BHS Band Notes - September 30th

Thank you for joining us Saturday night! It was an amazing turn out to support the students in their first performances of the year in uniform. The Buchanan Band Family is incredibly supportive and we really appreciate it!

Coming Up This Week:
Monday, 9/30 - JBB Rehearsal 3pm-5:30pm
Tuesday, 10/01 - Bass Drum (BD) Sectionals 3pm-4pm, Hornline Rehearsal 3:10pm-5:10pm, CG Rehearsal 6pm-8pm,
Wednesday, 10/02 - Percussion Rehearsal 3pm-5pm, CG Sectionals 3pm-4pm
Thursday, 10/03 - MB Spirit Night Football Game with ASI at VMS. Report @ 3:45pm
Friday, 10/04 - MB Rehearsal 3pm-5pm

Coming Up Next Week:
Monday, 10/07 - JBB Rehearsal 3pm-5:30pm
Tuesday, 10/08 - Hornline Rehearsal 3:10pm-5:10pm, CG Rehearsal 6pm-8pm, BD Sectionals 3pm-4pm
Wednesday, 10/09 - Percussion Rehearsal 3pm-5pm, CG Sectionals 3pm-4pm
Thursday, 10/10 - MB Rehearsal 5:30pm-9pm
Friday, 10/11 - MB Football Game @ Lamonica
Saturday, 10/12 - WBA Washington Union

New This Week

October 4th Donation Date is Friday!
If you pledged a monthly donation, please make sure you submit your donation by Friday, October 4th. Make your pledge and check your donations and pledges by visiting the Donate page.

Football Game Spirit Night w/ASI Band
This Thursday, October 3rd, ASI Band and Colorguard will be joining us at the football game! We will have an early call time of 3:45pm so we have time to rehearse for the combined performance and eat before the game. We will be in full uniform and dinner is provided.

Friday Rehearsal
Because of the Thursday night game, we will be rehearsing on Friday until 5pm. You get all weekend off!

From the Meal Team
A great big thank you to those who helped with our first meal for the band. We had about 20 people involved in preparing and serving it, and we had over 20 others donating the necessary items. We have such great families in our band. We appreciate you!! If you are not receiving the texts from the meal team (in the Group Me app) and you want to join so you know when volunteer opportunities related to preparing and serving food are available, please text me (Laurie 559-708-2926) your number, and I will add you to the group. If you already signed up but aren't receiving the texts, there may have been a hiccup in adding your name. Let me know and I will fix it. Please don't be shy to volunteer, we want your help!

Marching Band Apparel, Show Posters, and Patches
Sale starts soon! Look for an email in the next day or two!

Pictures Take Saturday Night
You will have the opportunity to purchase the photos taken last Saturday night later in the season after we take our individual and section photos. This will most likely be in November.

Hornline Google Classroom Assignments
Over the remainder of the season, all members of the hornline will be responsible for submitting video recorded excerpts of the student performing each section of the show. Instructions and due dates are all provided in Google Classroom. The first assignment was due Monday and the next one is due Friday! The class code is: 1ljksju

Colorguard Sectionals
There will be an optional Colorguard sectional rehearsal every Wednesday from 3pm-4pm until the end of the season. This is a great way to get extra help with the show!

Bass Drum Sectional
For the rest of the season, the bass drums will have a sectional on Tuesdays from 3pm-4pm.

Call for St. George Chaperones
If you are interested in chaperoning the St. George trip, please contact Robin Bates at

Marching Band Competition Attendance is MANDATORY.
Our competitive season is just a few weeks away and we wanted take a moment to remind everyone of the Competition Attendance Policy: “Attendance at shows & performances is expected from the beginning of the scheduled itinerary until the very end. Missing a show or performance is grounds for dismissal from the ensemble.” Please review the calendar and plan accordingly. You can find the entire attendance policy here.

Truck Renovation Project
We are moving forward with our plans to renovate our band truck. We will need significant parent help to pull this off, especially in the area of carpentry/cabinet/woodworking, volunteer hours/workers. Please let us know if you have an area of expertise where you might be able to help us out. We will be sharing more information at next week’s parent meeting.

FMCMEA Audition Material
The audition excerpts for the 2019-2020 FMCMEA Honor Ensembles are now available on the FMCMEA website: Information on how to register will be available soon!

FSU Golf Cart Volunteers
THANK YOU for everyone who has volunteered! Join us for our third golf cart fundraiser at Fresno State on Friday, October 18th! Click Here to sign up!

BEC Instrumental Music Jacket
Get your BEC Instrumental Music Jackets! These wind & water resistant black soft shell jackets are 8.8 ounce, 94% Polyester & 6% Spandex. All text and logos are embroidered. Try on a sample jacket before selecting a size. Sample jackets are located inside the Band Office. Jacket cost: $100.00. Sizes XS-XXL. Jackets can be purchased on the Charms Store.

Amazon Wish List
Help the program by purchasing an item from our Amazon Wish List! This list will be updated regularly with items essential to a successful season and school year. If you’re interested in donating please follow this link: Click Here

Past News

Introducing a Facebook Group just for current students, parents, and staff!
If you are currently a student, parent, or staff member in our program, please joined our closed Facebook group! This will be a great place to ask questions and discuss upcoming program events. Click here to join:

Rehearsal Attire
Students are expected to have the appropriate rehearsal attire for all rehearsals that occur outside the school day as well as block day rehearsals. Don’t forget water, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen!

Marching Band Forms & Paperwork
All parents/guardians of students involved in marching band need to complete the following two online forms. Please take moment to fill complete these forms as soon as possible.

1. 2019-2020 Buchanan Instrumental Music Voluntary Field Trip Permission: Click here to complete. (

2. Marching Band Season Acknowledgement, Voluntary Pledge & Consent Form: Click here to complete. (

The Calendar
Our calendar for the 2019-2020 year can be found on our website. Please bookmark and subscribe!  Instructions on how to subscribe to our calendar on your mobile device can be found at the bottom of the calendar page.

Questions, Comments, Concerns…
The best way to reach us is by email ( or