Monday, December 10, 2012

Fundraiser Pickup

The band fundraiser pickup is Tuesday (12-11-12) at the High School from 3pm to 6pm.  Items are frozen so please make plans to have them picked up and delivered Tuesday.  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Parade

Students need to meet at 1:00 in the SBU Music parking lot across from the field.  We will change into uniforms inside the music building and then proceed to Southern Hills Church for lineup.  The parade kicks off at 2:00pm.

Bring a Santa Hat.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Concert 7pm

Concert December 3rd

The Christmas Concert will include all bands and start at 7pm in the High School Auditorium.  High School will wear all black and Middle School the performance shirt.  Kids should arrive between 6:30 and 6:45pm.    

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Concert December 3rd - All Bands

All Concert Bands at Bolivar will be presenting a Christmas Concert on December 3rd at 7pm in the High School Auditorium.  

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Middle School District Band Info

Practice Recordings

7th and 8th Grade District Band Members will travel to Marshfield on November 17th.  

• 6:45am - Depart for Marshfield

• 7:15-7:50 Registration at Marshfield Jr. High School
• 8:00-8:50 Chair Placement/Sectionals
• 8:50-9:00 7 th Grade goes to band room to set-up 8th Grade goes to Gym
• 9:00-12:00 Bands Rehearse
• 12:00-1:30 Lunch
• 1:30-3:30 Bands rehearse but switch their rooms
• 3:30-4:15 Break to have students change clothes

• 4:30-6:15(ish) PERFORMANCE

• FazAndy's for Dinner and Ice-scream.

• Home around 8ish.  

Students need money for lunch and dinner.  Parents are encouraged to come for the performance.  Students need to sign out if going home with parents.  Students need a dress (Sunday) change of clothes for the concert.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Reminder: Jazz Concert with SBU

The Jazz Concert this evening with SBU will be at Pike instead of the recital hall.  Students call time is 6:30 and the concert starts at 7:30.  Since our uniforms did not come in, dress is all black.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Typical Day in Jazz Band at the High School

As always, we have lots of fun in jazz band.  Today, we were rehearsing for our upcoming performance at SBU and at our first home playoff game for football. 


Students will report to the field at SBU on Friday at 6:00.  No uniforms.  Dress warm.  Both jazz band and the marching members that are not in the play will perform.  

Jazz Concert
The concert is Tuesday, October 30th, at the SBU recital hall.  Students call time is 6:30.  Dress is tux shirt and vest with all black pants, shoes and belt.    

Monday, October 15, 2012

Carthage Marching Festival Itinerary

Carthage Marching Festival

12:30pm  Call Time at the HS

1:00pm Depart

Bolivar - Warm-up at 3:30, Gate at 4:10 and Perform at 4:15
We will come home if we do not make finals.  If we do make finals, we will stay until final awards are over.  

There are 11 bands that play before us and a few that play after.  Students should plan to have money for one meal and concessions.  We will eat good on the way home and rely on concessions for the afternoon. 

Finals Awards 8:45pm

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Marching Band at El Dorado - Recap

The Marching Band did great at El Dorado Springs Saturday.  Here is the recap.

1st Place Parade
1st Place Color Guard on Floor
1st Place Color Guard Field
1st Place Chow Award (Food) thanks to Jeff and Lisa Funk's smoker
2nd Place Band Field
3rd Place Percussion Floor
2nd Place Sweepstakes Overall

Thank you to all the parents who were there to help us with food and support.  You made this a great day for the kids.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

El Dorado Festival Times

Here are our times for the El Dorado Festival.  They have decided not to do finals this year so we will only march once on the field.  We will also get home sooner. 

Call Time at School - 6:45

Parade - Starts at 9am up Town El Dorado

Flag Feature - Gym
Warmup - 11:07  Standby -11:14  Performance - 11:21

Percussion Feature - Gym
Warmup - 12:07  Standby -12:14  Performance - 12:21

Band on Field - 
Warmup2:45  Standby - 3:00  Performance - 3:15

Depart for Home - 5:00pm 

Home around 6:30ish.  

Friday, October 5, 2012

El Dorado Festival Information

Here is a rough itenerary for Saturday, October 13th, 2012.  Parents are welcome to attend our events.  We will need volunteers for lunch.  Talk to Lisa Funk for more on assisting for the day. 

