Buffalo grapplers hungry for more

Bison turn page after huge season

Buffalo skates past Osseo

Bison earn first W

Buffalo Special Olympic Bowling enjoys big year

BDT completes first series of meets

BHS Music to host three upcoming events

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Boys Basketball Preview

Former Bison star ready for new challenge

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Buffalo fans are pretty familiar with the new voice of this year’s Bison boys’ basketball team.

Josh Ortmann, Buffalo’s all-time scoring leader and standout player on the Class 4A state championship squad of 2006-07, moves from assistant coach to head coach. He replaces Nick Guida, who stepped down from his position last winter.

“Coach Guida has done a tremendous job the past 13 years building the foundation and expectation of Buffalo basketball,” Ortmann said. “I hope to carry it on.”

Ortmann graduated from BHS in 2007, and later went on to have a successful college career, graduating in 2011 from St. Cloud State University. He said his style will showcase some of the same thought processes he’s learned playing under both Guida, and former SCSU head coach Kevin Schlagel.

“There are times you’re going to see things very similar to Nick Guida, and people who followed St. Cloud State basketball the past 15 years will see some similarities to how Kevin Schlagel did things up there, too,” Ortmann said. “I was fortunate enough to play for two extremely talented coaches. I’m my own guy, so you definitely will see some different traits from different people.”

Players already are noticing a big difference.

“Practice is a lot harder than it was last year, but it’s been a lot of fun,” said senior Brytan Matzke.

“It’s a lot more of an aggressive style offense,” said senior Noah Evans. “I think we’re going to shoot a lot more in games. We’ll be a lot more conditioned. I think the changes are good for us.”

Evans and Matzke are two of five returning varsity seniors to see the floor last season – a year most in the program would soon rather forget, finishing with a 6-21 overall record – the worst season under Guida’s tenure.

“Our defense was pretty bad last year,” Matzke said. “If we can play more as a team on defense, we will be able to score more on offense.”

Just three years removed from qualifying for the 2013-14 state tournament, Buffalo has since posted two straight losing seasons.

This year’s senior class includes varsity returners: Dylan Rohlin, Mitch Gabrelcik, and Andrew Johnson. Five other seniors on the roster hope to change the culture back to its winning ways.

“The toughest part of last year, was we were okay with losing,” Evans said. “I hated that so much. This year we have a lot better attitude. Guys are feeling like we want to win and need to win. That should improve our record a lot.”

On a team that was offensively challenged a year ago, Rohlin comes back as the top returning scorer averaging 8.2 points per game. Only Dusty Willert (10.6) averaged double figures in scoring.

With a new system in place, a fresh attitude, and some new faces stepping up, Ortmann expects bigger and better things for 2016-17.

“We’ve had a lot of kids do what the coaching staff has asked them to do,” Ortmann said. “We’re going to come out and compete like crazy. The wins and loss column will take care of itself. We have a bunch of guys eager to get this going and play some good basketball.”

Among some of the newer, older faces to this year’s varsity roster include seniors: Brady Bauman, Derek Nauman, Jake VanDenEinde, Nate Rabusch, Tyler Johnson, and McKael Loomis.

Ortmann also expects some younger faces to make an impact. Freshmen Brandon Maatz and Aidan Bouman are expected to contribute, as would have fellow freshman Tony Dahl, who will miss the entire year due to an ACL and torn meniscus injury suffered in football last fall.

“Unfortunately, we took a pretty big loss with the injury to Tony. He showed us in the off-season he definitely belonged with us,” Ortmann said. “But, we’re fortunate enough to have a darn strong freshmen class.”

One thing that won’t change from past seasons is the competitive non-conference schedule.

Buffalo opens with two non-section opponents starting with a 7 p.m. road game Friday, Dec. 2 at Andover, and 7:15 p.m. home game Tuesday, Dec. 6 against Wayzata. Three straight section opponents follow in Moorhead, St. Cloud Tech, and Elk River.

Buffalo finished 2-7 in section play a year ago, which ended with a 65-53 road loss in the Section 8-4A quarterfinals at Elk River.

“You look at our section, Maple Grove and St. Cloud Tech are probably expected to have a really good year,” Ortmann said. “For us to be where we want to be, we need to be able to compete with these teams. I truly believe it will pay big dividends at the end of the season.”

The Bison started 0-7 a year ago facing a similar schedule.

“If we can get a few early wins, our confidence level is going to go way up,” Matzke said.

