Hello Mighty Hawk Band family,


I would like to take a moment and share with you some updates in my life. As many of you may know, this past spring break, my wife and I had our second child, Isaac. I then preceded to take four weeks of paternity leave to be with my family. The time shared with my family has been irreplaceable. I have done my absolute very best to balance my family life with my time here at Birdville. The challenge is that balance is like a seesaw and when one gives, the other pulls. With all of this weighing on my family and I since my daughter Sophia was born in May of 2019, I knew I would one day need to make a very difficult decision.


It is with a very, very heavy heart to inform you all that I will not be returning to the Birdville Mighty Hawk Band cluster for the 2021-2022 school year. Please understand that this decision has not come lightly and I have prayed for countless hours for guidance. The last six years has been some of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my life. Seeing our students grow and watching first hand the success of this band program will be one that I will cherish forever.

I know the future of the Mighty Hawk Band is so incredibly bright and I genuinely can't wait to continue to see our band program soar. I hope for nothing but the best for all of our students and will do whatever I can to support you from a different vantage point. I am confident the years ahead are primed to be nothing short of excellent and the best is yet to come.


As for the next chapter in my life, I have accepted a new role as the virtual music teacher for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD's iUnversity Prep Virtual Academy. I will be able to work remotely from home teaching music to students grades 5 through 12. This will be a new experience for me as all of the music classes are considered general music courses (music history, music theory, music culture, etc.) and not ensemble music performance based.


As I reflect on the times we have shared together, I cannot help but smile and remember all of the incredible memories. I wish you all the best next season and can't wait to see the Mighty Hawk Band take the field in 2021 and years to come!

All the best,



James Figueredo

Director of Percussion

Birdville High School

Birdville ISD

www.mightyhawkband.com

Happy Sunday Mighty Hawk Band!

Congratulations to the Birdville High School Percussion Studio for putting on a great Percussion Ensemble Concert this past Tuesday. The Concert was super enjoyable to sit and listen to, and all of the groups and soloist played really well. A very special thank you goes out to Mr. Figueredo and the Percussion Staff for putting on such a great event.

Congratulations also goes out to everyone who participated in the Birdville Cluster Solo Contest this past Friday evening. We got such positive feedback from our judges about everyone’s playing, the great job our room monitors did, and the wonderful hospitality they received…not to mention it was so nice to see kids performing for people again!!! All in all, it was a great night.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday – Jazz Recording Session / Percussion Meeting

· 3:30 – 4:00pm Percussion Informational Meeting

· 3:30 – 4:45pm Fifth Period Jazz Band

· 5:00 – 6:30pm Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday – Senior Recognition Concert

· 7:00 – 8:15pm Birdville High School Main Gym

· Performance Attire - Members Shirt / Jeans

Wednesday – Nothing After School / Enjoy your Evening Off

· BISD Band Director Meeting

Thursday – Nothing After School / Enjoy your Evening Off

· Smithfield Middle School Spring Concert

Friday – Birdville Band Cluster Concerto Contest Finals

· 5:00 – 7:15pm – Gateway Church - North Richland Hills Campus

· Require Attendance by All Wind Ensemble Members

· Highly Encouraged for Symphonic and Concert Band Members

· Parents are welcomed to attend

· Finalists will be announced on Monday

Saturday – 2021-2022 Parent Meeting

· 9:00 – 10:00am – BHS Band Hall

· Will Discuss the 2021-2022 Marching Season

o Tour Schedule / Band Fees / Paper Work

o All Band Families should plan to have at least one parent attend


Jazz Dinner Auction – Thank you to everyone for making Saturday night’s 12 Annual Jazz Dinner and Auction a huge success. The venue was absolutely beautiful, the food was great, both bands played well, and the auction was a lot of fun. A special thank you goes out to Danielle Manning (our Jazz Dinner Auction Chair) for putting together such a great event, and to Chris Connolly and the Hurst Conference Center for going out of their way to make our event come to life despite all of the COVID Vaccination obstacles. Nice work everyone!



The Count Down Begins! ***Please look closely as a few things have changed***

· April 6th –BHS Jazz Band Concert with Colleyville Heritage High School 7:00pm (BHS Auditorium)

· April 20th – BHS Ensemble Recital 4:00 – 6:00pm (BHS Café)

· April 23rd – 8th Grade Marching Clinic #1 – 5:00 – 7:00pm (BHS Practice Field)

· May 4th – BHS Band Banquet – 7:00pm (Bowden Hotel)

· May 6th – BHS Cluster Percussion Concert 7:00pm (BHS Main Gym)

· May 7th – BHS Cluster Solo Contest 4:30 – 8:00pm (BHS)

· May 8th – Rescheduled Jazz Dinner and Auction – 7:00pm (Hurst Conference Center)

· May 11th – BHS Senior Recognition / Spring Concert 7:00pm (BHS Main Gym)

· May14th – BHS Concerto Contest 6:00pm (Gateway Church)

· May 15th - 2021-2022 Mighty Hawk Marching Band Parent Meeting 9:00am

· May 17th –8th Grade Marching Clinic #2 5:00 – 7:00pm (BHS Practice Field)

· May 18th – 2021-2022 Jazz Band Auditions

· May 19th – Incoming Freshman Concert Band Placement Auditions

· May20th – 2021-2022 Leadership Auditions

· May 22nd – 8th Grade Marching Clinic #1 Make Up – 10:00am – 12pm

· May 25th – May Camp ½ day #1 4:30 – 6:30pm (Outside Marching)

· May 26th – May Camp ½ day #2 4:30 – 6:30pm (Inside Playing)

· May 27th – BHS Graduation (Globe Life Field) 4:00pm (band is not performing)

· May 28th – May Camp Full Day #3 8:00-11:00am (Outside Marching) 1:00 – 4:00pm (Inside Playing)



For the most up to date information – Please find the most update information on the Mighty Hawk Band at www.MightyHawkBand.com or follow us on Facebook (Birdville HS Mighty Hawk Band).



