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

Save These Dates!

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Check out the quick list below for some important dates, then read articles in newsletter for more detailed information.

Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm – Normandy Core meeting. Newcomers welcome!

Thursday, May 10 at 6:30pm – Jazz Band pre-MPA concert (6:00 call time). Good luck at Jazz MPAs May 11-12 in Hickory, NC!

Monday, May 14 at 7pm – Mandatory Normandy Parent/Student meeting in the NBHS Auditorium. All traveling students & their parents/guardians should attend this meeting.

Saturday, May 19 – Car Wash

Monday, May 21 at 7pm – Band Booster meeting (budget vote). ALL ARE WELCOME — current 8th grade or rising 8th grade marcher parents too! Come get clued in about this and next year’s band and be a part of the discussion.

Thursday, May 31 at 7pm – Band concert (6:00 call time) AND
8th-9th grade marching band registration (prior to concert)

Friday, June 1 at 7pm – Band banquet AND
10-11-12th marching band registration (prior to banquet)

Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30pm – Jazz Band concert (6:00 call time)

Save the dates for NB Blackhawk Band camp August 6-17 (and more). Specifics listed later in newsletter.

See below articles for some fun summer events and opportunities. Check them out now to get registered or reserve a seat!


Marching Band Registration Event

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Families – come register for marching band and get important information!

May 31: rising 8th and 9th grade marchers – prior to NBHS Spring Concert
June 1: 10-11-12th grade marchers – registration prior to Band Banquet

NOTE from Mr. Bordeman:
Students will not be allowed to participate in marching band unless they are up to date on this year’s band fees. This is ALL students, including color guard. Drill is written in June so I must have a plan in place for anyone needing to get their fees fully paid. Click here to email Mr. Bordeman to set up a payment plan.

More info will be available at the Booster meeting Monday, May 21. Come at 7pm to the band room to get the scoop.


Band Banquet June 1

The annual end-of-year banquet for the 2017-18 marching and concert band members (8th grade marchers, color guard, NBHS band members, and leaders) and families will be held Friday, June 1 in the school cafeteria. Come enjoy the potluck, slideshow, and more to celebrate being a part of this awesome band.

Please bring several big dishes (entree, sides and dessert) to share so all 300+ people who attend this event get a full meal.
Return your khaki band shorts (see list at bottom of newsletter).

Potluck servers needed! Click here to sign up to help. OR, take charge!
Hospitality Chair Pam Thomas is looking for a lead to help her with the event. She is a senior parent this year and would like to be able to enjoy her kid’s last banquet. She is happy to guide and teach you her magic! You can contact her at 768-3997 or email her here.


Senior Slide Show – Send Us Your Pics!

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Parents and students, please send some photos for the band banquet slideshow! Senior parents should send a baby picture and a recent photo of your senior, (include name of student), plus any other gems from the last 4-5 years of your child’s NBHS band experience. Please email those pics to Donna Abranches here.

Anyone is welcome to send great pictures from the past 4 years. Types of photos:
* Marching Band
* Concert Band
* Jazz Band / Ensembles
* Color guard / Winter Guard
* Indoor Percussion/ Buncombe Beatz
* Senior Pinning / Senior Band night
* Parades / Competitions
* Pearl Harbor / Presidents Cup
* Fun Stuff : Senior Outing / Car Wash


Be a Band Booster – Big or Small

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Add “Executive” to your resume! Our Booster Executive team would like to have co-leaders in each of the positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer). It’s more fun to share the work and to learn from the experts! To carry this band forward long into the future, we need to ensure a strong team of Boosters.

Need a less involved role? Go “Booster Lite.” We are seeking some new team members to join committees. Got a knack for organizing or coordinating events? Love to connect and help people? Need a “behind the scenes” job? Like the excitement and fast pace of concessions during basketball season or at the US Cellular Center? Have some ideas about our fundraising efforts? Want to help make the band look sharp in their marching or concert uniforms? There is something for everyone! You can even work on your own for some of these tasks.
Helping on a committee is a great way to dip your toe in, meet and work with some super parents, AND a way to get in your volunteer hours to reduce your band fees!

