October 27
Early Bird Tickets $50
Prices go up on November 2nd

This is the final week to purchase early bird Spotlight Gala tickets for $50!  After November 1st, prices go up to $60 and will increase again to $70 on November 17th through November 19th - the night of the event.

This Week's To Do List:  
1. Buy tickets  2.  Sign Up to volunteer  3 . P rocure an item   4 Donate a dessert  


VIP Tickets are also available.  For $75, VIP guests will receive reserved premium seating, front of the line access to the buffet as well as a swag bag, including one free beverage of your choice and other fabulous goodies!   Purchase your tickets  here !

Fall Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:30 PM 

Come hear from Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra & Fiddle Ensemble, with a featured performance by the Whitman Middle School Advanced Orchestra.  Chamber Orchestra will be performing works from Romantic and Modern composers including Edward Elgar, Dmitri Shostakovich and Johannes Brahms.  Symphonic Orchestra will perform several pillars of the Classical genre including the "Finale" from Giacomo Rossini's infamous William Tell Overture, the first movement of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, and the "Farandole" written by Georges Bizet.  Fiddle Ensemble, under the new direction of Ms. Shelley Weiss will present a number of tunes from the traditional roots canon. 

Reserved Seating for all Fall Music Concerts

Reserved seating is now available for all upcoming Fall Concerts.  Make a donation and reserve a seat for the upcoming band and orchestra concerts at Showtix4u.

Fall Band Concert
Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 PM

At the final concert of the Fall Concert series we will hear from the Band Program. The concert will feature Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, both playing fanfares.  Wind ensemble will perform Eric Whitacre's beautiful piece "October".  Jazz I and II will be swinging hard with recognizable tunes "The Girl from Ipanema" and "April in Paris".  Director Michael James has been thrilled to see his largest band to date which was reflected in a Marching Band of 160 students this fall.

Reserved Seating for all Fall Music Concerts

Reserved seating is now available for all upcoming Fall Concerts.  Make a donation and reserve a seat for the upcoming band concert at  Showtix4u.

Fall Concert Bake Sales
Calling all bakers and cupcake makers

We're looking for donations of baked goods for the Fall Music concerts Orchestra on November 2nd and Band on November 3rd. Don't like to bake? Consider stopping by your favorite bakery and picking up a dozen cookies or cupcakes.  Donations can be sent in with your student the morning of the concert (we have a place to store items) or before the concert at the bake sale table (starting at 6:30) in the PAC lobby.  If you are available to sell baked goods before or after either of the concerts, contact volunteer coordinator Tyson Brown.
Don't forget to bring in those Ballard Market Receipts - BPA receives 1% of all purchases! 

Band News
Thank you, Band Rehearsal, and New NYC Itinerary

Thank You to all of our fantastic Marching Band Volunteers who chaperoned, helped with uniform check in and out and/or donated water.  With 160 Marching Band members we couldn't have managed without your help and support.

November 1st 3:25 - 4:25 PM - After school bands and percussion rehearsal -    First 30 minutes Wind Ensemble and last 30 minutes Symphonic Band.

Brown Bear Car Wash tickets will be available for purchase at the Fall Concerts.  
This is a fundraiser for the Wind Ensemble trip to NYC.  Please contact Carolyn Dunn for information or to volunteer to sell tickets at the Band Concert on 
November 3rd.

Wind Ensemble Families: updated (as of 10/21) NYC trip itinerary is available here .  

Rent Auditions
November 1st at 3:30 PM

Auditions for Rent, the concert version, will be held on Tuesday, November 1st at 3:30 PM. See Mr. Riley for location. Performances on December 1st and 3rd at 7:30 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center at BHS.

Orchestra News
Philharmonia NW Rehearsal Schedule

Tue  Nov. 08   BHS PAC   7:15-8:15 PM
Tue  Nov. 15   BHS PAC - 7:15-8:15 PM
Sat   Nov. 19   St. Stephen's Episcopal Church - 11:40 - 12:30 PM

Performance: Sun Nov. 20 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at 2:30 PM, call time at 2:00 PM

Congratulations Choir!        
Fall Concert Review

Thank you to Choir Director Courtney Rowley, Student Teacher Taylor Iverson, Accompanist Serena Chin and all members of the six choirs and ensembles for an exciting and dynamic evening of beautiful singing and music making.  The Choirs performed for a standing room only audience who, judging by the applause, loved every minute!

