This week is a BUSY week for our High School Band! Wednesday we go to Grand Ledge and perform at 7:30! Please come out and support our kids! Friday is our last Home Game and it is also Senior night! We will be having a Potluck for the High School Band (all grades) honoring our Seniors. Here is the Potluck Sign Up: https://www.PerfectPotluck.com/FKEA0104 Please note that the Food categories are split by sections. Entrees are Tenor Sax, Trumpets, Mellos, Baritones, Trombones, Tubas & Percussion. Sides are Flutes, Clarinets, Piccolos & Alto Sax. Desserts are the Colorguard. A cake will be provided by the Band Boosters.
Middle School Parents, it would be greatly appreciated if you could help us out with the below Sign Up so that we can make this night a success! http://signup.com/go/swzyTap
It is time for our Homecoming Game this Friday! Below please find the link to the items and help we need for our students for this Friday's game!!
Sign Up Here
We have our third sign up of the season for this Friday's game, September 21st. As a reminder, this is also the Middle School Tailgate!
Please use the link below to sign up to bring items or volunteer to help before, during and after the game!
Sign Up HERE
It is already time for our 2nd game sign up for the Marching Band. Please remember to read any notes for what you are signing up for!
Sign Up HERE
Here is the meeting agenda for the first Booster meeting of the year. We will start at 6 and try to get done by 7:15. We meet in the High School Band Room. All are welcome!!
Welcome & Opening Remarks ~ Ken Keyes
Budget Update ~ Kelli Werner
Presidential Items ~ Ken Keyes
Next Meetings & Calendar Activities (MS Tailgate, Performances, etc.)
Fundraiser Updates ~ Chairperson for Each Activity
(Please Remember these are reports by the Chairperson and not open for discussion)
~ Coupon Books (Danna), Pizza Kits (Carolyn), Lug-Nuts(Deanna), Etc…
High School & Middle School Bands Updates ~ Lynn & Judah
Performances and Needs?
New Items for Consideration
Open for discussion (Please Try to Keep each Topic to 5 minutes)
By 7:15 if possible
Monday September 10th: 7:00 am Jazz Band rehearsal for the volunteer group that plans to perform at the "Taste of Williamston"
Monday September 10th: 6-9 pm Marching Band rehearsal at the stadium
5:00 pm-5:30 pm: Band room open for students to grab equipment (students are to wear their marching shoes and bring their marching band hats, in it's storage box, to rehearsal)
6:00 pm: Rehearsal at the stadium
At the conclusion of rehearsal, students may bring their hat boxes/hats to the band room or may take them home. For those who take them home, they should plan to bring them back to school on Tuesday to be stored in the band room.
Wednesday September 12th: 7:00 am Jazz Band rehearsal for the "Taste of Williamston"
Wednesday September 12th: Jersey Giant orders for Friday are due 4th hour. Order forms are attached. This is optional for students. Orders will be delivered to the band room around 5 pm on Friday.
Thursday September 13th: 7:00 am Jazz Band rehearsal for the "Taste of Williamston"
Friday September 14th: 7:00 am Jazz Band rehearsal for the "Taste of Williamston"
Friday September 14th: Home Football Game - We will be wearing our full uniform for this performance
5:00 pm - Students report to band room to dress into full marching uniform
5:30 pm - Attendance taken, rehearse music/tune, load equipment trailer
6:00 pm - Leave for stadium by school bus
7:00 pm - Game begins
9:30 pm (or later) - Return to WHS by bus, students are dismissed after they have changed out of their band uniform
All students, except for colorguard members, should plan to wear their summer marching uniform underneath their full marching uniform. Any exceptions to this need to clear it with Ms. Kelsey. Please make sure this includes longer black socks (not the anklet type that goes with the summer uniform). Students also need to have their black marching shoes and white band gloves (colorguard and drumline do not wear white gloves). Students who need to purchase a pair of white gloves may do so during B lunch. Please purchase these by Thursday. Gloves are $5.00.
