Band Camp news

Hello Everyone,

I have recently received word that our band room will not be finished until July 26th.  This means that we are not able to bring students in until the week after assuming the work is completed on schedule.  This will mean that we will only be on campus August 2-3, 2:30-6:30, followed by school starting the next week and after school rehearsals.

Regarding our options at the moment, I would first like to acknowledge and thank all of the students and parents that have instantly reached out to try to help find our group places to work.  This shows the strength and care that our families have and I really appreciate the care that everyone takes in our students.  Thank you!

At the moment, the following two options appear to be the best and I am waiting on responses to see which one will work for us: White Station Middle School and Shady Grove Presbyterian Church.  I am waiting on a response from the principals (from both schools) to see if the Middle School is an option as it would be ideal for everything we need.  Mr. Scott is okay with us using his space but we need to obtain permission from Dr. Danley.  I am reaching out to the church this weekend as well just in case, but the Middle School would by far be the most logical choice considering everything we typically do during rehearsal time.

As things stand, the following will be the schedule for this week (I apologize as this will need to be given one week at a time until I have definitive answers on where and what we are able to accomplish):

Monday, July 16th – All Officers and Section Leaders/Heads will meet from 10-1 at the Main Library on Poplar:

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library – Memphis Public Library
Public Library
Memphis, TN
(901) 415-2700

Tuesday, July 17th – will be a day off

Wednesday, July 18th – All officers, section leaders/heads will meet at the band room from 10-1 to prepare setup of the instruments and paperwork for all other students.  I have cleared this with the administration and am requesting that we have that time free from any work being done in our area.

Thursday and Friday, July 19-20 – Timing to be announced based upon approval of playing space.  However, all students will need to come at the earliest time provided (once I am able to give that time) so they may check out an instrument.  Unless I am able to take instruments with our trailer to the specified location, students will have to come to us for this.  I will try to work the latter option out but everything depends on our practice location.

Please continue to bear with me on what is but a temporary sidetrack to the start of the year.  Once we are able to get things going, I have no doubt we will be able to create wonderful music given the strong musicianship we are blessed to have.

Thank you for your patience!

Brian Sims


Upcoming Events

Greetings Spartan Band Members and Spartan Band Supports.

We hope you had 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 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, etc. we will try to hold car washes at the school outside the band room


July 16 – Officers, section heads, section leaders (8-5)

July 17-18 – All above mentioned and 9-10th graders (8-5)

July 19-20 – All band members (8-5)

July 23-27 – All band members (8-5)

August 2-3 – All band members (2:30-6:30)


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

Mondays may be applied earlier on if needed due to the high volume of students not showing up to band camp


Game schedule 2018:

  • 8/17 – @ Briarcrest (5:15 pm call) bus leaves at 5:45
  • 8/24 – @ DeSoto Central (5pm call) bus leaves at 5:45
  • 8/31 – @ CBHS (5:30 pm call) bus leaves at 6
  • 9/7 – v. Hernando @ Halle Stadium (5:30 call time) bus leaves at 6
  • 9/14 – v. Arlington @ Rhodes College (5:30 call time) bus leaves at 6
  • 9/21 – @ Bartlett (5:30 call time) bus leaves at 6
  • 9/28 – @ Montgomery Bell Academy (WE ARE NOT GOING)
  • 10/5 – v. Germantown (Homecoming) @ Fairgrounds (5:30 call time) bus leaves at 6
  • 10/12 – Open Week, NO Game
  • 10/19 – @ Whitehaven (WE ARE NOT GOING)
  • 10/26 – v. Central @ Fairgrounds (5:30 call time) bus leaves at 6
  • 11/2 – 1st Round Playoffs
  • 11/9 – 2nd Round Playoffs
  • 11/16 – 3rd Round Playoffs
  • 11/23 – 4th Round Playoffs
  • 12/1 – State Championship


Concert Schedule:

  • 10/18 Fall Concert 6:30 start
  • 12/7 Potential date for Collierville Christmas parade
  • 12/11 Holiday Concert 6:30 start
  • 3/7 Spring Concert 6:30 start
  • 5/8 Chamber/Solo Ensemble Concert 6:30 start
  • 5/9 Final Concert 6:30 start


General Calendar Information

  • January 12 – All West Band/Jazz auditions (Briarcrest HS)
  • February 14-16 – All West Clinic (Cook Convention Center)
  • March 7 – Concert Festival
  • April 8 – WTSBOA Jazz Festival
  • April 10-14 – All State Clinic and Convention


Kindest Regards

White Station Band Boosters

Band Camp News

Hello Everyone,

I know that an email has recently gone out to all of the Freshman parents concerning the cancellation of Freshman Orientation due to safety concerns.  The school is undergoing a very much needed upgrade of our HVAC systems, the new central garden project, the pending repaving of the parking lots, etc.  At the present time, it appears that the majority of the work is running well behind, thus, making it not safe for students to come on campus.

