Happy New Year!

2015 isn’t quite here yet, but as we say “a goal without a plan is a wish”.  With that in mind the Bruin Band has resolved to be better than ever in 2015.  To that end, we will be doing the following starting in 2015.

Mondays- The Breathing Gym 2:15-3:00.  The Breathing Gym is a video workout to increase lung capacity and breath support.  Any Bruin Band member who wants to “work out” is welcome.

Tuesdays- Concert Band/Symphonic Band combined rehearsals 2:15-4:00.  The two bands will perform together at assessment in 2015.  They’ll have to rehearse together to be successful.  We’ll do just that every Tuesday.  The rehearsals on 2/10, 2/24, and 3/3 are mandatory but we’d like to have everyone every Tuesday.  Activity buses are available.

Wednesdays- Marching Bruin Band.  We haven’t decided exactly what we’ll do.  We may do some “off season training”.  We’ll definitely talk about next year’s show.  Stay tuned!

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All District Band

congratulations to the following students who were selected by audition to the All District Band:  Taylor Mann, piccolo, Erica ODonnel, flute, Julie Siberts, oboe, Emily Stenman, oboe, Jonathan Dries, oboe, Nigel Brooks, bassoon, James Martin, clarinet, Alex Howell, clarinet, Josh Baptist, clarinet, Isabella Lowe, trumpet, Ramon Navorio, trumpet, Taylor Jack, trumpet, Nathan Treat, trombone, Jonah Tyson, trombone, Bronson Rodriguez, percussion.

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Congratulations All County Band Members!

The following students were selected by audition to the 2015 All County Band:  Erica O’Donnel, flute; Julie Siberts, oboe; Jonathan Dries, oboe; James Martin, clarinet; Josh Baptist, clarinet; Alex Howell, clarinet; Natasha White, clarinet; Isabella Lowe, trumpet; Taylor Jack, trumpet; Jonah Tyson, trombone; Nathan Treat, trombone; Bronson Rodriguez, percussion.  They will perform in concert at Osbourn Park High School on January 10, 2015.

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Congratulations to the Marchinng Bruin Band on their Superior rating at the VBODA State Marching Assessment.  Thank you to all the parents and friends who helped make the day a success.

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2014 Marching Bruin Band Promo Video

We will kick off our season with a meeting for students, parents, and rising 9th grade families on May 8th at 7pm in the auditorium.  Here’s a look at our promotional video…

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2013-14 Virginia Honor Band

This past weekend the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association named Forest Park High School a Virginia Honor Band.  This award recognizes programs who achieve Superior ratings in both the Marching Band Assessment and the Concert Band Assessment.  This is the 9th time we have been so honored.

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NBA Symposium

LayendeckerDespite some interesting logistics, the Wind Ensemble participated as a selected band at the National Band Association symposium held at George Mason University this weekend.  Pictured is the group rehearsing with Col. Dennis Layendecker (retired) Commander and Conductor of the US Air Force Band.  The band also rehearsed with Captain Brian Walden, Commander and Conductor of the US Navy Band.

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That’s right…

sometimes we just stay after school to make oboe reeds…reedmaking

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