Weekly Band Newsletter 9/4

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1st Football Game

Our band waits to perform for time-outs during the 1st football game.

Tuesday is nearly here! I’m excited to see all of our students again and start creating some awesome music!

HS students – you need your instruments all this week.

7th & 8th grade students – you do not need instruments until Friday.
-8th grade – We will work on the National Anthem and Fight Song (Victors)
-7th grade – We will play through your Standards of Excellence Book 1, you will need book 2 starting next week. It is about $7 from any music shop.

6th grade students – you will not need instruments until Monday, September 19th. On Thursday, September 15th, we will have a beginning band meeting at 6:30pm in the Middle School Cafeteria. Meyer Music will be on hand to rent/sell instruments. They will also have techs available to check out family instruments. Please come and get band information!

All band students students will need to have instruments by September 19th or we may have to find them a different class for the year. We want them to be involved, but they must have an instrument to participate in band class. We have a few school-owned instruments, but they are not in the best shape. Students are most successful when their instrument is in good working condition.

HS students hard at work practicing together.

HS students hard at work practicing together.

Places to get instruments:
Meyer Music – Kalamazoo Store

Quinlan & Fabish – Stevensville Store

Bagatini’s Music – St. Joseph Store

Second Song – Goshen, IN Store

Please do not get odd-colored instruments (red, purple, clear, etc.). They are usually poorly made and will break easily. The last thing we want is your student to be bored in band because their instrument is always broken. Instruments do cost money for quality.


Junior trombone student Michael plays the solo in "Hallelujah".

Junior trombone student Michael plays the solo in “Hallelujah”.

The High School Marching Band stepped off their 2016 season with a performance at the BSHS home football game. The kids sounded great in the stands and on the field. We have some work to do with our feet – but school starting should fix that! HS students will need their instruments and drill this week. I loved all the enthusiasm our band showed as they cheered on the football team. We made some NOISE!

If you would like to see a recording of our our performance, please visit our Facebook page: Facebook.com/BerrienBand.

Our next performance will be September 23rd at the home football game vs. Bridgman. Hope to see you there!


Middle School Parents: on Monday and Tuesday, September 12th and 13th, we will be measuring the 7th and 8th grade band members for uniforms. If you are available, we can use your help! 7th grade band meets from 9:29 to 10:17. 8th grade band meets from 10:21 to 11:09. We will have measuring tapes available. Even if you don’t know how to sew, we can teach you how to measure! Please send an email to krosselit@homeoftheshamrocks.org if you can help!

About Kelly Rosselit

Kelly Rosselit is the band director for the Berrien Springs Public Schools. She is in her 9th year of teaching; this is her 5th at Berrien Springs. She holds a Master's degree in Oboe Performance from Central Michigan University as well as two undergraduate degrees in music education and music performance. She has performed with the St. Joseph Municipal Band, Andrews Symphony Orchestra, Midland Symphony Orchestra, and Midland Players. She lives in Niles with her husband, Chris, who is a middle school science teacher for the PHM district in Indiana. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, quilting, and binging entire seasons of tv shows on Netflix.

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