Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to Belgrade Middle School and the 2017-2018 school year. I hope you had a great break and are ready for the new school year ahead. The BMS band program has developed a reputation for excellence and I’m excited that you are going to be a part of it!
Parents, your child’s progress is very important to me. Encouragement and communication are essential for your child’s success in band. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any of your concerns or questions.
In the syllabus are procedures, guidelines, concert information and dates, grading system, and materials required. This needs to be looked at very carefully so you are aware of the expectations for participation in band.
Thank you for your interest, support, and dedication to the Belgrade Middle School Band Program. I am looking forward to a great year.
Middle School Band Director
Ben Blixt was born in Bozeman, MT and was a student in the Belgrade School District from kindergarten through 12th grade where he graduated in 1999. Alan Fauque, Joe Sutton, and Earl Miest were his band and choir directors during this time.
After graduation, Mr. Blixt attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education under the instruction of Raydell Bradley, Richard Farner, and Donna Poppe.
Mr. Blixt began his teaching career in the Bethel School District in Spanaway, WA with John Wetherington at Bethel High School. For the next several years, Mr. Blixt taught K-6 general music, 5-6 beginning band, and 8th grade band.
In 2010, Mr. Blixt had the opportunity to move overseas, spending time in Germany and Jordan. During this time, Mr. Blixt met Mrs. Blixt and her dog Leia, and now have two amazing sons.
In 2015, the Blixt family was blessed with the opportunity to return to Belgrade where he now teaches 5-8 band at Belgrade Middle School and completes his Masters Degree in Music Education from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA this past summer.
In his free time, Mr. Blixt can be seen playing golf, basketball, or running. He is a life-long supporter of the Denver Broncos and the MSU Bobcats!!