Ballard Performing Arts News

September 20, 2022

Upcoming Events

Sept 20 | Ballard Performing Arts Board meeting and Welcome Back Parents meeting

Sept 21 | Auditions for fall play: The Burial at Thebes

Sept 23–25 | Choir Camp

Oct 8 | Goodwill Truck for BPA 9 am to noon/truck full

Oct 11 | Ballard Performing Arts Boosters Board meeting 6 pm

Oct 20-22, 27-29, 2022 | Fall Play, Burial at Thebes

Oct 21 | Marching Band Homecoming Performance, 7:45 pm

See our BPA Calendar for more details.

Contact the Directors

Band: Jay Gillespie

Choir: Courtney Rowley

Orchestra: Daniel Valdez

Theatre Shawn Riley

Featured News

In Person! Ballard Performing Arts Booster Meeting and Welcome Back Family Meeting Rescheduled to Tonight!

Join us for the first Ballard Performing Arts Boosters (BPAB) board and Welcome Back Parents meeting in the BHS Library. Come learn how we support the teachers and students in our award-winning performing arts program and the variety of ways you can get involved!

You are automatically a member of the BPAB because your child is a participant in one or more of these programs: Band, Choir, Orchestra, or Theatre. Now join us to plan for a great year!


Tues. Sept. 20 

6-7 pm Board Meeting (anyone welcome to listen in on board business.)

7-8 pm General Meeting for Parents and Guardians

Location: Ballard High School Library

For those who can’t make it in person, use this Zoom link. The link can also be found on the calendar on the website.

New Remind Codes for 2022 2023 School Year

Get late-breaking news via text messages by signing up for Remind. These are especially important in communicating with parents for pick up times after marching band performances and all group field trips, special rehearsals and other time-sensitive events.

Sign up for the program(s) your student is in and receive text messages.

Note: There are separate remind codes for students and parents this year!

The codes are new each year. You need to re-sign up. Find your student’s group and text the Remind code to 81010 to join the group. 


Bands (incl jazz band only) - 2022 BHS Bands - BHS22BndS

Percussion - 2022 BHS Percussion - BHS22PercS

Choirs - 2022 BHS Choirs - BHS22ChS

Orchestras - 2022 BHS Orch - BHS22OrcS


Bands (a-m) - 2022 BHS Band Parents (A-M) - bhs22bndP1

Bands (o-z) - 2022 BHS Band Parents (N-O) - bhs22bndP2

Percussion - 2022 BHS Percussion Parents - BHS22PercP

Choirs - 2022 BHS Choir Parents - BHS22ChP

Orchestras - 2022 BHS Orch Parents - BHS22OrcP

Music Program Fees for 2022-2023

​Because the program receives no money from the district aside from teacher’s salaries, there are annual program fees to seed things like sheet music and other expenses for the award-winning program to operate.

Annual Music Program Fee: $155

Every music student (band, orchestra, and choir) pays a one-time fee of $155. If your student is in two music groups, they only pay this fee once.

Additional Fees for Other Groups

If your student participates in one of the following groups, there are additional fees to cover the costs of instruction, music, and other things:

Jazz Band I = $150

Jazz Band II = $150

Percussion = $50

Fiddlers = $150

Camp Fees

Band Camp = $210 

Orchestra Camp = $180

Choir Camp = $180 

And remember–no one gets turned away due to financial reasons. Apply for a confidential scholarship here so teachers can budget appropriately.

Pay Fees

All Band Students Must Buy an ASB card: $35

Mandatory for all band members. The ASB card allows band members performing at football & basketball games free entrance.

Note: You can't pay for this on the Boosters site; this is to be paid on School Pay via your student's Source account or at the fiscal office at BHS (in the Commons).

ASB cards also have the benefit of a reduced entrance price at other athletic events. If you have an ASB card already from playing a sport at BHS, you don’t need another one.

Tuxedo Updates

For students wearing tuxedos – we made it through tux fittings/measurements. It will be several weeks before all the measurements are used to put together a complete uniform for each student. A notice will go out when the uniforms are ready to be taken home and tried on.

Program Updates


First football game is in the bag! Thanks to all who came out to support our band, and especially to support our seniors. Go Class of '23! 

Additional after school rehearsals for the halftime show will be happening starting next week. Times are still TBA but will be communicated to the band parents when they are set.  

More volunteers will be needed for the Oct 21 game. Please join us - it takes a village! There's plenty of time to get SPS paperwork done to be added to the Approved Volunteer list. Sign up for a slot to volunteer at the 10/21 Marching Band football game performance here.

22-23 Jazz Rosters Announced!

We’re excited to announce we have so much interest in jazz that we have two full jazz bands for each level! Rehearsals are every day at 7:30 am! See you there!

