Grandma’s Cookie Fundraiser Update

Grandma’s Cookie Fundraiser Update:

Good news!  We have raised $1,260.00 total in cookie sales!  🎉 Woo Hoo!  Great job 👏 to the students (and parents) that helped sell cookies!

And a BIG thanks to Lara Thompson Hunter for getting this fundraiser up and running and to other folks that helped assemble boxes, collect money, etc.


We’ve sold all boxes; however we will resume the sale after winter break.

Stephanie Ziegler

White Station HS Band – Communications Chairman


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Winter ❄️ Band Concert Reminders!

Winter ❄️ Band Concert Reminders!

Winter Concert:  All band students MUST be in the auditorium by 6:45 pm this Friday for the Winter Concert which starts at 7 pm. Mr. Sims will lock the band room at 6:45 and will not reopen the band room until after the concert. Mr. Sims will not excuse anyone from the concert early since all students are expected to stay until the entire concert is over.


Bake Sale:  We will have the bake sale 🍪 before the concert at 6:30 pm and after the concert if there are any baked goods left over. We’ll have items in a decorative cup for 2.00 each (includes cup and baked good).  If you still want to bake for the sale, then it’s 3 cookies per bag, 2 brownies per bag and 1 cupcake per bag. Please keep these peanut free. You may bring baked items to the band room Friday morning to Lara or please have your baked goods by 6:15 pm Friday before the concert. There will be tables set up out in front of auditorium for the bake sale.


Poinsettia Sale:  If you ordered a poinsettia you may pick up after the concert. Poinsettia’s will be set-up at the stage. Please make sure that you only take what you ordered & paid for. If you don’t remember how many you ordered, Chuck will have the list posted at the concert.

Thanks so much!

Stephanie Ziegler

White Station HS Band – Communications

2016 Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting


Please select the following link for information on the upcoming 2016 Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting. santas-arrival-wshs-participation-confirmation.  This event is scheduled for 11/19/2016 at the Oak Court Mall. Arrival time is 5:30 PM.

This file details the arrival time and location for the band students selected to participate in this event: Wind Ensemble and Drum Line band members.

Please note – in addition to the students marching some extra help will be needed for the following:

  • Mr Sims will be providing fold-able stands for the Wind Ensemble students.  Assistance is required to help set these up while the kids are marching so they can play once they make their way back to the tree.
  • Mr Sims will be providing some sale items that we could place on a table near the Christmas Tree, but would need people to man it while the Wind Ensemble and Drum Line march and then play.

Kind Regards,
White Station Band Boosters


Meetings from 10-4 Booster Meeting

Good day All

Here is a link to the meeting minutes for the latest Band Booster meeting which occurred on 10-4-2016: Meeting Minutes.

Also, as a reminder, the last regular season football game is scheduled for this Friday. The Spartans Football team will be playing Houston High School.  The band has been performing well in the stands and on the field. Come out to see them one more time. We hope to see you there.

Kind Regards,

White Station Band Boosters


Upcoming Fundraisers

Greetings Spartan Band Members and Supporters

We have several upcoming fundraisers, so we wanted to present them here for your benefit.

1. Candy Sale: You may already have seen and heard about our candy sale. So far, many of the students are doing very well with this, although Mr. Sims really needs to get the candybarmoney in  from the sale so he can pay the bill for the portion we owe. This sale, if you have not heard is meant to help pay off uniform costs, band fees (which we still need in order to continue going to games), and other associated costs for the program (ask and Mr. Sims will share the breakdown). Each candy bar/box is sold for $1 and the students yield 50 cents in return.

2. Citrus Sale: The second fundraiser is a citrus sale. As a band, we have done this in the past and actually done quite well. The selections are comprised of Tangelos, Grapefruit, Oranges, or a combination box. Flyers were available in class so you could have the opportunity to cut down the spending out of your pocket for anything we do. The sale ends on Friday, October 21st (Mr. Sims has to process and submit the orders by the 28th of October at the latest). All orders would come in before Thanksgiving. This fruit is fresh from the orchard, not like what one would buy in the grocery store. If your child did not bring home a flyer and you are interested in this fundraiser, please click on the following two links: Front / Back .

3. WSHS Night at the Riverkings: January 6, 2017 7:30 PM at Landers Center, 4560 Venture Dr, Southaven, MS 38671, USA. The River kings are having a WSHS night at the Landers Center arena. Tickets are $16 – General Admission. Up to $10 will go to supporting White Station students and teachers via White Station High Partners In Education. Go here to purchase tickets and be sure to select the band as the beneficiary of your purchase.

