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Nocona band director invited to be part of band directors Macy’s entry

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Erin Hanson, band director at Nocona High School, has been selected to join a marching band of 400 band directors from across the country in the historic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 23.
Following its amazing inaugural appearance in the 2022 Rose Parade, the Saluting America’s Band Directors project is again bringing together band directors from across the county to New York city under the theme, “America’s band directors: We teach music. We teach life.”
In her ninth year at NHS, Hanson said Bowie Junior High Band Director Robert Frick and former BISD director Melissa Zamzow told her how much fun they had performing in the Rose Bowl Parade and they shared the information with her about the Macy’s Parade.
“I applied and was accepted in August 2022. I’m really excited to march in the parade and also getting to perform with some of my best friends and other directors from around the country,” said Hanson.
This year’s theme recognizes the extraordinary dedication and accomplishments of band directors and music educators everywhere. Throughout their careers, the music educators in this band have collectively mentored and taught hundreds of thousands of students. These professionals not only teach and direct music, they teacher about life itself.
The band will be directors by nationally know music educator and innovative band directors Jon Waters. The sponsoring organization behind the project is the Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation in Pickering, Ohio. The foundation was created to recognize and carry on the work of the late Mike Sewell, who dedicated his life to the school and community music programs in Pickerington and Central Ohio for most 40 years.
Hanson may see her fellow Nocona residents as the Nocona Cheerleaders take part in the parade with Spirit of America Cheer. See more on them in your weekend Bowie News.

Pictured Nocona Band Director Erin Hanson.

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Major BISD departments make their year-end reports

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As the Bowie School District launches into its summer projects, several department heads offered their year-end reports to the trustees last Thursday.
Annual reports
Wayne Walker, support services director, told the board the management team for all his departments set a goal to reduce budget expenses this year and so far they are below budget projections as the school year winds down and summer projects kick off.
As of June 6, child nutrition was $235,678.46 below budget; transportation, $217,942.20 below budget and custodial $312,277.44 below budget, for an overall projected amount of $765,898.10 below budget.
“We hope to finish August 2024 under budget to help out the district in recouping some of the adopt deficit budget for 2023-24. We are projecting in the right direction to end the fiscal year,” said Walker.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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M3 readies paint party fundraiser

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Bowie High School’s Mighty Marching Maroon Band will host a fundraiser paint party from 6-8 p.m. on June 18 in the high school cafeteria.
Cost is $30 to paint an 11 X 14 pre-traced canvas with $15 of each prepaid ticket going to the boosters. The band boosters will be providing snacks, and all supplies such as paint, brushes and canvas are provided.
Host will be Shannon Adkins of Texas Gals Creative Studio.

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Five schools ready graduation ceremonies for this weekend

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Five Montague County high schools will conclude their year with graduation ceremonies this week including Bowie, Forestburg, Gold-Burg, Nocona and Saint Jo.
Saint Jo graduates on May 23, Bowie, Nocona and Forestburg on May 24 and Gold-Burg on May 25.
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The Jackrabbits of Bowie will walk the stage at 8 p.m. on May 24 in Jackrabbit Stadium. The senior class selected Coach Aaron Chokas to be the class speaker. He is the boy’s head track coach and a Bowie graduate.

Read the full story and meet the top graduates of the five county high schools graduating this week across Montague County in your mid-week Bowie News.

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