Bryan Bands and Orchestras
Striving for the highest in musicianship and character
"Never settle for less than your best."
Mr. Rudy Semar grew up in the St. Louis area and received his Bachelor's in Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. There he studied trumpet with Jason Johnson, David Hunsicker, and Steve Erickson and studied conducting with Dr. James Saker.
In 2012 he began his teaching career at Bryan Middle where he teaches two bands, two orchestras, two music technology courses, and works with the Bryan High band as well. Mr. Semar directed the Omaha Public Schools All-City Middle School Orchestra in February 2016. He is an active performer with community bands around the metro and educator working with Omaha Area Youth Orchestras Prelude Strings.
Mr. Semar lives in Bellevue, NE with his wife and young son.
18-19 Instrumental Performance and Activities Calendar
NSBA State Marching Contest
10/20/18 at Millard South
Bryan High Performs, BMS students welcome and invited to attend (optional)
8th Grade "Hauntcert" at Bryan Middle
10/25/18 Call Time: 6:30pm, Program start: 7:00
Students perform wearing their Halloween costumes (no masks please)
8th Grade Band and Orchestra visit Bryan High Music Department at BHS
11/8/18 and 11/9/18 during 2nd Block
7th Grade Concert at Bryan Middle
11/15/18 Call Time: 6:30pm, Program start: 7:00
Bryan High Music Department Visits Bryan Middle
12/7/18 during school at Bryan MS
All City Music Festival Rehearsals (at Lewis & Clark MS) - For selected students
8:20am Meet at Bryan MS, take bus to L&C
11:20am Pick up students from Bryan MS
Winter Concert (8th Grade Band with Chorus)
12/13/18 - Call time 6:30pm, Program start: 7:00
All City Field Trip Rehearsal at South HS
2/1/19 - during school day
All City Band/Orchestra Final Rehearsal and Performance at Holland Performing Arts Center
2/2/19 – time TBA
Please note that the Chorus Concert is on a different date, (2/3/19)
Bryan MS Elementary Tour (8th Grade band/orch)
2/21/19 - during school day, time TBD
8th Grade Adjudication (band/orch)
2/28/19 - 3/1/19 – during school day, time TBD
8th Grade Band Plays with BHS Band at HS Basketball Game
Date TBD - Usually in March on a Friday evening
Band Festival at Millard South HS (7th and 8th Grade Bands)
Date TBD - Usually in April on a weekday evening
Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony at BRYAN HIGH AUDITORIUM
Band/Orchestra Call Time: 5:30, Program 6:00
Chorus Concert at 7:30 (Band/Orch students not required to stay for Chorus program)
Orchestra Festival at Millard South HS (8th Grade Orchestra)
5/11/19 - Morning, specific times TBD
Every two weeks, students will earn a formative grade in the following three standards.
1) Literacy and Application
· Turn in a completed Bellwork sheet
· Pass your biweekly playing test
· Participate in class daily and take your playing test, pass or fail.
Grade Period Due Dates:
Band - Orchestra - Music Technology