny in the band office.

Panda Express Night
Don't forget to join us Tuesday night, 01/15, at Panda Express 
and support Buchanan Instrumental Music! Come in to the Panda Express at 2980 E Nees Ave (Herndon and Willow) on Tuesday, January 15th between 4pm and 9pm. Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to ensure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Buchanan Educational Center Instrumental Music! Please share this will family, friends, and co-workers! Anyone can support the cause. The only thing we can't do is hand out flyers on the premises. 

Link to the flyer can be found here: Click Here!

Thanks for your support! We look forward to seeing Tuesday night at Panda Express!

Past News

Marching Band Photos
Don’t forget to order your photos: 2018 Buchanan Marching Band Photos.

Missing Marching Band Already?
Videos from all of our performances can be view on Media page of our website. CUSD Band Night and our final rehearsal run-throughs are up.

Show Posters & Helmets - For Sales!
If you missed out at the banquet, both of these items are available in the Charms Online Store.

Sponsor a Marching Band Awards Plaque
We have just 4 to go! Best Rehearsing Section, Most Improved Brass, Outstanding Freshman, Outstanding Senior. You can sponsor these plaques on the Charms Online Store.

January 7th BHS Band Notes

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, 01/08 - WP Rehearsal 3pm-5pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm
Wednesday 01/09 - WP Rehearsal 1pm-5pm, JVG Rehearsal 3pm-5pm,
Thursday, 01/10 - WP Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm
Friday, 01/11 - JBB Rehearsal 3pm=5pm

Coming Up Next Week:
Monday, 1/14 - JBB Rehearsal 3pm-5pm
Tuesday, 01/15 - WP Rehearsal 3pm-5pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, Panda Express Night
Wednesday 01/16 - WP Rehearsal 1pm-5:30pm, JVG Rehearsal 3pm-5pm,
Thursday, 01/17 - WP Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm
Friday, 01/18 - JBB Rehearsal 3pm=5pm

New This Week

Winter Guard & Winter Percussion Donations
We are looking forward to a great season and are excited that your student has chosen to be a part of our program. As we get into the start of the season we’re reminded of our first donation date coming up on January 11th. Donations can be made by check or paid by credit card online. Please make all checks payable to “Buchanan Foundation”. To make a donation by credit card to the winter guard program Click Here! To make a donation by credit card to the winter percussion program Click Here! If you have any questions on what you had pledged to donate please email us at becbands@gmail.com. We thank you for your continuous support of the Buchanan Instrumental Music Program and are looking forward to an amazing winter season! 

Winter Percussion Rehearsal 1/16
On Wednesday Jan 16th, we will be extending rehearsal for the battery only. Basketball wants us to play at the start of their elementary feeder night, at 6:40. We will extend rehearsal until about 5:30 and then Basketball will buy the group some pizza, and then they'll perform around 6:45. The kids will be done and ready to be picked up by 7pm. This is for the drumline, only. The rest of the ensemble (cymbals and pit) will be done at 5:30pm that day. 

Marching Band Items!
Reminder! If you have yet to turn in your items that were loaned to you during fall season please do so! Items can be turned into Jenny in the band office.

Panda Express Night
Don't forget to join us Tuesday night, 01/15, at Panda Express 
and support Buchanan Instrumental Music! Come in to the Panda Express at 2980 E Nees Ave (Herndon and Willow) on Tuesday, January 15th between 4pm and 9pm. Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to ensure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Buchanan Educational Center Instrumental Music! Please share this will family, friends, and co-workers! Anyone can support the cause. The only thing we can't do is hand out flyers on the premises. 

Link to the flyer can be found here: Click Here!

Thanks for your support! We look forward to seeing Tuesday night at Panda Express!

Past News

Marching Band Photos
Don’t forget to order your photos: 2018 Buchanan Marching Band Photos.

Missing Marching Band Already?
Videos from all of our performances can be view on Media page of our website. CUSD Band Night and our final rehearsal run-throughs are up.

Show Posters & Helmets - For Sales!
If you missed out at the banquet, both of these items are available in the Charms Online Store.

Sponsor a Marching Band Awards Plaque
We have just 4 to go! Best Rehearsing Section, Most Improved Brass, Outstanding Freshman, Outstanding Senior. You can sponsor these plaques on the Charms Online Store.