With the loss of 10 seniors and a veteran head coach, nobody is more excited for a fresh start than Ortmann, who looks to build the program back into the once-powerhouse it was when he played.

“This is a special place for me,” Ortmann said. “I’m fortunate enough to come back and coach these guys.”

Ortmann chuckled when asked if he plans on being as visible from the sidelines as Guida was.

“I don’t know if you can ever be as vocal as Nick,” Ortmann said. “I’ll tell you what, I’m just as passionate.”


Wrestling Preview

Buffalo grapplers hungry for more

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Last year’s 7-12 dual record didn’t indicate the positive strides the Bison wrestling program continues to make.

Following a 14-9 season two years ago under former head coach Jason Maurer, Ben Presler came in his rookie season and guided Buffalo to fourth-place finish in Section 5-3A and coached four individuals to state.

“Coach Presler wanted to wrestle a lot better teams a year ago, so our win total was down a bit,” said senior captain Charlie DesMarais. “This year, I feel we’ll be a lot better. Including myself, we have at least six kids that have a good chance of going to state.”

DesMarais was one of the four to qualify for last year’s individual state tournament at Xcel Energy Center. He and junior Jacob Scherber made their first career appearance. Sophomore Riley Habisch made his second straight appearance, and Adam Treptau made his fifth.

All four wrestlers were defeated in the first round. Wrestle-backs were unavailable for everyone except Treptau, who finished sixth and became the first Bison wrestler to ever reach the state podium twice in his career.

With Buffalo’s all-time career wins leader no longer on the team, coaches and wrestlers have noticed a difference.

“I’m sure it’s weird for these guys not having Adam in the practice room,” Presler said. “For me, it was nice to have that senior leader that has been there and done that.”

Presler relied heavily on Treptau, not only on the mat, but early in the season where everything was new.

“Last year was my first year at a new school, but also my first year as a head coach,” Presler said. “Now that I have those coaching responsibilities under wraps a little bit more, I can spend a little more time focusing on the kids. I’m looking forward to that.”

Picking up the slack in the room will be left up to guys like DesMarais, Scherber, and junior Caleb Drews. All three will serve this year as team captains.

“Those guys, along with Habisch, who has been here a few years now, are the ones we’ll look to lead,” Presler said. “But, I say that kind of hesitantly. We have a lot of experienced leaders spread out throughout the room.”

Even without Treptau wrestling at his usual 195 or 220 spots, Presler expects a more balanced lineup.

“Last year, we had a whole bunch of guys taking up 2-3 weight classes,” Presler said. “This year, they have grown and the work they have put in during the off-season has kind of let them spread out on their own. It should make for a pretty good lineup.”

Scherber wrestled at 170-pounds a year ago and is hopeful of wrestling most the season this year at 182.

Sophomore Tommy Samson is one of four returning wrestlers that missed the top-2 state cutoff by one place at last year’s section meet. Samson likely will wrestle at 113.

Sophomore Ben Ruhr, junior Caleb Drews, and senior Fletcher Durand also placed third, as did departed seniors Jared Meyer and Cole Scherber.

Ruhr will likely jump two weight classes from 106 to 120. DesMarais will jump from 132 to 138. Habisch to 145, Drews to 152, and junior Josh Anderson to 160, with Scherber at 182.

“I feel we’ll have bursts of some really solid weight classes, and then maybe have gaps higher up,” DesMarais said. “Kids will have to step up and fill those gaps.”

The biggest gap will come in the heavier weights. After Scherber, Buffalo still has openings at 195 and 220. Junior Seamus Filkens returns for his second season wrestling at 285. Sophomore Hunter Hendricks also has experience in the heavier weight classes.

“I think we’ll have some experience throughout the whole lineup,” Scherber said. “Some guys more than others, but guys have put in work in the off-season. I also think we’re coming in a pretty conditioned team.”

Ranked among the top-10 in his weight class a year ago, Scherber is both confident and determined to get back to state.

“There’s a few wrestlers in the section I might have to watch out for,” Scherber said. “We’ll have to wait and see where everyone goes throughout the season. But right now, it’s looking pretty good.”

As for his experience at the Xcel, it’s one he hopes to relive.

“Growing up, we always went down to state and we would see the tournament through the stands,” Scherber said. “To be able to go down below and experience it as a wrestler was special. Even though we didn’t do that well at state, the experience was the most important thing.”        

Buffalo has the luxury of inheriting former White Bear Lake wrestler, junior transfer JJ Andress, who posted a 2-2 record in last year’s state tournament at 106 pounds.

