Welcome to the 2015 Marching Band Season!

Hi Burke Boosters! I’d like to welcome you to the 2015 Marching Band Season! Our three Drum Majors (Justis, Aaron and Emily) recently returned from Rockford, IL attending Drum Major Camp. Conditioning has started as well as rehearsals and sectionals. The marching band is already hard at work preparing for the upcoming season and we want to take this opportunity to share some information with you.

  • Please check the Omaha Burke Band website for updates and click the 2015-2016 calendar to find important schedule information.
  • The students were given information last week about items that they will be required to have or purchase for the upcoming school year (uniform order forms and meal fund information) as well as an order form for extra show t-shirts.
  • The students are required to have band shoes. They cost of band shoes is $45. If your child has marched before and still has their shoes – they can use those and do not need to order new ones. Also, there are some (limited) used shoes donated by previous students that will be available for purchase for $10.
  • Show t-shirts are also required as part of the student’s uniform. They are $17. You may also purchase extra (good to have an extra for those weekends when there is a Friday night football game followed by a Saturday competition). Parents and family members can also purchase t-shirts to wear.
  • Meal Fund – In an effort to make the year’s band experience as easy and uncomplicated as possible, there is a one-time charge to cover all the competition meals and water for the season. The cost is $30 per student. The students usually put in a very long day on competition days and will need lunch (and/or dinner) and plenty of water! The meal fund covers the expenses of providing the meals and water.
  • Band Camp – Please be sure to mark your calendars for Band Camp if you haven’t already! The dates are July 20-24 and July 27-31! Band camp is scheduled 8 am-noon AND 5-9 pm each day. Students often help each other with rides if at all possible so please check with your student or the band directors if necessary.
  • Parent Meeting – a Parent Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd, at 7 pm in the school cafeteria. We will be coordinating volunteers for all the activities associated with marching band season and will share information about what to expect during the season.

We will an opportunity at the end of band camp to see what the students and staff have been hard at work on with a special performance on the football field as well as a pizza available in the cafeteria. The students will bring home a form during band camp for pizza orders.


Deb Murray
Band Booster President

Jazz Ensemble to perform at Omaha Hilton Downtown

EVENT: Council of Chief State School Officers Conference
GROUP: Jazz Ensemble
DATE: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

LOCATION: Omaha Hilton Downtown Hotel
6:00 PM – Report to the Omaha Hilton Hotel Downtown
7:00 PM – Performance
7:30 PM – Finished

EQUIPMENT: Instrument, Music, Mutes, Music Stand


Thank You,

Mr. Wright

June 1, 2015 Rehearsal at Burke 10:00am-11:00am. Food after!

Burke Graduation Information

EVENT: Burke Graduation
GROUP: Varsity Band
DATE: Sunday, May 17, 2015
LOCATION: Mid America Center (MAC)

11:15 AM – Report to Band room, get dressed in uniform.
12:00 PM – Depart for MAC
2:00 PM – Graduation Begins
3:45 PM – Load busses.
4:00 PM – Depart for Burke High School
4:30 PM – Arrive at Burke High School

EQUIPMENT: Instrument, music, mutes
DRESS: Band Uniforms

Thank You,

Mr. Wright/Mr. Spath

2015-16 Band Booster Board and Honor’s Night Reminder

Our last official Booster Club Meeting was held Thursday night and I wanted to let the club know the results of our elections. We had a tremendous turnout for the incoming freshman and Mr. Spath did a wonderful job of informing and encouraging next year’s freshman (and their parents) to get on board. We still have a few expenses hanging out there for Honors Night and some “wrap up items”, but Jim informed us that we will be in the black on the budget for this school year. I want to thank ALL the parents that donated their time and talents on the various fundraisers this past year to make this happen. The results of the elections has the club in the hands of a tremendous group of officers… and I am confident that next year will be bigger and better than ever!

Here are the results for 2015-2016…
President – Deb Ahl
VP – Eric Goetzinger
Treasurer – Jim Kawamoto
Secretary – Beth Grace (Beth will be our first color guard parent to serve on the board)

Finally I want to thank MY board for all their support and hard work over the past two years. It makes the President’s job so much easier when you have people in place that care and go the “extra mile” to make sure things get done… Thanks again.

