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Visual and Performing Arts Department

Bakersfield City School District
Education Center
1300 Baker Street
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Phone: (661) 631-4810
Fax: (661) 324-3182

Bakersfield City School District Recognized Nationally
As One of the Best Communities for Music Education,
District Heralded for Support of Music Education

The NAMM (National Association of Music Music Merchants) Foundation has again recognized the Bakersfield City School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education designation. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the district’s music program has earned this honor.

In its 18th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum. The recognition rests on school district funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music program and community music-making programs. “Music education is a valuable component in the school curriculum. Music provides students a way to uniquely express themselves, develop strong interpersonal skills, and learn skills necessary for success in the 21st Century.

The Bakersfield City School District is proud of the many accomplishments of its music program, faculty, and students.” said Michael Stone, Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts with the District. “The Best Communities for Music Education designation affirms the District’s belief that all children should have access to quality music education. Our students receive a first-class education!”

 

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The Bakersfield City School District Music In Our Schools Week Instrumental Music Program was presented a Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association. Pictured above are District Superintendent Dr. Robert J. Arias and Music Teacher Crystal Walker receiving the Golden Bell Award at the ceremony in San Diego on December 7, 2013.

The Golden Bell Awards program, now in its 34th year, promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.

 

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Visual and Performing Arts Department
Elementary Traveling Instrumental Music Teachers’
Commitment Statements

(adopted 2013)

1. We will keep student learning at the center of our work.

2. We agree that all students can benefit from instruction in music.

3. We commit to working in a collaborative culture to ensure that high expectations are realized for student learning.

4. We will work to ensure that all children have equal access to the instrumental music program.

5. We commit to address the individual needs of our students.

6. We commit to developing the musical literacy of all students.

7. We commit to providing a positive and nurturing learning environment that encourages and rewards student responsibility and effort.

8. We are committed to providing a professional, clean, quiet, and distraction-free classroom environment that provides maximum potential for student learning.

The Bakersfield City School District is committed to delivering services consistent with our adopted Values which include equity, integrity, caring, collaboration, and personal and collective accountability. The Vision for the District is to continue being a leader in public education and to ensure that all children are inspired to achieve academic excellence. The District’s Mission is to provide all students with a comprehensive curriculum, utilize research-based strategies, provide a state of the art learning environment, make data-driven decisions, and a create a welcoming environment for parents.


District music and visual arts faculty members collaborated to create a new Visual and Performing Arts Strategic Plan for 2017-2021.  This plan will provide guidance to the work of all stakeholders as the District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department leads in public education through a collaborative and supportive learning community that ensures all students are inspired to achieve academic and artistic excellence and become life-long learners and production citizens.
Click here to see the Plan.

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More than 3,200 BCSD fifth grade students traveled to Rabobank Theater on December 7 and 8, 2017 to view a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. The annual production is presented by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Dance Center. Pictured are the dancing snowflakes who welcome Clara and her Prince as they travel through the snowy forest. The Nutcracker is the second of three Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concerts presented to students throughout the school year.


Marching Bands and Color Guards from Sequoia, Sierra, Stiern and Washington marched in the 35th Annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The bands joined nearly 100 entries in this festive parade through downtown Bakersfield. The theme for this year’s parade was A Patriotic Christmas. Pictured here is the Sequoia Middle School Marching Band under the direction of Mr. Joshua Barr.


IMG_3095The BCSD Elementary (Grades 4-6) Oral Language Festival was held on December 2, 2017, at CSU, Bakersfield. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. These students will join other winners selected in November at the District’s Junior High School (Grades 7-8) Oral Language Festival to represent the District at the Kern County Oral Language Festival.  Click here to view photos from the event, and the full list of award winners.


The halls of the Bakersfield City School District Education Center are decorated with new artwork created by dozens of young BCSD student artists for the Fall Art Gallery exhibit. A reception was held on Tuesday, November 14 to recognize these student artists. The Fall 2017 Art Gallery includes 65 pieces selected from more than 352 entries. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom, and it celebrates student achievement. Pictured is Cadence Rodrigue from Downtown School with her piece, “Egyptian Pyramid.” To see all of the student art, visit the online galleries here.


