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Music Parent Volunteer meeting June 18th - 7pm

posted Jun 17, 2013, 3:21 PM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Jun 17, 2013, 3:21 PM ]

Dear BCHS Music Parents,
This is another reminder for the meeting in the music room for all existing volunteers, and calling all interested new volunteers, on June 18th at 7pm in the BCHS Music Room.
If you are interested in hearing about the 2012-2013 year in review or perhaps interested in helping out in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year with the music program please plan on attending this final meeting for the school year. 
Please e-mail Melinda Pryor if you have any questions
Thank you as always for your continued support!


Diego Bechthold

Choir Performance at Airdrie Rotary Festival Benefit Concert

posted Apr 15, 2013, 7:59 AM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 7:59 AM ]

Dear BCHS Choir Parents,

As you may already be aware, this Friday beginning at 7 pm in the BCHS Theatre is the Airdrie Rotary Festival's Benefit Concert.  The fundraising purpose of this concert is to raise funds for groups such as ourselves to attend the provincial festival in Edmonton.  Since our Choir was named Best High School Choir in Festival and recommended to perform at Provincials, our choir was asked to perform two pieces at this Friday's concert.  It would be great if the majority of our students could attend and perform.  Students should try to arrive at 7 pm in order to watch the concert, but call time will be 7:30 pm in the music room, and we are slated to perform around 8 pm on the stage.  You as parents are more than welcome to attend, and admission is $5 (for guests, not performers).

Thank you!

Diego Bechthold

Updated China Itinerary, Flights and Hotel Information

posted Mar 24, 2013, 9:04 AM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Mar 24, 2013, 9:05 AM ]

Please see the China Section for the most up to date China itinerary, Flight Information and Hotel Information.

Student should have hard copies but copies can be printed from the site as well.

Also make sure to check back during the trip as we'll upload photos during the trip!

China Itinerary

posted Mar 12, 2013, 5:05 PM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Mar 12, 2013, 5:13 PM ]

Update to return Itinerary:


All travelers will arrive in Seattle at the same time/flight on April 6 – no changes to that.

Group travelling home on the 6th:  Departure from Seattle 3:25pm on flight #2118 – arrive in Calgary 6:05pm.

Group staying over in Seattle from 6th to 7th:  Departure from Seattle at 9:10am flight #2116 – arrive in Calgary 11:54am.

Full Itinerary


Please note the following:

Our big bags and instruments (larger) will be leaving Beijing with the tour company ahead of the group and will be waiting at our hotel when we get into Xi’an.  SNA tours requests that all big bags have locks (supplied and installed by each traveler) put on the main compartments – big instruments should be locked as well if possible during the overnight train to Xi’an.

Upcoming Events

posted Feb 6, 2013, 8:50 PM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Feb 6, 2013, 8:52 PM ]

Here is a list of the events for the music program for the upcoming semester. 
  • Tuesday Feb. 5 at 7 pm in the BCHS Music Room, all parent chaperones on the Banff Music Retreat will have a meeting with Mr. Bechthold and BCHS Admin. to go over expectations and itinerary.
  • On February 7 – 9, the Grade 9 Concert Band will go on the Banff Music Retreat.
  • On Thursday February 14 (afternoon), choir will perform at Airdrie 106.1 as part of the RadioThon. Further details are forthcoming.
  • Monday March 18 (afternoon), choir will perform at the Airdrie Rotary Music Festival in the BCHS Theatre.
  • Thursday March 21 (during entire school day), Grade 9 Concert Band and Sr. High Jazz Band will perform at Olds Kiwanis Music Festival, held at Olds TransAlta Theatre. Transportation will be by school bus. We will need parent chaperones for this field trip.
  • From Friday March 29 to Saturday April 6 2013, the majority of our grade 10 – 12 music students in all ensembles will be participating in a music trip to China.
  • On Sunday April 21 (morning), the Sr. High Jazz Band will perform as part of the annual Tour De Airdrie Event, beside Genesis Place Rec. Centre. Further details to be forthcoming.
  • On Wednesday April 24 (afternoon), the Sr. High Jazz Band will be performing at Ralph McCall as part of their spring concert. We will need parent drivers and chaperones for this field trip.
  • On Friday May 10 (evening), our Sr. High Jazz Band along with Choir will be presenting our annual Swing City Event at Woodside Golf Course Restaurant. This is a fun and exciting event where our Jazz Band performs over three hours of lively swing/rock/dance music. This event also includes dinner and dancing (with dance instruction) and is open to anyone in the community to attend. Details regarding times/tickets will be forthcoming.
  • Tuesday May 21 (all day; transportation by school bus) - Sr. High Concert Band performs at Red Deer College as participants in the Alberta Provincial Band Festival.
  • On Saturday May 25 (evening), grade 10 and 11 Jazz Band students will be performing at the Telus Centre (Calgary) as part of BCHS Grad Banquet. Further details will be forthcoming.
  • On Thursday May 30, the Sr. High Jazz Band will be performing in the BCHS Gym as part of the annual BCHS Extra-Curricular Awards Evening.
  • Finally, on Wednesday June 5, at 7:00pm in the Theatre, we will have our Year-End 2013 Music Concert, which will involve all of our ensembles.
Diego Bechthold
Music Teacher

