Band Camp Information Part Two: Food donation requests by section
Please check the instrument you play and bring in the requested food item.
You only need to donate once for the week.
Please drop off your donation in the cafeteria with our booster volunteer on Monday morning before you head to the auditorium.
a large bag of chips, any kind (potato,Doritos, etc.)
2 packages of cookies, or 4 dozen, if homemade
case of water.16 oz bottles, buy the store brand, *nothing expensive*.
Fruit (a couple bags of grapes, apples) or veggies
case of water.16 oz bottles, buy the store brand, *nothing expensive*.
BAND CAMP INFORMATION PART ONE
Dear Western High School Band Student and Parents:
Greetings! Hope you all have a great summer! Here’s the scoop on band camp.
We hold marching band camp a “little” early due to our interest in making sure students who are in the County Fair or on any sports teams are able to participate. We also hold the camp at the school to accommodate the driver’s education session (who report at 11 a.m.) and to those with football events. To those not involved in these events, we like to look at it as having two summer vacations…one “before Band week” and one “after Band week”! These rehearsals add up to nearly 8 weeks of school, and our first performance is the first week of school, so it is important that we have you/your student there to learn and be prepared with pregame, halftime, and stand cheers.
Also important to note: band camp is required for two years to earn Phys Ed credit.
The 2017 Band Week will be held from Monday, July 24th through Friday, July 28th . The rehearsals run from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday, with a closing "for the fans" performance on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m.
If you need to have your student dropped off earlier than 8:15 a.m., just let us know so we can have a place for them to be in the building.
Our theme is “Rock Opera". The selections are “Ride of the Valkyries”, “Toreador Song”, “Tommy-Pinball Wizard”, and “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
The marching show we prepare includes everyone signed up for marching band,including varsity football players, as it is one we perform at the annual Vandercook Lake Marching Invitational in late September.
The staff will include Mr. Bickel and Mr. Cunningham (directors), Mr. Bill Cryderman (brass, marching instructor), Kevin Krieger (woodwinds), Katti Chivington (color guard instructor), Jack Tallman and Pete Alderman (drumline instructors). A few more graduates will be helping out, as well!
We provide students with a lunch every day, and they are dismissed before dinner.
1. INSTRUMENT, LYRE, AND FLIP FOLDER WITH MUSIC HANDED OUT IN CLASS (9th Graders need to purchase a flip folder---they can be bought at Dickerson Music or Playford Music).
2. TENNIS SHOES AND SOCKS
3. SHARPENED PENCIL
4. LAYERS OF CLOTHING (HOODIE/LONG PANTS) FOR VARYING WEATHER CONDITIONS.
6. CONTRIBUTION FOR LUNCH BY SECTION (TO BE ANNOUNCED VIA EMAIL & FACEBOOK PAGE)
Thanks, everyone! Please email your questions.
Band Booster Meeting
Our next Band Booster meeting is on Monday, May 8th, at Biggby Coffee in Spring Arbor. Feel free to join us!
Disney Trip--Fan Package Info Update
DISNEY TRIP FAN PACKAGE INFO UPDATE for those on the wait list or who want to go and will provide their own transportation:
The Western Band is performing in the 2017 Thanksgiving Parade of Bands at Disney World. The students and parents already signed up are ready to go, but there were 21 on the wait list at last check. This would require your own flight down, or your own drive down, but here's how you can join us for all events aside from riding the bus there and back.
In light of the DOT/seat belt regulations the 21 participants that are currently on the waiting list will need their own motor coach transportation while in Orlando. The pricing below is based on a total of 21 people paying the costs and if this number changes the price will also change.
PLEASE NOTE, THIS TRANSPORTATION WILL BE FOR THE FOLLOWING TRANSFERS ONLY AND DOESN’T INCLUDE ANY AIRPORT TRANSFERS:
· One way transfer from Universal Studios to your hotel on Tuesday, November 21st
The pricing below is based on 21 participants paying for the local coach transfers:
$1159.00 - per person (based on QUAD occupancy)
Here are the other special Family Packages that we can offer:
Thanksgiving Dinner, Awards Ceremony & Dessert Party at Epcot – $115 per person. Includes a three course plated dinner, band recognition ceremony, performance by the Boston Brass, private dessert party and viewing of Illuminations, and a special surprise guest visit!
