September 29

Curriculum Night is Tonight from 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Meet the Directors in the Music Room and Black Box

Stop by the  Performing Arts Table located on the first floor next to the Alumni Room. Ask questions, get answers and  pick up a current Ballard Performing Arts Event Schedule. Chinook Books, coffee and mugs will all be available for purchase in support of our fantastic Performing Arts Program.

Congratulations Marching Band
1st Place - Washington State Autumn Leaf Parade  
Congratulations to Mr. James and the Ballard High Marching Band for winning 1st place in the 4A Band category in Leavenworth this past Saturday.  Missed the parade?  Watch the  video and see  photos of the band in action!

Thank you!

Thank you to all Band chaperones at last Friday night's football game:  Jen Witeck, Ed Gore, Ingrid Riley, Mike and Jill Hansen, Barb Bodovinitz, Terri Parsons, Karen Williams and Lu Carscadden.
Thank you to all Autumn Leaf Parade chaperones:  Barb Bodovinitz, Rachel Hart Rios, James and Diane Taylor, Melissa Middlebrook, Karen Williams, Michael and Loy Dahl, Marie Walker, Shelia Boddy and Lu Carscadden.

Also, a BIG Thank You to Jill Hansen, Ingrid Riley and the Uniform Team for sewing jackets, hemming pants, and making sure the band looked great for the football game and the Leavenworth parade!   A special shout out to Karen Williams who was hemming jacket sleeves on the bus to Leavenworth!

Homecoming is Friday, October 7th
See our award winning Marching Band play on the field at halftime 

Join Ballard Students and Alumni for Homecoming at Memorial Stadium on Friday, October 7th. Game time is 5:00 PM.  Come see Men's Ensemble sing the National Anthem, our Marching Band perform on the field at halftime and c heer on the BHS Football team as they take on Garfield HS.  

Marching Band Member Reminder
The Homecoming Field Trip is on October 7th. Permission slips were passed out early this week (available here) and are due tomorrow,  Friday, September 30th.  This is an all day field trip and call time is 3:15 PM. E at a big lunch and bring a snack for after school.  Plan to eat dinner after the game. The game will start on time at 5 PM so we can estimate a return between 7:30 and 8. The last after school Homecoming practice is Wed, October 5th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at BHS.

The Foreigner
October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at BHS
in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center

The Foreigner  is a fun, two - act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue. The story takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia where two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, arrive as guests. The shy Charlie agreed to accompany Froggy on the trip after his sick wife begged him to go. When people at the lodge try to talk to Charlie, however, he remains silent. He is terribly shy, depressed about his wife's illness and cannot find the words to reply.  Froggy claims that Charlie cannot talk because he is a "foreigner" from an exotic country and does not understand English. Taking the explanation that he's a non-English speaker as fact, the lodge's guests quickly begin revealing their secrets and Charlie soon discovers scandals amongst some of the residents of the lodge. 
Tickets available now at ShowTix4u.

Special pricing at the door for the Thursday, October 20th performance:

Buy one adult admission at $15 and the accompanying party is free. Buy one student or senior admission at $10 and accompanying student or senior is free.  Offer not available online.

Work Call for students this Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Orchestra Camp Recap
Thank you students and volunteers

Orchestra Camp 2016 was a great weekend!  Rehearsals in the wonderful lodge by the water, breakout sessions led by amazing coaches, fun camp activities.  A good time was had by all.   A big  thank you to all of the chaperones and parent volunteers who helped make the weekend a success:  Tara Scott, Debbie Anderson, Kris Ingraham, Phyllis Rosen, Sylvia Schweinberger, Mark Truluck, Eric Sanderson, Sean Harvey, and Rick Schultz.  A special thank you to Jill Hansen for organizing everyone's camp paperwork.

PLU Orchestra Invitational - October 14th
Chaperones needed!

Attention Chamber Orchestra:  We are in need of 4 parent drivers who can drive 3-5 students to PLU and stay all day, from about 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  If you are available to drive, please contact Orchestra parent rep Sylvia Schweinberger.

Fiddle Ensemble 
Rehearsals every Monday evening

Fiddle Ensemble rehearsals are Monday nights in the Music Room NE 221, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. The first performance will be at the Fall Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, Nov 2 nd .  Email Shelley Weiss, or Brittany Newell with questions.

All State/All NW Honor Group Auditions Due
Recordings due tomorrow - September 30th

All Band, Choir or Orchestra students who wish to audition for the All State/All NW Honor Group must be recorded by their respective teachers by tomorrow, Friday, September 30th.

Spotlight Gala
Save the Date - November 19, 2016

Save the date for the largest Ballard Performing Arts fundraiser of the year!   The Spotlight Gala Dinner and Auction will be held November 19th at 6:00 PM at the Leif Ericson Lodge. 
To find out more about this event and how you can help, please come to the October 11th BPA General Meeting in the BHS Library at 7:30 PM.  We are STILL looking for volunteers to help with follow up phone calls to people who have offered donations.  Questions?   Please contact the Spotlight Team at

Upcoming Events 
Printable BPA Event Calendar here

Fri 9/30
All State/All-NW Honor Group Audition Recordings Due.
10/3 - 14
Chinook Book Sale!  Students can pick up books and/or app every day after school before 3:35 PM in little room to the left of the auditorium lobby.  All money due back by 10/14! Questions?   Contact Ingrid Riley.
Wed 10/5 Marching Band Homecoming Practice 5:00-7:00 PM at BHS Field
Fri 10/7
Marching Band Homecoming Field Trip - all day.  Call time for Game 3:15 PM
Fri 10/7
Marching Band Performing at half time at Memorial Stadium.  Men's Ensemble singing the National Anthem before the game.  Game time 5:00 PM
Tue 10/11 Performing Arts Booster and General Meeting 7:30 PM at BHS Library including Wind Ensemble Carnegie Hall Trip breakout session
10/13 - 15
Fall PlayThe Foreigner  at 7:30 PM in the BHS Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Tickets at ShowTix4u .
Fri 10/14 Pacific Lutheran University Orchestra Invitational at PLU 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10/20 - 22
Fall PlayThe Foreigner at 7:30 PM in the BHS Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Tickets at ShowTix4u .   Note - special 2 for 1 at the door pricing for the 10/20 show.
TBA 10/21
or 10/22
Marching Band playing in the stands at BHS Football game.  Time/Date TBA
Wed 10/26
Men's Ensemble Rehearsal 1:15 - 1:40 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center
Wed 10/26 Fall Choir Concert 7:30 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center