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August 3, 2018: For all incoming 6th Grade Band Parents (Information about BJH Band and Band-a-Palooza)

Dear Band Parent,

My name is Heidi Anderson. I am one of two music educators at the Junior High. My teaching responsibilities include all Concert Bands, 6th Grade General Music Performance Class, and all of the instrumental extra-curricular performing groups. Welcome to BJH and the “Husky Music Department” family! It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, we’ll be starting a new school year! This is such an exciting time for our rising Sixth Graders and their families; a time filled with many new experiences and opportunities!! All of the “new” can cause anxiety for some students (and parents!). Please know that everyone at the Jr. High will do all we can to make your student’s transition a smooth one!

Here are some things that you and your musician can do to be sure they are ready for our first Band class!

  • All BJH Band students need a 1 Inch 3 Ring Binder for Band. They will keep all of their instructional materials for Band in this binder, including the sheet music we will be rehearsing in preparation for performances. There is no requirement for the “design”/color of the binder, but it should have your child’s name clearly visible on the outside of the binder. They will need their “Band Binder” for the very first class. I’ll be passing out LOTS of materials on that first day!! Each musician should also have a pencil with them for each class.
  • Please have your child’s first and last name clearly displayed on the OUTSIDE of their case. Lots of musicians use a luggage tag but duct tape works well also!
  • Be sure that your child’s instrument is in good working order, including reeds, valve oil, cork grease, etc… If you find that your instrument is in need of repair, please be in touch so we can figure out a plan to have it looked at by our repair technician before school begins.
  • Before the first Band class, your musician should spend some time reviewing fingerings, literacy skills (note and rhythm reading), and playing some favorite music! This is ESPECIALLY important for those who haven’t played since June! ☺
  • Band at the Jr. High is an elective class and students will receive a grade. The class meets every other day in the rotation—every Day 2 & Day 4. It is important that your musician comes to class prepared and able to participate fully (with instrument, band binder, necessary supplies).

In the coming weeks, you’ll also receive information about our Music Boosters group; where to find information about upcoming events, etc…; a performance calendar; information about extra-curricular music opportunities; and more. Email is my “go-to” way to communicate and the easiest way to get in touch with me. If you’d like to receive emails at a different address or would like me to add anyone to the 6th Grade Band distribution list, please let me know. 

Finally, to help ease the transition to a new building and a new band director ☺, we will be holding our annual “Band-a-palooza” event on Tuesday, August 28:

 Band-a-Palooza 2018 is a fun day of full band time; sectional rehearsals and “masterclasses”; team building activities; and activities designed to get to know the Junior High! Palooza is open to all incoming Grade 6 Band students. The event begins at 9:00 AM on Tuesday August, 28 and culminates with an “Ice Cream Social” for family members at 2:00. Participating students need to bring: their instrument and supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc…), their Essential Elements book (Gr. 5 Band Book), and a bag lunch. There is no charge to participate in Band-a-Palooza.

You can register here:


Registration is open now and closes on August 26. Band-a-palooza is open to any new BJH Band student with at least one year of playing experience and is especially geared towards our incoming 6th graders!

Please let me know if you have any questions about Band at the Jr. High! I look forward to meeting you soon.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer!!



PS- I’ve attached a Band-a-Palooza “flyer”. Please feel free to share with anyone you think may be interested in attending who might not have received this email!


May 20, 2018: Sent to ALL 6-8 Band Parents (information about Memorial Day Parade and other upcoming events)

Dear Band Families,

The next few weeks are very busy for our music families! Please check the website for new information and updates on upcoming events! 

This week:
Monday- marching practice (only for musicians participating in the Memorial Day Parade)
Wednesday- “extra” rehearsal for Wind Ensemble (7:05)
Thursday- marching practice (neighborhood parade)
Friday- Wind Ensemble/Advanced Choir trip to participate in the Great East Music Festival, NO Jazz rehearsal.

Next week:
Monday- Memorial Day Parade (see info below!)

Week of June 4-8:
Monday, 6/4- BJH 6-8 Choral Concert, 7 PM, BJH Gymnasium
Thursday, 6/7- BJH “Celebrate Summer” Outdoor Band Concert, 6 PM, BJH Athletic Field (or gymnasium in case of rain)

FYI- Brunswick High School Concerts: BHS Band Concert- May 23, 7 PM, Crooker Theater; BHS Spring Jazz Night-June 1, 7 PM, Crooker Theater
Note: Jr. High musicians are not involved in the BHS Concerts but the concerts are a wonderful opportunity to hear our AMAZING high school musicians perform and a great inspiration to our younger musicians.