Mike Cheripka


Director of Bands


Birdville High School


Birdville Independent School District

Happy Sunday Mighty Hawk Band!

Congratulations to everyone on a great first week of Piano rehearsals! We’re looking forward to our second week of piano rehearsals, our band banquet Tuesday, our Percussion Concert Thursday, our Solo Contest this Friday, and our rescheduled Jazz dinner Auction this Saturday.

The schedule for the week is as follows: ***Very odd week due to Testing and Events***

Monday – Concert Band Woodwinds / Color guard Audition Clinic

· Second Monday of Piano Accompanist Rehearsals

Be sure you are here at least 15 minutes before your rehearsal

· 3:00 – 3:45pm Concert Band Woodwinds

· 4:30 – 6:30pm Color guard Audition Clinic

Tuesday – Band Banquet (optional event / not required)

· Semi-Formal Event / Dress Nice

· The Bowden 1775 Keller Pkwy, Keller, TX 76248 / 817-379-1775

· 6:00pm – Doors Open

· 6:30pm – Dinner Served

· 7:00pm – Awards Presentation

· 7:30pm – Video / Slide Show

· 8:00pm – Dance

· 10:00pm – Go Home

Wednesday – Full Percussion Dress Rehearsal / Color guard Audition Clinic

· Second Wednesday of Piano Accompanist Rehearsals

Be sure you are here at least 15 minutes before your rehearsal

· 3:30 – 5:00pm – Percussion Dress Rehearsal

· 4:30 – 6:30pm Color guard Audition Clinic

Thursday – Concert Band Brass / Color Guard Auditions / Percussion Ensemble Concert

· Second Thursday of Piano Accompanist Rehearsals

Be sure you are here at least 15 minutes before your rehearsal

· 3:00 – 3:45pm Concert Band Brass

· 4:30 – 6:30pm Color Guard Auditions

· 7:00pm Percussion Ensemble Concert – BHS Main Gym

Friday – BHS Cluster Solo Contest

· Sign Up to work a Shift that does not conflict with your performance

· Wear jeans and something “Birdville Band related” to work your shift

· 3:00pm – 4:00pm- Setup

· 4:30pm – 8:00ish

· Dress is Business Casual (dress nice) for your performance / No Jeans & T-Shirt

Saturday – Rescheduled Jazz Dinner Auction

· 7:00pm – Doors Open

· 7:30pm – Fifth Period Jazz Band

· 8:00pm – Live Auction

· 8:30pm – Jazz Ensemble

· 9:00pm-ish Auction Winners Announced / Evening Ends


Jazz Dinner Auction – We hope that you plan on joining us for some rooftop Jazz under the stars this coming Saturday at our rescheduled Jazz Dinner and Auction being held on the 7th Floor of the Hurst Conference Center Parking Garage. As always, this should be a super fun night with great items to bid on, a delicious plated meal, and live Jazz Entertainment provided by both the Fifth Period Jazz Band and the Jazz Ensemble. Due to the reschedule date being over Mother’s Day Weekend, we have reopened the ticket portal through Wednesday of this week. The ticket is for the meal / the event itself is free to attend. We hope to see you there!


TICKETS: https://hurstconferencecenter.ecwid.com




The Count Down Begins! (Please look closely as a few things have changed)

· April 6th –BHS Jazz Band Concert with Colleyville Heritage High School 7:00pm (BHS Auditorium)

· April 20th – BHS Ensemble Recital 4:00 – 6:00pm (BHS Café)

· April 23rd – 8th Grade Marching Clinic #1 – 5:00 – 7:00pm (BHS Practice Field)

· May 4th – BHS Band Banquet – 7:00pm (Bowden Hotel)

· May 6th – BHS Cluster Percussion Concert 7:00pm (BHS Main Gym)

· May 7th – BHS Cluster Solo Contest 4:30 – 8:00pm (BHS)

· May 8th – Rescheduled Jazz Dinner and Auction – 7:00pm (Hurst Conference Center)

· May 11th – BHS Senior Recognition / Spring Concert 7:00pm (BHS Main Gym)

· May 14th – BHS Concerto Contest 6:00pm (Gateway Church)

· May 15th - 2021-2022 Mighty Hawk Marching Band Parent Meeting 9:00am

· May 17th –8th Grade Marching Clinic #2 5:00 – 7:00pm (BHS Practice Field)

· May 18th – 2021-2022 Jazz Band Auditions

· May 19th – Incoming Freshman Concert Band Placement Auditions

· May 20th – 2021-2022 Leadership Auditions

· May 22nd – 8th Grade Marching Clinic #1 Make Up – 10:00am – 12pm

· May 25th – May Camp ½ day #1 4:30 – 6:30pm (Outside Marching)

· May 26th – May Camp ½ day #2 4:30 – 6:30pm (Inside Playing)

· May 27th – BHS Graduation (Globe Life Field) 4:00pm (band is not performing)

· May 28th – May Camp Full Day #3 8:00-11:00am (Outside Marching) 1:00 – 4:00pm (Inside Playing)



For the most up to date information – Please find the most update information on the Mighty Hawk Band at www.MightyHawkBand.com or follow us on Facebook (Birdville HS Mighty Hawk Band).



Mike Cheripka


Director of Bands


Birdville High School


Birdville Independent School District