Nine BCSD Junior High and Middle School Bands marched in the 98th annual Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 10, 2017. In addition to the nine bands, marching units from Chavez, Downtown, McKinley, Mt. Vernon, and Thorner Elementary Schools also participated. Pictured is the Sequoia Middle School Marching Band, directed by Joshua Barr. More parade photos may be viewed by clicking here.


OLF.Logo.2016.RevisedThe Junior High (Grades 7-8) Oral Language Festival was held at the BCSD Education Center on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The Oral Language Festival is a competitive event where students use their dramatic and speaking skills to present literary selections with spoken words. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. The award winners may be viewed here.


Bakersfield City School District sixth grade students attended Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concert at the Rabobank Theater on November 2, 2017. Mike Hart, the morning anchor for 23ABC News, narrated performances of “Tubby the Tuba” and “Paddington Bear.” The students were introduced to the various orchestral families and instruments. More photos may be viewed by clicking here.


The District’s 4th grade students and teachers enjoyed attending The Bakersfield Music Theatre productions of “Singing in the Rain” and “Madagascar.” Students attended the performances on various dates in October of 2017 at the Bakersfield City School District’s Education Center Auditorium. Bakersfield Music Theatre and Stars Theatre focuses on quality musical theatre using primarily local talent. BMT/Stars also provides theatre enrichment programs for children at The Stars School of Performing Arts.


The Visual and Performing Arts Department held a Trombone Day at Cato Middle School on Monday, October 16, 2017. More than 240 students from the district’s elementary schools and junior high/middle schools participated in this educational experience. The event was designed to motivate students to play trombone, and to provide educational support for trombone students in 4th – 8th grades. Local music educator David Green served as the featured artist and clinician. Nick Rail Music and the Conn-Selmer Corporation helped sponsor the event. More photos may be viewed here. Click here to view local T.V. news coverage of the event.


The Junior High/Middle School Choir Sharing Festival was held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Sierra Middle School Auditorium. The 10th annual event brought together approximately 530 vocal music students. The District’s five traveling vocal music teachers each directed their schools’ combined choir in a performance, followed by an on-stage clinic. This year’s guest clinician was Dr. Jennifer Garrett, Director of Choral Activities at Bakersfield College, a Brigham Young graduate. Later the same day, the vocal music teachers participated in a professional development training lead by Dr. Garrett. More photos may be viewed here.


The District hosted its Fourth Annual Musical Instrument Rental Fair at Garza Elementary School on September 7, 2017.  The purpose of the Rental Fair is to provide our families the opportunity to learn about the various musical instrument rental plans available in the community.  Attendance was strong, with the Cafeteria full most of the evening. The Rental Fair has helped the District expand participation in the Instrumental Music Program. Local vendors participating were California Keyboards, Music and Arts, and Nick Rail Music. Music teachers, parents, and students all participated in the event, hosted by the Visual and Performing Arts Department.


Music In Our Schools Week performances were presented at 32 Bakersfield City School District elementary Schools from August 21–31. This program has been awarded the Golden Bell from the California School Boards Association. The elementary traveling instrumental music teachers present the annual assemblies to educate students about the instruments of the orchestra, and to motivate students to enroll in their school’s instrumental and vocal music programs. Throughout this assembly, students have the opportunity to participate through singing, movement and playing rhythm instruments. This year’s program featured a musical skit starring a group of pirates who use a treasure map to find instruments from each family in an orchestra. For more information about this program, click hereClick here to view photos from this program, here to view a 2-minute video story about the program, or here to view a video of the full performance.


Several members of the BCSD music faculty participated in the CSUB Kodály Institute this summer and received their Level One certification. The Kodály method uses a child-developmental approach to sequence, introducing skills according to the capabilities of the child. Elementary Instrumental Music Teacher Julianna Mumau said of the experience, “The most important concept I took away from the Kodaly workshop is the joy of teaching. If we focus on the joy of music, the students’ technical skills will follow.” Shown left to right are the graduates of the program from BCSD: Stephen Johnson, Schuyler Johnson, Martha Redstone, Julianna Mumau, Connie Sorensen, Ingrid Borja, and Maritza Borja, along with Michael Stone and Steve Engel from the VAPA Department.