Walt Disney World® Tickets: 3-day Park Hopper - $327.00 per person
Universal Orlando® Resort Tickets: 1 day park-to-park ticket - $129.00 per person
All of these special packages will need to be set up in IPS and individuals will register for them the same way the rest of the group signed up.
website is: bobrogerstravel.com
THIS MAY TAKE A FEW DAYS TO ACTIVATE, BUT CHECK BACK ON THAT WEBSITE OFTEN.
I am happy to answer questions or forward them to one who would know the answer. Thanks, all!
State Solo/Ensemble Results
The following students qualified as soloists or in groups to perform at the STATE Solo/Ensemble Festival in February (to compare to sports, think of them having had an in-school parade last Friday). They did so by earning a blue medal, first division rating at the District Solo/Ensemble, and then signing up for this top level evaluation.
They performed at East Lansing High School on Saturday, March 18th.
Here are the students and their results:
Grace Rooney and Jennifer Peckham performed a French horn duet. They earned a second division (red medal) rating at the State level, with two "A-"s and three "B+"s for an overall "B+".
Emily Buratovich, McKenna Jones, Shane Gollakner, Aaron Miller, and Ellie Brugger performed as a woodwind quintet. They earned a first division (blue medal) rating at the State level, with two "B"s and "three "A"s for an overall "A".
Hailey Cunningham, Emma Farina, and Andrew Baldermann performed as a trumpet trio. They earned a first division (blue medal) rating at the State level, with three "A"s and two "A+" for an overall "A".
Parker Vancalbergh performed his12th Grade Euphonium solo, earned a first division (blue medal) rating on State Proficiency 3 (highest level), with 20/25 on his scales exam, 19/25 on his sight-reading exam, and 47/50 on his solo, earning him 86/100. This is one of the highest euphonium Proficiency 3 scores Western has ever had.
Alyssa Ladd performed her 9th Grade clarinet solo, earned another first division rating, with one "A-", one "A", and THREE "A+"s for an overall "A+". For a 9th grader, these grades are extremely rare, let alone rare for a student from Western to achieve.
Congratulations to these WHS students on earning 12 medals at the MSBOA State Solo/Ensemble Festival!
Cedar Point Trip for Western High School Band Members Information
CEDAR POINT TRIP INFO--May 23, 2017
This trip cannot be approved until the board meets on April 11, so we will not collect money until April 12.
The cost is $89/person covering transportation and ticket, and will be first come, first serve on your Google form signup and payment from April 12 through April 28th. Pending approval, I will put the Google registration out on the morning of April 12.
We are looking for chaperones to help, so the student number will be capped at 100, and the chaperones at 10. We are only taking students in grades 9-12, as the 8th grade is taking a separate trip as a class.
Chaperones who are not employees of a public school system must complete a background check form and have it in by April 28th (I will have copies available for pickup in the band office and can send forms home with your students if you wish).
If more seats are available on April 28th, we will continue to sell them to either students or chaperones until the spots are filled.
Western HS Bands Registration Form now available
Click here to register for Western High School Bands next year! Be sure to ALSO sign up with your school counselor to guarantee your spot in the program.
Upcoming Meeting Dates and Location
All meetings are now in the conference room at Biggby Coffee in the mini-mall on M-60.
ALL BAND PARENTS are invited! Come on out.
Monday, March 6th---7 p.m.
Monday, April 10th---7 p.m.
Monday, May 15th--7 p.m.
2016-17 Band Booster Officers and Committee Chairs
2016-17 Band Booster Officers
Co-Presidents- Jody and Dan Rooney
Treasurer---Linda Tallman and Chad Melton
Ways and Means--Jessica Valentine
2015-16 Band Booster Committee Chairs
Uniforms---Sandy Clark and Linda Parsons
MS Coordinator---Teri Eichenberg
HS Coordinator--Becky Engelter
Western Bands offers partial monetary reimbursements for students who are taking lessons and properly fill out this form.
This is the Western HS Band Handbook.