One of the great things about music is there will ALWAYS be more. Students at all levels benefit from private lessons, and honor groups are a great way to connect with high achieving musical students from other schools and perform in bigger and better venues, under esteemed conductors from around the nation and world. Summer enrichment camps are also a great opportunity to hone your skills and meet kids like you from around the region.
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Local Private Lesson Instructors
The following contacts are offered here as a courtesy to encourage more students to take private lessons; it does not, however, imply any sort of endorsement or official affiliation between the instructor, the Band Boosters, the BISD or Mr Thomas.
Mary Lynch | UW Oboe Professor, Principal Oboe Seattle Symphony Orchestra | email@example.com
Steven Morgan | Bassoon Teacher and professional musician | firstname.lastname@example.org | (206) 351-1091
Judy Lawrence | Bassoon Teacher | email@example.com
Ashley Cook | Clarinet Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Carson | Sax and Clarinet Instructor | 360-271-6712 | email@example.com
Stephen Vail | Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Jazz Improvisation | Music Mansion | sevenstarmusic.mymusicstaff.com/Prospective-Students
Dr. Scott Meredith | Former Professor of Trumpet, University of Wyoming | (940)367-7737 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Carey Rayburn | Trumpet Instructor at Bainbridge Island Music Guild | (360) 620 3665 | email@example.com
Kieth Baggerly | Trumpet Instructor at the Music Mansion in Poulsbo | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyndy Jefferson | French Horn instructor | (206) 954-7990 | email@example.com
Wade Demmert | Low Brass Instructor at the Music Mansion in Poulsbo | firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Marsh | drummersden.net
Honor Band Programs
WIBC - (Concert Band) An international Honor Band with over 600 students and 5 guest conductors! Record an audition in the fall for a placement. You can substitute WIBC autition materials for All-NW / All-State audition materials if you like. WIBC is held each November in the SeaTac Double Tree.
All-State / All-NW (Band, Choir, Orchestra AND Jazz) - Our official state and regional honor group program. Auditions are in the fall, and the event is held in either Yakima, Spokane, Portland, or Bellevue each President' Day Weekend.
PLU (Band) - Entry to this honor band program is by teacher recommendation each fall. The event is later in the winter, and begins with placement auditions. PLU's honor programs are held on their campus in South Tacoma, but students are responsible for providing their own housing while there.
PLU (Jazz) - PLU's honor jazz program is also by recommendation only.
Talk to Mr. Thomas for more information regarding each of these programs and/or to schedule a recording session!
BHS Trips to the Seattle Symphony - From time to time we organize a group trip to see the Seattle Symphony. It's an easy trip to organize - if you'd like to organize the next one, please send Mr Thomas an email.
BHS Bands Spring Trip! - The band has a long history of traveling.
2013 - San Francisco
2015 - New York City
2017 - Disneyland
2019 - Chicago
2020 - Cuba
2021 - ?
Washington Ambassadors of Music - On even numbered summers, this organization (coordinated through Voyagers International) takes over 200 Washington State band and choir students to Europe for a three week touring and performance extravaganza! It's expensive, but certainly worth looking at. Each odd numbered spring, we will host an informational meeting about the following summer's program.
Off Campus Programs
Summer Music Camps
Collegiate Music Camps
Many colleges offer a several summer camps, including JAZZ, CONCERT, & LEADERSHIP camps.
CWU - A variety of summer music camps offered through in Ellensburg
UMT - A variety of summer music camps offered through The University of Montana, in beautiful Missoula!
WWU - Western offers summer band camps for both middle school and high school level musicians.
UW - The University of Washington hosts a drum major and drumline camp in the summer.
WSU - Washington State University holds a variety of summer music camps.
Common Arts Music and Leadership Academy - Hosted by some fine musicians and leaders out at Fort Casey.
Full Symphony Camps
Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive is a camp run by the hippest orchestra around. Based in Seattle, there's a lot of great people involved in putting this camp together.
Marrowstone - A BIG orchestra festival held at WWU each July through the Seattle Youth Symphony Organization.
Icicle Creek Summer Symphony Camp (Strings and Symphony Winds). This is a great orchestra festival held outside Leavenworth each summer. Great coaching, and good performances at the end.
Lake Samish Music Camp is a full symphony camp (winds and percussion included) up near Bellingham at beautiful Camp Lutherwood.