The Guard hard at work during Spring Training!

Band Notes 6–6–2017

G James Miller
8 min readJun 6, 2017


Greetings — here’s the news:

Mailing List

If you have recently registered as a member of the Band & Guard, you will start to receive these weekly “Newsletters”. If you are winding up your High School Career, your name will be removed from our mailing list after Graduation, next week. You can always stay in touch with current events on our Facebook page, Twitter, or subscribing to this “Medium” Blog Page.


Wednesday (June 7) — Low Brass w/Mr. Marbury 2:15–3p

Wednesday (June 7) — Drum Line 6p-9p in the Band Room

Thursday (June 8)— Guard 6p-9p Side field

Thursday (June 8)— Band Awards (see below) & Band Parent Meeting

Wednesday (June 14) Graduation

Monday & Tuesday (June 20 & 21) Rehearsal for Winds & Percussion 10a-12p Band Room at BHS

Sunday (June 25) — Barnum Festival Parade Times etc… TBA

Band Awards

June 8 in the Cafeteria for all Fall 2016 Band & Guard Members. Pizza for Students — Parents are invited to attend and watch the awards. Students should report for Pizza at 5p, parents at 5:30p for the awards.


All HIgh School Concert Band, Wind Ensemble & Select Percussionists will participate in Graduation on June 14. This is a mandatory performance and your attendance is factored in to the Final Exam Grade for your ensemble class. Report time is 4:30p on the stadium field.

Final Exams

Please click here to get all the information regarding Final Exams for Period 1, 2, 4 & 5 BHS Classes only —

Ad Book

This is the largest & easiest and MOST lucrative fund raiser of the year.

PLEASE don’t wait! Start TODAY!

Businesses in the town EXPECT the Band Students to solicit ads. AND — you can sell ads to businesses outside of Stratford, as well as taking out an Ad for your family to wish “Good Luck” to a member. (Many people see the ad book as a type of “yearbook”, and as such want to purchase an ad for the sentimental keepsake value).


Every student MUST raise funds for the Band/Guard — so why not buy an ad? All ads are Tax-Deductible (as the Band Parents are a 501(c)3 not for profit). Never pay out of pocket — buy an ad and get the tax deduction!

Keep in mind:

* Many students will be going out TODAY to try and scoop up ads from Prime locations, such as Paradise Green & Barnum Ave.

* Some ads are limited (Back cover, inside cover etc…) and will sell very fast — we will send out notifications when they are sold).

Here is the form that you will need —

See a Sample Ad Here —

You can also purchase an ad online here —

Learn more about the ad-book here —


• Please sell as many ads as possible, as 100% of the ads will go to the students’ accounts.
• Your family members may also take ads as well.
• Ads can be from out of State.
• Ads are Tax Deductible

All ads must be turned in by Sept. 15, 2017.

PLEASE — send ALL Ads to Bunnell HS (Address on ad form) AS SOON AS YOU GET THEM!


You MUST get your accounts current — NOW please!

Make a payment here —

Fall Schedule

The Fall Schedule is somewhat complete. Please click this link to view the schedule:

Looking Ahead

  • June 8 — Band Awards — BHS Cafe
  • Week of June 12 — Final Exams
  • June 14 — Graduation (all Concert Band & Wind Ensemble Students Perform)
  • June 25 — Barnum Parade Times TBA
  • Band Camp — Aug 21–25

thank you!


PS — This is a TERRIFIC Article:

Ten Reasons To Let Your Kid Major In Music

Dear Liz,

My daughter is a junior in high school, and she is sure that she wants to major in music in college.

She wants to attend a music conservatory. That plan scares my husband and I greatly.

We love the fact that our daughter is a talented musician, but how can we in good conscience tell her “Sure, get a degree in music performance.”? What could she possibly do with that degree?

How many people earn their living playing the cello?

My recommendation is for her to get a more conventional degree but to minor in music.

My husband wants her to study engineering or math (she is gifted in both math and science) and keep her musical activities out of her academic program entirely.

He says she can play in an ensemble as an extra-curricular activity.

I trust your judgment, Liz. You are a musician, a mom and a business person — what’s your opinion?

Thanks Liz!

Yours, Janet


Dear Janet,

Your daughter has a little flame inside her, the way we all do.