Memorial Day Parade Information:

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help out with the parade. You will not receive a separate email from me, but please know that if you indicated that you were willing to assist during the parade, I have you on my volunteer list! It’s not too late… We can never have too many parents marching with us, so if you’d like to help, just be at the Jr. High ready to load the busses to the parade formation site at 7:45 Monday morning (5/28). The parade is really lots of fun and is such an important part of our community’s Memorial Day Celebration. The kids and I really appreciate your help!

We still need a “support vehicle” for the parade. In the past we’ve used trucks, convertibles, jeeps….Any “open” vehicle. The purpose of the support vehicle is to carry water and emergency supplies for the band and to be available in case we need to transport equipment (for example, if a drum carrier breaks or a sousaphone player needs a break, etc…). Honestly, in the last couple of years, we haven’t even needed the water BUT it is good to know we have the support available “just in case”. If you can help with this or you know someone who has a secret desire to show off their car in a parade, please let me know!! Thanks in advance!

A quick reminder on details for Memorial Day:

  • Our marching uniform is black pants and red band polo shirt. Parents: please help your kids make a good “footwear choice”. Flip flops and sandals are not safe for marching. Students should be wearing comfortable, flat, closed toed shoes—athletic shoes (sneakers) are ideal. Thanks for your help with this!
  • All students who ordered shirts will get them by Wednesday. I have a LIMITED number of “extra” shirts. Please try to let me know before the end of the school day on Thursday if you discover there is an issue with your child’s shirt: too small, big mustard stain on the front, can’t find it, etc… I can PROBABLY come up with something for them!
  • There have been lots of questions about “wearing shorts”. I have explained to the kids that if it is hot, they can wear knee length or longer shorts/capris (no “leggings”). Several students asked about skirts—knee length or longer would be fine with me. Right now, the forecast is calling for it to be cool and showery. Thanks for helping them make an appropriate clothing choice!!
  • Students will need to be at the Jr. High by 7:45 Monday morning (5/28). They should leave their coats, cases, etc…in the car and ONLY have what they will be marching with: instrument, lyre, music. There is no place to leave things at the parade formation site and you will be picking them up “downtown” at the end of the parade. The building will be locked Monday morning! Please remind your child (as will I!) to bring everything they need home with them on Friday. 
  • We will be disbanding on “Station Ave.” (off from Maine St.)—just up from the Hannaford Parking Lot. Please plan on meeting your child there OR make clear arrangements with your child on where you would like them to meet you at the end of the parade (usually around 10:00). There will be no transportation back to the school. 
  • The weather forecast for Monday is “ever-changing”. In the case of rain, the other band directors and I will make a collective decision about participation—damp is ok for marching, but actual rain—even light—can be bad for instruments. Depending on the conditions, it is conceivable that the parade is a “go” but the bands might not participate. Check the BJH Music website (http://www.brunswick.k12.me.us/handerson/) for updates!
  • Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

We have marching practice tomorrow (Monday) morning (9-10:30) and Thursday (12:45-2:30) afternoon! Several of you have graciously volunteered to assist. If your schedule allows, and you’d like to help either tomorrow morning or Friday afternoon, we’d love to have you! No previous marching experience is needed. Tomorrow we’ll do some marching “skill work” on the soccer field in smaller squads and spend some time on music rehearsal. On Thursday, we’ll be heading “off campus” for our annual neighborhood parade: first stop, Coffin School; and then over to Thornton Oakes. Students should dress appropriately for the weather conditions (they do not need to wear their marching uniform for practices). Students will need their music mounted on cardboard or in a flip folder and their lyre for BOTH marching practices.

As always, thank you for your support of your young musician and Music in Brunswick Schools!



May 1, 2018: Sent to ALL 6-8 Band Parents (information about upcoming events!)


This email contains a LOT of information about upcoming performances and events for all band students in grades 6 through 8! Please read carefully to the end. There are also several attachments included. Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band Parents: I’ll be sending out separate emails about upcoming events for those groups.

All Town Band Concert: Tuesday, May 8; Brunswick High School Gymnasium; Concert begins at 6:30 PM

  • Dress for this concert is “formal concert attire”: Black from “neck to toes”, shoulders should be covered.
  • Please note the start time of this concert—6:30! 
  • Performers need to be in their seats ready to rehearse the combined piece at 5:30. Doors for the audience will open at 6:00. There will be close to 400 musicians performing at this concert! Traffic will be heavy. Please keep this in mind as you plan a “drop-off time” for your musician.
  • 2018 Brunswick All Town Band T-shirts will be on sale at the concert. $10 each. Cash or check only. I’ve attached the flyer—shirts will be black with white ink (there are pictures posted on the BJH Music website). If we run out of the size you need, there will be order forms on hand. Shirts ordered and paid for at the concert will be delivered to your child’s school in a week to 10 days. We’ll only be doing a “second run” if we run out of shirts in a particular size and orders will only be accepted the night of the concert. Any proceeds after covering the costs of the shirts will go to the Brunswick Schools Instrumental Music Programs. Thank you for your support!