Friday Game - We will be finished after Half so you can get home and rest.  The trailer will need to be reloaded so that you are aware of your equipment for the next day.  Make sure you keep track of everything.  This is SENIOR NIGHT and potentially our last home game.  There may be one more October 26th.  We will know about this soon.   

ELDO Fest 2012




         -We do not know our times yet.  I will hopefully have them posted by Monday


4:45PM  Drum and Guard Awards in Gym



Students should bring money for concessions and snacks.  We will provide food for lunch and leftovers for dinner, but concessions will provided anything for the trip home.  We will come straight home after the event.    

Saturday, September 29, 2012

SBU Homecoming Parade and Field Event

Saturday, October 6th

9:00 am      Meet at First Baptist Church

10:00 am     Parade Starts at FBC and ends at SBU Music Building

11:00 am     After the Parade, kids are released until 2:30pm.

2:30 pm       Meet back at SBU and get ready for half-time.

We will be finished when half-time is over. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Car Wash Info

Due to the weather, and schedule conflicts we are asking each band student to wash just one car (more if they want, the class with the most will recieve PIZZA!).  We will not be meeting in one place to do a traditional car wash.  Pledge sheets and donations are due Friday September 28th.

All pledges/donations will go to the students trip cost.  The Disney trip in JUNE OF 2014, will be for 8-12 grade students.  Students not eligible for Disney will have thier money on record for the next band event, i.e. Worlds of Fun trip, etc.

The cost of this trip is unknown at this time, but is projected to be between $600-700 per person.  We encourage the students to fundraise as much as possible.  Students that fundraise over the amount can apply the extra to parent tickets!

Please email questions to  Please avoid sending them to  ;-)

HS Homecoming Activities

Friday Schedule

1:10 pm  Assembly
    -Cases must be loaded on trailer before the assembly

2:30 pm Parade to First Baptist Church
    -Students should wear Band Shirts in this Parade
    -Students will need a ride from the First Baptist at around 3:30pm
   -Load the Trailer for Game

5:30 pm  Meet at SBU for the Game

Monday, September 10, 2012

All Band - Car Wash

The Car Wash sheets should be turned in by Friday.  We will be washing cars in two locations around town.  I will have more details by tomorrow.  We will be asking for student volunteers (8th - HS) to work from 11am to 1pm.  Students will bring buckets, shimmies and towels.  We will provide hoses and other items.  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

High School - First Home Game Friday - September 7th

Our first Home Game is Friday, September 7th.  Call time is 5:30pm at the SBU Music Building.  The music building is on Pike Street across from the football filed.  Students will need the following items:

1) Instrument
2) Uniform
3) White Socks
4) Gloves (passed out at the game)
5) Hat

These items can be loaded on the trailer Friday or brought by the student.   We will perform pregame at 6:47pm and half-time at around 8:00pm.  We will only play two songs on the field as a preview of our show.  Upcoming games will include more of the show as we learn more sets on the field.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Springfield Music

To check the price of rentals at Springfield Music, please use this link:

Click on the CLICK HERE button once you are there.

Also, you can check at for wholesale prices.

Monday, August 20, 2012

6th Grade Band Instrument Trials

       August 20-27 we are trying out instruments to see what students might play.  Students that already own an instrument will get to play that instrument.  Students wanting to play percussion will need to pass the percussion test regardless of owning or taking lessons.  

        This is an exciting time for 6th graders!!  Parents, if you have questions, please contact us!! Tuesday the 28th is our "display night" where parents can come to the high school and rent/purchase your instrument and book. They will be delivered the next day!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

HS Band Freshmen / New Member Refresher Night

All Freshmen and New Members will need to come to the High School Tuesday Night between 6pm and 8pm for a refresher marching session.  We will also be asking that parents come meet with us in the commons for a short outline of marching season at 7:40.  We will also have the kids give a quick demonstration of their skills in the commons.  

