This is just a reminder that the band camp forms and the first payment of $110.00 are due July 1st. Please send these items to: Barb Burke Band Camp Forms and Fees Coordinator P.O. Box 85 Williamston, MI 48895
Please make checks payable to the Williamston Band Boosters.
All students received a band camp packet of information (including the forms) at the end of the school year. If you are unable to locate that packet, all the information and forms are available this zipped file.
It is important that we receive the Marching Band Camp Fee Worksheet by July 1st, as this is the form we use to find out sizes for our summer uniform items. This order must be placed ASAP so we will have those items in time for band camp.
Just a reminder that the new summer performance tee sample shirts are in the main office at the high school until Thursday, June 27th. After that date the main office will be closed for the month of July.
Band Camp Partial Scholarship
We are excited to offer students the opportunity to apply for a partial scholarship for marching band camp this year. As your booster team, this has been a goal for us since the beginning. We have budgeted some funds to help those students who need it.
You will need to apply quickly as the date is fast approaching. The deadline is June 1st by 3:00 pm. Please see the attached policy and application. Fill it out and bring it to the Band Room at the High School (or the Middle school for the current 8th graders) and give it to Miss Kelsey. If possible put it in an envelope with Scholarship Applicationwritten on the outside.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us through this email or speak to Miss Kelsey directly.
Your Band Booster Team
Can & Bottle Drive Saturday, May 18th
Just a reminder that the Can and Bottle Drive is this Saturday, May 18 from 9:30-3:00. Please meet at D&W. There are no shifts; you come and work as little or as much as you are able. If you have a band shirt or a Williamston Hornets shirt, please wear it.
Band Banquet Tuesday, May 28th
We will be having our end-of-the-year Band Banquet on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:00 pm in the High School Commons/Auditorium. We will be celebrating the musical accomplishments of our band members during the 2012-2013 school year and honoring our graduating seniors. We plan to start the evening with a potluck dinner in the commons followed by the presentation of awards and the end-of-the-year video in the auditorium. We look forward to having you join us!
We are asking each family to provide a dish to pass, plus their own place setting. This includes plates, cups, silverware, and napkins. Below is the suggested dish to pass, however, feel free to bring anything you would like.
The attire for the evening is casual but slightly more formal than shorts and jeans.
HS Band at WHS Graduation on Sunday, June 2nd
The high school band will be performing at the WHS graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 2nd. The ceremony will be held at the Wharton Center at MSU. Students in grades 9-11 will be taking a school bus to and from the event. Seniors should plan to meet us there, although they may ride the bus if needed.
Students should plan to wear nice dress clothes (school dress code applies). Please, no jeans, shorts or tennis shoes. We will be sitting in front of the stage (very visible) during the entire ceremony, so please make every effort to look your best. This is a special day for WHS seniors and their families, and therefore we should dress accordingly.
The schedule for the day is as follows: 3:30 pm: 9-11th grade band members report to the band room 3:45 pm: Bus departs for the Wharton Center 4:15 pm: Arrive at Wharton and set up 4:30 pm: Senior band members meet us at the Wharton Center to rehearse with the choir. Senior band members are responsible to bring their instruments and music to and from the Wharton Center. Those using school-owned instruments should plan to drop them off at WHS on Monday, June 3rd through Thursday, June 6th. 6:00 pm: Ceremony begins
We will be returning to WHS immediately following the ceremony. Typically the ceremony lasts about 1 hour. I'm hoping that we will return by 7:45 pm. Students who do not want to ride the bus home should plan to fill out a transportation waiver. The form is attached.
Spring Band Concert May 8th
Next week Wednesday, May 8th, is our Spring Band Concert. It begins at 7:30 pm in the McGoff Auditorium. Students need to report at 7:00 pm to warm up. Students will be wearing their concert black for this event. Students should plan to bring a change of clothes as they will be turning in their uniforms after the concert. Girls will be turning in their skirts but they should plan to take their blouses home to store until next year. Boys will be turning in their tux pants, tux coats, and cummerbunds. They should plan to store their tuxedo shirts and bowties at home. If there are any seniors who would like to donate tux shirts or blouses as they have no need for them in the future, we will gladly accept them.