The Elementary Festival Concert was in the Rabobank Arena on May 22, 2017. Students from every District elementary school participated in the event. Third grade students performed in the Flutophone Ensemble while fourth through sixth grade students performed in the Concert Honor Orchestra, the Symphonic Honor Orchestra and Festival Chorus. The concert showcases the musical skills learned by the children in their music classes. The concert concluded with all four ensembles performing the grand finale, God Bless America. Pictured here is the Concert Honor Orchestra, conducted by Traveling Elementary Music Teacher Jeff Zelinka. Click here to view a collection of photos from the event.


The Academic Pentathlon Super Quiz was held at Stiern Middle School on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Teams from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades competed in the areas of Literature, Essay (6th grade only), Mathematics, History-Social Science and Science. The Super Quiz is the public portion of the competition where the teams answer questions in a format similar to a television game show. An awards ceremony follows with winning students and teams presented bronze, silver, and gold medals.Pictured here is the team from Chavez Elementary School. Click here to view a collection of photos from the event.


On May 15, 2017, the 61st Annual Junior High/Middle School Honor Concert was held at the Rabobank Theater. This event features the outstanding musical talents of BCSD Jr. High and Middle School students. The ensembles include the 6th Grade Festival Orchestra, Honor Orchestra, Honor Band and Honor Choir. Each ensemble presents three selections directed by a guest conductor. The concert concluded with all of the ensembles performing  America. Click here to view a collection of photos.


The halls of the Bakersfield City School District Education Center are decorated with new artwork created by dozens of young BCSD student artists for the Spring Art Gallery exhibit. A reception was held on Tuesday, April 25 to recognize these student artists. The Spring 2017 Art Gallery includes 65 pieces selected from more than 500 entries. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom, and it celebrates student achievement. Pictured is Emily Street from the Thorner Elementary with her untitled piece. To see all of the student art, visit the online galleries here.


Congratulations to the District’s junior high/middle school choirs for their outstanding participation at the 1st Annual Bakersfield City School District Junior High/Middle School Choir Standards Festival, held on March 9, 2017 on the campus of Bakersfield College. At this inaugural event, our District choir students excelled! Eleven choirs from throughout the District performed for a panel of professional educational adjudicators. After each performance, one of the adjudicators provided immediate feedback to students. Additionally, all students were assessed through a sight-reading process whereby students were required to demonstrate their musical literacy. Students earned Good, Excellent, and Superior ratings, in alignment with District Performance  Standards. This event serves as a benchmark for focusing choral music instruction in the District.  More than 400 District students participated at the Event. Pictured is the Stiern Mixed Choir conducted by their vocal music teacher, Maritza Borja. Click here to see KGET’s coverage of the event, here to see 23ABC’s coverage of the event, and here to see a collection of photos.


Eighteen Junior High and Middle School bands and orchestras performed at the Bakersfield City School District Band and Orchestra Standards Festival. The eleventh annual event was held on March 2nd in the Doré Theatre on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield. The ensembles are assessed on several elements of music performance by a panel of three highly qualified music educators. After the performance on stage, students participate in a clinic presented by one of the judges. Pictured is the Sequoia Middle School Advanced Band conducted by their music teacher, Joshua Barr. Click here to see local new coverage of the event, and here to see a collection of photos.


The halls of the Bakersfield City School District Education Center are adorned with new artwork created by dozens of young BCSD student artists for the Winter Art Gallery exhibit. A reception was held on Tuesday, February 28 to honor these student artists. The Fall 2016 Art Gallery includes 65 pieces selected from more than 300 entries. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom, and it celebrates student achievement. Pictured is Estefany Cano from the BCSD Migrant Academy with her piece, Peacock in the Rain. To see all of the student art, visit the online galleries here.


Henry Greve 2017 (4)The BCSD Henry Greve Speech Contest was held on February 7, 2017, in the Education Center Boardroom. Twelve Jr. High and Middle School students delivered prepared speeches between 4½ and seven minutes in length. “America’s Promise: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” was this year’s topic. The students are judged in the areas of content, language, and delivery. The four highest scoring speakers are invited to represent the district at the county competition which will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, City Centre Building, 1300 17th Street, Room 1B. Pictured is first place winner, Victoria Hurley from Chipman Jr. High School. Complete event results and additional photos may be viewed here.