Calling All Choir Chaperones
Drivers needed for Bellingham and Bremerton

We are still in need of 2-3 Concert Choir parents to attend the Western Washington University Choral Invitational on Tuesday, November 15th.  We are asking that these parents help to transport students in their car, as we will not all fit in one bus.  We will meet at school at 6:30 AM and return around 3:30 PM. 

We are also in need of 5-6 Vocal Jazz parents to drive and chaperone for the Bremerton Vocal Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 19 th .  The approximate times are 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

BPA Spirit Wear Now Available      
Visit our brand new online store today

BPA Spirit Merchandise is available online through December 12 and at drama performances and music concerts.  Please visit the BPA store to view sale items and make purchases or donations. All proceeds go to support Music and Drama at Ballard High School! Purchased items can be picked up at school during the performances or at the BPA meetings. Contact Patti Kashiwa  with  any questions or to arrange a pick up. 

Community News 
JazzEd Opportunities for Band,  Jazz and Orchestra

JazzED offers payment plans and scholarships to all students who need them, including full scholarships. No family is ever turned away . As an aside we exist to support school music programs , not to compete. As such as we always defer to students' school music commitments.

JazzEd Ensembles, placement on Nov 19 & Nov 20
The award-winning Seattle JazzED Big Band Ensembles are now enrolling kids in grades 6-12, at every skill level. Weekend rehearsals, January through May 2017. Work with legendary jazz educators like Clarence Acox, Wayne Horvitz
, Darin Faul and many more. Top ensembles travel to New York in the spring . Advanced students encouraged to sign up for New Works Ensemble. Scholarships are easy to get and payment plans available to every family. Register for Placement Day (Nov 19 or Nov 20) and get more information at  seattlejazzed.org/big-band-ensembles or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).

Girls Jazz Day is Sunday, Nov 13 
Join us for one day, 100% dedicated to girls who play jazz. You'll learn new songs in an all-girl band with an awesome female band director. Plus special guest artist jazz drummer Allison Miller of The New School will work with you on musicianship and share stories of being a woman in the jazz industry. The vibe will be friendly, supportive and safe for taking musical risks. Open to grades 6-12, all instruments (including string instruments). Sign up and more info, including fee waiver coupon at seattlejazzed.org/girls-jazz-day.

Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in Community News.

Easy Money for BPA
Passive Fundraising Opportunities

Now that BHS Performing Arts Booster Club is an official 501c3 organization, we are eligible for many new and easy fundraising opportunities. Check out all 6 Easy Ways to Support BHS Performing Arts Booster Club at No Cost to You listed here.

Save your Ballard Market Receipts and bring them to the Fall Concert Bake Sale Table
Sign up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards -  Code # 82494  
Sign up for Bartells B-caring card
Sign up for Amazon Smile

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Schedule Available here.

Tue 11/1
Band and Percussion Rehearsal 3:25 - 4:25 PM.  Wind Ensemble first 30 minutes and Symphonic Band last 30 minutes.
Tue 11/1
Auditions for Rent, the concert version.  3:30 PM.  See Mr. Riley for location
Wed 11/2
Fall Orchestra Concert at 7:30 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center.  Reserved Seating available with donation at ShowTix4u.
Thu 11/3
Fall Band Concert at 7:30 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center.  Reserved Seating available with donation at ShowTix4u.
Tue 11/15 Concert Choir trip to WWU Choral Invitational Festival.  6:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sat 11/19 Vocal Jazz to Bremerton Jazz Festival.  7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sat 11/19 Spotlight Gala and Auction.  5:30 PM - 11:00 PM at the Leif Erikson Lodge. Tickets here
Sun 11/20
Chamber Orchestra with NW Philharmonia.  2:30 - 4:30 PM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Mon 11/28 - 11/30
Auditions for Les Misérables 3:15 PM - 6:15 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center and NE 221