• High School Band Summer Training - Mandatory for all entering HS Band this Fall!

     

    Important info for all incoming Freshman for the 24-25 school year

     

    Please view and save the following documents:

     

    Summer Band Calendar 2024

     

    Summer Band Letter 2024

     

    Attendance at Summer Band is mandatory for all who are entering HS Band. Registration is on the afternoon of Monday, July 29th, with Summer Band rehearsals beginning the next day.

     

    Have a great summer, and we'll see you in July!

     

     

     

    SUMMER PRACTICE!

     

    Happy Summer!

     

    If you would like to get a head start on All-Region, here is your chance!

    If you do not have the music, click the link below. It has parts for every instrument, so scroll until you see your instrument's part:

    https://www.atssb.org/files/Region-7/SZ-parts-Year-C-1.pdf

     

    Percussion music is here:

    https://www.atssb.org/files/Region-7/SZ-perc-Year-C-1.pdf

     

    And don't forget the scales! (woodwind and brass only)

    https://www.atssb.org/files/Region-7/Region-scales-2.pdf

     

    For your practice, we have audio files for the woodwind and brass etudes. There is one for the fast etude and slow etude for each. 

    Woodwind - Fast

    Woodwind - Slow

    Brass - Fast

    Brass - Slow

     

    There are no audio files for percussion.

     

    Happy practicing!

     

    -Mr. Yeats

     

     

     

    Spring Trip Itinerary

    Tuesday, May 21st

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas

     

    What to wear: Brownwood Band t-shirt and school appropriate bottoms, comfortable shoes

    What to bring: sunscreen, water bottle, small bag to contain items if necessary (bags may be searched at park)

    What NOT to bring: Energy drinks, excessive blankets and pillows, any items prohibited by Brownwood Middle School

     

    7:15 am Arrive at the front of Brownwood Middle School, load buses

    7:30 am Leave for San Antonio

    10:30 am Arrive at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

    Unload, discuss meet-up location, etc.

    Have fun! Stay with your group and make sure and eat lunch (voucher provided)

    1:30-2:30 pm Check In with your group at the meet-up location. Don’t be late!

    5:45 pm Meet at meet-up spot, prepare to leave. Head to buses

    6:00 pm Grab Chick-fil-A as you’re getting on the bus, head home

    8:45 pm Approximate arrival time at BMS

     

    Some reminders -

    • Brownwood ISD is not responsible for any items misplaced on this trip. Students are permitted to bring personal items (provided that they don’t take up too much space), but extra care should be taken to keep track of these items. Students should follow the BMS Code of Conduct as well as the BMS Band Handbook when it comes to technology, social media, etc.

    • Fiesta Texas is cashless. Students who wish to purchase souvenirs, extra snacks, etc. will not be able to use cash.

    • Students are required to stay with their park group throughout the day. Groups may combine and go through the park together if they wish, but groups may not split at any time. Group members who do not wish to ride certain rides must go through the line with the group and then wait immediately by the exit, or wherever park employees say is best.

    • Any water rides must be ridden at the beginning of the day. Students should not be wet by the time we need to leave. Once again, BISD is not responsible for the loss or damage of any personal items. 

    • Students should not plan on having to change clothes at any point (including on the bus)

    • You are representing the Brownwood Band program. Our name will be visible on your shirt everywhere you go. Be polite and don’t cause any issues for park workers or other guests.

    • Failure to comply with any of these guidelines, including tardiness to the check-in time, will result in “probation” of your group. This will mean that your group will have to be attached to a director or chaperone, and movement and activities will be severely limited. 

    • You will be given a meal voucher that includes a meal, drink, and a snack. Meal and snack options are designated with either an ‘M’ or an ‘S’ at restaurants and concession areas throughout the park. 

    • Stay hydrated! Most restaurants and concession stands offer free cups of water if you ask. Caffeinated drinks will dehydrate you. Water water water!

     

    *Join the BMS Band Trip Remind!*

    Text @bmsbandt to the number 81010.

