The BGMS Band Program is based on a high level of respect for our
band, bandmates, music, instruments, and rehearsals.

8th Grade Band

            This is another exciting year for students in band.  This year will also be full of “firsts” for our 8th Grade Band, our community, and for me.  Willits High School has welcomed Meghan Doorty as their new, full-time Music Director, beginning in the fall.  Miss Doorty and I began collaborating in May and have already planned some exciting opportunities that combine the BGMS 8th Grade Band with the WHS Concert Band!  This fall 2018, will be the first time that the BGMS 8th Grade Band will join the WHS Concert Band to perform as a 40+ Pep Band at WHS Football home games.  Each band is learning the same music and will have a combined rehearsal before our performances.

From March 22nd to 23rd, 8th Grade students will have the opportunity to participate in our first annual Lake-Mendocino Middle School Honor Band. Our nominated 8th Grade Band members will combine with other nominated band members from other middle schools in both Lake and Mendocino Counties to perform in a high caliber Concert Band.

            Students will continue to participate in our cookie dough fundraiser in October, so that on April 13th, the 8th Grade Band will be able to take their long-awaited trip to perform in the Music in the Parks Festival in Vallejo, CA.  This will be an exciting opportunity for students to perform and work with other professional clinicians who have fun ways to help students think differently about and improve their playing.  After their performance, students will change clothes and spend the afternoon in the park, then come back for the awards ceremony.  Parents, we will need chaperones for this all-day event.  Feel free to contact me if you would like to be a chaperone for this event.  Thank you, Parents.

            Throughout the year, 8th Grade Band will continue to hone their musical skills as individuals and as an ensemble.  Incorporating a solo and chamber performance piece into our concert last year was an even bigger success than I imagined it would be.  And so each year, a student’s opportunity to perform solo or chamber music at our End-of-the-Year Concert or a separate Solo & Chamber Recital will begin during the second half of her/his 7th grade school year and continue through their 8th grade year.

Stay Tuned for exciting musical opportunities that lay ahead at Willits High School!