Memorial Day Parade: Monday, May 28

All of the students received an informational letter and participation form last week. I’ve attached these in case you haven’t seen it yet! Forms are due by Friday, May 4. This is ESPECIALLY important for any student who needs to order a marching band polo! 

To prepare for the parade, we will have marching practices on Monday, May 21 (8:50 AM- 10:40 AM) and Thursday, May 24 (12:40 PM-2:20 PM). I am in need of parent volunteers to assist with marching practices. Although marching experience (band or military/color guard) would be nice, it’s not necessary! Please let me know if you are available or know of someone (a former band member home from college, perhaps?) who might be able to assist! It’s fun and will be very rewarding to see our amazing musicians marching down Maine Street in straight rows and columns! 🙂 Thanks in advance for considering volunteering your time!

Annual Outdoor Band Concert and Awards Presentation: Thursday, June 7; BJH Athletic Field; 6:00 PM (in case of rain, this concert will be held in the gymnasium)

I’ll send another reminder about our final concert of the year–our annual Outdoor Concert–as we get closer to the performance date but I DID want to be sure everyone has the date on their calendar during this busy time of year!

For the convenience of concert-goers, BJH Music Boosters will be selling concessions. We’ll be in touch soon about volunteers to help with that!

Thank you for all you do to support your young musician! I look forward to seeing you at our All Town Concert next week!

-Heidi Anderson, BJH Band

PS- As some of you may have heard, the town of Brunswick was recently named a 2018 “Best Community for Music Education” by the NAMM Foundation! We are one of only 2 Maine school districts to be recognized for this national distinction! Hopefully you’ll be hearing more about this award in the media over the next few weeks! In a nutshell, the award recognizes the outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education in Brunswick a priority. Again, THANK YOU for all you do!!

March 19, 2018: Sent to 6th Grade Band Parents (information about concert on 3/27)


This email is a reminder about our Sixth Grade Concert Band and Chorus Concert on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 PM in the BJH Gymnasium.

This concert is part of our “Music in Our Schools” month-long celebration! Along with enjoying performances by our 6th grade musicians, we will have our “theme baskets” on display and raffle tickets for sale: $1 each/6 for $5. (The basket raffle drawing will be Wednesday, April 4.)

We expect the concert to last about 45 minutes. Admission is free.

Dress for this concert is our “formal concert attire”—all black (“from neck to toes”). Musicians should arrive between 6:30 and 6:40. Doors for the audience will open at 6:30.

I think you’ll be quite impressed by the progress of our musicians! We look forward to performing for you!!

See you next week!

-Heidi Anderson, BJH Instrumental Music

PS- FYI, I have set up a “Practice Assignment” page on the Music Website for 6th grade band students. Yes, your musician should be practicing at home on a regular basis. ☺ Hopefully this list will help those musicians who know they are SUPPOSED to practice, but don’t know WHAT to practice. You can find the page via the top menu of the website (http://www.brunswick.k12.me.us/handerson/Instrumental Music- Concert Band- “Sixth Grade Practice Assignments”.

March 19, 2018: Sent to Wind Ensemble and Jazz Parents about 3/20 concert

Good afternoon everyone! 

This email is a reminder that there is a concert for our extra-curricular ensembles tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00pm in the BJH gym. You will have the opportunity to hear our Advanced Choir, Jazz Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band as we celebrate Music In Our Schools Month. We will also have a display of our theme baskets and you can purchase raffle tickets at this event to win one (or more!) of these baskets. Tickets are $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. The concert is, as always, free to the public.

We are trying something new for this concert. We have created an “electronic” program. (We will still have a few paper copies as well!) The link below will take you to the program that is located on the BJH Music website. There will also be a QR code displayed at the concert that will link you to the program! You can then access the program on your electronic device. We have noticed many programs make their way back onto our program table, or are left behind in the audience seating area. Other schools around the country are using the “paperless program” with great success. We feel it is time to explore this option at BJH. We look forward to your opinion!


Please remind your musician that dress for this concert is our formal concert attire (all black) and they need to be in the band room at 6:30.

I am so incredibly proud of the work the Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble have done in the past few months. We are excited to play for you! See you tomorrow!!


PS- I apologize to all of you who are receiving this twice and for those that got an almost identical email from Shari on Friday! We have lots of musicians who perform in multiple groups!!


March 13, 2018: Sent to Wind Ensemble Parents (information about upcoming performances)


We have a busy few weeks ahead with several performances!