If you miss the meeting, we are covering the following topics:

  • Uniform Issues, Cleaning and Alterations
    • If alterations need to be made to pants, feel free to do this yourself or take them to the Book Cellar next to the Tea Garden.
    • Students need white socks that are mid to long in length.
    • Uniforms will can be brought to games or on the trailer.
    • Shoes are free for used or $20 for new.  We will order next week.
    • A $5 fee for uniform cleaning covers the end of the year cleaning for each student. 
  • Schedule
    •  There is one event (the SBU Parade and Field Show on October 6th)  not listed on the shirt schedule, but is listed on the website.  
    • We will post updates on the blog before all events. 
  • Web Page
    • Use the email link to the right to subscribe to new posts.  
  • Contests and Home Games
    • We will need parent volunteers for most events.  See Lisa Funk for more information.
  • Band Boosters
    • To join Band Boosters, the cost is $10.  Lisa Funk is the contact person and Booster President.  Leading up to our trip next year, we would like to have a few meetings to do planning for this event.  We are still unsure if we will do the cruise or simply go to Disney.  
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  Use the comments area below or email me at

Contact Lisa Funk if you are interested in helping out at events.  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

6th Grade Band First Day Info - 2012

Dear 6th Grade Parents and Students,

    Welcome to our new web page and our band program.  This Blog will be your way of communicating with us on a weekly basis.  If you look to the right, you will see a place to subscribe to this blog with your email address.  I will generally mark new blog entries with the grade level of the message.  This page will be used for the entire band program.  Feel free to use the comment section below for additional questions.

    In class today, we split the kids into two groups.  One group heard information from Mr. Trew on the rental program and the other group went to the Music Lab to see what they will be doing in band this year.  Here are a few items of interest that you need to know now.  

Band Instruments

    If at all possible, we need the parent to rent a band instrument.  This is the best option.  Please avoid buying new instruments that are cheap.  If you find a new trumpet for $150, it is likely a very cheap horn and will not last very long.  Also, the sound quality can be vastly inferior to a well made instrument.  

Selecting and Instrument

    Over the course of the next week, we will be helping the students find the best instrument possible for them.  We will also be surveying the students to see if they already have an instrument.  If there is a problem with this, we will contact you with any issues.  

Rental Night

    Rental night is August 28 at the High School from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Feel free to come and go at any time.  It will take approximately 20 minutes to rent.  Springfield Music is the store we are bringing for the display, but you are welcome to rent from any music store.  Please wait until close to this date before deciding on an instrument.

Band Book

    The band book we use is called Standard of Excellence Book I.  We will also need a book called Standard of Excellence Solo Book I.  Each book can be purchased or ordered at the rental night on August 28th. also carries these materials.  1800-345-6296

Other Options 

    We also have a few school owned instruments.  Students playing school horns will not have a choice in the selection process, although we will keep their original choices in mind.  

    Used instruments are available, but please make sure they are not moldy.  If they smell musty, they are dangerous to health.  Please keep this in mind.  A good music store can rebuild and clean a musty instrument, but a new case will be needed as well.  

    The last option is to find a free instrument from a relative.  Make a few calls and you will find an instrument.  This is one of the best ways to save money. is a good website for wholesale instruments.  Keep this in mind:  the quality of the instrument is dependent on the price you pay.  A more expensive horn will play better and last longer.  

    EBAY:  Please be careful on Ebay.  Make sure to ask questions and feel free to email or text us about brand names.  Google the brand name and read reviews.  

Feel free to ask questions in the comment section below.  Also, we sent a letter home that outlined the two web pages you will need this year.  Use the link to the right to subscribe to either page.  Check them often.  The calendar to the right can also be subscribed to using your Google account or by other options. 

Steve McClard
John Trew

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2012 Show - In Defense of Liberty - Opener

We are using an updated drill design software this year by Pyware Interactive.  The new version 7 allows us to make these great videos.  Enjoy!  We are in the second day of Band camp as of July 31st.  All our music is learned, marching is coming along and we start on the drill tomorrow.  The opener will hopefully be learned by tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Band Camp Dates

Band Camp Dates

July 23-27

Percussion and Guard Camp 9:00am - Noon

July 30 - August 3

Full Band Camp 9:00am - 4:00pm

During the 2nd week of camp, students can either bring a bag lunch and stay at school or they can travel with friends for fast food.  Lunch will be from Noon to 1:15pm.

Email for questions.  

