Important Year-End and Summer Band Dates


The following information will help you navigate the busy end of the year that is May in the band world:  

  • May 15 (Mon.), 7pm: Spring Jazz Concert 
  • May 18 (Thurs.), 6:30pm (Awards), 7PM (Concert): BHS Band Concert (symphonic and concert) 
  • May 24 (Wed.), 3:30pm-5pm: BHS Drumline auditions 
  • May 29 (Mon.), 7:45am (Attendance):Memorial Day Parade 
  • May 30 (Tues.), 6:15pm (Attendance: All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors): Graduation 
  • June 1 (Thurs.), 3:15pm: Field commander and Squad leader tryouts 

In addition to this, all non-senior band members have audition music for Symphonic band, which is also your final. You will play for me during QRPs, during a break in your final schedule or during the scheduled band final time. There will be sign-up sheets on the band room door soon.  

I am still finalizing some things on next year’s band calendar.  The band camp schedule is here:

  • July 26-28 (Wed.-Fri.), 8am-3pm: Drumline Rehearsal
  • July 26 (Wed.), 10am-11:30am: Marching Band Leadership Meeting (field commanders, squad leaders)
  • July 27-28 (Thurs.-Fri.), 8am-12pm: Marching Band (Squad Leaders, New Marchers)
  • July 31-Aug. 4 (Mon.-Fri.), 8am-12pm: Full Marching Band Practice (all members; drumline continues Monday and Tuesday only until 3pm)
  • Aug. 3 (Thurs.) 12pm: Returning members uniform try-on
  • Aug. 3 (Thurs.), 6:30pm: Band info meeting, new members and parents 
  • Aug. 5 (Sat.), 10am-1pm: Door-to-Door Drive (all members)
  • Aug. 7-10 (Mon.-Thurs.), 8am-5pm: Marching Band Camp (all members)
  • Aug. 8 (Tues.), 6pm-8pm: Uniform Issue Night
  • Aug. 11 (Fri.), 8am-1pm: Morning Practice, Picture Day, Full Uniform (all members)

 We are looking forward to a great 2023-24 band year.  Have a great summer!

Mr. Allen

Bay Schools Music Students Perform in Columbus

We are very proud of Bay Schools music directors Darren Allen and Mark Awad and the students who performed with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony at the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) Conference in Columbus last week.

Three Bay Middle School students of choral director Andy Novak also performed with the All State Children’s Chorus in Columbus.

What a wonderful day of beautiful music from our talented students.

From left to right: Owen Appenheimer, Ewan Moss, Mr. Darren Allen, Miya DeBolt, Nicholas Szekely, Adam Ward, Keller Shea, Evan Trnavsky, Mr. Mark Awad
Bay Middle School students Gavin English, Kelly Rhea, and Eleni Klima are pictured with their choral director, Andy Novak. The students performed with the All State Children’s Chorus in Columbus.

Mr. Darren Allen, Bay High School band director, honored

Congratulations to our own Darren Allen for being recognized as one of 50 directors in the country to receive distinction as a “director who makes a difference”.

This recognition was from SBO magazine. You can read the full article at

Congratulations, Darren. The Bay Music Boosters are proud to support your work that is making a difference in all of our children’s lives.

Bay High School Honors String Ensemble Entertained at Santa Shop

The Bay High School Honors String Ensemble performed on Saturday, Dec. 3, at this year’s Santa Shop, hosted by the Bay Village Early Childhood PTA at Bay Presbyterian Church. Pictures from the event are below.

The Bay High School Honors String Ensemble performs at Santa Shop at Bay Presbyterian Church. (from left to right): Jennifer Kasunick, Rachel Ploenzke, Ella Deibel, and Jennifer Fuehrer.

Members of the Bay High School Honors String Ensemble are (from left to right, back row): Rachel Ploenzke, Ella Deibel, Jennifer Fuehrer; (front row): Jackson Schelzig, Nicholas Szekely, Jennifer Kasunick.

A little girl attending the Santa Shop enjoys the music of the ensemble.

Bay High School senior featured in recent local news story highlighting school music program and educators

Bay High School senior and violinist Jennifer Kasunick was recently featured in a Channel 3 news story that highlighted her experience since elementary school in the Bay schools music program. The story also showcased a piece called “Fearless”, which was written for Jen by Bay High School band director Darren Allen and which she performed at the school orchestra concert on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Please take a few minutes to watch:

Fearless Bay High School violinist grateful for dedicated music educators

Thank you from the Bay Music Boosters

Our community showed up for its students during the August 6 membership drive and fundraiser. Your support will make a difference in the lives of our young musicians, whether through new student services, exciting activities, or more learning opportunities.   

We strive to give our students the best possible music education and experiences every year. With your generous donations, we will have an incredible year of music in 2022-2023! 

In the end, your gift is going to Bay Village students, and they can’t thank you enough. 

Bay Music Boosters