*Wind Ensemble will be performing at the annual “Music In Our Schools Month” Extra-curricular Ensembles Concert on Tuesday, March 20! The concert begins at 7:00 PM in the BJH Gymnasium. Concert attire is our formal concert wear: All black, neck to toes. ☺ Musicians should be at school by 6:30. Please report directly to the band room.

We’ll have our Fundraiser Baskets on display and raffle tickets available to purchase! Tickets are $1/6 for $5. The baskets are amazing!! We’ll be drawing winners on April 4.

*We’ve been selected to participate in the 2018 Maine Band Directors Association “Festival of Bands” at Scarborough High School on Wednesday, March 28.

I’ve attached a permission slip. You can also find this on our “online document holder” page on the music website. I’ll be giving the musicians a hard copy at rehearsal on Thursday!

The important details are:

  1. Busses leave BJH at 1:45.
  2. We warm-up at 3:30; perform at 4:00, clinic at 4:30.
  3. We will plan on leaving Scarborough around 5:15. Back to BJH around 6:00

This festival performances are open to the public! We hope you can join us!

I’ve created a “Remind Class” for the 2018 Wind Ensemble. By joining this “class”, you will receive text or email updates from me regarding travel details or other important notices. Please note: I recently archived last year’s Wind Ensemble classes. If you had signed up for one or both of those (a parent and a student class), you’ll need to sign up again for the current WE class. Sorry for the inconvenience! The link is: remind.com/join/922f92

I need at least one chaperone for the MBDA Festival trip on 3/28. Please let me know if you are interested and available! Thank you in advance!!

See you at the concert next week!


February 25, 2018: Sent to Jazz Band Parents (reminder about Monday evening rehearsal and Jazz Festival on Thursday)

Hello Jazz Families!

I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing week! We are certainly jumping back in with both feet this week!

Here are some important reminders about “stuff” this week: (the Music Website is a great resource to check for this information as well: http://www.brunswick.k12.me.us/handerson )

  1. I have scheduled an extra rehearsal for MONDAY, February 26 from 5:30-7:00 PM (with pizza from 7-7:30). It is very important that we have everyone at this rehearsal! Please rearrange schedules if at all possible! Could you please let me know if your jazz student will be staying for pizza? (7-7:30) It will help me know how much to order!
  2. Our first performance of “jazz season” is this week!!: the MMEA District 2 Jazz Festival at Falmouth High School on Thursday, March 1. Permission slips for this are now “past due” and there are several students who need to get them in. They know who they are…please ask your musician if they’ve turned in the permission slip. Please note- ALL jazz band students should return the permission slip….EVEN if they’ve turned one in for Jazz Choir! Thanks for your help with this! (You can find the permission slip online on the “Document Holder” page of our website. You are looking for “District Jazz Group Adjudication Festival Permission”)
  3. Hopefully everyone has found the “Jazz Page” on the website and has been doing some listening this week! Could you ask your Jazz Student to check out this page if they haven’t done so already?


In my last jazz email (if you missed that one, it’s on my email archives on the website), I mentioned that I’ll be getting out UNH Jazz Festival information this week. It will be a hard copy “packet” of information that your jazz student will be bringing home. If you don’t see that by Friday, please ask them for it! I also need volunteers to chaperone! It’s a fun trip! Let me know if you’re interested!

Don’t forget to let me know if your jazz student will be staying for pizza after our rehearsal tomorrow night (Monday, Feb. 26!): Rehearsal- 5:30-7:00; Pizza- 7:00-7:30.

Thank you for supporting your young musician during this busy month! Be sure to continue to check the Music Department Website for the latest, most up-to-date information!!



February 16, 2018: Sent to Jazz Band Parents (info about evening rehearsal on 2/26 and Festival performance on Thursday, March 1)

Dear Jazz Parents,

This is just a reminder about our first performance of “jazz season”: the MMEA District 2 Jazz Festival at Falmouth High School on Thursday, March 1. Permission slips for this are now “past due” and there are several students who need to get them in. They know who they are…please ask your musician if they’ve turned in the permission slip. Please note- ALL jazz band students should return the permission slip….EVEN if they’ve turned one in for Jazz Choir! Thanks for your help with this! (You can find the permission slip online on the “Document Holder” page of our website.)

In order to be prepared for our performance, I have scheduled an extra rehearsal for MONDAY, February 26 from 5:30-7:00 PM (with pizza from 7-7:30). It is very important that we have everyone at this rehearsal! Please rearrange schedules if at all possible!

 In order to help the kids work on our “competition program”, I’ve uploaded some listening files to the Jazz Page on the website. I am 99.9% sure I forgot to mention this to them at rehearsal this morning. Could you please ask your musician to check out the page and do some listening this coming week! THANK YOU!