VP – Beth Hogberg/ Merle
Treasurer – Jim Kawamoto/ Susan
Secretary – Deb Ahl
AND my wife Ann who put up with me and helped pitch in SO many ways…

Honor’s Night on May 4th will be our last “official” club event for the year. I hope you all can be there and show your support for the kids, the Directors and the Program. This will also be the last Honor’s Night for Dr. Frison who will be retiring at the end of this school year. Her encouragement and support will be greatly missed.


Mark Hobson,
Burke Band Booster Club


3:30 AM Load Bus #2
4:00 AM Depart for Bellevue WEST HS
4:30 AM BUS #1 Arrive at Bellevue West HS Load Bus #2, Pick Up Remaining Members at BWEST
5:00 AM Depart for Dayton OH
Lunch Enroute
Snack Provided
5:00 PM Arrival at Hotel

Courtyard Dayton South Mall
100 Prestige Place
Miamisburg OH 45342
Dinner at Hotel (provided)

7:00 AM West UP, hair make-up done

All groups must eat breakfast. Will be a long day…

8:00 AM Load BUSES Leave Hotel (All uniforms/make-up must be packed)
8:30 AM Arrive at, All groups can warm up in lot if desired

Wright State University
E. J. Nutter Center
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton OH 45323

9:00 AM O.N.E./ Burke to watch Prelims
9:56 AM Bellevue West Perform
11:00 AM All groups back to bus
11:10 AM Buses Across Street park for lunch – Multiple fast-food places to eat
O.N.E. in costume during this time
12:30 PM Back on BUSES to Dayton Convention Center

Dayton Convention Center
22 East Fifth Street
Dayton, OH 45402

1:00 PM West/Burke unload to watch
3:17 PM O.N.E. Performs
3:30 PM Load buses back to Nutter Center
SNACK to groups
4:00 PM Nutter Center Parking Lot, Bellevue West to watch
Burke/O.N.E. Change in/out of costume
6:01 PM Omaha Burke Performs
6:20 PM Meet at buses back to Hotel
7:00 PM Dinner at hotel (Provided)
Lights out etc. will be dictated by Semifinals
Flexible schedule if groups make semi-finals

A – SEMIS held 10 AM-3:30 PM

Cintas Center at Xavier University
1624 Herald Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45207

Independent A Semis 9:00 AM-2:50 PM
Dayton Convention Center
Finals Dayton Arena 7 PM
SATURDAY, April 18
9:30 AM Eat Breakfast/Pack up rooms
10:00 AM Load Buses to go shopping
11:00 AM Free Time (Possible Mall/Bowling /Flea Market)
Lunch on own
2:30 PM To Dayton Arena-Hang out in tent until show starts
Drop off Bus Drivers Back to hotel to sleep
4:30 PM Doors open for World Finals
5:0 PM World Finals
Dinner Concessions
11:00 PM World Finals Retreat
11:45 PM Meet bus head to Omaha
Bag lunches on bus ride home
10:00 AM Bus 1 & 2 arrive in Bellevue for 1st drop off
10:30 AM Bus #2 to Burke for 2nd drop off

You will need $ for the following meals:
WED., (Lunch)
THUR. (Lunch)
FRI. (Possible lunch and dinner TBA)
SAT. (Lunch and Concessions dinner)

NSAA District Band Adjudication – Wind Ensemble


EVENT: NSAA District Band Adjudication
GROUP: Wind Ensemble
DATE: Thursday, April 23, 2015
LOCATION: Benson High School

2:15 PM – Report to Band room, get dressed in uniform
2:30 PM – Depart for Benson High School
4:25 PM – Wind Ensemble Adjudication
5:15 PM – Load busses
5:30 PM – Depart for Burke High School
6:00 PM – Arrive at Burke High School

EQUIPMENT: Instrument, music, mutes
DRESS: Band uniforms

Parents/guardians, family members, and friends are invited to attend the 4:25 pm performance.

Thank You,
Mr. Wright