Volunteers needed for May 8th High School Concert
Volunteers are needed for the high school concert on Wednesday, May 8th at McGoff Auditorium. Volunteers are needed to set up for the concert around 6:00 pm, and/or tear down after the concert. One additional volunteer is needed to distribute programs as guests enter the auditorium.
Volunteers Needed for Fine Arts Fest April 27th
We are looking for two parents who would be willing to sell tickets at the door this Saturday. We would need your help starting at 6:45 pm until 7:30, when the performance starts.
Spartan Youth Wind Symphony Audition
This is just a reminder that students who are making a recording in class for their SYWS audition must have this completed by Friday. Please make sure to go online to take care of the application on your own. Below is a link for information. www.music.msu.edu/syws
Fine Arts Fest Saturday, April 27th, at 7:30
This is just a reminder that the high school concert band and jazz bands will be performing this Saturday, April 27th, at 7:30 for the third annual Fine Arts Fest. Tickets for this event are $5.00 (general admission seating) and may be purchased in advance or at the door. If you would like to purchase tickets in advance please go to www.gowcs.net and follow the link on the home page.
Students need to report to the high school at 4:30 pm for a combined rehearsal with the choir and theater students. We will be taking a dinner break in the middle. Students should plan to purchase a pizza dinner that we will provide or bring their own food. Students should not plan to leave to get food during the dinner break. Students interested in the pizza dinner should bring $3.00 (cash only please) by Thursday. The "uniform" for this event is blue jeans, a plain black shirt, and tennis shoes.
Can and Bottle Drive Volunteers Needed Saturday, May 18th
The next can and bottle drive is Saturday, May 18, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at D & W Fresh Market in Williamston. All money raised will go into student accounts.
We need students and parents for this fundraiser. The more parent drivers and students we have, the more of the city we can canvas and the more money we will earn. You can work as little or as much of the day as you want or are able to. Students will get credit for the hours they work and the hours worked by a parent/guardian. Please note, there will NOT be credit given for siblings or friends.
Band Solo Recital Night April 25th
Dear 7th-12th grade parents, You are invited to our annual band solo recital night on Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 pm in McGoff Auditorium at Williamston High School. This optional event features students in grades 6-12 who have prepared solos and ensembles to perform. Mrs. Rosin is creating a schedule so students will know whether they are playing near the beginning or end of the recital. Participating students should plan to drop their instruments in the band room at the beginning of the event. After this, they should sit in the audience and wait to warm up until THREE events before they are to perform.
Dressing up slightly for this event would be appropriate. Students may also dress in performance related "costumes" as well.
We could use a couple of parents to help organize the students in the band room as they warm up. This will help keep the event flowing smoothly.
Photos, Volunteers Needed to End of School Year
Do you have any photos of band members from this 2012-13 school year? We are looking for photos from Band Camp, Solo & Ensemble, concerts, etc. to be shown at the end of the year High School Band Banquet. Before May 1, please email photos to email@example.com or give them to Miss Kelsey.
May 8--We need someone to pick up corsages from a Williamston florist and deliver them to the High School before 7pm. (Seniors will wear the corsages during their concert that evening.)
May 18--Adult (and student) volunteers will be needed for the Can and Bottle Drive fundraiser. Watch for details to be emailed separately.
June 2--An adult is needed Sunday June 2 from approximately 4-8pm to chaperone the band to Williamston High School graduation at the Wharton Center. This would involve riding the bus from WHS to Wharton, monitoring students, assisting Miss Kelsey as needed during the event, and riding the bus back to WHS.
Volunteers are needed to sort and manage the marching uniforms. Dates/times to be determined by the volunteers.
The Beaumont Brass, which is the faculty brass quintet at MSU, presents a concert tonight at 7:30 pm on campus. A flyer is attached. This would be a great concert critique opportunity for high school students.
CMS Flute Day April 20th
Attached is information about the CMS Flute Day to be held Saturday April 20th. This would be a great opportunity for any of our flute performers.