I just received our performance time for the UNH Jazz Festival on March 10. I’ll be sending home a packet of UNH Jazz Festival information (including the full schedule, trip details, and a permission slip) after vacation BUT, for your planning purposes: We warm-up at 1:35, perform at 2:00, clinic at 2:30. We will most likely leave for UNH around 8:00 AM and should be home by 10:30 PM. We do need chaperones for this trip. Please let me know if you’re interested!

As always, thank you for your support of your young jazz musician and for music education in Brunswick! Have a fantastic week!


February 15, 2018: Sent to ALL Band Parents (Help needed for annual Basket Raffle)

We are excited to announce the annual BJH Music Boosters’ “Basket Raffle”. This year, the raffle tickets will be sold during the month of March with the baskets on display at our March performance events! Funds raised from this raffle will be used for Music Camp Scholarships and to help provide supplemental financial support for our performing groups for items such as music, equipment, supplies, MusicFirst subscriptions, etc… and to provide our musicians with special opportunities like guest clinicians, commissioned works, concert trips, etc….

We are asking for band and chorus families to contribute to this important fundraiser by providing an item(s) for are theme baskets. We’ve tried to “streamline” the process this year by asking for some SPECIFIC items: 


We’ve tried to include a variety of item requests and a wide range of price points. If you’d prefer, there is an option for a cash donation to be used as needed AND the opportunity for your family to donate a COMPLETED basket with the theme of your choice or a “stand-alone” item or service to raffle separately.

We will need all donations at BJH no later than Friday, March 2. We will also need volunteers to help put the baskets together and wrap them for display. Our Basket Raffle Work Session is scheduled for Monday, March 5 at 6:30 PM in the BJH Band Room. 

Please take a moment to visit the sign-up link above and select an item to donate. If you like to shop online and would like to have your donation shipped directly to the school, please have your item sent to “BJH Music Department, Brunswick Junior High School, 65 Columbia Ave., Brunswick, ME 04011”. Be sure that the item will arrive before March 5.



February 5, 2018: Hard copies sent home with Jazz Band Students on 2/6

Dear Jazz Band Parents,

As you know, the BJHS Jazz Band will be participating in the MMEA District II Jazz Festival at Falmouth High School on Thursday, March 1. This festival will provide us with a chance for comments and adjudication from professional jazz musicians and educators before our “big” UNH Jazz Festival Performance on March 10.

I have attached the DII Jazz Festival schedule and permission slip. The Jr. High Jazz Band is scheduled to perform in the Music Room at Falmouth High School at 5:10 followed by an “on stage” judge’s clinic. The BJH Jazz Choir performs at 6:30. The performances are open to the public and we, as always, would appreciate a “friendly” audience to support us!!! Admission to the festival is $5.00 (set by MMEA District II). Your $5 admission fee will enable you to attend all of the scheduled performances in all of the performance rooms. Please note that the State Jazz Committee’s rule of not allowing audience members to enter or leave the performance area during a performance must be strictly enforced! In order to not miss your child’s performance plan on arriving early!!!

We will be traveling to Falmouth High School by bus. We’ll leave BJH at 2:45 and should be home by 8:00. I’ve set up a “Remind” group for Jazz Band. Joining will allow you to receive a “group text” of trip updates—mainly, our ETA back home so you don’t need to sit and wait in the parking lot if we are running late (or early!). If you were part of the Jazz Remind Group last year, you will have to sign up again as I set-up a new “Jazz Class” each year. If you’ve never used Remind before, I can’t recommend it enough! You can find out more information about how it works here: https://www.remind.com/families

Sign-up for “Jazz 2017-2018” here: https://www.remind.com/join/hd7f8e

Dress for the festival is our “jazz uniform”: All Black. Since we will be at the festival through “dinner time”, please make sure your student has money to purchase from the festival concessions (pizza, water, baked goods) or brings a bag dinner.

Because of the number of students who are unable to attend, I have cancelled the clinic scheduled for February 20. Depending on how things go over the next 2 weeks, I may need to schedule an extra evening rehearsal when we get back from vacation.  

Here are the important upcoming jazz dates:

2/26-29 Possible evening jazz rehearsal at BJH

3/1        DII Jazz Festival, Falmouth

3/9        DIII Honors Jazz for selected 7th & 8th gr. students (not the whole group—students attending this know who they are!)

3/10      University of New Hampshire Clark Terry Jazz Festival: more information coming soon…this an ALL DAY event (early am to late pm). We’ll need chaperones!

Please return the attached participation slip as soon as possible. As always, thanks for your support of Brunswick Junior High Music!!!!

-Heidi Anderson

PS- This letter will be posted on my email archive page on the website. The permission slip and schedule can be found on website’s “Document Holder” page.