     

     

    ANNOUNCMENT 5/1

     

    BMS Band Spring Concert - Next week 

     

    May 7th

    6:00 pm

    BHS Auditorium

     

    Students arrive by 5:30

     

    Attire: Sunday best - no shorts or jeans with holes

    Students not dressed appropriately will be asked to leave

     

    This concert is mandatory for all students. Students who have an unexcused absence from this performance will not be permitted to go on the Spring Trip.

     

    ANNOUNCMENT 4/22

     

    REMINDER - FIESTA TEXAS FORMS AND PAYMENT DUE BY THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH!

     

    All forms and complete payment (as well as band debt payments) must be turned in by this Friday. We will not be able to accept late payment or forms. Please do not wait until the last day to pay! With testing happening this week, we may not see students every day. It is important that the payment and forms are brought ASAP. 

    Chaperone payments are due by Friday as well.

     

    For more info on our trip, scroll down to the announcement from a few weeks ago.

     

    Thank you!

    -Mr. Yeats

     

    HPU Band Festival

    7th Grade Band

    Friday, April 19th

    Mims Auditorium, Howard Payne University

     

    Attire: Brownwood Band t-shirt*, jeans

     

    8:00 am Meet in MS Band Hall, dressed and ready to go

    Load equipment, prep to leave

     

    8:30 am (approx.) Leave for HPU

     

    9:30 am Warmup time

     

    10:00 am Performance (open to the public)

     

    10:30 am Load equipment/buses

     

    11:00 am Leave for Brownwood MS

     

    11:15 am Arrive at Brownwood MS, unload

     

    11:30 am Return to classes (Lunch)

     

    Non-eligible students will attend normal classes and not attend the contest

     

    *students who do not have a Brownwood Band t-shirt will be given one. The shirt is free for those who have never received one (those new to band).

    Students who have received a shirt in the past will be charged if they need another shirt.

    Fiesta Texas - Chaperones Needed!

    As we approach the due date for payments for the Fiesta Texas trip (payment due by April 26th), we are asking that parents consider coming on the trip as a chaperone.

    Parents who wish to come with the band on the trip will pay the same $60 cost and will receive the same tickets, meals, and transportation as the students.

    While we are in need of parents to be able to ride one of our 2 buses, there is also an option to take your own vehicle.

    Parents/guardians wishing to chaperone must undergo a criminal background check with the BISD Central Support Center.

    Anyone interested should contact Mr. Yeats or Mr. Hernandez ASAP. The more the merrier!

    ethan.yeats@brownwoodisd.org

    juan.hernandez@brownwoodisd.org

    Thank you!

    -Mr. Yeats

     

    7th Grade Contest Reminder

    Howard Payne University Band Festival

    Friday, April 19th

    Performance time: TBD

    All eligible 7th Grade band members will take part in performing in this contest. The contest will take place during the school day. Attire will be the Brownwood Band t-shirt (students who have not received one will be given one) and jeans. Students not eligible due to grades or discipline will not attend.

    More info about performance time, etc. will come soon.

    Thank you!

    -Mr. Yeats

     

    SPRING TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT

    Date: Tuesday, May 21st

    Location: Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio

    Student Cost: $60 (includes park ticket, 2 meals, transportation)

    Payment due Date: Friday, April 26th

    Permission forms and more info coming soon!

    Please do not send payment with your student yet. Students who sold Poinsettias/Dr. Peppers earned money towards their trip. Students who worked concessions for the Brownwood Band Boosters also earned money towards their trip. Students affected by this will be given notices next week showing their individual balances.

    Thank you!

    -Mr. Yeats

     

    8th Grade Band - UIL Itinerary

     

    UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest

    Concert Band

    Wednesday, March 27th

    Stephenville High School Auditorium

     

    Attire: black pants, black shoes and socks, band t-shirt

    Band polo will be provided

     

    6:50 am Report to Brownwood HS Band Hall

    Get polos, load equipment, etc.

