After school practices this week are cancelled

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 does not have to attend the concert tonight.

2022 Fall Concert

Concert attire for band members

Boys: black slacks (no jeans or sweats), the band concert shirt, black socks, and black dress shoes.

Girls: black full-length dress (not a mini skirt), or black blouse or the concert shirt with black pants, black dress shoes, and black socks.

No tennis shoes, jeans, off-color pants, or head coverings (hats, etc,).

Booster Meeting at Chipotle

The Band Booster meeting will be hosted at Chipotle (Summer Ave) this Tuesday 9/13 at 5:30pm.

Please join us for this month’s update, some yummy food, and support the band. We will get 33% of all sales!

We will share more information about the Band trip to Dallas and some fundraiser opportunities for students that can be used to help pay for band fees, plus some more important information.

Remember to tell the cashier you are with the band. If you order online, you can add the code 43YNFGB to the promo code.

See y’all on Tuesday!

Game day information

Here is the game day routine that we follow each week:

Students end school at 2:15 pm. 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!

Band fee update

THE BAND FEE IS NOW PAST DUE! PLEASE MAKE AT LEAST A PARTIAL PAYMENT TODAY OR TOMORROW, AS OUR FIRST GAME IS ON FRIDAY.

The fee this year is $235 and can be paid with a check (payable to WSHS Band), cash, or PayPal (with a fee).

Please contact Mr. Sims asap if you are unable to make any payment now.

Reminders for this week!

Please send any forms in that are needed, especially for new students: Band Handbook form, Instrument Loan Form, and Student Info. form all of which are found here on our website under the forms tab.

Reminder that the uniform orders have to be in by August 11th. Band fees largely cover the cost of the buses for our games so sending in money for the band fees will allow us to go to the games. It is not fair to take students that don’t pay for each game (which amounts to $7-10/game per student). If the only thing sent in is the money for the games each week in order to budget for the year, that is fine. I just have to account for each thing we spend. I also have to recoup the money the boosters are putting forth to pay the musicians from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis that have helped your children the last two weeks. Please let me know if there are extenuating circumstances and I can definitely work with everyone as needed to ensure your child can still participate.

We desperately need someone to pull our trailer for the games. Even if you can only pull for one game, that is fine. The sign up genius on our Facebook page will enable you to sign up for any game you are able to help us. At the moment, I have no one signed up which will keep us from going to any games at the moment. If anyone has questions about what is needed to do this, please reach out to me and I am happy to explain and walk through the process.

The general schedule for this week will be 3-6pm each day with a preview show for the parents Thursday at 5:30. This has been a potluck in the past but with Covid, I feel it is safer to bring your own food if you wish to eat at the outside table courtyard while the students perform for you.

Uniform Purchase information

Attached is the order form for our uniform for the games this season. The order form is all online and the money is also paid online straight to MidSouth Solutions. The T-shirt, Backpack (unless previously owned), and shorts are the mandatory pieces. The hoodie, and track suit are optional this year due to the heat, and because I am trying to keep families costs down with the band. Please observe that the purchase must be made before August 11th. *Note* This is different than the uniform that we checked out to each student within the last couple of days. That is the full uniform that is owned by the school. The uniform ordered here is what you can use each year minus the change in t-shirt each year. https://stores.inksoft.com/wshs_band/shop/home