January 24, 2018: Sent to 8th Grade Band Parents


Attached is a letter from Mike Scarpone, Band Director at Brunswick High School. He is extending an invitation to all BJH 8th Grade Band students to participate in BHS Pep Band for the February 6 basketball game. All of the details are in the letter. I’ve also attached the “participation form” (which is due THIS Friday—January 26). The students received hard copies of the letter and participation form today in rehearsal and both will be posted in the “document holder” on the BJH Music website.

Traditionally, the “Pep Band Event” has been a really great way to “ease” into high school life for our 8th graders! The whole night is designed to be a fun, low-key and stress-free time for the 8th graders. They’ll have the opportunity to reconnect with some of their older band friends and will have a chance to talk with upperclassmen about BHS: balancing band, sports, and academics; clubs and activities that might be of interest; how does lunch “work”; how to find their way around; etc… Probably the most inspirational part of the event, is the opportunity to be a part of the amazing BHS Band!!

I hope you will encourage your 8th grader to participate! Participation forms are due Friday.


PS- Just another reminder that our Winter Band Concert is next week: Wednesday, January 31 at 7:00 PM in the BJH Gymnasium!

Note- The attachments to this email can be found in the “Document Holder” (see top menu bar).

January 22, 2018: Sent to 7th & 8th Grade Band Parents


The 7th & 8th Grade Winter Band Concert has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 31 at 7:00 PM in the BJH Gymnasium. Doors will open at 6:30. Admission is free. The concert should last about 45 minutes.

Musicians should plan on arriving between 6:30 and 6:40. Dress is our “formal concert attire”: black from neck to toes.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility! See you on 1/31!


January 4, 2018: Sent to Seventh and Eighth Grade Band Parents

Happy New Year!

I hope this email finds you and your family safe and warm! The weather forecast sure is ominous!

I wanted to remind everyone about the BJH Seventh and Eighth Grade Bands Concert scheduled for Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 PM in the BJH Gymnasium.

Each band will perform separately and then we will combine for three pieces. I anticipate the concert will last about 45 minutes. It should be an awesome night of music!! Admission is free. Please invite family, friends, and neighbors! We love performing for a large, appreciative crowd! ☺

Musicians will need to be at school between 6:30 and 6:40 PM on concert night. (Doors will open at 6:20). Dress for musicians is “formal concert attire”—all black. This is a change from last year. The “look” we are going for was shared in a website post back in September. You can find that here:


If you are not able to pull together “all black” for this concert, last year’s concert attire (black from the waist down, white dress shirt) will be fine.

We are looking forward to sharing our music with you on 1/17/18! See you then!

-Heidi Anderson, BJH Band Director

PS- Thank you to everyone for the notes, cards, and gifts over the holidays. They were much appreciated!!  


December 4, 2017: Sent to Sixth Grade Band Parents

This is just a reminder that the Sixth Grade Band will be performing in the 6th Grade Band & Chorus Concert on Monday, December 11. The concert will be held in the Brunswick Junior High School Gymnasium. It begins at 7:00 PM and should last about 45 minutes. I am SO excited to share your young musician’s hard work with you. I think you will be amazed at the progress they have made since September! The concert is open to the public and admission is free. Invite your relatives, friends, and neighbors!
The building will open at 6:30. The musicians should arrive between 6:30 and 6:40 and should report directly to the band room.
Dress for this concert is our “formal concert attire”: black from “neck to toes”. Boys may wear a long tie if they’d like. If you are curious about the “look” we are after, there are some pictures posted on the website to use as a reference. You can find that post here:


Also coming up THIS Saturday (December 9) is the Annual Music Boosters Christmas Tree and Wreath and Multicultural Bake Sale! The sale begins at 8 AM and ends at 11:00 AM or when we sell out! Freshly cut trees are $30 each (there are usually a HUGE variety of sizes). Decorated wreaths are $15 and $25. There should be a WIDE range of breads, candy, etc… for sale including our “cookie bar” where you can fill a box with an assortment of your favorites. Come early for the best selection!
Just a reminder that we are asking all music parents who are able, to bring in something for the bake sale. There is no “sign up” but we are looking for your family’s favorite “festive treats”: cookies, bars, breads (sweet or savory), fudge, etc….

You can find more information on the Brunswick Junior High School Music Boosters facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Brunswick-Junior-High-School-Music-Boosters-884981201591883/ and on our Music Department website: http://www.brunswick.k12.me.us/handerson/

The email I sent out to band parents about this event is posted on my email archive page:

(This page. Scroll down…. November 16)

Thanks for all you do to support your young musician!

See you soon!

