News for this week

First: A reminder that we will not have practice this Tuesday. We will resume 2:30-5:00 on Thursday.

Second: Our game this week, our Senior Night, is still versus Houston HS but we are no longer at Germantown HS. We will be playing at Houston HS instead. I am not sure about the stand situation yet as it is still to be determined whether we will be on the home side at their stadium.

For this last Friday game, I am asking every band and color guard member to eat our last dinner of the season together in the cafeteria. The band officers voted to order pizza for this occasion. It is expected that everyone attend even if they are wishing to have food elsewhere – this is a whole band event and should not be skipped (the reservation for those that have to travel home). We will be meeting and eating around 4pm Friday after school. Mrs. Frisina-Dunn, our Band Booster President is helping us order pizza from Pizza Hut. Each student that wishes to eat pizza with us needs to bring money for the amount of pizza they wish to consume. I will have more information on the price per slice soon. I will also have a Microsoft form for those that wish to order the type and amount of slice they would like. The options as they stand right now are: Cheese, Pepperoni, and Sausage. If another food option from Pizza Hut is desired, there will also be a spot for that on the form. The link will be posted in class to fill out BEFORE Friday.

AGAIN, even if you do not wish to have pizza, it is expected that all band members join each other for the end of the season dinner. This means Call Time will be 4pm. The seniors will be recognized during half time. More information to follow on this once I have more details from our AD Coach McDonald. It is expected that the seniors be in their full band uniform. Parents typically dress up as we will also be taking pictures at this time (thanks to Mrs. Lyons (Algebra)-photographer for the football team).

Rehearsal update

We will only have after school rehearsal Thursday for the next two weeks. We will be skipping practices on Tuesdays. We only have two more games left and will prepare for them on the Thursdays before. The timing is still the same: 2:30-5pm. No clubs are allowed during this practice time as we move to one rehearsal a week.

Order form for clothing

The form included is for everyone in the band. However, those that have been in the band previously and already have these items do not need to order them again. Those new to the band need everything on the form – Girls may wear the concert shirt with pants if they desire but it is originally intended for the boys to wear with slacks.

You may download and print the form from here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/130CJP-jU88R6cNAMHnKA_8et-KA8flO_/view?usp=sharing

Band fair share fees, practices

Hello Everyone,

After talking to the Student Leadership group and going through the reality of time constraints, I am deciding that we will not have a field show this year. Since band camp was cut short, and because we missed almost half the band during the camp we were able to have, it is not feasible to cram in a show before our first games. Our first game arrives on 8/20 which is not a reasonable ask for the band to learn the show and music at that time. We will have practice after school for the next two weeks for sure in order to get the whole band learning the music for the stands. It is expected that everyone participate in these after school rehearsals if they are in band. On this site is a program absence form that needs to be used if a student is not able to come to practice.

For the band fair share fees (band fees that enable us to participate in games, pay the coaches that came this year, go to All-West, Concert Festival, pay for clothing dry cleaning, etc.), the current rate for band fees will be $150.

In order for you child to be able to utilize a school instrument, I need to have the instrument loan form signed by both you and your child. All new students were given the forms in class this morning and many more are available in the classroom and on this site under Band Forms.

Rehearsal Reminder – Remind codes

Hello everyone,

This is a reminder that we will not have practice this week from 3-8. All SCS teachers will be at In-Service this week. During this time, and during our content area District Learning Day, I will gather more information regarding the most updated guidelines for practices after school and procedures for games. At the moment, we are still scheduled to have practices after school from 2:30-5pm. We will be discussing in class our situation with game performance, whether in the stands, on the field, or both.

Masks need to be worn at all times when at school and this applies when entering the band room. The only time you would lower your mask is when you are playing in class. Please do not congregate in the back storage area this year as there is not enough room to effectively space out and keep each other safe. In the mornings, before and after school, you will still be required to wear a mask. Only when you leave campus will you able to take off your mask.

If you did not audition for band for this year but are still in band, even if we did not see you for band camp, you are being moved to Symphonic Band. This means your schedule may say another ensemble in PowerSchool but you will be reset to Symphonic Band. Unless you received notice from me that you are in Wind Ensemble or Jazz Band, please use the codes below to sign up for the class you are attending. Parents, the codes for parents is also available for updates per class.