Young People's Concert YPC 020317Bakersfield City School District third grade students attended Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concert at the Rabobank Theater on February 3, 2017. The program, entitled The Music Time Machine, featured the program showcased different period of history through orchestral music. The students enjoyed music by composers from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic, and Contemporary periods. The program concluded with Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra presenting the different orchestral families and instruments.


Spelling Bee 2017 Region 1 (15)The Bakersfield City School District Spelling Bee was held January 17 & 19, 2017, in the Education Center Auditorium. The schools are divided into two regions with eighteen schools in Region I and nineteen schools in Region II. The top four students from each region go on to compete in the Kern County Spelling Bee. Students have the opportunity to advance all the way to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Pictured are: Joshua Vibal, Region I 1st Place winner from Stiern Middle School and Jose Rangel, Region II 1st Place winner from Compton Junior High School. Both students will compete at the Kern County Spelling Bee, organized by the Kern County Retired Teachers Association, on Monday, March 6, 2017 in the BCSD Education Center Auditorium. Complete event results and additional photos may be viewed here.

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Sierra_MB_NOR_16Marching Bands and Color Guards from Sequoia, Sierra, Stiern and Washington marched in the 44th Annual North of the River Childen’s Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The theme for this year’s parade was Candy Land Christmas. Pictured here is the Sierra Middle School Marching Band. More parade photos may be viewed here.


Nutcracker 121015 (61)More than 3,200 BCSD fifth grade students traveled to Rabobank Theater on December 8 and 9, 2016 to view a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. The annual production is presented by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Dance Center. Pictured are the toy soldiers led by the Nutcracker as they prepare for battle with the mice. The Nutcracker is the second of three Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concerts presented to students throughout the school year.


IMG_3095The BCSD Elementary (Grades 4-6) Oral Language Festival was held on December 3, 2016, at CSU, Bakersfield. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. These students will join other winners selected in November at the District’s Junior High School (Grades 7-8) Oral Language Festival to represent the District at the Kern County Oral Language Festival.  The county event will take place on January 28, 2017. The full list of award winners may be viewed here.


Cato - Bakersfield Christmas Parade 2016Marching Bands and Color Guards from Cato, Chipman, Compton, Curran, and Emerson marched in the 34th Annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 1, 2016. The bands joined nearly 100 entries in this festive parade through downtown Bakersfield. The theme for this year’s parade was Stories of Christmas. Pictured here is the Cato Middle School Marching Band.


The halls of the Bakersfield City School District Education Center are adorned with new artwork created by dozens of young BCSD student artists for the Fall Art Gallery exhibit. A reception was held on Tuesday, November 15 to honor these student artists. The Fall 2016 Art Gallery includes 65 pieces selected from more than 400 entries. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom, and it celebrates student achievement. Pictured is Leanna Lopez from Chipman Junior High School speaking about her piece, Acceptance.” To see all of the student art, visit the Fall 2016 Online Art Gallery, or past art galleries here.


Nine BCSD Junior High and Middle School Bands marched in the 97th annual Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11, 2016. In addition to the nine bands, marching units from Chavez, McKinley, Mt. Vernon, Thorner, and Williams Elementary Schools also participated. Pictured is the Sierra Middle School Marching Band, directed by Tony Aguilar. More parade photos may be viewed here.


YPC Nov 2016 (2)Bakersfield City School District sixth grade students attended Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concert at the Rabobank Theater on November 4, 2016. The students enjoyed the interesting program led by conductor Stilian Kirov. This event was one of three Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s performances that are presented to students during the school year.


OLF.Logo.2016.RevisedThe Junior High (Grades 7-8) Oral Language Festival was held at the BCSD Education Center on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Students compete in five events: Serious Interpretation Solo, Serious Interpretation Duo, Humorous Interpretation Solo, Humorous Interpretation Duo, and Verse Choir. The award winners may be viewed here.


