The most important piece at the moment is ensuring ALL students have completed the online contract. If not, they may be sent home and not allowed to participate. Also, many students still have not paid the $55 to the school to cover the cost for the convention. If you do not pay in time, I will share with the board that they need to call up the next alternate in line and your child will not participate. If you have financial needs, and require aid, or cannot pay in time, please let me know as soon as possible. Also, all students participating should have band fees fully paid in full before attending the convention. Update, all students should wear the same clothes they wear for our concerts. The Jazz Band is specifically all black, typically with a black coat if available. Transportation is not provided by the school. All students will need to be dropped off and picked up for the clinic. I cannot provide a bus for everyone during this clinic as I have to be there during hours when several are not needing to be there.
The following is current information from the WTSBOA website for those parents that have students attending All-West. Meals are available at the concession stand (shown below), but many students choose to go off site to eat at nearby restaurants. I am happy to chaperone students to meals, but please share with your child to never go off without being in a group, or an adult. If you wish your student to eat on site, they may and can bring their own food but we have been asked to not have students bring food into the Convention Center. All food needs to be consumed off site, or purchased from the provided vendor.
Please note that all students must have a stand and their own music for the event. I will provide stands to those that do not have their own – just ask! Brass players will need to be aware and take mutes as needed, Jazz performers especially. Percussionists will need to take any instruments listed on the given sheet that came with your music.
Students in the jazz ensembles need to be aware of their start times and when they need to be on site. Concert members also need to be aware they should arrive by noon to be registered. I have already done the paperwork side of things, but I need to pass out the tags and any new information for the event. Blue Jazz members should not be late at all as it could not only cost you the chance to audition for All-State, but it could cause you to lose your place at All-West altogether. I will meet everyone in the lobby to get things started. Parking is available underneath the Convention Center, and is usually $10, but the gate is typically open during the convention times – not the concert. There is also parking in lots for cheap nearby, but do not park in the slots in the hotel across the street as you will either be towed, or your car can get a boot placed on it keeping you from getting home.
The only instruments provided will be Vibes for Aux Percussion Players. All Rhythm Players must provide their OWN bass, amps, keyboards, congas, drum set, cymbals, sticks, cords, etc.
Brass players (except Bass Trombone) will need cup mutes for their All-State Jazz Auditions. CHECK their music to see what other mutes they need for their All-West Jazz Band Performances.
Auditions are scheduled to start AT 8 AM on Thursday in room 108 in the Convention Center. Students should be there already warmed up/set up BEFORE 8 AM.
All students need their OWN stands for rehearsal.
Concessions will be available for purchase in the Renasant Convention Center during the lunch break Friday afternoon. See below for the menu and prices. No outside food or drinks are allowed in the Renasant Convention Center.
Starting this Tuesday until November 28 our students have another opportunity to raise money individually while shopping for the holidays. Money raised can be used for all music needs, to cover band fees or the band trip cost. Money raised this year will stay in the student’s account until graduation and can be used anytime. To start your individual online store, go to: https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/618596-white-station-high-school-band
Tuesday rehearsals are off for the next two weeks. The next two Thursdays will have rehearsals from 2:30-4:30. Senior Night is this Friday versus Germantown (@ Kirby HS). Seniors will be recognized during half time with family. We are in full uniform for the last two games and will plan on performing our show each game.
For those who have raised money through the popcorn fundraiser and would like to use it for the band trip, or anything else, email the boosters through this site: About Us tab, Director and Booster Leaders, scroll to the bottom and leave your message. The sooner you get the information to them, the faster they are able to send a list to the travel agency and move forward.
The Jazz Band has been asked to perform at the University of Memphis, Holiday Inn Hotel for a special function. They will be leaving school to play around 11am and playing at 11:30. This is only the beginning of opportunities for everyone who wishes to get out in the community to perform. I would like to introduce a coffee house experience in the future for students to perform in classical and jazz formats, either solo or in combos, for an array of people. I am trying to provide opportunities for everyone to play while also involving our neighborhood in what we do. Keep your eyes and ears open for this in the future as well.
Questions about anything, email me directly or the boosters. Have a great day and rest of the Fall Break!
There will be no practice or sectionals today after school, or Thursday. I am also calling all sectionals to be cancelled by section leaders as well so everyone can focus on completing class work for all classes before grades are posted. Focus on the concert tonight and grades for the remainder of the week. Symphonic Band doesnot have to attend the concert tonight.
Here is the game day routine that we follow each week:
Students end school at 2:15pm. I tend to leave the school around 4 pm to get food at which point the students need to be outside the school. The call time for students is 5 pm at which point, all students need to be dressed and ready in the band room. The sousaphones and baritones will not take out their instruments as they will go on the trailer. Once the driver of the trailer arrives and pulls the trailer in front of the band room, the drums load up first, followed by the sousaphones and baritones. Then, we load up the front ensemble (mallet) instruments and water cart.
Students will board the buses around 5:30 pm. Chaperones traveling with the band will split up between the buses and check students off before they board the bus to set seat assignments and each bus list (clipboards are already made and in my office for use). These same lists and buses will be used in the same manner on the way back from the game. We should depart the school at 5:45 pm to head to whatever school we are playing. Games start at 7:00 pm and run typically until close to 9 pm (penalty time excluded). Parents signed up for Remind will receive notifications when we are on our way back so you are here to pick them up post the game.
Food is not provided for students, but the backpacks they have (only band backpacks allowed) may contain any food they wish to bring to consume during the game. We will have four water containers for students to refill bottles, but we will not have extra bottles on hand. Each student must bring their own bottle to the game. Water is a must as we are exercising hard for the game and students can easily become dehydrated. There are also concession stands that students may purchase food from, but only during the third quarter after we have performed the half-time show.
Very Important: If you are planning on taking your child home from the game, I have to have the Bus Exemption Form filled out and signed by one of the principals before you take them. This form is in the band room and on this site under the resources tab. I need to have it 24 hours before the game as it goes to the chaperones so we all know who we are traveling with and don’t stress trying to find your child at the stadium. Any other questions, please send me a remind or email – you can also send a message through this site to the boosters who can also help answer questions. Go Spartans!