Dear BHS Bearcats and LVBBA Members,

Mr. Jeff Bird

Welcome to the La Verne Band Booster Association website, home of the Bonita High School Marching Bearcats, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Drumline and Color Guard. As director of these fine ensembles, I would like to thank the La Verne Band Boosters Association for their continued support of the arts in the La Verne area. Your financial contributions and personal volunteering have helped develop an award winning and critically acclaimed high school music program.

The 2016-2017 school year is upon us and it will be a busy and exciting one! After a winter that promised the rains of El Nino, The Marching Bearcats are going to perform our own rain dance with our fall field show “Rain”. ¬†Featuring songs like “Singin’ in the Rain”, “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”and “Here Comes the Sun”, it sure to be entertaining.

During the fall season, the LVBBA has several fundraisers planned to help support the program. On August 27th there’s a Poker/Bunco night, September 10th we are hosting a 5k run/walk at Heritage Park, October 1st we are hosting our own SCSBOA Field Tournament at Glen Davis Stadium, and October 10th is our 4th Annual Golf Tournament at Sierra La Verne Country Club.

The holiday season has become a busy one for the band in recent years as the Wind and Jazz Ensembles have become very popular in the area with the You’ve Been Band caroling project and private dinner parties. If you have an occasion that would benefit from the talents and holiday cheer of these groups, please contact me.

The winter brings a big transition for the program. After taking to the streets of Disney’s California Adventure, the Marching Band splits to become the superior rated Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. The Color Guard becomes the WGASC gold medal award winning Winter Guard. The Drumline embarks on their own season in the extremely competitive SCPA circuit. Finally, the Jazz Ensemble continues to hone thier skills in preparation for March’s Swingin’ With The Big Bands gala at the Fox Theater in Pomona.

Two special events will keep the band active in the spring as we host the 2nd Annual SCSBOA Band and Orchestra Festival in March and the 1st Annual BUSD Jazz Explosion Band Festival in April. Both events including our final Spring Concert will be held at the Bonita Center for the Arts.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bird

This is Mr. Bird’s 18th year of teaching and his 13th year at Bonita High School. Mr. Bird was raised in Lockport, NY, got his BMusEd Degree from the College of Wooster, OH and his MMA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. ¬†Besides teaching instrumental music, Mr. Bird also teaches History of Rock n’ Roll and AP Music Theory at Bonita High School.