Your job as a parent is to help her grow that flame. No “practical” degree will keep your daughter from learning the lessons Mother Nature has in store for her.

However, your efforts to keep your daughter from exploring her musical talent and passion in the name of practicality will dim her flame, and that’s the worst thing you can do to a kid.

Musical kids are smart. They could major in lots of things apart from music.

They choose to major in music because they love it — and that’s the best reason to support your daughter’s plan.

When you tell your child “Honey, we think you’re great, but you’re not strong enough to follow your own path. Take the safe route!” you send a strong message.

The message is “Our fears for your future outweigh your desires, and your confidence in yourself.”

I lucked out when I asked my parents to support my decision to go to conservatory after high school.

I was the sixth of eight kids. My parents were over it. They were tired of arguing.

My voice teacher weighed in on my side.

He told my parents “Hey, if she can get into the school she wants to attend, let her go!” and they did.

Gradually I learned the truth about the working world: except in a few narrow areas of expertise, your undergraduate college major has very little influence on your career path — or your success.

On the other hand, a kid with the strong muscles every young musician grows will be able to prosper in life.

Following the tough road of a music major will make your daughter more sturdy and flexible than kids who drift through “safe” degree programs.

Traditionally “safe” degrees are no longer safe. The world is changing too fast for any one field or career path to remain stable for forty or fifty years.

All of us have to bend and flex in the working world these days, whether we major in music, astrophysics or accounting. You cannot shield your daughter from the real world, so why not let her confront it on her own terms?

Here are ten reasons to let your kid major in music:

1. Musical kids are hardy. They get that way sitting on a freezing bus at five in the morning going to a band or orchestra competition. They practice for countless hours. They compete, lose, compete, win and then compete and lose again. You think your hardy kid is going to be daunted by a tough job market?

2. Musical kids know about focus. They know about giving up good things (time hanging out with their friends or playing video games, e.g.) to reach their longer-term goals. A kid who is good enough to get into music school and get through it will have no trouble reaching their other goals, whether they want to run a bank one day or create a whole new musical genre. Support their goals — then stand back and watch them surpass them!

3. If you choose a program that you can afford without student loans, your child will have incurred no risk in pursuing their musical passion. If your child wants to work for a multinational corporation upon graduation or at any point in their career, they will get hired fast. Corporations know how smart and capable musical kids are.

4. If you worry about child being overwhelmed by the freedom and the social norms at college — too much partying, for instance — definitely let them major in music! They won’t have enough spare time to go off the rails.

5. Music instruction is all about patience and listening. Over and over, music students are told “Listen to your tone. Listen to this phrasing. Is that what you’re going for?” They know how to tune in. They know how to make course corrections. If the kid doesn’t land a plum job working for a symphony orchestra straight of of school — and they won’t — they know how to put one foot in front of the other and keep walking.

6. The real world favors confidence, tenacity and an entrepreneurial outlook — three things every music student cultivates.

7. Musical kids are scrappy. They know how to improvise when they forget notes, forget a piece of concert attire or lose a page from their sheet music. Managing a career these days is all about improvisation. That is something all of us could learn from music students!

8. It is insulting to tell your child “Being a musician is a sure path to poverty.” Some musicians are poor, and others are fabulously wealthy. Some musicians are unhappy, but so are vast hordes of cubicle dwellers. Let your kid figure out their own path to a happy, successful life that never puts a lower value on their health and happiness than on their financial well-being.

9. When your daughter auditions, your heart will burst with pride. The love and anxiety parents feel as they stand outside a closed audition room listening through the door and praying for their child is a mighty force. When your daughter gets her acceptance letter, you will marvel at the fact that you raised a musician with the talent and proficiency to study under master teachers.

10. When your daughter comes home on her first break you will be struck by the improvement in her playing. You will see her maturing before your eyes — stepping into her power as a performer and a person making a mark on the planet. You can’t do better for your child than to encourage her in that journey.

Of course you will support your daughter in her conservatory ambitions.

If you were invited to make art at the highest level, would you turn down the invitation because you couldn’t predict how it would help you earn money down the road?

We know this much: pursuing your art will never hurt you!

Tell your daughter “Follow your passion, sweetheart. Of course we trust you to follow your heart — after all, Daddy and I raised you to be the solid, confident young woman you are!”

All the best,




G James Miller

Director of Bands - Frank Scott Bunnell HS