The Taste of Williamston is being held on Thursday September 20th at the D&G Equipment Showroom. The high school jazz band will be performing at this as we have for the past few years. Even though we haven't officially started jazz band for the year we are going to have a few rehearsals this week and a few next week to prepare for this event. This performance will be a volunteer group for anyone that can make it on the 20th. We will "recycle" some pieces that we have played in the last couple of years. The schedule for the 20th is to perform from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The students will eat after they are done playing. This year the Rotary is going to provide pizza, pop and cookies for the students. We will need to give them an exact number of participants later in the week so they may plan accordingly.
Parents who would like to attend this event have the following options:
1) Purchase a regular priced ticket and enjoy "The Taste of Williamston" - please consider supporting this worthwhile fundraiser.
2) Join the students at 6:30 pm for a pizza dinner. A optional donation of $5.00 is suggested to help cover the cost of the meal for the parents. Student meals will be covered for free.
The Williamston Sunrise Rotary donates a generous amount to the Band Boosters as a way of showing appreciation to the students for giving of their time on this evening. The "Taste of Williamston" is a major annual fundraiser for the group. The dollars that the Rotary raises in selling tickets to this event and from the auction are shared with the Weekend Survival Kit program. This program provides weekend food kits for children who might otherwise go hungry. Rotary also uses funds raised, to give back to the community and the schools. There is an impressive list of projects that have benefited from Rotary funding. We as the band, appreciate the funds that they give to us.
Crash cymbals are a staple in the percussion section. They add color and energy to the band. Our crash cymbals right now have cracks in them. When cymbals have cracks in them, they do not resonate very well and they have a very thin sound.
When we are on the marching field, cymbals add flare, crispness, and color to the sound of the band. When we are in the concert hall, cymbals are all about the emotion of the piece.
Thank you so much for your help and support for our classroom! Music is such a great way for students to grow!
Our first Band Booster Board Meeting of the 2018-2019 school year is now set! We will be meeting Wednesday September 12th at 6-7:15pm in the High School Band Room. To help streamline our meetings the chairperson for each group will present progress and details. We will them move on as the meeting is for the general group. If you want to help and do more for a specific group, then the chairperson will have opportunities for involvement.
Please consider coming so we can continue to help our band program.
The agenda for the meeting will be sent out Monday or Tuesday.
Our High School Marching Band did such an AWESOME job during their first Football Game together! Here is a link to some pictures from Mr. Dave Ferguson with the Williamston Today & Lansing State Herald.
Click Here to see these awesome pictures!
This is a simple tool that allows us to pull brass mouthpieces out of the instrument when they get stuck. Brass mouthpieces have a tendency to get stuck, which is really unfortunate. It is a tough process to get the mouthpiece out of the instrument, and can sometimes be damaging to the instrument.
Our students will be so happy to know that their mouthpiece will be able to taken out easily! The mouthpiece puller will last for many years and it is something that won't need to be replaced if taken care of properly. Thank you in advance for your help to music classrooms!
Here is the link to sign up to bring items or volunteer to help before, during and after the game! Thank you so much for helping out!
Monday August 27th - Rehearsal at the Stadium
5:00 pm - Band room open for anyone who needs to grab equipment
5:30 pm - Band room is locked
6:00 pm - Rehearsal at the stadium (bring a water bottle/bug spray, etc)
9:00 pm - Rehearsal concludes, students are dismissed at the stadium
The band room will be open immediately following rehearsal for those students who might like to drop equipment off. Otherwise students will need to plan a way to get equipment to school on Tuesday morning.
Students need to have all classroom materials with them including; music, flip folios, coordinate sheets, etc.
Thursday August 30th - First Home Game
5:30 pm - Rehearsal in the high school band room
6:00 pm - Depart for stadium by bus
7:00 pm - Game starts
9:15 pm (approximately) - Return to band room after game, students are dismissed from the high school
Our High School Marching Band is already getting ready for their first home game performance. They have been practicing for the last month (or more) and just got back from Band Camp last week! We are so excited to share our first Half Time Show of the season with all of you at the Varsity Football Game on August 30th at 7pm!
We hope you make it to WHS on November 3, 4, and 5 at 7pm or November 6 at 2pm for The Addams Family. Band members from the high school are performing in the cast and in the pit as well as some middle school band members. Don't miss it!
Thanks to all of the families and students for making our marching season a success. We could not have done it without all of your help!
The middle school all school party will go on as planned tonight, Friday, February 26 from 7-10pm at the high school. Please help spread the word and we hope to see you there!