Remind Codes: Symphonic Band(student) – @a743b; Symphonic Band Parents – @6h9e7; Wind Ensemble(student) – @8643g; Wind Ensemble Parents – @gcb63; Jazz Band(student) – @815cb5; Jazz Band Parents – @b6eh6; Color Guard (student and parent) – @wshscolor; Marching Band (student and parent) – @wshsmarch.

Parents, sign up for the parent remind for your child’s class, and the Marching Band as well. I send full group information there, especially during and after games. The student reminds are needed for every student so they are aware of event information and changes.

Return to camp

URGENT: At this time, after having talked to Mrs. Holland, and with a rise in the positive cases amongst those in attendance during band camp, recently, I am shutting down band camp. We will pick up were we left off and move forward once school starts.

I hope everyone is able to practice and print the music listed on this site for Stand Tunes and the Field Show. Special consideration needs to be given to the following pieces of music: Star Spangled Banner, Tigers, Fight Song (On Wisconsin), Maximum Strength Warm-up, No Roots, High Hopes, Victorious, and Take it to the Street. We will save a lot of time when we return if everyone can spend time each day working on this music. I hope everyone is safe and well and I look forward to seeing and working with all of you soon.

Mr. Sims

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More than ever, our children need our aid. Please consider joining the Band Boosters as we strive to provide the opportunities for all students to excel and enjoy being a band member. Being in the band is more than just learning creative skills; it is the entrance into a much broader family. All young families need parental leadership to help guide and nurture each student so they may be as successful as possible.

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Upcoming Events

Greetings Spartan Band Members and parents.

We hope you have a wonderful summer, and we would like to extend a very warm welcome to all incoming Freshmen and their parents.

Please see the following listing of upcoming events. You will also find these detailed in the band calendar.

All Booster meetings will be the 1st Thursday of each month

            Beginning July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, etc. we will try to hold car washes at the school outside the band room.  This is assuming we are able to hold this fundraiser with whatever pandemic guidelines will be in place at the time.

All practices will be Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-5 after school

Mondays may be days the drum line practices after school as they are not able to practice as a group during the school day.  All other wind players will be working on the music during class.

Game schedule 2021 (games in bold are home games; all games start at 7pm):

  • 8/20 – vs.  Melrose – Crump Stadium (5:15 pm call) bus leaves at 6pm
  • 8/27 – vs  Central HS – Crump Stadium (5:15 call) bus leaves at 6pm
  • 9/3 – @  Collierville (5:00 pm call) bus leaves at 5:45
  • 9/10 – @  CBHS (5:15 call time) bus leaves at 6
  • 9/17 – @  Arlington (5:00 call time) bus leaves at 5:45
  • 9/24 – vs. Bartlett – Cordova  (Homecoming) (5:15 call time) bus leaves at 6
  • 10/1 – @ Cordova (5:00 call time) bus leaves at 5:45
  • 10/8 – v.  Whitehaven – Cordova (5:00 call time) bus leaves at 5:45
  • 10/15 – Open Week, NO GAME!!!
  • 10/22 – @ Germantown
  • 10/29 – vs.  Houston – Germantown Stadium (Sr. Night) (5:00 call time) bus leaves at 5:45
  • 11/5 – 1st Round Playoffs
  • 11/12 – 2nd Round Playoffs
  • 11/19 – 3rd Round Playoffs
  • 11/26 – 4th Round Playoffs
  • 12/3 – State Championship

 Potential Concert Schedule (attendance of concerts in their entirety ensure full grade credit along with appropriate attire):

  • 10/20 (Possible) Fall Concert 6:30 Booster mtg, 7pm concert
  • 12/4 or 12/11  Potential date(s) for Collierville Christmas parade
  • 12/8 Holiday Concert 6:30 Booster mtg, 7pm concert
  • 3/9 Spring Concert 6:30 Booster mtg, 7pm concert
  • 5/11 Chamber/Solo Ensemble Concert 6:30 Booster mtg, 7pm concert
  • 5/11 Final Concert  6:30 Booster mtg, 7pm concert

General Calendar Information

  • January 15 – All West Band/Jazz auditions – Arlington HS
  • February 10-12- All West Clinic (Renesant Center/Cannon Center)
  • March 10-11 – Concert Festival –
  • April 26 – WTSBOA Jazz Festival – University of Memphis
  • April 27-30 – All State Clinic and Convention – Gaylord Convention Center & Hotel in Nashville, TN

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Kindest Regards

White Station Band Boosters