4. Car Wash: Lastly, in the past we have done well with car washes. Mr. Sims is carwashconsidering putting on another car wash. The students are greatly in favor of this idea has Mr. Sims has received several request for a car wash from the students. If we choose to
host a car wash, it could be done on a Saturday on campus. Let Mr Sims know if this is something you may be willing to allow your child to do for an hour or two before the weather turns colder.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

WSHS Spartan Band Boosters

Game Tomorrow at CBHS

Greetings Spartan Band Booster Members,

As you know tomorrow is our first football game of the 2016-2017 school year. Please come out and support our band students in their first appearance of the year. The students and Mr. Sims have been working hard since July so this is our chance to show them how much we appreciate their effort.

The game will be held at the Christian Brothers High School stadium located here.


On a side note, for those that were not able to attend the WSHS Band Booster meeting on August 9, here is a PDF file with meeting minutes.  We had a great turn out for the meeting and accomplished a lot. We are looking forward to seeing the band booster members again next month. Find out date and time details for all band events on the Upcoming Band Events page.


Hope to see you at the game tomorrow.

Kind Regards,

WSHS Band Boosters


Meeting Notes for Parents of Incoming Freshmen

Good day Spartan Band Members and Supporters.

On Friday, 6-24-16 and Monday, 6-27-16 Mr. Sims held meetings to discuss information that would be helpful to know for incoming freshman band members.  This post is a compilation of both meetings.  This information will also be very helpful for returning band students and their parents. You can download a copy of this PDF file here.
Things to expect about marching band rehearsal:
• Don’t drink milk that morning or pasta the night before.
• They do a stretch and run the first thing every morning of camp.
• Bring a water bottle.
• Bring a change of clothes because you’ll get sweaty or Mr. Sims may turn on the sprinklers.
• They will have a band locker to use during camp. Do not bring food (except lunch during camp) to the band room and don’t keep it in your locker. (Ants!)
• Band camp hours are 8-5 (except for officers, who start at 7:30).
• Only Freshmen and sophomores come the first three days of camp.
• Student should bring their own instruments the first day of camp, even if they think they might want to check one out.
• He closes the band room for lunch. Students can bring a lunch and eat in the cafeteria or walk to a restaurant. They can’t go alone. Parents can e-mail Mr. Sims if they want him to keep an eye on their child so they won’t wander.
• First day of camp: bring Band Handbook Agreement Form and Student Information Form.
• Music on the website (for marching) should be familiar to the students by the time they start camp; they don’t have to learn the whole thing yet.
• They should have the WSHS fight song and the Star-Spangled Banner memorized by the time band camp starts.
Marching Music:
Look at the show music now. It’s on the website. It’s a Michael Jackson show. All of this music is on Spotify or YouTube, so students can become familiar with it. Music should be memorized by the first game. They do not use lyres in the stands.
He will let freshman out to go to the school’s freshman orientation on July 19.
During teacher inservice days (first week of August), camp is 2:30 – 5:00. The drum major may start the practices those days. Once school starts, after-school practices will be Tuesday and Thursday until 5:00 if they can learn the show. He may cut back on times if everyone can learn the show. Mr. Sims can stay later than 5 if needed for pickups during practice but not after football games.
• Most of the games are at the Fairgrounds, which is our home field.
• Parents are encouraged to be chaperones to the games. They get in free. They help if a child needs to go home to do a medical issue. He needs one chaperone for every 15 kids. He will start communicating about who the chaperone liaison will be.
• Students have to fill out a form and get it signed by a parent to miss a practice or game.
• He uses “Remind” to mass text. Replies are individual (not group). Students and parents can sign up. He uses it to inform when arriving after games.
He has a form to check out instruments. He doesn’t charge a fee, but if you damage it, you’re responsible for fixing it. If you don’t have your own instrument and need to check one out, he has one for concert and one for marching. The good concert instruments should not be taken outside. Mr. Sims has contacts for repairing instruments if needed. His contacts are faster and cheaper than Amro or Lane, but they are professional. Students are supposed to clean instruments a certain way. The handbook page (to turn in) says the student will take care of the instrument. Woodwind players will have to buy their own reeds. Buying your own mouthpiece (woodwind or brass) is encouraged. A good place to buy them is
He has full wool uniforms, but they only wear them when it’s cold. Mid-South Solutions is where they order the uniforms they usually wear. That uniform won’t change; you can use it every year. It includes: shorts, pants, jacket, hoodie, t-shirt, and backpack. They can have their name put on the back of the t-shirt. It costs about $120, which the parents will pay to Mid-South Solutions directly. They wear Bandmaster shoes. They can be ordered through the band or on your own.
Band fees:
He will furnish a breakout if needed. It pays for the bus to playoffs, uniforms etc. Bus rental is expensive. Band fees can be paid by cash or check, payable to White Station Band. Mr. Sims will write a receipt. Band dues are about $260. The first payment will probably be due end of September. FYI other schools charge about $800. Band fees are only $140 if you already have a uniform.
He doesn’t require lessons but recommends it. He stays till 4:30 every day (when not in marching band practice) and will help students who want to stay after and get help.