Friday, April 13, 2012

I Rating at Large Ensemble Contest - April 13th

The band did a great job at Large Ensemble Contest Friday.  We received a I rating from all performance judges and a II in sightreading.  I will be posting videos very soon.  We preformed three selections. 

1.  Steel by Standridge
2.  He Whom Thou Lovest by our own Mr. John Trew
3.  Abracadabra by Ticheli


Monday, March 12, 2012

High School Solo and Ensemble Contest 2012

Congratulations to the following band students for receiving a I rating at Contest at Stockton.  They will be performing at State on April 27-28 in Columbia, MO. 

D Alexander Clarinet Solo
D Alexander Clarinet Ensemble
A McClard Trumpet
R. Smith Clarinet Ensemble
M Malone Clarinet Ensemble
K Shrauger Clarinet Ensemble
B Walker Horn Solo

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bolivar Middle School Solo and Ensemble Participants and Ratings

The following students participated in Solo Ensemble Contest in Marshfield Saturday and received I (Superior) ratings or II (Excellent) ratings.  We had a total of 60 I ratings, which is a record for us.  The last highest number of I ratings was 59 in 2006.  


Abbi A         1       Flute
Adrian C      1       Clarinet
Aleah P       1       Alto Sax
Alyssa B      1       Flute
Angele B      1       Clarinet
Anna M        1       Alto Sax
Annie R       1       Clarinet
April F         1       Piano Solo
Ashley L      1       Tuba
Asia C         1       Clarinet
Austin C      1       Trombone
Brandy W     1       Flute
Clay M         1       Baritone
Destiny S     1       Trumpet
Devin T        1       Flute
Emma W      1       Flute
Florangel R   1       Mallet
Grace W       1       Piano Solo
Grace Y        1       Oboe
Hope J         1       Trombone
Hope R        1       Trumpet
Hope W        1       Clarinet
Hunter Gn    1       Horn
Jacob C       1       Trombone
Jacob W      1       Alto Sax
Jaden T       1       Clarinet
Jaxon J        1       Trombone
Jesse C       1       Trumpet
Jesse T       1       Trumpet
Jessica E     1       Clarinet
John S         1       Snare
Kassidy R    1       Clarinet
Katie D       1       Alto Sax
Kayleigh V   1       Clarinet
Kelli C        1       Snare
Kelsey J      1       Trumpet
Kennadie L  1       Horn
Lauren T     1       Clarinet
Logan F      1       Alto Sax
Lydia C       1       Flute
Lydia D       1       Trumpet
Madeline J   1       Mallet
Maggie H     1+       Clarinet
Makenzie C  1       Mallet
Megan H      1       Flute
MichaelR     1       Clarinet
Mitchell N    1       Clarinet
Noah G       1       Horn
Rachelle P   1       Clarinet
Ryan O       1       Alto Sax
Ryley B       1       Clarinet
Sadie H       1       Clarinet
Sam J         1       Bass Guitar
Sarah W      1       Alto Sax
Savannah H  1       Bass Clarinet
Taylor S       1       Clarinet
Tia G           1       Flute
Troy B         1       Trumpet
Zachary B    1       Snare
Erica V        1+      Trumpet
Alissa P       2       Flute
Andrew H     2       Clarinet
April F         2       Trumpet
Brendan B    2       Trumpet
Cody E         2       Tuba
Dakota W     2       Trumpet
Danielle M    2       Flute
Grace W       2       Horn
John M         2       Alto Sax
Kate T         2       Flute
Kayla R        2       Trumpet
Melayne B    2       Clarinet
Morgan G     2       Clarinet
Shayle M      2       Trumpet
Sierra H       2       Flute
Taylor M      2       Tuba
Tyler M        2       Trombone

Friday, March 2, 2012

Bolivar Middle School at Marshfield Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Welcome to our new BLOG page.  We will now be updating our current events here.  Feel free to use the area below to add comments.  

Over 88 members of the Bolivar Middle School Band will be traveling to Marshfield tomorrow to compete in the annual Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Check this page again after the event to seen the results posted by last name.  We will also include several pictures here as well.  

We will be departing school at 7:15am.  Students will need to wear their performance shirts and jeans.  Solos are over at 4:30.  We will then travel to FazAndy's to eat.  We should return home around 7:00pm.  Students may leave early as long as a parent checks them out personally.  

Feel free to add comments below.