Williamston Schools Foundation Golf Outing
Please see the attached brochure for information about the 31st Annual Williamston Schools Foundation Golf Outing to be held May 4, 2013 at Brookshire Golf Course.
Concordia Flute Camp Flyer
Attached is a flyer about the 2013 Concordia Flute Camp to be held Monday June 24-Friday June 28th.
Student Accounts for Chicago Trip, Band Camp, Etc.
Attached you will find a list of student accounts by student number. This list contains amounts through the coupon book sale. All of these funds can be used for the upcoming Band Camp (approximate cost $200). Or if your student is going to Chicago or Cedar Point, the funds can be used towards that, too.
Student IDs can be found on PowerSchool and report cards. Students should also know their ID number. Please do not interrupt the band directors to get this information.
If you want to use this money towards the upcoming Chicago trip, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put "want to use student account" in the subject line. Kathy Baker will get back to you.
The Chicago trip is coming up quickly and we need to know if you want to access the funds.
As a reminder, any student funds left at time of graduation or leaving the band will be deposited into the general account.
Schedule for March 25 - 28, 2013
Below is our schedule for next week in the morning at 7:00 am:
Monday: Jazz Band II Tuesday: Jazz Band I Wednesday: Students going on Chicago trip Thursday: Students going on Chicago trip Friday: No School
Map to Okemos HS for State Solo & Ensemble
Attached is a map of the warmup and performance rooms for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday. Good luck to all of our participants!
We will not be having jazz band rehearsals this week at 7:00 am. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be the chamber brass group at 7:00 am to prepare for State Solo and Ensemble. Other Solo and Ensemble groups may choose to rehearse at this time as well.
Spartan Youth Wind Symphony 2013-2014
Attached is information about the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony for 2013-2014. Interested students may apply online. This is a great honor and band experience, which I highly encourage students to try out for. We currently have nine students participating in the ensemble this year.
State Solo & Ensemble Festival Schedule
Attached is the schedule of our events for State Solo and Ensemble Festival to be held at Okemos High School on Saturday March 23rd. Students must provide their own transportation to Okemos HS and should plan to arrive 30 minutes before they are to perform. Students will need to take their instruments home on Friday night and make sure to bring the original score for the judge in order to get a rating.
Students who are being accompanied by Stephanie Gewirtz should plan to pay her by Saturday. Checks payable directly to her for $25.00. Cash is fine as well. A Thank You card is always nice.
Some students still need to pay the registration fee. Below is the fee structure. Checks made payable to the Williamston Band Boosters.
9th Grade Solo: $15.00 10th, 11th & 12th Grade Band Instrument Solo Proficiency: $21.00 Ensembles: each member pays $10.00 (a duet would be $20, a trio would be $30, etc.)
Fine Arts Fest Saturday, April 27th, 2013, at 7:30 pm
The third annual Fine Arts Fest will be Saturday, April 27th, at 7:30 pm. This event features performances by the WHS band, choir, and theater production students. It takes place at the high school in McGoff auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 per person.
The tentative schedule for the day is as follows: 4:30 pm: Band members report to high school for combined rehearsal. 6:30 pm: Dinner break - For the cost of $3.00 we will provide students with 2 slices of pizza and pop. Money will be due to Ms. Kelsey by Thursday the 25th. Anyone not purchasing the dinner should plan to bring their own. 7:30 pm: Show begins
"Uniform" for the evening is jeans, plain black shirt, and tennis shoes.
Please let me know if you have questions.
Male Chaperone Needed for Chicago Trip April 12-13
We need a MALE CHAPERONE for the High School Chicago Trip April 12 and 13. Please contact Teri Sand at TeriAnnSand@gmail.com (preferred) or 517-679-1067 if you would like to chaperone that trip.