Ballard Big Band (Jazz 1)

Lead Alto – Julian S

Alto 2 – Esme F

Tenor 1 – Luca R

Tenor 2 – Connor S

Bari – John G

Lead Bone – Griffin C

2nd Bone – Rose K

3rd Bone – Emmett S

Bass Bone – Onyx C

Lead Trumpet – Simon S

Trumpet 2/4 – Jack R

Trumpet 3 – Sadie K

Trumpet 2/4 – Ross O

Trumpet 5 – Sam T

Vibes – Soren FD

Guitar – Cameron B

Bass - Milo P

Batterie – Q A, Patty CB

Ballard Lab Band (Jazz 2)

Lead Alto – Evan MB

Alto 2 – Jayden R (double flute)

Tenor 1 – Jackson S

Tenor 2 – Johannes T

Bari Sax – Harry P

Bass Clarinet – David J 

Lead Bone – Hazel H

2nd Bone – May S

3rd Bone – Fulton R 

Lead Trumpet – Frankie R

2nd trumpet – Henry J

3rd trumpet – Evan D

4th trumpet – Logan S

Piano – Elouan T, Ella L

Bass - Still needed! PASS THE WORD TO YOUR PEEPS!

Drums – Junior W, section leader, Ronan M, Oliver H


Choir Camp This Weekend for Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir

We are so excited for this weekend’s Choir Camp, at Camp Burton on Vashon Island! It will be a wonderful weekend of music making and community building. We will leave after school on Friday, so students should bring their luggage and bedding to school that morning and store it in the dressing room in the Black Box Theatre. Students also need to BRING DINNER on Friday. There is a bit of time after school if they’d like to run and grab something before boarding the busses at 4:15. A big thank you to the 8 chaperones who will be spending the weekend with us! We couldn’t do it without you. Looking forward to a fun and productive weekend!  

Find the packing list and itinerary here.

Note: Prior to attending Choir Camp, students will need to take a Covid test at home on Thursday evening, and take a picture of the negative result. They will need to verify that they have done so. If students need a Covid test, see Ms. Rowley.


Amazing Weekend at Orchestra Camp

We were so excited to get to back to orchestra camp this weekend at beautiful Camp Burton! It was a fun-filled weekend with music, games, and bonding. Students started off with community building games, rehearsed in sectionals and full orchestras, competed in Olympic style games, and capped off the weekend with an energetic game of Capture the Flag. Special thanks to the camp seniors for organizing trivia night and other games!

Stay tuned to next week's newsletter for a video featuring Symphonic Orchestra!


Auditions for the fall play The Burial at Thebes will be Wednesday, 9/21 at 4 pm.

No experience needed. Pick up an audition packet from the FORMS board in the Black Box (NE 224) or download from the Performing Arts website. 

Performances are October 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 29 @ 7:30pm.

Synopsis: In this outstanding translation, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece Antigone. Sophocles' play stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. The play is an example of a powerful female who stands up for her beliefs courageously because the consequences are so great. The Heaney version of the story also takes aim at modern society, as Creon’s burial decree is like President George W. Bush’s “you’re either with us, or against us” mantra after the 9/11 attacks. Sadly, this mentality has reared its ugly head again with the Trump presidency. A person in power who refuses to listen to wise counsel or refuses to admit wrongs or won’t change when all the signs are saying ‘It’s a good idea to do so’ will cause tragic results. The BHS production will be set in 2016 during the Women’s March in Washington DC, bringing Sophocles’ 5th Century BC drama to the forefront of American politics and battle for human rights yet again.  

Students interested in being part of the technical crew for the year should pick up an application on the forms board in the Black Box (NE 224). NOTE: Each production will not need the same amount of support, so if you are not asked to be part of the fall play it DOES NOT mean that you cannot be part of the musical or the spring play. The Stage Manager will contact you if you are selected!

See the website for important audition documents.

Want to know what's coming up for the 2022-2023 theatrical season? See the 22-23 season flyer.docx.

Help Fund Our Programs

The district only pays for the BPA teachers’ salaries; everything else we have to raise or donate.

Save the Date: Goodwill Fill-a-Truck Event!

Every year we have two Goodwill special events to “Fill-a-Truck” with your donated items. Please save your items for our first event of the school year, on Saturday, Oct. 8th from 9 am-12 pm in the north parking lot of campus. For every trailer we fill, our programs receive $600 (there are two trucks at each event). 

Volunteers are needed for this event! Sign up here.

Students can earn service hours and parents are encouraged to participate. Tasks include sorting, unloading cars, and traffic control. Our second event of the school year will be held on March 18, 2023. 

Help Wanted

Event Planner Needed!

Do you have a knack for planning events? We need your special skill for our Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in February! It’s a great community celebration featuring all the different music groups, and it raises funds to support our high-quality performing arts program.

We have many eager volunteers ready to pitch in at the ground level, but we need a chairperson to help organize and run the event. 

Interested in learning more? Email

Fundraising Communications Coordinator Needed

Have some killer communications skills and want to help support our fundraisers by writing copy and content for newsletter and website articles and other promotions? Contact Rachel at

Volunteers Needed for the Goodwill Event 

Students can earn service hours and parents are encouraged to participate. Tasks include sorting, unloading cars, and traffic control. Our second event of the school year will be held March 18, 2023.

Sign up for a shift here

Featured Video

Look for a video from orchestra camp next week!

Check out past performances anytime on our YouTube and Vimeo channels.

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