Choir Festival 2016 (74 edited)The Junior High/Middle School Choir Sharing Festival was held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Sierra Middle School Auditorium. Choirs from the district’s junior high and middle schools gathered for the 9th annual event. The district’s five traveling vocal music teachers each directed their schools’ combined choir in a performance, followed by an on-stage clinic by Dr. Angel Vasquez-Ramos, Director of Vocal Music, California State University, Bakersfield. More than 400 students participated in the event. Later the same day, the vocal music teachers participated in a professional development training lead by Dr. Vasquez-Ramos. More photos may be viewed here.


More than 800 singers from Kern County, including more than 100 from Bakersfield City School District, participated in the Real Men Sing choir workshop held at Bakersfield High School’s Harvey Auditorium on Friday, September 23, 2016. The purpose of the event is to bring together students from the top choirs throughout Kern County to learn under the direction of a guest clinician. This year’s clinician was Mr. Travis Rogers, Director of Choral Music at Napa High School. Teachers received professional development on working with male vocalists. The event was sponsored by the Kern High School District Choral Faculty. More photos may be viewed here.


The District hosted its Third Annual Musical Instrument Rental Fair at Garza Elementary School on September 8, 2016.  The purpose of the Rental Fair is to provide our families the opportunity to learn about the various musical instrument rental plans available in the community.  Attendance was strong, with the Cafeteria full most of the evening. The Rental Fair has helped the District expand participation in the Instrumental Music Program over the past three years, with participation at an all-time high last school year. Local vendors participating were California Keyboards, Music and Arts, and Nick Rail Music. Music teachers, parents, and students all participated in the event, hosted by the Visual and Performing Arts Department.


Music In Our Schools Week performances were presented at 32 Bakersfield City School District elementary Schools from August 26–31. This program has been awarded the Golden Bell from the California School Boards Association. The elementary traveling instrumental music teachers present the annual assemblies to educate students about the instruments of the orchestra, and to motivate students to enroll in their school’s instrumental and vocal music programs. Throughout this assembly, students have the opportunity to participate through singing, movement and playing rhythm instruments. For more information, click here, or view the Music in Our Schools Week highlights video.


The Elementary Festival Concert was in the Rabobank Arena on May 23, 2016. Students from every District elementary school participated in the event. Third grade students performed in the Flutophone Ensemble while fourth through sixth grade students performed in the String Ensemble, Honor Orchestra and Festival Chorus. The concert showcases the musical skills learned by the children in their music classes. Pictured is the Honor Orchestra, conducted by Traveling Elementary Music Teacher Karl Stratemeier.

 


The Academic Pentathlon Super Quiz was held at Stiern Middle School on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Teams from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades competed in the areas of Literature, Essay (6th grade only), Mathematics, History-Social Science and Science. The Super Quiz is the public portion of the competition where the teams answer questions in a format similar to a television game show. An awards ceremony follows with winning students and teams presented bronze, silver, and gold medals.

 


On May 16, 2016, the Junior High/Middle School Honor Concert was held at the Rabobank Theater. This annual event features the outstanding musical talents of BCSD Jr. High and Middle School students. The ensembles include the 6th Grade Festival Orchestra, Honor Orchestra, Honor Band and Honor Choir. Each ensemble presents three selections directed by a guest conductor. The concert concluded with all of the ensembles performing God Bless America.

 


The Bakersfield City School District offices are adorned with new creative art pieces prepared by dozens of young BCSD student artists for the Spring Art Gallery exhibit. A reception was held on Tuesday, April 26 at the BCSD Education Center to honor these student artists. The Spring 2016 Art Gallery includes 66 pieces selected from nearly 300 entries. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom, and it celebrates student achievement. Pictured is Treasure O’Brien from Franklin Elementary School with her piece, “Blue Dog.” To see all of the student art, visit the Spring 2016 Online Art Gallery, or past art galleries here.


Nine Junior High/Middle School Advanced Choirs performed at the California Music Educators Association Choir Ratings Festival held at Norris Middle School on March 16 and 17, 2016. The ensembles are assessed on several elements of music performance by a panel of three highly qualified music educators. After the performance on stage, students participate in a clinic presented by one of the judges. This is the first year all nine BCSD choirs have performed in such an event. Pictured is the Emerson Advanced Choir conducted by their vocal music teacher, Nichole Heasley.