Teri Sand Volunteer Coordinator, 2012-13
Need Breakfast Donations for HS Band's Early Rehearsals Feb. 26-28
We would like to provide breakfast for the band this week as they prepare for Festival. Today the Band Boosters and Schneiders provided donuts, milk, and fruit. Here is what I need help with for the rest of the week for about 65 band members. TUESDAY - 6 dozen bagels, cream cheese, jelly, 2 gal. orange juice, bananas, 1 bag apples WEDNESDAY - 6 dozen muffins, yogurt cups, 2 gal. juice (any flavor) , clementines, grapes THURSDAY - 8 boxes cold cereal, 3 gal. milk , bananas, spoons and bowls (or 12-16 oz stryofoam cups) for the cereal.
You can leave all the items on the table in the band room.
I can set up in the morning but WE NEED TO HAVE A PARENT COME TO THE BAND ROOM AFTER PRACTICE OR DURING BAND CLASS TO CLEAN UP.
Please send me an email about what you can donate and if you can help clean up. Thanks!
Extra Rehearsals for Band Festival Week, Feb . 25-28
In order to keep refining our musical progress for band festival, we have scheduled full concert band rehearsals for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning at 7:00 am. The jazz bands will not be rehearsing next week.
I realize that having these rehearsals is asking students and parents to go "above and beyond." It might be difficult for some students to find rides, etc. As I discussed with the students in class, this is a very important part of our preparation that is really going to help our "team." I know that they will make every attempt to make it to these rehearsals and to help out their classmates with carpooling, etc. I thank everyone in advance for their help and dedication towards this collective project.
Thursday February 28th: Band Festival Performance - Students should plan to bring their Concert Black uniforms to school that day. They will be changing into their uniforms at school before we get on the bus to travel to Okemos High School. We plan to depart WHS at 1:00 pm. Our performance is at 2:20 pm. After we are done performing we will wait for our rating and then travel back to WHS via bus. Approximate return time to WHS is 4:15 pm. Any student who is riding home from the festival with a parent/guardian needs to turn in a transportation waiver by next Wednesday, 2-27.
Our high school Pre-Festival Concert is this coming Monday, February 11th, at 7:30 pm in McGoff Auditorium. We are sharing this concert with the Dansville High School band. Students should plan to report at 7:00 pm in their concert black.
Our Band Festival performance is Thursday, February 28th, at Okemos High School at 2:20 pm. We will be taking a school bus to and from this event. More details to follow.
Please let me know if you have questions.
Thanks. Lynn Kelsey
High School Band Exam - Thurs., Jan 17
This is just a reminder that the high school band exam is this Thursday, January 17th. Students should plan to turn in their concert critiques or compositions at that time. Please let me know if you have questions.
Thanks. Lynn Kelsey
Band Performing at Wrestling Match - Wed. Jan 16
On Wednesday, January 16th, the high school band will be performing at the home wrestling match. This will be with marching/pep band instruments. Report time to the band room is 5:40 pm. The match begins at 6 pm. According to Coach Weber the match should be over around 7:30 pm. I realize that this is a school night in the middle of exams and that students will have studying to do. I hope that we can still get a good number of students to be there for this event to put on a positive showing.
Please let me know if you have questions. Thanks. /Lynn Kelsey
Jazz Band Schedule Week of December 3
We will not have jazz band during the week December 3rd-Friday December 7th. Many students are involved with the musical and this will be a long and tiring week for them. We will start rehearsals up again on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 am.
Combined Jazz Band Performance on Dec. 14th at Elementary School We have added a performance for the combined jazz bands I and II on Friday, December 14th at the elementary school. It will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. This is for the PTSA holiday celebration. Students should plan to arrive to the elementary by 6:00 pm to get set up and ready for the performance. We will need to transport music stands and the drumset from the high school to the elementary. If anyone might have a vehicle to help with that please let me know.
Attire for the evening will be "jazz band black": Boys: Plain black dress pants, plain black button down dress shirt, black dress shoes, and black socks. Boys must also purchase a uniform green tie from the band department. The cost is $10.00 Girls: Plain black dress pants/skirt, plain black shirt, black dress shoes and black socks.
I realize that this is an addition to the calendar at a very busy holiday time. If students are not able to make the event due to family plans just let me know. With our combined group we should have enough students for a successful performance, even if not everyone can make it.