Andress should solidify Ruhr’s old spot at 106 pounds. Seventh-grader Owen Herbst and eighth-grader Ryan Scherber will also battle for spots in the lightweight classes.

Including DesMarais, Buffalo has three other seniors on the varsity squad in Hunter Newman and James Kesler. DesMarais knows he can’t offer the same leadership qualities Treptau offered, but early on, it’s been more of a team approach.

“Jacob, Caleb, and I have kind of delegated between each other those leadership roles,” DesMarais said.

Buffalo will skip the individual tournament they usually open each year at Osseo. Instead, they will open with a 5 p.m. quadrangular at Elk River.

“We’re not going to Osseo this year,” Presler said. “I want to be able to do a dual and see everyone wrestle to start the year. It’s a little more organized. An individual tournament, you’re off by yourself.”

Presler is hopeful a few other experienced wrestlers make their way to the gym prior to the Elk River quad. If not, he still remains confident in his current group.

“The guys we have coming back are all a year better than what we had last year,” Presler said. “Anything short of what we finished last year would be a disappointment. We had a few guys last year that stayed home that were disappointed with staying home. Hopefully they take the steps to get there this year.”


Bison turn page after huge season

Gymnastics Preview

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

The Buffalo gymnastics squad enjoyed a breakout season a year ago. But this year’s returning letter winners are not dwelling on the past.

“We definitely have high expectations for ourselves this year,” said senior captain Allie Merz. “But we are trying not to compare everything to last year. It’s a new year and things will be different.”

One noticeable difference is a much smaller varsity squad. With the graduation of four seniors, and a handful of others that did not return, the 2016-17 squad had 11 on its varsity roster.

Not returning to the squad are departed seniors: Mallorie Habisch, Mallory Hedden, Natalie Heuton, and Delaney Nord. Also, junior Alex Zeiss, a state participant on floor her freshman year, along with junior Mya Lubben, sophomore Faith Winter, and a couple other junior varsity girls elected to pursue other interests.

Merz knows with less girls, more gymnasts will have to step to the plate – including herself.

“Since we are a much smaller team this year, we will all have to compete in every event,” Merz said. “I personally am most excited to compete on the balance beam. I’ve been injured the last two years, so it’s been awhile since I’ve competed on it. We’ve all been working beam a lot, so that makes me even more excited for it.”

Beam and floor exercise were two of Buffalo’s strengths a year ago, particularly floor, where Buffalo finished first in all but one of its meets.

Only defending section champion St. Cloud Tech spoiled a near-perfect season on floor.

“I think those two will be our strongest events again this year,” Merz said. “We always do well on floor and beam. We have been working really hard on gaining more difficult skills to help meet all event requirements.”

With some key faces gone, Buffalo returns two of its biggest contributors in eighth-grader Madi Peters, and junior Amanda Montplaisir.

Both gymnasts came from their respective club teams a year ago and qualified for state in their first varsity seasons.

Montplaisir finished 17th at state in all-around and earned a spot on the same podium as Peters. Montplaisir finished fourth on the balance beam. Peters was sixth.

“Amanda and Madi will again put their excellent technique and execution on the apparatus,” said head coach Martha Driscoll-Nelson. “Both are especially skilled and solid balance-beam workers. These athletes also are formidable on the other three events.”

Montplaisir was the first Bison to qualify for the state meet in All-Around since Michelle (Saxton) Keenan did it 18 years ago.

Driscoll-Nelson’s 7-1 squad a year ago was her most successful Bison team since the Saxton-led squad qualified for state in 1997-98.

Buffalo scored at least 140 or more in four meets a year ago and tallied its highest score (141.60) since the 1997-98 squad tallied a team record 143.475. Ironically, the 141.60 resulted in the Bison’s only loss last season in the final conference match against conference champion Cambridge-Isanti.

With both the section and conference loaded with top-ranked teams, Driscoll-Nelson will lean heavily on her two stars, and the experience of four senior leaders.

Team captains are seniors: Merz, Ingrid Nelson, Alex Kahlert, and Lauren McHenry.

“All four have seen varsity action in the past two seasons, and all are doing a great job with leadership roles – inside the gym and out,” Driscoll-Nelson said. “Merz is especially strong on floor exercise and last season her bars showed great improvement. McHenry has been a varsity bar and vault competitor. Nelson brings previous varsity experience on balance beam and bars, and Kahlert has done some varsity floor exercise.”