Check us out on the "Morning Chat Show"

posted Jan 20, 2013, 4:38 PM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Jan 20, 2013, 4:38 PM ]


posted Jan 6, 2013, 4:28 PM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 4:29 PM ]

Attendance Required for all Parents or Guardians with student(s) travelling to China.

Agenda will include:

1) China Visa Application clinic/demo and handing in of your traveller’s completed application. Please note a2” x 2” color picture on white background as well as your passport must be included with visa application.

2) $85.00 cost for visa due at this meeting – fundraising $, cash, or check payment will be accepted.

3) Letter of consent to travel signing with Parent/Guardian and Notary Public present. Constable David Henry is generously donating his time to be at this meeting for us as a Notary Public figure.

4) If you do not have all the necessary documents with you at the time of the meeting you will be responsible to attain a visa to travel in person at the Chinese Consulate or through SNA tours – $25.00 service fee charged by SNA.

5) If attendance at this meeting is not possible it will be your responsibility to attain a notarized letter of consent for your child to travel and a China Travel Visa.

Please remember that your volunteers, Constable Henry, and Diego Bechthold are donating their time to ensure your traveller has everything complete and the process is as seamless as possible. This is a onetime only opportunity.


Pub tickets will be on sale at this meeting (cash only/$20.00 per ticket) – ALL proceeds will be used to rent the big instruments our team of musicians need once in China. If you have any items to donate to the mystery auction please bring them to this meeting as well.

We are definitely on the home stretch with only 86 more days before departure!!

Thank you for your continued support

PUB NIGHT - January 26th

posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:19 AM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 10:19 AM ]

As you know we are hosting a pub night to help fund the cost of the instrument rentals in China. We have done as much pricing and researching as possible to bring the price down but the final price to rent and transport all the big instruments for our two performance opportunities, including the Great Wall, is $3,500.00.
We can’t stress enough the positive impact this trip will have on your child. The trip alone would be great but to have the musical experience of performing and sharing their passion and pride...THAT IS PRICELESS!

Please contact Melinda Pryor or Lois Jones to purchase tickets and or to gift your donation to the “mystery” silent auction.

China Trip - Updates & Flight Information

posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:15 AM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 10:52 AM ]

Please check the China Section of Website for the latest updates on the China Trip.
Flight Details:

IMPORTANT: Product Pickup

posted Nov 27, 2012, 7:13 PM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Nov 27, 2012, 7:17 PM ]

The fundraising orders have been triple checked and the anticipation is growing!! Fundraising product is scheduled to arrive Thursday and Friday of this week.

If you have sold any chocolate, cookie dough, pizza or poinsettias please note the following:

Thursday November 29thCoCo Brooks Pizza, Cookie Dough, and Purdy’s Chocolate – Pick up between 6:30 and 8:30pm
We do not have any way to store frozen product so please make arrangements to pick up your orders in the time allowed.

Friday November 30Poinsettia – Pick up between 7 and 8:30pm (coinciding with Wake-A-Thon drop off)
We need the music room for the Wake-A-Thon - please make arrangements to pick up your orders in the time allowed.
Please also respect that this fundraising effort, totaling over $20,000.00, has been meticulously counted and recounted but there is always room for human error. We ask for your patience and understanding as we strive for excellence.

We are on the hunt for volunteers to help sort the cookie dough etc. on Thursday afternoon starting around 2pm as well as evening helpers starting at 6:30pm. If you have any spare time please contact Michele Herr or Melinda Pryor ASAP.

Any questions can be directed to Michele Herr or Melinda Pryor by return e-mail.


Your Fundraising Volunteers.

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