    7:20 am Load buses, leave for Stephenville

    9:00 am Arrive at Stephenville HS, unload

    9:35 am Move to warm-up room

    9:50 am Warm-up time

    10:20 am Stage performance time*

    10:50 am Sight-reading performance time

    11:30 am Load buses, eat on the ride home

    1:00 pm Arrive back at school, unload, return to classes

     

    *Performance open to the public

     

    SPRING BREAK REMINDERS

    Mandatory Combined Rehearsals:

    • Monday, March 18th, 6 pm - 7:30 pm (meal afterwards) - this is the first day we get back after the break!

    • Wednesday, March 20th, 7:30 am - 8:45 am

    • Thursday, March 21st, 7:30 am - 8:45 am

     

    8th Graders must get their own transportation to the school for the morning rehearsals. Students who ride the bus need to make other arrangements for these mornings. 

     

    Required Contest Attire

    • Dark (preferably solid black) shoes

    • Long black socks

    • Black pants - not leggings/joggers/etc - jeans are only ok if solid black with no holes

    Brownwood Band Polo will be provided



    UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest

    Wednesday, March 27th

    Stephenville HS

    Performance time TBD

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 2/27

    IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING UIL BAND CONTEST

    Reminder: UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest (8th grade Band only)

    Wednesday, March 27th

    Stephenville High School

    Please do not schedule any appointments, etc. on this date!

    This year, our 8th graders are combining with the High School Concert Band to create a non-varsity High School band.

    Required attire: 

    Black pants (not leggings/sweats/etc. - jeans are fine if solid black with no holes)

    Dark shoes

    A Brownwood Band Polo will be provided

    • All eligible* 8th grade band members will be required to attend.

    • Event will take place during school hours

    • Depending on performance time, students may be required to come to school before normal start time, and students may be back later than normal school end time

    • Parents are welcome to attend the Concert portion of the contest

    • Performance schedule and itinerary will be available at a later date

    MANDATORY REHEARSALS

    Attendance at these practices is required for all academically eligible 8th grade band members. Failure to attend may result in the student being removed from the contest group. Students removed from the contest group will also not be eligible for the Spring Trip.

     

    Monday, March 18th - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, meal afterwards

    HS Auditorium (enter through band hall)

     

    *Wednesday, March 20th - 7:30 am

    HS Auditorium (enter through band hall)

     

    *Thursday, March 21st - 7:30 am

    HS Auditorium (enter through band hall)

     

    *For early morning rehearsals, students should be dropped off at the HS. Students will be transported by bus to the Middle School at the end of the rehearsal (about 8:45.)


    Please make plans to have transportation to these rehearsals, especially for bus riders.

    -Mr. Hernandez

    juan.hernandez@brownwoodisd.org

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 2/19

    Please note of an important date change!

    BMS Band Spring Concert

    Tuesday, May 7th (was previously April 23rd)

    6 pm, BHS Auditorium

    This is a required event for all band students. Please save the date!

    -Mr. Yeats

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 1/17

    Parents/Guardians of students participating in the All-Region Clinic this Saturday- students have been given itineraries and permission slips for this Saturday's trip. Permission slips should be returned ASAP!

    Below is the schedule for Friday. Students have received a paper copy. Edits below are changes made since the paper copies were passed out. Please take note.

    All Region Clinic/Concert

    Saturday, January 20th

    Tarleton State University, Stephenville

    Clyde Wells Fine Arts Center

     

    • Dress for bus ride/rehearsal: current Brownwood Band shirt, appropriate bottoms

    • Dress for concert: Collared Brownwood shirt (will be provided), dark pants, no jeans if possible, dress shoes if at all possible

    Students should bring their concert clothes in a bag to be kept with them throughout the day.

     

    6:50 am Meet at MS Band Hall. Dropoff behind school at bus loop. Load instruments, music, etc. on bus.

    7:00 Leave for Stephenville

    8:15 Arrive at TSU, unload

    Symphonic Band: Choir room (EDIT) in Fine Arts Center

    Concert Band: Band Hall  (EDIT) in the Fine Arts Center 

    8:30 Rehearsal begins

    11:30 Rehearsal ends - meet back at bus to go eat (lunch provided), 

    12:45 Return to TSU for afternoon rehearsal

    1:00 Afternoon rehearsal begins

    4:30 Afternoon rehearsal ends - eat at places on/near campus (money provided), change clothes, prepare for concert

    5:45 Warm up for concert

    Symphonic Band: Band Hall in the Fine Arts Center

    Concert Band: Band Hall in the Fine Arts Center

    6:00 Concert begins - Concert Band performs first, followed by Symphonic Band

    7:15 Concert concludes

     

    *EDIT: students not going home with parents will ride the bus back at the conclusion of the Symphonic Band portion of the concert.