Junior Rachel Haas also has varsity experience in all events, with her strongest coming on beam. Junior Sam Twardy also saw varsity time a year ago.

One new face added to the mix is sophomore Samantha Poeschel. She follows the same path both Peters and Montplaisir took through club gymnastics.

As a veteran gymnast, Merz thinks the recent influx of club gymnasts has affected the team more positive than negative.

“They have made a huge impact on our team,” Merz said. “They are very skilled gymnasts and they have helped our team scores tremendously. Also, they are such positive and fun girls. They fit right in with everyone and we all get along really well.”

“She should be a good addition to the varsity squad,” Driscoll-Nelson said.

Even without some key faces returning, Bison coaches are optimistic for another exciting season.

“Assistant coach Debi Warpula and I, with assistance from Willie Pecarina, have been pleased with how focused our athletes have been at practice since the first day of practice last Nov. 14,” Driscoll-Nelson said. “We have experienced veterans returning and are expecting that this season will be different, but that the experience from last year will be valuable.”

The Bison kick off their season with a 6:30 p.m. home meet Thursday, Dec. 1 against Monticello.


Buffalo skates past Osseo

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

A regulation game in high school hockey is 51 minutes. The Buffalo boys’ hockey team dominated all 51 of them in a season-opening 5-0 road win Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Osseo.

Prior to Tuesday’s win, Osseo and Buffalo have opened the season the past three years, with the Orioles going 2-0-1 over that span.

Buffalo seniors came out determined to change that trend. First-period goals by Blake Habisch, Connor Kuhlmann, and Tom Rooney – all seniors, gave the Bison a 3-0 lead and a 19-2 shot advantage after one period.

“We have a lot of seniors and they came out and set the tone,” said head coach Aaron Johnson. “Osseo is in a transition year. Being a veteran team, our guys came out and did what we were supposed to do to them. I’m proud of them for that.”

Rooney would later score his second of the game making it 5-0 at 13:10 of period three.

“We worked really hard for this win,” Rooney said. “Things were just clicking. All the lines were rolling. It was a fun game to play in.”

Squeezed between Rooney’s goals was the first career goal from sophomore forward Ben Klein, who buried home a loose puck to the left of Osseo goalie Jordan Mazzitelli.

If not for Mazzitelli, Buffalo easily could have had double digits in the goal column.

This Bison outshot Osseo 49-15 for the contest. They won the special teams battle as well. Power-play tallies came from Habsich and Klein. Osseo was 0-3 with the man advantage, including two in period three.

After facing just five shots through two periods, sophomore goalie Nathan Mueller was finally tested in period three facing 10 shots.

Mueller’s first career win and first shutout wasn’t too big of a surprise.

“We’ve seen Nathan a lot over the summer,” Johnson said. “He’s a very calm-collective goalie. He’s going to be very good for us this year. Tonight was the first step for him.”

What impressed Johnson most was what plagued the team a few times a year ago.

“We played really competitive and hard,” Johnson said. “Sometimes in games like this you get away from doing those things. Kids try and take shortcuts. But for 51 minutes, we did a nice job of playing the style we want to play.”

Buffalo will have a big test this weekend when they hit the road against two top section opponents. The Bison are at Bemidji on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The following night they have a 6 p.m. tilt at Moorhead.


Buffalo 5, Osseo 0

(Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Osseo)

Bison    3  2  0  -    5

Orioles 0  0  0  -    0

First period: B -- Blake Habisch (Stone Goodmanson) PP, 6:35; B -- Connor Kuhlmann (John McNamara) 9:26; B -- Tom Rooney (Habsich, Jack Stevens) 13:01.

Second period: B -- Ben Klein (Nick Hanson, John McNamara) PP, 9:21; B -- Rooney (Nick Mueller) 13:10.

Third period: No scoring.

Goalies: B – Nathan Mueller  (win) 15 shots, 15 saves; O – Jordan Mazzitelli (loss) 49 shots, 44 saves. Shots: B – 19-16-14 – 49; O – 2-3-10 – 15. Power Plays: B – 2-5; O – 0-3.


Girls Hockey

Bison earn first W

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

Three unanswered goals in the third period rallied the Bison girls’ hockey team to a 4-2 home win Tuesday, Nov. 29 over St. Francis/North Branch.

The victory featured a number of firsts, including Buffalo’s first team win. After dropping its first three contests, the Bison improved to 1-3-0. It was also the first loss suffered by the Fighting Saints, who came in with a perfect 4-0 record.

