BA Bands eNews

December 5, 2016

Directors Notes

Broken Arrow All Staters
Broken Arrow All Staters Congratulations to All Broken Arrow students that worked so hard to prepare for the Oklahoma All State Auditions! Congratulations are in order for our newest All Staters by virtue of their outstanding auditions. This is a NEW Record of 21 All Staters from the Broken Arrow Bands!! These students are certainly to be congratulated for their dedication and preparation. Congratulations to all!!

  • Emily Selling - Piccolo - Orchestra - 1st Chair
  • Kara Buchanan - Flute - Orchestra - 1st Chair
  • Morgan Price - Flute - Alternate 2
  • Megan Kesterson - Oboe - Wind Ensemble - 3rd Chair
  • Abby Cha - Oboe - Alternate 1
  • Fernanda Sanchez - Oboe - Alternate 3
  • Shaelyn Disotell - E flat Clarinet - Wind Ensemble - 1st Chair
  • Camden Crittenden - Bass Clarinet - Symphonic Band - 1st Chair
  • Rose Hammons - Bass Clarinet - Orchestra - 1st Chair
  • Jonathan Coon - Alto Saxophone - Jazz - 1st Chair
  • Tyler Curran - Trumpet - Wind Ensemble - 1st Chair
  • James Trainer-Stauffer - Trumpet - Alternate 3
  • Joe Tapper - Horn - Orchestra - 3rd Chair
  • Madison Jensen - Trombone - Wind Ensemble - 2nd Chair
  • Ryan Sloan - Trombone - Wind Ensemble - 3rd Chair
  • Barak Daily - Trombone - Symphonic Band - 4th Chair
  • Matt Hamilton - Trombone - Symphonic Band - 6th Chair
  • Kamden Minor - Trombone - Jazz - 1st Chair
  • Paige Vermillion - Euphonium - Symphonic Band - 2nd Chair
  • Logan Wienecke - Tuba - Symphonic Band - 3rd Chair
  • Jaclyn Hopping - Guitar - Jazz - Alternate

Car Raffle Drawing
Ticket number 4111 for Logan Swarer was drawn as the Car Raffle Winner of a 2017 Honda Civic from South Pointe Honda! Congratulations Logan and thanks to everyone who contributed to support the Pride’s trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade!

Pride Final Payment / Group Effort Fundraising Cost Reduction
We have made it to the finish line of our group fundraising to help all Pride members offset the final cost of their trip to California for the Rose Parade. With all proceeds from all fundraisers tallied (including the Car Raffle), the final cost reduction for the entire season will be a total of $500 reduced from each members Pride Account ($350 in previous reductions plus a new additional $150 in reductions). Pride members will see this cost reduction applied to Charms account when you login to review your account and new final payment amount. Final payments are now past due. Please make final payments via Charms or by making a payment in the Band Office during normal school business hours (8:00-4:00).

  Pride Fees Include:
  $3350 Pride All-Inclusive fee as of May 2016
  $500 Total Pride Group Fundraising Cost Reduction
  $2850 NEW Total fee as of Dec 1, 2016

  Additional fees include (as applicable):
  $300 Color Guard Fee (Age of Discovery Costume - helmet not included, New Guard jacket, Parade
  shoes, Instructional fees)

New Pride Uniform Sizings
The Pride’s NEW Uniforms are in the process of arriving and look spectacular! Currently, Pride members have been fitted for new jumpsuit pants and additional sizings will be announced once our final deliveries of uniforms arrive! NOTE: The new uniform requires each hornline student to provide 2 pairs of gloves - a WHITE Glove on their right hand AND a BLACK Glove on their left hand. It is suggested the Pride members use the “unused gloves” for their practice gloves. All hornline members should contact the uniform committee to purchase additional gloves.

Pride Upcoming Rehearsals
  Week of Dec 5-10
    Tuesday 12/6 -  3:20 - 6:00
    Wednesday 12/7 - 3:20 - 6:00 (Uniform Sizings after rehearsal in the band hall)

  Week of Dec 11-16
Off all Week

  Week of Dec 18-23
Monday, 12/19 -
    Tuesday, 12/20 - 3:20 - 6:00  (All Pride)
    Wednesday, 12/21 - 9:00 - 12:00  (All Pride) (Load Semi Trailer after Rehearsal)

NOTE:  There will be added uniform fittings and Family & Friends Performance in BA - TBD

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Info
Tickets are available through “Sharp Seating Company” for The Rose Parade and Bandfest. NOTE: Bandfest shows WILL SELL OUT. We encourage our family and friends to purchase their tickets now to assure availability.