     

    Other information:

    Concert is free and open to the public

    The concert will be in the main auditorium of the Clyde Wells Fine Arts Center at TSU

    Parents should park in parking lots P-15 and P-14

     

    Mr. Yeats’ contact information:

    ethan.yeats@brownwoodisd.org

    940-867-6085 (number for parents/guardians only)

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 1/9

    Students who made the All-Region Band - 

    Save the date!

    All Region Band Clinic/Concert

     

    Saturday, January 20th

    Tarleton State University

    (all day)

    More detailed schedule will come closer to the date.

    We will meet that morning at the MS band hall. Transportation and meals will be provided.

     

    If you can not attend, you must let us know ASAP so your spot can be filled.

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 12/7

    REMINDER:

    BMS Bands / HS Jazz band 

    Christmas Concert  

    Tuesday, December 12th @ 6:00 PM

     

    5:30 PM - HS Band Hall Open (your instrument and music will already be there)

    5:45 PM - 7th grade on stage ready to warm up

                     8th grade in Band Hall ready to warm up

    6:00 PM - Concert begins with 7th grade Band

     

    Concert Order:

    7th Grade Band

    HS Jazz Band

    8th Grade Band

     

    Concert Length:

    Approximately 45 minutes

    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~  WHAT TO WEAR  ~*~*~*~*~*~*~

    Sunday Best (no shorts or jeans with holes, “Texas Tux” is allowed)

    Christmas colors are encouraged.

    Santa Hats will be provided.

    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~  AUDIENCE ATTENDANCE  ~*~*~*~*~*~*~

    Everyone is expected to stay throughout the concert. Each group has worked very hard to put together their music. Please stay and give them the audience that they deserve.

     

    *NOTE*

    This is a required event for all band students. Absences are only excused for illness or emergencies.

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 12/4

    Dr. Pepper Fundraiser pickup TOMORROW, December 5th

    High School Band Hall (parking lot on 10th St., across from First Methodist Church)

    After school until 5:30 pm

    Make sure you are able to transport the number of cases on your order. If there is any reason that you are not able to pick up your order at this time, you must communicate with a band director.

    Thank you,

    Mr. Yeats

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 11/27

    Poinsettia Fundraiser pickup this Wednesday, 11/29

    High School Band Hall (parking lot on 10th St., across from First Methodist Church)

    After school until 5:30 pm

    All students who sold Poinsettias must come to pick up their order at this time. Students are responsible for distributing Poinsettias to anyone who bought from them. Please make sure you are able to transport the number of Poinsettias you have on your order.

    Dr. Peppers are scheduled to arrive next week. Another message will be sent out when details are available.

    Thank you,

    Mr. Yeats

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 11/2

    BMS Band Party Tomorrow (Friday), All-Region Auditions Saturday

    Our BMS Band Party is Friday, Nov. 3rd from 6pm - 8pm at the BMS Band Hall.

    Students should be dropped off at the bus loop behind the school. This event is for BMS Band students only. In order to attend, students MUST:

    • Pay $2 by band time on Friday
    • Have all debts paid for flip folders, reeds, etc.
    • Have all beginning of the year band paperwork turned in

    Students do not have to stay for the entire duration of the party, but students that do not stay for the entirety of the party must be picked up by a parent or guardian. Students cannot roam around the grounds of the school before or after the party. If a student leaves, they should not come back again. All students must be picked up no later than 8 pm. 

    All-Region Auditions are this Saturday, Nov. 4th at Henderson Junior High, Stephenville

     

    7:45 am Meet at BMS Band Hall (drop off at bus loop behind school)

    8:00 am Leave for Henderson Junior High

    9:15 am Arrive, claim our spot in the cafeteria. Go and find your audition room, come back and begin warming up. 