After having been on campus the last couple of days, I cannot bring your children to the school as there is not one place in the entire school that has been completed and could be deemed safe to bring students in for any activity.  I am waiting for more information as to the timetable of completion so that our band camp may ensue unimpeded.  Currently, our administration is working diligently to communicate with the school board to gather information about this predicament.

At the moment, I am keeping the schedule as is should the work be completed on time.  However, after having been in the band room (and the rest of the school), there is no way we could possibly do anything as the room has effectively been disassembled.  I currently do not have access to any lockers nor instruments in any usable fashion.  We also do not have a place anywhere in the school to practice.

Please check back here periodically as I do not have another manner to easily reach everyone, including the Freshman families.  For those of you that do see this, please share with other families as many do not look here, respond to emails, nor look at the Facebook page.

Brian Sims

Pork Butt Fundraiser – Spring 2018

Greetings Spartan Band Members and Supporters

Don’t miss out on this rare chance to score some of the real stuff!

David Ziegler, pit-masterButt Image $35 for the award-winning BBQ team Born in the Que S A will be donating his time and expertise to provide the Spartan Band supporters with his championship-caliber craft. Each pork butt is prepared fresh with the perfect blend of spices and seasonings before being slowly smoked on wood-fired BBQ pits that have been competition-tested. Your fully-smoked BBQ pork butt will come wrapped in foil ready to reheat with included instructions. Each butt serves approximately 16-20 people.


Don’t Wait! Orders are first come, first serve. Just a total of 60 butts will be available!

• Whole BBQ Pork Butt – $35 each, cash or check (made to WSHS Band Boosters).
• All orders must be paid-in-full in advance.
• All orders must be turned in by Friday, March 23rd.
• Turn in orders forms and payment to Mr. Sims in an envelope labeled “Pork Butt Funds”.
• Fully-cooked BBQ Pork Butts will be available for pickup at times listed below.
• Orders not claimed during the pickup times will be donated to a local food bank.
• No refunds can be given for unclaimed orders.

Butt detailed information

Order Forms are located here. A flyer with full details is located here.


Updated: All-West Auditions – 2018

Good day Spartan Band members and Band Booster members
Please see the following important note regarding weather impact for the All-West auditions.
Please note that All-West auditions will take place regardless of the weather.  We are potentially expected to get winter weather beginning Thursdaynight.  Please use your own judgment in regards to whether the roads are safe or not.
Unfortunately, WTBSOA will not be able to reschedule the auditions. We have also posted their announcement below regarding the weather:
Inclement weather plan (1/9/2018)

WTSBOA Directors,

Regardless of weather conditions, the All West Honor Band auditions will still take place this Saturday at Northside High School in Jackson. There is simply no way to reschedule the audition date.

Please communicate to your students that we understand the challenging and potentially dangerous situation and leave the final decision-making to the parent.  Parents will need to determine the best action, if any, concerning their student. We also advise students to take their instruments home on Thursday just in case schools are closed on Friday.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  Though we apologize for the situation, it is in fact outside our control, and all we can do is follow protocol and hope for a safe weekend.

WTSBOA Executive Board

Greetings Spartan Band members and Band Boosters
All-West auditions will take place this Saturday, January 13th at the following address:
Jackson North Side High School (map)
3066 N. Highland Ave
Jackson, TN 38305


Here is a link to a copy of the schedule for all of the students participating.  This includes Senior Band Auditions 9th through 12th grade and those auditioning for All-West Jazz Band.  You may also go to to view the audition times and instructions.  It will be listed on the home page as Grade 9-10 Audition Times,  Grade 11-12 Audition Times, and Jazz Band Audition Times.
Mr. Sims will also have the schedules posted in the band room for all of the students.


Please make sure your child arrives at least 30 minutes prior to their audition time in order to find their audition location and to warm up.  Students will need to report to their sign-in table at least 10 minutes before their audition time.  Students with late afternoon audition times must be on the campus by 3:00 pm. For percussion auditions, timpani, xylophone and snare drum will be provided; however, students must bring their own sticks and mallets.  These instructions are also posted on the WTSBOA website.
Jackson, TN is a little over an hour drive depending on where you are departing from and if you are willing to carpool, then please let the boosters know ASAP.  If you do need a ride for your child, then please let the boosters know ASAP.  Transportation by bus will not be provided at this time unless we notify you all otherwise.
If you have any questions, then please contact the WSHS Band Boosters at, or Mr. Sims.
WSHS Band Booster Officers