-Heidi Anderson, BJH Band Director

November 16, 2017: Sent to ALL Band Parents

The annual BJH Music Boosters Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale and Multicultural Bake Sale is Saturday, December 9. This is one of BJH Music Boosters biggest fundraisers and a Brunswick tradition. We estimate that this event, benefiting our student musicians, has been going on for 30 plus years! We need your help for another successful sale! Please see the following messages from our Tree & Bake Sale Coordinators to find out how you can help!
From Becky Wilkoff, Tree & Wreath Sale Coordinator:
Please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c48aaa822a31-annual to sign up to work a shift (or two) selling trees and wreaths on Saturday, December 9!
From Darcee Pantaz, Bake Sale Coordinator:
Please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4dabaa29a13-tree to sign up to work a shift at the bake sale table.

~To all music booster parents:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, baking season!! We need everyone’s help to make this years BJH Music Boosters Tree & Wreath Sale the most successful one yet!!! We are not doing a sign up sheet for baking, we just need everyone to bake! This is a great opportunity to practice those new holiday recipes you’ve been pinning all year;)
Popular items in past years have been breads (especially “savory” breads, cinnamon rolls, holiday “specialty breads”), whoopee pies, and candy. We will be doing a cookie buffet—customers will be able to fill containers with an assortment of cookies—so we needs LOTS and LOTS of cookies! We’d also like to have some gluten-free options available.
Please label your baked goods and let us know if they contain nuts. Cookies/brownies and candy do NOT need to be wrapped for individual sale—the bake sale coordinators will put together some smaller “plates” for purchase and customers will select their cookies/candy of choice from the buffet to fill their buffet boxes. All other items: whoopee pies, breads, etc….SHOULD be packaged for individual sale. You don’t need to price anything.
Please plan on dropping your baked goods off at school on Friday, December 8 (main office or band room) or bring them by early on Saturday. The sale begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, December 9. Set-up begins at 7:00 AM.
If you have questions, please contact Darcee Pantaz (adpantaz@myfairpoint.net) who is chairing this portion of our annual sale.
Thank you so much for your help!!
BJH Music Boosters
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October 27, 2017: Sent to ALL Band Parents


We have two “big events” in the next couple of weeks and we need your help!

1.) On Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4; the BJH Music Department will present our annual musical production—this year “Homeroom”. Hopefully you caught the great article in last week’s Forecaster about the show and cast!

For both evening shows, we will be “auctioning” cabaret seating as a fundraiser for the Music Department. We will have 5 tables that seat 6-8 and each table will be set with an assortment of goodies for the “high bidders” to enjoy during the show or take home for later. We still have quite a few “slots” unfilled for this event. Could you please take a look at the sign-up and help where you can?


2.) On Thursday, Nov. 9; BJH is hosting the Maine Music Educators Association District III 7th & 8th Grade Honors Band and Chorus Auditions. Between 3:00-8:00, we’ll have approximately 575 students and their teachers from around the region, coming to the school to audition. We have a number of “man power” needs (working concessions, supervising audition areas to be sure we are keeping “on schedule”, providing dinner for judges and audition support staff) as well as some donations needed for the concession sales (proceeds to benefit the BJH Music Department). This is a HUGE undertaking and we need your help. (We also will have 20-30 student volunteers!) Please check out the Auditions volunteer sign-up and help if you can! We are particularly in need of someone to take on the “Judges’ Supper” and some folks to work concessions!


Thanks in advance for your help!!

Halloween Parade Reminders:

  • Participating students will stay afterschool on Tuesday to prep for marching. They should bring everything they need for the parade with them in the morning (instrument, lyre, music prepped for marching, costume!).
  • You should pick your musician up at the Junior High following the parade (around 5:15). For safety reasons, all participants are required to take the busses back to the Jr. High. (They’ll need to pick up all of their belongings from the school anyway.)
  • If you volunteered to help with the parade on your child’s participation slip, I NEED YOU. ☺Please be in the gymnasium at the Junior High by 2:45 to help the students line-up. You’ll be marching down to the mall with us, help supervise while we are waiting for the parade to begin, march the parade, and return to the school on the busses with the students. Costumes are optional!

Thanks again to everyone who has volunteered!! See you soon!!

-Heidi Anderson, BJH Bands


October 16, 2017: Sent to ALL Band Parents


This is just a reminder that Halloween Parade Forms were due today from ALL band students. If your child has not returned the form yet, please help them get that in as soon as possible. If you need a form, you can find it on the “Document Holder” page of the BJH Music website. To clarify: this is not a permission slip—it is a “participation form” so that I know who is participating and who is NOT participating.

If your child IS participating in the parade, be sure they have a “marching lyre”—the device that attached to their instrument to hold their music.