Colorguard - Concert Credit Last Minute Assignment

Make sure to submit your Concert Credit by Friday, December 21st! For those of you who still need to fulfill your fall semester concert credit but won’t make it to an event this week, here is an alternative assignment:

Assignment: Select 5 WGI Winter Guard performances from YouTube.

1. Watch each of the performances in its entirety.

2. Write a one paragraph review of each show including a description of the show and your thoughts of the performance (five paragraphs total). Be sure to include the name of the group, title of the show, year/event, and a YouTube link.

3. Submit your Concert Credit and upload the paper as verification. Choose the ‘I watched an online video…” option. Add the link to the video and upload your paper: https://www.becorchestras.org/concertcredit

You have until the end of the day on Friday. This must be in your own words. Any plagiarism or copying someone else’s paper will result in a zero for your Concert Credit grade.

Band - Concert Credit Last Minute Assignment

Make sure to submit your Concert Credit by Friday! For those of you who still need to fulfill your fall semester concert credit but won’t make it to an event this week, here is an alternative assignment:

Assignment: John Mackey’s “Wine-Dark Sea”

1. Read about the composer here: http://www.ostimusic.com/Bio.php

2. Read about the piece “Wine-Dark Sea" here: http://www.ostimusic.com/WineDarkSea.php

3. Watch the entire video of a performance of “Wine-Dark Sea"” conducted by Kevin Sedatole and performed by Michigan State University Wind Symphony (34 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoP4OyfUlbE

5. Type a one page, double-spaced, 12-point font (Times New Roman). The only heading should be your name. In your own words, describe the performance of this programmatic work. Reference specific parts of the performance and how they connect to the story of presented on the website above. Using Google Docs is preferred. 

6. Submit your Concert Credit and upload the paper as verification. Choose the ‘I watched an online video…” option. Add the link to the video and upload your paper: https://www.becorchestras.org/concertcredit

You have until the end of the day on Friday. This must be in your own words. Any plagiarism or copying someone else’s paper will result in a zero for your Concert Credit grade.

Orchestra - Concert Credit Last Minute Assignment

Make sure to submit your Concert Credit by Friday, December 21st! For those who still need to fulfill your fall semester concert credit but won’t make it to an event this week, here is an alternative assignment:

Assignment: The Star Wars Suite - The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Live)

1. Watch the entire video of a performance of “The Star Wars Suite” performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (57 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6zCLs1_LnI

2. Type a one page paper, double-spaced, 12-point font (Times New Roman). The only heading should be your name. In your own words, describe the the concert. Reference specific parts of the performance and what songs from what Star Wars movies were used.  

3. Submit your Concert Credit and upload the paper as verificationChoose the ‘I watched an online video…” option. Add the link to the video and upload your paper: https://www.becorchestras.org/concertcredit

You have until the end of the day on Friday. The paper must be in your own words and will be graded for quality and grammar. If you copy someone else’s paper or plagiarize, it will result in a zero for your Concert Credit grade.

December 3rd BHS Band Notes

Coming Up This Week:
Tuesday, 12/04 - WP Rehearsal 3pm-5pm, WG Auditions 5:30pm-9pm
Wednesday, 12/05 - WP Rehearsal 1pm-5pm, JVG Rehearsal 3pm-5pm
Thursday, 12/06 - WP Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm
Saturday, 12/07 - FMCMEA Auditions

Coming Up Next Week:
Tuesday, 12/11 - WP Rehearsal 3pm-5pm, WG Auditions 5:30pm-9pm
Wednesday, 12/12 - MB Silent Sleigh Parade During 2nd Period, WP Rehearsal 1pm-5pm, JVG Rehearsal 3pm-5pm
Thursday, 12/13 - WP Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, VG Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm, BHS Performing Arts Concert @ Rene Errotabere Center, 7pm
Friday, 12/14 - BHS Orchestra Winter Concert 7pm

New This Week

Concert Credit - Due by the end of the semester!
The final day to submit fall semester Concert Credit is Friday, December 21st. There are many types of events that will fulfill this requirement. Please visit our website for more information on the Concert Credit requirement or to submit your Concert Credit: (https://www.becbands.org/concertcredit)

Fireworks Committee Volunteers
We are looking for 2-3 parents to join the Buchanan Band Fireworks Committee. Laurie Dahlberg is leading it, but it's a big job, and she would like some help. The more people that know how to run it, the stronger and more successful our fireworks season will be. If you are interested, or want to learn more about the hours needed, please call or text Laurie at 559-708-2926.

