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Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 10/24-10/28

Upcoming Events

Greetings Wildcat Band Families,

We had a wonderful short week back from fall break. Working hard on our Winter Concert music and focusing on getting a little bit better every day. As a reminder, students should be practicing at home at least 5 days per week for at least 20 minutes. Learning an instrument is a skill and takes regular focused repetition to do so.

Many many thanks to everyone who has been volunteering to work in the concessions stands! You all are amazing!

After many requests we have reopened our apparel store for hoodies and the plain Wildcat T-shirt. If you are interested in purchasing one, the store closes Nov. 1st at 11:59pm.

Please take a few moment to review the information below so you are fully prepared for the week ahead.

This week:

  • Monday - A Day (Classes 1-4 and Advisory)

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • 2:15-9:00 - All-Region Orchestra Auditions for Winds and Percussion

    • 3:45-4:30 - Clarinet Sectionals

  • Tuesday - (B Day - Classes 5-8 and Priority)

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • Priority Time - Trombone Sectional

    • 3:45-4:30 - Euphonium Sectional

    • 8:00pm - Bentonville Pride Send Off Performance

    • Good Luck XC On 9th Grade Conference Meet!!

  • Wednesday - A Day (Classes 1-4 and Priority)

    • 7:45-8:28 - Faculty Meeting

      • Keep instruments with you

    • 8:28-8:35 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • Priority Time - Flute Sectionals

    • 3:45-4:30 - Saxophone and Tuba Sectionals

  • Thursday (B Day - Classes 5-8 and Priority)

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • 4:00pm - Band Room Closes

    • Good luck Football!!!

  • Friday (B Day - Classes 5-8 and Engagement Friday - Wind Ensemble/Advanced Band)

    • 8:15-8:30 - Drop off instruments in band room

    • 3:45-4:30 - Trumpet and French Horn Sectionals


Below is the schedule for required sectionals for 8th grade band for the year that continues THIS WEEK. 7th graders are welcome to attend sectionals first semester if they want to be challenged to learn the all-region honor band audition music. Auditions occur in December and are required for all 8th Grade Band Students and 7th Grade Percussion.


You can find a complete copy of this year's calendar of events here.


PRIVATE LESSONS ARE AWESOME! They are designed to be fun, engaging, supportive and focused on the individual student.

We have an awesome partnership with Arkansas Music Conservatory where your student can take a lesson or two on US to see what private lessons can do for your band student! We have set aside $1150 for lessons this year. We can also help pay for additional lessons and offset the cost of lessons for families who need financial assistance in this area.

Who should take private lessons:

  • Advanced students who need to be pushed and challenged

  • Students who need some 1-on-1 assistance to learn and master concepts covered in class

  • Students who missed substantial class time due to illness

  • Students who just began playing this year

  • Students who want to get better


To sign up for a free lesson:

  • Contact Mr. Jones so he can track who is taking the exploratory lessons

  • Contact Arkansas Music Conservatory to setup a lesson 479-268-3307 (call) or 479-430-2226 (text)


To stay in the know be sure to follow us on your social media platform of choice: Facebook or Instagram - @wjhswildcatband and/or at

If you have any questions or concerns, please never hesitate to reach out. We are partners in your student's growth and need to work together for them to be as successful as possible.

Have a band-tastic week everyone!

Musically Yours,

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