    9:45ish Go back to your audition room and check in if the monitor is there. They will tell you your audition number. Remember this number. Do not tell any Brownwood Directors your number.

    10:00 am Auditions begin. Be at the room when it is your turn!

    *During down time while waiting or after completing the audition, eat lunch at the concessions (money provided). When warming up in the cafeteria, you may only play warmups, scales, and All-Region Etudes. Other students will be blasting Fight Songs, stand tunes, and other unrelated music. We do not do this. Represent Brownwood with class.*

    Approx. 2:00 pm Auditions conclude, all results posted. Load and go home.

    Approx. 3:00 pm Arrive at BMS

     

    Other reminders:

     

    • Practice etudes and scales every day - you will not be allowed to go if you do not practice!

    • Dress nice, but comfortable. Nicer than what you wear on a normal day of school.

    • You will be responsible for your instrument and music, as well as any personal items you bring.

    • Electronics are allowed, but will not go with you when you audition.

    • You may not play your instrument anywhere but the cafeteria and your audition room

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 10/23

    Fundraiser Orders and Money Due Tomorrow (Tues), All-Region Reminders

    All Fundraiser order forms along with any money collected are due TOMORROW (Tuesday), October 24th. Please have money in an envelope labeled with the student's name, and use separate envelopes for Poinsettia and Dr Pepper orders if they sold both. Double check amounts to ensure all money is being turned in. 

    Late forms and money may not be accepted. Poinsettias should arrive around the last week of November, and Dr Pepper orders should arrive around the 1st week of December.

    All-Region Reminders (Students who brought back all region permission forms only)

    All-Region Band Auditions

    Saturday, November 4th

    Henderson Junior High, Stephenville

    More details to come closer to date. We will meet early that morning at the Middle School Band Hall and travel by bus. We should return sometime mid to late afternoon. Lunch will be provided.

    Students must be regularly practicing the etudes and scales in order to achieve success. Students can come after school for extra help most days Monday through Thursday at the band hall until 4:15. While we occasionally pull out students to work during class, most of the work must happen individually.

    We will be in need of parent chaperones to help with the Audition trip. Please let us know if you are willing and able to travel with us. Anybody wanting to trave with the band must complete a background check with the BISD Central Support Center.

    Thank you,

    -Mr. Yeats

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 10/18

    Band Party Night - Friday, November 3rd, 6-8 pm

    This year, the BMS Band will hold a party/hangout night on the evening of November 3rd. This will take place at the Middle School Band Hall and is for band students only.

    We will have food, games, karaoke, and more! 

    In order to attend, students must:

    • Pay $2 for a ticket before the day of the party (to help with the cost of food and drinks)
    • Be completely paid up on their band debt account - reeds, flip folders, etc. all paid for. Notes will be sent out to students who owe anything.
    • Have turned in the forms passed out at the beginning of the year (Medical, Handbook agreement, etc.)

    Students may bring their $2 at any point. Please note that there is not a physical ticket, but students' names will be marked down as they pay.

    We will be in need of parent chaperones to help with this event. Any parents wishing to help must undergo a background check with the BISD Central Support Center. If you have already undergone a background check, you do not need another one. Please let us know if you are able and willing to help.

    Thank you,

    -Mr. Yeats

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 10/6

    All-Region Etude Recordings available for practice

    All students planning on attending All-Region Band auditions should use the recordings below in their practice. Students can access those here:

    Fast Etude - "Grandioso"

    Slow Etude - "Moderato"

    These can also be found on the "Forms and Files" tab of this page.

    Any student wishing to audition should be practicing the etudes and scales given to them. Individual work is required for success. Students who do not learn the etudes and scales will not be allowed to attend auditions. 

    Band directors are available after school to help with music on most school days, Monday - Thursday. We will also work with these students in class, but not until closer to the auditions.

    Thank you, and happy practicing!

