Matador Instrumental Music Update (BYEU weekly newsletter) 2/25/19

Matador Instrumental Music Updates

Week starting 2/25/19

Bernardo Yorba Entertainment Unit Weekly Newsletter

The most successful students have involved parents.


What’s Been Going On

Wind Ensemble, Performing Band and Advanced Orchestra have been working very hard daily preparing for our SCSBOA Festival and Pre-Festival Performances. Students have been coming in at lunch for sectional rehearsals and I am very proud of the progress that has been made in class daily. This is some of the most challenging music students will see all year.

Beginning Band, Intermediate Band and Intermediate Orchestra are working diligently out of the book and learning new scales, rhythms and techniques on their instruments. Beginning and Intermediate Bands are passing off the Bb Scale and Intermediate Orchestra is playing with 4th finger and in the key of C major.

Our Jazz Band just finished a week working with Mr. Davis from Esperanza High School–I think I can speak for the kids when I share that it has been an awesome and educational week while we prepare for our many upcoming performances.

Notebook Checks will be on Friday, 3/1. It is important for students to bring required materials every day so that they can be the most successful during class. Check Google Classroom for exactly what will be checked.

Next Year Plans It’s hard to believe, but it is already time to start thinking about what we will be doing for the 2019-2020 school year! Students have a questionnaire in Google Classroom they are to fill out about next year’s plans. Whether students are attending BYMS or going to high school next year, being involved in music is not only a “fun” class, but is proven to increase academic success. Zero period band and orchestra in high school is early, but students come back and say it is DEFINITELY worth it. If anyone has any questions about programs in PYLUSD or about BYMS next year, please send them my way–I’m happy to answer them!

Speaking of Next Year… we are already looking at finding parents to get involved with our Booster organization for next school year. Please let me know if you would like more information on any position OR if you know of an incoming parent who would be a great addition to the board! The new board is elected at the Yorba Meadows Concert at the end of May.

Practice Logs – Week 4 are starting tomorrow! Great job to students who have been keeping current. You can always submit a practice log late for partial credit–some points are better than none! You can receive up to 2 points extra credit each week which could help with future practice log assignments. Note: late or resubmissions may take up to 2 weeks to return for updated grades.

Send In Your Photos! We are collecting photos of events from the year to put on our website. Please email your photos to

Winterguard Dates

3/2 Ayala HS

3/23 El Toro HS

3/30 Arcadia HS

4/6 Valencia HS

4/13 Championships @ Huntington Beach HS



Please contact Ways and Means, Heidi Gibbons

COMING SOON – SEE’S CANDY & MRS. FIELDS  in time for SPRING BREAK. Information to follow.


For an up to date, full year calendar, click here .

Mark your calendars–many of these events have mandatory attendance.

2/25 Mon Booster Board Meeting

2/26 Tues Glenview Elementary Concert @ Glenview

2/26 Tues 8th Grade Info Night for Yorba Linda HS

3/6 Wed WE/PB Combined Dress Rehearsal, during periods 1-2 in MPR

3/9 Sat Jazz @ Aztec Jazz Festival

3/13 Wed WE/PB/AO Pre-Festival Concert & Clinic @ PYLUSD PAC 5-8 p.m.

3/19 Tues Jazz & Adv. Orch @ 6th Grade Parent Showcase 5:30-7:30 p.m.

3/20 Wed 8th Grade Info Night for Esperanza HS

3/26 Tues WE & PB at SCSBOA Festival @ PYLUSD PAC (during school day–time TBA)

3/26 Tues Open House 5:30-7:30 p.m. (No performances-just an FYI)

3/27 Wed Adv Orch at SCSBOA Festival @ PYLUSD PAC (during school day–time TBA)

3/28 Thurs TUBA DAY w/Mrs. Clearman – during class

4/13 Sat Jazz @ Route 66 Jazz Festival

4/27 Sat Jazz @ Katella Jazz Festival

4/29 Mon Area Night Performance – Advanced Orchestra

5/1 Wed Area Night Performance – WE/PB, Jazz Band

5/2 Thurs Band & Colorguard 8th grade night @ Esperanza HS

5/22 Wed Jazz Big Band Blowout Dress Rehearsal @ EHS Band Room

5/23 Thurs Jazz @ Big Band Blowout with EHS Jazz & guest artist