Summer Band Updates!!!

Happy Hump Day Mighty Hawk Band!

I hope that everyone is staying safe and enjoying the summer weather. It was so nice to see so many of you at the “Marching Instrument Pick Up” this past Monday. It was the first time in a long time that things kind of felt “Normal”. I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone else very soon. J

Summer Rehearsals / Camps – Like I said to many of you on Monday, I apologize for the lack of information up to this point. We normally do not operate like this what so ever. We’ve been stuck in a holding pattern waiting on Governor Abbot to open things up, TEA / TMEA to make guidelines, and finally BISD to adopt the guidelines. Now that we kind of have things in order (for now at least), the rehearsal plan is going to be as followed. (please understand that things are subject to change if Governor Abbot changes COVID19 mandates).

Winds Camp (All Brass and Wood Wind Players)

· July 20th, 21st, and 22nd

· 9:00am – 12:00pm Morning Block

· 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch

· 1:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Block

· Anyone that is in town needs to attend / we have not done this in the past but are trying to catch up on what was missed due to cancelling June Camp to COVID19

· If you already have an out of town vacation planned during this time, it is ok

Percussion Camp / Color Guard Camp

· July 20th, 21st, 22nd , and 23rd

· 9:00am – 12:00pm Morning Block

· 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch

· 1:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Block

· 4:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner

· 6:00pm – 9:00pm Evening Block

· Anyone that is in town needs to attend

Leadership Camp

· July 27th & 28th

· 9:00am – 12pm Morning Session

· 12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch

· 1:00 – 3:00pm Afternoon Session

· Anyone on the Leadership Team must attend

August Full Band Camp

· Starts July 29th – 1st day of School Monday - Friday

· 7:30am – 10:30am Morning Block Outside Marching

· 10:30am – 1:00pm Lunch

· 1:00 – 4:00pm Afternoon Block Inside Playing

· 4:00 – 6:00pm Dinner

· 6:00 – 9:00pm (occasional Varsity only block / see Mighty Hawk Band Calendar)

Welcome to our newest member of the Mighty Hawk Band Staff

Mr. Joshua Stover!

Mr. Stover is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Master's degree in Trombone Performance, and UT-Arlington with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. He was most recently an Assistant Band Director at Walsh Middle School in Round Rock where the band was just invited to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and was also a finalist in the TMEA State Honor Band Competition. Additionally, he was a successful private lesson teacher for Leander, Austin, Pflugerville, and Round Rock schools maintaining a schedule of over 75 trombonists, 2 trombone choirs, and presenting weekly masterclasses. During that time, Mr. Stover was also selected to present and pick the TMEA All-State etudes for Bass Trombone.

Mr. Stover has a diverse performance background, some of the highlights are performing with the New York Philharmonic Brass for a crowd of over 100,000 people, sitting in with the US Navy Band Commodores (premiere jazz ensemble), playing with Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band, and much more. He has also recorded with bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles on several albums and projects that are available on major streaming services, as well as YouTube.

Mr. Stover has also studied with some of the best trombone players in the world, taking lessons with Charlie Vernon (Bass Trombonist of the Chicago Symphony) and Joseph Alessi (Principal Trombonistof the New York Philharmonic), as well as Dennis Bubert, David Jackson, Brian Hecht, Martin McCain, Randy Hawes, Joseph Rodriguez, and several others.

Mr. Stover is extremely excited to join the Birdville High School Mighty Hawk Band and make incredible memories with wonderful students!

Updates - Please look for more information to come soon regarding pre-participation physicals, band fees, and any other COVID19 / Band updates via email. If you haven’t been playing / practicing, let’s get it going. We want to make sure that we’re all ready for our first camp!

Remember, Stay Calm, and Wash Your Hands! BBE!

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

Mike Cheripka

Director of Bands

Birdville High School

Birdville Independent School District

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