The teams traded first-period goals. Sophomore Emma Carlson notched her first career varsity goal with 2:59 left in period one to tie the score 1-1. St. Francis led 2-1 early in period three, but two straight goals from senior Taylor Thompson gave the Bison a 3-2 edge.

It ended a three-game pointless streak for Buffalo’s top returning scorer from a year ago.

“You could see a huge relief and a big burden lifted off her shoulders after scoring that first goal,” said head coach Mark Nordvall.

Senior Jordan Wurm assisted on Thompson’s game-tying goal. Wurm later added an insurance goal with 14:33 left.

Sophomore goaltender Kennedy Sohler stopped 17 of 19 shots to record her first career win in her first career start.

“She made some nice stops,” Nordvall said. “It’s nice to know we have two goalies we can start in any game.”

What Nordvall will remember most from his first career head coaching win is the poise his young team showed.

“We had a slow start and came on at the end of period one,” he said. “We fell down 2-1 in period three, and we could have easily curled up. Instead, the girls went to work and stayed agressive.”


Buffalo 4, St. Francis/NB 2

(Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Buffalo)

Fighting Saints  1  0  1  -    2

Bison    1  0  3  -    4

First period: SF -- Kylie Wolfe (Sophia Zebro, Lauren White) PP, 8:00; B -- Emma Carlson (Morgan Wurm) 15:01.

Second period: No scoring.

Third period: SF -- Wolfe (Kaylyn Forliti) 1:25; B -- Taylor Thompson (Leighton McAlpin, Jordan Wurm) PP, 4:42; B -- Thompson (Carlson) 14:33; B -- Jordan Wurm (L. McAlpin, Thompson) 14:33.

Goalies: SF – Rachel Miller  (loss) 37 shots, 33 saves; B – Kennedy Sohler (win) 19 shots, 17 saves. Shots: SF – 8-3-8 – 19; B – 9-17-11 – 37. Power Plays: SF – 1-2; B – 1-4.


River Lakes 3, Buffalo 0, late

(Saturday, Nov. 19 at New Richmond)

Bison    0  0  0  -    0

Stars    1  1  1  -    3

First period: RL -- Alyssa Meed (Sierra Flint, Carlie Mies) PP, 6:42.

Second period: RL -- Olivia Haines (Carlie Mies) 9:37.

Third period: RL -- Sierra Flint (unassisted) 11:52.

Goalies: B – Anna Monsrud (loss) 21 shots, 18 saves; RL – Jordyn Tomaszewski (win) 35 shots, 35 saves. Shots: B – 11-13-11 – 35; RL – 5-8-8 – 21. Power Plays: B – 0-4; RL – 1-3.


Buffalo Special Olympic Bowling enjoys big year

Four earn gold medals at state

The Buffalo High School Special Olympic Bowling Team recently completes another successful year.

The season began with practices each Monday after school at Huikko’s that started last Sept. 12, and concluded at the state bowling tournament last Nov. 11 at Brunswick Bowl in Brooklyn Park.

The team, coached by Carol Theis, grew this year to 15 members -- six being new to the team. Nine bowlers were from BHS and six were from BCMS.

“We have a lot of new and younger kids to help keep the team going in the future,” Theis said.

Buffalo also competed in the Area 7 meet, held last Oct. 15 at River City Extreme in Monticello.Area 7 consisted of bowlers from: Monticello, Delano, St. Michael, St. Cloud and others.

All bowlers received ribbons for their efforts. Fourth place: Amber Bloom, Matthew Dehmer, Kyle Kauffman; Third-place: Alexia Georges, Jack Lieder; Second- place: James Beyer, Tony Fouquette, Park Gilmer, Shayla Rogness, Trevor VanHorne, and Nathaniel Westphal; First Place: Austin Peterson-Lomker.

“The team is bigger and better this year with new faces and new higher averages,” Theis said. “Our top two bowlers have averages of 101 and 102, which makes for great competition. Practices are important to perfect their games, but also important to spend time after school with their friends and to have fun. To be part of a team like other high school athletes is very important to them and their families.”

Buffalo’s final competition of the year took place last Nov. 11 in the state tounament at Brunswick Bowl in Brooklyn Park. This is competition from bowlers across the state.

Receiving ribbons and medals at state were: fifth-place ribbons: Matthew Dehmer, Alexia Georges, Park Gilmer; fourth-place ribbons: Kyle Kauffman, Jack Lieder, Austin Peterson-Lomker; Bronze medals: Amber Bloom, Nathaniel Westphal; Gold medals: James Beyer, Tony Fouquette, Shayla Rogness and, Trevor VanHorne.