Bandfest: The Pride will perform at Bandfest during the 9:30am show on December 31st. Use the following link to redirect to the Bandfest (and Rose Parade) ticket service: BANDFEST TICKETS

Departure / Arrival Info: The Pride will depart on Thursday, December 29 from Tulsa International Airport. All students will meet at the airport with their luggage by 5:30am (depending on actual flight assignment TBD). Students will proceed as a group to check their luggage (no fee) and then move through TSA Security together to board our charter airline. The Pride will arrive in Tulsa on Wednesday, January 4 at approximately 3:00am at Tulsa International Airport (depending on actual flight assignment TBD).


  • Dec 29 - 7:00am & 8:00am departures from TIA to LAX, Sightseeing in LA (Griffith Observatory, Farmer’s Market, Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood, Beverly Hills), Check in to Hotel
  • Dec 30 - Rehearsal Day, Santa Monica Pier, Tentative Free Family & Friends Performance with BOA Honor Band
  • Dec 31 - Bandfest Performance (Morning Show), Photo at Rose Bowl Stadium, Float Viewing, New Year’s Eve Night at the Movies
  • Jan 1 - Disneyland / California Adventure, Parade at Disneyland
  • Jan 2 - Rose Parade, Hollywood Party at Madame Tussauds
  • Jan 3 - Universal Studios, Hard Rock Cafe, 10:00PM & 11:00PM Charter Air departures from LAX to Tulsa
  • Jan 4 - 3:00am & 4:00am Arrivals at Tulsa International Airport

California Events:
Public Events: (patrons may purchase tickets on their own): Bandfest, Rose Parade, Disneyland/ California Adventure, Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory, Farmer’s Market, Tentative Free Family & Friends Performance with the BOA Honor Band

Private Events: LA Sightseeing Bus Tours, Rehearsal, All Preplanned Meals, Hollywood Party at Madame Tussauds, Hard Rock Cafe (NOTE: Madame Tussaud’s may be included in the Grueninger Family & Friends available packages)

BAHS Percussion Ensemble - Midwest Clinic Trip
This is an exciting time for the High School Percussion Ensemble as they finish their preparations for the Midwest Clinic. These members have worked as hard than any group in the history of our storied band program. The staff is extremely proud of the efforts and determination of these fine musicians. In the past weeks, some of the most talented and well-known educators from across the country have come to Broken Arrow to teach and work with our students. Each of these master musicians have left Broken Arrow with an extreme appreciation for these great students and program.

If you are unable to travel to Chicago and attend this concert for the Broken Arrow Percussion Ensemble, we invite you to attend our send off concert this Saturday, December 10th at 7:00pm at the Broken Arrow PAC. This Send Off Concert will feature our entire Midwest program as well as our Guest Artist, Dr. John Parks. We hope to see you all there on Saturday!

There will be a parent meeting for all students and parents who are planning on traveling to Chicago for the Midwest trip on Monday, December 12th at 7:30 PM in the BAHS Band Room. All pertinent details regarding the Midwest trip as well as guest passes will be distributed. The final trip Midwest trip itinerary will also be posted by mid week to the Broken Arrow Bands website at

Here is a snapshot look into the schedule the week of Midwest:
- December 10 - Send Off Concert in Broken Arrow (BAPAC- 7:00pm)
- December 12 - Parent/Student Trip Meeting (BAHS Band Room- 7:30pm)
- December 14 - Fly to Chicago, Rehearse, Shopping on Michigan Avenue
- December 15 - Shopping on Michigan Avenue, Midwest Clinic Conference/Rehearse, Blue Man Group
- December 16 - Midwest Clinic Conference, Midwest Clinic Concert at McCormick Place (1:30pm), Chicago Bulls Game
- December 17- Fly to Tulsa

Rehearsal Schedule for the week:
Monday, December 5th: 3:00-4:30 PM* (BAHS)
Thursday, December 8th: 3:00-5:00 PM (BAPAC)
Friday, December 9th: 3:00-5:00 PM (BAPAC)
Saturday, December 10th: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM (BAPAC; Send-Off Performance- 7:00pm)

*rehearsal added for this week

Indoor Percussion
We kick off our road to Dayton this week! As a reminder, staging/drill rehearsal for the battery and visual ensemble members begin this week. The rehearsal schedule is as follows for the week:

Monday, December 5th: 5:00-9:00 PM (BAHS Band Room)
Tuesday, December 6th: 6:00-9:00 PM (BAHS Band Room)

Rehearsal is mandatory for all battery and visual ensemble members; please wear athletic clothing suitable for movement, and please remember to have a pencil. We will meet briefly before rehearsal on Monday (12/5) at 4:30 PM to discuss procedures for rehearsal.

