Why Support Music Buffs?

Every year the Batavia music teachers provide an exceptional experience both in and outside of our music classrooms for your students. We were humbled and excited to be recognized as a Grammy signature school semi-finalist this year, one of nine Illinois high schools given such an award. Our competitive groups, Swinsingers, Legacy, and Marching band regularly compete against other schools from around the state. None of these groups attended competitions even five years ago. Our Chamber Orchestra was invited to perform at the prestigious Illinois Music Educator’s Conference last year. Our Wind Symphony won the 5A state concert band championship last year at Illinois State University. We are in an age of Batavia music where the students are at the highest level of musicianship in Batavia High School history.

We could never do any of this without the continued support of you, our families. Our department has grown because all of you and in particular, the wonderful volunteer efforts of the Batavia Music Buffs. Each year they raise funds which go to every one of our programs and help keep student fees as low as possible.Ben Collins, Division Coordinator Fine Arts, 2014

Through fundraising, membership dues, and donations Batavia Music Buffs supports all district music programs from elementary to high school throughout the entire Batavia Unified School District.

Here are just a sampling of the items that the music directors have identified as current/upcoming needs:

Choir/Showchoir Band/Jazz/Marching Band
  • Clinicians for curricular choirs
  • New show choir costumes
  • Garment Bags
  • Custom stoles for IMEA participants
  • Recording equipment
  • Combo sound control board
  • Marching Baritones
  • Meinl-Weston Tubas (at least 2)
  • Willson euphoniums
  • New Bass trombone
  • New piccolo
  • Additional semi-trailer for marching band
Overall Department Orchestra/Chamber Orchestra
  • Grand piano refurbishment
  • Pianos for practice rooms
  • Clinicians for curricular orchestras
  • Electric string instruments
  • Coaches for chamber orchestra
  • New percussion equipment for full orchestra

Total Amount for all Items Requested:  $75,000.00
 
Batavia Music Buffs sponsors and provides funding for all extra-curricular music ensembles, groups and bands. The achievements below highlight the importance of the support we provide and the significance of participation in our efforts by parents and the community.
 

BHS AWARDS

2013-2014 Awards/Recognitions (as of 2/21/14)

ILMEA – Band

• 3 students in ILMEA District IX Band (Rebecca Filiaggi, Molly Frederick, Jared Kramer
• 2 students in ILMEA District IX Jazz Band (Rob Fornari, Bryant Lash)
• 1 student in ILMEA All-State Honor Band (Molly Frederick)

Marching Band
• 2nd Place – Lincoln-Way Marching Band Invitation, 3rd Place Overall
• 3rd Place – DGS Marching Mustang Bowl
• 3rd Place – Prospect Knight of Champions – Best Guard and Best Percussion
• 7th Place – Lake Park Lancer Joust
• 7th Place – Illini Marching Band Championships – Large Schools

ILMEA – Choir
• 9 students in ILMEA District IX Choir (Anika Alley, Katie Bertness, Adam Burns, Glynis Gilio, Kayla Johnson, Lexi Jones, Caroline Lantz, Cecily Lemon, Kelsey Skomer)
• Katie Bertness in All-State Choir

Choir – Swingsingers
• 2nd place in their division at Manteno Main Event

ILMEA – Orchestra
• 3 students in ILMEA District IX Orchestra (Alyssa Gao, Hallie Gaitsch, Natalie Delcorps)
• 3 students in ILMEA All-State Honors Orchestra (Alyssa Gao, Hallie Gaitsch, Natalie Delcorps)

2012-2013 Awards/Recognitions

ILMEA – Band

• 5 students in ILMEA District IX Band (Nolan Adams, Connor Frederick, Molly Frederick, Dan Janke)
• 1 student in ILMEA District IX Jazz Band (Connor Frederick)
• 1 student in ILMEA All-State Honors Jazz Combo (Connor Frederick)

Wind Symphony
• 1st Place – Class 5A – ISU Concert Band Invitational State Championships

Marching Band
• 3rd Place – Limestone Competition – Best Percussion
• 4th Place – Prospect Knight of Champions
• 4th Place – Naperville Central Marching Classic – Best Percussion
• 4th Place – Illini Marching Band Competition – Large Schools
• 5th Place – ISU State Marching Band Championship

Jazz Band
• Jazz Ensemble
Division I Rating and 4th Place in Class at “Jazz in the Meadows”

ILMEA – Choir
• 5 Students in ILMEA District IX Choir (Katie Bertness, Adam Burns, Jeff Heise, Cecily Lemon, Kelsey Skomer)

Choir – Swingsingers Showchoir
• 1st place in division and finals participant, 5th place overall at El Paso-Gridley Showchoir Invitational
• 3rd place in division at Chicagoland Showcase
• 5th place and Best Vocals at Manteno Showchoir Competition

Choir – Legacy Showchoir
• 5th place in division at Chicagoland Showcase

ILMEA – Orchestra
• 5 Students in ILMEA District IX Orchestra (Rachael Miller, Alyssa Gao, Hallie Gaitsch, Nathan Sands, Natalie Delcorps)
• 3 Students in ILMEA All-State Honors Orchestra (Rachael Miller, Hallie Gaitsch, Natalie Delcorps)

Philharmonic Orchestra
• Accepted and performed as Performance Clinic group at 2012 IMEA convention

Chamber Orchestra
• Accepted and performed as Performance group at 2013 IMEA convention