Good Morning Band Families,
I’m sorry to say that due to the River Fire, we are going to cancel Band Camp for Thursday. We have some students who have been evacuated and the school is being used as an emergency shelter. Based on how things progress today, a decision will be made about camp tomorrow. 

Stay safe,

David Ahrens 

Music Director 
Bear River High School 
Magnolia Intermediate School
Grass Valley / Auburn, CA 

www.BearRiverMusic.org

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Good Evening Band Families,

We’re past the half-way point for our week-long band camp and everyone is doing great! We’ve been doing games focusing on teamwork, rhythm, pulse, situational awareness, composition, and fitness! We’ve also been working on music for both Pep Band and Marching Band applications. And we’ve been learning the basics of how to march, band style! I’ve had a lot of fun this week and I think the students have as well. If you haven’t been able to be there so far, you can still join us for the last two days! Just come to the band room at 8AM. We’re done by noon. 

I had mentioned before that we usually have a party on the last day, in the afternoon. This is not an official school event. (In fact, it’s a tradition that has long been initiated and led by students). I will be there the entire time, however. The Long family has invited us to their property on McCourtney road for this. There is a lot of land, a beautiful creek, hiking, picnic tables, etc. A poll of the students looks as though most, if not all, would like to attend. Ms. Long and Ms. Alford have volunteered to provide lunches (sandwiches, sides, drinks). Please reply or confirm at camp tomorrow so we’ll know how many lunches to prepare. Also let me know if you’ll need a carpool ride. It shouldn’t be a problem. We’ll head over right after camp on Friday and the party will go until 3PM. There is likely no cell signal at the property, so rides home should be planned in advance.

Thanks,

David Ahrens 

Music Director 
Bear River High School 
Magnolia Intermediate School
Grass Valley / Auburn, CA 

www.BearRiverMusic.org

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Good Afternoon Band & Families,

I always start off my first email of the year saying how excited I am to be coming back to school to start making music with you again, but I can not express just how true that is this year! Welcome back!

Each year (normally), we hold a week-long, on-campus camp two weeks before school starts. This is to get everyone back in the swing of things, build camaraderie, and prepare for events early in the year. 

Band is a discipline that performs in a wide variety of venues and outlets. We perform pop music in the stands for football and basketball games, we perform for rallies at school, we perform in concerts on our own stage and when traveling, we perform on the street in local parades and marching competitions. You have the option to also participate with the Jazz Band and/or Starlite Band to open up additional opportunities. And there is the possibility of traveling to be recognized as a member of an honor band. These events are structured throughout the year. And they begin with camp, this coming Monday!

The Details:

Dates: Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 6

Time: 8AM – Noon

Location: Bear River Band Room

What to Bring: 

  • Your instrument (if you have it)
  • Athletic type shoes (not sandals or flip-flops)
  • WATER
  • a healthy snack (we’ll take a break at about 9:45 each day – plus you could hang out after and eat your lunch if you want)
  • Sunblock (optional)
  • A hat (optional)
  • Sunglasses (optional)

Activities: Pep music, symphonic music, jazz music, team building games, marching basics, individual and team contests.

Please make sure you are rested and eat a good breakfast!

Also: We usually end the week with an informal, unofficial hangout/party somewhere nearby. Either at someone’s house or one of the LoP parks, etc. So keep your Friday afternoon schedule free.

If you’re going to need to borrow a school instrument, please reply to this and let me know.

Also, if you didn’t get a Remind text letting you know about this email, sign up by texting @bruinsband to 81010 and following the directions that will follow.

Spread the word to your friends! Even if they didn’t sign up – that can still be fixed!!!

See you soon,

Mr. Ahrens 

 

Music Director 
Bear River High School 
Magnolia Intermediate School
Grass Valley / Auburn, CA 

www.BearRiverMusic.org

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