VanHorne was Buffalo’s lone senior. He has been on the team the past six years and finished state with career-best scores of 104 and 124.


BDT completes first series of meets

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Editor

With two meets under her belt, Buffalo Dance Team head coach Sarah Beyer likes what she sees, but knows a lot of work lies ahead.

The Bison completed their first two conference meets of the season. They finished fifth out of seven teams in the opening Jazz meet last Nov. 21 at St. Francis.

“I was very impressed with our Jazz meet,” Beyer said. “It was our team goal to work up in our placements, and we got scores the girls have never got in the past.”

Buffalo finished ahead of both North Branch and Big Lake. St. Francis won the Jazz meet.

“North Branch is the team they have gone back-and-forth with in past meets,” Beyer said. “We were still really close with them, but happened to pull out on top of them.”

Buffalo’s second meet, and first High Kick performance, resulted in a sixth-place finish Monday, Nov. 28 at Monticello. Chisago Lakes won the meet. Rogers was second and Monticello fourth.

Ten Bison girls kicked to a montage of two Bon Jovi songs. Beyer, again was satisfied, but expects even better results in the near future.

“I think the third meet for each routine is about where the improvements really start to come out,” Beyer said.

Buffalo is next in action with its second Jazz meet held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at North Branch.


Mississippi 8 Jazz

(Monday, Nov. 21 at St. Francis)

Team finshes: 1. St. Francis 334, 2. Monticello 303, 3. Rogers 297, 4. Chisago Lakes 292, 5. Buffalo 270, 6. North Branch 264, 7. Big Lake 184.


Mississippi 8 High Kick

(Monday, Nov. 28 at Monticello)

Team finishes: 1. Chisago Lakes, 2. Rogers, 3. St. Francis, 4. Monticello, 5. North Branch, 6. Buffalo, 7. Big Lake.


BHS Music to host three upcoming events

Dec. 1: BHS Orchestra Concert

The Buffalo High School Freshman Orchestra, Varsity Orchestra, and Chamber Strings II will present their first concert of the year on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the BHS Performing Arts Center.

This performance features music from a wide range of time periods. The timeless works of Vivaldi, Mozart, and Bizet are joined by works from composers who are still living and actively composing for young ensembles.          Some highlights of the program include Dance Scenario, a rhythmically driving work by a modern composer; the fugue from one of Mozart’s Viennese String Quartets; and Riding the Dragon’s Back, a musical depiction of a famously arduous bicycle race.

Dec. 3-4: A 16th Century Christmas 

Hear ye!  Hear ye! Come enjoy the dance, revelry and song of the Renaissance at the Buffalo High School biennial production, “A Sixteenth Century Christmas,” on Saturday, Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 4 (2 p.m.) outside the BHS Performing Arts Center. BHS Singers and BHS Treble Singers will be in full Renaissance costume and will present many traditional carols, as well as wassail (hot spiced cider) and cheesecake. Pictured is Jonah Schmitz (front) as the Jester, and (back row) Jack Soden (left) and Katie Swartzer (right) as the King and Queen. (Photo courtesy of Buffalo High School)

Dec. 5: BHS/BCMS to perform 16th annual Band Concert

On Monday, Dec. 5, the Buffalo High School Concert Band will share a concert with the Buffalo Community Middle School Eighth-Grade Band at the BHS Performing Arts Center.  

This is the 16th annual joint concert between these two groups. 

This shared event begun in 2002 as a way to encourage students to continue their music-making experience in their high school years.

“It has been paying off ever since,” said BHS director Scott Rabehl. 

The Eighth-Grade Band, directed by Terri Svec, will be playing: “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Back to School Blues,” and salute the members of our armed forces in a military tribute that features “The Marine’s Hymn,” “The Caisson Song,” and  “Anchors Away.”

“We have 87 eighth-grade band members at BCMS,” Svec said. “Our first concert will be jointly shared with BHS Concert Band. Each group will play 2-3 selections and combine for the grand finale on stage to perform “Carol of the Drum,” a holiday favorite.”

The BHS Concert Band will perform four compositions, beginning with the fiery Spanish Paso Doable “Amparito Roca.”

Other pieces will include Frank Ticheli’s “Fortress,” Robert W. Smith’s “Sancho and the Windmills,” from his third Symphony, and “Troika,” from Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije Suite.”

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.