Most 7th & 8th graders should have one from previous years but most 6th grade students will need to purchase one! You should be able to find lyres at any store that sells band supplies including the Music Center (Tontine Mall) and from David French Music https://www.davidfrenchmusic.com (under “accessories”, look for “marching”.) You can even find them on Amazon! NOTE: not all trumpet and sax lyres fit all instruments. If you’re purchasing locally, bring the instrument with you. If you’re ordering online, look carefully at the lyre “design”—straight, “L” shaped, etc… I’ll post more lyre tips and suggestions for “type” on the website!

Parade volunteers will be getting an email with some details next week. If you did check the “volunteer” box on your child’s form, not to worry! It’s not too late! Be in the Jr. High gymnasium at 2:30 on October 31! The more, the merrier….Costumes for parents are optional. ☺

We have several other music department events coming up that we will need help with:

  • The first is a request for “food platters” or beverages for this year’s BJH Musical “cabaret table” auction. You can find more information and sign up to help here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b084bacaf2da64-bjhmusical
  • BJH is hosting this year’s MMEA District III 7th & 8th Grade Honors Auditions on Thursday, November 9. Please be looking for more information on how you can help with this monumental undertaking!!
  • The Annual BJH Music Boosters Tree, Wreath, and Bake Sale is scheduled for Saturday, December 9! Thank you to Becky Wilkoff (tree/wreath coordinator) and Darcee Pantaz (bake sale coordinator) who are organizing this major fundraiser! You’ll be hearing from them soon on how you can help!

Please note: once the Musical, Auditions, and Tree & Wreath Sale are over, we’ll have quite a break before we’ll be asking for your help again. I didn’t want to scare anyone away….

 Thank you in advance for your help with our upcoming events! We could not “do what we do” without the fantastic support of our parents and family members!!


September 29, 2017: Sent to ALL Band Parents 


If you are receiving this, you are the parent/guardian of a band student!

We are off to a great start this year and are already producing some good music! I am VERY impressed with the hard work of the students during rehearsals! If you haven’t heard much practicing at home, please know that “home practice” IS an expectation. ☺ Because practice needs are individualized, if your child isn’t sure what they should be working on, have them see me and I can be sure they have a practice list specifically targeted for the skills they need to work on.

Here are a few important “Housekeeping” things:

  1. If you haven’t already done so, please bookmark (and check often) the BJH Music Website. You can navigate to the site from the BJH homepage—Departments (top menu bar)—Music or go directly to http://www.brunswick.k12.me.us/handerson. The site is updated regularly and will have all the information you need. Some of the “features” I’d like to highlight:
    1. E-mail archive: find past emails that have been sent—organized by date, newest on top.
    2. “Document Holder”- find downloadable permission slips, etc…
    3. Calendar- you can merge our google calendar with yours! ☺ (please note: not ALL events on the BJH Music Calendar involve ALL band students!)
    4. Please “subscribe” to receive new posts via email!
  2. Our first “Music Parent Night” is THIS TUESDAY, October 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 in the band room. The Music Parent Night is a wonderful chance to find out how you can help support your child and the BJH Music Program as well as connect with other music parents and ask any questions you may have. We have a couple of events coming up that will need significant parent support:
    1. MMEA District III 7th & 8th Grade Honors Auditions on November 9 (we’ll be hosting 500+ students and their teachers from 30 schools around the region as they audition for a spot in the DIII 7th & 8th Grade Honors Band and Chorus)
    2. Our annual Tree, Wreath, and Multi-Cultural Bake Sale on December 9. The trees and wreaths have been ordered but we still have some logistical details that need to be worked out.
  3. Please check and make sure that your child’s first and last name is clearly labeled on the outside of their case and also on the outside of their “band binder”. This helps get “lost” items back to their owners! ☺
  4. Your child has a couple of assignments due on MusicFirst (our online classroom). All students have received their log-in info and a brief demo of the site. Please ask them to show you what it’s all about!
  5. Percussion Parents: you will be receiving a separate email from me in the next week or so with a list of stick bag requirements for your percussionist. Please remind your percussion student that their personal sticks and mallets should be labeled with their name (a fine point permanent marker usually works for this) and should be kept in their stick bag (which is best stored in their locker). More to come in the e-mail….. ☺

If you would like to receive updates at a different address or would like to add people to this distribution list, please respond to this email and I will adjust my list! You can also find a copy of this email on the website’s “E-mail archive” page—see above.

I look forward to seeing you at our Music Parent Night on Tuesday! If you can’t make it but would like to help with any of our upcoming events, please let me know and I will keep you in the loop!

Thank you for your support of Music Education in Brunswick!

See you Tuesday!!,

Heidi Anderson, BJH Instrumental Music