    -Mr. Y

    ANNOUNCEMENT 10/4

    7th Grade Band - Flip Folders and Lyres Required

    Per the Band Policies and Procedures, students are required to have Flip Folders (small sheet music holders) and Lyres (attaches flip folder to instrument) for use for the upcoming Pep Rally (October 17th) as well as other times throughout the school year.

    We have these supplies and will begin distributing them next week. If students do not bring payment, it will be added to their account to be paid at a later date. 

    Students need slightly different supplies depending on instrument. Below are the required supplies and pricing for each.

     

    • Flutes - Flip Folder only

    • Clarinets, Bass Clarinets - Flip Folder and Lyre

    • Saxophones (all types) - Flip Folder and Lyre

    • Trumpets - Flip Folder and Lyre*

    • French Horns - Flip Folder only

    • Trombones - Trombone Flip Folder only

    • Baritones - Flip Folder only

    • Tubas - Flip Folder only

    • Percussion - Flip Folder only

     

    Flip Folders - $6

    Lyres - $6*

    Trombone Flip Folders - $13

    *Trumpet players may need a different lyre depending on their model of trumpet. Those without a removable 3rd valve slide finger ring will need a Bach Lyre, which is made to be mounted on the lead pipe. This lyre will be $15*

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 10/3

    All-Region Band Auditions Coming Up November 4th

    We will begin signing students up for All-Region Band Auditions over the next 2 weeks. 

    All-Region is not mandatory, but highly encouraged for all students. In order to audition, students must:

    • Be Academically Eligible (passing all classes on most recent Report Card, OR passing all classes on the upcoming Progress Report)
    • Learn 2 short Etudes and 1 page of scales
    • Be able to attend auditions on November 4th
    • Be willing and able to practice outside of school, either on their own or after school in the band hall with a director

    Students who commit to be entered for audition are required to follow through and attend. Those who register to audition and then drop out will be charged the $10 entry fee. Students who attend the audition will not be charged.

    Students interested should sign the All-Region Interest sign-up page in the Band Hall. Please know that signing this sheet is not a commitment to be registered to audition. Forms to get permission to be registered will go out at a later date.

    Thank you,

    Mr. Yeats

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT 9/21

    8th Grade Band Students:

    We will be using lyres (flip folder music holders) for the upcoming pep rally.

    The following instruments are required to have lyres:

    • Clarinets
    • Saxophones
    • Trumpets

    Lyres range from $6 to $15 depending on the instrument. Students will be fitted for a lyre tomorrow (Friday) and notified of the price, and then will be given one on Monday. Students should bring payment on Monday if possible. They will not be penalized for not bringing payment, but it will be added to their student account to be paid later.

    Please refer to the BMS Band Policies and Procedures (Handbook) for more info on required supplies.

    Thank you,

    -Mr. Yeats

    ANNOUNCEMENT 8/15

    Thanks for a great first day!

    Today, your band student received a band folder with their beginning of the year forms. There are 2 stapled-together pages that everybody has and needs to return to us ASAP. Some students also have an Instrument Repair and Maintenance Agreement form if they will be using a school-owned instrument. This should be brought back ASAP as well. These forms should only be turned in to the band hall, not the front office or any other teacher. 

    One of the pages is a Handbook Acknowledgement and Agreement form. We will discuss our handbook in class, but please note that the Handbook is available here on our webpage (below or on the "Forms and Files" tab), and a hard copy can be made available upon request.

    Students should begin bringing instruments to school beginning tomorrow (August 16th.) They should come to the Band Hall before 1st period to put it in their locker. Their locker number is on their folder.

    Students new to Band must have an instrument available by Friday of this week. If you are unable to obtain the appropriate instrument, the student will be removed from Band and placed in another elective.

    For all others, instruments must be here at the Band Hall ready to play by Thursday of this week.

    Thanks, and let's have a great year!

    -Mr. Yeats

    -Mr. Hernandez

     

    Welcome Back!

    We're excited for the 23-24 school year!

    To view the MS Band Handbook, click here: MS Band Policies and Procedures

    Students do not need their instruments on the 1st day of school. Students will receive instructions on when and where to bring their instruments during the first class.

    We're looking forward to seeing you!

    -Mr. Yeats

    -Mr. Hernandez