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Spring Junior High Solo and Ensemble Registration Deadline
by Kathy Spalding - Thursday, 26 February 2015, 2:17 PM

The registration deadline for the Spring Junior High Solo and Ensemble Festival at Manistee High School is fast approaching.  Please send 2 copies of your registration and the appropriate fees, postmarked by March 4, 2015.

Send them to:  Kathy Spalding, Bear Lake Schools, 7748 Cody St., Bear Lake, MI 49614

Thank You!


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B&O Updated Program
by Brian Balch - Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 11:26 AM


Please update your program on the website info this week by Thursday so I can print, stuff, and send to Cindy the following day so all materials are waiting in her mailbox Monday morning.  If you are having technical/web issues, please call the state office as I can't update your program info from my end.

Good luck on these preparations the next 2 weeks.  Weather has held off here for the most part, no double-digit snow days for us!  My kids actually remember what pieces they are playing when they come in to rehearsals :)


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Pre - Order Medals
by Jessica Miller - Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 12:53 PM

Hello everyone! 

Attached please find the medal pre order form for Festival, in case you need a new one. The deadline for getting medals in Manistee is this Friday and for Big Rapids is 2/20. If you can't get me a check that quickly, please just email me your form or needs and get the check asap (before receipt of the medals). Thank you so much and good luck with your preparations!



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B&O Work Assignments
by Brian Balch - Saturday, 7 February 2015, 7:46 PM

First, did you update your program information online??  :)

Hopefully everyone saw the email from Charles about percussion sight-reading.  If not, go to and download the 2015 District Percussion Sight-Reading assignments.  You'll be happy to see that instruments are divided by part, not just a list of instruments (thank you Jodi!).

Work Assignments are attached.

If there are any problems, please try to get a switch to happen with another director and let me know if/when it has been made so the sign-in sheets are accurate.


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Thank you
by Brian Balch - Thursday, 5 February 2015, 11:55 AM

A quick thank you to the directors who signed up early for B&O before I fixed the glitch and had the wrong invoice amounts.  I received the last check today.  Thank you all for your prompt payments!


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Revised Schedule...
by Brian Balch - Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 2:17 PM

This now includes NEC on Friday (now 2015 :), and also shows that yes, Hesperia and Walkerville are bands and not string groups!  Charles had the website company fix a bug... it saw JSBD and automatically assumed it was a string group.  Registrations are correct, but the schedule generator had a bug.  All is well!