E-Jazz Band Auditions
Auditions for the 2016-17 E-Jazz Band will be held at BAHS on Monday, December 19th from 3:15-5:00 PM. Auditions are open to all band members grades 9-12; rhythm section members (drums, guitar, bass guitar, piano) are open to all fine arts members. Audition materials are available in the BAHS and Freshman Academy band room(s).

Upcoming Wind Band Concerts
December 8 - Freshman Academy Band Concert - 7:00pm - BAPAC
December 9 - HS Band Concert - 7:00pm - BAPAC
December 10 - Midwest Clinic Send Off Concert - 7:00pm - BAPAC

From the Finance Office:
New Transfer Feature in Charms: When you log in to view the finances section there is a button on the top bar to make a transfer request. This automatically generates an email to Mrs. Good for direction to move funds from the miscellaneous ledger. PLEASE MAKE SURE EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE CURRENT IN YOUR CHARMS ACCOUNT. If there is no email for you in Charms you will not get group mails, including statements and other useful information and announcements. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Good -

Uniforms: The new uniforms are here!! We had a good group tune out this weekend to help, thank You! There is more to do, we have about 60 pants left to hem and now need people to iron and check, as well as sew!

Make sure you are signed up for the remind for V.E.S.T. so you will be in the loop!!! To sign up for these text @vest20 to 81010.

Cookies: Receptions will be held in the lobby of the BAPAC following BOTH concerts on the 8th and 9th. We need cookies and help serving. Please bring cookies to the west end of the lobby the night of the concert. If you would be willing to help serve either night, please send an email to

For directions on how to update your family information and to enter volunteer hours in Charms, CLICK HERE.


Cori Aschkenas -

The next Dine Out/Send Off event will be at Xtreme Racing on the 21st of December from 3:00 pm to Close. THIS EVENT IS GOING TO BE A BLAST! For more information about XTREME RACING, please go to  Mark your calendars, and I will have more information soon!

If you have not picked up your fundraisers for WREATHS OR RUSTIC CUFFS, they will be available at Cori Aschkenas’ home Monday evening from 6-9 pm. Please e-mail Cori at BABANDFUNDRAISING@GMAIL.COM for directions.

Sheri Sharp -

We are working to get ornament orders completed by the band parent meeting on the 20th!

Luggage Tags, Dog Tags, and Rose Parade Buttons are completed and available for pick up Monday evening at Cori Aschkenas’ home.

We are still working on street signs and car decals and will let you know when they are ready.


What a whirlwind year of fundraising it’s been! I want to thank all of the parents who stepped up and took the lead on one of our MANY fundraisers. It was the joint efforts of all the parents and members who organized and participated in our fundraising that made it such a success. As a group we all benefitted in a $500 reduction of our overall cost. And those who participated in postcards, GoSupportMe Video share, sold chocolate, coffee, jam, & wreaths, and went above and beyond selling Rustic Cuffs were able to benefit WELL beyond that $500. We have students who had their entire accounts funded through their efforts. We even have students who had additional funds in their accounts and they donated it to a friend who needs assistance with their account. As a Pride family we knocked this one out of the park! Thank you does not convey the magnitude of my gratitude.


Thanks everyone for your help this year!  Keep your eyes out for potential volunteer opportunities after the first of the year!

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THANK YOU everyone for making the concessions a great and successful season! Thank you to all the volunteers this season we couldn't have done it without you!

CLICK HERE to get your free food handlers card.

Ky and Michiele Vargas -

Middle school band concerts are coming up soon.  We are looking for volunteers to help man a table at each middle school concert.  If you are willing to help out at a middle school, let us know!

BA Family Drug has been a great sponsor for us.  Their prescription program has brought in over $4,400 this fall!  Please note, that program closes Saturday, November 26th.  Go in and get your prescriptions filled and tell them THANK YOU for supporting the Pride!

If you have a contact at a company that might be interested in sponsoring the Pride, let us know!

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Upcoming Dates and Events
Dec 6 - Pride Rehearsal
             HS Wind Ensemble
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Dec 7 - Pride Rehearsal
Dec 8 - Freshmen Academy Band Concert - 7:00pm - BAPAC
Dec 9 - HS Band Concert - 7:00pm - BAPAC
Dec 10 - Midwest Clinic Preview Concert - 7:00pm - BAPAC
Dec 20 - Pride Rehearsal
Dec 21 - Pride Rehearsal / Load Semi Trailer for California
Dec 29 - Leave for California!
Jan 17 - Pride Leadership Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Jan 27 - HS Concert Band 1
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Feb 7 - HS Concert Band 2
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Feb 10 - HS Symphonic Band 2
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Feb 14 - HS Symphonic Band 1
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm
Feb 17 - HS Wind Ensemble
Basketball Band - 6:15-9:30pm

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