Mission Statement

          "To create an engaging and exciting comprehensive music journey that is based on a high respect for what we do and who we are as an ensemble, high standards of musical excellence and knowledge, and self-assessment.  The result will be an ensemble of students who rehearse and perform to their absolute best because they realize and desire to perform to their impressive potential."

 

BGMS Music Program News

September 15, 2019

The BGMS 8th Grade Band will be combining with the WHS Band, starting this Friday to form a 41-member Pep Band for WHS Varsity Home Games. This will be the largest band that has played at these events in over 6 years! Our first performance is this Friday, September 20th, starting at around 7:30pm. Come out and support our town's growing Music Program, our Band, the WHS Football Teams, and our community! See you there!

May 17, 2019

Congratulations to all BGMS Band Members, Soloists, and Duetists for your outstanding performances at our End-of-Year Concert. Many of you have practiced very much and worked very hard on your music this year, and I am very proud of you and the level of musicianship that you brought to your performance. Your tone and balance were amazing, and you are communicating styles and ideas through your playing that was absolutely beautiful to hear and it warmed my heart.

Thank you for making this gift of music a part of your life with me and your audience. You have blessed me in so many ways, and I will be forever grateful for you. I hope that you continue to enjoy and share your gift of music with others for the rest of your lives. I look forward to many more years of leading you and listening to the beautiful music you make.

Sincerely,
Mr. Olds


April 15,2019

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Band for their outstanding performance in the Music in the Park Music Festival on Saturday, April 13th. The band performed three pieces, and were rated on two of them. Both adjudicators and music teachers who observed our concert were extremely impressed and complimented the 8th Grade Band on their tone, sound, and balance for being comprised of only fifteen musicians. This was a day that has been long-awaited for me and these musicians.

Musicians, I am very impressed by your etiquette throughout the trip and performance. I am very proud of the outstanding and mature standard you have and continue to set for those around you. Keep up the excellent work!


March 24, 2019

Congratulations to 8th Grade Honor Band participants Kate Austin, Kaira Mora, Sheyla Sanchez, Alexis Zynda, Shelby Perez Bowen, and Kati Williams for your outstanding performance during last night’s 2019 Lake/Mendocino County Honor Band Concert! You all rose to an occasion in which you should take great pride only as a result of your hard work over the years! Words cannot express how proud I am of each one of you. I am looking forward to the quality of musicianship that you will bring to our band rehearsals from now until June. Keep up your fine work, musicians!

Sincerely,
Mr. Olds


February 24, 2019

Our BGMS Winter Concert was a great success! Our 6th Grade Band followed by our 7th Grade Band performed selections from our method book with a beautiful, rich concert band sound. Our 8th Grade Band followed and performed three pieces. Their first piece was our first time performing a jazz-like piece, adding the beginnings of a rhythm section: a drum set & 3 jazz guitarists from 7th Grade guitar class. Their next piece was slower, more reflective, and consisted of only 8th Grade Band members. For our final piece, Avalon, we added auditioned 7th Grade Band students to the 8th Grade Band to form a 26-member advanced band that sounded absolutely amazing! Thank you to everyone who attended our concert. Your support is what makes our BGMS Music Program thrive. And congratulations to all Musicians. I am extremely proud of your performance, and I am looking forward to our next performance together!


Here is a list of our upcoming BGMS Band Events:

  • March 22nd & 23rd – County Honor Band – Nominated 8th Grade Band members

  • April 13th – Music in the Park Music Festival in Vallejo – 8th Grade Band

  • May – Blosser Lane & Brookside Elementary Schools Concerts – 6th Grade Band

  • May – Solo & Chamber Recital & End-of-the-School-Year Concert – All Bands

  • June – Car Wash – All Bands

  • June – Promotion Ceremony 7th Grade Band Performance


September 29, 2018

Our BGMS 8th Grade Band/WHS Band combined performances as the Willits Pep Band for the WHS Varsity Home Games have been a huge success! We had a total of 27 students (10 BGMS & 17 WHS) during our first performance, which formed the largest pep band to play at a game in over 5 years! Our BGMS students are already forming positive relationships with the high school students, while having a more active musical presence in our community. We continue to receive praise from community members, parents, and staff about how great it is to have more students playing with a bigger sound at the games. Our last home game will be on Friday, October 19th. See you there!


August 17, 2018

Letter from Mr. Olds for 2018-2019

Dear Band Parents and Guardians,

            During these past two years of teaching music in the Willits Unified School District, I have learned about our BGMS Music Program’s needs and how those needs tie into our community.  Over the past year, I have worked on developing a vision for our music program and have sought to make the necessary connections with community members that will contribute to our BGMS Music Program’s success.  This year, it is time to take all of that planning and start running with the vision I have for our school’s Music Program.  And this, is when it gets really exciting!  Here are the exciting events that I am adding to our BGMS Band Program this year.

  • September 5th – Mandatory All Band Student & Parent Meeting

  • September/October Pep Band – Combined 8th Grade Band with the WHS Concert Band to perform at WHS Home Football Games

  • December – 7th Grade Blosser Lane Concert

  • February 7th – Winter Concert – All Bands

  • March 22nd & 23rd – County Honor Band – Nominated 8th Grade Band members

  • April 13th – Music in the Park Music Festival in Vallejo – 8th Grade Band

  • May – Blosser Lane & Brookside Elementary Schools Concerts – 6th Grade Band

  • May – Solo & Chamber Recital & End-of-the-School-Year Concert – All Bands

  • June – Car Wash – All Bands

  • June – Promotion Ceremony 7th Grade Band Performance

As you can see, this is going to be a very fun and exciting year.  I am looking forward to working with you and your young musicians!  Let's have an AMAZING year!

Sincerely,
Chris Olds