The North Buncombe Blackhawk Band

North Buncombe High School is proud to foster a music program which strives to mold its students not only into talented musicians, but responsible young adults who aspire to become involved in a community rich in the cultural arts.

We are proud to be led by an alumnus by the NBHS music program. #GoBlackhawks

Upcoming Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

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Monday, January 8
*Normandy Team meeting at 7pm in band room

Tuesday, January 9
NBHS Jazz Band auditions after school

Saturday, January 13
All-District Jazz and Orchestra auditions

Thursday, January 18
All-District Band auditions

Monday, January 22
Booster meeting at 7pm in band room. All band families are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, January 27
Mattress sale fundraiser

Monday, January 29
*Mandatory Parent/Student Normandy meeting at 7pm in NBHS auditorium

Volunteer opportunities:
Click here for the signups.


All-District Jazz and Orchestra Auditions – SATURDAY, January 13

Note from Mr. Bordeman for students who have signed up for All-District Jazz or Orchestra tryouts, happening next Saturday, January 13:
Meet at NB Middle School at 6:15am. Students can bring their breakfast and lunch or buy concessions. We should depart tryouts in Huntersville around 4:00 and will stop for dinner in Statesville. We expect to be back at the middle school for parents to pick up between 8:00-8:30pm.


All-District Band Auditions – January 18

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All-District Band auditions will be at Tuscola High School on Thursday, January 18. Buses will depart soon after school ends. It will be a late night much like all-county auditions. Students can bring snacks or purchase concessions at Tuscola High School. Expected return time around 9:00pm. Click this bandmasters site for more info and music.

NOTE: In preparation for these auditions, Mars Hill University is hosting a clinicto brush up on your instrument skills. Click here for the registration link to the clinic on Monday, January 15 (MLK Jr. Holiday) from 9:30-4:00 at Mars Hill University. Mr. Shelton was in band class this past week to share info with students.

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Mattress Sale Saturday, January 27

The North Buncombe Blackhawk Band is hosting a 2nd annual Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, January 27 from 10am-5pm at North Buncombe High School! There is cash in it for YOU if you refer someone who buys a mattress at this event (see details below)! Tell your family and friends to purchase their mattress or pillow to support the band. PLEASE SHARE this message with everyone you know in the region! Just copy and paste the above image into your email, social media, and post at the workplace and other available outlets. Be sure to tell them it is at North Buncombe High School and benefits our Blackhawk Band!

THIS IS A PERSONAL FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY (only one of two for the year)! $25 cash into the referring student’s pocket for EACH mattress sold.

EACH student is responsible to:
• Help spread the word! Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers!
• Hand out your referral flyers to people you know. Find at least one referral to come in and check out the sale.
• Print your name on the coupon at the bottom so you get referral credit!

Sale Info:
• Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10am-5pm in the NBHS Cafeteria.
• There will be a mattress “showroom” with Simmons Beautyrest, Southerland and Malouf brand products on display — 20+ mattresses to try with variety of sizes and styles (latex, gel memory foam, spring) with experts to assist you.
• Twin from $259, Full from $289, Queen from $299, King /CA-King from $499 with full manufacturer warranties. All sizes, all styles and name brand sets are available up to 50% below retail.
• Adjustable power bases, premium pillows, & frames available also.
• Orders will be taken on the day of the sale, with local pick up or delivery offered two weeks after the event
• Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted. FINANCING is available. Layaway is available.
Mention this post to SAVE $50 OFF any set over $299!! (not valid in combination with any other offer)
EVERY purchase supports your our band, even if you just want a pillow! It’s just like shopping at a retail store, but YOU get to save $$ AND help support the NB Blackhawk Band!


Volunteer Coordinators Needed

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New volunteer coordinator(s) needed! Connie has generously extended her tenure as our solo volunteer coordinator after her child graduated last year but is needing to step down for family reasons. This is an important role and can easily be divided to share duties between 2-3 positions: US Cellular Concessions Coordinator; regular Volunteer Coordinator (signup genius creation, track hours, etc.); and Basketball Concessions with Brenda Fisher. Step up now while Connie can train you!

This is a great behind-the-scenes job for an organized and friendly person – or two or three. This role can be shared, so recruit a buddy to join you and do it together! Contact Connie Wilson or Ben Whitmire.


Concessions for Cash

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Staffing the US Cellular event concession stands and the NB basketball games at the high school are great ways to raise money for our band, which helps with band fees. Please SIGN UP for one or two (or more!) of these in January or February.

US Cellular: Click here to sign up for the Steep Canyon Rangers concert, featuring Steve Martin and the Asheville Symphony, on January 27! Alcohol pourers, food preparers, cashiers needed. We get a cut of revenue and all tips!
Some are long and late events — that’s half the fun! But if that isn’t your thing, some jobs can be split into shifts if needed. Find your other half to match a shift or contact Connie at 828-335-9544.

The US Cellular gig is a critical and easy way for us to raise money. We just show up to sell food and drink — NO pre-planning, NO purchasing, NO marketing! We cannot stress enough, this is key money we don’t want to lose. Everyone should jump in and do one or two of these shifts each year. (Think of the other ways we would need to raise money without this concession OR think about how much more your band fees can increase.)

Or get in the action at a NBHS basketball game.
Click here and sign up now for a fun way to get in your volunteer hours.

P.S. Please always call /text Connie Wilson if you need to cancel: 828-335-9544

Current volunteer signups here
or linked on the top right corner of our website.


Uniform Notes


The uniform committee is needing your shorts NOW! Return your clean khakis to the band room please. You will be charged the cost of the shorts if they are not returned. Thank you!


Normandy News

The next $200 Normandy payment is due this week. Note on the check memo line “Normandy” with student/traveler name(s).

There is a new Remind app for Normandy. To get quick reminder announcements, text: @Normandyba to 81010

Normandy Team meeting January 8 at 7:00PM in the NBHS band room.

Mandatory Normandy Parent/Student meeting January 29 in the NBHS Auditorium from 7:00PM – 8:30PM. More information forthcoming.


REMIND and Other Communications

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Please sign up to GET REMIND notifications from Mr. Bordeman through text, app, or email (you choose)! This Remind system is a necessary form of communication to students and families from our band director; you will receive quick announcements about transportation and other band details throughout the year. Parents and students should sign up now to receive these and be informed.
From cell phone:
Enter this number: 81010
Text this message: @mrbordeman
To receive email notifications, go online to Create or log in to your account, then join class: @mrbordeman.

You should still read your newsletters, join the North Buncombe Blackhawk Band Facebook group, and come to monthly Booster meetings to get all the information and be a part of decision making!

Note: Plan to see your “regular” band newsletter only about once/month in your email inbox now that we’re out of marching season. Be sure to mark dates and jot notes since you won’t see a repeat of information week after week. There is a new Normandy specific newsletter that you will see periodically in your inbox also.