Please keep an eye out for information for our field show. Music (parts) will be uploaded soon under the music and scales tab, as will the QR codes for those wishing to use a mobile device on the field. Usage of the mobile app will be explained during band camp unless you wish to find the app early and import the QR file.
Hello to everyone,
I have trimmed as much as possible for this year and still have to raise the price of band fees for everyone – I’m sorry. We still have the lowest fees of any school with a program our size but a couple things have changed this year that have altered the amount for us all.
First, I no longer have the time to write the shows for the band and have been paying other musicians that do it for a living to help write for us. This means that after obtaining the rights to the songs (which can range anywhere from $150-$1500/song), I have hired people I trust to create a show for us. I will continue to look for shows that hold interest for our group while being challenging, while keeping the cost of the show in mind.
With this said, this is only one portion of what I call the fair share amount. It would be impossible to charge for each individual event, especially for only the event that your child(ren) are attending. Thus, the reason for the fair share amount. If anyone wishes to see the breakdown of the fees and how it is obtained, please let me know and I will gladly share it with you. I will also have this with me at the meeting (in the WSHS band room) on the 17th. The band fair share amount this year is $195, $15 up from last year. Some things increased in price (buses, cost for competitions, etc.), while other elements have stayed the same.
I look forward to meeting everyone and having a great year with the band. If you have any time and are willing to help with any of our functions, even if only for one time, please contact our boosters through the website and they will share our upcoming events and what we need help with – as we always need parental help. Fundraisers will be up on the calendar as soon as we have all of the information set which will also offset the cost of the fair share amount. Again, much of this will be discussed on the 17th at 6pm in the band room.
Please take a look at the calendar and be aware of the dates listed. I have posted everything we normally do on the site so far. There will be a couple other events to be placed on the calendar, but it is predicated upon the information I receive as it becomes available. Have a great rest of the break and I will see everyone on the 17th.
Above is our handbook with information about our classes, functions, expectations, and guidelines for everything dealing with our program. Please become familiar have to have a signed copy of the handbook form at the end of the handbook turned in during band camp in order to be in the band and the class. Also, at the end of the handbook is a program absence form as described in the handbook for your reference. I have many of these available at all times in the band room but suggest having this available in case it is forgotten at school and not turned in on time.
More information will be coming regarding our trip to New York in March. For those that are new to our program, please beware of our calendar and entries under the Upcoming Events tab. I am looking forward to a great year with everyone. Music (score and MP3) for this year’s field show is now available. Students, please begin looking and listening to it to help in preparation before band camp begins. I will see everyone soon. Drill sheets will be posted soon.
This meeting is for all parents so the following information can be shared and discussed:
May 8, 2019 at 4:00pm the band will have its final Fundraiser: Schlotzsky’s @ 4758 Poplar Avenue. This will be followed by the Concert Ensembles final performance at 6:30, preceded by the Booster Officer Elections at 6pm, and a Bake Sale for FSH Muscular Dystrophy.
Thursday, May 9, 6:30: Come join us for three full sets of Jazz Band fun! The students invite you to join them for Jazz and dinner while they play for you while you have dinner. Students will join their families during the breaks to eat.
Attached above is the form for the band banquet. Please print it off and bring it in if you have not picked one up in class. All forms are due Friday, May 10th.
A reminder, though, that only those that have paid band fees are allowed to attend. This includes seniors. If fees are not paid by the date of the banquet, no money will be accepted and you will be turned away!
This coming Tuesday, at 6:00pm, we will be having a booster meeting. The main purpose of this meeting will be to elect officers for the upcoming year. There will be some small points to be addressed and brought to the group for next year, but the main focus is about officer election. If you have any questions, please email me.
The dates, as they are now solidified by the board for our start of school next year, have changed for band camp. Those that are in leadership roles will begin leadership training July 17-19th (8-5pm). July 22 and 23rd will be the officers, Freshman and Sophomores (8-5pm). July 24-26th, will be the entire band (8-5pm). The whole band will return July 29-August 2nd to practice each day from 8-5pm. The following week is teachers in-service and practice will run, at the moment, from 3-6pm, August 5-9th. Practices will resume every Tuesday after school from 2:30-5 unless the band is not ready to perform at the games, in which case the previously scheduled Thursday rehearsal will be added, also from 2:30-5.