Ballard Performing Arts News

June 18, 2024

Upcoming Events

June 19 | CANCELED! Open Jazz Jam at the Elks Club 6-8 pm

June 21 | Last Day of School

June 22 | Brass Bands and Jazz Combo at the Ballard Locks 2-4 pm

June 24 | Brass Band at City Hall Park 4-5 pm

July 5 | Camp Packets and Fees Due

July 7 | Open Jazz Jam at the Elks Club 4-6 pm

Aug 4 | Open Jazz Jam at the Elks Club 6-8 pm

Aug 2-18 | Celebrating All Things Ballard Online Auction

Aug 15 | Salmon Dinner and Live Auction

Aug 16 | 24th Annual Victor Salvino Golf Classic

Aug 25 | Open Jazz Jam at the Elks Club 4-6 pm

Sep 6-8 | Band Camp

Sept 13-15 | Orchestra Camp 

Sept 20-22 | Choir Camp


See our BPA Calendar for more dates.

Contact the Directors


Band: Jay Gillespie

Choir: Courtney Rowley

Orchestra: Daniel Valdez

Theatre Miller Shor/Ind

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Featured News

Congratulations Mr. Valdez!

Congratulations to our amazing Orchestra Director Daniel Valdez, who received the PTSA's Outstanding Educator Award!


Here he is receiving a giant bouquet of appreciation from his Chamber Orchestra students at their final performance.

Congratulations Graduates!

The gloomy weather did not dampen the festive spirit of graduation!


Make sure to check out the video of the Graduation Ceremony to hear the amazing performances by Vocal Jazz, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Advanced Chorale, and Izzy Rampersad's moving solo, "Our Time."

Save the Dates for Fall Camps | Return Camp Paperwork ASAP!

At the beginning of each year, all students in bandand orchestra and select members of choir go away for the weekend to learn songs, practice marching steps, bond, and have fun to set the foundation for a terrific year ahead. 


Camp paperwork has been handed out! Ask your child for the packet, fill it out, and return it ASAP. Your child can drop it in the band room mailbox (until June 21), you can send it to BPA Booster Club, PO Box 17774, Seattle, WA 98127, or you can drop it off to the BHS Main Office by July 5. 


Camps Dates for 2024-2025



  • Band Camp Sept 6-8
  • Orchestra Camp Sept 13-15
  • Choir Camp Sept 20-22

Uniform Fittings in August

Uniform fittings for those Performing Arts students wearing marching band uniforms, concert dresses, or skirts and tops will be held sometime during the last week of August. This information will be provided in the newsletter over the summer and/or by email. This year we will have a signup genius to choose specific times. Fittings for tuxes will be held during class after school starts.

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Program Updates

Band

Upcoming Dates


Mark your calendars for these band events:


June 19 - CANCELED! Open Jazz Jam at the Elks Club 6-8pm

June 22 - Brass Bands and Jazz Combo at the Ballard Locks 2-4pm

June 24 - Brass Band at City Hall Park 4-5pm

July 7 - Open Jazz Jam at the Elks Club 4-6pm

July 20 - Jazz Combo at Magnolia Steinwalk 3:30-5pm

Aug 4 - Open Jazz Jam at the Elks Club 4-6pm

Aug 15 - Jazz Combo at BHSF Salmon Dinner and Auction TBA

Aug 15 - Brass Band at Ballard Commons Park for outdoor movie night TBA

Aug 22 - Brass Band at Ballard Commons Park for outdoor movie night TBA

Aug 25 - Open Jazz Jam at the Elks Club 6-8pm

Sep 6-8 - Band Camp

Open Jazz Jam at The Elks Club & Other Summer Music Opportunities


Keep those chops up over the summer! June 19th Jazz Jam has unfortunately been canceled, but join us in July, when we move to Sunday evenings with a 4-6pm time slot. Dates for the summer open jams are July 7 and August 4 & 25. Come on down and play some standards. Improvisation is not required but it’s a warm and welcoming environment to give it a shot. Shout out to the Ballard Elks for opening up their space to us for an opportunity to play in front of an audience!


