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The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra Presents

Nordic Notes

June 26th at 7:00 pm

Benzie Central High School Auditorium

Come and enjoy the relaxing and soothing atmosphere when the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra premieres Mr. Tom Riccobono as their new conductor and artistic director. Mr. Riccobono has chosen to feature the Brass section during this concert at the Benzie Central High School Auditorium. The concert opens with the blended brass sounds of Canzon Duodecimi Toni by Giovanni Gabrielli. Enjoy the harmonious brass tones as Funeral March by Grieg is played. Finlandia makes a statement by Sibelius and integrates the Nordic theme of the concert. Before intermission, Mr. Tom Riccobono, who is the Principal Trombonist for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, will be our featured artist for the evening playing Concertino for Trombone by Larsson. After intermission, you will delight in two selections from the Peer Gynt Suite #1 by Grieg. The next selection will get your feet tapping with the English Folk Song Suite by Vaughan Williams. Johann Strauss showcases three selections you will enjoy and we end on a familiar Sousa piece, Stars and Stripes Forever. Mark your calendars for Sunday June 26th at 7:00 pm for your listening pleasure and enjoyment presenting the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra directed by Mr. Tom Riccobono with Ms. Candace Wiebener as concertmaster. A Note from our President Mr. Jim Bekkering: To all student brass instrument players out there….come hear live brass music performed by members of the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra, Sunday evening June 26th at 7:00 pm, at the Benzie Central High School Auditorium. Included in the evening’s program will be two pieces for brass choir, and a trombone solo performed by Mr. Tom Riccobono, the orchestra’s conductor and low brass teacher at Interlochen Arts Academy. If you are an elementary, middle, or high school brass instrument player, bring your mouthpiece as your admission ticket…plus an adult guest… and you will each be granted free admission. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear great brass music live in Benzie County.

Good afternoon!

I am looking for suggestions of what constitutes student growth for you and your curriculum in your district? If you have a second to give me a brief idea of how (if) you and your admin have worked it out, I’d be greatly appreciative. I’m a ‘little’ concerned with what is coming down the pike over here and looking for alternative solutions when I approach them.

Thanks and CONGRATS to those of you who finished up last week and HANG IN THERE for the rest of us!!



I can not find Hesperia’s score to Grand March by Clare Grundman.  We are supposed to play this for the graduation recessional.  Do any of you have it for me to borrow, please? Jeff Hall can pick it up, if needed.  This is my first HS graduation and I’m a bit nervous.  🙂

Thank you!


Good morning everyone!

I am wondering how many of you also struggle with the scheduling of electives (band/choir/etc.) for students who enroll in Career Tech Centers and how you deal with it.

It is an ongoing issue here at Pine River and it seems to be getting worse, not better, so I am looking for solutions other districts have found that make it work.

Do your districts offer any credit at the home school for courses taken at CTC? Are students allowed to take online/summer/after school credit recovery type classes to get in some of their required classes to free up the elective hour?

Do you allow students with that kind of scheduling conflict still participate in band – i.e. come to Monday night practices, sectionals, etc. and still participate in marching/concert band? How does that look and what kind of agreement do you create with students/parents/etc.? Would you allow a student in that kind of situation to still attend a band trip?

Kind of two separate thoughts, but would appreciate anything you can throw my way – thanks all!!


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