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Music Program Intro

posted Sep 10, 2012, 10:14 PM by Luciano Barbieri   [ updated Sep 16, 2012, 6:59 PM ]

Welcome to Bert Church High School Music 2012-2013!  We are all excited to start a new year filled with music, learning, performing, and growing as artists.

We are thrilled to announce the unveiling of a web site specifically for the BCHS music department.  If you want to keep up to date on all the latest information including but not limited to course overviews, announcements, China 2013 updates, fundraising dates, and a calendar of all events at your finger tips then you need only to visit the web site.  The web site can be found at (Thank you Luciano Barbieri)!  Please visit often as we will be updating the site as information comes available.

We have a few TIME SENSITIVE announcements for ALL music students and parents/guardians so please read to the end.

September 15, 2012 8:45am –1pm – Bottle Drive.

All music students in grades 9 – 12 and any parents who can help with driving, etc., are expected to attend our Bottle Drive events this year.  Please meet in the music room at 8:45am for further instructions.  Please e-mail Luciano and Claire Barbieri if you can drive for this first bottle drive ASAP For our new families we want to assure you that we do NOT sort or count bottles EVER! 

Proceeds from our bottle drives will go into each attending student’s individual fundraising account which is then used to help offset the cost of the ChinaTrip or Banff Music Retreat.  Our future bottle drive dates can be found on the new web site.

September 15, 2012 5:30-9:30pm  – Glow in the Dark fundraiser – BCHS selling glow products at the Cooper’s Twilight Carnival. See the music web site for all the details.

Volunteer Roles TBC.  Proceeds to go into the general band fund – 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Airdrie Food Bank.


September 16, 2012 9am -12pm – Post Carnival Clean up of Pond and Carnival locations.  NEEDED – Students and parents to help with the clean-up of the pond (site of the lantern launch) and the carnival.  Please e-mail Melinda Pryor at ASAP to confirm your availability to volunteer.  Meeting spot will be at the corner of Cooper’s Drive and Cooper’s Crescent.  Frozen treats will be awarded for all students who participate. 


September 19, 2012 7pm – Annual General Meeting –BCHS Music Room

We will be having our music program’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday September 19, at 7:00 pm in the music room for all music parents and students where we will be discussing several fundraising events to help raise money for our music events this year, along with deciding what music trips, festivals and events (such as the Wake-A-Thon in October) we will be participating in this year, and finally organizing details for our first concert on October 18. This meeting will be divided into two parts. The first part will be for all music students and parents in grades 9 – 12 which will include a brief discussion of the Banff Music Retreat for all Grade 9 Band students. Also during this time we will invite any new music parents to join our music-parent volunteer group. No music program can be successful without the help and support of a strong music-parent group, and as such I would like to formally invite any of you who are willing to commit your time and energy to participate in this group.
The second part will be for all music students and parents in grades 10 –12 who are attending the China Trip 2013, where we will be discussing details such as payment deadlines, travel visas, notarized letters of permission,fundraising, etc. All Music Students and Parents are needed to attend this meeting, as we need your input into these matters.


Diego Bechthold
Music Teacher
Bert Church High School
1010 East Lake Blvd.
Airdrie, AB
T4A 2A1
ph: 403-948-3800  fax: 403-948-4117