Other opportunities have also opened up for summer performances. The Brass Bands and Jazz Combo will be at the Ballard Locks on June 22 from 2-4pm. The Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Busker Program has scheduled the Brass Band to perform at City Hall Park on June 24 from 4-5pm, as well as for musical groups to perform before the outdoor movies at Ballard Commons Park on August 1, 8, 15, & 22. The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce is very excited to have young musicians perform at their events, the first of which is July 20 when the jazz combo will be performing at Magnolia Steinfest from 3:30-5pm. Anyone who wants to join in is welcome. If any student is interested, they probably will want to attend at least one open jam session so they are familiar with the music and format. Finally, there is also interest in doing some busking on our own this summer.  


Everyone is invited to join in the fun and alumni, former band students, and even other adult musicians such as Alexis and Lexcie have indicated they would love to join in. These are great opportunities to keep your skills sharp.

Band Camp Sept 6-8



Band camp is the first weekend after school starts! Please return your paperwork by July 5 (if you turn it in by June 21 you can put it in the black box at school and be done with it!). If you would like to be a chaperone, please let the band rep know at bpabbandrep@gmail.com. It is a wonderful weekend - a great chance to see the band perform, enjoy meeting other band parents, and the food is good too! 

Choir

Upcoming Dates


TODAY! Tues June 18 - Vocal Jazz auditions

Auditions for Chamber Choir and Tenor Bass Ensemble will be in the fall.


Sept 20-22 - Choir Camp for Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale


Camp paperwork has been handed out! Ask your child for the packet, fill it out, and return it ASAP. Your child can drop it in the band room mailbox (until June 21), you can send it to BPA Booster Club, PO Box 17774, Seattle, WA 98127, or you can drop it off to the BHS Main Office by July 5. Please note that camp paperwork and payment is due by July 5, so you might as well get it done before the end of the school year.  

Orchestra

Upcoming Dates



Orchestra Camp - Sept 13-15



Camp paperwork has been handed out! Ask your child for the packet, fill it out, and return it ASAP. Your child can drop it in the band room mailbox (until June 21), you can send it to BPA Booster Club, PO Box 17774, Seattle, WA 98127, or you can drop it off to the BHS Main Office by July 5.

Theatre


Looking Ahead | Fall Play Announcement!

BHS Playmakers are excited to announce that the fall play will be Charlotte’s Web! Audition information will be available in September.

Help Fund Our Programs

The district only pays for teachers’ salaries; everything else we have to raise or donate.

Make Money for BPA while Golfing?? Yes really!


What if you could make money for Ballard Performing Arts by teeing off with your favorite golfing friends, eating delicious local salmon, or donating a gift card to your favorite store? Sound too good to be true? It's not. 


Ballard Performing Arts is supporting the 24th Annual Victor Salvino Golf Classic, the Salmon Barbeque Dinner, and the Celebrating all Things Ballard Auction. 


It’s all the benefits of a large and expensive auction event without any of the

expense or volunteer hours.


We realize our families are busy and have given so much time and money this year. But we need to start planning for the next school year, which could include scholarship needs for longer and more expensive trips (we funded $30K in scholarships for the 2023 trips).


SO, how can you help?


  • Donate an item for their Aug 2-18th online auction. They have both an online auction and a live auction for a few large items. We receive 100% of the funds raised by any item we donate. Local gift cards, sports tickets, vacation homes all of it helps!


  • Form a Golf foursome for the Aug 16th Victor Salvino Golf Classic: Early Bird pricing is $275 for a foursome. All registration fees returned 100% to Ballard Performing Arts. Don't delay, early bird pricing ends 6/30!




  • Buy tickets to the Aug 15 Salmon Dinner event. If the price of a dinner ticket is $50 each, we receive $50 for each ticket purchased by a BPA family.


Are you seeing the theme here? As long as you include a note to indicate that you want the funds to go to BPA, we receive 100% back on all these items without incurring any expense or volunteer hours to create the event.

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Help Wanted

Seeking Volunteers for Next School Year!


We have filled our key positions for next year, but we still have a few smaller positions open so please reach out ASAP to ballardperformingarts@gmail.com if you have questions or are interested. 


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