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"Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 10/3-10/7

Upcoming Events

Greetings Wildcat Band Families,

Such a beautiful fall weekend! I hope you got to get out and enjoy some time outside. It's been a great week for our Wildcats. Football teams won against Ramey on Thursday, Volleyball remains undefeated, girls XC earned 1st place at the Chili Pepper and our forensics team had a fantastic first tournament! Additionally, Bentonville Pride Marching Band hosted the annual Bentonville Marching Invitational at Tiger Stadium with many awesome performances! I got to see the Pride in exhibition perform their show "Lady" and IT. WAS. BREATHTAKING!!! If you haven't seen them perform yet, be sure you make it out before the season ends at the end of the month.

This week we will also welcome our student teacher Mr. Eric Aguilar from the University of Arkansas. He is a saxophone player and we can't wait to introduce him to the students! :)

As the quarter is coming to a close it is important students complete any missing assignments. Current assignments that have not turned in will not be able to be turned in after October 13th for any credit. Students receive an email weekly via google classroom if they are missing anything. Assignments turned in by Wednesday, September 28th have been graded and are in HAC.

The AMP's concert season is coming to a close and we are still in need of some volunteers to help. If you are available on any of the following dates and willing to help out and earn money towards your band students supply fees, please sign up:

· Tuesday, October 4th – The Chicks. We need help starting at 5:00. Gates at 6:00 music at 7:30.

  • We need 16 more volunteers.

· Thursday, October 13th – The Black Keys. We need help starting at 5:00. Gates at 6:00 music at 7:00.

  • We need 17 more volunteers.

PLEASE check your calendars and sign up where you can help.

Our band apparel came in Friday. I did my best to distribute online orders to students by the end of the day but didn't see everyone. Will work to get those orders out Monday and Tuesday as I see students in class. Additionally, we were able to start handing out the band and jazz band shirts to students as they came through to get instruments at the end of the day. We will continue handing out shirts in class this week.

I have already had a few students ask to do another band hoodie order. If you are interested, please let me know what size you need and we can make an order. We need at least 15 to make the order.

Our Dominos cards did not arrive on Friday as expected. According to our current tracking information, they should now arrive on Tuesday and ready for distribution by Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 12th is the Jazz Band and 8th Grade Bands' Fall Concert. It begins at 6:30. Students are welcome to stay after school and we will order pizza. They should bring $3 if they want pizza and a bottle of water. Attire for the concert is Band T-shirt and nice jeans/pants. NO athletic type pants or sweatpants.

5:45pm - Jazz Band seated in their seats in the gym for sound check

6:10pm - 8th Grade Band seated in their seats for brief warm-up

6:20pm - Gym doors open for families to enter

6:30pm - Concert begin

7:30pm - Strike gym (all students will need to help move all equipment back to band room and properly store before leaving)

7:50pm - Students are dismissed

Friday, October 14th, we will combine with the Lincoln 8th Grade band to play in place of Bentonville Pride sense they will be in St. Louis for the Bands of America Super Regional Competition.

We also need families to volunteer to work in the concession stands this evening. Since your student will be performing already, please consider signing up for a shift. :) Football Games 2022: Football Concessions (

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)

    • 8:00am - W7 all-region Week 6 assignment due for 8th grade Clarinets

    • 8:00am - Band Room open for students to help setup/practice

    • Advisory

    • 3:45-4:30 - Clarinet All-Region Sectional

    • 7:00pm - BHS Concert Bands Fall Concert at the Arend

      • Jazz Band, Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble

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

    • 8:00am -W7 all-region Week 6 Assignment Due for Trombones, and Euphoniums

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

    • Priority time - Trombone Sectional with Mr. Pierce

    • 3:45-4:30 - Euphonium Sectional

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

    • 8:00am - W7 all-region Week 6 Assignment Due for Flutes, Saxophones and Tubas

    • 7:45-8:25a - Faculty Meeting. Keep instrument on your person and go to cafe/commons

    • 8:25am - Band Room opens for students to drop off instruments

    • 3:45-4:30 - Saxophone and Tuba All-Region Sectional

    • 6:00pm - LJHS 8th Grade Band Fall Concert at LJHS

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

    • 8:00am - W7 all-region Week 6 Assignment Due for Oboe and Percussion

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

    • 4:00pm - Band Room Closes

  • Friday (B Day - Classes 5-8 and Engagement Friday)

    • 8:00am - W7 all-region Week 6 Assignment Due for Trumpets and French Horns

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

    • 3:45-4:30 - Trumpet and French Horn All-Region Sectional

    • 4:45pm - Band Room Closes


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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