Congratulations to the College Heights Elementary School Orchestra for earning Unanimous Superior ratings at the California Music Educators Association Ratings Festival held at Independence High School on March 11, 2016. The Unanimous Superior rating designates the finest possible performance for ensembles. Elementary Traveling Instrumental Music Teacher Mr. Nick Olmos conducts the College Heights Orchestra. We can all be very proud of these students and their director!


Eighteen Junior High and Middle School  bands and orchestras performed at the Bakersfield City School District Band and Orchestra Standards Festival. The tenth annual event was held on March 10th in the Doré Theatre on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield. The ensembles are assessed on several elements of music performance by a panel of three highly qualified music educators. After the performance on stage, students participate in a clinic presented by one of the judges. Pictured is the Cato Middle School Advanced Strings conducted by their music teacher, Daniel Hernandez.


A reception was held on Tuesday, February 23 at the BCSD Education Center to honor the student artists whose artworks were selected for the Winter Art Gallery. Student artists and their families were invited to enjoy refreshments as they strolled the halls viewing the collection of outstanding artworks. The gallery encourages and reinforces quality art instruction in the classroom. Pictured is Marjorie Matthews from Downtown School with her piece, “The Great Wave.” To see all of the student art, visit the Online Gallery and the additional story here.


Henry Greve 2016 (9)The BCSD Henry Greve Speech Contest was held on February 18, 2016, in the Education Center Boardroom. Fifteen Jr. High and Middle School students delivered prepared speeches between 4½ and seven minutes in length. “Do Wealth and Possessions Equal Happiness?” was this year’s topic. The students are judged in the areas of content, language, and delivery. The four highest scoring speakers are invited to represent the district at the Kern County Henry Greve Speech Contest on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Pictured is first place winner, Emma Isabel Coleman from Chipman Jr. High SchoolMore awards and photos


Bakersfield City School District third grade students attended Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s Concert at the Rabobank Theater on February 5, 2016. The program, entitled Musical Natures, featured music by Handel, Beethoven, De Falla, Stravinsky, and the Disney movie Frozen. Musical Natures was the third of three Bakersfield Symphony Young People’s performances that are presented to students during the school year.


Chipman Jr. High School student Ethan Howard successfully auditioned for and was accepted into the 2016 California All-State Jr. High School Honor Band. The state honor band will rehearse for several days in February and present a concert at the state music conference in San Jose. The eighth grade student has been playing trombone for five years. Ethan’s music teacher at Chipman is also his father, Mark Howard.


The Bakersfield City School District Spelling Bee was held January 12 & 14, 2016, in the Education Center Auditorium. The schools are divided into two regions with eighteen schools in Region I and nineteen schools in Region II. The top four students from each region go on to compete in the Kern County Spelling Bee. Students have the opportunity to advance all the way to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Pictured are: Aydan Olaez, Region I 1st Place winner from Owens Intermediate School and Joshua Vibal, Region II 1st Place winner from Stiern Middle School. Both students will compete at the Kern County Spelling Bee, organized by the Kern County Retired Teachers Association, on Monday, March 7, 2016 in the BCSD Education Center Auditorium.
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The district music programs have performed winter concerts at all elementary and junior high/middle school sites. The concerts feature diverse ensembles including 3rd grade Flutophone, bands, string orchestras, glee clubs, and choirs. Students enjoy the school-day performances, and family members have appreciated well-attended evening concerts. Pictured are the instrumental ensembles at Cato Middle School under the direction of Daniel Hernandez. Kudos to our district’s outstanding music teachers and students!


Junior High and Middle School Bands from Emerson, Curran, Cato, Compton, and Chipman marched in the 43rd Annual North of the River Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 12, 2015. This year’s theme was 60 Years of Christmas Cheer. Pictured is the Curran Middle School Marching Band directed by Robert Morales. More parade photos.


Junior High and Middle School Bands from Sequoia, Washington, Sierra, and Stiern marched in the 33rd Annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 3, 2015. The bands joined over 100 entries in the festive parade through downtown Bakersfield. This year’s theme for the parade was A Hometown Christmas. Pictured is the Washington Middle School Marching Band. The band is directed by Stephen JohnsonMore parade photos.


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