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Common Times" Weekly Newsletter 11/27-12/1

Upcoming Event

Greetings Wildcat Band Families,

I hope everyone had a fantastic and restful weekend full of down time, family time and great food!

I will be at WJHS 5:00-5:30pm tonight (Sunday, November 26th) for tuba families to return instruments. Enter from the back band room door from the commons area.

By now, everyone should have their concert black purchased and ready to go. If you reached out requesting some help with this, I will be getting that to your student this week.

These next few weeks are busy for sure so I ask that everyone look carefully at our band calendar and below to be sure students are where they need to be. I am dedicated to create a calendar that has no over lap with other Bentonville Schools activities. This isn't always possible as sometimes other activities get added to the calendar after the band calendar is set and makes it difficult or impossible to adjust. Band is a full team activity that takes every single person to be fully effective and successful.

Monday, Nov. 27th 3:45-5:00pm

7th Grade Full Band Rehearsal in the WJHS Band Room

Monday, December 4th

Jazz Band and Advanced Jazz Band Concert and Winter Dance in BHS North Commons with BHS Jazz Bands (Concert Black with splash of color) Splash of color is optional

Tuesday, December 5th 3:45-5:00p

7th Grade Full Band Rehearsal in the WJHS Band Room

Wednesday, December 6th

7th Grade and 8th Grade Bands Winter Concert at the Arend Arts Center (Concert Black) 7th Grade will meet on stage by 5:30p to warm-up. 8th Grade will meet in audience by 5:50p to watch.

Saturday, December 9th 7:00am-9:00pm

All-Region Auditions in Harrison. Required for all 8th grade band students, some 7th grade percussion and optional for all other 7th Grade.

Monday, December 18th During classes 2nd-Advisory

Jazz Band Performs for Ruth Barker Lunches (must be in good standing in all classes. Missing no more than 2 assignments in the class missing and must have at least a "C" in that class.

Tuesday, December 19th During 6th-Priority Time

Select Jazz Band Performs for Ruth Barker Lunches (must be in good standing in all classes. Missing no more than 2 assignments in the class missing and must have at least a "C" in that class. Due to limited space we can only take a few students for this performance.

We still have 201 poinsettias that we HAVE to sell by delivery this Wednesday!

These make incredible decorations and gifts.

If we don't sell these we will be out $2k. These fundraisers are painstakingly put together for our families to make things easier. The band gets no profit off of these. It goes directly to the individual student selling them for band related expenses. If everyone in band sells just ONE more, we will have sold them all.

The order form is located here: 


As we prepare for the holidays, families often want to get music related gifts for their band student. To help offer some great ideas I have created a list with links to purchase.

Included in the list are some required mouthpieces and ligatures that are needed by the time students are in high school. For families that need assistance, the high school can provide required mouthpieces. However, it is always best for a student to have their own.

You can sometimes find good deals on mouthpieces at Just be sure it is the correct model.

IF you happen to be in the market for a step up intrument for your students, there is a GREAT list of brands and models on the Bentonville Pride website and linked here.

I have a knack for finding some GREAT deals on step up instruments, so if you are interested please don't hesitate to reach out. However, patience is the key. :)


Calendar Reminder

Concert Black Reminder

Practice Expectations and Resources


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 1-3, Advisory, 4)

    • 7:45a - Band Room Opens

    • Advisory

    • 3:45p-5:00p - 7th Grade Band Rehearsal

    • 5:15p - Band Room Closes

  • Tuesday - "B" Day (Classes 5-7, Priority, 8)

    • 7:45am - Band Room Opens

    • Priority Time - Advanced Jazz Band Rehearsal

    • 4:30pm - Band Room Closes

  • Wednesday - "A" Day (Classes 1-3, Priority, 4th)

    • 7:45am - Band Room Opens

    • Priority Time - 8th Grade Band Rehearsal with Mr. Lee (Mr. Jones will be off campus at a meeting. Treat our guest with the utmost respect)

    • 3:45p-5:00 - Advanced Jazz Band Rehearsal

    • 5:00p - Band Room Closes

  • Thursday - "B" Day (Classes 5-7, Priority, 8th)

    • 7:45a - Band Room Opens

    • Priority - 8th Grade Band Rehearsal

    • 4:30p - Band Room Closes

  • Friday - "A" Day (Classes 1-3, Clubs, 4th)

    • 7:45a - Band Room Opens

    • Priority Time - Advanced Jazz Band Rehearsal

    • 3:45-4:45 - Advanced Jazz Band Rehearsal

    • 5:00pm - Band Room Closes


Thank you to everyone who has been sending in the band supply fees! That is a huge help! Band Supply Fees are all setup in MyPayments Plus and are available if you prefer to pay online. If you do this, you will have to search for 'WJHS Band' and find the appropriate fee. Fees SHOULD be modified accordingly for students on free or reduced lunch. If that is not that case, please email me so I can look into it as we have had a couple of coding issues in the system to show you the correct fee. You can still send in cash or check made out to "WJHS Band." Thank you for your help!!


Click the appropriate link(s) to download the app and join our groups (Bands).

8th Grade Families - 

7th Grade Families -

Jazz Band Families -  



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!

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 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.

Musically Yours,

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