Looking for volunteers to help with:
1. Membership
2. Publicity
3. Hospitality
4. Ways and Means (Fundraising)
5. Volunteer Coordination
6. US Cellular Center Concessions
7. Band Operations – MIB
8. Uniform Committee
9. Logistics Committee

Let’s create a great ensemble of parent volunteers to support our kids! Pick a way you can best help the band and get involved! Come to the next Booster meeting Monday, May 21 at 7pm or contact Donna Abranches to join a team or if you have questions.


Car Wash Saturday, May 19

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The band will host a car wash Saturday, May 19 from 9:00-3:00 with locations at CVS (Monticello Rd.) and Burger King in Weaverville. ALL band students should pick a shift and come suds some cars that Saturday. Shifts are 9am-noon or noon-3pm. Sign up sheets should be up in the band room.

We’ll need adult helpers too! Click here to sign up.


Group Band Photo is Here

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Mr. Bordeman has the band composite photo in from the photography company. Parents, let your teen know if you ordered one in December so they can pick up one from him.


Summer Events

NBHS is hosting a drum major camp June 8-10 for our drum majors and those from other schools as well.

Band trip opportunity to see the Drum Corps International (DCI) Southeastern Championships in Atlanta July 28. Click here for more information. Estimated departure of 8am and returning late. Interested students need to bring in $60 by June 1 to cover their ticket and seat on the charter bus. Parents can come assuming we have enough seats on the bus; students will get priority. Same payment (refunded if not enough space).

Band Boosters celebrate July 4th! Help make some money to start off the 2018-19 band year early with money in our bank account to pay for band camp costs, equipment and competitions. This event typically raises a needed $2,000! Watch the signup genius link on our band website to sell food at the 4th of July festivities in Weaverville. (Signup forthcoming.)


Music Camps and Other Opportunities

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Music clinics, summer camps, and other musical groups can provide enriching opportunities for our band students. The band directors and parents shared some good recommendations at the last Booster meeting. Below are just some of the camps and groups to check out in our state. Click each line to link for more information.

Asheville Youth Symphony Orchestra auditions May 18-20 (info in above article)
Western Carolina “Whee Drum” Percussion Clinic May 12
Western Carolina “Whee Spin” ColorGuard Clinic May 19
Mars Hill Summer Music Camp June 17-22
UNC-East Carolina (Greenville) Summer Band Camp June 17-22
Brevard Music Center Summer Institute June 21-August 5
UNC-Asheville Summer Jazz and Contemporary Music Intensive June 24-29
Western Carolina Summer Symposium – July 8-12
UNC-Wilmington Jazz Band July 8-13
UNC-Greensboro Summer Music Camp July 8-13 or 15-20

Registration deadlines are approaching and some camps have 1,000 more applicants than they can accommodate! Click and sign up soon if interested. Financial aid or scholarships may be available for some camps. All-state band members may be eligible for tuition breaks.


Jazz Band on REMIND App

Jazz Band students and parents: Please text @99499e to number 81010 to get our jazz band remind texts. Mr. Bordeman has information to share and this is a great way to stay tuned in.


Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra

Calling all youth musicians! Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra auditionswill be held May 18-20. Interested students should register to audition via the Asheville Symphony website. Link here.

There is an Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Asheville High School Auditorium. Consider purchasing a $10 ticket to listen to great music (including some of our own NB musicians!) or to see if your student might want to be a part of this performing group.


SAVE THE DATES! Blackhawk Marching Band Camp

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Summer marching band camp schedule for our Blackhawks:
Full band throughout
August 6-10 8am-4pm
August 13-17 8am-8pm
August 21, 23 4pm-8pm

Band exhibition and potluck August 17 at 6pm.