Silent Sleigh Parade - Wednesday 12/12
We’ve been asked to march in the Silent Sleigh Parade Wednesday (12/12) during 2nd period at the Air National Guard Base. Call time is 8am at the band room. Students will change into uniforms and Students will be excused from class.

Loaned Marching Band Uniform Items - Due Next Week
All loaned Marching Shoes, Nike Shirts, and Nike Shoe Bags will need to be returned on Friday, December 14th. Shoes need to be wiped down, Nike Shirts washed (hang dry - no dryer!), labeled, and returned in a Ziploc bag labeled with your name, and Nike Shoe Bags cleaned out.

Show Posters & Helmets - For Sales!
If you missed out at the banquet, both of these items are available in the Charms Online Store.

Sponsor a Marching Band Awards Plaque
We are still looking for sponsors for: Best Rehearsing Section, Most Improved Brass, Most Improved Woodwinds, Outstanding Freshman, Outstanding Senior. You can sponsor these plaques on the Charms Online Store.

Marching Band Photos
Don’t forget to order your photos: 2018 Buchanan Marching Band Photos. No sales tax/free shipping offer if you email your order directly to kgphotos@pacbell.net by Tuesday, December 4th!

Past News

Fresno State Golf Cart Volunteers
Thank you to everyone who has driven this season! We appreciate your continuous support and dedication!

Missing Marching Band Already?
Videos from all of our performances can be view on Media page of our website. CUSD Band Night and our final rehearsal run-throughs are up.

November 26th BHS Band Notes

Saturday was a special day! Despite the disappointment of championships being canceled, nearly every member of the band showed up to help unload the truck, clean up the bandroom, and enjoy a special lunch prepared by Mrs. Manalansan and her parent crew. Plus, we had a Buchanan Marching Band History Day watching show videos back to the seniors’ freshman year.

November 19th BHS Band Notes

November 19th BHS Band Notes

Saturday was a special day! Despite the disappointment of championships being canceled, nearly every member of the band showed up to help unload the truck, clean up the bandroom, and enjoy a special lunch prepared by Mrs. Manalansan and her parent crew. Plus, we had a Buchanan Marching Band History Day watching show videos back to the seniors’ freshman year.

WBA Championships Update

After assessing the current air quality and the air quality forecast for today in the Bakersfield area, WBA has decided to cancel this weekend’s championships events. 

While this is a disappointing way to end the competitive season, we had two great performances this week and Thursday night’s rehearsal was very special for our marching band. We are thankful to WBA for making the students’ health and safety the top priority.

We invite any and all BHS Marching Band students to join us in the Bandroom for a pulled pork lunch today at 12:00pm. We need to unload the equipment truck and clean up the bandroom, and sharing a good meal together with our band family is always a plus! This is voluntary, but we hope you can join us.

For those of you who pre-purchased tickets for this weekend, we will let you know when we hear from WBA. They are currently in the process of notifying all the participating bands, judges, and everyone else directly involved with running the shows this weekend regarding the cancelation.

Thank you for your incredible efforts this year. This season has been one of tremendous growth for our program and we continue to be very excited about the future of the Buchanan Instrumental Music Program.

If we don’t see you today for lunch, have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Be sure to get your tickets for our end of the season banquet on Tuesday, November 27th on the Charms Store!

With much gratitude and appreciation, 

John Lack
Director of Instrumental Music
Buchanan High School 



November 5th BHS Band Notes

Saturday was awesome! Two great performances, strong competitive placements, and what an incredible crowd response to the show. It was a thrill to take the field at Fresno State! Two weeks of the season left and a full three day weekend OFF to rest up for championships next week and The Great Train Robbery's last stop! Thank you to the students for your continued hard work and to the parents, family, and friends who support us!