There are honor bands he can nominate for throughout the school year.

He’s trying to get a Tri-M (music honor society) started at WSHS. Members graduate with cords and colleges recognize it. It can help toward scholarships.
Honor Society tutoring: National Honor Society students are expected to tutor; frequently they are available to help other band students with other subjects if needed.
He will give each student an etude to prepare and play every 9 weeks. They are intended to technically challenging. Students need to learn all scales. They will be tested throughout the year. Sheet music is costly; parents should be aware of any music that the student needs to return.
Band trip:
This year is New Orleans. They are probably going to Loyola. Jazz band may be in the Loyola Jazz Festival. Orchestra will go with them again. They may have a clinic with Loyola professors. He wants them to talk with professionals. It’s Thursday through Sunday; $785 for 70 kids, probably through Thomas Tours. The students play as one ensemble on the
trip. The trip is open to the orchestra also. It will be the 2nd week of March (3/2 – 3/5). This trip is open to all grades (freshmen through seniors). If a student’s grades are poor, participation in the trip may have to be discussed. The trip is fun and kids get to know each other.
July 30 he is planning on a mattress sale. Other bands have raised $3000 +. All the kids have to do is advertise through social media. The company uses the cafeteria as a showroom. They also had a successful candy sale and will probably do it again. He may consider a cookie dough sale. He did poinsettias at Christmas also. Fundraisers are through the boosters, not Shelby County Schools. He may do some spirit nights at Chick-fil-A or other restaurants. He may try doing a car wash on WSHS property; if not he’ll do it at Shell (Poplar-Perkins) again. We have sold t-shirts in the past; trying to find out if boosters can sell other logo’d items at games. (This is restricted by the athletic boosters and fairground rules).
• First day of camp: bring Handbook Agreement Form and Student Information Form. The student form is confidential; only Mr. Sims gets it; he particularly needs medical and allergy information on it.
• Program Absence Form is used if anyone has to miss a day at camp. Student needs to turn it in to him.
• Bus Exemption Forms: if a student is not to ride the bus home from a game, they have to fill it out. They have to turn it in in advance, because it has to be signed by the principal, Mr. Mansfield (due to liability concerns).
All forms are on the band website.
Booster meetings are first Tuesday of every month. Chuck Brantley is president.

Please let us know if you have any question. You can reach the WSHS Band Booster officers at:

Kindest Regards,

WSHS Band Boosters

Happy 4th of July from the WSHS Band Boosters

Good day fellow Band Booster members.



We hope you have a relaxing and fun 4th of July weekend.  This is a great time to be with friends and family,  and think about how we are blessed with such great liberty in the United States.

You will likely see a lot of huge 4th of July sales over the next week.  Please see the following note regarding our upcoming band fund raiser. You can download a copy of the fundraiser file here.


HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!  It’s a great time to help spread the word while celebrating during this long weekend!  

If you need a new Mattress, don’t worry about going to all those retail stores sales this weekend offering up holiday deals…We will already be less expensive as everything at our fundraiser will be 30% – 50% OFF RETAIL!

I love buying local, whether from my friends that own small businesses (like me), “mom and pop stores” or from a kid coming by my house with a candy bar for sale.  

But this fundraiser is different from all others because we are not asking anyone to purchase something they don’t necessarily need…BUT they can save a bunch of money on their mattress while also supporting the White Station Band!  You just can’t do that with a regular retail purchase and it’s a great feeling when everybody wins! 

So tell EVERYONE at your get togethers and firework shows this weekend about our fundraiser and help make it a HUGE success for the kids!  Thanks so much and have a safe and wonderful 4th! #MattressFundraiser

Please let us know if you have any question. You can reach the WSHS Band Booster officers at:

Kindest Regards,

WSHS Band Boosters