Burlingame High School Music Programs
Introduction to music at Burlingame High School
The BHS Music Department band and choir classes are open to all BHS students and begin on the first day of school as part of the students’ regular class schedule.
The Band Program is directed by Kristin Kunzelman.
The Choral Program is directed by Shawn Reifschneider.
The BHS bands and choirs entertain at home football and basketball games, pep rallies, community events, parades, graduation, and numerous concerts. As part of the music education curriculum, all band classes combine together to form the Marching Band and Pep Band. In addition the band and choral ensembles annually compete at Music Festivals such as Heritage Festivals and California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Festivals.
Those enrolled in band and choir are also offered an opportunity to audition for select groups that rehearse outside of the regular school day. Jazz Band is offered before school, while Chamber Singers is scheduled after school. Auditions are in the spring for the following school year.
Connect and contribute
We will strive to keep the music calendar up-to-date. So come here to view it or subscribe to it.
Email is the primary method of communicating with all students and parents, so register here to stay in the know. (No need to register if you already receive emails from Music Boosters)
Donations are critical to covering our music program costs. Donate here to ensure a quality educational experience continues.
What's Happening Next?
Wed May 22 Year-end Awards and Potluck Dinner, 6:00pm-8:00pm, BHS Cafeteria
Mon May 27 Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade, 10:00am, BHS Marching Band, Band Uniforms worn
Thurs May 30 BHS Graduation, Arrival Time 1pm, All Choir and (non-Senior) Band, BHS Football Field
Mon July 29 - Friday Aug 2 Band Camp for academic year 2019-2020
CMEA Music Festival
Video of full performance by the Wind Ensemble at this link: https://youtu.be/kcbDRnm0mGg
Thank you to Paul Zawilski, our BHS choral piano accompanist, for donating his time to make the video.
This year's Playathon was a great success! The raffle tickets and bake sale items generated funds to help support future music program needs; many parents and others volunteered; and the music was fantastic. For more pictures please click on the link: Plaython 2019 Pictures
Last month with Ms. Kunzelman conducting, wind ensemble and concert bands treated several hundred 2nd and 3rd graders from Burlingame to an outstanding performance. Band staff (Madison Kong, Katrina Lee, Eric Broman, Ben Sherstinsky, Eugenia Zhang, Grace Shin and Cherilyn Yu) introduced pieces from Star Wars, Mulan, Aladdin, Pocahontas and various Pixar movies. The band staff skillfully engaged the crowd when presenting and describing each instrument. Children seemed particularly enthusiastic about the "Harry Potter" theme music as demonstrated on bells by Verona Teo and "Frozen" songs performed on clarinet by Gracy Burdick and Eugenia Zhang and on bassoon by Eric Broman and Declan Parker. The hands-down favorite, however, were Justin Hee and Bing Lin playing a "Mario Bros." tune on oboe. Many thanks to Shelley Cheng for the photos and to June Hee, Debbie Hirth and Andrea Duran for ushering guests.
Halloween at Washington and McKinley Schools
Photo by June Hee